The death of Stan Swamy, the activist, has raised a storm of emotions across civil society. A year prior to his incarceration, he feelingly talked to India Development Review about how he came to identify and take up the cause of the tribals of Jharkhand and dwelled on their lives, their struggles and their aspirations. A tale retold, to understand the man and his work.

The loss of the activist and the manner of his death, argues The India Forum, is a stinging indictment of how we have lost our moral compass as a society, which we need to collectively and urgently regain.

When the lockdown struck and tribal children in Odisha were stranded without access to online tools, a unique experiment in community radio came to their rescue. Down To Earth reports that the Dhimsa Community Radio Center broadcast educational lessons to over 2,000 students in 62 villages of six panchayats in Koraput and Lamptaput blocks.

Khabar Lahariya's report on the struggles of the citizens of Kolamjara village in Chitrakoot district of Madhya Pradesh for water led to the installation of handpumps for a community of over 300 families.

And, in its ‘Making of Indian IT’ series, Live History India speaks to Nandan Nilekani, the co-founder of Infosys and the man who led India’s digital transformation through the Aadhaar unique identification system, and maps India’s digital future.

For these stories and more this week, please read on.


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In memory: Stan Swamy

Stan Swamy, talked to India Development Review, a year before being jailed, about people’s movements, his work among the tribals in Jharkhand and how the Adivasis are being pushed out of their land, and their rights violated. Know the man.

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5 July 2021

The death of Stan Swamy, the tribal activist, says The India Forum, was a collective failure of institutions, the government and society which has left moral wounds in its wake. The true tribute to Stan Swamy’s life and work is to reimagine and reclaim some of the moral ground that has been lost.

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How Radio Dhimsa is helping Odisha's tribal students tide over digital divide

The Dhimsa Community Radio Center, set up by South Odisha Voluntary Action (SOVA), a Koraput based non-profit, brought school lessons to over 2,000 tribal children in 62 villages, who did not have access to either the Internet or a smartphone. Down To Earth reports.

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चित्रकूट: कई पीढ़ी बाद गाँव में लगा हैंडपंप, देखिए खबर लहरिया की खबर का असर | KhabarLahariya

Khabar Lahariya's coverage led to a community of over 300 families getting access to water after handpumps were installed in the Kolamjara village in Chitrakoot district of MP.

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Reimagining Digital India with Nandan Nilekani | The Making of Indian IT | Aadhar Implementation

Live History India speaks to Nandan Nilekani, the co-founder of Infosys and the man who built Aadhaar, India’s unique identification system, in its latest episode of 'The Making of Indian IT'.

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