Why Trump is a colossal failure and a grand success at the same time…

climate-change-2254711_960_720If you believe in Climate Change…
…then he is a climate monster who will destroy the world.
If you think that Climate Change is a fraud…
…then he has blown the lid off one of the greatest scams of all time.

Immigration posters-2590766_960_720If you believe illegal immigration will help a country…
…then he is a human rights disaster.
If you believe illegal immigration will destroy a country…
…then he is actually saving a country.

If you like global blocs like the EU and UN…
…then he is breaking up the world.
If you think global blocs like EU and UN are dictatorial…
…then he is actually increasing democracy throughout the world.

usa-n korea 2893863_960_720If you want denuclearization of North Korea that too now and nothing else…
…then he is being taken for a ride.
If you accept that North Korea has de-isolated itself and agreed to talks which itself is huge…
…then peace is finally getting a chance.

al-aqsa-mosque-196846_960_720If you think that Iran is at the centre of Middle East peace…
…then he is dangerously flirting with war.
If you think a Saudi Arabia-Israel inititative can bring permanent peace there…
…then he’s a Middle East peace genius.

If you think that Left-leaning ideology is human…
…then he is an insensitive tyrant.
If you think that Left-leaning ideology is dictatorial…
…then he is in fact removing authoritarianism from the world.

health checklist-3222079_960_720If you think that universal healthcare is a fundamental right…
…then he’s denying healthcare to millions.
If you think that universal healthcare will bankrupt a country…
…then he’s actually a pragmatic economist.

If you think that US should seek a path of confrontation with Russia…
…then he is Putin’s puppet.
If you think that US should seek peace with Russia and get tough on them only in certain situations…
…then he’s a master statesman.

questions-1922477_960_720If you prefer status quo and hate disruption…
…then he’s a chaos monster.
If you realize chaos rids the old system and ultimately yields a new one…
…then he is finally draining the swamp.

If you back Israel to the hilt…
…then you’re happy because he’s probably the most pro-Israel pro-Jewish US President ever.
If you back Palestine to the hilt…
…then you hate him because Palestine suddenly lost most of its bargaining power.

donald-trump-1269307_960_720If you believe in the Mueller probe…
…then why hasn’t he resigned yet? Why hasn’t he been impeached yet?
If you don’t believe in the Mueller probe…
…then he’s a victim and his opponents are attempting an unjust and unconstitutional coup and he’s fighting against all odds.

Why the Indian Congress is its own biggest enemy

aged-2181887_960_720When we got Independence, the Congress Party was the Freedom Movement and the Freedom Movement was the Congress Party. They seemed destined to rule forever and could have been in power today, but nobody spoils the fortunes of the party like itself.

A look at some of these things…

Congress was invincible till the 1970s, but imposed Emergency and that created the Janata Party which became the first ever non-Congress government at the Centre.

It has been more than 40 years since Emergency. And today it could well be called the most disastrous move it made in retrospect. Till 1975 the Congress strode like a colossus at the Centre. No other party could dream of even being a strong Opposition let alone a ruling dispensation for at the Centre. Then Indira Gandhi gave the rest of the parties a huge lifeline.

Indira imposed the Emergency and this led to her fall and the first non-Congress government at the Centre in 1977. The Janata Party may have disintegrated in 1980, but its successor Janata Dal and all its factions ruled first from 1989-91 and then 1996-98.

prison-553836_960_720But the biggest result of the Emergency is rarely discussed: The formation of the BJP. The RSS was formed in 1925 and was rudderless after Independence for some time. The Bharatiya Jana Sangh was formed in 1951 but wasn’t that effective till 1977.

The RSS powered the protests that led to the Emergency, the 1977 government gave a solid political direction to the Sangh Parivar and it marched on after 1980 to become the dominant political party in India in 2014 having first tasted power in 1996 at the Centre.

Congress became invincible yet again after the Janata Party imploded, but created the Ramjanmabhoomi problem thereby boosting the BJP.

Under Jawaharlal Nehru, Ram idols appeared in the mosque premises. Under Rajiv Gandhi, the locks to the complex were removed to counter the Shah Bano case appeasement. Under PV Narasimha Rao the Sangh Parivar managed to knock down the domes right under the Centre’s eyes.

The Ramjanmabhoomi problem was created and sustained by the Congress and maximum progress happened only due to the action/inaction of various Congress Prime Ministers. But only one entity benefited politically from all of the above: The Sangh Parivar.

Durga Puja 2645104_960_720Congress brutalized the Naxalites and hence is out of West Bengal for nearly 40 plus years.

When the Naxalite movement came up in West Bengal, the ruling Congress government used such brute force, that they lost the State forever. Today it is out of power in the State for a whopping 40 years and look in no position of forming a government in the future.

Congress made a comeback in Punjab in 1980 but single-handedly created the Punjab problem.

Punjabi man-762211_960_720Why Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay wanted to deal with a person like Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale we will never know. But they kept backing him and making him more and more powerful till he turned against them. The Centre launched a military operation against the Golden Temple more than once. The Khalistan problem became a raging one. Finally Indira herself was assassinated, leaving an inexperienced Rajiv, who squandered a majority Congress rule at the Centre for good.

Congress became pally with the LTTE and they assassinated Rajiv.

Bhindranwale wasn’t the only such person that the Congress dealt with. Another was LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran. The story is that during an Indo-Sri Lanka meet when the Lankan authorities heard that India was hosting Prabhakaran, they were livid.

There were reports of India giving financial aid to the LTTE and aid was dropped in their territories against the will of the Lankan government. The Indian government soon turned against Prabhakaran and he took his revenge by assassinating Rajiv.

Congress backed Bal Thackeray to counter Communists and he ended Congress majority rule for good in Maharashtra in 1995.

Mumbai victoria-station-390633_960_720When Shiv Sena’s Bal Thackeray emerged in the 1960s instead of countering him, the Congress secretly backed him in a bid to counter the Communists. In fact it was in the 1980s that Thackeray and Congressman Sharad Pawar joined hands to finish off the unions.

Thackeray had the last laugh though. A Shiv Sena Chief Minister was sworn in in 1995 and after that the Congress has not had a single majority government in Maharashtra, a State which it had really dominated till that year right from Independence. Subsequently we had the first BJP Chief Minister in 2014.

Congress still had the largest political network in 2014, but is totally decimating it for 2019.

The Congress always returned after being booted out at the Centre. 1980. 1991. 2004. These are three such momentous years. However 2014 seems to be a year with a difference. What many people don’t realize that though the Congress lost in 2014, it still had the most MLAs across the country and the largest organizational network and that with the greatest money and muscle power.

Instead of consolidating that and making a comeback, the party backed the disastrous mother-son Sonia-Pappu duo to the hilt, started decimating leaders at the regional level and attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi 24X7 instead of coming out with a coherent effective strategy to regain their paramount national status.

parliament-2028311_640The contrast between 2014 and 2018 was mentioned by me in an article
(1) In the Lok Sabha it has more than 5 times as many MPs as the Congress. (No competition)
(2) In the Rajya Sabha it leads 73-50 and if you add BJP allies, then it’s even further ahead.
(3) In the list of most populous states, the largest Congress has is Punjab at No. 20. Apart from that they have the smaller Mizoram and Union Territory Puducherry. In contrast there are 16 BJP Chief Ministers and more as allies. Scoring big in the Assemblies leads to scoring big in the Lok Sabha. Losing States means you’ll lose the Centre again.
(4) There are 1500+ BJP MLAs and the Congress has less than half of that.
(5) BJP is by far the richer party.
And finally an interesting point…
(6) In the 2014 elections, 10.7 crore people voted for the Congress. In the last four years, their support has drastically reduced. What about the BJP? Well their primary membership itself stands at 11 crore plus!

This is happening because Congress is losing most of its battles post-2014 in a bid to win the 2019 war. But only by winning many battles from 2014-19 can it win 2019!

Why we’re living in the Golden Age…

golden rings-2634929_960_720Enjoy your peace, dear global citizens!

42 years since a man who killed 10s of millions in cold blood was alive. (Mao Zedong, 1863-1976)

57 years since a famine killed up to 43 million people. (The Great Chinese Famine, 1959-61)

dove-3426187_960_72073 years since a World War. (WW2, 1939-45)

73 years since atomic bombs destroyed cities. (Hiroshima & Nagasaki, 1945)

73 years since a dictator almost took over the world. (Hitler, 1945)

money-2180330_960_72079 years since The Great Depression ended.

98 years since a flu killed up to 100 million. (The Spanish Flu, 1918-20)

Even…
202 years since volcano eruptions decreased the average global temperature by 0.7 degrees C and resulted in severe food shortages. (1816, The Year Without Summer, caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 and maybe Mayon in 1814)

forest-56930_960_720And don’t forget…
Today we have enough money, but just haven’t figured out how to distribute it equally.
We have enough food, but don’t know how to distribute it to everyone.
Life expectancy is going up.
Literacy is going up.
Number of democracies is steadily increasing.
Medical breakthroughs are increasing.
Murder rate is going down.
Extreme poverty rates are falling.
And just about anyone with a cheap smartphone has access to Information, Entertainment and Redressal, something totally denied to the lower classes for thousands of years.

Many problems are still there, but they are steadily are decreasing.
So why do we feel bad and think it’s worse?
Because our awareness is also increasing exponentially!

This is basically a rewrite of…
50 dangerous years that shook the world and how today’s great

Do you remember when was the last time before November 8, 2016 that…

Rupee 1811937_960_7201. The corrupt of the land burnt or shredded or dumped or distributed tens of thousands of crores of their black Rupees just like that?

2. The black money economy saw a real earthquake?

3. The Naxalite funding industry was severely hit?

4. The Kashmir terrorism industry was severely hit along with stone pelting?

5. The global counterfeiting industry was hit hard and had to begin from scratch vis a vis the Rupee?

6. Pakistan was suddenly squeezed financially by India (counterfeiting + terror funding)?

iphone-624709_960_7207. Mobile data/online payments/debit/credit cards/PoS devices/bank accounts/PayTM… etc (Phew!) all got a sudden simultaneous fillip.

8. The corrupt of the land were actually scared of a Prime Minister?

9. Political party funding went for a toss all across India?

10. Public utilities suddenly received back payments in cash including monthly and yearly backlogs.

currency-1843349_960_720And more importantly: All in one stroke?

Boss, neither do I!

#Demonetization

P.S. In large countries, India currently has the highest GDP growth rate in the world!

5 reasons why the 2018 US mid-term election results were great…

31. The new ruling triumvirate shares power perfectly: Trump is a Republican but he could well be an Independent with a mind of his own. There were a huge swathe of Republican Anti Trumpers in 2015 and they have been reducing by the day, though they haven’t fully gone. So there are actually three power entities in America and not two: Trump, the Republicans and the Democrats.

And lo behold! The troika now share power and can check each other…
Trump has the White House.
The Republicans have the Senate.
The Democrats have the House.

smiley-2616203_960_7202. Tensions have been greatly reduced: The Dems lost sudden power in 2016 and went unhinged. Since then they have been spouting nonsense from the rooftops 24X7 and backing all manner of violent protests. Had they got nothing in 2018, then they would have gone one step beyond unhinged.

But now they have some power and hence some responsibility. They will continue to oppose Trump 24X7 but at the same time they will have to show some results via the House by 2020 and also focus within for the 2020 Presidential race.

handshake-440959_960_7203. Middle ground issues may finally be worked on: The media has pushed the accelerator on the polarization button and it seemed that there was no common ground for the Democrats and Republicans. Both the issues they are seeking became polarized too.

But now Trump will have to mediate and seek the middle ground to and get some results especially in terms of things like immigrations and healthcare. Obama ruled by executive decree alone antagonizing Congress and that’s why none of his legacies have lasted. Trump will now have to work with both parties but.

scared-2175161_960_7204. No real shock this time: Global citizens are reeling from failed predictions and things that were impossible actually happening. Trump can’t win! Brexit can’t happen. The Right cannot gain prominence in Europe! Even in India, nobody saw Narendra Modi’s BJP getting 272+ in early 2014 or BJP conquering state after state in the years after that.

But here the predictions actually went along predicted lines where the Democrats were slated to capture the House and the Republicans the Senate and Trump not losing much ground.

trump-2023751_960_7205. Growing interest in politics continues: Just 36.4% people voted in the 2014 US mid-terms, which was touted to be the lowest turnout in 70 years. However after that the 2016 US elections were probably the most followed ever.

Well the numbers continue and more than 100 million voted for the 2018 mid-terms. World over interest in politics is increasing and that’s a good sign.