Monday, 10 December 2018

Lord Curzon - flamboyant and efficient Viceroy of India


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Among the Viceroys of colonial India, Lord Curzon of Kedleston (1898 and 1911 and also as Earl Curzon of Kedleston between 1911 and 1921)  was the most charismatic and flamboyant British Conservative statesman. Commonly referred to as Lord Curzon, he  served as Viceroy of India, from 1899 to 1905, during which time he introduced many commissions, reforms and departments for smooth and efficient administration. 

Eldest son and second of eleven children of Alfred Curzon, the 4th Baron Scarsdale (1831–1916), Rector of Kedleston in Derbyshire, and his wife Blanche (1837–1875), Curzon was  born at Kedleston Hall, where his  family of Norman ancestry had lived since the 12th century. George lost his mother when he was barely 16 and was taken care by a brutal, sadistic governess. As his father paid least attention to him, his governess'  tyranny and intimidation  in the nursery helped him develop his combative qualities and encouraged the obsessional side of his nature which stood in good stead in the later years. Educated at Wixenford School,  Eton College, and Balliol College, Oxford, a spinal injury  incurred, during his adolescence, while  riding, left Curzon in lifelong pain. This made him quite uncomfortable  as it caused  insomnia, and required him to wear a metal corset for the rest of his life. In 1895 he married Mary Victoria Leiter, the daughter of Levi Ziegler Leiter, an American millionaire of German Mennonite origin and co-founder of the Chicago department store Field & Leiter (later Marshall Field) in July 1906. Unfortunately,  she died pretty soon and it was a great personal loss in his early life.

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Above image: Curzon and Madho Rao Scindia, Maharaja of Gwalior, pose with hunted tigers, 1901........................

 In 1898 it was announced that George  would succeed Lord Elgin as viceroy of India, and, in September of that year, he was created a peer - Baron Curzon of Kedleston. In January 1899 he was appointed Viceroy of India and  was the youngest Viceroy in history,  The peerage would help him re-enter the House of Commons on his return to Britain. Curzon was quite happy about his highest appointment in India as it  was an office filled with the pomp and ceremony  which he  loved very much. He  remarked soon after the pageantry of his arrival in Calcutta on January 3, 1899 that India is  the most-treasured jewel in Queen Victoria’s crown. 
Lord Curzon served India successfully  as Governor General and Viceroy of India from 6 January 1899 to 18 November 1905. During his tenure in the subcontinent  he tackled with remarkable aplomb countless problems relating to governance, natural calamity, etc with skill and tactics. 

The following are some of his great achievements during his tenure in India, then a vast populous land with many languages and cultures

01. After the suppression of the frontier (now in Pakistan)  risings of 1897–98,  Curzon gave due importance to  the independent tribes of the north-west frontier. He formed  a new province called the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), and pursued a policy of forceful control mixed  with conciliation. 

 02. Curzon  diligently argued for an exclusive British presence in the Gulf, a policy originally proposed by John Malcolm, but ignored by many. Further, he had convinced his government to establish Britain as the unofficial protector of Kuwait with the Anglo-Kuwaiti Agreement of 1899.

 03. The Famine of 1899-1900 in Bengal and other places  caused the death of more than  four million people. Undaunted Curzon immediatly took action and his appointment of Famine Commission under Sir Anthony McDonnell  to alleviate the sufferings of the people  was praise-worthy. He introduced a variety of measures, including opening up famine relief works that fed between 3 and 5 million people, reducing taxes and spending vast amounts of money on irrigation works. Indeed a remarkable achievement on the part of Curzon who had a pathetic childhood.

04. To improve the administration in India and  to serve the people well he appointed many commissions: Commission on  Police Commission under Andrew Frazer to take care of civil security etc., Irrigation under Colin Scott Moncrieff for agriculture, Education Commission (Raleigh Commission), enactment of Indian Universities Act, 1904, Land Resolution of 1902, Punjab Land Alienation Act 1900, Establishment of Imperial Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, Industry. The other commissions include Indian Coinage and Paper Currency Act, 1899; establishment of a training college for army officers at Quetta; Calcutta Corporation Act, 1899, etc.  

Viceroy Curzon's bronze lamp in the Taj. taj-mahal.net
05. Being a great lover of ancient arts and monuments of India, Lord Curzon  very particular about their protection for the progeny. He introduced Ancient Monuments Protection Act, 1904. But for his sincere and dedicated care, we would have lost countless ancient monuments spread across India. A remarkable marble edifice, Victoria Memorial at Kolkata was the brain child of Lord Curzon.  The foundation was laid by the Prince of Wales (later King George V) in 1921. Curzon proposed the building in 1901 soon after the death of Queen Victoria.

Lord Curzon's brass lamp, The taj Mahal. imgpic.org 
05. During his tenure he restored the Taj back to old glory; earlier, it was in bad shape.  During the 1857 rebellion by the Indian soldiers against the East India company's atrocities, the British soldiers not only damaged the Taj but also removed countless gemstones impregnated on the outer wall of this great monument at Delhi. Curzon also donated a fine bronze lamp hanging  in the original tomb of the Taj. The inscription on the lamp says “Presented to the Tomb of Mumtaz Mahal by Lord Curzon, Viceroy 1906

06. To avoid Russian invasion of Tibet, he sent a Military expedition to Tibet in 1903 to control the region - occupation of Chumby Valley. A treaty was signed at Lhasa in September 1904. This frustrated Russian ambition. Here, his amazing  knowledge of strategic military operation in a vulnerable, rugged terrain  was in full play. 

07. Reappointed Governor-General in August 1904, he presided over the 1905 partition of Bengal  on the basis of religion; later,  he faced a barrage of criticisms from various quarters. Though his explanation that he did it for better administrative efficiency, partition of Bengal was a  blot on his political career. As his policy  caused  deep discontent  among Indians and the upsurge of a revolutionary movement in the country  from 1919 to 1924. 

08. Partition of Bengal, a wrong administrative policy   overshadowed all the good deeds he had done in India  and he was tagged as the most unpopular Viceroy of India. After bitter opposition among the people of the province it was later revoked (1911). He created the territory of Eastern Bengal and Assam,when he was  Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

09. Curzon also took a keen interest in military matters. In 1901, he founded the Imperial Cadet Corps, or ICC. It was a corps d'elite, designed to give Indian princes and aristocrats military training, after which a few would be given officer commissions in the Indian Army. But these commissions were "special commissions" which did not empower their holders to command any troops. Later it was withdrawn. 

10. The Delhi Durbar (meaning "Court of Delhi) of 1903 was tagged as the greatest show on earth. Also called Imperial Durbar,  it was held three times, in 1877, 1903, and 1911; the venue was Coronation park, Delhi. The durbar in Imperial-Indian style was held to celebrate the succession of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark as Emperor and Empress of India. What is so special about it?  Lord Curzon, with meticulous care, arranged for the success of the Durbar, which was a a dazzling display of pomp, power and pageantry that lasted two full weeks. The other Durbars were no match for this one well organized by Curzon. He created a vast tented town complete with temporary light railway to bring crowds of spectators out from Delhi, a post office with its own stamp, telephone and telegraphic facilities, a variety of stores, a Police force with specially designed uniform. The royal couple were showered with valuable gifts, jewelry, etc. Of course, a large section of India's freedom fighters hated this pomp and show which was meant to further promote British interest in India.
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 In 1905 Curzon returned to England where he suffered the greatest personal loss of his life. Mary died in 1906. In 1908, Curzon was elected a representative peer for Ireland, and thus relinquished any idea of returning to the House of Commons. He played an active role in British politics. After a long courtship with a rich American lady and novelist Elinor Glyn ( Grace Elvina Hinds), Curzon married her in January 1917. 

In March 1925 Curzon suffered a severe hemorrhage of the bladder and after an  unsuccessful Surgery, he died in London on 20 March 1925 at the age of 66.

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01. An interesting fact about Curzon is he was fond of Shimla, then the summer capital of the Raj and used to frequent the place and the surrounding areas. Being an avid Golfer, he was instrumental in establishing a golf course at Naldehra in the foot hills of the Himalayas. It was the one of a few highest golf courses in the world (2044 meter above msl) . He was so mesmerized by the beauty of this place, he named his third daughter Alexandra Naldehra  after Naldehra. It is 23 Km from the capital city of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. It used to be a  9 - hole  challenging course.

 02.Yet another interesting fact about Curzon is though he had differences with the then Dewan of Mysore Sir Seshadri Aiyar regarding administrative matters, he had deep respect for him. He was the one who recommended  the establishment of a memorial  in honor of Aiyar when some controversy came up about a memorial for Sir Seshadri Aiyar. 

03. Likewise Lord Curzon, who had a good rapport with Sir C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar, a legal luminary recognized the legal heir to the throne of the Travancore Royal family upon Sir C. P's intervention  and requested  him to act as Dewan of Travancore Princely state.
So Lord Curzon was good at recognizing Indian talents and encouraged them to hold positions of eminence without any bias. 
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Water conservation tips for Chennai households to face looming water crisis in the near future!!

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 After the recent Madras High Court order on the ban of exploitation of ground water for commercial use,  the water tanker owners who supply water to most homes, factories, hotels, etc., went on a strike in Chennai and now  the consumers were left in the lurch, presumably high and dry . GMWSSB (Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewage Board daily supplies 4.30 crore liter of potable water for distribution across the city and the private water suppliers supply twice that  supplied by the metro. It is a mind-boggling figure and it points out how carelessly ground water is being over- exploited by us to meet the city's water demand that is ever growing faster than the predictions. Chennai's vast stretches of high-rise apartment complexes, gated communities do not get assured piped water supply. Water being elixir of life, too much dependence on water tankers in a city like Chennai is not good but the state Government which does not possess a fleet of water tanks has to depend on private suppliers. It is a piquant situation in the city . People belonging to weaker sections are heavily dependent on piped Metro water supply which is available for a short  duration only. Roughly  80 per cent of the city, which is heavily dependent on water cans, will bear the brunt of this development in the wake of court orders and  strike by the water tanker owners. More than 4000 water tankers were off the road.

  It is likely that  water crisis  may be looming over the city in the coming months  as two of its major reservoirs that supply  drinking water to the city have gone bone dry. At Poondi and Cholavaram reservoirs, the situation is dismal  with low storage level -14mcft as of August, 2018 (according to the Metro Water website in the 3rd week of August). The NW Monsoon failed to provide adequate water for the city's reservoirs.

As the present volume of all four prime drinking water sources to the city is merely 11% of its total capacity, officials  warn that  this will cater to the city’s needs only for the next two and a half months. The combined capacity of lakes at Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam was 2.43tmcft in June. In a month’s time the storage levels had dipped to 1.79tmcft with current level standing at 1.25tmcft as of 3rd week of August. 


World over, potable water situation is grim.  With climate change becoming a big global issue before the countries world over and consequent water scarcity problems looming large in populous countries like India, water management is very important, Equally essentials are proper conservation plans, public awareness and commitment. If people do not cooperate and fail to follow the government guide lines, water conservation won't yield the anticipated results. water conservation offers a cost-effective and environmentally easy way to address these challenges as opposed to capturing, transporting, and treating new supplies that need adequate funds. Water conservation starts at home. This will save water usage, money on water bill and minimize their environmental footprint. A small town's concerted efforts will have cumulative impact and result in better contribution goals during the times of shortage.

 To curb  water use in American households, people are advised to follow some suggestions. Among them are  making simple changes to your daily routine and installing a few water-efficient appliances, reducing shower times and toilet flushes, doing only full loads of laundry, and installing Water Sense and ENERGY STAR labelled products, just to name a few.
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 To tide over the impending water crisis, the following Tap water tips may be of help to the general house holders of Chennai:

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01. The toilet is one of the most water-intensive fixtures in the house. Do you need to flush every time? Use low-flush toilet in your house. 

02. Reduce your shower or bathing time to five minutes to 10 minutes. Shower heads use as much as 15 yo 20 liters  of water
 per minute.
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 03. Use energy /water saving washing machine. Several models are available on the Indian market. Use the washing machine  a few times a week and don not fill up the tank. This way you can save lots of water.

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 04. Many people, when cleaning dishes, run the water from the tap/faucet continuously. With adequate water stored in a vessel, you can do all the basic scrubbing, cleaning, etc and at last run the tap water to do the final cleaning. Lots of liters
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ers or gallons of water can be saved this way. 


 05. If you have leaky taps/faucets or pipe joints in the water supply line, see to it they are fixed. Do not delay repairing leaky pipes, taps, etc.
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06. In the western toilet, see whether the water tank is working properly. If the flushing mechanism is faulty, slowly water will drain through the tank into the closet. If unchecked, a fairly big overhead water tank may become empty over night. 

 07. In the case of Western closet, after urination, do not flush till the tank is empty, Instead hold the water tank lever down for  a few seconds and then push it up. This way you can complete the flushing and at the same time save more than half the tank.

08.  In India, in particular in Tamil Nadu, people wash the drive way, garage, balcony, open stairway built outside the house and terrace almost daily with water. If you do it thrice a week in the summer when the water table goes down, you can save a fair amount of water. 
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09. While brushing your teeth turn the water off. Use minimum water to wash your hands.

10. Building an efficient water harvesting system to collect rainwater falling on the terrace, roof, etc will improve the ground water.

This way the average household can reduce their indoor water use by up to 45% (70 gallons (roughly 300 liters  per household per day).
Ref: 

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/chennai-stares-at-invented-water-crisis/articleshow/66256969.cms
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http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2018/aug/26/reservoirs-go-dry-chennai-stares-at-water-crisis-1862833.html


Benjamin D. Inskeep, Shahzeen Z. Attari. The Water Short List: The Most Effective Actions U.S. Households Can Take to Curb Water Use. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 2014; 56 (4): 4 DOI: 10.1080/00139157.2014.922375    



Sunday, 9 December 2018

Sir Winston Churchill's Ten '' wrong'' commandments

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Sir Winston Churchill, the two time PM of Britain, a hardcore conservative politician, will live on  as one of the greatest men of the human race. Equally, he will remain well-known for his brashness, arrogance, racial superiority and utter disregard for human value and dignity. To cite an example his hatred for Gandhi, a half naked fakir, who directly sought the audience of King Emperor, wearing informal loin cloth, symbolic of poor Indian people who were pushed to a wretched state by the British during the colonial period. 

The fact is countless people in the UK never liked either his ballyhooed  war time leadership  and oratorical skill  or his crass regard for the British labor class and other people in the lower strata of the society.  Suffice to say, people who are actually familiar with Churchill, completely hate his guts bordering on snobbery and insolence.


Churchill's ten ''wrong'' commandments:
 
01. Survival of British  Imperialism  at any cost: Britain should remain a colonial superpower as long as she could and the British colonies and the heads shall be at the beck and call of the British Crown. (Churchill's loyalty to Britain was bordering on insanity and self-defeating).

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   02. Be a white supremacist: Pay due attention to eugenics, implying selective breeding to improve the composition of human race.   Churchill advocated the sterilization of the "feeble minded and insane." (Churchill was a hardcore racist and hated African blacks, Jews, American Indians and others. Churchill’s attitude was quite explicitly racist. He told Amery “I hate Indians. They are beastly people with a beastly religion.”). 

03. Britishness should be preserved at any cost:  Because people from other countries including Europe  are no way better than the British who  are a class apart, born to rule the world  and  not to be ruled by other inferior people or countries. (He strongly believed in the supremacy of the British and their administrative skills).

04. Do not give freedom to India: India's  rich natural resources are  meant for the welfare of Britain alone and to keep the British economy in the pink. Giving freedom to India is suicidal. So,the idea of Home land for the Indians be on the back burner (Churchill set the road block for India's freedom; he purposely stalled the freedom process for a longer period than expected and had scant respect for the top  Indian freedom fighters.
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05. Dive and rule to reap benefits: Dividing and ruling is part of British imperialistic extravaganza and adventurism. Try to drive a wedge between Muslim and Hindu communities in the Indian subcontinent  and  make them squeeze  each others' neck. Have a barrel of fun when they are at loggerheads  with each other. This way, we can not only keep country divided but also  hang on to power until they stop fighting which will never happen (Churchill and his cronies were  indirectly responsible for instigating Indian Muslim leaders to have a separate homeland for them. 

06. Go ahead and use chemical weapons against the tribal communities: When dealing  with warring tribes in the rugged mountains of places like Afghanistan, be unscrupulous. Forget about the war norms. Don't show mercy and  never hesitate to  use  poison gas against tribes.  In 1919, on orders from Churchill, poison gas was  used against the helpless Kurds who tried hard to protect  their lands from the British India Army. (Churchill has the dubious distinction being one of the earliest promoters of  Chemical weapons against civilians!!)

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07. Be a mute spectator when millions die  right under your nose due to natural disaster: By the same token when natural calamity like famine strikes and, in the aftermath,  millions of Indians die in Bengal, do not rescue them  from pain, mental agony and impeding death. Be like a man with a stone-heart; there is no room for compassion or humanitarianism.  It is a nature's way of culling them, for the Indians breed like rabbits.  If ships laden with food grains  do arrive at Calcutta harbor for the victims of famine, divert them  to Europe to improve our buffer stock in case a war in the future.(Churchill was solely  responsible for the death of millions of Bengal. When honest British officials contacted Churchill for help. he scribbled a note in the file: Has Gandhi not died yet? When Lord Wavell succeeded Linlithgow as Viceroy, he was appalled at how little had been done to provide famine relief.public)
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 08. Never encourage Homeland for the Irish: If the Irish demand homeland, deploy a brute force to deal with them;  the "Black and Tans" was introduced in Ireland to put down the Irish National Army. (The infamous Black and Tans (Irish: Dúchrónaigh) officially the Royal Irish Constabulary Special Reserve, was a force of temporary constables employed to assist the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) during the Irish War of Independence. It was created by Churchill, then British Secretary of State for War.In 1919 they took in  mostly  British Army veterans of World War I and most of the recruits came from Britain. Their major role was to help the RIC maintain control and fight the Irish Republican Army (IRA), the army of the Irish Republic. The media and the public were critical of the role of
the "Black and Tans and Churchill's audacity in the matter of homeland for the Irish). 
 
09. No hesitation to be shown to get donations from private companies: Nothing wrong in accepting  massive cash donations from oil companies, etc  to represent them in parliament and be a voice for them. It is mutually beneficial .Their money is for the party and our political services for the companies' survival. (Churchill encouraged lobbying for big companies in return for cash for the party)
 

10. Vigilante justice; taking revenge: One of the important glorious traits of Winston is to take revenge on the country or people who hurt his ego or political plan very much. For example, to teach a lesson or two to the Germans and  Hitler's Red Army for Churchill   it is ethical to bomb the German villages and kill innocent people. Tit- for- tat is a good war policy to deal with fascist leaders like Hitler. who like Churchill was a racist in a different context. The Dresden bombing in Germany from February 13 to February 15, 1945 was a sad event in history.  (Allied forces with American Army  bombed the historic city of Dresden, located in eastern Germany during the final months of World War II. By February 15, the beautiful city was  reduced to smouldering  mounds of rubbish and broken fragments.  In the wake of this cruel bombing  countless  innocent civilians—estimated at somewhere between 35,000 and 135,000–were dead. Though American forces were involved, the initiative was taken by Churchill. It is oft repeated that Churchill “ordered” the fire bombing of Dresden as a “vicious payback” for the German bombing of Coventry).

Many historians find no difference between Churchill and Hitler in terms of murder and mayhem they openly committed. The former was responsible for the Bengal holocaust (1943) and the latter was the architect of extermination of Jews and others in Germany, Poland and other places. The man who is voted as the most famous English man in the recent past is, paradoxically, the most sinned British subject ever walked on this earth. Hitler, who was to be sent to the gallows, killed himself, but Churchill escaped the gallows because of his dubious Democratic credentials  and his close connections with the British Royalty.   

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Building work ethic- 9 ways to achive it

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For any job strong work ethic is an integral part, and if you take up any reasonable job that falls within your capability,  you can say ''yes'' without any hesitation. Developing work ethic is an art and you can achieve  it  by  disciplined  approach. Successful people have amazing work ethic, hence they stand apart from others.   If you experience lethargy and are on the verge of becoming a lazy rut, the following are some tips that might  help you  overcome this undesirable phase in your life. Mind you, every goes through this period of uncertainty and there is nothing to be ashamed of. 
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 01. Self-discipline:  Most importantly,  cultivate self discipline, otherwise inaction will creep in  and might drain your energy and you will be at the dead end of the road. Self-discipline will energize you with positive results.  Obviously you will experience  self-esteem, greater happiness and fulfillment
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 02. Say no to laziness:  Laziness is conducive to in- action. As the proverb goes 'procrastination will lead to calamity,'  you tend to put off work that you can do it today itself. So, inaction  caused by laziness can be unforgiving for it will
affect your capability. 

 03. Sacrifice your personal time: If you put in that extra hours  to complete a given project on time  by sacrificing time, that could have otherwise been spent before TV or attending important work  at  home,  your efforts will rewarded with appreciation and  it will boost your confidence level and self esteem.

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 04. Exercise regularly:  Regardless of your busy schedule, if you exercise 30 to 45 minutes each morning,  it is good for you physically and mentally and will rejuvenate  your brain, for exercise will  energize you, drive away laziness, take care of  imbalances in hormones and neurotransmitters. It will help you start your day without sluggish body and poorly motivated mind. Regular  exercise is also part of your self-discipline.
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 05. Less talk and more action:  When you begin your new project or continue your tough project avoid too much talking or thinking about it, instead get into action. People discuss problems  endlessly that could be  resolved with less time. So, what is required is direct action  which will create a smooth flow when you keep trying it. You will be in a blind alley if you keep thinking about it with out corresponding action.

06. Action with purpose:  Action in unison with purpose is very important. To achieve this, planning in advance at the end of previous workday is a good bet. It will help you plan your new work and chart the course with clarity and clear goal. There will be rhythm and flow. 
    
07. Accept Challenges:  With self-discipline and motivation,  you can stretch your capability and find newer ways to create and share value with the world. Never sit on the sidelines hoping for changes that never arrive unless you work hard and move forward in this competitive word.
  
 08. Handwork:  Hard work is the only way to get respect and reward. Each night when you go to bed with the thrill of having accomplished something worth while, the following day you will get up with a positive mind. The difference between a lazy person and the hard worker is unlike the latter, the former does not earn the rest.

 09. Choose right Friends: To be self-disciplined and hard working,  be in the company of good people. If your social circle consists of negative minded  and unproductive people, definitely it will impact your work ethic.  Association with good and  positive minded people means better impact on your personality.

Today onward try the above tips and be on the path of  self-development to grow in stature and strength in your career. Nothing is impossible for the highly motivated and passionate people backed by strong work ethic.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Weightlifting is good for heart and improves cardio-vascular health!!

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Body building or weight lifting has become a fad among many young Indian youths and this not only improves their appearance, but also their confidence. Many people are sceptical about weight-lifting and its positive impact on cardio-vascular health. Is weight lifting  beneficial to the heart? Yes, it is.  Recent  research studies at Iowa State university, USA  point that lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent. Spending extra time more than one hour won't yield any additional benefits. The study is published in
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 Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
 
Prof. Lee, specialist in kinesiology says "People may think they need to spend a lot of time lifting weights, but just two sets of bench presses that take less than 5 minutes could be effective," 
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With respect to heart diseases, the  new results point out that  benefits of strength training are independent of running, walking or other aerobic activities that are proven to be good for the heart. It implies if your aerobic physical activities are not good enough and fall below the standard guidelines, weight-lifting alone would give the desired results.  Don' worry about the other physical activities to pump your heart fast. 
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Lee and his colleagues relied on the data gathered from nearly 13,000 adults at  the Aerobics Center. Their three parameters include early hear history - a. cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke that did not result in death, all cardiovascular events including death and any type of death. Lee is of the opinion that resistance exercise reduced the risk for all three.

"The results are encouraging, but will people make weightlifting part of their lifestyle? Will they do it and stick with it? That's the million-dollar question," Lee said.
As far as resistance training is concerned, there are certain limitations. It is not as easy to incorporate weight-lifting into our daily routine as we do with other physical activities. We need to spend some time to go to a gym and shell out money to get the membership. Unlike aerobic exercises that involve mobility and enormous physical activity, weight-lifting is stationary and  the access to weight machines is limited.  Whereas we have easy access to cycling, hiking, walking, etc. In the case of weight-lifting, etc, the key factor is ''lifting any weight that increases resistance on your muscles''. Any muscle-strengthening activities could be beneficial to cardiovascular health.  The additional benefits we get are bone health, muscle strength and physical functioning. Lee strongly believes that weight lifting is just as good for your heart as other physical activities.
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Lee and his co-workers expanded their studies and covered the link between resistance exercises and their impact on  diabetes and cholesterol that affect lots of people.  The two studies, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found resistance exercise lowered the risk for both. It is a good news for people with diabetes and high  cholesterol. Less than an hour of weekly resistance exercise (as compared with no resistance exercise) is linked to 29% lower risk of metabolic syndrome that  iincreases risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. 

Muscle has the ability to burn calories; more muscle means, you can burn more energy. With no aerobic activities, you can still burn energy because you have good muscles.   According to Prof.  Lee  "If you build muscle, even if you're not aerobically active, you burn more energy because you have more muscle. This also helps prevent obesity and provide long-term benefits on various health outcomes."

The results are encouraging, but  the moot question is: Will people make weightlifting part of their lifestyle? We need more research on this interesting aspects of resistance exercises. 
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Yanghui Liu, Duck-chul Lee, Yehua Li, Weicheng Zhu, Riquan Zhang, Xuemei Sui, Carl J. Lavie, Steven N. Blair. Associations of Resistance Exercise with Cardiovascular Disease Morbidity and Mortality. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2018.