Opinion, Politics

Why “Modi the PM” is wrong this time.

When our opponents go low, we will go lower – this unfortunately seems to be the cherished motto nowadays. This is particularly true when it comes to political discourse, be it inside the parliament or outside, in our offices or homes, in public or private, MSM or SM – we as a society seem to be fighting to cater to the lowest common denominator.

When the one-time actress and now part-time Social Media trumpeter for the Congress equated Mr. Modi to a bird-dropping (when he was photographed standing near the gigantic feet of the gargantuan Bronze statue of the Sardar), I was one of the first to condemn the comment (as did many) despite the ululations of the Leftists about free speech and the associated trope. It was then (as it is now) not just about Modi but rather about the post of the Prime Minister. The PM does not belong to just the party in power but he and his government represent the people – those that voted for him and those that didn’t, those who like him and those that don’t.

I have observed that PM Modi seems to toggle a switch – when in parliament, when in an interview, when he is on a foreign trip he is the consummate diplomat – all-embracing, middle-ground, conciliatory, leader of a country. When he is on an election campaign the switch is toggled again and we have a different person – the street-fighter who will give better than he gets, the bare-knuckled fighter who will swing his roundhouses from his shoulder – but this is simply not done – no matter where he stands, he remains the PM of the country and he shall remain so till the time the next dispensation is sworn in.

PM Modi Dares Mamata Banerjee To Arrest Him For Saying 'Jai Shri Ram'

The ongoing election will probably go down in history as one of those that saw candidates at their worst – in terms of behavior and discourse. It is a fact that Rahul Gandhi has lowered the level of political discourse but that does not mean that the PM, particularly someone like Mr. Modi must resort to the same kind of meaningless rhetoric. Without mincing words I must say that him dragging Rahul’s long-dead father into the mud-slinging match that he has needlessly indulged in, reflects poorly not only on him but also on the post of the PM of a country – it is the latter constitutional position that is being shred to tatters.

What is also shocking is the support that the Social Media Bandwagon (paid and unpaid) along with the Troll-army of both sides has been giving to this kind of uncouth behavior. I was particularly shocked to see the defense mounted by what I consider(ed) sane voices in the Social Media – the insanity of the elections seems to have affected everyone. I even saw a post by one SM-trumpeter (a woman) who was making out the case that Rajiv got what he deserved – this is such nonsense – all said and done he was the PM of our country – he was one of us and he was killed by a foreign terrorist – how can you justify that?

The glee with which some sections of the SM received the news of Arvind Kejriwal getting publicly slapped is another case in point.

Some questions:

  1. When will we understand that it is never about the person but about what is at stake?
  2. When will we ever realize that we cannot be chameleons who will change our stand based on the individual involved? These very same people were all over SM abusing the other side when the PMs mother/wife were dragged into the controversy – how can it be wrong then and right now?
  3. When will we realize that we are being “played” by all sides and we are mere pawns being pushed around into squares not of our own volition?

As T.N. Seshan once observed – the electorate behaves like “dumb-driven-cattle” – he was right then and he is right now. We could use the same phrase to describe those in the SM-space as well.

We may be changing, we may be becoming  a super-power and all that but we are definitely not changing for the better…

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Culture, Humor, Opinion, Politics

The 6 Narratives of the SM-Hindu

  1. THE TINA TURNERS: We are not happy with you, but don’t worry we will still vote for you because (Eureka!!) TINA. You are still our man – There we have said it (a deep sigh)…

  2. THE BAKTHA SHIROMANIS: You are the 11th Avatar. Not Kalki but “Aaj-ki” (clang of cymbals and bells ringing in the background) Without you we are doomed. Save us Oh Lord! The world goes around because of you…

  3. THE WEAKASS WANGERS: Who cares for culture? People are only interested in Weakass (sound of applause in the background) – Water, Roads, Electricity – once this is done, say in about 60 years from now, (didn’t we give the Congress 60 years? Smirk… smirk) we will think about culture – ummm 2079 that is…

  4. THE FEARSOME-FEARFUL FIENDS: Anyone who does not support BJP and Modi is a closet Congress-stooge. Close the gates, bar the doors and be careful not to allow them into your timelines and walls. If theCongress comes back to power we will all be lynched on day-1 – wait and watch you NOTAVEER you *x*##* (redacted) you shall be the cause of our demise – Fie upon you (sound of thunder in the background)

  5. PARALYSIS BY ANALYSIS: Vikas is not bad, but Vikas itself is not enough – necessary but not sufficient condition. BJP is not doing enough but Congress will not even do this… or will they? Perhaps they will…no they won’t. BJP is not a friend but Congress is an enemy…Maybe we must vote for BJP for Vikas and not for culture – should we press the button gently perhaps so we can vote only for Weakass… (Aargh!! Sound of several people committing mass suicide)

  6. NOTA FOR MOTA: Nothing has happened, nothing will happen, politics is downstream from culture. Toadies can do their thing, we will vote NOTA (Background voices – prepare the ground to arrest these guys under POTA… another voice “Is POTA still around?)

Opinion, Sports

DHONI IS SYMBOLIC OF THE RELUCTANCE OF INDIANS TO QUIT GRACEFULLY

That MSD has been struggling to get the ball off the square for well over a year now is obvious. He is a spent force with his fitness and running between the wickets the only things keeping him even remotely relevant.

What is it about so many of us that prevents us from accepting the reality of age, the slowing of reflexes, the graying of the mane, the reality of wrinkles, and the need to make way for new and fresh blood?

Kapil Dev hung on long after his knees had given up and his bowling had become an apology – just for that one wicket so that he could nudge ahead of Richard Hadlee – today, so many cricketers have gone past that number he thought he could etch on the stone of eternity.

Tendulkar too overstayed for the sake of that 100th 100 and perhaps a chance to lay a finger on the World Cup – ironic that it was MSD who made Tendulkar’s dream a reality and it is the very same MSD who now fights vainly against the dying light…

To see MSD struggling to put bat to ball, flay at balls like Don Quixote raging at the windmills while tragic at one level, is also an indictment of all of us who refuse to acknowledge the vicissitudes of time. MSD might yet prove me wrong and make a quickfire 50 in the very next match but it shall only be a flash in the pan – he will never be the MSD of old – that MSD is long gone…

To have DK in the team and still retain MSD and then prevent a talent like Pant just because a senior citizen refuses to acknowledge the reality of his uselessness is tragically comic – the WC shall be lost with MSD at 4 – but even that shall not prevent us from asking MSD to leave gracefully – for his own sake, for the sake of the team, and for the sake of all his fans who are embarrassed to witness his struggles…

I had observed on another timeline that even Mathadhipathis must retire or descend into Mauna because senility is a reality. The Kanchi Paramacharya, once the voice of the Hindus himself entered into eternal silence and lived like that for close to two decades of his life – it was magnificent to behold – as if the silence of the Universe had entered into him.

We see this in our homes too where old parents who must enter into Vanaprastha continue to live as Grahasthas controlling the lives of their children…

We must learn to exit and exit gracefully if not for others at least for our own selves…

Go MSD… Go…


PS; (added: Feb 10, 2019) Although in subsequent matches, MSD did score a few runs, made contributions behind the wickets, the fact remains that Dhoni has lost the ability to be a match winner on his own. He can be part of a winning partnership when the other batsman does the heavy lifting – in the absence of such a partner, MSD can no longer do the heavy hitting himself…

Opinion, Politics

DHARMA IS NOT ANTITHETICAL TO VIKAS

(1) DHARMA is not antithetical to VIKAS.
(2) In NOTA lies a message.
(3) In VOTE-PRODUCTIVITY lies a story.
(4) In the agrarian crisis lies a WARNING.

Those who don’t want to see it, will anyway not see it. For those to whom culture is not important will dismiss it. For those who have hitched themselves to the juggernaut this is RW balderdash.

Sometimes bitter medicine helps clarify thinking. Halahala can turn the skin blue but it is that which makes Neelakanta the great power that he is…

Culture, Opinion, Politics

YATHA RAJA TATHA PRAJA (यथा राजा तथा प्रजा)

Even the fig leaf that covered the Emperor’s nakedness has been blown away and it does not make for pleasant viewing.

When an image speaks better than a 1000 words and so on, but say a few words I must…

Those who have pawned their souls to the juggernaut will come up with a story to defend this too. They have to for their survival depends on satiating the feeding frenzy of those who own them now. When defense becomes impossible in the face of irrefutable evidence they will go on the offensive, against those who call this shamelessness out – Extreme-Right, Fringe and so on…

Not doing anything for the Hindus was level-1, Siding with those who aim to break the Dharma is level-2, and openly supporting their twisted agenda (like here) is obviously level-3.

Depression is a mild word to capture the darkness that engulfs us. We will need an Avatara no less if we need to be pulled out of this morass.

We have before us two options – (1) A John Galtish walkout but are we Atlas that we may shrug? (2) Go back to our individual lives and eke it out, for the Dharmic fight is almost lost…

Acharya Vikas Massey wants to share his Good News folks and all of you are welcome

YATHA RAJA TATHA PRAJA (यथा राजा तथा प्रजा)

Ashish shelar

Culture, Opinion, Politics

FOR NOW, “FOE” NEEDS TO BE TRAMPLED INTO THE DUST

The gloves are well and truly off. This can’t go on. This expectation that the Hindu and the Hindu alone shall fold his body in half and bend over to have his backside flayed or rise up on her hind limbs and stretch her paws out in abject submission, begging that she and her legacy be treated kindly.

Why should I care about the FOE of SLB or anyone of their ilk when I know that not a single one from that ilk will stand up for me or stand with me when I call out someone from the cult of the Abrahamics?

As if the innumerable police cases were not enough here is someone who is having to deal with abuse and threats not only to himself but also to his family.

So when the leader of the Karni Sena says that Javed Akhtar is persona non grata in Rajasthan and if he so much as dares to step into Rajasthan he would be thrashed on the street, I support him.

Flatten the application of FOE, make it a level playing field and then we shall talk. Till such time FOE needs to be trampled into the dust.

Rohit-sardana

Opinion, Politics

The Chaiwala can sell more than just Chai

Make no mistake. This is an epochal moment in India’s foreign policy thrust. The External Affairs Ministry under Sushma and with PM Modi directly overseeing it is by far the most successful ministry in this cabinet.

For THE (anti) HINDU to be so effusive in its praise of this achievement means that this was a coup no one thought India would be able to pull off.

Consider the following:

1) First time in 7 decades of the UN that the UK will not be represented in the ICJ

2) First time that 1 of the 5 permanent members of the UNSC lost out to an “ordinary” member

3) First time that a sitting ICJ member lost out to another sitting ICJ member

4) UK held on till the last moment and gave up when it became clear that their position would become untenable, with more than 2/3rds of member countries voting against the UK

5) It was an unprecedented diplomatic outreach led by the PM, Swaraj, the FS Jaishankar, and India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin

The Chaiwala can actually do more than just sell Chai


http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/faced-with-defeat-uk-withdraws-india-wins-international-court-of-justice-seat/article20609566.ece