Monday, January 30, 2006

Not all that far away from Indian food

Here is a shot of one of our many culinary sessions... This one shows some of the best luchis we've had in France, prepared by Ruchi - one of the residents in my hostel! Any day better than naan with cheese (La Vache Qui Rit) that is served in Indian restaurants!

Can the Iranians be funny!

Iran invites Blair to Holocaust debate

TEHRAN: Iran has invited the British prime minister to Tehran to take part in a conference on the Holocaust, branded a myth by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Islamic republic’s president. Hamid Reza Asefi, a foreign ministry spokesman, said: "It would be good for Mr Blair to participate in the Holocaust seminar in Tehran.

"He can also contribute with an article. If he wants to defend the Holocaust in that article, he can do so. We will give him the time to read out his article so others can hear his point of view." The conference is scheduled for spring.

On Monday, Tony Blair attacked the meeting, saying it was "shocking, ridiculous, stupid". He said Ahmadinejad "should come and see the evidence of the Holocaust himself in the countries of Europe". Asefi went on: "In Mr Blair’s speech there was an invitation for the Iranian president to go there and see the places close up. We have to see when the president has time for it."

Iran’s foreign ministry has already said it is willing to send a team of independent investigators to visit former Nazi death camps across Europe. Ahmadinejad, a populist conservative who came to power in a surprise victory last June, has provoked international condemnation with a number of anti-Israeli remarks.

From The News, Pakistan

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Bad gets worse...

This news has been around for a while... the debate within the Indian-American community over the "correct" version of Indian history. I was reading this article on Christian Science Monitor and I stumbled on some really stunning bit of information.

For long, American textbooks taught children that Hindi was written in the Arabic script and they identified a Muslim as a Hindu priest! But more importantly, as the article mentions, ideology has now taken the front seat and the books seem to be headed for a more skewed future.