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History of Imperialists Bigotry – Christianity, Islam and Pagan religions


More often than not, otherwise reasonable commentary by Muslim scholars is concluded with incendiary  comments; a recent example is about women’s status in ancient lands. Such comments, in my opinion, in addition to bigotry are based on ignorance of ancient cultures (see references) or may be a result of using imperialist revisionist history. What would it take for such scholars to show mutual respect to ancient faiths and their social, cultural and political values? By today’s social/cultural values and morality in constitutional progressive democracies all citizens of both genders are constitutionally respected for their faith and accorded equality and certain basic human rights. Those who marry underage brides are considered pedophiles. It wasn’t so centuries ago in autocratic societies. Muslims acknowledge that Prophet Mohammed, following tribal customs of 6th and 7th … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam

Binayak Sen – Connecting the dots


Fans of Dr. Binayak Sen, a Maoist sympathizer, convicted with life imprisonment for charges of sedition and anti-national activities, by trial court and whose initial bail appeal was rejected by Chhattisgarh high court, have ample reasons for jubilation in recent times. Not only did the Supreme Court grant him a bail but he was also appointed to the National Health Planning Commission’s steering committee. It is no secret that Dr Sen enjoys a huge popularity and has a long list of national and international supporters, including Nobel laureates like Amartya Sen, other prominent Indians including leftist academician Romila Thapar, Christian leader John Dayal, ill-famed activists Teesta Setalvad, self proclaimed Swami Agnivesh and Suzanna Arundhati Roy, a seditionist and a pro-Maoist herself. Statements of support for him had come from Amnesty International, The … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Christianity, Featured, Hinduism, India, Islam, Media, Politics

The Innate Nature Of Conflict


“I loathe all armies and any kind of violence; yet I am firmly convinced that at present these hateful weapons offer the only effective protection.” —Albert Einstein (1879-1955) “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” —Edmund Burke (1729-1797)   (Swans – June 1, 2009)   Last week I sat on the fifty-yard line and ingested some passionate war and peace polemics erupting internally amongst the contributors of Swans. I cannot presume to enter the arena with my skimpy armor and offer these erudite armadillos my two cents. However, I did not have to look far for inspiration on my next subject; it was there in front of me, in a vociferous repartee. Why not explore the pathology of war and peace and pacifism, and discuss if either of these … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Feature, General, India, Media, World

We Are a Fat Country


Thou seest I have more flesh than another man, and therefore more frailty.” —William Shakespeare (1564-1616) “There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was much smaller than a Hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.” —Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)   (Swans – October 5, 2009)   I want to begin this essay by tendering my earnest apologies at the outset to all you obese folks who suffer this malady congenitally or due to a pre-existing medical condition, and that is invariably beyond your control. This writing is the on those corpulent folks with little or no self regulation or discipline, who have voluntarily burdened the rest of us with their medical problems that will run … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Corruption, Economy, Feature, General, Uncategorized, World

Conversion, Corruption, Congress and bloody Indians


Recently, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured a Christian delegation that he was trying to evolve a consensus on granting Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims. This is interesting since just a few days ago; the Gujarat High Court has rejected a plea filed by a converted Christian seeking access to benefits extended to him earlier as a Scheduled Caste Hindu. In addition the Prime Minister reportedly promised “to act on the Saldanha report on violence against minorities in Karnataka”. This is in reference to the independent inquiry report of Michael Saldanha, of The Catholic-Christian Secular Forum (Catholic but Secular? Hmm!), a retired judge of the Bombay and Karnataka High Courts, (and just happen to be the President of the Catholic Association of South Kanara or Dakshina Kannada, the place where violent incidents had … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, Corruption, NRI, Politics

A Tale of Literary Inventions — The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio


[Author’s note: Thirty-three score years ago, during the long sunset of the late Middle Ages, and in the intervening years before the sunrise on the Renaissance, a corpulent thirty-six-year-old intellectual from Naples sequestered himself in Florence, in muse, during the demonic rampage of the Black Plague, to lay down with his quill what became the foundation of our Western literary culture. If anything, this is just a brief reexamination of his monumental work, and more so, a canonic salute to his timely wit and unfathomable wisdom when it was most needed.]   (Swans – November 2, 2009)   The first time I came to know about the Boccaccio masterpiece was in the mid ’70s, watching the 1970 Pier Paolo Pasolini choppy and eponymous film The Decameron. Then it disappeared into a thicket of memories among … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Feature, General, Uncategorized, Vedic Knowledge, World

The Drip Versus The Tsunami


Our passionate drip ignites life, as the amniotic drip trumpets our arrival. In our brow’s drip, ambitions are realized, as the wasteful drip displaces our wealth. The political drips bleed nations dry, while the IV drip presages our exit. “Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” —Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997) [Author’s note: I will indulge in a moderate amount of prolixity in explicating something that is profoundly indispensable to life, yet terrifying and unfathomable. Of all the elements on earth, water, occupying 70.9% of the surface of the earth, is the quietest, the most abundant, and the most unrelenting, despite its form. Consider this: the Titanic and all its 50,000-plus tons floated in the small Southampton estuary, on not more than an average of 18 feet of water, before … Read entire article »

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