Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009
This description of Rana Sengupta's work was prepared when Rana Sengupta was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Rana Sengupta works with cooperatives of stone quarry workers to create innovative systems that give them ownership of mining activities. This not only helps to protect their rights and their environment, but to also gain access to safety, welfare, and social security provisions. In doing so Rana is addressing the three pillars of sustainable development: Environmental protection, social equity, and economic well-being in a sector that threatens fragile ecosystems alongside human dignity.
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