Sunday, October 11, 2009

To live in peace and harmony

Another bomb blast, another act of violence... Who are these people? What do they want? How do we react to them? Who are terrorists? What do they look like? What will they do next? These are natural questions.

Terrorists are people just like you and me, but the big difference is that they don’t think or behave like we do.

Something in their mind has become very twisted and gone very wrong. They look at the world through hate-filled eyes. They have been taught to get what they want through violence. They use guns and bombs to hurt people and make them afraid. They try to disrupt a normal way of life so that we won’t go out, schools and shops will be forced to close. They think that we will live in fear and so do what they tell us to do.

Terrorists are selfish, destructive and uncaring about ordinary people. They do not want everyone to live in peace and harmony. They want to destroy the good way of life for normal people. They use and teach violence. They attract many young people by promising them a ‘new, better world’ than the one we live in now. But, they cannot keep that promise.

A new and better world can only be built through a peaceful way of life, education and good health for everyone, and justice.

We must remember that not all people from religious or political groups are terrorists. Mostly, they are peace loving people like you and me. They are good, kind people just like your mother and father.

Although you are young, you can learn to fight terrorism. Do not use violence against anyone. Treat everyone with respect and kindness.

In every situation, choose the peaceful way. Never join any group that teaches violence. Instead join groups which teach peaceful living

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Revolution for Green

What was the green revolution? After the end of World War II, there was widespread shortage of food grains in many parts of the world. Famine seemed imminent. As a response there was a spurt in the use of research and technology in agriculture. The Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and other major agencies funded the effort. The result was an increase in the production of food grains which has been termed “The green Revolution”. This happened between the 1940s and 1960s.

When India gained its independence it had no food grain reserves. It had experienced one of its worst famines in Bengal in 1943. Food security was of the greatest importance. It was in this context Sri. C. Subramanian, the Union Minister of Agriculture in 1965, turned to the green revolution.

He introduced high yielding varieties in India and was assisted by Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, a plant genetist. Subramanian took the initiative to import 18,000 tons of wheat seeds. Politicians, bureaucrats and scientists worked together to make the green revolution a success. Model farms and District Block Development offices were created. The Indian Council for Agricultural Research was reorganized.

Food grain production increased from 50.8 million tons in 1950 to 201.8 million tons in 2000. India was able to pay back its loans to the World Bank

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

About Shakespeare

Shakespeare is considered to be the world’s best playwright. Through his 37 plays and 154 sonnets he gave English literature, a new face. The themes of his plays are universal and they stand still today as a moral guidance to all sorts of people. There are so many playwrights and sonneteers before and after Shakespeare, helped in the improvement of English literature with their Magnum-opus, but no one can compete Shakespeare. Shakespeare just borrowed the plot for his plays from Greek and Latin literature, and gave his audience in a new form. This we can call as Shakespeare’s specialty.

His plays can be divided into comedies, tragedies, romances, history plays and Roman plays. His comedies are the package of entertainment and tragedies helped in the purgation of souls. In his plays he gave equal importance to women characters. They will be the important cause in the development of the play. He portrayed women both good and evil characters like Ophelia, Desdemona, Miranda, Emilia were innocent, whereas Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra acted greedy and vice, and made the play a tragedy.

“Love is not love which alters when alteration finds”

These lines from his sonnet, is an simple example to show the efficiency, the use of language of Shakespeare. This is not only for his Elizabethan audience but also for people till doom’s day

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Spirit of kolu

During Navarathri, people arrange kolus which usually follow mythological stories. If you’ve been inside temples, you would have seen that the walls have many grand sculptures of gods and godessess. we can see the arts of marriages of the gods, like Siva and Parvathi, Durga destroying the demon Mahisha and more.

During Navarathri, people bring these themes into their homes by keeping kolus. A kolu can be really grand with 11 steps depicting the stories of gods and godesses. this began started from story of birth of Krishna and his destruction of the evil snake Kaliya. we can see the gods in the top steps and idols of sages and saints, after the gods then while coming lower down, we can see scenes of local life people in markets, at weddings and so on.

Women get together and sing songs. This is a time when people of the community visit each others’ homes. Those who are too shy to sing in front of others cannot get away!