Wednesday, June 19, 2013

self advocacy- the need of the hour

Towards Advocacy - 

To create awareness about Advocacy across the society and especially catering to the centres for special  needs.

Objective of the Awareness Drive –

Make a Kit with all information and awareness material to reach out and promote Advocacy.

Engage more individuals in the program creating a bank or pool of self advocates and have centres have more awareness on the cocnept of Advocacy

So lets all get into a partnership to carry the message of Advocacy and empower our young ones with special needs..

Towards a world where everyone gets to say what he feels.


Thursday, November 03, 2011

DORAI Foundation involved in working for a social transformation, mobilizing agents for change and informed prevention actors to help create public awareness and support

1. Corporal punishment
2. Sexual abuse
3. Bullying
4. Neglect
5. Child labor
6. Child soldiers
7. Sale of children
8. Child prostitution
9. Child pornography
10. Child trafficking
11. Child sex tourism
12. Harmful cultural practices
13. Sexually transmitted infections
14. Street children
15. Substance abuse
16. Hunger and malnutrition
17. Internet
18. Television, movies and advertising
19. Video games and mobile phones

Saturday, December 18, 2010

corruption, Lets us be ants and worship our fellow ants

Corruption is definitely not receding, it has changed its form, become sophisticated, and has become accepted as part and parcel of life. It frequently raises criticism only when it becomes huge in numbers to digest.Only a tribal society there won't be any corruption, where almost everyone has to work for his food and fend for himself most of the time.

Corruption will always exist in some form or the other in our society, it can only be so. Any value accrual to one person, disproportionate to his effort can be termed a form of corruption or to simply put it "Value erosion is Corruption", there is probably nothing absolute about corruption, except in definition,value itself is relative. To an extend getting money out of inheritance is also a form of injustice or corruption. we have to live with some injustice in one form or the other. There is no real escape from injustice and corruption right from the day we decided to have settled life with agriculture. If you can't make your own food or protect your own self, then there will be corruption always in the society, no matter how much ever values you infuse into the blood or semen or what ever.. It is a part of the price we pay for having a settled and secure life that a majority of the society life. Those who ensure security of any kind are bound to have more power and hence will like to acquire more power to secure themselves. The need for security & privacy has some corruption built into it.

In the case of telecom fraud, nobody says raja is not a fraud, but stake sale by corporates, to get a benifit of 70,000 crores or more.. within 6 months, i am sure corporates got a lot more benefit out of this than raja. vodophone recently involved in $2.5 billion tax evasion. This thing of going behind money has to kind of stop. Money is starting to rule us. It was tool but this tool has become dangerous. anything invented for operational quickness, falls into bad hands and makes life difficult for everyone.One terrorist and everybody has to be checked, one thief and everybody doors have to be locked and everybody have to by lockers, one rapist and all women have to walk in fear in bad areas and bad times. Fear of these guys seem to rule us. Only a fearless society can eliminate such people and all the pain one needs to take to protect ourselves...can we be one? same is the case with UID issue.

Sonia Gandhi got into politics to save her husband's name in bofor's case. a weak congress would mean rajiv gandhi was not so great, not even good sometimes, but strong congress would mean he was always good and great. It would mean narasimha rao does not even deserve a mention. Now This same lady has to render justice to other people involved in corruption in congress and UPA, what do you expect from her??. Hypocracy is the order of the day in everything. A government which is supposed give education is involved in liquor sales in tamil nadu, and people who were selling liquor,tobacco& drugs are now rich guys giving education. It was goldman sachs which was involved in converting black money to white money for mafia in Newyork, now you got a great chance of becoming Fed back gov or lead a lot of govt and international financial organisations if you have experience at goldman. Even recently goldman had to pay huge fines for mall practices. But still all the big advisors to the US government have come from this greatest of all investment bank. Basically you have to master the art of hyppocracy to become super rich or super powerful and to keep it, much more than any other art.

There are people debating as to whether, I can buy insurance on your asset? in germany. It is like i can destroy your asset and make money out of it. It is called credit default swaps(CDS). They have invented instruments like that during the financial crisis, so that somebody like J Paulson can make $20 billion for his clients and $ 6 billion for himself. This the ideal and ambition of many people who get into MBAs who want to enter wall streets, investment banks etc..QUICK MONEY..NOW J Paulson is a hero in the financial world..and he gives a talk to fed bank and other financial world people, how to prevent a crisis. I were there, i would ask him put down all the money he made before he can give a bloody talk to me.Derivative traders out there.. please go and get some real job for heaven sake, lets us find some better ways of price discovery. they are like snakes entering a ant hill. sorry people i don't worship snakes.

Lets us be ants and worship our fellow ants.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Karam veer Puraskar

Sumithra Prasad to receive the Karam Veer Puraskar - a national award for social justice and citizen action on the 26th of Nov'2010 in New Delhi for her commendable work in social service.
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Friday, June 05, 2009

sathya on Inquality and human values

Whenever I used to contemplate about the “economic imbalance” in society, i.e. many are poor, whereas a few are rich, it always occurred to me that lack of Human Values is the fundamental problem. And I used the oft-quoted paradigm of “IT industry pays best than rest” to conceptualize this.

To illustrate this, let us take a case study of a super market. Let us describe the services / transactions / stakeholders in a diagram as follows (sorry about the pathetic arrows!).

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As all of us know, supermarket never manufactures things. Assume a poor farmer producing rice/ wheat / vegetables / fruits supplying for this supermarket. If the base amount he would get for producing the commodity is ‘x’, the supplier (whose job is relatively simpler than farmer) gets at least ‘3x’, and the supermarket would sell the product with an equal or more profit. And there are customers, who are ready to pay this figure!

Let us go back to diagram. People do not mind paying 2 rupees for an item, while they could get an equal / slightly low-quality item for Re. 1. Many of them buy things which they would seldom / sparingly use. And the supermarkets price the products based on these “strategies”. Thus, rich people continue to become richer.

Of course, one may argue that it is the so-called “knowledge” which makes people rich (software guys are, after all, smart!!). I have come across many of these so-called “know ledged” whose whole intention is to “Live and Let Die”. They do not hesitate to trample others for their well being. The poor, for the simple reason that they are less / illiterate, inspite of their hard work, remain poor.

A little thought would reveal that if only we practice, what Sathya Sai Baba calls, “Ceiling on Desires”, i.e. putting a stringent limit on our otherwise uncontrolled desires, having a little “discrimination” (what we really need / what we do not), and sharing of wealth (giving back to society from where we got riches), would equalize / balance the economy.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Ethics in marketing and Advertising

What Do Marketers do:

Finding what the customer wants and creating an perceived value(illusion/real) that he is getting it by buying your product is in essence marketing.

That is exactly what Marketers do to conquer potential customers mind spaces and attention keep you in their spells of perceptive value, influence decision to buy and there by makes money(more value compared to the cost)

The fundamentals: The world we see is our Perception; may not be Real.

The fundamentals to life is the urge to survive and then live, when we say somebody is full of life what we are saying is that, they are enjoying all the little pleasures of life and living in the present, having the nostalgia of the past and dreams for the future. Human life that we are so concerned is extremely short/ephemeral 60-70 years compared to the global scale of things(say life of trees, life of mountain, life of river, life of start etc..).. when the cosmos looks at us, we are like a water bubble's life compared to human life(The vedas says this).

Life itself could be a big illusion.. only thing that amazes me is our ability to phantom/understand this. Unable to understand how we are able to understand most things given time and focus.

Coming back to the point marketers are not at fault in seeking way to capture of our attention.. because it is their business to create illusion to sell things for filling up their stomachs..and feed their minds with illusions themselves.

So it is for us to be in awareness. and choose what we buy and not to succumb to the spells that these marketers create to trap us in our fundamental weakness in life Sensual pleasures and fear of uncertainity(INSURANCE- BEWARE THESE GUYS).
If people are not aware, that is not the fault of the marketer

Ideally I don't believe in artificial regulations.. honestly.. it only works to an extend.. self regulation is best form of regulation and most ideal. But we live in a practical world of Notions of ethics(personal ethics, family ethics, caste(occuption) ethics, societal ethics, Religion(path to god), ecological ethics,

Ethics are important for an apparent balanced world, if we think we want to have apparent control over it. So lets be in AWARENESS of Truth and experience the BLISS that is essence of SAT-CHIT-ANANDHA

Ps: -
MARK "APPARENT".. everything is apparent except ourselves.
MARK "Notion" All good and bad is based on our Notions which is based on our samskaras(PAST ACTIONS

Sunday, May 20, 2007

sathya on human values

Human values

At the outset, I wonder the situation that has prompted somebody to create a "blogspot" for "Human Values" as if they are something distinct and different from us! It sounds as though, were fishes use some discussion group, would they discuss about swimming!! Anyway, that is the great comedown, the ground reality for us, the humans.

As for "propagating" / "creating awareness" of these values, I firmly believe that only by living them, you serve as the best example. We have enough scriptures, codes of conduct, etc. as to how to lead life, but it seems we loose ourselves in mere intellectual lexicalization and fail to understand the sublimate stuff. As Sri Sathya Sai Baba says, these human values can never be got from outside i.e. from books, shops, etc. but are something inherent in us. Some techniques, as given by Him are really helpful in adhering to these human values. The first thing is: Follow your Conscience. This Conscience is something wonderful which all of us possess and the most precious gift that one can have from God (and it is the one often being discarded!).The difference between a thief and one who is not is that while the thief knows theft is bad, yet unable to obey his Conscience, the non-stealer implicitly obeys his Conscience. A very simple example to show where the root of our value system is. And this our Conscience is often clouded by limitless desires. It is often our experience that when we long stop listening to Conscience, it will stop speaking to us.

The second thing is: Integrity (Harmony) in thought, word and deed. The results are amazing if only we make sure that we think only good thoughts and decide to speak only them and put into action what we speak. It is really a very practical solution; try this for sometime. You will know it for yourself.

Gone is gone, at least, if we want the coming generation to preserve the validity of human beings, it becomes our utmost responsibility to see that our children do not get into this mad, material race, chasing after nothings. All the so-called valuables, gold, diamond, currency etc. are given value by US (humans) and apart from that, they DO NOT have any independent value. Thus, if we want to revalue the human values, we necessarily have to devalue these "precious" commodities. These truths must be imparted to the younger generation and it is parents' utmost responsibility to ensure that a being "good" man is as important, if not greater, as being "great" man.