Even the history of Aurangzeb, you say, is badly in need of rewriting.
Absolutely. Let’s start with his reputation for temple destruction. The temples that he destroyed were not those associated with enemy kings, but with Rajput individuals who were formerly loyal and then become rebellious. Aurangzeb also built more temples in Bengal than any other Mughal ruler.
Time for the RSS & their IH allies to weep.
Richard Eaton is the Wikipedia, the Google and, many would argue, the last word on medieval and Islamic history in India. His bibliography is too vast to list, but the vast repertoire includesIslamic History As Global History, The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760 andSocial History of the Deccan, 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives. After the destruction of the Babri Masjid and a myriad speculative conversations around how many temples Muslim rulers had destroyed in India, Eaton decided to count. That became a book titled Temple Desecration and Muslim States in Medieval India. In other words, he is the best myth-buster there is and that’s precisely what he did to the audiences at THiNK. Eaton explains why it’s crucial today for us to get our history right. Especially on the period he writes about. Continue reading
…comes closer to being reality. Telengana will be 10 districts wide. Now that the bill has been cleared by the cabinet the drama will move (and escalate) to the parliament.It may be as early as this month or in January (special session).
The original thinking (for short-term gain) of latching onto Anantapur + Kurnool districts of Rayalseema has been thankfully abandoned (perhaps due to internal opposition from the Congress). Also the Union Territory status of Hyderabad remains in balance (IMO this would be a fair decision for all parties).
…some added hyperbole perhaps but profiling is a reality and a pure nightmare.
The first time we were targeted was in 2003 at Washington’s Dulles International airport. Our friendly banter with an airline official at the check in desk instantly ended when my husband’s passport details were entered into the computer. The woman checking us in signaled to a colleague, who without a word swiftly put a cordon (tape) around my husband and I and our son as we stood aghast, feeling like little more than pigs in a pen. It took an hour before he could prove he was not the person in question on the no fly list.
In the early years post 9/11, immigration officials used to pretend these anti-terrorism checks were random and not a result of what is now widely accepted to be racial profiling…..
On this trip to Chicago’s airport, I watched as the Caucasian man who had caused so much fuss was quietly allowed to leave – ahead of us and many others. My husband grew irate and vocal about the unfairness of what was happening.
The same duty supervisor bellowed at my husband to follow him immediately. At this point, I was alarmed. You hear stories, and I immediately grew fearful. We had young children and what if things got out of hand? I mean where would it end, Gitmo? My fears inflamed when my eldest son tried to follow his father and was shouted at by a female immigration officer, who screamed in his face: “I have a gun.” I questioned her aggressive tone and fortunately she backed down, claiming she only meant it was dangerous for him to be near the weapon. My son asked: “Mum, would she really shoot an innocent 10-year-old boy?
A rare day when the Taliban lads make you laugh out loud….
Will target news outlets over false report on Tendulkar: Pakistani Taliban PTI | Dec 4, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban has said it will target journalists and media organisations for “fabricating” the statement of its spokesperson asking news outlets not to pay tribute to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on his retirement.
The Shura council of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, headed by its new chief Mullah Fazlullah, decided to attack the journalists and media organisations which had carried statement of their spokesman Shahidullah Shahid regarding Tendulkar and Pakistani cricket team captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
“In Tuesday’s meeting, we decided to target only journalists and media organisations which twisted the recent statement of Shahidullah Shahid and tried to tarnish Taliban’s image nationally and internationally,” an unnamed senior Taliban leader and member of the Shura was quoted as saying by The News daily.
If you dont believe we are peaceful we may have to kill you, etc.
As most of you probably know BP co-founder Razib now writes for Unz.
It’s a great source for alternative media and makes for compelling reading though the corporate Baha’i in me (who likes to see unities upon unity) can’t understand why don’t Taki & Unz effect some sort of merger etc.
Anyway my point being is that Pat Buchanan has a rather alarming post about a resurgent China. Now I deal with a lot of Chinese here in Kampala (in fact I’m transacting with one shortly) and the Chinese have transformed Africa in a dramatic and ultimately positive fashion.
I would have definitely rooted for the BJP in terms of their economic policy and national interest.
Of course I do have a certain hesitation vis a vis Modi since he’s a Muslim-killer but apart from the nasty communalism, it seems that BJP is the right party to reall re-package India. Continue reading
This may apply to 2nd gen Indian-Americans but certainly not to Indians. Every Indian knows their caste. Continue reading
…it looks like that O.gov may have been Bangalored. If true, another glorious feather in the cap for Indian IT/BPO/KPO etc. OTOH if this is publicized, it may adversely affect the popularity of Obamacare back home and increase resentment against Indians.
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Belgaum ( Karnataka/Maharashtra border) Bandipur National Park near Mysore please use caution.
The forest department on Wednesday issued shoot-at-sight orders to put an end to the man-eater menacing Bandipur and Nagarahole ranges. It mauled four persons in this region in the past week.
Forests minister B Ramanath Rai told the council that forest and police personnel have launched a hunt for the tiger. “Principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) and forest secretary are camping in Bandipur area to assess the situation. The department has ordered that the tiger be shot at sight,” he said.
When the minister said the department was trying to net it as environmentalists would raise objections, JD(S) member MC Nanaiah said the House was supreme, and not the activists. “Is the government going by what activists say or legislators when people are being killed? If there is more than one tiger, both should be shot dead,” he said.