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Sparta is winning, Athens is losing. Again.

In International Geo-Politics, Politics, Society on July 2, 2010 at 00:11

I wonder if in a 1000 years, USA will be seen in the same light as ancient Sparta is today – an aggressive, militarist state.

As the only state amongst its contemporaries where the politics and economy were so influenced by the armed forces, the gun lobby/NRA and the military-industrial complex.

A state remembered  more for its destruction of Communism as a politico-military force and the wars it waged against violent Islamists, than for its accomplishments in advancement of technology, arts & culture.

No, I do not intend to imply that Communism at its peak was akin to the greatness of Athens, nor am I comparing the Islamists to ancient Persians.

What I’m saying that the USA, with its vast entrepreneurial energies, its massive natural & human resources and its long lasting peace on the homeland could have easily surpassed ancient Athens as a symbol of advancement of civilisation. Instead, ever so often, it shows its ugly side which is more Sparta than Athens. And lately, Sparta seems to be winning over Athens.

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Our politicians’ professions

In Education, Management & Leadership, Nation, Observations, Deductions and Feelings, Politics on May 28, 2009 at 02:39

Read this article in Economist a few weeks back about the professions of politicians around the world. India, a graph showed, had around 25% lawyers in the ministerial pool (cabinet ministers and ministers-of-state) in the last government.

Now, from last Saturday’s TO, here’s the breakup of qualifications for the first 19 Cabinet ministers sworn in:

Politicians ProfessionMore than half of them with qualifications in Law! I’m sure this would be diluted a bit after we incude the additional 59 inductees being sworn in tomorrow. However, even then it seems too skewed a ratio.

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Hope in disappointment

In Nation, Politics on May 22, 2009 at 21:42

The UPA has won.
The markets have managed to sustain their largest 1-day jump ever.
Hope is ruling and I’m hoping it succumbs to the demon of reality. In the disappointment that would arise, is the true hope for our nation.
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Economist on Pakistan

In International Geo-Politics, Nation, Politics, Quotes on March 17, 2009 at 04:08

Economist.com writes:

At least partly at his behest, on February 25th the Supreme Court disqualified Mr Sharif and his brother, Shahbaz, Punjab’s chief minister, from holding public office. Mr Zardari then dismissed the province’s legislature and declared president’s rule in Punjab. Given that he—an ethnic Sindhi, like most of his coterie of advisers—is especially unpopular in Punjab, this was always likely to cause unrest.

Good to see someone seeing the disturbances across the border with the same angle as me.
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