Archive for March, 2011
Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 30, 2011
********* संस्कृतमः *********
आयुषः क्षन एकोपि सर्वरत्नैर्न लभते ।
नीयते स वृथा येन प्रमादः सुमाहनहो ॥
********* मराठी मध्ये *********
सर्व रत्ने (महागड्या वस्तू) दिली तरीही आयुष्याचा एक क्षणसुद्धा (वाया घालवलेला) परत मिळत नाही
म्हणून वेळ वाया घालवणे हि घोडचूक आहे.
********* In English *********
Even being ready to give costliest articles to get back (wasted) moment you cant get it. That is why wasting any moment is foolishness
!! जय भारत !!
Posted in Bharat, History, Language, Sanskrit, Thoughts | Tagged: bharat and sanskrit, sanskrit, Sanskrit and India, Sanskrit Proverb, Thoughts in Sanskrit | 1 Comment »
Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 30, 2011
I always wondered about the GM (Genetically Modified) Crop Organisms. Many questions came to my mind, so thought of writing a small and simple article to make a clear understanding of GM:
What is GM Crop Organisms?
Genetic Modification(GM) or Genetic Engineering(GE) are used interchangeably.
In very simple language “GM is insertion/deletion of genes of one living/dead species into another living species.” This has been possible only after discovery of DNA that too in 1973. GM crop plants are created for human and animal consumption using Molecular biology techniques. These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content.
Why to use GM Organisms?
Makes crops insects, pests resistant to increase the yield.
To remove weeds cost-effectively weed-killers are sprayed
Resisting plant diseases due to viruses, fungi and bacteria
To tolerate unexpected frost and reduce the crop loss
Growing plants in more salt content soil and inhospitable land.
To improve the nutrition contents in staple foot.
To have edible vaccines to reduce costs of storage and handling of traditional vaccines.
Cleaning heavy metal population from soil.
Slow softening in tomatoes as they ripen.
How does this GM work?
Pest resistance: One way to modify a plant genome is by inserting genes. For example, introducing a gene from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, which codes for a protein that is toxic to insects, gives plants resistance to insect predation.
Herbicide Tolerance: Plants are made resistant to glyphosate or glufosinate herbicides by introducing DNA from bacteria into their genomes.
Disease Resistance: Modifying genes to resists diseases.
Cold Tolerance: An antifreeze gene from cold water fish has been introduced into plants such as tobacco and potato. With this antifreeze gene, these plants are able to tolerate cold temperatures that normally would kill unmodified seedlings
Drought Tolerance: Creating plants by modifying genes that can withstand long period
Nutrition: Genes from other plants or bacteria are inserted into plant genomes to enhance production of important nutrients such as vitamins A and C and folic acid.
Pharmaceuticals: Developing edible vaccines in the form of tomatoes
Phytoremediation: Plants such as poplar trees have been genetically engineered to clean up heavy metal pollution
Antisense Technology: Deactivates the genes, preventing them from functioning.
Is GM Crop against Nature?
Its claimed that GM is better than traditional crop breeding. My simple argument is that traditional breeding is driven by nature at its pace, whereas in case GM the time required is reduced dramatically and, in my opinion, such laboratory test only things cant replace time tested ones immediately without due test.
Do we at all need GM Crops?
Yes we need food in much larger quantity than before. But we can not invite the blunder by releasing “genetic pollution”. There is no adequate data in support of GMO. We do not have understanding of its impact on environment and human health.
Read More “GM cant feed all”
We have seen ill-effects of Green revolution in Bharat.
Green revolution epicenter Punjab is now called “Cancer capital” for blindly adopting the technology. Field trials can be catastrophic and its proved here. [Read more about Punjab tragedy here, here and their resistance here.]
Total cancer patients detected between 2001 and 2009, in the rural areas numbered 23, 427, of which 16,730 died. At present, as many as 6,000 cancer patients were under treatment.
Not only that peacock, our national bird, is almost disappeared from fields now since 1990s.
Hurriedly adopted green revolution might have solved problems temporarily but produced more dangerous and life threatening effects. It disturbed bio-diversity. Today our eco-system is worsened without doubt and that to because of our hurried decisions in past.
I always think that we can get abundant food if we keep ourselves abreast to nature. Anything which is against nature will always be catastrophic. But that doesn’t mean I’m against experimenting, we should experiment it 100 times before introduced to field.
Related posts: Why farmers commit suicide?
Posted in Agriculture of Bharat, Farmer's Suicides, Form Factors, Indian Agriculture | Tagged: cancer patients in punjab due to green revolution, GE, Genetic engineering, genetically engineered, Genetically modified, Genetically modified food, GM, Green Revolution | 4 Comments »
Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 29, 2011
Regret: I included some images in this post and that time forgot to mention the source. I’m not able to find the source for them now. If anybody knows then please let me know, I’ll be grateful.
I owe my life to my ancestors who fought and made sure that this day remains a free day for me.
Everyone knows and admires Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, nurturer of Swaraj (seeds of Swaraj sowed by Shahaji Maharaja and Rani Jijabaisaheb). He is the one who fought barbaric invaders tooth n’ nail and halted the British aggression. He was a excellent son (obeyed parents, fulfilled their dream), true brother (Took revenge of elder brother’s killing), Honest friend (Shared very close relations like Tanaji Malusare), Visionary leader (Who ventured on to establish people’s rule), loving husband (took care of wives even in his tiresome and hectic work schedule), caring father (trained son to fight for people and land). We all respect and swear by him.
But his son Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj (equally good, more daring, courageous, scholar who wrote 4 novels) remains least noticed. Why? I know many reasons, but its not important today. We true followers of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Sambhaji Maharaj need to make sure they get due respect and place in history.
सिंहाच्या जबड्यात घालून हात मोजीन दात (Will put hand in Lion mouth to count teeth)
As Ch Sambhaji Maharaj’s birth anniversary is approaching I plan to write a series of articles covering various facets of his extraordinary life and career.
- Scholarly work,
- Life under Ch Shivaji Maharaj,
- Life After Ch Shivaji Maharaj, and
- End of Dharmaveer
- After effects
- Bare lies about him
Chatrapati Shivaji Maharah Ki Jai !! Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharah Ki Jai !!
Related Posts: Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj – Early Life
PS:I’m not a scholar neither am a historian but will do my bit by collecting whatever possible information is available on internet, books etc. But promise you will try to provide any information on basis of some proof.
REQUEST: I request the readers to share information, links, books you have about Ch Sambhaji Maharaj. As it is really very difficult to find credible information.
Posted in History, Maratha Empire, Sambhaji Maharaj, Shivaji Maharaj | Tagged: Barbaric invaders, British aggression, Ch Sambhaji Maharaj, Ch Shahaji Maharaj, Ch Shivaji Maharaj, Jijabaisaheb, Jijau, Novels written by Sambhaji Maharaj, Sambhaji, Sambhaji Raje, Shambhu, Shivaji, Shivba raje, Tanaji Malusare | 25 Comments »
Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 28, 2011
I usually do not post such articles. But this one is darkest ever in democratic establishment and I could not stop myself problem posting it here.
On 28 March 2011, after Andhra assembly session started Agri Minister YS Vivekanand Reddy, brother of Ex Andhra CM YS Rajshekhara Reddy, slapped TDP MLA C H Prabhakar right in assembly house. This action was to prove the opposition claim “YSR’s gang of thugs“. MIM and TDP both were stalling the assembly for various reasons.
What was the fault?
TDP has stalled assembly proceedings for past one week demanding joint legislative probe into six year YSR mis-rule.
What YSR supporters has to say?
“With his action, he has proved that he is true brother of YSR and protector of YSR family legacy. How can he remain silent where there is an orchestrated attempt to defame YSR,”
“This should help him in the forthcoming by-elections to Pulivendula assembly seat, where he is likely to be Congress candidate”
Dont forget few days ago Loksatta president Jaiprakash Narayan and Congress MLC Paladugu Venkata Rao were beaten in assembly premises.
On 18 Feb 2011 JP was slapped outside assembly for condemning the ruckus created by TDP and TRS people in assembly house. Earlier TRS workers in house tore governer speech, pulled mike and chairs from podium. It is quite expected to condemn such uncivilised behaviour but so called representatives dont understand this.
Can we draw the conclusion that Congress slapped TDP in assembly to take revenge of TDP worker’s attack on its MLC outside assembly?
If these elected representatives cant handle the questions or opposition to their views then dear citizens our future is in dark. We must condemn it in full capacity as both incidents are shameful acts in democracy.
Posted in Politics | Tagged: jp slapped, tdp goons slap jp, tdp trs attack jp | 1 Comment »
Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 27, 2011
Came across following articles Time to coccon our silk farmers… and Techies chip in to help farmers..
Raw silk prices plummeted from Rs.350/Kg to Rs.120/Kg in local market when import duty on raw Silk reduced to 5% from 31% in recent Union Budget 2011. Due to this irritating decision sericulture farmers who were already facing the drop in prices got frustrated. And then Swami Gowda, 35, and his 20-year-old wife Indramma, both silk farmers, committed suicide in Valageredoddi, Halagur, in Mandya district, leaving behind three children.
Swami had taken a loan of Rs 2.5 lakh and was paying 30% interest as no bank had given him a crop loan.
This calls to check how much tax reduction is given to corporates and guaranteed income earners:
In order to help corporate houses government exempted tax of Rs.79554Cr. This includes Corporate Income tax, Personal Income Tax, Export Duty exemption.
This looks like government is helping one entrepreneur at the expense of other. Which is not at all accepted.
“The Central government should immediately withdraw its resolution regarding the duty-free import of silk,” they demanded.
Lakhs (16.5Lakhs) of silk farmers and reelers are dependent on sericulture industry for their livelihood. Farmers who are already leading precarious existence will be shattered with the implementation of duty-free import of silk, the protesters said.
Instead both the Centre and State governments should ensure scientific price for cocoons, they urged.
Warning indefinite strike against duty-free import of silk, silk farmers and reelers on Tuesday here submitted a memorandum to Additional Director of Sericulture Nagesh.
“Lakhs of families are dependent on sericulture industry. As a result, the Central government should impose 50 per cent import duty on silk. A price ranging from Rs 350 to 400 should be fixed for per kg of cocoon. Also, raw silk produced by reelers should be paid Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000,” the protesters demanded.
We hope people like Mr. Narayanmurthy and Nandan Nilakeni we will not remain mute spectators and Nero’s Guests to the killing of people, and making children orphans, especially devastating a huge community of 16.5 lakh people and their families just 100 kilometers away from Bangalore while the same policy enables us to enjoy the malls, highways and volvo buses.
Mr. Murthy and Mr. Nilekani are you listening? Or Mr Murthy busy dreaming about Presidency
Posted in Agricultural Produce, Agriculture of Bharat, Bharat, Farmer suicide chart, Farmer's Suicides, Indian Agriculture | Tagged: farmers suicide, import duty free silk, indian farmers suicide, IT professionals join farmer's protest, karnataka farmers protest, raw silk, silk farmer suicide, Silk farmers, silk import | 2 Comments »
Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 26, 2011
I came across various assumptions, facts and ignorance about the causes of farmer suicides. It is really very sad on the part of Bharat Sarkar (GOI) and state governments that they have not yet dug into the root cause of the issue. They are busy creating a feel good environment by declaring loan waiver, subsidies and some immediate help.
The government will go to the victim’s house will declare Rs. 100000/200000 or whatever moderate amount enough for a year or two. If that is the case then why not to give such money in advance than later?
Basically we, as responsible citizens, need to question the government and representatives about the suicide reports and reasons of suicide. If a single farmer suicide in NY, USA makes whole country upset and does a primary study with suggestions, then why we, Bharatiya, don’t consider this?
Do you care for us?
Aren’t we aware of that more than 200000 (2 lakh) farmers (Only those who have 7/12 & 8A in their name; women and farm labors aren’t farmers as per government rules.) have committed suicide since 1995?
Saddest part is that our media is not reporting this with correct statistics and facts. The news is rather suppressed to telecast breaking stories of cricket, bollywood and politicians 24X7.
There were more than 16400 suicides in the year of 2008 amidst all loan waivers and subsidies. And after the bad wether conditions of 2009 the number has grown to 17000.
Isn’t this frustrating that even after Rs.72000Cr loan waiver farmers are still committing suicide and the rate is growing. But to solve such problems first our government has to accept that there is a problem, which they are not accepting. Manish Tiwari say that increase in suicide count because of “Systematic issue and need to blame anybody”, in short govt is ducking the responsibility.
(Being a farmer I’ve seen it closely) Here is what I think about the reasons of farmer suicides:
- Consistently failing crops
- Costly and less productive seeds (BT/GM?)
- Water scarcity
- (forced) Chemical fertilizers usage
- Electricity problems
- Large cost of seeding and cultivation
- Panchnama (Inspection) by government officials after natural/man made calamity
- Transportation problems
- Storage and Preservation problems.
- No guarantee of rates (at the hands of dalals/agents) of farm produce
- Insufficient and ineffective food processing facilities
- Politics of agriculture produce (Globalization, reduced import duty)
- GM/BT effect
- Seed companies killed local seed variants with the help of state machinery
- Seed bag prices increased to exploit the need after killing local variants
- Water scarcity increased after using GM/BT seeds, as such crops need more water
I’ll try to elaborate each and every point with evidences and possible statistics. Will also try to get some testimonials of farmers and write follow-up posts.
Please send me your comments, suggestions and corrections…
Related Post: Genetically Modified…
Posted in Agriculture of Bharat, Farmer suicide chart, Farmer's Suicides, Indian Agriculture | Tagged: farmer suicides since 1995, farmers suicide, government of india, Indian Farmers, reasons of suicide, suicides in 2008, suicides in 2009, suicides since 1997, total farmer suicides in Bharat(India) | 18 Comments »
Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 25, 2011
I could not stop myself from reproducing the article “Go Japan Go” of DailyPioneer.
Thank you very much DailyPioneer for sharing this extra-ordinary story of ordinary people.
Thirteen days after Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake which produced an equally ruinous 30 feet tsunami and pushed the island nation on the edge of a nuclear disaster, it seems like the worst is over, leaving behind a global example of what national preparedness should be like, along with several awe-inspiring accounts of individual courage and human resilience. The country that gave the world the word ‘tsunami’ is itself no stranger to natural disasters and has indeed, prepared itself well. Take a look at Japan’s quake-resistant buildings that may have swayed but did not collapse despite the magnitude of the quake. Constructed in strict accordance to building codes, Japan’s skyscrapers are fitted with extra steel bracing, hydraulic shock absorbers and rubber pads that make them some of the strongest buildings in the world. Similarly, tsunami warning signs and giant sea-walls dot the Japanese shoreline, allowing for quick evacuations that minimise the number of lives lost. Earthquake and tsunami drills are commonplace for citizens — thanks to the Government’s large-scale public education programme that has ensured that every Japanese knows how to best respond to a crisis such as this. Indeed, it was heartening to learn how teachers and students at a low-lying secondary school, perilously located half a mile from the sea responded to the disaster — after the earthquake, students had gathered in the playground for a headcount when they they saw the tsunami coming and within moments, the staff and students were at the near-by safe site. Not a single life was lost even though the school building was completely destroyed.
An extraordinary example of how important it is to be prepared for such eventualities, this incident also speaks volumes about the Japanese trait of putting community above the individual in a disciplined manner that is now being repeated across Japan’s tsunami-ravaged northern coastline. Take for example, Hadenya village — a small fishing hamlet that self-sustained itself for several days despite being entirely cut off from the rest of the country. It was not until Wednesday that the military was first able to reach survivors with aid and supplies. But by then villagers had successfully reorganised themselves to become a fully functional, entirely self-reliant community. Such stories now abound in the quake-ravaged nation where despite large-scale devastation there has been no fall in civil standards. It is hard to find a single photograph of survivors howling or beating their chest. There are no reports of stores and homes being looted, as is common in such situations. The media has not indulged in sensationalisation. No fear-mongering; only an organised calm that has held the world in awe.
Courtesy: “Go Japan Go” of DailyPioneer
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Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 24, 2011
I received this email from Amitabh and thought of sharing with readers of this blog too. Please participate and increase the quality of research.
Mini Research papers on “RTI- Success or Failure in India” are Invited
We all know that RTI Act has come up as one of the greatest laws enacted in Independent India and its impact on the related socio-political fabric and administrative setup is quite visible. While previously the doors of governance were quite closed to common masses, today with the passage of time RTI has made it possible that everyone can come and have a look at what is going inside the government offices. Yet there are many people who feel that RTI has been an abject failure and it has not been able to achieve most of the goals the social activists had originally envisaged. There is a middle of the road thinking where the feeling is that while a few of the objectives have been achieved, many others still remain as it is.
Our organization, National RTI Forum is making a small contribution in this field by inviting all those concerned with this topic to send Mini research papers on the topic “RTI- Success or Failure in India” The Research Paper can be about any particular aspect of RTI or it can also take the subject in its totality. It needs to cover the topic about functioning of RTI in India. The author of the Research paper might take any stand on the topic as he/she feels like. One can also send the Research paper on the basis of one or a few specific examples.
The last date for sending the Research paper is 30th April 2011. It can be sent either through email at email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed at
Dr Nutan Thakur,
National RTI Forum,
5/426, Viram Khand, Gomti Nagar,
Lucknow- 226010 # 94155-34525
Following set of rules shall be applicable-
1. The last date for sending the Research papers shall be 30th April, 2011
2. Research papers can be sent either through email or at the given postal address
3. The maximum word limit of the Research paper shall be 5000 words while the minimum limit shall be 1500 words
4. The sender of the Research papers must also provide their name, address, email, phone number etc.
5. Research paper must be original at all cost and shall not have already been published anywhere
6. Research papers can be sent either in Hindi or English language
The best two Mini Research papers shall be accordingly awarded-
First prize- Rs. 2,000/ (Two thousand only)
2nd prize- Rs. 1,000/ (One thousand only)
The First two research papers shall be published as well.
President, National RTI Forum
Posted in Agriculture of Bharat, Agro Business, Bharat, Thoughts | Tagged: anna hajare, mahiticha adhikar, mini research on RTI, national RTI forum, research paper on RTI, right to information, RTI, RTI success or failure, socio-political fabric, suchana ka adhikar | 2 Comments »
Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 24, 2011
जेव्हा तुम्ही एखाद्या उदात्त ध्येयासाठी, एखाद्या असाधारण कार्यासाठी जागृत व्हाल तेव्हा तुमचे विचार सर्व बंध झुगारून देतात;
तुमचं मन/कल्पनाशक्ती सर्व अडथळ्यांपार जाते;
तुमची उमग दाही दिशांना पसरते आणि तुम्हाला स्वतःला एका नव्या, महान आणि रोमांचक जगात असल्याची अनुभूती होते.
तुमच्या सुप्त शक्ती, अंगीभूत कला आणि प्रज्ञा जागृत होऊन तुम्ही स्वतःकडे कधी नाही असे एक महान व्यक्तिमत्त्व म्हणून पाहू लागता.
When you are inspired by some great purpose and extraordinary project,
all of your thoughts break their bonds;
your mind transcends limitations;
your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents alive to discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Posted in Agriculture of Bharat, History | Tagged: Bharat, bhavani mata, culture, extraordinary project, great purpose and extraordinary project, history, inspiration, inspirational, mind, motivation, motivational, purpose, rajmudra, Shivaji Maharaj, soul | Leave a Comment »