#WC11

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Today is the World Cup Cricket semi-final between India and Pakistan. About a billion people around the world will be less productive during the next 24 hours.

India has never won at Mohali against Pakistan. In return, Pakistan has never won against India in the World Cup. The winner will play Sri Lanka in the Finals.

The national fervor of cricket in South Asian countries is perhaps, the biggest critique of the word “post-colonial.” There’s nothing remotely post-colonial about adopting the colonizer’s passion past-time as the national sport of a new nation.

But maybe what is truly post-colonial is beating the colonizer at their own game.

Here’s to an all-South Asian World Cup Cricket Final.

Let the Battle of Mohali begin.

P.S. I bleed blue.

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EP – Waqt (Time)

Entity Paradigm, a Pakistani pop band, broke up quite a while ago. But not before delivering one of the most telling songs that I can relate to my life.

this is how the story
goes, in and out
one minute u’re there, the
next time runs out
its a figure of speech as
a matter of fact
did u ever really think
about the time you had
its the grain that falls
every second that crawls
to the minute to the hour
till infinity recalls
its a barricade of twigs
that’s really never there
did u ever really think
that time even cares

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Notes for Kal Penn in the White House

Kumar is finally working with House after all, only it is the White House.

Whose Kumar? Does Kal Penn ring a bell? Remember the confused Gogol Ganguli of The Namesake? The pot-smoking Kumar from Harold and Kumar? The young Indian-American House intern? Well, he will be working with the White House now.

Penn, 31, will become associate director in the White House Office of Public Liaison, administration officials confirmed Tuesday. The Indian-American film star will be an emissary to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, along with arts and entertainment groups.

The Rise of Taj gets a whole new meaning.

I thought this was a belated April Fool’s joke. Well, it is not. Obama is certainly playing his cards and reaching out to the young ‘desi’ community.

We can spend an entire post analyzing ‘Why Kal Penn‘ as a White House ambassador for the South-East Asian and Pacific Islander communities and question his credentials, or we can start giving our list of concerns. The latter probably seems more useful.

Mr. Penn,

I have been a huge fan since American Desi. You certainly have some talent there.

I have three major issues of concern.

First, immigration reform. There is a huge stigma in our communities and a big divide between the rich and poor, the high-tech workers and more service-sector workers. There has to be a way to unite our communities around immigration reform. We need some protective provisions for our H-1 B workers while also passing policies like the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform so 12 million people can be regularized, pay taxes and not be abused by scrupulous employers. Too many foreign and undocumented students graduate from schools and universities only to have their potential wasted and our investments squandered. Keeping our undocumented population underground and breeding a permanent underclass of undocumented youth helps no one.

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Morons of the Week: The 'Good' Taliban

Video Credit: Times Now

Lets be honest and forthright. There is no such thing as a ‘good Taliban.’ And now, due to their latest sickening act in Pakistan, they may just have lost the sanctuary given to them by the ‘West.’

Flogging a young woman openly in the name of Islam is pure cowardice. To the so-called good Taliban: Come out with your bigotry; don’t cower behind your religion.

Making a public spectacle of abuse against women does not bode well for Islam and Muslim communities around the world. Will the peace offering to the good Taliban be rescinded? Probably not. We are more likely to have a long drawn-out ‘cold’ culture war.

On a side note, why is it that women are always treated more harshly for illicit affairs than men? This doesn’t just happen under the Taliban. Historically, cases of adultery or infidelity dealt with women more strictly than men, especially if one examines divorce. A single act of adultery by a woman was grounds for divorce whereas a man had to be ‘living in sin’ for the woman to be entitled to divorce. Remnants of these patriarchal power structures exist to this day to oppress women around the world.

Ik Din Aayega – A Day Will Come – Jal the Band

Something from my favorite band, Jal. Dedicated to every person who lives their life in limbo and dreams of a better tomorrow.

Translation

Teri ankhein ab hoon gi na kabhi nam
Your eyes will never cloud over with unshed tears
Tu jo dekh le to bhula doon mein saray gham
Whenever I see you I forget all my griefs
Tu jo chahay to badlay ga mausam
If you want, you can change this season

Yeh jo pal hain inhain khushion se bhar lo tum
These moments, fill them with happiness
Woh beetay din unhain yaad phir se kar lo tum
Remember those days, days long gone

Tu jo chahay to badlay ga mausam
But if you want, you can change this season

Ke dil tu rona nahi
Your heart will not cry
Yeh khuwab adhooray nahin
Your Dreams are will not go unfulfilled
Yeh armaan saray tere hongay pooray kabhi
Those desire of yours will soon be fulfilled
Aik din ayega tu yun gaye ga
One day will come and you will become

In the meantime, focus on becoming.