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Monday, August 16, 2010

India- A Mixture Of Culture, Tradition, But..................

India, a land of Rivers, a cradle of religions, seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country with over 1.8 billion people and the eleventh largest economy of the world. India's culture is marked by a high degree of syncretism and cultural pluralism. India's cultural tradition dates back to 8,000 BC. We celebrated our 64th Independence Day yesterday, and one thing which I have noticed is that My Mobile Inbox was Flooded with Independence day messages and the social networking sites statuses were also crowded by such statuses. But do we actually need a respective day to be Patriotic?? Is it so that only on these national days our patriotism oozes out??? According to me the word ‘Patriotism’ doesn’t only mean fighting at the borders and risking your life. It can be shown in a way, as simple as planting a tree or educating a child.

If one takes multiple criteria into account, more than 50 per cent of our countrymen would score below the poverty line. According to Arjun Sengupta, MP, 77 per cent of Indians lived in less than ` 20 a day till just a few years ago. The situation today is, comparatively speaking, probably worse.
Our score in Human Development Index is amongst the lowest in the world. Leave aside any modicum of good education; more than one-third of Indians are totally illiterate. Unfortunately, it has been rarely realized that this is in spite of India having assets that are unmatched by any country in the world. Let us look at them.
We have all the world’s geo-climatic zones. Therefore, we can grow anything and everything that is grown anywhere, somewhere or the other in India. We can host winter Olympics, if we wish to, while taking the visitors to a native tropical forest, the Silent Valley, for a memorable ecological site-seeing trip.

 Our mineral resources are vast; it is just that we have not learnt to use them fairly and in the interests of the people. Our land has had the capacity to feed even two billion people. It is just that we have mercilessly exploited it to destroy this capacity. Even half-a-dozen countries have no rich animal and plant biodiversity that we have. We have not recognized this diversity as a resource.
We have the third largest scientific and technological manpower in the world consisting of some three million trained personnel. We have a high level of expertise in virtually every area of human endeavor — be it space or nuclear technology, biotechnology or making the cheapest car in the world.
We have a coastline of 7,517 km. It is a pity that we have not used marine biotechnology to produce extremely cheaply a large number of drugs (such as polyunsaturated fatty acids) which are otherwise extremely expensive. We have unmatched inland water bodies and water sources such as rivers, and rainfall — and abundant sunlight. The forests we had when we became independent and the variety of materials that the forests produced, has again been unmatched.
We have the third largest scientific and technological manpower in the world consisting of some three million trained personnel. We have a high level of expertise in virtually every area of human endeavor — be it space or nuclear technology, biotechnology or making the cheapest car in the world.
No country in the world has repertoire of traditional indigenous knowledge that we have, that too, in a large variety of areas. For example, we have over 40,000 distinct plant-based traditional drug formulations, using some 10,000 different plants, for curing or containing various diseases. Even if 10 per cent of them were found to be valid, using the most stringent criteria that we apply today for validating a new drug, India’s contribution to world medical and healthcare would become seminal as less than 20 new drugs come into the market every year, each costing about US $ 1.5 billion to produce.

We have the greatest human biodiversity in the world with close to 40 major and some 450 minor ethnic groups. We have the largest number of young people anywhere in the world and will continue to have them for the next several decades. We could, in fact, with our facility with English, become the most important supplier of manpower around the world.
We have a tradition — modern, medieval and ancient — of science and technology that is matched by very few countries in the world including developed countries and, certainly, not by any developed country.
We have had ten major revolutions pioneered by our human assets: the Green Revolution that made us sufficient in food grains; the White Revolution that made us the largest producer of milk in the world; the Information Technology Revolution making us the preferred destination for customized software; the Telecommunication Revolution that has 60 per cent of Indians own a cell phone; the Space Revolution so that we can make our own satellites and launch vehicles; the Atomic Energy Revolution so that we can produce our own nuclear fuel and reactors; the DNA Technology Revolution that led to the development of our own technology of DNA fingerprinting which is now used widely in the country; the Defense Technology Revolution so that we can make even highly sophisticated missiles ourselves; the Institutional Building Revolution so that we have today some of the world’s best institutions in every area of human endeavor — be it management, technological education or research in modern biology; and the Drug Revolution so that a large number of drugs even today cost in India less than one per cent of what they would in the United States.
We are one of the most ancient civilizations with an unbroken history of 5,000 years. In fact, we have history that very few countries have but, unfortunately, no sense of history. Our variety in every area is unmatched so that the only statement that is true about India would be that no statement about India is either true or false.
We have the longest and the most varied tradition of beauty expressed through a mind-boggling variety of arts, crafts, music and dance to give just a few examples. Art has been a part of everyday life of Indians for centuries till the compelling desire of the middle class to copy the West put a break on its dissemination and development. I don’t think that anybody will need any proof in this regard.
There are people of various religions in India, having their distinct culture. The presence of various states can be taken as a blessing in disguise. No doubt with people from different sates we have different cultures, traditions etc. but we don’t have the feeling on oneness, the feeling of being ‘INDIAN’. In Punjab we will find Punjabi, in Bihar a bihari, in Maharashta a Marathi, in Gujarat a gujurati and not a single Indian.
Family and friends mean a great deal to us. The closeness of social relations and social bonding are amongst India’s greatest assets. Ours has been a highly value-based society, unfortunately corrupted by degenerated politics.
We are the world’s largest democracy and our Constitution is amongst the best, as we have many of the good features which we have taken from many of the Constitutions of the world, except that we do not follow it, just as we do not stick to our democratic values. Here everybody is aware of his rights, but nobody is aware of his duties, and we all know that rights and duties go side by side.
Where else in the world one would find all of the above at one place? Therefore, the blame for the present situation in India must lie squarely with our government — exceptions granted — the ignorance of which about its own country would appear abysmal. Not surprisingly, it is concerned almost exclusively with those who are governing us rather than with those whom it is supposed to govern.
In fact, there is no problem in the country for which a solution cannot be found within the framework of our own assets — if only we would recognize and use them rather than seek a solution by becoming an appendage to powers elsewhere that cannot match us in the totality of assets that has been enumerated above. The country is currently paying a much higher price for the ignorance of its rulers and of the so-called rich and the powerful than for the ignorance of the poor, the unprivileged, the uneducated and the ruled.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

44 Lessons To celebrate growing older


Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The
Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 44 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:"

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy clothes. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".
26. Always choose life.
27. Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd
grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
43. Yield.
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.