Author: V Kumara Swamy

  • International Equal Pay Day and the quest for gender equality

    International Equal Pay Day and the quest for gender equality

    INTERNATIONAL Equal Pay Day, observed on September 18th, marks a significant step in the ongoing endeavour to realize equal compensation for work of equal worth. This global initiative aligns with the United Nations‘ unwavering commitment to upholding human rights and eradicating discrimination, especially against women and girls. The gender pay gap Despite the progress in…

  • International literacy day: unlocking the power of knowledge

    International literacy day: unlocking the power of knowledge

    EVERY year, on September 8th, the world celebrates International Literacy Day. This occasion, initiated by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) aims to highlight the importance of literacy as a fundamental human right and a catalyst for individual and societal development.  The origins of International Literacy Day can be traced back to…

  • Here’s your guide to effective giving

    Here’s your guide to effective giving

    SO, you’re a young professional navigating the complexities of “adulting” and have this lingering feeling that you should contribute to a cause as part of your monthly budget. But doubts creep in. Where should you donate? How can you be sure it’s legitimate? And will your contributions truly make an impact? These may feel like…

  • M Yoganathan: A green warrior’s tale

    M Yoganathan: A green warrior’s tale

    MARIMUTHU Yoganathan was only 12 years old when he took on the timber mafia in the serene Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu. Raised next to a tea estate nestled in these hills, Yoganathan was shocked at the plunder of the trees and inspired many in the area to oppose the illegal felling of the trees. In…

  • Mitti Café: A tale of empowerment, inclusion and resilience

    Mitti Café: A tale of empowerment, inclusion and resilience

    IN a world where businesses often prioritise profits over purpose, there are shining examples that stand as beacons of hope, reminding us of the transformative power of compassion, empowerment, and inclusion. One such heartwarming story is that of Mitti Café and its founder, Alina Alam. Back in 2017, Alina took the initiative to establish Mitti…

  • Cuddles Foundation: A ray of hope for children battling cancer

    Cuddles Foundation: A ray of hope for children battling cancer

    IN a world fraught with challenges, there are remarkable individuals who stand as beacons of hope and compassion, shining a light on the darkest corners of society. Purnota Dutta Bahl, the founder of Cuddles Foundation, is one such inspiring figure, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer. Cuddles Foundation is…

  • Hunger and malnutrition among the elderly in India

    Hunger and malnutrition among the elderly in India

    HUNGER and malnutrition among the elderly in India is a critical issue that demands urgent attention. Despite progress in reducing overall hunger and malnutrition in the country, elderly individuals often face unique challenges that contribute to their vulnerability regarding food security and nutrition. Hunger and malnutrition among the elderly can be attributed to several factors.…

  • 5 elderly care NGOs making a difference in India

    5 elderly care NGOs making a difference in India

    ELDERLY care in India is a pressing issue that requires attention and support from various sectors, including care homes for the abandoned elderly that are run by NGOs. Elderly care NGOs play a crucial role in addressing the needs of the elderly population in India. As the country’s population ages rapidly, these care homes provide…

  • Reducing environment footprint: 6 steps for a sustainable lifestyle

    Reducing environment footprint: 6 steps for a sustainable lifestyle

    In today’s world, taking action and reducing our environmental footprint is crucial to protect the planet. Fortunately, each of us has the power to make a difference through small changes in our daily lives. On World Environment Day, we can explore practical ways to reduce our environmental impact and embrace a more sustainable lifestyle. Energy…

  • How Group Captain AC Barua helps abandoned elderly

    How Group Captain AC Barua helps abandoned elderly

    THE story of Group Captain Atul Chandra Barua, 80, is one of pure compassion and love. He is fondly called ‘Deuta‘ (meaning father in Assamese) by the residents of Seneh, run by Bhavada Devi Memorial Philanthropic Trust, one of the top NGOs in Guwahati for abandoned elderly women. Group Captain Barua has dedicated his life…

  • World Health Day: 5 health challenges facing India

    World Health Day: 5 health challenges facing India

    World Health Day, observed every year on April 7, commemorates the founding of the World Health Organization and the commitment made by countries worldwide to promote health and well-being. The day has a specific theme each year to address the various health challenges faced by people across continents. This year, on the 75th anniversary of…

  • World Cancer Day: Tackling the increasing challenge in India

    World Cancer Day: Tackling the increasing challenge in India

    AS the world marks February 4 as World Cancer Day, the disease remains a significant public health concern in India. An estimated 1.5 million new cases are reported in India every year. And the burden of cancer is an ever-increasing problem. What is of particular concern is the incidence of childhood cancer which is on…

  • This Republic Day, support these causes to make India better

    This Republic Day, support these causes to make India better

    AS India celebrates Republic Day, a day to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution, it is also a time to reflect on the nation’s progress and also the fact that not everyone in our country has the same opportunities and privileges. How can we help those in need and commemorate Republic Day? We can…

  • Guria: Fighting the heinous crime of sex trafficking

    Guria: Fighting the heinous crime of sex trafficking

    SAMEENA (name changed), the daughter of a labourer in the Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, was only 13 when she was abducted on her way to school by two men and taken thousands of kilometres away to a red-light district in Telangana. After the efforts of her parents with the help of Guria Sansthan, an…

  • The value of effective giving

    The value of effective giving

    I started thinking about the ideas expressed in The Life You Can Save back when I was a graduate student at Oxford. Like many young people, my consciousness of the world around me was expanding. I was becoming acutely aware of the economic inequality between the “developed” world and the “developing” world. I was surrounded…

  • Cancer Awareness Day: NGOs providing care for survivors in need

    Cancer Awareness Day: NGOs providing care for survivors in need

    EVERY year, November 7 is observed as National Cancer Awareness Day in India. The Government of India in 2014 declared that the birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Marie Curie would be observed as National Cancer Awareness Day. Marie Curie’s research led to the development of radiotherapy to treat cancer. India is one of the most…

  • Pride Month: 5 steps to greater LGBTQ equality in India

    Pride Month: 5 steps to greater LGBTQ equality in India

    EVEN as the world celebrates Pride Month, the global struggle towards LGBTQ equality has been long and arduous. In India, the recognition of transgender people as citizens with all fundamental rights granted under the Constitution of India in the NALSA vs Union of India case in 2014, and the decriminalization of adult consensual same-sex relationships…

  • Elder abuse: A sad reality India cannot ignore

    Elder abuse: A sad reality India cannot ignore

    IN a case of elder abuse, a court in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, recently asked the children of six elderly couples to vacate their parents’ premises within a month or face arrest. Six elderly couples in Haridwar had filed a plea, accusing their children of abusing and assaulting them.  The senior citizens were winners in Haridwar, but the fact…

  • One woman’s fight to rescue sex trafficking victims

    One woman’s fight to rescue sex trafficking victims

    THE ‘Wall of Blessings’ is the most uplifting place at the Rescue Foundation’s rehabilitation home for sex trafficking survivors in Kandivali, Mumbai. The sex trafficking survivors, when they are ready to leave home for a new chapter in their lives, dip their hands in different colours and leave their handprints on the wall. For Triveni…

  • Medical crowdfunding: Grateful families say ‘thank you’

    Medical crowdfunding: Grateful families say ‘thank you’

    OFTEN, high out-of-pocket health expenses mean that the low-income groups with no medical insurance are just another large medical bill away from being pushed into abject poverty. This is especially the case when people face a sudden medical hardship requiring expensive surgery. In such cases, appealing to the ‘crowd’ of online do-gooders through medical crowdfunding…

  • Climate Change: “Time is running out” for the planet

    Climate Change: “Time is running out” for the planet

    SUPPOSE last year’s weather events were a sign of the future ahead. In that case, our planet is in for a tough time on the climate front, warns a new report by World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The report by the United Nations body says that climate change will get worse, and the world will feel its ill…

  • 10 Indian NGOs working for environmental protection

    10 Indian NGOs working for environmental protection

    MORE than any other living being on this planet, humans must be responsible for environmental protection. No other life form has degraded nature as much as we have. On World Environment Day, it is imperative that we look at the depletion of natural resources, which has reached monumental proportions. Deforestation, pollution and climate change have…

  • 10 NGOs working for water conservation in India

    10 NGOs working for water conservation in India

    Water on our planet is limited and unevenly distributed. When we talk about water conservation, the issue is not just about “saving” water but having enough water to meet our present and future needs. For centuries, humans have exploited water resources and many fear that future wars could be fought over water. A study by the European…

  • 10 things we should know about International Mother Earth Day

    10 things we should know about International Mother Earth Day

    As we mark International Mother Earth Day on April 22, climate scientists agree that the Earth is at a tipping point. Centuries of uninhibited exploitation of natural resources have put planet Earth’s future at risk. International Mother Earth Day recognises our planet and its ecosystems as “humanity’s common home” and the need to protect it…

  • Why climate crisis is also a health crisis

    Why climate crisis is also a health crisis

    THE World Health Organisation (WHO) couldn’t have come out with more sobering news just before World Health Day. According to WHO, 99% of the global population is breathing air that exceeds quality limits and threatens people’s health. The world body says that people living in urban areas are most vulnerable as they are breathing unhealthy…