Friday, October 15, 2010

Nonsense called 'secular miracle'

LiC jumping in the bandwagon of the Chilean mining rescue story, has created another asinine concoction called 'secular miracle'.
The precise working of a group of international scientists, engineers, mining experts, NASA, Chilean Govt and others has somehow been summarized into such ignorant terms.
The workers whose bare-chested images in their sweltering dwelling had become familiar to people worldwide were reborn, thanks to a modern-day secular miracle. Those who were reunited with their families naturally felt that life meant much more to them now.

He then goes on to finish of with the usual rant on worker safety.
Workers in all countries, particularly those risking life and limb in hazardous occupations, will see in the Chilean ordeal hope for change — that in its wake, the world will pay greater attention to worker safety.

(Thanks to an anonymous reader for pointing this out)


Panchajanya said...

Secular Miracle!!! what an oxymororn!!!

Anonymous said...

Chief Running Bull of aNNA sAlai must be praying for another such miracle in the Middle Kingdom of Stealth Capitalism.
Will his travails never end?

======== News item ==========
China mine blast kills 21, traps 16
2010-10-16 19:40:00
Last Updated: 2010-10-16 19:49:54

Beijing: Twenty-one miners were killed and 16 others are trapped underground Saturday in a coal mine blast in China, Xinhua reported.

kuttychathan said...

Let us ask Upendran who writes the 'Know your English' column in chindu, what the meaning of the new phrase 'sickular miracle' is.

Anonymous said...

Here is another specimen of selective secular reporting by Chindu.

In the most recent Friday Review (which incidentally is one of the few redeeming features of The Hindu), there is a report on the Siva temple in Mahendra Mangalam (Tiruchi District).

We are told (with due secular care and attention) that the temple built by the Maratha rulers, was "affected during the Muslim invasion." The report also mentions that inscriptions on stone and copper vouch for these facts.

Here is the history of a temple, situated deep inside, in the heart of Tamil Nadu being "affected" due to the Muslim invasion. Then one can imagine about how the temples in northern India (directly exposed to the Muslim invasion, in the first line of attack) would have been "affected".

But, one has to be thankful for small mercies from a secular citadel, for allowing such communal terminologies as (Hindu) temples getting "affected" and that too due to "Muslim invasion".

On the banks of the Cauvery

This Siva temple is in Mahendra Mangalam.