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About Goodpal

I am a firm believer in healthy people (mind and body both), healthy societies and healthy environment. Please feel free to comment, share and broadcast your views. Thanks for stopping by. Have a Good Day!

Global Warming and REDD+: Protect Forests But Ignore the Root Cause

Global efforts to protect forests through the REDD / REDD+ initiatives are great. But the question is why the the rich countries don’t actually cut their own emissions. Moreover, forests have other roles beyond carbon sequestering. So forests must be viewed from a holistic perspective, not just greenhouse gas emission angle. Continue reading

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Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan: We Should Also See The Positive Side of SSA

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is the main vehicle for universal elementary education in India after the RTE Act became operational in 2010. There are problems of quality and shortage of teachers but why should we concentrate only the dark side of SSA? Continue reading

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So Much Poverty in India But the National Media is Blind towards it?

It is strange that India is the biggest center of poverty in the world, yet for the commercial electronic media it is no news. Driven by the blind pursuit of TRP and “profit maximization” for the corporate bosses, the defenders of “free speech” are speechless when it comes to making poverty a hot national issue. Continue reading

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Kerala: A Unique Place on the Planet!

Kerala’s people development model has amazed development experts around the world. It offers the right model of other developing countries to follow. Continue reading

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Will Bhutan Inspire The World To Follow Sustainable Development?

Bhutan is the only country in the world that does not measure its progress in GDP terms. Realizing the inadequacies of GDP, it adopted a holistic approach to enhance the well-being and happiness of its people through its idea of Gross National Happiness (GNH). It goes well beyond economics and considers factors like spirituality, cultural aspects, ecological diversity and good governance. Continue reading

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The Vicious Cycle of Child Marriages And Poverty

Child marriages disrupt the normal growth to adulthood and a violation of children’s rights. They endangers the well-being of adolescent girls by exposing them to the dangers of physical and sexual violence as well as to early, unplanned and frequent pregnancies. Continue reading

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Muhammad Yunus: How 27 Dollars Revolutionized The Anti-Poverty Movement!

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has placed microcredit at the forefront of battle against poverty. He was amazed to discover that lack of small and microcredits to the poor often keep them in poverty. His Grameen Bank initiative is now a global phenomenon; its model is operative in over 130 nations, including the super rich US! Continue reading

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