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The mountaineer changing lives in a hill village

Munsyari In The Pithoragarh District Of Uttarakhand Is The Last Small Town Before The Nepal-tibet Border. It Is Here That Malika Virdi, A Well-known Mountaineer, Social Worker And Sarpanch Till January 2010, Has Chosen To Live Amongst The Local Folk. It Needs Courage, Character And Idealism To Forsake Urban Comfort And Move To Such A Beautiful, But Harsh Place. Yet Coming As An Outsider To A Remote Village, Malika Has Taken Up Wo...

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Doc who charges only Rs 2

Dr Ravindra Koelhe, Md, Lives And Runs A Clinic In Melghat, Maharashtra. His Fee Is Rs 2 For The First Consultation And Rs 1 For The Second. Not Only Is He A Doctor And Social Worker, Dr Koelhe Has Also Taken The Government To Court For Having Failed In Its Duty To Protect The Korku Tribals Of The Region. After Completing His Mbbs, He Worked In Melghat For A Year-and-a-half Only To Realise That He Needed More Expertise To Handle T...

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This Gandhian samosas cost Re 1 only!

Every Morning He Comes To College On Time, Clad In Complete White, Which Has More Or Less Become A Kind Of Uniform For Him. He Monitors Everyone Passing By And Most Of Them Pause To Greet Him. No, It Is Not The Principal Or The Jesuit Priest From The College Management. It Is The 'samosa Ajja'. It Obviously Is Not His Original Name, Which Is Madukeshwar Mudeyappa Malagi. He Was Born In Yendigeri Halli Of Badami Taluk On April 1, 1941...

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Malathi Holla: Truly, a different spirit!

When She Wheels Herself Into A Room, You Realize She's Special. Very Special. It's As If A Sun Beam Has Suddenly Lit Up The Place. Her Handshake Is Firm. There Is Warmth In Her Voice. You Notice That She Smiles And Laughs Very Often. And The Laughter Is Full-throated. Vivacious. There Are No Airs About Malathi. Neither Is There An Iota Of Self-pity. No Cautious, Gentle Wheeling For Her. Every Entry, Every Exit, In Fact Every Move I...

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An auto driver loaded with Honesty

How Many Honest Autorickshaw Drivers Have You Come Across? You Could Say One In A Million. Here Is That One. Manjunatha, An Auto Driver From Bangalore, Is One Such Soul. He Returned Two Laptops Worth More Than A Lakh Of Rupees To Their Rightful Owners After They Forgot Them In His Auto. Two Technology Consultants Naveesh And Sainath Along With Their Chief Executive Officer (ceo) Vishnu From Pune Reached Bangalore On September 23, 20...

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A danseuse who teaches slum children

It All Began In 2002, When A Tender Coconut Vendor Would Often Pause Outside Her Bharatanatyam Dance Class In Seshadripuram, Bangalore, And Peer In. One Day, He Came In Hesitantly, And Asked Her: Would She Teach His Daughter Too? Padmaja Suresh, Founder-director Of Kalpataru Kalavihar, An Institute Of Performing Arts, Was Moved. She Enrolled The Girl In Her Class. But The Unlettered Father's Desire To See His Daughter Lear...

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How an Indian doctor beat the scourge of leprosy

Meet An Extraordinary Indian: Dr Vijaykumar Pannikar, Who Has Battled Leprosy Worldwide For Nearly 40 Years. Dr Vijaykumar Pannikar Won The 2009 International Gandhi Award For His Work On Leprosy. A Team Leader Of The World Health Organisation's Global Leprosy Programme From March 2005 To November 2009, Dr Pannikar Worked With Who On Leprosy-related Programmes For 20 Years. Up For Retirement Next Month, Dr Pannikar Now Divides ...

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'We're possibly the world's most corrupt society'

Ravi Gulati Left A Corporate Job And Took To Teaching Children Of Drivers, Barbers And Maids Near His Home In New Delhi's Khan Market. Today, In His Unusual Classroom Every Student Is A Teacher And Every Teacher A Student. "i Don't Expect The Kids To Pay Me Back But Pay It Forward," Says The Man Who Has Turned His Home Into A Learning Centre For The Poor. A Ganesh Nadar Continues Our Series On Extraordinary Indians. In The Midst O...

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'If people like us don't do something for society, who will?'

"whenever You Do Anything, Ask Yourselves Three Simple Questions: Is My Action Against Women; Will It Harm The Environment; And Will It Worsen The Global Food Security?" "and If All The Answers Are In The Negative, Then Go Ahead And Finish What You Are Up To," Says Krishna Banerjee, A Social Activist In Kolkata. She Is An Unlikely Soul. After Completing A Degree In Philosophy From London University, Banerjee Never Thought Of Going...

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He put his life's savings for a home for prisoner's children

'the Children Of Life Convicts Are Rendered Orphans For All Practical Purposes, And To See Them Crying Outside The Jail Is Very Sad,' V Mani, Who Started A Home For Them After His Retirement, Told Vicky Nanjappa. Continuing Our Independence Day Special Series: Extraordinary Indians. There Are Very Few People In India Who Can Touch Several Lives And One Such Person Is V Mani. While Working As An Assistant General Manager At The ...

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