Articles by Dr Ravi P Bhatia

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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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