Friday, 27 February 2009

Belligerent China, Meek India

While China understands the importance of soft power and cultural integration, India doesn’t really care:

 

The great-grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi said Monday that he has launched a fundraising campaign to buy a rare collection of the Indian independence leader's personal items that are up for auction and bring them back to India.

 

China on the other hand, does this:

 

It has issued orders making it difficult for Christie's to do business in China after the auction house sold two Chinese cultural relics on Wednesday. 


And that, my dear friends, shows the difference in the attitude of the two neighbouring countries.


 

7 comments:

Prasad said...

well um sure the govt said " itz old stuff anyways!"

aaggghhhh!

Nautankey said...

ha ha...right pras reminds me of this joke.
Master[to a shivering servant]: How dare you break the clock. Do you know its value.Its 500 years old

Servant: Sigh.Thank god I thought its a new one.

On a practical note I don't see what the indian government cud have done.If not christie's the collection wud have gone on auction in the underground market,which is worse as we will have no idea as to who owns it.

There are innumerable relics of past cultures which are in the hands of art museums especially british ones as they were the thugs who looted most of the countries,a diplomatic aggression shud be shown rather than commercial one to get them back

moai said...

well, I am french and that means I can hardly comment on my british neighbors knowing that we had our share of looting too.
About behaving and claiming artifacts, well, I think there is only one solution and that is law.
If an artifact has been bought officially on an open market, well is there anything to say?
More difficult is the war plundering,looting or ordinary thievery. In that case the "owner" has no right to sell/buy/keep the artifact.
To me, both behavior indicates that two different stories can be told bout these artifacts.

But I am no specialist, the thing that is missing is a good piece of information.

Siladitya said...

Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man

and theme from an earlier book?



Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003





CHICAGO, IL – Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title: Act Like A Lady –Think Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra show on which Steve Harvey was promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book had the same title and theme as her book that was copy written in 2003.



Upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels and realized that it is not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite a book and use their celebrity status to sell it. This she says happens too often to the unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world.



Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to “empower you with a wide-open look into the minds of men”. Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that her hope was for women to gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in chapter 8 of Steve Harvey’s book titled “Why Men Cheat” he came to the same conclusion that she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled “Why would a man cheat”, and the answer was, “because they can”.



Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harvey’s book, and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has much to offer from a woman’s perspective and seeks to empower women to practice self love and tough love in relationships.



Before the publication of Steve Harvey’s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain name: www.actlikealadythinklikeaman.com from which she has been selling her book. She has also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book, and can be viewed on the following youtube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television program about her book in 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxVVQX15X2Y.



Mindful of all the self - published poets and authors who have a hard time finding publishers for their works, Sharon is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her options, and hopes that her book with the first and original title of Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man will finally receive the recognition it deserves for the wisdom, encouragement, and empowerment that it provides to women.

Anonymous said...

The damn gook Chinese are a bunch of fucking crooks anyways. Such a rabid bunch of pinko commie dogs doesn't deserve any praise whatsoever.

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Taureandude_23 aka TD23 said...

hey NG
Luckily the Gandhi items came back to India, but yeaah, that is the diffrence between India and China.
Wish u a very Happy Holi
take care
ciao