The Great War on Prithvi, a sc-fi mythology adventure novel

Vishu ShastriAvailable on…

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Prithvi: A mysterious parallel and beautiful world with no science and religion, but fantastic astras (or Mahabharat style missiles)

Vishnu Shastri: A confused directionless 16-year-old finds himself pulled into Prithvi.

Guru: An ageless astomi and a mysterious astra expert, who throws up more questions than answers.

Shakti: The beautiful, evil and demented , Prithvi’s foremost assassin.

Duryodhan, a megalomaniac king bent on taking over the world and forcing a destructive Great War, the planet’s 8th, but potentially the most dangerous.

The Great War on Prithvi: Vishu Shastri_backA  roller coaster ride full of twists and turns…

What if Earth had a quantum twin?
The philosophy behind the book
Alternative realities. Parallel Universes. The multiverse theory. Constructing astras and pushpak vimans. The rule of gods…
—India Today’s DailyO.in

A unique mythological experience. Definitely worth a read.
Sify.com

The spacing of the sentences in the pages actually quickens the pace of the reading. Short, sharp sentences. All statements. Almost like in bullet point style.
The New Indian Express

Beautifully written, against the back drop of Mahabharata. I liked the way the author drew parallels from two different times like past and present for developing Vishnu’s character. His character is complex yet relatable. New but old.
Kavis Take

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If all goes well, then I will ultimately convert this into a series of seven books with the second one being…
Vishnu Shastri and the Day of Doom.

DSC_0269Sunil Rajguru is a journalist based out of Bengaluru. This is his first published book, though he is in the process of writing many books on multiple genres, mainly science fiction. His second book, Durga’s Revenge, is ready to be published.

Rajguru has been a columnist for websites like Sify.com, IndiaFacts and India Today’s DailyO. Rajguru has worked for the Hindustan Times newspaper and website, CyberMedia’s Living Digital magazine, the Centre for Science & Environment and market research firm IDC India.

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The 75 lies they told you about Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

narendra-modi-2112081_6401. He will be sacked as Chief Minister in 2002.

2. He will not win the 2002 Gujarat Assembly elections.

3. He will not win the 2007 Gujarat Assembly elections.

3. His national ambitions ended after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

5. He will never find acceptance among the rural masses of India.

6. His only supporters are hardline rabid Hindutva males.

7. The urban masses will never identify with him.

8. He will be a misfit among world leaders.

9. He has no global vision.

10. BJP will never make him a Prime Ministerial candidate.

11. The allies will never accept him.

12. The 2013 Assembly elections itself will reject him.

13. The electorate will never accept him.

14. Since Lutyens’ Delhi rejected him, so will rest of India.

15. Twitter cannot win you an election.

16. Most of his social media support is paid.

17. He is just PR plus marketing and the people of India will reject him.

18. Pappu is a better Prime Ministerial candidate than him. (Busted in no time)

19. Kejri is a better Prime Ministerial candidate than him. (A bigger joke)

20. Even Kanhaiya and Hardik are better PM candidates (speechless!).

21. The BJP under him will never get 272 seats.

22. Forget the BJP, even the NDA under him will never get 272 seats.

23. He will face a tough fight from Kejri in Varanasi.

24. He is a 31% PM. (NDA got 38.5% vote share, high in a multi-party democracy)

25. He will not win many States after the Lok Sabha elections.

26. He will be jailed for x, y, z offence eventually. (No chargesheet even)

27. Delhi is not Ahmedabad. He won’t be able to function there at all.

28. He wore a Louis Vuitton shawl.

29. He wore a Rs 20 lakh suit. (Figure kept coming down and settled down at Rs 10 lakh)

30. America will never allow him on its soil.

31. Obama rebuked Modi over religious intolerance.

32. He was finished after BJP losses in Bihar and Delhi elections of 2015.

33. He is responsible for every crime in India even though it is a State subject.

34. He claimed to have rescued 15,000 people from Uttarakhand.

35. He said that Priyanka Vadra was like his daughter.

36. Doordarshan commissioned a 10-year serial on his community.

37. He pushed Zuckerberg aside to face the camera. (Cameraman in fact was shouting “side please” to Zuckerberg)

38. Gujarat development is a myth.

39. Gujarati people are highly communalized so they kept voting for him.

40. He masterminded Snoopgate.

41. He masterminded the murder of an innocent Ishrat Jahan.

42. He’ll convert India into a Fascist State.

43. He is totally against the idea of India (whatever that is).

44. Godhra led to Indian Mujahideen. (Parent body SIMI formed after Emergency of 1975)

45. He has introduced the concept of beef ban in India. (Around for thousands of years)

46. He masterminded Godhra.

47. He told the police to allow Gujarat riots to happen.

48. He said “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction” on Godhra riots.

49. Vajpayee said that he was not following his Rajdharma.

50. He masterminded Best Bakery incident.

51. He masterminded Naroda Patia incident.

52. He masterminded Gulbarga Society incident.

53. He will not be able to move forward till he apologizes for Godhra.

54. Christians are under attack, over a report that said 4 churches were looted as against more than 200 temples.

55. Dalits are under attack, even though absolutely no meaningful statistics were presented, just scattered anecdotes.

56. State governments under attack, even though he never dismissed State governments indiscriminately like the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and now most if the State governments are NDA anyway.

57. Dadri violence happened because of him, even though Akhilesh was one of the worst law and order Chief Ministers ever.

58. He was responsible for Rohit Vemula’s death, even though he was a Leftist student politician and Hyderabad/Andhra Pradesh/Telangana has never been under direct BJP rule.

59. Intolerance rose under him, even though his haters are the most intolerant of the lot.

60. There is an undeclared Emergency, even though he is attacked 24X7.

61. UP 2014 70+ seats was a flash in the pan, disproved by UP Assembly elections tally of 300+.

62. Demonetization is a failure, the UP elections itself will show that.

63. The Modi Wave was firmly over in 2017 despite the fact that the BJP won 6/7 Assembly elections.

64. The surgical strike never took place.

65. He is unfairly targeting JNU, even though they agitate against India 247.

66. He is indirectly behind Justice Loya’s death.

67. Judiciary is under attack.

68. GST will ruin the economy.

69. People are rebelling against him… via fake agitations, bandhs and uprisings.

70. Award Wapsi campaign and Supreme Court judges press conference were valid movements against him.

71. abc was killed for xyz reason and it can all be ultimately be attributed to Modi.

72. His is nothing but a suit boot ki sarkar.

73. The economy is actually not doing great or figures are fudged or it’s to the credit of Manmohan.

74. Rafale is a scam and is his Bofors moment.

75. 2014 was a fluke. There is no way he will be able to repeat it in 2019, especially after the 2018 losses.

They have told you 75+ lies and totally got away with it.

They will tell 75+ more and totally get away from that too.

And how many truths have they told you about Sonia?

Zero.

So she too may totally get away despite controlling the most corrupt government in the history of independent India.

© Sunil Rajguru

Here’s how the Congress keeps sabotaging itself again and again and again…

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 totally decimated 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.

Congress was given a last chance in December 2018, but…

Despite everything, the Congress got a get out of jail free card in 2018. It was Modi’s Annus Horribilis. First despite being the single largest party in Karnataka, the BJP totally messed up the trust vote and ceded ground to a JDS-Congress government. Then the NDA government in Jammu & Kashmir fell. Finally at the end of the year, BJP won 0/5 State elections while the ailing Congress got a real shot in the arm and formed governments in the key states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Congress supporters and Modi haters finally smelt blood at the end of 2018.

parliament-2028311_640But what did the Congress do? They should have given excellent governance in MP-Rajasthan-Chhattisgarh and shown the rest of India that it too was a viable alternative. But nothing of the sort happened. Governance crashed and law and order crashed. Karnataka was even worse.

Then Pappu launched a highly negative campaign with the “Chowkidar Chor Hai” nonsense and motor mouths like Mani Shankar Aiyar and Sam Pitroda went mentally ballistic. The Congress showed that it had nothing new to offer in the matter of governance and for Modi it had nothing but abuse.

This was a strange policy because Modi was attacked virulently in 2002, 2007 and 2013-14 with disastrous results. The mantra seemed to be: We have nothing to offer to the people of India, but we will continue to abuse the Prime Minister non-stop. So as expected, the 2019 general elections proved to be a landslide for the BJP and a disaster for the Congress.