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Thought

February 27, 2010

Thought

Ever wondered how a thought is produced? How the mind and matter are connected? What binds them?

DNA is like a computer which stores a lot of information. When it expresses, particular chemicals (which encode information) are released and they reach the brain and activate a particular set of neurons, which then produces a thought. So DNA is all the information right from the beginning of mankind. The entire Evolution bundled as information into the DNA. Every human has senses like eyes, nose, ears, skin which continuously receive information after we are born. This information, which forms experience, is then stored as arrangements of neurons(matter) stored in the mind.

Thought or idea comes from the interaction of the information stored within the DNA (Evolution) and the information stored in the mind (Experience). During the early years of life (1-20), DNA (our Evolution) governs the matter. Our Mid-Life (20-30) are our most formative years of life, when DNA and experience have an equal bearing. They interact  to produce the best things, which one can generate. This is the time when we shape our life and future. However as we age (30+), our experience (mind) governs the matter.

Machine can store all the information about our Evolution and is already developing ability to sense and experience like man (Robots). However it can process in parallel and with lot of power. Considering they can store most of the information a human can, currently the only difference between them and humans are emotions like courage, fear, humor, discipline? As these emotions are also ultimately information which is processed by mind & matter, it is only matter of time they are replicated in machines (Neural Networks).

How are leaders & rebels like Che Guevara, Ashoka the Beloved, Van Gogh from the millions of people inhabiting earth produced? Is it their DNA? Is it their Experience? Is it the interplay of the their DNA and experience or is it fate? Would machines ever be able to produce people of such high Quality?

Reference:

Mind and Matter by Erwin Schrodinger
ASIMO by Honda

***A lot of information is borrowed from Wikipedia

Caution: This might be all theory

Numbers

February 23, 2010

Funny Thing About Numbers

In elementary mathematics, 2*2=4 or 5*5=25 and 10*10=100. We all have been taught about numbers and the operations like multiplication, addition, subtraction & division on them. We have been so hard-grained with these operations, that if someone told us 2*2=5, we would find it absurd. We would call the person insane.

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics is the behavior of particles when they are very small. When the particles become very small, they exhibit wave like nature. A single particle can exist at multiple places at the same time. There are infinite possibilities or in other words a single particle can take a number anywhere from 1 to infinity. And one can modulate the number of places the particles can exist or the number which the particle assumes.

Simple Rules of Algebra, which are required for our general day-to-day operations is only one of the possibilities which exists. Our Brain is also built on neurons or particles which are very small. They follow Quantum Mechanics. And hence numbers and their operations on them have infinite possibilities in our mind. Hence 2*2=5 or v*2=10 or 2*2=infinity. Similarly 5*5=1 or 5*5=100 or 5*5=infinity. Also 10*10=3 or 10*10=10 or 10*10=infinity. Our minds follow the principles of Quantum Mechanics & therefore we can also dream and invent.

The World’s Beginning from a Singularity to the Present

The World originally started from a Singularity to its present day state, where it is made of infinite planets & stars and more. This proves operations on numbers has infinite possibilities and answers.

So the next time someone pops you a question – “What is 2*2?”. You can answer – “What do you want it to be?”

Caution: This might be all theory

Evolution

February 22, 2010

Evolution (The History of Mankind through ages from a common man’s perspective)

Evolution leads to growth in a person, in thought and in action. Since his beginning, man has evolved from the fight for his basic survival to the present day. The change has been slow and it has taken thousands of years except during the period of revolutions. Revolutions normally bring about great changes usually overthrowing hierarchies, fostering innovation and development. Below we trace how revolutions ultimately lead to evolution of life and how the common man gains from it. However he only feels the effect and is usually disassociated with the causes behind the change.

REVOLUTION***

Revolutions lead to turbulence in the short term, however bringing about great change in thinking and action in the long run. Revolutions are brought about by a few people who shape their life for the cause of it.

Some of the most prominent revolutions and the people behind it are as follows:
INSTINCT REVOLUTION -1 (60TH -10TH BC CENTURY-5000 YEARS)
SPIRIT REVOLUTION -2 (GREECE, INDIA & CHINA -5TH CENTURY BC) : Aristotle, Buddha, Confucius, Ashoka
BODY REVOLUTION -3 (ENGLAND-17TH-18TH CENTURY – 200 YEARS) : Issac Newton, James Watt
MIND REVOLUTION -4 (GERMANY-18TH, 19TH CENTURY-150 YEARS) : Immanuel Kant, Schopenhauer, Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Schrodinger
REBEL REVOLUTION -5 (AMERICA– 20TH CENTURY-100 YEARS) : Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, JFK, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos

You can read up more on it in the following blogs:
The Needs of the Few outweigh the Many
Prominent People of All Time

EVOLUTION

Revolutions eventually leads into the Evolution of Mankind. The common people for generations come to feel the effects of these revolutions which then eventually leads to evolution of mankind. Mostly it leads to a lot of advantages (and other times to disruption of life and property-very rare). It brings about increase in the Quality (Great Technology & Products) as well as the Quantity (Population and Everything – Food, Cloth, House else also) of Life itself. Initially people are reticent and hesitant to accept these changes. However over time, all these changes eventually become a necessity and get embedded into our daily life. We can hardly imagine a world without these products. The world then leads their normal life until the next Revolution comes by.

Consider for example, the invention of Steam Engine. Movement of People and Goods were mostly on horseback and carriages, prior to the Steam Engine invented by James Watt. The Steam Engine brought about great increase in the quality as well as the efficiency in movement of people and goods across the land. James Watt and the people around him brought about this change after many trials. It took a time for wide-spread acceptance, but eventually when accepted, it got imbibed into our living.

However, can we imagine a World without Revolutions?

There have been periods in our history when there has been lack of evolution and people have been living an hum-drum existence. These periods have been called the Dark Ages in our history.
You can read more about the The Dark Ages in the following link : The Dark Ages

*** List of Revolutions on Wikipedia

CautionThis might be all theory

The needs of the few outweigh the many

February 15, 2010

The needs of the few outweigh the many

Introduction

How do we summarize the progress of humankind through all the ages to now? How was progress initiated? Who were the people behind the discoveries and inventions of thought & practice creating revolutions? This article traces how few people transformed the history of mankind right from the beginning of the world to the present times. They created the entire environment for the people around them for sustained development of humankind.

1. Ideological Revolution (Instinct)-1 (60th -10th BC Century-5000 Years)

This was the first step towards evolution of a person. He relied solely on his instinct to survive. This helped him survive when the odds were stacked against his survival as his sphere of knowledge was limited and dangers were plenty both on land and water. He developed the basic skills for survival by food gathering & hunting. He then went on to organize the way in which hunting and fruit gathering was done by introducing tools. Agriculture Revolution was then introduced to amplify the quality as well as the quantity of the food generated.

a. Fruit Gathering & Hunting (60th -20th BC Century)

Fruit Gathering & Hunting evolved from basic ways to organized techniques using tools. As man evolved, he developed tools for fruit gathering and hunting. The tools helped him increase the quantity of food acquired by him for himself and his community, when he went out for fruit Gathering & Hunting.

b. Agricultural Revolution (20th -10th BC Century)

The Agricultural Revolution brought about great improvements in the production of food like vegetables and fruits. As the population of the world increased from a few to thousand, millions, there was a need in the improvement of how food is produced. From random food picking (vegetables and fruits), farming was introduced and then the process was improved further by introduction of high quality and efficient products and tools. This improved the quality as well as the quantity of the food produced.

*** Sorry for the poor quality of information for this period. Very less is known about the outstanding people during this time.

2. Ideological Revolution (Spirit)-2 (5th Century BC)

During this period, man dwelled into his spirit to find out more about his quest about life. People like Buddha, Aristotle, Confucius meditated about the eternal truths & came out with ways one has to lead one’s life.

Aristotle gives us philosophy in terms of science, technical, abstract, concentrated. We can hardly speak of any science today without employing terms which he invented; they lie like fossils in the strata of our speech: faculty, mean, maxim, category, energy, actuality, motive, end, principle, form.

a. Zen Revolution(India-3rd 5th Century BC – 15th Century AD – 2000 Years)

Siddhartha Buddha was a prince, who decided to lead an ascetic life and meditated in search of truth. After a lot of meditation, he came out with the truths of life. If one follows them, one attains peace in himself. His thoughts went all the way. Ashoka, was the the only King ever to give up War in favor of peace. He spread the teachings of Buddha in his kingdom and beyond. His message of Buddhism spread across India, China & Japan. He set an example which is unparalleled to-date.

3. Ideological Revolution (Body)-3 (England-17th-18th Century – 200 Years)

Issac Newton came out with the basic laws of motion of physical bodies. He laid down the foundations which would herald the industrial revolution in England and around the World. England became the sole industrial power in the world in the 18th & 19th Century. It was said of England – “The sun never sets on the Empire”.

a. Industrial Revolution (England -18th century)

James Watt discovered “The Steam Engine” which revolutionized the way physical bodies move from one place to another. It got people closer across the continents and shrunk the world fostering travel and exchange of goods and materials like never before.

4. Ideological Revolution (Mind)-4 (Germany-18th, 19th Century-150 Years)

People like Immanuel Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche found out of the ways the mind works. There were other philosophers like Spinoza (Israel),  Voltaire (France) who changed the shape of philosophy.

a. Nuclear Revolution (Germany-19th, 20th Century)

Scientist like Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Erwin Schrondinger studied the basic laws of small particles and came  out with laws which govern them. This helped in heralding the nuclear revolution & technology which brought about changes in which energy is created. They changed our preconceived notion about how particles and bodies behave when they are extremely small. They become waves. And hence their properties are very different from what we commonly expect the world around us to behave.

5. Ideological Revolution (Rebel)-5 (America– 20th century-100 Years)

America bought a sense of individualism and respect in the common man. This made the person think what she or he should do, instead of people wearing dog tags. This made the common man rise above the mechanized routine, which is followed by most of the people in the world. It made the common man to question and rise against the superstitions and outdated traditions fostering innovation. It also created a society which can withstand a lot of rebels and hence change & pressure. Abraham LincolnMartin Luther KingJFK contributed in bringing about this revolution. This still happens only in America. Che Guevara was another product of the American Continent.

a. The Electronic Revolution (America- 20th century)

Electronics automated all the menial task of the human mind. Devices like Computers, Washing Machines, Refrigerators, Microwave Owens and much more revolutionized home and work place. This increased the quality of life of the common man. Hewlett & Packard , Bill Gates, Steve Jobs brought about the electronic revolution in America and the world.

b. The Internet Revolution (America- 20th century)

The Internet is the most important discovery after the telephone. It has shrunk the size of the world and has taken communication to a whole new level. People can communicate, automate tasks, exchange information, entertain themselves and much more through computers and other devices connected by the internet. Leaders like Vint Cerf, Steve Case, Jeff Bezos & Meg Whitmann brought Internet and its applications to the common man.

Future

Voltaire had said “It takes about 30 centuries to know the structure of a man and an eternity to know his Soul”. He has evolved from contemplating about the Spirit, Body, Mind and then the Soul. So what is the next revolution which awaits to dawn on the world? Who would be the people to carry the torch of this revolution? What would be some of the things which would be carried out in this next revolution?

1. English should be radically implemented as the main language across the world (From the year 2010 to 2100)
2. Immigrant laws should be relaxed. People should be allowed to travel anywhere around the world. Ultimately the borders should disappear (From the year 2100 to 2150)
3. Religion, Caste and Color Distinction should be abolished (From the year 2150 to 2200)
4. Common World Currency (From the year 2150 to 2200)
5. Business & Economy: Increasing Globalization (From the year 2200 to 2300)
6. All the countries in the erstwhile U.S.S.R should unite again
7. Muslim women should throw away the Burkha once and for all
8. Muslim men should give up radicalism
9. India should implement strict population control measures
10. Every country (now U.S.A) at its pinnacle is on a peak. Would it have the will to come down from the current peak and climb a higher peak? Or would it just stick to its past glory and stay complacent on the same peak?
11. Should South America have a common currency like Euro?
12. Can the people, countries in Africa unite and get organized? Something like Europe. Can they have a common currency?
13. Japan is also in a similar state as that of U.S.A. Looking out for the next peak for their country? Will they wait for U.S.A to show them the way?

Some other questions & thoughts to ponder on:

1. Is man going against the basic instinct of survival as a man evolves?

2. When a person sees great disparities around him in the environment, there is a higher probability of a person becoming a  rebel.

3. Twenty years are required to bring man from the state of a plant, in which he exists in the womb of his mother, and from the state of an animal, which is his condition in infancy, to a state in which the maturity of reason begins to make itself felt. Thirty centuries are necessary in which to discover even a little of his structure. An eternity would be required to know anything of his soul. But one moment suffices to kill him. – Voltaire

4. The Dark Ages (World – 5th to 15th Century)
Dark Ages was the period in the man’s history when man slept. Progress in thought as well as technology remained stagnant.

*** A lot of text in this blog is borrowed from the book “The Story of Philosophy” by Will Durant, Wikipedia and Google

CAUTIONThis might be all theory

Bal Thackeray and Mumbai

February 6, 2010

Bal Thackeray and Mumbai 

This blog is about Bal Thackeray, a political activist and feared by many as a DON of Mumbai .

About Bal Thackeray

Bal Thackeray born on January 23, 1926 is the leader of one of the political parties in Maharashtra, India. He started of his career as a media guy. It is strange to think that his Dad was against caste biases considering his current profile & activities.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal_Thackeray

His Party

His party is a far right-wing party majorly having a pro-Marathi agenda and hostile against most of the immigrants. The party is also involved in a lot of illegal activities like riots, business scandals, etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiv_Sena

About Mumbai

Mumbai is the multi-cultural financial hub of India. It has several industries and is home to some of the world’s richest people. Please find below a link to the city and some key economic highlights of the city.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai

Economic:
5% of GDP of India
25% of Industry Output
40% of Maritime Output
70% of Capital Transactions of India
40% of India’s Foreign Trade

Industries
Textile, Seaport, Information Technology, Banking, Health-care, Publishing, Diamonds

Demographics:
14 Million People
The religions represented in Mumbai include Hindus (67.39%), Muslims (18.56%), Buddhists (5.22%), Jains (3.99%), Christians (3.72%), Sikhs (0.58%), with Parsis and Jews making up the rest of the population.[231] The linguistic/ethnic demographics are: Maharashtrians (51%), Gujaratis (20%), North Indians (21%) [5] and South Indians making up the rest.[232]

Immigrants

In an increasingly globalized world, any global center would have people of diverse backgrounds, skills, race, religion, caste. So is the case with Mumbai. Bal Thackeray, himself being a Maharashtrian, is favorable to the Maharashtrians and hostile to immigrants. This is detrimental to the growth and sustenance of Mumbai as one of the foremost cities in the World.

Politics-Elections

50% Population of Mumbai are immigrants and they run most of the industry and business in the city from which jobs are being created. Considering Mr. Thackeray’s hostility towards immigrants, it is highly unlikely that they would vote for him. Out of the remaining 50% who are Maharashtrians, a lot of them have seen his failed attempts to create industry, jobs. Although once in a while they may empathize with his communal rhetoric, but they would eventually align themselves with leaders ( a lot of them with people belonging to opposition parties) who can create minimum roadblocks for industries and employment.

Country & State Elections: The party lost both the country and state elections to the CongressNCP Party recently in 2009. But it still commands considerable power in the state and the city Mumbai.

Hindu Muslim Riots

There is increasing evidence that Bal Thackeray and his party played a key role in the HinduMuslim Riots.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babri_Mosque#Demolition
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombay_Riots
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_March_1993_Bombay_Bombings

Business

Enron was one of the largest companies of USA which had made a significant foreign investment in the state (Ratnagiri, Anjanwel) & country. Instead of capitalizing on attracting more foreign investments into the state, Bal Thackeray was against foreign investment. This led to a poor image of the state and the country abroad leading to a dismayed performance of the city and state as compared to some of the other global cities & states around the world. Due to political controversy, the operations of the power station-biggest foreign investment in India was stopped on several occasions. Critics blame both Gandhi’s Congress Party – which governed India at the time it invited Enron to Maharashtra in 1992 – as well as the states main opposition party, the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena.

Some Key Dates:
1996 – Stopped Construction
1997 – Construction Restarted
1999 – First Phase went Online
2001 – Production and Construction stopped – 2001
2006 – Ratnagiri Gas and Power took over the Power Station

His interference in Cultural-Sports Activities like Bollywood, Sports

Bal Thackeray has been funny with Bollywood a number of times. There have been instances of activities like stopping movie release dates due to anti-religious sentiments, threatening movie stars.

Some recent incidents:
16th November, 2009 – Mumbai belongs to India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bal-Thackeray-slams-Sachin-over-Mumbai-for-all-remark/articleshow/5234553.cms

Sat, Feb 06, 2010 – My Name is Khan is being threatened –
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/et-cetera/Shiv-Sena-threat-casts-shadow-over-My-Name-is-Khan/articleshow/5540116.cms

Comparison with other Parties in the State

NCPNCP led by Sharad Pawar has been involved in interference with Industry, harboring criminals and scams.
CongressCongress is a national party in India and won a majority along with NCP in Maharashtra. Congress has had a history of many scams to its name along with harboring criminals.
MNSMNS is a breakaway fraction of Shiv Sena but maintains a similar ideology as that of Shiv Sena. There have been instances of skirmishes between the two parties though.
The Future of India and Bal Thackeray

To the Common Man: The Common Man lives in fear of him. Fear of being isolated if one expresses views against him.

To the Society & Culture: The society is being increasing fractured because of his anti-immigrant & Maharashtrian only stance.

To Industry: His dilly-dollying on key Industrial projects in the past has diverted foreign investments to other states and countries. It has also battered the state and country’s image.

# All data in this blog  are either my assumptions or from Wikipedia or Google
* Bal Thackeray: A Person with immense talent but it might have led to large scale loss of life and property

CAUTIONThis might be all theory

Prominent People of all time

February 5, 2010

Prominent People of all time

Who were the prominent people of all time? What made them go against the tide? What were they like? In this blog, we look at some of the greatest people to ever have walked on this land.

Ashoka, the Beloved (304BC-232BC)
(The only star still to shine so brightly)

Ashoka was an Indian Emperor, whose empire reigned over the entire present-day India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. During one of the battles, he chose the path towards peace after looking at the destruction caused by the war. The only king, among the thousands of kings, emperors to have ruled in this world, who gave up everything he had then and worked for the welfare of the people for his entire remaining life. He shone like a star and the light went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Well to do Personal Life
* A Good Environment

Che Guevara, the Rebel (1928-67)
(The fun loving guy who became the ultimate revolutionary defying the most powerful nation in the world)

Che Guevara was a revolutionary, who was exposed to poor people all throughout his life from his childhood. However, when he traveled through the breadth of South America, he got exposed to the extent of poverty in that area and made him change tracks of his life from a doctor to a guerrilla soldier to a revolutionary and then to “The Rebel” who defied the most powerful nation in the world. His life covered the entire spectrum of a man. From the earliest times of being a hippie to being the most looked upon “The Soldier of the Poor People”. He went all the way.How do you characterize a rebel? And a rebel like Che Guevara?

The problem with a rebel is you can hardly understand or characterize a rebel, even after several decades after death. They are outcast, unique & cannot be fitted into any mould. They come once in the entire lifetime of humans. It is very unlikely for a man like Che to walk on the land of Earth ever.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Tough Personal Life
* Had to struggle for a living in his early life
* Tough Environment

Van Gogh, the Nut (1853-90)
(His work completed his journey many years after his death)

Van Gogh put all his energy in his work (paintings), which was hardly worth a cent during his lifetime. He was dogged with mental illness all his life. However after his death several decades later, it became everything and more (priceless). His work went all the way.It would be hard not to imagine that Van Gogh was a man with immense love.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Tough Personal Life
* Had to struggle for a living all his early life
* A Good Environment

Siddhartha Buddha, the Awakened One (563BCE to 483 BCE)
(His teachings continue to enlighten the Indian Subcontinent)

Siddhartha Buddha was a prince, who decided to lead an ascetic life and meditated in search of truth. After a lot of meditation, he came out with the truths of life. If one follows them, one attains peace in himself. His thoughts went all the way.

He was the only prince to create a religion

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Well to do
* A Good Environment

Mohandas Gandhi, the Mahatma (1869-1948)
(The only guy to walk one’s country to freedom)

Mahatma Gandhi was an ordinary guy trying to make his living. He got thrown off the train for a petty seat (Racial abuse). He then decided to take the wheel of his life in his hands and spun our country into independence from foreign domination through non-violence (a leaf borrowed from Leo Tolstoy’s book). He became the most “Uncommon poor people’s guy” and the salt in him went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Had to struggle for a living all his early life
* Tough Environment

Abraham Lincoln, the Sprinter (1809-65)
(The only guy who successfully unified people of two races together)

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of U.S.A. There are a lot of sprinters who run their life. Some even run at the Olympic races to win medals. However, he was the only guy who won over two races at the same time. A feat incomparable in the history of mankind. He abolished slavery in U.S.A (unthinkable during his time) and made a step towards the unification of the black and the white people.Was the decision to abolish slavery a personal or political decision?

He was personally convinced that slavery should end and which translated into a political decision. He decided before the elections (before he became president) to end slavery? He knew he would be shot for this? And he eventually was.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Well to do
* A Good Environment

Albert Einstein, The Greatest Gambler (1879-1955)
(The first mind to bag the entire universe and time)

Albert Einstein was the most eminent scientist of all times. He was quoted in his life to say “God does not play dice”. But he did and won in style. He was the first guy to unite the dice of space and the dice of time together into one to build “The Space-Time Theory”, on which most of the science and technology is currently founded on. The dice of his imagination went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Had to struggle for a living all his early life
* Good Environment

Akbar, the Great (1542-1605)
(The first guy who successfully unified people of two religions together)

Akbar unified two diverse religions, the people of Hindu’s and Muslim’s together under his rule. He was the first guy to have done it successfully diplomatically in the Asian continent without much war and loss of life. He also had a tolerant attitude towards other religions too. A feat unthinkable and incomparable till today. His faith went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Good Personal Life
* Good Environment

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
(The guy who dwelled deep into the matters of mind)

Immanuel Kant was “the philosopher” whose work still influences metaphysics, ethics, law and history. He analyzed reason itself and came out with one of the most important derivations for us – “Mind can only think in terms of causality”. Hence we can never conclude whether the world always existed or had a cause. His reasoning went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Good Environment

Some other famous German philosophers during his time : Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 to 1900: Seldom has a man paid so great a price for genius), Schopenhauer ( 1788- 1860: The man with the Instinct:  The World as a Will and Representation). There were other philosophers like Voltaire (France), Spinoza (Israel) who changed the shape of philosophy.

Philosophy was given a new vigor by these Germans (Post Dark Ages) after the philosophy of the Greeks like Aristotle, Plato, Socrates (Pre Dark Ages). There were also Indian like Sankara, Valmiki & Vyasa and Chinese philosophers  Confucius (551 BCE-479BCE) in the pre-dark ages who made a mark.

Isaac Newton (1643-1727)
(The first guy to see light at the end of the dark ages)

Isaac Newton was “the scientist” who laid the basic scientific groundwork for the industrial revolution, one among the many other endeavors he undertook. His laws of motion shrunk the world, increased the productivity and heralded the progress of the West.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Good Environment

I always thought Isaac Newton was an Italian and Charles Darwin was an American. I was wrong on both counts. They were a product of England

Aristotle (384BC-322BC)
(Almost everyone is indebted to him)

Aristotle was the first multi-talented person whose range of interest covered science, poetry, music, logic, ethics, government, metaphysics, biology and more. He laid the basic framework of everything what we know today. Most of the philosophers, scientist had to either build or refute his theory. One can hardly measure the extent and influence of his work considering the period he lived in. (Several hundred years before Christ)

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Good Environment

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
(The foremost person to illuminate the world with his writings)

William Shakespeare was the most seminal writer of all times. His work included plays, poems and sonnets that defied age. The emotion portrayed by him in his writings underpins human behavior. His writings became “timeless”.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Good Personal Life
* Good Environment

Confucius (551 BCE-479BCE)
(The first man who saw nothing, hence everything)

Confucius was one of the earliest thinkers and philosophers of all time. He laid down the philosophy for personal and governmental morality which still influences a lot of Asian Countries like China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. A lot of his philosophy is very simple but still very relevant. One of his most well-known principle “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”. His principles became “boundless”

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Tough Personal Life
* Good Environment

Martin Luther King (1929-68)
(The youngest human activist icon)

Martin Luther King became the champion in removing racial segregation in America. He worked for the equal rights & upliftment of black people through non-violent means (a leaf borrowed out of Mahatma Gandhi’s book). He was joined by Rosa Parks in the struggle for civil rights. His humanity went all the way.

A few thoughts about their personal life and their environment:
* Ok Personal Life
* Tough Environment

Some other great people to think about:

  1. Lenin
  2. Leo Tolstoy
  3. Michelangelo
  4. Leonardo Da Vinci
  5. Jesus Christ
  6. Prophet Mohammad

(People with immense talent but they might have led to large scale destruction of life and property)

  1. Genghis Khan
  2. Hitler
  3. Alexander The Great

Is character and creativity (in leaders) independent of wealth, environment?

 A lot of leaders were poor all their life. Some were very rich. Some had excellent environment. And the others had a tough environment to get through. As we can see from above, a lot of leaders have character and creativity independent of wealth and the environment around them (And I always used to think wealth & environment has an effect on the leaders). On the contrary, they just believe in what they do and take it all the way.

# All data in this blog  is either from Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru, Wikipedia or Google

### Some of the things which apply to the leaders above and are hard to come by:

Quality is the art of focussing on a single thing on its route to becoming priceless

A Rebel is a person of the highest quality one can ever meet (Ashoka the Beloved, Che Guevara, Van Gogh). When one rebels against quantity power, quality springs forth in the person or when one Swim against the tide

Grace is when one does much without much ado

Caution: This might be all theory

The Past of India: India’s contribution to herself and the World

February 4, 2010

The Past of India: India’s contribution to herself and the World

The situation of any country including India is always deteriorating due to the strain on the natural resources. If it is not for these people, the quality of life will decrease forever till we face extinction. The question then you would ask, what are these leaders doing? How are they contributing for this cause? Good Question! Let’s explore what they are doing by looking at the history of the entire human race during the period, when these leaders were not there. Let’s study what’s happening to the world. Then let’s study the period during which these leaders were present. And what was happening to India and to the world. This will help us understand our future, with or without such leaders. Also let us study what are some of the factors which are required for such leaders to come by. We also look at some of the greatest epics to be written in this world.

Let’s have a look at some of the greatest people ever to walk this land.

Ashoka, the Beloved (304BC-232BC)
(The only star still to shine so brightly)

Ashoka was an Indian Emperor, whose empire reigned over the entire present-day India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. During one of the battles, he chose the path towards peace after looking at the destruction caused by the war. The only king, among the thousands of kings, emperors to have ruled in this world, who gave up everything he had then and worked for the welfare of the people for his entire remaining life. He shone like a star and the light went all the way.

Siddhartha Buddha, the Awakened One (563BCE to 483 BCE)
(His teachings continue to enlighten the Indian Subcontinent)

Siddhartha Buddha was a prince, who decided to lead an ascetic life and meditated in search of truth. After a lot of meditation, he came out with the truths of life. If one follows them, one attains peace in himself. His thoughts went all the way.

Akbar, the Great (1542-1605)
(The first guy who successfully unified people of two religions together)

Akbar unified two diverse religions, the people of Hindu’s and Muslim’s together under his rule. He was the first guy to have done it successfully diplomatically in the Asian continent without much war and loss of life. He also had a tolerant attitude towards other religions too. A feat unthinkable and incomparable till today. His faith went all the way.

Mohandas Gandhi, the Mahatma (1869-1948)
(The only guy to walk one’s country to freedom)

Mahatma Gandhi was an ordinary guy trying to make his living. He got thrown off the train for a petty seat (Racial abuse). He then decided to take the wheel of his life in his hands and spun our country into independence from foreign domination. He became the most “Uncommon poor people’s guy” and the salt in him went all the way.

During its earliest times, India was rich in philosophical thought (Mahabharata, Ramayana, Upanishads). The teachings of these epics have somehow been lost in the dust of time.

Mahabharata (1500-800 BCE)
Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. It’s consideration of human goals is part of a long-standing tradition which seeks to explain the relationship of the individual to society and the world (the nature of the ‘Self’) and the workings of karma (action).

Ramayana (750-500BCE or before)
Ramayana is the other major Sanskrit epic of ancient India. It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king.

Upanishads (Middle of the first millenium BCE)
The Upanishads speak of a universal spirit (Brahman) and of an individual soul (Atman), and at times assert the identity of both. . They are an instinct with a spirit of inquiry, of mental adventure, of a passion for finding out the truth about things. “There is nothing higher than the person”, say the Upanishads.

Do you think if there are any other contributions by India to the World? If yes, please enlist them as comments.

# All data in this blog  is either from Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru, Wikipedia or Google

CAUTION: This might be all theory

India’s Tryst with Destiny in the 20th Century

February 3, 2010

India’s Tryst with Destiny in the 20th Century

If you look at the population growth of India in the past 20 centuries, it was less than 50 million before the 20th century. The Industrial Revolution was started in the West during the 17th Century and started bearing fruits towards the end of the 19th century. India started getting exposed to the advancement of West during this time. The first thought which came to the common Indian mind was “More the hands in the family, more the money”. This led to a tremendous population growth in the 20th century with the population doubling every 10 years from about 50 million in the beginning of the 20th century to about 1200 million at the end of the 20th century. It’s funny to think of it, but I am also a product of this exact thought.

The technology achievements of the West were not replicated in India. On one hand, the population grew exponentially and on the other hand the technology achievements of the West failed to establish a base in India. This is even after the Independence of India (Post 1947). This can be easily attributed as the biggest failure of our country. What were the reasons we failed to establish our country as a developed country? And we went exactly in the opposite direction. (You can have a look at Jawarharlal Nehru’s speech at Independence Day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tryst_with_Destiny)

  1. Rigid Caste System
  2. Loss of Patriotism or Nationalism fervor after Independence (We can hardly make the Indian Flag properly)
  3. Lack of Unity
  4. Lack of freedom as an individual
  5. Lack of Leaders with foresight to transform India into a developed country and arrest its population growth

Some other thoughts:

  1. We failed to improvise on the caste system even though there were leaders as role models (Akbar the Great, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King) in this field. Do we have the courage to get rid of it now or anytime soon in the future?
  2. Jawarharlal Nehru and his descendants were greatly influenced by the socialistic model of Russia (Too much of Congress post-Independence, What are our alternatives?  – Question for us now and in the future)
  3. Which country do we look as a rode model after Independence? The West (British, French) already had ruled us and we were a little bit unhappy with them. (Question prevailing after independence, i guess)
  4. Should we team up with Russia? America? Did the Cold War make the choice a bit difficult for us? (Question prevailing after independence, i guess)
  5. Lack of leaders as role models (Economic) around the world. As the effects of the Industrial Revolution were more recent to study and more distributed among a lot of people. Also the Industrial Revolution was typically due to a lot of inventors, entrepreneurs, discoverers and artists, rather than kings, conquerors as in the past of India & World.

* All data in this blog are assumptions or from Wikipedia & Google

# From Jawarharlal Nehru’s speech “Tryst with Destiny” on the eve of India’s Independence – The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavor? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman. (By the way, this is still the question today. And we have to answer this question. Because 50 years down the line-2050, our descendants will look back and probably write something similar as in this blog)

CAUTION: This might be all theory