Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pak Uses Fake Pic to Attack India at UN

Pak envoy Maleeha Lodhi used picture of a young girl to attack India at the UN for alleged atrocities in Kashmir - however, it turns out the girl in the picture was from the Gaza Strip, and had nothing to do with Kashmir:

Mass Grave of 28 Hindus Found in Myanmar

Myanmar security forces say they've found a mass grave containing the bodies of 28 Hindus killed by Rohingya militants:

Ata Ullah, the leader of the Rohingya insurgents was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and later Saudi Arabia:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Modi Promotes Co-Ops to Elevate Farmers

PM Modi has usefully highlighted the benefit of farming co-operatives to improve the lives of small farmers:

Given that farmers are a huge demographic in India, and so many of them eke out a miserable existence on tiny plots, the advantages of co-operatives are multifold, allowing them to pool their efforts and their bargaining power, shoring themselves up through joint efforts.

Oil Prices Set to Drop as Shale Technology Improves

Shale oil producers are improving at a pace which will see significant drops in oil prices:

This will provide great benefits to oil-importing countries like China, India, Japan, etc.

Drug-Resistant 'Super-Malaria' Spreading

A new form of 'super-malaria' which is resistant to most drugs is now spreading in East Asia at an alarming rate:

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lefty Elites Combine with Deep State Hawks

Liberal elites from Hollywood are joining forces with anti-Russia hawks in calling for "war" on Russia, yet meanwhile they give China a free pass. Atlanticism makes for strange bedfellows.

This is the same Rob Reiner who used to protest against war in Vietnam, early on in his career:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Quick notes: Driver-less tractor, Ahimsa milk...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

World’s Emptiest International Airport

Sri Lanka's second-largest airport is designed to handle a million passengers per year. It currently receives about a dozen passengers per day. It has annual revenues of roughly $300,000, but now it must repay China $23.6 million a year for the next eight years. To relieve its debt crisis, the Sri Lankan govt agreed to give China control of a deepwater port in exchange for writing off $1.1 billion of the island’s debt.

“We always thought China’s investments would help our economy. But now there’s a sense that we’ve been maneuvered into selling some of the family jewels.” ..This will be the story of OBOR down the road.

NYTimes: What the World’s Emptiest International Airport Says About China’s Influence.

Forbes: China's Ghost Town Diplomacy: The Story Behind The World's Emptiest International Airport

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fwd: Against Occidentalism: A Conversation with Alice Crary and Vishwa Adluri on The Nay Science

must read on how the not-so-innocent german indologists imposed their prejudices on us, just a their descendants like witzel and wendy and sheldon pollock are doing today.

bit heavy duty but extremely intriguing.

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Against Occidentalism: A Conversation with Alice Crary and Vishwa Adluri on The Nay Science

How should we read and interpret texts? And how might the modes through which we read be informed, enriched and revised by our understanding of our cultures of interpretation? These questions have driven the work of Vishwa Adluri and Joydeep Bagchee, doctoral alumni of the Department of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research.
This winter, Anthem Press will publish their second book, Philology and Criticism: A Guide to Mahābhārata Textual Criticism. To mark the occasion, Research Matters presents excerpts of Adluri's conversation with Philosophy Professor Alice Crary. They talk about Adluri and Bagchee's first book, The Nay Science: A History of German Indology (Oxford University Press), the practice of reading and interpreting texts and a history of Indology.
Indology—the academic study of India—originated in Germany and served as a foundation for western academic interpretations of Indian texts and traditions. The Nay Science charts the history of German Indology to show how the nascent discipline was rooted in troubling philosophical assumptions that generated inaccurate readings of the culture it was studying. Against stubbornly persistent biases, Adluri and Bagchee write in favor of a more sincere reading of ancient and Eastern texts—a kind of "innocent reading" that goes beyond a postcolonial critique—that might enable us to meet texts outside the Western Christian tradition on their own terms.
Pressing beyond a critique of the specific history of Indology and its effects on our understanding and our modes of reading ancient texts, The Nay Science offers vital reflections on philosophical and social scientific methods. Adluri says that the book teaches us to, "read texts carefully but respectfully because, if you read them respectfully, they will talk to you."
Adluri also reflects on his training at The New School. On the practice of philosophy, he says: "You have to read every single thing, struggle your whole life to claim the life of an intellectual. If they are competent—perhaps competent is not the right word—if they can hang on and do the work, there is no greater reward than philosophy."

Alice Crary (AC): The occasion for this interview is your magnum opus, the 2014 monograph written with Joydeep Bagchee, The Nay Science: A History of German Indology. I want to sit with you and talk about its significance and implications. I thought we should get some background first—who you are and what you have done since your time at The New School for Social Research's (NSSR) Philosophy Department. Can you tell us a bit about your life and your intellectual work at NSSR and afterwards?

I just uploaded 'Against Occidentalism' to @academia!