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Dealing with important issues to do with the self.

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How can intuition become an important tool, or rather, how can a person belong to his/her intuition, and how can the intuition belong to the person?

I have not realized this truth, but I have accepted it, because a great person realized it. The truth is, that God is the doer, of all that happens in the universe. Now, if we can accept this, then we can act in accordance to our perceptions. How can a person act in accordance with this realization? A person has to accept that he can feel both good and bad, and then he must take the responsibility of the aftermath, of feeling good, and bad. For example, if I feel inadequate in any manner, in what I am doing, then I must accept the feeling, and act in a manner, which makes me feel adequate. What is the cause of the inadequacy of feeling?  The cause is perhaps in our perceptions. Our perceptions of inadequacy. Our perceptions tell us, that we are inadequate in some manner, in our perceptions.  If we accept our negative perceptions, then what can change the perception? We have perhaps, already accepted our perceptions, but who can we blame for our perceptions? We cannot blame God, for our perceptions, because we do not feel, that God is the cause of our good perceptions, in the first place. God cannot be blamed, nor can he be thanked for our perceptions, because he is the cause of every happening in the universe. I am beginning to understand, what I did not fathom earlier. Perhaps, the biggest impediment of our works, is the idea, that we are the ‘doer’s. We cannot accept a change in our perception, if it is needed, because, the argument goes, “How can we be wrong in the first place”, if we are to be right later? Then, it could be argued further, that we  were right in perceiving our wrong perception.

How can we literally deal with our negative emotions in practice? If we are aware, that God is the doer of every emotion we feel, whether good, or bad, then we are in the place of a person in the deep end of the pool, albeit in an emotional manner.  It will not make news the day after, if we sink, or swim. Whether we are perceived as having swam or sunk, then the news of it after the morrow, and indeed in the morrow, too, is not really news. If all creation is in the same stage of existence, how long does it matter, who plays the lead role on the stage, and for how long?  If such may be the case, then why are we concerned about the role that we play? Because, in the playing of the role, we feel that the role is permanent, for as long as it lasts. This may be taken as a fault of our perceptions.

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March 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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Idea’s on human ability.

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In my humble opinion, human ability can be measured by various tests, but in a situation, what makes a human being act in a particular manner? A human being acts in a particular manner, in a given situation, because of many reasons. But, what is the cause of all human action? In my case, I want to act, without being influenced by my perceptions. I believe perception to be a cage, the most subtle type of cage, in which all willingly make themselves prisoners. When in the thralldom of perception, it is the perception which perceives, and not the perceiver. Let us look at the question: What perceives? Obviously, the organs of perception. What drives the organs of perception? I believe, themselves, too. If there is such a thing as a soul, then what need does the soul have, to direct the organs of perception?

So, if the cause of the organs of perception, are they themselves, then what is human ability, but a meaningless, directionless faculty? Look at what we aspire for. Does any meaning for it’s own sake, have any meaning? Does happiness for it’s own sake, have any meaning, apart from happiness? And if happiness stands alone, then what meaning does happiness have in isolation? Similarly, doing good or bad, does it have any meaning? I mean, if doing good or bad, makes us happy, then in the earlier example, of happiness having no meaning, good and bad have no meaning.

So, on what basis do we measure human ability, or human works? On what basis do we measure their utility?

In my opinion, it is not ability which is important, but how honest one can be with the self, in perception. Does a person have the ability to be dispassionate about his/her own perceptions? Can a person be aware, sometimes, that his perceptions are directed by his own perceptions, and not by his soul? Can a human being be aware, that his perceptions can change, and that what he sees as false, during a time, he may look at as true, during another time, because of the subtleties of the mind? I believe, if a human being can achieve this, then he may find some peace of mind. I am perhaps aware of these ideas, but not in a comprehensive manner.

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February 27, 2011 at 4:11 am

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The Naxal ideologue, and the tribal.

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In my humble and serious opinion, the Naxal problem in India has evolved, because the problem was not dealt with towards it’s termination. Some tribals may be acting in a way, which the Naxal Politbureau may disapprove about. A senior police officer gave his view on television, that Naxal’s had attacked the visitors to a temple, and killed indiscriminately. This is not what the Naxal ideologue Kishenji would have approved. I believe, these attackers were tribals, under the banner of Naxalism. On the ground, it is very difficult to distinguish between the Naxal, and the tribal. Perhaps, the Administration of India, is fighting the poorest of her poor, in her fight against Naxalism. A way has to be found, so that the tribal is quarantined against Naxalism. A way out is to target the leadership of the Naxals, so that the thought of Naxalism is not a refuge to some tribals. Otherwise, the Administration of India, would be at war against the mass of her poorest, and most deprived. People like Dr Sen, the pediatrician, should not be prosecuted, under any circunstances. He is not the cause, nor the effect, nor the originator of Naxalism

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December 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm

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ESPN Cricinfo ‘Legends of Cricket’.

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I have very recently started viewing the video series shown on the Cricinfo website, called the ‘Legends of Cricket’. The series has improved my knowledge on the game’s greats, like Richard Hadlee, Keith Miller, and Barry Richards immensely.

What strikes me about the batting of Barry Richards, is how easy he made batting look to the spectator. The spectator may have believed, that he could bat like the great batsman. Mr Richards’ batting does not strike me as beautiful, or attractive. He could hit the ball in any situation, it seems to me, he found himself in the middle of the pitch. I believe, that is genius. That is the hallmark of a true player, true to the situation that the player finds himself in.

Mr Keith Miller, was much like Wasim Akram, and Sir Richard Hadlee, as a bowler. All three did not bowl from a long run up. They did not have an extravagant jump before delivery, nor did they give the batsman facing, any clue as to what they were going to bowl. Mr Keith Miller reminds me a lot of Mr Barry Richards, as a batsman, although Mr Miller always was on the front foot, and thus, did not open his batting to more opportunity as did Barry Richards. How does the spectator feel, when he sees the three great bowlers bowl?  The spectator feels, that bowling is a much easier art, than is batting.

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November 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm

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The Argumentative Indian.

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I have recently purchased this book, and have read the preface and a part of the first chapter. I feel, that prevailing in an argument, happens, because the opposite number in the argument, is not able to structure his argument according to that of his nemesis on the argument. I have also procured the book ‘The Idea of Justice’, at the same time. Justice, in my opinion, is never communal, nor is it a utility of society, but it is entirely personal. If the person feels that justice has been done, then justice has been done, and there is no injustice. If on the other hand, a person feels that an injustice has been done upon him, or that an injustice can be done upon him, then this gives rise to injustice in the community, and in society. The best mode of justice is never to be a judge to others, and always to judge oneself. Beyond this, is how one administers justice to oneself, because of one’s actions.

On the other topic, on arguments, it has been inferred indirectly,  and rightly so, by Dr Sen, that an argument never is resolved, unless the argument does not exist. Arguments, in my opinion, should always be resolved, by those who have the means at their disposal.

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October 31, 2010 at 11:22 am

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Indian Democracy and it’s journey as a concept and practice.

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I have perhaps expressed this before, but in different terms. Let me express differently from before. Our model of Democracy, is inherently flawed, because our Parliamentary system of Democracy is copied entirely from the British Parliamentary system of Democracy. Our founders of Democracy, including Dr B R Ambedkar, could have envisioned a better form of representation to our Parliament. If a voice vote in Parliament, is the most determining form of vote in that assembly, then why do people need to use a voting system that is secretive, and prone to manipulation by vested interests, including the ‘Political Parties’?  In the history of Indian Democracy, all the major ‘Political Parties’, have ‘managed’ their electoral victories, if they have seen ‘victory’, in their political campaigns. The political scenario in West Bengal, has been a story of manipulating the voter, and lowering the dignity of the assembly of the government of West Bengal. The CPI(M) may have great leaders, in Mr Sitaram Yechury, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, and other notables, but the actions of that party’s political cadres, undermines severely, the dignity of the personae of the mentioned leaders, for being the leaders of the CPI(M). In the politics of the central legislature, or the parliament, the Congress Party divides the nation, by trying to manipulate the opinion of the electorate, favorably in it’s favor, and disfavorably in it’s opponent’s favor. I see the great nation of India,  being divided, by the ‘political parties’ who represent Her. Mr Narendra Modi, in Gujarat, tries to garner support by lowering the dignity of his opponents in the Congress Party, by his political speeches. Who should I believe, Mr Narendra Modi, or Ms Sonia Gandhi? Neither Ms Sonia Gandhi, nor Mr Narendra Modi believe in the democracy of India. They try to manipulate the public, into voting for their parties. Perhaps, this is my perception formed, and it is a wrong perception.

A better form of elections, would be for the smallest group in society to elect a leader, unanimously, not by vote, but by common consent, carrying the collective decision of the group. This, I believe, holds more legitimacy, than a vote balloted on a piece of paper, or on an electronic voting machine, which is done secretly. All the people who belong to the group, must have equal rights, of expression, and opinion. Unlike our ‘Political Parties’, who undermine others to further their political cause, there must be harmony and goodwill within this group. The leader of this group, has a voice to elect who represents him, in turn, and so on, and so forth. All this must be done, not in secrecy, but in full public view. Our political parties are not accountable, because of the secrecy of the ballot system of voting. Has any cabinet minister resigned, because of the Commonwealth Games fiasco? Will any Congress Party leader be perceived as not having discharged his/her duties, and who has also presided over other’s corrupt actions? Our leaders undermine even the British Parliamentary System of Democracy. What if British Parliamentarian’s, inculcate the Indian system of ‘Parliamentary Democracy’?

After the tenures of Pandit Nehru as Prime Minister, the politicians of India, whether they believe it or not, became disillusioned with the political system, and disillusioned with the people of India. I advice the Congress Party not to remind the people of India, that Mahatma Gandhi, and Pandit Nehru, belonged to them. The Congress carries out it’s misrule, in the name of Mahatma Gandhi, and Pandit Nehru, or if not, at least uses the august names in their election campaigns.

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October 20, 2010 at 5:02 am

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The Kashmir Conundrum for the Indian Government.

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Listening to different voices on Kashmir, it seems to me that everyone has a voice which does not concur completely, with another voice on the matter of Kashmir. For example, I even see the conundrum of the Bharatiya Janata Party when it has to meet the Government, when the Government of India does not see it fit, to perceive the B J P, as a legitimate political party, even when the Election Commission does not have any issues on not recognising the B J P, as a legitimate political party. How, and why should the B J P, act, and in what capacity, when the coalition in power, wants the population of India, to delegitimise the B J P, as a political party? Perhaps, the B J P, should rise above the governing coalition at the center, and make serious attempts to work for India, for the sake of India. They should even work with the Congress led government on this matter, and must do so.

I was watching Mr Sajjad Lone on television today. Mr Lone talks about the civilians who lost their lives, in conflict with the Police. However, if the government was to have a dialogue with the Kashmiri people, then who would represent the Kashmiri people? Also, Mr Lone must be asked, what does he want the dialogue to fructify and form, at the end? There was an interesting moment, when Mr Lone was asked, about how an Indian Army infantry personnel, was supposed to act, when there were militants taking shelter in a Kashmiri house, and fighting The Indian Army. The Indian Army is not trained to act in a manner, where the militants would be allowed to escape, and be a threat, again, by taking refuge in another house, and fight in a similar manner. The Kashmiri civilian is found between a rock, and a hard place. If I had a militant who was shooting at the Indian Army from my house, then would I not loose my life? The question is, would I prefer to die in the act of the Indian Army, or by the act of the militant? This is even a more perplexing question.

I am sure, that the Kashmiri would not throw stones at the militants, and so, I believe, that the Kashmiri does not see the militant as the answer to his questions. What exactly does the Kashmiri want? Why does he/she want to talk to India? I believe Kashmir to be as much mine, as would the house I own, if I did own a house. At least, the streets and roads of India, are as free to tread for the Kashmiri, as are the streets and roads of Srinagar.

The Congress is very reluctant to act, because the Congress believes that the state of Jammu & Kashmir, has a case for self determination, because India had put the issue in the United Nations. Why cannot the Congress refuse outright, the case for the dismembering of India, and ask for the United Nations to understand her position? Under no account, can Kashmir be separate from India. I am willing to loose the roof over my head, but Kashmir must not be lost to India. The Government of India, must have very cordial talks with Pakistan, and the issue must be resolved, to everyone’s benefit. India must engage in cordial talks with Pakistan. These talks must go on till Kashmir is a non-issue. India cannot see Kashmir go away from the Indian Union. Why does India not want Kashmir to go away from the Indian Union? Because India sees Kashmir and Kashmiri’s as a close member of India, an indispensible member.

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September 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm

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