randhir's post reminded me of the new salman rushdie book 'shalamar the clown'.
it was savaged in a review by michiko kakutani in the new york times.
it's about some kashmiri mohammedean who marries and (but of course) converts a kashmiri hindu woman (who goes from being 'bhoomi' to 'bhuyan' or something like that) and then she screws around with some white american guy and bears this white guy with the remarkable name of max ophuls (yes, the french filmmaker) a boy child and goes to america, and thereupon, aggrieved, the kashmiri mohammedan turns from being a gentle creature into a violent terrorist. something along those lines, i paraphrase.
frankly, it sounds gross. rushdie hasn't written even one decent thing after 'shame', which was a good expose of pakistan. he's pretty much a one-trick pony. ok, two-trick pony maybe.
there's a kqed forum interview of rushdie. i caught snatches of it, and rushdie sounded like the pompous ass that he usually is. i have the podcast and will listen to it later. he is a typical kashmiri -- they were considered the shiftiest people in india by the brits.
by the way, there was a terrific kqed forum interview of jane goodall, the primatologist. remarkable woman. available on podcast.
also, thanks to tallindian for the whine by kashmiri mohammedans about how slow the indian government has been in getting aid to them. the ungrateful wretches! note there was no complaint from PoK residents, because if they complained, musharraf would kick their butts.
kashmiris are amongst the sneakist people around. do you know that j&k is the most affluent part of india? the poverty level is about 1% and the state will be completely poverty-free in the next couple of years. the poverty rate in the rest of india is about 25%. yes, thanks to indians spending so much blood and treasure on kashmir, which is starving the rest of the country. india spends 8x more on every kashmiri than on any other citizen of india. and they get to live anywhere in india and support their terrorist brethren. but no indian can live in kashmir. i tell you, article 370 is a mockery. india is kashmir's colony. i wrote about that some years ago on rediff, the situation is even worse now with the unprincipled upa in place.
the only people that i really feel bad about in the quake are the indian soldiers -- almost entirely hindus, i would imagine -- who died in bunkers, guarding these ingrates.