Daan Utsav is the festival of giving in October to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, which is celebrated nationally in ever more creative ways. From Badabarsingh in Orissa where wealth is freely distributed by eager volunteers, to slum children in Mumbai using up their money to buy medicines and food for neighbours, to Adivasi children who felicitate their senior citizens, and 5000 auto drivers of Bhubaneshwar who pooled their hard-earned money to organize a pilgrimage for 80 destitute elders, these stories touch a gold standard of compassion.

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