Cleaners on the frontline of fighting Corona

Cleaners on the frontline of fighting Corona
Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi had often said "Cleanliness is as important as Independence". He made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of Living. Gandhi Ji took cleanliness to the level of spirituality. He had a firm belief in the proverb: 'Cleanliness is next to godliness'. Even after so many years, cleanliness today is one of the most essential element in our day to day life. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, cleaning can help prevent the spread of disease and cut the risk of spread of infection. Cleanliness does come after godliness, and the cleaning crews, janitors, domestic workers and housekeepers are god's help to us. Janitors, domestic workers, housekeepers, and cleaning crews are today the front lines of the battle against…

Life and Livelihood in the times of Corona

Life and Livelihood in the times of Corona
Life and livelihood are the two most important components of an individual's existence. Without life, there is no livelihood. Without livelihood, there is no life of contentment, aspiration and hope. The whole idea of living and not existing goes hand in hand with the satisfaction received as recognition for the work accomplished. The most beautiful moments in life are the ones when we express joy, which often happens when we seek it the least. If both these components (life and livelihood) are balanced, we find bliss. These two complements each other. But during testing times such as these, when every individual is fighting for survival against an enemy, one perceives that life is more important than livelihood. The responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are simply an amplification of the dynamic…

Role of Media in a Pandemic

Role of Media in a Pandemic
Media is one of the most powerful instruments of communication. It promotes the most crucial information and brings real and influential aspects of the world to a broad spectrum of people. Media refers to several links, namely- mass media broadcast media, print media, the web media and the digital media. But I will here deal with print and video. The world is moving towards progress in every step of life because of the information we are educated with, daily. Social issues including poverty, violence, corruption, bribery, suppression of human rights, rape, discrimination, and crime, killing in the name of honour are being covered by journalists daily. Today news channels, newspapers, radio, digital etc. help us to evaluate the facts of every social element with the pure and free effect. The…

Women SHGs as Corona Warriors in Odisha

Women SHGs as Corona Warriors in Odisha
It is widely accepted that women’s empowerment helps in the achievement of critical development goals. If there are a greater number of women in politics, there is a concomitant increase in the level of attention given to gender-specific policy and planning in the country. However, the number of women taking leadership roles in India is rather small compared to the global average. Let us look at Odisha’s story. Odisha may be seen as one of the underdeveloped States in the country and a laggard in terms of some human development indicators. However, other States could take a cue from the Odisha government’s model for women’s empowerment - 50% reservation in Panchayats and 33% in MLA and MP’s by state’s ruling party. Besides empowering women politically, the state government has been…

Divided By Borders, United By Covid

Divided By Borders, United By Covid
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), a virus that came into existence in late 2019, has now engulfed the entire world. Even the most advanced countries in the world have been severely affected by this pandemic. Superpowers such as the US, UK, China, and several developed countries in Europe have been the worst-affected. Interestingly, in the context of COVID-19, the phrase “Might is Right” has failed to stand true. Today, the USA, despite being one of the most developed countries in the world, has been reduced to its bare bones in its fight against this deadly disease. The disease does no discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, religion, place of birth or any of them. On a positive note, coronavirus has united the entire world. Every human being is together in…

Self help to help the society

Self help to help the society
A crisis is a ruthless master. Throughout the times of crisis, whenever people let their guard down, we get to see what is hiding behind the facade. Often, what we see underneath is not very pleasing. Perhaps there is a more profound psychological foundation, as we try to shield ourselves mentally from anything that might harm us without actually liking the process of protection. The COVID-19 outbreak is proof the virus does not care who you are or where you come from. Many have pointed out that the spread of COVID-19 is an artefact of our newly globalised world; which I believe is not entirely accurate. The world has always been globalised, through merchants, traders and scholars who brought cultures and goods in contact with each other on a global…

Helpless yet Hopeful!

Helpless yet Hopeful!
Human race is the most evolved species with the power of emotion and reason. However, in certain circumstances, the superior human intellect, reason and collective effort can also not defeat a simple micro organism, that has engulfed the world in paranoia. Advanced research, lab experiments, trial and error methods have also failed to control the spread of the deadly virus COVID 19 in the last 2 months. The world has come to a standstill. More than 70 percent of our world is in some or other sort of lockdown. There have been theories about the COVID 19's origin, it's spread, the temperature, immunity, epidemic graphs and prediction, yet nothing definitive or concrete has been discovered. Each level of the society, rich or poor, each country and its policymakers are waging…

Stay Fit while you Stay Home

Stay Fit while you Stay Home
Many countries are now under lockdown. This measure is crucial to minimise the spread of COVID 19 but this should not let deter us from keeping ourself mentally and physically active and healthy. Staying active during this difficult time is important. Being physically active helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol and can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Most importantly, it helps to keep immune system working effectively as it flushes bacteria from the lungs and airways, increases white blood cell circulation and raises body temperature, all of which help the body fight infection. It is a great way to ward off some of the psychological issues associated with being cooped up for an extended time. Being active helps lower stress hormones such as cortisol and promotes…

Police: Going the extra mile for tackling Corona

Police: Going the extra mile for tackling Corona
Shutting down a country of 1.3 billion people is probably the most challenging task in the current day and age, that too on such a short notice. To work this is a challenging assignment, where lives are at risk and there is no solution to the pandemic except for "social distancing”. The Executive plays the most crucial role in order to control the effects of COVID-19. The real heroes of this lockdown execution are the policemen and women. This summer, when the entire country is staying inside their houses, the police officers are our frontline of defence who are working to maintain law and order and at times making people aware of the coronavirus and helping the public to gear up for the situation. The officers are keeping their family…

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…