Two Types of Oxygen: Indian COVID Fudge

Posted in Blogs (Articles) on April 21st, 2021 by Rajesh Kochhar – Be the first to comment

India exported 9884 metric tons of liquid oxygen during February 20 – January 21. The figure is more than double the previous year and highest in three years.

In a clever but dishonest manner un-named govt sources have defended the decision saying that the export was of industrial oxygen and not medical oxygen. This is as if industrial oxygen is contaminated and not fit for medical use.

Govt itself has directed the channeling of industrial oxygen to hospitals.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the central government to cut down the industrial use of oxygen and deliver it to hospitals treating Covid-19 patients in the city. It said the government order restricting the industrial use of oxygen should be enforced immediately.

In other words, while the world by way of abundant caution was importing oxygen, vaccine, remdesivir, etc., for own use, a short-sighted India was busy making a quick buck unmindful of consequences.

On Jats and Jutts

Posted in Blogs (Articles) on January 31st, 2021 by Rajesh Kochhar – Be the first to comment
Jats are a land-owning agriculturist caste spread over West UP, Haryana, and Rajasthan. There are Jutts in West and East Punjab. They are also land-owners and tillers. Jutts in West Punjab are predominantly Muslim, those in East Punjab Sikhs. The ethnic relationship between Jats and Jutts is not clear ( Needs genetic study). Social Rajasthan is dominated by Rajputs, with the result that Jats are pushed down in caste hierarchy. But in West UP, Haryana, and Punjab, they are the dominant caste groups.
Jat-land has produced three eminent leaders in recent times: Sir Chhotu Ram, Charan Singh, and Devi Lal.
As move to the east we come across land-owning castes (Thakurs and Bhumihars) who are absentee landlords, oppressive and feudal.
Jat/Jutt’s prestige and self-esteem come from his landholding. Professions of Brahmins, Banias, Kayasths, etc are part of a flexible economy., and therefore amenable to bargaining, pressures, etc. In contrast since land is a fixed asset, landed castes are invariably confrontationist.

Why an IIT Kharagpur calendar aiming to highlight traditional Indian knowledge has irked experts

Posted in Blogs (Articles) on January 31st, 2021 by Rajesh Kochhar – Be the first to comment

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