Friday, April 30, 2010
Alien life is almost certain to exist in many other parts of the universe according to the world’s most famous living scientist Stephen Hawking but he warns that contact with them might end up in disastrous results for mankind. Therefore humanity should be doing all it to avoid any contact with other intelligent life forms they don't fully understand.
Earth is unlikely to be the only place where life is present in a universe that has 100 billion galaxies containing millions of stars. According to Hawking most of the extra terrestrial life will be made up of microbes or simple animals. However some of these life forms could be intelligent and pose a threat. “Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”
He compares that outcome scenario with the landing of Christopher Columbus in America “which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”
Other experts too have warned that aliens might prove to be beyond human understanding.
“The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like” says Stephen Hawking
After India, it is now Nepal’s turn to openly embrace same sex couples. The Nepal Tourism Department is planning to promote gay weddings by holding same sex marriages at - where else but - Mount Everest!
The campaign was kicked off by the Nepal Tourism Minister sending a message to the International Conference on Gay & Lesbian Tourism in Boston - “As the world knows, Nepal is the land of Mount Everest, world’s highest peak and the birth place of Lord Buddha, light of Asia,” the message said. “I, therefore, would like to take this opportunity to invite and welcome all the sexual and gender minorities from around the world.” Nepal is also due to host the first Asian Symposium on Gay & Lesbian Tourism in Kathmandu in June.
One of the pioneers for this sudden change in Nepal’s policies is Sunil Babu Pant, Nepal’s leading gay rights activist and the only openly homosexual MP in South Asia. While some officials fear a backlash in more conservative rural areas, Mr. Pant says that most Nepalis are instinctively tolerant “as long you don’t walk naked or do something explicit”.
South Asia seems to be certainly expanding its horizons in unprecedented directions.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Maoists brutally kill 75 soldiers in Chhattisgarh. Kanu Sanyal commits suicide.
The naxal menace has once again emerged as the most pressing issue in national media and politics. No one, myself included, in their right senses can support the Naxals for launching a war against their own country. But a lethal offensive by armed forces, either of the state or the Center, alone may not be sufficient to solve this crisis.
40 years after Naxalbari, adivasis and other down-trodden masses are still taking up arms. Why? The Home Minister claims the Maoists are terrorizing the villagers to take up arms. That may be true when applied to a small percent. But thousands and thousands of people? Spread over 16 states?
Politics and development are the twin centers of this deadly movement. Only after that would come the threat of weapons and ideology to force or lure people into armed revolution. The establishment succeeded in killing Charu Majumdar and Kanu Sanyal. And what happened? Kishanji and Khobad Ghandy came up. If they are killed, others will take their place.
At present a massive re-distribution of wealth from the poor to the rich is taking place in the country. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Unless the economic issues are resolved and development reaches the lowest strata of society and the poorest of the tribals and adivasis are empowered politically the Maoist menace won’t end. Ministers and bureaucrats sitting in AC offices in metros please sit up and take note. In the not distant future Maoist guerrillas will come out of the forests and engage in urban warfare. And then the cost this country will pay for ignoring the oppressed voices – might just be too much to recover from.