Tuesday, June 22, 2004
If you thought the video showing Nick Berg's beheading was gross, and inhuman, try this. God... I cannot believe just how cruel and animal humans could get.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Crown in the Senate
I was extremely freaked out by this video!!
Monday, June 14, 2004
India plans Iraq aid
New Delhi, India, Jun. 13 (UPI) -- India was planning Sunday to put together a division of troops to help with the "rehabilitation and reconstruction" of Iraq.
Half of the planned division will be women; including doctors, gynecologists, obstetricians, and nurses; to help with women's and children's issues in the war zone, the Indian Express reported.
"The idea is to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqis, to tell them that India is with them in their hour of need," officials planning the operation said.
They said Indian paramilitary soldiers who will not perform any other function in Iraq but protect the medical brigade.
The Supremes Punt
As I had predicted, the Supreme Court rejected the Pledge of Allegiance case saying Michael Newdow did not have the standing to sure for his daughter. Hmph!
Thursday, June 10, 2004
'Homosexuals are not from another planet'
Good Great God!! I fell off the chair, laughing, when I read this sentence: "Often, children abused by their fathers, brothers, or uncles take to homosexuality."
When people who are professing to be "liberal" and "open minded" utter such non-sense, it is sometimes amusing (as in this case), or, in most cases, irritating.
Monday, June 07, 2004
Tamil to be declared classical language
A stupid measure, I would say. Now, one would, at the first shy, be surprised that, given all my rantings against equating Hindi and India etc, I should oppose this. Let me explain.
1. Okay, now it is a classical language officially (it has de facto been one for a long time). So what? Is it going to be of any real use? AFAIK, there is no such classification in the Constitution, or, for that matter, the law. It's like calling somebody a neta - sounds cool... but is of very little real consequence.
2. Now that Tamizh is a classical language, why would the Telugu folks, whose bidda is bound to be offended by the exclusion of their language keep quiet? Expect a delegation of the 30-something UPA MPs from AP marching to PM Manmohan Singh's office/house to petition him to include Telugu in that list. Soon, there would be Muslims demanding that Urdu be included... and every language in the Eighth Schedule would be a "classical" language! And there would have been so many bandhs, marches, political point-scoring... all for what? No one would know.
I think the only sane thing to do is for the Union Govt to just declare that at the state level, the state govt would decide the official language, while at the national level, there would be a bilingual system - with both Hindi and English being used. In states where the official language is not Hindi, offices would also entertain the local official language.
And, the official agenda of moving towards Hindi as the only official language should be dropped, officially.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
>though I support interpreting secularism as a stronger version of separation
Ramki, can you explain what that means?
Whether US or India, the basic debate is the same, dealing with the metaphysical basics of ethics.
Friday, June 04, 2004
Re: Swastika and religious symbolism
I guess you did not read the full article... it was about a courthouse in the US - not India. Unlike the US, in India, there is a secular government, but no separation of church and state per se (though I support interpreting secularism as a stronger version of separation).
Thursday, June 03, 2004
>Ummm... I do not get it. If it is a Hindu symbol, why is it on the courthouse building anyway? Is that not like.... having the Ten Commandments in the premises?
The name "Bhaarata" is also Hindu. It implies that all citizens of this land are spiritual descendents of King Bharata. We should change that also. Moreover, the chakra on the national flag is Buddhist, and so is our national symbol, the Ashoka pillar-head. Moreover, post-independence, various prominent places in the national capital have been named after people like Chanakya. He explicitly based his writings on ethics and political economy on the Vedas, and insisted on establishing the superiority of communal Vedic culture at the expense of other "barbarian" cultures. This is not acceptable. Same with other government awards like Arjuna award, etc.
The Onion | Gay Couple Feels Pressured To Marry
Hehe.... The reality of gay marriage - put in the quintessential Onion way.