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National Youth Day – Ten Life Lessons From Swami Vivekananda

January 12 is observed as National Youth Day in India since 1985 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Vivekananda played a crucial role in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He played a significant role in reshaping the western perspective of India as well as in spreading knowledge on...

Fighting Gender Inequality Through Music: Story of Meri Zindagi Band

Andre Maurois, a French Author has said, “Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.” India as a country has tremendous potential to be a superpower in the near future. One of the major things that hold the country back from this is certain social norms which are highly...

Three ways Farms Can Solve Climate Crisis and Food Security at Once

On one hand, the rising population of the earth demands intensive agriculture practices to ensure food security of it’s inhabitants. On the other hand, it sucks the life out of the planet slowly and gradually by soil degradation and increased carbon emissions. Its dependence on singular crops, heavy ploughing machinery, fossil-fuel-based fertilisers and pesticides...

Kerala Tops 2019 SDG India Index

Kerala maintained the top spot in the 2019 SDG India Index by Niti Aayog. The report assesses the progress of states and Union territories in terms of social, economic and environmental parameters. Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim have improved as much as possible. However, states like Gujarat have shown no progress compared to the...

India Seeks Alternative to Killer DDT

India is the only country that produces and exports DDT, with Africa being its biggest importer. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) is an organochlorine substance which was first synthesized in 1874 but its insecticidal properties were discovered in 1939. DDT has historically been one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, and today, it continues to be...

Why Animal Welfare is Important for SDGs

The 2030 Agenda envisages a development model “in which humanity lives in harmony with nature and … other living species are protected.” Yet while the relationship between animal welfare, environmental well-being and human development is increasingly researched and evidenced, there remains very little recognition of this relationship and the crucial role animal welfare plays...

Top Indian Companies Funding CSR in Animal Protection

We've observed that only a handful of Indian companies are committed to CSR in animal protection. Given the large ecological footprint of companies, it becomes more binding on them to contribute to overall prospects of biodiversity conservation. Protection of wildlife comes under item 6 in Clause 135-Schedule VII of the Companies Act, where companies...

CSR: Aspirational Communication for Social Change

Much of a country’s progress is held back because of ignorance about various issues among the populations. In order to bring a real change, there is a need for changing the mindsets of people. This needs to be done by making people aware of alternative options, educating them on the benefits of adopting them...

CSR News – Two Directors at Zee Resign Over Corporate Governance Concerns

Two of the three independent directors who resigned from the board of Zee last week have cited corporate governance concerns for their departure from the company. Subodh Kumar and Neharika Vohra, who tendered their resignations on November 22, listed out seven reasons for their resignations. One objection raised by the duo was regarding laxity...

Orange The World – Apps for Women’s Safety in India

Violence against women has become a grave cause of concern all around the world. From domestic violence to eve-teasing, women have been subjected to a lot of negative actions which has put their safety and peace of mind in jeopardy. In the era of digitalization, technology is often employed to solve problems in every arena,...

Orange the World – Preventing Violence Against Girls

As we complete a week of the 16 Days campaign, we turn our attention to young and teenage girls. Clearly the place and value of girls in the family hierarchy is a key factor that underlies violence that girls face in their homes. Girls who survive through birth and early childhood, and who are not...

Common Minimum Programme – Tall Promises of Farmer Welfare, Inclusive Growth

As the coalition formed by the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress takes charge in Maharashtra, The CSR Journal takes a look at its Common Minimum Programme (CMP). Uddhav Thackeray, the coalition's leader, took oath as chief minister yesterday at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. We've learnt that there will be two...

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