Monthly Archives: July 2012

Good news from Girangaon

There is finally good news from Girangaon – the village of mills, the city of gold- you name it. Around seven thousand retrenched mill workers received subsidized homes built by the government on lands that once held the textile mills of Mumbai in which they worked. The homes were allotted based on lucky draw- yes- in a game of fate. Well, fate still awaits the 95% of mill workers who seek justice even today. Continue reading

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The battles that count

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself- the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us.” – Jesse Owens.

Tennis is a gentleman’s game. Ramanathan Krishnan, Premjit Lal, Jaideep Mukherjee and Vijay Amritraj were great men- on court and off it. They couldn’t win the grand slams, but they won admiration for their sportsmanship. Continue reading

Manto and Nazrul

It is a rather uncomfortable fact that injustice breeds the greatest form of art. The stature held by Kazi Nazrul Islam in unpartitioned Bengal can only be met by Saadat Hassan Manto in unpartitioned Punjab. Both great believers of freedom. Both disillusioned by communal hatred, partition and injustice. Although Manto migrated to Pakistan after partition, his heart always remained in the undivided India, free from the tyrannies of British Raj, a dream that history denied him. Continue reading

Lakshmi Bai Sehgal

A name that shines bright in the noble tribe of selfless patriots, who fought gallantly for the freedom of people in India – a set of brave hearts who, over years, have witnessed the rapid demise of values they once stood for. Capt. Lakshmi Sehgal- a lady who chose to be a fighter all her life, is fighting a new battle. Continue reading

Water water everywhere

When 2.4 million of our countrymen in Assam are living on streets with no roof over their heads, we must have a reason to lose our sleep, a reason to participate – a reason beyond the fact that a writer requests you to do so. If you are planning to transfer funds for the flood victims, your early decision will help us to increase the number of sheets we are buying and thereby ensure more relief. Please contribute 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25 or more tarpaulin sheets. Read my latest column in the-NRI to know more.

Project Prayas- relief for flood affected Assam

23 lakh of our countrymen suffer day and night in flood hit Assam. It is called the worst flood in last century. Sankalp has decided to act and provide as much relief as can be organized. The Field Volunteer team has already left for Assam. Today they’ll reach the affected area to estimate the actual needs, identify the best procurement points and transport lines and build strategy for systematic distribution. Sankalp will soon reach out to the needy and ensure delivery of the goods. Please support and participate in this relief operation. Continue reading

Let’s fight dengue

As the country welcomes the monsoons, let’s not forget what rains brings along. Accompanying the rain each year is dengue, malaria and other viral diseases. Dengue is an infectious disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash. It may also lead to the life threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever  which is accompanied with bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage. Dengue fever can also lead to dengue shock syndrome which causes circulatory failure. Continue reading