I am writing this post to get a pen drive (participation prize; hoping it is a good make). It will be a surprise if it gets anything else (tab, flipkart vouchers etc.) in the contest where Apollo Hospitals is looking for some links and social media noise through write ups about modern health care.
Modern Healthcare does change lives if one can afford it (link). Life is unthinkable without modern healthcare (and hospitals like Apollo) as it is without money. About 1.4 million people died of TB in last one year in India. We need health care for all; hospitals like Apollo need a vision as much as they need clients.
Eat healthy and exercise regularly and keep yourself fit to avoid hospital visits. One can at least avoid the lifestyle diseases (diabetes, cardiac problems and hypertension). This is from the horse’s mouth: “…Apollo Hospitals has always believed in the sheer joy of living a stress-free life without having to worry about health”. So take care of your body and don’t wait for Apollo and others to do that. As far as possible.
Some photos of the Historical Materialism conference from 3-5 April 2013 at the Convention Centre: 9.30 am to 8.15 pm, parallel sessions in four rooms (with a film every night from 9.30 pm). These are random photos from some of the sessions ; poor photos shot from my phone. Some random notes about the conference follow. Officially called ‘Final Delhi HM Conference Programme (‘New Cultures of the Left’). See the full schedule of the conference here. ICSSR, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, Historical Materialism and JNU were officially the co-sponsors.
Some of the sessions I attended on the three days related to Javed Anand, Javed Iqbal, Harsh Mander, Jan Breman, Kamal M Chenoy, Vrinda Grover, Dilip Simeon, Shivam Vij, Nirmala Rajasingam and others. Overall a very useful and stimulating conference: It was like a festival of ideas; the place was abuzz with people, activity, books and discussion. The photos do not have the corridor areas where there were book sale counters or the lunch zone.
Some (Sangathan) have criticized it too; read that here. The concluding remarks by Gautam Mody (‘Yes, I am a coffee-table Marxist…) positively acknowledged it too.
A few things that I recall: Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy said some very interesting things – JNU never had a convocation since 1971 because the JNUSU then wanted the right to speak at the function just as the external dignitary; this he said while suggesting that JNU is where you can say anything to the speaker, almost. He also reflected on how he got to arrange this gargantuan conference and the hardships it took etc. (a small talk peppered with humour at the closing ceremony). Lawyer Vrinda Grover said she changed her mind from against to favour (of Women’s Reservation Bill) after sitting for five hours in the Lok Sabha and observing the MPs debate (read ‘make light of’) the women’s safety issues. I also witnessed a silly walkout by one elder participant over a remark by Jan Breman (who rightly and pointedly regretted the lack of humanity among Indians who exploited the tribal people). In a discussion on sociology of Malls (can’t recall the exact topic), one participant remarked that even JNU Professors were told that ‘aapka Mall vaha hai’ when they went to the designer (elitist) DLF Emporio mall at Vasant Kunj.
I wish the conference was all recorded and put on YouTube. The participants will have to send their papers to ICSSR anyway and it will be complied (and hopefully published) . About 600 people attended it on first day and about 350 people on the third day. There were about 150 speakers. Arundhati Roy couldn’t come for the concluding plenary session.
Overall, a very rich event spread over three days. It took the effort of about sixty volunteers, many faculty members and so many others.
Disclosure: I was just a participant on all the three days; Not a volunteer or organiser. Just an observer and participant. I personally know many of the Professors and people associated with this conference.
Ignore typos and grammatical errors, if any. Feel free to use photos for non-commercial purposes.
JNUMC Rock Climbing programme, Dhauj (Haryana), 11-13 December 2012.
Our trainer: Suraj Sinil Singh Nagarkoti (popular as Koti; great sense of humour, genuinely devoted to sports, no-nonsense guy, always encouraging; he was with us until 1.30 am for Jumaaring, gauge his passion from that). Team Leader: Anushree Ghosh.
Names of some of members of the 25+-strong team are Anushree, Prem, Yash, Bikash, Anjali, Mausami, Shraddha Pal, Saket, Sonu (Rajesh), Javed Akhtar, Vivek, Sunita, Bhoomika, Rohan.
Starting Point (Narmada) and the bus, we alight on… Bouldering, Jumaaring, Rappelling, the long trek, Monkey temple etc. See below. Mostly random pics. See this set to decide how it is: the rock climbing experience at Dhauj. See some 2011 rock climbing pics here.
No attempt made to make it comprehensive; it is just a quick photo documentation. Photos are copyrighted to members of the team who clicked them.
Centre for Russian and Central Asian studies’: one day conference on "Strategic Contours of Indo- Russian Trade and Economic Co-operation" held on 21st March at the University Convention Centre, JNU.
Some photos from the seminar, inaugural session: Centre professors, Joint secretary Ajai Bisaria, other dignitaries. You are free to use the images for all non-commercial purposes.
March 2013, election preparation and polling photos (22 March 2013, Teflas). Some candidates were Tintumol, Srirupa, Abhiruchi, Dipti. Click on individual images for the full size.
The Russian Spring Festival Maslenitsa celebrated in campus by Eurasian Foundation will be held on 10 March 2013, Sunday, 4 pm, KC Oat, near JNU North gate, in New Delhi. Don’t miss it: the dances, pancakes and much else.
See the notice below and click here to see the 2012 notice and details.
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Random, poor pics, of the Research Methods Workshop at convention centre, JNU
T.K. Oomen and Hari Vasudevan in some pics (on stage)
Some of the best speakers were Dr. Stephen Voss (University of Kentucky), Abhijit Pathak (JNU) and T K Oomen (Prof emeritus ? JNU; renowned sociologist).
Water Crisis (near Singapore High Commission, Chanakyapuri), Vasant Kunja police station photos (South Delhi),
Nov 2012: Sabarmati hostel, Mahi Mandavi, Lohit and Chandrabhaga hostels.