Aastha

Conversation with Pushy this weekend led to the two following significant discoveries:

  1. It would probably suck to be married to a girl called Aastha. It would remind you too much of the religious channel. Every time you decided to puts with her, you would have mental images of Baba Ramdev preaching restraint and abstinence. Death wonly.
  2. The wife of an HLL Area Sales Manager who wants to put an extramarital affair is in a very good position. The ASM will be off touring his territory Monday to Friday, which will give the wife free rein to boink whomever else she wants. Pushy pointed out that the ASM is also able to have extramarital affairs, but the wife still has an edge. The ASM can only have multiple affairs. The wife can choose to have multiple affairs or a single affair, a luxury unavailable to the ASM who will be in Kakinada on Monday night, Yanam on Tuesday night, Vizag on Wednesday, and so on.

Sleisha Hiatus Are There

Right people, I’m off on another one of my long blogging breaks. I’m busy with work, and I need to focus on writing a W-File. When I’m back, please hold me to writing posts on:

  • ┬áThe Sohrabbudin encounter and idiotarians
  • Mark Bagley and Paedophilia
  • The Times of India’s firewall policy
  • All pervasive Zionist propaganda
  • Unintended consequences of Diversity and Inclusion policies
  • A followup to my Harry Potter and the Sequential Art post

Until then, pip pip.

About Composite Culture

Jaffna has a post on the Left and it’s role in Indian history education (link via Varnam).

This reminds me of my experience in Class 7, where we used the NCERT textbook on medieval India. History classes mostly consisted of reading the textbook aloud. So eventually we got to a point where my teacher was reading aloud about how the Islamic invasions of India had led to cultural interchange as India absorbed Turkish and Persian influences in architecture and culture.

So I lifted my hand and pointed out that interchange meant that the other culture also absorbed influences, so what did India contribute to Persia and Turkey? At which my history teacher looked flummoxed and gave a confused reply.

I was twelve years old, so I wasn’t really trying to put Hindutva fundaes in the classroom. And it doesn’t even prove that whoever was writing the textbook (I think it was Bipin Das) had an Islamic bias- just that he (or the NCERT editor) was sloppy with language.

Ahem. But there’s still a sin of omission we have to deal with.

Let’s  accept the Leftist position that the Persian and Turkish invasions eventually led to a Muslim-Hindu composite culture. Yes, it may have come only after the invaders destroyed major existing cultural centres. and it may have been restricted to the nobility, but it was created and it was a good thing.

But if composite culture is such a good thing, why do the NCERT textbooks maintain such a deafening silence on composite culture created through peaceful processes?

From Class 6 to Class 10, the NCERT textbooks never mentioned the spread of a Buddhist-Hindu composite culture in South East Asia and Indochina through the Srivjayan Empire, driven more by traders and missionaries than by armies and navies. We get to know that there was a Roman trading outpost near Pondicherry, but we never learn that the outpost was there to trade spices, and the impact of the spice trade on the kingdoms of Kerala. Or about how Indian and Arabic shipbuilding techniques were exchanged across the Arabian sea along with Indian teakwood and how that contributed to the development of seafaring. And if I recall correctly, Bodhidharma’s journey to China, which is the origin of such rich seams of folklore, was never mentioned at all. I had to learn about all these things ten years later in quizzes and books (including this wonderful one by John Keay).

The Class VIII textbook (Modern India) was positively shy about the composite culture created by British colonisation (okay, to be fair, it was written by someone else). No mention of how Indian words swamped English, how Indian haircare and cuisine entered Great Britain, and on the long term cultural impacts of British technology transfers.

And in all this discussion, there’s no mention of composite culture in the current context- and how technology, trade and globalisation create new composite cultures faster than ever before – and do so without military campaigns or vandalising existing cultural structures. Nothing demonstrates that concept better, really, than the YouTube video below:

It’s almost as if our eminent historians prefer invasions and plunder to trade.

Equality and Equalisation

The FGB writes about Dalit participation in the UP elections, and makes an excellent point:

There is nothing radical being said here. I am just advocating equality. The politicians and the armchair economists and political theorists on the other hand are always lobbying for equalisation.

But the most important paragraph is this one:

Instead we do not what is right, but what is easiest. Oppress them with state machinery, and then buy them out (if we allow them to vote) in return for IIM seats.

This is a massively important insight into how the Indian government works- not just in the realm of social justice, but in many others as well. I’ll make my own post on it sometime.

Meanwhile, read the whole thing.

You Know the Mahabharatha?

Pandu, right? He couldn’t have sex because he was cursed to die if he did. So presumably he spent the rest of his lie masturbating until he gave into temptation and died.

So why was Dhritrashtra the blind one?