Parliamentary Elections: Naive Rahul baba And Shameless Congress

2Because of the happenings of Sri Lanka and Nepal, last week I was writing my blogs on those topics. Indian Parliamentary elections became secondary. Four phases are over and the last phase is due on 13th. On 16th it will be clear, who will form the next government. B.J.P. is working hard and according to the media reports and as per general perception, seems to be doing well. This definitely unnerved the Congress and the grand old party of Indian politics is behaving in a very shameless way indeed.

Any person who knows anything about Indian politics, knows that few parties can not co-exist together. Forget co-existence, they can not even tolerate each other. Down South in Tamilnadu, DMK and AIADMK can not be there in one formation. In Maharashtra Shiv Sena and M.N.S. can not be there in one front. In Uttar Pradesh S.P. and B.S.P. and in Bihar J.D.(U) and R.J.D. never ever see eye to eye and you do not expect them to support one party or be in the same alliance. West Bengal shall always be maverick and mercurial. Only a fool could think  that C.P.I.(M) and Trinmul Congress shall come together one day.

Despite  this  Rahul baba is roaming around, begging bowl in hand and dishing out invitations to every body and any body who matters. Let me put facts in proper perspective. In Tamilnadu D.M.K. is the ally of Congress led U.P.A. Congress is fighting elections along with the D.M.K. but Rahul baba is keen to have A.I.A.D.M.K. also  in the U.P.A. In Bihar Lalu Prasad’s R.J.D. and Paswan’s L.J.P. are members of U.P.A. and they are cabinet ministers, still Rahul baba is praising Nitish Kumar and wants him to support Congress. In West Bengal Trinmul Congress is their ally, still Rahul’s overtures towards Left Front is very blatant and obvious. His Olive branch diplomasy is ridiculed by the above mentioned parties and the allies are seething with anger. So in this game of blatant opportunism Rahul baba is pleasing none and in fact antagonizing everyone.

Are there no values left in the Congress? Are they opportunists and selfish? Do they want power and that too at any cost? This is not politics. This is not coming of age of Rahul baba, as claimed by the Congress. This is only rank opportunism and foolishness of Rahul baba. His inexperience is only bringing ridicule to the Congress. Grow up baba. Don’t be so blatantly shameless.


Nepal: Hidden Agenda Of Prachanda

2 Yesterday when I was writing my blog about Nepal, I wrote about the communists in general and Prachanda in particular. About his China visit and his subsequent defense that it is not his first official foreign visit, I wrote that he simply lied. It was a very harsh expression about a foreign dignitary, and I thought that I shouldn’t have made it.

But today, when I read papers in the morning, I came to know about his secret video footage. Nepal is agog with all kind of speculation. Everyone is talking about a video, which is called “ Prachandagate ” in popular parlance, where Prachanda is seen addressing his maoist cadres. In the video he talks about how he hoodwinked everyone about the real numbers of his army. “ You know we were just 7000 to 8000. But our strategy was to convince them that we were 35,000. That way we infiltrate more people into the Nepal Army. ” Prachanda tells his troop that he wants control over the Nepal Army and eventually he hopes to transform the country to a single-party rule. “ That is our strategy. ”

My God! What a deceit? What kind of man is he? I know that every one who believes in communism, believes in the dictatorship of the proletariat. So declare your intentions loudly. Don’t use democracy as a facade. But this Prachanda is not only a liar but also a sinister person. He wanted to subvert Nepal’s nascent democracy into dictatorship. Good, he stands exposed.

And now maoists are saying that India is interfering in our internal matters. But they are not saying that this video is doctored. Not saying anything is acceptance. It goes without saying that they accept the content, but only accusing India of making it public. In any case Prachanda’s hidden agenda is out. All the other parties should unite and pull Nepal out of this turmoil.


Nepal:A fierce flower called Lotus

2Have you ever heard about fierce flower or a fierce Lotus? Flowers can blossom, flowers can wilt but they can’t be fierce. But Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda was trying to be that. Pushpa ( flower ), Kamal ( Lotus ) and Prachanda ( fierce ), he wanted to combine all three into one and failed miserably.

Let us have a look at the career of this Maoist guerrilla. He fought 10 year long battle against monarchy and for democracy, as he claims. When elections were announced, he fought them and won maximum number of seats in the national assembly and with the help of allies formed the government.

Then he started his experiments with untruth. It was an old tradition that after being sworn in, every Nepali Prime Minister first visited India. Prachanda first went to China. Fine, but then he lied that it was only for the Olympic. India will be the country for his first official visit. He came subsequently, but his preferences were clear.

After that he started media campaign for the abrogation of Indo – Nepal friendship treaty. It is an old treaty between India and Nepal, signifying special status, where citizens of two countries don’t require Visa or Passport for visiting the other country.

Then the head priest of Pashupati Nath temple was removed unceremoniously, simply because they are of Indian origin. This is again a centuries old tradition. A nonbeliever like Prachanda should not have meddled in the matter, but Prachanda’s anti India belief is stronger than his religious belief or the traditions.

Next point in Prachanda’s agenda was to integrate 19,000 maoist guerrillas into the Royal Nepal Army. When the army chief refused to toe Prachanda’s lines he was sacked. In fact this action was imminent because Rookmangud Katawal, the army chief, was trained at the Indian Military Academy and is considered a royalist by the maoist government.

It was said that Prachanda wanted to assimilate maoist people’s courts also in the constitutional legal system. And next on the agenda was to sign a treaty of friendship with China.

Prachanda forgot that he was heading a coalition government. He forgot that Nepal has some Geological compulsions. She has some political complexities, which can’t be avoided. It’s for the good of Nepal that his march towards anarchy was stopped by the President Ram Baran Yadav. Finally. Prachanda resigned yesterday.

It is too early to sing his political obituary, but the crisis has been averted for the time being.


Nepal: Communism in a Hindu Nation

2I was disturbed by the ongoing war in Sri Lanka and the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils and hence last week I wrote twice on the matter. I thought that now till May 16, I will write only on the ongoing elections in my country, because it concerns our future. But Nepal government’s brinkmanship and harakiri forced me to write on the topic today.

Which party comes to power in Nepal is definitely the internal matter of Nepali people. So when communists were voted to power, I looked at the situation with alarm but finally I resigned to the fait accomply and moved on.

Then the communists started imposing their hidden agenda. The apprehension, which I had about them, appeared to be true. They abolished “ Hindu Nation ” status of Nepal. The only Hindu Nation of the world is now a thing of the past. They made Nepal a secular country. World tolerated this as there are so many misgivings about the word Hindu, though unnecessarily.

Then they abolished the monarchy. Shah dynasty was ruling Nepal since centuries. I remember Tribhuvan Vir Vikram Shah, Mahendra Vir Vikram Shah and Birendra Vir Vikam Shah, three genaration of Nepali kings, who were true friends of India. King Birendra was killed in his palace under mysterious circumstances and his brother Gyanendra was crowned as a new king. In Nepal, the king is regarded as the custodian of the revered Pashupati Nath temple. Not caring about Hindu sentiments, he was deposed by communists by a constitutional provision and after that virtually quarantined in a secluded building.

They didn’t stop here. Hell bent on hurting Hindu sentiments and that to successfully  twice, they decided to remove head priest of Pashupati Nath temple and appointed a crony of their’s. The Indian origin of the head priest was the pretext, but it was a centuries old tradition. They ignored it and appointed a priest of Nepali origin. This time there were widespread protests and they had to backtrack.

After burning their fingers they remain silent for few months. Soon they found a new target. Under the pretext of integrating maoist gurillas in the Royal Nepal Army, they started putting pressure on the army chief. When he didn’t relent and communists found him not to be amenable, he was unceremoniously dismissed. He refuses to vacate his post and the country plunges into turmoil. In this matter the government ignored advice of Indian government also.     

I fail to understand the motive of communists. They want to undo everything which are centuries old.  They want to undermine India’s position and want to sever all the ties with India. They want to abrogate Indo-Nepal treaty. They want to have closer ties with China. And they are pursuing all these things vigorously.

They should know and remember one thing. They are elected representative of the people and can’t impose their will mercilessly.  They believe in dictatorship of the proletariat, but that kind of communism is banished from their fatherland also. They are playing with fire, which will engulf them one day for sure.


59% Shameless Mumbaikars

2Mumbai voted on April 30, 2009. It was the third phase and it shall always be remembered for low voter turnout. There was high decibel campaign. So many eminent citizens and movie stars came out and urged people to vote. People believed that because of 26/11, Mumbaikars will come out in large numbers and they will vote. So when the media:electronic and print both, reported that voter turnout in Mumbai was just 41%, a shock wave gripped the nation. Everyone started wondering, everyone started analyzing the situation. I would like to state that it is not a new phenomenon and Mumbai always voted like this.

But this time the euphoria was created because of the campaign. Page 3 celebrities, small time models, starlets and jobless N.G.O.s swooped on India Gate with candle in their hands. Fully made up and donning white designer outfits for the occasion, they chanted slogans, lit candles and denigrated politicians of all hues. Our fault is that we believed them. We thought that this time they are real, this time they will stand, this time they will not sit in their ivory tower. But all in vain. 59% shameless Mumbaikars did not come out to vote. May be heat, may be long weekends or may be sheer apathy, it could be anything or everything.

I have just one question to ask? If these page 3 celebrities cannot walk their talk, why on earth they try to grab media space? Why on earth they whip the passion and why on earth they try to fool people?

Out of these 59%, there are people like me also. I woke up early, went to the polling booth of my area to vote. But my name was not listed in the voter list. I had applied two months earlier but the careless and lethargic system simply sat on my papers and because of this I was deprived of my rights. Out of 59% there might have been few people like me also. But one thing is clear that majority of Mumbaikars didn’t care to vote. I am ashamed of their behaviour, as i am also a Mumbaikar.



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