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Singapore vs Hong Kong

Pushkar Sane Thursday, 16th September, 2010 Tags: , , , People No comments

Singapore vs Hong Kong rivalry is well known and I have seen emotions flying high every time this topic comes up. I can understand native Singaporeans or Hong Kongers getting emotional but even expats get carried away in that debate. I have lived in Hong Kong for over 8 years and have been traveling to Singapore on a very regular basis (including some extended stay during 2007).

I refused to get dragged into the debate but found these two videos – first one was created by some Singaporeans ridiculing Hong Kong and second one is the response from Hong Kongers.

Watch this video on YouTube.

Watch this video on YouTube.

I thought the first video was in a very poor taste as it was not an objective comparison. The script writer probably has never visited Hong Kong or doesn’t know anything about Hong Kong’s history, heritage, language, food, culture and most importantly the people who live here. Makes me wonder why people get into such petty things and I guess personal insecurities could be one of the reasons.

Concept of Liberty

Pushkar Sane Saturday, 25th April, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , Life, People No comments

Today I attended discussion on the Concept of Liberty. Dr. Shekhar Kumta & Anand Rao introduced the topic by discussing views of Isaiah Berlin and John Stuart Mill. Discussion started slowly and picked up pace as the afternoon progressed. The discussion drifted to Indian Elections, Liberty in China & Singapore, and linkage of liberty with economics etc. Most of the discussion revolved around Liberty in the context of society and mostly from western point of view.

Made me think about Liberty of Mind rather than just looking at Expression of Liberty as we see it in day to day social context. Also made me wonder about why this topic is so dear to western philosophers specifically when slavery, colonies, 19/20th century trade etc were anything but about liberty.  I’m quite shocked at their east to call people barbaric just because they didn’t speak English or didn’t argue with eloquance.

I have decided to explore references to liberty in ancient Indian literature.