Do we Know of Our right to make Decisions About Our Medical Treatment?

A person’s exercise of self-determination and autonomy involves the exercise of his right to decide whether and to what extent he/she is willing to submit himself/herself to medical procedures and treatments, choosing amongst the available alternative treatments or, for that matter, opting for no treatment at all which, as per his or her own understanding, is in consonance with his or her own individual aspirations and values

Tilinga Mandir – the Temple of Bells

The Tilinga Mandir is situated 50-60 km away from the town of Tinsukia, in a small town called Bordubi. ‘Tilinga’ means “bell” in Assamese, and each of these bells in the temple represent a wish fulfilled. There are hundreds of bells in bronze, brass, copper and aluminum, each telling a story of faith and belief. The temple itself has three bell-shaped domes each smaller than the other so that when ones looks from the front, it looks like a single bell. This temple is recorded in the Limca book of records for having the largest collection of bells of all types and sizes.

Extraordinary Stories Of Ordinary Women – The Environmental Activists We Should Be Talking About

Seasonal environmentalists and placard holding girls seem to flow into our Facebook and other Social media feeds every other day. Apart from some fancy tag lines and a dash of glamour, there doesn’t seem to be any testimony to their contribution to environment. Contrast this with lesser known women, with no placards or fancy tag lines and whose names rarely find a mention, however these are the women who toil under the sun to bring real time environmental change and impact.

Significance of Sacred Groves in Conservation of Nature

Sacred groves are forest stretches or natural habitats of varying sizes, which are usually protected by the local communities and form a significant part of the India’s floral and faunal diversity. These groves are generally associated with temples, monasteries or shrines and are considered sacrosanct. The areas under these forests are often dedicated to a local deity and hence the local communities take the responsibility and ownership of protecting these areas.

Animal Farm: All Animals Are Equal But Some Are More Equal Than Others

“It had become usual to give Napoleon the Credit for every Successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune. You would often hear one hen remark to another, “Under the guidance of our leader, Comrade Napoleon, I have laid five eggs in six days” or two cows, enjoying a drink at the pool, would exclaim, “thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon, how excellent this water tastes!”…