‘ Impact Hour ‘ with Manju Kalanidhi

Written By Sahithi Divi as told by Manju Kalanidhi

Manju Kalanidhi , Mother, Indian Journalist, City Editor – The New Indian Express, Founder of Rice Bucket Challenge

When asked about her childhood wishes, purpose, happy quotient, scaling up plans, self discovery and milestones of life journey ….. Here is the impact I collected.

The perseverant curiosity of this 70’s kid foresees what is beyond the drawn lines as a girl child, which transpired a will to cut through the finite awareness and resources available to visualise a dream from a small town Kazipet of Warangal district in Telangana.

She choose journalism as her tool to deliver value to the world although from a science background. While pursuing journalism in Bangalore, she closely tackled the challenges around diversity paired with competence. Balancing herself through the setbacks of coming from a middle class family, which also means that inclusivity was difficult to sustain yet very important for not looking back. Extracting resilience from the setbacks empowered her to be financially independent which in-turn impacts the personal choices too.

” To be useful is a privilege” , she says with a standby smile held up.

The Rice Bucket Challenge is her brainchild. Connecting her dots with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals , while 821 million people are facing food deprivation in the world as of today with rising numbers, Manju profoundly came up with the rice bucket challenge as an effective solution using collaboration to mitigate hunger. Through this initiative she aimed to connect the rice donors to those in need. As a part of this campaign she collected more than 200 thousand kilos of rice as her initiative towards Hunger Mitigation. She is looking for potential partnerships for scaling this to educational institutions for a sustainable and automated operation. She is fighting towards zero hunger using shared economy and collaboration as her key drivers.

Her visit to the United States for a social exchange program encased a brilliant networking stage with a community of common thinkers from across the globe for her.

As a journalist she says that women are the forefront for millennial media. Women of this era create more voice , especially now a days media is playing a crucial role in bringing social intelligence into limelight. Women in STEM , menstrual health, educational / career opportunities, sport attributions are the current affair to socio economic strata of gender equality in media.

Manju defines ; Women as POWER , Democracy as NECESSITY and Love as NECESSARY EVIL.

Dreams became milestones when urbanisation gave her words a loud voice that irrigates change. Choosing her own path provided her the tenacity to remain committed and continue her journey into who she is today. Financial freedom gave resistance to personal challenges, independent risks and a sustainable career. She entitled hope for human centric solutions using Sustainable Development Goals. She proved that Journalism , Shared Economy and Collaboration has the power to make a remarkable change in the world by just one person alone…..Manju Kalanidhi.

Written by Sahithi Divi ( http://www.impactscientist.com )

ImpactScientist @ Indo Data Week For Sustainable Development Goals

Written By Sahithi Divi

Hyderabad city hosted the first ever Indo Data Week ( IDW )For Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs ) by United Nations Development Program in collaboration with many other prominent partners.

Sensitivising the SDGs is highly needed at this time. The world is facing a fast approaching slump of naturals resources and we must start to think about upscaling the struggle of the low lying communities to fight basic life threats. Entrepreneurs, sustainability enthusiasts, data scientists, investors, policy makers and social influencers who are working in relevance with sustainabilty as the prime mission to achieve using ‘ Data’ were present here.

Data is vital in understanding real needs of the society for customising regional and sustainable solutions. Technical advancement unparalleled with the condition of majority of the population can widen the social parity. Indo Data Week nurtured a community of sustainability advocates, fostered a highly resourceful network opportunity and exhibited the underplaying power of data in solving the world’s sustainability problem.

IDW offered a tangile value to social innovators and social impact drivers through combining SDGs with data science. A showcase of proven models to scale business solutions which offer prosperity and monitor consumerism.

ImpactScientist represented SDG5 , Gender Equality at the IDW. Emphasized on importance of data which is streamlined with the human centric inputs and why emotion intelligence is properiotry in the data extracted for solving gender inequality. Collaboration is the new necessity for creating a better world. A community has begun to seriously think and come together.

ImpactScientist thanks you for this wonderful opportunity to spread the impact of SDG5.

Written by Sahithi Divi ( source : http://www.impactscientist.com )

37 Years And Counting …

Written by Sahithi Divi

Smt M Uma Nagendramani addressing the press

Smt M Uma Nagendramani joined the noble profession of Nursing in the Medical Wing of South Central Railway in the year 1983. Starting as an auxiliary mid-wife, she rose to the rank of Chief Matron and  at present is on the strength of three decades of nursing service. She is currently serving as the Vice President for S.C.Railway employee’s sungh and National secretray at INTUC.

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India presented the glorious Florence Nightingale Award to Smt M Umanagendramani, at the remarkable award function held at Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi on 12th May, 2015.

She not only proclaimed her efforts to her job but also inclined towards the social welfare of railway men and women. She paralled her duties with her passion and gave her whole life for an unconditional rage against discrimination and gender inequality. Fighting alongside the dominance of hierarchy and gender she enlarged her vision to impact bottom line sub urban population directly and indirectly influenced by the railway. She brought healthcare, micro management and welfare closer to beneficiaries and remained the first person to launch several gender inequality and anti sexual voilatory campaigns in early 1980’s. The society stumbled upon to see a women actively fighting against discrimination happening at HIV AIDS patients but she rose to be a leaning shoulder to the suffering. She has travelled more than 20 countries advocating for the human rights of labour union.

Unparalled achievements

My association with her dates back to more than a decade, she is my high school classmate’s mother. Hosted me for combined study sessions and ended up having conversations about ground realities of people’s struggle in every layer of society. After more than 10 years we again met ! This time the conversation was more intimidating and it all began to resonate with my soul purpose. If conspiring is true, I have expirienced it through meeting and discovering the same her but who believes in me that I shall deliver my little role in a larger way.

“I am honoured to find her again for a bigger purpose and learning ” – TO FIGHT AGAINST GENDER INEQUALITY.

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Written by Sahithi Divi (source : http://www.impactscientist.com)