Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: The World Is One Family

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Welcome to the 81st annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in lovely San Diego, California. A special welcome to our international friends. This year the AFLAR, APLAR, EULAR and PANLAR are all contributing educational content by holding sessions in conjunction with the ACR meeting and I hope that you will enjoy both.

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... The perception that rheumatologists treat joint pain tends to erroneously downplay the serious nature of diseases that we manage. [4] There is a lack of understanding and knowledge that RMDs can be serious, systemic, life-threatening diseases that, if untreated, can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and malignancy; they can also reduce longevity and are a leading cause of disability in the world. [5] This message needs to be convincingly conveyed to the politicians, policymakers, medical school curricula developers, thought leaders, and the public. ...
... Each year, May is recognized as Arthritis Awareness Month, September as Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, and October 12 as the World Arthritis Day. [4] These opportunities should be used by local, regional, national, and international rheumatology organizations for sustained advocacy to raise RMD awareness. ...
... The concept of a global family has been around since medieval times. The ancient Sanskrit Vedas has described this philosophy of "VasudaivaKutumbakam," which translates into, "The whole world is one family" (13). It is not illogical to think that when di seases do not respect geographical boundaries, why should the prevention and cure do. ...
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The world of Neurosurgery has witnessed a quantum jump in the last few decades. Although this progress has reaped benefits forpatients worldwide, it is also worth noting that some regions of the world have indeed been left behind. This fact is mirrored by thedata published by the Lancet Commission and the World Bank1. The gap between resources and needs is evident in this report, w hichsays that approximately 5 million essential neurosurgical cases per year are left unaddressed in low- and middle-income countries. Thepreventable deaths due to surgical deficit are as high as 47 million annually (1) Given this uneven balance of facilities in the healthsector, the WHO has agreed to resolve the issues through the participation of worldwide governing bodies of neurosurgery faculties inthe individual country. The former president of the world bank was quoted that "surgery is an indivisible, indispensable part of healthcare and progress towards universal health coverage (2)
... This ancient Indian philosophy argues that the entire humanity is one family and is made of one life energy. The fundamental pillars of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam are love and harmony, cooperation and mutual support, feelings of kinship and relationship (Lakhanpal, 2018). Therefore, emerging issues of environment, Arctic biodiversity, resources, routes and scientific research could be addressed through such a proactive normative approach of mutual cooperation and global harmony. ...
The rapidly transforming Arctic has led to rethink the concept of security in the region. The increasing global warming and opening up of the Arctic have brought multiple geopolitical issues before the Arctic and non-Arctic states. ¹ In pursuit of their perceived geopolitical, geo-economics and strategic interests, a race to ‘securitise the Arctic’ has started amongst the major Arctic states. This process of securitisation appears to be dictated and driven not only by traditional military-strategic considerations but also by non-traditional security threat dilemmas related to energy, environment, sustainability, human security, connectivity, etc. As the old and the new Arctic challenges are being taken out of the realm of ‘normal politics’ and placed in the contested domain of ‘security politics’, the Asian states, that are directly or indirectly impacted by the changing Arctic, realise that securitisation of the Arctic is leaving little space for addressing common issues of global concern. This study argues that all these emerging issues (otherwise perceived as ‘security threats’) in the Arctic, instead of being addressed in the securitisation framework, could and should be approached and addressed as compelling reasons for mutual cooperation and thus in need of de-securitisation.
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