India is Not a ‘Vegetarian Country’ Like the EAT-Lancet Report Would Have Us Believe

Sylvia Karpagam, Frédéric Leroy and Martin Cohen Vegetarians, far less vegans, let us be frank, would not like to be compelled to eat meat. Yet the reverse compulsion is what lurks in the current proposals for a new ‘planetary diet’. Nowhere is this more visible than in India. The subcontinent is often stereotyped by the West as … Continue reading India is Not a ‘Vegetarian Country’ Like the EAT-Lancet Report Would Have Us Believe

Voices against caste impunity: Narratives of dalit women in India, All India dalit Adhikar Manch

The reality of the caste system and all its manifestations in every sphere of life denying dignity and full humanity to the oppressed cannot be disputed. What is also significant is the cruel erasure of those buried under the pain of caste apartheid. How often have we read research reports, studies, articles and journals which carry … Continue reading Voices against caste impunity: Narratives of dalit women in India, All India dalit Adhikar Manch

Private Sector Ideas on Nutrition Should Be Taken with a Pinch of ‘Fortified’ Salt, The Wire

Nutritionally, millets are superior to wheat and rice as their amino acids are more balanced and they have crude fibre and minerals. Credit: Reuters Sylvia Karpagam and Veena Shatrugna 24/SEP/2018 The article ‘No child left behind’ by Vinita Bali, in the Hindu (August 18, 2018), identifies three “urgent priorities” to address poor nutrition in India. The “solutions”, … Continue reading Private Sector Ideas on Nutrition Should Be Taken with a Pinch of ‘Fortified’ Salt, The Wire

Why India’s Health Ministry cannot take contamination of polio vaccines lightly, The Newsminute

1.5 lakh oral polio vaccine vials, manufactured by a Ghaziabad based Biomed company, have been found to be contaminated by Type 2 poliovirus. The Health Ministry claims that they ‘will not allow poliomyelitis to make a comeback’. This makes it appear as though the Health Ministry is in control but this confidence is not something that a responsible and … Continue reading Why India’s Health Ministry cannot take contamination of polio vaccines lightly, The Newsminute

Swine flu cases in K’taka, Telangana: How to keep yourself safe, The Newsminute

PTI file photo According to the state health department in Karnataka, over 400 cases of swine flu have been confirmed. The government, which plays a crucial role in addressing expected fears and concerns among people, often does not respond adequately or soon enough. This leads to several myths and misconceptions, which only further aggravate the crisis. … Continue reading Swine flu cases in K’taka, Telangana: How to keep yourself safe, The Newsminute

Why is the easily treatable dengue making a profit in India?, Health systems research.org

In India, dengue is endemic in almost all states and is the leading cause of hospitalization, with many patients leaving the hospital having paid anywhere between USD$ 514 and USD$1491 for treatment. The cost in the private health sector is often double or more than that in the public sector hospital. If this is not affordable, patients and families … Continue reading Why is the easily treatable dengue making a profit in India?, Health systems research.org

ISKCON-run NGO refuses to follow Karnataka order to include onion, garlic in mid-day meals, Scroll.in

Akshaya Patra/Pixabay [Licenced under CC0] The Akshaya Patra Foundation, which has been providing mid-day meals to 4.43 lakh school children in Karnataka, has refused to sign a memorandum for 2018-’19 following a directive by the state government to include onions and garlic in the food prepared for the meal, based on recommendations from the State Food Commission. … Continue reading ISKCON-run NGO refuses to follow Karnataka order to include onion, garlic in mid-day meals, Scroll.in