Sunday, March 31, 2013
The world is reverberates with the echoes produced by the propaganda.
Where does the truth lie? Truth obviously has to distance itself from lies.
Example: Growth rate in United States for the quarter Oct.-Dec.2012 is just 0.4% Reason? The Capitalist analysts attribute the low growth to fall in American defence spending and Government expenditure. They want the Government to increase its spending if the markets are to shed their sluggishness.
If the market economy and capitalism are so powerful, why should they want crutches of Government spending and defence outlays? Do they want wars to escalate so that they can produce weapons on a large scale and palm them off countries feeling insecure?
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Truth seems to be paradoxically different. Out of 1.2 billion followers of Catholic-Christianity, at least 1 billion are poor with no-or-scant roofs over their heads. The palaces and the gardens at Casstrel Gandolfo appear to be in-contrast to-at-least one billion followers of Catholicism. We may not, certainly, expect the retired Pope to live in a hut. But, true-retirement should probably resemble something of Thoreau`s retreat.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
It appears that in UK, people shun eating horsemeat, while in Belgium, France, Russia, people cherish horsemeat.
yb`s comments: Why destroy for the sake of sentiments? UK can export horsemeat preparations to horse-eating countries F-B-R.
Alternatively, if there are no European buyers capable of paying in Euros, UK can gift them to starving African Nations which do not have taboos on eating horsemeat.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
With so much oil and natural gas at their disposal, sparse population to take care of, abundant roja (fasting) and jakat (gift to poor), why there are millions of poor people in Islamic countries?
We cannot 100% blame the Europe and the United States for the plight of the Islamic poor. Europe and America are exploiting, it is a separate problem to be attended to.
In spite of the exploitation, the Islamic countries are getting billions of dollars through oil exports and the income and wealth, when distributed among the Islamic population, should have made them reasonably well-off, though they may not have luxuries. What we see in Gulf is -- some are super-rich and others are super-poor.
Though there may not be perfect equality as an abstract term, there should be some perceivable equality, in concrete terms. If it happens, no poor person will stand outside the gates of a mosque for jakat.
Can the Islamic rulers and clerics look into their mirrors and see for themselves, how ugly they will be?
Monday, June 06, 2011
Q: Is there a conflict between Capitalism and the Environment Protection?
Ans: Capitalism aims at profits. Environmental Protection is not against Capitalism earning profits, as long as it in its efforts to maximise profits recklessly destroy environment.
Q: Capitalism satisfies wants. Don't you want that human wants are to be satisfied? Do you want people remain in a savageous state?
Ans: Wants are of three types. Necessities, Comforts and Luxuries. We have to chose satisfaction of necessities, if there is a conflict between environment protection and satisfaction of necessities. World Population needs to be controlled, if aggregate quantum of human necessities are going to destroy the environment to an irretrievable level. We can give some leeway for comforts. Where is the place for luxuries?
Q: You seem to have a negative approach, worse even than Buddha.
Ans: I am not against satisfying human wants. Humans cannot live happily with unsatisfied desires. I must say that Buddha was somewhat impractical when he formulated that desire was the cause of misery. We can add two adjective prefixes to this idea. Numerous insatiable irresponsible desires cause misery. Not the attempts to satisfy the basic needs of existence, security and self-esteem. What should worry us the most is: Capitalism is not just satisfying human wants. It is creating wants. It is stoking the fires of the wants created by it. During Buddha's days, there was not the menace of the Capitalism creating fresh desires.
Example: A person living in a village/small town/a developing country, may not be aware of the existence of a fancy air-conditioned car. The Capitalists not only create, but also advertise too heavily through the media, and tempt the gullible citizens to buy them. The citizens lured by the Capitalists crave to earn wads of currency. Their lives become miserable from that day. The Citizens ultimately satisfy the Capitalists' wants by buying all the cars. The Capitalists do not remain content. They create fresh wants and send them on prowling the Citizens. Thus the vicious circle goes on. Environment becomes the casualty in the sordid process.
Q: Do you think that there is a link between 'Capitalists creating the wants' and the World Recession of the 2008?
Ans: Certainly. When citizens do not have bundles of currency or drawing power in their credit cards, they can't buy. The Capitalists make a hue and cry that the fall in demand will lead to recession and unemployment. The temporary recovery being experienced by the American and Western Economies is attributable to the creation of 'fresh drawing powers' extended to the banks facing hardships and induction of fresh lending power and fresh purchasing power. But how long a Federal Reserve Bank / National Exchequer can undertake this recurring process?
Q: If National exchequers/Federal Reserves/Central Banks of countries do not support their banks and investment firms, there will be massive unemployment. Can we be callous to it?
Ans: The Governments can invest their resources for creating infrastructure to produce necessities which are sine qua non to human survival. This is different from stoking the Capitalist Fires. Kaama (Sanskrit word for desire and fancy) is to be replaced by avasya-avasara (imperative need).
Monday, May 16, 2011
US decided to cut ANTI DRUG aid to Venezuela. Venezuela's Foreign Minister called it a devil's aid. He promised to continue his fight against drugs. He also added that US aids only those countries which submit to its demands.
COMMENT: Is there any country today in the world which does not submit to US demands, including China. Venezuela's boldness deserves appreciation. At the sametime, it must realise "slow and steady wins the race".
Why this hypocrisy?
DAVOS FORUM SAID WHAT?
Davos Forum has ended with an appeal to help the poor. We find that Euro-American countries make frequent appeals calling for help to poor countries.
CRITICAL REMARKS: Who will help whom? First of all how, the poor countries and the poor people, how were they born?
Shakespeare said in his play "Much Ado about Nothing" :
"In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.".
When will the Europe and America bear the yoke? They know only savageousness with an icing of preaching.
LOWPAYINGEMPLOYERS'>LOW PAYING EMPLOYERS
Low Paying employERs have high employEE turnover. Energetic youth join as freshers. Come cheap. Toil 24/7/365. Leave as soon as something better is obtained.
In a country which has unemployment, there will be no dearth of freshers. Consequently, the low paying employers will get a continuous stream of freshers. Enthusiastic to learn. Contribute a lot to the employers, with a little training and encouragement.
The employers pay a pittance. On the other hand well paying employers will have senior workers with annual salary increases.
MERITS 1. They are committed. 2.Experience raises efficiency.
DEMERITS:1. Though they want to work hard, aged bodies do not co-operate. Their energies will be dwindling. 2. Since nobody, will take them, they do not leave.
Thus, this is a paradox.
PUBLISHERS WANT FAT GUARANTEED RETURNS. New writers are ready to accept lower royalties
Now, the question is, why do the publishers encourage plagiarism? Why should the writers trod a stale and worn-out path and expose themselves to law suits?
The charges/disputes involving plagiarism are rising. Thousands of subjects/themes/topics remain uncovered/unwritten. Development of new technologies, travel and internet access to new countries have open up new avenues both in FICTION and NON-FICTION. They are waiting like brides for suitable bride grooms (or vice versa). Will the writers free themselves from bondage of the publishers?
A writer, has a few days back, received an offer from an IT Company, asking him to participate in a test.
They have made a very pleasant promise: There will be no shortage of work.
They have asked the aspirant writer to study the source material sent by them carefully, rewrite it and upload it back. There are numerous clauses and covenants warning the writer of the dangers of plagiarism.
They have also sent sample writes-up, examples of bad editing, examples of plagiarism, examples of good edititing etc.
The whole exercise smacked of that Company's probable hidden object: Their goal is search-engine optimisation (S.E.O.) for the websites of their clients.
Their client wanted to create some dozens or hundreds of website which should contain the same matter, but should be capable of not being caught by the anti-plagiarism programmes used by the Search engines for filtering the copycats. The business content-writer's work has become something like the work of an aircraft designer who is asked to create a stealth aircraft which will not be caught on radars and which is silent, like the recent helicopters used by the American soldiers for landing on the mansion of Osama Bin Laden.
Just as the fighter-planes and choppers have to in due course yield to the 'drones' on the war-field, probably the human content-writers have to someday yield to automatic website content generators.
Then, what for all these gyrations and hullabaloo about plagiarism?
The overt and covert battles and wars initiated by NATO with or without the approval and acquiescence of the UNO raise one principal question.
Are they Commercial Wars? --
|Strategies of the MNCs to control the oil wells.|
Are they Conversion Wars? --
|The tentacles of Christian Missionaries spreading everywhere fuelled by Euro-American funds.|
Why Hinduism is not crazy of converting?
Hinduism is not a proseylitizing religion though some self-exported monks like Swami Vivekananda, Swami Paramahamsa Yogananda, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, Prabhudasa et al tried to spread their own cult. They had, at some point or other in their lives, disclaimed their Hindutva.
|Those monks who have tried to attract people to Hinduism could not find a suitable caste to place the new entrants in.|
|Hindus with the exception of bureaucrats, businessmen, bureaucrats, money-spinning professionals and politicians, -- are poor.|
I shall not say that Hinduism is free of defects or evils.
But then, are Buddhism, Christianity and Islam pure like distilled water?
The religious strife we see in Orissa and some tribal areas of India is a reaction to vigorous conversions made by Christian missionaries.
Christian and Islamic countries have money.
Practitioners of Islam have fallen on a sort of nervousness owing to the onslaught of Christianity.
The Islamic clerics have, consequently started tightening their dictatorial and superstitious grip on populations and Governments. Driven to the wall Islam is fighting out in a negative manner. Earlier, I could very rarely see a burqa-wearing girl/lady/woman in our town. Today, burqa/niqab/some facial cover which allows only eyes to see and to be seen has become ubiquitous. I pity the poor girls suffer owing to the ignorance of their elders. I am not going to say that they should parade in the City wearing bikinis. The purpose of a dress should serve its natural purpose of protection from cold-heat-rain. The dress must enhance appearance. It should not unnecessarily sexually provoke weak male souls. The dress can be affordable. It need not have glitter.
The next decade, owing to mutual apprehensions, is therefore, going to be extremely tumultuous.
Funnily enough, Buddhism has started to run the race very seriously. I have come across some propaganda philosophical books of Buddhism in my mother tongue Telugu language, published with funds from Taiwan. Some books are in my hand. I am analysing them. Chinese and Japanese funds may also be in circulation.
There is a Telugu film song worth quoting here: 'Okat`ee hrudayam koosamuu iruvuri poot`ii doosamuu'. Approximate translation runs something like : ' The ill of two persons contesting for one heart'. The two persons here are : Buddhists Missionaries and Christian Missionaries. Heart is : Weaker Sections who suffer from disease and poverty. There is no bar on one person giving his/her heart to one-two-three at his/her choice. Recently, I saw one advertisement on tv as well as in English newspapers titled : "Threesome!" whatever it meant.