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On the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, the leaked Liberhan report and when the RSS is looking to increase its stronghold over the B.J.P. once again, I recommend this piece of Vir Sanghvi. This bit, I liked best :
I don’t wish to make too much of Advani’s pious hand-rubbing or his crocodile tears. But the furore about the demolition should serve to remind us that no matter how reasonable BJP leaders may seem on television, at the heart of the parivar, there lurks a nasty fascist core.
A fascist core — that is what is common to so many parties today. Even considering Vir Sanghvi’s Congress leanings, I can’t find much to complain about in what he puts forth.
In a discussion, a friend once claimed that the RSS/BJP kar-sevaks didn’t really demolish the masjid and it was the Central government that completed the task after nightfall. All I say is, I still hold the RSS/BJP responsible for the demolition and every death that occurred consequently.
Advani has done plenty for the country, but speaking for myself, I won’t be disappointed if history remembers L.K. Advani as just the architect of the Babri Masjid demolition.
Link via @amitvarma.
After former BJP leader Kalyan Singh’s claim that he was kept in the dark about the Babri masjid demolition, another temple movement leader Uma Bharti on Monday said that “everyone” was in the dark about the demolition.
“We still don’t know who did it,” she told PTI at Atrauli near here.
Ok fine I’ll give it to ya. Everyone was in the dark.
P.S. : Wasn’t it done at night ?
Isn’t practise right here instead of practice ? Spell checker thinks otherwise.
Recently, there Salman Khan shot for a public awareness campaign for hit and run victims. My imagination is better, so yeah, I am serious.
On Saturday, Salman Khan shot for a public awareness ad to evoke kindness and responsibility towards hit-and-run victims.
Our source said, “The ad talks about how people just ignore those who are in distress on roads when hit by someone. It shows a man hit by a vehicle who is left to die.”
Now before you get all preachy about one practising what one preaches, personally, I am fine as long as people don’t practise what they preach and don’t preach what they practise. That would just be disastrous.
Imagine Varun Gandhi out on the streets with a nail-cutter (nail-cutter is the most optimum solution when you want to cut hands and you also claim non-violence is your religion) with Maneka Gandhi running behind him making sure her natkhat (naughty) Kaanha doesn’t hurt any animals; or Raj Thackeray outside the comfort of his air-conditioned home; or M. Karunanidhi tottering with a Friendship bracelet for BFF Prabhakaran; or Manmohan Singh doing ..well I don’t know .. no one ever lets let him speak. I don’t even know what he stands for.
The only exception here is L.K. Advani who claims he is strong.
You bet he is.
On a completely unrelated note, do you have any idea how big the Babri Masjid was ?
Kumari Mayawati in a recent campaign :
Voicing her prime ministerial ambitions, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mawayati has said that a ‘Dalit’s daughter’ should be made the prime minister to ensure the uplift of the backward and minority communities in the country.
“If you make a Dalit’s daughter the Prime Minister, then UP will be famous in the entire world. If the BSP comes to power at the Centre, UP will occupy a special place,” she said.
This sums up everything that I find wrong with Mayawati as a potential Prime Minister. Her reason for wanting to be the PM never goes beyond the fact that she is a Dalit (and it would be cool, not historic or constructive, for a Dalit to be the PM, I assume). No community would be uplifted just by making a member the Prime Minister. All this is excluding the corruption charges and the huge disparity between the ‘development’ of her party members and the general poor whom she claims to represent and work for.
(Why does she keep repeating Dalit’s daughter ? She could just use Dalit if that helps her cause.)
It is obviously debatable how much better the other candidates are on similar scales, but this was about Mayawati. If Advani plays divisive politics, so does Mayawati, do does the Congress. It is only that the BJP’s brand of divisive politics is more likely to lead to killings; to put it very bluntly.
On that note, I do think that Narendra Modi as a Prime Minister in the future might be an interesting option (background music : ‘orch hit‘ tone; the one at the end of soaps). I hope to write about it in detail sometime in the near future.
If there is one thing I have learnt in life, it is that you don’t snatch a toy from a small child and an election issue from an old man (okay two, in case you are a snob).
The heated political debate over recovery of money siphoned out of India and allegedly stashed in foreign banks reached the Supreme Court on Tuesday with eminent lawyer and former law minister Ram Jethmalani along with prominent personalities filing a PIL seeking urgent remedial measures to bring back the black money estimated at Rs 70 lakh crore.
Evidently, we don’t really need an NDA government to get back the black money. It is a pity that Shri L.K. Advani doesn’t hold the copyrights of the issue. He raised the issue as recently as a second ago (and is going to talk about it a second from now too).
Having said the NDA would take action to bring back in 100 days, crores of rupees in black money hidden away in Swiss accounts and tax havens if voted to power, senior BJP leader L K Advani on Saturday it was people’s money.
Claiming that the money was ‘hidden treasure’ and ‘the people’s money’, Advani told an election meeting here all villages across the country could be developed with the money.
Using transitivity between Chance pe Dance and Dance pe Vote, the post could be renamed Chance pe Vote too. But that is not the point, as there is no point. Or line. Okay stop.
We all know that Mallika Sarabhai is going to take on Shri. L. K. Advani in Gandhinagar. I went through L.K. Advani’s website and I am pretty sure Shri is his first name now; what a cool use of renaming, no ? (pssst .. I also hear he plans to rename the Babri Masjid to Babri Masjid Mandir so that the right-wing organizations are happy they got a mandir at that exact spot). Ok I am digressing from the main point, which doesn’t exist anyway so let’s just digress further. So how do you campaign in your constituency when all you know is dance ? Mallika Sarabhai provides the answer :
This week, the dusty hamlet on the outskirts of Ahmedabad will come alive when Darpana’s troupe descends on it for a live performance of Bhavai, and a play titled ‘Sapna’. These are not commercial projects, but constitute a part of the election campaign of Sarabhai, who is contesting as an independent candidate from Gandhinagar.
I am quite impressed. Instead of everyone speaking the the language of the netas, candidates should campaign doing what they are good at.
So Shatrughan Sinha, Chiranjeevi and Dharmendra should be allowed to beat up their rivals. Sanjay Dutt .. I am not sure what Sanjay Dutt is good at, but if the age-old saying “Practice makes a man perfect” (incidentally, many of our present leaders were alive and kicking (each other .. like in the parliament ?) when it was coined and actually voted for it over “Perfect makes a man practice”) still holds true, he could go to jail again (if you understood the previous sentence without having to go back and read any bits, you did not understand it).
But wait .. Sanjay Dutt has already been replaced by Nafisa Ali. She has every right to scare away rivals through bad acting. Incidentally, she is also known for the statement “I will be an asset to Lucknow“, which exponentially boosted Rahi Sawant’s confidence in winning a Lok Sabha seat, “I will be two assets to any constituency !!!”. The same holds true for Jaya Prada. The bad acting I mean.
The only candidate who could legally distribute cash for votes is Meera Sanyal. She is the CEO of ABN Amro you see.
But god forbid Salman Khan from contesting. If you are a duck or a pavement dweller (or Aishwarya Rai for that matter), you do not want to be around when he is campaigning.
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If there was one positive about plagiarized campaigns in India, it is this :
Senior BJP leader L K Advani today suggested a US-style TV debate between prime ministerial candidates.
“You suggest, we have no problems,” Advani, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, told reporters when asked whether he preferred a US-type TV debate in India. Advani recalled how people gave different opinions on the Richard Nixon-John F Kennedy Presidential debates after watching it on TV and listening on radio.
I hope to see Dr. Manmohan Singh, Shri. L.K. Advani, Miss Mayawati (or her statue), Mr. Sharad Pawar and the other Prime Minister wannabes on one stage in a battle of words, ideas and vision. Of course, it would be almost impossible to pull off this feat considering there isn’t any reason why anyone should agree for the debates. Rajdeep Sardesai makes some interesting points in this post as to why the debates wouldn’t work in India but ends it with :
I do hope to persist with my efforts to create a presidential-style debate on Indian television. I intend to write to Mrs Gandhi, Mr Advani and Ms Mayawati to appear together on a televised show ahead of the next general elections. It’s unlikely to happen, but it may still be worth a shot. If they don’t agree, there’s always Messrs Sibal and Jaitley to turn to !!
P.S. : I am surprised no one has thought of an online petition for televised debates. What now people only come up with useful ideas ?
I know there exists a damn punny headline for this post somewhere, I just haven’t found it yet. Drop in a line if you get one.
Some unknown Mahatma Gandhi foundation caused this recent news item :
The national flag used in the website http://www.lkadvani.in was withdrawn after it was pointed out by the Mahatma Gandhi foundation that the flag should not be used for campaign purposes. The foundation had also said it was improper to use it for advertisement.
That by itself warrants a place for this news here at News You Can’t Use (yes, I am branding it now). But the most ironic part is :
The flag code was introduced by Advani when he was Union Home Minister.
I had to carry out some investigative journalism on this, before the tradition died out. So here is some more information about the Indian flag.
On 5 July 2005, the Government of India amended the code, allowing use of the flag as clothing and uniform. It however cannot be used as clothing below the waist or as undergarments. It is also prohibited to embroider the national flag and other symbols onto pillowcases or neckerchiefs.
Okay say it was used as an undergarment. Going by the defition of an undergarment, how the heck would you even find that out ! Plus that might have been one of the foreseen ventures of the aforementioned brand.
Tradition also states that when draped vertically, the flag should not merely be rotated through 90 degrees, but also reversed. One “reads” a flag like the pages of a book, from top to bottom and from left to right, and after rotation the results should be the same.
So mind you, I could complain about you to the teacher if it was even a tad bit lower or higher.
It is also insulting to display the flag in a frayed or dirty state.
Umm .. insulting to whom exactly ? The flag or the inflated ego in the big head of a nonsensical non-patriot.
So when it is hoisted with the flags of other countries, it should be the first flag or first and last flag or in alphabetical order. Fair enough. But sample this :
In case flags are to be flown in a closed circle, the national flag shall mark the beginning of the circle and the flags of other countries should proceed in a clockwise manner.
Ahem .. elementary geometry anyone ?
When the President goes on tour within India, the flag should be displayed on the side by which the President will embark the aircraft or disembark from it. When the President travels by special train within the country, the flag should be flown from the driver’s cab on the side facing the platform of the station from where the train departs. The flag should be flown only when the special train is stationary or when coming into the station where it is going to halt.
Who exactly has the time to come up with such stuff ?
There are plenty more here if you want a good laugh, but I end with this :
When the Tiranga is in a damaged or soiled condition, it may not be cast aside or disrespectfully disposed of, but shall be destroyed as a whole in private, preferably by burning or by any other method consistent with the dignity of the flag. The other proper way to destroy the Tiranga could be immersion into the Ganga or buried with due respect.
Yeah whatever, if I were in its place, I would just be glad to break free finally.
I also propose that Oxford immediately change the definition of flagging from his book, apparently it means declining, weakening, languid and drooping, which should be insulting to the flag as we have just learnt.
To summarize, please be careful the next time you handle the flag, lest you might hurt its sentiments (and if that happens, optimistically speaking, I would get another blog post).
This dude of the week is literal.
We all know that Obama religiously works out everyday. It was but natural that Mr. L.K. Advani would follow suit.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Friday showed that he is fit to lead the country by trying his hand at dumbbells and weights at the new gymnasium developed by the civic body in Vadaj area in Ahmedabad.
Details follow :
He picked up two one-kg dumbbells and lifted them above his shoulders, both his hands up in the air. Advani also flexed his muscles with some shoulder crunches at the gymnasium. He then jogged to Pakistan, uprooted a hand pump and bashed up all Pakistani actors who were not in government jobs.
Well not the last line, but the rest is true. I have video proof.
I never expected Mr. Advani to be all about brawn. Maybe because I always thought he resembled Chacha Chaudhari (or is it just me ?). Now wouldn’t it be cool to have an election poster that says “Shri L.K. Advani’s brain works faster than a non-Hindu”.
(For people who do not yet see the obvious plagiarism of campaigning, have a look at a previous article here. Another recent speech of his read “India’s problems need Indian solutions” which bears an uncanny resemblance to an Obama speech)
Check out some awesome metaphors used recently :
Mayawati is the ‘new-age Shahjahan’, says BJP.
Young Congress men are fish in aquarium: Modi
Cong calls Modi a piranha.
I sincerely request you to tone down the intellect and dumb down the metaphors. After all, we are the people who believe that Slumdog’s success was your achievement and Ram Mandir is the most important issue.