Intern: Madanpur Khader

Florent and Tauqueer with a potential student

On Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7, 2012, I was able to visit and teach at the second satellite office, Madanpur Khader. Saurab (a photographer), Florent (a new French volunteer), and I were able to visit the community guided by Community Mobilizer Tauqueer.

It takes about an hour to get from GK (Greater Kailash) to MPK, and it is very difficult to find an auto to bring you there. Most drivers flat out refuse to travel to the area, claiming that they will not get any fare coming back from the colony. Still others hike up the prices. It can cost anywhere from 100-150 rupees one way. On Monday, Florent, Saurab and I had to resort to taking a regular rickshaw at one point. I think it is shameful that the drivers ignore a part of their own city. I am always thankful of the drivers who do go out there, as they must know or have come from MPK or a similar community.

Madanpur Khader Extension is the result of a government relocation program which began in 2000. The layout of the colony is different than that of Tigri (the second CDI site) because there was some initial planning for parks and paying shower stations. However, there is no septic system nor central water supply, and the community is bordered by a dry riverbed.

Madanpur Khader Extension

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    1. Zonka: I can think of only one rational resoan not to invite Geert Wilders to the conference, and that is that he doesn’t support full freedom of speech, in the sense that he wants to outlaw the Qu’ran.Archonix, thank you for the important clarification regarding Wilders being taken out of context.The simple fact remains that the Qu’ran still needs to be banned on the basis that it clearly and intentionally incites its followers to violence.There is no need to pursue any allegations of “hate speech” which, incidentally, the Qu’ran is chock full of. It is a handbook of sedition and military aggression against all non-Muslim cultures.In an even more important sense, Islam needs to be regarded as a de facto “state”. Since there can be no separation of church and state in Islam, it is undeniably a political entity. This basic fact should serve as the principal resoan for denying Islam all religious protections. If any extra justification is needed, the massive human rights violation known as shari’a law should fill the bill.There is simply no resoan for civilized Western nations to tolerate such ideological filth. Were any American or European group to put forth such a pseudo-religious platform it would be roundly denounced and banned forthwith. How is it then that Islam enjoys such totally unjustified immunity from these same strictures?I would venture that there are few underlying mechanisms at work. Postmodern obsession with its fantasy of the Noble Savage has led to some truly grotesque developments. As with much of the art world, the primitive is somehow viewed as more authentic. This has prompted a swift irrational elevation of unrefined and backward cultures as being closer to nature , one of Postmodernism’s most lunatic tenets. As if this planet’s nearly SEVEN BILLION people could magically revert to a hunter-gatherer subsistence and survive for more than a few months.Another Postmodern distortion is that the unsophisticated is somehow more genuine. Inarticulate expression is awarded more authority and viewed as untainted by such artifices as introspection or critical analysis. Those whose percepts rely upon magical thinking abhor any clarity of thought. Reason is held hostage to incoherent emotions and feelings that frequently are morally or ethically unsustainable.Most obscene of all in Politically Correct Postmodern dogma is how hate speech laws are being used to protect a tome of genuine and unmitigated hate speech. Namely, the Qu’ran and its related body of works. Islam’s barbaric and backward culture is somehow immune to the dictates of modern law solely because it survives as an archaic artifact and, therefore, possesses greater authenticity. This allows Islam to be elevated over such modern contrivances as Constitutional Law, elected representation and the other core tenets of Western civilization.I agree with Wilders that ALL hate speech and blasphemy laws need to be abolished. Current constitutional law provides adequate protect for all persons of every type so long as those laws are properly enforced. For instance, it is only because of police forces turning a blind eye to attacks upon homosexuals that gay bashing laws came into existence. So it is with the rest of hate speech legislation. If there are any laws being broken, enforce them. But DO NOT create all sorts of preferential Band-Aid legal patches to shore up shoddy legal enforcement.The logical conclusion of such stopgap thinking is what we see today. The legal protection and political sanctioning of this world’s most violent and intolerant ideology, Islam.

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