Of Manish Sisodia, transportation policy and Delhi’s smart city conundrum: A report from CONNECT Karo 2015

Rashid Faridi:

Food for Thought.

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By Mukta Naik

The Stein Auditorium at India Habitat Centre is half empty and it’s the hour in which conference goers are eager for lunch to be served. We are attending the CONNECTKaro 2015, an annual and global event on sustainable transport and urban development organised by EMBARQ and WRI India. An esteemed Brazilian politician is speaking about his city’s sustainable transport strategies. The audience is politely bored. He finishes and there is some scattered applause and he leaves the stage.

At that moment, something changes in the air. The hall is full in a matter of minutes, lunch is forgotten and Amit Bhatt from EMBARQ is introducing Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to speak on his vision for Delhi. Mr Sisodia addresses the audience in Hindi, picking up issues important for urban development (a portfolio he currently holds, among many) and specifically for transportation which is the theme of the event…

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Ambedkar’s Ideology – Religious Nationalism and Indian Constitution: Ram Puniyani  

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Guest Post by RAM PUNYANI

In order to gain larger legitimacy, RSS has been making claims of sorts. One of that which was made few months back was that Gandhi was impressed by functioning of RSS. Now on the heels of that comes another distortion that Ambedkar believed in Sangh ideology (Feb 15, 2015). This was stated recently by RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat. There cannot be bigger contrasts between the ideology of Ambedkar and RSS. Ambedkar was for Indian Nationalism, Secularism and social justice while the RSS ideology is based on two major pillars. One is the Brahmanic interpretation of Hinduism and second is the concept of Hindu nationalism, Hindu Rashtra.

Where does Ambedkar stand as for as ideology of Hinduism is concerned? He called Hinduism as Brahminic theology. We also understand that Brahmanism has been the dominant tendency within Hinduism. He realized that this prevalent version of Hinduism is…

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Historical Region: A Geographical Concept Beyond Nationalities

Regions or pays as Vidal de la Blache called them are human constructs in the study of Geography and help us look at spatial extents. Regions are worlds within worlds.

Historical regions are  regions  delimited  for studying  the social development of period-specific cultures without any reference to contemporary political, economic or social organisations.

The real idea behind this type of  delimitation is that older political and mental structures remain in place which exercise greater influence on the spatial social identity of individuals than is understood by the today’s world, bound to and often blinded by its own worldview(e.g. the focus on the nation-state).

Definitions of regions vary to  a great extent. Regions can include macroregions such as Europe, territories of traditional states or smaller micro-regional areas.

A geographic proximity is the  precondition for the emergence of a region. In Europe, the regional identities are  derived from the Migration Period.

Some regions( rather the name of the region) are entirely invented, such as the Middle East in 1902 by a military strategist and political geographer,  Alfred Thayer Mahan, to refer to the area of the Persian Gulf.

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Clean Your Untidy Computer and Increase Productivity

Rick sent it to me and I found it useful, so thought of sharing it with my community, that is you ALL. Here it is.Hope, it will be useful.

Clean Calendar

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Hope on Waves : Unique ‘Boat School’ of Varanasi

Once an abode of learning, India, today, has the largest population of illiterates in the world. It is an irony that the land of the Vedas is one of the countries with the high illiteracy levels.

Spread and diffusion of literacy are associated with the essential feature of today’s civilization. There is a relationship between literacy and productivity and overall quality of human life on the other.

India is developing but at a very slow rate, this is not the fault of only a corrupt system; it is due to this problem of illiteracy also. Literacy enables a person to think rationally, to be understanding, to be more responsible and to take good decisions. It is said that Democracy is of the people, for the people and by the people, but there is no use if people can not  make the right choice for their betterment.

A unique initiative to address the problem of illiteracy in India is taken. An  NGO, GURIA, under the leadership of Ajeet Singh and some enterprising people have launched  ‘school on boat’ for providing education to the children of the economically backward community who could not otherwise enroll in schools. Boys and girls are being provided informal education on  the boat at the Rajghat. It is considered a stepping stone in the world of learning, the children spend two hours after their regular school day and study, play or revise without any pressures or tensions. It is magical to see these students doing their lessons on waves. It is a floating dream indeed! Hope floats on waves of Ganga here.

Though this initiative is a long leap in creating a stimulating environment for the children, this boat school has tremendous potential left there to be tapped.This angelic initiative needs a magical transformation and without the popular support it is almost impossible. The magical transformation includes a makeover of the interiors, a library, educational toys, stationery, a computer and a painting kit.
This transformation will help to upgrade the ‘classrooms’ to provide ideal learning environment to these  children. Providing them the necessary books, CDs, computers, and toys will also be a welcome step. All the inputs you may think will help in taking these schools to ‘flying’ levels. We can help to connect these schools to the rest of the learning world by providing them with high-speed internet connection.

If this experiment is successful in  Varanasi,  similar efforts can be replicated and recreated across the country ensuring a far better future for  India.

 Varanasi boat school initiative needs better infrastructure than today.These wonderful schools need India’s support. Our support can give the children of the Ganga the learning environment they deserve.Help them to fly on waves and new highs in their careers.

Contribute generously in the Journey of Doing Right.

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A Lowdown on Cancer Institutes in Delhi

Cancer  is, in fact, a group of diseases caused primarily due to abnormal cell growth. With the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Not all tumors are cancerous.Benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body.  There are more than hundred different known cancers that affect humans! The cancer treatment procedure is undertaken in select hospitals and the patients undergoing this requires specialized care as well medication.Main Cancer treatment  include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy and biological therapy.The treatment can be very expensive, and people may sometimes find it difficult to pay off the bills.

Some of the best Cancer treatment  offering good and affordable hospitals in Delhi are listed below:

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Cente

 Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute is  dedicated to treating cancer patients. It is a non-profit hospital and research centre. The Institute has a team of  experienced oncology team who look into treating the patients. It is situated in Sector -5, Rohini.

Apollo Cancer Institute

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital  has the latest and the advanced technology to combat cancer. There is also  a Psycho-oncological counseling service that help patients to be prepared for the treatment and  help them adjust to side effects of treatment like radiation therapy.

Dharamshila Hospital

Dharamshila Cancer Foundation and Research Centre was established  in the year 1990.The highly trained onchologists in Delhi provide preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative services for its patients.  It is situated near Ashok Nagar Metro Station.

Rotary Cancer Hospital  (I.R.C.H.)

This one of the finest cancer hospitals in Delhi. It has a unique feature as it was also one of the pioneer hospitals to introduce the hematopoietic stem cell bone marrow transplant program. Institute is situated in Ansari Nagar.

Fortis Hospital at Aruna Asaf Ali Marg

The Fortis Hospital  is a premier Institute of India.The Hospital  treats  the cancer patients in Delhi and other areas.The treatment is done with state of the art  technology.

Action Cancer Hospital in Pashchim Vihar

This cancer hospital is situated in  Pashchim Vihar  area of the city-state. Besides treating  patients it also deals with side effects.

BLK Hospital

The specialities of the Pusa Road  hospital include Cyber-knife VSI, latest PET CT Scan, Trilogy Tx Linear Accelerator, IGRT, IMRT, 3DCRT and Stereotactic RT.

 Delhi State Cancer Institute

The Institute was established by the state Government of Delhi .The hospital  department for cancer research and treatment aims to provide world class treatment under one roof.

 Cancer Healer Centre

 Cancer Healer Centre uses a special treatment  methodology  introduced by Dr. Hari Krishna.  It is based on the immune system. Unlike Chemotherapy  and radiology methods, it does not destroy the normal cells in the process of destroying the cancer cells. The patients are not prone to side effects like hair loss, vomiting, nausea and taste buds are left intact. Results may vary from person to person, but the technique used has been described as miraculous.


Though it is not a specialist cancer institute but it is worth mentioning because it also offers good treatment facilities and doing some great research in the field.

 It is not a comprehensive list of cancer institutes in Delhi. There are more centres for treatment,but these mentioned above are in the top league..

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