More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity.—
So, my position is just that it would be immoral of me to preach violence to anybody unless I’m prepared to pick up arms myself. But I think it is equally immoral for me to preach nonviolence when I’m not bearing the brunt of the attack.— , February 2011 interview with Guernica
This cocktail of religious fundamentalism and a crazed, irresponsible, unaccountable media is becoming a very serious problem, in India as well as Pakistan. I don’t know what the solution is. Certainly not censorship!— , February 2011 interview with Guernica
Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.— ,Last lecture: Achieving your childhood dreams
What other people think of you is none of your business
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.—
You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.—
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty!—
You cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that caused the problem—
Well, I would like to tell you the rat race is over. The rats have won.— , Lecture: The Importance of Citizen Journalism
Growing insensitivity is often the baggage of deepening inequality.— , Dregs Of Destiny
If we draw a baseline in the last Ice Age, everyone’s conditions have improved.— , Dregs Of Destiny
Read the press on rural India. You’ll be struck by the fact that—in the press—the rural poor almost never speak. They invariably ‘lament’ or ‘plead’ or ‘cry’ or ‘beg’ for attention. Sometimes, they even ‘wail’ or ‘weep’. They rarely just ‘say’ things the way the rest of us do. Because we have decided that that is the way they are.— , Dregs Of Destiny
How agonized we are over how people die. How untroubled we are by how they live.— ,Globalizing Inequality
As famous last words, those rank along side the Tarzan’s “Who greased the grapevine?”— ,Globalizing Inequality
Then there are the ideologically insane. The members of the sect have no interest in either farmers or agriculture. Only in upholding their Gospel.For them, farmers are dying because they have not been reached by free market reforms. If more of them keep dying after they are reached, it’s because the “reforms have not gone far enough.” It hangs a halo of righteousness around wanton ignorance.—
Always speak, write, live your highest truth. That is how you grow. And if you get lynched for it, at least you have that glow.—
None of us can do curing. We are not medical people, we don’t deal with curing. And by the way, they can’t cure either.—
No matter how ruthlessly you curb free expression, truth survives breathing in between those bruised lines.—
The death of our civilization is no longer a theory or an academic possibility; it is the road we’re on—
i like my people like i like my coffee ~ rare beans in broken cups—
MEDIA is a crime scene – ALWAYS take screenshots—
Individual victims get vilified and denied justice in a macabre tug-of-war when elephants fight comprehensive battles in the courtyards of puny mortals.—
The opposite of consumption is not frugality, it’s generosity.—
When the man moves on, the woman is the slut.—
“media objectivity” seems like a fictional concept, like the Yeti.— ,http://twitter.com/_R_Srikanth/status/156806745061203968
Democracy runs on public debate—
With a sudden gush of mist winter arrives, streetlights ogle with sodium eyes—
In a democracy if two people agree on everything then one of them is redundant. So we have to learn to agree to disagree.— , @Swamy39
You see her body. I see her courage. You see her morality. I see her priorities.— ,@madversity http://twitter.com/madversity/statuses/138134884668542976
Man is the creature who does not know what to desire, and he turns to others in order to make up his mind. We desire what others desire because we imitate their desires.—
Man is the creature who does not know what to desire, and he turns to others in order to make up his mind. We desire what others desire because we imitate their desires.— , Violent Origins
My soul would have no rainbow, if my eyes had no tears— , The INK Conference
My suspicion is that we as a society didn’t want any change, and didn’t have the guts to refuse to change. So we put in systems that wouldn’t work.—
Violence in the home normalizes violence in the street and in foreign policy.— , Gloria Steinem on Rape in War, Its Causes, and How to Stop It
It’s been said that the woman a man most fears is the woman within himself. Men are punished by being cut off from human qualities denied to them as “feminine.”— , Gloria Steinem on Rape in War, Its Causes, and How to Stop It
Because we genderize the study of childrearing as “feminine” and the study of conflict and foreign policy as “masculine,” we rarely see that the first causes the second.— , Gloria Steinem on Rape in War, Its Causes, and How to Stop It
No society is beyond reproach or beyond repair.— , Gloria Steinem on Rape in War, Its Causes, and How to Stop It
We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.—
There are always alternatives. We like to pretend there are none, so that we can blame someone for our inaction.—
Nations are composed of societies. Societies are made up of families. Families consist of people. The human being thus becomes the determining unit of life.— , A Nation without mentorshttp://tehelka.com/story_main50.asp?filename=Ws060711VSinsideout.asp
The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.—
There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it—
If you can conceive of morality without god, why can you not conceive of society without government?—
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius, and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.—
Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.—
Civil disobedience, that’s not our problem. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.—
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.—
When you philosophically oppose an entire power elite, you cannot help but sound like a conspiracy theorist. Social power is by nature a conspiracy.—
Our world is faced with a crisis that has never before been envisaged in its whole existence… The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophe.— , Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, May, 1946
To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.—
The job of the editorial writer is to go down into the valley after the battle is over and shoot the wounded.— , New Republic
Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.—
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.— , Salvor Hardin in “Foundation”
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.— , In a speech at the White House, 1962
There are always survivors at a massacre. Among the victors, if nowhere else.— ,Ethan of Athos, 1986
A “reality” that is unjust needs to be changed, not accepted. It should be no one’s fate to be taking abuse and giving care.—
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.—
Everybody pities the weak. Jealousy you have to earn.—
I have been in a heterosexual world all my life and I have not been influenced by heterosexuality, how do heterosexuals get influenced by my sexuality so easily?—
Never mind that the British decriminalised homosexuality 46 years ago, we’ve still stuck with their ancient law with the dogged enthusiasm of an engineer on his fourteenth IIT attempt. On the bright side, the corollary to that is that it must also mean that it’s still okay to call Mumbai Bombay.— ,http://www.mid-day.com/columnists/2013/dec/141213-idiot-penal-code.htm
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of freedom which women have achieved.—
Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.—
History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them.—
I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.—
Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.—
If I find the constitution being misused, I shall be the first to burn it.—
On the 26th of January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics we will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality.
In politics we will be recognizing the principle of one man one vote and one vote one value.
In our social and economic life, we shall, by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value.
How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions?
How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life?
If we continue to deny it for long, we will do so only by putting our political democracy in peril. We must remove this contradiction at the earliest possible moment or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has so laboriously built up.
I do not want that our loyalty as Indians should be in the slightest way affected by any competitive loyalty whether that loyalty arises out of our religion, out of our culture or out of our language.—
I want all people to be Indians first, Indian last and nothing else but Indians.
In the Hindu religion, one can[not] have freedom of speech. A Hindu must surrender his freedom of speech. He must act according to the Vedas. If the Vedas do not support the actions, instructions must be sought from the Smritis, and if the Smritis fail to provide any such instructions, he must follow in the footsteps of the great men.
He is not supposed to reason. Hence, so long as you are in the Hindu religion, you cannot expect to have freedom of thought.
Lost rights are never regained by appeals to the conscience of the usurpers,—
but by relentless struggle…. Goats are used for sacrificial offerings and not lions.
Free speech includes freedom to talk randomly and sound knowledgeable while being clueless. There’s a whole tribe that specialises in this.—