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.
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
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.
Brevity in expression is an art on Twitter, politicians excel in it to create distractions.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
“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
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
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
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
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.
(Pic.Juvenile convicts at work in the fields, 1903. Library of Congress/John L. Spivak) What happened after slavery in the United States was abolished in 1865 Here’s how it worked. Black men – and sometimes women and children – were arrested and convicted for crimes enumerated in the Black Codes, state laws criminalizing petty offenses and … Continue reading A Glimpse of Black History in U.S.A
Costa Rica is the most environmentally advanced and happiest place on earth, according to Happy Planet Index. In 1949, Costa Rica took a big gamble eliminating its army and investing military funds into health and education. The decision has paid off on numerous fronts. promodpuri.com promodpuri.blogspot.com
Every wall has two sides. In the case of Trump Wall, one faces America, and the other faces Mexico. The American side can be protected by its border security forces. But Mexico, which is dead against the wall, can always keep on making big holes from its side. And that would create plenty of jobs … Continue reading TRUMP WALL
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN INDIA GOT INDEPENDENCE AND BECAME A REPUBLIC: "When India got Independence and Ambedkar being the principle author of the nation's constitution and holding the law portfolio in the cabinet, Untouchability was declared unlawful. After centuries of hitherto unchallenged and illegal authority relating to human rights violations, Manusmriti in terms of laws of … Continue reading When India Became Republic
With massive parade of over half a million people in Washington the day after the presidential Inauguration, the spirit of democracy is still alive in the USA before Trump manipulates it. But in India it is showing signs of being out of breath. If democracy is not nurtured by dissent and protests then it gets … Continue reading POWER OF PROTEST
MERCY FOR SNOWDEN:Only few hours are left, and President Obama still can exercise his benevolence to grant mercy to Edward Snowden who acted in the spirit of a whistle-blower to leak top-secrets of government surveillance programs. The very exposures led to reforms in government policies for which the credit goes to Snowden himself. He lives … Continue reading MERCY FOR SNOWDEN
His contribution in American and world affairs may not be what was expected, but a legacy can be realized in his civility, humility, rationality and intellectualism in tackling issues. This is more than tick marking yes or no on a list of his promises and expectations. promodpuri.com promodpuri.blogspot.com
"….who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised … Continue reading Meryl Streep Slams Trump At Golden Globes
Om Puri, who died January 5, was among the most talented and versatile actors in the Indian film world. Starting his film career in 1972, he belonged to the parallel cinema movement in the 80s which produced some of the most outstanding films exploring various aspects of the Indian society. Om Puri along with Amrish … Continue reading Versatile Actor Om Puri
In the spirit of exchanging New Year greetings we wish peace and happiness for all the humanity. As 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 … Continue reading HAPPY NEW YEAR:
"It’s a word that is used to express a reaction to something shocking or surprising, a meaning which is built into its parts: the “real” of surreal is preceded by the French preposition sur, which means “over” or “above.” When we don’t believe or don’t want to believe what is real, we need a word … Continue reading Surreal:Word of the Year
It is the business of arms and ammunition which is killing many more people worldwide than diseases or natural disasters. And once again the United States of America leads all other weapon-producing countries in 2015. It supplied the weapons of mass killing worth $ 40 BILLION mostly to the developing nations to meet their “defense … Continue reading Billion $ Business of “Defence”
In the spirit of exchanging greetings with our friends and relatives we also wish peace and happiness for all the humanity, and join together to bring along everybody so nobody is left out in our celebrations of the holiday season. Realizing that we human beings, along with animals, plants, mountains, rivers, seas and everything … Continue reading Season’s Greetings For All
Michael Patrick Cullinane, Reader in US History, Northumbria University, Newcastle Courtesy:theconversation.com As the 20th century wore on, the extremes of left and right proved to be remarkably similar; fascists and communists, for instance, were equally proficient in the ways and their means of authoritarianism. We might think political ideologies cover a linear spectrum ranging from … Continue reading Far-Left, Far-Right: Both Can Lead To Authoritarianism
Cuba has come up with an unusual way to repay its multi-million dollar debt to the Czech Republic - bottles of its famous rum, officials in Prague say. The Czech finance ministry said Havana had raised this possibility during recent negotiations on the issue. Cuba owes the Czech authorities $276m (£222m), and if the … Continue reading Cuba offers rum to pay off $276m Czech debt
“To develop a complete mind: study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.’ – Leonardo da Vinci
Modi’s decision on demonetisation was based on an utterly false premise –“That all cash is black money and all black money is in cash.” The former prime minister elaborates that the “vast majority of Indians earn in cash, transact in cash and save in cash, all legitimately… Unlike the poor, holders of black money have … Continue reading Manmohan Singh On Demonetisation
"Poverty is not only measured in terms of lack of money but also in the lack of respect and dignity", Vidhu Vincent,producer Manhole,a documentary about scavengers in Kerala. promodpuri.com
Leftists, a.k.a Communists, are a strange breed of people. Highly educated, highly informed and intellectually persuasive in arguments and discussions. But they live in enclosed communities where their message of leftists’ agenda seldom trickles down to the masses for whom it is meant for. It just circulates among themselves. Leftists are rightfully critical about wrongs, … Continue reading The Shrinking World Of Leftists
Fabrication of false or fake news and the circulation of it is the news on the information desk of those involved in the study of social media which is mostly responsible for its spread. In this age of internet as the major source of news gathering, Facebook gets most of the accusation followed by other … Continue reading FABRICATION OF FAKE NEWS
Is fate real. Does fate play its role in our lives. Or is it just an imaginary judgement that life is steered by fate. "What is going to happen will happen is pre-determined by fate". Is it an expression of consolation, helplessness or just an inherent feeling to accept fate. The things we do are … Continue reading What Is Fate
“Don't raise your voice, improve your argument."
Our viewpoints are hard to change. We pick up from the internet and social media only that information and knowledge which support those viewpoints. And that consolidates our cognitive biases. Moreover, "If you are exposed only to people with ideas that are like your own, it leads to political polarization: Liberals get even more extreme … Continue reading Polarization of Opinion
"Nothing in the world is final, ultimate, lasting and durable. THERE IS NO FULL STOP IN HISTORY. What appeared to be final destination might be a stage for the next". -Balraj Puri
The good thing about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is that he is neither an extreme leftist nor an extreme rightist. Naturally he does not have, and rightly so, the "necessary nerve to take polarizing positions on heated issues". For that reason perhaps, Trudeau approved the expansion of the pipeline that links Alberta’s oil sands to … Continue reading Good thing about P.M. Trudeau
Politically the world is divided between two castes. The Leftists and the Rightists. As these are ideologically known and understood. And within these two castes are the sub-castes of Extreme Leftists and Extreme Rightists. The people in the middle are politically a casteless society. They are the victims when RIghtists' or Leftists' agenda is delivered … Continue reading WORLD DIVIDED BETWEEN TWO CASTES:
An Indian activist who helped to set up a human rights group campaigning for the eradication of manual scavenging, a euphemism for disposing of faeces by hand, was awarded Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel prize on Wednesday. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named Bezwada Wilson one of six winners this year, citing his “moral energy … Continue reading Magsaysay Award For Fighting Manual Scavenging
IS GOD A BRAHMIN…: “As all beings are the creation of God, and He or She represents all of them, then in response to Manu’s caste stratification a question arises. Is God Himself or Herself a Brahmin, Kashtriya, Vaishya, Shudra or the touchable Untouchable? The understanding is that God assumes none of these titles. Or … Continue reading Is God A Brahmin
(Wamiq Misbahi in NY Times)Trump is a man with a vision for America, not a specific vision, a great vision…the best vision…Trump has a plan to make this country great again….What plan??….a great plan…a plan that will work because it’s the best plan…..Why???… because Trump knows good people…which people???….the best people….people that are not … Continue reading Trump Has Great Plan For America
A work or an activity performed with devotion and concentration of mind is an acceptable Hindu meditative practice. In this focused regime the tools of meditation may be different but the meditator achieves the same spiritual and tranquil experiences. The statue of dancing Nataraja in additions to its other attributes, also symbolizes meditation in action. … Continue reading MEDITATION IN ACTION
Grouse Grind Meditation/ as posted in Tripadvisor Climbing the 2.9 km steep Grouse Grind mountainous hike in North Vancouver, BC, beside a strenuous workout on ” Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, is also a sort of kinetic meditation of about 90 minutes. The focus has to be on the uneven steps and the rough ground underneath … Continue reading Grouse Grind Meditation
In its antiquity, narratives and parables, philosophical depths, diversity in beliefs, rituals, myths and interpretations, the studies in Hinduism seem like a world of confusion and contradictions. But it is not. With open and liberal mind the exploration despite being adventurously bumpy, is extremely interesting and engrossing as well. Read more about Hinduism progressivehindudialogue.com promodpuri.com
“When the reasoning is established in all its sincerity karma develops into prayer. For a practicing Hindu karma is dharma”. Read more about Hinduism – Hinduism: beyond rituals,customs and traditions.
“Hinduism is a democracy of conflicting, contradicting and controversial thoughts and theories. It is a recognition of diverse, secular and mature philosophies. The religiosity has brought forth a treasure of obsolete, contemporary and topical hypothesis”. Read more about Hinduism
Trump: Yes, yes Warren, it is me, Donald Trump, the President of the Untied States of America. Warren: Oh, thank you Mr. President for attending to my phone call. I was just wondering how it is going so far. Trump: Things should be going smooth soon. A pile of files is sitting on the presidential … Continue reading President Donald Trump On The Phone With…….
Life goes by very fast The fact is recognized when looking back at past events. The future events often seem far. But “Time flies”. -Promod Puri, promodpuri.com
The basic reason to involve oneself in sports is to seek and maintain healthy body. Recreation comes next. But in the contemporary society social, cultural, competitive, big business and even political aspects dominate the field of sports. Olympics, world cricket and world soccer events are the prime examples of this phenomenon. Mass participation in sports, … Continue reading Sports Is Show Business
It does sound sweet that our fruits and vegetables are getting sweeter. The bitterness in some of the known bitter fruits and vegetables is 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 which are responsible for imparting health benefits in … Continue reading Bitterness Is Healthy