"A boy without a country, a boy well travelled."
Melbourne-based photographer Sudeep Lingamneni lets his Indian heritage, American upbringing and international 'citizenship' inform his work. Part Indian, part American and part Australian, Sudeep Lingamneni is the perfect example of the sort of 21st Century international citizen we are all rapidly becoming, effortlessly bridging dramatically different cultures as he seeks a greater truth through creativity.
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MONOGLOSSIABABUISMARMY OF GODSSUFI SADHUSUDEEP LINGAMNENI
Email Correspondence: Thu, Oct 16 @ 1:51 AM
Personal, Lyrical & Inspirational:
I think I just worked it out… it’s just clicked in my mind…
There are so many millions of people in the world, so many different tastes and preferences, so many varied audiences waiting in so many countries…
You can create what you like and - there will be someone who likes it, somewhere.
I have known this subconsciously but I am too consciously governed by traditional media.
I need to expand my thinking to entertain new possibilities.Thunderbird email carrier.
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• 19 October 2014 • View comments
In Your Face, Face To Face, Series 2
Personal, Visual & Historical:
The significance of Indian culture is that it is a scientific process towards wellbeing and liberation.
Sadhguru and Kiran Bedi, during the
"In Conversations with the Mystic,"
explore the science behind Bharat, India’s original name, and look at how the culture in this nation was carefully crafted for people’s wellbeing.
Kiran Bedi: Why do we call our country Mataram, not Patram? Why is it
Sadhguru: Because though essentially a nation is the people, the boundaries and the definition of a nation come from a land. We have always seen land or earth as a mother, because if we sow a seed, life grows. Almost everywhere in the world, except in certain very martial cultures, a nation has always been seen as a woman or a mother, because in a certain sense, a nation is defined by an aspect of geography.
Kiran Bedi: Is that the only reason? When did it begin?
Sadhguru: I would say it began with this nation because this is the oldest nation on the planet. It defies today’s concept of a nation. Modern nations are made based on language, religion, race, ethnicity, maybe ideology - essentially, it is the sameness of people that makes a nation. But in this nation, which we have known as Bharatvarsh for thousands of years - we have never defined ourselves by sameness. If you drive 50 kilometers, people look different, wear different clothes, eat differently, speak different languages - everything is different.
When the Europeans came here, they did not understand how this could be one nation if there is nothing binding it. But for over thousands of years, within this subcontinent and also in the remaining part of the known world of those days, people referred to this as one nation, though at some points, we were over 200 political entities. What is it that makes this nation? This is something that the leadership and the people of this country must really look at. It is not language. It is not religion. It is not race. Nationhood predates all religion. When there was no religion, this nation was. We called the land between Himalayas and the Indu Sarovar (Indian Ocean) Hindustan only as a geographical description - not to represent a particular religion.
This is not a religious identity - this is a geographical and cultural identity. What kept us together longer than any other nation on the planet is that essentially, we have always been a land of seekers - seekers of truth and liberation. In this seeking, we found oneness. When we look for sameness, we try to become a land of believers. This seeking is not something that we invented. It is the nature of human intelligence to want to know, realise, and liberate itself.
This nation was based on this foundation that we are seekers. As a seeker, you are not aligned to a particular thing on the outside but to the life process within you, and that never goes wrong. No matter how badly you contaminate human beings with belief systems and brainwash them, once their survival is taken care of, they always want to know the nature of their existence and of everything around them. Whether you call it science, spiritual process, inquiry, or quest, essentially, human intelligence wants to transcend its present limitations, wants to liberate itself from the fetters in which we exist right now. We built our nation on this longing, this seeking. Our nationhood cannot be destroyed as long as we keep this seeking alive. If we do not try to transform ourselves towards sameness, we will always be one.
Related: In Your Face, Face To Face
• 6 October 2014 • View comments
Mobile Phone Radiation
Visual, Graphical & Educational:
What’s the top cameraphone on the market? iPhone 6 Plus? Well, maybe the cameraphone with less radiation.
The effect of mobile phone radiation on human health is the subject of recent interest and study, as a result of the enormous increase in mobile phone usage throughout the world. As of November 2011, there were more than 6 billion subscriptions worldwide. Mobile phones use electromagnetic radiation in the microwave range. Other digital wireless systems, such as data communication networks, produce similar radiation.
Overall, the evidence suggests that the radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME) emissions of mobile phone handsets are not harmful to the user. However, the technology is new and it’s impossible to be completely sure there isn’t some risk. This is particularly true for children where there is little research evidence.
One way to exercise caution is to reduce unnecessary exposure from your handset. You can reduce your exposure to RF EME from your mobile phone in three simple ways:
The most effective way to reduce the exposure is to increase the distance between your mobile phone and your head or body. You can do this by:
- Using a wired ear-piece/microphone hands-free accessory
- Using the phone on speaker mode
- Texting rather than talking
- Keeping the phone a distance from the body, as recommended in your phone’s user manual
- Even placing your thumb between the phone and your ear
If there are any harmful effects, then it’s likely that the longer the exposure to RF EME the greater any risk may be.
You can reduce your exposure time by keeping voice calls short, especially when you are not using hands-free.
Usually a phone in an area with good reception will transmit at much lower levels than in an area with poor reception like a lift or deep within a large building.
You can limit the amount of power your phone uses by:
- Using your phone in good signal areas where possible (shown by lots of bars on the reception indicator)
- Avoiding using your phone in poor signal areas such as lifts and moving vehicles (Note: It is illegal to hold your phone to your ear while you are driving a motor vehicle.)
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• 19 September 2014 • View comments
I Saw The Man, That Saw Gondwanaland
Personal, Visual & Historical:
I saw Morgan.
I saw the man… even in the midst of night.
The picture above is from the wondrous I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail by Gond tribal artist Ram Singh Urveti and book designer Jonathan Yamakami.
"Over the years comparisons have been made between the work of the Pardhan Gonds Adivasi artists and that of Australian Aboriginal artists. As it turns out there is now an increasing amount of genetic and linguistic evidence suggesting that the earliest inhabitants of Australia, approximately 50,000 years ago, may have arrived from India. Mainland Aboriginal peoples are said to share genetic traits with twenty-six Indian Adivasi group including the Bhaigas who live side-by-side with the Gonds. The traditional language spoken by the Gonds is related to Telugu which is regarded as the most similar language outside Australia to a number of particular Australian Aboriginal languages." (Lieberman, 2013: 35-37)
I saw the man, that saw this wondrous sight.
I saw the man, that saw Gondwanaland.
• 14 September 2014 • View comments
In Your Face, Face To Face
Personal, Visual & Historical:
In your face, face to face is an Indian to Indian portrait photography series from 2004 to 2014. Exploring facial features, expressions and genetics, and how genetics proves Indian population mixture and the first migrations out of Africa.
Scientists from Harvard Medical School and the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, India, provide evidence that modern-day India is the result of recent population mixture among divergent demographic groups.
The findings, published August 8, 2013 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, describe how India transformed from a country where mixture between different populations was rampant to one where endogamy-that is, marrying within the local community and a key attribute of the caste system-became the norm.
"Only a few thousand years ago, the Indian population structure was vastly different from today,"
said co-senior author David Reich, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School.
"The caste system has been around for a long time, but not forever."
In 2009, Reich and colleagues published a paper based on an analysis of 25 different Indian population groups. The paper described how all populations in India show evidence of a genetic mixture of two ancestral groups: Ancestral North Indians (ANI), who are related to Central Asians, Middle Easterners, Caucasians, and Europeans; and Ancestral South Indians (ASI), who are primarily from the subcontinent.
However, the researchers wanted to glean clearer data as to when in history such admixture occurred. For this, the international research team broadened their study pool from 25 to 73 Indian groups.
The researchers took advantage of the fact that the genomes of Indian people are a mosaic of chromosomal segments of ANI and ASI descent. Originally when the ANI and ASI populations mixed, these segments would have been extremely long, extending the entire lengths of chromosomes. However, after mixture these segments would have broken up at one or two places per chromosome, per generation, recombining the maternal and paternal genetic material that occurs during the production of egg and sperm.
By measuring the lengths of the segments of ANI and ASI ancestry in Indian genomes, the authors were thus able to obtain precise estimates of the age of population mixture, which they infer varied about 1,900 to 4,200 years, depending on the population analysed.
While the findings show that no groups in India are free of such mixture, the researchers did identify a geographic element.
"Groups in the north tend to have more recent dates and southern groups have older dates,"
said co-first author Priya Moorjani, a graduate student in Reich’s lab at Harvard Medical School.
"This is likely because the northern groups have multiple mixtures."
"This genetic data tells us a three-part cultural and historical story,"
said Reich, who is also an associate member of the Broad Institute.
"Prior to about 4000 years ago there was no mixture. After that, widespread mixture affected almost every group in India, even the most isolated tribal groups. And finally, endogamy set in and froze everything in place."
"The fact that every population in India evolved from randomly mixed populations suggests that social classifications like the caste system are not likely to have existed in the same way before the mixture,"
said co–senior author Lalji Singh, currently of Banaras Hindu University, in Varanasi, India, and formerly of the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology.
"Thus, the present-day structure of the caste system came into being only relatively recently in Indian history."
But once established, the caste system became genetically effective, the researchers observed. Mixture across groups became very rare.
"An important consequence of these results is that the high incidence of genetic and population-specific diseases that is characteristic of present-day India is likely to have increased only in the last few thousand years when groups in India started following strict endogamous marriage,"
said co–first author Kumarasamy Thangaraj, of the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India.
• 7 September 2014 • View comments
You Can’t Get Me Out Of The Race
Personal, Visual & Political:
"You a-go tired fe see me face;
Can’t get me out of the race.
Oh, man, you said I’m in your place
And then you draw bad cyard -
A-make you draw bad cyard,
And then you draw bad cyard.” - Bob Marley
Listen: Propaganda spreading over my name.
Between 1996 and 2007, the Howard Government used racism to sustain its popularity. From the late 1990s, the primary victims of racist campaigns against immigrants were refugees who arrived by boat, without official permission.
Listen: Time alone - oh, time will tell.
"Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm-hm! Ooh-oo-oo-oo-er. Mm-mm-mm.
Jah would never give the power to a baldhead
Run come crucify the Dread.
Time alone - oh, time will tell:
Think you’re in heaven, but ya living in hell;
Think you’re in heaven, but ya living in hell;
Think you’re in heaven, but ya living in hell.
Time alone - oh, time will tell:
Ya think you’re in heaven, but ya living in hell.” - Bob Marley
Mandatory detention laws were introduced in Australia by the Keating Labor government, with bipartisan support, in 1992. It has since been maintained by successive governments with bipartisan support in parliament. Neither the government nor the opposition has considered the legitimacy or humanity of their approach. Neither has given the public an accurate and honest explanation, meaning they’ve instead been grievously misled by false statements and gross sensationalism by opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison, and most recently by Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr.
"It’s useful to start with a few basic facts: something which neither major party seems willing to do.
The debate about asylum seekers was poisoned from the beginning by the Howard government, which spoke ominously about “border control”, and referred to boat people as “illegals” and “queue-jumpers”. By that bit of dog-whistling, then-prime minister John Howard conveyed the idea that boat people were a risk to our community: that they had committed an offence by coming here and that they had behaved with some degree of moral obliquity.
Asylum seekers do not commit any offence by coming here. Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights every person has the right to seek asylum in any territory they can reach. It is a dismal reflection of the state of politics that Mr Morrison frequently refers to asylum seekers arriving by boat as “illegals”. He knows it is a blatant lie, but he also knows that it works.
As for “queue-jumping”, leave aside that there is no queue where boat people come from, the etiquette of the checkout at Coles is not how it works when you are running for your life.
"Border protection" is a grossly misleading term, used by both major parties. It implies that boat people are a threat to us. They are not. We do not need to be protected from asylum seekers: they need to be protected from their persecutors."” - Julian Burnside
Is Mr Abbott right to say asylum seekers who make the journey to Australia are attempting to break Australian law?
Tony Abbott Q&A on immigration:
"What would Jesus do in relation to asylum seekers,"
a young man asked Tony Abbott on the ABC’s Q&A program.
Abbott struggled for an analogy. He tried a small joke then said,
"Don’t forget Jesus drove the traders from the temple as well,"
"What’s the point of that?"
said host Tony Jones?
"Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone. Jesus knew there was a place for everything. It is not necessary everyone’s place to come to Australia."
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ was born in a stable when there was no room for his mother to give birth at a local ‘inn’. His family were considered refugees as they were forced from their native homeland Bethlehem.
But according to the English writer Godfrey Higgins suggested in his book Anacalypsis (1836) that Jesus was a dark brown skinned Indo-Aryan from North India. In 1906, a German writer named Theodor J Plange wrote a book titled Christ-an Indian? In which he argued that Jesus was an Indian and that the Christian gospel had originated in India.
Watch: Jesus in India - Beyond Belief Documentary
There is no scholarly agreement on the appearance of Jesus; over the centuries, he has been depicted in a multitude of ways.
You can’t get me out of the race.
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• 31 August 2014 • View comments
Bad Car-ma, Series 2
Personal, Visual & Cultural:
Traffic congestion occurs when a volume of traffic or modal split generates demand for space greater than the available road capacity; this point is commonly termed saturation.
Traffic makes for Bad Car-ma, Series 1.
• 26 August 2014 • View comments