• The same or similar scenes can be used to create a different version of the same narrative or even a completely different one. Unfortunately, many people fall for such cheap propaganda junk.
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/09/how-the-bbcs-quentin-sommerville-created-fairytales-of-underground-hospitals-in-syria.html#more
    The same or similar scenes can be used to create a different version of the same narrative or even a completely different one. Unfortunately, many people fall for such cheap propaganda junk. https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/09/how-the-bbcs-quentin-sommerville-created-fairytales-of-underground-hospitals-in-syria.html#more
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  • ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ PLEASE READ! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

    I am putting the finishing touches on my new film, The Art of The Wound.

    This documentary production chronicles my own journey into a devotional life of creativity, and illuminates how I transformed my deepest wounds and a life of adversity into ART that would deeply inspire and transform many individuals and communities. It features personal interviews with some of my closest friends and family who have laid witness to my journey, offering invaluable perspectives into my unconventional moneyless lifestyle and the results of my works.

    My no-budget film (costing ZERO dollars in production) is the result of almost a decade of personal sacrifice, hardship, and a consistent drive to create art that might benefit the world.

    I look forward to publicly sharing The Art of The Wound in the coming days for you to view in its entirety, totally free of charge (as I have done with all of my art).

    Here are a few initial responses:

    “Brilliant! I am so deeply moved to see Cedar’s life unfold, how he impacted others and stayed dedicated to his values. Cedar is amazing. I am so touched by his life. I love how he put all this together. What a masterpiece, and I learned so much!” - Megan Sewell

    “Wow! What a fucking awesome compilation of Cedar’s work and life. It was incredibly compelling and hard not to continue watching. I am in awe and inspired. Seeing and hearing everyone's contributions was so beautiful and true. I can't wait to share!” - Shawn Postma

    “Stunningly beautiful, creative, and profound! Just want to give Cedar a big rainbow-infused hug!” - Mary Brown (Mystical Musings)

    The next step for me is to submit the film to various independent film festivals, so that my story can touch many others. Unfortunately, this part is not free as most independent film festivals have reasonable submission fees. Absent any working budget, I will need your help.

    I have already identified the following appropriate film festivals for submission and plan to add others based on the amount of funding I receive:

    Miami Independent Film Festival
    Slamdance Film Festival
    Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
    Creation International Film Festival
    DaVinci Film Festival

    I am currently accepting donations via PayPal (to cedar.branches@icloud.com or via paypal.me/cedarbranches) to help me achieve these goals. All donors will receive early access to view my new film (as early as today)!

    Thank you for helping me to share my story in a way that is meaningful.

    With much love,
    Cedar

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    ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ PLEASE READ! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ I am putting the finishing touches on my new film, The Art of The Wound. This documentary production chronicles my own journey into a devotional life of creativity, and illuminates how I transformed my deepest wounds and a life of adversity into ART that would deeply inspire and transform many individuals and communities. It features personal interviews with some of my closest friends and family who have laid witness to my journey, offering invaluable perspectives into my unconventional moneyless lifestyle and the results of my works. My no-budget film (costing ZERO dollars in production) is the result of almost a decade of personal sacrifice, hardship, and a consistent drive to create art that might benefit the world. I look forward to publicly sharing The Art of The Wound in the coming days for you to view in its entirety, totally free of charge (as I have done with all of my art). Here are a few initial responses: “Brilliant! I am so deeply moved to see Cedar’s life unfold, how he impacted others and stayed dedicated to his values. Cedar is amazing. I am so touched by his life. I love how he put all this together. What a masterpiece, and I learned so much!” - Megan Sewell “Wow! What a fucking awesome compilation of Cedar’s work and life. It was incredibly compelling and hard not to continue watching. I am in awe and inspired. Seeing and hearing everyone's contributions was so beautiful and true. I can't wait to share!” - Shawn Postma “Stunningly beautiful, creative, and profound! Just want to give Cedar a big rainbow-infused hug!” - Mary Brown (Mystical Musings) The next step for me is to submit the film to various independent film festivals, so that my story can touch many others. Unfortunately, this part is not free as most independent film festivals have reasonable submission fees. Absent any working budget, I will need your help. I have already identified the following appropriate film festivals for submission and plan to add others based on the amount of funding I receive: Miami Independent Film Festival Slamdance Film Festival Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Creation International Film Festival DaVinci Film Festival I am currently accepting donations via PayPal (to cedar.branches@icloud.com or via paypal.me/cedarbranches) to help me achieve these goals. All donors will receive early access to view my new film (as early as today)! Thank you for helping me to share my story in a way that is meaningful. With much love, Cedar https://youtu.be/lLHM0qI0LFI
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  • "one would expect the company to show some decency and humility. Unfortunately, Boeing behavior demonstrates none."
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/09/737-max-boeing-insults-international-safety-regulators-as-new-problems-cause-longer-grounding.html#comments
    "one would expect the company to show some decency and humility. Unfortunately, Boeing behavior demonstrates none." https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/09/737-max-boeing-insults-international-safety-regulators-as-new-problems-cause-longer-grounding.html#comments
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  • Maybe if people's heads weren't buried in the sand of ignorance and they took the time to understand, instead of judging and thinking it won't happen to them because they have the perfect family, life would be a little bit easier for people that do experience this! This hits close to home for me, for family and friends who live under this shadow. The days of 'it' not being talked about or being taboo should be over. In the most difficult moments of life you realize who your true friends are, and the people who really appreciate you. Unfortunately, most social media 'friends' aren't true friends. They will send you a "like" here and there, but in reality they do not take time to read your status if they see it's lengthy. More than half will stop reading right here, or have already scrolled on to the next post on their page. I decided to post this message in support of all those who continue to battle with their mental illness. (Suicide is at an all time high). Now, let's see who will have taken the time to read this lengthy post right through to the end. If you have read everything so far, please "like" it so that I can put a thank you on your page. More mental health awareness is urgently needed. Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean people aren't suffering. Please, try to spare a little of your time with someone who may just want to talk (about anything). Talking can help us all to cope a little more, keeping things bottled up just makes it worse. Most people will say, "if you need anything, don't hesitate to call me, I'll be there to help you" but will they? I believe a select few of my friends will post this, to show their support for those who may be STRUGGLING. You just have to copy and paste rather than sharing. I'd like to know who will take a minute out of their day to read this all the way to the end and then copy and paste it to their page, will you? If so, pl
    Maybe if people's heads weren't buried in the sand of ignorance and they took the time to understand, instead of judging and thinking it won't happen to them because they have the perfect family, life would be a little bit easier for people that do experience this! This hits close to home for me, for family and friends who live under this shadow. The days of 'it' not being talked about or being taboo should be over. In the most difficult moments of life you realize who your true friends are, and the people who really appreciate you. Unfortunately, most social media 'friends' aren't true friends. They will send you a "like" here and there, but in reality they do not take time to read your status if they see it's lengthy. More than half will stop reading right here, or have already scrolled on to the next post on their page. I decided to post this message in support of all those who continue to battle with their mental illness. (Suicide is at an all time high). Now, let's see who will have taken the time to read this lengthy post right through to the end. If you have read everything so far, please "like" it so that I can put a thank you on your page. More mental health awareness is urgently needed. Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean people aren't suffering. Please, try to spare a little of your time with someone who may just want to talk (about anything). Talking can help us all to cope a little more, keeping things bottled up just makes it worse. Most people will say, "if you need anything, don't hesitate to call me, I'll be there to help you" but will they? I believe a select few of my friends will post this, to show their support for those who may be STRUGGLING. You just have to copy and paste rather than sharing. I'd like to know who will take a minute out of their day to read this all the way to the end and then copy and paste it to their page, will you? If so, pl
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  • "Yet Rex claims there are only two evil Jews alive today and that them being Jewish is just a coincidence. This is a totally inaccurate and false claim. If he doesn’t want to be called out as a Zionist shill, he could easily fix that by simply telling the truth about the Jews. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s going to carry on the legacy of his shill dad, who has spent his entire career exploring every weird conspiracy imaginable except anything that deals directly with Jews." - Lee Rogers

    https://dailystormer.name/zionist-shill-rex-jones-claims-israel-is-not-evil-and-that-there-are-no-evil-jews-except-for-ben-shapiro-and-george-soros/
    "Yet Rex claims there are only two evil Jews alive today and that them being Jewish is just a coincidence. This is a totally inaccurate and false claim. If he doesn’t want to be called out as a Zionist shill, he could easily fix that by simply telling the truth about the Jews. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s going to carry on the legacy of his shill dad, who has spent his entire career exploring every weird conspiracy imaginable except anything that deals directly with Jews." - Lee Rogers https://dailystormer.name/zionist-shill-rex-jones-claims-israel-is-not-evil-and-that-there-are-no-evil-jews-except-for-ben-shapiro-and-george-soros/
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  • The Myth of Political Inaction on Gun Control
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    One of the many unfortunate consequences of the politicization of America is the natural reaction for political factions to bunker down with dependable talking points in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy. There is perhaps no issue where this is more obvious than gun control,...

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    The Myth of Political Inaction on Gun Control 08/05/2019Tho Bishop One of the many unfortunate consequences of the politicization of America is the natural reaction for political factions to bunker down with dependable talking points in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy. There is perhaps no issue where this is more obvious than gun control,... https://mises.org/power-market/myth-political-inaction-gun-control
    The Myth of Political Inaction on Gun Control | Tho Bishop
    One of the many unfortunate consequences of the politicization of America is the natural reaction for political factions to bunker down with dependable talking points in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy. There is perhaps no issue where this is more obvious than gun control, where the political discourse has effectively devolved into sharing mindless memes before even the most basic facts are known.
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  • The Church’s Typical Response to Pornography & Why It Isn’t Working
    Research continues to show that pornography usage has erupted into an international blight on modern culture. Both men and women have become trapped in its web. The porn industry constantly tries to create higher levels of disgusting and perverted content. Unfortunately, the Church largely ignores making any attempts to help the people sitting in its…

    https://conquerseries.com/preparing-the-church-to-effectively-deal-with-pornography/
    The Church’s Typical Response to Pornography & Why It Isn’t Working Research continues to show that pornography usage has erupted into an international blight on modern culture. Both men and women have become trapped in its web. The porn industry constantly tries to create higher levels of disgusting and perverted content. Unfortunately, the Church largely ignores making any attempts to help the people sitting in its… https://conquerseries.com/preparing-the-church-to-effectively-deal-with-pornography/
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  • I forced myself to sit through a documentary on TVO last evening titled "The Woman Who Joined the Taliban". The unfortunate dolt from BC, a middle-aged Christian who converted to Islam decided it would be nifty, a once in a lifetime lark to travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan and ingratiate herself with the tribal Taliban and worse Al Queda. Her dialogue, her swooning, genuflecting and supplicating herself in front of every vile, misogynist warlord she happened upon was horrific. Her incessant swooning and quoting those corny moslem religious intonations tossed into every conversation and the non-stop diatribe of how well the moslems and in particular the Taliban treated and loved their women and children. The naïve dolt was finally kidnapped, treated very poorly and eventually 'offed'. Her pleadings were heart-wrenching. Yet until the very end she didn't have the sense to realize the futility of her folly nor took ownership of her sole responsibility for her condition. Gullible people are out there, thinking they're above being abused or slaughtered if only they'd just be allowed to snuggle a terrorist, agree with their every barbaric slaughter of innocents. Her downfall was her Canuckistani roots. The Taliban, in their infinite wisdom viewed her as an American spy and treated her as such. The worst part was an individual, a guy I couldn't identify who demanded that Canuckistan pull out all the stops to rescue her and pay the $2M ransom. Had to be a far-left lawyer-type of some sort. Another true-believer who even admitted she's put herself into the untenable position still deserved the spending of our soldiers' lives and treasure. Pffffffft! Or, as she intoned in every sentence 'inshallah'!
    I forced myself to sit through a documentary on TVO last evening titled "The Woman Who Joined the Taliban". The unfortunate dolt from BC, a middle-aged Christian who converted to Islam decided it would be nifty, a once in a lifetime lark to travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan and ingratiate herself with the tribal Taliban and worse Al Queda. Her dialogue, her swooning, genuflecting and supplicating herself in front of every vile, misogynist warlord she happened upon was horrific. Her incessant swooning and quoting those corny moslem religious intonations tossed into every conversation and the non-stop diatribe of how well the moslems and in particular the Taliban treated and loved their women and children. The naïve dolt was finally kidnapped, treated very poorly and eventually 'offed'. Her pleadings were heart-wrenching. Yet until the very end she didn't have the sense to realize the futility of her folly nor took ownership of her sole responsibility for her condition. Gullible people are out there, thinking they're above being abused or slaughtered if only they'd just be allowed to snuggle a terrorist, agree with their every barbaric slaughter of innocents. Her downfall was her Canuckistani roots. The Taliban, in their infinite wisdom viewed her as an American spy and treated her as such. The worst part was an individual, a guy I couldn't identify who demanded that Canuckistan pull out all the stops to rescue her and pay the $2M ransom. Had to be a far-left lawyer-type of some sort. Another true-believer who even admitted she's put herself into the untenable position still deserved the spending of our soldiers' lives and treasure. Pffffffft! Or, as she intoned in every sentence 'inshallah'!
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  • #TrueHistory ((( #Rats ))) vs. #Putin
    THIS IS one of reasons WHY (((they))) HATE Russia (and Vladimir Putin)

    The 19th century was known as the "Age of the Rothschilds".
    Back to 1815, this is the year Nathan Mayer Rothschild makes his famous statement:

    "I care NOT what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man WHO CONTROLS Britain's money supply CONTROLS the British Empire, and I CONTROL the British money supply."

    After the downfall of Napoleon Bonaparte the Congress of Vienna (a meeting of the European ambassadors) was held from September of 1814 to June of 1815 in Vienna, Austria. The Official motive for this International Conference was ‘to create a balance among the European powers to prevent future wars and maintain peace and stability in Europe’.

    But the REAL reason of this Congress for the Rothschilds was to CREATE a form of World Government, that will give (((them))) the COMPLETE Political CONTROL OVER much of the Civilized World.

    It’s estimated that the Rothschild family already CONTROLLED half the wealth OF the World. MANY of the European governments WERE IN DEBT to the Rothschilds, so they figured they could use that as a bargaining tool for the Rothschild World Government.

    However the Rothschild World Government plan FAILED because the Tsar Alexander I of Russia, who had NOT succumbed to a Rothschild Central Bank, would NOT go along with HIS plan, so the Rothschild World Government plan FAILED.

    ENRAGED by this, Nathan Mayer Rothschild SWORE THAT SOME DAY HE OR HIS DESCENDANTS WOULD DESTROY the Tsar Alexander I's entire family AND DESCENDANTS. Unfortunately HE WAS TRUE TO HIS WORD and 102 years later Rothschild funded (((Bolsheviks))) who WOULD ACT UPON THAT PROMISE.

    As you can see 200 years later Russia STILL strongly standing AGAINST the Rothschilds World Government. Russia DOESN’T let (((them))) sleep!!! (((They))) were soooo close to achieve their goal after BREAK UP the USSR, but Boris Yeltsin made a very wise decision by stepping down and to transfer Presidency to Vladimir Putin. https://politicalvelcraft.org/rothschild/
    https://illuminati.fandom.com/wiki/Rothschild_Family

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    #TrueHistory ((( #Rats ))) vs. #Putin THIS IS one of reasons WHY (((they))) HATE Russia (and Vladimir Putin) The 19th century was known as the "Age of the Rothschilds". Back to 1815, this is the year Nathan Mayer Rothschild makes his famous statement: "I care NOT what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man WHO CONTROLS Britain's money supply CONTROLS the British Empire, and I CONTROL the British money supply." After the downfall of Napoleon Bonaparte the Congress of Vienna (a meeting of the European ambassadors) was held from September of 1814 to June of 1815 in Vienna, Austria. The Official motive for this International Conference was ‘to create a balance among the European powers to prevent future wars and maintain peace and stability in Europe’. But the REAL reason of this Congress for the Rothschilds was to CREATE a form of World Government, that will give (((them))) the COMPLETE Political CONTROL OVER much of the Civilized World. It’s estimated that the Rothschild family already CONTROLLED half the wealth OF the World. MANY of the European governments WERE IN DEBT to the Rothschilds, so they figured they could use that as a bargaining tool for the Rothschild World Government. However the Rothschild World Government plan FAILED because the Tsar Alexander I of Russia, who had NOT succumbed to a Rothschild Central Bank, would NOT go along with HIS plan, so the Rothschild World Government plan FAILED. ENRAGED by this, Nathan Mayer Rothschild SWORE THAT SOME DAY HE OR HIS DESCENDANTS WOULD DESTROY the Tsar Alexander I's entire family AND DESCENDANTS. Unfortunately HE WAS TRUE TO HIS WORD and 102 years later Rothschild funded (((Bolsheviks))) who WOULD ACT UPON THAT PROMISE. As you can see 200 years later Russia STILL strongly standing AGAINST the Rothschilds World Government. Russia DOESN’T let (((them))) sleep!!! (((They))) were soooo close to achieve their goal after BREAK UP the USSR, but Boris Yeltsin made a very wise decision by stepping down and to transfer Presidency to Vladimir Putin. https://politicalvelcraft.org/rothschild/ https://illuminati.fandom.com/wiki/Rothschild_Family https://canund.com/posts/73264
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    #TrueHistory ((( #Rats ))) vs. #Putin THIS IS one of reasons WHY (((they))) HATE Russia (and Vladimir Putin) The 19th century was known as the "Age of the Rothschilds". Back to 1815, this is the year Nathan Mayer Rothschild makes his famous statement: "I care NOT what puppet is...
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  • The side of Rabindranath Tagore that ‘Liberal Intellectuals’ don’t want you to see: Here is what he thought of Islam

    Quite ostensibly, Tagore was not a proponent of the Hindu Right as we understand it today. However, he was certainly not one of the 'secular intellectual elite' of today either.

    Over time, a certain effort has been made by the intellectual Bengali elite to recast cultural icons of yore into stereotypes that fit perfectly with their own imaginations. In their effort, certain Bengali icons who have greatly influenced Bengali culture have been discarded while others have been fashioned as symbols of the supposed inherent secular Bengali culture.

    In this endeavour, icons like Shyama Prasad Mookherjee and Sri Aurobindo don’t find a place for themselves in the pantheon of Bengali stalwarts while those like Raja Ram Mohan Roy do. However, contrary to what liberals would have us believe, the opinions of such icons did not always conform with their fancy notions.

    Rabindranath Tagore is one such Bengali stalwart. Decades after his death, his songs are still sung and heard by every single Bengali Hindu family. His songs, which capture a variety of human emotions, have an entirely separate category unto themselves. ‘Rabindra Sangeet’ it is called. He is indeed an absolute cultural icon and over time, the Bengali intellectual elite has claimed him to be secular to present the ‘highly refined Bengali culture’ to be in stark contrast with the ‘rustic bigoted North Indian culture’.

    However, was Rabindranath Tagore really secular as the term is understood now? Was he really a deracinated intellectual as most of the Bengali elite is now? Let us discard the notions liberals have fed us and make up our own minds on the basis of the legend’s own words.

    From his works, it is abundantly clear that the great poet was not too fond of Islam and Christianity, to put it mildly. He said of them once, “There are two religions in earth, which have distinct enmity against all other religions. These two are Christianity and Islam. They are not just satisfied with observing their own religions but are determined to destroy all other religions. That’s why the only way to make peace with them is to embrace their religions.” (Original works of Rabindranath Vol. 24, page 375, Vishwa Bharti; 1982.)

    In a letter to Hemantabala Sarkar, written on the 16th of October, 1933, quoted in Bengali weekly ‘Swastika’ on 21-6-1999, he says, “The terrible situation of the country makes my mind restless and I cannot keep silent. Meaningless ritual keeps the Hindus divided into hundred sects. So we are suffering from a series of defeats. We are tired and worn-out by the fortunes by the internal-external enemies. The Muslims are united in religion and rituals. The Bengali Muslims the South Indian Muslims and even the Muslims outside India-all are united. They always stand united in face of danger. The broken and divided Hindus will not be able to combat them. Days are coming when the Hindus will be again humiliated by the Muslims. “You are a mother of children, one day you will die, passing the future of Hindus society on the weak shoulders of your children, but think about their future.”

    Rabindranath Tagore also blamed the Muslim community for the everlasting communal tensions between the two communities. Particularly, he blamed the pan-Islamic identity of the Muslim community and their penchant to put their religion over the nation which he claimed stood in the way of peaceful relations between Hindus and Muslims.

    In an interview with Times of India in 1924, which was quoted by the Hindu intellectual stalwart Sita Ram Goel in his book ‘Muslim Separatism – Causes and Consequences’ (1987), Tagore said, “A very important factor which is making it almost impossible for Hindu-Muslim unity to become an accomplished fact is that the Muslims can not confine their patriotism to any one country. I had frankly asked (the Muslims) whether, in the event of any Mohammedan power invading India, they (Muslims) would stand side by side with their Hindu neighbours to defend their common land. I was not satisfied with the reply I got from them… Even such a man as Mr Mohammad Ali (one of the famous Ali brothers, the leaders of the Khilafat Movement-the compiler) has declared that under no circumstances is it permissible for any Mohammedan, whatever be his country, to stand against any Mohammedan.”

    On another occasion, “Swamy Shraddananda’’, written by Rabindranath in Magh, 1333 Bangabda; compiled in the book ‘Kalantar’, he exhorted the Hindus to shed their weakness. “Weakness harbours sin. So, if the Muslims beat us and we, the Hindus, tolerate this without resistance-then, we will know that it is made possible only by our weakness. For the sake of ourselves and our neighbour Muslims also, we have to discard our weakness. We can appeal to our neighbour Muslims, ‘Please don’t be cruel to us. No religion can be based on genocide’ – but this kind of appeal is nothing, but the weeping of the weak person. When the low pressure is created in the air, a storm comes spontaneously; nobody can stop it for the sake of religion. Similarly, if weakness is cherished and be allowed to exist, torture comes automatically – nobody can stop it.”

    He also harboured a very pessimistic outlook about the future of Hindu-Muslim relation. He went on to add, “Possibly, the Hindus and the Muslims can make a fake friendship to each other for a while, but that cannot last forever. As long as you don’t purify the soil, which grows only thorny shrubs you can not expect any fruit.”

    Rabindranath Tagore, simultaneously, harboured great faith in Hinduism. He said, “When two-three different religions claim that only their own religions are true and all other religions are false, their religions are only ways to Heaven, conflicts cannot be avoided. Thus, fundamentalism tries to abolish all other religions. This is called Bolshevism in religion. Only the path shown by the Hinduism can relieve the world form this meanness.” (Tagore, ‘Aatmaparichapa’ in his book `Parichaya’)

    Of course, Tagore’s intelligence means that his opinions were extremely nuanced and it’s quite impossible to capture the entirety of his worldview in a single article. However, one thing is for certain, Tagore was certainly not the ‘secular hero’ the current Bengali elite imagine him to be. If he said the words now that he did then, the stalwart would be immediately labelled as a Hindutva Bigot.

    To be fair, certain Left-Liberals maintain their honesty in this respect and do already label him as Islamophobic and a bigot. That is indeed worthy of much more appreciation than the attempts to recast the great man into something he was not. Pitamber Kaushik, in an article published in Countercurrents (https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/what-did-rabindranath-tagore-think-about-islam) titled ‘What Did Rabindranath Tagore Think About Islam?’, says “an oft-unnoticed facet of this multiarmed polyglot, is remarkable, that of an undeniable bigot.” He adds, “Albeit Tagore did much to overhaul the exploitative social system and was the harbinger of progressive, modernist thought in Bengal, he was no Namboodripad or Nehru. Averse to the Abrahamic religions, and in spite of all ideological reformist endeavours, Tagore harboured an unmistakably soft spot for Hinduism, his religion of birth and upbringing.”

    One certain Saif Khan, writing for the Left-Liberal website Youth ki Awaaz, placed Tagore in the list of ‘Islamophobic Indians‘ (https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2013/04/indias-islamophobic-icons/). And it is further said, “Tagore’s flawed analogy if repeated by a political leader today would earn him the title of being ‘communal’.” Certain Maulanas, too, claim that Tagore’s ideas are being used to spread hatred against Muslims.

    Tagore was an extremely complicated man born into an extremely complicated era. Unfortunately enough, he became a victim of the newly minted artificially secular regime’s revisionist project. As a consequence, the enormous complexity of the man was reduced to dull shades of black and white and the grandeur of his achievements was reduced to merely a political tool in the hands of vested interests.

    Quite ostensibly, Tagore was not a proponent of the Hindu Right as we understand it today. However, he was certainly not one of the ‘secular intellectual elite’ of today either. More importantly, Tagore’s legacy is not the intellectual property of the current set of deracinated Bengali elite. His music and legacy is cherished by every Indian. When the entire country rises for the National Anthem, they are paying tribute to the nation through a song composed by Tagore. Cultural Icons from the past ought to be celebrated and cherished, to use them as sticks to beat fellow countrymen with is a sheer disgrace.



    https://www.opindia.com/2019/05/the-side-of-rabindranath-tagore-that-liberal-intellectuals-dont-want-you-to-see-here-is-what-he-thought-of-islam/
    The side of Rabindranath Tagore that ‘Liberal Intellectuals’ don’t want you to see: Here is what he thought of Islam Quite ostensibly, Tagore was not a proponent of the Hindu Right as we understand it today. However, he was certainly not one of the 'secular intellectual elite' of today either. Over time, a certain effort has been made by the intellectual Bengali elite to recast cultural icons of yore into stereotypes that fit perfectly with their own imaginations. In their effort, certain Bengali icons who have greatly influenced Bengali culture have been discarded while others have been fashioned as symbols of the supposed inherent secular Bengali culture. In this endeavour, icons like Shyama Prasad Mookherjee and Sri Aurobindo don’t find a place for themselves in the pantheon of Bengali stalwarts while those like Raja Ram Mohan Roy do. However, contrary to what liberals would have us believe, the opinions of such icons did not always conform with their fancy notions. Rabindranath Tagore is one such Bengali stalwart. Decades after his death, his songs are still sung and heard by every single Bengali Hindu family. His songs, which capture a variety of human emotions, have an entirely separate category unto themselves. ‘Rabindra Sangeet’ it is called. He is indeed an absolute cultural icon and over time, the Bengali intellectual elite has claimed him to be secular to present the ‘highly refined Bengali culture’ to be in stark contrast with the ‘rustic bigoted North Indian culture’. However, was Rabindranath Tagore really secular as the term is understood now? Was he really a deracinated intellectual as most of the Bengali elite is now? Let us discard the notions liberals have fed us and make up our own minds on the basis of the legend’s own words. From his works, it is abundantly clear that the great poet was not too fond of Islam and Christianity, to put it mildly. He said of them once, “There are two religions in earth, which have distinct enmity against all other religions. These two are Christianity and Islam. They are not just satisfied with observing their own religions but are determined to destroy all other religions. That’s why the only way to make peace with them is to embrace their religions.” (Original works of Rabindranath Vol. 24, page 375, Vishwa Bharti; 1982.) In a letter to Hemantabala Sarkar, written on the 16th of October, 1933, quoted in Bengali weekly ‘Swastika’ on 21-6-1999, he says, “The terrible situation of the country makes my mind restless and I cannot keep silent. Meaningless ritual keeps the Hindus divided into hundred sects. So we are suffering from a series of defeats. We are tired and worn-out by the fortunes by the internal-external enemies. The Muslims are united in religion and rituals. The Bengali Muslims the South Indian Muslims and even the Muslims outside India-all are united. They always stand united in face of danger. The broken and divided Hindus will not be able to combat them. Days are coming when the Hindus will be again humiliated by the Muslims. “You are a mother of children, one day you will die, passing the future of Hindus society on the weak shoulders of your children, but think about their future.” Rabindranath Tagore also blamed the Muslim community for the everlasting communal tensions between the two communities. Particularly, he blamed the pan-Islamic identity of the Muslim community and their penchant to put their religion over the nation which he claimed stood in the way of peaceful relations between Hindus and Muslims. In an interview with Times of India in 1924, which was quoted by the Hindu intellectual stalwart Sita Ram Goel in his book ‘Muslim Separatism – Causes and Consequences’ (1987), Tagore said, “A very important factor which is making it almost impossible for Hindu-Muslim unity to become an accomplished fact is that the Muslims can not confine their patriotism to any one country. I had frankly asked (the Muslims) whether, in the event of any Mohammedan power invading India, they (Muslims) would stand side by side with their Hindu neighbours to defend their common land. I was not satisfied with the reply I got from them… Even such a man as Mr Mohammad Ali (one of the famous Ali brothers, the leaders of the Khilafat Movement-the compiler) has declared that under no circumstances is it permissible for any Mohammedan, whatever be his country, to stand against any Mohammedan.” On another occasion, “Swamy Shraddananda’’, written by Rabindranath in Magh, 1333 Bangabda; compiled in the book ‘Kalantar’, he exhorted the Hindus to shed their weakness. “Weakness harbours sin. So, if the Muslims beat us and we, the Hindus, tolerate this without resistance-then, we will know that it is made possible only by our weakness. For the sake of ourselves and our neighbour Muslims also, we have to discard our weakness. We can appeal to our neighbour Muslims, ‘Please don’t be cruel to us. No religion can be based on genocide’ – but this kind of appeal is nothing, but the weeping of the weak person. When the low pressure is created in the air, a storm comes spontaneously; nobody can stop it for the sake of religion. Similarly, if weakness is cherished and be allowed to exist, torture comes automatically – nobody can stop it.” He also harboured a very pessimistic outlook about the future of Hindu-Muslim relation. He went on to add, “Possibly, the Hindus and the Muslims can make a fake friendship to each other for a while, but that cannot last forever. As long as you don’t purify the soil, which grows only thorny shrubs you can not expect any fruit.” Rabindranath Tagore, simultaneously, harboured great faith in Hinduism. He said, “When two-three different religions claim that only their own religions are true and all other religions are false, their religions are only ways to Heaven, conflicts cannot be avoided. Thus, fundamentalism tries to abolish all other religions. This is called Bolshevism in religion. Only the path shown by the Hinduism can relieve the world form this meanness.” (Tagore, ‘Aatmaparichapa’ in his book `Parichaya’) Of course, Tagore’s intelligence means that his opinions were extremely nuanced and it’s quite impossible to capture the entirety of his worldview in a single article. However, one thing is for certain, Tagore was certainly not the ‘secular hero’ the current Bengali elite imagine him to be. If he said the words now that he did then, the stalwart would be immediately labelled as a Hindutva Bigot. To be fair, certain Left-Liberals maintain their honesty in this respect and do already label him as Islamophobic and a bigot. That is indeed worthy of much more appreciation than the attempts to recast the great man into something he was not. Pitamber Kaushik, in an article published in Countercurrents (https://countercurrents.org/2019/05/what-did-rabindranath-tagore-think-about-islam) titled ‘What Did Rabindranath Tagore Think About Islam?’, says “an oft-unnoticed facet of this multiarmed polyglot, is remarkable, that of an undeniable bigot.” He adds, “Albeit Tagore did much to overhaul the exploitative social system and was the harbinger of progressive, modernist thought in Bengal, he was no Namboodripad or Nehru. Averse to the Abrahamic religions, and in spite of all ideological reformist endeavours, Tagore harboured an unmistakably soft spot for Hinduism, his religion of birth and upbringing.” One certain Saif Khan, writing for the Left-Liberal website Youth ki Awaaz, placed Tagore in the list of ‘Islamophobic Indians‘ (https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2013/04/indias-islamophobic-icons/). And it is further said, “Tagore’s flawed analogy if repeated by a political leader today would earn him the title of being ‘communal’.” Certain Maulanas, too, claim that Tagore’s ideas are being used to spread hatred against Muslims. Tagore was an extremely complicated man born into an extremely complicated era. Unfortunately enough, he became a victim of the newly minted artificially secular regime’s revisionist project. As a consequence, the enormous complexity of the man was reduced to dull shades of black and white and the grandeur of his achievements was reduced to merely a political tool in the hands of vested interests. Quite ostensibly, Tagore was not a proponent of the Hindu Right as we understand it today. However, he was certainly not one of the ‘secular intellectual elite’ of today either. More importantly, Tagore’s legacy is not the intellectual property of the current set of deracinated Bengali elite. His music and legacy is cherished by every Indian. When the entire country rises for the National Anthem, they are paying tribute to the nation through a song composed by Tagore. Cultural Icons from the past ought to be celebrated and cherished, to use them as sticks to beat fellow countrymen with is a sheer disgrace. https://www.opindia.com/2019/05/the-side-of-rabindranath-tagore-that-liberal-intellectuals-dont-want-you-to-see-here-is-what-he-thought-of-islam/
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