by Ravi Verma, Fri May 08, 2009 at 12:41:37 PM EDT
MIDDLETOWN - Stephen P. Morgan wrote that he had a grudge against Jews and "beautiful,""smart" Wesleyan students -- but most of all, he had a grudge against Johanna Justin-Jinich, the 21-year-old Wesleyan University junior he is accused of gunning down in a cafe near campus on Wednesday.
"Kill Johanna," he scrawled in a notebook police found in his car. "She must Die."
On a page in the notebook dated May 6, the day of the shooting at the Red & Black Cafe at Broad Street Books, he wrote: "I think it OK to kill Jews, and go on a killing spree at this school."
Morgan was arraigned this morning in Superior Court in Middletown. A judge raised his bail to $15 million. The new revelations about Morgan were contained in the warrant for his arrest.
Morgan surrendered Thursday night to Meriden police after a manhunt that began shortly after Justin-Jinich was gunned down."
by Ravi Verma, Wed May 06, 2009 at 02:46:48 PM EDT
One of the most tragic outcomes of the partition between India and Pakistan has been the shutting down of the trade routes between India and Central Asia.
This has been tragic for all side, including the cities that would normally have been on the trade routes. Take a look at the ancient "Silk Road" trade routes
Note to MyDD editors: the above image is from Wikipedia. I am not sure if linking to that is violation of some copyright issue. If so, please advise and I will edit.
by Ravi Verma, Mon May 04, 2009 at 02:18:26 PM EDT
From it's wikipedia entry, Schizophrenia (pronounced ˌskɪtsəˈfrɛni&
#601; or pronounced ˌskɪtsəˈfriːni
ə), from the Greek roots skhizein (σχίζει
57;, "to split") and phrēn, phren- (φρήν, φρεν-, "mind") is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. It most commonly manifests as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking with significant social or occupational dysfunction.
Keep this definition in mind, as you read the desires and rationale of Pakistani strategic thinkers.
by Ravi Verma, Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 12:56:57 PM EDT
As a young boy growing up in India, the footwear of choice was the "Hawaii Chappal"... literally translated as Hawaiian slippers. They kinda look like this
Of course, a young boy growing up in rural India does not know much at all (if anything) about Hawaii. And so we just assumed that "Hawaii Chappal" meant Air-borne slippers... Hawa means Air in Hindi.
by Ravi Verma, Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 11:05:29 AM EDT
I have become increasingly despondent over the state of affairs in Pakistan. This is fairly personal for me because my family originated there (they moved to modern India just before partition; and I moved to the US for graduate school). Perhaps the inevitable will happen.... the inevitable always happens... and things will get worse before they get better.
Occasionally, there are glimmers of hope. None more so, than the words of Cyril Almeida, who writes in the Dawn (a leading Pakistani daily...also found at Cyril Almeida
On April 17, Cyril asked the question that everyone wants answered.
How did we arrive at this point?
by Ravi Verma, Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 02:24:42 PM EDT
I have been a proud member of facebook for about 3 months now, but I have resisted joining twitter... I do not have an army of friends imploring me to sign up, and I do not respond well to marketing campaigns.
But I gave up today. There was an ad campaign that was too good to resist.
Thank you, Congressman Barton... that was a brilliant ad campaign you just ran on behalf of Twitter. If I ever need to market something, I will hold this up as the model.
And oh... you did stump the Nobel Laureate. I bet he was stumped that a grown man would deem fit to ask such a dumb question. I bet he was stumped that a grown man could be so convinced in his idiocy.
I too am stumped... how did you ever get elected ?
by Ravi Verma, Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 01:30:48 PM EDT
Okay, this is not exactly a diary, and I am not exactly a dishwasher repairman. A more apt title would have been the rantings (and ravings) of a part time handyman who spends his waking hours like most normal people (i.e, sitting in front of a computer screen, and staring at it perchance God should manifest himself/herself in the form of a few holy dots on the screen).
But there is a point to all this, which, like any good storyteller, I am going to reserve till the end.
by Ravi Verma, Sun Apr 05, 2009 at 12:03:43 PM EDT
The Asia society has come out with a report called "A Strategy for Stabilizing Afghanistan-Pakistan"
This is a very interesting document because it has been prepared by the guys in charge. Presumably it is a blueprint of the official plan. The report was co-chaired by Tom Pickering (US Ambassador to India from 1992 to 1993) and Barnett Rubin (I didnt recognize this name), and "other experts".
The "other experts" included Richard Holbrooke, who is now the Special US Representatives for Pakistan and Afghanistan, and General James Jones, President Obama's National Security Advisor of Obama. Both Holbrooke and Jones stepped down from the task force before it was released (and probably before the 1st draft was written as well), but it is probably safe to conclude that they do not disagree violently with the report.
And so, I have copied the entire executive summary below the fold, along with some of my comments.
by Ravi Verma, Fri Apr 03, 2009 at 12:21:57 PM EDT
I could have (should have) called my diary "Cricket in the Hindukush", or something... It is not really about the Jamaican Bob Sledding team (which, as you may recall, shot to fame during the 1996 Olympics).
This diary is about the Afghan Cricket Team, which has been making a fair amount of news recently
Cricket was brought to Afghanistan by the Afghan refugees who grew up in the dusty camps around Pakistan (where cricket is the rage). They have no facilities worth mentioning in their homeland (so they trained in Pakistan), and are playing solely for the pride and for enthusiasm
by Ravi Verma, Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 02:30:06 PM EDT
I would like to highlight the curious case of Mr Varun Gandhi because it offers an interesting insight into some of the most fascinating episodes of history.
First, a background.
Varun Gandhi is a politician belonging to the right wing BJP party in India. He is the son of Maneka Gandhi, who is a Sikh and Sanjay Gandhi. Sanjay Gandhi was the son of Indira Gandhi (former prime minister of India) and Feroze Gandhi, who was a "Parsee" (a Zoroastrian). Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru and Vijaylaxmi Pandit, who were "Kashmiri Brahmins" (Hindus).
That would make Varun Gandhi 25% Hindu, 50% Sikh and 25% Parsee... at least by birth. If I am going on and on about Varun Gandhi's religious genealogy, then there is a point to it. Varun Gandhi can, of course, reject his religious genealogy and practice any religion he chooses. That is a fundamental right we all possess, but rarely excerise.