Top RSS/Modi Supporters in Congress

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Rajiv (Sanskrit word for lotus)  and the entire Indira dynasty, watching lotuses bloom in a lake. Rahul in extreme right and Priyanka in extreme left. All of them were claimants to the Prime Ministerial throne.  Including the dog?

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.

Who is responsible for Modi to come to power? Mani Shankar Iyer, without any doubt, Continue reading Top RSS/Modi Supporters in Congress

You Are Corrupt, I Am Corrupt

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Small fry caught counting.  Big fish escape net

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

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Morality As Political Tool

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IN INDIA WE EXPECT OUR PRIME MINISTERS AND PRESIDENTS, though the later are only titular heads, to be in their late sixties or older, to be paragons of virtue – very loyal to their spouses – though they may otherwise lack the acumen to handle a vast country’s complex  problems.

And they should preferably belong to a dynasty. If they do we can give them concessions like being in their forties. If they don’t belong to the dynasty, we question his having not having ever lived with a wife he married at a very young age and by arrangement, not his choice. If she belonged to the dynasty no one mentions that she married by choice but separated after becoming a mother twice!

And many Indian politicians lead double lives – of righteousness and high morals for the

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The Uncrowned Queen of India

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Maharaja Chamarajendra

INDIA, LIKE ALL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, had its days of monarchy. The memories of kings and autocratic rulers are still in the  of minds people.  Some seniors alive today were born in the days of  ‘Maharajas’ and ;Nawabs’.  But by then these were mere titles devoid of real power.

Power they did not have, as the British were the real rulers, but even after Independence the Constitution of India bestowed on them  privileges and privy purses  till 1972  as The Constitution (26th amendment) Act  was passed only at the fag end of 1971.

Diwan Jarmani Dass, who was a Minister  (Diwan) of Kapurthala and

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Patiala kingdoms, wrote a book in the ’70s, The Maharajas, which gave a graphic picture of the lavish life of perversion, orgies, debauchery and pursuit of pleasure these ‘kings’ enjoyed , especially in Punjab and the North, in return for allowing the British to rule the country.

There were also very good and  progressive kings – mostly in the South. Within days of ascending  Continue reading The Uncrowned Queen of India

Paper Democracy, Not Machine-Made

A JOKE IN A MAGAZINE DECADES AGO quoted a laundry advertisement of in the early days of washing machines. The ad said: “We don’t tear your clothes with machines. We do it carefully by hand.”   Torn by hand or by a machine, torn clothes are equally useless.

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Electronic Voting  Machines  (right)  cause ‘Behenji’ a head-ache

Uttar Pradesh Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati’s declaration that she was defeated by Electronic Voting Machines and not by Bharatiya Janata Party was, however, not meant to be a joke (though it sounds like a cheap one). Continue reading Paper Democracy, Not Machine-Made

An Oasis Without Water

India, many feel, is an oasis in the desert of failed democracies.

The img-20170208-wa0023world has too many dictatorships, starving nations where the ‘ruler’ spends millions on his birthday, ‘elected’ leaders who refuse to step down as their term ends, countries with fake elections controlled by army and religious hatred for neighbour or  contestants who declare they would accept an electoral verdict only if they win!

Is it really an oasis or just a mirage where most parties are ruled by dynasties? A party whose members wag their tails at dynastic bosses calls others ‘dogs’ and thinks one family won the freedom for the country all others who died for it were fools. And that too just because it took on the name of the group of people who fought for Independence and  Continue reading An Oasis Without Water

Cong Plays Gandhi Poltics

khadi-calendar-modi-aol-storageWriting on politics, I had said in a blog post (‘Scavenging With Pen‘) has been a dirty job which I tried to avoid.  But you cannot escape it when political sloganeering defying  logic is unthinkingly accepted by many  as truth.

Congress is making a hue and cry over a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi  in the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) calendar and diary for 2017. KVIC  has pointed out that the Mahatma’s picture was omitted from the  1996, 2002, 2005, 2011 , 2012 and 2013 calendar  during Congress rule. No one had raised a finger then. Quotes from the Mahatma were on most pages of the  new calendar and diary, KVIC said.

True the KVIC should not have put Narendra Modi’s picture there, as Continue reading Cong Plays Gandhi Poltics