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India needs Socrates and Plato more than she needs Buddha and Shankara. I say this not as a form of disrespect to the two great philosophers but because of a felt need to move beyond the confines of Indian Philosophical tradition. Indian Philosophical tradition is a great asset and it is gaining in popularity worldwide.  Ancient India was once prosperous and prosperity gives you more free time and lets you ponder the deeper meaning of life. This explains the rich Philosophical tradition India had. Read more

How to start the journey from our present world of high energy economy to a more local low energy economy will be the vexing question facing humanity. This journey will not be easy but one we will have to make. By the way the world is going now (Aug 2015), peak oil will herald the arrival of more wars and political chaos around the world. Europe is already heading towards an alarming situation with migrants trying to escape poverty in Africa rushing to Europe. This is only going to get worse. Middle East is already burning and in the future Sectarian warfare is sure to increase. It is hard to think that neat theoretically good sounding “solutions” to peak oil will work as easily as it sound. Nevertheless, it is important to explore in a scientific way the best options that are present in front of humanity. This gives us a template for action. Never mind that all this “solution” may seem like Utopian dream in many parts of the world which will be inundated by war. How is one going to implement natural organic farming, biogas, solar energy, rainwater harvesting when bombs are going off everywhere. The greatest threat facing humanity in the future will be political chaos which will make every possible workable solutions unworkable. All the opportunity may get wasted if do not find a way to deal with the political choas that Peak oil may precipitate. How the future will pan out depends on the choices we make. They are solutions out there, but will we allow ourselves to partake of them? Only time will tell. Read More


The generation I belong to grew up in relative prosperity, compared to our forefathers. I know that I don’t speak for the millions who are still in deep poverty, but I do speak for a large fragment of humanity. My father and uncles tell me stories of how they walked 6 kms everyday to school. When I drive my car through the same route today, it does feel surreal that small children had to walk such distances to go to school. My father got a job with government of India around 1970 and he left for Delhi. By that time the route through which my father walked had a bus service. Slowly TVs started to arrive. I think that is the 1980s. The world around became richer and richer. Then cars started arriving in India and now it is a Middle class fixture. So there was a steady development. By the arrival of 21st century we had the internet and all the goodies with it.  Read more....

The world is drifting from one crisis to another with political, economic and social decline becoming increasingly evident everywhere. The states of Libya, Syria, Egypt etc are collapsing, with Ukraine recently added to the list. The world is facing the threat of depletion of fossil fuels with oil becoming increasing difficult to extract. Along with the threat of depletion of fossil fuels we are witnessing a growing gap between the rich and the poor along with loss of biodiversity and environmental degradation. To make matter worse we have a growing population in the backdrop of climate change fueled by runaway fossil fuel use. As citizens we feel powerless to do anything about it. We think, quite justifiably, that these are too big problems for mere individuals to solve. Read more ......


If you ask someone about why the world has so much poverty, malnutrition, environmental degradation, social conflicts, wars etc, the answer depends on what the person’s ideological worldview is. If one is a Marxist, the answer is that capitalism causes all this troubles with rich taking more than their fair share. I agree with the Marxists that the world is dangerously unequal. But I am not sure if that is the primary cause of all our troubles. If you asks the educationists, then they will tell you that all problems can be solved if you change the education system. I agree that education system can be changed for the better, but I am not sure whether it will solve all our problems. Read more.....


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