Thursday, August 25, 2016

Where Women Are Treated Worse than Animals: Made to Drink Water out of Shoes

Away from the shining India celebrating late Olympic success through women power exist places where women are made to drink water out of shoes. The remote village in Bhilwara, Rajasthan remained in the pre-Independence era and came into vision through the lens of photographer Sudhir Kasliwal. The regressive exorcism rituals are still a common sight in those villages.

Hundreds of women are brought to the Bankaya Mata temple in Bhilwara from every nearby village for their treatment. They are then subjected to the degrading and dangerous practices in the name of remedial measures or treatment. Women are put through different regressive rituals by the Bhopas (quasi-priests as well as therapists) that include drinking water out of shoes, walking kilometres while carrying shoes in mouth and head or dragging themselves down over 200 steps in the temple (to drive out the evil spirits) in the name of treatment. This atrocious ritual takes place every week in Bankaya Mata temple.
Photographer Sudhir Kasliwal went to Bankaya Mata temple in in 1995 after hearing about its strange exorcism rituals. What he witnessed moved him deeply. It pained him beyond description. He had all those rituals photographed on film then. But, what pained him more is the fact that even after 21 years the practice still continues.

The ritual starts with women made to walk kilometres with shoes on their head as well as clutched in their mouth. At the end, they are made to drink water out of those shoes in the name of exorcism. Most of the women brought for treatment usually suffering from mental illness or the in-laws want them to be tagged insane (to teach young girls who are outspoken and not well adjusted in their in-laws’ homes some lessons).
The women with real mental illness suffer most through this torturous ritual, while it affects the normal women badly enough. The rituals often lead to permanent and long-term emotional damage to the mentally ill patients. As observed by psychiatrist Ruma Bhattacharya, these women have no space to express their feelings and sufferings leading to hysteric behaviour that further wrongfully interpreted as being ‘possessed’. They sustain long-lasting emotional issues such as phobia and bad dreams.

Readers may get shocked after knowing these incidents and may feel comfort thinking that such extreme superstitions only exist in remote, uneducated and backward areas of the country. But, in reality, superstitions became a part of educated mass living in urban areas as well. The case of Asaram is an example of such behaviour and belief (where a teenage girl was brought to the Godman for exorcism and allegedly sexually assaulted).

Although the newspaper reports have resulted in the arrest of four such Bhopas or quacks from the premises of Bankaya Mata temple and are now guarding the temple to stop such activities, sociologist Rajeev Gupta believes that these steps are mere eyewash. According to him the myth originated from a small story and became a tradition over time. Women pose as soft targets because of illiteracy, lack of empowerment and access to healthcare facilities and the scarcity of qualified mental health professionals.

It is a shame to the educated mass that such inhuman tradition is still thriving in our country. Ironically, a barbarous camel sport known as “Ladoo Oont” that was annually performed at Pushkar Fair got called off shortly after Sudhir Kasliwal made a documentary about it in 1979. In “Ladoo Oont” riders subjected the camels to perform gruelling tasks to test the strength of the animal, even as the camels groaned in pain. But, the torture of women did not stop after the photographs taken by him went public in 1995. Perhaps our senses are more accommodating towards animals than women, lamented the photographer.

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Image Courtesy: Sudhir Kasliwal
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

#ForgottenHero, The Creator Of Indian Tricolor Who Died In Poverty

India has celebrated its 70th Independence Day on 15th August 2016. The tricolor was seen flying every corner of the country and there is nothing wrong in celebrating this auspicious day with full enthusiasm. But, have you ever tried to find out  who made our national flag, our beloved tricolour?

How could you know when the person who created the tricolour was anonymous to us for all these years! Finally, after 46 years of his death, this extraordinary contribution was honoured and got the due respect. Let us know about this amazing personality and show our respect to him.

He Was Pingali Venkayya

Pingali Venkayya was born on 2nd August 1876, in a village near the Andhra Pradesh. At the age of 19, he became the captain (Sena Nayak) in British army posted in South Africa. During the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi met Pingali.

Pingali got so much inspired by Mahatma Gandhi that he returned to India to be with him forever. After returning to India, he became an ardent follower of Gandhi and devoted his life as a freedom fighter. He took  key interest in creating the national flag of  India. Pingali began the study of national flags from 30 countries to design our own national flag. From 1916 to 1921 he continued the research on this subject and finally made this amazing design of the tricolour.

At first, the tricolour made by Pingali had 3 colours red, green and white. The red colour was for Hindus, the green for Muslims and the white for all the other religions. Then there was a Spinning Wheel (Charka) in the middle in place of today’s Ashoka Chakra as a symbol of progress.

The Tricolour got accepted in 1931

In 1931 a resolution was passed to adopt the tricolour as our national flag. However, some modifications were made like changing the red colour to saffron. On 22nd July 1947 the Constituent Assembly adopted this tricolour as our national flag. Shortly after the introduction, another round of adjustment was made and the spinning wheel was replaced with the Ashoka Chakra (Dharma chakra of Samrat Ashoka).

Pingali died due to extreme poverty in a small hut

You will be ashamed to know that the person who gave nation the glorious tricolour we are so proud of had led his entire life in extreme poverty. Pingali died in 1963 at Vijayawada inside a small hut or more of a shack, which cannot be regarded as a house. Even after his death, no one was aware of his contribution. People came to know about him only after 2009 when a postage stamp was issued in the name of Pingali. He got the due respect 46 years after his death. Still, how many of us know about his life and his contribution? Pingali remains as one of the #ForgottenHeroes.

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Image Courtesy: The Quint
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Best Nutritious Food to Lose the Weight

Nature is replete with super foods that one can depend on time and again for covering up nutritional gaps. Interestingly, it hasn't been known there are super foods that can help us get rid of excessive hunger pangs and lead to slimmer waistlines and shedding of extra kilos of body weight.
Let’s review each of these super foods one by one and understand how they can contribute to our slimming down.

1. Green tea
Start your day with the therapeutic Green Tea. The antioxidants help in burning fat. 

Green Tea

2. Oats
Rich in fiber and hence makes for a filling breakfast/diet.


3. Broccoli
Well known for its cancer-preventing power, this cruciferous veggie (the others being cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts) that makes a fibrous serving, helps in preventing weight gain. 


4. Brown rice
Brown rice is another fiber-rich option that's a lot healthier than white rice.

Brown rice

5. Pears
Loaded with fiber, this fruit can meet a human body's 15% fiber demand in one go. Consuming Pear helps lose weight.


6. Wine
Resveratrol, a popular antioxidant stops fat storage. People who drink wine occasionally tend to have narrower waists and lesser belly fat compared to liquor drinkers. A glass of Wine triggers calorie burns for an hour and a half.


7. Kidney beans 
Rich in Resistant Starch, they help in fat burning.

Kidney beans

8. Almonds 
Studies have proved that a daily Almond rich diet results in losing weight, as compared to eating non-nut diet.


9. Lentils 
Lentils provide for both protein and fiber. It also contains Resistant Starch that aids digestion and burns fat.

10. Bananas 
Surprising but true, Bananas are a thinning super food. Studies have shown that individuals who have gone for a banana only diet have lost considerable weight.

11. Eggs 
As opposed to them being dangerous for heart and heart health/increasing cholesterol, eggs help in providing a wholesome meal. People who eat eggs feel more satiated and don't eat for the next 3-4 hours. You can find different types of eggs in online store. Use Zopnow coupons to get a discount on your purchase value.


12. Dark chocolate 
This one not only reduces stress but because of lower sugar content it helps in reducing weight by being a healthy snack option.

Dark chocolate

13. Oranges
Again, similar to other fruit, the richness in fiber helps oranges become a healthy diet option. You can get these oranges at a cheap rate in Big basket. Use
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14. Potatoes 
However, being a rich source of energy (high in carbohydrates), Potatoes make for a filling diet.  Also being rich in Resistant Starch, they help significantly in burning fat.


15. Avocados 
They have the right fats and being rich in fiber and protein make for a low Cal healthy meal.


16. Salmon 
It is obviously leaner than red meat.


17. Grapefruit 
It's likewise a decent wellspring of protein, and because of the fact that it's no less than 90% water, it can top you off so you eat less. 


18. Pine nuts 
One study observed that swapping solid unsaturated ones like those found in nuts for immersed fats helped overweight individuals get in shape without lessening calorie allow or increasing their activity.

Pine nuts

19. Cheddar
New goat cheddar and feta contain an unsaturated fat that helps you feel full and smolder more fat. Search for cheeses named "grass-encouraged," as this will have the most noteworthy substance of this solid fat.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Story : How A Laborer Became The Richest Indian In UAE

Dr KT Rabeeullah

It is true that millions of Indians have migrated to Gulf countries in search of better jobs to turn their fate and earn more. Most of them have to work as laborers and earn meager wages. This is a similar story of a man who went to the UAE as a construction worker in search of a better life and today became one of the richest Indians in UAE.

Dr. Rabeeullah from Kerala now owns Shifa Al Jazeera Group; one of the largest medical groups in UAE.

Born in a poor family in a village called Malappuram in Kerala, Dr KT Rabeeullah came to UAE nearly 30 years ago as a laborer. He started working for 600 Dihram at a building construction site. During his job tenure, he realized that his health will soon decline as the work was extremely strenuous and the climatic condition was also very different and harsh in UAE. Moreover, there were no proper healthcare amenities available to the workers.

This prompted Rabeeullah to form a Medical Group that will work towards providing health services to the poor at affordable cost.

However, it was a big mission and required a substantial amount of money to start. Rabeeullah is not among those who give up hope and determination. He started accumulating a portion of his earnings for the next ten years and finally formed a small health care center. Some doctors also came forward and supported his mission. Gradually Rabeeullah won the heart of local people by providing quality health care services at low cost. He, along with his daughter Najiha set up a modern hospital under the banner of the Shifa Al Jazeera Group.

Today, Dr. Rabeeullah is running 50 hospitals and 12 medical centers with the help of 700 doctors, which is one of the world’s largest medical groups.

In coming days Rabeeullah wants to set up medical institutes in Gulf countries as well as in India. He also wants to establish a hospital having all the modern medical facilities of the world. Jazeera Medical Group with the help of 700 doctors and 10,000 health workers is providing health care services to millions of people every day. The credit simply goes to the visionary and perseverance of Dr. Rabeeullah.

Rabeeullah always remained devoted to help the poor and needy people even after becoming a billionaire. He donates 10% of his earnings to charity for human welfare.

Recently, he introduced a program that gives monetary support to poor and backward class villagers along with free medical facilities. From its onset Jazeera Medical Group is trying to give all the possible support to countries and population affected by natural disasters. Rabeeullah helped immensely during the tsunami, the Gujarat earthquake and the fire at Calicut. Recently he gave 150,000 Dihram to rescue poor workers stranded in a prison in the UAE.

In 2006, the Government of India awarded Dr. Rabeeullah with “Prabashi Bharatiya Samman”. Providing proper health care services to every section of the community is one of the major challenges the world is facing today. We need more people like Dr. Rabeeullah to help us achieve a society with adequate medical support to people irrespective of economic position.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pranjal Dubey: The Man Who Sold His House to Educate Youth in Rural Areas

Pranjal Dubey

Pranjal Dubey, a 40-year-old techie sold his house and gave up his lucrative job at SAP SE (a German multinational software corporation) to educate the youth in his ancestral village and providing them better job opportunities as well as improving their life.

Dubey has the dream of educating the local youth in his ancestral Sandalpur village in Dewas district, thereby improving their life through better job opportunities. He quit his job, sold his house and literally gave up everything he possessed to fulfill this dream. As a result, over 100 students of his college are currently working in IT giants such as Cognizant and SAP.

As per Dubey, the decision of leaving the job and the house was not an easy one to take. However, he felt that at some point of life every person needs to take some hard decision to fulfill their dreams and aim of life. The Sant Singaji Institute of Science and Management (SSISM) in Sandalpur, a Bootstrapping initiative for education of rural youth has changed the life of this successful techie.

It took near two years for Dubey and his family to understand what he was doing and what he wanted to do after leaving the secured life in Bengaluru that most of us dream to have. Dubey started the first batch in 2010 and took all the 50 students (all from a rural village background) to different cities of the country including Bengaluru to make them dream big in their life.

He worked hard to connect with the rural youth as his upbringing was completely different from what these village youth experienced. He took them for visits to the big multinationals such as Infosys, Biocon, SAP and many other firms to ignite their dreams and hunger for success. These visits helped them understand the bigger picture of life around them. After six years of struggle many students of his students are well placed at multinationals and earning handsomely.

Currently, he has taken the challenge of educating the girls in the village. It is even a bigger challenge for him as convincing the parents of girls in villages and assuring their security is still a constant struggle.

Watching his successful students is the biggest achievement of Debey’s life. He added that every family needs a role model to follow and bring the differences. His successful students are all role models for their families.

His institute is now covered over 200 villages across various districts and has strength of over 1000 students. According to Dubey, one of the major challenges is to protect the youth of the villages from the glamour of degree selling institutes. Villagers often get attracted to these degrees, but forget that in the current scenario being a degree holder is not everything and they need other soft skills like communication and presentation that they lack. Soft skills can only be improved by providing good exposure and practical opportunities to students.

With support of his mother Kalpana Dubey (61) and wife Amita Dubey (37) Pranjal Dubey has successfully accomplished his dreams. They went through the difficult paths and took some of the hardest decisions in life to make Dubey’s dream a reality. Amita told that the decision to give up their comfortable life in Bengaluru was not easy, but the family supported Pranjal’s decision for his happiness.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Robin Hood Army: Feeding Hundreds of Hungry People Every Day

Robin Hood Army

Two months ago ten people in Jodhpur started an initiative to feed hungry children. Today they are feeding hundreds of hungry children every day. Their motto is to avoid food waste and make it available to needy people, thereby eliminating the scourge of hunger. Currently, more than 150 people moved to join the team working on feeding the hungry people.

They made a WhatsAap group called Robin Hood Army (RHA) that is designed to contact hotels in the city to avail the food that otherwise would have been wasted. They also prepare foods from their own pockets and then the team heads out wearing green T-Shirts in a vehicle. Along with poor children, they also share food with the needy elderly.

Robin Hood Army or RHA was established two months ago in Jodhpur. One of the RHA members Akshyraj Korna told that they made the initiative to eradicate the curse of hunger from the city. Everyday a lot of foods get wasted in different hotels in the city. The members of the group collect these excess foods in a vehicle and then distribute the foods among poor and hungry people (mostly children and elderly).

They formed a WhatsAap group named Robin Hood Army and after getting calls from the hotel to collect food they update the group about it. After that the members come to hotels with their car, collect and distribute the foods among poor.

They got inspired from a similar campaign run in Portugal

According to RHA members, Neil Ghosh from Delhi saw similar campaigns during his visit to Portugal. There people distribute excess food among poor. He got inspired by it and started similar campaigns in India with his five friends in September 2014. He named the group Robin Hood Army or RHA. RHA is now spread across seven countries including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Currently, more than five thousand of Robin Hood Army volunteers are continuously offering their services in 30 cities in India (37 cities including other countries). Most of the volunteers are young students and working people. The Jodhpur group is a part of this organization.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Indian Origin Student Topped the Most Prestigious Exam in Singapore #WellDoneRasika

Rasika Kale
Rasika Kale, an Indian-origin student topped the International Baccalaureate Diploma examination in Singapore. The Singapore-based NRI student bagged a perfect score of 45 out of 45 points to become the topper.

Rasika has been living in Singapore since 2002 and studied at the Global Indian International School (GIIS) from class 1 to 12. She has given all the credits of her success to her parents, teachers and the school. She told that such success would not have been possible without the constant motivation and support from her parents. At the same time her teachers made sure that she gets all the possible support to prepare well for the examination.

According to Kamal Gupta, the Chief Operating Officer of Global Schools Foundation the achievement of Rasika can be regarded equivalent to winning of a gold medal in the Olympics as thousands of students from over 40 countries appear for the examination. It is indeed a prestigious accomplishment.

He conveyed that the IBDP exam is equivalent to class 12 examinations in India and Rasika topped the IB ranking for IBDP exam 2016 from the Singapore-based Global Indian International School (GIIS). Achieving a world topper ranking is as prestigious as winning a gold medal in the Olympics of academics.

Gupta conveyed that Rasika possesses a natural combination of intelligence, passion and all-round performance for performing arts. A near-perfect score of 44 out of 45 points are secured by three other GIIS students Aarushi Khandelwal, Revvand Rajesh and Sibiranjith Nagesh in the same examination.

The Global Indian International School is established by the Singapore-based, not for profit Global Schools Foundation, and is present across 20 campuses in Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and United Arab Emirates. Known for its skill-based and learner-centric curricula, GIIS offers holistic learning and personality development opportunities for students.

The Global Indian International School has glorified history of winning over 60 education excellence awards from Singapore, Malaysia other countries of Asia. It follows the Malcolm Baldrige education excellence model as education benchmark that is followed by the top schools in the world. GIIS has won an Innovation Excellence award for the Nine Gems™ models from the Institute of Directors.

Since 2008, five students from GIIS have topped the IB exams worldwide, while overall 17 students have scored the near perfect scores of 44/45 points.

The school adopted a holistic approach towards character development and maintains a balance between academics and experience, mental and physical development, language skills, fine arts and performing arts, creativity, personality development, ethics and entrepreneurship.

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