POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 09, 2011 AT 23:41 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 09, 2011 23:41 IST

Amitava Kumar points to a youtube that has been doing the rounds since yesterday on Facebook, a video they say "the BBC will never replay":

Quickly, the question is asked "Do you condone the violence?" 

Again, from Amitav Kumar on Twitter:  And here he is as a younger man



Anti-Immigration campaign 1970s Britain

And then there was the Indian connection, via Sangat TV channel,  whose camera man helped the cops to chase the looters down the stree -- leading to the arrest of 4 men:

Jonathan Freedland, in the Guardian, on 2011, the year the news refused to stop: Arab Spring, the financial crisis, phone hacking and now riots -- when "we realised our democratically elected leaders can no longer protect us: Where once we may have felt rage, now we can feel only impotence:

The most unsettling reports have been of policemen standing back, apparently powerless to stop people as they smash and burn and steal. It's deeply unnerving to see those we expect to protect us incapable and in retreat. Read the comment threads and Twitter feeds, with their demands that "this must stop", or even for looters to be "shot on sight", and you see the signs of impotent rage, the desperate desire for somebody to do something.

Nina Power in the Guardian on the context to the riots in London that cannot be ignored:

The policies of the past year may have clarified the division between the entitled and the dispossessed in extreme terms, but the context for social unrest cuts much deeper. The fatal shooting of Mark Duggan last Thursday, where it appears, contrary to initial accounts, that only police bullets were fired, is another tragic event in a longer history of the Metropolitan police's treatment of ordinary Londoners, especially those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and the singling out of specific areas and individuals for monitoring, stop and search and daily harassment.

And a reaction from the right, another blog-post that did the rounds on Twitter, Katharine Birbalsingh in the Telegraph:

Ken Livingstone blames everything from Thatcher to the Conservatives to lack of youth clubs. Darcus Howe is comparing our riots to Syria’s! I look on in horror at our BBC reporters, as well as ordinary people being interviewed on TV, as they all chant the usual mantra without even thinking: cuts, cuts, cuts. A man whose shop had been looted met Nick Clegg on the street, clearly distressed, and rather than blame the looters, he attacked the Deputy Prime Minister over the cuts. What is wrong with everyone? Have we been brainwashed by aliens?

Even the sensible people (and there have been a few) refuse to denounce ALL of the violence. Brixton, Croydon, Birmingham are bad, but Tottenham somehow was ‘understandable’. Come again? You mean sometimes looting and violence are acceptable? Apparently, the Tottenham riots are understandable because the police shot Mark Duggan (father of four, according to the Guardian). Do we really think that the police went out and killed a random innocent man?...

These criminals are responsible for their behaviour but so are their parents who sit at home, knowing their children are out there, looking forward to the goodies their children will bring home. I am so angry, so ashamed, so utterly dismayed. The vast majority of these criminals are black. No one will say it. I hang my head in shame, both as a black person and as a teacher

And on Twitter, at first it may seem like trivialising a serious issue, but beneath it all there was anger, frustration, helplessness:

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 09, 2011 AT 23:41 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 09, 2011 23:41 IST
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19/D-118
Aug 15, 2011
04:47 PM

This is world's 1st ever apolitical riot.

Its a riot for the new iphone

ANBanerjee
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18/D-115
Aug 15, 2011
04:44 PM

Male Unblocked !! or whatever your name is ...
how do you manage to make every issue a anti-feminist issue.

ANBanerjee
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17/D-41
Aug 11, 2011
10:44 AM

When you are at it, did you see this shocking video?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW0356brnrE

Santosh Gairola
Hsinchu, Taiwan
16/D-37
Aug 11, 2011
10:06 AM

Neo Liberalism does not exist in isolation. Neo Liberalism as seen in developed nations and also to some extent in poorer nations, co-exists with MULTICULTURALISM and Globalization.

The connect between Neo-Liberal Economic System & 'multiculturalism' not clear & apparent.

Once the neo-liberal paradigm is dismantled,the multiculturalistic and globalization paradigm will also get dismantled.

It is only a matter of time before the concept of brain drain from poor to rich nation and concept of capital flow from rich to poor nation gets reversed.


Why ? Globalisation as we understand today is direct result of technological progress & communications age. Political sytem can take advantage of globalised communications age not necessarily take shelter behind corporate umbrella. The reverse is also true. Free enterprise corporations can also flourish without taking discriminatory advantage of political dispensations. Examples are not far to seek. Here in India IT industry in its initial stage took full advantage globalised communicatios age without patronage from political dispensations.

The end result will be a electorate that is unwilling to encourage immigration and seeks the comfort and assurance of a homogeneous society.

What I gather from media & aquinatnces there, the current upheavals is not particularly racist in character. Of course there will be racist elements trying to fish in troubled water. The violence apparently is unorganised, aimless. But then nothing happens in vacuum.

It is only a matter of time before the concept of brain drain from poor to rich nation and concept of capital flow from rich to poor nation gets reversed.

This is India specific phenomenon. Sixty five years on we could not create a cultural climate  to retain brains. For last thirty / foerty years we are merrily subsidising cost of brain development in the West.

Reverse capital flow is entrely different story altogather. Those who benefitted most from the Neo-Liberal Economic design are now taking their capital away to what they mistakenly think safer heavens.

MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
15/D-33
Aug 11, 2011
09:18 AM

Manish Banerjee >> After communism , Neo-liberal Economic paradygm is the greatest threat to free market capitalist economy & democratic polity. Welfare State is a dirty word with Neo-Libs.
 

Neo Liberalism does not exist in isolation. Neo Liberalism as seen in developed nations and also to some extent in poorer nations, co-exists with MULTICULTURALISM and Globalization.

Once the neo-liberal paradigm is dismantled,the multiculturalistic and globalization paradigm will also get dismantled. Currently, western nations are seeing high unemployment (espically among men) and ageing population co-exist. The end result will be a electorate that is unwilling to encourage immigration and seeks the comfort and assurance of a homogeneous society.

It is only a matter of time before the concept of brain drain from poor to rich nation and concept of capital flow from rich to poor nation gets reversed. If western nations that grew by credit and borrowing stop to grow, there wont be enough jobs for natives, then where is the case of migration from 3rd world ?  And unemployed people dont indulge in shopping binges, so where is the case for so much exports to these rich nations?

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