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What comes to mind on looking at this photo.

This is common sight in many villages in my area. I don’t know about cities.

First thought is about role of women in our soceity. Are women or girls meant for such household activities only that too enclosed within four walls?Often we heard the word stereotype? Are role of women is being stereotyped?When i went to my maternal ancestral village I whitney stimulus witness similar seen seen similar seen daughters of one of my relative don’t go to school. I tried to inquire. But didn’t get any convincing answer. Girls told parents dont allow. But if boys can go to college, then why girls can’t. From outside it looks easy to comment on this situation. Such situations varry from village to villages or type of social culture.I relate once incident of my life. My sister has to go some college in city, she was earlier studying in Kendriya Vidyalaya IITKANPUR. It was late in afternoon she didn’t returned home yet. I began to have high pace of heart beats. When i couldn’t control or bear it further I rushed to get any vehicle at iit gate to go to city. It was almost 14 km. When i was standing at bada chaoraha our iit bus was coming from phoolbagh side. There i saw my sister sitting in bus. Immediately tears started rolling down from each of us i think. When i boarded bus there was nothing to convey verbally. Only tears conveyed. She was asking so many questions. I was too but my sight was little solace for her in comparison to tension she might have undergone mentally. Eve teasing is common phenomena. Even within school or within class students face it. But going school 15 km away from home, sometimes becomes troublesome. This incident was my personal in 1983 or 84 while i was residing in a city like Kanpur.In that village i was talking about was far from main road that connected Hardoi City to sandi. From that road we had to walk through agricultural fields i don’t know how many km. But must be 5 km. One of my mausi residing in that village was teacher in a primary school. She used to walk daily to go to school in that village on road where we used to drop from bus at mainroad. Her brothers too were teachers but in city. I don’t know if there was any middle school nearby. I didn’t hear. But now time changed. There must be high school. But girls had to go higher education. After plus two. Since transpost facility is not proper or upto requirement of the village thus girls are forced to not to attend. Often social norms do force for early marriage of girls as soon they attain age of 17 or 18. Thus thought goes if girls go to school college and something happens how they will be married.Now here comes attitude of males in soceity. Male dominated society? Even women of houses too look for well mannered girls as bride for their boys. Some sort of incident happens in college with girls first thing spreads is the character assassination of that girl. In such cases soceity have double standards. Soceity at large ignore any characterless acts of boys. Boys or men can rape or pass comments or do eve teasing. But when girls reply or does teasing of boys they are labeled as characterless. I remember one incident at Kanpur. Three sister hanged themselves. One TV reporte asked few neighbours about girls. One boy said they were well behaved girls. They always walked with their eyes downward. वे हमेशा आँखें नीची रख कर ही चलती थी। मतलब लडकियों को आंखे निची रखना चाहिए? अगर गली मोहल्ले मे लडकियां आँख उठा कर चलती हैं तो ही वे सभ्य हैं सुशील हैं और लड़के छेड़ छाड़ करते ही रहेंगे।Now this kind of standards are set for behaviour of girls.Many girls living in villages or semi urban area do not have ample opportunities So that they can utilize their talents either in education or in sports. I may be wrong but i will be happy to know that i am wrong. Distance of educational institutions from residence, eve teasing by men, poverty, social pressure, pressure on parents of getting their daughters married are few reasons that girls are not able to come out openly. Often gender bias on issue such as daughters ought to learn basic household works -cooking food, cleaning home, caretaking og domestic animals, often collecting wood for fuel, helping men in tending agricultural fields are all deputed to girls-women. Saying no to sex with husbands is out of their dreams. Taking care of small kids is unwritten law of homes. Pregnancy is another task handled singlehandedly by women. Sometimes talking on contraceptive is a taboo. Even if they wish to take up this issue with their husbands is a taboo. Otherwise they will be labeled or questioned about character? Or virginity? That is another big issue.I have not seen shops in villages(atleast in my area) where women can go buy contraceptives. 30 years back there was one shop in that village now in 2019 i saw few more. But women buying contraceptives is a distant dream. Even many times i too feel embraced to go shop for buying condom. Now a days medicine shops have started employing girls in their shops. I feel ashamed to go to those shops to buy condoms.Such situations force me to think about real problems faced by our women folks in villages.Situation in slums in metro cities is not better too. Poverty is foremost problem for any social reforms.Pad man was a film. But real problem still looms large. But still i can’t say situation is bad in every area. Sanitory napkins are being made available througj schools? If so then good. But as i was telling earlier girls dont attend schools or those who are school dropouts how come they have access to these napkins. Anganwadi Balwadi or gram sevika or ASHAA ANMs etc can play large role. But that requires huge pressure on govt to strengthen infrastructure. Problem is of dedication. There is need of govt worker who can do their jobs with dedication and in full earnest.My DREAM is to have Aganwadi PHC in every village, each and every hamlet must be covered by health educatuon and social welfare schemes.

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NandLal Bose : Indian Paintings

The name is familiar, read in our school books. That Shri Nand Lal Bose has painted in constitution of India. Many of his beautifull illustrations adorn it.

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Later I read in books that at Haripura congress adhiveshan he was requested to paint. then we could see his most beautifull depiction of daily life and common man.

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now as i progressed in life, time permitted in between i got to know or read about NandLal Bose. He was inspired by Ajanta frescos-so to say our ancient Indian traditions of paintings.

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does this painting below not reminds the scene from the film-Do Aankhe barah haath made by V Shantaram ji. where hero fought with a bull and got injured.

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His depiction of daily life became popular, after haripura adhiveshan. I think common people who came there must have seen this canvas, and could easily relate with them. Earlier such paintings were for only rich people. I don’t know whether in Bengal they had paintings bought by middle class? May be paintings of NandLal might have infused enthusiasm in common people to posses these painting-if however they were affordable?

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He was also influenced by nature-tribal or village community. thus he painted many such beautifull canvas depicting seems to be tribal life. Santhal as they are known now.My St Nandlal Bose Info

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Annapurna? why he painted this? for FAMINE?
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I think it is Eklavya?

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Shankaracharya and disciples

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He went to Baroda(Varodara) and painted many fresco inspired by Mahabharat for Gaikawads Palace.

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जनौषधि केंद्र Janaushadhi kendra

New India is now marching ahead with जनौषधि केंद्र Janaushadhi kendra under PMBJP!

I was standing at a medicine shop in a market at Mandhana on Kanpur Bithoor road, it’s on GT road. A very busy road. Earlier Mandhana was known as a village, there was on railway junction also. But after my marriage as my in-law’s house is in Mandhana, i dare not refer it to as a village! Anytime by slip of tongue village word comes out, a mahabharat follows. Every year, when i am visiting my-in-law’s place i have to have take medicine for stomach upset! thus when i was buying medicine, a man, visibly poor came and asked for medicine for his child, who is suffering from diarrhea. shop keeper gave him some medicine. i noticed one was loperamide tablet. i then asked shop keeper that why you are giving this? child may be having infection? Shopkeeper asked me Are you a Doctor?

i said no, but i did say that this tablet will not treat the infection. give him some lacto-bacillus and antibiotic so that his child get treated.

But thing is people dont have access to public/govt health care facilities as govt facilities are available at far distance from Mandhana. There was one i think ayurvedic centre in Ramnagar village. but not many visit, from outside village. In months of May June, when summer is on highest peak people cant travel far in scorching sun. I too was unable to go to city. Thus such poor people get caught in this type of web. they have to depend on private doctors and buy medicines from pvt shops. they are given many drugs which are costly. Shop keeper never give them generic medicines. One Doctor Shri Yashpal in Mandhana i have heard gives few medicines to poor people free of cost. Not all the times.

In one episode of Satyamev Jayate there was discussion on this generic medicine. one person told that his maid servant child cold not get cheap medicine costing only 3 or 4 rupees. no one prescribed those generic medicine, neither medicine shop provided to save life of that child suffering from Diarrhea.

Many times i dont get medicine as prescribed by doctor in GB Pant hospital. Thus I am forced to buy from market. some times for days medicines are not available in govt hospital, on asking pharmacist says medicine is not available. In last 20 years i have never claimed reimbursement for incurring on medical related expenditure, as it is available to Govt servant. But i feel it sometimes irritating also, going to windows/desk of babus-pharmacist/doctors for various certifications etc? I could afford to buy medicine from my salary, whatever small they costed me. But I dont know if amount is too high then what i will do.

But when one day i went to GB Pant Hospital on right side of gate there was a new shop type of thing- it was newly inaugurated जनौषधि केंद्र Janaushadhi kendra. I dont know if those medicines which are not available in hospital will be available in this Aushadhi kendra? If available then why they are not available in Hospital?

however, it is good initiative of govt to provide such medicine shops. I think it is private-public partnership kind of thing?

 

 

few lines taken from website medi plus?

Do not give loperamide to children under 12 years old unless their doctor has prescribed it.  Loperamide should not be given to a child younger than 2 years of age

Loperamide usually starts to work within 1 hour to make your diarrhoea better.

nonprescription (over-the-counter) loperamide is used to control acute diarrhea (loose stools that come on suddenly and usually lasts less than 2 weeks), including travelers’ diarrhea. Prescription loperamide is also used to control acute diarrhea and also ongoing diarrhea associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; condition in which the lining of all or part of the intestine is swollen, irritated, or has sores). Prescription loperamide is also used to reduce the amount of fluid in people with ileostomies (surgery to create an opening for waste to leave the body through the abdomen). Loperamide is in a class of medications called antidiarrheal agents. It works by decreasing the flow of fluids and electrolytes into the bowel and by slowing down the movement of the bowel to decrease the number of bowel movements

Kaliya Dahan

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क्षीर सागर Kshirsagar or Ksheer Sagar as every one knows is abode of Lord Vishnu, one of the Trinity- Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh. See again he rests on the शेषनाग Sheshnaag. Who is thousand hooded serpent.

Sheshnaag was son of Sage Kashyap & his wife Kadru. कद्रू, She was daughter of Prajapati Daksh प्रजापति दक्ष.

He was eldest son of Kadru & Kashyap. But he was not interested in materialistic world & depressed due to the humiliation of her mother in hands of step mother & cousins. Thus he left this materialistic life, instead choosen bhakti.

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what this painting on left depicts? may be Vishnu in कूर्मा Kurma avatar and saving the Prithvi-knowledge from drowning in  ocean.

it is also said that prithvi-Earth rests on the hood of Sheshnag. Slightest of tilting may lead to destruction!

Thus LIFE-DUTY Kartavya Dharma of Sheshnag is not easy.

He has to bear the Earth so that Earth remains stable.

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I had earlier written a blog on Govardhan pooja

So many centuries has gone but this legend still lives on. Through generation to generations it is passed on till date. So many invaders came to India-Bharat Varsh, they tried to destroy our traditions, later few of them ruled here, forcibly or else converted many into their religion. Still our traditions-legend are alive!

What is harm in keeping our traditions alive? until and unless they don’t harm anyone else- Outsiders, then what’s worry? Why to worry? Let them believe in their legend and let us keep ours- But don’t deny our legend as Myth- Shri Ram is there and he will live forever in India as Maryada Purushottam Raja Ram.

What’s harm in thinking in different way?

Was Krishna started questioning the established authorities-establishment? Where he proposed pooja of a Mountain Govardhan instead of Lord Rain-Indra? thus angered all in system. He became popular among commons, villagers and those who never had their own voices? he fought or voiced against established norms?

There is an episode where Kansa and his army send an Elephant to kill Krishna and Balaram. Quite possible Elephant was not quite healthy state of mind. thus he behaved in horrible manner. Krishna lived and grew up among village-jungle playing with wild animals. He knew tricks, So when Elephant marched ahead as ordered by his Mahaout, Krishna might have signaled something to Elephant and it calmed down. Krishna lived among wild animals too. so he knew how to communicate with them.  I can dream whatever I want, so do others-my criticizers!

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Krishna also spearheaded for voice of women in society! Yes I Believe so. When he over powered Kaliya Serpent and ordered him to go away, instead of killing him. It was due to the prayer of ladies-female serpents. Later when Krishna came to Mathura, as a protocol a female was sent to attend him. She was Kubja- presumably a women with a bent in her back and not so good looking. This might have been an act to insult Krishna. But Krishna since lived among villagers knew how to treat even common man or women. So he welcomed her and conversed with her politely-respectfully. Thus he gave her a respectful status-among the prying eyes! so She was uplifted as a woman of status, since Krishna accepted to be attended by her. That the other party(Kansa) was not hoping. Later Society in Mathura too saw-treated Kubja with respect.

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this is patta chitra from Odisha. so much detailing is done. As we know Kalinga pradesh was cut off for centuries. why i am saying is that even powerfull Maurya-or Magadh rulers were not able to capture Kalinga. As it is learnt that Ashok when came to power he razed a war against Kaling. It was bloodiest war. In end even Ashok-a ruler had given up taking weapons all together! thus in those part also this legend lived on. Jagnnath puri the famous temple is there since many centuries. And legend of Krishna thrived there.

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We all know about Chola- Raja Rajendra  & Krishna devraya.

If young generation dont know much about Vijayanagar, Hampi, Tanjore etc then it’s fault of our Government and Elders. As many legends we heard from our elders in family. Thus i should also pass it on to younger generation in my family. Chola dynasty is famous for creating grand magnificent Bronze sculptures. Depiction of Krishna & Kaliya Mardan is in Bronze sculpture too. Many kilometers far away from Mathura. Even ruled by separate kings. Then how come legend of Krishna-Kaliya mardan lived in Tanjore, Kaling & Mathura? Spread?

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There are various versions of Bronze statues. Later artists tried to copy them. But over all Krishna legend still alive in our Bharat.

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