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South Asian Development NewsSep 17, 2021
Failing the Forest

Both human rights and wildlife rights groups in India have not used the Forest Rights Act ...

 
Raising Constitutional Awareness

Audacious Dreams Foundation a member of Commutiny The Youth Collective, aims to inspire, inform, engage, enable ...

Dog Father of India

Rakesh Shukla, a successful techie and motivational speaker is the single largest rescuer of dogs in ...

 
Unique Organic Cotton project for MP Farmers

Cotton farmers in Chhindwara district are reaping benefits from new cultivation practices. ...

1 Stop, 556 Schemes: Haryana Sets up Unique System

Government schemes and services are quite special in one sense. Most of them you are completely ...

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Anil Gupta: India's Hidden Hotbeds of Invention
Where does creativity reside in today's world? Is it the monopoly of the educated elite or does it reside within the cracks of our 'well-ordered' systems? In this engaging TED talk, Anil Gupta asks this humbling, soul-searching question, and provides some responses. Read on to see and hear a stunning patchwork quilt of indigenous entrepreneurs and inventors whose ingenuity has changed lives for the better.


Returning to the Village
For those of us who live in urban areas, what does returning to a life in the village really mean? What is the impulse that moves folks to reverse the direction of migration of their recent ancestors to the city? What can living on the land, growing your own food, and using your hands to make clothing and shelter offer souls hungering for a real connection to the Earth? Here, Hang Mai, a Vietnamese natural farmer and social entrepreneur, who together with her partner Chau Duong mid-wifes those wanting to make this transition to the village, reflects on this question.


Speaking River, Speaking Rain
"Are languages then just a collection of words, syntax, and semantics? I'd like to sometimes see them as seeds and sometimes as fields - alive as the minds, tongues, throats, bodies and air they pass through; germinating, growing roots, bearing fruit, evolving like beings. But also holding space, expanding out like a unique land of perception. A non-physical geography hosting human and non-human drama. A living medium, a speech-scape." In this evocative piece, writer and teacher M. Yuvan layers anecdotes that shine a small, bright light on India's linguistic diversity and weaves in similar stories from around the world. What does it mean for the future of the human species to keep the richness of our multiple languages alive? How does language tether the soul to the wisdom of the Earth?


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