Coalescence of Chaos or a Catastrophic War?

Coalescence of Chaos or a catastrophic war?

Another catastrophic war (if not a third world war) is more likely to happen if we imagine it to be impossible. Looking at the way major democracies across the globe are subjugated by autocrats, it is very much possible for pan-global war to erupt, and when such a calamity happens, it will pretty much engulf us suddenly, with minimal notice.

Democracies getting gagged in no hidden fact, either in China, Russia, Middle East, Turkey, Iran, North Korea are few major pockets where democracies are marginalized and despots have established their writ. All sane opposition is either marginalized or converted to a rubber stamp. These despots have shown that the experiment with democracy too is gradually coming to an end. Add to that, the weapons of mass destruction, either be nuclear, chemicals and biological. As if that is not sufficient, add that immense fire power.

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I see regional coalescence and confluence of wars emerging in discrete geographic areas.

1. The Syria, Turkey, Israel Iran Iraq, Russia, US and Saudi instability emerging out of complex threads like ISIS, Assads dictatorship and mass prosecution of his population.
2. The Congo Rwanda quagmire
3. The Southeast Asian cauldron of Koreas, China, Russia, US
4. The South China Sea
5. The everglades of Russia and Eastern Europe with Crimea and Ukrain

Of course, I haven’t added the Venezuela to the mix.

This is only infographic, devoid of intelligence. Now add a weakening US influence world across, the recession in Europe, Brexit and dilution of European Union.

Add to this the emerging threat of Chinese hegemony, Russian urge to be superpower while being deprived of basic economic successes.

As though Human intelligence was not enough, now we need Artificial Intelligence to understand and solve this quagmire.

The other day I talked about local IMA elections and how we need Social Engineering.

Not sure if democracy was the right answer to replace feudalism but across the globe, we definitely see failure of democracy.

To summarize, at atomic, local and wider swaths of global areas, we see pandemic of chaos confluencing from all dimensions.

Does that mean we are landing in chaos and anarchy?

Human instinct for survival is so strong that despite these challenges, a solution should emerge. Humanity themselves will discover the cause of the problems and produce a solution with ingenuity…. or at least we hope so. (Shashank/mymilieu.org).

Fear of war looms over Syria neighbours, Iran says
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43150440

Padmavat – a reflection from desent

Nov 27, 2017

Freedom doesn’t mean you can run naked on the street. You still have a social responsibility and bhansali doesn’t get the right to do whatever under the pretext of freedom of speech or expression.

Why should a movie, even though labeled fictional, distort history that embodies character. Rani Padmavati is deeply inscribed in our psyche and part of the fundamental character that builds our ethos.

Given the influence of movie in shaping memory and creating a lasting impression, we should not let such esoteric depictions to portray and play with our ethos.

That movie can be named ‘Queen Elizabeth’ or may be some other name, and Bhasali can still earn money without showing Rajput culture.

India Padmavati: Body found near fort linked to film protest
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-42107416

Afghanistan – A Century in turmoil

This is an interesting story of a country that was moving towards enlightenment and true democratic system of governance but slipped on its way into deep chaos and turmoil. Contemporary historians blame US- USSR polarity and rivalry for this but you may find insight and glimpses of a different nature to the build up to such catastrophic fall.

I call it into two phases – first phase being, In my view, the rich-poor divide, democratization of polity by Daoud Khan, the successor to Zahir Khan and aggressive influence of communist all culminated into an era of soviet occupation.

The second phase was the soviet occupation and the disenchantment and fundamental malalignment of human endeavor associated with bolshevik philosophy and the succeeding revolt (supported by US led capitalist) to throw the Russian. This second phase saw the rise of radical muslims (the poor muslims transformed into Taliban). That heralded the third phase, which is currently ongoing.

… I am still reflecting on how unfurling events, if not controlled, can immerse a country and its generation, into deep chism and chaos. Any thought?

 

A short history of Life: Afghanistan’s lost magazine
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42878241

#Me Too in India – Long Awaited Movement

On religion and worship, a facet of Sanatan Dharma (colloquially Hinduism) characteristically stands out, all mother Goddesses are in the Sanctum Sanctorum, all are depicted at the same level as Men Gods. Let us revisit and understand the sanctum sanctum in the temples of Lord Ram and Sita or Lord Krishna and Radha, we notice that both the male and female deities are at the same level. Lord Shiv goes a step further, he says he is incomplete without Lord Parvati. Such is the legacy we all inherit, wherein religion has built our ethos to respect ladies with that adoration and equal respect. Just to highlight the contrary, I haven’t seen a single temple wherein the female consort is outside Sanctum Sanctorum.

Not sure at what point in time have we mutated this legacy but irrespective of when it happened, we dealt a severe body blow to our culture and heritage. I am not a well read person like several of you are. However, I can see a transition of another facet, the Ghungat/padar/burqh. If you observe carefully, you will notice it prominently in Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. As you go south towards Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, you see that size of Ghunghat decreasing. Not sure if you guys concur with me?

Sometimes that makes me wonder, has it changed after the Mughal onslaught? Those barbaric marauders attacked the western border and we see that tradition more on that side. They had least respect for the land, ladies or the people and they pretty much plundered heinously everything. That might have changed our custom and culture.

But again, second citizen treatment for women has its genesis on the nature (of procreation), their intrinsic physical vulnerability and men’s attitude to dominate with coercion. It is an exploitation that we embedded and ritualized.

Just look at our Hindu Temples, men can visit temple anytime but women cannot, while they are menstruating. We consider that less spiritual time. Never understood the logic. Aren’t we all born out of that physiologic process? Why consider it lesser (and probably dirty)?

A lot has to do with women’s own submission. They should support their own equality. They should break those taboos created as aberrations over a period of millennia. Just assert and walk confidently. Men will simply follow.

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What is wrong with us? Despite our value system and religious ethos, we such heinous crimes? Of course, this is an outlier and can be counted as rarest of the rare reporting by the open sensationalizing media. However, even if we bar this incidence, crimes against women are much common place in India, compared to western standards though we are a shade better than Muslim world. How can we as a doctor community help this problem?
India outcry after eight-month-old baby raped
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-42869010

 

Republic Day – A Mirage or Illusion

Below, I have taken a clip from a movie, wherein Sunil Dutt sang a song that remains an apt as a vision for india.

 

Another is a satire, that is circulating on the internet, though sublime, provides a vitriolic criticism of a India as a nation and the general psyche.

(Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to convert it into a format to upload)

 

 

The last one is the Jana Gana Mhana… a poem written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 1911 and first sung at the Indian National Congress (except for name, no relationship with Indira Congress). Apart from its rich lyrics, exceptional creativity in articulating the vision in verbs that is easily understood by the common man, it provides the ethos and captures the essence of the conceptualizing nationality. This song will remain eternal in the minds of generations to come.

 

India – an emerging reality

An interesting clip, possibly a revelation of emerging cohabitation. Below clip was shared by Dr. Evelina Mujumdar.

The speaker is Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, President, All India Imams Organisation
This clip is from function of launch of book, encyclopedia of Hinduism was held on Oct 2014.

These days, unlike our childhood, it is unheard. Deep rooted secularism and accommodation of varied perspectives (that includes faith) is a true characteristic that distinguishes this magnificent land. It is irony, India is fast losing this perspective since pragmatist label this tenet of Indianness as idealism or liberalism.

As the speaker mentioned, we all belong to one common ethnic stalk (that also includes Pakistan) and appreciating that solidarity is the only way towards nationhood. This Muslim speaker is walking the true path of pragmatism, may be there is a deeper realization of coexistence as the only option. However, the majority faith should not disavow this idea of coexistence.

While this is true for the majority faith, the minority faith has a reflection to do and adjust. As I said earlier, there is a great deal of resilience built in the ethos of this land. However, while the greater majority is asserting itself, Muslims should reconcile and acknowledge this element of Indianness. There is a deeper acceptance of diverse perspective within the ethos of this land and it is the trait that has primarily lead to proliferation of the Islam.

Peace and prosperity goes both ways, it is built with efforts and all these spiritual leaders are taking one step at time, in that direction. As individuals, our contribution towards this growing philosophy is support to the momentum that these religious leaders are gradually building.

Message from my friend, Dr. Anand Kawade, “Good message from Imam Umar,

धर्म शब्दाच्या मुळाशी “धारणा” आहे.आणि ही धारणा मानवाच्या अस्तित्वाशी निगडित आहे.
जेव्हा ती तुमच्या स्वत़़च्या अस्तित्वाशी निगडित असते त्यावेळी तो तुमचा धर्म होतो.सहाजिकच तो धर्म दुसऱ्यांचे अस्तित्व नाकारतो. ज्यावेळी ही धारणा दुसऱ्यांच्या अस्तित्वाशी निगडित व्हायला लागते,मान्य करायला लागते त्यावेळी तो धर्म inclusive व्हायला लागतो.

मग तुमच्या श्रद्धा, lifestyle,वर्ण, रंग काहीही असो. हिंदू धर्म, बौद्ध धर्म, जैन धर्म

यांच्या बाबतीत हे already झालेले आहे. Pope Francis यांचे विचार हेच दाखवून देते की ईसाई धर्माची ही प्रक्रिया चालू झाली आहे आणि ईमाम यांचे भाषणातून दिसते की इस्लाम धर्मात नवी पहाट झाली आहे.
आपण सगळेच एकाच परब्रह्माचे अंश आहोत हा अनुभव निरंतर येऊन तदनुसार वागणे यालाच आध्यात्म किंवा spiritually म्हणतात.बाकी सगळं मग “बोलाचीच कढी आणि बोलाचा चालू भात”

Korean Peninsula – an yearning to unite

Problems are always complex to discern and resolve, but it is the zest and passion that drives one towards resolution. Koreans are divided by political fortitude but they inside, they still have the longing to stand as a single nation. Germany had similar fractions that sounded like stitching a broken china (ceramic-ware).

If there is one thing that can guide us towards that visions, it would be the ability and capacity to rise above ourselves. This feature is dispersed amongst the common masses but is lacking in our collective conscious and actions. The day we cross those barriers, all prophesies of doom and revolt will disappear, and we should see a rising nation. It is equally true that we won’t see any radical change happening overnight. Historically, as the Indian social order and polity stands, radical changes are unlikely as there is tremendous resilience that is inbuilt. However, pressure from disruptive changes (business, technology, rising democratization and population pressure) may all fast forward some these changes. Polity with an alacrity to understand and adapt will bring this order.

The idea of one nation is doomed but the idea of all people under one roof is not. Hope we drive our nation towards that vision like the Koreans (one step at a time) and Germans.

 

Koreas to march under single ‘united’ flag in Olympic Games
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42721417