How Angana Chatterji Assists Islamic & Communist Terrorism: Part 1

I first heard about Angana Chatterji in connection with the Narendra Modi U.S Visa denial episode.  That was some six years ago at which time her name was one among the numerous folks who had ruthlessly worked behind the scenes to make sure that the US didn’t give Modi the visa.

About a month ago, I saw this news report in Rediff, which said that she and Richard Shapiro, her long-time live-in partner (husband?) were suspended from work based allegedly on the complaints of some students. The same Rediff report also says that a huge section of the student community at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, where she was working as Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, was up in arms against the CIIS administration demanding that they reinstate the two professor-duo. In an age where universities have morphed into tiny battlefields where coaching is imparted primarily in politicking, I regarded this episode with a cynical sigh until I caught these two bits in that news item:

There are also rumours doing the rounds that Shapiro and Chatterji could have been suspended for their work on Kashmir. However, there is no confirmation on the same. […] According to student leaders, there’s a gag order issued on the professors on speaking about the suspension. However, Martin denied any gag order.

Then I decided to investigate deeper. Here’s what I found.

Introducing a Motivated Marxist Academic

Angana Chatterji is variously known as an anthropologist, feminist historian, social activist,  anti-communalist, fighter against “Hindu nationalism,” and more prominently, a strong voice against the so-called atrocities perpetrated by the Indian armed forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.

In reality, she’s just two things: a highly-dedicated Communist who’s been milking America for about two decades by entrenching herself in its academic system and who is a willing pawn of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The former credential firmly places her in the category of an in-house enemy of USA because she uses the country’s resources to work indirectly for Pakistan, a nation whose army and the selfsame ISI are covertly working to destroy America in the garb of being its friend and ally. It’s now public knowledge that elements of the ISI were instrumental in lending covert and overt support to Osama Bin Laden, the architect of 9/11. The latter credential is simply a corollary of the former—indeed the world over, Communists are the closest friends of Islamic terrorism because both these ideologies hate freedom of any sort—but in addition to damaging US interests, is aimed at wrecking the political stability of India.

Angana Chatterji’s copious writings are proof enough of how she has systematically gone about her tasks. Her activism, statements, and articles rest on fabricating facts and concocting figures in service of her ideology. The same more or less applies to her life partner and colleague, Richard Shapiro.

Helping Islamic Terrorist Causes under a Communist Banner

To fully appreciate the extent of her unswerving commitment to Communism—including a no-qualms based approach to attaining her “goals”—it’s essential to quickly look at the kinds of organizations, people, and causes she supports.

Leading Luminary of FOIL

Apart from her fulltime job as Professor (in fact, a prominent online petition has questioned not just her role in FOIL but her integrity as a scholar), Angana Chatterji is one of the leading lights of the radical Leftist outfit called Forum of Indian Leftists (FOIL), which lends support to violent and banned organizations that regularly carry out guerilla wars against the Indian state. FOIL has been highly controversial ever since its inception. For a detailed account, see this chapter in NGOs Activists and Foreign Funds, a seminal volume that has found a place in the Indian Parliament’s library. .

The Star of FOSA

Far more dangerous than FOIL is Friends of South Asia (FOSA)—an offshoot/offspring/sibling of FOIL—with which Angana has been associated from the beginning. Very briefly, FOSA is a

combination of FOIL and the Pakistan-American Association, with very apparent sponsorship from the Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence, per the Pakistani media [5]. Led by Gera, Ra(h)man, Vinay Lal, Mainland Chinese CIIS graduate student(s) working for Chatterji , and several Pakistanis. FOSA with the Pakistan American Association (PAA) are the worthies seen on San Francisco streets holding signs saying :

Sometime in April-May 2005, FOSA, which had gotten sponsorship from the Pakistan American Alliance (PAA), took out a public demonstration jointly in San Francisco. One of the “highlights” of that demonstration includes a prominent placard that proclaimed  “ALLAH WILL DESTROY THE TERRORIST STATE OF INDIA."


(Original Picture here:

When outrage ensued at this appalling, open call for destruction, FOSA resorted to blatant cover-up by removing all references to PAA from its website. The complete account of FOSA’s chicanery in this connection is available in these documents: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |
Indeed, all prominent events that FOSA has held under its banner has a distinct tinge of anti-America, anti-India and pro-Pakistan and/or pro-Islamism written all over. And Angana Chatterji is at the forefront of almost all these events. An illustrative example is the “SELF DETERMINATION IN SOUTH ASIA: South Asia’s Struggle against US-led Imperialism” panel discussion

…featuring Vijay Prashad, Angana Chatterji, Abdul Nayyar, and Snehal Shingavi…The political and ideological agenda of this meeting is blatantly clear not only from the lineup of speakers but also by the discussion’s focus…the panelist[s] discussed:

The people’s struggle against pro-imperialist Indian elites; the implications of the latest nuclear arms trade agreement between India and the US on the people of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the rest of South Asia, especially women; the role of South Asia in US imperialist ambitions; the other opportunities this presents to build Indian communism and fight the agenda of the global ruling class…

Thus, Indians are labeled as pro-imperialists serving their US masters and the Kashmiri, Maoist and Naxal terrorist activities are labeled as ‘the people’s struggles’.  Similarly, according to the discussion, one is led to believe that the ‘imperialist oppression’ of India and US presents an excellent opportunity for Communism to ‘save the people’ from their horrors.

This leaves no room for doubt that FOSA and its members advocate separatism with respect to both the US and India: separatism aimed at establishing Communist rule in both these nations through violent means if necessary. The history of massacres perpetrated by the Naxals/Maoists in India makes for painful reading. This excellent website contains comprehensive and up-to-date resources about Maoist terror in India. However, the perverse worldview of Angana Chatterji discerns such naked terrorism as “people’s struggles.”

Showing Solidarity with FeTNA

Angana’s association with sympathizers, advocates, and supporters of violence and terror is as wide as it is far-reaching. Federation of Tamil Sangams in North America (FeTNA) is just another outfit in her long list of terror-friendly associations. FeTNA is a front of the now-decimated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE),  an outfit that finds a place in the U.S. State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Angana’s association with FeTNA is primarily in connection with the California Textbook Controversy where she wrote a letter, under FOSA’s banner, to the California State Education Board expressing solidarity with FeTNA, which opposed the proposed textbook revision on grounds rooted in Tamil chauvinism—the same chauvinism that led to the decades-long LTTE-perpetrated bloody civil strife in Sri Lanka. What’s interesting is that one fine morning, FeTNA’s ex-director Nachimuthu Socrates found himself in the arms of the FBI. Some excerpts from the US Department of Justice:

…NACHIMUTHU SOCRATES, a LTTE supporter in North America, and other defendants attempted and conspired to bribe purported U.S. State Department officials to remove the LTTE from the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization list. Beginning in 2004 and continuing over a period of several months, the defendants met with a confidential informant (CI-1), who was operating under law enforcement supervision, and two purported State Department officials, identified in the complaint as UC-1 and UC-2, and discussed the financial terms of the bribe, including a $1 million up-front payment.. During some of these meetings,… SOCRATES also discussed the sale of classified United States intelligence information to the LTTE. The complaint alleges that SOCRATES made interim bribery payments to the CI to give to UC-1.

And that wasn’t all. The US government investigation also revealed that Nachimuthu & co were also planning to procure surface-to-air missiles to use in their “liberation war” against the Sri Lankan state. Angana Chatterji clearly has some charming associates.

However, her role as a dangerous subversionist and an in-house enemy of any free and democratic country she inhabits becomes clearer when we examine her record on Kashmir. The Kashmir issue constitutes a major chunk of the total corpus of her speeches, writings, and activism. That’s the subject of the next and concluding part.

43 comments for “How Angana Chatterji Assists Islamic & Communist Terrorism: Part 1

  1. March 30, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    @ Dr. Anil K. Sarkar. Why don’t you post your thoughts here to enlighten everybody. People like her are difficult clans to try to persuade. Let everybody know truth about her background, more so when she has resorted to such dangerous activities of anti-Hindu needless bias. Unfortunate.

  2. nitha
    December 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, sustaining a unanimous 3-0 vote by its own Faculty Hearing Board, has fired social and cultural anthropology department professors Angana Chatterji and Richard Shapiro.
    “lack of timely and thorough faculty evaluations or written work of students; lack of orderly administration or comprehensive examinations; grading activities outside of institute policies; differential treatment of students without apparent or recorded basis; and failure to respond to student complaints.”
    Sufficient cause to get fired.

  3. Jooske
    February 15, 2012 at 5:20 PM


    This is the modern age with modern media.

    The world is changing faster then anyone would have thought.( say in the last 50 years)

    The assault is relentless on people who are disorganised,demoralised,and weak.

    The key is using education and technology to attack and defend.

    Bit like what Sandeep is doing.

  4. Sameer Atreya
    February 8, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Hinduism has survived Ghaznis, Ghoris, Aurangazebs and a thousand other plunderers. Vinay Lal, Angana Chatterji and Kancha Ilaiah are scum and will go into the sewage gutters of history.

  5. Anirban
    December 25, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    i never frequent blogs per se. Reading your article has been a revelation. I was of the opinion that blogs are the province of social butterflies of all ages. I was dreadfully wrong. Thank you.
    I was born a hindu; a brahmin. I chose to be a buddhist, for some personal reasons. And i am left leaning by nature. I must assure you here, that not all leftists are India haters. I love my country, and am willing to go to any lengths to protect her diverse polity. Though i must accept, most of the so called commies today behave like they were born here by mistake.
    Please continue with your excellent work.
    Thanx again.

  6. Abhishek Singh
    December 19, 2011 at 3:10 AM

    Sandeep Sir, you are a fine writer… keep on writing. I read about this article in TOI. Let more people know about this. Thank you

  7. December 17, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Dr. Angana Chatterjee, born in a Brahmin family of Calcutta, has been totally misinformed and misguided.
    She is younger than my daughter, who is also Ph.D. and a professor, so I would like to give Angana the necessary education, she could not have. I know her problems. But I need her mailing address, which I could not find anywhere. Can you kindly give that to me? Thank you.
    Dr. Anil K. Sarkar.
    Dec 17.2011

    • Bisnu Tikader , Bangshinagar, Bagula
      May 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      you are absolutely right and for anjana you will be the best man to give her necessary education. She is born and brought up in a brahmin family who is not displaced /migrated from east pakistan/ bangladesh. Anjana does not know how cruel the muslims are in bangladesh , just before recent election thousands of hindus left their home. They do not follow Islam or abide by the ethics of Quran/Koran.

  8. bbc
    November 18, 2011 at 7:18 AM
  9. Amit
    November 18, 2011 at 3:13 AM

    Since Vinay-Tima-Loneranger-Bhavna quoted only point 6 from my comments (and the rebuttal was pretty illogical), I take it that he/she/it completely agrees with my other points, that show the similarity between the two religions – religion of peace (Islam) and religion of equality (Marxism/Communism) – and why leftists/Marxists sport such a raging hard-on for religion of peace and ally with it. 😀

  10. Amit
    November 18, 2011 at 3:04 AM

    Thanks, Gopal and bbc, for your comments. Are Vinay’s comments really reflective of the leftist thinking in India? Seems like they’ve really atrocious and poor skills in logic, reading comprehension and in having a debate – and can’t think beyond the simplistic “Hinduism is bad” dogma. No wonder their religion is on the way out all across the globe, irrespective of what Papa Marx preached.

  11. bbc
    November 18, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    10 commandments:

    No.3 : Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    Clearly none of the verses you quoted comes even close as an equivalent. This commandment has caused enough destruction in this world – killing of harmless pagans, destruction of other cultures and traditions. Go read about the Goan Inquisition which killed even Indian Christians who did not speak english.

  12. Gopal
    November 18, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    oh vinay boy it seems like you are enjoying the LOLs. Why try so hard when it is clearly know that it is behind your grasping power.

    “Now if there hadn’t been the disclaimer that it was the Bhagavad Gita I’d have thought that it was the “Abrahamic God’ describing himself/herself/itself to a “chosen one” like Moses”

    Yes, except that Krishna didn’t ask Arjuna to go back to his flocks and lead them to his promised kingdom, nor did he ask him to convert all pagans to be his follower by hook or crook.

    Yes, except that Krishna didn’t tell Arjuna that he is the only chosen prophet until the day of dissolution and didn’t ask him to kill and maim all non believers. Least of all he didn’t tell Arjuna that he has the right to screw 6 yr olds.

    Now that you want to quote, can you give us your esteemed opinion on the few verses quoted below from qurand

    ” … a believing woman if she gives herself unto
    the prophet and the Prophet desires to take her
    in marriage – a privilege for thee only
    (Muhammad) not for the (rest of) believers.”
    (The Clans, XXXIII – 50)

    ” … marry such women
    as seem good to you two, three, four;
    but if you fear you will not be equitable,
    then only one, or what your right hand owns;
    so it is likelier you will not be partial.”
    (Women, IV: 3)

    “Thou canst suspend whom thou wilt of them and
    receive unto thee whom thou wilt, and whomsoever
    thou desirest of those whom thou hast set aside. It is
    no sin for thee …”
    (The Confederates, XXXIII: 51 )

  13. Vinay
    November 17, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    1. psecular says: So like in quantum physics if you are an anti-hindu then in post-1947 (time) and modern independent India/pakistan (state) you can be treated as a commie atheist, race supremacist, ghandy fan boy, rabid mullah and pedophile bible thumper all at the same time.
    Thats eight avatars you have given me. That almost puts me in the class of Vishnu if I’m not mistaken. And my my my, you are actually calling this blog a bordello/casino/whore den/tavern etc. Good at least you have an accurate opinion of this blog unlike your colleagues who are still trying to close the circle of sin.
    Speaking of gambling though, when was the last time you heard someone gambled away his brothers and his wife as if they were his property. And as for living of public money well I’m no God and no ruler has yet made me the owner of his kingdom and all the wealth in it. And just like in quantum physics which predicts that light can move as both wave and particle in an indeterminate way, Jesus can be called a student of the Kashmiri Shaivas in one breath and in the next his followers can be put to the torch for following the teachings of the Shaivas. LOL
    Hopefully in your reply to this please set out the criteria for being pro-hindu, something you missed in your earlier reply to me. That way I’d know the standards to which I’m being judged on this blog given the fact that you actually invoked quantum physics no less to apart from the panchatantra to try prove your point.LOL
    If only those physicists and the Bodhisattvas could see the multifarious ways in which their science and stories are being put to use in the defense of “Hinduism”. LOL

  14. Vinay
    November 17, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    1. Amit says:
    November 5, 2011 at 10:16 PM
    I’ll add one more:
    6. Both ideologies have the concept of utopia/”Thy Kingdom Come” when the struggle has ended and everyone is united under one idea, one “god.”
    Bhagavad Gita 18.55
    One can understand Me as I am, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of Me by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God.

    Bhagavad Gita 18.56
    Though engaged in all kinds of activities, My pure devotee, under My protection, reaches the eternal and imperishable abode by My grace.

    Bhagavad Gita 9.23
    Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship only Me, O son of Kunt?, but they do so in a wrong way.
    Bhagavad Gita 7.6
    I am the origin and dissolution of the whole world.
    Bhagavad Gita 7.7
    There is nothing higher than me Dhananjaya ! The entire world is strung on me like pearls on a string
    Now if there hadn’t been the disclaimer that it was the Bhagavad Gita I’d have thought that it was the “Abrahamic God’ describing himself/herself/itself to a “chosen one” like Moses. LOL

  15. ava
    November 16, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    It is a shame because India does produce good works in regional languages, much of this is lost owing to lack of translated works, and the fact that regional languages are many. And even translations fail to capture the literary merits although they do capture the main idea.
    Also, as we all know, there are no liberal arts institutions of repute in India, and the ones that do exist are all politically tilted. You also have the lack of availability of good scholarly books due to lack of decent libraries, so Indian students are not only ignorant of their own history by the time they pass High School apart from the the “official version” that is taught to them unless they are lucky to be brought up in a home that values this kind of education. Their knowledge of Western society is limited to the history of colonialism and so on, the West is not studied in India in a deeper way from an Indian perspective, you see very little exposure to ancient Greek philosophy, the Greek classics and so on. People like Coomaraswamy were fortunate to be able to understand the Greeks and Indic civilization, and he offers an amazing perspective on how the philosophy of the Greeks is not at all in conflict with Indic philosophy….Westerners at least have the opportunity to study Indic civilization, having tools and libraries at their disposal, and also the leisure to do so. Life in India is competitive and exhausted in providing for daily needs, so there is little leisure to develop the mind outside of the university, by the time one passes all the gruelling exams to get into tech schools to earn a living, one is burned out, and then there is the gruelling competition arising from overpopulation to find a job and so on and survive…
    Of course the state of lndian liberal arts studies is the work of Nehru who only focused on elite technical schools and ignored mass education. Little seems to have changed and the government schools are clearly a failutre, India does not even have enough universities for its students….One just hopes that if economic conditions improves, then people will have more time and leisure (the Greek word for school meaning leisure) for an interest in their past, apart from what they learn at home, which considering nothing is taught at schools, is a certainly a great deal and has preserved the culture that Indians do still possess and retain…….
    But the internet I think is going to do a lot in terms of making books available for people and it already has, there are many online libraries now, there is a lot of talent in India, most is it gets wasted due to lack of exposure and opportunity…

  16. marko van busten
    November 16, 2011 at 9:01 PM


    Its not Wink that i was worried about but the students. The only silver lining is that the 100-level course on South asia(which i am assuming would attract the most number of students) is being taught by him.

    “They have to begin writing superior books to get their point of view across.”

    I think one of the reasons why guys like r guha and pankaj mishra survive is because they write half decent english prose.Now take a guy like Tarun vijay for example. His writing in hindi i am sure must be pretty good.But every time he writes in english he truly embarrasses himself.Why can’t he get a transaltor??Some people might say that one should worry more about the substance than style but i am sure one of the reasons they come to sandeep’s blog is because he writes well!

    “I highly recommend his series Al Hind, The Making of the Indo Islamic World…”

    I would love to read the series.But unlike historians like thapar who enjoy the patronage of the big publishers, and whose books are available in paperbacks almost everywhere, I find that the Al-hind series would cost my pocket dear. Anyways i’ll try and buy or borrow one of his books as soon as i can.

  17. Vinay
    November 16, 2011 at 8:18 PM


    but why are all the people on this blog “furiosly gyrating their hips” to get america on their side ? isn’t America a christian majority country where over 40% believe that mankind was plonked on mother earth in it’s present form ??

  18. ava
    November 16, 2011 at 6:50 PM


    You mentioned the distortion of Savarkar on CNBC the other day. I was reading Freedom at Midnight the other day, and even a fine writer like Dominique LaPierre presents Gandhi as all Saint and Savarkar as a fanatic. Most of LaPeirre’s sources came from British police records, obviously the British would hate Savarkar as he advocated violent overthrow of them as opposed to Gandhi who they thought they could shape and mould which is why they tolerated him as opposed to people like Savarkar, as non violence for the British, as George Orwell put it “meant preventing any effective action whatever”….Now Hindus cannot expect accounts written by others to be from their perspective, Savarkar was clearly no fanatic in that meaning of the term…..They have to begin writing superior books to get their point of view across. One such balanced book was written by the gentle aristocrat Manohar Mangonkar “The men who killed Gandhi.” Unfortunately, we have a shortage of such writers as well in the days of Ramchandra Guha and Pankaj Mishras! Malgonkar’s other books such as Bend in The Ganges are worth reading as well, he is a fine writer…..


  19. ava
    November 16, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Hi Marko,
    Andre Wink himself I find is a balanced historian with integrity writing on India, and unlike some other academics does not get involved in petty politics. His focus is on the period of Islamic conquests in India. He is not an expert on Indic languages, but he writes with integrity, you have to read his books to get a sense of this historian. Of course, one will not agree with everything he writes, but he does have the integrity to write based on sources, also his history books contain a great bibliography for reference….the books I read written by him were highly informative. I highly recommend his series Al Hind, The Making of the Indo Islamic World. One of the volumes even has a cool perspective on the Indian Marxist distortion of history, all written dispassionately and with no interest in presenting a political ideology. Wink is a
    genuine scholar far superior to the likes of Romila Thapar and such who get awards; scholarship is degraded in our times.
    As to departmental politics, I am sure a person of Wink’s calibre is not into it and just writes his books…one has to judge a man from his works. People rewriting rehashed stuff of old scholars with more footnotes than actual writing with insight get called Indologists, Wink presents an original perspective,
    now you will not agree with everything he writes, but learn you will…..which is the point of reading history…

  20. November 16, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    A very well researched article. Great job.

  21. marko van busten
    November 14, 2011 at 7:13 PM


    You had mentioned Andre Wink’s works on the early Islamic invasions of India many times and out of curiousity I had googled him and the search results then lead me to his webpage on the UWISMAD history department website. I made the mistake of then assuming that students at at least one institution in America would could possibly get exposed to a more balanced version of India History. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but as it turns out the other person on their history faculty specializing in south asia is the daughter of self proclaimed ‘secular fundamentalist'(i think that was the title of one of his books) and lachrymosically disposed gandhi sychphant(remember his theatrical performance the day sonia refused to become PM) M S Aiyar. And her BA is from St.Stephens!

  22. Gopal
    November 8, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    To All,
    Before replying to tima (she/he/?)- a hardcore mulla and vinay (with the missing lal) – a hardcore commie, consider if your time is worth it? You can never manage to get your arguments passed across their thick skull. All they do is run in circles wasting everyone’s time. Many of us (if not all) come here to hear views of other Hindus on important issues related to India and Hinduism. But these pathetic creatures with misleading names intentionally digress from the discussion by asking unrelated counter questions.
    After all what valuable contributions can a hardcore commie and a hardcore mulla give, in a discussion on Hinduism and India?

  23. Mohan
    November 8, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Is there a plan to counter such propoganda effectively and in a systematic manner ? Angana is just one example of the many who are working overtime to undermine the concept of India. Who is taking up the challenge to protect it ? Not the goverment for sure. The RSS has been maligned so badly that the average person is unwilling to associate with it. Patriots are termed “facists / fundamentalist”. Being the “citizen of the world” has become the new craze, for whatever that may mean. Cry my beloved nation, cry…

  24. vv
    November 6, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Sandeep, you are back to your acerbic nature…. wondering what happened to you.
    It is interesting that all these fellows are related to each other either by birth or marriage. Maybe this is a little ‘gift’ that nehru left behind for the rest of us to suffer.

    I always wondered about orgs like FOIL and all… before applying for the green card, folks have to declare under oath that they were never a part of communist party or of communist movements. I always wondered how folks like vijay pershad, a known communist even in India ended up settling in the US?
    I am not saying that he would have lied on his application for green cards, these fellows have obviously demonstrated that integrity is not their forte, but I was wondering why the state department does not go after them…. these same people went after Bobby Fischer for a few innocent rants and participating in tournaments banned by the US.
    For those who don’t know, Bobby Fisher is a great chess player the like of whom we might never ever see, but also a human with some faults. He made a few innocent politically incorrect rants, disowned his country of birth and exercised his rights to play anywhere, but was persecuted because of that.
    People like angana, vinay lal and vijay pershad are actively subverting the country from within. These fellows are far more dangerous to US than Bobby, but somehow they get a free pass. Makes me wonder who’s interests the state department is really protecting; is it that of americans and students in these leftist teacher’s classes, or that of their jihadi paymasters?

  25. Anmol Purohit
    November 6, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    There is this mention in the article, <<>> Just in case people do not know it, may I point out that this slimy character called Vijay Pershad is the brother of that rotten Indian Communist Polit Buro member Brinda Karat? He is the brother-in-law of Prakash Karat. After the Left Front withdrew support to the UPA-I government over the Nuclear Deal with the USA, and the government survived thanks to the “Cash for votes” scam, Prakash Karat once again lambasted the USA and went abroad for a holiday. And where did he go? To the very same USA. The only detail I don’t have is whether he stayed with his brother-in-law Vijay Prashad. My two penny worth.

  26. Rankie
    November 6, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    A brilliant return to form for you Sandeep.. Incisive and well researched.. hope this gets more publicity somehow..

  27. Charu
    November 5, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Her academic qualifications are deeply suspect, to say the least. She received her “PhD” from an institute with dubious academic credentials that is scarcily removed from the diploma mills found on the internet. Her thesis “advisor” who conferred her degree is no other than her “life partner” or common-law husband, who promptly hired her as the only other full-time faculty in the department. The story of “Mary” and her ties to the ISI remains to be fully written, and it certainly won’t come from the lazy stenographers in India who call themselves journalists. Nice job in summarizing the latest events in this sordid story of yet another Indian leftist who managed to go undercover in the US. Sathyameva jayate.

  28. Amit
    November 5, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    I’ll add one more:

    6. Both ideologies have the concept of utopia/”Thy Kingdom Come” when the struggle has ended and everyone is united under one idea, one “god.”

  29. Amit
    November 5, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Forgot the most important commonality:

    5. Both believe in, and indulge in violence to achieve their goals, in some cases, being very sadistic. Historically, Islam used the sword to spread itself and convert others, and today, it continues to be-head people, stone women and lash “adulterers” in public squares and stadiums. Whereas Commies believe in their violent revolution, an excellent example being Maoists, oops, apologies to the high priestess Suzie, Gandhians using guns.

    Anyway, this is just off the top of my head and written in a hurry.

  30. Amit
    November 5, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    SS, Communism and Islam have many similarities, perhaps that’s why Commies living in democracies have a boy-crush on the elder brother Islam and look up to it, even if Islam has had little tolerance for Commies (e.g. Iran) or vice versa (China ruthlessly persecuting Muslims).

    1. Both talk of “universal brotherhood” and uniting all humans under one idea/God, while claiming that all other “gods” are false, a concept borrowed from the original Abrahamic religion and twisted into deep hatred and intolerance of others.

    2. Both have the concept of apostasy, punishable by death. So, once you are in – whether by choice or by birth, the only way out is in a coffin. Maoists, FARC, Che Guevara – all kill/killed those who want/ed to leave the “cause” and give up the good fight.

    3. Both cannot tolerate any dissent against authority or any criticism of their ideology, which, according to them, is blemish-free. Salman Rushdie, Ayan Hirsi Ali, Theo van Gogh, Farag Foda in one case, and Gulag, Stasi, Cuba in the second – all excellent examples of what happens to those who protest against the fascist leadership or criticize the ideology.

    4. Both ideologies have a visceral hatred of materialism/capitalism/comforts of life, even as the faithful of both ideologies liberally use such materialistic products.

    There are differences too (treatment of women, treatment of gays, religious mumbo-jumbo – to name three), but the similarities seem to outweigh the differences, which are brushed under the carpet by the Commies. And in democracies, you’ll usually find Muslims in a minority, so Commies are there as their allies to protect them from the big, bad wolf of “majority.”

    What’s hilarious is that pipsqueaks like BLT (Bhavna-Loneranger-Tima) like to display their ignorance and throw out the “fascist” label at others, ignoring the historical facts that their side has had a significant number of fascists and tyrannical dictators, as I’d mentioned in an earlier comment.

  31. ava
    November 5, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    I often read different papers like aljeezera to get an idea of the propaganda out there against Hindus. I am amazed at the numbers of Hindus who write articles that Hindus left Kashmir on their own and so on in such papers, which is what the Islamists keep saying. So there is a whole network out there funding these people, and one can imagine the money shameless Hindus are paid to write such articles, why are Muslims in the Middle East so interested in Kashmir? One can get a sense of how big the Islamist propaganda network is especially funded by oil dollars….So why are Hindus right wing when trying to defend their majority interests? When you look it it is the majority really in control of India? Clearly the majority voice is not represented.

  32. S S
    November 5, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Seems communists have a fetish for aligning with Islamists. For a long time. They actively helped Muslim League to carve out Pakistan. Not only providing them seemingly intellectual arguments such as ‘Muslim self-determination’ vide. an elaborate ‘Adhikari thesis’ of the CPI in 1943, but also by lending them communist workers to propagate the demand for Pakistan. It seems that it was not a one time crush.

    The Communists are in some mystirious way imphatuated with Islmaists, even though in all Muslim countries. including Pakistan, the Communists were mercilessly exterminated by Islamists. Have you heard of any ‘class struggle’ in any of the 60 Muslim countries on earth? Or ever heard any Marxist emimence calling Islam opium of the Muslims?

    In India, perhaps there is only one explanation for this strange love for Islamists among the communists of all types. Their organic hatred for Hindu dharma.

  33. gopi
    November 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    In 2nd para of “Introducing a Motivated Marxist Academic”, perhaps “former” n “latter” are mixed up! Please check!

  34. Amit
    November 5, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    The tragedy for us Indians and Hindus is that for every Aditi Banerjee (who wrote the excellent essay “The Hyphenated Hindus” and edited “Invading the Sacred”), there are a few Angana Chatterjees running around, spreading their pernicious mischief.

  35. cricfan
    November 5, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    @Sandeep, thanks for the tip.

    Unfortunately or fortunately, the mp3 link to Lal’s gibberish lectures is dead as is the link. His UCLA webpage says “In recent years, Vinay has divided his time between Delhi and Los Angeles. He served as University of California’s Director of the Education Abroad Program in India for 18 months in 2007-08, and while on leave from UCLA in 2010-11 he is Professor of History at University of Delhi.”

  36. anonymous
    November 5, 2011 at 2:46 AM

    ISI vetted Indians on Ghulam Nabi Fai list of invitee

    These three Indians are Prof Angana Chatterji, Gautam Navalakha and veteran journalist Ved Bhasin. Other prominent Indians who attended his conferences included the current interlocutor on Kashmir Dileep Padgaonkar and Justice Rajinder Sachar, former chief justice of the Delhi High Court.

    Here is the DNA wbe site report

  37. Gopal
    November 5, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    “Search for Vinay Lal on this blog too. You might be pleasantly surprised”

    My god that dimwit running in circles is an assistant professor. Do these universities employ these people because they are intellectuals or because they are useful idiots?

  38. Amit
    November 5, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    BTW Sandeep, is it possible to display more than 8 comments (maybe 15?) in the latest comments widget? 8 is too low given the prolific number of comments made on your posts. :)

  39. Amit
    November 5, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    I’m just curious why the administration decided to axe her *now*. It’s not as if the academia in the US finds such views as expressed by Angana unpalatable or considers such views unwelcome. On the contrary, they actively encourage such views by scholars in the ivory tower. Wonder if she got caught in the ongoing chess game/crossfire between the US and Pakistan, and her association with the Paki lobby/Fai finally did her in.

  40. Sandeep
    November 5, 2011 at 1:00 AM


    Search for Vinay Lal on this blog too. You might be pleasantly surprised. :)

  41. cricfan
    November 5, 2011 at 12:10 AM
  42. Ranger
    November 4, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    I was wondering how does a webpage gain prominence on google search ? I want this article on Angana Chatterji and FOIL / FOSA to be the first thing people see when they google search for them.

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