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Archive for June, 2008

The world is achanging.

Even as nature stirs pain and suffering from the west coast of India through the impoverished land of Burma to the heartland of China, with floods, typhoons and earthquakes, respectively, changes of other sort are washing over these same lands and peoples.

The king is gone, long live ??? in Nepal. A bittersweet moment for people as ancient as those all around them. It is good that Nepal is now a Republic and not monarchy. It is a shame there had to be acrimony, royal dementia and red tide upsurge. Where ever the communists have grabbed power in the world, they have not delivered. They come on strong, get the spirits up and then .. Nothing!

Communist mayhem in Nandigram, their tirades against the policies of any government in power, their abject performance in areas of ethics and accountability have dogged India.

The Nepali reds and their visceral opposition to the royals, finally culminated in a new flag being hoisted in Khatmandu.

Anti-communist non-tirade continues after the jump.

 

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Few people outside of India realize that India is not a Hindu country! 

This is specially true of Americans, generally so wise and full of goodwill. But going by their general level of awareness of the world, and more stunningly based on their exposure to the modern media even in this digital world, Americans simply assume or easily buy into the Hindu India notion.  This takes on an even more canonical aura of a given in the framework of Hindu India versus Muslim Pakistan meme. What this does is fill the American minds with visions of tensions that don’t exist, and contrariwise to be blind to tensions that do exist. 

The liberals laud Indian body politic for its pluralistic, open, multiparty system. The conservatives look to cheer the economic open market practices and increased access to investment and trade. All Americans happily will accept India as this exotic land of some very smart people who are at odds against nature and fellow man across the aisle in a genteel assembly. They all miss what Indians have known all along. Dr. Babu Suseelan writes:  

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It is impossible to live in America and avoid sports talk. It is like the air we breath in!  India on the other hand is .. well, India. It’s different over there. Everything is different over there. Or so I thought until…..

It has been a while since I looked at Indian sports news. Being an NFL fan myself, there is not much time or inclination to wallow in cricket a la sub-continental native.

The typical Indian is concerned with only one sport: cricket, from birth to death. Whether the kirket that is played and fussed over is the ‘stylish’ version ie. with stumps, bats and red ball, or the ‘street version’ ie. with any old piece of lumber used to swat just about anything somewhat round and bouncy, or the ‘truly native version’ that makes middle class masses say with pride, ‘the Indian cricket’ ie. the gilli – dunda made of a sturdy tree branch; almost all Indians are athletic in their own limited way.

After all, as the Americans might say, for the most part ‘there is no future in it.’  Yet, cricket remains a magnificent obsession of the day time, just as movies continue to be of the night time. A few elites and middle class intellectual aside, who may be forgiven their innate compulsion to honestly bask in thereflected glory of emerging greats of international chess – Viswanathan Anand – the masses of India seem to continue to love their kirket. That’s where the rub is.

Wordplay continues after the jump:

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Hear here, the birth pangs of a brand new web log. As if the world needed yet another blog!  But hear ye shall.

Give words to grievance.  Whether it can cut through the cacophony is another matter altogether.

As Andy Warhol might have said:

Someday everyone will have a web log and, every website will receive 15 hits.

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