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Women in the workforce part I: Where women work

Gayathri Vasudevan (Chief Impact Officer, Sambhav Foundation and Chairperson, LabourNet Services India) and Manak Matiyani (feminist and queer activist) discuss how gender norms and masculinities shape women's access to the workforce.
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Frontline workers and first responders share their insights from working at the grassroots.



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A day in the life of an eMitra, who helps people from marginalised communities in Rajasthan apply for government-mandated schemes and services online as a way of securing their social entitlements.
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A day in the life of a community leader, who mediates conflicts among his people and helps them access a better life, in a resettlement colony for former bonded labourers in Tamil Nadu.
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A day in the life of a children’s home supervisor in Maharashtra who helps victims of violence and abuse understand the nuances of institutionalisation and supports their legal journey.


Social change leaders chronicle their failures and lessons learnt.

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Dalit civil rights activist Thenmozhi Soundararajan on why failure is an opportunity to build power, how systems of oppression affect well-being, and what healing looks like for individuals and communities.
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In Part II of a conversation with Dream a Dream CEO Suchetha Bhat and co-founder Vishal Talreja learn about what it took to rebuild an organisation in crisis, and why it needed a new kind of leadership.


Conversations with visionaries on their life's work, and their efforts to challenge the status quo in our country.


Insights and analysis of specific sectors in the development arena—what works, what doesn't, and what needs to change.

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    The unabated paddy monoculture of Punjab
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    Are DRE technologies the future of rural livelihoods?
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    Do we need to rethink how government schemes are tested?
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