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‘PIL has done a huge lot of good for society’

Ordinary people worry about going to court in India. From the high fees of lawyers to the slow pace of hearings and the complexities in procedures — the entire machinery of justice seems ranged against the uninitiated litigant. We spoke to Justice Leila Seth on the overburdened judiciary and its seminal role in securing people’s rights.
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‘Contractors can’t save the Ganga. Only people can’
‘Rajindra Singh, winner of this year’s prestigious Stockholm Water Prize, speaks on the Clean Ganga mission and augmenting water resources.
Check dam in a day using plastic sheets
The dam invented by PG Bhat, a middle-class areca nut farmer, is rising in popularity and replacing the traditional katta dams in Karnataka.
Smart cards, water for slum
An integrated project in Kalikapur slum in east Kolkata is delivering safe water and sanitation with virtually no environmental cost. The project, by SAFE, an NGO, uses solar energy for the water treatment plant.
Hemp with a different high
Sanvar Oberoi, 23, was in a village in Maharashtra when a farmer he knew committed suicide. Oberoi, an Ashoka Fellow, was shocked. He began searching for solutions and stumbled on hemp.
The world’s biggest school held the world’s biggest children’s film festival in Lucknow. Over 100,000 children got to watch hundreds of acclaimed films sourced from around the globe.
It isn’t research but the researcher who is in the limelight in ‘Fieldwork in South Asia: Memories, Moments and Experiences.’ Edited by Prof. Sarit K Chaudhuri and his wife, Prof. Sucheta Sen Chaudhuri, the book consists of a series of papers about the experiences anthropologists undergo while doing their work sometimes in remote, restless regions.
Still in its infancy in India is Bach Flower Therapy. Tanvika Baru is a trained and certified Bach Flower Therapy Practitioner (BFTP) who uses the healing power of flowers to restore emotional balance to troubled minds. Working out of her home in New Delhi and as a consultant to Zehen and Ravissant spas in New Friends Colony, the 25-year-old comes across many stressed and anxious individuals struggling to cope with the pressures of modern-da
Rock art tells a story

There are over 700 rock shelters in Bhimbhetka out of which only some are open to tourists. An archaeological treasure, the paintings depict the everyday life of pre-historic cave dwellers. You can see scenes such as hunting, dancing, music, horse and elephant rides, animal fights, honey collection, masking and household scenes.
SPOTLIGHT
Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, says she is determined to bring down the state’s high infant and maternal mortality rate. Her government has signed a MoU with the Tata Trust and the Antara Foundation to work for better maternal and child care services in Jhalawar and Sirohi districts of Rajasthan.
Alternative medicine
The connection between traditional medicine and modern drugs has always existed. Pharmaceutical companies have drawn heavily on how communities use plants for healthcare. In an unequal world, the compensation for this knowledge has been inadequate.
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