Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Great Master

If we may judge from the bust that has come down to us, Socrates was as far from being handsome as even a philospher can be. But if we look closely, something of that human kindliness and unassuming simplicity which made this homely thinker a teacher beloved of the finest youths in Athens.

How the master lived hardly anybody knew. He never worked, and he took no thought of morrow. He ate when his disciples asked him to honour thier tables; they must have liked his company, for he gave every indication of physiological prosperity.

Why did his pupils like him so much? Perhaps because he was a man as well as a philosopher. He was liked most for his modesty of wisdom. He did not claim to have wisdom, but only to seek it lovingly; he was wisdom's amteur, not its professional.

It was said that that the oracle at Delphi, with unusual good sense, had pronounced him the wisest of the Greeks; and he interpretted this as an approval of the starting point of his philosophy - "One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing". Gnothi Seauton, said Socrates : Know Thyself

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

hijack by the fourth estate

off late the Indian media has been showing all non - sensical irrelevant stories and serving them through their national and international platforms as - news contents. there was a time when almost every body with little brain would find it fashionable to criticize ekta kappor and company's productions. i am sure more than at least half of them would secretly watch the late night shows of the same stories.
but this one is not one of the many criticizm posts on the daily dose of our mummy jis's and auntiji's idea of entertainment.
it is about news channels. the Hindi ones have been showing all total absolute filthy obscene non sense. and the question is why and how dare they???
are we concerned what is happening in some one's private life, okay if that someone happens to be a celebrity, politician, film star- one can still give some credit to its claim to be in the news. but not the rest. i guess all those who have been viewing star and aaj tak for some time would follow what am i talking about
worst still is these two channel's obsession with showing all sort of ghastly murders, crimes, and even super- natural non sense that sometimes the contents are even below the ones which a cheap c grade movie may perhaps be comprising of. (actually never watched one, but i have watched these news channels)

my concern is : if there is any censor policy applicable to these widely watched vernacular (free to air) news channels keeping an eye on their: contents, objectives and implications for public morality and decency and order??? i think there is an urgent need for some regulating authority to be present and actively filter out the nonsense because the worst part of this menace is they are present 24-7 in the name of 'news'.
and what about the moral responsibility of the these channel wallas. what is so grotesque about market compulsions and profit motives operating within the rapidly shrinking attention span of modern city life that is pushing these media houses to stoop down to such levels? i am more than certain that any normal, sensible, educated person (which these media professionals certainly are) can feel that what is being presented as news of such importance so as to be shown in national free to air not worth even mention.
a need for a comprehensive and 24 - 7 vigilant censor policy is all the more required because unlike the daily soaps, the news channels are known, accepted and expected to be showing the real- life truth rather than fiction.

perhaps critically a much wider question is
do they own no moral responsibility for being the 'fourth estate'??? they get to critize the state, the civil society and even transgress the public - private divide to 'report' the private too; but the critical question is who in turn regulates/controls them?
in the name of preservation of democracy, how much of a free hand can be offered to this agency? who regulates it but the ones whom it seeks to monitor and influence - yes, it is us the public, whose opinion it seeks to articulate and aggregate. it is within the (de-facto) power and moral responsibility of civil society to set limits to offensively over-expanding media's perepheries.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

UP - leads to Delhi

BANG and behenji is back and this time with a thumping majority.
anti incumbency - yes
UP is known to alternate - yes
if not SP then surely neither congress or bjp- okie
but Mayawati- how come?

answer lies in adaptation..something which the bjp and congress both need to learn from bsp
now its no more dalit morch but a sarvajana morcha. mayawati has as many upper caste cabinet colleagues as dalits if not more. actually if i remember coorectly its more llike 11:7 sortta ratio.
wow!! this is politics no permanent friends and no permanent foes
and whose complaining..okay something called ideology.....nay!!! we have parallel ideologies to smooth out discords...

Friday, February 09, 2007


saain itna dijye jaame kutumb samaaye..main bhi bhookha na rahoon, atithi bhokhaa na jaaye

apni chav banaiye ke, main pii ke paas gayee, jab chav dekhi pii ki, apni bhool gayee...chaap tilak sabb chini re mose naina milaye ke....

rasri jal koyla bhai, koyla jal bhai raakh re, main paapin aisi jali ki koyla bhai na raakh re...

paani main meen pyaasi
mohe dekhat aawe haansi
paani main meen pyaasi
aatam gyaan bina sabb bhatke, koi mathura koi kaasi
jogi hokar rahe jungle main
ban ban phire udaasi
paani main meen pyaasi
mohe dekhat aawe haansi
kasturi mrug naaabhi basat hai, dhoondat hai ban ma hi
pothi pad pad pandit ho gaye, kawn milye awinaashi
paani main meen pyaasi
mohe dekhat aawe haansi
majid padd karr, mulha pukaare,
kawn mite yamm phaansi
gaat kabir suno bhai saadho
guru bin mite na chowraasi
paani main meen pyaasi
mohe dekhat aawe haansi

bilakh bilakh ke tiriya/chiriya roye..toot gayee meri jodi, kahe kabir suno bhai saadho, jin jodi unn todi....
zarra dheere gaadi haanko re more raam gaadi wale
kahat kabir suno bhai saadho
mann laago mero yaar phakiri main
saahib mile saburi main

unke chipne ka koi gham hi nahin...dil ke aaiyene main,, iss dil ke aayine main taswir utar aayi hai

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

tell me are you scared?

this is some piece from somewhere

.....This is a concept quite similair to Gandhian understanding and technique of Conflict Resolution. The Mahatama never escaped from conflict and tried to avoid it. Martin Luther king, one of the greatest followers of Gandhian technique described a conflict situation as “creative tension”. According to this, conflict or more precisely ‘the tension’ is latent in the social order, and the non-violent technique consists in bringing it out on the surface. “Non-violent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which ahs constantly trefused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue……I am not afraid of the word tension ..i have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, non-violent tension which is necessary for growth.”........

Thursday, December 14, 2006

rose tagged me..

1Grab the book closest to you.
2. Open to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence.
3. Post the text of next 3 sentences on your blog.
4. Name of the book and the author.
5. Tag three people.

1. grabbed :)
2. opened (ha ha)
2.modern neo corporitism can be understood as part of the breakdown of neo-keynesianism. in the post-war period, Western governments had attempted to maintain full employment through techniques of aggregate demand management. this had, however, led to inflationary pressures, which became much worst after the first oil shock in 1973.
3.oxford concise dictionary of politics - Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan
4. want to save this for future (dont have many friends in blogworld)