Wakademic F*kcwit of the Month

Cozmic Debris

* This is not about dumb blondes. This is about a child of the flower power generation who is now lecturing your children at the University of Sydney. Note the name: “Dr Sheleyah”-, can you smell the bong? Do the LSD flashbacks and the vibes in doctor Sheleyah’s writing creep you out? Here is doctor Sheleyah’s biography,  which includes “research in the holy city of Varanasi” (why holy? Holy to whom? The good doctor Shellellalyah won’t tell us that.)

 Along with a lot of gobbledegook, Shellelyah wants you to know that she is a quack for a pseudo science called Anthropology. (Marranci sends his regards!)  That’s all well and good, were it not for  the fact that  she tells us is that it was Hindu nationalism that caused the mass-murder in Mumbai.  Enough to make your skin crawl. But what if the helping hand of a friendly Muslim male with liquid brown eyes had more that his hand in it?  (in her writing of course, not what you think!)  Would you say she is way out of her league,  or she is just another dumb blonde or is she a victim of  creeping Islamization? Or, in light of the evidence of Islamic terror, by blaiming Hindus, is she just another dissimulating taqiyya spin-doctor for Muhammedan causes?

Mumbai: Temple of cinema the set for unprecedented terrorism

Mumbai: Temple of cinema the set for unprecedented terrorism

The terrorist onslaught in Mumbai is unprecedented in India for its scale, horror and sophistication. Westerners think of Mumbai as the Bombay of Bollywood. But it is the also the stronghold of the conservative Hindu political right: Maharasthra state.

Maharashtra is the headquarters of the Hindu right from which its interests extend northwards to Gujerat and eastwards into Uttar Pradesh. Hindu piety, far from being laden with dreamy spirituality as it is often orientalised by westerners, is fiercely militant and reflects the traditional volatility of a region – the Deccan – and its people who did not submit easily to being colonised.


Correspondingly, Hindu citizenry should not be wrongly understood or misrepresented as weakened from excessive spirituality; rather, these people both guard and pursue their worldly interests with passion and sometimes ferocity.


Yet, in the past and still today, Hindu temples have been the wealthy power centres of Indian states and mosques were often raised over their razed ruins under the Moguls. These are sites where and over which rival groups dual and from which the victors, whether Hindu and Muslim, Brahmin or non-Brahmin, or sacred versus secular, reign.


The site of the former Babri mosque in Ayodhya North India was torn down by right wing Hindu fundamentalists amidst an orgy of violence in 1992. These militants were supporters of the VHP, the Shiv Sena party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) all which has headquarters in and strong links to Maharashtra and Gujerat states.


The attacks sparked nationwide riots killing more than 2,000 more people. The VHP was charged under India’s “Unlawful Activities Act” for condoning the attacks and was sentenced to a four-year ban of activities.


Mumbai is like a temple in this sense: the cinema as the new temple of the secular state and whoever either possesses or destroys may create an India of their own desires.


India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, imagined a secular nation-state at its inception in 1947, but others since dream of many different kinds of Indias. In its numerous incarnations India itself is a site that has been highly contested in its tumultuous history of invasion and colonisation. It remains so now reflecting communal tensions between Hindus and Muslims that are operative at both local and international levels.


These tensions increasingly parallel in scale and violence fundamentalist and political contests in other parts of the world. India’s recent meteoric economic successes and accompanying rise to global importance now render its internal power struggles of import to the rest of the western world.


If India was to be able to take up an enduring position alongside such nation-states, the marginalisation of groups such as Muslims could be far more easily afforded by the stronger Hindu majority. Recent troubles in Mumbai have pertained to a black market labour force of Bangladeshi illegal immigrants who have been increasingly targeted in and hounded out of Mumbai by its “sons of the soil.” As such, the members of the newly identified but doubtless not really new at all “Deccan Mujahedeen” are also doubtlessly comprised of both such young marginialised dispossessed illegals, and also poor marginalized Indian Muslims.


Yet, police say they landed in Mumbai from the Arabian Sea that separated India and Pakistan and the Middle East, where also no doubt they had been taken and been trained up with Al Qaedaesque ideology and methods. Hence the terrorists’ motivation for the attack on Mumbai extends beyond the local – for the local is now global – and it is two-fold.


First: destroy confidence of and relations with the secular west: attack their privileged nationals on Indian soil. This also effectively undermines India’s own official secularity. Second: strike at the wealthy heart of the Hindu right-wing and weaken its project to achieve a Hindu nation-state that excludes Others.


In the wake of the many terrorist attacks of recent years, the population is losing confidence with the federal level of government that they feel is out of touch with local problems. One Hindu man recently quoted in the Times of India said: “We need a government that can tackle terror with an iron hand.” This kind of remark has frequently turned up in many recent Indian media reports on terrorist attacks.


Communal rivalries also now are further complicated by Pakistan’s fraught and perilous relations with Afghanistan and also exacerbated by the uneasy alliance that was beginning to develop between India and Pakistan that was brokered by America. In the light of these uneasy yet threatening alliances, various such Muslim Mujahedeen are violently attempting their destruction as we have seen in the last few days.


The easily foreseeable consequences (although not the goals) of the terrorists will be, as many times in the past on less provocation, targeting of and bloodshed in Muslim urban colonies. As worryingly, and very likely a goal of this well organised group is the destabilisation of the federal government and its international relations and strategic political alliances, if not the collapse of the Indian nation-state itself.


This will have the dual effect of undermining the economic strength of the Hindu right, so countering its attempt to create a Hindu nation and so protecting the rights – if not the lives, given the retaliations I predict – of the Indian Muslim citizenry.


Contact: Kath Kenny

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12 thoughts on “Wakademic F*kcwit of the Month”

  1. Hi Sheik,
    I did not see you on my blog for a while so I decided to visit yours. I hope that life is going well.

    I am still waiting that you clearly demonstrate that all anthropology (or sociology) is a “pseudo science”, although I have the impression that nothing for you is real science other than, of course, your own opinion made often blind ( to the degree of ridiculous) by Internet knowledge.

    But I understand; this blog as well as your interest in Muslims is a hobby and a political passion and completely driven by ideology which, despite I disagree completely with its style and its often quite extreme, if not disturbing, approach, I respect.

    Indeed, I can agree that some kind of ‘anthropology’ has more to do with imagination rather than science. I do not know Dr Sheleyah Courtney’s work or her personally. Yet I can say that, as an anthropologist, I tend to disagree with what she has written above.

    Tanti saluti e a presto

  2. I object to your denigration of anthropology, I was personally acquainted with both Louis Leakey and Raymond Dart, both anthropologists, both amongst the greatest minds I have ever met. Though Leakey is better known for his work with fossils of early man, it was his interest in anthropology that led him there. There are anthropologists and there are f***wits.

  3. Gabriele,

    I’ll but-in and throw a punch at your “driven by ideology.” I can’t speak for the Sheik, but most of us are “driven” by the continued global blood Muslims enjoy shedding. If you happen to be one of those nutroots who feel “Islam is peaceful,” get back to me when the murdering monolith opens a medical clinic or food banks to aid the poor or nurture mankind.

  4. Dear Rich,

    thank you for your response. I never, and you can check both my published work as well as my blog, affirmed that ‘Islam = peace’ (though, of course, I have to admit, knowing arabic, that the word Islam is related to the meaning of peace, but this is just a linguistic aspect).

    Actually in one of my books I have criticized Esposito, and others, exactly for this reason. My position about religion is a bit more complex: religion in itself does not exist, you need a mind because you may have something called a religion; if you want to know more about my position, you can read here: http://marranci.wordpress.com/2008/03/18/the-anthropology-of-islam/

    At the same time, yes indeed, there are Muslims whom have organized medical clinics, whom have donated their children’s organs to children of other religions (even to their “enemies” in one famous case in Israel”).

    On the other hand, there are others who spend their time killing and spreading their ideology of hate. I suppose that you know that the majority of the victims of terrorist attacks committed by Muslims are innocent Muslims (in particular women and children), so they are of radicals and extremist fanatics.

    This it is true also for the last attack in India! Think about 1990s and terrorism in Algeria… think about the atrocity committed for years and years in that country: whom the Muslim terrorist were killing? yes indeed, Muslims.

    So I suppose the idea, often presented by some of ‘Muslims against the non-Muslims’ is a very bad simplification that actually helps the terrorist quite a lot.

    To be Muslim, of course, does not mean anything (like to be Christian, Jews or Atheist). It is how a person and his or her mind is that makes the difference.

    Best wishes

  5. Thank you for visiting Winds of Jihad, Marranci.

    You are quite right, I haven’t been back to your blog since you made our whole discussion thread disappear.

    Feel free to post and rest assured that nothing disappears here on WoJ.

    Please excuse the late reply, but I also run a business (among other things) and I don’t have that much time to engage in discussions this week and the next, but I’ll get back to answer you, definitely!

    It is true that I’m quite harsh when it comes to wakademic f*kcwits in universities, I have had my fill and when you look at this here, you will agree that it doesn’t get any better, it gets worse by the day:


    I’m sure you haven’t lost your (Italian) humor yet, and if that doesn’t crack you up I don’t know what does…

  6. Thanks for your kind answer, Sheik,
    I know that we are two busy men, indeed my blog has not been updated in a while.

    I still hope that when I move from Singapore to the fantastic world of OZ for my new position, we may one day share a coffee together.

    Hey, you promised me to send back the comments that were lost. You did not do so! Never trust a Sheik :-p

    Anyhow, somebody else sent the lost comments back and now (yours) are back as you can see. It was a technical problem, and you were clearly wrong in your allegations.

    But, well, this is Sheik, and for him everything should be a conspiracy, even a technical problem on a poor anthropologist blog :-)

    Going back to the Italian (better Florentine!) humor: yes indeed, you are right, I laughed. As many know, I am not a fun of postcolonial theory and post-colonial studies, even less of cultural studies. Many of these ‘1970s’ styles do not make very much sense at all.

    I oppose what it has been called ‘post-modernism’ and that troubling, but unfortunately very successful even today, academic approach.

    It is from this kind of approach that some scholars make the absolutely nonsensical statement that Islam = peace.

    Of course, as maybe you know, that kind of studies were linked to Marxism, and they are still affected very much by it.

    Yet do not expect that this approach to race, colonialism and so forth, will disappear easily. It is here, unfortunately, to stay with us for a long time.

    So, I am not surprise of the garbage you can find around. Yet academia and academics are not all the same.

    stammi bene

  7. No, I didn’t promise anything, Marranci, I just couldn’t be bothered.

    I am working with 3 computers. I saved parts of our discussions whenever I posted and I just couldn’t be bothered to put it all back together. Its not as important as killing the unbelievers.

    So it was a technical problem? I’m pleased you put it back up (I’ll take your word for it!) and I agree that one should never trust a sheik!

    No, I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I’m afraid you have to trust me on this one!

    Re wakademic fuckwits I’m glad we found something we can agree on and I’ll definitely have you for coffee (and dinner, my shout! ) if you should happen to get your feet on the ground in Oz.

    This xenophobic racist redneck hillbilly and rabid Islamophobe is looking forward to your visit!

  8. Dear Sheik,

    The “anthropologist apologist and Muhammedan agent” will be more than happy to accept the kind invitation .

    Have a nice, and fresher, time in OZ (Singapore is nice, but quite hot).


  9. How rude of you to assume that Dr. Sheleyah is not adequate to teach university students when in fact she is one of the most understanding and intelligent of all the unit coordinators I have had at my time at the university. In fact it is you sir who is to be frowned upon for posting negative comments about someone who you don’t even personally know-get a grip.

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