A newspaper is not just about political heavyweights or big ticket events. We launched the India Awakened series on January 15 to put the focus on ordinary Indians with extraordinary achievements, people who have battled odds to bring change, innovative entrepreneurs who have made a difference to their local economies, people whose stories inspire others to work for change.
We started with 23 change-makers and with your help, we now know of many more. And we will feature some of the people you have nominated and brought to our notice.
We have been overwhelmed by the support from readers for this venture. It shows that we, as a people, have big hearts. We do acknowledge those who selflessly strive to empower communities. So far, we have featured change-makers of different backgrounds and motivations from all over the country. There was ‘Lady Tarzan’ aka Jamuna Tuddu, who has taken on Jharkhand’s timber mafia to protect the forests; Omkar Nath Singh of Delhi, a 75-year-old disabled person who collects medicine for the poor; Rajendra Mandal, the local primary health centre doctor who holds fort in the Rayagada district of Odisha; Bezwada Wilson, a messiah of India’s manual scavenging community and Parneet Singh, a passport officer in Jalandhar who is helping women who are victims of marriage fraud.
Many of our change-makers have helped local communities stand up on their own feet — be it Rashmi Bharti and her husband, Rajnish Jain, promoting eco-friendly livelihoods in the Kumaon district of Uttarakhand or Coimbatore’s A Muruganantham, whose low-cost sanitary napkin maker is promoting not only micro-enterprise, but also improving sanitation among rural women.
The India Awakened series winds up in April. Thank you for being with us on this journey.
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