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India flies high at Arch Klumph Society induction

October 29 was a red letter day in the history of Indian Rotary. On this day, seven Rotarians from India were inducted as members of the Arch Klumph Society. It was a very impressive and solemn occasion, held at the third floor auditorium at the RI World Headquarters in Evanston, USA. Each of the donors had an opportunity to share his love for service through The Rotary Foundation. It was a very proud day for me, to see so many of our countrymen getting inducted in to the Arch Klumph Society. A dinner was hosted in honour of all the new inductees which was attended by the entire RI Board and senior staff members of TRF. India till date has 34 AKS members and ranks fourth in this elite club. Rtn P T Prabhakar RI Director 2013–15

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14 CONTENTS 56 07 08 11 12

From the Editor’s Desk Smiles & School desks in Rudraprayag President Speaks First Thoughts

14 Greening the Desert


20 24 28 30

Prominent RI Events Polio workers shot in Pakistan


CBI Challenges & Solutions Legacy of Giving

32 In Sachin’s own words 39 44 48


Compassion & Cataract When Charity began at Home A Thousand Satyarthis

54 Coping with Hudhud

56 58 60

Athijeevanam - A New Lease of Life



From Smoky to Smoke-free Gamcha And now Rotary meetings on a train

61 Literacy Focus

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The Special RYLA Backwaters - Magic and Cultural Bonanza Celebrating Fellowship and Service Clean Beaches and Leadership Training

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LETTERS Cindrella recreated! 6JCPM[QWFGCT'FKVQT;QWJCXGVQWEJGFOGYKVJ[QWT OCIKEYCPFKPYTKVKPIVJGCTVKENGPune’s Jalpari. The magic YCPFKP%KPFTGNNCĹ?UUVQT[EJCPIGFCRWORMKPVQCECTTKCIG CPFOKEGVQJQTUGU+VJKPMVJCVKUYJCVJCUJCRRGPGFYKVJ OG+ECPPQVVJCPM[QWGPQWIJ*QYRQYGTHWNVJGRGPKU +COTGCNKUKPIQPN[PQY6JCPM[QWRotary News for JKIJNKIJVKPIVJGJCTFYQTMFQPGD[4QVCTKCPUCVVJGITQWPFNGXGNVQEJCPIG RGQRNGĹ?UNKXGU6JKUTGEQIPKVKQPOQVKXCVGUWUVQYQTMGXGPJCTFGT Dr Meena Borate, RC Pune Hillside, RID 3131 Welcome changes I congratulate the Editorial team for bringing out an exceptional magazine. Some of the articles like, Their smiles tell the story, A Train journey like no other and your editorial. Of Man-made disaster and a Messiah are remarkable. I’d like to record that recently a co-passenger

CP#WUVTCNKCP QPO[Ć€KIJVYCUUQ KORTGUUGFYKVJVJGSWCNKV[QHVJG magazine that he shared his desire to join Rotary just to get the privilege of getting a copy of Rotary News! Rtn R Srinivasan RC Madurai Midtown, RID 3000 Congratulations to the Editor for bringing out an array of articles, covering many areas; the October issue is simply fabulous. The contents of October are very interesting. The topics - Without Change there is no Growth, A Train journey like noother, World Round up, Of man-made disaster and a Messiah, are thought-provoking. PDG Katta Nagabhushanam RID 3160 We have started noticing great EJCPIGKPVJGIGVWRCPFSWCNKV[QH the magazine. October issue is full QHPGYKFGCUCPFOQVKXCVKQPCNUVQTKGU The article on Skin Bank is impressive and informative. Cover story YCURQKIPCPV0QYQTFUCTGGPQWIJ to compliment Achyuta Samanta. Rtn Dr Dikshit RC Paran, RID 3051

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I read the article Building Schools in Garhwal YKVJITGCVKPVGTGUV+VVQQM OGCYJKNGVQWPFGTUVCPFVJGXCNWGQH service rendered by the Uttarakhand Rotarians. It is amazing; I salute them HQTVJGKTUGNĆ€GUUUGTXKEGKPDWKNFKPI UEJQQNUKPVJCVFKHĹżEWNVJKNN[TGIKQP6JG TGRQTVKPID[4CUJGGFCYCUETKURCPF pictures appropriate. This article made me think if I am really contributing my DGUVHQTVJG4QVCT[OQXGOGPV+YKNN introspect and rededicate myself to the ECWUGQH4QVCT[4GSWGUV[QWVQRWDNKUJ more articles like this in future. Rtn P Giridhar RC Bangalore Cubbon Park, RID 3190

I am a regular reader of Rotary News. The editorial on vocational service is excellent. It is an eye-opener for all YJQYCPVVQUGTXGUQEKGV[VJTQWIJ their vocation. The articles are very interesting, especially the service rendered by Rotarians to the devastated Jammu & Kashmir. Congratulations for bringing out nice editorials and articles covering

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I read the Editorial thrice to understand JQYFGGRVJG'FKVQTJCUIQPGVQTGĆ€GEVQP the fate of our children, especially those HTQOVJGYGCMGTUGEVKQPUVJTQWIJFGVCKNU about the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, YJKEJYQTMUCICKPUVEJKNFVTCHĹżEMKPI children in bonded labour, etc. My comRNKOGPVUHQTYTKVKPICNNVJKUCPFIKTNU GFWECVKQPCUYGNNKPCOQTGDGCWVKHWN manner and style than I have ever read DGHQTG'CTNKGTYJKNGIKTNUYGTGGFWECVGF VQOCMGVJGOĹżVKPJQWUGJQNFEJQTGUNKMG YCUJKPICPFEQQMKPIVQFC[CHVGTIGVVKPI GFWECVKQPCVRCTYKVJDQ[UIKTNUQWVUJKPG DQ[UKPGXGT[YCNMQHNKHGCPFCTGPQY JGCFKPIVQYCTFUVJGURCEG6JGGFKVQTJCU PKEGN[PCTTCVGFJQY4QVCT[EQOGUKPVQ action to meet the challenges in J&K and earlier Uttarakhand. I think Rotarians have VJGURKTKVVQTQNNWRUNGGXGUCPFFQYJCVĹ?U needed; they are not just lobbyists, they are doers and don’t demand that others do YJCVĹ?UPGGFGF &CFC,28CUYCPKJCUIKXGPWUCYQPderful message to extend help to the needy and ill around Ăşs, in the true spirit of Light up Rotary, the dream of RI President Gary %-*WPI$TCXQ4QVCTKCPUEQPVKPWG helping the poor, needy and ill. The meaning of RI Director PT Prabhakar’s 4-Way Test in October message goes deep inside and touches the soul of the reader. Rtn Raj Kumar Kapoor RC Roopnagar, RID 3080

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TRUSTEES Chairman DG Ramesh Agrawal, RI Dist. 3052


Secretary DG Vyankatesh S. Metan, RI Dist. 3132

PRIP Rajendra K. Saboo

RI Dist. 3080

Treasurer DG Sanjay Khemka, RI Dist. 3250

PRIP Kalyan Banerjee

RI Dist. 3060

RI Dist. 2980


S.P. Balasubramaniam

PRID Sushil Gupta

RI Dist. 3010

RI Dist.3000


Jagannathan Paramasivam

PRID Ashok Mahajan

RI Dist. 3140

RI Dist.3010


Sanjay Khanna

PRID Yash Pal Das

RI Dist. 3080

RI Dist.3020


Dr. G.V. Mohan Prasad

PRID Shekhar Mehta

RI Dist. 3291

RIDE Dr. Manoj D. Desai

RI Dist. 3060

RI Dist.3030


Dattatraya Shantaram Deshmukh


Ramesh Agrawal

RI Dist.3052

RI Dist.3040


Narendra Kumar Jain


Vyankatesh Metan

RI Dist. 3132

RI Dist. 3051


Jagdish B. Patel


Sanjay Khemka

RI Dist. 3250

RI Dist. 3053


Anil Maheshwari


I.S.A.K. Nazar

RI Dist. 3230

RI Dist. 3060


Ashish Ramesh Ajmera

PDG Rabi Narayan Nanda

RI Dist. 3262

RI Dist. 3070


Gurjeet Singh Sekhon

PDG Radhe Shyam Rathi

RI Dist. 3053

RI Dist. 3080


Dilip Patnaik

PDG Hari Krishna Chitipothu

RI Dist. 3150

RI Dist. 3090


Pardeep Kumar Chehal

RI Dist. 3100


Sanjiv Rastogi

RI Dist. 3110


Ashok Jyoti

RI Dist. 3120


Satpal Gulati

RI Dist. 3131


Vivek Aranha

RI Dist. 3140


Ajay Gupta

RI Dist. 3150


Malladi Vasudev

RI Dist. 3160


G.S. Mansoor

RI Dist. 3170


Ganesh G. Bhat

RI Dist. 3180


Dr. S. Bhaskar

RI Dist. 3190


Manjunath Shetty

RI Dist. 3201


P. Venugopalan Menon

RI Dist. 3202


K. Sridharan Nambiar

RI Dist. 3211


K.S. Sasikumar

RI Dist. 3212


M. Ashok Padmaraj

RI Dist. 3230


I.S.A.K. Nazar

RI Dist. 3240


Swapan Kumar Choudhury

RI Dist. 3261


Shambhu Jagatramka

RI Dist. 3262


Ashok Bihari Mohapatra

RI Dist. 3291


Pinaki Prasad Ghosh

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P.T. Prabhakar

RI Dist. 3230

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Water in Rajasthan, bullets in Pakistan


he heart warming response to the change in editorial leadership in Rotary News, and more important, wholehearted and generous appreciation for the editorial team’s efforts to improve and widen the content and coverage of the magazine, strengthens my team’s resolve to make the magazine more interesting and relevant. Rotarians from across the region have written in to say they were amazed to note the work done by fellow Rotarians in building schools for underprivileged children in Garhwal, and reaching water to farmers in villages near Pune. We will continue to bring you such notable projects from across the region we cover. However small your town, if your work is changing lives, Rotary News will find space for it. So put on your best marketing cap and tell us about your projects! Beginning this issue, we’ll be carrying a series of signed articles from prominent citizens on Rotary’s core values of Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership. The first article from former CBI Director R K Raghavan describes the role of the CBI, why it was set up, the slide in public perception of our premier investigative agency and the safeguards needed to redeem its image. We need to begin with a CBI Chief “who is competent, honest and fearless, and expects no favours from the Executive.” As the recently devastated Jammu and Kashmir goes to the polls, surely Rotarians who cherish another core Rotary interest — that of conflict resolution and peace — are hoping and praying that peace, stability, development and prosperity come to stay in this region.

Rajasthan check dams But topmost in my mind is the impact of the commendable work done by the Rotary India Water Conservation Trust to change the lives and livelihoods of farmers in the villages of Rajasthan, in mainly Sikar and Alwar districts. Spearheaded by TRF Trustee Sushil Gupta, and executed on the ground by a team of dedicated Rotarians, this project has completed 55 check dams

at a cost of over Rs 5 crore. The result is greening of a semi-desert region with vast stretches of barren land which earlier gave the farmers such negligible income that their sons were forced to migrate to big cities to do menial jobs in the construction industry. But now, thanks to the Rotary check dams providing sufficient water for their fields, the farmers are able to harvest three annual crops including a profitable cash crop, instead of just one. While an old woman harvested fish worth Rs 1 lakh from one dam, another farmer was able to sell bhindi at Rs 58 a kg! Two images of this transformation stand out. Malliram’s five sons have returned to work on their land, and recently he bought a tractor worth Rs 5 lakh. Another young farmer, Banwari (33), has chosen to limit his family to one child as he wants to give him the best education. He himself has already picked up two M A degrees and is now eyeing a Ph D in social work! But as we go to press, there is tragic news as well of the shocking and brutal murder of Salma Farooqi, the 30-year-old health worker and mother of five, who was abducted from her home in Peshawar in Pakistan, brutally tortured and then killed. Barely a day later a van carrying polio workers in Quetta district was attacked by gunmen who used automatic weapons and four health workers, including three women, were killed and three others injured. The team was going for emergency vaccination campaign being carried out in 18 union councils of Quetta district. The tragic fallout was an announcement of suspension of the emergency immunisation campaign. The local papers reported that since the “polio team had no security escort, the assailants managed to escape.” What greater tragedy can there be than humanitarian work requiring security?

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his Children’s Day brought renewed hope to the children of Rudraprayag District in Uttarakhand, the region which saw such colossal destruction due to heavy rains and flash floods last June. In the presence of Kedarnath MLA Shaila Rani Rawat, three spanking new schools, rebuilt by the Rotary Uttarakhand Disaster Relief Trust, were handed over to the school management committees. Thanks to their premises, the primary school children at the Kyunja, Chamoli and Baniyadi areas in Rudraprayag district will no longer have to sit on the ground outside their battered schools, braving rain, biting cold of winter or the scorching sharp summer sun. After witnessing nature’s fury and cracking and crumbling under the impact of the heavy rains, the Rotary schools have been designed by the Central Building Research Institute in Roorkee and approved by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan department of Uttarakhand. They are now equipped to withstand earthquake tremors as well as incessant rains and landslides that dog the Garhwal hills. At this event, Rotary was represented by Past RI Director Yash Das, who heads this relief and rebuilding mission (for more details see Rotary News, November 2014), District

Smiles & School desks in RUDRAPRAYAG Team Rotary News

3080 Governor Colonel Dilip Patnaik, DGE David Hilton, IPDG Rakesh Agarwal, PDG Shaju Peter, Past President and Assistant Governor Sangeet Sharma, Past President D C Bansal. At the handing over event, Shaila Rani Rawat thanked Rotary for

Rudraprayag MLA Shaila Rani Rawat at the handing over ceremony of the Chamoli school.

this difficult project that involved rebuilding schools in the remote villages of Rudraprayag. The principal of the Chamoli Primary School turned emotional and broke down while expressing her gratitude to the Rotarians “who have come in the form of God to provide such fine new school buildings for our students. In my 16 years association with the Chamoli school, first as teacher and now principal, I believe this new school building has been the biggest gift in my life.” The sorry fact is that in many remote areas in India, children study in schools with minimal facilities. She added that not even in her wildest dreams had she ever imagined that her school children would get school desks and benches to sit on. “Now they will be able to receive their education in a dignified and comfortable way.” Rotarians, accompanied by their spouses, distributed biscuits and wafers to the children, who later presented a cultural programme.„


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3UHVLGHQW6SHDNV Dear Fellow Rotarians, If you take a look at the Rotary calendar, it’s easy to see where our priorities as an organisation lie. The Rotary year begins in July; in August we mark Membership Month, in September we celebrate New Generations, October is for Vocational Service, and so on, turning our attention to different topics that are important in Rotary. It’s a great idea to do this, because it reminds us to talk about subjects that we might otherwise overlook during our busy Rotary year. But we all know that every topic on our calendar — from fellowship to our Foundation — is important. All of them are part of what makes Rotary what it is, and what makes all of us Rotarians. In Rotary, December is Family Month. Looking back on my years as a Rotarian, I have seen how important family is in Rotary — and how important Rotary can be to our families. My wife, Corinna, chose to join Rotary just a few months ago, after many years as a Rotary spouse. All three of our children are also Rotarians. All

of them joined their own club, in their own time. All of them have found

Our conversations are also a wonderful way to teach our children, through our own actions, what is really important in life. I can think of no better lessons to teach our families than the lessons of Rotary service.

unique interests in Rotary. As we have watched them find their own paths, we have been struck by how wonderful it is to have so many members of our family involved in Rotary service. Rotary gives us something good that we can all do together. With Rotary, we always have interesting things to talk about at dinner. We are all involved in different service, in different clubs, so when we sit down together, we are talking about humanitarian needs of every kind, in every part of the world. There is always something new to learn. Our conversations are also a wonderful way to teach our children, through our own actions, what is really important in life. They learn about what life is like in different parts of the world, and how all of us have an obligation to help others when we can. I can think of no better lessons to teach our families than the lessons of Rotary service. I hope that in this Rotary year, many of you will encourage your family

members to join Rotary, Rotaract or Interact. Bringing your family into Rotary doesn’t just Light Up Rotary — it lights up your own lives as well.

Gary C.K. Huang President, Rotary International DECEMBER 2014

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First Thoughts Dear Fellow Rotarians,

P T Prabhakar

Community services flying high

Director, Rotary International

Foundation programmes coming alive Festivity and fellowship on the overdrive An activity bee-hive was chapter Five! December brings with it winds of change; it is election time — a reminder to us that our term of office in Rotary is fast running out! The ancient Greek poet Homer likened people holding offices to leaves of trees: “The wind blows and one year’s leaves are scattered on the ground, but the trees

Halfway mark of the Rotary year is a good time

burst into bud and put on fresh ones when spring comes around.” Every year, come July, over 30,000 Club Presidents step down. Over 500 District Governors pass the torch of responsibility to successors.

to assess goals, reas-

A lot changes in the composition of the RI committees too.

sess ­strategy, activate

And our worldwide association welcomes a new international President. Our roles may change but the spirit on stage keeps the spark of enthu-

new ideas and ­reactivate

siasm within us burning, igniting an outburst of brilliant performance. We

unrealised ones. Have the

are creatures of clocks and calendars, allotted only a relatively short time

­courage to accept what you can’t change and the conviction to change what you can.

to play our part on the grand stage of Rotary. We are now at the halfway mark of this Rotary year — a good time to assess goals and reassess strategy, to activate new ideas and reactivate unrealised ones. We need to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change those that we can and the conviction and ability to orchestrate change with action and determination. In the background we hear time’s winged chariot drawing near. In front of us lies the future waiting to be built. The best way of building the future is by confronting the present — courageously and constructively. The Institute This year’s Rotary Institute takes place on December 12–14, at the ­sprawling ITC Grand Chola Hotel, Chennai. We will have the pleasure of welcoming RI President Gary Huang and Corinna, President-elect K R Ravindran and Vanathy, TRF Trustee Julio Sorjus and Carmen from Spain, Trustee Jackson and Director-elect


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­Frederick Lin from Taiwan, RI Directors Larry Lunsford from USA, Safak Alpay from Turkey and a galaxy of dignitaries from all over the Rotary world. We will be enthralled by world-class speakers like Dada Vaswani, B K Shivani, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, tennis ace Vijay Amritraj and mindboggling entertainment, all of which will make it an unforgettable Institute. PolioPlus December also brings with it the sparkle of the jewel in Rotary’s crown, PolioPlus. Twenty-nine years ago, Rotary made a promise to the children of the world — to eradicate polio from the face of the earth by the year 2005, an achievement that would coincide with the 100th birthday of Rotary. In this regard, a story narrated by Past RI President Jim Bommar will warm the heart of every Rotarian. Once while travelling in the Philippines, he inaugurated a polio immunisation camp. Jim took quick note of the polio-afflicted children who crawled spiderlike along the ground unable to stand on their polio-crippled legs. As Jim held a baby in his arms and put those magic vaccine drops in the child’s mouth, he felt a tug on his trouser leg. Looking down, he saw one of the crippled polio victims, a smiling little boy who said, ‘Thank you, Rotary!’ And pointing to the child in Jim’s arms, he said, “That’s my sister!” Thank God that today India is polio-free! But we cannot be complacent because polio in Pakistan can cause polio outbreak in India. So we need to continue with our NIDs with the same vigour and also strengthen our routine immunisation. Zero polio seemed but a dream of the heart A desperate cry of desire But Rotarians made a start With souls tempered with fire. Let’s continue without languor Without weariness or hesitation And with renewed faith and fervour Let’s march towards global polio eradication ! Yours in Rotary,

P.T. Prabhakar Director Rotary International (2013–15)

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Greening the

Desert by Rasheeda Bhagat

Multiplying farm incomes, reversing migration, Rotary blazes a trail in Rajasthan.


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hen an old woman from a remote, interior village in Rajasthan’s Sikar district comes forth with a confident toothless grin and whispers in the ear of a Rotarian that “this year I made Rs 1 lakh by selling fish which a contractor had quietly put in this dam for me,” you have to take note. This feat was achieved in the Kemra Wala dam, built in a semi-desert area in Sikar by the Rotary India Water Conservation Trust (RIWCT) in partnership with the PHD Rural Development Foundation. Not only have the incomes of over six lakh villagers – in agri families – in Rajasthan’s Sikar and Alwar districts multiplied several times thanks to dependable water supply allowing three, instead of the earlier one crop, this impressive project has also reversed migration from these semi-arid villages into cities for menial jobs.

Water banks Unlike a dam built across an existing river/rivulet, a check dam is built to check the flowing away of rainwater from any catchment area. The idea is not to create a new water source for irrigation or drinking but to harness and harvest water which percolates into the ground and recharges surrounding areas, including wells. In this classic rainwater harvesting, the catchment areas in the 55 check dams the RIWCT have built so far varies from 3-7 km in length. And the check dam wall is around 14 ft high, with a foundation of 7 ft to prevent its erosion. “Over the years, we’ve learnt to choose ideal catchment Villagers get ready to welcome their French guests.

View of a check dam.

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check dams have been completed, changing the lives of lakh rural people.


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The water


From right: PRIP Kalyan Banerjee, TRF Trustee Sushil Gupta and PDG Ashok Gupta. (Pic: Rtn Atul Dev)


o succeed, every great project of this dimension needs passion, vision and relentless work… a messiah! The check dams project got one in the shape of TRF Trustee and PRID Sushil Gupta. A vice chairman of the Himalayan Environmental Trust and chairman of the Gangotri Conservation Project, he has spent two decades in water. “I have deeply studied water scarcity in India and other countries. Water activism is very dear to my heart,” says the former Chairman of the RIWCT, and present Chairman Emeritus. So when in 2003 as RI Director he was asked for a possible theme and venue for a global conference, he suggested water and Delhi. President A P J

Abdul Kalam inaugurated it and the then Water Resources Minister Suresh Prabhu participated. A major highlight of the Delhi Declaration from this conference was creating water awareness and model Rotary water projects. Thus was set up the RIWCT and Gupta’s passion gave the project global visibility by involving RI Presidents such as Kalyan Banerjee and D.K Lee to inaugurate projects named after them.

Barren land Recalling the earlier days Goverdhan, a pillar of the project, says, “The land here was so dry that you could barely get drinking water at 800 ft depth. With monsoon water allowing cultivation of

I’m happy to put water on RI agenda. Sushil Gupta, TRF Trustee

a couple of bighas (20 bighas make one acre) young men migrated to cities like Delhi and Mumbai to work as coolies, masons, etc.” But today it is a different story. Goverdhan and his brothers are farming on 60 bighas and his nephew Banwari (33) is all smiles as he says how he sold his first crop of bhindi at Rs 58 a kg. “The last bit I sold at Rs 9 a kg, but I had made my money.” As we are treated to a sumptuous lunch of makki ki roti with a dollop of butter, pooris, kadhi, methi and potato curry in Goverdhan’s house, the host amazes me with his humanity and generosity. “Man is a selfish and greedy creature anyway, but today, thanks to these check dams, we have copious water for animals and birds and plants and trees too, as you can see from the greenery around.” PHD Foundation’s CEO Atul Rishi says these check dams and increased water availability have dramatically increased both the area under cultivation and incomes. Field Officer Mukti Narain Lal says some farmers’ incomes have jumped up 100–200 times because they had very meagre incomes. “From thatched homes they now have pucca houses, from camels and cattle they now have tractors to plough their fields.” The best news is that now the villagers have taken ownership of these check dams and their maintenance for longer sustainability. Each dam has a committee with a corpus of Rs 50,000–1,00,000, kept in a bank for future maintenance. “The Kemra Wala dam committee has Rs 3.5 lakh and wants to increase the width of the dam wall which is now used as a bridge because a goat fell off its edge,” adds Atul Dev. They’d like to increase the height too to store more water but this is not allowed under the project for fear of greater pressure causing a breach. Adds Gupta with a satisfied smile, “I’m happy to have put water on RI’s agenda!”


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areas and where the check dam can be built,” says Atul Dev, RIWCT Secretary, project coordinator and past president of RC Indraprastha-Okhla. The terrain and area where the Kemra Wala dam shimmers with water was ideal enough for Rotary to construct a string of eight check dams in a row, benefitting farmers in 20 surrounding villages. The result is an unbelievable transformation in this semi-desert region with scanty annual rainfall. The water from the Aravalli hills flows and stays in the check dam catchments for 6-8 months, with 15 of the 55 dams (including in Dausa and Mewat, Haryana) becoming perennial, just like the Kemra Wala now breeding fish! And when the water recedes, the silt and rich minerals left behind provide additional scope for a quick cash crop before the onset of the next monsoon! Pointing to the greenery in the area, despite this year’s disappointing rainfall, Goverdhan, a village elder and backbone of this Rotary venture, says, “Due to water scarcity, these farmers could earlier grow only millets and a little wheat. Now, they have three crops — millets, wheat and vegetables such as bhindi (okra), tomatoes, and green chillies. Last year some farmers sold bhindi worth Rs one lakh and “ek ek kisan ne Kemra Wala ke pani se sawa lakh ki mirchi bechi.” (Many farmers sold chilly worth Rs 1.25 lakh each). Earlier their wells didn’t have water even at 18 ft, against 10 ft now.

A French saviour Small wonder then that there is a mela-like atmosphere in the Kalakota village I visit with Dev and Past President of RC Brumath Truchtersheim Kochersberg, Philippe Dangelser, scheduled to inaugurate three completed check dams and do groundbreaking for three more in Sikar and Alwar districts. Like a seasoned veteran Dangelser receives the traditional welcome with marigold garlands, red tilak, and Rajasthani turban. He has returned with a fund of 30,000

Rtn Philippe Dangelser has helped build check dams.


Rtn Philippe Dangelser inaugurates the Banari Wala Dam.

euros to build 4-5 more check dams; each dam costs around Rs 8 lakh. He comes twice a year to India with money raised from France and Germany for check dams; his latest tally – 20! His India connection began in 2005 when at the Chicago Rotary Convention, PDG Ranjan Dhingra, also a District Water Chair, invited him to visit India. He did, and has never looked back. He talks with India with enough love and insight to merit a farmer’s comment: “Another god gave us birth, you gave us life.” He finds “India different and very special because I look at India with fresh eyes.” As we drive towards the Banariwala Dam in Kalakota that Dangelser will inaugurate, the solid work done by the Magsasay Award winner Rajendra Singh in water conservation comes to mind. Goverdhan worked with him for 16 years, before joining this project. Today he is a leading patriarch, but 10 years ago, in the interior village Guwaravyas in Alwar District, 65 km from Jaipur, where he hosted Dangelser in his house for a couple of nights, “the villagers wanted to throw me out when I talked of DECEMBER 2014

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Reversing migration Of the Rs 5 crore spent on these dams, Rs 1.25 crore came from the Latter-Day Saint Charities for 21 dams. The farmers at Goverdhan’s spacious house are only too willing to share their happy stories. Some have built three homes. Malliram, 60, is one. In 10 years, his five sons migrated to cities to do menial jobs. “They’ve all come back as now “there is khoob pani, khoob anaj, khoob paisa (lots of water, lots of foodgrains and lots of money),” he says. Last year he bought a tractor worth Rs 5 lakh. The most tangible benefits of reaching water to this parched land is not only arresting but reversing migration from villages to cities. “Our villages no longer have only old men and women. Our young men have returned,” adds Goverdhan. And the transformation brought about by this water project, spearheaded by TRF Trustee Sushil Gupta (see box), where Rotarians from US, Canada, France and Russia have donated physical labour too, in the mindspace of villagers like Dinesh and Banwari is amazing. Dinesh can reel off details about different dams from the top of his head. The check dams chosen for Dangelser are located in remote and inaccessible villages. The terrain our Innovas


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Goverdhan (centre) enjoys a hukkah at his house.

building check dams. They wanted to put a rape charge on me hoping I’d run away,” chuckles the wise man.

I have two M.As; sochta hu ki Ph.D. kar lu.

Banwari, an empowered young farmer.

cannot negotiate are tackled by two old, rattling Mahindra jeeps. Amazingly, Dangelser asks and gets music in the rickety jeep where a USB is fixed on a music contraption! Long treks, sometimes over 1 km are involved and Dinesh deftly doubles up as my cameraman in frames I’m required, and handles my iPad Air with elan. By late evening when I’m ready to drop dead and opt out of trekking to the last dam which has turned perennial, he coaxes me to jump on to his mobike. “You can’t miss Kemra, it is the best.” The young Frenchwoman, Anne, joins too and the triple riders on Dinesh’s mobike get peels of laughter from the local women in ghunghats! The only jarring note is the way the men address their women. Hopefully Rotary leaders such as Gupta will take up gender equity as the next challenge! But if Banwari’s lead is anything to go by... he has stopped with one son, who is 5, and wants to send him to University, things are already changing. He describes how the thorny kikar trees on the most barren land can fetch income for their wood, the increasing area under tobacco crop as “it has become fashionable for college girls and boys to smoke sheesha/hukkah in big hotels and how “bekar ki cheez mei hamesha jyada paisa hota hei (useless things get more money).” He next waxes eloquent on how the sale of sharab is propping up the Indian economy, and the economics of applying for sharab ke thekey (liquor shops). As he gives more gyan on the medical properties of aloe vera growing wildly here, how it can cure joint pain, is used in Baba Ramdev’s ointments, I quiz him on his education. “Oh, I am a double M.A in History and Political Science from the Rajasthan University, and after working with the Rotary check dams, I’ve got a diploma in water conservation,” he replies casually. His parting shot: “Ab sochh raha hoon ki IGNOU se social work mei Ph D kar lu. (Now I’m thinking of doing a Ph.D from IGNOU)!” Pictures by Rasheeda Bhagat

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Membership in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives

Rotary’s future is in your hands


n his inaugural address, US President John F Kennedy made this often quoted exhortation: “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. ” The same sentiments could be applied to the membership of Rotary. Whether Rotary will survive or whether it will falter, whether our service will mean much to many or little to few, whether Rotary is known with respect or seen as a relic of days gone by, will be up to each and every Rotarian. There is so much to be done in our world — to educate the illiterate, feed the hungry, provide shelter to the homeless. Our world is still ill divided, and the gap is not shrinking between the haves and the have-nots. But to whom much has been given, much is expected. The most important people in Rotary are not the directors of the Board or the trustees of our Rotary Foundation, but the individual Rotarians working quietly in their clubs to assist those in communities who are less fortunate than themselves, for whom they know the need is great. This is Rotary at its finest: Rotarians identifying a need and responding to it. For many, this is a special time of year. May it bring to each of you the blessings that it offers. As we Light Up Rotary, let us remember that the future of our Foundation is in your hands.

John Kenny Foundation Trustee Chair

As on November 3, 2014

RI RI Rotary No. of Women Rotaract Interact Zone District Clubs Rotarians Rotarians

5 5 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

2980 3000 3010 3020 3030 3040 3051 3052 3053 3060 3070 3080 3090 3100 3110 3120 3131 3132 3140 3150 3160 3170 3180 3190 3201 3202 3211 3212 3220 3230 3240 3250 3261 3262 3271 3272 3281 3282 3291 3292 Total

159 99 134 67 90 103 66 71 50 84 117 82 75 88 108 68 124 74 144 93 61 124 136 91 125 105 129 84 67 131 76 92 76 77 83 94 149 85 149 88 3,918

6,955 4,315 5,388 3,277 4,804 2,274 2,569 3,455 1,858 3,605 3,278 3,296 1,982 2,032 3,440 2,591 4,838 3,102 7,275 3,403 2,279 4,825 5,565 3,832 4,754 4,106 4,079 3,435 1,898 5,731 2,699 3,294 2,492 2,667 1,472 2,008 4,565 2,397 4,001 2,863 1,42,699

215 296 544 171 543 265 183 487 162 301 277 160 65 94 162 206 699 215 969 273 103 230 208 279 237 184 227 150 226 398 260 437 283 254 167 381 510 162 596 325 11,904

71 140 56 30 43 29 36 25 13 34 42 40 20 9 42 27 48 37 98 62 8 25 38 49 59 53 8 15 62 107 39 37 14 24 35 17 183 111 43 92 1,921

271 263 181 190 178 87 119 126 30 96 125 149 29 83 46 30 175 87 335 161 37 244 358 113 86 344 63 130 182 358 115 125 97 59 15 34 68 20 95 88 5,392

191 68 80 258 122 131 329 120 89 104 58 98 122 146 60 48 65 56 138 109 80 154 141 41 43 38 114 117 93 271 110 165 41 66 13 31 171 38 518 85 4,722

Source: RI South Asia Office DECEMBER 2014

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Prominent RI Events I had the privilege of being present at these important RI events. Here are the highlights.

October 2014 RI Board of Directors Meeting


he second 2014–15 RI Board of Directors meeting was held from October 27–30 in Evanston, Illinois, USA. At this meeting, the Board reviewed 15 committee reports and recorded 82 decisions.

Club and District The Board re-organised the following Districts: District 3010 (India) is split into two new Districts — 3011 and 3012 - effective July 1, 2015 District 3140 (India) into new Districts — 3141 and 3142, effective July 1, 2016 District 3180 (India) into new Districts — 3181 and 3182 effective July 1, 2016 The Board also reassigned District 2060 (Italy) from Zone 19 to Zone 12, effective July 1, 2015. Programmes and Awards The Board agreed to create a new member benefit programme that will provide participating Rotarians with

discounts or reward points on a variety of products and services. Initial research and development on this programme will begin immediately, with a planned programme-launch in July 2015. The Board modified Rotary’s calendar of special observances to designate specific months highlighting the Areas of Focus. The new special observance months are: September October December January February March April May

: Basic Education and Literacy : Economic and Community Development : Disease Prevention and Treatment : Vocational Service : Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution : Water and Sanitation : Maternal and Child Health : Youth Services

To create a shared responsibility model for overseeing Rotary alumni, the Board added ‘alumni’ to the list of primary responsibilities for Rotary and Rotary Public Image Coordinators. And to encourage more alumni to attend the International Convention, the Board set a single registration fee for all non-Rotarian alumni—regardless of their year of service—that is the same as the registration fee for Rotaractors, beginning at the 2016 convention in Seoul, Korea.

Rotary Day in Evanston


he first ever Rotary Day was held in RI World Headquarters, Evanston, USA on October 25. The Mayor of Evanston was the Chief Guest and he appreciated the wonderful community service

rendered by Rotary around the world. For the first time, the general public of Evanston had an opportunity to visit the RI headquarters and learn about the work of Rotary and

the Foundation. They were delighted to visit Room No.711, which is a replica of Rotary’s Founder Paul Harris’s office, as it was in the 1900s. The entire board of Directors and their spouses were present.


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Rotary Day at United Nations


t was an unforgettable experience to be part of the Rotary Day at the United Nations held on November 1in New York. President Gary Huang and TRF Trustee Chair John Kenny spoke eloquently about the wonderful work done by Rotary

The Board chose 145 recipients for the 2014–15 Service Above Self Award. The award recipients’ names will be published on the RI website on 1 July 2015 and in The Rotarian August 2015 edition.

Administration and Finances The Board elected Ron D Burton, Örsçelik Balkan, Mario César de Camargo and Thomas M Thorfinnson to be trustees of The Rotary Foundation, beginning July1, 2015. The Board expanded the Innovation and Flexibility pilot programme from 200 to 1,000 clubs. Mandarin Chinese was added to the list of official languages in which Rotary provides translations of essential club and district information. The Board approved a change in the “additional per capita dues,” as provided for in the RI Bylaws, to pay for the projected expenses of the Council on Legislation from $1.00 to $1.50, effective July 1, 2015. The Board accepted the audited financial statements and report on Rotary International’s financial results for 2013–14. An annual report will be published in accordance with the RI bylaws.

and it’s Foundation with UN as a partner in the fields of Water & Sanitation, Literacy, Youth Programmes and Women’s Empowerment. After the inaugural session, the audience had group discussions on the above topics.

October 2014 - The Rotary Foundation Trustees Meeting The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Trustees met from October 20–23 in Evanston, Illinois, USA and reviewed seven committee reports and recorded 60 decisions.

Administration The Trustees elected Trustee Kalyan Banerjee as their chairman-elect for 2015–16 and Paul A Netzel as their vice chairman during 2015–16. The Trustees adopted the following four priorities to be addressed over a three-year cycle, beginning July1, 2015: 1. End polio – Now and forever. 2. Strengthen Rotarians’ knowledge, engagement, and financial support of The Rotary Foundation. 3. Increase the quality and impact of Rotary’s humanitarian service effort through Foundation grants and the six Areas of Focus. 4. Enhance the image and awareness of the Foundation’s record of achievements — particularly the DECEMBER 2014

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success of PolioPlus and the Foundation’s 100-year record of doing good in the world. In preparation for celebrating The Rotary Foundation’s 100th year of service, the Trustees approved four TRF Centennial goals: 1. Increase public awareness of TRF. 2. Recognise major achievements related to TRF programmes; THE ROTARY FOUNDATION 3. Celebrate by staging activities at the 2016 and 2017 RI Conventions and at all zone, district, and multidistrict meetings in 2016–17; 4. Reach all-time high contribution levels in 2016–17 for the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, Endowment Fund, and Rotary Peace Centres Major Gift Initiative. The Trustees also approved a new Foundation centennial logo (see above). YEARS OF DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD

Fund Development The Trustees established for Rotary Peace Centres a new fundraising goal of US $150 million by June 30, 2017 for cash and commitments to support the funding of upto 100 Rotary Peace Fellows. Programmes The Trustees approved PolioPlus grants to WHO and UNICEF for operational support, technical and

administrative assistance, social mobilisation, and research activities in Afghanistan, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, India, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. The Trustees amended Global Grants requirements to allow for grants in non-Rotary countries where the RI Board is actively pursuing extension, and also approved the use of Global Grant funds for project-related overhead and administrative costs of cooperating organisations. The Trustees discussed with concern the growing humanitarian crises surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and requested the general secretary to consult Rotarians in the affected areas and revert at the meeting of Trustees in January 2015 on how Rotary could most effectively help with this crisis.

Stewardship The Trustees reviewed reports on allegations of the misuse of Foundation funds and suspended two districts and four clubs from participation in TRF programmes for failure to comply with stewardship guidelines. Finance The Trustees accepted the 2013–14 audited financial statements and report on TRF’s financial results. Rtn P T Prabhakar Director Rotary International (2013–15)

A picture can speak a thousand words.


Now Rotarians can search and access thousands of high-quality photos taken by Rotary International photographers. Rotary Images is a database of pictures that bring Rotary’s stories to life and can help enhance club Web sites and other publications.


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Mobile Phone Safety Rtn Dr Madhukar

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ealth-related concerns over the hazards of mobile phone usage is rapidly growing as large number of scientific studies are being published supporting this issue. WHO has reviewed the available evidence and declared mobile phones’ electro-magnetic radiations as possibly carcinogenic(Group 2B). Scientific studies have shown that exposure to electromagnetic frequency and radio-frequency radiations may affect brain activity, reaction time, functionality of the ears and eyes, sleep, fertility and behaviour. The signals may also interfere with medical implants like heart pacemakers. It is therefore essential to exercise some precautions,while using mobile phones, to reduce absorption of radiation. Subscribers can adhere to these measures for safe mobile usage: • Whenever possible, replace the mobile handsets with safer alternatives such as wired landline or voice over internet protocol programmes (VoiP) like Skype and Gtalk. • Use desktop computer to access internet services. • Use a good quality mobile phone with smaller values of Specific Absorption Rate (the rate at which energy is absorbed by the human body). Mobile phones have SAR values ranging from a low of 0.1 to a high of 1.9. Using phones with lower SAR will drastically reduce exposure to radiations.

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Switch off the mobile phone before going to bed and long periods of non-usage. Do not carry mobile phone in pockets or bras. Keep the phone in a bag away from the body. Make short-duration calls. Prefer texting instead of voice call whenever possible. Do not use the phone when signal is weak. Do not use the handset when battery is low. Keep battery at least half charged. Do not keep mobile phone pressed to ears. Hold it as far as possible and prefer to use a wired earphone or speaker function. Avoid staring for long time into the mobile phone screen, reading large amount of texts, playing games etc as it dries the eyes leading to eye damage. Avoid using mobile phone around other electronics as it increases or focus the radiations on body. People wearing pacemaker, sunglasses with metal rims, metal wired bras, tooth filling, knee implants etc should minimise, if not able to avoid completely, the use of mobile phones. Open and empty spaces should be preferred to make longer calls. Avoid owning multiple mobiles or multiple SIM card based phones. Avoid using mobile phone inside moving vehicle as the mobile phone signal intensity changes with distance from base tower and metal body of the vehicle traps the signal, which increases the exposure levels. Mobile phone use is banned during driving as it can easily lead to accidents. Children have thinner skulls and their brain is metabolically more active than adults which leads to much more serious effects. Hence children should be completely refrained from mobile phone use. Further, as children are likely to use mobile phones for longer time, lifetime cumulative absorption of radiations will be much higher, which can lead to serious health effects during older age. Mobile phone signals can produce adverse biological effects on the developing child in the womb of pregnant women; hence it should be avoided during pregnancy.

Rtn Dr Madhukar has authored the book Mobile Phone Safety. He is a member of the 150 scientists’ collaboration from across the world, who has signed the International Scientist Appeal on setting stringent radiation safety measures, which will be delivered to the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. He is member of Rotary Kushalnagar, RI District 3180. He may be contacted at: +91-9743059668. Email:„ DECEMBER 2014

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he challenge faced by polio health workers in Pakistan is fast snowballing into a crisis with armed attacks on these workers getting more frequent and lethal. In the last week of November, two brutal attacks were carried out on polio workers, killing four female health workers, and injuring more. Considered the most deadly attacks in two years on polio workers in Pakistan’s north-western tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, these attacks have brought to the fore once again the Pakistan Taliban’s hostile and stated position against polio vaccination. The false propaganda claims that

polio vaccination is against Islam; the polio workers are really “western spies under the guise of health workers” and the western nations are sterilising Pakistan’s children under the claim of immunising them against polio. In Peshawar District, in the middle of the night, armed militants jumped over the compound wall of the house of Salma Farooqi, mother of five. She was abducted after her husband and children were tied, and next day was repeatedly shot after being tortured. Another attack followed in quick succession, when a van carrying a group of health workers was attacked by armed militants in the south-western

city of Quetta. Motorcyclists intercepted the van and opened fire on the occupants using automatic weapons. Three women were killed and other three injured. According to the Pakistan daily Dawn, the inhabitants of the van were part of an emergency polio vaccination campaign launched by the Balochistan government with the collaboration of the UNICEF and WHO. At 265, polio cases in Pakistan are at a 15-year high, and polio workers, particularly women, are regularly targeted by the Pakistan Taliban. While the only other two countries with polio cases — Afghanistan and


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Nigeria — are reporting lower numbers, Pakistan is seeing more polio cases. As the international media is zooming into Pakistan to report these dastardly attacks, there are also allegations that the Pakistan Taliban is using children as shields to persuade the US to stop its drone attacks in this region. The tragedy is that many parents who want to give polio drops to their children are doing so by “smuggling” it in ice packs to their homes, and administering them to the children of only relatives and close friends they can trust. A few months ago,

the British daily The Guardian had reported the story of Amir, 45, who clandestinely brought ice-cooled polio vaccines to his home in an interior Pakistan village to be administered to his extended family. “If we have confidence in our neighbours and close relatives then we share the drops with them, but only if we know we can trust them,” he said. Commenting on the recent dastardly attacks PDG Aziz Memon, Chair, Pakistan National PolioPlus Committee, said Rotary International “strongly condemns such incidents in

which polio workers are repeatedly targeted. We offer our heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families and request the Government to take action against persons responsible and provide proper security to polio workers.” Balochistan Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch said that the campaign would resume; “we will not give in to elements involved in killing innocent health workers.” Added PDG Memon, “We are committed. The children of this country should walk, not crawl. We promised to end polio, and we will.” „ DECEMBER 2014

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Pls read. Thx! Business emails are no place for LOLs by Kevin Cook


ven though most of us dash off quick, informal emails these days, you may know a few older people like my friend Dominic, whose emails sound like they should be written on parchment and sealed with a signet ring: Dear Kevin, Allow me to invite you to dine with several of our colleagues in the cafeteria on Tuesday, January twelfth, at 1 p.m. Kindly respond at your earliest convenience. Sincerely, Dominic And you might also have younger correspondents who write more like this: get yurbut 2 cafe 2moro@1 !!NOXCUSES!!! The Dominics among us notwithstanding, you’ve probably noticed a shift in the last few years: More people of all ages are sending unpunctuated, uncapitalised, or ALL CAPS messages pocked with emoticons (created from standard keyboard letters, numbers, and punctuation) and emojis (a set of icons, such as the sunglasses-wearing smiley as the one above). The trend has even infected business correspondence from suit-and-tie types you’d think would know better. Not long ago, I heard from a magazine editor, a Benz-driving gent in his 60s who began his career with a secretary typing his business letters on carbon paper. Now his emails sound like my teenage daughter’s: KEV wheres nba story??! dedlines 2day so GOGO What’s going on? When did business correspondence go from Strunk and White to shrunken writing? “It’s all about texting,” says business consultant Barbara Pachter. “Millions of people, especially younger people, do so much texting that the styles of texting have changed their emails. Even those of us who are older and text a lot tend to drop the punctuation or capital letters in our emails, so they look more like texts — with unfortunate

consequences.” Pachter, author of The Essentials of Business Etiquette, has a friend who sent an email saying “thx” for a job interview. Thx. “Every email you send is a presentation of you,” Pachter says. “Make it as sharp and presentable as you’d want to be in person.” Want to hone your netiquette? Here are seven tips from the experts: When in doubt, go the formal route. E-correspondence may be evolving fast, becoming less formal as oldsters retire or expire (known in e-commerce as going “into the cloud”) and txtrs take over, but courtesy and clarity still matter. As Pachter puts it, “There’s more downside to being too casual than being too formal. So when you write an email, you want to err toward the businesslike.” Take the salutation: Opening with “Dear Ms. Alyokhina”sounds stiff, but it won’t offend Ms. Alyokhina, whether she’s a bank president or a leader of a Russian protest group. Opening with “Dear” may strike anyone under 50 as stodgy to the point of constipation, but its formality signifies respect. Once you establish a correspondence, opening with the less formal “Hello Maria” or “Hi Maria” makes sense. Of course, you want to pay close attention to how your correspondent addresses you. If someone opens with “Dear Kevin,” I make sure to “Dear” them back. And if you start with a salutation, you should end with a closing line. “If you open with ‘Dear Mr. Jones,’ don’t close with an emoji,” Pachter says. “There’s a hierarchy here too. Closing with ‘Sincerely’ is formal, while ‘Best’ or ‘Regards’ sounds nicer. I’ve seen ‘Cheers’ a lot lately — an import from England. In Britain, many people close emails with ‘Yours faithfully,’ which sounds to me like a marriage proposal. ‘Cheers’ is more upbeat.” Pachter’s policy goes double for international email. “We Americans tend to be casual, which can offend people


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in other cultures. If you’re emailing a businessperson in Toss the empties. Thousands if not millions of people another country, pretend you’re writing to the President.” still clog their correspondents’ inboxes with emails saying Don’t be a teenager. Unless you are a teenager, CUT nothing but “Thanks!” or “OK.” Each one eats up a preTHE CAPS and exclamation points!!! Lindsey Pollak, cious moment at the sending and receiving end. If we added author of Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next those moments together, we could all sleep an extra hour Generation of Leaders, suggests a limit for exclamation every night. “Before you send a short, kneejerk reply, ask points in a business email: One! yourself if it will change anything,” Kallos says. “If Keep it tight. “Busy people hate long not, spike it.” emails,” says email etiquette expert On the other hand, hit “reply.” As Judith Kallos. “They don’t want to we get swamped with emails, it’s Any sincere scroll down to get to the point you tempting to skip the ones that don’t query deserves at least a want to make, and they won’t. call for immediate action. But You must keep your emails people don’t like to be ignored. quick response, she adds. “You short and sweet.” But what One of my pet peeves is the if your point is complex, or inefficiency — not to say rudedon’t have to reply to spam. You requires a long list? “Easy — ness — of publicists, editors, attach a PDF and say, ‘Please and other businesspeople who don’t have to reply to hard-sell emails. review this when you get a ignore a simple request rather chance.’ ” than saying, “Thanks, but no But anyone who takes the time to Play the emoticon thanks” or “We appreciate game. I went into this your interest, but [celebrity’s send a polite email asking for some article loathing emoticons, name here] is currently in charwhich can signal everything acter and can only speak [Greek, action on your part deserves an from positivity:) to a hangoHobbit, Martian].” answer. ver %\ to Homer Simpson (_8(|). “Ignoring emails is easy,” Kallos Business-communications consays, “but it’s dumb. Why? Because sultant Scott Mc-Dowell changed my things change. That celebrity might want mind. Our attempts to keep emails short can to talk about his next movie.” Any sincere make us sound “clipped, sarcastic, or rude,” he says. query deserves at least a quick response, she adds. A smile can make your meaning clear. As with exclama“You don’t have to reply to spam. You don’t have to reply tion points, don’t overdo it, but a single, simple emoticon to hard-sell emails. But anyone who takes the time to send can prevent confusion ;) a polite email asking for some action on your part deserves Customise your subject lines. “Be specific, and keep an answer. It takes 10 seconds to hit ‘reply’ and say, ‘We it short,” says efficiency expert Peggy Duncan. “Too appreciate your interest, but we must pass at this time.’ many people forward emails without changing the subject A little politeness may pay off in the future.” line. You’ll get one headed YEAR-END REPORT that The best e-rules are the simplest: Be polite, be brief, invites you to lunch. So if you change the subject, change and DON’T SHOUT! the subject line. This has an added benefit if you’re searching for that email later.” Reproduced from The Rotarian

In Memorium We express our heartfelt condolences on the demise of PDG Dr Laxmikant Bhojwani, RC Poona, RI District 3131. He served as the District Governor during 1988–89.


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by R K Raghavan


he present developments in the CBI and the appointment of a new Director provide an opportunity to restore the image of India’s premier investigative agency, and reinstate people’s faith in probity in public life. These are momentous days for the Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s premier investigation agency. Politicians, judiciary, civil servants and average citizens alike look upon the Bureau as a government agency which has the capacity to solve the

most complicated crimes and also handle investigation of corruption at high places. All of them also believe that it can deliver goods only if it is allowed to operate with absolute freedom. There is near unanimity also that the CBI does not enjoy the autonomy, it so badly needs, to perform its tasks. The CBI was born in 1964, the year in which the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) came into being, following the report of the Santhanam Committee on how to combat the malaise of dishonesty in public services. The predecessor to CBI was the Delhi Special Police

Establishment (DSPE), which was founded even under the British to look into irregularities in the purchases of the Defence Ministry during the Second World War. To this day the CBI owes its legal existence to the DSPE Act (1946) and does not have a legislation of its own. As a result it suffers from the severe handicap of being recognised only as a police agency and therefore the restrictions imposed by the Criminal Procedure Code (1973). Efforts by successive CBI chiefs and others to get Parliament to enact an exclusive CBI Act which would confer on it adequate legal authority have not succeeded. This omission is attributable to the fear of the political executive that a powerful CBI is a threat to democracy. Supreme Court Intervenes The judiciary, especially the Supreme Court of India — the highest court of the land — is conscious of the need to insulate the CBI from political control. It was in this pursuit that in 1997, in the famous Hawala case, it laid down a rigid procedure for the selection and appointment of CBI Director and conferred on him a mandatory two-year tenure. (This writer was the first beneficiary of this salutary ruling). Things went


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on reasonably smoothly, except for a few hiccups once in a while, until the arrival in recent years of the 2G scam (irregularities in the allocation of spectrum for telecom operators) and Coalgate (illegalities in the allocation of coal mines for use by private industrialists). These two massive and momentous investigations were handed over to CBI by the Supreme Court of India. During the course of the CBI enquiries, which led it to look in to the role of people in high places — including those in the Establishment — rumours began to swirl around that the CBI was being bullied into saving some of those who had put their hands into the till. Most damaging was the allegation that in the Coalgate investigation the CBI Chief was personally summoned by the Union Law Minister to have a peak into the agency’s status report to the Court and that he made a few vital changes. When this was brought to the notice of the Court, the latter made a sharp statement which referred to the CBI as a “caged parrot’ in the hands of the executive. This admonition has stuck to the discredit of the CBI till this day. The latest indictment of the CBI Director for having clandestinely met some persons linked to 2G scam at his house on several occasions is the last nail in the coffin. This was revealed in the public interest litigation by an NGO which categorically charged the Director of trying to help some of the accused in the case. The Director’s defense that he was only trying to find out whether his officers had done the investigation on the current lines has not cut

much ice with the Supreme Court. The court ordered its own probe into the allegation through its Special Public Prosecutor (SPP). The latter has convincingly established the veracity of the allegation against the Director. This in turn led to the court directing the CBI Chief to recuse himself from the investigation. This was a serious ruling that attracted nationwide attention. The current CBI chief has chosen to stay on in the job, although he has less than a fortnight to go before his retirement.

This is the first of the column At the Core on Rotary core values such as ethics and probity in public life, service, diversity, leadership and fellowship. These recent developments have cast more than a shadow on the CBI’s impartiality and integrity. Although the Supreme Court’s order applied specifically to the Director, and the court refrained from going into many facts in the interest of the reputation of the organisation, there is a general view among the public that this could not be dismissed as mere aberration of an individual and that the objective and the professionalism of the whole organisation was suspect. This is rather unfortunate, because it is widely believed that

all the actions of the Director were at his own instance and in the teeth of opposition of his key investigators. Challenge ahead Now it will take a long time to undo the damage caused to the Bureau. This is why the choice of a new Chief after the impending retirement of the current Director assumes great significance. Under a new amendment to the Central Vigilance Act and the DSPE Act, the CBI Director is chosen by a collegium comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Justice of India or a Judge of the Supreme Court of India nominated by him. Officers belonging to three seniormost batches of the Indian Police will come under the zone of consideration. The three criteria set out by the Hawala judgment for this appointment include seniority, length of experience in criminal and anti-corruption investigation and integrity. I am certain that this collegium of unimpeachable eminence will do a clinical job in identifying the right candidate. In my view the person chosen should not only be competent and honest, he should also be fearless, and not expect any favours from the Executive. He should rise above regional and casteist considerations. The next occupant of this vital post will therefore have a huge responsibility not only to perform but to restore the CBI’s credibility. But if he does not rise to the occasion and discharge his duties conscientiously, posterity will not forgive him. (The writer is a former CBI Director.)

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by Rasheeda Bhagat Mukesh Malhotra continues his father’s legacy of helping the less fortunate.


is father was only 15 years old when his grandfather passed away. And after the partition, “when my father came from Rawalpindi to India as a refugee in 1947, he was penniless,” recalls Mukesh Malhotra, Past President of RC Pune Riverside, and Managing Director, Weikfield Products Corporation LLP, Pune. But, on his journey from having virtually nothing to building up a prestigious food industry, giving the family the ability, and more important, the motivation and generosity, to donate $250,000 to the Arch C Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation (TRF), S P Malhotra, founding chairman of the company, gave his children some invaluable lessons. One of them was to celebrate life; “he set up this company in 1956, and even in 1958-59 when we had little, he would ensure that the entire family would go every week for a picnic. He would always say enjoy life,” says the son. He recalls the day when he was barely six years old, when a friend drew his father’s attention to a starving family. “In the small Standard car we had then, along with me he drove to the bazaar, bought some rice, dhal, sugar, ghee ... about 1–2 month’s ration, and we personally delivered it to that family.” On October 29, S P Malhotra’s portrait was unveiled during the Arch Klumph Society Induction Ceremony at the Rotary Headquarters in Evanston, USA.

Passion for giving

These invaluable childhood lessons are firmly ingrained in the son’s psyche, as he handles a cache of community welfare projects run by the Malhotra Weikfield Foundation. One of these is giving scholarships to deserving students in pure sciences. “Unfortunately the best minds in India do not take up pure science or don’t continue with it. And without research in pure science, applied sciences cannot exist.” The other bane of our society is to ignore girls’ education. “In poor families even the education of very bright girls will be ignored, but the parents will beg, borrow or steal to educate their sons. So we’ve decided that 65–70 percent of our scholarships will go to girls.” Of the 50 scholarships given every year — 25 for M.Sc. (Rs 20,000 per student) and 25 for B.Sc. (Rs 10,000), 70 percent go to girls. Scholarships are also given for Ph Ds and research in food. His family also works in tandem with the Jan Seva Foundation in Pune, which is building toilets in villages ... one for each home. “We started doing this well before Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about it.” As part of the donation to the TRF is for sanitation, this finds a strategic fit. But what Malhotra is most passionate about right now is the setting up of a world-class vocational training centre. His Foundation has sponsored skill development and placement of about 500 tribals, paramedics, etc. “We want to set up a

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world class centre and have bought five acres of land about 20 km from Pune and applied for necessary government permissions to convert agricultural land into public service land.” Rotary se But this is still hanging fire for two years, management seekho even though his plans are ready. While $75,000 Mukesh Malhotra recalls the passion his father, the from the family’s Arch C Klumph donation late S P Malhotra, had for Rotary. “He’d return from overwill go into building toilets, $50,000 will seas at 6.30 pm and attend his Rotary club meeting at 7 pm! go into such a centre to train auto and IT My father loved the way Rotary is run; its Presidents/ maintenance engineers, machine Governors are trained. I remember as a youngster operators, welders in modern how he’d bring Rotary manuals home and say ki methods of welding technolRotary se management seekho. He would tell our ogy, and so on. GMs and other managers to just observe how such a Global auto majors huge organisation is run, how they delegate work, such as Mercedes Benz organise events. In our company, many of the proand Volkswagon have cedures are based on Rotary manuals. He himself agreed to provide “us was a very well organised and disciplined person, retired people to train and loved Rotary for its principles and procedures. our trainers, mostly from S P Malhotra never lost touch with his roots; once he villages, in modern indusinvited 75 couples from Pakistan and they were put up in trial methods, which make the homes of Rotarians. The ultimate irony: The man who jobs possible at a starting salleft Rawalpindi penniless in 1947, returned as a valued guest ary of Rs 15,000–20,000. We’ll 40 years later to attend Benazir Bhutto’s wedding in 1987! start with 180 and go up to 1,200. So what does Rotary mean to the son? My father always said ‘let us be job “I look at Rotary as a vehicle; it depends on how you press the creators and not job seekers.’” accelerator and drive the car. Rotary provides you the platform Such trainers from villages (he is to do service and have fun and fellowship at the same time. also looking at retired army personnel It has helped me and some others build so much camaas they have the right orientation and raderie that we can pick up the phone and get work discipline — to undergo such training) done, that otherwise need 10 meetings. We can would then return to their villages and start raise Rs 4–5 lakh in just one meeting when small training centres there. “Today every Indian disasters like the tsunami strike.” village has diesel pumps, tractors, mobile phones;

these things require repair and maintenance. If the villages can get competent trained people, there will not be large scale migration to cities for jobs.” This is the essence of Malhotra’s mission, which may take 5 or even 10 years to materialise. Incidentally, he recently told his sons, when he turned 61, that from 21–61, he “spent 90 percent time doing what I needed to do and only 10 percent on what he wanted to do. Now I’d like to reverse that process.” Helping Uttarakhand victims

The undercurrent of philanthropy running in his genes has spurred him to act through Rotary to give speedy aid to victims of natural disasters. In Uttarakhand, badly damaged by last June’s flash floods, the Malhotra family has undertaken an ambitious project in a village 35 km from Mussoorie to rebuild 75 houses with 75 toilets and a school. This project may go upto Rs 6 crore or more; Rs 1crore has been collected. These houses will be built for families earning less than Rs 10,000; houses can’t

be sold for 11 years and labour has to come from the beneficiaries. But the project has slowed down because of technical problems related to land ownership, contribution of labour; “if the beneficiaries don’t agree to our conditions, which are really safeguards to ensure that the really needy get our help, we might even drop the project, building only the school,” he adds. When the tsunami hit in 2005, he was RC Pune Riverside President, (“called by some as the ‘royal club’ because we meet at the Meridien”) and the club executed an Rs 85 lakh project adopting a village near Puducherry. Forty new boats with engines and GPS systems were given to fishermen, along with nets and a small cold storage facility set up. Similarly in the recent J&K disaster, his club has been quick to marshal help for the victims.„ DECEMBER 2014

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What : Sachin’s autobiography Recommendation : Buy. It’s Sachin, after all! Playing it my way : Sachin Tendulkar, Hodder and Stoughton, London, Rs 899


A little uncharacteristically though, he talks about his wife, their romance, and given his readers a few pictures of his family, whose privacy he has so far guarded very zealously. It’s not exactly the kind of writing that will make any of us read the 443 page (plus appendix and other addons) in one go, but this is the best that is officially available on Sachin, conceptualised by him and given shape to by Boria Majumdar. Photos: by Special Arrangement

achin Tendulkar, God to many, legend to even more, finally wrote about himself, his cricket, and his life. And just like The Word, Sachin’s book too, does not have the flourish of language or any serious scandals. It’s his journey through an eventful life of cricket, as he sees it. In choosing to write a book, Sachin has clearly said what he wanted to, and has chosen to hold back many, many things that we still have to only guess.

Sachin is well aware that he will not be able to please everyone. So he gives us this caveat in the prologue: “It seems to me that no autobiography can claim to document every detail of the author’s life. That’s impossible. There are bound to be issues that can’t be written about for one reason or another, events that are too personal or perhaps too sensitive.” The controversial parts of the book, where he criticises Greg Chappel (“ringmaster who imposed his ideas on the players”) and Rahul Dravid (2004 Multan Test declaration with Sachin on 194), were already public even before the book was officially released. Those who seek more such controversial stuff from the book will be disappointed. There’s none! Most people, not just cricket lovers, have, for a large part of our lives in these past two decades, followed Sachin’s life and career. Most of us remember the joy that the young boy gave us when he repeatedly hoisted Abdul Quadir over the ropes in a 20-over exhibition match in Peshawar in 1989, and put


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victory within India’s grasp (with the established blaster Krish Srikkanth watching on from the other end, and later saying that it was one of the best innings he had ever seen in his life), but we may not remember the baptism with fire in that series. Sachin confesses in his book, “After my very first innings in Test cricket, during which I was all at sea against Wasim and Waqar, I began to doubt my ability to bat and question whether I was ever going to be good enough to play at international level.” The series by fire (“much more than a cricket match that was being played between the two teams”) did not end there. At Sialkot, Test No.4, a rising Waqar delivery rearranged his facial features and left him bloodied. Describing the incident vividly, and what possibly is one of the best, most candid and straight passages in the book, Sachin recalls: “I misjudged

the bounce on the ball. It rose six inches higher than expected and hit me on the flap of the helmet before deflecting and hitting my nose. At that time I was the only batsman besides Srikkanth not to wear a grille. It wasn’t an act of bravado; I just wasn’t used to playing with one...To add to my discomfort, a banner in the stands read, ‘Bachhe ghar ja ke dudh pee ke aa.’ (Kid go home and drink milk).” Imran eventually got him for 57, but by then, Sachin managed to ensure that India did not lose that match. Sachin has taken some space to explain the pains of a middle class boy trying hard to get by with a little too much fondness for cricket, and how difficult it was. All the pain and the hard days would easily not have amounted to much for Sachin too. After all, his pal, Vinod Kambli who, by Sachin’s own admission elsewhere, was more talented, had spectacularly fallen by

the wayside. Sachin will not talk much about it. But the disappointment for cricket lovers is that the 664 the two put together in a school game, is so much more better described by his compatriots than in the book — of balls getting lost, of Kambli’s legendary forgetfulness, of how a bowler refused to bowl any longer, of how the entire reserve had to be called up even as the two kept belting out runs. Nor does the book satisfy anyone looking for insights into his legendary Perth innings. One can only assume that this will be the first of several books of the young legend. Dedicated to ‘all my fellow Indians,’ the publishers have announced that the proceeds from the book “will be used to support two charitable causes: the alleviation of malnutrition in children and the provision of clean water to the underprivileged.” That will be two more reasons to buy a copy. Today. „

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RI leaders at the Race for Humanity event at Mumbai.


ver 6,000 Rotarians and their families in District 3140 came together at the Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai to Light up Rotary by organising ‘Race for Humanity’ an event

for fellowship and contribution. The promotion and publicity of this event had caught the attention of 1,00,000 people from various walks of life. About 1,500 membership kits, including Rotary’s

success stories were distributed to non-Rotarians at the fund raiser. Eight races, fashion shows and an AV presentation on Rotary India and The Rotary Foundation were the highlights. The event not only helped Rotary raise funds, strengthened District Fellowship, reinforced Rotary’s goodwill, but also highlighted Rotary’s reach and network in the society and its overall image. The largest ‘human horse’ made the next day’s headlines. “I remember how PRIP Kalyan Banerjee and I were sceptical when this idea was mooted. But it turned out to be one of the most significant events that I have witnessed in my 42 years of service in Rotary. Well done RI District 3140. Keep it up...” said Chairman, Rotary Foundation India, (2012–15) Ashok Mahajan. „ DECEMBER 2014

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The Foundation’s funding model


he Rotary Foundation’s funding model will be modified starting July 1, 2015. The changes to current practices are not significant, but will have a big impact on the Foundation’s long-term financial stability. What is the purpose of the funding model?

The funding model lays out a clear order of priorities to ensure that programmes, operating expenses and an operating reserve are funded. The Trustees want to ensure that the Foundation has sufficient resources to continue operations. The model that takes effect on July 1, 2015 will provide The Rotary Foundation with a more predictable level of financial support for programmes and the operating expenses it takes to make them successful. These measures will safeguard the Foundation’s ability to fulfill its mission far into the future. Why is the model needed?

During the economic downturn, the Foundation did not have sufficient return on its investments to fund its operating expenses. During this period of time, the operating reserve was depleted, and money had to be borrowed from the World Fund to pay for operating expenses. At some points, funding for programmes was limited. We realised our Foundation needs more reliable sources of revenue to pay its annual operating expenses and provide for an operating reserve. By using diversified sources of income, we will minimise the impact on the World Fund and ensure that The Rotary Foundation’s programmes are sustainable in the future. Of course, no plan can anticipate every contingency, however. What do you mean by “diversified sources ?”

Vocational Training.

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been invested as part of a three-year cycle, in addition to a small portion of spendable earnings from the Endowment Fund. These sources rely on strong financial markets. When the Foundation has experienced net losses or diminished The returns, it has paid its operating Humanitarexpenses by borrowing from ian Project Against the World Fund and then Malaria, Poverty, replenishing it. The funding Hunger, and Illiteracy model does not represent in Uganda, funded by a a significant change to our Rotary Foundation grant, current practices; it simply provides free school lunches. brings clarity and transparency. Is anything changing?

Yes, what is changing is the need to add 5 percent to global grant cash contributions, which will be used to help cover the costs associated with processing the cash. Under the current system, cash contributed to support a grant by clubs and districts requires administration, but provides no investment income to meet the costs of that administration. Also, in the future, when the Foundation pursues large corporate gifts, it will negotiate to include up to 10 percent of the gift to cover operating

expenses. This is a common practice in many countries, and each gift will be individually negotiated as is appropriate. Over time, the additional revenue from both of these changes will provide more financial flexibility and make the Foundation less reliant on net investment returns. Where can I learn more about the funding model?

The Trustees recognise that open, clear communication fosters Rotarians’ continued support of, and active

involvement in, Foundation programmes. The first step in the funding model communication plan was an announcement on with a link to a document that details the changes, called “Our Foundation’s Funding Model.” Look to the February issue of The Rotarian for more funding model details. Training manuals for officers and committees at the district and club levels are also being updated, and webinars and e-learning modules are being developed. Please send questions to Reproduced from The Rotarian

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District Scores RC Salem Junction, RI District 2980 – An ambulance was handed over to the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Hospital, Salem.

RC Theni Stars, RI District 3000 – District level chess tournament for boys and girls was organised at Theni in association with The Tamil Nadu State Chess Association.

RC Ghaziabad Shatabdi, RI District 3010 –

RC Akola, RI District 3030 – Skill development programme for girl students from Khandelwal College of Commerce to empower them with income-generating options. The four month training programme imparts skills on accounting system.

Skill development programme empowers girls with income-generating options.

Rotarians participated in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and distributed 5,000 paper bags to the public to promote cleaner and a safer environment.

RC Vuyyuru, RI District 3020 – The club in association with Innerwheel Club of Vuyyuru conducted an awareness programme on eve teasing and violence against women at AG & SG Siddhartha College of Arts and Science.

RC Bhopal Mid Town, RI District 3040 – Inter–school General Knowledge Quiz Competition organised at Bhopal had participation of students from 20 schools. Cash awards and participation certificates were given to winners and participants.

RC Mandvi, RI District 3051 – TV and DVD donated to Shri Saraswati Shishuvatika School to enhance their learning experience. Villagers were asked to encourage and assist educational activities at the school.


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RC Sikar, RI District 3052 – Students of the Daffodil School took an oath against use of drugs at the Anti Drugs Camp organised by the club. Rotarians also created awareness on ill effects of the usage of drugs.

RC Izatnagar Bareilly, The gift of educational materials and uniforms at Shri Dutt Ashram Jan Seva Trust inspires the tribal students to pursue education.

RC Gwalior Central,

3060 – Infrastructure and educational kits donated to Shri Dutt Ashram Jan Seva Trust, a boarding school for tribal students. Uniforms were also distributed to the students.

RC Lakhimpur Central, RI District 3120 – Tricycles donated to the physically challenged at Rotary Mahotsav – an event celebrating Rotary’s spirit of service.

RI District 3053 – Rotarians celebrated Diwali with poor and underprivileged children. Gifts, crackers and new clothes were given to them.

RC Surat, RI District

RI District 3110 – Anti rabies drive was organised by the club to curb rabies and create awareness about the disease.

RC Kharghar Mid Town, RI District 3131 – Mobile mammography van donated as part of cancer awareness programme. This would benefit village women from in and around Kharghar.

RC Jullundur, RI District 3070 – Uniforms worth Rs. 3,50,000 donated to 450 students of National Child Labour Project School.

RC Koregaon, RI District 3132 – Nutritious food and gifts were distributed to visuallychallenged children at a school.

RC Theog, RI District 3080 – Cleanliness drive organised by Rotarians in support of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The Rotarians were supported by the local municipality.

RC Bombay Airport, RI District 3140 – Stainless steel bunk beds worth Rs 3,50,000 were donated to YMCA Orphan Boys Home, Mumbai.

RC Ferozepur Cantt., RI District 3090 – Club members volunteered in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and thus promoted the initiative among the public too. JCB machines were provided to clean the Government Boys School.

RC Warangal, RI District 3150 – Scholarships provided to underprivileged B.Tech, NIT students to help them pursue their education.

RC Meerut Diamond, RI District 3100 – Solar lamps distributed to students of Kasturba Gandhi Residential Girls School to help them learn during late evening and night. The total cost of the project was Rs.45,000.

Clubs promote cleaner environment by promoting Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the communities.

RC Allagadda, RI District 3160 – Stainless steel plates and tumblers donated to elementary schools in rural regions. Awareness on eating hygienically was also imparted to the students. DECEMBER 2014

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RC Ichalkaranji, RI District 3170 – A photo exhibition was organised to raise funds for the education of hearing impaired students.

RC Chennai Chepauk Centennial, Solar lamps chase away darkness for students of Kasturba Gandhi Residential Girls School.

RC Udupi Manipal, RI District 3180 – Anti rabies drive was organised by the club to promote awareness about rabies and the need to vaccinate pet dogs promptly. RC Madanpalli, RI District 3190 – Tables and benches donated to a school in Madanpalli to provide better seating comforts to the students. RC Kodungallur, RI District 3201 – Around 300 students from 45 schools participated in a painting competition hosted by the club. The event helped to bring out the creativity in these children. RC Kasaragod, RI District 3202 – To promote fellowship among Rotarians of different zones, an inter-zone cricket tournament was conducted.

RI District 3230 – The Rotarians donated new clothes and groceries to the inmates of Uthavum Ullangal Home.

RC Darjeeling, RI District 3240 – Two -day International RYLA at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute had 58 participants from countries like Thailand, Burma, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

RC Nawada, RI District 3250 – Health camp for children conducted at D.A.V. School, Nawada had more than 200 beneficiaries. RC Rourkela Central, RI District 3261 – Painting competition for school students attracted close to 400 students from different schools across the city.

RC Keonjhargarh, RI District 3262 – Rotarians organised and participated in a malaria eradication programme. To stop mosquitoes from breeding, disinfectants were sprayed and stagnant water across Keonjhargarh was cleared.

RC Port Blair, RI District RC Sherthallai, RI District 3211 –

3291 – Rotarians conducted and participated in the International Coastal Cleanup day. This helped in creating public awareness on keeping the shores litter-free.

Students from Interact Club in DVHS School, Charamangalam took an oath to help eradicate polio from the world. Mobile mammography van would now protect the womenfolk RC Dhalavaipuram, of villages around RI District 3212 – Educational Kharghar from cancer. kits distributed to needy students to enable them to pursue their studies.

RC Mount Everest Lalitpur, RI District 3292 – The club initiated the Total Literacy drive at Nanglebhare village, providing basic education to the villagers. Educational kits were distributed to them.

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& Cataract by Jaishree

Villagers in rural Karnataka enjoy better eyesight today, free of cataract and other avoidable forms of blindness, thanks to the relentless efforts of Rtn Dr Sundar Ram Shetty and his Global Eye Foundation.

Right from when Dr Sundar Ram Shetty graduated from the Hubli medical college, specialising in ophthalmology, several years ago, he treasured an inner vision — to provide quality eye care for the poor. After working in different parts of India, a brief stint in Nigeria and higher studies in Dublin, he returned to his roots, rich with experience and the same burning vision. In 1987, he set up his clinic at Indira Nagar in Bengaluru, all set to convert his vision into action. He

found his calling in the villages of Karnataka where eye care facilities were abysmal and the prevalence of cataract widespread. Studies reveal that a whopping 15 million Indian people are sightless; and 80 percent of this blindness is easily preventable if detected and treated in time. A majority of the people suffer from cataract, which can be reversible through a simple surgery! Most of the specialised eye hospitals are city-based, and the rural population DECEMBER 2014

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is ignored, unscreened and untreated, with no access to quality eye care. The scenario is Karnataka was equally grim. The Global Eye Foundation is Dr Sundar Ram Shetty’s ‘dream come true’ to provide medical care for avoidable blindness, especially for cataract. The Foundation’s outreach programmes extend across four districts of Karnataka has treated 2.5 lakh patients and performed 65,000 surgeries. During the 90s when he started practice, IOL surgeries were not common and cataract surgeries used to be a long painful process; surgeries were done with ICC (intra-capsular cataract) where the entire cornea is operated, lens removed and incision closed. With both eyes bandaged, the patient was immobilised for a couple of days. The national plan, GIA — Government in Aid — also did not allow IOL surgeries. (But today GIA funds for the IOL). Dr Shetty personally funded the IOL and treated needy patients free of charge. Later, at the request of Lions Club members, he offered his services at Hoskote, an industrial township 28 km from Bengaluru, where only an elementary base hospital existed. He’d drive to Hoskote daily in his Maruti 800, screen patients for cataract in remote areas, pack as many patients as his car could hold back to the hospital, perform surgeries — upto 25 a day — and drop them back to their home the same day. Within a year (1991-92) he was able to provide eye care for nearly 20,000 children, adults and old people.

A patient being led after the surgery.

Expenses were met from his pocket, apart from generous contributions from friends and relatives. His membership in the local recreation club helped him connect with philanthropists. Along with nine of these friends, he started a trust with a corpus of Rs 5,000. Thus was born ‘Global Eye Foundation’ (GEF) at his clinic in 1995.The next year, GEF opened its first hospital at Hoskote in a rented building. Soon he got a call from late Rtn K P Bhaskar of RC Bangalore Indira Nagar and the club donated some spectacles, as it was involved in eye care projects. Dr Shetty persuaded the club to sponsor IOLs. By 1997, he became a member of the club.

GEF Hospital His present state-of the-art GEF Hospital was started with a Rs 40 lakh bank loan in 2005, and has now grown into a 65-bed facility at Hoskote, helped along the way with Rotary support including Matching Grants. Dr B R

Pai (former Director, National Aerospace Laboratories) is the vice chair in this non-profit venture, where 600 operations are performed annually. The hospital gives free treatment to a large number of poor patients in such a way “that the poor do not feel small or uncomfortable, or feel they are getting charity,” says Dr Shetty. Against 50 paying patients, 500 are treated free of cost, and the patients are given the option to pay or not. “No patient is turned down for want of funds here,” he says. Serving as a central base, the GEF Hospital staff screens through eye camps, patients across four districts — Chikkaballapura, Kolar, Bengaluru Rural and Urban — for cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and refractive errors. Follow-up action, including free surgeries, is done at the hospital, with the patients being provided even transport, food and accommodation. Dr Shetty’s patients now get cataract surgery done with manual SICS


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Rtn Dr Sundar Ram Shetty at the hospital.

(Small Incision Cataract Surgery), which is suture-less precision surgery where an IOL is placed manually inside the eye. His passion is evident in his speech and his dream is to propagate this procedure to “as many ophthalmologists as possible, for it is the perfect answer to India’s burgeoning cataract population,” he believes. And he is on the job — providing extensive training to ophthalmologists, from within and outside India.

GEF as Training Centre The same complex also has a training centre funded by C.P. Bothra, Founder & Trustee of Chandanmal Pukhraj Bothra Trust, (hence called GEF Hospital & Bothra Institute of Community Ophthalmology) to prepare doctors to tackle preventable blindness in villages and small towns. But charity is the underlying factor; Dr Shetty has made it mandatory that those trained here will give part of their expertise free of cost.

Dr Shetty’s long-term mission is to make Karnataka cataract-backlog free, and he puts in relentless work to achieve this goal. “Inadequate eye care facilities, ophthalmologists and paramedics are the root causes for the huge backlog of cataracts, with more people being added to the list every year,” he laments. So GEF has developed a three-tier system — primary vision centres, a tertiary centre and a referral hospital. But how long can he provide free services; is such a venture sustainable? Dr Shetty’s response: “Once the eyesight of the blind is restored, they become a productive workforce; their affordability increases and schemes such as Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana would make it affordable for people to avail medical care.” He estimates that by 2030, at least 20 percent of people with preventable blindness would become financially stronger, if his dream shapes up. He has also set up a 20-bed hospital at Shiroor, a village in the foothills

of the Western Ghats, through the Parvathy Mahabala Shetty Charitable Trust in memory of his parents. While the OPD is handled by optometrists and paramedics from the locality (including youth from the Kudubi tribe), Dr Shetty visits the village once a month to perform the surgeries. This hospital serves as a secondary-care level facility, catering to the 35,000 population. He is confident that Rotary and other donors will come forward to expand it. Yet another hospital is under construction at Chinthamani, a village in Chikkaballapura district.

Rotarians reach out RC Bangalore Indira Nagar has been a huge supporter of this giant undertaking right from the start. Equipment and several eye surgeries are being funded by the Rotarians every year. Rotary clubs of Koramangala, IT Corridor, Jeevanbhima Nagar, and other organisations such as Ramakrishna Mission, Helpage India are the other supporters. After doing so much, Dr Shetty feels that this is just the tip of the iceberg. “Rotary should go on a war-footing like its polio eradication campaign to eliminate avoidable blindness. Club presidents should adopt preventable blindness as a flagship project,” he says. Dr Shetty is a Paul Harris Fellow, a Major Donor, and the District Advisor of District 3190’s Avoidable Blindness Committee. His target is doing 10,000 cataract surgeries a year, and the parting shot is, “it can be anywhere in the world.”„ DECEMBER 2014

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WORLD ROUNDUP Rotary Club of Duxbury, USA Rotary Club of Duxbury, USA during the presidentship of Razia Jan approached Afghan Ministry of Education officials to donate a piece of land in Deh’Subz, a village 30 miles outside Kabul. Today, the Zabuli Education Centre (ZEC) is in its sixth year and has a roster of more than 400 girls in kindergarten through ninth grade. Students at ZEC are taught Dari (the local language), English and Math. As their studies progress, the curriculum expands to include Pashto (another local language), History, Science, Health and Hygiene, Geography, Religion and Reading the Quran.

Girls school in Afghanistan.

Food plant solutions in Solomon Islands.

Rotary Club of Ajijic, Mexico The club in association with Rotary Club of Lincoln, California, turned an abandoned building into the Tepehua Community Centre. For its first year, the centre provided a soup kitchen every Friday to feed over 200 women and children. A women’s health clinic was set up and in the first 15 months, 1,000 pap-smears and breast exams were conducted, and 800 women attended family planning and counselling sessions. The Centre also provides education and counselling in the region. Current classes include sewing, arts and crafts, computer skills and English. The centre also offers auxiliary nursing classes and has certified dozens of women as auxiliary nurses. A nursery and a playground were built to provide child-care while the local women participate in the centre’s activities.

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Community Centre for impoverished Mexico neighbourhood.

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Rotary Club of Vancouver Island, Canada Jordan has become home to refugees fleeing from oppression and war in Palestine, Syria and Iraq. With the support of the club and teenage refugee volunteers from the Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organisation that helps refugees create a sense of community in Jordan, an art programme has been implemented to give refugee children a creative outlet for their dreams and ambitions. Ten life-skills deemed essential by UNICEF and WHO for those coping with forced displacement is being imparted to these children. Clean water in Ghana.

Rotary Club Devonport North, Australia Learn Grow, a project supported by Rotary Club Devonport North, Australia helps people in developing countries grow local food that suits their nutritional needs. The club launched its pilot project in the Solomon Islands, producing a compendium of local edible plants, field guides for growers, and a book on crops for schools and community groups. Local organisations provide support and distribute information while a qualified agriculturist serves as a technical support specialist. The project team has received enquiries from 20 other developing countries.

Restoring vision in China.

Art to help refugee children in Jordan.

Rotary Club of Shanghai, China

Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama

The clubs raised a total of $46,000, including $21,000 in matching funds from Rotary Club of Warner Robins, USA and TRF. The Shanghai club collaborated with Vision in Practice, an organisation that provides surgical training, consultation and assistance to eye care institutions and professionals, to oversee the procedures and assist hospital staff. The Global Grant project has introduced a low-cost, high-quality cataract surgery model into the Chinese healthcare system.

Installation of two water wells in Aflao, a town in the Volta region to provide clean water was undertaken by the club. With the cooperation of local leaders, who offered to provide the manual labour to extend the pipelines to their villages, the project reached nine villages. Pipe stands were set up at the villages and in places deemed important to the participating communities, including a common market, a boarding home, a school and a poultry farm.

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The Him Jyoti School is turning Uttarakhand’s underprivileged girls into educated, polished young women, all thanks to the efforts of one man.


it at their PT sessions, dressed in bright coloured T-shirts and shorts, the dining hall offering prayers with bowed heads, on the basketball field at their spacious 10-acre lush green campus, or asking me how to become a good journalist, the girls at Him Jyoti School in Dehradun will remain in my memory for a long time. Sandhya Rai, who with her mellifluous voice can enthral an entire Assembly, is an orphan from Sikkim, and hails from a poor family, as almost all the 267 students selected from government schools in Garhwal and Kumaon regions of Uttarakhand. From Class 5 to 12, their education and residence is borne by the Him Jyoti Foundation, a charitable trust born in 2003, thanks to one man’s dream. Many get scholarships for higher education.

A train journey Recalling that dream, PRID Sudarshan Agarwal, a former Governor of Uttarakhand, says a discussion with his

five Rotary companions on the train he took for his oath ceremony resulted in a corpus of Rs 11 lakh by lunchtime at Raj Bhavan, with his personal contribution being one lakh rupees. “Thereafter I wrote to other friends and corporates; money started pouring in. Over two years, 100 students were receiving Rs 25,000 a year for their courses.” In 2005, the late PRID O P Vaish suggested they start a school for underprivileged girls and contributed Rs 5 lakh, and Him Jyoti School was born in a rented building with 20 girls. With the Governor telling the State Chief Minister about the school for girls, a 10-acre land-fill was allotted. Seeing its perfectly manicured and landscaped greenery, it’s difficult to believe this place was once a mere garbage dump where truckloads of cow dung were required to grow trees. PDG of District 3080 Prem Bhalla, Treasurercum-Trustee, recalls how parents were initially suspicious of sending their girls to this school. But within a decade, after three batches have passed out, with five girls studying in LSR College in Delhi, several pursuing professional courses in medicine, dentistry, engineering, education, Chinese language etc, the scenario has changed. “Now there is competition to enter Him Jyoti; we select 300 best girls from Government schools in Uttarakhand and take 33 each


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similar quality of lifestyle — comfortable accommodation and nutritious food. And so many girls return from their summer and winter breaks with pinched cheeks and tanned faces. Isn’t there another danger of the girls turning up their noses at their parents after their transformation into polished, accomplished young ladies? Jyoti says girls are constantly counselled by their teachers to be grateful to their parents for allowing them to study at Him Jyoti. And Agarwal administers annual oaths to parents that “hum apni betiyon ki shadi abhi nahi karengey, hum unhey aagey padhney dengey.”(We’ll not get our daughters married now. We’ll let them study further).” And parents willingly take that oath. A chat with them confirms they haven’t forgotten their roots. Gulshan Jehan — there are eight Muslims girls in Prayer time before meals. the 267 group — daughter of a labourer earning barely Rs 3,000 a month, wants year after written tests; two seats are to be a doctor. Joshila Rai, from Sikkim, reserved for Sikkim,” says Bhalla. Interacting with the girls, hearing their chatter and whose father has a small farm, wants to be a civil engineer. response in perfect English, it is difficult to believe that Others want to be teachers, pilots, musicians, journalists. No dream is too big for them. when they come here in Class V they speak only Garhwali But all of them say in unison that when they go home and Kumaoni, and barely some Hindi. The quality of education imparted by the Principal Jyothi Dhawan, an they are very happy to help their mothers — in cooking, accomplished educator in both national and international fetching firewood or water and tending to their younger siblings. Joshila’s priority after getting a good job will be curricula, and her team is so good that most of the girls go for higher education. The handholding continues; “first of all to fulfil my mother’s dreams; she has had a very tough life.” the Foundation supports the higher But one major problem in the hills, education of 52 girls, with an annual points out Bhalla, is alcoholism. Jyoti stipend of Rs 25,000–30,000. quietly adds that only the other day one I watch two short plays — includSandhya Rai sings a song for the visitor. ing Sai Paranjpye’s Birds of a feather which the girls re-enact so lovingly for me and am amazed at the talent pool. The girls speak English with a clipped accent; Jyoti says with a smile: “Recently our team defeated the Doon School team in a debating competition.”

Challenges But challenges abound in ensuring that the girls who receive such a quality education go through their high school exams comfortably, and then proceed to colleges. Jyoti recalls how many girls facing board exams are reluctant to go home for winter breaks. “They say we have to help our mothers and don’t get time to prepare for our exams. So we counsel parents that a 5-hour daily break and a secure place to study are essential.” Though the parents understand this and give them the required time, what the girls cannot be assured is a DECEMBER 2014

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of the senior girl’s father came “completely sloshed and she was sobbing and said, ‘I don’t want to go home with him.’ So we told him she couldn’t leave that day as she had some lessons to complete and asked him to send his wife the next day to fetch her.” The school is environmentally friendly; solar power panels provide 4,800 litres of heated water and water harvesting is done religiously. Agarwal’s term as Governor has long ended but he continues to visit the school; a stickler for cleanliness Jyoti recalls the time the 83-year old founder picked up a cleaning cloth and demonstrated to the kitchen staff how to clean the walls!

Funds pour in Agarwal says Rs 1.75 crore is annually spent on running the school; File photo of PRID Sudarshan many donors sponsor the girls’ edugave us Rs 60 lakh under two Matching Agarwal with the students. cation at Rs 60,000 per student a year. Grants for the school and hostel furniThe Foundation now has a corpus of ture, computers, etc,” he says. While Rs 16 crore; “ONGC, the Uttarakhand the Sikkim Government has donated government and Dr Sitaram Jindal, a Rs 40 lakh, Agarwal has raised another friend, have contributed Rs 2 crore each. We’ve spent Rs 50 lakh through a golf tournament while he was GoverRs 8.5 crore on the school buildings — classrooms, hostel, nor and his family has committed an additional Rs 50 lakh. teachers’ quarters, a guest house and principal’s residence.” Other notable donors are K N Memani, Virendra Dayal’s Currently all the students are being supported by Indian family trust, R N Khanna and Rakesh Oberoi. “Now, as corporates, Trusts and individuals. ONGC sponsors 50 girls, we have a corpus fund, we want support for the vocational and Apollo Tyres has undertaken to sponsor another 50; training institute which we are building to train 125 girls CR Dua (20), The Rotary Foundation every year in a two-year course. It will Trustee and PRID Sushil Gupta (12) be ready by 2015,” says Agarwal. and Agarwal’s family (10) are other A valuable lesson to be learnt for sponsors. “The Rotary Foundation those interested in charity is that on his A view of the dorms. 80th birthday, on an appeal from his family printed on the card, his friends donated Rs 55.7 lakh for the school. A Rotarian from 1961, Agarwal was RI Director in 1987–89; “Rotary has helped me to give expression to my inner urge to serve fellow human beings,” he says. Today, Agarwal, who is giving a dream future to hundreds of underprivileged girls of Uttarakhand is justifiably proud that he “has made some contribution to repay my debt to the community which gave me so much honour and respect all through my life. I imbibed values of honesty and compassion from my mother who gave me invaluable advice when I became a judicial officer in 1956 — to treat wealth as no more than mere dust; and to always help the poor.”

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by Jaishree


espite being a country with 1.2 billion people, India faces a blood shortage of three million units. This can be sorted out if an additional two percent of her people donated blood, say health experts. To add to the woes, irregularities of some blood banks in collection and distribution of blood also affects a donor’s intention to donate blood. The idea of virtual blood banks (VBB) is thus catching up across the country and Rotaract Club of Altruism, Kolkata is offering the service to needy patients. So how does it work? Explains Deep Shankar Saha, the president of the club: “The virtual blood bank is an online database, where details of potential donors such as blood group, contact, etc., are stored. The data is sorted according to area/locality so that help is available quickly. Here you need not actually donate blood until someone in your neighbourhood needs it.” Unlike blood donation camps, where precious blood gets wasted sometimes either due to abundance or short expiry dates (the shelflife of donated blood is 35 to 42 days), here blood is donated by donors only when the necessity arises. The concept also eliminates the chance of blood smuggling, as donors know who they are donating to. Asked how it all started, Deep reminisces their first project, a blood donation camp for thalassemia patients which they organised in February 2014 at Kolkata at a cost of Rs 15,000. He was amazed at the overwhelming response to the call and the idea of VBB was then born. The main objective of VBB was to stop illegal syphoning of blood for commercial reasons. On how it works, he says the recipient’s relative or the hospital can place a call on their helpline

which is open 24 x 7, and the Rotaractors zero in on the registered donors who match the patient’s requirement. Then physically donation takes place. “We ensure that calls don’t go unattended and that there is prompt link-up with the prospective donor so that the patient gets timely help,” he explains. If you are above 17 and fit, you can register with this VBB by filling out the form at virtualbloodbank The club has also launched a facebook page, Virtual Blood Bank of RC Altruism, and within 24 hours of its launch on August 1, they were pleasantly surprised to have 600+ registrations. Currently based at West Bengal, they have plans to expand across India and tie-up with other Rotaract clubs, who have similar movements. Today, VBB has more than 1,100 registrants pan India and they have also responded to blood donation requests at Bangalore and Chennai, says the club President. Rotaract Club of Altruism was sponsored by Rotary Calcutta Outram, RI District 3291. Chartered in March 2014, it has 30 members on its roster, the average age being only 22 years. The Rotaractors are an enthusiastic team. They have organised a two-day medical camp at Chandrapur in Burdwan district where 546 people were screened and provided treatment for various ailments. The region, they say, had no doctors in its vicinity and the camp has benefitted the villagers. The Rotaractors visit Rupayan, a rehab centre for street children, periodically and particularly on festive occasions and provide them the necessary support. Justifiably, they won the ‘Best New Club’ award at the 2013–14 District Rotaract Conference. „ DECEMBER 2014

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A Thousand Satyarthis


ommemorating the conferment of Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi in recognition of his relentless fight against child labour and exploitation, a unique initiative of Rotary Club of Tiruchirapalli Shakthi, RI District 3000, gave a visual treat — a thousand little Satyarthis, at the Jegan Matha Matriculation Higher Secondary School grounds in Tiruchi (Tamil Nadu). The Rotarians had organised a Mask Movement wherein 1,000 students donned face masks depicting

Satyarthi. This was to focus attention on the Nobel laureate’s tireless campaign to uphold children’s rights. He was hugely instrumental in getting more than 80,000 children out of hotels, homes, mechanic shops, industries and agri fields, freeing them for education, through his Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood campaign). He had earlier captured the world’s attention by creating the international tag, ‘Rugmark,’ that endorsed rugs and carpets which were not produced by factories

employing child labour. Through this he raised awareness among Western clients not to support child labour. He shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai. The Mask Movement was presided over by Regional Passport Officer K Balamurugan and District Social Welfare Officer Usha. It was fascinating to see the school children, all masked as Satyarthi, in a ‘textbook formation,’ reiterating the activist’s campaign for children’s education. „ Jaishree

“Child slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work still remains but I will see the end of child labour in my life time.” - Kailash Satyarthi 48 ROTARY NEWS DECEMBER 2014

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Team Rotary News Student community in Madurai gets an insight into learning opportunities in the USA.


s the Rotary Club Madurai West, RI District 3000, celebrated its golden jubilee on July 4, along with the American Independence Day, the region’s student and teaching community got an exposure to the educational opportunities available in the US. The US Consulate in collaboration with the club and USIEF (The United States — India Educational Foundation) later hosted the ‘Experience America’ from September 8–10. The students were told about the thousands of accredited colleges and universities, numerous programmes of study and flexibility to change their courses in the US, all this at affordable rates. ‘Experience America’ provided the student community of Madurai an insight into learning opportunities in the US. Andie De Arment, Cultural Affairs Officer at the US Consulate, briefed students from

Andie De Arment, CAO - US Consulate with school students.

‘‘We dream about going to the US to study. But Experience America has shown us the way to make this dream come true.”

Exchanging views at the debate.

ten schools and colleges about higher education in the US, visa procedures, Fulbright Fellowships. At an inter-college debate, students exchanged views on the topic: ‘Freedom of expression: the hallmark of a true democracy.’ An English Language Teaching (ELT) workshop on Communicative Language Teaching Methods for teachers, innovative business idea competition for college students, a workshop on multi-culturalism addressed by Ben Ousley, Deputy Consul, US Consulate, and a web conference on combating gender-based violence were the highlights of the event. Students also offered a tribute to American author and poet Maya Angelou who passed away recently. About the event, Priyanka, a final year student from Lady Doak College said, “We dream about going to the US to study. But Experience America has shown us the way to make this dream come true.”„ DECEMBER 2014

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by Dr Sheela Nambiar


fter my first book, Get Size Wise, I have been doing book tour — readings and book discussions in various cities and spoken to hundreds of women about fitness and exercise. I am often surprised at some of the questions they ask. Mostly, pleasantly surprised. I see a thirst for honest answers and solutions to real life problems that some women seek. I see a real need for a deeper understanding of the term ‘lifestyle change.’ Many of them have been through diverse experiences with drastic weight loss, trainers, gyms, health drinks, extreme diets and expensive supplements to lose weight. Most are still searching for that magic pill. I also find that the women most open to influence and guidance are in the over-40 group. By this time they have experimented with all that there is to in weight loss and finally found it useless. They have discovered that being in a raging hurry to lose weight or gain fitness is what has them in their current situation in the first place, often still overweight and unhealthy, so instead of losing more time on trial and error, they want to get serious about training. There are many however, who are still trying to play the blame game. I have had several occasions where short of tearing

my hair out in frustration, I fenced accusing questions and counter arguments about why a certain woman has not lost weight, or why she finds it so utterly difficult to do so. Some conversations went like this -

She - I just find it impossible to lose weight doctor. I have done everything including diet, yoga and walking. I even went to an ashram and stayed for 15 days. I lost weight but gained it all back. Me - This is exactly what I have been trying to explain — rapid weight loss, especially with drastic diets are notsustainable. You will regain the weight. She - So I think I am doomed to be fat. Me - No you have not done the right thing. The right combination of exercise and diet will work, even if only slowly. She - But I have tried everything doctor! Me - Have you started weight training to build muscle in addition to Yoga and walking, and eating the right quantities of food to nourish your body? She - I think all that is not possible. I don’t have time. Me - You don’t have to spend more time on exercise, just divide the time sensibly and change your eating. She - I don’t think that is possible doctor. I know I can’t lose weight. I have tried everything. So, she has made her choice. A choice not to make the time. A choice not to understand the bigger picture.A choice not to lose weight sensibly. I think the fitness industry, innumerable food options and the media are largely to blame for the current crisis in women’s inability to lose fat and keep it off successfully. Their consistent search for the unattainable.


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Of course the women are to blame as well because they often believe what they like to hear. Such promises as ‘lose five kilos in a week’ (or less) are much appreciated and sought out. The industry propagates these myths for monetary gains. The media taps into our insecurities. The constant message of, ‘you are not good enough, we can make you better, buy our lipstick, silicone breasts, body shaper or whathave-you’ is sufficient to convince any young (or old) woman trying to ‘fit in’ or ‘look better.’ It’s a choice we make and all choices have consequences. It may appear that you don’t have a choice. That you don’t have the time to actually fit in an exercise routine (one hour a day) because you are too busy working, keeping home, travelling etc. If you take an honest look at the way you spend the hours in your day, however, you may find to your surprise that there are many hours in the day that are really ‘time wasters.’ Hours you spend watching mindless TV or surfing the net. These hours can be better invested in regular exercise. You DO have a choice

- You could continue to convince yourself that you don’t have time, or you could make the time. - You could wait for diabetes, hypertension and heart disease to afflict you, or you could start preventing their onset now. - You could wait for obesity to set in, knees to hurt, depression to envelop you, or start changing your lifestyle now. Every choice has a consequence. If you begin making the right choices, you will eventually face the incredible consequences of a better quality life. The writer is author of the book Get Size Wise, and a fitness and lifestyle Consultant. She can be contacted at sheela.nambiar@gmail. com.„

INPPC Chair Deepak features in Foreign Policy magazine INPPC Chair Deepak Kapur has been recognised as one of the Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 by Foreign Policy magazine, USA. He shares space with notable names like President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Angela Merkel of Germany, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jack Ma of Alibaba group, Alex Salmod of Scottish Nationalist Party, the female fighters of Kurdistan and Physician Sangeeta Bhatia amongst others who have made a breakthrough in their field or made a difference. For more details please visit: kapur Foreign Policy is a leading news magazine of global politics, economics and ideas from USA. It is published in print and daily online with 200 million annual page views and 6,00,000 newsletter subscribers. Every year it publishes some 100 odd names as the leading global thinkers — from world leaders, to change makers to newsmakers, everyone who has made a difference. Link to the entire list of 2014 Leading Global Thinkers: Chairman Deepak Kapur is recognised in the group ‘HEALERS.’ Source: INPPC, New Delhi.


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The chartering of this special Rotaract club in its 26th year of humanitarian service is a feather in the cap for 80-odd members of Rotary Indore Uptown.


he Rotaract Club of Mahesh Dhristiheen Kalyan Sangh, a new club sponsored by RC Indore Uptown, RI District 3040, has two distinctions. It is an all girls club and all the Rotaractors are visually challenged. This is probably the first of its kind in the world, says District Governor Narendra Jain. It all began with the RYLA hosted by RC Indore Uptown and co-organised by RC Pune Kothrud, RI District 3131. The two-day programme was organised at the scenic resort of Choki Dhani, Indore, and the Rotarians had invited the students of Mahesh Dhrishtiheen Kalyan Sangh to participate and get empowered with leadership skills. The Sangh is a residential schoolcum-hostel at Indore imparting B.Ed. courses, post graduate studies and other vocational and career-oriented courses for visually-impaired. Around 175 students from across Madhya

Pradesh are enrolled in various streams at this centre. The Rotarians of RC Indore Uptown have been involved with welfare activities here for 20 years. At the invitation of the Rotarians some of the students took part in the RYLA programme. The sessions at the RYLA included workshops on management skills and public speaking. The eight trainers conducting the sessions were also visually challenged. Drawing inspiration from them, the girls zealously took part in the lessons. Their interest and enthusiasm impressed the District Governor who recommended to the Club President Sanjay Bansal that a special Rotaract club be formed for these girls. And thus this unique Rotaract club was born. The charter ceremony was held on September 21 with 48 members. The Installation Ceremony saw the

Rotaractors assume various leadership roles and every word uttered at the solemn oath-taking occasion seemed to come straight from the girls’ heart. They had put up a stall here to display handicraft products like diyas, wall hangings, rakhis and clay Ganesha idols handmade by them. All these items sold like hot cakes and by the end of the programme, the girls had made an impressive Rs 10,000! The club is led by Rtr Rajni Sharma, from Ujjain, who is pursuing a B.Ed. course at this centre, having completed her Master’s in Hindi Literature. She pens poems too in Hindi. “It is a very nice experience to serve as a Rotaractor. For so long we have been at the receiving end … receiving physical and material support from people. Now as a Rotaractor, I am happy to serve others. This gives me lots of satisfaction


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and a sense of achievement,” says an excited Rajni. On the activities planned for her Rotaractors, she says cultural competitions, debates and workshops will be conducted to enhance communication skills of the students at the Sangh as well as in other schools. Rtn Manish Tiwari, Executive Member and Trustee of the Sangh says Rajni suffers from a bleeding disorder called ITP (immune thrombocytopenia); but she is energetic and eager to learn. The dedication and punctuality of the entire team amazes him, he says. Bansal says the Rotaractors are ready to concentrate on all the six focus areas of Rotary and have adopted projects related to environment, including planting of saplings and initiatives for clean and hygienic surroundings. The girls were taken to the neighbouring slum locality to help spread awareness among the slum-dwellers about the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign. This saw

DG Narendra Jain presenting the charter.

good reception from the locals mainly because of their physical condition. “ ‘If a visually-challenged person can have so much concern for our environment, why shouldn’t we?’ was the universal thought of the locality,” says Bansal. The club also plans to publish a monthly bulletin in Braille.

The club provides these Rotaractors a platform to grow their self-confidence and self-esteem. DG Jain has invited the Rotaractors to attend the District Conference in Jaipur in the last week of December, and has waived registration charges for them.„


Rotary at a glance Rotarians

: 12,15,250*


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by Kiran Zehra


his was the third natural devastation India has seen in the last 18 months. After Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir were pounded by torrential rains, the cyclone Hudhud, named by Oman after Israel’s national bird, has caused colossal damage to coastal Andhra Pradesh. Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram were the worst hit cities in this southern State. “And even though there wasn’t a single Rotarian in our District (3020) who was not hit by this cyclone in one way or another, many Rotarians forgot their personal misery and came together to help the worst affected victims of this natural disaster,” says DG Dr Mohan Prasad GV.

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Government estimates of the damage caused runs to about $10 billion. “Visakhapatnam, the biggest city in District 3020 was at the epicentre of the destruction. Winds of 230 kmph ripped open the homes and businesses of thousands of people. Almost all Rotarians — about 2,000 from 30 Rotary clubs in the affected area — experienced great hardship and property losses. Disrupted power and flooding still continue in some of the areas.” In a recent meeting, senior Rotary leaders like PRIP Kalyan, PRIP Raja Saboo, TRF Trustee Sushil Gupta, RIDE Manoj Desai, RID PT Prabhakar, PRID Yash Pal Das, PRID Sekhar Mehta, promised support to Dr. Prasad for constructing 250 low-cost shelters for the victims. The destruction of property is colossal and many people are left both without homes and properties. While every aspect of human life is affected by Hudhud’s fury, the most severely affected are the schools in rural areas. The fishing community too has borne the brunt of nature’s fury as their boats and fishing nets, and along with them their livelihoods, have been washing out.

Workers assembling food kits.

In the wake of the calamity Dr Prasad has constituted a committee to help the victims and channelise relief and rehabilitation activities. Rotary clubs in the Vijayawada region rushed relief material. Lorries carrying biscuits, water packets, and rice were rushed immediately, with clubs pitching in. RC Anakapalle sent in drinking water tankers and food kits, RC Nuzivid Mango Town sent 15 tons of rice, RC Visakha Port City distributed clothes,

Distribution of rice bags to cyclone victims.

food kits and organised a mobile generator to pump water out of houses. Rtn KS Narayana handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to The Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Portable UF water purifying units manufactured at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune (praised by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for simplicity and efficacy) were also sent to Vizag by RI Districts 3140 and 3150. District Assistant Governor YV Chowdary in association with GLOW (a humanitarian organisation) donated Rs 25 lakh for setting up tree guards. Rotarians distributed bedsheets, milk and bread worth Rs 1.3 lakh and physically helped in clearing trees that had fallen on roads and homes. With help from the NTR Trust and NRI Institute of Medical Sciences, 41 medical camps were held in Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam where 40,000 people were given assistance. In its hour of need the victims of coastal Andhra need your help. Please send your cheques drawn in favour of ROTARY DISTRICT 3020 HUDHUD CYCLONE RELIEF FUND, A/c No.129611100000715,IFS Code ANDB0001296 to Andhra Bank, Prabodha Book Centre Branch, Vijayavada, Andhra Pradesh.„ DECEMBER 2014

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by Selvi For three years now, Athijeevanam, the artificial limbs fitment camp hosted by RC Trivandrum Central has been enabling several physically-challenged people, to walk tall and stand on their own feet.


thijeevanam in Malayalam means to survive/outlive, and the artificial limbs fitment camp conducted by this club in RI District 3211 has been helping the orthopaedically-challenged and enabling them to outlive their disabilities. The camps held over the last two years have been a huge success. V S Sivakumar, Kerala Minister for Health, inaugurated the week-long camp at Sasthamangalam, Trivandrum. District Governor K S Sasi Kumar lauded the Rotarians for conducting the camp for the third successive year. He thanked State Bank of Travancore for its substantial donation. Technicians from MS Dada Foundation at work.

The camp is a combined effort of the club along with Rotary Jaipur Limb (RJL) based in UK, and MS Dada Foundation, Chennai. Of the total expenditure of Rs 7.1 lakh, Rs 5 lakh came from the RJL and the balance from corporate sponsorships and club contributions. More than 200 people who had lost one or both legs in accidents, congenitally or due to some illnesses, have benefited from these camps. Standing tall

Technicians from MS Dada Foundation assessed the feasibility of each patient. Measurements were taken and moulds formed to provide custom-made artificial legs. By the fourth day the beneficiaries walked out of the camp in their own light-weight limbs supplied free of cost. “To many beneficiaries the moment to stand tall on their feet was magical; the instant relief and smiles on their faces showed their gratitude,” says Rtn S Balachandran, Secretary of the club. Project Chair Rtn Suresh added, “Satisfaction for the club members is when they see the beneficiaries who are literally carried to the camp, walk back home fitted with the artificial limb.” Help in time of distress

The story of Sadique, a daily wage labourer who was fighting cancer, and had his two legs amputated to curb the spreading disease was heartbreaking. “My world seemed to crash around me. But I had to agree to the amputation because that was the only way the spread of cancer could be prevented,” says Sadique. After surgery, his life was miserable as he had to crawl around and depend on his family and friends for even simple tasks. The artificial limbs camp came as a big relief for him. There was a setback initially as the camp was not equipped to provide prosthetics for an above-knee-amputee. The Rotarians reassured him and contacted the MS Dada Foundation in Chennai. After a second review he got a pair of shortened artificial limbs that would help him slowly 56 ROTARY NEWS DECEMBER 2014

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build muscle strength to use normal artificial limbs. “I do not have words to describe my delight, when I was fitted with two shortened lower limbs. I am sure these will hasten my return to a productive and more self-reliant life,” says Sadique with a smile. Onam celebrations were also organised at the paediatric ward of the Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum by this club. Terminally ill children participated in the event with enthusiasm. Prizes and gifts were distributed to the participants and winners. The celebration ended with Ona Sadya (a traditional spread served during Onam festival). This lively celebration lighted up the ward where otherwise pain, gloom and distress stalk the world of these children in the cancer ward.„

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by Kiran Zehra The Himalayan Stove Project believes in the conservation of nature, improving people’s health and transforming lives of individuals, families and communities with one clean, smoke-free cook stove at a time.

Village band playing welcome tunes.

Rtn George Basch distributing the Himalayan stove to villagers.

ore than three billion people around the world cook on open fires and stoves, burning biomass fuel such as wood, dung and crop waste. This method causes several deaths due to household air pollution (HAP), apart from causing environmental harm through deforestation and carbon emission. In 2010, adventurer/entrepreneur Rtn George Basch’s desire to give back to the people of the Himalayas, an area he loves and has visited often, led to his founding the Himalayan Stove Project (a US-based, not-for-profit project) to end HAP due to rudimentary cooking methods. The project involves donating clean-burning, fuel-efficient

stoves to impoverished communities in Nepal. More recently, ‘George, the Chief Cook,’ through his club, RC Taos Milagro, RI District 5520, USA, established global collaborative partnership with Rotary clubs worldwide, to promote this initiative. Since 2010, when the project was piloted, 3,000 stoves have been installed in Nepal. A survey done by the Himalayan Stove Project reported that indoor air pollution has been reduced by 90 percent; fuel use has been reduced by 75 percent and food is cooked faster. Nepal’s healthcare nurses introduced the stoves through their health education programmes to mothers and youth groups.

Home in Megere, cooking over open fire.

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Demonstration by volunteers.

Using her new stove.

These stoves are manufactured by Envirofit, a social enterprise producing efficient and affordable cook stoves that create environmental, health and social impact for homes and institutions in developing nations. Talking about the quality of the stoves Basch says, “We wanted to be assured that we had the best available product so that we could concentrate on fulfilling our mission without any product worries, and working with Envirofit has been an excellent choice.”

In February 2014, 90 smokeless stoves were installed in Gamcha village, on the outskirts of Kathmandu with the help of RC Tripureswor, RI District 3292. “The distribution of the new stoves was an exciting community-wide event, with a small community band, and lots of speeches and applause and many ‘thank yous’ — it was very gratifying to see and feel the positive response from the community,” says Basch. In order to develop a sense of ownership, each household that receives the stove contributes Nepalese Rs 500. The amount thus collected will be spent for other development projects as needed by the community. Poor families were identified and their traditional rudimentary stoves were replaced with improved smokeless stoves. Rajendra Shakya, the then President of RC Tripureswor, and Basch visited Gamcha in March 2014 to follow up on the project. “One of the questions we asked was: ‘Would you sell your stove, and if so, how much would you want?’ NO ONE was willing to sell their stoves, because they uniformly liked them, and didn’t even quote a price …” he said. On his title ‘Chief Cook’ his take: “The title ‘Chief Cook’ has turned out to be one of the best and most engaging marketing moves we’ve made — most titles are so stuffy and boring — President, Managing Director, Chief Information Officer etc. We wanted to be distinctive, so I am ‘Chief Cook,’ our outreach volunteer is ‘Chief Ambassador,’ our videographer is ‘Chief Documentarian’ (we have a few of those now, but they are not jealous). Whenever I give someone my card they start smiling and engage in a conversation when they get to the ‘Chief Cook’ part.” Laxmi Bhandari, a local social worker from Gamcha says, “There is no smoke inside the house, kitchen utensils do not get stained and the new stove takes lesser time to cook food, thus saving time for us to engage in other work. This stove has now become a status symbol.” Shop at to help the Himalayan Stove Project, which will get a part of your money.„

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Household Air Pollution (HAP) is the single most important global environmental risk factor, and particularly in poor regions. It affects over 3 billion people worldwide, almost one half of the world’s population.


There are 4 million deaths annually attributable to HAP from cooking fuel. That’s larger than deaths from outdoor air pollution and smoking.


Most of the impact is on adults, but 5,00,000 deaths occur annually in children from ALRI (Acute Lower Respiratory Infection) diseases, like pneumonia.


This makes HAP the fourth largest cause of death in the world. Source:


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And now

Rotary meetings on a train Team Rotary News

RI District 3131 DG Vivek Aranha addressing a club meeting inside the Deccan Queen. Also seen are PDG Dr Deepak Shikarpur, Director Club Extension Pankaj Shah and President of the club Rajan Mathrawala.


t’s not any train... it is the very popular Deccan Queen Express, on which thousands of passengers commute daily between Mumbai and Pune, and which was started in 1930 in the British era as a weekend train. Always an innovative District in many ways, RID 3131 recently chartered the First Moving club — the Rotary Club of Pune Deccan Queen — actually on this historic train. “This is perhaps the first club in the world which meets in a train,” said DG Vivek Aranha, who paid an official visit to the club on November 20. Every Thursday this club has a weekly meeting in the special bogie

(reserved for Pass holders). This moving Rotary club has 25 members at the moment, and they invite prominent citizen travelling in the train as speakers. According to the Wikipedia, the train was initially a weekly service and its first journey was from Calyan (now Kalyan) to Pune. But it soon became a daily service starting from Bombay Victoria Terminus (now renamed Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus CSTM). One of the longest running trains on the Indian Railways, it has never run on steam power, having used electric locomotives from the onset. Occasionally, it was given

diesel locomotives in case of original locomotive failure. This train claims many “firsts”— India’s first superfast train, the first long distance electric hauled passenger train, first to have a ‘Ladies Only’ car, and the first vestibuled trains. It is fitting that a train with such history and pedigree is now witness to several community service projects done by this club — health check up camps for porters and Railway staff as well as infrastructure improvements on Pune Station for passengers. The club is planning fellowship meetings in the city (once a month) so that family members will also know Rotary.„


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Literacy Focus Opening Adult Literacy Centres (ALC) by PRID Shekhar Mehta Chair, Rotary India Literacy Mission

2. Select a venue for the centre; the venue could be • a place provided by the slum/basti residents or villagers free of cost or at a nominal cost, • a neighbourhood school (to be used after school hours), or • a community centre or youth club premises 3. Conduct a survey in the slums/bastis and rural areas proximate to the Rotary Club to select adult non-literates (above 15 years of age) using the Form No. A 1 available in the Resources Tab within the Download Forms Section on 4. Focus on women and adolescent girls when conducting the survey. Happy Schools, Happy Children Our Mission of Total Literacy in India can be realised only if the 28.7 crore adult non-literates (according to UNESCO report), the largest in the world, are helped to become and stay literate. Rotary India Literacy Mission’s Adult Literacy project seeks to address this issue in collaboration with the Government Organisations. In December, RILM will concentrate on establishing 500 adult literacy centres. Given below are the guidelines for Rotary Clubs to start an Adult Literacy Centre (ALC): 1. Identify a slum/basti/village to start an Adult Literacy Centre 5. Counsel the selected adults to join the Adult Literacy Centre. 6. Once a batch of adult learners (approx. 30) is finalised, please visit the website, upload the Adult Learners’ details by selecting Project Upload tab. On selecting “Upload Quick steps to start an ALC

• locate a venue, • survey, counsel and identify the adult illiterates from that area • identify teachers / volunteers and train them • procure primers and set a routine for the adult literacy classes


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Financial support from RILM

RILM will provide Rs 250 per Adult Learner after he/she is certified by NIOS as literate.

Projects,” click on “New Projects” and select the Adult Literacy category. On filling up the details a Unique Registration Number will be generated for each adult learner. This unique number will be required to update details on the website once the adults become certified literates. 7. Conduct classes for a batch of adult learners at a time that is suitable to most of them. 8. Identify and use the services of qualified, trained volunteers to teach at the centre. 9. RILM has collaborated with the National Literacy Mission Authorities (NLMA), a Govt. of India organisation under the Dept. of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of HRD. They are supporting our Adult Literacy project by sharing soft copy of primers in local languages and helping to train our volunteers with the aid of their master educators. 10. Districts/Clubs can source the soft copies of primers from the respective State Resource Centre (SRC). These will then need to be printed and a copy given to each adult learner along with exercise book and pen/pencil.

11. At times, funds may be available with “Saakshar Bharat” project of Government of India that can be leveraged for printing primers. 12. The identified volunteer teachers should be trained. They should have full knowledge of the content of the primer, the syllabus, the course duration and the daily routine. This can be done with the help of the Master Educators to be provided by the SRC. 13. Equip the centre with blackboard, chalk and other teaching material as needed. Sustaining Adult Literacy It is not enough to make adults literate. It is also important to provide opportunities for Continuing Education to these neo-literates and ensure they do not lapse back into illiteracy.


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Tips for Counselling Prospective Adult Learners: • Persuade them that for India to become Totally Literate, each individual has to become literate • Instill in them a sense of National Pride • Share with them the advantages of being literate • Show them how it will help improve their current profession, if any • Women can be motivated by telling them the good impact this will have on their children and family • Be soft, polite and humble with these people • Mix with them, understand their issues and try to win their confidence • Lend a sympathetic ear to any additional problems they might have. It is best to handle these to the extent you have authority or ability to do so, without making any commitments

Thus, it is necessary to do the following: a. Appoint a dedicated committee from the club to regularly monitor the progress (monthly) of the learners, teacher’s performance and troubleshooting. b. Ensure the examination for each batch of adult learners is conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). These examinations are conducted twice a year, in March and August, by NIOS.

c. After the adult learners are certified by NIOS, update the Adult Learner Forms on the website using the unique RILM registration number for each candidate that had been generated upon the initial upload of this form (see serial no. 6 above). d. A Continuing Education Programme has to be initiated incorporating weekly revision classes, for a period of a year or two, as per the need of the certified neo-literates. e. The club needs to monitor that the certified adult literates do not lapse back into illiteracy. So, now is the time for clubs to start educating the first batch of learners and make them ready to appear at the examination conducted by NIOS in March 2015.

Adult Literacy Committee Members

PDG Lakkaraju Satyanarain Chair

PDG Lalit Mohan Gupta Member

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PDG Ashok Kapadia Vice Chair

PDG Uttam Kumar Agarwal Member

PDG Subhas Sahu Member

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District Wise Contributions to The Rotary Foundation as on October 31, 2014 (in US Dollars)

District Number 2980 3000 3010 3020 3030 3040 3051 3052 3053 3060 3070 3080 3090 3100 3110 3120 3131 3132 3140 3150 3160 3170 3180 3190 3201 3202 3211 3212 3230 3240 3250 3261 3262 3291 India Total


52,914 9,489 20,191 28,468 1,240 (3,842) 13,119 (68,500) 2,726 26,273 11,667 39,695 19,849 23,551 34,194 12,976 47,155 7,168 3,64,678 29,474 1,856 9,823 63,568 1,06,959 14,845 20,030 32,111 11,712 50,364 41,488 1,20,311 4,244 29,643 1,328 11,80,766


Other Restricted

India 14,145 0 811 600 305 0 0 0 0 0 1,450 11,887 0 0 1,614 0 1,544 0 1,322 1,017 17 208 0 100 1,794 949 1,000 4,117 203 1,597 25 0 0 0 44,705

Endowment Fund

Total Contributions

0 0 2,800 3,000 0 0 0 1,627 4,000 11,690 1,829 29,825 0 0 0 0 3,73,104 0 99,964 18,076 0 0 6,000 12,621 0 0 0 0 9,966 3,000 105 0 0 39,508 6,17,116

7,834 0 1,000 0 0 593 0 83,136 0 11,543 0 3,898 0 0 0 0 24,942 0 11,300 27,000 0 0 0 0 0 1,017 6,000 0 34,467 50 12,245 0 10,000 0 2,35,025

74,892 9,489 24,802 32,068 1,545 (3,249) 13,119 16,263 6,726 49,506 14,946 85,306 19,849 23,551 35,807 12,976 4,46,745 7,168 4,77,264 75,567 1,873 10,031 69,568 1,19,680 16,639 21,996 39,111 15,829 95,001 46,135 1,32,686 4,244 39,643 40,835 20,77,612


Sri Lanka 1,225




3271 3272

2,414 9,912

Pakistan 12,350 36,499

0 (816)

0 0

14,765 45,595

Bangladesh 11,235 25

0 1,000

7,000 0

98,261 5,527

Nepal 50 500 1,06,089 6,18,300 60,43,306 49,38,318

0 2,49,025 46,56,256

10,912 23,51,838 4,42,34,656

3292 South Asia Total World Total

80,026 4,502 10,362 13,78,424 2,85,96,775

* Excludes Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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by Kiran Zehra

Rotarians help enhance leadership qualities in special children.

Leadership programmes in progress.


otary Club Karur Wings, RI District 3000, conducted its first RYLA Agnikunjugal for children with special-needs. The programme, featuring brain gym exercises, memory and concentration activities, was held on October 11–12 at Sri Meenakshi Matric Hr. Secondary School. The pilot initiative benefitted 110 students in the 14–15 age group, with mild autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. “Four hours of uninterrupted activity, in a maiden attempt made this event a surprising success.” said Supriya, (a Special needs teacher in Dyslexia) who organised the orientation session. The programme required “step by step instructions and proper attention.” To ensure smooth execution she made sure “the children were divided into groups of six and a teacher helped them get along with each other through fun team building activities. Training in logical analysis, creativity and innovation abilities deveopment was also given,” she said. RC Karur Wings partnered with Helikx Open School (a Helikx Organisation initiative that imparts academic skills to students with learning disabilities) to conduct the two-day programme. The Helikx team, under the leadership of G Kumaraguru, administered the training and motivation sessions that included self analysis, self esteem, goal setting, leadership skill enhancement and emotion management. Magic show by Rtn Sethupathy of RC Karur and cultural events by hearing-impaired students added to the entertainment quotient of the RYLA programme. Parents were allotted separate waiting space and “a side benefit was that it allowed parents to network while the programme was being conducted,” said Rtn MC Saanthosh, Chairman of the event. Why a special needs RYLA? “Because clubs in the district already provide leadership programmes for regular students. These children deserve and require a lot of motivation. All we had to do was take the effort and we have received positive feedback and hope to continue the good work in the future,” he added. „ DECEMBER 2014

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Newborn Screening in India


ewborn screening is an important preventive public health programme of the 21st century. It is implemented in majority of the developed countries. India is yet to start any publicly funded programme despite this having been established practice in many countries for over 50 years. The purpose of newborn screening is to identify babies with biochemical or enzymatic disorders, which are NOT obvious clinically even if examined by an experienced neonatal paediatrician; and if present, can lead to lot of morbidity and mortality in the newborn. It can be described as a silent killer. Detection of a disorder must have clear benefit for the baby and be cost effective when compared to the cost associated with delayed treatment. These criteria have been put forth by International Society on Newborn Screening (ISNS), and are being followed by many countries for implementation of screening around the world. Once a country decides to implement screening — then what to screen for? This depends upon several factors — epidemiology, incidence of the diseases and its severity on the affected person, and the cost of screening along with facilities for the treatment. We don’t have enough data to

say which diseases we need to screen for? Each country has to make its own choice of which disorders they need to screen. Some of the European countries screen for anywhere between 6 to 8 disorders. Australia and USA are on the top of the list with screening for nearly 50 disorders including Tandem Mass Spectrometry (TMS). The Asia-Pacific region has a long history in this too — the late Emeritus Professor Wong Hock Boon in 1965 initiated cord blood Glucose 6 Phosphatase Dehydrogenase (G6PD) screening in Singapore, which virtually eliminated kernicterus (brain damage due to high levels of jaundice in a newborn baby). Philippines screens for 4 common disorders in their country — hypothyroidism, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, G6PD and Galactosaemia. China has recently made it mandatory for all the obstetricians and paediatricians to provide written information to all parents so that they can make informed choice. In India, currently we have enough data to suggest that we can implement screening for 4 major diseases, which are either making our babies die or disabled for no fault of theirs or their families. This is attributed to the ignorance and apathy from the Government. The four diseases which should probably be screened for in India are Congenital Hypothyroidism (wherein the baby will become mentally retarded by one month of age), G6PD Deficiency (if the

G6PD Deficiency Parsis Higher castes Schedule castes Tribes Cutchi bhanushalis Sindhis Punjabi khatris U.P.

11 to 15% 1 to 5% 10 to 20% 10 to 20 % 13% 7% 18% 6%

We Found 384 cases of G6PD deficiency in 6 years Incidence in Bangalore/South India = 3.34%

enzyme is deficient in the baby, he/she would develop severe jaundice making the baby deaf, disabled and also permanently retarded), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) — deficiency of an enzyme can make girls look like boys and boys can be deceivingly normal, until they die! Galactosaemia is comparable to diabetes in adults — a baby who is deficient in the enzyme Galactose Phosphatase will not digest the sugar called Galactose (present in breast and other milks in large quantities), leading to high levels of the sugar, causing brain damage and also predisposes the baby for severe infections leading to disability or death. The incidence of these diseases in India is much more than in the rest of the world. The cost of their screening should not be more than Rs 500; sadly, the industry is pegging up the cost with a huge profit margin when they offer screening for these diseases and therefore it is being rejected by many people.


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Though systematic neonatal screening for congenital hypothyroidism was introduced in the early 1970s in many countries, in India an estimated 10,000 babies are born with congenitial hypothyroidism every year; yet there is no screening programme for it. Other screenings include Newborn Hearing Screening — which has virtually eliminated the “dumb” in the world, as people become impaired of speech only if they are

hearing-impaired and if deafness can be identified within three months of birth, babies can be effectively treated. Congenital Heart Screening is another simple area, which costs less than Rs 100 per baby, but has virtually eliminated deaths due to severe cyanotic congenital heart diseases in the last few years. The list is growing each year, but we have to make the right decision to save our future generation. Rotary

clubs along with Rotary International probably can address this challenge to save the babies. Prof Dr R Kishore Kumar RC Bangalore South, RID 3190 (The author is a Neonatologist & Paediatrician, working in Cloudnine Hospitals, Bangalore and an Adjunct Professor of Neonatology at Notre Dame University, Perth, Australia. Contact Dr. Kishore Kumar at

A Head-Turner Event Team Rotary News


orld Polio Day on October 24 was a D-day for the Rotarians of RC Shertallay Town, RI District 3211. Right from flag off for the town-wide rally of cars and motorbikes bearing the ‘End Polio Now’ and ‘Thank You Rotary India is Polio-free’ banners, the event was a sure crowd-turner. Assistant Governor A C Santhakumar and Club President A C Vinod Kumar along with Rotarians and a few government officials participated in this event.

Rotarians in cars and two-wheelers rode through the town to celebrate India’s polio-free status. It is two years since India has been certified as ‘Polio-free’ by WHO. Such initiatives would keep up the momentum and prevent the deadly virus from seeping into our borders. They generate awareness among the people to promptly take their child to the booths on NIDs to immunise them against polio. The line up of the vehicles drew the attention of the people to Rotary International’s significant role in polio eradication.


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Backwaters Magic and Cultural Bonanza by Rasheeda Bhagat For those tourists enchanted by Kerala’s backwaters and delicious sea food, now there is more on offer. The cultural headiness of the 108-day Kochi Biennale awaits you.

very time I return to the Vembanad lake in Kerala, its charm and tranquillity, sheer bliss and magic hit me all over again. As our well-appointed twobedroom houseboat takes off from the Rainbow jetty near Kumarakom, and glides over the lake, the longest in India and the largest in Kerala, stretching over several districts, our boatman points out the various charms of the lake… paddy fields stretching over vast acres, cormorants, sea gulls and paddy birds darting in and out of the water, looking for their food in the shimmering waters so rich in marine wealth. The unique charm of Vembanad is that one moment your houseboat moves over a vast expanse of water, the next it is negotiating a narrow passageway. Many rivers and canals empty their waters into Vembanad’s vast expanse. As you negotiate narrower passageways, the daily activities of people living along the shores are on display. While kids dive into its water and have a frolicking time, the women carry out household chores. The sight of them washing clothes and utensils is a little disturbing from the environmental point of view, but then you have to remember that they are the inhabitants and have original rights on this lake’s waters.

And then, as a tourist, aren’t your motorised boats also adding to the pollution? Suman Billa, former Secretary, Kerala Tourism, now with Incredible India, had told me in a recent chat, “after all, they’ve been following this lifestyle for decades, so we can’t suddenly tell them you can’t do this.” But a process of education and encouragement has begun for the community living around this beautiful lake against disposing garbage, polythene bags, etc into the lake. In many tourist destinations Kerala Tourism has started biogas plants in homes to transform bio-degradable garbage into cooking gas. The other laudable venture is “responsible tourism” through which the local community’s livelihoods are enhanced. Through this local artisans — craftspersons, dancers, artistes, etc — are linked with local hotels and resorts to ensure a partnership. Packages are


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also available where tourists can enjoy a village life experience by visiting local farms and enjoying coconut tree climbing, coir making, net fishing. This income helps more harmonious relations between the local community and the tourism industry. Anupama A V, Additional Director, Kerala Tourism, says that in 2013–14, Kerala welcomed 8.58 lakh foreign tourists, a growth of 8 per cent over the previous year. Domestic tourists crossed the one crore mark. On the biggest attraction, she says, “Kerala has never been a one place/ one product destination. We have our beaches, backwaters, hill stations, tea plantations, etc. And then there is Ayurveda, which is most popular among the Germans.” Among foreign nationals the largest numbers are from Germany, followed by UK, France and US, she added.

In Kerala, food forms a very big part of any holiday… and nothing can beat a freshly prepared meal that comes from the kitchen of your houseboat to your table. After a delicious mix of aromas has been wafting from the houseboat kitchen, finally Unnikrishnan, our chef, invites us to the table for lunch. The piece de resistance is of course Kerala’s famous karimeen (pearl spot), which is fresh and delicious, gently spiced with a marinate of a little vinegar, turmeric, chilli powder and salt. The usual fare of Kerala — rice, sambar, rasam and two vegetable dishes is on offer, of course. But a total surprise is a delicious offering of karela (bitter gourd) that doesn’t taste bitter at all. Actually it is delectable and Unni tells us the trick to remove the bitterness… marinate thin slices of the karela in half a cup of vinegar for two hours, fry it, and garnish with finely chopped onions, chillies, fresh coconut... and you have a crunchy salad.

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Kochi Biennale

There are around 1,000 houseboats plying in these waters, and they offer facilities ranging from 1-6 bedrooms, with attached washrooms and a sitting room in the front, which is the best place to relax with a book, a bottle of wine/chilled beer or a cup of chai. Or just do nothing and simply watch the world go by. A better tension buster will be difficult to find. The price per night varies from Rs 6,000–25,000, depending on the number of rooms and the package comes with meals. With Kerala Tourism not looking back in its marketing endeavours after the coining of its famous ‘God’s own country’ tag, Vembanad is also emerging as a popular venue for conferences. Some houseboats offer conference facilities for over 100 passengers. The first houseboats in India were built at Alumkadavu, north of Kollam district and 95 km from the Trivandrum airport, says a Kerala tourism spokesman. This being a major centre for making the traditional kettuvalloms (rice barges), the upgrade to the plush and luxurious houseboats of today was only natural. Skilled craftsmen put together these houseboats by using local, eco-friendly material like wood, bamboo poles and coconut fibre.

But then Kerala has much more than Vembanad and its backwaters. The Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB), features from December, a four-month-long performing-arts festival showcasing the country’s rich heritage across region and centuries, showcasing 650 artistes and collaborating with 25 cultural groups. Competing with Chennai’s dance and music bonanza, also in December, the KMB’s second edition will have an array of theatre, dance, music, percussion and literary programmes cutting from different cultural genres of India — from south and north, from ancient to medieval to modern times. So for music and dance rasikas there will be a feast of Kathakali, Nangiarkoothu, Chavittu Natakam, ghazals and a Mappila Festival from Kerala besides Yakshagana of Karnataka and Chhau dance from Jharkhand, at 10 top venues. Says Komu, KMB Director of Programmes, “No other biennales of the world gives prominence to performing arts as we do at Kochi-Muziris.” Pictures by Parvez Bhagat DECEMBER 2014

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What Jesus Said Dada J.P. Vaswani

Dada Vaswani, born Jashan Pahlajrai Vaswani, is a spiritual leader and heads the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, that has its centres spread out across the world. A recipient of U-Thant Peace Award, he has addressed the British House of Commons, the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago and the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations, New York, and several other gatherings.

Christmas marks the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The English word “Christmas” derives from the old English Christes maesse, or “Christ’s mass.” The name Jesus is spelled IESUS in the 1611 King James Version of the Bible. Yeshua, in Hebrew was a common name among Jews of the Second Temple Period, and is thought to be the Hebrew or Aramaic name for Jesus. In modern Hebrew, Yeshu and Yeshua are in fact the common transcriptions for Jesus. Christian views of Jesus say that Jesus is divine, that he is the Messiah whose coming was prophesied in the Old Testament, and that he was resurrected after his crucifixion. Many Christians do believe that Jesus is the “Son of God” (generally meaning that he is God the Son, the second person in the Trinity) who came to provide salvation and reconciliation with God by his death for their sins. Other Christian beliefs include Jesus’ birth through Immaculate Conception (virgin birth), performance of miracles, ascension into Heaven, and a future Second Coming. While the doctrine of the Trinity is accepted by most Christians, a few groups reject the doctrine of the Trinity, wholly or partly, as non-scriptural. Jesus’s teachings stirred the hearts of the masses. Jesus emphasised humility above all else. Once the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” And again, “He who is greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” [Matthew 23:11-12] Jesus also tells us: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” Significantly, he adds, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” This day, I meditated a little on the three-fold teaching of the Master to his dear disciple, Peter, as they were sailing in a boat. In this teaching of Jesus is summed up the secret of the practice of silence and meditation. • “Peter, thrust out a little from the Land!” That is, be not of the earth, earthy. Be detached. Let not the earth—its pleasures and possessions and power— hold you captive. Leave the earth for a while, and know that you are the child of the Spirit. • “Launch out into the Deep!” That is, enter into the depths within you. In the depths within is he, Thy Master and Thy Lord. Enter into the depths and consider His love, His Wisdom, His Strength, His Joy and His Peace. In the depths within, be alone With the Alone and let his love and compassion fill your entire being. • “Let down your nets for a draught!” That is, open your hearts to receive the rich treasures which the Lord giveth in abundance to him who ventures into the depths within to meet him. Receive—and then come and spend them in the service of those who suffer and are in pain. Be a channel of God’s mercy to a broken world! DECEMBER 2014

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cookery, and self-defence through Karate. The omnipresent food stalls took care of the gastronomic cravings of the guests, on all three days and the array of shops with their limitless wares helped people indulge in a spending spree. September being the designated New Generations Month in Rotary, Inter City General Forum (ICGF) on Youth Service was held in the afternoon. The event was hosted by Rotary JP Nagar; the chief guests being PDG Kamal Sanghvi and Karnataka Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Abhayachandra. The grand finale — Disco Dandiya.


hree days of fun, frolic, extraordinary entertainment and of course, Rotary — Bangalore came alive to the vibrancy and celebration of Rotary during September 26–28. Rotary Habba was District 3190’s answer to RI President Gary Huang’s call to Rotarians world-over to observe Rotary Days as an effective PR exercise to help reach Rotary’s good work to the public. District Governor Manjunath Shetty and his team comprising a core committee of 10 Rotarians drawn from Rotary clubs across the district and several other Rotarians pitched in to organise this massive Rotary festival.

The Koramangala Indoor Sports Stadium was packed to capacity as non-Rotarians too poured in to have a peek of what the organisers had on offer. Narayana Health, the heart-care hospital and the State Bank of India also extended their support; wide publicity was provided through hoardings across the city, press conference and radio and television channels. The result — a footfall of around 6,000 visitors, despite rain playing spoilsport! The festivities began after the ceremonial inauguration by the District Governor. Ladies had a field-day adorning the floors with Rangoli, mehndi, hair styling, nail art, bindi-designing,


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The evenings, on all the days, had the crowd enthralled with spectacular classical dance performances, exclusive to each region of our country, by the students of Dr Mohan Alva’s Alva Educational Foundation, Moodbidri. The show was extra special because most of these students hail from economically weak backgrounds and come from remote hamlets and Alva Foundation educates the deserving students in different streams through scholarship programmes. Rotafest, held on the second day, was a huge hit. Seventy teams of youngsters from colleges and corporate

houses lit up the day-long session with a variety of programmes such as mad ads, fashion shows, music and dance. The concluding day, aptly titled Hrudyotsava, saw a flurry of activities from early morning with events such as a cyclathon, spreading various social messages across the city, an all-women treasure hunt, walkathon organised by Narayana Health to promote healthy heart. This had a whopping 1,500 participants, followed by a medical workshop on health issues. Fitness thru Dance was a mega hit as participants jived to Bollywood numbers. Yoga demonstration by Yogakshema group had people flexing their bodies to the various asanas. The

Cultural Performances.

DG Manjunath Shetty flagging off the Treasure hunt.

Bharathanatyam rendition by Mithila (daughter of Rtn Harikrishna Holla) and her troupe, Nritya Bhava, delighted the audience. The mobile planetarium by Aryabhatta had a serpentine queue of adults and children, to view and understand what lies beyond our planet. Energy was just not lacking even at the grand finale — the Disco Dandiya; the ticketed event, attracted a huge crowd — Rotarians and the public — one thousand in all, dressed in vibrant costumes and making gracious garba moves.

Stalls depicting Rotary’s focus areas such as Avoidable Blindness, Water & Sanitation, paediatric heart surgery and other service projects took care of educating the visitors about what Rotary can do for the welfare of the society. The highlight of this entire PR job as several Rotarians view it is that “the festival had two-thirds non-Rotarian visitors.” To sum up, Rotary Habba of Bangalore projected an exciting Rotary through its potent combination of fun and serious business for the overall health of mankind.„ DECEMBER 2014

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Tapas and Horchata in Spain Text and pictures by Rasheeda Bhagat

and Tarragona in September. The main reason is that like most women, we too were more interested in photographing the food as soon as it arrived, than consuming it! Spain is huge on Tapas or starters, and all major Spanish cities have Tapas bars. Just as happens in pub crawls, which is a hugely popular activity in this European country too, it is not uncommon for the Spanish people to go from one Tapas bar to another in the course of an evening. And a local guide in Madrid had once told me: “The true test of the quality and popularity of a Tapas bar is that its floor should be littered with pieces of tissues or hand napkins and toothpicks which are carelessly thrown away after the Tapas disappears in your mouth.” The number of delicious entrées that are served at these Tapas bars are often sufficient to form a meal

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by itself, particularly when washed down by the Spanish speciality Sangria, made with red wine, fruits and either orange juice or a fizzy soda. Among Spanish Tapas, I find alioli the most irresistible. It is traditionally made just with only garlic and olive oil, with a little salt, but often embellished with mayonnaise and served with boiled or roasted potatoes. With freshly baked bread, it is so delicious, that once it appears on your table as an entrée, along with bread, it is difficult to stop devouring it! Croquetas, which are mainly made with potatoes, but can have ham or other meat too, are often considered by many as the last word on Spanish tapas. Crunchy and delicious, you’ll almost never go wrong with a croqueta in Spain. Like Greece and some other Mediterranean countries, Spain too is big on potatoes and patatas bravas, made from fried potatoes, which are often parboiled before frying is another delicious entree here. Another popular tapas is Tortia, a Spanish omelette with chunks of potatoes and onions. In the summer the Horchata bars are very popular in most Spanish cities. In Valencia we walk into a traditional Horchata bar. The drink looks milky but has no milk in it; it is made of tigernuts — a plant grown locally, but originally brought from Arabian influence in Spain. Low in fat content and high in antioxidants, the cool drink is delicious and relaxing. It is also the ideal refreshing drink for vegetarians and vegans and those with nut allergies. The locals have it with churros, a very popular fried pastry made from

dough. The trick is in choosing the bar which gives you the tastiest of Horchata with churros that are not oily but fresh, light and crunchy. During winters these bars serve churros with hot chocolate.„ DECEMBER 2014

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Clean Beaches and Leadership Training Team Rotary News


ne hundred and thirty school and college students from across Odisha had a whale of a time as they absorbed the various leadership skills imparted at the RYLA programme at Gopalpur-on-sea, 16 km from Berhampur, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The three-day programme was hosted by RC Berhampur, RI District 3262. The curriculum, a balanced mix of activities and training sessions, was designed by the faculties of KIIT School of Management, Odisha.

The participants learnt group dynamics and leadership challenges through activities such as furniture-making using raw bamboos and sand art competition. Yoga on the beach and trekking emphasised the concept of physical fitness and its positive effect on mental health. Cultural performances gave a boost to their confidence and ignited their interest in extra-curricular activities. The beach cleaning activity, Swachh Bharat Challenge and the joys, exposed the participants to the challenges of keeping our environment clean. The team collected around 500 kg of garbage at the beach! They

would think twice before littering the beach any time they visit one and this hands-on participation would inspire the youngsters to discourage others from doing so too. It was a lesson in Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat — Clean India, Healthy India! “Hats off to Rotary! RYLA has transformed us so much. We have reinvented ourselves in these three days of high energy and learning and more than anything, the ‘team work.’ We now go back with such fond memories and friends for a life time,” commented a participant to a question about his RYLA experience. „


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Rtn Padam Dugar, RC Madras Southwest, RI District 3230, won the prestigious Asian Leadership Award under the category: ‘The most enterprising CEO of the year in real estate.’ He received this award from His Highness Khaled Al Kamada, Director General, Government of UAE in Dubai. His organisation, Dugar Housing Ltd., won the ‘Developer of the Year - Residential’ award.

RC IT Corridor, RI District 3190 felicitated Olympian Boxer Mary Kom for winning Gold in the Asian Games. She was honoured by DG Manjunath Shetty and club President Rajiv Unni at the curtain raiser for the ‘Mid Night Marathon’ to be held on December 21, 2014 at Bangalore.

Mr Namasivayam Reguraj (centre), Managing Director NTTF (Nettur Technical Training Foundation), was honoured with Dronacharya Award for his distinguished services in the field of vocational education. This award was presented by RC Madras East, RI District 3230.

Vocational Service Awards were presented by RC Patan, RI District 3292, to Rita Thapa, founder of TEWA, Nepal which works for women empowerment, Dil Kumari Chaudhary for her untiring work for the welfare of Kamlari girls and Gita Banjara for her humanitarian services to mentally-challenged patients.


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This is an unnamed gypsy woman, photographed during my drive through some of the villages in the Alwar district of Rajasthan I visited in November to look at the impressive check dam project being executed by the Rotary India Water Conservation Trust. In a long time, I haven’t come across a happier or more free-spirited woman. Gypsies, we all know, have very few material possessions and wander around in search of a living. Her home, hearth and belongings were under the sky, and yet she smiled, laughed, danced and teased her husband who was working with his tools. A valuable lesson for many of us who just can’t stop cribbing! Rasheeda Bhagat

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