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.
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.
Question : Is it not unfair to continue reservation in education and employment opportunities without a definite period ?
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.
- A Review – R.K.Sudan
At the first glimpse, one wonders why this 140 paged small format was brought out in a book form when all this could well have been published online as an essay. However, the author explains that he wanted to write a small book which the reader can go through in a couple of hours. Point taken, but you certainly need more than that a couple of days actually.
Anderson tries to explain scientifically how faith evolved in human mind whereas it has been proved that no ‘god centre’ existed in the brain. Darwin’s Natural Selection is based on the concept of adaptation to the environment.
Many of us don’t know how to seek happiness for ourselves and how to utilize it for our enjoyment. Often we don’t realize the value of what we have at hand and that it is a great opportunity to sustain our joy. We miserably lose this by an unwanted comparison with the status of the others around us. Jealousy creeps in unaware. This eventually begins the process of sorrow.
Some years back, many philosophers and historians jointly conducted a seminar in the U.S. The purpose of the seminar was to seriously study if we all returned to a family life pattern that existed some two hundred years back, would it be a better life than the present one. They had serious discussions on them.