Saturday, October 29, 2016

Poor British policies and it's aftermath on India .

Impact of poor British administration of India and it's aftermath

Going through historical documents archived across the world, we are shocked by the fatal implications of some dumb British policies. A little knowledge of history is needed for every Indian as we would otherwise get sucked to blind western adoration. Some greatly fatal implications of dumb British policies as recorded in history are mentioned here for our consumption.

A Bengali family on the verge of death by starvation 
1. In 1870, due to poor British planning, there was a famine in the Deccan and South India in which 17 million people died of starvation.

2. In 1901, Bengal had the greatest famine, again spearheaded by dumb British policies in which 19 million people died of starvation.

3. The Bengal famine again in 1943 saw another three million people die of starvation even after a bounteous harvest when food grains were directed by Winston Churchill for the British troops fighting for Britain and allies (India and China had no causative role in the war to be subject to any suffering from it).

Thus the 39 million people who died from starvation in India due to poor British policies  is more than six times the number of Jews killed in the Jewish Holocaust in the second world war. How many innocent lives were blighted by the British in India ?

Mike Davis in his book "Late Victorian Holocausts" mentions upto 29 million Indians having dies in the famines set by the British on Indians, which again is 4.5 times the number of Hews killed by the Germans in the second world war. In fact it is very difficult of any other colony in a period of 200 years having suffered so much unilatareal damage like India.

The British injustice on India is thus unpardonable. Even though the past three hundred years of colonial rule brings bitter memories to our minds, India is ready to forgive and forget.

It will take some more decades for India to climb out of the deep pit of social and economic mess the British has pushed us into.

The resilience of the Indian economy is evident from the fact that Indian economy now is third largest in the world, and is four times the UK economy (UK economy hitting a low #9) ...

This link from the BBC tells the whole story ..

From mid 1740s, English East India company started trading with India, yes 200 years, correct. The earlier 100 years were the Portuguese and Dutch to a little extent. Our smart forefathers who resisted the Portuguese till the Coonen cross oath in 1653, somehow fell for the British.

Recorded civilised history of Europe has only Greeks around 500 BC. The Europeans were a nomadic tribe then. Clearly a group of uncivilised white skins who had got down from trees just a millennia earlier !

In the 200 years in India, the British engaged in cruelly subjugating and demoralising Indians to such an extent that native Indians still carry a halo around their British cruel masters, not yet ready to call a spade, a spade ..

The fact that some of us still are supportive of British rule in India shows the broad mindset of tolerance and forgiveness, hallmark of the great Indian culture and civilization.

We  Indians are so tolerant and forgiving, we bear no hatred against any race, region or dogma and that is our strength too..

Pl watch this 10 min video from my YouTube  channel on India's growth over the past seventy years, in all spheres of human activity. The hairs on your skin will stand straight ! The mighty, infinite potential of India is just waiting to be tapped !!

Vasudaiva kudumbakam, a Sanskrit phrase from the Maha Upanishad (conservatively more than 3500 years old) meaning, "the world is one family" ..


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Friday, October 28, 2016

ISRO to launch 103 satellites in a single launch ..

With proven, time tested and reliable capability, ISRO is getting ready to launch 103 satellites, nano, micro satellites all included, in one shot by end Jan 2017, into a single orbit. This is about twice the number of 37 satellites in an earlier world record launch held by China two years back.

The fact that India is a very strategic space partner of US is evident when we get to know that of these 103, 90 satellites are for United States. As technology gets advanced, satellites get smaller, lighter and more powerful.

The crude question is  *Does not US have low cost processes and technology to launch these satellites for domestic ambitious, high tech companies ?*.

Once the domestic private tech ecosystem within India develops enough, to warrant such launches, there will be a flurry of activity then ..

Clearly India, slowly and steadily, is establishing itself as a global space power to be reckoned with. 

A great example of how a public sector organization is bringing prestige to the country !!


Jobs and skills of the future ..

A child today can expect to change jobs at least seven times over the course of their lives – and five of those jobs don't exist yet - World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss based non-profit foundation which is the world's most respectable gathering of public-private business leaders numbering about 2500 from across the world, who meet once in a year in Davos Switzerland and regional meetings in six to eight locations every year from Latin America, Africa, East Asia, China, UAE and so on.

According to the report from World Economic Forum editor Stephanie Thomson, 35% of skills needed five years later have not been defined yet.

The important skills needed are listed here. Next generation teaching should impart skills in the below given five broad areas, besides the conventional areas of knowledge.

1. Data Literacy - ability to collect, collate, analyse quantitative and qualitative data, mining, predicting future trends .. Being able to understand the technical concepts of data and information, Big Data, to understanding the different media of data collection (FB, WA, Twitter Google search etc..), storage ata Farms..) and retrieval (Database Management systems) Presentation, dissemination (emails, blogs) etc. are very important.

2. Soft skills of empathy and positive attitude - empathising with others, trying to be in their shoe and finding what are their feelings and how one can carry people along with oneself. Every 

A negative thinker sees a difficulty in every opportunity while a positive thinker thinks of an opportunity in every difficulty
A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of circumstances having power over you ..
A positive attitude changes everything
"It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure." - Bill Gates
3. Innovative skills employing critical thinking and adaptability to apply concepts and ideas, problem-solving techniques across different sector, learning and relearning .. Learning is a life long process..  

4. Collaborative skills involving leadership, flexibility and teamwork. These skills are best acquired outside of classroom setting maybe on a trekking expedition, games, athletics, doing internships, social service and the like ..
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion - Alexander the Great, (356 BC - 323 BC)

5. Entrepreneurial skills to develop ideas to commercial success and create value in society.

The best way to predict the future is to create it  - Peter Drucker, management guru
The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake, there is nothing you can learn from being perfect. - Peter Osborne
60-80% of all new jobs come from small businesses (or startups), which grows BIG !!

Five of the so called non-existent jobs mentioned earlier in the write-up will be from the five broad areas given above ..

Click for the WEF report news ..

Ge.. (This is taken from a speech I delivered at Christ College, Bangalore for the student community in November 2016.)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tata Sons - difficult times ..

The sacking of Mistry came as a shock to Indians on Monday evening.

Mistry was taking home INR 15 crores every year besides another 130 crores annual dividend on his 18.5% shares in Tata Sons ..

Many points played a major role in the sudden decision by Tata Sons top mgmtm. Tata Sons turnover fell from $108 billion to $102 billion in the last three years, inability to get Tata Corus steel back on track, a $1 billion fine on Tata sons in a feud with Docomo, and a conscious thinking to wind up some non-core business activities, added fuel to the flame of discontent within top mgmt. TCS and Tata Motors were the only profitably working cos in the Tata Sons stable .. 

At 78, will the Patriarch Ratan Tata be able to steer India's and wotld's most trusted and respected brand back to profits and cheer ?

The nation is full of positivity for this great brand !


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Dr. BM Hegde, benefits of sunlight ..

Padmabhushan Dr B M Hegde, FRCP, true to his divine and professional calling, tells that nature and nature's processes are the greatest doctors.

If we allow mother nature full freedom and control over our body, we will never need medical interventions and will forever remain healthy .. 🙏


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lingo kid Ravi Kumar at Hanging gardens, Mumbai.

Its amazing and unbelievable !  Having spent almost six years in Mumbai and having gone to Hanging gardens many a time, my sister stays nearby, I fail to understand how I missed out this smart kid. See how this kid, selling at the Hanging Garden, Mumbai can speak several foreign languages !

Ravi giving the TEDx talk ..
When asked why he was not interested in gaining formal education, Ravi told that in the conventional system he is constrained to learn only few languages, while here with full freedom, he has learnt about ten languages. If Ravi was born into a  good family, and he could get good education and support, this intelligent boy would have made India proud in some spheres of life !! ..

It is still the greatest mystety of life, who decides into which social background we are born ?

Grown up lingo kid Ravi, now in 2016, still sells fans near Hanging gardens Mumbai as in 2006-7.

Ravi has even given a TEDx talk ..


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Watch "Dr BM Hegde FRCP ." on YouTube

Dr. Hegde FRCP was KMC chief and Manipal uty VC. He is a Padma Bhushan awardee too.

He advocates less of medical intervention unless really needed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Where is Christianity heading to ?

സഭകൾ വളരുന്നു... പള്ളികൾ വളരുന്നു... വിശ്വാസികളുടെ എണ്ണം കൂടുന്നു... അരമനകളുടെ എണ്ണം കൂടുന്നു... ഓരോ ജങ്ങ്ഷനിലും കുരിശിൻ  തൊട്ടികൾ , ഭണ്ടാരങ്ങൾ ... പള്ളികളുടെ ഉയരം കൂടുന്നു... പൂമുഖം തേക്ക് കൊണ്ട് പാനൽ ചെയ്യുന്നു... പഴയ കൊടിമരങ്ങൾ ഫാഷൻ പോര എന്ന് പറഞ്ഞു സ്വർണം പൊതിയുന്നു... ആളുകള്ക്ക് പുറത്തു നിന്നും കുർബാന കാണാൻ പുറത്തു tv'ൽ പ്രൊജക്റ്റ്‌ ചെയ്യുന്നു... കുറെ വർഷങ്ങൾ മുൻപ് കേട്ടുകേൾവി പോലുമില്ലാത്ത പെരുന്നാൾ ഏറ്റു നടത്താലും പെരുന്നാൾ ഓഹരിയും ഒക്കെ ഓരോ വിശ്വാസിയുടെയും  വിശ്വാസത്തിന്റെ അളവുകൊലാവുന്നു... വല്ല്യപ്പന്മാർ സ്കൂളിൽ ചേര്ക്കാൻ വേണ്ടി സൗകര്യപൂര്വം സ്വയം പ്രഘ്യാപിച്ച ജനനതീയതികൾ ഇന്ന് ജന്മദിന സ്തോത്രങ്ങളായി നമളിലേക്ക് എത്തുന്നു...

പഴയ അച്ചന്മാർ വണ്ടറടിച്ചു നിന്ന് ജീവിതത്തിൽ ആദ്യമായി ജന്മദിന സ്തോത്ര പ്രാർത്ഥനയും വിവാഹവാർഷിക പ്രാർത്ഥനയും ചൊല്ലുന്നു... എല്ലാ പള്ളികൾക്കും കൊയർ... കൊയർ ഇല്ലാതെ ഇന്ന് എന്ത് ആരാധന... പള്ളി സ്ഥാപനങ്ങൾ കൂടി കൂടി വരുന്നു... ഡൊണേഷൻ മഹാമഹവും ഭംഗിയാവുന്നുണ്ട് .. അച്ചായന്മാർ കൊഴുക്കുന്നു... ദുഘവേള്ളിയാഴ്ച പള്ളിയിൽ കുമ്പിടാൻ വയ്യാത്ത അച്ചായനും അമ്മായിയും കൂടെ ഹോളി ലാൻഡ്‌ പോകുന്നു... ഓരോ ഞായറാഴ്ചയും വെന്ജരിക്കാൻ പുതിയ പുതിയ കാറുകൾ .... ആകെ ഐശ്വര്യം തുളുമ്പുന്നു... ഐശ്വര്യം തുളുമ്പുന്നു... ഐശ്വര്യം തുളുമ്പുന്നു...
എല്ലാത്തിനും നന്ദി..

ദൈവമേ... നീ അന്ന് വന്നു കാലിക്കൂട്ടിൽ പിറന്നതുകൊണ്ടു, ഈ നാട്ടിലെ പാവം ക്രിസ്ത്യാനികൾക്ക് ഒരു ജീവനോപാധിയായി... പക്ഷെ ഈ അരമനയും പള്ളിയും ഒക്കെ കണ്ടു കൊതി ആയിട്ടു  ഇങ്ങോട്ടേക്ക് പോന്നേക്കാം എന്ന് വല്ല മോഹവും ഉണ്ടെങ്കിൽ അത് മനസിലിരുന്നാൽ മതി. നീ മരിച്ചു ഉയിർത്തു സ്വർഗത്തിലോട്ടു പോയപ്പോഴാണ് ഞങ്ങളടെ തലേവര തെളിഞ്ഞത്.

ഇനി വീണ്ടും ഇങ്ങോട്ട് വന്നു അത് പൊളിക്കരുത്...
നീ ഇല്ലെങ്കിലും നിന്റെ പേരിൽ ഞങ്ങൾ ജീവിചോട്ടെ...

ഇനി ഇങ്ങോട്ട് വരാൻ വല്ല മോഹവും ഉണ്ടെങ്കിൽ, ഇന്ന് ആര്ക്കും പശുവില്ല.. *തൊഴുത്ത് ഇന്നും ഫ്രീ ആണ്... സ്വാഗതം..* നിനക്ക് അന്നും പ്രിയം അതാരുന്നല്ലൊ...

പിന്നേ നിനക്ക് ഇഷ്ടപ്പെട്ട പാവപ്പെട്ടവനും, രോഗികളും, നിരാശ്രയരും, ഒക്കെ ഇന്നും ഉണ്ട്... നീ ഇനിയും വന്നാൽ വേണ്ടിവരുമല്ലോ എന്ന് കരുതി അവരെ അതേപ്പോലെ  കാത്തുസൂക്ഷിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്...
ഇത്രയൊക്കെയേ നമ്മളെക്കൊണ്ട് പറ്റു ...
- സത്യക്രിസ്ത്യാനി

അടിക്കുറിപ്പ്: ലൂക്കോസ് (8:45 ) "എന്നെ തൊട്ടതാരാണ് "എന്ന് കർത്താവു ചോദിച്ചപ്പോൾ ശിഷ്യന്മാർ പരിഹാസരൂപേണ ചോദിച്ചു. "ഈ ജനം ഇങ്ങനെ തിക്കിത്തിരക്കുന്നത് നിനക്ക് കാണാൻ വയ്യേ..? പിന്നേ എന്നെ തൊട്ടതു ആര് എന്ന് ചോദിക്കുന്നത് എന്തെ" എന്ന്.

പ്രാർത്ഥനാ യാമങ്ങൾ മുഴുവൻ നിറവേറ്റിയിട്ടും, കുര്ബാന കൂടിയിട്ടും, നേര്ച്ച കഴിച്ചിട്ടും, നോമ്പ് നോക്കിയിട്ടും --- (തിക്കിതിരക്കിയിട്ടും) എനിക്കും നിങ്ങള്ക്കും അവനെ തൊടാനാവാത്തതു  എന്തുകൊണ്ടാണ്... ഈ അഹങ്കാരങ്ങൾ ഒന്നും അവകാസപ്പെടാനില്ലാത്ത മറ്റൊരാൾ അവനെ തോടുന്നുണ്ടാവും... അപ്പോൾ അവൻ പറയും "ഒരാൾ എന്നെ തൊട്ടു... എങ്കൽ നിന്ന് ശാക്തി പുറപ്പെട്ടത്‌ ഞാൻ അറിഞ്ഞു" എന്ന്... അത് ഞാനോ നീയോ ആകാം...

സഭയും പള്ളിയും മാത്രമേ വളരുന്നുള്ളൂ... പാവപ്പെട്ടവാൻ എന്നും അങ്ങനൊക്കെ തന്നെയാണ്... അവന്റെ (നിന്റെ സഹോദരന്റെ) നേരെ കണ്ണടച്ചിട്ടു സ്വര്ഗതിലോട്ടു നോക്കിയാ വല്ലതും കിട്ടുമോ ? വിശക്കുന്നവന് ആഹാരം , കരയുന്നവന് ആശ്വാസം, രോഗിക്ക് പരിചരണം, ഒറ്റപ്പെട്ടുപോവന് സ്നേഹം, തുണ ഇതൊക്കെയാവട്ടെ നമ്മുടെ പ്രാര്ത്ഥന...

പണ്ട് അടിയന്തിരാവസ്ഥ കാലത്ത് ശ്രീ ഒ . വി. വിജയൻ അരിമ്പാറ എന്ന ശക്തമായ ഒരു കഥ എഴുതിയിരുന്നു. ഒരാളിന്റെ ശരീരത്തിലുണ്ടായ അരിമ്പാറ ക്രമേണ വളർന്ന് വലുതായി അയാളുടെ മുകളിൽ ആധിപത്യം സ്ഥാപിക്കുന്നത്.

നമ്മളും ദൈവവുമായിട്ടുള്ള ബന്ധത്തിൽ സഭ ഒരു അരിമ്പാറയായി  മാറാതിരുന്നാൽ മതിയായിരുന്നു. അതാകട്ടെ നമ്മുടെ പ്രാർത്ഥനയും ..🙏

Monday, October 17, 2016

Planet Earth II

One of the greatest wild life documentaries ever, BBC's Planet Earth in 2006, BBC is ready now with Planet Earth II series. Watch the trailer ..

You can watch the ten year old 35 part Planet Earth I series too.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Blood donation..

Was lucky to donate 350 ml of O+ blood to Narayana Hrudayalaya this morn from church. 
NH is very professional as to how they collect blood. They divide blood into three groups, plasma (life of 1 week),  platelets ( life 3 days) and packed cells (life 1 year) if stored at -60 deg C. ..

Most of the people have a morbid fear of blood donation, it comes out of inexperience and ignorance. If you are leading a balanced life with no self-destructive tobacco and liquor consumption habits, blood donation is just like any other human activity. I have been donating every since I was 20 years for the past 32 years, blood donation is very relaxing and an anti depressant too.. The good thing is I have been able to motivate many students from the educational institutions where I have been teaching to donate blood.

It is said, a blood donation has the benefit of running 2 full length, 41 km marathons !! Keeps one healthy, active and agile !

Bangalore has a full length international marathon happening this morn, 15 oct, 2016 !!

Since I gave to Narayana Hrudayalaya. I know it will reach needy people and will be processed and kept in the highest levels of hygiene and safety ..

Hoping to hit 50 before I stop blood  donation!

Blood donation has known health benefits like lower risk of cancer, helping maintain body iron levels to healthy levels, thereby reducing heart and liver ailments.



Friday, October 14, 2016

Indian accomplishments over the years !!

Thanks to democracy and great leaders like Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Bose, Kamaraj, APJ Abdul Kalam, Vajpayee etc, great scientists like CV Raman, Vikram Sarabhai, MS Vaidyanathan, Homi J Bhabha, litterateurs like Tagore, social activists like Mother Teresa, SriSri Ravishankar,  Bahuguna and more important than everything, inheriting the oldest civilization in the world and an enthusiastic, deeply spiritual, hardworking,  peaceloving Indian populace, we can hold our head real high.

Read of our greatest achievements and accomplishments we have achieved in 69 years of freedom from British colonialism !

Let us not get complacent as we have lot more to achieve ..

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Story of Aaranmula Kannadi (mirror)

Aaranmula kannadi is a metallic .single surface reflective mirror made of a copper tin alloy by the Vishwakarma family in Aaranmula in Pathanamthitta dist of Kerala since the middle of the nineteenth century and is a reminder of its great cultural and metallurgical heritage.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bill Gates on Climate change, TED talk..

William Henry Gates III (commonly known as Bill Gates) through this Feb 2010 TED talk proposes an interesting multiplicative model of global CO2 emissions of people (P), services (S), efficiency (E) and CO2 emissions per unit energy (C).

CO2 = P.S.E.C

Not much innovation is happening to control the first three, people, services and efficiency. He believes Carbon capture of fossil fuel emissions, nuclear energy and renewables of wind, solar photovoltaic (using semiconductors) and solar thermal (using mirrors to focus energy) hold the promise to contain CO2 emissions per unit of energy generated ..

Interesting insight from the Sultan of IT who is in the process of transitioning as a saviour to prevent climate change !

Innovating to zero emissions!


Sunday, October 09, 2016

Why India should beware American overtures.

Insensible and self seeking Indians have migrated to the US, getting future generations to lose their Indian identity and mix with the great American mosaic ..

What befalls a country and people when they align with US ?

Click on this video ..

This is what happens to any country that aligns with USA.

Utter degradation, depravation, flourishing drug trade. stifling  democracy, diseases, internal strife, growth of communalism, full of paranoia at others growth, bunch of demotivated people looking up to the military to run a failed country ..

US has met it's needs and is getting ready to dump this once faithful old time ally. The nascent US culture is getting ready to align with the oldest civilization of the world, India ..

India, beware ! By getting close to US, a very myopic outlook, you are befriending the most dangerous and most untrustworthy ally in the history of the world !


Saturday, October 08, 2016

Energy 101 MOOC ..

Great way to be informed and learn..
 From the time I took the course on power plant engineering at CET in my btech mech Engg final semester, never got a chance to learn more on energy.

Thanks to the *Energy 101* MOOC ( massive open online course) offered by Prof Sam Shelton from Georgia Tech thru, I found there were so many energy innovations and incremental developments that have happened globally.

Energy usage is only bound to increase in the coming years as the standard of living of communities and countries improve.

Some of the popular MOOC providers..
It took me about 8-12 hours in total sitting over three days to complete the course.

The quizzes at the end of each video added to the excitement (I had to score min of 80% in all quizzes as a precondition to finish the course) was a great motivator to help finish the course with flying colours.

Thanks to Prof Sam Shelton, Georgia Tech mech Engg Dept and Courses for coordinating to put together such an excellent primer on the contemporary global energy scenario and the future challenges.

Hope this will be a motivator for others too to engage in life long learning !!


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Benefits of coconut oil. .

Welcome the heavenly nectar, coconut oil. Olive oil, please stand aside..

Lot has been said of the benefits of coconut oil to the human body and it's potential to cure Alzheimer's disease, and the larger memory loss disease called Dementia..

The state of Kerala in India itself is named as the land of coconuts (Kera meaning coconut in malayalam..). Because of the superior diet rich in coconut oil, Malayalis have among the lowest rates of Alzheimer's disease in the world.

Pl watch the 2 Youtube videos given here .. (trying to establish the authenticity..)

This 2013 WHO doc is a good one on Alzheimer's disease .. 

A Hindu newspaper report on the low incidence of Alzheimer's disease in Kerala

Pl be sure to use the pure coconut oil, the non-hydrogenated one..


Saturday, October 01, 2016

Rosetta commits a harakiri on 67 P ..

In the pic it is compared on a 1:1 scale with the city of New York, see the skyscrapers at the bottom

Valuable lesson for China .

With Pakistan's isolation in international arena on promoting and encouraging terrorism against its neighbors and Western nations, has China earned itself an inglorious reputation by backing Pakistan ?

Should and can China think straight in this regard ? Will India be able to extract it's pound of revenge for the 1962 humiliation it suffered ? 👍

Will China ever learn from its mistakes or continue to join hands with Pakistan to dig it's own grave ? 😳 Either way suits us ..

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