Mamata gives Bengal a choice : secularism or Vivekananda?

In 1893, a young man in saffron made all of India proud at the Parliament of religions in Chicago. The Ramakrishna Mission that he established became renowned throughout the length and breadth of India for its social service, its emphasis on reform and focus on education. Since then, generations of Bengalis have prided themselves over the fact that the great Swami Vivekananda was born in our land.

But now, this icon faces a challenge and Bengalis face a choice. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s government has passed an order that all government schools must be painted in Didi’s favorite blue and white colors by March 5. On behalf of the taxpayer, the state government has already written a check for Rs 500 crore for this task.

Among these schools to be doused in blue and white, the Krishnachandrapur High School in South 24 Parganas, established by the Ramakrishna Mission in 1948. Swami Vivekananda’s saffron must go, to be replaced by Mamata Banerjee’s blue and white.

The Chief Minister has thrown the gauntlet before Bengali society. Mamata Banerjee or Swami Vivekananda? Make your choice now!

This situation has in it several lessons for Hindu society and let me make here an effort to list them all.

(1) First, it underlines the ruthlessness of the secular establishment. The secular establishment is committed to the absolute destruction of the Hindu psyche and the absolute humiliation of Hindus. Nothing less suffices. Swami Vivekananda inspires confidence and pride among Hindus. So, he must go.

It should be noted that Mamata Banerjee is only putting finishing touches to what the Left Front began by taking over this Ramkrishna Mission school in 1977. Now, Didi is wiping out Swami Vivekananda’s saffron color, as if, almost literally, to wipe him out of history.

This should be compared to the weak kneed response of India’s Hindu majority. Take the case of Aligarh Muslim University, which is a fully public funded institution *and* a minority institution at the exact same time. How? Nobody knows. In fact, there is even a verdict from the Supreme Court saying that the AMU cannot be a minority institution for the simple reason that it’s government run. And that Supreme Court verdict did not come yesterday. It came in 1967! No government has dared to enforce it. The Central Government has been appealing this verdict since 1967! In 2016, the Modi government withdrew the appeal but does that mean AMU will finally lose its minority status? Nobody knows.

Compare it to how the secular establishment gets things done. The Left Front government saw a Ramkrishna Mission school and just went and grabbed it. Now Mamata is even painting over the saffron so that the history of the school is lost forever. Case closed, sealed and buried.

(2) Second, it exposes all hollow claims by the secular establishment of having any respect for the regional diversity of India. In recent years, as the BJP has gained traction in Bengal, “intellectuals” have gotten into the act, warning that the BJP, supposedly the party of upper caste Hindu vegetarian males from North India, neither understands nor respects the local culture of Bengal.

Ha! Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee gets ready to wipe out Swami Vivekananda’s saffron! Is Swami Vivekananda also supposed to be a Hindi speaking male from North India? If Swami Vivekananda is not Bengali enough for you, who is?

So all this talk about Bengal’s unique culture and regional pride is just a ploy by the secular establishment to sow division among Indians and stem the rising tide of BJP. Inside Bengal, the secular establishment insists that Bengal must be completely stripped of its history, turned into one uniform kingdom that sees nothing except the supremacy of Didi’s blue and white.

(3) Faced with accusations of Hinduphobia, the secular establishment insists that there is a distinction between “Hindutva” and “Hinduism.” This episode in Bengal shows that this supposed distinction is pure made up nonsense.

No, Mamata Banerjee makes no distinction between saffron of BJP and saffron of Swami Vivekananda. The war on Hindus is very real. They don’t just have a problem with BJP, they have a problem with Hindus themselves. They get angry when they see anyone wearing saffron, even if it is Swami Vivekananda.

In fact, they will go after anything that sounds vaguely Hindu. Textbooks in Bengal even purged the word “ramdhonu” (meaning rainbow) and replaced it with “rongdhonu,” because the second word supposed to sound secular. Can’t have a Bengali word with “ram” in it! Did Modi invent this word? Did the RSS insert the word ramdhonu in the Bengali language? Of course not. We are seeing an inquisition of sorts against Hindus, where anything … a word for a rainbow, a color of paint … really anything can be seen as heresy against Indian secularism.

(4) There is now a concerted effort by liberal elites to destroy Swami Vivekananda in our national memory. This is related to (1), where I point out their commitment to destroying any icon that would make a Hindu feel proud about her/his place in the world.

In 2017, at the time people were commemorating the date of Swami Vivekananda’s historic Chicago address, Scroll came up with this mind boggling headline.

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The gloves are off. Swami Vivekananda is not only a target for being a Hindu, he is now the man who apparently laid the “foundation” for India’s politics of sectarianism. Now you know who to blame for the Partition of India and the murder of 30 lakh people that went along with it.

In 2013, when the nation was outraging over the gangrape of Nirbhaya, The Hindu managed to find the real culprit.

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Vivekananda’s “masculine pose” in photographs is to blame for the gangrape of Nirbhaya! How could we not have realized before something so obvious?

(5) The last and final lesson is also perhaps the most important. Hindus have to come out of their complacency. Yes, Mamata painting a school blue/white or one article in Scroll or one in The Hindu can’t destroy Vivekananda. Please be aware that the left is already fully aware of that. This is a victory that they intend to win inch by inch. Every little smear thrown at Swami Vivekananda pushes the envelope just a little. The difference will become visible decades later, when Swamiji is finally a hate figure that people are embarrassed to support.

Think it can’t happen? See what they did to Vande Mataram. At one time, it used to be one of the most revered battle cries of nationalism. But the left worked on it and worked on it … to the point that “cosmopolitan” Hindus today would be embarrassed to say it. In the future, they will do the same to Swami Vivekananda. They are working on it non-stop.

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How to explain to Justin Trudeau the way we feel about Khalistanis

So, I hear that India is having a bit of a kerfuffle with Justin Trudeau, aka the Canadian Pappu. After he (reportedly) refused to meet Capt. Amarinder Singh, the Indian side went into a deep sulk. The result, one of the most humiliating welcomes that a Prime Minister of a G-7 country must have faced anywhere on earth.

Forget hugs from PM Modi, nobody knew who was the guy that welcomed Trudeau at the airport. Later, we found out that he’s the MoS for Agriculture. The next day Trudeau goes to Taj Mahal, but there’s no UP CM to welcome him. Then, he goes to Sabarmati Ashram, but Gujarat CM takes no interest. Forget meeting the Prime Minister, he does not get even a welcome tweet!

Finally, when Canadian Pappu is two steps away from being treated like a vagabond, the Canadian side gets the message. A meeting is set up with Capt. Amarinder Singh, after which the clouds lift somewhat. At least, Trudeau secures a meeting with Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani.

Wow! Almost unbelievable.

First of all, we must compliment the PM’s firm hand in dealing with the situation. An insult to our elected Punjab CM is an insult for us all. That Capt. Amarinder Singh is from the Congress is completely irrelevant. What a change from the days when Congress leaders would celebrate visa denials to elected Gujarat Chief Minister! What a change from the time 65 MPs wrote to a foreign head of state, requesting him to intervene in our domestic politics!

(On a side note, does anyone know how many of the Lok Sabha MPs among those 65 Jaichands could make it back into the sixteenth Lok Sabha? My guess is that not a single one made it.)

Secondly, we cannot overlook the fact that this is an outcome of India’s rising power and confidence in the world. Twenty years ago, no matter how much Indians felt insulted, I have no doubt we would have swallowed our anger and started wagging our tails humbly at the sight of a “world leader” from a rich “white” country. Not India of 2018.

We don’t take it no more. We dish it out.

Now, beyond that to the real point of this post, which was actually meant to be light hearted fun. I know Trudeau folded quickly after the Indian side showed its determination. Actually, folding is more like Trudeau’s best move. Apologizing is his speciality. Although I wouldn’t take it seriously until he cries along with it …

So, I cannot but feel that even though we might have won this specific diplomatic round, we haven’t really managed to get our message through to Trudeau. If he had really understood, he would have cried! Obviously, we have no reason to make an enemy out of Canada and so here are some humble suggestions to the Govt of India to get our message across to Justin Trudeau.

The essence of these tricks is all the same : we have to speak to Trudeau in his own language, the language of liberal social justice warrior bullshit. 

For example, this kind of talk, which comes from the former Indian High Commissioner to Canada, won’t work at all:

We would expect a friendly country to show more sensitivity to India’s concerns and not allow anti-India activities or hatred and disaffection against India to be whipped up by just a few misguided elements who have made this their business – because 99.9% of the Sikh diaspora is friendly towards India and considers India their cultural home. It is just a microscopic section of the diaspora that is doing what it is doing, but in the last two to three years since the Liberal government came to power, we find they are emboldened.

Whoa! Wrong approach to point out to Trudeau that only a “microscopic section” of the Sikh diaspora harbors Khalistani sentiments.  Liberals are programmed to pander to minorities. The moment Trudeau hears that word, he will be wagging his tail even harder in front of the Khalistan supporting minority. And if you add that they are a “microscopic” minority, he will be salivating even harder.

Instead, try something like this:

(1) Say that Khalistanis are carrying out “microaggression” against India

Liberal  brains by nature cannot process the enormity of evil. That’s why they support Communists and Islamists and all kinds of terrorists. So if you tell them about the pain of terrorism, it won’t appeal to their sensibilities.

Instead, let’s tell them that the idea of Khalistan is a “micro-aggression.” A micro-aggression is a form of extreme offense caused to a group that one cannot see easily. Since you cannot actually see micro-aggressions, liberals are totally convinced that these things exist. Tell Trudeau that the idea of Khalistan is a micro-aggression against Indians and the reason he can’t see it is because of his white male privilege. And then enjoy the reaction.

(2) Say that talk of Khalistan “triggers” Indian sensibilities

As a country of brown people, we have enormous bargaining power over Trudeau through encashing his white guilt. If he wants to know how we feel, tell him the word Khalistan “triggers” our painful memories of Partition. Especially, tell him how badly it triggers us when this kind of activity happens on Canadian soil, which used to be part of the British Empire.

(3) Say that our leaders are not snubbing him, they just need to be in their ‘safe spaces’

Liberals grow up in a bubble of privilege where they have never heard any opposing view. Their living rooms are full of “participation prizes” and other honors they have “won” in “contests” where everybody is declared a winner. So when they hear something unpleasant, liberals have to run away and burrow into so called ‘safe spaces’ where those from the real world are strictly forbidden.  So, let’s not offend the guy by telling him that our PM doesn’t want to meet him.

Just tell him that our PM got so “triggered” by their “micro-aggressions” on Khalistan that he had to go away to his ‘safe space.’

(4) Explain that the demand for Khalistan is racist and sexist

If you want to get a liberal to listen to you, use the word “patriarchy.”

How many Khalistani leaders are women? Even a cursory glance at the list of Khalistani terrorists and their sympathizers in Canada would show that it is heavily male dominated. This proves that Khalistan is actually a conspiracy by the patriarchy.

In fact, just keep repeating the word “patriarchy.” It’s a magic word; you can use it to get any liberal to eat out of your hands.

(5) Tell him that demand a white Canadian supporting Khalistan is a form of ‘cultural appropriation’

Liberals believe that when a white person adopts something from another culture : be it even a taste in food, a kind of dress or even a piece of music, s/he must seek “permission” from that culture. For example, a white woman wearing a saree is supposed to be incredibly offensive to Indian women for some unclear reason. Also, how a white person is supposed to take “permission” from an entire culture is beyond me.

Nevertheless, I can see that this kind of muddled reasoning of liberals can be used profitably by India. How dare white male Canadian Pappu adopt the demand for Khalistan without seeking appropriate permission? Isn’t this incredibly offensive to brown skinned Khalistanis?

(6) And finally the bomb : Explain that the demand for Khalistan is homophobic and transphobic. 

For a liberal, the possibility of being called “transphobic” or “homophobic” is something they fear more than anthrax. So, why not use it against them? Let’s point out to Canadian Pappu that homosexuals and transgender individuals are nowhere in the Khalistani leadership. Let’s point out that Khalistani leaders do not embrace gay marriage and definitely have never advocated for transgender bathroom choice.

You want to see Canadian Pappu cry? Dear government of India, try this please. Thank me later.

Shocking! Is Rahul Gandhi’s Data Analytics Chief against loan waivers for poor farmers?

On Feb 5, 2018, Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to announce the appointment of one Praveen Chakravarty as the head of the party’s Data Analytics Unit.

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Anybody who is even vaguely familiar with Congress culture will understand what a huge deal it is to be welcomed with a publicized handshake from Rahul Gandhi himself. Suffice to say Praveen Chakravarty will play a key role in shaping the Congress party’s strategies and policies going forward.

However, it seems that Mr. Praveen Chakravarty has, in the past, made some highly controversial observations regarding economic policies that are intended to directly benefit the poorest of our citizens. Sample, this piece, which we wrote for Bloomberg.

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This was written in June 2017, shortly after loan waivers were announced to farmers in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The divisiveness is apparent from the headline, which is a shameful attempt to pit the poor of various states against each other. More shockingly, he writes thus:

1.5 crore farmers of the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) were granted a waiver of their agriculture loans, totalling Rs 36,000 crore or $5 billion by the UP government. The farmers of UP did not need to indulge in creative protests for these loan waivers. They were just rewarded for voting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power in their recent state elections. The TN farmers are still protesting, to no avail.

See the mocking tone in the words: “The farmers of UP did not need to indulge in creative protests for these loan waivers”. 

Seems like Rahul Gandhiji’s Data Analytics chief demands that suffering farmers should have set up some kind of amusing spectacle for the ruling class so that they could “earn” their loan waiver! What kind of heartlessness is this?

The heartlessness is followed in the next line by his obvious irritation : “They were just rewarded for voting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power in their recent state elections.”

And he concludes his paragraph by pitting the hardship of one group of farmers against those of another: “The TN farmers are still protesting, to no avail.

If there was ever a display of arrogance, privilege of wealth, condescension towards the poor and the policy of divide and rule all rolled into one, this is it!

It should be remembered that Rahul Gandhi himself, during his campaign in the UP election, had promised loan waiver to farmers along with making several other promises. In fact, he did an entire yatra on this issue from Deoria to Delhi. He even called it the Kisan Yatra!!!

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So, did the thinking in the Congress Party regarding loan waivers suddenly change simply because the people of Uttar Pradesh chose to rebuff Rahul Gandhi’s advances?

Considering that Praveen Chakravarty is now a key man in the party, the Congress and Rahul Gandhi should make it clear what is their stance on loan waivers for Uttar Pradesh farmers? Are they for or against it? Do they think that UP’s farmers deserved a helping hand from the state or not?

Or are they waiting for UP’s farmers to hold a protest that is “creative” enough to amuse the people in the top echelons of the Congress party and melt their hearts?

The rest of Praveen Chakravarty’s article is packed with sentences intended to rub the noses of people of India’s poorest states into the ground. Such as this:

The average Bihari gets back a whopping Rs 420 for every Rs 100 that he or she gives while the Maharashtrian only gets back Rs 15. … Out of every Rs 100 that the average resident of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka contribute to the Centre in taxes, three-quarters (Rs 75) of it goes to help the other states and the Centre. On the other hand, for every Rs 100 that the average resident of Bihar, UP, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh contribute, they get back roughly Rs 200.

Now that Mr. Chakravarty is head of the Congress’ Data Analytics unit, I think we deserve to know what he feels the numbers should be. What does the Congress think? By how much should the benefits for states such as Bihar, UP, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh be cut?

Mr. Chakravarty ends with a fairly clear advocacy for cutting benefits to the poor in these states:

It may be tempting to interpret the economic disparity among India’s states as a case for more redistribution from the richer to the poorer states. But given India’s unique political and social diversity, it will likely be counter-productive with adverse consequences.

Decisive words:

Counter productive with adverse consequences

Their views on farm loan waivers in Uttar Pradesh and welfare programs for the poor of states such as Bihar, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

We don’t expect a sympathetic attitude from the Congress Party towards the poor. No other party has benefited so much from the poverty and backwardness of India. But I think we deserve a clarification from Rahul Gandhiji. Does he find welfare programs for the poor to be “counter productive with adverse consequences?” Yes or no.

Did you know that Modi govt has kicked out 1500 squatters from Lutyens bungalows?

Yesterday, the Prime Minister inaugurated the BJP’s gleaming new headquarters on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg in New Delhi. Naturally, this event was highlighted prominently by most major news portals, channels and newspapers.

Predictably, there were also people on social media taking potshots at the PM and the ruling party, mocking them for making a show of wealth and asking why the party needs grand new headquarters. While these people were misinformed, I feel that it is unfair to call them trolls. Because the media at large has done a very poor job of informing the public about what goes on in Lutyens’ Delhi. This is likely a direct result of the fact that the media is closely involved with the exact same power elite that has benefited all these years from the colonial comforts of Lutyens’ bungalows.

So, here are the facts. Why is the BJP moving? Because there is actually a directive from the Supreme Court asking not just BJP, but *all* parties to vacate their Lutyens’ bungalows and move out.

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So, for any Modi baiters out there on social media trying to shame the ruling party, the BJP is not making a show of wealth. It is merely being the first and only party so far to comply with the Supreme Court order. Too bad for you.

And, for sure, the Congress Party has also been allotted space in New Delhi for its own office. In fact, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Madam Sonia Gandhiji laid the foundation stone for the Congress’ new HQ as far back as Dec, 2009. And the Congress has done with this new space exactly what you would expect the Congress to do with anything it can get its ‘hands’ on. It took the new space *and* kept all the four bungalows that it was already occupying in Lutyens’ zone.

Their real election symbol is a closed fist, the open palm of the hand is just for show.

This also seems like an opportune moment to talk about the cleaning up that has happened in Lutyens’ Delhi since the Modi government came to power. In the first year itself, more than 460 squatters were sent packing out of their cozy Lutyens’ bungalows. Many of them had been staying there for generations, some approached the courts with appeals to let them keep their fiefdoms. But to no avail.

Ajit Singh, the son of former PM Charan Singh was squatting on a bungalow. He was locked out and his belongings thrown on the lawn.

Painter Jatin Das, father of actor Nandita Das, was enjoying another bungalow in Lutyens. Evicted!

Have you ever wondered why Modi has no friends? Why it is always “Modi vs all”?

That is one possible answer right there. Only today, Nikhil Wagle was asking in The Print why Narendra Modi does not have an army of intellectuals defending him,  unlike the Nehru-Gandhis. Dear Nikhil, this information may be of interest to you!

More than 460 evictions from Lutyens’ Delhi in his first year alone. But Narendra Modi was just getting started. By late 2016, the number of evictions had swelled to 1500.

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You know why they love living in Lutyens’ bungalows so much? Because of the colonial sense of privilege, the prestige and the fact that all of it comes for the low price tag of only around Rs 16,000 a month.

But, as The Hindustan Times reported,

the government came up with a rule, fixing 10% additional charge to the rent for the first month of overstay. For the second, the penalty goes up to 20%, and doubles each subsequent month until the charge reaches the maximum limit of Rs 10 lakh.”

The penalty doubles each subsequent month?

You can draw a graph and sketch the rising intolerance.

As I mentioned before, there are only a handful of articles in the media documenting this clean up mission in Lutyens’ Delhi. There is even a whataboutist article in The Wire explaining how the Congress had been more generous in letting people, including BJP leaders, hang out in Lutyens’ bungalows in the past.  But while scanning these few articles, I found this absolute gem of a quote in The Telegraph from an unnamed Congress MP.

The Congress had a long tradition of not implementing the rules so strongly.”

This quote should go on the Congress party’s flag. Now you know why it is always “Modi vs all.”

 

 

 

 

Tripura : History unfolds

 

I will place my cards on the table. BJP is winning Tripura. Here is just a glimpse of the enthusiasm.

 

As a Bengali, I have always wanted to see a BJP vs CPIM battle someday. As fate would have it, the Comrades ran away from Bengal before the BJP managed to stand up there. But Tripura, for me, is a small proxy for the battle we couldn’t have in Bengal.

Wind up your red flag Manik Sarkar. Pick up that your blood stained hammer and sickle. It is time for the lotus to bloom.

What I learned from PM Modi and why I am a BJP supporter

Yesterday, at PM Modi’s special event for “exam warriors,” one Girish Singh, a Class XI student from Delhi asked the Prime Minister the following question (rough paraphrase):

My Board Exams are next year. But you also have a board exam coming up in 2019. How are your preparations for that?

I really wanted to listen. And the crux of the answer brought tears to my eyes. After some general remarks regarding karma, hard work and optimism, the Prime Minister said (again, slight paraphrase)

Many years ago, there used to be a party called the Jan Sangh. It’s symbol was a deepak. I was a member of that party. Those were the days when we didn’t even have the money to paint our election symbol the deepak anywhere. With great difficulty, we managed to find 103 candidates to contest the Gujarat elections for our party. And it so happened that in the election, as many as 99 candidates lost their deposits. But four deposits came back. We in the Jan Sangh were so delighted that we had a celebration for saving those four deposits. We celebrated, we ate mithai. It is this attitude that has carried us from there to here.

You may not be a BJP supporter. You may be a supporter of Congress. Or even some regional party. Perhaps you are not even interested in politics. But you know that there is a lesson to learned there.

What is your dream in life? Perhaps you are a student preparing for Board Exams. Do you dream of going to IIT and getting a high paid job? Do you want to become a doctor? Do you dream of becoming a great scientist and winning a Nobel Prize? Do you want to become an author or a poet?

It doesn’t matter. There is a lesson for you to learn from the way the BJP and the Sangh Parivar have built themselves up in India’s politics against “impossible” odds.

What do I have to learn from the Congress? What do I have to learn from Rahul Gandhi? That if my great grandfather was rich and powerful, I don’t have to work for a day in my life? Is that supposed to be a lesson?

I don’t blame Rahul Gandhi for being born into the Dynasty. Obviously, he did not choose to be born in it. But the fact remains that his life provides me with ZERO actionable lessons. He was born a privileged prince, I was born a common person. There’s literally nothing I can do with information about the life he has lived, immune to failure no matter what.

If there is a lesson from Rahul baba’s life, it is roughly this: Lottery winners are lucky. That is a tautology. There’s nothing I can do with that information. Can you?

When we were kids, every story that we heard from our elders and every story that was in our school textbooks was supposed to end in a “moral.” A common theme was something like this: Rich kid has everything in life, grows arrogant and lazy and treats everyone else poorly.  Meanwhile, poor kid works harder because he gets nothing handed to him.

Finally a day comes when the poor kid grows up and becomes much more successful than the rich kid. You could easily name lots of movies and TV serials with the same basic plot.

For me, that is also the story of the BJP/RSS versus the Gandhis. No matter, what the Gandhis did, every action of theirs was praised to high heaven by courtiers in media, academia and popular culture. This is not limited simply to courtiers praising Rahul Gandhi merely for taking a break from vacation to campaign somewhere, or gushing desperately to write “Rahul has come of age” every time he manages to spell his name correctly. This has been happening for decades. Let’s just ask a few simple questions:

Who brought the Emergency? Congress did. But which party is repeatedly accused of being fascist? RSS/BJP!

Which party runs purely on hereditary privilege? Congress. But which party do our intellectuals accuse of having a casteist and/or feudal mindset? RSS/BJP!

Which party has massacred 1000 lakh people across the world? Communists. But which party is repeatedly accused of being violent? RSS/BJP.

Which party made a deal with the British about dividing India? Which party presided over Partition riots that killed 30 lakh people? Which party’s leaders were at the breakfast table of the British everyday?  Who benefitted most from the deals they made with the British?

All Congress!

Yet, who got “credit” for independence of India? Congress!

Who got accused of riots and of conspiring with the British? Not the people who presided over Partition riots that killed 30 lakh people. Not the people who were at the breakfast table with the British Viceroy everyday. But the RSS/BJP got blamed.

No, seriously. Please see here Sudheendra Kulkarni’s blog on NDTV explaining why RSS thought is the real reason for the division of India. Did you know?

The Congress tried to ban the Sangh multiple times. Another example of their belief in freedom of expression. But despite all the crushing odds, the RSS/BJP survived. Just like the moral “rich kid vs poor kid” theme I was talking about.

Not only did RSS/BJP survive, they thrived. And one day they stood up so high that they dwarfed the Grand Old Party of privilege.

There is a lesson there. And you can learn it and apply it to your own life. Whether or not you support BJP.

Right now, the Congress Party is reduced to just five Chief Ministers. There are three Assembly Elections happening right now. You would think that Rahul Gandhi would be moving mountains to capture power in those states.

But, no, the rich kid doesn’t care. Rahul Gandhi made a summary appearance in Tripura yesterday, almost a formality. Who is sweating hard to win Tripura? Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. They have 14 Chief Ministers but they are fighting for more.

A lesson to be learned there. Because in the Gujarat elections of December, Amit Shah, now party President, voted at the same place where he used to be a booth worker. It is only when you know what it means to work hard and achieve success that your life contains lessons for others.

But Rahul can’t care about Tripura. It’s too small for him. It has just 2 Lok Sabha seats. But the BJP knows the value of 2 Lok Sabha seats. Back in 1984, their entire tally was just 2!

One difficult day in 1958, Atalji sat down with Advaniji to his side and assured him, Phir subah hogi (There will be a new dawn). It’s the courage that comes from knowing that you are building up something from the ground up. The taste of mithai from the celebration of 4 candidates saving their deposits in Gujarat … that is the taste that stays with you and propels you to six consecutive victories in the state.

You may not be a BJP supporter. But you know you can always learn something from them and strive to make your life a little better. To aim higher. To work harder. And then, ask yourself: is there anything you can learn from Rahul Gandhi? Anything at all?

Guide to trafficking 589 minor children : Get award from Sonia Gandhi’s hands

On May 24, 2014, a train pulled into Palakkad Railway Junction in Kerala. Like numerous other Indian trains, it was overcrowded. Not only that, a number of passengers had traveled ticketless.

But there was something different about this overcrowded train. It’s passengers were mostly children, as many as 456 of them, the vast majority of them traveling without parents. Almost all of these children were from India’s poorest states : Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand.

Not surprisingly, it looked like an obvious case of child trafficking to the Railway Police.

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The other thing, a huge number of them were traveling to a certain “Mukkam Muslim Orphanage” in Kozhikode.

A day later, on May 25, 2014, as recorded by the Telegraph here, another 123 underprivileged children arrived in Palakkad from West Bengal. Like The Hindu says here:

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So what is the typical “cost of purchasing” a little child? Fifteen hundred rupees!

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Trafficking of 589 minor children, most of them below the age of 12 years. What kind of horrible people would have their names come up in connection to something like this?

Let’s find out from The Telegraph here:

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Oh dear! This is going to break my delicate secular heart! The chairman of the Mukkam Muslim Orphanage is none other than IUML leader Syed Hyederali Shihab Thangal, an ally of the Congress party, a constituent of the UPA of which Honorable Sonia Gandhi ji is the Chairperson!

And guess what? There is a beautiful, heartwarming moment of Mukkam Muslim Orphanage being honored earlier by Her Royal Highness Madam Sonia Gandhiji  herself, at an official function of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

(Youtube screenshot below, however I highly recommend watching the original video here, if only to enjoy Ms. Renuka Chowdhary’s angelic smile)

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An Award for Women and Child Development? What a wonderful euphemism for an   organization that was later accused of purchasing minor children for Rs 1500 each.

Yeah, that’s right. We the taxpayers paid for this Mukkam Muslim Orphanage to receive an award at an official function of the Government of India. Presented by none other than Ms. Sonia Gandhiji, the Hon’ble Chairperson of the revered National Advisory Council.

It should be noted here that the first train carrying 456 children arrived in Palakkad on May 24, 2014.

The second train carrying the next 123 children arrived in Palakkad on May 25, 2014.

You might remember that Narendra Modi officially became the Prime Minister of India on May 26, 2014.

I guess the only question left for Rahul Gandhiji to answer would be this: what was the hurry, Rahul ji?

The exhilaration of BJP’s Tripura campaign

Far away from the politics of the “mainland,” there is a dream unfolding for the BJP. I would request everyone to just take a moment and go to the handle @BJP4Tripura on Twitter. Go and see the sheer energy with which the BJP is storming into Tripura.

Of course, the big man was there, his twin rallies bringing in 2 lakh people out of the state’s 24 lakh voters.

And today he will be back in Tripura for two more rallies.

Far away from Lutyens studios, from Ravish Kumar’s monologues and Shehla Rashid’s rants, the Sangh Parivar is on a mission. To uproot Manik Sarkar and install a BJP government in Agartala.

Unlike AAP in Delhi, this is not a media supported mission. Nobody in Delhi wants BJP to win. But the humble BJP worker is on the ground, on a mission. He is being backed to the hilt by his leadership everywhere else in the country. PM Modi is hooked to Tripura. So is Amit Shah. Yogi Adityanath is touring the state. No stone will be left unturned.

The BJP is out in full force, striving to fulfil a dream. This is not a five minute whim fuelled by media. This is a dream that has been decades in coming. I would recommend everyone to read Shubrastha and Rajat Sethi’s jointly written book “The Last Battle of Saraighat.” In it you will hear the story of Sangh workers who left everything to travel to the North East at a time when the BJP could scarcely save its deposits in the Hindi belt. At a time when party leaders sometimes had to pay for their own tea at party meetings. They just left everything and went to the North East with a dream. Most of them spent their whole lives there and died without tasting any success.

The Sangh and BJP have been called every possible name in the book. While the Congress imposed emergency and BJP leaders languished in jail, it is the Sangh that came to be labelled as “fascist.” While Narendra Modi sold tea as a child, it is Rahul Gandhi who was given the crown of “messiah of the poor.” While Communists massacred 100 million people, it is the Sangh that was made to wear the tag of “violent.”

But there was ONE thing all of the BJP’s detractors were lacking : dedication and a will to work. So, while they sat in Delhi abusing the BJP, first calling it a party of Hindi belt, then a party of Brahmins and Banias and what not, the BJP kept expanding. It added Dalits and OBCs, non-Hindi speakers in Gujarat and Maharashtra and then Karnataka. Then, it spread to the North East and took over Assam and is now threatening the powers that be in Bengal, in Odisha, in Tripura and in Kerala.

All this while the BJP’s detractors were stuck on their ever shrinking island in Lutyens Delhi. While they mocked, the BJP worked.

You know why? Because every little square inch of India is sacred to us. Far away in Lutyens Delhi, the Shehzada sits laughing at Tripura. Who cares? That’s just 2 Lok Sabha seats.

But BJP knows the value of 2 Lok Sabha seats. The BJP’s tally in 1984 was just 2!

And then the media wonders why Tripura is awed by the sheer scale and enthusiasm of the BJP campaign. We have witnessed many Modi-Shah election campaigns, but little can match the sheer joy of the Tripura battle into which the BJP machinery has jumped.

The Dynasty’s footmat newspapers have noticed this energy, but as usual they are stuck drawing the wrong conclusions.

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Ha ha! The Telegraph is busy doing addition and subtraction! Apparently, Gujarat was a setback and after losing by-elections in Rajasthan, BJP is desperate to renew “Modi magic” by winning Tripura.

This is the kind of pathetic conclusion that only a bootlicker sitting at Rahul Gandhi’s feet can draw. Ha ha! The Sangh’s workers have been working in the North East for decades. You think they went there and devoted their whole lives to respond to “marginal victory” in Gujarat and “rout” in Rajasthan bypolls?

No, idiots, they have spent their whole lives working the North East so that scumbags like you who dismiss the BJP as a party of Hindi speaking Brahmins and Baniyas can have their noses rubbed into the ground. And this is their moment and they are seizing it.

But the power brokers in Dynasty media cannot think beyond the path of least resistance to bringing Pappu to power in 2019. Even a week in power will suffice for them, a lot of loans can be sanctioned in one week from the PM’s office, a lot of bureaucrats can get plum postings, a lot of academics and intellectuals can be given awards and fellowships in one week. That is why they are only fixated on “Modi magic.”

It’s not Modi magic you idiots. It is Modi putting the final touches to the end of bloody Nehruvian dominance in this country.

There is something about a BJP vs CPIM electoral battle that brings out the best in a Sangh worker. Come out ye bloody Commies, out of your holes. This meeting has been a long time coming. Across the country, as the BJP expanded, the Commies retreated faster. By the time BJP reached Bengal, the Commies had already run away. But how far will you run? Come out, comrades.

Yes, the Commies have responded in the only way they know. A BJP block president found murdered and hanging from a tree. The latest addition to the Communist tally of 100 million murders worldwide.

But you know what happens to Communist regimes worldwide? They crumble and fall as the people finally achieve freedom. In Germany, they took your tattered Commie flag and put it up on display for generations to see. Have you seen how people across Eastern Europe kicked the bloody Lenin statues as they were thrown to the ground?

You can’t resist freedom forever. Full speed on in Tripura. #CholoPaltai!

One JNU student : Muslims as victims of partition

The headline of my post is obviously inspired by the title of Chetan Bhagat’s book, One Indian Girl. Instead, I thought I would introduce my readers to One JNU Student, more specifically, one Mr. Omair Ahmad, who has just published this on India Today’s DailyO.

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I hope everyone reads this article, only to understand how a modern liberal looks at Hindus of India. Okay, I will not claim every JNU student is like this, or even most JNU students are like this. I will leave to your imagination how many such people are there in India.

Just read this:

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Welcome to the new  way of describing the tragedy of Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh. First the Hindus were “provocateurs”, now they have become “rioters.” Here’s the new, one-line way for an elite liberal to describe the incident of Kasganj : Rioters disrupted a gathering of Muslims!

See?  The murder of that kafir Chandan Gupta is not even news for them!!! For them, the big story from Kasganj is that some Muslims felt bad, not that a Hindu got murdered.

Do you realize how insignificant Hindu life has become in this country? Either Hindu lives don’t get a mention or if they must, their existence is hinted at under the label of “rioter.”

And please don’t forget to read the paragraph just below the captured photo. It complains about how no legislator was willing to speak for the fundamental right of Muslims to live!

Let me now explain to you how the liberal verbal trap works.

Okay, in the context of Kasganj, nobody mentioned the fundamental right of Muslims to live. But why would they? The tragedy at Kasganj had no connection to fundamental rights of Muslims. It is Chandan Gupta who got his fundamental right violated. Asking why nobody spoke of fundamental rights of Muslims in the context of Kasganj is like asking why nobody spoke of fundamental rights of Muslims when the tsunami struck in 2004 or when robot probes were placed on planet Mars.

Nobody is questioning the fundamental right of Muslims to live. But, if you point out that talking about fundamental rights of Muslims is irrelevant in the context of Kasganj, they will say you are against the fundamental rights of Muslims!

The liberal verbal trap goes like this:

In an overcrowded bus:

You : OMG, this bus is so crowded.

Liberal: Shameful that nobody is talking about fundamental right of Muslims to breathe in crowded spaces.

You: Huh? What?

Liberal: See? I knew you don’t give a damn about fundamental rights of Muslims!

But that’s the liberal worldview. Everything revolves around the comfort of Muslims. The crowding in the bus doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is whether possible Muslim passengers on the bus are comfortable or not.

Basically, that’s the liberal worldview becoming one with the Islamist worldview : Muslims are people. Kafirs don’t matter.

If you don’t believe me, please read further to find out who was the real victim of Partition of India:

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Ha!

Did you realize this? And for all these years, you probably thought that the real tragedy of partition was hundreds of millions of Hindus losing their historic homeland forever?

No, yaar. That was nothing. Because Hindus don’t matter, remember? Not only are we kafirs, we are kafirs of the worst kind because we are not even “People of the Book.”

No, yaar. The *real& tragedy of partition is that the remainder of India did not have a sufficiently large Muslim population left to dominate our country!

Now you see the new liberal line? Skyrocketing Muslim birth rates in India are actually a moral imperative, necessary to redress the big  injustice suffered by Muslims during Partition!

Again, you may be bewildered and you may ask : wasn’t the whole basis of Partition that Hindus and Muslims would get their own slices of the country? Then how is it an injustice if Muslims don’t get to dominate the Hindu slice?

You don’t understand. Anything a Hindu gets, a piece of land, a heartbeat, a right to breathe, is an injustice in itself. Because every resource that a kafir gets is one less resource that could have gone to those of the true faith.

Now you see how unfair everything is? In the Republic of India, Muslims only got to dominate Kashmir. And soon got the non-believers to leave from there. That’s supposed to be the fair arrangement, the one they have in Kashmir. Because we Hindus are not human, remember?

In every situation in your life, you must consider one and only one question: Is there any possible inconvenience for Muslims here? No matter how small the inconvenience to the Muslim community, it must always always take total precedence over any other tragedy for other human beings. 

Because we kafirs are not supposed to be human beings. For example, it is clearly not enough that Muslims get to rule Pakistan and have flushed out Hindus from Kashmir.  You have to think about the inconvenience that Muslims face in dominating the remaining 28 states of India!

Oh, and I didn’t use the word “dominate” because I am a communal bigot. The author used it himself later in the article.

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If you think the 30-35 percent figure for “domination” reads like a warning, you must be a communal bigot who doesn’t know the idea of India….

You know there is folklore that at the Nuremberg trial, when Hermann Goering was shown footage of Nazi atrocities at concentration camps, he complained that the depressing film had ruined an otherwise pleasant afternoon. The death of six million Jews didn’t matter to him. The important thing was that his mood was ruined.

The liberal attitude to Hindus is much the same way. What happens to Hindus doesn’t matter.

Okay, like I promised at the beginning of this article, no generalizations. I will not say these are the views of all liberals or a majority of liberals or even a large number of liberals. This article on DailyO is just the view of one liberal. But I will leave to your imagination how many such liberals there are.

 

 

 

 

How to successfully pull off one nation, one election

It should be axiomatic by now that Narendra Modi won’t say things he doesn’t mean. So, if there is a manufactured noise around the idea of “One Nation one election,” it means Modi has a plan regarding this.

I have already said before that I feel Modi is *extremely unlikely* to call for early Lok Sabha polls. I have also said before that it would be disastrous idea of risk even 1 day in power.

In this post, I just want to put on record my guess on how the election schedules will map out after May this year, i.e., post Karnataka elections.

There are 3 clusters of elections set to happen:

(1)  Cluster 1: BJP ruled states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh (expected Dec 2018)

(2) Cluster 2: Lok Sabha elections (Apr-May, 2019)

(3) Cluster 3: BJP ruled states of Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand (Oct – Dec, 2019)

Here’s what I think will happen:

(1) President rule to be imposed on Cluster 1 states: elections postponed to Apr-May 2019.

(2) Lok Sabha elections on schedule in Apr-May 2019.

(3) Early dissolution of Assemblies in Cluster 3 : elections preponed to Apr-May 2019.

The reason I feel this will happen is because this is the optimal solution in so many beautiful ways.

First of all, this solution is uniquely immune to criticism from the Opposition. The BJP will be extending its rule by 6 months in 3 states and shortening its rule by 6 months in exactly 3 states. 

As such, there is literally ZERO net gain or loss of number of days in power for the BJP in states. The Opposition cannot make a credible argument that Modi is trying somehow to extend the number of days of power for BJP in state capitals.

Now let us forget about the opposition and look at it from a political gain/loss point of view.

Let’s ask: is there a downside to postponing the elections to the 3 states in Cluster 1?

NO! Absolutely not. Both Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh carry 15 years of incumbency. Six extra months can’t increase the incumbency burden in a meaningful way. And BJP is going down in Rajasthan anyway, Dec 2018 or May 2019.

Let’s ask: is there an upside to postponing the elections to the 3 states in Cluster 1?

You bet! There are at least three clear upsides:

(1) Modi’s sustained goodwill might help increase BJP’s votes in these 3 states by just enough. In Madhya Pradesh, it could turn a likely victory into a sweep. In Chhattisgarh, which is always a close election, it is Modi’s face that could give BJP the extra 1% needed to cross the majority mark. This time we have Ajit Jogi cutting Congress votes as well. Good.

(2) The state where BJP clearly seems to be losing is Rajasthan. Here simultaneous elections might allow the BJP to minimize damage to its 25/25 Lok Sabha tally. A new Congress govt sworn into power in Dec 2018 would have enjoyed a golden honeymoon period with the voters. Remember that every seat counts.

(3) Every election is a gamble. BJP already controls all 3 states. Thus it is mathematically impossible to better the tally. It can only go down, which will generate negative energy before the Lok Sabha polls. I think it will be 2-1, but 2-1 is worse than the 3-0 we currently have. In fact, not only do we have 3-0 right now, we have sweeping majorities in both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Even if there is a miracle and we keep Rajasthan, our tally will only go down! The upside here is that we dismiss the possibility of a negative narrative being generated right before LS polls.

Now let us come to the matter of pre-poning elections in the 3 states of Cluster 3 : Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand. 

For this, we have to notice the following fact : Whoever wins LS 2019 would have won these 3 states “for free” anyway. These 3 elections are held in the “golden” period of the new government at the Center.

If BJP is winning 2019, it is winning these 3 states no matter when elections are held : whether May or October.

On the other hand, if BJP is losing 2019, it was going to lose these 3 states anyway. In fact, should there be a defeat in 2019, would you like to get smacked in the face with 3 more demoralizing defeats in the months immediately following the defeat of May 2019? Would it not be better to face all the defeats at once so that we can start rebuilding immediately again?

The gain/loss analysis is absolutely clear. Preponing 3 states and postponing 3 others offers only upsides and no downsides. If we win 2019, it offers the possibility for the sweetest possible kind of victory. If we lose 2019, it assures us that we will have the best possible kind of defeat, the kind that is easiest to recover from.

Hopefully, you read it here first 🙂