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Western Ghats; Thoughts on Climate Change and Global Warming

Over 150 million years the Indian Sub-continent broke up from the Super Continent that was Gondwana, this is split created the mountain ranges of the western ghats as we know today. Creating huge 1000 meter cliffs on the western coasts of India. The millennia of erosions and climatic forces would create what we now know as the Malabar Coast.

The western ghats are home to nearly 1800 endemic species

This coast and the adjacent mountain ranges compose of one of the most diverse biospheres on the planet. Countless rivers drain from the western ghats into the seas on both sides of the western ghats, Numerous rainforest systems are within these ghats, of which’s importance is largely forgotten. Countless factors create a devastating conservation issue on these hills that was started over centuries ago during the colonial rule.

Sharavati River flowing through the Western Ghats

It was during the British rule that the western ghats became suitable land for agriculture and settlements until then it was home to tribes of hunter gatherers and subsistence farmers. Once a contiguous chain of rain forests and habitats have since then been fragmented with heavy felling of endemic trees and slaughter of wildlife.

The western ghats became one of the prized assets of the Raj, as it provided the perfect climate for tea and coffee plantations. These clear-felling continued on until the Independence of India. After which the then estates and plantations continued to operate and illegal felling and poaching continued on in the forests.

Landslides kill hundreds of people each year in the region in the monsoon

Though the western ghats only covers about 5% of India’s landmass it includes nearly 27% of the species of the country of which more than 1800 are endemic to the Ghats. This has come to greater attention during the later half of the 20th century and has set ways for policies by the government to protect the fragile ecosystem. These policies did not revert back the damages but at their core they made sure that the forests remained untouched from encroachment thereafter.

Lion-tailed macaque endemic to the Western Ghats

The government with pressure from conservationists has setup panels to frame policies on what the future should look like for the conservation. But these policies largely lie in papers as the people in these ecologically sensitive areas strongly oppose any control on the use of land. But with the rapid climate change in the whole of the planet it is become much clearer that public outcry shouldn’t dictate educated policies.

The yearly landslides that kill hundreds of people each year in the region in the monsoon, the lack of water during the summer, record high temperatures each year are all indicative that it is high time actions are taken.

Map of the Western Ghats

The issues in the western ghats are carbon copies of issues elsewhere in the world facing similar or worse ecological situation due to global warming and the increased greenhouse gases, be it wildfires and droughts in California, Southern African countries, Southern Europe and the floods and landslides in Eastern Australia, Henan, and even in other parts of India.

It is thus high time that actions are taken around the globe to tackle the causes of climate change from the bottom up. Only then there can be a more sustainable environment for us humans as well as the earth and its diverse species at large.

“It is a test whether we learn from the past mistakes or bound to repeat the same going forward.

Humanity is at stake; History is at make.

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MUST READ BOOKS

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 In these tumultuous times,The best thing we can do by sitting home is to read good books rather than watching negative news channels which cloud up our brain.

I will suggest the books I have read,These are some must reads.

I also have attached links to buy the books at a high quality and very cheap rate.


This photo is a work of Claude TRUONG-NGOC

So here are my recommendations-

1.Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

It is a book by Yuval Noah Harari, first published in Hebrew in Israel in 2011 based on a series of lectures Harari taught at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in English in 2014.

It talks about almost everything in a nutshell!.From Homo erectus to Capitalism,From Religions to Languages!.That’s how informative and wide this book is.(Btw it isn’t too long)

It also talks about how and why are humans at the top of the food chains and not any other animal

If you could read only one book in your life,read this!

Currently on offer sale by Amazon.This is the high quality-low price available on Amazon-

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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2.ATOMIC HABITS-

Atomic Habits is the most comprehensive and practical guide on how to create good habits, break bad ones, and get 1 percent better every day.

Unlike other fake motivational books,This actually gives insights on how to live a better life.

Atomic Habits: The life-changing million copy bestseller
Atomic Habits: The life-changing million copy bestseller

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3.MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING-

Man’s Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then immersively imagining that outcome.

A book that teaches about “Not loosing hope even under the worst conditions”

Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust
Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust

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4.LIFE OF PI-

Life of Pi is a Canadian philosophical novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist is Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian Tamil boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and metaphysics from an early age.

Another excellent book on “HOPE”

Life of Pi: Winner of the Man Booker Prize
Life of Pi: Winner of the Man Booker Prize

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5.YOUR BRAIN ON PORN-

Your Brain on Porn by Wilson provides a concise introduction to the phenomenon of internet porn addiction that draws on both first-person accounts and the findings of cognitive neuroscience.

A BOOK that exposes the dirty side of the internet.

Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction
Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction eBook: Wilson, Gary: Amazon.in: Kindle Store

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6.ANIMAL FARM-

A book by Orwell,The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.A short read.

A masterpiece.

Animal Farm

7.1984-

Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel, often referred to as 1984, is a dystopian social science fiction novel by English novelist George Orwell.

Book equally hated by extreme communists and extreme capitalists alike lol.

Only Orwell can pull out such a feat.

1984, Animal Farm (Set of 2 Books)
1984, Animal Farm (Set of 2 Books)

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8.12 RULE FOR LIFE-

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a 2018 self-help book by Canadian clinical psychologist and psychology professor Jordan Peterson.

12 set of rules that can change the way you live profoundly!

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

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9.THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI-

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a self-help book by Robin Sharma, a writer and motivational speaker. The book is a business fable derived from Sharma’s personal experiences after leaving his career as a litigation lawyer at the age of 25.

ROBIN SHARMA THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI
ROBIN SHARMA THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI

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10.THINK AND GROW RICH-

Think and Grow Rich is the combined wisdom from more than 500 of America’s most successful individuals.

Their insights were then narrowed down into 13 principles and contribute to what Hill refers to as an overall “Philosophy of Achievement.

THINK AND GROW RICH BOOK AT A LOW PRICE

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The Greatest Human Being Of the 20th Century

Many still consider Gandhi only cared for Indians.

Gandhi actually cared for everyone.

Gandhi was the one who lead the Non-Cooperation and Civil Disobedience Movement.

During This time huge heaps of clothes manufactured by Brithisher’s were burned.

And Lanchshire was the site of the world’s premier cotton-goods industry. The weaving towns of the region had flourished through trade aided by British Empire ensuring a ready supply of cheap, raw cotton.

Hence Gandhi went to Britain to visit the mills and apologize to the workers.

The British Weavers never let him Apologize and actually supported the boycott of British woven clothes.

The Darwen News, September 26, 1931 Quoted-

A crowd numbering three to four thousand people assembled at Darwen Station … when the train was heard to be entering the station, there was babel of eager voices, and every eye was focused on the station exit, but hopes were quickly dashed to the ground and the crowd was greatly disappointed when the first passenger to see the gathering shouted, “You all can go home. He got off at Spring Vale”.

 


Image- Gandhi Jayanti 2018: “‘Three cheers for Mr Gandeye, hip, hip … Hurrah!’, shouted the crowd, and then again and once more, for the third and loudest time…” 

Watch this beautiful video where Gandhi meets the British workers-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCKGmIBxwYw

Gandhi is not only for India a hero of national history, whose legendary memory will be enshrined in the millennial epoch. -Gandhi has renewed, for all the peoples of the West, the message of their Christ, forgotten or betrayed.
-Romain Rolland

Gandhi cared for everyone.

He is the greatest human being of the 21st Century.


                             A Beautiful Image

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SIMILARITIES BETWEEN GANDHI AND HITLER

 Similarities between Gandhi and Hitler.

 Strict Vegetarian’s.

Gandhi was a vegetarian, So was Adolf Hitler.

Gandhi believed vegetarianism was a part of his commitment to ahimsa, the cornerstone of his politics. Eating meat meant doing violence to animals, who, he believed, had spirits and souls.

Hitler identified himself as a strict vegetarian .Hitler was a vegetarian because of his concern for animal suffering, noting that he was often distressed by images of animal cruelty and sufferings.

Hitler once said -“One thing I can predict to eaters of meat: the world of the future will be vegetarian.”

Image- Gandhi having some food with several others

Image- Hitler having some food with his fellow Nazi’s


Death by bullet’s.

Gandhi died due to gunshot’s from his assassin ,Hitler too died by gun (suicide).

Gandhi died on 30 January 1948 in New Delhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse, 3 years after the death of Hitler.

Hitler died on 30 April 1945 at his bunker in Berlin, Germany.

They both died on the same decade.


Love for Animals.

Gandhi was against the ill treatment done on animals. Gandhi said that “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Nazi Germany under Germany was the first state in the world to place the wolf under protection. Hitler is said to have loved his dog Blondi more than his mistress Eva Braun.

Hitler and his love for animals.

Image- Gandhi tending the goats.

Image- Hitler tending a fawn.


Voracious Readers.

Gandhi read a lot of book’s and he himself as authored some too.

Books Read by Gandhi

Hitler too read ton’s of books. In 1945 the Allied found around 16,000 which were thought to be Hitler’s property.

Hitler’s Intelligence

Image- Gandhi reading some papers.

Image- Hitler at his Library.

Both had a share of similarities.

But one went on to be regarded as the greatest human being to have ever lived.

Einstein on Gandhi-

‘Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth’

While the other went on to become one of the most cruel human being of all time.

Image- The Infamous concentration camp at Auschwitz.

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GODWIN’S LAW AND HITLER

 GODWIN’S LAW

Godwin’s Law is an internet adage asserting that

 “As an online discussion grows longer, The probability of comparison involving Nazis or Adolf Hitler approaches the probability of 1”

In simple terms,”if you mention Adolf Hitler or Nazis within a discussion thread, you’ve automatically ended whatever discussion you were taking part in.”

As you can see in the above picture as the time of the internet discussion increases, The probability of a Hitler reference is very close to being fully possible!

ORIGIN OF GODWIN’S LAW-

The Godwin’s Law was formulated by the American attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1990.

Mike Godwin initially refered it to Usenet NewsGroup Discussions.(For those who don’t Know What Usernet is,It is simply a forum almost similar to reddit)

Read About Hitler and his relationship with his dog blondi here-.Hitler and Blondi

Fun Fact:In 2012,The Term “Godwin’s Law” was added to the Oxford Dictionary.

So,Is the Godwin’s Law True?,I found out Mike Godwin’s answer which was published on 2014,It was as Follows-

Although Godwin’s Law is framed as a probability statement, its purpose is to make people think twice before following the rhetorical line of least resistance and escalating their arguments to comparisons that trivialize the impact of the Nazis and the Holocaust. In short, its purpose is to trigger (insistently) a reader’s historical awareness and perspective, especially in contexts where perspective has otherwise been lost. So why frame it as a kind of statistical or natural law? Because the kinds of people who reflexively bring up Hitler or Nazis in order to trash the argument or opponent du jour hate to discover that they’re merely instantiating a lazy intellectual tendency so common that it seems like a natural law — they would rather think of themselves as free-willed, independent thinkers.

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 Below is a a chart which shows the probability of using a Hitler reference increases as the number of comments increases on any sub-reddit.

Isn’t that pretty interesting?!

So the next time you see an internet discussion going way too long and deep expect a Hitler reference real soon!

 

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IF HITLER WERE ALIVE TODAY

 IF HITLER WERE ALIVE TODAY

 Hitler- “How’s the economy of Germany doing?”

Me- “The GDP figure in 2020 was $3,806,073 million, Germany is placed 4th in the ranking of GDP of the 196 countries.

Hitler – “Why Not NUMBER 1!!”

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Visha Kanya and Chanakya

 In ancient India,Lust was used to kill people who were going for wars. 
The blood of Visha Kanya was poisonous to others.But it does not affect them.
The story goes that young girls were raised on a carefully crafted diet of poison and antidote from a very young age, a practice referred to as mithridatism
Although many would not survive, those that did were immune to other poisons and their body fluids would be poisonous to others; sexual contact would thus be lethal to other humans.
 
There also exists a myth that says a Visha Kanya can cause instant death with just a touch.
 
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Some Sanskrit sources narrate that a Visha Kanya was sent by Nanda’s minister Amatyarakshasa to kill Chandragupta Maurya and Chanakya diverted them to kill Parvatak. 
Image-The Myth Visha Kanya
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