MAIL Defeat of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in UP elections
Anti-Hindu attitude of the UPA Government led by Sonia Gandhi, their blind appeasement of the Muslims in India, torture and arrests of Hindu saints and leaders and the multi-billion dollar scams of its key ministers in government - all these factors contributed heavily to the humiliating defeat of The Dynasty in the Utter Pradesh state elections. With the huge electoral loss of the Sonia-Rahul Gandhi’s Congress party in the UP elections, an old popular Bollywood song has once again come alive, “ jhumka gira re Bareli ke bazar mein.” It points out that the Dynasty has lost in a big way in the market place of Rai Bareli where their party was badly routed even though the region was their stronghold in the past. Electorates in India believe, in the upcoming national elections of year 2014, the world will witness the spectacle of rapid and inexorable rout of Sonia Gandhi and her cronies. In those elections, the corrupt ruling politicians and their buddies will suffer cataclysmic consequences for their egregious violations of Hindu Human Rights. Narain Kataria, New York
Ill treatment of maids, a cause to worry about It has been shocking to read about 2-3 recent cases wherein maids were brought in from India and made to drudge for inhuman hours and paid peanuts by so-called reputed Indians in the US. These cases are sub judice so won’t be wise to speak about them but given the newspaper re-
ports it is hard to believe that the facts could be any different than what the maids have alleged. Again one may give the employers of these maids a benefit of doubt, assuming the lure of dollars in compensation may have compelled the women from lower-middle economic class to take the legal course via false allegations. It will remain for the courts to decide who was right and who has been the exploiter but cases like these do shake our faith in humanity. Recently I read in an e-paper from India that the Ministry of External Affairs of India has given out a public interest announcement asking maids to go through proper channels and with legal documentations to prevent any harassment later. I think that’s a very positive effort and should help in preventing exploitation of domestic helps. Srividya. R, California
Sad to hear about closure of Sepia Mutiny blog It was surprising to know that Sepia Mutiny, one of the go-to blogs of South Asians in the U.S., would shut down starting next month, al-
The case of forced conversion of Rinkel Kumari, a 19-year-old Hindu student in Pakistan should be taken an alarm signal by the proponents of Hinduism. While this is one such case which came to fore, it is a known fact that the Hindu community in that part of the world has long been marginalized. They have chosen to live there on their own peril. Hindus constitute about 2 percent of Pakistan’s 180 million people. It is really ironical how Muslims enjoy so many favors and protection in India and their population is only increasing while not on a single account can the same be said about treatment of Hindus in Pakistan! Ashok Jain, Houston
Salman-Imran verbal due
most 8 years since it started (August 2004). I used to loyally read the blog. Founded in 2004 by Abhishek Tripathi and four others, the blog’s name “Sepia Mutiny” is a take on the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. For many South Asians like us living in the U.S., the blog has been an important voice for our community. Given that there are plenty of avenues now to share one’s thought or voice one’s concerns, Sepia Mutiny sure will be missed for its newsy and perceptive takes on issues.
It was indeed hilarious to read about the public outburst of Imran Khan and Salman Rushdie against each other before and during the India Today Conclave in Delhi. Rushdie’s ‘Satanic Verses’ has hurt the sentiments of Muslims that is a known fact but each time he visits or plans to visit India to attend a public function the ghosts from the past keep haunting him. Earlier it was during the Jaipur Literature Festival and he didn’t turn up for the event but this time he didn’t spare the opportunity to lash at Khan for not accepting the invitation to attend the event because Rushdie too would be present there.
Vinay Kaul, New Jersey
Shanavas Babu, Florida
Forced conversion of Hindu girls