When they achieve some thing, Theists say “by god’s grace”.
Is it not strange that Theists praise the god when things go their way, but do not blame him, but just curse their ill luck when they are the victim? Or are they actually pointing out to the luck they had by praising god? So god=luck?
Do those theists who kill & rape also say “by god’s grace”?
What about their victims? Should they believe that God is angry with them?
Given below is the FB status update that resulted in arrest of a 21 year old woman and destruction of her Uncle’s hospital. Another woman was arrested for liking the above status update.
Every day thousands of people die but still the World moves on.
Due to one political leader’s death, a natural death every one goes bonkers
They should know we are resilient by force, not choice
When was the last time anyone showed some respect or even 2 minutes silence for Shahid Bhagat Singh, Azad or Sukhdev?
Respect is earned, not given and definitely not forced.
Today Mumbai shut down due to fear not respect. “
The vandalisation of hospital took place on Sunday, but none of the 24/7 tv channels reported it then. They were eulogising the ‘peaceful’ rally of Shiv Sena held before the cremation of Bal Thackeray.
Even on Nov 19th morning Police kept on denying the arrest till afternoon. Till then Sena sympathisers on twitter were spreading the falsehood that the girls were taken away for their own safety.
No political party actually wants freedom of expression for ordinary citizens. To ensure that freedom exist in our Country we should be ready to struggle hard fearlessly and courageously.
This was one of my tweets on hearing about victory of Barack Obama for a second term as President of USA-
“Racist” #USA elected a black as their President for second time When will ‘casteless’ and ‘secular’ India elect a Dalit or a Muslim as it’s PM?
Many a time our blood boil thinking about discrimination in foreign societies. But we fail to realize what is happening around us.
Several years ago, in late 1980s, I happened to meet a White South African. I started talking about Apartheid and could realize immediately that he was uncomfortable discussing that.I began to push him hard to a corner saying how can you say you are civilized…..
Suddenly he retorted. “For centuries your caste system made a quarter of your citizens untouchable and the discrimination is continuing. So how can you question me?”
“@ravi_the_indian: got reports that karthick chidambaram has amassed more wealth than vadra”
This tweet resulted in arrest of this guy just because he was referring to Union Finance Minister’s son.
Are we becoming a Police state? The stupid clause of Information Technology Act should be repealed. This is the notorious clause
Many philosophers from time immemorial have tried to answer this question.
Though I am not a philosopher I also had tried to answer this question some months ago through a blog post. But then my answer was happiness. But that can be called secondary purpose for higher animals who has feelings like Happiness.
So what is the primary purpose of life for all living things?
What is the purpose for the life of say the Human Immune Deficiency Virus?
Purpose of life of HIV can be stated in a simple way. To live and multiply. For all living organisms on this earth living and multiplying seems to be the only thing they are doing consistently.
So if there is a purpose for human life it has to be primarily the same – live and multiply!
I still can’t believe it, but it happened. I could participate in a live BBC TV debate, being aired for a World wide audience.
It all started with a tweet. On July 4 th when the official announcement about Higgs boson particle discovery was made public, the twitter was buzzing with ‘God’ particle tweets. I was irritated at the term ‘God’ particle. So I tweeted like this.
@Charakan:Calling #Higgsboson particle the ‘God’ particle is mischievous and an insult to Science
@Charakan: Any journalist/journal calling #HiggsBoson particle, ‘God’ particle should be sued for defamation of Science.
With in few minutes I was asked this.
@AnnaAMCeesay: @Charakan hi I work for @BBC_WHYS – we’re discussing #higgs #boson in two hours time – are you interested in taking part? Thanks.
My reply was this.
@Charakan: @AnnaAMCeesay I am not an expert on #HiggsBoson particle. Just a medical doctor -:) thanks for t offer @bbc_whys
@AnnaAMCeesay: @Charakan we’re not looking for experts – just excited people! still interested?
@Charakan: @AnnaAMCeesay Radio show?
@AnnaAMCeesay: @Charakan yes – on BBC World Service Radio.
@AnnaAMCeesay: @Charakan if you can please follow me and send me your number via DM that would be great.
I gave my cell number and communications continued via phone and later via Skype.
Now I did not know much about this Higgs particle. Till then what I thought was boson is Boson, a scientist like Higgs!!!
I have less than 2 hours to learn some thing about it so as to participate in a debate….
And there was about 10 patients waiting..!
Fortunately my Pathologist wife was less busy that day. So I asked for her help.
“Why don’t you stop looking at those boring blood cells/Urine casts and do some thing more interesting? “
“Like? ” She was curious.
“Learn and teach me about this discovery of the Century, Higgs-Boson particle in an hour so that I can become a ‘celebrity’ !
She was excited, not about the particle, but about her hubby becoming a celebrity.
So by the time I finished off ( not literally) the last patient, she was ready with a large amount of information. Thus I came to know it was supposed to be the Goddamn particle, the always elusive one. But a mischievous editor changed it to God particle. I could make out that it has some thing to do with particles developing mass. It also provides it seemed, an opportunity to know more about how universe was formed.
Time for the show to start had come and gone, but my phone and skype was silent. Was this a hoax?
Suddenly the phone rang.
We are at the end of the show. Please join.
Now I could hear some one announcing my arrival there and started asking questions like ‘Why you are excited about this etc…. I was suddenly at loss of words and mumbled some thing. My wife was writing some thing on a paper and showing it to me, but I was so nervous and could not read it. I was not able to do a good job. Soon they thanked me and that was the end.
But it was not the end. On July 6 th as I was driving to my Hospital for my evening op, the phone rang. This time it was the producer of BBC tv program ‘World have your say” .
“Will you be able to take part in our TV program on Higgs boson going on air in 3 hrs 45 mts time?
This time I did not hesitate to say yes.
“we will have a skype link check in 3 hours time”.
At the hospital the waiting area was full. Will I be able to make it?
“Will see only patients with prior appointments, no walk in patients”, I told the guy at the reception.
In around 2 1/2 hours I was able to finish my work and reach in time for the link check.
With help of my daughter I set up the hardware while my wife gave me added points to talk about. After few attempts link check succeeded.
Will it be an ask the expert format or a debate on impact of Higgs boson discovery on God/religion? I had no idea.
“We are going on air now. Please be ready” .
The TV was on but it was around 30 seconds slower than what I could hear through skype.
Every 5 minutes they would remind me I will be on soon. Half the program was over. Have they decided not to use me? I felt good that I did not tell anyone that I am going to be there on the BBC TV.
I asked my daughter to give me some water.
“Now you will be on” and the anchor started introducing me and there I was live on BBC TV.
Even after a day, I am not able to really believe it happened. But it did and here is the evidence. YouTube video
I could watch the ‘medical’ episode of Amir Khan’s Satyameva Jayate only this week.
Thought it was a mere slanderous program for first few minutes, where lot of allegations were thrown at Doctors/ Hospitals with out a neutral person to judge the allegations. Only Amir Khan’s smile and applause of the studio audience where the judges.
It became better with Dr Gulati. His call for a Nationalised Health Care System is some thing some of us were asking for a long time. Actually I expected a call for Nationalising Pharma Companies too because then only we can provide all people with cheap medicines.
In a programme sponsored by all major Capitalist Giants of India and anchored by leading star of multi million worth Bollywood it was amusing to see a such a call.
Amir Khan’s request that only service minded people should enter Medical profession is as absurd as saying an actor should act in only Art/well meaning films.
Why dont people start realising that Medical Profession is just another profession in the World?
It is true that things are rotten in health care system in India as it is in any other field.
Morality of Doctors will be as good or as bad as that of the Society in which they work.
All species try to make themselves happy. Happiness comes from basic things like eating, sleeping, sex etc. For human beings due to better developed brains It also comes from making others happy. Others are in a narrow sense your family members, in a broader sense your friends and colleagues and in a still broader sense every one who can show their happiness with a smile…… or a rub or wag……as it is other’s smile that activate happy feelings in our brain. So the purpose of life of all species can be defined as attaining happiness for themselves. -:)
Another Cartoon is under the hammer of our intolerant society. This time it is an old cartoon which when published 60 years ago did not raise any eyebrows. Cartoon of the famous cartoonist Shanker was reproduced by NCERT in it’s much appreciated Class 11 text book. Now it has been made controversial by vested interests and was ordered to be removed by Education Minister. Unfortunate thing is not only RPI (the supposedly pro Dalit party) but MPs of all political parties (from Left to Right) were united in getting it removed.
The cartoon was shown to highlight the time taken to write the most voluminous Constitution of the World. The text below it explains that each clause was deliberated at length by the members of the Constituent Assembly, amended rejected or approved as per majority opinion in a most democratic and reasonable way.
The cartoon only depicted the newly independent Country waiting impatiently and expectantly for the most important document ever produced in India.
Now a Parliamentary committee has been formed to look into all NCERT Text books.
While teaching my daughter I was always amazed at the quality of NCERT Social Sciences text books of recent years. The high calibre was the result of team effort of a large number of people. Will this intolerance see an end to good quality learning materials for our students?
The intolerance of our MPs to such harmless cartoons is a shame for World’s largest Democracy