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  • To End Ebola Attack, Top African Business Leaders Pump US$28.5M

    first_imgTop African business leaders have raised US$28.5 million as an emergency fund to help three countries that have been hard hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa.The announcement was made recently during an African Business Roundtable (ABR) summit on Ebola held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where African business leaders and officials of development finance institutions and members of African Union (AU) countries gathered to launch the emergency response fund.According to a dispatched from Addis Ababa, “the roundtable summit was jointly organized by the AU, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to mobilize African business leaders on the EVD, and to provide their support in the fight against the disease.”African business leaders at the roundtable comprised chief executive officers (CEOs) from different sectors, including banking institutions, telecommunications, mining, energy services and manufacturing companies.At the summit, “business leaders agreed to establish a fund under the auspices of the African Union Foundation, through a facility managed by the AfDB, to boost efforts to equip, train and deploy African health workers to fight the epidemic.”In response to appeals from these countries, leading companies in Africa provided logistical support, in kind contributions and over US$28 million as part of the first wave of pledges.In addition, participants further called on the private sector across Africa to join them in this effort. Businesses also agreed to leverage their resources and capacity to help galvanize citizens action around a ‘United Against Ebola’ campaign, and to provide individuals across Africa and globally with an opportunity to contribute.The consensus at the meeting was that the funds committed would be disbursed immediately to the government and health authorities in the Ebola affected countries.The funds would be used to support an African medical corps – including doctors, nurses and lab technicians – to care for those infected with Ebola, strengthen the capacity of local health services and staff Ebola treatment centers’ in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.The resources are expected to be deployed in the framework of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), in close coordination with the national taskforces in those Ebola-affected countries, and the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).The resources mobilized will also be part of a longer-term program to build Africa’s capacity to deal with such outbreaks if any in the future.”Our immediate concern is to respond to the appeal for 1,000 health care workers,” chairman of Econet Wireless, an African telecom operator, Strive Masiyiwa, told foreign reporters.”We have also received considerable contributions in kind, which may well exceed what we have received in cash.”Ebola has killed 4,950 people of the 13,241 infected since the outbreak started earlier this year, according to the World Health Organization, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.While countries such as the United States to China and Cuba have deployed resources and health personnel in a U.N.-led aid surge, fast-growing African states and institutions have faced questions about the level and speed of their own contributions.The AU and the AfDB will guide the legal set-up of the new fund, which will be administered by a board of trustees drawn from corporate Africa.Givers to the fund also include foreign firms that do business in Africa, Masiyiwa said.At the meeting, African telecom firms also agreed an initiative to provide a platform for their customers to give at least a dollar each, with the potential of reaching 700 million mobile phone users, he added.AfDB has been spearheading provision of financial support to the countries severely affected by the disease, namely, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and so far, has committed $223 million to the purpose.The bank’s estimates show that the current Ebola crisis would, in 2014, reduce Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Guinea by 2.4 percent, Liberia by 3.9 percent, and Sierra Leone by 3.7 percent.In Sierra Leone, for example, price inflation could reach 29.4 percent should the situation continues up to the end of the year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Trackers blanked by Wolverines

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers played their last game of 2016 yesterday afternoon, the second of a double header against the Whitecourt Wolverines.After Tuesday’s 10-3 blowout, the Trackers got much closer yesterday, but unfortunately there was still no cigar.The Trackers were kept off the scoresheet entirely, though it wasn’t for a lack of trying as they peppered Whitecourt goaltender Connor Lee with 34 shots, 18 in the third period alone. The Trackers’ defence also kept the Wolverines at bay until just before the halfway mark of the second period, when a power play goal squeaked its way past Brandon Clark. Clark had another brilliant performance in net, stoppingng 42 of 45 shots on net by the Wolverines, but it wasn’t enough as Whitecourt blanked the Trackers 3-0.- Advertisement -Coach David Johnston says that following the two games, he says that he’s encouraging his players to stay away from the rink and get some well-needed rest over the Christmas holidays.The Trackers start 2017 on the road with a trio of games against the Sturgeon Sting, Sherwood Park Oilers, and Beaumont Braves January 6th through 8th.last_img read more

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  • COUNCIL ISSUES BANK HOLIDAY ROAD SAFETY PLEA

    first_imgThis August Bank Holiday period the Donegal Road Safety Working Group is appealing to all road users to take extra care when using the roads.People assume that there are more risks in the wintertime because of the poor weather, poor road conditions and more hours of darkness. But summertime is more dangerous.Since 2010, 256 people have died in June, July and August as a result of road traffic collisions. There have been 89 deaths on our roads so far in 2015 with 17 road fatalities to date in July. Speed has been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes.Bank holiday weekends are notoriously dangerousBank holiday weekends are notoriously dangerous periods for all road users as the number of people travelling on roads nationwide increases dramatically. We appeal to each and every one of you to play your part in reducing the tragedy that road fatalities and serious injury collisions bring upon families in Donegal.  Please be conscious that road safety is everyone’s responsibility.Remember – stay safe, wear the appropriate safety clothing at all times when cycling and walking, slow down, never drive having consumed alcohol or drugs. Be aware of the warning signs of driver fatigue, know the risks and keep yourself and your family safe. Always wear your seatbelt and never use your mobile phone while driving. Fixed Charge Notices, January – March 2015Speeding = 47,077 Seatbelts = 2,377 Mobile Phones = 6,737Supervise young driversWe are also pleading with parents to become more assertive in supervising their young drivers, be satisfied that the car they are driving is roadworthy and spend time supervising their learning to drive. Look out for the signs of high risk behaviour. Do they return home with a damaged vehicle? Do they wear out tyres regularly? Do they drive unaccompanied or in overcrowded vehicles?If your son or daughter is travelling as a passenger, be satisfied that the driver is fully qualified and responsible. An uncomfortable conversation with your son or daughter today may well prevent guilt and heartbreak for many years.Let us continue to strive to ensure that 2015 is a safer year on the roads in Donegal.COUNCIL ISSUES BANK HOLIDAY ROAD SAFETY PLEA was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • TD: ‘Irexit would be even worse for Ireland than Brexit is turning out for the UK’

    first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit Stephen Donnelly TD has today called for Ireland’s energies to be focused on preparing for Brexit, rather than on following in its “disastrous path.”Today in Dublin an Irexit meeting is being held, with Nigel Farage, the ex-leader of UKIP, being one of the speakers.Deputy Donnelly stated: “The empty rhetoric on Irexit is similar to the nonsense sold to the British people in 2016. The UK Government’s recently leaked analysis on the economic damage Brexit is likely to cause speaks for itself. “Brexit hasn’t made the UK stronger, it has made it weaker, and smaller. It is costing jobs in England and Wales. It is driving up inflation. It has made a new independence referendum in Scotland more likely. It has caused untold worry in Northern Ireland, with nobody yet able to show how the UK can forge its own trade deals and simultaneously guarantee no border around the six counties.“There are lessons we must learn from Brexit. First, it provides a stark illustration of just how shortsighted it would be for us to leave the EU. Second, it shows what damage can be caused when a country becomes divided, when moderate politics fails too many people, and they turn to the extremes.“Ireland’s response must be to create a more equal country, through investment in areas like education, children and community supports. Third, Brexit must be the catalyst for a new programme of economic expansion. The requires a comprehensive and ambitious plan and supports for the indigenous sector, targeting new markets in the EU and further afield.“The EU is far from perfect, but it’s still one of the most progressive political forces the world has ever seen. Our role it to work within it, to help improve it, and to prosper in it, along with our neighbours.” TD: ‘Irexit would be even worse for Ireland than Brexit is turning out for the UK’ was last modified: February 3rd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrexitEUirexitPoliticslast_img read more

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  • Picture Special: Crowds turn out in Ballybofey as sun shines on Donegal

    first_imgOn a warm and sunny afternoon, the opening day of Super 8’s for Donegal attracted a huge crowd to the Ballybofey. Donegal overcame the Royals 2-19 to 1-13 to open their Super 8’s with the perfect start. Patrick McBrearty marked the occasion of his 100th inter-county appearance with a personal hail of 1-6 as Donegal came good in the final stages to shake off the challenge of a persistent Meath team. Both Donegal and Meath are headed for Croke Park this day week, with respective fixtures against Kerry and Mayo.Pictures by Evan LoganSheila, Liam and Bernie from Carndonagh all set for the big game.The Creeslough gang – Shay, Oisin, Ryan, Brendan, James, Anne and Paul ready to cheer on the team.Some of the Donegal LGFA fundraising team outside MacCumhaill Park – Declan McDermott, Maura McCrudden, Liam Skelly and Siobhan Coyle.Kathleen, Michael, Dinny, Danni, Finn and Stephen from Downings ready for the big game in MacCumhaill Park.Donegal LGFA stars Evelyn McGinley and Shannon McGroddy help Donal Sharkey with the fundraising efforts before the game.Teresa and Paddy from Ranafast in good cheer ahead of the game.A section of the large crowd.A section of the large crowd.Marie and Bronagh from Drumoghill before the game. Picture Special: Crowds turn out in Ballybofey as sun shines on Donegal was last modified: July 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Brand South Africa joins hands with Partners for Possibility

    first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 3 November 2016 – Brand South Africa will join hands with Partners for Possibility at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Thursday 10 November 2016 to call on CEO’s, business leaders and executives to play their part to build a sustainable education system.Partners for Possibility is a creative solution to South Africa’ education crisis. It is a co-action, co-learning partnership between school principals and business leaders, enabling social cohesion through partnerships, and empowering principals to become change leaders in their schools and communities. The Partners for Possibility programme facilitates cross-sectoral reciprocal partnerships between business, government and civil society.As a co-action, co-creation partnership, Partners for Possibility calls on CEOs and business leaders to contribute a mere 150 hours a year towards developing the capability of school principals to govern their schools in an efficient and effective way. Empowerment of principals is key to building schools able to execute their mandates to develop the young minds of South Africa.Speaking about the partnership, Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela says, “Brand South Africa is pleased to partner with Partners for Possibility in calling on CEO’s, business leaders and executives to play their part for the future of our young people. Brand South Africa is pleased that Partners for Possibility works with school principals to bring about systemic and durable change in the level of education our young people receive.”The Director and Founder of Partners for Possibility, Ms Louise an Rhyn has described the partnership with Brand South Africa as a strategic one. “It is inspiring that the agency mandated to position South Africa as a competitive Nation Brand has chosen to work with Partners for Possibility in this way. The level of education and skills in a country is critical to a nation’s competitiveness and I am honoured that Brand South Africa is a partner to Partners for Possibility.”Media is invited to participate in an engaging programme as follows:Date : Thursday 10 November 2016Time : 09h00-11h00Venue : Nelson Mandela Foundation107 Central StreetHoughtonContact/RSVP : Tsabeng Nthite on 076 371 6810Notes to the EditorFor more information about Partners for Possibility: http://www.pfp4sa.orglast_img read more

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  • “Geocaching Diet” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

    first_imgGeocaching squares off again the battle of the bulge.  Geocacher Martin Pedersen is on a diet. Martin is determined to lose 100 pounds by the end of the year.  He’s using geocaching to shed the weight.  His aim is to find 1000 geocaches and walk 2500 kilometers.  Root him on by posting a comment and sharing your geocaching weight lose stories here on our blog.  You can also track his progress and send well wishes his way on his must-read family website, http://familynavigation.comShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNew Year’s Resolution: A Geocaching DietDecember 30, 2010In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs””Mother says geocaching helps her autistic child” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoOctober 19, 2010In “Community”The Four Types of Geocaching Texans Who will Rule the UniverseApril 27, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”last_img read more

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  • Some Facts And Frictions About Indians in US And Their Hunt For Visa

    first_imgExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said earlier this week that India was in talks with the US to reconsider a move to scrap work permits to spouses of H1B visas holders in the US. The American immigration policies are a concern for many Indians who live and work on visas like H-1B, F1, H4 and L1. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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  • Eat, Drink And Be Svelte

    first_imgAnother new year has dawned but we are certainly carrying something from the old year with us into 2005 – those pounds we had sworn to lose in 2004! Yes, you can lose your keys, your money, your eyeglasses, but excess weight stays stubbornly right with you! Now help is on the way with Anjum Anand’s cooking secrets – Indian Every Day: Light, Healthy Indian Food. Light, healthy Indian food may sound almost like an oxymoron – after all, we are used to eating restaurant food drowning in butter and cream. Anand, who is based in London, gives you all the traditional dishes, but recreates them in lighter versions. She too had an addiction for rich Indian food and battled with weight gain throughout her growing years.You see her on the cover of her book – young, sleek and as fresh as the cilantro she is chopping – and you’d think, she couldn’t ever have had a weight problem. But Anand says she has lost over 75 pounds of “puppy fat” without going on crazy diets.She says in the book, “This millennium is about healthy eating. No more starvation diets, no more elimination diets, no more raw food, no more color co-coordinated diets, no more, no more, just say no! This millennium is about feeling good about yourself.” Anand, who had grown up on rich Indian food, found that the pounds could really creep up on you. She recalls, “After ultimately failing in all my dieting endeavors, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I read every diet and fitness magazine I could get my hands on. I was determined to understand what the experts recommended for permanent weight loss.”The answer, she discovered, was two-fold. Firstly, it was imperative to follow a varied diet with wholesome ingredients and limited oil. The second part of the answer was even more important and almost involved a change in behavior: “I realized this was the beginning of the rest of my life. I would have to adopt this new eating plan for the rest of my life. It made sense really as most people revert to their old eating habits and undo all the good work they have done.”She followed this mantra of healthy eating and slowly, but surely, lost the weight. She says: “I advise anyone embarking on a diet, to ask themselves if they could actually follow the diet they want to follow for a long, long time. Many fad diets aren’t sustainable. I know it is boring, but in my experience a sensible diet will give you the lasting results you are looking for.”Anand worked at the trend-setting Café Spice in New York and for Tommy Tang at the Mondrian hotel in Los Angeles. She has also appeared on the Food Channel’s “Good Food Live Show” and knows a thing or two about giving traditional food a fresh new look with contemporary, healthy touches. In her hands, Indian food is simpler and fresher, with jewel like garnishes and spices that provide the taste, rather than relying on oil.As she points out, Indian food is, in fact, very healthy. A typical Indian meal is really well balanced and would consist of a lentil (protein and minerals) curry, a non-vegetarian (protein) curry, a vegetable dish and a complex carbohydrate (wholemeal flat-bread or rice). Add to this a bowl of yoghurt (minerals) and you have all the food groups represented with a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.“Also, the basic ingredients used in Indian cooking are inherently healthy,” she says. “Foods that the scientists call super-foods with healing properties such as ginger, garlic, chilies, tomatoes and the different spices. For example turmeric is an antiseptic. I think the whole world should eat this way.”So how does one go about transforming traditional rich cooking into light, guilt-free food that you can eat every day? After all, we all want our Murgh Malai Tikka, our kulfis and kheers!“The only thing you would need to do to make your Indian meals healthy is to reduce the amount of oil you use in your favorite recipes and buy non-stick pans,” she says. ” We all have such busy and full lives that few of us eat the accepted three meals a day at a table. More often than not we are grabbing something on the run or have little time to cook for ourselves.”To help organize busy lives, she offers an assortment of recipes in the book for both everyday cooking and party dishes and the bonus is that all of them are calorie conscious and can be whipped up in a short time. She says she’s included recipes for every situation from “from creating a lavish and impressive Indian feast for friends and family to throwing leftovers into a pan and creating a healthy meal in minutes for yourself.”While most of her dishes stem from traditional northern Indian cooking, she has added regional fare as well as dishes that came about as a result of her own experimentation.As she likes to say, “The recipes are a modern take on authentic home-style Indian recipes. I employ healthy cooking techniques, with modern and convenient ingredients to create a variety of dishes, both spicy and mild.”Indian Every Day has some innovative recipes and the photography is luscious enough to eat! The book is about sensible eating for the long haul, and none of the dishes give calorie components. So there is not an obsession with calories, but home cooking is tweaked to make it healthy and low in calories by selecting lean and low-fat alternatives.Thus you can indulge in Goan Prawn Curry, Methi Ke Naan or Murgh Makhani, or even eat desserts like Gajjar Ka Halva or Shahi Tukra. If you are addicted to Meetha Poora, crispy sweet griddle cakes, which are deep fried breads traditionally, Anand’s version which is pan-fried rather than deep-fried, allows you to indulge.She also has wonderful, earthy vegetarian dishes which give a tweak to traditional dishes: the Ghiya Ka Kofta Curry (Veggie Dumpling Curry) once again allows you to enjoy koftas without frying them. Masale Wali Arbi (Spiced Colocasia) ends up looking like a gourmet dish.Besides the recipes, Anand also has several tips for the time-deprived and novices, such as how to transform leftovers, the correct way for freezing small items like samosas or what the shelf life of various cooked foods should be. Ever wondered how long the paneer or the kulfi should sit in the freezer? The answer is in the book.Anand, who loves to travel, brings back international recipes from visits to Greece or Turkey and incorporates them into her repertoire. Thus you have Meethi Dahi Ki Malai (Sweetened Yogurt Cream). It does not contain any rich malai and is actually made out of Greek yogurt.The book has been very popular in the U.K. and Anand was delighted to find that it had become a best seller in her favorite bookstore. She says: “The British love Indian food. It is the most popular cuisine in the country with, ostensibly, more Indian restaurants in London than both Delhi and Bombay combined!”Very often, Indian food, notorious for grease, fried ingredients, sugar and cream, gets no respect from dieters. But done right, it can be the dieter’s best friend. Says Anand: “Indian food, often the culprit for my falling of the healthy eating wagon, was my saving grace and it still keeps me firmly on track.”                                                                           YOU DON’T NEED FAT TO BE THIN   Shahi Paneer 2 tbs vegetable oil1 medium onion, thinly sliced1/2 tsp each turmeric, coriander and red chilip powders1/2 tsp garam masala2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges250 ml (9 fl oz) hot water2 fat garlic cloves, grated3 green chillies, wholesalt to taste1 tbs tomato puree200 ml (7 fl oz) skimmed milk101/2 low-fat paneer cut into 1 inch cubes fresh coriander, chopped, to garnishHeat the oil in a medium non-stick sauté pan. Add the onion and soften for about 3-4 minutes over a moderate heat without coloring. Add the spices and stir for 30 seconds.Add the tomatoes and reduce for 5 minutes. Add 100 ml (3.5 fl oz) of the water and reduce again over a moderate heat.Add the garlic, chillies, salt and tomato puree, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the remaining water, bring to the boil and then simmer for `0 minutes. The tomatoes should have completely broken down by now.Reduce all the excess liquid in the pan. Add the milk and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the paneer and stir to coat in the sauce. Simmer for 3-4 minutes and serve hot, garnished with fresh coriander.  Gajar Ka Halva1 liter (11/2 pints) semi-skimmed milk1 lb 51/2 oz carrots, peeled and coarsely grated1 tbs rasins6 tbs caster or granulated sugar or to taste1 tbs raw cashews nuts, dry-roasted and halved11/2 oz unsalted butter (optional)Put the milk in a heavy-based saucepan (non-stick if omitting butter), bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Add the carrots and raisins and cook over a low heat until the milk has dried off, about 50-60 minutes. Stir and scrape the pan (with a wooden spoon if using a non-stick pan) often to prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom and burning.Stir in the sugar and cashew nuts, mix thoroughly and cook for another 15-20 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and there is no liquid left in the pan, Serve at this point if wished.Alternatively, add the butter to the pan and cook over a high heat until the carrots have caramelized and darkened. Stir and scrape the bottom of the pan until the mixture comes together, about 15 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.   Aachari Jhinga 3 tbs mustard or vegetable oil2 small onions, chopped11/2 each garlic and ginger pastes2-3 green chillies, left whole, or halved lenghtways and seeded11/2 tsp each brown mustard, nigella (onion), fennel, cumin and fenugreek seeds1/2 tsp turmeric powder11/2 rounded tbs coriander powdersalt to taste4 medium tomatoes, pureed1 lb 9 oz medium to large raw prawns, washed, shelled, with the tails intact, and de-veined100 ml (31/2 fl oz) hot water2 tsp garam masala1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper1 tbs lemon juice or to tastea handful of chopped fresh coriander leaves and stalksHeat the oil in a non-stick saucepan and gently fry the onions until golden and shrivelled, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger pastes and the chillies, and cook for 40 seconds before adding the seeds, turmeric, coriander powder and salt. StirAdd the tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes, adding splashes of hot water whenever necessary. Reduce before continuing.Add the prawns and the water, Bring to the boil, then lower the heat, cover and simmer until the prawns are nearly cooked, about 3-5 minutes. Uncover and stir over a high heat while reducing the sauce the consistency of thick gravy. Add a splash of hot water from the kettle if necessary. There should be enough gravy to mop up with your roti.Stir in the remaining spices, lemon juice and fresh coriander. Serve hot.  From Indian Everyday by Anjum Anand   Related Itemslast_img

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  • Book review: O.V. Vijayan’s ‘A Cartoonist Remembers’

    first_imgA Cartoonist Remembers By O.V. Vijayan Rupa I do not like O.V. Vijayan. Yes, I know I published a lot of his work in The Illustrated Weekly when I was editing it. That is because I found them very topical, very relevant in those days. But today, I no longer,A Cartoonist Remembers By O.V. Vijayan Rupa I do not like O.V. Vijayan. Yes, I know I published a lot of his work in The Illustrated Weekly when I was editing it. That is because I found them very topical, very relevant in those days. But today, I no longer think so.For he makes me think too much. And, like the rest of India, I am coming to believe that thought is not entirely a good idea.To begin with, cartoons are supposed to be funny. They are meant to make you laugh or smile. Vijayan’s work does neither. In fact, what is worse, they always leave me disturbed. Not just disturbed with the world outside, but also disturbed within myself. I feel angry, shortchanged. I guess that is why no newspaper will ever ask Vijayan to do the front-page cartoon again.They will have no readers left. After all, cartoons are part of the morning ritual. You wake up, brush your teeth, drink a hot cup of chai, sit on the potty and laugh with R.K. Laxman. At least that is what I did for years-till Laxman stopped making me laugh.But to be disturbed in the morning? To be provoked by thought, anger, despair and disappointment, the deep anguish and sadness of spirit that Vijayan brings? No, that is not what newspapers are for, remember? Why do you think all the bad news is getting pushed inside and the front page hijacked by the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Shah Rukh Khan? Because no one wants to wake up to bad news.The local bad news appears on the city page. The global bad news on the world page. Sports scams on the sports page. Corporate frauds on the business page. The front page stays clean. No wonder, cartoonists like Vijayan and Rajinder Puri have vanished!advertisementVijayan’s problem is that he chose to be a cartoonist. You expect him to raise a laugh. Instead, he always caries the cross of pain, anger, disappointment on his frail shoulders.He raises concerns. He cuts through the cant and hypocrisy, the deceit and dishonesty of our time. He sees through the lies, the chicanery. In fact, it was Vijayan who brought to an end the age of genial cartooning and made savagery his baseline.But he is no Eminem either. He is a balladeer of the spirit. Like Joan Baez who woke you to your conscience, he makes you look at the mirror and ask yourself who you are, what you stand for. Yes, his lines are cruel. He challenges you to think, to react and if you do not, he ridicules your helplessness and makes you even more angry.In an age where the dividing line between news and entertainment has now entirely vanished, where truth and fiction live together as man and wife, where the fantasies of war and national pride have long overtaken the simple issues of food and shelter, free speech and human rights, the cartoonist as a social commentator is as irrelevant as the circus clown.That is why the bitter sarcasm, the vicious body language of his art, the intemperance, the brazen honesty that Vijayan stands for makes him totally anachronistic.So it is just as well that he does not draw any more. That he stays, as this book declares, in a secluded, peaceful part of Kerala. For it is no longer safe for thoughtful men with a conscience to live out here.The India we once knew has been taken over by politicians, movie stars, scamsters and the brain-dead children of the fashion industry. The dialect of protest has long been forgotten. Instead, all you have around you is the ennui of the half living and a media that ; has chosen to deliberately dumb down.last_img read more

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