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Akbaruddin Owaisi is an MLA of the Majlis-e Ittihad al-Muslimin party from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. His party has 1 seat in the Lok Sabha at the centre and 7 seats in the AP assembly.
Here’s what he had to say recently.
And here’s what he said in 2008 after the Mumbai terror attacks.
All I can say is he may actually end up helping Modi become the next prime minister of India. Pipe down big fella.
Happy New Year (it’s 10.41pm in Chennai) and I’m staying at home with the in-laws to be (New Years’s parties usually are overhyped) and we are reviving a tradition of playing Rummy cards (the club was started in the 50′s but went moribund after the passing of the elder generation – the ones who came over during Partition).
I’m also proud that BP has emerged as a forum for all viewpoints. The tone dipped for a while but I think we are back at the appropriate levels of civility.
At any rate I wish everyone a prosperous, peaceful and happy new year. I’m happy at Brown Pundits that our range of topics now encompass IndoPak topics rather than just Pakistan. Hopefully we can expand onto more Diasporic and pan-SAARC topics.
On a final note this trip to India has convinced me just how twinned the Indo-Pak destiny actually is. With the ongoing Bollywood awards using a Arabic-Mughal theme just now (the Sikh actress presenter is reciting Urdu couplets to introduce each performance) with the Salwar Kameez rapidly taking over in the South (it’s becoming the national dress) to the lingering preference of North Indians for their “diluted” melange culture to the pure “Hindu” of the south and to the prevalence of the worship of Sai Baba (the first one) the syncretic saint at Shirdi both countries continue to haunt each other and hopefully this year will presage a breakthrough in IndoPak relations. One alas can always hope until then we can vent here at Brown Pundits..
My latest offering is up at 3quarksdaily.com
…..War is hell. We know that. But what struck me about these news items was this: in both cases (the attack on Peshawar and the attacks in Mastung) the “local authorities” generally know where to find the attackers (they frequently negotiate with them, they send “elders” out to talk to them, the attackers don’t even hide their faces in most videos, large numbers of armed men don’t just drop in from the moon and disappear back into the mother ship, etc.). And these are certainly not the first such attacks, so the “authorities” have had more than enough time to find out that something is rotten a few miles from their provincial capital. Yet there is remarkably little response. The local deputy commissioner or political agent is not held responsible, nor do the various other local “law enforcement” mechanisms swing into action as if something terrible has happened. The army, armed with thousands of tanks and artillery pieces, stationed in tens of thousands in the same cities, proud of being the “seventh nuclear power in the world”, does not swing into action. Prime ministers and Presidents don’t fly in to take charge of the situation.
“Strategic depth” and the “leveraging of asymmetrical assets to support national policy priorities” is National Defense University level stuff. The neo-liberal world order and its disastrous consequences are arguments for which you need a university degree (and no, the “neoliberal world order” does not necessarily and automatically demand civil war and anarchy). But no state, not Leninist Russia, not Maoist China, not George Washington’s America, not the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, tolerated, AT ALL, the existence of free-lance bands of armed men. The illiterate (but capable) Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia understood this. Modern India, which is very much a work in progress and is as incompetent and corrupt a regime as any in Pakistan, seems to understand this. EVERYONE seems to understand, it but the Pakistani army high command does not? Don’t they teach this in National Defense University before they teach all about DIMEFIL and its importance in Pakistani Afghan policy?
I will digress here with a few words for my Westernized Pakistani Leftist friends (everyone else can jump ahead). Yes, yes, we all hate the neo-liberal new world order. But dear well-meaning darling souls, if the shit hits the fan in Pakistan, it won’t be happening in some other country where we can cheer the revolution and its transformation of “power relations” while bemoaning its inevitable but understandable “excesses”. We are talking about this happening in Pakistan itself. We still have friends and family there. Mummy and Daddy’s little house in Model Town, Uncle Jimmy’s pleasant little farmhouse in Bani Gala. Do keep in mind, they are also IN Pakistan.
PS: On an unrelated note, I notice that Zizek has called out the poco crowd:
Also, I really hate all of this politically correct, cultural studies bullshit. If you mention the phrase “postcolonialism,” I say, “Fuck it!” Postcolonialism is the invention of some rich guys from India who saw that they could make a good career in top Western universities by playing on the guilt of white liberals.
There is likely be an urge among the more intelligent and established postcolonial types to let the matter go (as with states, there are elementary first principles in academic disputes and number one is the “mutual bullshit protection clause”). But in this realm I am with the revolutionaries. Don’t worry about collateral damage and self-inflicted wounds. Ignore the business about airing dirty laundry in public. Let Zizek have it with all keyboards blazing. I urge my “postcolonial-culture studies” brethren (and sisteren) to please respond to Zizek. Harshly.
Swabi, Swat valley. 5 female teachers and 2 health workers shot dead. Gunmen (as usual) escape.
its not the terrorism that is the point of my post btw. As kabir bhai points out, other countries have terrorism too. Its the unwillingness to respond clearly in terms of narrative. The focus is on “we must get rid of feudal politics, fake democracy, corruption”..anything but fight the terrorists. With them:, we have to wait for the right time. We cannot be hasty. We must get our own house in order first. There is no military solution. Lets not close the door to peace. etc. etc. (I speak here of the narrative from state organs and their supporters, not the narrative from the elite Left, which is necessarily very different in ALL countries but has little impact on what is actually being done by most people)
This attitude of the state seems natural within the paknationalist bubble. But if you step outside it you will appreciate how strikingly different it is from the world norm. Whether they can control it or not, NO state, not India, not Thailand, not Saudi Arabia, not Russia..no one regards this sort of thing as nonchalantly as the Paknationalist elite does. The enemy has no clear name, no clear identity. There is no propaganda line that identifies them as unambiguously evil and us as the forces of law and order (true or not is not my point right now)… And thats because of ideology. The narrative the deep state has constructed about Pakistan does not easily square with fighting an Islamist Jihadist menace that claims to have the same broad aims (true islamic state,true independence, strength, kashmir, transnational Islamist solidarity) as the ruling elite (again, true or not is not my point, we are talking about the narrative).
Its a very fundamental confusion. And it is slowly killing the place.
see, for example, this:http://www.qissa-khwani.com/2013/01/the-village-where-no-children-play.html and try to imagine how any other state would respond to such people and how the Pakistani state has responded.
The most biting gaalis not only entertain (unless you are at the receiving end that is) but also gives a good sense of the individual and the micro-society that s/he belongs to.
Generally speaking, Britain is known for understatement. Accordingly the gaalis would seem to be a bit muted. In addition british gaalis cant be outright sexist as compared to SAsian ones (see below), so that also helps take off a bit of the edge.
The best gaalis belongs to the world of politics and sports. And the most renowned politician-sportsman in UK today is Sir Alex Fergusson, the Raja of Manchester who recently jumped on Alan Pardew (manager, Newcastle United) .
“Alan Pardew has come out and criticised me … Alan Pardew is the worst at haranguing referees, his whole staff, every game,” Ferguson said. “He was at it the whole game on Wednesday. He shoved the [assistant] referee and makes a joke of it and he’s got the cheek to criticise me. It’s unbelievable. He forgets the help I gave him.
“The press have had a good field day out of it. They’ve addressed every possible avenue. The only one they’ve left out is Barack Obama. He’s too busy. I carry that because I’m the manager of the most famous club in the world. I’m not at Newcastle, a wee club in the north-east. That’s simply the facts of life.”
The Football Association (FA) is currently inspecting the insults forthcoming from Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp, the managers of Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers football teams, as possible violations of the FA code:
Mancini suggested that “maybe the referee [Kevin Friend] ate too much for Christmas” after what he felt was an oversight in City’s in City’s 1-0 defeat at Sunderland while Redknapp raged about two decisions in QPR’s 2-1 home loss to West Browmwich Albion, saying that the assistant referee “should go to Specsavers”.
Bottomline, Sir Alex is the lion who cant be touched even as the FA runs after the poor lambs. That may appear to be the biggest (unfunny) joke, but again (as AF notes above) that is simply the facts of life.
Coming back to South Asia, the best gaalis come from politicians who assume a rustic “natural” touch, most prominent being Lalu Prasad Yadav (their urbanized children usually go to high-end “convent” schools). Because women are not considered as a powerful voting block, the misogyny quotient is typically higher than in the west.
Background to the story: Jaya Bachchan the wife of Amitabh and an actor in her own right (in her first movie she played the character of Guddi, a young girl mesmerized by Bollywood), is now an Rajya Sabha MP from the UP based Samajwadi Party (SP). She was speaking at a filmi function in Mumbai in 2008 and joked that as a North Indian she is comfortable speaking in Hindi only and Maharashtrians should not feel offended.
“Hum UP ke log hai, hume Hindi mein baat karni chahiye,” the actress had said.
There are plenty of things wrong with that statement, starting with the “patriarchy element.” Her husband is the one from UP (she is a bhaduri- bengali brahmin, born in Jabbalpur and educated in Nagpur, Maharashtra). That said, she was deliberately poking the “maharashtrian pride” people in the eye (politically opposite camps).
The backlash was swift: “Guddi buddhi zhali, pan akkal aali nahi” [Guddi's age is visible but not her wisdom]
People can rate the gaalis and suggest better ones. Language can be a barrier, but IMO gaalis in SA language(s) will usually score higher (and a bit cruder) even though English is considered more nimble.
From Rob Swain in Vice, some skepticism about civilization suddenly manifesting in Burma:
“Progress itself brings a host of new problems, some more complicated than the old. The simple story of good versus evil is now being reframed into a compromise-friendly cautionary tale about the dangers of ethnic identity politics and the need for national unity. But how do you unite a country that never was? How do you reform a government, military, police, and intelligence apparatus whose primary purpose is the systematic oppression of its own people rather than the defense and security of its citizens? To be blunt, I never gave a shit. That was a job for the big-brained, high-salaried chattering classes who shuttled between capitals in UN jets and slept in five-star hotels and the multimillion-dollar NGOs and advocacy groups, the people we frantically waved our photos and reports at, only to have them placed in the “lovably naïve” file or burned on the altar of realpolitik.”
And some (Hitchensian) Mother Teresa-style framing of international human-rights darling Suu Kyi:
What has been missed in the rush to bring Burma into the community of nations and block the expanding Chinese hegemony is a simple concept: that Burma is not a single country but a series of ethnic enclaves governed, in theory, by a majority ethnic Burman ruling class whose enmity with their tribal neighbors is centuries old. Aung Saung Suu Kyi is a member of that class, which goes a long way to explain why, with all the recent exposure, there is still a deafening silence about the plight of these people.
Unbelievably (and I’m not all that naive), the following statement from the latest accused NYC subway murderer, one Erika Menendez, has been leaked by the Queens district attorney:
“I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.”
The victim is, of course, one Sunando Sen, an Indian-born Hindu.
The mind boggles. Just too many bizarre angles here. Is this some sort of confused payback for Al-Andalus? Probably, of course, it’s far more likely to be the product of mental illness.
I would however caution against using this incident to draw a false ecumenism–her act does not, in my mind, forge the basis of some sort of united desi front in the West. The underlying differences in the homeland do remain strong–a nuclear standoff cannot be wished away based on the fantasies of one idiot in NYC. Real change will have to come from real engagement by the involved parties. Nonetheless it is, I think, intriguing evidence that mindless opposition and hostility is equally foolish. A grudging respect is the minimum that would seem rational.
Amid a recent incident of fratricide in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and suicides by police and other staff posted in Naxalite areas, Chhattisgarh police have set up a team comprising Art of Living expert and psychiatrist to provide counselling service to security forces in the Maoist insurgency-affected Bastar region.
Good news: You can now pay a mere 1.5 crore ($300K) for a “management” medical seat for your boy and a spiritual baksheesh for your daughter to be launched as an AoL expert.
Bad news: Chattisgarh location can be a threat to life and limb, but then Skype is your friend!!! (there are now numerous coaches/coaching centers in Mumbai who claim a large international clientele via Skype, including one for harmonica lessons- the toughest instrument ever).
If such an effort is successful a halal package for Pakistan can be considered. They are in even more trouble (trying to distinguish between good and bad Taliban can be tricky).
“We found 21 bullet riddled bodies of security personnel a short while ago in an uninhabited area,” local government official Naveed Akbar told AFP. “One was found alive but wounded and admitted to hospital while another managed to escape unhurt.”
Gul Shehzad, another government official, said authorities received information just before midnight that some bodies were lying in the wilderness, within about four kilometres of the camps. “The hands of soldiers were tied with rope before they were shot,” Shehzad told AFP.
I am genuinely curious about how one person managed to escape unhurt. Are the Taliban deep thinkers following the hallowed footsteps of their forefathers where one soldier was allowed to come back and tell the rest of the story (to a much larger TV audience today)? If that is the case, then psy-ops wise the Taliban are streets ahead of most national armies. Food for thought (action in any case will be zero).
This is a big feather in the cap of Indian Railways. The railway tunnel across the Pir Panjal was tested on 29th. Only the most difficult part of the railway project to link Kashmir to the rest of India remains. This is through the young geologicaly active Shivalik ranges in Jammu area.
Here is the railway map. The Kashmir valley parts of the railway, from Qazigund – Srinagar – Baramulla were completed in 2009.
The trains look really nice. And this is proper Indian standard broad gauge. Not Darjeeling or Shimla style toy train tracks.