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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 4th January 2018 07:08
Pankaj Mishra is a relatively young writer from India who lives both in New York and a Himalayan town in north India.

The blurb on his latest book, the Age of Anger, identifies him as the successor to Edward Said.

A western reviewer on Amazon was absolutely 123 off at Mishra for he, the reviewer, could not simply decide Mishra's stance on a particular issue.

The saffron trolls on the net are working overtime to discredit him.

What is there for us Muslims in his thoughts and views? This thread is created to find an answer to this question.

My preliminary assessment is that Pankaj Mishra is the best thing that has happened to us after Edward said. If we do not take complete and unashamed advantage of his findings then we shall have no one else but ourselves to blame for the continuation of our current miserable and pathetic situation in the world.
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd May 2018 07:41
(1) To you have to keep track of an increasing number of public intellectuals.

(2) There is Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan B Peterson who has, in recent years, become an internet celebrity, producing a slew of videos and interviews on all manner of political and social topics. He is acerbic, combative and openly contemptuous of his opponents, particularly Marxists and “Postmodernists”, for whom he harbours a special animus. He is an enthusiastic and prolific culture warrior, who has no truck with “white privilege”, “cultural appropriation” and a range of other ideas associated with social justice movements. His reluctance to call transgender people by their preferred pronouns (unless they ask him to) has earned him a reputation as a transphobe, and while his views have marginalised him within the academic community, they have bolstered his reputation in conservative circles. (Source : The Guardian)

(3) Pankaj Misra wrote scathing piece on him - Jordan Peterson and Fascist Mysticism

(4) Jordan Peterson tweeted in in his characteristic style : Facebook.

(5) Here is Samir Hussain's comment on this affair : This is Jordan Peterson's response to intelligent critique. He may be able to pull of the role of the noble intellectual when placed next to idiots like Shapiro/Harris and random unintellectual TV presenters, but with an intellectual of the highest caliber he is nothing but a PhD version of the very extremism he claims to be on an offensive against.
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 27th October 2018 10:10
(1) There is a New York Times piece by Pankaj Mishra on the Enduring Fantasy of a Modernizing Autocrat.

(2) The autocrat in question is the Prince Muhammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia who is in the news because of wrong reasons - the most brutal butchering of well connected Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Embassy in Turkey.

(3) Mishra uses history ruthlessly. He begins by US engineered overthrowing of elected Iranian PM Mosadeq in 1954? US benefit - oil flow to US by Shah.

(4) Recently the US has been praising MBS sky high.

(5) Earlier Britons had praised Saif-al-Islam Qaddafi before his true colours became known during his repression of his father's opponents.

(6) "Why do Western elites succumb again and again to this fantasy of a youthful reformer and top-down modernizer in the East?"

(7) Above question is by Mishra himself. My view is that the west knows that they have the Gulf narrative completely under control and they tap it to their advantage at will and at whim.

(8) The US and UK media had projected similar modernistic images of Benazir Bhutto.

(9) Another example - British educated Asad of Syria and his European wife.

(10) MBS's loathing of Iran and tenderness for Israel is enchanting for the west.

(11) "Still, slack private morality, cynical realpolitik, naked avarice and craven celebrity worship do not fully explain the myopia
that excuses grotesque crimes until they become impossible to conceal."

(12) Another example - Sanjay Gandhi of India.
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As Sanjay’s mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, suspended fundamental rights, more than six million men were sterilized in India in a year. Visiting a terrorized India in 1976, the World Bank’s president, Robert McNamara, hailed the Gandhis’ “disciplined, realistic approach” and the general junking of “socialist ideologies.”


(13) He uses the phrase biopolitical violence about the western neo-con philosophy of Arabs being "unusually impressed, and easily cowed, by extreme cruelty".

(14) Western support for Saudi beating the starving Yemen.

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The prince is only the latest, if pitifully crude, exponent of shock-and-awe savagery that many Western elites have long deemed vital to the pacification of intransigent non-Westerners.
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