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LET NOT EXPLOSIVE SITUATION DEVELOP IN SABARIMALA TEMPLE IN INDIA Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Millions of devotees of Lord Aiyappa in Sabarimala are extremely disturbed and feel hurt, when the Supreme Court of India rejected the traditional practice of not permitting women of certain age ground from visiting the Sabarimala temple. Obviously, the judges have taken a narrow and tunnel view of..

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The Psychology of Fascism Saturday, October 27th, 2018

The continuing rise of fascism around the world is drawing increasing attention particularly as it takes firmer grip within national societies long seen to have rejected it. Some recent studies have reminded us of the characteristics of fascist movements and individuals, particularly as they..

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Make Ben Salmon a Saint Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Does it matter whether Catholic church officials really believe that they have the power to turn dead people into magical demigods? I don’t think so. I think it matters whether large numbers of people believe that, and I think they don’t. I think making someone a saint is, at this point, just a..

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDIA Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Social critic Neil Postman contrasted the futures predicted in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World in the foreword of his 1985 book “Amusing Ourselves to Death”. He wrote: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a..

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Time Out For Nukes! – OpEd Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

With 122 nations having voted last summer (July 2017) to adopt a treaty for the complete prohibition of nuclear weapons, just as the world has banned chemical and biological weapons, its seems that the world is locked in a new Cold War time-warp, totally inappropriate to the times. We were warned..

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Classical Conditioning for Peace

According to the analysis of police-murder-instigator Dave Grossman, the reason that only a minority of soldiers attempted to kill in World War II and earlier wars was a general aversion to committing murder. And the reason that the vast majority of U.S. soldiers (marines, sailors, etc.) have..

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Nobody to Vote For Sunday, October 21st, 2018

When I say there is nobody to vote for, I don’t just mean the familiar complaint that the candidates may be different shades of evil but are all too evil to support, that the earth’s climate does not recover one iota because some even worse policy has been averted, that sadistic bombings and..

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IS HINDU RELIGION DISCRIMINATED IN INDIA?

It is strange that in a country where around 80% of the population declare themselves as belonging to Hindu religion, there is widespread feeling amongst cross section of Hindus that Hindu religion is discriminated in variety of ways by successive governments in India. Though BJP, which is..

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Nepal and the China-EU Lending Race Monday, October 15th, 2018

One morning in the summer of 2016, Chandra Mishra, a farmer from Udipur town in Nepal’s Lamjung district, discovered that a tree on his property had gone missing. It was a large Albizia tree, which Mishra had hoped to one day harvest for wood for making furniture. But during the night, someone..

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Nepal: a destination of picturesque landscapes Friday, October 12th, 2018

Nepal, the South Asian country wedged between China and India, introduces itself as the land of Mount Everest, Earth’s highest mountain above sea level. This cliché of introduction glooms the scintillating varieties of landscape, architecture, ecology, people and culture. Nepal remained almost..

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Can India feel the Dragon’s heat in Nepal’s Terai? Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

The alacrity with which China is drawing Nepal into its orbit has raised eyebrows, but the process began almost seven decades back, with Mao Zedong calling Tibet the “palm of China” and Nepal one of the fingers, initiating Maoist insurgency in Nepal to install a regime in Kathmandu not friendly..

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Can India feel the Dragon’s heat in Nepal’s Terai? Monday, October 8th, 2018

The alacrity with which China is drawing Nepal into its orbit has raised eyebrows, but the process began almost seven decades back, with Mao Zedong calling Tibet the “palm of China” and Nepal one of the fingers, initiating Maoist insurgency in Nepal to install a regime in Kathmandu not friendly..

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Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Journalism is getting something of a battering in Australia. At the parliamentary level, laws have passed that would be inimical to any tradition versed in the bill of rights. (Australia, not having such a restraining instrument on political zeal, can only rely on the bumbling wisdom of its..

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Nostalgia and Sunshine: Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black Thursday, October 4th, 2018

This effort seems to be a bit of camping out on the part of director Bruce Beresford, whose list of cinematic achievements include Driving Miss Daisy and Breaker Morant. There are many smiles, a few distributed tears and occasional sighs of regret, but generally speaking, little by way of..

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Gandhi’s Despair and the Struggle for Truth and Love Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

‘When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always.’ -M.K. Gandhi As we remember Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October,..

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Nepal’s Military Diplomacy Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

In general practice, small powers are less likely to engage in military diplomacy as it is generally believed that the military is the tool of powerful states. However, Nepal, though a small state, has been closely involved in military issues for centuries. The Rana dynasty, which ruled Nepal from..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..