Democracy is an institution. It's a human creation. It is not immaculately conceived (unlike the mother of the Christian god.) Putting it up on a pedestal and worshiping it is not dignified. Worse still, it is downright dangerous. The havoc arising out of the mindless, unquestioned, unexamined insistence that things are made better simply by … Continue reading A bit on Democracy in India
It's from October 2008 but worth a read for its message is fairly time-independent. Hedge Fund Manager: Goodbye and ***k You. It is by Andrew Ladhe, who was the manager of a small California hedge fund. Excerpts . . . I will no longer manage money for other people or institutions. I have enough of … Continue reading Readings: A Goodbye Letter, and a Bit on Public Radio
Arundhati Roy is really -- how should I put it delicately -- an attention whore. Maybe she has a point or maybe she doesn't. Her vile attacks on India are thinly disguised attacks on Hindus. The UPA, which normally would be allied with her united as they are in their hatred of Hindus, find themselves … Continue reading Arundhati Roy is a Damn Nuisance
Carl Sagan was a man of extraordinary vision -- and what is more, a man who helped others to see more clearly. Here's Sagan's meditation on that little speck seen in this image taken from a distance of 6.4 billion kms from earth, the place we call home. The image was taken by Voyager 1 … Continue reading The Pale Blue Dot
I don't do Facebook. I have been trying to unsubscribe from it. I have been unsuccessful so far. It is evil because it refuses to let people unsubscribe. May they FOAD.
One of these days I will get around to replying to some of the comments that do need a response. Now though is time for an open thread. Say what's on your mind. Talking of minds, here's a recent discovery. During my recent visit to the East coast, a friend in Philadelphia introduced me to … Continue reading Open Thread: Offering Chant
Sometimes the truth is plain to see, not concealed but evident on the surface. And as Louis Armstrong sang, "You must remember this. A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply." Some things don't change as time goes by. I remember this whenever I read yet once … Continue reading The US and its Deadly Faustian Bargain