Vasanthkumar Mysoremath

Convenor: Anti-tobacco Forum
Mysore.karnataka, India

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Retired officer from the Indian Audit & Accounts Department, served in border area of Jammu & Kashmir for 4 years. After retirement, engaged in social activities with following details:

1. World Bank Project U-SEE (Unlimited Saving of Electrical Energy) – Awarded World Bank honor & knowledge grant: Project aim -How to stop misuse of electricity during day time, get free light, save money, save finite natural resources at grass roots level without involving nano-technology or million dollar investment and on how to reduce green house gases that result in climate change, global warming/global dimming - Would like to disseminate knowledge to the future generation about harnessing our strengths and reduce weaknesses. Details: http://sunlightexpertvasanth.carbonmade.com

2. "TOBACCO KILLS" – Anti-Tobacco Forum (ATF) As Convenor, delivered talks and has interacted with staff and students with the aim of creating awareness for 'Zero Tobacco world'. Covered more than 10,000 students from about 45 institutions including Mount Carmel College, KLE College, Bengaluru and Mahajana College, Maharshi School, Mysore etc., as also for techies of some MNC companies whose employees were spending valuable time for satisfying their urge to go out of the campus and smoke because the entire premises of such huge complexes/campuses had been declared as ‘Smoke-Free Zones’.

3. HRD/Skill and personality Development Training awareness programme for urban and rural students - Conducting programs involving Consumer Awareness, Civic Sense and HRD Skill programme under the aegis of MGP - recently in rural area at JSS College, Nanjanagudu. A theatrical experience will be imparted to students for Inculcation of moral and ethical values with a theatrical performance - a full day program - at the end of the day, about 20 children from amongst the participants, will be asked to perform a play before the School Staff and their Parents.

4. Environmental issues: Was instrumental in launching an innovative campaign with "BRING BIRDS BACK TO BENGALURU" by content creation, designing and developing nests for birds, feeding areas, bird baths etc., removal of dead wood, tree surgery, planting of bird friendly fruits, flowers variety bushes and saplings that feed the flora and fauna with their daily needs of nectar etc. at Gayatri Devi Park,Rajajinagara, Bengaluru. This programme has been taken over by BBMP, Bengaluru and has become a regular annual programme and has been implemented successfully in a number of well known parks in Bengaluru.

5. VAM - Voters Awareness Movement since 1995: Awareness campaign for citizens to get up, go and vote for better governance - In Bengaluru, BBMP elections are coming and number of "operations" are expected to be conducted in open Operation Theatres - please visit: http://vasanthmysoremath.blogspot.com

6. Consumer Awareness: Interacted with respective departments and others in government for their presence while comparing 152 live 'phone-in' programmes on a private 4M TV Channel in Bengaluru, as Member, Karnataka Grahaka Panchayat®.

7. Presently Member, Mysore Grahaka Parishat and nominated Advisor-Member on JNNURM project on solid waste management systems in Mysore, India for formulating VISION STATEMENT-2013 and beyond - Former Resource Person,, Childrens Movement for Civic Awareness of Public Affairs Center and Janaagraha of Bengaluru, India

8. Sub-editor, “Kaaranji” fortnightly bilingual news magazine and Freelance Columnist.

Areas of Expertise

Solar Power, anti corruption governance modeling, Social Activism, copywriting and editing, Coach in multicultural life and work, Democratic Governance, consumer advocacy

An idea worth spreading

(1) Browse: http://sunlightexpertvasanth.carbonmade.com for details on how we can save electricity being misused by people for lighting their home interiors - how this misuse can be stopped by harvesting the infinite solar light during day time; how to light up rural homes that do not have electricity during day time and also give them 4 light points after sunset free of cost; how to reduce green house gases that are resulting in climate change, global warming with global impacts with the help of my Project U-SEE that received a certificate of honor and a knowledge grant from the World Bank in IDM-2007 competition (2) How to eliminate killer tobacco that is killing one person every 8th second and is attracting even sixth grade children to get into this abnoxious habit and how governments are failing in their duty to honor their agreement/protocol with WHO sponsored Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) by 2020. and (3) how to motivate people to vote in a democracy.

I'm passionate about

(1) Stopping misuse of scarce and finite energy resources for lighting purpose during day time and (2) Eliminating killer tobacco crop from the face of the earth and save kids from bad habit;

Talk to me about

Saving of electricity, how to get free light, Climate Change, eliminating tobacco from earth, electoral reforms in democratic countries, employability skills in under developed/developing nations.

People don't know I'm good at

Saving electricity, anti-tobacco campaign, kick-corruption campaign, peace on earth, equitable distribution of earth's resources, stop stratification of society on grounds of wealth

My TED story

Time to re-jig our priorities in this still beautiful world. If one Tsunami can eliminate millions in minutes, if one 9/11 can bring a powerful nation to its knees, if one nuclear mishap can wipe out or evaporate part of the world's population, is it worth investing billions of tax payers money in creating mass destructive weapons? Why this hatredness among red blooded human beings? Present day temporary politicians/ Policy makers are playing with the lives of future generations, as if they will be living for 500 hundred years. Will it not be worth and wise to divert at least half of the investment being made in preparations for protecting imaginery attacks from different sources for eliminating poverty and hunger of at least a quarter of the world's population? Can we not have a borderless society and have a wonderful system of equitable pro-rata distribution of natural resources that are becoming finite by the day? Time to re-think and help the world to live a little longer.

Comments & conversations

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Posted about 1 year ago
Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now!
Good talk. Appreciate. We tend to forget how we conducted ourselves when we were kids but keep yelling at our kids because we want them to be more intelligent, responsible and creative than what we were. This is not correct. We need to be patient and help the children understand the world around it in a gradual manner and not under undue pressure. The child should enjoy what it wants to do; however mischievous it may be and we must keep a close watch on its doings to safeguard it from getting hurt or abused. They have an inbuilt capacity to observe and absorb the happenings around them. As the speaker said, whatever a child does is artistic because it creates its own world around its imaginations. My experience is - We must apprecite, encourage and correct (if something is wrong) in a subtle manner and lovingly because children do not like harsh words and they will be happy to listen to lovy dovy cuddling. When they are in your arms and expect you to be harsh, if you exercise restraint and talk to them lovingly, believe me, they will not repeat the mistake..
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Posted almost 2 years ago
Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found
Renny appears to be not having much to do ? Same 404 happens in our lives also - we keep searching for right people or right thing or right subject but come across only 404 people, 404 things, 404 subjects. On computer, we have a choice of contrl+alt+del, whereas, when we come across 404 people, it will be a hell of an experience to shake them away. Renny may like to talk to such 404 people.
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Posted almost 2 years ago
JP Rangaswami: Information is food
If food, over eaten, will be fatal. JP Rangaswami's musings were at the back of our mind all these millions of years and his TED talk has opened a thought process and a question whether so much of information (food) is necessary for our survival in a given breakfast, lunch or dinner. In a particular given moment when I am exposed to a certain set of information, I feel that it is most important and I must save it; lo and behold, I open a file, give it an apt fancy name and save it for a future breakfast, lunch or dinner. Tragedy is that when I am about to have a breakfast, lunch or dinner and think I know that information (food) is available with me and want to open (eat) that file, I do not remember the fancy file name that I gave on that day. That is 'food for thought' for us.
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Posted almost 2 years ago
How can we re-frame tax policy to make people happier about paying taxes and/or spending pro-socially?
There is no free lunch in this world. I dont mind compromising myself and give taxes and also alms to the 'needy', if both are used for good purpose. Taxes are going to the treasury from where some smart Alec is siphoning off by hok or crook. This is bad. If the needy person uses it for buying himself drinks and lie on the walkway, then that is also bad. Am I right or wrong?
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Posted about 2 years ago
Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate
Kudos, Vijay and team. Instead of manufacturing MDWs and other deadly weaponry aimed at destroying mankind, these good robot initiatives can be helped for scaling up and enabling them to help mankind in times of natural and man made disasters. They will be of immense help in saving forest fires like the ones we see in Australia and recently in Karnataka, when forest fire ravaged and destroyed more than 150 ha of natural forests in the virginian Western ghats of Karnataka. If only we had neutralised the centre point of fire, we could have saved so much of flora and fauna. May your tribe increase and may the people in authority understand the need for encouraging science to help mankind to live a bit longer.
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Posted almost 3 years ago
Paul Romer: The world's first charter city?
I agree with Haughton. The world is facing enough conflicts and it is high time that we start thinking in terms of creating Global City instead of Charter cities. the world over, we have enough Zones, eg., Economic Zones, Special Economic Zones, Indusgtrial Zones, Electronic Manufacturers Zones, Call Centers Zones, etc., that are creating enough chances for lure of the lucre for those who have the capacities to hoodwink the laws that are riddled with loopholes. These are making rich richer and the poor poorer. Imagine - What would happen to the world if,- (1) A Mafia of manufacturers of deadly MDWs manage to invest on the sly through the so called venture capitalists and hijack the weaklings of Romer's Charter City, manufacture weapons and hold the rest of the world for ransom/blackmail? (2) A fanatic country specialising in training deadly suicide bombing terrorists manages to invest and capture a few Charterd Cities (Romer's), start training and supply them to other countries who need to replicate 9/11? (3) Will not such huge construction activity with monstrous concrete jungles result in more and more emission of CO2 and other Green House Gases that result in climate change and global warming? As it is the world has reached a high of more than 390 ppm of CO2 emission and we have to bring it down to a tolerable limit of 350 ppm at the earliest possible by taking constructive steps. Watch www.350.org. TIME TO CREATE A WORLD OF BELIEF, LOVE, AFFECTION WITHOUT THE YELLOW TINGES OF CASTE, CREED AND BLIND BELIEFS; SHARE THE FINITE NATURAL RESOURCES OF THIS LITTLE WORLD OF OURS ON A PRORATA BASIS, CREATE BROTHERHOOD AND RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER. IT IS TIME TO START THIS PROCESS INSTEAD OF CREATING RIFTS BETWEEN 'HAVES' AND 'HAVE NOTS'. TED - please do not spread ideas that creates conflicts.
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Posted over 3 years ago
Jody Williams: A realistic vision for world peace
'Stating the obvious' is passe; so long as we keep voting mediocre leaders who keep swaying to the musics of lobbies, splurging billions for MDWs in the name of creating protection against syndromes/fear of war from fanatics of various isms or attack by aliens will continue unhindered. Millions of children, women and elderly are dying due to absence of health care, nutrition, bacteria-free drinking water and one dollar for a meal. No doubt people must voice their concern about these minimum needs but mere voicing grievances will not yield results; we need solutions that have contents, variables, deliverables with credibility; such solutions need to be economically viable, sustainable and replicable the world over. Is it a sin to be born in a poor family? Is the world's natural resources, property of all human beings/animals, birds and bees? We need to establish a global village. Oppression of the voices of poor and treating them as anti-social and shooting them must stop.
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Posted over 3 years ago
Dianna Cohen: Tough truths about plastic pollution
People must become more responsible. Refuse, Reuse, Recycle & Return are the Mantras. Some ideas: (1) collect from city waste plastic, melt and convert it to make a blender, mix with bitumen, sand and fly ash and when hot, spread the mix and lay smooth roads that last long (6 to 7 years instead of the 2-3 years of tar roads); (2) cut polythene carry bags in square/rectangle, spread them on the floor to a 4 feet by 7 feet size, keep them single stiched to arrest their movement, layer after layer until you have a sufficiently thick sheet; get two thin cotton sheets, stich on three sides; insert this plastic bed sheet/quilt into it, stitch with buttons; similarly, stuff soft plastic bits and pieces into pillow covers in between two foam sheets of the same size and make pillows; (3) again, stuff soft plastic bits and pieces into empty cotton teddy bears or other soft cloth toys so that millions of plastic can be arrested from proliferation. Vasanthkumar Mysoremath Mysore, India