Jal Jangal Zameen

Today I write about something that is very close to my heart. I talk about rights, legally, a fundamental entitlement given to individuals to do or owe something generally by higher authorities. Forest Rights Act 2006 In 2006, rights of tribals and other forest dwellers were recognized by the Government of India in the form…

A Tad Bit Late

This blog post is coming a bit late in my fellowship journey, but at least it is coming. A few months ago on being asked if I’ll be happy to leave my field location after the fellowship, the answer would’ve been a clear yes. But now, I don’t have a clear answer. I have grown…

Why Did India Fellow Appeal To Me…?

In last one year of my India fellow program with Vigyan Ashram I experienced the problems, opportunities, solutions and threats of society and individuals very closely and tried to deal with them in best manner, but still more expertise is required which is possible after having knowledge and access to top decision makers, building of…

Learning Under Fellowship 1

In fellowship program we were 28 co-fellows who learnt together. We found ourselves in some real shit situations, whether they were costly mistakes, unexpected failures or unscrupulous enemies. Stoicism is, at its core, accepting and anticipating this in advance, so that we did not freak out, reacted emotionally and aggravate things further. Trained our minds…

Leadership Under Fellowship 3

Some of my team members have already visited most of the places and didn’t want to go again since what were the community’s expectations from organization, not able to fulfill it. Although reasons were unknown for me. Then also I tried to inspire them and made them ready to come with us. Since I was…

Leadership Under Fellowship 2

Leadership is a continuous processing quality and can’t define in one constant. So here I am answering it, as my journey. In my academics and professional life I got several opportunities to lead. During working in social organization Vigyan Ashram (A center of Indian Institute of Education Pune) which also work as barefoot college and…

A Better Life With Arthashastra

Since 1993, Chaitanya, an institution that promotes self-help group federations of women and facilitates financial inclusion in rural Maharashtra,has been involved in imparting knowledge on financial discipline to women from rural Maharashtra. Chaitanya believes that women’s prowess over their financial resources can go a long way in ensuring a gender just and equitable society. The…

Education vs Skill Development

It’s a well-known fact that the percentage of school and college dropouts in India is very high. The factors that influence a student to get dropped are many – lack of student’s interest, poor facilities in schools/colleges etc.  One may think that the corrective step for this problem is to support these students to get back…

‘Working’ It Out! Part 1

Looking back how this fellowship has shaped out to be (or how I have shaped t!); it is indeed amazing to see what all I did in terms of work and beyond. Though, today I want to specifically talk about my work experiences in both the organizations. My work in Junoon was pretty unstructured. The…