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September 16, 2007
  • Why people are religious

    It is possible for science to question the fundamentals of each and every religion but while science has a right to do it…the state doesn’t.Religion is very important to people and this is putting it mildly. Why it is important is very complex. An answer has been given here: Religion — whether…

  • Destruction of Ram Sethu (Setu) to build a shipping canal is looking at a country’s development only from the economic perspective

    When I first heard about the Supreme Court affidavit filed by our government which claimed that Lord Ram did not exist, I was stunned….and hurt. And I am not even a religious person! I can’t imagine what deeply religious people must have felt…outraged and betrayed!!This controversy has made me…

  • About fake stings and fraudulent journalism

    The media has been full of the fake sting operation conducted by a TV reporter, a sting which was designed to implicate a female teacher (Uma Khurana) in a sex scandal. She supposedly supplied school-girls to clients for a fee. The motive for the fake sting? The reporter did it on the behest of…

  • Asian countries don’t like each other much but they like America

    If this survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project (conducted in China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, and the United States from March 31-May 14, 2006) has any value at all, then we Asians sure have some negative attitudes towards our neighbors!As many as 7987 people were sampled in these…

  • Does India see itself as sharing common values with the west?

    Does India see itself as a natural ally of the west sharing common values of democracy, rule of law and tolerance for other religions and similar threats such as the rise of China and Islamic extremism?That was a question put to me by a British commentator (Krenim) on this blog. He asked…and I…

  • Youth of two different Indias – a photo essay

    About a quarter or more of our population is young, but the young belong to vastly different Indias. I would not even classify it simply as urban and rural…because these worlds exist within cities. Through the pictures below I have tried to capture these different worlds.The photograph below shows…

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. wishtobeanonymous permalink
    September 16, 2007 8:06 pm

    Here is a website that may interest you: http://www.janaagraha.org/

  2. September 16, 2007 10:57 pm

    Thanks for the link, but usually I do not write about particular organisations. thanks anyway.🙂

  3. wishtobeanonymous permalink
    September 16, 2007 11:18 pm

    Just wondering if you will be writing an article on honesty among Indians. Has there been any research on it?

  4. September 16, 2007 11:25 pm

    Well, there have been some such surveys, but not by any reliable organisations. Anyway I don’t think that asking people whether they will return a wallet , is really a test of people’s honesty. It depends on their financial status to a large extent. In fact the corruption index will give you some idea…because corruption and honesty is related to some extent.

  5. wishtobeanonymous permalink
    September 17, 2007 2:26 pm

    Thanks for responding as always. Here is a link I found when I searched for honesty: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyendra_Dubey
    I guess its old news, but the news is refreshing though very sad.

  6. wishtobeanonymous permalink
    September 17, 2007 2:28 pm

    Looks like the previous link does not work. Here’s another: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Quadrilateral

  7. September 17, 2007 2:35 pm

    I fixed the previous link…the full stop was preventing it from working. I realized that because I could easily access it from my email (I get a message about comments)
    I also read the piece.
    I had not read about this in so much detail, thanks for the link. I felt terrible when I read it…a feeling of a heavy heart…corruption in this country has reached gigantic proportions. So much so that foreigners can’t even imagine how it is.

  8. wishtobeanonymous permalink
    September 18, 2007 12:13 am

    Yes. But I don’t care much about what foreigners think, only I wish we could feel good about ourselves. If only everyone had atleast good water to drink and food to eat and equal medical care, forget pollution, traffic, or a decent home. The problem with our politicians is that they are here only to serve their interests. The media can help create awareness among the people and ofcourse some of them are really doing their job. Thank you for all your responses.

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