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Archive for August, 2008

A useful reminder..

Posted by chakrabarti on August 16, 2008


We have the distinction of being placed 128 on the UNDP Human Development Report (proudly sandwiched between Equatorial Guinea and Solomon Islands).

These are some of our neighbors’ rankings:
Sri Lanka – 99

Maldives – 100

Pakistan – 136

Bangladesh -140

Bhutan – 133

Burma – 132

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Great Moments in International Relations

Posted by chakrabarti on August 14, 2008

Earth to McCain: were you listening to yourself when you said this (at 1:12)?

Correct: In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations. Some just bomb others into the stone age, let loose hundreds of thousands of troops and generally contribute to civil war, ethnic cleansing and general disorder.

Thank God there are no invasions any more…

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ABCDs

Posted by chakrabarti on August 14, 2008

Illuminating Outlook piece (timely in view of the upcoming Indian Independence Day) detailing the attitudes of the expatriate desi community-at-large here in the good-ole-U.S. of A. A point that may need to be raised is this right-wing nationalist-religious amalgam is not limited to Indians, or other South Asian groups, but can be found in other ethnic groups such as diaspora Jews and Turks, to quote two examples.

However, the closing statement, attributed to Prof. Sumit Ganguly, baffles. “Fashionable left-wing and post-modernist jargon that heaps contempt on the rest has to be avoided“. Without citing any evidence of such “post-modernist jargon”, this has an awfully familiar ring to it i.e. the elitist charge hurled at leftists/liberal arguments in the context of domestic US politics.

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