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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

Eleven-year-old Tejasvi Tyagi of Meerut, studying in class 6, can write with both hands simultaneously. She has been doing this since she first learnt how to write, her father says. What she writes with two pens together is usually the same thing, but she can also draft a mirror image of her left hand’s writing with her right hand0

5 Nov 2014 | BY Raul Irani

An employee walks past an advertisement hoarding at the entrance of a garment factory on the outskirts of Delhi. This unit belongs to a company that exports apparel, a business sector in India that has been gaining a competitive edge in recent years over its counterparts in countries such as Bangladesh0

30 Sep 2014 | BY Raul Irani

Twenty-four-year-old Simmi stands in front of her salon in Faridabad, Haryana, which is probably the first beauty treatment centre run exclusively for transgenders in the National Capital Region. Pahal Foundation, an NGO which works with gay men as part of a community initiative to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS in Faridabad, funded the enterprise0

17 Sep 2014 | BY Raul Irani
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