BHARATA RATNA AWARD TO THE SCIENTIST C.N.R. RAO SOME LESSONS BEHIND THE ‘SKY ABOVE AND THE MUD BELOW’ STORY

Announcement has been made by the Government of India  to confer Bharat Ratna titles on  the scientist Dr.C.N.R.Rao and the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for their outstanding contributions in their fields. But this announcement has brought along with it  controversies  as usual in Indian polity.

The award for the cricketer  is  attributed to the political sagacity of the  ruling political  party with an eye on the vote bank in the elections for five  state assemblies to be held very soon. There is nothing new about this as both the rulers and the citizens in our country are well accustomed to such politicisation in every move of the  governments. The obvious cannot be ruled out in this move also.  

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ATHEISTS CAN BE MORAL:POPE

Pope Francis said atheists could take moral decisions just like religious people, in an unprecedented letter to a left wing Italian daily. “The question for people who do not believe in god is listen to their consciences. Also for those without faith, sin is going against their conscience”, he said.

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Red Salute to the Renowned Rationalist, Dr.NARENDRA DABHOLKAR

RESPECTFUL HOMAGE TO THE MAJARASHTRIAN WARRIOR OF RATIONALISM
OUR GRIEF AND SHOCK AT THE BRUTAL ASSASSINATION

Red Salute to the Renowned Rationalist, Dr.NARENDRA DABHOLKAR

We  are  extremely  sorry to record  the demise
        of the social worker in the hands of the  

        meanest of creatures  who have obviously lost all the  intellectual battles but who rely on only this stone age  device to stifle the voice of  dissent. We strongly condemn this dastardly act of the cowards and request the  persons concerned to book the culprits at once and  punish them severely.

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State and Religion in India

Indian constitution proudly claims to establish a secular democratic state in India. However, certain provisions in the constitution itself and the practices of government office holders and many political leaders and parties do not reflect the secular ethos.

It is true that India did not have had the legacy of renaissances and enlightenment, the precursors of secular spirit, as in Europe. Though leaders of the Indian freedom movement championed the vision of liberal, democratic, secular, egalitarian society, largely it remained lip-service and the masses had not imbibed the cultural prerequisites required for its realization in practice.

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Asiriyar Answers

Question : Is it not unfair to continue reservation in education and employment opportunities without a definite period ?

K.U.Dhileepan, Chennai

Answer : Who started reservation in education and employment opportunities? Is not the Manu Smirithi?It is the forerunner of reservation in education for Brahmins, and other division of labourers (not division of labour as distorted by the vested interests) to be ruled and to be condemned – the majority Shudras and Panchamas fourth and the fifth castes   and to make them slaves  without any right to get education or decent employment.When did it start? Many many millenniums ago!

The evil of this   time -  immemorial  social injustice has to be rectified; to be compensated to the disadvantaged . That is why this Affirmative Action. No question of terminus in this rectification.

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