Prime Minister Narendra Modi !

Allow me to congratulate you on all the right things you have done thus far to raise the mood of optimism within the country and the stock of this nation on global stage. But, as things have since turned, I am reminded of the corporate adage : Success is Failure … reserved for those who celebrate prematurely.

Mr Modi, it will be a mistake on your part to beleive that 1.25 billion Indians are your ‘ fan,’  your ‘bhakta’ as the mainstream media derisively addresses. We are not. We idolise the vision and goals you have set for the country going forward, the quality of governance you have promised. But that does not make us hero-worshippers by any stretch of imagination, as you may soon discover to your Party’s peril. We are waiting for you (and your Government) to deliver on those specific counts that you have shared with us through the electoral campaign, and since. But there are reasons for us to be alarmed, in the way things have begun to lapse…

One : Gandhi may be a Gujarati elder of yours but he is not, I repeat, not the ‘ Father of Our Nation ‘ to most of us. The way you have gone about selling Gandhi to us in India, I see the need for extreme caution. We respect Gandhi for some of the things he has done for the country; but there are many more reasons for us to be critical of : both his conduct and his ideological underpinnings. Far from being a saint, he is not even a man of knowledge in our book. A man of action, yes, but not someone who could be looked upon to set our moral compass. Much of our country’s problems can be traced back to Jawaharlal Nehru, and thence to Gandhi himself.

If you must declare a Father Of The Nation personality, Chanakya — Emperor Chandragupta’s mentor — would better suit the epithet. Or, Sri Ramachandra … Sri Krishna … Choose them, both for their appropriateness and for their wider acceptance.

Two : There is no reason for you to take yourself too seriously. We take the vision and goals you have shared with us seriously enough. They each are a tall order in themselves. We wish you the very best in leading your government’s endeavour to working at realising them for our people, especially the weakest and the most marginalised amongst us. But talking incessantly or prematurely would do liitle to further our effort. As it is, the fans and ‘bhaktas’ do not automatically acquire the necessary qualifications for executing and managing the governance processes. On top of it, the hint of basking in glory at this stage would more likely derail the momentum even before the steam has picked up in the set direction. You have spoken enough for an entire 5 – year term, I would suggest. And there would be occassions of State when you would be called upon to share further or reiterate some of the themes that have already broached from time to time. Which brings up the third matter.

Three : I guess symbolism has a place in a democratic polity. But considering that we have had a surfeit of it during the last 66 years, and nothing else, it would be nice to give it a rest for a decade or two. Symbolism is for paper tigers and propaganda personality build up, for the most part. Is that how you seek to position yourself ? I think not. The advisory then is a reasonable one : Desist from symbolic gestures and mere photo sessions. Because, even if you are not in that mould, your followers would end up using the opportunity for a public relations exercise for themselves.

The ” Clean India ” drive is the need of the hour. The way forward however is to restructure our muncipalities, redesign our infrastructure, and set executive and monitoring processes in place. We all keep our homes clean enough. The pile up happens because the the garbage handling is neither proper, timely, nor appropriately disposed. Poverty alleviation and beauty appreciation courses and enhancement programmes will go a long way in this regard, as will landscaping guidelines in rural and urban management agencies, state-of-the-art equipments, and training of manpower. These are amongst those not-so-easy part of what we have to do to keep India clean.

Mr Prime Minister, I hope this little well-meaning piece is not taken amiss. We all have supported you whole-heartedly and continue to hold heaps of good wishes for you and your government’s success at all those people-centric goals and nation-centred vision you have shared with us. It is because we wish to see you succeed that I am compelled to address this letter to you. For, I have a sense that few will or dare to be seen as kind of a spoilsport.

And, Sir, because the big ticket and well-publicised deeds of yours will mean little to the man in the street if the delivered values he receives from goods and service providers, in both private and public sectors, remain as before … in cost and quality of cereals and vegetables he buys, the house he obtains, the justice he is meted, the water he drinks, the electricity he consumes, the utility gadgets he needs, and the air he breathes. None of which can be improved by mere symbolism.

The need is to establish a convergence and define our agreed social values and to ground an organisation appropriate to each, both executive and regulatory. The processes for each primary, secondary and tertiary deliverables need to be defined and monitored; infrastructure needs to be put in place; equipments and training needs to be provided.

We have all along believed that these are the matters uppermost in your concerns. There would be ample opportunities for public relation exercises, once we have moved some distance along delivering those goals.

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The Writer As A Confused Nothing

Even as Narendra Modi embarked upon his visit to Japan, Pankaj Mishra asks the question :

” But can Modi’s old-fashioned reverence for all things Japanese, from the tea ceremony to nuclear plants, produce the right blueprint for India’s future ?” However, nothing in Prime Minister Modi’s background nor in Japan’s “all things” would place the rhetorical query in perspective; for that we need to read what the author’s bile threw up on the day India’s electoral results were declared, catapulting the forward-looking but culturally rooted man to the helm of affairs. The long piece published in The Guardian was pointedly titled : Narendra Modi and the new face of India @ http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/16/what-next-india-pankaj-mishra.

The latter is a ramble at best. It draws from such diverse symbols as Vikram Seth, the gay activist who in January this year made a dramatic show of an issue that was at most peripheral to most of us, already discredited Jawaharlal Nehru and since reviewed Mohandas K Gandhi, Indian economy, and the plethora which doesn’t even add up to something viably in context. It’s a babbling man in the make of what we now recognise as a reactionary fifth column, shooting off on prompt for sponsored effect.

The truth is that this country has moved past the elitist beats of accented delivery and much awarded english moulding intellectuals, who had taken over the media space and had settled back insured by their opinion creating prowess in an electoral process where demagoguery counted more than anything else. They could raise an issue to prominence, mould it to a different meaning, and kill it at will. That made for huge convenience for the powers lording over organised corruption in government corridors and bizmen caught up once on a while in light of public gaze. Bureaucrats and lowly lieutinents found it useful even to shield themselves from irresponsible consequences of their laziness and incompetence.

But the new India woke up to a man who didn’t just talk anti-corruption but walked it as an epitome, whose mother went in an ubiquitous ‘auto’ to cast her vote and still lived in a one-room abode. He lived the quintessential Indian values, was focussed on people-problems and making solutions happen, and had the carishma to attract competent and meritorious men who were equally passionate about this nation and its future. Unlike Pankaj Mishra, the sold messianic soul in search of his awards, Narendra Modi worked and delivered what mattered to people of India.

And that I believe is the real cause of the author’s heartburn : redundancy, before someone who had performance credentials that meant everything to the people against those accusations and insinuations Pankaj Mishra and his ilk have been hurling for over a decade without let up. These professing liberals, sloganeering seculars are diverse; but they all are now of a feather — clipped !

Frankly, Pankaj Mishra sounds like a fool trying to run down Japan.

Journal : This July 26, 2014

Ganapati Baba for WordPress Journal

It is in the midst of the monsoon season and yet in the second month after the new NDA Govt was sworn in. Both have been deficient, by measures comparable — about 35 %. But the direction from which the measures now stands are opposite to each other : the monsoon has travelled from amost 60 % deficiency towards a marked improvement while the NDA deficiency has risen from about mere 10 % in public skepticism or outright distrust to 35 % today. The clean sweep by Congress Party in Uttarakhand bye-elections may be seen as minor but, I believe, could be loaded with significance. It takes just a little while for public disenchantment towards a political party to tip over into electorally risky domain.

There are those who suggest that we must reign in our impatience which, in other words, means that we moderate our expectations from what has been promised by the BJP, which leads the current NDA Govt. The risk with this line is two-fold, the two mutually inflating each other : one, as suggested, the tip over into becoming an object of public displeasure could be far too swift to stage a real comback in time for elections in several other states; and, two, but for regular loud enough protests, the BJP leadership is likely to remain uninformed of the representative public mood towards their policies and performance, and never enter into constant relooping, reviewing and reappraising, necessary to keep itself in tune with the need, sentiments and opinions, of the people who it claims to represent.

The Govt’s vote for Hamas, and against Israel saw massive outcry in social media. Significantly, the regular media was pretty much sanguine about it … it being in line with how the previous UPA Govt would have gone. That, of course does not negate the well-received decisions in the Budget, on bring black money into light, reinstatement of marginalised but capable officers in the Govt, bringing our stranded home from abroad, etc. But there is an immediate trust deficit on account of NDA Govt’s apathy towards this huge geo-political problem around our neighbourhood and contrarian forces within, caused by Muslim community leaders who sympathise with fundamentalist al-Quaida, Hamas, and now ISIS, and severely undermine India’s security and its nationhood. This latter section of population are loyal to pan-Sunni-Islamic Caliphate, a program funded by Turkey and Qatar among others, whose forces are joined in by community youthfuls from all over the world – 10 % of Muslims in UK, US, EU, several countries in Africa, Middle East, China, Indian subcontinent and S-E Asia.

There is evidence of all non-Muslim countries now being in various stages of destabilisation wrought about by rabid fundamentalism, uprisings, riots and terror attacks. This is to be pre-empted … a task that is neither easy nor brooking an hour’s delay. There is much to be done in law provisions, getting an empowered and pro-actively effective task force in place and working hard, and placing a judicial vertical of special courts to adjudicate. Above all, the Govt needs to share with the public broad contours of what it has on its mind on the matter.

The time to start up on the issue is now. But, even if the political leadership were willing, the ambiguous and conservative economic policy mandates reflecting in the budget and the Geneva vote against Israel are proof of a bureaucracy weighted by inertia or devotion to misplaced continuity, or by plain mischief as beneficiary stooges of the previous government !

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 The season saw friendly visits by Langda and Chausa mangoes, including the latter’s small juicy types, and the sickening sweet Dushehri I have never really liked. The boils at some places on the body were familiar routine too, drying up in 3-5 days time, like virals. More rains are expected from today : tempreatures are moderate and pleasant if there is breeze over the body, natural or fan propelled.

This entry cannot end without mention of those tradition colocasia leaf preparation … ummhh. And today we bought an item each from every stall that line up the roundabout circle, 50 yards to our right. Shared among three of us, they made for a very pleasing meal.

I might shoot an email to Telecom Secretary about issues residents are facing … and yes, I need to finally decide if I’ll replace my internet security suite and demand a refund from eScan suppliers …

For the rest, it’s fine. Rum is cool and whisky, divine !

AAP : The New Political Kid On The Block

This is an India-specific article, and political, that brings together some of the material I lately wrote from time to time on recent exciting developments precipitated by Delhi elections in December last.

AAP is the new political kid on the block — Aam Aadmi Party, translating as “The Common Man’s Party.” It rose rather spectacularly on “anti-corruption” plank and the promise of setting a new “people-centered” and participatory governance paradigm. Emerging as the second largest party in the State Assembly, it now forms a minority government with the help of Congress Party — the outfit AAP’s founder Arvind Kejriwal (AK) had denounced as the mother of corruption in the country and had declared never to have any truck with it before or after the election.

I have been happy with the political churn but have been critical of AAP and AK.

First, I believe that the political developments that have thrown up AAP is good for political evolution in our country … but I look upon it in a historical perspective and not in the way of salvation, a finality or hero worship.

Second, anybody who promises perfection, totality, claims all honesty for himself and damns everybody else, and stands up as a missionary … is obviously a fool or a top conman.

Third, I will anyday go along with mere sincerity and a collective with a sense of history, continuity and purpose, even if imperfect.

Perhaps, this will explain my stance to AAP and Arvind Kejriwal.

I find AAP bumbling and blundering, insincere and easily compromising, though possibly well-meaning.

Frankly, after taking the support of #CongressParty
#AAP has lost all locus standii to crusade against corruption.

But there are enough emotional, “useful” idiots out there !

Some of their early proposals are outright Nehruvian that have kept the country scarcity bound, maximising taxation and incentivising poverty and riddling the society with vitually dozens of factions and fractions for meagre pie with the exchequer. The artificial measures have left the general public divided on account of being discriminated against for a variety of caste, region and language factors and not directly by the income criteria. The resulting angst and widespread heartburn has left the population mired in avoidable fraternal viciousness.

RT @BalakrishnanR Now Yogendra Yadav of AAP wants more reservations, quotas. Mate, you just lost AAP a huge block of votes.

So, with AAP’s new wave of reservations, quota and subsidies on way, I wrote :

IITian or not … #AAP
I would never ever place the affairs of our nation and our countrymen in the hands of  inexperienced, insincere, good-for-nothing motley crowd of power-grabbers !
Then, there was this ridiculous insistence on public referendums on every matter however minor, technical or complicated…
Huh … it’s funny how people expect the harried and hurried masses, over 40% are still illiterate and over 70% do not have the breather from mere subsistence concerns, to know enough about factors and nuances of everything under the sun to have an informed and well-considered opinon !

The close proximity of AAP with the “most corrupt” Congress Party was getting too snug … and my fears of mutual co-option between the two rang clear when the latter declared that it would halt the oppostion’s juggernaut under Narendra Modi with the help of AAP. The partnership was an ominous distraction and put paid to all the anti-corruption crusade of the new political outfit.

I see the AAP becoming a side kick, then an affiliate of the corrupt and incapable Congress Party over time.
They have all launched themselves on a dream career, the country and countrymen be damned !

Which brings me to two off-the-cuff reasons why I do not trust AAP for now and the reason why I stand to oppose Arvind Kejriwal politically  :

— Individuals can make a difference but only through leadership, capability and effecting change in the system and their processes. I have seen little of the character necessary to leadership, no evidence of capability nor of the calm and patience essential to bringing in any systemic change. There have been dream statements, clarion calls announcing pious intent … but nothing more. AK’s casual remark that “it is not rocket science” shows how little he knows about what he is stepping into. Transferring 800 DJB officers ! It already shows how far off they are from anything meaningful, long-term and substantial.– Meanwhile, the political dynamics has already overtaken them, with the “corrupt” party honchos, their allies and cliques digging into their capacity for the damage they can do if they are brought before courts of law and, conversely, of the help they can be if these AAP upstarts mind their ways and work along with them. And mind it, their capacity is mammoth, brutal and pervasive.

The anti-Modi, anti-BJP focus alone is purposeful to the AAP-Congress lot … for survival and for winning at the hustings. Under the circumstance, riding the “beat the opposition at all cost” tiger, whither the strength to stand their ground and retain their focus on anti-corruption crusade ? Whither any meaningful and substantial departure from business as usual ?

ON THE OTHER HAND, the opposition BJP did usher a departure when they came into power between 1999 and 2004. Its current Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi may not be perfect but has proven capabilities as an administrator and problem-solver, and as a leader of people. The party is no pushover; they can stand their ground without seeming radical. Its Chief Minister Parrikkar, in Goa, is doing it gradually : both at inflation control and effective governance. Nothing spectacular but good, which suummed up over time, would be great in the experience of the people. So are its other Chif Ministers … without promising perfection or announcing that they would change human nature itself or that they are angels and everyone with them are drawn from the land of the virtuous.Overall, I find it foolish to put much on AAP or AK. Already there is evidence that they are having to compromise and are getting sucked into the political quagmire. The task is admittedly difficult : there are hundreds of whorls and vortices clamouring for attention and ringing in challenges to capability and character.

But, of course, if AAP and AK still show the character and the moral fibre, and the ability to think on their feet … Godspeed to them. I’d be happy to be proved wrong !

A letter to Amartya Sen

Sen must return to his philosophical texts and learn, once more, that silence is often more eloquent than words, says the author, Sandipan Deb

Source : http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/jzZ7IgpYykSbY4YUMsTDMP/A-letter-for-Amartya-Sen.html

Stupa of Sariputta's relics in Nalanda Univers...
Stupa of Sariputta’s relics in Nalanda University, Bihar, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Dr./Bharat Ratna/former Master of Trinity/current Thomas W. Lamont professor at Harvard/Nobel laureate/economist/moral philosopher/Sanskritist/ greatest living authority on Adam Smith/the last great Bengali/lodestone of the greater good/town crier for the oppressed/the last word on social justice, welfare economics, good and evil, and many other things, etc., etc., Sir…

It is only a deep sense of inquiry (which you must agree is a good thing) and disquiet (which you have made a brilliant career out of) that compels me to write this.
Sir, you have suddenly been in the news for the last two weeks, which I am sure has nothing to do with the publication of your latest co-authored book, and have been making statements on various issues. There is this Gujarati economist—who possibly deserves the Nobel Prize as much as you did, and is stuck at Padma Vibhushan, one rung below you in the India honours list—who also has a co-authored book out and has been carping at you. For us Indians, it’s getting a bit too much. So, some questions.
Sir, do you really believe you are still an economist? Your career trajectory surely indicates that you have left that dismal science far behind. You have spent much of the last four decades studying philosophy, especially moral philosophy, and ancient Indian texts that no one other than you has heard of. Yes, your contribution to the field of economics is immense, and your Nobel Prize came 28 long years after the seminal contribution you made in social choice theory, and forced every economist worth his or her salt to re-examine all assumptions.
But what have you done after that? Your much-touted Kerala development model is a joke, especially among Malayalis who have a sense of humour. The state—which, anyway, is a money order economy—leads the country in suicide rates, the number of mentally ill people, domestic violence, alcoholism, bandhs and man-days lost, and lust for gold jewellery. Reams of statistics have been hurled at you, and yet you keep speaking about it, but then, philosophers don’t care about data, do they? Only economists do.
Any number of economists have expressed doubts about your data and your methodology in some of your most well-known works. For the food security Bill which you have been championing from every forum, you even went to the extent of concocting a random figure: that a thousand Indians will die per week if the Bill was not passed. And then, you brazenly admitted that this number was fictitious; “to capture people’s attention, you have to have a number” was what you said.
All government data shows that shoving free cereals down the throats of the poor (if the cereals ever reach them) makes no sense. India’s problem is malnutrition, which has to do with access to food other than cereals, sanitation and healthcare. The food security ordinance is ruinous for the economy and will help no one other than the already obese lower bureaucracy.
Let’s come to the growth versus development debate then (which should not be a debate at all, but you and that Gujarati have got into it). You have said that a focus on growth helps the “already-privileged”. In fact, if your own life is any indication at all, the “already-privileged” have it good any way, growth or bust. You created a world record when you became professor and head of the department of economics in Jadavpur University at the age of 23 (may be Robert Mugabe anointed a grandson as vice-chancellor of some university in Zimbabwe at the age of 18, I wouldn’t know). You weren’t even a Phd then.
But you were from the aristocratic Brahmo Samaj clique. P.C. Mahalanobis, czar of the Indian planned economy and another Brahmo, was your father’s friend and was impressed with you, and there you were, airdropped from a masters degree in Cambridge onto the throne. India was stuck in the Hindu rate of growth, but that didn’t hamper your career, did it? One can only hope that this extreme nepotism shaped your ideas when you grew older. But I have never heard you say that you were privileged in any way.
Ah, vice-chancellor? Who, may I ask, is Gopa Sabharwal, vice-chancellor of the Nalanda International University that you are supposed to be the big boss of, after A.P.J. Abdul Kalam left in disgust? Three names were forwarded to the government for the vice-chancellorship—Ramachandra Guha, Pratap Bhanu Mehta (I hope these two men need no introduction) and Gopa Sabharwal, an associate professor at Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi. You put your weight behind Sabharwal, even justified it in public, and she has been drawing a salary of over Rs.5 lakh per month for the last two years, with no university in sight. I think, sir, you are in a rather weak position when you talk of privileges.
And you are the icon of secularism. So you’ve said recently that Narendra Modi should not be prime minister. Fair enough. You are free to voice your opinion. As you did in 2006 when you said in Britain that if a school had to be religion-based, it should be a Christian school. Many of your friends, you said, were educated in St Xavier’s, Kolkata, and they were fine men. But other religions you were suspicious about. How do you justify that, sir?
So my humble request, sir, is that you return to your philosophical texts and learn, once more, that silence is often more eloquent than words, and that—you needn’t go to ancient Sanskrit texts for this—people who live in grass houses shouldn’t stow thrones. They fall right back on your head.
Sandipan Deb is a senior journalist and editor who is interested in puzzles of all forms.
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English: Shot by uploader. Photo of the terracota seal of Nalanda University on display in the Archaeological Survey of India museum in Nalanda. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Journal : June 20, 2013

It’s a depressing morning.

The colossal calamity due Nature’s fury in Uttarakhand is heart wrenching and the global despair I read in outpourings of minds aware dumps me in darkness. In the celestial underground, Sisyphus eyes the rock before starting to heave against it, in order to roll it back up to the top of the hill.

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Bank of America- Funding Coal, killing Communities

‘We Were Told To Lie,’

Say Bank Of America Employees

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“The government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP),

which gave banks cash incentives to modify loans under certain standards,

was supposed to streamline the process and help up to 4 million struggling homeowners

(to date, active permanent modifications number about 870,000). In reality, Bank of America used it as a tool, say these former employees, to squeeze as much money as possible out of struggling borrowers before eventually foreclosing on them. Borrowers were supposed to make three trial payments before the loan modification became permanent; in actuality, many borrowers would make payments for a year or more, only to find themselves rejected for a permanent modification, and then owing the difference between the trial modification and their original payment.”

Six former employees and one contractor say Bank of America’s mortgage servicing unit consistently lied to homeowners, fraudulently denied loan modifications and offered bonuses to staff for intentionally pushing people into foreclosure.

The allegations were made in sworn statements added to a civil lawsuit filed in federal court in Massachusetts.

Have we evolved as yet
to having severely punishing laws
against Corporate lies and fraudulent behaviour ?

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Call 1098, if you have after-party food that is likely to be wasted !

It’s the Child Helpline in India. They will come and collect the food. It’ll nourish the starved and the half-hungry; and, perhaps, inform him of how the more advantaged in society, in his very own country, live it off.

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How Money Makes You Lie and Cheat

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The Rich Are Different :

More Money, Less Empathy

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Capitalism channelises bothe the strengths and failures of humanity. Unfortunately, the strengths are few; failures more severe and far too many.

But humanity’s misfortune does not end there. It quadruples with capitalist success; for then, they have concentrated the resources and the means of Surround Propaganda, to beat the dead horse to wonderful tunes of intoxicating music !

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In my country …

English: Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand
Kedarnath Temple (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Several Thousands have been killed.

Hundreds of Thousands are stranded for days …

in Uttarakhand.

 ‘I watched my wife being swept away by the torrent’ …

Scores of entire villages have been washed away.

The venerated Kedarnath Temple site is back to how it was 500 years ago !

The catastrophe renders our political process so peurile.

The populist democracy has nothing in it to take up long-term interests of humanity.

Do we need an autocratic leadership then ? Yes, but in this very democratic and institutional set up.

English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference
Narendra Modi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We need a leader who strong and wise.

Which is why I regard Sudheendra Kulkarni’s eulogy for BJP‘s LK Advani,

his former boss and mentor, as trash;

his diatribe against Narendra Modi, the one leader I have come to trust for now,

is pure dickscum.

The fellow is making career out political brokering.

Then, there are these small minds who’ve begun their ‘aerial’ visits

and announcing a few ‘millions’ in assistance.

Typically Congressmen, who neither have the balls nor the intelligence

— a perfect mix for moral torpidity, corruption and debauchery.

It has taken the spine out of watchdog institutions,

the bureaucracy and a good part of judiciary.

The Congress leaders compare so vulgarly with the champions who’ve waded the ground with their personal presence, their hand and

RSS Flag
RSS Flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

provisions, medicines and relief. They are the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh

the RSS, who are the first and completely engaged with any national calamity anywhere.

Am I ‘Sanghi’ ? They don’t even know that I exist.

Or a ‘BJP’wala ? The answer is the same. I’ve never been anywhere close to them anytime in my life.

All that I observe and assess draws my empathy and affiliation. It political, not politics.

Hell, I would not even exactly agree with the slogan : India First …

If it also does not mean : People First ! That’s where my entire concern is anchored.

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An Indian Citizen’s Open Letter …

 

To

Shri Narendra Modi :

 

Sir,

I do not know what fate the 2014 elections will usher. In my own hope however, it is certain that the reins of the country’s administration pass into your hands. Hence in addressing this letter to you, I write to the future Prime Minister of India.

All that is wrong in this country today is well known : people are desperate, frustrated, unhappy and are without any inspiration or hope of an improved life. A perverse reversal of behavior pervades the nation everywhere : national interest, public welfare and the intent of alleviating the wretched lot of the people is singularly absent; mutual goodwill and respect among citizens has largely evaporated. Devotion to duty is a matter of the past.

The condition of people connected with land is deplorable; men are without work and have little opportunity to earn an honest livelihood, women find it extremely difficult to keep the family together. Alcohol is cheap, corrupt schemes to handout doles abound, yet managing food, education, health needs is impossible for most. Some work can be had in the city, but life is hell … people are treated like dogs, without a helpful hand or considerate terms, in dirtiest of cubby-holes. Not much is left after fending off the land sharks, children’s education is often an impossible dream, the water is usually not potable enough, sanitation is lacking, and ailments are treated by dangerous quacks.

This describes the lot of sixty per cent of our country’s population. The next thirty per cent are a little better and in somewhat improved situation. But rarely is anyone in a position to help the needy; most cannot and the few who can have their conscience turned upon their selves.

Socially, we are a divided people, accentuated by the politics about us over past some decades. Justice is too formal, costly and captive to well-oiled speech, legal brokers and money in our pocket. The populace suffers from inferior life-views and values system of mind-catchers with alien religious texts and wads of charity; the insensitivity of people with any status to speak of only reopens their wounds. Each on his mustache, while others sleep with their misery.

These are not conditions that foster hope and pride. Far astrayed from the Sanatan way of this land, selfishness rules and meanness pays, corrupt ways are rewarded, our young girls humiliated and women dishonoured. There is contempt for nature and its bounty is routinely degraded; widespread environmental damage is reduced to departmental sagacity; contaminated water bodies have stopped being the collosal loss they signify … all under the very noses of people charged with responsibility. In such a disappointing dispensation and dysfunctional system, what else could be expected ? Brazen murders, rape, theft, robbery, chaos and disorder, waste, inaction, loss ? Cost overuns by 10,000 % have been heard of but mean nothing to men who matter; inflation is just a number game; and corruption of our most sacrosanct of offices is passed off as characterstic of the times.

I believe that solutions package for the problems cited above is also well known. Yes, our financial market and institutions must be equipped to differentiate between honest savings and dishonest wealth, capital for the eddies and that with nationalist intent. Our country’s interest would not be served by chugging along with US policy and falling in line with its laws. Quits as, a compilation of our nation’s history will never be effected by scholars of the West or historians closed to our literary records.

Sir, this country needs a powerful center and our citizens’ interests will be served by decentralised governance. But, in today’s context, how will it happen without you aspiring single-mindedly for that one position, from where the urgently desired changes can caused to flow ?

For us, the nation, and alternate order the world is waiting for.

Hoping …

An Indian Citizen –

भारत के आम नागरिक का पत्र : श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के लिए

 

श्रीमान,

मैं नही जानता २०१४ के चुनाव इस देश की किस्मत में क्या लायेंगे। किन्तु स्वयं अपनी आशा अभिलाषा में यह तय है की देश के प्रशाशन की बागडोर आपके हाथ में हो। अतः यह पत्र मैं आपकोभारत के भावी प्रधान मंत्री को, लिख रहा हूँ । 

इस देश और आम जनता की स्थिति सर्वविदित है। लोग हताश हैं, निराश हैं, दुखी और मानहीन हैं। एक अजीब विपरीत व्यवहार सर्वत्र व्याप्त है : देशहित, लोक कल्याण, पारस्परिक सौहाद्र और जनता की कठिनाई का निवारण किसी की निगाह मैं नहीं है। कर्तव्य परायणता तो बीते समय की बात है। वह परिवार जो भूमि से जुड़े हैं, उनकी अवस्था शोचनीय है; पुरुष के लिए काम व आमदनी का साधन नहीं, स्त्रियों को परिवार को बांधे रखने का रास्ता नही। शराब सस्ती है, भोजन दुर्लभ। शहर में काम की कुछ संभावना है, लेकिन जीवन नरक है जैसे लोग न हों, निम्न प्राणी हों रहने की व्यवस्था नहीं, खर्च इतना की किराया के बाद कुछ बचता नहीं, बच्चों की पढाई प्रायः असम्भव है, पीने को स्वच्छ जल नहीं, डाक्टर और इलाज का व्यय तो दूर की बात है। 

ये हालात देश के साठ फीसदी लोगों का है। तीस फीसदी थोड़े बेहतर और थोडे ज्यादा बेहतर स्थिति में हैं। लेकिनशायद ही कोई जरूरतमंद की मदद करने की अवस्था में हो; कुछ जो हैं, उनकी जमीर ही मुड चुकी है। इस त्रस्त जीवन समुद्र में बाकी के दस फीसदी लोगों की एक अलग दुनिया है द्वीप प्राय, कटे हुए, सत्ता और सत्ता की राजनीती से जुड़े लोग जो अपने ही धन और सत्ता के विस्तार में व्यस्त हैं। 

इधर सामाजिक न्यायिक राजनैतिक व्यवस्था ऐसी की बंटी बांटी, हीन विचारों से आघातित, संवेदनहीनता से प्रताड़ित अपनीअपनी मूछें, अपना अपना दुख। सनातन पथ से कोसों दूर ! स्वार्थ, अधर्म, कन्याओं का अपमान, प्रकृति की अवमानना, वनों की कटाई, दूषित जल निधियां शाशनस्थ लोगों के नाक के नीचे। ऐसी व्यवस्था में निराशा, निर्लज्जता, चोरी, लूट और अकर्मण्यता न हो तो कैसे ? निम्न धर्म, दूषित संस्कार और ओछे विचार उसी के अनुरूप व्यवस्था को जन्म देंगे । इन्फ्लेशन मात्र एक संख्या बन रह जाएगी, करप्शन केवल समय का गर्भित संकेत।

मेरी समझ में कोई ऐसा हल नहीं है जो सर्वविदित न हो। हाँ, Financial Market और संस्थाओं को ईमान की पूँजी और बेइमान  के धन में फर्क करने के संस्कारतो होने ही चहिये। हमारे देश का हित अमेरिका की नीति व कानून से नहीं होगा। न ही हमारे राष्ट्र के इतिहास का सही आंकलन पश्चिम के विद्वान कर पायेंगे।

एक परिष्कृत व शक्तिशाली केंद्र हमारे देश की आवश्यकता है और शासन का विकेंद्रीकरण हम नागरिकों की जरूरत। किन्तु, आज के सन्दर्भ मेंयह पूरी तो तब होगी जब आप शीर्षस्थ पद पर आसीन होने का ध्यानस्थ प्रयास करेंगे :

हमारे लिए, देश के लिए, संसारालोक के लिए । 

आशाएं लिए,

भारत का एक आम नागरिक

Country, Culture And Countrymen

Bhagwad Gita – The most sacred Hindu text propagates sexism and casteism. Texts like these led to complete neglect of women (50% of the society) and segregated a section of society belonging to a particular caste (another 20% of the society). Should this not offend us, that 70% of Indian society was neglected and ostracized because of religious texts?
Gita Casteism
My reply :
Try interpreting it from memes of those times 5000 years ago, and not from our current colonialised “garbage” …
Women – is the principle, not gender. Men can equally vested with it. Its rooted in the things material, the earth, home, belongings … Focused on adding, increasing, nuturing … Attached.Caste – As population divider, derived from its Portugese root. In Gita, the term is “jati,” which is more a person qualifier or descriptive of psyche and life interest …

Vaishya are into material production, commerce and profit-taking;

Shudras are still more coiled in lower tendencies, anchored in the body – food, sex and subsistence – unmindful of what is electable and what is not.

What are the specifics ? Has the fellow visited Gujarat ? Is he looking for perfection in a land of chaos that has seen 100s of riots of all kinds and manner ? Did this person outrage in 1984 … a progrom and genocide proper, with over 20,000 killed ? What does he have to say about scores of people locked in the train at Godhra and burned with deliberation ?

Generics and fluff … But even the imagined can build emotions and generate outrage, isn’t it ?

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India can do better than Modi or Rahul

Anti – Modi outpourings in uncouched and couched terms …

My reply :

X , Y … You wish ! Talking is one thing … and articulation is of special relevance – the gab of those who’ve done little otherwise except earn their bread for their exclusive selves ! Of course, they all have an opinion about someone who has learnt to articulate because he had to, not because he wanted to. And Bongs especially … how dare someone rises above the filth we are submerged in !

To clarify, I have little hope from politicians in general. But I have no axe to grind when I see a phenomenon… which Modi is. Not all our fathers, friends and relatives are equal to it : do I therefore have to box him in ? That’s not my case.

India will arise from what it has, not from people settled in other cultures ! You have views and opinions we have no need of. Frankly, I doubt your management antecedents … especially in Indian context that you have little idea about. 

I am grateful … that we have a Modi and the BJP, who might be full of faults but have that one thing that this nation needs : Continuity and the courage to disregard the “foreigner,” who’ve nothing but an ignorance to grind at our expense.

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Foreigners … Why the hell should they be included in what India is. They’ll come if they find it profitable, money or otherwise. And take away, as it avails. That’s it. 

In fact, that’s the bane that needs to be nicked and snuffed : Foreigners in our affairs !

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Rounding Up

He he … right wing goondas (as the Hindutva protagonist is perceived) ! How many of them have you faced or those who you know have actually experienced their doings ? If you can’t specify, it would be pointer to how imaginary are your emotions and intellectual build up on the matter.

West Bengal has just been “emancipated” from actual Left wing goondas. There are 1000s of stories ppl actually have to tell. I refer you to Basudeb Sen‘s FB TL … he wud be 75, a 60’s graduate, Harvard alumnus and an independent Director on Company boards for long.

Interestingly, did you notice Utsav Mitra’s announcement : He’ll quit his comfy IT job and join the BJP to actively participate and campaign in the run up to 2014 elections ? Then wonder why …

No, you are an Indian, and that needs no certification from anyone. But this being in the cloud, the “tower,” without any real idea of what is happening on the ground, would give you false material to start your ruminations about India, its situation, its trajectory through its present and future.

I am not holding my breath on any expectation of what would happen … who would proved right or wrong. That just isn’t my business. My call is a position I take on matters that matter to our people :

–  Islamic belief system that simply manufacture sub-humans,

–  Maoists that are lost in the yawning chasm between what they want and what they do,

–  Left scums who only have empty heads around figuring out “Party strategies” for their people-be-damned-ideology,

–  the scamming scamsters and subversives of the #Congress and its self-coiled allies …

    all of these I oppose actively, as far as I can.

Finally, I do not have much expectation from politics, much less from politicians !


So, we can still be friends … My brotherhood however admits only those who have sensed the unbroken continuity that our country represents, who can smell its culture and taste its traditions, and who know that it is the only evolved way to universal love and peace in our midst !