Thursday January 24, 2019

Bipolar India: World Bipolar Day

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India, March 30: On World Bipolar Day, an organisation called Bipolar India celebrated the event by raising awareness about the condition and sharing latest development about the treatment and diagnosis of the condition. The event was attended by health experts as well as patients all who shared their experience of dealing with the condition.

The initiative was taken forward by Vijay Nallawala, whose Bipolar India knits the community together to aid people with the condition and raise awareness about the same.

On the occasion of World Bipolar Day, Nallawala also introduced a new platform which will help the bipolar disorder patient to earn money. The online website, which will be created by Nallawala, will help the Bipolar patients to get a freelance job of their choice and will also help them to showcase their talent.

Nallawala said, “I have experienced myself how the career of Bipolar disorder person suffers. Many patients even now are struggling to balance their career while they are suffering from this disorder. The trust issues between the person who is hiring and the Bipolar person tends to suffers. So to help them earn their livelihood, an online platform will be created which will be like a demand and supply platform. On freelance basis, people can hire the Bipolar person to do a particular job and on the other side the Bipolar person can choose what job he or she will like to do. Through this they can also showcase their talent like playing guitar, writing, making jiggles, photography, dancing, singing, any other talent which the person has and can earn money by using their talent.”

World Bipolar Day celebrated on the birth anniversary of artist Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed with the disorder, is celebrated on March 30. The disorder runs in families and leads to unusual mood shifts.

According to Nallawala, the internet has played a major role to raise awareness about the disorder in the country.

Around 15 million people in the country are suffering from the Bipolar Disorder. But it has not been spoken out in public at large.

“The social media has helped people to come together and communicate with each other about the issue. In India not many people come forward to talk about it. When I started with the Bipolar India, I majorly got responses from the developed countries. But after reading about the blogs, soon many people from India got in touch to share their experiences, talk about the issues they suffer. This is the first time we are celebrating World Bipolar Day to raise awareness about the issue and give a simple solution to one of the issue the Bipolar person suffers,” said, Nallawala.

Credits: dnaindia

  • Shriya Katoch

    Its nice to see that such diseases are given importance and not ignored as a “mental problem “.

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A Clean Ganga Not Possible Without Continuous Flow: Green

Bandyopadhayay stressed that the future of the Ganga, as well as that of its tributaries, depends on how quickly the transformation is made

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The Holy River Ganga in Haridwar, Source: Pixabay

By Bappaditya Chatterjee

The Centre’s efforts to rejuvenate the Hindu holy river have failed to impress environmentalists, who feel a clean Ganga will remain a distant dream due to the Modi government’s failure to ensure the continuous flow of the river.

“Nothing has been done for ensuring a continuous flow of the river and also for its rejuvenation by the Narendra Modi government. Continuity is of supreme importance as the holy river has been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit for many years. But the Centre is trying to treat its teeth,” said Magsaysay awardee and a member of the erstwhile National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), Rajendra Singh.

Spending crores of rupees for beautification of ghats has been “wastage of the public exchequer” because “without ensuring a continuous flow, clean Ganga will continue to remain a distant dream”, said Rajendra Singh, who goes by the sobriquet “Waterman of India”.

 

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River Ganga is one of the holiest rivers in India. Pixabay

Soon after assuming office, the Modi government rolled out its flagship “Namami Gange” mission at an estimated budget Rs 20,000 crore to clean and protect the Ganga.

 

Under Namami Gange, 254 projects worth Rs 24,672 crore have been sanctioned for various activities such as construction of sewage infrastructure, ghats, development of crematoria, river front development, river surface cleaning, institutional development, biodiversity conservation, afforestation, rural sanitation and public participation.

According to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, 131 projects out of 254 were sanctioned for creating 3,076 MLD (million litre per day) new sewage treatment plants (STPs), rehabilitating 887 MLD of existing STPs and laying 4,942 km of sewer lines for battling pollution in the Ganga and Yamuna rivers.

 

River Ganga is one of the holiest, yet the most polluted river.
River Ganga is also the most polluted river.

Till November-end of the 2018-19 fiscal, the National Mission for Clean Ganga released Rs 1,532.59 crore to the states and the Central Public Sector Undertakings for implementing the programme and meeting establishment expenditure.

Rajendra Singh said: “Ganga wants freedom today. There is no need for any barrage or dam. We want building of dams and any constructions on the river be stopped.”

 

Echoing Singh, another member of the now dissolved NGRBA, K.J. Nath, said the flow of the river had been obstructed at many locations and its own space (flood plains) encroached upon at multiple places in the name of riverfront development.

However, Jayanta Bandyopadhayay, a former Professor of IIM-Calcutta and presently Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, said the success or otherwise of initiatives and projects of any government in cleaning the Ganga cannot be judged in a five-year time frame.

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Managing a river like the Ganga, the lifeline of a very large number of people, is socio-technically a very complex issue and should be addressed with deep interdisciplinary knowledge, he added.

Bandyopadhayay stressed that the future of the Ganga, as well as that of its tributaries, depends on how quickly the transformation is made from the one dimensional perspective of rivers by engineers, political leaders, policymakers and others to a multidimensional and interdisciplinary one. (IANS)