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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From this moment on..Shania Twain
Took a break from my busy and hectic lifestyle, walked freely, looked around, shopped,looking forward to watch some movies, feeling so relaxed this weekend..
PS: Can anyone recommend a really good and MEANINGFUL movie? Something natural to lighten up my mood, I don't want to see romance, no sci-fi, just something natural..and beautiful.
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.”