The JNU saga

The recent protest gathering in JNU to eulogise Afzal Guru (terorist hanged for his crimes) has turned the spotlight once again on issues such as campus freedom, intolerance, leftist activism etc. We presetn our views:

Government of the day has to give a long rope, much longer than they give to others, for campus activism. After all youth is the time for such passion and energy. Even if these activists occassionally misuse their freedom, as long as they don’t engage in actual acts of violence or acts that may lead to that, there is no harm closing one eye.

Having said this, we have to highlight several things

This is not the first time JNU leftist students have been committing such acts. In the name of freedom of expression there has been a steady flow of bad news. Calling Goddess Durga, venerated by many Hindus a ‘prostitute’, engaging in vitriolic abuse of Hindu religion and open support for Naxal killings have all been the staple of leftwing activism at JNU.

What is even more worrying is, this so called ‘freedom of expression’ has always been defined as it always is defined in countries ruled by Marxists (such as China or North Korea). In other words, the freedom is only as long as you are some shade of red. If not vandalism, violence, abuse and all forms of protest have been used to shut down any genuine debate or discussion. The recent brouhaha over Baba Ramdev is an example. The left wing students of JNU simply do not want any freedom of expression to anyone other than themselves. This is hypocrisy.

Furthermore, the extraordinary sensitivity shown to ‘victims’ of Indian aggression and American ‘imperialism’ and Israel, in Kashmir or elsewhere is rarely showed to victims fo jihadi terror or to movements suppressed by communist rulers in China. One cannot recall JNU students protesting mass killings in Tibet, Xinjiang or abuses of human rights by leftist regimes in Latin America.  But then we don’t expect this of a group of violent ideologues that worship Stalin, Mao and other mass murderers, do we? Even if some students want such discussion or debate, they are brutally suppressed by the Stalinist cabal who don’t want their ideological gurus and handlers questioned.

Given this background, what should the government do? We have some suggestions

  1. Instruct the police to be professional, methodical in its work. It is too easy to grab headlines arresting a few “leaders” without proof that can stand scrutiny in our famously “liberal” courts that handle the likes of Tejpal and Teesta with kid gloves.
  2. What that means is, direct video proof should be the first minimal requirement for any arrest. Prosecution for ‘conspiracy’ can be considered at a later stage, against leaders who may have inspired, instigated but did not personally dirty their hands.
  3. Build up opinion in public domain against leftist fake activism, highlighting their selective outrage, obedience to Beijing, justification of brutal murder of innocents etc. The crimes against humanity of their controlling organisations like CPM, CPML can also be highlighted. This again has to be done with sufficient evidence and be fact based. Obviously organisations like ABVP play a role here but they should avoid shrill noise and stick to logic, facts and reason. Remember, this is a battle of ideas.
  4. Continue to reassure the student community that this is not against JNU or freedom of expression. Here the hypocrisy of the left in curtailing genuine freedom, often with violence and anarchy, needs highlighting.
  5. Emphasise that jihadi terrorism and leftwing extremism are mutually reinforcing and have a regional alliance of convenience, that is amply proved by the “all-weather” friendship of communist China and Pakistani Army/ISI. Given the obedience of Indian left to their ideological gurus in Beijing, this alliance will obviously find its echo in India in the form of leftist support to jihadi groups.
  6. Deal with firm hand any attempt to stifle debate. Leftist leaders often boast that no BJP affiliated poltician can enter JNU. This sort of violence should be dealt with firmly

Ideology of Polpotist mass murderers and Stalinist rapist savages can and should be confronted. If not India will end up with a regime like Khmer Rouge, Chavez or Kim Jong Il before you can say “laal salaam”

 

 

 

PM Modi address to nation on Pathankot

Narendra Modi, PM
PM Narendra Modi

This is the draft outline of a speech which, in our opinion, PM Narendra Modi should give to the nation regarding the Pathankot attack. Of course, he should wait for the mopping up operation to conclude. He should also get some preliminary conclusions from the NSA team.

 

The speech has to be brief, to the point, poignant and without any politics or partisanship involved. It should come straight from the heart. Perhaps Modi is the only leader in this country capable of doing this.

The speech (draft)

Dear citizens

You are aware of the recent terror strike in Pathankot. Let me offer my sincere condolences to the families of brave Indians who laid down their lives to protect the nation and its assets. I join you in saluting their bravery. We lost x of our brave sons who died so that you, your children and our future are more secure.

As a nation, will should always remember their sacrifice. But as a great nation, we should always look forward too. In this connection, two vital questions have arisen that needs serious thought.

One is what should be our policy regarding talks with Pakistan.

We fully understand the anguish and frustration of many Indians who feel there is no point talking to Pakistan, which is a state sponsor of terror. Even we have made such demands in the past. My recent efforts in the direction of peace, including the Lahore visit, were with the hope that Pakistan has turned a corner, especially after facing several jihadi terrorist attacks in its own cities. You remember the Peshawar school attack that killed many children among others. We felt there is serious rethink underway in Pakistan, at least in some sections of its ruling establishment, that its terror policies are not only failing, they are becoming counterproductive. We also strongly believe that jihadi terrorism is our enemy, not the state of Pakistan or its citizens. Peace with Pakistan is our ultimate goal, continued hostility not in our interest.

Of course, while we look to the future with hope, we also take into account actual events and feedback from our intelligence. After the Pathankot attack, we are not going to call off talks with Pakistan. Instead we are going to bring this up in the next round of discussions with the civilian government of Pakistan as the first and only major topic, and see what their reaction is.

If we see some hope that they are with us in this battle, as they claim to be, that is good for all of us. We can work together to combat this evil, even as we discuss over problems and issues and find mutually acceptable solutions.

But if we find they simply use talks as a facade, they do not seek peace but share the jihadist goal of dominance over India, we will call off the talks and wait for better times. You have my assurance.

Second important question is, is there anything we could have done better? Are there lessons to be learnt?

There have been lots of criticism in the media and from our friends in the opposition over so-called intelligence failure, operational mismanagement, delay in concluding the operation etc. I am convinced our jawans as well as civilian and military leadership did their very best. They knew about this attack through our intelligence network and they deliberately decided to let the terrorists come to the airbase instead of chasing them all over the civilian areas of Pathankot. This would have been even worse.

This does not mean that everything is perfect or that things cannot be done better. We have to continuously improve our defenses and offensive capabilities to deal with jihadi terror. Better training, better coordination among various state and central agencies, clearer communication to media as well as the public are some of the things that come to my mind right now. But we have to let experts look at this issue in a proper way.

We are thankful to those who offer us meaningful criticism and suggestions, whatever be their political background or motive.

Towards this end, we have to be ready to accept criticism and seek the truth. NSA Doval has been tasked with identifying specific weaknesses and areas of improvements on an urgent basis. I will share with you his findings as soon as possible and also tell you about some of the steps we are taking to improve in future.

 

Jai Hind!

 

The Bihar debacle

So many thousands of words have poured from the keyboards of so many experts and analysts on the recent Bihar elections and BJPs defeat. Here’s our analysis, presented in corporate style bullet points.

Wrong conclusions

  1. As in Delhi, voters have not rejected PM Narendra Modi. Knowing he can’t be their CM, they have chosen a popular local alternative.
  2. Regardless of rights and wrongs, the intolerance debate made very little difference to voter behavior – the two major groups Muslims and Yadavs that consolidated behind MGB and killed NDA prospects made up their minds for entirely different reasons. Nothing could have changed that.

Right lessons

  1. While voters still like Modi, they could not bring themselves to reject Nitish simply because the central government’s performance has not been overwhelmingly good. It had to be that not just because of the scale of expectations raised in 2014, but also because of the lack of suitable local alternative. This means the engine has to be revved up in Delhi.
  2. While voters may not have ‘punished’ BJP for raking up controversial issues, they have also not voted for BJP for those reasons. That’s the lesson.
  3. If BJP wants to consolidate Hindu voters across caste identities, the only unifying factor can be performance. Visible, identifiable and something that touches each citizen. Promise of performance could work in 2014, but in 2015 (and in 2019), it is results that will count.
  4. Margin of victory (in vote % terms) in May 2014 doesn’t leave BJP much room for margin of error. The clean sweep of northern states hides many weaknesses that Bihar exposes. Committed BJP voters can’t deliver the crown. The ‘floating’ or uncommitted ones need to be pursued.

Action points

  1. It pays to be humble. The message may remain same, but language of delivery needs calibration. This may or may not help to get Parliament going but will at least make it difficult for opponents to justify their own arrogance.
  2. BJP need not court minorities aggressively but senseless antagonism that delivers no tangible benefits to the majority (and doesn’t even rally them) has to stop. This is where Modi has to guide BJP to a Hindutva agenda that focuses on doing good (that few will oppose) instead of ‘teaching lesson’ (which many will).
  3. Develop local leadership. Time to plan Tier 2 for center and Tier 1 and Tier 2 leaders for various states with UP being high priority. It also supplies steady talent to the center, likes of Manohar Parikkar that BJP desperately needs.
  4. Assume Parliament is a write off, focus on thousands of things, small and big that can be done with executive actions. We have seen precious little.
  5. Reduce foreign travel. Sad but true, it is easy to electorally exploit that in a country like India. In any case, the big push has been done, now it is for the rest of MoE and team to take it forward.

Modi is a natural leader. We need more leadership from him. It could be as simple as that to make sure 2019 is a repeat of 2014.

 

 

 

The cacophony of intolerance

Unless you have been living in a cave waging jihad (in which case you are a friend of Indian liberals), you must have heard a lot about ‘intolerance’ thing. In fact you must have seen, read and heard so much that the whole argument is exposed by that very fact as a bundle of lies! After all, if any of these liberals had not protested over ‘intolerance’ but just drawn a simple cartoon of you know who, they would be hiding in underground cellars, if not already dead, not doing the rounds of TV studios attacking Modi 24×7!

Just who are these intellectuals?

We are told by the leftist media like Hindu that one should not look at the motivations or backgrounds of the critics, but listen to their message. Nice indeed. But then is this what they did when Anna Hazare was attacking the Congress over corruption? Of course not! The same leftist liberals were attacking him, desperate tried to link him to RSS and BJP and even wrote articles alleging he was acting as stooge of  ‘corporate interests’.  In fact this ‘corporate interest’ story was spun for all its worth by pro-Congress media elites like Harish Khare, Varadarajan etc., all the way to the 2014 elections and even after that. The message was that only Modi gets funded by Corporates and Congress merely survives on handouts by poor citizens.

And how close are these ‘intellectuals’ and the Congress ecosystem? Let us imagine a BJP mining baron with dubious reputation like Bellari Reddy setting up a ‘university’ employing RSS hacks who call themselves “public intellectuals” and spend all their time attacking Congress. How seriously would such a person be taken by the left wing media? Is that how Shiv Visvanathan, who works for “Jindal University” projected by our liberal press?

How clean are their hands? If Modi is responsible for all the crimes and misdemeanor of every right wing loonie, are these people not responsible for the left’s crimes against humanity? Did they protest loudly? The best you could expect from them was a token statement issued with a lot of vague disclaimers and then ‘business as usual’. How can it be that a super-sensitive liberal like Vikram Seth smilingly accepts awards from Jagdish Tytler even as he cringes at the very mention of Modi’s name? Did Irfan Habib or Romila Thapar completely disassociate from Marxists  after the rapist savagery and mass murders in Nandigram, Singur and elsewhere? Did he or any of these intellectuals declare that they’ll never again be seen with Marxists when CPM merely suspended their leader in Kerala for 6 months after he bragged openly about serial killings of political rivals? How is it that film maker Patwardhan openly calls Modi ‘murderer’ but doesn’t apply this label to Congress leaders, or Marxists who are guilty of even bigger crimes? Are some murders better than others?

The other noise is about PM Modi appointing right wing supporters to positions of power and influence! Isn’t this exactly what the left has been doing in collaboration with Congress for 50+ years? Didn’t they fill post after post in Bengal with leftist ideologues? Did any of these intellectuals protest? No, of course, not! What they are protesting about is not ‘intolerance’ but loss of monopoly as someone put it so well. And their own intolerance has been even worse. A fine artist like Anupam Kher and dancer like Sonal Man Singh was chased out of their posts by the Polpotist Stalinist cabal in collaboration with Congress. None of our media elites cried intolerance! So it is perfectly okay for leftists to do as they wish and that is not ‘intolerance’

We are also hearing ridiculous arguemnts of “merit” when such arguments were never raised when leftists appointed all and sundry to cozy positions. In fact, this whole Award Wapsi episode has shone the spotlight on several such dubious characters whose works don’t deserve any award but yet chosen for their abject sycophancy and ideological bias!

The root of the problem

Asking such questions is futile because the so-called intellectual cabal represents the political agendas of Marxist mass murderers. They have been asked to keep the cash flow going by singing the tunes of this or that corrupt dynasty, but their primary loyalty is to the Polpotist Marxist cabal. And in their opinion the biggest stumbling block to grabbing power using violence is the Hindu faith. That field has to be scorched and burnt to ground.

As long as this simple fact is understood, every statement, action and inaction of these fake intellectuals will be crystal clear.

A corrupt, nepotist arrangement of mutual back scratching between the Nehru/Indira dynasty and the Marxists allowed these intellectuals to milk the system and live off the fat of the land, even as they continued with their pogrom against the Hindu faith and provide intellectual justifications and cover fire for the mass murders and rapist savagery of their armed comrades, who they call “Gandhians with guns”. In exchange they are to sing the praise of the Nehru dynasty to the exclusion of every other leader.

It is this convenient arrangement that did not bring India or Indians any benefit, that is under threat from Narendra Modi. And they do not see any silver lining in this cloud given the fact that both Marxists and the Congress have no hopes of returning to power anytime soon in any major state, let alone the center.

In fact, if Modi were to rule for another decade, a prospect dreaded by the intellectuals, the Augean stables would have been cleaned, disinfected and completely rid of leftists. That is exactly what they are trying to prevent by resorting to all these antics!

What should Modi do?

It goes without saying Modi has taken oath in the name of Indian Constitution and he should uphold it even as we remember that the constitution has been amended whenever Indira Gandhi woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  Anyone guilty of any violence should be punished for that crime  after suitable trial. There can be no two opinions on that.

Having done that, Modi should carefully filter out the genuine voices of dissent and give them a patient hearing. Obviously he should stay clear of Polpotist ideologues and corrupt dynastic coolies wearing intellectual mask. But there is no harm talking to decent folks turned into useful idiots by the Marxists. And take some visible action to assuage their feelings. But simultaneously, in private, make it clear to them that by adding to the cacophony of the Marxist butchers and corrupt looters they are simply disgracing themselves and not helping the cause or the country in any way.

Your comments and feedback are welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parliament logjam – blessing in disguise?

What’s the bottom line?

It’s official. The monsoon session is washed out. GST Bill will not be passed, barring miracles. What’s the bottom line here for the Modi Sarkar?

  1. We totally agree with R. Jagannathan of Firstpost – disrupting Parliament suits Congress. Like any kidnapper, It will simply up its ante and engage in further blackmail if its current demand is conceded. Whether Congress strategy will lead to electoral gains for that party is a different question we will tackle separately. It’s ridiculous opposition to the Naga peace accord gives ample proof this negative attitude and the scorched earth policy adopted by prodigal son Rahul.
  2. So it is wise for Modi to assume that for the foreseeable future, passing bills would be impossible, no matter how much it bends, bows or scrapes. Other than money bills that don’t need RS nod of course. This picture may not change much even by 2017, even if NDA were to win Bihar and do well in UP.

Is this a big disaster? Did India elect Modi to break records in passing bills? Is scarcity of legislation holding up Indian economy? Going by the feverish pace at which earlier Parliament sessions did so, one suspects that is what BJP seems to be thinking. Does India need another 500 bills to add to the mountain of court cases, backlog, bureaucracy, harassment, red tape and sloth? No, of course not!

Obviously, there are crucial bills pending. GST Bill for one, having hard time thinking up another, to be frank. This is not good news, in theory, but is not an unmanageable disaster. As far as other ‘reform’ bills go, BJP will face pressure from a variety of forces, including its own SJM/RSS/BMS dinosaurs. As the land bill fiasco proved, it is better not to start a battle without knowing victory is guaranteed. A defeat not merely takes you back to square one, it puts you lot behind.

That’s why we strongly feel this logjam is nothing but a blessing in disguise for PM Modi. Simply take the case to the ‘people’s court’, slam Congress for blocking progress and pass all blame for failures to that obstruction. And do other things at double speed.

The Plan B for PM Modi and BJP government

1. Get BJP/NDA states to make GST redundant through legislative and administrative measures

This is very much feasible. Something along these lines was debated in Europe too, when faster progress was held back by recalcitrant states.

After all, what is GST? It is a system of taxation that allows credit for input so that the final consumer pays tax on entire value added, without cascading effect of tax on tax. This means producers can manufacture where it makes sense.  Paper work is simplified, goods move without too many checks, harassment, bribes and delays.

There is nothing that prevents friendly NDA ruled states boosting inter state commerce by liberalizing their own local sales tax laws and rules. Reciprocal arrangements can be made to mimic GST.  Maharashtra can input credit to anything made in Gujarat, if same benefit is given to its manufacturers. Given the fact that large, contiguous parts of India are ruled by BJP and NDA, barring a few holdouts this will as good as ensure entire India is covered in no time.

Combined with intelligent administrative reforms (see 2 below), this can neatly sidestep Congress sponsored anarchy and have their CMs begging for a ticket on the economic gravy train.

2. Wind down red tape through administrative steps, without changing laws

We often hear that businessmen have to fill up dozens of forms, queue up at multiple government offices and beg numerous babus to get any simple work done. The standard cookie cutter response to this mayhem has been to try cut down procedures. This brings another problem – need to amend laws, giving an impression that workers safeguards and environmental protection is diluted and so on.

This is not the only way. After all, starting a restaurant (to give an example) in USA or any advanced society will also involve multiple approvals – food safety, fire protection, labor laws and working conditions, parking and other zonal restrictions, water and drainage connections, disposal of food waste and so on.

The big difference in these countries is that (A) these regulations are transparent and fairly applied and more importantly (B) it gets approved as fast as possible, without bribes and delays.

Now, doing exactly the same thing, is neither rocket science nor does it require revising any law. Just make the system move faster using same set of rules, and laws. Just amend rules here and there where needed, for which powers are available even today.

For example, instead of diluting factory safety laws and creating a huge hullaballoo, just get inspectors to behave. Clarify rules. In fact, this is exactly what AAP is trying to do in Delhi – by allowing bar owners pay up renewal fees yearly and get their licenses auto-renewed.

You get the drift. Hope Narendra Modi sarkar gets it too!

3. Focus on visible, tangible steps that benefits, touches each voter one way or other

The key is identifying groups of voters, preferably not by caste or religion but by other factors. It could be profession or vocation, place of residence and so on. Ask yourself, “Why did they vote for me? What is the ONE thing, cheap and effective, I can do for them that improves their lives, makes them vote again, come 2019?”

To give a simple example, let us take the case of construction workers. They are huge in number and have numerous problems. Simply giving them something – say accident cover, training vouchers, subsidized safety gear, toilet facilities at workplace (sad to see them defecating openly at or near their construction site because neither the builder nor the owner care a damn.), loans for educating children etc. could make them hugely grateful to Modi. They would never think of voting anyone else, whatever be their caste or religion. None of the steps listed here should cost a bomb.

Given its data gathering powers and technological wizardry at its disposal BJP can easily do a scientific study on such groups and come out with schemes targeting them, without throwing money in a bottomless pit like MNREGA. Which incidentally did not help re-elect the Sonia dynasty.

4. Find innovative ways to get around land acquisition issues

We keep hearing, from fairly knowledgeable commentators that land acquisition is not the biggest stumbling block. Exhibit A. If true, that’s good news. Although one may question why Modi wasted one year on the land bill. That’s water under the bridge, so let us skip that.

The point is, government has to publicly list all the big pending projects, current status along with reasons for their lack of progress and steps that are being taken. This puts pressure on everyone in the chain of command – local babus, banks, industrialists themselves, state governments and so on. It also brings land acquisition issues into sharper focus, leading to innovative and smart solutions – if that’s indeed the culprit. If the employment potential of each project is listed along side, it also puts enormous pressure on those holding them up – to explain their case to the jobless youth – be they foreign funded NGOs or opposition parties.

Moving projects to and surplus areas through intelligently targeted subsidies and incentives will also lead to saner choices made by those obstructing progress. Competition between states and districts will totally eliminate need for a two year fight on legislation that gets you nowhere.

Sadly such marketing and communication efforts are totally absent. In its place we have lots of airy fairy noise and equally vague criticism full of catch phrases and empty words.

5. Milk the commodity price crash for all its worth

It puts enormous funds, extra funds that UPA never had at its disposal, at the command of the regime. We are talking US$10-20 billion, each year. If used well, it can do wonders for 2019 that MNREGA could never do for Congress.

Quick win projects that create rural jobs, puts money and cash flow in the hands of large sections of populace and fuels demand for various consumer goods creating a ripple effect on rest of economy. That should be the goal.

Here, the government appears to be on the right track, focus on road building, infrastructure, railways etc. which tick various boxes in the list. Key then in execution and efficiency in delivery. Thankfully  it has competent ministers running the show.

Summary

It is clear. Narendra Modi can spend the next four years fighting meaningless battles with anarchist opposition and jammed up Parliament or simply bypass them and build a new India. The choice will decide who hoists the flag come Independence Day 2019.