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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mistaking steps for stops

The real mistake is in all of us, when we mistake steps for stops.

The mistake is not in the symbols themselves but venerating symbols as the most significant essence;

The mistake is not in the masks but venerating the masks as reality;

The mistake is not in the identities but venerating the identities as the core defining one’s inner- self;

The mistake is not in the exaggerated mythological stories but in deifying all mythological characters literally and failing to understand the philosophical concepts that the mythological characters, their actions and issues convey;

The mistake is not even in having blind beliefs if one has not been able to come out of it, but in insisting and trying to bind everyone with those beliefs as if they are the only way to lead a superior life and as if only therein exists a panacea;

The mistake is not even in having any fervent faith but in making its intensity to inflict fanatical fear among those who do not subscribe to a particular faith;

The mistake is not in any outward appearances or apparels but using it as a influencing factor manipulating gullible persons;

The mistake is not even in managing to use certain outward symbols to gain mileage from the poor gullible souls-that is what almost all religions, ideological outfits whether political or social have done for centuries though that does not justify them in anyway- but in misusing or abusing the mileage for personal aggrandizement or megalomaniacal power grabbing and so on.

The mistake is not in any in any outward show or portrayal.

The mistake is not in any steps but mistaking the steps as stops. [1]

All mistakes emanate because of either fear or love from a majority, these two emotions manifesting in varying degrees have been scrupulously used for any mass opinion molding both by religion and politics from time immemorial but anyone can make all mistakes disappear with proper

PR- Power as Responsibility,
Prioritizing with Relevance,
Perception based on Relevant frames of reference [2] all leading to
Prosperity for a Rejuvenated life style for all  

The media though is HandiCapped and selectively makes merry, mocking certain symbols whenever it feels like Suit- boot, Saffron saint etc but never ever had the guts to call Hands that went under the table or Capped culprits –the two parties which had a coalition as well as cooperation from media because they sponsored them.



Friday, March 17, 2017

Political discourse in India needs a relook

Political discourse in India needs a relook- I wish at least some media houses report developmental activities and I can tell you they are equally sensational and may increase the TRP.

Whether we like it or not politics dominates any discourse or the multiple nuisance channels and media houses.

Whether we like it or not the dominant perspective to look at anything is through over politicization.

Whether we like it or not worse still, not only many political parties, so-called leaders, media and influenced by these bunch of opportunistic agenda pushers, many people also project or are eager to generate a politically motivated social engineering, based mostly on the arithmetic of multiple identity based [caste, religious, ideological etc] profiling to garner votes.

It is a good sign that most of the divisive agents and agendas emanating from such perverted thinking are slowly receding to the back ground and many other things which need to be prioritized are starting to show their head out of the shell like a frightened tortoise.

Briefly summarized they are overall economic developmental activities which can generate employment and enhance prosperity leading to better living for all.

Economic development like electricity works for whoever fixes the correct machine they want, whether be it a fan or a tube light and it does not require media projected nomenclatures like inclusive growth’

So, the recent resounding victory, if at all it has done anything is to make people and political parties to rise above out dated perverted profiling to garner votes so let us all refrain from again projecting it as such.

What India needs is lot of ministers and governments that deliver economic development rather than emphasizing only on the arithmetic of multiple identity based [caste, religious, ideological etc] profiling and what type of social engineering can get votes how many votes in which constituencies.

This is a very pathetic perspective to proceed on in 21st Century and an approach which is, fortunately losing its relevance among the educated youth and women both of whom prioritize economic development.

That's why the types of Always Alleging others Parties hopefully may not and must not succeed if India were to progress.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Can any single ideology arrogate itself to extrapolate everything?

Can any single ideology arrogate itself to extrapolate everything?

Worse still, can that ideology accuse others of whipping up passions?

Provocation and counter justifications crop up whenever things happen different from the readymade stereotyped narratives and profiling scripted by some predominant ideological identity veneration in the main stream media that has, unfortunately appropriated the term liberal.

Predictably these hardcore ideologues tend to extrapolate everything, purely and only, according to their versions of social correctness without the least home work about context and care about sensitivities of the stake holders.

They do it without any qualms  be it art, science, religion, economics, trade, culture, individual learning, independent thinking, aesthetic sensitivity and almost everything under the sky except perhaps reviewing liberally their own ideologically fixation.

Worse still when these provocateurs in chief not only presume that they have the exclusive privilege and prerogative to perpetuate opinions and market news through main stream media [MSM] but also suffer from selective amnesia.

It is good that the huge army of almost omnipresent social media is enabling the larger public aware of other versions of the story and real facts [of course every now and then Social Media too resorts to unverified and unauthenticated panic projections and rumor recreations].

So, ultimately both the stereotyped ideologues of MSM and the high priests of counter ideas are spending most of their time and energy in not doing much productive activities and instead end up using most of it on piling up weapons of attacking propaganda and pillorying by one group and while the other is busy producing protective armors of counter justifications and making tall claims as required proportionate to the provocative attacks and pillorying.

Both keep on enhancing their aggression, appropriations and assigning labels and these activities move on as a never ending extremism from which human race needs reprieve.

Now, you decide who needs to be restrained or ignored?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Plague of present times - the Main Stream Media

Had BJP failed in UP, what would the MSM declared?

MSM’s demonetization benefits demolishing squad was ready with scripts to attack BJP government at center expecting a different result a month back.

So had BJP failed in UP, Narendramodi would have been declared as a lame duck PM by a jubilant media.

Now what would they MSM declare?

A good question indeed, but going by the MSM [Main Stream Media] trends….

In cricketing terminology MSM is all out and lost after trying to score something through edges and snicks and so no question of declaration.

But as Tom Stoppard says, “My whole life is waiting for the questions to which I have prepared answers”.

In common parlance also they, MSM, have nothing to declare except their art of assigning labels, selective profiling to suit their prejudices and pronounce them as perception and desperately market this bundle of nonsense at the cost of facts and reality on ground.

The worst part is when they arrogate to pronounce or script this bundle of nonsense and go on to appropriate this as 'Perception war'.

These shameless pathetic losers and puerile social engineering merchants trying to putrefy the emancipation of the masses through a band of asses with petrified ideologies which refuses to accept positive changes.

The grand team of Luddites and lunatics do great harm to youth of impressionable age and also bring total disrepute to freedom of expression and media ethics.

This plague of the past few decades is getting treated through the pills of social media, of course with sometimes with some bad side effects as well.
I recall what Voltaire used to say, “Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is”.  Similarly forty biased TV channels and newspapers cannot tell you what the actual facts are.

However, when social media brings them to the public knowledge, with authentic evidence [not mere unscientific and unverified panic or sensationalism spreading activity –which too happens in social media] then these self anointed and media appointed intellectuals start addressing social media with such anger and veiled invective like ‘‘English or Hindi driven social-media echo chambers’.

These  jealousy driven, frustration filled club of media mafia who lived in the sanctuary of  comfort where they  felt that peddling lies, opinions , twisted presentation of news with hidden agenda of provocation were their [MSM’s] sole preserve are at liberty to declare whatever they want but their sanctuary has security cameras of vigilant social media soldiers, WhatsApp warriors and Facebook frontiers.

Their [MSM’s] misinterpreting, misquoting and maligning their chosen targets with impunity and worse still gloating over these activities as priests of mass opinion molders.

These media channel room heroes, in some cases Romeos thought that their sanctuary will never be invaded by any force and they could burn anyone or any truth or fact in their toxic gas chambers where they vomit certain terms which they are deluded to think as liberalism which in reality everyone knows is nothing but paid news or their patrons’ ideology.

Unfortunately, they have been upset by unexpected technology which enabled people to capture facts in real time and also vent their views on various dimensions of any issue,  so, they call this force of social media users as ‘English or Hindi–driven social-media echo chambers’ as this echo is gradually silencing the 24/7 news channel cacophony.

Monday, March 6, 2017

When reality is restricted by identity, then, sobriety is causality and moderation is a mute spectator.

When reality is restricted by identity and rationality is relegated, then, sobriety is causality and moderation is a mute spectator.

Impact matters-a definite yes, in all spheres of activity.

But allowing oneself to get overly impacted or influenced by any particular thought, idea, ideology, philosophy, concept, culture, stream or subject of pursuit , pursuing what one likes innately, what appeals one’s emotions, intellect, what gives pleasure to one’s senses, trying to have a go at what titillates one’s sensitivities, scrupulously subjecting oneself to social expectations of various hues and colors, following certain religious edicts and so on are the many aspects of life of human beings.

What one chooses to carry along with or decides to dump is again interconnected with many of the influences of the above.

Sometimes, when one is grown up mentally or intellectually, the tendency is to evaluate with conscious awareness.

Then, these influences set in as a broad outlines of one’s prejudices, identities, perspectives, attitudes, frames of reference with which one  likely to evaluate and to perceive many things around to choose and decide.

Sometimes, when one is not that grown up mentally or intellectually, then there seeps in subconsciously similar outlines set in.

“All of us have our own inner fears, beliefs, opinions. These inner assumptions rule and govern our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself. Its power arises from the fact that you accept it mentally.” - Joseph Murphy, the Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Therefore, the so-called broader outlines, whether subconsciously seeping in or embedded or consciously chosen, are not actually broad, however well ensconced they may be in appealing terminologies or appalling justifications.

The fact is none of them i.e. the outlines are all inclusive or completely pervasive or a please all factor or panacea or Omni-appealing or Omni-acceptable factor for human species as a whole or for every individual or for any group.

So, based on what we have chosen to like or get addicted to or made to follow we end up forming our notions of reality, ultimate truth and many other lofty terminologies.

Some of us make a living in the process; some also use them as crutches to lead a life; a few also have the privilege of or choose to live their life as well either with these so-called broad outlines and lucky enough also by moving between, beyond and besides these outlines.

In this process life swings as a pendulum between many inevitable and inherent polarities.
However, life predominantly deals through many aspects of life and relates with almost all aspects of living with two predominant extremes- which are contradictions and which manifest in vast varieties, different degrees, and innumerable intensities as multiple psychological actions or reactions- namely, Love and Fear.

That’s why whatever be the area of life be it in religion, politics, technology, social sciences, for everything, we come across strong supporters in the form of inspiring initiators, mighty motivators, powerful preachers and powerful protestors in the form of diligent dissenters and aggressive opponents.

Obviously moderation takes a back seat.

However, every human being has also a natural instinct to aspire for a secure, safe, peaceful, calm, happy environment to live.

So, who, what and how is this going to emerge out of the very bases which contribute to make life and living less happy and less peaceful in the first place?

Any operation or process that emanates from the bases cited in the forgoing paragraphs is not going to bring in any moderation.

However, for at least a moderate level of calm or peaceful social life and cohabitation certain amount of moderation or moderating elements must evolve away from the bases- which seem at best a utopia or an outright illusion.

Having said all these, there is also the thing called the natural species’ instinct for survival, more so a better, calm, comfortable and more secure level of survival persists.

Human beings, as a species have evolved certain time tested qualities for a better state of living.
In some people these qualities are natural attributes; in some others they are nurtured as a part of their socio-cultural milieu; and in certain cases they have to be enforced by various rules and regulations.

These qualities are again too many to list out.

However, for the sake of brevity, we may broadly term them as tolerance, forgiveness, non-violence etc.

These qualities by themselves my not contribute to happiness, peace and calm but they will ensure to provide at least a conducive environment to enable happiness, peace and joy to happen.

Balance is all about creating such an atmosphere. 

In short, it would be better that as human beings we may opt for compassion sandwiched between the inevitable passion and dispassion as a moderator of life, [1] but with a rider that at the same time, anyone must have, preferably everyone is made to have complete freedom to explore, experiment and experience everything without any overbearing restrictions, identity barriers, cultural constraints or impositions from any other source.

So, by all means everyone is encouraged to listen to, to read and to learn from every source, every view without any restraint.

“Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true.” - Ram Dass.

"Existence consists in the interplay of a plurality of elements whose true nature is indescribable and whose source is unknown. Combinations of these elements instantaneously flash into existence and instantaneously disappear, to be succeeded by new combinations of elements appearing in a strict causality." - Earle Ernst, The Kabuki Theatre

"To make progress in understanding all this, we probably need to begin with simplified (oversimplified?) models and ignore the critics' tirade that the real world is more complex. The real world is always more complex, which has the advantage that we shan't run out of work."- John Ball, 1984, Memes as Replicators, Ethology and Sociobiology, Vol. 5

After all life is a constant process of learning and adjustment wherein we can neither deny nor defy the importance of anything or anyone.

We need to adopt an attitude to gather knowledge from as many sources as possible-like a butterfly that hops from flower to flower, from all the extreme points of a spectrum ranging from what are considered as most important, vital, exalted to what are deemed as the least worthy and wasteful stuff.

In every field, the story of human evolution is nothing but the history of impacts, either positive or negative, made by people who refused to take the beaten track and no wonder that George Bernard Shaw is reported to have said, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself. All progress depends upon the unreasonable man”.

Individual human life, after all, is a very short journey in the ocean of totality of LIFE but endowed with at least certain advantages over other species inhabiting this planet and chief among them is to a very great extent the ability to choose and to decide to create conducive conditions to lead a calm and compatible life with other human beings, other species and the whole environment.

We can observe and learn that evolution takes care of almost everything in its stride but as human beings we also have the option to learn to carefully evolve in our stride.

We must learn to make existence the essence and concepts perhaps the shell and not vice versa and allow both to grow and glow freely together as a part of evolutionary splendor.

Here in I am reminded of what Sherlock Holmes declares, “From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other. So, all life is a great chain, the nature of which is known whenever we are shown a link of it.”

Life’s journey is made up of evolving through multitude of passing phases of romance as links and not remorse of the past or reveries of remote future.

The series of romances knitted together: - romances of the senses, of sensible living, of sensitivity to everything and everyone around us, of joy of learning, of helping and of giving hope for all and everything to become better, enjoy whatever one prefers to enjoy without harming or injuring others and also explore possibilities of synthesis and synergy in all relationship that one has with oneself, with others, with nature, with machines, with different cultures and traditions etc.

It is only human gullibility that both the ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ brigade in any issue may be or prone to become wrong as they tend to take extreme positions.

Very often we tend to proceed from the presumptions that tastes, trends, traditions all over the world may be either similar or homogenous and worse still, sometimes presumed to be same or uniform and based on such foolish presumptions attempts are made to homogenize or over simplify or over generalize.

 William James says, “In the end nothing less than the whole of everything can be the truth of anything at all”.

But even what is whole is difficult to define.

Identities of all hues while they enable creating social groups at the same time enfeeble options for universal acceptance.

I have very often held that identity, though inevitable, excessive and exclusive veneration is at the heart of many problems be it in the realm of religion, region, language, tradition, culture, nationhood and so on.

"The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live." - Mortimer Adler

"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

Growth and freedom involve the broad mindedness to accept different views, perhaps all views.

'It is better to know something about everything then everything about something' - Blase Pascal

"When we say that a man is responsible for himself, we do not only mean that he is responsible for his own individuality, but that he is responsible for all men"-Sartre

Man exists, turns up, appears on the scene, and, only afterwards, defines himself- Sartre

Life is an unmapped atlas consisting of unexplored territories and a jig saw puzzle without even all pieces available in the box.

That’s why it is better to go with the tide of the inevitable evolutionary churning process of life in all spheres of life and preferably immerse any topic or subject matter, primarily and basically with all their  intrinsic elements/components/aspects/attributes intact, into a cauldron which has a mixture of all these- knowledge based analysis; limited perception- based on frames of reference and scales of observation; skepticism; criticism; intellectual scrutiny; compassionate emotionalism; humane socialism; rational thinking- as rational approaches refine what is otherwise viewed as contrasts that divide into variations that seek synergy; contextual relevance based prioritizing [ which includes too many components] , traditions, practical viability, psychological comforts, aesthetic sensitivity, scientific scrutiny and so on, and churn the cauldron without clinging on to any particular restrictive social, cultural or political or religious identity or ideological constraint.

This process inevitably may bring out lot of outputs.

We can exercise our freedom and sometimes select and choose some of the outputs.

Sometimes the outputs will draw us.

Sometimes away from all or any of our intended searches and seeking, outside the circle of these known paradigms, almost tangentially serendipity will drag us to an oasis of serene clarity.

Ken Wilber in his work ‘ No Boundary: Eastern and Western  Approaches to Personal Growth’ like these two small pieces, “ Even to say ‘reality is no-boundary awareness’ is still to create a distinction between boundaries and no-boundary! So we have to keep in mind the great difficulty involved with dualistic language. That "reality is no-boundary" is true enough, provided we remember that no-boundary awareness is a direct, immediate, and nonverbal awareness, and not a mere philosophical theory. It is for these reasons that the mystic-sages stress that reality lies beyond names and forms, words and thoughts, divisions and boundaries. Beyond all boundaries lies the real world of Suchness, the Void, the Dharmakaya, Tao, Brahman, the Godhead. And in the world of suchness, there is neither good nor bad, saint nor sinner, birth nor death, for in the world of suchness there are no boundaries.”  And  "The ultimate metaphysical secret, if we dare to state it so simply, is that there are no boundaries in the Universe. Boundaries are illusions, products not of Reality, but of the way we map and edit Reality. And while it is fine to map out the territory, it is fatal to confuse the two."

On a lighter vein is Reality the jigsaw puzzle involving these things: Nothing, Everything, Anything, Something.

Even as  Jarod Kintz  says, “ Nothing, Everything, Anything, Something: If you have nothing, then you have everything, because you have the freedom to do anything, without the fear of losing something.” 

We must not hesitate to analyze anything and everything in depth from as many angles as possible but also ultimately find out the points of or areas or domains of synthesis/synergy leading to harmony and unity with all variety and/or differences in tact. This is will be the automatic progression of life experience and life itself.

What is DIVISION after all, if we unwrap it in acronym as follows;-

Differences are
Variety is
Inherent and
Synergy is
Indispensable to
Nicely certain commonalities among all and everything in life…

We started with impact and here is an impactful speech

1] In ThinkEdu16 conference in concluding session Sri Sri Ravishankar answered spontaneously very well to VC of a university in very simple terms how to avoid irrational depressions due to high expectations and corresponding disappointment.

He used just three very effective words. He said you definitely need 'Passion' to perform effectively but 'Dispassion' to carry on with shortcomings and failures. He said when you succeed in Passion you enjoy, when you have this 'Dispassion' then you do not 'hate yourself' between these two if you have 'Compassion' then you do not hate or blame others. So he said you need Passion, Dispassion and Compassion -all the three.

I think this simple mantra can contribute enough moderation and sense of balance which is the ultimate test of a matured person.

No one starts and must not start or cannot start all aspects of life in moderation.

Aggression, passion, influence, impact, intensity are the things that spice up the adventure of life but then everyone must grow out of these experiences into a matured balanced person acting with moderation.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Media Superficiality

Don’t walk on the quick sand of Main Stream Media reporting

The modern army of superficial media reporting is an untreated malign cancer operating with keyboard guerrillas and touch screen tormentors

The byways and dead-ends of writing on modern social, economic and political issues and trends get fed by cursory reporting by reporters who neither know much about the issue nor do they bother to do any homework but who are good at creating sensationalism with superficiality.

At the maximum what they do is to google up or wikipediafy for information based on which they pile up more byways and dead-ends and come up with deadly opinions as instructed by their pay masters’ and ideology instructors.

In the process they churn up enough confusing, contradictory, conflicting and controversial statements to dress up their reporting to sound as if they are studying all sides of the issue and are being neutral. 

They make it sound as if they are not projecting anyone openly as wrong but everyone else except them and their group are at fault.

They use multiple logical fallacies carefully crafted to generate a huge army of keyboard guerrillas and touch screen tormentors who generate a forest fire of destruction of social calm and sanity and ultimately try hard to achieve their hidden ideological and cultural agenda as they have lost their space in political arena.

 “I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions”. - Augusten Burroughs .

Sincerity to perform with integrity gets rewarded despite all the tales that main stream media with its army may spin.

So, it is not wise to walk knowingly on the quick sand of media generated stories and take sides on issues unless you have conviction or something to personally gain out of it or you are bothered about the common good of any issue sincerely.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Global warming

Global warming

What are the facts involved?

How are we to know what to believe and what not to believe with conflicting claims and counter claims from authorities?

How can ordinary people and the masses decipher what to do and what not to do in the absence of clarity on this when there is no consensus among the scientific community itself?

In political and economic issues when can easily perceive the media lies if we want to but here since global warming  involves a scientific pronouncement of a phenomenon of  a macro scale so huge that most of it cannot be explained through laboratory experiments and herein lies the problem.

All these problems are further complicated by throwing into a single cauldron 

Science - especially with its weak aspects which are not fully proven with concrete evidences;

International economics - especially one whose volatility is unpredictable on any concrete parameters;

Politics -especially with sides opposing one another purely based on predetermined ideologies;

Socio-ethical values- especially with all its vulnerable components of mass opinions and so many other factors all of which can contribute more to the vagueness and conflicting claims.

Worse still, all these are continuously being churned with hidden agendas, ulterior motives, simmering discontent, lurking suspicions and so on and so forth.

While the churning goes on and on, the cauldron is covered with a lid of confusing, contradictory but diplomatically correct jargons which are carefully coined and policies decisions scrupulous crafted to sound acceptable all.

So, how can we ever expect to move forward without correct data, concrete evidence or facts?

Whatever emerges out is a bundle of compromises agreeable to many of the men and nations that matter most -euphemism for nations that dominate the discourse- and the businesses that stand to gain and also incidentally generate more revenue and jobs for many-which in a way indirectly shuts any further sincere scientific scrutiny.

Compulsions and shunning both are wrong.

Compulsions and shunning both are wrong.

While it is good but I think this is not the way to go about it.

Nothing should be made compulsory or deliberately shunned.

The intrinsic values and importance must be briefly explained or made to be felt through incentives, motivations and the way we all in society treat with regard and respect people with certain capabilities, irrespective of their other irrelevant identities-as we do to sports stars, top academicians etc- and that will make/motivate youngsters to emulate them and take up such activities.

But forcing anything through any compulsory fiat may only invite vehement protests and make the whole thing into an issue of television channel debates and may end up counter- productive.

In present day politics there are fields of activities where one must get things done rather than making announcements.

However, this may not be possible in all fields of activities, especially in activities where there are not going to be any immediate, quantifiable and tangible benefit either to the individual or to the society.

Reviving nice things which have been put in the back burner-for whatever reasons by whomsoever- involve very patient and very diplomatic means.
Otherwise, it may be viewed as pushing some agenda either good or bad.

Besides, this is a politically ill- timed move taking into consideration the elections.

Anyway the academic year also starts only after May and so what was the necessity for this haste.