No Odds Unbeatable

The perception persists that the scientific world is alien territory for religious leaders and scholars, particularly for women. But this is fast changing, especially in the Indian Catholic Church. In this “Road Not Taken” episode…

Em-PAWAR-ed Village

It is Pawar that empowers a village. When Popatrao Pawar was elected the Sarpanch of the village in 1990,his family was upset as it wanted him to stay in the city. “But I felt that…

Jyoti of the Musahar community

When her parents left her in a residential school for poor children, she was just five. [auth] But Jyoti, one of seven siblings, didn’t cry over being ‘abandoned’. Even when many other girls her age…

Udaybhai: an Auto-matically Great Man

Udaybhai, as everyone calls him, is a unique auto rickshaw driver in Ahmedabad. The auto has facilities that are not even found in cabs. You find newspapers, magazines and other literature to read, and two…

Stephen Hawking’s Missed Love-God Linkage

Stephen Hawking, the Wheelchair Scientific Genius, who is almost universally acclaimed as the Second Einstein of our times, is most noted for his brilliant intellectual rationality and incredible scientific acumen. [auth] Among other contributions to…

At the source of Pope Francis’ serenity

During his recent trip to Ireland, Pope Francis had a meeting with several Jesuits of the Irish Province. [auth] One of his Jesuit companions asked him: "Holy Father, how do you manage to keep your…

Leading the way

At 22, Jabna Chauhan became the youngest Sarpanch in India. [auth] The daughter of a farmer from the Thajun village in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, Jabna overcame poverty and deep-seated patriarchy to run the…

Cleaning Youth

Youth for Parivarthan (YFP) works for a cleaner city by cleaning, beautifying roadsides and corners which are common garbage dumps. [auth] YFP is a Bengaluru based non-profit organisation whose frequent ‘spot-fixing’ sessions have given many…