Thursday, March 04, 2010

Stamps Redefining Historical Relationships!!!

For several years since India attained independence (1947) the name of the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi has been used, misused, and abused by pretty much every opportunistic unscrupulous individual, family, business, and nation. One of the biggest historical blunders of India has been the use of the last name "Gandhi" by the heir's of Jawaharlal Nehru. Obviously this has given them awesome political mileage and enabled their family to be at the helm of affairs in India.

Little did I expect that this misnomer would go so far that people in other parts of the world would actually start thinking that the descendants of Nehru as heir's of Gandhi. Unfortunately this has happened. I came across this stamp/ souvenir sheet on sale on Ebay the seller has titled the listing as "Gandhi and Family Souvenir Sheet". I wrote to the seller to get more details and he said it was issued by the African country Djibouti.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this blunder. I request all blog readers to spread this message among other Indians who are aware of the history so that everyone may lodge a protest against Djibouti and the ebay seller who are propagating this erroneous facts.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Surprising Rule Passed in a Muslim-Majority Nation

I came across an interesting and quite surprising news item online. The headline "Uzbekistan orders sterilization, group alleges - The Boston Globe" drew me to read the short piece.

I am totally surprised that a Muslim-majority country has dared to pass a law to control population. At the same time I am quite happy too, that someone somewhere is taking steps to stem the population explosion that is threatening the very existence of life on earth. I hope the law will not be repealed because of pressure from human rights, and other groups.

This is a necessary law across the world, specially so in countries where culture/ religious beliefs proscribe population control. Along with legislation the government should also partner with grassroots level non-profits to advocate the benefits of having a small family and educate the masses about the perils of population explosion.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

March Madness

Two months up in the year and it seems like the new year started yesterday. Time flies and as you get older times seems to pass faster, this is not my opinion but that of experts. I heard on NPR (National Public Radio) a few weeks ago that recently scientists have discovered that as we get older our brain gets slower. Apparently the capacity of the brain to read time and process its passage gradually recedes and this is why the older we get time seems to fly faster.

It is indeed an interesting theory the speakers on the show propagated. They suggested that as we grow older the number of uniquely different experiences become lesser and as such we forget day to day activities. They say that when we experience something unique for example, the first kiss, will be remembered for far longer than the 10th or the 100th....

I somewhat tend to agree with them but I think there is more to this than just memory and perception. I am pretty sure there is more to it and researchers will come up with newer theories on this subject. Like they say only time can answer these questions.