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We are proud to announce the names of the entrants to this year’s Civil Society Hall of Fame:

'We are custodians of people's trust'

As an officer of the Indian Forest Service, Sanjiv Chaturvedi has been making headlines for exposing corruption and ruffling feathers in political circles. He has gone after people with powerful links and got them punished.
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Sealdah station is now safe for lost, runaway children
The railways and Child in Need Institute have set up a Child Help Desk and shelters for children in distress.
Crutch with shock absorbers, app for the disabled
The sixth NCPEDP-Mphasis Awards went to inventive designs and apps for people with disability. Inclusive companies, organisations and individuals were also honoured.
Jackfruit by the packet
There is some sharp thinking going on into selling jackfruit. Small producers are processing it in different ways and getting it into many homes. Here’s a quick look at their inventive products.
India’s herbal industry wants a more workable biodiversity law
”The Biodiversity Act should be a medium for promoting conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources,” says Janak Rawal, President of FEDMAPS.
AMBA’s unusual work force
AMBA has developed the world’s first visual methodology of learning called the ‘Learn and Earn’ concept. This allows intellectually disabled adults to perform back office data entry jobs accurately and easily.
Adapted from a Vijaydan Detha-authored fable, the exquisitely well-crafted film, ‘Lajwanti-The Honour Keeper, does a fine job of capturing the poetic quality of the celebrated Rajasthani litterateur’s writing.
Sarmoli village in Munsiyari has 15 homestays in three villages. Run by the Maati Sangathan, it offers you a taste of village life in India. Guests can try their hand at planting potatoes, digging a pond, fixing solar lanterns, clearing cow-dung, taking care of goats, or learn knitting. You can also go trekking and bird-watching and try local cuisine.
Kerala’s annual boat frenzy

From July to September, the tranquil backwaters of Kerala resound with the chants of ‘thai thai thaka thaka thai thom’ as oarsmen splash to the fast paced rhythm of the vanchipaattu (boat song). This is the season for boat racing in Kerala, a sport that attracts tourists from around the world.
Anshu Gupta won the Ramon Magsaysay Award this year for “transforming the culture of giving in India” and “treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor”. It is an initiative he began in 1999 when he left the corporate sector to start Goonj.
As we turn 12...
Every anniversary of our magazine has meant something special to us. It has come with its own achievements, challenges and hopes. This anniversary is no different. At 12 we have reason to celebrate but also need to prepare for a different stage in our journey — both as an enterprise and editorial offering.
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