Aam Admi turned 3 today!
Want to a quick and ready reckoner of the mental health of a country as a whole?
Watch its TV.
Then watch the foreign channels available, to compare and contrast.
What’s obvious is that we have thoughts an think we’re thinking.
Not so obvious is that in reality, thoughts have us.
Not convinced? Close your eyes and listen to your thinking. Then try and stop it.
Then, for the next week, try remembering your finding.
Congress is now naked for what it does & believes #CBI #SC - do we still want them to ruin Karnataka also? Or India? #VoteMaadi
BPAC endorses 14 Candidates
What is confusing is that two candidates from the same constituency have been endorsed.
Take for example the Malleswaram and Basavangudi.
Does it mean that in other constituencies, the lone candidate endorsed were head and shoulders above, while in Malleswaram and Basavangudi they were undecided?
Has BPAC done more damage than good?
In Aug 2010 I wrote “My comments are on issues, not politics” in a piece where I stressed that I support NO party. Here is the link.
My views on PARTY politics is expressed here: (I was Admin of this initiative).
When you put principles BEFORE personalities, the latter becomes irrelevant to the conversation. You are free to take “the right position in any and all matters”.
When to put personality before principles, then it is only a matter of time before you hit a wall. A situation which you KNOW is bad and your personality’s position in the matter is just plain wrong - and you are thought of as ‘enemy’ if you don’t blindly support her/him.
Putting principles first doesn’t come cheap or easy. The easily visible cost is that you’ll find yourself without the cheer leaders you deserve - in the short term.
The ‘New Parties’ are made of the same stuff that the old or mainstream parties are - since the raw stock is the same: Indians. We are, as a race, hyper-personality-worshippers. Like our Gods: One for every reason and season.
It was refreshing to listen to Rahul Gandhi stressing the principles and demolishing the personality politics of his apparent rival - Narendra Modi.
Round #1 to Rahul with a near knock out!
May India have elections every year! ;-)
GM @octotus I read the article you refer to
with some interest. I was amused after I read it :)
What foxes me, especially knowing the way things work in India, why on earth would you even “inform” the accused BEFORE conducting an investigation? What if the investigation finds no truth in the allegation?
After investigation, and if indicted by the investigation, the accused would any way get ALL the information and documents to be used against him in a court (in this case the Lokayukta). And he can defend himself before he can be found guilty!!!
Another question that defies logic is how is the Lokayukta expected to know what all documents etc to “seize” even before an investigation is carried out? Isn’t it that investigations lead to discovering incriminating evidence?
Lastly, the “penalties” against “false” complaints is both unprecedented and goes against all well established principles of jurisprudence. If the “Victim” is so aggrieved he can file a case against the complainant and prove maleficence and its consequence will automatically follow!
Sorry, the well manicured but hollow defence may fool the uninitiated but doesn’t wash with me. The Mask has come off Modi.
I’m not surprised at Modi’s unmasking. Look at how many top leaders all over the world have come a cropper. The old adage - You cant fool all the people all the time - wasn’t coined for nothing!
He has to keep the CBI at bay, hence his claim he won’t withdraw support.
Yet the longer he delays the general election, the less seats he’ll win, hence it cant last for ever.
The balance = November, it seems he thinks.
The deal is SP & Cong have agreed to end it by Oct/Nov. SP will support INC in Lok Sabha till then. INC has agreed to call elections in Nov. By which time they think the Aadhar programme will be fully rolled out - in the crucial areas where they expect to be able to buy votes with government money.
Whether the gamble will work will depend on the economic state of affairs in the country after the monsoons and possible self-goals by the Bunch of Jokers.
Do you know why the Cong wants to hang on as long as possible before going in for elections? Simple.
They underestimated their time before allies would break free and had a concrete programme for ‘reforms’ and - most important - roll out of ‘direct cash transfer mechanism’ being implemented. This was their strategy to buy votes with GOI money.
The UDAI was opposed by their own PC and the delays have crept in as is usual with all GOI schemes. Now running against time to implement the Aadhar system, they need six months at a minimum.
Thus the congress’s desperate attempt to ‘hang on’ to government.
Belgaum returned 221 Independents while the second placed BJP got just 104 in a ULB of 392 seats.
This must express the disgust that voters feel, if it says anything at all. TINA = avoid all established parties.
Everyone is talking of 905 seats for the BJP, but the startling outcome of the ULB elections is that the BJP can expect to govern in just 2 (thats right, two) of the 30 that went to polls! The INC can expect to rule in 23 of these 30 - either on its own (6) or with JDS or Independents! If thats not a rout for the BJP, what is?
The JDS is best placed to play King Maker and you can expect that “the” Gowdas will bargain hard, as INC would need them to keep the BJP out. The JDS can be part of the ruling ULB in 10 out of 30 ULBs.
The KJP will be “needed” in just 2 of the ULBs.
The BJP rout in Karnataka is complete.
The credit for this must surely go to “Fatso” and the BJP HQ bunch. Considering that the Reddy Bros were “saved” by Sushma Swaraj from expulsion by BSY, the BJP and BSY have paid the price of that bungling.
And Sushma talks about be-wafai of the PM. LMAO.
That people won’t tolerate such massive looting is seen from the fact that BSRCP - the proxy party of the Reddy Bros scored a ZERO in Bellary. This is the other notable outcome. People know all. And only they can unseat the burglars.
That must hold significance for the INC in the Parliament elections. Nothing will save their government.
TINA is everyone’s favourite “girl” these days, except the BJP in Karnataka.
The sad thing is while Belgaum spoke loud and clear and 778 Independents (as at going to press) got elected, none of the “new” age parties made any dent whatsoever. The electorate sees them as non-viable.
Considering the massive uprising due to the Anna Hazare IAC movement, it is apparent that the ego clashes of this “segment” have kept them from making any inroads.
Their known approach of aiming for “higher” echelons in power like the forthcoming Assembly elections fits their high ego levels.
A truly unique opportunity at the grass roots levels has been missed - simply because the personalities concerned resisted every attempt of saner counsel to organise the uprising.
The ensuing MLA elections will be their very last chance to show they want to make a difference rather than assert their egos.
Tailpiece: I pleaded for organising & ground network before attack. One man felt the “only” way to organise is to contest elections (attack). So far, none of the newbies have any party organisation worth speaking about.
Intelligence and humility can go hand in hand, provided humility comes first. I mean true humility, not the sucking up / crawling type :-)
Data Source: http://web7.kar.nic.in/ulbtrends/StateTrends.aspx
Do you know why, suddenly, it’s easier to post an RTI query on line?
Simple. Congress knows nothing can save it’s government. So after the elections, it will be difficult for the new government to bring down with the ease the ability to post RTI queries on the new government!
This competition is GOOD for the country :)
Congress is preparing for a few decades out of power, it seems.
Here is the online RTI portal:
The REASONs of Fg. Min Salman Khurshid’s reception of the Pak PM in Jaipur despite severe domestic sentiment against it may actually reveal itself after the soon to be held Pak elections - IF PPP returns to power.
That may be in the form of a breakthrough Indo-Pak peace accord. #Mark
Women flourish in India and suffer no end in Bharath.
This dichotomy epitomises India - it’s two faced character.
Its not pretty or comfortable to read, but till it is addressed, there can be no change.
Our history is replete with examples of the two faced character.
Change needs the good people to stop being a silent majority.
The ultimate tragedy is not the brutality of bad people, but the silence of good people. - Martin Luther King
I am all against any force or action without mutual consent, let alone rape or sexual harassment. It is not only despicable and condemnable, but shows scant respect for others, to say the least.
But there is a danger in an over reaction to the current spate of obnoxious and completely inhuman rape cases being reported. Amending a law is one thing and ensuring public safety and security is quite another.
Surveys in the US have shown that 1 in 5 American women “will” be raped in her lifetime and 1 in 3.5 will be attacked by a rapist. India was never far behind, except that more cases are being reported and the TRP starved Indian News Media has found a new lifeline.
There is an old joke: “It’s a date the night before; no flowers the morning after and it’s rape.”
The misuse of the anti-dowry law, like the many others, has shown that in righting a wrong, the pendulum usually swings to the other extreme.
The solution is in better law enforcement. Better social strictures and far better upbringing at home.
Taking a woman’s allegations at face value will lead to one benefit for sure: a reduction of population as men shy away from any real sex and turn to the plentiful, free and variety of porn online. After all, for a man, sex is over in 30 seconds.
Love, on the other hand, is what counts. But love without sex in a marital bedroom will leave women incomplete in their biological need of rearing children.
Another knee-jerk solution from this Congress GOI will add to the mess India already has.
UK has always lived off the riches of other countries and trading; it hardly produces much itself (except, now obsolete arms).
Global online/direct trading is making London fade in that area too.
Little wonder their PM and London Mayor come calling offering “easy visas” which nobody wants.
What goes around comes around!
How long will the USD be able to support it’s “special” relationship with the GBP?