Grandma's Tales

January 1, 2007

Where in the world are we going?

Filed under: Society — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 10:45 pm

It is really silly to predict happenings in this frenetically-paced world. But there are a few trends that should give us sheep-counting nights.

[1] The way ex-KGB man Alexandra Litivenko died. He was reportedly killed with a dose of Polonium 210. That is, he died because he was exposed to radio-activity. The news sends a chill down my spine. Is low-intensity radio-activity the next weapon in the terrorist arsenal?
[2] The alarming data on global warming. Ice glaciers are melting, ice may not form on stretches of polar waters and polar bears might become extinct. Simply because they won’t be able to traverse frozen ice to look for food during harsh winters.
[3] Pune jewellers wanted to prevent burqa-wearing people from shopping with them, but quickly withdrew the announcement. The British PM talked about “the British way of life” and his government is in favour of banning the hijab (veil). The Australian government too has spoken sternly about this. Will the veil become the next cause of internal strife?

Happy New Year

These are the red markers of things to come. A fascinating trend would be the way we view ourselves. With totally borderless communication, is it possible to think of ourselves as belonging to a particular nation?

Millions of people in the world oppose war in Iraq. They get together in virtual forums and can easily be labelled as a community. Why can’t we divide the world into [a] those who oppose the war [b] those who support [c] couldn’t care less [d] affected by the war [e] gained from the war, etc., rather than demarcating geographical borders? Such communities already exist, don’t they?



  1. I disagree. National identity is a stronger bond than a common cause.

    Comment by Navaneethan Santhanam — February 17, 2007 @ 2:20 am | Reply

  2. Sure, and that’s the problem. It often turns bellicose. Shouldn’t we be giving serious thought to “global warming”?

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — February 17, 2007 @ 9:04 am | Reply

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