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Community Cameras Vs Home (Perimeter) Cameras

For Emerald Valley Only. Please forward to residents of Emerald Valley Only.

In general, holiday season in itself is a sufficient reason to see a spike in security related issues. Recently, we saw few security related incidences such as the cone placement or specific homes being targeted. Community cameras are definitely a great option. Several complex issues make the decision making difficult.

I talked about the top ten things that need to be considered while choosing community cameras. As against community cameras, Home (Perimeter) cameras offer an easy cost effective decision. In addition, it is available anywhere (where connectivity is available) on your smart phone. In addition to having cameras, we can supplement those with Neighborhood Watch Sign with Smart Alert. All these will act as deterrence.

Understand, this is deterrence, crime will not stop or be reduced to zero with any of the above efforts. Please visit the link to share your opinion. http://wp.me/p7XEWW-pj

Community cameras are definitely a great option. Choosing a right technology, placing the cameras at vantage points, monitoring those (in real time and historical), archiving, retrieval the saved information and policies on retrieval (viewing data) bear down the decision on proceeding with the cameras. All these activities need resources and we can either explore mobilizing our own home owners doing that or hire outside resources ($125, 000 for five years, a costly option). Thus funding also becomes a critical issue for the success of this initiative.

While we resolve the complex decisions around community cameras, I had suggested earlier using “Dummy Cameras”. The design of those dummy cameras can be made to retrofit, if we decide to proceed with permanent community cameras, once we choose a permanent option. Dummy cameras backed up with signs such as “Neighborhood Watch with Smart Phone Alert” can dissuade or discourage many. Thus, reactivating Neighborhood watch and repainting those signs indicating Neighborhood Watch with Smart Phone Alert will provide an interim workable option.

Below, I have reactivated the polls to collect the community opinion.  Please forward this to anyone within the community. These polls will end on Dec 26, 2016. Please visit the link on http://wp.me/p7XEWW-pj. I have called out the Top Ten Things to consider while placing the community cameras.

Several factors are important while choosing and placing the cameras. Eg. Fixed focal length lenses are available in various fields of views: wide, medium, and narrow. A lens that provides a “normal” focal length creates a picture that approximates the field of view of the human eye. A wide-angle lens has a short focal length, and a telephoto lens has a long focal length.

Top Ten Things to Consider while Placing Community Cameras

  1. Location of the cameras – unobstructed view, redundancy (if one fails or obstructed by a vehicle, alternate place for capturing). Away from Vandalism. Mounting Electric poles or homes where cameras can be
  2. Types of cameras (depth of field) – narrow angle, wide angle regular, pan tilt zoom (PTZ) etc. Wide angle is required at the entrance and exit, where as a narrow angle will be required while focusing on the alley or narrow street. Zooming will help if there is active monitoring. Tilt and pan will serve a similar purpose.
  3. Frame per second – remember, intruders will be very fast and agile in completing their tasks. Higher number of frames per second helps in gathering precise information
  4. Night vision enabled cameras are a must obviously since thefts are like to occur while it is dark.
  5. Cloud storage and safety of the data is critical. While dealing with a cloud solution, you may want to explore if that is from the manufacturer or service provider.
  6. Power option – solar powered are best preferred.
  7. Integrating all the cameras into single dashboard is not a difficulty thing but you need folks with sound knowledge in networking.
  8. Monitoring (do we want real time monitoring?). Who will be responsible for retrieving older information, how long do we save that information etc.)
  9. Policies and Access to Saved data needs an adequate understanding from the users. This is one key aspect that will cause a lot less heartburn if resolved early on.
  10. CCTV and cabling

Don’t forget to account for – 

  1. Installation cost (not the purchase cost)
  2. Maintenance (include services, repair or replacement)

Overall, you need Governance on all these aspects. A group of dedicated folks with experience and or understanding on the different aspects need to handle all issues related with cameras. I know, you might have just thought that I made it so difficult. However, it is easy to install and very difficult to maintain unless you have given an adequate thought to all these aspects.

How about Residential Cameras?

Home perimeter cameras are still a good option. Cheaper, no hassle decision, and monitoring under home owners control (on the Smart Phone). In addition, they provide granular information right until where the incidence is happening (in this case your home). My personal experience has been exceedingly good since the time of placing (Perimeter) Home Cameras. Dummy Cameras on my farm have provided me a lot of safety too.

Use the same 10 principles mentioned above while installing home perimeter cameras.

To conclude  

Multiple layers of security are required to secure our community. Each has its place, advantages and disadvantages. Also, just in case one fails, we have other layers of security. While a decision of installing community cameras is not an easy one, community should explore interim options, such as dummy camera, that are easy to deploy.

Not sure why we wait in closing decisions on issues that matter us universally? Do you think you don’t need this because you will never be affected? Are we waiting for someone to take an initiative? Are we opposed to installing cameras? Simply voice your opinion. It stays anonymous.

Please share your opinion –

To see additional opinion from community members on security related issues or for additional links on below topics, visit documents or links on –

http://wp.me/p7XEWW-8E

The blog mentioned above offers hyperlinks to topics or documents addressing concerns on – 

  1. GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC VIDEO SURVEILLANCE: A guide to protecting communities and preserving civil liberties
  2. An example of Camera Policies from University of Wisconsin at Green Bay
  3. Code of practice: A guide to the 12 principles (This does not apply to US scenario but it offers good understanding of issues to consider)
  4. Camera Types from Brick House Security (Offers an understanding of different types of cameras)
  5. Principles of Design for Operational Risk Reduction

 

 

Detecting Fake Pills

It’s no exaggeration to compare illicit medicines with the nuclear and biological weapons of mass destruction we all fear. These WMDs, though, are largely aimed at people in poor countries who are already facing a multitude of social and economic ills. Sadly, these “track and trace” approaches suffer from a fundamental shortcoming: They authenticate the package, not its contents. A package of medicine is assumed to be genuine simply because it has a valid security mark. Unscrupulous manufacturers can readily circumvent such measures by putting the wrong stuff in the right package. And these approaches offer no help in detecting degradation.

I read this interesting article from my IEEE Spectrum subscription and I immediately correlated that with my recent experience of fake or substandard pills. The magnitude of the problem is humongous. Diabetic medicines that are not effective, to cancer cells that are not killed completely and eventually escape to proliferate further and become out of control to seemingly innocuous infections that are treated not with adequate dose (MIC levels). Sometimes, it scares me to think a patient dying because he had inadequate dose of chemo, and who knows, the antibiotic resistant bugs have evolved due to human greed. It is a massive industry fraud and the entire supply chain is involved.

Fake Pills

In my experience, substandard medicines are not just common in developing and underdeveloped nations. Recently, I took my pills for evaluation to Walgreen’s, a major pharmacy retailer, to inform them that the medicine I got from them was not effective, that a similar pill from another brand was effective and that, another patient, who was given a pill with same but one quarter ingredient had matching size. They evaluated and informed that the manufacturer from China was discontinued. However, their tracking was impressive, there was a alpha numeric inscribed on the tablet, which was visible only with a lens. This Alpha numeric correlated with the source and manufacturer.

It’s no exaggeration to compare illicit medicines with the nuclear and biological weapons of mass destruction we all fear. These WMDs, though, are largely aimed at people in poor countries who are already facing a multitude of social and economic ills. Sadly, these “track and trace” approaches suffer from a fundamental shortcoming: They authenticate the package, not its contents. A package of medicine is assumed to be genuine simply because it has a valid security mark. Unscrupulous manufacturers can readily circumvent such measures by putting the wrong stuff in the right package. And these approaches offer no help in detecting degradation.

When you purchase medicine at the drugstore, you assume that it’s what you think it is and that the active ingredient in the drug is present in the specified concentration. Unfortunately, your assumption might be all wrong. Counterfeit and substandard medicines have become widespread, particularly in low- and middle-income countries with weak regulatory systems. Indeed, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of 10 medicines sold in developing countries should be considered “substandard.” Your drug could even be an outright fake.

Using a physical phenomenon called nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR), you can test your pill and eat it, too. Nuclear quadrupole resonance requires an atomic nucleus with a nonspherical distribution of positive electric charge, which creates an electric quadrupole moment. The word quadrupole refers to the four electric poles that produce an equivalent nonspherical charge distribution when added to a set of spherically distributed charges. The electronic tester measures the NQR response of the sample at different frequencies. The resulting NQR spectrum is generated by energy transitions within the atomic nuclei of the chemical, providing a unique fingerprint for that compound. Nuclear quadrupole resonance is useful for testing specimens that are solids or powders, but not liquids. While that’s an obvious limitation, NQR has a lot of other things going for it. In particular, it’s insensitive to the presence of coatings or packaging materials. So it can be used to examine pills while they’re still in the bottle or blister pack. Indeed, it could be used to test an entire shipping carton of such bottles or packs, or a drum of powdered material. What’s more, the equipment could be built at low cost and would be amenable to miniaturization. And because NQR instrumentation relies on radio waves of relatively low frequency and power, it is inherently safe and could be used without special training. The prototype drug-­authentication device is portable, performs measurements automatically, and doesn’t require any special skills to operate. It could thus be used anywhere in the drug supply chain. It is estimated that such a device could be manufactured at a cost of about $100, which would, presumably, translate to a price for the end user of less than $1,000.

Credits –

The technology was invented at Nanoscape Research Laboratory Florida and Case Western University by Swarup Bhunia, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the former, and Soumyajit Mandal, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science works at the later, where he oversees the Integrated Circuits and Sensor Physics Lab. This article was published on August 21, 2019 in IEEE Spectrum and was accessed from my account. Excerpts are copied and credited.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/devices/detecting-fake-pills-with-nuclear-quadrupole-resonance

The Ailment – 3

This is the prospective Presidential hopeful admitting the ownership of slaves on behalf of his great great great grandfather. This is worth a rad for those liberals who believe in equal rights for all humans and who understand the torment and pain endured by those who went through this ordeal for generations. I sincerely salute such leaders since these are the ones who create the destiny of the country, not the narrow minded partisan polity. We curse US for its progress. US was born from leaders like Beto.

India does have equal opportunities. However, centuries old Varna System has established the practice deep into our genome. We can survive without realizing the oppression of a class. Enshrining the constitutional reforms with protection of this lower class was first corrective step. However, decades of playing politically correct has deprived the true meaning of the benefits of reservation and we have created another creamy layer within those enjoying reservations and ignored a broad swath of society that still is deprived of those advantages for centuries and generations. The malice does not end there, we have simultaneously created a new class of economically disadvantaged folks who were deprived on normal opportunities in the absence of reservations.

Does that mean, we should continue what with the reservations as is or does it mean reservations policies should be modified to 1) bring wider spectrum of people under the umbrage of reservations 2) avoid creating another legacy of disadvantaged class of society deprived of advantages despite merit? Visit my blog on https://wp.me/p7XEWW-16j

Beto, a US presidential hopeful, wrote a piece admitting his parental legacy being benefitted from slavery. Ownership of other human beings conferred advantages not just to Andrew Jasper and Frederick Williams, but to Jasper’s and Williams’ descendants as well. They were able to build wealth on the backs and off the sweat of others, wealth that they would then be able to pass down to their children and their children’s children. In some way, and in some form, that advantage would pass through to me and my children.

That those enslaved Americans owned by my ancestors were denied their freedom, denied the ability to amass wealth, denied full civil rights in America after slavery also had long term repercussions for them and their descendants. The way that fortune was passed through the generations from Andrew to me, misfortune was passed through the generations from Rose and Eliza to their descendants who are alive today. Rose and Eliza were denied their freedom and the benefits that their labor produced; they and their children were then denied their civil rights after the end of Reconstruction; and their descendants endured open terrorism, economic exclusion and racism in the form of Jim Crow, lynchings, convict leasing, voter suppression, red lining, predatory lending, and mass incarceration. Everything their descendants have accomplished in their lives is despite having all of these odds stacked against them.

In the aggregate, slavery, its legacy and the ensuing forms of institutionalized racism have produced an America with stark differences in opportunities and outcomes, depending on race.

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The Lennon Walls …

Lennon wall is the apt description for the evolving human experience while experimenting with their freedom and individuality. Lennon Wall is not specific to Hong Kong. The idea was conceived and initiated by John Lennon to represent and express human perspective on local and global causes through graffiti.  https://wp.me/p7XEWW-180

Reading time – less than 3 minutes
Word count – 400;
Level of Difficulty: Aware about international dynamics

Lennon Wall 2

When defiance is strong, engineer an artifact of defection. China is in fact writing a new book on ‘The art of the war’, except the author is not Sun Tzu and the war is against its own people, brutally subjugating them towards sanitized views by the institution. The model is not new neither restricted to China.

Across geographies and over the tides of history, this institutional subterfuge is rampant and prevalent. Few centuries back, when (religious) ideologies rolled across continents, crusaders tried doing that in the Middle East, later the Spanish did that with the new world, Islam did that in Indian subcontinent, Iran and Middle East.

Ideologies were not alone to decimate and dominate amongst the unexposed and unprepared. There is a litany of examples that show the state machinery sporadically dominating and influencing the will of the people. Brutal were called dictators, while those who maintained sanity and balanced the needs of the populace were called Aristocrats and Oligarchs. Despite, human struggle continued and the models of governance continued to be insufficient. Democracy was thus born from these nonchalance and ill accommodation of plural views. However, we see that power corrupts and absolute power does produce politicians and bureaucrats.

China is by far an exception. It has all the will and fangs required for a machinery to brainwash and prevail its state dominated views. To me, its a poultry, where every chicken is offered great antibiotic supplemented food, live at optimal temperature, get great sleep and live peacefully until the life cycle ends. However, China and elsewhere, humanity is dealing with this brutal and relentless engineering and dominance of views.

Emergence of the right wing radicopaths, corrupt democracies and unleashing of feudal nepotism are introducing inaptness. Add to that is a crass materialism and chasm created by advancing technology is creating heady mix of fizz that is bound to explode and revolt. Humanity is still grappling with a new model to deal with this atavistic greed not that it is in dilemma. Its Survival instinct is strong to give way to deal with these happening and when that actually emerges, neither China, nor faith based ideologies or the governance through inapt democracies would work. The protests in Hong Kong represent those early signs of that emerging phenomenon.

Lennon wall is the apt description for the evolving human experience while experimenting with their freedom and individuality. Lennon Wall is not specific to Hong Kong. The idea was conceived and initiated by John Lennon to represent and express human perspective on local and global causes through graffiti.

Scuffles at Hong Kong’s sticky note ‘Lennon wall’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-48946993

Lennon Walls –

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lennon_Wall

Identifying Rapid Spread of Flesh Eating Infections

 

Thought of sharing this news since it may be a common occurrence if exposed to the bugs in hot swimming pool or any contaminated body of water with open wound.

A woman in her 70’s got flesh eating infection after a usual bruise and succumbed to her wounds. In medical parlance, this is called ‘Necrotizing Fasciitis’. Seemingly a small wound, the bacteria enter the body and start irreversible destruction of the soft tissues.

How do we identify and how to prevent?

The infection often spreads very quickly. Early symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis can include:

  • A red or swollen area of skin that spreads quickly
  • Severe pain, including pain beyond the area of the skin that is red or swollen
  • Fever
  • Ulcers, blisters, or black spots on the skin
  • Changes in the color of the skin
  • Pus or oozing from the infected area
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Diarrhea or nausea

How to spot necrotizing fasciitis early on? Watch for –

  • Changes in skin color
  • A rapidly spreading inflamed or swollen area of the skin
  • Severe pain, including pain beyond the area of the skin that is red or swollen, and
  • Fever

Who is prone to Flesh Eating Bacterial Disease? Those with weak immune system are more prone to this disease:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Scarring (cirrhosis) of the liver
  • Cancer

What to do if you suspect Necrotizing Fasciitis?

Clean wound with clean water, possible use soap and contact a medical facility to evaluate and manage. In my experience, Hydrogen Peroxide works great. Anytime, you have a cut bruise or bleed, washing with clean water and thereafter with peroxide, will remove all the dead tissues and bacteria.

https://www.cdc.gov/groupastrep/diseases-public/necrotizing-fasciitis.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/01/health/flesh-eating-florida-woman-trnd/index.html

Islam, Pakistan and Religion Over Nationhood

This blog was drafted in response to a news items on cleaning and vanishing Mosques in XinJiang, China. Xinjiang, with its predominantly Muslim followers amongst it ethnically diverse population, was gradually becoming a hotbed of radicalization. China reduced the risk to its nation by reteaching the population using a novel strategy with very little casualty. It redesigned and embedded the concept of nationhood into the masses adrift with radicalization.

There are no permanent friends but permanent interests in politics. This principle pervades across the smallest municipalities to major nations, except that national histories go beyond lifetime and so it seemingly appears as though nations are permanent friends.

Let us understand the dynamics of why China is opposing Islam and supporting Pakistan, a hardline nation in International politics, especially against India. Next, let us understand, US and the West’s opposition to China’s cleansing program. To understand China’s opposition to Islam, we need to take a closer look at Islam. Muslim diaspora that advocates a pan Islamic pantheon of nations should note that China systematically cleaned Xinjiang from Islamic version of their faith and instilled their version of nationality superior to faith.

History is a concrete testimony to millennia old and established fact that Nationality is superior to all our values and believes. Humanity has experienced through practical and painful experiences that nationhood is above religion and individual faith. Our existence and expression of life and living is strongly influenced by the nation we exist. Those espousing and envision a truly sustained form of democracy, has strongly advocated the separation of Church from Politics. History of almost all major civilizations shows this experimentation of mixing religion with democracy and adverse outcome for a sustained nationhood. It is not just restricted to Christianity alone.

Islam does not recognize the superiority of nations over religion. Rudimentary aspects of civilization are closely associated with mixing religion with nationality. Such admixture is natural when one religion dominates the polity. However, faith is a reflection of evolved identities and as multiple streams of faith emerge, a nation has to accommodate, assimilate and rise above religion. It is ridiculous to note how the followers of Islam consider religion over nation.

When a religion overrides state machinery (as is happening in China) a nation as assertive as China, with its aggravated sense of nationalism and gargantuan machinery of brute force can redesign and reengineer the very concept of faith (religion). Humanity has experienced through practical painful experiences spread across geographies and centuries, to keep religion away from politics.

Looking at the international chaos created by the ‘Believers of Islam’, through their rabid, rudimentary and rabid following of faith and its impact, has created a strong reaction and aversion event amongst the most moderate and accommodating liberals. Islam has intricately woven religion into Politics and this becomes an anathema to the existence of other nations. Other than individual religions (faith) and sects, Nations too are clamoring to oppose Islam. I am more concerned about Islam and the reaction of contemporary world.

In the context of Indian peninsula, Islam is akin to Pakistan and an existential concern to India. In India, Islam is rightly perceived as embodying the soul of Pakistan. Reviewing the context with this backdrop, we first need to take a global view of nuisances demonized through the incorrect practice of Islam. Limiting the perspective to India will devour the broader context. However, it is worth reviewing the India – Pakistan dynamics in the last seven decades. As it stands, Pakistan is a fringe nation and a falling star. Especially with its natural and instinctive knee jerk jealousy, it becomes a formidable collaborator and bulwark for China to counter India. China is not the first, it started with UK, the west took over and china regained that.

The key question is – are other nations using Pakistan against India or are they capitalizing on Pakistan’s intrinsic animosity and benefiting themselves? Pakistan is a nation with no vision except animosity can only eventually drift towards fringe status and oblivion. It would have long fallen into pieces had it not been the stockpile of nuclear arms amassed in the last two decades. It’s that last concern that keeps the west and the east propping up a beleaguered nation to contain the spread of fissile material.

 

Faith in ruins: China’s vanishing mosques
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-48696184

Consciousness, Death, and Persistent Vegetative State

Background

Consciousness, Death, Coma and Persistent Vegetative State

John Paul II Institute has organized a symposium on Death and Organ Donation. Dr. Coimbra, a neurologist, has shared a video opposing the idea of organ harvesting and donation. Below, is the link on that discourse along with reference to John Paul II symposium (the link is included at the end of the blog). I differ with Dr. Coimbra and have provided a justification for my perspective. 

Dr. Coimbra raised an interesting question – not alone in medicine but one that touches spirituality and philosophy and extends to encompasses life and living. These questions have been an enigma ever since mankind has been dabbling cognitively exploring to understand it.

However, let us discern select issues at first. At the center of the debate is the definition of death and a downstream question, after objectively defining death, is harvesting and or donating the organs. The discussion rests on select premise and some experiments. Also, it exists in a milieu of ethics and moral values. Let me take this opportunity to untangle the issues in a reverse chronology as that helps discern and render the problem space in a simpler light.

Ethical Milieu and the Messiah Syndrome

Generally, I am averse to the idea of a conspiracy being unleashed on mankind unless it is by a select group of corporate interests or a select few individuals. I hate to consider an idea wherein, someone questions the ethical and moral commitment of a hoard of well-meaning high caliber individuals and their intellect and commitment, especially when these are not connected and/or affiliated, except for the cause and dedication to their quest for scientific (systemic) understanding. To rephrase, it is hard for me to question the integrity of these folks if these people have no common thread, except a persistent quest to unravel science. Especially, when this cohort is not bound by country, religion, business, generations, ethnicity, ideology etc. Generally, I don’t subscribe to ‘Messiah’ ideology. So, I would debunk this Messiah Syndrome at the outset. Calling it ‘Conspiracy’ is unjust and uncalled for. Let us not subscribe to questioning the ethical and moral commitment of all these independent contributors.

Scientific Design and Validation

Experiments have validity if the design and or collection of data is methodical, unbiased and satisfies statistical and or inferential framework. Dr. Coimbra has not substantiated his observations with adequate scientific findings and their correlations except  inferences based on his precepts and biased beliefs. This defeats the purpose of any scientific study and helps his contentions to falls from the high scientific pedestals.

Conscious Connectedness

Death and Persistent Vegetative State are inextricably related to consciousness. For any discussion on the death to proceed, we need to understand, the very abstract concept of consciousness and its finite and sublime association with organ(ic) rhythmicity and the circadian cycle. The finite but abstract state of consciousness has always endured cognitive and spiritual interests for generations of the elite and of intellectuals. Suffice it to say that with humility, I am attempting to articulate ideas in this subtle and undefined area. Definitely, I want to stay away from sounding like an authority, which I am not except in my capacity as a sincere contemplative scientific seeker.

Consciousness is a culmination of awareness, cognitive interpretation, and a our own limited potential to respond to the inputs from the senses and the surrounding we exists. A vegetative state is the loss of this connection between the soma and the conscious awareness. At times, it is transient and sometimes, it is permanent and irreversible. Loss of connection does not necessarily mean loss of somatic function. We have had several anecdotes wherein, people have risen after long durations of disconnect, if their bodies are kept functional. We know that the duration to brain death is longer in frigid conditions or in infants. Similarly, we also know that sages have practiced an extended ‘state of mind and body’ dissociation during their trance phases. We have seen them reverting to normal bodily functions after reversing the soma – conscious association. Their experiences have been very different. We also have heard patients going through near death phenomenon, experiencing those bright flashes of light. These are just a few select examples. However, based on all these, it is evident that this is as intriguing an area as ever. However, one thing is clear that once that association between soma and conscious is irreversibly broken, we can closely approximate it with death (exception is Locked-In Syndrome, wherein, the patient is awake and conscious but disconnected with the body.

Consent and Compliance

Under these circumstances, it is best to go by the consent or implied consent of the individual (best interest standards/Substituted judgment). If those are not available, family discretion comes into play. However, religion, culture and laws of countries define and influence this space of ethics and compliance. Evidently, we see several versions that act out, depending upon the circumstances.

Inference

Labeling this complex cornucopia of facts and diverse facets into a generalized assumption of immorality of harvesting organ post death, is grossly inadequate if not possibly wrong.

References

Persistent Vegetative State
https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/persistent-vegetative-state

The Challenges of Defining and Diagnosing Brain Death
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/articles/the-challenges-of-defining-and-diagnosing-brain-death

The Legal Definition of Death and the Right to Life
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057/978-1-137-58328-4_8

Neuroethics of death in the United States – PeerJ
https://peerj.com/preprints/2890.pdf

Spiritual  –

Kundalini Yoga
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalini_yoga

Advaita Vedanta
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advaita_Vedanta

 

Wahhabism Versus Sufism and Ahmadias

Why is Islam in AfPak degrading with anarchy and radicalism, while Malaysia, Indonesia and South East are evolving evolving into civilized societies despite practicing Islam?

Not sure, but if one can speculate, economic regression and lack of education plays a prominent role in keeping those anarchist (and their mullah’s) at busy with religious cause. Opportunities and education, conversely, will keep these elements in control.

Another cause, which has long been usurped, in AfPak including Kashmir, that their land is in trouble. Those from middle east suffer from crusader syndrome (just created this word, so don’t say you knew it), which the followers from distant south east Asia don’t align with.

Also, the shades of Wahhabism gradually fade and dilute, as you reach distant land. Only if Sufism or Ahmadias start taking over than will we see a recession in radical Islam.

No one can deny having met absolutely super human beings from Islam. So, if Islam were to be bad, all these folks would too. The problem is not with Islam, the problem is with the brand of Islam. Islam has several flavors, and it is deeply subject to interpretation. The educated and elite know how to interpret Islam, the uneducated, deprived of economic opportunities and without a milieu to question or reflect, never get to know the real Islam. Added to that, economic regression, war and a constant barrage of threat to their religion/region creates a cauldron for radical brand. More so, the Wahabism school is firebrand, where as the Sufism and Ahmadias are more open and relatively evolved.

Generally, in any society, irrespective of religion, the sane are polite and modest in interaction, whereas, those who are less mature are aggressive and to some extent, go unscathed. This phenomenon also exists amongst the practitioners of Islam. Those educated and elite, take a non aggressive modest humble approach and those irrational and uneducated take aggressive approach. Consequently, the sane voice is diluted and the aggressive one heard.

Islam is good, those interpreting Islam (aggressive Mullah’s) are responsible for its defamation. That also means, practitioners of any religion define its class and interpretations. No religion is barred from this, including Hindu radicals and fanatics.