WHY INTELLECTUALS NOW RIDICULED IN INDIA:

Being intellectual in India these days has an irony of pun in it. The ‘intellectuals’ rather be non-intellectuals to avoid the snobbery generated in its labelling. “I am not an intellectual. Abuse me, but do not call me that sir,” a recent quote from Chetan Bhagat, one of India known authors, who got included in Time magazine’s list of World’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010. The word intellectual is a slang now both in political and social terms. It suggests scholars are ignorant of ground realities despite their academic and ideological learning. For Prime minister Modi’s “bhagats” and the … Continue reading WHY INTELLECTUALS NOW RIDICULED IN INDIA:

Her identity is biracial

I don’t accept Kamala Harris has to represent herself with Black identity only. Her real identity of being biracial is African-Indian. Her mother was of Tamil origin from South India, and she is through and through Indian. Cherishing Indian customs, following Hindu rituals of breaking coconuts, and enjoying dosa, sambar and idli, her genome is equally Indian. Then why she plays the Black identity card only? Tiger Woods called himself “Cablinasian” (a word he made up as a teen to account for his Caucasian, Black, American Indian and Asian heritages). He has not solely identified himself as Black. If Tiger … Continue reading Her identity is biracial

“CHINESE FLU”

Trump calls it the Chinese flu. It could be expected from him given that he decerns issues at a very basic and unintelligible level. Is it the language of the common man in the USA. Perhaps it is, especially in the rural areas of the country. So, why a hyperbole has been created. The naming of virus-related spreading diseases has been the practice for a long time. We had Spanish flu, West Nile Virus, Zika, Ebola, etc. Then hurricanes are titled after popular names from both the genders. In lighter veins, Mexico seems it does not mind the use of … Continue reading “CHINESE FLU”

I Can’t Understand It

When the ongoing tragedies of human sufferings caused by humans do not get from most, a line in the poetry of poets, a page in the writings of writers, a stroke of brush in the paintings of painters, a focus in the meditation of meditators, a stay in the minds of yoga practitioners, a reflection of sermon from a priest about the teachings of Nanak and Kabir, a discern from political scientists and intellectuals in the social sciences, a condemning statement from silver screen heroes and entertainers, a quote from habitual social media motivational advisers. And all the educated professionals … Continue reading I Can’t Understand It

Democracy In The USA Very Expensive Route To Elect A Govt.

Democrat aspirant Michael Bloomberg is the 12th richest man in the world with a net worth of over $60 billion. If he wins the nomination, Bloomberg will be pitted against another billionaire, the incumbent president, Donald Trump. And this is where money will be a behemoth to impact the election scene. In the USA, unlike most other democracies in the world, the sky is the limit in election spending. Bloomberg joined the nomination race in November last year, much later than other candidates. According to a report in the Quartz, he has already spent over $400 million, compared to $120 … Continue reading Democracy In The USA Very Expensive Route To Elect A Govt.

THESE’RE NOT RIOTS BUT VIOLENT BLITZ ON MUSLIMS

Once again I say these are not riots between Hindus and Muslims. What has happened are violent and barbaric attacks by the so-called Hindus against the Muslims in several localities of Delhi. Holding peace prayers and advising calm to both the Muslims and Hindus are nonsense and stereotype politics. With the open support of the Delhi Police, hired and paid goons of the ruling Hindutva leaders came with lathis in their aggression along with a barrage of rocks on fellow citizens. Calling the whole mayhem as another Hindu-Muslim riot is trivializing the brewing hatred and violence against Muslims who have … Continue reading THESE’RE NOT RIOTS BUT VIOLENT BLITZ ON MUSLIMS

DEMOCRACY CRADLE OF DICTATORSHIP

Democratic freedoms breed authoritarianism. Consolidation of power, achieved through democratic means, is a tempting phenomenon. Regimes are slowly being wrapped up in totalitarianism or dictatorship. Nationalism and patriotism are aroused. The fear factor is created by introducing “foreign enemies”. Minorities are being targeted. To streamline the influence of fear, several practices and arrangements are mobilized. Judiciary, the intelligence agencies, the income tax department, the police forces, state-sponsored “terrorism” are the channels to move democracy towards autocracy. In this exercise, the media is disciplined or regulated for the smooth acceptance of manufactured propagated material. It is a camouflaged process where the … Continue reading DEMOCRACY CRADLE OF DICTATORSHIP

NEED TO GO BEYOND GDP

Elected politicians all over the globe often boast about their economic achievements when their countries’ GDP goes up. And countrymen are impressed. For example, Trump can pride himself as the USA’s GDP has grown to $21.7 trillion last year, a massive gain that makes the country the most significant economic power in the world. GDP stands for gross domestic product, meaning the total market value of all the goods and services produced within the country. That gross production includes everything produced and purchased, services generated and bought, and investments made. When the GDP number of a given year is divided … Continue reading NEED TO GO BEYOND GDP

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

PERILS OF DEMOCRACY

In democratic-elect governments like India, Turkey,  the Philippines, and several African, Central, and South American nations, there is an emerging wave of fascism and despotism. Liberalism, meaning individual and minority rights, are fading in these countries led by demagogues invoking the sentiments of nationalism and patriotism. Greek philosopher Plato in 380 B.C., predicted the peril of democracy that can lead to the rule of tyrants supported by the majority population. -By Promod Puri Continue reading PERILS OF DEMOCRACY

“20-20-20” FORMULA FOR RELAXING EYES:

Computer screen and our eyes don’t see eye to eye with each other. But we can’t avoid their working relationship. We know, prolong staring rather than looking at the screen is damaging to our eyes. Staring means reduced or no blinking of eyes, while looking involves frequent blinking. The ideal is 12 blinks per minute while on the computer. Ophthalmologists suggest a “20-20-20” formula to avoid tired or dry eyes. That means taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes, and to look at something 20 feet in distance. This eye break allows both relaxation and plenty of blinks. –Promod Puri Continue reading “20-20-20” FORMULA FOR RELAXING EYES:

NO ARMIES, NO ENEMIES

“I belong to a small country that was not afraid to abolish its army in order to increase its strength. In my homeland, you will not find a single tank, a single artillery piece, a single warship, or a single military helicopter. Today we threaten no one, neither our own people nor our neighbors. Such threats are absent not because we lack tanks but because there are few of us who are hungry, illiterate, or unemployed.” -Ex Costa Rican President Oscar Aria, 1987 Noble Peace Prize winner. Continue reading NO ARMIES, NO ENEMIES

Red Thread Around Wrist

A NEW FAD OF HINDU IDENTIFICATION: Red thread around the wrist (right for men and left for women) is the new fad of Hindu ritualistic identification. Called Mauli or Kalva, it is tied by a priest or an elderly person after a ceremonial event. The wearer is supposed to keep the thread until it is worn out. The literal meaning of Mauli in Sanskrit is ‘crown,’ which means, above all. There are several mythological stories about the origin of Mauli, as well as claims of health benefits. The red cotton thread is often mixed with small colors of yellow or … Continue reading Red Thread Around Wrist

WHAT CAUSES CLIMATE CHANGE

Carbon Dioxide is the gas which is blamed, and rightly so, for warming the earth atmosphere. In fact, its concentration in our atmosphere is only 0.041 percentage. Whereas, all the human activities contribute just about 32 percent of 0.041% of the total amount of carbon dioxide. But carbon dioxide has a very strong influence on climate because of its ability to absorb heat emitted from our planet’s surface, keeping it from escaping out to space. And that causes the escalating phenomenon of climate change. -By Promod Puri Continue reading WHAT CAUSES CLIMATE CHANGE

Seeking Cause Or Causes Of 9/11s Worldwide

9/11 is the anniversary date of a major terrorist attack on the American soil September 11,2001. 9/11s have happened before and after. These are still occurring all over the globe. It befell on Vietnam, Iraq, and continues in Afghanistan and Syria. 9/11s erupts every now and then in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Call it the culture of gun violence, 9/11s happen several times a year on the American soil too. They say terrorists carry 9/11s. True. Regimes are also major players in developing, creating and executing 9/11s. It is a symptom and cause theory as Obama says in a different … Continue reading Seeking Cause Or Causes Of 9/11s Worldwide

Swing Like A Pendulum

People with free mindset attitude swing like a pendulum. Passing through the Centre, they move to the religious, social or political ideologies of the Left or Right, atheist or theist, but not committed to any of them. The world will be a better place if more people join the pendulum instead of being ideologically fanatics that can restrict the perception of ever-chabging issues confronting us individually or by the society we live in. -Promod Puri   Continue reading Swing Like A Pendulum

HINDU WORSHIPPING

Besides the devotional practices at dedicated places like temples, home or public shrines, a striking and environmental sensitive and gratifying feature of Hindu worshipping practices and reverence is the deification of natural landmarks like rivers, lakes, and mountains. There is divinity in all elements of nature as well as in plants and animals. The belief is that gods and goddesses manifest in them. And their adoration is part of Hindu ritualistic practices. Continue reading HINDU WORSHIPPING

REMEMBERING MUSIC DIRECTOR KHAYYAM

by Promod Puri   In my warm tribute to accomplished Indian music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, popularly known as Khayyam, who died in Mumbai August 20, here is one of my most favorite songs composed by him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXdJJvpgTvw It is sung by versatile singer Asha Bhonsle who won several awards for her classical presentation under Khayyam’s direction. The song was performed on the screen by talented actor Rekha. The wordings were penned by Aligarh University Urdu scholar and poet Akhlaq Mohammad Khan ‘Shahryar’. Khayyam was one of the few music directors who in the real sense were composers. Famous … Continue reading REMEMBERING MUSIC DIRECTOR KHAYYAM

ALASKA: A REAL ESTATE BARGAIN AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE

By Promod Puri In today’s real estate many homes and even apartments in the world’s big cities, including Vancouver, are priced over five million dollars. Now moving backward over a century ago, the US bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867. Still a bargain at $125 million in today’s dollars for 370 million of acres of pristine land rich in oil and other resources, and a major tourist destination. However, the entire Alaska region now is a vivid scene of deteriorating climate change thru its fast-melting glaciers. At some of the places, the climate change effects are so remarkable … Continue reading ALASKA: A REAL ESTATE BARGAIN AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE

In Business World Right Is Moving towards Left

“A new kind of capitalism seems to be emerging, one in which companies value communities, the environment, and workers just as much as profits,” according to Prof. Elizabeth Schmidt of the University of Massachusetts writing in The Conversation. Till now, it has been “shareholder capitalism,” where the only reason to run an enterprise to seek profits. However, in the last decade or so there has been tremendous ‘rebellion’ by consumers, Left-inclined workers, and environmentally-conscious investors to change the profit focus behavior in the corporate world. The social and environmental commitments seem to be the emerging culture in the conduct of … Continue reading In Business World Right Is Moving towards Left

WATERMELON, THE DELIGHT OF SUMMER

In the abundant rally of summer fruits, watermelon is the heavyweight champion. The green globe occupies its own majestic space in separate and more significant bins apart from the rest of the babies in comparison. Its real value lies in the sweet and ninety percent watery pulp. It is the delight of summer and pride of picnics. Being high in nutrients, doctors recommend watermelon as it lowers BP. In fact, the king of fruits is soaked in nutrients. It is loaded with lycopene, the antioxidant, which is said to control cancer and diabetes, according to WebMD. The selection of watermelon, … Continue reading WATERMELON, THE DELIGHT OF SUMMER

9.5% Chance Of Human Extinction in 2100:

It’s not just hydrogen bombs pushing us closer to oblivion, it’s climate change and the threat of ecological collapse. Researchers now estimate the likelihood of human extinction by 2100 at 9.5%. 2050: Estimated year civilization could collapse due to climate change, according to an Australian think tank. What To Do: For humans to fully address climate change will demand a World War-scale effort to remake energy, agriculture, infrastructure, and transportation systems. -Quartz on climate Eschatology. Continue reading 9.5% Chance Of Human Extinction in 2100:

ROADBLOCKS AND DEADENDS TO FREE THINKING

DEADENDS TO FREE THINKING: Marxism, Communism, Capitalism, theism, atheism, religious doctrines, and most other disciplines when offered as a prescription, formulated or no-questions-asked models to establish religious, social, and political systems, then these very ideologies lose their basic messages. Mindset fanatic attitude or behavior is installed. And that results in creating roadblocks or deadends to free thinking. -Promod Puri Continue reading ROADBLOCKS AND DEADENDS TO FREE THINKING

A 9-point Agenda For PM Modi To save India’s Democracy

1. Restore confidence in the judiciary 2. Restore confidence in the Election Commission 3. Restore the independence of media 4. Restore the independence of the Reserve Bank of India 5. Restore the supremacy of the country’s constitution 6. Restore the credibility of the department of statistics 7. Control fanatic bhagats lynching and terrorizing minorities, killing and threatening dissidents, writers, and journalists. 8. Remove the atmosphere of fear and vengeance. 9. Keep Hinduism intact, being damaged by Hindutva zealots. –Promod Puri (author Hinduism beyond rituals, customs, and traditions, websites: progressivehindudialogue.com, promodpuri.com, and http://promodpuri.blogspot.com/) Continue reading A 9-point Agenda For PM Modi To save India’s Democracy

BEAUTIFUL PUNJABI SONG

Kachi kali si nazuk dil mera ….koi sungh ke ainwen marhorh giya..jeeonda rave oh ji sadke ve jehrha laake mohabattan torh giya. This super hit Punjabi song from film Koday Shah (1953) has been one of my most favorites for a long time. The music by talented Sardul Kwatra is superb. I met Mr. Kwatra many years ago during one of his musical shows in Vancouver. When I praised him for his excellence in composing the music for Koday Shah, he humbly accepted the compliments. The song brilliantly sung by Shamshad Begum was also his favorite. Penned by Verma Malik, … Continue reading BEAUTIFUL PUNJABI SONG

Sahir Ludhianvi’s Romantic Poetry…pyar par bas to nahin hai—

Sahir Ludhianvi in his romantic mood penned this beautiful composition adorned with equal passion by Talat Mehmood and Asha Bhonsle in the film Sone Ki Chidiyya (1958). Asha Bhonsle did not say a word in the Song, but Music director O.P. Nayyar used her voice as soft ‘alaap’ enhancing the feelings of the poet. Pyaar par bas to nahin hai mera lekin fir bhi Tu bata de ki tujhe pyaar karun ya na karun Mere khwaabon ke jharokon ko sajaanewaali Tere khwaabon men kahin mera guzar hai ke nahin Puchhakar apani nigaahon se bata de mujhako Meri raaton ke mukddar … Continue reading Sahir Ludhianvi’s Romantic Poetry…pyar par bas to nahin hai—

Monkey Show of Goswami

The picture is deceiving, but this guy, with his glasses and intellectual look, was the most aggressive host I have ever seen on TV. The name I was told while watching the India election coverage with friends, is Arnab Goswami of Republic TV. I could digest the outpouring of results in favor of Modi and his party, but Goswami was totally barbaric in his language and actions. It was a monkey show with verbal diarrhea, Goswami was clapping, raising arms, jumping off and walking away from his seat. First, I took it as side entertainment, but later it became totally … Continue reading Monkey Show of Goswami

Sahir Ludhianvi in a different mood

Sahir Ludhianvi in his romantic mood penned this beautiful composition adorned with equal passion by Talat Mehmood and Asha Bhonsle in the film Sone Ki Chidiyya (1958). Asha Bhonsle did not say a word in the Song, but Music director O.P. Nayyar used her voice as soft ‘alaap’ enhancing the feelings of the poet. Pyaar par bas to nahin hai mera lekin fir bhi Tu bata de ki tujhe pyaar karun ya na karun Mere khwaabon ke jharokon ko sajaanewaali Tere khwaabon men kahin mera guzar hai ke nahin Puchhakar apani nigaahon se bata de mujhako Meri raaton ke mukddar … Continue reading Sahir Ludhianvi in a different mood

PUNJABI HUMOR FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Punjabis have a great sense of humor. And the people from both sides of the border between India and Pakistan share this personality trait as the blood in their veins. Recently while watching a TV talk show from Lahore, on the serious issue of donkey meat being sold as goat or beef in the country, I couldn’t stop laughing at the remarks of a comedian host joking around this issue as well. Here is how it goes… After having a delicious meal of Lahori kebobs in a restaurant, the comedian realized that the serving could be made from pure donkey … Continue reading PUNJABI HUMOR FOR ALL OCCASIONS

BREXIT: STUPID MOVE PUTS UK IN LIMBO

It was the most stupid decision Britishers made in its recent history to leave the European Union, and in which many among the whiter than the white immigrants joining the xenophobic racists. The nation is now stuck in the limbo as it cannot go back, and it can’t move forward. In the meantime, many multi-nationals are leaving the country and the small to medium industries are suffering. Down the road jobs will be lost by those who wanted to save them from immigrants. Social programs will be affected, as immigrants were allegedly been robbing the country of those benefits. Here … Continue reading BREXIT: STUPID MOVE PUTS UK IN LIMBO

David Sidoo, A Sacrificial Lamb

It is a case of compromising with ethics and risking his own reputation for the sake of securing a good future for his sons. This could be a sacrifice for the kids, but the laws are blind when decorated businessman and celebrated donor to the University of British Columbia, David Sidoo was arrested in the United States last Friday. The alleged charge is that Sidoo paid $100,000 in 2011 to have one individual to take the qualifying test in place of his older son for admission to a California University. The scheme worked, and the son got the required marks … Continue reading David Sidoo, A Sacrificial Lamb

What Happened When India Became A Republic

India adopted its own constitution on January 26, 1950, and became a republic. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was the law minister who was the principal author of the nation’s constitution. Among the most significant features of the constitution was declaring untouchability unlawful. “After centuries of hitherto unchallenged and illegal authority relating to human rights violations, Manusmriti in terms of laws of India became illegal overnight. “Under Manu’s dictum, the denial of intermarriage between different castes helped the caste system to gain its footing and fortify the social composition he envisioned. His optics resulted in an altogether new culture in the society … Continue reading What Happened When India Became A Republic

ON WHAT GROUND LEFTISTS BACKING VENEZUELA’S DICTATOR

Why the political Left must always support the dictatorial and one-man authoritarian regimes with the bogus tags of being socialist. This time it is Venezuela where the fraudulent dictator Nicolas Maduro is ruling the nation with the same style as his predecessor Hugo Chavez. Simply because of another aspirant to the presidency has been approved by the “capitalist” USA? In the meantime, the so-called socialist rule under Madura has put Venezuela under severe economic conditions where the very basic necessities of life are hard to get and buy. The law and order in the country are worst, the garbage is … Continue reading ON WHAT GROUND LEFTISTS BACKING VENEZUELA’S DICTATOR

Anarkali Offers Most Melodious Songs

Anarkali (1953) offers a bonanza of most melodious songs with superb poetic depths. C. Ramchandra composed tuneful and forever popular music of the film. A maestro in musical compositions, he liberally delivered his art in Anarkali. It was one of the very few films in which all the songs, without exception, were hit numbers for years and years. Even today listening to Anarkali songs offers delightful engagement both in its lyrical reflections and serene music. These songs  will always remain as crafted jewels with everlasting brilliance: Ye zindagi usiki hai, Aaja ab to aaja, Mujhse mat poochh, Dua kar gham-e-dil, … Continue reading Anarkali Offers Most Melodious Songs

Story Behind Lohri Song Dulla Bhatti Wala, Ho…

Lohri is a traditional Punjabi festival of pure secular nature. It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians. January 13th every year is the marked date for the festival in both India and Pakistan’s Punjab regions, and all over the world where Punjabis are settled. They say it is a celebration to mark the end of harsh winters of the region. But there is folklore linked to the popular Lohri song Dulla Bhatti Wala Ho…. It is “a legend of Dulla Bhatti, whose real name was Abdullah Bhatti and lived in Punjab during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Dulla Bhatti was regarded as … Continue reading Story Behind Lohri Song Dulla Bhatti Wala, Ho…

January 1st Should Be Declared Broken Promise Day:😃😃

Happy New Year, and along with it comes to my annual ritualistic list of do’s and don’ts. Over the years I, and I’m sure most of us, must have made hundreds of New Year resolutions. And if a fraction of them had been accomplished all these resolutions would have created a revolution in our lives. But it has never happened. We prepare a fresh list with some new promises along with the leftover from the previous years’ lot. In any case, the first day of the year is the right beginning to launch our consented commitments. And for that reason, … Continue reading January 1st Should Be Declared Broken Promise Day:😃😃

New Year Celebrations And Lonely Folks

While most of us are getting into the joyous mood of New Year eve celebrations in the company of friends and families, some folks are lonely and ending the last few hours of 2018 just being alone. In the company of their own self, they are away from society, families, and friends in the confines of their situations. Loneliness is not just being physically apart, it can be an emotional state as well. Fortunately, those who are alone they have company in the tech world of today. Thru the internet and many other gadgets, people are connected all the time … Continue reading New Year Celebrations And Lonely Folks

Over 56% of Calgarians voted against hosting ’26 Winter Olympics

Over 56% of Calgarians have voted against hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics in a recent poll conducted by the City. Olympics, especially the Winter Olympics, are elite sports only the rich nations can adequately participate in them hauling most of the medals and at the cost of enormous expense involved in building the facilities. There are other urgent needs where funds are desperately needed for the welfare of the entire society rather than a few athletes and corrupt builders. In that respect, Calgary’s “No” to the 2026 Winter Olympics is a wise choice. Olympics are highly competitive international sports. For the … Continue reading Over 56% of Calgarians voted against hosting ’26 Winter Olympics

BARBARIAN RULERS CREATE BAD IMAGE OF MUSLIMS WORLDWIDE 

“Muslims are savage.” And that is the unrealistic image many non-Muslims have worldwide. Muslims rulers in the Arab countries led by Saudi rogue autocrats are the ones who are mainly responsible for creating this misleading impression. In this age of social media, when news spreads very fast, the brutalities and killings in their kingdoms and arranged murders elsewhere, as has happened with Jamal Khashoggi recently, the savage impression of Muslims is established and widely generalized. Brutal Muslims rulers must be contained. Their behavior tarnishes the image of Muslims being humane and peaceful people. It is for that reason human rights … Continue reading BARBARIAN RULERS CREATE BAD IMAGE OF MUSLIMS WORLDWIDE 

LEARNING FROM SUNFLOWER IN PRAYERS TO SUN GOD

by Promod Puri Surya Devta or Sun god enjoys a unique status in Hindu iconography as the visible divine personality emerging from the horizon every day. But when it is not seen because of rain or cloudy sky, a devotee can learn from the devoutness of sunflower towards the Sun. Sunflower is a true devotee of Sun God. Rain or shine sunflower always follows its God in the direction it moves in the celestial circle. Sun’s celestial arrival frees a devotee from ritualistic customs or caste-based barricades and taboos to have an independent face to face obeisance and worship. The … Continue reading LEARNING FROM SUNFLOWER IN PRAYERS TO SUN GOD

The Symptom And Cause Theory Of 9/11

It is 9/11 today. The anniversary date of a major terrorist attack on the American soil September 11,2001. 9/11s have happened before and after. These are still occurring all over the globe. It befell on Vietnam, Iraq, and continues in Afghanistan and Syria. 9/11s erupts every now and then in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Call it the culture of gun violence, 9/11s happen several times a year on the American soil too. They say terrorists carry 9/11s. True. Regimes are also major players in developing, creating and executing 9/11s. It is a symptom and cause theory as Obama says in … Continue reading The Symptom And Cause Theory Of 9/11

RIGHT TO CHANGE RELIGIOUS VEHICLE

Religion basically is just a vehicle for delivering goods of spirituality, ethics, and morality. If the vehicle fails to deliver the desired goods or it is loaded with unethical and immoral junk by its operators, the recipient can refuse to accept that delivery. And rightfully seek another vehicle which only delivers the good stuff. In his apostasy, this is what social reformist and anti-caste crusader Dr.Bhumirao Ramji Ambedkar did. -by Promod Puri Continue reading RIGHT TO CHANGE RELIGIOUS VEHICLE

Back Lane Environmentalists

My salutation goes to those poor and destitute trash collectors who carry shopping carts or plastic bags collecting refundable empty beer, liquor, soda bottles, cans and juice containers while picking up the litter for a cleaner environment.   Monday is our garbage, compost and recycling pick up day.   The back lane becomes a goldmine. It has more foot traffic for collectors. The empties are the gold. These are dug out from garbage containers and blue boxes. And the booties are loaded in wobbling shopping carts or carried in tattered bags.   How much one can collect depends on how … Continue reading Back Lane Environmentalists

Legacies of Rajiv Gandhi And Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Soon names of streets, airports, schools, colleges and universities and other institutions in India will be dotted with the name of Atal Bihari Vajpayee by the BJP government, just like Congress did for Rajiv Gandhi. In the public eye, both leave a legacy of being gentleman-politicians. But for both them, their legacy also includes inciting and supporting the most heinous crimes against humanity. Rajiv Gandhi for being responsible for the carnage against Sikhs in Delhi and other parts of northern India. And Vajpayee for the anti-Muslim riots following the demolition of Babri Masjid and in Godhra, Gujarat. Continue reading Legacies of Rajiv Gandhi And Atal Bihari Vajpayee

FORGIVE AND FORGET

“Forgive and forget” is a popular simple lecture or preaching which is easy to give but hard to follow. For our own peace of mind, we may accept and attempt to follow the forgive-and-forget doctrine and move on with our lives. However, the hurt feelings take time to heal in our reconciliation effort. One can forgive. But forgetting can’t go away just by our wish. The latter is influenced by the biology of our memory. Whereas, forgetting involves our brain cells to evacuate an offensive infliction, forgiving needs to absorb in an expanded big heart. Forgiving can be possible while … Continue reading FORGIVE AND FORGET

LEFTISTS’ HERO FIDEL CASTRO LEGACIES:

Fidel Castro, the hero of the Communist-socialist world of the Leftists, was born 92 years ago on August 13,1926. The 1959 Fidel Castro’s armed political revolt had a utopian communist promise of prosperity for Cubans. With massive Russian aid, the country survived in meeting the basic needs of its people, and that included Cuba’s pride declaration of free education and the “best” medical system in the world. The dictatorial regime of 60 years of Castro did not turn the political revolt into an economic revolution. Moreover, typical of authoritarian and Communist regimes freedom of speech and expression were and still … Continue reading LEFTISTS’ HERO FIDEL CASTRO LEGACIES:

PAKISTAN’S DEMOCRACY IS AUTONOMOUS

The struggling democracy in Pakistan which marked the second consecutive transfer of power thru recent ballot is, in reality, more secure and solid than believed otherwise because of its built-in autonomous features. In 2010 Pakistan parliament, to enhance the country’s democratic choice has given its four provinces more local powers in tackling their regional issues. In areas of education, healthcare, agriculture, and many other local matters affecting the daily lives of people, Pakistan’s central government does not dictate or interfere in formulating provincial policies and governance. In its autonomous structure for its provinces lies the democratic strength of Pakistan. -By … Continue reading PAKISTAN’S DEMOCRACY IS AUTONOMOUS

TIME TO ABANDON GDP

GDP, annual gross domestic product, is the sum of all the goods and services produced by a nation. It numerically indicates the economic growth of a country. But GDP numbers can be manipulated, especially in controlled socialist regimes and by so-called democratic governments across the globe. Besides vulnerable of being corrupted by the deceiving governments, GDP is a flawed measurement to present the true picture of a nation. After all, the economy is not the only valuable indicator of how a nation is doing. There are equally other factors such as inequality, well-being, happiness, and environment, which are important as … Continue reading TIME TO ABANDON GDP

DRINKING WITHOUT STRAWS

The big environmental cheering is that Starbucks plans to discard the use of plastic straws globally by 2020. Perhaps, the time-frame of two years is needed so the customers can learn or simply de-habituate themselves to enjoy Starbucks cold beverages without straws. Straws for drinking purposes are certainly a big environmental wastage. They are part of the eight million plastic tons of new plastic entering our oceans every year and stays there. If the trend continues, it is estimated that in 32 years from now oceans will contain more plastic than fish. Drinking thru a straw has never been a … Continue reading DRINKING WITHOUT STRAWS

No Land Title Cause of Poverty Worldwide

Across the world, land registries are inefficient and unreliable – or even downright corrupt. In Honduras, some government officials altered the country’s land ownership database, stealing property for themselves – including beachfront getaways. In many African countries, more than 90 percent of rural land is not registered. In Ghana, 78 percent of land is unregistered, and the country’s courts have a long backlog of land dispute cases. In India, millions of rural families lack legal ownership of the land they live and work on. The lack of secure land ownership is a bigger cause of poverty in the country than … Continue reading No Land Title Cause of Poverty Worldwide

FANATICS CAN DEMOLISH DISGRACED KATHUA TEMPLE

Before goons and fanatics (using the word Hindu for them disgraces my sacred religion) demolish another mosque or church, they can go and bulldoze the Kathua temple, a disgraced structure now, and a symbol of national shame and stigma. Till now it was a place of reverence and tranquility. But the temple’s sanctity and divinity were grounded by its very custodian, the caretaker priest and his accomplices in the vicious and disgusting acts of rape and murder of just eight-year-old girl within its premises. That too, right in the presence of murtis of Hindu goddesses from whom they seek morality … Continue reading FANATICS CAN DEMOLISH DISGRACED KATHUA TEMPLE

UTOPIA INVITES TROUBLES

“Utopias are idealized visions of a perfect society. Utopianisms are those ideas put into practice.This is where the trouble begins.” This is called dystopia. Writes Michael Shermer Publisher, Skeptic magazine. “Dystopias are failed social experiments, repressive political regimes, and overbearing economic systems that result from utopian dreams put into practice.”https://qz.com/1243042/utopia-is-a-dangerous-ideal-we-should-aim-for-protopia/ Continue reading UTOPIA INVITES TROUBLES

Redesigning Political & Economic Systems

Redesigning of our political and economic systems based on changing social needs as well as our ethical and environmental commitments will be more viable, responsive and revered than the outdated, impractical and utopian Socialist idealism, and greedy Capitalism. The contemporary world society seeks that the idiosyncrasy of the present sociopolitical Left and the Right cultures should be replaced by a new political and economic ideology. An integrated approach is needed where modern sciences, ethics, and environmental updates can be part of both the political and economic systems -Promod Puri Continue reading Redesigning Political & Economic Systems

WHEN DEMOCRACY CHANGES TO AUTHORITARIANISM

Democratic freedoms breed authoritarianism. Consolidation of power, achieved through democratic means, is a tempting phenomenon when regimes are slowly being wrapped up in totalitarianism. Nationalism is aroused, and the fear factor is introduced by scapegoating foreign enemies and targeting the minorities. To streamline the influence of fear several practices and arrangements are mobilized. Judiciary, the intelligence agencies, the income tax department, the police forces, state-sponsored ‘terrorism,’ and the disciplined media are the channels to move democracy towards fascism. It is a camouflaged and uneven process which the majority and middle class naively get adapted to acceptable disturbance to fake national … Continue reading WHEN DEMOCRACY CHANGES TO AUTHORITARIANISM

Should Politics Be Separated From Religion?

“Politics and religion must be kept separate” is an acknowledged doctrine in secular and democratic-socialist systems. But there are elements in most religions that 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. It is a fact that the laws of the land with their universal application have been constituted from religious teachings to institute political ideologies. Barack Obama cites that “The Majority of great reformers in American history were not only motivated by faith but repeatedly used religious language … Continue reading Should Politics Be Separated From Religion?

Mega-Havan: What A Nonsense

Precious woods for a mega-Havan are being burnt in Uttar Pradesh, India, when the poor are desperately looking for some fuel for cooking. In this ritual protein-rich ghee is also used in very large quantities, rather it can be given to malnourished poor children for their growth. All the Havan stunts are being performed in the name of purification of the atmosphere, but these rituals definitely add to more pollution. -Promod Puri, author Hinduism Beyond Rituals,Customs And Traditions progressivehindudialogue.com Continue reading Mega-Havan: What A Nonsense

God And Religion Of Stephen Hawkins

Physically-challenged Stephen Hawking’s mind explored the cosmos, and from where he got a clear picture of how the universe came into existence. In this quest, he could not find the god commonly believed to be up there and responsible for this creation. However, as a physicist, he found his god in his dedicated daily karmas (works) in the astronomical objects that are too massive and dark to be anything but “black holes” of bottomless pits, and in the Quantum theory explaining the universe at the subatomic depths. His God was in his thoughts and works which is more meaningful and … Continue reading God And Religion Of Stephen Hawkins

Cavities In Cuban Communism

Cuba has one of the lowest rates of internet usage in the Western Hemisphere, and access to media is strictly restricted—but that doesn’t stop Cubans from watching Game of Thrones. Their secret is El Paquete Semanal (“The Weekly Packet”), a clandestine in-person file-sharing network that distributes hard drives and flash drives full of media. Nobody quite knows how El Paquete, which has thrived since the mid-2000s, is created or how it makes its way across the country every week. -Quartz Continue reading Cavities In Cuban Communism

Stephen Hawking’s God & His Dharma

For most of us we have a mindset personified image of God. And that is what Hawkins rejected. His God resided in his rational thinking and dedicated research which was in the cosmos world and beyond. For that reason he knew more about God than the god most of us perceive. His God was in his thoughts and works or karma, not in a ritualistic religious place. It is wrong to say that Hawkins was not a religious person. His karma was his dharma. -Promod Puri Continue reading Stephen Hawking’s God & His Dharma

Power Of Now Is Powerless Without Past & Future

Past, present, and future are interlinked, and complimenting to each other with indelible events, experiences, karmas, and imaginations. The act of managing the future involves gathering and distilling the right information from the archives of the past within the time span of the present. The independence of “now” does not exist. Understanding and embracing the “power of now” are in fact related to past and future moments. Any expression of the “now” moment like, “I am very happy and enjoying myself,” is compared to the past or future moments. The comparison or contrast with past or future moments gives “now” … Continue reading Power Of Now Is Powerless Without Past & Future

How the flu works its way into Our body

-Laura Haynes, Prof. of Immunology, University of Connecticut Influenza virus causes an infection in the respiratory tract, or nose, throat and lungs. The virus is inhaled or transmitted, usually via your fingers, to the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes. It then travels down the respiratory tract and binds to epithelial cells lining the lung airways via specific molecules on the cell surface. Once inside the cells, the virus hijacks the protein manufacturing machinery of the cell to generate its own viral proteins and create more viral particles. Once mature viral particles are produced, they are released from … Continue reading How the flu works its way into Our body

IRRESPONSIBE MEDIA CREATED ATWAL CONTROVERSY

The Jaspal Atwal controversy relating to prime minister Justin Trudeau’s recent visit to India, in reality, is indeed a non-issue from the very beginning. It was in fact created by the Canadian media, led by the CBC. There are three reasons for its generation and development: 1. The Canadian media is sensational, 2. The Canadian media is racist, 3. The Canadian media is immature. As a result, the prime minister and his accompanying Liberal MPs were caught up in a web of their own political naivety. Moreover, the entire Canadian Sikh community has been brought into focus, and the Khalistan … Continue reading IRRESPONSIBE MEDIA CREATED ATWAL CONTROVERSY

WHY ONCE A CRIMINAL IS SOCIETY’S OUTCAST FOR REST OF LIFE:

This is a question which seeks an answer from a moral or ethical perspective. A person attempts to commit a terrible crime but fails in his or her mission. The individual, however, is apprehended, charged and while accepting graveness of the criminality, is punished with a jail sentence. After completing the required period of the jail term with proper behavior certification, the person moves back to society and starts his or her life afresh as a good citizen. Does society have the moral conviction to treat the person as an outcast for the rest of his or her life? -Promod … Continue reading WHY ONCE A CRIMINAL IS SOCIETY’S OUTCAST FOR REST OF LIFE:

Introduction of Hinduism In America

The American public formally learned about Hinduism was through the World’s Parliament of Religions, a gathering of practitioners of different faith traditions, which took place in Chicago in 1893. It was at that time when the American public first saw and heard people from “Eastern” religions, including Hindus and Buddhists, on their own soil. Vivekananda, a young monk representing Hinduism famously began his speech hailing his hosts as “brothers and sisters of America.” It was most unusual for an Indian monk to embrace the audience as a single family, at a time when societies were segregated and racial superiority was … Continue reading Introduction of Hinduism In America