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International Men’s Day: Criteria you have to fulfill if you are a ‘Man’ in India

You need to pull the chair, pay the bill, open the door, also you should go on your knees to propose the girl you love, and at the same time, you got to believe in equality of both the sexes

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November 19, 2016: November 19 marks the International Men’s Day in the honor of men across the globe but it’s not as big in India as it should be. While the rest of the world on this day highlight important issues concerning men such as the men’s health issues and discrimination they face, Indians don’t really know of the occasion much.

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Maybe, because the root of patriarchy in India is so deep that to dedicate a special day to them doesn’t seem to be necessary. However, privilege does come along with its own set of pressures, and it’s the same in India.

On International Men’s Day, let’s look at the other side of the story.

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The unfortunate sides of being a man in India:

You should be the breadwinner

Men are by default expected to be the breadwinner of the family. They essentially need to take up well-paid jobs. You don’t really have the option to take up something where the pay is less as you need to support your family.

In comparison to that, some women in India still have the luxury to choose their own career without thinking much about the returns, or even they can choose not work at all, but men, they don’t really have such an option in India.

If your wife is a working woman, you should earn more than your wife. Always!

In this 21st century, Indians have somewhat made peace with educated, and working women but wife earning more than the husband is something Indians still cannot stand. This may sound a little weird, but it cannot be denied.

Even if the husband himself doesn’t feel it that way, society will make sure that he feels the other way round by mocking or criticizing him.

You are a man. You should behave in a certain way

You are a man and you shouldn’t express your feelings in public. No matter how heartbroken you are, you cannot cry. You cannot wear pink as that’s too feminine. You need to be rough and tough, or pretend to be even if you are not. You should essentially love sports, and video games. Whereas, clicking selfies is again feminine.

Representational image. Pixabay
Representational image. Pixabay

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Feminism and Chivalry should go together for you; you cannot miss either of them

Pinch of both is essential. You need to pull the chair, pay the bill, open the door, also you should go on your knees to propose the girl you love, and at the same time, you got to believe in equality of both the sexes. You just need to choose between chivalry and feminism depending on the situation actually.

The concept of being ‘Manly’

‘Be a man’, ‘you are man’ are some of the phrases men in India will definitely listen as he’ll be growing up or rather all his life.

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Sadly what people fail to understand is there is nothing called masculine or feminine- it is a perspective that varies from person to person, and it cannot be determined by gender.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Here’s how Carbon Footprint Can be Reduced in India

Carbon footprint in India can be reduced by 20%

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BY VISHAL GULATI

The report focuses on the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the two most carbon-intensive products — passenger cars and residential buildings.

Producing and using materials more efficiently to build passenger cars and residential homes could cut carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions between 2016 and 2060 by up to 25 gigaton across the Group of Seven (G7) member states, the International Resource Panel (IRP) finds in a summary for policymakers released here on Wednesday.

This is more than double the annual emissions from all the world’s coal-fuelled power plants.

The IRP finds that emissions from the production of materials like metals, wood, minerals and plastics more than doubled over the 20-year period to 2015, accounting for almost one-quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions.

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Majority of carbon-intensive products are used in manufacturing cars. Pixabay

It warns that without boosting material efficiency, it will be almost impossible and substantially more expensive to keep global heating below 1.5 degrees Celsius — the more ambitious of the two Paris climate targets.

The IRP Summary for Policymakers, Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future, prepared at the request of the G7, is the first comprehensive scientific analysis estimating total cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in homes and cars that can be achieved through material efficiency.

Together, the construction and manufacturing sectors are responsible for an estimated 80 per cent of emissions generated by the first use of materials.

Using strategies and technologies that already exist, G7 countries could save up to 170 million tons of carbon emissions from residential homes in 2050.

India could save 270 million tons, and China could save 350 million tons in 2050 in this same sector.

If we look at the full lifecycle of cars, material efficiency strategies could help G7 countries, China and India reduce GHG emissions by up to 450 million tons each in 2050. These reductions can help countries stay within their carbon budget.

Extending the lifetime of products, reusing components, substituting or using less material, and making more intensive use of materials by, for example, ride-sharing, are all strategies that G7 countries could implement today to tackle global warming.

“Climate mitigation efforts have traditionally focused on enhancing energy efficiency and accelerating the transition to renewables. While this is still key, this report shows that material efficiency can also deliver big gains,” UN Environment Executive Director Inger Andersen said.

The IRP finds that the carbon footprint of the production of materials for cars could be cut by up to 70 per cent in G7 countries, and 60 per cent in China and 50 per cent in India in 2050.

The largest emission savings from passenger vehicles come from a change in how people use cars, like car-pooling and car-sharing, and a move away from large SUVs.

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The construction and manufacturing sectors are responsible for an estimated 80 per cent of emissions generated by the first use of materials. Pixabay

The report also shows that greenhouse gas emissions from the production of materials for residential buildings in the G7, China and India could be reduced between 50 and 80 per cent in 2050 with greater material efficiency.

The most promising strategies include more intensive use of space e.g. reducing demand for floor space, switching out concrete and masonry for sustainably produced wood, improving recycling, and building lighter homes using less carbon-intensive steel, cement and glass.

Reducing demand for floor space in the G7 by up to 20 per cent could lower greenhouse gas emissions from the production of materials by up to 73 per cent in 2050.

Shared homes, smaller units, and downsizing when children move out lead to these big reductions.

The cuts revealed by the report are on top of emission savings generated by the decarbonisation of electricity supply, the electrification of home energy use, and the shift towards electric and hybrid vehicles.

Many of these emission reductions will only be possible if countries create enabling policy environments and incentives, the report says.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres wants countries to increase the ambition of their climate targets at the ongoing UN climate change negotiations (COP25) that entered its final stage in this Spanish capital.

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The IRP report urges policymakers to integrate material efficiency into their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to set higher emission reduction targets that will limit the damage from global warming.

Currently, only Japan, India, China, and Turkey mention resource efficiency, resources management, material efficiency, circular economy or consumption side instruments as explicit mitigation measures in their NDCs. (IANS)