Is the West capturing Indian think-tanks via Think Tank Initiative-an effort to increase policy development capacity.
- India saddened me… let’s talk now: Suu Kyi – Indian Express (news.google.com)
- What Will Secure India’s Future? (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- Outsourcing policy ideas could be a bad idea, say civil servants (independent.co.uk)
- The collusion of the climate crowd (wattsupwiththat.com)
What is curious in all (this) seen over the last decade, is the fact that it is a woman who is now at the helm of affairs managing the Nizam’s properties. Women had no public presence up to the time of the seventh Nizam. Until, of course, Durru Shehvar and Niloufer, the last Ottoman Caliph’s daughter and niece respectively, married Osman Ali Khan’s two sons and moved to Hyderabad. “They were in public, participating in polo matches, playing tennis. The two girls had European lifestyles while the Nizam’s sons had Mughlai lifestyles’’ It was for this reason the marriages did not last with Princess Niloufer getting a divorce and Durru Shehvar living separately in England.
The history of the Nizam’s family is as intriguing as its present. Esra may have found Hyderabad stifling, but now, it is said, the name plate outside her house in London carries her past in bold letters: Princess Esra of Hyderabad. (read more via THE RISE OF A PRINCESS.).
Why stay with these dirty, poor Indians
Fleeing from a starving, hungry, poor 1947-India, straight to London and other better climes. Now, that UK and Europe are in trouble …
The earlier Hyderabad was not acceptable to the Princess Esra – but she now sports her identity on her proverbial sleeve – dressed in a saree. What a comedown, milady! After all, the Nizam’s sons had
married the daughter and the niece of the last Caliph of Turkey, Abdul Majid II. As part of the marriage arrangements, the Caliph had nominated the Nizam’s son as heir to the Caliphate, so uniting the supreme spiritual authority of the Muslim world with its greatest concentration of riches. The dynasty seemed unassailable. (read more via www.outlookindia.com | Princess To The Rescue).
I wonder why images of rats seeking safety on a floating ship in stormy seas cross my mind!
- Hyderabadi haleem now officially an asset of AP (ibnlive.in.com)
Channel surfing I caught at Discovery – Science a programme on Gunpowder somewhere between 15:00-18:00 on 9th November 2010.
In this entire rather long and boring episode, there was no mention at all of India. Not once. Strange, because, India was the largest industrial producer of saltpeter, for hundreds of years, the most important ingredient in gunpowder.
The credits at the end claimed that this was made by a Granite Production – a regular supplier of documentaries to BSkyB – British Sky Broadcasting, from where Discovery Science apparently picked this up. I have written to Discovery Science about this. Let me see how they respond!
If they do – that is!
Drumbeats get louder.
It is Rahulbaba’s footsteps that you are hearing. An unprecedented media campaign based on the ‘corruption’ hot-button.
Kalmadi resigns on CWG issue. A.Raja resigns on the 2G scam. CBI arrests CWG officials. CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) report criticizes Telecom Minister. Supreme courts questions PM on 2G scam.
2ndlook had outlined the following situation nearly 2 months ago – post linked above. The projections seems to be getting real …
What if …
Manmohan Singh takes moral ‘responsibility’. Resigns. Congress veterans beseech Rahul to ‘save’ the country, ‘empower’ the youth, and ‘renew’ the Congress party structure with its glorious tradition.
A ‘reluctant’ Rahulbaba immediately rejects the idea. He expresses full confidence in Manmohan Singh’s leadership – and his moral stature.
Manmohan Singh submits his resignation to his party’s president. She urges him withdraw or at least reconsider his decision. Manmohan Singh refuses.
15 days later, after repeated requests from Manmohan Singh, and under ‘great pressure’ from party workers, Sonia accepts Manmohan Singh’s resignation and Rahulbaba accepts the post of Prime Minister.
A plausible scenario …?
- 2G spectrum scam: Rahul defends PM (ibnlive.in.com)
- Gadkari poses 10 questions for Manmohan Singh (thehindu.com)
- Indian PM under pressure over 40-billion-dollar scam – AFP (news.google.com)
- Congress solidly behind Manmohan Singh (thehindu.com)
- India Scandal Dents PM’s Image (online.wsj.com)
- PM quiet as opposition clamours for response on court remark (topinews.com)
An average student exposed to 12 years of Pakistan Studies basically learns how to blame everything bad that happens in Pakistan on the proverbial Hindu conspiracy. Partition is depicted as a triumph of the Muslim mind and collective will in the face of almost insurmountable Hindu intransigence. Subsequently, the Hindus have conspired with just about everyone else to undermine Pakistan (by launching three wars of aggression and initiating other direct and indirect assaults against Pakistan’s core interests).
It would be one thing if the distortion of facts was the only problem with this narrative. More lethal is the effect of such ‘learning’ on the working of the mind. The ‘hate-Hindus’ story simply does not tally with what students are made to believe was the logic for creating Pakistan in the first place. Yet this basic contradiction is never confronted. In all of my time as a teacher I have found very few students who have been able to reconcile the fact that Pakistan was ostensibly conceived to allow Muslims the peace of mind and opportunities for independent development which they apparently lacked in a united India with the persistence of the ‘Hindu threat’ after partition.
In other words, if it was necessary to create Pakistan to free Muslims from majoritarian tyranny then why has the sovereign state of Pakistan been unable to build a future for itself free from the spectre of Indian hegemony? If one argues, as our establishment intellectuals do, that India’s evil designs have prevented Pakistan from moving beyond the bitter legacy of Hindu-Muslim rivalry in the last few decades of British rule, then surely these intellectuals made a mess of their prediction that all would be well once the Muslim mass secured a separate country for itself. (read more via Pol Eco, NOS, The News International).
The ‘official’ Pakistani narrative of history is full of holes – just like India’s. Indian history after more than 60 years of British departure, remains mired in colonial conclusions – with a Congressi overlay.
Those who control the past, control the future, said a British colonial writer. Changing Indian history is possibly more important for the world – as it is for India itself.
This cartoon shows it all
Faced with a crisis of labour due to abolition of slavery, Europe (specially England) started looking at alternatives for a new economic model. They selected a fugitive theorist, whose theories were creating interest in mainland Europe. Karl Marx. Fearing unrest, some European countries exiled Marx. However, Marx was popular with capitalists and in capitalist nations of Europe – and in the USA.
Communism awarded a monopoly over slavery to one employer – the State. Single employer, total monopoly (on labour, political power, economic resources), impress the slaves with the glory and future – were the elements of the new political system that Europe devised. This was the only Western ideology that was born out of design. With the demise of slave trafficking, 1832 in Britain; slavery re-introduced in 1802 by France) Europe was concerned about labour and industry.
France, Brussels, Britain etc. took the lead and provided patronage to Karl Marx and Frederick Engels to devise another system – an alternate to slavery. In the next few years, their publications found eager publishers and sold well. Their books, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844, The Communist Manifesto (published in) 1848 laid the basis for an alternative to capitalism. Marx and Engels received significant royalties from the sale of their books – and could survive on earnings from their writing careers.
Obviously, Communism could not be ‘sold’ to the designated victims, that they were the new slaves. It had to be ‘bought’ willingly by the ‘target audience’ as yet another ‘level of freedom’. Slavery sold as a promise of freedom – You have nothing to lose but your chains.