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Gandhian legacy for next 1500 years: A dialectical discourse

Shahid Bhagat Singh, whose birth anniversary nation celebrated recently, reminded us that it was easy to kill an individual, but not to kill an idea. Mahatma Gandhi was killed but his ideas endure. No idea remains valid for all times unless it assimilates evolving contradictions of social, cultural and environmental consciousness. When he gave a … Continue reading

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Early indicator of a transformed India: 77% ideas from disadvantaged children

Who would have imagined that Indian search for inclusive development, thanks to National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF), would have achieved such transformative results in mobilising innovative ideas from disadvantaged children? In the latest round of ideas received by NIF, more than seventy per cent, yes, seventy seven percent, ideas to be exact have been received from … Continue reading

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Augmenting autonomy and agency through innovative designs

Empowering communities as well as designers through embedding autonomy is not enough. One must also have agency to use that autonomy for reciprocal and responsible designs for inclusive social development. Autonomy is the freedom to act. Agency is the willingness to use that freedom. Inclusive development implies technological, institutional and cultural solutions that are accessible … Continue reading

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Why is not Indian state impatient with marginal regions and institutions?

After completing the walking and exploring course, shodhyatra in churah valley, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh IIMA students had an opportunity to meet Mr Hansraj dy speaker of Himachal Pradesh. Mr Hansraj, 35 years, had asked more than five hundred questions in HP state assembly about his constituency in previous five years. The students shared their experience … Continue reading

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Leveraging creativity of children for a new, invigorated and youthful India: 42-shodhyatra Kutch

Naresh, of Class 1, sambuvad, bowled us all over with his creativity. Just a five-year-old, Naresh was the third most young student giving a brilliant idea. Earlier, two students from Tamilnadu and Tripura were recognised with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Ignite awards by NIF. Naresh wanted the wind energy to be used for compressing air … Continue reading

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Fury of floods: Persistent neglect of drainage & conservation

Extraordinary tragedy in Kerala has brought into sharp focus the persistent, pervasive and profound neglect of drainage, waterbodies, conservation of catchment areas, excessive denudation of forest, and several other areas of resource management. With environmental clearance further relaxed by the Ministry of Forest and environment, such disasters are likely to recur more often and widely. … Continue reading