Ekatvam is what?

Tanishq pulled down its Ekatvam ad from its YouTube channel today.

The ad shows preparations for a traditional Hindu baby shower celebration. The pregnant girl, visibly a Hindu, and her mother-in-law, visibly a Muslim have a conversation towards the end. The girl says to ‘Ma’, “You don’t have this type of ritual in your home, do you?” And Ma says, “The ritual of keeping our daughters happy is in all homes.” or something to this effect.

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Mental health – Smile Simi

Yesterday, 10th October was World Mental Health Day.

According to the National Health Mission (India) website

It is estimated that 6-7 % of the population suffers from mental disorders. The World Bank report (1993) revealed that the Disability Adjusted Life Year (DALY) loss due to neuropsychiatric disorder is much higher than diarrhea, malaria, worm infestations and tuberculosis if taken individually. Together these disorders account for 12% of the global burden of disease (GBD) and an analysis of trends indicates this will increase to 15% by 2020 (World Health Report, 2001).

One in four families is likely to have at least one member with a behavioral or mental disorder (WHO 2001). These families not only provide physical and emotional support, but also bear the negative impact of stigma and discrimination. Most of them (>90%) remain un-treated. Poor awareness about symptoms of mental illness, myths & stigma related to it, lack of knowledge on the treatment availability & potential benefits of seeking treatment are important causes for the high treatment gap. 

NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME (NMHP), Government of India
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Later infection, better chances of survival

Received this long message as a Whatsapp forward. Someone took the trouble to write it (in September), and it makes sense, so here it is!

As time passes in a pandemic there’s a greater chance of survival for those getting infected 6 months later like September 2020 than those who got infected 6 months earlier say February 2020. The reason for this is that doctors and scientists know more about Covid-19 now than 6 months ago and hence are able to treat patients better.

I will list 5 important things that we know now that we didn’t know in February 2020 for your understanding.

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Virus on a roll

So the Chinese virus has lodged itself in one of the most powerful people on earth. Someone who has supposedly had the most coronavirus tests till date. And we are not surprised. No one is immune but they didn’t believe it, did they? Election campaigning, rallies, debates – all business as usual.

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Thoughts on Gandhi Jayanti

Postcard of 1955

Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much, recall the face of the poorest and weakest man you have seen, and ask yourself if this step you contemplate is going to be any use to him.

Mahatma Gandhi

These words are probably more relevant today than they were some 60-odd years ago, when Gandhi said them. There is wasteful expenditure on unnecessary development and infrastructure. The millions who are still in poverty and deprivation do not figure in the plans. And of course, nature and the environment are irrelevant. The scare that Covid has given the world has been inadequate to make the government and its agencies review its growth policies. It’s now left to the citizens to stand up and push for what is right.

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