Appropriating Hinduism

May 30, 2006 at 9:44 pm (Uncategorized)

Hi,

Here is a paper that I wrote 3 years ago for UK’s philosophical journal.

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The Da Vinci Code

May 20, 2006 at 6:25 pm (Uncategorized)

I went for the release of Da Vinci Code, yesterday. I was awaiting this movie for a long time and in preparation re-read the book and solved all the puzzles of Google's da Vinci code quest and won a crypetex as prize… Probably, I was expecting too much out of the movie… The movie was a total disappointment… Read the rest of this entry »

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My Thesis

May 19, 2006 at 3:35 pm (Uncategorized)

My Thesis

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Arranged Marriages

May 12, 2006 at 1:36 am (India, Society)

What is an Arranged Marriage?

Arranged Marriage is a custom wherein the the marriage partner is decided by parents and society, instead of the intended parteners choosing each other by falling in love and pursuing methodical courtship.

I would like to discuss on the aspects of the Arranged marriage custom of Southern India, which has one of the highest instances of Arranged marriage among educated families, in the world. The practice is controversial and might even appear outright stupid for a casual observer. But, why do we still follow it? I wanted to pursue a deeper study in this and understand its concepts, as I would like to do with every other custom and tradition, particularly of my community. In this blog, let me put down some of my initial thoughts on this subject. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Moving Towards Mediocrity?

May 9, 2006 at 3:01 pm (Science, Society)

The greats posing for a photographThis is one topic that is troubling me for the last few years. Is the world moving towards mediocrity? Every era had its share of great persons in every field and the process of producing the greats kept on getting accelerated ever since 15th century. People like da Vinci, Newton, Keppler, Bismark, Adam Smith, Shakesphere… kept on arising in various fields and created various fields and revolutionized the entire society. But, do we still produce such greats in our era? Read the rest of this entry »

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Reservation Vs. Communism Vs. Racism

May 6, 2006 at 12:22 am (India, Politics, Society)

One of my friends put it fantasically – "Unity in diversity what politicians say, lets distribute fools also uniformly". Reservation, like Communism, is bad not just for its implementation, but it is rotten in its whole principle.

There are intelligent guys in every community and every walk of life. They have different economic and social backgrounds and so I agree that there is no equal competition. But, the purpose of this life is its competition and the struggle. Read the rest of this entry »

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India is Rising

May 6, 2006 at 12:20 am (Economy, India)

Taj Mahal For the last two weeks, I've been vigourously trying to read and re-read all India related articles on the news. I've read almost 600 articles on India's rising prowess and Bush's visit to India. In fact, it was too much of India that I forgot what all I read and where all I read. In a recent meeting of US Indians Politicial Action Committee, I heard lots of voices praising India. There were discussions on the famous nuclear deal (I must put a post on this) and India's crumbling infrastructure and redtapism fighting the zealous entrepeneurism and intellectual prowess of the youngsters. Newsweek put a cover story on India, every major newspaper described the story of India and ABC news has a great news coverage on "Ïndia rising" (video can be found here). Read the rest of this entry »

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India and China – A different Viewpoint

May 5, 2006 at 8:50 pm (Economy, India)

For the world economists, the biggest question before them is "Can India match China" and there are arguments and counter-arguments put forth for each of the sides. Both nations have lots of similarities, yet they are strikingly different. Thus, the comparison is very interesting and presents two entirely different spectrum of choices.
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Reservation is a crime against humanity

May 5, 2006 at 8:47 pm (India, Society)

What is common between German Holocaust, Srilankan Genocide (that wiped off all the top-performing Tamils in 1950's and became a seed for today's crisis), Russia's communism and India's reservation? They are all wars against a performing minority by unperforming majority. Worse, the war is so subtle that the victims are deaf against the drums of war. It is a slow and painful torture…
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Rang De Basanti

May 5, 2006 at 8:45 pm (Indian Freedom, Society)

Jalianwala Bagh MassacreToday, I saw the movie Rang de Basanti, a story about how 5 happy-go-lucky Indian youth get transformed into fiery revolutionaries and finally give up their live for a cause.

It left a deep emotional scar on me. It brings back the question that I keep asking me often.

What does freedom mean for a nation, where a girl gets raped every 4 seconds, a child is forced in slavery in work and taken away from education, where a person gets traped in bonded labor and a person is discriminated by untouchability and poverty? Read the rest of this entry »

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Protectionism in Europe

May 5, 2006 at 8:43 pm (Europe, Society)

Eiffel TowerFor those of you who didnt follow the youth riots in France, earlier this month, let me explain in brief. There was a labor law reform in France that would allow employers to hire and fire freely young employees, under the age of 26, for the first two years of trial period, which is felt as a ncessary reform for modern companies to work. But, riots erupted so much that the deal was throw out and the main architect of the deal – de Villepin's (French PM) political career is doomed.

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Magical Salaries

May 5, 2006 at 8:40 pm (Economy, Society)

"The more we carry, while we go up, the more is the chance of we falling down. So burrow up savings as you move up."

I read the report about the salaries of IIM graduates in India with a tinge of astonishment and jealously. The salaries of $150 – 200K are a steal, for B-schools that doesnt even rank in world's top 100. The other day, my mom was saying how my neighbor who recently graduated from IIM-A is getting 3 lakhs (1 lakh = 100,000 & by current exchange rate Rs. 1 lakh = $2200) per month and I can expect no more than that even in US in a prestigious company. I'm stunned by how fast times are changing and the revolutions we face before our own eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

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The beauty of Computational Science

May 5, 2006 at 8:31 pm (Computing, Science)

Mona Lisa My main interest lies in Computational Science (after all, we dont call astronomy as telescopic science or chemistry as test-tube science, then why do we call the study of computation by the dry word called computer science. We are supposed to study computation and its scientific model and dont bother about the creation of the tool called computer). I'm a die-hard fan of it, ever since I had my first Computational science class in my 8th grade. I believe that one of the greatest human work after fire and wheel lies in the invention of this field. How could I make such a preposturous statement? Read the rest of this entry »

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The Glorious Days of America

May 5, 2006 at 8:29 pm (American Society, Society)

Statue of LibertyWhen one reads through novels like Kane & Abel (by Jeffrey Archer) he can stop feeling the greatness of America during the early 20th Century. I dont think any nation in the history of the world managed to grow so fast into an undomitable country that can influence the world's economy, science, arts, politics and culture. America's stunning glory can be traced to the period of late 19th Century to early 20th Century, when legendary humans populated this new nation. It's stunning to see how much they changed our lifestyles.
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The Great Tank Man

May 5, 2006 at 8:25 pm (Politics)

Tank Man in ActionOne of the most incredible personalities in the recent history is this tank man of China. During the Tianenmen square protests, where Chinese students wanted democracy and gathered at the historic tianenmen square, in Beijing, they witnessed such a blood and horror that charecterized our era. The Chinese government used tanks and heavy armoury to break the protest of innocent, weaponless students. But, one man chose to defy them. He stood valiantly against all the tanks and its stunning to look at that picture and the video, where a human 'warrior' stands brave against dozen armoured tanks. See this video. Read the rest of this entry »

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