Anti-discriminatory measures, protection required for people facing socio-economic exclusion

An interview with Gazala Paul, Managing Trustee & Director, Samerth Charitable Trust, which works works to leverage government programmes to enable poor and marginalized communities to get their due rights and entitlements: What inspired you to set up Samerth? Why is the cause so close to your heart? I was always eager to work for communities … More Anti-discriminatory measures, protection required for people facing socio-economic exclusion

How modest offices of Narmada Bachao Andolan coordinated non-violent struggle in Narmada Valley

By Nandini Oza* State power deliberately undermines people’s movements that get their strength from the collective — collective conviction, collective determination, collective voices, and collective resistance. Mass resistance and people’s struggles do not need foreign funds or guns. One of the most powerful people’s movements of independent India, the NBA, runs the movement from simple … More How modest offices of Narmada Bachao Andolan coordinated non-violent struggle in Narmada Valley

Significant amount of CSR expenditure comes with strings attached, impacts investment in talent

By Moin Qazi* In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder, but is in fact the very purpose of its existence. — Jamshedji Tata When we flip back through the business history of the world, we find that all large mercantile communities were great patrons of the art of philanthropy. They regarded … More Significant amount of CSR expenditure comes with strings attached, impacts investment in talent

Voluntary organisations’ shrinking space amidst adverse impact on their financial sustainability

Reproduce below  is “Voluntary Organisations: Shrinking Space”, one of the 30 articles published in Wada Na Todo Abhiyan’s Citizens’ Report on four years of the NDA Government 2014-2018: Promises and Reality, released to mark the completion of the Central government’s four years on 25th May, 2018: The formation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government … More Voluntary organisations’ shrinking space amidst adverse impact on their financial sustainability

Innovating integrated solutions to social problems: Baba Amte’s legacy ignites granddaughter

By Moin Qazi* The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. — Eleanor Roosevelt The world is witnessing a new breed of women leaders and game-changers who are gate crashing and boldly scaling new heights even as they are pairing their ingenuity and knowledge with passion for bringing lasting solutions … More Innovating integrated solutions to social problems: Baba Amte’s legacy ignites granddaughter

Mumbai’s Yuva Parivartan: A model NGO for skill development and livelihood generation

By Moin Qazi* Historians will tell you that a burst of creativity occurs when we start believing that the search for solutions to complex problems has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the curve of innovation. As the country continues to face … More Mumbai’s Yuva Parivartan: A model NGO for skill development and livelihood generation

Ex-Swiss diplomat’s deportation: To repair damage, Government must invite Vögele to visit India

Forty-five civil society leaders, academics and professionals have written a letter to Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj taking strong exception to the Ahmedabad immigration officials deporting Kurt Vögele, ex-Swiss diplomat, on January 22. Text: We write now to draw your attention to the unceremonious detention and deportation of Mr. Kurt Vögele from Ahmedabad airport on … More Ex-Swiss diplomat’s deportation: To repair damage, Government must invite Vögele to visit India