Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Raman on Headly and media responses

Noted Chennai-based security expert B.Raman argues:

David Coleman Headley

All Governments indulge in spin. One should not, therefore, blame the Government of Dr.Manmohan Singh for indulging in spin in the case of David Coleman Headley, of the Chicago cell of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), and for trying to mislead the hapless Indian public with the help of obliging journalists that the plea bargain entered into by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with Headley was not a setback, but a great triumph for Indian diplomacy.

We might not have succeeded in getting him extradited in the Mumbai 26/11 case, says bravely Home Secretary G.K.Pillai, but the option of getting him extradited in other cases is still open. What other cases?

We will keep trying, says Home Minister P.Chidambaram. And, in the meanwhile, more Indians will keep dying at the hands of the terrorists.

“Four Reasons Why India is Smiling” says “The Times of India” of diminishing credibility. Why India is smiling according to the whiz kids of the TOI? For the first time LET’s links with Al Qaeda being underscored in a US Court. Oh really? The first time a clandestine cell of the LET was detected in the US was in 2003 when George Bush was the President. The FBI arrested a number of American nationals of Pakistani, Saudi and other origin and charged them with waging war against India from US territory.

What is the second reason for India’s smile visible only to the TOI and not to many of us? “The threat of execution will hang over him.” Oh really? Under the US law once the FBI renounces its right to demand death penalty in a case it cannot go back on its commitment whatever be the new evidence.

What is the third reason for the smile? India can interrogate Headley even if he is not extradited. Another gem from the TOI. Interrogation is done in your custody. Otherwise, it is meaningless. Yes, under the plea bargain Indian investigators can question him in FBI’s custody. The FBI officer will decide the relevance of the questions.

The fourth reason for India’s smile so visible to the TOI? India’s case against the LET has become stronger.So what? Will India be able to get Pro.Hafeez Mohammad Sayeed, the Amir of the LET, arrested and prosecuted by Pakistan? Will India be able to see that Pakistan dismantles the LET infrastructure in Pakistani territory? Will India be able to prevent another 26/11? Then of what use India’s case against the LET becoming stronger?

The “Hindu”, the other daily of no credibility, has come out with its own gem. Says N.Ram, the precious son of the Tamil soil and our own unique contribution to the world of Indian journalism: ” Barring death penalty enthusiasts, no one has any reason to bemoan the Plea Agreement”.

Oh,oh.oh,oh Mr.Ram. It has got nothing to do with death penalty. It has got everything to do with Pakistan’s continued use of the LET to kill hundreds of innocent Indians. Our investigation into 26/11 runs on two parallel tracks—– the responsibility of the LET, which the Pakistanis project as a non-State actor with which the State of Pakistan has nothing to do and the responsibility of the State of Pakistan. What the US has sought to achieve through the choreographed plea bargain is that while India will be able to highlight the responsibility of the LET, it will not be able to establish the responsibility of the State of Pakistan. The Obama Administration wants the world to perceive 26/11 as the crime of a non-state actor as claimed by Pakistan and not the crime of the State of Pakistan. That is the real issue here.

What did Headley know according to the FBI’s own court affidavits?

  • He knew Ilyas Kashmiri of the 313 Brigade, who is close to Osama bin Laden and who recently threatened to attack the IPL cricket matches and the Commonwealth Games. Headley had met him in North Waziristan in the beginning of 2009.
  • He knew many office-bearers of the LET whose identities the FBI has not revealed.
  • He knew many serving and retired officers of the Pakistan Army.

What he must be knowing?

  • The identities of the many contacts he made in India during his repeated visits.
  • The identities of the sleeper cells of the LET, which have not yet come to the notice of the Indian investigators. If the FBI had allowed us to question Headley in time, we might have been able to prevent the Pune blast of February 13 if it had been planned by the LET or its Indian associates.

The FBI had seen to it that we will not be able to find out all this by independently interrogating Headley. It is a great tragedy and speaks eloquently of the decay of our sense of national self-respect that instead of having the spine to stand up to the US and protest loud and clear over the FBI’s shutting out access to Headley, we are indulging in more spins to project what has happened as a triumph for Indo-US cooperation over which we should smile and not cry.

The Obama Administration has been repeatedly kicking us in the back.It did so in respect of Afghanistan. It has done so in respect of Headley. Instead of having the courage and intellectual honesty to admit to our people that we have been let down nastily by the US, we are indulging in more spins to project the kicks as, in fact, boquets from Obama with love.

Dear Dr.Manmohan Singh, Dear Shri Chidambaram, Dear Shri Pillai, Dear Shri Ram, Dear whiz-kids of ToI : Some weeks ago Mulla Baradar, supposedly No.2 in the Afghan Taliban, was arrested by the ISI in Karachi.He is in the ISI’s custody. The US and Afghan intelligence wanted independent access to him for interrogation. The ISI refused and told them he could be questioned in the ISI’s custody. The US insisted on independent access and warned Pakistan of the likely consequences if it did not agree to it. This week’s reports say that Pakistan has been forced to allow independent access to the Americans.

That is the way a self-respecting nation protects its interests and nationals. For the US, independent interrogation of Baradar was necessary to hold those responsible for American deaths in the past accountable and to prevent more deaths in future. It insisted on it and had its way.

India is not the US. The clout which it has over Pakistan we do not have anywhere in the world. At least we could have had the courage to protest—- loudly and openly— instead of projecting every stab in the back by Obama as a kiss in the back.

The spin continues. The more the spins, the more will be the fizzles.

[Via http://mskiran.wordpress.com]

Sunday, March 21, 2010

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London Art Spot: Emli Bendixen

This year started off well for Emli Bendixen as she was short-listed for Professional Photographer of the Year Award 2009. With a long list of clients like Wonderland, Vice and Dazed and Confused and a fascinating portfolio of images, this North London-based photographer – who was born in South Korea and grew up in Denmark – has the passion and vision to go far in her career.

For this week’s London Art Spot, she tells us about her approach to photography on a recent trip to India, where we can find a taste of Korean and Danish food in London and about some of the capital’s interesting locations to take a camera.

LLO: How did you end up in London and how long have you lived here?
EB: I first moved to London aged 19 after finishing school in Denmark. Being from a small town, I couldn’t wait to move to the city. I later went off to Glasgow and then to Copenhagen for university before returning to London where I have been ever since. I’ve lived in Shepherds Bush, Kennington, Old Street, Dalston, Stoke Newington and now Crouch End.

LLO: How does living in London influence your creativity?
EB: First and foremost it gives me access to some really exciting people. I’m curious and inquisitive by nature – and I can think of few places better than London to keep you stimulated and with so much to look at.

LLO: You’re from a Korean/Danish background. Where’s the best place in London to find a taste of Korean or Danish culture?
EB: To be honest, I haven’t looked into either much. I’m here to check out all the other bits of culture that are different to mine… Although not entirely Danish, I do love the food at Elk in the Woods in Angel; and the Scandinavian bakery in Golden Square. For Korean food there are a couple of excellent places just next to Centre Point – and I really like Dong San in Poland Street.

LLO: Twitter tells me you went to India over Christmas and Flickr shows you brought back some great photos. Tell us a bit about your trip and the photos you took while you were there?
EB: I went to Kerala in the South. It was an incredible experience. I was very aware of being a tourist, with a Western background, with a camera. I noticed that this role in relation to the people I photographed tinted my photographs with something not quite real – at best something very self-conscious, so I decided to break this process and instead forced myself to focus more on general impressions, the little and the big things… the view from our homestay in Periyar, our taxi driver from Munnar, and the dog that followed us down the beach in Varkala…The result is more personal – I suppose much like a diary – in that I spoke to almost everyone I photographed and walked the same mountains you see in my pictures. The food photography was part of a separate food diary, which my girlfriend was writing.

LLO: Which piece are you most proud of and why?
EB: A portrait called Harmony.

LLO: Favourite place in London to take your camera?
EB: The city is full of exciting locations – I’ve shot in pubs, clubs, warehouses, studios and council flats; next week I’m shooting in a friend’s house in Finsbury Park that’s in the middle of being renovated. Although I mainly shoot indoors at the moment, I love Hampstead Heath and Abney Park in Stoke Newington. 

LLO: Your largest set on Flickr is called “Faces”. What do you try to capture when you’re shooting a portrait and where do you find your models?
EB: More often than not, I ask people I know to sit for me. What is most interesting for me in taking a picture is capturing some part of that person which may not usually be on display; so it’s about going beyond what immediately meets the eye. Again, it’s about curiosity… I just want to know a little bit more than I did the moment before that picture was taken.

LLO: What type of camera and lens do you use?
EB: I normally use a Canon 450D and recently a Canon 1DS Mark III; also a Diana F+, a Holga, and a Minolta XD7.

LLO: Your client list already includes Dazed and Confused, Vice and Professional Photographer Magazine. Who is your dream client and why?
EB: I would love to work for The Guardian and The Times; Monocle and Intelligent Life are also high on my list. I’m also keen to shoot more music photography – I’ve done press shots for bands such as Robots in Disguise for a couple of years which has been a great challenge and definitely something I want to get more into. I suppose generally I would be happy shooting portraits and lifestyle images that allow for a personal and aesthetic approach.

Thanks Emli!

For more of Emli’s work, check out her website: www.emli.dk/photography.html

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

lockdown mode

The weight of the daily grind is getting heavier! Less than three weeks until I leave for India, and the responsibilities keep pilin’ up (or rather, I can’t get seem to get rid of the ones I have)!

However, the week was GORGEOUS! It was hoodie/vest/t-shirt weather most of the week. Amazing. Unfortunately the cold is apparently coming back soon, but I’ll take what I can get.

Earlier in the week I came home, checked the mail and was greeted by this:

From, of course, none other than the BF who is still in Borneo (guh).

But I was thrilled! And I couldn’t stop smiling when I read this:

Ahhh, what a cutie! I especially love the illustrations (particularly the alligator…haha). And yes, he signed off as “Chef James” – a little nickname he has acquired based on his spectacular culinary skills (did I mention he used to try to woo me by leaving little vegan treats on my doorstep? yep.). He’d probably be pretty mortified (well, or feel like the prince that he is) that I posted this all up here, but so far he has given me no indication that he’s been reading my blog [from Indonesia] so perhaps if he is this will incite him to pipe up ;)

Other things! I did a bunch of cooking this week, though not too many pictures to post up. One thing I did make was Christie’s Lentil and Cabbage Soup. I added a few things into the mix (a carrot, some celery, and 100g of lean ground turkey I had in the freezer) and decided to let’er go on the Crock Pot! I love this thing:

The recipe is great – thanks Christie! It is an extremely hearty and satisfying bowl of soup that really warms the soul…

How-ev-er…upon some trial&error with this soup and some hummus, I have determined that for the moment, beans and legumes are just NOT sitting well with me. Almost immediately after eating them (particularly the chickpeas) my stomach becomes an unhappy-in-turmoil place. So for the moment, the rest of the soup is going to chill out (ha-ha) in the freezer until my digestion becomes completely normal. Happy to report that it’s almost there, but I want to focus on keeping my sensitivities out of my diet as much as possible. (sidebar: although peanuts are legumes, my body seems to be ok with them)

Since we’re talking about lentils, may I please remind everyone to pick over your lentils well? Otherwise you might end up with something like this scraping between your teeth:

Oh yes. A rock. Never again will I be the lazy girl who picks through her lentils for 4.6 seconds.

On the thesis front, I’ve taken a step back. My supervisor read my last chapter, liked it, and offered some references for me to check out to enhance it (always a good idea!).  However, after checking out the suggested books, I opted to essentially re-write my most recent chapter. I’m leaving my main ideas (they still stick) but have just gone through and bolstered the text with my new references. Doesn’t sound like much, but it’s adding up to a lot of work. This is good news because it means I’ll have much more solid text, but it’s bad news because it is putting me a week behind schedule in getting my thesis done before India. If I successfully completely the revisions this weekend, that gives me only 2 weeks to write 2 more chapters before I leave. Oh my god!

So, in the spirit of bucking down, I started my morning with this:

Books, books, books, and a bowl of almost-normal oats! This one had 1/4 oats (soaked overnight), 1/2 T chia seeds, 2 T applesauce, 2T pumpkin, cinnamon, and 1/4 c 1% cottage cheese (with probiotics). Topped with 1 T natural pb and a few frozen berries, nuked and poured overtop. It was so delicious.

Where did the cottage cheese come from? Yesterday I made the executive decision to bring some dairy back into my life since I’ve been feeling a lot better. It’s admittedly a bit early, but I’m the captain of my body, right? It felt like it was going to sit well, and so far, so good. The idea is to introduce one thing at a time without changing the diet, see how you feel over hte next 72 hours (apparently that’s how long food intolerances can take to flare up) so that you can watch your reactions. Depending on the severity of the reaction, you can decide whether to include the food regularly, occasionally, rarely, or obviously never. So there we have it – day 2 of dairy!

Anyway, it was so worth it for this bowl. Yum Yum.

Also, I’m do apologize for not posting the cookie recipe yet! For some reason I have just not been in the mood for eating them lately. But let me give you a preview of the three ingredients: nut butter + carob powder + coconut. That’s it!

Happy weekend – I hope you guys are enjoying it for me, because I’ll be on lockdown mode!

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Plan A

Original Creation

Origin-Creation

To look at the original purpose of Work, I need to take you to the MANUAL (Bible) where the MANUFACTURER (God) has given the OBJECTIVE for creating each of the products.

If you have a bible turn to the first book of the bible, GENESIS chapter 2 and verse 15 (Genesis 2:15). The background of this scripture and the events leading to this scripture are:

1. God creates all the earth

2. He creates the first MAN. (with the woman inbuilt in him)

3. He creates their home and their office (Garden of Eden)

4. He creates all the resources they need to Live and Work (water, food, etc.,)

5. And then He tells the man to WORK and to KEEP everything well.

The old testament in The Bible was written in Hebrew language.

The root word in Hebrew which is translated as  “WORK“ in english is the root word “Awbaad”. As we saw earlier, this is the very first time that the word WORK appears in the English Bible.

While reading the bible, one principle that we need to remember is that, if we want to learn the original purpose/design of any created thing, we need to go to the VERY FIRST time the Bible talks about it. That is where we will learn most of the principles of operation of that created thing. For example, if you want to learn about the design/purpose of “Marriage”, then you need to go to the first time the Bible talks about it, which is in Genesis 1:20 to 25. That is where all the original principles of marriage are revealed by God, the creator.

Now we are learning about WORK, so it is important that we go to the very first time the word WORK is mentioned, so that we may learn the original purpose/plan for WORK. That is why Genesis 2:15 is important.

Coming to the ROOT word “AWBAAD”… in the Hebrew language, each word has multiple meanings, but they are all related. So, if we look at various meanings of this root word, we can truly understand the original purpose of WORK as it was in the heart of God.

According to the Strong’s concordance (an authentic reference book) of the Hebrew language, the TOP 5 meanings of the root word AWBAAD are:

1. To Serve

2. To Worship

3. To Do

4. To Dress Up

5. To Labour

Isn’t that beautiful?! When the creator took the VERY FIRST MAN who was created and asked him to WORK, this is what he meant. He would have said, “Adam why don’t you go to your workplace and serve me, worship me, do what I want you to do, dress up the place the way I would have done it and labour to cultivate it, guard it and make it fruitful”

Today, this is exactly what He is telling you and me, when we go to work! Read that sentence again and think about it for a couple of minutes! Ask yourself if you are DRESSING UP your workplace by cleaning up all unwanted things (greed, lust, pride, envy, hatred, jealousy, corruption, etc.,). Ask yourself if you are SERVING and WORSHIPING God in and through your work, on a daily basis.

Now one more question… take a close look at the list of 5 things… in that list, where is “SALARY” or “Pay Check” or “Profit”??!! After all that is what most of us go to work for, right? But it does not appear in God’s ORIGINAL purpose of work??!! Why??!! Does that mean God wants me to work all my life for free? How will I live? Do I have to be poor? Do I have to not expect any returns for my work? What about the SALARY part??!

We will discuss that in the next blog!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Delhi - FORTS & MONUMENTS - Qutab Minar

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Delhi – FORTS & MONUMENTS – Qutab Minar

In 1199, Qutbuddin raised the Qutab Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. From a base of 14.32 mtrs. it tapers to 2.75 mtrs. at a height of 72.5 mtrs. It is still the highest stone tower in India, one of the finest stone tower in India, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised and Delhi’s recognised landmark. It was completed by the Sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The tomb of Iltutmish, which he himself built in 1235, is nearby, Its interiors are profusely decorated with calligraphy, though the dome has collapsed.

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Facebook starts hiring at all levels for its office at Hyderabad, India

Social networking site Facebook is all set to establish its support centre at India’s Silicon Valley 2 – Hyderabad. And what’s more, Facebook is already on a hiring spree for its office in Hyderabad. The social networking site founded in 2004 has more than 400 million active users and still counting.

Facebook’s office at Hyderabad would be its first in Asia and worlds fourth support centre following Palo Alto, California; Dublin; and Austin, Texas. Hyderabad office has been announced in view of providing multilingual and round the clock service to Facebook users and advertisers. “The Hyderabad office is expected to provide a round-the-clock multilingual support to its ever-growing user base,” the release said.
 
Facebook’s decision to set up its office in India and mainly Hyderabad could be attributed to a number of reasons. Firstly, the site has a commendable more than 8 million user base in India.

A support centre in India would enable Facebook to provide support across multiple time zones in view of its rapid international growth.Hydeabad with a vast IT base and software culture proved an ideal choice.” We’re proud to now call America’s Lone Star State and India’s City of Pearls home.” Don Faul, director, global online operations, Facebook said in a statement
 
From its establishment back in 2004, Facebook has grown by leaps and bounds. The website has penetrated into every corner of the world with more than 70 translations on the site.70% of Facebook users are based outside US. Facebook ha a mind boggling 100 million active users accessing the site through their mobiles.
 
Facebook is currently looking to hire professionals for various positions starting next week. The positions include local language specialists, online sales managers and IT security heads.

The company is on a lookout for post of India Head. Describing the candidate profile, Don Faul said, “We will start small. Currently, we are looking for a person who can set up an India team and scale it up. The required skill sets obviously include strong insights into consumer internet experience. We also need the person to be intensely passionate about Facebook. The person should strengthen relations with our advertisers and partners in India and support those in North America and Western Europe out of here.”
–infocera

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Welcome to India

A market street on the way to a temple.


I arrived in India early yesterday morning. I was lucky enough to get a small burst of somewhat stable internet tonight so I thought I would make a short introduction to India. I think India is amazing. It’s like no other place I’ve ever been to. That does not mean it’s all roses in the least, just different, and for me the positives out way the negatives. The country itself is beautiful. The people almost all speak good English as well. This of course has it’s down side when the beggars bombard you though. There is a lot of poverty, and that does tug at the heart strings, but there is also a lot of beauty in the quaint lives of some of the less poor. India is a country that is growing with out a doubt but they aren’t industrializing at the rapid speed of Thailand. I like that that. I think I’ve decided I like place to be either finished with industrialization or not quite started. I’ve got tons of photographs that will eventually make their way on here. I’m also learning a lot about Buddhism since this is a temple tour. Not to mention I am loving the food here!

My Dad and Prapa arriving in India

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Murderer Major Avtar Singh's passport questioned


Online edition of India’s National Newspaper
Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010

JAMMU: A Srinagar court on Monday asked the government as to how was a passport issued to Major Avtar Singh, the main accused in the murder of prominent human rights lawyer Jalil Andrabi. The Crime Branch told the court that the process of his extradition had already been taken up with concerned authorities in Delhi.

The case came up for hearing before Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar, Mohammad Ibrahim Wani, who directed the prosecution to explain their stand on re-investigation by March 22. The CJM also directed the prosecution to explain as to how and who provided a passport to the accused and asked it to consult his relatives in Srinagar to seek his whereabouts.

Mr. Andrabi’s brother Arshad Andrabi, who pleaded the case, told the court about the accused Major’s in-laws living in Srinagar. The family of the slain lawyer had on November 19, 2009 submitted an application before the CJM asking for re-investigation of the case, claiming that Major Avtar was not the only accused in the case. The family claimed there were four more persons who accompanied him when Jaleel Andrabi was killed in custody in 1996.

“It was the duty of this court to get into the matter that how the passport was issued to the accused and who facilitated his travel aboard. But the court has so for done nothing in that direction. This court could have called the travel records of the accused on the passport issued as all the online travel records are available with the immigration authorities of the country,” said Mr Arshad.

“The prosecution should explain its stand about the re-investigation of the case. Major Avtar’s relatives should be grilled to reveal his whereabouts. Major Avtar Singh’s sister, who lives in London, has been calling some Valley-based human rights activists,” he claimed. The prosecution sought more time to file objections into the matter and to explain its stand about the re-investigation of the case.

The Inspector-General of Police, Crime, also submitted his report on the status of extradition and Interpol warrant process as asked by the CJM during the last few hearings.

“In compliance to the orders, the requisite documents were obtained from the concerned agencies and the same have been forwarded to Assistant Director, National Control Bureau (NCB), New Delhi, for onward submission to authorities of Interpol in India,” said the IGP adding that “the finger Prints of the accused are not available with the investigation agency in Jammu and Kashmir, as was sought by the Interpol.”

In December 2009, United States Interpol-National Central Bureau, Washington, while confirming the presence of the accused in California, had sought “formal request for his provisional arrest and ex-tradition.”

Major Avtar is accused of kidnapping and later killing human rights activist Jaleel Andrabi in 1996. A red-corner notice through Interpol stands already issued against him.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

125M English speakers in India?

This morning, the Sunday edition of the Times of India trumpeted the ascension of English to the rank of 2nd most spoken language after Hindi in this country.  “125M citizens now speak the language, twice as many as the United Kingdom,” said the old standard across the front page.  It is very easy for the Times’ readers to get caught up in self congratulation.

It is true that a record number of Indians have been trained in English and the 125M that claim fluency can probably understand it, with abilities ranging from basic conversational to the complex and nuanced.   This is very pertinent to how India develops as a nation and as an economy.  The understanding of the language has propelled India’s rise as an exporter of services.  English language skills in a low-cost labor pool was the key reason for the rise of call centers,  IT offshoring, legal process outsourcing, medical transcription, remote medicine, and health tourism, among others.

However,  in my experience, very few of the millions are able to communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively in English.  The ability to develop new products and sell their wares across the world takes strong communication skills.  India has produced legions of entrepreneurs who do this every day locally, but as their businesses set their sights on global markets, they need to not only understand English but also “speak” it well.    There are countless good examples of Indians who are very eloquent on the global stage but more effective articulation of ideas coming from the average speaker is what the country needs in spades.

On a tangent, one test  I have always used to reassure interlocutors about my own limited English language abilities was that I think in English despite fluency in several languages.   I translate in my head when speaking other tongues.   There are rampant colloquialisms in India that suggest most people are translating from their first language into English on the fly.  (One example is the use of “only” at the end of sentences which reflects similar usage of the word in Hindi to convey emphasis.)

To be fair, Americans have dominated the world stage although their elocution skills have generally impressed me a lot less than British speakers (on average).   Further, the Germans, Japanese and Chinese have all done well despite being hamstrung by language.  Clearly, it takes a lot more than effective speaking to succeed.  But, all else being equal, it can only help if more of the 125M start speaking up and speaking well.

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Biomimicry - Nature show us the way

Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain. – Leonardo Da Vinci

Biomimicry -> Bios(Life) + Mimesis (To Imitate)

Biomimicry- Examination of the nature , its models, its process to emulate or take inspiration to solve the human problems sustainably.

Nature is an amazing laboratory which has the best engineers in the world. No I am not taking about the engineers for the MIT’s , IIT’s but the  plants , animals and microbes .  They are the consummate engineers.

Biomimicry concept is not new to the world. The concept  of  Biomimicry as an approach of innovation has been around for a while.  It has already solved many of the problems that humans were grappling with.

The coolest example of the Biomimicry is Velcro.  Invented in 1941 by Swiss engineer George de Mestral, who took the idea from the burrs that stuck tenaciously to his dog’s hair. Under the microscope he noted the tiny hooks on the end of the burr’s spines that caught anything with a loop – such as clothing, hair or animal fur.

Hook-and-loop fasteners, consists of two layers: a “hook” side, which is a piece of fabric covered with tiny hooks, and a “loop” side, which is covered with even smaller and “hairier” loops. When the two sides are pressed together, the hooks catch in the loops and hold the pieces together. When the layers are separated, the strips make a characteristic “ripping” sound.

Solar cells copied from leaves, passive cooling, self – healing plastics are some of the interesting examples of Biomimicry.

15 coolest examples of Biomimicry

The Biomimicry Guild is the only innovation company in the world to use a deep knowledge of biological adaptations to help designers, engineers, architects, and business leaders solve design and engineering challenges sustainably.

Innovation Inspired by Nature. Janine Benyus (1997)


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Saturday, March 13, 2010

IndiaAroundMe iPhone Application

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The Tribune - Permanent commission: HC sides with women

High Court sides with women. They’re on a par with male officers, tells Centre

R Sedhuraman & Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 12. In a path-breaking judgement, the Delhi High Court today directed the Centre to offer within two months Permanent Commission (PC) to Short Service Commissioned (SSC) women officers of the Air Force and the Army at par with male SSC officers with all consequential benefits, including promotion.

At present, the Indian Army offers permanent commission to women after 10 years of SSC. This is applicable to those who were recruited after March 2009 and that too only in two streams — the Judge Adjutant General (JAG) branch and the Education corps.

Women are also recruited in Signals, Engineers, Ordnance and Air Defence but are not eligible for PC.

In the IAF, women are offered a permanent option in the Legal, Accounts and Education corps. Women chopper and transport pilots, engineering corps, Logistics and Meteorological streams are not eligible for permanent commission. At present, there are about 1,050 and 827 women officers in the Army and the IAF, respectively. Separately, the Navy has 280 women.

Strangely, and against the principles of natural justice, those women who were recruited before March 2009 were not offered any permanent commission. They simply retire after 10 years or at best get another 4 years’ extension in service. In reality, the Ministry of Defence existing policy will help the women only in 2019 when the first batch will be eligible.

Correcting this anomaly, a Bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Mool Chand Garg today ruled: “Women officers of the Air Force who had opted for PC and were not granted PC but granted extension of SSCs and of the Army are entitled to PC at par with male SSC officers.”

The benefit would be extended to women officers recruited prior to change of policy ( March 2009) and the PC shall be offered to them after completion of five years. However, these benefits would be available only to women officers in service or who approached the HC but retired when the case was pending in the court, the Bench clarified.

The court made significant remark on having women in combat roles saying “the claim of absorption in areas of operation not open for recruitment of women officers cannot be sustained being a policy decision.”

The court also refused to interfere with the policy decision which does not offer PC to SSC officers across the board for men and women being on parity and as part of manpower management exercises.

The HC clarified that those women officers, who “have not attained the age of retirement available for the PC officers shall, however, be reinstated in service and shall be granted all consequential benefits including promotion, except for the pay and allowance for the period they have not been in service.”

The HC expressed the hope that with the expanding horizon of women participation in different walks of life, the respondents would be encouraged to have larger participation of women in more areas of operation both for SSC and PC.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100313/main3.htm

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Independent travel makes you stronger

From time to time exotic travel can be a little more challenging than anticipated so remember the saying: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. In a letter home from Malaysia I said the three things I hate most in this part of the world are cockroaches, lizards and the heat: “The first two are far too big, the latter unbelievable—the kind of heat that melts you in five minutes.” It was Malaysia during its hottest season, however.

Many years ago, a three-day boat trip from Indonesia to Singapore certainly tested my (then) husband and me. The ship was headed to Mecca. It was packed. For the many who had only ‘deck passage’ (thankfully, not us), there was no room to walk around, no toilet, and no place to wash. When it was time for the few of us who were going to Singapore to disembark, a wooden gangplank was lowered way offshore and we were told to jump to the rowboats a good distance below. To complicate things, men got behind us and started to push, which caused a panic as we hung onto one another so as not to fall in the ocean. These men were there to steal our stuff, taking whatever they could grab. There was much screaming and we were certainly relieved when we were safely on shore (and glad that we had put our valuables in waterproof bags buried deep in our packs).

My sister Nancy in Morocco souk

Recent travel through Morocco was much easier than anticipated. I had heard horror stories about the souks and the young men who would drive us crazy asking to be our guide. Well, young men did approach us and one even told me that I would be “really, really sorry” for turning down his offer to show us through the medina in Fes for we were sure to be lost. But it was all rather tame. Maybe it’s because everything is rather tame after India. Also, I visited Morocco in January when it is not packed with tourists and probably more relaxed.

Letters home

“The only thing that surprises me in Jodpur is camels pulling carts of produce. Camels are new to me today but by tomorrow they won’t be as I’m going to the desert tomorrow.”
- India

Rajasthan, India

Weighing dire warnings
If you listen to all the chatter about what could possibly happen to you when you travel to foreign destinations you’d never leave home. Travel books devote pages to health and safety issues. U.S. government travel advisories are particularly discouraging. You really need to put these warnings into perspective. There are travel snobs who see themselves as intrepid and don’t want “just anyone” to follow in their footsteps, such as a co-worker of mine who kept saying I was a ‘brave girl, brave girl’ for planning a trip to Ecuador, a country he visited frequently. Being unduly fearful will keep you inside the travel bubble.

Yes, you should weigh dire warnings and indeed bad things can happen. But incidents that you hear about can be isolated and not impact on your plans. Or if they do, you may be able to make alternate arrangements. Sometimes concerns are exaggerated or misunderstood. I recall (with some embarrassment) asking the customs officer at the New York City international airport if it was safe to travel across the city to the train station. I asked him this as I handed over my passport with visas in it from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, countries I had just been to. I suspect he thought my question was ridiculous, and even insulting, and told me rather sarcastically that I had a “50-50 chance of making it alive.” Well, in those days, we were bombarded with warnings about how dangerous New York City was. But I had obviously failed to weigh such warnings.

Occasionally it can be difficult to assess the situation from home. Before we went to Peru an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scale caused considerable damage to telecommunications, power lines, transportation routes, and general infrastructure in that country. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs recommended deterring travel to the area. We altered our itinerary so that the city most hard hit was our last stop and sure enough, most of the damage had been cleared away by the time we arrived. On another trip, an erupting volcano threatened to block the highway between Mexico City and Oaxaca but the bus just drove around it. Floods prevented our overland travel from Malaysia to Thailand so we took a plane instead. A tornado flattened the Darwin airport in Australia where we were to catch our flight to Indonesia so we made alternate arrangements. All to say that if you remain calm and flexible you will usually find a way to overcome logistical challenges.

Dire warnings, Southern India

While changes to your itinerary may be disappointing, alternate arrangements can have their rewards. In a letter home from Ecuador I wrote: “We were hoping to get the train out of Riobamba to Guayaquil through the infamous Nariz des Diable (Devil’s Nose). However, El Nino wiped out the train tracks. So we took the bus and the trip was spectacular.”

Terrorist bombs have gone off in the United States, Britain and Spain, all countries much like ‘home’. Australians seem to get a thrill out of telling tourists that a bite from one of their poisonous snakes can kill hundreds of sheep. While travelling in Europe a highly educated Brit told me he would love to visit Canada but was afraid of the bears, which to me is ridiculous. This is not to trivialize the bad stuff but to suggest you not over react.

The Anticipation
Two weeks after my six week journey through India I started thinking about my next destination. On the recommendation of Europeans I’d met in Delhi, I decided on Morocco. And so the research and anticipation began. Anticipating the next trip gives life a lift. It’s like the gardener who plans her spring garden in February (and I am a gardener), for dreaming about spring gets you through the winter. (The great thing about the Internet is that you can still anticipate your spring garden from the other side of the world. When in India and feeling a little homesick I spent several hours in an Internet cafĂ© researching what new perennials to add to my garden.)

You can also anticipate difficulties but don’t become a creative worrier for things tend to work out well.

Letters home
“Yesterday there were mothballs in the drain in the bathroom, which was a turn off. Today I’m in a different hotel and there are no mothballs. A toad just hopped out of the drain. I chased it under the bed where it is now huddled. What else do you think can come up from drains?”
- India

You’re more appreciative of home
There’s nothing like travelling in the less developed world to make you realize how fortunate you are. As I wrote to my kids from India, “big things must be expected of us for we are so privileged.”

Letters home

“Women seem to do most of the physical work. You see them walking barefoot carrying a pan of cement on their head to pave the road.”
- Indonesia

“The women wear saris, even when cutting wood or gathering hay. The men? Too many of them pee in public, spit on the street, and blow their nose using their fingers.”
- India

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Sugar prices continue to plunge

At the end of 2009, we noted that sugar prices were soaring to multi-decade highs. Sugar prices proceeded to peak at the end of January and have plunged 33% from there.

Sugar prices continue to plunge from multi-decade highs

Sugar prices continue to plunge from multi-decade highs

Sugar prices are riding a rollercoaster of scarcity and abundance. Monsoons in India forced the world’s largest consumer of sugar to import it. This year, sugar crops are expected to produce a large bounty from India and Brazil. See “Indian sugar stocks turn bitter as output seen rising” for more details.

[Via http://inflationwatch.wordpress.com]

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Week Before Travel & Grossly Overconsuming

There’s this place I go to just before I make a big re-location: the place of Lasts.  This is the last time I’ll hug my dad, the last time I’ll drink cheap beer, the last time I’ll watch my favorite American TV program without the hassle of is-it-available-to-stream-internationally-online-and-what’s-my-connection-like.  My subconscious starts to get desperate; desperate to hold on to the things I love about a place while fleeing the things that bore me.  This emotional tick generally causes me to gain about five pounds and consume much more than I normally would, all in the name of, I don’t know when the next time will be.

Today is D-Day Minus six.  Departure Day, that is, and I’ve spent this past weekend gorging on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and eating chocolate dessert at every restaurant I visit with every family member that wants to see me once more before I leave.  It might be the PMS talking (I hate international airline travel during that time, but that’s certainly a different post with a different readership alltogether) but the Maine coastal sunsets seem more beautiful these past few days.  My mother’s embrace seems warmer, and the snuggles from my kitty cat, just a bit less flea-ridden.

Soon my reminiscences of Boston’s skyline and the perpetually-tardy T will be replaced with longing for warm naan and the heat of Mumbai that I can, at this point, still only fantasize about.  When I was in Paris I made my 100 Things to Love post series, and it remains popular with my readers.  Validation, I think, that we’re all searching for those things to love about a city, whether it’s our own or one we’re still dreaming about.

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WEEKLY Update 8th - 12th March

Here we bring you the weekly overview of the Indian as well as of the Global economy and latest global business and industry updates.

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Markets continued to build on the gains that came in the post budget week. Investors seem to have overcome the worry factors like domestic fiscal deficit & concerns over Euro Zone.

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Even the sudden burst of buying by the foreign institutional investors reflects the confidence  in the domestic economy. Food price index rose 17.87% in the 12 months to 20 February 2010, faster than the annual rise of 17.58% in the previous week but is expected to come down on the likelihood of good harvest going ahead.

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On the external economy front, India’s imports posted a strong growth for the second month running in January, signaling a pickup in domestic demand and investment. Non-oil imports registered a growth of 28.8% in January, while oil imports were up 56% from the year ago period.

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Exports jumped for a third  straight month in January, rising 11.5 per cent from a year earlier as demand  picked up in the United States and other major overseas markets.

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The data cheered the markets & eased some concerns over the optimistic economic growth outlook that came after the third quarter GDP numbers showing growth of 6%. In the nine months to December Indian economy has expanded by 6.7% & in order to meet the CSO expected growth of 7.2% in the current fiscal, it should grow by 8.8% in the last quarter ending March 2010.

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Going forward markets are expected to trade in line with the global markets & will keep a close eye on the IIP numbers that are scheduled to be announced in the coming week. However markets may face liquidity pressure with approximately 22,000 crore going out from the banking system last week & another 12,000 crore expected to go out by the week ending 13th march as a result of hike in Cash reserve ratio by 75 bps by RBI.

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Another liquidity squeeze would be from the corporate in the system as the last tranche of Advance tax is approaching i.e. 15th March. Above all the expected rush of new & follow on public offering in the near term is expected to put a continuous pressure on the liquidity front.

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The week gone by saw one of the strongest rallies in stock markets across the world which goes to show that bulls are still strong and a lot of money lying in the sidelines enters the market at every fall. Trend of Nifty and Sensex is bullish and Nifty has support between 5030-4950 and Sensex between 16700- 16400 levels. The dollar index is finding a strong resistance between 80-81 levels and if it does not cross this strongly then the rally is expected to continue.

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Commodities rose on benefits of doubt as dollar index is witnessing see saw movements amid some improvement in economic releases. However, there is still some uneasiness, regarding the health of European countries, including Spain. In metals and energy, things look balanced right now. These commodities are expected to trade in a range.

Story of agro commodities is little different.

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Despite fragile outlook, most of commodities prices soared on support at lower level buying and domestic as well as overseas demand.

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Cautious trading is advisable here, especially in spices as they have already witnessed significant upside in last few trading sessions.

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Stay Tuned for More updates

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

'Maoists intend to overthrow Indian govt. by 2050'

Presstv

An Indian minister has warned that Maoist rebels are planning to topple the New Delhi government by 2050.

Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai says security forces are facing a long-term conflict with the rebels.

“We have a long, bloody war ahead,” Pillai told a seminar in New Delhi.

He noted that at least 908 people died in Maoist attacks in 2009.

“It’s quite likely violence will go up in 2010 or 2011,” Pillai said.

In response to the minister’s remarks, Maoist leader Koteswar Rao said they would achieve victory long before that date.

“We will overthrow the Indian government much before 2050,” Rao told the Press Trust of India late on Saturday.

The Maoists have spread into less developed areas of rural central and eastern India.

There are thought to be between 10,000 and 20,000 armed Maoist rebels in India, active in 13 of India’s 29 states and backed by hundreds of thousands of supporters.

Thousands of people have been killed since the Maoist rebellion began in the late 1960s.

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Holi and Dhuleti festival

In the week leading up to March 1, the Pushpavan apartment complex where we live started revving up Holi fever.  Holi (pronounced just like our work “holy” as in the Holy Ghost) is the celebration of the end of winter and start of spring.  Even though, it has felt more like spring ever since we arrived in January, for the locals here, any temperature under 90 degrees is cause to wear a sweater and ear muffs.  Not kidding.  I’ve been wanting to capture a photo of our boys in shorts next to someone covered up in several layers, but never had the chance yet.

Anyway, here at Pushpavan apartments, the kids have been having water fights every evening for a week.  We missed many days of this due to our vacation in Goa (Goa post coming soon).  The security in the complex didn’t allow the water fights to start until 6pm, probably to keep the rucus down to a low roar out of respect for other residents…probably a good thing, since the neighbor kids can get a little out of control and aggressive.  Everyone participating gets completely soaked.

Sunday was the 1st day of Holi.  This was the day we returned from Goa.  On the way from the airport, we noticed many piles of wood in the middle of the streets for bonfires later that night.  The simplified meaning of the bonfires is to drive away evil spirits and overcome obstacles.

So, Monday, if you read my previous post, was an example of missed opportunity and miscommunication.  That post came from not being able to fall asleep and needing to write out my frustrations.

Sunday, when we returned from Goa, there was a posting on the apartment bulletin board, stating that there were Dhuleti festivities in the complex starting at 9:15 am continuing until lunch to be served at 1:30pm.  I assumed, wrongly, that the festivities would be all morning, then.  We were called by the airline to tell us that Ian had left one of his books on the airplane.  The driver was available to take us in the morning at 10am.  I thought that this would be OK to do and we would only miss part of the festivities.  Well, we actually missed everything accept for 10 minutes.  How was I to know?  Holi was on March 1st…I thought that it was an all day event, and, in addition, Pushpavan was celebrating in the morning.  When I asked neighbor women in the complex here, they confirmed, “Yes, Holi is all day on Monday.”  Their meaning and my meaning was obviously different.  Well, when we returned from the airport at 11am, the garage area was completely deserted.  All festivities were over.  The boys were completely broken-hearted.  They had been looking forward to participating in the fun all week.  I felt very responsible.

I managed to salvage a little bit of fun with a family water balloon fight in the courtyard.  We lugged about 40 filled balloons down to the courtyard in the evening…it lasted about 5 minutes, but we had fun.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Halfway Through: An Assessment

(Audrey) Today, March 6, marks halfway through my time abroad—10 months in India, 6 weeks in the UK, and 2 weeks in Paris. I arrived in India on Sept. 6, 2009, and how have I done? It seems an appropriate time to take stock with some stats of what I’ve accomplished in the past 6 months—

9 research-related trips outside of Delhi
6 Indian states
18 different archives
countless manuscripts

And let’s not forget the fun side of things—

3 non-research related trips
add another 2 Indian states

My favorite moment so far has been in Jaipur. I went last October/November in order to find a unique, unprinted manuscript held in a Jain library connected with a temple. There are lots of Jain temple-libraries in Jaipur and so, despite my best efforts, I initially identified the wrong one. Upon arriving, my host there (one of the head lay overseers of this particular temple) figured out the problem, said no worries, and made a few phone calls. Within 5 minutes I was on the back of his motorcycle, weaving through the old pink city of Jaipur on our way to the correct Jain temple. We walked in and another guy was there, ready to greet us.

I was promptly shown a stack of a few thousand CDs that held digital copies of all of the library’s manuscripts. We found the one I wanted, but alas, the photos were a little fuzzy. No problem, my two hosts replied, and promptly showed me to the manuscript room and allowed me to see the actual manuscript. I asked to photograph it, and they quickly agreed. The last remaining problem was that the manuscript room had no natural light, which is really helpful for capturing text crisply. At this point, my hosts suggested that I take the manuscript outside and photograph in the light. As I was carrying the manuscript out of the room, they pointed to an inscription above the door. It was too high and small for me to read, but they claimed it said that if anybody should ever take a text out of this room, may he be struck dead. They then laughed, I proceeded to go outside and photograph the manuscript, all the while chatting with my two hosts about the importance of archival access for scholars. That was a great day.

My work in India continues. Tomorrow I leave for Rajasthan. This will be my longest trip in India to date, stretching to 10-12 days before I return to Delhi. On the itinerary are Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Bikaner, in that order. Expect updates.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Worth it?

(Audrey) After climbing 2,000 stairs at Pavgadh, we got this view—

Was it worth it? Yes, but I must admit that the view at the bottom of the stairs was equally compelling to me—

Deep-fried food—now that is a reason to come to this land.

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H1N1 Swine Flu Virus Vaccination to Begin in India Next Week

Today, Timesofindia.indiatimes.com news portal of India writes about H1N1 swine flu virus vaccination, “Mass vaccinations against the deadly H1N1 swine flu virus are likely to begin in India next week. The 1.5 million doses of vaccines imported by the government from Sanofi Pasteur have passed the safety test.”

The vaccine has been testified by Drug Controller General of India on Wednesday. About it the news portal writes, “The French vaccine manufacturers submitted the results of their clinical bridge study — conducted in Delhi and Pune on 100 adult subjects — to the Drug Controller General of India on Wednesday. The trials were completed on February 21. The results were then checked thoroughly in Lyon before being submitted to DCGI.”

On the other hand, Dr Surinder Singh of DCGI said to TOI, “The trials of the vaccine have proven its safety profile. By Friday, we will vet the results and give its clearance for use on humans in India. By next week, the vaccination should begin.”

Union health ministry officials also have said, “10 lakh doses of the vaccine will be sent to all Central government hospitals for administering on all frontline health workers and those at highest risk of getting infected.”

About the availability of the vaccine the news portal writes, “India’s indigenous H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available by April 15 and could cost between Rs 80 and Rs 100.”

About the impact of the vaccine the news paper writes, “No vaccine is 100% safe for everyone. People with allergies to eggs, for example, can’t take flu vaccines because eggs are involved in the manufacturing process.” This is the statement of experts.

We already have published a Swine Flu graph in our previous post of Health Awareness blog. Now, the graph of H1N1 has spread to 210 countries. Only in India, the virus has infected over 29,710 people. Among them about 1,376 has been killed.

I think the vaccine will surly be effective because till now over 300 million people have been vaccinated globally. In India, the price of vaccine is also very affordable.

[Via http://healthsuggestion.wordpress.com]

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Driving-Related Deaths in India

(Audrey) Reading the stats on how many people are killed every year in car accidents in India is a sobering task. The numbers came out recently that an average of 14 people in India died every hour in 2008 on roads (1.18 lakh overall). As might be expected, Delhi is one of the worst offenders. A combination of the city’s awful traffic and total lack of any driving laws, I suppose. You might think: well, driving in India may be unsafe, but only people like Audrey and Thane are crazy enough to actually drive in a madhouse like Delhi, if they’d just walk they’d be fine. But there, you would be mistaken. In fact, around 30 percent of road deaths in Delhi are of pedestrians. A few dozen were even killed in 2008 from falling into manholes. A comparative stat—You were more likely to get killed by car while walking around this city in 2008 than you were just to be murdered outright. In other words, pedestrian fatalities exceed murders in Delhi. And did I mention that Delhi also has a bad reputation for crime?

It’s a sad legacy of modernity that so many die on roads, not just in India but around the world. And it should be noted that while India is notoriously bad, I’m still more likely at my age to be killed by a car accident in America than by any other means. Driving may be the most unsafe thing I ever do in this country or, really, anywhere in the world.

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The Ayappa Cult - Thekkedy

In my Rough Guide to India I have been reading about the Ayappa Cult that is centred here in Thekkedy.

 

Each December and January, loads of men dressed in black come here to walk deep into the jungle to a forest shrine. This shrine was built for the god, Ayappa. It’s the second largest pilgrimage in the world.

 

I read about this and was really interested in going there, but then I read that “although males of any age and any religion can take part in the pilgrimage, females between the ages of 9 and 50 are barred.”

This rule is still enforced vigorously.

 

In 1995 someone complained about the temple’s hygiene facilities so the “local collector” –  a 42 year old woman insisted that she be allowed to inspect. The temples authorities refused her entrance as she was of menstruating age, but the High Court said she had to be allowed in. She was allowed, but not into the central shrine. 
 

So now, of course, I really want to go to the temple. I mentioned it to Andrew, but he said “no way.” I asked, “why not?” And he said, “you only want to go there because you aren’t allowed.” So I said,

 

“Maybe that’s true, but I’m still going to go.”
 

Today when we saw Thomas, I asked him about the shrine. He knew it, but said that women couldn’t go there. I said, “why not Thomas?” He chewed on his nail for a bit, then said, “I can take you there. I know a way – through the forest. But I could only take you so far, then I would go. If anyone sees you, you’d say you found your way through the forest.” As we were walking I asked him why women weren’t allowed in.

 

Through mixed mutterings of Indian/English I managed to make out that there was a goddess who wanted to marry a specific man. And the king god (Shiva?) says that she can marry anyone else, but not the man she wants. So the goddess in now in the temple, waiting for her true husband and all these Ayappa cult people traipse into the jungle, hoping that they’ll be the one. The One then gets given some powers.

This story that Thomas gave me was very different to the myth behind the god Ayappa that the Rough Guides gives, so I’m not 100% sure why women aren’t allowed in. I think Thomas missed his occupation as a writer. He’s got a great imagination, what with his visiting royalty and goddess stories.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kabul Bombs deliver clear message to India: Pack bags!

  • Pulling off the attack in central Kabul — in one of the most secure neighborhoods in Afghanistan’s most secure city — was designed to send a message that the Taliban is not intimidated by the stepped-up military offensive
  • “They’re trying to up the pressure and send a message that you guys aren’t defeating us,”
  • “No matter what the coalition does, it can’t win, “It’s a very smart strategy.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and New Delhi – A coordinated attack early Friday, which killed at least 16 people and targeted a hotel and guesthouse in central Kabul, underscored the shifting tactics of Taliban insurgents and their keen understanding of geopolitical implications.

Three assailants struck at 6:30 a.m. on the first day of the Afghan weekend, when few people are on the street, in the prosperous Shahr-e-Naw residential area. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombings, the first attack in Kabul since January and the capital’s deadliest in months, police and Interior Ministry officials said.

The destruction started with a car bombing that leveled the Arya Guesthouse [...], city Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahman told reporters.

After the blast, one of the militants set off his explosives vest in front of the ruins while the two others entered the Park Residence guesthouse across the street, which was soon surrounded by police and military. A second assailant then blew himself up, killing three policemen, while the third attacker hunkered down in the basement and was killed about 10:30 a.m. by police gunfire.

Among the dead were six Indians, four Afghan civilians, an Italian diplomat, a French filmmaker and three police officers, officials said. Some bodies were so badly burned it will take time to identify them. At least 36 people were wounded.

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Early morning television broadcast images of a plume of black smoke rising from the area, shattered glass lining the streets and broken windows in shops and homes. Afghan police crouched behind traffic barriers as the remaining gunman remained holed up in the guesthouse basement.

Analysts said the attack appeared to be a well-planned operation aimed at achieving several political objectives.

Pulling off the attack in central Kabul — in one of the most secure neighborhoods in Afghanistan’s most secure city — was designed to send a message that the Taliban is not intimidated by the stepped-up military offensive in the southern city of Marja and can bring the battle to the doorstep of its adversaries.

“They’re trying to up the pressure and send a message that you guys aren’t defeating us,” said John Harrison, a research manager at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore. “And they’re showing they can penetrate the city and stand awhile.”

The early morning timing on a weekend probably made it easier to get the attackers, vehicles, weapons and explosives into position since security forces presumably would be less vigilant; an early start also gives recruits less time for second thoughts. And with streets largely deserted, the attackers are less likely to kill civilians and more likely to find their principal target — foreigners — still sleeping. The insurgent group is wary of a backlash from the Afghan public over civilian deaths.

As suicide bombings have become nearly routine, the combination of a car bombing and suicide blast followed by an armed standoff carries more shock value, providing more of the attention that militants seek. Having armed insurgents stand their ground also sends a message that the fighters are more ideologically committed than some drugged, brainwashed, poorly educated teenager pulling a detonation cord. The combination, with its drawn-out suspense, also gains better TV coverage.

“It prolongs developments, adds to the chaos and brings more publicity,” said Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, senior researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. “With a suicide attack, you blow yourself up, that’s it. This has much more impact.”

The choice of the Shahr-e-Naw neighborhood frequented by foreigners and affluent Afghans sent a not-so-subtle message: foreign occupiers and those who follow their profligate ways must be eliminated.

And that the militants targeted a guesthouse serving Indians is probably no accident, analysts said. At one level, the attack is a direct challenge to President Hamid Karzai, who has closely allied himself with India and whom the Taliban opposes for his pro-Western policies and support.

The attack is also a bid to further drive a wedge among Western coalition member countries in the hopes that other nations will follow the Dutch in leaving, as they appear likely to do with the recent fall of their government.

Targeting Indians [...] — coming on the heels of two attacks on the Indian Embassy in Kabul in the last two years — [...] who hope to reduce India’s influence in Afghanistan as the region prepares for the likely power vacuum after the U.S.-led coalition leaves.

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“Pakistan is deeply resentful of India’s footprint in Afghanistan and would like to see it reduced,” said Sadanand Dhume, an Asia Society fellow and author of “My Friend the Fanatic,” a book on radical Islam.

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If tensions rise again between India and Pakistan just as the two have resumed formal talks after a 15-month hiatus following the 2008 Mumbai attack, it could keep more Pakistani troops on the Indian border and away from the Afghan border, where the U.S. would like to see them. The Afghan and Pakistani Taliban could gain more freedom to operate along the porous border.

“If you get India riled up, you divert Pakistan troops,” Harrison said. “The jihadi community is trying to relieve the pressure.”

Finally, there’s the spin that militants put on the attack.

Analysts said that when Afghan police respond to an attack, [...] foreigners are putting Afghans in danger while avoiding it themselves. If coalition troops respond to an attack, [...] that the coalition doesn’t trust locals and views them as lap dogs.

“No matter what the coalition does, it can’t win,” Harrison said. “It’s a very smart strategy.By Mark Magnier and Aimal Yaqubi February 27, 2010. “mark.magnier @latimes.com.Yaqubi is a special correspondent.

RupeeNews

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