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More Praful Bidwai Jokes - varnamvarnam
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More Praful Bidwai Jokes

“McCarthyism’s Indian rebirth”:http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/may/13praful.htm

bq. So vicious and depraved is this campaign that the Library of Congress is unlikely to reverse Prof Thapar’s appointment. But other US institutions and universities might want to play safe and avoid appointing Indian scholars of Left-wing or anti-communal persuasion.

Wouldn’t that be something. So Mr. Bidwai equates Left-Wing == ant-communal. Let’s see for a moment what that means in the state of West Bengal where some Left-Wingers are conducting elections.

“Where violence rules”:http://www.sulekha.com/redirectnh.asp?cid=309252

bq. The day after BJP leader and Union Minister Tapan Sikdar was attacked, an RSP minister had to flee from a group of CPI(M) assailants. A probable reason why the violence has now affected all parties inside and outside the ruling coalition is that the Left Front parties are fighting among themselves in as many as 11,000 of the 58,000 panchayat seats ? the internecine contests this time being up from 4,500 on the last occasion.

So the Left-Wingers are not only attacking BJP leaders, but also of their own kind. Do we need people who justify this ideology in the United States ? And this is just the most violent elections in India, in a state which has been ruled by Left-Wingers for almost three decades.

“Bengal’s bloodied poll”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3019053.stm

bq. “This is easily West Bengal’s most violent elections in recent memory and brought back memories of the early 1970s when the state was rocked by massive violence,” said Pradip Bose, Bengal’s leading political sociologist known for his work on political violence in the state.

Then later I have no option but to agree with Bidwai when he says this:

bq. This will seriously vitiate the intellectual climate in India and the US. That’s why this witchhunt must be stopped. All those who believe in critical inquiry and free debate (free from both intimidation and censorship) must stand up against this explosion of bigotry and vile communalism.

Yes, we must all stand up against the explosion of bigotry and vile communalism that is happening in West Bengal. We should also prevent people who justify all these from coming to United States. Since I am an NRI and since I am motivated by long distance or ‘Green Card’ nationalism , I have to take this illiberal stand. Thank you.

RaviKiran, in another amazing display of raw talent that makes him the envy of Indian Bloggers, managed “to blog about this”:http://www.ravikiran.com/?RequestId=275 before me.


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