|Chennai, May. 1. In primitive days nations settled their disputes only through wars. In the feudal times gentlemen settled all their quarrels with gun duels as if bullets could decide the justice or otherwise of things . In all dictatorships the army and suppression are of critical importance for the survival of the regime. Modern man tries to settle differences through the more civilized ways of diplomacy and dialogue . In his arsenal of non-lethal weapons humour occupies the prime place in negotiating life`s pot holes both in the public domain and in private lives. For the civilized man a sense of proportion of things and a razor sharp intellect replace the savage`s fist of fury . Perhaps like our shrinking integrity in public life our sense of humour is taking a beating and intolerance is becoming pervasive and shooting up by the day. Like the uncommon common sense it is becoming rare to find.
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