Friday, December 23, 2011

Careers in 21st Century

Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 23:37:06 +0500

Dear All,

You may wish to share the following with our future leaders - our children and youth, especially those who may be planning to choose a career path (starting even from Grade 7 or 8 onwards) in their Education.
(In addition to the following information, here's another useful link for your kind reference:

There are usually few aspects suggested to be kept in mind while choosing a career which include:

1. Aptitude and Intelligence
2. Financial Capacity
3. Current and foreseen Market Demand (at least during next 10 years)
4. Review of the child's last 5 years' educational results and its progression
5. The child's Interest

With kind regards,

Mehmood (UN)

 Which Intelligences are the Dominant ones in Each Job?
The list below is intended as a guide, to give you an idea of the kinds of jobs or careers, you can expect to find under each kind of intelligence. Once you get the idea, you can easily recognize which jobs are dominant in which intelligence. It's really a matter of using one's Common Sense, when looking at work types.
By now, you should have an idea of which intelligences you tend to use in your everyday life. Trust your own inner guidance, and use this Career Chart as a General Guide.
Careers Based in These Intelligences

communications specialist
editor in publishing
marketing consultant
talk-show host
language translator

computer analyst
computer technician
computer programmer
database designer
network analyst

3D modeling & simulation
computer programmer
film animator
graphic artist
interior decorator
outdoor guide
strategic planner
urban planner

computer games designer
doctor of sports 
forest ranger
personal trainer
Phys Ed teacher
physical therapist
recreation specialist
yoga instructor

choir director
disc jockey
music camp counselor
music comedy actor
music critic 
sound editor
music lawyer
music librarian
music publisher
music retailer
music teacher
music therapist
piano tuner
recording engineer
speech pathologist
voice actor

air quality specialist
animal health technician
dog trainer
environmental lawyer
forest ranger
nature photographer
park naturalist
veterinarian assistant
water conservationist
wetlands ecologist
wilderness doctor
wilderness guide
wildlife illustrator

communications manager
conflict resolution specialist
cruise director
customer service rep
dental hygienist
group mediator
human resources manager
marketing specialist
religious leader
social director
social worker
trainer facilitator
travel counselor

career counselor
energy healer
futurist or trend predictor
intelligence officer
personal counselor
program planner
small business 
spiritual counselor
wellness counsellor

Wish our children & youth a good career !
With kind regards,



Terabit memories
Superintelligence chips
superconductor devices
Self breeding chips
Terabit opto-files
Opto-comuputing device equipment
Terabit opto-communication devices
Super-parallel computers
Automatic translating system
Super-conductor materials
Opto ICs
New glass
Molecular devices
Hydrogen-absorbing alloys
Dementia drugs
Magnetic naterials
Immunity/allergy drugs
Fuel cells
Solar generators
Artificial organs
High-efficiency heat pumps
Videoconferencing systems
Intelligent robots
Wideband ISDN telecommunications
Hybrid machining centres
Opto subscription system
Opto LAN
Super-conducting linear vehicles
Next-generation automobiles
Next generation superconductor linear vehicles
Inovative automobile manufacturing technology
Bimodal systems (hybrid transportation combining trains and trailers)
Ultra-high multi-storey buildings
Marine leisure land
Intelligent ships
CO2 consolidation using plants
Gravitation-free underground laboratories
CO consolidation using plants
Linear-motor catapults
Underground water reservoirs
Underground delivery networks

Deep underground railways/roads

Earth heat/reservoirs

Marine stock farms

Fluorocarbon-retrieving technology

Virtual reality systems
Ceramic gas turbines
Self-breeding database systems
Opto-chemical holeburning memory
Semiconductor superlattice devices
High-performance CFRP
Amorphous alloys
High-performance metal composite materials
Non-linear opto-electronic materials
High-performance ceramics composite
Heat-plasticity composite
High-performance C/C composite
Cancer drugs and Virus drugs
Intelligent cad
Ultra-super precision machines
Marrow bank

Artificial enzymes
Product models
Modular light-water reactors
concurrent engineering
High-speed breeder reactors
Personal communication equipment
Superconductivity power reservoirs
Aqua robots
Mass transportation aircraft
Self-independent distributed control
HST (Supersonic transportation aircraft)
YSAT/Satellite data networks
Small VTOL propeller aircraft
BS/CS-CATV (CS: Communications Satellite; BS: Broadcasting satellite)
Small VTOL jet aircraft
HSST linear motor vehicles
Artificial islands
Advances train-control systems
Floating systems
Satellite communication from cars
Naturally decaying plastics
Non-petrol fuel automobiles

Surface effect vehicles

Laboratory on the moon

Ultra-large air dome

High-storey building deconstruction technology

CO2 processing technology
Gas replacement for fluorocarbons
Underground scraptreatment systems

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Brief Resume of Muslim History

  This article was written a few years ago. the virus of Taliban has spread in Pakistan to the extent that even 'mainstream' political parties pay homage to them. Atrocities have acquired an epidemic status.

            A brief resume of early Muslim history is a pre-requisite to understand the Taliban movement. An under current of messianic zeal is never far from the surface in Muslim societies. It goes back to the Prophets time. He would, however, temper his message with due consideration for human frailties and preferred persuasion to coercion.  On the occasion of the signature ceremony on the peace treaty document (Suleh-e-Hudaibiah) between Muslims and the Quraish[i] of Mecca, the latter objected to his title “ Messenger of God” under his signature. He scratched out the title when he signed the document, rather than forego the obvious advantages of the treaty.
He was to capture Mecca the following year with out firing a shot, or in his case with out launching an arrow. He did not seek revenge from the leaders of Mecca, forgiving even the woman Hinda of the Umayyad clan who had, after the defeat of Muslims in the second battle against the Quraish, chewed the raw liver of his favorite uncle Hamza.
The prophet was gradualist and tolerated affronts to his person with a smile. He did not proscribe alcohol [ii] asking the believers to abstain from it before the congregational prayers the second caliph outlawed it. At the height of his power a Jewish woman on a street in Madina verbally assaulted him. His devotees wanted to lynch the woman. He restrained them and listened to her patiently.          
I have gone to some length in describing the Prophet’s sagacity to emphasize the fact that his followers, soon after his demise, cast aside his open minded and judicious approach to problems. After him Umar who was to be the second caliph imposed the first Caliph Abu Bakr on the populace.
About a hundred and fifty years after the prophet, Abbasids who took over the caliphate, which was by then full-fledged hereditary office. They got the clerics and jurists to meddle with the traditions of the prophet [iii].
The main body of traditions was adulterated with spurious quotations. In the process all the saying which emphasized tolerance, compromise, free will in adoption of any creed, proscription of coercion in conversion, near equal status of women, fair treatment of minorities, pursuit of education etc were eradicated from the texts. A noted scholar Imam Bokhari found about six hundred fifty credible ones among the seventeen thousand then extant.
One “scholar” Ibn-e-Tamayya in early Abbasid period followed an intolerant version of Islam as propounded by one of early jurists of Islam, Imam Ibne Hanbal. Another disservice the scholars did to Islam was to proscribe Ijtehad-research, innovation and critical thought- thus closing the gates of rational analysis, leaving only blind belief in stead. The name of Imam Ghazali an eminent jurist of his time springs to mind. His influence was overwhelming. His stated intent was to discourage dissention in ranks.
Fortunately for the faith, the intolerant version did not take root; that is till the eighteenth century when a mediocre Arab cleric by the name of Abdul Wahab revived it. He was not very successful either till he made a compact with am ambitious Chieftain, the founder of the house of Saud.
 Wahabi beliefs were largely confined to what is Saudi Arabia now, though a tiny percentage of Muslims did follow the system in other Muslim countries. Mainstream Sunnis in India shunned them before independence. Eighty percent of Muslims are of Sunni and the majority of those follow the most known jurist of Sunni Islam Imam Abu Hanifa. Twenty percent of the faithful are Shias and follow Imam Jafar Sadiq. Imam Abu Hanifa was Imam Jafars’s pupil.
 Wahabi sect was given a tremendous boost by the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia. Erstwhile minor tribal Chiefs wanted to live it up. The Mullahs objected. They palmed them off with funds for Madresahs- seminaries out side their own country. Literally thousands were established in Pakistan. That country suffers from grinding poverty and abysmally low literacy rate. If any one offered food, clothes and shelter, millions would swamp him. The seminaries offered religious education too. It was actually memorizing Quran and indoctrination in fantasy- of wine women and dance in the after world. A cadre of hypnotized youth was thus created. When unleashed, they went around targeting and attacking non-Muslims and even Muslims who did not agree with their handlers.
In historical terms, the recent set backs like establishment of Israel, the debacle of 1967 six day war, the 1971 Civil war in East Pakistan, the total reversal after early successes in 1973 [iv] Yom Kippur war, Afghan Jihad and post Gulf II war demolition of Iraq, have driven Muslims further away from the path of development, sciences and enlightenment.
Students at the seminaries, now popularly known as Taliban, did not need much persuasion to cross over to Afghanistan to wage the jihad against the infidel. They got a new patron with messianic zeal, Osama Bin Laden, who was worth six hundred million Dollars. All sections and ethnicities of Afghans fought the war against the Soviets. Taliban were the best organized, financed and led. After soviet retreat they eliminated other factions in short order and committed atrocities especially on the minority Shias and women. They closed girl’s schools, sent all female workers, Doctors, teachers, and office workers home. Incessant warfare over two decades had left innumerable widows and orphans with no means of support. No longer allowed to work many resorted to begging and prostitution.
 Taliban imposed “religious” courts where destitute women and other disenfranchised populace were summarily tried with out the benefit of defense, witnesses or even prosecuting attorneys. Deranged clerics handed down judgments after a few minutes deliberation. The punishment could be public beatings, amputation of a hand or foot or stoning to death. Thousands in Kabul’s main sports stadium watched the spectacle. On the streets religious police caned women not covered from head to foot, or wearing high heels. Men were subject to measurement of beards, which had to be regulation length, and the more zealous security guards would check the pubic area to see if it was properly shaved. Men had to wear ankle length lower body wear to play soccer- football. Members of one Pakistani soccer team had their heads shaved because they wore shorts.
            The virus spread to Pakistan where a common slogan used to be “who will save Pakistan, Taliban, Taliban”. Sectarian violence increased. Members of the “other” sect were murdered for the greater glory of Islam. In Karachi alone, scores of young Shia physicians were killed in cold blood. Mosques were torched, clerics butchered, and kidnapped. Christians and Hindus were not spared either.
Things have actually been getting worse. The political wing of the parties on the lunatic fringe actually won elections in two provinces in Pakistan. But for 9/11 when the US government was forced to exorcise the ghosts-Osama and Saddam-, which were largely their own creation- the deadly virus of Taliban, would have engulfed Pakistan in an epidemic of extremism. It may still do so.

[i] Quraish were the leading tribe and primary opponents of the prophet. The prophet himself belonged to the tribe, but to a subsidiary branch.
[ii] A Muslim Canadian scholar had challenged Muslim clerics to prove that he proscribed the blushful Hippocrene totally. He apparently got the better of his challengers.
[iii]  As mentioned else where too the prophet had expressly forbidden any documentation of his sayings lest they compete with the word of god. They had been recorded two hundred years after him from memory passed on from his companions to their progeny over several generations.
[iv] King Husain of Jordan had flown in a helicopter to Jerusalem to warn Israeli PM Golda Meir of the impending attack. Her defense chief, Moshe Dyan had arrogantly discounted the possibility.
 Besides the establishment of a new Muslim state Pakistan in 1947, the only other positive event in recent Muslim history was the overthrow of the Shah of Iran in 1957. Muslims all the world over specially in the USA, Europe,  Pakistan, India and the Far East were euphoric. Shia-Sunni divide was, for the time, set aside. Arabs were ambivalent.
 But the gain was lost in the eight year war with Iraq. Rulers of Arab countries were apprehensive that people in their own countries will be encouraged by the successful revolution in Iran and rise against  them and along with the USA which was smarting  under the insult of hostage crisis, gave the go ahead to Saddam for the aggression.
 Establishment of a theocratic Shia regime also antagonized Sunni Muslims

Dr. S. Akhtar Ehtisham
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