The prospect of being kept out of forests they have occupied for 50 winters, on the pretext of environmental conservation, the Gujjars of Uttar Pradesh have finally taken a stand against the avarice of forest department officials.

Rameshwari has been working as a scavenger in the pilgrim town of Ajmer in Rajasthan for the last 15 years. She abhors her work, yet she does it as it is her only source of livelihood.

From the 9th century to the 16th century, south Indian kingdoms did not have irrigation or public works departments. Temples were given the job of constructing and managing irrigation channels, which they devotee endowments.

The Budakattu Krishikara Sangha, with its emphasis on people oriented strategies, has improved tremendously the lot of the tribals in and around Honsur taluka.

Gramashrama, a children based organisation in Karnataka, is trying to understand the causes of migration and prevent the exodus of youngsters from villages to cities.

For R S Hegde, a primary school principal and rural technologist, science is useless if it remains confined to labs and libraries.

Sugarcane farmers in rural Karnataka are making jaggery using an efficient and smoke free stove designed and promoted by a school headmaster.

Rapid strides in Western medicine and surgery relegated Indian medical systems to the back seat, especially because of brahmanical abhorrence of human dissection.

A voluntary organisation is transforming the lifestyles of villagers by involving women in collective work. The men are also following suit, but not so successfully

Instead of treating AIDS patients in hospitals, an organisation in Uganda is effectively extending health care to them in their own homes