Tuesday, February 20, 2018
While the Russian Orthodox church has a great old world charm because unlike Catholicism which has surrendered much of its mystique to modernity, it keeps alive ancient customs such as its rich tradition of choirs which formed the basis of the Red Army choir These inspired many a Russian patriot to smash the Nazis and later stare down NATO for sake of mother Russia.
It would seem odd that during the Cold War , Russian Orthodoxy wouldnt have much to say on atheistic mores of the Soviets. Indeed Lenin and Stalin systematically obliterated much of Russian Orthodox structures and culture. But in the post war years, it was regarded as neccesary evil as too many were attached to the old ways. It was indeed not the Russian Orthodox church but Protestants and the Catholics represented by NATO who fought the battle of ideas in defense of religion and liberty and ultimately brought down the Soviet Union.
The Russian Orthodox church was notoriously corrupt even by pre Reformation Church standards and had no qualms about allying themselves with whichever cruel czar or even Mongols and Tatars as long the institution itself was not harmed. This stems from a combination of naked and sociopathic self interest and fatalism where they believe that it is not upto man to affect political change but God.
Like many things associated with pre Soviet era, the Russian Orthodox have benefited from a resurgence of interest from the Russian populace as a standard bearer of Russian nationalism and cultural identity in the face of Islamic terrorism and social chaos and degradation during the Yelstin years and beyond.
Vladmir Putin as referenced in the cartoonish parody in the TV series House of Cards himself is not a true believer in socio cultural matters he espouses- for instance he doesnt really care whether someone wants to be gay or straight. A KGB operative most likely views religion useful for certain social and political goals. And he doesnt care for homosexuality as thats a vice that a country with a low birth rate cant afford. Same goes for excessive alcohol intake which undermines productivity.He even managed to bamboozle the evangelical George W. Bush into believe he was a religious man and offered him a crucifix which his mother owned as something very dear to him. In reality he cares about the Russian Orthodoxy to the extant that it is important to his populace. There is no reason to believe he harbors any hostile prejudice to any religion in particular besides Islam and to a lesser extant Judaism.
He most likely views Hinduism through the lens of yoga and Bollywood , an interesting and exotic but ultimately harmless distraction for his Bollywood crazy subjects.
The Russian Orthodox church OTOH sees this creeping encroachment of soft power as potentially dangerous to their own hold on their adherents. I personally dont think Russians are likely to mass convert to Hinduism any time soon but Russian Orthodoxy' secret to survival is its paranoia and millenium old ability to elbow out any competitors.
Just as pragmatic Modi's heart isnt in gauraksha ,Hindu Muslim rioting or other anti social activities, there are other powers that restrain and control .Similarly Putin may have no issue with Hindus but he will persecute them if the situation demands as the relation between the President of Russia and the Orthodoxy is similar to that of Brahmins and Kshatriyas.
I suppose the captain will now complain that the Russian Orthodox which harbors a pre modern dark and intense anti Semitism is secretly a Rothschild cabal out to eliminate Sanatana Dharma in the land of "Rishi Varsha"
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Firstly there is no evidence that President Trump ever mentioned that specific word with reference to citizens of less than desirable countries wishing to move to U.S. It was actually recounted by Senator Dick Durbin who has a rich history of attributing false quotes to his political adversaries.
Even so, it is worth discussing why some countries are indeed shitholes. Let us start with the literal take on that word. Yes, India I am looking at you. India leads the world in public defecation. We are #1 at #2 in the open. If only that was an Olympic sport, atleast here Indian would ahem clean up on the medal tally.
Not far behind is Haiti which was also on the agenda. Haiti has been a hellhole since it had its own French Revolution where its idea of which was rid itself of the French in the most barbaric way possible. And it has headed downhill ever since. For those racist cranks who think it is because they are predominantly of African heritage, let me stop you right there. Haiti shares the island with Dominian Republic which is a rather pleasant place with near first world living conditions and yes these are mostly of African descent as well. Same goes for Barbados.
In the end, it is not about race but cultural values. Haiti simply doesnt possess any desirable ones. And the NGOs not only do they not help but seem to actively loot the country(hello Clinton Foundation). Goddamn, is there anyplace where NGOS actually do any good?
For the sentimental types who quote Emma Lazarus poem at the bottom of the statue of Liberty "give me your poor , your tired huddled masses yearning to be free". It is not clear, she was referring to immigrants at all but rather African American slaves for whom the statue was dedicated. The statue is based on a Roman goddess of Freedom -Liberta.
Indeed excessive immigration from countries such as Mexico, Haiti and parts of Africa which are all unskilled labor actually end up causing resentment and economic stagnation amongst America's native minorities such as African Americans and Hispanics many of whom are blue collar workers.
It seems that the Democrats for whatever reasons have no more use for blacks and seek to replace them wholesale with new voting blocks.
Indeed most immigrants, Indians included are not interested in liberty and freedom at all. They take with the most dysfunctional aspects of their culture along with the more desirables ones. For example Indian Americans have the highest median income of any ethnic group in America including whites(taken as a whole) , also the highest number of advanced degrees. However they are reliable Democrat voters with all the attendant attacks on liberty, free speech, free markets, gun rights, property rights and fondness for redistribution of wealth. In other words the very ideas which attracted them to the country in the first place and guaranteed their success. As if this was not bad enough, they are often shrillest of political activists for the left in the culture wars. This is where cranks like Kshama Sawant and her crusade for raising the minimum wage in Seattle ended up causing massive unemployment for the underclass. Other "brilliant" suggestion she had was that Boeing should reconfigure their factories to make household appliances so as to promote peace or some other crap.
Immigrants from India, China, south East Asia and other poor countries are well represented in social security frauds and scams as well as chain migration which doesnt tend to invite the best but dimwitted and parasitic relatives who otherwise cant make it on their own. And what does this lot do? Yup end up on welfare and mooch off the state.
In the past with limited communication technology, it was very difficult to keep in touch with the motherlands and hence assimilation was really not a choice. And immigration would ebb and flow and government policy was to ensure the gates would open roughly every 40 years.
However since 1965, it has been non stop and with virtually free audio and video communication anywhere in the globe and increased tolerance for cultural practices, there is hardly any attempt at assimiliation at all. Indeed on the contrary, it is amusing that Indians come to America and lecture native born Americans of the greatness of Indian culture and how Americans are lacking in this regard. How exactly do you expect Americans to respond to this condescension? Yes it would go more like "hey if your country is that great, how come it is a literal shithole?" . And the same Indian who badgered American culture from which he benefits immensely will now whine about being a victim of racism.
Indians don't really have a good reputation in U.S when it comes to character traits. They are notorious for their arrogance, racism(towards blacks particularly) and class snobbery.
Chinese have a similar reputation if not worse(there, hyper ventilating Vadakayilist nationalists , are you happy?)
Nigerians on the other hand , tend to be well educated but well mannered and polite. No matter who they talk to , there is always a "Sir, madam, thank you and god bless" present in the conversation.
And they are also cleaner, better dressed and groomed than Indians. And this may shock Indian ladies obsessed with fair skin, but on average Nigerian women are prettier than Indian women and better dressed and put together. However to be fair, there are some Nigerians with terrible BO and their cuisine is just awful. But then again Im raised on Indian cuisine so Im accustomed to the best (IMO)
It really irritates me when Indians make fun of blacks (whether African , Caribbean or African American) for whatever reason.
For these reasons, an immigration moratorium on both legal and illegal immigration is best for atleast 10 years. A lot of racial resentments and hostility will actually cool down by this point and Americans being regular people will start missing what they dont have and will whole heartedly swing their doors open again at the right time.
It is amazing that many people dont realize that immigration to a country with the largest economy in the world offering the most opportunity is a privilege , not a right.
Indians should realize that and start fixing the shithole of our third world country first so that in the near future, there will be no need for anyone to migrate out anymore. I am skeptical if the Indian union is capable of this. I believe with a European style federation, perhaps Indian states may not achieve the standards of Western Europe but quite possibly Malaysia or Singapore which is not too shabby. Atleast Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, HP,UK, Gujarat and West Bengal can manage.
I am not so sure about the other states such as Rajashtan, Telenganga, Odisa, Chhatisgargh,MP,Jharkahd, Haryana, Punjab , U.P and Bihar.
At this point I dont include Kashmir as that seems a lost cause.
Unless they get their act together, they will remain shitholes.
However this federation is unrealistic in this point as India has considerable national security threats in the form of China and its cats paw Pakistan.
It seems Modi who had a promising start with regard to the economy has ceded his authority to the RSS which engages in useless cultural wars which do no favors to Hinduism. Neither does it do any sort of damage to Islamic supremacism.
Hence India will remain a shithole in the forseeable future.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Sagar M countered my arguments with perceptive insights. However I believe he is mistaken.
Rather than respond in comments , I am making a seperate post
I personally would not like to torment bulls or eat beef. But fact of the matter is lifestyle choices do count. I heard of pandits in Bengal exhorted youth to slaughter buffaloes in the 1900s because they had become too soft due to British "civilization" and felt that an individual who weeps at hurting animals wouldnt be have any fighting spirit.
In the aftermath of 26/11, Dhanushkodi Sivanandan, the Mumbai SP who finished off the Dawood gang lamented the fact that Indians don't have any killer instinct. Well how can you have a killer instinct if you hesitate to kill anything? Forget fighting wars and terrorism, even many sports commentators said the same about Indian athletes.
YSV:As my readers, I am not overly impressed with the Indian army and I think individual border states(apart from Gujarat and Kashmir) can deal with Pakistan. Well at one point Punjab couldve handled Pakistan single handedly, such was the terror of the Sikhs in the Pakistani mindset that they worked actively to sabotage them through Khalistan and through the drug problem and it has worked . Alas! But no matter, Haryana is there to pick up the slack.----------------------------
YSV: Israel which is even smaller than Kerala gave a trashing to multiple adversaries about a 100 times its size. When will we ever learn that numbers really dont mean anything unless backed up by morale, cohesion, training, technology, weapons and coordination.
Arabs had the numbers and incredible "josh" in 1948,1967 and 1973 but none of the other qualities. Israel was so strained for man power than it had to start the war because keeping average Israelis with jobs in the reserves was hurting its economy. But it prevailed because it had all of the above. The Israeli leaders rightly saw excessive ideological bickering among the left and right were harmful and banned most Jewish militias on the eve of independence and integrated them into the Israeli army. They developed the concept of yishuv, which is hard to translate but it is a combination of military, social and ideological cohesion which is future and goal oriented which makes a powerful weapon. You may say the British conquered India despite their disadvantages due to their "yishuv"
Muslims beat us not because of numbers or even bravery (Hindus especially in Rajasthan and south India had hero stones and concept of heaven similar to Islam where apsaras would recieve fallen heros) due to better military organization,horses, armour and weaponry.
The Indian army today is beset with corruption with shoddy equipment, incompetent generals, poor command structure, excessive interference in politicians in the military , using jawans as servant and commandos as personal security. The morale is just terrible.
Fortunately for India, Pakistan is no great shape militarily either. Though its special forces are superior to ours mostly due to Americans training them extensively.
3) In the age of satellites, drones , high speed communications, rapid response force and thermal imaging, remote sensors, what need is there for more than necessary human presence on the border?
As usual Indians want to fight wars which are no longer being fought. Rajputs didnt want to join the English EIC not due to patriotism because they though military formation and holding a gun was low and vulgar, not fit for nobility like themselves. They were attached to their horse and sword. 18th century India was awash in horses , a far cry from 700 years ago when Muslims noted the lack of cavalry culture. Alas the European mode of warfare had made those obsolete but hey we finally had horsed and armour!!
Why are we talking about previous wars when the landscape has changed so much. Let us leave these bad habits of medieval era Indians.
YSV:A European style federation with mandatory conscription for a limited time, strong para military and police forces and repeal of the Arms Act is the most elegant solution to having secure borders(the only rationale for India existing) and more importantly protecting Dharmic culture.----------------------
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Peace is achieved not from negotiation during table talks but when there is a victor and a defeated party. All the spin in the media/NGO nexus in the worlds cosmopolitan capitals will not change this simple rule.
It is another matter than the media ,academics and "non profits" prefer discussions over war due to their own vested interests. Media and academia have the ability to convince nay spin words into (half) truths , well to an extant as their humiliation last year over Trumps election has shown.
It is in their interest to show that THEIR power and not that of guns, bullets , blood and steel has influence on world affairs and in turn they are rewarded with recognition, fame and its attendant riches in speaking fees and book contracts. While NGOs simply siphon off monies from government pretending to help the poor and dispossesed but in general using that money for a cushy life with high salaries, comfortable lodging and high end vehicles.
President Trump's bold move has strengthened Israel and removed any doubt in the Arab and Muslim worlds mind about their alliance. The Arabs and Muslims in general respect the "Strong horse" as Osama put it. Oslo "peace" broke the myth of invincibility and awe of Israel which led to increased violence.
Until 150 years, Jerusalem was a backwater of the Islamic world. The Dome of the Rock was in serious disrepair and neglect ala Babri Masjid. If it had been torn down to make way for a Pasha's fortress, I doubt anyone would have complained. Its religious significance is a by product of Palestinian nationalism rather than any reconsideration of Islamic custom.
Jerusalem is the capital of Jewish spiritual life for the past 3000 years and while Muslim and Christian holy sites exist and have to be respected, the state of Israel should have political control over that city since it is a Jewish state.
With Jerusalem recongized as its capital, in due time, Arabs will resign themselves to the fact that Israel is here to stay and deal with Palestinians accordingly if they make anymore trouble(ala Black September) and Muslims will simply follow the Arab's lead.
The new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is fast tracking his country into a modern society by reigning in the Islamists and liberalizing society and god bless him for that. Who knows Saudi Arabia may well become Israels biggest ally in the future. Stranger things have happened..
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Earlier I enquired as to the supremacy clause of Hindutvadis- is the nation state of India or Hinduism that defines them and which they will choose when push comes to shove?
Koenraad Elst lays out the case that Hindutvadis are worshipping a false idol of nationalism ,particularly the 19th century European variant based on ethno linguisitic homogeniety which is a bad fit for India. Savarkar in one of his less than bright moments said this -"one nation, one culture,one language, one religion" which brings us to current day BJP's assault on other modes of Hinduism apart from the safe and sterile Brahmin Vaishya variety which is the composition of BJP.party leadership.
What is lacking is the recognition of Kshatriya and Shudra virtues and all the meat eating , bull fighting and animal sacrifices that come with it. Without these aspects India will remain a hollow shell and slave state for years to come.
That is the heavy price you pay when when the Hindutva brigade attempts to strangle other cultures in the name of national unity.
As my readers, I am not overly impressed with the Indian army and I think individual border states(apart from Gujarat and Kashmir) can deal with Pakistan. Well at one point Punjab couldve handled Pakistan single handedly, such was the terror of the Sikhs in the Pakistani mindset that they worked actively to sabotage them through Khalistan and through the drug problem and it has worked . Alas! But no matter, Haryana is there to pick up the slack.
Seriously no country needs an army the size of the Indian army to handle Pakistan.
I cant really buy the argument that we need an India with such concentrated power to handle China and Pakistan. The Himalayas have prevented Chinese incursions for 1000s of years. It is only their navy that has to be checked.
A European style federation with mandatory conscription for a limited time, strong para military and police forces and repeal of the Arms Act is the most elegant solution to having secure borders(the only rationale for India existing) and more importantly protecting Dharmic culture.
It is another matter Dharmic culture is eroding faster due to modernity and its inability to adapt its socio political structure than due to Delhi Sultanate, Mughals, Bahmanis or the British.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Foreign Policy magazine stopped being interesting or incisive right around 2007-2008 when Obama's cult of personality took over and thoroughly contaminated its analysis. Since they have been spewing mostly unimaginative PC shibboleths.
So its no surprise when they declare yet another untested attractive multiracial mediocrity Kamala Harris the worlds "top thinker" . Ill leave aside that fantastic declaration for now which isn't really based on anything of substance.
Meanwhile Rediff.com has jumped on board hyping up the "Indian American" Senator cataloging her "bad ass" movements most of which entail not following the proper etiquette in a committee hearing in order to grandstand. Yeah, watch out Genghis Khan, Wellington ,Mahadji Shinde and Bose: you have competition!
Firstly Kamala Harris is not "Indian American" . Sure her mother is Indian Tamil while her father is African American. Apart from her name, she has no connection to her heritage or the larger Indian American community, can barely speak any Tamil or Hindi and largely consider herself an African American -as well she should as it is the paternal side which determines culture and ethnicity for the most part.
Not only that they contradict themselves right here-
Kamala Harris is the first Indian-American Senator in the United States -- and only the second black woman elected to the US Senate.
Which is it? You can either be Indian American or black- not both. Using this logic, Obama was the first Kenyan American Senator as well as garden variety WASP in Illinois.
Secondly , a news portal shouldn't be using terms like "bad ass". But then again I forget that rediff.com stopped being a serious site years ago and now publishes the sort of mundane celebrity trivia and skinshows that would make tabloids blush.
I hasten to mention, they actually had a 12 year old girl write a movie review and perhaps an opinion piece. Someone named Kshamaya Daniel , daughter of reporter Vaihasyi Daniel(the rotten stench of nepotism is alive and well in journalism too).
Who knows our beloved bimbo Ms. Anceeta Martis may have gotten a job at rediff! On 2nd thought , she isnt a bimbo. Bimbos are at least pretty! Oh yes I went there!
This is "journalism" at its most pathetic and depraved.
As for beating Trump in 2020:as they say a week in a lifetime in politics. What to speak of 3 years! She has the multiracial and gender angle working for her to reel in the low IQ and highly ideological Democrat primary voters. If only she was disabled and non binary trans the Democrats might as well just end the formality and declare her the nominee right now.
Again , it is too far away. But as long as Trump keeps doing what he does with regard to the economy, he is a shoo in for the 2nd term, much of these "scandals" wont matter as much of the populace is very forgiving of a President who makes them prosperous and doesn't hinder their personal liberty. Not to mention the momentum of incumbency which worked for the last 3 presidents.
Ms. Harris has a tough battle ahead. But she still can win provided she can do better than Hillary's self aggrandizing "I'm with her" and "Hey at least I am not THAT guy" messaging. But given her egotism, lack of empathy, narrow intelligence and shrill ideology I somehow doubt she will find few buyers who want change a horse midstream.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
In the latest mass shooting atrocity in Las Vegas of some random vile individual whose motives are still unclear, of course it was inevitable that people bring up the culture of guns to forward their own pet agendas. The anti gun crowd tries to reduce and discourage gun ownership while those who subscribe to the idea that 2nd Amendment encourages gun ownership wont hear any of it.
I am sympathetic to the latter crowd. But when they make the correlation between higher gun ownership and less murders , they like the anti gun crowd are missing the forest for the trees.
Fact of the matter is that the U.S is a very violent society and this violence is a feature not a bug of the tremendous thirst drive and pressure for individual over achievement.
Japan of course has no gun laws and has a very low crime rate. But one suspects that even if it was awash in guns there would be relatively little gun violence except for Japanese men a far less painful way of commiting suicide than seppuku.
Men who commit suicide or mass murder are often misfits. In Japan, suicide is more common due to the shame and honor culture as the individual believes he has let his society down due to his failure and takes his life.
Conversely while U.S is a far more individualistic and extroverted culture, the same drive compels them to express their frustration outwardly. Hence the mass shootings.
All in all, paraphrasing Camille Paglia's comment on why there are no female Mozarts, it is because there are no female Jack the Rippers. Women are over represented on the bell curve with moderate intelligence but less so in the mentally handicapped or genius compared to men.
I would believe something similar is at work here, U.S has many individuals whose talents, skills and abilities led it to become a major super and soft power in all fields. On the other hand, it cant help but create these types of individuals who will inevitably cause wanton destruction.
We can only be thankful that these individuals are not welcome in the U.S military(no longer since Vietnam anyway). It is significant that his target was a country music concert where the concert goers were mostly U.S military and they acted in a heroice and humane manner by ignoring their own injuries to save others (one man stood in front of his wife and died as the bullet him saving her life).
All one can say in the end is that you take the good with the bad.