The Hindu has a thought provoking article on Isarel's militarism. The
most striking line in that article is in the first paragraph.
AS a Jew, I've been asked if I'm ashamed at what Israel has been
doing in Lebanon. And the answer I give is that I am disgusted, I am
angry, I am appalled, but, no, I am not ashamed. Why should I be? I
bear no personal responsibility for this criminal activity — except,
of course, in so far as I fail to take whatever action I can to stop
If you are on any of the mailing list or if you have had an email id
for at least one year, you might have received an email titled "jai
hind" or "proud to be an indian" around 15th August. The email has a
bunch of questions and answers like
Q. Who is the creator of Pentium chip (needs no introduction as 90% of the today's computers run on it)?
A. Vinod Dahm
Q. Who is the founder and creator of Hotmail (Hotmail is world's No.1 web based email program)?
A. Sabeer Bhatia
and so on.
The email ends thus
Say proudly, I AM AN INDIAN. Please forward this email to all known
I have always been baffled by this chest beating. As an Indian, why
should I take credit for the success of Sabeer Bhatia, Azim Premji and
Vinod Dahm - what contribution did I make to their success ?
I am totally unpatriotic.
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