TRUMP WALL HAS SOME MERITS

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 presidents in the history of America. Here is a fictional dialogue between Trump and one of his close businessman friends: Businessman: Can you shed some light on this controversial wall proposal, as many people on both sides of the border ridiculed your fancy. Trump: It … Continue reading TRUMP WALL HAS SOME MERITS

Benefits Of Colonialism Or A Disaster

A controversial article in a respected academic journal recently made the argument for colonialism. Here, a man is carried by Congolese men in a photo from the early 20th centiry.   Joseph McQuade, University of Toronto Recently an academic article, asserting the historical benefits of colonialism, created an outcry and a petition with over 10, 000 signatures calling for its removal. The Case for Colonialism, published in Third World Quarterly by Bruce Gilley, argues Western colonialism was both “objectively beneficial and subjectively legitimate” in most places where it existed. Gilley, an associate professor of political science at Portland State University, … Continue reading Benefits Of Colonialism Or A Disaster

Art Of Disagreement

Following are the excerpts on the “art of disagreement” by Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Award Winner columnist at The New York Times from his recent lecture delivered at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia. “Disagreements arise from perfect comprehension; from having chewed over the ideas of your intellectual opponent so thoroughly that you can properly spit them out. “In other words, to disagree well you must first understand well. You have to read deeply, listen carefully, watch closely. You need to grant your adversary moral respect; give him the intellectual benefit of doubt; have sympathy for his motives and participate empathically … Continue reading Art Of Disagreement

Trump’s Explosive Tone Dangerous For World Peace

The United Nations is not necessarily a decision-making body, but a meeting place of supposed to be of knowledgeable people sharing their knowledge with other knowledgeable people to create understanding, and more specifically to establish trust among themselves. But when president Trump made his inaugural speech at the UN past week all norms of civility were tossed, and the world body was indeed rattled where objectives of understanding and trust were lost in the din of his loaded provocation which is dangerous to the world peace. -Promod Puri Continue reading Trump’s Explosive Tone Dangerous For World Peace

Hinduism Is An Academy Of Sciences

Hinduism is an academy of sciences. It finds its dwelling in the realm of metaphysics besides accepting the environment of physical realities where most sciences reside. That is what distinguishes the ancient Indian sciences that these go beyond the empirical confines to explore and analyze the spiritual realities as well. Source: Hinduism Is An Academy Of Sciences Continue reading Hinduism Is An Academy Of Sciences

POLITICS OF SILENCE

They say silence is golden. And Obama is collecting a lot of gold these days after he was done with the US presidency. Is there a strategical reason for him to be quite on major issues? In the politics of silence, which is now a common practice among many world politicians, Modi of India excels in that, there is always some game plan or reason not be get involved. In the case of Obama, perhaps his rationale is, if he speaks out on an issue, the Republicans for the party’s solidarity sake will align more towards Trump. Isolating Trump from … Continue reading POLITICS OF SILENCE

Revoking Nobel For Myanmar Leader

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing their own country and crossing over to neighbouring Bangladesh as refugees because of the atrocities committed by the military junta on them resulting in massacres, hunger and hardships. While this has been going on for a while the Nobel recipient de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for no reason is completely apathetic towards the sufferings of her fellow citizens who are not Buddhists like her and the rest of the population. She should surrender her Nobel prize or it must be revoked. Continue reading Revoking Nobel For Myanmar Leader

Dreamers Dream In Jeopardy

It is an opportunity for US Congress men and women, especially Republicans, to exercise their nobility and virtue to save the dreams of over 800,000 Dreamers as their future is being threatened by possible deportation by apathetic head of the United States, Donald Trump. The law-abiding people came to the United States decades ago as toddlers and children along with their parents who entered the country “illegally”. Continue reading Dreamers Dream In Jeopardy

What Is Education’s Fundamental Mission

Education over the years is mostly geared towards fitting into the labour sector and securing jobs. This is called the industrial model of education. Here is a brief quote on the subject by Steven Fesmire, professor of philosophy, Middlebury College, USA, from his essay in the Conversation. “Rather than educating whole persons for lifelong growth, this “industrial model” treats education as just another sector of the economy. In this view, education’s job is to manufacture skilled labor, and it’s expected to do so in a way that’s maximally efficient. Knowledge is seen as a market commodity, teachers and professors are delivery … Continue reading What Is Education’s Fundamental Mission