Friday, July 30, 2010

What lies in store for the Kandaharis by autumn...

jul 30th, 2010

ah... the wonders of depleted uranium!

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The consequences of a US war crime

Cancer rate in Fallujah worse than Hiroshima

By Tom Eley
23 July 2010

The Iraqi city of Fallujah continues to suffer the ghastly consequences of a US military onslaught in late 2004.

According to the authors of a new study, "Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009," the people of Fallujah are experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia, infant mortality, and sexual mutations than those recorded among survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the years after those Japanese cities were incinerated by US atomic bomb strikes in 1945.

The epidemiological study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Studies and Public Health (IJERPH), also finds the prevalence of these conditions in Fallujah to be many times greater than in nearby nations.

The assault on Fallujah, a city located 43 miles west of Baghdad, was one of the most horrific war crimes of our time. After the population resisted the US-led occupation of Iraq—a war of neo-colonial plunder launched on the basis of lies—Washington determined to make an example of the largely Sunni city. This is called "exemplary" or "collective" punishment and is, according to the laws of war, illegal.

The new public health study of the city now all but proves what has long been suspected: that a high proportion of the weaponry used in the assault contained depleted uranium, a radioactive substance used in shells to increase their effectiveness.

In a study of 711 houses and 4,843 individuals carried out in January and February 2010, authors Chris Busby, Malak Hamdan, Entesar Ariabi and a team of researchers found that the cancer rate had increased fourfold since before the US attack five years ago, and that the forms of cancer in Fallujah are similar to those found among the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors, who were exposed to intense fallout radiation.

In Fallujah the rate of leukemia is 38 times higher, the childhood cancer rate is 12 times higher, and breast cancer is 10 times more common than in populations in Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait. Heightened levels of adult lymphoma and brain tumors were also reported. At 80 deaths out of every 1,000 births, the infant mortality rate in Fallujah is more than five times higher than in Egypt and Jordan, and eight times higher than in Kuwait.

Strikingly, after 2005 the proportion of girls born in Fallujah has increased sharply. In normal populations, 1050 boys are born for every 1000 girls. But among those born in Fallujah in the four years after the US assault, the ratio was reduced to 860 boys for every 1000 female births. This alteration is similar to gender ratios found in Hiroshima after the US atomic attack of 1945.

The most likely reason for the change in the sex ratio, according to the researchers, is the impact of a major mutagenic event—likely the use of depleted uranium in US weapons. While boys have one X-chromosome, girls have a redundant X-chromosome and can therefore absorb the loss of one chromosome through genetic damage.

"This is an extraordinary and alarming result," said Busby, a professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Ulster and director of scientific research for Green Audit, an independent environmental research group. "To produce an effect like this, some very major mutagenic exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened. We need urgently to find out what the agent was. Although many suspect uranium, we cannot be certain without further research and independent analysis of samples from the area."

Busby told an Italian television news station, RAI 24, that the "extraordinary" increase in radiation-related maladies in Fallujah is higher than that found in the populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the US atomic strikes of 1945. "My guess is that this was caused by depleted uranium," he said. "They must be connected."

The US military uses depleted uranium, also known as spent nuclear fuel, in armor-piercing shells and bullets because it is twice as dense as lead. Once these shells hit their target, however, as much as 40 percent of the uranium is released in the form of tiny particles in the area of the explosion. It can remain there for years, easily entering the human bloodstream, where it lodges itself in lymph glands and attacks the DNA produced in the sperm and eggs of affected adults, causing, in turn, serious birth defects in the next generation.

The research is the first systematic scientific substantiation of a body of evidence showing a sharp increase in infant mortality, birth defects, and cancer in Fallujah.

In October of 2009, several Iraqi and British doctors wrote a letter to the United Nations demanding an inquiry into the proliferation of radiation-related sickness in the city:

"Young women in Fallujah in Iraq are terrified of having children because of the increasing number of babies born grotesquely deformed, with no heads, two heads, a single eye in their foreheads, scaly bodies or missing limbs. In addition, young children in Fallujah are now experiencing hideous cancers and leukemias.…

"In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital had 170 newborn babies, 24 percent of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75 percent of the dead babies were classified as deformed.…

"Doctors in Fallujah have specifically pointed out that not only are they witnessing unprecedented numbers of birth defects, but premature births have also considerably increased after 2003. But what is more alarming is that doctors in Fallujah have said, 'a significant number of babies that do survive begin to develop severe disabilities at a later stage.'"

The Pentagon responded to this report by asserting that there were no studies to prove any proliferation of deformities or other maladies associated with US military actions. "No studies to date have indicated environmental issues resulting in specific health issues," a Defense Department spokesman told the BBC in March. There have been no studies, however, in large part because Washington and its puppet Baghdad regime have blocked them.

According to the authors of "Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah," the Iraqi authorities attempted to scuttle their survey. "[S]hortly after the questionnaire survey was completed, Iraqi TV reportedly broadcast that a questionnaire survey was being carried out by terrorists and that anyone who was answering or administering the questionnaire could be arrested," the study reports.

The history of the atrocity committed by American military against the people of Fallujah began on April 28, 2003, when US Army soldiers fired indiscriminately into a crowd of about 200 residents protesting the conversion of a local school into a US military base. Seventeen were killed in the unprovoked attack, and two days later American soldiers fired on a protest against the murders, killing two more.

This intensified popular anger, and Fallujah became a center of the Sunni resistance against the occupation—and US reprisals. On March 31, 2004, an angry crowd stopped a convoy of the private security firm Blackwater USA, responsible for its own share of war crimes. Four Blackwater mercenaries were dragged from their vehicles, beaten, burned, and hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River.

The US military then promised it would pacify the city, with one unnamed officer saying it would be turned into "a killing field," but Operation Vigilant Resolve, involving thousands of Marines, ended in the abandonment of the siege by the US military in May, 2004. The victory of Fallujah's residents against overwhelming military superiority was celebrated throughout Iraq and watched all over the world.

The Pentagon delivered its response in November 2004. The city was surrounded, and all those left inside were declared to be enemy combatants and fair game for the most heavily equipped killing machine in world history. The Associated Press reported that men attempting to flee the city with their families were turned back into the slaughterhouse.

In the attack, the US made heavy use of the chemical agent white phosphorus. Ostensibly used only for illuminating battlefields, white phosphorus causes terrible and often fatal wounds, burning its way through building material and clothing before eating away skin and then bone. The chemical was also used to suck the oxygen out of buildings where civilians were hiding.

Washington's desire for revenge against the population is indicated by the fact that the US military reported about the same number of "gunmen" killed (1,400) as those taken alive as prisoners (1,300-1,500). In one instance, NBC News captured video footage of a US soldier executing a wounded and helpless Iraqi man. A Navy investigation later found the Marine had been acting in self-defense.

Fifty-one US soldiers died in 10 days of combat. The true number of city residents who were killed is not known. The city's population before the attack was estimated to be between 425,000 and 600,000. The current population is believed to be between 250,000 and 300,000. Tens of thousands, mostly women and children, fled in advance of the attack. Half of the city's buildings were destroyed, most of these reduced to rubble.

Like much of Iraq, Fallujah remains in ruins. According to a recent report from IRIN, a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Fallujah still has no functioning sewage system six years after the attack. "Waste pours onto the streets and seeps into drinking water supplies," the report notes. "Abdul-Sattar Kadhum al-Nawaf, director of Fallujah general hospital, said the sewage problem had taken its toll on residents' health. They were increasingly affected by diarrhea, tuberculosis, typhoid and other communicable diseases."

The savagery of the US assault shocked the world, and added the name Fallujah to an infamous list that includes My Lai, Sabra-Shatila, Guérnica, Nanking, Lidice, and Wounded Knee.

But unlike those other massacres, the crime against Fallujah did not end when the bullets were no longer fired or the bombs stopped falling.

The US military's decision to heavily deploy depleted uranium, all but proven by "Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah," was a wanton act of brutality, poisoning an entire generation of children not yet born in 2004.

The Fallujah study is timely, with the US now preparing a major escalation of the violence in Afghanistan. The former head of US Afghanistan operations, General Stanley McChrystal, was replaced last month after a media campaign, assisted by a Rolling Stone magazine feature, accused him, among other things, of tying the hands of US soldiers in their response to Afghan insurgents.

McChrystal was replaced by General David Petraeus, formerly head of the US Central Command. Petraeus has outlined new rules of engagement designed to allow for the use of disproportionate force against suspected militants.

Petraeus, in turn, was replaced at Central Command by General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, who played a key planning role in the US assault on Fallujah in 2004. Mattis revels in killing, telling a public gathering in 2005 "it's fun to shoot some people.... You know, it's a hell of a hoot."

Sectarian animosity vitiates Abrahamic-neo-Abrahamic relations

jul 30th, 2010

paleo-semites: zoroastrians, jews
meso-semites: christists, mohammedans
neo-semites: communists, nehruvian stalinists, 'dravidians', ambedkarites,...

religion of love meets religion of camaraderie. usually the latter lose, as demonstrated by pope john paul in europe. 

wsj - India's Gandhi God-Kings..

jul 30th, 2010

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From: sri 

India's Gandhi God-Kings

Opaque family rule is no way to run a political party, let alone a major economy and aspiring great power.
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • JULY 20, 2010

To make sense of the latest storm in the tea cup of Indian politics, you need to wrap your mind around a curious epithet: intellectual arrogance. That, says Digvijay Singh, a senior leader of the ruling Congress Party, is the problem with Home Minister P. Chidambaram, the man tasked with perhaps the toughest job in Indian public life—keeping its 1.1 billion citizens safe.

Mr. Singh's broadside against his party colleague, launched in an op-ed in April and repeated Saturday in a television interview, comes against the backdrop of a deepening insurgency by Maoist rebels in eastern and central India that has claimed nearly 800 lives this year. By suggesting that Mr. Chidambaram pays too much attention to security, and not enough to public welfare, Mr. Singh has triggered a flurry of speculation about government policy on what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (no relation) has called the country's "most serious security problem."

Has the home minister lost the confidence of his party's leadership? Will the current law-

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

WikiLeaks Gives ISI Great Gift

ISI boys must be literally grinning ear-to-ear over the treasure trove of information gifted to them by WikiLeaks. They must be drooling in anticipation of all the blood they'll soon drink. Just imagine how many anti-Pakistani Afghans will now mysteriously turn up murdered, because WikiLeaks never bothered to protect the names/locations of people listed in the documents they've exposed:

What Happens After the US Withdraws?

TIME magazine's latest cover story asks the question of what would happen to Afghan women after the US withdraws from the country?

The answer to that may be hinted at by the cover image itself. Not quite a National Geographic moment, is it?

Meanwhile, the holier-than-thou "liberals" are furious at TIME for publishing such a provocative cover - mainly because it makes these "liberals" look like the moral shirkers they are. It's interesting to read some of their contrived clever-by-half crooked justifications for a US withdrawal. None of them can directly bring themselves to admit they'd be throwing Afghan women to the wolves.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words...

... But this one is worth 92,000 documents:

So spread it around.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Brzezinski Spreads Blame to India

Dr Zbigniew Brzezinski smears India by spreading blame to it for the current mess in Afghanistan, insisting that Pakistan is not solely to blame, and that it should not be condemned for its actions.

Notice Brzezinski cunningly and repeatedly playing up the Indo-Iranian angle, which he knows will resonate with the US public.

It's ironic to hear him talking about the cost to innocent civilians, given the recent limp convictions against the Khmer Rouge war crimes, whom he himself abetted in their genocide.

Pat Condell on Ground Zero Mosque

As usual, Pat Condell expresses moral outrage concisely, decisively and incisively:

Monday, July 26, 2010

rajeev in DNA: alleged 'hindu terror' is "truth by repeated assertion"

jul 26th, 2010

my take on the red herring/diversionary tactic/abominable moral equivalencing of real terror by semitic types versus the manufactured 'terror' by indics.

Breaking News: Afghan War war papers leaks exposes ISI war against ISAF

jul 26th, 2010

after the speculation, now, the denoument -- solid documentary evidence for what i too have been shouting from the rooftops for years: taliban == ISI.

the US has been getting bamboozled by the ISI for years -- and this in effect appears to be treason on the part of at least some people in the US administration.

and the americans are a lot more sensitive about treason than indians. it is only in india that traitors parade about preening. 'benedict arnold' carries great opprobrium in the US; in india the mir jafars and jaichands are the barbarians inside the gates.

pundita in her element. 

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From: <Pundita1
I doubt the leaked papers will bring down the Obama presidency but there could be be huge political fallout from the leaks, which show that the administration was well aware that the ISI was acting against ISAF forces in Afghanistan.
Sunday, July 25

Afghan War version of Pentagon Papers released

In these documents, Iran's and Pakistan's intelligence agencies run riot. Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is linked to some of the war's most notorious commanders. The ISI is alleged to have sent 1,000 motorbikes to the warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani for suicide attacks in Khost and Logar provinces, and to have been implicated in a sensational range of plots, from attempting to assassinate President Hamid Karzai to poisoning the beer supply of western troops. These reports are unverifiable and could be part of a barrage of false information provided by Afghan intelligence. But yesterday's White House response to the claims that elements of the Pakistan army had been so specifically linked to the militants made it plain that the status quo is unacceptable. It said that safe havens for militants within Pakistan continued to pose "an intolerable threat" to US forces.
-- Guardian

H/T John Batchelor Show. Needless to say the political fallout from these leaked papers is going to be huge. From WikiLeaks summary, 25th July 2010 5:00 PM EST
WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary (AWD), an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related detail. [...]
See here for the rest of the summary and links to the logs.

WikiLeaks turned to three newspapers -- (U.K.) Guardian, (Germany's) Spiegel Online, and the New York Times for help in a collaborative effort in sorting through the mountain of data and removing information that could be betray troop positions, identities of informants, and so on. Now all three news outlets have published their first report on the leaked war logs. Here are links to the reports from Spiegel and the Guardian. Below are the opening paragraphs in the New York Times article:
Pakistan Aids Insurgency in Afghanistan, Reports Assert
By MARK MAZZETTI, JANE PERLEZ, ERIC SCHMITT and ANDREW W. LEHREN with additional reporting by Carlotta Gall
Published: July 25, 2010

Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan's military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants, according to a trove of secret military field reports made public Sunday.

The documents, made available by an organization called WikiLeaks, suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders.

Taken together, the reports indicate that American soldiers on the ground are inundated with accounts of a network of Pakistani assets and collaborators that runs from the Pakistani tribal belt along the Afghan border, through southern Afghanistan, and all the way to the capital, Kabul.

Much of the information — raw intelligence and threat assessments gathered from the field in Afghanistan— cannot be verified and likely comes from sources aligned with Afghan intelligence, which considers Pakistan an enemy, and paid informants. Some describe plots for attacks that do not appear to have taken place.

But many of the reports rely on sources that the military rated as reliable.

While current and former American officials interviewed could not corroborate individual reports, they said that the portrait of the spy agency's collaboration with the Afghan insurgency was broadly consistent with other classified intelligence.

Some of the reports describe Pakistani intelligence working alongside Al Qaeda to plan attacks. Experts cautioned that although Pakistan's militant groups and Al Qaeda work together, directly linking the Pakistani spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, with Al Qaeda is difficult.

The records also contain firsthand accounts of American anger at Pakistan's unwillingness to confront insurgents who launched attacks near Pakistani border posts, moved openly by the truckload across the frontier, and retreated to Pakistani territory for safety.

The behind-the-scenes frustrations of soldiers on the ground and glimpses of what appear to be Pakistani skullduggery contrast sharply with the frequently rosy public pronouncements of Pakistan as an ally by American officials, looking to sustain a drone campaign over parts of Pakistani territory to strike at Qaeda havens. Administration officials also want to keep nuclear-armed Pakistan on their side to safeguard NATO supplies flowing on routes that cross Pakistan to Afghanistan.
# posted by Pundita : 7/25/2010 09:42:00 PM

Conga Line of Doom

jul 26th, 2010

the prescient pundita sent these essays on saturday, just before the huge Wikileak that absolutely, positively showed bad faith on the part of the US govt and the ISI.

alas, i was too busy to forward these on until now.

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Subject: Conga Line of Doom

Saturday, July 24, 2010

saying no to a mosque at ground zero at the world trade center

jul 24th, 2010

mohammedans love to rub the noses of those conquered by them in the dirt -- remember the somnath murti buried under the steps of a mosque so that everyone trod on it on the way in? or the gyanvapi mosque in benares built on top of the still-standing walls of the hindu temple there.

this mosque is an incredible abomination -- and a way for mohammedans to say, see, we have conquered the americans. 

allowing this to be built is not tolerance -- it is surrender. the silence of the lambs before they are led to ritual halal slaughter.

and shame on the dhimmi american media for ignoring this event.

Americans Stand Up Against Radical Islam in New York – We Will Not Submit!
Not one major network sent a satellite truck or camera crew to this event. Without bloggers this newsworthy event would have remained unknown to the public and history
On Sunday, June 6th, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial coalition of Americans opposed to Islamic violence and intolerance rallied at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City .
9/11 families were joined by immigrants from India, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Africa, Iran and Europe to show opposition to the construction of a mega-mosque at Ground Zero. Others flew in from overseas to speak or just to share their particular ethnic communities’ experiences at the hands of Muslims.
These are parents and spouses of firefighters killed on 9/11. The rally took place just a minute’s walk from Ladder 10 Firehouse, where their loved ones were stationed for duty that terrible day. Ladder 10 lost seven firefighters.
Crowd estimates ranged from 5,000 (NYPD) to 10,000. The crowd overflowed the police barrier enclosures that ran the full length of two city blocks. This photo shows the enclosure in front of the stage at the intersection of Liberty and Church Streets. The second enclosure ran the length of the next block and can be seen on the other side of the traffic lights.
Thousands of additional participants filled the treed area of Zuccotti Park .
Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are the founders of STOP ISLAMIZATION OF AMERICA, which sponsored the rally. Ms. Geller is a citizen journalist and blogger who runs the human rights web site Atlas Shrugs. Mr. Spencer is the author of several books on Islam and head of the influential web site Jihad watch. Pamela Geller:
“Ground Zero is a war memorial, Ground Zero is a burial ground. We are asking for sensitivity…It is unconscionable to build a shrine to the very ideology that inspired the jihadist attacks at Ground Zero, right there. We are asking the imam Rauf and Daisy Khan to be sensitive. For mutual respect and mutual understanding that is demanded of us every day.
There’s a hair-trigger sensitivity in the Muslim world, you can’t run the cartoons, you can’t say Mohammed, this is offensive. This is an offensive mosque. To build a shrine, an Islamic flag of conquest on the sacred ground the cherished site, of a conquered land. This is historic, this is Islamic history. It’s what they do. The St. Sofia in Turkey , the al-Quds, at the holiest Jewish site in Israel . Not here. This is where we take a stand. We must take a stand. We must say no.”
I do not believe that the landmarks commission controlled by Mayor Bloomberg, is going to stop this mosque. It’s not going to happen. Here’s Omar Muhamedi, on his human rights council, a CAIR lawyer, who sued the airlines and the Jane and John Does that saw something and said something on those airplanes, if you remember. That’s who’s on his human rights commission. It ain’t gonna happen with Bloomberg. We have to make it happen. You have to get involved.” (Pamela Geller)
Police enclosure on left, with crowd flowing out of park on right. The new Tower 7 and World Trade Center site are in the background. The green tent, center, is located immediately behind the stage.
Port Authority and NYPD officers kept watch over the rally and were well aware of the need for heightened security at this event. One of their own Port Authority officers, WTC Sergeant Alan T. De Vona was on duty at the World Trade Center on 9/11, 2001, and was one of the first to help victims of the terrorist attack. He spoke these words to the SIOA rally:
“It’s almost nine years. I’m hoping that America is watching. I’m hoping that America is remembering. Because, make no mistake. September 11 was an act of war. And thank the military that has lost almost 5,000 troops from that day, defending us. I don’t know what to say to jar America ’s memory. I want America to remember.
Port Authority Police and FDNY firefighters are seen here gathered beneath this banner.
The issues at stake will certainly affect the heart of American freedom, democracy, cultural values and tolerance. America is a tolerant country that allows for the free worship of all its citizens. But our tolerance has limits. Do we have to tolerate intolerant Islamic ideology and Muslims who preach intolerant Islam?”
Hindu human rights activists Narain Kataria, Prasad Yalamanchi and unidentified friend came from Mississippi and Chicago with banners and flyers highlighting the radical statements of imam Rauf and his jihadist roots.
Stephen Dyer and Gary Jules journalism students at York College, with Pamela Geller. Not one major network sent a satellite truck or camera crew to this event. Without bloggers this newsworthy event would have remained unknown to the public and history.
Pamela Geller is greeted by Hindu human rights activists Prasad Yalamanchi and Narain Kataria.
Bhupinder Singh Bhurji, Pamela Geller, and Robert Spencer. Singh Bhurji is the president of the  NAMDHARI SIKH FOUNDATION. The foundation is a member of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI). HRCARI is a coalition of Hindus, Sikhs, Christians from Sudan, Egypt and Iraq, moderate Muslims and Jews — who are victims and targets of radical Islam around the globe. He said, at another rally:
“Radical Islamists are killing people in India , trying to dominate that nation. And here too they come with violence against “infidels.” We are “infidels united,” standing together, brown, black and white, against this epoch’s fascist movement. Radical Islam wants to dominate entire world. They want everyone to surrender. Islam radical or otherwise. They want to put the Islamic flag on White House.”
Because of Islamic terrorism, America and the world have seen massive new security measures become a way of life. Anyone openly critical of Islam, or terrorist ideology, must surround themselves with security, or live in hiding. Those courageous enough to confront Islamism are criticized by the cowards and appeasers of the left who seek safety by supporting the enemy. Moderate Muslims were silent when Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered in Amsterdam , just as moderate Muslims in the United States are generally reluctant to speak out against violent Islam. Moderate Muslims also face great danger in speaking out.
Geller and Spencer will press on despite the danger. They hope to inspire Americans to stand up and say enough of political correctness and work to stem the galloping islamization of America and Europe . 


Invitation for Sanatan Sanstha's Gurupournima Mahotsavam

jul 24th, 2010

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From: HJS Keralam <>
Date: Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 9:19 AM
Subject: Invitation for Sanatan Sanstha's Gurupournima Mahotsavam


You are cordially invited to participate in the Gurupournima Mahotsavam gathering and to be a part of 'Guru-Disciple' tradition.

Please find the attached invitation file.

Specialties of this gathering

  • A film to show various ways of 'Dharmacharan'
  • Enlightening speeches on Nation and Dharma
  • A short play creating awareness about attacks on Hindu Dharma.
TIME : 5.00 PM
DATE : 25TH JULY 2010

Read More about Gurupurnima at :


Celebrate 'Teachers' Day' on Gurupournima and preserve Hindu culture !

Friday, July 23, 2010

obituary: prof a sreedhara menon

jul 22nd, 2010

obituary: prof a sreedhara menon, wrote monumental 'history of kerala', passed away in trivandrum. he trounced comrade 'eminent historians' and their plans to rewrite history to suit their pet theories. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

the risks of tampering with climate

jul 21st, 2010

will geoengineering work? more pertinently, do we want to take the risk that it won't?

this is also a typically american response: instead of going after the demand-side, go after the supply-side. eg. in drugs, they don't want to detox their addicts, they want to burn poppy plantations in columbia. here too, instead of getting americans to drastically curtail oil use, they want to 'fix' the climate and continue to use fossil fuels merrily.

i think geoengineering is a bad idea. compare to what earlier efforts to 'fix' things have done: eg. the straightening of rivers in the florida everglades has led to environmental catastrophe, and they are now trying to reverse the damage by allowing the rivers to re-meander.

j&k is like an octopus bleeding india dry

jul 21st, 2010

latest from times of india:


In 2009-10, J&K received Rs 13,252 crore as grants from the Centre, which constitutes nearly 60% of the state's total expenditure. In fact, for the past two decades since the separatist movement spread in the Kashmir valley, the centre has been propping up the state through similar doles. In all, J&K has received grants amounting to Rs 94,409 crore between 1989-90 and 2009-10. 

For over a decade, from 1994-95 to 2005-06, the state received 10-12% of all grants disbursed by the central government to the states. In 2009-10, this proportion had dipped slightly to about 8%. This is way above J&K's share of India's population, which is a mere 1%. 

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what i wrote 10 years ago about india being a kashmiri colony (in two parts)


The astonishing fact is that, despite all the wailing and the beating of breasts, J&K is the least poor state in the country, with a rate of poverty of about 3.4 per cent, compared to 26 per cent for the country as a whole! And no prizes for guessing how it got that way: a hint, it is not because they earn lots of foreign exchange from tourism, dried fruits and nuts, and pashmina shawls.

In effect, Kashmir is extracting royal tribute from the rest of India. Strangely reminiscent of what the British did during colonial times. That is, there is massive funds flow from the Centre to J&K. Look at the magnitude of that largesse:

Fiscal YearAmount (Rs, in Crores)
1994 1,820
1995 2,635
2000 4,604
2001 4,437
CAGR 1991-200214%

Source: India Today, October 14, 2002. 'Great Sop Story,' V Shankar Aiyar. For further information, see,,

The Union government's aid to J&K has therefore far outstripped the growth in the GDP, which has averaged roughly 5% in this time frame. What does this mean? J&K gets a larger and larger share of central expenditure on states. In fact, it gets 10 percent of all central assistance and J&K has received more than any other state since 1995! Far out of proportion to its fair share, which by population should be about 1 percent: that is, J&K gets roughly ten times what it deserves.

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