Presented by Catfit, ‘Inspiring The Warrior Within’ is both an informative and inspiring series that addresses the ways to tackle mental adversities and challenges faced by people. In this episode, a power-packed panel joined NewsX and shared how people can control the outcomes of the challenges they face simply by “the application of the mind”.
The panel included Major General Ian Cardozo, Arpan Dixit, Global Head, Catfit and Captain Yashika H Tyagi. Captain Yashika H Tyagi introduced Major General Ian Cardozo in her inaugural address. She said that when the 1971 Indo-Pak war was at its peak and the race to Dhaka had begun, it was the time to take surgical and decisive actions and the Indian Army decided to conduct its first-ever heliborne attack. At that time, young major Ian Cardozo and his brave Gorkha troops were airdropped deep inside the enemy territory.
Captain said, “Their objective was to secure Sylhet airbase and to give a bloody nose to enemy defences. For nine hellish days and nights, these brave Gorkha troops kept up the offensive and gave the enemy shivers with their warcry, “Jai Ma Kaali, Ayo Gorkhali!”
A landmine blew up in close proximity to Maj General Ian Cardozo and, despite there being no morphine or any other pain-numbing medication, he brandished his Khukri knife and severed his badly wounded leg. This unbelievable story is true to the Catfit moto, ‘Mind Matters’. Major General Ian Cardozo Ativishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal gallantry has shown that if mental courage had a face and if resilience had a face, it would be a face of Major General Cardozo.
Joining the conversation, Arpan Dixit, Global Head, Catfit highlighted the ability of Major General Cardozo to cope with adversity and his sheer resilience levels. Arpan then asked Major General to share some pieces of advice for the youth as the world is currently facing a pandemic.
Maj Gen Cardozo said, “A little bit of background, 1962 was followed by 1965 when Pakistan attacked us when we had not fully recovered from 62. But in the army, we have something known as “lessons learned”. From 62 and 65, we learnt our lessons, shaped our policy, shaped our aims and objectives, and won a brilliant victory in 1971. Now, you take the Spanish flu, which took place after world war 2 in 1945. What lessons did we learn? I’m afraid we did not learn any lessons. So, what is important is mind over matter and that is best translated by the application of mind. My message to all from these two examples is, first, we need to assess the situation, having assessed the situation and analyzed the problem, we have to apply the mind and face the situation. In the army, we call it biting the bullet, you don’t run away from a situation, you face it and bite the bullet and sort out the problem. So, find a solution and that solution may have problems, but we should never be afraid we should do what is right irrespective of the consequences. Never be afraid and never give up. You will see from the above that this mental resilience, this power of the mind is the application of the mind over matter, that’s my message.”
Major General Ian Cardozo was in Sylhet in the first-ever heliborne attack carried out by the Indian Army. Sharing insights from the same, Major General Cardozo said, ” So we started the war with just 384 people because the leave parties hadn’t texted back from Nepal and we had suffered heavy casualties in the Battle of Gazipur. When we received the message that we have to capture Sylhet, at that point in time, we had entered the war with 18 officers. By that time, three had been killed, and four had been wounded. So there were only 11 officers left out of 18 and similarly, and proportionally we lost a lot of men. So the CO was getting together to reorganize the battalion when he was told that this is what you have to do. He said, I need time, they said that there is no time. The brigade which was in Sylhet had vacated Sylhet and had gone to the defence of Dhaka. So the CO said that he doesn’t really believe that Sylhet could be vacated because Sylhet was an important defence position of general Niyazi’s fortress policy of defending Dhaka. So Sylhet was providing defence depth to Dhaka but he said no, accept the situation, there is nobody there. So he applied his mind and said, okay, this is what they’re saying, I really don’t believe it, what should I do? And therefore, he took the confidence of his officers and his men and the JCOs and they decided that instead of taking food, water, blankets and other accessories, they will take only more ammunition and grenades, that is the application of the mind!”
Arpan Dixit said that since not everyone can join the Indian Army but everyone requires mental toughness, Catfit goes from school to school, colleges and corporate organizations wherein veterans of the special forces and the NSG provide mental toughness training to people. Arpan then asked Major General Cardozo to share his views on the significance of Mental Toughness over Physical Fitness.
In response to Arpan’s question, Major General Cardozo said, “In my opinion, mental toughness is a part of the mind over matter, it’s a part of the application of the mind. It is important, it is a part of a combination of physical courage and moral courage. Therefore, it is important. What I would like to say is, how can we develop this? I believe it starts from the home, it starts with the family, the values that the mother and the father gave the child right from childhood that is followed up by schools and colleges. My values were shaped by my mother and father. My mother told me never do anything wrong, for which I will have to hang my head in shame and my father said, Do not be afraid you are going to lead men and lead them into battle, never be afraid. So it started from my home and then I learned good values from my school St. Xavier’s school and St. Xavier’s college, that was further enhanced in my battalion. So there are three stages- family, education institutions and the corporate or the military institution you belong to. Therefore, I would suggest that catch it as a bigger aim and a bigger plan, if you want to change, change not only small portions of this country, plan to change India. For that, when you have your programs, have a day by which the parents of those people are also called and tell these young adults that one day they are going to be parents and therefore, family attitudes are very important. I’m very happy to know that you carry them into the corporate sector. So, in this manner, family, educational institutions, corporate sector, you can change the face of India. But basically, it is the attitude, attitude shapes behaviour, behaviour shapes conduct and conduct shapes outcome. So, attitude, behaviour, conduct and outcome. So, again, it is mind over matter, mind is the most important thing. Unfortunately, we do not tax the mind enough, we are mentally lazy. Therefore, what you are doing is a great job, enhancing the capacity of the mind to assess situations, analyze these problems, find solutions, not be afraid and then ensure that the outcome is right.”
Throwing some light on the kind of programs that Catfit conducts to enhance mental toughness, Arpan said, “There are several programs that we are conducting at the grassroots levels, and primary ones are wherein we are conducting psychological evaluations to determine the psychological, mental and emotional health of children and people in the corporates. Once we’ve identified their mental health or psychological health, then we provide them with counselling and post that speakers and motivational speakers like Captain Yashika, they come in and provide mental toughness training, so this is one program. The second program is where we’ve got people from the special forces and the black cats, who go to institutions and organizations and teach military-grade self-defence, so that is what we are doing. The third program is we know that there are almost 200,000 people who die in road accidents every year, there are almost 20 lakh people who suffer from heart attacks but the fact of the matter is that there is nobody who knows basic CPR, who knows basic trauma management or basic first aid. So trauma management, CPR and first aid, this is one of our primary programs as well, where our concept is if we teach the students of today trauma management, CPR and first aid we can cut down in terms of casualties on the road, or because of heart attacks that take place. Lastly, for the corporates, we’ve got an elite Leadership Program wherein we are part passing the best of breed best of services from the lessons that have been learned from the Indian defence services into the corporates and how they can become better leaders like the special forces or blackout officers.”
Captain Yashika H Tyagi is a Kargil War veteran and is also from the very, very initial batches of Lady officers being inducted into Indian Army. “Coming into the army by itself was absolutely a very, very different and a very difficult career choice. I think my mindset stood me in a good state when I joined the army when I got through my training into the academy and passed out with medal. And also, after that, I got posted to uncongenial climate areas. The warrior mindset, the attitude of Never Say Die, never back off, resilience, these are the things which Maj Gen Cardozo has also narrated and which he has also passed on to us through his stories. So when I joined Catfit, my basic aim was to share my service experience plus mindset, plus the experiences to the corporates, to the students and to the youth in general. So we did a corporate training program with a multinational company that is, I think, number one European company in Electrical and Electronics and when we did that program, the thing that we passed on to them was how corporate is a war zone in its own sense, and how a warrior mindset is going to not only make you survive but also going to make you stay ahead of the learning curve to keep you fighting the competition and to survive it and we did a complete 360-degree program as to how to be mentally tough, how to be physically tough, how to be nimble, agile and alert, how to counter the stress, how to develop that warrior mindset and the response that we got was amazing. They said that we feel like we are boots on the ground, we feel like we are actually that burning sole of the boot and we are ready to fight on into our day to day battles, where career, family, stress, environment, health, everything is at stake and we take on everything and move on. It was a very very wonderfully received program by this multinational, so we are moving ahead, I am trying to pass on whatever I can to all the different cross-sections of society,” said Captain Yashika.
Major General Ian Cardozo lost his leg in the prime of his life and career, addressing how he dealt with it, he said, “I think the answer to this is one word and that word is love. Now, you might say, what this army General knows about love but the issue is that I loved my life in the army and I was not prepared to change my way of life and I thought to myself, I need to find a way out, by which I can continue to command troops. At that time, the mindset of the army was quite clear, you become a battle casualty, you lose a limb, forget about coming back to troops. They would keep you in the army, but you would be a bubble, you will do a staff job for the rest of your life. I was not prepared to accept that but I did not know how I would achieve my aim. So the answer, I think, looking back is out of box thinking. Applying and hoping and going to court was not the answer. The answer was to prove to the army that I was as good as anybody else. And therefore, I decided to get myself physically tough, mentally tough, accept the challenge, and find a solution. When you have the right attitude when you have the right mindset when you’re determined when love is backing you up, there is a God above and I do believe that God has helped me in many ways. An opportunity came my way when I had to do a battle physical efficiency test and I think I kept on training every day, I used to run about five to six kilometres every day, I ran so much that the metal bolts securing the foot with the wooden leg broke but I was doing five to six kilometres a day and when the test came, I came ahead of seven other people with two legs and that impressed the officials of the army. When I applied for the battalion, there are many other tests, it took me seven years fighting the system to prove that I was as good as anybody else and then the biggest test came when a boy was drowning in the sea and nobody had the guts to jump in. I had to take off my leg, go to the water and get him back. After that I had no problem, people accepted that not only was I as good as them, but in some ways, I was better.”
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ICDMA FOUNDER TO INTRODUCE AI PLATFORM FOR IDENTIFYING AND MITIGATING DIGITAL RISKS
ICDMA is a provider of IT services such as Cyber Forensics, IT Audit, IT Risk Evaluation, and Digital Security. In recent years, it has become a tried-and-true standard for businesses looking to defend their brands, enterprises, and reputations from crippling cyber attacks. They develop and deploy information security platforms and services, both standard and personalised, to protect, evaluate, and respond to cyber threats such as security breaches that occur in your systems and networks. The services they provide include Application and Web Development, Graphic Design, Security Audits, Cyber Security Services, Vulnerability Assessments, Fraud Risk Management, and IT Consultancy.
In addition, the firm achieved awards for being the best Cyber Forensics firm preventing businesses from external threats. A cybersecurity analyst is responsible for the security of an organisation, business, or government agency from cyber threats. Their primary role is to analyse any possible threat that might occur through or to your system and come up with plausible and practical solutions to protect you.
Being a cyber security expert and analyst, Dheeraj Kumar has years of experience and stays up-to-date with the current crimes and security trends. He believes that like many other professions, this is a never-ending learning field. They monitor your networks and then analyse them to find common threat patterns or trends. Further, they design software that suits the needs of the problem at hand and ensures that these measures are maintained properly. If, in any case, they encounter a new problem, they utilise their years of experience and knowledge to produce a unique solution.
Witnessing the increased cyber threats, Cybersecurity analyst Dheeraj advises people to use the Internet wisely and productively. Dheeraj is currently working on an Al-driven platform for identifying and mitigating digital risks and counteracting brand impersonation attacks with the company’s patented technologies at its core. Dheeraj’s experience in threat hunting and cyber intelligence has been fused into an ecosystem of highly sophisticated software and hardware solutions designed to monitor, identify, and prevent cyberattacks.
A cybersecurity analyst is responsible for the security of an organisation, business or government agency from cyber threats. Their primary role is to analyse any possible threat that might occur through or to your system and come up with plausible solutions.
EXPO 2020 A GLOBAL PLATFORM TO HIGHLIGHT ACHIEVEMENTS OF SPACE SECTOR: EMM PROJECT MANAGER
The six-month Expo 2020 Dubai is a crucial window for the participating countries to present their accomplishments across different sectors, and the space sector is one of them. The event will shed light on the development of this sector around the world, emphasising its importance for humans in particular and the planet in general.
Expo 2020 has devoted a full week to space, from 17 to 23 October, during which a dialogue session will be held with Emirati astronauts along with entertainment, art and science activities. Also, information related to space sciences will be disseminated among other related space activities. In an interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Omran Sharaf, Project Manager of Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), said, “This year, the UAE has achieved milestone accomplishments in the space sector by its arrival to Mars, and before that, it had played a key role in stimulating this sector besides the science and technology sectors.”
On the role of Expo 2020 Dubai as a prominent global platform to highlight the country’s achievements in the national space sector, Al Sharaf pointed out that Expo is not only a global event to showcase the cultures of other countries, but rather a platform for presenting scientific, technical and cultural achievements around the world.
He added that one of the reasons for the quick establishment of the space sector in the country “is because this sector depends on international cooperation, and the UAE did not consider its space programme as a race with other countries, but viewed it as an opportunity to cooperate with different nations, which contributed to activating the role of the sector and speeding its development, thus placing the UAE at the forefront of countries in this sector.”
Regarding the most nationally prominent projects in the space sector during the current period, Sharaf said, “The space sector is going through a very important and sensitive stage today, as the UAE has previously invested through the ‘Hope Probe’ project and other related projects to attract knowledge to the country from abroad and build on the capabilities of Emirati youth through knowledge transfer programmes.”
“Today, after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, announced the upcoming mission, which is a new space programme to explore planet Venus and seven other [asteroids] in the solar system, the focus will be on transferring knowledge from the UAE space sector to the private sector to create a stimulating environment and support the science and technology sector in the country, and at the same time serve the UAE’s economy is facing various challenges, including water resources and food resources, among others,” he added.
When asked regarding the sector’s participation in the Space Week at Expo 2020, Sharaf said that the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and the various specialised authorities have a great role in Expo. As for Space Week, there are various participations, including lectures, seminars, or receiving various delegations to discuss cooperation in the space sector.
“This is a great opportunity for countries to work together, and we, as the Emirati space sector, have decided to take advantage of this opportunity at Expo to build and strengthen these relations, and it will be the beginning of greater cooperation and ambitious projects across the world and the region.”
IIT KANPUR STUDY EXPLAINS THE SUCCESS OF COVID-19 CONTROL MODEL OF UTTAR PRADESH
The information has been collated and reviewed by the Social and Political Research Foundation, a policy think tank based in New Delhi, aimed at making public policy research holistic, accessible, and evidence-based.
The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the health system across India. Most states struggled to prevent the surge in cases and ensure adequate supply as the virus created a situation of upheaval. However, a recent study led by Padma Shri Awardee Prof. Manindra Agrawal of IIT-Kanpur elaborates that with careful planning, multiple strategies and close monitoring Uttar Pradesh’s Covid-19 response model turned out to be more effective in comparison with many other states.
TABLE 1: NTPR DURING THE SECOND WAVE
The data points out that the daily case count was brought down to just 1,497 on 31 May after the peak of 38,000 was recorded on 24 April. It can be noted that the reduction in numbers happened quite fast in the state as compared with many other ones, for example, Maharashtra and Kerala, which supports the study’s arguments.
Beginning with the foremost concern of reducing the spread, the UP model followed the Test, Trace, Treat, Tackle (TTTT) approach. Under the strategy, the TTTT teams were instated in rural UP to conduct door to door testing, enabling early detection and ensuring isolation and treatment. These TTTT teams covered around 97,941 villages. Niti Aayog and WHO also lauded the efforts of the state in conducting a mammoth house-to-house testing and tracing drive, supported by micro-planning and concurrent follow-ups. As highlighted by the IIT-Kanpur study, other measures of the state involved capacity building through intensive training on all major aspects of Covid-19, provision of infrastructures like ICU beds, ventilators, and creation of safety nets and incentives via state and central funding schemes (PMJJBY, PMSBY, AKBY, etc.).
While preventing the surge in cases was one aspect of the model, the government also managed the high demand crisis of oxygen resounding throughout the nation then. To tackle the surge in demand the government set up an oxygen monitoring system to track oxygen tankers and rolled out a stringent oxygen audit which saved around 30 MT of oxygen per day. Also, the state’s strategy to airlift empty tankers with the help of IAF lessened the turnaround time saving 10 hours. Apart from ensuring these, the model also addressed the concerns regarding the livelihood of the people. With the commitment to save the lives and livelihoods of people, the UP government did not resort to strict lockdowns and opted for partial curfews to break the Covid-19 chain. And, adapting to the situation of the pandemic, the government supplied policies for ease of mobility (separate buses and trains for migrant workers), employability (DBT 1000 to migrants) and sustenance (cash transfers to marginalised sections). The study also states that such measures helped in keeping the unemployment rate below the national average as depicted in the graph below.
Formulated on the four essential pillars of protection of livelihood, optimisation of economy, facilitation of healthcare services and restriction of virus spread, it has been pointed through the study that the UP Covid-19 model has created a benchmark. The study then draws a comparison among the states based on the Normalised Test Positivity Rate (NTPR) which is the ratio of Test Positivity Ratio and percentage of active cases. It shows that the strategy of the UP model was to aggressively change the pandemic which helped in the control.
Furthermore, the study also found that the timing of the containment measures was near-optimal, which in any other situation could have caused a peak of more than 70,000 daily cases as shown in the graph below.
Nonetheless, the second wave has dealt a heavy blow to not just India’s but globally existing health infrastructure, unveiling a systemic failure that led many to conclude that no model or strategy is perfect. This points towards a large scope of improvement for all state administrations and governing bodies.
The information has been collated and reviewed by the Social and Political Research Foundation, a policy think tank based in New Delhi, aimed at making public policy research holistic, accessible, and evidence-based.
LIFE SKILLS COLLABORATIVE LAUNCHED TO CHAMPION SKILLS FOR INDIA’S YOUTH
Eighteen organisations have come together to announce the launch of the Life Skills Collaborative (LSC) with the aim to support government agencies and education institutions by building a life skills platform that can aid in the transformation of India’s learning ecosystem. In the first phase, the LSC will work in tandem with state governments across Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, and Mizoram to bring contextual, social and cultural inputs to the development of life skills among the young people of India.
The Collaborative comprises organisations with diverse and global expertise in education, skill development, health and gender with a commitment to collaborate in deepening the understanding of life skills, designing learning tools that nurture life skills, and developing context-relevant assessments to measure progress, share learnings and inform system change India. The current collaborators include Breakthrough, Centre for Science of Student Learning, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Dream A Dream, Echidna Giving, Gnothi Seauton, ICRW, Kaivalya Education Foundation, Magic Bus, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Omidyar Network India, Porticus, Pratham, Quest Alliance, Room To Read, Sattva Consulting, Shantilal Muttha Foundation and The Teacher Foundation. Speaking about the launch, Vishal Talreja, an LSC Collaborator and Co-founder of Dream A Dream, said, “One in three children in India live in extreme poverty and have stunted and/or wasted growth. Children from vulnerable backgrounds are exposed to a combination of adverse experiences causing an irrefutable impact on their physical and mental health. Empathy-based transformative pedagogy, experiential learning, and mentoring can help young people immensely.”
The Life Skills Collaborative will focus on three core areas:
1. Voices, a nationwide engagement with youth, parents, and teachers to capture their voices and translate them to insights that can drive the integration of life skills within public education systems.
2. Glossary, a set of definitions that serves as the vocabulary to discuss life skills in India and establish the foundation for discussing and aligning on outcomes, designing assessments across community, practitioners, and government.
3. Assessments, will focus on creation, establishment, and dissemination of an assessment repository for adolescents, teachers, and the system. At the adolescent level, this will assess student’s capacities and strengths in the age groups 11-14 years and 15-18 years; at the teacher level, it will assess the ability of the teacher to foster life skills in an adolescent; at the system level, it will assess the readiness of the system to deliver life skills.
Rathish Balakrishnan, an LSC Collaborator and Co-founder and Managing Partner at Sattva Consulting, said, “Young people often struggle to access education and employment opportunities, limiting their engagement in society and stunting their potential to live a full life. Equipping them with life skills can change this immensely. While there is a lot of interest in life skills, there is a lack of a common vocabulary and effective assessments, which limits its potential. By building credible and system-ready public goods, the Life Skills Collaborative can accelerate the effective adoption of life skills across the ecosystem.”
In recent times, the need for developing stronger life skills has become more acute. Focusing on building life skills in the next generation is imperative in enabling them to handle different situations capably. In a country like India, where a vast majority of the population is young, life skill development enables young people to direct and manage their lives positively.
Geeta Goel, an LSC Collaborator and Country Director, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF, India), added, “The Life Skills Collaborative is an innovative attempt to solve a wicked problem – the development of life skills among the young people of India. To achieve this goal, it is essential to support organisations, institutions and government agencies in building a more inclusive learning environment suited towards promoting life skills.”
RED FM launches World Cup campaign ‘Totka Chalao India Ko Jeetao’
93.5 RED FM has kick-started its World Cup campaign ‘Totka Chalao, India ko Jeetao’. Capturing the passion and craze of fans, RED FM will celebrate the ‘totkas’ and will have RJs follow some of these tricks shared by listeners as part of the campaign.
Witness the best of entertainment with ‘Nand Kishore Bairagi’ aka RJ Kisna taking a spin on the ‘totkas’ in his unique style. The campaign will also have Bauaa aka RJ Raunac calling up opponent teams as part of his prank calls series. Keeping the passion of the World Cup alive, RED FM will also launch the anthem, ‘Totka Wala Gana’ capturing the craze of cricket fans across the country. Speaking on the campaign, Nisha Narayanan, Director & COO, RED FM and Magic FM, said, “Cricket generates a kind of excitement that cuts across all sections of the society in India. Fans have been eagerly waiting for the mega tournament to start after the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to all sporting activities. Over the years, cricket has united fans and radio has been a crucial part in bringing them together. There’s no denying that luck and superstitions go hand in hand with a cricket fan and this year we are bringing some of those practices the fans have subconsciously picked up over the years and now cannot let go. Our campaign, ‘Totka Chalao, India ko Jeetao’ will highlight some of the crazy ‘totkas’ that cricket fans follow across the country. We hope that you will share your favourite ‘totkas’ with us and cheer for team India with RED FM.”
MICHAEL KORS TO LAUNCH MK MY WAY IN-STORE POP-UPS THROUGHOUT INDIA
Michael Kors has announced the launch of an exciting new pop-up store activation throughout India to celebrate MK My Way—the popular interactive experience that immerses customers in the luxe world of Michael Kors and lets them customise their Signature logo print handbags with their initials.
The MK My Way activation will take place in stores with a colourful pop-up kiosk. Equal parts elevated and high-energy, the pop-up’s countertop and facade are splashed with metallic hues and punctuated by oversized, graphic takes on the brand’s signature print. After selecting their Signature print handbag, customers have the chance to have their bags hand-painted by Bangalore-based artist and illustrator Srishti Guptaroy (@srillustrator) with either their English/Hindi initials or with one of four unique motifs designed specifically for Diwali.
As an extension of the in-store program, the motifs will also be made into gify stickers available for all Instagram users. Supplies are provided by Angelus Paints, a California paint company and world leader in luxury customisation. To celebrate the launch, the brand has also created a digital campaign starring Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor).
The pop-up store activations will take place in several cities throughout India, including:
Jio World Drive in Mumbai (from 8 to 31 October)
DLF Emporio in Delhi (from 11 to 31 October)
UB City in Bangalore (from 23 to 30 October)
Tatacliq Luxury (online) (from 18 to 31 October)
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