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Brit Historian Andrew Roberts – Hero Or Villain?

In History, India on July 30, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Johann Hari calls out the Brit celebration of historian Andrew Roberts, who had this to say of the 1919 Jalianwala Bagh Massacre of hundreds of unarmed Indians.

Yet Dyer has, at last, found a defender – Andrew Roberts. In his book A History Of The English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900, he says that after Dyer shot down the peaceful crowd, “[i]t was not necessary for another shot to be fired throughout the entire region”. He later comments: “Today’s reactions to Dyer’s deed are of course uniformly damning … but if the Amritsar district, Punjab region or southern India generally had carried on in revolt, many more than 379 people would have lost their lives.”

It is an extraordinary rationalisation for killing women and children in cold blood, and rejected by virtually all other historians. It was only after I exposed this passage that Roberts finally said: “I have never approved of massacring civilians.”


Akal Takht – Caring For The Environment is “moral and religious duty”

In Environment, Health, India on July 30, 2009 at 8:19 am

A landmark precedent set by a religious head in India – “Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh gave a religious call to the community on Sunday saying Sikhs should now focus on cleaning the natural water resources rather than spending more money on building up new gurdwaras.

‘‘Whereever [sic] in the world you (Sikhs) may be, your focus should now be on cleaning up of natural water resources rather than building gurdwaras,’’ he said at a function here on the ninth anniversary of cleaning of Kali Bein, a river in Kapurthala district.”(TOI)

F 22 Fighter – What’s Not Good For America Has To Be Good For India

In Defense, Economy, India, Politics on July 29, 2009 at 7:05 pm

In a nutshell, that’s the thrust of this pitch from Foreign Policy, an online mag with ‘mainstream’ cred. Of course the article makes no mention whatsoever of the serious shortcomings of this fighter aircraft published by its own sister organization Washington Post.

Bravery Test – Adult Rides Motorcycle On Children’s Hands

In Human Rights, India, Strange Happenings on July 29, 2009 at 6:34 am

Another story presented with no comment. Make up your minds after reading the story.

What Does The Church Of England Have To Do With Mines In India?

In Business, Environment, Human Rights, India on July 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

Full Story at the BBC
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