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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

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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.

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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.

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"If war breaks out between India and Pakistan, who would you support?"

It wasn’t a serious question. It wasn’t something that he had considered. It was a hypothetical statement, maybe made in jest to get some conversation going with an otherwise quiet companion.

I considered it for a second and answered:

“First, that won’t happen. Second, I would be really devastated.”

We dropped the subject and moved on to other things. I obviously did not pick a side. But my mind kept coming back to the question.

How do I really answer that question? My great-great grandparents came to Fiji in 1879 as part of the indentured servitude system. We didn’t even have a strong, established “Indian” or “Pakistani” identity at that point in time — those countries did not exist as nation-states. We were divided by caste and creed, religion and geography, and subjects of the British. Five generations later, I have no idea what part of India-Pakistan-Bangladesh my ancestors came from and where my family may be scattered. This is true for many in the Indian Disapora, whose families were taken to remote islands and countries for agricultural and indentured servitude purposes.

My mother can probably trace part of her roots to South India, with her father’s family from someplace near Goa. My Dad can trace his roots from Uttar Pradesh (North), maybe some in the Kolkatta region. Our surname is more Western-Indian than anything else.

What part of ‘India’ am I from? I simply refuse to answer that after 130 years. We aren’t from any part of ‘India’ and I refuse to support any sort of belligerance or war.

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Mumbai Attacks – They Wanted Foreigners

Follow on Twitter – #Mumbai and DesiPundit has done a great job with the round-ups.

My concern is with this statement from Reuters.

A witness told Indian television that gunmen in Mumbai looked for British and U.S. passport holders.

They wanted anyone with British or American passports,” a witness at the Taj Hotel, who said he was from London and was in India on business, told the NDTV news channel. He had smoke stains all over his face. “They wanted foreigners.”

Has this been confirmed? Dave states that “as nationality is the principal trait governments use to select targets, it should come as no surprise that the attackers searched for targets by nationality as well.”

This tactic of targeting ‘foreigners’ — representatives of Western civilization — challenges the concept of building higher walls, smarter borders, restricting immigration to protect Americans and keep out the terrorists, freedom fighters, whatever PC or non-PC term attached to these advocates of violence. In this era of globalization, with more people not living in their countries of origin, if attackers can target Americans outside of America, outside our guarded physical borders, can the nation-state really provide the necessary ‘security?’ It certainly raises new questions about the responsibility of the nation-state and mentally redrawing our conception on physical barriers.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says:

“It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country,” he said. “We will take the strongest possible measures to ensure that there is no repetition of such terrorist acts. We are determined to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure the safety and security of our citizens.

Who is behind this? For now, we know through a recovered phone from a slain terrorist that calls were made to Karachi. Lets not pin this on a country and step away from jingoistic calls to attack Pakistan. The Deccan Mujahideen have claimed responsibility for this while Pakistan has strongly condemned the attacks. There is also no need to scapegoat Muslims in India. None of this worked for the United States when it declared war on Afghanistan and started profiling Arab Americans — Al Qaeda is stronger than ever before and Bin Laden is at large, so declaring war on Pakistan, given MAD, would be even more stupid.

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