29-Aug-2006

Leadership

The PM provides it at least in this instance (from The Hindu):
He made it clear that there was no question of his Government approaching terror as a phenomenon linked to any particular community: when there was terrorism in Punjab, it did not mean the Sikh community had a propensity to it; likewise, the Tamil community could not be held suspect because of the implication of the LTTE in terrorist crimes.
I read somewhere that a leader thinks differently. Mr Singh certainly does that here.

The editorial piece also talks about "...the paranoid attitudes and political styles towards Muslims — encountered in several western countries". Well, that's an interesting story, of how
The American Right, having created the Mujahideen and having mightily contributed to the creation of al-Qaeda, abruptly announced that there was something deeply wrong with Islam, that it kept producing terrorists.
It is well told here.

15-Aug-2006

In Which I Discover A New Racial Slur

And a site which documents all of them. The slur is 'macaca' and it was used, not that it is really important, by a US politician against an Indian. The video is here. The story is here and here.