Saturday, November 26, 2005

govt of national unity?

nov 26th

kaunteya, interesting thought.

but such a thing would only be possible if the congress were a political party.

it is not. it is a vehicle for the personal aggrandizement of the nehru dynasty and hangers-on.

for the dynasty to continue to rule, it is necessary to keep indians 'barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen' or the equivalent thereof for men.

therefore the congress has no interest in anything that would do the nation any good. besides, it's so far to the left that in any normal country, the congress would be considered practically the same as marxists. it's only in bizarre india that the congress is considered 'centrist'. even a mildly right-wing party like the bjp here is anointed as fascist extreme right-wing because the discourse is so skewed to the left.

i am also personally not altogether enamored of the bjp, they are just a lot better than the others on offer. the bjp had the clever thought that they'd be a faux-nehruvian party, putting on the accoutrements of right-wing-ism but being nehruvian deep down. this they demonstrated in pandering during their term, quite fruitlessly of course. they did not do the triage into three groups: a) the committed, b) the convincable, c) the hostile. they should have done that and left the hostile groups alone and not spent any time on them. the convincable were the ones they should have paid attention to. instead, they took the 'committed' for granted, and wasted their efforts trying to convince the 'hostile'.

hindu or even national interests were not well served by the bjp because it was always trying to please the hostile media and trying to demonstrate to the hostile that they were really nice guys. which is sad because they, and the RSS, are really nice guys, and so get taken advantage of. nice guys finish last, as they have shown.

even in bihar, here's my prediction: nitish kumar, in his anxiety to appease marxists and mohammedans, will start distancing himself from the bjp. more 'secular', he will be. unlike the congress, which as soon as it came to power, re-started its stalinism with renewed vigor (best example is arjun singh.)

the dynasty retainers (like natwar singh) must have minted money for them to be so servile.

terrifying thought: india is being run by vincent george, the typist with rs. 100 crore in assets. consider: manmohan singh is ignored by everyone. sonia gandhi is not exactly known for her brains. so who is the behind-the-scenes manipulator? vincent george. a lot like m o mathai, another christist from kerala, who was the svengali behind indira gandhi.

8 comments:

KapiDhwaja said...

I think Advani & Vajpayee have a lot of explaining to do as to why nothing much was done to further Indian and Hindu interests, when they were in power. Advani took everyone for a ride in his Rath Yatra, and finally says in Pakistan that Babri demolition is the saddest day in his life. So all the people that supported him during the Rath Yatra were fools? This is not a sign of leadership. A leader has to have vision and conviction and stick to his stand. Not toggle between opposite ends of the spectrum. When in doubt, he or she has to have the courage to admit it. It is time Advani renounced his presidentship of the BJP, just as the RSS wants.

As for Vajpayee, his demeanour reminds me of Deve Gowda. Like a driver asleep behind the wheels. He should stick to writing poetry.

san said...

Heh, KapiDhwaja, call it the Bush effect. Just as you see Bush backpeddling to appease ferocious left-wing criticism and to appease some of the Islamists, likewise Advani/Vajpayee have that same insecurity about their image.

Rajeev, on Nitish behavior towards BJP, I'd say that Nitish may do a Naidu. As you may remember the not-yet-forgotten ex-CM of Andhra, he was likewise at first on-again-off-again towards his NDA coalition partner. But as time passed, his own political needs made him a greater stake-holder in the continued success of NDA, and he began to defend his partners a little more.
Even George Fernandes became a little more attached to BJP as a result of his alliance with them. But let's hope that Nitish can do a Naidu on economic liberalization. As long as he can liberalize the regulatory shackles, then growth should be guaranteed for such a rock-bottom state.

Meanwhile, look at another democratic revolt in CentralAsia which the US is again voicing political support for, this time in Azerbaijan:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4475012.stm

Azerbaijan is just north of Iran, and this would be a good place for democracy to take root. For one thing, it would put democratic pressure on the Iranian neighbors to the south who have cross-border trade with them (call it the Bihar effect, when people return to their local hole and report on the brightness elsewhere)

But you know the Russians are going to back their strongman allies to put down any democratic revolts. This is where our interests diverge from the Russians. Because while it may be in their interest as a littoral state to CentralAsia to see its people and borders locked in place, it could well be in our interest to see those borders start changing, particularly when it could trigger a domino-effect that eventually hits Pakistan.

san said...

Nitish has given the finance portfolios to BJP man Sushil Kumar Modi:

http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/nov/26bpoll.htm?q=np&file=.htm

A good start. Let's see if Modi can financially do a Naidu, or even a Narendra Modi, to bring the state out of its doldrums. One advantage of starting off from rock-bottom, is that there's nowhere to go but up.

Land-speculation is the one of the most lucrative areas of the Indian economy. I'd imagine that might be the first to catch fire in Bihar. Then after that, start setting up Call Centres and training institutes in the urban centres. Even if the countryside is mired in a backward swamp, at least ignite the urban economy, where it's easier to concentrate infrastructure.

As 2004 electoral debacles showed, you can't leave the rural majority out of the economic progress loop. But you can resort to the expediency of the triage principle to more quickly get the urban centres on their upward march, to buy more time for the deeper remediation process against rural backwardness and poverty, which takes longer.

saras said...

Sometime ago, I wrote the following article and sent it to Hindu for publication in the open page section but it was not published. They have not even told me why it could not be published.

India as a large Hindu democracy


Pakistan’s ISI has developed wide-spread tentacles throughout India and it is known to carry out its nefarious activities, all aimed at the destabilization of our country. Many of the thousands of legal and illegal madarasas, which have mushroomed all over India over the years, are known to provide logistic support to the ISI for carrying out its agenda.

Internal conflicts accentuated by religious discord and the attendant violence, such as those manifested recently in Gujarat, can be expected to be a recurrent feature from now on. A five-member study team of the Delhi-based Council for International Affairs and Human Rights has said that the Godhra carnage was an act of terrorism sponsored by Pakistan and was executed in connivance with "jehadi forces" based in the town. Pakistan is hell bent on creating instability in India and it will not rest until it achieves its ultimate goal of total disintegration of India.

How to thwart the evil designs of Pakistan? Is there any way by which this nation can be saved? The author of this article feels that there’s only one way and that’s to make India a Hindu nation.

The biggest problem facing India today is its huge population. Unless some harsh steps are taken even at this late stage, it will be very difficult to contain the upheavals that are likely to ensue in the Indian society in the coming years. As a result, India’s very existence as a unified nation is likely to be threatened. In short, unless the main problem facing India, i.e. population growth is dealt with an iron hand, there is no future for India.

Is it possible to undertake such an arduous task in the present political setup? Next to impossible. For reasons known to everyone, extreme measures, which are needed to contain the population explosion, such as common civil code, one-child policy etc. can not be implemented under the present secular model we have. The so-called secular parties such as Congress, CPI, CPM and some of the NDA constituents, with their petty vote bank politics will not allow such policies to be implemented. It is tragic that not a single political party even makes a noise about it, let alone pursues it. It is thus evident that all Indian political parties without exception have a terrible lack of vision or interest for tomorrow’s India. What then is the alternative? The only answer is that a new party with a radical manifesto should first come into existence and then strive to come to power to implement ruthlessly whatever is necessary to contain the population problem.

It is very difficult for any existing political party to come to power with a mandate, which is massive enough to make whatever amendments to the constitution are required. In these days of fractured politics, the voters will give a reasonable mandate to a party only if they are convinced that it is presenting them a new choice in the political arena. The party must have a manifesto, which makes a clean break with the past and which honestly presents an agenda, which is coherent and which proposes feasible and realistic solutions to the present day problems in a logical manner. As mentioned already, the manifesto must include among other things, issues like making India a Hindu nation, implementing a uniform civil code, a one-child policy, and last but not the least homogenisation of the social system among the Hindus. There are many other irritants, which are unpalatable to the majority of the population and so far they have had no opportunity to express their feelings, as no present political party gave them a choice. Examples are: Unchecked infiltration from Bangladesh, Special status to Jammu and Kashmir, state-funding of Haj travel, Non-regulation of Madarassas, etc. The new political party must address all these issues in unequivocal terms.

The ruckus over the Ram Janmabhoomi temple is totally unnecessary and portrays India in a very bad light, ranking it along side with the Islamic fundamentalist states, though the charge really is not sustainable. There are far more important issues involved here. The VHP, Bajrangdal et al. have taken up the Ramajanmabhoomi project just to demonstrate that Hinduism has to have supremacy in its motherland. This is borne out of the fear that Hinduism’s days are numbered. This fear may not be unfounded, if one takes cognizance of the following:

1. After the partition, the once sizeable Hindu minority in Pakistan has become virtually non-existent, whereas the Muslim minority in India has been growing at least at the same rate, if not higher, as the Hindus.
2. In the only Muslim majority state of Kashmir, the conditions are similar to those in Pakistan. Religious fanaticism aided by the cross-border terrorism is trying to make it a pure Islamic state, through ruthless killings and by driving the minority Hindus out of the state.
3. Large-scale infiltration of people from Bangladesh is changing the demographic character of certain states such as West Bengal and the North-Eastern States of India.

4. The Muslims, who constitute at present a mere 20% of the Indian population are able to wield excessive and skewed influence on the Indian polity, thanks to the vote bank politics practised by the so-called secular parties. What would be the state of affairs, if the Muslim population were to go up by another 10%? They will be a virtual majority as a collective group, thanks to the divisions among the Hindu population, with consequences disastrous to the majority community.
5. Of late, we have started hearing calls from across the border for a second partition of India. In his article “Homelands in Pakistan” in Rediff.com dated 26th April 2002, Claude Arpi tells as much, while referring to a commentary in Paknews.com, a Pakistani news Web site. In the Editorial titled ‘Thank God we have Pakistan’, which appeared on March 3, 2002, a call was given for the breaking up of India into several smaller countries, where minorities are in the government and are able to protect their rights. It further says that "This idea of a second partition has again come up after 55 years because the underlying argument of 'Two-Nation Theory', which was the basis for the creation of Pakistan, a home and safe haven for Muslims is once again valid and applicable to India.”
The Pakistani news website claims support to this new idea from ‘Information Times’, an American news Website. A look at the InformationTimes’ website reveals that it calls itself America's Daily Internet Newspaper and has one Syed Adeeb as its Chief Editor.
6. While the Muslims have a whole host of benefactors in the form of Pakistan, the Middle-Eastern countries, the Hindus have none. They have to set right their house on their own.

If the campaign for making India a Hindu nation is taken up in right earnest, the so-called Hindu fundamentalist groups can be made to see reason and drop the issue of the Ramajanmabhoomi. One can confidently say that there won’t be any negative fallout, if India abandons the secularism, as practised today. The reasons are as follows.

It is pretty obvious for anybody with an objective mind that it is inconsequential for the world whether India is a Hindu nation or a secular country. It is only the internal enemies, who with an eye on the vote bank, keep reciting the mantra that India will be a communal country if it becomes a Hindu nation. What is communal? Hinduism itself is a secular concept. It is a known fact that Hinduism respects all other religions, supports plurality and does not believe in conversion from one faith to another. What this means is that India can be a Hindu country and still remain truly secular.

Islamic countries like Malaysia, Turkey etc. are today seen to have a secular character. On the other hand, countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia etc, which are Islamic to the core and which do not respect other religions, are treated on par with secular India. So what advantages has secularism conferred on India? None whatsoever.

If India were to become a Hindu nation, it is not difficult to see the consequences. Parties like Congress, the leftists, SP and some of the allies of the NDA etc. will not hanker after the Muslim vote but instead start wooing the Hindus, because they will come to realize that there is a new phenomenon called ‘Hindu Vote Bank’. The stridency in the postures of the Muslims will nosedive, because the parties from which they have traditionally derived support will abandon them. Countries like Pakistan, which want to break up India with the help of some of their Indian co-religionists will find that their games will not succeed in the new political environment.

In fact, the majority of the Muslims is peace-loving and has no time or aptitude to needle the majority Hindus. It’s only a few fanatics among them, who harbour evil designs and who indulge in anti-national activities. Once these few elements lose their political support, they will cease to influence the thinking of the Muslims in general.

Thus the time has come for a paradigm shift in the political arena. A political party, which advocates a clear-cut agenda along the lines stated above, can derive considerable power from the majority of the population. Its presence and consequently, its clout in the Indian political scene will increase with time. If there were to be an increase in internal violence and terrorism-related activities, that would only contribute towards the raison d’etre and increased relevance of the new party. There will be a period of consolidation for the party, after which, it can initiate major reforms in all fields. It will receive support from all right thinking people, irrespective of their affiliation, because majority of the population wants peace and stability. The outside world too wants an India, where stability and social harmony prevail.

India can very well emulate the USA and many of the European nations. All these countries are democratic in character; all the citizens in these countries are bestowed with equal rights, irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. Religion is considered a private affair and there is no interference from the state. There is an unwritten code in all these countries; it is the majority, which decides how the country is run. Nevertheless, there is complete harmony between the majority and the minority. The minority does not adopt an aggressive posture or animosity towards the majority. It leaves the high ground to the majority, knowing that it gets whatever is its due.

As the Niyogi Commission remarked in the mid-50s, 'The best safeguard any minority can have is the goodwill of the majority community, and the right attitude of the minority is one of trust and confidence in the fair sense of the majority.'

DarkStorm said...

Saras, you sent your article to a yellow rag instead of a newspaper. The name Hindu doesnt mean they are necessarily Hindu supporters.

Sameer said...

Dear Saras,

Your article is great...

Hey u said India needs to emulate America...

Well, my dear, America is a home to thousands of hard-core christists, who are so fanatic that u can see Iraq war, sponsoring of so many christist organisations in India and other 'Unreached' countries.
They even are now destroying their own universities, they are teaching that God created man in Science class instead of Darwin's theory because thats what their bible says... ha ha ha... no this is not Saudi arabia...this is 'modern' america....

No not all Americans are like this.. america has no doubt been the center of Science.. and also due to america that we are leading comfortable lives... but slowly the hard-core christists are controlling the state of affairs and we see all dirty things happening... recently we saw some third rated magazine equalling RSS qith Al-Qaeda. Inspite of so much progress, many americans think of India as land of snake charmers and Hinduism as 'Heatheanic' as their church calls it.

I have always said and will always say... India need not emulate any country... whether America or Russia. We need to develop in our own way... as one set of conditions may work in one country but are not suited for another country.

Kalyani said...

http://www.newindpress.com/column/News.asp?Topic=-97&Title=S%2EGurumurthy&ID=IE620051123095622&nDate=&Sub=&Cat=&

"Population Has Nothing To With Religion?" by S.Gurumurthy

Kalyani said...

Saras,

Both churchainity and islam are inherently predacious cultures inimical to Hinduism.

The former should be sent to Italy and the latter to the deserts of Saudi Arabia as their loyalties too are likewise.The indian seculars too can join them as their cheerleaders, no regrets...we won't miss them.

Enough is enough.Our naive forefathers made a mistake sheltering the persecuted,little anticipating the grave consequences. Let us get wiser.

Hinduism's pluralism encompasses 'Shanmatham' like Gaanapathyam,Shaivam,Vaishnavam etc and certainly not cancerous violent creeds.

We don't contemplate coexistence with virus and germs invading our bodies.We take medicines to get rid of them.Same logic.