Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Xinjiang in the news (again)

The night (and also day) of the long knives.

We have to say this about Islamists, they have absolutely no fear. 
Right now they are up against two of  the fiercest (ideological) adversaries: Israel and the Chicoms. But they are fighting an excellent asymmetric war with all the tools at their disposal.

The global public opinion is weak (yet) but strongly in favor, just because the Palestinians and the Uighurs are so hopelessly out-matched and out-gunned. Everybody loves an under-dog.

Modern technology is also helping. When Israel killed four boys on the beach the cameras were watching. For all their famed efficiency, the Chicoms are unable to shut off and choke off Xinjiang. In the old days they would have simply packed off 15-20 mil people to the Gulags, and got rid of a few million young men altogether. But now it is not so easy. Thank heavens for small mercies.

Make no mistake, this is a real war that is going on. And one that will not quietly burn off.
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Dozens of people were killed and injured in a “terrorist attack” in China's far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, state media reported Tuesday.
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Aakar Patel: Kabaddi made esay

.....no shortage of Punjabis who are 6'3" and 100 kg and can crawl 20 metres....this height-weight thing has to do with some optimum kabaddi size....A centre of gravity issue, a strength versus agility thing....... All the players are medium-build and stocky....this body type makes it easy for the South to participate......
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Aakar Bhai has (momentarily we hope) switched off the political channel and activated the sports channel. And what an exciting game it is: Professional Kabaddi. There is even a Pakistani pro-k team that is expected to participate.

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A few fun facts....the game did NOT originate in China. Instead it is the Dravida civilization that gets the credit. Also it is the national sports of Bangladesh where it is known as hadudu (we suspect cricket is more popular).
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The Great Sindhi Exodus (Nakba??)

......When I rose to touch his feet and take his leave, he clapped me firmly on my back. This clap on the back used to be his blessing.....‘Now you go and evacuate people from Sindh. You leave only after evacuating everyone else. Make sure you don’t leave before that.....I saw what appeared to have been flourishing townlets before, complete with houses, temples, fields, now entirely deserted, the whole of the population – evidently all Hindu – gone to the last man.’.....
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We mean Sindhi Hindus of course, driven out by the irreversible logic of the two nation theory. 
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If it is any solace, in two generations time-span they have occupied the first row of Indian business, politics, art....one giant Sindustrialist called* the late, lamented C-Sarkar as "apni dukan." Also the fact that BJP has conquered Delhi today is because of the effort of these four (horse) men: AB Vajpayee, LK Advani, MM Bhagwat, and ND Modi. Such a transformation from rags to riches is nothing short of astonishing.
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"Crossing the river by feeling the stones"

.....what Zia claimed to base his economic policies was ‘social justice’....involve economic growth.....stable prices and macroeconomic stability.....safety nets such as food vouchers for the needy....programmes for human development....development of the marginalised sections.....Social justice, I would contend, is what Sen says Bangladesh is better at than India......
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Blogger-badshah and king of economists Jyoti Rahman makes the (convincing) case that Ziaur Rahman is the true father of modern-day Bangladesh, whose efforts have directly contributed to the (relatively) advanced social parameters as well a number of foreign policy achievements.  

Indeed JR goes so far as to state that Bangladesh can be an inspiration to all the struggling Arab countries/people.
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Paraphrasing JR, while ZA Bhutto promised Islamic socialism in Pakistan, Ziaur Rahman actually implemented the same in Bangladesh; Sheikh Hasina (current PM) is now promising Islamic secularism. Perhaps Imran Khan will be better inspired by looking east instead of west.
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