By Padmini Arhant
Felicitations! To all celebrating Ganesh Chathurthi.
Lord Ganesh – the remover of obstacles is worshipped for peace and prosperity.
Ganesh Chathurthi is an auspicious occasion that precedes all other religious festivals in Hindu calendar.
There will be more on this topic and other issues to follow later in the day.
Jai Mangal Murthi!
Peace to all!
By Padmini Arhant
Independence day celebrations in Pakistan on August 14 and India on August 15 provides opportunity to reflect on the journey traveled since patriots’ martyrdom.
National governance representative of mainstream population viz. the middle class, lower income, poorest of the poor, marginalized, ostracized and disenfranchised in society would constitute republic status rather than the rich, famous and powerful class prevalent dominance.
The system represented by political parties with power sharing among family members conforming to dynasty rule and other factions headed by celebrities from the entertainment and economic sectors for decades denying genuine people voice is far from being democratic besides contributing to the widening gap between the haves and have-nots in the country.
Notwithstanding the domestic and foreign interests groups control further exacerbates suffering and undermine sovereignty.
India and Pakistan citizens are deprived of fairness and equality in the ever increasing foreign influence and intrusion in politics, military and economic decisions promoting subjugation and polarization to benefit hegemony.
Both nations are also confronted with economic woes, security concerns related to preventable cross border tensions, terrorism and widespread violence prohibiting peaceful co-existence.
Another important factor arguably remaining major hindrance in rapid growth and development is corruption, tax evasion and wealth amassment.
The deposits in overseas bank accounts, tax havens and shelter cost taxpayers trillions of dollars that could otherwise eliminate abject poverty, curable disease and illiteracy in addition to building and improving infrastructure.
In the absence of transparency and accountability due to complicity amongst political establishment, the epidemic of corruption depleting national treasury facilitates black money circulation and money laundering through diverse means especially during election ironically declared as free and fair process.
Furthermore, those involved in corruption deals and scandals continue to make fortune at the vast majority expense. The entities are protected with immunity legitimizing their activities despite significant loss to the economy.
Utilizing political position as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Member of Parliament (MP) in the lower or upper house and higher up in the hierarchy they are exempt from judicial probe and appropriate applications of the law that apparently exists only for average citizens nationwide.
Politics intolerance to alternative perspectives and constructive dialogue confirms insecurity not to mention the measures to curb authentic dynamism demonstrates subversion of democracy.
The lack of political will to serve the nation and electorate granting power evident in the stagnant or deteriorating conditions experienced by people across the spectrum.
The economic trend within affluent category restricts the possibility for pervasive progress.
National advancement leaving behind none would guarantee sustainable prosperity.
The contemporary setting premised on exploitation and segregation jeopardizes economic potential considering the impact on collective output.
India and Pakistan relationship as allies instead of adversaries is essential for economic trade, cultural exchange and importantly addressing terror infiltration or militancy in Kashmir and other parts of the country.
Regional friction unnecessarily creates problems with divestments in defense budget alongside declining basic necessities like clean water, air, health care, education, housing, agriculture and employment.
Remembering freedom fighters would be meaningful upon fulfilling the dreams they envisioned for the nation. Such accomplishments would honor their sacrifice.
Best Wishes to citizens in India and Pakistan in reaching milestones with ordinary people empowerment leading to a promising future.
Peace to all!
By Padmini Arhant
United States health care debate renewed in 2013 provides opportunity for national movement seeking single payer system otherwise known as universal care in consideration of costs analyses favoring taxpayer dollars investment in comprehensive health care benefits for all.
The status quo evidently has at least 46 to 50 million Americans uninsured with Medicaid and Medicare criteria only allowing those qualifying the category.
Notwithstanding these programs constantly threatened with possible elimination under fiscal responsibility pretext amid bipartisan approval of wasteful spending in illegal warfare, sponsoring terrorism and multi billion dollars aid to Israel other than regional funding to safeguard nuclear Israel’s security.
In the health care reform passed in 2010 – the failure to enforce premium cap and measures to maintain affordability contributes to exorbitant costs depriving patients from receiving necessary medical relief and life saving procedures now and in the future.
Furthermore, effective January 2014 the mandatory subscription in the bill with penalty on non-compliance designed to favor health insurance industry would exacerbate citizens suffering in the dire economy heightened with misplaced priority to fund terror activities in Syria and expansion of militarism in the Asia Pacific titled pivot to Asia and Africom in the African continent.
Single payer implemented in other industrialized nations proved to be economically prudent and financially profitable to participating companies in the standardized method avoiding unnecessary expenses while facilitating diverse health care options through private management.
The tax dollars divestment in socialized medicine for national distribution would essentially constitute quasi operation with private sector focus on services relevant to health care needs.
Accordingly taxes collected from taxpayers allocated to guaranteed health care protect lives substantially reducing present Medicare and Medicaid spending upon amalgamation of auxiliaries under universal care ambit.
Single payer option is the legitimate right of all citizens and protects small businesses along with medium and major corporations from dealing with minimum to optimum commitments towards employees in the exponentially rising health care and pharmaceutical payments adjusted against salaries and wages that could be expended in retail consumption of utilitarian products serving as the economic stimulus.
Although choices for people to explore suitable plan would be a bonus in the national health scheme, the marginalized demography affected in the lack of free health care provisions would primarily gain from federal and state funded medical assistance.
United States budget appropriation directed in public and national interests could produce positive outcome and issues such as social security, health care, education and environment besides job creation deserves due attention with effective policies leading to sustainable progress.
Healthy nation means higher productivity critical for economic growth and long-term prosperity.
Single payer or national health care is an entitlement that could no longer be denied to citizens in a nation that disproportionately misuse tax revenues on destructive cause.
Finally, United States citizens unified stance on universal health care urging Congress to act in recognition of republic will is the cornerstone to bring about the anticipated change improving economic conditions for the struggling class in society.
Peace to all!
By Padmini Arhant
The vision impairment might limit normal functioning but not necessarily the determination of those faced with such challenge.
Unlike earlier, blindness is overcome with many useful techniques and aid especially with technology enabling free movement and ability to perform tasks at home and work environment.
However, there are estimated 1.3 million blind men, women and children in the United States and more around the world in need of assistance for self-support existence.
On behalf of several citizens around the world affected by blindness,
I kindly request the global community to donate generously in improving the lives of many people through programs and modern facilities in progress due to organizations such as National Federation of the Blind commitment to change the perception about blindness and support those in the situation to cope with ease and dignity.
The excerpts of the letter received from President Marc Maurer, National Federation of the Blind, (NFB) presented for clarity.
“Blindness can be a terrible tragedy…but it doesn’t have to be if people like you understand.
Remember, blind people are not looking for a handout. We don’t want pennies thrown in a tin cup with pity. We want the chance to pay our own way, to go to school, learn a skill and do an honest day’s work for an honest living.
–The 74 percent unemployment rate that blind citizens in the United States face is outrageous! –
Blindness affects our eyes, not our competence, intelligence, skills, aptitude, or ability. We’ll prove that with proper training, we can show superior performance on the job.
With your help and the help of others, sighted people will exchange their fear and pity for understanding and acceptance.
Blind people have had to struggle against these misunderstandings, and we need you to help spread the message about what blind people can and can’t do…especially when it comes to employment.
Blindness is, and always will be inconvenient, but it doesn’t have to be incapacitating. WE NEED A CHANCE. We need trust and understanding! WE NEED YOU.
The National Federation of the Blind was organized almost seventy-four years ago to assist all blind persons, and particularly to help lessen the hurt for blind children who must function fully in a predominantly sighted world.
But, we can’t do it alone…we need your understanding, your voice, and your help to spread the word more than ever before…and we need it right now.
Here is some of the work we do which we need you to help us spread the word about:
> Building and equipping the largest, most up-to-date Braille and Technology Center for blind workers in the world.
> Creating Newline for the Blind the talking newspaper service that allows blind people to hear their local newspapers over the telephone.
>Developing the first Portable Hand-Held Reading Machine for the blind and most recently, the smallest text-to-speech reading device ever created – the knfb READER mobile.
This is such a life-changing innovation because it REDUCES THE INCONVENIENCE AND NUISANCE OF BLINDNESS. For the first time, a blind person, without help, can go shopping and distinguish between bottles of medicines and vitamins or tell if he or she is handing a cashier a $20 bill or a $1 bill.
>Establishing the innovative Online Blindness Education Program designed to teach critical information about blindness and blind people to sighted educators, blindness professionals, family members of blind children or adults, and anyone else interested in what blindness is – - and more important – what it isn’t.
>Working to improve the resources and opportunities for blind senior citizens to remain active, independent members in our communities.
>Providing White Canes free of charge to blind and visually impaired people who need them.”
You may please contact National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street, At Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230-4998. United States. Tel. # (410) 659-9314.
In conclusion, NFB President Marc Maurer plea is for the fundamental development utilizing innovative information and technology to allow the partial or full blindness condition to become less of an impediment.
The global empathy towards mankind would alleviate difficulties and suffering through sharing and caring for all.
Peace to all!
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