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A Report on Tarek Fatah's IIT Bombay Talk - Change in approach?

A Report on Tarek Fatahs IIT Bombay Talk - Change in approach

In the excitement of bashing Pakistan and militant Jihadis, many of us became ardent fans of Tarek Fatah. Infact he was almost treated as a RW insider.

However, after hearing his views, first in a closed room and then in a talk that he gave at IIT Bombay, I think we all need to pause and look at Tarek Fatah in an objective manner.

He is certainly not a wolf in sheep's clothing; he does take a stand against Jihadis but may be it was a hasty conclusion on the part of many RW thinkers to view him as a “nationalist” Muslim.

I have compiled few points that Tarek Fatah made at IIT Bombay. I would list them first so that my friends can go through them. I would then list my closing remarks:

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A Small Victory in the Big War

Article on Wendy doniger

There has been a flurry of writing activity in the wake of an out-of-court Settlement that Penguin India sought with SBA (Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti) and 5 others and which led to the withdrawal of Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus. Just to clarify - there has been no ban by any court till date concerning this book. Thus I hardly think this is an occasion to study the encroachment on freedom or the purported shortcomings of Indian legal system. Still, if someone is disturbed by allegations of this nature by some pseudo intellectuals, it would be good to look at the statement issued by Monika Arora concerning the law and determined anarchists who are trying to be above the Rule of Law [1] . I am not wasting my time writing about a book torrentially full of the most basic factual errors that make it unworthy of even being dubbed an intellectual monstrosity. Vishal Agarwal [2] , a talented engineer, has already done a brilliant job pointing out the gross inaccuracies – so grandly different from mere factual distortion. In the ‘real world’ so many factual errors should be grounds enough for voluntary withdrawal of any document from public circulation. But more relevantly, this incident provides an interesting opportunity to impartially study the diverse mind sets - especially Indian mindsets - for me.

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"Idiotic", Vikram Seth? The Travails of a Sycophant

Idiotic-Vikram

One of the sad realities of post-independence Indian literature has been the breed of Indian writers writing in English. These worthy inheritors of the infamous Nirad Chaudhry [1] discovered a short-cut to success: any shocking portrayal of bride burning, sati or prostitution certainly got them overnight fame and a couple of (re)awards for a job well done. They have quite seriously appropriated the mantle of conveying to the whole world a mythical India mired in millions of horrific practices. Let us take the case of Vikram Seth, an Indian novelist and poet, who has written some-odd novels and poetry books of doubtful standing and has wrangled some awards including one of ‘Crossword Book’. He has tried to make a career of it, but that does not come easy. For such a path, one has to excel in sycophancy. One has to sell one's soul, appease a lot of firangis and suck up to them non-stop. The deal  also includes calling one's own patriotic and eminent countrymen "idiotic" and "obscurantist" or even "extremists" [2].  One has to efface one's self-respect and plead for the causes of foreigners even when they are distorting and invading the sacred [3] in the name of "scholarly work". A "liberal intellectual’s” slanderous work is never done!

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JNU, Kashmir & Discrimination

JNU Kashmir  Discrimination

I think  that we should use our own discrimination and judgment. Since all times, students have revolted against the established older – even though 99% eventually settle and work in the very society they once despised. This we have to accept. Many of us have done it in our time. There is no Sedition there, but youthfulness, enthusiasm, idealism, even if it is misguided and exploited by Marxists, Indian National Congress, the Media, etc.

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What we know so far about the declassification of Netaji Files

What We Know So Far About

The central question  is whether these files tell us anything definitive about Netaji’s fate.

On 23 January Narendra Modi demonstrated that he means to keep his promise of declassifying Netaji-related files by releasing the first tranche of 100 files belonging to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), most of which were classified until now. The Government plans to release the remaining files at the rate of 25 every month.

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साहित्‍य अकादमी पुरस्‍कार लौटाए जाने के पीछे राष्‍ट्रीय-अंतराष्‍ट्रीय साजिश काम कर रही है!

सहतय अकदम परसकर लटए जन क पछ रषटरय-अतरषटरय सजश

मुख्य बातें

  • साहित्‍य अकादमी पुरस्‍कार लौटाए जाने के पीछे राष्‍ट्रीय-अंतराष्‍ट्रीय साजिश काम कर रही है जिसमें अमेरिका- सउदीअरब- पाकिस्‍तान तक शामिल है
  • संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र संघ मे भारत की दावेदारी को रोकने लिए अमेरिकी, सउदी अरब व पाकिस्‍तान मिलकर काम कर रहे है। इसके लिए भारत को मानवाधिकार पर घेरने और उसे असहिष्‍णु देश साबित करने की रूपरेखा तैयार की गई है
  • इसके लिए पहले अमेरिका ने अपनी धार्मिक रिपोर्ट जारी कर भारत को एक असहिष्‍णु देश के रूप में प्रोजेक्‍ट किया और उसमे गिन-गिन कर भाजपा के नेताओ व उनके वक्‍तव्‍यो को शामिल किया गया
  • इस समय सउदी अरब का राजपरिवार संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र संघ के मानवाधिकार आयोग का अध्‍यक्ष है और पाकिस्‍तान के हित मे वह शीघ्र ही भारत को मानवाधिकार उल्‍लंघन के कटघरे मे खडा करने वाला है। 

साहित्‍य अकादमी पुरस्‍कार लौटाने का यह जो खेल चल रहा है, आप लोग इसे हल्‍के में न लें। PMO India मोदी सरकार पर किए गए इस वार में पर्दे के पीछे कांग्रेस पार्टी-अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय एनजीओ-मीडया का बड़ा नेक्‍सस काम कर रहा है। मुझे जो जानकारी मिली है, उसके अनुसार, मोदी सरकार ने खुफिया विभाग से इसकी जांच कराई है और प्रारंभिक जांच में यह पता चला है कि है, देश में चल रहे इस कोलाहल में अमेरिका-सउदीअरब-पाकिस्‍तान तक शामिल हैं। बकायदा इसके लिए एक अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय पीआर एजेंसी हायर किया गया है।

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Plot revealed? Nayantara Sahgal says Rahul Gandhi is showing 'signs of great change'

 Plot Revealed

Key Points:

  • One of the reason behind this whole Award returning campaign was to bring Rahul/ Congress in limelight and show them as positive and current government as negative. For more than last 60 years according to Naayantara Sahgal India has been great and tolerant, irrespective of Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 1984, 1984 Sikh riots, Death of Kashmiri Pandits, Hindu killings in West Bengal and Assam, Mujaffarnagar riots etc. 
  • The timing has been so perfect as its time for Bihar elections.
  • According the Nayantara Sahgal Rahul didin't want to be in politics earlier and now she is seeing great change in Rahul and he can be a good leader for India. 

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