Incidents of breast cancers are phenomenally rising across the world, and according to World Health Organisation (WHO), India will have to face the wrath of a breast cancer epidemic by the year 2020.
Today, urban India’s 25 to 31 per cent women are susceptible to breast cancer, particularly in metropolitans like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, etc. Shockingly, mortality rates from breast cancer in India are almost double than those in the US.
Taboos And Ignorance
The primary reasons breast cancer rate is high in India because of the taboos, guilt and ignorance prevalent in the society with it. Women fear and are reluctant to discuss the issue openly with doctors and relatively despite having many doubts about sex, marriage and childbirth. There is also a matter of discomfort relating to the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. A thoroughly conducted research suggests, women perceive mammography exams as uncomfortable, unnerving, and intimidating. Besides, breast cancer bears a stigma in the developing nations of South Asia.
There are misconceptions that breast cancers happen to women with large breasts, those wearing tight-fitting or synthetic bras, using strong soap, who smoke, drink, have more children, breastfeed for very long or who do not take contraceptive pills.
It is because of these conservatism breast cancer does not get detected earlier and as a result, low survival rates in seen less developed countries. An early detection can save thousands of life.
Fighting Breast Cancer
Like menstruation, breast cancer is still a neglected topic is typical households. But awareness should be rightly implanted so that it can be cured. Both men and women have to participate in this awareness procedure equally. Tests should be conducted at regular intervals so that any abnormal signs don’t get unnoticed. Breast cancer often results to mastectomy, where the patient loses an organ, along with several other collateral effects like hair loss. Such instances might be big moral set down for a woman, who might feel that she is losing her self-esteem. But everyone has to understand that they are valiant survivors of a disease that is taking the shape of a global killer. Everyone should come forward to encourage a patient so that she can quickly recover from the trauma.
It is only awareness and breaking free of taboos that can lead to a healthy society. Often people believe that this disease is contagious, which is not at all the case.
Today, many organisations are working relentlessly to create awareness and break the myths of breast cancer. Survivors, doctors, celebrities are coming up to share their perspectives on this disease. We have to embrace such initiatives and get a core understanding that it might happen to anyone who is closely associated with us. Tests, screenings and check-ups need to be done, and we have to make sure that it doesn’t affect our close ones.
The Logical Indian urges everyone to take the issue seriously and be concerned about this growing disease. Let us all walk towards a better society and fight against breast cancer. And that can be achieved if we become more aware and can broaden our mindset.
Have you ever spotted a speeding car without a care for the traffic signal? Ever spotted a person rushing to the other side of the road when the traffic light is green? Ever seen bikers use pavements as roads to save a few minutes? Ever seen cars change lanes on highways or rush hour traffic on a whim? Well, so have thousands of other Indians.
Road safety in India is a serious concern. For a country that boasts the second largest road network in the world, it is inarguable that we need to pay more attention to our safety on roads – a place where we step out every day, spend a handsome amount of our time.
The government has come up with several regulations on road safety, but is this enough? Not if awareness around the topic is still lacking.
The intention behind the initiative is to bring together lawmakers, local authorities, traffic police and citizens under one umbrella.
The cities will be rated on parameters such as Pedestrian Rights, Road Lighting and Maintenance, Motor Laws and Traffic Control, Emergency Services, Road Cleanliness, Connectivity, Road Transport Infrastructure, Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management, Road Safety, Differently abled friendly, Road Quality and Road Safety For Children.
Here are the ten cities that were chosen for Road Safety Index 2018 and the reasons that make their roads safe or unsafe:
Mumbai has facilities for the differently-abled like reservations in public transports, special train compartments, concessions on fares, etc. The city that never sleeps scored the best when it comes to citizens’ participation in making the city accepting and warm toward the differently-abled. It won the category ‘Differently-Abled Friendly’.
However, there are areas of improvement – illegal hawkers, pavements and footpaths need to be fixed or reconstructed.
Anyone who hails from the capital of West Bengal knows about its recreational parks and brightly lit streets. Its traffic police deserve special mention for redirecting rush traffic every day as Kolkata roads are narrow and many are one-way streets.
During Durga Puja, the city tries to make Pandals differently-abled friendly by installing ramps.
It won the categories – ‘Road Lighting & Maintenance’ and ‘Road Safety For Children’.
But the City of Joy needs to work more on giving its residents #HappyRoads. Issues of waterlogging and numerous street hawkers, roadside vendors in busy areas need to be solved.
There’s no one who’s been to Delhi and not praised its excellent connectivity. Delhi prides itself for broad roads, top-notch metros, pavements and foot over bridges. The national capital surely serves as an example for cities across India when it comes to road connectivity hence, it won the categories ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Road Quality’ in the Road Safety Index.
While Delhi has made many of its public places differently-abled friendly, the areas that need improvement are long hours in traffic, fixing of roads that pose a hindrance to daily commute and rash driving by bikers.
The city boasts well-marked zebra crossings, adequate footpaths for pedestrians, underground SMART dustbins, reduced encroachments. Raipur fares well in almost all parameters of road safety. It won the category of ‘Road Safety’ and ‘Pedestrian Rights’.
However, the city could do better with stricter fines for traffic violators and awareness about road safety and garbage disposal.
Other cities can take inspiration from Chennai on how to ensure good road safety. The city has wide, well-connected roads that are lit properly. It also boasts rigorous night patrolling where traffic rules violators are fined. One of the best initiatives taken by Chennai is the separate parking space on city roads that prevent traffic from accumulating. It came out on top in the category ‘Motor Laws & Traffic Control’.
Areas where Chennai needs to improve are street lighting and cleanliness.
Indore is one of the few cities that has used plastic waste for construction of roads and covered garbage disposals, which explains why the city won the ‘Road Cleanliness’ category. Indore also has adequate zebra crossings, visual signals, street lights, footpaths.
But areas where the city needs improvement are – strict action against traffic violators, public spaces more differently-abled friendly.
There is a lot to learn from the road safety measures implemented by Ahmedabad – sound medical facilities, separate lanes for local buses, special cab service for differently-abled, wide roads. Ahmedabad won in the category ‘Emergency Services’, ‘Road Transport Infrastructure’ and ‘Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management’.
If the Heritage City improves road safety awareness among citizens, it’s bound to fare even better. Better street lighting and lesser encroachments will work in favour of Ahmedabad.
The other cities shortlisted were Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad but they didn’t win any category.
Maruti Suzuki’s initiative to rank cities will encourage citizens and administration to do better and emerge on top.
The Logical Indian community wholeheartedly appreciates the various initiatives undertaken by Maruti-Suzuki in this direction. Not only the government but we, as citizens of this country, should also pledge to make our roads safe. One of the first steps towards this is that we understand our duties.
We hope the authorities take a note while we pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer Indian roads.
For more information about the Maruti Suzuki’s initiative and the Road Safety Indexclick here.