8 lethal costs of 2020’s

Covid-19 lockdown

pandemic-5023893_960_7201. Physical Health: As it is in today’s lifestyle we sit by the desk all day and stare at the screen continuously. We get less exercise. Now a lot of people in strict areas are unable to go for morning and evening walks altogether. What about those living in packed apartments and short of fresh air? What about people having minor ailments which may become major ones by the time the lockdown finally ends? Everyone is not cut out for doing intense household chores and that may lead to both a physical and mental strain.

child-696171_960_7202. Mental Health: Everyone is not suited to work at home. People like going to office and gossiping and attending meetings to break the monotony. Forget extroverts, even the average person likes going out and meeting people. What about cinema halls, malls, plays and the like? People like going on vacations for a change of scenery. Now the scenery is the same day in and day out. Then there’s the issue of being packed with the family all day and that does not suit everyone. There will be a great toll on mental health.

india-2507482_960_7203. The poor: The middle class survives no matter what. It is the poor who are always hit the hardest. They suffer in normal times. They suffer even more in abnormal times. They cannot work from home. Labourers, construction and low wage workers, small farmers and mainly daily wage earners who have no savings have it bad. In many areas they are finding it difficult to even procure the basic goods: This even as it was announced recently that the world removed record people out of poverty in the 2010s. The clock has been set back for many of them. Migrant workers stranded far from home face further uncertainties.

4. Small businesses: Many of them do not have deep credit resources and small factories are losing out a lot by being shut. These businesses survive on a month to month basis and cannot afford to pay their workers regularly if there is no work being done. Even after the lockdown is over, new business is uncertain.

5. Supply chain disruptions: Global supply chains have been disrupted. Nationals ones have too. Many trucks have been abandoned along the highway. At the lower levels many workers have simply gone home. It’s going to be difficult to start certain supply chains during the lockdown and others even after. Global supply chains will be hit for the entirety of 2020.

6. Wastage: We don’t have hands to get all the crops from the fields, to distribute them to the mandis and get them out of the large godowns. While non-perishables can stay for months and some even for years, perishables will simply go bad. Even in the best of years there is a lot of wastage and now that will only go up during the lockdown.

passenger-traffic-122999_960_7207. Life disruptions: If you are in a stable working job, you can still manage and work from home. What if you had just quit or was on the verge of joining and now couldn’t? What if you were about to get married or pregnant? What if you were about to emigrate? If you were not planning changes in 2020, then you can manage, but what if you were bang in the middle of something life changing? Now that’s some disruption to your life.

8. Students: Final exams got cancelled. Entrance exams got cancelled. Admissions have got postponed. For students it could have not have come at a worse time towards the end of the academic year. As it is there is enough pressure on the students of today and now add uncertainty to the mix.

60 of my predictions that came true…

It is very difficult to predict, especially the future. But still we all keep trying. While I’ve been wrong a number of times, I’ve had my share of successes. In the last century I was unable record my spot on predictions, but now thanks to social media and blogging, it’s quite easy to do so and verify later.

So here’s looking at 60 of my predictions-conjectures-premises that came true-stood the test of time…

Just click on the date next to the prediction and the relevant Column-Blog-Tweet will open in another tab.

lotus-614495_960_7201. BJP would be about 300 and NDA about 360 in the general elections
6 April, 2019

2. BJP could get the highest number of seats in every region
21 May 2019

3. The NDA vote count could be 250 million plus
17 May, 2019

4. BJP would be the single largest party in these States
9 April, 2019

narendra-modi-2112081_6405. I predicted a Modi landslide in 2018 itself…
9 reasons…
22 July, 2018

6. Even before the 2019 polls I said it would be a great year for Modi… 10 reasons…
30 April, 2019

7. 2019 would be a Modi tsunami as against a 2014 wave
8 March, 2019
4 April, 2019

trump-3123765_960_7208. In 2015 itself I had said that Trump Haters could well end making him US President
14 December, 2015

9. I said early on Hillary would never be US President…
8 reasons…
1 January, 2016

hillary-1724469_960_72010. Trump would win because he had more Twitter followers than Hillary
1 April, 2016
30 June, 2016

11. I called him a Trump card even before the Republican primaries concluded… 10 reasons…
19 March, 2016

12. I said Trump would rise and win and surprise in 2016 much the way Modi did in 2014
28 January, 2016

13. Trump may win because he’s less hated than Hillary
7 June, 2016

shahrukh-khan-2380411_64014. Shah Rukh Khan’s superstar career would end with Dilwale
4 January, 2016

15. Fan and Raees would not be genuine blockbusters
9 January, 2016

16. SRK’s continued alienation of Bollywood fans wouldn’t go down well…
15, October 2016

Bonus: Multiplex would be the new superstar
03 May, 2016

cricket-150561_64017. 2011—Why India will win the World Cup
5 March, 2011

18. A Kovind type dark horse would be India President
31 March, 2016

19. Smriti Irani would bounce back despite losing HRD (2016)
8 July, 2016

parliament-2028311_64020. AAP would perform poorly in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls…
9 January, 2014

21. …but AAP could make a comeback in the Assembly despite the above…
26 February, 2014

22. …and AAP would implode in the long run…

AAP won’t survive: 14 April, 2014

7 AAP contradictions: 26 February, 2014

AAP under siege: 22 April, 2014

Kejri is afraid: 19 May, 2014

7 Kejri myths: 31 December, 2013

23. 2016—Mrs Vadra would fail if she entered politics
13 May, 2016

24. 2014—Mrs Vadra may not even contest an election
28 April, 2014

25. Modi would do nothing for Ram Mandir in his first term
30 November, 2015

26. 2011—Modi can still be PM
At that time very few people gave him a chance
19 September, 2011

Unifier people-3152585_960_72027. Modi is actually a great unifier (2014)
Time magazine called him a divider before the 2019 polls and a unifier after it
26 April, 2014

Modi’s 7 unifying themes: 16 February, 2016

28. 2013—Only Modi could save the BJP
The party was in a really bad shape at that point of time
9 January, 2013

Bonus: Why I support Modi (Despite the opposition)—2013
21 June, 2013

money-1811937_64029. DeMo wouldn’t dent Modi and he was in it for the long haul
11 March, 2017
18 November, 2016

10 long-term goals of DeMo: 22 December, 2016

Why you shouldn’t complain about DeMo: 11 November, 2016

25 great Demo Stories: 2 December, 2016

Bonus—Confessions of someone totally unaffected by demonetization: 20 November, 2016

30. 2016—Kanhaiya would fail big
4 March, 2016
2 May, 2016

donald-trump-1757583_64031. Shortly after he took over, I said Trump would be a great effective disruptor
5 March, 2017

32. I said Trump was undergoing a Rajyog and hence unbeatable
29 December, 2017

33. 2017—US Trump-Russia collusion is a big hoax, Mueller was dead in the water
30 June, 2017

8 shifting goalposts of the Mueller probe: 24 April, 2019

star-wars-Feminism34. 2017—Star Wars was crashing
23 December, 2017

But the problem started with Episode 7: 26 April, 2019

DSC_010335. 2005—Kodak on road to bankruptcy
Finally happened in 2012
October 2005

36. 2016—Global Right will keep rising
January 2016, Updated

2013—India’s Rightward journey
19 February, 2013

nehru-2361331_64037. 2014—Pappu would be effectively last of his dynasty
31 May, 2014

38. Congress peaked in 2018
19 March, 2019

How the Congress keeps sabotaging itself, updated after the 2019 loss: 24 November, 2018, Updated

39. Modi would make a comeback after the 2015 Delhi-Bihar losses
9 November, 2015
Modi bounced back after his Annus Horribilis 2018 too

2017—Modi undergoing Rajyog
June 2016, Updated

press-2333329_64040. Decline of US mainstream media post-Trump
15 December, 2015

41. 2014—Mamata would destroy West Bengal
3 July, 2014

Terror musings: 27 October, 2014

7 Mamata flop shows: 22 November, 2012

cricket-662956_64042. 2015—IPL owners’ curse…
…after which Mallya had to flee, SRK’s fortunes declined, Wadia arrested
4 April, 2015

43. IPL Icons were unlucky. Dravid, Yuvi Sehwag never won.
MI, KKR and DC won after Sachin, Dada and Laxman left. Dhoni was never officially an icon!
10 March, 2010

44. 2014—Rise of Yogi
11 September, 2014

45. 2014—The 2019 BJP monopoly
4 November, 2014

traffic-671399_960_72046. Kejriwal’s New Delhi Odd Even policy would fail
9 December, 2015

47. 2016—Djoko could get a calendar Grand Slam that year
5 June, 2016

Can Djoko be the greatest? 16 July 2018, Updated

48. After 2014, Congress never really had a chance
May 17, 2014
22 December, 2014
2 May, 2016

49. Even a Modi spoof on why he personally didn’t direct any arrests from 2014-19
17 July, 2016

gate-way-of-india-2429648_960_72050. 2014—BJP could get Maharashtra
26 September, 2014

51. 2015—Nothing would come of the Essar leaks
4 March, 2015

52. 2016—Sidhu is always unpredictable
27 July, 2016

sex-987183_960_72053. 2015—Porn ban is impossible
7 August, 2015

54. 2015—Anna a spent force and now irrelevant
21 February, 2015

55. 2014—Aamir wasn’t done yet at the box office
31 January, 2014

Bonus on Aamir: 5 January, 2015
3 January, 2017

cricket-753940_64056. 2013—We can never hang on to our fast bowlers, still the story today!
11 March, 2013

57. 2005—CGI would continue to rule Hollywood
20 September, 2005

58. 2014—Why Kohli may one day be the greatest ever
7 April, 2014

putin-2972184_960_72059. 1991—USSR-Russia had been alternating between a hardliner and reformist.
Then reformist Yelstin was in charge and it was natural for a hardliner (Putin to follow), who faced great opposition, but subdued it.
31 July, 1991

60. 2005—Cyber activism here to stay
August 8, 2005

Our social media decade: 10 May 2014

Interesting factoid…
olympic-games-1608127_960_7201948-92, India won just one individual medal.
I wrote this limerick after India’s debacle at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where we drew a blank for the umpteenth time.
India has won at least one individual medal in each and every Olympics after that…
17 August, 1992

Now here are my 10 future predictions!!!

communism-17143_640In the early 1980s, my biggest prediction was that the Communist regime would collapse in the USSR. I don’t know if any of my friends remember. However when it finally happened I was so shocked by the sudden coming down of the Berlin Wall and overnight collapse of most global Communist regimes and the unprecedented way it panned out, that I put it in 15 things I never thought could happen as a kid anyway. So even if we get a prediction right, we may be surprised by its suddenness and unpredicted consequences. So one’s prediction may not seem like a prediction at all!

Before the 2014 Indian central ministers’ swearing in ceremony I remarked that Amit Shah would be Home Minister only in 2019, though alas I didn’t put that down in writing at the time.

So here are some things I am putting down in cyberspace…

Note: If they all go wrong, then I still have the above.
If most of them get right, then… Should I call myself a modern day Nostradamus?

donald-trump-1708433_6401. 2020: Trump will get a near landslide and win the Senate too and totally turn the Supreme Court conservative after that.
If this happens he would be the greatest US President ever.

2. 2024: If everything goes wrong for Modi, he will still win, but if everything goes right, then BJP 350+ and NDA 400+.
He will fix Pakistan and Kashmir once and for all.
After 2024 Modi will be declared the greatest Indian post-1947.

China3. China will collapse the way USSR went down.
So in the long run India will be more powerful!

4. Global Right parties will generally continue to dominate the 2020s.

5. The following are facing a meltdown…
Indian Congress, US Democrats, UK Conservatives and EU.

apocalyptic-2392380_960_7206. The Leftist Climate Change debate (not Climate Change itself) will totally unravel in the 2020s.
Fossil fuels are irreplaceable in the coming decades and only nuclear energy can be a strong No. 2. That’s also why electric cars will never cross a certain threshold.

7. We may see another tech market crash due to the raw immense power of the global tech giants and their clashes with various governments and organizations like the EU. Anti-trust also an issue.
Geeks and hackers may try to build a Second Internet.

8. Federer could be surpassed by Djoko.

9. Pakistan could face collapse in the 2020s.

10. The Origin of Species could be superseded by something like Microcosmos by Lynn Margulis, which came out way back in 1997.

bitcoin-2008262_960_720Bonus: In the future, every human may have access to a small supercomputer and a personal big power source. At that time a single universal blockchain cryptocurrency might become an inevitability. Till then Bitcoin is at the mercy of legislation. If all the countries ban Bitcoin, then it could become a powerful black currency. If all the countries officially recognize it, it could soar.

Post script…
Report card of the predictions made on June 7, 2019…

Prediction 1: Totally busted!!!
But if an old distracted bumbling politician who draws crowds of dozens can beat an active charismatic politician who draws thousands of lively supporters, then I will have to rethink how people elect their leaders in this new world. In November 2020 it seemed that Republicans had taken control of the Senate, but things changed drastically in January 2021.

(Trump soon after this was written made the Supreme Court majority 6-3 and didn’t have to get re-elected for that at least.)

Prediction 2
Modi did indeed scrap Article 370 and 35-A and is on course for 2024.

Prediction 3
China may decline post-Covid, but the jury is still out on that one.

Prediction 9
Pakistan’s implosion is being clearly seen into the 2020s.

This 18 December, 2018 blog also foretells why people the Global Establishment hate, like UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, come to power in the first place as also the fall of Palestine. 21 November, 2018

Also read…

20 things nobody would have thought possible at the beginning of this mad crazy decade…

9 reasons why Modi is heading for a landslide in the 2019 general elections

zip-3351499_960_720In 2002, they said Narendra Modi would be sacked as Gujarat Chief Minister. Then they said he would lose the State elections that year. In 2007 they said he would lose the Gujarat elections yet again. In 2009 they predicted that his national career was finished.

In the run up to the 2014 general elections, first they said that the BJP would never make Modi as their Prime Ministerial candidate, then they said the allies would never accept him, after that they said that the people would never accept him, finally they said that the NDA would stand no chance of getting the half-way mark which was later revised to the BJP tally.

That’s a 100% failure record, so now if they are saying that Modi is facing a tough 2019 it actually means that he is heading for a landslide. Here are 8 reasons why…

1. Congress was the largest party whenever they made a comeback.

currency-1843349_960_720At the Centre, the Congress made a comeback in 1980, 1991 and 2004. So then why can’t it do it for the fourth time in 2019? The answer lies in the fact that at all those three times, the Congress was by far the largest party of the land.

In all those three occasions, Congress had the most manpower and most money. Congress has nearly always had the most MPs in the Rajya Sabha, most Chief Ministers and most MLAs. Historically they’ve just lost seats in the Lok Sabha but retained their power everywhere else. This is the first time it is not so. The BJP has emerged as the big daddy in Indian politics with no close second.

The BJP beats the Congress on all counts…
parliament-2028311_640(1) In the Lok Sabha it leads 271-48. (No competition)
(2) In the Rajya Sabha it leads 71-50 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!

In the past Congress was an elephant that always returned due to its sheer size. Well now the Congress has shrunk to insignificance and the BJP is the elephant. It is a rising elephant in power to boot.

2. Modi has become the default operating system.

binary-65473_960_720Once, Pappu (Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi) said that the Congress was the default operating system of India. He was right. But only till 2014! As mentioned above, Modi has uninstalled the Congress and made the BJP the default operating system.

That didn’t happen in the previous occasions. In 1980, the Janata Party disintegrated. In 1998, the Janata Dal disintegrated. Even the BJP started weakening from 2002 onward thanks to Godhra (it didn’t dent Modi, but it depressed Vajpayee), Operation West End and the media’s relentless attacks on the BJP.

The President, Vice President and Governors are all BJP appointees for the first time and it is the Congress that is still reeling from scandals.

The Congress gave us Independence in 1947 and for decades people blindly voted due to that. However there’s hardly anyone left alive today who was old enough to see India getting that Independence. Today the mantra is development & governance and Modi & the BJP are more associated that.

3. Modi’s 2018 image is even better than his 2014 one.

Indira Gandhi’s 1975 Emergency sunk her and she called the elections in 1977 in an act of desperation and lost. The Janata Party fought itself to extinction by 1980. Rajiv Gandhi came as Mr Clean in 1984, but by 1989 he was disgraced thanks to Bofors, the HDW scam, the Shah Bano case, the anti-defamation bill etc.

The Janata Dal leaders fought themselves to oblivion by 1991. PV Narasmiha Rao started with a bang in 1991, but from 1992 afterwards, he saw one scandal after another: The stock market scam, the Babri Masjid demolition, the JMM bribery case, Lakhubhai Pathak, Hawala, St Kitts… it wasn’t really surprising that he lost. Nationally the Janata Dal itself disintegrated by 1998.

AB Vajpayee’s golden period was 1996-99 when he led the BJP to be the single largest party in three straight general elections (1996, 1998 & 1999), affected Pokhran thumbing his nose at America and winning the Kargil War. From 2001 he had Operation West End, Godhra and by 2004 was a pale shadow of himself and it was not surprising that he lost.

Even UPA’s 2009 victory was soured in 2010 itself with the unearthing of the Commonwealth Games scam after which we had August Kranti, 2G, Coalgate, Choppergate etc.

However well into 2018, it is the Congress of the back foot and its scams are still coming out with great regularity even though it lost power four years ago. Modi continues to be Mr Clean, Mr Governance and Mr Development. To recap, Rajiv, Rao, Vajpayee (1999) and UPA2 unraveled in the first couple of years whereas Modi is still going strong after four years and there’s hardly any time left to counter that.

4. Modi has a lot to show for his term.

train-1209291_960_720For the first time in Independent Indian history, India became a power surplus nation. LPG connections soared as the middle class subsidy was transferred to the poor. Bank accounts for the poor went up. GST unified India in the end. Demonetization mopped up tens of thousands of crores of black money and reduced counterfeiting.

When Latur faced severe water crisis, the Jaldoot Express (trains of water tankers) sorted out the problem. The Railways recently saw the lowest accident rate in 40 years. Road building has been speeded up. There is focus on real urgent pressing issues like building toilets.

Shastri reformed India but died early. Rao liberalized and transformed foreign policy but soon got bogged down by scams and inaction. In contrast, the Modi Express has been chugging along at full steam since 2014.

5. Pro-incumbency is the norm at the centre.

nehru-2361331_640Jawaharlal Nehru was not the popular choice for Prime Minister within his party and was foisted on the nation by Mahatma Gandhi. But still when he took over he won all the elections in his life. His daughter Indira also won all the elections save one where she had imposed the dreaded dictatorial Emergency.

The Janata Party and Janata Dal disintegrated and only the slew of scandals sunk Rajiv in 1989. Vajpayee in 2004 was not expected to complete his term had he been elected and he was scandal-ridden and overshadowed by LK Advani. Manmohan got re-elected in 2009 even though he was mediocre in UPA1.

At the Centre pro-incumbency is the norm and Modi is in his prime and young enough to complete two more terms so it is unlikely that India will vote against him in 2019.

6. The Opposition has made a total mess of itself.

Ram Manohar Lohia’s anti-Congressism unified the Opposition when they captured the States for the first time in 1967. Jayaprakash Narayan plotted Indira’s downfall and installed the Janata Party in 1977. VP Singh was the most popular leader in 1989 and he too united the Opposition.

Vajpayee was the tallest leader in the 1996, 1998 and 1999 elections and BJP was the single-largest leader in all three. (Manmohan) Singh was King in 2009. Similarly Modi is the emperor today and it is the the entire opposition that is disunited.

Pappu is a joke and no other regional leader is within a mile of Modi. Post-2014 law and order has been a disaster in non-BJP states like Akhilesh Yadav’s Uttar Pradesh, Lalu Yadav’s Bihar and Mamata Banerjee’s West Bengal.

In 2019, the Opposition is not in a position to challenge Modi.

7. BJP will make gains in the South, East and Northeast.

borders-2099205_640In 2014, the BJP stormed the North and West. There is no reason to believe that they will not improve their performance. But even if they do shed seats, they will gain them from the rest of the country. The BJP has already stormed the Northeast.

It is sure to pick up seats from the East (West Bengal & Orissa) and also from the South. It could open its account in Kerala and do better in states like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. It may increase its share in Karnataka where the Congress and JDS are fighting each other to the death.

8. Modi Haters are following the same stale 2002 strategy.

Maut ka saudagar. (Merchant of death). Nazi. Hitler. Fascist. Dictator. Muslims under siege. Christians under siege. Rising intolerance. Dalits under siege. Danger to the press. #Awardwapsi…

Modi haters and his political rivals used that strategy in 2002. And lost. They used that strategy in 2007. And lost. They used that strategy in 2014. And lost. So why are they still using this losing strategy for 2019? To lose again?

9. He’s is still India’s greatest campaign manager… ever.

narendra-modi-2112081_640It can be argued that without Modi the BJP may have won only 200-220 seats in the 2014 general elections. Then they won state after state due to Modi’s massive rallies and cunning campaigns. In Gujarat State elections the BJP would have surely lost had it not been for Modi. Recently in Karnataka most polls showed Congress ahead but after a Modi blitzkrieg, the BJP emerged as the single largest party.

Modi is still in top form. He is still the number one campaigner. He still has Amit Shah, who’s the best poll strategist. Modi will still be tough to beat in 2019.

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June 25, 2014, Sify.com

6 reasons why BJP may grow even stronger
May 24, 2014, Sify.com

8 things you should know about India’s Left
May 23, 2014, Sify.com

5 ways people are still rubbishing Modi’s win
May 21, 2014, Sify.com

6 reasons why the Congress may be finished
May 17, 2014, Sify.com

Seven positives of general elections 2014
May 14, 2014, Sify.com

5 problems with the 2014 general elections…
May 11, 2014, Sify.com

Five reasons why Pappu will be a disastrous PM
April 26, 2014, Sify.com

5 things the Congress could have done differently…
April 29, 2014, Sify.com

5 possible reasons why Priyanka isn’t contesting
April 28, 2014, Sify.com

Six reasons for Nitish’s sudden collapse
April 22, 2014, Sify.com

Five reasons why opinion polls may be right in 2014
April 7, 2014, Sify.com

Six firsts if Modi becomes PM…
March 31, 2014, Sify.com

14 more gaffes, misses and failures of Sushilkumar Shinde
February 25, 2014, Sify.com

10 reasons why Manmohan is the worst PM ever…
February 23, 2014, Sify.com

Seven things that went wrong for Arvind Kejriwal
February 15, 2014, Sify.com

7 reasons why AAP may yet return in Delhi
February 15, 2014, Sify.com

Six ways Modi bypassed the ‘media’ to go ‘mainstream’
February 13, 2014, Sify.com

8 great Pappu nautankis
Rahul Gandhi and his dramatic symbolism
February 5, 2014, Sify.com

The 5 types of Narendra Modi haters
February 4, 2014, Sify.com

5 fallouts of the Pappu interview
…with Arnab Goswami
February 1, 2014, Sify.com

AAP’s 7 mistakes to cover one
The Somnath Bharti affair
15 January, 2014, Sify.com

Six hurdles to AAP’s Mission 2014
The Delhi scenario will not be repeated…
15 January, 2014, Sify.com

The five types of Narendra Modi supporters
Change seeker, Liberalization dude..
14 January, 2014, Sify.com

Six achievements of the UPA 2
Giving the devil its due…
14 January, 2014, Sify.com

Six things the AAP got right
Not the tariff reductions
14 January, 2014, Sify.com

8 reasons why the AAP is now An Aam Party
The similarities are striking…
10 January, 2014, Sify.com

Seven myths about AAP’s Lok Sabha chances
They are a hyped up party…
09 January, 2014, Sify.com

Seven things to learn from the Congress
They have mastered the art of ruling…
7 January, 2014, Sify.com

Columns till 2013…