Ranjan K Baruah
Climate change is bringing more question than answer amongst us and people around world are worried about the climate change. Developed countries and developing countries have different roles when it comes to combating. Role of United States is crucial when it comes to climate change. A strong global leadership is needed for the mitigation and adaptation when it comes to climate change. A lot of global events have been organised around the world which discussed issues related to environment and development. Over the past 20 years, there have been a series of failed attempts to create an effective international treaty on climate change mitigation. In 1997, the first major international agreement was passed, The Kyoto Protocol. The US—one of the top polluters—didn’t ratify. Since then, many Summits and many efforts to come to agreement—Rio, Copenhagen—have ended in a flop. There are certain occasion and special days to think about the earth and one such day is Earth Day which is observed on 22nd April .
Ranjan K Baruah
Dr Rahul Pandey and Dr Sandeep Pandey
Since the past several months we have seen the NDA government aggressively pushing through changes in land acquisition policy, first in the form of Ordinance in December 2014 and then, as it was passed as a Bill with nine changes in Lok Sabha but faced roadblock in Rajya Sabha, re-promulgating it before its expiry in April 2015. With the government calling the Bill pro-farmer and pro-development and most of opposition parties and social activists opposing it as anti-farmer, it is useful to sieve through the noise and look at the changes proposed and what existed earlier.
Swami Vivekananda’s preaching on Karma Yoga, that non-attachment is self-abnegation is increasingly felt in today’s time when men find themselves being totally swept away by their work. Men are involved in some work or the other and the problem starts when the work starts ruling over them. Men complain of work pressure so much these days that he has little time for parents, children and the wife. This is where Swamiji’s lecture on Karma Yoga at New York can relieve men from their problems at the workplace. He said that all these problems from work are arising out of two Sanskrit words – Pravritti, which means revolving towards and Nivritti, which means revolving away.
Sitting by the sea shore on a Sunday evening and admiring some photographs stuck to the walls led me to think of an encounter with this amazing American lady who had been staying in India for the past 7 years. In conversation, she revealed that she owned a boutique and a roof-top food joint, in the beach town of Pondicherry. It was she who introduced me to the concept of Cultural Sensitivity.
I like women who stand tall in their views, and it does feel nice that we are almost done with the phase where womenfolk would answer the men mildly standing behind the curtains. But now, youths and women in particular are voicing out their opinions freely. Ideas take birth and subsequently their counter-ideas are formed as well only to replace the earlier ones. But, I feel this 360* degree shift also calls to shake our invisible prejudices which sticks to us like our shadows. New thoughts are formed faster than a skin cell getting replaced with a new one. However, I am just too curious to know what the male counterpart think. Is the male psyche confident enough to tame the yin energy or will he break apart in his own created ‘pain-ego’ which is also known as the male-ego.