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Demand More: Stand Up For Your Social Responsibilities

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A couple of weeks back, a jewellery company named Gitanjali published a full page ad in a major English daily, featuring Sanjay Dutt. This was during the days when Sanjay Dutt topic was hot in the media - a court had found him guilty on charges of possessing weapons illegally and powerful politicians were advocating pardoning him.

Assuming that this company has no political or social interest and is only concerned with selling its jewellery in the market, it’s clear that marketing managers of this company think that using Sanjay Dutt, in spite of him being found guilty by a court recently, will increase the sales of their products. It speaks volumes about the perception of ordinary citizens about terrorism and overall political and judicial system.

If the analysis of marketing managers of Gitanjali is right, we Indians don’t give much regard to our judicial system, be it in a positive or negative sense. For high profile cases, either we know in advance who is right, who is not - even before court announces it or we know that whatever court concludes doesn’t have to be right. After twenty years of deliberations,

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Changing Indian Families

Changing Indian Families

Many of us remember the big families, large joint families with tens of people living together in one house. Almost at the same pace as inflation and real estate prices, we have seen a breaking of this trend in last couple of decades. Some of us miss those times, some even get frustrated at the state of affairs in families, some see the current trend as an attack on our culture and a western import. All these sets of people are right to a large extent. But we seldom see the reasons behind changing structures of families. Realizing the causes may not correct everything, but we can at least see clearly what can be changed and what cannot be changed, so that we can take a wise decision while living in a family.

A joint family was essentially an economic unit. About 80% population was involved in agriculture and even for the rest 20%, the profession was largely based on what one’s parents and grandparents used to do. This had many repercussions – a large part of people’s lives was spent in a joint family and even when the land or profession was divided later in life, it was divided equally among the sons. This meant that all the sons had equal financial status almost all their lives.

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Modern does NOT mean correct!

Modern does not mean correct

 

Talk about gay rights in India, talk about women's revealing dresses, talk about obscenity in bollywood movies – there’s a class of people who start shouting – Backward, Medieval times, conservative. These so called modern thinkers, who are basically western stooges, get their words out in the media because of prevailing conditions in the world - western thoughts dominate the world, western means modern. But at any time in history, aren't contemporary thoughts modern thoughts, anything happening in present days is modern. As per dictionary, modern means 'of or relating to the present time or the recent past'. It’s an entirely different topic whether its logically correct, is it scientifically correct, is it rational, is it right in the long run, do we want this trend to continue and are happy to give the results to our children and most importantly, do we have the knowledge to understand the implications of current or modern trends?

At any point of time, a person or a group of people do the best they can in the given circumstances. Based on their capabilities, constraints, what they do may not turn out to be correct, but because 'they' do it, they may think it’s correct. At any time, people also think they are the most modern and advanced compared to their previous generations. But modern does not mean right by default.

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Kids In Mumbai Housing Societies: Latest Targets of Missionaries

With Christianity all but wiped out in the West, conversions have reached their peak in India. No avenue is spared by missionaries to convert Hindus, which makes it urgent for Hindus to always be alert and on guard.

On 6 December, my son came back home around 8 pm after playing with friends. He had chips, juice, chocolate and two DVD’s in his hand. (Picture-1)

I was surprised. My son told me that our Hindu neighbour, a Vishnu worshipper (let’s call him Mr. H)’s son had called the kids playing in the compound of our housing society to celebrate Santa’s coming. There he was given the stuff shown in picture-1 as Santa’s gift.

I was curious. I decided to go through the DVDs myself. Of the two DVDs, one was about the conversion of a Hindu to Christianity. And the other DVD was about the life and message Jesus Christ.

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Christmas Enthusiasm Among Hindus

christian Enthusiasm

On December 24th, right after breakfast, one of my old time college friends Amit (name changed) called and started laughing in his peculiar way, as I picked up the phone. Obviously I asked “What happened?”

Another college friend of ours, Sumit  (name changed), typical nice Desi boy, who came  to America about 15 years ago had a sent a picture of himself dressed as Santa Claus to his mailing list. A common Christian friend, who received the over-enthusiastic Christmas wishes, called Amit to understand why would Sumit do so, when he’s not Christian? She could not figure out, how a non-Christian is so enthusiastic about the festival. She was honestly CONFUSED.

Our conversation swung between inside jokes of friends and extracting humor out of people’s silly behavior in cross-culture interactions. Later, I thought to do an experiment on Facebook to see how people would react if I say that “Hindus wishing Merry Christmas to each other is a silly behavior” and I spiced it up with some straight shooting words “stupid behavior, colonized mindset.”  Just so happened, my wife (who’s out of town right now) posted a similar note on her Facebook profile.  The interactions with our friends, gave very good insights into minds of a variety of folks from close friends to casual acquaintances... which is pretty good representation of mainstream Hindu mindset, at least the urban Hindu mindset. I called a couple of friends in India to check on how’s the Christmas celebrations there, and brainstormed on Hindus’ enthusiasm for Christmas. As I was thinking through this seemingly mundane Facebook social experiment, insights into current Hindu mindset were not pleasing – hence this article.  I hope to trigger some introspection among some “thinking Hindus.” While the analysis started with the topic Christmas Enthusiasm among Hindus and it ended up being a survey report on current state of mainstream urban Hindu mindset. Enjoy, critique and expand on it for your own good.

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Dalit Poverty

Dalit Poverty

Indian Economy

Poverty of Dalits in India cannot be treated as a snap shot at a given instant of time. The role played by the 1000-year Islamic rule, 200-year Christian rule and 60 year Socialist- Marxist rule must be considered.  A second factor is the economy of the UK itself that resulted in the utter impoverishment of Indian people. Furthermore, one must look at countries like Canada and the US to see if Christianity was blamed for the poverty of nonwhites in these countries. In general, the blame is attributed to the governments and to the religions that propped up these governments. Hinduism never was in power in these 1260 years.

The table shows Angus Maddison data plotted below where the x-axis is telescoped at the end.

Year CE

1

1000

1500

1600

1700

1820

1870

1913

1950

1973

2003

India

32.0

28.0

24.4

22.4

24.4

16.0

12.1

7.5

4.2

3.1

5.5

UK

0.3

0.7

1.1

1.8

2.9

5.2

9.0

8.2

6.5

4.2

3.1

 

 2017-03-23

 

Notice the following factors from the table:

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