Monthly Archives: September 2007

The demystification is on…

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OSSW’07, 12 days since, from Easy Street

Leaving you with some sound bytes at the end of what is going to be a bi-annual event, the One State Solution Week, September 2007 has urged you think about:

Democracy: Government of the people, by and for the people. Wherein an individual attains his full capability and is nurtured, physically, economically, intellectually, spiritually and emotionally.

A democracy entails substantive freedoms, such as choice, rights to livelihood and well-being for all it’s citizens.Critics of the democratic system say that often, a democracy implies the rule of the majority, and since this is often the case, the system needs to be nudged in the direction of non-centralised local, participatory and communitarian frameworks.

Communalism: Politics that seeks to unite on the basis of shared values , such as faith. The word communalism has its roots in the ‘commune’ or the ‘commune of communes’, or the ideal community. It implies a municipal system for ruling or governing.

In South Asia, especially India, the meanings and ramifications of communalism have been distorted partly because of it’s implications within a democracy. Communalism has been implemented on the lines of religion and has been divisive and propagandistic, because of the history of religion in the subcontinent.

See the Wikipedia entry here.

Nuclear Energy and Weapons: The world’s energy requirements can be met by two ways: the hard energy path and the soft energy path.

The hard energy path uses potentially non-renewable resources and is irreversibly destructive of the environment*.It requires a very technologically adept work force and high capital investment. Hard Energy Paths include fossil fuels, coal and oil, nuclear power plants and hydro-electric power plants.

The soft energy path uses renewable and environment friendly, locally viable means to make electricity.Soft energy paths include solar,wind, bio-mass alcohol, bio-gas and many more lesser known technologies.

These definitions were built by Amory Lovins who is the Founder of the Rocky Mountain Research Institute for energy resources in America , and a passionate advocate for sustainable energy around the world.Here is an interview of him at the California based Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility website.

Alice Miceli is an artist trying to capture images of radiation in the Exclusion Zone at Belarus, where the Chernobyl Reactor was. An exclusion Zone is a cordoned site with contamination of grave levels. The Chernobyl Exculsion Zone is between Belarus and Ukraine in Europe. She documents her project at this blog.

The Chernobyl Disaster occurred when a plant in the Chernobyl Reactor exploded, and needs to be examined from the view-point of the viability of nuclear energy.

The Indian Nuclear programme has been seriously under-debated considering the enormous ramifications of the implications of both nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.

The nuclear arms race in South Asia is largely a consequence of post-Partition animosities, and the tussle with India’s neighbour, China. India’s foray into nuclear technology was early, with the Indian Atomic Energy Commission being established just a year after Indian Independance.Pakistan set-up its Atomic Energy Comission in 1956, after its devastating defeat in the Bangladesh War.

From Dr Raja Ramanna’s, former weapons scientist,

“There was never a discussion among us over whether we shouldn’t make the bomb. How to do it was more important. For us it was a matter of prestige that would justify our ancient past. The question of deterrence came much later. Also, as Indian scientists we were keen to show our Western counterparts, who thought little of us those days, that we too could do it.”

[Chengappa 2000; pg. 82]

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So that’s it from us (me and SS).But there is more to come.

Thanks also to all the minds that gathered at the Sarai reader-list!

Since this a bi-annual event, interested people are invited to be a part of its conceptualization, planning and execution. In the green-room is a web-site, and hopefully some cultural mish-mash, real time!

A big Thank You, Salaam, Khushamdeed, Dhanyavaad… to everyone who wrote, blogged, thought, dissented or watched from the sidelines.Please keep the faith!

E-mail your responses and suggestions to onestatesolution@gmail.com.

And keep thinking! BIG!

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*George Lakoff and Mark Johnson,’ Metaphors We Live By’, 1980

Visual from the Street Sign Generator at the Generator Blog.

Where is the other in you?

What you said about the One State Solution Week, 2007.


 

Two responses of ‘mainstream’ women.

‘I think the question – and therefore a possible ‘answer’ – can be phrased differently. What needs to help the violence in the sub-continent abate? What do we need to do for peace?

 

And one possible solution to that is not, I personally feel, a campaign against nations and nationalities because that can be historically difficult to comprehend and to change; it is to turn the issue of borders upside down, and to recognise that so much of nationhood is ‘imagined communities’ – different depending on who imagines, and what they imagine… In which case, we can be one state of mind… one state of imagined peace, of harmony, of non-violence. Some of us across the artificial, geographical borders of South Asia already do – to some extent – share this state of being. We share cultural habits of hospitality, social habits like films (!) and best of all, political beliefs in peace.

 

However, for the future, this imagined community needs to be louder, more visible, more powerful. It needs to express this vision of a shared sub-continent of peace. And pragmatically, it needs to push the fact that cooperation, rather than conflict, is better for trade, for finance, for security and ultimately, for the well-being of our people.’

Anasuya Sengupta, ‘One State of Mind‘.

One state solution is a very attractive idea but i don’t think it is feasible. I know I speak very bluntly and seculars don’t like my views. But I speak what I really feel; I don’t care for secular image/credentials.

 

Why this idea is not possible because
(1) Muslims cannot live peacefully with other communities.

 

(2)Hindus in pre-partition society were different, they were naive, they were ready to go to any extent to appease their Muslim ‘brothers’. It was easy for mahatmas to suppress feelings of those wounded refugees who had to leave their everything in Pakistan.
Now I don’t think Hindus can be fooled so easily.

 

(3)seculars (of course Hindus) will never try to understand the real nature of the problem so naturally whenever any communal problem arises they try to equate RSS with Muslim fanatics/terrorists, secondly they will always remember ‘Gujarat’ but will never dare to mention ‘Kashmir’. (See your mail in which you have done the same thing).
As long as these seculars exist in the society communal tension will always prevail.

 

If Muslims follow leaders like dr. APJ Abdul Kalam or Jinnah of 1920 then only Hindus should support One State Solution.’

 

Vedavati Jogi, in response to an initiatory mail.

 

 

 

*Please note: the graph is an artistic statement, and was not plotted with demographical data.Any dispute/protest is welcome.And the two responses are set-up by way of contrast, not comparision.

The hopeless and the hopeful.OSSW’07 Day 5

day 5

The hopeful: But this is a good start. If we can have this every year or twice in a year, we can get some people thinking about the idea and maybe this will catch on, who knows.

So let us give it a try, eh? (Sounds good for me)

The hopeless: Borders have been drawn in blood. Mighty presumptuous or stupidly naive of us to ask for a ‘United India’. One should think of peaceful co-existence, rather than dominate and swallow the neighbour under the thinly veiled pretext of ‘Unity’.

The One State Solution Week was created in order so that voices from Bangladesh,India and Pakistan could share common concerns about a shared history of violence, religious intolerance and colonialisation, in the hope that strong peace keeping ties between the three ‘nations’ will make a stronger lobby for peace and security in the world at large.

The idea is to draw from a pool of writings and and create a platform where these voices can come together, in the form of a web-site or a wikipedia entry.The writings need to be about what you, with your locusts stand I feel about the idea.If you can draw from historical, political, literary or artistic discourses, or better still create your own artistic material, then it would be great.

For non-bloggers:Send your write-ups (original and not longer than 1500 words).Send them in at onestatesolution@gmail.com.

For bloggers: Blog your thoughts.Please keep them original, concise and crisp.Tag them OSSW’07 so that your post will be traceable.

One State Solution Week: Political term Update 2:

Locus Standi : Latin for Legal standing. Popularised by Arundati Roy in the God of Small Things as ‘Locusts Stand I‘, this term could be used to indicate a very violable position, or even blatant travesty.

In order to offer someone a position, the speaker needs to have a locusts stand I. Such as the one that America does not have when it says weapons of mass destruction. The usage of this term takes us right into the domain of ethics.

In the construction of an ethic, one needs to be conscious of all that is behind her or him. In art, this is a struggle that results in the questioning of the category itself. In politics, Locusts Stand I means owning up to one’s legacies, and then opening oneself up to take criticism. And standing your ground when the locusts arrive.

While everyone has the right to ask of someone their locusts stand I, everyone actually has a locusts stand I. The resultant debate makes the people decide by who and through what and how this needs to be handled.

Coming together means sharing ground, and responsibility. And agitation.

Collective angst, Collective Will. One State.

Let’s create a world where no one must ever have to give up their Locusts Stand I.

One State Solution Week, 2007.

One State Solution Week: Political Term Update

Placebo: The placebo effect occurs when a patient takes an inert substance (“a sugar pill”) in conjunction with the suggestion from an authority figure that the pill will aid in healing and the patient’s condition improves.

The Placebo effect can be used in order to describe various political conditions. It is exemplified best in the ways in which democracy functions. When the public asks for answers to a certain important problem, they are given an entirely unrelated solution and made to believe that this is the cure when, in fact, it is not.

No long drawn utopia.
Only practical Solutions to grevious illnesses.

The One State Solution Week.

The One State Solution Week asks for a One State Solution to the rising religious intolerance and the Nuclear Arms Race in the subcontinent of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.We want a future where all religions will prevail and grow and learn from each other, and where politics will for once focus on governing on the basis of well-being for one and all.

Lead us ,bring us together, listen to our woes and give us our due.Lets get back to the basics.Food, land water,air, mutual respect, education.

More debate here, and here.

Even God needed 7 days.He could have just said ‘Be’.

Nuclear Renaissance

September 10th to 16th, 2007 is the week for Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis blog about why, how and whether you think that a One State Solution will resolve our conflict, make us more tolerant, and contribute to global peace. More Announcements here.

Din 1.

Its here the ‘din’, Dhin dhina dhin!

Once again, the technicalities.

Tags: Tags are words that best describe your blog post. Each time you tag a post then a search engine can find it when that word is typed in it.

Most blogging portals allow you to tag your posts. (Blogger calls them labels).

There are many platforms where blogs can be sifted to look at what the news is on blogs. For this event we will be using technorati.com

You will have to go to technorati.com and register your blog. Once you do, then every time you write a post and tag it, it becomes easy to spot your post if someone looks for that tag on technorati.com.

So the official technorati tag for the One State Solution Week is OSSW’07.

If you don’t want to register, then include this code in your post after you have typed your post.

<a href=”http://technorati.com/tag/OSSW%2707&#8243; rel=”tag”><img style=”border:0;vertical-align:middle;margin-left:.4em” src=”http://static.technorati.com/static/img/pub/icon-utag-16×13.png?tag=OSSW%2707&#8243; alt=” ” />OSSW’07</a>

Good luck with the posting!

The One State Solution Week, 2007.

Be Rational, OK?


Rationals, please give your views.

Have you ever observed?

If i give you a small pabble, can you see the whole small pabble?

whenever you look you see only one aspect, the other is hidden. if you look at the other then the first part is again hidden. even with a small pabble that you can put on your palm, you can not see the whole.
the mind can not see anything whole.

i am looking at you but back is hidden, you are looking at me , my face you see but not back, and you never seen the whole of me.

mind can not see anything whole, it can see only the half, the other half is inferred…
it is an enference, taken for granted that it must be there,coz how can face be there if there is no back?

so we infer that back may be there must be there.

(Views of Phoenix on a thread called ‘Can you see the Whole?’, on orkut.com, at a community called Rational Behavioural…)

 

 

 

Past, Present, Future.

One State Solution Week.

September 10th to 16th,2007.

Lets be whole again.