India celebrates freedom, returns to war with itself

Pic source: thebollywoodgallery.com India is such a vast country, a country of countries in the past, that it would be impossible to say anything definite. Its traditions go down ages past. Its multicultural structure makes a genetic treatment slippery, especially today, when we find ourselves in the middle of a fast changing world. Still, below I make a half-baked attempt, a casual, free shot, on the eve of the Republic Day. India has progressed, because of, or despite itself We have heard the ‘India story’ of the last decade – its GDP growth, its prowess in IT and outsourcing, its migrating professionals, the purchasing power, and the markets flooded with electronic goods. We are also not behind on the cultural-technology front. We have adopted, rather selectively, every new technology, fashion, manners of language and lifestyle that have sprung up in the last decade. Yet many people display a sense of chagrin. As was always the case, we decry many aspects of modernity (fast paced life, no...
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Our worst enemies

They have already made a conquest by claiming depression as their territory. Kids, schools and colleges are already a fertile ground. Offices, homes and marriage will fall easily, and I guess the last has done so already. Let’s for a moment keep aside the ‘true cases’ of the loose nuts, and think for a moment about why some people, who are a far stretch from the known cases, are ‘taken’ to see the doctor. In the US, it is known as commitment. Forced of course. A real tragedy and affront to the so called ‘patient’. Once dehumanised of their composure and intactness, their families can heave a sigh of relief. Their social obligation, of explaining why some one at home is unemployed, reclusive, aggressive, a runaway or just living one’s own life, is over. This is how ‘troublemakers’ are dealt with in some cases. Not by instruction, not by a careful weaning off, not by good example. It looks like some people...
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The path of non-violence

We are surrounded by violence today, and the media too is eager to bring it to us.  Our body, mind and soul are being filled with violence. So much so that, for the common man today, violence has become the first and surest means to resolve problems. Little do we realise the immense power of non-violence. That it alone can make us live a real and fulfilling life. That non-violence is also the road to self-discovery. There is an instinct of aggression in all of us — for self preservation.  Children show an affinity for violence early on.  But the real man, a true man, is a product of non-violence. We hurt others, and in doing so, ourselves in many ways through violence – in thought, speech and action. It is no exaggeration but an evident fact that the world today is burning with violence. Whether it is at home, the neighbourhood, or the world affairs at large. We are injuring others...
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