Sunday, October 15, 2017
RahulG and his Congress Vice-Presidency
Leftist leaders and their propagandists in the media were seen going gaga over the supposedly successful tour of Gujarat by the heir apparent of the lost kingdom of Congress party. One of them sent me a news item in the Firstpost, touted to be “one of India’s largest digital platform for news, analysis and opinions”, funded again (like the Wire, by tycoons) by Mukesh Ambani (RIL to be precise) considered for the purpose of criticising Narendra Modi, a “crony capitalist” in NDA regime! With a blaring headline “Gujarat seems to be viewing Rahul Gandhi differently” the report writes about the “rousing welcome” RahulG received in Vadodara where “Roads were full of cheering and whistling crowds....walking in the sweltering heat and then waiting hours amid beating of drums and screams.” Remember Vadodara was from where Narendra Modi won the election by a resounding 845464 votes, defeating Madhusudan Mistry of the Congress by a margin of 570128 votes. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections Balkrishna Khanderao Shukla (BJP) had won with a the majority of 4,28,833 votes out of the total votes 7,47,129 and a whopping vote share of 57.40%! Before Mr. Shukla, BJP's candidate Jayaben Thakkar had been contesting and winning in the constituency since 1998. When Modiji chose to represent Varanasi from where also he had won, in the by-election held later BJP’s Ranjanaben Bhat won the seat by a margin of 329507 votes, under a lower voting percentage! BJP has been in power in Gujarat since 1995, and during the last assembly elections in 2012, with the highest voting percentage since 1980, BJP won 116 seats out of 182 (the Congress won the remaining). That was when UPA government was going for the scalps of BJP leaders including its Chief Minister, Narendra Modi; and milk and honey was flowing in the rest of India!
Forwarding the Firstpost report glorifying the leadership qualities of RahulG in the above background astonished me by the obvious desperation on the Opposition’s side to go fishing for material giving boost to anti-BJP politics! I mentioned to the Comrade that reports of RahulG “reaching out to the people across central Gujarat” with “measured aggression” in his speeches made me only laugh because I too found, like many important people that “no decent/real debate possible on Rahul’s talents in a context they simply don’t exist!” It is noteworthy however that Rahul followed some strategic guidance and visited four temples as he launched the Congress campaign for the state election due by the end of this year, in a desperate attempt to appeal to the larger Hindu votebank, and assure people that “Congress is no longer a Muslim-alone-party"(though a far-cry from the old KHAM - Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi and Muslim strategy) as Ashutosh bewails. Then our darling goes talking inanities such as the women in RSS weren’t allowed to wear shorts, showing clear lack of poor women-empowerment according to his understanding! From those high places in “political oratory” he walks straight into a lady’s toilet to the merriment of media who had to be cleared from the scene of extreme embarrassment by his SGP guards!
It is appalling however, to see die-hard Leftings admiring Congress party simply locked into the idea that they must reassure the country of the family’s lineage as Gandhis, though distinguished only by the surname they have assumed to con the Indian public. For Congress party given to highlighting even the smallest of things the members of this family claim to have done for the country or to keep the family name alive, is the only stock in trade for almost seven decades now. To have two dull people leading it since 1998 was of course the Indian GoP’s call indeed. The party however doesn’t lack talent to operate scams to the tune of billions and billions of rupees though!
For a student of political science, it is obvious that, for whatever strange reasons. the Congress party made Nehru family an impresario of India’s freedom struggle. The freedom movement anchored them as they swiftly usurped the surname Gandhi after Nehru’s death; it became their livelihood as none of his progeny could have made a different livelihood unassisted! Rajiv’s career as a pilot was a joke. Nobody knows what Rahul was doing “14hrs a day” in the US as he claimed, before coming to India to “practice leadership”!
Now RahulG is chosen as future (!) leader, the real question is indeed “how can a person who does not possess the knowledge, skills or presence of mind to face a television anchor, ever face the nation?” RahulG is 47 plus, but his learning curve is flat. I believe whoever wrote that “RajivG had left two vain, malicious, noisy and stupid children, as ever disgraced God’s creation; without a virtue to compensate for their vices and without a spark of genius to justify their arrogance” was a genius!
RahulG is a person I consider not only unqualified for the office, but also mean-spirited, vulgar, incredibly stupid and psychologically erratic. So for me under Pappoo’s shameful and appalling vice presidency with measured or all-out aggression, the Congress party could be expected to roll headless in coming Gujarat elections! With the Leftist Opposition also anxious to find a glimmer of hope in the guy’s assumed “leadership qualities” I find it terrifying that the entire family’s, and Rahul’s in particular, legitimacy at this level of India’s political life is going outrageously unquestioned, despite the guy’s obvious suboptimal personal characteristics!
When I responded to my Comrade friend with the above observations, he shocked me saying that first, he was happy to see how Pappu gets me “riled into blind illogical rage” because he thought I was worried about the future of BJP in Gujarat as well as nationally; for, Pappu was eventually going to pip “the pop star politician” Modi! To save his intellectual airs he added as an after-thought that he had “no love lost for either and would like to see them fight each other to the finish”. For him it “looks like age is on Pappu’s side and with little else to commend the one over the other, that might price decisive!” How cleverly the guy is hoping against hope! This attitude is an essential part of the “interesting saga of Indian Communists' serial pitches for covert or overt tactical tango with Congress when they come under mounting heat of larger political challenge!”
Saturday, October 14, 2017
SAVARKAR STORY REVISITED
The Wire, a media venture supposed to be a “joint venture in the public sphere between journalists, readers and a concerned citizenry” relying principally on contributions from readers and concerned citizens. For me it is a Leftist scumbag producing and circulating nasty things about Hindus, India ruled by the NDA, Narendra Modi, BJP RSS, and the so-called Sangh Parivar.
So when the wo/men holding poison pens published an article “How Did Savarkar, a Staunch Supporter of British Colonialism, Come to Be Known as ‘Veer’?”I was not worried. What got my goat was a respectable media person I thought had good reading and some sense of proportion in spite of being a “millionaire Marxist” type, forwarded the piece to me. I wrote a reply which I reproduce here as it is important to know how certain associations can destroy anybody’s credibility. I quote:
I hope you know there is a portrait Of Veer Savarkar (just V D Savarkar if you wish) a Hindu Mahasabha leader, in the Central Hall of the Parliament House, right across the alcove which bears the picture of Mahatma Gandhi unveiled by President Abdul Kalam in February, 2003. Pranab Mukherjee and Shivraj Patil, were part of the panel that had cleared the portrait proposal along with former CPM veteran Somnath Chatterjee.
The man was arrested in London in 1910 on charges of sedition for writing a book called The First War of Independence, 1857, shipped to India, sentenced to life imprisonment and transported to the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands where he spent 11 years in solitary confinement. In 1937, he was elected president of the Hindu Mahasabha and remained so till his death in 1966. Although not a member of the RSS, the Sangh and later the BJP adopted Savarkar as an ideological icon. I should remind you that in 1966 when Savarkar passed away, Indira Gandhi and Zakir Hussain, then the Vice-President, had eulogised him as a “classic and inspirational revolutionary” in separate tributes.
Some of the observations in the Wire article are absolute lies. For example, while Savarkar believed that the original system of the four varnas was based on the qualities (guna) and actions (karma) of individuals, the categories were not supposed to be hereditary. He therefore propagated that the then existing caste system was a mockery of the original system of four varnas (chaturvarnya) and should be abolished. It is therefore said that while many freedom fighters had invited only the wrath of the British, Savarkar had to face hostility of the society as well as that of the Government. Those who have read Savrkar’s social philosophy, know that he had identified that the Hindu society was bound by seven shackles ( bandi ): 1) Restrictions on touch (sparshabandi) of certain castes.2) Restrictions on inter-dining. (rotibandi) 3) Restrictions on inter-marriages (betibandi) 4) Restrictions on pursuing certain occupations (vyavasayabandi) 5) Restrictions on crossing the sea (sindhubandi) 6) Restrictions on rites sanctioned by the Vedas (vedoktabandi) 7) Restrictions on re-conversion (shuddhibandi)! The last would pinch “secular” people who support conversions and oppose “ghar vaapasi”!
Savarkar who founded the Free India Society to organise Indian students studying in England to fight for independence, and maintained that “Our movement must not be limited to being against any particular law, but it must be for acquiring the authority to make laws itself. In other words, we want absolute independence”! The article mentions “Savarkar helped the colonial government recruit lakhs of Indians into its armed forces” an unpardonable inversion of truth. In an earlier post to you, I had mentioned that while Hedgewar agreed with Gandhiji that Indians should not cooperate with British in their recruitment to Brtish army, Savarkar proposed that the Hindu nationalist youth stood to gain by the military training to fight the British in the evnet they wnet back on their promise to free India after the war!
Even assuming that Savarkar pleaded for mercy to be removed from the Cellular Prison in Andamans (I would have pleaded every day, had I been in one of those cells in solitary confinement and other tortures!) Savarkar was sentenced in 1911 to Transportaton for Life twice and confiscation of property. He was released from the Yerawada Jail, Pune in 1924, on the following conditions: 1) He should live within the Ratnagiri District and 2) He should not participate in political activities. The restrictions initially stipulated for five years were extended from time to time to 13 years. In 1937, the Congress won the elections to the Bombay Legislative Assembly but declined to form a government. To resolve this constitutional deadlock, Governor Sir George Lloyd, invited Sir Dhanjishah Cooper, to form the ministry. Barrister Jamnadas Mehta, of Lokashahi Swarajya Paksha, a Tilakite Party, too had been elected as member of the Bombay legislative Assembly. He agreed to join the Cooper Ministry, provided all restrictions on Savarkar were revoked. The Governor accepted this proposal and hence Savarkar was freed from all restrictions in May 1937.
The article agrees that he was more against Christianity (obviously because the British came here with “a Bible in pocket and a gun in the other”) and wanted Hindus and Muslims to join the fight against the British. The founding of the All India Muslim League in 1906 and the British India government's creation of separate Muslim electorate under the Morley-Minto reforms of 1909 was a catalyst for Hindu leaders coming together to create an organisation to protect the rights of the Hindu community members to form a political entity called the Hindu Mahasabha. It is true that the Hindu Mahasabha didn’t participate in the Quit India Movement, so did the Communist Party of India!
The Hindu Mahasabha joined hands with the Muslim League and other parties to form governments, in certain provinces after the 1937 elections. Such coalition governments were formed in Sindh, NWFP, and Bengal. He was dissuaded from trying to continue this alliance because the Muslim League started showing its fangs by then. They went closer to the British, unlike sections of the Hindu Community. Gandhiji tried to forge a Hindu-Muslim alliance against the British later, even supporting the Khilafat movement and failed! Though the Hindu Mahasabha identified India as "Hindu Rashtra" (Hindu Nation), it broadly supported the Indian National Congress in its efforts to attain national independence. But HM criticised the Congress commitment to non-violence and secularism, as well as its efforts to integrate Muslims and engage in dialogue with the separatist All India Muslim League,(having tried it earlier and failed!) which the Mahasabha thought as appeasement. So, as a Hindu Mahasabha leader, Savarkar was in politics, and Somnath Chatterjee’s father Nirmal Chandra Chatterjee, a jurist served as president of the All-India Hindu Mahasabha and was Burdwan MP of the party which Somnath won when his father expired in 1971! As I mentioned in the case of RSS, Hindu Mahasabha was not a watertight compartment in India politics; many of its leaders joined Congress. Shyamaprasad Mukherjee started the Jan Sangh!
Savarkar wrote an autobiography as a biography? I really don’t know. I suppose that is a level higher than Nehru writing article using a pen-name, sometimes criticising himself! However, I don't believe it because a Communist author wrote so in a book. They are capable of writing anything to buttress their views and such observations only reveal what is called "confirmation bias"!
I was watching a television debate in the Leftists-ruled State of Kerala which took up the controversy around the CPM minister for Devaswoms (Temple Boards), Mr.Kadakampilly Surendran, visiting the famous Guruvayur Sreekrishna Temple in Kerala, making traditional floral offerings like 'pushpanjali' to the presiding deity in the name of his family members and contributing an amount for annadaanam (offering of food to devotees)! The anchor of the debate went on asking the CPM member on the panel, a senior functionary of the party, what prompted the party to seek clarifications from the Minister belonging to the Hindu Community with respect to the temple-visit when Christian functionaries and ministers of the party could attend religious functions in Churches, and even conduct marriages of their children according to the Xian tradition; Muslim ministers, MLAs and leaders of CPM could be good Muslims and even do Hajj pilgrimage? The CPM leader wouldn’t give a straight-forward answer though the clever, though polite girl phrased the question is half a dozen ways! It was too embarrassing for the Marxist leader to admit that they have one policy towards the majority community, and another for the powerful minority communities in Kerala. But a former Naxalite and now an ideologue of the party, sitting on the panel blurted out that in a democracy, minorities have to be protected and they are unconcerned about the majority community’s religious faith!
For the Communists everywhere, especially in Kerala, being “progressive” is being anti-Hindu! These ‘secular’ people are willing to accept the Protestant Church’s defence of Luther’s intolerance that, after all, he was a child of the 16th Century and his thoughts should be viewed in that perspective. But Manu who belonged to 200BC and is still denied his due for his insistence on earning wealth and enjoying life only by observing ‘dharma’ and giving women protection under all circumstances! Kerala society is historically notable for the rise of secular movements and doctrines founded by self-hating Hindus. What began as a backlash against the caste system and other oppressive social conditions when joined with Communism became a socio-pathology leading to a self-consciously partisan and highly coordinated strategy of minority vote bank politics and Hindu vote suppression using muscle power in CPM strongholds! Communists support religious, caste and communal identities, even arguing against "assimilating away" “cultural differences” that "contributed to Malayalee/Indian identity” while rejecting the all-inclusive Indianness per se!
It is fashionable in Kerala society to cast proponents of Hindutva to increase as bigots and efforts to rule their perspective altogether out of the realm of acceptable public discourse. The Convent education, education given by the Muslim Education society and the text books written by the Leftist authors for the educational system have been effectively disinheriting students in Kerala schools and colleges by either failing to give them enough knowledge of their culture or by giving them a guilt-complex about a certain pagan faith called Hinduism! Things have come to such a pass now that in Kerala, both CPM-led front and the Congress-led political coalitions, whether in or out of power, benevolently bless Islamic fundamentalists and hate Hindu nationalist patriots! They introduce laws and public policies that are "purposefully discriminatory” to favour Muslims and Christians, the two politically powerful communities which technically do not qualify to be given such minority privilegs!
Marxian/anti-Hindu bias is being spoon-fed to Kerala’s college students and sold to them as scholarship which resultantly masquerades as solid erudition by our youngsters. On the campus, this pseudo-scholarship has given an intellectual patina for the hatred of Hinduism and nationalism. Leftists toss out some references and a study or two/a book here an article there, and then pretend that they've disproven reality. Not to mention ethics, law and common sense. Offensive comments by SFI/Maoist students, are publicly broadcast across the schools and colleges in Kerala, both threatening and disruptive to the learning environment a la JNU/AMU/Jadavpur campuses. Fascists-style Leftist violence on those who disagree is rising on campuses and in the streets of towns and villages where Communists are strong. In this situation, the Left-liberal “intellectuals” have been successful even in forcing Congress and other so-called liberal-socialist elements into leftward genuflections on everything from communalism to history and economics!
Christians in Kerala who were moderates except in grabbing forest lands for cultivation and revenue land for establishing churches and educational institutions have in the recent years started being abrasive themselves. SoniaG being the Chief of the Conress party ruling at the Centre and most states prior to 2014, had led to this arrogant behaviour. Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Conference had the temerity to write the “secular” political parties to make sure that they put up Christian candidates in the Assembly constituencies that had 25 percent Christian voters or more!
1. Sections of Muslims were radicalised into rebel for a “Moplastan” in 1929 and those elements who kept the sentiment alive wre rewarded with a Muslim-majority district by the E M S Namboothirippad-led Left-front government in 1969. That appears to have whet their appetite for more and more power and privileges ever since. Politically Muslims are more or less clung to the Muslim League, though there are more radical and exteremely militant splinter groups clamouring for representation and power. Socially, Muslim youth in the recent years tend to avoid certain attitudes, standard language, clothes and some behaviours because they consider them part of Hindu way of life. They fear that adopting Hindu ways would be detrimental to their collective racial identity and solidarity. They wear clothes to identify themselves different, and avoid hanging around with too many Hindu friends even as students, and participating in extracurricular activities. Hindu parents tend to have higher academic expectations for their kids. Some teachers and education administrators expect less of the Muslim students in terms of performance, even going so far as to de-emphasize the importance of academic achievements. Eventually there is a “learning gap” which in the classic conveyor-belt fashion, communal politicians and civil rights leaders encourages Muslims to see as victimhood! Mullas, moulvis and even “Islamic scholars” are seen openly preaching in Kerala Mosques and in public places the imperative of Muslims in hating and waging jihad on all “infidels”(the meaning is interpreted as non-Mulims more often than not!)until they come under Islamic authority, according to the worldview of Sharia, or Islamic law.
Leftists have incredible compassion for war victims in Syria, for kids who have been trafficked, Palestinians, but no obvious empathy for RSS men getting killed in parts of Kerala and particularly in Kannur for just being members of the RSS. They are all sympathy for the Rohingyans illegally entering and settling many parts of India including Kashmir, but no tears for the lakhs of Pundits who were driven away for just being Hindus in the Muslim-majority State? The Indian secularists are seen keen to fight for the right of Christians and Muslims to be communal and refuse to integrate into the Indian society, and cleverly use the separate identity to serve as vote banks.
Why the intolerant ‘secularists’ who admonish Hindus for being “communal”, sanctimonious leftists and self-righteous liberals, politicians or sociologists among them are unwilling to spell out in the context that the acid test of secularism Muslims/Christians have to take is this: will they be tolerant to the extent they accept other religious beliefs on an equal footing with their own?
The Left, with assistance from the mainstream media, has always been peddling a narrative of supposed widespread hate crimes against Muslims and, Dalits in order to malign Hindutva and stop Hindu consolidation, and now fuelled by the election of BJP-NDA, as part of a continuing effort to delegitimize Modi government. The truth is that of about 20,000 events between 2005 and 2016 Maoist/Left-wing extremism is 35%, Northeast incidents 30%, incidents in Jammu and Kashmir 29% Islamist outside these regions 4.1% and the so-called Saffron terror 0.6% (Rupa Subramanya). There has been nothing fanatical about India’s Hindu heritage. To the contrary, being loyal to that heritage means not only that Indians of all walks of life, all religious creeds can feel at home in India, and all non-Hindu citizens can integrate into the mother society without having to surrender their unique cultural and religious identities. This is the essence of a new national identity called Hindutva.
There seems to be an intention behind the negative portrayal of Hinduism: Christianity and Islam are meant to look good in comparison. Hindu Dharma, (its off- springs Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism included) is the only religion that is inclusive and not divisive, Christianity and Islam divide humanity into those chosen by God and those eternally damned. Hindu dharma requires regarding all as brothers and sisters. Jews were severely discriminated and persecuted in the Christendom all through history for being the killers of Jesus. The blasphemy laws kept the flock inside the fence. Heresy was punished severely. It was only in the mid-19th Century that Christians were granted ‘negative religious freedom’, which meant, by which Germans could leave the Catholic Church for the Protestant Church. The Churches are losing sheep from their flock, and a recent Pope had criticised the Protestant Church in Brazil as rapacious rascals thieving his flock! Christianity grew not because its dogmas were convincing, but because those born into it could not leave. The blasphemy laws propped up Christianity as well as Islam. In Islam, the Mullahs, Moulvis and Ayatollas have a hold on the faithful and in several Muslim countries leaving Islam is officially punishable by death; and in liberal democracies like India, leaving Islam invites extreme physical danger. As the Quran itself forbids the followers to leave the faith, it is difficult to forego the blasphemy laws.
The Indian Communists and secularists are seen keen to fight for the right of Christians and Muslims to be communal and refuse to integrate into the Indian society, and cleverly use the separate identity to serve as vote banks. They not only argue passionately for the right of Muslims and Christians to convert Hindus to their faiths, but also oppose converts coming back to their mother society (ghar vaapasi)! So it has to be said that the name “Communist” is seared into the Nationalist consciousness as an organization hostile to everything we stand for!
Shaming the Hindus in the name of communalism, casteism, untouchability, intolerance and even violence has been a strategy using shame for a political shakedown. It worked for almost six decades, but no more! After six decades of Independence the Hindus have now found a voice to speak, without any of the hypocrisy of simulated or engineered secularism, or any of the sham of vote banks. We have a Prime Minister who breathes and works for India, tough, tenacious, resolute and resourceful; with enormous personal charm and astute political instincts to achieve national objectives. Hindu grievances and victimhood would be converted into a wholesome energy for Indian prosperity, nor for Hindus who have of course their deep emotional investments in their Gods, mythological heroes, and even places, rivers, mountains, lakes, and even trees and flowers; but also for all Indians who are proud of being sons of Mother India! Together , we shall make her “Rich with thy hurrying streams, bright with orchard gleams, Cool with thy winds of delight, Green fields waving Mother of might, Mother free...!”
Thursday, October 12, 2017
I happened to listen to a video-talk/lecture by a well-known media personality and Communist, going viral in the YouTube-Facebook circuit – virulent, frothing-at-the-mouth, bay-for-blood attack of Indian nationalism pejoratively described these days as “Hindu Nationalism”. His breathtaking ignorance of Hindutva did not prevent him from publicly loathing it. I was astonished and anguished not by the banality of his arguments that anyway defy reality, but by the lies spoken. Because, lies’ imply much more than just saying things that are false; they imply a deliberate intent to mislead. That was dangerous, coming from someone supposedly discharging “responsibilities” of media priesthood!
He was attacking a fundamental premise of the “Sangh Pariwar’s” socio-political philosophy – nationalism. He was against saluting the National Flag, against persuading citizens to stand up while the National Anthem was sung or played. After some gibberish about the irrelevance of Nationalism in modern times he went on to such replacing it with simple patriotism. I was reminded of Kim Philby (“father, husband, traitor, spy”) and other British Communists who shifted their socialist patriotism involving cultural attachment to the Soviet Union!
“Patriotism” which some people, mostly Communists, want to replace nationalism simply pertains to the individual citizen’s love for his/her nation. I know why they differentiate- because they incorrectly regard nationalism as a permanent factor in political behaviour. Their reading is perhaps that the French nationalism while promoting the cultural unity of the French nation, also encouraged a rivalry with Germany; German cultural nationalism of the Aryan type under Hitler took yet another more aggressive form, Russian nationalism under Communism in its unification mode suppressed several other older cultures in the Soviet Union and ended up in the destruction of Communism itself in its “Fatherland”! Communist leaders thought better not to recognise India as a nation but a conglomeration of several sub-nationalities, only upon realising their own incapability to grow to the national scale! That was some farsight!
Nationalism is just an ideology based on the premise that the individual’s loyalty and devotion to the nation surpasses other individual or group interests, giving more importance to cultural unity including language and heritage, a generally recognized sentiment moulding public and private life and one of the great, if not the greatest, single determining factors of modern history.
Most of these Communists, and fellow-travellers had the pure Macaulay system of modern education and therefore are predictably unfamiliar with India’s cultural legacy, which was systematically made to stand aside to make way for their generation that was skilfully taught to either deny its existence or to forget it.
Hindu society has an unquestionable and proud history of tolerance for other faiths and respect for diversity of spiritual experiences. This is reflected in the many different philosophies, religious sects, and religious leaders. The very foundation of this lies in the great Hindu heritage that is not based on any one book, teacher, or doctrine. In fact the pedestal of Hindu society stems from the great Vedic teachings Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha Vadanti -- Truth is One, Sages Call it by Many Names, and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam -- The Whole Universe is one Family. It is this philosophy which allowed the people of Aryavarta/Hindusthan (land of the Hindus) to shelter the Jews who faced Roman persecution, the Zoroastrians who fled the Islamic sword and who are the proud Parsi community today, and the Tibetan Buddhists who today face the communist secularism: persecution of religion. The Hindus survived the onslaught by Muslim invaders and rule by them for some 800 years of economic discrimination via the jaziya tax on non- Muslims, forced conversion, physical torture and death, which Will Durant called “the bloodiest period in the history of mankind”. The division of India by the Islamic two-nation theory, the after-effects of the partition, all I admit created a deep wound in the minds of Hindus who however, agreed to give their new nation a secular Constitution and equal legal status for all citizens. Which other country in the world has the majority given itself a situation in which their faith is still ridiculed, and where the others wield more political power than they do? I have felt that all the noise over Ayodhya didn’t testify to an atrocity, but to the enormous power of the pro-Muslim lobby to control not only our politicians, but our national narratives!
Please note, the community now considered to be in overwhelming “majority” was not a product of RSS or “Hindutva forces”; there was no “institutional Hindu supremacy” anywhere in India anytime during the civilisation’s long history. The concept of a “majority” alien to the sub-continent before the Indian Republic was formed. It is an outcome of the new Republic’s laws and certainly did not predate them. The “majority”, in other words, is a creation of liberal democracy under the watchful eye of the Constitution; just as the minorities were. There are sociologists who give credit to the Nehru government for creating a majority, and also for taming it!
In the first 15 centuries of the Christian Era, the ideal was the universal world-state, not loyalty to any separate political entity. Even now the Pope would love to harvest souls all over the world so that all the people are “saved”. Islam similarly has pan-Islamic ambitions and they don’t make any bones about it. The third “religion” in the category, Communism didn’t recognise the national boundaries as permanent and sand “Communist Internationale”- ’Tis the final conflict/Let each stand in his place/The International Union/Shall be the human race! The “Hindu Nationalists” have no such high ambitions or aggression in their program.
Hindus continued to suffer forced negation of Hindu history and factors that gave pride to Hindus even during what is called the “Brown Raj” by Congress. Hindu customs and traditions are mocked as remnants of a non-modern society, things that would have to go if India had to modernize like the West. The self proclaimed guardians of India, Communists and Congress wo/men who call themselves secularists, forget that it was the Hindu psyche that believed in secularism, the Hindu thought that had inspired the great intellectuals of the world like Thoreau, Emerson, Tolstoy, Einstein, and many others! Hindu Citizens of India, because there is no other nations where Hindus are in any significant numbers to stand up in defence of Hindu society, are forced to be nationalists.
Let us realise that our real Opposition are Commies who are, in utter disregard of the appeal of Islamism which led to the creation of Pakistan, and has fuelled the growth of separatist consciousness and fundamentalism, indulge Muslim communalism in independent India on the ground that this is the consequence of fear psychosis among minorities. There is universal resentment among non-Left circles over the superciliousness of the way comrades-controlled campuses and media are pinning communal problem on Hindus, stifling dissent by branding as communal those who don’t acquiesce into their agenda of mind control. Meanwhile, Commie leadership is undergoing extreme intellectual and political contortions for sheer survival, defending alliance with even the Congress party!
I go back once again to the lecture, recommending patriotism (something Communist party ideologues considered all along as a “base sentiment”!) to replace OUR nationalism. Almost as if it is a nose-pinching exercise - or a choice between two evils! Essentially, the divisive, polarizing tone of such rhetoric is cleaving a widening gulf, at this point between those who consider this land sacred and those who consider it just their transient abode, a lodging house! Communists consistently seek to undermine free speech by painting it as bullying or hate speech! I regard this as perhaps the one of the bigger hate speeches that had come from within their party! Communists quite literally regard the values that sit at the very heart of Indianness/Hindutva/Modi government – the rule of law applied equally to all, limited government, respect for all religions, and the free and open exchange of ideas – as “oppressive.” Contempt for these values is precisely what defines the Left generally. Such efforts to undermine our nationhood are a sign that the Communists are on the wrong side of history! Hence these “liberal-secular-Left” aren’t “liberal” – or concerned with liberty in any form at all. They are the very opposite of real liberals; they are the real FASCISTS!
A media mascot and Leftist personally related to me is “speechifying” around the country, and writing obviously, in Leftist scumbags in circulation, on the “failure of demonetisation”. I wrote this piece in reply to the person in particular and publish as a blog for general information:
The tree of knowledge has/must have a plurality of roots. Political affiliation alone should not be your only source and inspiration for criticising Demonetisation or believing in the negative views. I used to believe what the philosopher Anjan Chakravartty at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, in the US was right in saying that one does not believe a stance in the way that one believes a fact. But then Communists generally seem to have the unique capability to have both aligned and to nullify unsavoury facts to take political stances!
First let me take to the Congress party’s views on demonetisation to convince you that there indeed was a strong case for Demonetisation during their own rule. I quote Madhav Godbole, Unfinished Innings, 1996, pages 87-88 : “The National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, in its report, Aspects of Black Money in India, had estimated black income generation at 18% to 21% of the gross domestic product (at factor cost) for the year 1983-1984. There has been steep increase in black income since then. The direct taxes enquiry committee (1971), popularly known as the Wanchoo Committee, in its interim report, had recommended demonetisation of high value currency notes. The report was discussed in a series of meetings with the then finance minister Y B Chavan, on whose personal staff I worked at the time, and it was decided that the recommendation should be acted upon. In view of the importance of the subject it was decided that the finance minister should first discuss the matter with then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi before further steps were initiated. When Chavan called on Indira Gandhi and explained what he had in mind, she asked him only one question: 'Chavanji, are no more elections to be fought by the Congress party?' Chavan got the message and the recommendation was shelved.”
The Narendra Modi Government had decided from day one that it would move against the shadow economy and black money. The first decision of the Modi Cabinet was to constitute SIT under the directions of the Supreme Court (which the Manmohan Singh government had ignored for three years)! Most Communists and Socialists in the past used to rail against black money and suggest demonetisation in my memory. That was why the Congress and the Communists shied away from showing their opposition to demonetisation directly and invented the ploy is to raise the people’s day-to-day problems with the banking system to question the government while the process was in progress! Only two crazy and crooked Chief Ministers were categorical in demanding a rollback of demonetisation, offering however no economic and political rationale!
When Demonetisation came into operation, the Union Government knew that people would experience some pain for a few months. Wasn’t it unbelievable the way people had extended support to the government? Such support cannot be interpreted in a limited sense; its wider meaning should be read along with the ideological contextualisation of demonetisation.
Now I will examine the recent flurry of criticism regarding the “failure” of Demonetisation and other aspects: Return of 99% of de-legalised currency into the banking system is cited as the sole test of failure of demonetisation by opposition, experts and media. The luminosity of some of the critics blinds people to understanding the grey areas of their intellectual credibility and political prejudices. It is a stupid assessment. Demonetisation was a multidimensional project. Prior to demonetisation announcement in November 2016 there was an unprecedented rise in the high value notes - from 1.5 lakh crores in 2004 to almost 15.5 lakhs crores in 2016. The RBI informed the government that a thirdz of this amount, about 6z lakh crores had moved out of banking system and never came back into the system. Obviously, this huge unmonitored cash was financing and building a massive black economy. The results were so terrible for you to have missed: steep rise in gold, stock and land prices by almost 10 times in 6 years since 2004. This asset price rise was not matching with real growth. This hyper GDP growth was just wealth-led growth that yielded “neither jobs nor gave external or internal comfort to the economy” as an expert opined. The reason for this spurious growth clearly was the high asset prices, which were fuelled only by an unprecedented rise in high denomination notes.
Unfortunately, the debates do not consider these critical facts and are more of political, in nature, casting economics aside. Demonetisation was indeed India-specific issue without any parallel to draw (I read somewhere that in 1969, the US had demonetised all notes above $100 producing good results!), which led to certain foreign "experts", to borrow from our former "economist" PM's political outbursts. Some Indian experts and politicians parroted these opinions. Modi and his government couldn't have explained the matters to convince such experts and their sponsors in politics who didn't want to be convinced! The common man would understand only simpler explanation such as that Demonetization was to detect and eliminate black money. The situation was very dangerous for the future of the economy. In the given situation in the country, there was no way out for the Government to introduce a correction mechanism in resorting to demonetisation.
The demonetisation of high-denomination currencies was intended as a multi-dimensional correction mechanism with several primary objectives as one of our eminent economic analysts has listed:
(1) to get black money out in the open (2) to prevent the growth of unaccounted money (3) to expand taxpayer base (4) to arrest and deflate cash-stoked asset prices (5) to bring down the main culprit, the high-denomination notes (6) to suck excess cash with people which was building a parallel economy to the banking system; (7) to enable banks to increase deposits manifold as lendable deposits; (8) to bring down the interest rates; (9) to increase the financial savings in households; (10) to crash the land prices to make housing affordable; (11) to organise unorganised sector; (12) to facilitate growth of real economy - growth with jobs; and (13) to eliminate fake currency and curb terror funding. The number 13 is not inauspicious I suppose!
Considering the above objectives, it can be asserted that Modi's “notebandi” has been a huge success. Those who oppose the view know it was a success. But acknowledging it would show the previous regime in poor light. The Opposition politicians are in no position to concede another Narendra Modi victory. It appears politically suicidal and therefore they have to TomTom that demonetisation is a failure.
That 99% of de-legalised notes have come into banking system does not in any way mean that there was no black money or that black cash deposited in the banks go undetected. The cash outside the system has come back into the system. And the tax authorities will scrutinise the deposits with modern data analytics and collect taxes in due time through due process. Already about 3 lakh crores is under scrutiny.
Three categories of black money: (1) undisclosed income in de-legalised notes of 29000 crores (2) old notes not deposited-16000 crores and (3) deposits of 2.90 lakh crores under tax probe - together they constitute, rupees 3.35 lakh crores. Demonetisation was a “surgical strike” against these. Even if only half the potential black cash is eventually taxed, that would mean detection of some 1.5 lakh crores of black money, most of which would be recovered as tax and penalty. None of the voluntary disclosure schemes attempted earlier was such a success.
The other positive aspects of demonetisation are: 1) it expanded the individual income tax base (57 lakh more assessees have filed tax returns); Total direct tax payers have almost doubled in last 3 years from 3.7 crore to 6.4 crore. 2) advance tax collections rose by 42%; and 3) self-assessment tax rose by 34%.
To contextualise the demonetisation with the general economic reforms I point out that 30 crore new bank accounts were opened. 7, crore people have benefited from MUDRA, bank. Transactions of more than 3 lakh “shell companies” are under radar; and one lakh “shell companies” de-registered. 450 companies de-listed, and 800 untraceable companies to be delisted. More than 400 benami transactions identified. Market value of properties attached so far is more than 800Cr. (Karnataka Congress government will have a lot of pent-up fury against the Modi Government and BJP: within 4 days of the DM, Rs.500Cr was deposited in Karnataka Co-operative banks!)
There was a hue and cry over decline in prices of farm produce (which the consumer enjoyed though!) saying it was on account of demonetisation. I remember you had quoted an India Express rural report from interior, Mhaharashtra. It was conveniently ignored that the more important agro-products like sugarcane, milk, poultry and meat for which markets were better organised have not suffered any price, decline in the post,-demonetisation phase. Government had established eNAMs and the “Small Farmers Agro-Consortium” to help out in unfavourable market situations which had not gathered momentum to do anything in the case, of, some F&V prices which declined. But that wasn’t a generalised phenomenon of cash scarcity caused by demonetisation. The proximate cause appeared to be a supply glut. As always happens (the Cobweb theorem in Economics), farmers made the switch to crops for which prices were relatively higher in the previous year. It was however politically ingenious to make the link between F&V price decline and notebandi.
The latest cry is about why GDP grew 5.7% in April-June, the first quarter of the current fiscal year, slower than the previous quarter's 6.1% and much lower than the 7.9% growth registered in the first quarter of 2016-17 and especially below China’s 6.9! Several factors including the global situation were responsible for decline in gross domestic product. The slowdown is most steep in manufacturing, construction and mining sectors while most services post higher growth than last year. Higher growth is largely propelled by government spending in infrastructure and agriculture. All I can say is that Global economy is improving faster than before and the domestic public investment is slated to go quite high because the revenue trend is positive!
To conclude, I may quote the Deloitte India report titled 'Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions 2017 that says: "Demonetisation may well be the catalyst that sees semi-urban and rural markets in India skip the 'card' era and leapfrog directly to 'mobile payments' era" thanks to it “forcing a behavioural change in the Indian consumer.” While FinTechs used the 'carrot' approach to entice customers to switch behaviour and adopt digital payments, demonetisation employs a more draconian 'stick' approach, which may prove to be more effective, according to the report.
The latest criticism of Demonetisation is that it brought down the GDP rate to 5.7 and has negatively affected job creation! Quoting an unknown ILO analysis Manmohan Singh had claimed in his 10 year report card that India's unemployment rate falling from 8.4% in 2004-05 to 5.6%. Growth gad slipped to a decade-low of 4.96% in 2012-13, with industrial growth touching a two-decade low of 2.1% when he spoke of an employment growth! Currently, the in a worse situation as the Opposition parties would like to see it, a 30-day moving average of the all India unemployment rate remained steady at 4.45 per cent in the last week!
At the time of demonetisation, real wages were rising at 2 per cent per annum. Post demonetisation, in July 2017, the rate of growth had more than doubled to near 5 per cent. This refers to unskilled workers in India, the tillers of soil; and carpenters/masons with some skills, and such like. This wouldn’t have happened if there are jobs being lost in urban areas impact of which would show up in the slowing real wage growth in such sectors. But the incomes of the poorest are rising at a faster pace than any time since January 2015. The Congress/Left dataratti will now move towards questioning the accuracy of the rural wage data! I hope you all will get real, and debate evidence, and debate how to interpret the facts. Let us not slip into ideology, and worse, into pure propaganda. The economy should not be treated like a gossip column!
Now a little mumbo jumbo: “Hiranmayena patrena satya-syapi-hitam mukham, tattvam pusanna-pavrnu satya –dharmaya drstave”says Isha Upanishad whih means, “Truth lies concealed by golden vessel/Do thou O Sun!/Open the entrance of that cover /So as the Truth you so concealed /be visible to me” may the truth come out and destroy us if we are hiding it! There is no escape from it if Modi Government ditches the people of India!
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Creating an identity for Pakistan!
A book written by Aitzaz Ahsan, Pakistan Senate member, former minister and noted lawyer is seen discussed currently. Indus Saga and the making of Pakistan written twenty years back is interesting in the sense it was an attempt to provide a new framework to the identity of Pakistan without any “hyphenation” with India! The title of the book is a bit funny as it tries to connect Pakistan alone, a bit of former Bharat Varsha, a splinter and product of the communal divide in undivided India, which came into being in 1947 with a Bronz-age civilisation that emerged circa 2600 BCE along the Indus River valley in Mohenjo-daro and Harappa. How is this possible?
Well, for Aitzaz Ahsan it is elementary! Based on the Aryan Invasion Theory, that postulated that the Indus valley civilisation and Ganges civilisation were separate, he links back the Pakistani identity to the Indus Valley civilisation, maintaining that the identity of the people of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa was different from those living in the Gangetic plains. So clever?
In the embarrassing context of being classified as invaders, and hence outsiders along with the Muslims, the Christian missionaries who doubled as Indologist-historians invented a theory to describe the Aryans also as colonisers damaging their claim that they are the original inhabitants of this land! This effectively sowed the seeds of cultural divisiveness such as the Dravidian. With the Marxian historiographers assiduously propagating a theory of “many nationalities” in India, the now-disproved Aryan invasion theory had inflicted considerable damage to “the idea of India”, and unfortunately will continue to do so more many years.
I think it was in his book “The Myth of Independence” that I was astonished to read (in the extracts) Z A Bhutto stupidly delineating the history of Pakistan in a purely Islamic framework, staking claim to the advent of human civilization as seen in the archaeological sites, and describing even the pre-Mogul period wars as fought by “us,” and so on!
Aitzaz Ahsan in his book appears to employ a more crooked sophistry, building upon the assumption that Indus valley civilisation and Ganges civilisation were separate in order to pre-date and also validate the two-nation theory! Just because Radcliffe award placed the two major Indus valley sites in Pakistan, and that country is in control of archaeological ruins that researchers believe to be the origin of the Indian civilisation. But this is a civilisation that Pakistan onc wanted to dissociate from while struggling to carve its own separate Islamic history.
For example, the religious party Jamaat-i-Islami has been taking pains to deride the famed archaeological sites in the present-day Pakistan as belonging to the zamana-e-jahalliya, a pre-Islamic period when human civilisation was in a state of ignorance and darkness! As history writing is imposing a pattern on events that took place in the past Pakistanis cannot be faulted for creating a “nationalist fantasy” out of available material. After all, neither Bhutto, nor Aitzaz Ahsan is a historian. Look at what some of our historians were doing, knowing very well that their “research” and results create divisions in society; and indeed pave the way for national disintegration! Perhaps they intended to! Now their books will have now quotes from the research findings of Aitzaz Ahsan!