Month: December 2004

Chinmaya’s Wish

From my new comrade at the OrissaGroup. Dear Saswat, This shiny bright new year I wish you Faith ~ Faith that this world cannot dampen or cool, Faith in your dreams when the facts overrule, This shiny bright new year I wish you Joy ~ Joy that is untouched by earth’s trials and fears, Joy that is constant when sorrow appears, Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year. Its a special occasion to remember special people. Love, and Regards ! Chinmaya ..

The Other War Photography

Four years back I ran into a public debate (click here to read the first scenario) with a Border Security Force officer who was the guest speaker at a university in India. Amidst other views, one of his arguments was that we needed to see the war photographs. The students went ahead and did some paintings on the black and white boards depicting the huge tanks and the brave fighters.Such portrayals of course did not include the human costs of war. Nor did it arouse any sentiment for sanity. More the tanks, more the aggression. Psychological Warfare by other names. The argument was in favor of an abstract patriotism and a holistic battlefield resulting in a war even though founded on fake grounds. And over the years, thanks to the journalists or the embeded ones, we were refused to see what all horrible things used to happen to people after the war, no matter their sides. The apprehension that graphics of post-war blues would send wrong signals was right in its place. What if people …

Case of Bajaj and his friends at the Times of India

The arrest of Avnish Bajaj, CEO of US-based auction portal eBay’s Indian subsidiary has caused concerns among high level government officials on India and the US including from US state department spokesman Richard Boucher. I am sure he should be sure of how to treat offenders who could be accused of child pornography in the US. But what I hear is that quite the contrary, he is ‘concerned’ too!What however, surprises is that it has also caused concern among the largest media operation in India, Times of India network. In an article –, Rohit Wadhwaney says how “Bajaj gets just about enough space in his cell to curl up and sleep, if at all he manages to get some xxxxx He has to wake up every morning as early as 5.30 am and walk out of the cell, which is more like a dormitory (though extremely unclean and stinky), for head-count of prisoners. xxxxx For lunch, he gets four rotis , one subzi and a little bit of dal. Even if he is still hungry, …

Almost Half of Americans Favor Restrictions on Muslims’ Rights

We live in not only uncertain times but also dangerous ones. And the democracy is full of, as Chomsky would say, “necessary illusions”.Reinforcing one sustained illusion, almost half of all Americans think the federal government should limit the civil rights of Muslims as part of the nation’s fight against terrorism, according to a survey released by Cornell University today. Shocking? read more by clicking here

The Question on People of Color

Following yesterday’s mail, here is the response of the student. I am sure the discussion on the topic will not cease, although I do not think it is a debate, considering that I am not myself so fond of the term. Alright, here is the reply: I obviously understand that the term is politically correct, but that doesn’t make it right necessarily. Clearly, you didn’t do anything wrong except go against your own personal beliefs/values because you said yourself in your e-mail back to me that you were not exactly a fan of the term because it is referring to you as well. Well I guess I just don’t understand why you would promote that term, by using it in that survey, if you yourself don’t agree with it. My take on the issue is simple: If the word “color” or “negro” is used to connect with the minds of the oppressed people, the historical differences with the Whites, the words are most welcome. At the same time, any attempt at celebrating the color in …