The Israeli film jury head suddenly u-turned. Had written abt it, but can’t find the tweet now. The point is India, is an Importing country, with Billions of customers, that status will be maintained, using all necessary pressure for that.
Biden praises India! And modi a self declared Charvaka (hedonist). Democracy, Morals, Values, …these are words of yester year. When all gets said and done, We start with ‘Water world,’ of course.
modi has bought SO much of putin’s oil. YET petrol-diesel is extremely expensive in India.
Carvak (चारवाक) pronounced chaar-vaak, is the first of (Indian) philosophies. Its basic tenet is: Just be Careful of the Fish bone!
Starting from another angle, Google informs Us that a whopping 74% of India are of the lower caste.
The so-called upper castes called the others so because they found that these ‘others’ had No interest in ‘higher things,’ (music included!). [ Note: This is NOT a dissertation on the caste system. ]
Putting it all most simply, it can be said that the l.c. did not Care in things other than eating… etc!
Now does that not Expand the l.c.’s? And it starts getting applied to Much More than India.
I go on now to state that people are moving into the Carvak philosophy.
(Unless you want to say that they have Long lived there).
Let’s take the case of #Taiwanese-Citrus-Farmers.
In India, We would call such people (size of farm, t shirt, able to give interviews to the BBC/CNN in English) Rich.
Only about 7% of these products go to to china, which has now banned them on stupid and cooked-up charges (too much ‘sprays!’, they just found it out!). These farmers (and fishermen), are losing those 7 percents. Musk/Ambani losing some change. For that these will criticize their own government, no doubt ready to accept chinese dominion.
That Exactly is the point. MOST Indians (including Very particularly the employed middle class) do not mind who is at the helm so long as they can eat well, (NO PROBLEM IF THEIR KING EATS RS. 10,000 MEALS)
…buy up ‘Bullet’ motor cycles (status symbols in India), …hang the cost of petrol,
and visit Goa (booze and *** Easily available).
Taiwan, the satates, rooshia OR INDIA, good sofas, tv sets, and BIRYANI (a dish of meat in rice, special recipes, of course; sometimes made with veggies, but who wants those? …this for India),
these have become the ‘Needs,’ the VALUES(!), of this age.
To the Garbage with Democracy, Freedom, Justice, Decency, Greatness, பெருந்தன்மை, महानता, and all that rot.
When I was getting trained for my Priesthood some 45-50 yrs ago, We had classes on Values for quite a few periods. That, plus my latter studies on the subject and my Reflections, cannot be condensed into a post (of my type).
In the fewest words, Values are what Humankind Desires.
In my longish career, I had a student whose highest value was to cook and feed. …I do not think she was/is alone in that.
Thus there is a Hierarchy of Values (what are most important for an individual).
For a Long time, discipline was my most important value. People might find Courage, Honesty, Beauty, Cleanliness, whatnot as their first values.
Now I think Love, Peace and Happiness are the Most Important ones.
Pity the people (which is what Most people are today) who get their happiness from biryani, cars, …in short, Wine, Women and Song, as it is said.
Problem: the day they don’t get that, their happiness goes phut. So they have to make money, make money, make money, Every day, Every Hour; Even if they have to Sell their Honour, Honesty and Integrity. (Am sure none of my readers fall in this category)!
(MP is member of Parliament! Indians tolerate this – viz: gogoi becoming mp!)
Children are NOT born with the right hierarchy of values.
That is why the world has had teachers and gurus.
It surprises me, horribly, that people think Only about themselves.
The state, in the form of the ruling party, is NOT supposed to Interfere in teaching values.
In Ancient India, the king KNELT at the Rishi’s feet, STOOD UP for him, and GAVE HIM A HIGHER SEAT.
So, in the Original Indian way of things, IT WAS NEVER SUPPOSED THAT THE STATE WOULD DARE TO TEACH ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG.
Unless supervised by Parents (parents worthy of that name), children have frequently turned out like this, and worse.
joodges and law-yers only know the law, (often made for their own advantage!). It is the Family (even, and particularly, Old Ladies, even if Uneducated) that knows about Justice, and Values. As such children should listen to their parents. Of course too many so-called parents take advantage of their children.
But We are not talking about them, are We? 🙂
There is very little sense of THE OTHER in India now.
This affair, Thank Goodness, is very much in the (Indian, English) news. Learnt that
Our 11 freed heroes had raped, not just this Bilkis Bano, but also her 3 sisters. Had killed the 3 yo child by smashing its skull. Had killed, in total, 14 people in Cold blood that day! Now free!
Of the panel that had recommended the release, 50% were of the bjp or affiliated to the gujrat gorement.
The Rapists have All been released, and, as You see, Welcomed back with sweets, as above, AND garlanded.
Absolute confidence. Crossed legs. Open knees.
The full group is here.
They were/are all her neighbours; and had also Killed Bano’s 3 yo child.
Am particularly Angry to note that the fellow in the Orange at extreme right above, is Already sporting some sort of Knife; Hence the cross belt. And see How proud he stand!
The family, and particularly Bilkis Bano, are supposed to feel Safe.
Below, pic of a fellow, who is said to be surrounded by a security detail numbering a mere 1000.
One of those, a minister, who had recommended the release, has this to say:
“They are Brahmins; men of good character!” the fellow had said. …Gangraping and Killing a 3 yo behooves them. Had not known that.
To the Vast Majority of the Majority community who keep Silent over things like this: A Sannyasi’s curse: May Similar things (RAPES) happen to you and your families. …Ok, may the rapists be brahmins. Let the
In my case, have not written Anything on this my blog for… I can’t rememember how long.
Have been fairly busy on facebook, twitter n a thing called koo, which aspires to be like twitter. …And here are some of my gems(!), which I had shared over all above.
On Gun control (in the US):
and a few more in that vein.
Then quite a few on (against) Abortion. These were very much responding to telecasts over BBC and CNN; (Indians generally don’t care so long as the Awl is not up theirs, and the Indian media is happy to cater to them).
no. 4 is important
Right on the Independence Day of India, the 15th of August, facebook saw fit to block poor ole me. …It is Very much in the grips of the right-wing bjp, currently the ruling party of India.
Why was I blocked? No info. But I suspect, my posts. Do You find these wrong?
And then, when Twitter Unblocked me (!) and I found my pope‘s mewlings, though in and by himself he is a Very good man (and a Poor leader, in my opinion), I dished off these to him.
Am trying to work more on my Novel. Wish me luck. With Love to You All, Yesudas.
A much Mis-understood, Mis-used and Maligned word.
It is Terrorism ONLY WHEN People (even things), totally Unconnected with the Military, are Harmed/Killed/Destroyed.
One of the Best examples I can think of is the Jallianwala bagh massacre.
“The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place on 13 April 1919. A large PEACEFUL CROWD had gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab to protest against the arrest of pro-Indian independence leaders Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew and Dr. Satya Pal. In response to the public gathering, the temporary Brigadier generalR. E. H. Dyer surrounded the protesters with his Gurkha British Indian Army unit and Sindh regiment. The Jallianwala Bagh could only be exited on one side, as its other three sides were enclosed by buildings. After blocking the exit with his troops, he ordered them to shoot at the crowd, continuing to fire even as the protestors tried to flee. The troops kept on firing until their ammunition was exhausted.“
That having taken place in Punjab, India, my next example is also cited from there. Between 1960 and 1970, I think. Northwest India had seen terrible wranglings over WATER. I think this later turned into a call for separate statehood by some Sikhs. but this rambling, and quite possibly inaccurate lines are not the point.
The point is that I distinctly remember my hearing reports of some people even gunning down people (mere bus passengers) during those days. There it is. Killing Civilians (people having Nothing to do with the military; politicians being different, as they control the military).
To repeat, Killing Civilians Intentionally is Terrorism.
The purpose of terrorism is to make the authorities give in, change their mind.
Here We see how things can be used for the same intention.
There have been tyrants who have killied, maimed, tortured, millions. Leaving out long histories, We have hitler and mao.
They induced Terror. But TerrorISM is a bit modern concept, and has ‘limited’ applications.
putin, bombing the eastern parts of Ukraine, (even without killing civilians), is carrying out Terrorism.
(Totally destroyed buildings, towns, villages, factories… of what physical use can this be for him?)
Here’s a further, and important point.
The condition in all above three graphics is the result of long-range shelling and missiles, which, coming from afar, would not have pin point accuracy.
For the querelous, putin seems to have either lacking, or run out of ‘cruise’ missiles.
(The above was also possible by bombing, though I do not know whether putin used this method much).
This lack of accuracy on the part of putin’s method of attack is what has unnecessarily destroyed so many buildings, and worse, cost the death of so many civilians, including the mother of these sweet children. These effects would be well known by all military minds; and putin would have known this too.
If these do not make putin a terrorist, what would?
I beg to state,
modi is the friend of a terrorist.
(particularly because modi has not condemned putin’s actions).
The world talks of the 1%. They are supposed to be the mega-business (owners) of the world, swaying it.
I call it the 10%, bec, without the bootlicking judges, politicos, police officers and other officials, the 1% cannot function.
But if We take the case of India, it would be said that the 2% rule the country, laughing their backsides off meanwhile. They shall not be named.
I had said that ‘it would be said.’ Bec, that is not True, either!
The 0.001%, actually, hold sway over the world.
[ Take India, according to me a whopping 70% of the 1.3 billion of the populace, are ‘yes men,’ apathetic (so long as the bamboo is not up MY a**, i do not raise my voice), ‘wise‘ (just as it is a crime to use the word war in russia, SO is it to question the ruling regime; lands you in jail. let my children n grand children face it in their time!)
thus the 70% being justCowards n Fools (not in the market for collecting friends or likes).
So who ARE the 0.001%?
They are the RELIGIOUS LEADERS of the world; n pl note the names (not extensive)… Christ, Ram, Buddha, Muhammad.
Pl note that I do Not include all their proponents, least of all kirill, n not even pope francis.
Giving just ONE graphic here:
men came, and men went (salutes to Alfred Tennyson!), but the 0.001% and their thoughts, their teachings n their Hold, Have remained, n Will remain.
Drama queens are the Dust in the wind.
MANY are going to be impressed by modi’s sudden reduction in petrol n diesel prices, etc. PURE drama. 8 yrs should be enough to weigh a man and his company.
I Do hold Abortions to be sinful. Sinful is The Strongest word for me. [ Ladies, once you have allowed a child, even in the Most Miniscule degree, into your womb, it is no longer a question of ‘your body.’ ]
This is Stupid. [ What worse can We say? ]
Abortions being Wrong (in no small degree), a 30 year sentence is equally wrong. 2 wrongs will not make a right.
Abortions become Problematic only when considered as Ending a life, a thought which is not just sociological, but also much influenced by religion.
catholics being in the majority in El Salvadore, is this a returning of the Inquisition, of sorts?
AND, What did the pope say about this 30 year sentence?