The Tata Water Mission is one of the biggest and among the most impactful of the efforts undertaken by the Tata Trusts to enhance India’s social development quotient — and with good reason. The Mission’s programmes in water, sanitation and hygiene have been designed to help address the wide range of challenges that the country faces in a sphere of critical and immediate importance.

Our cover feature centres on the Mission’s role as facilitator and implementer in a collaborative endeavour that involves India’s union and state governments, philanthropic organisations and nonprofits. The scope and spread of the Mission’s work — which covers more than 3.5 million people across 12 states — is testimony to the commitment of the Trusts to a cause that touches every Indian citizen in one way or another.

Also on the menu in the second edition of Horizons are stories of hope and aspiration that shine a light on the Tata Trusts’ pan-India mandate of improving the quality of life of marginalised communities. From Bengaluru, we bring you an article on how the Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, a Trusts initiative, is backing development-focused businesses.

In Andhra Pradesh, a pilot project shows how India’s leaky fertiliser subsidy programme is getting a tech-enabled upgrade. In Punjab, a simple technology that converts crop stubble into fertiliser is reducing air pollution in North India. In Odisha, urban slum dwellers are being given land rights through eye-in-the-sky mapping done by drones. And in Maharashtra, there’s the social transformation project that is benefitting 2,500 villages and an initiative to make the state’s prisons a more humane place.

This issue, in addition, features interviews with the legendary Dr MS Swaminathan, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India chief executive Pawan Agarwal and with Parameswaran Iyer, the warrior at the vanguard of the country’s big and bold push on water and sanitation. Not least, we have a first-person perspective on developing leadership for the social sector by Ashish Dhawan, founder and chairman of Central Square Foundation.

The Tata Trusts are lending a hand in building a positive and progressive India. Our intent at Horizons is to highlight how they are doing this.

Cheers! Christabelle Noronha

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