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Thoughts on the name given to the 3.3 million-year-old skeleton

Several news agencies reported about the finding of the remains of earliest child - a 3.3 million-year-old skeleton. The three-year-old girl is named ‘Selam,’ which means peace in Ethiopia's official Amharic language.
An earlier find - that of a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton - in 1974 from the same area was named ‘Lucy.’
Perhaps no other name suits better for the new find. ‘Selam’ reflects the condition of the present day humans. Humans want peace. This girl only had to fear wild animals and unruly nature. There was no terrorism, religious fundamentalism and foolish comments, writings and drawings.
She might have played in the pristine forests and crystal clear water. No girl of her age today has that luck. Our rivers are polluted and for many young girls forests only exist in television and books.
The name ‘Selam’ brings back memories of the losses that humans have had. It is also a silent pray to the world to return the lost peace.

Stop sacrificing animals in the open at Kalighat temple

A division bench of the Calcutta High Court has ordered to stop the animal sacrifice in front of the famous Kalighat temple in Kolkata. It is a shame that the court had to intervene to stop this awful practice. People resort to these medieval practices for pleasing god. No idea, which god will be pleased by such practices? These practices bring to shame to Hindu religion and the western media uses such practices to malign India and Hinduism. The worst part is that even educated people participate in animal sacrifices. There is nothing much horrible than watching an animal being slaughtered in the public. Quite often these poor animals are transported in the most horrible manner. They are not fed properly and are left tied to poles for several days. It is hard to change the mindset of the elderly people. But the youngsters should stop participating in such sacrifices. They should understand the true essence of Hinduism, which is the oneness of all that lives. The court ruling will no…

Ants and Termites Turn Barren Land into Agricultural Land

Ants and termites are of great help to Nature. They help in decomposing waste materials, which in turn act as food for plants. They play a key role in maintaining the balance of our ecosystem.A farmer near Chennai used the service of these tireless sentinels of nature to convert his barren land into agricultural land. Natesan, a farmer of Karanodai village, found it difficult to plough his land. This also made digging a well an impossibility. During monsoon, water used to get collected on the land. The land became parched during summer.
To prepare the land for agriculture, the farmer released ants, termites and earthworms. They burrowed into the hard land and made the soil porous. Rain water also seeped in through these holes.
How Natesan made his barren land productive can be found here.
Nature has answer to every problem. But unfortunately, we humans always look for shortcuts to make gains. This leads to the destruction of nature.

Hindu links for 9/21/2006

Hindu NewsFeasting on an Indian heritage for Rosh HashanaFor argument's sake, let's say our story unfolds 2,000 years ago in Cochin, a town in Kerala, a watery province of exotic spices and coconut trees on India's southwest coast. Our three families trace their heritage in part to the tiny, vibrant Jewish community that arrived in Cochin, it has been said, on the sailing ships of King Solomon.In the 16th century, the time of the Inquisition, the Portuguese, lured to the subcontinent by the lucrative spice trade, mistreated them. But by the 18th century, Kerala had eight synagogues, according to The Jews of India: A Story of Three Communities, and by and large they suffered no anti-Semitism.On the Freedom of Religion Bill passed by the Gujarat GovernmentGujarat recently amended its Freedom of Religion Bill to ensure that if a Hindu decided to turn into a Buddhist, or a Protestant converted to Roman Catholicism, or a Vaishnava developed a devotional attachment towards Shiva…