A HAPPY AND PEACEFUL 2020

In the spirit of exchanging New Year greetings, we wish peace and happiness for all humanity. Human beings, animals, plants, mountains, rivers, seas and everything visible and non-visible in this shared universe are all inter-connected and inter-dependent to each other. We seek peace and peaceful existence for all. Peace in all the cosmic environments influences peace in humankind as well. SHANTI (PEACE) MANTRA Aum dyauh shantirantariksam, shanti prthivi, shantirapah, shantirosadhayah, shanti vanaspatayah, shantirvisvedevah, shantirbrahma, shantisarvam, shantireva, shant sama, shantiredhi AUM SHANTI, SHANTI, SHANTI. Following is a translated version of the peace mantra: “May peace radiate there in the whole sky … Continue reading A HAPPY AND PEACEFUL 2020

Besides Vancouver’s Alluring Image It’s Also A City of Homelessness

By Promod Puri “Canada is the best country in the world.” Alongside Vancouver prides itself with 1st, 2nd, or 3rd standing as the “most liveable place.” But underneath all these rewarding certifications, there are visible sites that take away some appeal from Vancouver’s alluring image. The fast-developing metro, with its massive and lavish highrises, is also the home of homeless people. They mostly dwell under the very shadow of its thriving and affluent downtown core. According to the latest figures, over 2200 people have been counted who don’t have shelter to live and sleep. The situation is more pathetic and … Continue reading Besides Vancouver’s Alluring Image It’s Also A City of Homelessness

Political Anarchism Brewing In India

When political opposition becomes ineffective, or it is almost non-existence, political anarchism takes place led by leaderless young revolutionaries against the governing party and its leadership. This is precisely the situation in India where the Congress Party and other major opposition groups, including the Left fronts, are hardly visible on the street to oppose the anti-Muslim acts in the government’s new citizenship amendments. India has exploded in recent weeks with violent protests by the students from every major university in the country. They’re demonstrating against the discriminatory rejection of Muslim migrants, while fast-tracking permanent residency for non-Muslim refugees from the … Continue reading Political Anarchism Brewing In India

India’s New Citizenship Act Discriminatory Towards Muslims

by Promod Puri There have been some severe and quick fundamental transformations taking place in India to reweave the social and secular fabric of the nation. In this operation, the country’s citizenship act has been stoked to allow only non-Muslims, migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan for permanent residency. This is where the problem erupted and escalating to angry protests all over the country and triggering strong condemnation across the globe. The Citizenship Amendment Act was passed in both houses of Parliament early this month. In the majority ruled Bhartiya Janata Party coalition, prime minister Narendra Modi’s trusted lieutenant Home … Continue reading India’s New Citizenship Act Discriminatory Towards Muslims

Getting Rid of Clogging Identities

By Promod Puri Nationality, caste, color, creed, ritual-based religion: do we still have to wear these badges? When these identities become obsolete, dead, and gone? Nations across the globe have become or becoming cosmopolitan in both the physical and virtual worlds. Political boundaries are only relevant to the administrative and bureaucratic functioning of governments. But not for propping up nationalism and its related precept of patriotism. In a universal temperament, caste, color, creed, and ritual-based religion are irrelevant. Instead these antiquated social and faith-based divisions clog the advance of peace and harmony in our lives. Continue reading Getting Rid of Clogging Identities

CONDEMNING THE SILENCE

Those in India and of Indian origin abroad, who are aware of the present tense situation in the country because of several controversial issues, are silent for being the supporters of  Modi regime, I can understand their muteness. But those, who are critical and are silent about the present state of affairs the nation is passing thru, must be condemned. “Society is not devasted by the misdeeds of badmen, but by the silence of the so-called good people.”- Mahesh Bhatt, writer and film producer “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of … Continue reading CONDEMNING THE SILENCE

BITTERNESS IS HEALTHY

It may sound sweet that our fruits and vegetables are getting sweeter. While the bitterness in some of the known bitter fruits and vegetables is becoming far less or almost non-existent. Examples are grapefruit, brussels sprouts and bitter-melon (karela). The natural chemicals involved in creating bitterness are called phytonutrients that are responsible for imparting health benefits in fruits and vegetables. Reducing or eliminating their presence enhances the sweetness of fruits and vegetables. The de-bittering experimentation and processes are being carried out to make fruits and vegetables as “kids friendly” or to appease our sweet tooth. But nutritionists say that is … Continue reading BITTERNESS IS HEALTHY

Understanding Satsang And Its Virtues

By Promod Puri In Hindu and Sikh religious activities, Satsang is a popular religious tradition. It is group participation that involves listening or reading of scriptures, discussion on spiritual and theological topics, and singing of hymns. Some activities also include brief sessions of meditation. Satsang can be a daily, weekly, or monthly get together. It usually lasts for an hour or two. With divine feelings and sentiments, Satsang ends as a social meeting along with light refreshments. Satsang is derived from the Sanskrit word “satsanga.” By splitting the name into “sat” and “sanga,” its actual meaning is revealed as ‘true’ … Continue reading Understanding Satsang And Its Virtues

Kudos to Gambia Seeking Justice For Myanmar Muslims

By Promod Puri Hats off to the Republic of The Gambia, one of the world’s smallest countries in West Africa, who launched proceedings against Myanmar before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the latter’s crimes and genocide of its Muslim population. Most influential nations in the world who champion the cause of human rights, including Canada, have never thought of going to the ICJ to seek justice for the Myanmar Muslims. The Gambia government must be applauded for this initiative. The Gambia brought the case against the Myanmar government led by Noble Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. … Continue reading Kudos to Gambia Seeking Justice For Myanmar Muslims

Nationalism & Patriotism Are Threats To Global Peace And environment

By Promod Puri I have been an anti-national ever since I understood the nature of its allegiance to the country one belongs to. At the same time, I am not a patriot either with its blurred image as it is often a consequence of nationalism. Patriotism and nationalism have obscure borderline between them. It is a “problematic pair” to find independent definitions to isolate each concept. Both the words are synonyms to each other according to their dictionary explanations. Still, certain attempts have been made to detach the two. Nationalism arises from the word nation. As such it seeks love, … Continue reading Nationalism & Patriotism Are Threats To Global Peace And environment

Politics Of Left And Right Are Not The Solutions To Tackle Rape Problem

The four suspects in the Hyderabad rape case have been killed by the police. Most people, including the parents of the victim, applaud the police action. Justice has been delivered, and the case closed. But in the mindset of Left and Right ideological thinking, binaries are being created about the role of police in killing the alleged suspects. Were the police right in their killings, or they were wrong? Political Left, with its intellectual leaning, believes it was wrong, and let the system take over to deliver its judgment. The political Right cheers the police action that justice is not … Continue reading Politics Of Left And Right Are Not The Solutions To Tackle Rape Problem

Applaud Or Condemn The “Police Justice” In India?

The four suspects in the Hyderabad rape case have been killed by the police. Most people, including the parents of the victim, applaud the police action. Justice delivered. Quick, the case closed. In the Indian context, I would accept this kind of quick “street justice”, where otherwise the judicious system and the bureaucracy run with its stagnant pace while the victims and the families suffer and go thru torturous times. The case in point is the severe burning of a rape victim in U.P. a few days ago while going to the court to seek justice. Justice in the country is … Continue reading Applaud Or Condemn The “Police Justice” In India?

Tackling Rape Problem By Going Beyond Candle-lit Vigils and Protests

By Promod Puri It’s a disgraceful societal evil that has not begun targeting in any realistic and practical way how to kill the rapist beast that lurks everywhere in India, ready to pounce on the female at any given opportunity! Priyanka Reddy, Asifa Banu, Jyoti Singh, and hundreds perhaps thousands more became victims or going to be next: now, today or tomorrow. Headlines make the scene. Speeches and statements drum up. Anger, frustrations, and emotions ventilated. Slogans are raised, “hang them, shoot them.” Protests are organized, candles are lit. Articles are written, rewritten, poetry composed. Social media is flooded with … Continue reading Tackling Rape Problem By Going Beyond Candle-lit Vigils and Protests