Monday, August 20, 2007

For want of a nail - the kingdom was lost.

The US-India Atomic Energy Act promises to be the one of the most crucial treaties of the modern times. This is an act that not only establishes co-operation between the largest and the richest democracy's - but is also an harbinger to enhanced ties between these two giants.

In a time when even the signatory members of the controversial NPT - countries such as Iran and the once ratified North-Korea are facing flak from the rest of the world for developing nuclear technologies - here we have a non-signatory member being offered an option for technology transfer. This move is not only unprecedented, but also a great moral victory on a global stage for India.

It is an win-win situation for both countries as one can see it. India - a developing country facing acute power crisis gets accelerated access to advanced technology to fulfill its power needs and also establishes friendly ties with the most powerful and like-minded friend that one can have. United States on the other hand has clear commercial benefits to reap - and the added advantage of cozying up to a sleeping giant that is well on its way to wake up and dominate the coming century. It is in the interest of both countries to continue to build their relationship to next levels.

The deal looks all set to augur a new era in world politics - one that not only confirms the eastward shifting of the balance of world power - but in a way, also signals an unspoken acceptance to India's concerns over the nuclear-discrimination caused by NPT .

All of it was looking good - until a few spoil-sports, started creating obstacles - for reasons that seems to be inspired from local and petty political considerations.

It is sad to see the state of affairs.

Those opposing the deal, do not even site concrete reasons/solutions/alternatives to solve the energy crisis the country is facing. They talk about dangers of getting 'too close' to the capitalist powers of the United States - while conveniently ignore the very poignant fact that India has been registering record GDP rates only due to the money flowing in from this 'capitalist' country.

It is my hope that such short sighted political agendas do not derail the chance of a greater good-will and common-sense to prevail.

It reminds me of a poem I heard when I was perhaps seven years old. May be - politicians should brush up their third standard literature syllabus - they surely seem to be behaving like seven year olds !

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Heres hoping that for the want of the nail of petty polics we do not loose us the kingdom of friendly co-operative co-existence.

* The Views expressed are opinions of the Individual Writer - not necessarily attributable to any group.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

$40 Million Hindu Temple in Toranto - One of the most beautiful Temples in The World

The Indo-Canadian community raised $40 million to construct the mandir, and received no government funding. There are also stone mandirs in Houston, Chicago, and London, England, as well as India.
The mandir is carved entirely out of stone and marble following ancient Indian traditions. The builders used no steel or nails; instead, interlocking stones support the heavy ceiling.
Limestone for the many stone carvings was shipped from Turkey to India. There, craftsmen carved the stone using mainly chisels and hammers. When finished, each piece was shipped by sea to Toronto. Turkish limestone was chosen for its ability to weather Canadian winters.
It took 18 months to build the mandir. The temple is made of Turkish limestone, Italian marble and Indian pink sandstone. Bar codes and computer tracking ensured the pieces would be assembled properly, much like a high-tech jigsaw puzzle.Construction reached a hectic pace in the final week before the official opening.The foundation of the mandir alone weighs 3,000 tonnes. It required the largest amount of concrete ever poured at a construction site in a single day in Canada.
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