Posts tagged: india
Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India.
cannot wait for February! but you can only see snow everywhere
this is actually yangshuo county in guangxi province, china. rice paddies on the li river, to be specific,
the sheer irony
india was usa’s enemy during the cold war because it stayed in a neutral position (but moreso went towards the ussr) and in retaliation, the usa FUNDED the anti-bengali hatred in the two pakistans because bengalis were seen as more ‘indian’, leading to operation searchlight,…
Tulwar Sword with Scabbard
- Dated: blade, dated 1673; hilt, 19th century
- Culture: Indian
- Medium: steel, silver, diamonds, enamel, leather
- Measurements: Blade length, 31 1/2 in. (80.01 cm)
- Classification: Swords
The blade, of European manufacture around 1600, was inlaid later in gold. Along the back edge, there is an inscription in Arabic and Persian, and on the outer side, there is a parasol. The inscription mentions the name of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb (reigned 1658–1717) and the sixteenth year of his reign, corresponding to 1673.
The parasol is an ancient symbol of the dome of heaven and was long used in the Middle East and India as a symbol of royal authority. A parasol mark on a blade thus signifies royal provenance and implies that the weapon belonged to a divinely appointed and protected monarch, in this case Emperor Aurangzeb.
Secrecy was paramount. Britain’s imperial general staff knew there would be outrage if it became known that the government was intending to use its secret stockpile of chemical weapons. But Winston Churchill, then secretary of state for war, brushed aside their concerns. As a long-term advocate of chemical warfare,he was determined to use them against the Russian Bolsheviks. In the summer of 1919, 94 years before the devastating strike in Syria, Churchill planned and executed a sustained chemical attack on northern Russia.
The British were no strangers to the use of chemical weapons. During the third battle of Gaza in 1917, General Edmund Allenby had fired 10,000 cans of asphyxiating gas at enemy positions, to limited effect. But in the final months of the first world war, scientists at the governmental laboratories at Porton in Wiltshire developed a far more devastating weapon: the top secret “M Device”, an exploding shell containing a highly toxic gas called diphenylaminechloroarsine. The man in charge of developing it,Major General Charles Foulkes,called it “the most effective chemical weapon ever devised”. […]
Trials at Porton suggested that it was indeed a terrible new weapon. Uncontrollable vomiting, coughing up blood and instant, crippling fatigue were the most common reactions. The overall head of chemical warfare production, Sir Keith Price, was convinced its use would lead to the rapid collapse of the Bolshevik regime. “If you got home only once with the gas you would find no more Bolshies this side of Vologda.” The cabinet was hostile to the use of such weapons, much to Churchill’s irritation. He also wanted to use M Devices against the rebellious tribes of northern India. “I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes,” he declared in one secret memorandum. He criticised his colleagues for their “squeamishness”, declaring that “the objections of the India Office to the use of gas against natives are unreasonable. Gas is a more merciful weapon than [the] high explosive shell, and compels an enemy to accept a decision with less loss of life than any other agency of war.”
He ended his memo on a note of ill-placed black humour: “Why is it not fair for a British artilleryman to fire a shell which makes the said native sneeze?” he asked. “It is really too silly.”
A staggering 50,000 M Devices were shipped to Russia: British aerial attacks using them began on 27 August 1919, targeting the village of Emtsa, 120 miles south of Archangel. Bolshevik soldiers were seen fleeing in panic as the green chemical gas drifted towards them. Those caught in the cloud vomited blood, then collapsed unconscious.
fact: monsoon wedding is a perfect movie.
“If the history of British rule in India were to be condenserd into a single fact, it is this: there was no increase in India’s per capita income from 1757 to 1947.”
Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts
On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her transmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.
Oh my God, yes. Let’s talk about Noor Inayat Khan.
- Wireless operators in France had a life expectancy of six weeks. Noor was actively transmitting for over three times as long.
- While she was in France, every other wireless operator in her network was slowly picked off until she was the last radio link between London and Paris. It was “the most dangerous and important post in France”.
- She was offered a way back to Britain and refused.
- In fact, in her transmissions to London, she once said that she was having the time of her life, and thanked them for giving her the opportunity to do this.
- She was captured by the Gestapo, but never gave up: she made three attempt escapes. One involved asking to take a bath, insisting on being allowed to close the door to preserve her modesty, and then clambering onto the roof of the Gestapo HQ in Paris.
- Her last word before being shot was, “Liberté!”
The term BAMF was coined for such persons.
She was of royal Indian descent through her father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, who was born to nobility and came from a princely Indian Muslim family.[He lived in Europe as a musician and a teacher of Sufism. Her mother, Ora Meena Ray Baker (Ameena Begum), was an American from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who met Inayat Khan during his travels in the United States. Ora Baker was the half-sister of American yogi and scholar Pierre Bernard, her guardian at the time she met Hazrat Inayat Khan.Noor’s brother, Vilayat Inayat Khan, later became head of the Sufi Order International.
Although Noor Inayat Khan was deeply influenced by the pacifist teachings of her father, she and her brother Vilayat decided to help defeat Nazi tyranny: “I wish some Indians would win high military distinction in this war. If one or two could do something in the Allied service which was very brave and which everybody admired it would help to make a bridge between the English people and the Indians.”
When she was captured, as the prison director testified after the war, Inayat Khan remained uncooperative and continued to refuse to give any information on her work or her fellow operatives.
‘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