Far Right is not right

In Dec 2016, the American elections concluded and Donald Trump was elected to the Oval office. And with this started the rise of far right politics across the world. Even before December, the right wingers loomed over the horizon but with the winning of Trump they were on steroids of sorts. Whether its Theresa May in UK or Marine Le Pen in France, people all over the world seem to gravitate towards far tight thoughts. Anybody who eulogizes anti-immigration or a cut off from some geo-political cum economic group (read as EU) or a blanket ban on certain religions seem to ascend to the highest political seat.

These overt expressions of extremism have given birth to discrimination and ridicule in public at large. The recent incident of an Irish woman ranting hate talks on a train is a live manifestation of such ideas. Many people in western nations don’t understand the basic difference between religions. For many Sikhism and Islam is same. The color of one’s skin or appearance of oneself is easily misconstrued for characteristics of a terrorist organization. Few Indians in US were a victim of several such hate crimes. The recent travel bans for people from certain nations only shows a narrow-sighted binary approach to solve complex problems. Here is the response to some sample problems –

  1. Problem No jobs for locals  Response  Ban immigration
  2. Problem Terror strikes in the country Response Ban people from entering

Its like going back to decades old tradition of protectionism and covertness. Our forefathers toiled hard against very same behaviors. Its like modern day untouchability where we don’t want people from certain geographies any where near us.

If all the nations of the world borrow (& implement) the thought of building border walls, soon world will be like big prison cells where you can interact with inmates of your cell only. Meaning of global currency- USD or a global language – English will also lose their relevance then.



Steps to Install Gradle


Gradle is a Groovy-based DSL (versus the traditional XML-based) build automation tool. It makes use of Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) to determine the order in which tasks are to be run.

For a detailed understanding, please read the wiki entry.

Steps to Install

1) Java 1.5 or above should be installed. Please verify this using the java -version command. If Java is installed, you should see the version; else java is unidentified command message will appear

2) Download the latest binaries from the gradle website.



3) Unzip the gradle-<version>-bin.zip contents to your favorite folder – say – /User/gradle

4) For Mac, modify the PATH variable in .profile file to include gradle.

export PATH=/User/gradle/bin:$PATH

For Windows, modify the PATH variable in the Environment variables to include gradle.

(NOTE: If .profile does not exist, please create one)

5) On the Terminal (or command prompt), type gradle -version

If everything went well, the gradle version should appear.