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Ritesh Aggarwal posted an opinion to a discussionNov, 07 2016

The Expansion of Sinosphere

Over the last decade the world has seen more of America’s soft power than its military power in regards to its national security policy vis a vis Russia, China, North Korea and Iran for instance. It has effectively used its diplomatic power to muster support for the trade embargoes to isolate a resurgent Russia seemingly bent under President Putin of re-establishing the lost glory or the greater federation of Soviet states along its border with its action in Georgia and the Crimea of the Ukraine as two instances. The United States bolstered its relationships and alliance with the Arab states opposing Iranian hegemony in the Middle East, as well as with Israel, which has joined with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and Jordan to oppose Iran’s proxy war against Sunni Islam as it tries to establish itself as the leader of the Islamic world of the Middle East. And it used its diplomatic soft power both in the United Nations and in its nation-to-nation relationships to impose harsh sanctions on the Iranian economy and its oil exports as well as to thwart its importation of “dual” use equipment, computers and materials which it could use to advance both its ballistic missile and nuclear technologies.

Over the last decade the world has seen more of America’s soft power than its military power in regards to its national security policy vis a vis Russia, China, North Korea and Iran for instance. It has effectively used its diplomatic power to muster support for the trade embargoes to isolate a re
Ritesh Aggarwal disagreed with a discussionOct, 27 2016

आज की आवाज

छत्तीसगढ़ में जगदलपुर कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी के औफिस पर हुये हमले की पुरजोर निन्दा करते हुए... जागो देशवासियों जागो, ये संघी लोग अपने देश के कानून, संविधान सभी को तहस नहस कर अपनी चाहतों - उद्देश्यों का हीं नियम - कानून बना रहे हैं। इनकी हीं सरकार है इनकी हीं कानून व्यवस्था फिर भी ऐसा उत्पात क्यों मचाते हैं ? इस सरकारी पार्टी को अपनी हीं सरकार और कानून व्यवस्था पर इन्हें कहां विश्वास है? या फिर यह तोड़- फोड़ करने का अधिकार इन्हे किसने दिया? ये कैसी संस्कृति है? ये कैसे राम भक्त हैं? ये कैसे देशभक्त हैं ? यह हर बार जाहिर हुआ है कि ये इंशान को आतताई, बहसी, अवैज्ञानिक और अमानवीय बनाकर केवल तोड़- फोड़, मार - काट और दंगा- फसाद हीं मचाये हैं। अहिंसा के पुजारी और आजादी आंदोलन के महान नेता गांधी, गणेशशंकर विद्यार्थी, कम्युनिस्ट नेता कृष्णा देशाई, गोविंद पान्सरे, वुद्धिवादी - तर्कवादी नरेंद्र दाभोलकर, एम. एम. कलबुर्गी, विश्वविद्यालय शिक्षक सबरवाल आदि सैंकड़ों महत्वपूर्ण लोगों की हत्या, मश्जीद तोडना, गुजरात - मुजफ्फरनगर आदि सैंकड़ों दंगे करवाना, HCU - JNU - ECU- PCU - IIT जैसे विश्वविद्यालयों पर हमला करना, रोहित वेमूला, अखलाक, मिन्हाज आदि सैंकड़ों दलित- अल्पसंख्यक नौजवानों की हत्या करवाना आदि हीं तो इनका काम रहा है। इनमें और ईसलामी फिरकापरस्त - दहसतगर्द ताकतों में कहाँ कोई अंतर है। और जब से इनकी विभिन्न राज्यों एवं देश में सरकार बनी है तब से इनके नजर में अब तो इनकी हीं कानून है, इनकी हीं न्यायालय है, ये हीं पुलिस हैं और ये जो चाहें सो कर सकते हैं। तब हीं हम कह रहे हैं सावधान देश, देश का संविधान, देश की हरेक जनता चाहे वह दलित हो, गैर दलित हो, अल्पसंख्यक हो, आदिवासी हो, महिला हो, छात्र हो, नौजवान हो सभी का स्वतंत्र सोच, व्यवहार, चाहत, जरुरतें, मांगे, अधिकार सब खतरे मे है और आप जब इनके सोच और व्यवहार से असहमति रखते हैैं तो आपको देशद्रोही घोषित कर, आपको मारना, जला देना इनका अधिकार हो गया है। देशवासियों जागो, हम इनके कानून को नहीं मानते। हम अपने देश के संविधान और अपने देश के गौरवशाली संघर्ष और उपलब्धियों की परंपरा को मानते हैं जो हमें अन्याय के खिलाफ लडने की प्रेरणा देती है। इसलिए अपने देश को बचाने के लिए आगे बढें और वैसी विध्वंसक विचारधारा और संगठनों के खातमें का संखनाद करें।
छत्तीसगढ़ में जगदलपुर कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी के औफिस पर हुये हमले की पुरजोर निन्दा करते हुए... जागो देशवासियों जागो, ये स
Ritesh Aggarwal agreed with a discussionOct, 20 2016

life spirit

जीवन तो अपने दम पर जीई जाती है,
दूसरों के दम पे तो जनाजे हीं उठते हैं।।
Ritesh Aggarwal started a new discussionOct, 19 2016

Do Most Indian Scientists and Leaders Lack Scientific Temper and the Spirit of Enquiry?

India has not produced any Nobel Prize winner in science in the last 85 years — largely because of the lack of a scientific environment in the country Jawaharlal Nehru coined the term ‘scientific temper’ in his book The Discovery of India, which was published in 1946. He was also the President of the Association of Scientific Workers of India (ASWI), which was registered as a Trade Union, and with which I was closely associated with in the 1940s and the early 1950s. (This may be the only example of a Prime Minister of a democracy being the President of a Trade Union.) One of the objectives of ASWI was to propagate scientific temper. It was very active in the beginning, but fizzled out by the 1960s as the bulk of scientists in the country, including many who were occupying high positions, were themselves not committed to scientific temper which calls for rationality, reason and lack of belief in any dogma, superstition or manifest falsehood.
India has not produced any Nobel Prize winner in science in the last 85 years — largely because of the lack of a scientific environment in the country Jawaharlal Nehru coined the term ‘scientific temper’ in his book The Discovery of India, which was published in 1946. He was also the Presid
A person you follow posted a new opinion on Oct, 02 2016

The Muslim Personal Law is supposed to protect Women from discriminatory customary laws, but is very ineffective. Why does religion decide come over Law?

Vassal Shergil had posted

Since these laws are unwritten in nature, they led to different interpretation by different Ulemas, Muslim Trusts, etc. Thus codification would ensure that there would no



Diversity in muslim demography having different pasts so the different customs and traditions have led to different interpretations of these personal laws causing huge dissent between the victimized muslim women and their patriarchal community. Muslim women groups have been demanding for codification Muslim Personal law as it will help in articulating contentious interpretations of the personal law.This enacting of law based on just Islamic framework will not help in endorsing muslim women's Quranic rights but also their rights as Indian citizens.

Diversity in muslim demography having different pasts so the different customs and traditions have led to different interpretations of these personal laws causing huge dissent between the victimized muslim women and their patriarchal community. Muslim women groups have been demanding for codificatio

A person you follow posted a new opinion on Oct, 01 2016

Visiting Mars and having a colony there are two very separate dreams, Settling there seems to be a story for the investors not a vision

Albert had posted

For some reason, human space travel is seen as a zero sum game by you lot, we spend money on space instead of on feeding the poor, apparently. We spend a lot more on po



Sorry but I have to disagree. What has space travel actually spawned industries. It did not create computers, the Internet nor the materials that is uses. I will safely say we will no be on Mars in six years. Just I'd say no man will step on the moon by the end of this decade. This year I think is the 50th year since man stepped on the moon.

Sorry but I have to disagree. What has space travel actually spawned industries. It did not create computers, the Internet nor the materials that is uses. I will safely say we will no be on Mars in six years. Just I'd say no man will step on the moon by the end of this decade. This year I think is t

Ritesh Aggarwal posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 27 2016

One reason Indian Colleges are not the best in the world is the immense focus on Politics

Politics at universities should be a matter of concern for a different reason as the new class of poltical leaders at university level have direct relationship with national and state level political parties and thus they are also being affected by the parochial political rhetoric of caste , religion , class , regional ,ethnic and various other kind of identity politics. This does not augur well for a nation where new generation of political leaders are supposed to bring about a productive and forward looking transformation in national and regional political discourses. But it is surely not the factor for our low ranking in World’s Top Universities List.

Politics at universities should be a matter of concern for a different reason as the new class of poltical leaders at university level have direct relationship with national and state level political parties and thus they are also being affected by the parochial political rhetoric of caste , religio
Ritesh Aggarwal disagreed with a discussionSep, 26 2016

A manager's role in football is over-hyped.

With Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Conte and Wenger the Premier League has without a doubt become the most competitive and watchable league in the world. But when you see the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Dortmund during their games, the gulf in class is almost embarrassing. The Premier League teams are nowhere close to that level. With such teams being managed by far less experienced managers such as Luis Enrique, Zidane and Tuchel, one can't help but wonder how big really is the role of a manager? Maybe it's just having a good enough personality to act as an enabler between great players in a squad.
With Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Conte and Wenger the Premier League has without a doubt become the most competitive and watchable league in the world. But when you see the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Dortmund during their games, the gulf in class is almost embarrassing. The Premier League t
Ritesh Aggarwal agreed with a discussionSep, 21 2016

Exploitation of resources in Tibet will affect India badly in the future. Nationalist Indians should fight for Tibet to protect their own interest.

Supporting Tibet is in India's interest. The Chinese have been building dams over rivers that flow down to India; openly supporting Pakistan and opposing India in international forums.

By bringing Tibet to limelight like Balochistan, India can play a masterstroke.

Ritesh Aggarwal posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 16 2016

Home schooling should be encouraged in India to provide better education to children

Its a great idea as the coursework,content etc can be designed based on the needs and level of understanding of students. It allows student to innovate and helps in creative thinking by going beyond defined contours of learning. In the process discourages rote learning. Also it puts a lot less stress on already stressed education system. Here the parents takes ups the responsibility to guide.

Its a great idea as the coursework,content etc can be designed based on the needs and level of understanding of students. It allows student to innovate and helps in creative thinking by going beyond defined contours of learning. In the process discourages rote learning. Also it puts a lot less stres
Ritesh Aggarwal agreed with a discussionSep, 13 2016

Dictatorship failed because of people who came to power not because it is flawed as a concept.

Usually when I hear about a dictator I think of someone that's power hungry and always ends up hurting the people in some way. Has there ever been a dictator that was somewhat nice or made really good decisions that benefited the people?

Ritesh Aggarwal agreed with an opinion onSep, 13 2016

The perception of human being in Qur'an is of the best creation which is imperfect at the same time. Isn't this a bit confusing?

Animesh Kumar had posted

Yes, I agree that human beings are best creation but they are incomplete till they realize this very fact and have control over their desires and surrender to God. Human



Ritesh Aggarwal agreed with an opinion onSep, 13 2016

What would it be like if Tibet became independent?

Pavan had posted

The Tibetans would have to start paying taxes since apparently they don't and the Central Government compensates for it, around 90% of their expenditure. They would l



Ritesh Aggarwal disagreed with a discussionSep, 13 2016

"Saudi Arabia and Iran accuse each other of not really being Muslim". 'Religion above all' mentality has to be challenged.

'Religion above all' not a islam-centered phenomenon but at the core nature of all the religions. Although its obnoxiously prominent in current interpretation of Islam. This school of thought have just placed some muslims against the world but, is also now placing muslims against muslims. Protagonists are trying to convey a message that one is either a protagonist of god or one is a kafir. Its high time Muslims stand up to their own biggest enemies, that is (mis)interpreters of Islam.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/07/saudi-arabi-and-iran-accuse-each-other-of-not-really-being-muslim/

'Religion above all' not a islam-centered phenomenon but at the core nature of all the religions. Although its obnoxiously prominent in current interpretation of Islam. This school of thought have just placed some muslims against the world but, is also now placing muslims against muslims. Protagoni
Ritesh Aggarwal agreed with an opinion onSep, 13 2016

"India would be more than half a century late for the global education commitment” reports UNESCO. What exactly went wrong?

Shashank Sharma had posted

Currently I am taking a tour of UP for documenting UNICEF's work with the Polio vaccine in UP. One of the highlights of my trip has been learning about how the government



A person you follow posted a new opinion on Sep, 10 2016

Have been reading 'Mein Kampf'. Hitler could have been propagated as a hero, a nationalist.


I'm not defending Hitler, but the USSR, China and North-Korea also had concentration camps. Stealing someones freedom is a crime itself already.



"Death camps" v. camps is a rather different thing. Stealing someone's freedom is evil, but taking someone's life is more so. Deliberately and systematically taking lives is considered significantly more evil in all criminal contexts than killing people because you are a nutcase.
There is a difference in Mao's killing of millions of Chinese people because he couldn't run an economy and believed that his way was better, and Hitler's very deliberate and targeted killing of millions of people who were non-German, because he wanted them dead.

"Death camps" v. camps is a rather different thing. Stealing someone's freedom is evil, but taking someone's life is more so. Deliberately and systematically taking lives is considered significantly more evil in all criminal contexts than killing people because you are a nutcase. There is a differe

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