President and Statues
Sir, It is great that President Abdul Kalam has declined to
open statues and portraits of leaders. Instead he feels that the best
tribute to them will be to undertake developmental
work like setting up educational institutions.
Anyone who desires a statue for himself/herself or for any one he/she
admires should read ‘Ozymandias’ by P.B.Shelley, which I quote
"I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert...
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings.
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains; round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’’
Professor Emeritus, Sona College of Technology,
Salem 636 005
Why neglect IT in North Karnataka
Sir, This is with reference to report, 'IT firms plan ventures in Mysore, Mangalore' in DH (6th Nov 2004). With its pleasant weather throughout the year, vast pool of scientific and technical manpower (the density of excellent educated manpower is in Bangalore, compared to any other metros in India), good law and order system, low crime rate, excellent R&D facilities, so on and so forth, Bangalore is attracting Foreign Direct Investment from countries like USA, South Korea, Germany, UK, Japan and others.
No wonder, Bangalore is today a storehouse of nearly 300 MNC’s, mainly in knowledge based industries and other technology driven. The rest of the state, with few pockets of industries, has not been able to catch up with
Today Bangalore is over crowded, and the infrastructural facilities have gone from bad to worse. Creating more Bangalores in Karnataka is really a good idea. At least Bangalore won’t end up becoming like Mumbai, with high density of population, over-crowding, slums and underworld problems. Bangalore has been a peaceful place all these years and let it remain so.
But my point is, why neglect other parts of Karnataka, especially the northern districts of Raichur, Bidar, Gulbarga? It is true that the weather is very hot in these
regions. But the government can initiate with small scale software and manufacturing units to support local talent. It shouldn’t happen that the whole of Karnataka comes to Bangalore one fine day!
Hubli-Dharwad-Belgaum region too has tremendous potential for software development. Why can’t foreign investors, even indigenous companies like Infosys and Wipro take steps in this direction? Thus, regional imbalance and digital divide can be brought down to a great extent. If there is some development, there would be no call for separate state of North Karnataka districts.
Shankaracharya’s arrest and aftermath.
Sir, The new millennium and the twenty first century is not for religious preaching. True religiousness and spirituality is always in “here and now” domain; it is purely secular and has nothing to do with so-called established religions, sects and heads. Life is like a river that is spontaneous, instant and erratic too, but you can not dictate it.
I find Osho’s words in his book, Sermons in Stones, more apt in the present context: “I am against all religions because I am for religiousness, and religions are barriers to creating a humanity with a quality of religiousness. A Christian in not needed, nor a Hindu, nor a Mohammedan. These are the barriers to religious progress.”
“What is needed is truthfulness, sincerity, silence, lovingness … a life of joy, playfulness … a life of deep search, inquiry into one’s consciousness. And these qualities have nothing to do with Christianity or Judaism or Jainism or Buddhism.”
In the wake of the arrest of the Shankaracharya, let us not churn the “sentiments” of religion, but ponder over some spontaneous rationality and wisdom.