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May 31, 2020 EMPOWER PEOPLE 0 Comments


Public health, environmental protection and economic security

May 30, 2020 AARUSHI JAIN 0 Comments


 Report on Public Health, Environmental Protection and Economic Security

This is a report on the webinar-Public health, environmental protection and economic security: the three lost aims of city planning. It was held on 30th May, 2020, Saturday from 08:30p.m onwards. This webinar is organized by EMPOWER PEOPLE and Ar. Yashika Tijoriwala handled the key speakers and interacted with them about the points to be considered. The key speaker of this webinar was HUSSAIN INDOREWALA (Teacher & Urban Researcher).

Environmental health is the science of understanding how the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities is affected by their physical environment. Global public health security is defined as the activities required, both proactive and reactive, to minimize the danger and impact of acute public health events that endanger people’s health across geographical regions and international boundaries. Economic security or financial security is the condition of having stable income or other resources to support a standard of living now and in the foreseeable future.

Planning means utilizing every inch of land for human benefit. Everyone has just forgotten about the harmful and toxic happenings of environment and public health. People changes just their modus vivendi according to new era but forgets what they have left behind. 

Mainly the urban areas development focus on the infrastructures due to which interdependence of our and other health, political and economic stability. Increase in population also affects the supply of basic infrastructure facilities. Urban environments of today are characterized by areas that contain many acres of hard surfaces like buildings, streets, etc. Natural vegetation such as forests and fields slow rainwater or other running water down, allowing it to soak into the surface which is adversely affecting us and our immune systems. We need to redefine the policies.

There was many acts one of them was Maharashtra Slum Act (1971), a slum area is a buildings that are insanitary, dilapted, poorly designed making them “detrimental” to health, safety of its residents. Slum has become development opportunity now. The planning become dependent on private sector which makes state dependent. What it was earlier and now? Everyone knows the changes. Planning is having two domains one we our familiar with and other is about environmental decision making, public policy that has environment implantation according to time. We need to have alternatives and target excluded group of welfares. This means we have to once again start the collective conception of housing and building institutions.

As Yashika asked is there anything coming from the side of authority as the motivation to any kind of data collection. We are in phases where we might look at changing the aspects as the history is repeating itself. The aspects are basically-: environment, housing and demographics. And our speaker has answer to this as he says that there is not lack of data but it’s not organized in a proper manner or unsystematic. But there is enormous gap in our understanding even. So there is not just problems it’s handled in different manners. There is even working going on so that these problems can be cured in a way as in an instance we cannot say that it will be vanished.

So in the crux, I would like to say the main aims of urban development our important but they should not affects the other aspects of living. Economic growth and environmental protection are not at odds. They're opposite sides of the same coin if you're looking at longer-term prosperity- said by Henry Paulson.

Compiled by - Aarushi Jain

Gendered division of labour

May 29, 2020 OVIYA EZHILVANAN 0 Comments

Empower people has come up with another thought-provoking discussion about division of labour during the lockdown. This discussion brings in other issues of major importance. Dr Savithiri Subramanian shares her opinion on this topic and draws our attention to the core reasons behind such an unequal division. Mr Daniel, Ms Olga and Ms Sumati share their own experiences and opinions on the same.

 Dr Savithiri talks about paid and unpaid labour. It is evident that most of the unpaid labour falls in the hands of women. Unpaid labour comprises of cooking, housekeeping and caretaking. ILO, from the data collected from 64 countries has stated that unpaid workers up to 16.4 billion hours per day. For a population of 2 billion people, this would result in 8 hours of work per day. Moreover, from the research done by the UN, WHO and other human welfare organizations, we come to know that 30% of a countries GDP could be contributed by unpaid work. All these workloads are often carried by women. This makes them contribute less when it comes to paid work. Cultural norms become a valid reason for such an unequal division of labour. Guilt often resides upon men who do household chores.

 Women of all age groups are forced to do household works unless they become physically weak. From earlier times, women's contribution becomes unrecognized. Their contribution to agriculture, fuel collection, fetching water and much more become invisible

 During this lockdown, the condition has worsened. Women bear the extra burden. They become responsible for taking care of their family members who get home quarantined. Lack of hospital facilities during the pandemic worsens the condition of people suffering from other ailments. It becomes the duty of women at home to take care of them. Most of the times, women don't take the necessary precautions and put their health at stake. A film directed by Nandita Das, " listen to her,  portrays the amount of workload a working woman bears and the violence she faces.

 The impact of such a burden on women results in physical and mental illness. They lose their opportunity and fail to devote time for paid work outside. They are unable to work with full potential. 

 The only way to tackle this is to recognize unpaid work. Women need to be trained to equip themselves with protection and be safe while taking care of sick people. Childcare centres could be opened to aid women with their workload. The government should approach women enterprises for masks and other basic needs during the lockdown.

 Mr Daniel from Germany feels good to share with us the equality among men and women that have rooted in Germany from 1960s onwards. This gives us hope that change is possible in our country too.

 Ms Olga shares her experience where she takes up her husband's work along with her's. She also takes care of household work. In spite of all extra work, women are not paid more than men.

 Ms Sumati brings into light the most important insight of deconstruction of the expectations. Presence of stereotypical ideologies with regard to household works can never bring up a change. Our culture has always stressed upon the idea of women and girls performing household works and not the men and boys.

 According to me, changes start from within. Hence it is the duty of each and every parent to assign equal works for their sons and daughters. We must start from the micro-level and steadily move towards a change in the macro level.

Compiled by: Oviya E

Date: 29 May 2020

कॅरोना और लोखड़ौन से लोक कला और पड़े प्रभाव

May 26, 2020 Indrani Kukkadapu 0 Comments


Issues confronted by kalakaron and lokkala during pandemic

                                                  08:00pm IST
                              Published by: Indrani Kukkadapu

This following report briefly explains about the webinar issues confronted by kalakaron and lok kala during pandemic. It is also available on youtube as a link is; .

The COVID-19 pandemic had a sudden and substantial impact on the arts and cultural heritage sector. The global health crisis and the uncertainly resulting from it profoundly affected organisations' operations as well as individuals—both employed and independent—across the sector. Arts and culture sector organisations attempted to uphold their (often publicly funded) mission to provide access to cultural heritage to the community; maintain the safety of their employees, collections, and the public; while reacting to the unexpected change in their business model with an unknown end.

By March 2020, most cultural institutions across the world were indefinitely closed (or at least with their services radically curtailed), and in-person exhibitions, events, and performances were cancelled or postponed. In response, there were intensive efforts to provide alternative or additional services through digital platforms, to maintain essential activities with minimal resources, and to document the events themselves through new acquisitions, including new creative works inspired by the pandemic.

Many individuals across the sector would temporarily or permanently lose contracts or employment with varying degrees of warning and financial assistance available. Equally, financial stimulus from governments and charities for artists would provide greatly differing levels of support depending on the sector and the country. The public demand for in-person cultural activities was expected to return, but at an unknown time and with the assumption that different kinds of experiences would be popular.

Facing at least several weeks of closure of their buildings and publicly-accessible spaces, directors of noted several immediate trends emerging: A "concern for staff wellbeing" (ranging from ergonomics to suicide), the expectation from many stakeholders to "move fast, but with drastically reduced resources and not a lot of strategy", "plunging revenue", probable layoffs "starting with casual and part-time staff", and a "rush to get online".

The simultaneous closure of the cultural sector, and home-isolation of much of the public, led to a heightened desire for people to obtain access to, and take comfort from, culture—right at the moment when it was least accessible to them. Many cultural sector organisations and individual artists turned to providing online activities—from social media to virtual reality—as a way to continue fulfilling their organisational mission and obtain or retain an audience.Individual artists of all kinds offered impromptu performances via their personal accounts from their homes—singing covers, performing live book or poetry readings, sharing their artistic process and drafts, or creatively live-streaming themselves doing both creative and everyday activities.

Several countries have already issued orders for meticulous preservation of official records related to the pandemic. This not only underlines the gravity of the current situation, but also highlights the importance of memory institutions in providing the records or information management resources necessary for understanding, contextualizing and overcoming such crises in the future. At the same time, records of humanity's artistic and creative expressions, which form a vital part of our documentary heritage, are a source of social connectivity and resilience for communities worldwide... is essential that we ensure that a complete record of the COVID-19 pandemic exists, so that we can prevent another outbreak of this nature or better manage the impact of such global events on society in the future."

Due to physical distancing requirements many performing arts venues were closed, curtailing not only public performances but also rehearsals and performing arts schools. In some cases, such as for the Edinburgh Festival, launched after World War II as an effort to reconcile people through the performing arts, it was the first cancellation in more than sixty years. Many performing arts institutions attempted to adapt by offering new (or newly expanded) digital services to their audiences during lockdown. In particular this resulted in the free online streaming of previously recorded performances of many companies—especially Orchestral performances and plays—lists of which were collated by crowdsourcing and by journalists.

Upon reopening, many modifications needed to be made to both the venue and the performances in order to diminish the risk of disease transmission.


May 21, 2020 OVIYA EZHILVANAN 0 Comments

Empower People has come up with another important discussion. Lecturer Hridaya Ajgaonkar comes up with a deeply analyzed and well-organized research on the topic, “Bollywood desire and the portrayal of women”. Aakanksha Kulkarni, a social worker and Roohi Sahay, co-founder, and CCO of the Qrious Creative take up a discussion on the same.

Ms.Hridaya draws our attention to the way the audience is influenced by Bollywood movies. It influences our behavior, style, and way of thinking. Hence, she presents an objective analysis of “how Bollywood portrays women”. Women are indispensable figures in Bollywood. She presents SHEILA KI JAWANI, to make us understand the fact that though there is a myth that only the CIS male audience watches such item songs, they also consume the interest of other people in the population. Such songs are formed patriarchal but are not limited to the patriarchal society. She helps us figure out a common method of the portrayal of women in the posters of Sholay, Mother India, and Chameli. It is evident from these posters that the women are position in a way where her torso faces the audience. Most importantly there is a lack of eye contact.  It is a strategy to evoke scopophilia in the audience.

She then depicts the paintings of Baba Sahib and Raja Ravi Varma. These paintings clearly define the qualities of the so-called “ideal woman” and “non-ideal woman”. The ideal woman is often portrayed as being sacrificial and possessing a pretty and fair-skinned body while the non-ideal woman is depicted as bare-breasted, dark-skinned, and consuming erotic gaze.

She speaks about a witty manner by how Bollywood tackles the taboo of sexuality. Dream sequences westernized women, drunken men at the background of an item song and skeptical illustrations are great formulas to deal with the taboo of sexuality.

Narrow casting on online platforms has given liberty to portray the desired content with lesser restrictions. There is a worrying fact that women are used to selling a commodity to both men and women. This could pave way for transgressive viewing.

Ms. Roohi adds up to the discussion by stating about the tussle between the reel and the real. She also admits the progress and change for good in Bollywood after many voices raised against the promiscuous portrayal of women.

Ms. Aakanksha shares her opinion on a subjective view and tells how movies and women's portrayal affects women on daily basis.

To conclude, movies are a medium for addressing a huge audience. This is a powerful weapon to bring out a change in any context of human social life. Let us hope that changes continue to happen for the better portrayal of women in a respectful manner. Let us hope for liberty with morality.


Staying motivated and building immunity during lockdown

May 20, 2020 Indrani Kukkadapu 0 Comments


Staying motivated and building immunity at home during pandemic

                              Published by: Indrani Kukkadapu

This following report briefly explains about the webinar staying motivated and building immunity at home during pandemic. It is also available on youtube as a link is; . In this webinar we can really confront how to overcome regarding the depression and tension which we usually get during pandemic.As our government already suggested some guidelines towards immunity ,here also we can get the same but these were almost related to the " Ayurvedic" .As the topic is about immunity which we get by staying at home,more than medicines we suggest ayurvedic which were available at home every time.

 This webinar is hosted by reena .k ,and with addition,Dr. Satish Garg , professor Roganidan;Dr.Baldev Kumar Dhiman,Vice chancellor,Sri Krishna Ayush University;Dr.Ashok Yadav,asst.professor(swasthavritta and yoga).Dr.Geeta Singh, principal,Ayujyoti ayurvedic college,Dean,Ayurveda pt.BD Sharma VHSR,EC member,SKAU kurukshetra. Here we get all types of queries like what are best suggested...and how to overcome the depression we confronted. The best suggested ways to improve immunity and approachable home remedies, and the yoga asanas to develop immunity and finally the motivation to improve ourselves to stay healthy..

  Firstly dr.satish started with the simple and clear definition of immunity in 2 to 3 ways. Like " defence of the body against the injuries, bacteria, virus, infections etc." And " Process of the body which deals efficiently with diseases." And "  Which reduces the growth and power of diseases and improves the resistance." Immunity also perfects our organism to be resistive. And the explanation for the thing immunity is as follows;

There is a membrane called mucus which lies under the skin and protects our body not to be affected by the bacteria , viruses etc.

Gastric juice which helps our stomach not be affected by the waste foods.

Having malnutrition is one of the major problems to lose immunity. And as same drinking alcohol and treating drugs and toxic substances etc all are the best examples for losing our immunity in our body. Of late, actually we should feel that having immunity means we are really fortunate.

Immunity also is a type of inherited thing which we can easily acquire from our parents and grandparents. During pregnancy through placenta we get.and with the cholesterol too. And while not having proper food,and getting affected by AIDS , HIV etc, taking drugs during pregnancy leads to losing immunity both in child and parent too. The level of immunity gets reduced and leads to disease.

As  we know , our blood contains white blood cells and red blood cells. Only the white blood cells are the reason for having immunity in our body. In them also active ,passive and natural killers like cells work in our body. That active cells creates antibodies and passive cells acts like military cells and natural killers help to fight with the new viruses and bacteria which enter as like COVID-19. Within these too T types are fulfilled with 70% and CD8 cells 30% plays a crucial role . While increasing CD8, T type cells decrease which leads to loose immunity.

Here we got all the information about why carona seems risky..right?

Secondly, the mam Geetha singh introduced the home remedies to confront covid-19. Starting with having cleanliness is the prior thing to avoid the contact of it. And also the cleanliness should be related to the inside and outside of ourselves. We usually worry about our social, physical and mental issues;right.

Dr.Geeta Singh mam suggested about the social issues we should be clean and pure.

And we pour our respect regarding old people. Coming to the physical issues we should approach yoga, meditation. And lastly,to deal with mental issues we compulsorily go with the Pooja's,mantras,and bhakti songs etc. She also made clear all the queries asked by the people who participated in the webinar like to prevent the cough and cold. We better suggested the amla,haldi dalchini etc. And she suggested the usage of ….

Ayurvedic treatment causes no stress,side effects and immediate curation.

     Thirdly,the Dr. Ashok Yadav, negotiated about yoga, asanas, and meditation. He suggested and practically showed the asanas ,and led us how to do, and about the movements ,also the uses and benefits of every asana he practically did.For example; Astangasana,Sarvangasana trikonasana etc. He even suggested some movements which are related to fingers like gyan mudra and prana mudra which benefits us to improve immunity through doing them.


    Finally, coming to the Dr.Baldev sir, who simply derived the motivation for Ayurvedic usage in our daily life. The negotiation held with the sir is very unique and definitely believable. He started with the comparison of Universe and ayurvedic in life. The main ideal things in the universe are the Sun , the moon and air; right? Like the same Ayurveda is also fond of something like cold cough and fever etc. And as a unique matter of fact to realise that no one can go through the same thing in everything. That may be considered in eating, sleeping,walking,habits they follow etc all. One person can have 2 rotis and other can have 4 roties but for real a 2 roti guy seems fatty and 4 roti guy a skinny. Is this be believable or can anyone assume their idleness before having looked into their lives. Nope! I know.

  Even on Earth,we are having different types of seasons in a single year. And the right sense of following each and every thing according to the particular season like food, clothes etc. For example,we are getting mangoes in the summer season;right? If we had mangoes as they only got on summer season only we may face disturbance in our body. Like there is a proper limit and guidelines for having everything. Even in Ayurveda, for example,tulasi leaves are good for health as we all know. For that reason if we had daily only those leaves, what's the situation of ours,it's unbearable. Like ayurveda is very well suggestive but we have to know it completely and clearly.

  And there is also something strange we can get  that not all people can be cured by the same type of treatment even though they are facing the same type of problem as disease. It is a bit unbelievable but the thing is real. Ayurveda can prove it. Here we can get assurance that there is no particular medicine for COVID-19 but with the base of symptoms they are facing ayurveda can suggest the 100 percent curable medicines.

  As everyone gets doubted, is there any proof for ayurvedic history or the remedies they suggest? Obviously they may say no but the best proof they can suggest the curable cases of ayurvedic treatment. 

  Lastly Dr.Geeta Singh suggested that ayurveda is also best suggested for dysmenorrhea,PCOS, diabetes and heavy diets etc. For these simply they can suggest not to be over stressed and eat ,sleep properly in time.

Also Dr.Satish Garg suggested that to have a great and healthy day we should wake up early and have a look at the Sun and should do exercises,yoga, meditation, morning walks etc.

  One of the most common Resolutions, and one that is broken the most as well, is improving one’s own health and well-being, followed by improving the health and well-being of those close to us. We are all creatures of habit, and habits are what keep us where we are, and habits are what makes it so difficult to keep our promises to ourselves and those around us. Some of these habits compromise our immunity: habits of worry and stress, of over-eating, eating and sleeping poorly, of not being active enough, of being unhappy, or angry, and so on.

   Through the whole webinar section we got how to stay motivated and build immunity through great negotiations.



मजदूरों को कैसे मिलेगी राहत

May 14, 2020 Gaurika Kalsi 0 Comments


Webinar series topic: मजदूरों को कैसे मिलेगी राहत 


Report by: Gaurika Kalsi 


The Empower People Organisation has taken an initiative to support and empower people through covid-19 webinar series on several issues of the society.  

The following report is based on one of the webinars with an agenda-” मजदूरों को कैसे मिलेगी राहत”. It was conducted on 14th May,2020 at 08:00pm. 

The panellists for day were Mr.Om Prakash Singh, Mr.Aashish Sagar, Mr.Albadar Khan and Mr. Anjule Shyam. 

The briefing of the webinar was done by Mr. Albadar Khan. He introduced the situation about how the labours are travelling back to their homes/villages through cycles, buses, trucks and even on foot, due to the lack of earning opportunities in the pandemic/lockdown situation.  


Mr.Om Prakash Singh, a member of National working committee of AIITUC, discussed:- 


         - How the labours were overlooked in the beginning of the pandemic and how that got them into the condition of travelling with their families and little children on foot.
        -He insisted that government needs to immediately transfer money in their accounts             rather then formulating long/complicated strategies that would take months to reach all the labours 
      -According to EPF, whole labours force won’t receive the funds. 
     -Governments need to work together and raise higher funds 
     -Medical check ups ,safe travels and revival packages. 
     -Minimum wages and timings 

 Some of Mr. Albadar Khan’s points:- 


  • -He asked about the conditions of Jharkhand and Bihar. 

  • -He questioned the satisfactory rating of the government strategies of funds and food for the labours. 

  • -Funds for villagers & funds for labours going back to the villages 

  • -Labour's preferences in future 

  • -Small scale industries challenges