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Tuesday, 22-August-2017


Ayyappa Masagi - Doctor Water

25 weeks ago
Ayyappa Masagi is the name people recall when they need water. Yes, the man is a mine of ideas on water conservation with literally a water reservoir of his own. Mulling over the water scarcity in India, Ayyappa calculated that just 30 per cent of the annual rainfall in India can solve the country’s water scarcity problems for the next three years. To prove his point, he bought 84 acres of barren land near Chilamathur, Andhra Pradesh, in 2014 and turned it into a water reservoir within a year. The barren land is now a network of 25,000 sand-filled pits and four lakes that capture and store every single drop of rainwater around here. The stored water keeps the land saddened...

BASANT SAHU - handicap? not his!

26 weeks ago
Basant Sahu is the name of a sensitive and creative artist, who works generally on Chhattisgarh’s culture and life and in spiritual arts. At the age of 21 years, he started doing a job of motor winding in a small shop. Two years after starting the job he was travelling to a nearby village when he suffered a tragic accident. Not finding any movement in his body, the doctors gave him up for dead. But after two hours, he showed a little movement in his body. Meanwhile in his stupor, he travelled through a deep ocean of infinite spirituality. The accident leaves him 90 per cent disabled. He can’t make any movement...

Vijaylaxmi Sharma - Saving the girl child

28 weeks ago
Rajasthan’s child sex ratio stands at abysmally low at 888 girls per 1000 boys, sixth lowest among all states and UTs. Child marriage is the raison d’être for this numbing statistic. In the hinterlands of the desert state, notorious for its medieval attitude towards women, Vijaylaxmi Sharma, a 24 years old girl, is fighting the depraved custom of child marriage, single handedly. Sharma is from Jhorinda Bhojpura village of Phagi district, Rajasthan. “Here the marriage of girl child is decided even before she is born. It’s wrong to snatch away the childhood of girls in the name of tradition,&rdq...


29 weeks ago
  An incident in his childhood moved him so much that he took up solace in the Gandhian philosophy. A young engineering and IAS aspirant returned  to his home in Lucknow from his village in Hardoi. Tired after travel, he asked his mother to prepare tea for him and his friend, a dalit. The moment his mother learnt that the second cup of tea was for a dalit, she served tea to him in a different cup that had been kept for lower castes. This made the young man so furious that he left his home in protest against the subjugation, anti-low caste mindset and ill-treatment of his friend. ...


30 weeks ago
It took our nation to implement Right to Information Act 55 years after it became a republic. RTI was not a panacea for all the ills plaguing our nation, but it was a significant effort to provide the common man a tool to expose corruption in public dealings. Most of the people pooh-poohed it as ‘just another Act’. But a few people saw its potential and took it onto themselves to use the law effectively. Subhash Chandra Agrawal is one such crusader. Incidentally, Agrawal was born the same year that we adopted our Constitution. He completed his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineer...

Neichute Doulo - A NAGA DREAM

31 weeks ago
Scarce job opportunities force youngsters to migrate from their hometowns. Neichute Doulo has stopped almost 15,000 people to migrate from his home state of Nagaland by helping them to become entrepreneurs. Neichute himself had a very secure life. He was lecturer of economics in Baptist College, Kohima, Nagaland. He left his job to give youngsters a better life and bring them to the mainstream. After leaving his job in 2000, he launched Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) to train Nagaland’s youth in basic skills and provide startup capital and marketing network for initiating small enterprises. He promoted entrepreneursh...


32 weeks ago
Former President late APJ Abdul Kalam had said once: “Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.” Lieutenant Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal has shown exemplary strength in climbing to the top of at least one of the two mentioned above. Not once, not twice, but this army man from Jat Regiment has scaled Everest thrice till now. He had reached the world’s highest peak at 8,848 metres in May 2012 and May 2013. Last year, he again achieved the feat with a 14 member Indian Army expedition team. Jamwal has had quite humble beginnings. He belongs to Badhor...

sandhya & Sarit - Mountain Discovery

33 weeks ago
Twelve-year-old Anjali is creating her own skateboard using wood and rubber. She is not into some school-dictated project, she is just playing in a ‘school’ in Palampur, up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh. At some distance, Sandhya Gupta is flying paper gliders with a group of boys, teaching them the concepts of aerodynamics in the most practical way possible. Inside a large hall, Sarit Sharma is monitoring a group of girls who are fiddling with bulbs, switches and resistors, creating their own electrical circuits. Welcome to Aavishkar, a 3 Idiot-Climactic place where science and math crawl out ...

Furniture to Natural Farming

43 weeks ago
Suneet Salvi was in the furniture business for many years.  But as he turned half century, he began mulling over the direction of his life. “When will I do what I really want to do?” was the question he kept asking. The answer was to emerge slowly, reflecting his love of nature, the desire for food not tainted with chemicals: “I want to work with farmer families. People should know who is growing their food and how it is being grown.” His daughter introduced him to her college professor, Pratik Dhanmer, an architect living in Murbad, a village in Dahanau taluk, north of Mumbai.  They talked and found they shared common interests and...