Monday, November 23, 2015

The individual is an abstraction

Democracy, and not ethics, is supreme from a practical angle, given the swathes of imperfection that the society and humanity is embedded in.
Election system, and not Democracy, is at fault for throwing flawed outcomes and the former needs to be fine tuned on a continuous basis.
Democracy, by definition, can't prohibit dynastic or corrupt rulers but it offers enough option to apply correctives or alter the situation.
The individual, though an embodied being, has no independent existence and hence is an abstraction. So, Democracy is a much superior notion.
Lalu standing firm against Hindutva is a hundred times more valuable than the intellectual dishonesty of highly educated BJP fans on Twitter.
@Ish_Apte You are entitled to characterise the way you like. What I want would be clear if you care to go through my TL over a month or so.
@dikgaj I too share the honour of being blocked by him!
@maidros78 @SumukhNaik @sarkar_swati
Not Pakistan, the internal tension of India accentuated by aggressive Hindutva should draw our energy and attention.
Many people are needlessly bothered about war, terror, or crime. The fact is, the State is adequately empowered to handle those exigencies.
Lack of adequate orientation in Arts and Humanities is turning our nation too utilitarian and insensitive. So, right education is essential.
Each political party should impart public education on Enlightenment values and Liberal ethos by discarding Astrology, Mythology, & Rituals.
Enlightenment or Liberalism are not a monopoly of any race or nation. Each individual needs to be trained in those qualities systematically.
If you teach Science in the school and emphasise on Astrology or Mythology at home, then don't expect children to pick up the desired values.
Theories by themselves can't change the society. They are to be taught in the schools and colleges on a continuous basis, to be effective.
@c_ontrarian You very well know about the modalities of Ministry formation. So, it's up to you to be satisfied with your own argument or not.
@c_ontrarian I'm okay if Irani becomes Dy.CM/CM/Dy.PM/PM or any other Minister than heading HRD @mamtan14 @sarkar_swati @madhukishwar
@c_ontrarian Nothing undemocratic about her, but propriety and legitimacy are also imp considerations @mamtan14 @sarkar_swati @madhukishwar
@c_ontrarian Acceptable as long as it's democratic. Propriety is for the PM/CM to evaluate. @mamtan14 @sarkar_swati @madhukishwar
@c_ontrarian @mamtan14 She heading HRD is being questioned, not being a Minister. Any other portfolio is okay. @sarkar_swati @madhukishwar
Twitter interactions indicate that people are indifferent to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. The primary reason is lack of awareness about them.
Prejudices purveyed by different quarters and reluctance to engage with difficult writings perpetrate 'nothing to gain' from Sri Aurobindo.
@amancool5 Fine. I'm more interested in how educated Indians can read The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's original writings
@maidros78 There can't be a better delineation on the significance of the Mother worship than Sri Aurobindo's words.
Let the luminous wisdom of Savitri and The Life Divine mould the minds so that waves of new action and education become the order of the day.
Not only cognition or education but also our enjoyment system runs on a set of hermeneutic motifs tied to self-interest and self-protection.
@ajithm69 Empiricism, by definition, scavenges on historical data while thought and philosophy plumb the womb of अनागत to design the future.
@ajithm69 You can modify the list of philosophers you read for better perspective instead of harbouring such an uncritical and low opinion.
70℅ defeating 30℅ should not be the only goal. Popularising a positive political ideology as proposed by Sri Aurobindo must be the priority.
This 53:47 ratio may be misleading but a list of top 50 books offering a right perspective on India would be better.
Any grandstanding on the basis of some imaginary past or a hallucinatory future is dangerous without Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary dialectic.
When academicians speak, try to be sympathetic to their methodological compulsions before disagreeing with arguments & rejecting inferences.
Academicians getting divided on political lines is unfortunate. Quest for truth & knowledge and methodological rigor must be embraced by all.
All major texts need to be subjected to critical scrutiny and the specious logic of validation by popular faith must be summarily rejected.
Demanding a new historiography is hilarious! The point is to write new books to establish claim and no one is preventing from authoring them.
Academicians must sit together to find ways and means for fighting against human misery and also understand social ills peculiar to India.
Errors are more tolerable than terror. Given a choice between Marxist version of history and Mythology, the former should be preferable.
Nitish Kumar emerging as a consensus candidate to lead India marks a significant step towards sanity, sobriety, and core democratic values.
Nitish Kumar's enormous experience across castes, ideologies, and parties is sure to stand him in good stead in steering the country ahead.
October 30, 2013 to November 20, 2015: [Fourteen parties close ranks against 'communalism'] -
From October 30, 2013 to November 20, 2015 [Divided within Left parties try to create a Third Front] via @indiatoday
Till now India has not seen a Prime Minister who has really risen from the grassroots on his own. Nitish Kumar may be the first such person.
@Ish_Apte Modi didn't win any mandate when he became the CM in 2001. His rise is a story of manipulation, maneuvering, and devious politics

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