Tuesday, July 17, 2018

7 results for 'social issue'

Support A Mother, Save Her Daughters

By Barkha Dhar, published on Jul 15, 2011

Mitu Khurana is a doctor by profession and is also an activist by choice. But many know her as a mother who has tirelessly fought for the survival of her two daughters. Post marriage, Dr. Mitu Khurana’s life came to a halt when her in-laws constantly harassed her for dowry. Later on, Mitu’s in-laws in connivance with her husband who also is a doctor demanded that Mitu abort the two female fetuses that she was carrying. Mitu’s husband and her in-laws ruthlessly and relentlessly compelled Mitu to either kill her unborn babies or put them for adoption. During pregnancy, Mitu had been constantly... (more)

Tags: india, children, women, inspiration, change, social evil, social issue, dowry, female infanticide and feticide, mitu khurana, pc-pndt, sex selective abortion

Dear Christian Choate

By Barkha Dhar, published on Jun 29, 2011

It’s been two years since you left this world in 2009. You were mercilessly smothered to death at an age when life is an abode of merriment and desires. Your mirth was stolen away by the murk of the three foot high dog cage in which you were ensnared by your own father and stepmother. When life is a canvas of vivid colors, you remained unseen in the darkness. At 13, when children your age aspire of accomplishments in academics, sports, and creative arts, you dreamt of getting out of your cage into the lap of nature. Christian, what you wanted was a normal life and cherished memories of your... (more)

Tags: children, abuse, change, social issue, child neglect, christian choate, prevention

Women, Violence and Danger

By Barkha Dhar, published on Jun 24, 2011

...poverty and high levels of corruption are some other depriving factors for change. For instance, in India, where women’s economic participation and educating the girl child is on the rise, the country’s social systems appear unsuccessful in impeding female feticide. More importantly, social issues like education, women’s rights, and child marriages are rarely significant as far as political manifestation is concerned. Mostly theses issues appear like a small figurine in the electoral campaigns that often turn gray with time. So, if this is the feat of change, then we sure are in... (more)

Tags: discrimination, poverty, women, abuse, violence, change, social issue, social change, child marriages, assault, women empowerment, women's right

From Stonewall to Same Sex Marriages

By Barkha Dhar, published on Jun 18, 2011

In the history of American Gay Rights movement, Stonewall is and shall always be a legend in the pursuit for equal rights. The Stonewall uprising that took place for three endless days in the summer of 1969 in Greenwich village, New York was a protest for pride, and the beginning of a social revolution. At the time when civil rights and the feminist movement were gaining ground, the Stonewall revolt became the keystone for gay liberation and marked the dawn of ‘gay power.’ This year in June, the Stonewall revolution shall celebrate its 42nd anniversary and would once again remind us of the... (more)

Tags: new york, discrimination, civil rights, human rights, change, social issue, civil unions, gay marriages, lgbt, same-sex marriages, stonewall riots

International Day of Compassion - Care or Cure

By Barkha Dhar, published on May 15, 2011

Famous ethicist John Rawls believed that in order to promote fairness and equality, coming out of the ‘veil of ignorance’ is imperative. He idealized a society where there was no social status or labeling associated to individuals and everyone could be entitled to same social rights. Perhaps John Rawls envisioned a social model based on morality, ethicality, and virtues. His ideology seems similar to that of Dr. Patch Adams who intends to design a society based on ‘care systems’. Dr Adams philosophy of holistic care integrates cause with compassion and is a consciousness raising effort of... (more)

Tags: healthcare, united states, business, emotions, morality, change, compassion, social issue, empathy, social change, patch adams, international day of compassion, ethics, patient

Looking Beyond Physicality-International Women’s Day 2011

By Barkha Dhar, published on Mar 8, 2011

Women, for long have been a buffoon puppet of the media and entertainment. As a gratifying toy, women have mainly been recognized as an object of seeking pleasure by pulling their psychological and physiological strings. Women, more often have been recognized for their physicality and least for their inner beauty. The media portrayal of women today is nothing less than an active and passive eroticization that often leads to a desire for voluptuous figures and augmentations in young girls, an accession sadly not of their intellectual and emotional self, but more often of their physical self.... (more)

Tags: women, united nations, media, abuse, gender, social issue, sexual assault, 100th anniversary, human trafficking, international women's day 2011

Say No To Dowry

By Barkha Dhar, published on Sep 3, 2010

Marriage is an entity of benign omens and configurations made in the heaven, performed on the earth. It’s a gracious threshold to unification of two souls and of two families. As a prime religious ceremony, its zenith lies in a father’s courage to give away his piece of heart, his daughter in a poised and sacred alliance to another man as her better half. Also known as “Kanya daan” in Hindu wedding, it’s the father of the bride that offers his daughter for marriage on a promise that the groom shall perform his duties as a husband according to the vedic(religious) hymns recited during the ceremony.... (more)

Tags: india, marriage, relationships, women, emotions, crisis, domestic violence, abuse, video, dowry deaths, dowry harassment, hindu weddings, social evil, social issue, youtube, say no

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