Summer Issue - 2017

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The Power Of 500 mILLION

500 million. 500 million Indian citizens are expected to be under the age of 25 by 2020. According to reports, currently 9 of every 10 people between the ages of 10 to 24 are in developing nations. Of those, India continues to have one of the youngest populations in the world with an all time high of 356 million youth.

Youth is perhaps one of the most powerful resources that a country can have. If 500 million youth, around 64% of our population will be added to our workforce, the country’s socio-economic development will witness an unprecedented rise. Economists believe such favourable demographic dividend could add a significant 2% to the GDP growth rate.

However, if we do not tread carefully, this advantage might take a turn for the worse. In the past year, India has been hit by major social and political upheavals, from Kashmir and Haryana to Tamil Nadu and Telangana that

Her Journey From The Slums Of Delhi To The Delhi University

Her Journey From The Slums Of Delhi To The Delhi University

“We are five sisters. For my parents, earning enough to feed all of us is a daily challenge. When they decided to take me out of school after Class 5, I understood. It was not that they were partial to me because of my disability, they loved me just the same, even gave me special care and attention. But they just could not imagine how education would matter for me. Also carrying me to the school, which is quite far from home had become more difficult as I grew up.

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Cultivating Tea and Dreams

Snow covered gigantic mountains, lustrous tea gardens and lots of soothing fresh air welcomes you at Kalimpong – a quaint tourist destination in West Bengal. It is difficult to believe that this mesmerizing land that is a haven for travellers is at the same time a rough struggle for its own inhabitants.

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Tribal Women Lead THe Battle For Survival In Kalahandi

Tribal Women Lead THe Battle For Survival In Kalahandi

A man carrying the dead body of his wife for 12km. 4 desperate daughters carrying the body of their mother on their shoulders for cremation. These are the images that resurface in our heads when we think of Kalahandi, where even burying one’s dead remains a struggle. It would come as no surprise then that a staggering 72% of the population in Kalahandi lives below poverty line.

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