The Return of the Mummies

The Return of the Mummies

These are very interesting times in India and Indian politics. Didi and Amma both have another term in their respective states. Assam and Kerela have new governments in the form of BJP and LDF respectively and there is no price in guessing what is common between all these election results.

Congress party that has ruled(ruled rather than governed ) the country for more than half a century are now in an embarrassing situation, their situation is similar to that of the Lannister’s they have good comrades but their king

Tommen(Rahul baba) do not understand how to govern.

The Tamil Nadu people generally elect an anti-incumbent government. Not this time, was it because of the  2-G corruption label of the DMK or their inability to name a chief ministerial candidate but their association with congress did not help the party to defeat the corruption ridden AIADMK government. In West Bengal Mamata didn’t give anyone a chance so congress can be happy that they performed better than the general election but their performance compared to the last state election is still a disappointment. CPM led left actually won in Kerela where they again defeated the congress and in Assam it’s a historic win for the BJP.

Congress won the lowest seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha ever (just a meagre 44). Didn’t win a seat in the Delhi assembly elections, lost in Maharashtra, only won in Bihar with little or no influence on the government. This is after ruling the country for 10 years. They have their government just in 5 other states and they had a scare in Uttarakhand recently.These are pressing time for the oldest party in India, can they get away from the dynastic politics that is plaguing their party? It is clear that their so called price Rahul Gandhi has not done anything substantial for the party, he is all talk about revamping the party structure and doing something different, he acts like that guy in your project meeting who says that we have to do something cool and out of the box but has no knowledge about the subject.

He is single handedly responsible for collapsing the morale of the party’s leaders and workers who have devoted all their life for congress. He is like ANTI-Dhoni, he has the ability to bring the worst with his team and give terrible results. It is high time for the party to do what is right, someone has to be Jamie Lannister for congress and stab this stupid prince(reference to mad king).

 

Rahul Gandhi has become a national joke and with a great corruption record for UPA government he has done a terrible job at saving the parties grace and countering the opposition. When he is talks sometimes he seems out of place and sometimes ridiculously stupid. The media even doesn’t seem to take him seriously either, which should be a grave concern for the party.

The immense influence of the Gandhi family on the congress party raises certain question, are they so respected in the party that no one believes that the party can be led by any other, does the family draws so much power(influence over judiciary and other government organizations) that everyone is afraid to challenge them or they have so much money so that they can buy their way out of any coup in the party, the first one seems the least likely and with the news of stir in the party it is clear that it is not just because of respect. The other 2 options are really interesting and even with the opposition in power, they command so much influence. This is something to think about and ponder over.

Nowadays congress is not even recognized as a credible opposition, the current government faces more heat from the likes of Kejriwal than the congress party, the party has lost the ability and will to attack the opposition and their structure is failing, it is high time that congress does something.

The party might have it is faults ,it tends to be more populist in policy making rather than pragmatic and transparent, it is corruption ridden and their politics work on maintaining the divide in the country, but still it is the only secular alternative in the country. For this very reason they cannot be decimated . The return of the mummies indicates high time for this old party to think and reinvent itself and participate in constructive dialogue in the democracy and present themselves as credible nemesis and alternative to right government led by the BJP. If this doesn’t happen the right wing will become bolder and bolder in their social professing and start enforcing their thoughts. Which in itself creates a scary picture for the country. Don’t get me wrong I want the right government to be in power and work on their economic policy. A strong opposition will make sure that they concentrate more on economy and development and suppress their extreme wing thought.

Congress party needs an uprising, they need someone to challenge the status quo, they need a Narendra Modi to change the party and modernize its working and start connecting to the people of the country again. It is certain that Rahul Gandhi is not the Azar Ahai that was promised, they need to introspect and save the party, if not for the benefit of the nation but their own benefit.

The JNU Equation

The JNU Equation

Time and again India has proven that for our politics and our political agenda cares more about the past rather than the present or the future. We spend most of our political effort and consensus building on events that occurred in the past and which have no effect on any policy or any way improves the life of the people.

Conceding that these things are important but making it the only political agenda is outright ridiculous. The JNU debacle is one such example of utter nonsensical politics by all parties that call themselves secular first and patriots second.

Reading from the accounts on the internet it seems that one group from JNU(self proclaimed Marxist) wanted to organize a protest on the Judicial killing of Afzal Guru, a parliament attack convict. Officially the protest was a cultural event to protest the Supreme court ruling just after the third death anniversary of Afzal Guru. The group invited many Kashmiri’s from outside of campus to voice their protest against the supreme court ruling.The were protesting against the corruption in the judiciary which resulted in the eventual execution of Afzal Guru who they referred to as a martyr.

I am a proponent of free speech but I think you should always criticize people and organization and not national Institution like supreme court of India. If you start questioning Institution it means you have no confidence in the  fundamentals of the country which for me classifies as anti-national.

Continuing the story, ABVP(the right wingers or the BJP folks) wing of JNU stepped in and said that a protest of this sort should not be allowed. The college administration agreed on banning the protest as they thought that it might create the pointless hysteria which it eventually did. The group of self-proclaimed Marxists went anyway with the protest and agreed to do it without mikes and much fuss. The ABVP stepped in and starting intimidating the Marxist which could have been easily avoided. To make matters worse the Invited Kashmiris came in and then they started shouting anti-national slogans like: “won’t stop till India is destroyed” and “If you kill Afzal Guru from every house in Kashmir will produce a new one”

As an Indian I am offended by these remarks and think that it is unhealthy to support any remarks that are outright anti national. I am OK with people criticizing the right wing, the government and even the specific people in power but questioning, criticizing and threatening India and its fundamental Institutions is wrong and invites fierce condemnation.

Now the fun part was the politics after this incident. The most weird and counter-intuitive thing to me was Rahul Gandhi supporting the JNU students. I want to remind Rahul Gandhi that it was your government that hanged Afzal guru and rightly so. The students were protesting against your government decision  and somehow the strange part is that no one finds it strange neither you nor the students. I guess politics and political agenda are as characterless as any Tushar Kapoor movie.

I guess rather than problem solving capabilities, accountability and manifesto promises ,people judge governments and establishments on how they treat their ancestors and their beliefs. I guess this is why we move with so much tussle since we are so tied up with our past and beliefs that we don’t see what is good for us in the present and the future.

I think it is a classic example of game theory where everyone wants the best outcome for themselves and eventually due to mutual conflict everyone has to settle for an outcome that is way poorer than the optimal. Mr. Nash(won Noble price for game theory) was right, the more selfish and self-centered we are  the more we will suffer. As Mr. Nash says don’t go for the most beautiful girl, you won’t get her and waste your chances of getting the other ones which will eventually result in your happiness. I don’t when will we understand his simple and beautiful mathematical logic

The Pathankot incident

The Pathankot incident

The recent attack at the Pathankot Airport facility has sparked a national debate and rightly so and just 8 days after our Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit in good gesture to his Pakistani counterpart. I think this a trend that Pakistan loves to follow, if I remember the Kargil Attack was just a few days after Atal Bihari Vajpayee met with Pervez Musharraf  Before saying anything or expressing my opinions, let me put some numbers in perspective, since 1970 there have  been more than 4,108 terror attacks on India with a total of 12,539 fatalities. India ranks sixth in the number of terror attacks in the world during this time.

The key difference between any country and India is that we have always known where of our terror attacks originate from and still we have another Pathankot to tackle. Now, if you think there are two possibilities, first that the incumbent Pakistani Prime Minister has no control over the Army or the terrorists group in his nation, if this is the case then it makes no sense to talk to him or engage in any diplomatic talks with his government since it will bear no fruits  as we are talking to the wrong person and the second possibility that incumbent Prime Minister knows about these attacks and if this is case then in my opinion it is backstabbing which is more condemnable. So, I don’t think it makes any sense to talk to him. I might be emotional at this point but I don’t see a third possibility.

I was listening to Gen Bakshi and his views were very clear, precise and logical. You have to increase cost of these attacks to Pakistan. Be it by economic sanctions, proxy war or an overt war. Recently one Russian flight was shot by Turkey and the next day there were several sanctions on Turkey, Putin gave a statement making it clear that there will be consequences and there were. Trade was seriously affected, Turkey contractors lost their right to do business in Russia, cancelled visa on arrival and many more the very next day and issued the statement that this act will be revenged. I think things like this sends out a clear signal to everyone not to mess with the Russians.

The number of terror fatalities in India by themselves are statistical alarming without accounting for the number of families affected by these attacks. I always believe that force should be the last resort, but I think we are a couple decades past when the tipping point of that last resort came. The terrorists and their ideology needs to be wiped out, .i.e. surgically removed ,since I don’t see a medication for this disease.

Something has to be done proactively, we have been on the receiving end of this for quite some time and it is time that we give them a befitting response. I put these stats after 1970 because we gave a good response to Pakistan in 1970 and they didn’t dare to attack us post that. Indira Gandhi might be the only Prime Minister with the will to answer Pakistan. The people and the government/army of Pakistan might be laughing at us that we just entered your Airforce and successfully killed many of our best officers.

I think when you make foreign policies or even make a business transaction you always take into account the practical reality of the other party. You won’t make a business deal with minister of magic when you know Voldemort Is making shots. The diplomatic policies should be made taking into account the history and the internal dynamics of the other party you are making a deal with. Our leadership should take into account this while dealing with Pakistan

I might be angry and emotional today because our brave soldiers were killed because of the failure of our terror policy, specifically with Pakistan. The people of India have been paying a very heavy price for the inability of our leadership. It creates a feeling of frustration. The only acceptable reason that we keep on going back to talks is that we think that we might lose to Pakistan in open warfare that is unacceptable in itself. This incident is a saddening day in Indian history and I hope should incite some decisive policy change against Pakistan.

The Political force

The Political force

The world of politics is strange

It seems dissent is the only consent that politicians can arrange

I was told that politicians are here to serve

Now I think they exploit until they reach peoples nerve

A democratic government is a representation of the electorate

Realizing this I think we are in a very poor state

Either we are inherently corrupt and flawed

Or our democracy is not true and the influential have it clawed

Accepting the former is losing hope

So believing in the latter is something we will have to cope

so why do oppositions stall the parliament

It is an act that for me is total bewilderment

The logic is that they are serving the nation

By stopping the institution of policy generation

It is like your cancer doctor being stopped by your nurse

Because someone in the hospital said a curse

Politicians play on peoples fear

Not on their aspirations that much is clear

Take the fear talk from Donald Drumpf and his opinions

As stupid and as absurd as those stupid minions

To discombobulate people from the things that matter

Congress came up with in tolerance and trump with all the nonsense chatter

Inherently I think we like news/information that is sensational

Media’s bias and hype is unconditional

It seems to me all the talk is superficial and vague

And real issue never reach the peoples stage

I hope there are politicians who are conservative liberals

And this becomes one of the new major kernels

I know like politicians from this poem nothing much can be taken

But let’s wait and see when does the force awakens

The Aamir Opinion

The Aamir Opinion

Continuing the debacle of opinion. One opinion that has messed with the country right now is that Aamir Khan’s wife thinks that our country is going intolerant. As Paresh Rawal rightly once said: “Patni hai ki Panauti hai”. Even snapdeal is feeling the heat of the Dil ki deal it did with Aamir.

Statement like these implicate that the minority is scared of the conservative(right wing) government. The elite Media has created an environment that is trying to create an opinion among the citizens of India that since the BJP has come to power it means that the minorities will suffer. I think that the conservative government in India is more liberal than the liberal wing(if there is one) in the nations controlled by these minorities.

Having said that, quoting Joey  “It’s a Moo Point”. We should not make this comparison because we are Indians and the day we start comparing ourselves to these nation all hope will be lost. India is and has been a tolerant country and everyone should stick to this fact. We have been an tolerant nation since long and that’s the reason we co-exist even after being such a diverse nation. Our country is a like the world of Marvel where we have many people of influence who do not agree on everything but eventually work for the better. We have even accommodated Hulk ideologies in our society and still we are intolerant. Misquoting LFMAO famous song: I am an Indian and I know it. And I am proud of it.

I believe that bulk of the Indian media is liberal (left) which is giving unnecessary air to these unrelated events of intolerance. If you discuss the same thing all day long it feels that our country is very bad and everything is going wrong. I totally agree that these things should be condemned and people have a right to protest in a non-violent way but making it the talking agenda portrays all of us Indian as Intolerant.Which we are not. It’s like Mundunglus Fletcher’s acts defining what Order of Phoenix stands for, which is outright wrong and ridiculous.

Whatever Aamir Khan said is his opinion and there might be a reason for him feeling that way. He has even given a clarifying position on his stand.I think he deeply cares about the country and has exercised his right to free speech effectively in the past to raise the issues he cares about deeply. Even after doing everything he could for the Nights Watch  Jon Snow was stabbed by his brothers after taking a stand that was better for the seven kingdom but did not sit well with his own brothers. Apparently he knew nothing of how his brothers might react. Extreme opinion and actions never serve any good.

The only problem I have is with the greed of the people. The greed of the politicians, big media houses and big corporations for money and power and their use of religion to meet this purpose. Religion has been used long and in many instances by people in position to manipulate the commons to meet their purpose. Why don’t we learn from history (its right in front of our eyes). I guess it is human tendency to believe what others say rather than checking facts for themselves before forming an opinion. The most dangerous opinion are the ones that are based on wrong facts. I believe India being an intolerant nation is one such opinion.

Opinion about Opinions

Opinion about Opinions

The world has become an interesting place where everyone can have a dumbass opinion. The only thing that separates “the now” from “the then” is that it is easier to express these opinions now. Any jackass with an internet connection can do that. Take me and Donald Drumpf for an example.

What I believe is that though everyone may think that they are logical but all of us are biased in one way or the other. Take me for an example, I writing my opinion on what I think about how other form their opinions (ridiculous right). Now if you all ask yourself a simple question, have you ever been wrong.The answer is never because you try to make the best use of the information available to serve a purpose of your choice and make a decision.In the hindsight you might agree that your decision might have been wrong but never in the present.

For e.g. Voldemort apparently didn’t like muggles and he believed killing them would be the sure way to gain more power and become invincible and immortal. Harry Potter had a different opinion which led to Voldemorts downfall. Anakin Skywalker always did the best thing in his opinion and became the Darth Vader ,to which Master Yoda would have said: “Bad very this is in Opinion of my”. The point I am trying to make by these stupid examples is that our decisions always seem logical to us. It seems a redundant thing to say but if you think about this, we are so opinionated that we feel differently about facts also. Djokovic wins a match; that is a fact and finishes the best season of his career; for some people it signifies the start of a weak era in tennis and others interpret it as the result of his hard work and dedication. Who is Right?

One thing that I find interesting is that people who have a strong and clear opinion are better decision makers, might be wrong decision makers but better. If a Candidate running for office has a strong inclination towards a subject matter he can muster more people to his cause.No one knew what Rahul Gandhi stood for, his opinions we very unclear,weak and unconvincing. Hitler had an strong opinion and we all know the result. So what makes an opinion right, I think it is the decided by which opinion prevailed. If Alan Donald would not have messed up that last run in the 1999 world cup against Australia then South Africa would not have been labelled as Chokers. Opinions are given credibility or discredit by the side that prevails.

Before a side prevail, whether an opinion is wrong or right is a subject to popular interpretation. I am of the opinion that in Indian a leader like Kejriwal can do wonders, who is to say my opinion is correct or not. Everyone makes a decision they think will best serve the objective they are looking for. Another problem is that people can have different objectives for the same thing.

Everyone desires the Dragon balls, for some it is to bring back their dead friends (primarily Crilin )and for some it is a path to immortality and destruction. A common man might have an opinion that Dragon balls are a pain in the ass and bring all the trouble to the world.

So I made up all this bull shit to make a point that we all have an opinion and our opinion is either right or wrong only in the opinion of others. So in this world there are people who are conservative in opinion and there are people who are liberal. I don’t understand why there are not more conservative liberal. Why this faction is not a big thing. The more I read about them the more I become certain that I am neither. So for all other who are trying to develop an opinion here comes another opinion.