sulabh swatchh bharat

Wednesday, 15-August-2018

consensus-is-democracy

CONSENSUS IN DEMOCRACY

a day ago
It is necessary that the flow of democracy should be uninterrupted. Sometimes it appears that the flow of democracy is caught in the whirlpool of doubt and it loses its way. Then I gave my resignation because I was in a minority and before the umpire asked me to leave the ground I do so, on my own. But the events that unfolded after that should make the country think seriously. The political system caught in the whirlpool of no-confidence motions raises serious concern. There was a confidence motion on 21st December, 1989, and the government lasted for 11 months. There was another confidence motion on 7th November, 1990. In...
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HANDLOOM SKILLS IN AN INDUSTRIAL AGE

a week ago
The 17th century traveller Francois Pyrard de Laval wrote that Indian “cotton cloth was the first global commodity”, and “the growing of cotton, the spinning of yarn and the weaving and finishing of cloth provided employment and income to millions … Everyone from the Cape of Good Hope to China, man and woman, is clothed from head to foot in the product of Indian looms.” Today, they are clothed in Chinese goods instead. Always more savvy than us, China regularly imports Indian weavers to teach their own craftspeople our skills. Chinese Banarsis, pashminas, machine-made chikan embroidery and f...
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ONE WITH CREATION

a week ago
Creativity is the highest peak of your consciousness; hence it is painful, arduous. You are going uphill. To be uncreative is comfortable; it is a downward journey. You need not do anything, nothing is needed on your part; the gravitational pull is enough. When you are coming down from the hill, you can just turn your car engine off; the car will go on rolling down. If you are going uphill, effort is needed. Many things have to be dropped when you are moving upward; unnecessary weights have to be dropped. And you are carrying so much luggage; it is all unnecessary, it is useless. But people go on collecting, people are co...
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MAN WHO CHANGED INDIA’S LITERARY LANDSCAPE

3 weeks ago
The mark of a great writer is when his words resonate across centuries and generations. Not only is the writer and his work termed to be way ahead of his time, but also a reflection of the contemporary society. Upanyas Samrat Munshi Premchand was one such prolific writer. His oeuvre included more than a dozen novels (his first was the 1903 novel called ‘Devasthan Rahasya’, and his last one, ‘Mangalsootra’, remained unfinished). The writer is mainly recognized for his creations that always contained a social message and raised voice against the social evils pertaining in the Indian society. His crea...
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GENEROSITY IS A SUBLIME QUALITY

3 weeks ago
Many ask for blessings, but only a few receive. Why? The giver is always giving but the taker is not there — the sincerity is missing. One who gives blessings gives freely, but the one who receives has to be sincere. The qualification to receive blessings is sincerity. And everyone is free to be sincere at any time. Why do people choose to be sincere only sometimes? Because of the illusion that they are going to miss some mundane pleasure.Hankering after pleasure makes them insincere. When you are sinc...
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PRESERVE INDIA’S NATURAL HERITAGE

3 weeks ago
Although questions have been repeatedly raised over the ‘shoot-on-sight’ policy, wildlife and policy but bold action needs to be taken if wildlife is to be saved. I am in favour of the policy, though it could not be “openly implemented”. Kaziranga is the classic example of this situation. There is almost a war going on inside the sanctuary between the poachers and the forest guards. The poachers are mostly heavily armed and because of the lucrative business it is difficult for them to resist poaching. But if you want to protect wildlife, you need to take some strict steps. Controversy has su...
everything-begins-with-your-thoughts

EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH YOUR THOUGHTS

3 weeks ago
Among all species on the planet, the human being is considered to be the most superior only because of his ability to think and discriminate. It is said that even after death, thoughts remain indelible – such is the power of thought. Among the many factors that influence and change a person’s life, the foremost factor is thought. We say that a certain person changed due to this or that circumstance or incident. The truth, however, is that the changes come from his thoughts, and not only because of any external happening.  It has been proven that people under similar circumstances behave and respond...
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USE TECHNOLOGY FOR ART AUTHENTICITY

4 weeks ago
Indian museums house an enviable range of collections of art and cultural objects spanning the vast history of India. Such collections, however, are poorly documented making them vulnerable to possibilities of theft or illicit culture trafficking. The recent case of the Chola Bronze of dancing Shiva which was stolen and smuggled out of India, and then sold to the National Gallery of Australia is a case in point. The statue has since been returned after India established its provenance and requested the government of Australia. Application of new technological tools to document museum collections can help a great deal in establis...
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WHY FAITH IN GOD

4 weeks ago
The world of nature is characterized by its equilibriums. Human society must acquire the same equilibrium if it is to function smoothly. There are many ways in which God maintains the equilibrium of nature. One of these ways is diversion; that is, the channeling off of a force that has reached excessive proportions. Think of the amount of rain that falls in the rainy season. Immense damage would be done if it were to remain in cultivated and populated areas. So what nature does in such situations is provide the land and human population with an amount of water which is only just adequate while the rest of the water is div...
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SAVING THE STUFF OF LIFE

5 weeks ago
Water is a cross cutting element of sustainable development and for poverty eradication. It is key to food, energy and health security, and therefore it is not surprising  that water is  covered under many Sustainable Development Goals. There is enough water in the world, but many people do not have access to it due to problems of water management. Sanitation remains a major issue. Further, demography, pollution and urbanization are putting additional challenges on management of water.  I believe that political will is extremely essential for water governance, finance and education. The key to promote sustainable wa...
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SIGNIFICANCE OF OM

5 weeks ago
Om is called the sound of one hand clapping. Om is the eternal sound; Om is the sound which is there in the universe all the time. All the saints in the past, when they went deep into meditation, they just heard Om. So, Om means many things. It means love, eternity, purity, peace. Om is made up of several dhatus: ‘Ah’ ‘Oo’ ‘Ma’. Just ‘Ah’ has 19 meanings. You can derive some several thousand meanings from Om. All those meanings are attributed to Om, so Om is the seed of the whole creation; Om is the sound of creation. In Bible too, it is said, ‘In the beg...
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PATRON SAINT OF MODERN INDIA

6 weeks ago
A philanthropist, monk and a teacher, Swami Vivekananda was a treasure of talent who shined in the 19thcentury. He paved the path for modern thought and transformed the society in almost every dimension. Vivekananda connected ethical quality with control of the psyche, seeing truth, immaculateness and unselfishness as characteristics which reinforced it. He exhorted his supporters to be sacred, unselfish and to have shraddha. Vivekananda bolstered brahmacharya, trusting it the wellspring of his physical and mental stamina and persuasiveness. He underlined that achievement was a result of centred idea and activity in his a...