Pinky Chandran is an independent researcher, author and a community journalist. She co-founded Radio Active Bangalore's first community radio station in 2007 and is the founding member of the Solid Waste Management Roundtable (SWMRT). Garbage inspires her to write poetry. She is a dog lover and a pet parent.
From being a person who had to face societal opposition, to the one who gets Rajyotsava award for her activism, she has come a long way. Here’s an interview that throws light into Akkai Padmashali’s life and thoughts.
The 2010 UN Habitat publication states that waste-pickers perform 50 to 100% of all ongoing waste collection in most cities in developing countries – at no cost to the city budget. How does it work for the waste-pickers in Bangalore?