THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Study highlights the other side of ‘Kerala model'

Study highlights the other side of 'Kerala model'

Special Correspondent

Has the much lauded Kerala model of development taken its benefits uniformly to all sections of the society?

A recent study done by a human rights organisation called RIGHTS, based here, says the Kerala model of development is more of a myth for the marginalised sections such as the Dalit, Adivasi, and fishing communities in the State. The study covered 2,100 families belonging to these sections, living in 30 representative panchayats spread over all the 14 districts in the State. For the sake of comparison, 614 families from the forward communities too were surveyed by researchers under RIGHTS.

The study focussed on two social indices — education and health. The Kerala model development theory is based on the argument that high level of social development is possible even in the face of poor economic growth. The survey found that while the forward communities enjoyed total access to both education and health care facilities, the same claim could not be made in the case of marginalised sections.

According to the study, 46.07 per cent of the Dalit children, 34.47 per cent of the tribal children, and 69.12 per cent of the children from fishing communities do not have schools within one kilometre of their residing places.

Schools are located more than four kilometres away from their homes for 16.88 per cent of the Dalit children, 29.55 per cent of the tribal children and 2.23 per cent of the children belonging to fishing communities. As much as 14.48 per cent of the Dalit children surveyed dropped out of schools at various stages of their school education and 6.85 per cent of them in the school-going age group had not gone to school at all.

The above proportions are 18.06 per cent and 3.93 per cent respectively in the case of tribal children and 15.08 per cent and 5.21 per cent for children from fishing communities.

As much as 36.35 per cent of the Dalit children, 44.05 per cent of the tribal children, and 24.16 per cent of the children belonging to fishing communities have not received vaccines under the Universal Immunisation Programme. Primary Health Centres (PHCs) are located between two kilometres and five kilometres away from home for 35.08 per cent of the Dalit families, 22.93 per cent of the tribal families and 23.27 per cent of the fisherman families surveyed by the organisation. The PHCs are even beyond a distance of five kilometres for 39.11 per cent of the tribal families and 12.34 per cent of the fishing families. The survey reports the same kind of glaring gaps in the matter of taking the government's nutrition programme to pregnant women and children.


  • Study covers 2,100 marginalised families
  • Focusses on two indices, education and health


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    It is a battle for freedom. It is a battle for the reclamation of human personality."
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