Friday, January 30, 2015

"Shia" Muslims are lesser Muslims according to some "Sunni" Muslims!

I have noticed one curious fact. Whenever, a bomb blast happens in a Mosque, the mosque under attack in Pakistan seems to be a Shia  Mosque. This time also the story was not different. A Shia mosque was bombed in Shikharpur, in Sindh Province of Pakistan. 

At least, sixty odd people died in the blast. It is widely propogated that Muslims do  not follow a caste system. That is far from true. The war between Shia and Sunni sects have claimed more life than any feud.

I think, for Sunnis, Shias are lesser Muslims!

You can read about the ISIS link to the blast here.

Kishore Kumar,Mithun Chakraborty, Alfred Nobel and Why there is no Nobel prize for Mathematics?

The legendary Singer Kishore Kumar stopped singing for Mithun Chakraborty, after the former's wife Yogita Bali, eloped with the latter. We cannot blame Kishore Kumar, because, how come one can sing for a person who snatched your wife?

The Nobel prize was instituited by Alfred Nobel Foundation in six disciplines. The subject of Economics was an addition in 1969,where the first award went to Jan tinbergen.

It is still a mystery, why there was no Nobel prize for Economics?

A story tells that, a Mathematician snatched the wife of Alfred Nobel. As a result of that, he felt, animosity towards Mathematicians.

But, there is no historic evidence to back the claim. You can Google about it to find more about the story.

Instead of the Nobel Prize, the Fields medal is considered as the "Nobel Prize" of Mathematics. Manjul Bhargava  was one of the co-recipients of the last award. When I checked, he did his doctoral dissertation under Andrew Wiles, the man who solved Fermat's Last theorom.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ishan Tharoor's article on "King Abdullah", the late "reformer" of Saudi Arabia

A week back, I had written about the demise of King Abdullah, supposedly a moderate man in Saudi Arabia. May be, he is indeed a moderate man by Saudi  standards. Some people did take objection on the Facebook page for, what I have written.

Saudi Arabia was a country, until 1962, practiced open slave trade of Black Africans. It was the former President of USA, John Kennedy, urged the Saudi rulers to abolish the system, to get a UN membership. The Oil boon and Guest workers of South East Asia helped them do away with the Slave trade. It is alleged that, till date, Saudi Arabians treat their guest workers the way they used to treat African blacks before 1962! ( One can read about the whole episode after a Google search)

The relatively moderate man of Saudi Arabia enslaved his own daughters, making them starve, as  a punishment to get freedom from the totalitarian ideologies of Saudi regime. Their mother, divorced by King Abdullah, lives in London and currently run a campaign to free her daughters.

In an article titled, "Don’t forget the late Saudi King’s ‘jailed’ princesses", he wrote the following

"Lagarde did qualify her comment, saying Abdullah was a reformer "in a very discreet way," credited with initiating a number of measures aimed at it giving women a bigger stake in the country's economic and political life. But the change is very gradual, stymied by traditionalists who still hold sway in the country's courts. Abdullah's reforms, writes one commentator, have "all the substance of a Potemkin village, a flimsy structure to impress foreign opinion."

Closer to home, moreover, there are a few women related to the late monarch who may object to the praise being heaped upon him. Abdullah, like other Saudi royals, had numerous wives — at least seven, and perhaps as many as 30. He had at least 15 daughters. Four of them, according to news reports, live under house arrest.

The plight of the Princesses Jawaher, Sahar, Hala, Maha attracted attention last spring, when details emerged of their supposedly dire condition living in captivity in Saudi royal compounds in the city of Jeddah. Their mother, Alanoud Al-Fayez, has lived in the United Kingdom for the past decade and a half. She was divorced by her husband multiple times, the final instance in 1985.

Fayez claims her daughters' supposed incarceration, which has gone on for some 13 years, was both a mark of Abdullah's vindictive streak and intolerance of his daughters' modern, independent upbringing. She says the four have been locked away for more than a decade, subject to abuse and deprivation."

Ishan Tharoor, is a Journalist by Profession and Son of  Sashi Tharoor, the former union minister of India.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Who is a "Crypto-Christian"?

It has been alleged that some powerful media people who donned the hat of Secularists and Left leaning Liberals are Indeed Christians. To help retain their clout, they retain their Hindu sounding names to move their agenda.

The Tamil Nadu govt. warned an IAS officer to stop his proselytisation activities, as it is equivalent to violation of Constitutional norms. This has become a Row, where some people claim that he is entitled to do his activities as an Indian citizen. Uma Shanker, the IAS officer in question, is even threatening to move to the Court to assert his "religious" freedom.

He is not going to take the matter to the court. He is a officially a Hindu. He utilized SC/ST quota system to become an IAS officer. Moment he declares himself as a Christian, he will loose SC/ST status, because, at least in paper, there is no Caste System in Xian faith. He is mis-using the Constituitional provision given to SC/ST boys to promote the religious agenda of their church.

Uma Shankar is not only a single case.

Former Chief Justice of India, KG Balakrishnan is allegdly a "Crpyto-Christian", whose father was a Christian by the name, Lukose. Mr. Lukose, for the sake of records, converted to Hinduism and got the SC/ST rights for a Govt. Job. Mr. Balakrishnan rose his ranks, as some Church elements want him to give some Judgements which will help the political expansion of Christianity. The primary agenda was to give SC/ST status to converted Christians. He was one of the most corrupt CJI of India.

Other  Crypto Christian instance include

  • Pritish Nandy, noted Journalist,became a Rajya Sabha member through Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena people could not identify him as a Christian. 
  • Kodikunnil Suresh - an MP from Kerala
  • PK Biju - Ottapalam MP
  • N. Ram, the former editor of "The Hindu" news paper is allegedy, a crypto chirstian.
These are some instances. I do not have time to write all those, as it might require one hundred blog posts. 

Caste based Reservation was a mechanism devised to ward off the Caste system in the Indigenous belief systems of India. Why should Xian and Muslim religion (they are religions, not faith systems) followers require Caste based reservations?  They should advocate economic reservations. The Reservation system was only for the first ten years, and meant to be scrapped. Because of the number game in Democracy, it is still with us. The "Creamy" layer repeatedly enjoys the benefits, at the expense of the needy. The biggest beneficiary of this system is church/foriegn fund backed "Crypto Christians". Uma Shankar is just one instance. 

MA Yousuf Ali - Only "Mallu" who has taken a solo Snap with the American President

I  might be the only guy in the Kochi area, who has not entered the Lulu Mall (expatriates,old and deserted are not considered in the list), till date. That is because of the Demo-phobia, fear of crowds and aversion to Consumerism.  But, I used to go to Oberon Mall, as there was Reliance timeout show room and have spent hours inside that book stall.

Through my friends, do know that there is a Crossword stall in the mall. But, has not visited it yet. I have heard great things about M.A Yousuf Ali, the business man who owns the mall., from some people who hailed from Triprayar,a place where he hails from. Of course, like any other business person who has managed to thrive,heard some criticism against him.

I just happen to see a Picture of Yousuf with American President Obama. He seems to be the only Keralite who got the invitation for the Barack Obama Dinner, hosted by the  President of India. With ninety percent of employees being Indians, he is a star businessman who has improved the lives of many a people. Since the group has got a Corporate style, It can outlive him.

Hats off to him, to have got an opportunity to meet the most Powerful man on the earth, as I write this.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How a Clever Mother used her Son's disease to fool thousands of people?

In the year 2009, a wonder boy, Ali Yakubov from  the troubled republic of Dagestan in Russia, had verses of Quran which appeared on his body, periodically replaced with new verses. The verses change during Mondays and Thursdays. Thousands of  "believers" flocked to the region.

 According to ABC news

"About 2,000 pilgrims are showing up every day at the family's modest home in the town of Kizlyar where green flags line the pathway (green being the color of Islam). Local police keep order while pilgrims and Muslim leaders pray and pass around photos of the verses that previously appeared on the child."

According to a Local Imam, "The Koran forecasts that before the end of the world, there may be people with its sayings on their bodies".

Finally, Mufti of the region, found out that, the mother was exploiting a particular disease to inscribe those verses on the body of the Kid. Thanks to the Mufti, the facts came out.

The Child was suffering from a disease, Dermatographic urticaria.

Dermatographic urticaria (also known as dermographism, dermatographism or "skin writing") is a skin disorder seen in 4–5% of the world's population and is one of the most common types of urticaria,[1] in which the skin becomes raised and inflamed when stroked, scratched, rubbed, and sometimes even slapped.[2]

Monday, January 26, 2015

Can you get a Degree in Reverse Order?,PG first, then Graduate, Undergraduate so on

According to Times of India,

"No one would have ever imagined even in the wildest of dreams that people may acquire a postgraduate degree first, followed by an undergraduate degree, and thereafter complete the higher secondary course, eventually to go to a kindergarten," said Justice V Ramasubramanian on Friday, refusing to permit a law graduate to enrol and practice in courts, as he had completed his graduation course without clearing his Plus Two.

The matter relates to a petition filed by G Bappudurai, who failed in one subject in Plus Two in 1999. Without clearing Class 12, he joined a bachelor's degree course under Alagappa University's distance education programme. He obtained the BA degree in history in 2010. Thereafter, he appeared for the arrear paper in Plus Two in March 2010, and cleared it. He later joined three-year law degree in Tirunelveli Government Law College in 2010-11 and completed it in 2013. Though he had been issued a provisional certificate, Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University issued a show-cause notice to him after it came to know that he did not complete his schooling and foundation degree in the prescribed 10+2+3 format and order.

His counsel argued that Bappudurai fulfilled the eligibility criteria in 2010-11 for joining the three-year law degree course and that the university could not question it after having issued the provisional certificate.

Rejecting the argument, Justice Ramasubramanian said, "When the expression "degree" was defined in the statutes, the law makers never imagined the kind of inventions that could happen in the field of education, entitling people to acquire all qualifications in the reverse or perverse order. At the time when the expression "degree" was defined in the statute, people would have honestly believed that a student would undertake a journey from the first standard up to the school final in a sequence and thereafter undergo the entire duration of the degree course."

But, BappuDurai's degree is valid and any private employer can give him employment based on his degree. He cannot enroll as  an advocate!

Purchased some books on C++

As part of the prep work for the  LearnForIndia initiative, I am mentoring a small team on C/C++. The topics which we are dealing include Win32/MFC Programming, POSIX Programming, COM/DCOM development, Cross Platform Programming,  C++ 11,Writing Extensions for Dynamic languages like Python and PHP etc.

There are two class of Programmers, now a days. People who can program native code and can't do. This is my perspective on this issue

"I have seen smart programmers with Cognitive blind spots, because of their lack of understanding of the C++ programming language. It is very difficult to explain certain concepts  to them. At the same time there is another class who have only seen C++ all their life. That is also problematic as their abstract thinking facility will be rather low. At an enterprise application development scenario, I prefer a person who is good at Java or C#. There are areas where I prefer a person who is comfortable with C++.over other languages."

Without knowledge of C++, you can only become an Application Software developer. You will be denied vast opportunities in the Software Engineering or Engineering Software arena.

After I explained COM Programming model to a friend of mine, with examples ("Talk is cheap, Show the Code"!), we went to Modern Book House to buy couple of C++ 11 titles.

I purchased two C++ titles from Modern book house.

  • Professional C++ - Wrox
  • C++, How to Program - PHI
After that, from a street which sells old books, I purchased
  • ATL Internals  (1st Edition)
  • Essential COM - Don Box 
  • Data Structures and Algorithms in C++ 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bill Gates - A remarkable man who can drink "faeces water"

I saw a video which Shows Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, sipping a glass of water distilled out of Human Feces. This gives hope to Humanity that Drinking water problem can be solved. How much economical it would be to purify water will determine everything!

According to the BBC news (retrieved from here)

"The water tasted as good as any I've had out of a bottle. And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It's that safe," he wrote in the blogpost.
In the video, the developer of the Omniprocessor system, Peter Janicki, says the raw "sewer sludge" is first boiled, during which process the water vapour is separated from the solids.
Those solids are then put into a fire, producing steam that drives an engine producing electricity for the system's processor and for the local community.
The water is put through a cleaning system to produce drinking water.
"Why would anyone want to turn waste into drinking water and electricity?" Gates asked.
The answer, he wrote, was because "diseases caused by poor sanitation kill some 700,000 children every year, and they prevent many more from fully developing mentally and physically".
He added: "If we can develop safe, affordable ways to get rid of human waste, we can prevent many of those deaths and help more children grow up healthy."

Also read about Omniprocesser here

A progressive ruler ,a Tyrant who enslaved his own daughters and a man who defeated "Pan Islam"

It is very difficult to have Democracy in a country where Muslims are in Majority. Even If, it is there, constant coup from the army and revolt by  religious bigots will topple that. Only hope for the world is now the tyrant rulers of the middle east

One such ruler  is King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia,who passed away couple of days back. Since the royal family are Yemense, they are much despised in Saudi Arabia. To cling on to power, these Sheikhs will be hobnobbing with Americans. 

Most world leaders have hailed Abdullah as a reformer. How come a man who has enslaved his own daughters to be considered as a reformer? May be, he is far better than others!

I have read about the plight of his daughters because of the Male Guardianship system. According to report here

"One of the most scrutinized aspects of the Saudi Arabia’s rights’ record is its so-called “male guardianship system,” women are not allowed to travel, obtain a passport, marry, or continue their education without the approval of a male relative.
The King’s own daughters are hardly an exception to the harsh rule. Four of his daughters claim that the are being forcibly held in a dilapidated palace with little in the way of food and water. “Our father said that we had no way out,” Sahar Al Saud, 42, wrote in an email to the British broadcast network Channel 4, “And that after his death our brothers will continue detaining us.”
“We are just an example of so many families, of what so many women, go through. Just a tiny, tiny example,” the princess who once enjoyed international skiing and shopping trips said."

During Gulf war, he helped Americans to win the war against Saddam Hussein. In that way, he defeated "Pan Islamic" consolidation behind Saddam Hussein.

More Alcohol, means Secular Society and better "Law and Order"

Xian clergy and some Islamic fundamentalist organizations in Kerala were trying to impose prohibition on the people of Kerala. Luckily, there were some legal issues and move got fizzled off. Sudheeran,the KPCC president became a "tool" in their hands. Sensible Chief minister (Oomen Chandy)  of  Kerala and Excsize minster helped to bring sanity to the state.

Think about a Society without Alcohol. People will be bored to death and will study more religion , to get intoxicated with religious dogma. They will forget their acts and try to impose morality on others. In the process, they will take up arms and it will end up as a law and order problem.

Taking cues from  Cafe Day ad, 

"Everything can be  discussed across a Alcohol table"

Just now, I happen to read that, people who drink Alcohol generally tend to live  longer. 

A newly released study shows that regular drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol. You read that right: Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking.

Surprised? The tightly controlled study, which looked at individuals between ages 55 and 65, spanned a 20-year period and accounted for variables ranging from socioeconomic status to level of physical activity. Led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin, it found that mortality rates were highest for those who had never had a sip, lower for heavy drinkers, and lowest for moderate drinkers who enjoyed one to three drinks per day.

You can read more about this here.

Monday, January 19, 2015 is yet another CLR language!

Microsoft's motto is "Write in Any Language, Run on Our Platform :)". I wrote using C# as the programming language. Rino Reji Cheriyan, has ported the interpreter part of the SLANG compiler to

Yesterday,  a group had ported SLANG to Python and I had blogged about it here. Today, shortly after the previous post, I received information from Rino about his port to He had done it some two months ago.

The Source code of the Compiler can be retrieved from here.

Now, SLANG has got implementations in

  • C#/.NET - Praseed Pai
  • Java - Ashiq Salahudeen 
  • C++/LLVM - Pradeep Subramonian
  • JavaScript - JayaKrishnan Radhakrishnan
  • Python - Faisal/Antony
  • - Rino Reji Cheriyan

SLANG For Python is here!

Antony Padayatil and Faisal Prngtl, who are running the company, BEYOSE, has ported the SLANGFORDOTNET Open Source Compiler to the Python Programming Language.  With this, SLANG compiler has got implementations in

  • C#/.NET - Praseed Pai
  • Java - Ashiq Salahudeen 
  • C++/LLVM - Pradeep Subramonian
  • JavaScript - JayaKrishnan Radhakrishnan
  • Python - Faisal/Antony
Currently, an Objective C port and a Ruby port is in progress, as well. The original source code and documentation can be retrieved from here. The link to Python implementation can be retrieved from here.

They are planning to embed the Interpreter into JVM using Jython and CLR using IronPython. 

AR Rah-man is rated, Just because he is a Muslim!

I just happen to read with curiosity where AR Rahman  told his saga of conversion to Islam. He was born as Dileep Kumar, son of musician Sekhar ( Of "Ashada Masam" fame in Malayalam) and converted to Islam, because he did not like his name.

According to a Report in the Pakistani News Paper, (retrieved from here)

"His father’s untimely death had put several financial pressures on the family, which included four children. His spiritual-minded mother had met, and gained immense succour, from a Sufi saint, peer Karimullah Shah Qadri. And he had been grappling with minor and major identity issues: he didn’t like the name he was born with, he was looking for direction and purpose, and he wanted to get a handle on his professional future."

In a way, he is smart and chose a faith which will give him millions of followers overnight. There is a tendency among Muslims to laud other Muslims, even if they are average. 

The Cat is out of the bag. He is so revered by a section of the public  because he is a Muslim and most Muslims have got natural tendency to say big things about fellow coreligionists. Had he remained Dileep, no one would have cared him. May be, he would have been considered as yet another Musician.