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I hadn't heard about this earlier, glad to see this happen.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden received several standing ovations in the Swedish parliament after being given the Right Livelihood award for his revelations of the scale of state surveillance.

Snowden, who is in exile in Russia, addressed the parliament by video from Moscow. In a symbolic gesture, his family and supporters said no one picked up the award on his behalf in the hope that one day he might be free to travel to Sweden to receive it in person.

His father, Lon, who was in the chamber for what was an emotional ceremony, said: “I am thankful for the support of the Right Livelihood award and the Swedish parliament. The award will remain here in expectation that some time – sooner or later – he will come to Stockholm to accept the award.”

Snowden is wanted by the US on charges under the Espionage Act. His chances of a deal with the US justice department that would allow him to return home are slim and he may end up spending the rest of his days in Russia.

His supporters hope that a west European country such as Sweden might grant him asylum. Members of the Green party called for him to be given sanctuary in Sweden.

Philanthropist Jakob von Uexküll, who established the award in 1980, told the parliament: “So Mr Snowden, your Right Livelihood Award is waiting for you. We trust that Sweden will make it possible for you to collect your award here in Stockholm in person in the very near future.”

The awards jury, in its citation, said Snowden was being honoured “for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights”.

The chamber was filled with members of parliament from almost all the parties as well as family and friends of those receiving the award.

The Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, was also among the recipients. The jury citation said his award was in celebration of “building a global media organisation dedicated to responsible journalism in the public interest, undaunted by the challenge of exposing corporate and government malpractices”.

In his address, Rusbridger said: “One of the challenges Snowden poses for us is the recognition that there is no such thing as the public interest. No such thing as one single, monolithic interest that overrides all others.”

Security from terrorists is a public interest but freedom of expression and a right to privacy were also in the public interest. “So there are many – often conflicting – public interests, not one,” Rusbridger said.
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This is so great.  Not many people are worthier than Ed Snowden for the Right Livelihood Award. :-)

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Megasthenes writes in his book Indica, circa 300 BC about a remarkable society where farmers ploughed their fields and plucked fruits, while in a neighbouring field warriors plied their trade of death. The farmers were never threatened, nor were the villagers. War was awfully polite.

Second to them come the farmers, who are the most numerous of Indians; they have no weapons and no concern in warfare, but they till the land and pay the taxes to the kings and the self-governing cities; and if there is internal war among the Indians, it is not lawful for them to touch these land workers, nor even to devastate the land itself; but while some are making war and killing each other as opportunity may serve, others close by are peacefully ploughing or picking fruits or pruning or harvesting.

War without hate - this is a feat we are unable to replicate today with our robotic drones.

Somewhere along the way the world lost this wonderful sense of balance in life.

Everything for a long while now is terribly lopsided and one dimensional - an age of crusades, an age of merchants, an age of science, an age of industrialism, an age of wars.

Life isn't going to be won by advancements, it is won by peacefully existing in the present moment, wanting for nothing.
A History of India presents the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present in a compact and readable survey. The authors examine the major political, economic, social and cultural forces which have shaped the history of the Indian subcontinent. Providing an authoritative and detailed account, Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund emphasise and analyse the structural pattern of Indian history.

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My own thinking is that ULTIMATELY, there can be no perfect relationship where no one hurts the other, or misunderstands. If there were such perfection possible, then everyone would aspire for the perfect parent or partner and find it, and there ends the search for happiness, world peace and all that.

These imperfections in relationships are in fact our teachers, helping us realize the futility of chasing happiness in friends, relatives, family and everything external.

Every pleasure carries with it a tragedy - pleasure and pain are two faces of the same coin, they cannot be separated. One can only go beyond identification with both.
"To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love." What does love mean, exactly? We have applied to it our finest definitio
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+purvaa i Thanks, I am doing quite well. Hope you're well too.
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