Sovereignty makes a government independent from others and prevents external forces to interfere in government matters. According to Coole “A country is said to be Sovereign if there exists within itself supreme and absolute power, acknowledging no superior”. India declare itself as an Independent country on 15th August 1947 and the Constitution solemnly resolve the Republic of India to be a Sovereign nation. We adopted the idea of sovereignty from the fifth article of the Ireland constitution. In India, Sovereignty began from the uppermost layer of International independence to the bottom level of self-independence.
India proclaims its external sovereignty at the International level and the independence of the nation got accepted by other countries in the world. At the geopolitical level, one cannot stand fully Independent particularly after the liberalization policies of 1990. The multilateral ties among other countries, on one hand, has brought development to the economy of the nation but on another hand has pulled the strings of tension and propaganda. There also exist a threat to digital sovereignty to the nation when multinational companies like Twitter and WhatsApp disagree to amend their privacy rules. The prevailing border issues with Pakistan, China and Sri Lanka are still a threat to the nation creating havocs on external and internal sovereignty.
Internally, sovereignty emphasis the relation of state and people within its territory. Also, the nation upholds the ideal of popular sovereignty where the people are considered to have supreme power. The political sovereignty lies with the people and the legislative sovereignty lies with the parliament. At times the indifference in the people opinion with legislative sovereignty leads to conflict and riots within the territory. The farm bill was one such incident that raises conflicts at the national level raising the threat to internal sovereignty. Here the ideals of democratic socialism work and neutralize the issues through negotiations within government and people.
In microscopic level, Individual within the territory of the nation enjoys sovereignty. The constitution guarantees each person fundamental rights (Article 14-35) and directive principles of state policies (Article 36-51). No person has the right to discriminate against others on behalf of cast creed colour sex etc. The government also protect the rights of minorities, senior citizen, Transgender, beggars and other marginalized sessions through effective policies like protection and welfare of parents and senior citizens act, 2007; Transgender person (Protection) Act, 2019; Beggars Act etc. These policies and schemes to enhance the wellbeing of people and help in meeting their needs, thus protecting individual sovereignty.
The pandemic has spread distress and disparities in the community leading to hardships in both international and internal systems of the nation. This is a juncture in Indian history but is also an opportunity to strengthen the fundamentals of Indian Sovereignty. By protecting the independence of the nation from geopolitical competitions, by bringing effective policies and programmatically implementing them, by ensuring the freedom and rights of individual let’s fulfil the dream of a self-sufficient, independent nation. An Atma Nirbhar Bharath.
The increased pandemic scenario of the country has brought another silent crisis; The illegal adoption of children. The second wave has lead to increased fatalities. A lot of children has lost their parents due to the virus and was left as orphans. There were wider requests through social media for adopting the orphan. A few Non Governmental organisation have come forward for lending help to those children. This in turn also create chances for illegal trades and trafficking of children for huge money.
People may offer children instant adoption by cooking up stories on how the child lost parents due to the virus. These people targets innocent people who may fall into the trap, unknowing such adoptions are illegal. Thus the lack of awareness among people on adoption and the pandemic opens opportunity for deplorable business trades.
What should you do, if you witness an orphan/abandoned child?
Who to inform, if you found illegal trafficking and trade using children?
Once they register, they receive an application number through which the progress could be checked.
The adoptive parents then have to choose a nearby adoption agency for the home study report.
The home study report is prepared by a social worker, who visit the registered adoptive parents home, analyze the state of habitual residence. The social worker also counsels the adoptive parents during the home study.
The social worker will write a report and share it with the adoptive parents, within 30 days of registration.
The Home Study Report will be posted in the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System by the Specialised Adoption Agency as soon as it is complete.
The adoptive parents will be declared eligible and suitable by the Specialised Adoption Agency based upon the Home Study Report.
Now the adoptive parents have to wait till there is an availability of child.
Based on seniority, the adoptive parents will be referred online profile of three children which will include the photographs, Child Study Report and Medical Examination Report.
After viewing the profile of the child or children, the adoptive parents could reserve one child within forty-eight hours for possible adoption.
The Specialised Adoption Agency will organise a meeting of the adoptive parents with the child. Later the adoptive parents will be counselled by the adoption agency.
The adoptive parents accept the child and sign the Child Study Report and Medical Examination Report in front of the social worker of the adoption agency.
The registration of adoptive parents shall continue till child adoption, with revalidation of the Home Study Report every three years.
Then the Specialised Adoption Agency will apply to the court concerned with necessary documents to get sanctioned for adoption.
As per UNICEF, India has around 30 million orphans and abandoned children. The death of parents due to the Covid-19 virus will increment this figure. Few people may find this as an opportunity for human trafficking and trading. As an active citizen of India, we should be aware of this situation and should report to the concerned authority if such issues are found.
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Jal Jeevan Mission for “Indian Water Self-Sufficiency”.
Water scarcity is non-availability of the freshwater to meet the demands of the individual. The world is presently at water stress due to the unequal distribution of climate, water pollutions, environmental hazards, depletion of the groundwater etc. Due to these reasons, two-third of the global population lives in a water crisis today and half of the world’s cities experience water pollution.
India is also a country that depends on various resources for freshwater. The increasing demand for water due to an increase in population and over-exploitation of water has lead to water scarcity in many communities. The Government of India’s effective role in the rural drinking water supply sector started in 1972-73 with the launch of the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP). During the period 1972-1986, the major thrust of the ARWSP was to ensure the provision of adequate drinking water supply to the rural community through the Public Health Engineering System.
The second-generation programme started with the launching of Technology Mission in 1986-87, renamed in 1991-92 as Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission Stress on water quality, appropriate technology intervention, human resource development support and other related activities were introduced in the Rural Water Supply sector.
The third-generation programme started in 1999-2000 when Sector Reform Projects evolved to involve the community in the planning, implementation and management of drinking water-related schemes, later scaled up as Swajaldhara in 2002.
How Jalanidi Project Quenched the thirst of People in Kerala.
Kerala is known for its developmental and literacy rates but due to various activities and environmental degradation process happened Kerala started to experience water scarcity. Each decade showed an increasing level of scarcity.
It was then a revolutionary project was announced- The Jalnidhi Project. The idea of the project received wide appreciation and the project has received aids from World Bank. Utilising the 72nd & 73rd amendments in Panchayati Raj Act, the project worked in a decentralised manner where the Local Self Government took the project to the community level.
The Idea of Community Taking Charge…
The project sought to help villages plagued by chronic water shortages, making special provisions to include vulnerable people such as tribals, scheduled caste communities as well as fisher-folk within the project’s ambit.
Small groups of households who wanted better water supply were helped to come together to build and run their own water supply schemes. They were helped to dig new wells (to tap into the upper layers of water) drill bore-wells (to tap into deeper aquifers) or build systems to draw water from the state’s numerous springs, streams, rivers and lakes. They were also helped to build storage tanks and lay downpipes to distribute water to village homes. While the state government bore the lion’s share of capital expenditure (75%), the gram panchayat paid 10 %, and the beneficiaries themselves 15%.
Community groups determined the timings and duration of water supply to member families and levied service charges to meet their operation and maintenance expenses. A number of communities installed water meters to curb consumption.
The Project’s success has helped dispel a number of long-held beliefs: one that piped water supply is a privilege only for the better-off; and two, that the poor are unwilling to share the capital costs of their schemes, or pay the cost of operations for the water they use.
With water now available at the turn of a tap within family compounds, rural women have gained the most. They no longer have to spend hours collecting water for their homes, freeing up their time to work to supplement family incomes.
A group of water users in Minalur is among the most successful under the project. The group – that caters to the water needs of 215 households – bears all maintenance costs, carries out regular water quality tests, holds monthly meetings, and maintains accounts properly.
Over the years, the group has saved Rs. 350,000 from user charges, using the interest to fund welfare measures for members such as providing scholarships, helping the poor with health expenses etc.
The quality of water has also improved and the incidence of diarrhoea and dysentery has reduced dramatically.
When the residents are satisfied, the village councils too are happy. Earlier, people were always complaining about the lack of water supply, and ‘dharnas’ – or protests – were frequent, says V. V. Kuttikrishnan, president of Erimayur gram panchayat (GP) in Palakkad district. “There is peace in most Jalanidhi panchayats now,” he adds.
The success stories of the Jalanidhi project has laid stones for the Jal Jeevan Project under the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Jal Jeevan Mission is envisioned to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections by 2024 to all households in rural India. The programme will also implement source sustainability measures as mandatory elements, such as recharge and reuse through greywater management, water conservation, rainwater harvesting.
The Jal Jeevan Mission will be based on a community approach to water and will include extensive Information, Education and communication as a key component of the mission. JJM looks to create a Jan Andolan for water, thereby making it everyone’s priority. The Vision of the Project is to provide Every rural household has a drinking water supply inadequate quantity of prescribed quality on a regular and long-term basis at affordable service delivery charges leading to improvement in living standards of rural communities.
The broad objectives of the Mission are:
To provide FHTC to every rural household.
To prioritize the provision of FHTCs in quality affected areas, villages in drought-prone and desert areas, Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) villages, etc.
To provide functional tap connection to Schools, Anganwadi centres, GP buildings, Health centres, wellness centres and community buildings
To monitor the functionality of tap connections.
To promote and ensure voluntary ownership among the local community by way of contribution in cash, kind and/ or labour and voluntary labour (shramdaan)
To assist in ensuring the sustainability of water supply system, i.e. water source, water supply infrastructure, and funds for regular O&M
To empower and develop human resource in the sector such that the demands of construction, plumbing, electrical, water quality management, water treatment, catchment protection, O&M, etc. are taken care of in short and long term
DEPRESSION, DEPRESSION, DEPRESSION. The whole world is running behind depression all of a sudden. But Why? At present mental health is spoken in an emphatic voice. We randomly see posts, quotes, stories of it in and outside social media. Do you think depression is an illness that is only destined for certain people?
Depression is an illness that many people have been facing for some time but it is sad to acknowledge the fact that we humans have taken a long time to discuss depression on social platforms. According to the statistical report, more than 264 million people of every age are under depression.
Nobody is born into the world tagged depressed. It is one’s battles in life, their experiences, and their run to prove themselves to society rather than being their true self that lead them to the path of mental illness.
In this competitive world, it is difficult to manage one’s emotions in the right proportion. Family is the place where one starts to learn the first lessons of life. Just by teaching your kid, how to graduate with prestigious degrees is not enough instead, teach them how to enjoy and to find happiness in small things. Make sure that you turn out to be a friend to your child, a friend with whom they could share their happiness and sorrow without a second thought. Be an understanding parent to your child without a prejudiced mind when they come up with their difficulties.
Schooling is one of the important phase in shaping one’s character, therefore, the roles played by teachers and peer groups are equally important as that of one’s family. In the present curriculum, it is equally important that we should emphasize on inculcating social values into the same.
Let your actions speak louder than words. Yes, you read that right. Being there for someone at the right time may change their lives for better. Just a smile or a message or a small talk would make the difference.
Remember that everybody may not be lucky as you are, they may not have a sound background. Be thankful for your well being and make sure you would be there to lend your ear to listen to the ones in need. Learning and practising these values from childhood will definitely make oneself better in the long run.
It is good if we learn life values, compassion, treating and talking to others nicely, being there for others, building mental strength, social interaction and other values from our small age. Yeah, we will be taught by our parents and teachers but, not all students are privileged to learn it from home. Apart from value learning we mostly learned about scoring good marks, not to fail, to be successful in life, and so on.
But somewhere down the lane, no one taught us life lessons like learning to rest when we are tired, being there for each other, to love everyone without a prejudiced mind.
Being there for the right person at the right time may flip their life for good. So let’s encourage mental awareness from childhood. And we can hope that there will be more happy ones than sad ones.
Depression is not a blame game. It is just an illness like any other illness. We cannot accomplish success as a sole person. Only when people start to be there for each other we could accomplish success in this journey.
How did the Corona virus escalated within a short span of time? Is it due to high number of congregations rather than social distancing??? Before beginning, as a person who believe in Break the Chain rather than Break the Nation…there is no writing on religious (Hindi,Muslim,christian,Jain,…….) issues in this blog.
Corona and Religion
The Novel Corona Virus 2019 pandemic is creating an increased panic and trepidation among people. In most affected countries, one of the major reason for the outbreak of the virus is religious congregations. The people have a false belief that the God will protect one even though if they are out in-group/congregations for charismatic ambitions during the virus outbreak. The religious heads and leaders inflate these ideas of religious gathering, for fighting the virus. It’s just like dusting off the mud while standing in a muddy pit. God is not stupid enough to forgive the one causing harm to the people…God’s peace is with the one who stay in home quarantine…
The Dashing Virus Multiplier in South Korea – Shincheonji Religious Group.
The Shoncheonji Religious group an offshoot of Christianity is one of the major reason behind Virus out break in South Korea, especially in the city of Daegu. As per the religious culture rule,
“even though if a person is sick he should come for the prayer services in Sundays and if he cant attend the prayer service on Sunday he should find time and come on Monday or Tuesday”…more than that, the followers sit on the floor packed together for long hour of prayer services..
The leader of the sect Leen Man – Hee, an 88-year-old pastor who founded the church, claims that he is the second Jesus Christ and is immortal. Even Jesus in my knowledge has not said that he is immortal!!…
All 230,000 members of the church have been interviewed. Nearly 9,000 said they were showing symptoms of coronavirus.
The government found 31 positive cases and thought that the cycle came to an end. Within a few days the life in South Korea became normal, people started to travel in buses, metro…and suddenly it happened as
A 61-year-old female member of the sect was tested negative for COVID, later came back after ten days as she was sick, was tested positive. In ten days, She had attended two congregations each one having more than a thousand participants.
When the government initiated the check-up, the number went up from 20 in the first a day to 1000 within a week.
The 61-year-old women gained the title of “Super Spreader” in South Korea after this incidence
Later they discovered a branch of this church in Wuhan and the way virus come to Korea.
This was one of the first example for religious congregation spreading the Virus….
Baldev Singh; The Super Spreader of Virus in Punjab.
Baldev Singh is the first confirmed Corona Virus fatality in Punjab. Baldev Singh a 70 year old Kirtani cum preacher who returned after attending two weeks of congregations from German and Italy(the countries worst hit by the virus), was asked by the government to be in home quarantine.
He kept his travel history hold from the government
Did not pay heed to the government advisory, Baldev attended the Hola Mohalla festival at Anandpur Sahib, a city in Rupnagar district of Punjab. The festival held over three days between Mar. 10 and Mar. 12, around 300,000 usually attend the event each day, camping out and enjoying mock battles, music, and poetry, as well as large communal kitchens.
He Kept on visiting the devotees home blessing their babies.
He had a direct contact with over 94 people, who further had contact with 500 people.
Out of then 33 cases found in Punjab 32 were due to the contact from the Great infamous (now) Baldev Singh; The first Indian Super Spreader.
Tablighi Jamaat meet and the dispersion of Covid 19.
Tablighi Jamaat, a non-political global Sunni Islamic evangelical movement of Indian origin, is termed as the largest known viral Vector on Novel Cornoa Virus in South Asia. In India it has been one of the most influential religious movement in 20th century among Muslim.
In Malaysia, the organisation conducted a meeting in February 2020. At that time there were no travel restrictions imposed in India.
More than 620 people connected to this movement has tested positive in Malaysia. Most of the 73 corona virus cases in Brunei are tied to the gathering, as are 10 cases in Thailand.
This organisation gathered a meeting in Nizzamuddin markaz in Delhi from March 10 to 13. Preachers and people from Malaysia and Indonesia are said to have been at Nizamuddin for this congregation.
These foreign preachers were mostly stationed at Uttar Pradesh (132), followed by Tamil Nadu (124), Maharashtra (115) and Haryana (115). At least 1,500 preachers had already left for various destinations by March 23 after a few of the members had developed symptoms but no one thought about the virus.
When reports last came in, more than a 100 attendees, including 50 in Tamil Nadu, 24 in Delhi, 18 in Kashmir, 15 fresh in Telangana and nine in Andaman and Nicobar had tested positive for the disease.
It is estimated that from January 1 this year, approximately 2,100 foreigners visited India for preaching purposes. While 824 of them, as on March 21, were dispersed in different parts of the country, 216 of them stayed at the Nizamuddin Markaz.
Now many may be left to their villages, unknowing the infection in them, formed clusters of the organisation in their villages and towns; a high chance for super spreading.
Kerala and the great Attukul Pongala festival amid coronavirus scare.
After reporting six fresh cases of Corona in the Kerala state, the Health Minister dismisses to call off the festival in which Millions of women participated. Even though there were serious precautions took by the health department for the devotees coming to the festival, but the number of the people present were in huge mount. There were no cases reported after the festival but conducting such a large festival in a state with fresh cases of COVID was not a good decision.
The state government’s decision to let the festival happen has raised eyebrows as it goes against the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines suggesting that people, especially children and elderly, should avoid crowded areas.
The government has been claiming that the Pongala could not be avoided as preparations have been on for months and that no positive cases were reported during the time.
But even 24 hours before the festival, Sunday saw five positive cases of the corona virus in the state’s Pathanamthitta district.
There is a wide criticism on the Kerala Government as they allowed to conduct the festival due to a political gain rather than religious gain.That is; looking forward to the local body election which is to be held in October and the state election in 2021. “After the Sabarimala controversy, the LDF government in Kerala is scared. Pongala like Sabarimala is a sensitive issue and, clearly, the government is not bold enough to ban the festivities,” said the Thiruvananthapuram-based political commentator Jacob George.
Hope LDF had few hyper pressure sleepless nights….
Hours after the Prime Minsters appeal to the people on 21 days complete lock down and strictly observe social distancing, The chief minister of UP along with 20 others attended a ceremony in Ayodhya. The video footages reveal the lack of social distancing among the members. The large plan on conducting the festival was dropped due to the lock down but this act of Yogi and his friends were not appreciated by many leaders and people around the world as it go completely against the words of Prime Minister.
Religion V/s Superstition for COVID-19
The Great “Thali Bajao” event; and the mass gathering rather than Distancing.
The Thali Bajo event announced by PM in his COVID speech, even though lead to appreciation in may places but was a disaster when superstition get caught on it. Social Medias have brought people celebrating the event in festive-mood at different places of the nation. The superstition of elimination of virus when they get subjected to the noise of plates was widely spread and some how people believed it, took plates, formed possessions, danced…. praising lord, singing, beating….Thali Bjao to Corona..
The Great Cow dung bath and Gaumutra party; rather than a Proper Hygiene
Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, president of the Hindu Mahasabha—a century-old organization that advocates Hindutva (or “Hinduness”)—declared that “consuming cow urine and cow dung will stop the effect of infectious corona virus.” The swami added that a “person who chants ‘om namah shivay’ and applies cow dung” on his body “will be saved.” The Sanskrit chant is a salutation to Shiva, a Hindu deity. The videos of people having a Cow dung bath, standing in the sun saying its divinity is viral in Social Medias… *Meanwhile Speechless WHO!
People lined up for their share of cow urine being poured from kettles into ‘kulhads’, at a ‘gaumutra party’ (cow urine party) here organised by Swami Chakrapani, the president of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha.The event began with a ‘yagna’ and prayers to the cow and the virus itself, asking it to leave peacefully and not kill any more people. A large poster in the backdrop depicted an avatar of Hindu god Narsingh as the virus.At the event, Chakrapani claimed that COVID-19 is an “avatar” that has “come to punish those who eat non-vegetarian food.”Asking for forgiveness from the virus on behalf of meat eaters, he pledged that Indians will never eat meat again. “Coronavirus has come because of the people who kill and eat animals. When you kill an animal, it creates a sort of energy that causes destruction in that place,” said Chakprapani at the event.“They (global leaders) should get cow urine imported from India because the almighty resides only in the Indian cow and not in any foreign breed,” he said.
GO CORONA! CORONA GO! The Abstract chants rather than giving some Hope…
In the prayer meeting held in Mumbai, Union Minister of state Ramdas Athawale led chants of Go Corona! Corona Go! along with his Chinese friend. The video got viral and gained international criticism.
Have Fear For Corona too!
Its true that every religious person have fear in God. Likewise everyone should fear Corona too! bcz Corona does not check out if you are a believer, an agnostic or an atheist. Recently there was a twitter post of GOD( Someone who claims to be God in twitter), with a mask in his face and saying to the one who gathers in the name of him;
Several Religions were also role model in controlling the spread of the pandemic especially, The activities like; closing the Mecca, The Live telecast of prayer service from Vatican, closing down the churches and temples….so on are good signs in the battle of Corona. Try to be in your home self quarantine and protect the community form the spread rather than acting stupidly. #StaySafe