You cannot make this stuff up.
A flavour of Bengali life in London, which touches on the unique ties persisting between the two for past few centuries. The organiser of the event has been instrumental in Brit-Bangladeshi culture but is also part of a wave of Brit-Asian Muslims who are redefining their identity and heritage in these islands by appealing to our shared history in the Commonwealth.
For several centuries textiles from Bengal, especially Muslins, were worn by fashionable London women. This project will help reveal the story of Muslin (the famous textile of Bengal) and bring out that long, but little-known, Bengal-British connection to light.
We are inviting creative individuals with an interest in heritage and fashion to join the project, recreate some of the historical costumes worn by London ladies (produced by Bengal fabrics) and help discover, in a practical way, how Bengal and Britain were historically connected for many centuries.
To find out more about the project and please come to the
Project launch / Open evening
8 February 2012
179-181 Whitechapel Rd, E1
This poor fellow dared to have a gallery with nudes:
Mr Prakash told Agence France-Presse news agency: “Five guys came in on Sunday and started yelling at me, saying, ‘Your paintings are against Indian culture, we cannot tolerate them’.
“They slapped me twice, threw me to the floor and then began pulling down the paintings, damaging three of my pictures.”
While an effete liberal socialist millionaire, Salman Rushdie, is held up as an illustration of how religious hardliners in India distort the space for public debate, it’s the lesser-known people who get slapped in the face and suffer property damage. Just because Bill Maher thinks you’re interesting doesn’t mean you are everyman.
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A few months back I wrote about the Canadian Afghan father, second wife and son who killed three daughters and the first wife and then attempted to cover it up by staging an accident (their victims are in the picture above.) Their trial has reached a conclusion and it is a satisfactory one: they are going to jail (life sentences with possibility of parole after 25 years.) Twitter and Facebook responses to the story, while not a comprehensive sociological survey of reactions to the verdict, were selected by the Toronto Star and they are telling of the mindset which pervades ‘polite’ Canadian discourse:
“Verdict Reached in Shafia Trial…1st degree..also heard they may be placed in isolation: that’s unfortunate”
“we should remember at this time that not all Canadian Muslims think honor killings are legitimate.”
“Shafia GUILTY! No, it was not cultural, it was criminal.”
A cellmate of the ‘mother,’ Tooba Ahmed, described her as praying five times a day and a consistent denier of her own complicity in the plot to kill her children.
Dr. Randeep Dhillon of Bakersfield filed the suit today in Los Angeles Superior Court. On behalf of himself and Bol Punjabi All Regions Community Organization, the suit charges that the broadcast was libelous on its face and exposed Sikhs and their religion to hatred, contempt and ridicule because it portrayed the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh. The suit charges that Leno’s use of the photo of the temple was intentional, deliberately false and “hurt the sentiments of all Sikh people in addition to those of the plaintiff.” The suit seeks general, special and punitive damages as well as court costs. It appears that video of the segment in question has been removed from NBC’s website.
Remember, this is the same religion which prompted believers to riot in England to shut down a play which they considered blasphemous. A disproportionate number of migrants in the Indian Diaspora are Punjabi Sikhs for what it’s worth. They’ve committed multiple acts of terrorism in Canada.
LOL; Now the paknationalists are whining about the backstabbing judiciary.
btw, what do our commentators think: who exactly is the target audience of these people and why? Is this a CIA-Mossad-RAW pysops plot against Pakistani sanity? do people in the army really believe this stuff? is it just meant to keep the burgers occupied while adults attend to business? what is the story here? or is Zaid Hamid just plain crazy and there are enough crazy people in Pakistan to keep him in business (meaning there is no story at all, its just a few crazy writers like Zaid Hamid and Ahmed Qureshi and a few thousand equally crazy burger-jihadis following them around)?
Normally I would go for the last and simplest explanation, but there are a few problems with that; one is how many of my acquaintances (especially those with some army connection) take these people seriously, which makes me think some of our actual rulers probably take them seriously too (since they are the same extended group). And two, the network of websites is large, well coordinated and has thousands of visitors daily…is this all just autonomous self-generated craziness? or are there more serious powerful people behind them (for whatever convoluted reason)?
Inquiring minds want to know…
(Gingrich practically handed Romney this opportunity to flaunt his business experience, which has recently been quite a liability; although it still probably would have been best for Romney not to remind voters about firing people.)
The other candidates were highly skeptical of Gingrich’s plan. Citing his 25 years in private industry, Romney said corporate America had no interest in spending a fortune on space travel. “If I had a business executive come to me and say they wanted to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, I’d say, ‘You’re fired’”.
Romney went on to bash Gingrich for making similar grand promises for major spending in every primary state, giving a detailed list of programs Gingrich has proposed in South Carolina and New Hampshire, drawing applause from the audience. Gingrich replied that candidates should learn about the needs of each state.
Ron Paul remarked he would like to send a few politicians to the moon.