By Akshat Rathi Most of us don’t change our minds. Whether the issue at hand is the repeal of net neutrality in the US or Brexit in the UK, we avoid information that might shift our viewpoints, assuming that our opponents are simply dumber than we are. But recently, I had a change of heart about an important issue—and it showed … Continue reading Carbon Capturing Worth Believing To Save Environment
Poetry Book Review They say every cloud does have a silver lining. It is natural. It appears along darkest of passing clouds. But Vancouver-based poet laureate Ashok Bhargava himself created that silver-lining by putting together his latest poetry while he braved through his fight against cancerous clouds hanging over his body and mind. “Riding The … Continue reading Riding The Tide
The following travelogue was written back in 2010 when I visited Fiji, a cluster of islands in the South Pacific region. Besides, visiting some of the most famous tourist attractions, the article also briefly mentions about the people of Fiji, especially its vibrant Indian community. By Promod Puri Our years of build-up excitement of Fiji … Continue reading Joys Of Fiji Travels
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The personified God is worshipped as the centralized controlling authority influencing every moment of our lives. Moreover, the symbolic undertaking of God creates the fear factor that He is a punishing Being if not believed in His existence. This fear is one reason for His adoration and ceremonial development. One can experience His eternal spirit … Continue reading God’s Contemplation in Rational & Practical Environments
On the issue of Padmavati the media is silent, politicians are silent, intellectuals, writers, academicians are silent, the middle class is silent, film industry and film stars are silent, everybody is silent. Because democracy in India is being silenced.
The uncle and aunty is a social phenomenon making an impressive entry in the cultural evolution of societies where it is poised to create informal yet respectable relationship between young and old.
It is smart, respectable and even practical.
Uncles and aunties designations have become popular among younger generation of South Asians to address their parents’ friends or older contacts. Instead of calling them by their first or last names, with prefix Mr. or Mrs., the unrelated nephews and nieces develop a kinship with the choice of an etiquette which is more personal.
The uncle-auntie entitlement is in vogue in other cultures as well. But the South Asian youths go a step further. To show more reverence, ‘ji’ pronounced like ‘g’, is attached to address the instantaneous relatives as uncle-ji and aunty-ji. Perhaps this arrangement establishes a more amiable and closer connection.
The conventional practice of using Mr., Mrs. or madam is not only becoming obsolete in casual encounters, but these appellations create ritualistic formality. Whereas, the consensual tie up among universal ‘‘uncles and aunties” and their equally universal “nephews and nieces”…
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By Promod Puri I don’t know if she belongs to the class of housemaid, aka “bai”. If so, then her status could be upgraded in India’s class and caste society. She had a regular assignment at our home around 11 every morning and finishing her limited but reserved task in 15 to 20 minutes. It … Continue reading INDIAN MAID: But She Was Not “Supposed” To Enter Kitchen
Two refugee children from Eritrea sit in the back of a police cruiser after crossing the border from New York into Canada in March 2017 near Hemmingford, Que. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) Petra Molnar, University of Toronto and Stephanie J Silverman, University of TorontoLucia Vega Jimenez, 42, Mexico.Jan Szamko, 31, Czech Republic.Melkioro Gahungu, 64, Burundi.Abdurahman … Continue reading Under Canada’s Immigration Detention System Deaths & Human Rights Violations
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Hats off to Justin Trudeau to have a face-to-face meeting in Vietnam with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi who is also an honorary Canadian citizen regarding the huge refugee crisis resulting in over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims forced out of their country into B'desh. Trudeau is perhaps the only world leader who is taking … Continue reading Trudeau Seriously Working To End Myanmar Refugee Crisis
"She was the same age as my daughter, 11 years old, We did not notice her there. She was sitting in the dark, sitting quietly, crying. My heart stopped for a moment. The girl listened as her mother described how her husband was murdered by Myanmar military forces, how their home was set on … Continue reading From meditation to militancy is the new version of Buddhism in Myanmar
Rituals, customs, and traditions provide bulk and mostly false identity to a religion. If these are detached from all the religions, then we can see fundamentals of moral and righteous teachings are the same in each of them. Pathways to divinity are infused with words of morality and ethics, principles, and noble deeds. Many meaningless … Continue reading Seeking Evolution In Religions
What Queen Elizabeth, former Canadian prime ministers Mulroney, Chretien and Martin, U2 frontman Bono, singer Madonna and India's most famous film star Amitabh Bachchan, and many other world's known personalities have in common? The "Paradise" to "legally" hide their incomes and save taxes, but exposing their greed and throwing away their ethics.
Now that Halloween is over, I would say that the most abused and wasted vegetable of the season is the most gigantic and nutritive pumpkin. Left out in the chill of autumn nights, most pumpkins rot, and finally dumped. Is that his or her karma carved by custom and tradition.
Whereas rituals, customs and traditions furnish symbolic and distinctive identity to a religion, the pathways to divinity which are paved with morals and ethics, are often debased by its despicable ceremonial rites and practices. It is in this context that the contemporary and progressive political ideologies disdain religion. Its nature is customarily interpreted thru inherent … Continue reading Does Religion Has Its Role In Politics
Whereas, Rohingya Muslims refugees from Myanmar, over half a million in number, are battling terror, exhaustion, and hunger in Bangladesh, here in Canada Muslim-right women, with the support of so-called anti-racist progressive activists, and vote-hungry opportunist politicians, are battling to save their right to wear burqa and niqab as against the upcoming ban in Quebec. … Continue reading Niqab, Burqa And Myanmar Rohingya Refugees
Brevity in expression is an art on Twitter, politicians excel in it to create distractions.
By Promod Puri Hinduism is a wide-open structure. It is an abode where believers in God, atheists, and ethicists can comfortably reside together and share their knowledge, beliefs, and experiences for the betterment of humanity and its environments. Hinduism evolves by itself in its conflicting, contradicting, and controversial framework. In its spacious design and architecture, … Continue reading Hinduism Thrives In Its Open Structure
One of the most outstanding and contemplating icons of Hinduism is the worship of murtis (idols). The Divine Spirit is perceived in an image. In this perceptive role murtis are an integral part of Hindu institutions and traditions. In its colorful and expressive craftmanship, a murti is an adorable symbol of identity in Hindu iconology. From … Continue reading WHY IDOL WORSHIPPING IN HINDUISM
Women wearing burqa from head to toe should not do so for health reason as it deprives them absorbing vitamin D, essential for bones and general health. This essential vitamin is only available from sun rays, and in winter months that supply is limited. Burqa-ban governments should use the Noble prize winner economist 2017 advice … Continue reading Burqa And Women Health
On October 21 in 1879 Thomas Edison brightened the world with his invention of electric bulb. Victory of light over darkness for all practical purposes.
Excerpts from an essay in the Conversation by Jay L. Zagorsky Economist and Research Scientist, The Ohio State University A cashless society that solely uses credit cards, debit cards and electronic transfers is dependent on a complex network to replace physical money. This network requires three things to work all the time. First, there always has to … Continue reading Cashless Society Can Be Catastrophic When Electricity, Networks, Security Fail
Dear Hon. Prime Minister Trudeau: In celebration of the popular Indian festival of lights, I also wish you, Diwali Mubarak. Your selection of Diwali Mubarak expression in your tweet is my choice as well. I noticed that some people tweeted and objected to your use of the word ‘Mubarak’, asserting that it is not a … Continue reading Diwali Mubarak Message To Canada’s PM
DIWALI MUBARAK is my choice of greetings on the happy occasion of Diwali, the universal festival of lights. In the picture Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau lighting the traditional Diwali lamp along with India’s High Commissioner Vikas Swarup and members of the Indo-Canadian community in Ottawa October 16, 2017. The prime minister in his tweet greeted … Continue reading DIWALI MUBARAK
A gleam of the past is in the present. And in that present sometimes it is a blissful walk down the memory lane. I was 10-year-old when one day I severely broke my right arm. A local pehlwan, as the practice or custom was in those days, was called to fix the arm. His oil … Continue reading Down The Memory Lane With My Mother And Elder Brother
Networking is not a new concept, but has been practised for hundreds of years. But historians did not recognise it. It was networking by great leaders, saints or gurus within a select group of people who otherwise were called “followers”, to spread ideas and messages. These are excerpts from an article from my fellow blog … Continue reading Networking Is Not A New Concept
CREATION, CULTIVATION, AND DEVELOPMENT OF THOUGHT
Simple Thought: Infuse purity and ethics in thoughts, base karmas on those thoughts, and enjoy the fruits of those karmas.
Mahatma Gandhi says: thoughts become words, words become behavior, behavior becomes habits, habits become values, and values lead to destiny.
In the creation of words, behavior, habits, values, and destiny, the conception begins with thought. It all dawns from this perception.
Since destiny is the consequence of thought, the latter itself is consequence of our feelings, attitudes, knowledge, and experiences. All these factors instigate our cogitative faculties in creating thinking.
Thinking is a mental activity of brain. And thought is a product of thinking. Creation of one’s own thought, import of thought, and its acceptance or its rejection are all considered as thought. In other words, the act involved in these considerations is a thought by itself.
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By Promod Puri One of my Facebook friends’ last name is Jammu. It intrigues me little as that is the name of the city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir known for its beauty as well as the still unresolved “Kashmir Problem”. My FB friend, in fact, belongs to Patiala in Punjab, and now … Continue reading The spirit of Jammu In Revolutionary Martyr Udham Singh
Maratha Kranti Morcha, a rallye for Marathi castes demanding respect of their rights in Mumbai last year. Mhidanesh/Wikimedia, CC BY-NC-SA Afroz Alam, Maulana Azad National Urdu University India is still not able to do away with its caste politics as demonstrated by recent attacks on members of lower caste in south-western state of Gujarat during … Continue reading BJP’s Strategies In India’s Politics Of Caste
By Promod Puri He is dynamic. He is bold. He is the inspiration and hope. He is man of conviction based on his Sikh beliefs. His appearance and dressing are guided by his self-confidence rather than from a fashion consultant, which is quite a norm for most political leaders. He is Jagmeet Singh, … Continue reading Jagmeet Singh: New National Hero On Canadian Political Front
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By Promod Puri Let me first position myself as if I were present at the Las Vegas country music show on the night of October 1st. Although, I am not a concert-going enthusiast, but I could join with the joyous music lovers attending the Route 91 musical festival. It was like a celebration, and when … Continue reading Canadians ask: “is it safe to go to USA”
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 HAS SOME MERITS
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, … Continue reading Benefits Of Colonialism Or A Disaster
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 … Continue reading Art Of Disagreement
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 … Continue reading Trump’s Explosive Tone Dangerous For World Peace
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Rohingya crisis: this is what genocide looks like Alicia de la Cour Venning, Queen Mary University of London The world is witnessing a state-orchestrated humanitarian catastrophe on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. The latest UN figures show a staggering 370,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August 25. An unknown number have perished. Around 26,000 non-Muslims have … Continue reading
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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 … Continue reading Hinduism Is An Academy Of Sciences
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 … Continue reading POLITICS OF SILENCE
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 … Continue reading Revoking Nobel For Myanmar Leader
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 … Continue reading Dreamers Dream In Jeopardy
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, … Continue reading What Is Education’s Fundamental Mission
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
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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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
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
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
"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
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
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
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<
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,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
Kudrat ke sab bandey Source: Shabad In Gurbani by Bhagat Kabir
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
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
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
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
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
Meeting Ashok Bhargava,on right, after a couple of months was like welcoming a combating soldier returning home from a winning battle. Ashok, a long-time friend, is back on the track of his active and scholarly life after going thru several chemos for the treatment of his lymph cancer. Whereas, the doctors attending on him had … Continue reading Positive Attitude Helps Beat Cancer
Arundhati Roy, in 2010. jeanbaptisteparis/Flickr" , CC BY-ND Malavika Binny, Jawaharlal Nehru University Wearing two hats at once can be an uncomfortable fit, but it does not seem to bother the author Arundhati Roy, who for most of her life has railed against state excesses and corporate exploitation while also wielding the pen.Maybe she does … Continue reading Arundhati Roy’s new novel lays India bare
By Promod Puri Unfortunately, there are no laws in Canada which bar the lawyers who on behalf of government, pursue a legal battle not to seek justice but to influence the justice with directions from the ruling party for its own political motives. The case in point is the role of the Conservative Party … Continue reading Omar Khadr Is A Political Harvest For Tories
By Neha Mishra, Assistant Professor of Law, Reva University of Bangalore and Ronald Hall, Professor of Social Work, Michigan State University Bleached girls: India and its love for light skin In India, a light complexion is associated with power, status and beauty, fueling an innovative and growing market of skin-bleaching products. Adam Jones/Flickr, CC BY-SA … Continue reading Indian Girls Love For Light Skin
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 favored 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
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Courtesy The Conversation People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe. Michael Gavin, CC BY-ND Michael Gavin, Colorado State University The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather … Continue reading Why do human beings speak so many languages?
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https://promodpuri.com/ Rationality, humanism and compassion with liberal, secular and progressive preferences are the basis of the readings covered by promodpuri.com The world we are living in is politically divided between the Left and Right ideologies governing or misgoverning the nations as well as nurturing the fascists and dictatorial regimes. Our perceptions of issues and concerns are … Continue reading WHAT IS PROMODPURI.COM
In my humble spiritual thinking my religion is short, simple and flexible that it can fit comfortably in any other religion.
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 favored 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 the … Continue reading Past, Present And Future
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Customary and familiar blanket messages are being delivered by politicians, from Modi and other leaders, and posted on the social media, condemning the deadly attack on innocent pilgrims to the holy Amarnath shirne in Kashmir on July 10,2017. That is a very common practice and that has become a sort of custom to express anger … Continue reading AMARNATH KILLINGS
Atheists (e.g. Christopher Hitchens in "The Portable Atheist") deny or disbelieve the existence of a supreme being, not by putting forward their own reasons or facts, but by ridiculing, condemning and even satirising believers who themselves accept and trust absurd, unrealistic, and imaginary explanations about God, and still have firm convictions in Him. progressivehindudialogue.com
“While on the progressive path one can explicitly observe that in our religious places, God’s existence is marred by elaborate rituals and customs which impact and disturb invoking His presence in the prayers and reverence for Him. Furthermore, our antiquated scriptures are not of much help either in His realisation. Written in the language(s) of … Continue reading Rediscovering God
"Today, we are announcing that the government of Canada has reached a settlement with Mr. Omar Khadr, bringing this civil case to a close, "On behalf of the government of Canada, we wish to apologize to Mr. Khadr for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to his ordeal abroad and any resulting … Continue reading Apology From Govt. of Canada
“Politics and religion must be kept separate” is an acknowledged doctrine in secular and democratic-socialist systems. But there are elements in most religions which are liberal, secular, and democratic. For these reasons, politics can incorporate religion in its order, whereas religion can keep its sanctity if the “dirty politics” stay out of it. Read more: … Continue reading Politics And Religion
Whereas, Trump has stiff relationship with the media, Modi is steadily developing a controlling relationship with the media. promodpuri.com
God is more than our mindset imagination of being a super human governing this universe. A simple and brief, but still far from complete, portrayal of God can be: the sum total of everything and every process in this universe and beyond is God. Everything, known or unknown that exist is what a universe is … Continue reading Perception Of God
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By Ashok Sharma Ashok Sharma, University of New South Wales, Canberra at Australian Defence Force Academy One has 32.9 million Twitter followers; the other has 31 million. When U.S. President Donald Trump met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on June 26, Trump chose to draw attention to something the leaders have … Continue reading Behind Modi: The Growing Influence Of Indian Lobby
By Promod Puri India is increasingly becoming a democracy of silent middle class, silent opposition, and silenced press. Under the ruling political domain, there is unscrupulous practice of silence as well. The environment of quietness encourages increased prejudice, hatred, violence, hardships and sufferings for the Dalits, the minorities, and the poor. Also, it can be … Continue reading Silence Is Deadly For Indian Democracy
Blockbuster movie Wonder Woman is too western and too white. With its sexualized image and unrealistic beauty, WW does not connect with millions of women around the world. It has commercial value only. It does not represent feminist symbol of strong and liberated woman. With multiple identities, women in contemporary society face multiple challenges. The … Continue reading Wonder Woman Too Western & Too White
An outstanding feature of Hinduism is the doctrine of “purusarthas”, advocating four complementary engagements in an individual’s life. These are dharma, artha, kama and moksha. Dharma seeks conscious conduct of life on moral values of honesty, compassion, truthfulness, and purity of body and mind. It is a behavior toward ethical living. Dharma involves austerity, … Continue reading Dharma, Karma & Moksha
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Progressive Hindu Dialogue is an initiative to explore, recognize and advance the rational, liberal and progressive nature of Hinduism. It is also a forum to debate the symbolic aspects of Hinduism’s rituals, customs, traditions and thoughts in an intelligent and prudent environment. In this dynamics the overall objective is to invigorate the continuity of Hinduism’s … Continue reading Progressive Hindu Dialogue
By Promod Puri Do the countries of the world need armies, navies, and air forces anymore to defend their borders when invasions to expand powers and territorial regimes seized to happen long time ago. And even the ideological accessions by communists and democratic powers have receded in recent years after the lessons learned from Vietnam … Continue reading World Does Not need Forces To Defend Borders
Children as young as three internalise a bias against dark skin. Shutterstock Ronald Hall, Michigan State University To be black in the world today is to be stigmatised for having dark skin. To be light-skinned, on the other hand, is to be celebrated in line with western beauty standards. Black people not only experience this … Continue reading Self-love – not bans – will bring an end to Africa’s bleaching syndrome
It seems our desire for instant gratification has conquered politics. Voters are channel-hopping, snacking on ideologies and political styles, moving on as soon as they’re bored. In that light, Donald Trump is a political genius: His slippery, shifting positions on just about everything command attention and perfectly reflect the restless mood of the times. People … Continue reading Trump is a political genius
In recent weeks, there has been one major terrorist attack in Afghanistan where over 150 people died, and two such strikes in Britain killing innocent people. The terror surge is continuing, rather escalating over the years. The question is how far governments and security forces can go to protect their citizens. Every available procedures, technologies, … Continue reading SEEKING WAY TO END TERRORISM
By Promod Puri God is the creation of man! Or man is the creation of God. Which one of these statements is right, and which one is wrong, or both right, or both wrong? One more question: if God is the creation of man, then is it an act of God as well? The creation … Continue reading MAN CREATED GOD OR GOD CREATED MAN
The planet is going to be dirtier while America tries to be "great" again.
CREATION, CULTIVATION, AND DEVELOPMENT OF THOUGHT By Promod Puri Simple Thought: Infuse purity and ethics in thoughts, base karmas on those thoughts, and enjoy the fruits of those karmas. Mahatma Gandhi says: thoughts become words, words become behavior, behavior becomes habits, habits become values, and values lead to destiny. In the creation of words, behavior, … Continue reading THOUGHTS ON THOUGHT
So much is said and so much is written, and keeps on multiplying, compared with anybody else in both American and world history, that the monumental task of building the President Trump Library should start along with the Obama Library.
Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution (日本国憲法第9条 Nihonkokukenpō dai kyū-jō?) is a clause in the national Constitution of Japan outlawing war as a means to settle international disputes involving the state. The Constitution came into effect on May 3, 1947, following World War II. In its text, the state formally renounces the sovereign right of … Continue reading JAPAN COSTITUTION FORBIDS WAR
By Promod Puri I am a proud Canadian citizen. In this land of multi-cultural and multi-religious freedoms I am also a proud Hindu. But when I visit India I am not a Hindu. Because, I confess, many, many, many times I have eaten beef steaks. And that I am not “hiding” the fact that our … Continue reading Am I A Hindu In India
By Promod Puri Easter is a celebration of resurrection of Jesus. It is on this day, Christians believe in the rise of Jesus Christ after his death and burial. And that means a new beginning. Since Easter (April 16) comes in the beginning of spring season, a symbolic connection can be ascertained with the coming … Continue reading EASTER AND VAISAKHI: FESTIVALS OF NEW BEGINNING
When we shake off rituals and customs from religions the same vibration of meaningfulness and spirituality can be realized in all of them. Rituals and customs only provide architecture to a religio… Source: When We Shake Off Rituals From Religions