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Indian goldsmiths face a doomed future

May 19, 2008 04:58 PM Goldsmiths in Tamil Nadu are starving even as the mechanised jewellery industry fattens itself in the state. In the latest tragedy, a goldsmith named N. Raja ended his life on May 2 after consuming cyanide at his home in Coimbatore’s Selvapuram locality. He was in his mid-30s.

UNICEF’s helping hand for Nepalese families living with HIV

May 12, 2008 09:02 AM Four women sitting cross-legged on the floor are singing the melancholic strains of a song. The women, all of whom are from families affected by HIV in this remote area of western Nepal, improvise the words and help each other complete the couplets:

A unique way to fight AIDS

May 05, 2008 11:28 AM New Delhi: Distributing syringes among drug users may hardly seem like the right way to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. But N. Nandadevi, a Manipur resident who has been given an award for exemplary work in public health, believes it is a pragmatic solution.

Death of a poet-farmer

May 04, 2008 02:34 PM Two days before he hanged himself to death on March 24, fifty-year-old farmer of five acres Shrikrishna Kalamb penned his last poem.

A model school for tribals

Apr 30, 2008 02:27 PM In southern India, Kanavu is a dream school for Wayanad’s tribal children. Started by a writer-turned activist 15 years ago with an idea of tapping the hidden genius of the community, it is now run by the first batch of its students.

Tapping water through tunnels

Apr 30, 2008 02:12 PM It was due to the efforts of 79-year-old Achyutha Bhat, that a village in Karnataka in southern India could overcome water scarcity. His passion for digging surangas (man-made tunnels) has not only revived the traditional water harvesting system but also helped local farmers in the region.

Taking sex education to the madarsa

Apr 29, 2008 03:00 PM It was not easy to convince a Muslim dominant district in underdeveloped Bihar to allow teenage girls to attend classes on reproductive and sexual healthcare at the local madarsa. Azad India Foundation (AIF)’s efforts have however earned support even from the local clerics.

Building hopes for rural women

Apr 28, 2008 11:05 AM Belaku Trust started as a small health research project in rural Karnataka, in 1995. One of its founders, Dr Saraswathy Ganapathy, a paediatrician turned public health professional, recalls how bleak the project appeared then.

Rural newswomen sensitise villagers on gender

Apr 28, 2008 11:03 AM Aapko le chalte hain aisi jagah jahan grameen mahilayein bata rahi hain ki purdah pratha kya hai (We now take you to a village where the women will shed light on the practice of veil).

Gaining fortunes from herbs

Apr 28, 2008 11:01 AM Converting traditional medicinal knowledge into fortunes—this is what a group of women in a remote village in Chhattisgarh are doing. In the sleepy village of Donga-nala in Korba district, about 160 km from the state capital, Raipur, these women run a unit for making medicines from herbs from surrounding forests.

A farewell to Baba Amte

Apr 28, 2008 10:59 AM One cannot help but wonder what Baba Amte's reaction would have been to the current violence on the streets of Maharashtra's towns and cities. The veteran social activist and campaigner died at the age of 94, on February 9, at Anandvan ashram where his remarkable journey began some five decades ago.

A people’s journalist

Apr 28, 2008 10:57 AM Dayamani Barla says that there are two paths in life. There’s the easy path that is all about an individual’s own benefits and the path filled with struggle. It benefits the society.

Miraculous turnaround in Mewat

Apr 28, 2008 10:55 AM On a sultry June afternoon in 2001 Vinod Kumar Kanathia realised a dream he had cherished for long. The sarpanch of Mewat, an area in Haryana not too far from Gurgaon, had given him the go-ahead for a girls’ education centre.

Orissa woman shows path to self-reliance

Apr 23, 2008 04:10 PM The lush green fields of rice and sugarcane give way to the bustling port of Gopalpur-On-Sea as we make our way to the offices of Samudram in the small fishing village of Koturu in Chatrapur block, Ganjam district, Orissa.

A paper by women for women

Apr 23, 2008 04:08 PM A family-run newspaper in India gives marginalised women the opportunity to tell their own stories by making them reporters. Launched in 2003, Mahila Paksh was borne out of the need to focus on women’s concerns and help them get justice.

Conservation in India: Panchayats show the way

Apr 21, 2008 12:17 PM An NGO in southern India has succeeded in bringing hundreds of hectares of village common land under conservation planning with the help of local village administration. The effort has positively impacted people’s basic needs of fuel, fodder and drinking water.

A silver lining in tribal India

Apr 21, 2008 06:27 AM Ravaged by ethnic unrest and socio-economic deprivation, Karbi Anglong is the first district of Assam in north-east India to have implemented a quality management system for facilitating public services. Cooperative units for dairy processing and banking are a series of development initiatives aimed at freeing the district of its poverty tag.

A trail blazer by dalit women scribes

Apr 07, 2008 12:00 AM What often goes unreported in the mainstream media, finds a place in Khabar Lahariya, a truly people’s newspaper run by Dalit women in Chitrakoot in northern India. Despite their lack of education, these women journalists cover politics, development and a range of issues read by all sections of society.

Proud landowners

Apr 03, 2008 12:00 AM Thanks to the support of the DMK federation of Dalit land rights and Action Aid, the women of Kattiupaiyur, Tamil Nadu, India have reclaimed what once belonged to the oppressed community. Eight years of struggle have made them proud owners of land that they now dream of passing on to their daughters.

Village girl sets bold example

Mar 31, 2008 07:45 AM A young village girl from Rajasthan has become a role model for her community by protesting against her own marriage as a child, a tradition generally accepted as norm in rural India. For her act of heroic defiance, Congress Kanwar was given the National Bravery Award on the Indian Republic Day on January 26.

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