Daijiworld Magazine, Vol.12, Issue 6, November 2020

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ELECTIONS SPECIAL

Vol.12, Issue 6 | November, 2020 | `20/-

Dr Supriya Hegde

IT’S NOT RIGHT TO

DISCUSS CORONA

DEATHS IN FRONT OF

SENIOR CITIZENS

GAANA

BHAT

Dr Surfraz J Hashim

CHOOSE YOUR

FRIENDS RIGHTLY

JOE BIDEN

THE HEALER

IT’S TIME TO MAKE

MENTAL HEALTH A

PRIORITY

FIRST INDIA-BORN

MINISTER IN NEW

ZEALAND CABINET

MALEESHA

KHARWA -

AN INTERVIEW


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EDITORIAL

US - Now a

Divided Nation

Even as I am writing

this editorial, Donald

Trump has just conceded

defeat and accepted Joe Biden

as the President of the United

States of America, however his

presidency may not be easy, as the

Republicans will have the control

of the Senate through a majority.

For those who were looking

towards US democratic virtue,

President Donald Trump has

failed everyone in the past four

years by thrashing and packing

the democratic machinery one by

one, thus pushing the democratic

values to its brink. His autocratic

rule defied all protest from across

the world so much so to believe

that ‘Trump himself is the world.’

In spite of four years of disastrous

economic policy and

the catastrophic handling of the

Covid-19 crisis, it is surprising that

Trump has received substantially

more votes in 2020 than he did in

2016. His blustering in the name

of America was seen as standing

up for the country. For countries

around the world that believe in

democracy, this means they will

have to build a new international

order, one that does not rely on

US leadership alone. In this crucial

moment, Europe’s full-throated

support for democracy and human

rights is vital.

The recent elections have

brought the democratic process

on to the tracks, but with a rider.

Today, America is divided between

democrats and republicans.

I am afraid; more likely, there will

be gridlock, pitched political battles,

protests, which will be roadblock

in providing global leadership

which proved so vital in the

past 80 years. Over the period of

time, US today has isolated itself

from other countries in the world.

It reminds me of what Abraham

Lincoln once said - “A house

divided against itself cannot

stand.” This saying echoes in a

country which has just got out

of a most embarrassing election

process. Now that Trump has approached

the top court for justice,

he has in the bargain thrown all

democratic values to the wind.

What a shame to a nation that

boasted of its democratic process

and had been advising the world

to follow suit. Just imagine, if this

kind of international embarrassment

had taken place elsewhere,

the US State Department would

have condemned it vehemently.

Trump, however, will linger

on with the hope of coming back

again in 2024 elections unless he

is put in jail by then, but what

worries me is that he has already

blown his unpopular trumpet of

‘Trumpism’ which is going to remain

a potent and toxic force in

American politics. Let us not forget

he managed to get 50% of the

votes polled in spite of a dictatorial

rule.

In that sense, US must learn

many lessons from India’s experiments

as a sustainable democracy

right from the filing of nominations

to the holding of elections

until results are declared and then

the defeated side conceding the

defeat.

Are money and lust for power

makes one so insane and shameless

that one goes to any extent to

grab power?

Whatever may be the outcome

of Trump’s legal course of

action, its side effects may hamper

the day to day functioning of

the new government. It may also

divide the people across the nation

and will make them argue on

things for ages together. It might

impact the day to day life of a million.

But the challenges ahead for

the United States remain real and

the difficult work is only just beginning.

In that sense lets pray for both

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris that

they sail through the conflicts

and are able to perform their roles

as true healers of hearts and disturbed

minds.

HEMACHARYA

Editor-in-chief

hemacharya@daijiworld.com


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COVER STORY

JOE BIDEN

the healer

By Prof D K Vidyadhar

Senior journalist based in Mumbai.

In a passionate victory speech immediately

after the initial stage of vote counting, the

President-elect Joe Biden vowed to usher

in “a time to heal” in America, claiming a

moral mandate as well as a political one as

he vowed to comfort a bruised and angry

nation.


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nation is shaped

by the constant battle

“Our

between our better

angels and our darkest impulses,”

he said, echoing themes he articulated

in his convention speech.

“It is time for our better angels to

prevail.”

Biden thanked the coalition

that elected him — “the broadest

and most diverse in history,” he

said — and gave a special mention

to the African-American community,

who stuck by him throughout

a primary where it once appeared

all was lost for his third

run at the White House. “And especially

for those moments when

this campaign was at its lowest —

the African American community

stood up again for me,” he said.

“They always have my back, and

I’ll have yours.”

But he promised to be a President

to all Americans, not just

those that supported him. “To

those who voted for President

Trump, I understand your disappointment

tonight. I’ve lost a couple

of elections myself,” he said.

“But now, let’s give each other a

chance.”

“I ran as a proud Democrat. I

will now be an American President.

I will work as hard for

those who didn’t vote for me as

those who did,” he continued. “Let

this grim era of demonization in

America begin to end — here and

now.”

He also vowed to reach across

the aisle, to work with Republicans

to get things done. “If we can

decide not to cooperate, then we

can decide to cooperate,” he said.

“And I believe that this is part of

the mandate from the American

people. They want us to cooperate.”

Biden largely avoided talking

about specific policy goals or the

nuts and bolts of governing, and

instead focused on his promise

to restore a sense of honor and

decency to the office of the President.

The speech defined Biden’s

vision of the Presidency as the

healer-in-chief, especially after

four years of Trump’s divisiveness

and chaos, and several months of

a global pandemic that has killed

more than 230,000 Americans.

His Presidency would be about restoring

faith in a nation that had

nearly lost faith in itself.

At one point, he recited a

hymn that had been a favorite of

his late son Beau Biden, who died

of brain cancer in 2015:

“And He will raise you

up on eagle’s wings, Bear

you on the breath of dawn,

Make you to shine like the sun,

And hold you in the palm of His

Hand.”

-These were the words that

offered Beau comfort when he

needed it, and they were the

words Biden offered Americans

in this time of need. “And now,

together — on eagle’s wings — we

embark on the work that God

and history have called upon us

to do,” he concluded. “With full

hearts and steady hands, with

faith in America and in each other,

with a love of country — and

a thirst for justice — let us be the

nation that we know we can be.”

More than a health care plan

or a climate proposal, or a biting

condemnation of his predecessor,

Biden used his victory

speech to offer the nation the one

thing it truly needed: comfort.

“Now that the campaign is over —

what is the people’s will? What is

our mandate?” he said. “Americans

have called on us to marshal the

forces of decency and the forces of

fairness. To marshal the forces of

science and the forces of hope in

the great battles of our time, ” – he

announced.

This

was what Biden’s campaign was

always about: not a particular

policy or specific ideology, but

the promise to restore the moral

authority to the Presidency that

had been degraded under President

Donald Trump. When he

first announced his candidacy in

early 2019, he vowed to “restore

the soul of America.” Now, nineteen

months and one Presidential

victory later, he doubled down on

that promise.

WHAT WILL CHANGE

DURING JOE BIDEN’S PRESI-

DENCY?

The new president has the opportunity

to reverse four years of

anti-science policies — but he has

a hard road ahead as he inherits a

nation divided. This includes actions

on climate change, immigration

and the COVID-19 pandemic,

which could claim more than a

quarter of a million lives in the

United States before Trump leaves

office in January.

Researchers are hopeful that

much of the damage can be re-


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paired. With Trump out of the

picture, according to some prominent

political analysts, “instead

of dog-eat-dog, maybe we will

have a modicum of international

cooperation, greater adherence to

laws and treaties, more civility in

politics across the globe, less ‘fake

news’, more smiles and less anger”.

Biden, during his campaign had

rightly promised to ramp up US

test-and-trace programs to help

bring the coronavirus under control,

to rejoin the Paris climate

agreement to fight global warming,

and to reverse travel bans and

visa restrictions that have made

the United States a less desirable

destination for foreign researchers.

Biden’s vice-president elect,

Kamala Harris, an attorney and

US senator from California, will

be the first woman to achieve

one of the top two offices in the

country. She is also the first Black

woman and the first Asian-American

to be elected vice-president,

in a country that has been driven

by racial tensions.

TOP PRIORITIES

One of Biden’s first orders

of business will be to put a more

aggressive pandemic response

plan in place. On November 6,

the United States saw more than

130,000 new coronavirus infections

recorded in a single day —

the highest number reported anywhere

across the globe since the

outbreak began.

Biden’s

team has also promised to “listen

to science”.

The

Trump administration has repeatedly

sidelined government

scientists at public health agen-

Biden-Kamala Indian connection

While the whole world spoke overwhelmingly about

Vice-President elect Kamala Harris’ India connection and

how a small time girl from the then Madras (now Chennai) in South

India could make it to the White House, many people had no idea if

President-elect Joe Biden also had some kind of India connection.

But according to Biden himself, he was a distant descendent of

a Ship Captain based in India. He was referring to his “great, great,

great, great, great grandfather,” Captain George Biden, who was a

captain in the East India Company, retired in India and married an

Indian wife.

Biden had disclosed this fact while addressing the Bombay

Stock Exchange back in July 2013. He told the audience that when

he was first elected a senator in 1972, he had received a letter from

a gentleman named Biden… from Mumbai asserting that they are

distantly related.

A few years later, in another speech, Biden expanded on this,

saying the “Biden from Mumbai” claimed descent from a “British

captain in the East India Tea Company. He said a journalist had given

him a list of five Bidens lived in Mumbai.

The King’s College historian and ex-diplomat Tim Wilsey had

found out records of two Biden brothers who captained ships for

John Company. They started out as third and fourth mates on ships

running from Britain to India. William Henry Biden went on to captain

a few ships before dying of stroke in Rangoon in 1843.

His brother, Christopher Biden, captained his first ship in 1821

and made five return journeys between Britain and Calcutta. In

1830, at the age of 41, he retired and settled near London and wrote

a book about naval discipline.

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cies such as the Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention and the Food and

Drug Administration throughout the

pandemic. With Biden in charge, one

can expect wide range of government

agencies that now are going to finally

get a chance to do their jobs properly.

Biden’s administration will also re-open

lines of communication with other

countries and international organizations

in its fight against the coronavirus.

Trump pulled the United States out of

the WHO earlier this year, criticizing

the international agency for supporting

China, where the outbreak began.

Another top priority for Biden will be

to reverse many of the policies impacting

climate, the environment and public

health put into place under Trump.

At the top of the docket is the 2015 Paris

climate agreement. The United States

formally withdrew from this accord on

November 4, but Biden has said he will

rejoin the pact after taking office in January.

Biden and Harris also campaigned

on a US$2-trillion plan to boost clean energy,

modernize infrastructure and curb

greenhouse gas emissions.

Biden has already announced his bipartisan

coronavirus taskforce headed

by three physicians: Vivek Murthy, the

former US surgeon general; David Kessler,

the former commissioner of the Food

and Drug Administration; and Marcella

Nunez-Smith, who is recognised for her

work on promoting health and healthcare

equity for marginalised populations.

All are well known in public health, science

and political circles.

The pandemic in the US is now described

as out of control. Hospitals in

many states are overwhelmed, the economy

is disrupted, and unemployment

rates are double what they were in February

2020.

On the other hand, when Joe Biden handpicked Kamala

Harris as his running mate, the press sparked a frenzy to track

down her connections to Chennai, the southern Indian city

where Kamala’s mother was born. Soon the journalists located

her grandparents’ home in the Besant Nagar neighbourhood,

from where her mother Shyamala Gopalan set off as a teenager

to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of California

Berkeley.

Undated photos surfaced of Kamala and younger sibling

Maya in saris, smilingly posing with their grandparents

during a visit. Many saw Harris a step away from the White

House, and the de facto Democratic Party front-runner in four

or eight years.

Senator Harris is the first person of Indian descent and the

first Black woman on a major ticket in a U.S. presidential election.

The Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple at Besant Nagar in

Chennai has a special place in California senator Kamala Harris’

heart. Not just because her mother, Shyamala Gopalan,

was in the committee when the temple was constructed, but

because nine years ago, when she contested California’s Attorney

General election, she called her maternal aunt Sarala

Gopalan with a request - “Chithi (aunt), please pray for me and

break coconuts at the temple.”

A gynecologist and obstetrician by profession, Sarala attributed

Harris’ growth to her elder sister Shyamala’s support

and upbringing. According to her, her sister Shyamala went

to the US at a very young age. She never stopped her daughter

from pursuing her interests.

Harris, was fond of her grandfather PV Gopalan, a career

civil servant, who build in her social consciousness at a tender

age. Her mother, of course, was a major influence in her life.

She has repeatedly called her mother, ‘a proud woman’ with

the ability to dream and then work to make it come true.

When Shyamala died in 2009, Harris flew down to Chennai

to immerse her ashes in the Bay of Bengal according to her

mother’s wish. She had remained in touch with her mother’s

family.

When the news of Harris’ selection as Biden’s running

mate came, Sarala was reminded of what her barrier-breaking

niece told when she was running for the Senate. “Chithi,

(aunty) I am not going to stop here and I will keep going.”

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Joe Biden

Profile

Joe Biden was born on November

20, 1942 in the city of

Scranton in northeast Pennsylvania.

His father, Joseph Biden Sr.,

worked cleaning furnaces and as

a used car salesman. His mother

was Catherine Eugenia “Jean”

Finnegan.

Early years and schooling

He attended St. Paul’s Elementary

School in Scranton. In 1955, when

he was 13 years old, the family

moved to Mayfield, Delaware—a

rapidly growing middle-class

community sustained primarily

by the nearby DuPont chemical

company.

Biden attended the St. Helena

School until he gained acceptance

into the prestigious Archmere

Academy. He was a solid student

graduated from Archmere in 1961.

COLLEGE, MARRIAGE AND

LAW SCHOOL:

Biden attended the nearby

University of Delaware, where he

studied history and political science

and played football. He also

developed a sharp interest in politics

during these years, spurred in

part by the inspiring inauguration

of John F. Kennedy in 1961.

On a trip to the Bahamas

during his junior year, Biden met

a University student named Neilia

Hunter and fell in love with her

at first sight. Biden and Hunter

married the next year, in 1966.

EARLY POLITICAL CAREER:

After graduating from law

school in 1968, Biden moved to

Wilmington, Delaware, to begin

practicing at a law firm. He also

became an active member of the

Democratic Party, and in 1970

he was elected to the New Castle

County Council. While serving as

councilman, in 1971, Biden started

his own law firm.

Biden had three children:

Joseph Biden III (born in 1969),

Hunter Biden (born in 1970) and

Naomi Biden (born in 1971).

In 1972, the Delaware Democratic

Party encouraged a 29-yearold

Biden to run against the popular

Republican incumbent J.

Caleb Boggs for the United States

Senate. That year, in a tight race

with a large turnout, Biden won

an upset victory to become the

fifth-youngest U.S. senator elected

in the nation’s history.

FAMILY TRAGEDY

Just as all of Biden’s wildest

dreams seemed to be coming true,

he was struck by devastating tragedy.

A week before Christmas in

1972, Biden’s wife and three children

were involved in a terrible

car accident while out shopping

for a Christmas tree. The accident

killed his wife and daughter and

severely injured both of his sons,

Beau and Hunter. Biden was inconsolable

and even considered

suicide.

SENATE YEARS

From 1973 to 2009, as a distinguished

Senator, Biden won

respect as one of the body’s leading

foreign policy experts, serving

as chairman of the Committee

on Foreign Relations for several

years. He spoke against President

George W. Bush and his handling

of the Gulf War.

The transition team features

many people who previously

worked for the Obama administration.

This bodes well for

strengthening and rebuilding

Obamacare into Bidencare. Ensuring

people have affordable access

to health care has never been

more important.

None of this will be successful

unless, and until, Biden can bring

Congress together to act and simultaneously

begin healing the

divisions in the nation. He must

restore trust in government and

science, ensure transparency and

accountability, and build a common

purpose so people will act for

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Joe Biden Profile

PRESIDENTIAL AMBITIONS

In 1987, Biden decided to

run for the U.S. presidency. He

dropped out of the Democratic

primary, however, after reports

surfaced that he had plagiarized

part of a speech.

U.S. VICE PRESIDENT

In 2007, 20 years after his

first unsuccessful presidential bid,

Biden once again decided to run

for the U.S. presidency. Despite his

years of experience in the Senate,

however, Biden’s campaign failed

to generate much momentum in

a field dominated by Hillary Clinton

and Barack Obama. Biden

dropped out after receiving less

than one percent of the vote in

the crucial Iowa caucuses.

Several months later, Barack

Obama selected Biden as his running

mate. With his working-class

roots, Biden helped the Obama

campaign communicate its message

of economic recovery to the

blue-collar voters crucial to swing

states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.

On January 20, 2009, Obama

was sworn in as the 44th U.S.

president and Biden became the

47th vice president. While Biden

mostly served in the role of behind-the-scenes

adviser to the

president, he took particularly

active roles in formulating federal

policies relating to Iraq and Afghanistan.

RE-ELECTION AND SECOND

TERM

Running for re-election in

2012, the Obama-Biden team

earned a second term as president

and Biden another term as vice

president.

PERSONAL LIFE AND POST-

WHITE HOUSE

Biden married for second

time, Jill Biden, in 1977. The couple’s

daughter, Ashley, was born

in 1981. On May 30, 2015, Biden

suffered another personal loss

when his son Beau died at the age

of 46, after battling brain cancer.

2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAM-

PAIGN

On April 25, 2019, Biden delivered

the expected news that he

was running for president in 2020.

On August 11, 2020, Biden announced

Kamala Harris as his

vice presidential running mate. In

August, Biden officially became

the 2020 Democratic presidential

nominee.

2020 ELECTION WIN

With several states counting

mail-in ballots well past the close

of polling places on November 3,

2020, the race remained too tight

to call into the next day. However,

the tide began shifting in Biden’s

favor with the announcements

of his victories in Wisconsin and

Michigan, along with reports of

his leads in Arizona, Nevada and

Georgia.

On November 7, 2020, four

days after Election Day, Biden

was declared as the 46th president-elect

after winning Pennsylvania.

With a record 74 million+

votes, the 78-year-old was set to

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Timeline

How a normal

US election looks like and

what might change in 2020

Americans are used to a certain

routine with presidential

elections – but this year might

be different.

THE FIRST VOTES CAST

Before Election Day, November

3, 2020, some states started

early voting and mail-in voting at

the request of Joe Biden.

ON ELECTION DAY, EVERY-

ONE ELSE VOTES

Tuesday, November 3, Americans

went to polling places to cast

their vote. This is also when mailin

ballots were counted in most

states.

THE LOSING CANDIDATE

TYPICALLY CONCEDES

This usually happens in the

early hours of the next morning.

A public concession makes it clear

to the American people who have

won. It can make everything after

this feel like a formality.

THE RESULTS ARE FINALIZED

The local officials finish counting

ballots in the days after the

election and send their results to

state officials. They approve the

results and send them to federal

officials.

ELECTION DISPUTES TO BE

SETTLED BEFORE DECEM-

BER 8

States need to settle any election

disputes and have a winner

by this date, known as the “safe

harbor deadline.” Otherwise, federal

law says Congress can refuse

to accept the electoral votes from

that state.

THEN STATES PICK ‘ELEC-

TORS’ TO REPRESENT THEM

When Americans vote they

don’t directly vote for president

and vice president. Rather, they

vote for their state “electors” who

represent their choice.

THE WINNING CANDIDATE IS

SWORN INTO OFFICE

On January 20 or 21 in the

succeeding year, according to the

constitution the presidential term

is over and the new president is

inaugurated.

However, things might be different

this time

THE WEEKS BEFORE ELEC-

TION DAY

By early October, 6.6 million

Americans had already voted,

largely because of a surge in mailin

voting. Trump has said mail-in

voting is rigged against him, and

his allies have helped sow doubt

in the election.

TRUMP REFUSES TO CON-

CEDE

Even if the media projects Joe

Biden to be the winner, Trump

has to date refused to concede.

REPUBLICANS MAY DISPUTE

THE VALIDITY OF MANY

BALLOTS

Each state has rules on when

mail-in ballots need to be postmarked

or received. In addition,

ballots need to meet certain criteria

– for example, the signatures

need to match the one on file with

election officials. Republicans plan

to challenge the rules and individual

ballots.

REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS

COULD LAUNCH INVESTIGA-

TIONS

Republican state and federal

officials could sow more doubt in

the results by launching investigations

into “voting irregularities”.

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BIHAR ELECTIONS

Nitish Kumar Back As CM,

For One Last Time?

By Prof D.K. Vidyadhar

Senior journalist based in Mumbai.

NDA with its strong ally,

JDU managed to win

an absolute majority by

winning 125 seats, as against the

predictions of exit-polls, which

sounded a clear mandate for RJD,

so also against the arguments of

incumbency and flow of young

blood in terms of youth leaders

Tejaswi and Tej Pratap Yadav.

While both the young politicians

had their fair share of 110 seats

along-with their valued allies

including the Congress and the Left

parties. However, the voters did not

completely ignore the contribution

of Nitin Kumar government that

provided good governance and

people friendly schemes and

projects.

Without doubt, the biggest hero

of NDA victory was Prime Minister

Narendra Modi although the

impact of his rallies was written off

just before the elections. But as the

results were announced ‘Modi Magic’

was present for everyone around

the world to watch. He not only deprived

the Yadav’s from CM’s and

deputy CMs gaddi but also ensured

that the BJP wins 74 seats, three

seats more than the half way mark

needed for a victory, while JDU won

43 seats. RJD finally could grab only

75 seats while the Congress was reduced

to 19 seats. The opposition

Mahagathbandan, which began the

day with a lead to take back seat by

the counting settling for 110 seats in

the election that saw counting going

continuously over 20 hours and

wrapping up only in the wee hours

of the next day morning.

The BJP put up a stellar performance

leading the National Democratic

Alliance (NDA) to obtain majority

even though Chief Minister

Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal – United

(JDU) posted a fall in total votes

gained in a tightly fought race.

While Nitish Kumar was in the

government in Bihar for 15 consecutive

years, a fact which has not

gone well with the people, his announcement

that it will be his last

election and the BJPs tall promises

as always turned the wind in their

favour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

immediately after the announcement

of results thanked the people

of Bihar for the overwhelming support

given to the NDA in the assembly

elections 2020.

Tweeting in Hindi the PM said,

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lesson of democracy. Today Bihar

has told the world again how democracy

is strengthened. A record

number of poor, deprived and

women of Bihar also voted and today

have also given their decisive

decision for development.”

Bihar election results 2020

again proved that the biggest

brand ambassador of trust politics

in India is PM Narendra Modi. Although

BJP fought elections under

Nitish’s leadership, PM Modi

was leading the entire election.

The BJP’s victory in Bihar election

is a seal on the work of the Modi

government at the time of corona

virus crisis, so also his people

friendly schemes from which the

Bihar people benefited to a great

extent.

However, there are a few reasons

why Tejashwi Yadav could

not seal the mandate against

‘Brand Modi’ and five reasons in

particular why the people decided

to go with the NDA -

1. A TOTAL OF 12 MAMMOTH

RALLIES BY THE BJP

As against the rallies of Tejashwi

Yadav which were well attended,

in which one could hear the

peoples rhetoric the BJP held 12

rallies with PM Modi presenting

some of his best oratory skills. He

strongly projected the plank of development

and good performance

of the Nitish Kumar government.

2. REMINDING OF THE DAYS

OF JUNGLE RAJ

Narendra Modi allowed no

stone unturned during a spirited

campaign wherein he reminded

the people of Bihar the Gundagiri

and lawless rule of the RJD and

its 15 years of oppression in partnership

with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s

wife Rabri Devi, who ruled the

state at the dictates of her husband.

He also ridiculed the dynastic

rule by calling Tejashwi as the

crown prince of Jungle Raj.

3. PLANK OF DEVELOPMENT

AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

Narendra Modi connected Bihar

with developmentalism. He

gave the slogan of the double engine

as compared to the double

prince and increased trust in corruption-free

good governance. He

Tejashwi Yadav replies to PM

Modi’s ‘Yuvraj of Jungle Raj’ jibe

gave the slogan of the defeat of arrogance

and victory of hard work

in Bihar.

4. EMPLOYMENT PROMISES

Narendra Modi neutralised

the anti-Nitish government wave

in Bihar and assured Bihar of employment

opportunities with calling

out the opposition on why it

is afraid of Bharat Mata ki Jai and

Jai Shri Ram’s slogans.

5. DOUBLE ENGINE FORMU-

LA

PM Modi convinced the people

that with NDA government in

power both at the centre and the

state it is easier to translate the

policies into projects in favour of

the state as compared to a regional

dynastic rule. This explanation

made a great dent in translating

votes in NDA’s favour. In fact that

is the only reason according to the

observers in the present election

BJP scored more votes than the

regional JDU party led by Nitish

Kumar. u


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PEOPLE POWER

Suspend driving license of those not wearing helmet

Earlier, the traffic police were imposing penalty of Rs

500, if the two-wheeler rider was found not wearing the

helmet while driving. But as of late, the Government of

Karnataka has passed an order to suspend the driving

license for over three months if a rider is caught riding

without wearing a helmet. No doubt this is a good order

but what is expected is action on the road by the police.

We yet observe many riders going around without

wearing helmets and police turning a blind eye. That is

the reason why many accidents and deaths taking place

every day. It is not enough to pass orders but ensuring

their implementation is more paramount.

Again, what is the guarantee that the person whose offenders/ violators like over speeding, drink and drive,

license has been suspended for the offence would not use of mobile phones while driving and carrying more

ride and get back on the road again? There are cases of than two persons.

many under aged teenagers riding both the two/four I wish the awareness on wearing helmets is

wheelers without a valid license. Then what’s the use considered by our riders as good and important as it

of passing the new order instead they could have seized saves our lives. We should be following traffic rules not

the vehicle outright and then released it after 3 months only because of police regulations but for our own safety

to avoid double offences.

and for the safety of those who are traveling with us. It

I suggest in public interest to the traffic police to carry is the duty of the Traffic Police to educate the public on

out daily beats around the interior and cross roads apart safe driving habits and precautions to be followed. Mere

from main roads, as many of them ride without helmets penalty or passing orders which are not un-practical/

that too carrying over more than one pillion rider mainly un-feasible are of no use.

for jolly rides. Further this act must be extended to other

- J.F.D Souza, Attavar, Mangaluru.


HEALTH & WELFARE

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Can We Help Rebuild

Their Tomorrow?

Currently we are into this

pandemic since over eight

long months, but has this

thought ever crossed your mind,

as to an extent this pandemic has

affected the lives of our children,

wherein overnight their lives took

a turn and their whole childhood

came to a standstill, being

completely disconnected from

their routine lives. From having

being completely socially isolated,

restricted to staying within the

four walls of their houses to

adapting to a whole new mode of

learning with the help of online

classes, they’ve had to experience

it all, with almost a whole year of

their precious childhood, being

unduly taken away from them.

Definitely many may raise

questions saying, “What is one

year in the life of a child?”. Well, it

is the same as it would be to anyone

else, be it an adult or a child.

As most adults had to deal with

issues like salary cuts, loss of jobs,

striking a balance between working

from home and family time,

household chores and much more,

the children too had their fair

share of problems, at their level of

course.

By Sanchia Rebello

Freelance Journalist and Corporate Psychologist

from Mangalore, who is currently in the Teaching

Profession.

From constantly listening to

questions like “Mama, when will

school be reopening?” to sad statements

like “Why did it have to be

our batch, to be the ones never

getting to enjoy our final year in

school!”, I myself have heard it all

and sometimes feel at a loss for

words and can finally only sym-


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pathize with them, in turn leaving

me with the thought of how very

hard it is to even imagine what

must be going on in these young

minds and how much it has adversely

affected their physical

growth, emotional well-being and

mental health. Indeed some children

may be more resilient than

the others, but what about those

who aren’t so? Quite questionable,

isn’t it?

facing physical problems due to

long term inactivity, in addition

to all the side effects of sitting in

front of the screen for hours on

end.

Well, let us adults ponder over

this thought and contribute by

helping them rebuild their future,

by providing them with the support

they need. More so, from the

most important people in a child’s

life, the parents and thereafter,

While many parents too are

going through a tough phase,

spare some time off and monitor

your child at all times, because

many children are going astray using

the pretext of “online classes”,

but are up to other things behind

closed doors without the knowledge

of their parents. Just as children

have routines and schedules

to be followed during school days,

see to it that your child follows

those routines during this time as

Many children at this juncture

are likely to be going through an

array of emotions ranging from

uncertainty, confusion and anxiety,

not knowing what this whole

situation is about, for the younger

ones, or not knowing what tomorrow

holds for them in terms of following

their dreams and fulfilling

their academic ambitions, for the

older ones; to frustration arising

from the inability of leading their

normal lives; to fear from witnessing

or hearing about the hundreds

of deaths every single day and

worry for their lives and those of

their families. Children are also

teachers, relatives, neighbours

and seniors. Let us be sensitive to

the fact that every child is different

and has different levels of coping.

While some become clingy

and overly emotional, some others

may become agitated, destructive,

anxious or even withdrawn.

It is essential that each child’s behavioral

change or coping mechanism

is identified individually and

paid attention to with immediate

effect and not left to be neglected,

thereafter causing further

hindrance to the child’s all round

growth and development.

well, while also providing them

ample time to relax and indulge in

their own forms of healthy recreational

activities.

It is important that your child

is kept informed about the situational

happenings on a regular

basis, by explaining to them at

their level of understanding and

providing them a sense of reassurance

and safety. Let your child

be heard and not dismissed. Teach

them to look forward to and live in

hope for the brighter days which

are yet to come, even though not

immediately, but eventually. u


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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Awareness on Human

Organ Donation

Organ donation

in India is

regulated by the

Transplantation of

Human Organs and

Tissues Act 1994.

By Deepa M. Pais

Holistic Psychological Counselor

Life is a precious gift which is

meant to be respected, ends in

death and all of us hope to be

reincarnated or lifted up to heaven

according to our belief. However

does it occur to our citizens that we

can live in another body through

organ donation, thus bridging the

gap between science and religion?

On October 10, 2020 Dr. Sunil

Shroff urologist and managing trustee

of Mohan Foundation and actor

Riteish Deshmukh raised awareness

on organ donation on the platform

of ‘Kaun Banega Corepati’ hosted by

Amitabh Bachchan. The need for organ

donation has always been there

but for those unaware of this, it’s

time to realize that better late than

never.

Organ donation in India is regulated

by the Transplantation of Human

Organs and Tissues Act 1994.

The law allows both deceased and

living donors to donate their organs.

It also identifies brain death as a

form of death. The National Organ

and Tissue Transplant Organisation

(NOTTO) functions as the apex body

for activities of relating to allotment

and distribution of organs in the

country.

The Government of India enacted

Transplantation of Human

organs Act in 1994 to curb organ

trading and promote deceased organ

donation.

After facing a multi billion rupee

kidney scandal in 2008, an amendment

was proposed in 2009 (and

passed in 2011) to get rid of loopholes

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trading possible. According to this

law organ donors can be living or

dead. The type of organ donations

is as follows -

LIVING DONORS ARE PER-

MITTED TO DONATE THE

FOLLOWING

1. One of their kidney

2. Portion of pancreas

3. Part of the liver

Living donors must be over 18

years of age and are limited to donating

only their immediate blood

relatives or in some special cases

out of affection and attachment

towards the recipient.

DECEASED DONOR

Deceased donors may donate

six life saving organs like kidney,

liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and

intestine. Uterus transplantation

is also performed but not regarded

as a life saving organ. Organs and

tissues from a person declared legally

dead can be donated after

consent from the family. After a

natural cardiac death, organs that

can be donated are cornea, bone,

skin and blood vessels.

GREEN CORRIDORS

Successful transplantation of

organs can be done only by reducing

the time delay between

harvest and transplant of the organ.

Therefore transportations of

the organ is a critical factor. For

this purpose “green corridors” are

created in many parts of India. A

“green corridor” refers to a route

that is cleared out for an ambulance

carrying the harvested organs

to ensure its delivery at the

destination in the shortest time

possible. The hospitals involved

in transplantation as well as city

traffic authorities and in certain

cases, airport authorities collaborate

to transport an organ from

one hospital to another. The formal

name or “green corridor” was

given in July 2014 when a hospital

and police in Chennai coordinated

to transport a heart from

one hospital to another in half the

regular time.

In Mangalore July 3, 2015 Late

Mrs. Leena Binoys kidneys, liver,

heart valve and cornea were harvested

after she met with an accident

on July 1, at Valencia circle.

This was made possible after the

family conveyed their wishes to

the Zonal Coordination Committee

of Karnataka. However if serious

conditions persist like HIV,

cancer, diabetes, kidney disease or

heart disease can prevent you for

organ donation.

In conclusion I would like to

recall a poem by Robert N. Test -

“To Remember Me”

Give my heart to a person

whose own heart has caused

nothing but endless days of pain.

Give my blood to a teenager

who was pulled from the wreckage

of his car, so that he might live

to see his grandchildren play.

Give my kidneys to one who

depends on a machine to exist

from week to week.

Take my bones, every muscle,

every fibre and nerve in my body

and find a way to make a crippled

child walk.

If you can bury something, let

it be my faults, my weakness and

all prejudices against my fellowman.

Give my sins to the devil.

Give my soul to God.

If, by chance, you wish to remember

me, so it be with a kind

deed or word to someone who

needs you. If you do all I have

asked, I will live forever.

u


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EDUCARE

Choose your friends rightly...

Choosing right friends

not only makes us

happy, but, also help us

to grow into a person

that we are actually

born to be.

By Dr. Surfraz J Hasim

Psychologist, Mind Trainer & Success Coach MD,

Sadhana Academy and Director (Academics), P A

Educational Trust Institutions, Mangalore

Every individual needs

good friends to share their

feelings, it could be either

pleasant or unpleasant feelings. The

moment we share our problems

with good friends, instantly we feel

lighter and a huge load stored in our

mind gets vanished.

Just by choosing wise friends

we can predict how our life will be 1

yr from now or 5 yr from now or 20

yr from now, as friends play a vital

role in our life. It is the best friends

who console us when we are emotionally

weak, encourage us when

we are dull and appreciate us when

we do something extraordinary.

The people with whom we associate

will have a major impact and

influence on our behaviour, attitude

& way of life. Actually, Our

friends are the reflection of who

we are.

We may have many friends

who come and go in our life at

various stages and some of them

might stay as good friends forever.

The 5 points that I mention

here will help you to choose

friends for the lifetime success.

1. Associate with people

who match your niche and who

have achieved higher level. This

will help you to gain experience in

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take your life or business or career

to the next stage.

2. Choose like-minded people

with similar values so that you

build a network of people having

common goals. This will help you

to encourage each other and stay

positive always.

3. Choose friends who are in

thirst of knowledge as we know

that life demands consistent

learning. When our close friends

are committed to learn new concepts,

we too automatically develop

interest in it and become more

creative.

4. Choose friends who will

celebrate our success instead of

disappointing us. A simple word

such as “congratulations”, “well

done”, “keep it up” will play a major

role in making us to achieve

more milestones.

5. Adopt “Give and Take”

policy in friendship. As we are

aware of the golden rule of treating

others as we would want to

be treated, then we will never be

disappointed. If we expect good

friends, then we must be the one

first.

George Washington said, “Associate

with men of good quality

if you esteem your own reputation;

for it is better to be alone

than in bad company.”

It is very important to choose

friends who have the same likes,

dislikes, goals & interests so that

we will be much happier and

comfortable to share our problems

with, or a shoulder to lean on, or

a perfect hug at a right moment.

We may have many friends who come

and go in our life at various stages

and some of them might stay as

good friends forever...

But, friendship can be easily damaged

if we don’t take proper care

of our friendship and eventually

it might disappear. I have seen in

some cases where friends have

turned into enemies which is disastrous.

A good friend is the one who

reminds us that we are completely

responsible for our lives and that

the power is within us to solve the

issues that we are facing. A true

friend always empower us and

make us aware of our hidden potentialities

to take up challenges

in our life. Choosing right friends

not only makes us happy, but, also

help us to grow into a person that

we are actually born to be.

So, let us choose our friends

rightly and be a successful person.

I wish you all the best.

Thank you u


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HEALTH & WELLNESS

It’s Time to Make Mental

Health a Priority

By Sanchia Rebello

Freelance Journalist and Corporate

Psychologist from Mangalore, who is

currently in the Teaching Profession.

We all talk about

the importance

of being healthy,

but how “healthy” are we

actually? As officially defined

by the World Health

Organization, health is a

state of complete physical,

mental, and social wellbeing,

not merely the

absence of disease or

infirmity. Most of us focus

on and prioritize our

physical well-being way

more than we do about

our mental well-being,

but taking care of your

mind is as important as

taking care of your body,

because in my opinion

these two aspects of one’s

well-being should be

considered as inseparable,

for the sole reason being,

them complementing each other.

To put it simply, in the absence of

good mental health, one’s physical

state will eventually deteriorate

and contrariwise.

The statistics of 2019 by The

Economic Times stated that a

report by the World Health Organization

(WHO) revealed that

7.5 per cent of the Indian population

suffers from some form of

mental disorder and mental illnesses

constitute one-sixth of all

health-related disorders and India

accounted for nearly 15% of the

global mental, neurological and

substance abuse disorder burden

and as per the 2020 statistics by

the World Health Organization,

mental health is one of the most

neglected areas of public health

where close to 1 billion people

are living with a mental disorder.

Well, you readers must be wondering

why I decided to bring up

these statistics. As World Mental

Health Day is observed every year

on the 10th of October, what better

day than this, to raise awareness

about mental health and

these alarming figures, essentially

to realize that it is high time mental

health is prioritized and given

equal importance to, as physical

health is.

I would like to quote Michelle

Obama who said, “Whether an illness

affects your heart, your leg

or your brain, it’s still an illness

and there should be no distinction”.

The reason I quoted her, is

to emphasize on the sad

reality of the stigma being

attached to mental

health and the need for

people to be more sensitive

towards this aspect

of one’s well-being that

has been trivialized.

The very pressure of

the stigma being the

reason why so many

people refuse to seek

the help they need, to

get better. We wouldn’t

consider consulting a

doctor, for a physical

ailment, something to

be ashamed of, then

why should one be made to feel

ashamed for consulting a Psychiatrist

or a Psychologist to get treated

for their mental illness?

I once read this saying somewhere,

“Having a mental illness

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The War Inside Your Head

She sat in silence,

Her body restless and uneasy.

Her mind was like a battlefield,

Her thoughts, the soldiers.

“Stop it”, she screamed and began to weep,

As yet again, she cried herself to sleep.

Her thoughts had once again, left its trail,

How long was her wait?

Without batting an eyelid,

Days on end, she fought and fought.

Her body, exhausted,

Her mind, not.

“What can be more difficult than battling your own

thoughts?”, she wondered,

“How long can I hold on to these unrealistic beliefs?”, she

thought.

Day after day, the never ending trauma,

She was drowning in her insecurities.

By Sanchia Rebello .

when people assume you can just

“get over it””. Well, mental illness

is definitely not something you

can “just get over”, but I’d rather

say it is something you can eventually

“get through”, if you have

the right kind of support and help

and you can get help, if you ask for

it or come forward to get it. So for

all of you out there who are struggling

to cope up with a mental illness,

remember you are not alone

in your fight and it is normal and

getting help before you hit rock

bottom, is the best thing you could

do for yourself. Remember it is

okay not to be okay, it is okay not

to feel okay and it is okay to ask

for help to get better.

Here’s a short poem I recently

penned down, as a tribute to all

those warriors (as I’d like to call

them) out there, suffering from a

mental illness – (See Box)

As my poem says it all, I’d like

to describe dealing with or living

with a mental illness, as something

like fighting a battle, but,

with your own mind. A battle

that seems endless and what can

be more difficult than fighting

those irrational thoughts in your

mind, when they seem perfectly

logical to you? And what seems

even worse than struggling with

those thoughts, is the thought

of justifying it with those people

who disregard your thoughts and

think it is “no big deal” or something

“made up”. Well, it is most

definitely a big deal, because it’s

way easier to describe a physical

pain and get treated for it, than

trying to describe that something

in your head, that you yourself

find hard to figure out.

illnesses are challenged

doubly. On one hand, they struggle

with the symptoms, disabilities

and trauma that result from

the illness and on the other hand,

they are challenged by the stereotypes

and prejudice that result

from the misconceptions

people have about mental illness

and most importantly the lack of

support of being able to have an

open-dialogue about their mental

illness or not having the adequate

support to address their mental

health issue/s. In turn, it drains

out their positivity, lowers their

self-esteem and ultimately, their

quality of life. They also tend not

to seek medical help because of

the stigmatization which will ambush

them from the society.

A mental illness can affect

anyone at any time and hence, it

is important that we must stop labelling

and belittling those suffering

from one, but instead support

them in their fight for betterment,

because what trauma they experience

inside their minds will

never be known to anyone else

and how they internalize it and

how insecure they feel about it,

will also never be known to anyone

else and therefore, we have

no right to judge them or their doings.

Let’s stop the stigma and let’s

fight for a cause! u


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GLOBL POLITICS

First India-born minister in New Zealand

PM Jacinda Ardern’s cabinet

In New Zealand, Priyanca

Radhakrishnan, 41, was

sworn in as Minister for

Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic

Communities; Minister for the

Community and Voluntary

Sector; and Associate Minister

for Social Development and

Employment. She has been a

member of the Labour Party

since 2006.

On November 2, when India-born

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

was appointed as a Minister

in the New Zealand Cabinet led

by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern,

it was a “proud moment”

not just for India, but also of her

dear father R Radhakrishnan,

an IIT-Kanpur alumnus hailing

from North Paravur in Kerala’s

Ernakulam district. But it was

hardly a surprise for him.

For years now, Radhakrishnan

had been nudging his

daughter towards politics in New

Zealand where she had gone to

pursue her higher studies from

Singapore. In 2017, she went on

to become an MP in Arden’s Labour

Party.

“The post of Minister was not

totally unexpected. We believed

that she would get some greater

role in the government, and the

Prime Minister had indicated to

her about it,” said Radhakrishnan,

who is settled in Chennai.

“Today, I spoke to her after

hearing about her new role. She

is thrilled. She is the first Indian

to become a Minister in the New

Zealand Government. But I have

advised her to not forget the family

even while pursuing a career

in politics,” he said.

Priyanca, 41, has been a

member of the Labour Party

since 2006. “Her husband Richardson,

a New Zealand citizen

who works with an IT firm,

joined the party recently. They

met when she was working with

an NGO for women survivors of

domestic violence and migrant

workers. They have decided not

to have children for the sake of

Priyanca’s political career,’’ said

Radhakrishnan.

Priyanca had last visited Kerala

in July 2019 to take part in

rituals related to the death of her

mother Usha, who died in February

that year.

“When her mother was hospitalised

in Chennai, Priyanca

stayed for several days at her

bedside. But she had to return for

a meeting in London, and could

not be present when her mother

breathed her last,’’ said Radhakrishnan,

adding that his elder

daughter Manavi is settled in

Canada and married to a Canadian

management professional.

After post-graduation in civil

engineering from IIT-Kanpur,

Radakrishnan worked for three

years with Mumbai Port Trust

before moving to Singapore in

1972 where he worked as a port

engineer. He returned with wife

Usha to settle in Chennai in 1999.

Both their daughters were

born in India, but completed

school in Singapore before Pri-

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SPICE OF LIFE

Aggression Has No Ears

By Gerald D’Cunha

Trainer, teacher, blogger based in

Mumbai

I

am a believer in ambition.

Honestly, to realize any of our

dreams – whether it means

academic excellence, good health,

good relationships, success in

business, or even conquering

the world like Alexander-the-

Great – yes, the way through is

only ambition. Saints and Satans,

both, are driven by the same fuel -

ambition…

But, but, but… The difference

in our approach lies in the ‘means’

we adopt to achieve our respective

‘ends’…

As Mahatma Gandhi said, our

means are as important as our

ends. I would go a step further and

say, our means are more important

than our ends!

As humans, you and I want to

progress in life. None of us looks below

for our inspiration; we all look

above. So, the rich and the famous,

the bold and the beautiful have

always been our weakness. And,

along that route, some of us lose our

way…

Some of us, mercifully, don’t…

Dhirubhai Ambani built the

largest business-empire in a very

short time. But, his means, always,

remained questionable. Well, his

kingdom got divided between his

two young sons – Mukesh and Anil.

And, there they are, right in front

of our eyes… One is hailed as the

richest man in our country… The

other?

In a few years, Mukesh’s kingdom

will be divided among his

three children… And, then?

Tatas, Mafatlals, Raymonds,

Birlas, Hiranandanis – almost

every empire was built by pioneers

and visionaries through the

same old fuel called ‘Ambition’.

Christianity and every other religious

empire could be built only

through ambition… Hospitals,

schools, charity homes, places of

worship – everything has come

up only through ambition.

I did better than my father, at

least financially, only because of

my personal ambition. And, my

son will do better than me, only

because of his own ambition…

So, it’s a fine virtue to be ambitious

in life. But, it becomes a virtue

only when our means are virtuous,

too. When our means are

bad, we are bound to lose our way!

Ambition, often, attracts most

of us because it’s clothed in aggression.

But, history has shown

us, that excessive aggression is not

only self-destructive, it’s shortlived,

too. In a competitive surrounding,

our blind aggression,

also, surrounds us with ample enemies…

I remember Arindam Chaudhury

and his IIPM. He was brash,

flashy and unapologetically ambitious.

He believed in ‘rankings’ by

any means - by hook or by crook.

He challenged the prestigious

IIMs and sold his business school

telling his prospects ‘Look Beyond

the IIM’. People believed when

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Badshah, Shah Rukh Khan… “Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch’

was the book he wrote to sell his ideas. He produced Bollywood movies

and published Business magazines… He flashed the names of the

speakers in his team along with the fee-tag per session – in lakhs and

millions! When people started questioning his claims and credentials,

he threatened and bullied them with defamation suits… Yes, en route,

he surrounded himself with lots of enemies…

The fall was as dramatic as the rise!

Every time I saw Arnab Goswami making his outlandish claims

and demean and destroy all and sundry on his way to the TRP chart,

I knew, that he had unleashed his own ultiginthi. Aggression and bullying

can only take one so far… History has ample evidence, that such

people will be ‘used and thrown’ by their masters… Such bravado is a

false facade… A sure death knell, too!

Two of my old-fashioned well-wishers had warned me, when I

myself was set to ride on the wild-beast ambition. One said, “My friend,

in the bargain, don’t lose your aadi roti which you are able to eat now.”

The other said, “Stretch your legs according to your bed.”

It’s our blind aggression, which makes us challenge the old wisdom

and boast, that we are able to count our chickens before they hatch…

and, we are able to decide the size of our beds according our legs…

I was in my early twenties when I first saw Siddhartha Basu conducting

quiz shows on Doordarshan. Today, in my early sixties, I still

see him create the magic quietly behind the glistering KBC-sets…

And, as Amitabh Bachchan turned 78 in October 2020, my belief in

quiet ambition becomes even more reinforced…

That, you do not have to be flashy and blindly aggressive to achieve

your dreams…That, it’s, always, in your own interest to have fewer enemies

around you… u

Continued from page 21

yanca moved to Massey University

in New Zealand to pursue a

course in Development Studies.

“Priyanca made her debut in

politics when she contested and

got elected as the International

Students’ Officer of the Massey

University Students Association.

She decided to stay back in New

Zealand, when senior leaders of

the Labour Party encouraged her

to join the party,” said Radhakrishnan.

“She is hardworking and has

excellent oratory skills. We encouraged

and supported her decision

to join politics in New Zealand.

We allowed her to move in

the direction she wanted to go,’’ he

said.

In New Zealand, Priyanca

will be Minister for Diversity, Inclusion

and Ethnic Communities;

Minister for the Community and

Voluntary Sector; and Associate

Minister for Social Development

and Employment. The new Cabinet

along with Priayanca was

sworn in on November 6, 2020.

(Courtesy: Indian Express)


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POINT ECONOMY OF VIEW & INFRA

Aspire to Inspire

By Fr Joachim D’Souza

The writer is a Capuchin priest, a graduate

in Law and also a doctorate in Canon Law

• Hailing from a humble background

from a village in Karkala taluk

(Udupi district) Nasira Banu has

succeeded in realizing her goal of becoming

a judicial magistrate June 13,

2020.

• Gujarat’s youngest IPS officer

Safin Hasan, who became the

youngest IPS (Indian Police Service)

from Gujarat at the age of 22, shares

his passion for Civil Services, obstacles

and challenges he faced during

the journey and now, he is looking

to improve the current law and order

situation in the country.

The above voiced personalities

who brought aspiration, confidence

and hope by opting standing

out from the crowd, to “stand

alone” is an eye opener to all the

parents who train, track and try

hard their children to be only Doctors

or engineers or gulf returnees.

Is it only the career that our children

should aim at or wants to accomplish

in life? World is broad,

large and vast enough to travel,

tour and transit. There are plenty

and plethora of opportunities

to embrace, variety of faculties

to make a deferent in the society

or dare to be different or to set a

niche in one’s life. If so why monotony,

boredom or tedium? Why

only one uniform, rigid systematic

way of thinking?

Grow up like any other child: we

are natural beings and have to grow

naturally. The bird which is in the

cage looks outside for freedom because

it should be out in the natural

logical or usual world to be free and

fearless and not inside the wall as

moron and mourning. Modern parents

have one child or by mistake two

children but they cannot make them

to live as an artificial unnatural or unreal

entity and individual. Grow as a

normal healthy hearty lively child

and build up one’s personality founded

on essential necessary and vital

values.

Focus on your goal: Youngsters

today are really smart bold and

brainy and very intelligent. Young

mind is so innovative, ingenious

and inventive. Create an ambience,

atmosphere and surroundings of

a possible goal to achieve with full

of self confidence, mood or spirit.

Jumping from one goal to another

or from one company to another

does not serve the purpose to

accomplish, attain or achieving

something solid sturdy in life. The

butterflies float flutter from flower

to flower but bees sit deeply until

remarkable achieved.

Unique and universal: There is

only one “I” in this world and this I

cannot be replaced reinstated, recovered

or imitated. Unique and universal

is the trade mark, motto or maxim

should be our life. I do not live today

for the sake of my friend or parents

or teachers or film stars or celebrities

but I live my life which is unique but

based on universal law build in natural

environment

Social but civil: I am not born to be

myself but larger society or universe.

My relation with other is of animating,

empowering or to say taking others to

reach their ambition, objective or goal.

We need to be social and civil means to

say disciplined, decent, modest, noble

and polite. Today’s youth are full of talents,

generous and genius, proud to call

them as our children but have a role to

lead the citizen to follow the law of the

land. Attempting surely coming out

with flying colors in the competitive

exam is to be the focus in the neo- pandemic

era. As a Bureaucrat one must

get into the main stream of the administration

of the nation.

Conscience compassion contribution:

These are the three jewels or

pearls a youth must adore, admire, delight

and wear honorably and justly.

We have an inner voice that is God’s,

speaks what is right and wrong. Form

the conscience based on the kingdom

values of truth and Justice, thought

lived and died by great youth icon Jesus.

Compassion, humanity and sympathy

are the virtues to be gracefully,

elegantly and graciously to be adored.

Power position prestige is short lived

and lived short but compassionate

heart and the life lived is a pleasant

memory to take one’s cause further

and deeper. Building bridges and not

the walls between the people creed

and caste is should be the primary

motto and goal. Positive thoughts and

deeds always cherished forever, they

play a decisive, key and vital role in

building the humanity. May this is

an aspiration to inspire many youngsters

to go for the main stream of the

Nation. u


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HEALTH & WELLNESS

COVID-19 CRISIS:

Message of Collective Consciousness to Humanity

By Prof Dr. B.P.Shelley

The write is professor & head of Dept. of

Neurology at Yenepoya (deemed to be)

University (NAAC accredited Grade ‘A’

University) Mangalore

Although I am a medical

doctor, the eerie

experiences of COVID-19

lockdown and having recently

suffered from COVID 19, I am

distraught that the tiny SARS

CoV-2 virus has indeed gathered

such momentum as a cataclysmic

global bio security threat,

exposed the global health systems

pandemic unpreparedness,

enveloped the world in a global

health emergency, and vividly

portrayed COVID-19 pandemic

as an insurmountable bio

psychosocial humanitarian

crisis. What is global COVID-19

bio security threat to mankind

telling humanity, our collective

consciousness and collective

human behaviour, is my cerebral

musing as a global citizen of Planet

Earth.

Medical Science alone cannot

solve COVID-19, instead it is my

steadfast conviction that the collective

human behaviour, our Humanities

including Environmental

Humanities, and our Collective

consciousness that would resurrect

Planetary health and foster

a harmonious species Co-existentialism.

This personal view is a reflective

and contemplative moment

of my collective consciousness is

to ask questions about the meaning

and purpose of the symbiosis

between the Earth and Humankind.

As echoed by the English

poet John Donne’s 400 year old

poem titled, “No Man is an Island”,

it is evident that the Hubris of

anthropocentrism, human transgression

and the ignorance of Nature’s

Earth-Human systems to be

pristine factors for the genesis of

pandemics. We are on a collision

course between the human species,

our environmental and nature’s

ecosystems.

Is the man-made destruction

of nature and its biodiversity responsible

for COVID-19? In my

introspection, there seems to be

a conflict between human nature

and Mother Nature where we

have not heeded to Mother Na-


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ture’s writings on the wall. This

only reinforces the sentiments of

the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav

Jung on the self annihilating

tendencies of Man himself and

his Hubris. His quote “The only

danger that exists is man himself.

He is the great danger. We are the

origin of all coming evil. And we

are pitifully unaware of it. We

know nothing of man, too far little.

His psyche should be studied.

We need far more understanding

of the human nature” certainly

has caused ripples in my mind

reiterating the conflict between

Human civilisation and Mother

Nature. Humanity’s destruction

of biodiversity and Global habitat

fragmentation is now seen as

COVID-19, and I would state that

COVID-19 may be just the end of

only the beginning of many more

pandemics to unleash on humanity.

In the midst of the COVID-19

pandemonium, it is quintessential

for mankind, as a part of human

society on planet Earth, to have

the mindfulness and re awakening

of our collective consciousness

and humanity to reflect deeply

upon what COVID-19 crisis is

telling us about our role in these

emerging infectious disorders and

pandemics and about what we

can do to avoid them in the future.

In another words, I reiterate that

the COVID-19 crisis is forcing the

human collective consciousness

to make a choice between either

changing our anthropocentric

views, or face the danger of an unwitting

extermination as a species

from Mother Nature.

As a free thinker, an optimistic

pessimist, an autodidact, and

a realist, I looked through the

eyepiece of environmentalism on

what the COVID-19 health crisis is

telling humanity, and trying to inform

our collective consciousness.

Therefore, I ask a quintessential

question: ‘Is COVID-19 pandemic

Mother Nature’s response to Human

transgression of the delicate

and finite eco-system? This self

reflective thought emanated after

reminiscing the quote by the contemporary

environmentalist and

conservationist Rachel Carson

-“Man is a part of nature, and his

war against nature is inevitably a

war against himself.” Should not

humanity need to institute a new

holistic policy of peaceful co-existentialism

with Mother Nature

through discipline of planetary

health, environmental humanities,

and ecocentrism? Despite

the retrospect scope of human

pandemic history, it is evident

from the civilizational epidemiology

of the human race that we

learn nothing from past pandemic

history, and thus the hubris of

anthropocentrism has resulted

in human-induced environmental

issues. Human mistreatment

of the natural environment has

turned out to have distinctly painful

boomerang effects.

Anthropocentrism posits human

centeredness that refers to a

philosophical world view where

human beings are the dominant

species on the Earth in comparison

to other living and nonliving

things, and justifies the exploitation

of nature for the sake of human

welfare. Are bats the enemy

in the fight against COVID‐19 and

other infectious diseases such as

Ebola and Nipah virus outbreaks?

Although bats provide a reservoir

of zoonoticviruses (including

coronaviruses), it is the loss of bat

habitat, batconservation threat,

and other anthropogenic drivers

that promote the human–wildlife

conflict and altered host–virus

dynamicsto be the major risk

factor for zoonotic disease emergence

byincreasing the risk of

viral spillover from bats. Human

behaviour and activities that increase

exposure to bats will likely

increase the opportunity for infections.

Understandably, bats are

not to be blamed.

The various anthropogenic

factors, especially human transgression

and fragmentation of

wildlife habitats, have undoubtedly

caused environmental degradation,

habitat fragmentation,

and biodiversity loss, resulting in

“human–wildlife conflict” as well

as an earth systems crisis. The

global habitat fragmentation, degraded

landscapes, and habitat

loss with the disrupted ecosytem

inevitably drive the wild animals

out of their natural habitats and

bring people into closer contact

with animal species they never

may have been near before. The

human transgression (deforestation,

logging, mining, road building,

wildlife hunting, wild animal

trade, and bush meat trade) reduces

the natural barriers between

virus host animals and humans,

encouraging the transmission of

pathogens from animals to humans.

The bush meat, including

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and wild animal trade certainly

have created increased opportunities

for the transmission of several

zoonotic viruses from animal

hosts to humans, such as Ebola

virus, and various species of coronavirus,

including SARS-CoV-2.

These species of animals may be

natural reservoirs of many unknown

viruses. The resultant disruption

of the human–animal interface

becomes the “time bomb”

for potential zoonotic “spill-over”

emerging infectious diseases’ outbreaks

that could scale up to an epidemic

or pandemic proportions.

Human history has revealed this

enormous “spill-over” contagious

crisis though the unforgettable

lessons of Ebola, malaria, dengue,

yellow fever, and sleeping sickness

(in North Gabon); Lassa fever

in Nigeria; rabies, plague, and

Nipah Virus from Malaysia; SARS

from China; MERS in the Middle

East; Zika and West Nile virus

from Africa. The Wet Market animal

trade makes a perfect storm

for cross-species transmission of

pathogens and the risk of diseases

spilling over from animals to humans.

The chapters in the history

of pandemics underscore human

transgression, and anthropocentrism

to be the root cause for a

dysfunctional symbiotic interconnectedness

of humans, animals,

and human-earth ecosystems.

If, Homo sapiens is indeed

intelligent and a ‘wise man’ (sapiens),

COVID-19 crisis must inevitably

galvanise a new wave of

collective consciousness to adopt

a different way of thinking beyond

the human in order to resurrect

the collective human behaviour

for the health of mankind

as well as planetary and environmental

health. In my viewpoint,

such perestroika in pluralistic

ideologies will envision the concept

of ‘Healthy people, healthy

planet.’ This would undoubtedly

be pivotal in preventing another

apocalyptic pandemic triggering

‘human annihilation’ from the

Mother Nature!

Thinking beyond the human

through the paradigm of environmentalism,

and fostering Biospheric

Egalitarianism, species

egalitarianism, and Human–Nature

Symbioses is quintessential.

The principle of biospheric altruism

is echoed by the environmentalist

Mark Lynas that I quote

- “Nature no longer runs the

Earth. We do. It is our choice

what happens from here.” There

must be a renewed collective

consciousness of “Vasudhaiva

Kutumbakam” for a Co-Existen-


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tialism that reignites a culture of

intelligent harmony with other

non human species and symbiotic

integration of human Earth systems.

The COVID 19 pandemic is

the writing on the wall to remind

Man to acknowledge, with humility

and collective consciousness,

our quintessential equality and

interdependence.

The human disconnect from

nature is at the heart of the

COVID 19 crisis. As a medical

doctor, the next facet of my cerebral

musing would centre on

how school and medical education

could play a critical role to

charter out an environmental

humanities, planetary health

and a ‘One health’ philosophy. It

is high time that medical schools

play their part in rethinking

pandemic curriculum in order

to reconnect with Nature and

revitalizing the human-nature

relationship. This is indeed an

area that is inadequately reflected

in medical school traditional

curriculum. Medical schools

should pave the way forward

for burgeoning disciplines of

environmental humanities, environmental

philosophies of

ecosocialism as opposed to anthropocentrism,

environmental

and disaster medicine, outbreak

medicine and planetary health

education. I would advocate

for innovative medical curriculum

with seamless integration

of competency-based environmental

humanities and planetary

health education into existing

medical curriculum early

and throughout the continuum

of medical education by medical

educators. This would address

the current lack of eco-health and

eco-socialism content in medical

education. This will enable the

next generation of effective physicians

to mitigate environment

related health issues, emerging

infectious diseases and pandemic

outbreaks.

As an epilogue, humanity is

on the brink, and environmental

wisdom in no uncertain terms underscores

that humans are the custodians

of planet earth ecosystems.

A healthy people, healthy planet

advocacy indeed sets the stage for

a more sustainable and resilient

complex dynamic systems at the

Human-Earth Systems level. Thus

it is an undeniable fact that human

health is intricately and inextricably

connected to our planet’s

ecosystem health. Thus, it must be

our collective responsibility, and

moral obligation to promote an environmental

renaissance to learn,

unlearn and re-learn that life on

Planet Earth is actually an entanglement

with a ‘human–nature

connectedness’, that is unified in

a biocentric world concept of human–earth

systems integration.

I would conclude reiterating

that The COVID-19 pandemic

has underscored the fragility of

human existence as humans on

Planet Earth have ignored the

writing on the wall as far as Planetary

Health is concerned. Rather

than merely attempting to mitigate

the COVID 19 crisis, Homo sapiens

need to re awaken the wisdom

and humanities to look beyond the

‘streetlight effect’ to address the

fundamental underlying causes

and act now to mitigate the human–

wildlife conflict and the resultant

emerging infectious disorders waiting

to explode. The time has come to

re-think on eco-(bio) centrism and

the profound interconnectedness

of all life of Planet Earth. Ultimately,

mankind’s survival will depend

on humanity’s collective consciousness,

collective human behaviour,

and moral goodwill to recognise

public health threats at the human-animal-ecosystem

interface.

In addition, to think beyond the

human for a deeper understanding

of factors at intersection of human

health, animal health, and environmental

health this is now known as

the concept of ‘One Health’. I would

underscore the absolute need for a

deeper understanding and significance

of compassion for all life and

species egalitarianism on Planet

Earth. Looking beyond Medical science

through pluralistic windows

of environmental humanities,

planetary health, eco-advocacy and

‘One health’ is not only a question

of moral obligation. It is a responsibility

not only to our own generation

but indeed to those of the

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ASK DOCTOR

It’s Not Right to Discuss Corona Deaths

In front Of Senior Citizens

Dear doctor,

My teenage daughter is driving me crazy. She is

always on the phone or the tab. She is a Korean pop

fan. She has started using social media also. I am afraid

she will become poor in studies. She locks herself in

her room for long hours. She gets upset when I tell her

to avoid gadgets. I am finding it difficult to draw a line.

What should I do?

Dear Preethi,

Preethi

Communication is the key. Physical activity is the

remedy. You should explain to your daughter regarding

hazards of long screen time. You should discuss with

her, workable alternatives to spend time. Incorporate

physical exercise into her day to day routine. Engage

her in household chores. Appreciate her when she does

good work. Show interest in her online classes. These

pandemic times are trying for teenagers. They are

feeling lonely and bored. Help her cheer up.

Dear doctor,

By Supriya Hegde Aroor

Professor in Psychiatry Dept. Father Mullers Medical

College & Consultant at Arogya Clinic, Mangaluru

My husband is slowly becoming a very negative

person. He is constantly watching news and very

critical of all issues. The corona has become his

obsession. From daily cases to vaccine, he keeps talking

about only this. We stay in a joint family and my in

laws get more scared when he talks about some elderly

persons passing away due to corona. I am sick and tired

of telling him to stop complaining and repetitively

discussing only this issue. Is there any way to make him

more positive?

***

Vibha

Dear Vibha,

Your man is not the only person discussing the

corona. It is a worldwide obsession now. Every person

has become a corona expert. News channels and social

media are totally corona- centric. You will have to

make do with this repetitive conversation for some

more time. Else you bring up other topics of common

interest in discussion. Encourage your husband to be in

touch with his friends and colleagues over phone. Let

him do some work out. Be appreciative of him when he

discusses positive issues. Ignore and don’t react on his

‘Covid Gyan’. It’s not correct to discuss corona deaths in

front of senior citizens especially if they get upset. Tell

your husband clearly that he is making them nervous

and upset and not to do that in clear terms.

Dear doctor,

I am unable to lose any weight. I can’t seem to resist

food. Nor can I stay on track with my exercise plans. I

have stopped partying due to corona but I order in food

often and over eat. Then I feel very guilty. What should

I do ? Should I go for a surgical option to lose weight ? I

weigh 108 kgs.

Dear Rati,

***

Rati

I can understand how difficult it is to consistently

keep trying to lose weight. But you know that being

obese puts you in harms way for many lifestyle

diseases such as hypertension , diabetes, heart diseases.

These illnesses not just reduce your life span but also

reduce quality of life. Why don’t you join a fitness

group , start cycling or jogging?Even joining a gym with

adequate social distancing may work for you. You have

to consult a dietitian for a diet plan which you should

adhere to. Maintain a food diary. Write every item

you eat. Also if you have a friend with similar goals,

get him aboard your weight loss plan. Strictly make a

systematic plan for weight loss with weekly goals and

push yourself to achieve practical targets. Observe if

you are bingeing when feeling sad or angry. In that

case consult a psychiatrist or psychologist to learn

behavioural modification techniques. Remember even

if you undergo bariatric surgery or liposuction, post

operatively you will have to be strict with your diet

and fitness regimen. Make a honest attempt again. u


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DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020

POINT OF VIEW

“Give Back, My Fragrance”

By Edwin JF D’Souza

The writer is a celebrated Konkani

novelist and among other awards has won

the prestigious Central Sahitya Akademy

award for his novel ‘Kallen Bangar’ in

2016. He also served as a member on the

consultative council of Sahitya Akademi.

The reader may wonder

what I have to write about

fragrance. Well, there is.

Fragrance is different from smell;

fragrance is different from scent

which we use on our bodies. I

am writing and elaborating on

fragrance, fragrance of nature

which is, sadly, a rarity these days.

The word ‘perfume’ originates

from the Latin word ‘per fume’

which when translated literally

gives the meaning – from smoke.

There is a mention of perfume being

used from time immemorial.

In the second century B.C.E. the

use of perfume is mentioned in

the history of Egypt and Mesopotamia.

The Hebrew word ‘messiah’

means the anointed one and it is

common knowledge that anointing

is done using fragrant oils,

possibly extracted from nature’s

abundance. Again in the Psalm

45:8 it is said. ‘All your garments

are scented with myrrh and aloes

and cassia out of the lovely palaces

by which they have made you

glad.’

However, I take courage to

say that it would have suited this

write-up, had the word used was

‘fragranced’ instead of scented.

But, nay, I am not competent to alter

the Holy Scriptures!

The fragrance I am referring

to in this write-up refers only to

the fragrance of Nature.

You will certainly ask me –

does such fragrance still exist on

this Earth? There is only the filthy

smell which we call pollution and

the present generation calls it their

atmosphere. It is born in it and it

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However, at times I feel that

all is not lost. Crazy I may sound,

there are times when a tree

blooms in the corner of a compound

or on a green patch where

the axe has not reached, skyscraper

has not raised its ugly head nor

has a metro rail not chug-chugged.

Some of these fragrances may

act as catalysts which bring back

some faded memories. In 1955, I

was operated upon by (Late) Dr. M.

D. Adappa for the removal of my

tonsils. The blooming of the wild

champak generates a fragrance

to which many are allergic but to

me it brings back memories of the

morning I lay supine on the operating

table waiting for the chloroform

mask to descend. Doctor’s

clinic was surrounded by these

wild champak trees and they were

in bloom and strong fragrance of

the flowers permeated into the

operating theatre which was not

air-conditioned nor sound-proof.

Now whenever, rarely though, I

smell these champaks, that morning

comes to my mind.

There was a cashew apple tree

at the far end of our compound

which bordered the then famous

Shresta’s Bungalow (present day

Roshni Nilaya). This tree bloomed

in summer, just a month before

our school exams and it was a

sheer ecstasy to sit on the forked

branches of this tree and pretend

to study and ward off Mom on the

pretext of ‘revision studies!’

SENTIMENTAL FOOL, AM I?

PROUD TO BE SO!

It was during one of vacations

from the job I held in the

Middle East, I wanted my young

daughter to know how beautiful

a fruit pomelo (thorenje in Konkani)

is from the inside given the

fragrance and the exquisite pink

color of the sweet-sour segments.

I failed to find a fruit anywhere in

the vicinity. When there are no

trees where will the fruits come

from? At the same count where

are the ‘bindam, rumbad, jambloo’

trees?

Cutting down trees and

squashing greenery is now in our

blood. We are geniuses. We have

offered sacrifices of those marvelous

trees to make way to the

metro rails and high-rise buildings,

with an assurance that these

centuries’ old trees will be ‘transplanted’

elsewhere. A feeble attempt

indeed was to push a fetus

back into the womb. How far this

has succeeded is anybody’s guess.

Yes, progress is a continuous

process and it does not stagnate.

It cannot be stopped. It is ruthless

to the extent to make this

Big Blue Marble void of greenery,

natural fragrance and beauty.

Amidst all this annihilation, our

Mother Earth is garroted and it

pleads – Give back, My Fragrance!.

u

TOP NEWS

Karnataka Bank posts first half year net profit

of Rs 315.73 crores

MANGALURU: Karnataka Bank has

posted a half yearly Net Profit of Rs 315.73

crores, for the half year ended Sept 2020 as

against Rs 281.33 crores recorded during

the first half year, during the same financial

period last year thus recording a y-o-y

growth of 12.23%. Similarly for the quarter

ended September 2020, the net profit grew by 12.69%,

to Rs 119.35 crores as compared to Sept 2019 quarter net

profit of Rs 105.91 crores.

The Board approved the financial results during the

Board of Directors held in Mangalore through video-conferencing.

The operating profit of the bank during the above period

has also increased from Rs 763.44 crore to Rs 1,177.38

crore showing a y-o-y growth rate of 54.22%. The Net Interest

Income also has increased by 11.75% on y-o-y basis

to Rs 1,109.99 crore from Rs 993.31 crore.

Gross NPAs declined to 3.97%

compared to 4.78% as at 30.09.2019.

Similarly, Net NPAs also declined to

2.21% from 3.48%. The Capital Adequacy

Ratio of the Bank has stood at

13.08% as compared to 12.64% as on

30-09-2019.

Responding to the resounding results, the MD & CEO,

Mahabaleshwara M. S., said, “I am very satisfied with the

results as we have been able to keep the bottom line intact

with a steady growth of 12.23% in net profit, improve

the asset quality significantly as the GNPA and NNPA

decreased to 3.97% and 2.21%, respectively. Further, the

Provision Coverage Ratio has also reached an all time

high of 75.44% on account of accelerated prudent provisioning.

No doubt the bank has been able to withstand the

COVID19 pandemic impact and turn it in its favour.” u


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POETS’ COURT

Dear woman, buy yourself a little black dress,

Women in black lead colourful lives.

Dear woman, with a free hand, blend sugar and

spice.

May your every dish be a pièce de résistance.

Dear woman, learn to cry without hiding your

tears.

Tears aren’t drops of despair, but the waters of

catharsis.

A Poet’s Wit and Wisdom

Dear woman, you are your own best resource;

the hands that help most are those at the ends

of your wrists.

Dear woman, learn to bake a cake,

so that on your birthday no one else need arrive

with one.

Dear woman, don’t shy away from wearing red

lipstick.

Remember always: the cheekier, the better.

Dear woman, learn to say ‘no’ without guilt

Instead of a habitual, unthinking, ‘yes’.

Dear woman, do not agonize over your ample

proportions.

Beauty is a matter of perception; curves have

their admirers.

Dear woman, choose with care the person you

will embrace;

so that you don’t parachute into despair when

sore need arises.

Dear woman, don’t fuss about how low your

heels are.

Walk with head held high – it lends you inches.

Dear woman, don’t torment yourself with a

push-up bra.

Your sagging breasts fed the most precious gifts

of your life.

Dear woman, look at yourself naked in the mirror.

Neither apologies nor abashment - the Lord

made only one of you.

Dear woman, don’t forget to carry with you pepper

spray – real or symbolic;

Not only as defence against molesters, but also

those who judge you.

Dear woman, let your hair loose, cut it short or

colour it bright.

You will never know what suits you - until you

try.

Dear woman, break off from people who fail to

see your worth.

Carry your sweetness off to be cherished elsewhere.

Dear woman, discard your obsession with a

perfect skin

Those blemishes and tan are the real you.

Dear woman, you don’t need permission to

laugh aloud

Laughter, once a day, works like a tonic.

Dear woman, care a fig about aging.

Vintage wines are rare and fine.

Dear woman, go on a diet if you want to.

But indulge yourself once in a while.

Dear woman, make plenty of friends;

some who can make you laugh; others who will

smile because of you.

Dear woman, be kind towards the old, your

dear ones, even foes:

your children are watching and they will follow

suit.

Dear woman, allow your man to spoil you with

whatever he can.

After all you are a luxury few can afford.

Dear woman, pursue a hobby – sing, dance or

write.

The world belongs to those who dare to dream.

Dear woman, learn to accept compliments from

strangers.

Sometimes they give hope

that friends fail to convey.

Dear woman, start and end

your day with the Almighty.

It’s towards Him that all our

footsteps turn.

Edited by Dr Geralyn Pinto.

By Sonal lobo

The poet and writer is

based in Bangalore


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UNTOLD STORIES

“People say I live in a slum

but I love my life”

-Maleesha Kharwa

A special edition on Children’s Day featuring the journey of

Maleesha Kharwa, a child from the slums of Mumbai.

Every child is special, their rights and freedom need to be protected

to help them grow into happy and healthy adults.


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By Andrea Miranda

The writer is a freelancer and specialist

in HR.Currently works in an Int’l school in

Riyadh.

Amidst the overcrowded and insecure dwelling with

inadequate access to safe water and sanitation, a tent

set-up held together by bamboo sticks and colourful

pieces of cloth by the sea in Bandra, rugs thrown over the rocks

by the beach for a bed and waking up multiple times on account

of insects or the rising tide. This is the life of little Maleesha, a

12-year old with a mesmerizing smile good enough to outshine

her surroundings.

While the circumstances may seem painful to many, her

twinkling eyes with an undying spirit for life and an approach

towards confronting situations with perfect easies where her

uniqueness lies. An interaction with Maleesha made me realise

that it’s not only those who are famous who inspire us, models

often emerge from the least likely places.

It was an unexpected encounter and a turn of events

that got an Hollywood actor and Maleesha in sync. Robert

Hoffman, who is known for his role in the 2008 film Step Up

2 The Streets, got stuck in India after it sealed its borders and

banned travel following the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

With plans to shoot his music video, Hoffman was seeking for

an authentic “slum” inhabitantas the story within the music

video takes place in a slum. His search brought him to the slum

where Maleesha lived but, he did not cast her as she was a bit

too stunning for the part. However he recognized that Maleesha

had great potential and with the consent of her family,

Robert decided to manage her. “Never in my life would I have

thought that I would have a compulsion to guide another

talent,” he exclaims. “The day I met her family I told them that,

if they were interested, there was a huge potential for her life

to change,” he says. But before he left back to Los Angeles, he

roped in Alisha (a free willing guardian) in India who now,

according to Maleesha is her biggest comfort and inspiration.

Today Maleesha Kharwa’s Instagram page has over 59,000

followers. so far, is filled with videos of her twirling and posing

for the camera. Having set up various social media accounts

for Maleesha, Hoffman even started a GoFundMe, for her,

which has amounted to $6500 so far. u

Interaction with

Maleesha Kharwa

What is the meaning of your name?

(Malum nahin) I don’t know but I

like my name and my pet name is

Malaika.

What is your daily routine like?

I wake up, brush my teeth and

eat breakfast. Then I wash the

utensils. After that I study. Then

my father cooks food on a stove

besides our tent and we eat.

How do you like to spend your time?

I like to spend my time by playing

and riding a bicycle

Tell us something about your family?

I live with my father and my

seven-year-old brother Sahil.

My father dresses up as various

cartoon characters like Chhota

Bheem, Motu, Patlu and Mickey

Mouse for events to provide for

our daily needs.

Where do you live?

We live by the sea in Bandra, we

have made a tent with bamboo

sticks and cloth which is our

home.

What are you good at?

I am good at sports, Judo, and

studying. I study in Pali-Chimbai

Municipal School and get A Grade

in all my subjects.

What do you think will be different

about the world when you are an

adult?

When I grow up, I will change the

way the world functions. I will

help people who are in need so

that they will not have to sleep

hungry.


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Who are your best friends and why do you like each

other?

My best friend is Liza and Radhika because they live

by me and play with me.

What is your favorite outfit to wear?

My favorite outfit is a saree.

What are the problems you face on a daily basis?

We do not have clean water to drink because we

are not allowed to get clean water to cook or drink

from the neighboring water source. The worst thing

is when the municipality breaks our house and we

have to make the house again. At night we sleep

on wet rocks with a layer on top of them, we remove the

sharp rocks so that they don’t poke us.We have to get up

many times at night because at times the insects bite us

and now and then the water splashes on us and sometimes

it is very hot andwe need to find a new place to sleep.

What makes you really annoyed?

When someone hits me or teasesme, I get annoyed.

What makes you happy?

Going for a picnic or a party makes me very happy!

What is the best thing that has happened to you lately?

My pictures being clicked and posted in different magazines

which is happening now, and it is very nice! I think

after modeling I will be able to help many people.

How does it feel to be featuring on the cover page of a

famous magazine?

I was a little scared but then I was very happy.

Who has been the most important person in your life?

My father, because he works very hard for our

survival.

What are the most important lessons you have learned

in life?

Try till you succeed!

What do you like most about yourself right now?

I like dancing! Now Alicia Didi (a positive role model for

Maleesha) is helping me to learn how to dance!

How has life been different than you have imagined?

Life is very nice; I like it very much! People often ask me

if living in a slum makes me sad and this question always

confuses me because I love my home so much!

Is there any message you want to give to your followers and

readers of Daiji World?

We live only once, so enjoy your life and be happy!u

Maleesha’s cousin and best friend Lisha

Their little hut on seashore

Maleesha in front of her hut

Maleesha and her friends playing on

pebbles, the smile never fades


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A Brief from Hoffman as he beams with pride when talking

about the advancements made with Maleesha:

“It brings me great joy to have arranged for all those

donations to come her way that could spare the

entire family of such living situations. We are trying

to reserve some donations for food, clean outfits, and money

to travel to castings. We divide all the donations exactly

into parts: one for future education, one for getting the

family housing as soon as possible, one for immediate basic

necessities, and one for a career advancement.We have got

her a phone which also has a nice camera so that she can

take her online classes with ease, be in contact and continue

high-quality vlogging for her fans Although her dream of

becoming a model is being taken care of, one of our biggest

priorities is maintaining her

education and childhood above

all else. The NGO’s who have

given me council are HOPE

B~Lit, Saint Catherine’s, and

The Dharivi Dream project.

Child Line has also Done an

independent visit to Maleesha

to ensure her safety and

vouch for our movement.

Brandon K Shaw of the US

Embassy in Mumbai has also

spent countless hours helping

to advise. Our priority is preserving a happy childhood while

promptly getting her family into a home. From there we plan for

the continuation of her journey to inspire the world. Cheers” says

Hoffman, who has currently returned to Los Angeles, USA.

(Robert Hoffman is an American actor, dancer, and choreographer.He

is best known for playing the lead role in “Step Up 2

The Streets” which won him an MTVMovie Award , winning an

American Choreography Award for his work on “You Got Served”,

his team ups with Ellen Degeneres to make Dance Prank videos,

and his internet video sensation “The Yes Dance”.)

In

a world where poverty is seen as a major source of grief and most

people live with this false notion, I had the pleasure of interviewing

this little girl, Maleesha Kharwa who stood strong challenging

her conditions with an innocent smile.

Maleesha can be helped with a donation @https://www.gofundme.com/f/helpmaleesha

u

Maleesha with American actor/producer

Robert Hoffman

View from her hut

Their kitchen


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RECIPES

Gujarati Chicken Curry

INGREDIENTS:

• 1.5 kg chicken thighs, bone-in

• 3 Tbsp oil

• 6 cloves

• 2 cinnamon sticks

• 2 star anise

• 2 black or green cardamom pods, bruised

• 2 stalks of fresh curry leaves

• fresh masala (1 ½ Tbsp ginger, 1 Tbsp

garlic, 1 ½ tsp chilli)

• 2 tsp salt

• 1 Tbsp garam masala

• 2 tsp turmeric powder

• 3 Tbsp tomato paste

• 5 small potatoes, halved

• a handful of fresh coriander, chopped

• 1 to 1.5 cups water

• garam masala to garnish

METHOD:

• Trim, wash and cut the chicken into even

bite-sized pieces, leaving the bones in. Set

aside to drain.

• For the tempering, heat the oil in a large

pan over a medium heat. Add the cloves,

cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom

pods and curry leaves, and temper for

about 30 seconds. Immediately add

the chicken, fresh masala, salt, garam

masala, turmeric and tomato paste. Stir

the chicken until it’s well coated in the

spices.

• Cook, covered, for 10 minutes or until the

juices run from the chicken.

• Add the potatoes, coriander and enough

water for the amount of liquid you want.

Cook, covered, for 40 minutes or until the

chicken and potatoes are tender. Sprinkle

with extra garam masala.

• Serve this with rice, and your favourite

Indian bread and chutney. u


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POINT OF VIEW

TIME MANAGEMENT

‘Time is precious, make use of it well’

By Sr M Dona Sanctis

To say that everyone desires

to be successful in life

whether one is a bureaucrat,

a business person or a student is

stating the obvious. We need to

consider why several do not attain

‘success’. Some are of the opinion that

intelligence, knowledge, expertise,

determination, single mindedness

are the key factors for anyone to be

successful. In my opinion however,

‘time management’ is the key and

determining factor. You may ask

me ‘why’? The reason is, ‘time’ is the

only resource that is given to all in

an equal and definite quantity: 24

hours a day, nothing more, nothing

less; whereas all other resources

mentioned above vary in quantity

(and quality) from person to person.

How well one manages this limited

resource is left to the person and

on this management depends one’s

success.

In our fast developing world today

we can easily be overwhelmed

with information, people, and tasks

that sometimes tend to get the better

of us. Without sufficient knowledge,

strategies, and tools we experience

how inconsequential things

can be the cause of much stress and

discomfort. ‘Time is precious, make

use of it well’ is the good advice of

our elders. But today we often hear

‘time is money’ ‘I don’t have time’ ‘I

am too busy’. Yes, we are too busy

with many things and we lose control

over our time. We are preoccupied

with unnecessary and unimportant

things and often waste

time. It is important to see what we

are busy with and what the outcome

of our ‘busyness’ is. This short

article would presumably, motivate

one to focus on what we do and the

purpose of our activities. We need

to learn to budget our time and resources

in the best manner possible.

Time management is the act or

process of planning and exercising

conscious control over the amount

of time spent on specific activities,

especially to increase effectiveness,

efficiency or productivity. It is the

ability to use one’s time on priority

basis. It may be institutional planning,

annual programmes, business,

study schedules, celebrations, vacation

or even daily chores.

Time management allows us to

be better prepared to the demands

of our life and to bring out the desired

output within a short time

and perhaps with less energy and

less stress. Though there are various

approaches, the best strategy would

be to set SMART goals, which are:

Specific: our goals must be very

specific in terms of what we would

like to accomplish. It sharpens our

thinking and tells us why we do

what we do.

Measurable: our goals must have a

time measure. It helps us from procrastination.

Achievable: our goals must be

achievable with the resources available

to us in terms of abilities, finance,

and conducive environment.

Relevant: our goals must be relevant

given the time frame and resources

to accomplish them.

Time bound: our goals must be

time bound amidst many activities

we do. It helps us to get the best

within a short time.

Through the above SMART goals

we learn to value time by being flexible

with our time amidst emergencies

as well as inflexible when it comes to

priority activities. “Never leave until

tomorrow which you can do today”

says Benjamin Franklin, who was a

leading American writer and publisher.

Time management helps us

to set ourselves organized, beginning

with our thoughts. It takes for

a little more effort. However, if consistently

implemented it will lead

one to a greater sense of freedom,

satisfaction, and heights. u


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SHORT STORY

By Stan Agueira, Mulky

The writer is a celebrated multilingual

novelist based in Dubai, UAE

Seema gave a nervous

look. Arun’s eyes

followed the direction.

A box containing gold

ornaments was kept on

the bed. He understood

the complexity of the

problem. Arun lost his

cool.

Arun Thapar did not have

much of time. He could not

make out how quickly he

reached to the top of the staircase.

He felt quite weak. The breathing

had gone out of pace. He was

gasping, but did not bother. His feet

trod towards his apartment.

It was the joy of going on vacation.

During the long years of his career,

he had never missed a month

of vacation, any of those years. On

completion of every eleven months

of stressful work, he had always desired

for that much-needed break.

A break where he could relax, have

fun and refurbish his energies. The

motive was clear. The time had

come closer. He was ready for the

adventure.

He felt alert and active.

Arun Thapar rang the doorbell.

He knew that once the door opens

Seema would grumble long enough

to get him mad. She opened the door,

twisted her lips and gave a familiar

mock. These dramatics are common

among women. After all they are

known to pick on faults and shift

the blame on their husbands. Pressure

tactics, nothing else.

He cleared the sweat on

his forehead and moved in.

“Where did you disappear?” She

did not waste time for the dig.

“You guys are irresponsible.”

“You are not aware of the problems

in my office,” Arun tried to work on

his dialogues. “It is no easy job to

shift the work on to the take-over

person. Some assignments are very

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of problems. One needs to work

out solutions for both expected

and unexpected problems. If I am

not able to satisfy my boss, he may

even cancel my vacation.”

“Enough, Not a big deal,”

Seema turned her back and got

into the bedroom, but only after

saying, “You talk as if the

company runs only because

of you. You are too boastful.”

“Do not show the colour of a red

chili,” he said and followed her.

“Let me have a quick shower.”

“Oh my God. Are you going to have

bath now?” She lost her temper.

“Do you have any sense of timing?

It is already one o’clock. We need

to catch a flight at 4 o’clock. Gattu

will be here within the next fifteen

twenty minutes to take us to

the airport.”

Gattu was Seema’s younger

brother. His real name was Gautam

and was very close to them.

He was serving in a courier company.

“Ha...Ha…You mean your Gattu

has enough sense of time and

will come as promised? What a

joke!” Arun made some unwanted

fun. “Let us see how many number

of times you will page him before

he makes an entry.”

“You are ungrateful.” She had

never enjoyed her brother being

ridiculed. “Is there anybody from

your side in this city? At least Gattu

will rush to our help. Moreover

you remember him only when

you want pass on all your petty

jobs.”

“Fine, I am sorry. There is no

one other than Gattu for us in our

life.” He rushed towards the bathroom.

“By the way where are the

kids?”

“All your three daughters are

dressed up as if they are going for

some fashion show. They must be

chatting in the other bedroom.”

She began comb her hair in front

of the mirror.

Arun moved in and closed

the bathroom door. When he

came out of the bathroom after

a lightning shower, Arun felt astonished

to see his wife’s worried

face. He was sure. Something had

gone wrong. He was familiar with

women’s psychology. It is amazing

how it works. When the husbands

make mistakes, their tongues flash

like a sharp sword. But when they

become a part of human errors,

they expect sympathy from their

husbands.

His eyebrows went up.

“At least you could have reminded

me,” She thoughtfully

opened her speech.

“Tell me what has happened?”

He felt mystified.

Seema gave a nervous look.

Arun’s eyes followed the direction.

A box containing gold ornaments

was kept on the bed. He

understood the complexity of the

problem. Arun lost his cool.

“Why do you keep the ornaments

here? As far as I remember

every time you leave them in

bank locker. My goodness!” His

eyes popped out. “That is why I always

know that ladies are not as

intelligent as they pretend to be.”

His daughters Shweta, Easha

and Juhi came running in when

they heard their father’s highpitched

voice.

“What happened, dad?”

Swetha was curious. “You all

know what has happened?”

Arun rubbed his forehead.

“Looks like your mother has plans

to carry all the gold she has for the

vacation. She wants to throw new

challenges to the robbers of the

place where we plan to travel.”

“That is what I am also saying.

You could have at least reminded

me to keep it in the bank locker,”

Seema made an attempt to make

her husband responsible for the

lapse.

“That means you are a small

child,” He became furious. “I have

to remind everyone on every

small issue.”

“Please,” Seema folded her

hands. “We cannot sit and wait

like this. Please tell me what to do?

Gattu might come any time.”

Arun did not speak for a minute.

He scratched his head. He had

the ability to deal in critical situations.

Where to hide these expensive

ornaments? There should be

a way. He would not have bothered

if it cost less. But this must be

in the range of minimum 4-5 lac of

Indian rupees.

“Why are you not talking?”

Seema could not bear the silence.

“Normally you do not have any

shortage for ideas.”

“We cannot go to the bank

now, its already getting later for

the airport.”

“I know that.” – she said.

“We cannot leave it in the cupboard

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Two robbery cases were reported

in our building within a gap of last

30 days,” Arun did not find any

way out. “I suggest better you carry

them with you.”

Seema did not want to take

such risk. She was scared that may

be she will be robbed or killed

during the vacation. Who can enjoy

a holiday keeping a watch on

these ornaments?”

“There is a way.” Arun whistled.

“What is it?”

“How about giving it to Gattu?”

He waited for the response.

“Uncle Gattu?” Easha was extremely

surprised.

“No way,” Seema said suddenly.

“He is such an absent-minded

guy. You think he would take care

of this? Chances of Gattu losing

this will be much higher than

getting robbed if I leave them at

home.”

“That is true, dad.” Juhi gave

her vote.

“I have an idea.” Shweta used

her brain.

“Hurry up.” Seema shouted.

“How about keeping them in

refrigerator. Let’s wrap it up in

a plastic and then leave it in the

freezer. Imagine a robber gets-in,

he may not go to the fridge. Even

if he opens the fridge, chances of

taking a frozen packet are

very bleak.”

“This girl has some brains,”

Seema looked more relaxed. “The

idea is not bad at all”

“There is no other way either,”

Easha supported the idea.

“Let us stop worrying more on

this. It is waste of time. Enough is

enough.” Juhi was not enjoying

the headaches.

“This is all what you ladies

know?” Arun’s reply was sharp.

“Hiding your money, jewelry or

the valuables inside the flush

tank or in the fridge is the most

common thing. This is known not

only to the robbers but also to the

income tax officers. It is like keeping

the food for the hungry dogs.”

“If we keep on worrying we

will miss our flight,” Seema felt the

pain in her head.

“By the way where is Gattu?”

“One minute.” Arun Thapar

picked up the jewelry box.

No one spoke a word. They

just followed him to the kitchen.

He packed box with the sheet of a

daily newspaper. Then further he

wrapped the pack with a masking

tape. Now he looked for a secret

place to conceal the parcel.

Beside the gas cylinder he

saw a bag containing red chilies.

The thought brought a smile on

his face. Just a month back they

had bought this bag of red chilies

from his home town. It was well

dried under the sun for the regular

preparation of Indian curry for

next few months.

A bag of red chilies!

Arun opened the bag and

pushed the jewelry pack deep inside

the bag. He left the bag beside

the gas cylinder. All expressed a

sigh of relief.

“As on date, I have not heard

of any robbery connected with

chilies,” Arun laughed his heart

out. “No worries. “Why do we pay

unnecessary charges for the bank

locker? We can use this trick life

long.”

Everybody joined with the

laughter.

At the same time they heard

the doorbell. Gattu had arrived.

They did not waste time any

further. All conveniently forgot

the jewelry box hidden inside the

bag of red chilies. The spirit of vacation

bounced back. They were

ready to go to the airport.

No one thought it’s necessary

to discuss and disclose the story of

jewelry with Gattu.

“At least once in a week drop

into our house,” Seema profusely

reminded her brother. “You may

pay the water and electricity bills.

Remember to put water to the

plants.”

Seema continued her list till

they reached the airport.

Gautam did not say ‘no’ to any

of the requests. He wished them

well and waited till the departure.

Then he made a brisk move

out of the airport.

****************

Time flew off pretty quickly.

Gautam suddenly realized that it

was twenty-fifth day of his sister’s

vacation. Seema had called

to inform that they would be back

by next week. Gautam felt severe

uneasiness.

He had not made any visits to

Arun Thapar’s flat. Sunday was

his weekly off. He got up late, but

came straight to his sister’s house

by noon. He collected the bills

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opened the apartment.

He could see the thick layer of

dust all over the place. The plants

had turned brown and dry. When

he imagined the possible reaction

from Seema, he was more worried.

Anyway he watered the

plants. He picked up the broom

from the kitchen and cleaned the

floor. While cleaning the place

something struck to his notice.

Small black and dark insects

were moving around. They looked

like small bugs. He watched carefully.

They were not bed bugs. He

was surprised.

He could not make out the

origin of the insects. He applied

dettol and mopped the floor. By

then Gautam was tired. He felt the

need of some cold beer. He took a

can from the fridge, switched on

the TV on and stretched himself

on the sofa.

While keeping the beer can on

the coffee table, he clearly noticed

the movement of similar insects,

which he had seen earlier on the

floor. He could see them also on

the sofa. They were everywhere.

Oh no! Arun Thapar’s apartment

has been taken over by some

aliens! There should be source of

supply for these dot-sized black

creatures.

Gautam felt irritated. He

sipped the beer and started moving

around. He did not leave out

any corner. Basically he looked for

anything rotten.

But there was no stink. When

he came to the kitchen he saw a

bag, which was kept near the gas

cylinder. That must be weighing

about 2 kilos. He opened the bag.

Red chilies!

That was the source for the

insects. The chilies were infected

during the course. Perhaps the

process of drying was not properly

handled. The contents of moisture

must have had spoiled the

product. It had given way for the

small insects.

He pulled a tight knot and

packed the plastic bag. He smiled

and came back to the sitting room.

The TV was on. While sipping

the beer, he continued watching

some programs. He surfed from

channel to channel. He switched

off the TV and put off the main

switch.

He moved slowly out of the

apartment and was about to lock

the door, remembered the bag of

red chilies. He knew that Seema

would not forgive him if he left

the rotten stuff inside the apartment.

His sister was a very affectionate

but given a chance to

complain, would grumble to great

lengths. Even his brother in law,

Arun was no better.

Gautam came back and carried

the bag containing the red

chilies. He closed the door and

checked the lock. He moved down.

He threw the bag into the public

garbage bin and went away. u


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CHILDREN’S CORNER

The Wind’s Way to Joy

By Sandhya Vijayan

The writer teaches English at one of the

prestigious colleges in Bengaluru and likes

to write short stories for children.

“ I don’t want to go to school

on camel,” - said Ala throwing tantrums

in the morning.

“There he goes again. I don’t understand

why he doesn’t want to

ride on us! “Said young Jamal, the

camel.

“Well....he must have his own

reasons. You shouldn’t judge people

too soon” said Sharif, the old

and wise camel, chewing on dry

hay.

“ It’s easy for you to say, I am the

one who has to carry him all the

way to his school. He never stops

crying throughout,” - said Jamal.

“Well....how different are you both?” Said Sharif

and started laughing.

Ala and his family were nomads. They lived in a

tent. They keep moving from one place to another

along with their ten sheep and two camels. That’s

all they owned at the moment. Ala went to a nearby

school. His father took him on camel every morning.

His mother and grandmother made jewellery

out of colourful beads and sometimes Ala’s father

sold them in the market for meagre money. It was a

difficult life in the desert.

Ala’s friends always made fun of him because he

rides the camel to school. Ala told his father about

it.

“Ala, you shouldn’t be focusing on their words.

You are here to study and that’s what you need to

focus on,” said his father every time.

Ala felt sad because he didn’t have any friends.

Neither in the school, nor near his tent. They were

one of the three families living in the desert and

the other two families had grown up children. Ala

couldn’t play with them.

His classmates came from nearby towns. It was

only Ala who belonged to a nomadic family and kept

moving where there were greener pastures.

Today was no different. Ala rode on Jamal’s back

and reached school. There were few of his classmates

standing near the school gate. The moment

they saw Ala, they started calling him names and

teased Jamal. Ala had tears. He looked at his father

and ran into the school.

Today Jamal understood why Ala cried every

day. He felt guilty for gossiping about Ala all these

days. Ala’s father felt sorry too.

That night, there was an unexpected storm. Ala

and his family woke up and tried saving themselves

from the rough sands by covering themselves with

blankets. They held on to whatever they could. Ala

was worried about his grandmother who was quite

old and weak. Jamal and Sharif were grunting too.

When the storm had passed, Ala slowly peeped


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out from his blanket. He was shocked and called out

for his father and mother. Their tent had flown away.

All the little things that they had lay scattered everywhere.

Mom rushed and picked up whatever she

could.

“Abba, where will we live now? How will I study?

All my books are gone. I hate this desert. I hate everything

about it, “ - said Ala, crying.

“Don’t blame the wind. It’s the wind that shows

us the way” said grandma calmly.

She had lived all her life in the desert. She knew

everything about it. But Ala wasn’t ready to listen.

He had so many things in his head. It seemed that he

was the only one who was bothered about their tent

and their things. He got angry and ran to sit next to

old Sharif. Ala loved their camels. He couldn’t bear

to see Jamal being teased by his classmates’ every

day. But he never say it out loud, so nobody knew

how much he loves everyone. He was 9 years old and

so was Jamal. Old Sharif was quiet and understanding.

He slowly tugged Ala with his head.

Ala smiled.

“Finally, he smiled” said Jamal.

“He is a kid. He will learn the desert’s way of life.

There shall be a day when he will appreciate the

beauty of this desert. Until then we have to be patient,”-

said wise old Sharif.

Ala’s father came near Ala, patted his head and

said that they had decided to move from that place.

He told Ala to pack whatever was left and fill many

water cans, as the journey is going to be a long one.

They left on the journey. Mom and grandma sat

on the camels while Ala and his father decided to

walk beside them. The sheep were diligently following

them.

They walked and walked and decided to stay at a

place for the night as grandma was very tired. They

set up a small tent for her with clothes and let her

sleep. Everyone fell asleep soon.

The next morning they continued the journey.

Even though they had walked for a day and half, Ala’s

father couldn’t find any place to settle. He seemed

worried now and discussed with mom and grandma.

Ala was tired of this journey. They stopped for a

while. He sat between Jamal and Sharif and dozed

off. Their water supply was running out slowly. They

had to find a place sooner.

Father woke Ala up and told him that they can’t

stay there tonight and had to keep walking. So they

began walking again. Sharif suddenly pulled a stop.

He refused to move. Abba pulled him and forced to

move.

“What happened, old Sharif,” asked Jamal.

“There’s a storm coming, we better not go that

way” said Sharif still resisting Abba’s pull.

“Oh...I don’t think he understands that, “ said Jamal.

“There is something wrong that way. Animals can

foresee it. Let’s not go that way,” - suggested grandma.

“Yes...let not put everyone in danger,” - said mom .

Ala was afraid and looked at his father eagerly.

“But we can’t stay here either, we have to keep

moving,” said Abba.

He hadn’t completed his words yet, there came

another storm which beat them to the ground like

toys. Ala and Abba held on to the camels. Mom and

grandma were trying to protect themselves too. The

wind was so strong that they couldn’t stand. They all

were being pushed to a different direction.

Ala slowly opened his eyes. The sunlight was hitting

hard on his eyes. He slowly stood up and suddenly

remembered what had happened at night. He

frantically started looking for his family. Thankfully

they all were nearby. He sighed and ran towards his

grandma. She had hurt her eyes due to the sand. Ala

helped her sit straight. He stood and looked around.

His father had a quizzical look on his face too. He

had never seen this part of the desert before.

Ala walked a bit further and stopped right away.

“Abba....” He called out.

His father came running and looked at where Ala

was pointing his finger.

There a km away, in the middle of the sand dunes

was an oasis. Not only an oasis but a whole village

surrounding by it. There were many houses. It looked

beautiful from where Ala and his father stood.

“It’s a mirage,” - said Abba convinced that something

like this can never pop up overnight.

“Let’s go there and look for ourselves” said Ala,

all excited.

Slowly they pulled themselves together and

walked towards the oasis.

As they kept moving towards the oasis, the houses

seemed increasing in numbers. It wasn’t just a

few people, but there were many palm trees and

grassy areas surrounding the village.

They entered the main gate of the village, bewildered.

The village seemed to be busy and everyone

smiled at them. Abba requested a nearby shop for

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them with water but also gave them a place to rest.

“Which is this village, I have never been here before,”

- said Abba looking around.

Ala’s joys knew no bounds. He had a house now.

A real home! He also had made new friends.

“This is Al Rihla, and it’s not easy to find this village,

my friend,” said the man smiling.

“We are travelling from a very far off place and

looking for a place to settle. Is there a place for us to

stay?,” asked Abba.

The man took Abba and Ala to look around the

village while mom and grandma decided to stay back

and rest.

Ala was in awe of the village. They had everything.

A hot spring and a cold spring which was in

the centre of the village. It was the main source for

the entire village. They saw sheep and camels grazing.

There were palm trees everywhere which kept

the village cool even during the hottest time of the

year.

As Ala walked, he saw many kids playing and enjoying.

A boy smiled at Ala. Ala smiled and waved

back. The adults were talking but Ala ran and joined

them in their games.

When Abba returned, Ala didn’t want to leave his

new friends. Abba dragged him anyways. Ala really

didn’t want to leave this place.

Mom and grandma were waiting.

“I found a house for us,” - said Abba looking at

grandma and mom.

“Thank God. This place can definitely be called a

home. People are kind and friendly,” said mom.

“But...what about my school,” said Ala. He definitely

didn’t want to return to his old school.

“They not only have a school here, but also many

shops and a market, where I can find a job” said Abba.

With the little money they had saved, Abba rented

the house. It was small but beautiful.

Everyone felt settled and were at peace. Jamal

and Sharif joined the other camels for grazing. They

also drank from the cold spring .

Jamal was extremely happy to meet other young

camels.

Later that night, Ala and grandma went to the terrace

and lay down.

When Ala looked up, he saw the most beautiful

sight ever. He had heard everyone appreciating the

night sky in the desert but he had never paid attention

to it before.

“Stargazing in the desert is one of the most beautiful

things about the desert,” - he said loudly.

Grandma was happy to hear him.

“Yes, it is. Didn’t I tell you that wind will always

show the way?”

Ala smiled. He was not angry anymore. He was at

peace.

“When you are at peace, everything around you

looks beautiful” said grandma.

He couldn’t have agreed more. u


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GULF NEWS

Welcome, to Emirates Classic

By Sharlaine Sequeira

Former sub-editor of daijiworld magazine

I will never ever forget these

words that still ring in my ears like

it just happened yesterday! I was

always very professional and well

organized with the work I carried

out in my life whether it was in

college or at office. So this organization

“letting me go” suddenly really

made me feel very miserable. No

doubt there were millions around

the world like me facing the exact

situation but still, I couldn’t help

but wonder, “Why me?” And “Why

now?”I was at such a crossroad and

felt like my entire world was falling

apart, and then came the scariest

question, “What on earth do I

do next?”

This global novel virus kept us

contained in our homes for months

which changed our relationship

with the government, to the outside

world, even to each other.

Which led to more daunting questions-:

Will the nations stay closed?

Will touch become taboo? What

will become of restaurants?

The next few months I spent

my quarantine days with friends,

we shared all expenses and chores

and what mattered more than

anything else, that we stayed and

connected with as a family. I kept

in touch with my family in Mangalore

constantly and missed them

a lot!

I think what really changed

during these months was my

mindset, even though I felt all

hope is lost; I was a little positive to

an extent because I started seeing

small little changes in myself with

regards to doing online courses,

cooking and engaging myself with

different things that made me so

happy.

The Covid-19 outbreak has had

severe consequences on the way

that we live. Hundreds of thousands

have lost their lives across

the world, governments have imposed

strict lockdown measures

to control the virus spread and

scientists are still searching for the

right vaccine and not talk to a specific

treatment fpr Covid – 19 patients.

As a result of the restrictive

measures, the global economy has

suffered an unprecedented blow.

Some countries have been hit far

more powerfully by Covid-19 than

others, either because of incompetence,

indifference or bad luck.

Some businesses and people have

also been hit far more than others,

because their activities depend on

close physical contact or because of

their age or skills. This has really

been a crisis for all.

I was very lucky to be selected

on a repartition flight back home

where I reunited with my loved

ones after eight months. It was so

good and serene back home with

no responsibilities nor commitments.

It was very relaxing to be

on this vacation just recuperating.

I knew God had a wonderful plan

for me and I just had to be patient.

In the meantime, all I could do was

relax and spend that extra quality

time with my family that we had

lost all those months.

I think what we need to realize

is the fact that the pandemic had

resulted in what is effectively the

largest “work from home” experiment

ever conducted in human

history. People are accessing more

and more educational resources

online for their kids; finding unconventional

ways to connect

with co-workers, friends, and family;

and employers were being more

flexible in how they respond to

employee needs through more dynamic,

cloud-based technology. It

encouraged a lot of people to fulfil

life long passions by becoming

their own boss.

I think overall I would say that

this was really an eye-opener for

me because if I hadn’t gone through

with what I did, then I never would

have changed. I would not have

learnt the significance of prayer,

family bonding, self learning, and

online courses and so on.

I thought instead of staying

low and beating myself down I

needed to lift myself up so I started

being grateful for the little things.

I was so ecstatic for even the smallest

things in my life that I started

to notice a lot of changes happening

around me. Believe me only

you are the creator of your foul

mood and you can choose whether

to be a happy go lucky person or a

sour puss.

I practiced this for a week and

a half and then I would never forget

one Sunday evening when my

friend called me to give me some

exciting news. Well, fast forward

to four weeks later and there I

was travelling again back to Dubai

with my offer letter in my hand

which read-“Congratulations Miss

Sharlaine, Welcome to Emirates

Classic.”u


FILMS & ENTERTAINMENT

DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020 51

Golden Era of ‘Bangaarada Manushya’

By B.N. Bharath

The writer is Asst GM in a

Public Sector Bank

Manushya”

(Man with a golden

“Bangaarada

heart), the Kannada film

released in the year 1972, based on

the renowned writer T.K. Rama

Rao’s novel of the same name, is

almost reaching to its fifty years of

release and is about to celebrate the

Golden Jubilee.

The film was directed by Siddalingaiah

(December 15, 1936 – March

12, 2015) under the banner of Srinidhi

Productions with Rajkumar

and Bharathi in the lead roles. Siddalingaiah

had made his directorial

debut just 3 years ago, with “Mayor

Mutthanna”, starring Rajkumar and

Bharathi, in lead roles. He had fielded

the same hit pair in several other

films, namely “Baalu Belagithu” in

1970, “Namma Samsaara” in 1971

and “Thaayi Devaru” also in the

same year.

“Bangaarada Manushya” had the

distinction of running for two years

in a theatre at Kempe Gowda Road

of Bengaluru and for sixty weeks at

Mysuru. It had also completed one

year in many theatres of Karnataka

state and had run for twenty five

weeks in several other theatres.

Such unique records will never be

broken in the present days, where

films are released worldwide in mul-

“Bangaarada Manushya” had the distinction of running

for two years in a theatre at Kempe Gowda Road of

Bengaluru and for sixty weeks at Mysuru. It had also

completed one year in many theatres of Karnataka

state and had run for twenty five weeks in several other

theatres. Such unique records will never be broken in

the present days, where films are released worldwide

in multiple screens simultaneously and hence, films

running for 100 days, 25 weeks etc. are not heard at all.


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tiple screens simultaneously

and hence,

films running for 100

days, 25 weeks etc.

are not heard at all.

The performance of

Rajkumar as Rajeev

in the film is considered

as one of his

masterpieces and

Siddalingaiah’s direction

too is rated very

high. Incidentally,

Siddalingaiah bagged

best Screenplay

award for 1971-72

Karnataka State Film Awards for

this film and it was also adjudged

as the Second Best Film of the

year. (Best film award was bagged

by another great film, ‘Vamsha

Vruksha’, which, incidentally, had

bagged National Award for Best

Kannada Film) Also, Forbes has

included Rajkumar’s performance

in this film, under its ‘25 Greatest

Acting Performances of Indian

Cinema’ in 2013, on the occasion

of centenary of Indian Cinema.

After the huge success of the film,

it was remade in Telugu in 1975

as Devudulanti Manishi, starring

Krishna.

The movie had inspired several

city youth to leave their job in

cities, return to their respective

villages during those days, after

watching the movie and to take up

cultivation in their fields. In fact,

they had realized that it is better

to do hard work in their own

farm land and derive the benefits,

rather than working under a ‘different

and difficult boss’ in some

other city. Then they resorted to

cultivation, similar to the main

theme of this movie. The film also

brought into focus very important

topics like farm development,

arranging water to barren lands,

modern agricultural practices,

co-operative movement, social

unity, honesty, love, family bonding,

dedication, hard work etc.

The film touches upon the hardship

of farmers and their struggle

to earn their livelihood. The main

take away from the movie is that,

one should not waste his time and

money in aping western culture.

This is precisely what the present

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

has called as ‘Atma Nirbharata’.

During the initial days of lockdown

in the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic,

we have seen the plight of

lakhs of workers who returned to

their respective villages as there

were job losses and they had no

money to pay even for house rent

in the cities.

Ace music director, G.K.Venkatesh,

had composed the music

for the film. There were five songs

in the film and all became hits.

Amongst these, “Aagadu Endu

Kailaagadu Endu Kai Katti Kulithare

Saagadu kelasavu mundhe”,

(if you sit idle, with folded hands,

you can’t achieve anything, life

will not move ahead) written

by R.N. Jayagopal and sung by

P. B. Sreenivas, an inspirational

song which is recalled even today.

Likewise, ‘Nagu nagutha

nali nali’ (Always smile and

jump with joy) penned by Hunsur

Krishnamurthy and sung by

P. B. Sreenivas will cheer you up

whenever you are depressed.

Chi Udayashankar wrote the

song, ‘Aaha Mysooru Mallige

dundu mallige (Jasmine flower

of Mysuru), duet song sung by

P. Susheela and P. B. Sreenivas

which too is being aired by All

India Radio, even now. Hunsur

Krishnamurthy also wrote,

‘Baala Bangaara Neenu Haneya

Singara Neenu’ sung by P. Susheela

and Vijayanarasimha

wrote ‘Hani Hani Goodidre

Halla’, sung by P. Susheela, P.

B.Sreenivas and legendary S.P.

Balasubramaniam.

I strongly recommend the

present generation cinema lovers,

watch this movie in whichever

platform you find it. You will never

regret. u


DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020 53

TOP NEWS

Karnataka Bank launches RuPay

National Common Mobility Card

Vishwa Konkani Kendra

invites applications for

Basti Vaman Shenoy

Puraskar 2020

MANGALURU: Karnataka Bank, in

line with the vision of the Ministry of

Housing and Urban Affairs launched

a new indigenous Rupay debit card-

National Common Mobility Debit

Card (NCMC). This is an international

Contact-less, debit cum prepaid

and inter-operable transport card, a

“One Nation One Card i.e., a card with

many benefits”.

SOME OF THE SALIENT FEATURES OF THE

CARD ARE:

1. Tap & Go (Contact-less): Make payments

without dipping/inserting the

card at PoS terminals.

2. Effect payments at Toll plazas, Metro

transits, Parking lots, Retail outlets,

Smart cities etc.

New Additional Director at

Karnataka Bank

MANGALURU: Karnataka

Bank has appointed

Uma Shankar as Additional

Director (Non-Executive,

Independent) at its Board

Meeting effective November

1, 2020.

Mrs. Uma Shankar is

a former Executive Director

of Reserve Bank of India.

She was with RBI for over 37

years in different capacities. Her core

competence is in the financial sector

supervision but she has also been responsible

for currency management,

3. Wallet- Supports small ticket size

offline payments through the value

stored in the chip of the debit card.

4. Enables domestic and international

transactions through ATM, PoS and

e-Commerce.

Mahabaleshwara M S, Managing

Director & CEO of the Bank while inaugurating

the pilot launch of the RuPay

NCMC card- ‘One Nation One Card’

said - “this is the bank’s first ever Contact

– less debit card and is expected to

change the banking paradigm to a great

extent, especially in retail payments by

its unique features of ‘Tap & Go’ and

‘Offline wallet’ payments”. He also added

that it is going to transform the digital

payment ecosystem in a big way. u

foreign exchange and the

internal accounting and administration.

She joined RBI as a

Direct Recruit Officer following

her post graduation.

She is also a Certified Associate

of the Indian Institute

of Bankers (CAIIB) and did

her Executive Education at

Columbia Business School,

New York. She was also on the boards

of few Public Sector Banks representing

RBI.u

MANGALURU: Vishwa Konkani

Kendra, Mangalore has announced

TWO Annual Awards in the name of

Sri Basti Vaman Shenoy who completed

80 years recently. The Awards are

constituted to recognize outstanding

contributions by Konkani-speaking

individuals or organisations managed

by Konkanis in the fields such as Education,

Governance, Social Service,

Health Care, Science, Journalism,

Literature (Non Konkani), Performing

Arts, Humanities, Industry, Commerce,

Sports etc. Both awards carry

a purse of Rs.1.00 lakh apart from a

citation. Following are the criteria for

nominations:

1. The Nominee can be an individual/

individuals/institution.

2. The mother tongue of the

Nominee should be Konkani

3. Age of the Awardee should be

more than 25 years and above.

4. In case of Institutions, the same

should be managed by Konkani

people and the founders

are to be Konkani’s.

5. In case of an institution it should

be in service for a minimum

period of Ten years at the

time of considering its nomination.

6. Self nominations are allowed by

individuals and institutions

Nominations forms may be downloaded

from www.vishwakonkani.org and

sent to the Chairman, BASTI VAMAN

SHENOY VISHWA KONKANI SEVA

PURASKAR Selection Committee,

Vishwa Konkani Kendra, Lobo Prabhu

Nagara, Konkani Gaon, Shakti Nagar,

Mangaluru - 575016 by 15.11.2020. .u


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