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Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Delights, Real and Imagined
November 14, 2017
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BRUSSELS — In 1975, the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude approached the civic authorities in Barcelona, Spain, with a plan to wrap the nearly 200-foot-tall Columbus Monument at the end of La Rambla boulevard. The artists, known for gigantic projects in which large structures are draped in cloth and trussed with rope, had already given their signature treatment to places such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, a Roman-era wall in the Italian capital and a section of the Australian coastline.

“We worked with the mayor,” Christo said in a telephone interview from New York, recalling the proposal in Barcelona. “After two years, he said no. He was assassinated and killed. Not by us, but someone else. In 1981, there was another mayor. He said no. He was almost assassinated, but survived.”

“In 1984, we received a call from another mayor,” Christo added. “He said ‘please come and wrap it.’ We said we didn’t want to do it anymore. We lost the desire. In these projects, nothing is rational. They are whimsical and personal.”
The monumental works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, his wife and artistic partner, who died in 2009, are the subject of an exhibition in the ING Art Center in Brussels called “Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Urban Projects,” which opened last month and runs through February 2018. As well as records and depictions of their large-scale projects, the exhibition includes more than a dozen ideas that were never completed — a tantalizing opportunity to imagine great works of art that never existed.

In addition to about 80 exhibits, there are over 100 photographs on display, mostly taken by the photographer Wolfgang Volz, a frequent collaborator with the artists. Dazzling and illuminated, Mr. Volz’s blown-up images rotate on LED screens, bringing many of the artists’ completed projects to life and transporting visitors to locations like New York; Sydney, Australia; and rural Japan. Included are their most famous works, “Wrapped Reichstag,” realized in Berlin in 1995, and “The Pont Neuf Wrapped,” in which they shrouded Paris’s oldest bridge in silky fabric.

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On ‘The Good Doctor,’ the Anti-Antihero Is In
November 14, 2017
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The title of ABC’s “The Good Doctor” is simple and complicated. Mostly, the show is exactly what it sounds like: a hospital melodrama, with whiz-bang medical science, a dash of intra-staff romance and shameless sentimentality. It’s more competent than good, but it’s well-versed in the workings of the human tear duct.

What makes it distinctive — and possibly what has made it, in its debut season, one of the most-watched shows on television — is the way it interrogates the word “good.” Is there more to it, the show asks, than simply being effective?
“The Good Doctor” does that, counterintuitively, with a protagonist whose inability to connect emotionally is one of his defining features. Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a new surgeon at a prestigious hospital in San Jose, Calif., has autism and savant syndrome.

Earnest but distant, Shaun often needs to have simple responses explained to him, like why parents would be sad to hear that their son is going to lose his leg when the amputation will save his life.

He’s also a brilliant surgeon, able to make intuitive leaps that elude others. (In the mold of difficult-genius dramas like “Sherlock,” “The Good Doctor” visualizes his insights with 3-D graphics, like a diagram of a liver that explodes into segments to explain the function of a key vein.) Still, his skeptical co-workers, like Dr. Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez), see him as a liability.
“The Good Doctor” is sharp enough to leave open the possibility that they might sometimes have a point. Shaun’s inability to read cues can alienate patients. When he’s cogitating on a diagnosis, he goes blank, like a computer app in spinning-wheel mode, and the show suspends the tension long enough that you, like his colleagues, wonder if something’s gone wrong.

The conceit of “The Good Doctor” is that the condition that limits Shaun’s human interactions is inseparable from his gift. I can’t speak to the accuracy of its representation of autism — I am neither a doctor, nor do I play one on TV — but Shaun’s emotional challenge is the show’s emotional engine.

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President Trump Finds His TV Niche in Softball Interviews
November 13, 2017
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“You came into this job fighting like hell,” Lou Dobbs said to President Trump, one of many compliments he offered in their recent Fox Business interview. “And you are fighting like hell every day.”

Fact check: It depends. Sure, Mr. Trump plays the pugilist on Twitter, with N.F.L. players, legislators or whatever news show he happens to be watching at the time. But when it comes to TV sit-downs, the battler in chief now prefers pillow fights.

After all, why grapple with a network news anchor when he can chat with Mike Huckabee, the father of his press secretary? On the Oct. 7 premiere of his show on the Christian-oriented Trinity Broadcasting Network, Mr. Huckabee hit the president with such humdinger questions as “Does it sometimes bother you that [the first lady] has such fantastic approval ratings?”

Why go out of his way for aggravation when Sean Hannity will sit with him in front of a crowd at a Pennsylvania rally as the warm-up act? “Is he going to win Pennsylvania in 2020, too?” Mr. Hannity asked the cheering crowd, the political-interview equivalent of “Hello, Cleveland!”

Fox’s Sean Hannity interviews President Trump in Pennsylvania Video by Fox News

Previous presidents including Barack Obama and George W. Bush have , focusing on local telev with sympathetic questioners, along with submitting to more challenging interviews. And Mr. Trump has taken questions from various outlets in But when it comes to scheduled TV sitdowns, for nearly half a year Mr. Trump has given interviews to friendly opinion hosts and conservative media outlets.

who didn’t so much ask questions as open his mouth and let rose petals fall out. “President Trump,” he introduced the segment, “intends to restore and revive the fate and fortunes of not only our middle class but all Americans who aspire to it.

Even within Fox News, which fills Mr. Trump’s DVR with hours of daily pep talks, he chooses cozier digs. He dropped by the first week of Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle,” with Laura Ingraham. But he’s been scarce on the more straight-news-oriented shows of Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.

The last time Mr. Trump sat for a TV interview outside his comfort zone was in May. That was when he volunteered his mind-set in deciding to fire the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, who was then leading the probe into Russian election interference. The president said to himself, he recounted, “‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia was a made-up story.’”

There is no such danger in Mr. Trump’s safe space. But it also means he’s not reaching anyone beyond his base — a strategy that, the Republican drubbing in the off-year elections suggests, has its limits.

For his die-hard fans, Mr. Trump sticks to his greatest hits: the media is “fake” (“one of the greatest terms of all I’ve come up with,” he told Mr. Huckabee); we’re going to build the wall; they said we couldn’t get to 270 electoral votes, but we got 306. (Ultimately 304.) He’s speaking to an audience that isn’t watching to see news made or questions answered but to hear, again: We won.

Indeed, Mr. Trump’s interviews with his boosters hardly make news except by accident, as when he defended a lag in diplomatic hiring to Ms. Ingraham by saying, “I’m the only one that matters.”

To understand Mr. Trump as a president, you have to remember that he was a celebrity first, and he still uses the media like a celebrity does. His first remark to Ms. Ingraham about the Republican tax bill was “We’ve gotten really great reviews,” as if he were plugging a new movie on “The Tonight Show.” He repeatedly gave Mr. Hannity his highest honor: praising his Nielsen ratings.

In Mr. Trump’s first celebrity phase, as a brass-plated capitalist cartoon in the ’80s and ’90s, he was a media gadfly. He chased the cameras, planted his name in the tabloids and exchanged locker-room talk with Howard Stern. The point, then, was to be outrageous, to stir the pot. There was no such thing as bad attention.

This was the approach that the candidate Trump used, keeping CNN and “Morning Joe” on speed dial, taking advantage of billions of dollars of free media to ensure that he was the protagonist of the election. For a while, in 2015 and 2016, he was freely available on TV, proving that he could shoot off his mouth in a Fifth Avenue studio and still not lose his voters.

Donald Trump: ‘My Primary Consultant Is Myself’ | Morning Joe | MSNBC Video by MSNBC

Mr. Trump’s second celebrity era was as the host, star and grand prize of “The Apprentice.” There, editors imposed a linear arc on his vagabond sentences, gave coherence to his impulsive decisions. “The Apprentice” had a vested interest in plumping him up — to be the best show, it needed to make him into the best businessman. It styled him to appear successful, decisive, wise, desired and obeyed.

Now, as president, Mr. Trump has delegated the job of reality producer to friendly media outlets. Where other interviewers would challenge or press for details, his chosen hosts do the clarifying for him and offer him talking points couched as questions. “Are you getting the credit for this economic revival?” Ms. Ingraham asked.

Above all, they offer affirmation, and Mr. Trump basks in it like the first warming light of creation. At the Pennsylvania interview on Oct. 11, Mr. Hannity engaged the home-team crowd as if hosting a live “Apprentice” finale. What did they think of Mr. Trump, he asked? (Yay!) What about Congress? (Boo!) And what about the media? (Booooo!)

It’s that cheering crowd, one suspects, that is really driving the dynamic here. The point of all the delicate meringue questions is not simply to avoid challenging the president. It’s to avoid challenging the audience.

These interviews are a reciprocal exchange for a closed circle. The base gets to cheer its leader and boo the haters. The interviewers get to prove their loyalty, presenting themselves as official Trump-endorsed products.

And the president gets to end the exchange nodding and smiling, like someone who knows he has gotten the better part of the deal.

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How the Myth of the Artistic Genius Excuses the Abuse of Women
November 13, 2017
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Can we now do away with the idea of “separating the art from the artist”?

Whenever a creative type (usually a man) is accused of mistreating people (usually women), a call arises to prevent those pesky biographical details from sneaking into our assessments of the artist’s work. But the Hollywood players accused of sexual harassment or worse — Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., to name a few from the ever-expanding list — have never seemed too interested in separating their art from their misdeeds. We’re learning more every day about how the entertainment industry has been shaped by their abuses of power. It’s time to consider how their art has been, too.

These men stand accused of using their creative positions to offend — turning film sets into hunting grounds; grooming young victims in acting classes; and luring female colleagues close on the pretext of networking, only to trap them in uninvited sexual situations. The performances we watch onscreen have been shaped by those actions. And their offenses have affected the paths of other artists, determining which rise to prominence and which are harassed or shamed out of work. In turn, the critical acclaim

and economic clout afforded their projects have worked to insulate them from the consequences of their behavior.

This idea of assessing an artist’s work in light of his biography is, to some critics, blasphemous. Roman Polanski’s 2009 arrest inspired a New York Times round table on whether we ought to “separate the work of artists from the artists themselves, despite evidence of reprehensible or even criminal behavior.” It stands as a useful artifact of the prevailing attitude on the question in the early 21st century. The screenwriter and critic Jay Parini wrote, “Being an artist has absolutely nothing — nothing — to do with one’s personal behavior.” Mark Anthony Neal, an African-American studies scholar at Duke University, put it this way: “Let the art stand for itself, and these men stand in judgment, and never the twain shall meet.”

But Mr. Polanski stood charged of inviting a 13-year-old girl into Jack Nicholson’s hot tub on the pretext of photographing her as a model, and then drugging and raping her. The twain have met.

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Give a donation that can help others to live the life
November 12, 2017
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Gift a Donation

What is Gift a Donation?
It is a charity donation and a way to make a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary or graduation with an equally special gift – and unique gift that of changing the life of a less privileged person.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Giving and Celebrating.  We have so much to celebrate in life, let’s share our joy of giving with family and friends. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, graduation or retirement, you can commemorate the significant occasion with a group donation to your favorite charity through Celebration Donation.

It’s an exciting way to be social and socially responsible.  All you need to do is: plan your party, choose your charity, invite your friends, and then… “Watch Giving Grow”.  Simple  You won’t believe how giving as a group makes a bigger impact on your favorite charity!

Share the idea of raising money for the chosen charity – not as an individual, but as a group. Let’s inspire and encourage as many people as possible, including some that have never given to charities, to raise money in a new and exciting way – as a group during any celebration or social event.

Gift a Plant
Planning a birthday party? Want to impress someone? Need help with Christmas gifts? We have just the right gift options for you. When it comes thoughtful gifting, what better than a plant?

What’s more, we don’t just give you a plant. Our plant come in beautiful containers chosen to match the mood and occasion and packaged in trendy handmade paper bags to look extra special and exclusive. We make your gifts as personal as it should be.

Plant a Tree in Someone’s Name
Planting a tree in someone’s name is a great way to memorialize the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, or a special occasion in anyone’s life. You’re helping to improve our environment, removing carbon from the atmosphere, and creating a lasting memory of the occasion. Your tree may also help improve someone’s life if you purchase through a nonprofit organization working to make the world a better place.

You can plant trees in someone’s name through nonprofit organizations. They will plant the trees in developing countries to help local villagers become more self-sufficient. Or if you prefer stay closer to home, you can choose a company that will plant your tree.

Adopt a Wild Animal
Make the newest member of the family a Crocodile, tiger or other Animal at Zoo!

Here’s an educational gift your kids or grandkids (or someone else’s kids!) are sure to love. Make them the proud new parents of a wild animal. Adopt an animal from the  Zoo, or many other wild animals. Adopting an animal will give you the satisfaction of knowing you are helping care for animals

Alternative Gifts Through Donation
Support the poor with alternative gifts that promote self-sufficiencyIf you’re looking for a way to get away completely from a commercialized gift, consider buying a gift in someone else’s name. Similar to planting a tree in someone’s name, you can give the gift of a water buffalo, a fuel-efficient stove, educational books or more from nonprofit organizations.

These alternative gifts range from inexpensive (one book to a child to sponsoring a child education or health etc) these gifts will help you and your gift recipients share the true meaning of the season.

A donation may take various forms, including cash, services, new or used goods including clothing, toys, food, and books. Donate Old Cloths
Adopt a school
Blood Donation
Sponsoring a Kid for education
Donate food
Donate to NGO’s

We have so much to Celebrate in Life. Let’s spread the Joy of giving.

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Child is meant to learn no to earn….
November 12, 2017
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Do you still complain about the childhood you have been through, then look at them..

Will the world stop fighting and look at the other side please ….Child Labor…

Stop for a minute and think!

India accounts for the second highest number where child labour in the world is concerned. Africa accounts for the highest number of children employed and exploited. The fact is that across the length and breadth of the nation, children are in a pathetic condition.
Children are compelled to work for long working hours with inadequate or no rest period. Moreover, they are paid with minimum wages and enjoy no job security. Many people prefer to employ young boys to maximize services for those minimum wages. 17.5 percent of children in the aged 5 are engaged in economic activities. Many of these children are engaged in various hazardous occupations in manufacturing factories..

Causes of Child Labour

Today one of the greatest maladies that has spread across the world is that of child labor, coupled with child abuse. It is a very scary thought when each year statistics show increasing numbers. And this is not a problem afflicting under-developed or developing nations, but also developed countries, though the numbers are comparatively less.

There are a number of experts around the world who are working towards controlling the numbers, and eventually eradicating the problem. Seems like a difficult and nearly impossible task, but then all the same immense efforts are being made in this direction.

The first step to solve any problem is to be aware of it. And the prime focus is to be aware of the causes of child labour. The following causes listed, though from the Indian prospective, are also the contributing factor to child exploitation in other nations…

The leading reason is poverty. Families need additional sources of income. And unfortunately their poverty-stricken way of life makes them so ruthless that they sell their children as commodities to exploitive employers. Most such employers pay a lump sum for the child and then keep him or her imprisoned within the factory unit till the child cannot work due to deteriorating health as a result of harsh living and working conditions. A hard and terrifying truth about child labor in India!

Truth about child labor in India!
Most traditional families believe that a child is born to them to earn more money for the family. The child is just another source of income. And traditional business families in fact put the child into the business rather than sending them to school. Under the pretext of training them, they make them work long hours, sometimes resorting to physical torture in case the child makes mistakes.

Child abuse is another cause for child labor. This is more so in the case of the girl child, who has probably been abused by someone at home, and to hide this fact she is sold to an employer from a city as domestic help, or then as a bride to an old man.

Lack of proper educational facilities force parents to send their children to work, rather than keeping them at home and giving them a home-based education, along with a happy and innocent childhood playing amongst other children.

“The parents of child labourers are often unemployed or underemployed, desperate for secure employment and income. Yet it is their children – more powerless and paid less – who are offered the jobs. In other words, says UNICEF, children are employed because they are easier  to exploit.” 

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Respect old peoples: They graduated high school without “GOOGLE or WIKIPEDIA
November 12, 2017
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The Elderly in India: And We Keep Neglecting…
Human nature is funny. People take great trouble to preserve relics from the past as some kind of evidence of history. Millions of dollars (or whatever currency is politically correct post-Recession) are spent in restoring heritage buildings, archaeological expeditions and museums. We are paranoid about our glorious past and so we need proof that it had existed at some point. While man-made heritage is preserved, people seem to give two hoots about caring for living heritage in itself.

We must protect an old building because it is a symbol of a rich, living history but it is perfectly acceptable to throw out an old relative because he or she has lost any form of material utility. India is a perfect example of such an attitude.

After a point, even having enough money is not enough to guarantee you a roof. Many elderly people have been rendered homeless after having been thrown out of their houses by their family members, including their children. Some of them had even been well off. India does not have an ageing-friendly environment at all. There is neither any infrastructure, nor any support system to ensure their well-being. Even the Maintenance Act which was passed to ensure that parents have the right to demand support from their children, has been quite a recent phenomenon.

The main problem lies in the fact that there is absolutely no support system for the old in the country. Neither is there any social security, nor any form of community support.

Old Age Homes: Bane or boon?
A DECADE ago, there were hardly any old age homes, barring a few run by the Christian missionaries (orphanages) or the state government. Now every where we see old age homes of all types: for poor, orphans and destitute, pay and stay basis run by individuals, senior citizens associations, NGOs and trusts and the government social welfare department. While many provide shelter and food for older persons, others provide assistance to the physically disabled or bed-ridden individuals. Some old age homes attached to hospitals also offer full fledged geriatric care.

Then the question arises whether such elder homes are a bane or a boon in present changed circumstances. This question was posed to a group of about 450 senior citizens that were a part of a Yahoo Web group called Sss-global. Some 20 senior citizens responded and here is the consolidated opinion of our elders:

Boon

  • For senior citizens who are neglected, dumped, abused
  • For parents whose children are abroad or outside their city
  • For those who lack family support due to some reason
  • Strained relationships between senior citizens and their son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws
  • For those living alone, widows and widowers
  • For those without children or anyone to look after
  • For those who cannot carry on with daily chores like washing, cooking, etc by themselves
  • For those who have to pay the charges, fees of pay and stay elder homes
  • For those who run old age homes on fully commercial (read: exploitative) basis

They are a boon also because old age homes call for adjustments and learning from other inmates

However, while living in an old age homes, one has to adjust oneself with the rules and regulations of such homes such as specific meal timings, food habits, servant’s behavior, attitude, etc.

Enjoy other inmates company without getting offended by their habits and attitudes. A person who has lived in a boarding school or hostel may find it easier to get along and adjust in the new environment.

Bane

It is a bane when senior citizens are forced to live in old age homes despite having their own children.

Mushrooming of old age homes will only make children give up their responsibilities and send their parents to such homes.

Some moot points that emerged are given below:

  • It is the responsibility of parents to groom children in Indian culture to take care of elders
  • It is a shame to live in old age homes when one’s children are there
  • Parents should teach their kids to be responsible in life

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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Stop Ragging. Make campus ragging free.
November 12, 2017
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In actuality, is a notorious practice wherein the senior students get an excuse to harass their junior counterparts, and more often than not, make them easy targets to satiate their own perverse sadistic pleasures. Apart from sustaining grievous physical injuries, those unfortunate students who succumb to ragging either develop a fear psychosis that haunts them throughout their lives, or worse, quit their college education even before it begins. For any student who slogs day and night to secure admission into a prestigious college, ragging can be his or her worst nightmare come true. It would not be an exaggeration to say that, today, ragging has taken the shape of a serious human rights violation with even the most respected and disciplined educational institutes falling prey to it.

Meaning Of Ragging
In common parlance, ragging means playing practical jokes on somebody or teaching someone a lesson. According to the Chambers English Dictionary,

Ragging is an outburst of organized horseplay, usually in defiance of
authority, riotous festivity, especially of under-graduates in British
Universities, associated with the raising of money for charity.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India perhaps has given a more comprehensive meaning of ragging as under:

“Ragging is any disorderly conduct, whether by words spoken or written, or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any student, indulging in rowdy or indisciplined activities which cause or are likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the psyche of a fresher or a junior student.”

Origin Of Ragging
Today, ragging may have become deep rooted in the Indian educational set up, but many would be surprised to know that ragging is originally a western concept. Ragging is supposed to have its creation in certain European Universities where seniors played practical jokes at the time of welcoming freshmen to the institutions. Gradually, the practice of ragging became popular throughout the world. However, with time, ragging assumed obnoxious and harmful connotations and was severely condemned. Today, almost all countries of the world have enacted stern laws that ban ragging and it has been completely eradicated in countries such as Canada and Japan. But sadly, India, which inherited ragging as a legacy from the British Raj, has not been able to free itself from the clutches of this inhuman practice. It can be said, without any room for doubt, that the worst form of ragging is committed in India. Infact, according to a research conducted by CURE, India and Sri Lanka are the only two countries in the world where ragging exists.

Forms of Ragging: From Bad To Worse
It is said that man’s imagination knows no bounds. Very true, but when it comes to ragging, it can be rightly said that man’s perverted imagination too knows no bounds! From what was intended to provide good humour and harmless fun to students, ragging today has assumed torturous, vulgar and inhuman forms that defy all norms of decency and morality. Some of the most popular forms of ragging in colleges are:

1. Dress Code Ragging: The freshmen are asked to dress in a specific dress code for a particular period of time. But this isn’t as easy as it seems. For the dress code prescribed is generally weird, eg., dressing totally in white or black with the hair oiled and combed in a particular style. The dress code ragging may make the freshmen feel awkward and uncomfortable as it often brings them unnecessary attention from everybody.

2. Formal Introduction : This involves asking the freshmen to introduce themselves in ‘Shudh Hindi’. The introduction includes the freshmen’s name, address, school, marks, etc.

3. Verbal Torture :Verbal torture involves indulging in loose talks. The freshmen may be asked to sing the lyrics of any vulgar song or use abusive language while talking to the seniors.

4. Sexual Abuse :This is the severest form of ragging that takes place in colleges. The seniors are mainly interested in ‘juicy’ details such as the anatomical description of one’s body parts, his or her sexual interests, etc. In many cases, the freshmen have been asked to strip before the seniors.

5.Playing The Fool : The freshmen may be asked to enact scenes from a particular movie or mimic a particular film star. In many cases, the seniors may also ask the freshmen to do silly things like climbing a tree, kissing a tree, proposing to someone from the opposite sex, etc.

6. Hostel Ragging :Outstation students who stay in the hostel are most vulnerable to ragging. They may be asked to do all odd acts from cleaning the room of seniors to washing their clothes, from fetching them water or milk to completing their assignments.

7. Drug Abuse :This can be the worst form of ragging wherein the freshmen are forced to try drugs thereby driving them into addiction.

Understanding The Psyche Of A Ragger
It is to be understood that ragging is not merely a socio-legal problem. It has a certain psychological basis too. Just as every crime has a motive, what is it that propels a ‘professional ragger’ to indulge in ragging? Let us examine some possible reasons that initiate ragging :

1.Ragging Gives A Sense of Authority:By having the freshmen always at his command, a senior student nurtures a sense of authority which boasts his morale and puts him on a high.

2. Ragging Can Be A Means Of Retaliation: A senior who has some previous history of ragging may like to get back by venting his frustrations on the freshmen.

3. Satisfaction Of Sadistic Pleasures:A potential ragger sees ragging as a good opportunity to satiate his sadistic pleasures all at the cost of a poor freshmen’s imagination.

4. Peer Pressure:It is also a reality that not all seniors who commit ragging enjoy doing it at their sweet will. Seeing most of their batchmates indulging in ragging, they fear being left out. So inorder to avoid isolation, they too join the herd.

5. Ragging Makes A Fashion Statement:Many senior students live under the misconception that ragging makes a style statement and thus will put them in the ‘influential crowd’ of their college.

Consequences Of Ragging: Shocking, But True

It is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This truly stands apt in the case of ragging. What begins from a friendly introduction in the name of ragging takes no time to assume disgusting and perverted overtones. Let us examine some shocking consequences of ragging:

How Ragging Affects The Victim:
1. An unpleasant incident of ragging may leave a permanent scar in the victim’s mind that may haunt him for years to come.

2. The victim declines into a shell, forcing himself into ignominy and alienation from the rest of the world.

3. It demoralizes the victim who joins college life with many hopes and expectations.

4. Though incidents of physical assault and grievous injuries are not new, ragging also simultaneously causes grave psychological stress and trauma to the victim.

5. Those students who choose to protest against ragging are very likely to face ostracism from their seniors in the future.

6. Those who succumb to ragging may drop out thereby hampering their career prospects

7. In extreme cases, incidents of suicides and culpable homicide have also been reported.

How Ragging Affects The Victim’s Family:
One can imagine the plight of a ragging victim’s family, especially his or her parents who see their child suffering in pain and stress. Besides incurring medical and other incidental expenses to rehabilitate their child, they also have to bear the trauma of seeing his or her prospective career coming to an end.

How Ragging Affects The Educational Institution :
1. Severe media barrage in extreme cases of ragging lowers the character of the educational institution and destroys the respect and faith it commands from society.

2. Those who indulge in ragging bring a bad name to their college thereby hampering its reputation and goodwill in society.

How Ragging Affects The Raggers:
Ragging does not spare even its perpetrators. Those found guilty of ragging may be suspended, blacklisted and even permanently expelled from college. Thus we see that the practice of ragging does good to none. From those who are victims of ragging to those who commit or encourage it, ragging spares none.

Preventing Ragging : The Landmark Supreme Court Guidelines
With ragging becoming a national issue affecting thousands of students across India, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India too could not remain silent and has seriously condemned the issue.

The judgment in the case of Vishwa Jagriti Mission through President vs. Central Government,through Cabinet Secretary is particularly significant as the Hon’ble Supreme Court, while exercising its jurisdiction under Articles 32 and 142 of the Constitution of India, has laid down broad guidelines for colleges and educational institutes to prevent ragging. Very Briefly, these guidelines are:

1.Anti -Ragging Movements To Be Initiated By All Colleges And Educational Institutes:Anti-ragging movements should be initiated by the institutions right from the time of advertisement for admissions. The prospectus, the forms for admission and/or any other literature issued to aspirants for admission must clearly mention that ragging is banned in the institution and any one indulging in ragging is likely to be punished appropriately with punishment which may include expulsion or suspension from the institution or class for a limited period or fine with a public apology. The punishment may also take the shape of: (i) withholding scholarships or other benefits (ii) debarring from representation in events (iii) withholding results (iv) suspension or expulsion from hostel or mess, and the like. If there be any legislation governing ragging or any provisions in the Statutes/Ordinances they should be brought to the notice of the students/parents seeking admissions.

2. Undertakings To Be Taken Both From The Freshmen And Their Parents/ Guardians: The application for admission / enrolment shall have a printed undertaking to be filled up and signed by the applicant to the effect that he/she is aware of the institution’s approach towards ragging and the punishment to which he or she shall be liable if found guilty of ragging. A similar undertaking shall be obtained from the parent/guardian of the applicant.

3Undertaking To Be Taken From Seniors Students And Their Parents/Guardians Too:The institutions which are introducing such a system for the first time shall ensure undertakings being obtained from the students and their parents/guardians already studying in the institutions before the commencement of the next educational year/session.

4.Notices To Be Issued Indicating Where To Approach For Redressal In Case Of Ragging:A printed leaflet detailing when and to whom one has to turn for information, help and guidance for various purposes, keeping in view the needs of new entrants in the institution, along with the addresses and telephone numbers of such persons, should be given to freshers at the time of admissions so that the freshers need not look up to the seniors for help in such matters and feel indebted to or obliged by them.

5.Management, Principles And The Teaching Staff To Have Personal Interaction With The Freshmen:The Management, the Principal, the Teaching Staff should interact with the freshmen and take them in confidence by apprising them of their right as well as obligation to fight against ragging and to generate confidence in their mind that any instance of ragging to which they are subjected or which comes in their knowledge should forthwith be brought to their knowledge and shall be promptly dealt with. It would be better if the head of the institution or a person high in authority addresses meetings of teachers, parents and students collectively or in groups in this behalf.

6. Practorial Committees To Be Set Up: At the commencement of the academic session, the institution should constitute a practorial committee consisting of senior faculty members and hostel authorities like wardens and a few responsible senior students:

A) to keep a continuous watch and vigil over ragging so as to prevent its occurrence and recurrence,
B) to promptly deal with the incidents of ragging brought to its notice and summarily punish the guilty either by itself or by putting forth its findings/recommendations/suggestions before the authority competent to take decision.

7.Ragging- Prone Zones To Be Identified And Carefully Guarded :All vulnerable locations in the college such as the canteen, the playground, etc. shall be identified and specially watched.

8.Society To Be Sensitised On The Issue Of Ragging:The local community and the students in particular must be aware of the dehumanizing effect of ragging inherent in its perversity. Posters, notice boards and signboards wherever necessary, may be used for the purpose.

9.Failure To Prevent Ragging To Be Constructed As An Act Of Negligence:Failure to prevent ragging to be constructed as an act of negligence in maintaining discipline in the institution on the part of the management, the principal and the persons in authority of the institution. Similar responsibility shall be liable to be fixed on hostel wardens/superintendents.

10.Hostels/Accommodations To Be Carefully Guarded:The hostels/accommodations where freshers are accommodated shall be carefully guarded, if necessary by posting security personnel and placed in charge of a warden/superintendent who should himself/herself reside there, and wherein the entry of seniors and outsiders shall be prohibited before and after a specified hour of night except under the permission of the person in-charge. Entry at other times may also be regulated.

  1. Migration Certificates To Mention Whether The Student Ever Indulged In Ragging:Migration Certificates issued by every institution should have an entry apart from that of general conduct and behaviour whether the student had participated in, and in particular, was punished for ragging.
  2. 12.Withdrawal Of Financial Assistance To Institutes Where Ragging Incidents Are Reported:If an institution fails to curb ragging, the University Grants Commission/Funding Agency may consider withdrawal of financial assistance to such an institution till such time as it achieves the same. A university may consider disaffiliating a college or institution failing to curb ragging.
  3. Students To First Approach Their Colleges:In case of any incident of ragging, the students must approach the Disciplinary Committee of their respective colleges first, and only if the said Committee does not take cognizance of the matter or if they feel dissatisfied with its decision that they should approach the police. The objective behind this is to restore the faith in the ability of educational institutions to maintain discipline and protect the interests of their students.
  4. Police Not To Follow A Retributive Approach While Dealing With Ragging Culprits:It may be important to note here that the above stated guidelines are only illustrative and are not intended to come in the way of the educational institutions and authorities devising ways and mean to curb ragging. If there are any local laws governing ragging, they should be implemented and knowledge and information about such laws should also be disseminated.

Conclusion
Ragging is a problem of the students and by the students; and therefore, the solution to it also lies with the students. With ragging becoming rampant in colleges, it is about time that the the student community awakens its conscience to this inhuman practice before more and more innocent students become victims of it and before more and more educational institutes are degraded by it.

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SAVE WATER SAVE LIFE , Reply if you agree!
November 12, 2017
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Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, and is vital for all known forms of life. On Earth, it is found mostly in oceans and other large water bodies, with 1.6% of water below ground in aquifers and 0.001% in the air as vapor, clouds (formed of solid and liquid water particles suspended in air), and precipitation. Oceans hold 97% of surface water, glaciers and polar ice caps 2.4%, and other land surface water such as rivers, lakes and ponds 0.6%. A very small amount of the Earth’s water is contained within biological bodies and manufactured products.

Water on Earth moves continually through a cycle of evaporation or transpiration (evapotranspiration), precipitation, and runoff, usually reaching the sea. Over land, evaporation and transpiration contribute to the precipitation over land.

Water on Earth moves continually through a cycle of evaporation or transpiration (evapotranspiration), precipitation, and runoff, usually reaching the sea. Over land, evaporation and transpiration contribute to the precipitation over land.

Let’s join our hands in saving water as much as possible. Here are the different ways we can follow to save atleast some amount of water per day.

What is Water Scarcity?

Simply put, water scarcity is either the lack of enough water (quantity) or lack of access to safe water (quality).

It’s hard for most of us to imagine that clean, safe water is not something that can be taken for granted. But, in the developing world, finding a reliable source of safe water is often time consuming and expensive. This is known as economic scarcity. Water can be found…it simply requires more resources to do it.

In other areas, the lack of water is a more profound problem. There simply isn’t enough. That is known as physical scarcity.

The problem of water scarcity is a growing one. As more people put ever increasing demands on limited supplies, the cost and effort to build or even maintain access to water will increase. And water’s importance to political and social stability will only grow with the crisis.

SAVE WATER SAVE LIFE



Water is an interesting issue. As with all of Nature it is a symbiotic factor in a greater whole, and an element all life depends on.  As we degrade our soils, poison our land and remove the natural catchments for runoff through deforestation and removal of trees; as we fill in our waterways and natural filtering systems in the name of development and progress; as we dam up rivers destroying natural eco-systems, we completely upset the natural scheme of things that water needs to flow and filter clean water for us all.

We will kill each over water.  In our slumber we have assumed water will always be there for us – Clean water to drink, waterways for recreation, healthy rivers and oceans to supply us with healthy fish, water to wash our cars, water to green our lawns and landscapes, water to bath and shower in, water to brush our teeth with, water for our swimming pools.

We can conserve, and consciousness is growing, but what about the new billions of people coming into the planet over the next few decades.  As water levels go down, the pollutants in it get stronger. All of life is interdependent and all of life needs water or….?

Water security and climate change

Climate change will affect the water security of developing countries.Freshwater is a scarce resource. Only 2.5 per cent of the 1.4 billion km3 of water on Earth is freshwater fit for human consumption, and most of this is inaccessible — nearly 70 per cent is locked up in glaciers, snow and ice. Our greatest source of freshwater is the 8 million km3 of groundwater, with only 0.3 per cent of freshwater (105,000 km3) being found in rivers, streams and lakes.

Discussions about freshwater availability increasingly focus on water security, which refers to people’s access to enough safe and affordable water to satisfy their needs for household use, food production and livelihoods.

Water insecurity can arise from physical scarcity, resulting either from climatic or geographical factors, or from unsustainable consumption or overexploitation. It can also have economic origins, with poor infrastructure or capacity preventing access to the water resources available, or occur where pollution or natural contamination renders water resources inaccessible.

Water insecurity and scarcity already affect large parts of the developing world. The past century has seen a sixfold increase in global water demand. Nearly three billion people (about 40 per cent of the global population) live in areas where demand outstrips supply.

This situation is set to worsen in the coming decades as populations grow, economies develop and agriculture and industry expand.

How Valuable Water is?

Three things no one can’t live without are Oxygen, Water and Food. No one can live without Water. But do you know how precious is water and how much pure water we have in world.

If 10 years ago someone had given suggestion to sell the pure water, I’m sure people made good joke or laughed a lot on him. But nowadays mineral or purified water is billion dollar industry. People are ready to spend 20 rupees for water bottle, because we know it’s not easy to get pure or clean water.

One thing is sure; in future we are going to get shortage of clean water. In India you can see water shortage in every state, whether it’s capital of India, Delhi or a village of Bihar. People can’t get clean water easily.

Here are some water facts to remember:

  • Less than 1% of the earth’s water is suitable for drinking
  • More than a billion people around the globe survive on just over 1 gallon (4 liters) of water per day
  • Potentially more than 3 billion people may suffer from water shortages by the year 2025
  • 66% of the human body is water
  • A person can only live without water for approximately one week


Some of Facts about, How valuable clean Water are:

·         More than 4 million people died due to water related diseases.

·         98% of water realted diseases occured in developing countries.

·         It takes about 300 litres of water to make the paper for just one Sunday newspaper. So use paper as less as you can, use E-mail and electronic sources more.

·         On average, women in Africa and Asia have to walk 3.7 miles to collect water. It can be more in rural villages of India.

·         In India alone, water born diseases cost the economy 73 million working days per year.

·         Global sales of bottled water account for over $60-$80 billion each year.

·         A child dies of water born diseases about every 15 Seconds.

How to save water without changing your lifestyle

The average household consumes approximately 240lt of water per person per day. That means that for a household with four people in it, 960lt of water is used every day which equates to 350’400lt per year!

How is this usage broken down? Would you believe that only 3% of your total water consumed is used for drinking and cooking? The rest is used for the garden (35%), toilet flushing (29%), bathing/ showering (20%) and for laundry (13%). If we covert these percentages to volumes, the average home uses 122’640lt per year to water the garden,101’616lt to flush your toilet,70’080lt to keep ourselves clean and 45’552lt to keep our clothes clean! The other 10’512lt per year is used for drinking and cooking.

Water Rhapsody look to match water quality with application. Municipal water for drinking (for now anyway but this could change), rainwater for showering, toilet flushing and laundry and lastly, grey water for garden irrigation. A combination of all of our systems can save you up to 90% on your water bills!

Saving Water at the Sink

  • Turnoff the water while you brush your teeth. You’ve heard this standard water-saving strategy before but it never hurts to be reminded.
  • Turnoff the water while you wash your hands.
  • Towash your hands effectively and use less water, fill the palm of one hand with water and turn off the water.
  • Addsoap and lather well.
  • Postersfound at schools and clinics recommend lathering your hands for at least 15 seconds (the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”). Remember to lather between your fingers and round your wrists.
  • Turnon water and rinse quickly.
  • Runningwater for the recommended fifteen seconds uses approximately 41.69 ounces of water on average (assuming the water is only on for fifteen seconds).
  • Turningoff the water while you lather uses 11.26 ounces of water on average. By allowing the water to run while you wash your hands you waste more than three times the water than if you turn off the water while you wash your hands.

Save Water on the Toilet

  • Consider purchasing a low flush toilet or converting a standard toilet to low flush.
  • Or use the following saving rule in your bathroom: “If it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down!” While this strategy is repellant to many, it is a safe, water-saving alternative that is practiced in many countries.

Save Water in the Shower

  • Installa low-flow shower head and always keep your showers as short as possible.
  • If you take a bath do not fill the tub up any higher than necessary. Consider saving the water for your plants.

Rainwater harvesting.
Ground water resource gets naturally recharged through percolation. But due to indiscriminate development and rapid urbainzation, exposed surface for soil has been reduced drastically with resultant reduction in percolation of rainwater, thereby depleting ground water resource. Rainwater harvesting is the process of augmenting the natural filtration of rainwater in to the underground formation by some artificial methods. “Conscious collection and storage of rainwater to cater to demands of water, for drinking, domestic purpose & irrigation”

Broadly there are two ways of harvesting rainwater:
1)Surface runoff harvesting 2) Roof top rainwater harvesting

If you harvest your rainwater, your water savings are even bigger as the water you harvest is used for bathing, showering, laundry and toilet flushing. Rainfall is seasonal, but for the rainy months, you could be self-sufficient in terms of water supply.

  1. Use your washing machine only when it is filled to its total capacity. You can save about 4500 litres per month in this process. Besides saving water, this method is also helpful to save electricity.
  2. Avoid using a shower for bathing. Try using a bucket instead. This will help you save about 150-200 litres every day.
  3. Turn off the tap while brushing and save more than 200 litres of water every month.
  4. Stop participating in Holi. As we all know, a massive quantity of water is wasted during this festival.
  5. Don’t drink water if you are not thirsty.
  6. Use sprinklers to water the plants provided you have a large garden.
  7. Ensure that your home has no leakages. Also check whether all water bottles are closed properly.
  8. Use small glasses for drinking water. The smaller the container, the less consumption of water.
  9. Whenever you waste water, just think about those millions of people who still struggle to save every drop of water for their survival.
  10. Lastly, spread awareness regarding water conservation.

Save Water Save The Planet
Water is the most valuable resource of nature. It is a endless creation by god so people don’t take care of this matter. As a result crisis of water become one of the most important issue. Desperately using of water is a bad sign for the world. There are many areas in the world where people don’t get their drinking water properly. The beauty of nature effecting by this problem. So we have to use the water as much we need without wasting. While shaving or washing your face doesn’t let water run.

More ways of Saving water

  • Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
  • Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
  • Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
  • Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
  • Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  • Avoid extra flushes in the toilets.
  • Do not water the plants between 11 am to 4 pm, as the water will evaporate.
  • Plant native or drought-tolerant plants. Group plants based on water needs.

Dont waste water just because someone else is paying, such as in hotels and Do 1 thing Every day that saves water. Encourage your friends, neighbours and co-workers to do their part.

Water Scarcity In India

Make “Water Conservation” compulsory in all buildings, apartments. Privatize “Water Management” systems which will bring in more efficiency. Spread awareness about the potential problems arising due to water scarcity. I think this is more an awareness issue. There is attitude which has to be eradicated. For this each one can take steps by spreading awareness among friends, relatives and neighborhood.

Apart from the ideas mentioned initiatives need to be taken for Rainwater harvesting at the village level. Ponds need to be created and they need to be maintained. A lot of water is rendered useless because its polluted.
Lot of awareness needs to be spread at village level. A lot of awareness needs to be spread in young students who are more receptive

Those who wish to protect environment of India they have to concentrate on political pressure groups. Present laws, constitution, administration network, awareness is quiet enough to protect our environment, animals, water sources and pollution controls. People seating in ministries are not fool they know about environment. Problems are in willingness and decision making. With Our whole country reeling under a ubiquitous water crisis, we must spread awareness about how this problem could be contained. For that, we ourselves have to know how to deal with it. People in India have no care as to whether they save water or not. Simple steps like turning water off while brushing or shaving, cleaning of porches and balconies with buckets of water rather than running hoses, cleaning cars with bucket water than running hoses etc.

Each part of the chain worsens the water problem. No single way to stop this exists. Everybody from individuals to companies to politicians should stricken up. Otherwise we’re looking at water wars real soon. This is not a one day problem; this is not even one city or village problem. People in our country give damn for this have any one constructed their house with few pot hole for rain water harvesting or the villagers have removed the silt form their ponds without waiting for the Government to come and help had they used drip irrigation and sprinklers or the people in the city have have disposed their waste properly without disposing them on roads and open spaces which is the major obstruction for the water to get sunk into ground. If they have prevented the rapid decline of water table by not exploiting it by bring well (especially commercial use).

  1. The common causes of scarcity of potable water (human, climatic).The effect of climate and seasonal winds on water level. Human-related causes for aggravating depletion.
  2. Effects of droughts/floods in terms environment, human and economic costs.
  3. Researching on water efficiency practices that would replace current practices that lead to waste.
  4. Viability of conservation efforts in terms of micro- and macro- level efforts (How long can it be sustained and how much resource in terms of time, money and effort will go into it?). Forming a local, regional and global network working towards this goal in a feasible manner.
  5. Immediate need for mapping ground water sources. Embarking on a policy initiative campaign on this. Related to it, on a larger level, is the need for Universal Metering.
  6. Preventing rash real estate activities that negatively impact on forest and water areas.
  7. Helping in educating the public on recycling. Finding out about ground and fresh water treatment and management and making due suggestions.

Water Resource Management

A collective approach for better water management to equitably distribute clean water & tackle related issues.

India is a vast country with varied geo-climatic conditions. The monsoon patterns are irregular throughout the country becoming worse due to climatic change. Also the soil patterns are different, and being a country with vast expense, the issues are different in different regions as far as availability of resources is concerned.

Water has been a major concern in almost all parts of India. There has been inequitable distribution of this natural resource, be it for irrigation or drinking. I have been focusing on the water scarcity in drought prone areas especially during summer months. The major concerns are distribution and unavailability of potable water. Through this project I will be highlighting analysing the issues by the case studies that we have developed and other examples that came up during research till now. I believe that the technological advancement in making clean water available will have to be blended with Management of equitable distribution of water, given the fact that it is increasingly becoming so scarce a resource that people in some parts of India do not get water even for drinking for upto 9-10 days and women in rural areas have to walk kilometers in search of water on foot. This is leading to serious social issues in terms of work, gender and even crimes, with riots reported over water in these areas. Hence along with availability, distribution is a big issue which is addressed by this project.

Some Facts: By the year 2020, says a recent World Bank report, most major Indian cities will run dry. India has the highest water footprints among the top rice and wheat producing countries (China, US, Indonesia, etc.)Industrial water consumption is expected quadruple between 2000 and 2050 in India; by 2050 industrial water consumption will reach 18% of total annual water consumption, up from just 6% in 2000

“The UN has warned for many years that water shortages will become one of the most pressing problems on the planet over the coming decades, with one report estimating that four billion people will be affected by 2050. What is happening in India, which has too many people in places where there is not enough water, is a foretaste of what is to come.”

Are we seeing the beginnings of what is well may our inevitable future?  It is beginning in India.  Water is such a precious commodity.  Water is the life blood of the planet.   It runs through the veins of the entire planet. And just like the blood in our body, we cannot survive without it.  And just like our blood, water has many different types.  And just like our bod, if our blood is polluted so are we.  And just like our body it has a complicated and astounding circulation system.  And just like our body when that natural circulation system is interfered with or blocked, we get sicker and sicker.

We have to work with what we have and treat it and the earth’s circulation system very tenderly and with great respect, restoring her to health.  Her health is our health.  We all know we can go without food for a while, but not water.  Without water no life can exist. The greater percentage of our planet is of water (our oceans), as are our human bodies.    Every natural element with Nature exists within the human body.  We are integrally bound together in this dance of life.

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Fighting Corruption In India. Can you stop it?
November 12, 2017
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Corruption is the major problem facing many countries today. It is what makes countries remain behind and leave their citizens suffering in the substandard living standards. Citizens are struggling in poverty all because of corruption. It has robbed many countries the chance to give good chances for their people. Health care is still a nightmare to many people. Some services are not accessible to the common citizens. Only the wealthy can access them. India among other countries suffers all because of corruption. It is not possible for the citizens to access the essential services like health care and education. The Indian government is investing a lot so as to bring to an end this menace that has robbed it its growth.

Corruption Activities in India

Politicians and the influential business people are the ones mostly involved in corruption activities. Corruption leads to loss of revenue. India is known to have treaties with Mauritius. These conventions allow the politicians and the business people to deposit enormous amounts of money in accounts in Mauritius. This money goes untaxed and this robs India a significant source of revenue. The other vice is that politicians pocket a lot of money from the government-funded projects. About fifty percent of the money that is given by the government for welfare projects ends up in the pockets of the politicians. This is the money that they deposit in accounts overseas. They later on get the money as funds for their campaigns or fake projects. The other major contributor of corruption is the lack of proper education system. This has been contributed by corruption itself there is thus India requires the skills that can steer the countries growth.

Steps being taken to fight corruption in India

Some politicians have taken it upon themselves to try the fight against corruption. They have accepted it as their responsibility to provide the needed services like education and health care. This will act as a challenge to other political leaders and they will be keen to match their counterparts. The other effort being taken is the establishment of tax codes. This will ensure that all the money that is in accounts overseas will be taxed. It will earn India some revenue. The government needs to be very keen when allocating funds. To give priority to important projects first. Strong leadership skills will also be crucial in the fight against corruption. This will only be possible if good education system is put in place.

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