Reflections

Hats off to Scientists

We are in the 21st century; science and technology have taken us to great heights. Like magicians, the scientists have been revealing one wonder after the other. The real geniuses may appear to be a negligible minority but their discoveries far outweigh their size or number. Just sit at home in front of your TV and you can see soccer or a cricket match which is in progress miles and miles away from your country. You are as close to it as the one sitting in the gallery. If one of the spectators happens to be your friend or a relative you can even talk to that person! You can see Dr. Manmohan Singh chatting with the media people or Mr. Obama cracking some jokes with his colleagues….or even a ferocious lion roaring in an African forest.

The past too, especially the distant past is equally exciting. From time immemorial these negligible minorities have been unraveling the mysteries of the world and making the lives of human beings more and more comfortable and enjoyable. Then there have been thinkers, artists, poets and godmen who dedicated their lives for the welfare of the human beings. And, with the arrival of religions, man became more disciplined and he took care not to commit any sin that should attract God’s punishment. Some of the teachings of the preachers are not relevant now but the fundamentalists would not budge. There is a remarkable similarity between religious and political fundamentalists—or shall we call them extremists? The whole world might have undergone a sea change but these fundamentalists strictly abide by certain worn out ideas; and they have their followers too!

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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