अपनी बेटियों को 'बहादुर' बनाओ ताकि उन्हें सुपरमैन कि जरुरत न पड़े बल्कि वे सुपरवूमन बने

जब तहलका ने अपनी मैगजीन (पत्रिका) निकालनी शुरू की, तब मैं बीएचयू से स्नातक कर रहा था. तरुण तेजपाल बड़ा नाम था, मैंने सोचा भाई बड़ा आदमी है तो सोच भी बड़ी होगी। महिलाओं को उनके अधिकार दिलाने की बड़ी बड़ी बातें करते थे भाई साहब ! और हाँ अंग्रेजी भी सीखनी थी तो बस इसी चक्कर में तहलका के अंक मेरी टेबल पर नज़र आने लगे. कच्ची उम्र में हम बड़ी जल्दी ही लोगो पर विश्वास कर लेते हैं. मैंने भी इनके स्टिंग देखकर इनके चारित्रिक महानता का ख्याली पुलाव अपने मन में पका लिया था. मैं पहले अक्सर लोगो के पद और प्रसिद्धि को देखकर उनके चरित्र के बारे में एक अपने मन में एक तस्वीर बना लेता था. पर अब नहीं। अब मैं, चाहे ही जितना बड़ा आदमी हो, उसके चरित्र के बारे में कोई तस्वीर (कम से कम सकारात्मक तो नहीं ही) नहीं बनाता क्योंकि पता नहीं उस आदमी के दिमाग में क्या हो, कब किसी अपनी बेटी, बहन, भाई, बेटे जैसी/जैसे के साथ घनौने कृत्य कर बैठे, कब उसकी ठरकी नज़रें शरीर के खुले (और ढके भी) अंगो और त्वचा पर अटक जाएं। २६ साल की उम्र में ही बहुतों को देख डाला है, अभी और लोगो को देखना बाकी है परन्तु मुझे निष्कर्ष अभी ही मिल चूका है - कभी किसी के बड़े पद पर होने से या महान कार्य चुकने के कारण उसकी सकारात्मक छवि अपने मन में मत बनाओ, नहीं तो जरुर खामियाज़ा भुगतना पड़ सकता है - आखिर हैं तो सब उसी पुरुषप्रधान समाज के देन. इक्का दुक्का छोड़ सब की निगाह एक जैसी ही है, खास तौर पर 'पदों' पर बैठे लोगो की, चाहे सरकारी संस्था हो या प्राइवेट, सबका वही हाल है - संस्था में एक महिला या लड़की के घुसते ही अपने पशुत्व को जगा लेते है और फिर उसका वहाँ रहना मुहाल कर देते हैं. लड़की भी क्या करे, है तो इसी समाज की उत्पाद, चुपचाप सहती है क्योंकि उसे सिखाया गया है कि वो 'कमजोर' है और उसके सुपरमैन (रक्षा करने वाले) पति, भाई, बेटे और पिता हैं. तो बने रहो 'कमजोर', कमजोर को सब सताते हैं, सुपरमैन भी घटना के बाद ही आता हैं. अरे, आज कल के बापू और मैया, अपनी बेटियों को 'बहादुर' बनाओ ताकि उन्हें सुपरमैन कि जरुरत न पड़े बल्कि वे सुपरवूमन बने जैसे नीचे दिए विडियो में लड़किया चाहती हैं.


Victim's email

Dear Shoma, It is extremely painful for me to write this email to you - I have struggled with finding an easier way to say it, but there isn't one. The editor in chief of Tehelka, Tarun Tejpal, sexually assaulted me at Think on two occasions last week. From the very first moment, I wanted to call you, or find you and tell you what he had done to me - but given how absorbed you were at Think; preparing for and conducting sessions, and the fact that it was impossible for the two of us to get even a minute alone together, I could not. To add to this, I had to process the fact that it was Tarun who molested me - my father's ex colleague and friend, Tiya's dad, and someone I had so deeply respected and admired for so many years. Both times, I returned to my room in a completely distraught condition, trembling and crying. I went straight to Shougat and Ishan's room, where I called G Vishnu and told them what had been done to me. (All three of them are copied on this email. You can contact them for any clarifications you see necessary). The second time he molested me, I even told Tiya what happened. When he heard I'd told Tiya (she confronted him), he lashed out at me, and I became truly terrified of what he would do. I avoided him in all situations except in rooms full of people, until I checked out of Think on Sunday. As of Saturday evening, he sent me text messages insinuating that I misconstrued "a drunken banter". That is not what happened. Banter does not involve forcing yourself on someone, trying to disrobe them, and penetrate them with your fingers despite them pleading for you to stop. As you read through the details of what happened in the attachment to this mail, I hope you will also understand how traumatic and terrifying it has been for me to report this to you - and yet how critical it is that Tehelka constitute an anti sexual harassment cell as per the Vishakha guidelines immediately, to investigate this matter. At the very least, I will need a written apology from Mr Tejpal and an acknowledgement of the same to be circulated through the organization. It cannot be considered acceptable for him to treat a female employee in this way. On the night of 7th November 2013, the opening night of Tehelka's Think festival, I had discharged my duties for the day as the chaperone for Mr Robert De Niro. As it was Mr De Niro and his daughter's first night in Goa and at the festival, my editor in chief Mr Tarun Tejpal accompanied Mr De Niro, Drena De Niro (his daughter) and I to Mr De Niro's suite to wish him goodnight. (As his chaperone, my work was to be available all day to Mr De Niro and Drena, take them sightseeing, make sure they were well looked after in Goa and at the Hyatt - until they retired to their suite at night.) As we left the suite, Mr Tejpal and I were in conversation - I have known him since I was a child, he had worked closely with my father who was also a journalist, and after my father's accident Mr Tejpal had always been a paternal figure to me. He was responsible for offering me my first job, and was always just a phone call away whenever I needed his advice on a story or life. His daughter, Tiya Tejpal and I are very close friends as well. As we made our way out of the elevator of Block 7 at the Grand Hyatt, Mr Tejpal held my arm and pulled me back into the lift. He said - "Let's go wake up Bob" (Mr De Niro) and I asked him why he wanted to do that. I then realized that Mr Tejpal was simply pressing buttons on the lift's panel to make the elevator stay in circuit, preventing it from stopping anywhere, and for the doors to open. At this point, he began to kiss me - from the first moment of his doing so, I asked him to stop, citing several reasons, including my friendship to Tiya, my closeness to his family, the fact that he had known me since I was a child, the fact that I worked for Tehelka and for Shoma Chaudhury - who is my managing editor and mentor. It was like talking to a deaf person. Mr Tejpal lifted my dress up, went down on his knees and pulled my underwear down. He attempted to perform oral sex on me as I continued to struggle and hysterically asked him to stop. At that moment he began to try and penetrate me with his fingers, I became scared and pushed him hard and asked him to stop the lift. He would not listen. The lift stopped on the ground floor as Mr Tejpal's hands were on me and could not press the button for yet another floor to keep it in circuit. As soon as the doors opened, I picked up my underwear and began walking out of the elevator rapidly - he was still following me, asking me what the matter was. I said "It's all wrong. I work for you and Shoma." He said first "It's alright to be in love with more than one person," and then he said, "Well, this is the easiest way for you to keep your job." I was walking still faster, blinking back tears. By this time, we had made our way from Block 7 to the main lawns of the Grand Hyatt, where I walked into the grassy dinner area full of people and Mr Tejpal walked off towards the performance area. Right as soon as he was out of sight, I took a taxi back to my hotel - the International Centre for Goa, where the Tehelka staff was staying, and went to the room where the Literary Editor Shougat Dasgupta and the Photo Editor Ishan Tankha were staying. I also called another friend and colleague - investigative reporter G Vishnu to the room and told them what had occurred. While the four of us were talking in the balcony, Mr Tejpal sent me a text message from his personal phone number at 1.17 am, which said "The fingertips". This was the extent he had managed to penetrate me before I pushed him and ran out of the lift. I told the people with me on the balcony about this. Some of us considered resigning as soon as Think was over. I called my boyfriend Aman Sethi in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from Ishan Tankha's iPhone and told him what had happened. I was confused, hurt and really, really scared. At that point I did not want to lose my job. And so the next morning, I went about my work determined not to give Mr Tejpal or Tehelka a reason to fire me, as I was sure they would do once this story got out. At a few points of the day, I discussed the events of the previous night with Shougat Dasgupta, G Vishnu and Ishan Tankha, who were concerned about me after the state they had seen me in the previous night. In the afternoon, I accompanied Mr De Niro, his daughter, Sir VS Naipaul, Lady Naipaul and Mr Tejpal's wife to the Governor's bungalow for lunch. Given the company we were in, I did not make any mention of what had occurred to Ms Geetan Batra, Mr Tejpal's wife. Once I had escorted Mr De Niro back to his room post lunch, he expressed a desire to attend one of the sessions at the Main Hall. I brought him down to the Green Room, where Mr Tejpal found us, and asked me to bring Mr De Niro back down for Mr Amitabh Bachchan's session as he wanted the two to meet. I took Mr De Niro and his daughter shopping to Panjim, and brought them back in time for Mr Bachchan's session as instructed. Once the session was done, Mr Tejpal, Mr De Niro, Mr Bachchan and a few other members of the film industry, lawyers, politicians etc were supposed to meet at the Block 7 Grand Club for drinks. I escorted Mr De Niro and Drena to this bar, told them I would return to my hotel, change, and be right back. While I was getting dressed at my hotel, Mr Tejpal called me from ThakurJi's phone (Thakurji is the caretaker and manager of Tehelka's Bombay office premises) and asked me where I was. I informed him I was just about to leave for the Grand Hyatt. In the taxi I noticed he had already sent me two text messages on my phone which said "Where r u?" at 8:29and then "??" at 8:42. from his personal number. I replied with the following messages: "On my way to the lounge" 8.42 pm, "Had to sort out a lost package for Drena and get a bit presentable. See you in 10" at 8.44 pm and "Call tee she needs you" at 8.47 pm as Tiya had messaged me asking to help her find Tarun. At this point I was trying to be as normal and professional as possible and somehow get through my duties. Five minutes later, as I was walking into the Grand Club at Block 7, Mr Tejpal was coming out of the lounge. He pointed at me asking me to stop. I was already worried that I was late and that Mr De Niro had asked for me. Mr Tejpal came to me and said "Come up with me, we have to get something from Bob's room". I was frightened that this would lead to a repeat of the previous night and so I said, "What does he need? I'll go get it." I was scared of getting into the lift with him again, and more terrified that he was going to try and take me into a room this time. By this time he was holding me by the wrist and had taken me into the lift (which is barely a few steps away from the lobby of block 7 where he had asked me to wait). When the doors closed, he started to try and kiss me again. I said "Tarun, please, no, just stop," he pulled away, smiled, patted my cheek and said "Why? Ok. I'll stop." I said again "This just isn't right. Tiya is my best friend. I had lunch with Geetan today. " He smiled again and just for a moment I thought I had appealed to his better sense. I turned away from him, desperately waiting for the door to open (there are only three floors in Block 7 (G, 1 and 2), we were between floors). Within seconds of my turning around, he started to lift up my dress. He lifted it all the way up and said "You're unbelievable". The door opened on the second floor, on Mr De Niro's floor - and he said again - "The universe is telling us something" to which I said "I'm taking the stairs" and started to walk out. He pulled me back in, sensing that I was on the verge of hysteria - by this point, he was totally comfortable physically manhandling me, but sensing my sheer panic, he did not touch me until the lift reached the ground floor. Right as the doors were about to open, he patted my behind once more. I walked out of the lift, went to the Grand Club and immediately informed Ishan Tankha that Mr Tejpal had tried to molest me again. Ishan said "Again? What the fuck is wrong with him?" He was completely disgusted and said once more that we should just resign immediately. As I was to accompany Mr De Niro to the dining area, I somehow composed myself. Mr De Niro was mobbed by fans - and I had to take him away from the main garden to the Capiz Bar. I was sitting at the Capiz Bar with Mr De Niro and his daughter when Tiya Tejpal came there to join us. This was the first time the two of us had really met since the incident of the previous night. Since I had moved to Mumbai about a year and a half ago, Tiya had grown to become one of my closest friends. She lives across the road from my house in Mumbai and barely a day had passed when the two of us did not meet or talk to each other constantly. She was sitting beside me, and Mr De Niro was absorbed in conversation with his daughter. I could not keep something of this magnitude from her. I told her she would hate me for what I was telling her - but that Mr Tejpal had tried to molest me on these two separate occasions. I said "He tried to shove his tongue down my throat and then took my panties off", when Tiya replied saying "I saw him do this to a woman when I was thirteen, so it doesn't surprise me anymore," but she was clearly disgusted. Tiya left the Capiz Bar right after this. In half an hour, Mr De Niro and Drena asked to be dropped back to their room. They were extremely upset at the day's events because Mr De Niro had all but been assaulted by fans at the dinner table, and they asked me to convey this to Mr Tejpal. When I came down from Block 7, I found Mr Tejpal sitting at a table with several people and called him away from the table, but still in full view of everyone, so I could relay Mr De Niro's message privately. I said "Bob is really upset about tonight, he got mobbed really badly.." to which Mr Tejpal replied "I don't give a fuck about Bob. How could you tell Tiya what happened?" I said "Tarun, I told you Tiya and I are close and what you did wasn't okay, I had to tell her," to which he said "She's my daughter. Do you even understand what the word means? Just get away from me, I'm so fucking pissed off with you right now." I left from the spot crying, found Tiya outside her room in the main performance area and asked her what she had said to her father. She said "There was no other way. As soon as you told me I wished you hadn't, but you can't tell me what to say to him - I told him to keep it in his pants." I said "I'm probably going to lose my job over this", she agreed, but also said "It'll be a bad phase but it'll pass." On this night as well, I left the Grand Hyatt and went to my hotel, found Shougat Dasgupta, Ishan Tankha and G Vishnu and told them what had happened. I also called my boyfriend and told him that Mr Tejpal was aware of the fact that I wasn't staying quiet, and that he was extremely angry that I had told his daughter. The next morning, I called my mother and told her everything that had happened. Everyone was most worried for my safety and advised me to leave Think as soon as possible - however since my day's work involved me staying away from the Grand Hyatt and staying at a completely different part of Goa for the day with Mr De Niro and his daughter, I felt temporarily safe. At this time MrTejpal sent me the following texts from his personal number. 1. "I hope you told Tiya that it was just drunken banter, and nothing else" To which I replied - "I told her we were both drunk" - because it was true that everyone had had a few drinks on the first night. But not the second, when he assaulted me minutes after I had reached the Grand Hyatt. However, this was the first time Mr Tejpal had said anything to me after lashing out at me the previous night, and I was still very afraid of him. He then sent me a second message: 2. "And just banter, nothing else" - to which I did not reply, because there was no way what he had done to me could have been described as "banter". Sensing that I had clammed up at his attempt to sugar-coat what really happened, he sent me a third message: 3. "Why?? What's happened??" I did not reply to this message. Within minutes, he sent me a fourth message, one that convinced me he saw absolutely nothing wrong with what he had done, and was in fact now trying to shame me for talking to Tiya: 4. "I can't believe u went and mentioned even the smallest thing to her. What an absence of any understanding of a parent child relationship." After this message, I made sure to stay away from Mr Tejpal except when we were in extremely public situations only - such as the Speakers Green Room at the Hyatt, or the lobby of the hotel. That evening as well, I steered completely clear of him. He made no mention of anything that had occurred the next day, and the only thought on my mind was to get Mr De Niro on his plane and leave Think. I had to speak to MrTejpal several times on Sunday the 9th of November to coordinate Mr De Niro's travel plans, but in these calls he made no mention of anything that had occurred. Once I dropped Mr De Niro to the Goa Airport at 4.30 pm, I had no further contact with Mr Tejpal. However, on 16.11.2013, Mr Tejpal messaged me a number of times 1."Have you spoken to Tee? Is she Ok?" To which I replied: "Why would she be ok about the fact that you sexually assaulted her best friend, that is me?" 2. "What's with saying this awful stuff??" To which I replied: Do not send me any messages. You are lying and you know that. 3. "Oh is that so? I cherished you like one of my best kids always, all these years; and because of one drunken banter you so easily say these awful things. To which I replied: It was twice Tarun, not once and it was no banter. You did the most horrible things to me and I certainly was not drunk. I asked you to stop repeatedly. 4. "Oh so that's what you told Tee. No wonder she's so madly upset. Its ok. Am not going to contest anything with her. Will let time and my love heal what it can." 5. "Don't think I've been more saddened in the longest time" I have no doubt that Mr Tejpal was trying to establish his innocence in a devious manner. If he needed to get in touch with his daughter, he could have done so anytime he desired, through his wife or daughter or nephew or anyone from his family without messaging me about her, or falsely claiming that all that happened was ‘a drunken banter'. This was no banter, it was most clearly sexual assault. As a reporter for Tehelka who writes on violence against women, I suddenly find myself in the horrific situation of discovering what it is like to be on the receiving end of this violence from a powerful man I once deeply admired and respected. I truly hope that the idea of Tehelka is still intact - and that you will conduct an inquiry into this matter at the earliest.

Read more at: http://news.oneindia.in/feature/tehelka-assault-victim-recounts-her-experience-through-e-mail-1345755.html

ग्रामीण उत्तर भारत में जाड़े का मौसम

सूर्य महाराज के रूठने से पोर्ट्समथ में जाड़े ने अब लगभग दस्तक दे ही दी है... उत्तर भारत में भी रजाईयां, स्वेटर और मफलर बक्सों से निकलने लगे होंगे, जमीन पर पुआल के गद्दे बनने शुरू हो गए होंगे - केवल अपने सोने के लिए ही नहीं, बल्कि उन बेचारों (पालतू पशु) के लिए भी जिनकी भाषा हम नहीं समझ पाते। काली, गहरी रातें अब और भी लम्बी होती जा रही होंगी, सुबह में अब रास्ते की घास पर ओस की बूंदे जरुर दिखाई देने लगी होंगी, कुहरा भी दस्तक देने ही वाला होगा, हवाएं शांत और असमान साफ़ नजर आता होगा। जाड़े के स्वागत हेतु पेड़ अपनी पत्तिया गिरा रहे होंगे, कुत्ते-बिल्ली सब कहीं न कहीं गर्म कोने की तलाश में रहते होंगे, आग भी धीरे धीरे अब जीवनदायिनी बन रही होगी - हो सकता है किसी किसी के द्वारे पर सुबह शाम 'आगी' जलने भी लगी हो, हुक्का, चिलम और बीड़ी के सहारे चुनाव और खेती बाड़ी की चर्चा में घंटों गुज़र जाते हो। सब 'सुर्ज' महाराज की झलक पाने के लिए बेताब रहने लगे होंगे - स्नान के बाद धूप में खड़े रहते होंगे, नहा धोकर कभी छत पर और कभी आँगन में खाने का आसन लगाते होंगे, बिछौना बिछाते होंगे, लेकिन जब सब कुछ - पानी से लेकर रोटी तक - छत पर पहुँचाना पड़ता होगा और ठन्डे पानी से रात/सुबह में बर्तन धुलने पड़ते होंगे तो माँ कितनी परेशान हो जाती होगी। चाय की गर्म चुस्कियों का मज़ा भी तो अब बढ़ ही गया होगा, जाड़े जो आ रहे हैं

Chavs in UK

Almost a year ago, one evening while on the way back to home, some teenagers hurled abusive words at me. I was baffled and could not understand who they were and why they did so to me. Now I get it. These guys are popularly known as Chavs - the product of broken family and social system in Britain. So-called young/adolescent offenders, unmannered and uneducated filthy mouthed who have nothing else to do except guzzle down the cans of cheap beer, wear track suits and fake brand hoodies all the time, do drugs, smoke cigarettes, remain unemployed, get benefits from social security system, spend time on streets, stay in gangs, hurl abuses at passers by, frighten, disrespect, harass and attack people. In Britain, if you are 16, you are free of all 'shackles' unlike oriental societies where children are given emotional and financial support by their families and parents throughout their life. A considerable fraction of parents here have no 'control' over themselves, forget about 'control' over their kids/children. When parents are unruly, kids will be definitely be chavs.

Something for Indian girls to ponder upon...

I was just discussing with one of my female friends, how people especially your female friends in Indian Society change abruptly when they are about to get married. In India, girls "get married" rather than girls "marry". Yes, I was talking about how they change their behaviour abruptly. In a patriarchal society like India all what matters for a girl after her marriage is her husband, nothing else. She just devotes everything to her husband, even her dreams of flying like a free bird and do something meaningful in her life, despite the fact that she is a PhD in Nuclear Physics. She has to forget her friends especially male friends who were the lifeline for her a few months ago when she was single. It does not matter how many girls her husband meets in a day. What matters is that the girl should "stay away" from her male friends and not communicate the way she used to communicate, when she was single. The patriarchal system executes this in an impeccable manner. Girls raised in this system automatically try to avoid most important male friends when they are about to get married. This is something weird in India. I find it awful and ridiculously impractical behaviour considering they are PhDs or high educated individuals. Why do girls lose command over their lives when they are going to get married or they are married. Come on, I mean why would an educated girl do that? Does she need to prove that she is a good girl and she is going to be a faithful wife? What about the faithfulness of the husband? No cares about that. I am just so unhappy about it. People are highly educated but when it comes to the rights of girls/women/wives, their thinking is still so patriarchal and medieval. If you ask me, I will give all the freedom to the partner... do whatever you want to, fly high and achieve your dreams, I will take care of things that normally housewives do, but if you try to cheat on me, I will kick you out of my life forever without any regret. 

What is the meaning of life when you have no dreams to achieve? Getting married to have a man beside you and having children is not what life is all about. They are essential part of it but they are not everything. After marriage, most of the girls in India forget about their dreams of having a meaningful life. They just devote everything to a person who is called husband. Of course, he is the most important person in their life but they themselves should be the most important person in their life. I don't ask girls to rebel against their families and husbands but they should not forget that they have their own life. They are not servants and slaves. Loving husband and children is okay but one must have something to achieve in her life apart from husband's and children's love and care. 

What I mean to say is that a girl is an individual first and she should strive to develop a self-esteem rather than thinking oh! I have got superman and he is going to do everything for me. What I generally see is that girls are too much dependent on males in Indian society. I just hate this mentality from the core of my heart. Every girl wants to marry a person who is earning more than her. However, when it comes to other rights, they want equal footing with men. That is ridiculous. How can they think of equality in relations until they are earning equal amount of money as their husbands? Men generally marry girls who earn less than them or do not earn at all? Will a girl do the same? Will she marry a person who is earning less than her? I think a normal Indian girl is never going to do that. That is actually the slave mentality of women in our society and I am sure this mentality is the product of their upbringing in a patriarchal society. It deeply hurts me when I see such educated girls forget their self-esteem and rejoice that they have got a husband who earns more than them. In their childhood, it is their fathers who take care of them, in their teenage it is the brothers who take care of them, in their adulthood, it is their husbands who are their custodians and supermen and in their olden days, it is their boys again who take care of them. So, throughout their life, it is always a male who is their hero, they themselves never try to be a superwoman/heroine for their husband and children. Will it ever change? Will we witness a day in India when girls will marry boys earning less them and boys earning less than their wife will eagerly do what a working/non-working wife normally does nowadays (doing job + taking care of household chores)?   

IFA Facebook Post

Those who have been talking so much about the improvements in health system made during NRHM in Uttar Pradesh must remember that the government of Uttar Pradesh has no stock of Iron Folic Acid tablets and syrup since last one year now. I am amused to hear the plans of achieving full antenatal care in the state. The government has been asking ANMs to buy blood pressure instrument, blood and urine test kits etc. from the untied fund provided to them under NRHM so that the aim of providing 'full' antenatal care to all pregnant women can be fulfilled. However, it has not paid any attention to the apparent lack of IFA - a major component of antenatal care. It is surprising that a government, so desperate to cut down the maternal mortality, focuses only on measuring weight, height, blood pressure and hemoglobin of pregnant women rather than providing them adequate quantity of IFA which could actually reduce maternal mortality to a considerable extent.

The state has not been able to procure any IFA since last one year or so. Hence, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) and Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) are devoid of any IFA since then. Most of the women in rural areas especially poor and uneducated mainly depend on ASHAs and ANMs for IFA tablets and syrup. Since government has been providing IFA tablets for free in the past, people are not ready to buy them from the market where it is available but a higher price.

Iron Folic Acid deficiency during pregnancy can negatively impact the health of the woman during pregnancy as well as fetal development. An additional amount of IFA is required to meet pregnant woman's (and also of the featus in the womb) nutritional needs. The deficiency of iron causes anemia. The consequences of anemia in pregnant mothers include maternal mortality, higher risk of preterm births and low birth weight. Hence providing adequate quantity to IFA can contribute significantly to achieving health related Millennium Development Goals. According to NFHS-3, more than half of the pregnant women in UP suffered from anemia in 2005-06.
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  • Subhajit Bhattacharjee This is a hardcore reality ....
  • Anupam Verma The similar synerio can be made for Vit.A ... that effect U5 morbidity and mortality up to considerable extent...
  • Subhajit Bhattacharjee Supply chain management as per inventory management principles are neglected from Top to bottom -- No Vitamin A from GOI for last 2Yrs ,No STI drugs for long time , Vaccine Management as per Demand generated & not as per effective Vaccine Management tracking system.....
  • Anupam Verma replication of EVSM standerd is just like hard to creck a nut ,,, rational distribution of vaccine and logistics is totally demand driven and availability at RVS/DVS
  • Shyam Chakraborty Is Vitamins- particularly Vitamin A, is even needed if some kind of full stomach food is available? I do not remember if I have ever bought vitamins in my life- and my diet primarily consists of very rudimentary components (rice, lentils, a piece of fish- plenty of vegetables- and rarely a glass of beer or a sip of cognac...)
  • Neelanjan Roy In most states NRHM is run by IAS heads who seldom care about the field needs. Drs have little say in procurement process. This is my experience. What do you think?
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  • Neelanjan Roy Yes Shyam, agree that with a balanced diet need for supplements are unnecessary. We get vit A from dark green leafy vegetables and red and yellow coloured fruits. Fish liver oils are also rich source.
  • Dayal Bandhu Majumdar Shyam Chakraborty Sir, NRHM and this " Vit A " is not for us who use face Book and Internet . Those things are purely for " AMLASOLE" .
  • Shyam Chakraborty Well- for most of the FB-ites, my diet is much simpler and rustic. This is not much different from what you can get in any village. I admit to gulp ice creams occasionally- but that does not give me much of vitamins?
  • Shyam Chakraborty Well Dayal Bandhu Majumdar Babu- often I see doctors are prescribing vitamins and glucose to young kids. And their happy-sad face parents declaring that their kids do not want to eat anything and becoming thin and weak- while to me they look perfectly healthy! Sooner or later- this excessive glucose load and the sedate life style would unsurprisingly trigger diabetes! Can this be termed as an iatrogenic injury?
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  • Shyam Chakraborty I did not wish to high jack Aditya's original post regarding the need for IFA- but my curiosity is also- if there is adequate food- and general eradication of H- pilori- would there be much need for IFA supplement?
  • Jagannath Chatterjee Shyam babu that is what I always stress upon. Health does not mean access to medication, it actually means being able to stay away from it. Does medicine mean veering away from common sense?
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  • Aditya Singh The problem is of 'commission' in procuring drugs. What they get is a very small proportion of 'commission' (money) in this (IFA) procurement. The same happens with basic medicines such as paracetamol tablets. There is always a lack of these tablets. A...See More
  • Aditya Singh As far as vit. A, I find that it is available in at least in my district and being given to children by grass root level workers.
  • Shyam Chakraborty Availability of vitamins is one thing- but my point is, are they at all necessary? I am not clear why children would need Vitamin A in the first place? I believe they would be happier with 2 chapaties and some potato instead. Or for that matter- instead of a vaccince- slightly better sanitation!
  • Aditya Singh As you know, bringing about behavioral changes and improving socioeconomic status involves difficult, slow and long processes especially among rural mass characterized by rampant poverty (low and volatile incomes), illiteracy (poor education) and poorand ineffective public health care system (as you can see it at least in UP - a state of 200 million people). More than 60 years of Indian experience says so. You don't need any proof. "Provision of vitamin A supplements is inexpensive, quick, and effective way to improve vitamin A status. However, comprehensive control of vitamin A deficiency must include dietary improvement and food fortification in the long term. -WHO"
  • Shyam Chakraborty I do no think behavioral change is difficult. Three years back I was waiting at a North Bihar Rail Station as the Kolkata bound train was 8 hours late. Not a single person smoked at the platforms even though the smoking ban was posed only recently. I think the behavioral changes can be brought in a very short time.
  • Shyam Chakraborty While opinions may differ- I believe the zero-th priority in India should be food, education and basic sanitation. A close 1st is primary healthcare and a distant second is prophylactic measures like vaccination etc. We often see that the order is reversed ...
  • Aditya Singh Everybody knows that. There is a long discussion available on these issues. A lot has been researched what works and what not in rural India. There is something called political will. Until these issues become political priorities and pip issues of religion, caste and regionalism in the competition in order to be at the top of agendas of political leaders, one should not be too optimistic about India's future. "India mein sab aise hi dheere dheere chalta rahega, don't expect profound transformations in the health system overnight."