Musings post India’s loss in the Champions Trophy…

stadium-580364_640In the 1983 World Cup final, we made just 183 runs in 60 overs.
We shouldn’t have won that.
The West Indies batting line-up was the most powerful in the world.
In the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy final, we made just 129 runs in 20 overs.
We shouldn’t have won that.
England were former T20 World Champions too and were further playing on home soil.
In the 2000 ICC KnockOut final, we beat the best teams of the tournament—Australia and South Africa—and yet lost to a much weaker New Zealand team and till date that remains their only ICC tournament title.
In the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final, India was a vastly superior team.
Yet Pakistan gave the vastly superior performance both in batting and bowling.
I guess it all evens out in the end.

We lost to England in the 1987 ODI World Cup semi-final.
We lost to New Zealand in the 2000 ICC KnockOut final.
We lost to Australia in the 2003 ODI World Cup final.
We lost to Sri Lanka in the 2014 T20 World Cup final.
We lost to West Indies in the 2016 T20 World Cup semi-final.
We lost to Pakistan in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final.
No team is our bogey.
We are our own bogies.
If we don’t show up on that day, we lose miserably.

After playing brilliant cricket throughout the tournament, India choked in the finals of the 2014 T20 World Cup and the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy along with the semis of the 2015 ODI World Cup.
After this dastardly performance, whenever we enter the finals, we can’t be called the favourites but will always be the underdogs.
The glorious golden 2007-13 MS Dhoni era is well and truly over.

After the Sri Lankan team attack in 2009 when Pakistan is facing a virtual home boycott, it won its first T20 World Cup the same year, its first Asia Cup in 12 years in 2012 and its first ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.
Amazing how it keeps coming out with a superlative performance once in a while with all the turmoil and chaos compared to the solidity and stability of say a South Africa!

When Modi surprised everyone with Kovind

questions-1922476_640Past.
The entire media and liberal ecosystem didn’t have the foggiest idea that Modi would win.
Present.
The entire media and liberal ecosystem doesn’t have the foggiest idea what Modi is doing.

If the common man hasn’t heard of Ram Nath Kovind, it’s OK.
But for a journalist or politician to boast he or she hasn’t heard of a 2-time Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson turned Bihar Governor is quite ridiculous.

Modi aage kya karne waala hain, isko samajhna mushkil hi nahin, naamumkin hai.
#SurgicalStrike #DeMo #UPYogi #RamNathKovind

From 1947-2017, every President of India has either been Congress, ex-Congress or Independent.
#RamNathKovind set to make history.

BJP Lok Sabha.
BJP President.
BJP Vice President and Rajya Sabha chief.
Majority BJP+ States.
Modi is just getting started.

BJP Lok Sabha.
BJP President.
BJP Vice President and Rajya Sabha chief.
Majority BJP+ States.
Modi is just getting started.

Who should be the next President of India?
Best thing would be to introduce amendment to abolish this useless ceremonial post and save money.

10 issues on which the Right wants more urgency from Modi…

narendra-modi-2112081_640A lot of people had great expectations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he took charge way back in 2014. For some he has already delivered in terms of streamlining the bureaucracy, lifting up foreign policy, implementing OROP, roadmaking and power augmentation.

Modi haters will never be satisfied with him though. But another unsatisfied group is the Right. The Left-wing media will tell you they are a hardline rabid group, but that is far from the truth. There is the Cultural Right. The Economic Right. The Political Right. The Hindu Right.

The Left in India has totally suppressed all voices from the Right for decades, but such groups are finally making their voices heard. Here are some issues which the Right wants more urgency from Modi…

brihadishvara-2358280_6401. Hindu temples autonomy: India is a strange country where the minorities have more rights than the majority. It’s difficult to see any other country with such an equation and still we have debates over intolerance and the demonization of the majority religion.
Churches and mosques have a much greater autonomy but not Hindu temples. In fact a combination of commissions and legislation has meant that governments are more and more taking over the running temples.

Why should the government take over temples in the first place? Specific legislation is required in Parliament to grant Hindu temples complete autonomy and that’s something only Modi can do via the relevant bills.

2. Greater support for Indic and Hindu studies: The British had a view of India and that reflected in our history books and textbooks. The British left but the view continued. The Communists perpetuated these myths. (In fact, paradoxically, Hindu culture itself is called mythology!)
When I passed out of school and started reading a lot more on history I always wondered why there was so much focus on Communism, the Mughals and the British worldview. Hindu empires and achievements for some reason were downplayed.

We need a complete revamp of our history textbooks, have more government funding into our history by academicians sharing an Indic worldview and not a Western one. While a move is on by the government, it’s already going to be two years since Modi took over.

school-298680_6403. Repeal of RTE: The Right To Education is a very fancy sounding word. It implies education to each and every child in India. That would actually mean revamping all our government schools and introducing thousands more. Nothing of the sort has happened. RTE should actually be renamed to “Reservation of Students in Private Hindu Schools” for that is what it is. The RTE is inadequate and riddled with contradictions.

Again minority institutions, which flourished thanks to the British legacy, have been kept out of the ambit.

4. Implementing a Uniform Civil Code: This would automatically cover things like temple autonomy and RTE. There is also a desperate need for boosting the rights of Muslim women in India. Maybe the UCC’s time has finally come, but curiously it is the Supreme Court which seems more active on the issue than Modi.

But the UCC seems to be totally off the table. Numbers in the Rajya Sabha may have a big deal to do with it. But there’s very little chance of the BJP getting 51% of the Upper House on its own till 2020 and that too if all things go well.

Interestingly Arun Shourie is a rare political leader who has written in detail about both Muslim and Hindu issues and people have failed to find holes in his arguments, but he finds himself a pariah in the new dispensation.

kashmir-boat-642167_6405. Abolishing Article 370: This grants special status to the State of Jammu & Kashmir and is quite controversial. Father of the Constitution Babasaheb Ambedkar fought against it and Bharatiya Jana Sangh (the precursor to the BJP) founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee died mysteriously in Kashmir opposing it.

AB Vajpayee as Prime Minister could do nothing and many thought Modi would be the first to do something here. But that’s unlikely. Apart from numbers in the Rajya Sabha, the PDP (a party which will never ever even discuss the scrapping of 370) is their partner in J&K. But forget any amendments; there doesn’t even seem to be a debate on it.

6. Pushing for Ram Mandir: Modi did make religious references in the 2002 Gujarat Assembly campaign, but from the 2007 one he has been toning himself down and talked only governance and development in 2014.

It is doubtful that he will upset the apple cart by touching this controversial topic. Moreover the case is now in the Supreme Court. In fact it is BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who has been the most vocal on this issue and not Modi.

blur-1853262_6407. Pace of economic reforms: Rajiv Gandhi looked to be Right leaning but India first turned Right economically under PV Narasimha Rao and his good work was carried forward by AB Vajpayee. However Congress President Sonia Gandhi did a U-turn and went full Left. While Modi has turned Right again, many are not satisfied with the pace of reforms. The industry and middle class would like to see more action on the economic front.

8. Being more tough on the Dynasty: Nehru was the first great Leftist. Sonia took that forward with a vengeance. Rahul looks to carry forward the Nehru-Sonia legacy. Thanks to the colossal amount of scams in UPA2, a lot of people thought Congress leaders would be in jail by now and the legacy would be finished.

However nothing of the sort has happened so far. Sonia is facing National Herald woes thanks to Swamy and not Modi. No concrete action has been taken against her son-in-law Robert Vadra who has many allegations against him.

The AugustaWestland scam names Sonia, her right hand Ahmed Patel and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It remains to be seen whether Modi finally nails all of them or lets them get away.

incense-2318953_6409. Promoting Hinduism directly: While Modi wears his religion on his sleeve and is undoubtedly pro-Hindu, he still has not brought in strong legislation related to protecting Hinduism. Even on things like the beef ban, Congress governments did the actual implantation in the past and courts today are more pro-active.

Vajpayee wore a mask and LK Advani praised Jinnah’s secularism. What Modi does remains to be seen but the RSS-VHP is getting impatient.

press-899477_64010. Taking on the mainstream media: Since Modi and the MSM have been such vicious adversaries; Modi was expected to take action against the alleged misdeeds of the media houses. The media leans firmly Left and social media space is free and independent and naturally leans Right. That could be because the Right has been suppressed now and most of the people in India lean Right and not Left.

Nothing of the sort has happened. Modi continues to ignore most of the media while other BJP leaders keep visiting the studios of the very news channels that abhor them and insult them so much. Raids on NDTV have begun, but it remains to be seen if anything concrete happens.

The Right, the Left and the media

journalist-985075_640Every mainstream media analysis and opinion poll is virulently pro-Left and anti-Right.
In 2014 they said it was impossible for the Right (Modi) to get 272+ seats.
Failed prediction.
In 2015 they said the Right (Netanyahu) would lose.
Failed prediction.
In 2015 they said the Right (Cameron) would see a hopelessly hung Parliament or the Left (Labour) would inch ahead.
Failed prediction.
In 2016 they said the Right-leaning Brexit couldn’t happen.
Failed prediction.
In 2016 they said the Right (Trump) couldn’t win, some put his chances at below 1%!
Super failed prediction.
They got Macron right, but then mainland Europe heavily leans Left and you can’t get them wrong all the time!
Basically they see the chances of the Left and add 5-10% to that randomly and predict accordingly in order to influence the outcome.
That is why the mainstream media is dying.

Qatar has the most powerful Arab media house: Al Jazeera.
And yet it finds itself totally isolated in the Arab world.
Another example of how media has become a paper tiger.

Old media saying…
There is no Freedom of the Press in India.
There is only Freedom of the Proprietors of the Press.

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

The tremendous bias against Trump…

donald-trump-2333743_640Bill Clinton was highly divisive.
The House of Representatives impeached him, but the Senate saved him.
George W Bush was highly divisive.
His opponents always called him an illegitimate President and said he lost 2000.
Barack Obama was highly divisive.
The Republicans hated him, the boisterous Tea Party couldn’t stand him and under him bipartisanship and race relations reached record lows.
Hillary Clinton is highly divisive.
Half the country absolutely abhors her.
Yet the international media keeps bandying about “divisive Trump” 24X7 as if it’s a title and something totally new.
That’s why the mainstream media is dying.

There has been great Political Climate Change in the post-Trump era and a severe Global Warming of Liberal-Left brains leading to their meltdown.

They impeached Bill Clinton.
They tried to impeach George W Bush.
They tried to impeach Obama.
They’re trying to impeach Trump.
Nothing new.

Those saying Comey is the biggest thing since Watergate forget that Bill Clinton was actually impeached by the House of Representatives in 1998, the second time such a thing happened in America’s 200+ year history.

In the nineteenth century, an American politician spelt coffee as kaughi.
Even now Trump is not everyone’s cup of covfefe.

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

Of exits and referendums…

westminster-1472807_640Going in circles…
2014: Scottish referendum.
2015: General elections.
2016: Brexit.
2017: General elections.
2018: Another Scottish referendum or general election or Brexit referendum?

So Spain joins in the party.
#CataloniaExit #CatExit
Europe seems to be steadily disintegrating.

2014: Scottish Exit fails.
2015: Cameron wins surprisingly.
Conservatives: Stability is boring. Kucch toofani karte hai!
2016: Brexit.
2017: Snap poll.
Bang! Hello darkness my old friend!

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

General political musings…

nehru-2361331_640Great great grandson of Motilal, great grandson of Nehru, grandson of Indira and son of Rajiv-Sonia blasts dynastic politics in Telangana.

With the way they are still being unearthed, if Modi wins in 2019, then I have a feeling that we will still be discussing UPA scams till 2024

Politics is the only place where education is irrelevant.
Delhi CM is an IITian.
Bihar Dy CM is 9th pass.
Both are equally useless.

1984: Rajiv takes charge.
1986: Bofors.
1999: Vajpayee re-elected.
2001: Operation West End.
2009: Manmohan re-elected.
2011: August Kranti.
Modi escapes 2-year itch.

In 1990 Lalu became Bihar Chief Minister and immediately brought in Jungle Raj and became the worst politician.
After 27 years he is still being “raided” and “charged” and ruling Bihar quite comfortably.

Tea Party kicked Angrez out of American politics.
Beef Party will kick out Congrez from Indian politics.

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

Dangal Baahubali musings…

film-2233656_6402017 beginning, zero Indian movies in Global 1000 box office list.
Now both Baahubali 2 and Dangal in Top 500.

Dangal made Rs 1000 crore in China.
Baahubali 2 is planning a big China launch.
Tubelight heroine is the Chinese Zhu Zhu.
2017 Bollywood’s year of “Hindi Chini” bhai bhai?

All time blockbuster Indian movie.
Hindi: Baahubali 2.
India: Baahubali 2.
US: Baahubali 2.
China: Dangal.
Worldwide: Dangal (Till Baahubali 2 is released in China).

Dangal joins the ¥1 Billion Club in China.
(That’s in the region of Rs 1000 crore)
P.S. Baahubali 2 releasing soon in China.

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

The curious case of Congress and cow slaughter

cow-2216918_640Congressmen Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai and Madan Mohan Malviya promised cow slaughter ban.

Congressman “Father of the nation” Mahatma Gandhi promised cow slaughter ban.

Congressman “First Prime Minister” Jawaharlal Nehru promised cow slaughter ban.

Congressman “First India President” Rajendra Prasad promised cow slaughter ban.

Congress put cow slaughter ban in the Directive Principles of State Policy.

Congress brought in some sort of cow slaughter legislation in 20 States.

Congress symbol before “Hand” was “Cow and calf”.

Now suddenly the Congress wants to slaughter cows on the streets and has dubbed the whole cow slaughter ban business as a sole Hindutva-Sanghi-BJP hardline intolerant affair.

Baahubali musings…

cinema-2093264_640Baahubali 2 enters $Quarter-Billion Club.
(500 odd global movies in that club)

Aamir—Big Khan.
Salman—Middle Khan.
SRK—Little Khan.
#BoxOffice
Then there’s Baahubali!

Bahubali 2 + Dangal have crossed Rs 3000 crore worldwide.
That’s more than the lifetime gross of many Bollywood stars.

The times have changed…
Shah Rukh Khan’s last 5 movies…
Raees Rs 272 crore
+ Dear Zindagi Rs 139 crore
+ Fan Rs 188 crore
+ Dilwale Rs 389 crore
+ Happy New Year Rs 343 crore
= Rs 1331 crore
Baahubali 2 alone beats that.

After #Baahubali2, Bollywood should start releasing their movies dubbed simultaneously in regional and foreign languages.

#Baahubali2 makes Rs 100 crore in a day.
In the future it will be asked…
How many hours did this film take to join the Rs 100 crore club?

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

The truth about the Congress party…

india-1293882_640Netaji gave us Independence.
Patel unified India.
Shastri laid foundations of modern India.
Rao reformed economics and foreign policy.
#GandhiNehruSham

The man with no spine…
Rao: Bring in reforms.
Manmohan: Yes, sir.
Sonia: Destroy the country.
Manmohan: Yes, madam.

#RememberingRajiv
Bofors
Anti-Sikh riots
Bhopal tragedy
Shah Bano
LTTE mess
Defamation Bill
HDW scam
Black money
KGB links
Crony capitalism
Gift of Sonia to the nation

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

Trump and media musings…

trump-2372132_640NYT: Never Yield to Trump.
CNN: Coup Now or Never.
BBC: Bring Back Clinton.

US media today…
According to anonymous sources, an anonymous person close to Trump has done an undisclosed thing that warrants his impeachment.

Tonnes of fake Trump revelations have come and gone.
That’s why when a real one will come, it too will go and not stick.

Today I have to do something that will start impeachment proceedings against Trump.
(What most American journalists think when they get up in the morning)

2015: He is not serious. Will withdraw.
2016: Can’t get nomination. Will lose.
2017: Will get impeached. Will resign.
#Trump

In the kangaroo courts of American media, Trump has already been impeached a 100 times.

If” Russia hacked elections.
It means…
1. Crime done on Obama’s watch.
2. Obama did nothing from November to January too.

2014-16: Fellowship of the Right.
Modi-Netanyahu-Brexit-Trump.
2017: Twin Towers of defeat: Wilders and Marine.
Coming soon…
Return of the Right.

These versions by Sunil Rajguru