28 June 2013

Why should Humanists use Linux ?

Why should Humanists use Linux ?

Humanists are people working across the planet for Change; a Change that is within each one of them and a simultaneous Change that goes on spreading in the environment through more & more working for Change, selflessly, giving their best to others, without expecting anything in return.
In this work, Humanists reject all kind of violence, be it Physical, Economic, Psychological, Gender, Moral and even Internal (that manifests within the human being as Hatred, Anger, Greed, Resentment, etc.).

Humanists reject the economic model that is built based on the greed of a few and is implemented through violence on a majority of people.
Microsoft that gives out software products, is a known symbol of violence, because it grows by exploiting the economic levers of a sold-off-political-economic system.

On the other hand, Linux is built by a loose (but well-networked) team of over 2 million volunteers, working across the globe, voluntarily, giving out their best to the society without expecting anything in return.

Linux is rock-solid, used from a watch to rockets including the Space-station. Majority of global data, and 85%+ internet, including Google and Facebook work on Linux.

Linux also works great on Desktop.
OpenLX Linux offers you a free-to-download-and-share Desktop Linux that offers : Operating System - Office-suite - InterNet-Suite - Multimedia - Graphics - Games - Utilities and a lot more.

And yes, there are no Viruses and systems do not crash.

Isn't that more than what we usually need on a desktop computer ?

The similarity of spirit & passion of mission to change is the biggest reason that Humanists should use Linux, while rejecting Microsoft.
The above explanation also tell us that using Linux does not mean compromising on features, speed or anything else in terms of facilities made available by software applications.

Are you aware that Android (most probably your cell phone uses that) is a Linux product ?

Come over to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kalculate/140778612789838
and go on to download OpenLX Linux - free for you and for everyone around you. Use it, Share it and enjoy your computing.

25 February 2012

Delhi Elections - Will Delhi have a real choice this time ?


MCD Elections - 272 seats :   Will Delhi have a real choice this time ?

Will the youth come forward, after a gap of 60+ years and take charge of the city ?

Delhi needs just 136 young Women & 136 young Men to be people's Candidates to Municipal Corporation

1. Young men & women of Age Group : 21 to 40 years, duly registered as voters in their respective wards (Power to Youth)

2. Honest, Selfless with zeal to Change the world

3. Experience : Having the honest feeling for the good of others

4. Not welcome : Those with criminal cases of any kind whatsoever. And those rejected from other parties.

5. Money : You will not be required to pay any money for party's ticket as its candidate. Party will not give you any money for elections. Your elections should be conducted by the people of the area with their voluntary contributions that should be publicly handled by a team of people of the area

6. Your task : To form grass root groups of your ward, in every neighborhood of the ward, that will take charge of all aspects of life in their areas, with direct participation of residents on daily-basis. Your role will be to coordinate this activity of Real-Democracy-in-action.

7. Process of selection : Anyone fitting the above criteria is welcome. Have a team of 50 volunteers supporting your candidature and send your application by email (info@humanistparty.org) immediately. We will visit you in your area to meet you and your supporters and finalize the candidate.
If there are more than one candidates from one area, we will promote honest discussions among the candidates and their supporters to unanimously select the best candidate. In case of a tie and no solution, we will do an internal election to select the winner on a clear written condition from all candidates to fully support that winner.

8. Remember : No money will change hands. All expenses of the election will be done solely based on voluntary donations of the people.
Since our way of working with be "people-to-people", "house-to-house", based in neighborhoods-teams without any high-flying-leaders, we will actually not need much money.
Our work will be to form active groups of residents in every neighborhood of every ward that will take charge of their respective neighborhoods, from now onwards.

When we work like this, we do not need anything more than a simple leaflet and perhaps a few banners in every neighborhood to propagate our ideas, which will take shape of a daily action of and by the people immediately.
We are talking of "power to the people" and hence the leaders' role will be only to coordinate the action that people will decide and take everywhere.

This is what Gandhi's Real Swaraj meant and we intend to out it to action NOW !

Our way of working with be NON-VIOLENCE-IN-ACTION, that is Active-Non-Violence.

We will work with creativity, positive action instead of hatred, enmity, competition or insult to anyone. We care for Our Dignity, our Dignity, Dignity for all without any discrimination whatsoever.

We will soon be announcing the specific points of Humanist Manifesto for Delhi that will be based on the 5 point of Humanist ideology and our manifesto given at www.humanistparty.org website.

If you are with us, come over immediately. The Future invites you.

Iceland, a country that wants to punish the bankers responsible for the crisis

Since 2008 the vast majority of the Western population dream about saying "no" to the banks, but no one has dared to do so. No one except the Icelanders, who have carried out a peaceful revolution that has managed not only to overthrow a government and draft a new constitution, but also seeks to jail those responsible for the country's economic debacle.
Image by: Helgi Hall
Peaceful protests, pots and pans and demonstrations against the banks
Reikjavik, 3/28/11 

Last week 9 people were arrested in London and Reykjavik for their possible responsibility for Iceland’s financial collapse in 2008, a deep crisis which developed into an unprecedented public reaction that is changing the country's direction.

It has been a revolution without weapons in Iceland, the country that hosts the world's oldest democracy (since 930), and whose citizens have managed to effect change by going on demonstrations and banging pots and pans. Why have the rest of the Western countries not even heard about it?

Pressure from Icelandic citizens’ has managed not only to bring down a government, but also begin the drafting of a new constitution (in process) and is seeking to put in jail those bankers responsible for the financial crisis in the country. As the saying goes, if you ask for things politely it is much easier to get them.

This quiet revolutionary process has its origins in 2008 when the Icelandic government decided to nationalise the three largest banks, Landsbanki, Kaupthing and Glitnir, whose clients were mainly British, and North and South American.

After the State took over, the official currency (krona) plummeted and the stock market suspended its activity after a 76% collapse. Iceland was becoming bankrupt and to save the situation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) injected U.S. $ 2,100 million and the Nordic countries helped with another 2,500 million.

Great little victories of ordinary people
While banks and local and foreign authorities were desperately seeking economic solutions, the Icelandic people took to the streets and their persistent daily demonstrations outside parliament in Reykjavik prompted the resignation of the conservative Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde and his entire government.

Citizens demanded, in addition, to convene early elections, and they succeeded. In April a coalition government was elected, formed by the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left Green Movement, headed by a new Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

Throughout 2009 the Icelandic economy continued to be in a precarious situation (at the end of the year the GDP had dropped by 7%) but, despite this, the Parliament proposed to repay the debt to Britain and the Netherlands with a payment of 3,500 million Euros, a sum to be paid every month by Icelandic families for 15 years at 5.5% interest.

The move sparked anger again in the Icelanders, who returned to the streets demanding that, at least, that decision was put to a referendum. Another big small victory for the street protests: in March 2010 that vote was held and an overwhelming 93% of the population refused to repay the debt, at least with those conditions.

This forced the creditors to rethink the deal and improve it, offering 3% interest and payment over 37 years. Not even that was enough. The current president, on seeing that Parliament approved the agreement by a narrow margin, decided last month not to approve it and to call on the Icelandic people to vote in a referendum so that they would have the last word.

The bankers are fleeing in fear
Returning to the tense situation in 2010, while the Icelanders were refusing to pay a debt incurred by financial sharks without consultation, the coalition government had launched an investigation to determine legal responsibilities for the fatal economic crisis and had already arrested several bankers and top executives closely linked to high risk operations.

Interpol, meanwhile, had issued an international arrest warrant against Sigurdur Einarsson, former president of one of the banks. This situation led scared bankers and executives to leave the country en masse.

In this context of crisis, an assembly was elected to draft a new constitution that would reflect the lessons learned and replace the current one, inspired by the Danish constitution.

To do this, instead of calling experts and politicians, Iceland decided to appeal directly to the people, after all they have sovereign power over the law. More than 500 Icelanders presented themselves as candidates to participate in this exercise in direct democracy and write a new constitution. 25 of them, without party affiliations, including lawyers, students, journalists, farmers and trade union representatives were elected.

Among other developments, this constitution will call for the protection, like no other, of freedom of information and expression in the so-called Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, in a bill that aims to make the country a safe haven for investigative journalism and freedom of information, where sources, journalists and Internet providers that host news reporting are protected.

The people, for once, will decide the future of the country while bankers and politicians witness the transformation of a nation from the sidelines.

Source: www.elconfidencial.com
Pressenza Editorial Team in Chile
translation: Silvia Swinden

11 February 2012

No More Wars - 99% People's demand !




PROPOSAL 2.0, January 26, 2012 DRAFT


We the people of the Moscow and New York Assemblies acknowledge that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members. We are at a critical moment in history.

There is a rising tide of military aggression and wars supported by increasingly lethal technologies. There are deaths and maimings of civilians across the globe.

Rampant military spending, over 1.5 trillion dollars a year, continues despite the global economic crisis and increasing poverty. In the global trade in arms, manufacturers make hundreds of billions of dollars a year, and Russia and the United States supply more than half of major weapons.

We are aware of the history of our two countries. The nuclear arms race was led by the United States, a country that used nuclear weapons on civilian populations on two occasions (Hiroshima and Nagasaki). The Cold War arms race between the United States and Russia deprived our peoples of our wealth.

It has been more than 20 years since the end of the Cold War yet our countries, Russia and the United States, still possess 95% of the more than 20,000 nuclear weapons on the planet. Nearly 2,000 of the Russian/US warheads are deployed  ready for immediate launch.

Thousands of nuclear warheads and millions of guns do not defend ordinary people from poverty and do not help them feed themselves.

Nuclear power continues to pose a threat to life and earth and is the essential technology driving the proliferation of nuclear weapons.  
Every nuclear reactor is a potential bomb factory that burns and produces materials which with further processing can be used to make nuclear warheads. Nuclear accidents have led to nuclear catastrophes. 
Chernobyl and now Fukushima have given us the resolve to say “No to nuclear!”.

The threat of war is not an acceptable or workable response to the feared or actual spread of nuclear weapons which can emerge from nuclear power technology. To avoid nuclear proliferation and end the risk of devastating nuclear war, the current nuclear-armed states must eliminate their arsenals and initiate a universal phase-out of nuclear power. The United States and Russia, with the world’s largest stockpiles of nuclear arms, must lead the way for global nuclear abolition.

We envision a world without nuclear weapons, an end to the arms race and an end to war. We will not stop our public assemblies, we will not go home, we will not rest until the world and the power is restored to the people.

We put forth the following list of concrete measures to achieve nuclear abolition and disarmament:

•        Standing down of US and Russian nuclear weapons now ready to fire within minutes and unilateral actions by both countries to eliminate their arsenals.

•        Global negotiations for elimination of all existing nuclear arsenals and a world permanently and equitably free of nuclear weapons.

•       Closure of all nuclear test sites, including Nevada and Novaya Zemlya.

•       An end to development of missiles and space weapons and negotiation of a missile/space ban.

•       An end to the spread of nuclear technology around the planet and shutdown of existing nuclear power plants.

•       Transparent reduction of conventional weapons.

•       An end to all drone programs and any development of new lethal technologies.

•          Reallocation of military spending and capabilities of scientists to building a safer, sustainable world.

•       Dismantlement of NATO and other bloc military alliances.*

We don’t need missiles, we need housing.

We don’t need bombs, we need hospitals.

We don’t need guns, we need schools and books.

We don’t need bullets, we need food.

We need to live in peace and security. We need a world in which ordinary people are not victims of political games. We need a world where we can love one another, love our children, and be friends with our neighbors, without having to fear for our lives and our planet.

*This list is non-inclusive.

03 February 2012

Together, We Can ! Together, We Shall !

One after the other, the scams are coming out. Not only the new ones, but the deeper and more serious nature/level of earlier scams are coming out.

Like someone told me, after hearing today's Supreme Court's judgement :
" PMO officials make serious mistakes, but PM is held not responsible for it;
One minister does a scam, but the PM is help not responsible for it;
But, when the cricket team does not perform, the Captain is held responsible. Is it that the PM is not the Captain (leader) of the Government ? "

This shows a very negative feeling on part of the people. One after the other, the speakers on various TV programs talk about it, but nothing changes.

It is time that people take cognizance of the matter and take decisions.
It appears that our representatives (yes, they are our elected representatives, though they do not have 51% population's votes) have either lost the will be give us an Honest Government, or there is something worse than that - the will to mis-appropriate the people's resources.
Why is it that it takes the Supreme Court to tell them that they cannot sit on the application asking for sanction to prosecute those suspected of Corrupt practices ?
Why is is that the Supreme Court has to remind the Government of its basic duties towards the citizens ?

We think the time has come for responsible citizens to come forward.
It is time that, we, the common people, come out of our shells, out of our "meaningless running after money for survival", out of our "useless ambition of becoming rich", and take "responsible charge of our Lives, of our Country" and lead it to a situation of Dignity for all.

I, on behalf of the Humanists, invite you all to discuss this way forward and shape it immediately into a wave that will clean up the corruption (violence in all forms), creating exemplary life-style for others to look up-to.

As a Humanist, I pledge today to start a new phase of life that will be worthy of being a true Humanist.

And, simultaneously, invite you all to join me in this humble effort, so that, together, we can Humanize ourselves and our Country, our World !

Together, We Can ! Together, We Shall !

11 January 2012

Expansion of the issue of “Struggle against Corruption” - a Humanist explanation

Expansion of the issue of “Struggle against Corruption”
- a Humanist explanation


Corruption is a form of Economic Violence, because it results when one manipulates a situation by way of unfair economic gains (offered or taken).

Humanists understand that violence manifests in different forms.

First of all it has two ways : External violence and Internal violence.

While the popularly understood expression of violence is Physical violence (physical fights, wars etc. Leading to bodily harm), It also gets expressed in the form of :

Economic Violence : Unemployment, Exploitation, Corruption, Slavery, Poverty, Monopolization etc.

Racial Violence : Caste differences, Racial discrimination, etc.

Religious Violence : Discrimination and Intolerance on the basis of religious beliefs;

Gender Violence : Discrimination according to gender, Female infanticide, Rape, etc.,

Psychological Violence : Spreading negative values (for example through mass media and advertising), Creating fears among people, Creating hatred and divisions, based on language, regionalism, poor-rich, etc.

Moral Violence : Remaining quiet in the face of violence being committed

Internal Violence expresses itself in the form of : Greed, Hatred, Enmity, Frustrations, Insecurity, Resentments, etc. Negative memories, Negative intentions and Negative plans ......

Hence, while corruption is one form of violence, to build a better society, a better country and a better world, we need to overcome all forms of (internal and external) violence and take the society beyond the era of violence.

Our issues thus, include all forms of violence, remaining very logical without any deviation from the original objectives of the struggle.

Having explained the different forms of violence, we can easily understand terms like :
( First of all, a life style is generated as a value-system, whereby people share the common dream of becoming rich as the main meaning of life. This is done by controlling education and media in order to serve the market.)

Corruption in Science : Resulting, for example, in GM Food. By sponsoring all scientists (who, as today' humans, also want to be quick-rich), they not just pay for research, but, mostly to make the declarations for the kind of conclusions they wish to have, in order to sell their products.

Are we, then, surprised, that the world has not seen even one Scientific invention for more than 50 years now ? (Here, we need to understand that Invention is a completely new concept like the Phone, Electricity etc., and Technology is the adaption of Science in the form of products, and we have seen only major Technological advances in these times. These are also important, but, they are not inventions).

That is how, an anti-life and dangerous product like GM-Seed is being hailed as a great invention for humans, while its sole purpose is to capture the control of food-production from farmer to a monopoly.

That is how, fear is used to sell vaccines for children, which have been claimed & proved to be useless by many selfless medical-scientists.
That is how, using fear, fashion and life-style issues (all of them created by manipulating the economically-controlled-media), they well us many things, giving the statements of “paid-scientists” as the support behind their claims.

Corruption in Economy : Supporting the large and monopoly industries, while killing the small enterprise, in-spite of the established fact that more than 50% of employment and exports have always been generated by the small scale industry in India and there are exemplary Co-operative enterprises across India that need to be expanded further in the same and more areas, thus increasing employment and dignified life for people.

Are we then surprised that the Government has plenty of money to support the rich industrialists when their companies fail (actually because the money in the companies is swindled to personal accounts of the rich promoters). Are we surprised that while they follow Capitalist policies in the name of Reforms, they bail-out the rich and don't care about the poor. Lets us not forget here that the money in the companies comes from (people owned) banks and PSUs like LIC, UTI and other financial institutions.

Are we surprised that the amount of 39,000 Crores as taxes-backlog from rich people as of the year 1990 has only grown further, with almost no action taken against any of them. This amount is said to be grown by 10 times by now.
Are we surprised that we have a whole lot of Politicians who declare their wealth in Crores (in election affidavits), whereas they have no known/declared business or job to their life's record and they are also proud to claim that they have been solely working for the country for their whole lives ?

Are we surprised that Air-India is suddenly saddled with 111 extra air-crafts (alleged to be for commission for some people), even against the decision of the management and hence putting the airlines under serious economic stress leading to losses ? Who pays for these losses while the politicians are responsible for them ?

Oil, Electricity, Mining, Water, Forests, all of them being National assets are being sold out cheap (many times free of cost) to private monopolies, against the interest of people and the country.

There are hundreds of scams, many of which have been unearthed during the last one year, being just the tip of iceberg.
It is clear that, if we have AN HONEST-CLEAN-SELFLESS GOVERNMENT ( is it really a tall order for a country of 1.2 billion ), we can provide dignified life to each and every citizen without any issue whatsoever.
Money needs to be removed from the center of life.

All Violence against Farmers by way of controlling their output-prices, while their costs are left to the absurdities of the market can be overcome if the complete food-supply-chain is handed over to Co-operatives that are fully owned, run and managed by the involved farmers themselves. While the farmers are committing suicides (one every 31 minutes), the food produced by them is making many companies rich at all times while the consumers are paying major part of their incomes for food. If these prices were to reach the farmers, they would have enough resources to buy-off the likes of Tatas, Birlas and Ambanis of the country with that kind of money.

Are we then surprised that the loans and subsidies meant for farmers are given to politicians and their relatives ?

Corruption in Education : While the Humanists raised and opposed the issue of “Capitation fees and Donations in education institutes” in 1984 and presented a clear memorandum and way forward, it took the blind and deaf governments 27 years to come to this conclusion and issue directives against this menace.
In the meanwhile, they have systematically harmed the established Government-school-system and promoted privately owned education industry whose obvious motive is to churn out huge profits that as always at the cost of the students' life and dignity.

Today, for example, we create frustrated data-entry operators in the name of Information technology engineers. The medicine students have the motivation to pass their exams through cheating. What kind of medical treatment can be expected from them to save human-lives ?

While we rightly blame doctors to have become exploitative, we forget (though this is not an excuse) that to become a doctor, one needs to spend a sum in the range of 25 to 75 Lakh, for which most parents have to pledge their homes, lands and jewelry.  Same is the case for engineers and others. Those who want to become teachers, for example, are considered as duds. That demonstrates the rotten value system prevailing today.

Why are we divided on the basis of Language, Religion, Caste, States, Regions etc. ?
Why were all these divisions created and nurtured by the politicians so far ?
Clearly, this was done to keep people fighting over crumbs thrown to them, while the politicians would remain quietly and happily exploiting and looting the country.
First they divide us, then they create reservations and while many await the fruits of these reservations, a few take away everything and the rest keeps hoping for a better future for generations after generations.

Housing and Land scams are well know, whereby a large section of people are left to manage their lives in dirty and unhygienic conditions in urban-slums and poor-neglected-villages, their lands are taken away to built luxury lifestyle for a few.

Speculatory scams
are created to suck people's hard-earned money (showing them the dreams like “Kaun Banega Crorepati) that goes in the fat-pockets of the 1% who remain becoming rich by the second, while the rest keep watching their life's savings going down the drain at all times. A violent value-system is systematically created using mass-media and education system that has already been degenerated and is in full control of dirty hands of the monopolistic-violent mafia, popularly called now as THE 1%.

Corruption in medical science : Unnecessary medicines are forced on people using “Doctor is the God” as the theme in background. Illegal tests are done on non-suspecting patients and the doctors caught (if at all) doing it, are let off on simple fines, which are obviously paid by their sponsoring and supporting illegal companies doing their illegal research. For running this scam, they create doctors whose sole aim in life is to become rich.

In the same way, we can describe examples from different fields of life, The scams that have been increasing in various fields are a result of the violent system operating in our country, our society and our life.

01 January 2012

Events of 2011 have challenged the present system, Do we cooperate with this Challenge or sit on the fence and watch?

A big Shift between last year 2011 and the coming new year 2012 is in the make:

After the experiments of Non-violence as a methodology of action, by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, we have seen 2011 as the year of the Great Nonviolent Turning Point, without any leader.  Greater events may follow in the new year 2012 or in the following years to come. The  events in the year 2011—the population coming down to streets in big numbers, starting from Tunisia to Egypt, from Greece to Spain, from Chile to Jeju Island, from China and Russia and up to Occupy Wall Street in America—have marked a greater significance of growing qualitative shift in the direction of Peoples’ thinking.

For the Humanists of New Humanism, people of India, and the ruling few, the challenges are many and the opportunities that come up in these times of crisis brings us to a cross road where we can-not anymore avoid  making a choice to decide. Do we carry on as always as we have been or do we with energy (nerve) and imagination make a courageous change in our mental direction?

Here we can decide to make a crucial choice for a right option, which calls for a decision, commitment, and a new set of values in our personal life that can contribute for a collective meaning for our generation, or we can follow the traditionally accepted norms of life that ends up in total non-meaning.

This worldwide tendency that we have seen, in the year 2011, demands for a nonviolent change, asking us to make a choice between huge economical disparity and sustainable equality; between centralized decision making and democratic decision making (between oligarchy and real democracy); between the 98% peoples’ struggle for living and 2% peoples’ domination on 98%’s living; between oppression and freedom; between militarized culture and a non-violent civil society; between money, prestige, and power as central values and human being as the central value, etc. etc…

The change and the choice in front of us is not just a minor cosmetic one, but it is of magnitude that requires deep introspection and sacrifices in this moment of our life,  for the new world to be born for our future generations and a new civilization to come.

The question is: are we ready to make this jump?

Changes on this planet will not appear out of the blue. It requires Human Intentions. It requires deep transformation of personal and social consciousness. A willingness to give up certain notions, assumptions and believes about how the world is ordered. It requires a complete political change, letting go of deeply ingrained self-image and world-view. It requires a complete change in the fundamentals of today’s world order. It requires individual commitment to face the consequence of the new steps that will be taken from time to time.

The events of 2011 have challenged the present system, has challenged the present order.

Do we cooperate with this or sit on the fence and watch?