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Age of ideas | The Innovators

The digital revolution and ingenious interventions are touching our lives in unimaginable ways, even more so in the countryside, as a new breed of innovators pilot varied initiatives, in the process increasing efficiency, boosting incomes and furthering the spirit of transformation. From an electronic trading platform that protects farmers from being duped by middlemen in […]

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What’s in a eNAM? | The Innovators

At mandis across the country, farmers are slowly but surely getting a better deal. eNAM or Electronic National Agriculture Market (eNAM), a pan-India trading portal developed by Nagarjuna Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited (NFCL), is driving agricultural trade towards the objective of remunerative prices for farmers by plugging the rampant trade malpractices in mandis. While the […]

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Fowl is Fair | The Innovators

Srinivas Chindam and wife Archana love to see poultry growers count their chicks when they hatch. PoultryMon, their patented information device, allows poultry farms to monitor hatchery operations at every stage, helping with real-time data on temperature, humidity and other critical parameters. “We forayed into IoT (Internet of Things) in the manufacturing industry on the […]

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Son of the Soil | The Innovators

V.G. Lakshmipriyan is still cashing in on the time he spent at Bharti Walmart from 2010 to 2014. Taking cue from the initiatives connecting farmers to Walmart stores, he launched FarmFolks in 2015 to provide farmers, particularly the banana growers in Mysuru region, critical quality inputs for their produce. FarmFolks guides farmers through their crop […]

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Health Monitor | The Innovators

For over two decades, Mukti Bosco’s Healing Fields Foundation had been working with poor semi-literate women from rural communities in preventive health education, nutrition, menstrual hygiene and first aid. But she realised that this education would have a lasting impact when digitised and integrated to a technology platform. To increase accountability, the foundation, in 2017, […]

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Mother’s Pride | The Innovators

The idea of creating a maternal wellness service came naturally to Anjali Raj. Running into expectant and working mothers visiting her mother Ganga, a fitness trainer, Anjali realised that motherhood entailed many common problems and a professional maternal wellness service would be in high demand. In 2016, Anjali teamed up with her mother and sister […]

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Bridging the Gap | The Innovators

With a vision to turn the country’s rural youth into entrepreneurs, Madan Padaki founded 1Bridge in 2016. It’s a platform that empowers rural entrepreneurs to provide a wide variety of services to the rural population by leveraging technology. During his skilling initiatives for illiterate or semi-literate rural youth, Padaki saw the lack of income-generating opportunities […]

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Orange County | The Innovators

In 2000, after his schooling in Chandigarh and graduation in mass communication at Panjab University, Harkirat Singh Ahluwalia returned to Hoshiarpur’s Chhauni village. Just 26 then, he was intent on making a go of the sprawling kinnow orchards his grandfather, Harbans Singh, established in the 1960s. Incomes from the traditional wheat-paddy farming were beginning to […]

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The return of Khalistani terror in Punjab?

The Nirankari congregation at Adliwal village outside Amritsar was at its peak given that it was a particularly pleasant Sunday morning on November 18. Then, just before noon, two young men, cotton scarves masking their faces, rode up on a motorcycle. One pointed a pistol at the two women volunteers on security duty at the […]