“Qadhafi never called me a P Asteix Asterix Asterix”

… he was relatively innocuous compared to Sukant Chandan, whose breathtaking defence of the Qadhafi regime and insistence on hectoring Libyans present, including Hamid from the Libyan Youth Movement, left activists infuriated. I mean, literally fuming. Sukant’s opening line was a cracker, to be sure. “Qadhafi never called me a p***. My beef is not with Qadhafi, it’s with the Brits.” The subsequent argument involved harnessing unexceptionable observations about imperialism to a less tenable argument that Qadhafi’s regime represented some kind of advanced welfare state, and that his opponents are ‘Contras’. He also argued that the uprising in Syria was an imperialist subvention, intended to undermine Hezbollah. Stunned gasps and disbelieving laughter from the Libyan activists in the audience.

2 responses

  1. Dear Sir,

    Should I put a hyphen in “postanarchism”?


    April 11, 2011 at 2:06 am

    • Dear Rita,

      Having a child is a serious decision for any couple, especially in times of economic stress. My advise to young couples like yourselves is to prepare a basic budget for the first three years of your potential little blessing’s life.

      Then double it.

      I cannot tell you how many young couples, deeply in love, do not adequately consider the financial burden that a child can be, or who simply fail to budget for unforeseen eventualities like illness, the death of a partner, a protracted divorce, or God blessing you with twins or even triplets!

      Your friend,

      Abul Kalam Azad,
      Ministry of Education,
      Delhi. April 11, 1951.

      April 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm

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