Seeing how popular my [[http://floatingsun.net/blog/2006/01/21/476/|aside]] on [[http://paritrana.org/|Paritrana]] was, I decided to write a full fledged post and address all the comments in the aforementioned aside.
First of all, **I’m not a Paritrana member** as many of the comments seem to imply/assume. Paritrana first came to my attention because two of my batchmates from IITK are involved in it.
Secondly, someone said (and I agree) that a big deal should not be made out of Paritrana simply because IIT and IIM graduates are involved in it. As others have pointed out, there are/were other such efforts before Paritrana, and all of them should command an equal respect/attention. For instance, there is [[http://www.samudai.org/|Samudai Bharati]] and [[http://bharatudaymission.org/|Bharat Udai Mission]]. However, what //does// distinguish Partirana is that they are already launched and out there.
Finally, if you have questions/comments/suggestions for Paritrana, please direct them at [[firstname.lastname@example.org]] (as their website [[http://paritrana.org/contactus.htm|clearly states]]). They even have a phone number!