Archive for December, 2009

Imperialism and Islamism: a View from the Left

December 18, 2009

I do not consider  leftism to be enlightened and almost always find their world view to be highly one dimensional.  One of the biggest problem with left is that it is so sure of its moral righteousness that it never question its position.   An interesting  exception, I found today in an article  from Pervez Hoodbhoy

As a product of the Age of Enlightenment, the Left is obligated to uphold reason and the scientific method. It must therefore let facts hold sway over belief. But sadly, even with evidence staring in the face, some comrades seem locked into a state of denial, choosing to direct all their anger towards America and the West – no matter what.

A personal example: a video had just been broadcast on Pakistani television channels (May, 2009). It showed a 17-year old girl in Swat writhing and screaming in pain as a hefty, hooded, Talib thug mercilessly flogged her . She was accused of going to a market unaccompanied by an “allowed” or mehram male member of the family. A rare protest demonstration by Islamabad’s embattled secularists and left-wingers followed. Fearing the suicide bomber, and challenged by hostile students from a nearby madrassa, the small but noisy crowd made its way towards the Presidency. But every cry from one side “Down with Taliban” would find an echo, “Down with America”, from other protesters of the same group. Onlookers were probably confused whether it was the Moulana Fazlullah or Barack Obama that had ordered the flogging.

There are bigger examples. Hugo Chavez certainly gained the admiration of the international left (and mine too, I might add) for standing up to American bullying in Venezuela, but he was exceedingly short-sighted in defending Ahmadinejad against the unconscionable election rigging in Iran. Robert Mugabe, known for his cronyism and widespread use of torture, still receives support from parts of the Left because of his bluster against Britain.

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Telangana and Dangerous game of Congress

December 9, 2009

Times of India has recently commented that  kRS  fast is becoming more like guide movie.   What an apt analogy ! I guess only brilliant authors like R K Narayan can tell such a timeless story.   Looks like Raju guide of guide movie KRS has entered into something which will make a saint out of him without giving him a chance to escape.

Now, unless congress govt gives him something substantial on Telangana he cannot really back out.  If he back out he will lose his political life and if he continues he might lose his life. Now the movement has entered into strange phase where there is a substantial chance that it might go out of control either way.

I guess congress is hoping against hope that the whole thing will fizzle out on its own.  On one hand they are saying that they are pro Telangana, on the other hand they are trying hard that issue die down.

I agree that what KRS is doing can be counted as blackmail. However, if you feel that issue raised by him is wrong say it openly.  If congress lacks that guts, it should bow down to public pressure and give Telangana.   I hope that because of  this apathy of congress nothing bad will really happen. In case KRS dies and Andhra  enters into chaos, only Sonia will be responsible.

Dr.Subhas Mukhopadhyay

December 4, 2009

I came across story about a brilliant scientist, Dr. Subhas Mukhopadhyay, from west Bengal who was abused by govt there and was forced to suicide. Here are some facts from this website

Not far in the same city of Kolkata another drama was taking its shape. 18th November 1978. An ‘expert committee’ was appointed by the Government of West Bengal under the medical association to decide over the fate of a convict named Dr. Subhas Mukhopahyay. His charges are, one, he claims to be the architect of a human test tube baby named Durga.(3rd October, 1978). Secondly, he denounced the report to the media before being cleared off by the Government bureaucrats. Thirdly, he made this impossible possible with few general apparatus and a refrigerator in his small southern avenue flat while others cannot even think of it, although, having all the expensive resources in their hand.(in this research Dr. Mukhopadhyay was assisted by Prof. Sunit Mukherjee and Dr. S.K Bhattacharya.). Fourth and most important allegation, he never let his head down by the Government Bureaucrats and his straightforwardness always attracted jealousy out of his peers. The committee was presided over by a radiophysics and it was comprised of a gynecologist, a physiologist and a neurophysiologist. Interestingly, none of them were having any knowledge about modern reproductive technology. The question came from one of the expert “Where did you keep these embryos?” Dr. Mukhopahdhyay said “in sealed ampules.” Then he asked again “How did you seal an ampule?” Surprised Dr. Mukhopadhyay replied “as usual by heating”. From here started a questioning and counter-questioning session, which needs not to be mentioned, was utterly meaningless. “Oh! Embryos do not die of heat while sealing?” there were people who never saw embryos in the entire span of their lifetime!

The more I learn the more I get convinced that there is nothing positive about leftism at all.