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.
Despite tragic history, mosque and gurdwara stand tall in harmony (IANS Special Series) (13:06)
By Jaideep Sarin
Fatehgarh Sahib (Punjab), May 27 (IANS) This town of sacred pilgrimage in Punjab has been witness to one of the most tragic, painful and violent chapters of Sikh-Mughal history going back three centuries. Despite that, a 350-year-old mosque not only stands in complete harmony with a recently completed gurdwara but is looked after by the Sikh priest.
Hunger has no religion: Azhar Maqsusi's mission is manna for Hyderabad homeless (IANS special series) (13:44)
By Mohammed Shafeeq
Hyderabad, May 20 (IANS) Homeless beggars, ragpickers and labourers sitting with plates on a mat are waiting under a flyover. As the clock strikes 12.30 pm, a slim man appears on the scene and starts serving hot rice and dal.
Cabbie who could not save sister builds hospital to treat the poor (IANS Special Series) (12:24)
By Milinda Ghosh Roy
Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) With no cutting-edge medical equipment, air-conditioning or critical care unit in place, the under-construction building in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district hardly matches the popular notion of a modern medical care facility. Yet, the hospital has become a national landmark as it tells the story of a grieving brother turning his droplets of tears into an ocean of determination that helped establish it.
Wearing salwar-suits, Indian mother takes to international WWE ring (IANS Special Series) (12:16)
By Jaideep Sarin
Jalandhar (Punjab), May 6 (IANS) WWE fights may be flashy, hard and violent at times but the first Indian woman to get into that ring at the international level has beaten bigger odds at home to reach there.
Daring to dream: How football changed the life of a poor Dalit girl (IANS Special Series) (12:00)
By Mudita Girotra
Alakhpura (Haryana), April 29 (IANS) About four years ago, 15-year-old Anyabai won Rs 54,000 when she led her school team to victory in a state-level football match. The prize money was more than what her mother earned in an entire year.
'Concept of equality' pervades world's biggest community kitchen (IANS Special Series) (12:06)
By Jaideep Sarin
Amritsar (Punjab), April 22 (IANS) If there is one big leveller for people, irrespective of their religion, caste, gender, social status or riches, it is the "langar", or community kitchen, at the Golden Temple complex, where the holiest of Sikh shrines, the Harmandir Sahib, is located, in this city considered holy by Sikhs.
Beyond religion: Muslim cooperative society helps transform lives of Hindus, others (IANS Special Series) (12:12)
By Imran Khan
Patna, April 15 (IANS) Kamla Devi, Pankaj Kumar, Geeta Devi and Sanjay Singh, all Hindus, share one thing in common. Their lives have been transformed through "interest-free" loans provided by a Muslim cooperative credit society in Bihar, yet another example how integrated Indian society has always been at the grassroot level.
Setting an example: Temple, mosque, gurdwara join hands in this small UP town (IANS Special Series) (12:20)
By Kushagra Dixit
Maholi (Uttar Pradesh), April 8 (IANS) With inter-community violence reported from many parts of India in a society increasingly polarised on religious and caste lines, a small town in Uttar Pradesh is setting an extraordinary example where a temple, a mosque, and even a gurdwara, have joined hands to clean a polluted river while bringing their communities together.
Jayamma's story: From victim to crusader for sex workers (IANS Special Series) (12:26)
By Mamta Aggarwal
Hyderabad, April 1 (IANS) Jayamma Bhandari was orphaned at the age of three and spend her childhood in grim poverty. She was forced into the sex trade by her husband. But unlike other victims who are forced into the murky business, she decided to challenge her destiny -- becoming, in the process, an inspiration for many other women like her.