Morning with the Master, the Dalai Lama

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HH Dalai Lama, a set on Flickr.

His Holiness Dalai Lama’s keynote was topical and inspiring. He covered topics of compassion, Indian culture and its influence, education, environment, with equal ease.

Attended a panel discussion this morning at Teenmurti House, Jawaharlal Nehru’s residence, on “Nonviolence and Spiritual Values for a secular India”. This gathering was organised to mark the centenary of India’s former President, the late Shri. R Venkataraman.

Pictures of the Master — one of the greatest beings to walk the planet. Humility personified. His presence cleanses.

Reportage: 3rd April, 2011

1. DNA –  Tibetan Plateau degradation
2. Economic Times – India can lead the world
3. Indian Express – Preserve ethos of non-violence

What do Birth control and Literacy have to do with Climate Change

The Pioneer plaque.
Image via Wikipedia

Now that you’ve fallen prey to my catchy title, don’t be fooled – the connections are not so remote as they appear at first glance. For those who have guessed, don’t spoil the fun.

Going by all known accounts, research information and the seemingly urgent political summits on the horizon – no points for guessing – climate change is being caused and accelerated only by one single species, humankind. So if stricter birth laws could be enforced, less human beings would be allowed to come into our planet and therefore would do less damage. (This would not hold if you included investment bankers and Nobel economists as being a part of humankind).

Here’s a sample from my proposed enactment
“The Birth Control and Literacy for Climate Change Act, 2009”.

Article 12: Whereas the minority religions of the world seek to remove all obstacles (including, but not limited to, the outdated institution of marriage) for bringing into this world;
(a) by conscious,  unconscious or accidental act of momental ecstasy, and

(b) performed between two or more persons of same (Section 377 of IPC) or opposite sexes; and  

(c) through physical or artifical means,

such an occurence may be permitted a maximum of 2 times in the lifetime of each of the persons involved, jointly or severally without exception.

And as for my literacy angle, it’s simple enuff … really! Continue reading “What do Birth control and Literacy have to do with Climate Change”

The oxymoron called Political Innovation … or America goes bald!

bald-erdashI am at my hairdresser’s last weekend and request him to blow dry my hair. He looks at me quizzically and says, “Sure sir. But …”, he goes and points me to the mirror,  “you’ve run out of raw material. Hair!”. I look disbelievingly at the bald pate of the guy in the mirror. Shucks, I go to myself. The last time I gave myself the luxury of looking in the mirror, I had a thick mop. Where had it gone? And when?

I am immediately reminded of what’s been going on in the US the past few months – bailout, stimulus packages, printed money … whatever … and I go back to asking –

What are they trying to blow dry when there’s no hair left? Where’s the money?

Get my drift? When was the last time you looked in the mirror? Ever noticed that the US has gone completely bald? It can’t help if all they want to do is to wear a wig. They won’t be able to fool others, only themselves.

Here, see what Dr. Michael Hudson has for us.  Like you guys say – “Hey Mr. President, this ain’t no rocket science!”

More Links:

1. Obama’s Choice – Save the Economy OR Save the Bankers
2. The Crisis of Credit visualised – great visualisation
3. Printed Money, Gloom to Doom – My post of 18th Feb, 2009.
4. Political Leadership & Monetary Morality – Orrin Woodward’s blog post of 17th Feb, 2009.