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…

My maiden trip to Coimbatore

My maiden trip to Coimbatore
My first visit to Coimbatore was hectic but enriching. It was my pleasure to visit one of India's leading textile industries - KPR Mill Limited. I met two great personalities Mr. KP Ramasamy, the Chairman of KPR Group, who has over 36 years of experience in the Textile Industry and his son Mr C.R. Anandakrishnan, the Executive Director of KPR Mill Limited. During my visit, I was lucky to get a tour of their textile unit and found out that KPR Mill has employed 22,000 people. Surprisingly, one-third of their employees are Odias. Out of these, 7000 belong to the tribal communities of my constituency Kandhamal. In fact, I addressed thousands of lady staffs - half of them being Odia's. Mr. Ramasamy & Mr Anandakrishnan treated me with the best…

US V/S Poverty

US V/S Poverty
As the world marks the International Day of Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, it is crucial to spread the message of importance of Quality Education in fighting large scale poverty. The battle against poverty can be won with the tool of Education, if accessible to all without any discrimination. Education is the epicentre of sustainable development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and specifically the goal to end poverty can not be achieved in true sense by 2030 if Education is not given a lion’s share in terms of investment. Investing in Education changes the world because education begets hopeful and empowered individuals who can innovate and impact to break the vicious cycle of poverty. Education helps to reduce poverty. 171 million people could be lifted from poverty through provision…

The Naveen Way to Shining Odisha

The Naveen Way to Shining Odisha
On his 74th birthday, Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha refused to celebrate his birthday in view of Cyclone Fani that left a trail of devastation in Odisha this year. He requested the well-wishers and party members to celebrate his birthday or visit Naveen Nivas and instead celebrate birthday with the underprivileged orphan and differently abled young boys and girls which will make him happy. It is a modern day reiteration of Gandhi’s Talisman. It is not once that Naveen Patnaik has set an example of how a leader should be. Odisha was defined by the leadership of Biju Babu, and Naveen Patnaik has kept the legacy of statesmanship going. A five times CM and soon to break record of the longest serving CM, Odisha has moved a…

Life comes full circle for Meera Rani Hembram

Life comes full circle for Meera Rani Hembram
The sun sets early in the village of Ghasipura of Gopalpur in Odisha, away from the humdrums of a fast life in Bhubaneswar, capital of Odisha. Poverty, alienation, illiteracy and ignorance plague the simple existence of life. Most people of the village do not even get the minimum nutritional requirements, forget education. But it was exceptional for Meera Rani Hembram, a student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Her journey from Gopalpur to Singapore is awe inspiring and spine chilling. She made a great stride from being an orphanage to becoming an ace Rugby player, representing the India’s Women Rugby team. She lost her mother very early in her life, when she didn’t even understand the meaning of mother or the word, loss. The family lived in dire poverty…