As the story goes, China has blocked access to the millions of songs in the iTunes library because some athletes downloaded songs from an album called Songs for Tibet. Downloaders in China get the screen below thanks to the ‘Great Firewall of China’. Well, great going, China for all the Olympic gold medals, but if your intention was to show your arrival on the world stage, I am not sure how many points you get for it.
This openeing ceremony was simply awesome.
About 22,000 people took part in the gala, in which 15,000 costumes were used and 43,000 fireworks lit. Read about the secrets of the opening ceremony from the director of the ceremony himself – Zhang Yimou
The opening ceremony tries to portray one thing – that the Chinese can use their population as a resource and not as a liability. They move the nation by people. Their progress is inherently tied to the use of people. What they wanted to show, with their grand scale and beautifully synchronised performances, was that they can use the sheer force of humans to just push things through. And the message did get through clearly…
This perspective is also reflected in their economic progress, in their communist ideology, in their attitude towards society. Its like the human body – the brain controlling the rest of the organs without the organs having any autonomy. The brain takes care of the needs of the body, achieves perfect synchrony between the different organs, and charts out the future and the destiny of the body.
I dont know, and do not wish to judge, whether this is good and bad. What I would like to say though is that with the right perspective and the right intentions, this approach might just work wonders for the planet and for mankind. But then, wouldn’t that be called “democracy”?
The attitude of the Indian left is amazing. Never have I seen a more hypocrite organization. Their chief ministers in Kerala and West Bengal are going out of their way to lure in capitalist investments. They go abroad and compete intensely with other states to woo foreign investors and foreign tourists to their states. But when it comes to the centre, they oppose anything remotely capitalist…their latest stance at the Indo-US nuclear deal agonizes me to the limit of my tolerance…!!
The opposition of the left is not borne out of rationality, but on arrogance and adamancy. It is not borne out of care and regard for the nation, but out of petty political gains. No far-sight, not even short-electoral gains, just egotism. Ours is a country thats desperately seeking energy resources. To sustain our growing economy, at the same time keep the environment safe, we need to go nuclear. The US produces 20% of its electricity by nuclear energy. This deal was a boon for us Indians (barring a few exceptional clauses, which could have been ironed out), since no member of the NSG is currently ready to give us nuclear fuel for running our civilian nuclear reactors. Without the nuclear fuel, India wouldnt be able to reach its target power generation by 2020, according to the Atomic Energy Commision director Dr. Anil Kakodkar.
That means more power cuts, more pollution, reduced industrial production targets and stifled growth rate. So what options do we have…how many more coal-fired/gas-fired power plants? How many more hydroelectric projects? Is anyone seriously going after wind and solar? What will the effects be on the environment? No answers to these questions…
I simply dont understand WHY the Left is opposing the nuclear deal. Agreed, till those “treacherous” clauses are ironed out, we shouldnt sign the bill. But the Left refuses to do even that?!! Here’s a recent article on HindustanTimes, with the title:
In this article, AP Bardhan says:
“If they are so concerned about energy security, what about the (Iran-Pakistan-India) gas pipeline. Why are you (government) dragging your feet? If you are really keen on energy security, you should be keen on the gas pipeline also,” Bardhan said.
Asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remark that the deal would help India come out of the nuclear aparthied, Bardhan said “there is no question of us getting out of this apartheid, unless America, which has created this apartheid, gets us out of it.”
This is so disgusting. This is opposition for the sake of opposition. I havent seem them come up with one decent, rational argument as to why the nuclear deal should be sanctioned, unlike the BJP, which has specifically laid down its concerns.
I sometimes wonder if the Indian Left is on the payroll of Chinese/Russian intelligence agencies. Think about it. This is not entirely impossible. The Mitrokhin Archives told us a lot, and more of things that happened in the 1970s and the 1980s, wherein most of the intelligence “encroachment” was effected by the KGB of the then communist Russia into the Indian Left (For more, read this article by respected Indian journalist and ex-minister Arun Shourie). The same might be happening now, its a highly possible scenario. China has every interest in de-stabilizing the Indo-US nuclear deal. It wants Sikkim, it wants parts of Arunachal Pradesh, its encroaching on Siachen, its overshadowing our economy, it gives clandestine support of all sorts to Pakistan…there is no reason why China shouldnt be a bigger player in this, than the Indian Left…using the Indian Left would be a pretty neat way to stifle the potential competition, without publicly saying a word!
I seriously think this should deserve an independent, media investigation….If you think so too, please forward this view to as many people you know, or start a petition or something, so that someone in the media takes a peep into it…
I came across this interesting article in Rediff on the current happenings in Tibet. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Indeed, with the CIA’s deep involvement with the Free Tibet Movement and its funding of the suspiciously well-informed Radio Free Asia, it would seem somewhat unlikely that any revolt could have been planned or occurred without the prior knowledge, and even perhaps the agreement, of the National Clandestine Service (formerly known as the Directorate of Operations) at CIA headquarters in Langley.
Respected columnist and former senior Indian intelligence officer B Raman commented on March 21 that ‘on the basis of available evidence, it was possible to assess with a reasonable measure of conviction’ that the initial uprising in Lhasa on March 14 ‘had been pre-planned and well orchestrated’.
I found another of such articles here.
Could CIA have been involved clandestinely in the uprising in Tibet?
Here’s a link to the history of CIA’s involvement in Tibet. The article is a well detailed account of the role CIA has played in the Free Tibet Movement. Dont get fooled into thinking that CIA is for the freedom of the Tibetans. Its more for usurping the significance of communism and chipping away China’s dominance in the world. Especially now, after Bush’s ego-trip into Iraq, when USA’s moral and economic status in the world has diminished substantially. Forget Russia, now its China against whom the US is locked in a Cold War with. There are many instances of the same – The rush for Oil in Africa, trying to win over the Latin American countries, the position on Iran and Tibet and so on…
Politics is the greatest game of all, and world politics more so…