Save Global Farmers Foundation held a campaign to support farmers during the IPL Cricket match held in Rajeev Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on 20 May 2018. The members of the foundation wore Green Towels, which represents the farming community, and attracted everyone in the stadium with their ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ slogans.

Mr.Ravinder Ryda, President, Save Global Farmers Foundation, announced that the motto behind this campaign is to dedicate the IPL Final to ‘the families of farmers who committed suicide’ as a charity gesture.

The foundation demands that some amount of money from the IPL collections should be given to the grieving farming community. Mr.Akula Mohan, Co-Convenor, Telangana state, even questioned the film stars about why they were not playing cricket matches to support farmers. Mr.Dumpula Naresh, Convenor, Telangana state, Mr.Armoor Sravan, Vice President and Mr.Nagesh Bashett took great measures for the success of this campaign.


Don’t take your organs to heaven

Heaven knows we need them here.

Everyday many people die because they do not have a donor to donate organs. Human body is useless after death. But donating the organs is a generous and worthwhile decision that can be a lifesaver. Organ donation is giving an organ to help someone who needs a transplant. Transplants save the lives of people.

Organs are harvested from accident victims who are brain dead. Brain death means death.  This condition is called brain stem death – there is no activity in the brain stem due to severe brain injury. The person cannot breathe on his/her own. Brain death is irreversible and the person has no chance to recover. Most organ donations occur after the donor has died. But there are many living donors too. Living donors can donate a small section of liver, one kidney, a discarded bone from hip or knee replacement.

In India every year nearly 5,00,000 people die because of non-availability of organs. And 10,00,000 people suffer from corneal blindness and await transplant. India needs around 2,00,000 cornea donations every year. Yet only 50,000 are donated annually. Cornea should be harvested within 6 hours of death. The nearby eye bank should be informed immediately after death. The eyes of a dead person will be giving a new life to two blind people. Cataract patients cannot donate eyes as the cornea should be clear, transparent and healthy at the time of death. Removal of eyes does not disfigure the face.

India’s population is 1.2 billion, statistics show that only 0.34 person per million are organ donors. This is an incredibly small and insignificant number.  The removal of organs will not interfere with customary funeral arrangements. A highly skilled team of doctors harvest the organs and the incisions are surgically closed with sutures. There will be no outward disfigurement. Only a scar will be seen.

The main reasons for people not making organ donation are lack of awareness and superstitions. Some think that the soul of a body cut open for organ donation will not reach the gates of heaven. And a few think that the donated organs may be sold in the black market. People should understand the value of organ donation. It is difficult to think of organ donation when you have just lost a loved one. But organ donation is a generous and worthwhile decision that can save many lives. One person’s eyes help two people to see and organ donation helps nearly eight people who are waiting to receive an organ for transplant.

All of us can be organ donors irrespective of caste, colour, religion, community and current or post medical condition. Here is a story of great sacrifice made by Dr.Vineet Kumar. Vineet’s mother met with an accident. She was hit by a drunk driver and had a tragic death. Being a doctor Vineeth knows the importance of organ donation. He has seen many people suffer as they wait for a donor. Vineeth took a decision which most of us would not even think about at that moment. Inspite of losing his loving mother he spoke to his family members and decided to donate his mother’s eyes. They have gifted vision to two blind people. It is a very big sacrifice made by the family at the most difficult and emotional period in their life.

The act of organ donation has the ability to comfort grieving families. Most donor families felt that it was the only positive outcome from their loss. All of us should sign up to donate. You will get a donor card. Tell your next of kin – wife/husband and children to donate your eyes and organs after your death.

Lakhs of people in India need organ transplants. But less than 1,000 transplants are performed every year. The rest die waiting for an organ. The value of anything is realized only when it is lost. When you are donating organs you are giving life to someone. Let us change someone’s life by donating.

‘How beautiful the world is’, and how do we know it? It’s the eye that tells us. The eye, which is an essential organ of our body that we usually avoid to take care of. But think about those who are not blessed with eyes. How do they survive? How do they see the colours of life or do they see anything? But if we want, we can help them see the world. Today the technology has taken over the world; we can now donate our eyes when we die. It is nothing new to be introduced as this revolutionary act started way back in 1944 when the world’s first eye bank was built. 7 decades later today still a lot of people are unaware of this facility, especially in India.

According to WHO, out of 45 million blind people in the world, 15 million live in India. And the worst part is 75% of cases are curable and can be treated, but are not attended due to shortage of donors. As a result they are left unattended or inadequately treated. In fact, on an average the country needs 2,00,000 corneas in an year while only 46% are used for sight restoration and rest 54% do not match the standards. The unavailability of donors and expensive methods makes it almost impossible for underprivileged and poor people to get the treatment.

We can easily light a blind person’s life by donating our eyes after death. It doesn’t mean that we die for them but yes we can make our death a noble one. It is amazing to know that 90% of corneal transplantations are successful and with increasing number of eye hospitals and banks anyone can be treated, the thing that matters is the availability of a donor. An eye can be donated within the 6 hours of a person’s death and if the body is kept in a cool temperature the time can be expanded to 24 hours. And to be an eye donor one does not need to have any special qualities or age limit, in fact anyone from the age of one and people using spectacles or those who have diabetes can also donate their eyes.  Such a noble cause can easily be done by taking a pledge during a person’s lifetime.

     According to a survey held by NDTV-

  • over 137,000 people were killed in road accidents in 2013
  • 16 children die on Indian roads daily
  • There is one death on the road in India everyday on an average.

But still there is a shortage of donors in India. Imagine if every person expired in an accident donates his or her eyes there will be no blind person left in India. The reason can be lack of knowledge, a person close to the deceased person say friend or relative can give permission to donate the eyes of the dead. But there are certain points to be kept in mind such as

  • The eyes of deceased should be kept closed​ and moist with a wet cotton.
  • Switch off the ceiling fan if directly over the dead person.
  • Antibiotic drops can also be used time to time.

Many people believe it might be religiously wrong, but what more right can be than giving someone life even when you die.

Did you meet any transgender on your way today? Did any transgender come to your place to bless your new born baby? Answer honestly how do you feel when you come across such a person? No, no you don’t have to answer me, just ask yourself, why do you even feel like that? Believe it or not, in contemporary world, transgenders in the society are subject to a large amount of humiliation and distress.They are considered as an object of ridicule, and any sort of contact with them is seen as unwelcoming.The majority of the society doesn’t really understand the general concept of transgender.Basically, one of the biggest reasons for the inequality that they face is due to the lack of understanding of what transgender truly means.

Transgenders have always been very much a part of Indian society since ancient times. Ancient epics like the “Mahabaratha”, which were written a few thousand years ago, reveal transgenders playing prominent roles in politics and directing their outcomes. Transgenders are currently stereotyped as people to be feared, as it is believed that the curse of a transgender person always comes true.According to the government, they were not even entitled to basic rights such as the voting rights, ration cards,passport,etc. And when it comes to earning their bread,they beg on the streets at traffic signals. Yet, today,they are all but ostracized by society, and are invariably forced to resort to begging and prostitution in order to survive.

India should step forward to provide work opportunities for transgenders who live by begging for money from passers-by on roads and trains. The transgenders now have the right to avail any facility and are eligible for reservation after the Supreme Court of India recognized them as OBC (Other backward caste) – that sounds a lot more shocking than it actually is, because it now means they will enjoy the benefits of quotas to get into colleges and in getting government jobs. Our nation should introduce transgender social welfare schemes and some actions need to be taken on a long-term basis to change the negative attitude of the general public and increase the knowledge about them and their communities. The required changes need to be reflected in policies and laws; attitude of the government, general public and health care providers; and health care systems and practice. The advancement of LGBT rights in India depends extensively on individuals and the community coming together and then creating the change themselves. Following are the few actions did for the transgenders in India:
India witnessed its first open transgender wedding, and it received a whole lot of love online.

Indian cinema cast its first transexual woman as the leading actress, Anjali Ameer.

Kochi Metro recruited 23 members of the transgender community, because, why not?

Transgenders are also human beings and they should be treated like all other people. We should not neglect them. We should help them to live a happy life.

5th June, World Environment Day is organized to encourage people to get outdoors(out of their comfort zones) and appreciate the beauty of our planet and promote awareness among our future generation about the significance and protection of healthy environment.

But an integral question is: Is 5th June just a day to turn our attention towards cleaning our planet or planting saplings?

Maybe it is. Because we are too reluctant with our environment and too busy with our daily hectic schedule that we don’t get time to focus our attention towards the environment. So, June 5th is not just a day to read about the problems affecting the countryside instead it is a day which makes us get off from our place to do something that helps to preserve nature like litter picking outing, hiking in your local park, planting trees etc.

The World Environmental Day is also celebrated to inculcate new seeds of thought and opinion regarding our environment in the minds of people. We are living in smart era so, why not we promote the importance of healthy environment through our smart technologies like snapping some beautiful shots of the great outdoors and sharing them online.

This year is all about connecting people to nature. The theme was chosen by this year’s host country CANADA which will be the center of World Environment Day activities. Celebrating World Environment Day began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events. But this year the theme itself is so lively that it motivates the people to plant more trees, for cleaning up their neighborhoods and taking action against wildlife crimes.

Make your environment pollution free by planting saplings in your garden or in your nearest parks that directly links you up with nature. Don’t think much just go out of your house to your local parks and don’t enjoy the beauty by watching idly. Connect yourself with the nature by jumping straight into the lake. Get off your shoes and enjoy in the mud, let your feet and hands get dirty and sense the amaglamation of mud with water, and feel it’s pleasant smell. Decorate your home with beautiful fresh flowers at different places .

And all these steps are not only for 5th June, try to do this whenever you get time and feel aesthetic!

What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you see a disabled person? So many of us have this feeling , oh! He or she is not one of us, he or she is not normal. But why? What crime did they do to get abandoned from our society like this. Was it their fault that their physique is somewhat different. And even if it is, they are also human beings and their emotions are same. According to a report, 40-80 million people are disabled in India. Which in itself is a community, so how can we say they are not normal.

Think about how you would feel if the whole class will see you when you are not as capable as them, and you are not included in the class activity. Think about the mental trauma that disabled people have to go through, every moment.
First of all they have some physical problem, and then by making them realising it, again and again,we are making it harder for them. Instead of appreciating them that even after being a disabled person, they are standing in front of us. ‘Nick Vujicic’, a very famous motivator, has no limbs or arms. We all know, how people would have teased him before he reach there? But yes, it is not possible for everyone to reach there. Someone very rightly said, “we are as delicate as glass, a small ignorance and you are broke”. It is ironical, that in this case, the culprits are us, whereas they are getting punishments.

We should appreciate the move of ‘Mr. Narendra Modi,’ where he refrained people from calling them ‘Viklang’ and devoted them a new word, ‘Divyang'( special qualities).

‘Shekhar naik’ the captain of Indian blind cricket team, has blindness because in his case it is hereditary. But still, last month his team won t20 blind cricket wold cup. There are a number of examples, which will make you feel disabled with their level of success. So start appreciating. Be human, do humanities.

One of the most important topics that have come to debate in the recent past is the one where one’s culture is being influenced by the west. India is a culturally rich country having more than thousands of diversifying cultures which have their history dated back to the beginning , yet it has now fallen prey to the western influence. Thanks to globalization and education. In this forum I would like to bring to the reader’s notice that this has been written in a completely subjective note and hence it is merely voicing out my opinions.
The culture and heritage that we have inherited from our forefathers and ancestors have definitely created an identity for us, a one that has strongly established our existence in the world and making a stamp on everyone’s page signifying our importance and what we represent. There were/are some conditions and superstitions that we would question and yes we have succeeded in removing many forms of evil from our cycle. But at this junction right now, we are blatantly beginning to question the basic elements which are the roots of our culture. The questioning spirit brought about by the rise in intellectual knowledge has fuelled our inquisitiveness to an extent where we question our own identity (indirectly). Further the concept of the world as a global village has further reduced the proximity amongst the different nations thus bringing them closer. This has resulted in cultural interaction and learning one another’s culture. This interaction is very beneficial for all cultures as it educates the others and also increases their knowledge. It might also help them in a certain way to counter problems they face. However the people have now started blindly accepting the western culture without any basic questioning or logic. They have rather started to accept the culture largely because it is followed worldwide and is a pseudo trend. The world then believed that racially the westerners were superior to the rest of the world and now they believe that the lifestyle and culture of the westerners is the global standard for people and society. They however fail to realize that their own indigenous culture is the oldest and has some original meaning concealed in various layers and also it is the one which the world respects. Unlike the American culture which is borrowed from all over the world, ours is one which makes us proud.
We have seen people who forget their mother tongue to start conversing in English so that the world believes that they are educated and literates. We have seen people move on from dhotis and pajamas to jeans and t shirts. People have also moved on from roti and ragi to pizza and pepsi. Let us not forget our staple food is staple to us because it suits the climate and the weather and not because it is the only thing that we could afford. Let us remember that with questioning comes logical thinking and scientific reasoning. When 3/4th of the world respects India today, it is not because India is changing rapidly. Its because India has still managed to retain its vibrant culture even though so many centuries have gone past. Unlike what we do always we should not let our cultures go extinct and then try to revive it back. Rather let us set out on a path where we pay equal importance to all cultures and yet forget none.

When ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ came on the cinema screen, it made a lot of news, with a good box office opening. They did not even have to struggle a lot for promotions. This all happened because it was a real life story. And then the trend continued ‘Mary Com’, ‘Pan Singh Tomar’, ‘Neerja’, and so many other real life stories were screened on Indian Cinema. All of them went well on screen. This is the reason, in last twelve months, ten Biopics have been released. It is not that this is happening for the first time in India. Earlier also movies like ‘Gandhi’, ‘Bhagat Singh’, ‘Mangal Panday’ and so many other biopics came but they were not as hiked as today’s Biopics.

One of the benefits that the producer gets from these films is they have less budget. These movies are real life stories so you do not have to spend a lot of money in crashing cars, collapsing building, graphics, shooting different scenes in Switzerland, Paris, Jammu and Kasmir or other stunning tourist spots. Neither you need a lot of co-actors or beautiful actresses. Nor you have to construct a fake ‘Sheesh Mahal’ like what was constructed in ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’. ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was made on a budget of 30 crores whereas it’s total collection in Box office was not more than 1 crore, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ was made just on a budget of 4.5 crores and collected approx. 40 crore as a total.

These are also time friendly projects to work on. They do not demand a hectic long year to complete  the shooting of the film, it is just a matter of months. As real life stories mostly revolve around two to three cities, there is no requirement to shift the cast and crew from one palace to another.

The most important thing in this kind of movies is these are highly beneficial for our society. They just don’t tell stories but help people to get inspired. Previously people watched romantic fictions or action movies and thought that even he or she can run his/her car at a speed of 300, or he or she will meet his beloved in some bad situation like while fighting with rowdies. These movies only mislead people, in a contrast, biopics are helpful. They give us a lot and lot of information. Like the movie, ‘Rustam’ tells us, how the judicial system worked before 1959. ‘No One Killed Jessica’ and ‘Talvar’ have shaken us totally by telling us the deepness of corruption that is prevailing in Indian Politics as well as the security system. ‘Pan Singh Tomar’ was such a film, which made regret ourselves as well as our system. Tell me who knew about the ‘Manzi- The Mountain Man’? Who cut the whole mountain all alone. No drought, cold or hot weather were able to stop him.

Biopics also helps in giving the appropriate respect and recognition to the deserved personalities. For example, ‘Airlift’, nobody was aware of ‘Mathunny Mathews’, A Kuwait-based business man. A great man who kept everything he has at stake to safely evacuate Indian citizens living in Kuwait to India, during the Iraq-Kuwait war. Even the latest ‘Dangal’ tells the devotion of a father (Wrestler Mahavir Singh Phoghat) towards getting his flag flying on the top of others.

Nowadays this trend is practiced by all kinds of actor. Whereas non-commercial actors like Nabazudin Siddiqui, Irfan Khan adopted this technique. Commercial actors like Shahrukh Khan and ‘Salman’ Khan are also not left behind in this process with their movies ‘Raees’ and ‘Sultan’ respectively.

We have a number of biopics releasing soon in the line. Ranbir Kapoor will be seen playing the role of ‘Sanjay Dutt’ in his biopic. Kangana Ranaut is playing the lead role in a movie based on ‘Rani Laxmi Bai’. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati‘ is also coming starring Deepika Padukone. Then Arjun Rampal will be seen in ‘Daddy’, based on the life of Don Arun Gawali. Shraddha Kapoor will be seen in the film based on the life of Dawood Abraham’s sister ‘Haseena – The Queen’. Then 1911, which is based on Football player ‘Shibdas Bhaduri’. John will be playing this role.

If this is to be continued, then I think those days are not so far when sacrifice, struggle, devotion, and the creation of every individual will get it’s recognition and respect on a big screen.

India has the world’s second-largest mobile phone user base with over 929.37 million users as of May 2012. In the year 2008 mobile phone changed the way it was. Mobile Phones became smartphones. It was not only for calling but useful for other purposes too. Before some years, mobiles were there just to call and converse with people if needed. But later on it became the approach for anything and everything. And I don’t think that anybody will deny the contribution of Android in this outcome. But very few know the story behind it.

Most of us think that Android was founded by Google, but it is not the reality. It was built by four not so known software engineers in the year 2003. ‘Andy Rubin’ was one of them. The intention behind it was to make a smart phone with an advanced operating system for digital cameras. But because of the poor response from market, they diverted their effort to make a operating system which can compete with Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile.

This whole process went very secretly, No body was aware of this project. Google then went with this innovation to enter the mobile market. HTC Dream was the first commercially available smartphone having Android as it’s operating system, released on October 22, 2008 under the supervision of Andy Rubin and group. Sundar Pichai, succeeded Andy Rubin as the next head of Android and Chrome OS before becoming CEO of Google.

People were a lot skeptical about Android in the starting but became fan of it later. Android also came into smart watches. But Sony was the first company to launch a smartwatch with Android OS in 2010. Android also developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Android Wear for wrist watches,each with a specialized user interface. Variants of Android are also used on notebooks, game consoles,digital cameras, and other electronics. Today after a decade of it’s invention Android has acquired 85% of the smartphone OS market share. Later this became the reason behind the stress in the relationship between Google and Android. Otherwise before some years iphone was configured with a number of Google application. We are surrounded by Android just like air.

Ted Poe, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher introduced this bill which calls for declaration of Pakistan as State Sponsor of Terrorism.

The Congressman said, “Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years.  From harboring Osama bin Laden to its cozy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. And it’s not America’s.”

The Process:

This bill will require the Administration to formally answer this question. The President must issue a report within 90 days of passage detailing whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism.

Thirty days after that, the Secretary of State must issue a follow-up report containing either a determination that Pakistan is State Sponsor of Terrorism or a detailed justification as to why Pakistan does not meet the legal criteria for designation.

Petition Campaign:

Also, a petition campaign is being run by forum named ‘We the People’ in support of this Act. More than 26 thousand people have signed in the favor.

Petition link : Petetion