Mahatma Gandhi and the Rebranding of India in Africa

first_imgIndian merchants, skilled and unskilled workers have long been a part of the economic landscape in Liberia. At one point in time, Indian nationals accounted for the second largest non-African expatriate community in Liberia. They owned trading stores, worked in a range of occupations, including the medical profession, and even non-skilled store hands. In terms of economic clout, they ranked second to the Lebanese and perhaps still do so today.One well known Indian national who has lived and worked in Liberia for decades and fathered a daughter by a Liberian is M.P. Dhaliwal, owner of the famous DITCO store on Randall Street. Another rising economic powerhouse is the Anadani clan, otherwise known as the Arun Brothers, who have now stamped their presence on the economic scene, dealing in household electronics, consumer items and pharmaceuticals. But perhaps best known Indian nationals are Sethi Brothers and Anwar Jeety Singh.In addition to his very viable import trade in construction and building materials, including electrical equipment, Jeety Singh is also a diplomat representing India in Liberia. It is mainly through his initiative and drive that his country’s diplomatic relations with Liberia have been kept on a sure footing. And it is through his initiative, personal contacts and intimate knowledge of “working the ropes” that the project to edify and project Mathama Ghandhi as a new face in India’s relations with Africa and perhaps the rest of the world has taken root in Liberia.In a few places around the world statutes immortalizing Mahatma Gandhi and his non-violent philosophy have been erected. One of such places was the University of Ghana at Legon, where a statue of Gandhi was erected. The reasons underlying its erection have now come under intense public scrutiny in Ghana. Public debate over Gandhi’s legacy has been quite robust, inflamed passions and created conditions and support for the removal of the statue from that University’s campus.Gandhi, according to history, lived in South Africa for a period of ten years and came face to face with racial inequality and oppression. According to historical accounts, Gandhi did not see himself as part of the struggle of African people for racial equality and social justice. He appeared seemingly incapable of accepting equal status with black Africans whom he described in his writings as Kaffirs. Neither did he, according to historical accounts, advocate for social equality for Dalits, Sikhs and others considered outcasts in Indian society.For these and other reasons, Gandhi is being judged harshly by history which has so far not placed him in the pantheon of heroes, which the likes of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Samora Machel, Amilcar Cabral, Fidel Castro, Bram Fisher, Thomas Sankara, etc. enjoy. Notwithstanding, India under the leadership of Hindu nationalist, Mohendra Modi, is sparing little effort to project India’s influence around the globe and Ghandhi, perhaps, is the face of this projection.Whether this new drive is an attempt to play catch-up with China, considering the huge inroads that country has made in Africa recently is a matter of conjecture. China, on the one hand, has invested heavily in infrastructure in African countries, with Liberia being no exception. A new Ministerial complex, for example, is just being completed with planned road interchanges at the Ministerial complex and the Tubman Boulevard Junction well advanced in the pipeline.Just how China’s drive will impact Indo-Liberian relations remains to be seen. In the perception of most Liberians, Indians are “cheap” meaning they are a miserly lot.. Generally, the wages they pay their Liberian employees rank far below what Indians pay their fellow Indians. In the real estate business, Indians are generally known to offer lower lease terms as compared to Lebanese, for example.This view is widely held among Liberians of the propertied class and this probably explains why Lebanese continue to dominate the real estate industry. The Indians have proposed the erection of a Conference Center for Liberia. This is certainly a good idea although many disagree with the choice of the area selected for that construction. Some environmentalists are strongly agreed that such construction in an area classified as protected wetlands is certainly not a wise idea.In the interest of environmental protection in Liberia, we urge the government to offer the Indian community an alternative site for the conference center. However, whether the Mahatma Gandhi statue, if and when erected, will eventually suffer the same fate as the Gandhi statue erected on the University of Ghana Legon campus may be a little too early to tell. There is, however,strong probability that the Conference Center could very well outlast the Gandhi statue; but the Center shall more likely than not remain the Gandhi Conference Center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gilliland blazes to Daytona 500 pole

first_imgThat dark time saw Yates lose his drivers, a sponsor and both of his crew chiefs in a tumultuous year that saw the once-proud team collapse to the point that Yates was convinced he was dying. But just like a true racer, the car owner refused to close shop and fought to keep the family business on the track. He handed the keys to his twocars to Gilliland, an unproven rookie, and Rudd, the Iron Man of NASCAR who spent last year out of racing and mowing the 30 acres of grass on his North Carolina farm. They proved Sunday that there’s life in this Yates team, after all. Gilliland turned a lap of 186.320 mph to win the pole, and Rudd was right behind at 185.609 to put themselves on the front row for the season-opening Daytona 500 next Sunday. “It’s like a dream that I’m afraid to wake up from,” said Gilliland, coming off Saturday night’s second-place finish in the exhibition Budweiser Shootout. David Gilliland and Ricky Rudd won the top two starting spots Sunday in qualifying for the Daytona 500, putting Yates back on the racing map after a horrendous season. “There was a time last year when I felt like I maybe was the problem, and wasn’t in love with it and really wanted to leave (racing),” Yates said. “I could have walked out of here last year. I want this next year to get this thing up, get the sky that was falling on us, get it up.” Gilliland and Rudd were the only two drivers to lock down their starting spots under a complicated qualifying procedure for NASCAR’s biggest event of the year that was marred when Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne’s cars failed inspection and Michael Waltrip’s was impounded because of a suspicious part. The top 35 drivers from 2006 are assured a spot in the 500, but their starting position will be determined by a pair of qualifying races Thursday. It leaves eight other spots to fill, and 26drivers are vying for them. Dale Jarrett is guaranteed one of them by virtue of the past-champions provisional, as are the threefastest drivers in qualifying from that group. That caveat promised Boris Said, Sterling Marlin and Johnny Sauter spots in the race. Toyota, which is making its Nextel Cup debut this season, had a horrendous qualifying effort and will need brilliant qualifying races to get the bulk of its Camrys into the field. Jarrett is in, along with Dave Blaney, who earned a berth because of his 2006 standings. But the rest of the bunch struggled, including Waltrip, whose intake manifold was confiscated at the start of the day because inspectors found a questionable substance inside the part. Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, was 25th in qualifying and his Camry was later impounded. “There’s nothing wrong with it,” Waltrip insisted. “We just had an oil problem of some sort.” David Reutimann was the best of the Toyota bunch at 15th, and was followed by Jeremy Mayfield (16th), Mike Skinner (18th), Waltrip, Blaney (39th), A.J. Allmendinger (40th), Brian Vickers (45th) and Jarrett (50th). Juan Pablo Montoya flirted with the front row, putting his new No. 42 Dodge in the secondspot only to be bumped from it moments later by teammate David Stremme. Stremme ended up third and Montoya was fourth, but teammate Reed Sorenson was a disappointing 44th after blowing a battery in his car on his secondqualifying lap. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Robert Yates Racing went from skid row to the front row, emerging from the darkest season in team history to take the Daytona500 spotlight. At least for a week. last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgNORWALK- A motorcyclist was killed Thursday morning when a driver lost control of her car and hit his motorcycle on the Artesia (91) Freeway in Norwalk, California Highway Patrol officials said. Authorities withheld the victim’s name but said he was a 53-year-old South Gate resident. The crash occurred at about 6:40 a.m. on the carpool lane of the eastbound 91, east of Norwalk Boulevard. CHP Officer Kevin O’Toole said the driver of a Honda Accord merging onto the freeway from Norwalk Boulevard at about 45 mph lost control, veered across the eastbound lanes and into the carpool lane, where her car hit the motorcycle. The impact ejected the motorcyclist over the center divider. He landed on the westbound carpool lane, said CHP Sgt. Charlie Sampson. Paramedics took the motorcyclist to La Palma Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Sampson said. Cinco de Mayo bash set Sunday SOUTH EL MONTE – One of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Southern California will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, 1600 N. Rosemead Blvd. The free family festival will feature live music from some of the top Mexican regional music bands, food booths, free samples provided by dozens of companies, and more. For more information, call (626) 575-5530. Blood Center open despite strike WHITTIER – Although some nurses and technicians for the American Red Cross went on strike Monday, officials at the Blood Donor Center at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital want residents to know they remain open, hospital official Terri Starkman said. Blood collected at the hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd., remains at the hospital for use by its patients, she said. The hospital’s donor center is open from 8 a.m to 6:30p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2872. `Friday Forum’ dance set tonight WHITTIER – The Skills Foundation will conduct its monthly “Friday Forum” dance from 7 to 10 tonight at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. Participants must attend school or live in Whittier and be in sixth, seventh or eighth grade and have a school I.D. and a permission slip from their parents. For more information, call (562) 464-3436. VFW fundraiser dinner tonight SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will hold a fundraising barbecue dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today. The suggested donation is $6.95 per plate. All proceeds help veterans. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Mother/daughter tea set Saturday WHITTIER – The Catholic Daughters of the Americas’ Whittier chapter will hold its fourth annual mother and daughter tea from 1 to 3p.m. Saturday in Smith Hall at St. Mary’s Church, 7215 Newlin Ave. Wear your prettiest hat bring your favorite tea cup. For more information, call (562) 698-7117. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Inter Milan eyeing deal for Chelsea defender

first_img1 Inter Milan have enquired about the availability of Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.The 21-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and he has impressed in Germany.Christensen performed so well that Gladbach asked to keep hold of him for another year, but Chelsea rejected their proposal.Blues boss Antonio Conte is reportedly keen to see the centre-back in action during pre-season to assess whether he is ready for the first team.That, though, has not put Inter off and – according to Sky Sport Italia – they have contacted Chelsea over a deal for Christensen.The Italian club are ready to spend big this summer and the Denmark international is the latest name to be added to their shortlist. Andreas Christensen in action for Borussia Moenchengladbach last season last_img read more


first_imgProfessional boxer Jason Quigley was back on home soil to officially open the new extension at Raphoe Boxing Club.Jason took time out to cut the tape, pay tribute to all this involved in Raphoe ABC and to answer some sticky questions from some young interviewers. Simply click on the DonegalTV video to see what was a great occasion.DDTV: WATCH AS JASON QUIGLEY GETS A GOOD GRILLING FROM RAPHOE YOUNGTERS! was last modified: September 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJason QuigleyRaphoe Boxing Clublast_img read more

‘Henry not in line for Aston Villa job, but Terry is’, claims Harry Redknapp

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker and current Belgium coach Henry was linked with the Villa job over the summer, but the Championship side decided to stick with Bruce despite his failure to seal promotion back to the Premier League.However, a poor start to the season saw Bruce sacked last week and Henry was quickly mentioned as a possible replacement, with former captain Terry – who recently announced his retirement as a player – linked with a role as his assistant.But, according to Redknapp, those rumours are way off the mark.The former Tottenham boss explained on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I don’t think Thierry’s going to go there.“I don’t think that’s going to happen, that’s what I’ve heard. 2 2 ❌ Thierry Henry✅ John TerryHarry Redknapp tells us Thierry Henry will NOT be going to #AVFC… but gets the feeling John Terry could find himself at Villa Park!— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 9, 2018 Thierry Henry helped Belgium to third place at this summer’s World Cup, but has no managerial experience at club level Thierry Henry is NOT in the running to become the new manager of Aston Villa, Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT.However, the former Premier League boss believes John Terry IS in contention to succeed Steve Bruce in the Villa Park hotseat. “I was at a function last night and John Terry was there, and I had a feeling John was right in the frame for the Villa job.“He’s certainly a runner, that’s for sure.“John wants to get into management – he sees Frank [Lampard] doing it and sees Stevie Gerrard having a crack.“John is a confident boy. He’s just retired from playing and he’s thinking about the future, and if the opportunity comes to manage a club like Aston Villa, that would be a dream job for him.“It’s a big club, there’s great potential there and it would be a great start for him.”last_img read more

PROP 77 PRO: Races would be more competitive

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his supporters argue that the Proposition 77 redistricting measure would make elections more competitive in the state and take the power of drawing district lines out of politicians’ hands. The measure would create a panel of three retired judges to draw boundary lines for congressional, state legislative and Board of Equalization districts. Any plan would then be submitted to voters for approval. Supporters say the current system – in which the Legislature draws the lines – is flawed because it allows politicians to choose their voters rather than the other way around. They point to districts that appear to be substantially gerrymandered, such as the 23rd Congressional District – nicknamed the “ribbon of shame” because it wanders up the coast of Central California for some 200 miles while going no more than five miles inland. “When it comes to the fundamental structure of how our democracy works, putting that in the hands of the people is the best place to put it,” said Steve Poizner, chairman of the governor’s “Yes on 77” committee. Under the measure, the state Judicial Council would nominate 24 retired judges, an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, who are willing to serve as special masters of the redistricting process. The four state legislative leaders would nominate three each from the opposite party and be allowed to veto one of the other picks. Then the names of three would be chosen at random, as long as there was at least one Democrat and one Republican. The masters would draft a plan and hold at least three public hearings before finalizing it. It would then be used at the next election, where it would be submitted to voters for approval even as candidates are running under the maps. If voters reject the plan, the candidates still would be elected to those districts, but the maps would have to be redrawn for the next election. The measure was authored by political activist Ted Costa, who also first launched the recall campaign against former Gov. Gray Davis. Chellie Pingree, president of political reform watchdog Common Cause, said she doesn’t argue with critics who point out flaws in the system, but said it is more important to take redistricting out of the hands of the Legislature than to quibble over details. “The most important thing here is our desire to move redistricting outside of the Legislature, to take politicians out of the process of drawing boundary lines,” she said. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.comlast_img read more

A’s blow 4-0 lead in eighth, lose on back-to-back homers in the ninth

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.NEW YORK — A’s closer Liam Hendriks blew his first save since July 30 and did it in a big way, allowing back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. The 5-4 loss marked the second time in 24 hours that the A’s walked off the field in defeat.The A’s (76-58) had taken a 4-0 lead into the eighth, but New York scored three runs against the once-vaunted Oakland bullpen. Hendriks came on in relief of Lou …last_img

Equal number of South African men, women use Facebook

first_img4 November 2014A social media study has revealed that an equal number of men and women in South Africa use Facebook, with 5.6-million men and 5.6-million women logging onto the social network.The SA Social Media Landscape 2015 report which was released on Monday, 3 November, showed Facebook remained the most popular social network in South Africa, followed by YouTube and Twitter.The report was compiled by technology market research organisation World Wide Worx and analytics company Fuseware. The study excludes instant messaging services.The findings of the study reveal the extent to which social media has become mainstream, according to World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck. He said the level of equality is a clear sign of both the maturity of the platform and its mainstream use as an everyday tool rather than as a high-tech choice.Goldstuck said 8.8-million South Africans accessed Facebook on their cellphones. “This means that targeting Facebook users is not a matter only of marketing on the Facebook website — its mobile properties are probably more important.’The biggest phone operating system used in South Africa for Facebook was Android, which grew from 1.26-million users in 2013 to 3.2-million in 2014. BlackBerry fell from the top position to second with a drop from 2.6-million to 2.4- million.Apple’s iOS remained in third place with a relatively stable number of 580 000 users, while the Windows Phone emerged from below the radar with 124 000 to 260 000.“More important than the operating system numbers, however, is the split between feature phones and smartphones,” Goldstuck said, adding that 5-million Facebook users still use feature phones.“While smartphones only just dominate, at 5.6-million, it is clear that a large Facebook user-base is still on a basic device,” he said.Feature phones are low-end and have more limited features than high-tech smartphones.The most commonly used handset for Facebook was the Nokia Asha, with 1.78- million users. In second place was the Blackberry Curve 8520 at 660 000 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 at 400 000.“This statistic is also significant, bearing in mind the S4 is a premium device, underlining its social appeal in South Africa,” said Goldstuck.The Facebook user-base was beginning to resemble South Africa’s urban population, according to Fuseware MD Mike Wronski.“The highest growth in the user-base is seen in three key economic hubs, namely Johannesburg (55%), Pretoria (49%) and Cape Town (44%),” he said, adding that quite interestingly, Nelspruit continues to show high growth at 40%.Wronski said South Africa bucked the global trend of younger users reportedly falling dramatically as a proportion of the user base. “There is much debate about teenagers abandoning the platform, but it’s not yet a factor in South Africa. The 13- 18 age group remains the single biggest on Facebook with 2.5-million users,” he said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Google Fixes Usenet Archive; Old Geeks Rejoice

first_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In response to a Wired article that ran yesterday, Google is fixing its archives of Usenet posts, one of the richest and oldest repositories of user-generated content ever to exist online.For those of you under the age of 30, Usenet began in 1979 in Chapel Hill as a collection of newsgroups. In the years that followed, Internet history unfolded, jargon was coined, and lore was created in these discussions. In 2001, Google acquired two Usenet archives comprising 700 million posts and failed to index them in any meaningful way. As of today, that wrong is being righted.In the past, searching Usenet posts archived in Google Groups often yielded few or no results. For example, this recent discussion thread is all about the brokenness of Google’s Usenet archives and search capabilities.“None of my posts are showing up (using advanced search, trying email and name in the author field, even limiting the date range to the right years),” wrote one user.Noting that Google’s Usenet search “often… returns no results for queries which obviously shouldn’t,” another user said, “You just have to cross your fingers and hope that they [Google] notice the problem themselves and fix it.”Fortunately, after media attention and user complaints, the search giant has responded and rectified the situation.Today, Google rep Victoria Katsarou told Wired, “It turns out there was a bug, a specific bug, that affected search within a specific group. That bug is something we’re working on fixing, and I think that will be fixed by tomorrow. Thanks for writing this, because that’s how we discovered this specific bug.”Just one bug wrecking search results for archives spanning 700 million posts and more than 20 years of data? Seems hardly likely.Search results are particularly buggy when users filter them by date. As an example, searching alt.usenet.kooks for “godwin” produces 6,520 results. Until we tried to look at results sorted by date. Once that happened, we got 93 results. And searching alt.comp.freeware for “MS-DOS” yielded no results after 2000, even though we eventually found posts dating back to 1995 when we browsed without narrowing the dates.If complaints by Internet old-timers, Slashdot threads and detailed email exchanges aren’t enough to get Google to tend this garden of information and ensure it is searchable, and if media attention is really what it takes, then we must add our voices to those at Wired in asking Google to keep Usenet useful. And we ask that like-minded individuals do the same in the comments.For a nice Usenet history lesson in timeline form, check out Google’s highlights of Usenet posts dating back as far as 1981. Of particular interest to us Web geeks at ReadWriteWeb is Tim Berners-Lee’s announcement of the World Wide Web. jolie odell Related Posts Tags:#Google#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more