Ralegan: The story of a rural dream come true

Social activist and Gandhian Mr Anna Hazare.
Ralegan is a small village with a total population of around 2,300. It has developed by leaps and bounds in a period of 20 years. The five principles adopted by this village are nashabandhi (non-addiction), nasbandhi, charbandhi, khurabandhi and shramadan. This village has attained worldwide recognition. During the 70’s, Ralegan was beset with a number of problems. Since it is...

Insensitivities of people

People use crane to lift Lord Ganesha idol for the traditional immersion during Hindu festival ganesh chathurthi (Hyderabad, India)
There are so many sensitivities and insensitivities taking place around us. In this project we have tried to discover few of them. Indian sensitivities through our eyes: Insensitivity on the roads: So many accidents are taking place on Indian roads. Are we really sensitive towards those accident victims? Can a little help save those accident victims. Sensitivity regarding sanitary conditions on roads: Aren’t...

A peep into the future of food

Rice fields in India
My dream of India in the 22nd century shows water of our five great rivers of the north, harnessed into one great canal, which in turn, distributes water to every corner of the country. I dream that our future generations will never have to face the agony of a flood or drought. In fact, farmers would probably have capsules which...

Hungry in the land of plenty

Hungry in the land of plenty: Exotic spices in a wooden box
One day I came back from school, I was hungry... I looked for a samosa but my sister had eaten it all up. I guess she was as hungry as I was. I thought for a while and asked myself, ‘do you think there is enough food?’ Now that was a bit difficult to answer. I went to my father...

Learning Creatively

Gijubhai Badheka was deeply influenced by ancient Indian methods of teaching and opposed the conventional schooling system. He speaks of his views on improving the education system in his books ‘Divaswapna’ or daydreaming, and ‘Education in Primary Schools’. Gijubhai used story telling as a means to attract children to learning and listening in class. Using story sessions as rewards and not...

Education that is and education that should be

Education that is and education that should be
Mr Examination  Oh, my dear examination I have made no preparation I’m terribly afraid of you Kindly advise me what to do You are early, but I’m very late And daily losing weight Please go and go you must, Let me learn my lesson first. Get out of my room Now that’s something!!! What education can't give education can give study but not job education can give books but not brains education can give...

The changing face of childhood dreams

Dreams - the word itself, sounds so fascinating. Everyone has different dreams. Dreams are actually our aspirations. Dreams are of different types. Some dreams, like touching the sun, are impossible. Some are extremely silly. When I was five and was asked about what I wanted to be, I used to say: “to grow up”, as if anyone could stop that!...

Children of a lesser god

This is the story of a small boy of my age working next door. His name is Bharat. His parents could not afford his studies and food. So they sent him to someone’s house to work as a servant. He was interested in studies. But there was no use. He had to work hard day and night. In the morning, when...