Oppression at its subtle finest

As the news brings up issues like oppression and colonization and human rights, it occurs to me that the worst kind of oppression is one rarely noticed – adopting foreign standards and disowning most of what is our own. Once we do that, we see nothing wrong in imposing our standards on others – after all, isn’t it how its supposed to be and haven’t I learned only from the best? I am mourning the…

"Oppression at its subtle finest"

Arundhati this

Image by jeanbaptisteparis via Flickr Came across an interesting argument against the Arundhati logic today. According to her, what she is doing is freedom of speech, even though it defames the country. So how is criticism of her not freedom of speech, or FIRs against her repression rather than freedom to seek justice? Her logic for the Maoists and separatists is that there has been injustice done against them and there is no hope for…

"Arundhati this"

CWG: The humiliation we escaped

Image via Wikipedia As the commonwealth games are behind us in all their malarial glory, falling constructions and standards of hygiene, it comes to mind that we escaped one really disastrous disaster. Bedbugs. Apparently, even the UN isn’t safe from them. As I read the article and found it hilarious in a way one always finds another’s misery, I couldn’t stop the shiver of gratitude that raced down my spine at the thought that it…

"CWG: The humiliation we escaped"

World media silent when Geelani gets a Kashmiri shoe

I’ve been following news religiously these days for a couple of hours everyday, and have started seeing some patterns in news reporting. For example, today, Geelani got the famous shoe treatment in Delhi by Kashmiri Hindu protestors. Not a single international newspaper reported it.This was also evident on earlier stories where shopkeepers threw stones at pelters forcing a strike, a teacher with some students protesting the ongoing unrest, people killed or injured by stone pelters,…

"World media silent when Geelani gets a Kashmiri shoe"

The War on Terror – Not our war

Seriously, I mean it. As the NATO fails more and more obviously in completing their war, there are attempts to discredit Pakistan and bring in India and China. For some reason, the West (read US) seems to dictate what India is and isn’t, so as the countries get desperate, there will be pressure. We need to abide impeccably by our classic non-alignment stand. Here’s why. The war is a stupid war. Okay, I’ll probably get…

"The War on Terror – Not our war"