TAKING A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF QUAKES

The tragic Nepal quake is an opportunity to learn and understand the threats of great temblors.

The Nepal earthquake of April 25 is the largest in the Himalayan region since the 1934 quake which measured 8.2 on the Richter scale and destroyed not only parts of central Nepal but also the plains of northern Bihar in India. Mahatma Gandhi, shaken by the Bihar tragedy, wrote in the Harijan that the earthquake was “providential retribution to India’s failure to eradicate untouchability”. Although this statement dismayed the rationalist in Jawaharlal Nehru, it was Rabindranath Tagore who dared Gandhi by sending a letter to the Harijan saying, “Physical catastrophes must have origin in physical facts”.  When Tagore, always far ahead of his times, made this insightful statement, the science of earthquakes had not developed. It was only in the 1960s that plate tectonics explained the origin of earthquakes.

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THE SUPERSTITIONS OF THE GREAT INDIAN MIDDLE CLASS

While the terminology that I have used may sound sarcastic, it would be an attempt for introspection as the one who has written and those who read all belong to this category! While the population of our country itself is huge the large group of people who can be said to constitute the middle class- that is who do not fall into the category of 1 per cent of the super rich or that of the ultra poor who may constitute 40 per cent, those who fall in the middle of the either or we the middle class who are the most vocal, cantankerous, argumentative and probably the most superstitious too! Well,

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INTOLERANCE INCONGRUOUS IMPEDIMENT FOR THE PROGRESS OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION

- WRITTEN AND COMPILED : NIETZSCHE

Human mind has  not remained static, starting from the ‘Day one’ of human existence on the earth. The ‘Day one’ may be perceived differently by people according to their knowledge background, reasoning outlook they possess or the blind faith on mythological foundation. Mythical base says  the existence of humans on the earth, ‘all of a sudden’ as the creation of omnipotent god.

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RETROGRADE MOVE OF NEOLIBERALISING CHILD LABOUR

As a major policy change, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has come forward (backward in reality) in allowing children below 14 years in certain categories of business activities. The Union Cabinet has approved as a process to facilitate official amendment to the Child Labour (Prohibition& Regulation) Act 1986. At present, employment of children below 14 years is prohibited in all occupations and processes.

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PERIYAR SPEAKS : RELIGIOUS FANATICISM

Though religions were started thousands of years ago, though the originators of all religions are said to be great people endowed with divine powers and foresight and thought all religious doctrines are claimed to be sent to the world by the gods through saints and religious heads, all religious people are afraid that if constant propaganda is not done, their religions will perish. This nervous fear has been there right from the ancient times in the minds of the followers of all religions, without exception.

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