Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Having been a part of Ragging both at the receiving and the giving end dont really know how to react.

A boy has died. The Parents are inconsolable. The principal has resigned taking Moral responsibility.

What about the Boys who were involved . Were they the villains in the piece.They too are 19-20 year olds. Did they cross all limits.

Something broke down somewhere. It doesn't look in any way premeditated , or planned to give such grave injury.

The authorities need to take the blame to a large extent, for not heeding the complaints. Perhaps if the boy had been away from the Hostel for sometime this could have been averted.

Other Articles 1. The Hindu - A Hard Look at Ragging

2. The Hindu - Antidote

3. A Look into the darker side of Ragging

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Made in Italy

It doesn't cease to Surprise me How much of Christianity as we know it today is "Made in Italy".

You would have thought the Festivals that we Celebrate would have some Biblical Reference. They do, But , not entirely. Take for instance the period of Lent( It Falls in March) that comes just before Easter Celebrations. Supposed to signify a period of 40 days when Jesus went through some extreme temptations and fastings.

Apparently, the Month of March(Martius) was devoted to and named after the Roman God of Mars. It used to be so filled with Festivities that a special day in the Month was allocated for Rest from these Festivities. There were both Happy Occasions and also fasts and blood letting. There was even a parade of pines and palms. Sounds Familiar?

Apparently, its a case of an Existing Period of Roman Celebrations being given a Coat of Biblical Paint.

Not a very Flattering way to put it.Agreed.

( Taken from Ancient History Blog )