Is Barkha Dutt about to switch political sides?

Wouldn’t that be ironic? Most of the right wingers who found voice in social media were triggered by the biased, dishonest reporting of Barkha Dutt. She was probably the spark that lit the fire of right wing revolution in social media.

But then, power brings with it many ironies.

It’s been over three years now. Barkha outside power corridors is like a fish outside water.

No wonder then that this happened :

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LOL!

The other side has its own Yashwant Sinhas. I would say Yashwant Sinha is a bit more honorable … at least he has leaned towards the Opposition instead of those in power. Means that Sinha isn’t exactly looking for any immediate gains.

But… well… Barkha, of course.

Which way would Barkha turn? Obviously towards those in power. Has it ever been any other way?

I am extremely certain that this is just a beginning. In the coming days, you’ll see Barkha (and many others like her) increasingly start ‘exposing’ their old cabal.

This movement also shows the *real* thinking among the old, out of favor darbaris of Lutyens’ Delhi. For the last 2-3 weeks, we have seen the darbaris falling over each other, praising each and every move of the Shehzada.

Did Rahul manage to go to the toilet instead of wetting his pants? He must be on a path to recovery.

Did Rahul manage to flush properly? He must be on a path to recovery.

Did Rahul baba manage to drink his milk without spilling any on his shirt? He must be on a path to recovery.

But then these are times of Diwali and even those who hate Diwali will do anything for tips.

But this nonsense about “Rahul revival” is only part of the desperate hopes of Lutyens darbaris. In the deep state, the thinking is very much that Modi is winning 2019 and it is time to start currying favor with the guys who are here to stay.

Which is actually strange, because I am supposed to be bhakt and I am still very unsure about 2019. The Mahagathbandhans are haunting me : I simply don’t see a clear path. Especially because BJP getting even 271 seats will mean that Narendra Modi will be Leader of the Opposition.  For Modi, it is 272+ or nothing.

 

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This Diwali, why I am thankful for Arnab Goswami

First of all, a Happy Diwali to all of you folks.

And especially a Happy Diwali to all liberals who got intense bouts of acidity after seeing 2 lakh lamps lit by Yogi Adityanath in Ayodhya.

I think Aaj Tak’s Punya Prasun Bajpai was particularly triggered by the grand show in Ayodhya. I happened to have the misfortune of catching a bit of his special 10 pm program on Aaj Tak last night. I saw the poor fellow doing a roundup of every tragic incident everywhere in the country and sarcastically asking “If there was Ram Rajya, would XYZ incident happen?”

Way to try and make Hindus feel guilty about any kind of happiness. Yeah, we know that everything is not perfect … in fact … nothing is perfect in our massive country. And yet, just like Aaj Tak throws lavish parties spending crores celebrating this or that sidey media award every year, we the Hindus of India choose to celebrate every Deepawali. And tell you what Punya Prasun Bajpai, if there was Ram Rajya, ‘krantikari’ journalists like you would be out of business.

Isn’t Islam supposed to mean “peace” (it doesn’t, but that’s the lie they repeat a thousand times)? Go look at a world map and ask why we don’t have peace in any part of Dar-al-Islam. Did you know that 300 people were blown to bits in Somalia’s Mogadishu on Dhanteras day due to the Islamic outfit Al-Shabab? Go put a mike before Owaisi’s face and ask him why …

Give us a break on Diwali from your sarcastic jibes about ‘Ram Rajya’.

That brings me to Republic and why I am thankful for Arnab. I have always maintained that Arnab’s pro-BJP stance is most likely an act, but I couldn’t care less. Media today is about actors … and I am damn well delighted that at least one prominent actor is on our side. Naturally other actors like Ravish Kumar will be jealous of his success.

Never in my life did I think we would have English language news finally debating #AreHindusSoftTarget. Watch Republic’s Sunday Debate from last week and feel the joy as you finally get to hear what needed to be said for 70 years.

The silence has been broken… nay… it’s been shattered. Political correctness has been challenged at last.

I don’t even care if Republic digging up the crimes of the Dynasty brings additional votes to BJP. This is more than just votes, this is about giving breathing space to the buried of history of the Dynasty’s crimes over 70 years. Yesterday, they were talking about how Pakistan’s terror supporting Habib Bank had links to Bofors.

This stuff just needed to be said. It needed to become part of our recorded history. There are things that matter even beyond votes.

The story of the Dynasty’s evils needed to be told. It might not bring votes, it might feel old and boring and stale, but so what? Many school kids find history boring. It does not matter. The story needs to be told, it needs to become common knowledge that becomes part of our civilizational memory. Just like the crimes of Aurangazeb.

How many Hindus think about Aurangazeb every day? And how many do you think decide their voting choices based on their views of Aurangazeb? Probably less than 0.1%, maybe even less. But Hindus collectively remember the crimes of Aurangazeb and no amount of Audrey Truschkes can wipe it out with their motivated lies.

The Dynasty’s crimes need to be remembered that way. There’s 1984, but then there isn’t just 1984. There were a zillion other riots that the Dynasty inflicted upon our nation. There’s Bhopal Gas Leak tragedy. Who helped the bosses escape then? We all know. Remember the infamous Mumbai serial bomb blast? Sunil Dutt’s son received weapons from Abu Salem! Remember?

We don’t have the Mughals today. Same way, when we have Congress Mukt Bharat, let collective memory of Hindus always remember what the Congress did to us.

Latest columnist in The Indian Express once threatened to murder Modi and decapitate his followers

Imagine my surprise when I discovered in The Indian Express today their new columnist, Mr. Amaresh Misra.

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Amaresh Misra? Seriously?

Those of us who remember social media from 2013 and 2014 are going to sit up at the mention of that name.

Amaresh Misra! Perhaps the most infamous of all pro-Congress trolls back in the day.

Yes, Misra was severely abusive. But that’s not the memorable part. This Amaresh Misra was known for making extremely violent threats. Please find here some golden nectar from the newest columnist for the Indian Express.

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Obviously, it did not take Opindia much time to dig out these tweets.

Threatening to make blood flow like water? Threatening to kill Modi himself and his supporters. This must be the new style manual of The Indian Express. I bet Amaresh Misra has a job lined up for him at The Wire.

Sample these direct violent threats:

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Of course! Threatening to shoot people dead is kind of what Amaresh Misra did on a near daily basis.

This is not free speech. This is not dissent. These are direct threats of violence. And obviously, he was arrested too for threatening to kill Modi himself.

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Obviously a prize catch for The Indian Express. This is the face of the man who they present to their readers as a rational opinionator.

As I have been saying for a while, liberals want to impose on this country a form of apartheid. Things have advanced very far beyond garden variety hypocrisy. This now seems to be a very conscious choice that liberals are making.

For instance, after raising so much hell about online abuse, liberals are making a very conscious choice to approve of characters such as Amaresh Misra who threaten to decapitate BJP supporters.

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This is apartheid, folks. What liberals are saying is that our lives simply don’t matter.

Till now the online right wing has actually taken the left wing mood very lightly.  We joke about the “hypocrisy” of the left. But it is not a laughing matter. The liberals are not just going selectively silent out of embarrassment or as a matter of convenience.

I believe that liberals have reached the point where they actively approve and want to encourage a form of apartheid in this country. A nation where Hindus will be certified second class citizens.

Take the case of Gurmehar Kaur. She claimed to have received threats (I tried, but I didn’t see any evidence of that beyond her word that these threats actually existed). The entire liberal ecosystem went nuts.

But the same Gurmehar Kaur actually tried to coerce a bunch of 18-19 year olds on Facebook for running a meme mocking her. This time liberals said nothing.

I don’t think liberals were silent because it would embarrass them. Liberals were silent because they had an apartheid like view of the situation : liberals have free speech rights, while right wingers simply don’t. What was there to talk about?

They don’t see “right wing”  as a political position. They don’t see right wingers as human beings. It’s like America in the days of slavery. Whites have rights. Black slaves don’t.

Take the case of the RSS leader who was murdered in Ludhiana today. Or the techie who was lynched by a mob in Bengaluru for trying to complain against illegal cow slaughter mafia. She was a woman, attacked by an entire mob of men. But feminists couldn’t care less.

Ludhiana and Bengaluru. Two large cities. They didn’t make headlines. The remote village of Dadri did … for more than a month.

It’s simple. Liberals have made it clear that certain lives matter and certain others don’t.  Liberal policy towards Hindus has changed from ordinary hypocrisy to outright apartheid.

 

 

Confirmed! India “slipping 45 places” in Global Hunger Index is FAKE NEWS

You must have seen this by now  from well known Modi baiters ever since the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released the Global Hunger Index 2017.

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I don’t care about the Modi baiters really, but the danger is that you might have seen this “news” being discussed on social media by common people who form the mostly well meaning neutral middle.

And that’s where the danger is.

Speak out…. speak around and talk to people and tell them that this is FAKE NEWS.

Technically it’s true though. India did stand at 55th position in 2014 and has slid to 100th position now.

So what’s the lie?

The key is that since 2014, the IFPRI has added 45 new countries to its consideration for the Global Hunger Index. These countries are all richer than India, as a result of which India’s ranking dropped like a stone from 55th to 100th!

Let me explain it like this. If Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi faced off against each other in an IQ test, BOTH of them would end up with ranks between 1 and 2.

But if say, 45  chaiwallahs who might have grown up at the railway station are allowed to join the contest along with Rahul and Priyanka, the ranking of the two Dynasts would immediately fall by 45 places.

Rahul and Priyanka wouldn’t get any dumber, they would just be competing with a bigger pool.

In fact, the IFPRI was so disturbed by the propaganda over the Global Hunger Index that it decided to release a special statement on “Interpreting India’s performance on the Global Hunger Index”.

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Obviously, media outlets could have figured this out themselves by using some common sense, but chamcha outlets had something very different on their minds.

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At best, the chamcha outlets pretended like it was a “he said/she said” situation when the BJP hit back against the propaganda. Any fool could have worked out the real reason by looking at the list, but then any fool would also know that they don’t get paid for publishing news … they only get paid for lying.

 

SIT probing Gauri Lankesh murder BUSTS source based reports published by Indian Express and others

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of Gauri Lankesh has finally released sketches of the suspects.

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Now this is in itself a little surprising, considering that eminent liberals appeared to have solved the murder case within minutes of the news breaking on Twitter.

But here is the most telling statement from B K Singh, the head of the SIT.

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WHAT?

No link found so far to the murder of Narendra Dabholkar? No confirmation on whether weapons used were same as that in Kalburgi murder?

Now let us read some screaming headlines in some allegedly “reputable” newspapers that have appeared over the last few days.

We’ll start with the Indian Express and its alleged journalism of ‘courage’.

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Oh… that report was from “sources”. How clever.

The source based report made it all over the left wing ecosystem. The good folks at the Wire, renowned for their active imagination, wouldn’t let it pass, could they?

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Anyway, why blame a marginal propaganda site like The Wire when Times of India itself picked up the “story”?

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Only a few days ago, even more headlines appeared, loaded with unsubstantiated “news”. Here is Firstpost:

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In the Gauri Lankesh case, the torrent of unsubstantiated “news” inevitably appears to lead back to The Indian Express. Firstpost has quoted this Indian Express report, which is indeed remarkable in that it even gives out the full names of the “Five key suspects” in the murder!

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Can you believe that here is an allegedly reputable newspaper naming five people as “key suspects” out of thin air?

Even hours before the SIT released sketches of the suspects, The Indian Express published another report, which went thus:

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This time The Indian Express did not even feel the need to put the onus on unnamed “sources”. They just reported it as an accepted fact that the investigation found the gun used to murder Gauri Lankesh to be the same as the one used to kill Kalburgi!

Obviously, things didn’t quite go the way The Indian Express wanted once the SIT actually spoke up. Here is the fourth paragraph of The Indian Express report on what happened at the SIT’s press conference.

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Obviously, this part didn’t make it to the Indian Express’ headline. In the online version, it appears below three full paragraphs and then an embedded video. It is almost like the editors at The Indian Express didn’t want people to read it or something …

What do you think?

 

How the left keeps every last supporter happy : and the right fails miserably

You folks know that I read regularly outlets like Scroll … so you don’t have to. Guess what is the top post on Scroll today? This :

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While I have often made mockery of the foolish electoral ways of the left (and the secular brigade in general), I have always been a fan of how well built and rock solid their ecosystem is.

In fact, while the last 30 years have all been about the progressive decay of the Congress and Left at the voting booth, the secular left ecosystem has only gotten stronger. This is a miracle in itself.

Can you believe what Scroll is doing here? Threats from right wing group? That’s supposed to be the threat? There is a meeting to celebrate 50 years of Naxal terrorism and they dare talk about “threats” from right wing groups?

What is next? This December, a bunch of rapists will have a conference to celebrate five years of Nirbhaya gangrape and Scroll will talk about how the conference received “threats” from other people?

Oh wait … the Naxalbari terrorism isn’t called “terrorism”. Just an “uprising.”

So let me ask this question. More than 100 million people supported Congress and Left in the election of 2014. Are they all supporters of Naxal terrorism? You probably have a Congress supporter … or likely several Congress/Left supporters in your friends and family and colleagues at work. Are they all supporters of Naxal terrorism?

Of course not. So, why then is the Congress/Left ecosystem patronizing the celebration of Naxal terrorism?

Because … the ecosystem knows how to keep every last one of its voters happy. 

Such is their strength. It does not matter if 1% or even 0.1% of their voters support Naxals, the ecosystem caters to every single supporter without exception. 

That is how unapologetic and ruthless they are. They are not shy of openly embracing even Naxal terror ideology to underline their ideological credentials.

Now compare to the blundering bozos of the so called right wing, who are always apologizing for their own existence.

I’m not a supporter of Nathuram Godse. I think only an insane (and possibly criminal) person would celebrate Nathuram Godse. I also think 99.9% of right wingers would disagree with Nathuram Godse.

But here’s the thing. If there was a conference in the same Mumbai where a bunch of people were going to shower praise on Nathuram Godse, you know what would have happened.

The RSS and BJP would be apologizing for such a conference even though they had no role in organizing it. The media would have picked it up and made it into huge news … and RSS/BJP leaders would feel guilty by default and rush to pre-emptively condemn it.

Would any right winger have the courage to talk about free speech rights of Nathuram Godse supporters? Would any right wing outlet have the courage to brazenly talk about the free speech rights of Nathuram Godse supporters?

Can you believe the tone of the Scroll article?

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Standing firm? Standing firm in what? In their determination to publicly celebrate terrorism and mass murder?

Can you imagine a right wing outlet brazenly describing how Nathuram Godse supporters were heroically “standing firm” in their decision to go ahead with their celebration of Godse’s life?

Scroll didn’t even put a disclaimer or even the slightest condemnation in the article against Naxal terrorism. There was no need.

But see my blog post. Even I put a disclaimer saying that I am not a Nathuram Godse supporter. Because at some level, even I am suffering from the stigma that the left wing ecosystem has heaped upon the right.

That’s how the right has always been … too wary, too scared of being perceived as saying the wrong thing. The right is its own prisoner … they forget to even give themselves the benefit of doubt, they don’t even treat themselves as innocent until proven guilty.

This is the result of growing up under the thumb of an ecosystem that has so successfully marginalized the right wing. The RW has grown so used to justifying its own existence that they rush to apologize and condemn at the mere hint of blame against the right wing somewhere on the distant horizon.

See the bozos :

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Why? Why pay tributes? Any murder anywhere is condemnable. That’s obvious. Repeat the obvious if it’s that important to you.

But why pay tributes? Do you think Gauri Lankesh has ever paid tribute to an RSS worker?

The seculars are busy celebrating fifty years of Naxal terrorism. The RSS leaders are busy paying tributes to Gauri Lankesh. This is how the left ecosystem wins.

 

Enjoy the present … because nothing is permanent in politics

Of course nothing is permanent anyway, but politics especially so.

So I would say step back and just take a look around. There simply isn’t much happening in the world of politics. And I’ll tell you this : BJP is ruling 13 states, has a full majority at the Center and is the largest in the Rajya Sabha.

A moment like this may not come again in a decade! In politics, the present is precious. Enjoy it 🙂

I’m not going to get angry or worked up about anything today. Why not enjoy the present for a moment? When was the last time the right wing did that?

In fact, I do not remember a time since 2014 when the RW has been breathing easy. It’s always about one election or another.

In previous blogs, I have pointed out that this paranoid attitude of the RW is actually a crucial tactic that has allowed the right to get ahead of its competitors. Because we all know that only the paranoid survive.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t chill once in a while.

We have before us possibly the easiest Assembly election of the whole term : in Gujarat. Soon after it is going to be a tense battle in Karnataka, a jittery wait for Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and then the all out war for 2019.

And guess what? Even if Modi wins 2019 handily, I can bet you that the RW will be crying almost immediately as elections approach in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.

Gujarat offers shelter. It is one place to rest and refresh and chill out for a little while before the battle for Karnataka begins. So enjoy it.

The Election Commission says that results from Gujarat will be on our table by Dec 18. The RW has two months to stay relatively chill … don’t miss it 🙂

Cheers!

Chaiwallah.

Key to 2019 : Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh

It is really too early to start crunching numbers for 2019, but it is becoming clear what the main pegs on the chessboard are.

As much as we political nerds might wish, the public isn’t always thinking about elections. Right now, they are in a state of flux, evaluating the performance of their government, talking to their neighbors, trying to see if they are better or worse off than before. Of course, in the final six months, the election will “break” decisively in favor of one party.

So at the moment we can only get a sense of what are the big pieces on the board and which pieces to control.

In reality it is not two but three states that hold the key to the election : Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. I didn’t include Gujarat in the headline because BJP is sure to dominate the state in 2019.

Here are the basic numbers :

UP (80 seats)

Maharashtra (50 seats)

Gujarat (27 seats)

If the numbers look wrong, that’s because I am counting the two Goa seats with Maharashtra and Diu seat (which is a union territory) as part of Gujarat.

Together, this adds up to almost 160 seats. For Modi, this is where the foundation for 2019 will come from.

Right now, the BJP is sitting on nearly 125 of these 160 seats. A repeat or even near repeat of this performance, say even 105 of these 160 seats will almost guarantee a Modi government in 2019.

Of course Modi and Shah are looking after Gujarat directly. Not much to worry there. Ultimately, the prestige of having a PM who is so closely identified with Gujarat will prevail over incumbency issues.

Let’s look at Uttar Pradesh now. After the historic 3/4 majority in March this year, it seemed that a Mahagathbandhan would be formed immediately. When Yogi Adityanath was pushed into the CM post (ahead of Keshav Maurya), I said that it was a desperate move. The upcoming Yadav + Muslim + Jatav mahagathbandhan left BJP with no choice but to clearly pit the 80% vs the 20%.

Six  months later, there is no sign of the mahagathbandhan. Mayawati tried to make a splash with a dramatic resignation, but she has achieved little more than receding further into oblivion. On the ground, Akhilesh Yadav has proved to be at least 10 times more listless as an opposition than I expected. He still seems to be licking his wounds, unable to recover from the scale of the defeat.

As a dynast, Akhilesh is likely inherently lazy. Whatever Mahagathbandhan they are working on, I see nowhere near the energy nor the urgency that two self made leaders: Laloo and Nitish showed in Bihar.

This does not mean that a grand alliance won’t be formed in UP, just that Yogi is facing a slightly easier battle than I expected.

The other state that is going absolutely great for BJP is Maharashtra. Fadnavis seems to have put himself very firmly in the saddle. One must remember that BJP was a perennial number 4 in Maharashtra … and the ride to No. 1 has been a long one. Especially considering the nature of Maharashtra : power in the state has always been held by satraps at the very local level … and the one who rules from Mumbai is the one who can secure the loyalty of maximum number of these feudal lords.

It is with this in mind that BJP has worked constantly to “dissolve” NCP within itself at the grassroots. This is mostly about talking to the local feudal lords and offering them a deal they can’t refuse.

I know that many BJP supporters will be disappointed with the inclusion of Narayan Rane. But that’s politics. He brings with himself multiple pockets of support in Konkan region. Every additional vote in Maharashtra matters now, especially because we simply can’t count on the Shiv Sena.

Ever since 2014, Fadnavis has been on a mission to win local elections and has done exceptionally well in this. He won 9/10 of the cities earlier this year and made BJP the number 1 party in Zila Parishads. There was some hope on the secular side that the BJP would struggle in rural Maharashtra, but the Gram Panchayat results have poured cold water all over that.

But pockets remain. Today as I write, the BJP has been beaten black and blue in Nanded, the den of Ashok Chavan. I think the results turned out something like Congress 58 and BJP 2. Yes, Nanded is like another Amethi, only worse because Nanded has a huge  Muslim population. But it shows that pockets remain where the Congress is just as strong as it was 50 years ago.

It is nearly impossible to predict an election 18 months in advance. But it is generally easy to identify the “dominant” player. We cannot say with certainty who will win an election on a given day, but we know who will win more “on average”. From independence till 2014, the Congress always had more MLAs in state assemblies than BJP. Yes, the Congress lost some elections, but we know they always dominated.

Like a game at the casino. We know that in the long run, the casino always wins. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good day when you win at the casino.

18 months before the Lok Sabha polls, it is too early to count seats. The strategy has to be focused on denying the Congress a chance to become “dominant”. Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have always been the Congress’ 2 “reservoir states”, which gave them a respectable number of seats. The Congress is already finished in Andhra Pradesh. If Fadnavis can blank them out in Maharashtra, the Congress will never be dominant player in Indian politics again.

Raghuram Rajan’s colleague wins the Nobel Prize for Economics

I’m surprised the newspapers go with that headline. Come on lefties, don’t disappoint us. You have spent the last 3 years fawning over Raghuram Rajan, but surely there are more embarrassing depths that you can sink to.

So some random organization called Clarivate something had put Rajan on a list of possible Nobel Laureates. The ecosystem jumped on this piece of junk and went to town with it.

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Except the “world” didn’t say nothin’ … the Nobel Prize committee didn’t say nothin’ … it was just some random group on the internet that thought he could be a possible winner. You are just treating it as a huge thing because that random group happens to be based abroad.

Right?

See other chamchas :

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Again, what list? Whose list?

So it gave me great pleasure when the Nobel Committee handed the liberals their asses on a platter. Suck on this one.

Not only did Rockstar not win, the guy who won happened to have said this.

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Can you feel the liberal asses on fire here?

Hey Dhume… guess what? Seems the pro-demonetization guys were on the list, after all? The real list, not the fake one that media clowns were talking about.

I love this. I love this.

Slapped black and blue by the Nobel Prize Committee, some liberals came up with a defense that was beyond hilarious. No really, they think the latter part of what Richard Thaler said on demonetization is helping their case. Here, I quote the graphic Altnews made:

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LOL!

So he didn’t want the Rs 2000 note! Great! So he wasn’t opposing Modi’s move to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. What he opposed was bringing in the Rs 2000 note. In other words, what he wanted was a much harsher form of demonetization : where Modi just sucks out the currency and then leaves everyone to go figure out the digital, cashless transactions.

And how exactly does this help the case of those who complained that the shock of demonetization hit the cash intensive sectors?

Never mind. Chamcha cheerleaders and chamcha outlets like Altnews are hurt badly enough from the disappointment of seeing Rockstar lose out (again… he wasn’t on any list … except perhaps on the liberal’ wishlist …lol!)

See, it’s not like I am saying that a Nobel winner has to be treated like some kind of ultimate authority. Economics isn’t even a science. That’s why you see Dhume and Mihir Sharma giving lectures on it. You wouldn’t find Dhume and Mihir Sharma lecturing on gravitational waves or the Riemann hypothesis or how to design cryogenic engines. 

And for what it’s worth, we have all seen what happens when a Nobel winning economist is asked to actually build something. Instead of  theorizing his ass off at Harvard and/or giving recommendations to Rahul Gandhi for PM post. Then, the Nobel babu uses crores to fund his luxurious travels and hire his cronies and then runs away after building a “university” that looks worse off than a high school.

This is about the PR defeat of the left. They know what they would have done if Rockstar had won. And by needlessly salivating on some sorry ass list put out by some random people, they have brought this mockery on themselves. Can’t complain now.

 

 

 

 

To the Hindus : This Diwali, light a diya and weep

Dahi Handi, Jallikattu and now Diwali.

Of course.

Don’t question it. Don’t speak against it. Don’t even dare to raise an eyebrow. Better keep your eyes closed and head hanging downwards.

Don’t utter a word of protest.

Be silent. They can ban the sound of our voice, but can they ban silence?

They can ban lights. But can they ban the darkness?

Who knows?

Be silent and light a diya. And remember. Remember the thousand years of Hindus who lived before you on this very land. They were born on this land where their ancestors had lived for thousands of years before them.

But they were told that this land isn’t theirs. For hundreds of years, they paid jizya to live upon it. From Mathura and Kashi to Ayodhya and Somnath, their temples were destroyed. They lived on with only the memories.

Then missionaries came to the impoverished Hindus.

Light your diya and try to feel the inner torment of the Hindu who had to convert for a bag of rice. Hunger is a horrible thing.

Then partition happened. We lost most of Punjab, most of Bengal and all of Sind forever. Another undeclared partition happened in the early 90s in Kashmir when even more Hindus became refugees in their own land. Today, the Hindus of Western Uttar Pradesh, of many parts of Assam, Kerala and Bengal stand one generation away from meeting the same fate.

What is there for Hindus to celebrate on Diwali, after all?

Good that they banned it.

Today is not hundreds of years ago. If an 80% majority Hindu population in a democratic country cannot guarantee for themselves the minimum right to cultural existence, whose fault is it?

Stop blaming others. And for god’s sake, don’t go out there on Twitter or Facebook and troll the triumphant seculars in your frustration. They are the only ones with a right to celebrate this Diwali. They have won another famous victory over the non-believers.

Do something meaningful this Diwali. Go out and embrace your Hindu neighbor from another caste or region. Go speak to the Tamil brothers and sisters who can’t celebrate Jallikattu, your Marathi brothers and sisters who can’t celebrate Dahi Handi and your Bengali brothers and sisters who are at the mercy of Muharram to dictate their Durga Puja calendar.

“Your struggle is my struggle.”

Tell them.

Light a lamp and think of why the Hindus have seen the misfortunes they have for a thousand years. And if they ban even that, light a lamp in your heart. Only you can banish your inner darkness  and they cannot take your inner light away.