After their agonizing experience in cities during the lockdown, migrant workers, in very large numbers, are back in their villages. Can the rural economy sustain them? Will they find ways of earning? The rural employment programme, MGNREGA, offers hope. But it remains to be seen whether in the current context it is the solution.
The dream of a young boy, who wished to give the youth an opportunity and platform to voice their opinions, dreams and journalistic endeavours fructified into the creation of Youth Ki Awaz, which till today retains its independence, fearlessness and authenticity.
Relinquishing the perks and comfort of the corporate world and plunging into a field hitherto explored, bringing relief to thousands of lives through simple, practical methods, inspiring and motivating people to contribute to society is the hallmark of Anshu Gupta’s life.
Sushma Iyengar is a social activist and a recipient of ‘Gondhia Award for Social Work’ in 1996, instituted by Young Men’s Gandhian Association. She founded and led the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, an organization of rural women, initiating processes for mobilizing, organizing and training rural women, as well as organization building. Her other organizations, SETU—a network of 18 grass-roots, resource-facilitation centres in clusters of 15–20 villages across the district of Kutch; K-LINK—an information communication technology organization, which works to make ICTs accessible, and applicable to developmental needs; and Khamir, an organization that works for the empowerment of crafts people.
Dr. Ravi Chopra is the Director of People’s Science Institute (PSI), Dehradun, and a Managing Trustee of Himalaya Foundation, New Delhi. PSI, a non-profit public interest research and development organization, is known for its innovative work in the areas of water resources management, environmental quality monitoring, and disaster mitigation and response.
Apoorva Oza is the Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme—AKRSP—(India). He is a mechanical engineer with a diploma in rural management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He has also done a course on Strategies for Change: Managing NGOs, from Cranford University, United Kingdom, and a three-month course from Cornell University, USA. Apoorva Oza started his career as a Deputy Manager (Projects and Engineering) with Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation. He joined AKRSP (India) as a Programme Coordinator in 1988 and moved up to the position of Senior Programme Executive in 1994.