|Swamy's slap for Islamic terror?|
How imported ideas affect the Indian disparities is evident from the afterthought reaction to Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy’s article of July 16, ‘How to wipe out Islamic terror’. The Maharashtra State Minorities Commissioner wants him to be charged for attempting to promote enmity between communities. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt believes, “His views are dangerous and may cause disharmony in society. He must be punished for spewing poison,”
I will only provide two quotes:
The terrorist blast in Mumbai on July 13, 2011, requires decisive soul-searching by the Hindus of India. Hindus cannot accept to be killed in this halal fashion, continuously bleeding every day till the nation finally collapses.
Would it be okay if it were non-halal? If there is anyone who is insensitive it is he, and stupid to boot.
“The first lesson to be learnt from the recent history of Islamic terrorism against India and for tackling terrorism in India is that the Hindu is the target and that Muslims of India are being programmed by a slow reactive process to become radical and thus slide into suicide against Hindus.”
What does “suicide against Hindus” mean? What they don’t teach you at Harvard is to get your language right. Imagine Muslims slowly sliding into some morass from where they 'target' Hindus.
He is currently parked at Harvard University on a teaching assignment; he was once a student there. Some students wrote out a petition. They believe, “These are statements you’d expect a demagogue on the extreme right to say.” He says, “I cannot take it seriously because it is signed mostly by the usual Left wing loonies.”
Both are in neat boxes. The students are clearly out of touch with what is happening in India. It is not merely the rightwing demagogues that spew venom. Did not Justice Iyer do something similar only a few days ago? And Swamy calling his critics Leftwing loonies is again a stereotype.
If he can lecture us about how to wipe out Islamic terror, then good for him. No one takes him seriously. He has filed cases against several politicians, he generally likes creating a ruckus. He is probably missing home and while getting nostalgic about rasam cannot be made public, he realised that sitting pretty in the land where Islamic terror is all about no love lost he can just score some points. The loonier and leftier the oppostion, the better it is for him. His views are, in fact, those of the unseen rabid elite. If you haven’t seen the poison in them, then thank Swamy for waking you up to smell the Chardonnay communalists.
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|Haley's 'racing' ahead?|
Is it typical expat behaviour that North Carolina’s governor made herself White? Play up your origins where it matters and then go all mainstream? Why did Nikki Haley register her race as “white” in her voter registeration form in 2001 and why has it got noticed only now?
The state’s Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said, “Haley has been appearing on television interviews where she calls herself a minority — when it suits her. When she registers to vote she says she is white.”
When she became the governor it was the first time for an Indian-American woman of Sikh heritage. That is a lot of baggage. It is quite a narrow outlook on her part, but does playing the minority really help? I can understand her doing so when catering to the diaspora, but how would it work in her favour otherwise? Are voters doling out sops?
I am also not sure why the addition of race to a voter ID card is important. To get a breakup of different races is necessary for population statistics, but how does it count in the electoral process? I have found that emphasis on differences only mark out territory.
Is Haley striving to do so by faking it? I do know that people of Indian origin tend to be quite attached to their ‘green cards’. It was and probably still is a dream realised. Their value increases in the home they have left and often return to to find suitable brides. There are many cases where the wives reach the US to find that the man already has a spouse, often white. Indian and South Asians in general, especially men, would rarely have a partner of any other race. They are extremely conscious about what they perceive as the pecking order. The term coconut refers to their brown colour and whiteness of being or rather becoming.
Is Haley merely an insecure person who wants to get upmarket socially? She must think that she has earned her stars and stripes and has no trace of her origins left that stand out.
Her personal need reveals the larger truth. You cannot change your race but the change might do you a whole lot of good. Why is it so? It is this aspect that should be addressed, especially in recent days when Europe has been screaming against multiculturalism.