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Steve Jobs: An Obituary!

"Greatest innovator of this world has died." We were bombarded by these headlines and newsflashes by the media on the next day of the death of Steve Jobs. The corporate media gave a tearful farewell to Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple inc. and founder of ‘PIXAR’. It is true that Steve Jobs was a true corporate hero. He was a media celebrity. Media celebrated everything about Steve Jobs. However, let's see how noble was this symbol of modern capitalism and how he showed his compassionate benevolence to the world! If we are not mistaken, we are talking about the same Steve Jobs who refused to accept his daughter as his child and claimed that he is impotent (just to avoid paternity, because that would have cost him millions of dollars!!). He was a champion in dog-eat-dog corporate competition, having his eyes fixed at the throat of his opponent. He showed his Weberian spirit of entrepreneurship by expelling fellow engineer Wozniak from his company and later getting expe…

आधुनिक भौतिकी और भौतिकवाद के लिए संकट

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1. परिचय
क्वाण्टम भौतिकी और सापेक्षिकता सिद्धान्त के आने, एक सूक्ष्म विश्व के सामने आने, और उसमें न्यूटनीय भौतिकी के नियमों के लागू न होने के कारण, 20वीं सदी का मध्य आते-आते वैज्ञानिकों की बडी संरव्या का मत यह हो गया था कि आधुनिक भौतिकी संकट का शिकार है। पिछले 30-35 सालों के दौरान भी कोई सिद्धान्त भौतिकी के समकालीन बुनियादी सवालों का पूरा समाधान पेश नहीं कर पाया है, और पूरे ब्रम्हाण्ड की उत्पत्ति से लेकर, उसके विकास और समय की अवधारणा पर शोध और प्रयोग जारी हैं। इन शोधों और प्रयोगों पर पूरे भौतिक विश्व की हमारी भावी समझ निर्भर करती है। लेकिन यह भी सच है कि क्लासिकीय भौतिकी के लिए संकट पैदा कर देने वाली 20वीं सदी ने प्रकृति और ब्रम्हाण्ड के बारे में हमारी समझदारी को एक नये धरातल पर भी पहुँचाया। पिछले 100 सालों में सापेक्षिता का सिद्धान्त, क्वाण्टम सिद्धान्त, स्टैण्डर्ड माॅडल आदि ने पदार्थ जगत के बारे में हमारे बोध को सूक्ष्म एवं गहन बनाया है। पुरानी अवधारणाओं को हटाकर नये तथा बेहतर सिद्धान्त खुद को स्थापित करते रहे हैं, हालाँकि समय के साथ उनमें से कई ग़लत भी साबित हो गये।
भौतिकी में हु…

Open letter to Anna Hazare

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To,
Mr. Anna Hazare
Village and post: Ralegan Siddhi
Taluka Parner, District Ahmednagar
Maharashtra
Dear Anna Hazare,
We respect your concern for society and problems common of people. Whole nation is well aware of your anti-corruption movement. Government has accepted your demand of Jan Lokpal Bill which you claim will put a check on corruption of political leaders, bureaucrats and judges. A good fraction of literate people has called it a beginning of new revolution. But there are some questions in our mind. The fundamental of these questions relates to problems of life of working class.
First, corruption is just not bribing. In a country where 40% children and 70% mothers suffer from malnutrition, ‘body mass index’ of 40% people is lower than normal, 18 crore people live in slums and 18 crore don’t have roof to cover their head, then after 60 years of republic if the government does not take responsibility of basic requirement of life (irony is that it actually sells it to blind …

Brief History of Materialism

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From the very ancient times philosophy is divided into two main branches- idealism and materialism. The basic question, especially of modern philosophy, is which is primary thinking or being; spirit or nature. Those who assert the primacy of spirit to nature and, therefore, in the last instance, assume world creation in some form or other, comprise the camp of idealism. The others, who regard nature as primary, belong to the various schools of materialism.
Hegel was the most famous philosopher of idealism who developed it to its summit. But with it, he developed the dialectical approach, which was later combined with scientific materialism by Marx and Engels to establish the basic foundations of dialectical materialism.
In true sense, materialism emerged as an irresistible force before idealism only from the 16th century. Early materialism developed in two different streams. One was the rationalist school of continental Europe. Descartes and later Spinoza were the main ideologues of…

God Particle: A "fatal" crisis for Materialism?

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The infinitely large universe, with all its peculiar and puzzling characteristics, has always attracted the imagination of humans. Humans, from the very ancient time, have tried to solve the mysteries of the universe. In earlier times this task was mainly done by priests and intellectuals who served the religious authorities of their respective societies. Thus we find that the earlier picture of universe was shaped in the frame of theology, as it was only possible theory and philosophy. Like most of the branches of modern science, systematic research in the field of cosmology too, corresponds to the period when the whole Europe was awakening from its dark feudal ages. As Papal Church was the strongest and the greatest feudal lord which was holding back the growth of rapidly growing productive forces, a conflict arose between the representatives of the two contradictory forces. We see the reflection of this conflict in the field of human thinking too. New inspired thoughts and germs …

An appeal for solidarity to all justice-loving people

The urban and rural working class population of India is living through a life of intolerable and unutterable misery, injustice and economic oppression. In other words it can be best described as a ‘cold day in hell’. The condition of the urban and rural laborers working in unorganized sector and the unorganized laborers of the organized sector is worst amongst them. The fruits of the progress achieved in the last twenty years of the market liberalisation and privatisation have been enjoyed by the top 15 percent of the total Indian population while the gulf between the rich and poor has yawned to an unprecedented scale. In these twenty years of rapid economic development, the condition of the toiling masses has worsened. Government data alone is enough to justify this claim. The workers have only got promises after promises from successive governments but not a single drop of development trickled down to their dark world.
Whatever legal rights the workers had managed to achieve th…

Religion: A Fantastic Reality

Now all religion is nothing but the fantastic reflection in men's minds of those external forces which dominate their daily life, a reflection in which terrestrial forces assume the form of supernatural ones. In the beginnings of history it was the forces of nature which were first so reflected, and which in the course of further development underwent the most manifold and motley personifications among the various peoples. Comparative mythology has traced back this first process, at least in the case of the Indo-European peoples, to its origin in the Indian Vedas, and in its progress it has been demonstrated in detail among the Indians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Germans and, so far as material is available, also among the Celts, Lithuanians and Slavs. But side by side with the forces of nature, it is not long before social forces begin to be active, forces which confront man as equally alien and at first equally inexplicable, dominating him with the same apparent natural necessit…