Indian Narrative – Why Things Work the Way they Work?

When Lord Krishna was about to come to Hastinapura and when the Kuru court was deliberating how to receive him, Duryodhana in no mean words says, Krishna shouldn’t be accorded the honour he deserves – it’s not because he doesn’t deserve it(rather, he deserves much more than what we can give him) but because he… Read More Indian Narrative – Why Things Work the Way they Work?

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Delhi Media Is Hurting Brand India With Distortions – Mohandas Pai

From NDTV. A powerful read and I was expecting at least one such article for a long time. This is the view of a person who hates the prominence given to Delhi and to some extent, the Hindi belt. Very rarely, a positive word is written about something which is not from North India. This, reminds… Read More Delhi Media Is Hurting Brand India With Distortions – Mohandas Pai

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Stings And Lazy Journalism: Jawan’s Death Proves Partial Illegitimacy Of Stings – R Jagannathan

From Swarajya The tragic death of jawan Roy Mathew, who may have committed “suicide” after a website aired a sting operation in which he allegedly criticised the sahayak system in the army, raises ethical and moral issues on the legitimacy of such methods to collect “news”. While the jawan, who was unaware he was being… Read More Stings And Lazy Journalism: Jawan’s Death Proves Partial Illegitimacy Of Stings – R Jagannathan

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Jallikattu Protests – Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward

Let’s forget, for a while, the merit of the issue. The protests at Marina tell one single thing – with sufficient motivation, huge numbers can assemble to protest; to protest peacefully with literally no inconvenience to any and that with sufficient motivation, a bill can be passed in a jiffy. Marina Beach in Chennai has… Read More Jallikattu Protests – Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward

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NSG Membership – Power Corrupts and the Prospect of Losing Power Corrupts Absolutely

There is a nice quote Ram Jethmalani used in Indian Parliament, targeting a prominent Congress leader – Power corrupts and the prospect of losing power corrupts absolutely. Composition of Nuclear Supplier Group as like the UN Security Council permanent membership is a clear indication of that adage. As of today, the countries opposing India’s entry… Read More NSG Membership – Power Corrupts and the Prospect of Losing Power Corrupts Absolutely

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The Start of the End of Traditional Indian Marriage Setup?

Any marriage these days in a cosmopolitan family is facing serious strain due to the changing lifestyles. Moving slowly towards the western stand-in relationships without any thought about sanctity of marriage, we are seeing a spate of broken marriages these days. Trying to understand the reason for this, you will see a few fundamental things.… Read More The Start of the End of Traditional Indian Marriage Setup?

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A Question Questioning the North Indian Bias of Indian History

The irony of Indian history is that, all official history written, even post independence centres around who ruled North India and nothing else. A few names which clearly prove this case are Sri Krishna Deva Raya whose kingdom was much bigger than that of Ibrahim Lodhi or Babar, Ahoms whose conquest Mughals were never able… Read More A Question Questioning the North Indian Bias of Indian History

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Population of Indian Cities as Compared to Countries

Yesterday, during one acrimonious debate, I commented that the population of my hometown(7.2 million) is greater than that of Finland(5.6 million) and there is no way you can treat the Prime Minister of India who represents 200 times more people than his Finnish counterpart as equals. This chart is a representation of the same –… Read More Population of Indian Cities as Compared to Countries

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Land Acquisition Bill – Should We Oppose It?

Going through a synopsis of the new land acquisition bill, below are the changes as compared to the older one.1. 80% consent clause will be scrapped off for five sectors – national security, defence, rural infrastructure including electrification, industrial corridors and housing for the poor.2. Social impact assessment is not applicable for the above sectors.… Read More Land Acquisition Bill – Should We Oppose It?

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Nationalism as antonym of communalism – A Hindu Editorial – A critique

Someone suggested me to read a Hindu editorial titled Nationalism as antonym of communalism which was published in Hindu recently, giving a perspective of the conversion dilemma India is facing. It is an interesting and more better, refreshing read, where the author built his argument over a single point – India was never a country… Read More Nationalism as antonym of communalism – A Hindu Editorial – A critique

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Discussion on Pollution and Pollution Control

Today’s news quotes India’s I&B Minister saying, “Evidence indicates, that countries that have achieved a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.9 or more have per capita energy consumption of at least 2.5 tonnes oil equivalent (toe) per year….The current per capita energy consumption in India is about 0.6 toe per year, which is a fraction… Read More Discussion on Pollution and Pollution Control

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The Delhi Chief Minister Debate – Is it needed, first of all?

For the past few days, a debate is raging over whether BJP should be allowed to form the government in Delhi. The background is that the four time Congress Government is trounced by the emergence of Aam Aadmi Party. BJP gets 31/70, one short of majority while AAP emerges with 28. Arvind Kejriwal of AAP… Read More The Delhi Chief Minister Debate – Is it needed, first of all?

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The Assam Massacre – Could it have been averted?

Time for another round of political wrangling now without actually trying to understand what the problem is. A few days ago, BJP says, chase the Bangladeshi settlers out. Yesterday, Assam burnt, some 32 Muslims were massacred in Bodoland. Congress and National Conference says BJP shouldn’t be irresponsible. But both the parties haven’t got an answer… Read More The Assam Massacre – Could it have been averted?

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Indian News Update – What’s wrong with the Legislature and Judiciary? Is India’s prestige outside the country more important or internal wrangling?

The top headlines of the previous day – 1. The ever ubiquitous Telangana issue – this time, the ruckus is in the Rajya Sabha. Someone manhandles someone in the parliament and when the acting speaker reprimanded him, he apologized and all is well. No mishaps though. Let’s see what’s going to happen there for BJP… Read More Indian News Update – What’s wrong with the Legislature and Judiciary? Is India’s prestige outside the country more important or internal wrangling?

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Telangana and Narendra Modi – Will we be graced with any other debate on Prime Time?

There were two back to back primetime debates happening yesterday which would have caught anyone’s attention. Both the themes are standard in today’s polity – Modi bashing and Telangana, though Telangana’s elevation to national level in debating panels is a bit hard to see. Now, coming to the hard facts. Take the issue regarding Modi.… Read More Telangana and Narendra Modi – Will we be graced with any other debate on Prime Time?

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A Few Social Changes which occured because of the Islamic Advance into India

Though Muslims started raiding India from the time of fall of Persia, the first major thrust into India was by Mahmud of Ghazni. He finally destroyed the Kabulshahis and was the first one to lead extensive raids into India successfully. The final blow to Hinduism came in the invasions of Tughluq which destroyed the Hindu… Read More A Few Social Changes which occured because of the Islamic Advance into India

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Rajya Sabha passes bill amending Representation of the People Act

Lets see what happened here…A person who is criminally convicted is not eligible to contest in elections is what Supreme Court of India said on 10th July 2013. Rajya Sabha passes a bill unanimously on 27th August(in less than two months) scrapping it. Supreme Court says, since he is in a jail, he can’t vote. If… Read More Rajya Sabha passes bill amending Representation of the People Act

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Indian MPs recommending Obama to ensure Modi doesn’t get a Visa to US – How low can they stoop?

Randomly flipping through the TV channels, I came across a debate going on. Point of discussion – 65 MPs(Hindu gave a list of 64) write letters to Obama asking him not to revoke the ban on Narendra Modi’s Visa. Below statement gives the gist of the letter – We wish to respectfully urge you to… Read More Indian MPs recommending Obama to ensure Modi doesn’t get a Visa to US – How low can they stoop?

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Prime Minister’s Independence Day Speech – A speech or a tea time banter?

Being a responsible Indian citizen, this idle banter by our esteemed Prime Minister without saying anything concrete is a serious concern for the country. What he effectively said was I will do this, don’t ask me the timelines, I did this, which according to me is a great achievement and I don’t care how the world… Read More Prime Minister’s Independence Day Speech – A speech or a tea time banter?

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Greenhouse Emissions – Which rank to follow to make one accountable?

Emission Ranks for the countries. Only major one left out is Somalia. Which one to consider? Per Capita or Per sq km or Absolute rank of a country? Country Rank – Emissions Rank – Per Capita   Emissions(2000) Rank – Emissions   Per Square km(2008) Belize 165 1 164 Qatar 80 2 9 Guyana 145… Read More Greenhouse Emissions – Which rank to follow to make one accountable?

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Per Capita Pollution Emissions(2000 data)

Below is the per capita greenhouse emission ranks of countries taken from Wikipedia(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_greenhouse_gas_emissions_per_capita). If this is the actual picture, why are we targetting countries like India or China instead of something like Norway or Australia, which stand in the top 50 pollutants while using only 20% of the available land in the country? Take Palau… Read More Per Capita Pollution Emissions(2000 data)

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A communication I had with Michael Witzel a few years ago

Balakrishna Chadalawada ——————————————————————————– BalaKrishna Chadalawada Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 3:20 PM To: witzel@fas.harvard.edu I hope these references do not counter your perception of an illiterate ancient India which absorbed everything from outside but knew nothing of it’s own http://www.telugutanam.com/telmunlanguage.htm Writes Pococke, an authority on India’s influence on Greece: “At the mouth of the Indus… Read More A communication I had with Michael Witzel a few years ago

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Stages of Love

It’s that simple!!! That’s why we don’t find any other stories in Telugu or Hindi movies. See a girl from afar, like her Worship her from afar Declare passionate devotion Get rejected Don’t care whether you are rejected or not, go ahead as if nothing happened with increased vigour Moans of approaching death from unsatisfied… Read More Stages of Love

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Connoisseurs of Art or Plain Robbers?

I don’t want to talk about the statement David Cameron to the effect that if Koh-i-Noor is returned back to India, British Museum will become empty. Chenghiz Khan wittingly or unwittingly wiped out civilizations without collecting souvenirs, these people did the same, but after collecting some souvenirs. With an exception or two, every civilization in… Read More Connoisseurs of Art or Plain Robbers?

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Why can’t the lowly quark be my god?

Part two of yesterday’s bakwaas. Guys and girls, this is serious blasphemy, just for fun, which I myself doesn’t subscribe to. It’s upto you to go ahead after this disclaimer. There’s a poem in Telugu – Indugaladandu ledanu sandehamu valadu Chakri sarvopasangudu endendu vedakina andande kaladu (Don’t have a doubt whether he is here or… Read More Why can’t the lowly quark be my god?

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The way of Life – A glossary

Bandwagon Effect: A psychological phenomenon whereby people do something primarily because other  people are doing it, regardless of their own beliefs, which they may ignore or  override. Godwin’s Law –  As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1 Hanlon’s Razor – Never attribute to malice that… Read More The way of Life – A glossary

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Will this movement of Anna Hazare solve all our problems with corruption?

In a seminar which I attended few years ago, Prof haragopal. a noted human rights activist made a statement in the middle of his lecture that Brahminism outlived itself by two millenia. What does he mean by Brahminism? Is it the current heriditary structure or the eligaritarian approach which was conceptualized as Brahminism? If it… Read More Will this movement of Anna Hazare solve all our problems with corruption?

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