Merit Debate I

During the last fortnight, at least two eminent professors and two international administrators ran into arguments with me on a specific subject: Merit. Does the issue of ‘merit’ merit a discussion? I guess so. At least when we consider the range of issues it brings forth. Lets start with Merit-iocracy Like bureaucracy, Merit-iocracy deserves to be loathed, hence less talked about. Who desires to loath? Only those who wish to get dirty in the process. And most of us are of course clean people and want to wear stain-free clothes. Hence no loathes please. Especially not loath the people who…

PostModern Blues

My resistance to post-modernists is huge. Partly because I think they make the dissident movements effete by their convenient generalizations. Partly also because I don’t see the vagueness as clearly as they do. Either of us has to be less intelligent to perceive the halos. Let me be the one, then. In the meantime, I found Stuart Hall in his “On postmodernism and articulation: An interview with Sturat Hall”, (ed. Lawrence Grossberg) say this about Baudrillard. How very accurate. Did I tell you how much I love this man, Hall, who refuses to be a mere legend. “Let’s take Baudrillard’s…

Idi Amin and his friends of the World

Good riddance to bad rubbish… Well, almost. I don’t think we had a good riddance of this character at all. The notorious former Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, has died in-exile in Saudi Arabia today. And who saved him from being killed or lapidated (stoning one to death)? For someone who allegedly wiped out 400,000 people like a fascist, the media portrayed him as a buffoon and a cannibal! Additional news came about how Soviet Union was the sole member in the UN security council to reject a motion to declare Uganda of committing human rights violation. And alongside, news also…

Power cut hits NY

What happens when one does not think of the future predicaments owing to human limitations? North east America had its own bit. Here, in Maryland, things were fine. But elsewhere in New York and Ottawa, there was massive power failures causing chaos. Naturally enough the media say that it is thought to be the worst power cut in US history, affecting more than 50 million people. Worse is it is rumored, the American experts have contacted their counterparts in India to seek solution since power cuts are a daily occurrence in Indian lives and they seemingly know a way to…

Soviet scholars being assassinated!

Russian Orientalist, Prof. Grigory Bondarevsky has been murdered in Moscow. Of course, he used to take special interest in the subversive role of Western intelligence agencies in the history of India, Iran and Arab countries. And of course, after dissolution of the USSR, the systematic obliteration of the original researches have been started full force. Indeed, Bondarevsky is the 10th Russian scholar to have been killed over the past year (for example, in June, Alexander Krasovsky of the Academy of Sciences died following an armed burglary into his apartment, while in January Viktor Frantzuzov, deputy rector of the Moscow Institute…

Flagging off irrelevance

So much ado about nothing. As if flagging off buses across the border meant anything. Between India and Pakistan, the drama continues. The rightist power claims that this gesture solves the problems which persisted throughout the five decades of the existence of the countries as political democracies (or, whatever). The drama has reached a stage when its painfully funny. People are clearly missing from the pictures since the ministers are eager to credit themselves for this new era of friendship (or, whatever). Apparently, a bus would be flagged off at 6 a.m. IST from Lahore today. About the same time…

Draconic POTA jeered

POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) review has begun in India. Finally. Does it make life easier? Hardly. Following suits of the Patriot Act, India’s fascination to tackle terrorism has led different people in jails, on political grounds. Same old. We have heard of such normal political misuse of power. What’s new? Only five of the 14 states gave any shit to the request of the Union Govt to furnish papers. Bravo! What happens to the review? Mainstream press will not bother to know any longer. The news is over. And out.

Hindu seer pioneers innovative methods of mass disturbances

Kanchi Sankaracharya, Jayendra Saraswati, the Hindu seer has of course gone ahead and come down on the rejection of his formula on the Ayodhya issue by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). He would not agree for a court to settle Ayodhya issue (the most shameful mass behavior in India since the times when we tolerated the British on Indian land). Jayendra Saraswati has said: “a solution to the Ayodhya issue will not be possible through court. It is possible only through talks”. Indeed, how can a reactionary like him who instigate people to kill-haul each other in…

India joins the fight against struggling peoples

Thanks to 9/11 and the global fight against repressed people. The Ministry of Defense in India has planned to setup an elaborate network of electronic warfare (EW) systems in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast to help the security forces fight the terrorist threat. The government say the idea is to equip the security forces with improved and upgraded communications infrastructure to counter the advanced communications systems being used by terrorist groups. Already some systems have been established in Jammu and Kashmir and performing to expectations and, much bigger projects — Rikki-II and Rikki-III are underway.