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Old Roots – Finding new paths

When children leave their homes to give their education and career a shape, it brings a sense of contentment and pride to the parents. It also  leaves behind a feeling of empty nest syndrome for the parents, at least for a little while. Sarita Jha found herself in a similar kind of situation when both her children moved to the US for pursuing…
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The Autism Experience

The month of April is dedicated to autism awareness with an aim to educate and to foster acceptance and support. Moving in this direction, we have Vandana Gutpa, a mother to a 28-year-old son Rahul with autism. She is not a trained professional, with any formal degree in handling autism, but her years of experience has taught her a lot. She is…
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Transforming Lives of Girls through Education

Jharkhand’s Rajiv Shukla has taken it upon himself to empower the girls of Dhodhakola village near Jhumri Telaiya in Koderma district, through education. In Dhodhakola village in Koderma district, a major chunk of the population lies below the poverty line. It is a fight for them every day to fulfill the basic need of food. This is why they…
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Kashidakari women and their struggle with earnings

Rajasthan is well-known for its rich heritage and culture. But for women embroidery artisans of Jodhasar in Bikaner district, their craft has not been able to gain the deserved recognition in all these years. Their form of embroidery, known as Kashidakari which means needle work, is time consuming but the returns are meager. In the 1980s,…
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Women in Science in India

Science has never been without women. But the journey of most women scientists in India has not been as easy one. In the early days, this gender bias was so intense that women were denied admission in premier science colleges only for being a woman. Kamala Sohonie and Anna Mani are two such names. They had to fight hard to make a place for…
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