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HOPE - for children

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Many of them don't have Education in-spite of having parents, some of them don't have even parents,  few of them don't have Education in-spite of having Work to do at a tender age. But they do have two precious things in their tiny hands, Future and HOPE. Lets, together, help   them blossom as children....     

  • Please have a look at this LINK for the list of children for whom we are supporting in their education. 3 more children  are to join this list.  
  • If you want to help these children, you can Donate to Hope
 Thank You.                     


Save The Tiger

Thursday, February 4, 2010

At the turn of the 20th century, according to sources, India had an estimated 40,000 tigers in the wild. In 2002, based on pug mark census, this number was 3,642. As per the monitoring exercise by Wildlife Institute of India in association with National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Government of India using camera traps, in 2008 we were left with only 1,411 tigers. This number is so small that they will be gone soon if we don’t wake up to the crisis.

The tiger is not just a charismatic species. It’s not just a wild animal living in some forest either. The tiger is a unique animal which plays a pivotal role in the health and diversity of an ecosystem. It is a top predator and is at the apex of the food chain and keeps the population of wild ungulates in check, thereby maintaining the balance between prey herbivores and the vegetation upon which they feed. Therefore the presence of tigers in the forest is an indicator of the well being of the ecosystem. The extinction of this top predator is an indication that its ecosystem is not sufficiently protected, and neither wouldit exist for long thereafter.

If the tigers go extinct, the entire system would collapse. For e.g. when the Dodos went extinct in Mauritius, one species of Acacia tree stopped regenerating completely. So when a species goes extinct, it leaves behind a scar, which affects the entire ecosystem. Another reason why we need to save the tiger is that our forests are water catchment areas.

When we protect one tiger, we protect about a 100 sq. km of area and thus save other species living in its habitat. Therefore, it’s not just about saving a beautiful animal. It is about making sure that we live a little longer as the forests are known to provide ecological services like clean air, water, pollination, temperature regulation etc. This way, our planet can still be home to our children.

Spread the word: Go out loud and tell others that tigers are dying and that they need our help. You can form forums (or join existing ones) on the web for discussions and exchange views on tiger conservation. Reach school going children. WWF can help you in this regard.

Be a responsible tourist: The wilderness is to be experienced and not to be disturbed and polluted. Follow the forest department guidelines when visiting any wilderness area, tiger reserve in particular. As the saying goes ‘Don’t leave thing anything behind except foot steps, and don’t take anything except memories.’

Write to the policy makers: If you are really concerned and feel that more needs to be done for tiger conservation, then write polite letters to the decision makers - the Prime Minister, the Minister for Environment and Forests or even your local MP.

Informing the nearest police station: If you know of any information on poaching or trade of illegal wildlife. You can also contact TRAFFIC- an organisation fighting the powerful poachers and pass on the information to them.

Reducing pressure on natural resources: By reducing the use of products derived from forests, such as timber and paper.

Note: I have taken this topic from WWFINDIA and for more information please visit that site. Thank you!!!


Republic day - Facts and Opinion

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

1. When...?
  • The Republic Day marks the day when the Constitution of India came into force. But it was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949.

Then, why Jan 26...?
  • January 26 was being chosen as the Republic Day to commemorate the Purna Swaraj' (complete Independence) declaration taken on that date by the Indian National Congress at Lahore in 1930.
3. Parade Route ...
  • One of the highlights of the Republic Day is the grand parade in New Delhi. The traditional parade route is from Raisina Hill to the Red Fort along the Rajpath and past India Gate.

4. Memorial...
  • Prior to the parade, the Prime Minister lays a wreath at the memorial , Amar Jawan Jyoti' below the India Gate, in sombre remembrance for all those soldiers who were martyred.
5. Guns...
  • When the President unfurls the National Flag, 21 guns boom out in salute.

  • The gallantry award winners Victoria Cross, Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra lead the parade with the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces taking salute.

  • One of the most cheered sections of the parade is when some chosen children astride elephants pass the dais. These children are National Bravery Award winners.

8. Conclusion...
  • An impressive fly-past by IAF aircraft concludes the parade in New Delhi on January 26.

3 Days Festival...
  • The Republic Day celebration is a three day extravaganza

10. PM Rally...
  • On January 27, selected NCC cadets who display various breath-taking performances and drill hold the Prime Minister's rally

Last Day...
  • 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony at Vijay Chowk on January 29 that officially denotes the end of Republic Day festivities.

  • Abide With Me', the hymn, written by Henry Francis Lyte and said to be Mahatma Gandhi's favourite, played at the above ceremony.
13. The End
  • The Republic Day celebration come to a formal end on January 29 at 6 p.m., buglers sound the retreat, the National Flag is lowered and the National Anthem is sung.

Anyway, I opine that....

The 60th anniversary of India becoming a republic has come and gone. Fireworks, salutes to the tiranga, distribution of awards, parades, display of our military might and what not. But the real issue amid the festivities seems to have been lost somewhere. We boast that we have been a democracy for six decades and point out that the same is not true of our neighbours but are we truly democratic? Have we lived up to the ideals cherished in the Constitution?
Our foreign policy changes according to the dictates of Washington; education has been commercialised; there is too much privatisation; there has been a decline in vital subsidies; we have blatantly failed to instil confidence among the minorities and are yet to fulfil the people s regional aspirations. We can, at best, celebrate Republic Day as yet another festival.

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Democracy has helped only our politicians. Many of them got an opportunity to become billionaires after a decade or so in politics. Our criminal justice system is all but ineffective in curbing corruption, which starts with the ballot box and ends in Swiss banks. Politicians have mastered the technique of purchasing the illiterate masses on the eve of elections and use state funds to market their party to the same masses by offering freebies. Those who can change the system refrain from voting due to frustration and, in some cases, fear. Our democracy is the best bet for Swiss banks.

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The annual Republic Day parade is an occasion to showcase the country s achievements in the military, cultural and economic fields. But it is also true that enormous resources in terms of money and manpower are spent in organising the occasion. This is particularly true in the current security scenario when such functions have to be organised under the shadow of possible terrorist attacks. In view of this, we should seriously consider having such huge celebrations at intervals of three-four years.


PS: I will add all the suggested additional facts , if any, from the readers. Thank You.

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