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At a time when Mumbai-ites and Indians everywhere are still hurting from the terrorist attacks of July 11th, ill-informed articles such as this one on New York Times by Somini Sengupta offer little solace and instead reinforce the general ‘ignorant American media’ stereotype. The article gets some facts wrongs, indulges in proofless conjecturing and even attempts to rub in unrelated gender/class issues. In the end we learn nothing new – which ideally, I suppose, should be the attempt from an article printed in the venerable New York Times.

According to Ms Sengupta, the terrorists (she calls them ‘bombers’) were actually attacking the city’s upper-class in Tuesday’s bombings:

As India’s magnet city quietly arose Wednesday on the morning after a series of eight bombings along its suburban commuter train line, a closer portrait of a carefully calibrated crime emerged. The bombers, it turned out, systematically chose first-class men’s compartments, poking a poisoned finger in the eye of the city’s white-collar establishment.

Firstly, the fact that seven bombs went off in first-class compartments was known since Tuesday evening itself . Secondly, what exactly is a  ‘first-class men’s compartments ‘ ? Women also get on the first-class and they don’t have any separate first-class for women. There is of course something called a ‘Ladies’ compartment, which is for women only. It is apparently a simple goof-up – but as you will see, she keeps repeating this.

Thirdly, where exactly is the evidence that first-class was chosen to specifically target the ‘white-collar’ establishment ? While the investigations are on-going and there are no conclusions yet, most commentators suggest that bombs were placed in first-class since it is relatively less crowded then the regular compartments. It would be easier to leave a package in these sections of the train. Try entering a rush hour regular ‘packed like sardines’ compartment on these trains with a heavy package – you will hear the choicest abuses hurled at you. I do not think any potential terrorist would like that kind of attention drawn to them.

Additionally, a significant majority of the so-called white-collar workers in Mumbai regularly travel in ‘second-class’. The slightly richer travel by taxis or private (often chauffeured) cars. Then there are chartered buses, car-pools and what not. If indeed targeting the upper-class was in the terrorists mind, they would have left bombs in posh high-rises, suburban neighborhoods or targeted major financial/office centers (as they indeed did in 1993). 

Now, right after the incident, some bloggers did wonder about the class-issue – but no one really attempted to pin down that reason with as much certainty as Ms Sengupta is doing here. Where does she get her assertion from ?

“They actually wanted upper-class people to suffer this time,” Ronak Gandhi, 21, observed. His brother, Chintan, 25, lay inside Lilavati Hospital in the wealthy northern suburb of Bandra, suffering from a broken arm and internal bleeding.

A statement by the twenty-one year old, probably grief-stricken relative of one of the injured victims !

On Tuesday, like most days, Chintan Gandhi stood in the crowded middle of the first-class men’s compartment on his way home from a software engineering course. He planned to finish the course by next June, his brother said; he was eager to start full-time work for the first time.

Note that Chintan’s profile hardly qualifies him as a ‘well-off’ or ‘white-collar’.

Subsequently, Ms Sengupta decides to keep harping on the men’s issue:

In seven first-class men’s compartments on separate trains,

….leading to this gem:

it is customary for men and women to travel in separate cars. (“For ladies only, all the 24 hours,” a sign announces at the entrance to the women’s compartments.) No women’s cars were bombed Tuesday, and for the most part, women were able to get out of the trains relatively unscathed.

Wait a minute – firstly, how the hell does this matter anyway ? People died. Does not matter what gender, race, caste or religion. Secondly, those who don’t know better will think that men and women are absolutely segregated on Mumbai trains. Far from it. Last time I was in Mumbai (’96-98) plenty of women traveled in the general class. My sister, who is working in Mumbai now, tells me she often has to take the general compartments since the exclusive ladies section is simply overflowing, or to travel together with male colleagues. Anybody who has actually been on a Mumbai train won’t make a statement like Ms Sengupta’s.

If anything, this only tells us that people who loaded the bombs on the train were men (a very likely possibility anyway) – since they would not have been allowed on the ladies section.

But why did Ms Sengupta feel the necessity of inserting this sub-text of supposed gender-apartheid in India ? Just to show off that women in India are yet to be emancipated ? Without getting into the arguement of the staus of women in India, I would have to say that she chose a rather unfortunate incident to highlight it.

RELATED: 1. Manish Vij has a great article on Salon about traveling on Mumbai trains from an ‘outsider”s perspective.

2. Somini Sengupta has been previously fisked by Nitin Pai at The Acorn.

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

July 13, 2006 at 9:16 am

Posted in India, Personal, Rants

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  1. […] …in the recent bomb blasts in Bombay, if you believe the New York Times. Bongo Pondit picks apart Somini Sengupta’s article in the Times that makes this claim [hat tip: Confused]. […]

  2. Bongo,
    There in fact, is a first class women’s compartment. It turns into first class general compartment from 8 pm. But yes, there is no “men’s” compartment in Bombay locals.

    Niket

    July 13, 2006 at 7:31 pm

  3. I think we need to let Somini Sengupta, we have had Indra Gandhi, a female prime minister while US has had only while male presidents for more than 200 years now.

    thanu

    July 13, 2006 at 7:35 pm

  4. The NYTimes site has a link using which you can send e-mails to the author. Did you try it out?

    basu

    July 14, 2006 at 1:25 am

  5. wot a crappy article by somini sengupta!!!!
    check the chronology of blasts in mumbai from 1993: http://www.newkerala.com/news3.php?action=fullnews&id=21243
    one was in a bus (bomb was kept below the last seat and ‘women only’ seats are in the front). one was in ladies special train. did she even take pains to research anything before writing the article??
    it seems to me that she first decided to write something abt ‘city ’s white-collar establishment’ and then connected it illogically
    to the bomb attacks.
    and she must have got paid for such an article!

    Vaidyanathan

    July 14, 2006 at 2:54 am

  6. Please !! She did call it a “crime”. Can you imagine the agony she had to go through to not call it a defiant act of proletariat revolution against oppressive upper-class (caste) Hindu men ? Could we be a little grateful here and show some appreciation ?

    Did you notice how Kasuri (politely) “called attention to sagging attempts to negotiate peace” and how in return an Indian spokesman just “lashed out” ?

    As an aside, I lived in Borivli (East) between 95-96 and was a “habitual” traveller in first-class compartments of Borivli and Virar locals. I used to shell out 400 bucks a month instead of 100 just to get some reading room even though I was earning 8000 rupees in a month. I know I deserved to die.

    Dipanjan

    July 14, 2006 at 4:20 am

  7. This is a totally ignorant rant. Women rarely travel in the general compartment, either the first or the second class general compartments, because the women’s compartment is much easier to get into. Unlike you bastards, some of us actually live in this city and don’t whine about our nationalism (and other’s antinationalism) from afar. Come back, earn a rupee salary, travel with us sweaty people in the crowded train every day and then you’ll earn the right to wank on like this. What a bunch of losers you are. And I bet you don’t even have the balls to let me comments appear on your site either.

    desh drohi

    July 14, 2006 at 5:58 am

  8. Bong,

    Forget her she is a moron and retard of worst kind.

    Regards

    Gaurav

    July 14, 2006 at 6:56 am

  9. Alas, there’s nothing more retarded than you non-resident nationalists. Strap on your saffron langots and come back to live in our pristine villages, you morons. If you were really smart, you’d be working for the New York Times instead of pissing your life away on some pathetic blog. Ha!

    desh drohi

    July 14, 2006 at 7:27 am

  10. @Niket: Thanks for the correction .

    @Thanu: the question of who has had a woman leader or which country has more emancipated women is moot. The article addresses a terrorist attack – to insert some rants on men and women traveling separately is ridculous.

    @basu: I did notice the e-mail link yesterday; I do plan to send her a letter

    @Vaidyanathan: I doubt she did much research – as you said – she decided on an agenda and then wrote about it.

    @Dipanjan: Heh ! Also note, how it was not ‘terrorists’ but simply ‘bombers’ !

    @Gaurav: I would be careful with the language. I have criticized here one particular article – I would not like to comment on her personality.

    @ Desh Drohi: I like ur name – there is a touch of irony to it. I can see you have a lot of balls abusing me behind a cloak of anonimity (to the extent of using a web-proxy).
    Anyway, I am leaving your comments (as long as they don’t go overboard) for the enjoyment of others.

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 14, 2006 at 8:34 am

  11. Wonderful. You’re such a magnanimous person. If only you were as smart as you were generous…

    desh drohi

    July 14, 2006 at 9:05 am

  12. @ DeshDrohi:
    Don’t be envious. It isn’t that difficult to get to US or UK. Just kidding.

    Just that we happen to be living outside India doesn’t mean that we care any less or the events in India affect us any less than you. There are a number of people who do a lot for India in their own way, even if they reside in US/UK. Do you now demand a certificate of some sort before any of us can express our opinions about events that affect us? Relax man, r.e.l.a.x.

    Niket

    July 14, 2006 at 12:02 pm

  13. I keep finding plenty of such examples – partly ignorant articles about India. But I must say things have improved from the snake charmer and elephant rider days. There is better awareness and coverage these days. Think of it, at least the blast got good coverage. Though you must notice the absence of words “terror” or “terrorists”. That double standard conitnues.

    The bit about separate ladies and men compartment is hilarious. How ignorant! And this lady does not know that first class compartments are packed as well, just a bit less than second class ones. Ms Sengupta, if you dont know this much about Mumbai locals, you dont have any rights to write about Mumbai.

    silkboard

    July 14, 2006 at 12:28 pm

  14. @Niket: DD is out to troll here – I am not sure he will listen to reason.

    @Silkboard: Even if she doesn’t know about Mumbai locals she should at least have had her facts checked.

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 14, 2006 at 2:18 pm

  15. what i find disgusting about this discussion is that you guys are obsessing about one detail in a piece that is open to interpretation. anyone who lives in bombay understands what the writer means and even if there’s some confusion about the terminology, anyone who takes that damn train every day knows that it’s referred to in bombay speech as the ladies compartment and the gents compartment — not the general compartment. and that women rarely get in the gents compartment because they stand the risk of being pawed. don’t let your nri nostalgia fog up your eyes to this fact.
    just because some of you may have once lived in bombay, you’re trashing a whole piece of reportage because of your foggy memories. — and attributing motives to the reporter. better sengupta, who has a pretty good cultural understanding of the place, than barbara crosette or some other reporter who comes entirely blank to the subcontinent.
    you want to see really horrible reportage, return to india and try reading the times of india ever day. that will make your saffron-tinted glasses to fall to the floor along with your jaw.
    and niket: don’t buy this neo-liberal crap that the money you repatriate to india matters more than your physical presence. india will continue to lurch from crisis to crisis as long as we don’t stem the brain drain. that means at least some of you non-resident patriots, but definitely not this bongo chap, who scarely seems to have enough brain to drain.
    dd

    desh drohi

    July 14, 2006 at 2:28 pm

  16. @ DD: Personal abuses aside – let me address your first point. I was not obsessing over one detail – I was tyring to point out MsSengupta’s attempt to shamelessly force a subtext of gender segregation in an article that supposedly deals with terrorism. Also her rather unsubstantial ascribing of motives to the terrorists.

    I cannot understand why Sengupta would have a good cultural understanding of India – she might have been born in India – but she spent a better part of her life in the states. [correction about Ms Sengupta’s physical location – ed] Also, as I have linked to, her writing has been trashed previously by a blogger much superior to me.

    Btw, feel free to trash TOI – we do it all the time 🙂
    Its a desi bloggers favorite pastime (whther in India or outside). Why just TOI – HTTabloid, Rediff – we go at everyone. If you took the time to look around, you would have discovered it. Oh but then I am just an ignoramus without brains who doesn’t know how to write and the rest of the NRI bunch have saffron draped over them: so why should you waste your time reading our blogs ?

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 14, 2006 at 2:43 pm

  17. bongo,

    Kudos. Very good job. I see it has broken the record for comments on this blog and my exclusive status is under threat. 🙂 Just kidding. The problem is that unless you dumb down you are not very likely to be hired by the likes of NYT, Sengupta reflects the usual reportage which likes of NYT do when it comes to the subcontinent. They do not want to expend enough resources and rely on those who can dumb down the complexities of India for their audience.

    DD,

    but why do you even bother reading blogs like mine and Bongo’s whose mental capabilties questionable? I suggest other writings for example those of Sengupta.

    Confused

    July 14, 2006 at 3:46 pm

  18. alas, one is forced to respond to your crap because you come up in internet searches and it isn’t fair that innocents read your junk without somebody attempting to put it in context. there was a clear gender breakup to these deaths — because the bombs were in the gents compartment. its a fact, you dodo. read the list of casualites. come home and visit the smelly, overcrowded hospitals and you’ll see it for yourself. stop being so damn smug and realise that the standards of the new york times are miles ahead of most indian newspapers. and don’t for a minute delude yourself that the rants and half-baked analysis you find on blogs are real news.
    dd

    desh drohi

    July 14, 2006 at 10:53 pm

  19. dd,

    But I would think any of these blogs would be so far back in internet searches compared to NYT. No?

    errr..what other biases you could detect? For example, perhaps a Hindu bias since clearly most of the dead were Hindus, a class bias, what else, I wonder?

    btw dd, why don’t you set up your own blog and educate people?

    Confused

    July 14, 2006 at 11:07 pm

  20. because people would still read your bullshit and not smell it for what it is. your problem is that you’re sublimating your guilt at leaving india by feeling outrage on behalf of resident indians — even where we don’t feel any.
    Fact: it’s called the gents compartment in bombay speak. so the reporter has more street cred then you do.
    Fact: the bombs were in the gents compartments.
    Fact: the vast majority of the dead are men.
    Fact: women don’t enter the gents compartments because they don’t want to be groped.
    Fact: in this country, we burn new brides if they don’t bring in the dowry we want. we have female infanticide. we have throw acid at the faces of women who spurn our advances.
    Fact: we are biased against women. Even if you don’t want your gora colleages to read about it in the nyt, it’s a reality.
    If you want to change things, give up your 401(k) and do something real, don’t pretend to intellectualise away a reality.
    dd

    desh drohi

    July 15, 2006 at 2:46 am

  21. […] On the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, we have little more to say other than express our prayers and sympathies to the victims and their loved ones. In a sense of deja vu, all that has to be said has been said in the aftermath of earlier terrorist attacks. Now we are repeat of the fake outrages being expressed by a agenda-driven, ‘secular’ media (and their hypocritical international counterparts), the moral justification by the Candle Kissers, the usual ridiculous reactions and the same pusillanimous and clueless bunch of senile leaders in the face of an increasingly brutal and irreverent enemy. All this while the appeasement of terrorists from the ‘secular’ parties continues. The one-sided peace process will definitely continue despite statements to the contrary, albeit in the back channels encouraged by the treacherous cheer leaders till the public memory fades and the culprits manage to escape. Do not be fooled by them gentle reader. […]

  22. dd,

    How can we be biased against woman when ever our terrorists spare them?

    No?

    Confused

    July 15, 2006 at 9:46 am

  23. ha! so funny. obviously you’ve spent too many years watching those high-quality american sitcoms and elevating your sense of humour by taking lessons from leading desi comics like Thackerary and Modi.
    dd

    desh drohi

    July 15, 2006 at 10:13 am

  24. @DD: I think you can rest in peace knowing that most readers of blogs have sound logical minds (something you seem to lack) and can safely distinguish between bullshit, cowshit, horse manure, human sweat etc.

    I see that you have many pressing concerns about India and women in India, which we NRIs just don’t care about (or would like to conveniently ignore). Please do not let this small, insignificant blog keep you from all your altruistic enterprises.

    Finally, you don’t know me, confused or other bloggers from US/Uk personally – you have no idea about what we do or don’t do for India or our community back home. So please keep your trap shut about our motivations.

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 15, 2006 at 10:28 am

  25. don’t know why i should keep my trap shut when you’ve got yours wide open, spewing out these sanctimonious analyses that are completely off the mark. my advice: think really hard about what you’re saying, because this is going out on the world wide web — it isn’t a coffee room conversation, you’re announcing it to the whole damn planet. to paraphrase that old indian aphorism, put brain in gear before letting fingers hit keyboard.
    dd

    desh drohi

    July 15, 2006 at 10:35 am

  26. @DD: Sigh! ‘coz this is my blog – I am not forcing anyone to read this. Let people read and decide whether they agree or not. You obviously don’t agree – so move on man !

    Moreover, you have not given one logical analysis of why what I said is wrong. The ‘FACTS’ that you state about women in India are all true – but they do not pertain to an article on terrorism (in which writer is too politically correct to even use the word terrorist). Also, so far there is no indication (and certainly nothing emerged till last Wednesday) about these attacks being targeted at the Indian upper class/white collars etc. That was my point – GET IT ?

    Your arguements (to use the term generously) till now, has consisted only of venting anger at my physical location, which according to you precludes me from making any criticism. And I will ask this again: how come you are spending so much time (more than 3 hours from Sitemeter) on my blog when there is so much for you to do. Since we NRIs (not me – the ones with brains) are not in India – you should be working doubly hard as an upstanding citizen.

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 15, 2006 at 10:48 am

  27. working real hard to dispel the ignorance that you’re spreading, bro. your physical location is important because you’re trying to make a virtue of your ethnicity here. you’re claiming that because you were born indian, you were born with the knowledge about the fact that there aren’t any gents compartments in bombay trains. and the fact that the de facto gents compartment wasn’t called a general compartment by the reporter made the whole piece “ill-informed”, as you said in your posting. we’ll be able to settle this once you’re willing to see that your argument is pretty spurious, that you’re overanalysising and overdeconstructing and overdosing on your own smugness.
    dd

    desh drohi

    July 15, 2006 at 11:00 am

  28. Bongo,

    I want a troll too! pretty please.

    Confused

    July 15, 2006 at 11:05 am

  29. @DD: Amazingly, you are starting to make some sense, although I see that you cannot resist making that personal dig.

    anyway, firstly the piece was criticised not only for that point. Secondly, from my personal experience and from experience of others, women do travel in the genral compartment of Mumbai locals. Ms Sengupta tries to showcase a segregation that does not exists strictly. She is trying to pander to a certain audience (the western audience that loves to think of India as a backward land of snake charmers and elephants). That too in an article that purports to talk about terrorism. Never did I say that there aren’t problems in India – we are perhaps nowhere near the India Shining that some people try to show-case. But my point was that she is doing this sneakily in an unrelated article. If she wrote another article on women in India – I will argue on a different level.

    @Confused: now now – maybe if you ask DD politely – he will oblige. he did start briefly yesterday. you just have to prove that you have no brains.

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 15, 2006 at 11:26 am

  30. @DD: and oh – the best way to get your voice heard and dispel ignorance is, as confused suggested, write your own blog. not many people read comments sections – except people with no jobs like me (or confused 😉 )

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 15, 2006 at 11:32 am

  31. Bongo,

    What do you mean I have to prove that I have no brains? Do I? Tells me you don’t really read my blog….

    disappinted.

    lolz@no jobs but you have give it to him, on a boring weekend, this boy is entertainment.

    Confused

    July 15, 2006 at 12:22 pm

  32. @Confused: not to me man – I already know 😉

    btw, careful: we do not know DD’s gender.

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 15, 2006 at 12:25 pm

  33. couple of things to clarify. it may be your blog, but you’ve got the arrogance to put up these drawing-room ravings on the www. that, as you know, is WORLD wide web. so you’ve invited the world to read your bullshit — so that means that you better be pretty thoughtful (and accurate) before you hit that enter button.
    point number two. why don’t you and your fans accept that no matter how they claim to remember the bombay trains, women very rarely travel in the gents compartment in rush hour. the only ones who do get in with their husbands or boyfriends at churchgate at the beginning of the line and they’re about as evident as intelligence has been in your postings. the list of dead proves that. i haven’t yet read about any women dying. for readers in nyc and london who travel in mixed cars, it’s necessary to tell them why there aren’t any women dead. it’s not evidence of bias, you moron, it’s a reality. and it’s damned pertinant to explain that to goras and especially goris, who can travel in any compartment they want without fear of being pinched and groped.
    if you were to get off your armchair and travel in the trains like some of us do every day, you’d be less obdurate.
    dd

    desh drohi

    July 15, 2006 at 11:06 pm

  34. Sigh!

    I have never heard of a more stupider definition of world wide web….

    Please continue to enterain.

    Thanks a lot. 🙂

    Confused

    July 16, 2006 at 2:06 am

  35. you bet i will. you need to be fisked much more than the people you claim to be fisking, moron.

    desh drohi

    July 16, 2006 at 2:45 am

  36. The article on NY is total BS. Women tend to travel in women only compartments because it’s safer. Now unless you live in Kerala or Manipur (women outnumber men) you will hardly find any women anywhere less on a train or bus for that matter.

    First class on Mumbai does not mean, FIRST CLASS. It just means less crowded because the price is marginally higher. The notion that ‘rich males’ were tragetted is wrong. Majority of them were middle class.

    @DD. Geographical location is not important, what is important is whether you carry an Indian passport. If you or anyone has given up your citizenship for economic gains, you don’t have a right to call yourself an Indian.

    The Great Indian Mutiny

    July 16, 2006 at 4:27 am

  37. @DD: It has been entertaining jousting with you. But its getting to a stalemate now. Also you lack the ability argue in a civil manner.

    As I have been continually saying – if you have stuff to rant about – please start your own blog and do so (its really easy). You voice will also be heard on the WORLD wide web.

    Good bye!

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 16, 2006 at 8:53 am

  38. wimp. can’t stand to admit that you’re wrong. but i’ll leave you to your smugness now. (there’s a whole planet to be saved, after all.)
    dd

    desh drohi

    July 16, 2006 at 9:04 am

  39. i don’t understand what desh drohi’s problem is or what the this NYT lady…
    okay so there were more men in the first class and therefore all those who died were men…so?
    what is the point?
    as i see it whether it is factually correct or incorrect it is still irrlevant
    and i TOTALLY don’t understand desh drohi’s problem

    Nandini

    July 18, 2006 at 6:25 am

  40. @Nandini: Thanks for understanding the point I was trying to make.

    Unfortunately DD’s anger is against people who live outside the country and dare to talk about it. You see in his myopic worldIndia-view only those who live int he country and endure the hardships are eligible to comment or criticize. But that yardstick, of course, MsSengupta should not have written that article either (I doubt she travels regularly by Mumbai locals or any other public transport system in India) – but her saving grace might be that she lives in Delhi.

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 18, 2006 at 8:46 am

  41. Here is a plausible explanation:
    http://www.indianexpress.com/story/8621.html

    My next comment will be a hate comment, feel free to delete it.

    barbarindian

    July 18, 2006 at 11:11 am

  42. @Somini Sengupta:

    Commie bitches making theories about India’s class divide in phoren media? What a surprise! We need more of them, Arundhati was not enough. [deleted]

    Here is a tip for you: if you want to tip off your terrorist bros about where upper class people live, start with your newspaper office.

    barbarindian

    July 18, 2006 at 11:15 am

  43. @barbarindian: Thanks for the link. Certainly seems like a possibility. Also note that even Indian Express acknowledges this as a possibility not a certainty.

    re: your second comment – first, thanks for the heads-up; secondly, i hate deleting/editing comments – I edited a small portion of the comment. I know you are angry but lets just try to be civil with the language. Thanks !

    BongoP'o'ndit

    July 18, 2006 at 11:25 am

  44. DeshDrohi,
    The point BongoPondit was trying to make, at least as I understand is this:
    A foreigner who knows nothing about Mumbai or India may get the impression that women and men are not allowed to travel together in India. Now, I have lived in Mumbai for more than 23 years and was brought up in that city. I have travelled first class/second class/harbour/Western/Central, you name it..everything. I know plenty about the local trains and I have travelled both in the Ladies as well as the general compartment. As you have rightly pointed out, we women travel by the Ladies’ compatment to avoid being groped. But when it is not so crowded or when travelling with our fathers or brothers or husbands, some of us do travel by general compartment, too.
    This fact may be insignificant to an Indian but to a Westerner who knows nothing about India, it adds one more factually incorrect biased point.
    Of course, India has several problems. And all NRIs do not settle abroad for good. Many do come back and those who don’t also contribute in their own ways. One of the reasons that many Westerners now have a positive impression about India and our Hindi movies are getting noticed is because of the huge NRI population that has contributed in a meaningful way to Wetsern nations. (There are other reasons such as our booming IT industry, too). This, in turn, bosts trade and cultural relations between India and other countries which is good for India in the long run.
    I have personally seen NRIs who keep our Indian traditions and culture intact, who know more about our music and arts than even resident Indians.

    BongoPondit, there is, in fact, a First Class Women’s compartment, too.

    Lotus Eyes

    July 18, 2006 at 6:13 pm

  45. this woman has written some rather stupid pieces about nepal and the developments there as well. she fails to grasp what goes on behind the scenes and presents a picture only of what’s happening on the surface.. her pieces on nepal are crap, so i’m not surprises with this crap.

    pod

    July 19, 2006 at 3:41 pm

  46. […] Recently, Somini Sengupta’s piece in NewYork times was pilloried for making stupid assumptions(correctly in my opinion) regarding the recent Mumbai blasts. See BongoPondit’s fisking here. […]

  47. […] Recently, Somini Sengupta’s piece in NewYork times was pilloried for making stupid assumptions(correctly in my opinion) regarding the recent Mumbai blasts. See BongoPondit’s fisking here. […]

  48. […] Indians are frequently exasperated by the coverage in the Western media, what does one do when people responsible for India’s security come up with such ludicrous […]

  49. […] become used to such ill-informed and half-baked coverage of India in the Western media. From The New York Times to The Christian Science Monitor to The Economist, the pattern is nauseatingly similar; any […]

  50. […] mean, could it get more WTF than this ? Even Somini Sengupta would be hard pressed to come up with such a mindless pontification like […]


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