A HIDDEN CRIME AGAINST THE PEOPLE!

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NUTRITIONALLY IMBALANCED INDIA!

THIS, if nothing else, is a gross crime being perpetrated against the people of the country by successive rulers! And THIS, take it from me, has the potential to destroy our future too as nation wishing to escape from the currently admitted ‘developing country’ status!

Hence my focus on this!

Please pay attention!

As per the National Family Health Survey 3 (2005-2006) India had the highest number of stunted children in the whole world –and most of them are, unsurprisingly enough, from tribal communities! [For your information, stunting is a life-and-death issue. It is irreversible and chronic. It’s a visible manifestation of under-nutrition for months and years. It adversely affects a kid’s survival, health, immunity status, development, learning capacity, school performance and productivity in adulthood.]

When it comes to the nutrition status of the people India lags behind many other countries. In some pockets India is inferior…

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A HIDDEN CRIME AGAINST THE PEOPLE!

NUTRITIONALLY IMBALANCED INDIA!

THIS, if nothing else, is a gross crime being perpetrated against the people of the country by successive rulers! And THIS, take it from me, has the potential to destroy our future too as nation wishing to escape from the currently admitted ‘developing country’ status!

Hence my focus on this!

Please pay attention!

As per the National Family Health Survey 3 (2005-2006) India had the highest number of stunted children in the whole world –and most of them are, unsurprisingly enough, from tribal communities! [For your information, stunting is a life-and-death issue. It is irreversible and chronic. It’s a visible manifestation of under-nutrition for months and years. It adversely affects a kid’s survival, health, immunity status, development, learning capacity, school performance and productivity in adulthood.]

When it comes to the nutrition status of the people India lags behind many other countries. In some pockets India is inferior to even Sub Saharan Africa.

You may argue, as a citizen all fired up with recently found patriotism fire in your belly to lionize the PM for A to Z,  with some substance that it’s only a question of supply channels in PDS remaining somewhat clogged in such areas but it is far from so.

At the policy making level it seems there is not enough ground realities being taken into consideration.

As far the people are concerned, food consumption habits are so asymmetrical that it’s better that we don’t speak of it. Partly as a consequence of vastly varied incomes the people in cities, unless they are lucky enough to get home cooked food, depend almost entirely on the junk that they get from neighboring hotels. Hundreds of tons of food—half cooked, un-intelligently cooked, hastily cooked and carelessly cooked plus surplus- are thrown out of hotels and homes every day too.

Roadside eateries, run with judicious care and individual attention, are far better at times than glitzy restaurants!

Across India it’s not mandatory that hotels serve ONLY high quality food preparations, as a result of which the customers often fall seriously and grievously ill and get hospitalized too without any State government taking the issue up and passing legislation that specifies the minimal quality that must be kept.

For the media this has low news value despite its evident human angle.

Something populist—like food inspection and even ordering hotels to down their shutters for a few months– is done only in scenarios when someone dies as a result of eating from some food outlet.

The situation is not much different in families too. Deep fried snacks are not only advertised on the idiot box all the time, which means our children all easy prey to this temptation, but in many homes it is taken for granted by the hostess that guests must be offered only these because of wonderful taste. [Scientifically the joy that one feels after gorging on deep fried items vegetarian or otherwise is the same as when having sex! Both report to the same Bliss Center in the brain!]

Tribal children tend to suffer from stunting a result of this. Up to 33.3% of all under five mortality among Indian children is caused by this alone!

“Stunting in tribal children”, a spokesman from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs says,”like that of other children, is influenced by a multitude of factors including household food insecurity, maternal nutrition in the first two years of life and poor access to water, health and sanitation services….We need to emphasize how various government departments can co-operate and collaborate for reducing stunting in India’s tribal children”

Under-nutrition—which can occur despite the children being offered a hug quantity of food, is a serious issue in our children—and curiously enough no State Nutrition Board has ever addressed this for some reason.

All these States have at the moment this issue affecting the nation’s future: Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana!

Children in tribal pockets need not only access to good food but also health and sanitation services and except diet counseling! And India’s dietician community, attached to private hospitals mostly are of no help in this regard because no hospital cares to organize a week long awareness camp in tribal areas.

Doctors that have some know-how in this specialty are also of no help because they are pressed for time just to treat their own many patients! No nation-level conventions in this regard exist too simply because our parents are almost totally naïve when it comes to feeding their own babies and kids as they grow!

Both overeating and under eating is bad as you too are aware. How many Indian parents are schooled in cooking up a balanced meal every day for their kids please? Our social traditions have not prescribed for us what to eat and how to eat it. Both family doctors and family food counselors are unheard of here in India unlike n many nations in the West and East!

Obviously I am much more well-informed on this than on many others but I desist out of civic courtesy lest I lose my temper!

SPREADING OVER-RIDING FEAR ABOUT CANCER ,EH?

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SPREADING FEAR FOR CONQUERING CANCER?

Recently I came upon a write up in a vernacular magazine(run by a business house obviously) giving 60 tips on avoiding cancer .Not a day passes without on specific TV channel run by a religious organization here ending all their medical advice programs around 12.30 PM with a few warnings on cancer too.

I suspect that a psychosis—or a mad and maddening fright– is being generated all around in our people about this illness that kills in most cases.

Yes, cancer has a good chance to trap us by the way we choose to live. Admitted.

It has been estimated that about 250 kinds of carcinoma can attack and wither the human body. Available global data reveals that about one crore (thousand thousand) humans fall victims to this illness alone too.>50 lakhs of Indians are also suffering from it according to media, with >8 to…

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SPREADING OVER-RIDING FEAR ABOUT CANCER ,EH?

SPREADING FEAR FOR CONQUERING CANCER?

Recently I came upon a write up in a vernacular magazine(run by a business house obviously) giving 60 tips on avoiding cancer .Not a day passes without on specific TV channel run by a religious organization here ending all their medical advice programs around 12.30 PM with a few warnings on cancer too.

I suspect that a psychosis—or a mad and maddening fright– is being generated all around in our people about this illness that kills in most cases.

Yes, cancer has a good chance to trap us by the way we choose to live. Admitted.

It has been estimated that about 250 kinds of carcinoma can attack and wither the human body. Available global data reveals that about one crore (thousand thousand) humans fall victims to this illness alone too.>50 lakhs of Indians are also suffering from it according to media, with >8 to 10 lakhs becoming carcinoma patients annually. Citizen level awareness is thus of paramount importance in all efforts to prevent this fatal illness, which consists of wild proliferation of the cells in our body anywhere.

WHO has declared “Knowledge Into Action” as the punch line for this year too. No doubt that we don’t know much about the genesis of this disease and why some cells in our body feel like multiplying with zero control; all of a sudden. The one thing we are sure of is it has a hereditary connection. But this is only a mild tendency, and favorable lifestyle is needed to help bring it our as a disease.

A Rule of Thumb in regard to preventing cancer is to be always watchful and alert about anything-ANYTHING –that seems unusual anywhere on your body!

For example a lump somewhere that doesn’t cause any pain, or sore that does not heal even after a fortnight or a white streak right across your inner mouth cavity or a continuous headache or a voice hoarseness that resists to go away despite  any ordinary medication. It may also present as a pain on the upper right side of your chest.

Keep a watchful eye also about the following—sudden change of color or sudden growth of a wart or mole, blood in the feces, post-menopausal bleeding without reason, exudation of unusual fluids from the breast, unceasing paint he neck, year-long indigestion, difficulty in swallowing, tiredness and loss of weight!

Please know that among the people of this Kerala State it is Oral cancer that kills the most. This is owing to the habits of smoking tobacco and boozing at all times of the day.

As far as I know from my first hand experience in a cold weather country abroad, the best time to have a drink is nightfall, two hours before supper-and it must be a 30 ml shot of whiskey! No other cheap stupid brand. Or a glass of beer at most! (None for women please!)

Both these help enhance your appetite for the supper!

[Once by mistake I accosted a bar owner for getting short change and found a few persons that lived there night and day after signing of their home and land to the owner! Ha-ha!]

PRESCRIBE A HEALING LIFESTYLE TO BEGIN WITH!

Parental awareness is what is needed first and foremost in our effort to prevent all kinds of diseases out of the blue. (Parental ignorance passes on to us too as sure as eggs is eggs!).

What with millions of disease germs surrounding us in water and air, and in many foods, it is not an easy proposition to totally disease-proof ourselves of course, but that doesn’t mean that we must give up all hope and wait stoically for disease to catch us!

We can certainly minimize our visits to any doctor if only we set our minds to two things (a) Habituate our kids to a good lifestyle and (b) Unlearn anything known to be unhealthy and exorcise ourselves of any habit that can potentially bring us an illness minor or major! If your parents have not done their jobs properly (a) may be inapplicable in your case but in that case you have (b) in your favor!

Cheer up!

You can take a good look in your home mirror and do a self-analysis to pick out those habits that can in the long run bring on some illness.

Make it a habit to respect at last the following tips!

  • Make it a daily habit to include a variety in your daily food without insisting on extremes in any specific item. Everything in moderation but with consistency and regularity!
  • Skimmed milk and rice having bran, cool curd, fruits of all kinds, veggies in the raw (They contain both digestible and indigestible fiber), leafy greens every single day!
  • One multi vitamin multi mineral tablet for those above 50.Please see that the item you take contains Selenium and Zinc.
  • Zero use of tobacco products n any avatar
  • Physical exercise all through the week in the early morning
  • No pancakes (chapatis) from hotel if you can avoid it b/coz it contains refined flour.
  • 8 glasses of boiled cooled water
  • Avoid all sugar is you can; otherwise keep its use to a minimum!
  • One lemon extract first thing in the morning with a black tea or coffee.

Of course all these on their own may not able to prevent a bout of cancer, which is actually a terminal illness in many ways but they help you resist and prevent it in the early stages!

Such a lifestyle helps you, dear parents, in almost fully disease-proofing your children against most illnesses that have been detected a, studied, researched on and commonly diagnosed so far too!

Summing up here are some of the tips that I chanced upon in a magazine recently, translated for your benefit into English from the vernacular!

  • Keep off PanParag/Khaini (Processed arecanut powder)
  • Eats lots of vegetables and fruits
  • Get your broken teeth repaired
  • Avoid pan chewing-it triggers Leukoplakia!
  • Avoid places where asbestos dust is in the air
  • Avoid any ingestion of any pesticide. Keep all pesticides outside the home in a safe child-inaccessible place.
  • Buy ONLY skinned chicken—it is safer than whole chicken
  • Wash all vegetables in vinegar added water.
  • Minimize white meat which contains fat in pork, mutton and beef.
  • Avoid too hot and too salty foods.
  • Keep off all pickles
  • Avoid consuming burnt food items as a habit
  • Throw away food with fungus on them. Reheating the same is also not healthy.
  • Minimize hotel food-especially deep fried foods.
  • Avoid sugary drinks
  • Minimize canned foods
  • Avoid smoked meats of all kinds
  • Keep all food items having ajinomoto (MSD or Mono Sodium Glutamate) added to them for enhanced flavor!

Bye!

 

 

A DIGNITY OF WOMEN ACT IN KERALA?

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A DIGNITY OF WOMEN ACT AT LONG LAST!

The print media on Saturday 9th June 2012 (I’ve the TOI of that date in front of me here!) carried a news item that the Kerala Legislature would soon be passed KPPDW Act (Kerala Protection of Privacy and Dignity of Women Act recently. It envisages prevention of harassment sexual assault or any act that violates the dignity and privacy of women folk in the State. The bill drafting session took over 3 hours according to the erstwhile Home Minister (Mr TR).

  • The key recommendation of this proposed Act were:
  • Launching a rapid response police force
  • Publish the list of habitual sexual offenders with a provision for stringent actin against repeat offenders
  • Punish those indulging in child abuse
  • Instill fear in the minds of those who commit crimes against children and women—and those within the police force that abet and aid such…

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A DIGNITY OF WOMEN ACT IN KERALA?

A DIGNITY OF WOMEN ACT AT LONG LAST!

The print media on Saturday 9th June 2012 (I’ve the TOI of that date in front of me here!) carried a news item that the Kerala Legislature would soon be passed KPPDW Act (Kerala Protection of Privacy and Dignity of Women Act recently. It envisages prevention of harassment sexual assault or any act that violates the dignity and privacy of women folk in the State. The bill drafting session took over 3 hours according to the erstwhile Home Minister (Mr TR).

  • The key recommendation of this proposed Act were:
  • Launching a rapid response police force
  • Publish the list of habitual sexual offenders with a provision for stringent actin against repeat offenders
  • Punish those indulging in child abuse
  • Instill fear in the minds of those who commit crimes against children and women—and those within the police force that abet and aid such criminals
  • Suspend 226 out of the 536 criminals within the police force and take action against 123 wrong doers
  • Examine 171 cases pending against such constables
  • Set up Complaint Boxes in all educational institutions, to be opened jointly by a police officer and the head of the institution simultaneously
  • Bring cybercrimes against women from 50,000 to at least 20,000.(80,000+ cybercrimes have been registered so far in 2012)
  • Involve a state-level policy framework for the protection of privacy and assurance of dignity to individual women
  • Appoint a committee comprising legal experts, professionals, technocrats and home makers, academicians and social activists, and women from various walks of life.

What happened afterwards to this Bill is unknown. A famous Malayalam poetess remarked,

The victim is victimized further due to the delay in trial and delivery of justice. Unless the guilty re punished the police force is made gender-friendly and women issues are NOT politicized and communalized, legal documents lone will not help

THINK OF THIS MAJOR STEP APPEARING IN INDIA 64 YEARS AFTER WE GOT INDEPENDENCE!

Were the eggheads of this nation including those Founding fathers on a Lotos Fruit diet all along and become so callously indifferent to the numerous issues concerning the only other gender that we know?

How come we as a nation failed our own women folk and took them for granted as some kind of peripheral creations?

Shame!