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My heart goes out to the victim of Dadri lynching. Such acts are deplorable. Appalled? Yes!! But lets "choose" our response ...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The hokum that we have been taught in History, and why the truth is so fascinating

Most Indians, like me, deeply love their country and are proud of its rich and its diverse culture and heritage. However, problems like Caste system and the regional / communal division in the country are sobering thoughts and most of us wish we had a more plural, inclusive and united country. The so-called “Aryan invasion” theory (unproven, but widely believed) is also cause of much anguish and division.

I was reading a very interesting book ("The Incredible History of India's Geography") by Sanjeev Sanyal  and I came across something something that was truly remarkable that I must share with all of you.

I was happily amazed when I read that the genetic makeup of Indians is unique and most of us are from the same flock. Hence, the so called “Aryan” and “Dasa” race divide, and consequently, the North Indian vs South Indian divide is all bullshit. Also, most, if not all of us have high & low caste genes in equal measure and essentially we all are the same.

Genetic science has proven that ALL the present day Indians are a mixture of ANI & ASI genetic make up. Not only this, studies PROVE THAT THE RIGID CASTE SYSTEM DIDN’T EXIST 2000 years ago.

Did some googling and you can see the evidence for yourself: 

Put simply, 2000 years back, when the caste system was not rigid, people frequently married between castes. This means, all Indians share the same ancestors, which would comprise both HIGH & LOW CASTES. This rigid caste system with restrictions on marriage between castes is a recent (anthropologically speaking) phenomenon and essentially, no one can be claimed exclusively of this or that caste. I am excited by this, because, with this new evidence the high-low caste divide just melts away.

Genetics & geological studies also indicates that the super advanced Harappans & Mohenjodaro people weren’t killed by the "nomadic Aryans" but merely migrated to rest of the India, due to the drying up of the Saraswati river. 

They, went inland in India and inter mixed freely with the abroginal races, to produce the MODERN INDIAN. Hence, the so called Aryan invasion theory was mainly bullshit by the Europeans and kept alive by politicians and taught to many of us in School History. What a way to mislead an entire generation & nation on a UNPROVEN THEORY !!! 

Essentially, a South Indian and a North Indian are genetically very close and not of different races. We are something called ANI-ASI type. There are some tribes in Central Asia who are similar to us. But that is that.

I have always hated & been against Indians being divided on the basis of religion, color, region or caste.

Since, genetically we are all of the same makeup, unique & different from most other races in the world, I believe there is really no point in trying to fight amongst each other. 

Rather we concentrate on fighting Poverty, Pollution, Terrorists and lazy Politicians trying to divide us for their selfish Vote-bank politics.

Happy Vijaya Dashmi to all my brothers and sisters.

Monday, November 09, 2015

This Diwali gift yourself a good habit

After a long time I am so excited about a novel.

The Martian, by Andy Weir (which has also been made into a super successful movie) is taking up all my spare time and more. So, while my son plays around, is busy drawing or jumping on things, I am busy poring over the exploits of Mark Whatney, struggling all alone with death & disco on Mars.
My friend Karan often admonishes me that nowadays I don’t read much, something that gave me so much happiness. Well, Karan, I am trying to buddy, not as prolifically as you do, but I am trudging along. Thank God for ebooks :).  

Reading for me, is somewhat, an out of body experience. It provides me with perspective & insights. It’s a way for me to organise / germinate new thoughts. And of course, vicarious life-in-life pleasure.

Take fiction books for instance, if you really like the book, you are transported to the world & (sometimes) become the character too, that is described in the book. I can shamelessly admit, that I have had my days when I was Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, Lando Sackett, Howard Roark for weeks on end and loving every moment of it. Just like right now, I am on Mars, and visualising a marooned astronaut’s life on the red planet.

Nonfiction, is even more interesting. You get to learn from great minds sharing their ideas/thoughts in detail with you from within the pages as if they are personally teaching you. How often, you come across a super intelligent chap with something worth sharing who is also willing to talk to mere mortal like me? Not very often, I must say. So Jared Diamond teaches me about his life-long findings, geniuses & insiders unravel the intricacies of the mind of Buffet & Munger (yet to read Munger one) and Damodaran expounds on what he does best, Valuation. All in the comfort of my place, my time and as many times as I like to revise. And I feel blessed.

Reading is one of the most important achievements of my life, it has made me what I am. But all this was just ramblings. All I wanted to say, was that I am dying to watch the movie. But first, I must finish the book.

So this Diwali, 1) gift yourself a book (and a habit of reading), and 2) invest in GOOD QUALITY stocks.

Happy Diwali. 

Friday, November 06, 2015

Questions that India must ask

My heart goes out to the victim of Dadri lynching. Such acts are deplorable.

Appalled? Yes!! But lets "choose" our response that can make a difference
But my heart also goes out to Sikhs massacred in 1984, Army, CISF & BSF Jawans losing life & limb daily to keep India safe, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs & all others killed in riots since Independence. In short, there is much to mourn, much to deplore. But even if we all “mourn & deplore” what exactly will change? Nothing.

Since so much national time and energy is being spent on the scourge of “intolerance” in India, I don’t want to add to the brouhaha. Allow me to draw attention, to our RESPONSE as a nation to such incidents.

Lets ask the right questions
We, are pointing fingers, returning awards, demanding statements, taking out marches, but surprisingly, neither the media, nor the opposition is asking that the perpetrators be booked and brought to justice. Hardly anyone is asking why the Police has not arrested the guilty? Why nobody is shouting why perpetrators of horrifying cases like Badayun are still roaming free? Why guilty of murdered children not caught? Why mass murderers of Bhopal are allowed to escape the country in a Govt plane?

Isnt that strange? Does it not show that we Indians have become so used to the “law (not) taking its due course” and the guilty never punished that we have all but forgotten to ask for justice in this country?

Today, we all clamour for no-consequence statements by politicians and get satisfied by some high decibel shouting by Arnab Goswami. We see our politicians getting photos clicked with victim’s family and then forget justice for the victim? Doesn’t it reflect the 60-years’ accumulated mistrust of the law & justice delivery mechanism?

Only Justice can solve issues, not political drama

Let’s all demand that the guilty be punished. ASAP caught, tried and punished. Only swift & inevitable punishment will deter further acts from happening. Neither the PM’s statement nor Sonia Gandhi’s 1.4km long protest marches will solve the matter.