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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

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To: Raj13008
http://www.zmag.org/southasia/endofimagination.htm

Reading the papers, it was often hard to tell when people were referring to Viagra (which was competing for second place on the front pages) and when they were talking about the bomb - "We have superior strength and potency." (This was our Minister for Defence after Pakistan completed its tests.) "These are not just nuclear tests, they are nationalism tests," we were repeatedly told.

This has been hammered home, over and over again. The bomb is India. India is the bomb. Not just India, Hindu India. Therefore, be warned, any criticism of it is not just ant-national but anti-Hindu. (Of course in Pakistan the bomb is Islamic. Other than that, politically, the same physics applies.) This is one of the unexpected perks of having a nuclear bomb. Not only can the government use it to threaten the Enemy, they can use it to declare war on their own people. Us.

When I told my friends that I was writing this piece, they cautioned me. "Go ahead," they said, "but first make sure you're not vulnerable. Make sure your papers are in order. Make sure your taxes are paid."

My papers are in order. My taxes are paid. But how can one not be vulnerable in a climate like this? Everyone is vulnerable. Accidents happen. There's safety only in acquiescence. As I write, I am filled with foreboding. In this country, I have truly known what it means for a writer to feel loved (and, to some degree, hated too). Last year I was one of the items being paraded in the media's end-of-the-year National Pride Parade. Among the others, much to my mortification, were a bomb-maker and an international beauty queen. Each time a beaming person stopped me on the street and said "You have made India proud" (referring to the prize I won, not the book I wrote), I felt a little uneasy. It frightened me then and it terrifies me now, because I know how easily that swell, that tide of emotion, can turn against me. Perhaps the time for that has come. I'm going to step out from under the fairy lights and say what's on my mind.

It's this: If protesting against having a nuclear bomb implanted in my brain is anti-Hindu and anti-national, then I secede. I hereby declare myself an independent, mobile republic. I am a citizen of the earth. I own no territory. I have no flag. I'm female, but have nothing against eunuchs. My policies are simple. I'm willing to sign any nuclear non-proliferation treaty or nuclear test ban treaty that's going. Immigrants are welcome. You can help me design our flag.

My world has died. And I write to mourn its passing. India's nuclear tests, the manner in which they were conducted, the euphoria with which they have been greeted (by us) is indefensible. To me, it signifies dreadful things. The end of imagination.

On the 15th of August last year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of India's independence. Next May we can mark our first anniversary in nuclear bondage.

Why did they do it? Political expediency is the obvious, cynical answer, except that it only raises another, more basic question: Why should it have been politically expedient? The three Official Reasons given are: China, Pakistan and Exposing Western Hypocrisy.

One of the biggest idiots India has ever produced.

51 posted on 02/28/2006 9:59:40 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: CarrotAndStick
I hereby declare myself an independent, mobile republic. I am a citizen of the earth. I own no territory. I have no flag. I'm female, but have nothing against eunuchs.

Poor deranged, useful idiot. If those she praises and caters too ever come to true power she will meet a ignoble, useful idiot's end. While those she castigates risk their very lives to let her spout such drivel. And she doesn't have the common sense, the inegrity or the virtue to see it.

As I said...derangd useful idiot

52 posted on 02/28/2006 10:05:44 AM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head
As I said...deranged useful idiot.

And used thoroughly she is! More than a whore. By India's Leftists and Communists.

53 posted on 02/28/2006 10:08:39 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: richardtavor

Considering the population balance, the US rather would make a good @ 28th state for India.


54 posted on 02/28/2006 10:09:09 AM PST by buwaya
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To: Raj13008

OK, thanks.


55 posted on 02/28/2006 10:11:35 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Raj13008

http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?PageID=801

56 posted on 02/28/2006 10:13:57 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
"I'll bet this "lady" might have had an orgasm if Brezhnev winked at her. Leftist bums are the same all over the world.">>>>>>>

Arundhati Roy is indeed a socialist leftist prig, she can't stand the thought of India becoming an active US Ally in it's China Containment policy,NOR of the massive shipping that is about to flood the middle East through Dubai from India and the USA. Islam is about to become consumerized, just like India was at the protests of its screaming leftist mavins like AroundHaiti

Photo Caption:

Arundhati Roy

"I met Putin and his fish was this long!!! I don't know how he will ever find an oven large enough to coooook it!!"

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57 posted on 02/28/2006 10:21:31 AM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: Jeff Head

Programme of US President Bush in India




* Wednesday March 1



> Arrival - 8.00 pm



* Thursday March 2



> Ceremonial Reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan - 9.00 am



> Wreath laying at Rajghat (Gandhi's memorial)



> Meeting with Prime Minister and delegation level talks - 10.35 am



> Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh -12.30 pm

> Call by Leader of Opposition LK Advani - 4.30 pm



> Call by Chairperson of UPA, Sonia Gandhi -4.45 pm



> Call on President APJ Abdul Kalam and banquet at Rashtrapati Bhawan- 8.00 pm



* Friday March 3



> Visit to ANG Ranga Agriculture University, Hyderabad - morning



> Visit to Indian School of Business, Hyderabad - morning



> Speech at Purana Quila, Delhi - 6.45 pm



* Saturday March 4



> Depart for Islamabad - morning







For any comments, queries or feedback, kindly mail us at feedback@dailypioneer.com


58 posted on 02/28/2006 10:31:05 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: greenthumbedislndr

Why don't you go join your socialist buddies over at DU? If you want, I'll send you a copy of a basic free market economics book. You do realize there are larger foreign policy issues with cozying to India right?


59 posted on 02/28/2006 10:52:54 AM PST by voreddy
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To: voreddy
He Voreddy, you TROLL baitin' Again??

Good fishin buddy!!!

60 posted on 02/28/2006 11:20:30 AM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: Candor7

I mean I could explain to him that tech hiring is up 17% in the US and that those jobs are much better paying than the ones sent to India, but that would involve him having reason and intelligence.


61 posted on 02/28/2006 11:36:11 AM PST by voreddy
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To: Raj13008
...President Bush has an itinerary that's getting curiouser and curiouser.

"Curiouser" is not a word. But the Nation most take a liberal approach to English as well as politics.

62 posted on 02/28/2006 11:36:19 AM PST by Young Scholar
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To: voreddy

I hope you are successful, he is a short time Newby here, we need all the conversions to logic over emotionalism we can get!!!!


63 posted on 02/28/2006 12:21:20 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: Young Scholar

"Curioser and curioser" was used by Lewis Caroll in Alice in Wonderland. It has been abused elsewhere after that.


64 posted on 02/28/2006 12:57:30 PM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: CarrotAndStick
"Curiouser and curiouser!" Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).
-Alice in Wonderland
65 posted on 02/28/2006 1:30:47 PM PST by Young Scholar
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To: greenthumbedislndr
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....

I agree!!

I got 4 telemarketing calls from Dish TV yesterday in 30 minutes.

These people don't understand the word, NO!

And they use English names but you can't understand them......

very bad marketing.

66 posted on 02/28/2006 2:24:06 PM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: Young Scholar

;^)


67 posted on 02/28/2006 6:31:02 PM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: teletech; greenthumbedislndr
It pays to get your facts right

Interesting to see how you take one moonbat's cr@ppy opinion to represent a country of 1.1 billion people (yes, that's billion with a "b").

In case that article is too long for you, here is a short and succinct comment that will put things in the right perspective.
68 posted on 03/01/2006 2:53:02 PM PST by indcons (Beware of muslims bearing gifts (apologies to Homer))
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