July 23, 2008
Want to know the stats of this site? Here is table of stats which shows that no. of visits are now in the range of 30k, the hits are around 350k, and some 10,000 unique visitors visit Drishtikone monthly.
The next World Parliament of Religions is in Melbourne, Australia in 2009. Here is the link. Here is a picture from the first one (1893) Swami Vivekananda is in the center and His Holiness H. Dharmapala (Buddhist delegate from India) is to his left.
Today, three more technology sites that I found to be pretty useful.
DimDim: It is an open source web conferencing software and is available as a hosted option as well with different pricing alternatives. I like one feature – no need to install anything to get onto the web conferencing. It set of features include:
– No Install to join meetings
– Easy Share your Desktop
– Audio & Video Conferencing
– Present PowerPoint and PDFs
– Private & Public Chat
– Whiteboard & Annotations
– Open Source and APIs
Spreed: This is another webconferencing option with a free pricing alternative. It is not open source, but it seems to have similar features as dimdim, although dimdim’s free service supports 20 people vs 3 in spreed.
Am gaeth im muir
Am tond trethan
Am fuaim mara
Am dam secht ndrenn
(I am the wind in the sea / I am the sea-wave upon the land / I am the roar of the sea / I am the stag of the seven fights)
I had said in my last post that the ramifications of this UPA vote victory will reach far and wide.
US is getting ready to hit the Taliban and the Al Qaeda who are within Pakistan. So the US has already bombed areas within that country. It is not the last time that this will happen. The prize is not the Taliban or Osama Bin Laden. The prize are Pakistan’s nukes. There were five countries who have the nukes – confirmed – outside of the current nuclear powers – Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Israel and India. In the last few months, North Korea has been forced to roll back its program, Iran has been put on the defensive (Europe and even Russia is chipping in). Israel was never a threat to the West. That leaves – Pakistan and India. Now, both entered – or rather jumped into the Nuke club – together. So, the arguments against Pakistan’s nukes also work against India. Asking Pakistan to roll all that back or neutralize them would not be that easy. Will it?
But what if India is suddenly taken out of the equation?
So, UPA has finally won the confidence vote and the US-India Nuclear deal will go through. UPA won 275 votes, opposition got 256 and 11 abstained.
This victory will create a mess for many. Prakash Karat of CPI -M has lost face and probably a lot of his political future. Somnath Chaterjee is a winner in this by not taking the side of his party – and using this opportunity to cut down Karat short and making a useful future for himself in the coming months and year. There may be another break up in CPI-M, pro and anti-Karat camps, which should be interesting configuration in the coming elections. One faction may well side with UPA and the other will be the party spoiler (and so waiting to make some money).
BJP may have also lost some of its future power.. surely some of the flock didn’t go along the opportunistic stand taken by party this time. It was shameful on how they behaved. Given the political experience and sagacity, this is the last thing Advani should have gone along with.