Jeevika calls us to make history. Yes we are called to make history in our life time, in fact in the next three years. Few people in history has had such an opportunity. Jeevika plans to impact directly 12 million families or households that is about 72 million people spread over a 100,000 villages. Yes we live in epic times. Indirectly we stand to change the behaviour of 100 million people, change the social norms of how they…"Jeevika Calls 1"
Remember the way ‘lepers’ are mentioned in the Bible? After more than 20 centuries of human endeavor the disease and the stigma continue to mock at us."Leprosy: Is it the Lost Sheep of Public Health?"
2016 is the International Year of Pulses. The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) (A/RES/68/231)"2016, The Year of Pulses"
There are four bright UNICEF stars on the Bollywood firmament. Three born in the late sixties and one mid eighties. Let us take a quick look at them.The latter half of sixties had some magic about it."Our Children, Stars and Legends"
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve."SDGs– Sustainable Development Goals"
The UN is 70 years old. There are many views on the way the UN functions. A significant view is that the United Nations is both “flawed” and “indispensable.” That is the point of view of the Obama administration. The world sees two different UNs. One is the global institution itself. This “UN” is composed of departments, programs and agencies that deliver many essential services like peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. I asked the editor of Himal…"UN is 70. How Relevant is UN?"
SMART CHILDREN BEFORE SMART CITIES-Augustine Veliath Children in cities and towns are excluded from vital services. Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children deprived of opportunities, facilities, freedom and dignity."Children in Cities"
Augustine Veliath Proposes the Consortium and Communities Approach to Life Long Education (C-CASE ) Life long education? We have run out of excuses. Nation wide and world wide life long education is now possible.We have the reach, the technology, the know how, the arguments, the consensus and the conviction."Education: 10 People Strategies."
Augustine Veliath Outlines Seven Steps to Make India a Healthy Nation of Healthy States. Every Indian has the right to the highest attainable standard of health. The country already has the medical knowledge and technology to save millions of lives, what we lack is a sense of emergency, a sense of compassion and fairness to our teeming millions who are marginalized and excluded and an effective system to deliver care.Empowering health professionals to do their best, wherever they…"A Healthy India in Seven Steps"
Sharmila Tagore in Conversation with Augustine Veliath on VAW (Violence Against Women). The very beautiful and talented Sharmila Tagore recently addressed leaders of local governments, on the occasion of the Panchayati Raj Foundation Day. She chose to speak about violence against women (VAW). On the sides of the event, I had a chance to interview her. She firmly believes that when it comes to violence against women the local self governments can bell the cat. She…"VAW- Who will Bell the Cat? Sharmila Tagore"