International Politics Tag

When even a man like Richard Nixon called Harvard the “Kremlin on the Charles,” he probably didn’t envision in how many horrible ways that would eventually ring true. In late 2010, Harvard, instead of doing the right and honourable thing, simply went ahead and showed exactly how Kremlinesque it was. Stalin would have nodded approvingly in his grave at its disgusting U-turn in a span of mere months. If you want the short version, Harvard has fallen from its hoary pedestal on which stood the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, andRead More
The following is the complete text of my email interview with Rajiv Malhotra, co-author of the groundbreaking new book, Breaking India by Rajiv Malhotra and Aravindan Neelakandan. Comments, criticism welcome as always. Sandeep: What prompted and/or inspired you to write a book like Breaking India, so vast and ambitious in scope knowing the kind of research and hurdles it potentially involved? Rajiv Malhotra: For years I had studied the various components that came together in this book’s thesis – such as the whole Aryan issue, the postcolonial critique of howRead More
35th attempt in less than a year. 132-plus infiltration attempts again, in less than a year. Says this Indian Express report. Less than a fortnight after Pakistan promised to stop cross-border firing, its troops on Tuesday shelled Indian posts, again violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir…The ceasefire violation and firing by Pakistan is aimed at infiltrating militants into Jammu and Kashmir to target forthcoming assembly elections in the state, officials said adding that troops at the border are foiling infiltration attemptsRead More

Posted On October 20, 2008By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics

The White Tiger Redux

Meera beautifully weighs in with an open letter to Aravind Adiga. It proves one my pet-peeve theories that the biggest intellectual celebrity is also the one with zero commonsense. I have read much about how you came to write this book. You have been quoted as saying,” So, where’s this Shining India everyone’s talking about? It was time someone broke the myth,” and that “The world needed to see the other side of India.”Read More

Posted On October 12, 2008By SandeepIn Abrahamism, Commentary

Kanchan Gupta on Iran’s Moron

Kanchan Gupta’s superb piece on why it won’t pay to give Iran the non-permanent security council seat. The foremost, nay only reason is the rabid Ahmadinejad, who thundered thus at the General Assembly. The dignity, integrity and rights of the American and European people are being played with by a small but deceitful number of people called Zionists. Although they are a miniscule minority, they have been dominating an important portion of the financial and monetary centers as well as the political decision-making centers of some European countries and theRead More

Posted On August 10, 2008By SandeepIn Abrahamism, Commentary, Media Watch, Tracking Leftism

Academic Terrorists

Goes by the name of Denise Spellberg. Starting in 2002, Spokane, Wash., journalist Sherry Jones toiled weekends on a racy historical novel about Aisha, the young wife of the prophet Muhammad. Ms. Jones learned Arabic, studied scholarly works about Aisha’s life, and came to admire her protagonist as a woman of courage. When Random House bought her novel last year in a $100,000, two-book deal, she was ecstatic. This past spring, she began plans for an eight-city book tour after the Aug. 12 publication date of "The Jewel of Medina"Read More

Posted On August 1, 2008By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics

The Annual Farce that is SAARC

So our Puppet Minister is off to attend yet another SAARC charade. For an international body that has such hoary aims as perpetuating mutual peace and harmony, foster economic growth, improving quality of people’s lives, and enabling people to live a life of dignity, there’s absolutely no record of just one of these objectives being met after 20-plus years of its existence. The most farcical element of SAARC is having a terrorist state on board and trying to pretend to “engage in fruitful dialogue with it to improve bilateral relations.”Read More

Posted On July 29, 2008By SandeepIn Commentary

SAALT, PEEPER, DRUM, DISK, SAYA, MAYA…

Amardeep Singh, the kind professor who refused to engage me in debate writes about his strong support to forming SAALT [link thanks: Gaurav] The group has published a position paper endorsed by dozens of local South Asian American groups, which attempts to assemble a South Asian political agenda that might find broad support amongst various constituencies who can all be described as “South Asian American.” The groups that have endorsed the document are pretty diverse — including a number of South Asian women’s groups, gay rights groups like Trikone, andRead More

Posted On July 24, 2008By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics, Media Watch

Parthasarathy who?

Hardhitting and moving at the same time, this article demonstrates the all-round decrepitude of the people of India. I’ve pasted the whole article here. Parthasarathys do not count unless they were in a jail in India serving criminal sentences as Members of Parliament and having trust-voting privileges. Perhaps India is the only country that fails to see how the “advanced” nations are rapidly slipping while wily China is slowly closing in…Read More

Posted On July 17, 2008By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics

Nuclear Numbers

The Nuclear non-deal is quickly making the UPA (or whatever is left of it) a nuclear family. The N-deal might well be the costliest blunder for the Congress party, specifically. It badly underestimated the Left, and despite Amar…er.. Mulayam Singh’s reassurances, July 22 will likely be its Fall Day. First, two interesting reports: Countdown UPA: 4 MPs give Cong the headache: Their pound of flesh and all the assorted jazz. JD(S) unlikely to support UPA in trust vote: Deve Gowda’s party has exactly 3 MPs, of which one is aRead More
In a superb article, Jakod De Roover rips apart the European Parliament’s presumptuous self-righteousness, which has compelled them to “come out with a policy statement” on how caste still rules India. Recently, the European Parliament hosted a meeting on “caste discrimination in South Asia”. At the meeting, participants stated that “India is being ruled by castes not by laws” and that they demanded justice, because there “is one incredible India and one untouchable India.” The EU was urged to come out with a policy statement on the subject. One MEP,Read More
This mosque demolition strangely stirred extremely feeble protests–if you can call them that. Chinese authorities in the restive far western region of Xinjiang have demolished a mosque for refusing to put up signs in support of this August’s Beijing Olympics, an exiled group said on Monday. China has characteristically cared a whit for the dreaded PR impact. Like it did in the case of Tibet. This incident has re-exposed worldwide hypocrisy. Check the worldwide reactions: The US: Mum Europe: Mum India: Indian Muslim leadership: Mum The Secularia: Shh! You don’tRead More