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Hailed for his stewardship of Titan Industries where he built a premium brand from scratch and won for it international renown, Xerxes Desai naturally has one of the keenest perspectives on Indian industry. But his equally deep insights into Indian society and development become apparent through this interaction with Christopher Lopaze.

India’s poverty eradication challenge

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:27 pm
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The post-MDGs target seems impossible as chronic poverty sets in. Now, more poor people are becoming chronically poor compared to earlier times. The subject needs a different debate and design

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While Asia has the highest number of undernourished, Africa is the continent with the highest prevalence of undernourishment

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The world may be on the right track when it comes to achieving global hunger reduction targets. But what is scary is that we are nowhere closer to achieving the World Food Summit (WFS) target of halving the number of undernourished people between 1990 and 2015.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:00 pm
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(Editor’s note: In light of recent events we’ve opted to repost this article as a an unfortunate refresher re: domestic violence and the NFL.)

By Guest Contributor David J. Leonard, cross-posted from The Feminist Wire

In the aftermath of the tragic murder of Kasandra Michelle Perkins, and the subsequent suicide of Jovan Belcher, much of the media and social media chatter have focused on Belcher.  Indeed, Kasandra Michelle Perkins has been an afterthought in public conversations focused on questions regarding the Chiefs’ ability to play, concussions, masculinity, guns, and the culture of football in the aftermath of this tragedy. Over at the always brilliant Crunk Feminist Collective website, one member described the situation in sobering terms:

Headlines and news stories have focused on the tragedy from the lens of the perpetrator (including speculation of potential brain trauma, his involvement, as an undergraduate, in a Male Athletes Against Violence initiative, and his standing as an allstar athlete), in some ways dismissing or overshadowing the lens of the victim, who in headlines is simply referred to as “(his) girlfriend.”

Mike Lupica, at the NY Daily News, offered a similar criticism about our focus and misplaced priorities:

That is why the real tragedy here — the real victim — is a young woman named Kasandra Michelle Perkins, whom Belcher shot and killed before he ever parked his car at the Chiefs’ practice facility and put that gun to his head.

She was 22 and the mother of Belcher’s child, a child who is 3 months old, a child who will grow up in a world without parents. At about 10 minutes to 8, according to Kansas City police, Jovan Belcher put a gun on the mother of his child in a house on the 5400 block of Chrysler Ave. in Kansas City and started shooting and kept shooting. You want to mourn somebody? Start with her.

Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

While disheartening and indefensible, I get the turn towards concussionsguns, and the masculinity of sporting cultures.  The murder-suicide shines a spotlight on a number of issues that many have been grappling with for many years.  It encapsulates people’s discomfort about a culture that condones on-the-field violence that may contribute to so much pain off-the-field.  It highlights society’s moral failures whereupon profits are put in front of people.  There will be a time for these conversations, but for now the spotlight needs to be on Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

Upon hearing about this tragic murder of Kasandra Michelle Perkins, I too turn my attention to these issues; I am guilty of this failure, having tweeted about concussions, suicide, and the culture of the NFL. These issues are real–but so is the tragic death of Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

Kasandra Michelle Perkins cannot be a footnote.  She cannot be an afterthought.

While there are clearly issues specific to football—impact of concusions, the culture of hyper masculinity, mental health—we cannot lose focus on Kasandra Michelle Perkins.  Her life is no less precious just because she didn’t play linebacker; her life is no less important because she didn’t have teammates (although her family and friends are her teammates) grieving.  Her story is no less important because we live in a culture that privileges football and celebrity over the daily tragedies of violence.

Kasandra Michelle Perkins: let’s remember her name.

Her murder is a startling and sobering reminder about the all-too common tragedy of domestic/intimate partner murders.  “Each year thousands of black women are shot, stabbed, stalked, and brutalized in crimes that never make it on the national radar.  Black women experience intimate partner violence at a rate of 35% higher than do white women,” writes Sikivu Hutchinson.  “Intimate partner violence is a leading cause of death for black women, yet they are seldom viewed as proper victims and are rarely cast as total innocents.”

The failure to value all lives equally, to scream to demand justice, embodies American racism and sexism.  Hutchinson makes this clear in another brilliant piece:

Plastered on websites like AOL, relentlessly rammed down our collective throats in titillating morsels with whiffs of sexuality and scandal, poster child Caylee Anderson and company are a metaphor for Middle America’s Little Red Riding Hood fetishization of white femininity. Tabloid narratives of imperiled white females highlight the suburban virtues of white Middle America and not so subtlety evoke the social pathologies of the so-called inner city. Indeed, the spectacles of grief, mourning, and community outrage trotted out on CNN and FOX not only program viewers to identify with the injustice that has been done to the victim and her family, but to her community. In the world of 24-7 media these victims become our girls, our daughters, while the “bitches” and “hos” of the inner city symbolize the disorder and ungovernableness of an urban America whose values must be kept at bay.

The media erasure–particularly of the lost lives of women of color–is a root problem. It points to a systemic failure. The consequences are grave and mortifying. The ubiquity here is haunting; the devastation is disheartening; and our collective silence, paralysis, and acceptance are shameful.

  • Close to 70% of women killed by a gun were murdered by the hand of an intimate partner
  • More than three women are murdered every day by a husband or domestic partner
  • 40-50% of female murder victims fall into the category of domestic/partner murder (this includes former partners)
  • Three times as many women are killed by husband or intimate acquaintance as are killed by strangers using guns, knives or other weapons combined

As noted on “What About Our Daughters,”

According to the CDC, black women have a maternal homicide risk about seven times that of white women. Black women ages 25-29 are about 11 times more likely as white women in that age group to be murdered while pregnant or in the year after childbirth.

Kasandra Michelle Perkins is not a statistic, but her murder is part of a larger story.  The same is true for Cicely Bolden.  She was murdered by the man she was dating; he killed her after he learned that she was HIV-positive. #Kasandra Michelle Perkins #Cicely Bolden. Let’s not forget Meghann Pope.  She and her baby (she was 4 months pregnant) died after her boyfriend ran her over with his truck.  # Arlet Hernandez Contreras#Ericka Peters; # Rasheedah Blunt# Jasmine Nichelle Moss#Dawn Viens; #Yeardley Love#Nancy Benoit#Cherica Adams;  #Aena Hong.

It is crucial to continue to say Kasandra Michelle Perkins’ name. To look at her face; to ingrain her image into our heads. We must continue to think about not the last minutes of her life, but the totality of her life.

Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

It is crucial to say all of these names.  It is crucial to hear the plea from Kasandra Michelle Perkins’ friend, who reminded us all, “I don’t want her to get overshadowed by who he was. I know he was a Chiefs player and a lot of people know him, but she deserves recognition, too.”

Each time we say her name we remember her life and her tragic murder.  Each time we say Kasandra Michelle Perkins, we remember her 4-month-old daughter who lost her mom and her dad on December 2, 2012.  Each time we say her name we push back at the privileging of celebrity-life  over her death.  Each time we say her name we are hopefully reminded of the ubiquity of domestic/partner murder.  Each time we say her name we refuse the silence and erasure of domestic violence and intimate partner murder, particularly when the victims are women of color.  Each time we say her name we refuse the racism and sexism that obscures the humanity of those lives lost.  We challenge the discomfort that compels silence and erasure.

I heed the words from the Crunk Feminist Collective:

I wrote this piece to adjust the focus away from the famous athlete who “snapped,” and to put it on the true innocent in the case. I wrote this piece as a clarion call to remember Kasandra by her name and not by her relationship. I wrote this piece so that we don’t forget that victims may fall into statistics but they have names! I wrote this piece as a reminder that Kasandra (and Cherica) existed before their relationships with men who did not value their lives. I wrote this piece as a reminder that when a tragedy like this happens, it is not the perpetrator’s name we should remember, but the victim’s.

Each time we say Kasandra Michelle Perkins we remember a life lost; we remember a 22-year woman brutally murdered in her home; we remember a mother who will never get to hold her daughter again. We remember Kasandra Michelle Perkins.

Say her name!

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Asia houses 526 million of the 805 million chronically undernourished people in the world

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The good news is that the world today is producing enough to support the projected population of nine billion people by 2050. But the bad news is that still 805 million people—or one in every nine people—are hungry in the world, says a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

India to launch national AYUSH mission

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 11:11 am
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South East Asian countries also look for ways to integrate traditional medicines into national healthcare systems to achieve universal health coverage

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The Indian government has decided to revive the country’s traditional systems of medicine—Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)—to address gaps in the existing health services. They hope that revival of the systems of medicine will provide services in vulnerable and far-flung areas of the country.

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G8’s special task force stresses the need for investment by impact-driven commercial organisations to aid social development programmes in countries

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Governments can greatly improve investment in social good by removing regulatory barriers and providing tax incentives to safeguard the positive intentions of impact organisations, according to the first report of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce released on Monday. 

Development banks, industry say they are climate ready

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:55 am
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Multilateral development banks reaffirm their pledge to boost climate financing ahead of Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit; a report says big firms are bracing for future carbon price rollout

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imageAhead of the UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit in New York on September 23, the world’s six

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Members will work together to boost innovation and promote digital technologies in the tourism sector

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Tourism ministers from 21 economies of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have adopted a set of measures to ensure that travel and leisure industry in the region moves to next generation and keeps playing a significant role in trade co-operation and cultural exchanges.

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Move will eliminate over 93 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in greenhouse gas emissions

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imageClosure of China’s HCFC production lines is supported by World Bank and Montreal protocol fund China , the world’s largest producer and consumer of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), has announced the closure of five HCFC production lines, which will result in the phase-out of 58,864 tonnes of HCFC production. 

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Apex court seeks status report on flood relief and rescue work carried out in the state

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imageExpressing deep concern for people living in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir, the Supreme Court on Monday directed the Central and state governments to ensure that food, drinking water and medicines reach even the last person.

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Indian companies granted licence to produce generic sofosbuvir and investigational single tablet regimen of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir for treatment of chronic hepatitis C

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Sofosbuvir was approved under the trade name Sovaldi in the US and the EU last year US-based Gilead Sciences announced Monday that it has signed licensing agreements with seven India-based generic pharmaceutical manufacturers to expand access to its chronic hepatitis C medicines in developing countries.

Teaching Trayvon

Monday, 15 September 2014 02:00 pm
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By Guest Contributor Shadee Malaklou, cross-posted from JFCBlog

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The Trayvon Martin syllabus: These reading and viewing assignments are designed to prompt politically vigilant conversations about historical and institutional constructs of black male criminality in the United States.

Specifically, they unpack Trayvon Martin’s gratuitous murder in February 2012 and the response his tragic death elicited from media and legal institutions–especially relevant in the wake of Michael Brown’s August 2014 lynching in Ferguson, Missouri. Written texts consist of insightful and timely essays published on blogs like Colorlines, The Feminist Wire and Black Girl Dangerous.

These essays teach tertiary students how to extrapolate anti-black racism from non-black experiences of ethnic difference without overwhelming them with jargon-heavy texts written for a well-versed academic audience.

PART 1: Anti-Black Racism + Trayvon Martin’s murder

Reading Assignments:

  1. “’Neighborhood Watch’ Groups Like Zimmerman’s and in Much of the Deep South Are Hardly Different Than Slave Patrols of Old” by Thom Hartmann for AlterNet
  2. “Putting Casual Racism on Trial” by Aura Bogado for Colorlines
  3. “Questlove: Trayvon Martin and I Ain’t Shit” by Ahmir Questlove Thompson for NY Magazine
  4. “The Zimmerman Jury Told Young Black Men What We Already Knew” by Cord Jefferson for Gawker
  5. “The US v. Trayvon martin: How the System Worked” by Robin D.G. Kelley for Counterpunch
  6. “Trayvon Martin and the Irony of American Justice” by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic
  7. “No Justice for Trayvon: White Women in the Jury Box” by Monica J. Casper for The Feminist Wire
  8. “What Should Trayvon Martin Have Done?” by Amy Davidson for The New Yorker 
  9. “Study: Both Public, Police View Black Kids As Older, Less Innocent Than Whites” by Michael Arceneaux for News One
  10. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “America Is Not For Black People” by Greg Howard for The Concourse
  11. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “Why I fear for my sons” by Kimberly Norwood for CNN
  12. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “Things to stop being distracted by when a black person gets murdered by police” by Mia McKenzie for Black Girl Dangerous 
  13. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “The Price of Blackness” by Lanre Akinsiku for Gawker
  14. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “The ugly history of racist policing in America” by Dara Lind for Vox

Viewing Assignments:

  1. “The Murder of Emmet Till” (2003)
  2. “Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops” by Rafael Casal for Upworthy
  3. “Meet The 17-Year-Old Who Blew The Lid Off Racial Profiling With His iPod” by Alvin Melathe for Upworthy
  4. “The news reminds me that bodies like mine are beaten” by national poetry champion, Amber Rose Johnson on the Melissa Harris-Perry show 
  5. “Defying standards of black respectability” by Melissa Harris-Perry for MSNBC

PART 2: The failure of racial colorblindness + George Zimmerman’s trial

Reading Assignments:

  1. “The Good, Racist People” by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The New York Times
  2. “Poll: Majority of Whites See America as Colorblind, Nearly 80% of African-Americans do not” by Noah Rothman for Mediaite
  3. “White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman” by Aura Bogado for The Nation
  4. “The Curious Case of George Zimmerman’s Race” by Julianne Hing for Colorlines
  5. “We are NOT all Trayvon: Challenging Anti-Black Racism in POC Communities” by Asam Ahmad for Black Girl Dangerous
  6. “Racism is to white people as wind is to the sky” by Sunny Drake
  7. “White supremacy, meet black rage” by Brittney Cooper for Salon
  8. “What is ‘Black Privilege’?” by Omar Ricks and Gregory Caldwell
  9. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “How the Supreme Court Protects Bad Cops” by Erwin Chemerinksy for The New York Times
  10. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “I’m black, my brother’s white…and he’s a cop who shot a black man on duty” by Zach Stafford for The Guardian 
  11. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “Two Americas: Ferguson, Missouri Versus the Bundy Ranch, Nevada” by Bob Cesca for The Daily Banter
  12. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “White supremacy is the real culprit in Ferguson. The excuses just prove it” by Nyle Fort for The Guardian
  13. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “Telling white people the criminal justice system is racist makes them like it more” by Dara Lind for Vox

Viewing Assignments:

  1. “A Perspective On George Zimmerman That Every Person Should Hear” by Deepa Kunapuli for Upworthy

PART 3: Spectacle of the Other + Scenes of Subjection

Reading Assignments:

  1. “Rachel Jeantel: Black Girl Misunderstood” by Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq. for Afro State of Mind
  2. “Playing Dead: The Trayvoning Meme and the Mocking of Black Death” by Lisa Guerrero and David J. Leonard for New Black Man
  3. “Google Play’s ‘Angry Trayvon’ Game Ignites Fury on Twitter” by Jamilah King for Colorlines
  4. “‘Sharkeisha’ Video: The Real Tragedy Is How Many Enjoyed Watching” by Demetria L. Lucas for The Root
  5. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “Police let their dog urinate on Michael Brown memorial, then drove over it” by Hunter for Daily Kos
  6. [FERGUSON UPDATE:] “Mike Brown’s shooting and Jim Crow lynchings have too much in common. It’s time for America to own up” by Isabel Wilkerson for The Guardian

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The smart-card driven CORE-PDS system demonstrates the feasibility of introducing portability in social security systems without the use of biometrics. A student team from IIT Delhi surveys Fair Price Shops in Raipur district following the new system to assess how it has been faring.

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