Friday, February 5, 2010

Failures r not final.

A list of Abraham Lincoln’s Failures:

* Lost job, 1832
* Defeated for legislature, 1832
* Failed in business, 1833
* Elected to legislature, 1834
* Sweetheart (Ann Rutledge) died, 1835
* Had nervous breakdown, 1836
* Defeated for Speaker, 1838
* Defeated for nomination for Congress, 1843
* Elected to Congress, 1846
* Lost renomination, 1848
* Rejected for Land Officer, 1849
* Defeated for Senate, 1854
* Defeated for nomination for Vice-President, 1856
* Again defeated for Senate, 1858
* Elected President, 1860
BILL GATES, founder and chairman of Microsoft, has literally changed the work culture of the world in the 21st century, by simplifying the way computer is being used. He happens to be the world's richest man for the last one decade. However, in the 70's before starting out, he was a Harvard University dropout. The most ironic part is that, he started a software company (that was soon to become Microsoft) by purchasing the software technology from "someone" for only $US50 back then.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN received no more than 5 years of formal education throughout his lifetime. When he grew up, he joined politics and had 12 major failures before he was elected the 16th President of the United States of America.

ISSAC NEWTON was the greatest English mathematician of his generation. His work on optics and gravitation made him one of the greatest scientists the world has even known. Many thought that Isaac was born a genius, but he wasn't! When he was young, he did very poorly in grade school, so poor that his teachers became clueless in improving his grades.

ALBERT EINSTEIN was a theoretical physicist widely regarded as the most important scientist of the 20th century. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1905 and "for his services to Theoretical Physics". However, when Einstein was young, his parents thought he was mentally retarded. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit, saying, "Einstein, you will never amount to anything!"

STEVEN SPEILBERG is an American film director. He has won 3 Academy Awards an ranks among the most successful filmmakers in history. Most of all, Steven was recognized as the financially most successful motion picture director of all time. During his childhood, Spielberg dropped out of junior high school. He was persuaded to come back and was placed in a learning-disabled class. He only lasted a month and then dropped out of school forever.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Religions are not above Criticism- Mumbai HC

In a significant ruling, a three-judge bench of the Bombay high court on Wednesday held that - in India, criticism of any religion -- be it Islam, Hinduism, Christianity or any other -- is permissible under the fundamental right to freedom of speech and that a book cannot be banned on those grounds alone.

The ruling was given with reference to an appeal by an author RV Bhasin who questioned the banning of his book Islam - A Concept of Political World Invasion by Muslims. by the Maharashtra Govt.

While the court admitted the RIGHT of Indian citizens to CRITICISE religions, it however still upheld the ban on Bhasins book saying...
The book contained "aggravated form of criticism made with a malicious and deliberate intention" to outrage the feelings of Muslims

It is good for us to know that....the court unequivocally declares..
"in our country, everything is open to criticism and religion is no exception. Freedom of expression covers criticism of religion and no person can be sensitive about it."

Well, the rider is "without outraging the FEELINGS of the religious"