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Independence Day 2020: Is democracy alive today?

The founding fathers of our nation laid out a structure for governance with a strong centre. However, we wonder on the eve of Independence Day 2020 whether they realised that it would concentrate all power with the Union government, particularly the PMO (Prime Minister's Office). This centralisation has always been a source of tension....

Sumit Deb, Chairman & Managing Director, NMDC talks CSR and COVID relief

NMDC is India's largest iron ore public sector enterprise. It has been one of the biggest CSR spenders among CPSEs, with a spend of Rs. 199.99 crores in 2019-20. Being a responsible Corporate Citizen, the Company (which stands for National Mineral Development Corporation), made a large donation of Rs. 155 crores for COVID-19 relief...

Organ Donation Day 2020: Gift that keeps on giving

Organ Donation Day 2020 is close. We will celebrate it on August 13th in gratitude of donors and by recipients like would-be engineer Shreya Siddanagowder. Back in 2016, she was a fiercely independent 18-year-old student, when her life changed course forever. She was travelling by a Volvo bus from Pune one early morning. The...

Top CSR Projects for Persons With Disabilities

Persons with disabilities (PwDs) in India face discrimination and marginalisation every day. They lack access to essential services and are restricted in movement due to lack of infrastructure and ease of access. Their inability to contribute towards income of the family, and incurring expenses in treatment and medication, are seen as an additional burden,...

Big Bets on Offshore Wind Power for Economic Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has shocked the global energy sector, forcing projects to suspend work to comply with social distancing regulations, challenging the investment conditions of markets bracing for economic recession and slashing power demand by up to 10% in some regions in 2020. The size of that decline is around seven times greater than...

Northeast India is most deserving of Sports CSR funding

The Seven Sisters – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura, and the second smallest state of India, Sikkim, together constitute Northeast India. The region is a mixed bag of various languages, cultures, tribes and indigenous sports. The partition in 1971 (split with Bangladesh) made access to the North East geographically limited. The...
girl child education

Top CSR projects advancing girl child education

Girl child education is a joke in our country. Girls bear the burden of cooking and cleaning growing up yet are considered a burden. Most girls in rural areas still don't go to school, leave alone higher education. In fear of exploitation and abuse, many girls are not sent to school and kept at...

Bleed Red Not Blue: Radhika Apte Breaks Media Stereotypes

Radhika Apte is back, as Netflix would have everyone know. But women are celebrating her reappearance for other reasons. Watch any Indian crime drama streaming online. There is so much blood and gore on overt display, the entire screen goes red. Yet when it comes to sanitary napkin advertising, the colour of blood has been...

World domination plans of Big Tech on hold

High-level politicians in America put the head honchos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google under the scanner as they grilled them about their clout in a long hearing. Lasting well over 5 hours, the hearing yesterday is bound to go down in history for trying to put the leash on the four biggest companies...
#challengeaccepted

#ChallengeAccepted – Women lift each other up

Instagram campaign #ChallengeAccepted has drawn over 4.1 million posts. The hashtag has gone viral, with women of all ages posting black-and-white selfies and tagging other women to do the same in a display of solidarity. The campaign began somewhere in Turkey and has gathered momentum in India, with Tennis player Sania Mirza, actresses Sonam...
Indian Oil CSR

Indian Oil CSR is Making India Future-Ready

PSUs, short for Public Sector Undertaking, give the impression of being hefty mammoths in size and spread (across topography) yet low-grade in the quality of the social welfare they dispense. Their development initiatives are notorious for being high in resources, manpower and most importantly funding but abysmal in the degree of visible change accomplished....

World Conservation Day 2020: Global Corporate Stewardship

Corporate stewardship is as much part of global conservation of nature as environmental organisations, the UNEP and governments. As World Nature Conservation Day 2020 approaches, we shine the lights on corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts of global companies like the De Beers Group, HP, Intel and L’Oréal in protecting forests and wildlife. 1. Forevermark and...

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