Dear Suave, English-Speaking Modi-Bhakts,
I indeed really admire and applaud the language you use, which clearly shows that the educational institutions have groomed you well but I wonder if the generations to come will also have that prerogative in India as the budget on education has been cut short for reasons best known to either the highly educated Harvard, Yale, Oxford graduate HRD minister Mrs. Smriti Irani or only the RSS graduate Mr. Narendra Modi.
Dare I mention the IIMs which are to be controlled by the government (‘jan-nayak’ Modi’s Gujarat-now-India model) as the proposed bill gives sweeping power to them to manage the autonomous management institutions?
However, I appreciate one thing which Mr. Modi learnt from his dream-come-true trip to the US, which would not have been possible if 31% of India’s people being Dhritrashtra, or Gandhari blindfolded by saffron (or ‘development’) cloth would not have voted for the BJP, my bad, Modi. He saw the revenue the US government earns through its porn industry and he took the first step towards Make in India by appointing Mr. Gajendera Chauhan, known for his acting in soft porn films, as the chairman of FTII, but suddenly, they also want to ban porn! I am now just so confused!
Speaking of education, it would be criminal if I don’t mention the contribution of Mr. Dinanath Batra who has given new direction and dimension to the education system in India, so much so that I strongly believe that Teacher’s Day should be celebrated on his birthday, rather than that of S. Radhakrishnan, a world-renowned Sanskrit scholar but no match for Mr. Batra! Mr. Batra’s well-researched, scientifically proven, historically established, geographically accurate and biologically astounding works have been part of the school curriculum in Gujarat and Haryana.
One of his textbooks says that the map of India should be redrawn to include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar (Myanmar wasn’t a part of India in the Mauryan or Gupta empires, and dare one mention that it was not a part of the Mughal empire either), something that would only irk the people of these countries and strengthen our geopolitical rivals like China. God forbid if any kid goes to Pakistan and publicly proclaims it to be a part of India, I hope the 56-inch air-pumped chest of Mr. Modi, which suddenly post-election has shrunk down to that of an infant, would finally resurrect.
I say so for his chest has been deflated against the terror factory in Pakistan (and on a serious note, this is certainly not to say that I am accusing all or even most Pakistanis of terrorism) after the terror attacks in Burdhwan, West Bengal, in October 2014, or in Bangalore and in Uri, Srinagar, Tral and Shopian during the elections in Kashmir that took the lives of innocent Kashmiri Muslim civilians who dared to vote under the Indian constitutional setup (but didn’t Mr. Modi’s ally Mufti Mohammed Sayeed nonetheless thank Pakistan and the militants for ‘peaceful’ elections?), followed by terror attacks in Kathua and Samba in J&K in March 2015 (in the immediate aftermath of which no minister visited the kin of the victims, but India’s MoS for External Affairs, Gen. VK Singh, attended Pakistan Day celebrations at the Pakistan High Commission on 23rd March, the anniversary of the martyrdom of our national heroes Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in 1931 and the massacre of innocent Kashmiri Hindus in the village of Nandimarg in 2003, but speaking of the Kashmiri Hindus, the BJP has used sections of them as a vote-bank the way many ‘secular’ parties have used sections of Muslims, but we had Rajnath Singh in parliament defend then J&K CM Omar Abdullah’s decision to not allow the Kashmiri Hindus’ Kosur Nag pilgrimage pandering to communal Kashmiri Muslim protesters, nor has the BJP in J&K put on trial a single militant accused of killing Kashmiri Hindus, like Bitta Karate who roams free in spite of confessing to his crimes on television, but hey, the BJP is the party that always safeguards Hindu interests, isn’t it?!), not to forget the most recent gruesome terror attacks in Gurdaspur, Punjab, but Mr. Modi’s Pakistan policy has consisted of inviting the Pakistani PM for his own swearing in, wishing Pakistan luck for the cricket world cup and offering financial assistance to the Pakistani hockey federation! But of course, secularists like Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi (not to forget, she came from a family of Muslims claiming to be Hindus and so did her husband falsely claim to be a Parsi – who cares for evidence?) belonging to the supposedly mullah-sponsored Congress couldn’t have been “strong” in foreign policy, in spite of what they did in 1965 (the Indian Army marching into Lahore) and 1971 (helping to partition Pakistan) respectively, but those with a track record of alleged carnage against innocent Indian Muslims are the best bet against the Pakistani establishment and terrorism, in spite of what they do or do not do on this particular front! And after all those warnings to China made by Modi wearing Arunachalee headgear during the election campaign, he was rocking the Chinese premier on a swing when the Chinese army made an incursion across the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh!
Mr. Modi has himself somewhat endorsed the views of Mr. Batra by saying that transplant surgery was present in ancient India, which is how Lord Ganesh’s elephant-head was transplanted, attributing what are supposed to be Lord Shiv’s divine powers to Indian mortals’ scientific genius, which in this context, somehow just disappeared in thin air over time, but who needs to talk about well-documented scientific achievements of ancient India like those of Arya Bhatt, Charak, Sushrut, Baudhayan and Vaharimihir?! Mr. Batra goes to the extent of comparing the African race to a completely burnt roti cooked my God, Brits and Americans to a half-cooked roti and Indians to a perfectly cooked roti, but how dare the AAP be such a racist party that it retains Somnath Bharti who conducted a medical test of one African woman?! The completely burnt roti Africans are so important that forcibly subjecting one of them to a medical test is unacceptable, but killing innocent Indians in Gujarat in 2002 and the Kandhamal district of Odisha in 2008 is acceptable! And before I forget, the Muslims of Gujarat and Christians of Kandhamal must forgive and forget with respect to the rogue, murderous elements in the BJP like Maya Kodnani and Manoj Pradhan for the sake of “development”, for roads and jobs are supposed to somehow compensate the killings of their kin, but Hindus must always remember and never move on from acts of religious intolerance by some Muslim and Portuguese Christian invaders in medieval history, but should conveniently dismiss allegations of anti-Buddhist intolerance by some Hindu rulers like Pushyamitra Shunga and Mihirakula as completely false propaganda by the ancient Buddhists!
In fact, one should not even so much as mention the Gujarat riots in 2002, as Shri Modi already has a US visa; so why should anyone care about the mass murders? And yes, before I forget, Modi has been cleared in connection with the Gujarat riots by a district court based on the report of a Supreme Court-appointed SIT, which somehow conveniently gets equated to the Supreme Court, even if the appeal is pending in the High Court of Gujarat, and of course, the supposedly pseudo-secular Hindu activist Teesta Setalvad has to be hounded before the hearing with some CDs of Bollywood movies being confiscated from her house! (A point that the followers of the MIM must note is that secular Hindu activists like Teesta Setalvad and the late Mukul Sinha and not their much beloved barrister Asaduddin Owaisi and his comrades, were the ones who ensured that hundreds of Hindus complicit in the riots in 2002, including Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi, were convicted for massacres like those in the Best Bakery, Ode, Sardarpura and Naroda Patiya, but of course, the hate-mongering barrister spewing venom against Jews as a collectivity, who are ahl-e-kitab as per the Quran whom Muslims are even explicitly allowed to intermarry with, has to be a hero for Muslims in the eyes of the Owaisi-bhakts, who are the Muslim counterparts of Modi-bhakts, but that is again yet another story!) And yes, if lower court verdicts must be taken with finality, then who can doubt the innocence of Sajjan Kumar and Tytler with respect to the anti-Sikh riots in 1984? And yes, going by the extreme Hindu rightist logic, the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 can also be justified as a retaliation against an anti-national insurgency by some Sikhs that took the lives of many Hindu civilians, not just Indira Gandhi, but of course, the logic must differ depending on which political party has allegedly orchestrated the communal riots in question!
And without doubt, Narendra Modi has always been secular even if he, as chief minister of Gujarat, refused to allocate state funds for the repair of mosques and Sufi shrines vandalized in the carnage in 2002 (though the judiciary rightly compelled him to allocate the necessary funds) but offered state funds for the repair of the Kedarnath temple in another state (Uttarakhand) ravaged by floods, or even if he appointed Maya Kodnani as a minister of women and child welfare of Gujarat after her having wielded swords and instigated mass murders of Muslims (including women and children) in Naroda Patiya in 2002 with live footage as evidence of the same, or if he openly talked of a certain section of people as “child-producing factories” despite himself being the third of own his parents’ six children or how he attacked then chief election commissioner JM Lyngdoh, a respected bureaucrat, for his Christian faith, calling him an agent of the Vatican (and on the last point, even Vajpayee and Murli Manohar Joshi had slammed Modi), isn’t it?
And let me not delve into corrupt ministers in Gujarat like Babubhai Bokharia, the very many killings of RTI activists like Amit Jethwa in Gujarat or the lies and half-truths churned out about the “Gujarat model”.
And yes, since this government is supposedly all about transparency and clean governance unlike the Khangress, what about Mr. Modi’s silence on allegations of corruption against Vasundhara Raje’s son Dushyant Singh (who seems to have learnt his lessons well from Robert Vadra), and very mysterious deaths of Vyapam whistleblowers in Madhya Pradesh, which Sadananda Gowda, the law minister of our country, says is too silly a matter for the prime minister to talk about? How is this any different from Maun-mohan Singh? What takes the cake is that this government has dared to attempt to further dilute the Whistleblowers Protection Act and RTI Act.
But, we all must not forget Modi ji’s Man ki Baat wherein he didn’t utter a word about the Vyapam deaths but started a campaign of taking a selfie with one’s daughter. Of course, this is the best a man who disowned his wife can come up with as a solution for the safety, empowerment and emancipation of women. His cleanliness campaign with celebrities sweeping dirt deliberately placed there has also ensured that the slums and roads of the country are now fully clean, with any filth you see being the product of a Congress or an AAP conspiracy, isn’t it?
Enough of satire! Seriously speaking, the totalitarianism and despotism of Mr. Narendra Modi is now trying to reach the judiciary (that struck down Section 66A of the IT Act, which the Modi sarkar wished to retain, and allowed Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai to travel abroad), which was not yet controlled as the executive and sizable sections of the media have by now already become his pets.
I wonder if I can plead guilty to your accusation leveled against all critics of the Modi sarkar like me that we remained silent during the UPA regime. India has moved ahead of 1975. The JP movement that mobilized the entire nation, why go that far, if your remember five years back, the media had covered the movement initiated by Anna Hazare and his team when the crowd came out in open across states to protest for a strong lokpal, in which I too participated with my college friends (incidentally, the BJP then supporting Anna’s agitation first backstabbed us by deliberately misinterpreting Article 253 of the Indian constitution, preventing lokayuktas, provincial counterparts of the lokpal, from becoming constitutional bodies, and later, by colluding with the Congress to pass a lokpal bill that had none of the pointers over which Anna broke his fast, and under this Modi sarkar, we still don’t have a lokpal in spite of such a weak law, just like Gujarat didn’t have a lokayukta in spite of an even weaker law!), or when people came out in Delhi to protest against the 16th December gang-rape incident which finally led to amendment in our criminal law with immediate effect. Why should a good citizen not impartially criticize all parties when they don’t deliver?
I agree that there are some people who shy away from acknowledging and condemning communal and regressive practices and attitudes among many Muslims and appeasement of the same by many political outfits in the name of some warped secularism and take delight only in highlighting and exaggerating Muslim victimhood (such people rightly criticized the Samajwadi Party after the Muzaffarnagar riots, but not when it had earlier attempted at releasing all Muslims charged in terrorism cases, fortunately disallowed by the judiciary), but that certainly does not mean that anyone criticizing the Modi sarkar should be assumed to be within this bracket, nor should even criticism by those falling in that bracket be rejected on an ad hominem basis, however much one may despise those falling in that bracket otherwise.
In fact, the major reason for Mr. Modi to come to power was the way the UPA-2 government was baited, with much justification, by our mainstream national media (which is secular) all throughout. Our ex-PM was a technocrat who was not only subjected to humiliation on every news channel but he, in fact, also became a major source of bread and butter for many a stand-up comedian of the nation.
During the UPA regime, whatever charges were made against the ministers, they were made to resign without any investigation. Two Congress ministers, Ashwani Kumar and Shashi Tharoor, were made to resign because of media trial.
On the other hand, Mr. Amit Shah, who was accused of running a real estate extortion racket in Gujarat running in tens of millions of rupees, who is charged with orchestrating the fake encounter of Tulsi Prajapati and is speculated to have had a hand in the murder of Haren Pandya, and who is also believed to have had a hand in the riots in my home-town Muzaffarnagar (as is Mr. Azam Khan from the Samajwadi Party, but the topic of the Muzaffarnagar riots by itself deserves another piece) is the second most powerful person or the only powerful person after Modi.
Modi, after becoming the PM, has been silent on the statements of the fringe elements in his government like ‘Yogi’ Adityanath advocating raping Muslim women to death as revenge against “love jihad” (even though many Muslim women have also married Hindu men and changed their religion and name, prominent examples being sitarist Roshanara Khan, model Nayyara Mirza and actress Nakhat Khan, who on getting married, changed their names to Annapurna Devi, Nalini Patel and Khushboo Sundar respectively) and Giriraj Singh openly saying that all terrorists are Muslims. Leave aside international examples of non-Muslim terror outfits like the Haganah in the Middle East and the Jewish Defense League in the United States invoking Judaism and the Irish Republicans in Northern Ireland, Catholic fanatics in the United States bombing abortion clinics and neo-Nazis invoking Christianity, in India, we’ve had Maoists bombing election booths killing innocent voters, Ranvir Sena members who engaged in mass murders of Dalits, including women and children, as revenge against Maoist attacks citing Hanuman burning down Lanka, Khalistani terrorists invoking Sikhism who targeted innocent Hindu civilians blowing up aircrafts, with even pro-India Khalsa Sikhs like Khushwant Singh on their hit-list, secessionist outfits in Tripura and Nagaland that have killed innocent civilians and invoke Christianity, and mind you, statistically, neither in India nor Europe nor the United States have most terror attacks been carried out by Muslims (though terror attacks by Muslim terrorists hit never-centres like Delhi, Mumbai, Paris and New York, thus attracting more attention), and Islamist (not Islamic) terrorism became a major global phenomenon only after the US state sponsored Muslim radicalism against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, and of course, terrorism under any banner is indeed inexcusable.
Modi was also silent on how a certain instance of ‘ghar wapsi’ took place in UP apparently by fraud and coercion, how the entire Muslim population of an entire village of Atali in Haryana not far away from the national capital had to take refuge in a police station for several days as some Hindu extremists had burnt their homes for they had attempted to build a mosque on a piece of land that was judicially upheld to be theirs, how a church in rural Haryana was vandalized with the VHP openly justifying it, or how communal riots erupted in Trilokpuri in the national capital, perhaps for the first time since 1984, but for his much delayed occasional statements on religious tolerance.
As far as the economy is concerned, India was the only country which came out of the economic meltdown in the latter half of the previous decade because of the policies initiated by the UPA regime, when the global economy came to a standstill; so, the UPA wasn’t always bad on this front.
Under the Modi sarkar, the prices of fruits and vegetables have been on a rise, the RBI has been cutting down the interest rate to pump in money in the market, the RBI governor is at loggerheads with the government and has lambasted them for portraying and promising a flawed and false growth rate.
Not even a single sector of the economy has tasted the so-called development and growth in past one year, with much-wooed foreign investors moving to better pastures like Taiwan and South Korea!
Agriculture too has suffered majorly in this regime. Farmers’ suicides as an issue has become a huge national tragedy and the government has not even estimated the losses suffered by farmers leave aside the payments to be made, and the agriculture minister of BJP-ruled Haryana blames farmers for being “cowards”! It happened perhaps for the first time in the history of independent India that there was a shortage in an agricultural state like Haryana, currently BJP-ruled (don’t forget “cooperative federalism”) of fertilizers, which were finally distributed through police stations.
I am not even delving into the Land Acquisition Bill here, which to favour a select few, has been amended in a dastardly fashion. The false promises that were made before the elections were only to hoodwink the poor and farmers for vote-bank politics.
Much of the 38.5% of the electorate that voted for the NDA (those voting for the BJP were only 31%) thought that this man will deliver and will create jobs for them though their dream of a secure life has shattered in the past year, as infrastructure and the service sector is at an all-time low.
I would also like to mention that the present Lok Sabha is not only the richest; it has so far the maximum number of MPs with criminal charges. 186 winners have criminal charges while 112 have serious criminal charges including murder, attempt to murder and crimes against women.
Finally, I would like to ask you what has changed, where is the change, where are the awaited achche din?
Din pe din beete jaa rahe hain par acche din hain ki bas aa hi nahi rahe hain… Karan Arjun bhi aa gaye, lekin saala acche din pata nahi kab aaenge!
Only Mr. Narendra Modi, Mr. Amit Shah, Mr. Adani, Mr. Ambani can see the Achche Din. This reminds me of the classic, oft-cited Orwellian phrase – “more equal than others”!
(With some inputs from my friend Karmanye Thadani.)