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u/twatavious · 6 pointsr/IndiaSpeaks

I didn't "shift" to anything. My commentary didn't take sides. I'm not "celebrating" anything either. I was agreeing with those claiming that India is dying. Read carefully.

I'm a patient man, but i'm not an educator. What i can do, is give you a few resources. If you want to learn about western foreign policy, feel free to read through the following books.





    They present a different perspective on western governments. I don't completely agree with their moral orientation, but they gave me a more balanced view of the world.

    Lastly, let me give you some advice. I'm only saying this because I like you. I like seeing young people getting involved in politics and holding strong opinions. I prefer a population of opinionated youth than politically apathetic youth. You're setting a good example. I actually like the Aam Aadmi Party.

    On the other hand, if you want to move further in the world of political debate - and i'm sure you will - you have to learn a few basic rules along the way. When you're talking to adults - in real life - you can't block them, you can't ban them, and you definitely can't label them as '< >' and then act like you won the argument. You have to convince them why you're right. And in order to convince others, you have to understand their point of view, instead of instinctively dismissing it.

    The strength of one's ideas isn't known until they're confronted with disagreement. You have to learn how to see the other side. You also have to learn how to disagree. If you don't learn this, you'll fail. All the seniors at NDTV, Ravish Kumar, Prannoy Roy, etc. are good at their jobs because they know what's being said on the other side of the fence. I'm sure they'll give you the same advice. I'm sure you don't wanna read scripts off a prompter for your entire career.

    BTW, i'm open to any debate. If you'd like to debate the question of whether democracy and secularism is most conducive to Indian prosperity, feel free to get me on skype, we can work something out. My only rule is that we speak English. Let me know if you're interested.
u/thisisnotmyrealun · 1 pointr/IndiaSpeaks

>ot differentiation/integration. And modern day calculus has expanded far beyond the rudimentary discoveries of Newton and Leibniz. They only provided the framework. You should give more credit instead to Cauchy, Lagrange, Riemann etc.

& in your mind does that weaken my point?

>Also, apparently, our OP, while conceding classical physics was developed in Europe, claims that quantum physics was actually discovered in ancient India. Which he has yet to show proof of.

i'm not making that point.
just saying that indian discovery was not non existent nor education system poor.
europeans had the wealth & relative security to make

>The Indian Golden Age really ended around 700-800 CE but I'll be generous and push it to 1200 CE. After that, innovation in math/science wise, the subcontinent continued to decline compared to Western Europe before taking the final nosedive in the 1800s. High GDP at the time was due to proto-industrialisation under Mughals and a large number of natural resources.

not at all.
the mongols only had hindusthan region under control, southern india was just as rich & continued to import in tonnes of silver & minerals due to their main export-fine cloth.
mongol rule was waning & there was a series of prolonged wars so of course that region may not have had as much money devoted to scientific endeavours but the region was still relatively rich nonetheless.
indian laborers were richer & worked less than their european counterparts in the 1800s.
industrialization occurred as per the needs of the region, europe had little resources & had to resort to coal whereas india had plenty of fuel sources still.

u/Bernard_Woolley · 2 pointsr/IndiaSpeaks

A harmonica for a two year old? She wouldn't know what to do with it. How about a couple of nice books instead? Little Blue Truck and Giraffes Can't Dance are both superb.

Or, like /u/genome_rants suggests, a nice xylophone.

u/hindu-bale · 6 pointsr/IndiaSpeaks

> I see what you are getting at -

I'm unconvinced of arguments involving game theory and utilitarianism. Although, it's easy to latch on to them. Going down a path of "articulated objectivism" in a world dominated by new atheists touting Science as above morality and philosophizing, there isn't much else to fall back on. So I understand why one might want to base their arguments such.

My own break from this approach involved (1) reading "The Evolution of Cooperation", which is as Game Theory and Dawkins as it gets, with its thesis based almost entirely on computer simulation, then simultaneously reading (2) Greg Mankiw's piece on "When the Scientist is Also a Philosopher", which to me was largely an admission from a top Economist, then finally (3) reading Jonathan Haidt's "The Righteous Mind" that showed me the possibility of an entirely alternate perspective. Particularly impactful were his citing of Fehr & Gachter's Altruistic Punishment in Humans, his case about Kant and Bentham being autistic - implying they weren't socially capable of understanding how people actually functioned in social settings, and his takedown of the New Atheists including Dawkins.

> in part rhetorical :)

Yes, in part, the other part being sincerely open to being convinced otherwise :) .

> I think there is so much more that ails the legal system today

What do you believe ails the legal system?

To me, Dharma is at the least evolved for India, in comparison to Western canonical law. Dharma is still well embedded in our cultural consciousness, we grow up on stories involving Dharma. If you're thinking in terms of Schelling points, Dharma should be an obvious solution to many of India's societal woes. It is at the least far more intuitive for us Hindus. Western legalese on the other hand is mostly about being "technically correct" "as per the law". Maybe it works for the West, probably because it bakes in their Schelling points, but I don't see how it's good for India.

Of course I'm not suggesting overhauling legal vocabulary, but instead, dumping vocabulary altogether. Being technically correct is not the same as being correct. Subjective judgements should be acceptable. The Western legal system, for all its rhetoric about living "by the rule of law", never got around subjective judgement of judges.

u/Unkill_is_dill · 2 pointsr/IndiaSpeaks

For headphones, I recommend anything by Sennheiser. I bought a rather cheap one for 700Rs and yet, it works like a charm.


u/shrikanth_krish · 4 pointsr/IndiaSpeaks

On Dravidianism: I did a long thread on this once. Shared below. That perhaps sums up my thoughts on the subject -

In terms of new trends : I am not that close to TN politics. In general I see Tamil chauvinism declining, as it has over the past several decades. The secessionist impulse is mostly dead today, unlike in the 50s. The anti-brahminism which characterized the movement during its early phase is a non-issue today.

On India's economic growth: 5 Trillion I think requires 12% nominal growth over 5 years. I dont see that as an unreasonable goal. It can be achieved with 7-8% real growth sustained over 5 years. We haven't been too far away from that last several years. But to sustain 8% growth over a long period requires structural reforms, and a much healthier financial sector, which has been beset with NPA problems.

On a broader note, some questions have been raised on the reliability of GDP numbers, most recently by Arvind Subramanian, who found poor correlation between the growth numbers and key micro-economic indicators in specific industries. That requires more investigation I think

On history books: I am not that well read on the Aryan question. Much of the debate on that topic is politically motivated and unreliable. Also it is an evolving area what with new genetic research. I think Edwin Bryant had a good book on the origins of Vedic culture -

I haven't read it, though I recommend Bryant based on some of his other work - especially on Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Bhagavata Purana

u/brien23 · 2 pointsr/IndiaSpeaks

I concur and wanted to say this. Generating employment - should never be the only consideration before initiating a project of such magnitude. Puhlease. We must take into account the "opportunity cost" of such project as well.

read 'economics in one lesson' by Henry Hazlitt.

Given that you might not have that book available to you I am copy-pasting certain section to help you understand the vacuity of the argument they are putting forward:

>A bridge is built. If it is built to meet an insistent public demand, if it solves a traffic problem or a transportation problem otherwise insoluble, if, in short, it is even more necessary than the things for which the taxpayers would have spent their money if it had not been taxed away from them, there can be no objection. But a bridge built primarily "to provide employment" is a different kind of bridge. When providing employment becomes the end, need becomes a subordinate consideration. “Projects” have to be invented. [..] Those who doubt the necessity are dismissed as
obstructionists and reactionaries. [..]

>If the bridge costs $1,000,000 the taxpayers will lose $1,000,000. They will have that much taken away from them which they would otherwise have spent on the things they needed most. Therefore for every public job created by the bridge project a private job has been destroyed somewhere else.

>[..] They are the jobs destroyed by the $1,000,000 taken from the taxpayers. All that has happened, at best, is that there has been a diversion of jobs because of the project. More bridge builders; fewer automobile workers, radio technicians, clothing workers, farmers.

>[Suppose,] The bridge exists. It is, let us suppose, a beautiful and not an ugly bridge. [..] They can see the bridge. But if they have taught themselves to look for indirect as well as direct consequences they can once more see in the eye of imagination the possibilities that have never been allowed to come into existence. [..] The same reasoning applies, of course, to every other form of public work.

This statue will NOT address any insistent public demand or solve a problem or even yield revenue unless they imposed a cost on the entry to the memorial (Ticket system). Even then it will take 3 or more decades just to recover the manufacturing cost, let alone security, maintenance cost and the opportunity cost. This project is more than likely to be glorious-looking white elephant. Maybe fishermen will like it.

u/epiphany8 · 2 pointsr/IndiaSpeaks

I read the other comments looks like you guys are talking about reading lord of light. I haven't read that book though. I was talking about Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

Anyway I started AG in 2014, back then I was into non-fiction big time..I gave it a try to see if it was worth the hype. Nope. It went on a supernatural turn. Gave up.

So I looked up Lord of light



Maybe it helps you...I am not interested though.

u/PARCOE · 1 pointr/IndiaSpeaks

> I never said that scientific temperament came from ideology, society and it's boost allowed it.

But how is that different? You are not making any sense here. Just because a land is privileged doesn't mean that automatically create an environment of scientific advancements and learning. There is an ideology which needs to acknowledge the importance of the sciences not only did Hinduism accept that knowledge but it incorporated it and made it the paramount of human achievement.


> The author has used unproved anecdotes as references. Great. Tesla may have studied philosophy, but deriving something as mass energy equivalence from that, fuck no. Faulty article. And plus Tesla was inventor, rather than a scientist. There is a difference.

Right, and I haven't seen any sources from you stating how Hinduism is NOT scientific.


>No references in the article. Lol. Man, you do understand how to judge a reliable article or not? Some bloke has written this article, provided no references to what he is stating, and you are using that flawed article to assert your opinion.

It is a well-known fact that Schrodinger was well versed in Vedas and Upanishads.

There are many autobiographies on Erwin Schrodinger in one such autobiography author Walter Moore writes (Schrodinger: Life and Thought, 172) "Schrodinger says: "This is what Brahman expresses with the holy, mystical, and yet actually so clear and simple formula "Tat Twam Asi--This thou art" or also with such words as "I am in the East and in the west, I am below and I am above, I am this entire world"."


> Or maybe won't, it's pointless, it's about religion, irrelevant

Ok, again you are not open to the possibility that Indian ideology could actually be scientific and you are just stuck to those primitive ideas of religion and how they are backward.

u/dhatura · 6 pointsr/IndiaSpeaks

Chutia has some new book out - make sure to give it a rating on Amazon or other sites.

u/abhi8192 · 2 pointsr/IndiaSpeaks

>Psychology is never an exact science but it takes clues from every aspect of your brain

No. Experiments are designed to study a specific behaviour and thus are studied. But that's not the cavet I have. The problem is with pop science writers who make it sound like it is so simple when it actually is not. When you will read actual papers which gave those conclusions, you would find how extremely dependent on many factors their results are(and most mention that). This book is a good example of this trend. It starts with saying that it is not easy to know even for experts whether a person is a sociopath or not, but later from time to time gives handy tools to general public to find out whether someone they know is a sociopath or not.

> but it takes clues from every aspect of your brain and then creates a map of your thoughts.

That map thingy is neurobiology, not psychology.

u/CasualParticipant · 1 pointr/IndiaSpeaks

Yeah, there's a book written by Matthew W. Mosca which explained how in the Qing dynasty, Chinese tried to woo the Indians to band together to fight against the British but eventually gave up and came to view Indians with contempt as they are no different than "load-carrying donkeys" as the 红头阿三 ah-sans let themselves be enslaved and be so subservient to the British without wanting to put up a fight.

Similar stories happened with the Malays and other South East Asian natives like the Burmese in how they tried to form an alliance with the Indians and eventually failing because of their loyalty to their White British colonizers ended up contributing a lot to that Anti-Indian dehumanization and Indians/South Asians being viewed as "pariahs that don't belong" post World War 2 for many decades up to this day.

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