Monday, December 11, 2017

Nationalism vs Religion Dichotomy: A response to Sagar M

Sagar M countered my arguments with perceptive insights. However I believe he is mistaken.
Rather than respond in comments , I am making a seperate post

YSV: Earlier I esquired as to the supremacy clause of Hindutvadis- is the nation state of India or Hinduism that defines them and which they will choose when push comes to shove?---------------------

Sagar: For Hindutva project, blood, soul and earth are inextricably linked mutually. Our objective is to unite all Hindu peoples into one great Hindu state.

YSV: Yes but at what cost? And what instruments are being used to create this Hindu state. RSS wants us to subordinate Shiva to a 19th century construct Bharatmata inspired by European nationalism. As a Shaivite, to me this is the most obscene blasphemy!

Sagar: Since Hindu religion fosters pan Indian nationalism (read Hindutvavaad) and pan Indian nationalism in turns gives protection to Hindu religion by uniting Hindus, what sense does it makes to ask - “Hindutva or Hinduism”. Hinduism without Hindutva is a toothless defenseless entity.

YSV: Hindutva is one of the other militant strands of Hinduism that popped up in the 18th-20th century. Due to the stature of the founder, it managed to push others aside. In the south there was no Hindutva all these years and Muslims and Christians really dont give any trouble. Apart from some rioting here and there in the old city and some hysteria over silly books like the Da Vinci code.

Sagar: At least you have a Hindu regime ruling at Delhi controlling key States in India. This is the regime which has cut foreign funding to anti-Hindus, cancelled registrations of anti-Hindu NGOs and bankrupted umpteen numbers of anti-Hindu elements by demonetization and is investigating Love Jihad cases for terror links. It may not be perfect, but what is the alternative?

YSV: Absent the cultural effects of the elite education system, any other leader would have had the same approach of Modi. In my view the fact that Modi didn't attend these slave producing factories of Doon and St Xavier's is a plus. Narasimha Rao who spent his youth fighting the Nizam put India on the road map of a superpower and he toppled Babri Masjid. Last time I checked he wasnt a Hindutvaadi- in name anyway.

YSV: Koenraad Elst lays out the case that Hindutvadis are worshipping a false idol of nationalism ,particularly the 19th century European variant based on ethno linguisitic homogeniety which is a bad fit for India.

Sagar: Savarkar has clearly stated that India is nation since the beginning of history. A fact justified by events in ancient history like Indians uniting to fight invaders like Arabs, Huns and Ghaznavids. It was the same feeling to free India from alien savages which spurred Rana Sanga, Shivaji Raje and Baji Rao. He used 19th century European nationalism only as a means for rallying and organizing. His ideas and objectives are entirely rooted in soil and history of India.

YSV:  India was a civilization with a strong ,common religious foundation but not a nation. Let us not confuse the two. Also when Gujara Pratiharas were smashing Arabs, Rashtrakutas were appointing them as governers as used their energies to slaughter Gurjaras. So you see the problem here?

YSV:Savarkar in one of his less than bright moments said this -"one nation, one culture,one language, one religion" which brings us to current day BJP's assault on other modes of Hinduism apart from the safe and sterile Brahmin Vaishya variety which is the composition of leadership.What is lacking is the recognition of Kshatriya and Shudra virtues and all the meat eating , bull fighting and animal sacrifices that come with it. Without these aspects India will remain a hollow shell and slave state for years to come.

Sagar: Savarkar meant Hindu nation, Hindu culture, Hindu language (not English or Urdu) and Hindu religion (not Christianity and Islam). He was not speaking about banning Tamil or Telugu.
As for assault on other modes of Hinduism – if these other modes of Hinduism are not fit to last, then why care for it? Besides, there is no Hindutva project to finish off regional cultures of India except in the minds of conspiracy theorists and rumor mongers.

YSV: When you say that one language and one culture be imposed , undermining other languages is implicit in your argument. Savarkar wasnt too found of diversity as many of those who looked to 19th century nationalism.

Sagar: You need bull fighting, meat eating and animal sacrifice not to become a slave state?????? Facts prove otherwise. Most wrestlers from Haryana are vegetarians. Brahmins from Eastern UP and Bihar who are vegetarians have a rather great martial tradition. After all, did not Shivaji Raje, a five foot five inch vegetarians slay the seven foot tall meat eating Afzal Khan?

YSV:  Most of those wrestlers are Jats who have centuries of meat eating tradition. This vegetarian kick is recent and inspired by yearning to be respectable. They are basically living off the glory of their past genes which will be extinguished soon if they keep up this diet.

I don't know where you got the information that Samrat Shivaji was vegetarian but to my knowledge that is not true.

Sagar: It is mindset that matters most.

YSV: I agree with you here. I personally dont put that much stock in meat eating . But we are talking past each other because we view this issue differently. Vegetarianism as we know it today is an imposition by the non martial people ruling us and we are supposed to imbibe their placid, non confrontational baniya culture. For gods sake Gujaratis worship a form of Krishna called Rannchod, ie Krishna fleeing the battlefield(against Jarasandha and Kalayavana) in order to honor the "fact" that discretion was a better part of valor. Its not a coincidence when running from the battlefield he ended up in Gujarat. Possibly the least martial state in the union!

I personally would not like to torment bulls or eat beef. But fact of the matter is lifestyle choices do count. I heard of pandits in Bengal exhorted youth to slaughter buffaloes in the 1900s because they had become too soft due to British "civilization" and felt that an individual who weeps at hurting animals wouldnt be have any fighting spirit.

In the aftermath of 26/11, Dhanushkodi Sivanandan, the Mumbai SP who finished off the Dawood gang lamented the fact that Indians don't have any killer instinct. Well how can you have a killer instinct if you hesitate to kill anything? Forget fighting wars and terrorism, even many sports commentators said the same about Indian athletes. 

Sagar: Even for meat eating castes like Rajputs and Marathas, meat was never consumed daily. In fact, it was not meat but millets which formed the staple diet of castes who had war like career. The moment consumption of millets fell and rice consumption increased manifold, physical fitness was also affected adversely.

YSV: I agree that meat consumption for soldiers is not practical. Even Romans conquered Europe on a vegetarian diet. They ate the equivalent of jowar and lentils mostly. I also agree that rice is not beneficial. Rice consumption on this level is new and introduced after irrigation reforms by Arthur Cotton.
Karnataka and Kerala have the healthiest and most robust individuals in the south and I suspect it is due to consumption of millets and well beef in Kerala.

Again, vegetarian or not, they have to be part of a culture that revels in warfare and bloodsport , otherwise they might as well be the "komal rajkumari"(delicate princess) of satire.

 YSV: As my readers, I am not overly impressed with the Indian army and I think individual border states(apart from Gujarat and Kashmir) can deal with Pakistan. Well at one point Punjab couldve handled Pakistan single handedly, such was the terror of the Sikhs in the Pakistani mindset that they worked actively to sabotage them through Khalistan and through the drug problem and it has worked . Alas! But no matter, Haryana is there to pick up the slack.----------------------------

Sagar: Biggest mistake made by Indians during last 2000 years was the neglect of frontier areas. How do you expect Border States to fend for themselves without support from rest of India? You say Pakistan is weak? Their regular army is 600,000 strong with same number in reserve thus totaling over a million soldiers. And you are not dealing with Pakistan as a country. They represent an ideology that is inimical to Indian civilization (that is radical Islam) and have support from their Sunni brothers abroad like Saudi Arabia and forces like China. How do you expect small borders states to last in face of such overwhelming threats?

YSV:  Israel which is even smaller than Kerala gave a trashing to multiple adversaries about a 100 times its size. When will we ever learn that numbers really dont mean anything unless backed up by morale, cohesion, training, technology, weapons and coordination.

Arabs had the numbers and incredible "josh" in 1948,1967 and 1973 but none of the other qualities. Israel was so strained for man power than it had to start the war because keeping average Israelis with jobs in the reserves was hurting its economy. But it prevailed because it had all of the above. The Israeli leaders rightly saw excessive ideological bickering among the left and right were harmful and banned most Jewish militias on the eve of independence and integrated them into the Israeli army. They developed the concept of yishuv, which is hard to translate but it is a combination of military, social and ideological cohesion which is future and goal oriented which makes a powerful weapon. You may say the British conquered India despite their disadvantages due to their "yishuv"

Muslims beat us not because of numbers or even bravery (Hindus especially in Rajasthan and south India had hero stones and concept of heaven similar to Islam where apsaras would recieve fallen heros) due to better military organization,horses, armour and weaponry.

The Indian army today is beset with corruption with shoddy equipment, incompetent generals, poor command structure, excessive interference in politicians in the military , using jawans as servant and commandos as personal security. The morale is just terrible. 

Fortunately for India, Pakistan is no great shape militarily either. Though its special forces are superior to ours mostly due to Americans training them extensively.

Once again let us stop fighting battles of the past. There is no boogeyman to the West anymore, the Arab states are a joke militarily. The police forces of Kerala are enough to deal with most of the GCC states. Iran military is overextended and spent and are unable to get the adequate number of recruits. Not to mention they are friendly to India. 
We have nothing but friends in Afghanistan, Turkmenistan,Uzbekistan, except of course for one- stan.
And this bloody stan is blocking our access to these excellent markets and trade routes. How is this acceptable from an economical standpoint. Heck Americans maybe baniyas these days but they have enough Kshatriyatana to smash any obstacle which hinders their economic growth whether the Native American tribes under Andrew Jackson, Southern rebels under Lincoln, the Caribbean under Teddy Roosevelt, the entire colonized world under FDR or pretty much the entire world under Ronald Reagan. And now Trump in China and Mexico.
And we are sitting unable to smash a pipsqueak state like Pakistan and make excuses that this or that country doesnt let us do it when doing so can make us an economic superpower? PATHETIC! And yes I apply this description to serial hugger baniya Gujarati Modi as well.

YSV: Seriously no country needs an army the size of the Indian army to handle Pakistan.I cant really buy the argument that we need an India with such concentrated power to handle China and Pakistan. The Himalayas have prevented Chinese incursions for 1000s of years. It is only their navy that has to be checked.

Sagar: Did Alps prevent Hannibal from invading Italy? And why was it that Romans survived Hannibal’s victories at Cannae, Trebia and Trassimeine? One crucial reason was that they had forces that were numerous.

1) Alps are not the Himalayas. I dare say Western Ghats and Deccan plateau are far more formidable than the Alps. Reddy chiefs and Marathas managed to give Muslims a great deal of grief thanks to thisgeography alone.

2) Romans were dedicated dedicated dedicated to destroying Carthage. From the very top- Romans senator would end each session by saying "Ceterum autem censeo Carthaginem delendam esse" (English: "Furthermore, (moreover) I consider that Carthage must be destroyed") to the common man and woman (see below)

Romans lost 50000 men in one day at Cannae , more than Americans lost in 8 years in the Vietnam war. A tremendous loss of life compared to Americans and the power parity between Romans and Carthiginians was closer than between the hyper power American and the humble Vietnamese peasant.

Even so Romans recovered and crushed them . So determined were the Romans that they planned for the long haul: aristocratic ladies whose men died in the war decided to mate with their male slaves so that the offspring would fight in another 15 years or so. THAT was the Roman dedication. 
It goes beyond numbers my friend.

3) In the age of satellites, drones , high speed communications, rapid response force and thermal imaging, remote sensors, what need is there for more than necessary human presence on the border?
As usual Indians want to fight wars which are no longer being fought. Rajputs didnt want to join the English EIC not due to patriotism because they though military formation and holding a gun was low and vulgar, not fit for nobility like themselves. They were attached to their horse and sword. 18th century India was awash in horses , a far cry from 700 years ago when Muslims noted the lack of cavalry culture.  Alas the European mode of warfare had made those obsolete but hey we finally had horsed and armour!!
Why are we talking about previous wars when the landscape has changed so much. Let us leave these bad habits of medieval era Indians.

Sagar: Did anyone expect Hitler to invade Soviet Union? Why did Soviet Union survive? One main reason was that Russian troops proved too numerous for the Germans to deal with.
No one can predict future. In future, if we have to plunge ourselves into bloodbaths like Punic Wars and Second World War that will cost millions of lives, we should be ready for that.

YSV: Having 10s of millions killed for no discernible is no way to win a war. Russia is still suffering the devastation of WWII to this day when their birthrates are at an all time low and men without purpose have become alcoholics and women prostitutes. Vladimir Putin has managed to stem this tide somewhat.

It was not so much Russians but the Russian winter and Hitlers megalomania that killed the Third Reich. Let us not forget the Americans and British while being grateful to Hitler for ensuring that British would only enjoy a Pyrrhic victory leading to India's independence.

Neither a humongous nor small population is desirable. A large population makes people lethargic and cohesion becomes difficult in the absence of a tyrant ala Stalin or Mao.
While a small population which can be quite resilient due to its heightened sense of vulnerability cant withstand a constant barrage ala Germany in WWII. The best situation is some moderation. 

250-300 million is plenty of people. I don't mean to sound Darwinian but vast majority of Indians are simply dead weight.

Sagar: Jambudweep or Bharatavarsha or India is a very sacred concept. Our sacred books are very clear on the fact that India is one unit and that only those who are born in this land can attain Moksha. Besides, ancient Brahmin teachers had been constantly exhorting their Kshatriya disciples to unify the whole India and become its Chakravarti. India for centuries had been crying to be unified. Any idea that India is only an arrangement for self defence is not true in light of ancient Indian thought. Unification of India by a Kshatriya Chakravatin is a dream that was held throughout history.

YSV: Bharatavarsha is a sacred concept but is not a political concept. In fact our very shastras undermine the type of a state that would create a strong central authority. The reason we have so much diversity in India as opposed to say China is because the victor would not impose his customs and culture on the defeated as it was considered adharma. The Chinese simply wiped out the non Han minorities either physically or culturally whenever they got the chance.

It the ambitious wannabe chakravartins that yearned for a political Bharatavarsha not the other way round. Ask yourself, why we can count chakravartins on one hand through Indian history and two of them are foreigners such as Akbar and Queen Victoria who probably enjoyed more success in a centralized administration rule than Ashoka,Shalivahana or Samudragupta.

Oddly these days the surname Chakravarthy/Chakraborthy is associated with Brahmins only whether from Bengal ,AP or TN. Anyone know why?

Sagar:If India had remained united, areas like Afghanistan and Pakistan and Bangladesh would not have become Islamic today.

YSV: Negative. There are a variety of reasons why these regions fell to Islam. Afghanistan even though ruled by Hindu Shahis were more of a Central Asian mindset in that if a ruler was defeated by someone of another religion, then it was considered prudent to follow that religion. This was true even after Russia broke Muslim power in Central Asia, many Muslims took up Russian names and became Orthodox. During Soviet times they became athiest. Post Soviet during Iranian and Arab political and cultural ascedancy they returned to Islam.

Pakistan was a decentralized nomadic state for whom the nomadic Arabs and Turks were a close fit.

Bangladesh was sparsely populated when Muslims took over and weren't really even Muslim until the British basically declared them so and they discovered they had more power being Muslim than Hindu.

YSV:A European style federation with mandatory conscription for a limited time, strong para military and police forces and repeal of the Arms Act is the most elegant solution to having secure borders(the only rationale for India existing) and more importantly protecting Dharmic culture.----------------------

Sagar: Unpleasant fact about Europe that not many would like to hear is that it is nothing but a network of vassal states dependent on USA for protection. As for conscription and repeal of Arms Act – yes they are needed very much. In fact, I would suggest that children – male and female – be trained in war from kindergarten onwards. Considering the number of enemies India has, we should be teaching kids throwing grenades rather than cricket balls.

YSV: Agreed on all points.

YSV:It is another matter Dharmic culture is eroding faster due to modernity and its inability to adapt its socio political structure than due to Delhi Sultanate, Mughals, Bahmanis or the British.--------------

Sagar: Do not worry. It will survive. It had encountered plenty of disasters and will outlive present crisis as well – because of 2 reasons. One, Dharmam represents eternal truth which will win sooner or later. Two, at least some people care for it and does whatever they can to preserve and promote Dharma.

YSV: I have worked quite a few jobs in various fields uncluding a multinational private security company you may have heard of in the years during the Iraq war years. The ones where I was most successful was where I didnt have a "chalta hai" attitude but was a worry wart. Indeed I consider my salary as compensation for worrying and thinking of what can go wrong. So I dont feel too complacent about the future. Sumerian civilization is probably older than ours and it has disappeared and Im sure they believed they had access to the universal truth. Well I believe Shiva is eternal but if he was not worshipped properly ala Tantra/Agama shastras then dark ages will befall humanity.

The threat of modernity with its attendant vices is more sinister and insidious than any thing that preceeded it and Im no Ted Kaczynski. I love technology and all the conveniences and quality of life it provides us. But there this aspect that has to be neutralized.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Trumps stance on Jerusalem will contribute to peace, not hinder it

Peace is achieved not from negotiation during table talks but when there is a victor and a defeated party. All the spin in the media/NGO nexus in the worlds cosmopolitan capitals will not change this simple rule.

It is another matter than the media ,academics and "non profits" prefer discussions over war due to their own vested interests. Media and academia have the ability to convince nay spin words into (half) truths , well to an extant as their humiliation last year over Trumps election has shown.
It is in their interest to show that THEIR power and not that of guns, bullets , blood and steel has influence on world affairs and in turn they are rewarded with recognition, fame and its attendant riches in speaking fees and book contracts. While NGOs simply siphon off monies from government pretending to help the poor and dispossesed but in general using that money for a cushy life with high salaries, comfortable lodging and high end vehicles.

President Trump's bold move has strengthened Israel and removed any doubt in the Arab and Muslim worlds mind about their alliance. The Arabs and Muslims in general respect the "Strong horse" as Osama put it. Oslo "peace" broke the myth of invincibility and awe of Israel which led to increased violence.

Until 150 years, Jerusalem was a backwater of the Islamic world. The Dome of the Rock was in serious disrepair and neglect ala Babri Masjid. If it had been torn down to make way for a Pasha's fortress, I doubt anyone would have complained. Its religious significance is a by product of Palestinian nationalism rather than any reconsideration of Islamic custom.

Jerusalem is the capital of Jewish spiritual life for the past 3000 years and while Muslim and Christian holy sites exist and have to be respected, the state of Israel should have political control over that city since it is a Jewish state.

With Jerusalem recongized as its capital, in due time, Arabs will resign themselves to the fact that Israel is here to stay and deal with Palestinians accordingly if they make anymore trouble(ala Black September) and Muslims will simply follow the Arab's lead.

The new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is fast tracking his country into a modern society by reigning in the Islamists and liberalizing society and god bless him for that. Who knows Saudi Arabia may well become Israels biggest ally in the future. Stranger things have happened..

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Koenraad Elst agrees with more on Hinduism vs. nationalism

Earlier I enquired as to the supremacy clause of Hindutvadis- is the nation state of India or Hinduism that defines them and which they will choose when push comes to shove?

Koenraad Elst lays out the case that Hindutvadis are worshipping a false idol of nationalism ,particularly the 19th century European variant based on ethno linguisitic homogeniety which is a bad fit for India. Savarkar in one of his less than bright moments said this -"one nation,  one culture,one language, one religion" which brings us to current day BJP's assault on other modes of Hinduism apart from the safe and sterile Brahmin Vaishya variety which is the composition of leadership.

What is lacking is the recognition of Kshatriya and Shudra virtues and all the meat eating , bull fighting and animal sacrifices that come with it. Without these aspects India will remain a hollow shell and slave state for years to come.

That is the heavy price you pay when when the Hindutva brigade attempts to strangle other cultures in the name of national unity.

As my readers, I am not overly impressed with the Indian army and I think individual border states(apart from Gujarat and Kashmir) can deal with Pakistan. Well at one point Punjab couldve handled Pakistan single handedly, such was the terror of the Sikhs in the Pakistani mindset that they worked actively to sabotage them through Khalistan and through the drug problem and it has worked . Alas! But no matter, Haryana is there to pick up the slack.

Seriously no country needs an army the size of the Indian army to handle Pakistan.

I cant really buy the argument that we need an India with such concentrated power to handle China and Pakistan. The Himalayas have prevented Chinese incursions for 1000s of years. It is only their navy that has to be checked.

A European style federation with mandatory conscription for a limited time, strong para military and police forces and repeal of the Arms Act is the most elegant solution to having secure borders(the only rationale for India existing) and more importantly protecting Dharmic culture.

It is another matter Dharmic culture is eroding faster due to modernity and its inability to adapt its socio political structure than due to Delhi Sultanate, Mughals, Bahmanis or the British.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kamala Harris "bad ass" movements: When did Rediff turn into Teen Vogue?

Foreign Policy magazine stopped being interesting or incisive right around 2007-2008 when Obama's cult of personality took over and thoroughly contaminated its analysis. Since they have been spewing mostly unimaginative PC shibboleths.

So its no surprise when they declare yet another untested attractive multiracial mediocrity Kamala Harris the worlds "top thinker" . Ill leave aside that fantastic declaration for now which isn't really based on anything of substance.

Meanwhile has jumped on board hyping up the "Indian American" Senator cataloging her "bad ass" movements most of which entail not following the proper etiquette in a committee hearing in order to grandstand. Yeah, watch out Genghis Khan, Wellington ,Mahadji Shinde and Bose: you have competition!

Firstly Kamala Harris is not "Indian American" . Sure her mother is Indian Tamil while her father is African American. Apart from her name, she has no connection to her heritage or the larger Indian American community, can barely speak any Tamil or Hindi and largely consider herself an African American -as well she should as it is the paternal side which determines culture and ethnicity for the most part.

Not only that they contradict themselves right here-

Kamala Harris is the first Indian-American Senator in the United States -- and only the second black woman elected to the US Senate.

Which is it? You can either be Indian American or black- not both. Using this logic, Obama was the first Kenyan American Senator as well as garden variety WASP in Illinois.

Secondly , a news portal shouldn't be using terms like "bad ass". But then again I forget that stopped being a serious site years ago and now publishes the sort of mundane celebrity trivia and skinshows that would make tabloids blush.

I hasten to mention, they actually had a 12 year old girl write a movie review and perhaps an opinion piece. Someone named Kshamaya Daniel , daughter of reporter Vaihasyi Daniel(the rotten stench of nepotism is alive and well in journalism too).

Who knows our beloved bimbo Ms. Anceeta Martis may have gotten a job at rediff! On 2nd thought , she isnt a bimbo. Bimbos are at least pretty! Oh yes I went there!

This is "journalism" at its most pathetic and depraved.

As for beating Trump in 2020:as they say a week in a lifetime in politics. What to speak of 3 years!  She has the multiracial and gender angle working for her to reel in the low IQ and highly ideological Democrat primary voters. If only she was disabled and non binary trans the Democrats might as well just end the formality and declare her the nominee right now.

Again , it is too far away. But as long as Trump keeps doing what he does with regard to the economy, he is a shoo in for the 2nd term, much of these "scandals" wont matter as much of the populace is very forgiving of  a President who makes them prosperous and doesn't hinder their personal liberty. Not to mention the momentum of incumbency which worked for the last 3 presidents.

Ms. Harris has a tough battle ahead. But she still can win provided she can do better than Hillary's self aggrandizing "I'm with her" and "Hey at least I am not THAT guy" messaging. But given her egotism, lack of empathy, narrow intelligence and shrill ideology I somehow doubt she will find few buyers who want change a horse midstream.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

No cure for gun related violence in U.S and thats not neccesarily bad

In the latest mass shooting atrocity in Las Vegas of some random vile individual whose motives are still unclear, of course it was inevitable that people bring up the culture of guns to forward their own pet agendas. The anti gun crowd tries to reduce and discourage gun ownership while those who subscribe to the idea that  2nd Amendment encourages gun ownership wont hear any of it.

I am sympathetic to the latter crowd. But when they make the correlation between higher gun ownership and less murders , they like the anti gun crowd are missing the forest for the trees.

Fact of the matter is that the U.S is a very violent society and this violence is a feature not a bug of the tremendous thirst drive and pressure for individual over achievement.
Japan of course has no gun laws and has a very low crime rate. But one suspects that even if it was awash in guns there would be relatively little gun violence except for Japanese men a far less painful way of commiting suicide than seppuku.

Men who commit suicide or mass murder are often misfits. In Japan, suicide is more common due to the shame and honor culture as the individual believes he has let his society down due to his failure and takes his life.
Conversely while U.S is a far more individualistic and extroverted culture, the same drive compels them to express their frustration outwardly. Hence the mass shootings.

All in all, paraphrasing Camille Paglia's comment on why there are no female Mozarts, it is because there are no female Jack the Rippers. Women are over represented on the bell curve with moderate intelligence but less so in the mentally handicapped or genius compared to men.

I would believe something similar is at work here, U.S has many individuals whose talents, skills and abilities led it to become a major super and soft power in all fields. On the other hand, it cant help but create these types of individuals who will inevitably cause wanton destruction.

We can only be thankful that these individuals are not welcome in the U.S military(no longer since Vietnam anyway). It is significant that his target was a country music concert where the concert goers were mostly U.S military and they acted in a heroice and humane manner by ignoring their own injuries to save others (one man stood in front of his wife and died as the bullet him saving her life).

All one can say in the end is that you take the good with the bad.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Our governments priorities on trafficking

The BJP government and its mother and sister organizations RSS and VHP's aggressive approach against cattle traffickers and abbotoirs are quite successful if this triumphant Hindutvadi source is any indication.


Almost 20,000 women and children were victims of human trafficking in India in 2016, a rise of nearly 25 percent from the previous year, government data released on Thursday showed..
Figures showed there were 9,104 trafficked children last year -- a 27 percent increase from the previous year. The number of women trafficked rose by 22 percent to 10,119 in 2016.

Hari Om (Trademark- Justice Katju)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Trump investigation scandals as per Andrew Klavan

"The FBI, as we know, is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to expose the Democrats emails. The Senate meanwhile is investigating whether the Obama Administration investigated the Trump campaign for the collusion that the FBI is investigating. The Judiciary Committee is investigating why the Attorney General failed to investigate Hillary Clinton's attempt to avoid the FBI investigation into the Attorney General's failure to investigate her emails to the Democrats which the Russians hacked in an attempt to interfere with our election, which the Senate is investigating in an attempt to find out if the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians' hack of the Democrat's emails which the FBI is investigating to see whether the Obama Administration was investigating the Trump campaign. 

The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether the House Intelligence Committee overstepped its bounds in investigating the Obama Administration's attempts to use the intelligence community to investigate the Trump campaign collusion with the Russian hack into the Democrat's emails which the FBI is investigating in order to find out whether the House Intelligence Committee overstepped its bounds in investigating the Obama Administration. The Head of the House Committee meanwhile has stepped down, pending an investigation. 

At the same time, many in the press are investigating why the press never investigated the Obama Administration's investigation of the Trump campaign but continues to investigate the Trump Administration's investigation into whether the Obama Administration investigated the Trump Campaign, which is now under investigation in the Senate, causing several investigators to call for an independent investigation into the House investigation of the Senate investigation of the Trump Administration, which is meanwhile investigating the Obama Administration, which is on a yacht in the Bahamas at the time, dancing to the musical styling of Drake's "Hotline Bling." 

. Drake is not currently under investigation. Now, to be clear, an independent investigation into the Senate investigation into the House investigation of the Obama investigation of the Trump campaign could expand the investigation into an investigation of Russia's investigation of the emails that were under investigation by the FBI, which was in turn under investigation by the NSA, who have been investigating everybody in a surveillance program that's still under investigation. 

If that were to happen, there would no doubt be a call fro a full investigation into all of the other investigations. So its easy to see that the firing of James Comey will have to be investigated, to ensure it doesn't in any way curtail the important business of government, which is... investigating. Thank God, the government's not actually governing, then we'd all be in real trouble."

Friday, May 5, 2017

Is the Bahubali series "Hindu"?

For the record, while I enjoyed the Bahubali series , I am not really that captivated by it as the rest of the country and dont quite understand the fuss.

The performances were actually rather subdued ,perfectly pitched and on note , which is surprising keeping in mind the over the top operatic style of the series. To this end poor Prabhas has been underrated while Ramya Krishnan, Sathyraj and Daggubati Rana recieved the lions share of the praise.

The visual effects were a mixed bag , some good ,some bad, same goes for the action scenes. and music score
However one thing that stands out and was excellent through out was set design. Here the film makers, polish, orignality and talent truly stand out. The other aspects of the film were too beholden to Hollywood blockbusters like Lord of the Rings and 300( a particularly immature and vile film IMO),

Im happy to say though that Bahubali shares with LOTR the elevated ideas of honor,courage,kingly duty,friendship and justice.

Of course since it is set in a time period roughly corresponding to what historians refer to as mid medieval age of India before the dark ages of Islamic rule, one wouldn't expect too many Muslims running around.

This led quite a few "secular" commentators to be clown themselves by being aghast that there are no Muslims faces present. Firstly it is not true, in the first film there was an arms dealer and friend of Kattapa called Aslam Khan who is portrayed a noble warrior and Bahubali even infiltrates a Muslim camp where some item number is taking place.

Furthermore the father of the director Rajamouli wrote the script for Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Hopefully this would squash any charges of "communalism" against the director but no.

For some critics who are accustomed only to Bollywood and their worship of Ganga Yamuna tehzeeb exemplified not just by the Khans but other actors who are Hindu,that the very fact this movie was made is an example of the communal mind of the average Hindu!

A TV series called Razia Sultana based on the only female monarch of a thoroughly despotic and tyrannical Delhi Sultanate whose rapaciousness astounded even foreign Muslims was quite popular.
It is shocking that someone had the audacity to suggest that this nobody and mediocrity who was only well known because she allegedly fell in love with her slave should be celebrated in anyway.
Thankfully the movie version which came out in the 1980s with Dharmendra comically covered in black paint was a total flop. The producer/director went as far as to provide free laddoos with every movie ticket to entice viewers!

At the same time there is a movie on Rani Padmavati in the works and apparently that Alauddin Khilji wasnt such a bad guy after all . He is just unfairly tarnished by those "communal" characters who object to wanton rape, plunder ,slavery and destruction of temples. They are silly that way..

These type of movies are considered acceptable in mainstream Bollywood. Oh sure you have TV series like Ashoka which really are a blink and miss affair.

But how many movies are made to celebrate Prithviraj Chouhan, Rana Pratap, Rana Sanga, Rana Kumbha or even Shivaji?

Yes we had Bajirao Mastani which hailed Peshwa Baji Rao but the USP of the movie was his affair with some Muslim slave girl not his burning desire to rid India of Muslim political control.

In this arena, enters Bahubali- the Donald Trump of films- an outsider smashing expectations, assumptions predictions and records left and right. Not to belabor the analogy but also like Trump it is clear about stance on native culture and traditions.

In regional cinema and Telugu movies particularly , religion, rituals and culture play a very major role and no one bothers about accusations of communalism because Eidh ul Fitr or Milad un Nabi are not given equal importance or any importance at all. I remember on some Telugu channel more than 10 years ago during end of Ramadhan, some Muslim caller(Telugu speaking) called up the female host of some variety show and her greeting to him was "Ramadhan Subhakanshalu"! LOL Ramadhan was over, it was Eidh, she didnt even know how to say Eidh Mubarak but said Blessed Greetings for Ramadhan! And in order to please her Muslim guest, she showed some clips of a few Telugu films all featuring Muslims where Muslims were shown as comic relief or terrorists!

I remember another movie where a woman was looking for a bridegroom for her son. One young lady who was interested turned up and when the old woman enquired her name, came the reply "Shabana Begum". The woman was aghast that a "turushkurala ammayi" would dare enter her house and promptly beat her up.

It is just amazing how despite living together for centuries, Telugus are hardly bothered about Muslim culture except to enjoy Irani chai and biryani. Even today in East Godavari districts , older people dont even care about Muslim self identification and simply call them "turushkuralu" or "Turks"

Coming back to the actual religion of Telugu people, yet another Telugu comedy had an old cranky athiest living in a village who decided to round up some youths and create a "Naastikula Samajam" or "Atheists society" in the village. One of the young simpletons agreed but stated for this society to get off to an auspicious start that they should purchase some coconuts and break in front of the local temple at the time as chosen by the astrologer!

This is obviously played for laughs but you get an idea of how deeply entrenched Hindu culture is outside the Mumbai/Delhi nexus particularly in southern India who held on more sternly to their customs as opposed to say Hindus of Rajasthan ,Kashmir or Punjab whose very prayers carry Persian and Arabic words.

Once you realize all of this , then it is absurd to consider Bahubali a communal film as it is simply continuing the tropes of a typical Telugu film which usually is geared towards the hinterland rather than the cities.

This is what many north Indian Hindus dont realize about Telugu films and assume such a blatant and apologetic celebration of Hindu culture carries a political agenda and hence try to thrust their own political views on it be it secular or Hindutva.

More so than the ritualistic observations of carrying the Shiva linga ,fire walk towards Devi temple or even cultural aspects of formation orders to the military in Sanskrit is the strict and unsentimental adherence to Dharma.


Sivagamis sense of dharma mandates that in order that her son the elder Bahubali be demoted from crown price to general to exile and finally death. And Kattapa who was like Bahubalis surrogate father carries out the order because that is his dharma

Compare this to the feel good nonsense of Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Eklavya where (spoiler aler..oh who cares) Eklavya desists from carrying out his dharma in killing his son because.... well ..feelings!!

Some of this is due to culture perhaps, a good chunk of north Indian are Type B personalities who are sentimental and extroverted while south Indian culture since the late medieval era at least has Type A personalities who are driven and focussed. Yes I know- stereotypes but there is some truth to it on a super level but breaks down when you examine sub cultures I suppose.

Bollywood is full of these puny people. And another aspect I wanted to mention is that there is something about South Indian actors even if they are out of shape(clearly they are not in this films)that they are able to pull off a historical character is a very dignified and regal manner than their Bollywood counterpart. I dont  knoowwhy that is but it seems to be the case. The only actor who exhibited any regal presence in the incredibly silly Ashoka was not SRK but Tamil actor Ajith. There was something about the way he stood ,spoke and held his upavastra that the immature and boyish SRK couldnt master in a million years.

While on SRK, I keep hearing about how Bahubali would smash the D Company underworld films. There are a couple of things wrong with this assumption. Firstly it assumes that D company or the Islamic mafia and film industry nexus is still an actual thing. While there is certainly mafia involvement in Bollywood , it seems to have died with Dawoods increased irrelevance. it is not neccesary to have Muslim gangsters to have a disproportionate celebration of Islamic culture in your industry. Keep in mind most of Bollywood is controlled by a few families Khans , Kapoors and their fellow travellers Chopras, Johars etc all of whom hail from what is today Pakistan and Afghanistan. To this end , the Hindu Kapoors suffering from Stockholm syndrome are intent on praising those who evicted them from their homelands. While the Khans will do what they will do! Interestingly it is not neccesary to be anti Hindu to hang out with degenerate people like Dawood Ibrahim and celebrate Turko Afghan tehzeeb like Feroz Khan used to. Feroze Khan was a devotee of Sathya(not the Islamic Shirdi!) Sai baba while his brother Sanjay Khan who did make a TV series on Tipu Sultan also made one on Hanuman and spearheaded efforts to clean up Varanasi and the Ganga. Ahmad Shah Abdali and Ghazni must have been rolling in their graves!My point is that everything is not so cut and dry.

Secondly I have to ask a question to those who are familar with the dark ages of Islamic Bollywood nexu because honestly I dont know. Yes Muslim gangsters want to popularize their culture by glorifying their emperors and heck pretend to be empeors themselves. A point encapsulated in Philip Lutgendorf's review of Maqbool(based on MacBeth) where the Muslim don assumes the manners of potentate complete with its attendant rituals, palatial backdrop ,clothing and a durbar to hear complaints. This was based of course on the Pathan gangster Karim Lala(ironically Pathans were never emperors but hired goons who later carved out fiefdoms) and the Tamil lord of Mumbai Varadarajan Mudaliar.
Now what is the supremacy clause of Islamic gangsters- is it to promote Islamic culture or make money? I understand they want to do both. But wouldnt it be therefore prudent of them to finance films like Bahubali where they can obviously earn lots (Bahubali 2 looks like it will easily cross 1000 crore mark). I cant believe gangsters are that short sighted and ignorant, perhaps they are when it comes to assessing markets but if Muslims are well represented as sculptors of Hindu idols in U.P, Bihar and Bengal and perform in temples in Varanasi, Kashi and Rameshwaram, surely they dont mind getting money celebrating "kafir" culture. Again I dont know Im just asking questions.

All in all Bahubali wasnt a hit just due to the rugged , fit and talented Prabhas and Rana, the noble looking Sathyraj or the lovely Ramya Krishnan, Anushka Shetty and Tamanna Bhatia or even the special effects ,battle secenes , costumes or set design. For a film to be this successful it must have heart and have an emotional resonance with the audience and Bahubali , corny as it often is, delivers that in spades. For that alone it deserves all this success and more.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hahaha the alt right "discovers" Donald Trump has a Jewish son in law

I should specify the alt right - a motley collection of libertarians, anti PC crusaders, lonely gamers and neo Nazis who banded together in an odd alliance to help elect President Trump. When I speak of the alt right, I have in mind the most vocal of this lot-the Ron Paul isolationists as well as the neo Nazi wing(but I repeat myself) is shocked shocked that Trump bombed the Syrian air bases taking out 20% of the Syrian air force in one go following the ghastly chemical attack on Syrians by Assad.

Every one of these deranged weirdos are howling with righteous indignation from Ann "Adams apple" Coulter, the flamboyant right wing gay Milo Yianopolous("Trump is my daddy") to Paul Joseph Watson of the crackpot Infowars site which promoted theories such as Dark Knight Rises predicted Sandy Hook shootings in 2012and Israel caused 9/11.

They have turned their ire not so much on Trump but Jared Kushner, Trump's Orthodox Jewish son in law and his daughter Ivanka Trump(who converted) and allegedly pushed Trump into bombing Syria. They have gone as far to demand on Twitter than Trump fire him and placate their guy Steve Bannon who was removed recently from a position on the National Security Council where he had no business being anyway.

Apparently it is never the fault of the noble Aryan who does objectionable things but it is due to the perfidious Jew who seductively whispers sweet nothings in his ear.

If they were this worried about Jewish influence on Trump why did they even bother supporting Trump - a guy whose bluster and Queens accent is reminiscent of a working class New York Jew from the 1940s and pretty much all of whose offspring are somehow involved in relations with Jews.

Like our hero captain and Modi, these conspiracy loons who claim to be oh so hyper perceptive and alert about sinister powers underfoot and refer to skeptics as "sheeple" are actually themselves the most gullible people on earth.

Just as Modi who ran on nationalism is rapidly embracing global cosmopolitan (the dangerous and stupid cow politics aside) , and so Donald Trump rode to power on the alt right and tossed them aside like a used condom. And I still cant stop laughing...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Why India doesnt function optimally?

I have seen various rationales for India sub par performance in pretty much every field (relative to its large size and impressive history) ranging from colonialism, socialism, rapacious capitalism, Hindu religion, Islamic dhimmitude ,plunder and psy ops warfare over population etc etc.

But all of these miss the forest for the trees. The main reason India is so horribly mismanaged is because Indian institutions whether Indian army, navy and air force,railways,  IAS, IPS as well most of the Indian bureaucracy ,media , elite universities is based on British models and these models were predicated on a foreign power exploiting India as a source of manpower, raw material ,money and other capital.

The British have left to be replaced by a "swadeshi" set of theives, crooks and incompetents who view the Indian populace irrespective of class, sect or caste as cattle to squeeze dry or if necessary sacrificed for their meat.

If none of these institutions function as to our satisfaction then we have indeed to ask the awkward question whether they were intended to function to benefit us. Alas the answer is :No!

As they say the test of the pudding is by tasting. So let us compare the performance of  prime ministers who were educated either abroad or in these institutions with that one person who wasnt: PV Narasimha Rao.who is considered the best PM of India.

I am not taking into account BJP PM's such as Bajpayee or Modi as they were technically educated by the RSS which was at worst a collaborator for British rule and at best a mute spectator. All the while espousing a nationalism which masquerades as religion which has its source in Garibaldi than any Indian counterpart.
In short India is a misfit for Indians. So why would Indians thrive in it?

Most post colonial countries suffer from this very problem but due to India's large size, population , complex history and diversity , the problems have been exacerbated.

The solution? Nothing more tearing each and every institution and reforming them from the ground up. And yes in this I include the Indian army which as I mentioned before is not a friend of the Indian populace simply because its current and former employer (the Indian government and the British empire) do not care about Indian interests. It always amazed me that Indians would hurl the choices of (well deserved) abuses at their government ministers but let the Indian army go scot free.  To my mind the Indian army is simply a glorified version of the Indian police whose heavy handedness towards their clients as well their inadequacy in dealing with law and order or terrorism is well known.

Such a bottom up and top thrown overhaul will be unpleasant , messy , there may even be .blood. As there should be . This brings us to another problem with our independence movment. By and large India was bestowed independence not due to the efforts of Gandhi , Nehru(hahaha) but simply because India once a source of revenue was now a bottomless pit of money ,man power and capital which Britain ill afford after WWII despite delusions of grandeur of Winston Churchill. Interestingly the British saw the writing on the wall even before the Indians such as Nehru and promptly gave Churchill the boot in the 1946 election.

The British practically gave India away to their underlings and being underlings they had no capacity for leadership and independent thought or backbone. The sad results are there for all to see.

Study after study shows that people who win lotteries are usually worse off than before because mostly because the type of people who buy lottery tickets are lacking in discipline, far sightedness and have poor impulse control. India was a lottery won by dimwits and spineless cretins who were in the right place at the right time. But the difference here is that the citizens of India pay the price while the vermin at the top continue to reap the benefits.