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Analyze "The Hindu" Editorial

Hi frens... *"The Hindu" editorial *is a part and parcel of CAT preperation. but to my surprise i didnt find any thread which discusses the difficult words in the editorial and discuss abt their contextual meanings.. So as a starting ef...
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can ny1 help me out..
wat are d following means....
1. white heat of popular anger
2.theocratic authoritarianism
3.chant 'Allahu Akbar' in unison

In negative territory

The article goes on to explain the current situation of inflation going to negative digits. this does not necessarily mean a reduction in demand or deflation. It's calculated on the basis of WPI and not CPI. So the main threat is the sudden spike that this figure can see in the near few months taking into account the increase in oil prices and food prices...

What is baffling is why does India continue to calculate inflation on the basis of WPI and not CPI. WPI-based inflation results do not show the true picture at all, what with fiscal problems compounding the whole situation. :|
We must understand that to the common man on the street, these stats do not matter at all unless he is able to save through reduction in prices of daily utilities - cereals, fuel etc.


This article points at yet another instance of misplaced nationalism. As if the blatant support of LTTE was not enough, these TN groups now demand control over an island whose issue has been settled long ago when the real problem is downright infringement of Sri Lanka - India water borders by Indian fishermen due to the fact that the catch is better in the Lankan waters. I am of the opinion that SL's armed forces have rights to use force against such fishermen until the issue is solved amicably through administrative level meetings of both countries.

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In negative territory

The article goes on to explain the current situation of inflation going to negative digits. this does not necessarily mean a reduction in demand or deflation. It's calculated on the basis of WPI and not CPI. So the main threat is the sudden spike that this figure can see in the near few months taking into account the increase in oil prices and food prices...
Unconscionable delay

Our judiciary system has again come forward with an example the huge delay in any huge profile case. This time it's Babri Masjid. BJP faces many allegations and congress on the other hand ready to take political mileage through it. God knows what will happen to our country and when will it be free form the political fight that is always going on.
The Hindu : Opinion / Editorials : Iran on the boil

The article explains the current situation that prevails in the political scenario in Iran and elaborates the results and the unrest among the people with the election of ahmedinejad as the PM. Cracks have opened up in Irans complex system of Islamic governance. It also explains some situations that are acting as an added fuel to the hustle and tussle among the political leaders. It also proposes some solutions...
Unconscionable delay:
The Hindu : Opinion / Editorials : Unconscionable delay
The article arugues that why the hapless Mr. Liberhan is being blamed for the procrastination of Babri Masjid report, while the cases of traumatic incidents like Delhi riots in 1984, 1987 mass-kiiling of muslims by policemen are yet to be closed. And along with that, neither the Government at center nor at Lucknow showed any keen interest to fasten the investigation of the issue.
Now, when report is made public, ruling party may materialize it to weaken the opposition, which is obvious. However what is needed is to make a robust law to deal with these kind of communal crimes and to implement it ascetically.

Technology is forcing us to think differently

Andrew Brown

Last year, Nick Carr wrote a forceful article for the Atlantic magazine, arguing that Google was making us stupid (Is Google Making Us Stupid? - The Atlantic (July/August 200). It's not just Google, of course, but the whole chaotic wave of technology that seems to be sweeping us into the future, surrounded and sometimes battered by the flotsam and wreckage of old certainties. And that was before Twitter hit the big time.

This month's issue of the magazine has a riposte by Jamais Cascio, who has spent a long time in the future, and who believes that technology has already made us enormously smarter (Get Smarter - The Atlantic (July/August 2009)). This won't happen, he says, because of the kind of dramatic stuff that crops up in conventional speculation, like digital brain implants. No, it is all around us already, in the web and all the things that it lets us do. The trouble is the things the web lets us do aren't actually all that intelligent. Cascio gets round this by redefining intelligence as "fluid."

Fluid intelligence, he says, is defined as: "The ability to find meaning in confusion and to solve new problems, independent of acquired knowledge. Fluid intelligence doesn't look much like the capacity to memorise and recite facts, the skills that people have traditionally associated with brainpower. the information sea isn't going to dry up, and relying on cognitive habits evolved and perfected in an era of limited information flow - and limited information access - is futile. Strengthening our fluid intelligence is the only viable approach to navigating the age of constant connectivity." We've heard this before, and more pithily, when the borg queen said resistance was futile. But it doesn't have to be boiled down. You can get a detailed version into something scarcely longer than a tweet: "Sure, we can't read or write complicated sentences, and nobody can remember anything for longer than it takes to cut and paste but what does this matter when we have 'fluid intelligence?'"

This kind of optimism depends on a number of assumptions and stereotypes. It depends on an absurd view of intelligence, as if there were nothing between automation and intuition. Of course there are circumstances in which following the old procedural rules no longer work. But they are the times when we need most to cultivate the habits of disciplined thought, to master the confusion. This kind of problem crops up constantly in armies, where disciplined and stereotyped behaviour is both essential and sometimes lethal. Armies value two qualities in their officers besides leadership: initiative, and the capacity to recognise the problems that need a new kind of solution - and distinguish them from those that don't. Those are the skills that do the jobs that "fluid intelligence" is supposed to and neither skill depends on computer networks nor is much nourished by them.

The real problem with Cascio's optimism is deeper and appears in his justified dismissal of most futuristic hype about brain implants and the like. Who would put the 2009 chip in their brain when in three years competitors would have upgraded to the 2012 version? This is a good question, but it should be carried further.

We don't have to put chips in our brain to change the ways we think. All we need do is form new habits. Children brought up in front of the television have in effect rechipped their brains compared to those brought up only with books; and children brought up in front of computers are different again.

It follows that if we've been dumbed down by technology, we may be unable to recognise it. Students copying from Wikipedia think they are smarter than their parents, in the same way drunks think they are able to drive. But it's important here to worry about the right things. It's not the technology that damages our ability to think. It's the habits of mind that technology promotes. The habits of disciplined, careful thought that linear reading promotes are more useful for understanding a changing world than the ability to pay superficial attention to five different streams of information. I don't think computers make it more difficult. It has always been difficult. But if they allow us to pretend we don't need it any more, then they are really helping us to become a lot more stupid, fluidly or not. (thewormbook.com/helmintholog) - Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2009

"The trouble is the things the web lets us do aren't actually all that intelligent."..is dat true????

Riposte: is an offensive action with the intent of hitting one's opponent, made by the fencer who has just parried an attack

flotsam: kind of marine debris.

futile: useless,helpless...

Chinas Push for health:
The Hindu : Opinion / Editorials : Chinas push for health

The author mainly conveys the health care advances that a hugely populated country like china is pushing through it's system to help common man. It also emphasizes on the urgent need for india to do the same...
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The Hindu : Opinion / Editorials : A call for global action

The article conveys the views given by world bank on the coming fiscal and the overall growth scenario. It also emphasize on the role india and china is playing, coz it says when we remove these two countries from the growth calculations then the developing countries also gives a negative growth...

It is an editorial article about the recent report by World bank called Global Development Finance (GDF) report...it speaks about how the world economy, specially developed countries,are showing recession....even developing countries except india and china are under immense pressure...we need to act now together.:

v nice analysis...lets start it from tomorrow(1st july).posting editorials from hindu and economic times and analysing dem...c ya

Chinas Push for health:
The Hindu : Opinion / Editorials : China's push for health

In this passage the author talks about China, the worlds most populated nation's plans to increase their spending on health sector. They have drawn out an ambitious plan to deliever health insurance cover to millions of poor and needy. In addition to insurance some other schemes have also been mooted by the chineese gvt. The importance of this landmark policy is that it will provide the aeging population ealier acces to better medical care. The author wastes no time in pointing out that India with its similar levels of population if not demography should emulate or implement such inclusive policies for the poor an needy. In a country where health insurance is a costly affair and which is battling with large number of diseases the importantce of health policy cannot be undermined. The govt of India should take immediate step to increase the public spending in health sector otherwise good medical facilities will soon become out of reach of the poor.

Tangible:Capable of being treated as fact; Realistic
Impoverished: Poor, Financially not well
Debilitating: Impairing the strength and vitality; Enfeebling
Imperative: Requiring attention or action "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
26/06/09:A call for Global Action
The Hindu : Opinion / Editorials : A call for global action

The days of economic recession are far from over. It is not a time to rejoice a recovering market but a time for concentrated action to bring the world out of recession: This is the theme of this passage. The author makes use of various economic data put out by WTO and IMF to bring our attention to the fact that the world is still reeling under serious economic recession. The avergae Industrial o/p and GDP predictions of many countries are throwing up not such good figures. There is a real slowdown in developed or so called rich countries and if one excludes India and China we can see that even developing countries are not left far behind.The author concludes by saying that its the poor countries that will feel the heat more and hence more concentrated effort needs to be put in by various govts to tackle this economic monster that is engulfing the world.

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