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November 23, 2011

One For India: Making everyONE count

Twenty years ago, Association for India’s Development set out on a journey on roads less traveled, reaching out to the marginalized sections of the society who have eventually became our co-travelers.

Our mission: to facilitate a life of dignity and self-reliance for all in India. We have stayed the course, thanks to your contributions.

When you give to AID, you do more than making a charitable contribution – you become a partner in the process of development that empowers the poor to gain control over decisions that affect their lives. You become a part of the wave to ensure just, equitable and sustainable development in India in turn empowering the society as a whole.

Our goal is to raise $250,000 through this annual online fundraising campaign.

We invite you to join us in this journey and be an agent for change.

Create a ripple. Be a Change. Join the Wave. 
Together, we can make everyONE count.

Spread the WORD!

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September 5, 2007

Carbon Trading

So what is Carbon Trading? (Searching Wikipedia…)

Emissions trading (or cap and trade) is an administrative approach used to control pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of pollutants.[1]

OK! This sounds good. Reading on…

In such a plan, a central authority (usually a government agency) sets a limit or cap on the amount of a pollutant that can be emitted. Companies or other groups that emit the pollutant are given credits or allowances which represent the right to emit a specific amount. The total amount of credits cannot exceed the cap, limiting total emissions to that level. Companies that pollute beyond their allowances must buy credits from those who pollute less than their allowances or face heavy penalties. This transfer is referred to as a trade. In effect, the buyer is being fined for polluting, while the seller is being rewarded for having reduced emissions. Thus companies that can easily reduce emissions will do so and those for which it is harder will buy credits which reduces greenhouse gases at the lowest possible cost to society.

Hmmm. Let me see an easier analogy. We can call it Calorie Trading. In this world, there are people who are overweight (who cant stop consuming), and they are people who are underweight and those who exercise to maintain weight. But, in this homogeneous flat world, we need all of them at the same weight (either by consuming less or exercising – this method will ensure that overweight people will become normal – oh the controlling agency, the govt, cares about the health of all its citizens and all citizens should be a certain weight for great health benefits). But those who cant consume less, can “trade” with folks who can exercise more than they already are. So, in effect the overweight people will pay over-exercising people, so that they can over consume.

Now it makes sense. This calorie trading will take care that the population will remain healthy!

Whoever thought that carbon trading will save the world should be given a Nobel Prize! So many corollaries are possible! You bet, Calorie Trading is going to be a top one!!! Anyone willing to give me money, I will exercise ….let us begin the calorie trading revolution.

Think about it. You eat all you want. I exercise and together we can maintain a constant weight! You need to cough up some serious dough though. Thus both of us reap benefits in the long term. Genius.

January 8, 2006

Missing women of India

500,000 infant females die every year in India. Read this article on BBC. A random guess: every year has a little over half a million minutes. That is every minute there is one girl child in India who is being killed for various reasons. It doesnt happen in my family, I guess is no more the excuse.

Take a look at the figures: CensusIndia
Before we blame the rural masses about this one …. take a closer look at the Census India pages – “It may be seen that the child sex ratio in the rural areas at the 1991 Census was 948 and at the 2001 Census it stands at 934. On the other hand child sex ratio in the urban areas was 935 in the 1991 census and this has come down to only 903 at the 2001 Census, thereby exhibiting a sharp decline of thirty-two points in a decade. In other words the decline in child sex ratio in the urban areas of the country is more than two times than the decline seen in the rural areas.” And oh yeah, do compare this map – literacy map of India