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Second Innings: Deep Probeen Porisheba (DPP) Creates new Milestone in Taking care of Greying Population in Kolkata

Established in 2013, ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’, is an in-home service for the elderly, provided by the Saint James –HRDS India (P) Ltd. – a subsidiary of HRDS, USA

Deep Probeen Porisheba (DPP) Team in Kolkata, Photo by Deepannita DAS/NewsGram
“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” 
― Rabindranath Tagore

Kolkata, Nov 22, 2016: Light is what guides the needy, out of the hopelessness of darkness. To the distressed people and the people in need, one hope is all that it takes to get them back to living a better life, to make them want to live to the fullest.

This is where ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’ comes in and becomes a unique destination for the elderly. This one of its kind organisation provides in-home services for the elderly people. It runs an old age facility for the elderly people who can enjoy the services from the comfort of their own home. Filled with old-age-homes and ‘Ashrams’, Kolkata still lacks many of in-home services. The excellent services and multiple options provided by DPP, is making it a popular choice for the elderly, particularly for people in Kolkata.

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International Senior Citizen Day, Source: DPP
International Senior Citizen Day, Source: DPP

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One of their members, Kamlesh Agarwal (79) who lives in Ballygunge says, I have joined DPP in 2015 and it helps me to socialize with people. My son is a Scientist in Orlando and my daughter stays in Dubai. Attending events and sharing stories with other people helps me to cope up with the solitude.”

My therapist helps me to get better each day. “I like to paint and I still feel young at heart.”

When an old couple has children abroad or lost their family, it becomes a dark world for the helpless couple with nobody to take care of them properly, nobody to sit beside and spend the evening with, none to accompany to the medical appointments or none to have the dinner with.

Dr Kallol Guha, CEO of Deep Probeen Porisheba
Dr Kallol Guha, CEO of Deep Probeen Porisheba

Another member, Pratima Biswas is with DPP for more than 3 years. A resident of Ekdalia, in Kolkata- she feels secure and safe to be connected with the organisation. “They are just a call away. If I have to go somewhere, they reach out to us and guide us accordingly.”

In today’s fast-paced world, one of the neediest people in the society is the elderly or old people who do not have a care in the world or situations have pushed them to the edge of living a life full of solitude. Therefore, they are the ones unable to fully cope with the newest generation, walk along today’s youth, and talk the language of the tech-world.

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India, one of the most prominent developing countries of the third world, is a nation that suffers from the crisis in which a society marks the old age- homes as the inevitable destination for the old people. Children moving abroad in need of better career and occupation or the loss of family leave the old people to reach out to the old age facilities offered nowadays. Kolkata also shows the same picture and the need for such facilities keeps increasing at an alarming rate, proving the distress of the old people in our society.

Pujo Meet, Source: DPP
Pujo Meet, Source: DPP

But moving one’s old parents to an old-age-home is not the answer that resolves the distress of the old ones. Leaving one’s own home and getting severed from the regular lifestyle is not only painful but also weakens the already weak minds of the old ones. While there are multiple old-age-homes in Kolkata, there are not much of excellent services available for the needy old people.

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DPP’S services include- technology assistance, companionship, social gatherings and picnics in groups, psychological counselling, a visit to the religious places, city-travel assistance, long distance travel assistance, handyman services and car-rental services.

Apart from these their medical services are also extremely helpful and those include-emergency services, regular health monitoring, monthly appointments to the doctor, quarterly visits by the well-known Geriatric specialist, post-operative care, nutrition advice, physiotherapy, help with understanding medical reports or prescriptions and the health-insurance policies and affiliation with the well-known diagnostic and nursing centers in Kolkata.

Established in 2013, ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’, is an in-home service for the elderly, provided by the Saint James –HRDS India (P) Ltd. – a subsidiary of HRDS, USA.

The services offered by DPP are delivered at home and they are extremely reliable, consistent and professional providing a membership package that is completely flexible and customized to suit the needs of every family.

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Compassionate, well-trained and dedicated carers make the services worth choosing. An expert panel of qualified physicians and medical professionals are a plus in the services and the regular delivery of the progress-reports to the family members anywhere in the globe, make ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’, a wonderful destination for the elderly and loved ones of one’s family.

– reporting by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Peace Visionary and a Man Who Believed in India’s Destiny and was Ready To Fight For It

It was precisely this persona of Vajpayee -- one merged in Hindutva ideology yet seemingly not wholly willing to bow to it -- that won him admirers cutting across the political spectrum.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee,
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India's peace visionary. Image: Flickr

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a man of moderation in a fraternity of jingoistic nationalists; a peace visionary in a region riven by religious animosity; and a man who believed in India’s destiny and was ready to fight for it.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (93), who died on Thursday, will go down in history as a person who tried to end years of hostility with Pakistan and put development on the front burner of the country’s political agenda. He was also the first non-Congress Prime Minister to complete a full five-year term.

Even though he lived the last 13 years of his life in virtual isolation, dogged by debilitating illnesses and bedridden, he has left an enduring legacy for the nation and the region where he was much loved and respected across the political spectrum and national boundaries, including in Pakistan.

Vajpayee, former Indian Prime Minister
Vajpayee stunned the world by making India a declared nuclear state. Image: Wikimedia Commons

In the tumultuous period he presided over the destiny of the world’s largest democracy, Vajpayee stunned the world by making India a declared nuclear state and then almost went to war with Pakistan before making peace with it in the most dramatic fashion.
In the process, his popularity came to match that of Indira Gandhi, a woman he admired for her guts even as he hated her politics.

He also became the best-known national leader after Indira Gandhi and her father Jawaharlal Nehru.

After despairing for years that he would never become Prime Minister and was destined to remain an opposition leader all his life, he achieved his goal, but only for 13 days, from May 16-28, 1996, after his deputy, L.K. Advani, chose not to contest elections that year.
His second term came on March 19, 1998, and lasted 13 months, a period during which India stunned the world by undertaking a series of nuclear tests that invited global reproach.

Although his tenure again proved short-lived, his and his government’s enhanced stature following the world-defying blasts enabled him to return as Prime Minister for the third time on October 13, 1999, a tenure that lasted a full five-year term.

When finally he stepped down in May 2004, after an election that he was given to believe he would win, it marked the end of a long and eventful political career spanning six decades.

Vajpayee had gone into these elections riding a personality cult that projected him as a man who had brought glory to the nation in unprecedented ways. The BJP’s election strategy rested on seeking a renewed mandate over three broad pillars of achievement that the government claimed — political stability in spite of the pulls and pressures of running a multi-party coalition; a “shining” economy that saw a dizzying 10.4 percent growth in the last quarter of the previous year; and peace with Pakistan that changed the way the two countries looked at each other for over 50 years.

The results of the elections could not have come as a greater shock to a man who was hailed for his achievements and who was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 influential men of the decade.

Success didn’t come easily to the charismatic politician, who was born on Christmas Day in 1924 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, into a family of moderate means. His father was a school teacher and Vajpayee would later recall his early brush with poverty.

He did his Masters in Political Science, studying at the Victoria College in Gwalior and at the DAV College in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, where he first contested, and lost, elections. He began his professional career as a journalist, working with Rashtradharma, a Hindi monthly, Panchjanya, a Hindi weekly, and two Hindi dailies, Swadesh and Veer Arjun. By then he had firmly embraced the ideals of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).
But even as he struggled to win electoral battles, his command over Hindi, the lingua franca of the North Indian masses, his conciliatory politics and his riveting oratory brought him into public limelight.

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His first entry into Parliament was in 1962 through the Rajya Sabha, the upper house. It was only in 1971 that he won a Lok Sabha election. He was elected to the lower house seven times and to the Rajya Sabha twice.

Vajpayee spent months in prison when Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency rule in June 1975. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Vajpayee spent months in prison when Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency rule in June 1975 and put her political opponents in jail. When the Janata Party took office in 1977, dethroning the Congress for the first time, he became the foreign minister.

The lowest point in his career came when he lost the 1984 Lok Sabha polls, that too from his birthplace Gwalior, after Rajiv Gandhi won an overwhelming majority following his mother Indira Gandhi’s assassination. And the BJP he led ended up with just two seats in
the 545-member Lok Sabha, in what looked like the end of the road for the right-wing party.

In no time, Vajpayee was replaced and “eclipsed” by his long-time friend L.K. Advani.
Although they were the best of friends publicly, Vajpayee never fully agreed with Advani’s and the assorted Hindu nationalist groups’ strident advocacy of Hindutva, an ideology ranged against the idea of secular India.

Often described as the right man in the wrong party, there were also those who belittled him as a moderate “mask” to a hardline Hindu nationalist ideology. Often he found his convictions and value systems at odds with the party, but the bachelor-politician never went against it.

It was precisely this persona of Vajpayee — one merged in Hindutva ideology yet seemingly not wholly willing to bow to it — that won him admirers cutting across the political spectrum. It was this trait that made him the Prime Minister when the BJP’s allies concluded they needed a moderate to steer a hardliner, pro-Hindu party.

He brought into governance measures that created for India a distinct international status on the diplomatic and economic fronts. In his third prime ministerial stint, Vajpayee launched a widely acclaimed diplomatic initiative by starting a bus service between New Delhi and Pakistan’s Lahore city.

Its inaugural run in February 1999 carried Vajpayee and was welcomed on the border by his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif. It was suspended only after the 2001 terror attack on the Indian Parliament that nearly led to a war between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

The freeze between the two countries, including an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation on the border for nearly a year, was finally cracked in the spring of 2003 when Vajpayee, while in Kashmir, extended a “hand of friendship” to Pakistan. That led to the historic summit in January 2004 with then President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad — a remarkable U-turn after the failed summit in Agra of 2001. Despite the two men being so far apart in every way, Musharraf developed a strong liking for the Indian leader.

His unfinished task, one that he would probably rue, would be the peace process with Pakistan that he had vowed to pursue to its logical conclusion and a resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

He was not known as “Atal-Ji”, a name that translates into firmness, for nothing. He could go against the grain of his party if he saw it deviate from its path. When Hindu hardliners celebrated the destruction of the 16th century Babri Mosque at Ayodhya, he was full of personal remorse for the apocalyptic action and called it — in a landmark interview to IANS — the “worst miscalculation” and a “misadventure”. He even despaired that “moderates have no place — who is going to listen to the voice of sanity?”

In his full five-year term, he successively carried forward India’s economic reforms programme with initiatives to improve infrastructure, including flagging off a massive national highway project that has become associated with his vision, went for massive privatisation of unviable state undertakings despite opposition from even within his own party.

While his personal image remained unsullied despite his long innings in the murky politics of this country, his judgment was found wanting when his government was rocked by an arms bribery scandal that sought to expose alleged payoffs to some senior members of his cabinet. His failure to speak up when members of his party and its sister organisations, who are accused of killing more than 1,000 Muslims in Gujarat, was questioned by the liberal fraternity who wondered aloud about his secular proclamations. He wanted then Chief Minister — now Prime Minister, Narendra Modi — to take responsibility for the riots and quit but was prevailed upon by others not to press his decision.

A day before his party lost power, Vajpayee was quoted as saying in a television interview that if and when he stepped down he would like to devote his time to writing and poetry. But fate ruled otherwise. The man who once rued that “I have waited too long to be Prime Minister” found his last days in a world far removed from the adulation and attention — though across the nation people prayed for his well-being — surrounded only by care-givers and close family whom he even failed to recognize. (IANS)