Articles by Dr Ravi P Bhatia

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Airports –Elegance and Artistry
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

7 May 2019 – Most big airports are amazing. They display the variety and diversity of human beings apart from the different size, decors and designs of the buildings of the airports themselves.

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Of Godmen, Godwomen, and Ordinary Individuals
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2019

The society being what it is–disparities between the rich elite and the impoverished poor, the new liberal economic system that promotes degradation of our planet, the political and religious conflicts that are resulting in crimes and bombings–it is difficult to act sanely and with compassion and justice towards all forms of life. But let us not feel hopeless and dejected. Let us not just adore, admire the modern forms of Godmen and Godwomen.

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Easter Sunday at St James Church in Delhi
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2019

21 Apr 2019 – Today is Easter Sunday, the most holy day of the Christian Church calendar. Being a Hindu, somehow there was an urge in me to participate in this auspicious event.

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Clapping for Happiness and Health
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

15 Apr 2019 – Most people around the world clap to appreciate or applaud a performance of music, dance or even a powerful speech. In fact the larger the number of claps or louder the clapping, the more heartening and encouraging it is to the performer on the stage. Occasionally, the clapping may be disruptive to the performer or the orator if one claps at the wrong moment.

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On the Beginnings of Language
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2019

8 Apr 2019 – Language is an intimate part of human beings that largely distinguishes us from animals or birds. Whereas the latter do communicate with each other mainly through sounds — grunts, squeaks and howls etc, only humans have the ability to communicate with each other through language.

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Environmental Enthusiasm or Gunning Down People: Unusual Interplay of Recent Events
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2019

20 Mar 2019 – The last Friday, 15 March saw students from about 125 countries pushing their governments, parliamentarians and community leaders to come together for the protection of the environment that has degraded to an extent that life of human beings, plants and animals is at risk. On the same date 15 March, a totally different act has been perpetrated in a far away town of Christchurch in New Zealand by a 28 year old Australian Brenton Tarrant.

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Engaging with the Past — Numbers, Nostalgia, Perspectives
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2019

One can add to the above features and outlook of engaging with history. This is a never ending process. What is contemporary for us and generates awe and nostalgia, will become past over time to our future generations; they will look at their own past with different lens and fresh perspectives. Let this process continue and enrich us all.

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Celebrating Gandhi Anniversary Musically
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2019

As many people know, the Indian government and various institutions are celebrating Gandhi’s 150th anniversary with great joy and gaiety. The celebrations are taking various forms — seminars, talks, exhibitions, plays and skits by students of various academic institutions etc. The objective of these events is to demonstrate various aspects of Gandhi in an attractive and easy to understand manner.

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House of Horrors — Understanding the Factors at Play
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

The world abounds with violence, terrorism, militarism, wars that lead to lack of harmony, selfishness and absence of moral behaviour and an absence of feeling of sharing and results in otherness. Vasudev kutumbakam, the Vedas suggested that the whole world is a family.

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Ram Rajya — Gandhi and His Religious Outlook
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Feb 2019

25 Feb 2019 – The world is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year. On this important occasion, let us remember Gandhi’s belief in the core values of Truth, Nonviolence, Satyagraha, Religious Amity, Harmony, Cleanliness and Love for Nature. He not only believed in these values but consistently acted in consonance with them.

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Learning Foreign Languages in India
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2019

India has much diversity — cultural, linguistic, geographic, religious, political and even from the point of cuisine — the food eaten. Linguistically, India has 22 official languages including Hindi and English. Hindi, as well as its many dialects, has the largest number of speakers and English is being widely used in judiciary, parliament, science and technology, education, etc.

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Thoughts on Changing Times, Changing Values
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

When a person has crossed seven decades of his life, he often feels he can be a little indiscreet and talk of situations or events in his life which he has not done so before — at least publicly. There are many regrets in one’s life and a few occasions of feeling a sense of satisfaction. In addition there is a sense of unease at the way the world has shaped politically, economically, socially.

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Vegetarianism, Veganism, Jainism — What to Eat, What Not to Eat
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

Vegans point out that milk is produced from cows and buffaloes that are cramped together in crowded sheds, are cruelly treated and are not allowed even to adequately feed their calves. This is being done for economic reasons to maximise profits. Vegans further justify their prohibition of dairy products by stating that the cruelty suffered by cows is transmitted to the milk they produce.

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Women’s Discrimination and Struggle for Equality
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

21 Jan 2019 – Discrimination of women is common in all societies – rich western countries or poorer countries of Asia, Africa or Latin America. The level of discrimination of course varies – it can be subtle in the former countries and more pronounced in the latter. Even most religions discriminate against women in some areas or the other. A Church normally would have male pastors or bishops and the Sunday service is generally carried out by men.

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Small Is Beautiful – A Contemporary Perspective
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

Ernest F. Schumacher, the German born British economist, wrote a collection of essays called Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered in 1973, arguing against the large capitalist economy that ill-treats the earth’s resources resulting in degradation of the earth and depletion of its resources. Small can be Beautiful even today if properly visualized and effectively implemented. Ernest Schumacher’s book is still relevant even after about half a century of its publication.

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Polymaths — Then and Now
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jan 2019

A Polymath is a person who has more than one interest and expertise, which gives such a person a broader perspective of life and society. There have been many individuals in the past who could be categorised by this definition.

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ABC of Human Nature: Angst, Boredom, Creativity
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Dec 2018

Human beings are creative unlike most animals (except a few) that survive on instinct. But what boosts creativity — the urge to do something beyond living, surviving?

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Post Modern Democracies or the End of History
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

The voice of the marginalised sections of people is being ignored by the modern democratic world with its neoliberal capitalist order that is concerned with profit-making and not about increasing social and economic disparities and disorder.

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Peace Pagoda: Seeking Bliss and Joy
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

Buddhists or not, we approach Lord Buddha for seeking peace, joy and harmony in this violent world. A Buddhist pagoda built with Japanese aid in Darjeeling in the north eastern part of India does not disappoint; it fortifies our faith and fulfils our hopes.

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Multilingualism Today—Educational, Cultural, Historical Facets
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

Languages are not just a means of expression – written or oral but also have their distinctive features such as cultures, cuisines and histories. Languages had earlier evolved due to several factors – colonialization by powerful countries, interaction with other language and religious groups, trade and economic relations, and today due to the large scale globalization and the impact of internet and digitization that is taking place.

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Victory of Light over Darkness: The Indian Festival of Diwali
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

Diwali or Dipavali (Sanskrit for a row of lamps) is one of the most popular festivals in the Indian month of Kartik — in the solar calendar, between October and mid November on new moon night. The festival signifies victory of Light over Darkness as well as good over evil. The world needs such occasions in this violence-prone troubled contemporary times.

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St Stephen’s College — A Distinguished Academic Institution of Delhi University with a Glorious Past
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2018

Like some other prestigious academic institutions of the World — Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, Sorbonne and others, St Stephen’s College in India enjoys a well-deserved reputation. Nobel Literature laureate Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi are associated with the College as are the former President of India, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, and the former President of Pakistan, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.

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Buddhist Dhammapada — Seeking Happiness, Nirvana, Enlightenment
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2018

A collection of verses dealing with various human aspects are contained in a Buddhist collection called Dhammapada. These verses written in Pali language, were compiled about 2,600 years ago, are part of the Buddhist scripture Tipitaka, which literally means three baskets.

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Mahatma Gandhi — An Icon of Truth, Amity, Nonviolence and Cleanliness
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

The Indian government is active in construction of toilets and encouraging the private corporate sector towards this objective. Several NGOs are also helping in the mammoth task of construction and maintenance of millions of toilets in homes, public places, in schools, etc.

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Promising News on Environment Front — From Europe and Elsewhere
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Oct 2018

It is now encouraging to read the various efforts made by the several countries to maintain a clean and green environment. Perhaps Germany is at the forefront. The country has installed solar panels for producing clean energy on many official buildings as well as in individual homes. They have also decided to stop nuclear energy production because of risks involved.

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Singing National Anthems–Or Protesting against Them
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Sep 2018

Most countries have national anthems or songs that are sung on official functions of the country — Independence Day, Republic Day, at international sports events, etc.

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Promoting Unity and Harmony in Diversity
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Sep 2018

The world is full of diversities of various types — religious, linguistic, economic, political, geographic, anthropological. There are several religions that people have faith in, hundreds of languages that are spoken, existence of rich and poor countries and people, different types of political systems ranging from democracies to dictatorships, etc.

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Films from India: Music, Dance, Entertainment, Nostalgia
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

The Indian film industry is perhaps the most popular in the world with its revenues today exceeding those of Hollywood. It makes movies in several Indian languages— Assamese, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu apart from Hindi.

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Giving Birth to Happiness
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2018

As indicated, relatively poor countries of the world are giving birth to many children and it is estimated that on an average a woman gives birth to four or even five children.

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Beautiful, Peace Loving Elephants and the Challenges They Face
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

As the environment gets polluted and jungles get destroyed due to economic and development reasons, these huge animals are losing their sanctuaries and habitats. Should we not put a stop to this challenge being faced by these noble and beautiful creatures?

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TMS in India?
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

How is it possible that TMS is in New Delhi? Have Prof. Johan Galtung and Editor Antonio C S Rosa decided to move from Alicante and Porto, respectively, to Delhi?

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Solygamy — Marrying Oneself
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

One has heard of polygamy–a man marrying more than one wife. In the Indian epic Mahabharata a woman named Dropadi has more than one husband. But I read about solygamy in a report about a woman named Linda marrying herself in Australia in front of her three friends. She had had an unhappy marriage and decided to wed herself by reciting a few marriage vows.

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The Harmony of Languages and Scripts
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jul 2018

The world is divided into blocs and groupings — the UNO, EU, NATO, SAARC, the Communist bloc, the Mid-East Muslim bloc, trade blocs and others such as the Nuclear group of nations. Each has their specific agendas, their special economies, cultures, strengths, liabilities, etc. But religious leanings and languages also play a dominant role in interaction within the groupings.

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Old Is Gold
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2018

Today this expression would not be accepted by most people around the world for the simple reason that old may be associated with old age which becomes weak and degraded as the years pass… Let us redefine our concepts of old age and old people. Let us remember some of them for their ingenuity and the joy and harmony that resulted from their works and lives.

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Sharing for Peace Making
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

Recently an Under Secretary of UN Peace Keeping Force came to New Delhi and gave a brief and sincere talk on the challenges faced by Peace Keepers in many countries of Africa and Asia. One message that he conveyed was that there was always conflict between various parties and how they try to resolve it by sharing.

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The Multidimensional USA
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jun 2018

The history of USA begins from the rebellion against the British in 1775 which culminated in the declaration of full independence of 13 states on July 4, 1776.

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China’s Spiritual and Political Relationship with India
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

China and India have had a long and enduring relationship for centuries. The interaction between the two was both economic and spiritual in nature through the spirit of Buddhism. More recently the relationship has taken a political and military colour especially after the 1962 attack by China on India and the relationship has become sour due to military, economic and political factors.

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Gadgets and Robotics
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2018

Not talking about its potential, the smart phone or Mobile has become an inseparable part of most of us. Whether used for speaking to one another or sending messages or pictures on WhatsApp or for even seeking Google Guru’s help, the instrument has become unique and indispensable. Is there a flip side to the omnipresence of this gadget?

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Aluminium— the Villain of Environmental Degradation
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2018

Aluminum is causing not only environmental degradation but also leading to unspeakable misery among the indigenous peoples of India and of other countries. How is this so? Bauxite mining for the extraction of Aluminium metal has one of the most serious impacts both for the people it displaces and the degradation of the soil.

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Max Müller and the Indian Connection
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

Although Max Müller was a German, he spent a considerable period of his life in England, taught at Oxford University, and was admired for his knowledge of classical Indian texts including the Upanishads and Vedas. He had access to several scholarly Sanskrit words that the East India Company had brought from India.

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In Love with Mountains
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

Mountains are not only beautiful and are a source of joy; they invite mountaineers to climb to the summits despite the obvious perils and difficulties involved. Mt. Everest being the highest in the world followed by K2 and Kanchenjunga has attracted hundreds of brave persons to climb to their summits.

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Electrifying Development
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

14 May 2018 – It is hard to believe that there are still some regions in the world that are without electric power. But there are actually several regions without it. According to a recent report of the Washington Post, there are several countries in Africa and Asia which have either no electricity or suffer from electricity hunger.

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Leading Healthy, Spiritual, Meaningful Lives
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 May 2018

7 May 2018 – Large number of people around the world are leading stressful, tension prone lives. This is due to several factors – economic, ageing and health related, racial and caste issues, violence and terrorist activities to name few principal ones. A resultant factor is poverty, loneliness and social isolation.

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On Busy Streets – Unusual Events and Chance Encounters
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2018

“I believe that I am guided by chance encounters. I believe in the miracle of chance encounters.”

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In Love with Bicycles
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Apr 2018

23 Apr 2018 – In today’s fast moving world a bicycle may appear to be an anachronism. Speed is the buzz word so we have fast cars and SUVs that go up to 160 km/h on highways or German autobahns, where there is a limit on the minimum not on the maximum speed.

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Forest Rights Act and Environmental Issues in India
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2018

16 Apr 2018 – The Indian Forest Act was established by the British government in 1927 according to which all the forests and the forest lands became a property of the British government and the customary rights of the tribal populations and other peoples were suspended. The purpose of the Act was not to protect forests but to convert them into the property of the Colonial British government.

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Dealing with Issues of Ageing and Death
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2018

2 Apr 2018 – If being born is the beginning of life, ageing or becoming old is metaphorically speaking, walking into the sunset of life. This sunset, unlike the phenomenon of the sun setting at dusk is not a beautiful sight but an occasion for anxiety and worry as to what will happen at the time of death.

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Where Has Water Disappeared? A Looming Crisis
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2018

24 Mar 2018 – As a result of global warming several glaciers are melting and rising sea levels; many small islands facing the risk of being submerged in Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. On the other side, a contrary development: several rivers face depletion of their water in some months since the faster melting results in the river waters flowing into oceans and seas. Another problem: some ponds and lakes are disappearing.

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International Solar Alliance – A Symbol of Hope and Cooperation
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Mar 2018

19 Mar 2018 – The inaugural meeting of the Solar Alliance gives us hope that the challenges of environmental pollution, global warming and climate change are being recognized and addressed by many countries. This meeting also encourages the coming together of different nations — developed and developing, to meet common challenges through goodwill and cooperation.

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Gandhi — Challenges and Learnings in South Africa
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

Gandhi had thought that he would stay for only a year in South Africa but as it turned out he remained there for 21 years and returned to India in 1914. His stay was a deeply learning experience – it had a profound effect on him in terms of observing the oppression and prejudice suffered by Indians who were working there and the racial incidents that he himself was subject to. He gradually became aware of the behavior of the white rulers towards not only the black populations but also towards Indians and other non-white people.

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From Mohandas to Mahatma Gandhi
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2018

One of the most noted icons of the last century would undoubtedly be Mahatma Gandhi who was assassinated in New Delhi on 30 January 1948. His full name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi but worldwide he is known just as Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi.

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Baby Moshe
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jan 2018

What is special about Moshe? When he was two years old, his parents were among the many people killed in a ghastly terrorist attack in Chabad House (home to the Jewish Community) in Mumbai (Bombay) nine years ago. Baby Moshe could also have been killed except for the astuteness of his Nanny who escaped with him to another building.

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Unusual People, Unusual Events in India
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jan 2018

“Alone I can say, together we can talk
Alone I can smile, together we can laugh
Alone I can enjoy, together we can celebrate.”
I have added another maxim:
“Alone I can think, together we can discuss.”

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Types of Violence and Gandhian Concept of Reducing Violence
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Dec 2017

For Gandhi, spiritual swaraj meant inner discipline marked by purity of intention and control over base tendencies like dishonesty, greed, aggression and violence. This entailed morality and virtues like truth, nonviolence, detachment, prayer, compassion and spirituality. These virtues and values are as important today as they were in Gandhian times.

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Temples for Spirituality, Harmony and Joy
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2017

18 Dec 2017 – As is well known India has diversities of virtually all types. As for religions, we have followers of all major world religions — Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and smaller faiths such as Sikhism, Jainism, Judaism, Arya Samaj, Baha’i. Other faiths such as Brahmo Samaj, Dev Samaj, along with their specific deities, rituals and holy books are also present in different regions of the country.

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Modern Life Styles – Symbols of Consumerism, Self-centeredness and Isolation
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Dec 2017

The world today is a complex amalgam of violence, conflicts on one side and consumerism and rich lifestyles of a section of people on the other. It is also a modern world of social media, internet, mobile phones and consumerist ideologies promoted in newspapers and television.

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Statues for Display of Power, Peace and Harmony
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Nov 2017

Why does the world believe in construction of statues and other memorials to honor their heroes or icons — political or social? Obviously this is done not only to honor heroes of yesteryear but also to inspire ordinary mortals to follow their path of peace, harmony and human values.

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Women’s Role in the Protection of Nature
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

Several movements to protect our Earth and the people and other living beings from ill health and extinction are been carried out by scientists, activists as well as by a spirit of ecofeminism. The interaction between the latter spirit and ecology is producing a new dynamism for the overall objective of a healthy life and harmony.

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Instant Gratification — Some Philosophical Questions
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

25 Sep 2017 – The world has become conditioned to some strange requirements — instant coffee, instant noodles, instant communication and expression of our thoughts. We are usually short of time and want instant gratification. We want to cut down on the entity TIME.

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Swami Vivekananda: Relevance of His Stirring Speech in Chicago in 1893
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

His speech delivered in the Parliament of Religions in Chicago on 11 Sep 1893 was a unique and path breaking one that helped not only the delegates but also the general public to get an idea of what the Hindu religion, one of the most ancient religions of the world, signified and what was its relevance at that time to the world.

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Living Peacefully Close to Mother Earth – A Saga of Amish and Mennonite Communities
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2017

The brief glimpse I had of the Mennonite and Amish communities was a pleasant one. These people are peaceful and faithful to their Church. They live simply, do not exploit the natural resources and are close to the earth. Their farms are clean, well maintained and display a sense of harmony with other people and with flora and fauna.

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The Horrifying Tragedy of Holocaust
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2017

30 Aug 2017 – The Holocaust is undoubtedly one of the worst crimes and tragedies of the WWII. The word Holocaust comes from the Greek word holo “whole” + kaustos “burnt.” It refers to an animal sacrifice in which the entire animal is burned.

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A View of Toronto in Summer Months
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2017

21 Aug 2017 – Soon after I landed in Toronto, I was informed that Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary of independence from British rule.

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Extending Life –- Living and Dying in Peace
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Aug 2017

In the Jain religion some people choose to die rather than exist in the manner they are living. They choose to die when they are old and ill or sometimes even when they are relatively young, they feel that they have lived enough and would like to end their life. This practice is called Santhra and is allowed by their faith and the Indian law.

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Puzzles of the Soul, Reincarnation and Karma
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2017

Most religions believe in the concept of soul or a spirit that resides in our bodies. It is also generally accepted that it is the soul that gives life to the body which it enters and then resides in. If the soul leaves the body, the person dies. For this reason, life and soul are often considered synonymous. A few questions arise about these concepts.

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Evolution of Man — Devolution of Mankind
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

The ways people lived in communities have undergone tremendous change or evolution. Is it evolution or devolution? I will discuss this point in my essay.

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Excel at Any Cost – Some Thoughts to the Contrary
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

With the intense competition to be the best, to succeed, to be rich, those young people who cannot compete are left behind. Do they feel inspired by the stories of the successful or do they feel dejected and disappointed? Everyone cannot stand first or be successful, but everyone has the right to lead a peaceful life and become a good citizen.

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Reviving Old Memories for Peace and Harmony
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jul 2017

One does not forget the painful old memories; but by doing some good to the people whether as a community or by individual efforts–however small they may appear to be–will usually generate a sense of fulfillment and usher in Peace and Harmony.

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Religious Diversities and Child Marriages — A Saga of Social Change and Women’s Empowerment
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

Whatever may have been the justification for early marriages the fact is that in most societies — Western, Asian or tribal, early marriages were the norm rather than the exception. There were economic, social and religious reasons for early marriages and early motherhood.

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Significance of International Day of Yoga — Promoting Peace, Harmony and Health
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2017

The first Yoga Day was celebrated on 21 June 2015. Yoga is increasingly being practiced in many parts of the world. What is its significance in the contemporary world? One does not need to be a religious person to enjoy the benefits of Yoga… Yoga is for everyone — for promotion of peace, harmony, health and goodwill for all.

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Ideas on Reincarnation and Karma
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2017

All living beings — humans, animals, fish, flora and fauna have finite lives. In other words, they are born (or grow from an egg or a seed) , live for some duration and then die. Animals and especially human beings have a sense of their identity and know that they are alive. Human beings generally would like to remain alive for as long as possible; they fear death and would like to postpone it for as long as possible.

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Seeking Answers to the Diversities and Inequalities in Life
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2017

The world is full of differences or diversities of all types – religious, economic, racial, political, geographic, flora and fauna, professional; individual likes or dislikes, size of people and so on. But are all inequalities detestable and ugly or some of them may be beautiful and desirable?

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Fasting for Education – An Inspiring Saga of Young Women’s Courage
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 May 2017

When a girl does not agree and marries someone else of her own choice, catastrophic consequences may follow — even murder of both the daughter and her husband. This conservative and patriarchal attitude in Haryana is difficult to explain in this short essay.

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Rich Celebrities vs. Individual Struggles for the Protection of Society
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2017

On one hand we have the celebrities selling one product or another; on the other hand we have millions of people suffering from hunger, disease, indebtedness, unemployment and violence of various types. A third category – a miniscule one — the so called do-gooders who work for the betterment of the society in one way or another. We also have the religious gurus who talk about spirituality and bring solace and hope to the millions of people.

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Hospital Care — Physical and Spiritual
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

Recently, I had an opportunity to go to an infectious disease hospital which offers treatment for various diseases for a minimal fee. I was going there with a woman called Usha who works in our home and who had got bitten by a stray dog the previous evening… Yes, in this hospital, medical science and spirituality were both at work to cure patients of their disease and to give them hope, trust and confidence.

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Let Us Struggle Today and Dream for a Better Tomorrow
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Apr 2017

“My problem is that I have no problem. Yes, there are difficulties of one type or the other but I do not feel depressed or frustrated. I manage to overcome these difficulties. And that is why I do not feel any problem”. He smiled broadly. I felt puzzled but could not but agree with him. A little later when I was alone I wondered what he had said about not being burdened by any problems. I remembered a quotation of a person named Anthony Robbins who had said that every problem is a gift; without problems we would not grow.

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Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 Apr 1891 – 6 Dec 1956)
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Apr 2017

B R Ambedkar had seen the oppression faced by the lower castes–the so called untouchables–first hand in his place of birth in Mhow. He was aware of the struggles of Phule to bring about social justice and liberation of the oppressed masses of Maharashtra and was inspired by his writings on the subject. Subsequently he wrote extensively about the injustice and discrimination faced by the lower castes whom he called Dalits.

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Role of Education in Preventing Violence and Promoting Peace and Welfare
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

Governments and scholars now agree that education is a desirable objective in itself and is also the means for inculcating right attitudes and morality among people. It is also essential for the material development of society by reducing poverty and want. It helps to empower people especially the downtrodden ones.

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Seeking Peace in Vegetarianism
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2017

What to eat and what not to eat is a debate that generates controversy and occasionally ill will and has been going on for a very long time in many parts of the world. In particular the debate is between eating vegetarian food or non vegetarian food that includes meat, lamb, chicken, beef, fish, etc. The debate depends on several factors – religious, geographical, ideological and of course economic.

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Women’s Day and Local Events in India
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Mar 2017

The Women’s Day was celebrated on 8 March with the usual enthusiasm by wishing Good Wishes and sending endearing messages for the welfare and emancipation of women all over the world.

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United Nations Declaration of Human Rights – Analysing Its Benefits and Shortcomings
Dr Ravi P Bhatia - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2017

The Committee met a few times and finally a Declaration was agreed to, encompassing the objectives of the Charter to restore peace and harmony and promote human rights. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was finally approved without any dissensions on 10 December 1948.

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A View from My Window — Observing Novelty, Peace and Harmony
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jan 2017

27 Jan 2017 – I live in a locality of Delhi that is teeming with life of all types. One can get a glimpse of this activity both by coming out on the street or even looking at the sights from my window. The activity never ceases.

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Opposing Discrimination, Oppression, Violence in the World: Inspiring Struggles for Equality, Justice and Liberty
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2017

We see that the world has seen discrimination, injustice and oppression — social, economic, racial and caste based, of poor marginalised people all over the world. This has taken several forms – forced labour, slavery, apartheid, and untouchability. Equally there have been struggles against these abhorrent practices by brave, truthful and visionary persons.

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Disparities around Us—Living Together in Peace and Harmony
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Dec 2016

What is striking not only for foreigners but also for some observant local people in the so called developing countries including India is the disparity and inequity that is out in the open in major towns… Gandhi’s life and his message of living together, truth, nonviolence, and not over-exploiting nature are as relevant today as it was in his time. His message is important not only for the poor but also for the rich and the elites of our society.

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Walking up a Tower — A Simple Conversation on God, Truth and Knowledge
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Dec 2016

Four men had to go to their office on the 20th floor of a tall tower in a big city. When they reached the staircase they were disappointed to see that both the elevators were out of order. What to do?

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Strangers as Friends — Keeping Loneliness at Bay
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

In today’s world what do we observe? Friendship is rare and occasionally we cannot even depend on the so called friends who may be putting on a facade of being your friend.

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Fathers and Sons – A Perspective of Life, Love and Harmony
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Nov 2016

History is a strange amalgam of events and lives of people – important or ordinary. Among these lives the relationships of fathers and their sons form vibrant and humane accounts. The personalities may differ from generation to generation. But their stories recount interesting and unforgettable episodes of life, love, harmony and occasionally animosity.

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Delhi – My Dilli
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

Delhi is the capital of India but is also a beloved of many old people including myself who have been living here for decades. We call the city Dilli which has a reference to the word Dil (heart). Many books and accounts of this grand city have been written by historians, novelists and ordinary people. It has a long, tortuous history built, destroyed and rebuilt innumerable number of times by one invading kingdom or another.

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Religious Goddesses and Conditions of Women Today in India
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2016

Although I have focused on the situation of women in India today, in many parts of the world women are victims of prejudice, injustice and violence both physical and mental. What can be done to alleviate the situation? There is no easy answer. Let us remember that injustice and violence is taking many forms to which we must be sensitive and act against it sincerely.

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Understanding Conflicts through Differing Belief Systems
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2016

Conflicts arise when differing approaches and belief systems come in contact. We must respect these differing perspectives of life and act judiciously and sympathetically towards them. Gandhi worked endlessly to build bridges between different communities and promote peace harmony and goodwill. The path followed by Gandhi is as relevant today as it was when he was alive.

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Handling Opposites for Peace and Justice
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2016

16 Jul 2016 – Life is full of opposites: left and right, north and south, pleasure and pain, peace and violence and many other similar examples. It can be easily seen that some of these opposites such as south or north, or up and down are given and we cannot change them…. A tragic discourse in contemporary times is terrorism vs peace. Terrorism has taken a very ugly turn as can be seen by the latest event of a lone deranged man in Nice.

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Life after Death—Reviving Vulnerable Languages
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2016

Like living beings, languages spoken by people also die and become extinct. There are thousands of languages and dialects in the world.

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Toronto’s High Park Zoo: A Place of Wonder and Joy
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2016

A visit to this small zoological park in Toronto does not only give pleasure especially to children, but it is a fun filled learning experience where one has a sense of joy and wonder at the beauty of nature.

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Connecting with Clouds for Freedom and Joy
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

Clouds are our constant companions whether we realise it or not. Wherever we are under the open skies, we can see clouds of various shapes and forms. They form part of our myths, our cultures, our films and songs. They are a source of joy and freedom and objects of study of scientists.

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Cultivating Symbols for Peace and Harmony
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2016

The world is full of symbols – religious, cultural, historical, archaeological, linguistic and nationalistic. Flags are a powerful symbol of a country… Let us remember and fortify our good symbols, let us avoid the pitfall of extreme negative, repressive and harmful symbolism that is becoming an inevitable part of modern life.

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Civil Society Movements for Promotion of Peace and Social Justice
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2016

Today with acute problems of environmental pollution and climate change, many movements are taking place for the protection and sustenance of the environment. Before discussing environmental movements, it is useful to refer to some prominent political and social movements.

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Call of the Forests – Seeking Joy and Peace
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2016

Forests are symbols of life. If we did not have forests on the planet Earth it would be difficult to visualise what type of life could be present. But life as we know it would not exist. How is this so? The world celebrates Earth Day on 22nd April. It would be wonderful if we also started celebrating World Forest Day.

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Anokhe Lal – A Simple Man of Peace and Kindness
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2016

Anokhe Lal was a do-gooder — a man of simple tastes and limited money. The name was appropriate since the name meant a strange person, a man whom we see rarely in society. He lived in a small hut in a poor colony.

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Romance of Names – Their Environmental and Religious Significance
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2016

What’s in a name? “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, Shakespeare had written in the play Romeo and Juliet.

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Religious Festivals for Brotherhood, Joy and Peace
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2016

On 24 March, we celebrate the festival of Holi in North India by sprinkling coloured powder called gulal and coloured water on each other. Songs, dances and merrymaking mark this day.

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