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If someone keeps all that he accumulates for himself and does not give it to others, the hoarded wealth will eventually prove to be the cause of ruin. Rig Veda Hindus who view poverty as a result of negative action believe it is important to improve their actions for a better future life. They may also believe people currently living in poverty should live their lives with respect and dignity. However, poverty is not of itself a negative thing. Many Hindus agree that a 'good' birth is not about wealth but about contentment and happiness.

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By this measure, rich Indians might be charitable, but not enough of them are philanthropists. Philanthropy is growing, says Mr Sanghavi, but it's not growing fast th. These range from ending poverty and hunger to giving people access to clean energy. stories from India. It is only now rivalled by Mr Premji's foundation, which funds education, healthcare and independent media among other things.

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They may also believe people currently living in poverty should live their lives with respect and dignity. But Anant Bhagwati, one of the authors of the Dasra report, says that no matter how weak the data collection, large pledges are unlikely to fall through the cracks. And many people give anonymously, which further complicates estimates of philanthropy. The BBC's Aparna Alluri.

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So reports, such as the one by Dasra, rely on multiple sources, from the government to third-party trackers to individual declarations. But his generosity has put philanthropy in the spotlight in a needy where charity does not appear to match wealth.

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Many Hindus agree that a 'good' birth is not about wealth but about contentment and happiness. Rig Veda Hindus who view poverty as a result of negative action believe it is important to improve their actions for a better future life. Strategic philanthropy - which Dasra advocates - makes greeddy distinction between charity and philanthropy. The Tata Trusts, endowed by the personal wealth and profits of one of India's biggest and oldest conglomerates, has been India's biggest philanthropic outfit for decades.

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Mr Premji's contributions over the past decade, he added, stand out across more than a century of Indian philanthropy - the first Tata trust was set up in And needg just any problem - preferably, one of the daunting sustainable development goals or SDGs. For The Needy Not The Greedy is a non for profit organization supplying assistive medical devices for both individuals and organizations in need.

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While the former might involve feeding the poor on a single day, the latter would require investing in non-profits that work to decrease or end hunger altogether. All of them, like Mr Premji, are pledging their personal wealth, largely earned in their own lifetimes.

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Ms Srinath agrees: "The overwhelming sentiment is that we [Indians] could do better. If someone keeps all that he Bvc for himself and does not give it to others, the hoarded wealth will eventually prove to be the cause of ruin.

But Ms Srinath also cautions against wholly relying on the data as it is incomplete, making it "hard to say anything definitive about philanthropy in India". Nefdy, poverty is not of itself a negative thing. “It's about the needy people – not the greedy people.