India is by now famous for gang-rape and assault emerging from its slums, but it comes from all sides of society, really. Tarun Tejpal is (was) the editor of Tehelka, a powerful muck-raking Indian magazine. He was accused of sexual assault at a literary festival by a young reporter. He acknowledged what he called ‘A bad lapse of judgment, an awful misreading of the situation’ and took a six month leave from his job. The Indian press is up in arms over the lameness of his apology and it’s good to see this getting attention and redress. It really is a terrible mess and sexual assault along power lines – be they physical or other – is something far too prevalent in the world, and South Asia in particular.
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India’s Manomohan Singh and Canada’s Stephen Harper are not attending the CHOGM summit in Sri Lanka. They say because of moral issues, but they act for political reasons – at best a crude approximation of the former. Singh is tired of getting shit from Tamil Nadu and Harper is tired of getting shit from the Tamil diaspora. For both of them disgruntled Tamils are a vote base and they respond to voters. Which is fine, that’s the political side. From that perspective it’s easy to say that these politicians are craven, but that’s missing the point, which is that politics does crudely approximate morality, sometimes, mainly on Thursdays.
Noted, well, racist and popular politician Bal Thackeray died on November 17th. In response the entire city of Mumbai shut down, partly out of loyalty and muchly out of fear. One girl, however, wrote something rather innocuous on Facebook, basically her opinion. Then her and one friend who ‘liked’ the post were arrested. India is sitting on a tinder keg of tensions on a good day, so there were obviously being cautious. This, however, was a bit silly and a bit much.
Westerners have long sought some sort of hippie enlightenment from the Beatles to Steve Jobs to thousands more. Actually, from doubting Thomas to perhaps even Jesus himeself. As yoga and meditation get exposed to money and naked need divorced from culture, however, things can go very bad.
Wow. This is a cavalcade of retardation. Via Dinidu, this is advice from The New India Express on choosing a bride. This advice from Dr. Titus Sankaramangalam in insanely dumb, it’s like Scientology in that he uses a lot of scientific sounding words to describe a crazy and offensive thesis. For example: “Look for symmetry. An easy way to find this out is to look at her elbows to see whether they are shapely and symmetrical. Large breasts are no good unless they are of the same size and shape” (How to choose a bride? What science has to offer?).
Groundviews is freaking out about an admittedly cartoon of Indian Prime Minister Manomohan Singh looking up Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalithaa’s sari. They’re calling for the paper, Lakbima News, to be reported to the Press Complaints Commission and seconding a tweet from someone calling for the cartoonist to be fired. I mean, really? The cartoon is tasteless and – worst of all – not funny. I don’t get it and it’s just unsavory. But to say this is out of the bounds of free expression is just wrong.
‘I Want Fakht You’ means I want just you in Hindi, but it obviously comes across differently in English. It’s from the movie Joker, which apparently is quite odd and interesting. The video alone is priceless, especially at the end where a whole village is singing ‘Fakht You’.
When I travelled in India I always used my Sri Lankan passport. People were nice and quick to mention two famous Sri Lankans: Ravana and Sanath Jayasuriya. The only place I felt unwelcome as a Sri Lankan was in Rameshwaran, the point nearest to SL, which was strange. I’ve since been to Chennai and Pondi in Tamil Nadu without problems. Hence it’s troubling that Sri Lankans in TN and now being attacked and harassed, by mobs and politicians alike.