Panel Discussion at India International Centre on “Status of Indian Medicine & Folk Healing, Part II” on 22th April 2013May 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
Tags: Ayurveda, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Indian medicine, Integrative Medicine, Kottakal
Integrating Ayurveda with Modern Medicine.
Ms Shailaja Chandra
Ms Shailaja Chandra is the author of this Status Report which was commissioned by the Department of AYUSH, Government of India in 2010. She was Secretary of the Department of Indian Systems of Medicine & Homeopathy, Ministry of Health &Family Welfare (1999-2002).
Dr Naresh Trehan
Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman & Managing Director, Medanta – The Medicity on “Why Integration?”
Dr. Tejinder Kataria
Dr. Tejinder Kataria, Chair, Radiation Oncology, Medanta .
Dr. Ali Zamir Khan
Dr. Ali Zamir Khan, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Medanta
Dr. G Geeta krishnan
Dr. G Geeta krishnan, Head, Dept. of Integrative Medicine, Medanta
Dr. K. Muraleedharan
Dr. K. Muraleedharan, Medical Superintendent and Chief Physician, Arya Vaidyashala Hospital & Research Centre, Kottakkal .
Dr. Srinath Reddy
Dr. Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India.
Dr. Ranjit Roy Choudhary
Dr. Ranjit Roy Choudhary, Emeritus Scientist, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi
Prof Shakir Jamil
Prof Shakir Jamil, Director General, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine
Dr. K. K. Agarwal, Volunteer Commentator
Dr. K. K. Agarwal,Senior Consultant Physician, Head Cardiology and Dean of the Board of Medical Education Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi
Guests: Shailaja Chandra (Fmr. Secretary, Ministry of Health, GOI) ; Nalin Kohli (BJP) ; Priya Hingorani (Advocate, Supreme Court) and Anchor: Arfa Khanum Sherwani
Face the Nation – FTN: Ashok Khemka transferred again: Are repeated transfers of officers destroying the civil services?April 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM | Posted in TV Show | 4 Comments
Sagarika Ghose, CNN-IBN | Apr 15, 2013 at 11:29pm
Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka hit the headlines last October when he pointed to irregularities in a land deal between Sonia Gandhi’s son in law Robert Vadra and real estate giant DLF. Khemka has always acted as a whistleblower of sorts and has been transferred 44 times, last week he was again transferred from his post for exposing a scam in the purchase of fungicides.
Guests: Smt Shailaja Chandra, Ex-IAS officer ; Sh. T. Subramanian, Ex-IAS officer; Sh. Ashok Khemka, IAS Officer and Anchor: Sagarika.
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With a focus on integration of AYUSH medical systems in health care delivery
Former Secretary, Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of AYUSH
Former Chief Secretary, Government of Delhi
Under the aegis of
Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy,
Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Government of India
Sagarika Ghose, CNN-IBN | Apr 10, 2013 at 11:59pm
There was uproar in the Maharashtra Assembly for the third consecutive day, the Opposition is demanding deputy CM Ajit Pawar’s resignation over his controversial ‘urine’ comment.
Guests: Smt Shailaja Chandra ; Smt. Shaina N.C. ; Sh. Nikhil Wagle ; Sh. D.P. Tripathy and Anchor: Sagarika.
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Karan Thapar, CNN-IBN | Apr 05, 2013 at 10:17pm
How significant is the Supreme Court’s order the red beacon lights’ usage must be sharply curtailed? And will this end the culture of perks and privileges that is showered on important people?
Guests: Shailaja Chandra (Former chief secretary, Delhi Govt) ; Sh. B.J.Panda, (M.P., BJP) ; Smt. Shobhaa De (Author) ; Sh. Harish Salve (Senior Advocate, SC) and Anchor: Karan Thapar.
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Tags: gender discrimination, Indian women, Rape
Shailaja Chandra, a former executive director of India’s National Population Stabilization Fund, was the first woman Chief Secretary of Delhi.Full profile
NEW DELHI – Last December’s fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi triggered an unprecedented public outcry in India. Tens of thousands of citizens took to the streets to demand an end to police indifference to women’s safety, stronger laws, and speedier trials for those charged with crimes against women. The protests launched a countrywide movement, spurring nonstop media coverage of women’s issues. So, has significant change followed?
Within eight days of the rape, a special commission, led by former Supreme Court Chief Justice J.S. Verma, was established. The commission’s roughly 700-page report, completed in only 29 days, urged the government to take swift, far-reaching action. Among the report’s recommendations were stronger penalties for sex crimes, including harassment; a requirement that police officers report every instance of alleged rape; and broader measures to address pervasive discrimination against women.
India’s government responded two weeks later, announcing a new ordinance that not only expands the definition of rape, but also makes behavior such as groping, stalking, trafficking, and voyeurism serious criminal offenses. But, as the commission’s report highlighted, India does not lack laws intended to deter sexual violence against women. Rather, amid widespread ignorance and apathy, government and law enforcement have lacked the motivation to administer existing laws adequately.
The recent explosion of long-dormant public outrage should be a tipping point, precipitating genuine progress toward a more equal society. But designing effective policies to diminish the obstacles confronting women and girls requires measuring the prevalence of the attitudes and habits that limit their potential. If the recently enacted laws are to have the intended effect, Indian society must reject discriminatory mindsets and practices.
Unlike conventional indicators, which capture inequality in outcomes like education and employment, the OECD’s Social Institutions Gender Index (SIGI) evaluates the underlying drivers of such outcomes, comparing factors such as preferential treatment of sons over daughters, violence against women, and restrictions on property rights. According to this metric, in 2012, India ranked 56th out of 86 countries for gender equality, lower than other major emerging markets like Brazil, China, Indonesia, and South Africa.
But Indian society, which comprises more than 1.2 billion citizens, is hardly homogeneous. Indeed, India is a complex amalgam of 28 states with widely varying social indicators. For example, the nine states that the government has labeled “high focus” account for 62% of India’s maternal deaths and 70% of infant deaths, but contain only 48% of the country’s population.
Meanwhile, the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh account for roughly 22% of the population, but less than 12% of maternal deaths. Similarly, while infant deaths account for less than 5% of all deaths in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, more than 20% of babies born in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan (all high-focus states) do not see their first birthday. So, given the limited value of countrywide generalizations, India’s leaders must focus on the differences between states in order to devise targeted policies.
India’s National Rural Health Mission has adopted such an approach, using region-specific data to identify low-quality prenatal care, unsafe deliveries, and lack of access to birth control as high-priority issues in 18 states. The measures that the mission has implemented since 2005 – including free contraception, pregnancy tracking, prenatal care, compensation for hospital delivery, and regular home visits to new mothers – contributed to a 20% drop in fertility rates in the targeted states by 2010, and helped to reduce maternal and infant deaths.
But this approach is not sufficient to address the gender inequality that characterizes Indian politics and society. Women comprise just 10% of India’s parliament, and only two of 35 ministers with full Cabinet rank are women. And, while the 33% quota for women in local-government bodies has placed a million of them in elected positions at the grass roots, the extent to which this has actually improved women’s status has yet to be measured.
Moreover, discrimination in India often begins in the family. Indian families’ tendency to prefer sons has resulted in an adverse sex ratio, particularly in some northern states. Moreover, in the same region, more than 60% of girls are married well before the legal age, making pregnancies among anemic and malnourished teenagers a common occurrence. But, at the same time, most girls complete 12 years of schooling in the northern mountain state of Himachal Pradesh, demonstrating that the north-south distinction is no more conclusive than countrywide generalizations.
To facilitate the design of effective targeted policies, India’s Central Statistical Organization is working to provide detailed data through a pilot project that captures Indian states’ SIGI indicators. The study will highlight the variations in social, cultural, and economic barriers to female empowerment across India.
Policies based on generalities will not work. To initiate a fundamental shift in citizens’ gender-related attitudes and behavior, India’s leaders must understand – by the numbers – the often-dramatic disparities between their country’s individual states.
Guests: Shailaja Chandra (Fmr. Secretary, Ministry of Health, GOI) ; Reva Nayyar (Formar Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Develepment) ; Kirti Singh (Senior Lawyer) and Anchor: Arfa Khanum Sherwani
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This ProgBlog article written by Shailaja Chandra is a contribution to the current Wikiprogress online consultation* – “Reducing poverty is achievable: Finding those who are hidden by inequalities”
In India poverty reduction is a priority for all Governments –central and state. Undoubtedly at places well-intentioned programmes suffer from neglect, fund misappropriation and disproportionate expenditure on overheads. But that is not to say nothing works. Millions are benefiting and are able to lead relatively decent lives- living longer and healthier than their parents did. Disparities that exist are largely attributable to the faulty identification of beneficiaries and an inability to distinguish between those in relative poverty from those living in moderate poverty and more importantly those in absolute poverty. When resources are limited, the greatest need is to target the neediest the first. Here is one solution that could help.
On fundamentals everyone is agreed that safe drinking water, primary health care, schools and toilets are non-negotiable. While Government schemes provide for all these services, those in the greatest need are often unable to avail of them. This is because the opportunity cost of accessing them is too high. When it is simply not feasible for a father or a husband to forsake a daily wage that buys the next meal to accompany his wife and child by walking 10 kilometres to the doctor, he quite simply will not go. Even after reaching a motorable road on foot, few are willing to risk waiting for public transport which may not show up. In other words those who are physically unable to reach long distances will automatically exclude themselves. Solutions have to keep that in mind and for that measurement of people and distances becomes very important.
Elected representatives and bureaucracies tend to count growing numbers of beneficiaries as a sign of a system working well. Instead were they to start measuring the dimension of exclusion they would be nearer the truth. But this measurement has to be spatial and not numerical. Then alone would it be possible to differentiate between people in extreme or (absolute) poverty, from those in moderate or relative poverty. It is only by amalgamating GIS mapping and census data that it is possible to show the distance of every village from the nearest basic facility or service.
This exercise was successfully undertaken by the National Population Fund of India for primary health centres and sub-centres throughout the country, (except urban areas) The write-up is available in OECD’s publication Statistics, Knowledge and Policy –Measuring and fostering the progress of societies – Chapter titled Power to the People (sub-chapter on Enhancing Accountability through GIS mapping and Census data: Figure 1 and Figure 2 on page 6 and 7 make the position clear.) Link: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/12/45/38706000.pdf
The initiative received the Best E Health award of the year and the PDF maps were made available to every state Government in India to plan where the next set of primary health centres should come up, keeping in view spatial disparity (not economic status or population density). The same strategy can be used to identify deprived areas and their distance from not just primary health centres but even sources of drinking water, fair price shops and schools. If one has to avoid falling into the trap of over-dependency on the success of trickle down, the only way is to do spatial mapping of villages and connectivity. And to identify the people to be reached out to first they need to be mapped by using technology. The relatively better off even if they are technically below the poverty line should come lower in the pecking order of entitlements compared to those in abject poverty.
Economic assessments of poverty often belie the truth. A combination of GIS mapping and Census data is what can tell the truth.
Rajdeep Sardesai, CNN-IBN | Mar 11, 2013 at 11:53pm
The main accused in the Delhi gangrape-murder case, Ram Singh, was found hanging in his Tihar Jail cell under mysterious circumstances on Monday morning, raising questions over monitoring of undertrials in the prison.
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