Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
just goes to show: the richer a mohammedan individual or country gets, the more fanatic they are.
dirt-poor mohammedans tend to be the most decent of the lot.
just look at the shahabuddins and the zakarias and madanis of india: they are the ones who foment riots and bigotry, using the poor mohammedans as a fast-breeding, easily-enraged army to wrest concessions from the nation.
couldn't get hold of mg badami's actual article, but here's the editorial on the topic. i have talked with mg before about bus rapid transit systems. he does not believe the metros are actually going to solve any problems: they will be obsolete the day they are built. plus the last-mile problem is huge.
he also pointed out how the lack of safe sidewalks are prompting parents to insist that their children not walk home from school, but get crammed into some dangerous, motorized transport like a rickshaw.
similarly, he told me his mother sometimes takes an auto to just cross the road in chennai, as trafffic is so bad. he also had some appalling photos of poor, terrified pedestrians trying to cross the road in bangalore, literally risking their lives several times.
the other point is that india's urban centers are vibrant, not ghettos like in the west. if motorized traffic is reduced or regulated they will be much more appealing. for instance, the ban on 3-wheelers (and 2-wheelers?) in downtown mumbai (coupled with the electric train being available) has made that area much more appealing.
there should be entire areas of downtown pune, bangalore, hyderabad, chennai, mumbai and delhi that are closed off to all motorized vehicular traffic, as pedestrian-only areas and malls. these have worked well in various places in the US, for instance san jose. revitalized downtowns, if prettified too, would be highly appealing to both residents and visitors. maybe bicycling can be revived as well with safe bike paths. this is the trend in europe, and hey, therefore it may catch on in india too. bikes may be the perfect last-mile solution if there are safe storage areas at the metro stations.
Kidnapped American girl discovered after 18 years; Christian preacher is the arrested Rapist and Pedophile
no surprise: kidnapper/rapist/impregnator is christist preacher.
but then he's learned something from our mohammedan friends also about stockholm-syndrome, docile baby-factories, especially those who are underage. the girl was impregnated when she was 14.
and his wife colluded with him. i just love their mugshots: "american gothic"?
anybody ever read margaret atwood's 'the handmaid's tale'? or seen the movie with the late natasha richardson as the fertile teenage girl who is impregnated by an older man, whose sex-slave she is? the impregnation happens with the full knowledge and consent of the older man's wife: in a bizarre scene, the girl lies with her head in the woman's lap, while the man is busy at her other end impregnating her -- sort of a grotesque christist sacrament.
Kidnapped American girl discovered after 18 years; Arrested Rapist and Pedophile is a Christian preacher
Excerpts from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090830/ts_alt_afp/uscrimekidnap_20090830030522
Jaycee Lee Dugard was discovered on Wednesday, nearly two decades after the blonde schoolgirl was snatched outside her home in 1991, when she was just 11.
She had been confined in a makeshift prison of sheds and tents in what police have described as a "backyard within a backyard" at Garrido's home in Antioch, around 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of San Francisco.
On Saturday, police were searching the house in relation to a series of prostitute killings in the 1990s, as other bodies had been found close to where Garrido worked, thesaid.
On Thursday, police revealed that Garrido, a convicted rapist and registered sex offender, had abused Dugard, now 29, and fathered her two daughters, now aged 15 and 11, who had also been kept in the compound.......
Dugard was found after police reported Garrido acting suspiciously at the University of California, Berkeley, where with two young girls he was trying to hand out religious literature propounding claims he could channel the voice of God.
The pale, blond girls were wearing drab sun dresses, "like 'Little House on the Prairie' meets robots," university security officer Allison Jacobs told a press conference Friday.
"The younger daughter was staring directly at me, as if she was looking into my soul, with this eerie smile on her face," Jacobs said. "I just got a weird, uneasy feeling."
Garrido apparently boasted to the campus officers: "I'm so proud of my girls. They don't know any curse words. They don't know anything bad about the world."
Photos released by El Dorado police show Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Questions mounted about how Garrido was allegedly able to hide a girl for 18 years and the two children she bore him, despite warnings from neighbors of something amiss.(AFP/EDCS-HO/File)
This undated file photo obtained from the FBI shows Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kidnapped when she was only 11. Questions mounted Saturday about how a California man was able to hide for 18 years a girl he allegedly kidnapped and the two children she bore him, despite warnings from neighbors of something amiss.(AFP/FBI/File)
what can you expect from something written by that sex-crazed wendy doniger? she sees sex in everything. so do her 'children' like courtwright. these people are great candidates for psycho-analysis. or maybe even a little surrogate sex therapy.
Subject: Hinduism Misinterpreted: Encyclopædia Britannica insults Hinduism-Amit Raj Dhawan-23 August 2009
Hinduism Misinterpreted: Encyclopædia Britannica insults Hinduism-Amit Raj Dhawan-23 August 2009
This article will highlight some of the misinterpretations of Hinduism in Encyclopædia Britannica, many of which are very offending to any Hindu reader and those who know and respect Hinduism. The author has based this article on the contents of . Text quoted from Encyclopædia Britannica 2009 Student and Home Edition is in slanted red typeface. In the following lines an argument is presented, which shows and questions the biased intentions of a popular reference source like Encyclopædia Britannica. Information conveyed by an encyclopedia should be unbiased, impartial, based on facts, true to the greatest extent, and not anybody's personal opinion. In this light, the article on Hinduism in Encyclopædia Britannica has been examined. The absurd choice of contributors of an article on Hinduism by the authorities of Encyclopædia Britannica will also be analysed. It is felt that Britannica's article on Hinduism is written in a sense that ill-disposes a reader towards Hinduism, whereas this is not the case with Britannica's articles on other religions like Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. After thought and analysis, I have been left with an impression which can be bes t summarized in the following question: Why is Encyclopædia Britannica hostile towards Hinduism?20
compare this to the literally hundreds of mosques that have come up in kerala over the last decade, all thanks to arab oil money and counterfeit indian rupees from pakistan.
amazing, actual buddhists accept hindus and sikhs, isn't it?
amazing, isn't it, that a religion with the name 'sanatana dharma' still does not get credit for inventing dharma? oh, it was the sainted buddhists who invented it!
once again, this is nothing personal with brp, he is using the standard rhetoric of 90% of people in kerala (ie. the 30% mohammedans, 30% christists, and 30% communists).
Rajeev Srinivasan white guys converging on the idea of dharma? soon they will claim they invented it! http://bit.ly/r91Ne
i thought i'd post this here as an example of the kind of discourse a hindu can expect from a committed 'secular' intellectual. the issue of labels is very interesting. through labeling, hindus have been turned into non-persons, and hinduism into a non-existent artificial construct. therefore, obviously, hindus and hinduism do not have any rights! QED!
at the end of the day, we sort of agree that we cannot let facts pollute our opinions!
not to make it personal with brp, whom i have known for a long time and get along well with (so long as we don't discuss certain topics. oddly enough, just like with mohammedans!)
Rajeev Srinivasan great site on indological research -- kazanas, danino, kak, agarwal et al. shows 'aryan' invasion fantasy is bunkum. http://bit.ly/dxLPi
The thing is, I couldn't tell whether the original conversion video was serious, or whether it was just a goofy parody.
unlike in india, they didn't try to defraud the electorate.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
angana is -- how shall i put this delicately -- quite likely to be taking money for services rendered.
Dear Dr. Chatterji,
I continue to check your articles and simultaneously the rebuttal by Hindu groups, who have not rolled over and played dead.The latest I looked at is your letter to the Commissioner on the Amarnath issue and Kashmir in general (2008).
Since the Hindu rebuttals are clear enough I will not go to that topic, but will confine myself to some general reflections.
India is not an imperial country. It has been a colonised country. Unlike the Western democracies, it has not invaded any country, nor does it intend to do so in future. While it is legitimate for Americans, for example, to protest the war in Vietnam, or the invasion of Iraq, it seems bizarre, to say the least, to establish equivalences between India and the West in that regard. And on the basis of that, hack away at the country. This crying of wolf, wolf, at every twist and turn, makes it difficult to take your critiques seriously.
It shows the poor judgment of the Left, if not actual sinister motives.
The internationalism of the organised Left in India is influenced by its pro China policies. In my opinion, there is nothing Communistic about that country, even though in a distorted sense, American commentators on their news channels, routinely call China a communist country. It is far from being Communist, in the sense that the orginal founder of Communism intended.
At present, it is simply a nationalist country with great power ambitions.
The Hindu rebuttals also point out that you have been receiving awards from Muslim groups in the U.S. The photographs seem quite authentic. It seems as if those Muslim groups are operating on the assumption that our enemy's enemy is our friend. This seems also to be the raison de'etre for China's support at all levels, covert and overt for Pakistan, in its hostile policies towards India.
This brings me to two points : the misguided internationalism of the organised Left and the misguided jihadism of some Muslims in India. Both have their origin in a lack of historical perspective.
MJ Akbar, himself a Muslim, has said publicly, that in India alone, have Muslims enjoyed uninterrupted democracy for 60 years plus (see his blogsite). And many Muslims, at Partition, opted to stay on in India. And many still would not opt to go to Pakistan. This refutes Ms Arundhati Roy's contention that Muslims are unhappy in India.
In your case, the absence of a genuine knowledge of Indian history and its culture seem to be operative. As I said in my previous communication to you, some serious autodidactism is called for. I am making an educated guess that you left Calcutta, where you were born (according to your own account) as a very young person and entered the heady world of Left thinking, post modernism, post colonial studies etc. without adequate preparation. Hence, everything became grist to your newly found world view, which to start with must have been the run of the mill convent education provided by Catholic nuns. They may not have engaged in the type of abuse of Hinduism and its deities, as do some fundamentalist Christians in places like Mangalore, but certainly, the early indoctrination in Christianity, and the rejection of all things Hindu, must have been all pervasive.
You do not seem to have even a rudimentary acquaintance with Sanskrit, as evidenced in your Deposition before the Commission at Kandamahal in 2008 on the riots there. You use the phrase, 'serve with body, mind and money ' to describe the dedication of Hindu groups. The RSS dedicatory vow begins with Valsalye Mathrubhumi, which means Beloved Motherland. That sets the tone for the rest of the vow (Incidentally, Gandhiji was a great believer in vows). And the dedication of the RSS workers to social reform and their frontline work during tsunamis, floods etc. has been exemplary, despite the carping criticism of arm chair liberals!
The more one reflects on situations such as yours, one understands the relevance of such concepts as Punya Bhumi (Sacred Land) which Indian freedom fighters such as Savarkar have talked about (see his The Essence of Hindutva, 1925).
This idea of India as a sacred land is again not to be confused, as some blithe Indian commentators have done, with the 'blood and soil' concept of the German people. One has to ask: what soil, what blood ?
The Germans, with due respect, have a relatively short historical experience and their history started with rather crude conditions of living and philosophy.Their achievements in every discipline came much later, after the Middle Ages.
Hindus, on the other hand, can start with the Veda, some 5000 years ago. Even a cursory reading of the Rig Veda, not to mention the Upanishads etc. would tell the reader that we are dealing with a highly spiritual philosophy. The Rig Veda, for instance, is characterised by its environmentalism and its philosophy of the unity of being, in the universe. I have written about this briefly in a short article ' Sarasvati Regained ' (Organiser, Aug.23, 2009). Although I situate my discussion in the context of the ideas of the New Theorists regarding the Aryan Invasion Theory, the subtext is the metaphor of Sarasvati as the new direction that India should be going towards, based on the insights of the Veda.
As for the Upanishads, the deep spiritual enquiry one finds there is unparalled at that time in human history(if ever !).
This is what Hindus are defending. It has been distorted by endless invasions, conquests and violent Occupations. And recently by the Left and other forces who are clearly against these notions of spirituality.
Today, with the RSS and its heroic efforts at social change (the eradication of casteism and the uplifing of the masses) there is a golden opportunity for anyone seriously interested in this agenda to participate, rather than engage in carping criticism and even worse.
I was shocked to find that you teamed up with the much misguided souls who started the Stop the Hate Campaign , which seeks to stop the funding of the RSS social service outfits.
I read the thorough report on the topic by people like Ramesh Rao et al(IRDF). Fortunately, the efforts of your group have not succeeded in derailing a noble project.
For the political sitation today I recommend that you read the Interview with Mohan Bhagat of the RSS. It is reprinted in Haindava Keralam in their home page: Interview with Poojaneeya Sarsanghchalak Sri Mohan Bhagat. It is listed prominently right on top of their home page.
It is one of the sanest and most sober documents I have read in recent times on the Indian situation.
You need not hesitate owing to the use of honorifics in the above interview. It is similar to the use of The Right Honourable etc. in Western discourse. Forgive me for elaborating on all this but the gaps left by your convent education, necessitate these interventions.
I urge you to seriously rethink your approach. Meanwhile, I shall wait to look at whatever theoretical framework you have set up in Violent Gods and Hindu Nationalism.
I will not be writing to you again, in the immediate future.