Tuesday, 10 July 2018

‘Gau’ Raksha: The “Cow-Life Controversy”

CPR Land Rights Initiative is pleased to invite you to a talk on
‘Gau’ Raksha: The “Cow-Life Controversy” & the Bengali Muslim Public Sphere (1889-90)
Dr Mou BanerjeeWednesday, 11 July 2018, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
About the Topic
Mir Mosharraf Hossein (1847-1912), pioneering author of the Musalmani-Bengali novel, was also a social commentator and journalist. In reaction to the socio-political disharmony in Bengal, exacerbated by “cow-protection” movements and the Bengal Tenancy Act of 1885, Hossein penned a series of articles in the periodical Ahmadi in 1888. The articles, collected and published as Go-Jiban (Cow-Life) in pamphlet form, exhorted Muslims to eschew cow-slaughter. This caused vicious controversy. There were protesting editorials in the Akhbar’e Islamia and Hossein was accused of apostasy. He retaliated, instituting a libel-case. The controversy deepened with the publication of a refutation of Go-Jiban by Reazuddin Mashhadi. The periodicals were published in Kushtia and Tangail in rural East Bengal. A study of the controversy, articulated in the vernacular, non-elite public sphere through Musalmani-Bengali periodicals and pamphlets, provides a rare insight into the formation process of political identities and networks of intra-communal information exchange revolving around a religiously sensitive issue.
About the Speaker
Dr Mou Banerjee received her PhD in modern South Asian history from Harvard in 2018. Her dissertation thesis titled : “Questions of Faith: Christianity, Conversion and the Ideological Origins of Political Theology in Colonial India, 1813-1907.” received the Harold K Gross Dissertation Prize which is “to be awarded each year at Graduation to the Ph D recipient whose dissertation, in the opinion of a committee of Department members, gave greatest promise of a distinguished career of historical research.” Her research examines conversion to Protestant Christianity and explains how this issue emerged as the earliest and important locus of public debate, social reform and anti-colonial resistance in colonial India in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Banerjee is a College Fellow at Harvard at the moment and will join Clemson University as Assistant Professor of History from the Fall of 2018.
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This is the eleventh in a series of talks organised by CPR Land Rights Initiative to showcase perspectives on land rights issues by diverse stakeholders, including academics from various disciplinary backgrounds, civil society organisations, journalists, grassroots workers, and policymakers.

3rd Conference on Health Security for ALL :

3rd Conference on Health Security for ALL : “Transforming Healthcare” on Wed, 11 Jul, 2018 at Hotel Le-Meridien, N D
Dear Sir/Madam,   
Affordable healthcare is the foundation for any just and equitable society, the vital blueprint ensuring a productive and prosperous life for citizens. In a country where health expenditures push 63 million people below the poverty line every year, it has been an imperative need since long.

The Healthcare is a key Goal under SDGs. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled a new Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) which aimed at the health coverage and to provide free health insurance to poor families, targeting about 500 million beneficiaries for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

With the objective to provide health security for all through health schemes with efforts of Government and Private Stakeholders, ASSOCHAMis organizing 3rd conference on “Health Security for ALL” on Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 at Hotel Le-Meridien, New Delhi.

Invited Guests &  Prominent Speakers :

·         Ms. Anupriya Patel, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI
·         Prof. (Dr.) Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Government of India
·         Dr. Raiendra SharmaMedical  Superintendent,  VMMC & Safdarjang Hospital, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,  Government of India
·         Mr. Rajan Subramaniam, Chief Executive Officer, Vipul MedCorp Insurance TPA Private Limited
·         Padma Bhushan (Dr.) B.K. Rao, Chairman, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), Chairman, National Council of Healthcare and Hospitals ASSOCHAM & Ex Chairman, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
·         Ms. Mohini Daljeet Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Max India Foundation
·         Dr. Nayan Shah, Managing Director, Paramount Health services TPA Pvt ltd.
·         Mr. Ravi Bhatnagar, Director – External Affairs and Partnerships, Asia, Middle East and South Africa, Reckitt Benckiser (India) Private Limited  
·         Mr. Nitin Dua, Chief Operating Officer, Vipul MedCorp Insurance TPA Private Limited
·         Mr. Pritpal Marjara, Managing Director, Population Service International (PSI)
·         Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh, MBBS, MD, Consultant, Department of Hemato-oncology & BMT, ARTEMIS Hospitals
·         Dr. R. N. Kalra, Medical Director & CEO, Kalra Hospital SRCNC Pvt. Ltd, Delhi
·         Dr. Vibhu Ranjan Gupta, Group Medical Director,  Sarvodaya Hospital & Research Centre, Faridabad
·         Mr. Vibhav Garg, Vice President-Health Policy & Govt. Affairs, GE Healthcare
·         Dr. Rajesh Kesari, Director, Total Care Control, New Delhi
Considering the immense importance of this Conference & subject has specific relevance to your organization, therefore, on behalf of ASSOCHAMwe are cordially inviting you as our “highly esteemed guest” in the Conference.




Niranjan with his spoils after placing 3rd in 50 mtrs butterfly at IDM Berlin.
Swimmer Niranjan Mukundan set an Asian record in the 200m backstroke event at the IDM Berlin Para-Swimming World Series 2018. He clocked 3:16.01 seconds, eclipsing Van Chung’s existing mark of 4:02.49 seconds. Van Chung, a Vietnamese swimmer, had set the record back in 2003 in the S7 category.
Niranjan posing with his team.
Niranjan not only broke a record, he also won a bronze medal in the 50 meters Butterfly. His performances have been honed under the watchful eye of his childhood coach John Christopher, and have benefited from a long-term training stint at the Thanyapura Swimming Centre in Thailand, where he now trains.
Niranjan has undergone as many as 16 surgeries since birth due to his congenital condition, spina bifida. His lower limbs have developed diminished sensation over the years, due to which he has suffered from recurring ulcers on his ankle, caused by friction against surfaces he cannot feel. His support from the foundation is utilised, among other things, to consult dermatologist Dr. Vinayak, who has been managing and treating his injury. Watching Niranjan repeatedly put his injury woes behind him is a true lesson in fortitude with his record-breaking performance in Germany also coming while he was still injured! His medical team assisted him in dressing his wound such that he would not be inhibited by the injury. Needless to say, the champion made best use of the opportunity to go out and make a mark!
The foundation has also assisted him in successfully completing his reclassification and obtaining his new disability category, which pits him against a similar level of competition. He is currently training to qualify for and compete at the Para Asian Games, to be held in Indonesia in October 2018, under the watchful eyes and constant guidance of his entire medical team. GoSports Foundation is delighted to be supporting Niranjan in his goal to achieve sports excellence.
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Our athletes who have so far qualified for the 2018 Asian games
With a little more than a month to go for the Asian Games to kick off in Indonesia, our athletes` preparations are showing results. We are excited by the number of our athletes that have qualified for the games already, and await the announcement of the final contingent.


Medal tally in June 2018


Dipa Karmakar with her coach – Bishweshwar Nandi
Dipa Karmakar marked her return to competition with a gold medal in the vault event. Her comeback conquest was at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey. With this win, she became the first ever Indian to win a gold at an international event. Following her ACL surgery in April 2017, the foundation has been delighted to support her with access to rehabilitation through her physiotherapist Sajad Mir and Shrikant Iyengar from Prohealth Asia. 


Medalists with their spoils
The All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament was organised in Bangalore and witnessed shuttlers from across the country competing for tooth and nail to emerge victorious. Rituparna Das fought a tough final to claim the silver medal in women’s singles event, while Shlok Ramchandran and Arjun MR emerged deserving winners in the men’s doubles event.
In the Junior Ranking Tournament held in Kochi, Gayatri Pullela won gold in the women’s singles category, with a 23-21, 21-18 scoreline over top-seeded Purva Barve. In the picture with Gayatri and her mother is physiotherapist Abhishek Nayak (extreme left) from Invictus Performance Lab, who was sent to the tournament by the foundation for injury management and recovery assistance during match days.


Deepender, Pooja & Avani with their medals
Indian shooters were on target at the 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship held in Delhi which witnessed para shooters Avani Lekhara, Pooja Agarwal and Deepender Singh win medals in their respective categories and events.


Gaurav Rana (extreme left) is seen posing alongside his teammates with his medal
A new entrant into the Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Programme, Gaurav Rana has done the country proud by winning medals in his respective categories. He won Gold in the 50M free pistol team event and bronze in the 10M air pistol. 


Amit Saroha & Yasser with their medals
The World Para Athletics Grand Prix Tunisia witnessed a comeback by the experienced Amit Saroha as he threw his season`s best 29.42m in the club throw event, while Mohd. Yasser excelled in the shot-put event with a 14.07m throw as they both claimed the gold medal in their events. The foundation was delighted to have worked with Amit on his injury management and rehabilitation, and to have funded the tournament expenses for Yasser. Both medallists made maximum use of the support extended. Good signs, with the Para Asian Games approaching in three months.


Sandeep with his medal
22-year old Sandeep was in prime form at the Paris Handisport Grand Prix where he clinched the silver medal at the javelin throw event with a 56.52m throw. The Delhi lad finished a few metres short of fellow countryman Sundar Singh Gurjar’s 61.32m  throw, which brought home the gold medal.


Swapnil Patil with his medal
Swapnil Patil’s timing of 33.07 seconds in the 50m backstroke event won him the bronze medal at the World Para Swimming World Series, IDM Berlin.  The 20-year old from Haryana has made steady improvements in his timings, shaving 1.15 seconds over the last three tournaments.
He was experiencing shoulder pain just 2 months before his participation at the IDM. Since then, Swapnil has been undergoing strength and conditioning facilitated by GoSports Foundation at Invictus Performance Lab.


Manpreet (left) at the medal ceremony of the para powerifting event
Powerlifter Manpreet Kaur won a Silver medal in British Para Powerlifting championship, 2018. She won the medal with a lift of 74kg in the 41kg bodyweight category. Manpreet has been under the tutelage of GoSports Para Champion and 2004 Paralympic bronze medalist Rajinder Rahelu. The foundation was delighted to have funded her tournament expenses. 


Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in action during UTT League
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has been on fire since his exploits at the Commonwealth Games, reaching a career best world ranking of 40 in the process. The 25-year old table tennis star has had a prolific run leading his team Dabangg Smashers to victory in the Ultimate Table Tennis League!
Kudos also to our other athlete Manav Thakkar who gave a fantastic account of himself in the league. 


Sacchitt Sharma (right) with his medal
16-year old Sacchitt Sharma continued to impress in junior level tennis as he secured the first place in a grade 2 ITF tournament conducted in Chinese Taipei. He is currently the highest ranked Indian in the ITF Junior ranking and is ranked 90th in the world.
The lanky teenager is being groomed by Somdev Devvarman through assistance from GoSports Foundation, and is reaping rich dividends for his dedicated training.


Suyash Jadhav with his award
Our Para-Swimmer Suyash Jadhav was recently conferred with the Young Inspirator award by YIN-Summer-Youth-Summit & Sakaal News Paper. Here is a photo from the awards night.
YIN is a platform for the youth, which aims to promote social, economic and political empowerment of youth through YIN and several outreach projects and programmes.
GoSports Foundation is proud to be assisting Suyash with physiotherapy consultations & a nutrition programme designed by our consultant expert sports nutritionists.



Deepthi Bopaiah at the inaugural symposium
Our executive director, Deepthi Bopaiah, was invited by the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India to speak at their inaugural symposium. The primary purpose of the symposium was to share, discuss, guide, and enlighten State Wheelchair Basketball Associations on effective management in each state by enhancing their knowledge of problems and by providing optimal solutions through the adoption of best practices.
Differently abled and not disabled’ – Deepthi busted some of the common myths that society widely holds about para-athletes and emphasised that it does take a whole village to raise an athlete. She went on to quote examples of the success of two-time Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia, badminton world no. 1 Kidambi Srikanth, and India’s first ever Paralympic gold medallist Murlikant Petkar, aimed at outlining the GoSports Foundation objective of bringing professionalism to the Indian sports ecosystem. Speaking from her own experience about the worth of pursuing the right – albeit long – route and the need to collaborate, she firmly insisted on the importance of building a professional model for the betterment of sport at all levels.
Deepthi also spoke to the team at Jaago Re about the importance of early interventions in order to build a sports culture in India and help our athletes in their quest to put India on the global sports map. Read more…

Minister as Himavan in ‘LuvKush Ramleela’ this Year!

Vijay Sampla-Union Minister of State is all set to play Himavan in ‘LuvKush Ramleela’ this Year!
    As per the information revealed in Press Conference by the chairman of LuvKush Ramleela Ashok Aggarwal, it seems like, this Year the Ramleela play will take place in a bigger manner in comparison with last few years. Yes, apart from the Bollywood stars, this year again, Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla, is all set to be the part of the Ramleela as he will be playing the character of Parvati’s father Himavan.
   In the recent Press Conference held in Delhi along with Ashok Aggarwal, Vijay Sampla was also there to grace the moment with his presence. As the time is approaching, the entire team of LuvKush Ramleela is gearing up enthusiastically for the biggest blast of the year.
   For the same Shri Sampla stated, “I had work in many places as a plumber and what I am today is all because of the blessings of lord Ram. Last year I played the role of a unique king in LuvKush Ramleela and got a huge appreciation from members of mantrimandal my close ones and this is the same reason I want to serve Shree Ram so when I got the opportunity to play Himavan’s role, I worked on it with full dedication”.
   Further he added, “I don’t come in Ramleela for my political benefits so I don’t talk anything related to this in the program. This is the second time I am seeing myself in the form of an actor rather than a politician. Again, Ramleela committee gave me an opportunity to play prominent role which feels like Lord Shree Ram himself want me to serve him. Corruption, impurity and superstitions are the biggest Ravan of my life”.
   Ashok aggarwal (chairman of Ramleela committee) added, “it is because of lord Ram’s magic that ministers, cricketers and people of different fields plays role in ram leela and some senior ministers in BJP are in contact with bollywood’s prominent and biggest actors and soon they will be seen to play different characters too.
Well, the 40-year-old LuvKush Ramleela will be showcased from 10th October till 21st October 2018.

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