We believe that everyone has the capacity to contribute to the society in a positive manner and all they need is a little inspiration. These snippets from interesting conversations with academicians, activists and other luminaries, who have worked on the ground to bring about a positive change in the society, will provide the much needed push. We talk to them about their experiences, motivations, problems they faced and so on. These will inspire the reader to use their skills and knowledge for the betterment of the society.

I will not allow child marriage: Mr. Shyam Sunder Paliwal, Former Sarpanch

Sir, first of all, tell us something about your village Piplantri. Especially, in Rajasthan, people usually do not want a girl child. How was the situation there before, and what changes came after your work?   Yes! Hello, I am Shyam Sundar Paliwal. I’m a former Sarpanch of the Piplantri village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan and currently my wife Smt. Anita is the Sarpanch of the village. As a Sarpanch, I took notice of the issues of Gram Panchayat. We

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“There is no Planet B”:Ms Moulika Arabhi, Advisor at WWF-India

What is, in your opinion, is the current situation with India’s environment? And how do our environment protection laws fare when compared to global standards, especially with regards to other developing nations?               In spite of the fact that India has had a very robust environment protection law since the 1960’s, in the last few years, the government has watered down many environmental laws in favour of aspirational economic growth / political agenda / big businesses / political nexus. When

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“Without free access to water, life has no dignity.”: Water man of India-Rajendra Singh

You were in your early 20s when you left a stable government job and decided to dedicate your life to social service. Given how coveted and prestigious government jobs are considered in India, how difficult was it for you to give up the prospect of a stable life and plunge into social service? I faced no such difficulty in my life because this was a decision taken from my soul, heart and brain. Because if you take such a decision

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“The spiritual connection is lost.”: Professor Nityanand Jayaraman on rivers

What do you think is problem with our rivers today? Reductions in river flow because of upstream compoundment and extraction. Also the discharge of domestic sewage, industrial waste and agricultural run-off are some of the main concerns when it comes to river pollution. When we have less water flowing and more sewage coming in, there is less dilution and as a result there is more concentrated contamination. The farmers of Punjab are to blame for the pollution as well. The

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