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Press Release by the Consulate General of India, New York

According to latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) data in India, 36% of children are stunted, 32% are underweight, and 21% are wasted. All that in spite of the fact that 64% of women exclusively breastfeed their babies. Behind this alarming data is the barely known fact – pervasive poor breastfeeding techniques that result in babies constantly crying for milk and mother’s giving up in frustration to switch prematurely to external baby feeds if they can afford& easily find. A problem that is completely fixable, and rather give those 86% of malnourished babies a chance of a healthy life – physically and mentally.

WHEELS Global Foundation (a social impact platform of global IIT alumni community)’s Newborn Nutritional Health Initiative is scaling pioneering work of IIT Bombay’s Health Spoken Tutorials (HST) team to address pervasive newborn malnutrition at scale. Washington D.C. based RIST (Rural India Supporting Trust) with a large grant is supporting scaling of deployment of this initiative across one of the largest State in India, Madhya Pradesh, so as to impact lives of >10m mothers and babies. After amazing results in several districts across three States (Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Chhattisgarh) where the babies gained as much as five-fold more weight in first six months and exceeded all WHO standards, HST team has taken its Cuedwell technology-enabled train-the-trainer model to enable thousands of health & ICDS workers so mothers can be taught proper breast-feeding and nutritional intake practices.

On 9th April, Consulate General of India (CGI), New York, hosted WHEELS leadership team along with several well-known IIT alumni, and its partners who are complimenting its newborn nutritional health program with daily healthy meals to underserved school kids across rural India — Annapoorna Trust serving >9m meals a day and Akshaya Patra Foundation serving >2m meals a day. Given the massive benefits mothers and babies would drive from these simple-to-learn (via IIT-Bombay’s HST team’s >10010-min long video tutorials) towards a healthy life and healthy society, CGI and WHEELS hope those who missed attending the public event would visit WHEELS’ initiative page to learn and benefit from this pioneering research and dedicated effort from a passionate team, and help scale the effort to entire India and all over the world.

Press Release – Texas Democratic Party Held Press Call on Black Women’s Maternal Health Week

17 April -The Texas Democratic Party hosted a virtual press call to uplift Black Women’s Maternal Health Week. In Texas and across the country, Black women have long faced devastating barriers to accessible maternal care – leading to disproportionately higher pregnancy-related complications and mortality rates.

The speakers present were – Texas Democratic Party Vice Chair Shay Wyrick-Cathey, Dean Senfronia Thompson, Texas State Representative, Vice Chair Rhetta Bowers, Texas State Representative, Vice Chair Sheryl Cole, Texas State Representative and Joneatha Hunter, Black Maternal Health Advocate.

To listen in to some snippets from the press call, do join in today, 18th April, on our Show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST shows. You can also catch the same on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST.

Meanwhile, you could also WATCH HERE

In Remembrance – a conversation from our archives – with Jaspal Singh Bhatti

Jaspal Singh Bhatti was an Indian television personality known for his satirical take on the problems of the common man. He is most well known for his television series Flop Show, Full Tension and mini capsules Ulta Pulta, which ran in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Jaspal Singh Bhatti was commonly known as “King of Comedy” and also “King of Satire”. He carried out various anti corruption crusades in Chandigarh. His frontal attack on issues like redtapism, nepotism, and corruption was both comic and awakening for masses.

In 2013, Jaspal Singh Bhatti was (posthumously) honored with the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaspal_Bhatti

Today, as we remember Jaspal Singh Bhatti, do listen – in this conversation, recorded many years back, today, 25th October, on our show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – Conversation with the popular Indian actress, model and singer, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, on our Hindi Radio Show

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi is an Indian actress, model and singer known for her works in Hindi cinema, South cinema, and television.

Suchitra started her career with the TV series Chunauti while still in school in the year 1987–1988.She acted in a production of Peanuts: The Musical, a musical based on the famous comic strip Peanuts.She played the character Lucy. She appeared in television commercials endorsing many products.

On the show, we talk about her various roles – as a model, actor, singer, mother, painter — to name some – We also talk about her very popular movie, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, about her songs, and much more. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suchitra_Krishnamoorthi

Catch the conversation, recorded many years back, today, 26th September, on our Hindi Radio Show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – In conversation with one of India’s finest actors, Priya Gill

Priya Gill is an Indian actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder. She won the title of Femina Miss India International 1995 and represented India at Miss International 1995. She appeared mainly in Hindi films, along with a film each in Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Bhojpuri and movies in Telugu. She is best known for her role in the films Sirf Tum and Josh.

Priya began her Bollywood career with the ABCL production Tere Mere Sapne (1996) along with Arshad Warsi and Chandrachur Singh. Other film appearances include the hit films Sirf Tum (1999), Josh (2000) and Red (2002). She also appeared in some Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Punjabi films. Courtesy https://merasangeet.com/

This conversation was recorded years back, probably the winters. We spoke about Priya’s journey, her first film  and much more. Do listen – in for sure, to the re – broadcast, today, 7th April, on our Hindi Radio Show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST.

Mark Mullen, founder of Turnout Nation, talks to us

Mark Mullen, Founder, Turnout Nation joins in for a wonderful conversation with us.

Turnout Nation is a community of people who take on the responsibility to help people to vote in a clear organized way.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Mark Mullen lived in San Francisco, before moving to Spain now. His lifelong work has focused on new ways to build and strengthen communities that value and promote civic engagement.

After graduating from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, he lived in Tokyo, Malawi, Palestine and for many years in Tbilisi, Georgia ( near Chechnya). Here, he worked for NDI.org, started Transparency.ge, Orbeliani.net and Radarami.org. He has now founded and now works for Rorshok.com.

Mark enjoys swimming, books, taking walks with his kids – We talk about the Recall in California, about Spain, the European Union and much more –

join us on our show today, yet again,  on our Show, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

 

Madiha Talat, founder of Rû posh, with us on MeraSangeet

Madiha Talat, is the founder of Rû posh a brand that embraces self-love rituals with aromatherapy & skincare, from the heaven on earth- Kashmir.

Madiha have studied B.Sc Business & Management, M.Sc Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She has also done an Organic Skincare Formulation course. She is an enthusiast for nature based, conscious living and  aspires to make contributions for the society to make the world a better place.

Madiha is fondly also called Shirin by her father and she tells us how she has created a brand under the name – and ofcourse the names have a meaning – to know that and to know about her foray into the world of skin care, the details about her products – join us on our show today, yet again, – the 1st half – of our Show, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

As you listen in to the conversation,today , you can also visit www.ruposh.in

From our Archives – In conversation with one of India’s finest Ghazal Singers, Penaz Masani

Penaz Masani is an Indian ghazal singer who started singing in 1981 and has made over 20 albums. She was honoured with the Padma Shree award on 26 January 2009.

Penaz has won a number of awards, including the title of ‘Shehzadi Tarunnam’, by the state government of Uttar Pradesh 1996 and the 11th ‘Kalakar Award’ for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’, in 2002. She has worked as a playback singer for Bollywood, in more than 50 Hindi movies and sung in over ten languages. Under the aegis of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, she has performed in countries as far reaching as Germany, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Vietnam. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penaz_Masani

This conversation goes back to July of 2010. We spoke about Penaz’s journey, her music and much more – and yes, she did sing as well. Do listen – in for sure, to the re – broadcast, today, 5th March, on our Hindi Radio Show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

Rohit Bhambi, President of Boston Bhangra, and Founder of South Asian Showdown

Rohit Bhambi, is the President of Boston Bhangra, and the Founder of South Asian Showdown.

Rohit talks to us about the up coming event – the 15th South Asian Showdown. The concept of Showdown is to put the best Fusion, and Bollywood/Hindi-Film teams up against one another and let the judges have the unenviable task of selecting the best team of the night. Fusion is a combination of any dance style set to a majority of Indian music.  Bollywood/Hindi-Film style of dance is based on the Bollywood film style of dance featuring expression, theme and storyline.

There is a lot to catch – so save the dates –  Saturday,  the 6th of April 2024 the event is at 6:00 PM, at the Strand Theatre in Boston, MA.

For more details about the event and to catch a bit of the history of the event, tune – in for sure, today, 27th March, on the 1st half our show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST shows. You can also catch the same mid hour on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST.

You can also visit https://www.southasianshowdown.com/2024/

In conversation with Sonam Wangchuk – Founding-Director of SECMOL and of HIAL

Sonam Wangchuk was born in the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in J&K, India. He went on to pursue his undergraduate course in Mechanical Engineering. Thereafter, he founded the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh, (SECMOL) www.secmol.org, with the aim of supporting Ladakhi children and youth in educationally challenging and culturally confusing times. In 1994 he was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope, a triangular collaboration of the government, village communities, and the civil society to bring reforms in the government schools system.

Sonam is also the Founding Director of the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL) https://hial.edu.in/, which seeks to engage youth in solving problems in their climate context while engaging in higher education.

Sonam has been teaching innovation at the SECMOL Alternative School and HIAL, where together with the students he designs and builds solar-heated buildings that are low cost, made of earth/mud but maintain +18 C even in – 18 C in Ladakhi winters. He invented the Ice Stupa artificial glacier which stores the unused stream waters in winter in the form of giant ice cones or stupas. He was granted several awards and titles.

We had a very insightful conversation with the Indian engineer, innovator, and education reformist, Sonam Wangchuk. He has today ended his climate fast, after 21 days. We have a message straight from Ladhak to you. Do join in today, 26th March, mid – hour on our Show,  Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST shows. You can also catch the same mid hour on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST.

Mridul Lahori, an Engineer, with roots in Jammu and Kashmir, joins our show from New Jersey

Mridul Lahori hails from Jammu and Kashmir, and after obtaining his Engineering degree in Computer Science from Kurukshetra University,  he worked for a decade for multiple software companies in the Delhi NCR region before relocating to the US in 2021. He now lives in New Jersey with his beautiful wife – Nupur Khurana. They are dedicated advocates of sustainable living and always try to do their part in promoting responsible development for a better future for everyone.

Mridul feels, his roots in the Himalayan region, especially Ladakh, run deep due to its historical connection with Jammu & Kashmir before it became a Union Territory. Right from my childhood, he has always been happiest when he was close to nature. As the years passed, he realized that his affinity for nature wasn’t just a passing phase; it was an integral part of who he was. It shaped his values, influenced his choices, and enriched his life in ways he couldn’t fully articulate.

Mridul says, “Unchecked development threatens Ladakh’s delicate ecosystem, including its mountains, glaciers, and rich biodiversity. We’ve already witnessed significant forest loss globally in the name of progress, with glaciers melting and global warming accelerating. It’s imperative to address these challenges. Sonam Wangchuk’s leadership in advocating for Ladakh’s development deserves commendation. As a nation, we must unite and urge the government to declare Ladakh under the 6th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. This designation would ensure Ladakh’s development aligns with its unique needs and safeguards its environment for future generations. Glad to be a part of this movement.”

To listen in this conversation with Mridul, do join in today, 25th March, – the 1st half – of our Show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST shows. You can also catch the same 1st half on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST.

In conversation with the Democratic candidate and DLCC Spotlight candidate Marilyn Lands

Marilyn Lands is a licensed professional counselor with a business and community development background running in a special election for a seat in the Alabama House this March. Marilyn sees a clear path for growth and prosperity for her state, with a focus on quality education, health care, and good jobs for hard-working families.

Marilyn’s family came to North Alabama for her father’s work on the Saturn V program. She is a wife, mother, and Licensed Professional Counselor who has served on and chaired over a dozen non-profit boards. She is running for State House to eliminate the grocery tax, expand Medicaid, and protect abortion rights and IVF access.

Today on the show, we talk about the Alabama special election, about the Alabama IVF ruling issued by the Alabama Supreme Court, and much more.

So, in case you missed this earlier, do join in today, 25th March, – the 1st half – of our Show, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

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