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Sophia, Year 03, Issue 01 (September, 2014)

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Teachers Day (5
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September)









Teachers Day is celebrated as a tribute to the valuable contribution made by teachers to the
society by imparting knowledge and enlightening and shaping the career of students.
Celebration of teacher's Day is fairly popular in many countries across the world.
In India, Teacher's Day is celebrated on 5th of September every year as it is the birthday of Dr.
Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, a prominent thinker, philosopher and an educator. Dr.
Radhakrishanan believed that "Teachers should be the best minds in the country". Most of the
schools and colleges and institutions celebrated this event by various activities. The ceremony
followed by a range of colourful programs, feast and other activities which make the event
special and memorable. Celebration of Teacher's Day is a wonderful opportunity especially for
all students to show our gratitude and appreciation to our teachers.
The Positive Philosophy Society celebrates Teachers Day every year via a student programme
and release the Sophia: Student Magazine on this occasion.
Nidhi (Editor, nidhisharma904@gmail.com)

Why Study Philosophy ?
The chief practical reason to study philosophy is to acquire a very valuable set of skills. In philosophy the
student becomes the active inquirer, thinker, and solver of problems and not just a passive learner who
memorizes ideas only. Philosophy develops skills of critical and moral thinking, argumentation,
information management, research, communication, abstract reasoning, and analytic and synthetic
thinking. Students of philosophy also learn to identify important fundamental questions about
themselves and their world through the process of clear, critical thinking and argumentation. Philosophy
is about watching, interpreting, and understanding the world and the people living in it. Recent scandals
and problems in business and government have highlighted the important role of ethics in corporate
and public life. Advances in medical practice and research have created a growing need for medical and
research ethicists who might work directly with genetic researchers, or assist patients and care-givers in
morally difficult situations. Philosophy could make significant contribution, particularly in relation to
children's moral development, because the Indian curriculum currently neglects this aim. Philosophy
needs to be included in the curriculum because it has demonstrated cognitive and social gains in
students who were exposed to philosophy in their academics.
Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal
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MAGIC
Magic the five letters word, interesting yet mysterious. What is MAGIC? For kids, it is
happiness; for adults, it is illusion; and for old people, it is stupidity. People often say, the magic
is to show some kind of tricks and befool people's eyes. But, nobody pays attention towards the
world's greatest magic i.e. the SMILE on faces of children after watching those tricks. Though,
the tricks are to betray human eyes but, still this is the biggest magic.
Everything is magic in the world.... even our existence itself is the nature's most
amazing magic. People don't believe in magic because they do not have time to see and think
it. No one thinks, a woman puts her life in danger to bring a young one in this beautiful world.
Isn't that amazing? How a tiny body grows into an adult like us! We get many bodies in the
same birth. Nobody dies with his same body which he got immediately after birth in his old age!
A kid when tossed in air laughs instead of crying because he believes that the person
who is tossing him, will never let him fall. His faith itself is magic.

Magic is in the flying of birds
fragrance of flowers
falling of rain and
smiles of children....

Voice of rhymes
roars of ocean
songs of air
magic exists everywhere....

And I exist in the world because there ONE MAGIC which can be done only by me.
Every person is here to do that MAGIC which he only can do. Believe and see that magic
makes the world so beautiful.
-MANJU CHAUHAN, MA Philosophy

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PHILOSOPHICAL QUOTES

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; The Philosophy Is Kindness. -Dalai Lama
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in
the next.- Abraham Lincoln
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of
those things that give value to survival.- C.S. Lewis
Ordinary people seen not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to
philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.-
Socrates
Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher and philosophy begins in wonder.- Plato
Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the
worst of all.- Aristotle
There is only one good, knowledge', and one evil, "Ignorance".- Socrates
There is only a one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other
philosophers. - William James
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.- Plato
Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.- Immanuel Kant
Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we make
ourselves worthy of happiness.- Immanuel Kant
Whether youre in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship, and deepening it, that factor is attitude.- William James
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
Aristotle
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
Galileo Galilee
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person
perfectly.- Same Keen

Rajni Bala, MA Psychology


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I KNOW THE SECRET OF THE LIFE

I will keep singing,
Either keep me in cages,
or leave me for skies.
My eyes will always shine.
Either put me
In devilish darkness,
or under the sunshine.
I will remain the very same
Throughout my life !!!!

Because I know
The secrets of life.
That makes me smile,
That makes me reach to
The zeniths of life!

To the peaks,
Where no one could reach
But I have touched it,
with my lucky feet.
At every stage of life,
I am composed and calm
I thank you God
for the lucky charm.

Kanchan, B.A. Third Year (1179)















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8 SUPERB SENTENCES

Never play with the feelings of others
because you maybe win the game but
the risk is that you will surely lose the
person for a life time.
The world suffers a lot. Not because of
the violence of bad people, but because
of the silence of good people.
I am thankful all those who said No to
me it's because of them I did it myself.
You always have two choices to accept
things the way they are, or to have the
courage to change them.
No matter how badly people treat you,
never drop down to their level, just
know you are better and walk away.
Be careful with your words once they
are said, they can only be forgiven not
forgotten.
Don't feel bad if people remember you
only when they need you. Feel
privileged that you are like a candle that
comes to their mind when there is
darkness.
Never blame a day in your life. Good
days give you Happiness and bad days
give you Experience.
Nidhi, BA Final Year (1234)

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IRON LADY OF MANIPUR
Iron Sharmila Chanu (born on 14 march 1972) also known as the" Iron Lady of Manipur" is a civil rights
activist, political activist and poet from the State of Manipur. On 2
nd
November 2000, she began a
hunger strike which is still ongoing. On International Women's Day, she was voted the top Women Icon
of India by MSN Poll. On 2
nd
November 2000, in Malon, a town in the Imphal valley of Manipur, ten
civilians were shot and killed while waiting at a bus stop. This incident came to known as "Malon
Massacre" and it was allegedly committed by the Assam Rifles, one of the Indian Paramilitary Forces
operating the state. Sharmila who was 28 year old at the time began to fast in protest of the killing,
taking neither food nor water. Her primary demand to the Indian Government is the complete repeal of
the AFSPA (Arm Forces Special Power Act) which has been blame for violence in Manipur and other
parts of Northeast India. Sharmila won many awards like life- time achievement award from the Asian
Human Rights Commission.
Arnika Yumnam , B.A. Second Year (10144)


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THINKING ON THOUGHTS

Happiness
Happiness does not depend
On any external conditions.
It is governed by
our mental attitude.

Possibility
Where there is an open window
there exists limitless opportunity.

Opportunity
The secret of success to
be ready for opportunity
when it comes.

Risk
Winners don't wait for chances
they take them.

Time
There is a way to make time stop
And that is by making the
most of every moment.

Ruby, B.A. First Year (808)



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Events of the Session 2013-2014

November issue of Sophia: Student
Magazine released on the
Occasion of
World Philosophy Day.



World Philosophy Day-2013 at
Departments of Philosophy and French
on 21st November, 2013.


Students participated in Essay Contest and
Symposium on Swami Vivekananda:
Friend, Philosopher and Guide held
on 9
th
February, 2014 at
Ramakrishna Mission, Asharama,
Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Two-Days National Seminar on Ambedkarite Quest on
Egalitarian Revolution in India at
Centre for Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Studies, Kurukshetra
University, Kurukshetra held on
26th & 27
th
November, 2013.
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PRESENT WORKING COMMITTEE OF
THE POSITIVE PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY

President: SHAVNAM (BA-III, 1150)
Vice-President: ARNIKA YUMNAM (BA-II, 10144)
Secretary : MANISHA JOSHI (BA-I, 266/14)
Associate Members:
1. SRISHTI SHARMA (BA-III, 1704)
2. SANDEEP KAUR (BA-II, 10023)
3. ROSHNI (BA-I, 429/14)
4. NIDHI SEMWAL (BA-I, 158/14)

Editor (Sophia: Student Magazine): NIDHI (BA-III,1234)
Class Representatives:
Jasveer Kaur (BA-III, 1087)
Sharandeep Kaur (BA-II, 10039)
Kanika Mehta (BA-I, 602/14)
Neha (BA-I, 776/14)



CONTACT US
The Positive Philosophy Society
Department of Philosophy,
P.G.Govt. College for Girls,
Sector-11, Chandigarh
Website: http://philgcg11chd.webs.com
E-mail: philgcg11chd@gmail.com
Contact No. 08288883993