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August 30, 2008

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M. Fisherman

In the paper today there was an article about India's use of "brainscans" to convict presumably innocent people in open court. The article said:

"But it was only in June, in a murder case in Pune, in Maharashtra State, that a judge explicitly cited a scan as proof that the suspect’s brain held “experiential knowledge” about the crime that only the killer could possess, sentencing her to life in prison."

A genuinely Orwellian nightmare, a McCarthyesque denouncement. India has lost her soul ... and her brains!

KB

I guess the INI discourse points at the anxieties of closet right wingers who mask their outlook by appropriating the language of the left and fitting it into a conservative and rightist agenda. For example on one hand the folks at INI claim support for liberalism and then make a case for limits to proselytism (http://offstumped.nationalinterest.in/2008/08/29/the-case-against-proselytization/). The fact that Acorn makes a McCarthyesque demand that Binayak Sen condemn the maoists gives their game away. This is both amusing and frightening at the same time. Amusing that such shallow patriotic weasel words can be made. Same goes for why it is frightening.

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