Pakistan Underground Water Arsenic Polluted, Will Run Dry, In India Too

Drilling a groundwater well by hand, near Lahore, July 2017. A_noina / ShutterstockFazilda Nabeel, University of Sussex More than 50m people in Pakistan are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater. That’s according to a study recently published in the journal Science Advances, based on samples from 1,200 wells across the country. Arsenic cannot … Continue reading Pakistan Underground Water Arsenic Polluted, Will Run Dry, In India Too

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Of babaism and babalog

Vishal Bheeroo

Jai ho! Swami Baba! We are a nation of baba log, Babaism, Sanju Baba, Baba Asaram, Baba Ramdev and teen naam wale Baba Ram Rahim Singh or Sathya (vachchan) Baba Sai ke naam Pe.  Quite a philmy Baba ki kahani! Our Ram Rahim Singh Baba must have watched Amar Akbar Anthony 100 times and borrowed inspiration from Manmohan Desai to get his name. You see Sir! No Naamkaran bas muft ka kharcha for me heard that he got some award for acting. Nautanki Saala!

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Our Babas are going political nowadays and hobnobbing with the power tonis is so happening in today’s time. Arre bhai! After all, it’s a matter of Khursi pe charcha and followers. What’s the point of accumulating degrees like Vada Pav when I can don an orange robe, make prophecies and keep a day every week for people to worship and fast in…

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Joy With Old Hindi Filmi Songs

By Promod Puri Living in Canada for the past 45 years, my nostalgic window often opens to the blissful sounds of popular Hindi filmi songs and music. From this retreat, the flights to the past are the pleasures of the present. In the voyage, tuning in on Aye mere pyaare vatan, aye mere bichhade chaman, … Continue reading Joy With Old Hindi Filmi Songs

Trump Wall Can Be A No.1 Tourist Attraction

By Promod Puri The Trump Wall between the USA and Mexico is not a dead issue as far as Trump’s most promised election agenda is concerned. In some lighter but brighter thinking, the Trump Wall has some merits in his ambitious project, a legacy which will be lot more wider and taller than any other … Continue reading Trump Wall Can Be A No.1 Tourist Attraction

Re-evaluating Our Religions & Other Institutions

In our civilized and progressive world, the call of humanity seeks re-evaluating each of our religions, rituals, customs, traditions, social and political institutions, including Left and Right isms, which impart values and behaviors impacting our environments. This resolution is part of the evolution and management of civil society we live in. Evolution of civilization is … Continue reading Re-evaluating Our Religions & Other Institutions

PATRIOTISM IN INDIA’S CONTEXT

"Perhaps the most important form of patriotism is that which seeks to give dignity to oppressed groups such as Dalits and women while simultaneously seeking to promote tolerance and mutual respect among citizens otherwise divided by language, caste or religion. Offering puja to the tiranga jhanda ten times a day may or may not make … Continue reading PATRIOTISM IN INDIA’S CONTEXT

Multi Aspects Of Balraj Puri’s Patriotism

by Ramchandra Guha (The Telegraph, August 19,2017) Balraj Puri (1928-2014) I have been thinking a great deal recently about the difference between patriotism and jingoism. The provocation - or inspiration rather - was a visit to Jammu to speak in memory of Balraj Puri - writer, social reformer and political activist - who embodied Indian … Continue reading Multi Aspects Of Balraj Puri’s Patriotism

Racism Exist Among And Within Ethnic Communities Also

by Promod Puri Despite its global image of being a tolerant society, racism, and bias towards major ethnic communities are still the rooted aspects of Canada. But the story does not end here. Ethnic communities in Canada also have mindset racist sentiments among themselves. Moreover, there exists bigotry and dislike within a single ethnic group. … Continue reading Racism Exist Among And Within Ethnic Communities Also

How British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful<

Lord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition. Max Desfors/AP Adil Najam, Boston University The midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism. It … Continue reading How British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful<

In Words Obama & Trump Speak Same

Ronald R. Krebs, University of Minnesota and Robert Ralston, University of MinnesotaSix months have passed since Donald Trump entered the Oval Office. His administration remains deeply understaffed. His legislative agenda is stymied. He has been active in issuing executive orders, but many are toothless, others are only in the early stages of undoing Obama policies … Continue reading In Words Obama & Trump Speak Same

Progressive Hindu Dialogue Among Top 20 Hindu Websites

Progressive Hindu Dialogue,which was launched only last year, has been selected one of the top 20 Hindu blogs on the web. Thanks all for your support. Following is the letter of recognition: Hi Promod, My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Progressive Hindu Dialogue … Continue reading Progressive Hindu Dialogue Among Top 20 Hindu Websites

Shabad In Gurbani by Bhagat Kabir

Kudrat ke sab bandey Source: Shabad In Gurbani by Bhagat Kabir

“Essay” On Best Friend Revives School Days Memories

By Promod Puri In split second, rather much sooner, memories can take us to revisit some interesting spots in our lives. For me, one of such repeat visits is to the primary class where I graduated myself from grade 5th to grade 6th and started learning English from alphabets to making small sentences. Towards the … Continue reading “Essay” On Best Friend Revives School Days Memories

Rakshabandan’ – the festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond

A sister tying the protective thread. Vikram Verma, CC BY-NDMathew Schmalz, College of the Holy Cross This year, Monday, August 7 marks one of the most important celebrations for Hindus throughout the world: Rakshabandhan, a ceremony honoring the bond between sisters and brothers. The date of Rakshabandan varies from year to year since Hindus follow … Continue reading Rakshabandan’ – the festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond

‘COW ECONOMICS’ ARE KILLING INDIA’S WORKING CLASS

Afroz Alam, Maulana Azad National Urdu University When Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian parliament for the first time in June 2014, his inaugural speech focused on integrating and protecting India’s Muslims. “Even the third generation of Muslim brothers, whom I have seen since my young days, are continuing with their cycle-repairing job,” he … Continue reading ‘COW ECONOMICS’ ARE KILLING INDIA’S WORKING CLASS

Past, Present And Future

By Promod Puri “The past is history, future is mystery, but today is a gift……”, stay in the present and enjoy the moments. These are some of the many favoured in-vogue quotes. The popular quotations or advisories suggest our prospects belong to the moments we live in. We are told to live, feel, and enjoy … Continue reading Past, Present And Future

2+2 = 4, Not 5

One school in Hindu philosophy is called Sankhya, which literary means numbers. So it seeks rationality, like 2+2=4, rejecting 2+2=5. In other words a concept has to go thru rational examination before being accepted or rejected. It is unfortunate that those who now claim to be Hindus and forcing its unrealistic rituals and customs, do … Continue reading 2+2 = 4, Not 5