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Forum: Worldwide Travel Photologues Aug 24th, 2015, 20:04
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The Indiamike UNESCO World Heritage Site Photo Thread

The Islamic State has commenced with the destruction of Palmyra, having beheaded the guardian of its antiquities last week, apparently for his refusal to reveal the hiding places of some of the...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 18th, 2015, 23:15
Replies: 79
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Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Belongs in this thread surely - Films that evoke...

Belongs in this thread surely - Films that evoke a sense of travel (http://www.indiamike.com/india/books-music-and-movies-f4/films-that-evoke-a-sense-of-travel-t54402/2/)
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 18th, 2015, 08:19
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
BBC's Shashi Tharoor viewpoint

Don't know much about the topic either, but my theory is that what we now consider to constitute 'corruption' was in various ways the commonly accepted way of doing business/getting by in society...
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Aug 13th, 2015, 23:46
Replies: 3,818
Views: 310,118
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Who's reading what,when & the experience

Just starting Umberto Eco 'The Name of the Rose' today, have heard great things.
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 11th, 2015, 17:07
Replies: 284
Views: 38,371
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
A century ago Indian troops occupied the Persian...

A century ago Indian troops occupied the Persian Gulf port of Bushehr (spelled by the British as 'Bushire'). It's mostly in the news these days due to the near-by nuclear facility. The portrait is...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 6th, 2015, 20:06
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Bholebaba, I'll quote the post you took issue...

Bholebaba, I'll quote the post you took issue with just to clarify, it's #77 in this thread:
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 6th, 2015, 19:45
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
I'm pretty sure I wrote 'some' or 'many' Indians...

I'm pretty sure I wrote 'some' or 'many' Indians Muslims - I remember making a point of it in my head. I have also, in this very thread, written that Indian Muslims were and are divided along...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 6th, 2015, 18:55
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
No doubt it may seem like that to us looking at...

No doubt it may seem like that to us looking at it in the context of the current crises afflicting the wider Muslim world. For historically minded Muslims, however, it makes perfect sense, since they...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 6th, 2015, 16:04
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
I get you. When I said 'pre-modern' however, I...

I get you. When I said 'pre-modern' however, I wasn't thinking 'pre-industrial'. Isn't that Gellner's theory on nationalism? That it was a requirement of the industrial age? (I could be wrong, it's...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 6th, 2015, 15:15
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Don't disagree with his elite-based explanation...

Don't disagree with his elite-based explanation on the emergence of Pakistan at all - just to repeat my point, I never said that the creation of Pakistan was inevitable, quite the opposite - what I...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 5th, 2015, 16:34
Replies: 202
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Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Good post Prince. The only bit I'd question would...

Good post Prince. The only bit I'd question would be this. It's probably unrealistic and a bit unfair to expect the mass of the population to be well-versed or even interested in history of any kind...
Forum: Worldwide Travel Photologues Aug 5th, 2015, 14:54
Replies: 326
Views: 35,166
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
The Indiamike UNESCO World Heritage Site Photo Thread

Easy to miss - whoever's responsible for promoting tourism in Istanbul has completely ignored the potential of the walls. There are no signs or footpaths to guide you along, yet they run from the...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 4th, 2015, 23:18
Replies: 2,360
Views: 123,162
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Heatwave all over the Middle East right? There...

Heatwave all over the Middle East right? There was this in Iran a couple of days ago:

Heat Index in Iran Hits 164 Degrees: Among Hottest Urban Temperatures Ever Endured by Mankind...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 4th, 2015, 21:51
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
BBC's Shashi Tharoor viewpoint

Off-topic - hate to do this but I can't stand this fraud getting any credit: Hari is not a historian, rather a disgraced journalist, an acknowledged plagiarist and sockpuppet (not to say the numbers...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 4th, 2015, 01:20
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
:confused: News to me.

:confused: News to me.
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 3rd, 2015, 02:01
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Paxman is great, but it's disappointing to see...

Paxman is great, but it's disappointing to see him fall for the myth of Lawrence (a relatively minor player in the Arab Revolt - amazing what a fluid pen and a Hollywood blockbuster will do for...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 2nd, 2015, 19:47
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Very different cases, although as Prince notes...

Very different cases, although as Prince notes above, they were inherently linked:



For most of the 19th century, this meant ensuring the survival of the Ottoman Empire in order to maintain a...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 2nd, 2015, 16:10
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
BBC's Shashi Tharoor viewpoint

Aside from obviously divisive acts such as the partition of Bengal, the whole method of British administration served to harden and politicize identities in harmful ways. Very much men of the...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 2nd, 2015, 02:13
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
BBC's Shashi Tharoor viewpoint

Absolutely, I agree with every word you've written (thank god!). Now I have to go watch True Detective!
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 2nd, 2015, 01:35
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Sorry I've only seen this now. I think I've...

Sorry I've only seen this now. I think I've hinted at the roots of the genuine appeal the idea may have had above. The seeds existed before the Muslim League. The collapse of Mughal authority was a...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 2nd, 2015, 00:11
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
BBC's Shashi Tharoor viewpoint

Sorry I can see I wasn't clear there - I was speaking more generally of those factors which, in the eyes of the elites of the Muslim League, served to unite Indian Muslims as against the wider...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 1st, 2015, 23:40
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
All forms of nationalism claim to encompass...

All forms of nationalism claim to encompass pre-modern identities. Some are so obviously invented as to be hilarious - see e.g. Ataturk's adoption of a Hittite identity for Turkey, or modern-day...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 1st, 2015, 21:40
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
That is not my point at all, looking back through...

That is not my point at all, looking back through my own posts I'm struggling to see where you might have got that idea - it feels like an assumption you've attached to my arguments rather than...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 1st, 2015, 19:04
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
I've read this four times, since it was in...

I've read this four times, since it was in response to two of my posts. Is there any chance you might indicate in what sense what you've written here relates to those two posts, directly? I'm really...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 1st, 2015, 18:29
Replies: 202
Views: 6,506
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Ah the never-ending battle for victim status....

Ah the never-ending battle for victim status. Reminds me of this classic Sopranos episode:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbbMIg-Aw8E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbuNOzrxLqw
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