Friday, 21 October 2016


Walk alone,
or you may be deceived,
Walk farther,
Or your fame may be ceased,
Walk right 
to set an example,
Or take the wrong steps,
To be ultimately trampled,
Walk independent,
Or you may be purged,
Walk with pride,
No matter how much difficulties surge,
Walk with principles,
Or you may not reach the summit,
Walk, armed with abilities
Or your opportunities will be ransacked,
Walk cautiously,
Or your ideas will be hacked,
Walk defiantly against the wrong,
Or you will never get it right,
Walk with benevolence,
Or you might never lead,
Walk with facility,
Or you might die unknown,
Walk with integrity,
Or you will be subdued by adversity,
At last it's on you to decide,
How you choose to walk,
Whether you walk, run or crawl,
The final destination lies only,
In achieving the desired goal.


Sunday, 16 October 2016


         Sustainable Tourism for Development

As per the reports by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), in the year 2013, receipts in destination worldwide from the expenditures conducted by the tourists on accommodations, food, clothing etc. fetched a whopping USD 1159 billion and the good news is that these figures are bound to undergo huge increments of up to 5 percent per year in the upcoming years. All in all, on an average the international tourism generates around USD 1.4 trillion in export earning everywhere. In the United States of America alone there has been an increase of 6.9 percent in the tourism receipts from 2014-15, while other hotspot tourists’ destinations such as Thailand and India registered a record 16 and 17.3 percent increment respectively in the receipt of their tourism.

All the aforementioned figures veraciously portray the huge success attained by the tourism departments around the world. With more income flow in the developing countries as well as the generation of sophisticated transportation amenities, these figures are surely constrained to soar high. But just as many other things, tourism too cast a huge influence on the environmental issues. To have a small dekko at this facet, let me tell you that aviation alone constitutes for 55 percent of transportation of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Now when tourists travel to a different destination, they use the energy, fossil fuel etc. of that place, coalescing to form a huge chain of environmental effect. That’s why according to reports by the year 2050; tourism sector would alone be the sole sector responsible for 40 percent of global carbon emissions. The main causes of such a rapid and horrendous change would be aviation, deforestation (to create lands for tourists to take stay around the tourist destinations) and industrialisation in various places powered by their tourism sector. One horrifying example is that of Mount Everest. At the base camps situated on the mountain, 12,000 pounds of human waste is generated by around 70,000 visitors who visit the mountain annually and unfortunately since there is no service provided to dispose of the waste, the waste is accumulated on the mountain and this has been going on for years.  

Hence, tourism, notwithstanding being a humongous income generator, is also transmuting itself to pose a grave danger to the climate and environment.

Owing to such issue, today we face an impending need to do something in order to tackle this serious trouble. Since we can’t and mustn’t stop tourism in any way and we can also not dare to assault our much-degraded environment anymore; we must resort to finding a method to fillip our tourism as well as environment simultaneously and here comes the role of SUSTAINABLE TOURISM.

Sustainable tourism is, in fact, a new aspect of sustainable development which focuses on using our resources judiciously so that the coming generations can use them, thus enforcing the belief that “we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Keeping in mind that we need to pay our dues back; sustainable tourism is a must for this technologically advanced century.

To know more about sustainable tourism, first, we need to have a clear understanding of the stakeholders in sustainable tourism.

The foremost stakeholders would be the ethnic communities of the different tourist destinations around the world. They can range from tribal communities to developed societies, depending on the financial status of the area being visited.
The next in line is the government. It is the government of the nation that manages the influx of tourists and hence conducts all the activities regarding the tourism from arranging things on a national base to publicity of various places that would try to elevate the interest of the coming tourists.

NGOs (Non-Government Organisation) too play an indispensable role in this issue. Bishnoi community in India and Moscone Center , San Francisco, USA (who have a wonderful recycling and solar power plant) are just a few examples of organizations who are working to ensure the safety and health the places near them and this in itself is conducive to sustainable tourism. Such organizations largely help the tourists in the area by informing them about the necessary things about the area and also restrain them from anyhow disturbing the serenity of their places.

Now as we know about the stakeholders, now is the time to have a pensive look at the sustainable tourism and its principles.
After the Rio conference of the year 1992 regarding issues and development, a major upheaval in the United Nations policy came up in the year 2012 in Rio again (Rio+20 summit)when UN assembled to talk on the sensitive issue of sustainable development. Sustainable tourism is also a brainchild of this convention only and the convention mapped out some serious ways in order to boost sustainable tourism.

Some of the key guidelines were to notify the tourists about the different ins and outs of the places that they are going to visit. This would include information about local beliefs, ethnicity of the place and also about the culture and economics about the communities in their destination; asking them to support the entity and integrity of the local communities involved, to make purchases only from businesses which guarantee no environment degradation; to use least possible amount of the non-renewable resources and above all to be environmentally cautious. 

It’s much tractable to talk about these things but when it comes to their execution, it’s a pretty formidable task to apply the things into action. The biggest problems that we face originate in the developing nations especially in Africa and Asia. The indigenous people have to pay a brutal price for the sake of tourism. For example, in the year 1996, 5200 residents of the city of Pagan, Myanmar were forcibly displaced in order to create space for the “Visit Myanmar Year’. One significant case is of our nation also. After the 2006 tsunami Southern India, Thailand and Sri Lanka earmarked the traditional lands of the tribes for tourism which led to the displacement of millions of people. One more significant case in the African continent is of Maasai tribes.

These communities are completely battered down by such relocation and to add injury to insult they are not even paid their rehabilitation money to a satisfactory extent. Due to the red tapes and rampant corruption, tainted officials suck out the money meant for these needy people and at last, they are just left out to live a life of misery and agony.
One more serious issue is that of illegal profit-making. Nowadays sustainability has actually become an oxymoron as well as an ostentatious concern. Various corporate activities covertly extort out the land which is the birthright of the indigenous tribes or population and in the court of law, the voices of these people are subverted in the name of sustainability and conservation of environment. These companies then erect lavish hotels etc. on the acquired land and benefit immensely through tourism.

Coastal tourism has also led to much concern. Destruction of water species near the coast as well as the displacement of the tribal groups in the coastal regions, is also a big issue that needs to be addressed in an exigent manner. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia which is currently in a much severe condition holds tourism as one of the culprits behind its current scenario. Though tourism can be attributed to around USD 1.52 billion income but it has also left no stone unturned in disturbing the natural makeup of the reef. Fragile corals are broken by reef walking, dropped anchors or by boats dropping fuel and other sorts of pollution. Even the number of people in the water with the associated run-off of sweat and suntan lotions may well have a negative impact on the fragile reef environment.

The world has tried to develop the issue of sustainable tourism so as to lessen the harm that it afflicts to environment by attaching the sustainable tourism with the development strategy. By merging up the principles of sustainable development in their development strategy for the area, by compensating all the tribes to the best extent, by decreasing the government’s dependence on corporate sector, to deal with these specifically precious areas, we can surely lessen out the damage. There has been the promotion of sustainable tourism practices surrounding the management of tourist locations by locals or the community. This form of tourism is based on the premise that the people living next to a resource are the ones best suited to protecting it. This means that the tourism activities and businesses are developed and operated by local community members, and certainly with their consent and support. Sustainable tourism typically involves the conservation of resources that are capitalized upon for tourism purposes. Locals run the businesses and are responsible for promoting the conservation messages to protect their environment.

Community-based sustainable tourism (CBST) associates the success of the sustainability of the ecotourism location to the management practices of the communities who are directly or indirectly dependent on the location for their livelihoods. A salient feature of CBST is that local knowledge is usually utilized alongside wide general frameworks of ecotourism business models. This allows the participation of locals at the management level and typically allows a more intimate understanding of the environment.

The use of local knowledge also means an easier entry level into a tourism industry for locals whose jobs or livelihoods are affected by the use of their environment as tourism locations. Environmentally sustainable development crucially depends on the presence of local support for a project.  It has also been noted that in order for success projects must provide direct benefits for the local community.

These methods are surely going to fetch respite for the displaced communities as well as the environment but still, much work needs to be done since we can never compromise with the security of our environment and mother earth.

Albeit we stand on the frontiers of this great 21st century of technological advancements but surely we can’t snub asunder our environment because if there is no environment, there can be no civilisation in the world and sustaining the environment would eventually mean sustaining the human race. Now the decision lies on our shoulders.


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Remembering Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia

Today the nation paid homage to one of its greatest sons ever produced, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia. On this date, 49 years ago, Dr. Lohia, an audacious freedom fighter, a renowned socialist bade adieu to the world leaving behind his great legacy of informed thoughts. 

Dr. Lohia continues to be recounted in the nation for his spirit of squarely voicing the needs of the bourgeois and the ones who were unable to care for themselves and his life will continue to be deemed as a legendary one, an idol to be followed and loved by others.

Dr. Lohia was born on March 23,1910 in Akbarpur, Uttar Pradesh in a prosperous family. From the commencement only, he held visionary plans for the nation to rise up out of the shackles of slavery. To give fire to his thoughts, Mr. Lohia joined the Vidyasagar College, under the University of Calcutta and in 1929, earned his B.A. degree. He decided to attend Frederick William University (today's Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany) over all prestigious educational institutes in Britain to convey his dim view of British philosophy. He soon learned German and received financial assistance based on his outstanding academic performance, studying national economy as his major subject as a doctoral student from 1929 to 1933.

After coming back, with all his might, he relentlessly worked for the freedom struggle and continued to inspire the masses through his contructive writings and thesis on different facets of attaining independence. He is generally known for his contribution to the Quit India Movement, after which he gained prominence around the nation. With his ingenious plans, Mr. Lohia played a huge role in making Quit India Movement a huge success throughout the nation to give a clarion call to the Britishers that Indians had started their campaign for  "Poorna Swaraj " or complete independence.

Though we still remember Mr. Lohia, but still it's a matter of shame for the nation that we have indeed discountenanced his vision. The India which he dreamt of, is still a long way to go. He had a dream that one day out of sweltering heat of discrimination, crimes and terror, India would rise as the oasis of freedom. He had a dream that one day India would be at the helm of all political affairs around the world. He was not satisfied with denizens of India dying of starvation, he was not satified with the great financial and social divide, present in India contemporarily. His par excellence thoughts never dreamt of an India vulnerable due to its religions or castes but dream of an India strenghthened by its diversity and its brotherhood.

Today, we face the challenge of making the vision and dream of such a great patriot come true. Today, each and every Indian has a need to adopt the dreams of Mr. Lohia. Rather than paying homage to him just as a formality today we need to decide whether we want to rise with his vision or perish away in oblivion and ultimately this onus is on our shoulder and we are the ones who need to engender that change in the course of history.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

RAHIM DOHAVALI: Expectations of the world.

In this world, each one of us actually looks the same. All of us have the same anatomy as that of a normal human being, but still, all of us are different. Some are their one the peak of their success while some are still finding ways to make both ends meet. The world doesn't arbitrate about us based on our countenance or our physical structure but indeed on the grounds of what we can proffer to the world.

Rahim here uses the correct analogy of a crow and a koel ( a cuckoo bird). Though both more or less look on same, on the basis of appearance but as soon as they open their mouth, the truth plunges out automatically. 

This world doesn't care about how you look or where you come from. If you are trying to change the things, the world only expects courage and capability on your side. There are more than seven billion people around the globe but still they don't have the same amount of money, amenities or fame. That's just because, each and every person out of those seven billion people, carries something different than the other. There might be so many people around the world who are physically fit, look handsome but still, they end up making nothing out of their life while on the other hand there are some phenomenal people like Nik Vujicic who are there without limbs, but still they reside in people's heart and notwithstanding facing so many adversities; they overcame all the challenges to become successful. 

What you get from the birth never matters, but what you acquire yourself is going to be the central point of your success or failure. Stop making excuses that you don't look good, you don't bear a good physique; if you are capable of making a transformation in your life; go out and change the world; because you just need one thing to become successful i.e. "COURAGE TO SPEAK UP YOUR MIND"


Sunday, 9 October 2016


Many people find the abstruse definition of success pretty intractable. Success is a concise work in just its length, and not in dimensions since its dimensions are truly boundless and its meaning impeccably larger than life. Some people use the notion that success is a journey and not a destination but I believe that success is truly a journey of an "achieved" goal because nobody can ever relish an unachieved goal and hence success doesn't matter in a goal you have not taken up. By unachieved goal, I mean to talk about things in which you don't succeed "ultimately" and not about things in which you fail in the process of achieving success.

If you don't ultimately reach towards your goal, success means nothing because history, present as well as the future in penned down from the perspectives of the winner and since winners don't prefer inclusion of losers in their manuscript of the world, a loser's description never gets published. Many people would confront my approach towards the situation as being too rude but unfortunately, rudeness is in itself a distinguishing characteristic feature of the world. My words are undoubtedly crude but they define the world's reality. Simple words might sympathise with you, but they might never unravel your pain and agony. Plaintive words might prove comfortable but they will never comprehend the gravity of your emotions. Hence, never, never and never try to settle down or compromise for less than what you can achieve. Life only gives us one chance to do what we had been longing for so long and if you miss anyhow in that moment, no matter how much exceptionally you perform but if you miss out on the decisive day, no feat of yours would be counted in the realms of history.  Winning is a matter of inches. If you lose out by one inch, you don't get it correct, and ultimately lose out in the race to become the best. You achieve 'success' only and only if you have a thing for success, your name would be remembered and you will achieve the true meaning of success but if in this attempt you somehow, make any blunder; success would continue to just serve as a mere banal word.


Friday, 7 October 2016

The challenge.

The grave challenge of growth comes when you get knocked down,
When cures are obscure,
But wounds are still abound,
When agony knows no bound,
No restraint of pain is found,
You face the harsh test when you ultimately get knocked down,
There are times in life,
When happiness vamoose, 
Unfortunately, with pain you engender a perennial truce,
When no matter how much you try,
Every time you are dashed to the ground,
The grave challenge of growth comes when you get knocked down,
You would be belittled and derided,
Life would play so many formidable games,
You would feel as a sobbing kid continuously chided,
When striking waters shake your sail,
When the world is engulfed by nothing but a horrendous gale,
When the dawn seems reluctant to arrive,
The courage in you is no longer extant to thrive,
And a fable for gloominess is all the rage around,
The grave challenge of growth comes when you get knocked down,
Getting back up is a work of true valour,
But who said that the violent waters were for the tyro sailor,
Shrouded by oblivion and gloominess,
You need to carry on and win the battle, in which you were about to be trounced,
The grave challenge of growth comes when you get knocked down,
Your dreams can't perish and you have to survive,
Show the world,
The victory is yours and yours is the crown,
Get back up again since your opponents deserve nothing more than a loser's frown,
No matter how much darkness engulfs the path ahead around,
Show the world, you will get back up, as many times as you get knocked down,

Unprecedented must be your victory,
Your medals should be your pain's scars,
Since you have the audacity to win,
I challenge, nobody can get you barred,
Either you die today or live in the realms of history, 
Whether you get back up or die as an uneventful mystery, 
It's is your choice to decide, 
Whether you strike back again, 
Or flow with the mediocre tide, 
Your victory, only, must make the throbbing sound,
Prove the world you passed the test by rising up,
After getting knocked down. 

                               JAI HIND, JAI BHARAT
                                  JAI MA BHARTI

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Living life the correct way

Whenever you feel as if something is killing you from inside or whether there exists a sense of incompleteness inside your mind; a condition in which serenity alienates you; it’s time to think about yourself.

In this busy world, all of us continue to contemplate over various different issues but as we addressing matters concerning the world, we ultimate fail to rectify our own problems. We stop pondering about own grieves, things that continue to challenge us and in the end, there comes a time when our mind becomes fed up of things and we feel a strong urge to do something and this strong urge is indeed a clarion call to think about yourself.
Life is too short to become too much tensed about things. When we actually grow up, we start to realize these things. For example, in our high school we never valued school life, but after entering the college, we suddenly start missing back our school days and dive into nostalgia. We wish that we could have invested the time we wasted on trivial issue, on our friends but unfortunately we can’t retract back time again. Same thing happens when we go ahead in life. If you continue to waste your time on unimportant people, daily trifles; you would regret that you wasted life’s biggest moments in such unworthy things or people and ultimately you have nothing except feeling remorseful for things that you did back when you had enough time.

The best way to prevent ourselves from falling into this trap is to appreciate ourselves and our beloved ones. If you commence appreciating yourself and start acknowledging how much vitality our beloved ones hold, you would start living the true life. A true life is a life spent investing time and peace in yourself because in the end nothing except this actually counts.

So, learn to live from your heart, for yourself, for your beloved ones and stop wasting these precious moments on unworthy people in your life.