Kashmir has been a land of saints and sages; that's why Kashmir is called Pir Vaer - an "alcove of saints". Kashmir's real identity is its Sufi-Rishi culture, not Islam. Will extremism destroy it?
Yoga is nature's free gift to humanity. In our consumer world where quality healthcare is becoming a monopoly of the rich, Yoga brings cheers for the poor. It is preventive and always works.
The tiny Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan, does not measure its progress by GDP; it uses Gross National Happiness (GNH). Now the idea of GNH is attracting global attention as a sustainable way to progress.
Empowerment of poor people is essential to counter their state of powerlessness and voicelessness. It makes them active agents of change in their own lives, rather than passive recipients of dole.
Child marriages set up girls into life-long misery. They are susceptible to all forms of abuses and are more likely to die during childbirth and their babies have higher mortality rates as well.
Charities usually focus on symptoms of poverty and are driven by donors' expectations than recipients'. They rarely bother about empowering the poor who remain as passive voiceless recipient.
Microcredit has emerged as a popular anti-poverty tool in recent decades. It aims to help the poor set up microenterprises so that they can earn, save and grow their income as entrepreneurs.
The poor don't form a class called poverty. They must be seen as people and development should focus on people, not economy growth alone.
In recent decades, fertility rates have declined steeply; the trend is firmly established and will continue. World population is expected to peak around 2100 at about 11 bn, then start declining!
If the basic needs approach (BNA) sees poverty in terms of consumption deprivation, the capabilities approach (CA) looks at poverty as deprivation of opportunities required to lead the life people want to live..
Amartya Sen’s capability theory sees development as expansion of people’s capabilities. It is a people centric multidimensional approach and goes well beyond economic growth.
There are several deep rooted causes of Indian poverty, some have historical roots and others derive strength from social structure. Lack of effective governance has only sustained Indian poverty.
A judgmental mind distorts our perceptions and makes relationships difficult. Practice of mindfulness can transform a judgmental mind into a discerning mind which is objective and non-reactive
In highly patriarchal societies women have little free choice even on their reproductive health. Once they have some control they can easily plan their pregnancies to their comforts.
Boredom is not something people should avoid. It is actually useful and leads to creativity. For those who meditate, boredom is the prime challenge.
The multidimensional poverty analysis reveals 53.7% poverty in India, as opposed to the official estimate of 22%. During 1999 - 2006, poverty reduced in India but less than its neighbors.
Poverty is now accepted as a situation of multidimensional deprivation. The multidimensional poverty index (MPI) offers a unique measure of shortages in the lives of the poor.
Indian society consists small islands of affluence in the ocean of poverty. The social structure is highly uneven: ultra rich and appalingly poor live side by side, preserving their social status!
Poverty is not an income issue, it is a human development issue. It is a state of multiple deprivations resulting from several factors including social and political, not merely lack of income.
Poor people are as useful for the society as the rich. They must be respected because they are the creation of an unjust socio-economic order. It is foolish to view them as inferior in any way.
India's official poverty line is very low and has lost credibility. It ismore like a number game. The current poverty estimates range from 12.4% to 41%. For Indian poor it's just a Joke.
There are still people talk of things like "population explosion" in India. It is nothing but a display of ignorance and fear of large population propagated by Malthus 200 years ago.
Kerala, a tiny state in south India, achieved demographic transition solely based on human development. It has left Western scholars confused who want to correlate everything with economic growth.
The One Child policy of China has led to selective abortion, killing, and dumping of girl children. It has severely skewed the sex ration and left over 30 million men without women for marriage.
The family planning initiatives in India are still stuck only on female sterilization. Find out why this is a faulty idea and what should actually be done.
The hype of "population explosion" in India is an imaginary phobia, not grounded on the reality of facts. As in rest of the world, the Indian population growth is declining steadily.
The typical fight or flight is not the only way of stress management. Research proves that interpersonal relations play a vital role in stress relief and preferred mostly by women.
Mindfulness, a precious gift from the East, is a wonderful way of living a healthy and balanced life. It automatically corrects a lot of deficiencies in behavior by fixing the attitude.
Mental chatter (also called mental talk or internal dialog) can become a serious issue if not handled correctly. It is certainly stressful but can be handled neatly by the practice of mindfulness.
Out of control mental chatter (mental talk or inner voice) is generally triggered by some negative incident. It can often have a crippling effect on your sense of well being and performance.
Can you imagine dreaded prisoners suddenly realizing the consequences of their deeds? Yes, this unthinkable feat is often observed after Vipassana Meditation courses in the prisons.
Health of brain is vital and needs proper care and nurturing to be effective in life. 4 simple ways are described to keep the brain healthy. Freedom from stress is an important aspect of brain health.
Brainwave entrainment technology offers a simple and safe way to relieve stress. Brainwave audios not only allow us to enjoy the soothing music but also relax us by directly changing our brainwaves.
Recurring nightmares can be real pain in the neck. They have the capacity to ruin your normal daily life. Lucid dreaming using brainwaves audios is an easy way to tackle the problem.