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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Beyond and besides Controversies, confrontations and conflicts

        Beyond and besides Controversies, confrontations and conflicts

“Partisanship is our great curse. We too readily assume that everything has two sides and that it is our duty to be one or the other”-James Harvey Robinson.

To be or to become or to sound rational one need not necessarily have to get disoriented from cultural moorings or overlook the cultural sensitivities of  others. 

We can always collate and find commonalities  to create a congenial circumstances for both to coexist.

Rationality will ultimately emerge and similarly, regional cultural identities too  will continue.
Somehow , certain features and facts will emerge and establish beyond and besides any planned design or designed plans  and  reveal their role and relevance . 

“ Human material existence is limited by ideas, not stuff. Oil was a contaminant, then it became a fuel”-Paul Romer

Human life  is a transient and passing phenomena. 

“There is no tomorrow. There is only a planet turning on its axis, and a creature given to optimistic fancies”-Robert Brault

Let us make it happy and harmonious without letting either imported ideologies or inherited stupidities to spoil the peace and  harmony and sometimes even the livelihood of some.

Different and ,diametrically  opposite  perspectives  and perceptions too can  be equally  fine  with life  and for humanity as a whole as part of  metamorphosis of evolution unaffected by the narratives  and noises  from any side of the fence. 

“In the end nothing less than the whole of everything can be the truth of anything at all”- William James

“We live in a changing universe, and few things are changing faster than our conception of it”-Timothy Ferris

Economic development and its dimensions

Cat on the wall of ideological institutions cannot develop on economy.

Sir, these types of graphic presentations based on Data crunching are very interestung  useful for interesting  easy reference and nice.

The former CFO of a big firm shared this with me two days back.

While what, unfortunately these charts miss out, and of course, we cannot find fault with them, is the UTILIZATION and DISTRIBUTION of this wealth.

I wrote to him it is these aspect ( UTILIZATION and DISTRIBUTION) which are going to decide the ultimate outcomes of real economic benefits and manifestations of socio-economic comforts and unrest.

INDIA:INDIA has always been and shall continue to be, a vibrant economy, where most of the progress and prosperity are generated by individual entrepreneurs of all sizes and corporate houses.

Though the government owned sectors are huge in size, the proportionate percentage of their contribution to growth is pathetically low.

CHINA: Whereas, in China there is a huge synergy created between the two and that's why whatever others otherwise may or wish to attribute China's development. It has made huge strides in  many relevant economic development indices.

USA: USA has dominated the scenario as a master manager through man management, R&D, MILITARY might, providing good infrastructure,attracting the skill sets across the globe and many other obvious as well as clandestine multi-pronged strategies, scheming and manipulations. Besides all these, whether we like it or not, they have created very good infrastructure for all activities. They did all of that before the advent of protest and outrage epidemic.

No country can fully evolve on economic development indices if it tries to remain as a cat on the wall of ideological institutions. 

Intelligent administration must cleverly channelize (  euphemism for diverting) ideological aspects.

Russia and China of the 20th century did not allow any religious or political ideology to impede or interfere in the progress of economic development. They may have achieved it by some questionable means but the fact is they have achieved them.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Why all of us too

Why  #all of us too
Waste too much of time on negativity and  selectively  resort to either justifying, defending or vilifying some?

Why  #all of us too
Contribute too much  to controversies , conflicts , confrontations and crowding media and social media space
Who or what decides or how do we defines what or  who is dirty or clean?

There are dirty aspects in the journey of everything, every aspect and everyone's life?

There are lot of dirty things in global economics, environment and ethical values in present  day politics.

Money that rules the world how much of it is dirty or clean?
Who knows what and how can anyone  define it ?

In the larger scheme of things virtues, vices, failures, mistakes , faults are all part and parcel of  evolution.

Life as whole evolves or emerges matured and civilized by putting aside the dirty past  but building on pride of ancestry; acknowledging problems but  parading  through the present pleasantly; leaving out the luddites but progress with a sense of responsibility towards posterity and move  ahead flamboyantly into the future with contextually relevant values and certain time tested value systems.

Let us not allow anything or anyone that may not synchronize or synergize with our disposition or position to obsessively occupy our mind space or  use as a trade off  for our time and energy and other resources.
It  is a better option that will enable us to move into the territory of peace with positive vibrations rather than sink in the swamp of negative vibes with which we are  surrounded by media space.

Becoming clean is a conscious adaptation or a sign of maturity or a providential lack of  opportunity or a responsible choice.

None of the above are suggestions to remain passive spectator s or impassive indifferent individuals.

React we must to rectify what we feel is not healthy in the interest of  humanity and environment, but hyper reactions and  obsessive occupation with negativity  may be avoided.
If physical violence can harm  the body, then the constant peddling of negativity and victim hood harms both individual and social psychology.  


Sorry for sounding too stereotypical but then certain things go well with certain combinations or when some people do it or render it that it gets engraved in our brain cells and gradually gets cemented into even a prejudice.

Similarly, Sarasamukhi song is identified with Madurai Mani Iyer rendering it with his two types of kalpana swaras one gushing forth in speed like flood waters in delta and another lilting and both of them decorate the kreethi to such an extent that such particular version and pace with which it is rendered is etched in our memory deep enough for most of those who have listened to those versions.

Hence such ears and minds are dissatisfied with all modern sedate versions.

Art is a matter of taste [aesthetic sensitivity] and bias [ entrenched contempt].

Right or wrong is open to debate.

This first one by him with gushing kalapana swaras listen and enjoy

second on lilting swaras

Here is some additional info
#1 Madurai Mani Iyer and Navagraha Kritis (question)
Post by KSJaishankar » 18 Jan 2012, 11:43
We are all familiar with the fact that the late MMI was a Navagraha Upasaka, who included a Navagraha kriti of MD in almost all his concerts. His firm belief extended to the fact that he would not sing a kriti like Grahabalamemi or Sakala Graha Bala Neene (which TVS sings quite regulalrly), because they went against his faith in the grahas.
He was also the prime disciple of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar, and has popularized many of his guru's kritis (Bhuvaneswariya, Jalandhara, Sarasamukhi etc).
What I am unable to reconcile is that I have never heard a recording (or indeed heard of a recording) of MMI singing HMB's navagraha kritis. Does any one have a recording of atleast a few of these kritis?


Pahimaanshrirajarajeswari. kirubakari shankari...

What a composition in a wonderful raga.

I am on a long drive.

One must listen to Semmangudi's rendering of this. I am doing now in bits and pieces.

It was real pleasure listening to him in the early 80s .

Most concerts he will start with this song or 'brochevarevare raghupathe' and it was when he started rendering more with vocal chord and less of nasal tones.

However, he will make the bhavam sink into the listener.

The swarams are imbued with a well carved resonance like a gold chain with glittering facets at every link woven beautifully and this is best displayed in a combination of mucus filled husky voice and half nasal tones.

First listen to Semmangudi in the link and then listen to the rest. Then, you may agree with me.

For comparative analysis

History. Politics and Economics

History. Politics and Economics

“There is no history of mankind, there are only many histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world.” — Karl Popper

" Words can change their meaning right in front of you"-John Steinbeck

Politics, political power and political leadership are such words.

If we only we can rotate the globe or rewind  chronologically we shall come across at least a few thousand versions or meanings of politics and political power.

Initially, it emerged to replace the role of religion as a rule framer and controller of human behavior.

Its initial role was well intended not to over centralize all powers to religious institutions which were interpreting and extrapolating everything under the sun according to some doctrinaire beliefs and identities ( some try to do so even today).

Politics took over the role of enabling social welfare as well as economic development of human beings.

Politics has 'emerged' as a  predominant and at times, predatory aspect of  socio-economic life.

I would like to emphasize the word ' emerge' with a connotation of inevitable aspect of evolutionary necessity.

Politics, 'emerged' enormously powerful and got institutionalized into government. 

So, politics and governments of various hues and colours, obviously emerged as very prominent players in social engineering and they used history as a reference tool as well as a justification joy stick and economics as another tool to improve the material life of human beings.

Therefore, these three Politics, History and Economics became a collective and effective platform for social engineering using various softwares like cultural activities, technological developments, intellectual advancements in the form of new ideas and thoughts to enable progress of civilization.

So, in a way politics is a very important and inevitable component of social evolution.

Politics, can we avoid it in any domain?

Well. One cannot play an instrument without tuning nor paint a canvass without drenching the brush in paint.

When everything from the price and quality of tooth paste you use after you wake up in the early morning to the electricity charges for your bed room night lamp is determined by political dispensation of some form or other it is rather bad to be indifferent to politics, though one need not or can refrain from active or hyper active participation and also avoid getting entrenched in it.

History is to be used as a reference manual for all good, best, bad and ugly activities, behaviors, events, issues , ideas that have impacted humanity;

Economics is to be used as a blue print to remove the material inadequacies and inequalities and refine the living experience by providing equal opportunities and more comforts for the maximum number; 

Politics is to be used as a enabling platform to execute the blue print as well as ensure that people do not feel alienated from all other non economics related life experiences with which they have sentimental and sensitive attachment like regional and religious affinity based cultural and traditional practices which may give them psychological comforts and a sense of belonging historically to a group and live in a purely psychological comfort zone.

All these three are inextricably interwoven but must be respected only for what they are, and what they are meant for and not beyond or over emphasis of one over the other.

Whenever that happens then the delicate balance is lost as each one of these three may derive their strength, significance, sustenance as well as mileage from the other.

Maria Mitchell says, “The world of learning is so broad, and the human soul is so limited in power! We reach forth and strain every nerve, but we seize only a bit of the curtain that hides the infinite from us.”

Most importantly all these must factor in and allow two important aspects of evolutionary treads namely, constantly evolving aspirations and trends of life and the emerging new technologies which facilitate many activities to render life more comfortable.

But when either or all of the three i.e. history, economics and politics are distorted, dented or dubiously misused, then, the social fabric is disturbed and it sets on the course of some destructive mode.

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 possibl

The political players usually assign labels like secular, communal etc and appropriate historically useful names and spice it with media sponsored slogans. This is a very strong intoxicating cocktail instigating idiotic activities.

They create isolated islands of ideologies, mostly negative and made to see the whole world as enemies and promote well furnished identity cages with appealing labels of victimhood.

" We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations"-Anais Nin

Eric  Fromm, “humans have a need for a stable frame of reference. Religion apparently fills this need. In effect, humans crave answers to questions that no other source of knowledge has an answer to, which only religion may seem to answer. However, a sense of free will must be given in order for religion to appear healthy. An authoritarian notion of religion appears detrimental.”

This role has been slowly and steadily taken over by politics.

Politics by extension becomes government and " Government was to be the tool by which to engineer society. Around 1900 this was true whether you were a communist wishing to bring in the dictatorship of the proletariat, a military wishing to conquer your enemies and regiment your society, or a capitalist wishing to build new factories and sell your products. Once again, this notion of the role of government as planner had not been invented; it had emerged"- Matt Ridley

Douglas Carswell writes, " public policy failures stem from planners' excessive faith in deliberate design. They consistently underrate the merits of spontaneous, organic arrangements, and fail to recognize that the best plan is often not to have one".

Ideology spilling

Ideology spilling 

Spilling  and extrapolating  single ideology in every realms is a disease that some lunatics secreted all over putrefying everything including humanistic dimensions of socialism.

Let others don't do the same mistake.

Every realm has its own dynamics let it prosper or perish of its own. 

shallow person

More shallow a person is in a chosen field along with a megalomaniacal  popularity seeking tendency then such persons usually saunter into other realms with their pseudo perception of the realm and cover up their complexes and inflated ego through extrapolating some ideology which has ready made templates for attention seeking like victim hood peddling, disparity zooming , sympathy seeking and project as if fighting for a cause. 

They catch on to populist slogans and articulations without either rational justification or concern for sensitivities and aesthetics and in the process expose their half baked knowledge and full blown ignorance
TMK - The Media Keepsake of ideological disease and

The Mania for Keeping on peddling victimhood in any subject.

Why neither any media nor any individual is questioning the following?

Wages and unemployment

Religion and love- the two great unifiers in reality how?

Religion and love- the two great unifiers in reality how?

The underlying theme of both love and religion are relating, reconnecting and reuniting with real involvement 

Both these words are much misused and therefore their real meanings have been either masked or maligned.

The topic is really wonderful because original meanings of both these words have very important and vital components for life as a whole.

The vital components are the initiations of 'how we relate' with others  and  by extension to higher spirits.

In both, we try to reconnect  our feelings, emotions, expectations in joy  with someone else known to us [which is called love] or some other unknown source [which is called religion].

The expectation is primarily a source of  support, comfort and belief that other is reliable.

To all those who may doubt the commonality let me clarify that  etymologically  the word Religion is derived from the two latin words “re” and “ligare” which means “to reconnect”

'Ligare' incidentally is the root for words like link, liaison etc.

Another commonality is those involved in love and  religion get involved with total intensity and intense totality without any half heartedness and hence there is immense desire with expectations.

In love it to manifest in reciprocation and commonly referred to as aspects of compatibility.

In religion it has to manifest in one's own evolved character  with a sense of responsibility, compassion, equanimity and respectable behavior.

There could be varying degrees of intensity on different aspects.

Love could be romantic or rejoicing or responsible  or reverential.

Religion could be ritualistic or rock solid belief based or recreational or rational or real seeking for enlightened states of human consciousness.

Therefore, both love and religiousness defy any standard measurable quantification based evaluation or judgment.

So, it is no wonder that Sanskrit has at least 96  words for love

Like we do for diseases the diagnosis for love and religion too must proceed from the manifestation.

Diseases are negative manifestations affecting through disintegration human health, happiness and hacking life itself ultimately .

Whereas, Love and  Religion are positive manifestations integrating human  reasons, responses, reactions, reciprocations and reuniting and creating  synergy synthesis and Synderesis* ultimately.
The word love etymologically refers to the manifestations like the Germanic word leubh- "to care, desire, love" (cf. Latin lubet, later libet "pleases;“ Sanskrit lubhyati "desires;"
 So, the reality of religion and love is unity of human spirits, senses and sanity.
“In the end nothing less than the whole of everything can be the truth of anything at all”- William James
"The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become." --DeSeaux

The "Either you deal with what is the reality or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you." - Alex Haley

* "Synderesis"["Synderesis" is a technical term from scholastic philosophy, signifying the innate principle in the moral consciousness of every person which directs the agent to good and restrains him from evil].

Bank inefficiency

Most Nationalised Banks are of two types:-

To be Merged and to be Submerged.

Middle management in them are of two types:-

Politely inefficient and impolitely inefficient.

Top management are of two types:-

 The corrupt and the indecisive.

Best joke is their IT knowledge all staff have varying degrees of ignorance but again give two reasons:-

System failure or outsourced and so we cannot do anything.

With such excellent infrastructure we promise two improbabilities:-

Digital economy and monitoring.

Banks do not care about any customer till they become defaulters.

At this rate of service people may not want zero balance accounts they may want zero bank involved transaction.

Herein lies the immense need for block chain.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Court is not courting controversies but setting right what was left to it to do.

Court is not courting controversies but setting right what was left to it to do.

Lot of humorous as well as hyper emotional reactions on some of the recent SC judgments are going around.

Excuse me for all typographical errors as I have typed most of it during a very jerky ride amid very busy meetings, though I have been reading most of the stuff while travelling.

But SC has been, in my opinion, quiet right in what it did to whatever was brought to its doors.

Sex is a physical issue that need not come under the ambit of socio-religious morality.

Similarly, the right to visit any place of worship is a belief issue why bar a particular gender.

Periods [menstruation] is just a biological discomfort which need not be punished with either social or religious boycotts and taboos or spatial ostracization.

Do we do it for diarrhea or running nose or contusion related urination, then, why for menstruation alone.

None of the reasons put forth for doing so are either scientific or rational or sane and therefore need not be over sanctified.

It is something that the religion/ tradition itself could have corrected long back ( like sati) instead of waiting for a legal forum to intervene and instruct.

Resorting to comparative justification that some other religion does not allow is irrelevant.

I knew this was coming or going to come anytime as this was long overdue.

In modern times religious sentiments and sensitivities cannot have overriding rights over humanitarian concerns, rational debates, gender justice, environmental safety, social welfare  etc.

I knew or had almost a premonition- like apprehension that both the judgments may go the way they did.

There is no need for religious, political debates here.

Certain Right decisions must not be Left to hangover nor must be Left to others to claim Right credit for making such decisions. (when I tend to write like this I become nostalgic about great essays in The Spectator in 17th century by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele)

Justifying or rationalizing everything under a broad umbrella of highly sensitive aspect called tradition or religion is not correct and cannot be sustained in the long run due to inevitable obligations of growth of civilization and social evolutionary trends.

The fact historically is that sex got inserted into morality somewhere in the 16th century and periods got secreted into religious practices in the 18th century that too among less than 0.0000001% of the population and hence, cannot be a sustainable argument under any constitutional law.

I wish all those who feel that they can listen to other opinions and see reason beyond sentimental affinity [ which I am not saying is wrong] to go through in detail the following links and re-dictate to your PA [ Perspective and Attitude].

On Morality:-

On Periods:-

On Sex:-

As we are very near International Day of Peace let us seek peace beyond the recalcitrant right wing and the radical left wing both of which suffer from Ostrich syndrome and therefore may not facilitate rationality to fly high.

Restraint, respect and reverence must evolve as innate responsibility and not enforced through any extraneous instructions as a socio- religious-morality.

Sensing this I wrote just 5 days ago the following