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25th-Jul-2008 03:48 am - New comm: South Asian Women
Hi everyone, you might remember I posted last month about wanting to start a community for South Asian feminism and women's issues.

It's called southasianwomen, and it's open for business!

I actually need to find someone to help or take over moderation of the community because I absolutely do not have the time to dedicate to moderating an online comm. If you're interested, please don't hesitate to ask (by PM, in the comm, or in comments here). I'm especially interested in sharing moderation with women who live in South Asia, or know about feminisms from parts of South Asia other than India.

Membership is moderated at the moment, but I'm letting pretty much everyone who seems legit in. If I've seen you around any of these comms before, you'll almost definitely be approved!

So join up and start posting, ladies!
17th-May-2007 10:49 pm(no subject)
Is anyone else out there following the controversy in Vadodara?

In sum, as I understand it, there was a private display of the works of some of the art students at Maharaja Sayajirao University mad some works of art that were found offensive by BJP/VHP leaders and some Christians. Niraj Jain, a BJP leader (can't get over his name's irony) broke into the private exhibition with a group of police, destroyed several works of art, and had two art students arrested.

Here are some links (gleaned from the discussion on RISA-L) if you want to find more info:

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/debate-tolerance-where-art-thou/40202-3.html (video 1 on this page is pretty good)

And petitions:

http://www.petitiononline.com/ms150507/ (this one seems to be intended for academics)
26th-Mar-2007 07:21 pm - Question.
I recently got back from a 3 month trip in Kalimpong, India. To commemorate this trip I want to get a tattoo of the word "free" (as in freedom) in Nepali. If anyone out there could send me a picture of this word in the language I would be greatly appreciative. Either comment or e-mail me: xglimmershinex@yahoo.com
6th-Sep-2006 03:17 pm - New Community
Hope 'new community' posts are allowed... let me know if I should remove this :)

"This group is open to anyone who disagrees with the discrimination of Tamils by the Sri Lankan state and/or who wants to learn more about the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka."


(x-posted to desirock, desixtc, southasians)
11th-Aug-2006 10:42 pm - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
I just saw Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.

Spoilers, and just a touch of sociologyCollapse )

I find the way in which the diaspora was portrayed by this movie very interesting. They are simultaneously other and not other, but in order to be able to behave in the way they did in the film, they needed to be more other than not. The degree of alienation this implies is quite striking.
10th-Jun-2006 12:38 am - help on PhD programs
Hi, I'm interested in taking a PhD program that's more on cultural studies, specifically (if there's any) a program which focuses on theories on space and place. (Actually, a program focusing on theory is already great). Is there any program in a university in southeast asia that you can recommend? Thanks very much!
7th-Mar-2006 11:53 am - Varanasi
Indian temple city hit by blasts

At least 15 people have been killed in three explosions in the northern Indian pilgrimage city of Varanasi.

At least 60 others were injured, police said. The first blast occurred at a Hindu temple and was followed by two more at the main railway station.

Lots more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4782618.stm
7th-Feb-2006 11:11 pm(no subject)
Revelation of the day:

Apparently, Gandhi claimed that Jews could fight Nazism through civil disobedience.

Here's what I'm wondering: was Gandhi being naive or pragmatic? I think Gandhi was a pretty intelligent person, so I have trouble believing he was naive enough to actually believe that civil disobedience would have worked in that situation. If a Nazi has an assault rifle in a Jew's back, and is marching him off to the gas chamber, it won't matter much if he/she refuses, as s/he'll just be shot instead of gassed. I think Gandhi would have realized this. The other explanation is a bit more cynical. Gandhi may have simply wanted to avoid contradicting the non-violent approach which was working so well in the Indian Nationalist movement. So, rather than undermine what he had worked to build in India, he claimed that the same would work against Nazism.

The reason why non-cooperation worked in India is because the British needed their citizens to cooperate in order to govern them. However, the Nazi's obviously had no need for Jews to cooperate, since they had no qualms about just killing them. Rather than adding a contingency to his non-violent philosophy, simply stating that non-cooperation only works when the political structure one is protesting requires cooperation, and that when violence is directed toward one, self-defense is appropriate, he overapplied his principles to a situation where they clearly couldn't work.

Perhaps it was of little consequence. For one, Gandhi's opinions did not have much of an impact on what was going on outside of India. For another, very few were aware of the full extent of what Nazis were doing to Jews. No special allowances were made in immigration laws. The US didn't have much interest in what was going on until Pearl Harbor, and when they entered the war, it was with the same concern as the rest of the allies--maintaining political sovereignty. Perhaps there simply wasn't enough information available for Gandhi to have an informed opinion on the matter.

I'm curious what others think about this. Was Gandhi just underinformed? Would he have maintained his position if he knew more about what was going on? Was he simply trying to maintain a consistently applicable non-violent philosophy for pragmatic reasons? Was he being overly idealistic? Am I wrong to think that civil disobedience would not have been an effective way for Jews to "fight" Nazism?

(x-posted to my journal)
20th-Jan-2006 02:01 pm - ghosts
Chilly welcome for Indian 'ghost': http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4624444.stm

Kathmandu becomes a 'ghost city': http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4631902.stm
23rd-Dec-2005 08:03 pm - Disgusting.
US mosques checked for radiation

US authorities have been secretly monitoring radiation levels at Muslim sites amid fears that terrorists might obtain nuclear weapons, it has emerged.

Scores of mosques and private addresses have been checked for radiation, the US News and World Report says.

Read the rest here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4557224.stm
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