Wanted : A surgical strike on left wing terrorists

Yesterday, when I wrote about Commie – Nazi collaboration in WW2, I was worried that I might bore my readers by talking about an issue that isn’t at the top of the news cycle. Well, I am quite aggrieved to note that within hours of my blog post, the left wing terrorists managed to get to the top of the news cycle.

It was on March 11 that I had observed that elections come and elections go, but the real news of the day is the fact that left wing terrorists had slaughtered 12 CRPF jawans in Sukma in Chhattisgarh.

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(http://www.opindia.com/2017/03/chhattisgarh-leftists-take-revenge-for-progress-snatch-12-innocent-lives/)

Since most people were busy talking about Uttar Pradesh, it got very little attention, even on Opindia. And before I get too high on my horse, I must admit that I am guilty of giving this tragedy too little attention as well. I blogged once about it… just freaking once. In more than a month since March 11, I have come back again and again to UP elections, Punjab elections, Goa elections and even freaking MCD elections, but I thought my “duty” was done with just one post about Sukma.

So, I am not being condescending to anyone, I am just as much of a loser as any of you for not paying attention to the constant bloodletting of the sons of Bharat by left wing terrorists in the Naxal belt.

Just to remind people, there is a back story to the sudden spurt in bloodletting in Sukma. You see, the government of Chhattisgarh (jointly with govt of Odisha) has just inaugurated a bridge across the Sabari river connecting the people of the 2 states. This bridge may not seem like a big deal to a lot of us, but you have to consider that previously the poor tribals would have to travel as much as 120 kms to get to the other side, so they could carry on their trade and business.

With the opening of the bridge, this 120 km has been reduced to just 3 km. The people both on Chhattisgarh and Odisha side gathered in large numbers to celebrate this bridge.

However, even a baby step towards vikas is unbearable to the enemies of India. They are showing the Indian state that they are capable of extracting a punishing price for progress. Bharat ki barbaadi… they told us and they meant every word of it.

I remember what Uri felt like after the massacre of Indian Army jawans. It felt like a kick in the balls. Frankly,  as a Modi supporter, I felt like I had been personally muted and humiliated after Uri. I didn’t feel like I could properly clear my throat until the surgical strikes happened. That’s when I wrote my blog post “Bhakt’s honor“.

Do something Mr. Prime Minister. Both for the honor of the nation and all those who support you.

 

For it feels like Uri again.

As the casualty count from Sukma mounted, it felt like Uri again. It was back to enduring sick jokes of left liberals about Hindu nationalist Modi failing to protect India’s honor. Yes, I know it is spectacular hypocrisy on their part. It’s their ideological fellow travelers who carried out the massacre in Sukma. When their friends kill, they put the blame on us for failing to prevent the massacre.

But their hypocrisy doesn’t matter. For they are the enemies of India. I don’t really worry about Pakistan’s hypocrisy. I take it for granted. Similarly, I don’t really worry about the hypocrisy of liberals gloating on the failure of the Indian state to stop their friends from carrying out a massacre of our soldiers. Like Pakistan, they relish every wound in the side of Bharat. It’s just a fact of life.

What is important is that there must be revenge. It is time for new surgical strikes. Preferably an amputation.

We have to cross their Lines of Control and inflict losses on the enemy. Be it in Sukma or at JNU. Our security forces have all the ability in the world to carry out this operation. The enemy this time is not Pakistani terrorists, but those who were born as Indians and yet indulged in high treason.

The wages of treason is death. It is the job of the Prime Minister to pick the time and place and give the green signal to the Army or CRPF or whatever.

The map the left will never show you : Who collaborated with Hitler in World War – 2?

This morning I expected to be writing about Kejriwal and MCD and BJP Delhi. By afternoon, a little voice spoke to me in my head. I should be ashamed of spending so much time talking about a tiny municipal poll. No really, aren’t there bigger things to talk about than one attention seeking impostor finally getting his comeuppance in Delhi?

Let’s talk about something more of more than just fleeting interest. It’s a standard liberal smear used against the Hindu right. You’ll find it everywhere, from NDTV to the New York Times. The smear about the RSS being “inspired”  by Hitler and the Nazis. Through endless repetition, these handful of quotes from Golwalkar have become the weapons of last resort of the liberal left. It’s used to turn around an argument whenever the left is totally outwitted. An example can be found here with ABVP’s Saket Bahuguna facing AAP’s footmat Abhinandan Sekhri.

Once Saket Bahuguna begins to press Abhinandan Sekhri on Naxalism, Sekhri begins to get hot under the collar and extremely defensive. Finally, when he is totally cornered, an outwitted Sekhri pulls out the smear of last resort against RSS: “Have you read the part where Golwalkar praises the Nazis?”

But you know what really bothers me? That liberals have made so much hay out of some remarks praising Nazis, but the right wing has been unable to respond in kind despite having all the cards. No seriously… have you ever seen the right wing corner the left over its active collaboration with Hitler in WW2?

Let me tell you a story that has been hidden in plain sight. Last fall, I happened to have one day to visit Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The weather was absolutely terrible, but I managed to wade through the tearing cold rain to pay a visit to the “Museum of Genocide Victims”. It is located inside the former KGB headquarters in Lithuania. The Museum is a witness to the genocide of Lithuanians under 50 years of Soviet occupation.

Soviet occupation? When did it happen? In 1945, after the World War? NO! It happened in 1940, when Hitler was very much alive and the Nazis were at their peak. And it happened with Hitler’s active connivance and blessing. 

What the left usually won’t tell you is that the Second World War didn’t just start with Nazi invasion of Poland on Sept 1, 1939.  There was another power that invaded Poland on Sept 17, 1939. Who were they? 

They were the Commies. One week before Hitler invaded Poland, Nazi Germany signed a treaty with the Commies to occupy Europe and share the spoils. This infamous treaty was the Molotov – Ribbentrop pact, named after the Stalin’s foreign minister Molotov and Hitler’s foreign minister Ribbentrop (Trivia : Ribbentrop was the first among the Nazi leaders to be tried and executed after the Nuremberg trial in 1945).

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Yes, this is a map of how they planned to carve up Europe, decided by the Commies in the pleasant company of their Nazi friends. This is the map that the left will never show you.

Through 1939 and 1940, the Commies and the Nazis collaborated like brothers. The Nazis were grabbing Western Europe, while the Commies were gobbling up the Eastern European states such as Latvia, Lithuania and of course, parts of Poland. It was all according to the friendly treaty between Molotov and Ribbentrop.

Here, you can see the Soviet postal stamps commemorating the successful invasion of Poland on Sept 17, 1939 (from Wikipedia, obviously)

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Ah! Look how proud the Commies are of their successful joint operation with Hitler. But the lefties won’t tell you about this. They would rather ask why Golwalkar said certain things about Nazis. They will never ask why the Commies actively joined the Nazis in battle! Amazing amazing hypocrisy!

 

The Nazis had invaded Poland from the West. Their Communist friends had invaded Poland from the East. The two friendly armies finally met up at the town of Brest (now in Belarus). It was realized that in the heat of war, both armies had been slightly overzealous and caused minor violations of the line agreed upon by Hitler and his Communist friend Stalin. As a confidence building measure and to show the world that all was well between the Nazis and their Communist brothers, the two armies decided to hold a joint parade in the town of Brest.

You’ll never see a liberal showing you this beautiful parade of Nazi tanks accompanied by Communist motorcyclists.

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Look at those smiles as the generals of the glorious Red Army meet their Nazi friends, both sides fresh with the glory of crushing Poland.

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And don’t miss this heartwarming picture of Nazi troops seeking shade under the watchful benevolent eye of the Communist dictator.

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And yes, having captured Poland with their Nazi collaborators, the Commies showed they were no less when it came to massacre of Polish citizens. At least 22,000 Polish citizens were rounded up and massacred by Communists in April and May 1940 alone (see Katyn massacre)

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These killings were carried out by the Communist special police NKVD, which organized regular meetings with the Nazi Gestapo to properly coordinate the oppression of Europe. You’ll absolutely love the emblem of the NKVD.

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The political party whose election symbol appears at the heart of this emblem is the No. 1 free speech supporter in India. Always remember that, folks…

But alas! I’ve NEVER seen a right winger stand up and question a liberal about Communist-Nazi collaboration in WW2. All I have seen is Hindu right wingers helplessly trying to duck questions about Golwalkar and Nazis. I suspect most Hindu right wingers don’t even know the story of the Nazis and Commies collaborating. They the lefties pursue the Hindu right wing relentlessly for making some remarks. The Hindu right fails to hold the left accountable for actually joining forces with Hitler and collaborating with his massacres. Amazing, isn’t it?

That’s the power of narrative. And it’s not just about elections. It’s about controlling the discourse.

MCD polls are a test of real character for AAP cadres

The winner of the MCD polls is almost a foregone conclusion. There are really only 2 questions left to ask:

(A) Will the BJP cross 200 seats?

(B) Will AAP get even less seats than Congress?

I am reasonably confident about (A). Regarding (B), I would have said “Yes” a week ago. But now that the Congress has been badly rocked by last minute defections, I am not totally sure.

What it boils down to is that both Questions (A) and (B) are ultimately about how AAP’s cadres are able to perform on the ground.

The *real* test of cadre is when you are losing an election. AAP knows it’s losing. We all know it’s losing. This is when the cadre faces its real test. Can they hold the line? Can they limit the damage? Can they prevent collapse and panic in their ranks.

This is where BJP generally excels. Not in handling victory, but in handling defeat. This has to do both with the nature of the BJP cadre and the nature of the BJP voter. The BJP cadres, trained generally by RSS, are able to hold the line in a “losing election”. They put up a disciplined performance. The party loses, but it doesn’t get wiped out.

The best example of this was Rajasthan which is generally known for sweeping verdicts. In 2008, Vasundhara Raje knew the BJP was going to lose. And they did lose. But the disciplined cadre held the line, got their core voters out and fought a determined battle. They lost 78-95 to Congress. A gap of just 17 seats.  Compare it to the loose Congress cadre that just bolted in the face of defeat in 2013, leaving the Congress in the dust with just 21 seats to the BJP’s 163.

This is a general feature of BJP cadres. Was Advani’s leadership from 2004 to 2013 really any better than how Rahul Gandhi is doing today for Congress? But unlike BJP, the Congress today is suffering mass desertions from its ranks. No such exodus was witnessed from BJP ranks during the UPA years. Look at Delhi where the BJP was out of power and out of contention for 15 years. Can you name any BJP leader of any standing who joined Congress? Compare it to the Congress leaders making a beeline for BJP in Delhi. It was just 3 years ago when they were in power.

In Bihar, the BJP fought to the last vote. In fact, after suffering a disaster in the first phase, the cadre actually fought harder and actually improved the party’s performance in the next phases. Compare it to how the SP lost steam and collapsed once it was spooked by the first two phases. We lost Bihar, but I am really proud of the way BJP fought an impossible election. To the last man. To the last vote.

Ironically, the only time I have seen BJP collapse was in Feb 2015 in Delhi. That was a cadre revolt. The General had quit the battle, handing over the reins to an effigy called Kiran Bedi. What else was going to happen? The cadres and leaders bolted en masse. Otherwise, there was no way the BJP could have lost an RSS bastion like Krishna Nagar.

Today, a similar test lies for AAP cadres. Can they bail out their leader? Can they reach 75 seats? Can they keep the AAP’s nose ahead of the Congress? In other words, can they hold the line?

My impression of AAP cadres is very dim. They are without discipline and operate merely on media hawa.  With the hawa against them, I expect to see no wind in their sails at all.

This takes a kind of training and discipline that is simply not on the AAP’s horizon. To be fair, they are too new to have evolved such processes.

If AAP manages to cross 75 today (out of 272), I will develop a new kind of respect for AAP cadres. The real test of character is when you fight bravely in face of adversity. But I am fairly confident I won’t have to. If the AAP volunteer is anything like his leader … moody, irritable, irresponsible and obsessed with blaming others, they have no chance at all.

Good luck Kejriwal. You’re gonna need it to avoid a nervous breakdown when the results come out.

Madhya Pradesh tribals offer to fight stone pelters in Kashmir

Statutory warning : This story is going to irritate the hell out of the liberals.

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The Bhil tribal youth of Madhya Pradesh are not happy. They have been looking at social media and they are infuriated by Kashmiri stone pelters brutally harassing our security forces. They realize that the hands of the Army are tied by a maze of service rules and the one-eyed eagle of human rights organizations.

They think they have a solution. They are ready to go to Kashmir and reply to the stone pelters in kind.

And so it happens that a group of 100 Bhil youth are practising their skills with their traditional “gophan” slingshot that can launch a stone with terrifying velocity and accuracy. The other day they met the District Collector of MP’s Jhabua and handed over a memorandum in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking to be sent to Kashmir.

Listen to what one youth had to say.

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There is a reason this story will bug the hell out of the liberals and not just because of the patriotism (although that is often reason enough). The problem is not just the patriotism, but who it’s coming from.

The Bhil youth of Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh. As the HT article itself points out, this is one of the poorest districts of Madhya Pradesh and indeed of the country. The Bhil tribals make a living as “marginal farmers and laborers”. They are the ones most left behind by India’s new capitalism and economic growth.

The liberals have always seen these tribal youth as prime candidates for recruitment in the army of “Azaadi”. What a humiliating let down for India’s liberals : far be it from seeking “Bharat ki barbaadi” and “Bharat ke tukde“, the tribal youths are itching to fight for Bharat.

Alas! The hopes of “Azaadi” still rest on the shoulders of the upper caste Communists of JNU. It’s almost like 70 years of liberal scholarship (read propaganda) has had no effect at all on the Dalits and tribals. No takers for Bharat ke tukde

The other day, I argued that the liberal strategy of trying to break India by pretending to care about “marginalized sections”  was always going to blow up in their faces. Because the so called “lower” castes, who never collaborated with the Empire and were never socialized into colonial modes of thought, embrace a very simple, uncomplicated form of patriotism. I am happy to share today another exhibit of this spectacularly failed liberal strategy.

Will the Prime Minister of India accede to the request and raise a “gophan” battalion to take on the stone pelters of Kashmir? I have no idea. But what I do know is that the Bhil youth of Madhya Pradesh, armed with their traditional slingshots, have managed to hit India’s liberals exactly where it hurts them the most.  Splat!

 

Telangana CM is on to something and BJP should worry

This might actually be the first time I am explicitly devoting a blog post to the politics of Telangana. But I have been watching KCR’s politics with some fascination for a while. I know there are a lot of people who think that KCR has created an opening for BJP with his 12% reservation to Muslims. Maybe he has. But, in a larger scheme of things, I think KCR has hit on something big … and BJP should worry. It’s not as straightforward as some people seem to believe.

Hear me out. The politics of BJP has, thus far, benefited tremendously from Hindu resentment against the appeasement of Muslims. The Congress party and its northern clones such as RJD or SP have, generally speaking, walked into the trap. As the BJP kept increasing its influence, these parties walked a very straight and narrow path of brazen Muslim appeasement. You know… just taking things from Hindus and giving it to Muslims. The Congress, for its part, has come out openly in support of anti-nationals, jihadi terrorists, Naxals, even Pakistan…

No wonder they got clobbered in the elections.

But no! KCR’s 12% quota for Muslims is NOT in the same category. It’s just as brazen, but so what? KCR is carrying out a fascinating experiment of “double appeasement“.

What does that mean? Well, he is not just appeasing Muslims, he is appeasing Hindus too! His quota for Muslims was brazen, but then so were his massive gifts to Tirupati temple! He held Hindu yagyas with all the pomp and show of a grand Gupta Emperor.

Is it possible? Politicians of the Hindi belt have so far believed that you can only appease one at a time. Either Hindus or Muslims. KCR is breaking those rules and doing it in style.

And BJP should worry. If KCR’s new formula of “double appeasement” takes off … and I feel it is certainly succeeding in Telangana, BJP will have to go back to the drawing board for a new strategy. This strategy could very well spread among the states on India’s east coast that the BJP is eyeing greedily. And the Hindi belt politicians, including the Congress, might begin to learn.

Honestly, I am fascinated. I really didn’t think it was possible to appease both Hindus and Muslims at the same time. But that’s why politics is politics. And that’s why I have always seen politicians as geniuses… it really takes a lot to get millions of people to worship you… most politicians have a tremendous IQ ( be it even Laloo or Kejriwal ) and I am always in awe of them.  Surviving in politics is one of the hardest things a person can do and those who rise to the top like KCR or Modi or Nitish or Mulayam have to be special (dynasts obviously are excluded from this).

Further, I think KCR’s strategy has roots in what Mamata Banerjee has done in Bengal. On social media, we talk a lot about Mamata’s Muslim appeasement. It’s a real thing and the anger against this appeasement in the streets of Bengal is also very real. But let me tell you that it’s not as straightforward as people think. If you really look into the nitty gritties, Mamata Banerjee has done appeasement of several local Hindu sects at the micro level. You would be surprised at how Mamata has pulled out obscure Hindu festivals in Bengal and given them state patronage.

On the one hand, the “Hindi belt influence” is spreading like wildfire in Bengal. The recent observance of Ram Navami by the RSS/BJP was wildly successful. I was surprised at Bengali relatives wishing me a “Happy Shri Ramnavmi”. I nearly burst out laughing. Believe me, they wouldn’t have heard of Ramnavmi until 2-3 years ago. Now they don’t just celebrate it,  they also reverentially call it “Shri Ramnavmi” in full. The desire to appear like “real sanskritised Hindus” of Uttar Pradesh is very real. Naturally a good thing for BJP.

But there is a natural cap to the level of support that the BJP is getting. A large number of left leaning Bengali Hindus find a much greater level of comfort with Didi’s local, purely Bengali flavored Hinduism. Add it to the rock solid support of Muslims and she might have an electoral majority that could last a really long time.

Right now, there is a lot of exhileration among the RW over the BJP’s skyrocketing voteshares in Bengal. But remember, this is mostly happening because the BJP started from zero. Actually winning seats in Bengal could be a long way off. The BJP could get stuck at the 35% mark for a long long time. Remember that Congress also polls 40% of the votes in Gujarat. It’s just been sitting there, because the BJP is always 10% ahead of them. A respectable vote share does not guarantee power in the near future, not even a respectable seat tally.

The BJP  would be well advised to examine and re-evaluate the strategy on the East Coast. The regional satraps have created a new formula that could stop the BJP right in its tracks. Your move Amit Shah.

 

Uttar Pradesh : The nightmare of the classes is just beginning

India that is Bharat has always baffled its enemies. Winston Churchill used to say that India is a mere geographical region, as much a nation as the Equator. Post 1947, the British always looked forward eagerly to the collapse of India under the weight of its own diversity. The disintegration of India was supposed to serve as a historical justification for the British Raj.

Further, India’s intellectual classes, who had mostly collaborated with the Empire and been socialized into the colonial mode of thinking, mostly shared in this aspiration. Today this frustrated ambition is mostly communicated in desperate cries of “Bharat tere tukde honge“. If only wishes were horses, Communists would ride.

However, baffled by reality, our enemies have always sought to invent fantastic explanations for India’s continued unity. For obvious reasons, the British saw Nehru as an extension of themselves and speculated that his personality might be the only thing keeping India together. The venerable Times famously predicted that the 1967 general elections were going to be the last elections in India. My command over the English language isn’t as good as theirs, so I will just say LOL!

India’s intellectual classes, however, weren’t thrown off so easily. They thought harder. But these classes were both handicapped by their  extreme sense of awe towards the British and plagued by a general lack of ability. Thus these classes were reduced to stretching out tired old race theories they had been spoon-fed by their colonial masters.

They zeroed in on caste. They convinced themselves that the oneness of Bharat was an “upper caste construct”. Once this veneer was peeled off, the demons of divisive caste forces would tear India apart. In 70 years, these classes have merely progressed from calling Bharat an “upper caste construct” to calling it an “upper caste male heterosexual construct”. Such intellectual impotence is the curse that comes with state patronage for the undeserving.

The intellectual classes have spent 70 years digging under this tree of caste. The British told them that the secret to destroying India was buried under this tree. Every voice that speaks for division of Hindu society was thus amplified by the intellectuals. From language to food habits, everything was denounced as “upper caste imposition”.

I’ll give you a simple example. Pick up any article on beef eating written by a liberal and you will find a compulsory mention of Dalits and tribals who are apparently being forced to give up their beef eating habits.

Is this really true? NSSO data says that 80 million Indians eat beef, of whom 63 million are Muslims. There are 12.5 million Hindus who eat beef, of whom around 9 million are Dalits and tribals. As per census 2011 figures, India has around 25% of Dalits and tribals, which works out to 300 million people. Out of these 300 million Dalits and tribals, a mere 9 million or around 3% actually consume beef! 3%! That’s it!

Just 3%! For ease of comparison, saying that India’s Dalits and tribals eat beef is actually less true than saying India’s Muslims are voting for BJP!

Now, if a liberal wants to make a point about beef and personal freedom, there is solid merit in the argument and I am willing to take it seriously. But you will see that this argument about beef is always buttressed with this fake talking point about Dalits and tribals.

Why? Because the liberals think that by bringing in caste into the beef issue, they have a way to break India into pieces. Bharat ke tukde and all that…

Unfortunately for the intellectual classes, digging under the tree of caste has yielded a very different crop. Far from discovering a simmering magma of hatred towards Bharat, the liberals have dug up a much more vocal, muscular majority of nationalists. The joke really is on them.

I will tell you what happened and it’s hilarious. These so called “lower” castes were actually the farthest removed from colonial influences. They didn’t collaborate with the Empire and they were never socialized into public schools of England or their derivatives in India. They were actually much closer to their Bharatiya roots than the so called “upper castes”. They actually embrace a simple, uncomplicated form of nationalism. Unlike the intellectual classes, they never got to go to Oxbridge to discuss the perils of American imperialism in Guatemala. They haven’t been to any cocktail parties with Pakistani friends either in Lahore or in Delhi. Now, why would a “lower” caste youth whose family has always lived in say Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh feel some deep connection with intellectuals of Karachi?

What did the liberals think was going to happen? Once the “lower” castes found their voice in politics, they spoke in the only language they knew : the language of being an Indian. It’s a language that is not fashionable in Lutyens’ Delhi.

They tried everything : Rohith Vemula to Una. The end result was one big egg on their faces. The so called “lower” classes stood rock solid with the narrative of nationalism. For the classes, the nightmare is only just beginning.

Varanasi is perhaps the capital of Hindu civilization. If you are a clueless Western intellectual with little more than an agenda, you might look at the harsh exterior of burning corpses and think it’s the city of death. But it’s the city where life, death and renewal embrace each other in the uniquely sublime Hindu way of seeking harmony with the ultimate truth of our human existence. And when in 2014, Narendra Modi came to this city and displaced the Brahmin Murli Manohar Joshi, something changed. The so called “lower castes” were taking their place at the heart of Hindu civilization.

The intellectuals thought they were witnessing our death. But they were really looking a civilization being reborn. It’s okay. They won’t understand. They never did.

Let’s Talk About Liberals : Why is the New York Times interested in whether Vasundhara Raje had a Muslim boyfriend?

The internet “troll” has wreaked havoc with mainstream media narrative over the last few years. These “trolls” seem to be everywhere and they have an irritating habit of pulling out inconvenient past tweets, digging up facts that should rather be forgotten. Worse, they are able to build communities in organic fashion, building an invisible yet extremely effective network that exposes lies almost as quickly as the mainstream media is able to manufacture them.

And the professional  propagandists don’t like it one bit that they are being fought to a draw by little more than hobbyists taking to the keyboard in their spare time. You can’t purchase passion.

No wonder then that the community of newstraders sees the “internet troll” as enemy no. 1.

One of the standard ways that the mainstream media has used to malign the social media is claiming that the internet troll is “sexist” and participates in online abuse against women. The outrage against “online abuse” is of course narrowly tailored against the supporters of one political party.

Today the Hindustan Times has taken another step in this direction with its campaign of “Let’s Talk About Trolls”. It seems that the first person to be featured in this campaign (not as a troll, but as a “victim”, in case you were wondering) is alleged journalist Ms. Barkha Dutt. Here is a banner that HT has used to inaugurate their campaign :

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Ms. Dutt has good reason to be angry with social media, what with some “trolls” giving her trouble this week about her new media venture and the views of some people linked to it.

But let’s take Ms. Dutt’s question at face value. Good question Barkha! You know I happened to be reading a certain troll outlet called the New York Times earlier this morning. This article is written by a certain erudite, possibly aristocratic individual by the name of Aatish Taseer who certainly appears to fetishize “liberal values”. You’ll absolutely love how this “troll” discusses the politics of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

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Oh look how wonderful. What a sweet liberal discussion on Ms. Raje apparently having a Muslim boyfriend and being a single mother and smoking and drinking!

Did someone just complain about trolls bringing up  the marriages, divorces and affairs of women in the public sphere? Let Ms. Barkha Dutt continue :

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Ah…the lynchmobs of the virtual world come hunting against women by raking up their sexual morality, the men in their lives – or the lack thereof. Will the New York Times qualify as one of the lynchmobs of the virtual world? Of course not.

Because what you see in the pages of the New York Times is not sexism. It’s not trolling. It is just respectable liberals doing what respectable liberals always do : evaluating professional women in the public sphere through the boyfriends they may or may not have had.

 

Kashmir : The land stays with us

So, I hear that there were parliamentary bypolls in Srinagar. The turnout was a dismal 7% or something. There are bypolls coming up in Anantnag as well and there is no reason to assume the turnout would be any higher over there. No wonder then that the intellectuals have been celebrating. Articles by Sankarshan Thakur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta to name a few, cheering at what they see as the failure of the Indian state in Kashmir. One of these two scumbags went so far as to joyfully proclaim that “Kashmir has been lost under Modi’s watch.”

Except, dear intellectual fools, you are not speaking to the India of old. You know that India where your presstitution was rewarded with milk and honey by the Congress establishment. You are talking to a new India that knows its enemies and understands how they think.

They tell us that we have lost the battle for the “hearts and minds” of Kashmiris. They try to fool us by giving us nonsense about “Kashmiriyat”. Yeah, if only the Indian state had offered chicken biryani to Burhan Wani instead of a mouthful of bullets, the Kashmiris would have loved us more.

Dear Barkha, dear Sankarshan, dear Pratap Bhanu Mehta, go get into a time machine and tell these fairy tales to the India of 3 decades ago. Because this new India isn’t so easily fooled by these lies.

Yes, we know well that Kashmiris don’t like us. But Kashmiris don’t hate us because of what the Indian state did in Kashmir, they simply hate us because of who we are. And maybe Kashmiri anger has gone over the edge “on Modi’s watch”. So what? I will not for a moment fault Modi for this. Because I know well that the only reason Kashmiri anger has reached boiling point now is because India has a Prime Minister who proudly proclaims his Hindu side. And because they are having to share the resources of the state with their fellow citizens of Jammu.

So, there’s little room for compromise here. Kashmiris will not stop hating us till there is a single Hindu alive in India. What room does that leave for negotiation? I refuse to convert to Islam. There you have it straight. And if Kashmiris hate me for not being a Muslim, well… they will just have to gnash their teeth and tolerate it.

We have heard enough of these fantastic stories of how the Indian state “mistreated” the people of Kashmir. Nonsense! Take a map of the Indian subcontinent. First the Muslim majority chased the Hindus out of Pakistan. Then, in the Indian Republic, there was one major state where Muslims were a majority. Again, the Hindus had to pack up and leave. And I am supposed to believe that all this has nothing to do with Islamic expansion and intolerance. If only the Indian Army were to become “nice enough” to the Kashmiri people, they would magically become the only Muslim majority society in the whole world who are capable of living peacefully with people of another faith. Ha!

I don’t believe in magic. I believe in reality.

Ha! Kashmir doesn’t hate us because of our Army. Kashmir hates us simply because we are kafirs.

I am always in favor of moments of clarity. And of letting the inevitable happen. Modi becoming Prime Minister and BJP taking power in Jammu and Kashmir is one such moment of clarity.

The gauntlet has been thrown before Kashmiris. The chapter of Islamic conquest in India has come to an end. Thus far and no further. In names like “Srinagar” and “Anantnag”, we can clearly hear the sounds of the ancient languages of Bharat. And this land is ours forever to keep. You can’t have it.

So, Kashmiris can come out and vote 100% or 0%. Couldn’t care less. It is totally your choice. But this new Bharat will not give you one more extra square inch of land. If you hate Bharat, you can leave. The land stays with us. The chapter of Islamic conquest on the Indian subcontinent is now closed forever. 

Looking east : a revised arithmetic for 2019

If there is one thing that characterizes Modi’s new BJP, it is a relentless pursuit of victory. No sooner had the party received a positive signal from Odisha panchayat polls, the BJP’s armies have turned out in full force to lay seige to Bhubaneswar. You have to give the party an A+ for effort.

Part of this is driven by Amit Shah’s stated effort to make the BJP dominate everywhere from panchayat to parliament. But, underlying the BJP’s frantic efforts is also the calculation that 2019 is well nigh impossible without a big haul from virgin territory in the east.

It is not hard to see that the BJP will be the single largest party in 2019. That debate was settled in 2014 itself. The problem is hitting the 272 seat mark on its own. Because the way things are shaping up, BJP will find itself on the opposition benches if they fall even 1 seat short of the majority mark. So terrifying has been the BJP’s rise that every other party in the country has been pushed beyond desperation to stem the wave.

So, I have resolved today to perform a rough calculation, taking into account all the Mahagathbandhans that might be around in 2019. I suspect there could even be a Sena + NCP + Cong mahagathbandhan, but it seems Devendra Fadnavis is making deft moves to prevent it.

Let’s start. The BJP has 282 Lok Sabha seats right now. It can afford to lose just 10 seats.

Tight. Very tight.

First let us take the direct Congress vs BJP states. Thankfully, mahagathbandhans have no effect here : Gujarat, Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh. If we assume an attrition of 2 seats in each of these states, we are down 8 seats.

I am assuming that the BJP will retain its tallies in the small states of Delhi, Himachal,  Uttarakhand and Goa.

Now let us come to the first state where the BJP will face a mahagathbandhan. That would be Bihar. The BJP’s tally could sink in Bihar from 21 to 10 or so. Let’s assume we lose another 10 seats in Bihar.

Uttar Pradesh next. Here a mahagathbandhan could cost the BJP as many as 35 Lok Sabha seats. Huge huge hit!

So, where are we now? An estimated loss of 53 seats. How many can we afford to lose? Just 10. The BJP therefore needs to offset some 45 seats in order to make it to 272.

Where can these 45 seats come from?

Thankfully, there are some blanks on the map. The first place is Karnataka, where the BJP had won 17 out of the 28 seats in 2014. The BJP has to sweep Karnataka in 2019. Let’s say it does: this will add some 6-7 seats.

Where next? Thankfully, there is Odisha, with its 21 seats on offer. The BJP needs to make a massive splash here and fish out a minimum of 11 of the state’s 21 seats. Can they do it? I don’t know, but without these seats the BJP would most likely be toast.

A large part of whether the BJP can score 272 in 2019 will depend on how many seats it can win in Bengal. Just to remind people, Bengal happens to be the third largest state in the union after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. Could the BJP gain 10 seats from Bengal? That’s the bare minimum it needs.

This adds up to around 25 new seats. The BJP needs 45 new seats in 2019 to reach the 272 mark. Where will these 20 new seats come from? Your guess is as good as mine. The BJP could sneak out 2-3 seats in Kerala if it tries hard and maybe another couple from Telangana. The North East could come through for another couple of seats. That’s about it.

We’re still falling some 10 seats short of the 272 mark. At least. 

Personally, I feel the moment has come for the BJP to pull off a Machiavellian move with respect to Mayawati. Her party has been shrunk to a mere 19 seats. In the past, the BJP has successfully absorbed many Dalit forces like Paswan, Athavale and Udit Raj. Perhaps it is time for the BJP to do something about the BSP. Offer Mayawati a perch and a small role in the NDA dispensation. She has been out of power since 2012. Next year, she is scheduled to lose even her Rajya Sabha seat. Her Lok Sabha representation is already down to zero.

It is time for BJP to make Mayawati an offer that she can’t refuse. 10 Lok Sabha seats offered to Mayawati in 2019 can give the BJP 70 seats from Uttar Pradesh. If you ask me, it’s worth the tradeoff.

Five fundamental reforms India needs to make secular crybabies feel better

Our nation and its institutions are in crisis. Our beloved secular parties are feeling unloved and insecure. They had become used to a certain standard of pampering and privilege and now it is all slipping away. It has been discovered that our institutions are deeply unequal at their core.  Parties that win elections receive powers that are denied to parties that lose elections. In order to assuage the feelings of losing secular parties, I have made a simple list of FIVE fundamental ways in which our system needs to change.

(1) Change the first past the post system : To everyone’s shock, it has just been discovered that one can win a seat, or even a state or a national election, with less than 50% of the vote. This is highly undemocratic, because it means that the majority was against the winner!

To remedy this situation, here is a simple replacement strategy.  If the BJP secures the max number of votes in a seat, allow for a “post poll negotiation” where the “secular” parties can sit together and pool their votes to decide a winner from that seat.

For instance, if BJP has won 100 votes in a seat, SP has got 60 votes and BSP has got 50 votes, the Election Commission should invite both non-BJP parties to sit together and decide on a consensus candidate who would be awarded 60+50=110 votes and be declared the winner in the seat.

If this procedure had been allowed in Assam or Uttar Pradesh, the democratic mandate would have looked very different.

(2) Use EVMs, but with riders : This is currently a hot topic. For instance, EVMs were manipulated yesterday in Rajasthan, Himachal and Assam and in the one seat in MP where BJP won. In the seat that BJP lost, EVMs were obviously working great. Not to mention that the EVMs in Karnataka yesterday were the best, most efficient and reliable machines ever built.

 

Now, we wouldn’t want to totally lose out on the speed of EVM elections, so here is a compromise. Let the Election Commission first declare the vote count from the EVM. If the BJP is shown as winning, some further process would be required. The representative of each political party will now be asked to vote Yes/No on whether he/she likes the result. If there is a larger number of “No” votes, then representatives of the political parties will hold another election on the spot and choose a correct winner.

Let’s illustrate how this works. Suppose BJP, BSP, SP, Cong, JDU, RJD, CPI, AAP are all contesting a seat. The EVM shows that BJP has got the max number of votes. But now the EC must poll all the 8 parties on whether they like the result. Obviously, there will be just 1 Yes vote coming from BJP and 7 No votes coming from secular parties. As such, a new election will be held on the spot between the 8 members of the 8  parties, thus finding a new secular winner.

(3) Rules governing the leader of opposition: It is now well known that the Modi government has tried to kill democracy by asking the Congress party’s Speaker to impose a 10% minimum rule in the 1950s for a party to claim the LoP post.

This 10% rule simply needs to go. Further, the Opposition should be allowed to have not just one leader, but it’s own entire ministry, complete with Cabinet, state and deputy levels.

Laid out, this means that India should create new positions such as “Home Minister of the Opposition” and “Finance Minister of the Opposition”. These positions should come with lal battis, full Cabinet honors and appropriate offices in North Block and South Block. For each minister appointed by the ruling party, there will be an “opposition minister” who will enjoy the exact same privileges.

As a further concession to Rahul baba, the “Leader of Opposition” should be renamed as “Prime Leader of the Opposition”.

(4) End of money bills : Money bills are a way for the Lok Sabha to ignore the Rajya Sabha. This is insulting to political parties that have not won Lok Sabha elections and in some cases, are not capable of sending even one representative to the Lok Sabha.

As such, the abolition of money bills a new measure called the “Rajya bill” is proposed. A Rajya Bill can only be brought by the “Prime Leader of the Opposition” and the Lok Sabha will only have advisory powers in matters of such bills. The Rajya Sabha shall have the final word on all Rajya Bills.

(5) Curtailing of parliamentary powers : Over time, if it is discovered that the secular parties are losing representation even in the Rajya Sabha, the powers of Parliament itself should be reviewed. Once a bill has been passed in LS and RS, it should then be sent for clearance to a state assembly chosen according to the whim of the Prime Leader of the Opposition.

For instance, the numbers in the Rajya Sabha are increasingly tilting towards the BJP. As such, the Assembly of the NCT of Delhi can easily be used as a third house of parliament. If favorable state assemblies are not available, the bills passed by parliament can be sent to a municipal council, a gram sabha or panchayat or any forum where it can be blocked by a secular opposition.