Thursday, April 13, 2017

On Ambedkar Jayanti, Ten Quotes by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, or Baba Saheb, was a social crusader, jurist and the chairperson of the drafting committee of the Constitution of India.

On Ambedkar Jayanti, we present 10 quotes by Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar that gives an insight into his his struggle against social evils especially the caste system and casteism and his vision of India. 

1) A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people. 

2) Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence. 

3) Ours is a battle; Not for wealth, nor for power, Ours is battle; for freedom; For reclamation of human personality. 

4) We are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic rights, we will have inequality. We must remove this contradiction or else who suffer from this inequality will blow up the structure. 

5)  So as long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you. 

6) Educate. Agitate and Organise.

7) I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity. 

8) Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act. 

9) Law and Order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered. 

10) Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is not fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class. 

*The photos have been taken from different websites. Original Links have been provided.  

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

On Women's Day, Mission Bhartiyam writes to NCW with suggestions to improve Women's Safety in Trains

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The Chairperson,
National Commission for Women,
New Delhi

March 8, 2017

Subject: Request to Issue Suggestions to Indian Railways to Improve Safety of Women in Trains

Dear Madam,

We, a group of responsible and committed citizens, are writing to you with suggestions to improve and ensure the safety of women in Indian railways. The Railways is an important communication link in our country. Every day, millions of Indians commute through the railways. However, there are several challenges in this sector. Recently, there have been many efforts to improve the Indian railways but a lot needs to be done for the safety of passengers, especially the women passengers.

The Railways is, unfortunately, another vulnerable space for women. Sexual assault, molestation, and even rapes have been reported in trains and are even rising. As per the information available on the Indian Railways website, the incidents of rape year wise are:  21 in 2011, 47 in 2012, 54 in 2013, 40 in 2014 and 33 (until Sept month) in 2015 whereas, crime against woman other than rapes 'registered' in IPC are: 154 (in Train) and 222 (in Premises) in 2011; 229 (in Train) and 215 (in Premises) in 2012; 350 (in Train) and 289 (in Premises) in 2013; 330 (in Train) and 258 (in Premises) in 2014; 260 (in Train till Sep month) and 172 (in Premises till Sep month) in 2015.  

In view of this, we have thought of several measures that can contribute to making our trains safer for women:

a) A female-only coach, especially for long distance journeys involving one or more nights of travel is still unavailable in all such trains where night journey is required. Presently there are few trains with such provisions but that needs to be increased. 

b) Emergency buttons in trains, in the washrooms, to ensure women feel safer in trains. To avoid misuse, a heavy fine can be charged in case of its violation. There may also be an emergency complaint system (with the provision of the speaker) that can connect a woman traveler directly to the security person/guard who is present in the train.   

c) Deployment of guards in every coach or at least two guards patrolling trains, especially overnight ones should be achievable. Though it is in use at present, but somehow this provision is not much effective. An analysis must be done regarding the same. Few more female guards must be deployed and they should preferably be in civil dress. 

d) Better working conditions for women employees. Since the railways have taken this initiative of deploying women officers and women staff for various other jobs at the station, they should also take care of their women employees and must provide them with better and healthy working conditions that would cater to their unique job needs. The responsibility of the Railways is huge in terms of providing necessary amenities and security to its women employees in station premises and on-board trains so that they are able to conduct their responsibilities nicely.

e) A sanitary napkin vending machine in washrooms of railway stations. Sanitary Napkin along with basic medicines should be one of the things that should be available (on request) in trains.  

f) Hygeine should be taken care of. A lot of women/people have complained about dirty loos and unhygienic conditions in Indian trains which in turn is the reason for the spread of a lot of diseases. Care should be taken to maintain cleanliness inside and outside the trains.

g) There should be a provision for women traveling alone or in groups to be able to change their seats during the journey. This should be authorized and facilitated by the T.T.E. If (s)he feels the people around the female(s) are of a suspicious character and condition, that request should be immediately taken into consideration.

h) Women helpline numbers (Toll-Free Helpline No. 182 and All-India Helpline No. 138) are in use at few places, but not completely effective. Also, its information has not been disseminated. A lot of women are unaware of such a helpline. We suggest that its information should be disseminated through stickers in compartments, through advertising on display boards in stations, through printing in train tickets and through broadcast and social media as well. This helpline number should also be sent by Railways and IRCTC along with Ticket information via SMS. Effective reporting and action should be planned for its proper implementation as many times such helpline numbers are busy/non-responsive. As connectivity during travel is also an issue, railways must do its best effort to improve connectivity in no signal zones or to take up the matter with telecom operators for providing shared networks for calling Helpline numbers under 'emergency' / SOS call. 

i) A social media App R-Mitra was launched last year by Hon'ble Railway Minister for 'Eastern Railway' women commuters. A lot of women have complained that this app doesn’t work properly. We suggest that effectiveness of this app should be monitored and if found suitable, improved versions should be launched for other zones as well

j) CCTV cameras are installed in very few trains. We suggest these cameras should be installed in all the trains and their working must be ensured. These cameras should be installed on all routes with proper technical analysis and their installation must be feasible and effective in terms of women safety. 

k) Though railway reservation system is computerized, such possibility should also be explored where all booked tickets by a single woman or a group of women can be (even if later) combined together in the vicinity of each other.  

We appeal to you to consider these suggestions and direct the Ministry of Railways to think upon these measures and adopt them to ensure women’s safety in trains.

Thank You


Devika Mittal, Madhulika Narasimhan, Ravi Nitesh and Shruti Arora
Mission Bhartiyam

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Ways to Protect Yourself from Smog

Smog is Air Pollution. Post-Diwali, there has been thick Smog in Delhi, Punjab and other places. While the causes are being explored, garbage and vehicular pollution definitely aggravated it. We need to take steps to end it as well as to protect ourselves from the dangerous health effects of Smog.
Here are some ways to protect yourself from Smog

1. Stay Indoors and Keep Windows Closed

2. Drive Less; Use Public Transport

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 3. Avoid congested, traffic-prone areas

 4. Cover your face; Use a face mask 

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5. Drink Lots of Water; Eat Fruits and Healthy Food 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

3rd Tree for Harmony Campaign organised in Seven Countries

In the move to join Environment and Peace together as very important issue in present days, Mission Bhartiyam alongwith other organizations organized 3rd Tree for Harmony campaign in seven countries, namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri lanka, Sudan and Cameroon.   

Tree for Harmony campaign is an initiative of Mission Bhartiyam, started since the year 2012, wherein the organization invites collaborations from other organizations to observe a week long campaign (from World Ozone Layer Protection day 16 Sep to World Peace day 21 Sep) every year, with the theme of Environment and Peace.

During the week, all organizations plant a tree and to symbolize it with the objective of harmony. In their first and second year, Mission Bhartiyam collaborated and organized it in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh and received a great response from other organizations of other countries. Now, in the third year organizations of other countries also collaborated and together they organized and observed it in seven countries.

During this year of campaign, many events were held including drawing, talk, tree plantation etc on the theme of environment and peace and therefore address the twin challenges together.    


Alongwith Harmony Tree, DREAM ON conducted discussion on Environment
In Bangladesh, DREAM ON observed Tree for Harmony initiative. DREAM ON is a nonprofit organization & global network based on Bangladesh who believes on the power of dream. They Celebrated this in Chan Mia Housing, Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. They had planted the “Harmony Tree” and conducted a discussion on environment and environmental initiatives being taken at their office premises.


Alongwith Harmony Tree, ASCOA organised discussion 
In Cameroon, ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY AWARENESS (ASCOA) had observed Tree for Harmony initiative. ASCOA is a Cameroon-based organisation. They are actively working in the field of Peace and Human Rights.ASCOA had organized Tree for Harmony in two schools – Government Secondary School Liongo-Buea and Holy Child Bilingual Comprehensive college Bomaka-Buea.

In both the schools, they had planted the symbolic Harmony tree and communicated the concept. Along with the tree plantation, they had organized two talks on both environment and peace and a painting competition. In the talk on environment, they told the students about the contemporary environmental problems. They briefed them about the climate change and the need for the protection of ozone layer. The students were told about the ways in which they can contribute to save the environment by planting and protecting trees. They were also guided on tree plantation. They were told not to plant trees like the eucalyptus because it destroys the soil than it protect the environment since it drains a lot.

In the talk on peace, they talked about the need for peace building around the world, our communities and within ourselves. The reasons for the conflict as well as the ways to resolve it were also communicated.
A drawing and painting competition on environment was also organized in both the schools.


Aman Chaupal session followed by planting of Harmony Tree by Mission Bhartiyam
In Delhi, Mission Bhartiyam organized its aman chaupal session for Indo-Pak peace wherein someone from Pakistan interacts with students. Mission Bhartiyam organized two aman chaupal sessions at AAM Foundation centres. After the session, a harmony tree was planted in both the centres.

AAM Foundation is an NGO that provides free english classes. In addition to enabling students to learn English, they also help students to develop critical thinking, become self-reliant and develop self-confidence and to develop a sense of community.

Fundacja Aravindam or Aravindam Foundation planted Harmony Tree
In Gurgaon, Aravindam Foundation is an NGO active in the fields of education and environment - the fundamentals of sustainable growth and development.The Gurukul Kalpataru established and managed by Fundacja Aravindam organised a Musical afternoon with its children in celebration of the Tree for harmony week. The Gurukul children planted a Belpatra sapling in their temple complex situated in the Kamdhenudham Gaushala, Carterpuri.

Purkal Youth Development Society planted Harmony Tree in their school
In Dehradun, Purkal Youth Development Society (PYDS) observed tree for harmony. PYDS is a registered charity organisation dedicated to enhancing the lives of disadvantaged rural youth through education and empowering women through skill development. They celebrated Tree For Harmony with the children of PYDS school.

In India, many organizations and individuals supported and observed the campaign. At many places, volunteers of Mission Bhartiyam observed the campaign by planting a harmony tree at their home or workplace.


Alongwith plantation of Harmony Tree, HAPPS organised discussion
In Nepal, Human Action for Peace, Prosperity and Sustainable Development (HAPPS) had observed Tree for Harmony. Human Action for Peace, Prosperity and Sustainable Development (HAPPS) is a non-profit organization working in the field of education, youth empowerment, youth issues, environment, etc.

HAPPS had organized TREE FOR HARMONY:2014 at Durbar High School, Ranipokhari in Kathmandu. The event was organized in four sessions: a) Inauguration of event by planting about 25 trees in barren ground of school premises.  b) Discussion and posters/pamphlets displaying c) Awareness through songs/music (2 National folk singers sang songs carrying awareness regarding need of peace/harmony/brotherhood and healthy environment in our society) 


Youth Association for Development organised a discussion on Indo-Pak Peace
In Pakistan, Youth Association for Development (YAD), a Pakistan-based NGO working in the fields of Peace and Human Rights had observed Tree for Harmony in Quetta district in Balochistan Province. They had organised a discussion on peace. They dedicated it for Indo-Pak peace. They talked about the relevance for Indo-Pak peace and the initiatives being taken in this regard.

Sri Lanka

Alongwith Harmony Tree plantation, SUNFO organised discussion
In Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship Organisation (SUNFO) had observed Tree for Harmony. SUNFO is a non –political, non-racial and non-sectarian organization that seeks to unite all peoples into a movement working for the well- being, harmony and peace of mankind according to the principles of the United Nations. SUNFO had planted the symbolic harmony tree. Alongwith the tree plantation, they had organized a talk to disseminate the relevance of the cause.


Alongwith Harmony Tree, Peace Bridge Association organised discussion
In Sudan, Peace Bridge Association organized Tree for Harmony initiative. Peace Bridge Association(PBA) is devoted to reduce tension and conflicts amongst Sudanese communities through promotion of situations of youth and children in difficult circumstances, by introducing the sustainable solutions of empowerment, capacity building and support in the main sectors of Peace building, Street children and Human Rights. PBA had organized Tree for Harmony in Alkiriab basic school. They had planted the symbolic Harmony Tree and explained its relevance. Alongwith the tree plantation, they had organized discussions on environment and peace.

Peace Bridge Association plans to visit the school every two months and see how the trees are growing and to continue to give awareness about the need for peace.

Concept of Tree for Harmony

A war cannot achieve what peace can. The forces of peace can rule over ignorance and superstition, over illiteracy, over disease and physical suffering, over poverty and oppression. The conquests of peace are nonviolent and bloodless. They cause no grief to humanity and do not damage life or property. War causes streams of blood and untold havoc. The victory of peace leaves no maimed limbs or mutilated bodies, no ruined cities or scorched fields. Like peace, brotherhood can do wonders. Instead of walking alone, if we have a companion, the journey becomes easier. We dont have to struggle alone. We aim for this. We want to initiate friendship, brotherhood and peace in the entire world. And for this, we turn to “our evergreen friends” – trees. What can be more symbolic of these values than a tree? A tree grows freely, digs its roots deeply and also gives life to other trees. It is a symbol of stability, growth and prosperity.  

A tree also grows freely, without any discrimination. And this is the message that we want to send. Like trees, we should do away with barriers of caste, religion, ethnicity and others boundaries. Like trees, we should grow together. For this, Mission Bhartiyam, an India-based organisation, has initiated "Tree for harmony". Tree for Harmony(TFH) is celebrated between 16th September (World Ozone Day) and 21st September (World Peace Day). Under Tree for Harmony(TFH), we plant a symbolic tree labeled as "Harmony Tree" and try to disseminate the concept and message for a healthy environment and society through a discussion, painting, essay programme or any other relevant awareness programme. TFH is observed by creating a network. Mission Bhartiyam observes TFH by collaborating with different organisations around the world.

So by this event, the twin challenges of environment and the need for peace will be addressed. TFH seeks to make people aware and sensitive about the need for a sustainable environment and a peaceful society.

The report of Tree for Harmony will be submitted to the Environment Minister of India and to the embassies of all the participating countries.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tree for Harmony 2014: 16 Sept - 21 Sept


Tree for Harmony(TFH), an initative of India-based Mission Bhartiyam, aims to address the twin goals of Environment and Peace. Celebrated between 16th September (World Ozone Day) and 21st September (World Peace Day), TFH seeks to make people aware and sensitive about the need for a sustainable environment and a peaceful society. Under Tree for Harmony, we plant a symbolic tree labelled as "Harmony Tree" and try to disseminate the concept and message for a healthy environment and society through different ways. TFH is observed by creating a network. Mission Bhartiyam observes TFH by collaborating with different organisations around the world. 

This is our third year of Tree for Harmony. In our two earlier TFH weeks during last years, we had observed it in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal with the help of organizations there. 

​This year, we are happy that Tree for Harmony will be observed in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sudan, Nigeria, Cameroon and Congo. 

We invite you/your organisation to join us!

How to observe it?

Tree for Harmony can be observed at different levels:

School/College level: Organise it in your or approach a school/college to observe it by planting a tree labeled as “HarmonyTree” and a small discussion/essay/painting programme or any other relevant programme to spread the message for sustainable Environment or/and peaceful society. The discussion and other related programmes are optional but it is essential that you tell the students the importance of this concept.

Organisation Level: Approach an organization to observe it in the above-listed ways. They can observe it in a school, college, in their own workplace or in any public space. 

Individual Level: 

- Plant a tree/plant labelled as "Harmony Tree" in your locality/block/village. Organise a small informal/formal discussion to tell people about the concept and relevance of Indo-Pak Peace. 

- Plant a tree/plant labeled as “Harmony Tree” in your home. 

Please find enclosed the required pamphlet and banner. 

Please send us the photo and report (if you observe it at home, send photo of harmony tree and your message on Indo-Pak peace) by 25th September 2014. 

Participation of all organisations, schools and individuals will be duly recognised in our press releases and in our report. We will issue a letter of appreciation to all collaborators.

Please let us know if you have any queries. You can mail us or call at +91 8395866668, +91 9958907799, +91 9582129927

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tree for Harmony 2014 - Invitation to all Peace Makers, Organisations

Mission Bhartiyam will be observing ‘Tree For Harmony: 2014’ during 16-21 September. This will be our third year of Tree for Harmony. Earlier it has been observed in the year 2013 and 2012.

TFH is an initiative by Mission Bhartiyam,where we, along with other organizations observe a week for Environment and Peace.This week starts with 16th Sep (Int. Ozone Layer Protection Day) and ends with 21st Sep (Int. Day for Peace).

In our two earlier TFH weeks during last years, we had observed it in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal with the help of organizations there. Many schools and people participated; they showed their concern for Environment and Peace.  Paintings, tree plantations, discussions etc were being done. Other major collaborators in previous years were The Catalyst-Pakistan, The Tree Bangladesh, YFN-Nepal, CMS Lucknow, Paryavaran Jagriti Abhiyan New Delhi, UYASD Orrisa, Al nahian School Bangladesh, Gyan Mandir Public School New Delhi, Sai memorial school New Delhi, India Art & Architecture etc.

Reports of previous years also available at solutions exchange website at: (2012) &

With the concept of Tree for Harmony, we say that we all must be like a tree. A tree has quality to ‘give’ (oxygen) equally to everyone without any self motive, it has quality to expand its roots like humanity should, it has quality to grow itself together with growth of stems and leaves, like a society or a country or a region for a collective growth. 

Now, this year again we will be observing the week with the concept of Tree for Harmony. With this campaign every year, we are trying to build a movement of sensitization of people towards Peace and Environment both and how both is the most important requirement of human being but both are degrading and therefore need protection. We, as a people have every possibility to bring the change and we must be aware and to make others aware that we care our environment, our co existence and the peace of within and outside.  

We would like to invite you/your organisation to join hands with us. Below are the proposed activities and timeline. 

Activities that can be done:  Tree plantation, Peace and harmony discussion, Awareness about environment and peace in village, blocks, schools, Message writing, painting, essay etc on Environment and Peace. 


You can send your name in advance if you will collaborate: latest by: 4th September 
Release of list of all collaborators: 10th September
TFH Week: 16-21 September
Submission of reports and photographs by collaborators: 25 September
Release of compiled report of TFH-2014 : 01st October 

Financial Assistance/ Any other benefit: Please note that presently TFH campaign is neither receiving any fund nor providing any fund for activities. 

Materials: You can use your own banner along with logo of Tree for Harmony and text "Tree for Harmony - 2014 (16-21 September) week". We will also send an email for a draft banner and pamphlet till 3rd September to all confirmed collaborators, however you are free to use your own designed programs and materials. 

Till now confirmed collaborators:

Mahila Margdarshi Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Rural reconstruction Organisation, Orrisa, India
Utkal Youth And Social Development Organisation, Orrisa, India
The Catalyst, Islamabad, Pakistan
DEAP Development Organisation, Chakwal, Punjab, Pakistan
Dharti Development Foundation, Sindh, Pakistan
Zindagi Development Organisation, Pakistan
Shadow Human Development Organisation, Ghotki, Pakistan
Youth Association for Development, Quetta, Pakistan
Sri Lanka-United Nations Friendship Organisation (SUNFO)

*Participation in campaign can be done without providing confirmation and for all such collaborators, their name and report will be included at the time of report compilation. But in all such cases, reports must be submitted as per timeline i.e. 25 September

Please let us know if you have any queries. You can mail us or call at +91 8395866668, +91 9958907799, +91 9582129927


Team Mission Bhartiyam