Packaged food: India consistently ranked towards bottom for all measures of nutritional quality

Excerpts from the paper “A comparison of the healthiness of packaged foods and beverages from 12 countries using the Health Star Rating nutrient profiling system, 2013–2018”, published in Obesity Reviews, World Obesity Federation: We compared the healthiness of packaged foods and beverages between selected countries using the Health Star Rating (HSR) nutrient profiling system. Packaged … More Packaged food: India consistently ranked towards bottom for all measures of nutritional quality

What drives an affluent and established entrepreneur with a strong political backing to end life

By Subir Rana* Suicides are tragedies of a colossal nature, one that brings emotional despair and financial havoc on the dependents and relatives of the family. In India, one could witness a trend in this phenomenon especially in the case of farmers suicides in different parts of the country and those of young students particularly … More What drives an affluent and established entrepreneur with a strong political backing to end life

28-year-old diagnosed cancer due to pollution: Industrialization marking the beginning of the end?

By Abhishek Mundhra* The afternoon of the 31st of July, 2019, the news flashed of a 28-year old woman being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. The headline did not baffle me, the alleged cause did. The said woman belongs to a non-smoking family residing in Ghazipur. Chest surgeon Dr. Arvind Kumar at the Ganga … More 28-year-old diagnosed cancer due to pollution: Industrialization marking the beginning of the end?

Grand daughter carries forward legendary Baba Amte’s motto: Give them a chance, not charity

By Moin Qazi* The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. — Eleanor Roosevelt The world is witnessing a spring of a new generation of young game-changing women social entrepreneurs that is gate crashing and boldly scripting inspiring stories even as they are pairing their ingenuity and knowledge with passion … More Grand daughter carries forward legendary Baba Amte’s motto: Give them a chance, not charity

Whither Tobacco Free Gujarat campaign? State’s performance vs other states deteriorates in a decade

By Rajiv Shah Has Gujarat faltered in the fight against tobacco vis-à-vis other states? It would seem so, despite the data suggesting the percentage of men and women using “some form of tobacco” (smoking cigarettes, bidis, cigars, pipe, hookah, chewing paan with tobacco, using gutkha or paan masala with tobacco, using khaini, using usoing snuff … More Whither Tobacco Free Gujarat campaign? State’s performance vs other states deteriorates in a decade

We are failing mentally ill: Depression remains stigmatised due to enforced silence, social isolation

By Moin Qazi* Among the many challenges India faces, the most underappreciated is the ongoing mental health crisis. Mental illness is actually India’s ticking bomb. An estimated 56 million Indians suffer from depression, and 38 million from anxiety disorders. For those who   suffer from   mental illness, life can seem like a terrible prison from which there is no hope … More We are failing mentally ill: Depression remains stigmatised due to enforced silence, social isolation

Manipulated graphic health warnings on smokeless tobacco in rural India: Defective implementation

By Michael Iacobelli, Sejal Saraf, Kevin Welding, Katherine Clegg Smith, Joanna E Cohen* India is unique in its dual burden of tobacco use. Nearly 200 million individuals use smokeless tobacco (SLT) products in India,1 with almost 200 000 deaths attributed to SLT use in 2010.2 SLT users tend to live in rural areas and have lower levels of education.1 India has made substantial … More Manipulated graphic health warnings on smokeless tobacco in rural India: Defective implementation