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Dear Editor,

My sincere thanks to Mr. Sheshadri for his frank comments on my last weeks column. The length of his comments surpassed the length of the article irself :)

By expressing the opposing views, Mr. Sheshadri has exactly ascertained my comments. The first and the most challenging task for anyone who is opposing the cancer growth of capitalism (BTW, Gandhi and Budda are just used as symbols for such leaders and hopefully, you dont have to wait for another 2500 years for them) is to demystifying the mass from the glittering short term benefits of the capitalism. Yes, I agree with him that Capitalism never ask your caste or religion. But, why? Because, it is not required when you are a resource, nothing else. Not just bad social things, capitalism never ask your good social systems too. Capitalism never bothers for your social issues until you are "useful" to it.

The problem world is facing now is that, economy is trying to alter all other systems such social, political and even inter-personal relations based on its own principles. Economy is one of the components of our balanced life, but, unfortunately, it is becoming such a dominant factor that rest of the components are solely becoming its slaves.

I never said anywhere in the article that desire is bad. Even Buddas definition of "aase" should be taken in a broader sense. Budda never asked anybody to quit "samsaara" and become "sanyaasi". Without natural desire we are literally equivalent to dead. But, whats bad is that, when it is really required and desired for one item and you start acquiring 99 of it. I dont want to elaborate it here on why and how capitalism achieve that, because, it is explained in length in my article.

Mr. Sheshadris comaparision of India and Argentina are exactly the points capitalism is making to convince the world that it is good. Capitalism measures "prosperity" of a society based on the life expectancy. "Acquire all wealth and live for 100 years" is the bold statement but the hidden meaning is that, "say Good luck to your next generation". So, Bangladesh with its poverty and least life expectancy become a failed country and Bangladeshis become most illiterate and most unfortunate second class human beings, right? But, certain suveys which measure happiness beyond money say that they are the happiest people on the world!!

Capitalism in line with human values is good. In fact, any system including socialism and capitalism (or blend of both), is good as long as it respects human values and conservation of earth. But, unfortunately, capitalism is trying to rewrite the basic human values and hence trying to run the world with its own terms. Otherwise, there is no requirement for it to kill local cultures and languages.

Though, word-by-word analysis is extensive on any writing, I advice that, before making such an analysis, it is worthwhile to understand word-by-word the meaning beneath it too. Especially, before calling anything baseless.


- M.R. Dattathri

Foster City, California

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