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Ridiculously monstrous partnership this, just ridiculously monstrous, now the highest for Tests between these two countries going past the one between Dravid and Laxman in that Eden Gardens Test of 2001. Clarke and Ponting, captain and former captain, all over India at the moment, who would be flattered if one said they are going through the motions. Join us at 1.10 pm local time for the post-lunch session.

match report at Lunch on Day 2 of the fourth and final test match between Australia and India, in a series which Australia leads 3-0

(ESPNCricinfo)

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@ Gaggal, Himachal Pradesh, India

I am SO glad that I learned how to speak, write and read Hindi when I was a young boy. If I ever find my Grade 4 Hindi teacher, who taught me (the newly arrived Pakistani kid at the large Indian school) Hindi, I will seriously give him a huge hug.
Mr. J.D. Singh, I am indebted, sir.

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map of India on a school house wall

@ Gaggal, Himachal Pradesh, India

I am SO glad that I learned how to speak, write and read Hindi when I was a young boy. If I ever find my Grade 4 Hindi teacher, who taught me (the newly arrived Pakistani kid at the large Indian school) Hindi, I will seriously give him a huge hug.

Mr. J.D. Singh, I am indebted, sir.

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The problem with the nonviolence bandwagon is that it is grossly misrepresentative of the reality on the ground. It also takes the focus away from the violence imparted by the Israeli occupation – in its routine and lethal use in the West Bank, and the untold savagery in Gaza - and places it solely on the shoulders of the Palestinians.

As for the gross misrepresentation of reality, Palestinians have used mass nonviolent resistance for generations - as early as the long strike of 1936. Nonviolent resistance has been and continues to be the bread and butter of Palestinian moqawama, from the time of British colonialism to the Israeli occupation. At the same time, some Palestinians fought violently as well, compelled by a great sense of urgency and the extreme violence applied against them by their oppressors. It is similar to the way many Indians fought violently, even during the time that Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas were in full bloom.

Those who reduce and simplify India’s history of anti-colonial struggle are doing the same to Palestinians.

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The fact is 21st century India is not one country: it is two continents. If you are moneyed, middle-class or English-speaking, your continent is a great place to live in. There is a lot of opportunity: great jobs, great bars, many houses to buy, many holidays to afford. Elections are held with exhilarating freedom and democracy has never felt more robust.

If you are underclass, tribal or Muslim, your continent is much darker.

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Delhi, India, 1800

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Delhi, India, 1800

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India and Israel: an unlikely alliance >>

India has the world’s third largest Muslim population, and political and economic ties with Arab nations. It is also buying weapons and military expertise from its new friend Israel. 

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Not Crushed, Merely Ignored >>

Tariq Ali writes about the recent rise in violence in Kashmir, the response of the Indian government to both human right abuse claims and the latest round of protests, and the prospects of Kashmir achieving the right of self-determination and peace.

Hat Tip: London Review of Books

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Inside Story: Is India prepared to take on the Kashmir issue?

Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, said that dialogue is the only way forward to defuse the ongoing tension in Kashmir. The Indian government is under growing pressure to scrap emergency law in this troubled region and address the population’s many woes. So, is India prepared to take on the Kashmir issue? And what are the strategic risks in a highly volatile region?

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AfPak and the new great game >>

You wanna know what is going on/will probably happen soon in Afghanistan-Pakistan?

Then read this article. Keep your boots laced if you wanna keep pace, this piece pulls no punches and doesn’t slow down for stragglers.

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I was blown away by this documentary. You really should watch it. Read my review here.

I was blown away by this documentary. You really should watch it. Read my review here.

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India Asks, Should Food Be a Right for the Poor? >>

Inside the drab district hospital, where dogs patter down the corridors, sniffing for food, Ratan Bhuria’s children are curled together in the malnutrition ward, hovering at the edge of starvation. His daughter, Nani, is 4 and weighs 20 pounds. His son, Jogdiya, is 2 and weighs only eight. Landless and illiterate, drowned by debt, Mr. Bhuria and his ailing children have staggered into the hospital ward after falling through India’s social safety net. They should receive subsidized government food and cooking fuel. They do not. The older children should be enrolled in school and receiving a free daily lunch. They are not.

For the governing Indian National Congress Party, which has staked its political fortunes on appealing to the poor, this persistent inability to make government work for people like Mr. Bhuria has set off an ideological debate over a question that once would have been unthinkable in India: Should the country begin to unshackle the poor from the inefficient, decades-old government food distribution system and try something radical, like simply giving out food coupons, or cash?

Read more at The New York Times

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The Rupee

Well, the rupee is here, officially. I like the fact that the symbol has overtones of the Devangari script, which is the script which most of India’s official language use, including Hindi. The symbol also denotes the growing importance of the Indian currency, which is also great.

Some people like it, others think it smacks of colonialism (I don’t get it either). I for one, think its ugly. But its here and we’ll be stuck with it forever now.

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The Hidden Occupation

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An excellent piece.

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