Social Causes

Suresh and Priyanka Raina with children in Chandigarh

Photograph by HT

M.S.K. Prasad with students of the Shiridi School for the Blind in Guntur

The Satyamev Jayate Water Cup, with the Paani Foun­dation, aims to provide succour to India’s parched patches. With parts of Maharashtra fearfully anticipating ano­ther year of scorched earth, Paani co-founders Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao swung into action in Satara. They’ll take their good work to 13 districts.

Photograph by PTI

Volunteers carry out the mother’s work of public service

Photograph by Alamy

Visitors walk on a road in front of an illuminated India Gate war memorial in New Delhi. The landmark monument was illuminated in orange in an effort to raise awareness on ending violence against women.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

A view of Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium decorated with oil lamps to mark Deepawali festival in Allahabad.

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Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture of Goddess Kali with message "No crackers, Save Nature" at Puri beach of Odisha.

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School children take out a march to save Animals on the World Animal Day in Ranchi.

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Actress Raveena Tandon and BJP leader Shaina NC taking selfies with special children at the launch of Spina Bifida (Birth Defect) Awareness Campaign in Mumbai.

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Participants during the World Vision India marathon at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresses a press conference in Bhubaneswar.

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Carrying lighted torches, hundreds of activists march towards the Presidential Palace in Manila to demand that Philippine President Benigno Aquino III prosecute all officials, including some of his allies, who were allegedly involved in stealing from state funds intended for projects to help the poor, in the Philippines. Three senators and several of their associates have been charged with plunder for allegedly receiving hundreds of millions of pesos (millions of dollars) in kickbacks from a businesswoman who skimmed from the money off government allocations for the poor.

AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Volunters make the largest human droplet to spread awareness about blood donation in Sirsa, Haryana.

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Gopal Krishna Gokhale and Parsi philanthropist Ratan Tata

(Clockwise from bottom) Anjali Gopalan of NAZ Foundation (quote below), which played a key role in getting homosexuality decriminalised; Anshu Gupta of Goonj is lobbying to make sanitary napkins more affordable; Amitabh Behar of Wada Na Todo, which monitors anti-poverty programmes; Akhila Sivadas of CFAR, which partners state governments in HIV/AIDS prevention. “The more voices that come together, the more powerful we become. I don’t think change happens on its own. You need a catalyst.”

Narendra Bisht

Second Coming
Way back in 2008, Calcutta met Diego Maradona. Another Diego, Diego Forlan, the Uruguayan star of World Cup 2010, had the city enthralled once again. A guest at a football reality show, the Golden Ball winner spared some time to visit the Missionaries of Charity.