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Substances, no style

“I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some bline, random disaster, or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He's taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of death from being a total surprise.”
Chuck Palahniuk

Last Saturday, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed across the globe. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has a global campaign on 'Think health, not drugs' to make the people familiar with the detrimental effects the drugs have on an individual and the society at large.

The objectives of the UNODC in marking this day are extensive; these even include the environmental protection. Back home in Manipur, I feel, June 26 is a grim reminder of the fact that drug menace is as hideous as the perpetual socio-political conflicts that have torn the state apart.

Chuck Palahniuk’s appreciation…

Partial eclipse

This piece is the abstract of an unfinished thesis on
An analysis of cognitive relativism shows that the accuracy of a statement is always relative to a particular perspective. Yet a paradigm shift in the discussion of that statement can make it more expressive, more dominant than the others. As such, this critique is not inherent in adorning the bouquets and throwing brickbats on the concept of globalisation, but rather in studying its significance in remote parts of the world and the reverberation it has on such peripheral economies.

Trade theories and its appreciation show a country gets disrupted in its distribution of resources, and thus generates distributional conflict, when it opens itself to international trade, and world markets in general. The crises in the Northeast and Naxal-affected areas clearly illustrate the level of disparity in allocating resources and politico-economical assets of India. A fu…

A generational disorder found among the natives

June 25 Imphal: Some research findings from a renowned institute have indicated that the Manipuris suffer from a critical generational disorder. The analysis is now being submitted for a professional peer review, according to reliable reports.

The Institute of Cuckoos in the Nest (ICN), which conducted the rigorous investigation, deduces that the World War II had affected an important cerebral area of the people. This impairment plays havoc with the mental foundry, says their report, and it had affected equally all the people in the state and the neighbouring areas.

The study proceeds that there was hardly any bicycle or bullock cart in the erstwhile princely state, when people were suddenly subjected to thousands of roaring airplanes plus ear-splitting bombs and ammunition. This drastic change had knocked the people over, resulting in several disorders.

“Violent behavior occurs as a protective mechanism in response to a perceived threat in psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia,”…

The Bhopal Gas Tragedy Shows the True Colour of the Indian Democracy

A collection of newspaper clippings and press releases from across the mainland on the Bhopal gas tragedy, which shows the true colour of the Indian democracy 
(Leave the draconian laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act)


June 20: At midnight on December 2, 1984, Bhopal became a living manifestation of disastrous corporate negligence leading to the death of over 20,000 people and causing injuries to over 5 lakh, according to official and unofficial figures combined.

After a gap of generation and twenty-five years – on June 7 2010 – the City Judicial Magistrate passed the verdict in the 'Union of India through CBI versus Keshub Mahindra* and others' case. [* Keshub Mahindra is now chairman of the automobile giant Mahindra and Mahindra.]

The onus is …

Screaming with frustration

June 20, New Delhi: In a latest survey on rapists and other sexual offenders, doctors have found that many people in NCR suffered from HLLO (High Libido, Low Oppurtunity) syndrome.

According to medical insiders, eminent shrinks from Gopal Psychiatric Institute have submitted the findings – the report would now be forwarded to the National Directorate of Health for its opinion.

Dr Gopal Gupta, the Head Doctor of GPI, says, “This might be the reason behind the vicious cycles of crime on women in the city.”

According to the Delhi Police statistics, there have been cases of 414 rapes, 222 eve-teasing, 492 molestation and 112 murder of women reported in the city alone this year.

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God is a noun


Different religions have very different ideas of what ‘god’ is like; they even disagree about basic issues, such as how many gods there are, whether they’re male or female, and so on. Even after centuries of effort and prayers, nobody has come up with a watertight logical proof of the existence of god. In spite of this, however, people often feel that they can logically prove that god exists.

Unfortunately, reality is not decided by logic. Even when you rigorously prove that god exists, it wouldn’t actually get you very far. It could be that your logical rules do not always stand the truth — that your system of logic is flawed. It could be that your premises are wrong. It could even be that the reality is not logically consistent. In the end, the only way to find out what is really going on is to observe the scheme of things. Logic can merely give you an idea where or how to look; and most logical argumen…


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