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Tag Archive: politics

Jul 08 2014

The Inversion of Responsibility

Sign seen at a traffic intersection in Pune (see article for text of the sign).

“Be Responsible”, requests the sign. It’s titled “Hate Mongering” and was seen recently in the city of Pune: Who is it addressed to, you might wonder. Is it addressed to the terrorists of the Hindu Rashtra Sena (“Hindu National Army”) who went on a rampage in the city last month and beat a Muslim man …

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Jul 22 2013

The Peculiar State-sponsored Legend of the Tanot Mata Temple

A closeup of the "unexploded bombs".

In late March this year, my friend and I travelled to Rajasthan, a western Indian state. Our destination was the India-Pakistan border near Jaisalmer, a small town at the edges of the Thar Desert. Somewhere less than a hundered kilometers from the border, we stopped at a temple. Although I’m not religious, I’m not averse …

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