“I didn’t think I would have survived. I had lost a lot of blood.”With these words opens the first episode of Undefeated, a web series that chronicles the real-life stories of Indian army soldiers.The first episode, titled ‘Humanity and Courage’, narrates the story of Colonel DPK Pillay and how he came to be awarded India’s highest peacetime gallantry award, the Shaurya Chakra, at the age of 24.Noreen Sodhi, producer and CEO of Paper Weight Entertainment, the team behind the series, said about Undefeated:The first episode, which premiered on 26 January, gives the audience a glimpse into the life of Col Pillay. From bicycle rides to a visit to the local temple – it explores the different aspects of his life.The decision to join the army, say Pillay, was “natural”. Th
CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Housemaids, brick makers, labourers, textile workers, fleeing migrants and children risking their lives in mica mines. These were the faces of modern day slavery in 2016 when the world saw a renewed resolve to combat all forms of human bondage.An estimated 45.8 million people globally live in some form of slavery, either trafficked into forced labour, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by rights group Walk Free Foundation.Most of them are workers looking for a livelihood, better jobs, more income. And most of them are cheated, in debt bondage and trafficked to places far from home, campaigners said.But slowly the scourge of modern slavery is driving action; fr...
Sapna is a bright 23 year old young girl from New Delhi. She was studying at a government school and also doing a part time job when the attack took place. Sapna’s cousin who is 10 years older than her wished to marry her. She wanted to finish her schooling and pursue further education. Therefore, she was not keen to get married, especially not in the family to her cousin. Her refusal hurt her cousin’s pride. Sapna never thought that this rejection would cause her so much pain and suffering, especially not from someone in her own family. She was on her way to her office from school when two men on a scooter with covered faces threw acid on her. In spite of being in agony, Sapna ensured to find out who her attacker was so she ran after him and pulled the scarf off his face. She was shocked
Dr Larry Brilliant “It takes all of us to bend the arc of moral Universe towards Justice “ Dr Larry Brilliant.May 5, 1944, Detroit, Michigan, a physician , an epidemiologist , a technologist, a writer and a depressed student turned a brilliant doctor and social helper Larry (Lawrence) Brilliant who is in fact brilliant was born. At the age of 19 Larry was victim of depression and engulfed by grief by the thought of losing his father to cancer.One fine day he gathered the courage to come out and went to listen to a preacher ,Martin Luther King Jr. who was there to talk about hope, justice and truth in an auditorium which saw only 60 presentees. A discussion which was supposed to last for an hour lasted for six log hours and had a magical effect on Larry. The session boosted Larr
IIT-Guwahati scientists have developed a nanofibrous wound-healing mat that interacts with cells and helps scar heal faster without scarring.This mat is made of PVA, a non-protein polymer mixed with silk protein and varnished with an antibiotic and epidermal growth factor. Even the wounds that are 6mm in diameter can be healed from this mat by the smart material that accelerates the healing process.This nanofibrous mat is a boon for people suffering from diabetes for whom the wound-healing process is very slow. The results of this invention were recently published in the Acta Biomaterialia journal.The team under the supervision of Professor Biman B. Mandal from the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Guwahati, and the author
Map My Home Mir Mohammed Ali is an enthusiastic reformist. This 29 years old IAS Officer has in only a span of three months introduced tremendous social reforms in the district of Kannur, Kerala. His previous project “Map My Home” initiated in Trivandrum, which was aimed to comprehensively document public areas such as schools, hospitals and governmentK facilities on the Google maps for the State of Kerala. His latest initiatives revolve around creating a sustainable waste management system to tackle the severe pollution in the district of Kannur. By involving the citizens through simple and effective methods an effort has been made to make Kannur waste disposal free and to curb the huge influx of pollutants into its rivers. Other projects have aimed to document the rich history of th
Rimpi Kumari About 70% of rural population depends on agriculture sector to earn their livelihoods and this sector contributes about one-third of the nation’s GDP. Agricultural sector which has the hegemony of male workers finds it hard to accept women working on fields , a taboo rather. And there isn’t anything new to encounter such stereotypes because compared to male working in this sector which is physically challenging it is bound to gather some moss around it since we presume female to be less physically sufficed than men are.But yet of course stereotypes exist so they can be broken and hence there are many women in the farming sector who sow the seeds, plough their fields and cut the crops. This is something absolutely marvelous although the reasons following this may vary fro
Indian Maharajas are popular around the world for their filthy rich lifestyles. Now a dying breed, during the pre-independence era, Maharajas were people not to be messed with. And Rolls Royce, needless to say one of the world’s finest automobile companies, learned this the hard way.This is Maharaja Jai Singh of Alwar. Back in 1920, the Maharaja, on a vacation to England casually walked into a Rolls Royce showroom. Since he was dressed very casually and didn’t have his escorts around, the salesman took him to be an Indian commoner and ignored his requests for a test drive.Extremely furious with the treatment he was met with, he decided to teach Rolls Royce a lesson of a lifetime. As soon as he returned to his hotel, he asked for a revisit to the same showroom.
The Constitution of India (popularly known by its Hindi Name “Bhartiya Sanvidhan”) is the supreme law of India. A constitution is a written document that contains a set of rules for a government. It defines the fundamental political principles, and establishing the structure, procedures, powers and duties, of a government. By limiting the government's own reach, most constitutions guarantee certain rights to the people. Indian Constitution is the lengthiest written constitution of any sovereign country in the world, containing 448 articles in 22 parts, 12 schedules and 95 amendments, for a total of 117,369 words in the English language version. It is also available in Hindi. The Constitution was enacted by the Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January
During the Freedom Struggle the flag went through many designs before settling on the tricolor that represents India today. Here’s a brief history of the Tiranga (Tricolor). The flag that was first hoisted on August 7, 1906, at the Parsee Bagan Square in CalcuttaThis flag was first hoisted on August 7, 1906 at the Parsee Bagan Square (Green Park) in Calcutta. It is a horizontal tricolor of dark blue, yellow and red. The upper blue stripe has 8 stars of different points. These represented the various state of bloom of lotus flower. The middle yellow stripe has “Vande Mataram” written in Devanagari script. The lower red strip has a sun and a star and a crescent on each end. Some sources give Sachindra Prasad Bose and Sukumar Mitra the credit for design and called it the 'Saptarishi Flag