In The Spotlight
The world is witnessing the largest and most rapid escalation ever in the number of people being forced to flee their homes due to conflict or natural disaster. In either case, millions of people without food, water, shelter and medical care, end up in camps which in fact lack the proper infrastructure needed to facilitate a massive humanitarian response.
We use them to achieve almost all the tasks spread across a given day. They have become such an integral part of our lifestyle that some people feel naked when they leave their house without their phone. And why not? Phones give us access to information on the go, a means for social interaction and personal safety. People have become so reliant on their phones that when it runs out of battery or the network is bleak, they start panicking.
Uttam Kamati, an amateur photographer and filmmaker from India recently won the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year Award 2015 for his photograph ‘Watering Melon’. Kamati’s photo shows a husband and wife watering watermelon saplings on the Teesta river bed in West Bengal, India and is an extremely touching moment amidst the harsh climatic realities that the locals in the region have to face.
If a country could describe my childhood behavior it has to be Bhutan. Tiny, unintimidating and introvert. There are very few countries in the world which practice foreign relations as conservatively as Bhutan. It has no diplomatic relations with any of the permanent members of the UN Security Council: France, Russia, UK, US and most importantly China, its northern neighbor.