Thursday, November 30, 2006

More cultural symbols for Umno Youth chief

Umno Youth chief and 'Education' Minister Hishammuddin Hussein again shows his very low level of general knowledge when he suggests that MCA leaders could also wield kungfu swords in their party assemblies. First, he does not seem to know that the Indians also have a wide range of classical cold weapons (above) as well as written art of war like Kautilya's Arthashastra (originally written in Sanskrit but there are also several editions of English translation). Second, he is also ignorant of the fact that the kungfu sword is only one of the many instruments for person-to-person, close-range and low-level street fightings and there were many other more advanced and sophisticated weapons for battles in moving mass formations.

Ancient Indian weapons

Guide to ancient Chinese weapons

How a universal symbol became a tool for racial politics


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