Monday, June 30, 2008

kid's identity: kindly pass this on so someone may help identify this poor little lost child

jun 30th, 2008

this is why it is so important that kids are taught details about their parents' addresses and phone numbers as soon as they go to school.

i haven't verified it -- and i find it a little odd that there is TAMIL lettering (not malayalam) on the photo -- but the person who forwarded it to me and said he called up the trivandrum number is trustworthy. and in any case, i don't quibble when little children's lives are at stake.

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From:

Sent: Tue 7/1/2008 10:57 AM
To:
Subject: Kindly pass this mail to ur friends it may be very urgent

Hi,



I am forwarding information about a girl called Pooja who is now about 4 years old. I called up the number given below. The child was with them (Nirmala Sishu Bhavan) but the court has taken back the child and they do not have more information. Please forward this mail and photograph to your friends and networks. Lets hope and pray that her parents will be able to find the child.



Regards,



Ashok

July 1, 2008



Dear All,

The below 4yrs baby name POOJA was kidnapped by a person some where and now she is under Kerala Police custody. Since the baby could not communicate her identification clearly, Police is struggling to find her parents. The flg information was given by the baby which may or may not be correct also. Requesting all to forward her photograph to the maximum people in India to identify her parents / relatives.

Hope this will cost only your time and will help one life.
Information given by the baby:

POOJA


Father's Name : Mr. Rajkiran
Mother's Name : Mrs. Munny Devi
Language : HINDI
Place : Nagaluppi (this was pronounced by the baby which Police could not find such a place. The place must be related to the mentioned name). She is having one younger Brother & Elder Sister..

If any information or query, please contact 'Nirmala Sisu Bhavan, Trivandrum , Kerala. Phone: 0471-2307434 ?

tech: is google making us stoopid?

jun 30th, 2008

great article in the atlantic monthly about how we are losing the ability to concentrate and think things through.

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google

i have found that i too have stopped reading books. i read only articles and short pieces. i listen to podcasts for information.

this is exactly like when we habitually use GPS systems we lose the ability to read maps or navigate by dead reckoning.

rather a scary thought. we *are* evolving, in strange and unpredictable ways.

i too always thought scene in 2001 was brilliant, and indeed HAL is far more human that keir dullea (great name), who is really robot-like.

podcast of maya nand article

jun 30, 2008

as promised, here's the first podcast being made available here. the version read here appeared in rediff/india-abroad.

listen to it or download it from http://rajeev.posterous.com

here's the text:

http://rajeev2007.wordpress.com/2008/05/28/the-sad-story-of-maya-nand-thrice-betrayed-by-history/

your comments with constructive criticism are quite welcome;

after valson thampu's devious tactics failed, now the christists are openly saying, "we are bigots"

jun 30th, 2008

in the climate of "semitics can do anything in india" in today's dispensation, christists -- not even embarrassed by valson thampu's phd from allahabad agricultural university which, i hear, is "an introduction to the finer points of amour with those of the bovine persuasion" -- are now boldly saying, "our only objective is conversion, screw you hindus".

valson thampu is clearly a first-class charlatan (i really miss his old pal, that "useful idiot" swami agnivesh who was so totally used and abused by valson that he's now disappeared out of sheer shame and embarrassment, i hope). this laurel-and-hardy duo used to write these masterpieces of sheer hypocrisy and holier-than-thou-ness in the papers; i guess they were written by valson, a practised fraudster, while agnivesh was led by the nose to support him.

the church of north india has shown it is full of unprincipled rogues and that valson is not some outlier.

such is the status of "india's premier college". just like "india's premier university", JNU, a communist-infested garbage-dump. these are the colleges that produce all the humanities and social sciences people in india. no wonder these people loath the products of the IITs and IIMs, because they themselves are such rogues and charlatans.

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The Pioneer, June 29

A tale of two Stephens'

The cutting ed: Chandan Mitra


If running down one's own country is an offence amounting to
treason, deriding one's alma mater is no less so. Therefore, I am acutely
conscious of the crime I may well be accused of committing when I say that St
Stephen's College under the present dispensation deserves nothing better than
relegation to purgatory. Those who determine this great institution's destiny
are hell bent on destroying everything it stood for, on tarnishing its image,
reputation and academic standards. This is a painful denouement for its
illustrious alumni, a feeling that was pervasive at a prayer meeting on June 22
to pay homage to Vinod Choudhary, professor of economics in the College since
1972 who passed away at the relatively young age of 57. Almost everybody I met
at the large gathering had only one overpowering question: How can they do this
to the College? Can't anything be done about it? The powers that be discreetly
stayed away from the event, otherwise, I have no doubt they would have been
gheraoed by the alumni, young and old. The most poignant remark I heard was that
'VC' (as Prof Choudhary was known) died before he could see the college fall
into complete ruination. "It's just a matter of time though; I doubt if
Stephen's will feature in the list of India's top colleges in the next decade,"
a resentful old-timer suggested. Ironically, the authorities had fielded 'VC' to
defend the indefensible during the traumatic Thampu era. For, Prof Choudhary,
who live and died with the motto 'My College for better or worse' was hard put
to offer credible responses to the host of hostile questions the media, rightly,
asked about the damaging experiments that the Church of North India (CNI)
imposed upon India's premier institution, the finest centre for higher education
east of Suez. In retrospect, I think the pressure told on Prof Choudhary's
already delicate health.





When Rev Valson Thampu stepped down in the wake of a blistering
controversy over his PhD degree in theology from the Church-run Allahabad
Agricultural University, many of the College's well-wishers rejoiced assuming
his departure signalled an about-turn in the dubious quota policy for
admissions, which was fanatically championed by Thampu after the authorities got
rid of his predecessor, the "inconvenient meritocrat", Anil Wilson. This was a
totally mistaken assumption on our part. This year, the College has actually
toughened the policy, announcing 50 percent reservations for Christians, backed
by an additional 20 percent for SC/ST and Sports categories. That leaves a mere
30 percent of the seats to be filled by students in the General category, which
in turn implies that only those with obscenely high marks will compete for the
less than one-third seats open to merit. The Church has learnt from the
disastrous Thampu experiment, for the combative Reverend personalised the issue,
put himself upfront doling out incredible theories in favour of positive
discrimination and stressing the Christian character of St Stephen's. As a
result, Thampu became a national whipping boy and all stories relating to his
dictatorial functioning, lack of adequate qualification, backdoor methods
employed by the Church to install him and his continuation in a quasi-Government
job in the National Commission on Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI),
were subject to media scrutiny. So, this time the Church changed tactics: They
made the College faceless. It is running without a Principal since Thampu's exit
although the post has been widely advertised. Only an elusive Vice-Principal
"officially" holds the fort, while statements are issued by a young Spokesperson
who is in the unenviable position of being the fall guy. The media has to be
satisfied with cryptic announcements periodically doled out by the Governing
Body, which is under the Church's thumb.

The affairs of one particular college, no matter how exalted its status,
would not have merited such widespread attention had it not been for the
implications of its quota policy. However, the systematic dumbing down of St
Stephen's College actually shows us the shape of things to come as a consequence
of the UPA regime's quota politics and minority appeasement. St Stephen's has
merely taken advantage of the Government's recurrent exhortations on these
issues to bulldoze policies aimed at making it a Christian preserve. It has gone
so far as to turn sectarian, saying CNI adherents rather than those owing
allegiance to the rival Church of South India would get preference within the
Christian quota! The fact that cut-off marks for Christian applicants has been
reduced to 60 percent against the 90-plus for the General category reveals the
mindset driving the Stephen's authorities.

Clearly, academic excellence has ceased to be a priority; St Stephen's
will hitherto be run as a grooming centre for a particular community somewhat on
the lines of the Special Coaching Classes organised by the Delhi Government for
minorities appearing for CAT, MAT, IAS and other Civil Services entrance tests.
Arguably, minorities (although not necessarily Christians) do suffer from
educational and cultural disabilities. There is nothing wrong in providing
special training free or at subsidised rates for them. But is it necessary to
convert an entire institution into a glorified study circle for Christian
students? St' Stephen's always kept some seats aside for Christians. But most of
them were meritorious even if they did not get "obscenely high marks" unlike
their non-Christian counterparts and, second, they never felt, nor made to feel,
like quota beneficiaries. There are some illustrious Stephanians, who happen to
be Christian, in top positions in various Government and private sector jobs. In
my time in College, we hardly looked upon them differently from the rest. Sadly,
that is no longer the case.

Stephen's was a centre of excellence not because Christian values were
drilled into our heads at the morning Assembly. In fact, in our time attendance
at the morning sermon was not compulsory though in later years it was made
mandatory. It was an institution of outstanding repute not so much because of
the faculty or its theological orientation but on account of the sheer talent
that it attracted from all over India. If the various official and unofficial
quota entrants subsequently shone in their careers it was because the
overwhelming ethos of St Stephen's celebrated excellence. Students like me
initially felt all at sea because the College's culture was so different from
that of my hometown -- Calcutta. But as we inhaled the heady ambrosia of the
Calvinist work ethic, competitiveness without personal rancour, pursuit of
excellence and the liberal value system, all of us became better professionals
and decidedly better human beings. CNI has now created two St Stephen's: One
peopled by the best of India's young talent and the other by those who have
gained entry solely because of their denominational origin or alleged lack of
social privilege. With the latter vastly outnumbering the former, is there any
question as to which culture will prevail? Will it draw people upwards or drag
them down? No guesses!

Neo-Abrahamics invite ire of Abrahamics

jun 30th, 2008

although i prefer the terms 'semites' and 'neo-semites'.

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From: K


http://www.hindustantimes.com/storypage/storypage.aspx?id=40101f5f-941e-4ada-9590-6c8ab738a019&&Headline=Kerala+Left+accused+of+textbook+atheism

 

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I remember MAD comics used to have a feature called "Spy vs. Spy."  I suppose we have enough material now for the truly creative to start a feature called "Cult vs. Cult."

 

 



swami devananda: Christian missionaries wage their vicious conversion war on Hindus in India

jun 30th, 2008

swami devananda saraswati is a hindu monk who was formerly a christist. so he has seen the beast up close and personal and knows whereof he speaks.

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From: Swami Devananda Saraswati

See the opinion piece below by yours truly.

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From: swamijyoti
Date: Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 9:27 AM
Subject: Christian missionaries wage their vicious conversion war on Hindus in India
To: Devananda

Christian missionaries wage their vicious conversion war on Hindus in India



guardian: Barack Obama and the Jesus Machine

jun 30th, 2008

obama sucks up to the jesus freaks. but at least one sees through the hypocrisy. not that he's an angel himself.

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From: Sush

Barack Obama and the Jesus Machine

Televangelist James Dobson has come out against Obama. But the Democrat might just carry religious voters with him anyway.

The news that Barack Obama has fallen foul of the conservative televangelist James Dobson - who came close to describing him as a fruitcake, a clear case of pots and kettles - may not be entirely bad news for the Democratic candidate.

Dobson, the founder of the Focus on the Family organisation, is arguably the most influential and feared spokesman for the religious right, if only for his access to a daily radio audience of 20 million Americans or his six million-strong mailing list. No wonder the journalist Dan Gilgoff called his book on the organisation The Jesus Machine.

From his 81-acre campus in Colorado Springs – which employs 1,200 people, a third of them answering callers who ring in with problems - Dobson daily booms out his message of a civil war of values and a frequently cranky not to say bizarre take on the world (Europe is pagan, SpongeBob SquarePants is gay, The Da Vinci Code was cooked up in hell, feminists are wicked).

... deleted

Those votes are up for grabs this year and Obama's message of hope may well resonate with them - whatever James Dobson says

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jun/26/uselections2008.usa?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront

 


kanchan gupta: mohammedan rage

jun 30th, 2008

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From: Kanchan

This isn't about India's interest
 
Kanchan Gupta
 

Strolling along a flagstoned Byzantine lane in the Arab quarter of the walled city of Jerusalem near the Temple Mount — the Al Aqsa mosque is an imposition of later vintage — I spotted a bowl containing pieces of exquisite coral in the window of a Bedouin jewellery shop. The man behind the counter was obviously an Arab, one of the many who live and work in Israel and are far better off than the Palestinians in Gaza Strip and West Bank, although they are loath to admit it. I greeted the man in halting street Arabic and inquired about the coral. A smile broke out on his face and he asked, "Indian?"

In Egypt, the question would have been, "Indian or Pakistani?" Since Pakistanis do not visit Israel, the second option did not arise. I answered in the affirmative and tried to steer the conversation to the price of the coral, but he would not have any of it. He issued rapid-fire instructions to his assistant, asking him to get mint tea, which arrived within minutes. Meanwhile, he launched into a harangue on how India had dumped Muslims both at home and abroad to "befriend the Zionists and the Americans".

For evidence he cited the India-US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement and Israel's supply of military hardware to India. His knowledge of the twists and turns of the nuclear deal, the rejection of it by India's Muslims and the Left's ideological opposition to New Delhi forging a strategic relationship with Washington, DC, was truly amazing.

Asked about the source of his information, he said, "Arab newspapers from Misr (Egypt) and Saudi Arabia". Apparently, local Arab sheets published in the Palestinian Authority areas had been reproducing commentary and opinion articles from newspapers published from Cairo and Riyadh. As for Indian Muslims feeling agitated about India moving closer to the US, the Internet, he said, was an excellent source of information.

The shaai was good, but the coral was far too expensive for me — I had a feeling he had raised the price after sensing my unease over his diatribe and at times abusive references to how "Hindus are conspiring with Jews and Christians against Muslims". So we parted company after the customary round of kissing; I promised I would return for the coral, perhaps he knew I wouldn't.

But the halt at this Arab jewellery shop was not entirely wasted: It had provided me with an insight into the 'ummah web' — how Muslims separated by borders, land and sea remain connected, feeding on each other's anger and fuelling each other's rage with the help of conspiracy theories and imagined grievances. Much of the rage is directed at the West; most of the anger is aimed at the US. As for the Zionists, if the ummah had its way, insha'allah, Israel would cease to exist.

Months later, at an international conference on radical Islam, in which most of the participants were Muslim scholars and theologians, this perception of the ummah's worldview was strengthened as participants stopped short of chanting "Death to America!" while caustically rebuking both the Congress and the BJP for taking India closer to the US and Israel. A participant from India, by no means a fanatic mullah with hennaed beard and skullcap, asserted that if the Government went ahead with formalising the nuclear deal with the US, it would be as good as "ignoring the sentiments of 150 million Muslims at home" and "enraging Muslims abroad".

There is nothing startlingly new about such aggressive assertion of 'Muslim sentiments', which are invariably pegged to imagined grievances and inflamed by perceived notions of Christians and Jews — and, in India's case, Hindus — conspiring against the ummah. From Indonesia to Turkey, via the sand castles of Islamic states in between, the targets of Muslim ire are the same; the intensity of rage ebbs and flows depending on events as they happen and as they are seen to happen.

So, cartoons that allegedly lampoon Mohammed published in a Dutch newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, of which nobody had ever heard before, become the cause of angry street protests and threats of murder and mayhem one day; on another, jaundiced reports of torture at Guantanamo Bay, whose details pale in comparison to the horrors inflicted by the Taliban, result in violent outrage. At Friday sermons, the two disparate issues are slyly merged into one: Islam is under assault; the ummah is endangered; and, America is to blame.

It would be erroneous to trace the Muslim rage that we see to post-9/11 American policy and the war on terror being waged by President George W Bush. It is true that Muslims view the Taliban's loss of power, which Mullah Omar and his band of Deobandi fanatics wielded ruthlessly and which saw the sickening debasement of women and girls, as a blow against the ummah and their faith. It is equally true that Muslims grieve over the fall and death of Saddam Hussein, who turned to god after decades of Ba'athist atrocities that included mass slaughter and terrible torture.

Yet, Muslim displeasure with America is not merely on account of the discontinuation of the shocking spectacle of shari'ah being enforced in its purest, most pristine form in Afghanistan or Saddam Hussein getting his just desserts. It predates 9/11. Mr Zafarul-Islam Khan, editor of Milli Gazette, published from Delhi, traces the "roots of Muslim anger at the US and West to long before the illegal and unjust current imperialist crusade in Afghanistan under the guise of fighting terrorism".

The 'roots', according to him, lie in "normalisation of relations with Israel", "US role in condoning Serbian aggression in Bosnia" and "economic attrition of the Muslim world resources". The list of imagined grievances is too long to be reproduced here, but it does highlight two points: First, Muslim concerns — for instance, in India — transcend local realities and are essentially pan-Islamic issues that agitate the entire ummah; second, even if there were no India-US nuclear deal, India's Muslims, as also their co-religionists elsewhere, would have been equally angry with America and Mr Bush; they would have still gathered in frighteningly huge numbers in Delhi and rioted in Lucknow to protest against his visit to India.

Seen in this context, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member MK Pandhe was merely stating the fact when he warned the Samajwadi Party of a Muslim backlash if it supported the nuclear deal and joined forces with the Congress to push it through. The Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind's protest against the CPI(M)'s "attempt to communalise the issue" and the claim by other Muslim organisations, especially the Jamaat-e-Islami, that Muslims are opposed to the nuclear deal because they believe it is "not in the national interest", need not be taken seriously.

Unless we must believe that the Arab shopkeeper in old Jerusalem who chided me for New Delhi's increasing proximity to Washington, DC and Tel Aviv shares the 'concern' of Indian Muslims for India's national interest. If this is absurd, as surely it is, so is the Jamaatis' concern for India's national interest, which, thankfully, has not yet been supplanted by the ummah's interest.



--
Kanchan Gupta
Associate Editor,
The Pioneer,


No charge in Dutch mohammedan incitement

jun 30th, 2008

so geert wilders gets to exercise his freedom of speech. now we can expect mohammedans to start attacking dutch embassies.

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From: Shah


http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iau8jdQWnJhsaHqsEaiq5AHN6iqgD91KC6780

 

No charge in Dutch Muslim incitement

2 hours ago

 

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The public prosecutor's office says it will not charge right-wing legislator Geert Wilders with inciting hatred for his film denouncing the Quran.

 

The prosecutor says the film and statements Wilders wrote in Dutch newspapers were hurtful and insulting but not criminal.

 

A statement Monday by the prosecutor said Wilders made his anti-Muslim remarks in the context of a legitimate debate, and he could not be charged for incitement or discrimination.

 

Wilders told The Associated Press he was not surprised by the decision because he had stayed within the boundaries of the law.

 

Wilders' film, titled "Fitna," appeared on the Internet in March. It aroused protests around the Muslim world.

 



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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lakshmi Mittal Joins Goldman Sachs as Board Member

Lakshmi Mittal has joined the board of Goldman Sachs as an independent member.

Friday, June 27, 2008

tech: great bill gates (and Microsoft Business Model) story

jun 27th, 2008

how bill gates made his billions. glad to see a skeptic among all the fake-nostalgia. let is be said that the guy was a ruthless robber baron/buccaneer. and darn good at it, too.

this is from the silicon valley report at the sj mercury. enjoy!

One more for the Gates legacy book -- "There are work-arounds, use those": Spurred by the outpouring of Bill Gates retrospection on the eve of his departure from Microsoft (see "How many times have you wanted to send a memo like this to Bill Gates?"), faithful reader Bill Terrill was kind enough to share this story from back in the day:

"Ah, how I wish I had known -- I could have recorded my 'discussions' with Bill Gates back in 1979/80. I was with Zilog at the time as a development manager. I had a couple of groups working for me at the time -- compiler development (Programming Language Zilog -- PL/Z) and Operating System Support. Our operating system was a variant of CPM (call RIO) and we had gotten a big contract from the U.S. military (over $5,000,000!) for our Z80 systems with a Fortran compiler. Since we didn't have a Fortran compiler of our own, someone decided to purchase one from an outside firm. That firm was Microsoft.

"One of the contract requirements was that the compiler meet all specifications for these compilers. This was included by the military AND in our contract with Microsoft. Well, we shipped everything off only to be told by the government folks that the compiler didn't meet the specs. A few tests internally and, sure enough, some of the standard procedures didn't work.

"I was given the job (as support and compiler manager) to get this fixed. So began the weekly calls to Microsoft, which lasted for about 3 months. I had a listing of the compiler, which was written by one Bill Gates. So I called and asked to speak to him. Since there were only a handful of folks there at the time, Bill picked up the phone as often as not.

"I explained the problem and why this was an issue -- $5,000,000 that Zilog was not being paid. Bill's response was (and this is literally true!), "There are work-arounds, use those." I explained that the military didn't want work-arounds and that our contract with Microsoft was very explicit in that the compiler was required to meet the formal specs and pass the standard tests. Bill again said that we should send along the work-arounds to the customer (which I had already done to no avail) and that he would look into it.

"After a couple of weeks of calling and getting the same message from Gates, I finally pulled out the listing and went through it. It was terrible code. Sloppy, poorly documented and generally not something that I would have allowed my developers to send out the door. But that was all I had, so I spent a few days going through it and finding the errors that appeared to be causing the troubles with the tests. I then called Bill again and explained what I had done and where would he like me to send a copy of the corrections.

"He didn't want them, as he could fix it himself! I went ahead and told him the areas that needed to be modified, but he became more and more belligerent as I went through the changes. He said, again, that he'd look into it. I seem to have hit a nerve there as I believe that I mentioned, more than once, what a crappy piece of code this was.

"After that whenever I would call, Bill and I ended up shouting at one another over these modifications. After a total of about 3 months of calling at least once a week I finally gave up and went to our company lawyer. His solution was quite simple -- Call Mr. Gates one last time and present him with the name and phone number of our lawyer and tell Gates that the lawyer would be calling him the next week. I did this (quite calmly as Bill began our conversation shouting at me) and told him that I wouldn't be calling him again.

"We had the patched and working code before the lawyer ever got around to calling him the next week. Seems I was an early recipient of the Microsoft Business Model."


the state of hindu temples in pakistan

jun 27th, 2008

meanwhile india keeps coddling mohammedans. somehow, this asymmetry is unfair, wouldn't you say?

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008%5C06%5C27%5Cstory_27-6-2008_pg13_7

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw passes away




The man who gave independent India its finest hour in the past 60 years, passes away. An Officer, Gentleman and a War Hero, he displayed guts not only on the battlefield in WWII, but also had the cajones to stand upto the politicians and protect his own turf. Here's what he told Indira Gandhi on one occasion,

"you mind your own business and I'll mind mine. You kiss your own sweetheart and I'll kiss mine. I don't interfere politically as long as nobody interferes with me in the army."

Among many other things, he had once mentioned to Indira Gandhi with tongue firmly planted on his cheek, that had her Dad not sidelined him, but made him the Indian Army Chief in 1962, India would never have been defeated or humiliated by China.

On being belatedly drafted to fight China in the North-East in 1962, he addressed a group of dejected officers in what was probably the shortest briefing ever, anywhere in the world. His one line address shown below had the most bang for the buck.

‘Gentlemen, I have arrived! There will be no more withdrawals in 4 Corps, thank you;'

Here are a few articles about him,

Interview with Sam Manekshaw
Sam Bahadur
Sam Manekshaw

One of India's greatest sons, may his noble soul rest in peace...

Coddling N.Korea in Preparation for Iran Attack?

To me, the latest US agreement with North Korea, to have them scrap their reactor is the most damning evidence that there's going to be an imminent strike against Iran.

Shoring up ties to stabilize the North Korean front is a telltale sign that the Americans are going to make a destabilizing move on the Iranian front. This will probably help India indirectly, as a conflict with Iran can only end in regime-change there, which would then shrivel up Pakistan's strategic value to the West. Furthermore, we don't need any more Islamic bombs in the region. Let the Americans and Iranians duke it out, so that India's leverage will grow.

Mars Soil Has Nutrients for Supporting Life

NASA has found that the soil on Mars has the nutrients necessary for being able to support life. The discovery that Martian soil is comparable to that found on Earth is then a major breakthrough which considerably brightens the prospects of Mars being able to support life in the past, present, or future.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

dean ornish: Can Lifestyle Changes Bring Out the Best in Genes?

jun 25th, 2008

dr dean ornish has done some fascinating studies on reversing heart disease (which was considered impossible) by using yoga, vegetarianism and meditation.

now he goes one step further and suggests the right genes are being turned on.

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From: Shahryar


Scientific proof that Yoga and Vegetarian diet makes you healthy?

 

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=can-lifestyle-changes-bring-out-the-best-in-genes

 

June 17, 2008

Can Lifestyle Changes Bring Out the Best in Genes?

New research shows diet and exercise may change how genes act

By Lisa Stein

A new pilot study shows that eating right, exercising and reducing stress may help keep chronic diseases at bay by switching on beneficial genes, including tumor-fighters, and silencing those that trigger malignancies and other ills.

"We found that simple changes have a powerful impact on gene expression," Dean Ornish, founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco (U.C.S.F.), said during a news conference. "People say, 'Oh, it's all in my genes, what can I do?' That's what I call genetic nihilism. This may be an antidote to that. Genes may be our predisposition, but they are not our fate."

Ornish, who has built a reputation on advocating healthy living, and U.C.S.F. colleagues report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA that they found the activity of more than 500 genes in the normal tissue of 30 men with low-risk prostate cancer changed after the patients began exercising regularly and eating diets heavy in fruit, veggies and whole grain (supplemented with soy, fish oil, the mineral selenium and vitamins C and E) and low in red meat and fats.

In addition to downing healthier fare, the men also walked or worked out at least 30 minutes six days a week; did an hour of daily stress-reducing yoga-type stretching, breathing and meditation; and participated in one-hour weekly group support sessions.

The subjects had all opted to skip conventional surgical or radiation treatment in favor of a "watchful waiting" approach. The researchers say it is too early to tell whether the lifestyle changes kept the cancer cells in check. But they say the study indicates that exercising, improving nutrition and limiting stress may prompt "profound" differences in the behavior of genes. Among them: some genes believed to be tumor suppressors turned on or became more active, whereas certain disease-promoting ones, including oncogenes (in the so-called RAS family that are implicated in both prostate and breast cancer), were down-regulated or switched off.

The findings were based on changes in levels of RNA (molecules that carry instructions from DNA or genetic material) in samples of noncancerous prostate tissue taken before and three months after the men started the study.

"It is absolutely intriguing this lifestyle change can have as much effect as the most powerful drugs available to us now," U.C.S.F. geneticist Christopher Haqq said during the news conference. "We medical oncologists are always looking for drugs that can do this. It is delightful to find that diet and lifestyle can have profound effects and be complementary to drug therapies—with fewer side effects."

Ornish, who has done extensive research showing that nutritional and other lifestyle changes may prevent and even reverse chronic diseases, says that perhaps the most surprising element of this study was how swiftly the benefits appeared.

"People say, 'Why bother?' But when they see that in just three months these changes can make a difference, they may change their minds," he said. "It is not really so much about risk-factor reduction or preventing something bad from happening. These changes can occur so quickly you don't have to wait years to see the benefits."

Ornish said the findings show that comprehensive lifestyle changes may benefit the general population as well as those with prostate cancer.


the failed states index

jun 25th, 2008

all of our neighbors get honorable mention.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4350&page=0

AIDS ambulance-chaser fears losing lucrative boondoggle; wants your foreskin now

jun 25th, 2008

a lot of people have been making money by exaggerating the impact of AIDS in india, and none more so than this christist female.

it was truck drivers she blamed first, and now it is call center guys. how about a better source: drug-abusing christist-fundie nagas and khasis from the northeast?

she and other christist religio-medical entrepreneurs got a lot of funds from various sources by shouting "aids is coming! aids is coming", but this is now tailing off, so new tactics are needed.

their projections of an AIDS epidemic in india have been shown to be highly exaggerated. no doubt there are cases, but far fewer than these alarmists suggested.

now suniti solomon wants your foreskin. i find the christist obsession with foreskins hilarious, no doubt a vestige of the alleged jesus christ's 18 alleged foreskins, including the one that was given as a 'wedding ring' to 'saint' catherine.

or maybe there is actual money to be made from it these days.

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Dr S Solomon, an India-based AIDS "expert" with extensive Western funding and
connections (http://www.yrgcare.org/overview/dr.suniti.htm ), at an
international conference (see report below) reported a rise in promiscuity and,
therefore (no facts, only anecdotal "confessions"), of AIDS amongst young
Indians. She advocated male circumcision as "the only tool" to deal with this
and emphatically blamed "Hindu fundamentalists" as coming in the way.

First, the efficacy of male circumcision as an anti-AIDS tool is still very
controversial (see extracts below).

Secondly, a measure that is far from having been accepted in the West as an
anti-AIDS tool is being touted internationally by a West-funded agent as "the
only tool" for India. Why?

Thirdly, any resistance to this tool is being ascribed by her internationally to
"Hindu-majority" India. Why?

Female circumcision as an anti-AIDS measure, for which there appears to be some
qualitatively comparable data, is being recommended neither by Dr Solomon (a
woman) nor by any Western women themselves nor by Western agencies. Why not?

Dr Solomon is "fine" with increasing sexual promiscuity in India because it a
"recent liberal value". Do her medico-pharma-commercial Western donors advocate
increasing sexual promiscuity in their own countries? She seems to think
abstinence is "conservative" and so "hampers" the only anti-AIDS tool she
advocates for India - male circumcision. Why?

It may be noted that male circumcision in India will necessarily be of Hindus
(Muslims are circumcised at birth), and never mind that "it is likely to do more
harm than good". And though Dr Solomon declares at an international forum that
"Vaccines have failed. Microbicides have failed", she continues to work for -
and get paid by? -Western agencies experimenting with vaccines and microbicides
in India. Why?
It is easy to blame, as Dr Solomon does, "Hindu-majority India" for obstructing
Western medico-pharma-commercial initiatives to save ourselves from a scourge
that ravages the West, but Hindus, with long experience of rapacious Western
colonialism, are certainly entitled to examine the teeth of Western gift horses.

When we learn there is an enormously lucrative and growing demand for human
foreskins in Western markets with huge profits to be reaped by the West
(http://www.norm-uk.org/where_do_foreskins_go.html), it is a reasonable
inference that Western commercial interests and their agents in India see
millions of uncircumcised Hindu males as a harvest ripe for the cutting.

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extracts from http://www.mgmbill.org/aids.htm :

"The multi-country Mishra study concluded that circumcision may actually
increase transmission of the AIDS virus, however, which is what many earlier
studies found. The Brewer Study published in March, 2007, also concluded that
circumcision in Kenya, Lesotho, and Tanzania increases the transmission of
AIDS."

"Has America's high rate of male circumcision helped prevent HIV/AIDS in the
USA?

The United States has one of the highest rates of male circumcision and also one
of the highest rates of HIV infection in the developed world, suggesting that
circumcision is not helping. Conversely, Finland and Japan have some of the
lowest rates of circumcision and also some of the lowest rates of HIV/AIDS. In
Australia, the AFAO has now concluded that male circumcision has no role in the
Australian HIV epidemic."

"If a fully informed consenting adult feels that circumcision is right for him,
then that's a personal choice he should be allowed to make. In practice, though,
most circumcisions are forced onto others against their will, and even voluntary
adult circumcision is likely to do more harm than good. "



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http://www.circumstitions.com/$$$.html



"Infant circumcision in the US is largely covered by health insurance. It
declined rapidly in the UK after the National Health Service was set up in 1947,
and doctors delivering babies were no longer able to charge extra for doing
it......

The International Coalition for Genital Integrity's Medicaid Project surveyed
all US states in 1999, and was able to account for 181,292 circumcisions costing
a total of $20,255,217. According to HCIA-Sachs, Medicaid funded a total of
310,403 circumcisions, implying a total cost to the US taxpayer approaching
$35,000,000.

Intactivists commonly claim that greedy doctors promote infant circumcision for
purely financial reasons. There is clear evidence for this. The same survey
found that where Medicaid paid more than $US60, circumcision was nearly twice as
likely as where it paid less than $US50......But the financial incentive to
circumcision is not only from the payments for the operation. The foreskin
itself is valuable....."



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http://www.altmuslim.com/a/a/a/what_role_does_islam_have_in_fighting_hiv_aids/



"It's taken the Muslim world a couple of decades, but people in leadership
positions have started to tackle the reality of HIV/AIDS among Muslim
populations......`Islam and Muslims exacerbate the spread of AIDS,' said
Professor Amina Wadud of Virginia Commonwealth University"



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http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2005/oct/25/medicalresearch.aids



"The World Health Organisation said: "If male circumcision is confirmed to be an
effective intervention to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV, this will not mean
that men will be prevented from becoming infected with HIV during sexual
intercourse through circumcision alone. Nor does male circumcision provide
protection for sexual partners against HIV infection.""



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See also "Related Posts" at
http://satyameva-jayate.org:80/2008/06/25/call-centre-romeos-hindu-fundamentalis\
ts/
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http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/06/22/asia/AS-MED-Asia-India-Call-Center-Rom\
eos.php



http://in.news.yahoo.com/210/20080622/955/tod-expert-new-aids-threat-emerging-in\
-i_2.html


Expert: New AIDS threat emerging in India among 'call center Romeos'

Sun, Jun 22 11:18 AM

KUALA LUMPUR,

Suniti Solomon, who detected the first HIV case in India in 1986, told an
international medical conference Saturday. The United Nations, however, still
estimates there are some 2.5 million Indians living with HIV and AIDS now.

"India has reached a plateau of the infections," Solomon told the
International Congress on Infectious Diseases, which ends Sunday. Her concern
now is the call centers, where many of the young staff work at night to
correspond with the daytime working hours of their American and European
clients.

"They have all the money. They huddle together in the night.

They are young, they are sexually active, so naturally they start," Solomon,
who runs an AIDS center in the southern city of Chennai, told The Associated
Press in a separate interview. She said at least three or four call center
workers visit her clinic every week to get tested for HIV because they are
worried after having unprotected sex.

It is estimated that India's call centers employ some 1.3 million people,
mostly youths fresh out of school and colleges, earning a starting salary of
25,000 rupees (US$600) a month, more than a government doctor's paycheck. "You
will see call center Romeos are a major high risk for HIV," Solomon said.

There are no figures for how many call center workers are infected with HIV.
Citing confessions by the visitors to her center, Solomon said groups of young
men and women rent apartments along the beach during the weekends and end up
having multiple-partner sex. "If they are having sex just among themselves, and
all are non-infected it is fine.

But if there is one person who has gone out of this group and brought in the
virus, it will spread to everyone," she said. While the "call center Romeo"
situation is a reflection of recent liberal values, India's anti-AIDS fight is
also hampered by society's coexisting conservatism, Solomon told the conference.

She said this is evident in Hindu activists' opposition to circumcision which
is proven to help inhibit HIV transmission on the grounds that it is against
tradition and religion of Hindu-majority India. Solomon said she does not expect
India to accept circumcision for preventing HIV infections.

A recent government study to gauge the acceptance for circumcision triggered a
massive backlash by Hindu fundamentalists, who called it "obnoxious" and "a
conspiracy." "If you go out into the streets and say I will do this
(circumcision) to reduce HIV, there will be a chaos," she said.

"Vaccines have failed. Microbicides have failed.

This is one tool we have in hand but we can't use it.".
.

murderer of hindu gets life imprisonment in the US; but he would not in india

jun 25th, 2008

despite my criticism of american society, i have to note with chagrin that in america, the killer of a hindu got sentenced in 3 years. in india, killers of hindus (as in godhra or in maraad, or more recently in west bengal's ganga sagar island attack) will never be jailed, especially if they are mohammedan.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5852767.html

Europe Blames US for Failed Treaty Vote

In a true a demonstration of the New Europe's socialist outlook, they're now blaming the US for their failed Lisbon Treaty vote:
French Pol: Europe Has 'Enemies' in the U.S.
Jean-Pierre Jouyet, France's Minister for Europe, suggests that neoconservatives in Washington influenced Ireland's No vote on the EU's Lisbon Treaty
Perhaps CPI-M can launch a bandh to express their outrage and solidarity with their overseas comrades. The Atlanticists will appreciate support from others fighting to preserve a 3-day workweek.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

mckinsey: the economics of solar power

jun 24th, 2008

yet another reason why the proposed indo-us nuclear deal doesn't make sense. we should be putting that money into solar power, because the raw material is *free* and we have lots of it (see the chart: we are blessed with solar energy availability)! especially as oil creeps towards $200/barrel, solar is increasingly viable. we should be spending our billions on research into solar rather than on buying obsolete, dangerous nuclear fission devices to be then held hostage by australians and americans because we have no uranium.

indian planners have a tremendous failing: they never look out into the future, but only at the present and past. as they say about generals always fighting the previous far. the solutions they come up with only address the present, and so they are obsolete by the time they are actually implemented. they *must* look out 25 years and plan accordingly.

in this case, we have to imagine that there will be the requisite breakthroughs in solar, and plan to have our policies and infrastructure in place to move to solar power wherever it makes sense, eg. for residential power, with a backup connection to the grid for emergencies and to sell excess power back to the grid. it may not have sufficient energy intensity for some industrial applications, true, so you keep around conventional powerplants for that. but if electricity-powered cars become more popular and batteries and capacitors become more capacious, it would be possible to even charge your car by plugging it in at home during the night.

similarly with wind power. a friend of mine was describing micro wind-turbines that could sit atop apartment buildings, be built out of simple local materials like bicycle parts at low cost, and provide sufficient power (i forget how much, 10 mw or something) for most of the needs of that building.

oil is poison, because it has a) destroyed the equilibrium in the atmospheric co2 levels, b) created all those non-biodegradable plastics that have essentially ruined soils for agriculture all over the world. anything to get rid of oil is a good idea.

http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Energy_Resources_Materials/Strategy_Analysis/The_economics_of_solar_power_2161

GAO: US can't track $5.5 billion in Pakistan aid

The US General Accounting Office says that $5.5Billion in US aid to Pakistan can't be properly tracked to see where it's going. Into the coffers of AlQaeda, Taliban, and other assorted jihadis, most likely.

tech: nokia goes open source, google and apple watch out!

jun 24th, 2008

this is great news for innovators.

some wag called it the symbianese liberation army (echoes of patty hearst to the uninitiated). :-)

http://www.siliconvalley.com/latestheadlines/ci_9682884

singaporean chinese use terror tactics to arrest, shut up dissident indian lawyer from fremont

jun 24th, 2008

chinese of any kind have no use for freedom of speech.

http://www.siliconvalley.com/ci_9681300?nclick_check=1

mohammedans get upset because kashmir gives 100 acres to amarnath yatris

jun 24th, 2008

i don't know who are the worst ingrates, kashmiri mohammedans or bangladeshi mohammedans.

http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idINIndia-34209320080624

and india keeps funding mohammedan pilgrims to mecca.

rajiv malhotra: two good essays on hinduism vs. the semitic ideologies

jun 24th, 2008

i agree, hinduism is not the same as the semitic frameworks. it is superior, as it is not based on any alleged historical facts.

Myth of Hindu Sameness:
http://rajivmalhotra.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=9

Problematizing God's Interventions in History:
http://rajivmalhotra.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=34&Itemid=9

rajaram: review of 'the gospel of judas'

jun 24th, 2008

Book review

 

CRISTIANITY ACCORDING TO JUDAS

 

Recently discovered gospels give a radically different picture of early Christianity

 

N.S. Rajaram

 

            Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King (2007), Penguin-Viking. 198 + xxiii pages. Price £8.99 (PB).

 

            For nearly two thousand years, Judas Iscariot has been reviled as the archetypical betrayer for which the Jews have been made to pay a terrible price. A recently discovered ancient text known as the Gospel of Judas gives a radically different picture: Judas, far from being a traitor was Jesus's closest disciple to whom, and to whom alone, Jesus entrusted the most important task needed to fulfill his mission on earth— to die for the sins of mankind. In handing Jesus over to the Romans, Judas was doing exactly what his master ordered him to do. Without it there would be no Christianity.

 

            This is the dramatic, not to say shocking message of the Gospel of Judas, one of the forty-odd gospels that were in circulation during the first four centuries of Christianity. This is the subject of Reading Judas by Elaine Pagels and Karen King, two of the world's greatest biblical scholars. It is accessible to the general reader though one is helped by some familiarity with recent biblical discoveries like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Manuscripts.

 

The standardization of the New Testament with its four canonical gospels that we know today—of Mark, Luke, Matthew and John—took place in the fourth century. This, as the authors point out had the effect of lowering the message from a spiritual to a material plane with the story of Jesus's body escaping from the grave with a resurrected body. To a non-believer or a scientifically informed person, this supposed miracle seems absurd. But it remains the foundation of Christian belief.

 

The Gospel of Judas, along with its companion Gospel of Thomas belongs to the category of early Christian texts knows as Gnostic. (Thomas was Jesus's twin brother, so who was the Only Son of God?) Gnostic is derived from the Greek gnosis— cognate to the Sanskrit 'gnana' (or jnana)—meaning spiritual knowledge. According to Lost Christianities by Bart Ehrman there were "Christians who… believed in one God. But there were others who insisted there were two. Some said there were thirty. Others said there were 365."

 

To give an idea of how diverse early Christianity was, some said that Jesus never died, while some others claimed he was never born meaning Jesus was a fictional character. This is the view also of several modern scholars who have studied the Dead Sea Scrolls. John Allegro, a very famous Biblical scholar wrote: "I would suggest that many incidents [in the Gospels] are merely projections into Jesus's own history of what was expected of the Messiah."

 

Allegro was persecuted and hounded out by church authorities for expressing such views. It was no different nearly two thousand years ago. The key figure in suppressing texts which "encourage believers to seek God within themselves with no mention of churches, let alone clergy" was Irenaeus, a Syrian theologian who was the bishop of Lyon. He is particularly harsh on Judas with his claim of having received secret knowledge (gnosis) as the favored disciple of Jesus. (It was the claim also of Mary Magdalene in her Gospel.)

 

Irenaeus's program was to suppress diversity and impose total uniformity of belief and practices. According to Pagels "the teachings Irenaeus labeled as 'orthodox' tend to be those that helped him and other bishops consolidate scattered groups of Jesus's followers into what he and other bishops envisioned as a single, united organization they called the 'catholic (universal) church.' The diverse range… they denounced as 'heresy'… could be antithetical to the consolidation of the church under the bishops' authority."

 

One can see that the overriding concern of the early church fathers was exercising political control over the followers. Irenaeus's program was taken a major step forward in the fourth century by Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria. He fixed the New Testament substantially in the form we have it today by selecting four gospels out of more than forty then known, and assigning them to Mark, Luke, Matthew and John.

 

Athanasius's theological consolidation of Christianity was soon followed by political consolidation. At the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea, persuaded Emperor Constantine to extend protection to this version of Christianity or Nicene Christianity. Armed with this power, it was a relatively easy matter for Eusebius, Athanasius and others to suppress the Gnostics and other competing versions of Christianity. Church dominance became complete when Theodosius in 391 AD declared Nicene Christianity the only legitimate religion in the Roman Empire.

 

Why are these momentous findings little discussed in India when the media is willing to give space to discredited Jesus lived in India stories and proven fakes like the Shroud of Turin? Is it because the English language media is dominated by a convent educated elite that doesn't want to report controversial findings? Or do Indian churches and their leaders still see themselves as serving colonial masters and have no tradition of critical Biblical scholarship? If so they have yielded the space to politico-religious entrepreneurs like John Dayal and outright charlatans like Valson Thampu. Fortunately, the authors of Reading Judas, despite being Christians, have not allowed their beliefs to come in the way of truth.

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N.S. Rajaram is the author of The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Crisis of Christianity.


japanese awakening to india's potential; and some cultural links

jun 24, 2008

a trend much to be encouraged. india needs to engage japan far far more. most japanese have a benign view of india as the Holy Land; indians are also not afflicted by any fear of japan.

brahma chellaney wrote a perceptive book last year about india, china and japan, it's worth reading: the asian juggernaut: the rise of india, china and japan.

and in person, i found that japanese are quite interested in the apparent minor connections with india, esp kerala:

-- bodhi dharma, from kodungalloor, kerala and kanchi, was the inventor and preceptor of zen buddhism; they revere him still as 'daruma'
-- there are strong similarities between kabuki and kathakali
-- japanese torii are quite similar to indian toranas
-- japanese shinto temples have similar rituals to hindu temples: you wash your feet with water from a trough using a long-handled wooden spoon before you step into the interior and meditate
-- ancient japanese temples such as the kamakura buddha temple have hindu deities complete with sanskrit names
-- the soft 'r' sound and the half-vowel 'u' are common in japanese and indian languages, especially malayalam, but not elsewhere, and especially not in chinese (think pa'ra'mesva'ra' and 'paalU' (milk in malayalam). this (and other reasons) makes spoken japanese sound euphonious to our ears, not cacophonous like chinese
-- when it rains and shines at the same time, they too say "it's the fox's wedding"
-- the samurai in japan were warrior/mercenaries similar to the chaver/kalari payat exponents of kerala

also in japan
-- there is a restaurant called nair-san's on the ginza. nair-san was an INA member who went to live there, and his restaurenat has his autobiography on the walls in malayalam, japanese and english. the food's not great, and he invented the rather atrocious kari-raisu
-- kari-raisu is rice with a brownish gravy on top and a few bits of meat in the gravy. this is what most japanese think is indian food. it's cheap fast food available everywhere
-- but there are excellent indian restaurants in tokyo. i like the 'moti' in the akasaka area. in kyoto i went to the 'kerala', complete with kathakali logo, but it had no kerala food, just standard north indian fare
-- an enormous amount of japanese literature was translated into malayalam -- for unknown reasons -- and i had read it, so i pontificate to japanese about mishima, kawabata, tanizaki, and they are most pleased
 India as an Emerging "Brain Power"
By Masanori Kondo Senior Associate Professor (Development Economics,
Indian Economy)International Christian University, Tokyo
2008/May/02
http://www.asahi.com/english/asianet/hatsu/eng_hatsu080502.html

A friend of mine who lives in Koto Ward, Tokyo, told me, "We have so
many Indians living in our condominium that our notices come with
English translations these days." The number of Indian residents in
Japan is now up to 17,500, and over sixty percent of them are IT
engineers and their families. Among the Japanese community, they enjoy a
favorable reputation as being polite and courteous neighbors.

The Japan-India economic relationship, which had stagnated for a while,
is finally infused with new energy. Companies such as Suzuki and Honda
that have done well in India are doubling their production capacities,
with several more Japanese companies following suit. The trade volume
between the two countries has doubled in the past few years, and
negotiations being held under the Japan-India Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
From the global perspective, India is expected to play a significant
role in the prevention of global warming. In our overall relationship,
India is becoming more important for Japan.

In politics, up until a little while ago, there was a trend to attach a
strategic importance on India with a view to "contain China." But the
arrival of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda brought about a change in Japan's
China policy, resulting in a seemingly more moderate diplomatic approach
toward India.

Trying to forge closer ties with India in an effort to balance and
contain China was a relationship that was doomed to be short-lived in
the first place. Now that the hype has settled and we are actually
seeing stronger economic ties emerging between the two countries, this
is the right time to objectively reflect upon the relationship between
Japan and India. Most important is how to incorporate India's strength,
which is its "human resources," and make it part of Japan's future
plans, thus building a stronger "people-to-people contact".

There is a difference between Japan and other developed nations in terms
of attitude toward India. Being the largest bilateral donor in India,
Japan has always looked upon India as a country with future market
potential. On the other hand, the United States and European nations are
attracted more by the brains of the Indian people.

These days many American companies have substantial research and
development (R&D) activities in India. They are aggressively recruiting
the best Indians as part of their global human resource strategy. This
trend is backed by the emergence of India-born CEOs in major
multinational corporations, including McKinsey, Citigroup, Vodafone and
PepsiCo.

How are things in Japan, then? The total value of IT software exported
by India to Japan was an insignificant three percent of its total IT
exports. Though some Japanese companies hire Chinese employees, there
are almost none that hire Indians to work at their company headquarters.

Besides, the number of Indian students in Japan is only five hundred.
This is no match for the seventy thousand Chinese students that are in
Japan, and it is even less than half the number of students from far
smaller countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka. Interchange with Indians
living in Japan is also limited.

Traditionally, Indians have always held a good image of Japan. Most of
the Indian students who come to study in Japan develop a strong affinity
to the country by the time they return home. However, as there are not
many successful career patterns for "Japan experts," Japan has become a
less attractive destination for Indians to study. It leads to the
vicious cycle of Japanese companies finding it difficult to enter the
Indian market with little knowledge of India, and fewer Indians getting
hired by Japanese companies. This was what the present Indian Prime
Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, told me seven years ago, and not much has
changed much since then.

Many Japanese companies tend to look upon India much in the same way as
they viewed Southeast Asia that brought much success two decades ago. In
other words, Japanese companies see India as a source of "labor" rather
than "brains." A former high-ranking Indian official, who is a
Japanophile, pointed out: "Whereas Japanese people tend to measure the
intellectual level of the people of a nation by per-capita income,
Indian elites assess the abilities of their opponents based on their
English prowess. And that is what causes a psychological gap between the
Japanese and the Indians."

Since only Japanese people are involved, accumulated information on
India tends to become one-sided in Japan. There are plenty of cases
where failures and setbacks in business and ODA all get blamed on the
catch-all, "It's the fault of the Indians." That is quite different from
what I heard from a South Korean business organization that has proved
successful in India. An official claimed, "In dealing with India, we
have nothing to complain about. We simply stick to doing what the Romans
do."

According to Prof. K. Momaya, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
in Delhi welcomes some fifty delegations from Japan every year. But
alas, there are precious few cases where these visits actually lead to
some concrete project getting implemented. Delegations from the United
States, Europe and South Korea are much less in number, but they
constantly leave their mark and bear fruit in such forms as new labs,
joint research and recruitment.

Unfortunately Japan has a reputation across India as a country that
keeps on dispatching large delegations with no follow-ups. It has to be
reminded that there are two hundred IIT graduates working in Japan. Most
of them work for non-Japanese companies, Including the top official of
Citibank in Japan. It makes more sense to meet these graduates here in
Japan for information exchange before sending fruitless delegations to
India.

Japan has had its share of "India booms" in the past, including the time
ten years ago when Indian films created a stir in Japan. But all these
booms tended to be short-lived. Though fueled by curiosity for the
"unknown," the booms never had the backup of human interchange.

Recently, we have been hearing about projects springing up to promote
nascent two-way people-to-people exchanges. When then-Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe of Japan visited India last August, there was a meeting for
university collaboration, held with vice chancellors/presidents of
prominent universities of India and Japan. In September, Namaste
India, a festival program to promote Japan-India friendship, was held in
Tokyo's Yoyogi Park, followed by a successful IIT Alumni Conference in
Tokyo in November. Fukuoka and Okayama have joined Yokohama in
establishing sister city relationships with Indian municipalities. In
the corporate sector, a new program to promote internships between
Japanese and Indian companies has started. It is most imperative that
these movements be brought together so as to create a huge wave that can
surge ahead.

Promoting people-to-people exchanges is far healthier than
over-strategic approaches toward India to contain China. And the effort
is more sustainable. Already India is a nation that wields great power
in the world's IT industry. By 2030, India's total population is
expected to be the world's largest. Japan must not lead itself down the
wrong course.

(Carried by The Asahi Shimbun on March 10, 2008)

kerala mohammedan's offspring strongly racist against hindus

jun 24th, 2008

mahathir mohammed, son of a kerala mohammedan, is more malay and more mohammedan fundie than anybody else.

a bit like bobby jindal who just hates hindus and indians.

also like all the kerala christists who are the storm troopers of the vatican in evangelizing all over india.

why are kerala semites like this? is there some deep-seated psychosis?

 http://malayindians.blogspot.com/2008/06/waytha-slams-mahathir-for-racism.html
Mahathir
under fire from exiled Hindraf
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Ahti Veeranggan | Jun 21, 08 7:12pm


Dr Mahathir Mohamad came under fire today for suggesting that the Hindu
Rights Action Force (Hindraf) was made up of Tamil racists.

Exiled Hindraf leader P Waytha Moorthy slammed the former premier's racist
attack as "typical of Mahathir trying to erase all his wrongdoings during
his 22-year dictactor-like rule as the country's fourth prime minister."

All Malaysians, he said, know that Mahathir was single handedly responsible
for wiping out the impartiality of the legislative, judiciary and executive
powers through widespread abuse or power, corruption, nepotism and cronyism
as well as destroying racial harmony in multi racial Malaysia.

"We are disappointed but not surprised by Mahathir's remarks. He is bent to
safeguard his personal agenda rather than Malaysian interests", Waytha
Moorthy added.

In a blog post this week, Mahathir chided MIC president Samy Vellu for
campaigning alongside DAP chairperson Karpal Singh and former UN special
rapporteur Param Cumaraswamy in calling him (Mahathir) a racist.

He criticised Samy Vellu for requesting the government to release the five
Hindraf leaders detained under the Internal Security Act despite the fact
that Hindraf represented Tamil racists, whose motives were akin to Tamil
Tigers in Sri Lanka and were seeking their former British colonial masters
to protect them and did not believe in Malaysian institutions.

"Hindraf speaks not just of Indians but of Tamils as a separate race.
Hindraf and its apologists are racist to the core," Mahathir wrote.

"His racial sling shots hurled at others will not undo the damage he had
done to the country, nor will it address his failures as premier to provide
equal and fair education, business, economic and religious opportunities to
all, especially Malaysian Indians," said Waytha Moorthy in his online
posting to his Makkal Sakti supporters, as Hindraf is popularly known now.

*Indians conveniently ignored*

Pointing out that Hindraf represents the oppressed and suppressed Malaysians
of Indian origin, so systematically marginalised over the years, he stressed
that the struggle for equality and fairness goes beyond race, religion,
creed and skin colour.

The administrations under both Mahathir and current Prime Minister Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi, Waytha Moorthy said, have conveniently ignored and swept under
the carpet the plight and grievances of Indian Malaysians raised by Hindraf
over the years.

"However, Mahathir will continue with his usual antics to divert attention
from his wrongdoings which are all being uncovered now," said the exiled
Hindraf chairperson.

Waytha Moothy's brother Uthayakumar, Kota Alam Shah state rep M Manoharan, R
Kenghadharan, V Ganabatirau and T Vasantha Kumar are being detained in
Kamunting Detention Centre, Taiping since last Dec13 last after organising a
mammoth rally in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 25 against perceived marginalisation
and discrimination of Malaysians of Indian origin.

MIC deputy president G Palanivel has rebuked Mahathir's wrong perception on
Hindraf and reminded the former premier "to remember his own roots" before
making such statements, obviously referring to the former premier's
forefathers, who are from South India.

It is an open secret that Mahathir's father, a school teacher, migrated to
Malaysia from the southern Indian state of Kerala and subsequently married a
Malay woman.

Waytha Moorthy likened Mahathir's continuous political and racial bickering
as 'a broken record' failing to seek solutions on the grievances of the
oppressed and suppressed Indian Malaysians.

Hindraf's goal, he pointed out, was to defend and protect Indian Malaysians
in their quest for equal and fair participation in the educational,
religious and economic spheres, and to set themselves free from the current
oppressive system practiced by the ruling administration that clearly defied
basic human right and freedom.

http://singaporeindianvoice.blogspot.com/2008/06/mahathir-under-fire-from-exiled\
-hindraf.html



why leftists and nehruvian pseudo secularists don't blame mohammedans for their violence

jun 24th, 2008

most important thing is they are terrified that the mohammedans will attack them. therefore they attack those they are confident won't cut off their heads: hindus, most often.

ergo, that means hindus will get a lot more respect if they are also violent. non-violence, yet again, is a losing strategy.

hindus are, after all, poor, so pseudo-secularists should, according to this logic, support hindus. but instead they make up this mythology that hindus are rich (esp brahmins) and then demonize them. in fact, if you look at the statistics the christists are the richest people in india (after all, they have stolen all the real estate). but the pseudo-secularists never attack christists. why? because the christists will scream bloody murder and deny the leftists and their children visas to america.

but there's no downside to attacking hindus. so they do.
Why the Left Doesn't Blame Muslims for Muslim Violence

By Dennis Prager
FrontPageMagazine.com | 2/28/2006

The following is the relevant part:

Here are three hypotheses:

One is that leftists tend to blame outside forces for evil. This
emanates
from the secular humanistic view of people as basically good — and
therefore
human evil must come not from the bad choices and bad values of the
evildoer, but from the unfortunate socioeconomic and other circumstances
of
the person's life.

The second explanation is that as you go further left on the political
spectrum, it becomes increasingly difficult to blame the "weak" for any
atrocities they commit. The Left does not divide the world between good
and
evil nearly as much as it does between rich and poor, and between strong
and
weak. Israel is stronger and richer, so Palestinian terror is excused.
White
America is stronger and richer than black America, so black violence is
excused. The West is stronger and richer than the Muslim world, so
Muslim
violence is explained accordingly.

And third, liberals tend to be afraid of the truly evil. That's why the
leftist newspapers of America refused to publish the Danish cartoons,
probably the most newsworthy cartoons ever drawn, but have never had any
hesitance about showing cartoons and photos that mock Jewish and
Christian
symbols. Christians and Jews don't kill editors.

We don't know who will be the next target of Islamic or other murderers
from
poor or non-Western or non-white groups. All we can know is that liberal
and
leftist thought will find reasons to hold the targeted group largely
responsible.

To read full article by Dennis Prager in Frontlinemag go to:
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.aspx?GUID={AEC54083-700B-4E6A-B35\
B-FB60C906054F

more obama spin: he ignores mohammedans, and the poor dears are upset :-(

jun 23, 2008

some idiot sent me mail recently that obama was a hindu supporter because he carried a small thai plastic hanuman in his pocket as a lucky charm. yeah, right. where do these guys have their brains? it's like another idiot who informed me that obama's mom's second husband soetoro was a "hindu from vietnam". his rationale: obama's half sister is called "maya". i despair with such clowns.

that must be like bobby jindal is a hindu supporter because he happily takes hindu-americans' money, but has converted himself and his hindu wife supriya to be extreme fundamentalist christists. and when two hindu phd students were murdered in cold blood in louisiana, jindal the wanna-be-white and christist bigot simply paid no attention to it even though he was governor-elect then.

i don't know whether to laugh or cry when reading about how mohammedans are "disappointed" by obama's refusal to embrace them. what did they expect? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/us/politics/24muslim.html?th=&emc=th&pagewanted=all

after all if he's their manchurian candidate (funded by saudi and chinese money), the last thing he wants to do is to make it explicit and visible.

if he's not their manchurian candidate, why on earth would he want to embrace a small group and piss off a large number of conservative christist voters?

it's only in india that idiot politicians suck up to mohammedans who they know will never vote for them, thereby pissing off hindus who will also not vote for them.

jakob de roover: Does Europe have a Civilising mission in India?

jun 23rd, 2008

the simple answer is "no". after all, europeans would not recognize civilization if it were presented to them on a plate with watercress around it.

i agree with gandhi on this one. when asked what he thought about european civilization, he is supposed to have said, "that would be a good idea". pretty good comeback, i thought.

yes, europeans, the inventors of racism, imperialism, the inquisition, apartheid and slavery, and the perpetrators of 100 million deaths through religious warfare -- these guys lecturing others on discrimination is a bit rich. a bit like communists lecturing others about fascism. can we say "hypocrisy", boys and girls?

an actual white guy saying all this will convince the pseudo-seculars in india much more than a mere indian saying this. hence it's good to have jakob say it. of course, he'll pay a penalty in that he will be denied tenure and hounded by the good folks from the vatican, the templeton foundation, the baptists, and the pentecostals -- all very fine specimens of deep-seated bigotry, anti-feminism, anti-semitism, anti-anything-not-lily-white, and religious fundamentalism.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sush

Does Europe have a Civilising mission in India? – By Jakob De Roover

Recently, the European Parliament hosted a meeting on "caste discrimination in South Asia". At the meeting, participants stated that "India is being ruled by castes not by laws" and that they demanded justice, because there "is one incredible India and one untouchable India." The EU was urged to come out with a policy statement on the subject. One MEP, referring to the caste system, said that "this barbarism has to end." This is not the first time. However, before the EU decides to publish policy statements on caste discrimination in India, we would do well to reflect on some simple facts.

First, the dominant conception of the caste system has emerged from the accounts by Christian missionaries, travelers and colonial administrators. Rather than being neutral, these accounts were shaped by a Christian framework. That is, the religion of European visitors to India had informed them beforehand that they would find false religion and devil worship there, and that false religion always manifested itself in social evils. Especially the Protestants rebuked the "evil priests" of Hinduism for imposing the laws of caste in the name of religion. They told the Indians that conversion to Protestantism was a conversion to equality. Thus, Indian souls were to be saved from damnation and caste discrimination.

Second, this Christian account of "the Hindu religion" and its "caste system" informed colonial policies in British India. Building on the theological framework, scholars now wrote "scientific" treatises on Hindu superstition and caste discrimination.

The Christian mission found its secular counterpart in the idea of the civilising mission, which told the West that it had to rescue the natives from the clutches of superstition and caste. One no longer promoted religious conversion, but the colonial educational system harped on "the horrors of Hindu society."

Third, the colonial educational project had a deep impact on the Indian intelligentsia. Hindu reform and anti-caste movements came into being, which reproduced the Protestant accounts of Hinduism and caste as true descriptions of India.

Their advocates did not adopt these descriptions as passive recipients, but actively deployed them to pursue socioeconomic and political interests. Political parties and caste associations were created to safeguard the interests of the "lower castes." The elites of these groups united in associations and received financial and moral support from the missionaries and other progressive colonials.

Fourth, the "Dalit" movement of today is the product of these colonial movements. The notion of "Dalits" makes sense only within the colonial account of India, which had postulated the existence of one single group of "outcastes" or "untouchables" that was supposedly exploited by the upper castes. In reality, it concerns a variety of caste groups, with no criteria to unite them besides the claim that they are all "downtrodden." Indeed, many of these groups are poor and discriminated against by other caste groups. However, their socio-economic interests have been hijacked by some of their western-educated elite members. In the name of the downtrodden, these elites establish NGOs and then travel from conference to conference and country to country in order to reveal the plight of the "Dalits" to eager western audiences and secure funding from donor agencies.

Fifth, when present-day Europeans rebuke Indian society for the "barbarism" of caste discrimination, they are reproducing the old stanzas of the civilising mission. Such a stance of superiority perhaps worked in the context of colonialism. But today, at a time when Indians buy some of the European industrial giants and Europe is in need of more collaboration with India, it is ill-advised to continue this type of civilisational propaganda.


In fact, such propaganda derives its plausibility from a series of assumptions that no one would be willing to defend explicitly. It attributes all socioeconomic wrongs of the Indian society to its structure and civilisation. The implication is that there is only one way to get rid of socio-economic wrongs here: one has to eradicate both the social structure and the Hindu civilisation. It is as though one would blame the racism, bingedrinking, pedophilia, poverty, homelessness and domestic violence in the contemporary West on its age-old civilisation.

The times have changed. As Europeans, we need to reflect on our deep-rooted sense of superiority and how this informs our moralising discourse on human rights in other parts of the world. To appreciate the impression we give to Indians with our statements on caste discrimination, just imagine a possible world in which the Indian government regularly castigates the US for its racism against African-Americans and the disproportionate death penalties, and the EU for the treatment of South Asians in England, Turks in Germany, women in Romania, the Basque movement in Spain, gypsies in Italy ... just imagine Indian members of parliament consistently blaming the very structure of western societies as the cause of all these wrongs. Europe needs to wake up fast. The time of colonialism is over. If we do not change our attitudes, the irritation towards the EU will grow in countries like India and China. So will the unwillingness to collaborate. In the fast-changing world of the early 21st Century, Europe cannot afford this.

Jakob De Roover is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation (FWO) at the Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap, Ghent University, Belgium.

http://www.neurope.eu/articles/87642.php