Association for Rural and Urban Needy
The Association for Rural and Urban Needy (ARUN) is a registered organisation that works to establish caring, development supporting systems through the provision of democratic spaces in urban and rural areas. It works in solidarity with a range of underprivileged groups, including dalits, safai karmacharis, children and homeless people.
Rainbow Foundation of India
The Rainbow Foundation India provides long-term shelter for homeless children through a ‘non-custodial, residential comprehensive care’ approach that enables the mainstreaming of children formerly on the streets. These ghars or homes function on the open, voluntary, non-custodial, long term residential hostel approach to child care and protection – which means children are not locked up: they have made a conscious decision to leave the street and come and stay in the home; the environment is not regimented and there is a plan for the education, nutrition, healthcare and future employability of every child. With a programmatic emphasis on the learning and development of each child in the Rainbow Home, the comprehensive nature of the program not only ensures formal education but also supports learning and promotes all-round growth.
Ambedkar University Delhi
The mandate of this new and progressive university is to focus on research and teaching in the social sciences and humanities, with its guiding principles located in Ambedkar’s vision of bridging equality and social justice with excellence. Its aims are also to build sustainable and effective linkages between access to and success in higher education. The University has a range of interdisciplinary programs that use qualitative research methodologies, and there is also much to learn from the current on-going work at the Centre for Social Science Research Methods and the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), working partly on archiving knowledge of local communities.
Newsclick.in is a website dedicated to providing objective news coverage as an alternative to the dominant model of corporate media. The website seeks to give voice to the perspectives of those whose voices are rarely represented in mainstream media.
Centre for Equity Studies
The Centre for Equity Studies is an independent research organization, founded in 2000, conducting research and advocacy on several social and economic justice issues in India. CES seeks to shape public policy and law through a range of initiatives, including field-level research into the interface of disadvantaged people and communities with the State, as well as grassroots engagement to help develop alternatives to policy and law.
Drawing on its own direct initiatives with State Education Departments for the residential care and education of street- and homeless children under RTE, and on its research and policy advocacy work around issues of hunger, communal violence, socio-economic exclusion and social justice more broadly, the Centre for Equity Studies has taught 2 courses on poverty and diversity, Engaging with Unequal India at St Stephen’s College, Delhi and Good Governance and People Living in Poverty at IIM Ahmedabad. The experience has shown that these issues resonate deeply with these mostly privileged, middle-class students, and how these students can bridge the gap and engage meaningfully with people from contexts very diverse from theirs.
Aman Biradari is a people’s campaign for a secular, peaceful, just and humane world. It aspires to build local level institutions mainly of youth and women, of diverse faith, caste and gender, at village and district levels to strengthen mutual bonds of fraternity, respect and peace between people of different religious groups, caste and language groups, to promote equal citizenship, justice, communal harmony, peace, and the celebration of our social and cultural diversity. In 2005, Aman Biradari launched the Dil Se campaign in partnership with the Delhi Government’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and CES, with the objective of developing a scaleable intervention model that upholds the dignity and rights of the urban poor, specifically children who live and work on the streets. Dil Se is not about short-term solutions; it is about building capacity in all sectors of society to help ensure that the most vulnerable urban street children have nutritious food, protection, health care, and proper education.
Idea of India Collective
On 4 and 5 July 2014, many of the country’s respected writers, scholars, artists, film makers, activists, as well as many young people and organizations engaged with issues of equity and pluralism, joined hands to create a large and expanding platform called the Idea of India. They agreed on a number of collective action points for advancing the Idea of India, which remains the central article of faith of the majority of Indians in the way they live their lives. In their call for the conclave they wrote:
“Central to our idea of India is the affirmation of its diversity. The India we are part of belongs equally to all persons who make it their own – no matter what their religious faith (or lack of it), their gender, caste, class, language, physical abilities and sexual orientation. The bedrock of the Indian republic is the promise that all its citizens can find space in which to practise their beliefs and cultures, and live freely, confident they will be equally protected by the law of the land.”