Ban, Religion and Inequality

As #bantheban banters the intelligentsia, the cause of pluralism and the idea of secularism faces quite an uphill task. On one hand, there is resilience, on the other hand there is resistance. The kind of secularism practised by the left of central ideology in the country portrayed a questionable dent in front of the world. The Shah Bano Case proved how temporary political interests can contradict the interests of the nation. The Congress Party played an important role in justifying its vote bank in the most populated state- consisting of Muslims, Dalits and the poor. Hence, people who today blame the Bharatiya Janata Party for all the woes and partisanship must look back and think about the intolerance that has had quite a lengthy history. In India in the past one year, communal tensions have increased- says the PMO report. Well, it will be extremely hard for the Prime Minister to disregard a report prepared under his sub control. But if we tend to talk about decentralisation of administrative power between the Union and the states- then law and order falls within the state list. And with 50% of the states being non BJP, can the Congress and the regional parties shed off their bit of responsibility in maintaining communal harmony? I see not.

Yes, there is a Hindu right and I must say an aggressive one in the Internet and Social media. Most of their views centre around a particular political figure attacking whom can bring you a respite from civility. But isn’t such a feeling born out of years of burning discontent and years of impeccable impression of a party entrenched excessively in two things- worshipping a specific dynasty and beholding multi-partisan politics of division more than cohesion. See for example the Entry of Asaduddin Owaisi and his AIMIM. I don’t want to crunch my word space by mentioning the party’s full name-but his choice of Seemanchal not only smacks of Muslim centred politics but also of opportunism and self-serve sanatorium. In the AAJ TAK PANCHAYAT, in Patna the Owaisi senior did not digest any qualms while confessing that he was not running an NGO, but a political party. The most vocal opponent of the entry of the Muslim centred party seems to be the party of C.P Joshi who already are hands in gloves with another Muslim constituency based political organisation called the Muslim league. Coming to the cause of the ban and its aftershocks, it is deeply astonishing how the mainstream media failed to excavate the meat ban brought about by the previous Congress Governments in Maharashtra. So, is there a sense of social untouchability attributed to the world’s largest political party? And how is it, that as such a state controlled ban is actually taking place in the financial capital in the country, that the mainstream media has no air space about it.

The statement of Mumbai Congress Chief, Sanjay Nirupam on NDTV was not only surprising, but inherently juvenile. On a question posed by Barkha Dutt, why is the Congress making such a hue and cry over an issue, it is itself responsible for, the “misogynist” leader says, “If the Congress had started a stupid occasion, why should the BJP continue it?” I sincerely hope, he is able to save his chair after calling his party by that name. And such is the theatre of the absurd nowadays, that even Shiv Sena has started to brand the business friendly prosperous Jains as “terrorists”. The continuity of the political system is an essential task, so is the need to come out of the veils of food, good or digital censorship. Bans from time immemorial have not served any right purpose.

Saif Ali Khan was correct enough to say, by imposing a ban on Phantom, the Pakistan Government has made it all the more important for ordinary Pakistanis to watch the film on pirated DVDs. The number of people who saw India’s Daughter exceeded twice the number that would have actually seen the documentary on the official broadcaster. Bans pave way to inequality at times, and on many an instance, inequality and visible partisanship brings about invisible bans. It is time to fight both, rather than injecting and inflicting suspicion and mistrust….


Woh pareshaan karte rahein……a tale of Kejri’s never ending talkie

Drama Queen, the song starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra in the movie Hasee to Phasee was a hit with its catchy lyrics and Vishal-Shekhar music. But there has been a conundrum, in the new Kejriwal drama queenalike. The ad not only rightfully glorifies the AAP convenor as some type of Amitabh Bachchan in “Jadugar”, but also re-emphasises the basket of dreams that the AAP as a party is still living in. Shazia Ilmi, the middle aged pretty face of news television could have continued her innings on television news. But she chose to jump in politics of change that Kejriwal was offering.

But the real drama started to churn out a bit early. The egoism which started to bore fruit has its roots even before the AAP and its idea took shape. NDTV was reporting in early 2012, how Anna may soon form a political party of his own. But soon, the great opportunistic Mahatma that the man of Ralegan Siddhi is, backed off. The “pareshani” that Kejriwal ads talk about today, started that very day, when Swaraj, the book of Kejriwal was launched in front of eminent personalities including Anna Hazare amidst the Ramleela frenzy.

Vinod Mehta, said that seeing the mirage of relation between the old man and his subordinate, on the occasion of release it would take a real miracle to stich the two together. So Hazare, became the first cause of “problem” that Kejriwal ads complain about. The two soon parted ways. In the same manner Kiran Bedi, who stated her accomplice with Anna openly claimed, “Kejriwal has a unique mannerism of overdoing everything.” The two Magsaysay awardees were at necks at the juncture. Bedi, whose BJP empathy was evident became a cause of problem or pareshani again. Shall I mention about the Kejriwal ads once more?

Then came the turn of the media- who, alleges Raj Thackeray painted and conceived the AAP. The media which stood erected behind the newborn, now began to turn the toll of things. The notion of “sab chor hain” very soon applied itself in the gardening of conspiracies and utopian theories Kejriwal and Kejriwal ads are potent at. Arnab became livid at the meritocracy of AAP not to send a single spokesman to his channel! The drama continued. Somnath Bharti who excels allegedly in beating up wives, became the martyr in the eyes of Kejriwal.

Bharti even forced Nigerian woman to what Chatur of Three Idiots calls “Mutravisarjan”. But more than that, if Kejri sacrificed something-it was his usp of commonality. Somnath Bharti’s wagging of fingers could not satisfy the krantikaari intellectuals who vouched for him as a leader-neither a dynast nor an inessential chest thumper. Then, came the promo-spoof to the republic parade, which made the Delhi CM adorned in a muffler, a quarrelsome, self-obsessed caricature and anarchist. The Kejriwal ads for sure will never talk about the “pareshani” the common man had to incur because of his tantrums and self-triumphalism.

The Anil Kapoor last solo hit “Nayak” seemed to have heavily influenced the matter and molecule of Kejriwal’s character. The ‘Parivaartan” which brought the IRS officer to the porridge of activism failed to train him with the idea of extensive realism. The recent theatre of the absurd played out by Arvind, after securing a stout victory only proves the character orbit of the man- limited to confrontation. Delhi police, for God’s sake has never been the inherited treasure of Narendra Modi. So to take barbs at him as per the rules of the continuum only reaffirms the David vs Goliath foetus still beaming in his heart despite the Varanasi blunder.

Ashutosh’s book says that Kejriwal broke down after the Loksabha disaster. The AAP confectionary in Bengal merged into the BJP bakery. “how did this happen?’ Arvind said as tears rolled down his cheeks. Well, I could not but drone myself with this melodramatic overdose. Actually, Shazia Ilmi is somewhat correct to the statement, that the profession of acting suits Arvind as a better vocation. The Kejriwal ads only seem to glorify the man, who many a times have not missed an opportunity to deify himself!

Yogendra Yadav, a socialist liberal who inverted the rightist tilt of the AAP and its “thou affaire” with self-invested belly showing Gurus, had to be heckled (if the pseophologist is to be believed along with the legal eagle Prashant Bhutan) and abused by the vigilante justice system demanded so often by the AAP conglomerate. Now, as the noose widens around the electorate of Delhi, the Kejriwal ads say,

“Woh pareshan karte rahein, Hum Kaam karte rahein…”

The mockery which started with the earlier Kejriwal ads hopefully (though I am sure it hasn’t) has called for a close. Most of the achievements ironically in the chest thumping process are mere assumptions, yet to be started. Again to bring in a filmy corollary, it looks like just how the name and available diction of the upcoming movies become the centre of discussion in the public platforms, the Delhi CM also expects his still to be started work to make a buzz and sound. An opposition leader rightfully remarked, “He can make news out of nothing.’

If the history of masala-ised talkies which AAP is so adept in producing, directing and acting are anything to go by, Kejriwal is not embarrassing his DNA. He is also not trying to be in the news. Because, his is a party with a difference- a metamorphosis between a normal human brain and a human brain with abnormal features. So stick to the sits. Pop corns chalega kya?

Land and ordinance-the moment lacking definition

The Narendra Modi Government completed a splendid three nation tour a few days back.But in the world of agriculturalists,the tug of war on the Land Bill ordinance has created quite a furore.The momentary exhibition of the Politician called Rahul Gandhi is something the nation can be grateful for.

The jingoism of Kisan ka dard has been always used as an ideal edible in the traditional outset..The massive import of investments seen by the Prime Minister’s visit in Canada can make open minded Indians a bit more optimistic.However the FICCI has already showcased more impatience than a groom in the suhagraat.

Ratan Tata,himself a victim of the political onslaught regarding land and farmer rights has preferred to give more time to the Modi government.The grudge of the Congress on the devaluation of the rights of the more vulnerable section of the society reveals the lack of any introspection which allegedly Rahul searched for almost 2 months.

Diggy Singh once defined the Congress Party as a liberal,outwardlooking,modernist party.Anand Sharma,the UPA’s Minister of Industry and Commerce tried to bring all the parties in the hatchet,in support of FDI in retail.Call it an accident or sheer intension of opposing for the sake of opposition,the BJP revived the ideas of swaraj and swadeshi at that point of time.

The Congress just seems to replicate the role with great affirmation.The party which spearheaded the reforms of 1991 seems to fall back in the ages of regressive economy.The country is today harbouring a skilled but jobless workforce with unemplyment rates touching nearly 5%.

The Congress programme for inclusive development always focussed on progress for all sections of the society.The usp of the party of such inclusivity was cleverly usurped by Modi who gave the nada(slogan) of saabka saath saabka vikaas.The lack of lustre of the inclusivity of the Party was pre emminent when a jibe of Rahul Gandhi forced the Congress to widhdraw the ordinance which would have given Laloo a right to win a seat in the Lok Sabha.MMS and RaGa were possibly not on the same pillar of strength.Inclusivity?

The Land Bill of Jairam Ramesh was neither here nor there.As Singur has proved,that the opinion of semi literate people may very easily be manipulated without taking into consideration the general functionability of the step on the long run.With practicability being the ultimate determinant of general growth,harping on the values of unionism and satygraha are nothing but factors of an utopian reverie.

The 80% factor seems poised to play the spoiler,if the current logjam of indifferent political parties carry on the drama of obstructionism-an ideology mainly born in the post Nehru period.The Left should not have been so deterministic in its approach to the bill.The Singur acquirement would not only receive legal sanction but will also help a party of white hairs to take a more pragmatic stand.

But even the stand of Congress State Governments have been less than uniform.Hooda’s Haryana,Gogoi’s Assam,Virbhadra’s Himachal have presented their view that the consent clause should be brought down to 50% to 80%.The former Congress ruled Maharashtra as well as Kerala,Karnataka and Manipur had advocated for resticting the consent clause only for large projects.Inclusivity anyone?

The Jairam Ramesh bill may have dealt with ethical laws with utmost high handedness,but the utilising capability of the economy cannot be dealt with morality.Even the Mahatma who practised celibacy to commemorate ethical values did not show an iorta of morality to Subhas Bose in 1939.

The act in its present form(of the Congress) says that consent of 80% of the people who are dependent on the land concerned should be taken into account.I really am a bit disillusioned about how many people are asked for their views before promoters and contractors suddenly lift a flat on the field which till a few days back were playing fields for children.

Besides,the Congress passed bill provides not enough subways about the rehabilitation and resettlement of the evicted.The current government lays down regulation on the issue.Giving compensations to all the people including the landowners not only makes the bill paralysed but actually makes it rigid and inflexible to suit to the changing environment.

This moment of controversy is not only unwarranted but seems to portray a wrestling match where about a dozen parties take on the 56 inch ka chaati.Now will the climax  end like a hearty fight in hardcore porn or will India see another wrestlemania?Well,for that we better watch the ramifications the political spectrm offers!In any way the lack of definition this episode offers may make one intrigued for sure……….

AAP-the bAAP of a Bastard-part 2


The stings have long been interlinked with the natural psychosis of AAP.Well even if Shazia is in her brother’s party now,she was caught in a sting in the pre 2013 Delhi elections.A video also showed her calling on Muslims to be “communal”.Now I am not a conspiracy theorist like RK Dhawan,the personal assistant of Indira Gandhi in the 70’s.Well for newbies,there is more to “Dhawanism” than David,Varun and “Gabbar”!But judging the present circumstance of sabotages in the new bloom, Shazia may well have been a target of a wider conspiracy.Yogendra Yadav tweeted a few days back                                           

“Na todenge na chodenge,

Sudhrenge aur Sudharenge”

(neither will we break nor will we leave,will improve and make improvement). But when in itself the “idea of AAP” which the rebels talk of today takes education from IIN what really can you say! Arvind and Anna could really have been twins.The double standards easily flaunted by the iron man of Ralegan Siddhi and his once charioteer “Sanjay of the great epic” Kejriwal is only matched by “Netaji” of UP. Anna citing health reasons failed to attend Mamata Banerjee’s meeting of a meagre 400 heads.Categorically the old man branded the Bengal CM as a clean leader,invariably a jehadi against corruption.Well, even Madan Mitra may well not be able to digest this goof!

Anna fearlessly declared that no political leaders will be allowed in his manch against Modi Government’s much hyped land bill.Magar dekhiye rajneeti ka rang! Arvind was seen sharing the stage with Anna moments later! Honesty once against lost his father.

Why should Kejriwal be far behind Ussain Bolt? When branded as Aam Aadmi, he prefers to fly economic class!In his interview to Sudhir Chaudhary his notion of being a  common man changes.He says that even a rich man leading an honest life is an Aam Admi.Applying that logic poor people living in ghettos and slums who are forced to pay bribes are criminals? Honesty hounded once more. 

The so called “hope” is seen giving kicks to the rebel duo on the phone.Honesty anyone?The so called propagator of honest politics indulges in poaching MLAs from Congress to join his party authorizing what Subramanian Swamy and Ajay Maken said long back.Honesty? Bouncers being used allegedly against the dissenters.Embarking honesty?

Ashish Khetan,the former journalist who exposed snoopgate today has to defend Kejriwal’s horsetrading. Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan fame and Anjali Damania have quit the party which promised decentralisation of power. The coterie in Delhi will take decisions of its own and will capitalize the future. The stung Arvind today has lost the ground of morality.Today when the self inducted Lokpal is impeached on ambiguous grounds,its sure to proclaim the birth of a Stalinist democracy.Hitler made the German Parliament Reichstag ceremonial. Indra Kumar made the story of Grand Masti titular.Prateik Babbar made acting substanceless.Sonakshi Sinha made the question of Kgs weightless.Arvind bhai,the IITian has made farce of Newton’s third law of motion.There is inside a lot of action,but the reaction is not equal but redundant.Vinod Mehta,the late “Editor of Editors” last year after Arvind resignation marked it as “end of hope”.I will add-end of hope for honesty.A man who discards support of the call girl-Shahi Imam talks vehemently about 3 Muslim MLAs and their prospectus of joining their party.

AAP may perform well in governance without resigning once again. But the moral USP of honesty that the safed topi bragged of stands victimized.Imandari today is a bastard. The Father has lost authority over his son today.Hence AAP today is the baap of a parentless endeavour to clean the filth of the political drain….

AAP-the bAAP of a bastard……..

When Arvind Kejriwal started to run riot on the issue of corruption, many had their eyes on the existing system of obstructionism-a paraaffin of redtapism and officiousness which bhrastachaar offers.2011 was a year of the modern day “Gandhi”-a short built man who shares Rajnikanth’s native name-Anna Hazare.Well really am a bit whimsical of the notion how all “Mahatmas” seem to flaunt very less hair on their body -to be more specific on their heads.In any case my hobby is not to judge density of hair on the chaati of Anil Kapoor or Narendra Modi.However not digracing from the issue further Anna in many case did accomplish the mission he set out to achieve.A party battling the absence of the Matriarch(reportedly in the US taking treatment of cancer) found itself in an uncomfortable honeymoon with a team lead by a 70+ husband.However as recent reports suggest Anna Hazare was only a face of the greater coterie clad strategists.An RTI activist popularly called mufflerman in the social paradise articulated each and every step of the larger socialist confrontation.Incidentally the movement embarked the arrival of social media in the inner dynamics of a complex nation.

The Chanakya of Indian politics in any way was having a tough time dealing with the country’s sliding economy.Just like the arrival of your wife when you are sleeping with your girlfriend, the absence of Sonia exerted surplus dependence on the shoulders of an ageing Pranab.The time was ripe for a mass resurgence as Arnab Goswami acted as a perfect stimulator.A kurta clad Gandhite sat on a safed manch with the image of Bapu only reinstating the composure of “persistence in truth” what we call Satyagraha.But someone from behind was sowing the seeds of electoral confrontation. The AAP was born with a mission of change and swaraj not arvindraj for sure.It seemed that at last honesty had found a father of his own.

As December 2013 approached most pollsters predicted a debut of substance for the AAP.The trend was right but the intensity was wrong. AAP came second to the BJP with a handsome 28 sits and eventually formed  government taking the support of a party whose Delhi CM was the main object of ridicule in Kejri’s campaign.The AAP enacted a referendum whose authenticity according to me is as baseless as Abbas-Mustan’s movies.The 49 day stint did elevate hope with every move of the Government scrutinised by the Lutyens Media.But then #bhagodabhai resigned.The nation became speechless.

Honesty it seemed again became an orphan.The Modi juggernaut crashed the party of hopes. According to the book of key Kejriwal leutenant,Ashutosh Kejriwal broke down and wanted to quit politics.Soon the role of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav,both adored figures in their own fields subsided sceptically becoming the scapegoats of what should be a “collective” failure.The seeds of authoratarianism was sowed in the smokescreen of power.

But Arvind did now what nobody had “unexpected”. Come to the basics. It is true in every field whether you are not getting an erection or if you are not taking wickets as a spearhead spinner.He alleged horsetrading against the BJP and as usual had a paper in his hand (not toilet paper) along with a series of sting operations.Shazia Ilmi says that his political alma mater has an obscession about stings.Well technlogically advanced I must say!