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Towards Holistic Living : Gandhiji’s Vision for Healthy India

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We see that the today’s global health crisis has affected India’s 1·3 billion people badly. Like global strategies to remain indoors with minimised physical interactions and use of face covers, India’s guidelines to encourage physical distancing, against Gandhi’s ideology, they also are a measure to curtail spread of a pathogen between individuals and within communities. Similarly, while untouchability in the Gandhian era was demarcated by a hierarchical caste system, in the present-day pandemic situation, staying away from an infected person could be the best practice to remain uninfected. Likewise, drifting away from Gandhian doctrine on “neighbourhood is my responsibility”, a person well informed on preventive aspects of an infectious disease today would rather be inclined to safeguard himself or herself first than help neighbours. Therefore, a certain amount of fear psychosis in socialisation could protect people from getting infected. This is in contrast to the Gandhian doctrine of “freedom from fear”, which otherwise was coined to remain fearless from British atrocities in India. There exists the key implementation of a new paradigm for caries management is necessary for the profession to respond effectively to changing population health needs. The FDI Global Caries Initiative (GCI) is a 10 year programme aimed at developing and implementing a new paradigm for caries management, one that would contribute to a common vision of health.

During the young age of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi wanted to go to England to study medicine. His father, who had been a diwan or a high-ranking government official had just passed away two years ago. It was Gandhiji’s elder brother who dissuaded him from pursuing medicine because he said their father would have disapproved of the decision; since the Gandhis were Vaishnavas, they would have nothing to do with dead bodies. His brother suggested instead, it would be wiser to study law and become a barrister, which is what Gandhiji did. He also advised people to control their diet by giving up spices and condiments as much as possible. What was important, he would say was to be able to control the mind so we eat only as much as the body needs, and not to satisfy our taste buds. Just as we breathe in air for life and drink water to quench our thirst, food should only be had to satisfy hunger. Gandhiji believed, such practices brought us closer to God and conformed to the laws of nature and served us better than consuming innumerable drugs which had harmful effects on our body. He said, just curing an ailment is never enough, the body and soul need to be treated as well. For this, nothing was more effective than Ramnama.

In his entire life we see that Gandhiji nursed the ailing and there is plenty of evidence to show that he wanted to be a doctor more than he wanted to be a lawyer. He practised law for about twenty years and then quit but for as long as he lived, he continued working to heal the sick. He was also a firm believer of naturopathy and conducted experiments related to diet and fasting. He always believed that it was important to understand what caused diseases and then remove that very cause, rather than falling ill and then attempting to treat it with excessive medication. Towards the health we see Gandhiji believed in using simple, inexpensive methods to treat different diseases. These included massages, baths, fasting, earth bandages and being in an environment of clean, fresh air. Harajan quoted that “You may say you do not believe in Him. You do not know that but for His will you could not draw a single breath. Call Him Ishwara, Allah, God, Ahura Mazda. His names are as innumerable as there are men. He is one without a second. He alone is great. There is none greater than He. He is timeless, formless, stainless. Such is my Rama. He alone is my Lord and Master.”

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P M Sudeesh*

Writer is a Development Communicator and Counselling Psychologist who is a Fellow in Gandhian Philosophy at National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Department of AYUSH, Govt. of India.

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Smriti Malhotra chosen as the Gifted Literary Star Of 2023 by Cherry Book Awards

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Smriti Malhotra has been chosen as THE GIFTED LITERARY STAR of 2023 by Cherry Book Awards. India is a country with a rich literary heritage, and it has produced some of the world’s most celebrated authors. This article focuses on one such writer, who has made a significant impact on the Indian literary scene with their unique writing style and compelling storytelling.

 

Ms. Smriti Malhotra works as a Secretary Incharge (Project Monitoring) in a Diplomatic Mission by profession and is a writer by passion. She started writing 20 years ago while she was in school, today she is a compiler, a published author and co-author in multiple anthologies.

 

Poetry is her first love. She has bagged numerous awards for her valuable contribution to the Literature World. She won the “Best Author” (Poetry category) Award 2021 by Priyasi Publications, Women Achiever Award 2021 by Priyasi Publications, Special Mention Award 2021 by Cherry Book Awards for the category “Best Author – Poetry 2021” and Poetic Caesura Book Awards 2.0 for the category “Poetry”.

 

As destiny had something else stored for Smriti from poetry her forte changed to blogging. She started blogging – another interesting format of writing on renowned platforms like Youth ki Awaaz and Womensweb. She was an amateur in blogging when she started off in 2022 but today she has gained a lot of recognition on both the platforms. She has been upvoted for many blogs posted on Youth ki Awaaz and several have been editor’s choice too on Womensweb.

 

She is a warrior, a survivor and a diligent girl, who is working generously towards her dreams. She is associated with poetry communities on Instagram as a Judge and content writer. Owing to her love for writing, she is crazy about collecting pens and stationary items. She believes that writing is powerful and aspires to reach the hearts of millions of people through her writing. When not working, she can be found in mountains or scrolling on instagram.

 

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Through their works, Digital Golgappa and Cherry Book Awards believe that our Gifted Literary Stars have not only entertained readers but also shed light on important social and cultural issues, capturing the essence of Indian life and culture in their writing.

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Meera Kathija chosen as the Gifted Literary Star Of 2023 by Cherry Book Awards

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Meera Kathija has been chosen as THE GIFTED LITERARY STAR of 2023 by Cherry Book Awards. India is a country with a rich literary heritage, and it has produced some of the world’s most celebrated authors. This article focuses on one such writer, who has made a significant impact on the Indian literary scene with their unique writing style and compelling storytelling.

 

Meera Kathija has completed her Master’s degree in English Literature and Diploma in Crech management under The Child care Development. She has published two books in one year of 2021 under the Title Love with Responsibilities and The Cupid’s Curse with Evincepub publication.

 

She has also have a part in three different anthology books as a co-author with Shashank Chetty and Konki Kamal Sharon with The Unvoiced Heart.

 

She is the recipient of an award from Spectrum Fantrixx in the Open-Letter genre for Spill The Ink Contest. From Karon Gaines, along with the Cherry Book awards I won The International Writing Contest in 2022. Recently she won Sri Aurobindo Indian Literary Award 2022.

 

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Mayaa SH has been chosen as THE GIFTED LITERARY STAR of 2023 by Cherry Book Awards. India is a country with a rich literary heritage, and it has produced some of the world’s most celebrated authors. This article focuses on one such writer, who has made a significant impact on the Indian literary scene with their unique writing style and compelling storytelling.

 

Mayaa SH also known as Mayaa Tai, Mayaa Di,Mayaa Audio SH, Pushpa ‘The Fire’ , Padma Of The East, Lady Robin Hood , MS Dhoni Of Writing and Lady Gandhi is a known name in Contemporary Literature .She is a Multi-National Award Winner , a six times a World Record Holder, An Artist, a Podcaster,  a Record Chart Topping International Fastest Anthology Co-Authoress and has been chosen as number 1 The Modern Literary Stars Of India, 2022 by Cherry Book Awards for making valuable contribution to Contemporary Indian Literature. She has Won In Memorable Performance in the category termed as ‘Other than English write ups “ for her appreciation of hard work , creativity and dedication in Grand Christmas Competition 2.0 which has been a world record event of the largest creative event hosted online with more than 1000+participants . Mayaa SH is a Women Empowerment Culturist and a gender equality exponent to position and contextualize her work within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

She has depicted gender inclusivity and equality through her certifications from the United Nations and powerful writings on Feminism, Gender Equality,  Transforming Vision Into Action: Transmogrification on Transgender Community and Mental Health Awareness Topics. Her work depicts the identity,economic and social freedom of many .She has co-authored more than hundred and thirty plus anthologies with five solo books and has been aligned with more than 70  publication houses.She has been featured in several magazines and women oriented like Tejaswi -The Imperishable on Women Power and Honour including few international magazines. Her first poem “The Candle In The Wind” made her win an Award at the National Level. She navigates many women through stress by deploying talking as a medium to combat stress and fear.

 

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