Barriers to addressing the malnutrition crisis in India

Why communities in India need to reclaim their rich traditional food cultures and push back against a growing global vegan agenda People from marginalised communities struggle when it comes to the social determinants of health – those non-medical factors that influence people’s health such as access to safe water, sanitation, education, livelihood opportunities, shelter, housing,… Continue reading Barriers to addressing the malnutrition crisis in India

A Critical Look at Indian Healthcare

The Covid pandemic and subsequent unplanned lockdown has unmasked the deep rooted structural crisis within the country’s healthcare system.  If the healthcare system had been universal, comprehensive, well-regulated and decentralized, its response to the Covid 19 pandemic would have been far more effective with regards to both preventive and curative aspects. However, the Indian model… Continue reading A Critical Look at Indian Healthcare

Tell Me More: Talking How Caste And Gender Influence Access to Health With Dr. Sylvia Karpagam

The Swaddle: The Covid19 pandemic highlighted an often-glossed-over issue — the continued lack of attention paid to health and sanitation workers who are placed in harm’s way to do jobs like disposing of biomedical waste without adequate protective equipment. How does the system prevent these workers from advocating for themselves? Dr. Sylvia Karpagam: Our healthcare system… Continue reading Tell Me More: Talking How Caste And Gender Influence Access to Health With Dr. Sylvia Karpagam

Public Health for Women in India: Some thoughts

Gauri Lankesh News, March 8th 2021 On International Women’s day, it would be good for Indian decision makers and society to take stock of many gaps in public health for Indian women, particularly those from vulnerable communities (women who are dalit, Adivasi, Muslim, living with disabilities, transgender, employed in so called ‘unclean’ occupations, the elderly,… Continue reading Public Health for Women in India: Some thoughts

Karnataka Anti-Cow Slaughter Bill: A Denial of Right to Nutrition

The Quint, 11th December 2020 The post COVID-19 lockdown has brought out the worst of vested interests. While corporates are scrambling to acquire land and assets by blatantly pushing the government to tweak or do away with protective legal mechanisms, the government is making decisions that will have adverse and long-term social, nutritional, health and… Continue reading Karnataka Anti-Cow Slaughter Bill: A Denial of Right to Nutrition

Union Budget 2021 and the Spirit of Public Health

Published in The Wire Several experts in the fields of economics, health, nutrition, etc. have commented on different aspects of the budget, released by the Government of India on February 1, 2021. This article looks at what the budget could have included if it had to incorporate the true spirit of public health in the… Continue reading Union Budget 2021 and the Spirit of Public Health

Information Leaflet: Beef and Nutrition

Link 1.    Who eats beef in India? 15% of Indians (180 million) consume beef in India. This includes dalits, Muslims, Christians, Other Backward castes (OBCs) and adivasis.  Some people who eat beef may not disclose it in public because of social stigma that has been created around this food.  In Indian villages, the meat of… Continue reading Information Leaflet: Beef and Nutrition

ಕರಪತ್ರ: ದನದ ಮಾಂಸ ಮತ್ತು ಪೋಷಣೆ

 ದನದ ಮಾಂಸದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕೆಲವು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿದನದಮಾಂಸವನ್ನುಯಾರುತಿನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ? Link ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಶೇಕಡಾ ಹದಿನೈರಷ್ಟು ಜನರು (180 ಮಿಲಿಯನ್ ) ದನದ ಮಾಂಸವನ್ನು ತಿನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ. ದಲಿತರು, ಮುಸ್ಲಿಮರು, ಆದಿವಾಸಿಗಳು, ಕ್ರಿಶ್ಚಿಯನ್ನರು ಮತ್ತು ಹಿಂದುಳಿದ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳು ದನದ ಮಾಂಸವನ್ನು ತಿನ್ನುವ ವರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ದನದ ಮಾಂಸ ಸೇವಿಸುವ ಕೆಲವರು ಅದನ್ನು ಬಹಿರಂಗವಾಗಿ ಹೇಳಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ ಆಹಾರದ ಕುರಿತಂತೆ  ಇರುವ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಮೌಢ್ಯ, ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಟತೆಯ ವ್ಯಸನ, ತಾರತಮ್ಯತೆ ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಕಾರಣ.  ಭಾರತದ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅನೇಕ ಕುಟುಂಬಗಳು ಕೊಂದ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಯ ಮಾಂಸವನ್ನು… Continue reading ಕರಪತ್ರ: ದನದ ಮಾಂಸ ಮತ್ತು ಪೋಷಣೆ