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The Dharma of the Expert!

The Dharma of the Expert! RAMASUBRAMANIAN The article appeared in the January 2018 issue of Vedanta Kesari , an 105 year old magazine on Vedanta established by Swami Vivekananda and published by the Ramakrishna Math, Chennai The advent and domination of modern technology today extends from our daily domestic use to national defence and international communications. However, whenever questions are being posed by modern technology such as the Nuclear Power Plant in Koodankulam or the introduction of Genetically Modified Crops, we find that even the best among us don’t have a framework or approach that is clear and easy to understand. Questions such as ‘What is the limit to the usage of modern technology?’, ‘How do we measure its benefits as  against its harms?’ and more importantly, ‘When to reject modern technology?’ are not always eliciting a clear response from intellectuals, leaders and even scientists and technocrats. We find that they are unable to balanc