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Does Mahabharata justify Draupadi’s molestation?

The dice is rolled and the warring, jealous extended families – the Pandavs and the Kauravs gamble it out to settle their personal scores. Kingdoms, valuables, and even brothers and wives are put at stake in the epic gamble. This week and the following week’s episodes of Mahabharata are perhaps the most crucial of all – they outline the factors that lead up to the … Continue reading Does Mahabharata justify Draupadi’s molestation?

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MH370: The lives of those left behind…!

I could feel my own heavy heart as Prime Minister of Malaysia declared that the missing flight MH370 has indeed plunged deep into the remote corner of Southern Indian Ocean. Not that I had any hope that any passenger would survive, neither, I had any loved ones in that flight. However, for some reason, this tragedy has stunned many of us thinking a flight carrying … Continue reading MH370: The lives of those left behind…!

Women’s empowerment|In conversation with Mudita Tiwari

Originally posted on The Human Lens:
Mudita Tiwari was born in India and has an extensive career of working in the international development, research design and program management. She has worked extensively within India on Financial Literacy, Financial Inclusion, microfinance, agricultural financing and informal and formal banking. Prior to working in India, she worked as a global health researcher, and private and public sector business… Continue reading Women’s empowerment|In conversation with Mudita Tiwari

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Satyamev Jayate Episode 4: How we are failing our Bharat Mata?

“Mera desh mahan nahi hain, par yeah dosh mera hain” (My country is not great, but it is my fault“) Aamir Khan’s guest Mr. Shailesh Gandhi (Former Central Information Commissioner) nailed it with this statement in Satyamev Jayate show. We, the so-called future of this country, are too eager to find faults and blame others for everything- be it 2G scam, sexual molestation, bad roads … Continue reading Satyamev Jayate Episode 4: How we are failing our Bharat Mata?

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A Must See – San Francisco’s Farmers Market

I must admit that I had heard a lot of good things about San Francisco’s Farmer’s Market, but I had not been there in all the time I have lived in the Bay Area. I was lucky to visit this weekend I must say the fresh produce, great selection of food, and gorgeous flowers set the mood for the rest of the week. Farmer’s Markets … Continue reading A Must See – San Francisco’s Farmers Market

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Why Indians Are Failing Their Daughters – International Women’s Day Special

India – the land of colorful cultural heritage; the land where goddesses are revered as powerful protectors and preservers, is also the land where nearly 44 million women were reported missing as of 2001.  Female infanticide (murdering a girl child right after birth), female foeticide (through sex-selective abortion), neglect of a female child, and abandoning female infants at birth are the reasons why the child … Continue reading Why Indians Are Failing Their Daughters – International Women’s Day Special

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International Women’s Day – March 8th

March 8th is International Women’s Day and we share 3 important graphics about what’s affecting the lives of women around the world. Women are slowly taking control of their lives and international agencies have gone a long way to create slow and effective change. However, gender violence is real and women need more support to get out of violent situations. Women’s empowerment programs focus around … Continue reading International Women’s Day – March 8th

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Satyamev Jayate Episode Review: Who is guilty- a rapist or a rape-victim?

**** Stories included in this blog are disturbing******* The first episode of Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate enlightened us about a rape victim’s journey. Rape is rampant in India. It is said that a rape takes place every 20 minutes in India. Incidences of rapists putting acid into victim’s eyes, tearing a girl’s body into two and cutting a girl’s tongue so she could not complain … Continue reading Satyamev Jayate Episode Review: Who is guilty- a rapist or a rape-victim?