A Widow’s Penance

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We explore the daily battles of India's widows as they face restrictions on inheritance, remarriage and social welfare. The holy city of Vrindavan in India is known as a popular Hindu pilgrimage centre but it is also known as the 'city of widows', with an estimated 20,000 calling it home. The ancient Hindu tradition of… Read more »

Women the world forgot

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Ostracised and abandoned because they lost their husbands, India and Nepal’s child widows were resigned to an ignominious life and death in four pilgrim centres where they were dumped by their heartless families. But now, after decades of neglect, a caring hand is seeking to reintegrate them into the society that cast them off. SUDESHNA… Read more »

The foreigners that call India’s holiest city home

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The ancient city of Varanasi is known as the religious capital of India. It is here that many come to die as they believe their deaths lead to salvation from the rebirth cycle. Many foreigners have also made the holy city their home. Presenter: Murali Krishnan Speaker: Paul Drillsma and Christopher Burchett, Varanasi residents; Bhindeshwar Pathak, sociologist… Read more »

Sitting on a revolution

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Bindeshwar Pathak explains why he believes the toilet is 'a tool of social change' While the world revels in high-tech gadgets and superfluous devices, Bindeshwar Pathak, a softly spoken 70-year-old Indian sociologist. is steadily changing the world with something far more fundamental – low-cost toilets. More than four decades of work has made him a… Read more »

Flush of genius

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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR’S REVOLUTIONARY TOILET MOVEMENT CHARTS A NEW COURSE IN THE HISTORY OF SANITATION IN INDIA  While the world revels in high-tech gadgets and superfluous devices, this softly-spoken 70-year-old Indian sociologist is always looking for a means to provide for one basic human need — by constructing low-cost toilets. More than four decades of work… Read more »