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Assume less, prepare more | Sarita Upadhyay
Sarita Upadhyay reflects on her initial years at Medha, when the team got an opportunity to scale the organisation’s programme. However, decisions based on assumptions and an overall lack of preparedness resulted in the team losing out on almost two years of work.
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  • Tiger conservation: Will humans ever change their stripes?
    From creating more unpopulated spaces for tigers to roam freely to justifying the killing of ‘man-eating’ tigers—here are the many sides of the human-tiger conflict debate.

    Building sustainable products and livelihoods
    A day in the life of an eco-friendly tableware producer, who shares how her first formal job as a leaf-crushing machine operator helped her gain independence and support her family through a difficult time.

    How a lack of awareness is hindering PM-JAY’s reach
    The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana can provide relief to countless low-income Indian families facing health expenditures. However, insufficient information about the scheme is preventing people from accessing its benefits.


    Assume less, prepare more | Sarita Upadhyay
    Sarita Upadhyay reflects on her initial years at Medha, when the team got an opportunity to scale the organisation’s programme. However, decisions based on assumptions and an overall lack of preparedness resulted in the team losing out on almost two years of work.

    How can Indian cities achieve net-zero emissions?
    India's rapid urbanisation, limited governance capacities, and lack of climate-friendly policies hinder its path to carbon neutrality. Here's how this can change.

    “A piece of land can permanently secure a woman’s future”
    A day in the life of a paralegal worker in Gujarat who builds awareness about the importance of women’s land rights and supports widows in claiming land ownership.

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  • Assume less, prepare more | Sarita Upadhyay
    Sarita Upadhyay reflects on her initial years at Medha, when the team got an opportunity to scale the organisation’s programme. However, decisions based on assumptions and an overall lack of preparedness resulted in the team losing out on almost two years of work.

    When ambition exceeds ability | Gaurav Singh
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