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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

USA Elections 2012


The following topics are covered Introduction Democrat vs GOP Job Creation and Economic Record The GOP Mantra Social Engineering Impacts of Changes in Demographics Obama and GOP Political Tricks     Introduction  I watched two conventions; 3 days (August 28 – 30) of GOP and three days (Sept 5 – 7, 2012) of democrats’. One convention was full of passionate attendees who believed in government initiatives to help solve national problems and other had delegates essentially to answer a roll call as they believed in keeping government out of solving people’s problems. The GOP nominee for President with an etch-a-sketch persona focused on pleasing the audiences he was with and most of convention was for reinventing and polishing his image. At the convention the etch-a-sketch attempted to switch from a politically moderate robot to a likable most conservative … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Politics

Religion, Arts and Understanding Life


The following topics are considered: Introduction Religion and Politics Political Ideologues Numerous Dichotomies God and Justice The Force, Energy and God Scriptures and Psychology Arts References and notes: Star (*) followed by a bracketed number (#1, etc) identifies applicable specific reference and notes. Introduction  Comparative religion, arts and science are tools for understanding life. Terrorism was examined from social and cultural angles in previous article. Second article on introduction to Understanding Life series of four articles discusses how religious dogma is exploited by political establishments. Life is dynamic and ever changing or evolving. Known is history, unknown is future and present is what counts. Understanding life challenges mind. Life revolves around belief systems, arts and material world. Tools for understanding life include comparative studies of religions, art and science. The tools define the various people groups – cultures and societies – across the world. Religions and Politics   We have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics, Vedic Knowledge

Modern Science and Understanding Life


The following topics are discussed in the last of four articles. Introduction God Particle and South Asian Scientists Science and theologians Science and Quality of Life Outlook for Future Modern Science   References and notes: Star (*) followed by a bracketed number (#1, etc) identifies applicable specific reference and notes. Introduction   First article – “Terrorism and Cultural Wars”* (#1) - of this four parts serie discussed how social and cultural upbringings can explain terrorism.  The second article – “Religion, Politics and Arts”* – presented aspects of religion used for political exploitation and comments on arts to history. For understanding life scientific knowledge of the universe is essential. The third article presented Pre-17th Century Sciences* For improvements in quality of life, the third article described reliance of modern men on expanding use of energy or power. The another article titled, “Tides of Ideas”* … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Islam, NRI, Vedic Knowledge

Pre-17th Century Sciences and Understanding Life


First article – “Terrorism and Cultural Wars”*  – of this four parts series discussed how social and cultural upbringings can explain terrorism.  The second article – and “Religion, Politics and Arts”* – presented aspects of religion used for political exploitation and arts. For understanding life scientific knowledge of the universe is essential. The following topics are discussed in this third article. Introduction Energy Ancient Vedic Science Pre-17th century Science Science References and notes:  Star (*) followed by a bracketed number (#1, etc) identifies applicable specific reference and notes.   Introduction  Comparative religion, arts and science are tools for understanding life. An objective of four part series is to illustrate the central place of science in life. The relevance of science is to improve knowledge of material world for humanity. Another two part series – Tides of Ideas* (#3) and the Golden … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, India, Islam, Politics, Vedic Knowledge

Terrorism, Cultural Wars and Understanding Life


This is first of a four parts series on Understanding Life The following topics are covered:   Introduction Cultural  Wars References and notes Star (*) followed by a bracketed number (#1, etc) identifies applicable specific reference and notes.   Introduction   Comparative religion, arts and science are tools for understanding life. Terrorism is examined from social and cultural angles. Some references and introductions to contribution of ancient Vedic people and scientists of Indian origin are identified in the second article of this series. The third and fourth articles of the series introduce accomplishments of the pre-17th century sciences and modern science, respectively. Identifying relevance of science in improving knowledge for humanity through religions, arts and science is a comprehensive subject; this series is an introduction to it. Domestic terrorism* (#1) is being blamed on two recent (August 2012) crimes by hate mongers in the US. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, Islam, Pakistan, Politics, World

Tides of Ideas


Note: The article is follow up to “Golden age of Muslims by Saeed Mirza” 0716 2012. Following topics are discussed: Inclusivist  Progressives vs Exclusivist Orthodoxy Historical background and Tides of Ideas Proselytizers and Loss of Scholarship Cultural Wars Modern Science and Humanity Hope and Future References and  notes    Inclusivist Progressives vs Exclusivist Retrogressive Orthodoxy  Successes and failures run in cycles depending on the maturity of political, social, cultural and economic institutions. The inclusivity accelerates human progress and retrogressive orthodoxy divides people and inhibits scholarship. The Muslim golden age was followed for 600+ years by a retrogressive political ideology by establishments of Muslim orthodoxy. Muslim dictators helped by orthodoxy of Arab tribal customs adopted discriminatory policies against women and non-Islamic followers to deny human rights, equal opportunities and equal justice in occupied lands. In such environment of exclusivity free flow of … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics

Corruption and Social Order in South Asia


The media often presents a variety of views from seasoned journalists, bloggers, and aam admi (common man) discussions on corruption in South Asia; the tone and substance of the discussions generally have left me more confused than enlightened. We understand that corruption is not unique to South Asia; it is all across globe but at different levels. In the WASP* (#1) culture dominated nations the social order has moved on from that developed by ‘the old boy’s network’ of elites representing the traditional upper crust of society. The new elite meritocracy took over about a couple of decades after the WWII (1970 onwards). The subject was discussed by David Brooks* (#2). Brooks had based his arguments after reviewing a book by Christopher Hayes* (#3). Both author’s arguments reflected the US and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Economy, India

Non-state Actors, Miskeen, Education, Economy and Chalta Hain


Pakistan is like an imperfectly crafted cubic zirconia diamond. It is the nation born (1947) based on religion. On global stage in last four decades it has evolved as an epicenter of too many things vile including terrorism. Its additional imperfections include a complex political reality. Politically it is managed as fiefdom of the army, the DPC (Defense of Pakistan Coalition) and elected but weak politicians. DPC is a coalition of many non-state actors cultivated by the army. Want-to-be Arabs and non-Arabs are characterized as Miskeen (poor). Given poorly educated population incapable of generating above average to high economic growth rates and preoccupation with a regional power status using non-state actors the national economy is on a slippery slope and poverty is on increase. Wide spread public cynicism is at … Read entire article »

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

Lessons for all from Election 2012


“The one-eyed mollusc on the ocean floor and I have the same knowledge of the universe.” – Aldous Huxley (This could only be a rough approximation of what the great scientist had said of his knowledge of the universe as it is quoted from memory and may not be an exact reproduction.) If Huxley had the humility to confess the limitations of his knowledge of the universe, our psephologists and television presenters should be humbled by hubris – at least in hindsight – for getting half of it wrong in their predictions of Election 2012. After all the number crunching, panel discussions and marathon debates, for most of them it was a story of hits and misses. TheCongress (Indian National Congress) did not surge as predicted and the BJP was not relegated to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Politics