A RESPONSE TO NYTIMES EDITORIAL BOARD

COMMENTARY ON NY TIMES articles on IINDIA
Whatever victories Modi has achieved, he did with a majority of votes, and I believe the victory of Modi’s is also India’s democratic victory; and any and all claims to access are the people’s right to enjoy as well. Unlike many countries across the world, India is the largest democracy in the world, comprising 1.24 billion persons of most races and religious views. You have pointed out that Modi himself is behind some decision to interfere with the Muslims in his country, by using Hindu activists on the right. This is absolute rubbish, of which you have no evidence or right to assert.
Then you say that Modi has said that Ancient Indian Medical practices comes from Hindu mythology; once again you are talking without ascertaining the facts and extent to which such a statement may arise. This is somewhat careless on your part; are you journalists or gossip merchants? I wish to remind you that the Surgeon General of the USA is a very brilliant man, Dr.Vivek Muruthy recently appointed by President Obama, and he is Indian (from India), and I view Barack Obama as a man of outstanding ability as a president of the USA.
I will say that Sushma Swaraj was indeed out of order in Parliament to make a statement that the ‘’Gita’’ should be the National Sacred Book in India, ignoring all other sacred books from all other religions in India.(Assuming that is what she meant). You actually admitted that India’s development math and science are impressive, and we are to consider Indian mythology as ’fictional’. I am Hindu, and I respect my religion and what is meant by its mythology.

Yet may I remark that so is Greek Mythology, Judaism and Christianity, for I have not seen a Lazarus rise from the dead, or a belief as so difficult as Noah, who carried representatives of all living creatures on earth in his boat the ‘Ark’. All religions have mythical examples of life to show a lesson to living people. Did Ms Swaraj forget that Dr. Ahmed and Mr. Nehru wrote the constitution of India guaranteeing the secular ( non –religious influences) nature of the people of India; who until today as I know enjoy religious freedoms to worship. Mr. Modi is still inexperienced in the vagaries of Political persons who strive for power.
Indeed Muslims use Christianity and Judaism as a basis of their beliefs, for ‘Allah’ the name of God in Islam, comes from ‘el-alah’, which means the ‘religions of the Christians and Jews’. Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, are all aspects of Hinduism, and this particular religion is a way of life. India is poor, but I see them hard at work rectifying that problem, by the Food Security Act, which should be emulated by all sincere nations; for the right to food, spells the end of poverty.
I would strongly recommend that you apologize for the inaccuracy of your articles to the many Indian nationals around the world, as soon as you can.
Ramesh Sujanani, Kingston Jamaica,
ramsuji78@gmail.com; 876-383-6895 (phone)

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NARROWING INDIA’S HORIZONS; RECONVERSION OF MINORITIES

Two articles appearing in the NY Times in the past week; they concern the possibility that Modi’s Party may reconsider the religious freedom of its Minorities; clearly no account that the right to worship is written within India’s Constitution.

COMMENTARY ON NY TIMES articles on IINDIA
Whatever victories Modi has achieved, he did with a majority of votes, and I believe the victory of Modi’s is also India’s democratic victory; and any and all claims to access are the people’s right to enjoy as well. Unlike many countries across the world, India is the largest democracy in the world, comprising 1.24 billion persons of most races and religious views. You have pointed out that Modi himself is behind some decision to interfere with the Muslims in his country, by using Hindu activists on the right. This is absolute rubbish, of which you have no evidence or right to assert.
Then you say that Modi has said that Ancient Indian Medical practices comes from Hindu mythology; once again you are talking without ascertaining the facts and extent to which such a statement may arise. This is somewhat careless on your part; are you journalists or gossip merchants? I wish to remind you that the Surgeon General of the USA is a very brilliant man, Dr.Vivek Muruthy recently appointed by President Obama, and he is Indian (from India), and I view Barack Obama as a man of outstanding ability as a president of the USA.
I will say that Sushma Swaraj was indeed out of order in Parliament to make a statement that the ‘’Gita’’ should be the National Sacred Book in India, ignoring all other sacred books from all other religions in India.(Assuming that is what she meant). You actually admitted that India’s development math and science are impressive, and we are to consider Indian mythology as ’fictional’. I am Hindu, and I respect my religion and what is meant by its mythology.

Yet may I remark that so is Greek Mythology, Judaism and Christianity, for I have not seen a Lazarus rise from the dead, or a belief as so difficult as Noah, who carried representatives of all living creatures on earth in his boat the ‘Ark’. All religions have mythical examples of life to show a lesson to living people. Did Ms Swaraj forget that Dr. Ahmed and Mr. Nehru wrote the constitution of India guaranteeing the secular ( non –religious influences) nature of the people of India; who until today as I know enjoy religious freedoms to worship. Mr. Modi is still inexperienced in the vagaries of Political persons who strive for power.
Indeed Muslims use Christianity and Judaism as a basis of their beliefs, for ‘Allah’ the name of God in Islam, comes from ‘el-alah’, which means the ‘religions of the Christians and Jews’. Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, are all aspects of Hinduism, and this particular religion is a way of life. India is poor, but I see them hard at work rectifying that problem, by the Food Security Act, which should be emulated by all sincere nations; for the right to food, spells the end of poverty.
I would strongly recommend that you apologize for the inaccuracy of your articles to the many Indian nationals around the world, as soon as you can.
Ramesh Sujanani, Kingston Jamaica,
ramsuji78@gmail.com; 876-383-6895 (phone)

THE SLOPES OF BETHLEHEM

(A CHRISTMAS STORY)

It was just a few days before Christmas, and Abu-Abdul-Mohammed-Raffi sat on the porch of a small abandoned wooden home, in the middle of the of the fauna near to the old village of Artas. He was smoking from the old pipe of hashish he carried, feeling its warmth spreading through his body.
Near to him just north beyond the slope, was the famous town of Old Bethlehem. He might meet friends from Jamaica by the name of Khaleel; they were to have met in Bethlehem years ago, and spend some time together, and they had organized to meet the Arab community in the village and town. It seems that the Jamaican’s ancestors came from this area of Palestine.
He had visited them while he was in Jamaica, when and he had lectured on the faith of Islam. He was expecting them, yet he could not locate them, and he had to wait until the next day to make that connection. Picking up his A-K 47 machine gun, and other small armaments, pistol, explosive plastic, and signal contact, he put them in a corner of the living room. He then settled to sleep; for, there was a 50% chance of action expected to-morrow from his guerrilla activities
But David’s children knew generally where he was, and they would be looking for him by tomorrow. Until then, he had the time.
He heard the crunch of shoes from the right, then from the left, so he quickly picked up the machine-gun, and hid behind the bare wall or against a partition. He said nothing, but just waited for any dialogue.
A voice said ‘ Salaam ’ , a greeting meaning “Peace”. The other voice came a bit later, ‘Shalom”; the language of the Jew, also saying ‘peace.’ Then, “’Shakur”‘ a language common in Iran, and Pakistan. “’Give thanks always”’.
Abu gave credence to his peaceful presence, by crying out “’Salaam, Salaam Alicum’, stepping out from behind the partition.
“’So you also come in peace, Arab; rarely does an Arab come in explicit peace; and what about you, Pakistani? Your Indian brothers always said about you, ’you are treacherous”’.
”Let India say what India wants. Allah knows all. Allah is the One that sits in judgement. But Israel should stop the work on the Bomb, and allow us to live in peace” replies the Pakistani.
‘’ Peace to you Pakistani, it appears that you and your people do not like peace. I wait for my land in a just cause’’, replied the Jew. “’ It is our truth’’
Abu looked at the two men in disbelief. “So are we going to fight it out here? After we wished and offered each other peace, justice, and truth. It is no wonder Allah looks at us in doubt, wondering whether hashish and the desert air drive us to madness.”’
Looking at the Jew, Abu continues, “”Israel, reflect on your words; we all have our God to worship, whatever we think he might be. We all have our beliefs, and our truths. What is truth, is it unchanging? We both have truths, are mine the same as yours?”
Isaac the Jew looks at Abu, the Palestinian; “Truth is what we need to take us from conflict, then after all is said and done, we shall demand our right to live, and the justice of our cause. We have lived on this land for 2000 years, and it is ours.”
“So why did you leave it, Jew?” remarked the Pakistani, Mahmoud, while Abu restocked his pipe, lit the Hashish, and prepared to speak:
“If Justice is what you seek, Jew, consider this: In the course of natural and sincere Justice, none of us shall see salvation, not one. Hence we beseech Allah for mercy, and it is this prayer that teaches us to render the deeds of mercy, and this prayer which shows Allah our natural empathy.
There was some silence after Abu’s comment; Pakistani smoked his cigarette, Isaac took a little book from his body-pack, and was reading it in silence, besides a smoking kerosene lantern. Abu smoked his pipe considering the conversation before, and its unusual turn. It seems we do not always forget the conflicts of our life, and they remain with us until the conclusion of our lives, Abu thought.
Through the window of the house came the sounds from the chapel over the hill, as if they were singing hymns, carols, or sharing a mass. Abu turned to his associates, and said:
“This is the 24th of December, and it is almost Mid-night. I do not believe we are in the mood for sleep. Shall we go up the chapel and see the Mass? It will be something to see, now that, (smirking) we have peace on the table? There is nothing else we can do; and I hope we have a gentleman’s agreement we shall not fight.”
All the men murmured their willingness to go; and they left the quiet comfort of the home walking up to the ridge on which the Chapel rested. As they walked the sounds became louder, and it was clear that almost everyone was singing. Abu thought that when he was a child, he attended many masses, some elaborate, and some that were humble. Looking at the building when they were almost there brought him the concern, that they were all different, from different ideas of life; of similar religions, yet they had to be fighting each other soon, until perhaps they were annihilated.
Yet they were in the company of each other, remarking, conversing, as though they were together a significant amount of time, as friends. There was silence after the Ave Maria was sung, in Latin, and Abu guessed that the Mass or Carolling were finished. No, there was one other carol:
“Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie, above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by; yet in thy dark streets shinneth, the Everlasting Light, the hopes and dreams of all the years are met in thee, to-night.”
That verse he remembered from his childhood, for his inspiration from the Almighty. He stopped and prayed to the God he never knew, and probably would
Never see. Yet his faith remained.
He looked across to the Pakistani, who was also Christian, who signalled that he too, was moved by the carol. Isaac the Jew, also nodded in agreement, for he was in a similar mood of faith. When the carol was completed, and people left the Chapel, it was once again dark, except that the stars seemed especially bright. They walked back to the old house, strangely holding hands, for the faith in Christ was a strong binder of souls. They had some sleep, and in the early morning picked fruit from the pear tree nearby.
The Jew looked at them, and almost laughingly said, “’If you see me in your gun sights, please do not shoot.”’ They all laughed and decided to go in their various directions, Abu toward Bethlehem where he hoped to find his guest. Isaac moved away toward the Jewish border, really not too far. It was a small town.
The Pakistani, and the Iranian comrade, headed south towards Tehran, and the late dawn was empty once again.
What were they fighting for? Abu thought, almost in the town. Who would be likely to win the battle of brothers? The Jews, the Arabs, or the Russians and the Americans, who were all involved, and of course the British. What would they gain except perpetual anarchy? He looked up and at the entrance of a boarding House; he saw his friends and hurriedly paced to catch them.
The Jew was involved in a firefight as soon as the border approached. The Pakistani and his friend caught up with a traffic of soldiers, who gave them a ride to near their destination, and by time they reached Tehran they were tired and hungry.
Who is your friend? Surely Christ is a friend, if you know that he existed. That was the problem: He hardly may be seen, and his people have lost faith. Wars and disbelief was the order of these recent days. Oh judgement, thou are fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason.

(1394 words) Ramesh Sujanani©

THE SQUALLS OVER GLOBAL WARMING

THE SQUALLS OVER GLOBAL WARMING
The Climate/Warming conference in Lima, Peru is just completed, and certain decisions are now made. It seems that both Politicians and scientists have come to a common point of view.
Human emissions of greenhouse gasses have caused the Earth to warm over the past one hundred years. They show that heat absorbed by the earth is not balanced by emissions. There has been no hiatus, or pause, or reduction in heat in the Earth’s surface. (Royal Society thought as before)
The oceans of the Earth shows a gradual increase in heat content redistributed within the contents of the Oceans, layer by layer; and while studies in the past have shown there was no increase in Global Temperature, the reality is that the heat spread through large bodies of water in the Oceans. and made no obvious change. The actual change was 0.5 to 1.0 watts per square meter; and this has continued over many years.

Yet no one seems convinced about the amount of energy being stored in the deep Oceans. The leading theory is that the Pacific winds have produced a temporary position similar to an El Nino, operating from South America to Australia, and is called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). This creates a natural cooling effect in that region, affecting winds, rain and adverse weather, causing temperature instabilities all over the Western Hemisphere

At the start of 2014 the ROYAL SOCIETY (UK) investigated the issue and the science behind Global Warming, with the intent to see that this issue was real and find evidence to prove, since the data supplied was considered insufficient. They found out that Global Warming due to increasing human existence has been has one of the dominant causes, though not the only cause among the totality of possible consequences.
The UN climate conference indicated in Lima, Peru, that they would act to resolve the problems; as they were satisfied with certain conclusions. An agreement for action was then decided by issuance of a protocol, which acknowledges the progress made.
It authorized that the Protocol would be made a legal issue to all parties, ( countries), addressing mitigation, finance, and technology.
They proposed that the parties involved make a financial contribution to maintain the integrity of the protocol. Developed Countries would make a contribution equivalent to one half of one percent of GDP, to the climate funds capital costs. Then those developed countries will donate through the UN, funds to assist developing nations which are unable to find the resources for capital costs.

It is envisaged that sea walls, breakwater walls, upgrades to more efficient power generation plants; energy alternatives, green power applications (renewable energy) will require major capital investment.
It is then hoped that the achievements will produce a reduction in the cost of fossil fuels, i.e. oil, lpg, cng, whether by a total cost reduction, or simply an efficiency in work application. The use of fossil fuels will be reduced, and similarly the amount of greenhouse gas will also be reduced (Methane and Carbon Dioxide), achieving a reduction in Global warming. This is what the theory promises, that by the end of around 2080 we shall be out of danger, and instead, promoted a new discipline in the production of goods and services.
There is one variable omitted in this analysis; markets have already pushed down the price of fossil fuels, and we are in the favourable situation of getting an early incentive.

(576 words.)
©Ramesh Sujanani