Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quick notes: Juvenile rapists, GM crops...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Quick notes: Arab imperialism, Land grab...

  • Mental enslavement among Indian Muslims: During festivals in India or Pakistan, you increasingly find some Muslims dressed in Arab garb. It is time to address Arab cultural imperialism, because it is far more dangerous today at least in the sub-continent.

  • Authorizing land grab: Section 101 of the UPA Act states that if the acquired land remains unutilized for a period of five years from the date of taking over the possession, the land shall be returned to the owners.  The NDA amendment has swapped a defined period – that of five years – with “a period specified for setting up of any project or for five years”. Trying to be clever here, the mandarins. Starting January, 2015, any company can specify a period of say 10 or 20 years and were they to sit on the land for that long, it will remain with them. This sounds like land grabbing, especially for private projects where the government is also involved.

  • Another Tarun Tejpal? Rajendra Pachauri reigned over a culture of high-fives, hugs and other forms of physical contact that some women found loaded with sexual innuendoes.

  • G Madhavan Nair: "Aryabhatta knew about gravity before Newton. Our ancient scriptures also had information on metallurgy, algebra and astrology way before the western world knew about them".

  • Rothschild freeloader:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Must watch interview: Conspiracy to destabilize India

Must watch: Conspiracy to destabilize India.

Interview (42 minutes) with ex-RAW officer RSN Singh, in Hindi.

He makes many intuitive points that the perceptive among us have known/ have been observing for a while. Alas, common sense is a scarce commodity.

This needs to be disseminated widely. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quick notes: Corporate espionage, Analog fab...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

new godfather for indan lefties? 2/20 - Meet the Author: A Discussion of Perry Anderson's 'The Indian Ideology'

romila, sen-rothschild, genocide suzie, move over. there's a new kid in town

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sindu Singh <>
Date: Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:40 PM
Subject: TOMORROW: 2/20 - Meet the Author: A Discussion of Perry Anderson's 'The Indian Ideology'

What: Meet the Author- A Discussion of Perry Anderson's 'The Indian Ideology'
When: Friday, February 20th, 12 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Where: CCSRE Conference Room, Building 360

Lunch will be served at noon.

Please see flyer below for detailed agenda. 


Sindu Singh
Program Coordinator
Center for South Asia
Stanford University
Encina Hall West, Room 104
417 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305


southasia mailing list

my rediff piece on hinduphobia

Hinduphobia: Intolerance, racial and religious

To get such articles in your inbox
Text size:  A   A   A
February 19, 2015 10:45 IST

'I do hope the Patel family sues the hell out of the state of Alabama, and I hope the Hindu American Foundation and other community organisations are helping with legal aid and monetary support.'

'For, there is reason to believe that it is religious and racial bias that led to the incident: In other words, a hate crime. There is no reason to suffer that silently,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.

I was in the San Francisco Bay Area last week. So far as I can tell, the #BlackLivesMatter protests (external link) over police brutality in the shooting of teenaged Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, have run their course, and we are back to business as usual.

In the meantime, of course, President Barack Obama has made two rather unfortunate speeches alleging religious discrimination in India. Given American moralising, this is par for the course -- but two incidents suggested that the emperor is the one without clothes.

One could make the case that there is considerable phobia against non-Christians in the US, and on occasion this has led to violence. Of course, there is much racial discrimination as well. Blacks have long complained about the 'driving while black' syndrome, whereby a random black driver is far more likely to be stopped and questioned by police than a white: They are in effect guilty until proved innocent.

On the other hand, in a recent book, GhettosideLos Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy shows how rampant crime against blacks goes unpunished, as the police don't care to investigate adequately. I'd like to ask the sanctimonious POTUS, 'Wouldn't Martin Luther King be shocked that happens to blacks?' It appears Mississippi Burning is relevant even today, 50 years after civil rights marchers Schwerner, Goodman and Cheney were murdered by bigots.

Racial prejudice by the police affects browns as well, as in the sad case of Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old Indian grandfather visiting his developmentally-challenged, 17-month-old grandchild.

Patel was slammed to the pavement by a white policeman, paralysing him. His crime? 'Walking while brown': All Mr Patel did was walk in the neighbourhood where his son lives in Alabama. A neighbour complained that a 'black man in his 30s was walking in driveways, peering into garages.'

... deleted

sent from samsung galaxy note, so please excuse brevity

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Quick notes: Land acquisition, GM crops...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Rearming Hinduism

I was feeling quite discouraged today by the Modi government's inaction on issues dear to the core Hindu constituency - accompanied by its meek capitulation to anti-Hindu forces, to the point that I was pessimistic about the continued existence of Hindu civilization itself in the long term.

Then, I read this interview with author Vamsee Juluri regarding his book "Rearming Hinduism".

It had been on my reading list for a while. Buried deep in the interview were profound answers to my deepest concerns for the future of Hindutva
and Sanatana Dharma. 

I just happened to read the interview before going to bed - on a day that I've experienced a lot of pain and anger at injustice in this world and what I perceive as a great betrayal of Hindu hopes and aspirations by the Modi Sarkar.

Considering that I was/am a fervent champion of Modi Sarkar as representative of nothing less than a Hindu civilizational victory, disillusionment is but natural when one sees that the ephemeral #HinduUnity that elected it is being frittered away and perhaps our last opportunity 
for Hindu civilizational survival & regeneration is being squandered. 

These tweets also injected a dose of realism:

@sarkar_swati: Hindus will be defeated if they feel defeated. No avatar will ever protect you. Best not to expect too much from a leader

@sarkar_swati: Modi is the savior of Hindus - self defeating mentality. Hindus existed before him, will do so after him too

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hindu grandfather paralyzed by racist cops in Alabama

This is a terrible tragedy. Mr. Suresh bhai Patel, a Hindu grandfather was visiting his son in Alabama who had recently purchased a home - and went on a walk around the neighborhood.

A white supremacist Christist bigot called up the police simply because he saw someone who looked "different" on the footpath - the link includes audio from the 911 call describing "a skinny black guy, probably around 30 years old"

The racist white cop confronted Mr. Patel, who spoke no English - simply for walking down the street; then handcuffed him and threw him to the ground, tackling a harmless old man with unnecessary and disproportionate force - resulting in partial paralysis. Video footage from the police car is available at the link too:

With great effort, I recently persuaded my father to visit me in the U.S. He went walking around the neighborhood alone
while I was at work.

He had been a Fulbright scholar in the U.S 50 years ago and speaks impeccable English.

Was he supposed to carry his Passport and Visa on his person for a simple walk around the neighborhood? Shouldn't an Indian person not even dare to "look" at 
passers by? 

This could happen to any elderly person of Indian origin in America.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has been vitiated by the actions of the bigoted White cops in Alabama. 

Abraham Lincoln and the founding fathers of the United States would have been utterly SHOCKED by the racial and religious intolerance in today's America. 

Yet, President Obama disingenuously sermonises to India about alleged religious intolerance - when in fact, American evangelicals working to destroy Hindu civilization and undermine India's national sovereignty routinely travel to India on their "missions" and roam around the country unmolested.

I tagged Prime Minister Modi in multiple tweets on this subject, asking whether he would take up the racially motivated attack on Mr. Suresh Patel by prejudiced White cops in Alabama - with his good friend of recent vintage "Barack". 

I'm glad that GOI protested strongly in New Delhi and the Indian consulate with jurisdiction acted without its typical lethargy and displayed some spine. The city in Alabama has also apparently fired the racist policeman and arrested him.

But, such incidents are entirely avoidable - if racial and religious tolerance is inculcated in Americans, before its administration issues sanctimonious sermons misdirected at countries that do not need them.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fwd: Kejriwal's Promises vs Reality. BJP needs to keep close tabs on AK67 performance

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: sanjeev nayyar

AK67 made promises, here is promise list with possible roadblocks. BJP must keep track of each promise and monitor actual performance. It needs a Young Leader who is articulate and carries the seniors with him to take on AK 67. AK will always blame the Centre, so BJP has to play smart, importantly do its homework and speak in the language of the common man and in Hindi.
a. Full statehood for Delhi – requires Constitutional Amendment through act of Parliament.
b. Stronger Lok Pal in Delhi: Needs Delhi Lt Governor approval – LG had refused to give consent during 40 day AAP government.
c. Reform and restructure DDA and MCD: Both are control of the Centre.
d. Regularising Delhi's unauthorised colonies: Delhi govt can regularise these colonies but Union Urbal Development has the powers to change land-use.
e. Introducing open access in power distribution firms: Could run into legal hurdles as power discoms have signed contracts with Delhi govt that extend up to 2027.
f. Video record of court cases: SC has said no to this in a recent judgment.
g. Opening 500 new schools and colleges: Land will have to be made available by the Union Urban Development Ministry. 
Ant-graft bill, free water, lower power rates, jobs, free WI-FI, CCTV cameras for safety of women, constructing 200,000 toilets, devolution, fill up 55,000 vacancies in Delhi govt, country's lowest VAT.
When Arvind Kejriwal had last knocked on Narendra Modi's door — for an appointment, in Gujarat, before last year's Lok Sabha elections — the latter had slammed the door on him. Back as chief minister of Delhi, Kejriwal will now hope for a more courteous welcome, especially because he will need Modi's support to be able to fulfil almost all of his manifesto promises.

Modi, now the prime minister of India, realises that, too. He was quick to convey this to Kejriwal. "Spoke to @ArvindKejriwal & congratulated him on the win. Assured him Centre's complete support in the development of Delhi," Modi said on microblogging site Twitter after it became clear on Tuesday that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), under Kejriwal, was coming to power in Delhi.

Unlike those of other states, the chief minister of Delhi enjoys limited powers. According to the 69th amendment to the Constitution, the Delhi Assembly lacks the powers to make laws relating to police, public order and land. The problem is compounded by the presence of three municipal bodies — the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Cantonment Board — all of which are under control of the central government.

Also, apart from the three restricted entries in the state list, Kejriwal will need the the Centre's cooperation on many subjects that overlap with Centre's powers.

"For 24 years, the constitutional provisions have been violated. There are 57 areas under the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and about 60 items under MCD where the Delhi government cannot do anything without the Union government's approval. MCD cannot take even simple decisions like increasing the fine for littering on the street; the central government can do so," says Shailaja Chandra, a former chief secretary of Delhi.

In its 42-page manifesto, Kejriwal's AAP promises, among other things, statehood for Delhi, restructuring of DDA and MCD, and a new Lok Pal Act to strengthen the present Delhi Lok Ayukta. Each of these proposals needs the central government's approval — a fact the party does not mention in the manifesto.

The promise of full statehood requires an amendment to the Constitution through an Act of Parliament. Even the Modi-led central government cannot do this on its own, given that the ruling National Democratic Alliance does not have enough members in the Rajya Sabha. AAP's proposal to restructure DDA does not mention that the body is fully under the Union urban development ministry, so the Delhi government has no powers over it. MCD is governed by a legislation passed by Parliament, so only the Centre can make any change to it.

Even the promise of introducing the Jan Lok Pal Bill looks unsustainable, as the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, had last year refused to give his consent for the Bill, on the grounds that the Delhi Assembly was not competent enough to pass such a legislation. Any money Bill requires the L-G's approval before being introduced in the Assembly. Jung's consent, it is believed, will depend on the Centre's comfort with AAP's Bill.

"The system in Delhi is designed to fail," says Shakti Sinha, until recently a senior bureaucrat in the Delhi government. "It is difficult for even a seasoned bureaucrat to be sure where the central government's powers end and where the state government's begin."

Even the rather innocuous-looking promise of opening 500 new schools and 20 new colleges needs the Centre's support, as land in Delhi is a Union government subject. The AAP manifesto, released on January 31, says "proceedings of court cases will be video-recorded and made available to the public". The manifesto, however, seems to have missed the January 3 judgment of a three-judge Supreme Court Bench that made it clear no court proceedings would be video-recorded.
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar
To unsubscribe write back

sent from samsung galaxy note, so please excuse brevity

Fwd: The perils of China’s slowing economy+Prayers for breakfast+Pakistan’s unique relations with China+Lanka – Diplomacy: China creeps thru Govt ears+Is Beijing getting ready for currency war

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: sanjeev nayyar

2. Some issues with respect of India's nuclear liability law I by g balachandran 10/2/15
3. Prayers for breakfast by k p nayar on Obama religious tolerance sermon. Insightful. 11/2/15
4. Sino-Indian border dispute requires clear signals 11/2/15
'However, since Swaraj has raised that the upcoming state visit of Modi will be "an action-oriented visit," and will narrow down areas of differences in order to resolve the border dispute, India is making efforts in showing flexibility and creating a favorable atmosphere on resolving the issue. If there is an "out-of-box solution," it is likely a breakthrough over the eastern part of the border, which contains the most controversial area between China and India. Take the illegal McMahon Line, which is at the heart of the boundary dispute. The line running through the eastern Himalayas is a unilateral boundary created by Henry McMahon, a colonial official of British India at the time. This is a line that China has never accepted. If India won't make adjustments over the line, there will be no suggestion whatsoever that the two sides are any closer to agreeing.
Now that Swaraj has put forward the potential "out-of-box solution" this time, we have every reason to expect that the logjam could be broken and a new beginning could be made. But it remains to be seen what dedication Modi will put into a practical settlement for the bitter territorial dispute.'
My take – can Indian demand Maps from the Chinese on constitutes the Border before giving any out-of the box solutions.
5. Sino Pakistan ties to get closer 11/2/15
6. Pakistan's unique relations with China by Masood 11/2/15
'Pakistan will have to factor in China's global perspective while formulating its future policy and expectations. There is also a lot that our leaders need to learn from the sophistication of China's foreign policy. Despite US strategic convergence and growing support to India's role at the regional and global level, China remains unruffled and poised.
Because of the very complex nature of its relations with India, Beijing is uncomfortable when India- Pakistan tensions aggravate. Clearly, China would remain supportive of Pakistan but would like it to manage relations with its adversary more subtly to retain an environment whereby it is not forced to take sides, especially when the two countries have growing economic and commercial interests, despite their strategic incongruence.'
7. from Lanka – Diplomacy: China creeps thru Govt ears by upul josheph fernando 11/2/15
'The China-funded port city, a $1.34-billion project coming up near Colombo's Galle Face beach, has been in news ever since it was inaugurated in September by Chinese President Xi Jinping who visited Sri Lanka. Just ahead of Sri Lanka's presidential polls in January, Wickremesinghe – who was then the Opposition Leader – said the project would be scrapped should his joint coalition come to power, due to serious threats to the environment. Going by Wickremesinghe's emphatic comments pre-election, the Cabinet's nod for the project – announced on Thursday by Senaratne – seemed a virtual U-turn in its position".
This project was one cause for India to fall out with Mahinda. India's problem is: Why did Colombo give priority to the Chinese Port City Project over the priority list of issues in the 100-day programme?'
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar
To unsubscribe write back

sent from samsung galaxy note, so please excuse brevity

radha rajan Plainspeak on Delhi elections

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Radha Rajan

Debacle in Delhi: Beware of the termites around you Mr. Modi


The more things change the more they remain the same is a cynical but proven fact of life which found new meaning in the BJP's humiliating defeat in the Delhi elections. Just to prove how infallible the aphorism is, let me quote the opening sentence of the scathing series I wrote in May 2009 immediately after the BJP lost the Lok Sabha elections. "Karan Thapar accurately summed up the election results in a telling one-liner – while both the Congress and the BJP faced a host of problems until 3 weeks ago, the Congress' problems dissolved into nothingness while the BJP tripped over them. A truer thing was never said. What Karan Thapar did not say was that while all of the Congress' problems were external to the party, the BJP's problems were all from within. Behind Karan Thapar's one line summary lurked a sordid tale of epic proportions."

This was in May 2009. Advani's stranglehold on the BJP was loosened in September 2013 and the Congress was swept away in May 2014. These were not small changes but the BJP's wipe-out in Delhi conclusively proves the aphorism not the least because the Advani coterie sensing a change in the wind direction, moved lock, stock and barrel into the Modi camp. If internal machinations masquerading as grand strategy cost the BJP the elections in 2004 and 2009, internal machinations cost the BJP the Delhi assembly elections too in 2015. "India Shining" in English metamorphosed into the desi "Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas" signalling perpetuity of the Advani coterie.  

The blame for the Delhi debacle rests squarely with Narendra Modi and Amit Shah:

·         With Narendra Modi because he turned his eyes away his task at home, succumbed to the lure of the American siren and was so engrossed in planning his wardrobe and choosing the tea to impress the siren that he failed to give Delhi elections the time and attention they deserved;

·         The blame rests with Amit Shah because as President of the BJP he failed to find the winning formula for Delhi given the utter vacuousness and facelessness of the so-called leaders of Delhi BJP besides knowing full well that the entire non-BJP political spectrum was determined to gang up to consolidate all non-BJP votes in favour of the AAP.  

·         And the blame rests squarely and equally with both of them for allowing termites to crawl out of the woodwork and orbit freely around them as advisers, point persons and power managers. These termites insulated Modi and Shah from critics who had begun to sound the warning within three months of Modi Sarkar assuming charge at the centre.

·         The residual blame rests with the RSS for failing to arrest the drift and to stop every termite from becoming a power centre.

From December 2013 to February 2015 tactical and tectonic shift

While BJP supporters were unanimous in their view that the BJP was right to refuse to form the government in Delhi in December 2013 even after emerging as the single largest party with 32 seats, I was of the view then, as I am of the view today that the BJP should have honoured the mandate of the people of Delhi and ought to have formed the government. The argument of BJP supporters then was - by allowing Arvind Kejriwal to form the government the BJP was crafting the path to Kejriwal's self-destruction. It did not quite happen that way though. Arvind Kejriwal would have self-destructed only if he had been a self-made man. He was nurtured and let loose on the nation by American foreign policy instruments. When Kejriwal beat the retreat in 45 days, these forces sheathed the sword, re-worked their war strategy against Hindu nationalists (for the Generic Church Modi is the face of Hindu nationalism) and bided their time.

Had the BJP got the true measure of the man and the real nature of the threat he posed to the country, they would have formed the government in 2013. Had the BJP done so, there would have been no Arvind Kejriwal and no Delhi debacle. Neither Dr. Harsh Vardhan who was the BJP's choice of Chief Minister in 2013 nor any other BJP leader had one convincing argument to justify why they abdicated their responsibility in 2013 - except for Dr. Harsh Vardhan's one vapid statement oozing with self-righteousness but lacking in political wisdom – "BJP does not believe in horse trading". The Delhi Debacle is the BJP's chickens coming home to roost or the BJP's karmic trajectory, determined by their refusal to honour the voters' mandate in 2013, reaching its logical destination. The BJP learnt nothing from Chanakya. If Arvind Kejriwal is every bit as dangerous as he has been shown to be, and if the BJP was a nationalist party, it should have annihilated Kejriwal and AAP in 2013; instead, the BJP chose to mouth inanities, sought cover behind some bogus political virtue and left Kejriwal free to fight another fight on another day. And this time America's foreign policy drew blood.

Lesson number 1: Congress-mukt Bharat must be axiomatic of all anti-Hindu political forces; so when your enemy is down make sure he does not get up.

In December 2013, the BJP had 33% of the vote share and 32 seats. In May 2014, the BJP swept Delhi so thoroughly that AAP and the Congress had none. So what changed between May 2014 and February 2015? The story is the same in Jammu and Kashmir. Despite the fact that the BJP polled a higher percentage of votes than the PDP, the BJP's vote share in the J&K assembly elections was a whopping 10%less than the May 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Laddakh voted a BJP MP to parliament in 2014 but the BJP drew a blank from Laddakh during the assembly elections and its vote percentage dropped in Jammu too, which is considered a BJP bastion. While the BJP positioned itself as being the antithesis of the Congress and its brand of politics during the Lok Sabha elections, it began to sing politics of minority-ism tunes in Delhi when Gadkari met slaughter-house owners and butchers at the India Islamic Cultural Centre and when the BJP fell silent on Article 370, Union Territory status for Laddakh and when Modi made the unfortunate and improper remark against the Indian army in Srinagar.  

Lesson number 2: Hindu nationalists beware. The BJP is susceptible to the lure of secularism and politics of minority-ism.

The BJP lost and was wiped out of Delhi because and only because Delhi BJP, like Tamil Nadu BJP was bankrupt; it had no charismatic or clean leaders, it had no ideas and no agenda. If the Tamil Nadu BJP is only Dravidian ideology wearing the Modi mask, Delhi BJP is a conglomerate of self-interest, vested-interest, elite cricket club and wheelers and dealers hiding behind a Modi mask. Arvind Kejriwal and AAP went from door to door selling a pink elephant called "affordable politics" while the BJP sat at home watching Kejriwal on TV, munching on Modi Mantra, Barack Hangover and Shah Genius. In the end, the BJP scraped the bottom of the barrel and came up with three seats because Congress, communists, Christians and Muslims ganged up to out-genius Shah Genius. In December 2013 the BJP had 33% of Delhi's vote share and won 32 seats; in February 2015 the BJP continues to have 33% of the vote share but has only three seats. Two dear souls who spent the better part of D Day morning trying to make me see some tortuously argued grand plot crafted by Shah Genius to enable a Kejriwal win, should explain this arithmetic to me. It was entirely within the purview of Shah Genius to get committed BJP voters to vote for Kejriwal if the plot of the drama was Kejriwal's destruction embedded as time-bomb in the victory. That indeed would be Shah Genius at work; but the BJP vote share was intact. Kejriwal won because Sonia Genius instructed the Congress Muslim and Christian vote bank to consolidate and vote AAP. The Generic Church hand was revealed when Kejriwal participated in a Christian protest against church attacks in Delhi but rejected Imam Bukhari's call to Muslims to vote for AAP.

We all know the Afghan Mujahideen, the Hurriyat and ISIS are all American creations. So Kejriwal's election strategy refusing Muslim overtures but making common cause with Christians and in the end benefitting from both has America written all over it.    

Modi Fan Club should also explain why Amit Shah woke up to the fact of Delhi BJP's bankruptcy so late in the drama that he had to bring in a new hero to wake up the audience only when the drama was drawing to a close. It is still not clear if Kiran Bedi was Amit Shah's choice or was a decision imposed upon him; but picking up AAP left-overs from Sonia Gandhi's table was suicidal if Amit Shah made the choice or homicidal if it was someone else's unfolding conspiracy.  It was almost as if Sonia Gandhi was waiting for just this move – for the BJP to declare its Chief Ministerial candidate. As soon as Amit Shah projected Kiran Bedi as the BJP face of the Delhi elections, Sonia Gandhi drove Ajay Maken underground. The Congress simply vanished from the scene effectively transforming a three-corned epic battle to a street corner face-off between two former Anna Hazare stooges – Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal. If there was no Congress in the Delhi elections, there was no Amit Shah either. Question is why did Amit Shah disappear after catapulting Kiran Bedi on centre-stage? From that moment on Arun Jaitley was seen to be managing the Delhi elections.

Lesson number 3: Jaitley was Defence Minister, Finance Minister and Minister for Corporate Affairs; now he is Finance Minister, Minister for Corporate affairs and Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Delhi election manager and strategist. Is the truth as innocent as absence of real talent in the BJP or is it something else?    

Such is the blind faith of Modi Fan Club in Shah Genius that one theory doing the rounds is if Amit Shah could single-handedly micro-manage Elections 2014 to such perfection that the BJP swept its way to power with a clear and comfortable majority, if Amit Shah could topple the Congress from Maharashtra and Haryana, and if he can make the two Yadavs of Bihar and UP so insecure that they are talking about ganging up against Modi, could he not have chewed up puny Arvind Kejriwal in one bite? As the Delhi results show, Amit Shah could not because while Amit Shah may be a political genius he is not US State Department or CIA. Amit Shah could not stop the people of Delhi – Congress, communists, Christians and Muslims from ganging up against Narendra Modi and voting for AAP; thus while AAP secured 61 seats, the BJP got three! In the absence of Delhi BJP going to the people with a charismatic leader, a well-defined Delhi-centric agenda or Hindu-centric vision, these elections became a referendum on Narendra Modi and Modi was tested on the crucible of the promises he made to the people in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections. Kiran Bedi was reduced to Convenient Excuse in the bathos. Delhi Elections also became a lab experiment in anti-Modi ganging up.

Delhi elections as referendum on Narendra Modi

The termites orbiting around Modi used Modi to show-case Gandhi as Modi's official hero and by extension the hero of the "Hindu nationalist party"; and in typical Gandhian style even as Modi was sweeping the streets clean with his Swach Bharat broom and singing hallelujahs to Swami Vivekananda, the termites were doing real politics behind the scenes. Gandhi was publicly doing untouchability, temple entry, khadi and clean toilets and as gullible Hindus came to the streets trotting faithfully behind Gandhi thinking he was leading them to freedom thru clean toilets, khadi and temple entry, Gandhi was undermining Tilak, decimating Ambedkar, evicting Subhash Bose, silencing KM Munshi, Patel and Rajaji, inking deals with Lord Irwin, negotiating with the Cabinet Mission and hobnobbing with Mountbatten behind the scenes, away from public scrutiny. So while Narendra Modi was playing Gandhi the social reformer and Vivekananda bhakta, the coterie was doing the real politics behind the scenes - who would be cabinet minister, who would be minister of state, the foreign policy route, economic agenda, what should Modi say and what should Modi do. And in perfect Gandhi style, in perfect American geo-political style, while Barack was charming Modi, the US State Department was string-pulling Arvind Kejriwal.

I have made my analysis of the BJP's loss in the Delhi elections a referendum on Modi and Amit Shah. Let me begin by asking the following questions:

1.      Why was Arun Jaitley given charge of three key ministries when Modi formed the government? Why is Jaitley in charge of three ministries even now?

2.      Why did Modi not have two different ministers for Defence and Finance? Was this Modi's decision or was this decision imposed upon Modi? Who is or are Modi's political advisers?

3.      Why did Modi ignore the decade-long humiliation inflicted by America and its vassal states on Modi and by extension on Hindu nationalists and waltz into the American parlour?

4.      What did India get from America when Modi went to Washington and when Barack came to New Delhi? Who is or are Modi's foreign policy advisers?

5.      Why is Arun Shourie not a part of Modi's cabinet? Was Arun Shourie sidelined like Dr. Swamy or was he unwilling? If Shourie was unwilling he could still have been persuaded to join the cabinet in national interest. Did Modi or the coterie around him really try?

6.      Why was Subramaniam Swamy denied a seat during the Lok Sabha elections? And why was he not inducted into the cabinet via the Rajya Sabha route?

7.      Why favour Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman alone from among the young and vocal in the BJP while ignoring Meenakshi Lekhi and Anurag Thakur.

8.      Why choose AAP left-over Kiran Bedi instead of nurturing and grooming Anurag Thakur and Meenakshi Lekhi for the Chief Minister's post?

9.      Why has the Modi government not proceeded against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case?

10.  When the Generic Church identified Poland as the weakest link in the Soviet Bloc to disintegrate the Soviet Union and elected a Polish Pope, why did not Modi induct a high-profile Kashmiri Pandit or a Laddakhi Buddhist into his cabinet? As I asked before, who is Modi's political adviser?

Sabotaging the National Herald case as example of what ails the BJP   

Narendra Modi fought the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on the twin planks of Corruption and Congress-mukt Bharat; and Dr. Subramanian Swamy in a masterstroke synthesised both objectives when he nailed Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case. On June 26, 2015, within a month of Modi government coming to power at the Centre, a trial court in Delhi issued an order summoning Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to court. Within three days of the summons, Dr. Swamy filed a complaint of money-laundering against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi with the Director of Enforcement Directorate. As was expected, Sonia Gandhi approached the Delhi Court for redress and the Delhi Court in July 2015 obligingly issued an interim order staying the trial court's summons to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. It follows then that the interim order was issued pending furtherance of the case in the High Court. So why has there been no further movement in the Delhi Court in the case against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi? Is it because the law ministry has so far refused to urge the high court to list the case for hearing or is it because the government has refused to hand over incriminating material to prosecuting agencies? And why is there no movement in the office of the Enforcement Directorate on the money laundering case?

The BJP let Kejriwal off the hook in 2013 instead of barbecuing him without wasting time; the BJP seems similarly disinclined to pursuing Sonia Gandhi, her son and her son-in-law with single-point determination to make for a Sonia-mukt Bharat. How much of this tardiness can be attributed to the SC Advocates Club in Delhi which is blurring the lines between the Congress and the BJP?

BJP's economic agenda

The BJP's promise to fight and punish corruption stands exposed from the manner in which they have dealt with Dr. Subramaniam Swamy and from the fact they had to look elsewhere for their Chief Minister candidate instead of looking within at the Delhi BJP. Economists within the Hindu fold say there are no indications, not even the faintest signal that there is any new direction to the economy. While it is generally acknowledged that definitive results on the economic front can be expected only towards the end of two years, it is also admitted that they are unable to see any signs that the BJP is moving in that direction. I am not an economist but it seems to me the BJP is genetically inclined to looking outside for answers. It picked up Kiran Bedi and Shazia Ilmi to infuse new blood and new life into the Delhi elections.

But taking into account that Sab ka Saath, sab ka vikas was just more of India Shining, I cannot help but wonder if Make in India is not simply more of the FDI-FII driven national economy where countries coming to India like America is now coming into the Gem and Jewellery business will only push India deeper into the FDI-FII paradigm. Make in India can actually resist any paradigm shift which may deny America and other western nations neck deep in recession, a share in the expected to boom Indian economic pie and this was proved unmistakably when senior ministers scoffed at Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan's suggestion that the government should fine tune Make in India to Make for India. There also seems to be tremendous resistance to look for Indian economists residing in India as advisers to the Prime Minister.

The coterie around Modi has taken over from Modi and Amit Shah both. From the direction in which Modi Sarkar is heading – towards an America-centric foreign policy and America driven economy, I am tempted to summarise thus – America is India's External Affairs Minister, Narendra Modi is Foreign Secretary and the Foreign Secretary is PA to FS. And the coterie orbiting around Modi and Shah have taken over the roles of Prime Minister and Party President.

When Narendra Modi and Amit Shah won three consecutive assembly elections in Gujarat, when Amit Shah crafted BJP victory in the Lok Sabha elections followed by impressive breaking-the-mould wins in Maharashtra and Haryana, they did it without the help of the coterie and the elite Cricket and Advocates Clubs. Narendra Modi must turn his eyes back to look within the country for motive, for inspiration and for raison d'etre. Mr. Modi, your voters are here, in India. Amit Shah and Narendra Modi must pay heed to the intense anger, shame and humiliation that have been inflicted upon hundreds of thousands of BJP supporters when they lost Delhi with such cynicism and disregard for the Indian voter. Indian voters of the BJP must be privileged over Overseas Friends of the BJP. Modi Mantra and Shah Genius have both taken a beating and that truth cannot be denied or explained away with tortuous feel-good explanations.

Radha Rajan

11th February, 2015     

sent from samsung galaxy note, so please excuse brevity

Fwd: Post Delhi rout NDA Cabinet doubles authorised capital of NMDC+ SC admits plea on courts upholding church annulments HT report

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: sanjeev nayyar

1. Post Delhi rout NDA Cabinet doubles authorised capital of NMDC (national minorites development and finance corporation) to Rs 3,000 crs. NMDFC provides soft loans to minority communities for self-employment and economic development.
This sort of reaction is one what would have expected from the Congress. Do poor Hindus not deserve such a facility. How different is NDA 2 from Congress.
2. SC agreed to examine a petition asking it to direct civil courts to uphold a church court's order nullifying marriage of a Christian couple.
Spoke to a Christian friend who said every divorce of a Christian has to be first annulled by Church and then normal court proceedings. He said that Church approval is required if person wants to get married in Church again. Two said that Code of Canon Law worked during British times, it is a set of principles not law.
What is the concept of a Church Court? Did the law provide for its existence before UPA 1 ie 2004. What is the Code of Canon Law? Can someone enlighten. 
SC admits plea on courts upholding church annulments 10/2/15

The Supreme Court Monday strongly advocated keeping religious beliefs away from civil disputes in families, but at the same time agreed to examine a petition asking it to direct civil courts to uphold a church court's order nullifying marriage of a Christian couple.

As per an earlier SC verdict, Christians have to move a civil court for divorce. But their personal law permits them to get marriage nullified by a church court which, in the wake of the top court order, is not valid.

Senior counsel Soli Sorabjee, is representing petitioner Clarence Pais, 84 — who claims that if courts in India recognise dissolution of marriage under Mohammedan Law, it should also recognise dissolution of marriage by Christians under Code of Canon Law — the personal law of Catholics.

The bench, headed by justice Vikramjit Sen, expressing concern at the growing number of honour killings and said allowing the PIL could open a Pandora's Box as people from all religions would approach the court requesting to let them carry along their personal law. "We have to stamp out religion from civil law," justice Sen noted. The bench asked additional solicitor general to file a response to the PIL and gave four weeks to the centre to respond.

The matter was posted for further hearing to April 8.

Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar
To unsubscribe write back

sent from samsung galaxy note, so please excuse brevity

Monday, February 09, 2015

AAP Sweeps Delhi, Takes 65 of 70 Seats

Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP have swept the Delhi elections for a landslide victory, taking at least 65 out of 70 seats. Stocks in real estate and power immediately fell in response. Given the poor way in
which his govt performed the last time, the question of how well he's going to govern again is front and centre.

The BJP won 5 seats, while the Congress Party got no seats at all, which seems to reflect the abandonment of the Congress Party by its traditional vote banks in favour of AAP.

Looks like "Gharibi Hatao" has just been successfully resuscitated.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Quick notes: Crash ratings, Diplomacy lesson...

  • India adopting first-ever crash-test standards. Major automakers would fail

  • Anna Hazare to campaign against Land Acquisition ordinance, says Modi government anti-farmer

  • Paki diplomat in Dhaka caught involving in terror financing and fake Indian currency racket

  • Religion of Karl Marx: The CPI and the CPI-M spent almost a decade-and-a-half accusing each of heresy; the CPI-M refused to accept the CPI into the Left Front fold until it admitted its errors at the Bhatinda session of 1977, a ritual that strongly resembled doing penance.

    The Buddha preached moderation in all matters, and the Jain tradition was to renounce violence of all kinds. This was not the ground where the concept of 'blasphemy' could arise.  It was a different tale in West Asia, where the three Abrahamic religions were born. There was no room for tolerance, leave alone respect, when a faith was (often literally) battling for survival. And so, almost inevitably, heretics and blasphemers alike started to pay with their lives.

  • Fight smog: Chinese man invents 'green firecracker'

  • Bitter lesson in diplomacy:

  • O Ranga Sayee - Semmangudi:

  • Composer: Tyaagaraaja

    O rangashAyi pilacitE O yanucu rA rAdA

    sAranga varuDu jUci kailAsAdhipuDu gAlEdA

    bhUlOka vaikuNTham idiyani nIlOna nIvE yuppongi
    shrI lOluDai yuNTe mA cintadire dennaDo mElOrva
    lEni janulalO nE migula nOgili divya rUpamunu mutyAla
    saruLa yuramunu gana vacciti tyAgarAja hrd-bhUSaNa

Friday, February 06, 2015

Quick notes: EMALS, Solar maps...

  • India eyeing EMALS technology from the US... Little indication of forward movement in Indo-US defence relations even after Obama's visit.

  • India Solar resource maps

  • The Puzzling Link between HIV diagnoses and Craigslist

  • Why I Want To Spend My Whole Life In Varanasi: But please do something about the damn traffic

  •  Mandukya Upanishad Verse 7:
    He is neither that which is known, nor that which is not known. Nor is He the sum of all that might be known.
    He cannot be seen, grasped, bargained with.
    He is undefinable, unthinkable, indescribable.
    The only proof of his existence is Union with Him. The world disappears in him.
    He is the peaceful, the good, the One without a second

  • naantaHpraGYaM na bahishhpraGYaM na ubhayataH praGYaM
    na praGYaanaghanaM na praGYaM na apraGYaM .
    adR^ishhTam avyavahaaryam agraahyam alakshaNaM
    achintyam avyapadeshyam ekaatma pratyayasaaraM
    prapaJNchopashamaM shaantaM shivam advaitaM chaturthaM manyante sa aatmaa sa viGYeyaH .. 7..

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Fwd: MRC : 4th Feb 2015 : "Studying History of Science & Technology in India"

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Michel Danino" <>
Date: Feb 3, 2015 5:21 PM
Subject: MRC : 4th Feb 2015 : "Studying History of Science & Technology in India"
To: "Michel Danino" <>

Dear friends,

You are most welcome to the lecture below. Please also circulate the announcement among your Bangalore friends who may be interested.



---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: Reschedule[Talk] MRC : 4th Feb 2015 : "Studying History of
Science & Technology in India"
From:    "Broadcast-IISc" <>
Date:    Mon, February 2, 2015 2:07 pm
To:      "Broadcast-IISc" <>

Dear All,

  Name of Speaker: Michel Danino
  Date: 4 February 2015
  Venue: MRC Auditorium
  Time: 5:30 PM
  All are Welcome

  Studying History of Science & Technology in India
  Michel Danino

  India's past scientific and technological advances have been well
documented, although mainstream history of science is yet to take full
notice of them. In fact, India's scientific community remains largely
unaware of India's contributions to the field, rightly distrustful of
exaggerated claims, but doing little to promote research in Indian
history of science.

         Using authentic scholarship in the field, this illustrated
lecture will offer an overview of scientific achievements in
India from earliest times, with a focus on mathematics and
astronomy. It will also show how India's cultural background
led to developments different from those found in other
civilizations, illustrating how in the ancient world at least,
science and culture need to be studied together. Finally it will
address the oft-asked question: Why did science in India did not
evolve into modern science if it was so advanced?


  Born in France in 1956, Michel Danino has been living in India since
1977 and is now an Indian citizen. A student of Indian civilization, he
has authored papers and books in French and English. Recent titles
include The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati (Penguin India,
2010) and Indian Culture and India's Future (DK Printworld, 2011). The
Dawn of Indian Civilization and the Elusive Aryans is forthcoming.

     Michel Danino has lectured across India on the Indus-Sarasvati
civilization, the Aryan problem, India's scientific and
technological achievements, India's ecological traditions, and the
challenges faced by Indian culture today. He has taught at several
institutions. He was recently scholar-in-residence at IIT Kanpur for
a lecture series on Indian civilization, and since 2011 he has been
guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar, where he is assisting the setting
up of an Archaeological Sciences Centre.

  N. Ravishankar
  Materials Research Centre
  Indian Institute of Science
  Bangalore, INDIA <>

  Visit our new webpage at :
  Follow our research on Researcher ID at -