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The BJP recently objected to the use of the phrase ‘Hindu terrorism’ in the Parliament by P.Chidambaram :
While talking about government approach towards any form of terrorism cause by any group irrespective of its religious colour, Chidambram said: “The government maintains zero tolerance for terrorism inspired by religion, may it be Islam or may it be Hindu.”
Chidambaram was immediately pointed out by BJP’s Prakash Javadekar and SS Ahluwalia and other BJP members for his repeated usage of the word of “Hindu terrorists” during his statement on internal security issue.
“When the investigation is on how could you say it would reveal the Hindu terrorists”, Javdekar asked Chidambaram over his Hindu terrorist remark.
Another BJP leader Ahluwalia questioned Chidambaram how could he generalize the entire community over an alleged act of a few individuals.
I am with the BJP on this one; I believe the correct neologism is Saffron terror. But that’s okay. We are going to take a while adjusting to such new words. It would be too obvious an irony to mention the BJP’s use of the ‘Islamic terrorism’, so I’ll skip past that.
One thing we can agree upon : if one form of terrorism is always termed religious, we have a right to call any other form that uses religion as its basis with its associated religion. Else we should agree that terrorism has no religion.
Which brings me to the oft-repeated sentence, ‘Terrorism has no religion’. I disagree. Whenever terrorism is inspired by religious ideas or in defense of a religion, it makes perfect sense to associate it with the corresponding religion. When they call themselves religious terrorists, who are we to disagree ? And let’s face it, every religion today has violent fundamentalists. Period.
The only difference in my association : I’d put together the religion, terrorism and the perpetrators in the association. That would just be fair on the innocent fellow followers.
If that is confusing, the gist is thus : We cannot decouple religion from terrorism, else we’re not looking at the larger problem.
On the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, the leaked Liberhan report and when the RSS is looking to increase its stronghold over the B.J.P. once again, I recommend this piece of Vir Sanghvi. This bit, I liked best :
I don’t wish to make too much of Advani’s pious hand-rubbing or his crocodile tears. But the furore about the demolition should serve to remind us that no matter how reasonable BJP leaders may seem on television, at the heart of the parivar, there lurks a nasty fascist core.
A fascist core — that is what is common to so many parties today. Even considering Vir Sanghvi’s Congress leanings, I can’t find much to complain about in what he puts forth.
In a discussion, a friend once claimed that the RSS/BJP kar-sevaks didn’t really demolish the masjid and it was the Central government that completed the task after nightfall. All I say is, I still hold the RSS/BJP responsible for the demolition and every death that occurred consequently.
Advani has done plenty for the country, but speaking for myself, I won’t be disappointed if history remembers L.K. Advani as just the architect of the Babri Masjid demolition.
Link via @amitvarma.
After former BJP leader Kalyan Singh’s claim that he was kept in the dark about the Babri masjid demolition, another temple movement leader Uma Bharti on Monday said that “everyone” was in the dark about the demolition.
“We still don’t know who did it,” she told PTI at Atrauli near here.
Ok fine I’ll give it to ya. Everyone was in the dark.
P.S. : Wasn’t it done at night ?
Meet Coke’s new rival : a soft-drink made of cow urine.
The head of the Hardwar-based department, Om Prakash, said: “We refer to gau ark (cow urine) as gau jal (cow water) as it has immense potential to cure various diseases. We have developed a soft drink formula with gau jal as the base and it has been sent to a laboratory at Lucknow for testing.”
Once the tests show positive results, he added, the department will think about its packaging, preservation and marketing. The Sangh’s Cow Protection Department is planning to produce a soft drink with this magic ingredient as base, and believes it will sweep the market.
I am just curious who they hire as a model in their ads. I call for Himesh Reshammiya !
Link via Pushkar.
While bloggers, media, all sane human beings and Renuka Choudhary have been blasting the Sri Rama Sena (translated as “A band of monkeys” with some inputs from history), only Rediff has shown the courage to delve deeper into the issue. What they have come up with is an article called : Did India export The Kiss to the West?
Behaviour analysts are also divided on where the habit originated. Some believe that kissing, in fact, is a Vedic habit. Vaughn Bryant, an anthropologist from Texas quoted in the International Herald Tribune, believes that the first recorded kiss, around 1500 BC, is in scriptures which mention people sniffing with their mouths; later Vedic texts describe lovers “setting mouth to mouth”.
Far from being a European import, he says, kissing went west from India, after Alexander’s conquest of Punjab in 326 BC. If such is the case then the Romans and Latins, whose kisses range from the overtly sexual to the deeply spiritual, are truly the kissing cousins of the Aryans.
So there you go SRS. It is not the West that is corrupting us, it is the other way round. So you need to be moral policing the West !
On a more serious note, a campaign that has been doing the rounds lately : The Pink Chaddi Campaign, a Consortium of Pub Going, Loose and Forward Women. If you have a spare Pink Chaddi to send to the SRS, please also join their Facebook thing. I am eager to join not just to support their cause, but to see if there are any guys who have a Pink Chaddi. Also, from their campaign snap, I think the campaigners might be confusing between the RSS and SRS as they are different. One goes around beating helpless women in pubs, the other is denied entry to pubs owing to their costume.
Link via Salil B.
Comsidering Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan’s U-turn on the dog comment directed at NSG martyr Sandeep Unnikrishnan (viz. I did not make the dog remark), I propose the need for added traffic metaphors to address the growing pressures of politics and the increasingly complex characters of our leaders, lest the burden always fall on the phrase U-turn.
Thereby, any statement made apologizing for a movie, painting, dress, book and in general any statement made by Harbhajan Singh, Mallika Sherawat or M.F. Hussain would be called a right turn (Right-wing organizations ! Cool, no ?).
Similarly, any statement made by the Congress before the nuclear deal vote and any statement by the BSP after it, would henceforth be referred to as a left turn.
A tailgating driver would be any statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The car ahead is always assumed to be headed to 10 Janpath.
A form of driving where you always follow a Big Bmw would be Amar Singh’s quotes.
A driver in the middle of an infinite desert with just one tree in the whole desert and who still crashes into the tree, that would be a statement by R.R. Patil.
A car that cannot go faster than 5 kmph with a horn bigger than the car, that would be the ageing BALeful tiger.
A saffron car with a steering locked in a right-turn position, causing it to just move around in circles, which they would proudly refer to as the Sudarshan chakra, is the RSS.
The media. They don’t drive, nor are they going to learn or own a car. They would be the nagging wife prodding the driver from the passenger seat. (Bloggers enjoy the ride sitting in the rear, then go home and write about both).
A driver hitherto ignored, who bangs into a huge corporate building and in the process of running away crashes into all people living nearby, cries foul over all onlookers, at the end blames the road for everything, and eventually goes back to being ignored, that would be Mamta Didi.
A crazy driver who rams his car into any vehicle not registered at the local RTO ….
I leave that to you.
Disclaimer : Nothing above is to be assumed to be true. And none of the above characters exist. In fact, considering the hits I have been getting from the netherworld, even you might not exist.
Heard of Sonal Shah ?
She is currently India’s only superwoman who leads a double life; Barack Obama’s economic adviser by day, and a VHP fundamentalist leader in India by night, which of course is day again in India. Wiki says :
The confusion arose because of Shah’s involvement in a humanitarian relief effort to raise funds for the victims of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake.
Shah was a lead speaker of Ekal Vidyalaya. Recent reports describe alleged links between Shah’s parents, the Vishva Hindu Parishad, the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Shah’s link with Vishva Hindu Parishad of America.
Yeah, and her dog mated with the pet of a VHP leader too.
Although the claim didn’t even deserve a reaction, as expected she rubbished the rubbish claims. Oh, and one of the organizations that started the protests,
Non Resident Indians for a Secular and Harmonious India.
The Hindus have been insulted again ! Make way for the Indian Priory of Sion !
[ .... Hindus welcome Hollywood and other entertainment industries to immerse themselves in Hinduism, but they should take it seriously and respectfully, and not just use the religion for decoration or to advance their selfish agenda .....]
I couldn’t agree more. This is a sacrilegious act and deserves condemnation in the strongest possible words that English language allows (Mr. Shivraj Patil, I need your help here). Reports also indicated that a couple repeatedly dressed up as the divine couple of Ram-Sita despite warnings. I have no details about their current whereabouts except a candid snap taken by the paparazzi : Link
Maybe the supporters of Free and Open Source Software geeks might vote for the BJP this time around : Link
BJP announced its goal to become one of the most high-tech political parties in the next two years, and free and open source software (FOSS) will play an essential role in this project. BJP plans to use CentOS as its server operating system and Ubuntu on desktops.
Some of the innovative uses of Linux that probably appealed to the BJP :
-> You can come out with your own distribution of Ubuntu and call it Hubuntu.
->Mass mailing program for “We want POTA back”, integrated with an RSS reader subscribed to a news website which uses machine learning to detect a bomb blast in news items (which of course will be countered by Shivraj Patil’s own Muhahahaha “” spam mailer directed at the terrorists, which obviously will change its UI automatically 5 times daily !!).
-> You can hack into the kernel and make it crash if the user is away from his PC on Valentine’s day.
-> Integrating the POTA package into the kernel (I have no idea what I am talking about).
-> When you try to install Islamic software, prompts the message “You do not have enough sense or privilege to install this software. Please contact your local RSS leader”. NOTE : Do not confuse between RSS reader and RSS leader.
-> And lastly, but most importantly, the brightness levels of your monitor will be set to a very low value and you would not be able to change it till the elections. Their way of saying “India NOT shining”.
Wouldn’t it be totally cool see cyber warfare between our political parties someday !
Link by Salil.
P.S. : Of course, most of the above points have nothing to do with FOSS or Linux, but what the heck.
In a completely unexpected move, the BJP has taken serious objection to the use of the word “Hindu terrorists” for the recently arrested Hindu terrorists in the Malegaon and Gujarat mosque blasts. It must be hard to accept for someone who always assumed that terrorists were born with a tattoo on their hand which said “Mera mashab ….. hai”.
Respected Mr. Sinha,
Change the words majority to minority, Hindu to Muslim, and read back the article aloud to everyone.