Monday, November 15, 2010

pax indica: rajeev DNA oped on links to southeast asia

nov 15th, 2010

http://rajeev2007.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/greater-india-the-indian-ocean-rim-is-a-natural-hinterland/


While US president Barack Obama's visit occupied the mind-space of the Indian media, it seems life did not exactly come to a halt elsewhere. Indians didn't hear much about the volcano in Indonesia that blew up, for instance, but they should pay more attention to Indonesia and its region.

Southern Java's Yogyakarata, the old cultural capital of Indonesia, is close to the remarkable monuments at Borobudur and Prambanan. Yogya has an ominous presence in the background — just 30km away lies the dangerous Mount Merapi ('meru' + 'api' = mount of fire).

Indeed, Merapi's most recent eruptions in late October and early November created a death toll of several hundred people, some buried in fine volcanic ash — with scenes reminiscent of Pompeii — and others killed by fast-moving pyroclastic flows. They had to shut down the airports in Yogya and nearby Solo.While US president Barack Obama's visit occupied the mind-space of the Indian media, it seems life did not exactly come to a halt elsewhere. Indians didn't hear much about the volcano in Indonesia that blew up, for instance, but they should pay more attention to Indonesia and its region.

Southern Java's Yogyakarata, the old cultural capital of Indonesia, is close to the remarkable monuments at Borobudur and Prambanan. Yogya has an ominous presence in the background — just 30km away lies the dangerous Mount Merapi ('meru' + 'api' = mount of fire).

Indeed, Merapi's most recent eruptions in late October and early November created a death toll of several hundred people, some buried in fine volcanic ash — with scenes reminiscent of Pompeii — and others killed by fast-moving pyroclastic flows. They had to shut down the airports in Yogya and nearby Solo.

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