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Good vibes only? Why India must step up with donations and charity

ByUrvee Modwel
Mar 15, 2024 04:22 PM IST

Why does India love the idea of charity, but stop short of actual donation? Is there a way to open our hearts and wallets better?

When Sameera Mehra’s dog , Diesel, passed away from a kidney infection in 2019, the Delhi-based financial consultant was, naturally, devastated. It took weeks before she realised she’d have to get rid of his bowls, toys, beds and mats. Throwing them away seemed cruel. So she took them to the local animal shelter. “Watching all the rescues there, some of them in terrible condition, I had an epiphany,” she recalls. “I didn’t have Diesel, but these dogs had nobody.” Mehra donated 11,000 to the shelter that day – Diesel was 11 when he passed.

Consider donating your late dog’s bowls, toys, beds and mats to a shelter, instead of getting rid of them. (Adobe Stock)
Consider donating your late dog’s bowls, toys, beds and mats to a shelter, instead of getting rid of them. (Adobe Stock)
Consider volunteering. If nothing else, earmark savings to a charity of your choice when you pass away. (Adobe Stock)
Consider volunteering. If nothing else, earmark savings to a charity of your choice when you pass away. (Adobe Stock)
In 2021-22, Indian households donated mostly cash, to religious organisations. (Shutterstock)
In 2021-22, Indian households donated mostly cash, to religious organisations. (Shutterstock)
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