In a candid conversation with the 90 year old Eugnio Scalfari, the pope seemingly let this candid piece of information slip. [Read more...]
The Indian Council of Historical Research is a body that receives funding from the Indian government with regards to history. A lot of it’s work involves development of history textbooks.
One of the things I have mentioned is that Indian history is often warped to portray Indian history in a way more positive light.
The two examples I quote are Subash Chandra Bose, a man who threw his lot in with the Empire of the Sun and Nazi Germany. Yes, the man is a fascist and even has airports named after him…
And the other is a tale about the first Mughal Emperor, Babur. Babur’s story is told as one where he lead his troops to drink from a stream, leaving those who plunged their heads into the water behind as he regarded them as unaware and thoughtless. That was the source of his victory.
Not the first usage of cannons in Indian warfare that he brought with him that effectively changed how war was fought.
History is rewritten to be more romantic and more fantastic rather than realistic. And it allows for this fantasy that the past of India was this paradise ruined by the Brits. And no where is this seen by the new head of the ICHR, Yellapragada Sudarshan Rao was a member of the Hindutva group, the RSS and his fundamentalist leanings shine through in this interview. [Read more...]
Gandhi was wrong.
See? As an ethnic Indian, I never learnt Indian history through the lens of India. This is a problem for a lot of Indians as we shall see in a later article, but for now? Trust me, Indian history classes are fraught with politics. People add their own spin on things.
Gandhi’s words have become gospel because of an unwillingness to look at him as a man who has his flaws, weaknesses and mistakes.
Want to know something? Me and Gandhi probably would not have got along. You see? Gandhi rejected a lot of things from the UK including vaccination. I am sure someone would come trying to insist otherwise so here you go… [Read more...]
No. Bad! You don’t post this to me after I speak about a family member getting treated for cancer.
[What ensues is a medical related rant from Facebook, I figured that it invoked enough about medicine to be useful. Also? What the hell Anonymous? Thought you liked sticking up for people against bullshit merchants]
The heroes of our youth in the UK are no more. They died in ignominy. Gary Glitter and Jimmy Saville turned out to be paedophiles. While Glitter became synonymous with Child Molestation and went to trial quickly, Sir Jimmy Saville was beloved of many and a knight to boot.
He died and his legacy went down fighting against charges made. Now some may say the victims should have come forward earlier while the man was still alive so he could be punished. Maybe, but do you think we would have listened?
[TW - Rape, Sexual Assault, Paedophilia, Harassment]
For those who are unaware? I spent the last week under the knife. My wisdom teeth hadn’t erupted and had gotten infected. The infection had spread to my jaw which was reconstructed and the chain had to be replaced. In short? I was in a lot of pain and needed surgical removal of infected teeth and the chain used in reconstruction of my jaw.
Which is why the blog hasn’t been updated. I however had an opportunity to try and put some more photos up. [Read more...]
Must disagree with some of the conclusions and comments. Prof. Dawkins has repeatedly made clear his disdain for all religions as forces against reason and the progress of humankind. As well he has made it clear that he is not opposed to the people of said religions themselves, but the religions themselves. I have listened to many of Pat Condell’s rants and agree with some but not all of his conclusions on religion in general and Islam specifically. Doesn’t mean he is not a bigot inside or gets some things wrong but that also does not mean his admonitions to beware the long game of Islamists worldwide is wrong – see ISIS and their plans to reestablish a worldwide caliphate. Same with Prof. Dawkins – I find myself in agreement with much but not all of his conclusions on the evils of religion, doesn’t mean he gets it all right all the time. But to caricature him as a bigoted RW authoritarian or shit-stirring hatemonger is not only incorrect but also reprehensible. Try reading his works, listen to him speak and I think you will find your spurious conclusions about him are not accurate. Sure, criticize where disagreements exist, but you are out of bounds with such base characterizations of him and his postitions. Thanks for playing, try again with a better argument than name-calling and propagating the polarization developing within the freethinking community.