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‘More Kshatriya Than Thou’: Debating Caste Hierarchy in Colonial Tamilnadu – Lecture

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Time: Friday, November 12, 4:00 pm
Robinson Lower Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

South Asia without Borders

A.R. Venkatachalapathy, Professor of History, Madras Institute of Development Studies; Fall 2010 Coordinate Researcher, Harvard-Yenching Institute
Chaired by Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History

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Bhagvat Gita – Adhyay 19: Some timely advice

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Arjun: Hey Vasudev, how can I do the most heinous and unpardonable act of forwarding junk mail that I receive, to my friends, relatives and revered elders?

Krishna: Paarth, at this moment, none of them is your friend or foe, relative or in-law, young or old and good or evil. You have no escape from following your Net-Dharma. Make haste to log on and send off the junk mail to one and all. That is the only Karma expected of you and Dharma you must follow.

Arjun: Hey Murari! Do not implore me to do something that pricks my conscience and stirs my soul.

Krishna: O Kunti-Putra, you are caught in the vicious circle of the Maya. In this material world, you are committed to no one except to yourself, your Dharma and your mouse. Junk mails have existed for over the last 25 years and will remain long after you are gone. Rise above the Maya and perform your bounden duty.

Arjun: Lord Krishna, pray and enlighten me on how junk mail is related to the Maya.

Krishna: Vatsa, junk mail is the 6th element in the universe – Aap, Vaayu, Jal, Agni, Aakaash and Junk Mail. It is at the same time animate and inanimate, living and dead beat. It overloads the system and fills up the hard disk. But it serves one great purpose. It leads people to believe that they are filling their time in an intellectual pursuit by reading and reforwarding junk mail. It gives them a sense of achievement without investing their intellect and efforts. Like the Atman that leaves one’s physical body and moves on to another, the junk mail moves from system to system and never gets deleted or dies.

Arjun: Great Giridhaari, kindly tell me what the true attributes of junk mail are.

Krishna: Neither fire can burn it, nor air can evaporate it. Neither can it be conquered nor can it be defeated. Junk mail is omnipresent and immortal like your noble and eternal soul. Unlike an arrow shot from your bow, many a time the junk mail forwarded by you, will even return to you safely after some months or even years, allowing you to re-re-forward it to the same people.

Arjun: Great Saarathi, my salutations to you. You have opened my eyes to the cult of junk mail. I was lost in the Maya and have been reading all the junk mail that I keep receiving and doing no other Karma. Now on, I will just press the "Forward" button without reading any of it and send it to all and sundry, friends and foes, relatives and in-laws, young and old. That will surely bring them to their knees in this epochal battle of Good against Evil, in the Kurukshetra.

Krishna: Arjuna, victory or defeat is not in your hands. Do not ponder over the fruits of your labour. Just keep forwarding junk mail and make one and all go bananas reading it and you will have done your supreme duty. Tathastu.

Thus Spoke Lord Krishna

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Bush Publishes ‘I Can Has Prezidensy’: Exclusive: An Advance Look at Bush’s Book – Former President’s Memoir

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Borowitz Report
Borowitz Report
November 8, 2010

Bush Publishes ‘I Can Has Prezidensy’

Advance Look at Former President’s Memoir

The Borowitz Report has obtained an advance copy of former President George W. Bush’s memoir, entitled I Can Has Prezidensy.  Here are some highlights:

— The book contains a “Where’s Waldo?” foldout section with WMDs.

— Bush says the biggest disappointment of his eight years in office was learning there was no Santa Claus

— The book’s appendix includes a series of connect-the-dot drawings Bush was unable to complete

— Bush on the unfinished business of his Presidency: “I never did learn how that neat story about the goat ended.”

— Bush’s memoir is a quick read, since 95% of it has been redacted by Dick Cheney

— Six months after the book’s publication there will be an English-language version

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