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Bike ambulances in the red corridor, driving tribal women to safer deliveries

February 28, 2020 10:39:00 pm

The 'ambulance' is Indian ingenuity at its best: a modified four-stroke motorcycle equipped with a first-aid kit and fitted with a sidecar comprising a mattress to provide comfort to pregnant women.

Unaccustomed Earth: How Afghan refugee women are working on building a new life

February 28, 2020 10:33:22 pm

Back home, most of them had never imagined earning their own keep. In India, they are using exile as an opportunity.

Innovation in times of internet ban: A Kashmiri boy’s journey to the Indian Science Congress

February 24, 2020 3:52:34 pm

Numair Wani and his friends have created an anti-pollution device that makes smoke from Srinagar’s hamams less toxic.

House of Hope: A former pastor and wife help rebuild a remote area of Nagaland

February 22, 2020 7:03:21 pm

In the drug-ravaged district of Tuensang, Chingmak Kejong and Phutoli Shikhu have not only built roads and health care centres, rehabilitated drug addicts and treated HIV-patients, but created a lasting atmosphere of hope, love and trust.

In Little Tibet, a story of how displaced people rebuilt life in a distant land

February 18, 2020 7:51:42 pm

Residents of Little Tibet are as much a part of Karnataka as the dosa and idli that the refugees from the Himalayan plateau have adopted into their daily diet.

Helping Kashmiri students, because this actor knows what suffering means

January 31, 2020 2:05:08 pm

"Of course, it is true that we Kashmiri Pandits have suffered for 30 years. But who is stopping us from showing empathy and compassion? No one."

Strangers helped him study so J&K cop pays back by giving free books to students

January 21, 2020 10:49:58 am

Basant Rath started giving out books to students during his probation period as a newly appointed IPS officer, in Mandi, in Poonch district; and by the time 2002 came to an end, the initiative had grown bigger, and more organised.

In Chhattisgarh’s Naxal heartland, tribal carver turns beacon of change for inmates

January 14, 2020 2:49:55 pm

The road to redemption, especially for inmates, is long and fraught with hurdles. And Mandavi believes that the society makes it harder for them to lead a normal life.

In hardcore Maoist country, teens play for hope

November 22, 2019 6:29:12 pm

In 2016, the district administration of Bijapur, one of India’s worst Left-wing extremism-related violence-hit districts in the country, decided to invest in sports by opening a sports academy in the district headquarters, to bring children out of the cycle of violence.

Captured by Maoists, Andhra man gets life lessons, sets up NGO that teaches children

Captured by Maoists, Andhra man gets life lessons, sets up NGO that teaches children

November 26, 2019 1:36:22 pm

Sai Vamsi Vardhan, then a Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow, was abducted by Maoists along with three Panchayat-level workers in one of the interior regions in Jharkhand. The Indian Express traces his journey from a software engineer to UPSC rank holder who runs an NGO that sponsors the education of underprivileged kids.

Real Kashmir FC: The right foot forward

October 30, 2019 7:03:53 pm

The football club from Kashmir is surprising everyone with their dream run and enthralling fans in the process.

Former ULFA militant pulls the trigger on change… with love, brotherhood and honesty

October 21, 2019 11:42:56 am

Once a cadre of the ULFA’s most dreaded battalion, today Moni Manik Gogoi is still waging a battle. But this time around he has a different set of weapons.

Rubber Rose, the Kerala nun who planted seeds of change in Meghalaya's Garo Hills

Rubber Rose, the Kerala nun who planted seeds of change in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills

October 18, 2019 9:02:03 pm

In Meghalaya’s densely forested Garo Hills, once infamous for being a breeding ground for insurgent activities, this co-operative society has emerged as a rare success story.

#PositiveNagaland | An empowerment initiative gives Naga youth another chance

October 1, 2019 1:30:10 pm

Launched in 2006, Youthnet has changed the lives of close to one lakh youngsters, helping them seek employment in a state grappling with one of independent India’s longest-running insurgencies.

Dastan-e-Mahabharat: Retelling shared stories to bridge the divide

September 13, 2019 6:13:34 pm

In a toxic environment where hate crimes are on the rise, these Muslim artistes believe their challenge is to find a way to overcome social divisiveness and help create a sane and more understanding society.

Helping schools in remote, conflict-ridden areas of Manipur teach new lessons in peace

September 8, 2019 10:08:39 am

A retired Army colonel and his trusted team are building a network of schools and hostels to promote peace and education in the remotest, most strife-torn parts of Northeast India