By Gajendra Majhi* A well-known tribal rights leader, Prafulla Samantara who on April 24, 2017 won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his work as an Indian environmental activist, was a student activist During his college days at the Berhampur University, with active involvement in student politics to fight against corruption. He was influenced by … Continue reading Inspired by JP, Prafulla Samantara fought for tribal rights in Niyamgiri
Anupa Koti* What gives meaning to this existence? For some, it is achievement, fame, money, or power, while for others, it is doing their best for society, being altruistic to the core, and helping as many people as they can in the very little time we have on earth. Gurumoorthy Mathrubootham is of the second … Continue reading Complete Social Responsibility: The new age CSR story of Gurumoorthy Mathrubootham
Tanmay Singhal* “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. Activism is making efforts and taking … Continue reading Kavita Srivastav: Making of a social activist amidst threats at various points of time
By Hrishikesh Baviskar* Jotiba Phule said, “True Education signifies empowering others and leaving the world behind a little better than the one we found.” Following his example, a group of students established Junoon Foundation, an NGO in Wada village of Palghar, in 2013. Wada village in Palghar district is home to the Katkari, Malhar Koli, … Continue reading Junoon Foundation: Empowering Wada village through education
Swasthik Prabhu* While we all are looking for rapid economic growth amidst the pandemic, do we realize the cost of the growth? Does this growth come at the expense of something that we could never recover? Is the definition of sustainable development, correct? Can sustainability and what is generally considered development go hand in hand? … Continue reading Educate, Agitate, Organize: Shreekumar’s motto to make human society sustainable, equitable
By Arnav Das* Although women's status has been improving in India gradually, crime against women is still widely prevalent, with domestic violence having the largest share despite being largely under-reported. As per a Statista report, on average, over 18 women out of 1000 across India still experience domestic abuse. During the lockdown, this number has … Continue reading How this NGO is breaking social stigma, creating new norm for domestic violence survivors
By Iqra Khan, Sudarshan Thakur* A read for friends from the development sector: ‘It is not suggestive, rather an experiential discourse.’ As change agents why do we need to know how to work with people, does it need any special skill set? These are frequently asked questions to ponder over. Like any other sector, competence … Continue reading One of the biggest challenges: What it takes to be an agent of ‘Change’?