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Lotus in the Mud?

There was an interesting write up in today’s Hindustan Time (pg 10).

It’s a response from Balram Misra to Sitaram Yechury’s article Lotus in the mud (DEC 28, 06)

The article quotes an interview of Golwalkar done in 1962 and later used in an 1980 essay of Panchajana to prove that Golwalkar did not believe in the book We,or Our Nationhood Defined.

Here’s how the interview goes:

The interviewer asked Golwalkar, “Country, race, language, religion and culture are said to be five syndromes of a nation. If all these elements are found together on their full bloom, shall we say that nationhood has been attained?” Golwalkar shot back,”[This] concept of nationhood…belonged to the 19th century. Now it is obsolete. It is not necessary that all these five elements be available together at a given point of time to indicate the group consciousness of nationalism.”

Interviewer asked, “ Doesn’t your book…interpret nationalism onn the basis of these five elements?” Golwalkar replied, “ forget about the book. It is outdated.”

Then Mr. Balram Mishra tells us the real (and supposedly final) concept of nationhood propounded by Golwalkar as the chief of RSS is (quoting Golwalkar)

“When I consider about the country, I do not think in terms of Hindus and Muslims. How do people look at it? Mostly from a political angle. Everybody is busy in availing benefits from the political conditions of the country, either for personal or the community’s sake. These is only one way to defeat this status quo: to look at politics with a view of general good for the whole country.”

My question is what is this elusive thing “The General Good”.
Mr.Balram seems to know.
Also, Mr. Yechury seems to know.
I for one surely do not know.

Google CSE

When Google came up with CSE (custom search engine), I knew this was a big thing. So, I promptly joined in the party. I started thinking about how I can use this cool tool.

First about the things that CSE can do-

* Place a search box and search results on your website.
* Specify or prioritize the sites you want to include in searches.
* Customize the look and feel to match your website.
* Invite your community to contribute to the search engine.

It’s the fourth feature that really got me going.

Every time I typed Kashmir in the Google search box, the top results were like this: info on Danish Rock band, news about 2005 earthquake, views of the whole world about Kashmir conflict, tourism site, government site, many useless sites and nothing about Kashmiri Pandits; no news about us. It actually bothered me. I wanted that when I type Kashmir, I should get results about my community.

It enables you to make your own CSE (custom search engine).Instead of searching the whole net, we just get to search a sub-set of the web specified by us and result is that we get totally query specific results. In my case, this sub-set is a bunch of good Kashmiri sites.
So, I set up a Search Engine just for Kashmir.

You can see it at work here at my other blog: Search Kashmir.

This makes it probably the first cyber Kashmiri Search Engine.
Right now, I have only linked the sites that I usually visit for my Kashmiri culture~history queries. However, the best think is that others can contribute. So, hopefully this would be a community affair.

Besides, this I have been a member of another community on Orkut. This community is for serious discussions of academic nature. Infact, it goes by the name Serous Academic Discussion. This community has lot of bright people from all over the world. And typical of bright people is, links to sites with bright content. So, I put up another search engine specifically for this community and named it Find Me Engine.

I have used the same Engine in this blog , as it has started to show really great results.

The most obvious use of CSE would be a search engine that searches only your blog or site, sort of an insite-searching tool. Earlier I had to use the services of some third party like technorati for this feature. Now, I just built a search engine for my own blog. Although, this feature is not working as good as it should but hopefully it would improve with time.

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"The Law of the Jungle" by Rudyard Kipling

A few weeks ago I saw the movie The Man Who Would Be KingThe Law of the Jungle. The movie based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. It is a pure delight and a complete entertainer.Sean Connery perhaps in his best performance, completely over shadows Michael Caine. More about the movie and my cyber search for Kafiristan later. Also, I won’t talk about The White Man's Burden and all the other stuff. The movie took me back to the classic by Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book The Law of the Jungle. Here is a gem that appears in The Jungle Book, it's the poem: The Law of the Jungle.
The Law of the Jungle
Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back --
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.


Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.
The Jackal may follow the Tiger, but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
Remember the Wolf is a Hunter -- go forth and get food of thine own.
Keep peace withe Lords of the Jungle -- the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.
When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken -- it may be fair words shall prevail.
When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar,
Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,
Not even the Head Wolf may enter, not even the Council may come.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.
If ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay,
Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop, and your brothers go empty away.
Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!
If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.
The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.
The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf. He may do what he will;
But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.
Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling. From all of his Pack he may claim
Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.
Lair-Right is the right of the Mother. From all of her year she may claim
One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.
Cave-Right is the right of the Father -- to hunt by himself for his own:
He is freed of all calls to the Pack; he is judged by the Council alone.
Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
In all that the Law leaveth open, the word of your Head Wolf is Law.
Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is -- Obey!
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