Monday, 8 August 2016

Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, the media's role in victim blaming


Swami Prakashanand Saraswati
Swami Prakashanand Saraswati

Shyama Rose, Kate Tonnessen and Vesla Tonnessen Kazimer and their friend Karen Jonson have spent most of their lives slut-shaming young Indian American women

Much of the nation was left confused as a media outlet published an article portraying Shyama Rose as a superhero. It has led many to ask why is a superhero status only reserved for a white person? What about the truthful story of the Indian hero who refused to compromise his integrity and refused all discussions of an out-of-court settlement with his blackmailers? If you're white, you get to bask in all the glitz and glamour, and walk up the red carpet. Otherwise, you get a misguided slut-shaming, whether man or woman, by virtue of nothing more than the color of your skin. 

Since when are blackmailers made into heroes? One thing is crystal clear, there are a couple of furious people out there, peeved about not getting cash from Swami Prakashanand Saraswati.

Swami Prakashanand Saraswati had no money or assets and was an ordained clergyman of the Saraswati order of the Shankaracharya tradition in India (the media also mistakenly said his surname was Saraswati whereas it is his title as an ordained clergyman of the Shankaracharya order; Prakashanand is also, apparently, a title not his name).


Shyama Rose's and ex Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton's biggest victim isn't even Swami Prakashanand Saraswati. It's all Hindu American kids and women, who were wrongly called 'liars' without any evidence (it's all in the court records) and were mistreated in the Hays County courtroom. There is a fair amount of evidence that children almost never lie, yet Shyama Rose, Kate Tonnessen, Velsa Tonnessen Kazimer, Karen Jonson and Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton called them liars; the only evidence of their "lies" were the fact that they were Hindu or Indian, and by default, immoral people. For that, some sections of society have made them heroes. Like every American, I would personally believe any child over and above the starstruck tagteam of six adults - Shyama Rose, Kate Tonnessen, Velsa Tonnessen Kazimer, Karen Jonson and ex Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and her protégé Cathy Compton (who answers to the self-given codename, Nita Spankin [pronounced with the customary Southern drawl]).

The all singing all dancing cast of Starstruck. A tweet from
Shyama Rose's friend and confidente Karen Jonson



Many traditional superhero comics are now being made more ethnically diverse. It's time for media outlets who try to make a quick buck through click-baiting to follow suit. It's to be understood that this wouldn't play as well into popular prejudices, but doesn't the media have some responsibility to not engage in victim blaming, and in particular slut-shaming? Are there any bounds of reason left?


Shyama Rose, Kate Tonnessen and Vesla Tonnessen Kazimer and DAs Office are part of the good ol' boys club and have a highly misogynistic view of Indian American women and girls and have almost no other argument that doesn't involve slut-shaming. Shyama, Kate and Vesla have spent the vast majority of their lives slut-shaming young girls. Karen Jonson has got a Madonna–whore complex (see wikipedia) in which Jonson is unable to see women and girls as anything other than the extremes of Madonnas or whores. Furthermore, only Jonson has a radar which can know which is which, generally they label Indian American girls as "whores".

If this was 200 years ago, the group would be calling Indian American women and girls "witches". Now the implication is that all Indian American women and girls are in league with supernatural beings (alleged "Gurus") who possibly rape millions of women and girls, even from the other side. The group argues that all Indian American women and girls are in cahoots with it, and enjoy it. Sometimes, the group argues, they speak out, but only through the voices in Karen Jonson's head. Sounds crazy, right? It reads like a conference paper in mental health! Karen Jonson, Shyama Rose's friend, referred to respectable Indian women as "prostitutes". Shyama Rose got checkmated in a statement to the press something along the lines of "[Well at least I'm not a prostitute...]". The pertinent followup question should be, "Who exactly is a prostitute? Indian American women and girls?" There you have it - Shyama Rose self-congratulated Shyama Rose for not being a prostitute, like Indian woman and girls are? Who was Shyama Rose trying to impress by denying being a prostitute? Was it a bid to pass Karen Jonson's Madonna–whore test (see wikipedia)? It's clear that this particular test of black and white judgement is to the forefront of Shyama Rose's mind and Shyama probably judges others by that test, as Karen Jonson does. Indian women and girls get a fail.

It gets weirder though when the slut-shaming of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati enters the equation although the main accusation is against the girls they misguidedly target. The group also attacks Indian women who promote women empowerment. They are stuck in a 1950s "women in the kitchen" mentality. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is little more than an abstract symbol for them. They don't even know his name, his religious affiliation, where he lives or anything about him. The real motivation is to target their family members and to make Indian American women and girls lose confidence in themselves. When you take someone's confidence away, you take away their soul.

Indian women and girls who got falsely slut-shamed call Shyama Rose, Kate Tonnessen, Velsa Tonnessen Kazimer, Karen Jonson and ex Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and her protégé Cathy Compton "crazy" and "weird", but some portions of our media continue to harbor them and call them "superheroes".

Swami Prakashanand Saraswati The Real Story

Former Hays County Republican Party chair, Cox, concluded, in relation to Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton who persecuted against Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and the Indian community:

"By law, district attorneys are not supposed to hide facts or conceal evidence that establishes the innocence of the accused. The primary duty of the district attorney is not to accumulate convictions but rather to see that justice is done.

The office of the Hays County District Attorney lost sight of those obligations as well as the constitutional protections owed to the accused. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one of my passions, but I feel strongly about all of the Bill of Rights. The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments relating to rights of the accused are no more negotiable than the Second Amendment.

The Hays County District Attorney’s office conduct of seeking convictions without regard for justice is bad for the rule of law, bad for the accused, bad for the family of the accused, bad for the image of the district attorney’s office and the county, and bad for the taxpayers forced to foot the bill."









Sunday, 22 May 2016

Swami Prakashanand Sarswati's Persecution and the Uncanny Valley

Note: After writing this, I came across other research discussing the connection between Prejudice & the Uncanny Valley from the University of Michigan (discussed here). There's an argument that dehumanization serves as a tool to desensitize people to persecution. My argument was that an extreme case of the uncanny valley makes people unable to properly process the persecution as they normally would, and therefore passively accept it, if not personally taking part in the persecution.



Racism against Swami Prakashanand Saraswati by Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton





The most striking aspect of the trial and persecution of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and subsequent attacks against the Indian American community by Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton (Cate Wahlstedt), the Hays County Sheriff's Office and their sycophants is the uncanny nature of the verbiage. It, in fact, touches on the uncomfortable psychological phenomenon known as Uncanny Valley; in the sense that it's something sort of human-like but not quite.

Hays County District Attorney and Hays County Sheriff's Office have done more for the Hindu faith than anyone could have imagined. For one, they have created a wave of revival of the Hindu faith, in particular of the Jagadguru Shankaracharya tradition represented by Swami Prakashanand Sarswati.

They have popularized Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and his books in India and worldwide. No one in India takes Hays County District Attorney and Hays County Sheriff's Office seriously.

Next, Hays County District Attorney and Hays County Sheriff's Office have eternalized Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, as in "The Eternal Jew". They call the 90 year old Swami Prakashanand Saraswati a fugitive. (BTW Is Anne Frank still a fugitive?) In 10 years, he'll be called a 100 year old fugitive. In 900 years he will be a 900 year old fugitive. In 1000 years, Hays County will call him a 1000-year old fugitive.

There is a irreversible revival of Hinduism in the political and cultural landscape of India on the back of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati's persecution at the hands of Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton (Cate Wahlstedt). That was not the intention of course. As Karen Jonson said, "Hays County is finishing what the British Empire never could".

The biggest blunder of Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton (Cate Wahlstedt) and "Hays County's finest" was in the way they portrayed Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and other Hindu leaders as supernatural entitles. There have been plenty of cases, real or false, against members of the clergy of all religions. However, only Hays County and their sycophants abandoned all reason in their portrayal of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and other Hindu leaders as being regular people. They portrayed them as all-seeing and all-knowing beings who have the ability to rape millions of women from before and beyond the grave - the voices of the women only communicated to the world in the head of Karen Jonson. Omniscient, omnipresent, all-doing, vanishing God-like beings who can appear and disappear at will! What's next in the ever-changing narrative of the Hays County dystopia? One may have suspicion about the misbehavior of the clergy, but Hays County's narrative is a schizophrenic one that is incredulous to a rational mind and has sealed Hays County's fate as the laughing stock of India and all other civilized nations.

This supernatural portrayal of the oppressed is nothing new. Throughout the ages, people have perpetuated the myth of "The Eternal Jew", The portrayal of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and other Hindu leaders by Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton (Cate Wahlstedt) should be understood in this light.

Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton (Cate Wahlstedt) and the Hays County Sheriff's Office never portrayed Swami Prakashanand Saraswati or other Hindus as real people. They portrayed them as all-seeing, all-knowing, all-cunning, all-deluding abstract beings who have the ability to appear, disappear and morph at will while committing acts of an extraordinary sinister and supernatural nature.


At the same time, there is an eery mix in the portrayal which combines elements of subhuman creatures (they called Hindus and Jews rodents) yet powerful, supernatural and "eternal" at the same time.

Such a portrayal would be hilarious if not so uncanny, dangerous and nutty.


In one of US Marshall Hector Gomez's bigoted rants, he called the Swami a "gopher". Yet, apparently a sophisticated gopher whose sole aim is to delude white Americans in a cosmic game of cat and mouse. Scary image, isn't it?

Urban Dictionary defines a gopher as:

"A low-ranking employee who is made to do the bidding of their superiors. So-called because they are often running around doing various small tasks."



The uncanny valley (depiction of almost-human, but not-quite), or the related concepts of vagueness and ambiguity, is the psychological reason why most people are uncomfortable, unsupportive or passive of Hays County's racist narrative. Learn more about the Uncanny Valley in this video called 'Why are things creepy?':




One of the co-conspirators, Kate Tonnessen, said that Swami Prakashanand Saraswati groped her in front of 30 or 40 people while concealing the act. Kate Tonnessen also alleged that Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is God.


Karen Jonson called Hindus "unnatural".

So we have established that Hays County (or Nazis), due to their fanaticism against non-whites (or Jews), may have inadvertently crossed over into uncanny valley territory. So wouldn't that cause more people to support them? No, and here's why: People feel uncomfortable about this strange narrative by Hays County and the grotesque peculiarity that is Karen Jonson and would prefer to think about something else.

They have to speak in fantastical uncanny language though because if they repeated the truth they wouldn't get any support either:

"Two 30 year old sisters and their best friend made false accusations against their families church after a failed blackmail attempt against the family. The accusations were that the families's pastor touched their t-shirt 15 years ago."

But as Karen Jonson would say, "If you can think it, you can pitch it".


Hunt with John Walsh Prakashanand Saraswati