Month: November 2004

Hindu Seer XIV- Postscript

Well, I guess the debate around Hindu Seer will not cease. But it sparked a type of continuation that was amusing, to say the least. People got polarized, and fought and most importantly took a side. It is important to take a side in matters of issues. Some of course said they left the forum in disgust. But in reality, they never did! For, the temptation to defend their side was just so huge. I shall see when next shall we rejoin in such a conversation. I have some new friends now: Chinmaya and Vulcan for sure! Good to see people from Orissa, staying outside the land, contributing to the ongoing debates.

Hindu Seer XIII

Well, another attempt by me: My dear comrades, One of the major concerns: What kinds of questions are we asking? None of us who opposed the religious discourses talked anything about “challenge”, or any roadmap to “eliminate religions” etc. These are as non-issues as any other rightist rhetoric could be. They were brought up by a person who has left this group now, as conitnuation of a logical fallacy. If AA’s “challenge” be taken seriously, the counter will be something like, “Well, I challenge anyone to convert the entire world to believe in just one God” etc etc.. And here is where we miss the boat. Serious objections by some of us were raised precisely to oppose such kind of talks which served no real purpose. Instead what Chinmaya had brought to notice was an important news of the arrest of an alleged criminal who appeared to be held with esteem by some religious fanatics. That was it. Instead of talking in purely judicial terms and also analyzing the historiography of religious frauds, the self-proclaimed …

Bob Dylan is still the Best!

Rolling Stone has awarded Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” as the best song of all time! Click here to get the top 100 song list: Well what do you all think? Is there a better one? Check this out… Its not just sheer poetry. Its Bob Dylan! “You’ve gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely But you know you only used to get juiced in it And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street And now you find out you’re gonna have to get used to it You said you’d never compromise With the mystery tramp, but now you realize He’s not selling any alibis As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes And ask him do you want to make a deal? How does it feel How does it feel To be on your own With no direction home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone?”

Hindu Seer XII

Chinmaya gives it back to the AA: Dear AA Babu, Cool down. World is beautiful, and so your posts and everythings. Have I asked you anything ? What was the need of answering so rudely to a news ? Name it an ugly trick, whatever you please.You are entitled to judge people,and their acts in your own way.Who cares ? Hope, M bhai, Mark Bhaina, An bhaina would have understood the value of *excuse* in the proper context. Do not know, if you do not prefer to use harsh words to others .A mail with caps and the conents in it might be mere deception to all of us.For reference, read your this mail one once more. I asked you do not take things to heart, its because a news head line made you unnecessarily so reactive and irritated. If that was a trickery,take the burden of the discussion to your home,die with anguish and heartattack.I do not bother. There was a smiley after that statement. Now, I am sure you lack the etiquette of …

Hindu Seer XI

My reply to a previous post: Dear Brother Sar I wish you could have shown similar level of sensitivity to adjectives in mails directed at fellow members of this group! There were many more crude languages used to refer to many of us (just for one example we were “barking”!) Just because someone (who is obviously not part of this group) is proclaimed religious, even though the same person is accused of highest criminal charges, that became so personal? I am sorry if my calling a guy a guy hurt some people. I should have called him an “accused” or a “suspect” instead. But why should one suspect be addressed better than any other? The police calls all names when it comes to a suspect–you know the swears. But when it comes to someone is an influential person and most likely can misuse his/her power, why this “plain bias”? By the way, I am not firing up anything. I guess the reports are out and the prime suspect (aka sankaracharya) is in judicial custody. His …