Saturday, May 30, 2009

Racism related attacks on Indians down under.

In January of 2008, during the test match played at Sydney, Aussies threw a tantrum about Harbhajan's alleged calling Symonds a monkey. Why are the so called righteous men, who claim are intolerant of racism silent now when Indian students in Australia are being attacked by petrol bombs and being stabbed by screwdrivers?

A few months back after similar attacks on Indian students in Australia, authorities there advised Indians against being very exhibitionists and not show off their i-pods and laptops, and hence attract attention. Do only Indian students carry i-pods and laptops and not others in Australia? Even now, authorities in Australia are calling these crime related incidents and not racist. If these are just criminal and not racism related incidents why are only Indians at the receiving end of them? Why are the authorities still in denial?

Anyone who knows about the money gate episode and Australian behavior then, I am sure, would be totally infuriated by this.

My earlier post on this.

Also this is what the Police reportedly did to one of the protesters.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thoughts on where BJP lost it.....

A comment on the Friends of BJP blog/website. I agree with all of this. Its like I wanted to say all of this, but couldn't have said it better by myself.

"What is the diffrence between Nationalism and Hindu nationalism? Is there such an entity as hindu nationalism? Nationalism can not be HINDU or any other religeon . I always thought nationalism meant indianism. That is the first mistake …. Nationalism must be about Indianism. Hindutva there fore is not about hinduism as a religeon but about india or hindustan as our ancient land is called due to being land of SINDHU and and Not hindu ( every body by now knows that in persian sindhu is hindu as there is no s defining sound there …… should ask a linguist how this has been derived)So hindus live in land of sindhu and their dharma is hinduism please note dharma not religeon. Kindly define this carefully and do not get confuse the two. follow dharma what ever relgieon you belong to.
Yet do not be soft on enemies of India (hindus included), that means fight with mind and brain and not sword and voilence. Voilence only begets more voilence and hate more hatered. Define your goals and reach them. Define hinduism in a modern way so young can identify. Do not alienate them but include them by change in a modern way. You do need young India with you. remeber Vivekananda suceeded by inclusion of all kinds of people and not by exclusion of large chunks of them. Let us have a reality check.
1. Hindus are a progressive society - they will adopt any thing which is of benefit to the society by weighing it carefully. There are no dictats in Hindu society. You may not believe at all in god and still you can call yourself as a hindu.
2. Westernisation is a reality. Accept it and assimilate it
3. Do not dig the past and glorify it - it will be of no use to any one.It only brings out contradictions in our society. Just be proud of your land and keep all the good things from past reject all baggage.
3. Yes prejudice against BJP is deep seated but take stock whether we have done any thing to remove that at all? Have we taken stock of situation and ground realities in our society? Have we formulated any concrete plans?
4. Yes in politics perception matters as much as reality. It doesn’t matter whether BJP is communal or not, as long as it is perceived to be communal…… i totally agree. But preceptions are also based on some kind of reality. ( Til hai to pahar hai) Define why this preception is following us like a dog. Define how it should be countered - not by arguing but by doing. Show by concrete evidence.Put some work where your mouth is. start a massive rehab program in communally sensitive areas specially where congress has probelms in this sphere. work constructively for upliftment of dalit population and all poor in that area. Generate rural employement by party work and teach people not to be dependant on governmental schemes alone. Reduce dependancy on mai bap sarkar. In other words define your programmes and place them throgh NGOS just like minority communities do.
5. Social change can occur only by changing society in preceptible ways but these are often ill defined factors. Greatness is to understand them and implement agenda in subtle ways. Counter issues like conversions, minority appeasement etc. in correct ways and not by being shrill about them. Do not shout from roof tops regarding these issues, counter them by deeds like reconversion drives, hindu NGO support and propaganda , and not voilence as in kandhmahal. Please realise bad press is indeed very bad.
6. Start some TV chanels that are supported by RSS and BJP and are managed by reporters who are pro BJP. Right now there is no body in any media that supports BJP. having your own network will help but the management should be left to juornos alone. Above all these jurnos must be of good credentials and must be percieved by public as being above board and impartial.
7. DO NOT BE APOLOGETIC. No need for that. Well this is our ideology and we will stick by it … should be our creed. BJP spokepeople on TV are always sounding apologetic. They can not counter the bad press BJP gets. They can not encash the situation as well as their conterparts.
8. Be very vocal and condemn statements from opposition like minorities have the first right to India etc made by Mr. M MM. yesterday in AP so many statements by YSR Reddy were very comunal, but have you even heard a murmur from BJP in state and outside it? Where are you Mr. Venkayya Naidu? Where is your press team ? Does it exist at all?
Enough for now
I have to now run some urgent work …."

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala blog

Yes here is a blog in Rk's name. I presume it is his blog and not just someone using his name. Authenticity of the blog is trivial. The blog posts are entertaining in a unique way while at the same time they comment on serious issues. Read here. Do read it, you will enjoy.

RK also posts Chaitanya Kunte's post on Barkha Dutt which he removed after NDTV exerted pressure. He challenges NDTV to take him on.

Down with Barkha. Am I in trouble now?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lok Sabha 2009

Singh is King again as Congress wins over 200 seats. Not even the congress expected this kind of mandate. Congress allies also did well, especially Trinamool Congress which won the Battle of Bengal against the Left Front. NCP and DMK the other UPA allies did pretty good as well.

BJP did worse than 2004. In 2004 difference between BJP and Congress was about 6 seats. This time around it is 80 due to a much better result for the Congress in Rajasthan, Andhra, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarkhand and most importantly UP.

My 2 cents of analysis on the BJP defeat. It seems that the BJP never did come out of their denial after the 2004 polls. Creating and exploiting short term volatile religious situations in Kandhmal, Amarnath, Pilibhit and Ram Setu did not seem to have gone well with the polity. They really lacked a sincere approach and a clear way forward. They never looked like the party with a differnce as in 1998. As the opposition party their flip-flop on the nuclear deal and their hotch potch stance cost them a lot of credibility in the minds of the people.

So what about multi sector reforms in the new UPA government? Kamal Nath said that he prefers calling it streamlining of issues and not reforms. His ally DMK member Maran said this is not a good time for privatization because of diminished market value. Is this an indication of things to come? Vir Sanghvi said on NDTV that R&S do not believe in the trickle down effect of the growth resulting from market reforms and that this is government is no agent of the CII. Shekhar Gupta seemingly summed it by saying that no government is 100% while giving a Don Bradman analogy. However Dalal street seems to be content with the fact that the verdict is not fractured.

One final comment. It seems Barkha Dutt is getting increasingly annoying on NDTV. One gets a feeling she has become a limelight hogger than a serious journalistic analyzer. She seems to bask in glory when some senior politician calls her Barkhaji. The constant interrupting of guest speakers is something else that needs to be pointed out to her. Perhaps she could learn a thing or two from Prannoy Roy and Vikram Chandra.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Mythical science of predicting elections

Good article from IE. Read here.