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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Terror and Thanks

Real life follows reel life, and vice versa, a la Rang De Basanti. You have a group of people protesting non-violently, for a long ignored and just cause. The state machinery, headed by that eunuch Manmohan Singh, has crushed any peaceful means of protest in a manner and setting strikingly similar to what we saw in RDB. Sometimes, you just don't get justice even from the Supreme Court, for a cause that the state simply refuses to look at. The government holds talks with terrorists and yet treats non-violent protests with apathy first and then force, if required. We people, writing blogs from within the confines of our air-conditioned cubicles can debate on how best to curb and squash terrorism. Little do we realize or even acknowledge that there is a great deal of wrong being done against sections of people. Terror feeds and thrives on injustice and apathy.

There is an intriguing scene in Hey Ram where Kamal, Vasundhara Das and Atul Kulkarni engage in a conversation on the moral dilemma about a wolf hunting an infant. The scene concludes with Atul's haunting remark, "adhu oru OnAyA irundhA thAn puriyum". That line rings across luder than ever now.

Here is a surprising take on Islam and Islamists. Pleasantly surprising actually, as the author is a neocon.

And somebody thanks something :)


  • "And somebody thanks something"
    -- I have always preferred "The Hindu" over other publications, more so, when I started realising after my GRE, that I had been skipping so many "GRE words" in the hindu all the while !
    But, sometimes, TOI and other dailies do provide the required dose of junk gossip and entertainment :-)

    By Blogger Rajaram S, at Fri Apr 07, 08:59:00 PM  

  • This was over a decade ago. A sudden strike forced Eng Paper I to be the last exam for my X public. Since our school made us jump to X std portion directly after VIII std we knew the lessons inside out. My parents told me to spend the day before the exam just going through The Sportstar and Hindu editorials - to learn the art of crafting essays with proper tempo(A good essay is *NOT* sprinkling words like 'obduracy', 'asinine','sanguine' wherever you like, you should know how to prepare the context before you use them). When the results came 2 months later, I was pleasantly to find that I topped the district in English, not bad for a guy who stuttered in spoken English and didnt have the several-year advantage that girls from the dozen or so convent schools in my place had.

    Few years later...
    "Your GRE saves the day, son! Fare well in my country". Thus spoke the Visa officer after frowning at my indifferent college acads but pondering over my 680/800(top 6% in the last 100,000 test-takers) in English. I joked with my friends that I would try to break Gavaskar's 236 at Chepauk with a 2370+ out of 2400 but finally got 2240(Came down to Chennai from Mumbai for the test alone, believing the air of Chennai[land of Ilaiyaraaja, Kamal, Bharatiyaar and TH] itself would be a sheer inspiration to do well)

    Commie or no commie, I care a rat's butt about it! The Hindu made my career :-)

    By Anonymous The Talkative Man, at Sat Apr 08, 10:54:00 PM  

  • Talkative man,
    Rat's Butt should be added to the list of words not to be used in a Hindu style essay. What say you ?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Apr 10, 07:31:00 AM  

  • can we change it to "rodent's rectum" then? :D

    By Anonymous ttm, at Mon Apr 10, 07:36:00 PM  

  • @ rajaram_s,
    "TOI and other dailies do provide the required dose of junk gossip and entertainment :-)"
    - :))

    Too much of "background" based on "hindsight", eh? :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Mon Apr 10, 07:51:00 PM  

  • >>His prescription: the solution lies not in "fixing" the Muslim world by imposing democracy but in reaching out to alienated Muslims in the West — not an easy task for those who prefer quick fixes.

    ippo idhu dhaan grey area.. for eg. NBA to my mind fights for a valid cause.... their peopl r alienated... no politican is prepared to lend a ear to them...

    idhuve anything concerned with religion we can do whatever we want. we can plant bombs and still we can wash away everyting as
    failure to reach out to the alienated sections...

    i agree to the basic crux of the article.. trouble makers in islam are a distinct minority. most of them r sane actually. but its a problem that they dont disown the insane ppl openly.

    they all come under the classicfication of brotherhood and 'umma'.

    By Blogger Prabu Karthik, at Thu Apr 13, 06:44:00 PM  

  • PK,
    Did you see the reactions and solidarity shown by groups which included manu Muslims in Varanasi after the blasts?

    I have quite a few Muslim friends who openly hate fundamentalist forces in the Muslim world. I have seen many articles written by prominent Muslim personalities distancing themselves from the radicals and condemning terrorism, Islamic and otherwise.

    Now, have you spoken to an average Marathi Hindu? Namma vettiyilum azhukki irukku boss!

    "we can plant bombs and still we can wash away everyting as
    failure to reach out to the alienated sections..."

    1) Read "Al Qaeda" by Jason Burke, a definitive impartial analysis and myth-buster
    2) Good Muslim, Bad Muslim by Mahmood Mamdani. Amazon link
    3) Naama masoodhiya odaikkardhum genocide panradhum Hindutva unity, nationalism nu sollalama? What about Budhist oppression in Sri Lanka? What about Army atrocities in Kashmir and the North East? What about the Christian crusades by the imperialists which has been going on for ages? What about Ireland? What about the displacement and annihilation of Palestines?

    Idhellaam vidunga. Lets first treat our dalits as human beings first.

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Thu Apr 13, 07:35:00 PM  

  • Also, the whole point of the post was that peaceful means of protests are being ignored. When the establishment responds/talks to nothing but force, we have something wrong, don't we? Violence dhaan puriyum-nu adam pidikkarainga!

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Thu Apr 13, 07:41:00 PM  

  • >>Naama masoodhiya odaikkardhum genocide panradhum Hindutva unity, nationalism nu sollalama

    kandippa thappu dhaan. but idhai vociferousa solla neraaya per irukaanga. idhai criticise panradhukkum irukaanga.

    minority thappu pannina adhai pathi pesa aatkal kammi.

    average marathi pathi ellam theriyadhu pa. but average indian hindu pathi theriyum. avan moderate. adhanaale dhaan MF hussain oda "kalai nayam" mikka oviyangal ellam parthum onnum pesama irukkom...

    avanga cartoon matterai rombo simplea, peacefulla 51 crores kudukaren andha aalai kolla nu oru minister sonaan...


    what a true secular person expects is not distancing oneself from terrorism. adhu pannalena ivanaiyum ulley dhaan podanum.

    what we expect is active resistance by the mainstream community to terrorist/fundamentalist activities...

    regarding the crux of yr concern abt peaceful protests going unnoticed. i got it. adhaan 'no politican is prepared to lend a ear to them' nu sonnen.

    By Blogger Prabu Karthik, at Sat Apr 15, 11:03:00 PM  

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