Alert! : Will India #BAN #Ajinomoto?

This will reveal the pathetic state of ‪#‎Indian‬ ‪#‎Food‬ ‪#‎Safety‬. Will India ban Ajinomoto now?

‪#‎Maggi‬ row has made everyone talk about MSG aka Monosodium Glutamate.

But we people are so unaware / lethargic to be frank.

This MSG is also called as Ajinomoto. Which is widely used across India in most of the foods in many hotels and processed foods like noodles.

Last time when you ate fried rice, you consumed the same MSG for which Maggi is banned now.

On 2005 itself a gentleman called ‪#‎DEEPANKAR‬ ‪#‎GANGULY‬ wrote about MSG on a Kolkata newspaper The Telegraph.

That article was just an example, many newspapers media might have wrote about MSG. But what is the use when they gave voice and the govt. or ‪#‎FSSAI‬ not listening to it?

When you know some ingredient is harmful.. why it is given permission under permissible limits? It is insane to trust business-minded world. Are they going to check every time when a cook sprinkles a handful of ajinomoto on the food which children gonna eat? NO.

Now it is up to the GOVT and FSSAI to ‪#‎BANajinomoto‬ completely.

Here is the article published on The Telegraph before 10 years


“Think twice before you treat your child to a meal of chowmein and chilli chicken. It could impair his mental growth. A snack of potato chips is just as dangerous.

‘Fast food, like rolls, potato chips and chowmein, contain a harmful, taste-enhancing chemical called monosodium glutamate, popularly known as ajinomoto. Unless checked, the effects of this chemical will be more widespread than smoking, since the consumers of fast food outnumber smokers,’ warned Iva Bhattacharya, senior dietician in the state health department and wife of the mayor.

The nutrition division of the department is planning to organise an awareness campaign on the ill-effects of ajinomoto. It also has plans to pressure the state government for a law against use of ajinomoto in food.

Countries like China and Japan have banned the use of ajinomoto in eatables, but the chemical is still indiscriminately used in almost all fast food preparations available in Calcutta, from chanachur to soup.

‘Unfortunately, most parents are not aware of the harm they’re doing to their child by giving them food containing ajinomoto,’ added Bhattacharya.

‘There are other problems as well with fast food. For example, preparation of potato chips involves heating of oil above 400 degrees Centigrade. The high temperature decomposes fatty acids in potatoes. This impairs elasticity of blood vessels and raises blood pressure,’ she said.

According to doctors, Ajinomoto is not only detrimental to the development of brain cells, but is also carcinogenic. It takes around seven to eight years for the harmful effects of the chemical to manifest in children.” – Credits : The Telegraph, Kolkata


However, Ajinimoto is keen on starting it’s own manufacturing unit in India and seeking to access one of the biggest market place in the world. Will India Ban Ajinomoto? or will our government try to risk our lives. We have to wait and watch.

Welcome : Soibal Dasgupta : Official Artist of Voice of Little Hearts

Soibal

We, Propel Steps welcome Soibal Dasgupta, who is our official ‪#‎artist‬ for our book Voice of Little Hearts. We wanted to add something little more that texts to communicate the message, obviously Soibal’s art will speak the emotions behind the words of the children.

Join us welcoming him and do extend your wishes to him

About Soibal :

We must say that he is an energetic youth with a lot of thought process going on in his mind about the betterment of society. He was ‘a facebook acquaintance’ but just in a short time he has become a part of our team. Thanks to his arts which attracted us like a magnet of emotions.

Soibal travelled across the subcontinent and got chances to observe the lives of people closely. He draws moments from the lives of people who are often ignored. After shifting from Kolkatta to Delhi, he found everyone liking his sketches and eventually found out that he could use his art as a way to bridge the social gap among the people.

We are delighted to have Soibal as a part of our team Voice of Little Hearts.

How you can be a part of Voice of Little Hearts?

The book is in the making in 13 languages. Entries are still open. If you are someone who care about children and want to write(in anyone of the 13 languages) for them,

Please pick a topic from the following and send us your entries (before starting writing, read the instructions from our page http://on.fb.me/1G1QxQH / ask us your queries)

  •  ‪‎Sexual‬ ‪‎Abuse‬ / ‪‎Harassment
  •  ‪‎Education‬ ‪‎System‬ / ‪‎Career‬ ‪‎Pressure‬
  •  ‪‎Child‬ ‪‎Labour‬ / Child ‪‎Trafficking‬ / ‪‎Rights‬ ‪‎Violation
  •  ‪‎Parental‬ ‪‎Care‬ / ‪‎Family‬ ‪‎Violence‬ / ‪‎Neglect
  •  ‪‎Poverty‬
  •  ‪‎Healthcare‬ / ‪‎Nutrition‬
  •  ‪‎Sex_Education‬, ‪‎Moral‬ ‪‎Values
  •  ‪‎Rural‬ / ‪‎Urban‬ ‪‎Issues‬
  •  ‪‎Psychological‬ ‪‎Needs
  •  Social Pressure / Discrimination

Story : When You Trust… Trust Like a Child

child in airplane

A Flight was flying through the clouds Suddenly it lost the balance.

Everyone started shouting in fear. But, a small girl kept playing with her toy.

After an hour, the flight was landed safely. A man asked the girl, “How could you play with your toy when everyone else was afraid?”

The small girl smiled and said, “My dad is the pilot, I knew he’ll land me safely!!!”


Credits: Author – Unknown


The Case of Kawasi Himde : Why should we educate our children about her case?

Kawasi Himde

Kawasi Himde is no celebrity or someone from a cosmopolitan city, she is a tribal woman. A few good media tried to cover her news still. Kudos to the ones who are holding the mic behind the screen to bring her story out. The rest of the NEWS media was busy in covering the IPL and Cinema gossips it seems. They may be right, audiences will show interest to watch a Salman Khan case that will help their TRP, which Kawasi cannot do.

She was acquitted after 7 years of imprisonment when a Dantewada (Chhattisgarh, India) court found her not guilty. Our judiciary system took JUST 7 years to find someone is innocent. At the age of 17, in 2008, Kawasi Himde was arrested for “being involved in the killing of 23 policemen”.

How our judiciary system is going to compensate everything she had lost? There are only loopholes but no law for this!

The real story is horrible even in our dreams. Colours of the Cage A blog covered her story exclusively in an attempt to expose the truth and to get her justice.

In January 2008 just after harvest, as in previous years, a fair was organised in Ramram, the nearby village. Kawasi accompanied her aunt and her other cousin sisters to the fair and to buy ribbons and choodis. There she joined a group of other tribals who were dancing and singing. Having danced vigorously, she soon became thirsty and approached the nearby hand-pump for water. But as soon as she held the pump, someone very forcefully grabbed her. She looked up angrily and was shocked to see Police personnel. They had surrounded her and began dragging her by her hair towards their vehicle parked outside the fair. With hands and feet tied, she was thrown on the floor of the truck and driven to the Police station. (click to continue reading) – Written by Sushmita Verma

Why should we educate our children about her case?

If you are reading this, you could be someone who works in a respectable position responsible for keeping the law, you could be an advocate, you could be a student, you could be an activist, you could be just a common civilian.. Whomsoever you are, as a human being we should have some introspection on ourselves as individuals and as a society.

What are we going behind? What are we supporting? How are we spending our time?

Thousands of cases like this are happening in our country which will not come to our attention. But at the end of the day, it is we all who make the society. Our children are going to become the lawyers, policeman, lawmakers, politicians, etc.

It is our responsibility to educate them the reality. So that they will understand everything and at least try to have some humanity and morality tomorrow. If not our generation at least coming generations may seek to live in the righteous way.

Please share this. Keep educating!


Courtesy : The Hindu,  Colours of the Cage and Satwik Mishra


Documentary : Child Rearing Parenting Taboo

In China, selected children are taken away to the state-run boarding school at the tender age of three and a half years. Know about children raised in Tihar Jail, India. Meet Rohit who was brought up in the prison for 5 years. Would you let your children smoke at 6? If you live as an Indonesian tribe it is possible.