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What Europe can learn from India

“While Europe is advanced in many ways, Dr Thomas Bak – a neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist of international repute, from School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, Edinburgh – lays down many areas where India has to teach the world and what Europe in particular can learn from India.”


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April 26, 2013 · 9:13 am

The Gentle Colossus

An interesting essay by Indian historian Ramachandra Guha in the Caravan magazine about the venerable journal, the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), mainly known in the academic circles for its thought provoking scholarly work.

THE BRITISH HISTORIAN EP THOMPSON once remarked that “India is not an important country, but perhaps the most epw-october-28-1989important country for the future of the world. Here is a country that merits no one’s condescension. All the convergent influences of the world run through this society: Hindu, Moslem, Christian, secular; Stalinist, liberal, Maoist, democratic socialist, Gandhian. There is not a thought that is being thought in the West or East which is not active in some Indian mind.”

Thompson may have been reading the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), the Bombay journal where these thoughts and influences converge and meet. Rich in information and glowing with polemic, its pages are an index to the life of India. On subjects as varied (and important) as the economy, caste politics, religious violence, and human rights, the EPW has consistently provided the most authoritative, insightful, and widely cited reports and analyses. Among the journal’s contributors are scholars and journalists, but also activists and civil servants—and even some politicians.

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Rap News: Revolution

via my friend R.

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The Power of Lonely

Many of us crave to be lonely at some point during the day or night. Wanting to be lonely is not something one should be feeling anxious about, at least according to this article in The Boston Globe:

One ongoing Harvard study indicates that people form more lasting and accurate memories if they believe they’re experiencing something alone. Another indicates that a certain amount of solitude can make a person more capable of empathy towards others. And while no one would dispute that too much isolation early in life can be unhealthy, a certain amount of solitude has been shown to help teenagers improve their moods and earn good grades in school.

More here. So, if you are alone then celebrate it, and if you are not, then take some time to be alone!

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Few months ago while driving from Albuquerque to Santa Fe I took a de-tour, and stopped by the “Bodies, The Exhibition”. I had read about this exhibition some time earlier, but little did I knew that this is an exact replica of the original Germany based “Body Worlds”, only unethical. The human remains that I saw came from China, presumably without prior consent of the person whose body is at display. Whereas, the original “Body Worlds” apparently takes consent from the donor. I think I need to do my homework well the next time I visit places!

Guernica has an article on this distinction and also talks about this industry and ethical issues. More here

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