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Fascism of the saffron variety

  The attack on Prashant Bhushan once again reveals the fascist nature of the saffron outfits in India.  The news reports say that one of the attackers belongs to Sri Ram Sene and the other two to an unheard of … Continue reading

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Gandhi and Bhagat Singh

  One of the most frequent observations raised by my students when I mention Gandhi as a great hero is that Gandhi supported the hanging of Bhagat Singh though he could have saved him from the gallows.  On the occasion … Continue reading

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Can Science Create a Non-Violent Society?

  British criminologists have come up with a suggestion.  Brain scans help detect violent tendencies in children and treatment can arrest potential criminal conduct.  Can science indeed remove violence from the face of the earth?   Charles Whitman was a … Continue reading

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A Drop of Tear For You, Soumya

  “The evolution of the brain not only overshot the needs of prehistoric man, it is the only example of evolution providing a species with an organ which it does not know how to use.” [Arthur Koestler] Soumya was forced … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Violence

  Man cannot survive except through his mind.  He comes on earth unarmed.  His brain is his only weapon.  Animals obtain food by force.  Man has no claws, no fangs, no horns, no great strength of muscles.  He must plant … Continue reading

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India’s War on Maoists

  One of Charles Dickens’ characters, Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), when asked to make a donation for the sake of the poor responds acridly that the poor were none of his business and that they should go to the … Continue reading

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Torture in a Civilized World

  Watching the atrocities of the police in the movies, I used to think that such things happened only in movies.  The latest issue of The Week [July 12, 2009] features as its cover story the tortures employed by the … Continue reading

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