Archive for: May 2014

The emasculating effect of ahimsa (Part 3)

None other than the Dalai Lama himself said recently, “When dealing with terrorists, with whom we cannot reason, and who are bent upon violence, we cannot continue to be non-violent as a matter of policy”, or something to that effect. This was highlighted publicly by none other than our current Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who said, “It’s a sad conclusion that the Dalai Lama had drawn, but the right conclusion”. Wonder if the destruction of the historic Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan not-so-long ago by the Taliban in Afghanistan was in his mind when His Holiness made that startling remark.

The question is, is ahimsa synonymous with Indian culture and political philosophy as it has been made out to be ever since Gandhi emerged on the scene? Has ahimsa always been the b Continue Reading..


Cliff Samuel
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Cliff Samuel

Sword and Shield: Rusting away?

Most of us would have cast our votes in the recent Parliamentary elections, praying for a better future and a better India – not just for Facebook selfies. Voter turnout has generally been better than at any time in the past. Touted as the “world’s largest elections” this election was being watched closely by the international media for more reasons than one. With the Narendera Modi led BJP now forming the next government, all eyes are on that party and its leaders. Not without reason.

Once considered one of the biggest success stories in Asia after China, India’s rising economic growth has totally slumbered to near standstill. The union government and several state governments are running budgets with high fiscal deficits. Funding for infrastructure projects like national highways, irrigation programmes, power generation etc., has fallen to its lowest rate of growth in more than a decade. Foreign investment is trickling down and the Rupee has devalued badly. Indi’s foreign policy is directionless. The Indian armed forces are rotting from the inside and the spending on defence has fallen to a measly 1.74% of the GDP – the lowest since the 1962 debacle with China. In this two-part series, we take a journey through the challenges and hurdles that await the new government on both the Foreign Policy and Defence fronts. Continue Reading..


Kirish Raj
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Kirish Raj

Bill, Dil, Pyaar Vyaar!

Students at a local school were assigned to read two books, ‘Titanic’ by Ed Marsh and ‘My Life’ by Bill Clinton, and compare then them.

One student turned in the following book report, with the proposition that they were nearly identical stories!
His cool professor gave him an A+ for this report :

Titanic:  Cost – $29.99
Clinton:  Cost – $29.99 Continue Reading..


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Ramnathan Shanker