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Confused ‘Man’kind in Support of Gender Equality

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A modern-day liberal man, if asked about his thought on gender equality, would give you a tasteful account of it, caressing your feminism to go a little soft. He would never gauge your roti making skills, expect you to wrap your body and not go out in night to keep rapes at bay, or even challenge your career goals to balance familial responsibilities. He would not be bothered if you’re not a virgin, but in fact, cringe at the thought per se.

He would not make marriage sound bigoted, but paint an unconventional picture of it incorporating strokes of space, freedom of choice and place and sharing equal responsibilities. He would be okay with hypothetical role reversals and welcome chores like babysitting, cooking, washing, cleaning, tending if need be. In practice, however, this sunshiny thought can only be thought as true in a far far future.

Just try a social experiment and ask your liberal’ fiancé, giving a reasonable circumstance, would he rather move to your parents’ house after marriage? Ask your husband, if he would put his job at the back foot to sit at home and tend to your child? Ask him if he can suffix your family name as well,along with his own of course? Haven’t so many women been practicing the same lately, they are carrying two surnames, godsakes! Well, if you’re lucky enough and reasonable of course in backing your seemingly drastic demands, some of you may get an agreement.

While you can’t control your fate, you can at least decide the metrics of being reasonable. After all, patriarchy has been in our systems since the cave-men times when ‘He’ hunted and ‘She’ gathered. Although we’ve come centuries ahead of those times, have practical means to almost everything that we no more need to divide labour basis gender, you can’t just throw conjectures like these on the face of ‘man’kind. Be cautious of falling short of logic, or you could be easily tagged as a mindless feminist.

Try this one as well, if you don’t ask or demand for these so called ‘role-reversals’ or ‘role-sharings’ – in kinder words – backed with valid reasons, never assume your liberal man himself feeling the need to provide you for it. For women,however, logic and practicalities are only an option, which may or may not be given any weightage, depending on how reluctant she is about giving up on her fight for equality.

While a lot of men are open to the idea, gender equality is not their immediate concern or battle. After all, all this while they’ve been the superior sex or at least the society sees them so. They have never experienced the challenges of being someone who’s of not so superior sex. How would they know what is the pain of relinquishing your whole identity, sometimes even personality on the pretext of adjusting in a marriage. They were never raised with this conjecture. Some would chicken out if it comes in the out in the family that they have been washing, cleaning and cooking. It is not looked with respect if a man is involved in chores like these.

No one expects them to sit at home and not work if the situation or the need be so even if the woman is capable and ready to provide for the living alone. The whole conflict between the theory and practice of gender equality makes the mankind confused about its validity. They find it easier to simply pull out of the whole fad and live like ever before. So, as a woman I must empathize with men and admit that challenges are on them as well.

Only if both the genders come together with equal concern and determination to end the parochial system, ready to face the respective challenges, gender equality can be addressed. Feminism won’t be required if humanism can be acquired. Why can’t we treat a man and a woman just as two civilized humans with equal right to life and its fruits? Why restrict one and encourage the other?

Are there separate syllabi for girls and boys in schools? So, why is such discrepancy of treatment and values in the homes? I am not for feminism, and absolutely never for misogyny, no one should be, but I am definitely for fair and unprejudiced mankind. Why is it so hard to attain?

Hoping and praying for evolution!

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Littering – A Grave Threat to Sundernagar Lake and Its Aquatic Life

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Sundernagar-Many people visit the Sundernagar lake in Mandi district and litter along the road. Winds carry all those packets and plastic bottles into the lake. This practice of littering is unlawful because it costs millions in clean-up projects. It portrays a bad picture of an area. Littering is a huge threat to the aquatic life too. In my view, the solution is awareness, responsibility, sensibility and concern for nature. We as a society need to play a big role. At least, dustbins should be installed along the lake. Otherwise, the negligence in the present will affect us in near future.

-Blog and Picture By Divya Acharya, Sundernagar

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Shimla-Based IT Start-Up Scaling Global Market in Short Span of Time

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Shimla-A youth from a small town of the Mandi district – Sarkaghat- started as a freelancer and went on to launch his own start-up in 2014. By 2021, the start-up grew into a company that has garnered international clients  and also designed and developed websites and web apps for several Departments of the Himachal Pradesh Government.   

Netgen IT Solutions Pvt Ltd- a young agile company- has, so far, developed websites for the Department of Information Technology,  Women & Child Development, Rope & Rapid Transport Development Corporation, HP Milk Federation Cooperation,  and the HP AIDS Control Society.

Besides, it also developed  HimSuraksha Abhiyan App (National Health Mission) and the website of the Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation along with a  Services Portal.

Further, the website of the Department of Information & Public Relations and the single window system was also developed by NetGen.

Having developed over 2500 websites, Netgen IT Solutions has an imprint of having worked for clients spread over 25 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

Bootstrapped as a Start-Up on 7th July 2014, the company has evolved to offer a diverse set of services for web, e-commerce and mobile solutions that have enabled Global and Indian business to adapt to a Digital First environment. In seven years, this Shimla-based company has carved out a niche for itself.

The company started with a small team of just four people, and today it employs strong-heeled 25 IT professionals. The skillset of web developers, designers, networking specialists, social media marketers and others is expanding with the growth of the company.

To mark the NetGen Foundation Day, the company hosted a live inter-action of the team members with some clients to understand the need for future technologies and solutions for a fast-changing business environment in the shadow COVID pandemic.

Mr Rajneesh Rana, Founder and Managing Director of the company, is a computer science graduate. Speaking about the company’s journey, Rana’s says, “Stepping out from working as a freelancer at the small township of Sarkhaghat, in Himachal Pradesh, to launching a start-up company, was my first step in entrepreneurship. The company was founded on a shoe-string budget with a small capital outlay. After overcoming the initial hesitancy, we’re on the firmer ground today.”

With the growth in demand for IT Services, the company in the initial year faced manpower shortages. The management took to train and equip freshers in a mentorship program to meet its needs for IT Professionals and also to equip others to find gainful employment elsewhere. Netgen till date has trained over 50 freshers with essential and advanced IT skills. Most of them for the first time in their careers got exposure to the IT Industry.

The company’s IT Technical Team today is professionally equipped to work in 20+ technologies that can be deployed across a vast network of industries. 

The Netgen team of IT professionals has expanded the services that the company now provides. A multitude of projects employing creative website design-development; customised software products; e-Commerce solutions; server administration – web security – networking services; mobile application design – development; social media marketing; stand completed.

“There is a growing demand for many other IT and IT-enabled services that the company has successfully delivered for Global and Indian clients,” said Rajneesh. 

“Since the breakout of the COVID pandemic, the demand for online services has increased. It created an environment that demands moving things onto digital platform, bringing more opportunities for the IT sector ,” added Rajneesh.  

“Take the case of the Government of Himachal Pradesh, India. To secure baseline health data of the over 70 lakh residents in the state and to prepare effective strategies for countering the spread of the pandemic in challenging hilly terrain, the state government needed a simple but effective IT-enabled solution to capture the data as fast as possible,” he said.   

“The ‘Him Suraksha Abhiyan’ application designed and developed by NetGen IT Solutions was used by thousands of teams spread under 2300+ sub-centres. In just over a month, the software solution created successfully captured the data of over 68 lakh residents of Himachal Pradesh,” he added.

The 70:30 Percent (%) Global – Domestic revenue stream of Netgen has prepared the company to expand both its export and domestic service portfolios, said Rajneesh. 

Mr Ravinder Makhaik, Director of the company says, “growing steadily, Netgen is a debt-free, profit-making company. A healthy mix of domestic and international businesses, with sound financials, gives the company strength to take up more challenging projects. Our portfolio of government projects is making good progress.”

Founded as a 1 lakh authorized capital company and with annual revenues rising at a 25 % compounded annual growth rate, the Netgen Board of Directors has decided to expand the authorized capital of the company to Rs 10 lakh to meet future growth needs.

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Who is IPS Gaurav Singh, the Officer in News for Slapping CM Jairam’s Security Personnel

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WHo is IPS Gaurav Singh

Kullu-Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Gaurav Singh became a national sensation after he allegedly slapped the security personnel of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Wednesday. The incident occurred outside Bhuntar Airport where the Chief Minister had come to welcome Nitin Gadkari, Minister, Road Transport & Highway, who is on a five day visit to Kullu.

Also Read:  IPS Gaurav Singh and CM’s Security Personnel Exchange Slaps & Kicks, Video Goes Viral, Inquiry Ordered

The incident, where SP Kullu is first seen slapping a security official of CM’s convoy, ASP, Brijesh Sood, and another security official kicking Gaurav Singh afterwards, was shared widely on social media and has garnered a lot of criticism. This incident has created curiosity among the people to know more about the IPS officer who was once termed as the Singham of Himachal Pradesh.

At that time, IPS Gaurav Singh had also been in news for being the youngest serving IPS in the state. He has been in news for his extraordinary work ethics often and has an impression of an honest and fearless officer. A 2013 batch IPS officer Gaurav Singh was born on 1 July 1990 in Agra. He has earlier served as the ASP Shimla, Baddi, Kangra and Solan, before assuming his duties in Kullu.

Gaurav Singh is widely known in Himachal Pradesh for his exceptional case solving skills. He, as ASP Shimla in 2015, had solved the infamous (Boileauganj) blind murder. In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Disc Award by then DGP Sanjay Kumar for solving the murder case and for his good working culture and behavior.

Also Read: Himachal’s Singham is back in Baddi – hub of drug and mining mafia

IPS Gaurav Singh was also praised for solving 177 cases of illegal excavation in Baddi and imposing a fine of 26 Lakh rupees. Similarly,  he had also busted 13 cases of illicit drug and 75 cases of illicit liquor manufacturing.  Gaurav was then transferred under alleged political pressure by Virbhadra government. He served for a period of 7 months in that office.

Also Read: Baddi’s Singham – IPS Gaurav Singh slapped with transfer orders for standing against mining and drug mafia

Other than his exceptional case solving skills, Gaurav is also known for his strict work ethics. He had taken action against 26 police and home guard officials, out of which 22 were from Lahaul-Spiti and 4 from Baddi. As ASP Solan, Gaurav Singh had solved cases of ATM cash theft, chain snatching, and two murder cases. He challaned the tipper of  ex-Congress MLA’s wife in relation to illegal mining. He was transferred immediately to Kangra following alleged political pressure from the Doon MLA. 

Following the Buntar incident, Gaurav was transferred to the Range office Kullu. DGP Sanjay Kundu is conducting an inquiry into the matter. He has sent two Chief Minister’s security personnel, involved in the incident, on compulsory leave till the inquiry is complete.

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