Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ship of Theseus and Organ Donation

Ship of Theseus directed by Anand Gandhi, starring Aida Al-Khashef, Neeraj Kabi and Sohum Shah depicting a complex question on organ donation. The idea is based on the Theseus' paradox under which the identity of an object is made questionable after its parts are replaced, remaining not original.

The four subplots include the stories of Aaliya Kamal who is a visually impaired photographer with corneal transplant but in this process finds her creative skills largely affected due to maladjustment to her environment. Second is Maitreya, a Jain monk who is fighting a case to ban animal testing for medical purposes. He refuses to take medications and considers no transplant as he is diagnosed with liver cirrhosis and continues with his traditional lifestyle. Neeraj Kabi is a stockbroker who receives a kidney as part of his treatment and after having talks with his mother to do something good becomes overly conscious about the kidney donated to him which he suspects is stolen. Shankar, a bricklayer is an initial suspected donar but on pursuing the matter, Neeraj comes to know that his kidney has come from valid sources while of Shankar's has been stolen and sold to a recipient based in Sweden.

He goes to Sweden to ask for the kidney be returned to Shankar who settles instead for a hefty sum from the donor. The movie ends with all the recipients and donors in an organ donation orientation room where a slide is played showing a man going in a cave with sparkling stones and darkness.

My Views:

I like the movie because it puts us a question. A question should never go wasted. The end of the movie puts a question to the people in the room. We all are part of human civilization and can take our decision without being overly conversant with dharma, legal laws and even delving deep into the consciousness. Sometimes when the challenges are thrown to us, we suffer from moral conundrum. When first the question of organ donation arose, there was general discomfort over the organ donation. Today, the people are donating their bodies after their death. Still it is not a popular belief and easy for the family members to part from the bodies of their loved deceased.

Between a self decision Aaliya being in favor of organ donation, of Maitreya for fellow beings, of a stockbroker for a conscientious healthy life with an exception of Shankar who does it for money, the idea is rooted in gradual acceptance. A bit by bit, everyone is working in this direction to enlighten the masses for organ donation. Even the illegal aspect associated with organ donation, i.e., organ theft sheds the need for more concrete plan for better medical services.

However, "Ship of Theseus" paradox questions us our success. Whether we are able to support the cause of organ donation despite basic possessiveness towards our bodies. The question in the mind of public is whether their bodies remain same or their karmas are disadvangaed in some way due to organ donation. Many theories such as being born handicap is related to rebirth and past karmas in many religions. Modern events such as loss of career skills due to certain transplant or organ theft from a person who might not qualify for the transplant under proper medical conditions are fresh challenges in this aspect. 

It is good that a health issue is being discussed with a dilemma related to it and meanwhile, as the system is gearing for better health practices, this movie will inspire the people to think deeply and decide their take on organ donation which hopefully is optimistic.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Meantime, I am a Rajput

A study of our vedic scriptures often puts us in disbelief regarding caste system and tend to bend towards modern social justice system in India. 

Often Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as an entity that holded the transitition of lower caste into the mainstream with the usage of term "Harijan."

The first passage of Shri Shiv Mahapuran where Shonik Rishi along with other rishis came to visit Shri Sut ji, a prime disciple of Maharishi Shri Vedvyas and talked about prevalent bad circumstances. He told that a century is near when old religions will be lost and there will be increase in evil or bad deeds. The people will leave their respective religions and follow an independent path which will be futile. Four caste systems: Brahman, Kshytriya, Vaishya and Sudhra will digress from their respective occupations. Brahman will become farmers and become clever and involve in forgery. Kshytriya will leave the warrrior front and become travellers along will start stealing with skill. Vaishya will use corrupt ways to earn money and leave the right path. Sudra will try to do work like Brahman with which the whole role will catapult.

Simply this text challenges us to think, for us has become brahman in doing so or in other sense a community like Sudhra that is willing to overtake. But here it is.

1. Switching from basic occupations when a community is prepared from centuries with deep understanding of their businesses and in sense, they have formed strong personalities. Any advantage or say survival through challenging situations being earned because of false impression or real impression of their good upbringing working in their advantage and inability to visualize our religion independent of these persaonlities, it is true there will be wide confusion.

2. However, these false roles taken on by not an individual from a certain caste (which can sometimes very uplifting for the same caste for same benefits) but a whole community because of being downtrodden in process, because of rising corruption, because of lust of enriched lifestyles will obviously make matters worse due to ignorance of century-old knowledge and skills.

3. The only problem is not of skill but of virtue. Every community had in the ancient past very rich culture, which with time deteriorated. The strong will not to opt for farming in case of less work in spiritual path and to seek alternative ways to evolve is not easy and it did not arrived till now in fragments, reading from past scriptures new false religions or false /half knowledge is surfacing.

4. This problem is also increased due to increase in businesses, open in pathways where a person could become increasingly impatient and/or temperamental and thus doubtful and bad decisions. Thus, because of impulsive nature of human being and the basic necessity to safeguard one's interests, no one literally and practically took steps to restore something but to move on without thinking twice.

5. The occupations related to different caste system, if alteratives would have drawn without reference to the primary caste then with time, it would have been successful to draw a new system which follows dhrama and is not a dhrama in its only definition. But, because everybody sought to move on and the preferential treatment for upper caste existed, the governing bodies thereafter remain responsible for this degradtion.

(Here, I would like to state that I treated Brahman as only a caste but being a state is a different thing altogether so it is inevitable that even governing bodies cannot be able to reach that infinitesimal and microscopic understanding of our ancient religion but in any case, we are already hardly 0.0000000finite% of our vedas).

6. The most setback is of introduction of techniques which our vedas did not told about Sudhras (most probably because they talked about dharma or the state of beings that upholds it). Like love jihad, switching of community by alluring the female to get married to them or to challenge a person from upper caste to accept them. The intention of rishis was not to see any community in bad light but to talk about consequences of their actions and they put least emphasis on Sudhras who were/are seem most ideal for the options they choose.

However, the latest technique of community switching is a new twist to the bad karma according to me. But, in fact because of development plans in their favor due to government their status has improved what had been there in the past India. In this case, upholding one's own caste has become a viable option. To seek jobs which now range from peon to being prime minister under their own surname seems apt.

According to me, caste system should be hold by respective communities. Yes, even in scenario where we get a close associate via Facebook with certain likes to our work and lifestyle. It is difficult not to be selfish and take pride in local culture but our scriptures has said right about us.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Root Governance

Since we are now community of people who express our views on everything, politics, social issues, businesses, life, goals, etc., there are still portals hanging in the cyber space that require our attention or must be say those even if offline.

I read many blogs in past week and bloggers are doing great job, illuminating on beautiful Indian places to visit, to support issues like girl child, help a kid to reach 5, pick the pickle campaign, tiger and forest conservation. Through their travels, they shared another anecdotes that reflected how well they are enjoying and grasping the whole experience.

At root level, the promise of minimum goverance of Mr. Narendra Modi however, is quite pressure on these intellectuals. I find it hard to believe that they are paying their bills and able to support a career so well.

I far by myself came up with this fiction (I wish someone may well illustrate it through a satire cartoon.)

All that we all hear

After umpteen sleepless days due to the local community's foul smell and noises, a writer suffers a logjam at his work and his social activity gets affected.

Imagining, a dialogue appears between her and a local person.

Writer: ISIS

Person: ISIS. Sorry, I smell no bad odor and obviously there is no noise.

Writer: ISIS and whatever Narendra Modi does.

Person: ISIS and next government of Aam Adami.

Writer: ISIS and whatever next government does.

Person: ISIS

Writer: ISIS

Monday, 28 July 2014

Method of A Poet

How should a poet initiate to start writing poetry? For a seasoned poet, it is spontaneous activity to pen down the ideas and emotions into verse.The known characteristic of a poet is a secluded place, certain physical traits such as thinking gestures, looking into wide horizon, and good reading habits. The best poems however, can come at any place and situation. 

What process does a poet goes through before he attempts his piece. Imagine a busy road by a building and a window view, the poet will take note of surroundings and whilst without any inhibition, he will embark on a poem writing. Physically, one may require a notebook and a pen and a suitable environment to do so.

We will however, judge a different situation. Imagine another scenario, where the poet is sitting outside a shopping mall by a busy road with anything to scribble on. The objective is to talk on nature with the sky being overcast with clouds but there is zest among public related to sales at mall. The poet now cannot possibly surrender to the situation and look for a viable solution or attempt at some other time.

To be ideal is somewhat is akin to Platonism but considering that these are merely milestones for a poet and not an ideology, a stricter Plato version can be forsaken.


"At times he appears to attribute their art to divine inspiration or to a form of madness.

J. Reber holds that Plato criticizes poetry because it is imitation, because the artist is ignorant of the things which he imitates, and because poetry addresses itself to the lower faculties of man, with which he can not grasp truth."

From book "Harvard Studies in Classical Philology" Published by Department of the Classics, Harvard University.

A poem is handiwork of a poet's mind or a stage at which one arrives after leaving many personal and superficial components of self and the space. Art is not sciences or even a philosophy so most of the regular works are reminiscent of the present and/or experiences. Some creative works go ahead and play with different ideas of human (et al.) emotions and behaviors. Thus, the end piece lends a fresh perspective on its own without the need to support any rule or principle of the universe. The reader is independent and can deduce any meaning of the work. While most of the publishing houses are able to judge the importance of a work by coming to certain inferences but the overall impact is independent of it.

At any time, the literary judgements can also biased and region specific and undergo change. Thus, even in its own theory, a work is a transient entity. Its popularity can flow with time or be reduced to a time period of the century.

No poet can produce all the works in the same capacity. There is marked difference in the method and also popularity. However, a poet's journey is different from literary consciousness of the same time and has separate influence for the readers and in literature.