They say honesty is the best policy. And honesty should be appreciated even in a Mameluk or a fool. After publishing 16052014 articles on why Modi is Hitler, Modi is a monster, Modi crushes puppies, Modi eats babies, Modi drinks blood… DailyO finally published an honest confession:
That would be Mameluk Shiv Visvanathan, who can’t seem to stop confessing:
“Mine is a depressing story. Every time I read the newspaper I feel like an alien.”
Well, at least we can all relate to that part. Whenever we open the newspaper and see the glaring presstitution, we feel depressed too…
“ I cannot believe the country is responding to the BJP and PM Narendra Modi. I cannot believe that Amit Shah can be presented front stage and celebrated across India as a poster boy.”
Are you crying, Shiv Visvanathan? If so, please send me a package full of your tears…I am making a swimming pool out of liberal tears…
“When the RSS runs epidemic over the country, I wonder if my era, my sense of the country is outdated.”
Short answer: Yes
“For a man like me, who witnessed the 2002 Gujarat riots, Modi is a non-negotiable entity.”
For people like me, born more than three decades after independence into a Soviet, socialist India, the Dynasty is a non-negotiable entity. But then everyone has her/his own negotiating position…and if there is one thing the Dynasty is known for, it is “negotiations”.
“It is as if one is caught in a huge B-grade play with a country singing happy birthday to Frankenstein….”
Frankenstein? Since you gave a reference from “Angrezi” fiction, I don’t want you to think any less of me and so I will give a reference from Angrezi. You have been sleeping like Rip van Winkle through the scams and riots under Queen Agusta and now you have suddenly woken up asking what has changed and why? B-grade dialogues are more of your preserve:
“Indians are convinced something will happen in science, in mobility in the job world and they believe the BJP is fine-tuning our universe for that coming. The hope and expectation that India is bestowing on the BJP is overwhelming. The media too has joined what one sociologist called “the great celebration“.
“The great celebration” in the media? Is that the latest Orwellian term the media is using for the process of cooking up stories like “church attacks” ?
“An overall pass is what the nation and party wants. Pass is strategic because it means this combine is here to stay….The very idea of elections and governance has created a superficiality of assessments around Modi. All of Modi’s governance is atomised into little reports, coloured in bright tones as a nation gives pass marks to a regime.”
Whoa? Don’t you grudge Modi his pass marks now… Do you know how low the pass mark is? Chacha Nehru scored just 1.67% combined annual growth rate for the economy and awarded himself a Bharat Ratna for it. And you dare grudge Modi his pass marks?
A superficiality of assessments around Modi? You bet. Since you are being so honest, let me be honest too. The assessments around Modi have indeed been superficial. But did Modi or his much reviled “Bhakts” tell the media to obsess with stories like church attacks, 10 lakh suit, Sahitya Akademi, Modi’s shawl, Modi’s mother, Modi’s wife, Modi’s degree? They did so due to their own personal hatred for Modi. Why were the assessments “atomized” into little reports? Because mediawallahs in their obsessive hatred tried to throw any pebble they could find at him…to cut him down somehow…just a little…even if the “breaking news” is the discovery of an extra space between “Damodar” and “Das” on his certificate… I wish as well the media had done the hard work and assessed Modi critically on issues such as road and rail infrastructure, ease of doing business, foreign investment, agricultural and industrial growth, job creation, rural electrification and Ganga cleaning…
The funny part of course is that you know complain about “the very idea of elections and governance” creating superficiality around Modi. What happened? Because Pappu can’t win any, is he against elections now or what ? How did the “idea of elections” go against the “idea of India”? You know …one of Pappu’s illustrious ancestors (another Bharat Ratna) did actually put into practice the idea of India without elections for a while…
“The very idea of number and colour destroys the ambiguity, complexity and the greyness of the regime…. ”
Now you are just mumbling unintelligible gibberish. That’s the staple of intellectuals, I know…
“Also dissent in an everyday sense has disappeared. A few hysterical outbursts like JNU makes intellectuals feel it has brought the BJP to bay without realising that it is destroying the university system thoroughly.”
Wow…I am loving your honesty. So, you admit that dissent HAS HAPPENED. Oh, but …what a pity, dissent has only happened in “an everyday sense”. No armed overthrow of the elected government even… how sad! By the way, you left out the “everyday expression” of dissent by Commies via beheadings and mass executions of helpless villagers across India… Anyways, thanks for realizing that the hysterical JNU outburst did nothing but screw you liberals over…
It is a shame that the BJP is destroying the university system; if by university system you mean that a bunch of political thugs should get paid to enjoy free lodging in the posh area of the national capital, while millions of talented kids nationwide can’t get a decent primary school..
“The idea of the public domain, in fact the notion of the public intellectual is anathema to this regime. The openness of public debate has given way to the reports of think tanks which specialise in interest group articulations. By sidelining movements and valourising think tanks, the regime has reduced political debate to a few policy choices which demand a Pavlovian response.”
Yes, if there is one thing that characterized the UPA years, it was “openness”. Be it the “editorial changes” in the Ishrat report or the dealings of Agusta Patrakars…
“Minorities often feel that they are not genuinely Indian as they follow the beliefs of their ancestors. In fact in creating a new culture of politics around patriotism, citizenship, loyalty, sedition, the BJP has distorted the politics of culture.”
Oh the politics of “culture” has been destroyed by BJP! “Culture?” What a nice sounding Orwellian term to invent for “caste”! Oh…to be back in the good old days when politics happened around “culture” of Yadav and Brahmin and Dalit and Thakur and Leuva Patel and Jat and Gujjar and Lingayat… What is this horrible new politics around patriotism, citizenship and loyalty?
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