Change Your Mind

Prometheus Unbound: Fire And Optimism In India

By CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA —- EVEN in the United States, a country that’s no stranger to monumental acts of philanthropy, Azim Premji’s generous gift for primary education in India created a ripple, generating headlines such as “India’s Bill Gates donates $2 billion” and “India’s Warren Buffett…” Although the money went into a trust to fund education…

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Small Talk

Small Talk with Tejshvi Jain

CHANGE leaders do great things, and often that is all we know about them. Here we want to get a different glimpse of the personalities that constitute the development space. Every month we get one leader to answer four questions, not necessarily about their work, but about themselves. This week we catch up with Tejshvi…

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Small Talk

Small Talk With Nikita Gupta

CHANGE leaders do great things, and often that is all we know about them. Here we want to get a different glimpse of the personalities that constitute the development space. Every month we get one leader to answer four questions, not necessarily about their work, but about themselves. This week we catch up with Nikita…

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Small Wonders

My Big Fat Charity Wedding

IN India,  weddings give us the opportunity to celebrate our culture through elaborate customs and rituals. We all know what wedding season really means though: extensive guest lists, extravagant jewellery, ornate venues and exorbitant amounts of food. Considering India hosts around 10million weddings annually and spends more than ₹100,000 crore on everything from invitations to honeymoons,…

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Happy to Report

Action on words that went viral

YOU might have seen people posting #MeToo on their social media accounts lately. You may have even thought, “What’s the big deal if someone flirted a little or made a pass at a cute girl? Boys will be boys after all. It was just a ‘joke’. Besides, they probably brought it on themselves.” This hashtag…

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Change Your Mind

Change Yourself, Change The World

By VENKAT KRISHNAN N —- I HAD an interesting conversation with a seasoned development professional some years back, as he held forth on why ‘charity is bad and development is good’. “Imagine,” he said, “that you are standing by a river, and you see a baby floating by, obviously thrown into the water and likely to…

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Small Wonders

Media Misses The Development Sector

THE 24-hour news cycle is our reality and newspapers now reflect that. When you open your paper or browser online you are bombarded with the most sensationalist news, amongst the advertisements, sponsored links, sports, op-eds, and other miscellaneous banality. A quick look at four of India’s top English news sites (Times of India, Hindustan Times,…

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