Friday, April 13, 2012

Banerji's blind spot

Tweets Mihir Sharma  @mihirssharma A free country again. Yay. RT @PTI_News: 1-year extension of visa for controversial US historian Peter Heehs: Home Ministry officials. 9:21 PM - 9:01 PM - 13 Apr 12 CNN-IBN News  @ibnlive RT @IBNLiveRealtime US historian Peter Heehs gets 1-year visa extension 9:28 PM - 13 Apr 12 

Peter Heehs may have to leave India; MHA unlikely to intervene IBNLive.com - PTI 07:04 PM, Apr 13, 2012 New Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI)
Controversial US historian Peter Heehs may have to leave India on Sunday as the Home Ministry is unlikely to intervene in the immigration authorities' decision not to extend his visa.
Peter Heehs may have to leave India Times of India - PTI Apr 13, 2012, 07.16PM IST
When the matter was reported in the media, home minister P Chidambaram had announced that he had asked for a suo motu review of the case and he would take an appropriate decision. After reviewing the case and considering several representations against Heehs, the home ministry is understood to have decided not to intervene in the issue. 

The reports of A.B. Purani used by Peter Heehs to misrepresent Sri Aurobindo's relation with the Mother fall in this category of unusable documents. A.B. Purani ... 

Re: Darshan Day Message: Justice (Heehs case stayed by Orissa High Court) by Debashish on Sat 05 Dec 2009 09:27 AM PST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
"The book titled “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” published by Columbia University Press, US, has disparaging comments about the life of the spiritual leader."
It is interesting to see how fiction turns to fact in history. Correspondents and researchers quote information that they find repeated in "prestigious" sources. Slippery behind-the-scene negotiations (complex agency) mark the appearance of interpretations in "prestigious sources." This is the contest for truth, part of the will to power. Once established, such "truth" proliferates with a life of its own. Once it has been repeated a sufficient number of times, it is held as self-evident fact, not even worth citing. Gradually, following a Darwinian evolutionary course, alternate (recessive) interpretations disappear and only reproductions of the dominant version remain as the human memory of "what happened." 

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