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Do UN, and India deserve each other?
Why is India not a permanent member of the UN Security Council? Whose fault is it? Unfortunately, the answer to this strange anomaly is not locked, as an esoteric formula in some mysterious labyrinthine vault at the UN, nor in its political machinations. The answer resides in India itself. And, for that matter, is this membership worth pursuing? While the idea might be quite alluring, we must put the UN Security Council under a microscope, to see if it is really worth some Indian blood and sweat...
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Asymmetric Political and Military Relationships
Asymmetric political power is rampant in 57 Arab (OIC) nations as dictators and their cronies enjoy power. To give an analogy, the top dogs have the gold and the rest have got shaft. With the power of internet connectivity the masses have started street marches to assert power. Arab Springs have dislodged three of 57 dictators in OIC and other three are engaged in civil wars.In the US top 1% wealthy Americans have used government to privatize gains and socialize losses by occupying Washington wi...
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Congrats Joe-Six-Pack! Armageddon averted
Congratulations Joe-Six-Pack!!! Have you heard the good news? Financial Armageddon is averted. The economic collapse in Europe has been cancelled (…for now). Everything is going to be fine and wonderful. The prosperity is about to return to Europe and the Western world. CNBC and other financial channels world-over are telling us that the economic crisis in Europe is over. Global stock markets all soared this week on this news. The Dow was up nearly 3 percent on Thursday. Global financial mark...
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Vipassana: The Path to Freedom
Vipassana. (vee • puh • shuh • naa). To see things the way they are. Thats the literal translation of the word in Pali—the language of the Buddha. Vipassana is an ancient form of sitting meditation that the Buddha rediscovered and introduced to the world.For ten consecutive days a few summers ago, casting aside all luxury and self-indulgences and pledging to adhere to the course rules, I enrolled in and attended a vipassana meditation retreat offered by Spiritual Master S. N. Goenka. Total silen...
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Middle-East Democracy; Perfect Oxymoron!
Cultures are wrought over centuries. A culture evolves, develops and calcifies slowly over generations with rote reinforcement of a set of tangible and intangible values. In fact, what you continuously choose, eventually metastasizes into your genes. This hypothesis was explored by John Cloud in a 2010 article for the TIME magazine, titled: “Why your DNA isnt your destiny: The new science of Epigenetics reveal how the choices you make can change your genes.” The Nabataens – the secular pre-Islam...
Raju P Mo: hindu - I"ll have to dig some more. The points you listed are super fantastic and any outsider doing mischief will be thwarted, and locals will try to save their leader. A fly in ointment is 4-5 decades of rule, and populist measures that run counter.... [6 comments]
USA: OWS movement & How to fix Congress
Tea Party in the US has galvanized conservative Republican Party base to action. Republican Party leadership in general and in the Republicans Presidential debates, in particular, we see a chaos precipitated by the extreme right conservative movement.Occupy Wall Street movement is by progressive jobless American youth. The movement is more than a month old and spreading like wild fire to all across the US as well as parts of Europe.Arab Springs have toppled three dictators, three more are on the...
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Shhh...The power of Silence
People cringe when they hear the word “meditation.” It sounds so spiritual, right? A picture of the Dalai Lama zooms into view and sweat begins to stream down towards the pounding heart. What if people heard “silence” instead? Silence is used and practiced more popularly. Parents tell their children to hush; teachers instruct their students to quiet down; movie-goers respectfully turn off their conversations and cell phones. Clearly, silence has value. What if I said, “Silence transforms?” Would...
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Suicide of Superpower: Will US Survive 2025?
“As the faith that gave birth to the West is dying in the West, peoples of European descent from the steppes of Russia to the coast of California have begun to die out, as the Third World treks north to claim the estate. The last decade provided corroborating if not conclusive proof that we are in the Indian Summer of our civilization.” “America is disintegrating. The centrifugal forces pulling us apart are growing inexorably. What unites us is dissolving. And this is true of Western Civilizatio...
M Joshi common sense: Usual rant of prophets of doom! [2 comments]
Koenraad Elst: Mistaken Identity?
The modern era is full of writers who expound the essence of Vedas, Upanishads, Mahabharat, Ramayan, Indian politics etc. Some sanskrit scholars did an indepth analysis and gave their own interpretations of the Indian scriptures. Many who did not know sanskrit gave their analysis based on the translations and interpretations done by other people. Of those who neither had a sound sanskrit knowledge or understanding of Indian culture, many ended up in distorting the Hindu scriptures under the guis...
S Thakkar 030201kishankb: This is an excellent article deciphering errors introduced by western scholars who lack understanding of Indian culture and traditions. Ancient Indian sciences turned dormant as India was colonized first by Muslim (950 – 1857) and then by Europeans (.... [17 comments]
Afghan Imbroglio and Impacts of Terrorism
Pakistan claims that Afghanistan is bottomless pit for hubris of great powers. They are oblivious to the fact that what applies to great powers also applies to not so great Pakistan. Pakistan is engaged in two wars; one in the west in the Af- Pak region and other in the east against an imagined enemy. Under pressures of two wars, economically, Pakistan is floundering. With the planned withdrawal of the US and NATO forces from the Afghanistan in 2014, Pakistan may completely loose the US aid comp...
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Clash of Civilizations & Political Forces
Historically (6th century to present) European and Caliphate brand imperialist have inflicted wars in others lands to expand the colonial rule all across the globe for power and looting wealth in occupied lands. My blogs have identified some reasons including political ambitions, heritage and awakening, etc for the rise and fall of European and Islamic Empires (3rd century – present).Many of the conflicts were associated with faith and flawed beliefs. The increasingly secular modern societies ar...
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Corruption is our addiction: Starts with us
Corruption starts with us, you and me. Corruption begins with the giver of the bribe, the one who acquiesces. We cannot control others, even with legislative action, we only have to discipline ourselves, individual by individual. To stop this scourge, we must resolve to stay uncorrupted and not bribe anyone for a year, and if crores did this, it could mean something. How about a “Bribe giving bandh” for the whole year? Sadly, even with this tantalizing and curative hypothesis, I am not convinced...
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Lies and Men of God "Proselytizers" - Part I
Lying is second nature to politicians and to the clerics of any faith. The art of politics is to shade truth to prevail their point of views. Politics, by one definition, is the art of recognizing the possible, the chore of building large coalitions and the will of compromising on non-essentials.Dictators turned politicians generally are autocrats and compulsive liars. Dictators are military men and with rare exceptions not able to transform themselves into viable, intelligent (albeit amateur) p...
K Bhatia Anup: Is there any non-Christian senator in America?
Abramic religions are nothing but religious imperialisms. [1 comments]
We are All Greece..When Nations Go Bankrupt
Those who have their ears on the ground are realizing what is going on…. Unfortunately Six-pack-Joe is sleeping (nothing unusual about it…that is why sheeple get slaughtered when they do). The only question is – how are you prepared to deal with what happens?Gold and Silver are on Sale again. We should welcome the discounted prices.Here is how the things are doing these days? Any takers for collapse yet?...
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Worm"s-eye view of Indian Media
What is the role of the media in reflecting public thought? Should it merely reflect or attempt to shape it? Should it or should it not play the role of an Ombudsman in exposing venality and corruption in public life? If Arun shouriess debut as a journalist at Indian Express provided some answers to these unremitting questions, there are others who differed with him. Girilal Jain of the Times of India described him and others of his ilk at the Indian Express as the Galahads of the press. If we s...
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