For Child Soldiers, Every Day Is A Living Nightmare

April 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

My OP/ED in the Forbes on child soldiers. I sincerely hope 2013 proves auspicious and a harbinger of hope. This terrible tragedy of child soldiers and children exposed to the savagery of armed conflicts is stopped forever. We must see collective and concerted actions to bring this tragic chapter of human history to a close.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/12/09/for-child-soldiers-every-day-is-a-living-nightmare/

Huffington Post: Promoting Women’s Economic Participation in India

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Huffington Post: Promoting Women’s Economic Participation in India

India is generally at or near the bottom of the heap of women’s misery. A UN index in 2011 amalgamated details on female education and employment, women in politics, sexual and maternal health and more. It ranked India 134th out of 187 countries, worse than Saudi Arabia, Iraq or Iran.

In this article Cherie Blair and I make the case that financial independence, especially for urban poor and rural women, is the best way to ensure their empowerment. This can only come through jobs.

Women are half India’s demographic dividend; if they are given the right tools and community support, they can not only become financially independent, but could also become the engines that fuel India’s future growth

How to improve India’s police – a roadmap

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

How to improve India’s police – a roadmap

Indian Bollywood movies have for years perpetuated two stereotypes about law-enforcement in the country. They are either bumbling fools, always arriving well after matters have been sorted and justice has been served. Or they are corrupt; venal men out to exploit the system to satisfy their greed. In truth, while neither stereotype is fully representative of law enforcement personnel in the country, they are not entirely wrong either.

The recent spate of rapes, unbridled violence, police brutality, a distressing absence of respect for women’s rights and a general breakdown of law and order in many parts of India is a matter of grave concern.

Huffington Post: “South Asia’s Water Woes-Is there hope?”

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here is a link to my OP/ED in the Huffington Post

World Water Day is being celebrated on March 22, 2013. Even after nearly twenty years since World Water Day started in 1993, over 1000 children in India die daily from water borne diseases.

The entire world is watching India celebrate Kumbh Mela one of the holiest festivals in the Hindu calendar, which happens every 12 years. Sadly the waters of the Ganges where 30 million bathed on February 10, is neither fit for bathing or drinking. The National Geographic once described the Ganges as a septic tank, and they may be right, as the levels of fecal contamination is really jaw dropping.

I thought it would be useful to draw attention to this important event with an opinion piece I have developed with Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO’s (World Health Organization) Deputy Regional Director for the South East Asian Regional Office.

We hope this piece will generate a broader discussion on the grim situation on access to clean water and sanitation. Not only is it a future flash point for a conflict in the region as the Himalayan glaciers have begun to shrink but it is also amongst  one of the most polluted water ways in the world and causes enormous misery, morbidity and mortality to the over 500 million people that depend on these waters.

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