Comments on: Bob Geldof, Goa and the Maldives: take offense where you can find it http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Robert MacMillan http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/comment-page-1/#comment-27606 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 18:41:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=7262#comment-27606 I trust you. Keep visiting! :)

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By: Woman21 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/comment-page-1/#comment-27605 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 15:41:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=7262#comment-27605 ” Try that even in Luxembourg ”

You may not believe me, but it has sincerely got nothing to do with the results. The results take their own time…….It’s like Gandhi said, “Just keep doing the work, leave the rest to God. “I hope I am not over quoting, but if you have read the Alchemist. There is Greek story in there, I will not repeat it , but it has a moral, that even without knowing each person is playing an important role in the world, and often they are not aware of it. You may not know who is reading your blog and getting inspired :D.
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“Imagine one person fixing a country!”

Trust me one person with a firm resolve is more than enough :). Thanks

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By: Woman21 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/comment-page-1/#comment-27604 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 15:00:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=7262#comment-27604 “intentional ones!”

I am sure I know one, the facebook pic 😀

” I try to beware of appearing to be the foreigner bringing his own views to the public on how to fix a country. Imagine one person fixing a country!”

Keep writing!

“I think that Indians match Americans on pride and offense taken. It often feels like home!”

I cannot say about America, although I cannot deny ego. No country is free of it. But frankly I didn’t find the above incidents the ones that you wrote, and ones which I shared to be anyway offensive. The real offensive ones are drawing Hindu gods on shoes, hate crimes, racist slur etc. Not the above ones….

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By: Robert MacMillan http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/comment-page-1/#comment-27602 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 16:52:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=7262#comment-27602 In love… I would say I’ve fallen in professional love with India. I supervise two teams of journalists there, but unfortunately I do it from New York, so my time in country is less than I’d like. I also have a personal connection to India, but that has nothing to do with my public writing about the place. I try to beware of appearing to be the foreigner bringing his own views to the public on how to fix a country. Imagine one person fixing a country! Try that even in Luxembourg and see how far you get. As for offense, I think that Indians match Americans on pride and offense taken. It often feels like home!

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By: Robert MacMillan http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/comment-page-1/#comment-27601 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 16:50:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=7262#comment-27601 I have thought often that I should write a book about every faux pas I’ve committed in India, especially the intentional ones!

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By: Woman21 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/comment-page-1/#comment-27567 Tue, 01 Jan 2013 19:57:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=7262#comment-27567 I re- read your article. You have a good instinct of picking up topics and are able to talk about problems plaguing our country. I wished Indians picked up these topics and discussed them – cleanliness, rape victim blaming,languages, too sensitive etc. You seem to have fallen in love with our country! I mean why will a foreigner try to upload a facebook pic of people urinating. Of course if he thinks of it as a joke or something it’s different but from your blog I didn’t feel that. You were trying to help and improve. Please keep writing because you have good ideas and I daresay a genuine love for this country.

Okay now coming back to the topic discussed.:D. Ya you are right we get very easily offended. Though I don’t think the examples given are really big ones. I will share more bizarre ones. There was one in films- Billo barber! Found anything offensive in the title? Apparently, the barber community did. “Its disrespectful to use word barber, we are hairdressers”. See I admit there are some words in indigenous languages that are offensive like the N-word. And I am sure barber is not one of them, it’s English anyway. WHAT DO THE GUYS EXPECT we introduce some fourth language- German to rename all our workers!
Then there was something to do with history. Jodha Akbar. It was based on the Mughal Emperor Akbar and his Rajput wife Jodha. Now the entire movie has been filmed and it has been set for release, just few days before it Rajputs issue a warning against it! Why? It seems that Jodha is not the actual name of Akbar’s wife it’s Hira Kunwari. Jodha is the name of his daughter in law. This issue can be resolved by some polite warning before the film starts that Jodha is not the actual name. (However, the idea that her name is Jodha is rooted in the 19th century). But what is there to be hurt in it? The Rajputs were offended.
But come on history is massacred by filmmakers on regular basis. To give an English example, how about that Alexander movie some years ago. In that what did they show that Alexander was killed by an elephant in India. We all know it was West Asia, on his way back perhaps due to poisoning. Wait a minute did it say India, oh oh that too an Indian elephant. Okay lets get offended and start a defamation campaign. Blood of Alexander on our hands is too much to bear :D.

To be frank none of the above that you written I admit is remotely offensive. And that’s a good advice,” “Nobody can offend you if you refuse to be offended.” similar to Gandhi,” No one can hurt me without my permission”. Easily written than implemented but worth trying. Thanks

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By: Woman21 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/comment-page-1/#comment-27566 Tue, 01 Jan 2013 18:28:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=7262#comment-27566 May I request that you start with a blog then move on to the book. At least write top 10 plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I will like to know how many ways you offended Indians. 😀

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By: Robert MacMillan http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/comment-page-1/#comment-27469 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 12:32:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=7262#comment-27469 Bobby’s fine, I promise.

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By: ImamHaq http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/comment-page-1/#comment-27465 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:12:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=7262#comment-27465 ^^^^I’ve asked several questions about the nature of offense throughout this post, but the biggest one on my mind concerns something that my aunt used to say: “Nobody can offend you if you refuse to be offended.”

Hello, Bobby.

No. That’s Robert. Thank you.

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By: PopoDanderfluff http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2012/11/12/bob-geldof-goa-and-the-maldives-take-offense-where-you-can-find-it/comment-page-1/#comment-26657 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:53:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=7262#comment-26657 ‘…dubious Germans trying to sell us pot [on] Anjuna beach.’

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