Population Control- An attempt to weigh its efficiency #think_it_over Blog By Carmel Jaeslin B

Population Control- An attempt to weigh its efficiency #think_it_over Blog

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What comes up on your mind when you encounter the phrase Population Control? A very stupid question to raise, some would think, since the phrase itself suggests quite clearly. Well I am not of the habit of taking things for granted, and therefore would like to go ahead with discussing even the most mundane. So, “mostly”, a way towards sustainability, growth, eradication of poverty, solution to climate change, sterilization, contraception, are linked with ‘Population Control’, sometimes even geopolitics is. Efficiency, anyone? Didn’t it ever strike? Or did it but no one bothered enough? I wonder.

All along, the world has been trying to cope with the ever increasing population and providing it with necessary resources for survival. And has run into a conclusion that population control would be the best solution to numerous problems humanity is facing presently. Even by coercion. But mostly through propaganda. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a forerunner of such propagation.Population, Control, attempt to weigh its efficiency, #think_it_over, Blog, By ,Carmel,Jaeslin, B

There exists this minority which believes that over-population is a myth. American social scientist, Steven Mosher is one of famous names that belong to this minority. Mosher explaines that increase in population is just a direct effect of the increse in life span of humans owing to medical advances. Increased life span results in decreased death rates. However, it is not just the death rate that has decreased but also the birth rate, and this phenomenon is what he refers to as ‘demographic transition’. Therefore, he is certain that population control is not necessary.

Well, I, am of the opinion, that views of Mosher’s and similar others are not accurate. Clearly, increasing population is not a myth. However, the thought that curbing it would be beneficial, will be one. China’s One-child policy, introduced back in 1979, phased out in 2015, is the best recent example, I could lay my hands on, supporting my claim. The policy was formulated as a measure to stabilize their steadfastly soaring population. But ended up resulting in anything but that.

Although many groups were excluded from the policy and couples were allowed to have another child, subject to exceptional circumstances, the impact was not so favourable. As a result of this policy, the nations sex ratio has been largely affected due to preference of a male child. There exists now a huge old-aged population with not many to look after them, and a dwindling work force, in addition to, hard to find a bride bachelors. Hence, the relaxation of the policy, and introduction of the new Two-child policy in 2016.

Similar is the recent population policy draft of the Assam State government in India. It pushes couples to have not more than two children, otherwise they would not be eligible for government employment. Hopefully this part of the policy gets truncated, for it includes other good aspects as well.

Dan Brown’s novel, Inferno’s plot involves the release of a virus rendering selective three-quarters of all people sterile in order to prevent further rapid population growth. Though highly improbable for reality, it offers an unsettling image (try reading it, it’s amazing!). It’s likely that the capping of births is not going to provide relief to the planet or to its residents. “Rich people have smaller families but consume more resources”. Therefore focus should be on adopting environment friendly means of lifestyle and wise usage, unbiased distribution of resources among all.

Amusing? I wonder.

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Substance Abuse- Discussing the Drug trap, Reasons and De-addiction. LIMEWIT Canvas Editorial for the #think_it_over Project by Lakshita Bisht

Substance Abuse- Discussing the Drugs trap, Reasons and De-addiction #think_it_over Blog

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The news of busted drug rackets at airports and drug abuse among the youth is not uncommon. What’s shocking is the fact that all these reportings and recorded figures in official documents doesn’t even account for a small percentage of a much bigger scenario based around this problem. Despite concentrated efforts by Governments and concerned agencies these substances make their way to the correct hands(Sarcastically!). What follows is a blame game, what goes unnoticed are its root causes.
Most of the people are introduced to drugs in College. It’s out of peer pressure or the excitement to try something different and new that majority of them get involved in substance abuse. And before they can even realize they become an addict.
But, no one pauses to ponder even for a minute- Why is it that people are becoming more and more dependent and addicted to drugs?

Reasons(The lot that goes unnoticed)

  • Lack of right information- A very small percentage of the addicts are aware of different categories of drugs, their effects and the long-term ramifications. Most of these are just ignorant to the ill-effects these drugs may cause or are too addicted to realize.
  • To escape from reality- When life seems too monotonous and bland, criss-crossing through the lows, one feels these substance will ignite the fire needed. They even find solace in the drugs for a good night’s sleep and slowly develop a routine.
  • Vultures who try to exploit vulnerable people in order to make more cash- The most overlooked cause. They promote drug dependence and gradually mould the addicts into slaves and machines which only operate in accordance with their will.
Substance Abuse- Discussing the Drugs trap, Reasons and De-addiction. LIMEWIT Canvas Editorial for the #think_it_over Project by Lakshita Bisht
Why is it that people are becoming more and more dependent and addicted to drugs?

Gradually one gets addicted to the rush of blood, the rapid thumping of the heart, to the world of hallucinations, to the euphoria or to the numbness and sluggishness associated with substance abuse. They become so caught up in the temporary alternate realm of drugs that even when brought back to reality, they yearn to go back to the infinite hollow of escapism.

De-addiction and the way Forward

We all must comprehend that dependency on any sort of substance is not always a sign of weakness but that of helplessness. If we feel that someone is on his/her way towards becoming an addict or has already become one, it is our duty to warn and guide them to make an informed choice.

  • The foremost step towards de-addiction is forming a resolute towards seeking proper medical care. It must be kept in mind that suddenly discontinuing drugs can be life threatening. Thus, Certified Rehabilitation Facilities comprising a team of doctors, nurses and helpers have been established for those in need. They help the patient progressively get rid of drug dependence, providing them a healthy environment.
  • Apart from physical health, it is also necessary to ensure emotional and mental well-being. Friends and families of the patients must be informed about various withdrawal symptoms and the precautions to be taken. The patients at all times should have the support of their loved ones.
  • Proper counseling of the patients should be done to understand what made them fall into such a deadly trap. They should then be articulated why drugs are never the right alternative and that there are other better solutions. Psychologists work on the issues and fears of the patient and strengthen them mentally.

The trio of physical, mental and emotional care is the key to restore happiness of an ex-addict. Nobody can go back in life and start from where they left, but anyone can start today, learn from their mistakes and create a better future.

Catharsis awaits!


Written By Lakshita Bisht
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Procrastination- The action of delaying or postponing something. #think_it_over Editorial Blog Post by Carmel Jaeslin Britto

Procrastination – Here’s something to be Proud of the ‘Act of Delaying’ – #think_it_over Blog

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“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”
– Don Marquis

While a few define it as delaying or postponing something, others prefer, social evil eating away productivity which enhances laziness. Commonly, procrastination, is believed to be, or moreover, preached to be bad, simply bad. It makes one put off tasks till later, miss deadlines, and sometimes instills guilt too, only sometimes. Our great scientists and psychologists have conducted plenty of researches on procrastination, procrastinators, and non- procrastinators (calling them normal people wouldn’t be correct) and have concluded with no definite conclusion. We still have as always three groups, one that opposes, one that supports, and lastly the one that does both, or neither.

One group out of these three clearly seems to over-power the others, but this is changing, with the introduction of ‘Active Procrastination’. Procrastination is not all bad, it has benefits, a few. Procrastinators, to be a little more specific, active procrastinators have been observed to display increased levels of creativity in their work, possess good prioritizing skills, also their true potential is brought out when working under pressure, and above all, planning and thinking over one’s task before getting started with it is advantageous. However, all these “benefits” are associated with “active” procrastination, passive or the most typical kind of procrastination, where one just never wants to get into action, deserves criticism.

Procrastination- The Act of Delay #think_it_over Editorial Blog Post by Carmel Jaeslin Britto
If spending 4 hours sharpening an axe to cut down a tree in 6 hours is good. Then, so is Procrastination.

One can claim to have procrastinated in a positive manner only when the task that was put off till later is completed, and most importantly only when one feels that the delay was worthy enough. That is when one utilized that time for better things, either planning or doing anything more exciting. Another added advantage to procrastination is that one is constantly reminded by their conscience (or the panic monster) of the task that’s been pushed away or is unfinished and therefore wouldn’t find themselves in a fix among the forgetful people. Again, procrastination can be a boon, but one has to accept that it comes with its terms and conditions. For a more interesting perspective, look up Tim Urban’s TED talk- Inside the mind of a master procrastinator. He very interestingly and creatively explains the basics of procrastination (say hello to the Instant Gratification Monkey).

So, all those who are burdened with guilt over procrastinating or their inability to curb procrastination, don’t be. Be glad about your guilt and get your work done. Not right then, maybe, but you’ll get ‘em done, sometime, soon. Don Marquis will always be there to play devil’s advocate for you, just like he did for me. Sometimes it’s alright to grab your blanket and lay on the grass and stare at the stars, maybe by doing this you can procrastinate your existential worries for later. I am sure one will never regret this kind of procrastination. So, go grab your blanket!

 

 

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Life After Abuse – An Unconventional Approach #think_it_over Blog

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Towards the climax of M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological horror thriller film, Split, James McAvoy’s character takes on his last and most terrifying personality out of 23 others and transforms into “The Beast”. “The Beast” then proceeds to kill and eat all his captors but one. Casey, his remaining captor, locks herself behind bars in a last ditch attempt to protect herself. She shoots him through the bars but he is apparently unaffected and seconds later, he grabs hold of the bars, bending them apart, when finally his gaze falls upon the self-inflicted scars all over Casey’s shoulders and torso – a reminder of her disturbing childhood during which she was molested by her Uncle, who became her legal guardian when her father died.

A few scenes later, Casey is seen inside a police van after having been rescued, and being asked by a police officer if she is ready to go home to her Uncle. The scene plays out before she gives an answer and the audience is left on a cliffhanger wondering what becomes of Casey.

Switching back to real life and the unpleasant reality of child abuse, let us take a moment to think what it actually entails. The very thought that comes to mind is of a news bulletin reporting a case of child abuse along with the image of a child – bruised, beaten and bloodied and the convicted receiving just sentences for their crimes. But what the news bulletin fails to report is the victim’s life after enduring a history of abuse, whether, physical, sexual or of a psychological nature. It fails in its entirety to mention the impact of abuse on the victim and its lifelong effects. To break down and analyze this facet of the reality is a whole new viewpoint and rarely spoken of and therefore, often ignored.

Life After Abuse- An Unconventional Approach. A Canvas Editorial for the #think_it_over Project by Joyeeta Das

In some cases, similar to Casey’s, it can result in the victim causing self-harm or the victim to develop suicidal tendencies. In others, it can result in the victim becoming a recluse, pertaining to isolation from society, from any means of contact and interaction with people in general and withdrawing within their own selves. It is known and proven for a fact through pioneered researches in sociology that ‘man is a social animal’ and cannot survive for long without interacting in some way. And thus, whenever these victims do try to communicate it is difficult to apprehend their actual emotions and decipher their behavioral traits. One may ask why that is so. It is because they have built a very carefully designed mask or a barricade. They hide behind these personal prisons to protect themselves from the world which is a result of the trauma of the abuse and has led to them distrusting people.

Life After Abuse- An Unconventional Approach. A Canvas Editorial for the #think_it_over Project by Joyeeta Das

Another type of scenario would be where the abused becomes the offender. This is a result of the individual having witnessed nothing but abuse in his or her entire childhood and is likely to do the same to his or her children. A traumatic past can have lifelong effects on individuals, where they may become disturbing elements to an otherwise peaceful society, like criminals, drug addicts, or terrorists. All this paints a rather grim picture of a dystopian world created by this vicious cycle of endless abuse.

In a real life scenario and a harrowing tale, a mother hit her own 3-year old daughter with a hot spoon because she was unable to control her bowel movement. The father reported the crime to the police but they were unable to make any arrest since the mother had absconded. When cases like these are reported in the media, it leaves the people to wonder what became of either the mother and the child. Did the child get proper counselling afterwards, or was she left to go on about her life as if nothing had happened? Were the police finally able to catch the mother who did such a heinous crime? More often than not, these questions are left unanswered, and hence, are soon forgotten in the dirty pile of old newspapers.

Just as merely being aware of statistics and numbers isn’t enough, to know the effect of those statistics and numbers on lives is another story altogether; similarly putting appropriate focus on the victim’s life after he or she has been rescued is absolutely imperative. Providing them with counselling, psychological treatment and enhancing the victim’s coping mechanisms is essential to overcome abuse and ensure the whole process of rescue and recovery is being taken care of rather than just brushing it off as a news bulletin.

13 Reasons Why doesn’t glorify Teenage Suicide but shifts attention towards the triggers

13 Reasons Why doesn’t glorify Teenage Suicide but shifts attention towards the triggers – #think_it_over Blog

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The much talked about Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’, that revolves around the issue of teenage suicide has sparked off controversies and concern across the world. The show raised eyebrows as well as a question mark on the efforts towards creating a sound environment for teenagers. Authorities, mental health professionals and critics feel the intriguing Drama glorifies Teenage suicide and are issuing advisories as well as exercising censorship restricting teenagers from watching it.

Hannah Baker was a regular teenaged girl. She died. More specifically, she killed herself. But why?
The show raises issues and it raises them hard to a point where people start feeling uncomfortable. It takes them through the most sensitive and volatile years of one’s life- Teenage and the failings of the society in providing them the right atmosphere to grow and flourish.

Here are the issues highlighted by the Show:

  • Hannah Baker was bullied. People consider bullying as an integrated culture of the society. All of us have been bullied or have bullied others at some point of our lives, but such actions can sometimes have a long lasting impact on someone’s life.
  • Bad parenting. The perception behind growing up for most teenagers is attaining a sense of independent control of their lives rather than being controlled by their parents. Parents must respect their sentiments, but must ensure an emotional connect with their child, making it easier for the child to know who to approach at times of huge distress.
  • People fail to read signs of distress. Hannah Baker cried for help multiple times, but no one could apprehend. Thus, proper and timely Counsel is not provided to a teenager who tends to scramble and complicate situations by ending up connecting the wrong dots.
  • Hannah Baker had no close friends. When things don’t go well in life, sometimes all we need is an ear to listen our take on situations. Growing up, friends fill the void created between parents and teenagers. Thus, they are an important figure featuring on a teenager’s emotional schema.

    13 Reasons Why doesn’t glorify Teenage Suicide but shifts attention towards the triggers
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Netflix pulled off its part well. If raising plaguing issues and bringing them to mainstream attention is glorifying suicide, then maybe the company is to be blamed, however, blamed for good. Shouldn’t the authorities now realize their responsibilities, fall back to the drawing board and work towards providing teenagers with a safe and healthy environment? Shouldn’t we as a society work towards improving everything we can?

The Show delivers a message for each one of us. Take it or not, a change is inevitable.

Why women choose marriage over career?- LIMEWIT Canvas Editorial by Writ Majumdar

Why women choose marriage over career? – #think_it_over Blog

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“Why doesn’t she get married?”, whisper my classmates as she enters the class. “She’s over 30”, they continued, as they do every day during the lectures of a professor. “Why is that your problem?”, I shot back. One of them says- “You need to get married and settle down with somebody after a certain age”.

I sigh, thinking that this professor, like thousands of other women, will be made to sacrifice her career at the altar. Good education for a woman is just seen as a means of securing a better groom. Marriage is just seen as the ultimate goal, not just as an important milestone. From the time of birth it is drilled in their impressionable minds that the main goal in their life is to be a perfect wife and a perfect mother. We’re made to believe that home is a woman’s utmost responsibility and a man is just there as a co-habitant, not responsible beyond writing cheques. And when the time comes to make a choice, women ‘choose’ home over career as a conditioned response, which is actually anything but a free choice!

IndraNooyi, CEO Pepsico. shared that when she came home to share the news that she was to be the president of PepsiCo, her mother immediately shot her down, telling her to leave her ‘crown in the garage’ and go fetch the milk. Why women choose marriage over career.
IndraNooyi, CEO Pepsico.

In a much dissected interview, Indra Nooyi, one of the most successful women in the corporate world, shared that when she came home to share the news that she was to be the president of PepsiCo, her mother immediately shot her down, telling her to leave her ‘crown in the garage’ and go fetch the milk. The interview started a big debate on whether women ‘can have it all’, but in many cases the problem runs deeper. It is not about how much you can juggle and at what cost, but also about how empowered you are to make a free choice without being judged by a predetermined yardstick.

While marriage or fatherhood doesn’t come in the way of a successful career for men, for women the same milestones become game-changers.
Becoming a mother is the most precious experience for a woman. Men too celebrate joy in becoming fathers, but our social structure ensures that only the woman is held responsible for rearing the child. Fathers are supposed to ‘support’ her by ‘allowing’ her to continue work and letting her seek professional childcare options. Fatherhood does not bring with it even a question mark for a man’s career, but for a woman motherhood often comes with a giant full-stop. Amongst the raging feminism debates, is this not a topic to be discussed? In any scenario she can attend to her career only after she has taken care of her first duty; the home and the family. Some may call it a matter of choice, but in reality, it is sheer hypocrisy. Sometimes, there is no choice at all.

A career is an indulgence until one ‘settles down’ in marriage. In a country strained for resources, there are thousands of women who are taking a homeward turn putting their elite education and hard-earned experience to waste. Is this a desired phenomenon?

We have nurtured the wrong notion for centuries and have become conditioned to it. It’s time for this chain to be broken. Both men and women must have their roles in the society re-scripted. It should be acceptable and normal for traditional roles to be switched. Men needn’t be providers everytime. They can stay home and be primary caregivers for children while the woman works and earns enough to keep the ship running. We have been discussing women’s rights for a long time, but not enough focus has been given to the duties that bind her. It’s time we change that.


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By Writ Majumdar
Email at: writ007@gmail.com

All it takes is courage. LIMEWIT Canvas Editor's Touch. By Shruti Mehta

All it takes is Courage – #think_it_over Blog

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Has it ever happened to you? There was this one thing that you really wanted to do, you had all the willingness it needed, you had all the resources it could possibly take and you did not go ahead with it because you weren’t sure if it would work out?

It has happened to me.

I took a trip to Dehradoon with my college friends. I was very excited about everything that I imagined we’d do. Little did I know that I would come back with an experience that would change my perspective, entirely.

As a part of the trip, we decided to go on a trek to the George Everest peak. I was scared of heights and my friends weren’t familiar to this fact. We went ahead with the plan and started the trek. Initially, everything seemed good when we were at lower grounds. But as we moved forward, the fear started griping me tight. I still remember how I froze up in the middle of the trek and felt like I couldn’t breathe (Yes! It happened). As I took a little glance to my side, I could see we were almost halfway through. The tip of the mountain was close and my heart knew that the view up there must be something people yearn for. I decided not to turn back. In those few moments of fear, my introspection introduced me to my courageous side.
I took steps forward with all the strength I had. My physical strength was backed by my courage.
We reached the peak. I turned around cautiously as it was very steep and there was hardly any space to move. What I saw was something I’d never forget. A memory (now!) that won’t ever fade.

In front of me, was an envelope of clouds; a huge expanse of plain white serenity and in between the burning red of the setting sun. Could it be more beautiful? I cannot forget how strong I felt. Maybe it wasn’t really the view but the happy realization of being able to do what I never thought I’d be able to.

When I look back, I wonder what if I had told my friends that I won’t participate in that trek? I had all the resources, I was at the right place; I had everything it took to have completed that trek but ultimately, courage was what took me forward.

Those few moments of introspection made me realize a very simple thing

‘You are all the strength you need’.
Yes, courage is what it always takes…