This is Urvashi here, I am Indian...By graduation I am a Civil Engineer, but lately my interests have been in administration, governance, economics, developmental issues, and I like to read about Geography of world..
By nature I am an introvert ....love to experience different cultures, different kind of people.
One thing which concerns me is rights of women to live in a safe society..
One negative side of me is that I sleep a lot...urghh,,,i want to improve on this, and somewhat bit lazy too...wish i become more active :P
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1. No, I don't believe in any plan. I believe in action and through it we can build our future.
2. May be due to sudden change in belief in stopped meditating, but meditation can be done without need of believing in God, such as focussing on breath, Yoga, and it has benefits mental and physical.
4. Thanks for letting me know about #talkreligion, i would love to be part of that :)
5. You have very nicely quoted Sartre,Thanks for that.
Reminds me Nietzsche; "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." and “The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph” by Ryan Holiday, summarized as it is our choice on how to act.
6. You have well questioned me on whether without God world will be selfish, in short you have questioned my faith on Humanity,Thanks, so I partially take back my words back, and quoting Gandhi here:
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."
And Atheists can be wonderful people too=> Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawkings.
So, for minority fear of God will be required, and for major section I uphold morality of Humanity.
Some personal unexplained situation came in my life,i was having immense faith, but due to disastrous end result, you may say i am sounding like having grudge against The Superior being.
But after considering the viewpoints of many rational persons, and analysing my self that, look, if God was there, he would have prevented some of the most painful and inhumane conditions which some people do suffer, but no!
Now what I believe is in yes there is some sort of energy,which helps when we pray deeply ,may be in form of waves, but no superior being as such. At the end I acknowledge power of institution of a human being over anything else.
And honestly telling I was much happier earlier, when i meditated and it helped me getting stress free and optimistic.So if some one is believer, it will be good for him to remain so.
Now that sort of divinity gone out of my life, it has become somewhat lustre less, but reality is always non glamorous, no? And hard to accept in contrast to beautiful world of fantasy.
My personal opinion is all moral values in religions are worth abiding, and at least, the name of God is necessary to enforce conformity to those values.
But,painfully some people on earth are killing their fellow beings(who are obvious) in the name of God(who is not obvious).
So,this year I have suddenly turned atheist, earlier was a staunch believer and now believe in none of the religions ( born as a hindu though). Now for me Humanity and Science are God,and I believe in myself first and what is visible, rather than some non visible superior force.
But in my life earlier i think i had some occasions of premonitions and telepathy( like i was thinking of some friend and she suddenly responded), which i believe can be explained by science.
And I hate rituals like hell now.
To compete globally it has to be input intensive and highly automated,agreed. Yes, this will increase productivity and increase income of farmers.But, ain't automation take away jobs in labour surplus countries like India and China( These are the countries of absolute poverty,um, not so sure about China though)? But, as you are referring to US ( Here relative poverty exists) where involvement went down from 70% to 4%,as it transitioned towards manufacturing and finally towards service sector driven economy.
By, agricultural based industries I was thinking to utilise Village based industries model as propounded by Gandhi, in a labour surplus, job deficient country.
But,here, in my opinion, you are referring towards Lewis model for Economic development of shifting surplus labour from agriculture (where marginal productivity is almost zero) towards manufacturing sector.
You are probably right, India almost skipped manufacturing sector in terms of contribution towards GDP and jumped directly from Agrarian to service Service sector based economy( Which prefers white collar skilled jobs and hence the inequality),and hence we have our story of jobless growth!
But with regard to China I can't get the scene, they initially worked very well for increasing agriculture productivity, then under Deng Xiaoping went under transformation towards manufacturing( mostly low value added) , but still poverty and inequality exists there, may be population problem.
WIth respect to directly protecting the workers, yes i do feel that liberalisation has resulted in more and more informalisation of economy,and lesser social security measures to workers.But, the current mood of the governments across the world seems to be labour reforms making it pro business.
Directly protecting workers may be helpful in US, in India we have to expand manufacturing and business for job creation, so the pro business reforms are taking place here.
Okay, let the capital be generated but its redistribution must be effective and government must seriously focus on social sector such as education, health and skilling of workforce.
Neoliberalism has problems particularly when it is not able to produce jobs for masses,and is benefitting skilled middle class. In India about 43% of people are dependent on agriculture for livelihood, and my firm belief is that government must encourage Agriculture related industries with forward and backward linkages,so that people can lift themselves above poverty. But, market forces are not creating the required jobs and manufacturing and services sector which require skilled labour are not able to absorb poor people.
With respect to inequality what i believe is,as said:
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
Guys ,Though OftenBen is right that Yes, Majority of people do condemn it and perpetrators will never be receptive to it..but as oyester is saying that not transforming it in a movement has some kind of passive bystander effect..
.We need a sustained campaign to pressurise at least the political class in believing that the matter is serious( which in my opinion does not act in absence of such movements),and make and implement pro women policies..=> So, giving voice to the belief, is necessary to show how much "NUMBER" of people are furious due to such acts.
Secondly..it will embolden women to not tolerate such incidents and come out with complaints..this can prevent further victimisation of other girls..So,here OftenBen is also right..sometimes what we lack is also 'SheforShe '. Campaign..as until it doesn't impact one, people have tendency to keep such issues under carpet..
The name of the campaign is misguiding to some extent..because we need support of all people, men+ women ,who stand against it..
But keeping in mind the fact that rape though is a gender neutral crime, victimises women mostly and till recently the women rights campaign was largely driven by women( I think so)=>That's why the need of name=> 'HeForShe'.
Thirdly, though it will not shut up completely some misogynists who are often caught in victim blaming..but will dilute their voices to some extent?
At the end it is not about teaching men about something,rather it is show of their support to a cause.
That's all what I believe.
I wanted to share what I consider greatness in today's world.. Something which transcends our narrow perceptions.
Hey congrats on winning tournament and making the machine wholly automated!
It's Okay to have a one low week..probably next one will be more encouraging..!
Be prepared well, in advance for exams and research..
I used to read daily and consistently during college days ( Gosh,how badly i remember those!), while others waited till exams neared.. nevertheless i was the topper! :)
All the Best!
Preventing sexual assault when victim is known or related to perpetrator, in my opinion can be done by:
1. Reporting such cases, most of the cases go unreported and thus further such assaults by making perpetrators fearless, encouraging women to report such cases, as it is a serious offence.
2. Roping in men, in condemning such assaults=>He for She Campaign
3. Educating people morally over someone's right over their bodies
4. Reducing the growing trend of objectification and commodification
You are absolutely right about repeat and habitual offenders.. Letting them go makes victim more vulnerable on the first hand and makes society a less safe place on the other..
There must be strict monitoring of such people after they have served their terms.
Other measures I can think of are:
1. More police patrolling in sensitive areas
2. Making registering of police report victim friendly and encouraging women not to cover the cases rather to come out and file complaint
3. More women in police
4. Registered and verified drivers in public transport, women specific vehicles
5.Martial arts training to women
6.More role of men in condemning violence against women..e.g. He for She campaign
7. Making sexual assaults cases gender neutral..cases pertaining to male victims must also be heard.
8. Sustained campaign through media..education to respect one's freedom particularly women.