sulabh swatchh bharat

Wednesday, 17-October-2018

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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH - ON NATURE, ON MAN, AND ON LIFE

10 hours ago
Behold her single in the field Yon solitary highland lass Reaping and singing by herself Stop here or gently pass. William Wordsworth, in my head, was an incredible storyteller! The above verse is the beginning of his poem, The Solitary Reaper. He talks of a young woman working in the field, and singing her tunes. What is the difference, then, between Wordsworth and the rest? Well if you read the top verse again, you will imagine an image in your head. An image as clear as day. With every passing stanza of the poem, the image transcends into what the poet imagines, and that is the true...
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NEETA MARKAM - TRIBAL WOMEN OF KANHA ARE DRIVING THEIR OWN DESTINY

10 hours ago
Mukki zone in the famous Kanha National Park had been known throughout its recorded history to have been ruled by tigresses, rather than tigers. True to this legacy, tribal women of the Mukki zone are breaking conventional chains by taking over men-dominated jobs in the region. These women now drive, guide tourists, guard the forest that traditionally gave them sustenance and are coming forward to shoulder bigger responsibilities. While the idea to promote women in forest staff, especially as drivers in this largest national park of central India, was conceptualised and executed only in December last year, the way these w...
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PIRAMAL SWASTHYA - MIDWIFING CHANGE

5 days ago
The scenic beauty of Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is in stark contrast to the lives of indigenous tribespeople inhabiting the region. Living in virtual destitution, these tribals -- like their counterparts scattered in remote locations across the rest of India -- lack access to basic amenities like safe drinking water, healthcare and education. Till a few years ago, some of these habitations were not even covered in the national census and nobody knew they even existed. But efforts of a leading NGO over the last seven years have yielded results in 181 habitations around Araku. This is testified by the fact that no mater...
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‘GANG OF GIRLS’ RUNNING METRO STATION

6 weeks ago
A ‘gang of girls’  has recently taken over the Netaji Bhavan Metro station in Kolkata and the women Railway Protection Force(RPF) constables were mute spectators to the ‘monumentous’  occasion. Even as the RPF personnel stood guard to avert any untoward incident, the station manager stationed several porters before the counters to assist the passengers and help them ‘deal with’ the gang members.  Many would deem it to be a scene straight out of reel life. Not exactly so. This metro station in Kolkata is now being run by an all-women team, thanks to the Metro Rail authorit...
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AN UNCROWNED KING OR A CRITICAL EDUCATOR

6 weeks ago
Confucius is the national name to the Chinese and cultural figure in the Chinese tradition, just like Moses to the Jews, Jesus to the Christians and Muhammad to the Muslims, only in the secular sense. Confucius was the founder of the philosophy of Confucianism 2500 years ago, and the curator and authoritative interpreter of the Chinese thoughts 2500 years before him. Therefore Confucius and Confucianism represent all the Chinese philosophy in their 5000 years history of civilisation. He was a Chinese philosopher and instructor born in 551BC in the State of Lu which is known today as Qufu in Shandong province. In Chinese, ...
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THE PIONEER WOMAN OF RADIOACTIVITY

7 weeks ago
Marie Curie was a radiating (literally) example of how irrelevant your gender should be in science. She did groundbreaking research in the fields of radioactivity and radioactive substances (which is not the same), together with her husband. Besides her scientific achievements, she also proved that married couples are able to work together without a negative effect on the quality of their work. She is still one of the most important scientists who ever lived.  In a field that even late in her life was totally dominated by men, her accomplishments are even more outstanding. Among Curie’s many achievements, she b...
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BREAKING INTO A MALE BASTION

7 weeks ago
Delhi Police inducted an all-woman Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team comprising 36 commandos, the first-ever by any police force in India, for anti-terrorist operations. Home minister Rajnath Singh has formally inducted the unit in Delhi Police on August 10 The minister asked Delhi Police to play a lead role in combating terror, and exhorted them to become a role model for police forces from other states and union territories. “The practices adopted by Delhi Police should be among the best practices of police,” he said. A ...
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CREATOR OF THE ENIGMA CALLED HARRY POTTER

9 weeks ago
If creating things is the way by which culture is formed then JK Rowling has been a cultural force. In the 21 years since Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone was published, huge numbers of books have been printed and sold, vast sums of money generated, unknown children become globally recognised celebrities and the imaginative world of millions of fans of the Potter-verse irrevocably shaped. The world is a different place because of Harry. Harry Potter has gone way beyond the books JK Rowling first penned in a humble Edinburgh cafe. You see it in the English Dictionary, where ‘Muggle’ is now offic...
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HARBINGER OF CHANGE

9 weeks ago
Malvika Iyer was a charming 13-year-old girl in 2002 when a grenade accidentally blew up in her hands, ripping her forearm and paralysing her legs, in Bikaner, Rajasthan, where she lived with her parents. An accident that could have ended her life completely changed her perspective, and even though it took years for her to overcome the trauma, she came out stronger and not only found a way to get her life back on track, but also became a harbinger of change for the disabled. It was a change in the attitude of others, which came along with the trauma, that sensitised her towards the stigma associated with disability and sh...
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RENAISSANCE ARTIST AND SYMBOL OF MODERNITY

10 weeks ago
No artist contained an extra wrinkle in their brain as big as Leonardo Vinci (1452–1519). He was a creative genius who combined the disciplines of both art and science to make something new. His undivided mind drove his imagination which led him toward discovery and innovation. He was also a tinkerer, even a procrastinator. He came close to understanding almost all of what was known on the planet at the time. That’s partly because scientific knowledge was relatively limited back then, partly because he had a high IQ, but mostly because he was insatiably curious about pretty much every area of natural science a...
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THE ‘GREAT EMANCIPATOR’ WHO USED LAUGHTER AS HIS TOOL

11 weeks ago
“The best way to predict your future is to create it” Abraham Lincoln The human race is ever fond of heroes. In all ages the distinguished personages have been reverenced and often worshipped as demigods. One such demigod that human race put a halo on was Abraham Lincoln. The man who preserved the Union and issued the Emancipation Proclamation came into this world on February 12, 1809. (Abe) Lincoln was born in humble surroundings, a one-room log cabin with dirt floors in Hardin County, Kentucky. Little would hav...
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SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR - WOMAN IN MAN’S WORLD

12 weeks ago
“One is not born, but rather  becomes, a woman” Simone de Beauvoir  Generally, for existentialists, one is not born anything: everything we are is the result of our choices, as we build ourselves out of our own resources and those which society gives us. We don’t only create our own values, we create ourselves. Simone de Beauvoir, an avowed life-long existentialist posits limits to this central existentialist idea of self-creation and self-definition.  Simone de Beauvoir (1908 – 1986) was never a...