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Notes – Why does Anish Kapoor support delinquent NGOs

Saw an article in the Guardian by Anish Kapoor about “India being ruled by a Hindu Taliban.” In the article he mentions with great angst, Nine thousand NGOs have been “de-registered” in a concerted effort to force out these “nuisance” groups … (quotation marks are from the article) Every time I see a number being […]

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Satyagraha – Resistance by Muslim Women

muslim school girls with veils in Daulatabad Arun Shanbhag

Young educated Muslim women in UK choose to wear the veil and declare allegiance to their faith, despite the rising violence against identifiable Muslims. This act of peaceful resistance is a beautiful example of satyagraha, which Gandhi exemplified as he forced the British to leave India.

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Buddha’s Tooth, Peter’s Bones and Jesuit Pope’s Hypocrisy

pic of Buddha from the RijksMuseum posted by Arun Shanbhag

Circa 1560 CE Portuguese forces based in Goa, India, raided the town of Jaffnapatam, Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka). They looted the temples and pagodas and torched the town. One of the items they stole was a reliquary containing a tooth of Buddha – the Enlightened One. The Buddhist community was distraught and the King […]

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Norway is Kidnapping Indian Children

Update, March 19, 2012: More than a month after agreeing to transfer custody of the children to the children’s uncle, the kids still languish in Norway’s foster care system. Indian politicians are headed to Norway to participate in the custody hearings. Norway should be fined a million dollars a day for holding the kids hostage. […]

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How to Smackdown a Journalist, President Obama Style

From President Barack Obama’s new Conference on Wednesday June 29, 2011. Here is what transpired during the Q&A. I think President Obama gave a polite but firm reply to Ms Meckler. Tell me what you think in the poll below. Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal: Thank you, Mr. President. … And I’d also […]

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Poll: In which country does this happen

It was depressing to see the Government of India, a beacon of democratic aspirations in Asia, act like a repressive monarchy, attacking peaceful citizen protesters. This is simply NOT done! And the gall of the ministers to justify their actions! Time for a shaming poll. Take this poll and send a strong message to the […]

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Video: Embrace Life

As you get ready for the Holidays, here is a British public service announcement encouraging riders to wear seat belts. WoW! What a beautifully executed video! Not boring and no scare tactics here; just beautiful acting and the full play of emotions. A tear was ready to well up in my eyes. Stunning! Video produced […]

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Poll: Who is letting India down?

After 63 years of Indian Independence, there is a sense amongst Indians and even the rest of the world, that India is not living up to its potential ‘completely.’ There is a lot more it could have done, but is unable to get it done. What is the reason for this? Who is letting India […]

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Pragati – Revisiting Indian History

Now is such an exciting time for Indian History! New technologies from satellite imaging to DNA sequencing are bringing scientific curiosity to the understanding of our ancient history. The latest findings are typically scattered in scientific journals and archaeological reports. In history books I find a sad disconnect between what they are still parroting and […]

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Immigrants Improve US Productivity

Is Immigration Good for America? Depending on their ideology and incomplete data, politicians, media, unions, and technology companies espouse disparate views. A recently published, detailed economic impact study, sheds a clarifying light on the productivity of immigrants compared to the native American population.

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Surgeon falsifies research on soldiers injured in Iraq war

Update: May 22, 2009 Dr Kuklo has taken a leave of absence from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Update: May 19, 2009 US Senator Charles Grassley has opened an inquiry into Dr T Kuklo and his financial relations with Medtronic. It is depressing to see medical doctors, who are also paid […]

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Charlie Chaplin in Rural India

Movie directors will go to any ‘height’ to seek publicity. One Hemnath Hegde wants to install a 62-foot statue of Charlie Chaplin as the backdrop for two Kannada movie song sequences. He wants to offer that as a permanent contribution to rural Karnataka and hopefully get into the Guiness Book of World Records. When locals […]

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Mumbai Blasts: One Month On

Its been a month, but seems like only yesterday that I woke to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai! So many vigils, memorials, speeches and even some saber rattling! But really, what is different? Other than a few cosmetic changes, the same incompetent and corrupt politicians are running the show. Condi Rice made a trip and […]

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Comment: Justifying Citizen Journalists

Columbia Journalism posted a discussion: How Should Journalists use Twitter? Their Staff Writer Megan Garber critiqued a few of my tweets. Some of the criticisms were justified, others were, in my opinion, unstudied. Below, I have transcribed Ms Garber’s comments and my response.

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New President Elect Obama

We woke up to a new President Elect! An historic step, all the more in contrast to the disastrous, preceding eight years. This is a time of two ongoing wars and terrorists are still out there waiting for a softening. The economy is in tatters and the country in at least 10 trillion dollars in […]

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Sacred Places

It is sad that in India, places of worship are being targeted to achieve political ends, or vent frustrations. This is absolutely wrong! Temples, churches, mosques, and all other places of worship are sacred and should not be pawns in political movements. People should feel empowered to use objective fora to address grievances. Politicians! Make […]

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Reading: Wide Angle Lens

A few interesting things. Lets start with wine! An eco-smart alternative to the wine bottle. Slideshow: “Making French Rabbit’s New Eco-Smart Wine Bottle,” Fast Company. Seeing this feature in Fast Company, I tried French Rabbit’s Cabernet Sauvignon. Fantastic and it goes superbly well with my grilled salmon. Importantly, a tetra pack has 1 L wine […]

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Reclaiming India

An interesting Editorial in the Times of India, by Tarun Vijay. I particularly liked his rebuttal to Omar Abdullah, But he must stop to think why he can own a bungalow in Delhi or Bangalore and at the same time deny that privilege to a fellow Indian in Kashmir? Do you think our elite, secular […]

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Yoga Bashing by Christians, Again

Why is it that Christians hate Yoga so much? First the catholic church bans yoga for toddlers; now this. According to a report in the DNA, Father Jeremy Davies, an ordained priest in the UK argues in his new book, “yoga puts people at risk from devils and the occult is closely associated with the […]

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Church bans yoga for toddlers as un-Christian

From The Times of London: A children’s exercise class has been banned from two church halls because it is teaching yoga. The group has been turned away by vicars who described yoga as a sham and un-Christian. … It’s crazy because we’re talking about kids pretending to be animals and doing exercise routines to rhymes. […]

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Siegel on the Indian Rupee

Here is part of a Q&A with Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel. Interesting discussion on the trends in the Emerging markets, the US economy and else. Here Siegel argues that appreciation of the Indian Rupee is bad for the Indian Exporter, while good for the consumer. But the largest plank of growth in the Indian […]