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'Women intend to quit jobs due to gender bias, harassment'
New Delhi : Working women, especially those in the private sector, desire to quit their jobs for a number of reasons, including gender bias and workplace harassment, according to a latest survey.
 
"About 40 percent of working mothers want to quit jobs to raise their kids. Gender bias together with workplace harassment and inconvenient working hours remained top reasons as to why majority of respondents wanted to quit their jobs," said a survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) under the aegis of its Social Development Foundation.
 
The survey was conducted ahead of International Women’s Day that is celebrated globally every year on March 8.
 
The association had interacted with a total of about 500 working women, including 200 working mothers in 10 cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune during the course of past fortnight to gauge their career related goals.
 
About 25 percent of the total respondents said they wanted to quit their jobs and cited various reasons ranging from inconvenient working hours or late sitting, pay gap, gender bias, workplace harassment, lack of safety, poor working conditions, pursuit of higher education, family related issues and others, the survey said.
 
Motherhood and lack of quality time with family were the primary reasons to quit for 80 out of 200 working mothers interviewed by the association.
 
Regarding harassment, about 30 percent of the total women interviewed by ASSOCHAM said they had been harassed at work, were denied promotion and plum assignments.
 
Besides, many of them also said they did not get much support from their authorities if they complained and as a result felt bogged down further due to guilt and shame.
 
Most of the respondents said their organisations did not have redressal mechanisms in place and did not comply with legal requirements to provide a safe workplace for women and display a very casual approach to such issues.
 
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Reliance Fresh CEO apologises to female customer, dismisses two staff
Kolkata : Tendering an unconditional apology to a woman customer who complained of sexual harassment at a company outlet here, Reliance Fresh dismissed two store employees, said a top company official.
 
The company also set up a two-member women's committee to inquire into the incident.
 
In a posting on social media, Reliance Fresh CEO Damodar Mall tendered the apology to the woman. 
 
"We welcome Rajshree ji (the customer) back to our store. We have terminated the offending staffer, Sumit Rajbhar, on account of gross indiscipline and breach of code of conduct," Mall posted.
 
Mall said the services of the on-duty store manager was also terminated for dereliction of duty.
 
According to him, a panel of Parbati Paul, retired deputy commissioner of police, and Sarita Joglekar, counsel at Reliance headquarters, will conduct an inquiry and report their findings within 72 hours from March 7.
 
Images captured on the closed-circuit television at the store have been given to Paul and others authorities.
 
The accused staff had flashed at Rajashree Tamang Lama, a final year law student at Calcutta University, following which she reported the matter to the duty manager, who allegedly did not take any serious action.
 
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Bringing Sciences Together
Only a unified concept of science (organised curiosity with logical scepticism) can help us understand this universe (multi-verse)
 
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” — Isaac Asimov
 
Science is trying to understand this universe with the means available, using our five senses. Over the years, sciences were divided into natural sciences, social sciences, political and economic sciences and, of course, human sciences, etc, thanks to Rene Descartes’ reductionism. Progress in many fields was stunted due to this caste system. There is the forward caste of natural sciences and the backward and untouchables in other fields. For example, social sciences were treated as second-class science. 
 
Most of the Western natural sciences are dying a natural death, with the advent of quantum physics and the acceptance of consciousness into science from the realm of philosophy. The original Greek root of the word science is philosophia. This has brought forth a new dimension to science—what is called biocentrism—the origin of all human (and animal) thought and behaviour is centred on our perception of this world. Everything depends on our consciousness. Each of us has individual worldview (biocentrism). 
 
It was beautifully put by Max Planck who said that “there is no perception without a perceiver.” He also emphasised that the whole world is but consciousness and all matter is derived from there. This automatically puts social and all other human-related sciences into the same basket as natural sciences. The latter is undergoing a sea change after the advent of quantum physics. Biology is fast changing into systems biology and the new evolutionary biology. Human physiology needs a drastic change to keep man alive on this planet and so do other natural sciences. This, therefore, is the ideal time for a change of heart among those that want to understand this universe (multi-verse). Only a unified concept of science (organised curiosity with logical scepticism) can accomplish this, as the conventional natural sciences can only grasp as much as their five senses let them. Now, we are able to comprehend much more than what we grasp with our five senses.
 
How Do We Do It?
Any change is resisted by the status quoists. They have their vested interests in keeping the system the way it is, since reductionism in science feeds the greedy business of drugs, instruments, chemicals for fertilisers and what have you. The so-called conventional natural scientists and their paymasters will not let this happen. For the common good of the common man, sciences will have to come together which will make all the ills of single systems fade away. There are few independent thinking people in this world that will stick their neck out for their principles to save mankind and go after the reality. One small example will do. We have been spending lakhs of crores of rupees for the moon mission, etc, while we have the highest number of malnourished children (47 million) who do not get enough money to feed them; they are dying daily of nutritional immune deficiency syndrome (NIDS). We let them die!
 
In case we had all the sciences come together, and if we have humane managers of funds, one would certainly think that keeping dying children alive has greater priority than going to the moon. The latter can certainly wait. Another humane scientist might think of researching to make man tranquil here to be able to land in his neighbour’s house with a smile on his face. That would be a greater advancement—to bring man and man together—than landing on the barren moon. One can go on and on giving more evidence to say that ending the caste system in science will benefit mankind. Science satisfies our curiosity to know how this world works. But one gets only a keyhole view of the world. While reductionist science is destructive, holistic sciences will help build bridges of love between man and man.

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