RMF Summary: Week of September 19 - 25, 2011

September 21
The Price of India Foreign Invervention in Nepal
 Indian intervention is the major cause of Nepal's crisis by Dirgha Raj Prasai...

"...Due to the naked intervention of India, its future also is running at disintegration. A Book 'Breaking India', by Rajiv Malhotra and Aravindan Neelakandan exposed-' India's integrity is being undermined by three global networks that have well-established operating bases inside India: (i) Islamic radicalism linked with Pakistan, (ii) Maoists and Marxist radicals supported by China via intermediaries such as Nepal, and (iii) Dravidian and Dalit identity separatism being fostered by the West in the name of human rights. This book focuses on the third: the role of U.S. and European churches, academics, think-tanks, foundations, government and human rights groups in fostering separation of the identities of Dravidian and Dalit communities from the rest of India.'.."

September 21
US report on religious freedom puts spotlight on anti-conversion law
While the Indian...

September 21
Another BI review

September 21
Nepal-Haiti Cholera link??
This blog shows how the devastation and earthquake in Haiti was used by developed countries to create fear psychosis using media and in the name of donations...

September 21
Pope encourages Indian bishops
George posts: Is this a clarion call of sorts?  Published Date: September 20, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI...

September 23

Fwd: Oriental Review
Carpentier posts: This Russian article draws the lessons from the current NATO intervention in Libya for the unstable Central Asian countries but it is also relevant to India...

September 24
Re: Response to Indian dancer upset at my critique of Christian Bhar
Chandramouli posts:
"There is a strange convergence between the impulses and motivation that prompt the attempt to "modernise" Bharatanatyam and those that energise the Christianisation of Bharatanatyam.

This is probably because the process in both cases is the same: the gradual decontextualisation of this art form by separating it from its wellspring, the Natyashastra: "Possibly 200 years before the birth of Christ, a gentleman called Bharata wrote a treatise of 6000 shlokas in Sanskrit called the Natyashastra. This seminal work is a meditation on every aspect of creative expression, including theatre, literary construction, music, dance and body movements, rhythmic patterns or tala, architecture, sculpture and painting. What is important, however, is that it does not purport to be only a technical manual. Bharata's encyclopaedic investigation is about what constitutes the aesthetic experience - rasanubhav.....In the course of these inquiries....he also enumerates the three categories of expression: nritta (dance based on pure rhythm), nritya (dance to a rhythm with mime) and natya (drama with music and dance)....at a time when most other parts of the world had not yet fully developed a language to communicate, Indian thinkers had come up with a vision of aesthetics that encompassed every aspect of artistic endeavour. If they had merely put together a compendium of art, it would have been for those times achievement enough. But for them to have absorbed with such depth and insight what constitutes the fulfilling artistic experience, is astonishing. The basic tenets they came up with, or debated, grew and evolved, but they always belonged to an overarching philosophical world view." I have quoted Pavan Varma at some length.

It is this "overarching philosophical world view" that is sought to be mauled both by the "modernists" as well as the inculturalists. The "modernist" thrust has been stated cogently by A Seshan
( http://www.narthaki.com/info/articles/art262.html ). The inculturation mission in the arts is exemplified and openly stated by the late Monsignor S M George of Tiruchirapalli ( http://www.kalaikaviri.org.uk/article2.htm ). This is also brought out clearly in the BI book...."

September 24 
Lakshmi Mittal donates 18 cr to St. Xavier's college
KOLKATA: Lakshmi Narayan Mittal, the illustrious...

Re: Lakshmi Mittal donates 18 cr to St. Xavier's college-Link
Margaret asks: Do you have a link about the story of Saint Francis Xavier and the Goa Inquisition? Margaret...

Venkat responds:
The Goa Inquisition by A N Priolkar is a very good book on this subject.

September 24
Review of Breaking India - The Vedanta Kesari - October 2011 issue
Book Review Vedanta Kesari - October 2011 Title: Breaking India – Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines Authors: Rajiv Malhotra and...

September 24
Church using Audio CD to inculturate Santals
It is interesting that the buzz word is *inculturate" as in "inculturate the Catholic faith among the Santals". They also want to "*help Catholics merge their...

September 24
Seminar highlights contributions of Christians to Marathi literature
http://in.christiantoday.com/articles/seminar-highlights-contributions-of-christians-to-marathi-literature/6649.htm Christians have made extraordinary...


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