AAP and the death of hope

The so-called “office of profit” case is in the news again, now that EC has ruled and sent its recommendation to the President. But this article is not just about that. The ramifications of the case, the definition of the phrase “office of profit”, the what-about-ery used to justify it has been amply covered by the mainstream media.

This is about the death of hope.

Does anyone even care to remember the DNA of the initial seeds sown by Anna Hazare which led to AAP? Do we recall they were not launching yet another party? Do we recall how starry eyed bankers, corporate executives, middle class Indians fed up with the corruption jumped in to the arena, not to become MLAs or MPs & get into offices of profit, but to seek change, make a new India? They even donated sums, which even by their net worth standards were not small?

These are the people that often travel abroad or even live there, and see how Indians fare when they work in a system that nurtures talent, not rent seeking or corrupt? One that is well known for incompetence, luddite policies and slothful bureaucracy. Which is precisely what the self serving ecosystem built by corrupt dynasties was. It was holding back India, denying her its well deserved position and they knew it.

They were like doctors, medicine ready in hand watching their patient die a slow death. They broke their invisible shackles, the inertia of lethargy, indifference and typical Hindu “that’s fate” attitude, and said in unison “let’s do it!”.

Do we remember Facebook groups, blogs and other social media platforms sprung up like mushrooms all over the world, from Singapore to London? Hardly any were funded or choreographed centrally. Almost all were started by genuine, patriotic young Indians who finally saw hope.

They even viciously trolled Modi & BJP (both of whom they respected by and large). This writer even had pro Modi friends, from Gujarat(!),  that turned pro-AAP with the passion that will put Seventh day Adventist and other radical evangelists to shame.

All because they felt another product that is even better has come into the market. A product that is an end to all worries, a magic bullet.

It is that hope that is dead.

But it didn’t die a sudden death. In India as well as elsewhere, we consider such deaths “blessed” even something to hope and pray for.

But it died a slow and horrible death, each event and non-event plunging a dagger at a different spot in the body and soul of the passionate “AAPtards” causing more bleeding and more pain.

Let us list some of those daggers

The total lack of interest in LokPal bill or prosecuting Sheila Dixit who he promised to put in jail was the first blow.

The elaborate drama of resignation, street dharna, sleeping on the platform, threats to stop Republic Day celebrations etc made many wince but they felt that was OK, just tactics that he had to use.

It was amply clear right from day 1 Kejriwal wanted nothing short of the PM chair and wanted it not for his ideals but for himself. His bizarre decision to take on Modi in Varanasi instead of working for it sincerely and step by step in a mature way was the first

The sacking and Stalinist purge of not just Prashanth Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav but many others, in fact almost the entire founding group  including its so-called ombudsman simply because they were not willing to be subservient to the increasingly wild personal ambitions of Kejriwal was one big dagger. Remember, these people were not purged for lack of ideals or commitment to the original cause.

The naked embrace of Wahhabi fanatics, jihadi mullahs that called for the death of Tasleema Nasreen in the name of competitive “secularism” was a dagger too.

The constant vicious personal attacks on Modi, the 100% focus on the PM chair and the open message Kejriwal was sending out that he was uninterested in “distraction” – governance of Delhi, until and unless he gets to be PM was a HUGE blow.

We could go on and on. The sidelining of Kumar Vishvas, once again not because of his lack of commitment to the core cause but for not being another Asutosh ready to lick Kejriwal’s boots comes to mind.

All of these turned off the original backers, the committed, passionate “believers” who were dropping off like leaves from a tree in autumn.

And now we have this “office of profit” case.

It is a no-brainer that the entire scheme or scam if you were to be more vicious, was meant to reward. Had he at least justified it saying “Yes, we did it, so we don’t have to extract bribes” that would have at least been manly and wise. But his resort to typical politicians’ tactics of blaming the EC, arguing over whether its indeed an office of profit etc., clearly show Kejriwal is no different from any other.

So the hope is dead and can be buried or cremated. Perhaps our corrupt yellow media has realised it, having lost hopes of finding an alternate source of envelopes and power. They have now gone back to asli-janeudhari Pandit Rahul Gandhi as their sole hope!

 

Donald Trump tweet on Pakistan – hold back the champagne

It was just a tweet – about 50 words but it literally caused a mini earthquake in India and Pakistan. Here is a President saying the exact truth without any diplomatese. But that has always been his style and character.

But if India and Indians are sensible, everyone starting from the Government of Narendra Modi to ordinary Indians raving and ranting in forums and twitter should hold back the champagne bottle. It is too early.

Let us look at some specifics re the run up to this tweet.

  1. It is no big secret that Pakistan has been double crossing United States for decades now. Ground level commanders, senior Army generals, CIA heads, Defence secretaries and so many analysts and strategic experts of all shades have said exactly this for years. Even Hillary Clinton’s famous snake in backyard remark is well known.
  2. Yet US governments, over years, kept pumping funds into Pakistan, essentially funding terror against their own soldiers and citizens as well those of allies including Afghanistan and India, to the tune of $33b. We know the count.
  3. The excuse was that Pakistan was necessary for supply routes and the China factor. Pakistan learnt to perfect this form of blackmail to a fine art and learnt to issue statements that will immediately set cash registers ringing with new aid. Its ministers even openly “threaten” to go with the Russians or Chinese.
  4. If “liberal” governments are in power this blackmail took on other forms – “Apre moi la deluge” theme where essentially Pakistan puts a gun to its own head and blackmails the POTUS for funds to spend on terror. Even this was well known but no one dared to say “be my guest, go ahead and fire the bullet”. Of course, Pakistan would never try this trick with a conservative President.

So have things really changed?

No doubt Trump is a very different President with very different ideas on how to use the power of the seat to get things done. He owes nothing to no one and is his own man. Unlike other career politicians, he has been remarkably consistent for decades on most core aspects of his policy as well as personality. His 18 year old interview on North Korea which he recently re-tweeted is just one such case in point.

Yet it pays to be cautious.

For one, Trump’s mercurial personality can cut both ways. Once again the China-NK tweets offer clues. After blowing hot on China, he immediately went soft, without getting anything in return other than empty words.

Secondly, Pakistan has been there, done that. It knows how to work the system.

The only difference is now we have Modi in control and he is not going to give any room for Pakistan to wiggle from Indian perspective – the pressure will be on. A left controlled UPA by now would be shedding tears for its long lost brother and rush to its rescue.

We have to look for clear, incontrovertible evidence of ACTION not just words. If Trump says “It’s only words, and words are all I have”, we should be ready not to give our hearts away.

The action can take many forms

  1. Best of course, is a clear military deadline to the generals. The “bomb back to stone age” threat of Bush administration shortly after the 9/11 incident type. And a few bombs to be sure it is heard and understood.
  2. Hold back aid beyond the peanuts $255 million that is being bandied about.
  3. Firm message to China to stay clear and not queer the pitch or face other actions.
  4. Strong ground action in the Af-Pak border that puts some teeth to the words
  5. Actively work with India and Iran perhaps, on Plan B.

We will watch the space with considerable interest but equal measure of skepticism.

Special note addendum:

The “fall in China’s lap” blackmail

As we noted earlier, Pakistan, over the years has perfected the art of blackmailing Uncle Sam. One such technique is the threat to “fall in China’s lap”. This is often used as excuse by pro-Pak establishment shills within and outside USA to write even bigger cheques without asking for value in return.

This if fake. Pakistan is already in China’s lap. Only Uncle Sam was paying the bills! That’s taking art of cuckolding to Jupiter’s escape velocity, as Pandit Rahul Gandhi might put it!

Perhaps when China is asked to pay the bills, which is known to be extremely reluctant to do, calculators will be out and new approaches emerge.  Can’t be any worse than what it already is, at least for India.

 

 

 

 

 

Where is Kejriwal?

We are talking about this “Yugpurush” that came in a white horse, the all conquering hero ready to purge India of all its warts and diseases and turn it into another Japan in a few years.

Yugpurush Version 1.0

Three strikes, you are out is an American phrase. But looks as if Kejriwal needed only two slaps to disappear completely.

If you recall, after hijacking the IAC movement and leveraging it to achieve the good show in Delhi assembly shortly before the 2014 elections, he was openly dreaming of becoming Prime Minister, winning 100+ seats, jailing Sheila Dikshit, contesting in Varanasi, going there by 2nd class train with lot of drama (returning quietly by plane & flying to Dubai on biz class) and so on.  In this he was aided by the corrupt Lutyens yellow media who saw new sources of envelopes opening up. Hail the new Yugpurush!

The May 2014 verdict gave the first big slap. AAP turned out to be a good source of “deposits” for the election commission.

Then he enacted a huge drama of apology and penance which Delhi voters foolishly believed and gave him a record mandate.

But the first slap was quickly forgotten and he was back in form. Like the sewage that flows constantly in the Cooum river in Chennai, his potty mouth was putting out non-stop insults, tweets, snide remarks, reckless attacks, brazen lies, sensational allegations backed with zero facts, tabloid style half truths and crude propaganda directed this time not at Dikshit (who is very much free with not even one case registered) but Narendra Modi!

Yugpurush Version 2.0 has arrived!

This time too, the yellow media was still behind him. But doubts had started creeping in.

In the meantime, he lost most of his original team disgusted by his naked ambition, megalomania, greed, personality cult, arrogance, intolerance to dissent, cultivation of crude sycophants like Asutosh and Somnath Bharti, hypocrisy, seedy fund raising methods as well as equally inept governance.  The prominent “list of donors” published in AAP website and advertised loudly as proof of his politics with difference was quietly taken down for “maintenance” where it has remained ever since! Allegations of seat “sale” in Punjab and elsewhere surfaced. In other words “same difference”

Leaving governance in Delhi to his lackeys and sycophants, not burdening himself with any portfolio (much like Rahul Gandhi) Kejriwal roamed India chasing a bigger target – the chair of PM. Any and every incident was exploited to the hilt with a quick visit to ground zero. Be it in Hyderabad for Rohit Vemula or nearby states. Even foreign policy was not spared.

Huge amount of money from Delhi state coffers was spent building a national image for the Yugpurush, putting out ads in far away states. Perhaps no other Chief minister spent so much personal time on agendas and issues outside his state ignoring the backyard. Not even the equally anarchist Mamata Banerjee.

As if this anarchist politics was not enough, it was supplemented with bizarre luddite attacks on voting machines, strange for a party that supposedly has Indian youth and educated middle class as its “core constituency”.  He was no different from Laloo & Tejaswi!

The usual Congress tricks of flirting with jihadism, Wahabbi fanaticism in the name of secular politics was tried too. Even Khalistani terrorists were courted openly.

Throughout all this, Narendra Modi wisely kept quiet, not even bothering to reply to his daily taunts and insults. Like the proverbial dog barking at the moon, Kejriwal carried on, unmoved. And the public was getting tired.

The second slap!

Punjab and Goa results, along with Delhi civic polls, delivered yet another HUGE slap. So confident was Kejriwal with his own narratives amplified by the echo chamber of sycophants and corrupt media liars, self congratulatory posters were put up in Goa “thanking” people for voting AAP to power!

Results, to put it mildly, were somewhat different! Once again, AAP funded Indian elections with lost deposits!

That seems to have done the trick!

Now he has gone completely underground, keeping unusually quiet and not commenting on all and sundry matters. More importantly, he is not attacking Modi on daily basis.

So there is a new version out in the market.

Will Version 3.0 work?

Problem is, the launch of this version in the market coincides with Lutyens media and the left “intellectual” ecosystem deciding to place its bets on newly re-packaged and re-launched 100% janeudhari Pandit Rahul Gandhi (Version 4 or 5) as its hopes for 2019! This is only to be expected because most of them are upper caste/class elite whose hearts bleed and lips mouth homilies to the “sub-altern” in between sips of Chianti and single Malt in some five start hotel or Lit-Fest.

Evidently it seems the Congress capacity to support these charlatans, let them leech on state resources and lead comfortable farmhouse lifestyles, supplemented with donations from evangelist West to fund wine bottles & scholarships is far higher than AAPs.

So now Kejriwal faces not one but two rivals! He can’t use the corruption weapon against Modi nor the “icon of youth, secular” marketing tricks on Rahul.

And it does look as if the door to 2019 is closing tightly shut. Given Rahul is about the same age and presumably in better health, compared to the diabetic Kejriwal who often disappears to Bangalore for “vipasana treatment”, one cannot even be sure of 2024 and beyond even if Modi were to lose 2019.

There ends the sad story of Yugpurush Arvind Kejriwal. Unless he has some tricks up his sleeve or our beloved Pandit v5 turns out to be yet another damp squib and Modi screws up even worse. That’s a lot of ifs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modi, BJP and the Muslim vote

TL;DR

Are we seeing clear signs of Modi’s “Muslim outreach” plan? One that can serve BJP well in 2019 and beyond?

The landscape

Even supporters of Con-left ecosystem that have some objectivity and integrity left in them acknowledge (once in a while) that Muslims have been treated as vote bank, used and thrown, and not given their due share by the so-called secular parties.

Any remaining doubts should have been set to rest after “Pandit” Rahul Gandhi’s temple runs, proud claims of sacred thread wearing Brahmin identity and careful avoidance of Muslim localities, votes and issues during his Gujarat campaign! All quietly cheered even openly supported by our “progressive” cabal that waits for returns on their investments in 2019.

BJP, say what you may want, has at least avoided hypocrisy of this sort. But is that enough?

We strongly believe BJP should find ways to engage the Muslims in honest, sincere ways without in any ways giving up its core “Hindutva” ideology. Which we hear repeatedly is not anti-Muslim by definition! Isn’t it time that is proved beyond doubt? Why?

Why Muslims matter

  1. Because it is the right thing to be fair and just – India is for everyone.
  2. Because they are a substantial minority and India can never prosper as a whole without taking them along.
  3. Because they are not anti-Hindu as a group nor do they practice aggressive proselytism.
  4. Whatever little foreign funding they receive is mostly for internal religious matters not “marketing budgets” spent on fraud NGOs and anti-Hindu venom, unlike evangelist West’s dollars. Yes we know some of it is for fanatic ideologies and violence. But Saudi Arabia and Middle East is running out of money & ideological passion to carry on much longer.
  5. Because they can be a powerful bridge connecting us to the so-called Ummah where ordinary people are tired of violence and looking for inspiration and leadership. India is culturally, historically, economically best placed to be the one. China can never be. West is deeply hated. This has HUGE economic implications as well.
  6. Closer to home, if India were to have a half of chance of breaking terrorist state of Pakistan apart again, helping brutally oppressed Baloch brothers gain independence and perhaps the Pashtuns too, strengthen alliance with Afghans etc., there is no way this can be done even as we are seen as anti-Muslim.
  7. Most of them are not proud of the atrocities of the past and do not identify themselves with Aurangzeb or Khilji. Leave that to our left “liberals”. They don’t even care if another temple is built in Ayodhya.
  8. Be it in arts, sports, culture, music, science or anything, their contribution to India is invaluable and will remain so. It would be senseless to deny this.
  9. Regardless of rabid taunts of “go to Pakistan” they have nowhere to go. Unlike Pakistanis with wet dream of being purer than pure Arabs (occasionally claiming Persian or Turkish heritage much to amusement and derision of genuine Arabs, Turks and Persians), Indian Muslims remain proudly Indian. Pakistan is busting at the seams, treats its Mohajirs like dirt. Middle East be it ISIS or equally fanatic Saudi/UAE/Kuwait treat sub-continental Muslims worse than blacks under apartheid.  Thanks to terror, West too doesn’t want them.
  10. Hindus too don’t have any sensible, practical, workable plans of wishing them away. Sorry for being blunt! Forget the rabble rouser Singhanias and their wet dreams. We don’t even want to get into the morality, legality and practicality of implementing one, even if there is!
  11. And lastly because they can and will matter if BJP wants to be in power for 40-50 years like INC.

So far BJP has been incoherent, dysfunctional and ham handed in dealing with this entire matter.

We have had top leaders coming out with goody goody statements and homilies (promptly blacked out by the mainstream media) and bottom ones doing exact opposite (given full coverage). And sometimes the other way around (again given selective coverage). In other words, no different from janeudhari Pandit Rahul and his bunch of “secular” clowns.

And it has allowed the Stalinist left “liberal” cabal to exploit this situation to further its self serving anti-Hindu pogrom through sustained venomous and vicious hate campaign versus anything and everything Hindu. With ample funding as well helpful Op-Eds, comments from Obama types, parallel coordinated campaigns in US/EU acting as force multipliers.  Most Muslims do not identify with this campaign of hate and calumny although they are supposed to be the beneficiaries of it.

In fact they have even more reasons to be suspicious of Marxist charlatans posing as pro-Muslim liberals. And they know the silence of these puppets to “our Chairman” in Beijing’s and the commies’ general track record on these matters. Sadly, BJP has rarely highlighted this or tried to present its true case to the aam Abdul.

As with most things Modi is uniquely placed to set things right, for his own sake, for BJP’s sake and for the nation’s sake.

ABV may have been in a better position in theory, but coming from the real right, Modi’s credibility among Hindu vote bank is far more secure and solid. Which gives him a lot more room to play.

Green shoots?

Coming back to the theme suggested in the first paragraph, we see some green shoots of a coherent, sensible plan taking place. Here are the pieces of the puzzle.

  1. Modi is going after the Muslim women vote bank. We are talking Triple talaq bill here! This is a very clever move. Because if Muslims are “exploited and backward”, its women are doubly so. And being human, they too think, have feelings, ambitions and brains of their own and want better lives. And they have a vote (which is more than you can say for some of the fake liberal left charlatans’ paradises and motherlands)
  2. And because here Modi can deliver a powerful benefit to “minorities” without any Hindu being affected!
  3. Yes we partly agree with “liberal” critics that say it is cynical and half hearted. May be that is so, but their own defense of medieval barbarism has been comical hypocritical cruel and criminal at the same time.
  4. The move to allow women to go to Mecca “unaccompanied” is yet another move in that direction.
  5. Where it doesn’t conflict with their core vote bank and narratives (whether or not you agree with them), BJP seems to gradually increase seats given to Muslims. This is so far mainly confined to local bodies and lower levels of democracy. But it may be a good start. In any case far better than parachuting “leaders” from the community that have zero credibility and are corrupt or worse simply to fill slots like Congress does.

But is that enough?

Clearly no. So what should Modi/BJP do?

At the outset let us be clear (and we think Modi is quite clear on this) – Modi or the BJP is NEVER going to win any brownie points with the Stalinist cabal that runs the “liberal, progressive” narratives in India.

Their agenda is complete destruction of Hinduism and possibly break-India because that suits their handlers in  Politburos and super bosses in Beijing. As we repeatedly stated above, no sane Muslim shares this agenda.

So expecting articles in their yellow dailies, TV studio warriors and online “liberal” rags praising Modi is clearly not going to take off even if he were to convert, grow his beard longer and chant the kalima. They will find ways to attack that too.

Needless to say, the corrupt envelope driven yellow media charlatans that share ownership with the left in this “liberal, progressive” continuum is even less likely to praise him, whatever he may do. Their loyalties to looter dynasties will put Pidi to shame.

Just as he did with most vote banks, Modi has to engage Muslim voters directly, bypass power brokers. In the process discredit them further.

What can he do?

  1. Simply ask the fringe to take a hike. May be send them off on pilgrimage like Congress did with foul mouthed Digvijaya Singh. Pity they didn’t do that with Aiyar.
  2. Send direct, honest, sincere messages to the Muslim citizens, explaining his vision of India, his interpretations of Hindutva and how it has room for everyone. Others from RSS etc have attempted to do this but nothing works like Modi leading from front. Again it doesn’t have to be apologetic or dilute the pro-Hindu image of BJP simply because this is no zero sum game. Provided he sells everyone on this.
  3. Look for intelligent, educated, young, progressive Muslims and give them seats and tickets, clearly instructing and expecting them to stand for everyone not for the vote bank. In other words be color / religion blind. That will draw younger voters from all faiths without turning off the traditional ones. Clearly Muslims have to see BJP as a party where they have a stake, however small provided certain basic conditions are fulfilled (and those conditions apply to EVERYONE).
  4. Avoid symbolism but go for real change. Symbolism provokes disproportional reactions from fringe right as well as derision from fake liberal left. The quiet approach takes time but builds long term bridges that will pay for decades. As cadre based party, BJP is uniquely positioned to do this and benefit.

Let us hope we see more than green shoots in 2018 that will grow into big trees over time and bear fruit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Hope and Despair

We enter 2018 filled with hope and also a lot of despair.

Hope

Let us list out the hopes part first

Economy appears to be turning corner, having swallowed GST and DeMo shocks. Safe to bet it should be smooth ride from Q4 2017 calendar (or even Q3 of 2017) all the way. How much that will help Modi in 2019 remains to be seen. Will it be too little too late like 2004? Will it end up benefiting UPA3 in 2019 like it did with for first few of its disastrous plunder regime in UPA1?

Trump is settling down and doing things exactly the way he promised in his campaigns. This may not be 100% good news (H1B for one) but most of it is good for India if he walks the talk. Signs are good.

The global economic situation is benign if not beneficial. Many countries around us are doing well. ASEAN, Japan, USA (which is seeing record breaking growth run not seen for 10+ years). This should help India directly as well as indirectly, absorbing surplus and creating markets.

Despair

But our “despair” list is longer

Senseless procedures, meaningless forms, byzantine laws, opaque rules, incompetent, insensitive, arrogant reckless babu-dom still holds back India and Indians from its rightful place in the global arena.

We still pay bribes to register property, even scooters, get various certificates, licenses and permits for everything from birth to death. Sad to say, this seems all pervasive, regardless of which party heads state or center.

It is the single biggest factor that easily shaves off 4-5% from annual growth.  Modi has been making noises but has not done much about this perhaps fearing backlash, non-cooperation and sabotage. Will he wield the brahmastra? Or plod along? Or make things worse by giving free reign for terror raj in the name of anti-corruption?

We are still wrecked by meaningless violence. Our IT capital Bengaluru or Chennai can be shut down by a few hundred goons for death of a movie star or disputes over water or language. Killings in the name of cow, honor and what not still hog headlines. Kerala is no different from Pol Pot’s Cambodia. Can we not pursue agendas without violence? Why has the argumentative Indian run out of words?!

We seem to be unsure whether to march on to 21st century or remain in 19th. In which other country in the world prohibition becomes a ‘vote catcher’?! Do we have a  politician that dares to say “Come on guys, let us move to 21st century! Let us find ways to solve the problem without bans”. Same goes for beef too.

Our public deserve the governments they get. If the likes of Hardik Patel, Tejaswi Yadav and other such unrefined thugs can swing voters, if they can vote like they did in RK Nagar, if they back leaders like Jaganmohan Reddy, Gowdas and Mamata Banerjee, can we hope for anything other than sub-saharan future in slums? Will this change?

We have still done nothing about lunatic RTE, assault on freedom of expression like Sec 66A, 377 and so many others.

Our sick die in streets, carrying dead bodies in bicycles or get gouged lakhs in plunder by corrupt greedy and Shylockian doctors in “corporate” hospitals. Our children go to fake universities and degree mills whose certificates are not even valued as toilet papers in any decent country in the world for jobs.  Even our own businessmen feel they are unemployable. And they pay a kings ransom to get that. If they are lucky to get in!

We are yet to build schools and colleges that solve the education problem in ways that, 20 or 30 years later will have our “backward” people storming the streets demanding end to reservations. Yes, it can become non issue if opportunity is there and equally available to all.

Back to Hope

On all these fronts, we the citizens expect a lot from Narendra Modi and his government because he is the only hope we have.

Not a bunch of dynastic dacoits that get together on flimsy alliances backed by equally corrupt leftist charlatans to loot even more and throw crumbs to poor as “welfare” to keep them poor carrying them in palanquins. Sipping their Chiantis and Scotch funded by western aid!

Not an anarchist megalomaniac serial liar who hijacks everything and anything with the sole objective of grabbing even more power to be wielded for grabbing yet more power.

Will 2018 deliver? Let us hope and pray!

 

 

 

 

 

Gujarat Results – Good news for Congress?

The results are out!

Let there be no beating about the bush, this is not exactly what the BJP expected or wanted.

Forget the “Mission 150” slogans which dynasty’s loyal media servants that want us to believe they are “independent” will crow about. Point is none of the contestants go into battle declaring they are only going to win 50 or 60 seats. Everyone makes grand predictions.

Forget also the “anything less than complete sweep is a loss, because that’s what 2014 was” sort of statements from the dynasty’s courtiers in media. Setting ridiculously high bars and constantly moving them about is what these charlatans have to do to earn their envelopes. No state votes the same way for local, state and national elections with exact same percentages.

Yet we cannot escape the fact that BJP did not get what it wanted out of Gujarat.

But the Pidis of media are already rejoicing, licking their palms in anticipation of return of UPA loot era. More RSTV gigs, “investments” from money bags that profited from out of turn allotment of coal and other natural resources and so on. Are they justified?

The answer is NO. Why?

1. The situation BJP faced in 2017 Gujarat is somewhat similar to AAP’s in May 2014 – it did not lose vote share at all. Just that BJP did even better because of Modi. BJP forgot this and focused on the 7 seat sweep and thought it sat pretty in the subsequent assembly elections. Rest is history. Come 2019 it is foolish too assume voters will vote exactly same way. A chunk of Congress votes may very well go BJP way because this time voters are clearly voting for (or against) Modi. There is no ambiguity. Reverse is less likely because they would have done so already. After all there are hardly any voters that prefer Rupani but dont like Modi!

2. Everyone focuses on Modi’s rallies and personal campaign. We conveniently forget Rahul’s equally aggressive campaign, amplified by media coolies and the usual “intellectual” charlatans. Everything including the kitchen sink was thrown at Modi. Even BJP dissidents like Sinha were roped in. And yet this is the best they could achieve – practically no improvement in vote share. In 2019 their efforts will be more diffused.

3. The three big negatives Rahul focused on – GST, DeMo and economic growth are all getting better by the day. Surat clearly shows this. Not to say they will vanish as factors but diminishing returns will set in. Jobs growth is an issue that may remain relevant – but here again people may focus on how Congress can do better. And Rahul did not answer that question at all and was never challenged by the media Pidis that control the narratives.

4. The soft Hindutva approach as well as temple runs and deliberate ignoring of Muslim voters (once again Rahul was given free pass on this by the corrupt left intellectuals and family Pidis that control the liberal narratives) may all work in Gujarat but will not have equal results elsewhere. Leaving aside the moral aspects of the strategy, there are other parties more blatantly pro-Muslim like BSP, AAP and Owaisis that will fill the void.

Yet one has to also be clear – BJP clearly has more work to do to keep the chair, come 2019.

  1. Rajasthan, MP if not Chhattisgarh all face anti incumbency and shortfalls in governance to varying degrees.  They are much more rural, backward and feudal. Exactly the sort of playground Congress and the ecosystem enjoys.
  2. The polling dates are also much closer to the 2019 battle and the states happen to be large.
  3. These states also have regional satraps like Gehlot and young dynasts with no negative track record, like Sachin Pilot.
  4. BJP will ignore all this to its peril. And it is not clear how much can be done between now and then.Throwing money at the problem may not work given shortage of time.

Amit Shah, Modi & Co have their task cut out to retain the momentum and go into 2019 with minimal losses in the bruising 2018 election season. Sadly the country will suffer. At best we will have suspension of long term reforms and at worse resort to gutter level politics by all sides. The sabotage of winter session (first few days) gives ominous warnings.

This where Modi’s suggestion of simultaneous polls makes sense. Perhaps the Stalinist left “intellectuals” and media Pidis that attack him for being on “campaign mode” all the time should consider that suggestion seriously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modi, Manmohan Singh, Aiyar and the political discourse

The Aiyar saga has been an object lesson for anyone studying how the mainstream media sets and controls the narratives. Far from focusing on the outrageous remarks of Aiyar, the entire discourse has been on how Modi has “used” that to further his own political agenda.

On top of that the remarks against Aiyar, MMS & co meeting the Pakistani envoy “secretly” added to the self-righteous indignation from the perpetually outraged gang. Modi was accused of dragging the political discourse to new lows.

Now let us be clear. In any good democracy, leaders at certain levels should not normally question the patriotism or basic integrity of their rivals, however “hot” the situation is. Modi clearly did something wrong here.

But then, are the liberals, which is another code word for dynasty’s media servants, right in increasing the decibel levels of their outrage?

Let us look at their own conduct in the past. After all, unlike them, we do not think BJP and Modi should follow some sort of Norwegian or Danish levels of political correctness and soft words but then those standards don’t apply to anyone else.

To take the earlier remark of “Inko hataayiye” (please remove him) by Aiyar and turn it into a “supari” contract (mafia hit job) was indeed clever but below the belt. That is what twitter warriors of BJP do. Not leaders.  But then isn’t this EXACTLY what the dynasty and their media that controls the “liberal” narratives did when Modi uttered the infamous “puppy under wheel” remark. Was that meant to offend? Was he not simply saying he would be indeed sad even by the smallest loss of life as a responsible person? Isn’t he a man who doesn’t often mince his words and even when he wants to offend, does so clearly and unambiguously with biting sarcasm? (Take the “hum paanch” remark, often repeated by MSM or many others including the Rs.50 crore one). Why is there a need to invent ridiculous interpretations of a remark made in all sincerity in an interview where he mostly said goody goody things?

So we clearly have double standards here. Take any remark by Modi and interpret it in devious ways but when he pays back in same coin, feign outrage and wear liberal masks and shed fake tears!

Coming back to Manmohan Singh and Aiyar (among others) meeting the Pakistanis, once again we agree that Modi should have been careful not to assume the worst and make it a poll issue.

But let us use our imagination for a moment and assume that it was Modi, as opposition leader, that met the US envoy in his residence along with a few ex-bureaucrats, BJP hacks and media men known to be close to BJP. That too few days before a crucial state election.

Can you imagine the noise that would have generated in the very same liberal, progressive media outlets that are crying blue murder now? Every Marxist, Congressman of all shades, “intellectuals” and their media warriors would have outraged for days! The narrative would be that Modi crushed India’s independent foreign policy, sold our crucial interests to the imperialists and collected money for his election budget!

All the clever tricks in the yellow books used by our “liberal” media would be employed. Innuendos by suggestion, spit and run remarks, you name it, it would have been used.

And we don’t even have to dig up old remarks against Modi which he patiently ignored for a decade or more.

Such has been the poisonous vitriol thrown at him by every corrupt politician and pseudo intellectual charlatan and media crook paid off with the proceeds of loot and allowed to plunder state institutions like RSTV, the amazing surprise is that he held back for so long without hitting back.

Come on guys, if we have to have Norwegian standards of political discourse, why not start with the so-called liberals that claim they are purer than fresh snow?

 

 

 

 

 

The Aiyar saga

Aiyar’s “neech” remark is famous now. Perhaps it will exceed his “chaiwala” remark in terms of popularity and impact. Time will tell. Be that as it may, what do we take away from this episode?

  1. The liberal cabal still controls the narrative. Oddly and sadly even the right wing media follows suit. Such is their power. Look at the entire focus on how “BJP will take advantage of the remark” line plugged by nearly every mainstream media “journalist” known for their loyalties to the Janpath crowd.
  2. Interestingly when someone from BJP (however junior or inconsequential) makes a wrong remark, there is no such talk of “Congress taking advantage” because the exact same “journalists” are busy taking advantage of it on behalf of the dynasty! The obscure village level functionary will be elevated to “senior leader” and the remark will be traced all the way back to Modi, BJP, RSS, Golwalkar, Savarkar, Brahmanism, Rig Veda and what not. The broadest brush and blackest paint will be used.
  3. This actually closely mirrors the situation in the US. Trump “takes advantage of slip ups and genuine errors by media” but “Fake news” affects Hillary & the dems. Not the other way around.
  4. Once RG “acted”, the usual media courtiers like Swati Chaturvedi went on overdrive praising him for his “decisive” move!
  5. Rahul Gandhi had no choice but to “act” against Aiyar. He had three reasons to do so – NONE of which were raised or acknowledged by media.
    1. First is Aiyar is a man totally without a constituency anywhere in India. He may not get 10 votes in his name. So swatting him like a cockroach is an entirely all gain no pain affair.
    2. Secondly, elections in Gujarat are being fought by Congress not on their 60 year track record or alternate policies and economic ideas but on caste. That leaves very little room for inaction.
    3. Thirdly, the action is a natural damage control exercise forced by circumstances. No proof required other than the fact that the same Aiyar had insulted so many in the past with crass language and did not pay for it. That probably emboldened him.
  6. Should Modi have ignored the remark? After all he is a politician and Aiyar had already “delivered” once in 2014. So he will be foolish indeed to reject the gift offered on a platter.
  7. Who is to blame? We have to blame the so-called liberal media and the Lutyens fake intellectual ecosystem. Which always had double standards. Anything said against Modi however crass, insensitive and crude, was “intellectual criticism” or “Freedom of expression” but even mild criticism of the royal family was “fascism”.  Naturally leaders like Aiyar get carried away and think they can get away with murder and still be protected by the liberal cabal.
  8. This was OK in the days when their control over narratives was total and there was no social media. And Modi ignored such remarks and never hit back.

Times have changed!

Padmavati row

Let us keep this short and sweet. Here are our views

Leftist charlatans, hiding under rocks when Tasleema and cartoonists needed them, have crawled out in large numbers to defend the movie.

Leftists seem to focus on the fact that historical records on Padmavati are sparse or non-existent. This hardly matters. Customs and beliefs of most religions, if not all, are a mixture of facts, beliefs and oral or unverified traditions. Even if Padmavati is entirely fictional, what matters is millions of Rajputs and others believe in her sacrifice.

Then there is this fallacious argument “There are too many versions so why object to one more?” But this is not unusual in a subcontinent size country where oral traditions have been the norm. Those versions were not created to make money or to insult the earlier versions and traditions or for that matter with political agendas in mind.

Then there are the usual leftist rants on ‘patriarchy’ etc which we don’t even bother commenting about! Horrendous suggestions that Padmavati (as well as Yazidi victims of leftists’ bosom pals aka ISIS) should have allowed the rape and conquest to proceed instead of dying, have been made by the left cabal well known for its own rapist savagery and other crimes against women right from the days of its founding in Russia and in India too.

Once leftists got the music going a whole bunch of corrupt yellow media agents of Congress got into the rhythm, attacking BJP for the usual “freedom of expression”, “Idea of India” and other such fundamental rights.

What they conveniently overlooked and deliberately played down if not blacked out was the unpalatable truth that, good or bad, violent or otherwise, the protests against Padmavati were not just from political right. It cut across party lines. Even prominent Congress leaders, including its CM in Punjab and its ally Laloo Prasad have rushed to support the protesters! Many SP, Congress leaders joined in the violent actions, verbal or otherwise. But this is not convenient to the dynasty-left continuum’s narratives so the mainstream yellow media that controls the “Idea of India” narrative naturally didn’t want to talk about it.

All said and done, we think the movie should be allowed to be screened, provided it doesn’t show the queen dancing or singing songs with the cruel Khilji who wanted to rape her. That is not freedom of expression that is insult to all women. As one intelligent observer pointed out, that’s like shooting a movie showing rape victim “Nirbaya” dancing with her rapists. But then this has been Bollywood’s standards. Anything goes, if it fills coffers.

And unlike our media charlatans and fake intellectuals of left, we condemn ANY threat of violence against ANYONE including Deepika and the producer or director by ANYONE.

 

 

 

 

 

GST – Phase 2

We know how things work in India – you try to spend years, often decades in a vain hunt for the holy grail of any law or reform move. By then costs mount, direct and indirect, but who cares? Because the poor beggar whose son grows up to be a beggar & is doomed to poverty all his life will not connect his misery to delays in implementing GST or getting that airport built.

But then after all this delay, finally when things get done, they don’t show the perfection expected of such long effort. It as if Kamal Amrohi spent 20 years making not Pakeezah but some usual Bollywood masala trash. This is because the exact same issues that kept the process tortuous have not vanished but have simply resulted in compromises and optimisations that almost manage to defeat the purpose.

Strangely, all of the above applies equally well to other divisive democracies with distributed powers like USA. But then they are rich and can do with lousy healthcare law or Sarbanes Oxley sort of nonsense but we cannot afford to do so.

As far as India is concerned, this is true whether Congress, BJP is in power directly or through messy coalitions.

But then the mere fact that reforms get done in of itself is a major achievement that cannot be underplayed. In fact, that is the only way things can get done. You can wait for perfection another 20 years, and it aint gonna happen.

That is the story of GST too. We cannot stop congratulating and thanking Jaitley, Modi & Co for getting it done. No mean achievement.

What next?

But having done that and benefit of hindsight what else can be done? After all the present law is merely a first step in a long journey.

Arvind Datar and Vaitheeswaran (Indian Express, 28 Sep 2017) have written an excellent piece on this topic and instead of the usual nasty sarcasm, useless criticism and agenda driven venom that passes for journalism in India these days, have given sensible suggestions that is almost a to-do list. Hats off.

Similar sentiments were expressed in our earlier article on this topic – link here.

Adding to the excellent to-do list mentioned above we would suggest the following

1. Get contiguous BJP ruled states to go whole hog and include petroleum, real estate and whatever else is left out into the GST net. That is almost all of India these days! This creates competitive pressure on rest to reform or literally perish as businesses votes with their feet. This is a lot faster than arguing with megalomaniacs and anarchists like Mamata Banerjee & Arvind Kejriwal who will never agree to anything sensible just because it came from Modi. We say contiguous because goods can freely move (with necessary input credit) without having to cross a non-compliant state.

2. Announce that for the first one year, there wont be any penalties (beyond recovery of tax due) on anything other than wilful and wanton tax evasion, that too narrowly defined and clearly listed out.

3. Give taxpayers option of accelerated refunds with the condition that should they prove to be cheats, the law will come down on them like a ton of bricks. Yes, this may expose the revenue to some risks but the benefits will be considerable too. Known offenders, tax defaulters can be left out.

4. Go easy on minor delays in filing other returns such as Company Law, Income Tax etc. because the same bunch of people (Accountants, CAs etc) that are busy decoding GST also are responsible for those tasks and must be tired and exhausted. Remove useless returns, forms, filings that waste time and don’t bring any benefit to any stakeholder. In fact a general amnesty in that direction announced ahead of time is a great PR move and costs nothing.

5. Study the GST credit system of Singapore where ordinary poor (by local standard) taxpayers were given money for first year or two. Nothing works like free money to soothe irritated public mood. It need not be substantial but should not be trivial.

6. Make small but effective steps towards single rate, each month, every month. No need to wait for big bang reforms and endless arguments. Perhaps a good start is Pistachio, Cashew, Almond and Walnut all of which have different rates as one wag pointed out!

Reform is not easy. But rewards can be huge. Indian voters have shown this many times.