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  • Look who is changing India

    BY RITA & UMESH ANAND

    The work of bringing out a magazine is ceaseless and deadline driven. We go from one issue to the next ...

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  • Anupam Mishra

    “Water harvesting is not some ATM into which you can put a card and get water,” said Anupam Mishra in ...

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  • Sachidanand Bharti

    When forest fires ravaged the hills of Uttarakhand one vast stretch went unscathed. This is Ufrainkhal where communities have grown ...

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  • Dipankar Chakraborti

    In the 1980s, long before India had woken up to the problems of automobile emissions, Dr Dipankar Chakraborti, then a ...

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  • Dhrubajyoti Ghosh

    If the magical East Calcutta Wetlands are surviving, in whatever truncated form, the credit should to Dr Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, who ...

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  • Laxman Singh

    The village of Laporiya in Rajasthan gets very little rainfall. The average for 18 years is less than 500 mm ...

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  • Ravikant Singh

    It was 2007 and Mumbai was reeling under an outbreak of malaria, dengue and leptospirosis. The blood bank at the ...

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  • Damera Yadaiah

    Mamatha arrived at the Nalgonda District Hospital atop the fuel tank of her uncle’s motorcycle. She weighed just 650 grammes. ...

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  • Sathyanarayanan Mundayoor

    Whether it was because of a Malayali fascination with the Himalayas or just a young man’s urge to do something ...

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  • Zakia Soman

    Zakia Soman helped to start the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan in January 2007 to empower Muslim women fight communal forces ...

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  • Puli Raju

    Puli Raju, 42, is a government schoolteacher at Gajwel in the Medak district of Telengana. His wife is also a ...

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  • JAVED TAK

    Javed Tak’s struggle after a bullet hit his spine and crippled him has changed the lives of the disabled community ...

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  • Girish Bharadwaj

    Girish Bhardawaj, who is one of this year’s Padma Shree awardees, was first featured on Civil Society’s cover in 2007. ...

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  • Ratish Nanda

    Humayun’s tomb and other monuments in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi have been elaborately restored in an effort that would ...

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  • Parveena Ahangar

    There are a few Kashmiri women who have achieved international recognition. Parveena Ahangar, 50, is one of them. Married at ...

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  • K. LOGANATHAN

    Mathematics is a subject which drives many children to tears. But students of the Government Girls’ Middle School at Veerampatnam, ...

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  • Sumoni Jhodia

    Sumoni Jhodia sits outside her hut in Siriguda village. There isn’t a trace of garbage around as far as the ...

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  • Kaittally Raman Jayan

    Villagers used to call him crazy. But now a growing number call him mashe or teacher. Kaittally Raman Jayan, 46, ...

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  • Kabir & Preeti Vajpeyi

    School buildings mostly end up being either boring or daunting. But what if they could be designed to be attractive ...

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  • Gyarsi Bai

    When Gyarsi Bai died in 2018, Baran district in Rajasthan lost an important local leader. She belonged to the marginalised ...

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  • Govind Desai

    The terrace of an innocuous two-storey house in a twisted lane offers a splendid view of the 300 houses that ...

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  • Praveen Kumar

    It is as though a beam of sunlight has penetrated the darkened assembly hall when RS Praveen Kumar, 46, walks ...

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  • Fatima, Acquiline and Matilda

    Kong Fatima Mynsong is a teacher. Kong Acquiline Songthiang is also a teacher. Kong Matilda Suting is a housewife. These ...

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  • Sitanath De

    Sitanath De’s main interest in life initially was to play football. But very early in life he also helped out ...

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  • Jogesh Kumar

    When Dr Jogesh Kumar set foot in the Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Gida in Barmer district of Rajasthan, he ...

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  • Bashir Ahmad Mir

    A family tragedy became a turning point in Bashir Mir’s life. The story of this former truck-driver, now an ardent ...

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  • Boya Pedda Rajanna

    A small green home in the sleepy village of Golla never sleeps. Harried villagers come knocking on this poor man’s ...

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  • M.N.R. Venugopal

    In  the sleepy villages of Sirsi in Karnataka an economic revolution is taking place. In just four years, farmers have ...

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  • Aziza Tyabji Hydari

    In 1986, a young teacher of the deaf gave up her job to start her own centre. It was in ...

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  • Kim Chaddha

    It was a beautiful baby that Kim Chadda gave birth to. She weighed 3.5 kg and the hospital said she ...

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  • Chetan Ram & Rawat Ram

    When the film star Dharmendra was elected to the Lok Sabha as a BJP candidate from the Bikaner seat in ...

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  • Shankar Singh

    When the Ghotala Rath Yatra (Chariot of Scams) rolled out at the 53-day dharna demanding the right to information in ...

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  • Sanjay Sahni

    At 27, Sanjay Sahni is an unlikely messiah, but that is what he has become to hundreds of villagers in ...

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  • Mohammed Gafur Chhipa

    When the Government Upper Primary School at Titri village opens every morning, it is Mohammed Gafur Chhipa, the headmaster, who ...

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  • Rev. Pyrtuh, Rev. Sawkmie & Rev. Lyngkhoi

    Three pastors have set the Presbyterian Church in Meghalaya thinking about greater transparency in its decision-making and the importance of ...

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  • Prakash Vinjamuri & S.V. Kameshwari

    If you sit in a district bus, every fifth woman doesn’t have a uterus, Dr Prakash Vinjamuri says to us ...

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  • Sudha Sinha

    The MNJ Cancer Hospital at Red Hills in Hyderabad has a good reputation as a government facility. But till six ...

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  • C.R. Elsy

    The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Cell in Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is sparse and innocuous but its outstanding work over ...

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  • Nilesh Mohite & ANT

    It is very early in the morning on the campus of the Action Northeast Trust or Ant, the lovely acronym ...

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  • Honnesara Paniyajji Manjappa

    Dressed in spotless white Honnesara Paniyajji Manjappa smiles warmly at the children sitting behind a long narrow desk. The classroom is octagonal so ...

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  • Women of Bundi

    In 2008, two earnest young men set out to boost soya bean yields in the semi-arid region of Bundi in ...

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  • Mangal Singh

    In 1987, Mangal Singh, a marginal farmer, invented a turbine that could lift water from a stream flowing through his ...

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  • Osama Manzar

    As India goes digital, equality in access becomes crucial. It is what makes the difference between giving people the benefits ...

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  • K.P. Arjunan

    One morning four fresh graduates from Government Siddha Medical College in Chennai came to pray at a tiny shrine in ...

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  • Ganesh Babu

    You can see hundreds of medicinal plants blooming on the leafy 15-acre campus of the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local ...

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  • Yaradi Krishna Murty

    It is a brilliant countryside awash in green and stretching all the way up to sand dunes and a sparkling ...

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  • Rajkumar Sharma

    People at Rampurabas, in Rajasthan’s Tonk district, would mostly stay clear of the government’s Upper Primary School in their village. ...

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  • V. Ganesan

    When V Ganesan joined his new post as head teacher of the BR Ambedkar Government Middle School at Pichaveranpet, in ...

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  • Naurti Bai

    HARMADA is about half an hour’s drive from the small town of Kishangarh, famous for its marble and the 18th ...

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  • Indraani Singh

    In 1995, Indraani Singh was appointed by Indian Airlines as commander of an Airbus-300, the first female pilot in Asia ...

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  • People's Forester

    When forest fires ravaged the hills of Uttarakhand one vast stretch went unscathed. This is Ufrainkhal where communities have grown ...

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  • Prasanna Rajendran

    Ten years ago Dr Prasanna Rajendran, a senior scientist at the Kerala Agriculture University (KAU), was posted to Anakkayam Cashew ...

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  • Chintakindi Mallesham

    Chintakindi Mallesham was in the Civil Society Hall of Fame in 2011. We reproduce below the story we did on ...

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  • Beeram Ramulu

    Umesh Anand, Harsha Sai and Photographer P. Anil Kumar  It is tough being a farmer in Telangana’s Warangal district. Water ...

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  • Gautam Sharma

    Umesh Anand and Photographer Ajit Kirshna Bool Gaon is the kind of place you cannot get to easily. Even Google ...

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  • Ramesh Gharu

    Umesh Anand and Photographer Ajit Kirshna When Ramesh Gharu enters a classroom it is packed to capacity. There are students ...

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  • Archana Godbole & Jayant Sarnaik

    A narrow mud path begins under a sprawling banyan tree and takes us up rocky slopes thick with green cover. ...

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  • Begari Lakshmamma

    Begari Lakshmamma croons softly in a high-pitched voice. Is she singing a Telugu folk song? She laughs. “This song used ...

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  • Evita Fernandez

    The warmth of Dr Evita Fernandez’s sunny smile has radiated to thousands of newborn babies. Ask any mother who has ...

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  • Chiranjeeb Kakoty

    As news arrives of more than 8,000 children waiting for urgent medical attention in violence hit Lower Assam, an agitated ...

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