March 2008

India News

Views: 178 – A 'renewed becoming' for the differently abled

Media Lab Asia, a unit of the Indian Department of Information Technology, and the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), a federal body dealing with rehabilitation of the disabled, have jointly developed a  portal for the differently-abled community in India named  ( This portal  has been designed and developed by  Iridium Interactive, the leading 'Fully Integrated Web Services Company'  in India. was launched today by  Thiru A Raja, Hon'ble Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology; Meira Kumar, Hon'ble Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr Shakeel Ahmed, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology and Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan, Hon'ble Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment.

'Punarbhava' is a Pali word for 'renewed becoming'. It refers to the process of rebirth after death and is synonymous with samsara. Rebirth in Buddhism does not mean reincarnation, in the sense of an eternal, separate soul transferring to a new body. Rather it is the continuation of the psyche with its conditioning and habits. Each rebirth is a new life.

“Punarbhava is an excellent example of the efficient use of ICT and the web medium  for the betterment of the differently-abled. The aim of Punarbhava is to create and run a comprehensive Internet Portal, which collects specialised information and useful services for all the people involved in the disability issue as an information database, sources of daily updated news and media for the development of the disability and rehabilitation sector in India.”

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