Mad Monotheists at Osmania University

It seems the mad monotheists of the Christian variety have acquired a strong grip on the professors of Osmania University. First the Beef festival and now this.  The professors of this university are itching to get their backside kicked by the Hindus — the only language that they understand.

Major international Afro-Dalit academic conference coming up
International Conference on Negotiating Margins: African American & Dalit
Writings 17-19 December 2012

Location: India
Call for Papers Date: 2012-09-15
Date Submitted: 2012-07-03
Announcement ID: 195540

The Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), Hyderabad, India is organizing an International Conference from 17 – 19, December 2012 on Negotiating Margins: African American and Dalit Writings. Participants desirous of attending the conference should submit a soft copy of the abstract of the proposed presentation in about 300 words along with a brief bio-note by 15 September, 2012 to oucipprogrammes@… with a subject heading Negotiating Margins.
The broad areas covered by the conference include:
Democracy and Subaltern Consciousness in African American and Dalit Writings.
Issues and Perspectives of Subaltern Consciousness.
Literature of Marginality: Dalit and African American Writings.
Woman, Caste and Race.
Constructions of Self.
The Subaltern Consciousness and the Crisis of leadership.
America and India: the Subaltern Renaissance.
Politics of Empowerment and Subaltern issues.
Traumatic Silences and the Silencing Processes.
Any other topic relevant to the theme of the Conference.
Towards Centre The emerging middle class from the margins

Prof. A. Karunaker
Joint Director
OSmania University Centre for International Programmes Osmania University
Hyderabad – 500 007 India

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  1. Bhushan

    There are two reasons for this:
    1. Divide students based on their caste so that the Telengana movement dies off.
    2. Prepare a strong base of “lower caste” and Muslim base. Otherwise there are plenty of Christians/converted Christians in the university and everyone knows that they love pork more than beef. Without government support pork-eating festivals would have sprung up in Maulana Azad University, Shadan College, etc.

  2. American Yogi

    A Morally Corrupt Congress plans sleaze campaign against Modi
    http://www.sunday-guardian.com/investigation/congress-plans-sleaze-campaign-against-modi

  3. A lot of the issues surrounding ‘rice’ christianity involve buying new christians with ‘rice’ and other material needs. India needs to build an economy that works for India — all of India, not just the rich. The American model is not what India needs. I believe that India needs ‘cooperatism’. In another site on this blog I have asked for a special chapter on economics. Please take a look at the following:

    COOPERATISM: THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA
    Winston Churchill is purported to have said: “Capitalism is not the best system, but it is the best so far.” The quote seemed out of character for someone who was openly critical of a system so given to greed and corruption. Fact is, he actually said this about democracy, not capitalism – the capitalists “borrowed” Churchill’s “political capital” to support their cause.
    As I searched quotes about capitalism, I soon realized that there were significantly more quotes against capitalism than for it. They came from renowned politicians (including Churchill), economists, business leaders, gangsters (Al Capone) and even US founding father, Thomas Jefferson. Yet, we are told all the time in the media that there is no better system than capitalism. In fact, you may be branded a communist and or even a threat to a successful, progressive society simply by questioning the fairness of capitalism. In light of the melt-down of capitalism in 2008 and the world-wide repercussions which we are all still feeling today, it is appropriate, maybe even prophetic, that 2012 is the United Nation’s International Year of Cooperatives.Cooperatives are an alternative to the idea that capital (money) is the most important ingredient in an enterprise and therefore deserves the majority of the rewards (profits). Alternatively, cooperatives are founded on the premise of people working together for their mutual benefit. They are unofficially defined as “an organization owned by its members who use its services”. Cooperatives first appeared in the UK in the mid 1800s. They differ from other organizations in that they benefit the members based on the amount they use the services of the organization rather than on the basis of their capital input. This frees the organization to serve members’ needs rather than focusing on returns for investors.
    There are many examples of large scale cooperatives in Canada and around the world: ACE Hardware, Mutual of Omaha Insurance, State Farm Insurance, True Value, Piggly Wiggly (USA), Mountain Equipment Coop, Co-operators Insurance, Gay Lee Foods, Desjardins Group, United Farmers of Alberta, and Coop Atlantic. There are over 9000 cooperatives in Canada employing 155,000 people with more than 18 million members. In Waterloo Region, you can buy general insurance, life insurance, and banking and financial services from credit unions. Cooperatives provide energy services, food production, housing, and mutual purchasing, to name just a few. Almost any service can be acquired through a cooperative here in the Region. Cooperatives are an alternative that is based on the principle that there is a synergistic effect which benefits all the participants when they work together.
    When the banking system collapsed in Argentina and owners deserted their businesses and their workers, they were taken over by cooperatives (groups of workers) and run very successfully – even to this day. After the economic storms subsided, the owners and managers tried unsuccessfully to regain control.
    Families are the simplest form of a cooperative, and when any group works together, large or small, and the parties mutually benefit, it’s a cooperative. Cooperatives place value on all the components that make an enterprise successful, not just capital. Most corporations’ sole objective is to make as much money as possible, any way they can. Corporations have no conscience and rarely are they prosecuted for their crimes the way individuals are. Every day in the news, we see the consequences of unconscionable greed by multi-national corporations. Could cooperatives be an effective alternative to the unbridled self-interest that threatens to destroy the planet and our financial systems?
    Capitalism’s greed is considered “tolerable” in part because we don’t believe there is another alternative. Its values and objectives are in direct conflict with the environment, the public, and governments whose mandate it is to serve the common good. Cooperatives offer an alternative and a model for people to accomplish almost anything. They are the way of the future and the past. They benefit the 100% rather than the 1% and they are capable of stimulating innovation, creativity, and efficiency without overly exploiting the planet or its workers.

    Footnote: “Economics For Everyone” by a Canadian economist, Jim Stanford is a must read. He dissects Capitalism and neoliberalism (which dominate our planet and add massively to the disconnect between the rich and the poor) and shows the false assumptions upon which they rest. This book makes a complicated topic very accessible to non-economists. Once you read it, you’ll know what needs to be done.

    • JGN

      @ duartmaclean, your comments are really appreciable. We should concentrate on topics of mutual interest instead on fighting in the name of outdated religious dogmas (of course I also do not think that the followers of two Abrahamic Religions have some divine right to ridicule the belief system of all others).

  4. @duartmaclean, your piece on economics and the kind of economics that is best suited to India is really commendable and thought-provoking. Definitely, I will go through “Economics for Everyone” by Jim Stanford whenever I come across it. You deserve appreciation for your universal outlook, which is the elan vital of Sanatana Dharma.

    • @ N.V. Sudhakar, the following piece from Jim Stanford is well worth reading carefully.

      A Dozen Big Things to Remember About Economics by Jim Stanford, economist & author of “Economics For Everyone”

      1. The economy depends on social relationships, not just technical relationships, and (like society) it evolves and changes over time. There is no “natural” order to the economy. There are no inherent, unchanging laws governing its behaviour. What we call the “economy” is simply the way human beings work together, to produce goods and services, and then decide what to do with what we produce. And there’s nothing permanent about it. Everything about the economy – technology, geography, social relationships – changes over time. 
      2. Economics is an inherently subjective, value-laden, political discipline. The economy is not natural, unchanging, or objective. And the study of the economy – what we call economics – is just as subjective and impermanent. The economy embodies conflicting interests between different groups, and economics closely reflects those conflicting interests. No school of economics can claim to be neutral or objective. Different approaches to economics rise and fall, depending on the course of economic (and political) debates and conflicts. Every approach to economics combines an analysis of how the economy works, with a set of values and assumptions regarding how it should work (and in whose interests). Beware of economists bearing free advice – especially if the economist claims to be “objective.”
      3. Productive human activity is the only force that adds value to the resources we harvest from nature. “Work,” broadly defined, includes all forms of productive human effort – including paid employment, unpaid work within households, and the managerial work of business executives. Without work, nothing happens in the economy. There are a few goods which humans can consume directly from nature (like fresh air, peace and quiet, or wild berries plucked from a bush). Everything else requires the application of human effort to transform the resources and raw materials we get from nature into goods and services we can use.
      4. Using tools makes work more productive. Humans discovered very early on that it is much better to use tools than our bare hands. The invention, production, and accumulation of “tools” (defined broadly to include machinery, structures, infrastructure, and other kinds of physical capital) has been the central feature of economic development through human history. Developing and accumulating more advanced tools, and training people to use them effectively, must occur at the same time. However, tools themselves are not productive: it is the know-how embodied in those tools (that is, knowing to make tools first, and then use them to produce the goods and services we actually want) that is productive. Merely owning a tool is not, in itself, a productive act.
      5. In capitalism, most work consists of employment. Employment is work that is performed for someone else, in return for the payment of wages and salaries. About 85 percent of households in developed capitalist economies rely on employment as their dominant source of income. Managing the employment relationship is a central aspect of capitalism. Employers face a complicated challenge to try to minimize their labour costs, while simultaneously maximizing the effort and discipline of their employees. This relationship introduces an inherent conflict of interest between workers and capitalists. At the same time, there are times when workers and capitalists may choose to cooperate with each other.
      6. Unpaid work is also important. A great deal of productive, necessary work occurs inside the household: out of sight, behind closed doors, and generally without pay. Most of that work is performed by women, whose opportunities in the “outside” economic world are constrained as a result. Remembering that this work needs to be performed, analyzing how and by whom it is performed, and making changes to it over time, are central issues in economics.
      1. Competition is a central feature of capitalism, and forces companies to behave in certain ways. Capitalists aim to maximize the profits on their investments; one way to do that is by poaching customers, workers, resources, and capital from other capitalists. Competition therefore introduces a new constraint on the way that individual capitalists operate. It’s no longer just greed that motivates them, it’s also fear. That fear (of being driven from business by more successful competitors) forces executives to behave in certain ways, regardless of their personal preferences or values. Capitalism has become more competitive over time, not less (thanks to technology, globalization, privatization, and improved management skills). Even very large global companies face competition that is unforgiving and ruthless. 
      2. The condition of the natural environment is crucial to our prosperity. The environment is both a source of direct ecological benefits (fresh air, open spaces, recreation, and so on) and a source of raw materials for production. The economy cannot continually run down the quality of the environment without humans eventually paying an enormous economic price. Developing sustainable practices (to stabilize and preserve environmental quality) is an urgent economic priority. 
      9. The financial industry is not, in itself, productive. Financial institutions can play a useful role in facilitating investment and production by companies in the real economy. But this function may be overwhelmed by pointless, wasteful, or downright destructive financial activity. Speculators seek to profit from the purchase and resale of paper assets, rather than from the production of useful goods and services.
      10. Government has played a central, supporting role since the beginning of capitalism. Government is not the “enemy” of free-market capitalism. In fact, without government capitalism wouldn’t exist at all. Government actions and programs have tended to reinforce and stabilize the basic relationships of capitalism: guaranteeing private property rights, supplying business with needed inputs (like reliable infrastructure and skilled, disciplined workers), expanding markets, and managing social relationships in a way that promotes both stability and profitability. At the same time, working people – thanks to their sheer numbers – can use democratic openings to force governments to respond to their needs and priorities, but only when they are sufficiently motivated and well-organized.
      11. Globalization can strengthen an economy, or it can weaken an economy. Globalization is not new. But modern globalization is inherently biased in favour of corporations and investors. Free-trade agreements and other aspects of globalization give them more mobility and more power, while limiting the ability of national governments to regulate international flows of goods and capital. In contrast to free-trade theory (which claims globalization benefits everyone who participates), globalization may help or hurt a national economy. It can increase or decrease demand for a country’s products (via the trade balance), and it can strengthen or weaken investment (via capital flows). A country’s competitiveness determines whether globalization is helpful or harmful.
      12. Workers and poor people get only as much from the economy as they are able to demand, fight for, and win. There is no reason to believe that the success of capitalists will ever naturally “trickle-down” into improved living standards for the bulk of humanity. Neoclassical theories which claim that everyone gets paid according to their productivity are theoretically inconsistent and empirically false. Income distribution is determined by power, more than markets. Demanding a fairer deal from the system, and building the organizational and political power to back-up that demand (through unions and other social justice movements), is the only way to redivide the pie. And if those demands come up against a hard limit in the form of the system’s willingness or ability to meet them, then the time will have come to look at alternatives.

  5. @duart maclean, it is pleasure reading “A Dozen Big Things to Remember” from Jim Stanford’s “Economics for Everyone.” The points adumbrated by the author are illuminating. They represent an “out-of-the-box” approach to the basics of the so-called “economics”. I do hope that readers and laypersons like me find the piece presented beautifully by you informative.

    • @N.V.Sudhakar,

      Thanks for your appreciative remarks. I will continue to add pieces from Stanford’s book, “Economics For Everyone”. What he writes is realistic, down-to-earth, thought-provoking and compassionate. He reveals the self-serving theories of the capitalist-oriented schools of economics.

  6. nitha

    @ duart maclean,
    “Even very large global companies face competition that is unforgiving and ruthless.!!! ”
    Evangelicalism,as noticed in Maoist(so called) rebellion in India is nothing
    but back up by global companies (major share owned by Churches) for
    acquisition of mineral rich area by fake ideology ‘Dravidian Christianity’,
    breaking India into mutual hostile camps to undermine ‘War of Terror’
    in the name “an artifice of aggression” ( i.e.Jesus).
    In another term it is crusade – the (un) holy war (unforgiving and ruthless )war of Christianity.
    What your ‘Jim Stanford’ said about this type of war???

    • ravi

      “Modern globalization is inherently biased in favour of corporations and investors. Free-trade agreements and other aspects of globalization give them more mobility and more power, while limiting the ability of national governments to regulate international flows of goods and capital.”
      Most liberal Americans are simply unaware of the international political machinations of evangelicals. Funded and supported by the American Christian right, they promote a literal and extreme version of Christianity abroad and attempt to further a fundamentalist Christian political agenda using unscrupulous methods. In India, picking up where the colonialists left off, they have gone so far as to revive discredited racial theories and fabricate scholarship in a dangerous game of divide and rule.
      In south India, a new identity called Dravidian Christianity is being constructed. It is an opportunistic combination of two myths: the “Dravidian race” myth and another that purports that early Christianity shaped the major Hindu classics!

      The “Dravidians,” the theory goes, were the original inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent and were driven to southern India by the invading, lighter skinned and racially different “Aryans.”

      While there is no mainstream “Aryan” political party in India, the Dravidianization of mainstream identity in the southern state of Tamil Nadu keeps the pernicious pair alive. The Aryan/Dravidian constructs are mutually dependent, and have been very successfully used to generate conflict, including violence (as in Sri Lanka in recent years).

      The Dravidian identity is now being increasingly Christianized. A new religion called “Dravidian Christianity” has been invented through a sudden upsurge of writings designed to “discover” the existence of quasi-Christianity in Tamil history prior to the coming of the “Aryan” Brahmins. The project is to co-opt Tamil culture, language and literature and systematically cleanse them of Hinduism. Christian interpretations and substitutes are being injected into the most cherished symbols, artifacts and literary works of Tamil Hindu culture.

      Western churches send billions of dollars to Tamil Nadu, the epicenter of the project to harvest Indian souls. While the sheer scale of intellectual fraud and prejudice is breathtaking, the church’s political clout has enabled it to permeate university research, education, museums, politics and film. The state government is even supporting the production of an epic feature film on St. Thomas that will popularize this myth.

      They claim that the Bhagavad Gita, Tamil classics and even Sanskrit originated after Christ and under the influence of Christianity.
      A 2005 conference in New York had the theme, “International Conference on the History of Early Christianity in India.” Senator Hillary Clinton greeted it with the message:

      “I am confident that the breadth of resources presented during the conference will shed light on the impact of Christianity on medieval and classical India and its effects on the cultural and political climate of India….”

      This is for Breaking India.
      » See related post “European misappropriation of Sanskrit led to the Aryan race theory” – Rajiv Malhotra

    • nitha

      @ duart maclean,
      This is just typo error.I mean to say,
      What your ‘Jim Stanford’ said about this type of economics???

      • ravi

        The Bush Doctrine of spreading freedom and human rights has been called today’s version of Manifest Destiny. It presupposes that America must impose its own social and political principles on others, in the others’ best interests.

        Any perceived threat to the status quo of privileges and entitlements that Westerners take for granted is sufficient provocation to trigger the revival of Christian fundamentalism. Post-9/11 is seeing the rise of this fundamentalism from its latent state.

      • @nitha,
        Jim Stanford is a Canadian economist. He focuses on the serious flaws in neo-liberal capitalist thinking, which is the dominant economic philosophy of the anglo-saxon nations: Britain, U.S.A., Canada, Australia & New Zealand. He doesn’t go into cultural or religious issues. Stanford really believes in ‘cooperatism’, which is a worker oriented philosophy. Stanford observes, empirically, that capitalism is destroying the base (the workers) and sending most of the ‘money’ to the top (the elite). I am not an economist, but I observe the same thing happening in India. When I read of the multi-billionaires in India who spend lavish fortunes on their children’s wedding ceremonies and spend their weekends on golf courses in Dehli, etc, I simply want to vomit. I have been to India twice and seen enough to be truly revolted by the lavish life-styles of India’s elite in the face of such dire poverty all around them. In my view, for what it is worth, the grass-roots cooperative movement that is already strong in many parts of India should be broadly embraced and a government elected which will actively support such a strategy. I do not believe that the current Congress Party government is particularly interested in cooperatism. What I sense it that this government wants to follow the anglo-saxon economic philosophy and hope that enough ‘trickle down’ will happen so that the poor will do better. Fantasy thinking! ‘Trickle down’ is B.S. India needs to be re-built from the bottom up (not the top down). And it is not going to originate from the government, it is going to happen from ordinarily citizens who have courage, tenacity and real compassion for the suffering of the poor and dispossessed. India could and should become a model for the rest of the planet.

        • ravi

          Since decades, Christian missionaries and Islamists have been pumping money into India. And what did that get Hindus…? Expulsion from Mizoram; massacres in Meghalaya; harassment in Nagaland; reduction to a minority status in J&K, as well as in many districts of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Kerala; and subversive madarssas in every nook and cranny of the country. Do pinkos protest about any of this? Any testimonies before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom…?

          Why would they?! Unlike the RSS’ Adivasi programmes, those of Islamists and Christian fundamentalists take pinkos towards their ultimate goal — the balkanisation of India.
          This is also an example corporate culture or globalization for achieving
          geopolitical goal of different International Organizations.

          • nitha

            Secularism and the anti-Hindu propaganda that is currently propagated in the name of secularism is basically designed by westerners and their followers in India to weaken India so much that it falls apart. One has only to look at what is happening in the north east and the southern-most part of India to see this diabolic design.
            It is no surprise that the religion-wise census-2011 data has not been made public so far. One only hopes that it is not being manipulated to hide the truth.

  7. singh

    The post-independence period has seen a tendency to negate India’s civilisational ethos and banish Hinduism from public life in the name of secularism and communal amity. Secularism, elevated to the status of India’s official religion, has been distorted into a grand alliance of all anti-Hindu ideologies – Islam, Christianity, Communism and Macaulay-ism. This has clouded our vision, confused our intellect and sapped our political will. Society has become more fragmented, national ethos has weakened and the state has lost the determination to deal firmly with separatism and terrorism. We are paying the price of self-forgetfulness induced by imbibing false notions floated by foreign rulers.

  8. ravi

    Owing to the constant indifference shown by the Central Government towards infiltration from Bangla Desh, these infiltrators have started riots and are taking control in the State of Assam. As per the news 500 villages have been burnt and more than 1.5 lakh Bodo Hindus have been displaced, killing 38 persons in the riots caused by the infiltrators. It is high time that the Central Government should look into the matter seriously and try to provide and maintain security for the people of this country immediately. The Central Government should take prompt action against the infiltrators, e.g.driving infiltrators out of India, rehabilitate displaced 1.5 lakh Bodo Hindus in their original land. The above demand has been made by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS).

    What action was taken by the Central Government till 1.5 lakh Bodo Hindus were displaced in Assam? The Congress Government is busy in beseeching NCP to retain power which shows that the Government is worried about their selfish interests rather than interests of citizen.

    • nitha

      1. Bangladeshi infiltrators should be immediately driven out of India.
      2. High level Enquiry Committee should be setup headed by a retired Judge and military officer to enquire the riots and the Committee should submit its report within one month.
      3. Bodo Hindus should be rehabilitated in their original place and be given due compensation.
      4. Security on the border of Assam with Bangla Desh should be enhanced by erecting fence and constructing wall for protection.

  9. som

    Kashmir, Assam, Tripura, Bengal, Odisha & all other bordering states need to seal their borders preventing any infiltration as once. At this stage, almost ¾ Western Assam has been captured by Bangla Deshi Muslim infiltrators supported by HUJI, IM, ISI & such terror groups. They hoist Pakistani, Bangla Deshi flags in Assam for past 15 years as they did in Kashmir. They have been attacking local tribes – Karbi Anglong, Khasi, Dimasa, Kachari, Jaintia, Bodo, Chongloi & many such indigenous original tribes in Neelachal – Assam – who have been there for ages. Bangla Deshi infiltrators have captured their lands, houses attacking them, raping their women, killing almost half the tribal population there, posing dire threat to Bharat’s security.

  10. nagbhatta

    Kerala has been suffering from a new syndrome, the Land Jihad! Known as ‘Gods own Country’, Kerala s always been a victim of cultural and religious invasions. The state which is already suffering from forcible conversions, love jihad, violence, increased teenage crimes, murders, communal violence, corruption, is a shelter and training center for terror activities well. LAND JIHAD is the latest addition to the long and seemingly endless list.

    Land Jihad is a kind of systematic attempt by Muslim Land Mafia, to own a land at any price through a purely legal procedure. The land meant for sale will be purchased by Muslim land owners at the market price or a price even higher than that. As a result across Kerala, in the last 10 years, a large portion of lands now has Muslim ownership. Nobody can go to court as nothing is illegal and nothing is hidden.

    “This phenomenon was expected as Muslims in Kerala want to widen their base when the Hindu population is declining to a minority,” say intellectuals.

    Kerala’s principal religions are Hinduism (56.2%), Islam (24.7%), and Christianity (19.0%). In comparison with the rest of India, Kerala experiences relatively little sectarianism.

    • Rahman

      @nagbhatta
      India mein aise bahut se sheher hain jahan muslimon ko masjid banane ki ijazat nahi aur unhein qurban karne ki bhi ijazat nahi.
      aap logon ko dogla vyavahar nahi karna chahiyye agar agar mecca madina mein restrictions hain to aisi bahut si jagahein hain jahan caste k adhar par restrictions hain.
      achooton ko ved parhne nahi diya jata aur aaj tak kisi pandit ne apni larki kisi SC se nahi biyahi? agar larke ne bhaga li to alag baat hai.

      agar saudi nationality ki wajah se aisa karta hai to alag baat hai par tum to hinduon k saath hi aisa karte ho unhein apni larki nahi dete aur na hi unki larki laate ho?

  11. Vineet

    @Rahman

    1. Zara bata do kahan par masjid banane ki ijaazat nahin hai. Agar aisa hua hota toh Minority commission waale shor macha diye hotay.

    2. Aaj ki date mein kahan hai ki achhooton ko ved padhne nahin diya jaata. Kuch bhi anaab shanaab na bolo.

    3. Tumhari jaankari ke liye – hinduon ke dono pramukh granth – Mahabharat aur Ramayana, backward castes mein paida hue logon ne likhin thee aur society ne tab bhi aur aaj bhi unke gyaan, knowledge ki izzat ki naaki unse jaati poochhi.

    Please come with something logical.

  12. kumarbhanu

    was osmania a top university in the world once upon a time.

    • nitha

      To save osmania university from bottom ranking some suggestions are applicable
      1.Stop organizing beef festival and
      2.Stop divide people as per his cast ,creed and culture.

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