Srinagar lynching : should we close the temples again?

In the past, we have seen the liberal media and intelligentsia turn almost any crime into an excuse for Hindu bashing. Take for instance, the infamous gangrape of Jyoti Singh Pandey (Nirbhaya) in December 2012. To any rational person, the horrific crime had absolutely nothing to do with religion or Hindus or Muslims.  Among the rapists were both Hindus and Muslims. There was no evidence of any religious or communal angle coming into the picture at any stage whatsoever.

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You would think a person as eminently secular as Mahesh Bhatt would remember that Muslims and Christians are also equal citizens of the Republic. They share in its rights and privileges and it follows naturally that they would also share in our guilt and shame.

As such, if for some reason temples need to be shut down out of a sense of national shame, one would imagine that Mahesh Bhatt would also prescribe some form of atonement for our very equal fellow citizens belonging to the Muslim or Christian faith.

But, I catch the drift of the argument. They say it is ironic for Hindus to worship so many female deities when women face so many forms of abuse in our country. This line of thinking has a very clear endorsement from the table of the Shehzada himself.

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Now let us talk about what happened in Srinagar on Friday.

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Let me check out all the elements in this story : the lynching happened in the holy month of Ramzan. It happened outside a mosque, during the special Shab – e – Qadr, when night long special prayers are held. And he was lynched specifically because they suspected him of being a non-Muslim.

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Isn’t it ironic that while people were out there worshipping “peace”, they just happened to lynch somebody outside their gate on suspicion of being a “non-believer”? What say Mahesh Bhatt? What should be done now? Close the temples again? I am sure Rahul Gandhiji has an answer: People who go to …

Presidential poll : Fighting on the wrong side of history

The BJP  fielded Ramnath Kovind as its candidate for the President of India. The BJP’s continued Dalit outreach unnerved the Congress, which decided to field … Babu Jagjiwan Ram’s daughter.

The difference could not be more stark or more fitting : on the one side a Dalit born in an ordinary family who rose to become a Supreme Court lawyer, not to mention holding several other legislative and constitutional posts. On the other side, the daughter of a powerful politician with her many flatterers in media and Lutyens’ Delhi.

What a way for the Congress and liberals to give a thumbs down to the aspirations of Indian youth. When it comes to the secular establishment, privilege attained purely by birth is the only thing that ultimately matters. Pretty much exactly like caste.

It is quite understandable therefore that the Congress, a party of political feudal lords, would field one of their own high born political princesses for the highest Constitutional post in India.

On the other hand, it is quite laughable that the Congress thinks elevating a political princess who just happens to belong to the Dalit caste, is somehow an answer to the BJP’s sustained engagement with Dalits.

Quite simply, the Congress and its retinue of liberal flatterers don’t see the difference. And even if they knew the difference, it wouldn’t matter because they are simply fighting on the wrong side of history.

Whether India’s so called secular left likes it or not, the RSS/BJP today is offering to Dalits a very powerful narrative of Hindus coming together to reclaim the greatness of their nation. Why was there a Dalit cascade in favor of Modi in 2014? Why is it, that despite every possible propaganda effort from the establishment to throw the Modi government out of favor with Dalits, the results of Uttar Pradesh 2017 were an exact replica of the results of May 2014?

The ‘secular’ left consoles itself with the belief that somehow the Sangh Parivar is full of closet casteists and it is only a matter of time before they get exposed in the eyes of Dalits. The ecosystem is always in a hurry to spread every real or imagined ‘news’ story that seems to show that such a phenomenon is finally happening.

Their fatal weakness is that they have never considered the possibility that they might be wrong. When Modi came to the holy city of Varanasi and replaced a powerful Brahmin leader as Murli Manohar Joshi, a message was sent.

What was the message? The message was that the BJP would make room for merit, no matter what caste or background the person might come from. The same message has been sent today with Ramnath Kovind : that the BJP is a vehicle by which a person of humble background can reach the greatest heights.

But what did the Congress expect? They convinced themselves for a while that the BJP’s new focus on OBCs and Dalits would lead to “Brahmin anger”.

But that never happened. The Brahmins stuck with BJP as always. And the OBCs and Dalits came to the BJP fold in large numbers.

Today it is Modi, an OBC. Before this it used to be Vajpayee, a Brahmin. Who knows who will lead the BJP tomorrow? It could be a Dalit or a Brahmin or maybe a tribal. Whoever leads will have to rise through the ranks instead of being born with a golden ticket. That’s what people see today.

The Congress party and its political zamindars are missing the fatal weakening of the caste system.

In the eyes of the Congress party, the typical Dalit is a person who is full of hatred towards other Hindus. In their eyes, a typical Dalit goes to lots and lots of beef parties. And their economics is supposed to be essentially Communist. Because, for some mysterious reason, Dr. Ambedkar chose to posthumously join the Communist party after despising it all his life.

But the “Dalit” that the liberals think they are speaking to barely exists in this country, if at all. A simple calculation based on NSSO data shows that only about 3% of India’s 300 million Dalits and tribals actually consume beef. To put this number in perspective, let us take the fact that surveys generally show about 5-6% of Muslims voting for BJP. In other words, the BJP does a better job of representing Indian Muslims than the liberal beef lobby is doing of representing Dalits and tribals! The hysterical protesters for “social justice” on the left may kindly take note…

Liberals have to realize that they can’t use caste as some kind of card against Indian nationalism. In fact, for historical reasons, the so called “lower” castes are farthest from the rootless liberalism that creates useful idiots for Pakistan. The “lower” castes never collaborated with British Empire, never enjoyed its patronage and were never socialized into its mode of thinking.

And so if Dalits today see the liberals trying to use caste as a card against Indian nationalism, they will severely punish such elements. Dalits will stand with India much before they stand with elements such as Mani Shankar Aiyar.

The secular establishment should ask itself why BJP manages constantly to expand its base. Each time they try to box in the BJP as a party limited to this group or that group, it manages to expand its base far outside that group. The BJP is able to keep adding Brahmins to OBCs to non-Hindi speakers and more and more.

On the other hand, trying to add Dalit to  Muslim always results in a flop. Mayawati wasn’t the first to try this math and she won’t be the last. This is what happens when you believe a fake version of history and try to add up apples and oranges.

Perhaps India’s secular liberals should consider the possibility that a Dalit is, first and foremost, a Hindu. He/she has no sympathy for Communist movements or for a Pakistani design to tear India into pieces. And so, if the Hindu right manages to communicate a larger design for Hindu unity that goes beyond caste, Dalits will happily join the flow. India’s secular liberals are fighting on the wrong side of history.

When Sagarika Ghose gave Dr. Kalam a lecture on “tolerance”

Quick question : If you had a chance to meet Dr. Kalam, what would you do?

I would try to learn something from him. Even if I don’t understand the details of technology, I would try to learn from his life, his zeal, his hard work and dedication. I like to believe that most of the country would say pretty much the same. There are a million things we can learn from him.

But then, there is Lutyens’ Delhi and there is the rest of the country. No sir, the denizens of Lutyens’ Delhi have nothing to learn from Dr. Kalam. Instead, they arrogantly offer to teach him stuff.

What would the denizens of Lutyens’ Delhi teach Dr. Kalam? About “tolerance” of course.

Enter elite journalist Sagarika Ghose. With the Presidential election around the corner, this seems like the right time to read again her epoch making 2002 article in the Hindustan Times. Well, to be fair, Rajdeep and Sagarika produced several gems of journalism during and about 2002, but if there is one that should win Sagarika Ghose a perch of immortality, this one should be it.

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Again, let me ask you this : if you met Dr. Kalam, how would you address the great man? Probably with a  humble “Sir” or maybe even “Respected Sir”. But as Sagarika Ghose mocks us, we are just members of the “Great Indian Public”, with all our silly reverence for knowledge. She is not one of us and I am sure she sees it as a great honor. So, she calls him “Bomb Daddy”.

Why should the Great Indian Public be thrilled about Bomb Daddy? Elite journos on the other hand, only get excited about truly worthy people (tweet compilation by Mediacrooks)

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Ms. Sagarika Ghose then proceeds to give Dr. Kalam a real scolding about the supposedly VIP treatment that she thinks atomic scientists receive. In doing so, she also makes some truly puzzling allegations against Indians in general for …. umm, er … loving science! Apparently, it has something to do with all of the following : (1) Casteism (2) Sexism (3) Hindu fundamentalism.

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Don’t tell me to make sense of this extract. I didn’t write that article. She did.

But I guess she has some kind of problem with atomic scientists leading “pampered lives” where they are ferried back and forth to spotless labs. Supposedly, it makes them “loftily distant from the dirty masses”.

On the other hand, in this picture below you can see an elite journalist toiling at the grassroots, far from the lofty lifestyle of atomic scientists.

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Perhaps she wants the government to stop “pampering” atomic scientists. The government could use the money  to ferry elite journalists back and forth in the Prime Minister’s official aircraft.

Next come a bunch of sentences that I never thought any rational person would write in his/her lifetime.

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Science is compatible.. even “particularly compatible” with religious fundamentalism? Science creates an “orthodox and extremist mentality”?

What? If you really love your “humanities” subjects so much, at least read them. Throughout history, science has not created orthodoxy, science has always demolished it! Read history or at least use some common sense.

And then, a reminder to all science enthusiasts out there that Osama bin Laden studied engineering. I guess terror finally has a religion to which it can be successfully linked. It’s not called Islam, but science and engineering…

The article comes to an end with a stern warning to Dr. Kalam about the importance of “tolerance”. I guess she is saying that Lutyens is ready to make peace with Dr. Kalam as long as Bomb Daddy promises to be a good boy and not turn into another Osama bin Laden!

Folks, the reason for reading this old article is not the comic value. Nor the embarrassment that it would cause today to elite journalists. It is to remind the Great Indian Public what your brain looks like on liberalism. Don’t do liberalism or you will become intoxicated like “Udta Lutyens”. Liberalism di maa di … 

 

The Congress’ War on Freedom : Ten years of Emergency you never heard about – II

This is a continuation of yesterday’s post.

(5) The Second Emergency (1971 — 75)

Earlier, we talked about how the Congress party managed to convert a one month war into a five year emergency starting in 1962. However, Indira / India Gandhi realized she could do much better, turning a two week war with Pakistan into five years of Emergency. Well, clearly the plan was to have an emergency that stretched forever; it is just that she lost out in her 1977 gamble.

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The war came and went in just 2 weeks of December. But the Emergency that was declared on December 3, 1971 continued. But India / Indira Gandhi decided to make us surrender our Fundamental Rights in Nov-Dec, 1974, almost three full years after Pakistan surrendered in Dec, 1971.

The purpose of this action in 1974 was of course to protect the nation during the war of 1971, just in case Pakistan managed to get their time machine working.

So these rights just had to go: 

So, Article 14 of the Constitution which grants Right to Equality under the law … gone!

So, Article 22 of the Constitution which gives protection from arrest and detentions … gone!

And of course Article 21 of the Constitution which grants “Right to Life”, including the Right not to be executed without a trial … clean bowled! 

And in case you forgot, the rights under Article 19 (Free speech) were automatically retired hurt to the pavilion the moment Emergency was declared in 1971. It saved them the trouble of having to issue a separate declaration removing the freedom of speech. 

No equality under law, no protection from arrest and detention, no free speech and no right to a trial before getting executed by the state. Remember that this was the situation before the infamous Emergency of June 1975 began. This was the prevailing legal situation when India / Indira Gandhi ji realized that this was still too much freedom and it was time to crack the whip.

(6) The Third Emergency (1975 — 77)

This was supposed to be the final fall of the guillotine on freedom in India. As bad as the already existing emergency of 1971 was, Indira / India Gandhi decided to impose another even more stringent emergency in June 1975.

Things moved swiftly:

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Remember the earlier order of 1974 destroying the protection of Articles 14, 21 and 22? That was too soft, because those orders applied only to individuals arrested under certain laws related to national security. The 1975 order was “unconditional”, i.e., the protections under Article 14, 21 and 22 were no longer available to anyone no matter which law he/she happened to have been arrested under.

And for good measure, the government decided to amend the already draconian MISA act to add a new Section 16-A, which said that the government no longer needed to even disclose the grounds on which someone has been arrested.

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But even that was not enough. Remember the First Amendment of 1951 which created a new Ninth Schedule in the Constitution? The magic power of the Ninth Schedule created by Nehru was that any law placed in there would be immune from all judicial review. This family jewel that had been handed down from father to daughter was now pressed into service.

India / Indira Gandhi then moved the 39th Amendment (1975) to the Constitution. The MISA Act was now placed within the Ninth Schedule, making it immune to all legal challenge. In fact, the “Statement of Objects and Reasons” in the 39th Amendment makes for absolutely captivating reading.

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That’s right : The President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Speaker are holders of “high offices” and because they hold “high offices”,  they are not answerable to courts for anything done while in office in the exercise of their powers. Reads like a death warrant of democracy, doesn’t it?

The last few loopholes of freedom left in the country were plugged by the 42nd Amendment Act, 1976 which by far is the most infamous of all. It is generally well known that this Act gave Parliament unrestrained power to amend the Constitution on any whim or fancy.  It also protected these Constitutional Amendments from being challenged in courts. But one of the lesser known and more amusing parts of the 42nd Amendment is the following :

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Indeed, members of legislatures would no longer be disqualified by courts on the basis of holding “offices of profit”. Only Parliament can decide what is an “office of profit”. While taking over political power, no fascist organization ever forgets to make sure that their members are turning a profit at the expense of the people.  It’s not just about power. It is also always about money. 

This article has already gone on long enough, so I will briefly summarize my objectives here:

You know, court poet historians today will tell you that the Emergency of 1975 was some kind of a one-time mistake that the Congress and Indira Gandhi made. As if the Congress was driving down the highway of freedom, but suddenly made one wrong turn.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. It was a planned and very systematic offensive that began right with the Preventive Detention Act of February 1950. The Emergency of June 1975 was merely the culmination of a twenty five year war effort. It became a Waterloo for them.

Further, many independent nations of Asia and Africa that were born in the wave of decolonization after World War 2 succumbed to fascist takeovers within a few decades. They were poor nations just like us. The Congress party thought they could do the same with India. To the eternal credit of the Indian people, we resisted successfully.  That’s where our liberty came from.

When the British were building North Block in Lutyens’ Delhi back in the 1930s, they inscribed on a high doorway these words full of contempt:

Liberty will not descend to a people. A people must raise themselves to liberty. It is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.”

Don’t let any court poet historian tell you that our liberties descended from above, as a gift either from the British or from the Gandhis. We the people lifted ourselves up to our liberty that we have today.

Jai Hind!

The Congress’ war on freedom : Ten years of Emergency you never heard about – I

If you had your school education in India, you must have been fed every single detail (real and imaginary) about the role of the Congress party in attaining freedom for India. However, chances are that you have been told little or nothing about the Congress party’s war on freedom that they fought in earnest starting from 1950. Since this is the week that leads up to June 25, the anniversary of Madam India / Indira Gandhi declaring Emergency, it seems like a good time to tell this story.

Since the Congress’ War on Freedom was a long and protracted conflict, I have tried to break it down into a series of steps. Please keep in mind though that I am neither a historian nor a legal scholar, so there might be several others steps that I don’t know about. I apologize in advance for any such omissions.

(1) The war begins : Preventive Detention Act (1950) 

The Constitution came into force on Jan 26, 1950, officially making Indian a sovereign republic.

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“Preventive Detention” meant that people could now be picked up by the state and thrown into jail if the government was satisfied that they might commit certain crimes.

My favorite thing here is how prompt Nehru was in passing this Act on Feb 25, 1950, giving a middle finger to individual freedom within a month of the Constitution coming into force. What a rocking start for Indian democracy under the guidance of the Dear Leader…

Also to be noted is that the Act was initially to remain in force for just one year. At the end of the year, the ruling party wanted more and more and the act just kept getting extended over and over all the way till December 31, 1969 (and it was made permanent in a new form after that : we’ll get to it later) . From one year to twenty years. Power once taken from the people is not easily returned.

(2) Free Speech dies quickly : First Amendment Act, 1951.

During the period 1949-50, the Indian judiciary delivered two significant whacks to the Congress Party’s censorship initiative. The first involved a Delhi government bid to gag the RSS mouthpiece Organiser. The other was related to a Madras government bid to gag the Communist inclined magazine called ‘Crossroads’.

Within a week of losing in court, Home Minister Sardar Patel complained bitterly to Nehru, saying that the ruling:

knocks the bottom out of most of our penal laws for the control and regulation of the press.

Yeah! No kidding! [Insert ironic laugh here]

Again, the Congress party wasted no time. They decided that enough was enough and it was time for India’s young constitution to see its first ever amendment.

The First Amendment did the following two things, both essential steps in the War on Freedom.

(a) First, it imposed “reasonable restrictions” on free speech. The government now gave itself sweeping powers to curtail speech on the grounds of preserving “public order, decency or morality”. The moral police became the official police, with the full backing of the government.

The super highway of freedom was now reserved for the state and its preferred notion of “decency and morality”. The people were relegated to the sidewalk with its “reasonable restrictions”.

If it is any consolation, I assure you that Free Speech died a quick and painless death after only one year of the Republic. It didn’t have to suffer too much.

(b) The second part thing that the Amendment did was more mischievous. The Amendment added a new Schedule to the Constitution : the Ninth Schedule.

The Ninth Schedule was like a charmed coat of armor protecting a mythological hero. Any law that the government decided to put inside this newly created Ninth Schedule would no longer be subject to judicial review (Article 31-B).

Feel like doing something unconstitutional? Just gift wrap it and put it inside the Ninth Schedule. It will magically get immunity from all legal challenges. Clever, no?

We will see later how this gem of legislation was passed down the family from father to daughter and came in really handy in 1976.

Fun Fact: In a landmark judgement, a nine judge bench of the Supreme Court decided in 2007 to remove such blanket immunity for stuff placed in the Ninth Schedule. 

(3) The First Emergency (1962 — 1968) 

Well, we can’t hold this one against them, right? After all, you would need some emergency powers during the five year period of the Indo-China war from Oct 1962 to Jan 1968.

Wait, what? A five year war between India and China? When did that happen?

Never.

The Indo-China conflict lasted about a month. But the Congress used it to impose a five year emergency. Maybe they just conveniently forgot to give us back our Fundamental Rights.

It is perhaps important to explain here what exactly happens to our rights during an Emergency. The Emergency powers of the government are mostly described in Articles 358 and 359 of the Constitution.

(a) Article 358 suspends all Fundamental Rights contained in Article 19 (Free Speech, Freedom of the press, Freedom of peaceful Assembly, Freedom to move freely throughout India, etc.) This comes into force automatically when the Emergency is imposed. The mute button on free speech is pressed automatically with no need for a separate declaration.

(b) Article 359 gives the President the power to issue declarations suspending the right to move the courts for enforcement of Fundamental Rights. This means that these rights are not automatically suspended when Emergency is proclaimed. The President must give explicit orders to suspend these rights.

It should be noted that the Emergency Articles 358 and 359 were substantially weakened after the 44th Amendment Act, 1978. What I have described above is the law as it used to be when Nehru imposed the Emergency in the 1960s and when Indira / India Gandhi imposed it in the early 1970s.

Five years of emergency for a one month war. So much for liberty! 

(4) Maintenance of Internal Security Act (1971) 

Remember how the Preventive Detention Act (PDA) of 1950 was allowed to expire in December 1969? Now why would Indira / India Gandhi let go of such delicious power?

The answer lies in the fact that the PDA (1950) had one very annoying provision : it was temporary. Every few years, the legislature would have to go through the exertion of having to renew it. Although the original act which was intended for just one year had no trouble getting renewed for twenty years, such exercises that are even of cosmetic value to democracy have no place in India / Indira Gandhi’s scheme of things.

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Now we are talking! Ye hui na baat!

The Preventive Detention Act was now enacted as a permanent statute in the form of the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA).

Atal Behari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, Devi Lal, George Fernandes and Lalu Yadav are some of the big names that were arrested under MISA.

It should be noted that the MISA had nothing to do with the Indo Pak war of 1971. The MISA was passed in July of 1971 as a permanent statute, whereas the Indo Pak war happened in December of 1971.

 

The ground had been fully prepared. Two decades after 1950, it was time for Indian democracy to die.  Only the final blow was left. In the title of this post, I mentioned TEN years of Emergency. We have only yet accounted for FIVE. We’ll talk about the other FIVE years tomorrow. And that of course is the juiciest part. Thanks for reading 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

It’s always open season for Hinduphobia

So my Facebook feed tells me it’s “Father’s Day”.

Well, I am old enough now to be cynical about these things but I don’t want to spoil anybody’s fun. If people want to spend a day feeling warm and fuzzy about how much their dads have done for them, no harm done. I will even play along..

In fact, here’s TWO wonderful things my dad taught me that I remember every moment of my life.

(1) There is nothing free in this world.

(2) Nothing is ever accomplished by brute force; you have to use your mind.

Makes me feel warm and fuzzy! Thanks dad! I guess I am not cynical after all; and I am really happy about that.

But guess what? Inside the mind of every elite journo there is a little microprocessor that is capable of taking pretty much anything and turning it into an occasion for Hinduphobia. Because when it comes to hating Hindus, it is always open season.

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Who knew that even something as simple and innocuous as “Fathers’ Day” could turn into a vehicle for insulting Hindus?

I wonder who would like to have a dad like the one Jesus had. His father abandoned him even before birth and then got him killed in an extremely cruel way for the sins of others! That’s just horrific. 

I wonder if India Today would have the balls to point that out.

But, I can better that one.

You know the kind of dad I would NEVER want? Here, read this.

 

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Yeah, I would never want a dad who swears “unwavering loyalty to Mussolini”.

What do you think, India Today? Dare to write about this one?

 

Culture wars : Why Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Indu Sarkar” is a watershed moment

In my life I have challenged multiple people to show me ONE … just ONE article anywhere in the media whose main objective is to criticize Sonia Gandhi. I am still waiting.

It’s this vice like grip that the dynasty has over our national discourse. Our school textbooks, our media, our education system have all trained us to treat the Dynasty as above us all. And we do this almost without thinking.

You are probably asking : but what about Rahul Gandhi? There does not seem to be any taboo around criticizing him. Indeed, there does not seem to be any end to the jokes around “Pappu”.

Yes, indeed. The collapse of the “Dynasty taboo” when it came to Rahul Gandhi is a story of technology and democracy coming together at just the right moment.

Go back and think about the UPA years and the massive image building exercise that was mounted in favor of Rahul Gandhi. This kicked into even higher gear after 2009, when Rahul obtained his first and only electoral success ever : winning 22/80 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Now 22/80 is nothing by BJP’s standards (Vajpayee-Advani scored 50+ multiple times, let alone Modi’s 73) but it was enough for the Dynasty’s slaves in the media to sing praises of the Shehzada.

Unfortunately for Rahul, this PR exercise was tried at the exact point when social media was taking  wings in India. Between the Shehzada and the social media, only one could come of age. By the time Modi began his 2013 campaign, the jibes that he threw at Rahul Gandhi were only the culmination of years of ground work laid in the social media.

I personally believe that the Rahul image building initiative might have been the biggest failed PR campaign in Indian history. And social media did it. It’s the reason that elite reporters can speak fondly of everyone … from mafia don Shahabuddin to Naxal terrorists… but they can never say something nice about social media.

The elite media will never forgive the social media for what the latter did to the former’s Rahul zindabad campaign.

But the elders in the Dynasty escaped such democratic fury of the masses. Those who got to write history were all court poets appointed by the Dynasty. How else do you explain fantastic claims like these from “eminent historians”?

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Of course. Pick Ram Guha’s brain enough and you will discover that even the holocaust happened because of the Ayodhya dispute. Not to mention Jallianwalla Bagh and the great famines in Bengal and the Deccan under British rule.

Under no circumstances blame Nehru. No, there is no way Nehru’s failed diplomatic moves have anything to do with problems in Kashmir. So what if Nehru failed to prevent the partition of India? So what if Nehru failed to even manage the partition once it was decided … which resulted in 3 million people dying!

Nehru makes a deal and 3 million lives are lost under his watch. No way we could blame the Dear Leader, right?

In our national view, Nehru remains forever the peerless diplomat. He just got the negotiations wrong with the British and with Jinnah which cost us the unity of our country. Then, Nehru got a little unlucky in negotiations with Pakistan due to which thousands of our soldiers are dying even today in Kashmir. Also Nehru got it a little wrong with “Hindi Chini bhai bhai” in 1962. Not to mention that Nehru got us to sign up with the Soviets, putting us on the wrong side of history. If you choose to be technically correct, you must say that Nehru led the “Non-Aligned Movement”, which is perhaps the only organization that was a bigger joke than the Soviet Union.

But on the good side, Nehru spoke great English. He won lots and lots of praise from white people.

Don’t let these tiny mistakes meddle with our image of Nehru as a great visionary. So what if he said that the Soviet Union is the “hope of humanity”? He’s still a great visionary… who just happened to see the wrong visions.

We are conditioned to worship Nehru. He is the “Dear Chacha” after all.

Which is why Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Indu sarkar” is a big deal. Here is the trailer that openly invites to Indians to witness a “black chapter in history”; that of the Emergency?

And no sooner had the trailer come out, showing a despotic Indira Gandhi and an out of control Sanjay determined to rule India with the “chabuk” (whip), did the whining begin. Congratulations Kaveree Bamzai, you are the first to jump.

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As and when the Dynasty comes back to power, I am sure you will be first in line to collect your reward.

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Have you noticed how liberals are fond of throwing around the term “undeclared Emergency” but wince at every mention of the actual Emergency?

Because they don’t want to talk about the actual Emergency where people were actually rounded up and thrown in jail. That would be “communal”. They want to talk about this “emergency” right now… you know the one where you can call the Prime Minister every name in the book and still nothing happens to you.

The question is not why Madhur Bhandarkar is making a movie on the Emergency, the question is why a ton of movies haven’t already been made about the Emergency.

Indeed, why can’t people just stop discussing the Emergency of 1975 and focus on what Golwalkar said about Hitler in the 1930s? That’s a much more convenient conversation for enlightened liberals. Unless you also happen to bring up the fact that Nehru was praising the Soviets right around the time the RSS was praising Nazis.

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But then, what are the chances of someone bringing that up? The academic court poets made sure no one heard about the latter. Until this pesky social media thing came along and now suddenly it’s like the intellectuals can’t even get away with blaming the Kashmir problems on the Ayodhya dispute… What a tragedy.

 

1993 Mumbai serial blasts: Twenty four years to a conviction!

Earlier this week, I wrote an article about the mounting terror attacks in Europe. I spoke of my memories of the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai and how we used to think that we are a soft state. I wrote about how we used to believe that Western countries would always take revenge if attacked.

And then I mocked the countries of Europe for proving numb to Islamic terror. I even suspected that they might have snatched the crown of dhimmitude from us Indians.

Perhaps I spoke too soon. How else do you explain this?

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Twenty four years to a conviction!!!

Honestly, I had forgotten names like Abu Salem…

By the way, looking at the names today : Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Riyaz Siddiqui… I was wondering if any of these people are Gau Rakshaks. What do you folks think?

And mind you, this is only a first conviction for them. There’s any number of appeal levels left over in higher courts. So, if you are hoping for any of these terrorists to be actually hanged… chances are that we will die before any of theses scumbags finds its neck on the business end of the hangman’s noose.

And remember… if these people hang, India’s top newspapers will come out with headlines like “And they hanged …”

Europe is trying its best to commit suicide through multiculturalism and Muslim appeasement. But it seems that we Indians won’t give up the crown of dhimmitude so easily. We have owned this crown for 1000 years. We are not giving it up without a fight.

 

Can Yogi raj be a model of accountable governance?

Technically, Yogi Aditynath is Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for a very comfortable five year term with his over 3/4th majority in the Vidhan Sabha.

In reality, he only has a first term of 2 years in which to show himself as a vote winner for the do or die battle of 2019.

It is in these 2 years that he has to rescue Uttar Pradesh from being a BIMARU state, all the time keeping intact the Hindu votebank of 40% that was created in 2014 and nurtured for 3 full years by Modi and Shah. In fact, they will probably need to add 4-5% at a bare minimum to have a hope against the Mahagathbandhan of SP+BSP+Cong.

Both a blessing and a curse. After all, Hindutva + Development was always the real Modi plank. And the idea goes beyond Modi. I am sure most of the online right wing will agree with me here : when we say “Hindu Rashtra”, we think about a highly developed modern nation that takes great pride in its ancient heritage. The model for us is a country like Israel or Japan.

Today I thought we’d talk about something positive. So, I was thrilled when UP’s Deputy Chief Minister released the following document, detailing the status of road repairs since the BJP government came to power in March.

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Some time ago, Yogi Adityanath had made a public promise : to make the roads of Uttar Pradesh free of potholes by a deadline of June 15. I remember this one very distinctly, in part because of this hilarious event that went along with it.

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Apparently, some idiot reporter from ToI ended up translating “Gaddha mukt Uttar Pradesh” as “Donkey free Uttar Pradesh”. Clearly, the reporter did not understand basic Hindi : nothing wrong with that… except that an allegedly respectable media house sent such a person to cover Uttar Pradesh! And once ToI carried the story about a “donkey free Uttar Pradesh”, other media monkeys jumped to “report” the same…with some propaganda houses even using the fake news to take a dig at the BJP and cows! Monkey see, monkey do…

Anyways, coming back to the data released by the UP government today, we see that 1,21,034 km of potholed roads had been identified, of which 76,356 km has been made pothole free, which is 63% of the total. The best performer here is the PWD, which has successfully repaired some 70,000 km of the 85,000 km of potholed roads under its supervision, achieving 82% completion rate.

Now, 63% and even 82% is pretty far from 100%, but the government setting such a tough deadline and then sharing such data openly is a remarkable step towards accountable governance. We all knew that you can’t really remove all potholes in Uttar Pradesh in just 75 days. But such has been the standard of governance in our country that it comes as a pleasant surprise that the government would actually remember to release the data when the deadline comes around … and would actually finish 63% of the task.

We in India have grown up with such low expectations of our governments that we would normally project only 5% of the work to be completed; with a scam to boot.

If Yogi can whip the lethargic machinery of Uttar Pradesh into top gear within 2 years, the BJP may just be able to stave off the challenge in 2019. As on date, 2019 is about 63% won.