Religious demography...

Religious demography and separatism in Indonesia – the making of East Timor - by Radha Rajan

Post independence Indonesia has lessons for India which we may ignore only at our peril. Nebulously referred to as the Indies by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English, this archipelago was invaded and occupied by these three major colonial powers for over five centuries.

Goodbye, Shambo - by Kanchan Gupta

Sunday Pioneer / Agenda / Column: Coffee Break / July 29, 2007
The e-mail had arrived some days ago but I had not bothered to read it, thinking it was yet another e-flier from the Hindu Council of Britain inviting me to an event in London and looking forward to my presence. Not that there's anything wrong with such gatherings; it's just the Delhi-London-Delhi airfare is killing. Some days later, while clearing out my mailbox, I casually clicked on the e-mail and was soon riveted by its contents. It was about a Friesen bull called Shambo at Skanda Vale Temple in Wales, who had tested positive after a dubious bovine tuberculosis test conducted by officials of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the scourge of Welsh farmers. Shambo (obviously a corruption of Shambhu) had been sentenced to death to prevent him from passing on the infection to others of his tribe. But the monks and nuns of the 'Community of Many Names of God in His Universality', which looks after the temple complex, had contested DEFRA's claim and decided to fight for the sacred bull's life. The e-mail solicited support for this noble mission.


Kashmir: Redefining the U.S. Role - by Navnita Chadha Behera

October 2002

India and Pakistan have fought three wars against each other since 1947, the first two of which were over Kashmir. In the past fifteen years, the two countries have been embroiled in four military crises, which the United States has played an increasingly assertive role in managing and resolving. A chief component of recent American administrations' foreign policy goals in South Asia, including the current Bush administration, has been to avert the fourth war in the subcontinent. However, attitudes in India and Pakistan are changing, and the internal situation in Kashmir is more fluid than it has been for years. After September 11, America has been able to maintain close ties to both countries. Washington should move beyond managing the crisis and help develop a road to peace in the region.

First national conference against fascism, terrorism & encounters

Ahmedabad , September 1-2, 2007
Press Statement

It is apparent to one and all that the issue of terrorism is no more a problem that can be ignored or wished away. The post 9/11 world, is one in which, terror has become a dominant part of the socio-political discourse in countries across the world, in a manner that most of us could never have imagined. We know that Bush's Global War on Terror (GWoT) is nothing but a euphemism for unleashing wars for Global domination and control over resources. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan today stand exposed in the eyes of the world.


Political correctness and forgetting - Case Study:

Genocide in Bangladesh, 1971

The mass killings in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1971 vie with the annihilation of the Soviet POWs, the holocaust against the Jews, and the genocide in Rwanda as the most concentrated act of genocide in the twentieth century. In an attempt to crush forces seeking independence for East Pakistan, the West Pakistani military regime unleashed a systematic campaign of mass murder which aimed at killing millions of Bengalis, and likely succeeded in doing so.

Sorry, Pope, but this 'proper church' declaration is surreal nonsense:

Simon Jenkins:
Friday July 13, 2007
The Guardian

Source ::,,2125508,00.html

I'm an atheist but still I resent this joker in Rome slighting my community. A residual theological chauvinism is aroused. This week's declaration by the Pope that the Church of England and other denominations are "not proper churches" was strictly for addicts. Like Dr Johnson responding to Berkeley on the non-existence of matter, I was tempted to walk round to my local St Mary's, kick a buttress and "refute it thus". Then I remembered that Pope Benedict is a theological surrealist. His church is like Magritte's pipe: "Ceci n'est pas une pipe." He talks in riddles.


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