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Sun, 15 Nov 2009 01:04:08 +0000I am just about to finish reading a rather interesting book about the history of Samurai (The Religion of the Samurai – A Study of Zen Philosophy and Discipline in China and Japan by Kaiten Nukariya.) It talks about how Buddhism reached China and Japan from India few 1000s year before. How Indian texts were translated to Chinese and then to Japanese and how the original Indian philosophy behind Buddhism was adapted by incorporating Taoism and Confucius philosophy. The only aspect of various forms of Buddhism including Zen that has...read more
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Thu, 23 Nov 2006 17:08:36 +0000The latest State of the World’s Children report by UNICEF has been released. Below is the press release from last month. (You can find previous years’ reports at here.) Abused and Neglected, Millions of Children Have Become Virtually Invisible LONDON, 14 December 2005. Hundreds of millions of children are suffering from severe exploitation and discrimination and have become virtually invisible to the world, UNICEF said today in a major report that explores the causes of exclusion and the abuses children experience. The agency said that millions of children disappear from...read more
Wed, 08 Nov 2006 08:46:07 +0000Nick from Basel who is an active Fasnachter this year has written a diary about his experience. I found it very good read – especially as it gave insights to the fun that Fasnachters themselves have. I was lucky myself to participate in a Fasnacht – with costumes and all – though not here in Basel. It was in and around Winterthur, near Zurich in 2001! I hope to upload some of my own Fasnacht photographs soon.
Thu, 08 Jun 2006 12:23:58 +0000The story about the reservation saga continues in India. I am sure this will also whimper down like the Mandal Commission protest in 1991. The problem is that there is a problem in India – and we are no where near a solution. Neither having reservation nor not having them will solve. While I personally am against the concept of using special coaching for preparing for entrance examinations (and I did not use them for my preparations for my Engineering entrance!) the following story – forwarded to me by a...read more
Tue, 30 May 2006 13:50:03 +0000For the second time in less than two decades India is having the great reservation debate. While no one questions the merits of the need to solve problems faced by the underprivileged in India, I personally do question the case for having reservations in the format it exists today. But more than the debate itself, I was impressed at how much better India is as a performing democracy. Whether you like Arjun Singh or not, I can’t imagine an interview like the one below happening for example in USA. It is...read more
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Sun, 26 Mar 2006 12:28:16 +0000Swiss researchers have developed a biosensor that lights up when it detects arsenic, and have successfully tested it in drinking water in Vietnam. The award-winning breakthrough could improve the lives of millions worldwide who face serious health problems caused by drinking arsenic-contaminated water. Read more here
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Fri, 17 Feb 2006 21:33:55 +0000China and India are the most talked about emerging economies of the world today. China is already the second largest economy in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) and India is close to edging out Japan to be number three. And US, despite the continuing financial growth, is not seeing much change when it comes to the purchasing power of its common citizens. This is quite an interesting development. Most western economies today as is China to an extent today is based heavily on cross border trade. US perhaps to...read more
Tue, 14 Feb 2006 12:29:50 +0000Recently two students from ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich visited all the Asha Zurich projects in India and documented the work using photographs. Few exhibitions are being planned across Switzerland of these photographs. More details are here (in German.)
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