fyi, someone used my email address fraudulently, does that mean someone's paying attention?
- Clearly from the spate of posts to lists I moderate or post regularly to I
am being targeted here by someone trying to effect my work adversely by
posting fraudulently from Hindustan Times website and others, using my email
address as sender without my knowledge or control. This is a new twist and
someone is spending lots of time at it.
From: David Crockett Williams <gear2000@...>
To: .General Agency Services <gear2000@...>
Subject: fyi, someone used my email address fraudulently, does that mean
someone's paying attention?
Date: Friday, August 22, 2003 5:58 PM
Interesting development since I posted the below exchange with an
anti-nuclear activist concerned with how this issue applies in India
and regarding the hostilities between Hindus and Moslems, with
shown pseudonyms, emails from anonymous website sends from
Santa Monica City College (link to US State Dept. terrorist
organizations list) and from the Hindustan Times site with link to article
on terrorism in India including the message "Terrorist sympathizer, you are
For the record, I was baptised Episcopalian as an infant, I embraced Islam
in 1963 at age 18 at a meeting of the Los Angeles Mosque under tutelage of
James Waldron -- as a culture of peace and brotherhood of believers in The
One God -- who gave me the Moslem name of Daoud ibn Daoud Abdul Allah
(David, son of David and Servant of The One God -- my father's name was same
as mine). Since 1976 I have been involved in working with indigenous
spiritual leaders to bring out the messages of their culture of peace
precedents including witnessing evolving Hopi Prophecy fulfillment. Since
the late 1960's I have been studying the teachings of India's contemporary
spiritual teacher Sri Sathya Sai Baba, whom I visited and spoke with in
1997, and who comes from a Hindu cultural background but teaches the unity
of all faiths as facets of the divine, a concept also supported by my
chemical physics theory of consciousness equations developed 1974-77 which
are still on the "finges" of mainsteam science. Since 1976 I have been a
practitioner of the same chanting and drumming practice taken up by Mahatma
Gandhi in 1933, also from the late most venerable Nichidatsu Fujii, and
1977 have carried the Tibetan Buddhist name of Karma Tsering Thrchen given
by HH Karmapa.
This is all just to say that I am not "against" anyone, or anyone's beliefs,
and I neither condone nor respect the use, or threat of use, of fear or
violence for any purpose especially including nation building. I am simply
in favor of the truth coming to light in all ways.
But I can understand how the prospect of "free energy technologies" would
strike terror into the hearts of those attached to the status quo, until
realize that the corporate world of today will just be transformed by this
new science and technology, not put out of business, since therein lies the
infrastructure to move most quickly to a global culture of peace which will
allow the development of these new energy technologies to replace nuclear
and fossil fuel power.
This post should not be construed as any kind of accusation, and it's
not that the materials sent were objectionable to me. I just object to use
of my address.
Is someone so threatened by this new science info that they would take
the bother do this? The physics cops? :-) I'm surprised I didn't get the
usual tirade since 1998 from the University of Maryland at College Park
("CIA Tech") "anti-nuclear physics policeman" trying to publicly dispute
my info below. Maybe he missed that post to abolition caucus list.
Whoever is responsible for these fraudulent sends using my address, it to
me at least is a signal that someone opposed to my views is thinking that
others might be taking me seriously, so my posts should be counterfeited,
... how flattering.
No responses to this post are needed unless someone knows how to stop folks
from using another's address in sends from websites allowing such abuse.
---- begin fwd copies of example of 3 of ~10 falsified sends by someone
misusing my gear2000lightspeed.net address, followed by the only recent
exchange that would seem to have generated such impulsive covert attack.
This message was sent from a fill-out form at homepage.smc.edu.
To reply, select the reply option in your mailer.
Date: Aug 22, 2003
Name = fawwaz
Email = gear2000@...
To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
----- Original Message -----
From: barak-online gear2000@...
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2003 10:37 AM
Subject: [NativeAmerican] HT News
You have been sent a message from barak-online. Please follow the link of
for more details.
Terrorist sympathizer, you are being watched.
Please write to webmaster@... for any clarifications.
Yahoo! Groups Sponsor
Thanks for being a part 1tribe
----- Original Message -----
From: islam_in_egypy gear2000@...
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2003 10:23 AM
Subject: [new-energy-solutions] HT News
You have been sent a message from islam_in_egypy. Please follow the link of
for more details.
Terrorist sympathizer, you are being watched.
Please write to webmaster@... for any clarifications.
To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
-------------- related/connected to?....
----- Original Message -----
From: Harsh Kapoor <aiindex@...>
To: David Crockett Williams <gear2000@...>
Cc: Nuclear Abolition Caucus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 5:49 AM
Subject: [abolition-caucus] Re: to stop nuclear power utilize India's
national treasure scientist Paramahamsa Tewari
> Dear David Crockett Williams
> Reading your post on Ab. Caucus [and also seeing a similar letter
> from you on the Internet to a senior UN official] drawing attention
> towards Mr Paramhansa Tewari's work. I am inclined to believe that
> you are either a PR man or Tiwari's devotee.
> This 'national trove or treasure' point to, sounds like a levitating
> mix of Uri Geller and Dr Strangelove who learned to 'fly' thanks to
> India's 'OM' grown Nuclear viagra programme.
> The guy's web site says he was once the director of the Nuclear Power
> Corporation of India, and also a leading light at the Kaiga Nuclear
> power plant in India. Great credentials...to begin with.
> Give me one good reason why anti nuclear activists in India should
> get a high on this 'miracle man' who spent a life time pushing lethal
> nuclear wares in India, and now peddles some esoteric construct for
> mass distraction. When was it last that this 'Veda' * laden glowing
> scientist took a public stance challenging India's military and civil
> nuclear programme. Show us at least one public statement. The peace
> movement needs people even if they were once in the heart of the
> beast, but they need to come clean. So which side is this free energy
> man on ?
> Wake up, have some coffee ... Anti nuclear and peace activists in
> India get arrested for speaking up, journalists get warned and
> pressured, films get censored for even showing Gandhi's assassination.
> There are millions out there in India who go undernourished as
> India's unethical military and nuclear programme expands. All this
> unintelligible pie in the sky voodoo science mumbo jumbo is harmless
> enough for India's nuclear lobby that they seemingly let him use
> their facilities for his postponed spiritual science gala [as
> suggests his web site].
> After this vast power blackout of the grid a la third world, Mr
> Tiwari (via your services) may have a better bet convincing your
> republican president (who has special interests in high energy
> substances such as oil or pretzels ) to have a sustainable free
> energy orgy.
> N.B.: Tiwari may be a harmless guy but fundamentalists of the Hindu
> supremacists kind also using vedic * spin are out to rewrite history.
> They claim Rome was originally "Ramapuri", Argentina is nothing other
> than ''Arjuna town'', where Arjuna a character in the Mahabharata
> spent a year; Denmark, rich in dairy products, is none other than
> ''Dhenu Marg'', the abode of cows ; ''Red Indians'' are the signposts
> for the advance of an Indian civilisation in remote antiquity; and
> Vivekananda's own name, ''Vive! Canada'' ... They talk of Hindu
From: David Crockett Williams <gear2000@...>
To: Harsh Kapoor <aiindex@...>
Cc: Nuclear Abolition Caucus <email@example.com>
Subject: facts of Space Power Generation alternative to nuclear and fossil
fuel power unchanged by Harsh remarks re Paramhansa Tewari's work don't
Date: Thursday, August 21, 2003 12:28 PM
It would seem that your harsh remarks are sent from France, yet your
sentiments also echo, unfortunately, the sentiments of many underinformed
anti-nuclear ignorant of the details of this new energy technology genre to
replace nuclear and fossil fuel power, some of them with applications for
neutralizing radioactive wastes (LENT Low Energy Nuclear Transmutation,
LENR Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, CANR Chemically Assisted Nuclear
Reactions, labels developed over the last decade of successful experiments
by hundreds of qualified experimentalists over the last decade since the
release of preliminary and perhaps mislabeled results of 1989 by Pons and
Fleishman called "cold fusion), and in particular the world of P. Tewari of
India in collaboration with both Bruce DePalma and leading US theoretical
physicist John Archibald Wheeler, one of the top covert science technology
leaders in the US who finished the hydrogen bomb development project in his
Unfortunately big anti-nuclear organizations have a vested interest in never
seeing the problem solved otherwise their "protest livelihood" would end.
The tone of your remarks fits the English meaning of your name, harsh, and
also identify you as one severely prejudiced against religion it would seem,
as well as ignorant of the last several decades of scientific research on
these new energy technologies much inspired by the work of Nikola Tesla
who invented Alternative Current and other more advanced electromagnetic
technologies such as the Wardencliffe Tower built over a hundred years
ago to power all of the US with fuel-less and wirelessly broadcast electric
power, a technology scuttled by JP Morgan as a threat to industrial monopoly
control of energy, copper mining, and related mining and later petroleum
You will find many articles and website references among posts to DOE and
the California Energy Commission archived and linked from
The 10th International Conference on Cold Fusion will be held this year
August 24-29 in Cambridge Massachusetts with scientists coming from
all over the world to present their latest experimental results (including
the US recent national laboratory results discussions one would expect)
http://www.iccf10.org as regularly also summarized and presented in
the magazine edited by former MIT science writer Dr. Eugene Mallove
A major conference on Tesla's work will take place in Washington DC in
early November convened by former US Patent Examiner Thomas Valone
who was fired for conducting these such conferences and who testifies
that there are over 4000 patents confiscated by the Patent Office under
dual-use secrecy restrictions including many of these new energy tech.
As to the work by India's Paramahamsa Tewari, I have been following it
from California since the early 1980's through my collaborations with the
late Bruce DePalma's work in Santa Barbara on his "n-Machine"
prediction of March 1978 discovery as a result of his qualitative
understanding of what he called an "energy field in space itself, the
space in which matter resides" a field which he termed the "OD field"
after about a dozen never before done since Gallileo experiments
showing anomalous behavior of rotating objects such as change in rate
of fall. DePalma didn't know until about two years after verifying the
"overunity effect" (more power output from device than drive input power)
in Santa Barbara in Summer of 1979, that this principle in part was
embodied in the 1832 discovery of Michael Faraday of the "homopolar"
or "unipolar" motor/generator effect of a simple disc magnet, a principle
clearly different than that of "electromagnetic induction" which is what
all of our electric power generation systems and motors run on today.
Except for the homopolar generators in use in the US Navy for ship
propulsion and advanced electromagnetic weapons systems, an
"acceptable" dual-use not known to the public.
DePalma's results were sent to Tewari in India and as he reported
in his talk to the US in Fall of 1988 at the International Tesla
Conference in Colorado, Tewai had been developing for some
years, as an engineer mind you not as a PhD physicist, a theory
of matter called the Space Vortex Theory and he realized that if
DePalma's results were correct that this "n-Machine" experiment
would "prove" his theory correct. He said curiously he pondered
for a couple of weeks whether to do the experiments wondering
if he could not reproduce DePalma's results would that mean his
theory was incorrect, before building a test machine and verifying
these results in his version of what he calls the Space Energy
Generator. The convenor of that conference, Adam Trombly,
talked about dangers to earth from atmospheric degradation
caused by fossil fuel combustion of oxygen and corresponding
increase in CO2 greenhouse effect and worse, the depletion
of the oxygen from which earth's protective ozone layer is made
portending the destruction of all oceanic phytoplankton by 2008,
the beginning of the oceanic foodchain and half of earth's oxygen
supply from these tiny oceanic plants. Trombly couldn't talk about
his "closed path homopolar generator," which he had then recently
internationally patented as an "improvement" on the DePalma and
Tewari designs, because he was still then under a federal court
gag order prohibiting him from discussing this since he saw the
liquid sodium metal brush augmented homopolar motor/generator
under development at the US Groton Naval Submarine Warfare
Center. More on DePalma at http://www.depalma.pair.com
One may find discussion of Tewari and DePalma's work also in
books by Dr. Brian O'Leary, former NASA Mars Mission scientist
astronaut and science and energy policy advisor and speechwriter
to four US presidential candidates, such as "Miracle in the Void" via
http://www.brianoleary.com See his October 18 event in Albuquerque
Now, why should anti-nuclear activists, especially in India, support
and help publicize Tewari's work demonstrated potentially useful
for leading to final designs of space power generators to replace
nuclear and fossil fuel power?
Should instead people be prejudiced AGAINST an exceptionally
brilliant nuclear electrical engineer who devoted his career to making
sure India had the safest possible nuclear power reactors (as head
of the quality control board of India's state run nuclear industry whose
decisions to implement nuclear power were out of his hands)?
Isn't the most qualified person to deal with the India government to
make the change from nuclear and fossil fuel power to the best of
the available new energy technologies, perhaps Tewari's perhaps not,
this kind of person already known to the government as the project
head of their largest nuclear power plant, at Karwar?
Can activists arrange a briefing for the (Moslem) President of India
by Tewari so that this information may be brought out to the public?
The President of India is also the lead nuclear physicist responsible
for the development of India's nuclear weapons program. Would
activists rather continue ineffectually protesting at great risk instead
of working to bring the truth to light because of petty religious
Tewari and the President of India share a mutual respect for India's
contemporary greaty spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This would
make it easy for India activists to arrange such briefing meeting, except
for those with harsh attitudes.
This is how India anti-nuclear activists can take lead of this new energy
tech movement to replace nuclear and fossil fuel power, since they are
less subject to the oppression and covert suppression, threats, deaths
such as Tesla's poisoning on the way to see the US president in 1943,
and other US intel agency covert suppression happening here and
In the US a good place to focus on this is Santa Barbara, California,
where DePalma's early experiments on the n-Machine were done
with the support of the Sunburst Community founded there by
Norman Paulsen, one of the early American disciples of
Paramahamsa Yogananda, of the now Solar Logos Community near
SB and who still has the original test "Sunburst n-Machine" which
overunity effects were independently confirmed in tests in the
mid 1980's by a Professor Emertius of Electrical Engineering
from Stanford University, Dr. Robert Kincheloe PhD.
(see Kincheloe test report at DePalma site above)
During the 1980's I lobbied vigorously at the University of California
Santa Barbara physics department and their national Institute for
Theoretical Physics started by Dr. Walter Kohn, with the results of
misinformation being their response of denial and incredulity,
responses DePalma for the rest of his life felt were disingenous
due to US university professors being under various government
funded secret research projects conditioned on secrecy agreements
prohibiting them from basically "telling the truth" to the public. Reports
were even received of covert work at UCSB on this generator which
was developed as a power source for anti-satellite "rail gun" weapons
which a circa 1992 live shot from a space shuttle "accidentally"
broadcast to the public, footage shown since on many tv programs
appearing to be a targeting of a UFO in earth's upper atmosphere.
The exchange of letters between DePalma and the then director of
the UCSB Institute for Theoretical Physics may be found at DePalma
During this time I was also trying to bring this information to the
attention of Santa Barbara's Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the very well
funded and connected nonprofit foundation founded by attorney David Krieger
and President Truman's speechwriter Frank Kelly. Since Dr. Kohn was a very
influential member of their board of directors during this time and a "very
generous donor" the NAPF stance has been akin to harsh. In 1997 on occasion
of the briefing I organized on these matters for Dr. Robert Livingstone, a
science advisor to HH Dalai Lama, I invited participation of NAP which was
declined and delivered them copies of Jeanne Manning's 1995 overview book on
these new energy technologies and inventors such as DePalma, The Coming
Energy Revolution from Avery Publishing, along with a copy of the just
finished video by Lightworks called "Free Energy, the Race to Zero Point"
showing various inventors and devices in action. I have never received any
response from NAPF on this matter and can only think they are still
seriously misguided on this.
What do Dr. Kohn and the UCSB ITP have to say these days about this new
energy tech genre? Will any of them be going to above conferences. Why
have they and NAPF not publicized recent verification of cold fusion effects
at the US national labs at Los Alamos under name "sonoluminescence"?
Folks, I tell you clearly after over 25years of research and following
myriad new developments in this field since my 1976 independent theoretical
prediction of their advent, these technologies are available to replace
nuclear and fossil fuel power but are ordered secret and covertly suppressed
with all the might of the American military-intelligence-industrial cabal
which pays for election of American politicians.
And the main culprit? Anti-nuclear activists with ignorant, prejudiced, and
malicious harsh attitudes as in below "spit on the experts" post.
My view is that the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has a karmic responsibility
to convene and conduct a major new energy tech symposium in Santa Barbara
with cooperation of the UCSB physics people to either bring experts there or
by teleconference to get to the bottom of this asap. Anything less on their
part after this email I will consider as deliberate intention to suppress
this info after nearly two decades of lobbying them on this unsuccessfully.
I work with a small network of leading scientist in this new energy tech
and am only able to be online thanks to the small grant received from the
Association of Distinguished American Scientists provided by another
researcher in this field Thomas Bearden (US Army Lt. Col retired) who
was head of a US military program before coming to understand this
new science as an application of the overlooked original form in
quaternion equations of the Maxwell equations of electromagnetism
developed in the latter 1880's and later "dumbed down" so engineers
could use the math do develop our current electric power industry which
still does not use these original form more exacting and "multidimensional"
mathematical dynamics of the phenomena of electromagetism such as
understood by Nikola Tesla. See Bearden's work at http://www.cheniere.org
One of the most famous American inventors in this arena is Joseph Newman
whose work was also brought to my attention in the early 1980's by Bruce
DePalma who said he understood how Newman's machine worked in accord with
his own discoveries about the previously unsuspected influences of rotation
of the gravitational, inertial, and electromagnetic properties of matter.
DePalma rejected attempts to "theorize" about the why and how these
anomalies occur, leaving that up to theoreticians such as John Wheeler who
saw his experiment circa 1970 demonstrating that a spinning object falls
faster than a nonspinning object (this means all interpretations of E=mC^2
in terms of meaning of inertial and gravitational mass distinctions need to
be "rethought" as this one experiment invalidates them all).
Is it a coincidence that Wheeler is credited for his collaboration by Tewari
and that in the late 1980's there was a newspaper article showing a photo of
this kind of generator made at a university in Texas (Wheeler is head of a
theoretical physics institute in Texas).
There are many conflicting theories about how all these different
"overunity" new energy devices work. DePalma was amazing in that he did his
experiments just to get at the truth no matter if they could be
explained or not. Tewari and Newman are amazing because they started with a
theory which then experiments verified. Newman is perhaps most amazing of
all because he is a self-educated professional inventor from the backwoods
of Mississippi who independently studied the literature on electricity,
magnetism, gravity, and intertia, in the context of various other
inventions, toys for kids, etc., that he was working on and then being a
very brilliant man strongly motivated by his religious convictions in the
absolute nature of truth, he developed his own independent theory of matter
analogous to Tewari but a "mechanical theory" that predicted how he could
make such an energy generator and then many models and tests since then have
born it out although the US still refuses to give him a patent. Newman was
the most popular guest in the history of the Johnny Carson show with the
most time on air for any show and the most letters and calls in response.
What happened? He is still living a devoted religious life and working on
his inventions now living in Florida after a few years in Phoenix Arizona.
Both Tewari's and Newman's theories involve rotating subatomic energy
dynamics responsible for the effects of each's different configuration of
rotating magnetic assemblies.
Such abbreviate resource list above would be incomplete without reference to
the fine work of Hal Fox, editor of the New Energy Journal and convenor of
numerous international technical symposia on this new energy tech genre over
the past couple decades and a leader in the LENT tech to neutralize
radioactive wastes, also ignored, or even disparaged by such well-meaning
but mistaken luminaries as Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader Corbin Harney
due to well earned skepticism against "energy scientists" especially those
associated with DOE.
I'm telling you folks, if you/we can get those whose voices are recognized
and heard and listened to such as Dr. Caldicott et al to get "up to speed"
on this info and bring it out to the public, this will do the trick and
awaken humanity to its future without nuclear and fossil fuel power and wars
Our Spiritual Unity Re-Awakening
Torahkoom, The Law Stands Up
David Crockett Williams 661-822-3309
Chartered Life Underwriter
BS Chemistry, CSUN 1969
Silk Road Peace March Initiator
August 24, 2003 - ?
Keene, California, Japan, Korea, China, Nepal,
India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jerusalem,
Europe, USA, La Paz, October 2nd Gandhi birthday
One person makes the difference
Dennis Kucinich for USA President
Spirituality: The Highest Form of Politics
For a Culture of Peace & Community
> At 3:18 PM -0700 8/15/03, David Crockett Williams wrote:
> >Anti-nuclear activists in India should take particular pride in helping
> >advance the work on a new energy technology to replace nuclear and fossil
> >fuel power, one called the Space Power Generator and invented by Her
> >Bharat) national treasure scientist, the world reknown and revered
> >of a space vortex theory which successfully predicted and explains his
> >energy machine SPG, a theory accounting for the energy-matter
> >interconnectedness as involving subatomic vortices in the energy field of
> >space itself which is extant consequent to the voidic nature of the space
> >which matter resides, a theory also connecting the spiritual, religious,
> >scientific dimensions of human perceptions.
> >Paramahamsa Tewari of Karwar, Karnataka, India, is the head of a
> >spiritual research society in India since his retirement during the last
> >decade from a life of service to the government of India, and to his
> >spiritual teacher, most recently as the head of the quality control board
> >the government of India's state run nuclear power industry, followed by
> >years of service as lead engineer in the construction of India's largest
> >nuclear power plant in Karwar, Karnataka State. During the years leading
> >to 1980 Professor Tewari developed a complex electrodynamical theory of
> >matter and its relationship to energy as per inspiration of his Vedic
> >religious belief in the origin of all matter being invested in the nature
> >"the void" from which all of our "three dimensional reality" springs into
> >forms like energy and matter properties. The result by then was a poetry
> >equations that made some predictions of things to come but not yet done,
> >so he thought at the time.
> >Then he got a letter from Bruce DePalma in Santa Barbara who had heard of
> >Tewari's theory and who sent the experimental results of his 1979 test
> >verification of "incremental over-untiy" energy output from the first
> >quantitative test model of perhaps a dozen variations which DePalma made
> >tested and reported on to the general global scientific community until
> >death in November 1977 in New Zealand where he was buried after five
> >expatriation from the United States.
> >Tewari realized that if DePalma's "n-Machine" results were correct that
> >would verify his space vortex theory, and that DePalma proferred no
> >to explain the vaious anomalous results that he obtained over a decade of
> >experiments documenting previously unsuspected influences of rotation on
> >inertial, gravitational, and electromagnetic properties of rotating
> >So Dr. Tewari, with the support of the government of India's facilities
> >conjunction with his position, made over several years various test
> >of this kind of "homopolar" generator, which he terms Space Vortex
> >SVG, verifying its ability to apparently extract as useful electricity
> >from this space vortex property of matter and its relationship to
> >in the vernacular of new energy technologies, an overunity effect, a
> >yielding more energy output in heat or electricity than the much small
> >amount of energy taken to activate the particular device's characteristic
> >effect, eg, space vortex electricity generation from a machine rotating a
> >cylindrical magnet and extracting electricity that flows from the center
> >the edge of it, the Faraday Unipolar or Homopolar Motor-Generator effect
> >discovered in 1832 but with a later and deeper understanding of its
> >now allowing the "overunity production of electricity from the energy
> >of space itself by a space vortex generator" as demonstrated and
> >by Dr. Tewari's Space Vortex Theory and travels around the world to
> >conferences where he was awarded prizes in the 1980's in Europe, USA,
> >Canada, etc.
> >But since such devices are banned by US dual-use secrecy restrictions for
> >development in the US and presumably covertly banned in other countries
> >around the world, this usable device has not come out to public use and
> >implementation to help replace nuclear and fossil fuel power, pretty much
> >exclusively so because good activists are not aware of this information
> >India or generally all over the globe.
> >More on Tewari is at http://www.tewari.org
> >On DePalma http://www.depalma.pair.com
> >On their spiritual preceptor http://www.sathyasai.org
> >On their US Champion now http://www.brianoleary.com
> >*spiritual unity understanding*
> >Torahkoom, The Law Stands Up
> >David Crockett Williams 661-822-3309
> >Chartered Life Underwriter
> >Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
> >Silk Road Peace March Co-Coordinator
> >August 24, 2003 - October 31, 2004
> >Keene, California, Japan, Korea, China, Nepal,
> >India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jerusalem,
> >Europe, USA, La Paz, October 2nd Gandhi birthday
> >"One person can make a difference"
> >Dennis Kucinich for USA President
> >Pardon USA Peltier
> >Spirituality is The Highest Form of Politics
> >For a Culture of Peace & Community
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: Harsh Kapoor <aiindex@...>
> >To: <SAAN_@yahoogroups.com>
> >Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 4:22 AM
> >Subject: [abolition-caucus] Alone against India's nuclear nationalism
> >> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3142039.stm
> >> BBC News
> >> 12 August, 2003, 23:24 GMT 00:24 UK
> >> ALONE AGAINST INDIA'S NUCLEAR NATIONALISM
> >> By Hugh Purcell
> >> Producer of War and Peace on BBC Four
> >> Anand Patwardhan makes films from his own convictions
> >> Anand Patwardhan is India's most distinguished director of
> >> documentary films, but he is also the most controversial.
> >> His convictions are at odds with much of modern India and his latest
> >> film, War and Peace, is no exception in its criticism of the Indian
> >> Government.
> >> In a country where religious fundamentalism is on the rise and
> >> political rhetoric reaches hysteria, he is afraid the quiet voice of
> >> reason and peace is being overwhelmed by the drum-banging of
> >> xenophobia and violence.
> >> Patwardhan is, in essence, a follower of Mahatma Gandhi, and that
> >> means he is a pacifist, a believer in equality between sexes, classes
> >> and creeds and an intolerant believer in tolerance, particularly in
> >> tolerance between religions.
> >> This makes him a lonely figure in today's India.
> >> Censored
> >> In 1998, when India recommenced nuclear testing, Patwardhan joined
> >> the peace movement that was protesting against nuclear devices, civil
> >> and military.
> >> Patwardhan challenged the political censorship of War and Peace
> >> He filmed for three years, and his exposure of the Indian nationalist
> >> rhetoric behind the atom bomb resulted in censorship.
> >> The film was banned in India for nearly two years while Patwardhan
> >> challenged the government in the Bombay High Court on 21 counts.
> >> In June, he won a complete victory and now the film may be seen in
> >> the Indian cinema, at its full length of nearly three hours. The BBC
> >> version of 70 minutes has been made with Patwardhan.
> >> Public ignorance
> >> War and Peace opens by recollecting Gandhi's funeral, and Patwardhan
> >> The pro-bomb argument - that it increases prestige and power - is
> >> exactly the same argument that British politicians used in the 1960s
> >> "The collapse of socialism saw a revival of bigotry. America had now
> >> become our role model.
> >> "Nuclear nationalism and religious fundamentalism were growing. The
> >> memory of one who opposed the bomb on moral grounds alone had begun
> >> to fade."
> >> What is remarkable about the film is the passion of the argument
> >> about the bomb combined with public ignorance about its effects.
> >> Yet before we become patronising we should remember that the pro-bomb
> >> argument - that it increases prestige and power - is exactly the same
> >> argument that British politicians used in the 1960s.
> >> It is India and Pakistan's bid for a place at the "Top Table".
> >> And the American military-industrial complex, as President Eisenhower
> >> described it, is now moving into India.
> >> Against the American way
> >> Patwardhan is not an old-fashioned figure. His world view is a modern
> >> India and Pakistan want a place at the "Top Table"
> >> But he opposes the lure of the American way with its multi-nationals
> >> and military-industrial complex, standing instead for sustainable
> >> development in an Indian context.
> >> Patwardhan's previous film documentaries show clearly his convictions
> >> and why they offend the Indian Government.
> >> Father, Son and Holy War revealed the rise of political extremism in
> >> the form of Hindu fundamentalism. Bombay Our City investigated the
> >> gulf in life-style, and in the very concept of life, between rich and
> >> poor in Bombay.
> >> In Memory of Friends is a tribute to a Marxist Sikh who died 50 years
> > > ago, but what Patwardhan is really exposing is how history, through
> >> icons and figureheads, is being spun for present political purposes.
> >> In the Name of God, about the attack on the mosque in Ayodhya, shows
> >> how reason becomes twisted into rage and ends up with a perverse
> > > logic that justifies violence.
> >> Bomb survivors
> > >
> >> While filming War and Peace, Patwardhan went into enemy territory,
> >> Pakistan, and met fellow protesters.
> >> Border clashes between the armies of India and Pakistan made nuclear
> >> war a very real threat
> >> He travelled to Japan and met "Hibakushas" or atom bomb survivors.
> >> At the Smithsonian Institute in Washington he met curators whose
> >> attempt to mount an exhibition about the effects of the atom bomb was
> >> boycotted on Capitol Hill.
> >> In India he joined a peace march through the desert in the footsteps
> >> of Gandhi, saw the effects of nuclear testing and nuclear sites on
> >> the lives of those who live nearby, and listened to the nationalist
> >> rhetoric of the BJP (the governing party) in defence of the bomb.
> >> Over this period the border clashes between the armies of India and
> >> Pakistan made nuclear war a very real threat.
> >> Would, could, this confrontation escalate into nuclear war and even
> >> engulf other parts of the globe?
> >> Unique view
> >> Patwardhan is a true "auteur" who makes films from his own
> >> convictions rather than on commission; who spends his own money and
> >> dedicates years of his own time to the making of a movie that becomes
> >> a personal statement - a statement that he hopes will be a force for
> >> change.
> >> He is both director and technician. He is his own cameraman and,
> >> probably more important to him, his own editor.
> >> In his studio he spends hours with all the attention to detail of a
> >> perfectionist forming an aesthetic - a use of symbols, motifs and
> >> images - that lifts his documentaries above simple "reportage".
> >> War and Peace offers a perspective of a view hardly seen at all in
> >> the West - the growing nuclear escalation between India and Pakistan
> >> that could plunge us all into ruin.
> >> War and Peace will be broadcast on Wednesday, 13 August, 2003, at
> >> 2100 BST on BBC Four.
> >> _________________________________
> >> SOUTH ASIANS AGAINST NUKES (SAAN):
> >> An informal information platform for
> >> activists and scholars concerned about
> >> Nuclearisation in South Asia
> >> South Asians Against Nukes Mailing List:
> >> To subscribe send a blank message to:
> >> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >> SAAN Website:
> >> http://www.mnet.fr/aiindex/NoNukes.html