Trying to get subversive with the subversion book
|2006-08-21||secularism, sepratist ideologies and socialism
An old issue of sadhna (currently run by Narendra Dabholkar) cited the recently formed Shivdharm as a step forward (in renouncing the castist Brahminism) and two steps backwards (as forming a new religion which has nothing new to offer in a secular country like India). Many Britishers are wondering why it was London that muslims chose to unleash (or want to unleash) their terror plot. One reason being given is that the British have not tried to assimilate their Muslims in mainstream and have, in a way, kept them diverse. Chhatisgarh area now has a huge insurgance of Maoists (CPI) and Manmohansingh called them as big a threat as terrorists. The latest Economist has a good two pages on them and the year old Salwa Judum which is counteracting them with the state's help. Unfortunately they are doing their share of disrupting any normal life that may have been left.
|2006-08-12||Glass Bead Game
Have been reading Hermann Hesse's \"The Glass Bead Game\" (translated by Richard and Clara Winston). The book that contributed big time to his winning the Nobel prize for literature. The book is about the US and India. Or perhaps it is better to say that it is about religion and atheism. Or may be about body and mind? Or may be none of the above. At any rate, it is enthralling. I got to the book through an I Ching connection, but more about that later. Highly recommended for everyone who wants to know the answer to life, universe and everything. It may or may not be 42.
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|2006-08-06||The Mayan Calendar
Mayans maintained 3 calendars simultaneously. They used a 20*18=360 base rather than 30*12=360. Interestig stuff.