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Francois Gautier on the absurdities of Indian Politics.

Francois Gautier sums it all up about Indian Politics. You cant help but nod your head in approval to his thoughts.

The Kafkaesque streak in Indian politics

Franz Kafka (1852 to 1931) was a Czech writer, most famous for his novels The Trial and The Metamorphosis, where the Absurd, Grotesque and the Illogical were given a new life with impossible twists. The word ‘Kafkaesque’ has today transcended the literary realm and pertains to real-life occurrences and situations that are incomprehensibly complex, bizarre, illogical, often with a sense of impending danger.

The term ‘Kafkaesque’ could be very well applied to today’s politics in India, for things have gone to such a pitch of absurd, unfair, blatant and outrageous illogical state that it baffles the mind. Yet, neither the politicians, nor most of the press, find anything wrong in it.

Just a few examples to illustrate my point:

Bharatiya Janata Party  leader Varun Gandhi  spent nearly three weeks in jail under the National Security Act, just because he said something which might be reprehensible. But many mullahs spew fire and venom in their Friday discourses — but none ever gets arrested because riots would erupt immediately.

Sadhvi Pragnya, a Hindu monk, has been languishing in jail for months even though no conclusive proof has been brought forward of her direct involvement in the Malegaon blasts  case. Recently she was reportedly assaulted by a Muslim inmate at a Mumbai  jail and sustained injuries to her face, nose and neck.

But you have the Islamist leader Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the Coimbatore bomb blasts of 1998 which cost the lives of 60 people who was subsequently acquitted, and whose outfit the People’s Democratic Party is campaigning in Kerala along with the CPI-M . Kafkaesque?

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May 8, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , | 2 Comments

For long will we talk about caste? How much more longer?

I just read an interview of Lalu Prasad Yadav with Thehelka. Secular Daily interviewing a secular neta. Anyway this below statement is what blew my lid off.

Your alliance seems caste-based.
And doesn’t it work? Caste formulas work everywhere. Even in your state, Maharashtra, everybody is fighting in the name of Marathas and non-Marathas. So what if we do the same?

In hindsight he is right, it works and thats the bane of this nation. There is no point blaming politicians for it, they are like blood sucking parasites, when they find blood they suck. But its upto the people of this nation to come out of the mentality of caste and caste formula’s. Casteism hasnt done any good for this country in the last few thousands of years and i am sure it will not help the future as well. So isnt it time for use to come out of it? Because if we dont, we will keep fighting within ourselves until another muhammed of ghazni come in from afghnistan to plunder us. And yeah , stock up a lot of money because if that happens then we will have to pay the jizya in our own country.

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May 4, 2009 Posted by | General Thoughts. | , | 2 Comments

“India has no plan to fight the Taliban”

Well, with our politicos busy stashing away their ill gained wealth into their secret swiss bank accounts, who has the time to fight Taliban. It also cannot be done because it will also include raids being conducted on “some people” and hell thats not permitted, after all votebank is something.

We can stay inert and wait to see the shariah enforced on hindusthan and the nonbelievers paying the jizya…. Dont worry, you dont have to wait long, you can see that happen soon enough if we dont nip the evil in its bud.

New Delhi: The Taliban are getting closer to India’s doorsteps, but India does not have a blueprint to fight it.

In an interview to Fareed Zakaria in GPS (Global Public Square), an hour-long foreign policy programme he conducts for CNN on Sundays, United States special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke spoke of the Taliban’s danger.

“You cannot deal with these people by giving away territory. They are getting closer and closer to Islamabad and Punjab,” Holbrooke told Zakaria.

Holbrooke’s assertions rang alarm bells in India, as the Taliban entering Punjab means that they are that much closer to the Indian border. Has the government given thought to the creeping Talibanization of Pakistan and the danger of these forces spilling into India? It may have given thought to the Talibanization of Pakistan, but clearly it does not have a blueprint to fight it.

New Delhi, which monitors events in Pakistan very carefully, is not surprised by the developments. “We don’t need a Richard Holbrooke to tell us this. We have been talking about this much before the Americans,” said a senior official.

“What was Lal Masjid all about?” the official said. “It was nothing but the Pakistan Taliban spreading its wings in the heart of Islamabad. The Taliban is not just creeping towards Islamabad, it is already there. The terror attacks, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto… all point to their presence,” he added.

What can India do to protect itself from a similar onslaught by the Taliban? “We are doing all it takes by crying ourselves hoarse on the danger to the international community. We are guarding our borders and our forces are sensitised to the danger,” he explained.

Indian officials may go blue in the face, asserting that the government has a well thought-out policy to protect India from the threat of Taliban forces coming nearer our border, but the simple fact is there is no policy blueprint.

The government has probably not given much thought to this. Otherwise, it will be much more involved in President Obama’s new AfPak policy. India has much to contribute as it understands Pakistan better than the Americans. But New Delhi has been shy of airing its views in public for fear of hurting US sensibilities.

“We must engage with the US. We need to be pro-active. We need to engage with Pakistan’s political leaders like Nawaz Sharif, talk to him, and ensure that he also takes a public stand against the Taliban. The situation in Pakistan is complex, with varying interest groups involved. India must not play a weak hand,” said analyst C Uday Bhaskar.

“India has to have a dynamic approach to the situation in Pakistan. The approach should not be ideological, but based on real politik,” said former diplomat KC Singh.
Like Bhaskar, Singh said that India must play a more important role in the region and ensure that the situation in Pakistan does not go out of hand because this country will suffer more than the US or Europe if the Taliban is unchecked.

India, he said, must know what it brings to the table in the AfPak policy that is taking shape. But former ambassador to Washington Naresh Chandra said, “India does not have the clout or wherewithal to influence US policy in Pakistan. Let us not fool ourselves. But we can put our own house in order, strengthen our forces to deal with the Taliban and terror attacks, minimize infiltration. Delhi can do little about developments in Pakistan.”

“Interference from India will have a violent and opposite effect,” said Chandra.

April 21, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , | Leave a comment

Politicos, bureaucrats show their true color… to the world

Trust government and its employees to screw up something that is securely in our hands and all this because of their carelessness. I dont know if these bureaucrats will show the same inefficiency when they arrange for their children’s wedding. (Oops sorry, have printed the name of the bride/groom wrong in the wedding card, but then chalta hey). And to think that the Foreign Minister is party to it, is the heights.

This statement by TOI says it all “You would have imagined government babus would shed their habitual sloth in the collective effort to bring the 26/11 accused to justice, but the past week has showed that all the criticism heaped on bureaucrats for their inefficiency and sloth is justified

NEW DELHI: Three major faux pas in quick succession by the authorities have embarrassed India, especially when it is engaged in a diplomatic face-off with Pakistan over the Mumbai attacks.

You would have imagined government babus would shed their habitual sloth in the collective effort to bring the 26/11 accused to justice, but the past week has showed that all the criticism heaped on bureaucrats for their inefficiency and sloth is justified.

Apart from the embarrassment, it has opened India
to finger-wagging strictures by Pakistan, which naturally smiled while India squirmed.

Three days ago, Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik was demonised in India for claiming that the DNA profiles of lone terrorist survivor Ajmal Amir Kasab and his slain companion Mohammed Ismail were same. A day later, it turned out that a “clerical error” on the part of the Mumbai cops was responsible for what is now being used by Islamabad to buttress its claim that it is actually India which is delaying the investigations into the attacks. Rubbing it in, Pakistani foreign office on Thursday, in fact, “advised” India to avoid lapses in the Mumbai probe.

The police are learnt to have admitted before their political bosses that one of the profile reports sent was a photocopy of the other one. Nobody had an inkling of the goof-up for over a month and it came to light only after Malik’s press conference earlier this week. Apart from handing a stick to Pakistan to beat India with, this is likely to make a dent, if not a deep hole, in India’s credibility before the international community.

The foreign ministry fared no better. Foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee, campaigning in rural Bengal on Tuesday, caused a minor flutter by saying that Kasab’s mother was likely to visit him in jail. In his statement to TV journalists, he seemed to draw a direct link between his announcement and his “conversation” with the foreign secretary.

Mukherjee has been at the forefront of the verbal battle unleashed on Pakistan for the past couple of months. But someone should have told him that discretion was the better part of valour when campaigning for a Lok Sabha seat. Particularly since no such feedback went to him from the MEA.

Mukherjee retracted within a couple of hours saying his comments were based on newspaper reports. “There is no official information about the so-called visit of Kasab’s mother as reported in a section of the media.”

Sources said Mukherjee had received this “input” from his officials who, in turn, were influenced by reports that a woman claiming to be Kasab’s mother had apparently turned up at the Mumbai police station asking to meet him.

This woman, who lives in Ghaziabad, turned out to be mentally unstable. The government could have been spared the blushes had the officials concerned double-checked the information before going public.

Lastly, the manner in which the entire Anjali Waghmare case has been handled actually suggests that India is not serious about ensuring punishment for the only terrorist security agencies managed to nab in the attacks. Waghmare was initially appointed Kasab’s defence lawyer but she started to have second thoughts after some political parties protested violently saying that Kasab did not deserve a defence lawyer.

It took Waghmare several days to decide. Meanwhile, authorities paid no heed to reports that the lawyer, before she got the Kasab brief, had represented one of the 26/11 victims in a compensation claim — the reason why she was eventually taken off the case. The almost bizarre delay in verifying the credentials of Waghmare has further delayed the trial.

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , , , | 1 Comment

“Indian Taliban” – To be released soon in cities near you.

‘There could soon be an Indian Taliban’

Ahmed Rashid, one of the world’s foremost experts on the Taliban , has predicted that with the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, there could very well be an Indian Taliban in the near future.
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“Today, we have the Taliban as a role model for an entire region. We have not only the Afghan Taliban, today, we have the Pakistani Taliban, Central Asian, and very soon you may have the Indian Taliban. You may have the Taliban stretching into the Caucasus and even into the Middle East,” he told the gathering.
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India would be faced with two threats in the near future. India would be “faced with an Indian Taliban. We already have Indian Islamic extremist groups working in India, and secondly, if Pakistan slides even further, India will be sharing a border with the Taliban

Coming from a well known expert on the Taliban it surely sends a shiver down the spine.  Not because Taliban will do something out of the blue, we all know that the only thing taliban knows is to kill and oppress people in the name of Islam, but that it would be home grown in India. The taliban entering from the outside can adn will be handled by our defence forces but how will we handle the home grown version.  More importantly how will you do it if we have a “minority appeasing” government in the center? what if we have a government that is ok with issuing ticket to madani and not willing to hang afzal guru.

Indian Taliban will obviously have indians in it, which means that there are people out there right now in our back yard who want to convert india into Afghanistan? Want to have a shariah based goverment? Kill all the kafirs? And India is feeeding them to grow strong and fit to fight herself? Arent there any freinds and family of these people with such kind of thinking ? If there are why dont they provide information to the police about such activities? Do they want to become another afghanistan too?

If this is the case what is wrong if some people are asking for india to be converted to a hindu country? We would rather live in a hindu india than a regressive talibanised India.

April 15, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rahul is a PM material!!!??? Really?

But seriously, on what qualifications should he be made the PM? Apart from the fact that he belongs to the Nehru clan what other qualifications does he have? Is congress so much out of senior leaders that they would want rahul as a PM? Other than popping up in the  media when the elections are nearing what has he done to the country?? Really the congress should change its name to something thats more relevant to their thoughts… Like “nehru party”

Union Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Rahul Gandhi would be able to give leadership if he became the Prime Minister as the younger generation could do so. “When Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister she was not 50. Even Rajiv Gandhi took over as the PM before he turned 40. If Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister, he will certainly give able leadership to the country and there is no doubt in it,” Mukherjee said during an interview with a Bengali news channel.

I guess Pranab Mukherjee could wait for a couple of years and then make either priyankas or rahuls child as the prime minister that way they would be more younger than Indira or Rajiv gandhi

Campaigning for her family, Priyanka was also asked about her brother Rahul Gandhi often referred to as the Prime Minister in waiting, and she gave Rahul a big thumbs for the top job.

“The next PM is hopefully going to be Manmohan Singh. But I have full faith in my brother. He’s hard working and means well. And he’s according to me qualified. I’m sure one day he will, and will do a good job,” said Priyanka.

Hell yes he is qualified, he was born in the nehru clan after all. What more qualification do you need to become the PM of this country.

April 13, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , , | 4 Comments

400 militants may cross over into India

400 militants crossing over into India…. Am wondering if the congress government is arranging a reception committee to welcome them. They would be weary and tired after all the traveling they would have done. Also they belong to a community which sadly has been converted into a “vote bank” over the last 60 odd years, and they cant afford to loose their “vote bank”. And with basic arithmetic, if 10 militants killed more than 150 in November last year ……..hmm… 400 can kill 6000… I guess i got my math right.

When will we take terrorism seriously and stop making it look like a smoke screen created by the saffron brigade.?

Srinagar: Ahead of elections, infiltration bids across the Line of Control have increased. As many as 400 militants are reportedly waiting to cross over from Pakistan and the Army has launched massive combing operations.

The Army has killed 28 militants over the past two weeks in Kupwara but it has also lost 11 men, mostly from the elite Special Forces in the jungle warfare.

With Taliban on the loose in Pakistan, security forces have intensified patrolling and reviewed security along the LoC. A greater synergy of intelligence sharing between police and army has thwarted many such incursions.

But despite the counter-infiltration measures, sources say 20-40 militants – mostly from the Lashkar-e-Toiba – may have managed to sneak in.

It’s a clear and present danger, especially with intercepts by security forces suggesting that the Taliban might give direct or indirect support to the militancy in Kashmir.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another “Shoe Thrower” rewarded.

I was wondering that, in these trying times of recession, “shoe throwing” can be a good way to make some money. The Iraqi journalist was rewarded, and now Jarnail Singh. So go ahead people tighten up your shoe laces and lets make some money.

New Delhi:  Praising Delhi journalist Jarnail Singh for his “courage and bravery” in hurling a shoe at Home Minister P Chidambaram during a press conference, Sikh political party Shiromani Akali Dal on Tuesday announced a cash reward of Rs.200,000 for him.

“Decisions are not taken by throwing shoes but this incident has showed our pain and suffering. Bhagat Singh had also thrown a bomb in the assembly. We have thus announced a reward of Rs 200,000 for his courage and bravery,” Avtar Singh Hit, national general secretary of Shiromani Akali Dal, told IANS.

Jarnail Singh hurled a shoe at Chidambaram, at a press conference here, over his response to the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The president of the Delhi unit of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Manjit Singh also supported Jarnail Singh’s act.

“I fully support the journalist. What he has done represents the feelings of all the Sikhs of the country, and not only Sikhs it represents the feelings of all the law abiding citizens of the country,” Manjit Singh told IANS.

“Three months ago in Punjab, Rahul Gandhi had promised to not give tickets to Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler but they were given tickets, and CBI also gave a clean chit to them. We are waiting for the court’s judgement and our struggle will continue,” he said.

Meanwhile, leaders of various Sikh organisation on Tuesday held a sit-in at Jantar Mantar here to protest the CBI’s clean chit to Tytler in a case relating to the 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

Around 4,000-5,000 people participated in the dharna. The protesters first offered ‘ardas’ or prayer at the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib at noon after which they proceeded towards Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s house. They were, however, stopped near Jantar Mantar.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pilibhit Varun Gandhi country!!

Does one speech polarize a region along religious lines if there is no underlying reasons which date back before the speech? I really don’t think so,. There should have been some issues in philibit which has been waiting to erupt like a volcano. Being a district bordering nepal from where the Islamic terrorists come into india (unchecked) is not something which we can forget.  The voters in the constituency are the ones who know their problems best, and polarisation is a sure indication that there is something that the main stream media conveniently ignores sitting in their offices outside philibit.

The interplay of light on the dark green mango groves and golden paddy fields ripe for harvest make the Pilibhit  countryside seem like a picture postcard. But in the heart of the Terai lowlands, some 270 km north of Delhi , the worm of communalism is turning and dividing the constituency neatly down the middle.

This is Varun Gandhi  country, make no mistake about it. The son of Maneka Gandhi and the late Sanjay Gandhi, fighting from Pilibhit on a Bharatiya Janata Party  ticket in the coming elections, has not uttered one word in public ever since the Mayawati  government slapped the National Security Act on him on March 28, and moved him a few hundred kms away to Etah jail soon after.

But having poisoned the waters with his alleged hate speeches against the Muslim community just over a month ago, Varun’s absence speaks louder than a thousand campaign strategies being crafted by a nervous opposition. Short of a miracle, party workers associated with all the three other main candidates — Hafiz Riaz Ahmed of the Samajwadi party, Budh Sen Verma of the Bahujan Samaj Party, and V M Singh of the Congress — acknowledge that on May 13, Pilibhit will likely fall to Varun Gandhi.

Last Friday, as Hindus celebrated the birth of their god Ram all over the country, several traders in Pilibhit openly exulted about the prospect of a new Hindu messiah who would “avenge injustices meted out to Hindus.”

In the sleepy bazaar, slowly waking from its afternoon siesta as well as from the unprecedented national and international attention in recent days, a small group of businessmen were collecting donations from shop to shop for the puja to be held later in the evening. One of them, Sharad Saxena, told this reporter: “Varun Gandhi had said nothing wrong in his speeches. At last there is a Hindu leader who is ready to stand up for us.”

It is this creeping polarisation that has the combined opposition deeply worried. Zakir Beig, a supporter of Samajwadi Party candidate Riaz Ahmed, pointed out that before the Varun Gandhi speeches, Ahmed would have surely won Pilibhit. A jeweller in the town bazaar, Vishwanath, concurred with the assessment. Elsewhere, Munne Mian, a sweeper with the town municipality, pointed out that the threat of a communal riot had been averted by Mayawati’s swift imposition of the NSA, but that the danger of Pilibhit being a tinderbox had not yet passed.
“Varun Gandhi spoke in this way against Muslims because he and his mother knew that the Hindu vote was going to be divided between the three Hindu candidates contesting from the BSP, the Congress and himself. Only the SP had fielded a Muslim candidate. Both mother and son are determined that Varun should win Pilibhit with more votes than Rahul Gandhi  in Amethi,” said Zakir Beig.

Conversely, he pointed out, there are three Muslim MLAs in the Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency. Varun and his mother may have felt that the Muslim vote would consolidate in favour of the SP candidate, “so Varun needed to do something to split that consolidated Muslim vote,” Beig added.

In this growing polarisation, the non-BJP party workers are veering around to the view that if Varun Gandhi has to be given a decent fight, they will have to plan their strategy carefully. Should the BSP candidate, with an immovable Dalit vote of about 2.5 lakh people (out of 13 lakh people in the constituency) be made to stand against Varun, in the hope that the young Gandhi will not be able to sway the core BSP constituency? Or should the SP candidate, with his immeasurable reputation for decency in the area, be persuaded to stand as an informal ‘joint’ candidate against Varun?

This, then, is the measure of Varun Gandhi these days, just over a month before Pilibhit goes to the polls on May 13, in the last phase of the election. In a state where the SP and the BSP were unanimously considered to be the main contenders — with the Congress and the BJP lagging far behind — the young Gandhi has galvanised at least one part of the landscape in favour of his party.

The question is, will the religious communalisation remain or will it be trumped by caste factors? Suddenly, the election in this part of Uttar Pradesh has the national pulse racing. Over the next few weeks, Pilibhit will surely remain in the eye of the storm.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , | Leave a comment

I would have crushed Varun under a roller: Lalu

I am really not surprised. He is the man who single handedly crushed the whole of Bihar under a roller, what is varun gandhi after all.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad said on Monday that he would have “crushed” BJP candidate Varun Gandhi under a roller for his anti-Muslim speeches if he had been the country’s Home Minister.

“Had I been the country’s Home Minister, I would have crushed Varun Gandhi under a roller and destroyed him without caring for the consequences for his hate speech against Muslims,” Lalu said in an election meeting in Kishanganj.

The Railway Minister recalled how he and his party had frustrated the “communal” BJP’s bid to storm to power at the Centre in 2004 Lok Sabha polls and taken on those raking up the issue of Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin.

Attacking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the RJD chief alleged, “Nitish is sitting in the lap of L K Advani, who was directly involved in pulling down the Babri mosque, but his dream will never come true.”

LJP President and Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan, who was also present, charged Kumar with ‘misleading’ the minorities by claiming to be secular “while playing into hands of the BJP”.

The two leaders were speaking after the filing of nomination by RJD candidate and Union Minister Taslimuddin for Kishanganj Lok Sabha seat.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | | Leave a comment