Jul 2017
A young man in his thirties used to stand on the footpath opposite the famous Tata Cancer Hospital at Mumbai and stare at the crowd in front- fear plainly written upon the faces of the patients standing at death's door; their  relatives with equally grim faces running around.. These sights disturbed him greatly.Most of the patients were poor people from distant towns. They had no idea whom to meet, or what to do. They had no money for medicines, not even food. The  young man, heavily depressed, would return home. 'Something should be done for these people', he would. think. He was haunted by the thought day and night.

At last he found a way-
He rented out his own hotel that was doing good business and raised some money. From these funds he started a charitable activity right opposite Tata Cancer Hospital, on the pavement next to Kondaji Building. He himself had no idea that the activity would continue to flourish even after the passage of 27 years. The activity consisted of providing free meals for cancer patients and their relatives. Many people in the vicinity approved of this activity. Beginning with fifty, the number of beneficiaries soon rose to hundred, two hundred, three hundred. As the numbers of patients increased, so did the number of helping hands.

As years rolled by, the activity continued; undeterred by the change of seasons, come winter, summer or even the dreaded monsoon of Mumbai. The number of beneficiaries soon reached 700.

Mr Harakhchand Savla, for that was the name of the pioneer, did not stop here. He started supplying free medicines for the needy. In fact, he started a medicine bank, enlisting voluntary services of three doctors and three pharmacists. A toy banks was opened for kids suffering from cancer. The 'Jeevan Jyot' trust founded by Mr Sawla now runs more than 60 humanitarian  projects. Sawla, now 57 years old, works with the same vigour. A thousand salutes to his boundless energy and his monumental contribution!

Crores of devotees hunting for 'God' in Vithoba temple at Pandharpur, Sai temple at Shirdi, Balaji temple at Tirupati will never find 'God'. God resides in our vicinity. But we, like mad men run after 'god-men', styled variously as Bapu, Maharaj or Baba. All Babas, Maharajs and Bapus become multi-millionnaires, but our difficulties, agonies and disasters persist unabated till death. For last 27 years, millions of cancer patients and their relatives have found 'God', in the form of Harakhchand Savla.
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The 'Jeevan Jyot' trust founded by Mr. Savla now runs more than 60 humanitarian projects. Mr. Savla, now 57 years old, works with the same vigour when he started at the age of 20.

Jan 2017
Peaceful, organised Pro Jallikattu protests by students, youngsters across Tamilnadu (world over).

Ullaatchi 7: Otrai manushi...9 kuLangal.. Saadhitha thalaivi (Tamil)
உள்ளாட்சி 7: ஒற்றை மனுஷி... ஒன்பது குளங்கள்... சாதித்த தலைவி!

Friendship that has withstood time
- Akila Kannadasan, The Hindu, Coimbatore, June 24, 2012

Muthu and Shuzo communicated through letters in English and photographs...
Egged on by the letters from a friend in a village in a far-off country, Shuzo has translated Tirukkural, Bharathiar songs, Manimegalai, Naaladiyar, Panchathanthira Kathaigal and Voice of Vallalar into Japanese...
Shuzo, in turn, sent Muthu English translations of Japanese books. Muthu has translated Japanese books Japaniya Devadhai Kadhaigal, “Thailand Naattupura Kadhaigal , a collection of short-stories, Manidha Naarkali, a crime story and Naatiyakkari, a translation of writer Kawabata’s The Izu Dancer.

In 2007, the Japanese Government honoured Muthu’s services to their literature by issuing a commemorative postage stamp with his photo.

Padma Shri award to Arunachalam Muruganantham in 2016
Arunachalam Muruganantham (born 1962) is a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, India. He is the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine and has innovated grass-roots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. Muruganantham re-engineered a sanitary machine, and in 2006 it won the award for the best innovation for the betterment of society from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. Plus, he also received an Indian presidential award for innovation. Currently more than 1300 machines made by his start-up company, Jayaashree Industries, are installed across 27 states in India and seven other countries. This social entrepreneur sells his low cost machines directly to rural women through the support of bank loans and not-for-profit organisations. A machine operator can learn the entire towel-making process in three hours and then employ three others to help with processing and distribution.

In 2014, TIME magazine placed him in its list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.

For Arunachalam Muruganantham, the year 2016 couldn't have started off any better. It was only a few days ago he got know that he has been adjudged for an award by the Portugal government as Indian Business Leader of the Year. While congratulatory messages for the recognition still kept pouring in, Muruganantham got information that he has been chosen by the Union government for the Padma Shri Award 2016, for inventing low-cost sanitary napkins.

15-year-old Deepika Kurup developed a water purification model which works on solar energy. The effort won her the title America's Top Young Scientist.

State Wide Water Supply Grid in Gujarat, a film by Water Supply Dept., Government of Gujarat

Anand Kumar (born 1 January 1973) is an Indian mathematician and a columnist for various national and international mathematical journals and magazines. He is best known for his Super 30 programme, which he started in Patna, Bihar in 2002, and which coaches economically backward students for IIT-JEE, the entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). By 2013, 281 of the 330 had made it to IITs and Discovery Channel showcased his work in a documentary.

Kalyanasundaram is a social worker from Tamil Nadu in India, working for orphans. He has donated his pension for this cause.
Kalyanasundaram has worked in the field of social services for more than 45 years.
Man of the Millennium
Mr.Kalayanasundaram worked as a Librarian for 30 years. Every month in his 30 year experience(service), he donated his entire salary to help the needy. He worked as a server in a hotel to meet his needs. He donated even his pension amount of about ten lakh rupees to the needy. He is the first person in the world to spend the entire earnings for a social cause.
In recognition to his service, an American organization honoured him with the ‘Man of the Millennium’ award. He received a sum of Rs 30 crores as part of this award which he distributed entirely for the needy as usual. He still stays as a bachelor and dedicated his entire life for serving the society.
Moved by his passion to help others, Super Star Rajinikanth adopted him as his father.
Education: He is a gold medalist in library science,and has completed his MA in literature and history.
Awards and honors:
Best librarian in India award by Union Government
Top 10 librarians in the world
Info from http://kalyanasundaram-charity.blogspot.in/2012/11/kalyanasundaram-unsung-man-of-millenium.html

The International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, has honoured him as `one of the noblest of the world', while the United Nations Organisation adjudged him as one of the Outstanding People of the 20th Century'.
Mr. Kalyanasundaram has founded a social welfare organisation, Paalam.

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A vegetable vendor establishes the first hospital in the village of Hanspukur, West Bengal
The will and spirit of a woman who defied social norms and obstacles all along to establish the first hospital in that region The Humanity Hospital underscores a saga of dedication, commitment, vision, ambition and unflinching determination of a resource less illiterate village woman in acute penury and distress.
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Prakash and Mandakini Amte, at Hemalkasa
- the doctor duo have devoted their entire life for the well-being of the tribals – the Madias and the Gonds – of the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra received the 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership.

Baba Amte
His Anandwan (forest of joy) is not a rehabilitation center where thousands of lepers and other disabled men find food and shelter but it is a school from where they learn lessons of self-help, self respect and selfless service. It is a school from where they learn lessons of co-operation and peaceful co-existence. "Work Builds; Charity Destroys" is his sublime philosophy. His is a philosophy in action. He would say, "Give them a Chance not Charity." And that's what he precisely did. He created for the leprosy-stricken and the disabled ample opportunities to let them stand on their own feet. His motivating approach towards leprosy has ever been, "You can live without fingers but not without self-respect." His Anandwan is a self-made, self-sustaining, modern, model village. It is a miniature India where unity and harmony, joy and love reign supreme. He is a Magician who transforms self-pity into Ability; a Mechanic who mends the minds of men; a Messenger who leaves everywhere messages of love and peace.

A totally non-violent struggle from Aug 16-27, 2011 - The common men of India gathered in lakhs and lakhs, not only in Delhi the centre of the agitation - the fight agaisnt corruption by Anna Hazare, but in ever city, town and village. The people of India who collected in large numbers to fight against corruption, to show their solidarity, showing firmness and patience in getting a solution this time have proved that they can be the strongest pillar if they are united for a good cause.

Most of us do not agree with fasting indefinitely as a mode of protest, but we do have to agree that extreme situations require extreme measures, as a step to show our refusal to budge. Several people all over India fasted for several days along with Annaji. Many thanks to all of them. May God give them excellent heath and a happy life of their choice.

Anna Hazare is one of India's well-acclaimed social activists. A former soldier in the Indian army, Anna is well known and respected for upgrading the ecology and economy of the village of Ralegan Siddhi which is located in the drought prone Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state. The erstwhile barren village has metamorphosed into a unique model of rural development due to its effective water conservation methods, which made the villagers self-sufficient. Earlier, the same village witnessed alcoholism, utter poverty and migration to urban slums. Inspired by Hazare’s unique approach of salvaging a hopeless village, the state government has implemented the 'Model Village' scheme as part of its official strategy. Hazare is now synonymous with rural development in India.
    The dream of India as a strong nation will not be realised without self-reliant, self-sufficient villages, this can be achieved only through social commitment & involvement of the common man."
    - Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare is soldiering for rural regeneration
GoodNewsIndia ::Magazine

The manager who does funerals for abandoned bodies
- Shobha Warrier, Rediff.com, News, August 26, 2009
S Sreedhar collects unknown, unclaimed bodies from hospitals and old age homes and performs their last rites. He has been doing this for the past 24 years.

Youth For Seva
There is a growing desire among the youth in India to volunteer their time and talent for community development. But most of them are not currently involved in volunteering work because of three major reasons:

1. Not knowing where to start.
2. The fear that it may be too much of responsibility.
3. Concern that it cannot be done with their limited time availability.

"Youth for Seva"(YFS) was formed in April 2007 to fill this gap so that youth with an intention to volunteer and with different time commitments can easily find meaningful opportunities to serve the community.

The mission of YFS is to inspire youth to volunteer, connect them to the grass roots projects, and provide ongoing support and training to the volunteers and the NGOs.
Youth for Seva is a project of the 'Hindu Seva Pratishthana.' (www.hinduseva.org), which has been in the forefront of social service for nearly three decades.

A report about two great souls who are setting an example to the world through their actions.
Nagarajan from Kanjikoil near Erode and Ayyasaami from Ezhoor near Sathyamangalam have dedicated their lives to growing and maintaining the trees.

About Ayyasami by Muralikumar Padmanabhan

Akshaya's Helping in H.E.L.P. Trust
Akshaya takes care of helpless, mentally ill/very old men and women deserted in the streets of Madurai.
"I don't feed beggars. They can look after themselves. The mentally ill won't ask anyone for food or money," says N Krishnan who has been feeding them thrice a day for the past seven years.

5th Pillar
An organisation that strives to get remedy for citizens particularly the common man by use of the Right to Information Act & fight corruption at all levels.

A monthly magazine on Anti-Corruption issues, for private circulation only for 3 months called "MAATTRAM" (Tamil) was launched on 9th May 2009, 5.30 pm at Kamaraj hall, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai. Starting 15th August 2009, both "MAATTRAM" (in Tamil) and "CHANGE" (in English) will be distributed through stands and can be subscribed.

Vijay Anand
President- 5th Pillar
Cell : 98406 18948
Off: 044 65273056
Fax: 044 42133677
E-mail: vijay@5thpillar.org