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BY NEHA HEGDE
Transparency: Pardarshita is a Hindi documentary constituting of 7 episodes written, directed, and produced by Dr Munish Raizada from Chicago. This series focuses on the hidden side of Indian politics and principles of transparency and decentralization of power. In the 6th Episode – ” Swara Ke Tapu”, we acknowledge the concept of Gram Swaraj and its implementation in few parts of India.
The idea of ‘self-governance’, ‘self-rule’, or ‘local-governance’ is called Swaraj. This was demanded by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati in 1876. Later Mahatma Gandhi explained his vision towards Swaraj in 1946 that Independence begins at the bottom. Governance must be done according to the people. A society must be built in which every village has to be self-sustained and capable of managing its own affairs.
Lately, in 2012 Swaraj was reconsidered by Arvind Kejriwal, he wrote a book called “Swaraj” which he believes to be a model of how to inculcate local governance and transparency in the government of India. This aspect is explained in the 6th episode of the “Transparency: Pardarshita” web series.
This book is a manifesto for our times and for the anti-corruption movement, and an effective model for the nation to achieve the Swaraj
– Anna Hazare
Well, the truth is that implementation of Swaraj in India is not yet achieved. The promise of local-governance by Kejriwal seems fake when we consider the ground realities of Delhi. But, there are selective villages in India like Hiware Bazar, Kuthambakkam, and Ralegan Siddhi where the concept of Swaraj is impeccably established. We acknowledge these villages in the web series – “Transparency: Pardarshita” where the director himself explores all the above villages and lets us know about their development by the course of time.
Hiware Bazar located in the Nagar Taluka of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra is known as the model village for India because of its water-led transformation and irrigation facility. 30 years down the line of governance, this village suffered a severe drought which affected the people of the village. Basically, Hiware Bazar is a village of ‘Pailwaans’, wrestling was the high spot of the village.
In the 6th episode of the web series, Popatrao Pawar, a socio-economic reformer from Hiware Bazar says to Munish Raizada that before 1990, liquor addiction, gambling, fighting, and bad habits among people eclipsed the village. There was no hope of progress. But, gradually things started to change when the villagers themselves including a group of young people and women too decided that things have to change for the better. In 1995, the Adarsh Gaon Yojana was launched. Within two years, the situation turned upside down. Under this program, about 52 earthen bunds, two percolation tanks, 33 loose stone bunds, and 9 check dams were constructed.
To know more about Hiware Bazar, checkout: Hiware Bazar: A Model Village of India.
Later, Munish Raizada heads to explore the uniqueness of Kuthambakkam village in Tamil Nadu, which has overcome caste oppression and poverty to be a national model of participatory governance, improving the village economy. The Innovative Rural Housing and Habitat Development in Kuthambakkam Village project were initiated by the Trust for Village Self Governance (TVSG), a charitable trust established in 2001. This trust involved the creation of women self-help groups, skill development including construction skills, development of innovative and cost-effective industrial materials. This all was possible because of social integration.
To know more about Kuthambakkam, checkout: Gram Swaraj in Kuthambakkam Village of Tamil Nadu.
During 1975, Ralegan was well-known for poverty, hopelessness, soil-degradation, and the illicit liquor trade. Wells went dry which made it difficult for people to even find drinking water. Everything turned upside down when a retired army driver- Anna Hazare settled in the village. He couldn’t resist seeing the village getting worse.
To know more about Ralegan Siddhi, checkout: Ralegan Siddhi: How Anna Hazare Transformed His Village.
Well, these might be a few examples that portray how the participation of people and local governance can change the whole system. Now, let’s look at Delhi where the present chief minister had promised local governance with transparency in his times.
Want to read more in Hindi? Checkout: कथनी से ज़्यादा करनी पर ज़ोर देने वाले बने दो आदर्श ग्राम
There are many examples to prove how helpless the people of Delhi are under the ruling party. Considering Anganwadi workers and guest teachers, they’ve been protesting for many years for various reasons- minimum wage, permanent recruitment, etc. The fettle of Anganwadis are rejecting too, there is no space for children and any kind of facility as an education institute must-have.
To get rid of poverty, the leader says about the facility of shelter homes. The condition of these shelter homes is sickening. Basic hygiene, cleanliness, shelter, and food are out of context. Delhi constitutes 6.9%(0.63 lacs) poor in the rural sector and 15.2% (22.30 lacs) poor people in which many are homeless and they sleep on streets.
The reality is cruel and harsh but it is also in our hands to choose our leader. Delhi deserves a leader knowing the fettle and struggle of Aam Aadmi. It’s high time that we don’t fall for fake promises.
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit
By Nimerta C Sharan
Your monthly round up of the latest lifestyle launches, from luxury indulgences to artisanal creations, here's what you can look forward to :
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags. | Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash
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Looking for a quick festive fashion fix for you and your loved ones? E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. The shopping platform has roped in stylista Sonam Kapoor as the face of the sale that will offer more than 2500 brands at discounted prices.
E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. | Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash
The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe. | Photo by Jean Vella on Unsplash
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. | Pixabay
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Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. | Photo by Souravi Sinha on Unsplash
Keywords: Lifestle, AJIO, sale, Deepika PAdukone, saris, Motifs, artisan, art
Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body and left her with "permanent stretch marks". For her role in the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, Kangana had to gain 20kg and undergo major physical transformation several times.
She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Kangana Ranaut, Thalaivii, bollywood, stretc marks, actress, tamil cinema