Politics of Conflict


So here is how it is. The conflict between India and Pakistan will never get resolved. Both need it to Stoke the fires of patriotism and also to align the world for them.

This is nothing new. Not just India and Pakistan but the world over, it has always been the case.

Post World War II, the Berlin wall became a symbol of the divided world. Either you were aligned to the west of the Wall or to the east. Countries around the world had to choose. Either you are with the so called free world or you were with communists. And both sides needed to keep the hype at a high level to ensure stability and rhetoric going at home.

India was aligned with Russia (dumb move that was) and Pakistan with US. The battle lines have always been there and were sharpened even further.

The collapse of the wall led people to believe that things will change and the world will become a better place. Guess what, the things did change but definitely not for the better. US and it’s allies and all their arms manufacturers needed to survive and make money. Thus began the conflict with the Arab world. As someone says in this serial “Designated Survivor”, America needs to put a face to the terror and rally the people behind the new President. Wag the Dog was also a movie pretty much in same vein. 

The jingoism and rhetoric deflects the attention from real problems within the country. To question the rhetoric is to say ṭhat you question the patriotism. Of course the foolish ones think because they are in opposition, they have to question everything. Even if the leader of ruling party sneezes, that should be questioned. It may make them look like fools but hey, the heat they were facing on other fronts is deflected. Look at Mr. Kejriwal for instance. He is a chief minister of Delhi but his utterances have led to him being a national figure!

We are all witness to the ridiculousness of the election process currently on in US. Hell! They make even our politicians look erudite and scholarly!

Keeping the conflict alive and burning is something politicians are very good at. And will continue with that because, to have no conflict means to have no agenda.

I am not questioning the steps taken by the government. In fact I believe this should have been done way earlier! Am I saying this to prove am a patriot? Nope. I would want the conflict killed once and for all so that this government and the next one or the one after that, will focus on making this country a better place to live in. 

Wishful thinking.

The circus is back in town


Five years on.. its back in town. the big democracy circus!

Of course we been going through the teaser trailers for a while now…. the jokers are up out there.. telling people how they are gonna transform the lives of people in this country.

People? what people?? what transformation?

So for next two months, everything will be put on hold and all discussion would only revolve around the big jamboree leading up to 15th May.

And as always we as a nation will get the government we deserve… just like in my profession we say the client gets the agency it deserves.. not the best one but the one they opt for…

And this time for once, I will not be a cynic without a vote.. I get to vote too!!!!

What’s up Mr. Kejriwal??


Delusions of grandeur is it?

The darbar reminded me of all the books I have read on history of India and how the Mughal Emperors used to hold darbar for the common man. Did it feel that you were an Emperor talking down to the aam admi when you you had to speak from the pulpit?

There is an old adage that power corrupts and while I was all your party in the lead up to the Delhi elections, I am not so sure you and your party would stay aam for very long.

Power is an aphrodisiac.. isn’t it? and more importantly when it lets you do whatever you want…

I always used to think that you would be lot more progressive and forward-looking as a person and as a government but the talks of Swaraj and subsidies… seems like you want India to go back into the dark ages. And subsidies reeks of playing to the popular sentiments which all parties have done in the past! Where will the money come from for the subsidies?

And can we be done with the sham of not having fancy houses and one rupee as a token salary?? Let’s get real. And also tell your cronies to get real too. Imagine.. asking the judges to report in front of the minister like they are they lackeys of the government!

Maybe a crash course (the like we used to have back in school in Civics to understand the role of each function).

Keep in mind that you got 28 seats because it is the urban, social media driven people who voted for you and not those who you were looking down at in your august darbar.

Keep your national aspirations aside for the moment and focus on doing something for delhi that will make people believe that they did the right thing by voting for you.

But of course.. why would what I say matter to you. I am not an aam admi and nor do I live in Delhi…

Bankrupt nation


No end to the free fall of the Rupee or the rise of gold prices – not to forget what it means for the economy which is already staring down the abyss. To think that a world-renowned economist is at the helm of affairs.

The economic indicators suggest that it is a very “India” problem. There is no turmoil in the world financial market that it has a cascading impact on us.

And to top it all, in the election year this government is doing all it can to make sure that the new government which comes to power will be screwed.

Actually forget the government part of it… we as a country will be in a black hole and it will take us forever to get out of it.

Imagine.. Food Security Bill. In a country where there are probably more ration cards than the number of people… it is security for whom. Who will really benefit from such schemes?? Lemme guess.. the govt babus, politicians, and everyone who really doesn’t need security. More importantly, where will the money come from??

And lets not even talk about the land reforms because we all know who will benefit from them.

As a country we are not just bankrupt in terms of economy but also the morally and I don’t even have to mention why!

Brazen Nation


Brazen – Bold and without shame or Marked by flagrant and insolent audacity

We don’t give a damn… we really don’t. Come to think of it.. we never did.

For a country, with temples around every corner, thousands of deities and a God for every day of the week… fasting, rituals, prayers and everything religious… it’s a big sham we put up every day. And if there is a God, then obviously there is a Devil and as a race, we sold our soul to the Devil long  ago. Tolerant as a word exists only in the dictionary… not in our minds…

We are a nation of hypocrites… or more like the werewolves.. Just that we don’t need a full moon… anything that catches our fancy.. we turn…

Else how does one explain:

Minors getting raped… women getting raped… nation getting raped.

the rage we see.. the shootout we see or hear about… the way we treat another person..

We never cared for anyone except ourselves…

Religion is nothing but a crutch or a stick to be used at our convenience. So is tolerance or being human…

Do we truly believe in good for a larger cause? Nope we don’t. The only good that we care for.. our own good

Our moral compass has gone awry. All we seek is power, money and few mins of fame…

Sample this:

The politicians don’t want to quit. Excuses galore about how they are oh so innocent

Srinivasan doesn’t want to quit… even when he has taken the cricketing world for a ride.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (who I admire as a cricketer) has nothing to say about all the controversy surrounding his connection with Srinivasan or all that has been in the newspapers for last few days.

And now the political parties are worried about the coming under RTI… if they are clean (as they claim) they should be the first one to welcome it.. but nope.. mouthing platitudes and corrupt to the core politicians questioning the act…

Do we care? Hell no! even I don’t care. How can I, when I can’t vote or make a difference in any way. I can’t get Voter Id… I can’t get Aadhar Card.. Can’t get any document that can prove am a citizen of this country. Why? Because the kind of documents that are required, a person living on rent can’t give!

But hell… there are people who pay and get things done. Banks talk about strict KYC norms… hmm wonder how the fraudsters get away… I think the only KYC that works.. is the money…

But life goes on and it will continue to do so… and let me tell you… things are no different in other countries either… Like I said.. we have sold our soul to the Devil…

Money talks and &*%* walks…

The 1 Billion Population Conundrum


So for past few days (post the Olympics getting over) I been hearing this constant refrain that a country of One billion people got only 6 medals and how much smaller countries than ours won so many medals.

Now these are comments of the people who like to say such things because it makes them sound so aware and so concerned about the state of the nation

But let’s look at the facts of the one billion population:

1. It is now 1.2 billion

2. Close to 70% is rural India and whatever the Government might say about BPL (Below Poverty Line) and what is the number below BPL, leave aside progressive states where agriculture is really big and generates enough of money for the people, most are very poor and have hand-to-mouth existence. So they really cant be the hope for medals.

3. Almost 65% of the population is under 35. Which means that close to 400 million are out of any kind of reckoning to go for a medal. That leaves 800 million and if you apply the formula of 70% rural India, 560 million live in rural India and one can easily discount about 70% of them since they have only subsistence on their mind. So that leaves about 150 million from rural India who could perhaps think of a medal.and if one were to apply the number of 50% under 25, about 75 million

4. Now lets look at urban population which is approx 30% or 360 million. 35% of which would be over 35 and out of the race so about 120 million. Balance of 240 million pruned by to 120 million (50% population under 25).

So in effect there is possibly a population of about 200 million which can aim for the medal.

Out of these, how many actually get to pursue sports as a serious activity? Parental pressure to perform well in the studies or perish in the cut throat educational system and jobs makes many of them leave sports for studies. I will go out on my limb and say that I can safely remove 150 million (those who can’t and those who could not).

That leaves 50 million – or 5 crore who can actually take up sports as a career. Now given that other sports don’t offer enough incentive to take it up as a profession, a large part gravitates to cricket with great dreams in their eyes and fall by the way side and give up.

So what does this tell us?

I think India has done fabulously well to get 6 medals! which has double the tally from previous Olympics! And I am sure that the next one, we will have even more medals and even Gold medals. What these 6 have done (and all the money the corporates and government are giving) will go a long way in getting people to realize that their is life beyond cricket and while you do country proud, you can make money too.

So off to Rio we go.

A Culture gone horribly wrong


 

We were supposedly never like this. The word tolerance epitomized the Indian culture. A culture that not only let other cultures integrate within its own but also changed and adapted itself to a changing environment. Of course to many, this would be a truism but to me… it sounds like a lot of hogwash.

And the more I read the newspapers nowadays, the more my belief gets strengthened.

Maybe it is the ever-present media that exposes our hypocrisy or maybe we have actually moved from being tolerant to intolerant… the truth is that this country and the people are on a down hill and the brakes have failed. And I think all of us  are to be blamed for the situation.

Read in the newspapers today about exodus of North-East people from various cities in south and west because of some vigilante threats! Why? and of course for once, since the typical Hindu organizations are not part of this, they are looking at milking this opportunity to present their ‘secular’ credentials by exhorting the people not to leave.

I wont talk about the culture police who raided a private party in Mangalore or the molestation case in Assam. Enough has been said about these two  but it sure is a reflection that this country is moving back into dark ages.

Various news reports about women being told not to wear jeans or there will be acid attacks. People being cruel to their househelps. People being cruel to each other… road rage… abetting suicide…. parents accused of killing their daughters.. khaps… the list is endless.

Why is this happening? Or is it that it was happening for years but it is just that media in their hunger for “breaking news” and TRPs have aimed their spotlight at these issues?

And where is the political view on all of this? Politically quiet because 2014 is round the corner?

The economy is in trouble. The volcano is bubbling under the surface… will explode soon enough. We don’t see it yet because we are too busy leading our lives or trying very hard to, not counting the “inflation-proof people” who continue to revel in conspicuous consumption. The number of BMW X1 on the road would suggest that everything is fine, people are moving up economically. Disposable income is going through the roof. But is that really happening? Or is the economic divide only getting wider?

Corporates, with their strategists and forecasters have probably figured out the downward trend and have started tightening their belts. Strange though… they can see it and government can’t or rather refuses to. The Prime Minister said in his Independence day speech that he expects GDP this year will be around 6.5%… seriously?? How?? How can a paralyzed government which spends more time on figuring out how their candidate can become President & Vice-President have the time to look at the people it governs. Living in denial sure helps. Damn the foreign rating agencies.. they have no clue what they are talking about. After all, they could not predict the crash of 2008 so why should we believe them!

As a country, as a culture we have gone back in times. As an economy we are sitting on a powder keg. I guess our country needs an explosion, a revolution of sorts to come out of the mess we are in. And no… Anna Hazare and Ramdeo Baba are not the ones who can lead the revolution.