Oh 2011, like every other year, you have been good for some and bad for others, terrific for some and horrible for others, enjoyable for some and painful for others. You will be remembered in history:
For the unrest in the Middle East which has been successfully dethroning its decades-old dictatorships, with the task still uncompleted.
For the huge movement in India to root out the endemic corruption in politics, government, educational institutions, and business: a project which has had thus far only partial success.
For the capitulation, capture and corpse-drowning of Osama BL, the instigator of 9/11 which has led to more than a decade of air-port screening/ He was enjoying safe sanctuary in Pakistan, unbeknownst, we are told, to the government of that nation.
For the ruthless bombardment of Momar Kaddafi’s realm by NATO forces in the name of protecting Libyan civilians, and the final murder of Momar K.
For Iran’s continued efforts to make itself nuclear-bomb-capable, and its bold and irrepressible defiance to the West.
For frequent announcements that China is on the verge of overtaking the U.S., and also prognostications to the effect this will not happen..
For the disgrace of Dominique Strauss Kahn, the 62 year old former head of the International Monetary Fund who was paraded as a criminal in New York City because of the accusation of violent honky-panky with an African chamber maid in a posh Hotel. He escaped a 25 year prison term because the accuser seemed to be prone to habitual mendacity.
For the horrific tsunami in Fukushima (Japan) which caused a nuclear disaster of no small proportions, and for hurricanes, tornadoes in other parts of the world no less, in the U.S., Indonesia, the Philippines, Tamil Nadu and more.
For the financial disaster in Europe, especially in Greece, Italy, and Spain.
For the ups and downs of Republican Presidential hopefuls, which included Hermann Cain who had to step out because of his extra-marital sexual adventures.
For the death of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, only to be succeeded by his youthful son Kim Jong Un who promises to be as sullen, sour and secluded as his dead Dad.
For reports from some physicists that some neutrinos may moving faster than light, for getting data that almost confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, and for the spotting of a very earth-like planet, some 600 ly away from us.
Like every year, you too have taken away some of the cherished members of the human family. The U. S. lost, among others, Peter Falk, Andy Rooney, and Steve Job.
I am sure you will be remembered for a thousand other things by billions of other people, as I will remember you for the publication of my fourteenth and fifteenth books: Reflections on the Scientific Enterprise and Indic visions in an Age of Science.
These are some highlights that to my mind on this last day of the year numbered for you.
I wish 2012 to be a year of health and happiness to all my readers in this Blog and elsewhere, and hope to hear from them comments and reciprocal greetings.
December 31, 2011