Vrindavan widows revel in Holi colours, break social stigma

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In a first of its kind, nearly 1,000 long-ostracized widows of Vrindavan gathered at an ashram to play Holi with colours and gulal. Breaking shackles of social stigma, they were seen soaked in the spirit of festivities at 200-year-old Meera Sahabhagini Ashram.The widows, mostly elderly-looking, danced and splashed gulal and water colours on one another.

India’s ‘manual scavengers’ keep working despite ban

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Saroj clears human waste from toilets in her village, but the government wants her to stop In 1993, manual scavenging was outlawed in India. People who removed human waste from traditional toilets and those who employed them could be fined or jailed. But the practice continues. However, rehabilitation programs have given some manual scavengers a… Read more »

Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International – 8th International Conference

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Dr.Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International, known for its Sanitation movement across India, spoke on the 8th International Conference on CSR, 2014, Bengaluru presented by IOD in association with Fiinovation. Bindeshwar Pathak spoke about his work and also shared his views on CSR in India.   For more information on the conference click the link… Read more »

How Hindu Widows Celebrated Christmas

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Although the Vrindavan widows have dedicated their lives to worshipping the Lord Krishna of Hindu religion, they were seen singing Christmas carols in Santa Claus hats as they happily participated in Christmas festivities for the first time. The widows of Vrindavan in India depend on the charity of organizations like Sulabh International for their food,… Read more »