Indian History Happens Elsewhere | By Amitava KumarConcerning the trial of Tahawwur Rana at a federal court in Chicago
'The arrival of immigrants like myself here in the US doesn’t mean that we are the only ones acquiring new knowledge or identities. While writing my last book, I went to the offices of the US attorneys who had prosecuted a Pakistani man for supporting terrorism inside Indian Punjab. Near the desk of the Assistant US Attorney, Kelly Currie, was a picture of his office-mates in the Golden Temple in Amritsar. In the photograph, the Americans were sitting in the langar with their heads covered in the traditional Sikh manner'
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J. Jayalalithaa and Sasikala: The Big Break-Up | By Nandini Krishnan
'In most photographs and videos of Jayalalithaa, a dour-faced woman wearing an expression not unlike that of an anxious grandmother watching a toddler bumble about the garden, can be spotted somewhere in the frame. She is Sasikala Natarajan, the close aide and best friend of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Some believe she’s also the CM’s puppet master. Often seen whispering furtively to Jayalalithaa, occasionally caught smiling, and never interviewed, the wary-looking Sasikala was her most – perhaps her only – trusted lieutenant. On 19 December, 2011, a terse statement was issued from the office of Jayalalithaa. She had expelled Sasikala and 11 of her relatives from the AIADMK party “with immediate effect”...' (The India Site)Part I of Krishna Kavita Kasturi's account of teaching Indian languages and culture to American diplomats
Everybody asks me how I landed my job. That is because, in the National Capital Region of Washington DC, I get to speak my mother tongue, wear my native attire and am paid to wax forth on my motherland & its shenanigans for five days a week (Telugu, sari, India).
Patrick French talking about India: A Portrait
The FountainheadA review of Orientalist Jones | By Keerthik Sasidharan
'In this handsomely produced biography, Michael J. Franklin eschews the low hanging fruit of easy moralizing on the early and rapacious days of the East India Company. Instead, he aims for something higher but more difficult to achieve: to narrate the man into existence. He patiently uncovers Sir William Jones’s early years as a fatherless child, a precocious teenager, an ambitious young man, and an imaginative translator of Persian, and then slowly brings him to the shores of India where his life’s works would emerge.'
Does God Have A Caste?...asks Meena Kandasamy
'What was our crime? We had portrayed two Tamil folk deities, Ponnar and Sankar, as “Dalit brothers.” A non-Indian parallel might illustrate this story better: An African-American leader says Jesus Christ was Black, and a White man takes him to court for causing communal disharmony. Would we not readily label the White man a racist and a supremacist?'Part II of KK Kasturi's story
No, we don’t ask if a woman is pregnant unless it is obviously evident that she is, although we are an extremely nosy kind of people otherwise. No, we don’t ever divide the bill/check at the restaurant under the waiter’s nose as he watches, smirking at your tight-fistedness. Oh! Please remember to always share whatever you eat, will you? But not if you have already tasted it: that would be inappropriate … But (is now a good time to talk about caste?) No, we don’t really understand what you mean by “space”, physical or mental. Emotional space? Ayiyyo! who wants THAT? Is it why Americans have so many psychological issues?A Wicked Leak: Stratfor, Dow Chemicals, and India | By Ulrik McKnight
'Union Carbide India Limited’s 1984 Bhopal pesticide plant leak is one of the worst industrial accidents in history, killing 4,000 people overnight and leaving 500,000 severely ill. The accident site has still not been cleaned up, victims continue to die in many thousands, and to suffer in hundreds of thousands ... The Stratfor materials reveal that over an extended period of time, Dow has employed Stratfor to produce intelligence reports on Bhopal activists. This was not a one off piece of analysis, but an ongoing, multi-year, and presumably very expensive campaign.'
Vishal Come Home | By Sonia FaleiroThe story of a missing boy
‘We worked hard,’ said Vishal. ‘We swept train carriages, we scavenged for empty bottles we sold to the kabaddiwala ... Who notices small boys? People thought we were beggars.’ Each boy carried one steel tiffin box of the sort children take to school packed with sabzi-parantha lunches. Except that each of the tiffin boxes was packed with heroin. Afterwards they hopped a train back to Jodhpur.
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Monthly Archives: October 2012
The 1962 India-China war, and the tactics of the two governments: “The Chinese would always dress smartly, and they would never ask the locals to work as porters, something that the Indian Army of that time regarded as a natural privilege. Although most of the Chinese soldiers were very young, not a single case was recounted of misbehaviour with Monpa women. Anything taken from the locals was scrupulously paid for. But while generating respect, the PLA failed to generate trust”
The Anniversary: “All I want to do is change the name of the avenue in central New Delhi named after Krishna Menon, the man primarily responsible for not just the humiliation of 1962 but also the loss of so many lives. A political system that still names avenues after an obstinate, autocratic disaster like him … needs to introspect and correct its view of history. Or somebody pick up that sand-blaster and spray paint and rename it after Major Shaitan Singh or 13 Kumaon”
Where do India’s super-rich get their money? | “India is now an outlier with respect to the size of billionaire wealth relative to the size of her economy, especially for a relatively poor country. We present here some of the facts on India’s billionaire wealth, over time and in the international context”
Goodbye to Yash Chopra | “King of romance, master of the emotion-laden weepie and lover of beautiful people and beautiful locations are some of the terms being showered on Yash Chopra, who died on Sunday. He was all that and more. In his own way, while confecting all those fragrant and chocolatey films set in lovely hill stations and eventually in Switzerland, he also chronicled the lives of the Punjabi refugees who came to India after Partition virtually penniless and became hugely successful”
Pistol, cutter, Kali Cook, Mummyiji’s No 1, baby liter, royal cat, Tribles | “The designs, which advertise everything from guns to violins and inhabit the curious space between culture and commerce, do more than brand the product — with their animated, loud identity, they demand attention as standalone objects of fixation, almost fetishistic in their seductive boldness”
In the light of an IAS officer’s transfer for probing a land scam, Mani and Iyer investigate the data across India: “An officer who belongs to the same caste as the Chief Minister’s party caste base increases his or her probability of obtaining an important post by 7%”
New rape theory from Haryana khap panchayat: blame the chowmein | ‘”To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts,” said Jitender Chhatar, a resident of Jind’s Chhatar village and thua khap panchayat leader’
Is TB returning with a vengeance? | ‘Many medical experts, including Zarir Udwadia, argue that the widening spiral of drug-resistance is a stark indication that the procedures already in place are not sufficient to prevent the emergence of deadly new forms of TB or treat those patients suffering from drug-resistant strains—and that the rigidities of these existing programmes, and inefficiencies in their implementation, may in fact be a major cause of worsening drug-resistance’
‘Nehru gets his acolytes – “bring me a map! What should be our territory?” So they look at the books and they see what they would like, and they pick something far more extreme than the British have ever suggested to China and they say “Panditji, that’s where India’s International boundary lies…”’ Continue reading
New claim that Pakistani intelligence sends terrorists to train in Saudi | “Shifting them (the terror operatives) to Saudi Arabia helps the ISI maintain deniability. They carry Pakistani passports so they can easily visit Pakistan for training whenever required,” former IB chief Ajit Doval said