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A bored child looks upon a street below from a balcony of a brothel at Meerut Kabadi Bazar, a popular junk market in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, where people trade sundry goods and services including sex0

8 Jul 2015 | BY Raul Irani

Tejasvi Kumar Sharma,20, a polio-stricken student of German at JNU, has represented India twice at world yoga championships, winning gold and silver medals. He still feels deprived of recognition by the government and does not want to celebrate International Yoga Day0

17 Jun 2015 | BY Raul Irani

A woman looks at a huge hoarding of a fairness product in Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh. The advertisement, which says ‘Beauty is power’, is typical of complexion lightening products in India that project people—mostly women—with relatively dark skin as facing problems that range from job and matrimonial rejections to low self-esteem and social underconfidence0

27 May 2015 | BY Raul Irani

Ruma Roka is the founder of the Noida Deaf Society, which uses specialised vocational programmes to help the deaf achieve gainful employment. Her curiosity about deaf people led her to learn sign language before she went on to open the institute with the tagline ‘Deaf but not Dumb’. Ruma Roka started her mission to empower the deaf in 2005 from a small flat in Noida and now has six centres across the country0

23 Apr 2015 | BY Raul Irani

A boy takes a dip in the waters of the Yamuna in Delhi. Even as another Earth Day comes calling on 22 April, the river froths under the effect of heavy pollution0

15 Apr 2015 | BY Raul Irani

Zeenat Ara, 28, was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) when she was eight months old. It is her belief in God that gives her the willpower to face her debilitating ailment, says her father. Except for the time she spends sitting in her customised wheelchair, Zeenat is completely bed-ridden. A resident of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, she recently published her autobiography, The Real Fighter Zeenat Ara, where she has written of her silent battle against the disease. The book is her effort to increase awareness of SMA, which is a rare genetic disorder in India0

11 Mar 2015 | BY Raul Irani

Anjana Rajagopal with her children at an orphanage she started in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, 26 years ago. Disturbed by the sight of destitute children being exploited all around, Anjana launched Sai Kripa, an NGO, to effect a lasting change in the lives of homeless children regardless of religion, caste, race, ethnicity or gender. In 1991, Anjana started an English medium school in Wazidpur Village, Noida. “Since village children also needed a school so I started a school with the name Sai Shiksha Sansthan in Wazidpur.0

3 Mar 2015 | BY Raul Irani

A cut-out of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on an ambulance in Patel Nagar on the day his party swept to power in Delhi0

11 Feb 2015 | BY Raul Irani

Nazreen Ali, 21, adjusts her hijab at her residence in Meerut. Nazreen, the only Indian Muslim girl to represent the country at the Miss World Muslimah 2014 contest held in Indonesia, was crowned 1st Runner Up. This annual international beauty pageant awards young Muslim women who have shown dedication, reputation and concern for Islamic values and community development. Nazreen dreams of opening a special madrassa where Muslim children would get advanced education0

3 Dec 2014 | BY Raul Irani

Mistri Lall, 62, along with his 80-year-old mother Sukhvinder Kaur at Guru Vishram Vridh Ashram, run by Dr GP Bhagat, in Badarpur, Delhi. Lall and his mother were left by his elder brother at a gurdwara. Since then they have been living at this special old age home for senior citizens along with others who have been abandoned by their families. “I have no complaints, as I still have my mother with me,” Lall says0

26 Nov 2014 | BY Raul Irani
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