January 7, 2005


India welcomes American military presence for relief in the region – America rushes towards India for friendship and collaboration – a welcomed counterweight to Chinese influence (Balaji Reddy, January 06, 2005, India Daily)

[M]any in India have pointed to the sharp contrast between New Delhi's newfound willingness to tolerate a prominent US military role in the region - including the deployment of US marines in Sri Lanka last week - and its continuing sensitivity to any external assistance.

"The idea of self-reliance is still the default position of both India's left and right and it does look outdated," said Raja Mohan, a security analyst in New Delhi. "What is new is India's happiness to work to this extent with the US military in its backyard. India knows China would try to fill any regional gap vacated by the US military."

Foreign officials also point to a gap between New Delhi's diplomatic rhetoric and the actions of administrators on the ground. In Tamil Nadu, which has one of India's more effective state governments, civil servants have shown no compunction in requesting foreign help. By contrast foreign agencies have been kept out of the Andaman Islands, which are governed directly from Delhi.

"The quality of the relief effort in Tamil Nadu gets very high marks by any standards," said Steven Hollingworth, India head of Care, the international aid agency, which is supplying water and household equipment to some of the 700,000 affected people in the state.

Reality has a funny way of trumping ideology.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2005 11:06 AM

Congress Party nonsense and British Fabian inspired anti-American BS still permeate the upper levels of the Indian bureaucracy. The Indian military has been waiting for the chance to work with Americans for decades and the Indian diaspora in the US has been a major sales force for American interests in the region.

Posted by: Bart at January 7, 2005 11:24 AM

"Reality has a funny way of trumping ideology."

Except in the groves of academia. Today's example comes from the University of Richmond, which is proudly announcing that it will raise tuition and other costs 26.9% on its new Freshman class so that it can implement a "need-blind" admission policy. The University obviously assumes and expects that the parents of prospective students who can afford to pay an additional 26.9% will be eager to participate in this plan to redistribute their wealth.

Posted by: curt at January 7, 2005 11:37 AM

College tuitions only exist on paper. No one pays them.

Posted by: oj at January 7, 2005 11:53 AM

The taxpayer does.

Posted by: Bart at January 7, 2005 11:55 AM

Varifrank has a sweet smackdown of Euros by him and a Hindi.

The comment that started it all:

Today, during an afternoon conference that wrapped up my project of the last 18 months, one of my Euro collegues tossed this little turd out to no one in particular:

" See, this is why George Bush is so dumb, theres a disaster in the world and he sends an Aircraft Carrier..."

...The day an American has to move a European out of the way to help in some part of the world it will be a great day in the world, you sniggering little f[ruit]nob..."

The room fell silent. My hindi friend then said quietly to the Euros:

"Can you let your hatred of George Bush end for just one minute? There are people dying! And what are your countries doing? Amazon.com has helped more than France has. You all have a role to play in the world, why can't you see that? Thank God for the US Navy, they dont have to come and help, but they are. They helped you once and you should all thank God they did. They didnt have to, and no one but them would have done so. I'm ashamed of you all..."

He left the room, shaking and in tears. The frustration of being on the other side of the globe, unable to do anything to assist and faced with people who could not set aside their asininity long enough to reach out and help was too much for him to bear. I just shook my head and left. The Euros stood speechless.

Later in the breakroom, one of the laughing Euros caught me and extended his hand in an apology. I asked him where he was from, he said "a town outside of Berlin". He is a young man, in his early 20's.

I asked him if he knew of a man named Gail Halvorsen.

He said no.

I said "that's a shame" and walked away to find my Hindi friend.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 7, 2005 11:57 AM

Geopolitics will inevitably push the US and India together as natural allies -- anti-Islamofascism, anti-Chinese hegemony, pro-democracy, pro-capitalism.

Posted by: Gideon at January 7, 2005 3:14 PM

OJ: "College tuitions only exist on paper. No one pays them."

Come to my house and I will show you my check book. Example entry:

Date: 12/20/2004
Check No: 10687
Payee: Northwestern University
Amount: $12,782.96
Memo: Tuition Room and Board Winter Quater 2005 L. Schwartz Student No. XXX-XX-XXXX

I write 3 checks like that every year (last year 6 because I had 2 kids at Northwester) for a total of $45,000. I will continue to do so for another 6 years. (there is a 3rd Schwartzchild and he may be the brightest of the lot). We will be out over half a mill US before this over.

I don't want to bust your bubble, but do not think it cannot happen to you.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 7, 2005 10:33 PM

Why Northwestern when they have a Holocaust-denier, AJ Butz, on the Electrical Engineering faculty? If he is so bereft of intellectual honesty when it comes to that, what is his techie work like?

When I was applying to schools in 1981-82, it wasn't even on my list because of him.

Posted by: Bart at January 8, 2005 6:12 AM
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