DEMOCRATIC MUSINGS: TWO TOP POLITICIANS FROM INDIA AND US SPEAKING OVER HOTLINE

Two top politicians from India and US were communicating over hotline. During the course of conversation, the formal line of dialogue spontaneously gave way to the informal (can read personal) elements of deliberations as they were in comfort of the snoop-free zone and could take all the liberty to discuss whatever they wanted to.

The formal elements of conversation are of no interests (and so of no value) here. Out of the informal chatter over hotline, the following pointers of the conversation stand apart:

The US counterpart: It has been a chaotic time politically after the high of Osama’s successful manhunt two years ago. Economy is still unstable. Budgetary managements are giving nightmares. And security concerns add to that. The people act silly when they don’t understand the dynamics of the national security requirements. Thankfully, that fellow, the so-called WikiLeaks activist, the intelligence leaker Bradley Manning has been found guilty with a 35-year prison term. Though yet another so-called activist-but-fugitive-by-US-standards Edward Snowden remains a headache, the Manning outcome has come as a big relief, a sort of closure.

After all, unlike in your country where you guys have successfully manipulated and crushed dissenting voices from the masses, something that we cannot do here even if we try hard, and so, such favourable decisions (for us) from an independent institution like the US judiciary is an endorsement.

But I must congratulate you folks for manipulating and managing a democracy of over a billion people so well to keep the masses under control in your over-populated country.

The Indian counterpart: Thanks dear younger colleague and my superior counterpart, though we, the politicians of India, don’t consider anyone superior to us, but it is your powerful position in the global geopolitics that makes us comfortable in addressing you so.

I take your observation as compliment. Yes, it can be said, ‘we, the Indian politicians’, can teach the politicians of the world how to manipulate and manage the democracy for our own benefits, the political class. In fact, I can outline the salient features of our hard-work that the world can seek and emulate. Here they come. Please be attentive to the ‘sanctity and clarity’ of the hotline.

First one: We can efficiently teach politicians from any part of the world the ‘art of mismanaging the democracy’ to manage it in order to manipulate it.

Second one: Our achievement on this front stands apart as we are the world’s second most populous nation with over 1200 million people that makes our task of ‘mismanaging and manipulating’ the founding and governing principles of democracy a huge achievement. We inspire the seekers of our ‘art’ by our sheer ability to scale such a high.

Third one: We can be the good learning examples for the monarchies and kingdoms in trouble (and not in trouble) across the world.

We are the ‘kings’ here, in a constitutionally run democracy. We have become unstoppable now. Our flow is unrestricted. With time, we have been able to develop varying functional versions of policies, for the political class and for the stupid masses.

We have successfully endeavored to interpret, manipulate and subvert the policy matters to keep our political camaraderie flourishing, to make our political class an extended form of a monarchy in glowing health, where we keep the reigns among us only by a mutual cooperation and staged variation.

Fourth one: We can also be the learning reference point on techniques of ‘tough approach of open confrontation’. There comes a point in emergency cases (and there come so many) where you need to break the inhibitions of the staged democratic agreeability.

Such incidents have been aplenty in recent times where we removed the mask and charged upfront when we needed to tell the masses that we, the political class, were totally different from the masses, when we needed to tell them that we were a privileged, superior and elite class, and the law of the land that applied (to the masses) didn’t mean anything for us.

And we have been, yet again, successful in propagating this ballooning exercise to spread the message and so in manipulating and crushing the voices of dissent that were there.

The conversation over hotline continues..

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MAJORITY APPEASEMENT POLITICS AND NARENDRA MODI

What Narendra Modi is doing is akin to tapping the neglected votebank of the majority Hindus.

Indian politics has had absolute shades of minority appeasement. The politicians enjoying the riches of a fractured majority votebank have crossed limits many a times in appeasing the minorities, clearly at the cost of promoting communal divide in the country.

It is foolhardy to ignore this fact. I am confident that I am free from religion and caste biases and I am not writing this because I am a Hindu. I am writing this because I am an Indian first. Hindus, Muslims or people of any other religion or faith are equal citizens of India and there must not be preferential treatments based on religious lines, as the politicians have been doing, to a particular religion.

In a democracy with staggering number of poor people, that India is, the only criteria for preferential treatment can the social and economic conditions.

If the BJP has to come to power and if Narendra Modi has to become the next prime minister of the country, they need something to mobilize the votes that can match the huge (but not enough, as it may depose the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government but may not guarantee the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) the 7 RCR) anti-incumbency against the Manmohan Singh led UPA government.

And for an alienated votebank, largely unaware of its rights and the power of its vote, that can be achieved through polarisation of votes on communal lines.

Polarisation of votes on the communal lines is the only factor in the prevailing sociopolitical circumstances in the country that can unite the majority Hindu votes divided along the different caste and regional lines.

It is not that only Narendra Modi is realizing it. Others, too, realize it but they would never be sure of getting returns as they, till now, have played the communal card of the minority appeasement politics and have no experience on dancing to the tunes of majority appeasement.

While Narendra Modi of the day is creation of the communal card of the majority appeasement politics! An intensifying ‘communal Vs secular’ debate benefits his style of politics.

It is true, the BJP did reap the benefits of the religious politics by exploiting the majority sentiments on Ram Temple issue to become one of the major political forces in the country but it doesn’t hold that ground anymore. On the other hand, Modi, though trying to reach out to the Muslims or other votebanks in recent times, has carefully continued with his Hindu hardliner image.

But, in the prevailing circumstances, the BJP is not going to play the religious card openly in the elections, and even Narendra Modi is not going to be verbose about exploiting the religious sentiments.

But, mere presence of Narendra Modi is enough to polarise the Hindu votes.

And the rest of the job of carrying out acts, the ‘push’, like ‘84 Kosi Yatra’ or ‘rallies and protests for the Ram Temple’ or ‘Kashi’ or ‘Mathura’ or ‘anti-Hindu violence in J&K’, can be done by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) or Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) or some other Hindu outfits.

Modi has proved his identity as an efficient election manager in uniting the fractured Hindu votebank in Gujarat. He has, for the first time in the Indian political history, successfully sustained the majority appeasement politics by combining it with a pro-development agenda and its efficient execution.

It is true what he has been able to achieve politically in Gujarat cannot be applied for the rest of India. But the alternative premise is also equally possible that it can be applied to the rest of India.

What happens will only decide the next course of drama in the political arena of India and that leaves the doors open for extensive and wild experiments, at least, till the outcome of the next parliamentary polls.

In other words, ‘what is going to be and what is going not to be’ can only be tested on the timescale and the immediate point of reference for this on the timescale is going to be the next parliamentary polls.

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KRISHNA

The beauty of the Black that remembering You recalls
The light in the darkness that thinking of You brings

The simplicity of Shyam and the mysticism of Krishna
God, You are we know, and yet, so human You look
Telling us the essence of existence, of human conscience
The Perfect One You are, the voice of universal conscious
Telling us it’s Your creation and we are Your manifestation

O Krishna, You are the epitome of love, of its purest expression
O Krishna, Your ways are mysterious, its divinity transcendental
O Krishna, feeling You is like looking at life joyous with emotion

O Krishna, You show us the way to live, to love, and to be
O Krishna, show me the light to see the life as it has to be
O Krishna, give me the courage to become who I have to be

The revelation of life that the faith in You illuminates
O Krishna, let me have an evolved faith that reverberates

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COMMUNAL OR SECULAR: THEY ALL ARE SAME

They all are from the same lot, exploiting the religious sentiments of this or that population group to further their political agenda.

Their only goal now is to manage somehow their presence in the power corridors and they can go to any extent for it.

The common man, be it a Hindu or a Muslim or a Sikh or a Christian or a Dalit or a Forward Caste or a Backward Caste, has been reduced to nothing but a pawn in their hands to manipulate the System to make their sub-System dominating over the larger System versioned and put in place 63 years ago by the Indian Constitution.

The poor, the dependent and the weak, from every religious and caste group face similar problems of survival.

But fools they are!

They are so easily duped by the politicians, year after year, election after election, in the name of religion, in the name of caste, in the name of regionalism.

And every political group, be it the so-called seculars and the so-called communals, have equally contributed in propagating this treacherous machinery.

No political outfit in India is secular and the whole debate surrounding the ‘secular vs communal’ controversy is a big lie. The nation has seen religious riots during rules of almost every political outfit.

Communal or secular – it’s a game of political manipulation that is fought on perceptions. It’s like pizza – the base remains the same, only the toppings vary.

Creating perceptions – to manipulate us!

Manipulating perceptions – to rule over us!

Perceptions, to keep us occasionally hallucinating that the good days would come.

Perceptions, to shows us the bare minimum of what was required to be done asking us to base our aspirations on that bare minimum, that proves nothing more than a mirage in the end.

Perceptions, to tell us they are working for us.

Perceptions, to tell us what they say and make us see is right.

Perceptions, to tell us we do not have alternatives but to follow them.

Perceptions, to kill our genuine perceptions.

And they all, communals as well as seculars, are united in this.

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“IF WE HAVE NO PEACE, IT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT WE BELONG TO EACH OTHER.”

THE SAINT GUARDIAN – MOTHER TERESA

The Saint Guardian – Mother Teresa
26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997

Beatified October 19, 2003

Baptized August 27, 1910

1979 Nobel Prize for Peace

Mother..

A digital sketch of the Mother by Ragini

“As that man whom we picked up from the drain, half eaten with worms, and we brought him to the home. I have lived like an animal in the street, but I am going to die like an angel, loved and cared for. And it was so wonderful to see the greatness of that man who could speak like that, who could die like that without blaming anybody, without cursing anybody, without comparing anything. Like an angel – this is the greatness of our people.”

— taken from her Nobel Speech (1979)

These words, they have been like a guiding spirit personified. Being the enlightening words to discipline your life, they always stay with you, making their presence even more personal for you when you find your ‘self’, your ‘soul’ haunted by the elements of darkness.

Like every other life of her stature, her life was her message. She was life personified telling us how and what should be a life.

True, her name was associated with some controversies. Her name is still associated with controversies, even after her death. But such developments tell of her greatness only, because her work always silenced her critics.

Because, she remained undeterred, focusing on her work, focusing on her way to work for the poor and the needy.

Compassion was her tool. Compassion was her only language.

She once wrote in a letter:

“Often I wonder what does really God get from me in this state — no faith, no love — not even in feelings. The other day I can’t tell you how bad I felt. — There was a moment when I nearly refused to accept. — Deliberately I took the Rosary and very slowly and without even meditating or thinking – I said it slowly and calmly. The moment passed- but the darkness is so dark, and the pain is so painful. – But I accept whatever He gives and I give whatever He takes. People say they are drawn closer to God- seeing my strong faith – is this not deceiving people? Every time I have wanted to tell the truth – “that I have no faith” – the words just do not come – my mouth remains closed. – And yet I still keep on smiling at God and all.”

She was strongly religious but she had friends in every religion. She ran a charity, a large one, but despite being a devout Catholic and running a Missionary organization, she was never associated with religious controversies like conversions.

She tells us about good side of every thing. Religion is a good reason but also has nefarious elements of a bad reason. Religion has been and religion is still the reason for the maximum bloodbath in the world. A life like her is the message of the good reason, to see religion as the good reason to follow it as a way of life. It reflects in one of her quotes:

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

I also love one of the quotes in circulation that I thought was by her but later on came to know that it was by someone else and got popularized after it was found hanging on the wall of Mother Teresa’s Calcutta workplace.

Do Good Anyway “People are often unreasonable and illogical. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, they may accuse you of ulterior motive. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway. If you find happiness and serenity, they might be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, it may never be enough. Give the world the best you have anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

The website www.motherteresa.org says ‘this is an adaptation of the Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith)’.

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84 KOSI YATRA: WHAT LIES BENEATH?

Battle for perceptions dear! Perceptions!

It was naturally a political Yatra, no two opinions about that and the mileage that was sought is already in, even if it could not take off yesterday.

If Narendra Modi is the prime-ministerial face of the largest opposition party, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), one must be prepared to come across such developments.

Modi is the most skilled politician in India who can most efficiently exploit the elements of the communal politics for political gains.

And he is right on the job. This ‘84 Kosi Yatra’ that was to begin yesterday was just an element in the grand scheme of the things Modi would be working on.

The debate whether Narendra Modi or BJP are behind this Yatra that has religious and spiritual significance for Hindus or not is irrelevant. The promoters, the mobilizers, all come from an extended family and share same ideology.

Irrespective of the outcome yesterday, everyone is talking about it, from media to political pundits to politicians. And given the developments of the day, there are clear indications that efforts are afoot to deepen the row. Let’s see what happens today.

But one outcome is assued – expect more of the chatter. And a growing chatter midst a deepening religious row would naturally add the group, the majority Hindus, in the chain of communication, the ultimate aim of such Yatras and events and this Yatra may be just the beginning of many more such measures.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu outfit that is aligned with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS), has announced this Yatra that, to begin from Ayodhya and to pass through six districts of Uttar Pradesh. VHP leaders, though detained yesterday, categorically said the outfit was going to go ahead with the Yatra.

Whatever be the developments ahead, a deepening row would certainly scale-up the stature of Narendra Modi and the BJP. Handling it is not going to be as simple as Akhilesh Yadav would be thinking.

In fact, his condition is more precarious. The best scenario for him would be to allow the Yatra to happen. In that case, nothing much on communal line would move. Raking up the RamTemple issue before every election doesn’t produce return anymore. But the blind rush to appease the minority Muslim votes blocked possibility of this option.

Now, if the row over the Yatra deepens and some untoward incidents happen today and in next few days, it may push the people to think again for the RamTemple and so, on the religious lines. And if that starts happening once in India’s most populous state, the work of Narendra Modi would become much easier.

And, even if anything like that doesn’t happen in this case, the state response already taken is enough to tell more such Yatras (or similar events) in future may produce the desired result because ‘when the situation flares up is impulsive’ that no one can predict.

Also, even if the chatter grows only, it will help strengthen the persona of Narendra Modi as the sole Hindu leader who cares for the majority sentiments. In India, perceptions still play a major role in deciding the electoral outcomes.

Communal politics of minority appeasement has been the dominant practice in Indian politics.

Narendra Modi is taking a different line by pushing for the communal politics of majority appeasement, something that he has successfully tried in Gujarat.

What is going to be and what is going not to be can only be tested on the timescale and the immediate point of reference for it on the timescale is going to be the next parliamentary elections.

For now and the time till the next parliamentary elections, it is going to be the time for the intensifying battles of perception!

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ONION POLITICS: ONION IS THE WAY TO GO FURTHER

It is beyond understanding that why the political analysts and the pundits give undermining (and derogatory) epithets like ‘the humble onion’ to the evergreen vegetable of Indian cuisine, especially when it is having the singular achievement of creating a sense of fear in an otherwise insensitive, brazen, corrupt and ruthless political class in the country.

After all, a vegetable that has single handedly brought down elected governments, and that too, more than once in the political history of India, and has been regularly bringing tears to their eyes, should be given the respect it deserves.

The politicians and the pundits must realize it in the context of the fact that this ‘humble looking onion’ is ferocious enough to extort even from the hard-nut politicians.

Also, undermining onion is not aesthetic. Its ‘power politics potential’ when combined with its bright red shiny outer cover (the prevalent variety in India) makes it an aesthetically ominous symbol warning the stakeholders to beware and take stock of the situation.

Those who get it in time escape its wrath. Those who still ignore its lethal potential get the boot.

Why don’t the politicians and the pundits understand it? Why do they fail to understand it over and over again?

But that’s the way Indian politicians and the pundits have been!

Also, onion has yet another ‘powerful’ power quotient.

Indian polls are dominated by two types of sentiments largely – religious sentiments and caste sentiments.

These two anti-development factors have pushed to the periphery almost every element of the pro-development politics giving rise to the criminal and corrupt elements in Indian politics to a level of epidemic where the rot is self-evident and is eager to put its brazenness on shameless display with an increasing audacity.

And the power of onion politics has been able to give the ‘household sentiments’ dominance over the religious and caste sentiments on more than one occasion in the electoral history of India, something that makes it a logical tool to be exploited further.

India of the day needs an ever increasing dominance of the ‘household sentiments’ in its electoral politics.

And, onion politics is one of the ways to go further!

So, be aware! Never doubt potential of the onion, not even while writing a political analysis on ‘onion politics’.

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LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED

A PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

Making a human life so miserable that it itself forgets it was born human is a sin that has no parallel.

Pushing a human life to such extremes that it starts believing in a life beyond resurrection is a sin that has become an epidemic.

Religion or no religion, science or no science, logic or no logic, faith or no faith, the Creation is driven by a System and for those who believe in God or an Almighty running this System, it is no less than Blasphemy to subject the fellow human beings to such a debasement, such a contempt and such a discrimination, forcing them to extreme exploitation.

If one believes in the concept of God, one must believe in the fundamentals of his Creation the founding principles of which say He is in us all, that we all come from Him and go to Him and that we all are equal in His eyes.

How can we colour our lives while our acts make some other lives blanched?

How can we call Humanity His creation when we don’t respect His values behind His Creation?

How can we live peacefully when we see a life bleeding?

If any act is blasphemous then it is this.

LIFE BLED, LIVING BLASPHEMED – a themed photography series over these concerns, the concerns that symbolize a HUMANITY BLANCHED

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LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED – HUMANITY BLANCHED

LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED - HUMANITY BLANCHED

LIFE BLED LIVING BLASPHEMED

HUMANITY BLANCHED

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LIFE

Getting up every day looking at the life you think of creating; you think of innovating; you think of reworking; you think of rejuvenating; you think of thinking again on, to make a day that is going to be your day, to make a time that is going to be your prime, to make a life that is going to be all your stride.

Life is sum total of the logical aspirations that find their genesis in your highs as well as your gloom.

It’s always easy to be preachy and it’s easier to dismiss things in the name of deliberate or uncalled for preaching.

It’s always easy to ignore logic in your highs and it’s easier to kill the relevant logic in the name of triviality.

But if life is about being ‘you’ and living your ideals, it is also about living the learning it bestows you with.

You need to be aware of or try to be aware of not following the wrong notions in the name of impulses or vibes only.

If life has not to be analytical; it must not be overtly observational and thus thriftily practical as well.

Life is sum total of the experiences you assimilate sifting the logic away from the rubbish and thus building on the learning that you come across at different crossroads.

As you grow up and start realizing a pattern in your consciousness, you try to build who you are, who I am, who we are; you try to build a world the way you see it, the way you thought to see it.

Puritanically, when you are at the best of it, you might fail to see the logic of some of the questions you throw on your ‘self’ to reflect on; the questions that work to tell you to work on some of your very own illogic; to build ‘you’ out of you.

If life has to be about being non-compromising with your ideals, at the same time, it must never be about being adamant about the changes you need to bring about in your methodology to achieve your ideals based the learnings of the life.

Life is the sum total of your attitude towards your ‘ideals’ and how you make your existence one with the learnings to realize them.

October 14, 2012

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