EDITORS: Following is a series of special features that seek to bring unique and extraordinary stories of ordinary people, groups and communities from across a diverse, plural and inclusive India made possible by a collaboration between IANS and the Frank Islam Foundation based in Washington.
Raabta: Facebook helping revive composite culture, bridge social gap in Kashmir (IANS Special Series) (12:08)
By Nivedita Singh
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) "Winter will go, snow will melt to make way for warmth of spring again". Raabta, a Facebook page, begins on this optimistic note to re-establish broken links between Kashmiri families, friends, classmates and neighbours divided by decades of insurgency, civil strife and social acrimony.
Fighting climate change: How a 'crazy' engineer solved Ladakh's water crisis (IANS Special Series) (12:10)
By Kushagra Dixit
Leh, March 11 (IANS) Years back, on a harsh winter morning in Ladakh in the northernmost Himalayas in India, a young and curious boy in a remote mountain village of the cold desert observed water coming out of a semi-frozen pipe, collecting in a small crater on the ground and freezing, just like a glacier.
The invincible: A disabled woman's relentless fight for accessibility (IANS Special Series) (12:26)
By Bhavana Akella
Bengaluru, March 4 (IANS) Never give up -- these were the simple yet profound words that kept Virali Modi, 26, fighting on after a deadly bout of malaria had her comatose for weeks and left her paraplegic and wheelchair-bound at the age of 14. In coma for 23 days, she miraculously opened her eyes on the day the doctors decided to remove her life-support and has not stopped since then, fighting for her rights -- and those of other disabled people.
Flying high: Changing the narrative on disability (IANS Special Series) (12:24)
By Somrita Ghosh
Pune, Feb 25 (IANS) Divyanshu Ganatra was just 19 when glaucoma claimed his eyesight. Being a nature's boy who revelled in cycling, climbing mountains and trekking, confining himself to the four walls of a room was a situation he was not ready to accept. So he fought against all odds and, today, he is India's first blind solo paraglider.
How Darul Umoor is turning madrassa graduates into change agents of society (IANS Special Series) (12:18)
By Abu Zafar
Srirangapatna (Karnataka), Feb 11 (IANS) Surrounded by a cluster of coconut trees and at a stone's throw from the tomb of 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan in this town near Mysuru, Darul Umoor at first glance looks like a farmhouse. But inside, it is a unique coming together of science and spirit, imparting scientific knowledge and nurturing multiple skills and abilities while promoting Islamic knowledge for a holistic view of life.
Kachchrapur to Safaipur: The magical transformation of a historic Delhi neighbourhood (IANS Special Series) (12:16)
By Mudita Girotra
New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) Ten-year-old Chandni, living in the predominantly Muslim settlement of Hazrat Nizamuddin that grew around a venerated Sufi shrine, excitedly talks about the makeover of her once filthy neighbourhood that used to be disparagingly called "Kachrapur" (Garbageville) by outsiders.
Amazing journey: Sightless man with the clearest vision (IANS Special Series) (12:16)
By Mamta Aggarwal
New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) He suffered from meningitis and became visually impaired when he was only 10 months old. Yet, fighting insurmountable odds, George Abraham is today not only living a successful and wholesome life himself, but is also working tirelessly to bring hope to the lives of other visually-impaired people.