Archive for April, 2010

The 8 Jewels Around India

April 22, 2010

The 8 Jewels around India

The 8 Jewels around India (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Burma, Bhutan, Maldives), although independent are the moons to the planet ‘India‘. Once, most of them were an integral part of India. Along with India, they are fighting to reduce corruption & poverty, increase literacy and progress in a globalized World.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka boasts of the first Woman Prime Minister of the World. As a result of its proximity to the major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia. With 20 million people and a GDP of $40 billion in Nominal Terms, it is on the path of the rapid Westernization. It has approximately 75% Sinhalese & 25% Tamils population, and has ended the civil war recently in May 2000 after 3 long decades of strife. It has a per capita income ($1400)  higher than its larger neighbor India.

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Sirimavo_Bandaranaike

Bangladesh

Bangladesh got on its own in 1971 and has a population of 160 million people and a GDP of $100 billion. Although Bangladesh has made significant strides recently, it continues to face overpopulation problems, poverty, corruption and ecological vulnerability due to climate change. Muhammad Yunus brought out a new direction to the finance world with the idea of micro-finance for the poor.

Bangladesh
Muhammad Yunus, the Micro-Finance Dude

Pakistan

Pakistan got its lick of freedom in 1947, the same year as that of India from the British. It has a population of 160 million and a GDP of $ 160 billion and is the second-largest economy in South Asia. Squash Players like Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan have won the World Cup Open several times. Strings,is an internationally acclaimed musical band which ushered a new revival in the music industry of Pakistan.

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Strings

Tibet

Tibet is the highest region in the World and is sometimes referred to as the roof of the World. Tibet is an autonomous region, however China considers it to be an integral part of its country. The current Dalai Lama resides in India and is considered to be one of the most important spiritual leaders of the World.

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Dalai_Lama

Nepal

Nepal has a population of 30 million and a GDP of $12 billion. About half of the population lives under the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. One of the tallest elevation, Mount Everest is one of the places for adventures and expeditions where people around the world come over to test their will, skill and stamina.

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Mount_Everest

Burma

Burma has a population of 50 million and a GDP of $30 billion. Burma remains under military rule which is considered widely to be as a repressive regimes. As opposed to the current situation, Burma was one of the richest country in South East Asia under the British rule. Can it return to democracy and regain its lost glory?

Burma

Bhutan

Bhutan with a population of 700 thousand, second fastest economy of the World and a GDP of $4 billion. It has recently held its democratic elections in 2008, its first ever.

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Maldives

Maldives has a population of 400 thousand and a GDP of $ 1.5 billion. Maldives have an amazing diversity of sea life with corals and over 2000 species of fish life. It is also the hotspot of tourism with an annual visitors of about a million.

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Way Ahead

Should these jewels along with India completely Westernize like America? Or they should become like Japan, Germany or Russia? Whatever the thinking, they need to lift the masses out of poverty. A billion odd. Soon.

Caution: This might be all theory

What does War do to You?

April 11, 2010

What does War do to You?

There have been wars from the start of the human civilization. Kings, Emperors, Dictators, Empires and Countries have waged wars either for expansion of their kingdom, wealth or resources. Below we analyze the history of wars, the reasons of wars, the effect of wars and their future.

The History of Wars

There have been many wars in the history of mankind, but here we consider the history of some recent wars (World War I onwards). For wars before this time-line, please go through the link:

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Germany & Japan were both devastated by World War I and IIJapan maintained itself externally and internally more or less. Little changes internally. Germany disintegrated after World War II into West and East Germany but more or less maintained its internal culture. Later it also did almost the impossible of integrating West and East Germany into ‘Germany‘.

During and after the Cold War, America and Russia both exploded although in a bit different way. Russia started exploding externally into different countries while it still more or less maintained its values. America remained intact externally however it started disintegrating socially (hippie, drugs, crime, alcohol & sex)

Israel and England have more or less remained independent of wars internally and externally in their entire history till now.

Reference

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Israeli_wars_and_armed_conflict

Reasons of Wars

Were all the Wars (World War I, II and Cold War) because of explosive growth of technology, increase in population? As there were wars right from the beginning of the human race, mostly the intensity of wars has increased as the ease to do wars has increased. The field of Ethics should have prevented wars. Considering wars are still present, has the field of Ethics failed to deliver its promise? Has it remained in the domain of the chosen few?

Effects of Wars

Wars have immediate as well as long term effect on people and countries. On an immediate time-line, there is vast spread destruction in terms of life and property. Millions of people (Hard Effects of War) die and losses run in terms of billions of dollars. On an long term basis (Soft Effects of War), war creates disintegration of culture and remains in the hearts of the people for a long time. Wars take time to heal in terms of scars of soldiers, separation of soldiers with their loved ones, destruction of civilian property, increase in civilian & corporate taxes, loss of business and more.

The Future of Wars

Hard Wars are History, however Cold Wars are here to stay in the World. Instead of millions of people dying in one shot, there wounds be chunks of people dying sporadically all over the world. The question then is “How do we maintain this situation now?

CAUTION: This might be all theory

Galaxy – The New Social Order of the World

April 9, 2010

Galaxy – The New Social Order of the World

From the start of civilization, humans tried to form a social order to organized themselves. Socialism, Marxism, Democracy, Aristocracy, etc. With rapid rise of globalization, importance of business & technology- a new Social Order needs to be established. What would it be like? It’s called the ‘Galaxy’ – in the order of young women, young kids, young men & old people.

Young Women (15-38 years)

In an increased globalized World, empathy & communication will play the most important role in the World Dynamics. Most of the spheres of interest of humans – Social, Political, Economics, etc will increasingly merge. This will create a need for increasing role of softness in human relationships as compared to a binary world which we currently live in. Young Women have a natural inertia to weave the islands in the World together into One World, ensuring more peace & less chaos in the World. In the West, the society has more freedom for women as compared to the east, which is evident in fields of sports, business and art. This makes the young women the natural choice to lead the World.

Young Kids (0-15 years)

Young kids are best to learn and adapt to a changing World Scenario. They are at an age where they can develop their hobbies into talents and finally into fruitful work. And probably become the Che Guevara’s, Gandhi’s, Abraham Lincoln, Leo Tolstoy, Van Gogh of tomorrow. They can shape and take the Earth to ways and journeys yet to be explored. In the West, kids are more independent and get to develop and hone their talent as compared to the east, where the kids stick to the family for lifelong. Talent breeds in the Kids, Western Kids.

Young Men (15-38 years)

Young men have less responsible to the society and are more free to travel around the World. This makes them more likely to be the champions of weaving the world together. They can gather experience from around the World and then apply it to their life, community and the World around them. In the West, the kids are kicked out of homes at a younger age, which makes them more independent and gives them the opportunity to develop their talent as compared to the West.

Old People (38+ years)

Old people have a rich experience and have the values of the past instilled into them. This enables them to make sound decisions at crucial times.
In the West, old people stay in ‘Old Age Homes’ which gives them the freedom from the younger generation and still discover their life at that age.

Challenges in Implementation & The Way Ahead

The Patriarchal Society will take time to be displaced around the World and the change wont be easy too. It will have its share of pain and will take time to implement. Women need to become more aggressive around the World and fight for their rights. After all they gave birth to this whole World.

CAUTION: This might be all theory