19 March, 2005

How to win friends and influence people

Narendra Modi, the CM of Gujarat, just had his travel visa revoked by the U.S., in belated reaction for his role in the "riots" that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Muslims a few years back. I fail to understand the timing, the reason for the decision, and why, if "religious freedoms" are so important, Saudi diplomats (et alia) are regularly invited to the U.S.

But anyway: the response by Hindu nationalists (specifically the baboons in the Bajrang Dal, which, if you don't know, is basically a Brute Squad) was to raid a PepsiCo warehouse, smash bottles and set fires, in a show of anti-U.S. fervor. Way to go, guys. That'll teach 'em how reasonable you are. Now they'll definitely let your boss back in.

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