Thursday, February 12, 2009
Move over Pepsi and Coke
Pete O. at work is a world-traveled Navy man and recognizes my time in India as a similar adventure. Occasionly, he shares a worldly anecdote like the one below:
There's some new competition on the shelf. India's Hindu nationalist movement is launching a new soft drink made from cow urine. The bovine brew is in the final stages of development by the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group, according to the man who makes it. Om Prakash, the head of the department, said the drink - called "gaujal" or "cow water" in Sanskrit - was under going laboratory tests and would be launched very soon, maybe by the end of this year. "Don't worry, it won't smell like urine and will be tasty too", he told the Times of London from his headquarters in Hardwar, one of four holy cities on the River Ganges. "Its USP will be that it's going to be very healthy. It won't be like carbonated drinks and would be devoid of any toxins". The drink is the latest attempt by the RSS - which was founded in 1925 and now claims 8 million members - to cleanse India of foreign influence and promote its ideology of Hindutva, or Hindu-ness.
BTW, I can think of easier ways for India to cleanse foreign influence:
1. Refuse all foreign aid and military equipment
2. Recall all citizens home
3. Build a big wall around India.
Gotta be easier than drinking cow pee.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Change is coming down the road...