The Phoenix and Palladium malls, which her family own, may epitomise consumerism, but Amla Ruia, wife of Ashok Ruia, prefers to devote her time and resources to those who need her expertise and energy. MARWAR meets the altruist to find out more about her laudable efforts to bring water to the parched villages of Rajasthan.
Alarmingly, a huge chunk of India’s population still remains insulated from education, even though it is seen as a key factor on which so many other developmental issues remain hinged. Among the glittering forward-thinking minds who have recognised and striven to address this burning issue are the founders of the Rajasthani Sammelan,
a public charitable trust established in Malad, Mumbai, in 1948. Today, the trust shines as a beacon of hope for many with its commendable effort to enlighten young minds.
Jaipur Rugs has given traditional carpet weaving in India a fresh lease of life by providing sustainable livelihood opportunities to 40,000 artisans in over 600 villages. Talking to founder Nand Kishore Chaudhary, MARWAR finds he has not only opened up a global market for rural hands, but also improved their lives through welfare activities related to education, skills training, health and sanitation, and women empowerment.
For late social activist and diamond merchant, Kishore V Khimawat, planting trees in his home state, Rajasthan, was just the tip of the iceberg.