The Indian electorate’s “Ghajini” style short term memory loss

Disgraced in the 1970s, celebrated in the 1990s…

revolution-30590_960_7201974: Gujarat’s Navnirman Andolan led to Jayaprakash Narayan’s Total Revolution which led to a nationwide agitation which led to Emergency which led to the first non-Congress government at the Centre. One of the casualties of this chain of events was the disgracing of Congress Chief Minister Chimanbhai Patel who had to quit. Women came in the streets swearing that they would not name their children after Chimanbhai as donkeys were paraded elsewhere with his name painted on them.

1990: Chimanbhai becomes CM again and that too with support of BJP, which was part of the above-mentioned first non-Congress government.

Even a brutal dictator is eventually loved…

dictator-2161890_960_7201975-77: Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declares dictatorship in India (Emergency), terrorizes the nation, totally clamps down on freedom of speech and expression, turns all opposition parties into dummies, tortures thousands, imprisons lakhs and conducts millions (yes, millions) of forced sterilizations, some which go wrong and some which are conducted on young men without children.

1980: Indira storms back with a whopping 374 seats, bungles Punjab and attacks the revered Golden Temple, sees the Nellie Massacre on her watch, which may have seen 10,000 killed in a single day, still becomes a much worshipped and loved figure right up to today.

The most incompetent start ever and yet…

1984 October end to December beginning: In just his first 5 weeks on the job, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi saw the anti-Sikh riots in which crores of property was burnt, thousands were killed and lakhs terrorized and then the Bhopal Gas Tragedy seeing thousands killed and lakhs injured and offending Chairman and CEO of Union Carbide, Warren Anderson, was allowed to go scot free.

1984 December end: Rajiv wins a whopping 400+ seats in the general elections, a record in Indian democracy. In the above mentioned riots leaders accused of leading mobs are given plum posts instead of being investigated against.

2018: One of the above mentioned accused becomes the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh replacing someone who is popular and has solid development credentials.

Bringing you peace and yet…

communism-17143_6401948 onwards: Communist terrorist violence raging all across India under the names of Telangana Rebellion or Naxalism or Maoism or party violence and one of these states happen to be Chhattisgarh.

2018: The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister against all odds almost eradicates Naxalite violence and brings a solid development agenda to the state. In reply the electorate give his rival party replacement (nobody even knows who that will be at the time of voting) a landslide.

How it all began…

Gandhi pacifist-71445_960_7201947: The downright bungling by the duo of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru led to the killing of a million during Partition and the displacement of millions. Everyone knew that the riots were coming but Gandhi-Nehru didn’t have the wisdom-guts-whatever to postpone the Partition, secure the border or hold the British Army accountable to mitigate the tragedy. The whole world had seen World War 2 and global opinion and help could have been had to prevent another tragedy. Gandhi was after all a global superstar!

2018: Nehru won every election in his life even though he did hardly much for India and well into 2018 both are worshiped and the above thing is not even debated upon, let alone condemned!

The changing fortunes of countries…

Scam road-sign-464653_960_720In the run up to the 2014 elections it felt as if India had the worst democracy in the world. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the worst Prime Minister ever. His remote control Sonia Gandhi was the worst politician ever. Pappu (Rahul Gandhi) was the worst hope ever. 2G made it to an international magazine’s list of most Top 10 Abuses of Power at No. 2, second only to Watergate.

Then we had Coalgate, which was estimated to be bigger that 2G! And the scandals kept coming and coming… Commonwealth Games scandal, the AgustaWestland scam, National Herald land grab, Radia controversy, Kerala solar scam, IPL scandal, Tatra scam, ISRO scam… phew! Congress was definitely the worst party ever as even development and governance came to a total halt.

Assam person-690245_960_720But now the tables seem to have turned. India is by far the world’s largest growing economy among large countries, is finally on the road to 100% electrification, has built a record number of toilets in history, rural LPG connections and rural bank accounts are soaring, it is becoming a solar power superpower, doing bold moves like demonetization and GST and our standing in the world order is steadily increasing.

Protest people-2575608_960_720The world is looking at America on the other hand with amusement as severe Trump Derangement Syndrome is tearing it apart. Suddenly a country doesn’t need borders, there are 60, 70 genders or as many as you want and being proud of your country is a bad thing.

We left booth capturing behind and nobody even remembers Bihar’s violent days where thugs would capture ballot boxes and stamp votes in the thousands. Now in America it is reported that the Democratic Party got truckload of votes after counting had almost ended.

Trump black-and-white-2590597_960_720The Democrats seem to stand for nothing but anti-Trumpism and seem far more unhinged than the Congress party ever was. Their rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems ten times dumber than Pappu, if that was even possible. Violent groups like Antifa are indulging in violence all across the country and some scenes resemble that of a Third World.

The 24X7 attacks on Trump and their absolute hatred has totally destroyed institutions like the mainstream media and academia. JNU now looks pale compared to the likes of protests in University of Berkeley and Green State University. Hollywood has dumped creativity and has become one long Social Justice Warrior shit fest.

brexit-2185266_960_720In June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union: And 2.5 years after Brexit the people of UK still don’t know whether they’re coming or going. In polls “None of the above” scored above both Prime Minister Theresa May and Opposition Leader James Corbyn.

Paris has seen the worst riots since the 1960s and President Emmanuel Macron’s approval ratings fell below 20%. Socialism was already destroying Europe even before the immigration experiment failed taking down German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

graph-3033203_960_720Of course the fortunes of countries go up and down suddenly. One minute the USSR was a superpower and the next minute it wasn’t. The same may happen to China if and when Communism collapses there. But right now Europe is on a downswing and India is on an upswing. Let’s see how long these trends last.

A New World Order begins as Global Elites finally get totally crushed

eye-3448137_960_720Many people complain of a deep high-level conspiracy that controls the world behind the scenes. Whether that is true or not, it is a fact that most of the global elites share a similar ideology and it’s not Capitalism despite the fact that they make billions off it. The loser Karl Marx continues to hold sway for these elites despite the fact that Marxism has led to the deaths of 100 million+ and a string of failed countries.

This “Push for Socialism” agenda has made some strange bedfellows…

marx-3788454_960_7201. Leftist parties like US Democrats, UK Labour, almost all the ruling European parties upto the 2000s, Indian Congress…
2. The global mainstream media.
3. Hollywood.
4. Silicon Valley billionaires.
5. Government universities all over the world.
6. Global Liberals, intellectuals, artists and the like.
7. The international NGO network.

social media hands-1167618_960_720They all want a powerful United Nations and European Union, draconian Climate Change regulations, open borders, fluid genders, a non-religious atheist worldview etc. They ruled till the 2000s via film, newspaper and TV propaganda. With the rise of Social Media, they thought they could control it through the owners. However they have been in for a rude shock and have been suffering one crushing defeat after another.

1. Donald Trump.

donald-trump-1332922_960_720This is the biggest earthquake of them all: Probably the biggest since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Trump hates the UN and EU, gives two hoots to Climate Change, wants a wall at the Mexican border, is dismantling the Obama gender regulations and has sought the support of the Christian Right. In short he stands for everything against the Global Elite. Everything!

The scary part for them is that he has the power to crush all their ideals. He was their worst nightmare who never could come true and who didn’t even have a 1% chance of winning, according to most of them. He couldn’t win. He did win. Now they have a full blown case of Trump Derangement Syndrome and are unable to function properly. Attack 24X7 without thinking seems to be their mantra and they are imploding thanks to this—for now.

trump-1976071_960_720In what could be called a contradiction or paradox or irony for them, Trump actually was the perfect global elite: A lifelong Democrat billionaire Liberal from New York who was the ultimate icon figure for whites and blacks alike. He should have been leading them and not fighting them in 2016. But now they are on opposite ends and it’s all quite fun, actually!

2. Brexit- EU.

brexit-2123573_960_720For years Europe has been the Fountainhead of Socialist Garbage and the rest of the world has been crushed under its ideological influence. They got their man in the White House in 2009 and Canada went dark under Trudeau in 2015. Hillary seemed to be cementing the Global Socialist Garbage Network, but then Trump happened.

Actually something happened even before Trump. Brexit. Europe fought itself to destruction till World War II and united only after. The European Economic Community (EEC) was formed in 1957 and the EU formalized in 1993. Then we had the Eurozone with the Euro banknotes. The EU became a monolithic structure with the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 and got the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012. It was easy to predict that it would be a dictatorship free to pursue its socialist global agenda at that time.

Merkel-1123308_960_720However there were already rumblings with the Greek economic crisis and the power of Germany. But Brexit totally tipped the scales. After Brexit, it’s been totally downhill for Europe. UK is in limbo. Merkel is finished. Paris saw its greatest riots since the 1960s. Immigration is no longer an in thing.

Now a lot of European citizens want Brexit style referendums and for how long can various governments suppress them?

3. Narendra Modi.

india-712575_1920Actually the first global earthquake took place on May 16, 2014. That was the first time in Independent India history that any party got a single party majority other than the Congress. (In 1977, all constituent parties fought on different symbols and united to form the Janata Party). It was the first Indian party which wasn’t an outright Communist. Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister who gave two hoots to Lutyens Delhi.

The global elites would have loved to have the socialist beaten path walking Pappu who is one of them and would have done their each and every bidding. India is the largest democracy in the world and the fastest growing large economy and this first blow hit them hard, though Brexit was bigger and Trump the biggest.

2019 silhouette-3333895_960_720The elites fought Modi tooth and nail and lost big. While most of the people of India warmed up to Modi eventually, for elites, 2019 is merely an action replay of 2014 where a pliant party like the Congress has to call the shots at the Centre.

4. Climate Change.

park-city-1688712_960_720Global Cooling (busted) became Global Warming (busted) became Climate Change (difficult to bust as the climate will change with or without humans, but still busted).

Al Gore was the messiah but failed to win the US Presidency. But global elitist stooge Obama seemed to be delivering the goods. America finally became one of the 180+ countries to sign Paris Agreement in 2016.

The global elites danced with joy that their plan to control future fossil fuel usage of each and every country in the future seemed to be sealed, for “control” is what they desire. However Trump came, he saw and he withdrew and suddenly Armageddon was preponed.

apocalyptic-2392380_960_720Can’t predict the climate for the next 10 years. Can’t predict the economy for the next 10 years. But suddenly these Climate wizards can predict the exact impact of the climate on the economy for the years 2100! That’s more than 80 years away. It will be exactly 10% of the GDP for America, they say! I guess when you multiply two exceedingly complex problems, instead of being super-duper complicated, it becomes super-duper schoolboy easy!

Heard at the latest climate summit: The collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon! Global Warming is the greatest threat in thousands of years to the planet. Simply wow!

5. Palestine.

gaza-3829414_960_720In the above mentioned groups of global elites (Reminder in case you’ve forgotten: Left parties + media + Hollywood + Silicon Valley + academia + liberals + intellectuals + NGOs etc) Israel is the Great Satan and Palestine the harmless spotless angel that has to be saved.

The United Nations Human Rights Council was formed in 2006 and since that has passed so many resolutions against Israel that they surpass those against other nations. The number of total UN resolutions against Israel since its formation run into the hundreds.

This despite the fact that the current Communist Chinese government has killed or tortured or imprisoned tens of millions of its own citizens. Ditto for the USSR.

This despite the fact there are so many outright dictatorships still functioning today.

This despite the many sectarian religious and terror related wars raging all across the world, especially in Africa and the Middle East.

israel flag-186476_960_720This despite the fact that Israel is the only flourishing democracy in that region, despite being attacked again and again by its neighbours regularly in the last century.

For some reason the global elites and Obama decided to make Iran the pivot of their Middle East policy: This despite the fact that Iran considers America as the Great Satan.

America used to be in a fix. In the Middle East its greatest strategic partner was Israel and greatest oil trading partner was Saudi Arabia. But the two were enemies. When they started warming up to each other, Obama curiously turned to Iran instead.

riyadh-2197496_960_720Then three landmark events happened…

In 2015, Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected as Israeli Prime Minister contrary to all predictions.

In 2016, Trump won totally unexpectedly.

In 2017, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) became Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia out of the blue.

The three formed a secret alliance to bring stability to the Middle East and bring Iran to heel. MBS told Palestine to accept whatever peace offer they got and even denied visas to millions of Palestinians for Haj. The elites are simply fuming over Palestine.

Little ones lost too…

They have lost all the major battles but have lost the little ones too. They simply can’t stand a person like Rodrigo Duterte winning as President in the Philippines. He called Obama, who also happens to be the Patron Saint of Elites, “son of a bitch” and at another time told him to “go to hell”.

communist glitter-3146148_960_720When Communism/Socialism failed in USSR, the elites said, “It wasn’t done properly, it should be tried again”. The same was said for Eastern Europe, Cuba, North Korea and China even though Capitalism saved the latter.

But they know that people have short memories and most people know nothing about Mao and Stalin. That’s why the absolute failure of the socialist Venezuela has them livid. It is a current open festering wound that is getting worse by the day and seen by all.

Now they face the following nightmare scenarios which they will go all out to stop…

1. Trump getting re-elected and completely doing what he wants to in his second term and reshaping the Middle East with Netanyahu and MBS.

2. More and more European countries clamouring for an EU exit referendum.

3. Modi getting re-elected.

4. Right now they hate people attacking and rubbishing Climate Change. What could be worse than that? Why all the global citizens ignoring it of course!

Hat-trick!!!

iwo-jima-3820507_960_720The end of World War 2 in 1945 totally reshaped the world.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in1989 reshaped the world again.

The election of Modi in 2014 also started a new era and it is changing the world even as we speak!

Woman power sees a brutal and severe beating in the last few years…

Political disasters…

Sonia Gandhi: Indian Congress President Sonia crashed Congress to an abysmal 44/543 Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 general elections. The record low for Congress in the pre-Sonia era was 141. She ended a government which saw a record number of scams (with no close second).

hillary-1724469_960_720Hillary Clinton: She lost the 2016 US Presidential race despite running the richest electoral campaign ever and getting the complete backing of the entire global media, Hollywood, academia, Liberals, the sitting US President and even the rival Republican old guard.

Theresa May: Became one of the worst UK Prime Ministers ever getting regularly beaten by “None of the above” in surveys asking for the people’s choice as PM. For years she refused to neither implement Brexit nor scrap it outright.

dilma-1274007_960_720Dilma Rousseff: Did you know that if you take the Top 10 countries by population, then in their entire histories, there has been only one head of state who self-made and wasn’t of the dynasty. Yes, you heard it right. Only one! USA and China are yet to see a woman head of state. Indira Gandhi was Jawaharlal Nehru’s daughter. Benazir was Zulfikar Bhutto’s daughter. Megawati Sukarnoputri was Sukarno’s daughter and so on. The only self-made woman was the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff. And she got impeached in 2016!

merkel-3464284_960_720Angela Merkel: The allegedly greatest German Chancellor Angela finally collapsed, crashing her legacy, her immigration policy for Europe and the EU itself.

Aung San Suu Kyi: The iconic Myanamar leader and darling of the Left-Liberal lobby till now, suddenly found herself a pariah even as her awards are being stripped over the Rohingya refugee crisis.

On screen disasters…

bb8-droid-1141513_1920Kathleen Kennedy’s abysmal “The Force if Feminine” flopped grandly with The Last Jedi under-performing and crashing the entire Star Wars saga which seemed invincible till now. Female actresses also flopped with the Ghostbusters and Wrinkle in Time reboots along with the star-studded Ocean’s 8. Women power seems to have done nothing to the Star Trek (Discovery) and Doctor Who (Jodie Whitaker) franchises too.

The #MeToo flop…

Woman-2003202_960_720The problem of crimes against women is the abysmally low convictions. That hasn’t changed in the #MeToo era. Can the punishment for rape be to lose one’s current job or project or film? In fact, in a backlash, men are already considering hiring lesser women, not being in a room alone with them (severely reducing their collaborating power) and the like.

Christine Blasey Ford became the first woman in history to get a global hearing and an appointment in the highest court in America (the US Senate) after giving zero evidence, zero leads, no venue of crime, no date of crime and initially not even a year of crime. Contrary to what you think, such a thing actually weakens the legal standing for women in the future. How many men have been convicted the world over as a result of #MeToo?

The Great Twentieth Century…

resistance-3553588_960_720Till the nineteenth century, women couldn’t vote, had many professions shut out against them, didn’t have access to contraceptives, sanitary napkins and more importantly had to have 5-10 children if their families wanted them too.

The Twentieth Century could actually be called the Century of Women thanks to all the tremendous breakthroughs in birth control, ballot boxes and professions of every walk of life. We had women fighter pilots and great heads of state like Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher. In many professions women actually started dominating.

There was a time when the best of women couldn’t even get entry into a man’s club. And today you took one of the worst politicians of all time and pushed her to the brink of becoming the most powerful person in the world. Such fake thrusts are bound to have pushbacks.

A Real Century for Women yielded dividends while A Fake Decade of Women looks to be blowing up in everyone’s faces.

The 7 avatars of Pappu

Congress President and great 2019 Liberal Hope Rahul Gandhi is really bad software which keeps updated with endless versions. Nobody has probably received more image makeovers than him…

1. The Sphinx (Pre-2004)

Sphinx egypt-1179196_960_720The Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty is treated like royalty and shrouded in secrecy. Their Right to Privacy trumps the fundamental rights of 1.36 billion Indians. Before 2004 nobody knew anything about both Pappu and sister Priyanka and who would enter politics and whether both of them would.

Pappu was treated with kid gloves and travelled all over the world in his private cocoon, the security of which was sponsored by the Government of India. He was always seen as a future Prime Minister of India, though who was always in Priyanka’s shadow as she had captured the public imagination at that time.

2. The Gentleman (2004)

Suited man-3022704_960_720Pappu entered politics with a bang. A great debut. A win in Amethi. A Congress Prime Minister. After his mother turned down the Prime Minister’s post, he officially became the Heir Apparent and got far more respect in the Congress party than Prime Minister Manmohan ever could.

Pappu cultivated a calm gentlemanly political narrative and rarely got angry or engaged too much with any politician or media house. Then he got a triple whammy in the 2007 elections. He was promoted to Congress General Secretary, Chairperson of Indian Youth Congress and National Students Union of India.

3. The Statesman (2009)

Podium-1889056_960_720This is probably his peak. Pappu campaigned in many Lok Sabha constituencies and Congress saw an unexpected jump from 145 to 206 seats. The media and public went with the Singh is King Nuclear Deal narrative, but that was thrown into the dustbin within the Congress and full credit was given to Pappu.

In fact some even boasted that Manmohan would be kicked upstairs to the India President’s post in 2012, Pappu would be made Prime Minister and lead the Congress to 272+ seats in the 2014 elections. Many bought into this narrative.

4. The Angry Young Man (Run up to 2014)

Angry emoticon-1669804_960_720However that fell apart in 2010 with the Commonwealth Games scam which looked as damaging as Bofors at that time. However 2011 proved to be worse with the 2G scam and Anna Hazare’s August Kranti. It was all over by the 2012 Coalgate scam.

Pappu was protected. The party now became scared to announce him as Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014. Since the people were angry, Pappu was presented as the new Angry Young Man. He would roll up his sleeves, sport a stubble, rant and rave like a commoner and even tear up ordinances on a public stage.

But the Indian public in general and Twitter in particular saw him more of a comedian than a real life version of Amitabh Bachchan.

5. The Confused Young Man (2014 onward)

question road-sign-63983_960_720Everyone expected the BJP to win and Congress to lose, but the sheer magnitude of the loss shocked everyone. The lowest Lok Sabha seats the Congress ever got before 2014 was 114 and the highest the BJP got was 182.

So for the BJP to thrash Congress 282-44 was unprecedented and threw the Grand Old Party off guard. And also Pappu and his advisors? Was he the Great Unifier that would bring all the opposition together and challenge Modi? Or was he the Lone Ranger.

Was he the #KhaatPeCharcha “commoner” who would resonate with the masses? Was he the Angry Young Man Sequel returning to his rolled up sleeves and stubble ranting and raving at the establishment? Well he kept changing like a chameleon and the random changing colours made everyone’s head spin. Then he was also presented as a janeudhari Brahmin to appeal to the masses!

6. The Congress President (2017)

Tick mark-1013981_960_720Pappu paas ho gaya! Whether you like it or not, Pappu finally became the top ranking opposition leader. Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati are powerless. Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha are no more. Nitish Kumar is with NDA and KCR may go that way too after 2019. Chandrababu Naidu has accepted Pappu as his master. Arvind Kejriwal is a bigger joke. Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee are confined to their respective states.

With Sonia Gandhi stepping down from the party President’s post, Pappu is finally the undisputed numero uno in Opposition India. Of course it’s not that his personal stature has grown, but the fact that everyone has shrunk around him!

7. The Great Hope (2019)

superhero-2503808_960_720Make no mistake. The media, intellectuals and Liberals still hate Prime Minister Narendra Modi with all their hearts and souls. In the run up to the 2019 general elections, all of Pappu’s gaffes, jokes, mistakes, foh pahz, misdemeanours… will be totally forgotten and he will be presented fresh for the umpteenth time as the Great Hope of 2019 (the Great Hope of 2014 that was created in 2009 will be simply repackaged).

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.

50 dangerous years that shook the world and how today’s great

nuclear-weapons-test-67557_640If you think that you are living in really scary times, then spare a thought for those who lived from 1914-64, modern history’s most dangerous period ever. During these 50 years that shook the world, we saw two World Wars that saw the loss of more than a 100 million lives. It saw the invention of the atomic bomb which was used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and then came the even deadlier Hydrogen bomb.

It saw the Korean War where America and China almost came close to conflict. It saw the Cuban Missile Crisis, where America and USSR almost came to war. It saw the Partition of both India and Palestine—These problems exist till the present day and are now even nuclear flashpoints.

stamp-62921_640More importantly it saw the reign of three of the greatest mass murderers in world history—Mao, Stalin and Hitler—who together directly or indirectly killed more than 100 million people.

While the H1NI Swine Flu scare of 2009-10 claimed less than 20,000 lives worldwide, the 1918 flu epidemic led to the deaths of up to 100 million people—that’s about 5% of the population of the world at that time!

In fact it was an era where everything happened in millions. The toll of the 1931 China floods was 4 million. The Bengal famine of 1943 also may have seen up to 4 million dead. The Great Chinese Famine of 1959-61 saw 15 million deaths.

blue-mosque-1851032_640It was also catastrophic for the Muslim world because the last great Muslim empire or Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire collapsed in 1918. The Muslim world knowingly and unknowingly feels that vacuum and groups like Islamic State try to take advantage of that.

Americans saw their Vietnam War begin in the 1950s and there was the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. For the Chinese angle, both the Tibet and Taiwan problems were created in these 50 years. The era’s Holocaust still weighs heavily on the Jewish mind.

woman-63191_640Finally, don’t forget—This era also had the Great Depression which destroyed the world economy!

Need one say more?

Inspired by the following quote by Thompson in the 2011 film The Adjustment Bureau

…in 1910 we stepped back. Within fifty years, you’d brought us World War I, the Depression, Fascism, the Holocaust and capped it off by bringing the entire planet to the brink of destruction in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

This was written in January 2016 and here’s an addendum on how blessed we are living in today’s age…

Peace1. There has been no World War for 73 years. Isn’t that great? Before World War I, Great Wars were common and genocides were common (100 million plus may have been killed by the Europeans alone in the Americas). Then there was just 21 years difference between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II. Forget get a World War, there is nothing that can even be called a Great War for 73 years and counting.

soldiers-1002_960_7202. Imagine America conquering Iraq and making it its 51st State with an American Governor. Then imagine Syria becoming the 52nd State and so on. Well that’s what used to happen in the past. We take the era of independent nation states for granted and forget that the age of empires and colonies mercifully ended in 1945. We can’t have Hitler-Alexander-type conquests today.

gallows-858572_960_7203. Global murder rate is at an all-time low. Cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker wrote a book called The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, the title of which is self-explanatory. He found that violence is down and the human race is getting more and more civilized contrary to what you think.
When man shifted from a hunter gatherer community to an agricultural one, the violent deaths decreased 5-fold. But from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century Pinker checked Europe, where records are well-kept, and found a 10 to 50-fold drop in homicides. The rate continues even today.

old-lady-845225_960_7204. Life expectancy up. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 31 and in 1950 it was 48. Today it is 70+. Overall violence is down, people are living longer and healthier.

5. Abject poverty rate crashing. From the 1990s to 2010s, more than 100 million Indians have dropped out of poverty while the similar rate for China is a stellar 700 million plus. Almost all the countries are reducing the number of their poor, just some at a faster rate than others.

mobile-phone-1875813_960_7206. Lower classes finally have access to full information thanks to mobiles. This is probably the most important of all. For most of the human race, the lower classes had no access to information. Now anyone who has an access to a cheap smartphone has access to all the information of the world, entertainment and even power of making his case heard through social media. This is another thing which we simply take for granted.

Why Indian cricketers aren’t really poor travellers…

plane-841441_960_720England, South Africa and New Zealand have never won any ODI ICC tournament anywhere. Forget a Test series—Sri Lanka has never even won a single Test in India. Pakistan won their first Test series in West Indies quite late in 2017 as against India way back in 1971.

The truth is that when you combine all three formats of the game, then only Australia and India are the best travellers. Only these two teams have won maximum multi-nation tournaments in maximum countries. It’s a myth that Indians are poor travellers in international cricket overall.

We have won in…

united-kingdom-1043062_1280England.
1 ODI World Cup—1983.
1 ICC Champions Trophy—2013.
3 Test series—1971, 1986, 2007.
1 ODI Tri-series—2002.
3 ODI series—1986, 1990, 2014
1 T20 series—2018.
Total = 10.

sydney-3680862_960_720Australia.
1 Mini World Cup—Benson & Hedges World Series 1985.
1 ODI Tri-series—2008.
1 T20 series—2016, Australia’s only Test whitewash in any format on home soil ever since 1877.
Total = 3.

South Africa.
1 T20 World Cup—2007.
1 ODI series—2018.
1 T20 series—2018.
Total = 3.

Lanka-2099225_1280Sri Lanka.
1 ICC Champions Trophy—2002.
1 Asia Cup—2010.
3 Test series—1993, 2015, 2017.
3 ODI Tri-series—1998, 2009, 2018.
4 ODI series—2008, 2009, 2012, 2017.
Total = 12.

West Indies.
4 Test series—1971, 2006, 2011, 2016.
1 ODI Tri-series—2013.
4 ODI series—2002, 2009, 2011, 2017.
Total = 9.

pakistan-641446_960_720Pakistan.
1 Test series—2004.
2 ODI series—2004, 2006.
Total = 3.

New Zealand.
2 Test series—1968, 2009.
1 ODI series—2009.
Total = 3.

dubai-1113262_960_720UAE.
7 multi-nation tournaments—1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1998, 1998, 2018.

Bangladesh.
2 Asia Cups—1988, 2016.
4 Test series—2000, 2004, 2007, 2010.
1 ODI Tri-series—1998.
3 ODI series—2004, 2007, 2014.
Total = 10.

Canada.
2 ODI series—1997 (Pak), 1999 (WI).

clover-445255_960_720Ireland.
1 ODI series—2007 (SA).
1 T20 series—2018 (Ire).
Total = 2.

Zimbabwe.
1 Test series—2005
4 ODI series—1998, 2013, 2015, 2016.
2 T20 series—2010, 2016.
Total = 6.

Grand Total = 70, that includes 5 World Cups/mini WCs, second only to Australia’s 6 away such wins.

India has won at least one 5-nation plus tournament in Australia, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, UAE, Bangladesh and India.