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South Asian Development NewsMay 08, 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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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?


Sustainable Social Change and Philanthropy
As a professional grantmaker and manager with some of the world's leading foundations, David Bonbright sought innovative approaches to strengthening citizen self-organization in place of prevailing bureaucratic, top-down models. While with the Ford Foundation, David was declared persona non grata by the apartheid government in South Africa for helping fund the liberation struggle. In 1990, in the final years of that struggle, he entrepreneured the development of some key building-block organizations for civil society in the new South Africa. He then founded and now runs an international nonprofit dedicated to bringing constituent feedback to social change practice. He had an unexpected invitation to speak with Nelson Mandela, who reinforced that development aid and philanthropy run aground because those on the receiving end have no say in it, and that "in social change, as in our personal and social lives, it is relationships that determine outcomes. What follows are selected wisdom nuggets from an Awakin Call with David Bonbright.


IIT Builds Low Cost Braille Laptop
Researchers at IIT Delhi have developed a Braille laptop called DotBook, which can be useful for the visually impaired. The laptop has got important conventional applications such as email, calculator, and web browser. Third party apps can also be added in case needed.


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