Darjeeling…The queen of hills

 

The quiet and sleepy town of Darjeeling, nestled in the lap of the Mighty Himalayas never fails to take your breath away. no matter how many times you visit the beauty… here are a few pictures at the below-mentioned links to satisfy for ur visual delight… Pin it, share it…

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To live with Dignity… http://www.thestatesman.net/news/38679-to-live-with-dignity.html

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The Kolkata branch of a Mumbai based NGO, Dignity Foundation, offers an enriching set of opportunities to the elderly residents of the city to lead a more dignified, secure and fulfilling life.

The brainchild of Dr Sheilu Sreenivasan, ex Managing Editor , Head of Publication, TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai took shape in the year 1995. Dignity foundation was focussed on the well-being of people who have crossed the age of 50 since its inception.

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The NGO runs a number of programmes like Helpline for senior citizens to deal with the issues like abuse of the elderly people, providing information on various hospital facilities and medicines available for the elders, information on care givers for elderly people.

Counselling services by a panel of experts are provided to the seniors with regards to legal, financial and other matters and has provided service through this programme to an overall of 18,000 elders across the country.

Companionship services form a very important and crucial part of the services provided by the NGO.

“I have been visiting a 96 year old bedridden lady for once a week for the last four years. She chats up with me on various issues ranging from politics to movies to the latest goings on” said Ms Lina Das, a social worker with Dignity.

Members of Dignity Foundation can also avail discounts at different pharmacy shops, hospitals that the NGO has tied up with.

“Each day of the week from Monday to Friday is dedicated to some activity or the other like Monday is for singing, Wednesday for cultural activities and the members have benefitted immensely through this kind of activities as it helps them to come out of loneliness. We also organise picnics, outings, drama, singing, yoga for them,” said Ms Moitrayee Chatterjee, client service executive of the NGO.

Similar cultural activities are organised every week by renting community halls at Salt Lake and Behala for catering to the needs of senior residents of those and adjoining areas.

“I like to come here and I have been associated with Dignity since the time of its inception. I enjoy the company of my fellow members” mentions Ms Neelam Munshi who was busy playing housie with 14 other members. It’s Friday and it’s housie day for them.

Mr Narendra Nath Mukherjee, marketing in charge of Dignity, said that events are organised throughout the year with the theme ‘Old by Age not by mind’ to benefit the overall well-being of the elderly people.

UK- an Islamic Emirate??? Wake up Britons…

 

Britain needs to act fast and restrict the entry from specific countries. Its high time that UK handle these issues with rigidness…What I find objectionable and unfair is that Muslims want to change the non-Islamic society and non-Islamic countries into their way… i.e. enforce sharia Law and such other stuff however, in their own countries they don’t even allow non-Muslims to worship openly let alone respecting them…if you cannot respect other people’s religion then you must not expect others to respect yours…its a two way thing. If you want UK to be Islamic Emirates then u need to convert Saudi Arabia into a British Kingdom…That way EDL is justified in their agenda and actions…

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/2278/britain-islamic-emirates-project

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3682/uk-sharia-courts

A question with no answer…

A sex worker asks me “Didi (which means sister in Bengali) why people have such hostile attitude towards and negative perceptions about us? Is there any basic difference between us and housewives? Housewives and us, we both do the same thing all day and all night, so why discriminate us?” and I was awestruck yet I didn’t have an answer to give her as she was not saying anything wrong..There is and there never was any logic or reason to contradict her statement…

Sex workers protest against the recent spate of violence against women…

 

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Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) plans to organise a programme in Delhi with sex workers from different states, on 3 March demanding legalization of prostitution and to impart legal knowledge to the sex workers confront unnecessary harassment by police and administration.

The six day programme protesting against the recent spate of violence against women in and outside the city was organised by DMSC in the city.

“Women belonging to different strata of the society are oppressed and subdued. The purpose of this programme is to uphold the rights of women and how sex workers are playing the role of a catalyst in the ever changing socio-economic landscape of the society” said Mr. Sarajit Jana, Chief advisor of DMSC.

He further said that only one programme cannot bring a major change in the society and it would take a lot of time and efforts to change the perception and attitude towards sex workers. He also points out that, however, after face to face interaction with the sex workers in this kind of programmes, people will start question their age old biased thoughts and attitude towards them.

The programme which is based on the theme of protest and confrontational stand taken by women to stop violence against them showcases the talent of young children of sex workers through debate, drama, dance, fashion show.

‘Komalgandhar’, the cultural wing of Durbar, and ‘Amra Padatik’ organized all the cultural programmes.

Around 12,000 sex workers from as many as 16 states have participated in the programme to voice their protest.

“It is our programme and we are using this platform to protest against the growing incidents of rape in the state,” said Ms Santana Das, a sex worker attending the programme.

A volunteer of DMSC, however, lamented on the absence of media on the first two days of the programme.

Passers by entered the fair of sheer curiosity and stayed back to watch documentaries and cultural shows.

“I have come as I have heard about Durbar and its activities however, prostitution should not be legalized” said Mr Sadhan Bannerjee, a passers by who visited the programme.

Stalls of Durbar, Sristi have been set up.

“We have received good response from the people. People are making an enquiry about different issues related to the topic of prostitution and are buying books” said a stall owner in the premises.

http://www.thestatesman.net/news/37135-legalise-prostitution-says-durbar-mahila-samanwaya-committee.html