It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist. Internationalism is possible only when nationalism becomes a fact, i.e. when peoples belonging to different countries have organized themselves and are able to act as one man. It is not nationalism that is evil, it is the narrowness, selfishness, exclusiveness which is the bane of modern nations which is evil. Each wants to profit at the expense of, and rise on the ruin of, the other.

Indian nationalism has struck a different path. It wants to organize itself or to find full self-expression for the benefit and service of humanity at large … God having cast my lot in the midst of the people of India, I should be untrue to my Maker if I failed to serve them. If I do not know how to serve them I shall never know how to serve humanity. And I cannot possibly go wrong so long as I do not harm other nations in the act of serving my country.

Mahatma Gandhi (Young India, 18 June 1925, p211)

NON-COOPERATION WITH EVIL IS AS MUCH A DUTY AS IS COOPERATION WITH GOOD (GANDHI)

NON-COOPERATION WITH EVIL IS AS MUCH A DUTY AS IS COOPERATION WITH GOOD (GANDHI)

ALL TRUTH PASSES THROUGH THREE STAGES; FIRST, IT IS RIDICULED, SECOND, IT IS VIOLENTLY OPPOSED, THIRD, IT IS ACCEPTED AS BEING SELF-EVIDENT. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

I WILL TELL YOU ONE THING FOR SURE. ONCE YOU GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING THINGS FOR TRUTH'S SAKE, THEN NOBODY CAN EVER TOUCH YOU AGAIN BECAUSE YOU ARE HARMONIZING WITH A GREATER POWER. (George Harrison)

THE WORLD ALWAYS INVISIBLY AND DANGEROUSLY REVOLVES AROUND PHILOSOPHERS (Nietzsche)

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Kamalamma aka He Jinli, a GlobalDesi



He Jinli is now... a new avataar...

Kamalamma!

Not kamal ka phool but Kamala ke fools. 


We desis have always been proud of the foreign connection...

US citizen Kamala Harris’s Tamil origins are hailed as ‘swadeshi’,


But Indian citizen Sonia Gandhi’s Italian origins are still criticised as ‘videshi’.


When none other than the candidate for the vice-president of the United States, Kamala Harris publicly invoked her Tamil roots by referring to her uncles and her ‘chithis’ (aunts in Tamil), Tamils worldwide couldn’t stop writing each other long email chithis. Already posters of Harris have appeared in Tamil Nadu, some of them depicting Dravida ancestors Jayalalithaa and MGR showering blessings on the US VP candidate. 

Tamil Nadu is thousands of miles from Washington but Tamils are proud they have their very own American amma. Kamal ka phool may not have conquered Tamil Nadu, but Harris’s growing legions of fans have become Kamala ke fools.

Apart from Tamil Nadu, other Indian states are also staking a claim to international leadership. 

Maharashtra can be proud of aamcha mulga Leo Varadkar, former Taoiseach and current Tanaiste (deputy head of government) of Ireland. 

Goans were always thrilled that their own Goankar, Keith Vaz baab – the Vaz family hailing originally from Goa – became a prominent UK politician. 

As for Punjab, it can claim that from Vancouver to Ottawa, Canada has proudly embraced the Sikhs. Not only is Canadian minister for national defence Harjit Singh Sajjan a Sikh, so is prominent politician Jagmeet Singh Dhaliwal. Canada is saying: Punjab tussi great ho.

Bengal may not have produced successful international politicians but when it comes to the Nobel Prize, from Rabindranath Tagore to Amartya Sen to Abhijit Banerjee, Bengalis are having their rosogolla and eating it too. 

Andhra Pradesh may similarly claim that every second software engineer in Silicon Valley speaks Telugu. 

Karnataka can be proud that Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer is a Kannadiga son-in-law, Indian origin Rishi Sunak being married to NR Narayana Murthy’s daughter. 

As for Bihar, it can claim that decades before other states, it already produced world leaders. The families of Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, former governor general of Mauritius and Anerood Jugnauth, president and prime minister of Mauritius, migrated from Bihar. 

With so many India-born leaders in foreign countries – outside politics, Madurai-born Sundar Pichai heads Google and Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella heads Microsoft – Indians are chanting Raja Hindustani. 

In the race for global domination, it’s time to say, move over chow mein, the masala dosa is here. 

However there’s an irony in our celebrations. 

US citizen Kamala Harris’s Tamil origins are hailed as ‘swadeshi’ but Indian citizen Sonia Gandhi’s Italian origins are still criticised as ‘videshi’.

(Is this because Sonia Gandhi is not a GlobalDesi?...comment added)

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