Positive Stories

October 28, 2020

Code for success: 25-year-old Prem Sankar builds websites. He is autistic

Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of five, Chennai-based Prem Sankar and his family fought a broken education system and job market before he finally turned entrepreneur.

Barkha Kumari
October 17, 2020

Setting Benchmarks: Tribal kids in far flung areas are getting educated in unique ways in the COVID-19 pandemic

Banyan trees, loudspeakers, song, dance and motorcycles are their teaching aids; educators in rural tribals areas are innovating, experimenting and educating children without a smartphone in sight.

Pankaja Srinivasan
October 14, 2020

Galloping Success: How Rupa Kunwar Singh became the first Indian female jockey

The jockey, who has won 727 races in the country and abroad, battled sexism before trainers would trust her with good horses. She now handles 18 horses in the MAM Ramaswamy stable, Chennai.

Sanchari Samanta
October 14, 2020

The Perfect Touchdown: Six months later, and after a journey of close to 10,000 kms, Vadla, the common crane, is back

A tracking study documents the nearly 10,000-kilometre journey of a common crane named Vadla, from her wintering ground in Gujarat to her breeding ground in northern Kazakhstan and back. She perfectly timed her return and landed back on the World Migratory Bird Day, on October 10.

Pankaja Srinivasan
October 5, 2020

Logs, saris and bricks: A unique gym in Madhya Pradesh’s Gobaron Khurd village

They built a gym in the outdoors using locally available bricks, stones, planks and logs after the COVID19 lockdown interrupted their training

Sachin Tulsa Tripathi
September 26, 2020

Laungi Manjhi’s claim of digging a canal in Gaya, Bihar earns him support of government officials

Some in the media have raised doubts about the veracity of Manjhi’s claim, but the local administration supports him.

Rohin Kumar
September 26, 2020

Braving The Storm: Two Odisha villages lead the way in the Indian Ocean region with UNESCO’s ‘Tsunami-Ready’ tag

Disaster-preparedness in India gets a filip as two coastal villages in Odisha become the first to earn UNESCO’s coveted ‘Tsunami-Ready’ tag among the 22 Indian Ocean member states.

Rituparna Palit
September 25, 2020

Green dream: A headmaster in Satna turns his govt school into an oxygen chamber

Despite initial failure, Alok Tripathi kept planting saplings in the three-and-a-half-acre school campus in Mahadeva village for more than two decades. Today, it has 250 varieties of plants, including medicinal herbs.

Sachin Tulsa Tripathi
September 24, 2020

Chhattisgarh hopes to end human-wildlife conflict using seedballs of fruit trees

After dispersing a million seedballs last year, the Chhattisgarh forest department has spread 2.5 million more seedballs this monsoon to regenerate the forests. Will this initiative bear fruit?

Deepanwita Gita Niyogi
September 23, 2020

Pehlwan: Migrant workers who are also migrant warriors of Mumbai

They came to Mumbai as teenagers and work as coolies and security guards. What brings these migrant workers together is pehlwani. Virtual Bharat’s ‘Pehlwan: The Migrant Warrior’ documents their grit.

Varsha Ramachandran