Shanta Devi – India

Linked with Ankur.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Not for nothing is 75-year-old Shanta still revered as ‘the dharna (protest) lady’ and as ‘Shanta toofani’ (thunderous=indefatigability), as a huge range of issues defines her work.

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Shanta Devi – India

She works for the Ankur-Society for Alternatives in Education.

Shanta Devi’s work with nonformal education is driven by her conviction that education is essential to a person’s understanding of the world. She worked alone, and then with the Ankur-Society for Alternatives in Education, trying to reach out, particularly to women, children, and youth. Beside having supported human rights issues, Shanta campaigns for slum dwellers’ rights, supporting HIV+ persons, sexual minorities, and fighting for nuclear disarmament. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).


Planet of Slums;


The major industrial and financial centre;

Bombay’s billion dollar slum
: Dharavi, in India’s commercial capital Bombay (Mumbai), is Asia’s largest slum;

The soul of a city, Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta;
CM’s volte face on slum rehab;

State plans bill to bypass HC order on slum rehab;

Slum Futures;

Cut-off by the date;

Inside the slums: MUMBAI, Light in the darkness.

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