Newsletter - September 2019


A Safe and Just Space for Humanity

By Dr.Sanjay Banerji
Founder Director/Dean of Amrita School of Business


Dear Friends,

Greetings to all of you for the festive seasons, with wishes and prayers for universal wellbeing, the ultimate aim of Sustainable Development: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhawantu.

This month, we shall try to get a basic insight contained in the ‘Doughnut Principle’ that was presented at the UN Rio+20 conference, in 2012 as a way forward, after the 15-year period of MDGs expired on December 31st, 2015.

Basically, this principle draws our attention to two limits for sustainable development that must be adhered to. One is derived from the concept of planetary boundaries, we discussed in our blogs in 2018. This forms the ceiling or the roof, under which we must remain.


Solid Waste Management

By Hand in Hand, Chennai


‘Mahalaya Ammavasai’ is a religious event marked by the presence of lakhs of pilgrims arriving in the town to visit the Ramanathasamy temple. This year, around two lakh devotees arrived in the town on 28thSeptember, to celebrate the auspicious day.

For the event, to tackle the influx and the wastes the devotees generated, Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services (HHIDS) engaged Green Friends in the Four Car Streets, Agni Theertham,car parking near temple, Railway Station road, Municipal Office to Thittakudi, and Bus Stand were covered during the occasion.


Heritage Tourism and Rameswaram Island

By Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep

What is heritage tourism?

Heritage is the full range of inherited traditions, monuments, objects, and culture of a particular place or region.  It is the range of contemporary activities, meanings, and behaviours that we draw from them. Heritage includes preserving, excavating, displaying, or restoring a collection of old things.  It is both tangible and intangible, in the sense that ideas and memories--of songs, recipes, language, dances, and many other elements of who we are and how we identify ourselves--are as important as historical buildings and archaeological sites. It can be considered to be made up of the practices and traditions that are passed on from parents to children, but it also has to do with what has been passed on from the family, community and place where people have been raised.


Revival and Renovation of Traditional Water Bodies (Teerthas) Jata Teertham
By Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep


Location:This Teertham is located on the way to Dhanushkodi inside the jungle.It is a form of a pond.

Mythological Story:

Rama after the war takes off his interwoven Jata (curly hair) to take bath in the Teertham that was held high and so also called as Akasha Ganga.

Social Capital

By Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep


Hello Rameswaram Report

Hello Rameswaram is progressing slowly and steadily since last month. Small snapshot of the progress shared....

Callers Analysis:

We have received a total of 108 calls and the distribution of calls is given ...