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FIRST-HAND First-Hand testimonials, showcasing what it takes to drive change, with resilience Growing up in Hyderabad, I vividly remember my first attempt to contribute for others. I was probably 4 or 5, and I had collected a sum of Rupees 152 for Help Age India. That is how everything started for me. I moved on …

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Ali Imam – from YUVA: Youth United for Voluntary Action Organization – suddenly choked up. With an unlikely look on his face, he stopped, as if contemplating about the unknown. Looking around the room – as if trying to find an answer in the whites of the cracking wall – with bated breath, he started …

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Hidden away in the extreme corner of the country, Mizoram is filled with luscious green forests, a rolling hilly landscape, limitless love for football and an indomitable Mizo spirit. The state was officially born in 1987 and in more than thirty years from that historic date, currently, its million inhabitants can boast about the fact …

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FIRST-HAND First-Hand testimonials, showcasing what it takes to drive change, with resilience I was never interested in politics. But, a road and a series of civic tasks changed me. Our village, Anpoondi, has almost 200 girls with more than 50 of them living in my neighbourhood – The palla street. But, it is a far …

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Saloni and Aditi from Jamshedpur Public School are creating a dialogue with Safai Karamcharis at school, subtly rediscovering what it means to be free While studying at school, I remember asking my mother for money every now and then – for music CDs, books, clothes and so much more. More often than not, I would …

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The flamboyant city of Gurugram juxtaposes Rajputana history and Haryanvi flavour with a contemporary, corporate and lavish lifestyle seldom witnessed in India. The ‘Millennium City’ is the hub for future financial and industrial developments vindicated by the ever-increasing offices of ‘Fortune 500’ companies, and more condominiums than you can Imagine. While the concrete jungle keeps …

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India is a paradox. One of the fastest growing economies in the world, the high GDP growth rate often glosses over the stark injustice, inequality and discrimination that prevails and leeches into every nook and crevice of this bubbling cauldron of a country. The colossal economic disparity existing in India also sheds some light on …

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The story of Aamir who became the first generation school-goer from his family. Born in Jaffrabad, Delhi, Mohammad Aamir grew up with a despairing privilege – He was the only member of his family to go to school and acquire an education. This, however, didn’t come to him easily. The early death of his father …

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