Why does Republicans’ Outrage on the Pope Reminds One of Henry VIII?

Henry VIII's love for Catholicism during his early years was undeniable but when in May of 1533, his love life collided with the religious dictum of his time that flowed from the Church in Rome, his opposition to the Pope and the Roman Church was fierce.  For a simple belief in Papal authority, hundreds and thousands were burnt alive, tortured in the most unbelievable ways.  If belief is predicated on faith, then how could it take a u-turn so terribly inhuman?  Because belief is never sincere.  I … [Read more...]

Toupee or Not Toupee


Most of the World's leaders have some extremely complex issues to tackle with.  How to fight poverty, get the economy on track, hackers starting a national security crisis.  But there is one Presidential hopeful in the US - and if he can do what he has done, may be the most powerful man in the world - has a unique problem at hand.  Rather on his head.  His hair!Everyone thinks Donald Trump wears such an outrageous head of hair that surely nature couldn't do such an unaesthetic job on itself f … [Read more...]

Republican Conundrum: The Only Benchmark of Belief is Fanaticism

If belief in one and only ideal and ideology is the sine qua non of one’s identity, then how does one evaluate one’s progress or worth versus others?If you have heard or read anything, you will understand that whatever you “gather” of what you have heard or read is not what was actually said or written – but your interpretation of that.  You interact with the world through the prisms and windows of your own prejudices and paradigms.Now let’s go back to our question above.  If there is one … [Read more...]

Lessons from Indian Caste System and the US Presidential Race


Everyone has got India's Caste System completely wrong.  Castes - the four:  Brahman (teacher/intellectual), Kshatriya (fighter/Law Enforcement), Vaishya (Businessman/Trader) and Shudra (Blue-collar worker) - have been prevalent in every society in all times.  Never has a society existed without these four predominant roles and people who fall in these categories broadly.  Some straddle, but mostly these are the four inherent vocational tendencies that people perform.The scourge of Caste Sys … [Read more...]

Netanyahu’s Horrible Mistake on Iran and History of Proliferation via China and Pakistan


In mid-1980s, Abdul Qadeer (AQ) Khan - Pakistan's infamous Nuclear scientist - provided the design for the P-1 (P stands for Pak) nuclear plant to Iran.  A plant that contained 5,832 P1 centrifuges in 38 individual cascades, four sets of cascades would be producing enriched uranium in stages up to weapon-grade.  Iran called these IR-1.  The plant was built in Iran with parts smuggled through the networks.   For example, in 2002, B.S.A. Tahir - AQ Khan's protege - was using SMB Computers as a cove … [Read more...]

Yearly Socio-Economic Predictions for India, Pakistan and US


Every year, at Drishtikone, we analyze the coming year for three nations - Indian, US, and Pakistan.  In my view, for our purposes, these three nations are very important.  One, because it is the Indian perspective that this blog shows while discussing and talking of Hinduism.  US, because it is the most important country in the world.  And Pakistan because it is the nation that had had and will have far reaching consequences for the region and the world.This year, I wanted to use this video … [Read more...]

How Republicans (America’s “Poor man’s Pakistan Army”) can bring down American Democracy


Flexible and just systems and societies always have two types of social contract - Laws (that you have to abide by as per the letter) and Traditional Guidelines (that aren't set in letter but abided by in spirit).  Democracy is a system that needs both.  But more than the rigid written laws, it needs all the governing arms to understand and carry on the tradition of the spirit of the foundational social contract.Many a times, a democratic country gets corrupt and bad rulers.  Countries where … [Read more...]

CNBC’s Joe Kernen engages in Racial slurs on Squawk Box

Joe Kernen mimicking the Indian Accent

Recently - on Sept 20th - Reserve Bank of India (India's Central Bank) raised the interest rates to combat rampant inflation in India.  That came up during the discussion on Currencies on CNBC's Squawk Box.  Co-hosts Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin started discussing, where Becky even said she had some Rupees in her purse from her last visit to India.  And, then Joe Kernen gets on with his mimicry act on Indians and jokes about the 7 Eleven's.Becky does try to shut his racial … [Read more...]