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Bush in India: Just Not Welcome
The Nation ^ | Arundhati Roy

Posted on 02/28/2006 9:00:39 AM PST by Raj13008

On his triumphalist tour of India and Pakistan, where he hopes to wave imperiously at people he considers potential subjects, President Bush has an itinerary that's getting curiouser and curiouser.

For Bush's March 2 pit stop in New Delhi, the Indian government tried very hard to have him address our parliament. A not inconsequential number of MPs threatened to heckle him, so Plan One was hastily shelved. Plan Two was to have Bush address the masses from the ramparts of the magnificent Red Fort, where the Indian prime minister traditionally delivers his Independence Day address. But the Red Fort, surrounded as it is by the predominantly Muslim population of Old Delhi, was considered a security nightmare. So now we're into Plan Three: President George Bush speaks from Purana Qila, the Old Fort.

Ironic, isn't it, that the only safe public space for a man who has recently been so enthusiastic about India's modernity should be a crumbling medieval fort?

Since the Purana Qila also houses the Delhi zoo, George Bush's audience will be a few hundred caged animals and an approved list of caged human beings, who in India go under the category of "eminent persons." They're mostly rich folk who live in our poor country like captive animals, incarcerated by their own wealth, locked and barred in their gilded cages, protecting themselves from the threat of the vulgar and unruly multitudes whom they have systematically dispossessed over the centuries.

So what's going to happen to George W. Bush? Will the gorillas cheer him on? Will the gibbons curl their lips? Will the brow-antlered deer sneer? Will the chimps make rude noises? Will the owls hoot? Will the lions yawn and the giraffes bat their beautiful eyelashes? Will the crocs recognize a kindred soul? Will the quails give thanks that Bush isn't traveling with Dick Cheney, his hunting partner with the notoriously bad aim? Will the CEOs agree?

Oh, and on March 2, Bush will be taken to visit Gandhi's memorial in Rajghat. He's by no means the only war criminal who has been invited by the Indian government to lay flowers at Rajghat. (Only recently we had the Burmese dictator General Than Shwe, no shrinking violet himself.) But when Bush places flowers on that famous slab of highly polished stone, millions of Indians will wince. It will be as though he has poured a pint of blood on the memory of Gandhi.

We really would prefer that he didn't.

It is not in our power to stop Bush's visit. It is in our power to protest it, and we will. The government, the police and the corporate press will do everything they can to minimize the extent of our outrage. Nothing the happy newspapers say can change the fact that all over India, from the biggest cities to the smallest villages, in public places and private homes, George W. Bush, the President of the United States of America, world nightmare incarnate, is just not welcome


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Hey folks - if it of any consolation to you this lady (Arundhati Roy - darling of the Indian left) hates her own country India a lot more than she hates US or Bush. And what makes me cringe is - she claims to speak for Indian.
1 posted on 02/28/2006 9:00:42 AM PST by Raj13008
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To: Raj13008
"I am a New Delhian!"

Doesn't have that same ring to it. LOL

2 posted on 02/28/2006 9:03:00 AM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: Raj13008

Is there something in that woman's screed that makes any sense outside of a padded cell in a sanitarium? Because I couldn't find it.


3 posted on 02/28/2006 9:03:48 AM PST by RogueIsland (.)
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To: Raj13008

I don't trust anything in the Nation. Their editors are idiots when it comes to fact checking.

There was a hit piece that tried to tie Bush to Ken Lay and the lead paragraphs stated as fact that George W. Bush's baseball team the Houston Astros played at Ken Lay's lobbied Enron Field.

When they were notified that Bush owned the Texas Rangers (an Arlington team) the team name was replaced but the stadium remained the same (they did not play at Enron because they did not play in Houston).

What's more Bush sold his part of the team before Enron Field opened. It is a worthless rag.


4 posted on 02/28/2006 9:04:37 AM PST by weegee (Liberals have a god complex. They always want to create and run Eden, err.... Utopia.)
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To: Raj13008

I read the whole thing, but all I remember is "wah wah wah".

I have to believe that even liberals get tired of that high-pitched, fingernails-on-a-chalkboard whining...


5 posted on 02/28/2006 9:05:01 AM PST by Philistone (Turning lead into gold...)
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To: Raj13008

She works for "The Nation" - where no outrage is too small; everything is a shame and positively no one is happy.

I once asked, no kidding, Joan Baez how she could keep on singing all those sad songs about all those sad people and places. Her answer: "Well, you just have to understand what a shit*y place the world is." This, while sipping champagne in her dressing room backstage at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC. She also like Ritz Crackers with peanut butter. Imagine her breath. Ugh.


6 posted on 02/28/2006 9:05:15 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: Raj13008
On his triumphalist tour of India and Pakistan, where he hopes to wave imperiously at people he considers potential subjects, President Bush has an itinerary that's getting curiouser and curiouser.

Wow! Bush wants to annex India and Pakistan? Boy, who woulda guessed that?!

7 posted on 02/28/2006 9:05:38 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Raj13008

Oh, for the good old days of Marx and Lenin!

Arundhati Roy, your last name looks suspiciously monarchist and triumphalist. Better watch out, or you will be sent in for re-education.


8 posted on 02/28/2006 9:06:26 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Raj13008

I'd love to see Ms. Roy and Oriana Fallaci go toe to toe in a boxing match.


9 posted on 02/28/2006 9:06:31 AM PST by zarf (It's time for a college football playoff system.)
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To: Raj13008

India looks east..sees Red China..Looks west, sees Pakistan...nuff said..


10 posted on 02/28/2006 9:06:32 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: Raj13008

The Nation is a left-wing, liberal publication out of New York. I don't know why you posted this article.


11 posted on 02/28/2006 9:06:45 AM PST by razoroccam (Then in the name of Allah, they will let loose the Germs of War (http://www.booksurge.com))
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To: RexBeach


Someone she hand out Prozac in Pez dispensers to all the lib beeeeyyooootchs like her ant that Indian chick.

Jeeeeeeezzzzzz...what a nightmare to go through life with nothing positive to say...but, I bet, they're all just lying through there teeth for the attention, anyway.


12 posted on 02/28/2006 9:07:43 AM PST by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: Raj13008
But when Bush places flowers on that famous slab of highly polished stone, millions of Indians will wince. It will be as though he has poured a pint of blood on the memory of Gandhi.

I'll bet this "lady" might have had an orgasm if Brezhnev winked at her.

Leftist bums are the same all over the world.

13 posted on 02/28/2006 9:08:03 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: RexBeach
I once asked, no kidding, Joan Baez how she could keep on singing all those sad songs about all those sad people and places. Her answer: "Well, you just have to understand what a shit*y place the world is." This, while sipping champagne in her dressing room backstage at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC. She also like Ritz Crackers with peanut butter. Imagine her breath. Ugh.
At least Baez had the integrity to slam the Vietnamese government when they turned out (what a shock) to be bigger despots that Thieu and company ever dreamed of being. She actually caught a lot of grief from the rest of the left for that.

-Eric

14 posted on 02/28/2006 9:08:55 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: Raj13008

She's unhappy because the prime minister sounds like a Reagan Republican and a defacto ally of the United States.


15 posted on 02/28/2006 9:09:09 AM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Raj13008

I can just see Dubya, cloaked with that calm mantle of humble self assurance, a quirky little grin on his face, and that famous twinkle in his eye as he rises above it all in valiant fashion and the people gasp. :o)


16 posted on 02/28/2006 9:09:32 AM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: in hoc signo vinces


Geeeeshhh...I really need to drink more coffee.

That's "should hand out" and "like her and that Indian chick"

Yeah, I am vocab deficeint today.


17 posted on 02/28/2006 9:09:56 AM PST by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: Raj13008
Yes. She is a sack of execrement.

However, she did make a notable trenchant observation:

Ironic, isn't it, that the only safe public space for a man who has recently been so enthusiastic about India's modernity should be a crumbling medieval fort?

It seems that the guy who thinks he has licked his father's "vision thing." Can't seem to recognize when his visions are...well...a little premature. A lot of spade-work has to be done before India becomes a reliable partner in protecting his 'new world order.'

19 posted on 02/28/2006 9:10:49 AM PST by Paul Ross (Hitting bullets with bullets successfully for 35 years!)
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To: razoroccam; All

I wanted to give you lot a peek into the mentality of the left in India .Google search 'Arundhati Roy'. You will find the most anarchist and hateful anti-India stuff. And that precisely makes her the heroine of the Indian left.


20 posted on 02/28/2006 9:10:55 AM PST by Raj13008
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To: Reagan Man

If Bush had any balls left he would do something to stop the offshoring of jobs to that arpit called India.
I'm tired of calling help desk only to get Mr. Apu's wife who has to repeat things 20 times in the support call so that I can make out what the heck she's trying to say... and then without fail she remembers to invite me to come to India.... now why would I want to do a thing like that? If I want a stinky place I can sit close to Michael Moore at the Democratic convention.


21 posted on 02/28/2006 9:11:35 AM PST by greenthumbedislndr
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To: pgkdan

India would be a good fit for our 51st state--their economy is pretty good.


22 posted on 02/28/2006 9:12:02 AM PST by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the name of the G-d of Jacob)
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To: Raj13008

I thought that it was unethical to plagerize the New York Times and the Washington Post!


23 posted on 02/28/2006 9:12:28 AM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: razoroccam

Know your enemy.... thats why she posted this article


24 posted on 02/28/2006 9:12:54 AM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: Raj13008

If India hates President Bush that much, WHY is he going? Why should President Bush put himself in harms way for people who hate him?


25 posted on 02/28/2006 9:14:03 AM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: weegee

The Nation, pwuh.

Might as well talk to John Lovitz's Compulive Liar on SNL.

"Yeah, that's the ticket".


26 posted on 02/28/2006 9:15:43 AM PST by HonestConservative (Bless our Servicemen!)
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To: Raj13008

Michael Moore claims to speak for America too. Funny how no conservative is arrogant enough to act like their views permeate the entire country.


27 posted on 02/28/2006 9:16:41 AM PST by Democratshavenobrains
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To: teletech
If India hates President Bush that much, WHY is he going? Why should President Bush put himself in harms way for people who hate him?"....................India does not hate Bush.Indian leftists and muslims , like the one who wrote this article , hate Bush. They also hate India..a lot more. Jeez.
28 posted on 02/28/2006 9:17:18 AM PST by Raj13008
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To: Raj13008

Dear Ms. Aruhhrati...


Ask us if we care.


29 posted on 02/28/2006 9:17:54 AM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know. Go Rush!)
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To: Raj13008

This lady should take a look at her friends before comparing audiences to zoos...although in their case, a lunatic asylum would be more appropriate.


30 posted on 02/28/2006 9:18:58 AM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Islamofascists don't need cartoons. They're already caricatures.)
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To: All

As an Indian , what I found revealing is that the India hating folks in India - the Indian leftists and Indian muslims , also hate USA - with equal enthusiasm. Particularly since Bush became the Prez and began to take on the Islamic terrorists head on.


31 posted on 02/28/2006 9:20:23 AM PST by Raj13008
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To: Raj13008

Nobody takes Arundati Roy seriously. She's a whore of the hard-core Leftist/Communist bogey.

About a year or so ago, she declared herself a non-citizen of India, and a citizen of the world, or something on those lines.

She's an example of how someone can get high WITHOUT drugs.


32 posted on 02/28/2006 9:23:37 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Raj13008

Read post 21 and 25. Good reasons why you should not have posted this. Please be careful in the future - there are plenty of India-hating folks here, and posting garbage like this simply inflames them. It serves no purpose at all.


33 posted on 02/28/2006 9:26:24 AM PST by razoroccam (Then in the name of Allah, they will let loose the Germs of War (http://www.booksurge.com))
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To: weegee

The Nation is hilarious. Someone at my gym has been leaving it and Mother Jones around. I love reading them! I like to leave behind printouts of Steyn and Coulter columns.


34 posted on 02/28/2006 9:29:02 AM PST by Huck (Roe/Kelo: You have a right to privacy IN your bedroom; you just don't have a right TO your bedroom.)
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To: Raj13008
"where he hopes to wave imperiously at people he considers potential subjects"

Is the author on LSD?????

35 posted on 02/28/2006 9:29:52 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Raj13008
The government, the police and the corporate press will do everything they can to minimize the extent of our outrage.

Hmmmmm. Maybe they would contain their outrage a little better if we stopped outsourcing to InfoSys, WiPro, etc. These foreign writers never seem to understand that if you insult our President then you insult America.

36 posted on 02/28/2006 9:32:36 AM PST by gcraig
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To: CarrotAndStick

Exactly....after all the venom and hatred she has spewed on India over the years , now that everybody is bored of her India-baiting , she turns attention to US of A and Bush.

I dont have a problem with that - freedom of expression and all that....but is it not so convenient of her to project herself as the voice of India and representative of Indians when she is ranting against America or Bush ?

Hey lady - you dont speak for me !!


37 posted on 02/28/2006 9:32:44 AM PST by Raj13008
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To: Raj13008

This article is bunk. Bush has higher approval ratings than he does in US.


38 posted on 02/28/2006 9:33:46 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Raj13008
What a bunch of bravo sieera popeycock! A leftist/liberal article from a leftist/liberal rag.

When surveyed, the general Indian population had a higher regard for the United States than any other nation on earth, excepting the United States itself...something like a 79% approval rating. Having been to India on business myself...I can say that that sentiment seemed about right from what I experienced in Bombay, Madras, Bangalore and New Delhi.

So...this drivel will not sell here. As my old Texas upbrining would put it...that dog don't hunt!

39 posted on 02/28/2006 9:34:05 AM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Raj13008

Is what she said true about addressing the Indian parliament?


40 posted on 02/28/2006 9:34:29 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: BenLurkin

Nope, just a died in the wool leftist/liberal...oops, er, that would be pretty much the same in this case, wouldn't it?.


41 posted on 02/28/2006 9:35:50 AM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: pgkdan

I didn't even read past that point.

I actually appreciated the writer just putting the agenda right up front so I can move on to other things today.

:D.


42 posted on 02/28/2006 9:39:57 AM PST by pollyannaish
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To: stuartcr

Well - the leftist MPs , who constitute 60 out of 570 , intended to raise slogans against Bush if he addressed the Indian parliament. They would have been shouted down by the rest of the parliament members. But it was thought better to avoid making a scene and so Bush is not addressing the parliament. Rather he will be addressing the various business delegations in India , meeting the scientists regarding the nuclear treaty , diplomants etc. Later he will be visiting the hi-tech city of Hyderabad , also called Cyberabad.

With Arundhati Roy , a lot is about half truths.Take it with a pinch of salt.



43 posted on 02/28/2006 9:40:57 AM PST by Raj13008
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To: Raj13008
"potential subjects"?

Why on earth would would we want millions of starving, uneducated Indians? For what purpose?

44 posted on 02/28/2006 9:40:57 AM PST by Gingersnap
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To: Raj13008

Thanks for posting this. It is interesting perspective. They're everywhere!


45 posted on 02/28/2006 9:41:35 AM PST by pollyannaish
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To: weegee
I don't trust anything in the Nation. Their editors are idiots when it comes to fact checking.

It is not fact checking per se, it is that they use "facts", true or false, as it suits their agenda.

When in 1990 Clinton was after the Dem nomination and the Nation thought him too moderate they ran stories against the Clintons including one about how Hillary legally represented a high tech landmine manufacturer in Mena Arkansas. (Electronic proximity fuse. They also make parking meters that reset when you drive off.) Etc.

46 posted on 02/28/2006 9:45:43 AM PST by Poincare
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To: Raj13008; stuartcr

Besides, there was no request from the American side for a joint-address at the Indian Parliament.


47 posted on 02/28/2006 9:46:32 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Raj13008

This piece is a good example of some unreal arguments of the New Age forces of the Antichrist.


48 posted on 02/28/2006 9:51:08 AM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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To: Cicero
Oh, for the good old days of Marx and Lenin!

Arundhati Roy, your last name looks suspiciously monarchist and triumphalist. Better watch out, or you will be sent in for re-education.

Pardon me Roy... is that the Stalinista choo choo....

49 posted on 02/28/2006 9:53:11 AM PST by 101st-Eagle (God http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/28/healthscience/sneinstein.php)
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To: Raj13008

Bush is headed to a country where the leader was assassinated by her own bodyguards. The wise thing for Bush to do is get a cold and stay home.


50 posted on 02/28/2006 9:56:12 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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