Friday, August 29, 2014

Lord Ganesha and Shri Ramu

....I would really love to know from Lord Ganesha's devotees a list of what obstacles he removed in all the years they prayed to him.......All tweets I put on Ganesha....unintended by me to hurt anyone's sentiments...but if they did I sincerely apologize....
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Best wishes on Ganesha Chaturthi to all believers and fans. We have to admit, we do think of Ganesha as a cutie pie. Also he is his mama's golden boy and you know that no one crosses his mom and lives to tell about it (ask the demon Mahisha-Asura).
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Incidentally this reminds us of the Tamizh commandment: Kakaikku Than Konju Pon Konju (literally translated as my crow is a golden crow....it is the love a mother feels for her child who is not blessed with the best of appearances...)
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India is a "sinful country"

.....families came forward after the cops approached them with the information provided by Arif's father.....his idea of Islam and how the religion should be followed.....admonish those who listen to music and watch television.....frowns upon women who don't wear a veil and work with men......
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Not just Arif Fayaaz Majeed who is reportedly killed in action in Mosul, but some 19 youths have from Mumbra and Bhiwandi have joined the army of the Caliphate. Mumbra and Bhiwandi are satellite townships north-east of Mumbai, and are noted for being hot-beds for Islamists.

Thus it is likely that many more families will be devastated as their boys head off to war, lured by unscrupulous adults who use them as cannon fodder. These are all barely adults...on top of it they have been brainwashed (and the culprit must be given exemplary punishment, see below). Thus it is hard to judge them harshly.

But away from the human tragedies, this question seems to us to be of great interest and significance: why is India sinful?

Now we can think of several answers to that and they may even have a specific resonance with Indian muslims...mostly pertaining to human rights of young muslim males and the entire civilian population of Kashmir (valley).

But please note why Majeed (supposedly) considers his country to be a sinful place: The note does admonish those who listen to music and watch television. He also frowns upon women who don't wear a veil and work with men.

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False Dawn?

.....Suzuki Motor has shifted the technology transfer paradigm into reverse, importing transmission technology developed in India and installing it in the new Carry commercial vehicle in Japan......Auto Gear Shift...automated manual transmission with an electro-hydraulic actuator.....Unlike computer-assisted automatic transmissions, Suzuki's relatively low-cost technology is structurally simpler and improves fuel efficiency by around 5%......
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The Indian economy is finally showing signs of life. After such a long time in coma, it will take a considerable amount of nursing to build things back up. We are not close to any industrialists but we see mostly relief at the end of ...uncertainty. In that sense what Narendra Modi is to India, Pakistani Army is to Pakistan.  

The problem with dictatorships however is that .....in the words of one famous person....it creates a nation of cowards. The global system run by the elites would love to have countries filled with political cowards and economic consumers. The freedom to eat..but not to talk. Ask no questions and ...Jiyo Life. What is not to like?
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Egypt shows the way

....Khan is unpredictable....proudly calls his supporters junoonis -- or "crazies"....The military might enjoy the troubles Khan gives the prime minister, but it is unlikely to tie its institutional fortunes to Khan....Pakistani democracy continue to muddle along as it has in the past. Pakistan optimists will be disappointed....But things could be worse.....
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The American establishment and its paid interlocutors (not meant in a derogatory sense) have now responded to the soft coup in Pakistan. Short answer: after observing what happened in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world, the focus is back to stability over anarchy. Shorter answer: "but things could be worse."

We are not sure why the veil of modesty is required though. The whole world and his uncle knows now that Nawaz Sharif is finished. In Pakistan (just like in Egypt and in Thailand) it is clear that Army rule (the most trusted institution) is preferred over mob rule (politicians are hated for cronyism, inefficiency,...).

One of the primary reasons for Army putting down Sharif is that he wanted better relations with India (and acted on it by not meeting with Kashmiri separatists/nationalists). In this way Kashmir is shown up as the third rail of Pakistani politics, you touch it, you die. 


Soft coup-

I think the Army has emerged as the comprehensive and legitimate winner of this Pakistani imbroglio.

Democracy has been defanged until the next election but at the same time the fiction of it's legitimacy has been maintained.

Compared to the results of the Arab spring (Egypt, Libya, Syria); a stable military is very good for unsteady democracies. Kudos to GHQ for steering an optimal outcome for all parties concerned.