Posts Tagged Mahabharat
Indian elite are prone to debating non-issues ad infinitum. One such raging debate is about the change of a name in Haryana. It has fuelled the imagination of the English media moguls, who were spurred to instant offence at the Haryana government announcing suddenly their decision to change the name of Gurgaon to Gurugram. Both mean the same. It is only a change in spelling. For correct phonetic transcription, it is right to do so. For the elite, Gurgaon is the millennium city, a city to which they “belong”. All debate must end with right spelling of the place as “Gurugaon” without introducing the stronger to pronounce Gurugram. It needs effort on the part of the user to say Gurugram whereas Gurugaon flows smoothly. It should satisfy the government and the elite alike.
India is a country which laid great emphasis on acquisition of knowledge (Gyan). It was a practicing knowledge society devoted to seek more and more knowledge in diverse fields such as health, longevity (Ayurvigyan), mathematics, botany, chemistry, physics, statistics, environment, climate, agriculture, animal husbandry, astronomy, philosophy, literature, language and several other fields. Consider this pithy vocation: “Gyanam paramam dhyeyam”. It translates into Attainment of knowledge is the highest goal.
India is witnessing a conflict of medievalism and modernity. The elite class claims to belong to modernity, professes secularism, democracy, human rights, equality, justice and everything else that goes by the markings of modernity. As against it, a large number of people practice medieval way of life, rejecting everything that resembles ever distantly as modern. But it is just not India as the whole world is engulfed in this war. This war, whenever it takes place, will prove to be the most devastating one. The freedom of the human mind is likely to emerge victorious thereafter. But will it? Or the process of further human bondage has already begun?
Last month by-elections to some state assemblies were held. In Bihar elections were held for 10 seats. The decimated opposition comprising sworn enemies for decades like the JD(U) of Nitish Kumar, RLD of Lalu Yadav and Congress of Sonia Gandhi sewed up an electoral alliance to check the BJP. These parties have been accusing each […]
What should be the age of innocence in a person’s life? When does one get over the emotional self? Is there any real value of emotions in the purest form? Is being an excessively calculating in the affairs of life a better option? What distinguishes innocence from shrewdness? Does one outgrow innocence or should one […]
It is now almost a year since the Transparency Revolution under the leadership of Anna Hazare gathered steam. It received tremendous public support. The success of this revolution itself became its biggest enemy. The whole political class felt threatened. Its political implications became crystal clear to them after the field experience in an election, where […]