- Aileen Blanley writes about Nisha Pahuja’s attempt to film a camp run by Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). Through physical combat training and lectures, the group aims to transform girls in to “tigers.” The camp
girlstigers sing: “Ask for milk, we’ll give you kheer, ask for Kashmir, we’ll slit your throats.” Blanley argues that Pahuja’s film “… succeeds in showing the camp’s ironic function as a safe house for adolescent minds and bodies at war with gender expectations—a space in which oppressive domestic and gender protocols are suspended, even as lecturers hold forth on how too much education is a bad thing, and how a Hindu woman’s duty is to follow the example set “5000 years ago” by women who conformed to their own “natural weakness.”
- Ajai Shukla at the Broadsword blog says the latest problem with India’s Vikramditya aircraft carrier is due to the Israelis. (I am sure the Russians are glad to have the heat off of them for a moment…)
- Sushant Sareen at the IDSA analyzes the recent Taliban prison break in Dera Ismail Khan. (Not surprisingly, Imran Khan takes it on the chops in this post.)
- Bruce Koepke looks at the potential impact of Hassan Rouhani’s successful election on Iranian-Afghan relations after eight years of rule by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
- Arjun Sethi marks the one year anniversary of the Oak Creek terrorist attack in Wisconsin.
- Finally, Kirobo is heading to the international space station thanks to JAXA and Toyota. (Too cute! But secretly, I can’t wait for him to become more like a HAL 9000 …)
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