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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OPEN LETTER TO Mr.DAVID CAMERON THE BRITISH PM

Dear Mr.David Cameron,

Greeting to you !

At first, we congratulate you with humanist fervour, your open initiatives and explicit appeal and action on  the humanistic cause of the  discriminated as well as injustice inflicted  Eelam Tamils  by the Sri Lankan Government, rendered by  you at the time of Commonwealth Heads of  Government Meeting (CHOGM ) held in Colombo recently.

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SMOKE FROM RELIGIOUS SITES ‘MELTING HIMALAYAN GLACIERS’

Holy smoke arising from Hindu funeral pyres, Muslim cemeteries and Buddhist temples are responsible for almost a quarter of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming on the Indian subcontinent and the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, a new study has claimed.

Researchers have long suspected that the rituals of religious devotion in India, Nepal and South Asia, may be a factor in the level of brown carbon and soot which pollutes the air in the region, but until now little work has been done to quantify the size of the problem.

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THE EU FLEXES ITS MUSCLES ON CASTE

The Europe Parliament’s recent resolution circumvents India’s contention that caste oppression does constitute racial discrimination

On October 10, the 766 members of the European Parliament, who represent just over half-a-billion people in 28-member-states, passed a historic resolution recognising caste-based discrimination and discrimination based on work and descent as a violation of human rights and an obstacle to development.

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