Further to yesterday’s reports in the papers that a symposium was held in Patna about the effects of global warming on Bihar, there are many measures in addition to the one’s suggested by the politicians, or at least the ones reported in the papers, that would improve the people’s ability to cope with the effects, including the one I have been mentioning many times, namely reform of the money system. If politicians really had the interests of Biharis at heart they would not continue with the present money system that causes climate change and jobless growth, in other words, poverty.

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It was really heartening to learn that UAE schools have started teaching Moral Education subject from this academic year. The national initiative, originally announced in 2016, deserves all the praise from all those who know how significant and productive it is to include Moral Education in school level curriculum. The initiative signifies the foresightedness and concern of state-of-the-art UAE establishment for its future generation.

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Democracy is the best form of governance, more so, because the significant part of this form of government is: it is of the people, by the people and for the people. Essentially it is a government comprised of common people chosen by common people.

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The other day someone asked me to explain why high interest rates are no good for the Indian economy. The same day another friend in a discussion about money laughed at the outright absurdity of economists pretending to understand banking and investment. Finally, there is the fun and games of the fascinating new use of the term de-growth in the newspapers.

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Rocky Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav.

On 31 August 2017, after nearly sixteen months, a judicial court in the district of Gaya, delivered a judgment holding Rocky Yaday, a young son of former legislator-parents, guilty of murdering another young motorist on the road. The fault of the assassinated man was that he reportedly overtook the Land Rover Rocky was riding along with the two more accomplices.

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हिंदी-दिवस अथवा हिंदी-सप्ताह आदि मनाने के दिन निकट आ रहे हैं। सरकारी कार्यालयों में, शिक्षण-संस्थाओं में, हिंदी-सेवी संस्थाओं आदि में हिंदी को लेकर भावपूर्ण भाषण व व्याख्यान, निबन्ध-प्रतियोगिताएं, कवि-गोष्ठियां, पुरस्कार-वितरण आदि समारोह धडल्ले से होंगे। मगर प्रश्न यह है कि इस तरह के आयोजन पिछले पैंसठ-सत्तर सालों से होते आ रहे हैं, क्या हिंदी को हम वह सम्मानजनक स्थान दिला सके हैं जिसका संविधान में उल्लेख है?

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भारत के भीड़ तंत्र, ख़ास तौर पर अपने गुरुओं पर अपार आस्था रखने वाले श्रद्धालुओं की मानसिकता की थाह लेना सरल कार्य नहीं है। जाने यह सबक इन श्रद्धालुओं ने कहां से सीख लिया है कि दुष्कर्म करने वाले बलात्कारी और कानून द्वारा घोषित अपराधी के पक्ष में खड़े हो जाओ, आगजनी और उपद्रव करो और सत्ता को चुनौती दो। भर्त्सना अथवा निंदा करने के बजाय अपराधी के पक्ष में उतरो और सामाजिक मूल्यों और न्याय-प्रक्रिया की धज्जियां उड़ाओ।

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A railway bookstall in India.

बहुत पहले की बात है. सम्भवतः १९८० के आसपास की. मेरी पुस्तक ‘कश्मीर की श्रेष्ठ कहानियां’ राजपाल एंड संस, दिल्ली से छप रही थी. मेरा पोस्टिंग तब नाथद्वारा (उदयपुर) में था. समय निकाल कर मैं दिल्ली आया. राजपाल एंड संस में उस समय हिंदी का काम महेंद्र कुलश्रेष्ठजी देखते थे. मेरी पाण्डुलिपि के बारे में बातचीत हो जाने के बाद हम दोनों के बीच ‘पुस्तक-प्रेम’को लेकर चर्चा चली.

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The earth is now in the era of full-blown runaway climate change. Extreme weather events like in Bihar are affecting 10 million people in one shot in several regions of the world simultaneously. Land use change caused by capitalist farming practices and natural resource exploitation combined with feedbacks from the climate system are speeding up the process exponentially and making the impacts worse every year.

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