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Scientific Temper?

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Balajee, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Balajee

    Balajee IL Hall of Fame

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    It is like forgetting forgetting the birthday of someone close to you or your own wedding anniversary that can put your wife in a sporty mood , the sport of curse being Rolling Pin Throw. Oh dear! How did I forget yesterday was the National Scientific Temper day!

    I accept the idea of Scientific temper 100% while unfortunately most of my beloved countrymen accept only 50% of it. They are all for temper but scientific? Woh kua hai?

    Tempers of course tend to fly easily nowadays. If you even mention the word "beef" you could be lynched, While talking about fitness please don't talk about beefed up muscles. even in whispers.

    This can happen if you belong to a particular community or suspected to belong to that community.

    I am a sitting duck as faer as this is concerned. There is a mark on my forehead which gives the impression that I offered Namaz. Once my wife asked how come that mark cropped up on mu forehead. " I must have offered regular Namaz in my previous birth" I quipped",. " You must have offered more Namaz than necessary. That is why it is so visible" she quipped

    Last week I was caught in my first and hopefully last case of mistaken identity. I went to a nearby salon for renewing mu Vin Diesel look (I refuse to call it Yogi Adityanath look. Lynch me if you can!). The barber was chatting with me as he shaved my head. The talk came round to his residence. He said he lived in an apartment complex where there was no religious discrimination. "Even Muslims like US can feel safe there" he said. I nearly jumped out of the chair shocked.

    Then he got suspicious What;s your name ?" he asked. I gave my name. "How did you get that mark?". "I think I have had it since my birth" I said. The conversation ended then and there and he went on quietly with his work. Now I understand why DW keeps me under close guard in our gated community and doesn't allow me to venture out alone. One cannot be too careful when tempers shorn of the prefix "scientific" will erupt against me.

    My fridge consists solely of vegetarian items, still I get nightmares about some raging cow protector mistaking a head of cabbage fro that of a cow.

    SCientific temper covers tolerance of contrarian views , an openness to the possibility that the other person could be right. Yet how many times have I heard the sentence "I can't tolerate that" particularly with regard to my religious views? It is scary because It is just one step away from lack of tolerance to lynching. It is an immense relief to see that my relatives have shown no interest in lynching me so far for my ungodly opinions.

    The day actually needed to be celebrated like a bi festival particularly in schools. But I don't think any schools took notice of it. That is sad because that is the stage when scientific temper and rational mindset can be inculcated in children.

    But well, the day passed almost unnoticed. What else did you expect in a country where godmen's preposterous claims that they have developed a computer programmer for making animals talk and that they can change the molecular structure of water through their mind is received with thunderous applause by thousands of gullible, oops sorry devout?
     
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  2. SinghManisha

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    Scientific temper ? We believe anything and everything.
    The only time we questioned anything in recent times was “ is this beef”?
     
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  3. Viswamitra

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    Dear Balajee,

    You beef up your writing as we all enjoy reading your snippet. When we exclaim in the US, we use the term, "Holy cow" and I hope that will be perceived by the saffron group as positive comment.

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    May be the Saffron group needs to read this poem to learn how to win over Kashmir from Pakistan and China.

    So, you have mark in your forehead that identifies you with the minority community. It is high time you begin wearing a hat that covers your forehead. Who knows you might be the reincarnation of Jalal-ud-Din Muhammad Akbar who practiced religious harmony in his rule. Be careful, dynasty family has a great liking for Akbar and they may grab you into their party.

    The Godman who you refer doesn't know that animals do talk already and it is the humans who don't understand their language. If he can change the molecular structure of water, he must be able to quench the thirst of Tamilnadu which is suffering from water shortage. Can he do that? There is nothing wrong in National Scientific Temper Day being celebrated with humorous claim of a saffron clad man beating his chest with his powers. The scientists need a break and laughter.
     
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    HariLakhera Platinum IL'ite

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    Dear Balajee,
    I too have a mark on my forehead, thanks to the hit I received coursey a speeding cyclewala. It helps me mention it in my documents against 'any bodily sign....'
    Today a dozen cows were found dead in a cow shelter run by a BJP outfit. People are deserting their useless animals on the streets. I guess Government amy start a course in cow care in coming months.
    Once a minister in U P suggested that our sports persons should eat beef to compete and earn gold medals for the country in International events.
    Most of animal slaughter houses are owned by Hindus and they want to sell but there are no takers at the price they are asking.
    This is called cow economy.
    Cheer up, you live in a posh area. They will not come searching beef in your fridge.
     
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    SinghManisha, Gomata ki Jai!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  6. Balajee

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    Viswa ye olde England doesn't eat as much beef as the US of A where everything is at steak (forgive the pun). I have already sarted wearing a cap covering my forehead. These safron guys are a great source of entertainment but the problem is there is a large crowd that treats them with reverence instead of as sit-down comedians (They perform mostly seated unlike standup comedians).
     
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  7. Balajee

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    Hariji. welcome to the Forehead Scar Club. nGoing by the nature of this government they maY ALSO INCLUDE COW URINE AND COWDUNG Therapy as compulsory part of medical studies. Already Gujarat govt is selling bottled cow urine. On one hand cows die in shelters and on the other hand, they have co ambulances in UP while people die by dozens in hospitals there. who knows soon there could eve be cow urine bars. As for living in a posh colony, even in a gated community like I do, that's s no security after all, the Naroda Patia massacre during Gujarat riots took place in a posh apartment block. Also Even if there is security in my colony sometime I have to venture out. Anything could happen out there.
     

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