Priceless contribution of our political class- “law will take its course”

The events of today have added another sterling achievement in the annals of our democracy, where the word, “liberal” has been taken to a very different elevated level.

Lets start with a brief mention of the background to this story-

Some weeks back, those of us in urban India, well educated, were rudely jolted, when national media went ballistic on the leader of a Muslim party, with strong fundamentalist and religious leanings, and broadcast a speech made by its leader to a wildly cheering audience, extolling them to rise against the state- in short , it was sedition in open view and open knowledge.

Had it not been for the media. there would have been no case registered against this rabble rousing leader and he would not have been put behind bars. Finally it did happen, after a lot of foot dragging my the police and the politicians alike, and largely due to public and media pressures, this leader was finally put behind bars…

Today, we find his doppelganger, his fundamentalist counterpart from the Hindu majority in this country, who addresses a similar bunch of ,Hindu,  illiterate, largely rural, unemployed folk, who were cheering at every anti muslim rant he was spewing on the dais. The irony is that there was police presence during this event and they were mute spectators to the entire nonsense that was in full public view!

It left many questions unanswered-

  • Why didnt the police arrest this Hindu fundamentalist while he was making this speech?
  • Why didnt they arrest him AFTER he finished his speech?
  • Why does it take the national media to bring this to the notice of the educated , thinking class?
  • It this not seditious? Is this not a crime that needs to be dealt with , decisively and firmly?
  • Where is the disconnect here? Is this man allowed to do this in the guise of his democratic right? Does this not pale in front of the higher law that abhors sedition and creating communalism in our country?

It is deafening to hear the Finance minister talk about “law taking its own course” to take this guy down and deal with him with the contempt that he deserves.

Alas, I also see the reality that stares me at my face-

I constitute the unimportant , non-voting minority of educated professionals, who, if they vote, will not really matter in the vote bank driven “democracy” of ours…what will really matter is what the vast, uneducated, rural voters think and vote for, what makes them tick, and unfortunately , even after 65 years of independence, it is only issues , raised by rabble rousers, that make the large voting majority to stand up and take notice, completely oblivious to their real needs, which is education for all children especially the girl child, security for the girl child, inclusive growth, access to finance, access to amenities, access to healthcare.

This is the result of “law taking its own course” over the last 65 years.

Kudos to our political class!!

Incarceration of the willing

This goes out to all educated and intellectually inclined Indians, who live in India today.

I have been out of India for the last 10 years, left for Africa in 2003, came back for a few month in early 2011 and then went o the US to get my second MBA degree. When I came back to India in October 2012, I came back with starry dreams of a vastly improved nation , a mature democracy far removed from the country that I left in early 2003.

Since 2003 and till date that I have been out of the country, I have been perhaps the biggest champion of our country, its democratic institutions and its future and true stature in the league of nations.

BUT ever since I have returned, I have been severely disappointed, not only with the reality of decay and rot that has set in , BUT most of all with the feeling of being a willing co-conspirator with those who are singularly responsible for the rot and decay that has very obviously set in this nation of ours.

I consider myself as a co-conspirator , because I was simply blind sighted with a false sense of nationalism , being away from my beloved motherland, that I bought into the story of a “rising” nation, a “great democracy” that was doled out to me by the international media over these last 10 years. NOW in hindsight I am of the firm belief that I would not have been this naive and a collaborator, had I been closer to the truth; ie back home and seen and sensed the reality of the so-called greatness of my country.

I came back , to witness politicians brandish guns at toll collectors for daring to ask him for his fare! and then to see the same politician, pot belly, 3 days beard and all, nonchalant in his denial of the episode and accusing the toll collector of abusing him!!

I came back to see a fledgling political outfit expose a sitting member of our parliament of graft and using his NGO as a front to launder $ 125,000 of public money, AND to see the member of parliament take to the streets like an ordinary thug, and openly threaten the accuser in national media!! AND to add insult to injury, to see his colleague in our parliament, scoff at the idea of siphoning of $ 125,000 as a joke, since he believed that a man of his stature should have been investigated if it was a case of siphoning off of an amount of $ 1,000,000 or more!!

I came back to see the son in law of the President of the ruling political party of the country, accused of colluding with the land mafia and making windfall profit through this nexus between crony capitalists, crooked politicians, equally crooked bureaucrats, and saw before my own eyes and honest bureaucrat being shunted out of his job, because he dared to blow the whistle on this fraud!!

I came back to see a young woman and her friend picked from the streets of our capital on one dark cold night, raped by 6 excuses for men, assaulted , bruised and left naked by the road side. I had to bear the trauma of seeing this young woman fight for her life, till she was consumed by fate and departed to a better place, leaving an entire nation, including myself in anguish at the state of our women, of this brave heart, which embodied the real state of our country today.

The youth were on the streets for all of 2 weeks- till they were beaten back successfully with a crafty strategy of Machiavellian proportions, scripted by the political class, and especially the current ruling class.The strategy comprised of state sponsored terror unleashed on its own people in stage 1 , marked police brutality and clampdown on protesters, stage – 2 comprised, dividing the protesters by inviting some to “discuss” way forward, stage-3, setting up a judicial commission under a well known panel of judges, and convincing the protesters to go back home, stage -4, paying lip service to the report submitted by the judicial commission, stage-5, cobbling together a weak ordinance based on the perceptions and inputs of criminals and rapists in their ranks, and sending that to the rubber stamp President of our country, with no courage of conviction, to sign off.

Their ploy is simple- as soon as the ordinance is signed these slimy politicians and the entire political class will pompously declare how they have delivered to the people!! There will be much back slapping on a job well done…many congratulations,….and the case will have been deemed to be closed!

In essence as a nation we will be back to square one and there will have been no REAL CHANGE!!

As I witness all this unfold , I am taken back to my last 10 years as the champion of brand India, and I feel like a cheap traveling salesman, peddling lies to all and sundry..I feel ashamed at what I have been doing for the last 10 years, because of the reality of our “greatness” as I have seen over the last 3 months.

Publicly I try to enlighten friends, old and new ones that I have made upon my return, and try to have a balances debate on the myth of our greatness that is being perpetrated by our political class, and an objective comparative between forms of government that I have seen in Africa and the US.

It pains me to repeat, that as I compare what I see in India, and what I have seen in Africa, we are just a tad better than a “BANANA REPUBLIC”, and which owes its so called growth story, NOT to the visionary leadership of its rulers ( not leaders-please note), but to divine intervention and pure chance. Even in terms of feeling secure, it may come as a surprise to you, BUT I felt safer in Africa, than I do in the streets of the capital, where I reside today!! What need I say more to establish the sorry state of our country today……

As I have tried to share the reality of other forms of government and governance with that in my country with friends and folk, the common underlying sense I often get is this….to live in this country, being ruled ( not lead) by this political class, is our lot in life….and to me this is shocking , because this is being repeated by people who I would consider as intellectually enlightened and capable of analysis!! BUT NO…here they are, accepting this political class, and their brand of mediocrity as great governance, as their lot in life! Instead of comparing and analyzing between  2 or more countries and deciding rationally between right and wrong, here is an entire generation that is willing to live under this yoke of graft, non accountability, non culpability, non governance, dynastic politics, crony capitalism and any other evil that you could possible think of!!

So, if this is you lot in life, do you have any right to complain when a scam involving YOUR TAX  CONTRIBUTION is brought to light? No ..you have no right to complain because you have become like a beast of burden who accepts his lot in life and therefore you deserve to be treated like one by your rulers, the political class!! Thats logical….

You are therefore willingly incarcerated in this prison, you call your motherland, willingly.

You accept every diktat passed by the parliament meekly. You do not raise your voice , when ever you see injustice and non performance by anyone, including your elected representatives – and when you do raise you voices, you cannot sustain your initiative, because you are so gullible, that each and every time you buy easily into the assurances of the political class, and give them opportunity after endless opportunity to lie to you and to slip away from your clutches!! You do not even realize , that you, the urban, educated , aware class of people do not even matter in the game of numbers and votes- because the real numbers lie numb in India’s rural hinterland, un-educated, illiterate, intellectually crippled and incapable of logical analysis through a sustained strategy of keeping them in this state of stasis for 65 years, so that they can be exploited by the political class to come back to power, over and over again, with out any accountability to you, who have the capacity to be a real nuisance, but are easily managed, because you are a very minuscule minority, who dont really matter !!

Its time you, those who are educated, have the capacity to think and analyse, look at your alternatives – between staying put in your prison, your beloved motherland, or moving to better and safer pastures elsewhere.

Kamal Hassan recently became emotional and broke down, and said that he would want to give up his citizenship of this country and live in another country….I think he will understand and empathize with the contents of this blog. He understands and knows that he too is incarcerated willingly in this country, and his decision to leave this country for another would perhaps be the only way he will have his salvation.

I will wish him all the best in case he decides to go away from his prison.

Priceless Contribution of our political class- fundamentalists in a secular democracy!

This goes out to all enlightened Indians, across the globe, and definitely in India.

I hope that these series that I propose to write regularly as the contribution of our political class will become a platform for serious debate on what has really transpired under the guise of “parliamentary democracy” for the past 65 years.

These thoughts in these blogs are also meant to highlight the reality of the Indian democratic system and its evolution ( de-generation) over the past 65 years.

Thoughts, inputs, and ideas are very welcome, obviously.

Today Kamal Hassan made a heart rending appeal to his fans and the common man , demonstrating his utter helplessness to fight a political heavy , and skewed system, that will not even listen to independent thought leaders, and will use power to buttress power brokers, and illiterate voting populations ( ever heard of the VOTE BANK…if you haven’t , it exists in India, and has been nurtured for the past 65 years by the political class by keeping these voting banks, illiterate, un-educated and on the fringes of poverty and deprivation…cool strategy hunh!!)

His latest movie, VISHWAROOPAM, has been embroiled in controversy, which was ostensibly started by a fringe Muslim group, protesting the depiction of terrorists as being from the Muslim faith!! This was ably fanned by political class of ALL hues!!

Now the question you must ask, is why did ALL political parties start supporting the muslim protesters–……well, didn’t I just tell you about voting banks!! NONE of these political leeches, would wanna fritter away the opportunity to get the muslim vote now ..isnt it ?

So here is this artist, who should have freedom of expression of interest under our “democratic” constitution and institutions, BUT has to run around the courts of the land to scree his film, whose future has been hijacked by a few protesting muslims, supported by the political class, who have kept these muslims illiterate for the past 65 years, and the muslims dont even realize who is to blame for their pathetic situation, and are therefore for lack of any substantial cause in life, take to the street, at the behest of their equally illiterate, uneducated leaders to protest an assault on their religion!!!

Is this convoluted or what!!

Has not this country not been converted to a dignified banana republic in a matter of 65 years , and its potential quashed by the political class through the following INITIATIVES… (Yes folks ..the following are the ONLY INITIATIVES that the political class have been serious about , since taking our rule from the British and ruling this country..)

  • Siphoning off tax payers money into overseas accounts.
  • Converting money laundering ( tax payers and bribe money) into an art and a science ( Mafia , eat your heart out, come to the academy of the Indian political class, and they will teach you tricks you didnt even know existed )
  • Using graft and bribe money to buy into vote banks- over and over and over again, till death did them part from their office!
  • Dodging responsibility by converting “passing the buck” to an art and a science- slippery as an eel has a different level in India and for the political class.
  • Turning QUID PRO QUO to an art and science- One political party uses state instruments, which are supposed to be independent, as gatherers of dirty secrets on political opponents, and leveraged to ensure that their very own dirty secrets are never revealed by their opponents, should they come to power in the veneer of our democratic institutions!! So all these political parties, the political class know each other dirtiest of secrets and make for a perfect understanding under classic quid pro quo terms!!

While the political class has ensured its continuity into geriatric politics, they have deliberately done nothing about investing in educating the teeming uneducated masses, that remain uneducated, illiterate to the day. This has proven beneficial to them in many ways, most notably these illiterates have lost the faculty to think rationally and analyze logically, laying them open to emotional and casteist exploitation by the political class over 65 years….the nest result, ready to use, ready made , illiterate , fundamentalists in our secular democracy!!

If there ever was a strategy that worked for you this would be it !! Kudos to our Indian political class!!

 

Does the world community see us as an emerging power?

Hi readers,

I read about the request made by the Government of India to extradite Headley, the LeT terrorist to India for trial, and it was turned down.

Am I surprised, ….no.

This is what I expected the US government , OR any other government to do , in their right mind.

The Indian government probably had some hope of extradition from governments that are classified right along  their like- which is qualified BANANA REPUBLIC.

This bit of news has forced me to write again on the subject,  of India’s rightful place in the league of nations, and the dream state that the rules ( NOT Leaders) of India have been for the past 65 years, and especially over the time that we have “reformed” the economy!!!

Now lets analyze the reality of our nation today.

Our political class are experts at selling, presumed greatness of our nation, based on the polite references to our greatness by economic powers of the developed world.

This presumption of our greatness is often based on our being “the worlds largest democracy”- meaning that in a nation of 1.2 billion, by some stroke of luck, the 50% of our illiterate, oppressed people, accept their lot in life, accept poor governance as god send, accept rulers as leaders, AND  yet have never risen up in open revolt against a political class that has not delivered in 65 years!!

These oppressed people dont possess the analytical skills to even contemplate that there could be other choices, apart from voting for casteist, no performing, criminals who call themselves messiahs of these people who they wish to exploit, and have been exploiting over the past 65 years!! So these poor wretches vote for these same non performing criminals, over and over and over again, for generations, as if in limbo. Funny thing is that this practice of voting for one criminal politician runs into generations, where the son takes over from the father and continues to perpetrate a dynasty!!

Just because we are able to manage democratic elections, in a country beset with serious development issues ( actually non development issues), with obvious, glaring disparities, we get a polite ear with the real democracies of the west and this gives our political system ( and most important the criminal political class) the legitimacy to sit among the league of nations.

I can totally understand where my American friends would be  coming from- the Americans are very polite ( polite to a fault , I would say), and this politeness serves them well. 

However, our political class, made up of crass, morally corrupt politician, coming from a high context culture, aspiring to lead India as  the next United States,  buy into the politeness of the western democracies ( they are desperate to buy into that!!, please note this ), and translate that as their triumph as a “great” nation to the  the millions of uneducated hopefuls in India. 

Remember , in my earlier blogs , I did mention that HOPE has become the opium of the Indian masses, and this has been very efficiently exploited by the political class and its public services system, that serves the political classes, and not the masses, at it was meant to be in the first place.

So to answer the main question- Does the world community see us as an emerging power? 

the answer is an EMPHATIC NO! Nyet!! Not happening!!

We are seen for who we really are, a glorified , BANANA REPUBLIC, ruled ( not lead, or managed ) by loathsome, sleazy, daft BUT self serving politicians, who will comfortably exploit the pacifist DNA and the HOPE ( Opium of the Indian masses) to their advantage, and in reality get clobbered in the real world.

 

And oh yes…lest we forget, the Indian justice system is a joke- if we take $ 10 million to try a terrorist like Kasab on taxpayers money, and then finally hang him ….the Americans know that giving Headley to the Indians, would probably mean that either he will escape from the Police Van, or he will be exchanged for a hostage, or one of our Indian muslim ministers will ask for clemency in the name of islam, or the ruling “secular” party will plead for his clemency!!

So..is India an emerging power, GO FIGURE!!

NOTE- After the brutal gang rape of that brave heart girl in Decemebr 2012, we are already in justice loop hole territory, with suspects asking for re-trials because they are “innocent” juveniles, police alluding to “rule of law” etc etc….do you still have faith in our useless justice system? and should the world community have any faith as well??

Why do we have mobs on the streets of India?

Pawan Bansal, Minister for Railways for the Govt. of India has said last night on national TV that the protesting men and women on India’s streets are an indication of our country turning from a “DEMOCRACY” to a MOBOCRACY!!

He may have been right there with this comment…perhaps I agree with him because I see many similarities between what is happening in this country and what happened during the last years of the Roman empire, which incidentally started off as a democracy.

So lets examine the similarities between the roman empire and India , today.

The similarities

  • The ROMAN EMPIRE= Indian union
  • Roman senate= Indian Parliament
  • Roman emperor= Indian PM

In times of chaos in the country, the Roman rulers, the Roman emperor were known to distract the restive populations in their vast regions by organizing Gladiator games or going to war. They had their own list of specialist “mob managers” who steered public opinion away from the topics that would ignite passions, to avenues that would dull their aggression and create a different kind of mob that would forget the mis-governance of their rulers.

In our times today, our neo – rulers, the political class in India distract the restive population in India, by using their professional spin doctors, who have turned their craft into an art form. They will use the stick ( police) and carrot (false platitudes, public appeal) to calm frayed nerves and tempers, and when that is about to cool down, publicly disown the protesters as a mob , meaning that the people on the street had no legitimacy in the first place to be on the streets to protest against a non existent government.

If the roman emperors had their Gladiator games as a distraction for their mob, the Indian political class use the following as red herrings and distractions to way lay the suffering protesters in India

  • Democracy is a consensus driven system- ensuring consensus of ALL stakeholders takes time ( in order to drive consensus , being a TRUE BLUE DEMOCRACY, we dont give any time limits of discussions and conclusions, thats our greatness compared to other democracies , like the UK or the US)
  • Your issue is nothing compared to other pressing issues- like Naxalite terror, Islamic terror, ( well my question is , who is responsible for creating these disparities in our democracy, in our social fabric, which is supposed to be based on equality….to create these disgruntled groups in the first place??), so you dont deserve a hearing
  • National security is at stake…we have potent threats from Pakistan…daily rape and pillage and corruption in the country in NOTHING compared to the national borders and maintaining its sanctity ( Really- when you add up crime against women, criminals in politics, corruption in public offices, graft and stack that against national security threat from Pakistan, I figure that the former far out weighs the latter which our Govt. has been touting as the most potent threat to our country!!!)

Well the above are just 3 examples of how the creative spin doctors in our political class have hood winked the masses in this country and will continue to do so.

If our political class have any sense of the simmering rage within the youth ( well technically, urban youth) and have read their history ( especially about the last days of the roman empire) they better sit up and take notice, and get their act together, because if they dont, they will have in fact been instrumental in turning our democracy ( for whatever its worth) into an actual mobocracy.

And when the mob takes to the streets, ( as they did in Rome) we know how that pans out!!

A country divided

The Indian political class has managed to shame the British at their own divisive politics.

The British were rightly accused of driving a wedge between the Muslims and Hindu populations of undivided India thus leading to the partition of the country in 1947…..BUT…

OUR Political class, that has reigned with impunity for the past 65 years has gone miles ahead in diving this “MODERN DEMOCRACY” of ours RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE!!

Our political class has NOT ONLY driven wedges between the Muslims and Hindus ( and other religions within the country), BUT ALSO between castes, sub -castes, sexes, educated and the illiterate with such finesse, that its almost like an art and a science beautifully amalgamated together!!!

Now lets analyze how the numbers stack up in this divisive scenario that is India’s reality today and see what results we can come up with …..

On SIDE 1 are the following set of people with a description of their support base

  • Self proclaimed God men- with a following base composed of largely, ignorant, illiterate, pathetic souls whose opium is religion ( just as Lenin and Marx proclaimed almost 100 years back!!) and ALSO Hope!! (Dont say I never mentioned that one earlier in my blogs!!)
  • Quasi God men/Religious teachers/ wanna be small time politicians- with a following composed of largely, poor educated men and women, un employed , disgruntled youth, with no purpose in life ( who obviously are moving along in life, listless, hopeless) 
  • Career politicians…The Political class- with a mass following comprising ignorant, illiterate, woefully poor ( and desperate), caste divided, unemployed population living on a prayer ( now do you get the god man angel??) and hope ( now do you get the role of the politician as the proverbial pied piper, played to perfection over 65 years!!!)

The above set of folks derive their security from the police paraphernalia, get their dirty jobs done ( willingly or unwillingly) from the bureaucracy and get their sanctity to sit in our parliament by quoting the GOD GIVEN rights in our constitution and reeling out number of votes given to them by illiterate,desperate and easily misguided voters!! AND the demographics of this vote bank is 70% of our voting population!!!

NOW lets see the other side…..

One SIDE 2 are the following set of people with the description of their support base

  • Self righteous wanna be leaders with a social conscience – with a support base comprised of educated, literate, aware men and women ( aware of their rights under the Indian constitution)
  • People who are fed up of the nonsense served to them in the name of democracy and who wish to change the system ( and do not aspire to become politicians)-with a support base comprised of educated, literate, aware men and women ( aware of their rights under the Indian constitution)

These folks have no real sense of security from the police that is meant to serve them ( the people , remember), but instead serves the political class ( for crumbs that they might get from the loot..now do you see quid pro quo???), these folks cannot hope for ANY work of theirs to be done by the bureaucracy ( remember the bureaucrats serve their political masters, and they cannot take on the politicians) and since these folks are part time , wanna be leaders, who cannot rabble rouse, cannot stoop as low as our lowly , spineless, shameless, political class, they DONT HAVE A HOPE IN HELL to be voted into power by the mass voters ( remember- illiterate,desperate and easily misguided voters), because these mass vote banks belong to the de facto political class ( remember the sleazy, rapist politician who has the right to sit in out parliament!!). The only people who would ever vote for these folks, if they ever, seriously considered to enter the election fray would be educated, literate, aware men and women, who comprise ONLY 30% of the total voting eligible population!!

Well you decide, who would win in a face off…the Political class led, god men, quasi god men, and local politicians ( thugs) OR the socially aware, globally aware, educated, self righteous, reformer??

I rest my case- its 70 for the Political class, and 30 to the protester in the street today.

Protesters, your voice will crack in hoarseness…its only a matter of a few days; the Politician and the political class would have played out the tear jerk er to perfection, and they will have eventually worn you all out because the math that I explained to you all in this blog in known to them and their spin doctors- they are playing you, and will continue to play you !!!

Think strategically, think analytically, think about your audience and you will get around this game of intrigue and machination being played out, right in front of your eyes!!

All the best…….

Rule of law in Indian Democracy

Since independence, there has been a clever strategy implemented by the political class to create this aura of invincibility in the voting masses that is is ONLY the political classes that can deliver growth, sustainable livelihood, food security, water access and all things that are deemed to be a must have for civil society, including education.

But those of us , in the largely, urban, middle class, know that over the last 65 years, the political class owes its great success in keeping the largely semi urban and rural voting masses tethered to their HOPES and DREAMS is by keeping them bereft of REAL changes, not educating them, and playing caste based politics.

Because, large swathes of our voting population continues to be illiterate, un educated and definitely globally unaware, these people, living in India’s semi urban and rural hinterland, are politically weak, have little and no understanding of their rights and rule of law in the land, and remain subservient to HOW THE RULES ARE INTERPRETED and FED TO THEM by the politicians, the bureaucrats and those in the police.

( please note- when I say bureaucrats and police, I DO NOT MEAN  a blanket sweeping reference to ALL in this fraternity, but a majority of them- AND , I certainly consider even the “GOOD” guys to be partners in crime to their political masters, if they do not demonstrate, courage of conviction to say NO or to take a stand against their political masters!!)

Thus the rules in India are at 2 levels

  • Rules that apply to the political class, the bureaucrats  and those in the police forces
  • Rules that apply to the common man- other than politicians, bureaucrats and those in the police forces

Case in point- Bitti Mohanty, son of a Director General of Police of the state of Orissa was convicted of rape in 2006, and while on parole, vanished from the face of the earth in 2007- probably living a life of luxury in the US or UK with the resources provided by his politically connected father!! the case is still under investigation……

Case in point- Akbaruddin Owais, politician with connections to the ruling party in India, spouting anti India anti Hindu rhetoric in open forums to a cheering illiterate audience, made up of (illiterate, fundamentalist) muslims- only after the intervention by a national TV channel was some action taken against him!! NO ONE from the public domain came forward to speak of this breach of the law…

These 2 cases simply tell you the real truth of the reality (frailty) of Indian democracy and democratic institutions, which are weak at best, and absolutely hollow and rotten at worst.

One look at the spate of issues that have been highlighted by the national media on how brazenly the political class has usurped the rule of law in the country ( this in the aftermath of the recent rape and murder of a young doctor in the national capital) and as an educated individual, you will clearly comprehend the level of systematic decay that has been fostered by the political class over the last 65 years of their rule ( please note- I say rule and not leadership , because after the exit of the white rule from the UK, this neo brown political class has seamlessly moved into the same seats that were vacated and turned politics into a devious art form in India, all in the name of democracy!!)

Those in the business of human rights, sitting in the US and in the EU need to be reading this space….and comment on how they perceive the state of affairs in this democracy!!