Articles by Ritu George

Varthur lake is the second-largest water body in Bengaluru. The 440-acre lake is located on the eastern periphery of the city, surrounded by villages and all the big IT companies. Over the last 20 years, a lot has changed and the lake has become infamous as one of the most polluted lakes in the city. From a pristine water body where people used to fish and bathe, it has now turned into a cesspool that froths and foams. It even catches fire! Concerned by the encroachment and degradation of the lake, residents came around to start a rejuvenation campaign. The…

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Bembala is a Bengaluru-based organisation ‚Äď an initiative of the citizens group, Whitefield Rising‚Äď is a free and confidential volunteer-run support center for women and children who face abuse or violence. The alarming rise of violence against women and children is of critical concern for Bengaluru today. A group art show ‚ÄúOorja‚ÄĚ will be held at The Art Corridor Taj West End, Bengaluru from 23rd¬†Feb to 2nd¬†March 2020 in association with Mr. M G Doddamani. ‚ÄúOorja‚ÄĚ or Energy in Sanskrit is the defining expression of the human spirit, that energy or life force which inspires and unifies us to reach…

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The inter community quiz contest organised by Inner Wheel Club of Bangalore IT Corridor in association with Forum Neighbourhood Mall and Community Partner Whitefield Rising is just 2 weeks away! Date : August 24th Time: 3 pm onwards Venue: Forum Neighbourhood Mall, Whitefield. The first of its kind in Whitefield, the event has a youth and adult category, 3 to a team. - The event is open to communities and the workplace too! - Encourage your teens to participate in the youth section, forming a team either with friends from the community or from schools for this cause. - Get…

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The Kundanahalli junction is "the"¬†gateway for lakhs of commuters going in and out of Whitefield. People from across the city come in for work in the area as this is a tech hub while school children traverse in their buses to head to the multitude of schools in the Whitefield/Varthur area. Across Bangalore and in fact outside too, people know how bad the traffic is this side of town. We have therefore engaged in the Traffic warden program for years to contribute our time and effort to help manage the traffic. An underpass was to come at the junction 5…

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In mid Feb 2019, we were shocked to observe a very old tree having been cut down on Whitefield Main Road. The construction behind seemed ominously like the reason for the felling. Having seen other beautiful old trees been felled as mercilessly, we decided to take action this time and filed a Case. ¬†Turns out that the Forest Department had themselves felled it citing disease. We had the well known Vijay Nishanth come and inspect the tree stump and declare that clearly this was not a diseased tree that needed cutting. We also investigated by asking people living right next…

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We have a lot of issues in our neighborhood that can be solved by¬†good governance. We have learnt that the only way to make improvements is by steadily increasing¬†accountability¬†of those in power. Active, engaged, informed, and vigilant citizens who¬†vote¬†determine who gets in power and what the outcome is. We remain¬†non partisan¬†and will not tell you who to vote for. Having helped thousands in Mahadevpura get on the voter rolls this year, we now share a summary of the¬† very successful "Meet Your MP Candidates" event held on April 14, 2019.¬† Who are they and what did they say? Click¬†here¬†to read…

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The Graphite India #AirPollution campaign - NGT upholds KSPCB CLOSURE order from 2012!¬† Following the Supreme Court order, where Graphite India was recognized as a polluter¬†under the Polluter Pays Principal, the complainants continued their¬†case in the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The hearing was on¬†Monday, Jan 28th, 2019. The four judge bench listened to the complainants' side of the story, poured over the Appellate Authority ruling from 2013, and fully overturned it! The Principal Bench of NGT called the majority opinion of the appellate court ‚Äėpresumptuous‚Äô, and instead accepted the dissenting judgment, which pinned pollution on Graphite India. Dissenting Judge Lawrence…

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Does your maid experience any violence at home? Maybe it is not violence but just abuse? Or alcoholism ? Is your co-worker struggling to make sense of her spiraling marriage? Is your neighbor feeling unwanted, disrespected or manipulated? We finally have an answer after years of not being able to effectively help women reaching out to us having experienced violence of some sort. The term violence seems to suggest physical harm - but emotional and mental harm are equally harmful and people need to be helped. It is to address this very issue that we have begun helping an increasing…

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