Celebrate diversity and break cultural stereotypes

 By Somali K Chakrabarti  “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combination of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal
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By Somali K Chakrabarti When you are surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.  With a purpose as imperative as cleanliness and sanitation, which affects every single individual in the country in some way or the other and is driven by none other than the PM of
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By Somali K Chakrabarti   There are more cell phones than toilets in India. It is a well-known fact by now that whereas nearly 45 percent of India’s population uses cell phones, only 31 percent of the population has access to improved sanitation. Poor and inadequate sanitation has been a major cause of diarrhoea and infections
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“Frugal innovation is about creating advantage out of constraint.” ~ Kirsten Bound, Head International Innovation Research, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta). The grassroots innovation by Muruganatham of a machine that produces quality sanitary napkins at a low cost and helps women in rural India to live a hygienic life has inspired the
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By Somali K Chakrabarti   Mard ko dard nahin hota. Amitabh Bachchan had declared in his characteristic style in ‘Mard’, one of the memorable Bollywood blockbusters from the 1980s. Translated in English it means ‘A real man does not feel pain’. This stereotypical projection of men in India, has time and again been exemplified by
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By Somali K Chakrabarti   Alan Turing, whose pioneering work laid the mathematical foundations of computer, was convicted for homosexuality and subjected to chemical castration that drove him to suicide. His suicide prompted the British government to amend laws concerning homosexuality. ~ Aamir Khan on ‘Accepting Alternative Sexuality’ episode of his show Stayamev Jayate that touched
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