World Culture Festival showed how food, music and dance helps us overcome our differences | USA Today Network-TN

World Culture Festival showed how food, music and dance helps us overcome our differences | USA Today Network-TN

Imagine an Olympic-sized event celebrating cultural diversity, inclusiveness, and oneness in today's turbulent world. I witnessed this recently at the National Mall in Washington D.C. A sea of people of all colors, diverse cultures, and varying costumes gathered from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument. It was an awe-inspiring sight with 1.1 million people attending over three days with 17,000 performers from 180 countries at the World Culture Festival. Often I wonder if we celebrate greatness in sports at national competitions, and celebrate political victories at inaugurations and rallies, why do we not celebrate culture and diversity at a grand level? With this in mind, a non-profit organization, Art of Living Foundation, founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has led three World Culture Festivals in Berlin, New Delhi, Bangalore, and now in Washington DC with a cumulative attendance of 8 million people. Our cultural differences show we are more alike than we thinkDiversity,...

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How respect for each other’s truth will improve America’s political discourse | Commercial Appeal

How respect for each other’s truth will improve America’s political discourse | Commercial Appeal

Manoj Jain is a physician and founder of the Gandhi King Conference www.gandhiking.org in Memphis Akhil Shah is an aerospace engineer based in Boston. On Tuesday April 4, I watched on TV as President Trump was indicted on 34 felony counts. I hoped  the prosecutors would treat him with respect and dignity. Two days later, on Thursday April 6, I watched the Tennessee House expel two Black legislators who had joined  a public protest in the Capitol. How the prosecutors handle Trump and how  the super-majority Republican legislators handled the Democrats got me thinking about the ancient Indian philosophy of Anekantavada, and how we should treat those we oppose. I have learned the following. First, we must treat our opposition with respect. Second, we must treat them fairly, especially when we are more powerful than them. Lastly, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard. Respecting everyone's truth Anekantavada is a  philosophical construct built on...

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After Tyre Nichols’ death, Memphis is looking for new chapter in policing. Start with nonviolence – Commercial Appeal

After Tyre Nichols’ death, Memphis is looking for new chapter in policing. Start with nonviolence – Commercial Appeal

Our culture at each level must be transformed from a culture of violence to a culture of nonviolence much like what Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. preached and practiced. "Protesters react to the Memphis Police Department dissolving the Scorpion Unit" The police violence on Tyre Nichols was abhorrent, and on the surface it does not make sense. Deep down it invokes shame, grief, and fear. But there are solutions to move forward. I am certain on January 7th morning when the officers put on their uniforms, they did not intend to kill someone. At play may be retaliation for defying police, or a disregard for a black life (even by black people), or a groupthink like gang-mentality among the police. Perhaps they were pumped-up special police units where most encounters may be with a potential criminal and not an ordinary citizen? The violence has brought shame to the individuals, to Memphis, to the nation and to humanity. Shame in that, even today in civil society humans behave...

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Meeting with Madhya Pradesh Govt. Officials in  Bhopal – #tbfreeindia

Meeting with Madhya Pradesh Govt. Officials in Bhopal – #tbfreeindia

MP Commissioner Health Secretary Got. Of MP Dr. Sudham Khade IAS with Dr. Manoj Jain and Cmd. Raman Arora in Bhopal Ms. Pallavi Govil Jain IAS, Ms. Priyanka Das MDNHM IAS and Dr. Varsha Rai MP State TB Officer and Team - with Dr. Manoj Jain and Cmd Raman Arora in Bhopal Dr. Manoj Jain and Cmd. Raman Arora meeting with MP Principle Secretary of Medical Education Caralyn Khongwar Deshmukh IAS, in Bhopal

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Dr. Manoj Jain Received Jeffrey P. Koplan Global Health Award – 16th November 2022.

Dr. Manoj Jain Received Jeffrey P. Koplan Global Health Award – 16th November 2022.

The Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) announced the creation of the Jeffrey P. Koplan Global Health Award and named Manoj Jain, MD, MPH, as its inaugural recipient at EGHI’s event, InFocus: Emory excellence in global health, on Nov. 16, 2022. Named in honor of EGHI founder and former U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH, this endowed award celebrates Emory University’s innovative students, faculty, or staff as they lead change in a relentless pursuit to improve global health and health equity. As the award winner, Dr. Jain was recognized for his efforts to address tuberculosis (TB) in India. The Collaboration to Eliminate Tuberculosis Among Indians (CETI), founded by Drs. Jain and Salil Bhargava, conducted trainings for TB district officers to implement a quality improvement approach toward TB treatment in India, where the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the government’s efforts to eliminate TB.    Read...

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Violence is not just a criminal justice problem, it’s a public health issue too – Commercial Appeal

Violence is not just a criminal justice problem, it’s a public health issue too – Commercial Appeal

Tennessee Voices: A Conversation with Dr. Manoj Jain "Dr. Manoj Jain, adviser to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland on COVID-19, spoke with Tennessean Opinion Editor David Plazas." Violence is in our neighborhoods, in our city and on our daily local news. Violence has become part of our lives in Memphis. Last year, in Memphis and Shelby County, there were 4,291 major violent crimes such as homicides and assaults, that’s about 12 cases per day. All along, as a doctor and a public health expert, I had thought that violence is the purview of our criminal justice system. Individuals who break laws and commit an offense must face the consequences. Such is our thinking when we frame violence purely as a criminal justice issue. What if we were wrong in such regimented thinking? What if violence was not just a criminal justice problem but a public health problem? Does that change anything? In fact, I will argue, it changes everything. Root causes of criminal behavior often emanate from traumaTake...

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