Corona and Globalization

Corona and Globalization
We often talk about the term - Global. From experts to amateurs, global is a word which, in fact, is used globally. And with the term global, comes another related word that signifies the world today - GLOBALISATION. Previously, a layman didn’t know the meaning of the word. Globalisation is simply the connection between different parts of the world, resulting in the expansion of international cultural, economic, and political activities. It is the movement and integration of goods and people among different countries. There are advantages and disadvantages of globalisation, all of which have economic, social, political, and cultural impacts. In a country like India, where 65% of the population dwell in rural areas, explaining the term globalisation was impossible. But the rise of of the Coronavirus pandemic has made…

Corona : Turning Point in Globalisation

Corona : Turning Point in Globalisation
We live in an era of globalisation. It has dawned upon us and there is no escape for any country. All the national economies are integrated with the world economy and there has been a movement of capital, people, resources between the borders. We are in Globalization 3.0. In Globalization 1.0, which began around 1492, the world went from size large to size medium. In Globalization 2.0, the era that introduced us to multinational companies, it went from size medium to size small. And then around 2000 came Globalization 3.0, in which the world went from being small to tiny. It's a tiny global village. Since 1950, economic globalisation has transformed the world economy, contributing mightily to rising living standards but proceeding unevenly with many countries and individuals losing out. Globalisation’s…

The most precious thing in life is life itself

The most precious thing in life is life itself
It is not easy to confine 1.3 billion people inside their homes for 21 days. A few weeks into the pandemic here in India, Coronavirus has taught us a few things. Some are crystal clear—like, health care workers are fantastic frontline soldiers in this battle and we owe them a huge debt. Second, the policemen and other first-line workers like store employees, deliverymen and women, and the many other essential workers are keeping us going, inspite of their personal risk. However, there is also something more profound that this pandemic and the subsequent lockdown is teaching us- The Meaning of Life! Human life is a work of art and is the highest expression of nature. A human life—any human life— is infinitely more significant and more important than that of…

Need for Compassion in Companies

Need for Compassion in Companies
We are facing an unprecedented crisis and it is very important that we do all that we can to protect and support our workforce and our community. The threat from COVID-19 continues to grow, in fact it is rapidly accelerating. Humanity's success in tackling this coronavirus effectively and efficiently is heavily dependent on the actions that organisations, both government and private, take over the next few days to help slow down its spread and prevent overloading our country's health care systems and infrastructure. While social distancing and hygiene have been the recommended guiding principles to combat COVID-19 in this 21 day lockdown, COVID-19 is just like another cold for the lakhs of migrant workers in India, for whom hunger is the major issue. They form the backbone of all infrastructure…

Bond of Love

Bond of Love
The world today is united today, more than ever, by a fight against an invisible enemy - Corona. It was not anticipated as a pandemic to be precise. No country is immune to this disaster looming large on the humankind today. The affected countries, the civil society organisations and governments and citizens are collectively taking up this challenge with a streak of positivity, highlighting shades of humanitarianism in the wake of crisis. Still, it seems that the whole rush towards materialist humdrum have seen a halt. Rewind to three months back, the world was rushing. People never had the time to invest in their family or health. But this lockdown has tested the bond of love in families. Irrespective of the social status, religion or caste, this lockdown has made…

Technology to fight Pandemics

Technology to fight Pandemics
Technology influences and affects people all over the world today. Advances in technology have made our countries safer and our lives easier. Technology isn't an industry. Modern technology has become such an essential part of our lives that without it, the world would be radically different. India, as a consumer of this technology is a vast market that has influenced this world. When a country of over a billion people are dependent on something, we must understand the importance of that system. Especially in the time of quarantine! Today, the whole world is in the grip of the pandemic COVID-19. It's astonishing and hurtful at the same time, seeing a technologically and economically advanced country like USA succumbing hard in the hands of COVID-19. There has been no biasness, from…

Health is Wealth

Health is Wealth
Growing up, we have heard the adage 'Health is Wealth', and the reverse "Wealth is also Health". A healthy life is the highest blessing which must not be taken for granted. And these testing times serves as an eye-opener for everyone. Today, the entire world is in the grip of the pandemic COVID-19. So far, there has been 416,686 confirmed cases and 18,589 deaths, globally. Deaths have been confirmed in at least 198 countries and territories. Till date, there is no vaccine to cure COVID 19. Hence, social distancing and hygiene are the only two factors towards resisting COVID-19. Social distancing is keeping at six feet between yourself and others - particularly if they are coughing and sneezing, and avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands. Also,…

Power of Social Distancing

Power of Social Distancing
We are all aware of the worldwide situation arising from the Corona pandemic. We are also seeing how the most empowered nations have become helpless in the face of this pandemic. It’s not that these nations are not making efforts or lack resources. But the Corona virus is spreading so rapidly, that despite all their efforts the challenge is increasing. It has led to experts across the globe spending long hours to discover antidotes that might aid in the prevention/treatment of patients – a process that might take years before a successful outcome is achieved. Social Distancing is the only option to combat Corona.That is to remain apart from each other and stay confined to your homes. If we have to stop the spread of Corona, we have to break…

A decade gone by : Looking Back to Look Forward

A decade gone by : Looking Back to Look Forward
At the turn of this decade, I stand at the cusp of exponential growth, unending struggles and even some disheartening lows to usher in 2020, a year that Nostradamus foresaw as the beginning of a new era, a favourable sacred moment and at the same time, dangerous to the history of mankind, meant to bring both disasters and revelations. Many philosophers predict it as a critical year signifying a fundamental transformation of the world we live in, a rebirth of humankind on a new spiritual level. Some astrologers see it as a numerological important year. I welcome 2020 with positivity and enthusiasm. Plenty of memories to hold on and blessings to count on. Wishing all a Happy New Year. As I sit down to think about 2020 that will begin…

Human Rights: Bedrock for KISS’s progress

Human Rights: Bedrock for KISS’s progress
As the world celebrates 70 years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Human Rights Day today, it’s significant to analyze the progress and impending challenges to get a way ahead for Sustainable Development. Human rights activism creates an empowering dimension by the work of civil society in ensuring transparency of the government. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences is a shining example of Empowerment by realizing dignity for all without any discrimination.  Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is a pathbreaking educational initiative located in Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha for the tribal children who are provided comprehensive and holistic education for all round development. At present, 30000 children are studying in this one of its kind exclusive tribal University. 20,000 children have passed out from KISS and are well placed. They are the changemakers. KISS had a…