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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Perils of Identity

Yes true but fundamentally and objectively if we look at it we can understand a lot.

It is not only about profession it is about every external identity.

For that matter any external identity because it ends up occupying our time and mind space so much that without realizing it such external identities become our second nature and slowly like a parasite devours our original nature.

Then we also succumb to such identities as it was us who chose, allowed and decided to wallow in the supposed worthiness of all those identities starting from religion, culture, language, thrust upon relationships and so on.

However, can we avoid any such identity is a big puzzle?

Sometimes it is out of our own jubilant choice and sometimes it gets tagged out of necessity of circumstances.

We cannot avoid many identities. Should we deny or try to drive away or try to compare or extrapolate with some ideology etc?

The answer is a big ‘No’.

However, we need not get addicted to any identity and also we can tolerate other identities.

Only such practical attitude can lead to some sane and peaceful social life.

“All of us have our own inner fears, beliefs, opinions. These inner assumptions rule and govern our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself. Its power arises from the fact that you accept it mentally.” Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

We must realize that the subconscious mind is the law of action and always expresses what the conscious mind has impressed on it. What we regularly entertain in our mind creates a conception of self. What we conceive ourselves to be, we become.” Grace Speare.

Peace and Harmony are defined indirectly by wanting too much of same Identity in everyone and everywhere and want of  Tolerance.

Most importantly we must acquire the wisdom to make unbiased balanced views on everything concerned with life so that we can try to grasp the meaning of life with all its harsh realities and real hues and facets of variety that life is made of.

http://contentwriteups.blogspot.in/2016/02/meaning-of-life.html



Civilization requires to view things in contextual relevance and perspective

Hindutva extremism or anti-Hindutva extremism both will have their own logical end as evolution deems fit.

It is true that all human beings were at sometime cannibals and continue for longtime non-vegetarian on the planet.

Running to scripture for either justifying or debating or denouncing or denying [like Vishka Hrai on gender equality] anything by itself is inherently illogical as scriptures were records of moral codes, social rules and regulations, traditions, cultures, entertainments etc practiced several centuries ago.

No scripture is either a panacea or a final authority on anything, much less a comprehensive manual of reference for everything.

Besides, nothing prevents any individual or society from emancipating into civilization-if this term offends some- a different way of living by shedding existing habits and traditions.

But all said and done any activity and every activity need not be politicized and be subject to some bipolar extremism of for and against and carry on in endless debates with in inundation of ancient texts.


It is doing injustice to both the ancient scriptures and the subject at hand and also exposes the inability of human race to view things in contextual relevance and perspective.

Economics

Economics

To a very great extent  economics is  all about unbiased observations, unprejudiced perceptions, doing away with defensive statistical justifications, cutting off camouflaging irrelevant logical fallacies, chaffing off bombastic jargon, curtailing the instinct to churn out untested or untestable theories  and instead engage in interpretations of all the observed facts  uninfluenced by any ideological affiliations taking into consideration various factors that impact and/or involved in these facts appropriate to the context and relevant to the region.

Life is an unmapped atlas which gets its maps based on our choices, beliefs, actions, reactions, thoughts, attitudes etc and it is our hands to make each one of these continents as great and as good as possible

A non specialist common observer’s point of view:-


In the present scenario of globalized socio-economic structures it is wise not to take pride in exclusion or suffer isolation in any domain for whatever ideological or nationalistic reasons or belief systems or religious bigotry  and instead it is advisable, at least, to feign to be a part of global aspirations and activities.

However, at the same time it is equally true that at present international lobbies, mafias do not exercise that much of an impact especially where the political dispensation is sane and concerned about its nation’s economic and social welfare along with its ability to contribute and its utility to international economic activities through institutional policy driven developmental activities without being xenophobic for any internal political considerations and/or for  appeasing certain religious bigots.

When such a clean structured development process is in place what is vital is proper leadership in decision making authority and perfect vision with various arms of the government carrying out the vision with synergy and concomitant cooperation.

In such a situation no individual bureaucrat , much less a professional, manning any particular institution is indispensable, however great or smart or qualified or hyped or well connected  he/she may be, if he/she happens to not to fit into the scheme of things and fails to operate with synergy.

Essence of progress is in policies, performances and programs and political decision making and does not hinge on one or two professionals executing them or manning them.

All professionals in various ministries and departments must remember that they are the executing arm of the policy decisions taken by the parliament or similar authorities.


It is also preferable that top posts to important institutions are decided on various factors relevant to vision and mission of the institution and the interests of the nation and its citizens; and not on personal whims or media sponsored publicity or hype [while the former is a benign cancer the latter is a malign cancer and hence both must be avoided].

Besides like life itself, modern economics is too complex and operates with multiple dimensions and myriad dynamics involving various factors and keeps changing its patterns like those of a kaleidoscope in a monkey’s hand.

So, it is possible still that any nation could be trapped into trouble equipped with all the accumulated knowledge of past patterns of operations of economics.

That’s why whatever the theoretical and technical expertise were, no one could prevent nor avoid the great recession of boom to bust from 2007 to 2009.



Awareness and alertness to welcome or ward off things that emerge from various manipulations and scheming of international politics and economics along with intra-national relationships is more important for economic stability and strength. 

Demonetization

                                                    Demonetization





Democracy

                                         Democracy 

In terms of chronological classification as ‘time-tested’ with relation to human life democracy is relatively too young compared to say monarchy and other socio-political systems.

Democracy like mass literacy  or anti-biotic, is accepted for want of a better alternative and sometimes we adopt it in totality as if it is the only method or succumb to it and unfortunately it also becomes  inevitable in certain circumstances.


However, within it or along with it or beyond it we can always play around.



Until and unless we have better alternatives or keep trying for better alternatives or at least allow space to think of better alternatives and also ensure to make the vested interest groups involved in promoting certain methods, all great thoughts, ideas and speeches will remain as unfertilized potential eggs pandering to  few moments of sensational titillation.




This also, invariably happens because of our utter disgust with existing systems. We tend to oversimplify or over generalize extremely complicated and complex issues which is as bad or little less as those who have been trying to homogenize human beings, especially their psychological aspirations, feelings and creativity.



AAP the mask and more


Evaluations

Evaluations may be defined as E=mc² i.e. Evaluations= Mental manifestations in Contexts.

A matter of evaluating Demonetization, vital mistake we must desist from in evaluating anything is extrapolating with anything either our ideological bias or inferred benefits.


Economic activities as aspects of social engineering and governance need not necessarily be and explicitly always be about short term gains.



On evaluation even great research works like the bulky  ‘Evaluation: A Systematic Approach‘ by Peter H. Rossi, Mark W. Lipsey, and Howard E. Freeman first published  get such reviews like ‘There is never any clear instruction about how one should begin an evaluation or how one should proceed’.

The most comprehensive book on evaluations ‘ Making Evaluation Matter-a practical guide for evaluators’ by Cecile Kusters with Simone van Vugt, Seerp Wigboldus, Bob Williams and Jim Woodhill also emphasizes certain factors repeatedly and predominantly they are context/situation, situational responsiveness, stake holders, inherent qualities of the project /program/person being evaluated ,multiple roles, consequence awareness etc
Even this material also throws lot of light on evaluation ‘American Journal of Evaluation-2011-Smith-565-99.pdf

Here I am tempted to quote, “Friend to Groucho Marx: “Life is hard…” Grouch Marx to Friend: “Compared to what?”


It is preferable to  immerse  any topic or subject matter, primarily and basically with its intrinsic elements/components/aspects/attributes intact, into a cauldron which has  a mixture of all these- knowledge based analysis, limited perception based on frames of reference and scales of observation, skepticism , criticism, intellectual scrutiny, compassionate emotionalism, humane socialism, rational thinking, contextual relevance [ which includes too many components] , traditions, practical viability, psychological comfort, aesthetic sensitivity, scientific scrutiny etc and  churn the cauldron without clinging on to any particular restrictive social, cultural or political or religious identity.

This process inevitably will bring out lot of outputs. We can exercise our freedom and sometimes select and choose some of the outputs. Sometimes the outputs will draw us. Sometimes away from all or any of our intended searches and seeking, outside the circle of these known paradigms, almost tangentially serendipity will drag us to an oasis of serene clarity.

At all costs the intrinsic attributes must be the predominant factor so that whatever is thrown into the cauldron and however it is churned, the ultimate output must include those attributes so that evaluation is not distorted or desperately doctored to fit into any predefined and expected outcome.

So, what pans out ultimately depends on various factors and aspects some of which are explainable within the ken of logical and rational thinking but some are beyond these.

We can also observe uneasily how the human intellect polished by a rare faculty
[ compared to other species]  of conscious awareness, capacity to think, store the knowledge, retrieve it for reference and so on  is mostly, unwilling to take the risk of accepting the uncertain; the intellectually undecipherable and the inexplicable outcomes, even if such acceptance is branded, extolled and promoted as virtues of humility or modesty.

“Get out of your own way… stop the paralysis by analysis… decide what you want, create a simple plan, and get moving!” - Steve Maraboli.

I beg you… to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke.

“Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true.” ― Ram Dass.



Leftover LEFT in media and academia needs psychiatric treatment.

Leftover LEFT in media and academia needs psychiatric treatment.

Leftover LEFT is an outdated ideology which is anti-social, anti-humanistic and anti-developmental in nature and by nurture.



Left has for too long supported anti-social, anti-national, anti-developmental and in all cases anti-humanistic [everywhere] violent groups.

If we skim through the annals of history this becomes obvious they did and do with various outfits religious, social, ideological and so on which are fundamentally against order and orderly and peaceful living.

When their own script ran anywhere in history it manifested only violence and which was euphemistically called it as social revolution.

Thank goodness that they never called it humanistic revolution.

Their selective projections and slogan based fraternity and collective fanatical ideological affinity has caused more deaths both directly or indirectly through aiding and abetting groups which try to violently suppress and oppress other views.

Left is a silent, violent religion by itself. Its scriptures are its putrefied perceptions, sermons are puerile projections spiced with catchy slogans and they worship their petrified [idolized] ideology with a well run propaganda mechanism.

However, humanity’s greatest blessing is that they have not anatomically presented as a religion because they can change any principle as expediency is their only principle and opportunistic gains for their won leaders or the leaders that they sponsor is the only value.

However, they are present everywhere like poisonous insects stinging whenever their space is disturbed.

The bandwidth for dissent, discussion and different opinions is actually much better in most religions than in brain washing propaganda instilled narrow alleys of the leftover LEFT.

It is unfortunate that ideology based identity addicted youth of the LEFT lingering in the corridors of media and academia with all their wealth of information [mostly one sided] who therefore, suffer from poverty understanding go into depression and frustration and since the only knowledge and skill set they know of is either any anti-developmental activity or violence, either resort to them on their own and when incapable support other groups who do such things.


We can even tackle the latest problem humanity faces that of terrorism by weeding out these left loonies from media and academic circles.

Governance with responsibility


As a nation from a government perspective in terms of proper governance oriented economic prosperity and infrastructure based development we tied ourselves in a wheel chair for the past 60 plus years.

So, to expect such a nation to run an Olympic sprint immediately from wheel chair is not easy
irrespective of whatever tall claims talents and past credentials.

However, we can at least make the nation get up from the wheel chair and start practicing to run and then gradually improve and this involves lot of efforts from many and is a process which primarily requires getting out of the wheel chair and stop depending on the wheel chair.

In the Indian economic development scenario they are all being implemented slowly and steadily by a serious leader with a vision and mission.

So, more than all reasons of economic or financial benefits, we would better brace ourselves at least in 2017 to have systems, procedures, scientific process in the form of administrative reforms and financial discipline which will ensure some amount of responsible governance in the long run and help ourselves and the outside world to rely on us based on these rather than on the whims and fancies of political ideologies and political outfits.


It is very sad when a person of great academic background like Manmohan Singh–not education-makes such statements out of political compulsions which question the effectiveness of all these procedures and processes.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How to keep in tune with everything?

      How to keep in tune with everything?

"The spirit of Advaita is not to keep away from anything, but to keep in tune with everything." -  Swami Chinmayananda.

I choose this quote purely because this primarily explains and involves refraining seeing anything through the prism of any ‘ism’ and developing a synergy to keep in tune with everything.

I have been reading a lot of your [Subhash Kak’s] works and at the outset I would like to place my appreciation of your vast research and wide knowledge of the subjects that you deal with.

But having said that I feel we need to understand that life is a constant process of churning and for facility of identification and reference we classify many things with different terminologies.

Some of these terminologies become so well settled that they help us recognize, report and reevaluate whenever we encounter some similar things.

So, names and terminologies mostly are easy tools for recognition and classification but they do not confer any exclusive identity to one aspect of life against the other.

Therefore, in any field , if we allow the inherent energy of that field to freely flow without our pre-conception of it, we may encounter the interconnectivity , inter-relatedness and sometimes the inter-dependence as well, of  many of the entities that we tend to slice up for the convenience of our own easier frames of reference and understanding.

So, my mind , instinctively reacts whenever I come across the term ‘versus’ or usage of the term ‘and’ as if a tool to bridge the gaps between two entities.

It is true that while each entity by itself may exhibit some inherent characteristics and express some unique utility but not necessarily different perspective on life.

While polarity principle is inherent, most often, the differences are developed due to perceptional deficiencies.

It becomes all the more impelling to break this paradigm of even debating certain entities as different from one another especially if those entities are very vital aspects that seem to permeate with life as whole and play their inevitable part, of which our awareness may be of varying degrees of knowledge or ignorance.

These are mainly, and usually often debated arenas of science, philosophy and spirituality.

I have tried through observation as well study of materials available aplenty on all these three categories to understand what we mean by those very terms.

Without a clear cut definition of what we mean by each one these terms we mean be swimming in a verbally intoxicating cock tail of terminologies.

Here in the following links I lay forth my attempts to understand them with many sub links in them. So, it involves a long reading.
I welcome wider debates and discussions on these without any irrelevant ideological extrapolations.

There is this inevitable polarity principle in nature and evolution.

Like evolutionary biology, there are evolutionary trends, metamorphosis or constant changes in social systems, philosophies, sciences, linguistics, arts, languages and so on.

Unless we observe and study them i.e. the evolutionary trends /changes in all spheres of life with contextual relevance we may not live in tune with the whole of life and will continue to view life in bits and pieces.
Though it is easy to analyze life in bits and pieces but then that is a wrong perspective imbued with lot of inevitable prejudices.

As a result of this wrong perspective and attitude there is an unending list of these ‘versus’:-Faithful versus unfaithful; Religious versus irreligious; Science versus Religion; Science or religion versus spirituality; Tradition versus taboo; Technology versus Humanity.

I can elaborate the damage these perspectives have done to the development of humanity leading to petrified ideologies, putrefied perspectives, and puerile interpretation of many things and ended up viewing various polarity principles as paradoxes.

So, it is time for us to go beyond all divisive paradoxes and experience the synergy so that we may keep in tune with everything.

Philosophy


Science


Spirituality


Polarity principle

Synergy



Saturday, June 10, 2017

War and Peace


Of course in certain circumstances war becomes inevitable.


However, it also leaves ever lasting scars even after the wounds of animosity are healed.


Also in certain cases like prolonged war on Iraq it denies almost a generation of people normal life which I feel is bad of humanity, environment and posterity.


In such cases 'bombing for peace becomes like fucking for virginity'.







Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest


















‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ I am not saying there is any CONFLICT OF INTEREST

1.  ‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ when a judge’s son argues in the same court as a Lawyer; when a business promoters son immediately after turning 18 gets inducted as a director of a big company; when a film producer plays all roles as director, script writer, hero, Song writer , sometimes even Singer; when a party MLA and subsequently becomes a chief justice of India ( of course a great scholar);when person with very well entrenched political ideological bias writes distorted history books and uses his clout and lobbying powers to get them prescribed.

‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ yet in this endless list I am not saying there is any CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

2. ‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ when the biggest match fixer in Indian cricket was made an MP with impunity for various reasons yet I am not saying there is any CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

3. ‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’  another great player whose earning was more than a crore per day asked for  customs duty payment exemption and was made another MP because of his popularity yet I am not saying there is any CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

4. ‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ there are people who are perennially interested in generating conflicts and controversies.

5. ‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ on what basis and whose hard work or sponsorships floods funds to BCCI and how come some people decided on fixing a very high remuneration for members of COA yet I am not saying there is any CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

6. ‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ BCCI is undoubtedly powerful lobby run body and it goes without saying that there will be favoritism and politicization.

7. ‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ when people unconnected with sports are appointed in administration of sports body there is criticism on that score.

8. ‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ when people connected with sports  especially Indian cricket , wherein most cricketers are very well educated, knowledgeable, articulate and good at very professional financial management better than many Bank managers are questioned about the different roles that they play in the domain wherein they have experience and proven expertise, namely cricket.

9. ‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ and also see the ‘C’ in the link below which is at the center of this whole conflicts and not any individual. The link contains some 20 plus points.



10. ‘Friends, Indians and countrymen lend me your ears’ all of a sudden some people crossed their brief and rendered their own briefcases heavier yet I am not saying there is any CONFLICT OF INTEREST


Identity and obsession the twin evils


Identity and obsession the twin evils
































Yes true but fundamentally and objectively if we look at it we can understand a lot.

It is not only about profession it is about every external identity.

For that matter any external identity because it ends up occupying our time and mind space so much that without realizing it such external identities become our second nature and slowly like a parasite devours our original nature.

Then we also succumb to such identities as it was us who chose, allowed and decided to wallow in the supposed worthiness of all those identities starting from religion, culture, language, thrust upon relationships and so on.

However, can we avoid any such identity is a big puzzle?

Sometimes it is out of our own jubilant choice and sometimes it gets tagged out of necessity of circumstances.

We cannot avoid many identities. Should we deny or try to drive away or try to compare or extrapolate with some ideology etc?

The answer is a big ‘No’.

However, we need not get addicted to any identity and also we can tolerate other identities.

Only such practical attitude can lead to some sane and peaceful social life.

“All of us have our own inner fears, beliefs, opinions. These inner assumptions rule and govern our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself. Its power arises from the fact that you accept it mentally.”
― Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind


We must realize that the subconscious mind is the law of action and always expresses what the conscious mind has impressed on it. What we regularly entertain in our mind creates a conception of self. What we conceive ourselves to be, we become.” Grace Speare.

Peace and Harmony are defined indirectly by wanting too much of same Identity in everyone and everywhere and want of  Tolerance.


Most importantly we must acquire the wisdom to make unbiased balanced views on everything concerned with life so that we can try to grasp the meaning of life with all its harsh realities and real hues and facets of variety that life is made of.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Role of economics in social engineering as one of the vital aspect

Role of economics in social engineering as one of the vital aspect delivering the ultimate wisdom of social engineering

The author is correct when he says no one is indispensable but at the same time every good, productive idea must be tested.

No comment must be a personal attack or counter attack on anyone trying to push any particular ideological bias in every topic. Then social media may also degrade itself like main stream media.

Economics, especially modern economics is so intricate and interwoven with too many aspects and therefore it would be impractical to let it be decided by any individual or single organization though there may be an ultimate decision making authority.


In normal course all of us know what we want and how to get it and then have our own reasons as to why we wanted what we wanted.

But when this process is reversed with why we want and then proceed how to get it and get what we want then there will emerge what we like calling in modern jargon as ‘disruptive ideas/techniques’.

But can political leaders risk taking that path? Aren’t they expected to primarily publicize what they intend doing first and spell out how it is going to benefit population at large?

The Why?

Maximum possible prosperity and happiness of the maximum number may be a bottom line for any economic agenda from a socio-political perspective.

The How?

Multiple organizations must methodically measure and monitor the myriad aspects of modern economy.

The collective input of all these organizations must be studied with a view to evolve a synergy that can contribute to overall economic development and growth.

The What?

All the above activities must ensure that all collateral social welfare aspects like job creation or employment generation, affordable cost of living and also bring political dividends to the party that enables to deliver such results.


How it is worked out and delivered it must be left to the experts because modern economics is far too complicated, beyond the scope of many existing theories, as it is based on too many dimensions and each dimension has its own inherent inner dynamics [either positive or negative] and dynamics of reaction to the external impacts emanating from the constantly churning grand global economic trends and turbulence.

So, the economic developments and dimensions too keep changing their patterns like that of a kaleidoscope in a monkey hand or sometimes like a monkey sitting inside a kaleidoscope.

However, economics, especially as a social welfare and developmental activity, is a very vital component of social engineering and therefore, extremely important and relevant for politicians who are bothered about governance and prosperity of the people and the nation at heart beyond mere next election result minding political postures.


Let us not fall a prey to the general and unfortunate connotations that people assign to and the beneficiaries willingly appropriate and perpetuate as  when people talk of:-

Religion- they refer mostly merely to observance of rituals or following certain religiously assigned duties and morals or if slightly extended, at the most referring to knowledge of some religious scriptures.
Is religion really confined to that?


Science- they refer mostly merely to knowledge which is practically useful and to empirically proven utilities and technologies.
Is science really confined to that?

Intelligence or intellect [most often wrongly used interchangeably] - they refer mostly merely to those who can remember and articulate well many ideas and thoughts in a justifying manner. Is intelligence really confined to that?

Rationality-they refer mostly merely to some ideologies that are presented with logically appealing arguments or ideas but not necessarily empirical or accommodating the sensitivities of socio-cultural values and aesthetics.
Is rationalism really confined to that?

Politics- they refer mostly to some mad hero worship of some leader or ideology or a group enabling a social engineering that is in tune with the status quo that they like.
Is politics really confined to that?

Government- they refer to a group of people to whom they can delegate the task of fulfilling all their own requirements as well as favors as a quid pro quo for the next quinquennial renewal.
Is government really confined to that?

Economics-they refer mostly to availing and availability of many comforts at an affordable cost or free of any cost, if possible, without any efforts along with liquid currency at their disposal to encounter any eventuality.
Is economics really confined to that?

Role of economics in social engineering as one of the vital aspect delivering the ultimate wisdom of social engineering


Dressing up the menu with spices

1. HORNGREN’S OBSERVATION: Among economists, the real world is often    a special case.

2. BUCHWALD’S LAW: As the economy gets better, everything else gets worse.

3. KAMIN’S SIXTH LAW : When attempting to predict and forecast macro-economic moves of economic legislation by a politician, never be misled by what he says; instead-watch what he does.

People lose their way when they lose their why.- Michael Hyatt

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Art of Writing

I made a Wordle of contents within my previous write ups in blog relating to writing.
It is an advanced filtering system; still it threw up the following links and they pertain to the following:- Articulation, art of writing, word, language and culture, the journey of words, the temptation of a blank page, how people skillfully cover up lack of knowledge in any subject  through a cocktail of terminologies, then the demanding requirement of every language and the commands of puritans and publishers ,some justified and others not so justifiable like length of a sentence, punctuation rules, use of prepositions, idioms, dilemma of editors, intentionally manipulative  usage of terms to appropriate certain credits and assign certain labels and so on.
Here are some links all of which may take a long time with many sub links within





















Left bias

I wrote the following on 26th May in my tweet and they prove me right every day .