it does not belong to any of its numerous caste-factions which consider defeating each other more important than being democratic as against dynastic.
By Mark Tully former BBC correspondent in India).
This Post, forwarded by a friend is only REBLOGGED by me. I did not write it, but agree with it. Hope it is really by Tully.
I am going to stick my neck out to predict that the (recent) ill conceived ‘No Confidence Motion’ (in Lok Sabha) is going to be the point, which is going to be looked back at, as the turning point for the end of the Gandhis’ influence and corrupt ecosystem.
Rahul Gandhi will never ever be the PM, or even be in a position to be king maker. Not ever.
Sonia Gandhi will not fight the 2019 general elections now. The debacle, telecast live the whole day, with the highest ever viewership, has put paid to her ability to bribe her way to power. It has shattered once and for all her illusions and mirage of being untouchable under all circumstances.
The stance and ruthlessness of the PM in tearing her and her progeny to bits, is not the polite attacks of yore. It is a clear bugle call that he cares two hoots for her ecosystem or her supposed control on power.
He has finally shed his diffidence to take on these arrogant snobbish dimwits head on, with no quarter to be given to her Lutyen’s Delhi Darbaris and their supposed ability to manipulate levers of power.
So, what are NaMo options ahead to tackle these erstwhile royalty. He is going to make sure Deepak Misra gets an extension of 2 years by amending the retirement age, which will ease the pressure of Lutyen’s Delhi Darbar crowd to approach SC for relief against the government. Also, it will put the Ram Mandir issue on fast track with resolution closer to the general elections for maximum impact.
We can now hope to see an amendment to the SPG act, which assures lifelong security at public expense to the Gandhis & their progeny. With Sonia Gandhi not fighting elections in 2019, her time in 10 Janpath will be over.
Even if Rahul Gandhi wins the next elections (which now is a big huge IF), he will probably be heading a party with less seats than 44. NaMo will shunt him out of his Akbar Road residence and his sister out of Lodi Road residence. That will signal their sorry plight in the power counting one and for all, to everyone to see.
Today’s debacle is going to have a far reaching impact on acceptability of Congress, with the Gandhis as effective partners in an bid to unite opposition. Even though it now seems to be a pipe dream for opposition to present a united front in coming election season. Except maybe in UP, where SP & BSP face possible annihilation if they don’t come together. Congress of course is not even a contender in UP.
Madhya Pradesh may see BSP making compromises with BJP as today’s debacle makes Congress a poor support base.
Today’s debacle has changed the political fortunes of the Gandhis for the worse. They don’t face any challenge to their hold over the Congress as the top supposed leadership of this party is only filled with yes men and royal darbans of the Gandhis, but the effects on the bottom rung will accelerate their complete demise from the political scene.
And without effective bottom cadres, the only way to stay relevant is to throw money to instigate riots, something they have already been doing for the last few years. A short term strategy with even more short term effects but assured long term destruction. And that time is NOW.
So what did NaMo actually achieve today? He essentially called out the empress and the prince as naked. There is now no going back to the illusions of splendour for them anymore.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
(Though fluent in Hindi, Mark Tully is a Britisher by birth and a friend and well-wisher of indua, where he settled down. I have no way to confirm if it is really by him or a fake news.)
RAHUL GANDHI’S TWEET saying “I am Congress” might have reminded many of his grandmother Indira Ganhi’s Emergency-days campaign (by her sycophants, apparently at her instance), that “Indira is India”.
That no individual is indispensible, the party is above the leader and the nation above party is what any sane person would agree with.
And yet, in most developing countries individuals have been using their power to make it seem that they alone mattered more than everything. Once in power they tend to retain power for all time by hook or crook (often by the latter).
The tendency to be liftetime rulers, common in tribal African nations, seems to have spread now to China and Russia, reminiscent of ancient kingdoms ruled by autocratic kings
Congressmen, obviously, believe that Indira Gandhi can be succeeded only by Rajiv though he had no political background, Rajiv by Sonia though a foreigner, not experienced and unwilling and Sonia by son Rahul though he was unfit and more of a comic figure.
In fact a senior Congress leader Mani (neech admi) Shankar (uchai wala) Iyer deckared there could only be two persons considered for party Presidentship – the mother is the son. Despite overt wooing of Muslim vote banks, the grandson of Feroze was deckared to be a “Janevudhari” Brahmin (wearing sacred thread) though no thread ceremony (Upanayan) was held.
Had Rahul refused the sycophants would have unhesitatingly opted for his sister Priyanka and if she thought going to beauty parlours was more important than the strenuous job of being PM, they would have found great talents in her son or daughter. If they too preferred playing to the hard job of PM, Congressmen would not hesitate to enthrone the family’s dog which, miraculously, they would find far superior to any of their own selves.
Even those who believed in the dynastic rule of kings would not have been such great believers in dynasty. All because every one of them belong to some caste and are bound by caste rivalries while the Indira dynasty had to no caste as Nehru’s daughter Indira married Feroze, either a Parsi or, as some say, a Muslim.
And these casteists, who demand reservations for Dalit (low caste) Christians and Muslims (who claim to be casteless), call Bhariya Janata Party communal!
All parties with dynastic leaders now join hands with the Congress.
(Written on phone in Georgia, USA)
THERE WAS A TIME when Bharatiya Janata Party was believed to be a party with a difference – a party of principles which it would not compromise.
That, it seems, is history.
All political parties contest elections to win and come to power (except perhaps those who contest just a few seats to retain their registration). But then winning elections becomes an end in itself — an end guided by ‘pragmatic’ decisions and ‘electoral compulsions’.
Amit Shah has brought to the party politics of manipulation. ‘Winnability’ is the main criterion. ‘Practical considerations’ have nothing to do with what the party stood for. Ideology takes a back seat.
For Congress power – and wealth which came with it — became the only consideration. It took to casteism and minority appeasement, would not think twice about giving ration cards and citizenship overnight to refugees just to build vote banks. Its dynasty. politics promoted sycophancy and ‘darbaris’
The Congress fell because winning was all it wanted — winning so that its leader could enjoy the fruits of power. Most of them have become multi-millionaires if not billionaires. And ‘scam a day’ was common. That was not expected of BJP which is supposed to be ‘remote controlled’ by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologues, consisting mostly of old men of learning and wisdom who sacrificed their lives for their ideology.
And yet it admits an old Socialist Party leader of Uttar Pradesh, Naresh Agrawal, who left his party in a huff when denied ticket for Rajya Sabha. That he was a bitter critic of BJP, supported the SP-Congress alliance a few months ago, and just a fortnight ago attacked BJP for demonetisation, did not seem to matter, as he was expected to bring with him a substantial following from SP as well as his community vote,
That is the new face of the “pragmatic” politics of today. Rita Bahuguna-Joshi, once UP Congress President, could be admitted to BJP and made a Cabinet minister. The party could take in Narendra Tewari, Congress CM of two states and a governor who had to quit over womanising even when facing a paternity case from a son he bore out of wedlock. It could induce defections in other states and continue to have alliance with Shiv Sena despite all is attacks — in the name of pragmatism and electoral requirements.
So what is wrong if tomorrow Indian National Congress admits Dawood Ibrahim under the (mistaken) notion that it could win Muslim votes for the party? Is this the new reality and pragmatism of Indian politics?
Agrawal’s derogatory remarks against Jaya Bachchan, the Socialist Party MP, touched off an outrage as he called her someone who dances and sings in films. I always thought Jaya was something more than just an actress (not just because her father, T.C. Bhaduri, who was a senior journalist and author, brought me into the profession) but someone who always asserted herself on women’s issues.
Unlike most of the ‘decorative’ ‘glamour faces’ from the entertainment industry inducted into Parliament by the Congress, Jaya has been an active parliamentarian. Agrawal’s attack on her came only when the Socialist Party preferred her over him for Parliament seat.
If it been his stand that such ‘glamour girls’ had no place in Parliament, he should have said it when he was still in SP. Just as all the senior Congress parliamentarians kept mum when Rekhas, Tendulkars and Lata Mangeshkars, eminent in their own fields but misfits in politics, were brought in by their party, Agrawal too was silent when Jaya was first inducted.
One welcome aspect of the controversy touched off by Agrawal is that among those who criticised him for is derogatory remarks were leaders of the BJP itself, including senior Minister Sushma Swaraj and Roopa Ganguly an actress-turned-MP., who defended Jaya Bachchan, who herself refused to comment.This is something unheard of in Congress. Renuka Choudhary, known for her ‘Shurphanaka’ guffaws, was silent.
‘Behenji’ Mayawati too came to Jaya’s defence, but obviously this was prompted only by the new electoral understanding between her Bahujan Samaj Party and the SP, entered into by the parties when the political fortunes of both declined drastically.
Agrawal’s entry could mean the exit of ideology from BJP political horizon.
ARE MINDS THAT CREATE CONFLICT OVER RELIGION REALLY DEVOUT? ARE THOSE who want to shed blood in the name of religion really religious?
A controversy has erupted due to an engraved ‘Bhagavadgeeta’ (the sacred Hindu epic) near the statue the late president, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam at his recently inaugurated memorial. His wise Muslim family quickly ended the row by also placing copies of the Quran and the Bible near the statue.
There motive behind keeping only the Geeta there was obviously ulterior. Dr. Kalam’s family at least had the good sense of neutralize the mischief, but raising a controversy on the issue is equally malicious.
No controversy has been raised over the way Sai Baba, who had lived in a mosque as a fakir in Shirdi, is worshipped with all rituals and huge statues of his with costly crowns set up in lavish temples.
No controversy arose over huge temples built for Shiva who was an ascetic.
No controversy has been raised about noisy ‘matadi jagarans’ (all night singing of songs in praise of a Goddess) with extremely loud amplifiers by those who object to Azan, the call for namaz (Islamic prayer) over loudspeakers in a Masjid at odd hours.
No controversy has been raised by most Muslim intellectuals over the communal politics in Kashmir and the killing of Hindu Pandits there.
And yet a Bhagavadgeeta in a memorial for Dr Kalam is an issue for a controversy
Dr Kalam, undoubtedly the best President India ever had, could quote from the sacred Tamil epic, Thirukkural, and never made a fetish about being a Muslim. For him the Bhagavadgeeta was as sacred as the Holy Quran.
He never made an issue of the Hindutva (pro-Hindu) stand of the BJP which was then in power . So the Congress opposed a second term for him and gave the country’s most exalted post to a woman whose only qualification was subservience (more than just loyalty) to the dynasty and Indira Gandhi.
A controversy was raised when, as President, he went to Ahmedabad just after the unfortunate Gujarat anti-Mulsim riots, touched off when a train carrying Hindus working for building a Ram temple at Ayodhya was set on fire. Few cared to know that he went there for the centenary of his guru and mentor, Dr. Vikaram Sarabhai who pioneered Indian space science. Dr Kalam’s reverence for teachers is touching.
Some people just want controversy and tension for their ulterior political ends.
DIGITAL MEDIA LIKE WHASTAPP, TWITTER AND OTHERS ARE AGOG WITH CALLS TO boycott Chinese goods in view of China’s belligerent and aggressive moves in Sikkim and Arunachal
states of India on the border between the two countries
An association of school principals in Mumbai asked schools to discourage their students and parents from buying Chinese water-bottles, pencil boxes, sketch pens, measurement rulers, writing pads and erasers. Indian markets are overflowing with Chinese goods ranging from crackers to mobile Continue reading Boycott China Call on Chinese Phones
MEIRA KUMAR, THE CONGRESS CANDIDATE FOR the upcoming President of India election says her nomination by the Opposition “united” against the ruling National Democratic Alliance was a ‘matter of ideology and giving it a communal or caste colour was unfortunate.
If you don’t take it as the joke of the decade, you may ask:What is the ideology involved?
The NDA announced its candidate, Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit (belonging to oppressed and downtrodden castes) first. Till then the “united” opposition was speaking in different voices. THEN it announced the name of Meira Kumar whose qualification is the daughter of Jagjivan Ram, for decades the face of the Dalits in the Congress.
Both caste and dynasty qualifications fulfilled.
Earlier the “united” opposition toyed with the idea of putting up Dr. M.S.Swaminathan, an eminent scientist and father of India;s green revolution. A victim of North-South politics when he was director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (popular as Pusa Institute) from 1972 to 1979, he became the Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (1982–88) which is located in Philippines by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN as India, the rightful claimant as the major rice-producing country, did not show interest and pursue the matter.
WHEN I WROTE A BOOK for those in a particular profession and not a single (except the friend who edited it and, out of sheer kindness alone said it was very good) person from that profession reacted even after they got it, I thought people have stopped reading.
And they were all people whose profession was to read and write.
It was only then it occurred to me that it must have been so bad that people (knowing that without reading) just rejected it and my editor-friend praised it only to make me feel good. They again were being kind to not say how bad it was.
After all that is what friends are for. The 5,430 ‘online’ contacts, the 485 FB ‘friends’ and the thousands of colleagues in 14 jobs and over 500 students in my 10 years of teaching were not real friends and didn’t care.
Then I resumed blogging after gap of a few years just to keep the mind off negative thoughts that followed a bereavement. One or two likes and ‘follow’s came for every blog, but it seemed they were clicked on ONLY for me to reciprocate and add to their ‘stats’. (No offence meant to those who really liked).
When I decided to drop writing a third book, an online friend told me long back I should not care about not being read. Writing to express was one thing, writing to be read quite another and writing for people to buy your book yet another. Ond should decide, when writing, which of the three one aims at.
That very few or none read is established. I posted a ‘solution’ to the vexing problem of Ayodhya and not one reaction or ‘like’ came. On March 16 I mentioned the Union Civil Aviation Minister as Anand Gajapati Raju though it was Ashok. The mistake occurred because I KNEW Anand and Ashok are brothers and in different parties and that one was mistaken for the others by people who did not know. Thinking about that led to inadvertently mentioning one for the other.
And no Indian reader noticed it. Perhaps there were no Indian readers. Perhaps only foreigners read and it meant nothing to them.
Then, yesterday, I damned the Indian National Congress as being ready to instal a dog of the Indira Gandhi family as India’s prime minister. I could have been condemned by the dynasty devotees as a ‘Bhakt’ (devotee) of Narendra Modi, a stooge of the ruling BJP or a paid propagandist for the party. I am not (I worked for one BJP newspaper and three Congress dailies and felt all were equally bad).
But no one either attacked or praised it.
Do people read at all? Do people read only what they themselves write? Is writing a tool of communication or just an unburdening of one own mind?
Should one, as the online ‘friend’ suggested, just write for the sake of writing? Will anyone answer these questions?
YOU ARE THE TOP SUPPORTER OF ANY IDEOLOGY OR POLITICAL PARTY (though parties have nothing to do with ideology today) if you have contributed most to their victory and help groups on whose support the party comes to power.
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NOT A DAY PASSES IN INDIA without the media carrying some story or the other about large-scale corruption or about raids on a bureaucrat or politician yielding wealth beyond imagination,
Such deals by those in power stopped with the Congress and its allies thrown out, but the recent demonetisation brought reports of old notes worth crores being unearthed and some bankers helping turn black money into white though fake accounts or convenient interpretation of rules always favouring the rich ‘Mallyas’.
A politician who became the poster-boy of the fight against corruption, Arvind Kejriwal, till he came to power in Delhi, is now accused of receiving a bribe of Rs. 2 crores, by his own colleague and has not dared sue him for defamation. A national media house has