Anuradha Up Close and Personal – part-2

Continuing from part one, my interview with Anuradha Bhosale, Kolhapur India activist, social reformer and local hero, shares additional deep insights and reflections with us. LB: What was the worst story of exploitation that you can share with us? AB: The worst story of exploitation has occurred in my own life.   My mother-in-law and sister-in-law harassed me […]

Anuradha Bhosale on Castes, Religion and Her Sacred Mission

Anuradha Bhosale is a highly cherished hero to thousands of impoverished children and their families. Ms Bhosale is a renowned grassroots women’s rights and anti-child labor activist based in Kolhapur, India where more than 35,000 children are involved in daily labor for local industries. A former child-laborer herself at the age of six, she has […]

My Son Grant’s Remorse

  My Son Grant’s Remorse by Anuradha Bhosale Married women involving themselves in genuine social activism face a daily dilemma. Their family responsibilities and their extra – familial duties clash like cymbals, sometimes ear – splitting so.  Living tends to become more a racket of conflicting interests rather than an ensemble of harmonizing sounds. At the extremes the […]

Two Leaves and a Bud (cont)

— Two leaves and a Bud (continued from part-1) Free English rendering : Arun Chavan Original Marathi by : Anuradha Bhosale Akshay’s granny is no longer working for a living. Age has finally caught up with her. For the past two years she is more or less tied to her hovel. I was able to persuade Saurabh […]

Two Leaves and a Bud

TWO LEAVES AND A BUD  AVANI office and school is at one end of the town, the southern end.  The main market, the shopping centres and the government offices are near about one another and are situated at its other end. My work often takes me into these sections. Our main stationery supplier, Neta Stores, the printing service […]

His Life Changed the World …
How Will We Continue His Legacy in Our Lives?

He may be one of the best-known activists who has ever lived…His philosophy and methods were inspired by Jesus Christ…His movement informed the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the world… His vision was about lifting up the people… His name was Mohandas K. Gandhi, […]

Happy Birthday Bapu, Remember This!

Original Post Source: Gandhi Legacy Tour Blog  Today, October 2nd, is Gandhi’s Birthday… To all my personal friends and friends of my late grandfather Mohandas ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi I send warm regards and best wishes from my home in Rochester, New York.  I have been encouraged by many to continue writing an annual message on the day […]

Remembering Little Krishna

Six years ago I had been to the village of Udgaon to have a look at the brickyards on the river bank. There I came across two kids in a family of migrant labor employed at the brick kiln. There I met Krishna of 6 years and his younger brother. Upon asking if they were […]

Why I Contribute My Little Drop

WHY I CONTRIBUTE MY LITTLE DROP Almost every day my mailbox receives at least one letter from a worthy nonprofit outreach agency. Like many of you, I set an annual goal for my financial contributions. Just like you, I want to serve and give and participate in ways that lessen poverty, injustice and inequality in […]

Beware of Pity Part 2

> Continued from Beware of Pity part-1  … We looked to her for the past few years as our showpiece, our success story. We have tried all possible alternatives but to no avail. She likes cooking. Therefore we thought of giving her training in hospitality or catering. but she did not show any interest in building […]

Beware of Pity

Original Marathi by: Anuradha Bhosale English rendering: Arun Chavan Come to think of it, the students of AVANI Residential School are the flotsam of the turbulent oceans of life. They are living embodiments of pain-filled stories and traumatic upheavals that are far beyond the tolerance thresholds of their tender souls. Having known the stories whose pathos […]

GWEI and AVANI: A New Revelation

As it appears right now, people may get the impression that we are still planning a Sunanda Memorial School and that is not right because the Board of Directors has taken a decision to call it “Gandhi Center for Learning.” I think this write up will put everything in perspective. GWEI and AVANI Partnership After […]

Pariah By Association Part 2

Original Marathi by: Anuradha Bhosale English rendering: Arun Chavan For a long time the nethermost deprived sections of society were not taken notice of by the economic planners of the country. Now we are in the XII five year plan period and the 66th year of independence. Yet the special development needs of these sections, which mainly comprise nomadic […]

Pariah By Association

Anuradha Bhosale continues with another story of life and the struggle to bring a better life to the nomadic children of Kolhapur India….  There was a bit of controversy about the prevalence of child labour in Kolhapur district. When I enquired of the concerned wing of the district administration about the incidence of child labour […]

Hoping Against Hope

In 2005 we received heavy showers within a short time span. Kolhapur’s main river, Panchganga and its major tributary, Bhogawati, burst their banks and flooded vast areas. That year is particularly memorable for me and my co-workers because our fledgeling residential school for deprived children near the river’s high floodline at Donawade village got severely damaged. We had at that time 23 […]