Globalization: Ideological Construction or Evident Reality

Is globalization actually happening? Globalization: Ideological Construction or Evident Reality? No sooner has academician and local commentators seem to argue that globalization was changing everything in today’s world, that it became fashionable to proclaim the ‘end of globalization’ or the ’death of globalization’ post 9/11. However, this debate about globalization remains quite unfathomable and hence above questions unanswered. Globalization, as argued, is a slippery and dangerous yet most important buzzword of our times. It is slippery because it can have multiple meanings and can be used in multiple ways. It…

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Bokoharam Tale of Horror

That night was unusual, the ethereal attribute of the night engulfed Chibok, drowning it’s remnants into an abyss of sorrow and despair. At the stroke of mid-night Chibok, a small town in Borno State lost 300 “protectors of culture” into the hands of the Islamist militant group, Bokoharam. The sectarian violence perpetuated by Bokoharam now seems imperishable, having no scope of reversal. Since 2002 Nigeria has been the victim to huge scale mass killing, abduction, kidnapping at the hands of the Islamist militant group Bokoharam- etymologically “No Western Education”. In…

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ILO Freedom of Association

Core International Labour Organization Convention on the “Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise” 1948 (No. 87) - The Stand of the Government of India and Arguments in favour of its Ratification. Introduction: International Labour Organization (ILO) The International Labour Organization has its origins at the end of the First World War, in 1919 (as part of the Treaty of Versailles) to ensure social justice. It is a unique tripartite system of organization, bringing together governments, employers and workers in its executive bodies. The constitution of the…

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Leadership Skills for Indian Students

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. John Quincy Adams. There are mushrooming leadership development programs for students in the developed countries to impart leadership skills and abilities in students. Some prestigious international universities have customized training programs including Harvard Business School offering degrees in the domain of leadership. However, there are no such initiatives and courses in India despite being the second largest populated country in the world with the highest number of young population. In fact,…

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Build Leadership for Women Leaders

“A woman is like a tea bag, you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt. International Women's Day is observed on March 8 every year. I would like to write a few words on building women leaders as a mark of respect to women. Although leadership is not gender specific, we find a very few women leaders globally due to cultural, religious, social and other factors including glass ceiling. The good news is that currently women are kicking the glass ceiling and…

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An Honor to be a Woman in India

“The man, who was born to a woman and doesn’t respect a woman, has no right to live in this world.” – Prof. M.S.Rao. Dear leaders, It is an honor to share some thoughts on women who constitute approximately half of the Indian population. You are the force behind India! You are the power of India! You are the real leaders of this great country! Several revolutions are successful with your active support. You have transformed the Indian society amazingly by working from behind scenes. Because you think what is…

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Monopoly Game

As the Arab Awakening unfolds, Egypt is going through a transitional state, fighting for democracy and searching for its new identity. A Monopoly Game of a political nature recently emerged in the blustering political arena. A game oddly played by five disparate bickering forces, yet they were the only forces to be involved and affirmed an active role. Washington, Qatar, Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and the mainstream media, five pivotal entities guided by their own interests, they gained an exclusive monopoly privilege and dictated their political agenda over Egypt.…

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Exemplary Declaration

The recent Declaration released by the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) entitled "End Violence Against Women" ratified mid March 2013, which unleashed a torrent of unexpected reactions particularly from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and Al Azhar in Egypt. Sections of article 13 stirred turmoil of indignation and abrupt apprehension as they viewed it as a document that contradicts the sacred morals and principle of Islam. When the commission included sections that would allow woman's freedom to choose of a partner that might not be of the…

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Sandy’s Lesson

The uproars and thunders of hurricane Sandy, a category one colossal force of wind, have recently sparked a controversy. The aftermath of such a disaster has become a source of strong disputes and arguments among people with faith. Sandy left us in a deep state of shock and confusion and for most of us left us with heavy hearts and deep sadness. Through different ideologies and religions, people are trying to comprehend the mysterious phenomena of natural disasters. Some people of faith believe it is a manifestation of God's wrath…

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Early Marriage: what is the right age?

What is the right age for a girl to become a woman? “The transformation of gender relations in the developing world is the greatest social revolution of our era, and we need to keep that in mind in everything we do” Dr. John Coonrod, Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project. In a barren region of southern Ethiopia, 13-year-old Dhaki worries about whether she will be pregnant as a result of her husband – 11 years her senior – forcing himself upon her last night, and whether her neighbours heard…

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Women’s Day

I'm a painter who only paints the portraits of women! I've a portrait of: A woman who miles away, bare-footed under the blazing sun, walks And fetches the drinking water from a polluted pond! A woman pregnant who taking rest instead, Toils with men and feed her poor family; A woman who in the morning is raped by her master And in the night manhandled by the drunk husband But raises voice never, since she has been taught The husband is the mini-god while the master, the godfather! A woman…

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UNFCCC and Cancun Climate Change Summit

How can the UN avoid a repeat of the disastrous Copenhagen summit in Mexico? In the wake of the unsuccessful climate change conference held in Copenhagen last year, another summit is to be held in Cancun, Mexico this December. Intent on not ‘getting it wrong’ a second time, a series of meetings are to take place in the run up to Cancun, to discuss, deliberate and streamline negotiations. “Governments have a responsibility this year to take the next essential step in the battle against climate change.” These albeit ‘underestimated’ words…

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Green Revolution and Hunger

The Failings of the Green revolution puts Hunger back on the Priority Agenda. It was born and developed to boost agricultural production and feed the world’s growing population. Four decades later as hunger, particularly in the Asia- Pacific region climbs, the Green Revolution is unable to meet new demands, unable to feed new mouths. Launched in the late 1960s, the Green Revolution was a series of initiatives aimed at increasing agricultural production and feeding the world’s population affected by hunger. The initiatives, which included making grants and loans available to…

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Scandal of Pregnancy Mortality

The “scandal” surrounding child-birth deaths. Who is letting women and our future generations down? The joy a woman feels when she first finds out she is pregnant is quickly surpassed by natural feelings of apprehension. Not only about the prospect of looking after a helpless, newborn baby, but more so,  fear about the birth, with one morbidly frightening question lying deep in an expectant mothers overactive imagination, “will I die during labor?” Surely these thoughts are insane, absurd and paranoid, as in the 21st century mother mortality during child birth…

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UN Influence, in Retracting Inequitable Laws, and China

Over the past decade China has implemented and promoted some highly progressive and commendable policies, which can be seen as a pragmatic response to China’s cooperation with the United Nations. An expansion in community-based methadone therapy and needle exchange program, showed China’s dedication to being in accordance with human-centered principles. Most recently was China’s announcement that it is to lift the ban on restricting HIV positive travelers into the country, which particularly provides recognition of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) dedication to promoting “equal and inalienable rights…

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Traditional Medicine, Ayurveda – Science of Life

Traditional Medicine (Ayurveda - Science of Life) in the eyes of the UN Health and Insurance. Over the years your bodies become walking autobiographies, telling friends and strangers alike of the successes as well as stresses of your lives. From ancient Sanskrit verse. Ayurveda as per Wikipedia: Ayurveda (Devanāgarī: आयुर्वेद, the 'science of life') is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian Subcontinent and practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine. In Sanskrit, the word Ayurveda consists of the words āyus, meaning 'life', and veda, meaning 'related to knowledge' or…