Left of Right, Right of Left and off-center

Talk of mixed perspectives. A few posts I made recently have set me thinking about how many of us supposedly neither right nor left political inclinations actually have swallowed a lot of left and right. The recent turning upside down of terrorism as an Islamic speciality by Hindutva enthusiasts provided many such opportunities to notice how we simply accept certain fiction as gospel truth – even atheists 😀 Some shining moments were when people who…

"Left of Right, Right of Left and off-center"

Pakistan and Israel

For two countries that hate each other, both have much in common. Both are comparitively young countries. Both seem to be surrounded by enemies on all borders. Both claim to be in existential struggles against enemies either incapable or disinclined to destroy them. Both have some sea and have used it to strike terror against helpless civilians. Both are extremely aggressive and have ‘national narratives’ that seem to contradict reality. Both have been engaged in…

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Save Water

I often talk about stuff like saving water, plastic, etc with kids I know. No lectures, just…. talking about it. Effects, ideas that are easy and make a difference, etc. We get water twice a day and have a water tank that fills so that we can switch to it when there is no water supply. Friend and son visited. Son has been experimenting with ideas to save the water, and we talk about it.…

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Speaking of Arundhati…

Image by flamk via Flickr I find that people the world over respect Arundhati Roy for her thoughts. So do I. She has some remarkable insights into the grassroots India most of us never think of, let alone touch. However, I think it is unfair to call her critics as suppressive of free speech or to think that only crazy nationalists disagree with her. Arundhati speaks words of power, and she causes ripples because they…

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The Republic's abandoned kids – finally owned!

“Our republic cannot bear the stain of killing its children like this” ~ Indian Supreme Court Judge on possibility of extra-judicial killing of Maoist Azad. There is hope. This isn’t a matter of supporting Maoists or not, but the profound simple matter of the role of the police in carrying out the stated will of the government. If it turns out that the stated will of the government differed from its real will, that should…

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Politicode

Was reading between headlines in my feedreader: Call girl racket busted, two women among five arrested They earned money, cops didn’t. Therefore arrested. Indresh Kumar subjected to torture – RSS They didn’t believe him when he said he was innocent. Gates warns of civil-military disconnect in China Don’t think it won’t happen to you. Five ministers drawing salary after devolution in Pakistan They were being paid by the government for reasons other than being ministers.…

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