Lalu’s call on Bihar
With JD (U)’s Nitish Kumar as emerging as the consensus candidate for Bihar CM for the upcoming Bihar elections and being anointed by the head of the Janata Parivar, the first part of the continuing tensions between RJD and JD (U) seems to have come to an end. Of course, yet another contentious issue, that of seat-sharing between the two, is very much alive. The RJD chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav, not only pretends that “all is well” between him and Nitish Kumar, but also goes on to say “I am ready to consume all kind of poison… but we will crush this cobra of communalism… we will wipe out the BJP from Bihar.” Undoubtedly, his mind clearly speaks differently from what lies at the bottom of his ‘burning’ heart. Simply put, Mulayam Singh Yadav, the chief of the six-party ‘Janata Parivar’ made Lalu agree to this ‘deal’ by asking him to leave aside his ego to ensure the ouster of the BJP. It may be added that a mere agreement on a leader is no guarantee of ultimate success as the contest is still wide open and the joining together of anti-BJP voters later could also be an arduous task. Perhaps, it would also be imprudent to presume that this need-based, opportunistic alliance that is riding on the shoulder of the self-acclaimed secularism would create political “miracles” in the assembly elections. More so, when Bihar’s politics is quite complex and largely caste-dominated and relies heavily on vote banks. So, all of us have to wait for the final outcome of the churning of Bihar politics on the D-day, the ‘poison’ of which has already been willingly consumed by Lalu. For God’s sake, Laluji, please take good care of yourself, for obvious reasons.
Robots aren’t taking over. Yet.
Apropos of the column “Even robots shouldn’t do this job” (June 9), there is no doubt that Japan is dominating the global robotics market for quite some time now and has successfully induced rudimentary artificial intelligence into these gadgets to aid humans in day-to-day activities. Consistent development of robotics technology by Japan appears to be justified due to its growing population of the aged—the country will need a lot of skilled manpower in the future, and in the absence of this, robots programmed to do these jobs can take over. In addition, there are a lot of hazardous industrial tasks which can be undertaken by robots and minimise exposure for humans. In spite of robotics development, humans, however, will always dominate the scene and can never be completely replaced by robots. Humans have numerous in-built traits that are impossible to develop artificially. Robots can only replace manual labour, and that too, in a limited way as they will not come cheap.
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