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Paradigm shift; VHP to fight caste division within Hindu Society

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Vishva Hindu Parishad, the right-wing Hindu nationalist organization has decided to fight caste divisions within the Hindu society to promote intra-religious unity.

In a bid to unite Hindus of Uttar Pradesh, Praveen Togadia led VHP has coined the slogan, Ek Kuan, Mandir aur Shamshan, Hinduon ki Yahi Pehchan ( Same well, temple and cremation ground for all Hindus). The slogan aims to hit at the root of caste based discrimination which prohibits members of lower castes to use the same well, temple and cremation ground being used by the members of upper castes.

The organization has decided to launch a program called Hindu Parivar Mitra, to bring the Hindu society closer by promoting commensality among different caste members. The program will encourage people to break the barriers of caste.

“We have also decided to launch the Hindu Parivar Mitra campaign. Conceived by VHP working president Praveen Togadia, the idea of this campaign is to unite the Hindus. Irrespective of their caste, all Hindus should share meal with each other. They should be part of each other’s happiness and sorrow.” Sharad Sharma, VHP’s Ayodhya chapter spokesperson said.

He also said that the target of the program would be to form one lakh Hindu Parivar Mitras in the country within a year.

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Super Drug to Take on Stubborn Tuberculosis in Uttar Pradesh, India

Another pill with bedaquiline has already been introduced in the state to fight excessively drug resistant (XDR) TB

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The new anti-TB drug, with delamanid as active substance, is currently administered to patients. Pixabay

Uttar Pradesh may soon get a new drug to fight the multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB).

The new anti-TB drug, with delamanid as active substance, is currently administered to patients — primarily children in the age group of six to 17 years — in a few southern states of India and is yet to be introduced in Uttar Pradesh, which reported 4.22 lakh patients in 2018.

According to the State TB officer Santosh Gupta, “Delamanid would be introduced in UP in the third quarter of the year, as per the central guidelines.”

“We are awaiting procurement of the drug from the union government. Four of our officers have been trained for implementation of it, which will be given to children (9-17 years) with MDR-TB,” the doctor added.

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Uttar Pradesh may soon get a new drug to fight the multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB). Pixabay

Gupta said that another pill with bedaquiline has already been introduced in the state to fight excessively drug resistant (XDR) TB and for which 18 nodal drug resistance centres have been set up.

“An XDR-TB patient is resistant to all anti-TB drugs, including even the stronger combinations of medicines. It is an advanced form of MDR-TB. Bedaquiline, which is WHO recommended, has been made available to patients for free and is found to be effective,” said Gupta and added that patients were being kept under close observation for side effects.

He further laid emphasis on the early detection of TB cases.

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Meanwhile, chairman of the UP state task force for TB control and head of KGMU’s respiratory medicine department, Professor Suryakant said: “Around 28 lakh TB patients are recorded in India. If nutrition is not received in the form of lentils/pulses, fruits and vegetables in diet, a person is more susceptible to the TB bacteria.” (IANS)