Posts tagged: india
‘i mean, i still don’t really give a shit whether or not they were offended by my imperialist tattoo, i just can’t decide if i’m more insulted that they wouldn’t let me into their country to ‘appreciate’ the rest of their heritage, or that they think they can tell me what i don’t know about buddhism’.
fucks sake, man. #whitegirlsinheaddresses
what’s this i hear?
a country of color not taking any shit from a white person who disrespects their cultural and religious heritage?
cue that gif of oprah going “you mad?!”
Don’t let these crazy SJWs find out that Japan made an anime about Buddha and Jesus living together and having wacky shenanigans, they might just flip their shit.
The guy is a fucking Buddhist and expressed those beliefs through a tattoo. I don’t see you crazy bitches jumping up in arms when POC or people who aren’t “usually” Christians get passages of the Bible tattooed on or wear crosses. Or, hell, when people adopt the Jewish faith and get tattoos… despite tattooing being against the Jewish faith. IT’S OKAY FOR THEM TO DO IT, THEY AREN’T WHITE MEN.
Get those sticks out of your asses. He is not appropriating any culture, he was expressing his own. Fuck you, and fuck anyone who seems to think that a white guy can’t be anything other than a bigot. Enjoy your world where by being a white man he is automatically the scum of the Earth and you don’t see the irony in your hypocritical belief systems, you stuck up cunts.
so we’re just shy of 2000 notes now and it’s still basically every sixth person is ‘why should this white guy have to care about the feelings of the sri lankans? isn’t their not letting him into their country despite his tattoo being offensive to them the //real// oppression’?
but what about white people tho
but what about //his// feelings
but what about //his// religion
but what about //his// rights
but why is this a problem anyways tattoos are awesome and never disrespectful at all
but i don’t even believe in cultural appropriation so why don’t all you poc and sjws just shut the fuck up
but you aren’t going to win any points if you’re not being polite, you fucking morons
but what about //white people// tho
all of these children are basically ignoring that what they’re advocating is that white people, rather than having to think critically about their actions based on a loooong history of colonialism and shit, should be allowed to do basically whatever they want, wherever they want, with no restrictions, ever, because anything less is REVERSE RACISM YOU GUISE WHY DO YOU HATE WHITE PEOPLE SOOOOO MUCH.
and not a single fucking //one//* of these children has even acknowledged the point i made in MY FIRST FUCKING SENTENCE THAT I WROTE ON THIS 2000 NOTES AGO where i pointed out that the issue isn’t that //he has the tattoo//, it’s that having taken his shitty tattoo to a buddhist country and having been told straight up by buddhists that they thought it was offensive, his reaction was to say ‘no it’s not’. when they said ‘you need to leave our country’ his reaction was to say ‘why should i have to’. when they told the newsmedia that they were offended by him he got on the news and said ‘no they weren’t’.
HE DOESN’T GET TO TELL THEM WHAT IS AND IS NOT OFFENSIVE BASED ON HIS OWN PERSONAL INTERPRETATION OF BUDDHISM. HE DOESN’T GET TO OVERRULE THEM. HIS OPINIONS AND FEELINGS AND FREEDOMS ARE NOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEIRS.
all these children are //screaming// that we’re denying this white british dude his agency and being unfair and making assumptions and treating him badly. but //nobody seems to give a fuck about the sri lankans//.
but whatever, because i forgot that ‘being respectful of other cultures’ and ‘showing humility when we unintentionally upset people’ and ‘just being non-selfish generally’ and ‘civics’ are OMG SJW NONSENSE YOU GUYS ARE RUINING EVERYTHING FOR MEEEEEEE.
enjoy your embarrassingly sheltered world view, kids. someday you might realize what the world is //actually like// and then you are going to feel baaaaad about your younger self.
*there was that one clown whose thesis was literally ‘i don’t believe in cultural appropriation but you know who else thinks white people shouldn’t take shit from other cultures? STORMFRONT. so the only way i can prove i’m not a horrible racist is to just appropriate whatever i want from poc all the time’
**also several people have been all ‘well it’s not like sri lanka has any more claim to buddhism than this british guy, buddhism comes from india so whatever’ and OH MY GOD DO YOU CHILDREN EVEN KNOW WHERE SRI LANKA //IS//.
I know a guy who bragged about his mother being featured in a news article for saving 9 dogs from the slums of India. She spent something like 30,000 in Canadian dollars bringing those dogs here, giving them veterinarian help, shots, whatever.
If you go to india, and your first instinct is to save the animals in the slums rather than the fucking CHILDREN who participate in grueling physical child labour making less than a quarter a day then you can go to hell.
You could given 3 impoverished families housing, clothing and food for 3 years with that money instead of spending it on dogs.
The worst part is that the family was Indian as well.
And also…. that’s a dumb way to help dogs. Sure, she probably gave those nine dogs a great life, but what about all the other ones? $30k is going to spay and neuter and provide basic medical care for a SHITTON of stray dogs, man.
Wish I could recall the Indian movie this beautiful image is from.
But it reminds me of how the Pakistani legendary artist Sadequain once wrote a piece on how Pakistani and Indian women do pardah (body covering). Because every country has a certain way with its cultural attire, the kind of purdah you’ll see in Pakistan and India is a lot like this in the image above. Especially in villages. I do the same in the summers when I’m in my parents’ individual villages. The cloth is sheer, light and you can see through it. It allows for the air to pass through. It was designed with the climate of the region in mind. Summers in South Asia can be very, very hot.
A lot of Urdu poetry is based on this kind of pardah that gives you the glimpse of your beloved.
This “web exclusive” video I did for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell is definitely my proudest achievement of 2012. The piece is framed as being about Mindy Kaling’s new Fox TV show, but it’s really a breakdown of the history of Indian representation in popular culture and how much progress we’ve made. My main fear when writing the script was that it would come off as corny since I’ve talked about a lot of this stuff with friends since I was 16 years old. However, I eventually realized that, though it might be old to brown people, it’s never really been said publicly. South Asians being allowed to share their opinions (or even talk) in the American mainstream is a fairly new concept. Though I was unable to nail Fisher Stevens’ “Short Circuit” character due to time, I was happy to finally address Hank Azaria and Apu from The Simpsons. Amazingly, it appears Hank saw it: https://twitter.com/harikondabolu/status/273536685306966017
women’s revolution in India
US WOMEN OF COLOR
WE WILL FIGHT BACK
AND WE WILL FUCK YOU UP
This right here is the difference between feminism and womanism.
Feminism: If a man hits you with a stick, that’s sexist and misogynist.
Womanism: If a man hits you with a stick, hit that muthafucka with a bigger stick.
FUCK YEAH FUCK YEAH FUCK YEAH FUCK YEAH FUCK YEAH FUCK YEAH
the sad thing is, all these women you see in this picture probably got put to death 3-4 days after the photo was taken.
lmao^^ @ put to death. ahahaha. white teen girls mannnnnn. white teen girls and their assumption of brown bodies and brown history and brown polities. India also happens to be the world’s largest liberal democracy (flaws in this political structure, like all of them, but, but, but “put to death” lol)
Over 1,000 tea workers in the India state of Assam have gathered outside the home of the plantation owner as part on an on-going labour dispute. Following shots being fired from the plantation owner’s house, the workers set his house and cars alight. The plantation owner, Mridul Bhattacharya, has a history of exploiting and killing workers.
An unnamed female tea worker was quoted as saying that:
“We all came and attacked the bungalow and set it on fire. They deserved to be killed as the planter has exploited us for a long time and tortured us for petty things”
A local newspaper reported that the violence was sparked by the plantation owner and exploiter Mridul Bhattacharya ordering 10 workers to leave their homes with immediate effect, and the detention of several workers by the police on unspecified charges. The workers claim that Bhattacharya had not paid them their wages that had been due in December, and all the other issues have stemmed from workers complaining about the non-payment.
When workers refused to leave their homes (owned by the plantation) he had them arrested and imprisoned. An unnamed worker said that:“Some workers met Bhattacharya Wednesday morning and requested him to get the arrested labourers released. He, however, did not pay any heed to the request and threatened the workers of dire consequences. This angered the labourers and they took the extreme step,”
It is reported that Bhattacharya has been engaging in similar practices at his other plantations. Two years ago, during another Labour dispute, Bhattacharya opened fire on a crowd who were protesting an attack on a female worker at the plantation.
Another local newspaper described the incident involving Bhattacharya:“Bhattacharya, who also owned the Rani Organic Tea Estate, some eight km from here, was booked for the murder of a 15-year-old youth in 2010. He was later released on bail in the murder case. The 2010 incident took place when a group of villagers staged a protest in front of his house after he raised objections against the use of a road inside the Rani estate by the locals and harassed a woman. Bhattacharya opened fire at the protesters, in which the boy sustained bullet injuries and died.
Bhattacharya, a mechanical engineer by training, was from Tezpur. He had worked for many tea estates in Assam before winning a contract worth several million rupees for drilling and laying of pipelines in the state in the 1980s.”
Several other attacks on the bosses at tea plantations have been reported over the last couple of years, and similar incidents in other sectors are becoming more commonplace.
Between the months of June and October of 2012, at least 168 tea workers died of water-bourne diseases. The state government’s order says that if more die, proceedings will be initiated under the Indian penal code.
Um. The article says they set fire to the boss’s house and cars, so why is teh headline saying they set him on fire? Which is it?
both: he and his wife were in the house and died in the fire.
Trigger Warning: Rape
Indian women hold placards outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Wednesday during a protest over the gang rape and beating of a young woman in New Delhi.
Photograph by: The Associated Press , The Associated Press
My friend Saurav wrote a spot on status about rape and rape culture
”Rape is a culturally fostered means of suppressing women. Legally we say we deplore it, but mythically we romanticize and perpetuate it, and privately we excuse and overlook it (because we always find…
Jeweled Tulwar Saber
- Dated: first quarter of the 19th century
The sword has a silver gilded hilt with a characteristic broad pommel and hemispherical quillons. It is lavishly embellished in translucent green and blue enamel and set with 33 gems including 28 rubies, three garnets and two faceted white sapphires. Comes with a wooden scabbard with velvet covering and gilt braid.
The massive, pattern-welded Damascus blade with raised false edge and chamfered cutting edge retains a lot from its original sharpness. The fullers are struck at the forte with three talismanic dots on either side. The spine of the sword is inscribed in Devanagari characters, SDP 2, for Silekhana Devaliya Pratapgarh 2 (State Armory of Pratapgarh, No. 2.).
Source & Copyright: Auctions Imperial
1/5. Why you should see “La Bayadere”
The drama: Love triangle story that ends in death
i was extremely confused and for a minute i’m like
why would all these indian people have white makeup on
then i realized it was just white people
and now i has a sad
Yeah, I’m not about that cultural appropriation life. Fuck that, you want to support actual Indians doing classic Indian dance without the whiteness? Check out Kuchipudi Kalanidhi, a classical Indian dance company. My mom is good friends with the instructors and they are absolutely amazing live.
Still makes no sense to me why there are only white people in this..
You know their excuse would be “We don’t get many Indian ballerinas” knowing damn well race plays a HUGE ROLE in how principle dancers are picked in dance companies, while everyone else is regulated to the Corps de Ballet (one of the reasons I quit ballet dancing a looong time ago—the racism is too much). Why do you think so many POC go to dance for companies like Alvin Ailey instead of more “prestigious” ones like Atlanta Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, etc?
Please, it’s just an artform that caters to the fantasies of whiteness.
My mom teaches at Atlanta Ballet, but because she teaches strictly INDIGENOUS African dance (not that fake ass Zumba shit white folks be on), they try and play down her hype…but folks still shell out money to watch her perform and learn real African dance from her because these white folks know that even if they DID steal it, no one would pay them money to learn that shit from them.
How much you wanna bet that they consulted with “real Indians” for the storyline and shit, but as soon as the people they consulted with had played their part, they dropped them and went to collect money from the masses. Probably not even credited in the programs they hand out in the theater.
I haaate the performing arts community for this reason.
Cover of Oriental Stories (Spring 1932)
In many of these works, they portrayed the Orient as exotic, colorful and sensual, not to say stereotyped. Such works typically concentrated on Oriental Islamic, Hebraic, and other Semitic cultures, as those were the ones visited by artists as France became more engaged in North Africa. French artists such as Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Léon Gérôme and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres painted many works depicting Islamic culture, often including lounging odalisques. They stressed both lassitude and visual spectacle. Other scenes, especially in genre painting, have been seen as either closely comparable to their equivalents set in modern-day or historical Europe, or as also reflecting an Orientalist mind-set in the Saidian sense of the term. Gérôme was the precursor, and often the master, of a number of French painters in the later part of the century whose works were often frankly salacious, frequently featuring scenes in harems, public baths and slave auctions (the last two also available with classical decor), and responsible, with others, for “the equation of Orientalism with the nude in pornographic mode”;
[Before everyone starts thinking this is a Gandhi blog, I’m going to go ahead and mention this is going to be my last for a while. I just wanted to share a very interesting anecdote about Gandhi, that came off recent reading].
People have this idea that Mohandas Gandhi was just a symbol of non-violence and of Indian independence. This story is meant to illuminate just what a master strategist Gandhi was, a facet of his personality that gets sidelined in the face of righteousness and non-violent principles.
The story takes place before the Salt Satyagraha. Mahatma Gandhi envisions a plan to symbolize civil disobedience and prove to the country that non-cooperation has powerful effects. You can read about it in that Wiki link, but when Gandhi announced his plans (of asking his followers to make salt), he was challenged by Pandit Motilal Nehru.
Motilal Nehru, a staunch revolutionary, wrote to him saying it’s a silly idea. He expected Gandhi to write one of his long-winded thesis favoring the benefits of non-cooperation and disobedience.
Mahatma Gandhi however responded with a single line:
प्रिय मोतीलाल,करके देखो।
- (“Priya Motilal, Karke Dekho”).
In English, this means, “Dear Motlial, Just try it”.
Motilal Nehru was upset, but couldn’t help it since Gandhi had already made his announcement. So he announced his decision to make salt in the evening prayer meeting in Allahabad, still fuming about the futility of making salt and how it could possibly help him with independence.
He was promptly arrested by the British, and before going to jail, sought permission to write Gandhi a letter. He wrote “Priya Bapu, Karne se pehle dekha!”. This means, “Dear Bapu, I saw the power of it even before I did it!”.
The Salt Satyagraha turned out to be the single most important non-violent movement. Indians were producing salt, directly from the ocean, without paying British taxes, and when Indians finally understood its importance, sparked large scale civil disobedience movements all over the country.
The arrests of prominent revolutionaries only made things worse. Indians in larger numbers joined the movement and made salt in direct violation of British bans. The growing numbers prompted more press coverage in the West (something Indians couldn’t afford before), publicized the idea of ‘Purna Swaraj’ (total independence) and recruited Indians in a scale never seen before. Although it didn’t directly result in independence, it was the start of exerting tremendous pressure on the powerful British Empire.
Years later, Martin Luther King Jr was significantly influenced by the satyagrahas and particularly, the Dandi March Salt Satyagraha of Gandhi.
More than anything, it convinced everyone around the world, that tactical brilliance, combined with one powerful ideal, could produce shattering results with something as simple as salt.