Sri Sri controversy over Yamuna “destruction”

You know the background – Sri Sri the godman wanted to host a “World Cultural Festival” in the banks of river Yamuna in Delhi. Predictably all our liberal, progressive, pro-environment “activists” have come crawling out of their rocks and favourite bars, clubs and pubs in Delhi. They want to save India from pollution. While Sri Sri was the proxy target, real target of course was Narendra Modi and BJP. So Congress “leaders” were dispatched by dynasty to join the Stalinist lynch mobs with glee. Army’s involvement in building temporary bridges was questioned. No one dared asked Sonia why her CM in Karnataka threw open the entire Jakkur  airfield when US evangelist Benny Hinn came calling, even joining him in evangelism! Of course, no one kept count of number of trees cut.

We wonder what if the entire event was not organised by Sri Sri but someone else? We let our imagination run riot!

The Hindu reports (through Special correspondent Nistula Hebbar):

Ahle Sunnat al Wahab al Mujahid al Hind, an organisation of progressive Muslims has applied to Union Government for permission to hold a cultural event on the banks of Yamuna. Our sources tell us the Modi dispensation is not in favor of granting permission to this peaceful gathering. In fact one BJP source who wishes to remain anonymous admitted “we may use the environment excuse to deny, so no one can object”

It is well known that Yamuna is basically a river of sewage and no one can even stand in its banks for a few minutes without suffocating from the stench. But it appears BJP is bent upon denying even this barren land to Muslims to hold a prayer meet. This is not surprising as it is entirely in line with its ideology but independent political observers are aghast. The Hindu spoke to A. Marx a social scientist who said “This clearly should worry anyone and is further proof India is being led to a fascist future”

We understand one Mr. Mishra has filed a complaint with the National Green Tribunal. He has been seen in the past attending Sangh gatherings although he claims to be an environmentalist.

Digvijay tweets:

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Barka Dutt of NDTV interviews Maulana Masood Azhar Syed convenor of Yamuna Culture Fest

Barka1Barkha: Sir, Can you tell us a bit more about your organisation and the festival?

Syed: Barkha, thanks for giving me a chance. We are basically a very progressive group of ulemas who have been wanting to organise this prayer for a long time. South Asia is facing a crisis of faith. After Afzal’s martyrdom and Yakub’s cruel hanging, now even Mumtaz Qadri has been killed for his faith. So this problem is not just India’s, it is regional. And we are trying to express our opinion in a peaceful manner although we reserve our right to act against anyone that we consider kafir, munafiq or murtad.

Barkha: That’s very kind of you, sir! Why do you think Modi is doing this? Are you really cutting lots of trees, destroying the flood plains?

Syed: You see Barkha, all this is Sanghi propaganda. We understand one Sanghi has dared to file case at NGT. Well, he’ll regret his choice. Trees were there yes, but they were just standing there useless. The trees have simply been converted to much more useful firewood and logs. As you know, poor people suffer shortage of firewood while rich use gas.  Modi as you all know is behind this. He wants to take India down the fascist path. We are ready for him.

Barkha: Wow! What a concern for poor! Sir, may I ask you, what are your options now?

This will go ahead. If Modi tries to stop it, there will be blood on the streets. We’ll have no choice but to declare jihad.

Barkha: What about the false concerns over ecology and Sangh parivar activist that brought a lawsuit? How do you plan to deal with that?

We will deal with that..peacefully of course. That guy doesn’t know peace. He’ll soon get eternal peace. My boys are working on that. (Moves his fingers across his neck with devilish smile). Ha ha ha..

Barkha: But sir, I know your intentions are honourable, but some bhakts may interpret this wrongly! Why do you make such gestures?

You see Barkha, I have freedom to move my fingers or hands anywhere. These fascists dont understand that. Look, do I have any sword in my hands? How can you question this?

Barkha: You are brilliant sir! Exactly same logic we used with Umar and Kanhaiya!. Thank you sir! Always a pleasure to talk to someone so peaceful and progressive.

On Page 3 of The Hindu a small news item

Mr. Mishra a Sangh parivar activist who was trying to stop the peaceful prayer fest in Delhi was found dead in his apartment. His throat was slit. Congress warned the Modi government against politicising his death. Congress spokesperson Tiwari cautioned Modi against stirring the communal pot. Independent scientists The Hindu spoke too were unequivocal that it could be a shaving related accident. Lenin Bose, a noted metallurgist who we spoke too said men should use ISI marked stainless steel blades for shaving as other cheap ones may end up cutting your throat.

Rajdeep promptly tweets

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Sitaram Yechuri issued a strongly worded statement

Fascist Narendra Modi is exceeding even his obnoxious limits. Stopping the Yamuna Culture fest in the name of environment is a crime against secularism. We all know Yamuna is already polluted and nothing much can pollute it further. After all, it is a three day meet, not  a daily ritual of throwing dead bodies into the river which Hindus do all the time.

All secular progressive forces should come forward to oppose this fascist regime. We are tying up with beloved Pappu Rahul Gandhi to fight this battle together!

Finally the NGT approves the festival with this short statement:

“NGT is pleased to approve the 3 day Yamuna festival. We also call upon the Modi government to pay the organisers Rs. 5 crore as compensation for wasting their time on this hearing. Ridiculous assertions in the name of environment were made, yet we gave it patient hearing (For about ten minutes). The protests are without merit. Trees can easily grow back.

We understand the original petitioner is no more so we want his heirs to pay a fine of Rs. 50 lakhs.  Let this serve as a warning to anyone else daring to raise false charges”

Jai Hind!

 

Kanhaiya Kumar and left resurgence

A lot of fond hopes have been raised in the “secular, liberal” media which gave enormous publicity to JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and his speeches. Sensing opportunity, he too indulged in the left brigade’s favourite passtime – dissing Narendra Modi.

Ignoring questions of if BJP should have handled the whole episode better (for sure it should have, that’s another topic for another day), let us see if left can indeed take advantage of this fortuitous turn of events and find itself back in national discourse or even back to power, going by the fond hopes of the planted media spokespersons and left leaders.

A spoiler – we think not. And why?

  1.  Kanhaiya Kumar is very much a North Indian phenomenon. He would, even if he were to jump into full time politics (which he anyway appears to be doing, funded by liberal Rs.30,000 per month scholarship which was supposed to be for studies) not even be useful in his home state of Bihar, given his upper caste/class Bhumihar background. That’s why clever Lalloo with his ears close to the ground, never bothered much about the entire saga. In fact it would only end up reinforcing the popular perception that it is the upper caste/class elite of Kavitas and Karats, Yechuris that climb up the Marxist ranks, rest used mainly as cannon fodder.
  2. Indian students are a wired lot. Smartphones have made the net reachable to lower middle classes and even the poor. They may have been brought up on “history” carefully doctored by leftist fake historians with their false narratives and lies but they have other sources of information. The heroes of Indian left be they mass murderers and womanisers like Stalin and Mao or murderous clowns like Kim Jong Il and his son, are too well known to them. Which is precisely why the left has remained a fringe even in supposedly leftist bastions like JNU. Upon graduation, most of these students throw away their ideological baggage like used condoms (of which hilariously 3,000 were counted by a ruling party MLA) and join the mainstream job seeking, corporate ladder climbing milieu of urban India. Very few, that too mostly upper class Brahmin elite like Kavita Krishnan, Yechuri make it a full time profession.  What this means is that left’s ideological bankruptcy has been only too obvious to the younger generation of India who also know their “bosses” in Beijing have completely given up on communism in order to find prosperity.  If every red flag waving student of JNU had become a Marxist revolutionary we’ll be looking at Prime Minister Yechuri or President Kobad Gandhy not Narendra Modi.
  3.  Left parties are now getting into bed with corrupt Congress further reinforcing their ideological bankruptcy and further weakening the already farcical “secularism” argument.  This will further nudge India towards a genuine two party system with BJP versus the rest. It can only be to the benefit of BJP in the long run, if they perform.
  4. There is too much competition for the same space. After all, Kejriwal, Yechuri, Rahul Gandhi, Nitish, Mamata, Mulayam and numerous other state and national leaders are basically competing for the same supposedly “liberal, secular” vote which is just a code word in India for Muslim vote. Clearly in this gladiatorial arena, there’s going to be casualties and left appears weakest of the lot and hence may end up being the first to fall. Interestingly, barring Shiv Sena which is a spent force, and some dynasts and one-man parties like BJD, AIADMK or even TRS which are confined to one state, BJP faces absolutely no competition, if only it takes a clear, pro-growth right wing space.

So what should the BJP do?

It can wait around, let the left/Kanhaiya phenomenon move from Page 1 to 3, 5, 15 and then drop out of the radar screens. Fact is, the queue moves quite rapidly, and the next big tamasha or tragedy is not too far away. Then it will be back to ‘normal’.

Clearly this is a risky strategy as Congress learnt at heavy cost with Kejriwal. When faced with Anna Hazare and his drama, Congress confined itself to planting articles in “friendly” leftist media accusing him of being a RSS stooge and corporate proxy etc.  The rest is history.

A better approach would be to deal with the issue ideologically but at lower pitch than the constant loud noise and screams that emanates from the right. Specifically

  1. Get articulate, young and smart ABVP leaders to take on the left-Congress continuum, blunting one key weapon of the adversary. Senior leaders like Naidu or Irani (God forbid) should shut up.
  2. Highlight the ideological bankruptcy of left, its rapist savagery in Nandigram, Singur etc., and its crimes against humanity, worship of mass murderers, its dalliance with Islamic jihadism etc again, a lower levels, through social media and campuses. The hypocrisy of upper caste dominated left that stifles dissent and rivalry with violence yet talks like saints on azadi, tolerance, dalit uplift etc., has not been adequately exposed by BJP. How many Indians know that left killed over 60,000 political rivals in Bengal over the last 3 decades?
  3. Bring genuine nationalism to the forefront through innovative ideas that emphasise on the positive, not the negative. A subtle message has to go out that sabotage, pro-jihadi sloganeering, empty rhetoric is not nationalism, but genuine good work of youngsters that give their time and life to India is. This can be done by rewarding or highlighting such youth without having to directly criticise the left version of “nationalism”. A great example is the young lady Temstula who has been making genuine efforts to contribute to the clean India campaign.
  4. BJP should also use non political methods to highlight the differences between rabidly left fake NGOs that milk donations from the West and evangelists for propaganda, sabotage and anarchy, spend it on wine bottles and good lifestyle, flying business class to conferences in Europe etc., and contrast that with genuine work done by poorly funded NGOs that mainstream media ignores. Here again, the methods have to be smart not crude.
  5. Congress-CPM alliance, whether formal or not is another great opportunity to exploit the hypocrisy, ideological bankruptcy inherent in it. Both now become guilty of each others’ crimes. Congress should be questioned vigorously on political murders of the left (for which it has been holding “martyr’s day” for years now!) and the rapist savagery of Marxists in Nandigram. Similarly CPM should be exposed for its going to bed with corrupt Congress, which it has been accusing of “anti-people” policies day in and out. The more they justify it on “secularism” the more the entire concept gets discredited. As it is, it has pretty much been reduced to a farce anyway!

Clearly BJP needs clever thinking heads and not loud mouths and shoot from the hip idiots that we hear more from these days. This is a battle that may decide its future and it should fight it with all it takes.