Till 1960, Bengaluru had 262 water bodies. Today, the number has reduced to 81. Out of this only 34 are recognized as live lakes. The vegetation of the city has seen a decline of 78 percent. This is how you can start saving the garden city.
S.G. Neginhal came to Bengaluru in 1981 when the new housing layouts and urbanization were becoming a threat to the city, leaving it barren. He took on the task of filling the city with green spaces and trees. He planted over 1.5 million trees, most of them are still thriving. His wisdom and hard work transformed Bengaluru into the Garden City of India.
Among several fake promises before elections and ignorance towards the community once a candidate is elected, can public figure out a way to select a genuine candidate? Here is a story where citizens of a constituency in Bangalore are given powers to remove the MLA from its post if he fails to perform his duties properly. Can this be a new way to elect a right candidate?
Atishi Marlena, the stellar woman from Aam Aadmi Party spearheaded several initiatives to improve the condition of government schools in Delhi. The results were spectacular. The passing percentage increased, school infrastructure and reading skills improved, private schools were forced to refund the excess fees they charged and much more. And after tirelessly working towards improving the education in government schools, she was suddenly sacked by the Central government. Here are five amazing ways she brought a positive change in Delhi's government schools.
Due to their nomadic nature, ragpickers' community of Rohtak was not able to send their kids to school. Children as young as three-year-olds were engaged in the hazardous profession of rag picking. Since they could not go to school, a professor took the school to them.
Over 66 per cent of girls in Bangladesh are married before the age of 18. A 17-year-old girl is addressing this issue and has successfully managed to eliminate child marriage from her community. Read more about how this fierce young lady Moni Begum did it without any money.
Kousalya was married at an age of 19 and by the time she turned 20, she was already a widow, HIV positive and thrown out of her marital home. She caught the virus from her husband, who had kept his positive status a secret from her. This is when she decided to fight for her rights and became the first woman in India to publicly disclose her HIV positive status. Today, over 30,000 HIV+ women and children are positively impacted by Kousalya's amazing work.
When farmers of Navalgund, North Karnataka faced a frequent drought and water-less monsoons, they adopted the simple idea of farm pond to irrigate their farms. A simple, quick and sustainable way to store rainwater and use it when necessary throughout the year has resulted in miraculous positive impact in the lives of thousands of farmers in this rain-fed region. While other farmers are facing crop losses, they have managed to multiply their profits. This is how they did it and why every farmer in a drought-prone area should do it too.