Society, Culture and Peace

Enhancing socio-cultural well-being, ensuring justice and equity

Featured here are initiatives to enhance social and cultural aspects of human life: the revival and progressive use of visual, performing, and other arts, of the myriad crafts of the country, of threatened or submerged languages, of food and cuisine diversity, and other such cultural traits and processes. They also cover the various struggles and constructive movements to achieve social justice, to reduce inequalities and inequities of various kinds including caste, class, gender, ethnicity, and religion, and to create dignity in living for those currently oppressed and exploited. Finally, they include movements to generate ethical living and thinking, and spread values such as simplicity, honesty, frugality, and tolerance.

The Kadar Community Chart An Inspirational Journey Of Resilience As They Take Back Their Forests

The Kadars of Tamil Nadu, displaced from their ancestral forests in 2019, have fought hard to win back what is rightfully theirs.

Banswara’s migrant tribal labourers are now proud organic farmers

Tribal farmers are now becoming torch bearers of organic cultivation in the state where the government is pushing for zero-budget farming to increase farmers’ income and restore soil health and fertility.

Redefining India’s development on Gandhi’s ‘swaraj’ path

Self-sufficiency in the economy involves reduction in the distance between production and consumption to a minimum.

Collaborative Knowledge Building – The story of River Kaigal

How a high school EVS class led to a Community Conservation and Collaborative Knowledge Building

In Arunachal’s Sessa Orchid Sanctuary communities collaborate with forest officials to conserve orchids

Indigenous communities along with forest officials have given Sessa Orchid Sanctuary a makeover to bring opportunities of community focused eco-tourism.

Ador – a fountain of care and love in Kolkata

In a time of disconnected relationships and abandonment, Ador’s work with old women from Kolkata shows us an alternative way of connecting and providing care.

Support for Auroville’s Experiments on Well-being

We need Auroville as an autonomous laboratory for evolving some pathways towards well-being and development through collective living and work.

Community Forest Rights & The Pandemic: Gram Sabhas Lead the Way (in Malayalam)

Empowerment of villagers to govern and manage local natural resources can sustain economies!

महामारी में फुलवारी के पलते बच्चे (in Hindi)

महामारी के दौरान फुलवारी से बच्चों को पोषण मिला। यहां की रसोई से गर्भवती महिलाओं व जरूरतमंद मजदूरों को भी भोजन मिला।