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One train, 450 youngsters, 15 days, 7,000 km and 13 stops. Overwhelming as the journey sounds, it proved life-changing for those who undertook it, exploring on the way the hidden social enterprise of India.

Jagriti, an NGO, brought together an odd assortment of ‘yatris’ (travellers with a mission) in a train that criss-crossed the country, exposing them to institutions that have developed unique solutions to India’s challenges, in an effort to awaken the spirit of entrepreneurship among them.

Odd because they included both rural and urban, rich and not-so-rich, Indians and foreigners, culturally refined and the street styled, chapati eating and rasam loving, men and women – bound by the common ability to be affected by the socio-economic condition of the country and a dream of bringing in change.

In the fourth year of the Jagriti Yatra, the train passed through Tamil Nadu’s Madurai, Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam, Rajasthan’s Tilonia, among other places, before culminating in Mumbai.

“The idea is to promote entrepreneurship-led development. Every person who takes part in the yatra goes back a different person,” Jagriti co-founder Swapnil Dixit told IANS.

Read the Full article here: Train to real India: On road to entrepreneurship http://twocircles.net/2012jan08/train_real_india_road_entrepreneurship.html.

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