Coming of the Violent Global Revolutions

The seeds of the present Islamic Terrorism, Global Economic Crisis, the Arab Springs and the Occupy Movement had been sown in Information Technology Revolutions, Petro-Dollars, Globalization, Consumerism and Corporate Culture of Greed. They had been programmed within IT, Globalization and Trade-in Services, though nobody was aware of it, even their greatest proponents. All states or religions or their development strategies have been built up within the mindset of the quarreling primitive tribal chiefs or warriors for the last several centuries.

But crossing the barriers of cultures, ideologies and development or backwardness, Islam or Secularism, the New Revolution has been forming in the hearts of millions of Empowered Youth and Women all over the world; we are in the midst of a Violent Global Revolution for the failure of Capitalism, Democracy, Communism and Islam to ensure Food, Dignity and Knowledge for All. Everybody is thinking and working in a very sectarian way disregarding ‘The Others’ who are made ‘Enemies’ or ‘Not the Chosen Ones’, as Food, Dignity and Knowledge’ are only for ‘the Chosen Few”.

IT- A Double Edged Sword

Information Technology was basically a military technology that was put into civilian application by the Multi National Corporations to process and transfer a large volume of data across countries, that too without the control of the governments. IT Revolution was started with Trans-border Data Flow brought out by the Multi-National Corporations for greater control of resources and optimization of profits. It was accompanied by the growth of Semi-conductor Industry so as to make hardware cheap and accessible to common man along with the development of user-friendly software so as to make IT as a technology for mass empowerment.

Globalization Boomerangs
The proponents of Globalization, Consumerism and Multi National Corporations, never imagined that Globalization would challenge the very foundation of the western democracies and industrial economies . Consumerism, accompanied by of aggressive marketing encouraged people to spend without bothering the actual earning, which in effect has wiped out saving, investment, innovation and risk taking entrepreneurships, the very foundation of Capitalism.

Globalization has paved the way for dumping of cheap industrial and consumer products from China and outsourcing most of the clerical or routine works so as to affect employment and industrial growth of the west. MNCs or Corporatism transformed capital and technology into moving clouds, facilitating transfer of huge amount of capital from one country to another for making more profit without bothering the very survival of national economies. The net result is that above 90% of the working population in the west felt that they have been side tracked for the sake of just 2% of the rich and affluent who control the Governments and Political Parties. Democracy has been hijacked by Corporatism.

Petro-Dollar and Islamic Consolidation
The automobile revolution had taken place necessitating unlimited demand for petroleum products and petro-chemical industries that gave rise to the era of Petro-Dollar in 1980s. The accumulation of Petro-dollar in the oil rich Muslim Countries lead to a consolidation of Islam as a globally unifying force that enhanced their bargaining power with the rest of the world. Thanks to the digital revolution, especially television channels, the Muslim world was made aware of the standard of living and affluence of the western world so that they could compare their conditions with that of the western world that made the Muslims youth and women angry and jealous.
Fundamentalism and Terrorism
The new awakening of Islam paved the way for Islamic Fundamentalism so as to motivate and inspire the young to take revenge upon the west for their sufferings and backwardness. Israel-Palestine enmity and wars had been interpreted as the war between Islam and the rest of the world. This had served the purposes of diverting the attention of Muslim youth towards the west, instead of turning against their own rulers or religion and also the long standing enmity and unresolved bloody fights between Sunni and Shiits Sects of Islam, especially between Iran and the rest of the Arab world.
The inability of the large number of Muslim migrants in the west to become part and parcel of the western society made them enemies of the western society and supporters of Islamic Fundamentalism. The angry and violent fundamentalists could effectively side track or silence majority of the pious and peace-loving Muslims in various countries. Islamic Fundamentalism had turned into Terrorism with suicide bombers. Saddam Husain of Iraq, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and the Taliban of Afghanistan had been projected as the heroes or patrons or vanguards of Islamic Terrorism. Its culmination was the 9/11 attack in the USA.

Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan
With the collapse of the USSR, the western rulers, strategists and military forces met with the psychological problem of living without fighting an enemy and total inaction. That had affected the very survival and growth of the Defense Industry which could be flourished only in tension, crisis or war or terror. There was an unholy alliance between the western defense industry and the Islamic Terrorists organization on the one hand and between the Defense Industry and Political Parties in the west. The 9/11 attack in the USA and Iraqi invasion of Kuwait was a golden opportunity for the Defense Industry and the western military forces to make their governments to act, that too with the support of several Arab regimes.. The total collapse of Iraq of Saddam Hussein and Libya of Muammar Gaddafi and the on-going fights with Taliban in Afghanistan are the outcomes of such a situation.
Global Economic Crisis
The war with Iraq and the on-going fights with Taliban in Afghanistan had put most of the western governments in debt trap. Consumerism and aggressive marketing strategies made most of the house holds too in debt trap. The Banking and Fiancé Sectors were in the hands of greedy and corrupt corporate men who violated the simple principles of Banking or Economics. In stead of expensive and quality western products, common people had opted for the cheap and low quality Chinese products, challenging the very survival of western industries that contributed wide level unemployment. A financial melt down was thrust upon the western economies, that had grown to the level of a Great Depression, affecting the entire world. China became the major beneficiary of Globalization so as to have the largest reserve of foreign exchange. However, Brazil, Russia, India and China could withstand the crisis to a greater extent till the end of 2011.
Nevertheless, China has started to taste the bitterness of relaying too much on unsustainable export and foreign direct investment for growth and paying the price for it’s over ambition of becoming a global economic and military power. The migrant workers of the Chinese Towns, the unemployed youth and inflation –ridden masses in China are on a war path, in spite of the huge military deployment in all troubled spots. China can no longer afford cheap labor and dumping the world market with cheap Chinese products. India is not far away from the crisis for the rampant corruption and lack of direction and misguided policies of the Government for the last few years. For the political crisis, Russia is loosing its economic grip to resist the crisis. Brazil has emerged as the most crisis-resistant country in the age of the global economic crisis, even pulling back GCC countries.

The Arab Spring
The spread of education and IT literacy coupled with the popularity of digital media and internet among the Arab youth and women have forced them to realize that the sustainability of their poverty and backwardness is the result of their own socio-economic-political system rather than the west or the outside forces, unlike what had been trained them to think or believe. They have realized that no religion has any solution for the economic sufferings and the denial of dignity, justice and freedom of the common people other than supporting the rulers and the rich and the affluent for the over emphasis on ‘life after death’.

The thinking youth and women in the Arab world want to interfere in social and political affairs, though the rulers have been making use of religion to keep them away and make them silent. The people who realized that their life has been getting miserable and there is no solution for their sufferings, have joined together and marched to the street to protest against the rulers and systems as an outbreak of the suppressed anger and revenge so as to challenge the authority and change the rulers. The revolution, known as the Arab Spring has spread from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya, Yemen and reached in Syria and even to the rest of the world, including the west. It has challenged the unquestionable authority of religion and the inseparable relation between the state and religion as a unified force to keep the entire Islamic world obedient or intact to fight against the rest of the world.

The Occupying Protesters
The celebrations of the Arab Spring in the western media have dramatic effects in the mind sets of the western youth and women, especially the unemployed and those who are pushed back from the economic ladder, and inspired them to move and protest in the streets against corporatism and its puppet governments, as government policies are made not in the Senate or Parliament but at the corporate head offices. That is the basis of spreading ‘the Occupy Wall Street Movement’ through out the west. It is in fact a crisis of faith of the western youth and women in Capitalism, Democracy , Governments, Universities, IMF, World Bank, UN and etc to solve their urgent problem of employment and minimum income and due voice in the Governments.

Alternative Policies and Strategies
With the fall of the USSR and adopting of Market Socialism by China, it is proved that Socialism or Communism was no way different from Capitalism in adding the misery and suffering of the common people. Global Economic Crisis, growing to the level of a Great Depression, has shattered the faith of the common people of the west in Capitalism and Growth Strategies. The Arab Spring exposed the failure of the Islamic Socio-Economic-Political System, including Islamic Finance to ensure minimum living conditions, employment, justice and dignity to the Arab Youth and Women. The Occupy Movement shattered the myth of the ever lasting strength of Capitalism and Democracy as a self rectifying system to guarantee employment and minimum standard of living and the voice in the government.

IT Revolution, Globalization, Economic Crisis, Arab Spring and Occupy Movement help the humanity to realize that its problems are one and same; no religion or ideology can solve their problems and what is required is a unified global effort to ensure Food, Water, Dignity and Knowledge for All, in stead of thinking in a sectarian way ; no nation or corporation can flourish when the rest of the world is in hunger, thirst, ignorance and subjugation or oppression that breed violent revolutions spreading across the entire world capable of burning out the rest.

Food, Water, Dignity and Knowledge for All
The very basis of the Ideology and Religion of Human Existence in a healthy and peaceful environment is ensuring ‘Food, Water, Dignity and Knowledge for All’ that alone guarantee Peace and Unity of the Humanity. As long as Hunger or Thirst, Ignorance, Oppression and Denial of Dignity exist, nobody can live in peace or harmony but in War and Terror or Violent Revolutions. We are in the midst of a Violent Revolutions extending the entire humanity brought out by those who have been denied Food, Water, Dignity and Knowledge. The rich, affluent and influential 2%, disregarding their religion, ideology or nationality will be first target. Time is too short for debates and commission reports. No religion or state can ensure safety for anybody.

Everybody must be ensured Food, Water, Dignity and Knowledge and global or national strategies must be formulated, giving thrust to Food, Agriculture and Farming Technologies and Knowledge Accessibility and Application that alone ensures income and employment over 80% of mankind and food, knowledge and dignity for the entire humanity and thereby building a Sustainable Global Social Order. Less than 10% of the mankind can be employed in Industrial and Service Sectors that too based on Agriculture and Knowledge.

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Never Be a Graduate!
Immediately after the first terminal examination at S. B. College, Changanacherry, Kerala, India, in Aug. 1965, my teachers- Prof. C. Z. Scaria, Fr. Joseph Powathil ( Bishop Powathil) and Mr. T. K. Abraham summoned me to the staff room, for I got the lowest marks in the class for my B.A. Economics.
“Better to leave the college; you can never be a graduate; you are very weak and poor in all the subjects”. They told me bluntly. Though not unexpected, it was a great shock for me.
“No Sir, I want to study. Tell me what shall I do to become a graduate and continue in the college?” I asked to them.
“Go to the library and read as many books as you can. Not only that, you have to prepare answers for all questions and write five times and bring them within ten days.”. They told me.

Rajayoga by Accident
I rushed to the library. Accidently, I got a small Malayam book : ‘Rajayogam’ , thinking that it was dealing with ‘My Luck or Fortune” . For me, Raju is same as Raja; ‘yogam’ means ‘luck’. I started to read it carefully. It was based on the teaching of Swami Vivekanda on ‘Yoga Meditation’ and it was a manual to practice. Without having any idea of yoga or meditation, I started to practice it rigorously.
I solved the problem of practicing Rajayoga without a Guru or Master by adapting the techniques of ‘Ekalavya” by placing Sri Ramakrishna Pramahamsa to the level of my Guru or Master.

F.A. Hayek and P. A. Samuelson
I went to the College Library and borrowed two very big books; Paul A. Samuelson’s ‘Economics’ and F. A. Hayek’s ‘Constitution of Liberty’. Over ninety per cent of the words of those books were unfamiliar to me. So, I bought an English Malayalam Dictionary. To deal with the problems of English Grammar, I also bought, ‘Wren and Martin’s High School English Grammar.

Practicing Rajayoga and reading Hayek and Samuelson were my two major activities in the college. After the second term examination, I was again summoned by my teachers who were surprised with my performance; both in Economics and Political Science answer papers, I had even quoted Samuelson and Hayek. I got good marks. They told me, “ Raju, you are an unpredictable man. How could you understand Hayek? It is very tough; even we find it difficult to understand.”

In the College Annual sports, I was first in long jump and 5000 Meters race; in the literary competition, I got first prize for short story writing and also for elocution competition. I was even among the teachers and students of the neighboring women’s college –Assumption College’ and also in the NSS College. My eyes were very suggestive and capable of attracting others.

Not Yet ‘Samadhi’
In the Rajayoga, I had reached a stage very near to ‘Samadhi” though I was afraid of reaching at ‘Samadhi’, for I was not trained to come back the normal stage after ‘Samadhi’ which leads to ‘Siddhi”. While I was studying for the third year, I founded a youth organization, ‘National Freedom Guards’ to capture political power. There were over 500 members, including college teachers, students, and others. In the final exam of 1968, I got the second highest mark for Economics in the college. For the financial problem of my family, I could not peruse my political or organizational ambitions. ( I lost my father when I was fifteen and the eldest one in a nine member family.)
Marks / Grades and Knowledge
In 1970, I did my Master’s Degree in Economics. Even though I had read most be the best books in Economics and had very strong basis in Economics, I got only a Second Class for my M.A. Then I could realize that in examinations nobody was testing the knowledge base of students and their ability to apply that knowledge but only the ability to reproduce a set of ready made answers.

Mathew’s Theories of Knowledge – Skill Acquisition
That was a shock for me that provoked to me later to propound ‘Two Theories of Knowledge Consumption and Production’ that got published from Moscow by the UAAR Academy of Sciences for the interest of Prof. A. I. Mikhalove, the father of Informatics. He nominated me as one of the twelve memebrs of the FID Committee on Research on Theorertical basis of Information Science, on the basis of my book published from England and the USA by the MCB University press in 1981, applying Economic Theories in Knowledge  . Later they appeared in eight languages, including French and japanese. Now they are known as ‘Mathew’s Theories of Knowledge Consumption and Production’ that could be applied in augmenting Scientific Productivity and Skill Acquisition.

Knowmatics and Revolution in Higher Education
In 2005, I propounded ‘Knowmatics’ as a Post-IT branch of study to process and manage the knowledge that humanity has created so far and to ensure the maximum accessibility of knowledge by the humanity crossing boundaries of culture and even education. It was formulated on the background of my research on the structure and representation of Knowledge in the Vedas and Upanishads, the Ayurveda, the Bible, the Koran and the Modern Science and Technology. So far I have supervised ten doctoral works related to these fields.

Revolution in Higher Education
Recently, my paper, ‘Knowmatics – A New Revolution in Higher Education’ has been in the Journal of World Universities Forum (Vol. 4, Issue No 1, Year 2011, Pages 1-11) and its video presentation has been posted in YouTube by the publishers. Most of my recent write ups about the Global Economic Crisis and the Arab Revolutions can be found in the net. In 2011, I am still a shy and obedient student as I was in 1965 before my teachers and I am learning.

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Kerala’s rulers and politicians relay heavily on ‘Software Development and Export’ and the associated ‘Technopark’,  ‘Infopark’ and ‘Smart City’ for Kerala’s development. To them, software export and undertaking ‘outsourcing works’ are the most productive and intellectual work. In fact they require more skill and patience rather than greater intelligence and creative use of the brain power of the young people.

It must be noted that less than 2% of the educated youth in Kerala is associated with software development and IT related business or industry. Thanks to the global economic crisis and the growing ‘Occupy Movements’ in the west, there will be a drastic fall for outsourcing and software exports, as far as Kerala is concerned.

It is high time to realize the fact that the solid wealth of Kerala is not the muscle power or technical skill but the Brain Power of its Youth, including Women. The sustainable development strategy of Kerala must be based on Developing the Brain Power of its people and bringing value added Knowledge Products and Services and finally marketing them globally for the Knowledge Sector, including Education, Professional Services and Knowledge based Industries.

The building blocs of Knowledge are concepts; the structure of knowledge is non-linear and dynamic; data or information is meaningless and irrelevant without knowledge. The building blocs of data or information are bits or bytes; the structure of data is linear and static. While concepts have independent existence, bits or bytes do not have any independent existence. Education, Professional Services, Planning and Decision making are founded on Knowledge and not on data or information. That is why; Information Technology, a technology based on data structure, cannot enter deep into the hearts on Education and the other knowledge based activities.

By taking into account the strategic failure of IT in dealing with Knowledge, as an alternative, Knowmatics has been propounded to enter deep into the entire Domains of Knowledge, that have a common or universal structure and nature. These problems are dealt in the paper, ‘Knowmatics – A New Revolution in Higher Education’ published in the Journal of World Universities Forum, vol 4, issue 1, 2011, pages 1-11.

Kerala must set up a series of ‘Knowledge Industrial Parks’ to develop and tap the brain power of Kerala and bring out value added knowledge products and services for the growing global markets in Education, Professional Services, Public Administration, Developmental Activities, Business and Trade, Research and Developmental Activities.

What is required for Kerala is not mere a Smart City at Cochin, but a Smart Kerala connecting every house holds in Kerala to the Knowledge Industry Network of Kerala as the Knowledge Production or Processing or Repackaging Units . Along with the development of Knowledge Industry, there must be Revolution and Innovation in Education, Provision of Professional Services, Planning and Decision -Making besides all the major productive sectors.

In order to educate the new generation of the world population, there must be a five fold growth in Education by 2030. With the existing education system and technology, it is impossible to achieve such a goal. Knowmatics offers wonderful possibilities in achieving a quantum leap in global education. The brain power of Kerala can effectively utilize for such a task.


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Kanjirappally, though famous, is not a big city or even a big town in the modern sense. It has a documented history of more than two hundred years. It was a well known hill station and trade centre of silk and spices and a meeting place for the Muslim traders of Madauri and the Christian Traders of Alleppy.  Kanjirappally is keeping equally away from the Vembanad Lake and tea gardens in the High Range in Kerala.  Copying down the European Tea, Rubber and Cardamom Planters of the High Ranges, some families in Kanjiraaply entered into plantation industry. Kanjirapply had become famous for rubber plantation.

 Even in the twenty-first century, Kanjirapply lives in early 1950s, with narrow and congested or over crowded roads or pavements, without the amenities of modern cities in the other parts of Kerala. The only relief is that we cannot find any bullock carts of 1950s to carry farm products or stationary items on its roads or payments.

In 1950s, Kanjirapply was occupying almost same status with Palai, Kottayam, Chnaganacherry, Ranni or Pathanamthitta that have recently become Metropolitan Cities.  Kanjirapply was very late in starting a college or technical training institute. It has been reluctant to widen its narrow roads or developing bye-pass and constructing modern shopping complexes, hotels and restaurants, cinema theaters or even a town hall. The only modern building in the entire Kanjirapply Town is the Mini Civil Station, thanks to the determination of the previous MLA, Mr. Alphonse Kannanthanam.

Over 70% of the land in Kanjirapply is under the ownership of a handful of wealthy families that have been depending on Kottayam or Eranakulam or Bangalore for major shopping , entertainment and higher education. They are least bothered about or some times against the development or modernization of Kanjirappally.  The middle and the working class families in Kanjirapply do not have much role or voice in its development even under democracy. A handful of traders or planters are powerful enough to bury down even the developmental plans of the panchayath or district or state administration, including road or town development, constructing town hall or bye pass or alternative route to Sabarimala.

However, we can notice a steady economic growth of middle class families in Kanjirapply thanks to rubber cultivation, higher education and employment even in foreign countries. At the same time for the lack of modern education, employment and entrepreneurships, some of the well known families of rubber, tea and cardamom planters have fallen down or declined.  

Unless long term plans and strategies for the integrated development of Knajirapply are implemented urgently, it will be one of the most back ward places in Kerala for the failure of the Panchayath, District and State Administration and above all the politicians who represent the people of Kanjirapply in the Kerala Assembly or the Indian Parliament. It must be noted that Kanjirapply has greater developmental potentialities than even Palai or  Kottayam. With emerging collective leaderships, it can make a quantum leap in Development.

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Historic Blunder The formation of Pakistan, separating from India, proved to be a great blunder from the point of view the people who share the common culture and heritage but living under poverty and backwardness in India and Pakistan. Though … Continue reading

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Historic Blunder

The formation of Pakistan, separating from India, proved to be a great blunder from the point of view the people who share the common culture and heritage but living under poverty and backwardness in India and Pakistan. Though it served the ego of some politicians and top military men, the people of these two nations have to pay a very great price.  Instead of spending money for wiping out poverty and ignorance of the masses, and creating jobs for the Youth and Women, both India and Pakistan have spent billions for wars, defense, nuclear weapons, espionage, propaganda and sustaining hate and mistrust among people.

Reverse Growth of Pakistan

This is the age of Third Generation of Indians and Pakistanis, since the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. The new generation couldn’t find much logic in the decision of separation and sustaining enmity between the people of these two countries. Such a feeling is strong among the young people of Pakistan who are very much sad and frustrated about the fate of their country. Up to the end of 1960s, Pakistan was far ahead of India in many fields. With the rise of religious fundamentalism, Pakistan entered a stage of stagnation and then deterioration.  At the same time, India emerged as a world economic power capable of moving forward at a great speed than even China or USA.

Business Sentiments

In various international forums, business men and young professionals from Pakistan even dared to express their concern that if the present condition persists, Pakistan will be the poorest nation in the entire Asia, in spite of the fertile land, hardworking and sturdy people and possibilities of industrialization.  There are several rich Pakistani professionals and businessmen settled in different parts of the world. But they are not ready to invest in Pakistan because it is getting poorer and religiously fanatic than the rest of the Islamic world. Even the Arab World is undergoing rapid social transformation and Renaissance thanks to the Youth and Women Uprisings or Revolutions. As an Islamic country, Pakistan cannot insulate itself from such a revolution or renaissance for long.

Reforms in Pakistan

Pakistan must introduce lands reforms on a massive scale to end feudalism and making landless and poor farmers the real owners of the land along with embracing Secular Democracy, as theocratic states all over the world could only keep people under eternal backwardness and mass poverty. Then capital and technology will flow into Pakistan in terms of billions. Several rich Pakistanis will return to Pakistan with their capital, technology and expertise.  Otherwise, Pakistan will trail behind some of the poorest African countries.

Economic Miracle and Poverty in India

The unprecedented economic growth in India results in the emergence of some multi-billionaires, side tacking and marginalizing millions under poverty. Corruptions have emerged as the only means for getting rich quick in India at all levels. The newly rich could virtually buy or leased out the money hungry politicians and party leaders in all political parties, including the Marxists and thereby plunder the wealth of the nation.

The greedy mega rich in India feel that they are the real citizens or masters of the country and the people are mere stumbling blocks or nuisance for their onward march.   It is quite natural on the part of the marginalized millions to lean towards extremism and to associate with splinter groups like Maoist or Naxel groups.  This problem cannot be tacked with military forces, but only by brining them into the main stream and ensuring the fruits of developments to all people in India.

Reforms and Empowerment

However, several Indians both within and outside India have launched several anti-corruption campaigns, including legal battle and using social networking medias. The masses are getting empowered to fight against corruption and lopsided growth models. It is inevitable for India to introduce a series of reforms and a new development paradigm so as to prevent corruption and making the millions the real beneficiaries of development so as to make India truly developed giving top priority to human development.

Towards a Federation

It is also time both for India and Pakistan to form a Federation so as to  cut short defense expenditure substantially on the one hand and to  encourage free movement of people and massive investment and thereby ensure a real economic miracle for the people of India and Pakistan who share  the common culture and heritage.

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YouTube video, ‘Knowmatics – A New Revolution in Higher Education’ is based on the paper presented for the Fourth World Universities Forum held at Hong Kong on 14-16 Jan. 2011. World Universities Forum comes under World Economic Forum.

The full text of the paper, authored by Prof. (Dr.) Raju M. Mathew and Ranjit Mathew will shortly be published in the Journal of World Universities Forum, CG Publishing, Illinois University, USA.

Since the time of Aristotle, no  revolution has been taken in the field of Higher Education, except adding some gadgets or computers that could not make any substantial  and qualitative change.

Knowmatics is going  to revolutionize Universities, their     teaching and research, besides schools  and making knowledge accessible to the entire humanity cost-effectively, facilitating massive application of knowledge. The net result is a paradigm change in human development.

Live Knowledge Banks and Mega Knowledge Corporations will emerge soon, resulting in wiping out several ineffective universities and colleges.


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