Posts tagged "india"

If You Scapegoat Them, They Will Come (Eventually)

The sleeping giant — err, make that mid-sized man; no, make it “herd of cats” — responds to the sound of its name and decides to try to live up to its frightful reputation. Yes, the atheists are organizing. After being vilified by the Vatican and Campaign ’04, and having their name used as an insult for anyone...

Daily Links 03 December 2004

Gods of Nationalism Kalyan Singh, leader of the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), today deposed before theLiberhan Commission, a 12-year old commission investigating the 1992 demolition of theBabri Mosque by a crowd of nearly one million Hindu nationalists that also killed 13 men and children during the night of riots. Hindu groups believe the 16th Century...

19 September 2004 Daily Links

Doug Grow, of The Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports on the tempest-in-a-teapot in central Minnesota’s Renville County, after Texas-transplant Rick Blauvelt attempted to form a “Teen Age Republicans” chapter with an ad that read: “‘This group will be a grass-roots movement to learn about how America got started, the difference between Republicans and Democrats, why the nation...

19 August 2004 Daily Links

Everyone likes a winner: Bush has been using images of the Iraqi soccer team in his advertising and inserting them into his speeches. But according to Sports Illustrated, Bush is one fan the team can do without: “How will [Bush] meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?” asks midfielder Ahmed Manajid. Jim Yardley of The...

20 July 2004 Daily Links

News of the Weird (press releases): on Sept 12, 2004, in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Churches will sponsor a premiere screening of Davey and Goliath’s Snowboard Adventure. This is not a joke. Which is what makes it funny. And kind of sad. / CORRECTION: A reader writes: “Your sarcastic put-down of the preview of the new...

02 July 2004 Daily Links

“There was a cartoon a few weeks ago, I forget where, and there was a drawing of someone giving the nightly news and it said, well the news today is that a small band of viscious militants did major damage to a large group of ordinary people. Now the point of the cartoon is it...

Cows — Sacred, Mad, and Bad

Religious fascism is a funny thing. Well, not really, but it is peculiar, especially in India, where to be a Hindu nationalist one doesn’t even need to be a Hindu. Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs — the Hindu nationalist movement will take ’em, writes Rajeev Bhargava, a political theorist at the University of Delhi in Dissent, a leftist quarterly...