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Are We Drowning In Think Tanks?

[Author’s preface: I live in the chicagoland area skirting the O’Hare airport. As I drive around on errands and business all I see are these huge hills, like extra large Indian mounds, in Des Plaines, Rosemont, Bensenville, Elk Grove village, and Mt. Prospect. These large mounds are covered in Prairie grasses that look very pleasant, but with pipes sticking out. What are they? Garbage dumps, I counted 16 of them in our region alone. Not too far in the distant future, these hills will be sold as prime real estate with “views.” We are a species whose byproduct is garbage. We create garbage by our very existence. And there are 6,305 Think Tanks servicing a population of 6.8 billion… Are their policy solutions working? Are we better off today then … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Corruption, Economy, Feature, Featured, India, Media

NYT partially corrects editorial blunders on Modi governance!

“Did New York Times pass off mishmash of local gossip as ‘editorial wisdom’? “Newspapers, as much as anyone else have a right to voice their opinions. But unlike ‘anyone else’ newspapers have a duty to propagate the truth and nothing but the truth. The duty sits heavier on newspapers with a hoary provenance, as the New York Times has. C. P Scott’s famous aphorism, ‘comment is free, but facts are sacred’ comes to mind. Therefore one looks askance if a newspaper like the NYT passes off mishmash of locally collected gossip as the combined wisdom of its Editorial Board. One uses the word gossip here advisedly, as the quality of information one collects locally depends on the ideological slant of the source. In other words, it depends not on what one gathers but who one talks to.” Those were the title … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, India, Media, Politics

Response to New York Times Denigrating Ganesha

Response to the article in New York Times denigrating Ganesha: Original Article “Uncertain Times in India, but Not for a Deity” by Ellen Barry of New York Times,http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/world/asia/uncertain-times-in-india-but-not-for-a-deity.html?_r=1& Gaudy Ganesha? By Jayakumar S. Ammangudi, Ph.D. Two weeks ago, it was Gardiner Harris, South Asia Correspondent of the New York Times (NYT) bemoaning the rise of Narendra Modi in India (link).  A week later, it was Ellen Barry, again of NYT, troubled by the immense display of faith to the most popular deity, Ganesha, of the oldest living non-aggressive tradition of this world (link). (Picture of Ganesha procession in Mumbai that appeared in the NYT) It is interesting that in his biography, Gardiner readily admits (link) that ‘the complexity of India is paralyzing’.  Having written about science, medicine and food, he begins to write about not just Politics, but Indian Politics. … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Christianity, Featured, Hinduism, World

Peace in South Asia 911

Three 9/11 dates are memorable for peace and war. First 9/11: Swami Vivekananda presented Vedanta philosophy at the first-ever Parliament of World Religions opened on September 11, 1893, in Chicago Second 9/11:  Mahatma Gandhi adopted Satyagraha (Truth Force or Soul Force) in South Africa on September 11, 1906, as the only justifiable peaceful resistance method of achieving humane and just objectives. Third 9/11 stands for the unforgettable Tuesday in September 2001 for horrific terror attacks on New York and other places in the United States.   Peace leads to peace and war to more war. Al Qaeda attacks on the US led to the US War on Terrorism (WOT in Afghanistan-Pakistan, 2001 – present). Swami Vivekananda presented a memorable message for global peace based on Vedanta and the Satyagraha movement was first-ever peaceful struggle for independence of the British India from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics, World

My Congratulations To Wharton

So they got blindsided with this shrill Petition signed by 178 Professors led by Ania Joomba, Suvir Kaul and T. Ghose, threatening them with grave-sounding State Department bureaucratese from a 2005 SNAFU. They advised the students to be smart and let go on the rope a bit – and watch the Petition Gang tangle themselves in a heap. Shri Arvind Kejriwal, the new face of Indian politics that Wharton lined up at short notice, delivered the coup de grace with statesmanlike class[1]: “I am not a supporter of Mr Modi. In fact, I don’t agree with him on many things and have publicly opposed him on many occasions. However, I would like to put on record my dismay at the cancellation of his invitation to speak at this forum. To … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Economy, India, Media, NRI, Politics

Economies and Political Ideologies of Democratic vs Welfare States

The article focuses on economic impacts of the political ideologies used by Muslim welfare states and market economies of constitutional democratic capitalist nations. It suggests that recent actions of TTP (Tehrik-Taliban-Pakistan), TMQ (Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran headed by Dr Muhammad Tahirul Qadri or TQ), the army and political establishment may be contributing to internal destabilization of PK (Pakistan). The destabilization may be detrimental to on-going peace process in South Asia. The following topics are presented. Rocky Peace Process Youth in Welfare States Welfare States Economy and Institutions Dynamic and Static Political Ideologies References and notes: star (*) means see references and notes   Rocky Peace Process  The killing of Pakistan and India soldiers starting Jan 6, 2013 on both sides of LoC is fueling war hysteria in South Asia and making it harder for the peace process to remain on tracks. Politically … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, China, Christianity, Economy, India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics

Analyzing Muslim Asymmetric Wars

 Following points are discussed: Introduction Evolution of Asymmetric Wars Statistical Islam Muslim Terrorism Conflicts in Middle East and South Asia Arab  Springs UN and Muslims Peace  on Earth References and notes    Introduction  Some Muslim nations as well as non-state actors (NSA) such as al Qaeda in many Arab lands and the Af-Pak region, Taliban of Pakistan and Hamas of Palestine, etc use terrorism to wage asymmetric wars hoping to resolve territorial disputes with militarily powerful neighbors. Al Qaeda, the most notorious organization was organized (1988-89) by Osama bin Laden, a billionaire Saudi Arab. Al Qaeda is a globally diffused Muslim terrorist organization engaged in asymmetric wars to challenge the US and Muslim dictators aligned with the US. Osama was killed (2011) in a raid by a US special ops force in the garrison town of Abbotabad, Pakistan. The global arms of al Qaeda … Read entire article »

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Analyzing US 2012 Election Results

Introduction  A post mortem of the US 2012 election victory by President Obama is in order to explain voter choices. The articles identified issues that explained why Republicans lost 2012 election. The following topics are discussed: Moochers, Takers and Makers Changing Demographics, Culture and Ethnicity Two Philosophies Swing States and Entitlements References and Notes   Moochers, Takers and Makers  Economy, taxes, federal budgets, jobs, healthcare, women issues and immigration reforms dominated the election rhetoric. Romney-Ryan maintained that the 47% Americans were ‘moochers and takers.’ Purist in the Republican Party called high annual income earners ($50,000+) as ‘makers’. They ignored a reality that 75% Americans earned less than $50,000 and with existing loopholes they can avoid paying income tax. Loopholes also helped Romney and other wealthy to pay income taxes on unearned income at a rate lower than salaried secretaries. The 2010 … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Economy, Politics

What are You Grateful for This ThanksGiving?

This ThanksGiving November, as I look back on my life within the framework of my goals, vision, commitments and passion, I wonder about what gives life meaning. Especially in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, I wonder if I have learned how to live life to the fullest. If this were the end of the world as we know it, I wonder what I would say. Two words glare into focus…THANK YOU!! I’ve lived a wonderful life, for which I’m sincerely grateful. Yes, there have been peaks and troughs. Elation for things that I could change; anger and frustration for those that I couldn’t. Things that I cherished but were fleeting; things that I received but of which I didn’t understand the significance. But the strong and resilient person that I am … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, NRI, World

US Healthcare Insurance and Pro-life Ideology

The 2012 October surprises came in spurts. The biggest October surprise was hurricane or tropical storm Sandy essentially leveled parts of water fronts in several NJ towns. The devastation brought together President Obama and Republican Governor Chris Christy into a bipartisan alliance to help people in the devastated areas. Other surprises included a private political meeting video made in September 2012 went viral in October and it showed Romney explaining his strategy to get elected and views on a variety of issue to potential donors. The Romney labeled 47% Americans as moochers and takers. A couple of Tea Party candidates for senate used voodoo science to classify rape. Some other candidates used religious beliefs to justify the pro-life stance and opposition to reproductive health care rights for women. Mitt Romney appeared … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Economy, NRI, Politics