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We The People: Ordinary people who chose the spirit of freedom to break the shackles and empower lives

Issue Date : 22 August 2022

National

We The People: Meet Mumbai's Birdman And His Feathered Friends

Pradeep D’Souza, who grew up in a family that adopted stray dogs and took care of sick puppies, is now the keeper of many fragile species, both birds and small animals.


National

We The People: Creating A Job Market For The Intellectually Disabled

Mumbai-based NGO, Mann, trains people with intellectual disability, largely hailing from low-income backgrounds, for roles in corporates

Sports

Teachers' Day: A Goal For Children’s Sports

Teachers' Day: Priya Gopalen and Sandhya Rajan started their own programme, named Great Goals, in 2013 to offer lessons in football, basketball and multi-sport ABC (Agility, Balance, Coordination).


National

We The People: Literary Torchbearer For The Blind

Braille Man of India, Swagat Thorat, translates popular Marathi and Hindi literature and news into Braille for the visually challenged

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Teachers' Day: A Madhya Pradesh Initiative Is Upskilling Marginalised Women And Finding Them Jobs

Teachers' Day: Founded by Surabhi Yadav, Sajhe Sapne is a Madhya Pradesh-based women-driven social enterprise committed to upskilling and providing modern jobs to women from marginalised sections and ensuring their financial mobility.


National

Teachers' Day: Chhattisgarh's Walking-Talking Guru On Postmodern Thought

Teachers' Day: Retired professor Rajeshwar Dayal Saxena had a Master’s degree and PhD from Sagar University before he began teaching Hindi literature in a college in Chhattisgarh.


National

We The People: Shobha Lal's Fight For Economic Empowerment Of Women In Haryana

Shobha Lal of Gurgaon has formed 250 self-help groups (SHGs) in these villages of Mewat to fight patriarchal mindsets, empowering over 2,500 women.


National

We The People: Singing Truth To Power

Goan tiatr singer, Olga Vaz, is known for her sarcastic and critical anti-government songs


National

We The People: Young Mizo Association Sets Up Relief Camps For Refugees

The YMA is a Christian NGO has helped close to 30,000 Chin refugees set base in 11 districts of Mizoram


National

We The People: The Art Of Growing Your Own Food

Jeevantika in Ujjain is a sustainable, organic farm where data scientist Sakshi Bhatia and product manager Arpit Maheswari grow their own food and invite people to live with them, and experience what is slow peaceful/life


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Teachers' Day: Institute That Teaches Crafts To Upskill Underprivileged Kids In Assam

Teachers' Day: Uttam Teron's Parijat Academy offers courses on computer learning, sewing, sports, dance, etc. to currently 700 kids from low-income groups who belong to 15 tribal villages in the state's Kamrup district


National

We The People: An Adivasi's Journey From A Daily Wage Labourer To Publisher

Parents killed in a land-feud, Jharkhand's Gladson Dungdung rose from being a labourer, a cycle-mechanic to a book publisher and activist.


National

We The People: Fighting Discrimination In Everyday Life

Medical doctor and transgender activist, Dr Aqsa Shaikh, has faced myriad challenges, especially in her professional life as a medical student, a doctor, and then as a teacher.


National

We The People | The Doctor Is Always In: Healing Touch for Ranchi’s Poorest

Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee of Ranchi has been providing medical attention to the poorest. His fee ranges from a smile to rupees five.


National

We The People: The Forest Has Rights

Mulwasi Bachao Manch is a Bastar-based anti-mining Adivasi group that undertake peaceful protests in Silger and work towards opening new frontiers at other areas in the region


National

We The People: A School On Wheels

TejasAsia is a Delhi-based NGO that runs four mobile schools known as Hope Bus to provide education to children from impoverished and underprivileged homes.


Art & Entertainment

We The People: Using Art To Bring Tribal Culture To The Mainstream

Shiva Gor, from the Gor community—a subgroup of the Banjaras—in Maharashtra, visually represents the rich culture of his tribal community, in the hope to bring equality and social democracy


Art & Entertainment

We The People: Addressing Disability With Humour

Sweta Mantrii, a Pune-based stand-up artiste with a disability uses her skits to highlight disability and biases associated to people with this condition


Art & Entertainment

We The People: How Madhubani Painting Helped A Domestic Help Find Her Place Under The Sun

Dulari Devi was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to Mithila painting, a traditional art form of Bihar.


Sports

We The People: How Neha Goyal Beat The Odds To Become A World-Class Hockey Player

Sonipat-born hockey player Neha Goyal turned her sleepless nights into medal heights. This is her story.


National

We The People: Meet Than Singh, The Good Cop Fighting Ignorance In Delhi

Than Singh, who hails from Rajasthan, is a head police constable whose current post is at Red Fort, Delhi. Apart from his job, he also teaches slum children.


National

We The People: The Story Of Elami, A New Telugu Publishing House

Started by the trio of Purnima Tammireddy, Rohith and Aditya Korrapati, the regional publishing house is set to publish its first title, a translation of Saadat Hasan Manto’s works, in Telugu next month.


National

We The People: The Scientist Who Dreamt Of Growing Lavender In J&K

Dr Shahid Rasool took over as scientist-in-charge of the CSIR field station in 2020. For the past many years, he has been on a mission to popularise lavender cultivation across Jammu and Kashmir and make the region one of the largest producers of the flower.


National

We The People: The Migratory Beekeepers Fighting To Keep Bees And The Planet Alive

Without bees, the world as we know it will cease to exist. Md Ariful Islam migrates to spread this message around this country and bring awareness about the importance of bees in the environment.


National

We The People: Chandi Prasad Bhatt, The Chipko Movement Torchbearer

Padma awardee Chandi Prasad Bhatt on his stellar role in the iconic Chipko movement


National

We The People: Jharkhand's Water Warrior Simon Oraon Dreams Of An End To Scarcity

Conservationist Simon Oraon has given his whole life to providing solutions to avert water crisis.


National

We The People: A Tribal Woman’s Fight for Equal Property Rights

Tribal rights activist Rattan Manjari is an iconic woman whose battles with patriarchal norms are legendary.


National

We The People: Tamil Nadu's Unique Temple Where Dolls Greet Visitors Before The Deity

The hundreds of cement dolls outside Azhagu Muthu Ayyanar temple in Cuddalore’s Thenambakkam village are a symbol of devotees' desires and wishes fulfilled.


National

We The People: Anthology Of Hope

In a remote part of Bihar’s Gaya district whe­re hillocks jut out of the ground like shr­apnel, an old man dug a canal all by himself to get water to his village.


National

We The People | Of Green Thumbs And Good Hills: The 'Bhalo Pahar' Of Raska

Kamal Chakraborty is a writer who runs the Bhalopahar Society dedicated to forest conservation and tribal development


National

We The People: How A Doctor Saved One Of Kashmir’s Most Famous Meadows

Used as a live firing range by security forces, Tosamaidan had turned into a death zone shells often killed civilians. Then Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool stepped in.


National

We The People: The Matchmaker For Girls From Impoverished Families

Ashvini Jojra’s social work is going on under the canopy of Serving All Humanity Yearningly Over the Globe (Sehyog India), of which he is the founder-president.


National

We The People: Gorelal Manjhi, The Anti-Child Trafficking Campaigner

Apart from convincing families not to send their children to other cities out of the lure of a few thousand rupees, Gorelal Manjhi, a daily wage labourer, also keeps an eye on the children of his village.


National

We The People: A Film Collective That Uses Cinema As The Voice Of The Masses

The idea behind PFC, a socio-political film club was to take documentaries on socio-political issues in different Indian languages to the common people these films talked about.


National

We The People: The Seed Wizard Of Tehri Garhwal

A pioneer of the people’s movement starting from his village—Beej Bachao Andolan (Save Seeds Movement), Vijay Jardhari is a true crusader of the seed movement in the hills.


National

We The People: The Last Maestro Of Srinagar’s Stringed Instruments

83-year-old Ghulam Mohammad Zaz is the last working craftsman in eight generations of Srinagar’s famous craftsmen who make santoors, sitars and rababs.


National

We The People: Girl From Haryana Paves The Way For Women's Rights

Jyoti, who became the first woman to graduate from Garhi Khajur village in Haryana’s Karnal district, is now a community leader


National

We The People: The Guardian Angel For People On Both Sides Of Indo-Pak Border

Jagbir Singh’s Pritam Spiritual Trust, a voluntary organisation, has provided artificial limbs to over 10,000 people, mostly landmine amputees, victims of cross-border firing and shelling.


National

Teachers' Day: The Motihari Super-Man Behind Bihar's Super-30

Teachers' Day: Meet Premchandra Ram, Competitive Exam Coach and the man behind Bihar's Super-30 coaching centre.