Friday, August 1, 2014

Secularism (no exceptions)

Indian secularists supposedly have a soft spot for muslims (which is very nice), while ignoring other minorities such as Sikhs (not nice). Thus we have honest liberals like Mukul Kesavan (reluctantly) creating excuses for the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom (as opposed to the 2002 anti-muslim one). MK correctly concludes that Congress kills because of opportunity while BJP kills because of ideology.

Saharanpur is where three Sikhs (officially) have been killed by a muslim mob (led by an ex-Congressman) and the predictable Twitter wars have been launched.
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When people are murdered do they really feel better that they are being killed on account of ideology or because of opportunity? How about the claims for justice, in which case are they more (or less) valid? Is it really true that the appointment of Man Mohan Singh as Prime Minister (who then issued a mealy-mouthed apology) is all that is required to wash away the blood-stains?
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The Indo-Europeans (Jats, Ezhavas)

....British Europeans....far more pure and genuine Aryans than the Hindus....A.C.L. Carleyle, Archaeological Survey of India.....Ezhavas are brown Caucasians......Jat Sikhs are a lot fairer......only thing they have in common is a martial tradition.....study asserting that the two communities – that have never mixed and live thousands of miles away – are close genetically......
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India is full of interesting people and Jats are of special interest now that we have a Jat as a Chief of Army Staff (COAS). What came as a shock (to us) is the commonality between Kerala Ezhavas (the dominant shudra community) and Punjabi Jat Sikhs (the dominant shudra community).
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(Lt) General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Jat but not Sikh), the 26th COAS who took over from General Bikram Singh (Sikh, most likely Jat), has an astonishing life-story (see below), rising from a humble farm-hand background to be the highest ranked officer of the land, via the Gurkha regiment.

Our best wishes to General Singh and our hope is that we can maintain a "cold peace" in the sub-continent and that our civilian leaders will guide us accordingly.
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DNA samples taken from thousands of Indians have been compared with population groups from other parts of the world, particularly Europe and Central Asia.

The latest one is from Kerala, which is my home state on India’s south-western coast. According to the study, two entirely different castes – Ezhava, also known as Thiyya in northern Kerala, and Jat Sikh of Punjab – show remarkable genetic similarity.


Save Gaza is lovely....but not enough

“Sisi is worse than Netanyahu, Egyptians are conspiring against us more than the Jews” .... “They finished the Brotherhood in Egypt, now they are going after Hamas” ...“There is clearly a convergence of interests of these regimes with Israel” ...the Egyptian fight against political Islam and the Israeli struggle against Palestinian militants were nearly identical....“Whose proxy war is it?”.....
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Brit-Pak cricketer Moeen Ali who helped England crush India in the third Test match with a six-wicket haul was reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for wearing a wrist-band in support of the people of Gaza. Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang has also been threatened with a ban by Commonwealth Games officials in Glasgow, Scotland.
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The Hindu-Brotherhood is supposedly in favor of a "robust response" from Israel - enemies of Islam/Muslims worldwide, unite!!! Israelis are asking (and inviting Indian solidarity) what would happen if thousands of rockets were launched from Pak-administered Kashmir on Indian civilians?

That question has been answered before, not once, but many times and was crystal clear in India's response to 26/11 attack on Mumbai. Not even a finger was lifted in anger. Hafiz Saeed is happily surviving with a 10 mil dollar bounty on his person.

There are two important lessons here which point to a single conclusion. 
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Shah-Jahan-Abad rises from the ashes

...the victory of the British East India Company signaled the end of Purani Dilli.....For over 200 years the Red Fort and neighbouring areas housed both Mughal nobility and ordinary citizens.....The capture of Delhi in 1858 led to Shahjahanabad being changed forever.....city was torn apart by the British....Muslims were hounded out....their properties looted and destroyed.....
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From the (mythical???) all-glass capital of Indraprastha (Pandavas, Mahabharata) to the modern times and modern-day New Delhi, the valley marked by the Yamuna river to the east and the Aravalli hills to the West and South-West has been privileged as the seat of political power in India.

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Take any train that terminates in the old (original) Delhi station (for example, Mussorie Express from the eponymous Hill Station) and at journey's end you cross the river and trundle past the magnificent Red Fort. You will not easily forget the experience (we promise).
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nirvana: Viagra, plus a glass of bubbly

 ....traditional herbs...huge industry worth Rs 9,000 crore..Naxal- ridden district of Bastar in Chhattisgarh.....champagne and a local form of Viagra....after you eat it for three or four months, that your wrinkles have lifted.....Tribals have lived longer and better ....using the abundant herbs and roots to stay vital and virile......
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Here is (hopefully) a bright idea. Grant safe passage and visiting fellowships to Maoists crouching in the jungles of Bastar (and other parts of central India) to travel to China and see first-hand how/why it is "glorious to be rich." 

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Cheap talk you say. How will the poor tribals ever hope to get rich. Here is another bright idea- by selling herbal Viagra to the Chinese!!!

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In turn, the Maoists can persuade the Chinese to not destroy all the tigers and rhinos and other wildlife in the search for the perfect penile care solution. What a win-win-win situation will that be.