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  • Prabha Panth
    Karmayog Hyderabad & SecunderabadOutside the P.G. College, Paradise X roads in Secunderabad, there is an old couple and their teenage son, who have been living
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      Karmayog Hyderabad & Secunderabad
      Outside the P.G. College, Paradise X roads in Secunderabad, there is an old couple and their teenage son, who have been living on the pavement and below the flyonver for the past one week. They look as if they belong to a good family. It seems their eldest son has thrown them out of the house, and they are quite destitute.
      Is there any organisation which can help them? Find them shelter and some means of livelihood? If so, could someone direct them to this old couple and help them to find a place in life?
      Sincerely,
      P.Panth
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      Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:50 PM
      Subject: [karmayog-hyd] Digest Number 143

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      1.

      What we eat will determine how green the future is

      Posted by: "thiagarajan.arunachalam" thiagarajan.arunachalam@...   thiagarajan.arunachalam

      Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:57 am (PDT)



      What we eat will determine how green the future is
      Posted by: "karmayog - tanya" info@karmayog. org
      Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:17 am (PDT)

      Food For Thought

      What we eat will determine how green the future is .........Ambika Hiranandani, Salman Shaheen & Roland Miller McCall

      What do George Bernard Shaw, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Leo Tolstoy, Leonardo Da Vinci, Paul McCartney, and Pythagoras have in common? If your answer is they're all towering figures of European culture, you're only half right. The answer is: they've all been passionate promoters of vegetarianism. While Pythagoras dealt with three straight lines, McCartney sang about the long and winding road. Indeed, the effort to promote vegetarianism has been a very long and very winding road. But with the former Beatle's initiative of meat-free Mondays, and the Belgian town of Ghent pledging to go vegetarian one day a week to do its share for the planet, the only direction that road is heading is forward.

      While these laudable actions are finally grabbing headlines in the West, in India vegetarianism has quietly been a way of life for centuries. But, whereas in Europe and America vegetarianism goes hand in hand with liberalism and progressive values, the opposite seems true in India. It is almost as if meat eating is seen as an act of rebellion against 'orthodox' society, a sort of status symbol drawing on markers of western identity. With many Indians upwardly mobile, increase in purchasing power has seen a parallel rise in meat consumption. Unfortunately those who have turned non-vegetarian are often unaware of the direct causal relationship between what they eat and the poorest having nothing to eat. Put simply, over-consumption of meat directly contributes to world hunger.

      India, where precious national parks are already under threat from illegal cattle-grazing, is the world's eighth largest producer of meat. Despite the sacred place cows occupy in Hindu culture, and despite the importance of buffaloes in agricultural work, India continues to churn out an annual 4.9 million tonnes of meat. Statistics compiled by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show that the total number of animals slaughtered for meat in India nearly doubled from 66,299,600 in 1980 to 106,239,000 in 2000. In a world increasingly facing scarcity with regard to basic human requirements, as evidenced all too clearly in last year's global food shortages, increasing meat production looks to be progressively unsustainable.

      Rearing animals for human consumption is a grain-intensive process. According to Kaushik Basu, professor of economics at Cornell University, as the populations of India and China begin to consume more meat, an increasingly greater strain will be placed on grain supplies, exacerbating world hunger. It's a point also made very clearly by David Pimentel, professor of ecology at Cornell University: "If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million."

      Ksenia Glebova, a member of the Finnish Green Party turned vegetarian after volunteering in India. "The meat industry wastes huge quantities of food and water which are required to raise animals. Instead these resources could be used far more efficiently and equitably," comments Globova. Her call is supported by research from Cornell University, which reveals that for every kilogram of grainfed beef, 100,000 litres of water are used. This finding is nothing new to animal rights organisations that believe alleviating the suffering of animals also helps alleviate human suffering.

      Most crucially, as governments around the world struggle to lower their dependence on fossil fuels responsible for pumping millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, we must also recognise the part played by our diet. The FAO has found that global livestock production constitutes 18 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions. This figure is expected to more than double by 2050, precisely because of increased meat consumption in developing countries such as India.

      "In terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, going vegetarian clearly is the most attractive opportunity, " says Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

      There are various compelling ethical reasons to abandon animal slaughter. The conditions of animals in slaughterhouses are heartwrenching. They led Bernard Shaw to highlight the key point that slaughterhouses are kept far away from human eyes because that makes meat much easier to digest. As Jane Goodall so succinctly said: "Thousands of people who say they 'love' animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs."

      Perhaps the next time we sit down to dinner, we should think about what we are doing. Not just to the animals, but to the planet too. It may be a long and winding road to a green future. But there's only one way to go.

      Hiranandani is an environmental lawyer, Shaheen studied social & political sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge, and Miller McCall studied climate law at the Australian National University College of Law.

      URL: http://epaper. timesofindia. com/Repository/ ml.asp?Ref= VE9JTS8yMDA5LzA3 LzI4I0FyMDEyMDA= &Mode=HTML& Locale=english- skin-custom

      2.

      The Unforgettable Commencement Address by Paul Hawken

      Posted by: "thiagarajan.arunachalam" thiagarajan.arunachalam@...   thiagarajan.arunachalam

      Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:58 am (PDT)



      The Unforgettable Commencement Address by Paul Hawken
      Posted by: "Chandni Parekh" chandni_parekh@ yahoo.com chandni_parekh
      Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:14 am (PDT)

      The Unforgettable Commencement Address by Paul Hawken
      to the Class of 2009, University of Portland, May 3, 2009

      Excerpts:

      When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple
      short talk that was "direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean,
      shivering, startling, and graceful." Boy, no pressure there.

      What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront
      despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of
      grace, justice, and beauty to this world. The poet Adrienne Rich wrote, "So
      much has been destroyed I have cast my lot with those who, age after age,
      perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world." There
      could be no better description. Humanity is coalescing. It is reconstituting
      the world, and the action is taking place in schoolrooms, farms, jungles,
      villages, campuses, companies, refuge camps, deserts, fisheries, and slums.

      You join a multitude of caring people. No one knows how many groups and
      organizations are working on the most salient issues of our day: climate
      change, poverty, deforestation, peace, water, hunger, conservation, human
      rights, and more. This is the largest movement the world has ever seen.
      Rather than control, it seeks connection.

      http://globalmindsh ift.wordpress. com/2009/ 05/21/the- unforgettable- commencement- address-by- paul-hawken- to-the-class- of-2009-universi ty-of-portland- may-3-2009/

      3.

      Current US interest in India's agriculture requires scrutiny

      Posted by: "thiagarajan.arunachalam" thiagarajan.arunachalam@...   thiagarajan.arunachalam

      Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:58 am (PDT)



      Current US interest in India's agriculture requires scrutiny
      Posted by: "karmayog - tanya" info@karmayog. org
      Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:19 am (PDT)

      Seed of the crisis...... ..Kavitha Kuruganti

      The current US interest in India's agriculture industry requires scrutiny

      The US and India are back at it again. This time around, it is not the spectre of a looming famine in Bihar that is expected to kill thousands through starvation but global hunger and malnutrition, for which India and USA will collaborate to provide leadership in agriculture to raise crop yields.
      Never mind that India has record buffer stocks of food grains right now and still more people sleep hungry in India than ever before and that India ranks 66th on the Global Hunger Index for 88 countries. Never mind that intensive agriculture models led to more farmers killing themselves than the projected numbers of starvation before the Green Revolution was ushered in or that Punjab for example, the seat of the Green Revolution in India, is reeling under a severe environmental health crisis quite closely connected to agricultural technologies deployed in the name of increasing yields.

      The first time around, they said that they were trying to get away from the ship to mouth existence that is being imposed by the Americans on us through PL 480 food aid programmes -- and whose help did they take to get away from the American intrusions? The Americans themselves!

      It is interesting to see how American leaders make it a point to include agriculture into their agenda during their India visits. George W Bush decided to stop over at the agriculture university in Hyderabad and Hillary Clinton at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa. For a country which has only 1.9 per cent of its labour force working in agriculture and a mere 0.7 per cent of total GDP contributed by agriculture (2002), why this American interest in Indian agriculture?

      The answer possibly lies in potential huge markets held in the seeds and food processing sectors. In India, this market is emerging in an impressive fashion. In the global seed market estimated at $30 bn, India already has a large market worth $1 bn. The domestic seed market, especially of hybrid seeds, is expected to grow at an impressive growth rate of 13 per cent at least. In the food processing and retail sector, the Indian urban food market is expected to form a major chunk of the $50-bn-mark retail market in India in the near future.

      Clinton's speech at Pusa Institute made a clear mention of seeds and food processing as the sectors where investment will go. Interestingly, the second green revolution in this country, with the help of the Indo-US Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (KIA) is supposed to be ushered in under the guidance of corporations like Monsanto and Wal-Mart which are on the KIA board. How investment on food processing would increase productivity of our food grains is an unanswered question, of course.

      There is also mention of "cutting edge technologies" to raise crop yields and Clinton affirmed with authority that crop productivity was the 'root' of the problem of world hunger. No mention at all of food lands going for bio-fuels, no mention about food grains being used for cattle feed and building inefficient food chains, no mention of the shocking wastage of food in the developed world not at the grain level but of processed foods, which would have already consumed much energy in their processing and packaging. Nor any mention of overflowing granaries in India continuing to mock at the poor in the country who cannot access such food.

      While Clinton is reported to have avoided the use of "GM" as the frontier technology, given the vast controversy over it, our agriculture minister was more forthright. He opined that collaboration in frontier areas like biotechnology would make a significant contribution to the world!

      What our leaders don't seem to realise is that there are vast differences not just in conditions of farming in the USA and in India but in the very philosophies and outlook towards agriculture. India for instance opposes patents on life forms in international forums while the USA and its corporations seek to patent everything that they can.The rigid patent regimes in the USA have led to hundreds of farmers sued and/or jailed for doing something that they have done for millennia -- saving their seed! Who is India listening to, on world hunger and the way out?

      It would be extremely unwise for our leaders to provide ready platforms and markets for profit-hungry US corporations in the name of food crisis, world hunger, second green revolution and climate change. If the government is keen on tackling the food crisis, it would do well to evolve a deeper understanding of both food production and access related issues, take up a comprehensive analysis of the Green Revolution and then chart out an Indian course of action. In this hundredth year of "Hind Swaraj", our modern day leaders would do well to revisit Gandhiji's vision.

      URL: http://www.dnaindia .com/opinion/ main-article_ seed-of-the- crisis_1277714

      4.

      NPO21020. USHA , Kurnool,Andhra Pradesh

      Posted by: "karmayog" info@...

      Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:43 am (PDT)





      USHA EDUCATIONAL AND DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has registered as http://www.karmayog .org/ngo/ USHA

      Name of Organisation : USHA EDUCATIONAL AND DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY
      Short name of org : USHA
      State : Andhra Pradesh
      City : Kurnool
      Building : 80/85
      Landmark, if any : ADITYA NAGAR
      Road : OPP.I.T.C
      Area : KURNOOL
      Pin : 518002
      Phone Number : 9959250456
      Best time to call : 9am-6am
      Email 1 : govardhan.ch@ yahoomail. com
      Category 1 : Agriculture
      Category 2 : Institution
      Category 3 : Health - Yoga
      Main trustee : C.H. GOVARDAN
      Geographical Reach : AP
      Brief Note : CHARITABLE ORGANISATION WORKING FOR POOR ON AGRICULTURE, HEALTH ACTIVES
      Contact Details
      Name : Mr. C.H.GOVARDAN
      Phone Work / Time to call : PRESIDENT 9am-6pm
      Phone Cell / Time to call : 9959250456 9am-6pm
      Email Personal : govardhan.ch@ yahoomail. com

      5.

      Sageing: The art of ageing well Posted by: "karmayog - tanya" info@k

      Posted by: "thiagarajan.arunachalam" thiagarajan.arunachalam@...   thiagarajan.arunachalam

      Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:39 pm (PDT)



      Sageing: The art of ageing well
      Posted by: "karmayog - tanya" info@karmayog. org
      Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:01 am (PDT)

      Growing older can be an art ........MARGUERITE THEOPHIL

      AS I reach fifty-five, one of the 'slowing-down' changes I notice in myself - besides the fact that just walking and not running up three flights of stairs gets me breathless - is that in a bookstore these days I also slow down in front of books about getting older.

      I pause briefly before Biology of Aging: Natural Ageing Revolution, then move on to the funnier titles like Ageing Disgracefully, and Over the Hill, You Pick Up Speed; I wonder if the humour in these helps us face this time more easily. Some more browsing later, I actually end up buying From Ageing to Sageing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom by Angeles Arrien.

      The onset of ageing is so sneaky and gradual; we are often surprised to find one day it is right here. Then we are faced with three choices - feel resigned to it, get horribly depressed, or welcome it as a chance to re-design our lives. The re-design thing can be as small or as big as we choose - as long as we are the ones doing it.

      Growing older, we need reminding, is not a disease, but can be an art, bringing surprising blessings if practiced well. We are delighted that consciously caring for ourselves focuses the mind as well as the body's energies, leading to new freedoms, expressions of creativity and spiritual intensity. In indigenous cultures, elders were honoured and cherished for the precious resources they brought to the community. Yet most cultures' current perspective is that this stage offers only decline, disease, despair. However, this is seen by Arrien as "the ultimate initiation", when, if open and aware, we encounter moments reminding us "we are a sacred mystery made manifest," enjoying limitless possibilities to restore and renew ourselves.

      Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi stops us short with the funny-but-true reminder that this special time is not given to everyone! He proposes a new model of conscious aging, called 'sage-ing', a time to let go of all we've outgrown and become "wisdom keepers", acting as guides, mentors, and agents of healing and reconciliation on behalf of the planet, nation, tribe, clan, and family.

      Conscious aging requires us to find both reflective and practical ways to remind ourselves of our intention to remain awake, alert and aware as we grow older; so it isn't really quick or easy. But we know it is a spiritual practice that involves finding and living out of that part of ourselves that is essentially timeless.

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      6a.

      Re: Financial help needed to Mr.Sabbithi Vinay has been selected to

      Posted by: "Radhika_VK" radhika@...

      Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:01 pm (PDT)



      Just think if CPCB can give him support- Central pollution control board or
      A.P.Pollution control board?

      Please understand that this info is not to discourage the donors/ donating
      organizations, but also as a united social group we can represent his case
      to the board by making them realize their primary responsibility.

      Thanks,

      Radhika

      Vatsalya Kuteer

      _____

      From: karmayog-hyd@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:karmayog-hyd@ yahoogroups. com] On
      Behalf Of vinay sabbithi
      Sent: 28 July 2009 17:14
      To: karmayog-hyd@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: [karmayog-hyd] Financial help needed to Mr.Sabbithi Vinay has been
      selected to Tunza International Youth Conference on Environment which is
      going to be held at korea from 20-08-2009 to23-08-2009. -reg;

      Mr.Sabbithi Vinay has been selected to Tunza International Youth
      Conference on Environment which is going to be held at korea from
      20-08-2009 to23-08-2009.

      Mr.vinay sabbithi the elder son of S.Arthur Vedanayakam and Swarnalatha
      residents of kalipatnam (w)Village,Mogaltur mandal has been selected to the
      prestigious Tunza International Youth Conference on Environment which is
      going to be held at korea from 20-08-2009 to23-08-2009 for representing our
      country INDIA in such a conference.

      The Conference is being organized by UNEP and hosted by the UNEP National
      Committee for the Republic of Korea. It is expected to bring youth from over
      100 countries to learn about and voice their concerns for the environment.

      The main theme of the conference is Climate Change: Our Challenge. It will
      focus on key environmental issues such as climate change, youth and green
      jobs, disaster and conflicts and their impact on the environment,
      sustainable lifestyle and offer plenary sessions (with presentations from
      selected youth), workshops and field trips to the participants.

      On 20th August, the conference will hold The Global Townhall meeting which
      will bring together 1000 conference children and youth as well as virtual
      participants from 20 cities around the world connected via webcasting.

      Selection Criteria: Mr.Vinay stated that the selection process is a very
      long and strict process.the following norms should be possessed by the
      applicant to get his/her candidature to be successful for judging.they are
      Age of the participant should be below 22 years, he/she should be an active
      member of the NGO which is registered under government act and working for
      the safe environment, the candidate should also provide two references of
      other organizations and its members so that the organizers can contact them
      in finding the validation of environmental activities that are carried by
      candidate's nominated organization.

      In addition to this requirements the candidate should take part in
      environmental activities which showed impact on the society on environmental
      concerns and also should publish some of the environmental innovative ideas
      and his contacts with countries environmental agencies and UNEP, the
      candidate should also provide the testimonials and certificates to support
      his/her work.

      Mr.Vinay did various activities in the past towards saving environment. (for
      details see other attached file) ,Vinay completed his B.E from
      S.R.K.R.Engineering College ,Bhimavaram in Electrical & Electronics
      Engineering stream in the month of may-2009.

      Vinay's Response on selecting to this Conference: vinay said that he is very
      happy and proud in getting such a great chance in representing our country
      at unitednations. he is also happy that he is selected an nominated through
      his NGO -AECAS(association for environment conservation advocacy and
      solutions).Mr. Vinay is the secretary and founder of this organization.

      He also told that he is preparing some exhibits and thesis in saving the
      environment to present them at the event. he is confident that his
      participation will bring good reputation to our country.

      Vinay said that his parents S.Arthur Vedanayakam and Swarnalatha encouraged
      him and had given financial support though they were not rich .in this
      context vinay appealed for sponsors, foundations ,corporates and other NGO's
      to come forward in supporting him financially to cover expenses in reaching
      and presenting our countries pride at Korea.

      He can be contacted at: Mob:9441170438

      Ph:08814286211

      E-mail:vinay@
      <mailto:E-mail%3Avinay@ peoplesperson. co.in> peoplesperson. co.in

      <mailto:Secretary.aecas@ gmail.com> Secretary.aecas@ gmail.com

      Address:S.Vinay, S/o S,Arthur , 4-123, MAIN ROAD KALIPATNAM (W), MOGALTUR
      MANDAL, W.G.DT, A.P, INDIA-534281

      Parents Response: Vinay's parents felt very happy and excited for their
      son's victory they also told that their son is quite different from youth
      of his age he always work and think on new projects and works which will be
      useful for public.they also expressed their appeal for helping hands.

      Villagers and finer men of kalipatnam village felt very happy and
      appreciated vinay for such a victory.

      Mr.Vinay Sabbithi

      Aecas/publications- july-2009/ vinay-Ticyc/ korea

      --
      S.Vinay

      s/o S.Arthur
      Main road Kalipatnam (w)-534281,
      Mogaltur mandal ,
      Westgodavari District,

      Andhra Pradesh , India
      9441170438(mob)
      web:www.vinaysnetwo rk. <http://www.vinaysne twork.co. cc> co.cc

      7.

      Book: Why Are You Afraid To Hold My Hand?

      Posted by: "Chandni Parekh" chandni_parekh@...   chandni_parekh

      Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:02 pm (PDT)



      http://www.tulikabo oks.com/inverse1 .htm#why

      WHY ARE YOU AFRAID TO HOLD MY HAND? *by* Sheila Dhir

      A book about attitudes. Most people are confused about how to react to those
      with disabilities. Their questions, misconceptions, doubts and fears are
      answered here – simply and straight from the heart – by a child with
      cerebral palsy. Sheila Dhir’s willfully childlike line drawings are just as
      simple and powerful as the short poems. As a differently abled child’s
      silent dialogue with society, the book offers a sensitive and sensible way
      of helping children understand disability, and the strengths of those who
      are differently abled.
      8.

      Study of Health and Mental Acuity in the Elderly

      Posted by: "Chandni Parekh" chandni_parekh@...   chandni_parekh

      Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:06 am (PDT)



      A study of people 90 and over without a trace of dementia has begun to alter
      understandings of the aging brain.

      http://www.nytimes. com/2009/ 05/22/health/ research/ 22brain.html? emc=eta1

      Excerpts:

      In recent years scientists have become intensely interested in what could be
      called a super memory club — the fewer than one in 200 of us who have lived
      past 90 without a trace of
      dementia<http://health. nytimes.com/ health/guides/ disease/dementia /overview. html?inline= nyt-classifier>.

      The evidence suggests that people who spend long stretches of their days,
      three hours and more, engrossed in some mental activities like cards may be
      at reduced risk of developing dementia. Researchers are trying to tease
      apart cause from effect: Are they active because they are sharp, or sharp
      because they are active?

      “There is quite a bit of evidence now suggesting that the more people you
      have contact with, in your own home or outside, the better you do” mentally
      and physically, Dr. Kawas said. “Interacting with people regularly, even
      strangers, uses easily as much brain power as doing puzzles, and it wouldn’t
      surprise me if this is what it’s all about.”

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    • Thiagarajan Arunachalam
      If you have full details of the couple, you could call up 1253 - the helpline of AASARA of GHMC. Aasara is the organization that addresses the needs of senior
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        If you have full details of the couple, you could call up 1253 - the
        helpline of AASARA of GHMC. Aasara is the organization that addresses
        the needs of senior citizens of Hyderabad.

        Best Regards
        Thiagarajan

        On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 8:07 PM, Prabha Panth<p_panth@...> wrote:
        > 
        >
        > Outside the P.G. College, Paradise X roads in Secunderabad, there is an old
        > couple and their teenage son, who have been living on the pavement and below
        > the flyonver for the past one week. They look as if they belong to a good
        > family. It seems their eldest son has thrown them out of the house, and they
        > are quite destitute.
        > Is there any organisation which can help them? Find them shelter and some
        > means of livelihood? If so, could someone direct them to this old couple and
        > help them to find a place in life?
        > Sincerely,
        > P.Panth
        >
      • Radhika_VK
        Mr.Panth, Is there a possibility for you to initiate a telephonic contact with us? We know a couple from VIZAG who are interested to take care of a couple. We
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          Mr.Panth,

           

          Is there a possibility for you to initiate a telephonic contact with us?

           

          We know a couple from VIZAG who are interested to take care of a couple. We think we can direct them there.

           

          About son I can try contacting orphanages.

           

          Radhika

          9246271322

          www.vatsalyakuteer.org

           

           

           


          From: karmayog-hyd@yahoogroups.com [mailto:karmayog-hyd@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Prabha Panth
          Sent: 29 July 2009 20:08
          To: karmayog-hyd@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [SPAM] [karmayog-hyd] helping a destitute couple

           

           

           

          Outside the P.G. College, Paradise X roads in Secunderabad, there is an old couple and their teenage son, who have been living on the pavement and below the flyonver for the past one week. They look as if they belong to a good family. It seems their eldest son has thrown them out of the house, and they are quite destitute.

          Is there any organisation which can help them? Find them shelter and some means of livelihood? If so, could someone direct them to this old couple and help them to find a place in life?

          Sincerely,

          P.Panth

          ----- Original Message -----

          Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:50 PM

          Subject: [karmayog-hyd] Digest Number 143

           

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          1.

          What we eat will determine how green the future is

          Posted by: "thiagarajan. arunachalam" thiagarajan. arunachalam@ yahoo.com   thiagarajan. arunachalam

          Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:57 am (PDT)



          What we eat will determine how green the future is
          Posted by: "karmayog - tanya" info@karmayog. org
          Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:17 am (PDT)

          Food For Thought

          What we eat will determine how green the future is .........Ambika Hiranandani, Salman Shaheen & Roland Miller McCall

          What do George Bernard Shaw, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Leo Tolstoy, Leonardo Da Vinci, Paul McCartney, and Pythagoras have in common? If your answer is they're all towering figures of European culture, you're only half right. The answer is: they've all been passionate promoters of vegetarianism. While Pythagoras dealt with three straight lines, McCartney sang about the long and winding road. Indeed, the effort to promote vegetarianism has been a very long and very winding road. But with the former Beatle's initiative of meat-free Mondays, and the Belgian town of Ghent pledging to go vegetarian one day a week to do its share for the planet, the only direction that road is heading is forward.

          While these laudable actions are finally grabbing headlines in the West, in India vegetarianism has quietly been a way of life for centuries. But, whereas in Europe and America vegetarianism goes hand in hand with liberalism and progressive values, the opposite seems true in India. It is almost as if meat eating is seen as an act of rebellion against 'orthodox' society, a sort of status symbol drawing on markers of western identity. With many Indians upwardly mobile, increase in purchasing power has seen a parallel rise in meat consumption. Unfortunately those who have turned non-vegetarian are often unaware of the direct causal relationship between what they eat and the poorest having nothing to eat. Put simply, over-consumption of meat directly contributes to world hunger.

          India, where precious national parks are already under threat from illegal cattle-grazing, is the world's eighth largest producer of meat. Despite the sacred place cows occupy in Hindu culture, and despite the importance of buffaloes in agricultural work, India continues to churn out an annual 4.9 million tonnes of meat. Statistics compiled by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show that the total number of animals slaughtered for meat in India nearly doubled from 66,299,600 in 1980 to 106,239,000 in 2000. In a world increasingly facing scarcity with regard to basic human requirements, as evidenced all too clearly in last year's global food shortages, increasing meat production looks to be progressively unsustainable.

          Rearing animals for human consumption is a grain-intensive process. According to Kaushik Basu, professor of economics at Cornell University, as the populations of India and China begin to consume more meat, an increasingly greater strain will be placed on grain supplies, exacerbating world hunger. It's a point also made very clearly by David Pimentel, professor of ecology at Cornell University: "If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million."

          Ksenia Glebova, a member of the Finnish Green Party turned vegetarian after volunteering in India. "The meat industry wastes huge quantities of food and water which are required to raise animals. Instead these resources could be used far more efficiently and equitably," comments Globova. Her call is supported by research from Cornell University, which reveals that for every kilogram of grainfed beef, 100,000 litres of water are used. This finding is nothing new to animal rights organisations that believe alleviating the suffering of animals also helps alleviate human suffering.

          Most crucially, as governments around the world struggle to lower their dependence on fossil fuels responsible for pumping millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, we must also recognise the part played by our diet. The FAO has found that global livestock production constitutes 18 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions. This figure is expected to more than double by 2050, precisely because of increased meat consumption in developing countries such as India.

          "In terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, going vegetarian clearly is the most attractive opportunity, " says Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

          There are various compelling ethical reasons to abandon animal slaughter. The conditions of animals in slaughterhouses are heartwrenching. They led Bernard Shaw to highlight the key point that slaughterhouses are kept far away from human eyes because that makes meat much easier to digest. As Jane Goodall so succinctly said: "Thousands of people who say they 'love' animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs."

          Perhaps the next time we sit down to dinner, we should think about what we are doing. Not just to the animals, but to the planet too. It may be a long and winding road to a green future. But there's only one way to go.

          Hiranandani is an environmental lawyer, Shaheen studied social & political sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge, and Miller McCall studied climate law at the Australian National University College of Law.

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          2.



          The Unforgettable Commencement Address by Paul Hawken
          Posted by: "Chandni Parekh" chandni_parekh@ yahoo.com chandni_parekh
          Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:14 am (PDT)

          The Unforgettable Commencement Address by Paul Hawken
          to the Class of 2009, University of Portland, May 3, 2009

          Excerpts:

          When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple
          short talk that was "direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean,
          shivering, startling, and graceful." Boy, no pressure there.

          What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront
          despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of
          grace, justice, and beauty to this world. The poet Adrienne Rich wrote, "So
          much has been destroyed I have cast my lot with those who, age after age,
          perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world." There
          could be no better description. Humanity is coalescing. It is reconstituting
          the world, and the action is taking place in schoolrooms, farms, jungles,
          villages, campuses, companies, refuge camps, deserts, fisheries, and slums.

          You join a multitude of caring people. No one knows how many groups and
          organizations are working on the most salient issues of our day: climate
          change, poverty, deforestation, peace, water, hunger, conservation, human
          rights, and more. This is the largest movement the world has ever seen.
          Rather than control, it seeks connection.

          http://globalmindsh ift.wordpress. com/2009/ 05/21/the- unforgettable- commencement- address-by- paul-hawken- to-the-class- of-2009-universi ty-of-portland- may-3-2009/

          3.



          Current US interest in India's agriculture requires scrutiny
          Posted by: "karmayog - tanya" info@karmayog. org
          Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:19 am (PDT)

          Seed of the crisis...... ..Kavitha Kuruganti

          The current US interest in India's agriculture industry requires scrutiny

          The US and India are back at it again. This time around, it is not the spectre of a looming famine in Bihar that is expected to kill thousands through starvation but global hunger and malnutrition, for which India and USA will collaborate to provide leadership in agriculture to raise crop yields.
          Never mind that India has record buffer stocks of food grains right now and still more people sleep hungry in India than ever before and that India ranks 66th on the Global Hunger Index for 88 countries. Never mind that intensive agriculture models led to more farmers killing themselves than the projected numbers of starvation before the Green Revolution was ushered in or that Punjab for example, the seat of the Green Revolution in India, is reeling under a severe environmental health crisis quite closely connected to agricultural technologies deployed in the name of increasing yields.

          The first time around, they said that they were trying to get away from the ship to mouth existence that is being imposed by the Americans on us through PL 480 food aid programmes -- and whose help did they take to get away from the American intrusions? The Americans themselves!

          It is interesting to see how American leaders make it a point to include agriculture into their agenda during their India visits. George W Bush decided to stop over at the agriculture university in Hyderabad and Hillary Clinton at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa. For a country which has only 1.9 per cent of its labour force working in agriculture and a mere 0.7 per cent of total GDP contributed by agriculture (2002), why this American interest in Indian agriculture?

          The answer possibly lies in potential huge markets held in the seeds and food processing sectors. In India, this market is emerging in an impressive fashion. In the global seed market estimated at $30 bn, India already has a large market worth $1 bn. The domestic seed market, especially of hybrid seeds, is expected to grow at an impressive growth rate of 13 per cent at least. In the food processing and retail sector, the Indian urban food market is expected to form a major chunk of the $50-bn-mark retail market in India in the near future.

          Clinton's speech at Pusa Institute made a clear mention of seeds and food processing as the sectors where investment will go. Interestingly, the second green revolution in this country, with the help of the Indo-US Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (KIA) is supposed to be ushered in under the guidance of corporations like Monsanto and Wal-Mart which are on the KIA board. How investment on food processing would increase productivity of our food grains is an unanswered question, of course.

          There is also mention of "cutting edge technologies" to raise crop yields and Clinton affirmed with authority that crop productivity was the 'root' of the problem of world hunger. No mention at all of food lands going for bio-fuels, no mention about food grains being used for cattle feed and building inefficient food chains, no mention of the shocking wastage of food in the developed world not at the grain level but of processed foods, which would have already consumed much energy in their processing and packaging. Nor any mention of overflowing granaries in India continuing to mock at the poor in the country who cannot access such food.

          While Clinton is reported to have avoided the use of "GM" as the frontier technology, given the vast controversy over it, our agriculture minister was more forthright. He opined that collaboration in frontier areas like biotechnology would make a significant contribution to the world!

          What our leaders don't seem to realise is that there are vast differences not just in conditions of farming in the USA and in India but in the very philosophies and outlook towards agriculture. India for instance opposes patents on life forms in international forums while the USA and its corporations seek to patent everything that they can.The rigid patent regimes in the USA have led to hundreds of farmers sued and/or jailed for doing something that they have done for millennia -- saving their seed! Who is India listening to, on world hunger and the way out?

          It would be extremely unwise for our leaders to provide ready platforms and markets for profit-hungry US corporations in the name of food crisis, world hunger, second green revolution and climate change. If the government is keen on tackling the food crisis, it would do well to evolve a deeper understanding of both food production and access related issues, take up a comprehensive analysis of the Green Revolution and then chart out an Indian course of action. In this hundredth year of "Hind Swaraj", our modern day leaders would do well to revisit Gandhiji's vision.

          URL: http://www.dnaindia .com/opinion/ main-article_ seed-of-the- crisis_1277714

          4.

          NPO21020. USHA , Kurnool,Andhra Pradesh

          Posted by: "karmayog" info@karmayog. org

          Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:43 am (PDT)





          USHA EDUCATIONAL AND DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY has registered as http://www.karmayog .org/ngo/ USHA

          Name of Organisation : USHA EDUCATIONAL AND DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY
          Short name of org : USHA
          State : Andhra Pradesh
          City : Kurnool
          Building : 80/85
          Landmark, if any : ADITYA NAGAR
          Road : OPP.I.T.C
          Area : KURNOOL
          Pin : 518002
          Phone Number : 9959250456
          Best time to call : 9am-6am
          Email 1 : govardhan.ch@ yahoomail. com
          Category 1 : Agriculture
          Category 2 : Institution
          Category 3 : Health - Yoga
          Main trustee : C.H. GOVARDAN
          Geographical Reach : AP
          Brief Note : CHARITABLE ORGANISATION WORKING FOR POOR ON AGRICULTURE, HEALTH ACTIVES
          Contact Details
          Name : Mr. C.H.GOVARDAN
          Phone Work / Time to call : PRESIDENT 9am-6pm
          Phone Cell / Time to call : 9959250456 9am-6pm
          Email Personal : govardhan.ch@ yahoomail. com

          5.



          Sageing: The art of ageing well
          Posted by: "karmayog - tanya" info@karmayog. org
          Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:01 am (PDT)

          Growing older can be an art ........MARGUERITE THEOPHIL

          AS I reach fifty-five, one of the 'slowing-down' changes I notice in myself - besides the fact that just walking and not running up three flights of stairs gets me breathless - is that in a bookstore these days I also slow down in front of books about getting older.

          I pause briefly before Biology of Aging: Natural Ageing Revolution, then move on to the funnier titles like Ageing Disgracefully, and Over the Hill, You Pick Up Speed; I wonder if the humour in these helps us face this time more easily. Some more browsing later, I actually end up buying From Ageing to Sageing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom by Angeles Arrien.

          The onset of ageing is so sneaky and gradual; we are often surprised to find one day it is right here. Then we are faced with three choices - feel resigned to it, get horribly depressed, or welcome it as a chance to re-design our lives. The re-design thing can be as small or as big as we choose - as long as we are the ones doing it.

          Growing older, we need reminding, is not a disease, but can be an art, bringing surprising blessings if practiced well. We are delighted that consciously caring for ourselves focuses the mind as well as the body's energies, leading to new freedoms, expressions of creativity and spiritual intensity. In indigenous cultures, elders were honoured and cherished for the precious resources they brought to the community. Yet most cultures' current perspective is that this stage offers only decline, disease, despair. However, this is seen by Arrien as "the ultimate initiation", when, if open and aware, we encounter moments reminding us "we are a sacred mystery made manifest," enjoying limitless possibilities to restore and renew ourselves.

          Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi stops us short with the funny-but-true reminder that this special time is not given to everyone! He proposes a new model of conscious aging, called 'sage-ing', a time to let go of all we've outgrown and become "wisdom keepers", acting as guides, mentors, and agents of healing and reconciliation on behalf of the planet, nation, tribe, clan, and family.

          Conscious aging requires us to find both reflective and practical ways to remind ourselves of our intention to remain awake, alert and aware as we grow older; so it isn't really quick or easy. But we know it is a spiritual practice that involves finding and living out of that part of ourselves that is essentially timeless.

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          6a.



          Just think if CPCB can give him support- Central pollution control board or
          A.P.Pollution control board?

          Please understand that this info is not to discourage the donors/ donating
          organizations, but also as a united social group we can represent his case
          to the board by making them realize their primary responsibility.

          Thanks,

          Radhika

          Vatsalya Kuteer

          _____

          From: karmayog-hyd@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:karmayog-hyd@ yahoogroups. com] On
          Behalf Of vinay sabbithi
          Sent: 28 July 2009 17:14
          To: karmayog-hyd@ yahoogroups. com
          Subject: [karmayog-hyd] Financial help needed to Mr.Sabbithi Vinay has been
          selected to Tunza International Youth Conference on Environment which is
          going to be held at korea from 20-08-2009 to23-08-2009. -reg;

          Mr.Sabbithi Vinay has been selected to Tunza International Youth
          Conference on Environment which is going to be held at korea from
          20-08-2009 to23-08-2009.

          Mr.vinay sabbithi the elder son of S.Arthur Vedanayakam and Swarnalatha
          residents of kalipatnam (w)Village,Mogaltur mandal has been selected to the
          prestigious Tunza International Youth Conference on Environment which is
          going to be held at korea from 20-08-2009 to23-08-2009 for representing our
          country INDIA in such a conference.

          The Conference is being organized by UNEP and hosted by the UNEP National
          Committee for the Republic of Korea. It is expected to bring youth from over
          100 countries to learn about and voice their concerns for the environment.

          The main theme of the conference is Climate Change: Our Challenge. It will
          focus on key environmental issues such as climate change, youth and green
          jobs, disaster and conflicts and their impact on the environment,
          sustainable lifestyle and offer plenary sessions (with presentations from
          selected youth), workshops and field trips to the participants.

          On 20th August, the conference will hold The Global Townhall meeting which
          will bring together 1000 conference children and youth as well as virtual
          participants from 20 cities around the world connected via webcasting.

          Selection Criteria: Mr.Vinay stated that the selection process is a very
          long and strict process.the following norms should be possessed by the
          applicant to get his/her candidature to be successful for judging.they are
          Age of the participant should be below 22 years, he/she should be an active
          member of the NGO which is registered under government act and working for
          the safe environment, the candidate should also provide two references of
          other organizations and its members so that the organizers can contact them
          in finding the validation of environmental activities that are carried by
          candidate's nominated organization.

          In addition to this requirements the candidate should take part in
          environmental activities which showed impact on the society on environmental
          concerns and also should publish some of the environmental innovative ideas
          and his contacts with countries environmental agencies and UNEP, the
          candidate should also provide the testimonials and certificates to support
          his/her work.

          Mr.Vinay did various activities in the past towards saving environment. (for
          details see other attached file) ,Vinay completed his B.E from
          S.R.K.R.Engineering College ,Bhimavaram in Electrical & Electronics
          Engineering stream in the month of may-2009.

          Vinay's Response on selecting to this Conference: vinay said that he is very
          happy and proud in getting such a great chance in representing our country
          at unitednations. he is also happy that he is selected an nominated through
          his NGO -AECAS(association for environment conservation advocacy and
          solutions).Mr. Vinay is the secretary and founder of this organization.

          He also told that he is preparing some exhibits and thesis in saving the
          environment to present them at the event. he is confident that his
          participation will bring good reputation to our country.

          Vinay said that his parents S.Arthur Vedanayakam and Swarnalatha encouraged
          him and had given financial support though they were not rich .in this
          context vinay appealed for sponsors, foundations ,corporates and other NGO's
          to come forward in supporting him financially to cover expenses in reaching
          and presenting our countries pride at Korea.

          He can be contacted at: Mob:9441170438

          Ph:08814286211

          E-mail:vinay@
          <mailto:E-mail%3Avinay@ peoplesperson. co.in> peoplesperson. co.in

          <mailto:Secretary.aecas@ gmail.com> Secretary.aecas@ gmail.com

          Address:S.Vinay, S/o S,Arthur , 4-123, MAIN ROAD KALIPATNAM (W), MOGALTUR
          MANDAL, W.G.DT, A.P, INDIA-534281

          Parents Response: Vinay's parents felt very happy and excited for their
          son's victory they also told that their son is quite different from youth
          of his age he always work and think on new projects and works which will be
          useful for public.they also expressed their appeal for helping hands.

          Villagers and finer men of kalipatnam village felt very happy and
          appreciated vinay for such a victory.

          Mr.Vinay Sabbithi

          Aecas/publications- july-2009/ vinay-Ticyc/ korea

          --
          S.Vinay

          s/o S.Arthur
          Main road Kalipatnam (w)-534281,
          Mogaltur mandal ,
          Westgodavari District,

          Andhra Pradesh , India
          9441170438(mob)
          web:www.vinaysnetwo rk. <http://www.vinaysne twork.co. cc> co.cc

          7.

          Book: Why Are You Afraid To Hold My Hand?

          Posted by: "Chandni Parekh" chandni_parekh@ yahoo.com   chandni_parekh

          Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:02 pm (PDT)



          http://www.tulikabo oks.com/inverse1 .htm#why

          WHY ARE YOU AFRAID TO HOLD MY HAND? *by* Sheila Dhir

          A book about attitudes. Most people are confused about how to react to those
          with disabilities. Their questions, misconceptions, doubts and fears are
          answered here – simply and straight from the heart – by a child with
          cerebral palsy. Sheila Dhir’s willfully childlike line drawings are just as
          simple and powerful as the short poems. As a differently abled child’s
          silent dialogue with society, the book offers a sensitive and sensible way
          of helping children understand disability, and the strengths of those who
          are differently abled.

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