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CAN THE PARLIAMENT LOGJAM BY CONGRESS BE JUSTIFIED?

What to say but this has been the sorry state of affairs in India for a very long time now – perhaps twelve to thirteen years since I began observing Indian political affairs keenly.

the Parliament ironically called the Temple of Democracy is reduced to being anything but a Temple. It has been abused to filth and reduced to a street fighting arena.

Amidst all this furor, whatever little work is manageable filters through at the terrible cost of progress of the Nation. What’s happening now, the Parliament logjam as is fondly called, is but of a different nature from earlier protests. This protest is merely to disrupt any work so to speak and hurl accusations at a Govt that wants to function within the Parliamentary ethics. From July 21st onwards, when the monsoon session began, to this date, adjournments has been the norm – thanks to the Congress Party. Their pretext for the disruption holds no legal or political substance since what they are demanding is not merely foolish and illogical, but a unparliamentary precedent.

When all the erstwhile protests were being carried out, I mean during the UPA times, there was substantial evidences against those members of government who stubbornly failed to step down – hence the consequent logjam by the then Opposition which stood to be justified in that context. Here there is neither a case of any wrong doing, any illegality nor immorality from the Government’s side or the MEA’s side specifically.

Federal system does not allow Parliament to take decisions on State Affairs. This is a Constitutional prerogative of the States. Regardless, it would be worthwhile to know that, while Vyapam is already under the SC jurisdiction, all falsely hoisted allegations, accusations and evidences in the cases of MEA and Rajasthan CM has been proved to the contrary by none other than the Media itself which raked up the issue first. If humanitarian gestures are to be questioned under the garb of suspicion and conflict of interest, then Congress would need to explain to the nation the humanitarian aspect under which the Congress Party President spent close to 8500 Crores as part of her healthcare and the sundry expenses surrounding it. That was also an unnecessary gesture of humanitarianism from the people of India towards a human being more and a foreigner less. Perhaps that would substantially explain as to why the Congress and other parties backing them are not ready for a debate in Parliament, as it should be. Because, as intriguing but absurd as it can be, conflict of interest would haunt several in Congress and other Opposition parties.

You don’t hang a person first and then take trial of his case as it would appear in this instance going by the Congress logic. This is merely vendetta politics by the Congress Party and rest assured, they stand to loose considerably further than their 44 they have braved now, in any forthcoming elections. God save India and for once it does emphasize the fact that, despite a MAJORITY Government, even a mouse can disrupt proceedings at will and whisper. I guess a revisit to the Parliamentary Affairs of Functioning needs to be seriously looked into if India has to progress. If not, these elected members would happily exhaust the exchequer without contributing anything to the welfare of the Nation, without hesitation or guilt and without responsibility.

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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

ABOUT #PK @AMIRKHAN & HINDU GURUS

FRANCOIS GAUTIER

Many of my Hindu friends, intelligent, cultured people, whom I respect, have loved the film PK.

This set me thinking: I know that most Hindus do not mind being made fun off and that their religion allows for near unlimited tolerance.

But nevertheless, as a friend of the #Hindus, here are my arguments:

1)        Obviously @amirkhan would have never dared making fun of Islam and its Prophet Mohamed. Not only Amir is a Muslim, who though he married a Hindu, brings up his kids as Muslims and goes to Mecca, but he also knows that there would have been all India riots against him and the cinemas that showed #PK.

2) Where does the tradition of making fun and running down Hindu Gurus originate? Not from Amir Khan, not from Bollywood, not even from Nehru – but from the British, who found that Hinduism was the biggest stumbling block to…

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Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

About #Islam, Logic, statistics & #CharlieHebdo.

FRANCOIS GAUTIER

There have been many who while condemning the killing of the #CharlieHebdo cartoonists and journalists, said that Charlie Hebdo was Islamophobic and even some, as the #AlJaezeraDoha-correspondent Mohamed Vall Salem that ‘if you insult 1,5 billion Muslims, one or two of them will kill you’… This reminds me how in India Leftist intellectuals keep putting on the same foot, #Islamic terrorism and #Hindu fundamentalism. In those cases, a good journalist – and I would say any sane human being – looks at statistics: OK, the #CharlieHebdo cartoonists may have done something that offends #Muslims, that is depict the Prophet, but did they kill anybody? Did they snuff out violently and coldly a human life as the Kouachi brothers did? From a Dharmic point of view, or even a Christian one, which act do you think carries the blackest karma: the drawing of a cartoon or the taking of human lives?…

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Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

TEN IDEAS FOR THE PRIME MINISTER @NarendraModi FOR @2015

These are measures that must be considered by the PMO in its commitment towards a better India.

FRANCOIS GAUTIER

1) Accessibility to Ministers

The popular impression is that the PM has tremendous energy and is doing all the right things, but nevertheless, it is also felt, that except maybe for Mr Arun Jaitley, there are no ministers around him who stand out as exceptional and he is a one-man show.
One of the problems is that these ministers have to work in an environment which is the by-product of decades of Congress rule, whereas the ministers are heavily dependant on PA’s and secretaries of PA’s and even peons.

As a result, it is very difficult today to reach a Minister, even if one has genuine work. I know of three or four recent instances of friends, some of whom came from an influential background and had bona fide reasons for a meeting with a particular minister, but could not even get to the PA. Even recent entrants…

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Posted by on December 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Gandhiji Assassin Nathuram Godse’s Final Address to the Court, on the 5th of May 1949: WHY I KILLED GANDHI ?

These are historical facts that was submerged under the Nehruvian socialist ideology of Indian History!

FRANCOIS GAUTIER

….Born in a devotional Brahmin family, I instinctively came to revere Hindu religion, Hindu history and Hindu culture. I had, therefore, been intensely proud of Hinduism as a whole. As I grew up I developed a tendency to free thinking unfettered by any superstitious allegiance to any isms, political or religious. That is why I worked actively for the eradication of untouchability and the caste system based on birth
alone. I openly joined anti-caste movements and maintained that all Hindus were of equal status as to rights, social and religious and should be considered high or low on merit alone and not through the accident of birth in a particular caste or profession. I used publicly to take part in organized anti-caste dinners in which thousands of Hindus, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Chamars and Bhangis participated. We broke the caste rules and dined in the company of each other. I have…

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Posted by on December 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Is **Right Wing Hindu Nationalists** a Balanced and Fair Reporting???

When we allow this flavour of reporting to go unchallenged we unwittingly weaken India’s ability to negotiate with the world on our own terms. Mr. Sankrant Sanu asks why avowedly Christian leaders in the UK and US are not similarly tagged.

As a new government is taking charge in India, it is time to reflect on the terminology used about India in the Western press and also by English-language Indian journalists writing in India and abroad.

Western news outlets routinely describe Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP as “right-wing Hindu-nationalist” in practically every news report. This is problematic for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is not clear that the label “right” and “left” so easily apply to Indian politics and do not map clearly to Western political categories. Certainly no economically right-wing politician in the West would declare in their first major address after being elected that the “the new government is completely dedicated to the poor” as Modi did in his first meeting of the BJP parliamentary committee.

Nor is the label “Hindu-nationalist” entirely accurate, particularly since it is used pejoratively. British Prime Minister David Cameron, recently wrote in The Church Times, the leading Anglican newspaper, “I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country, more ambitious about expanding the role of faith-based organisations, and, frankly, more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives.”

Now, it is worth remembering that Britian is not officially secular. It has a state religion and an official Church, the Church of England. Their head of state, the Queen, is also head of the Church. Despite Prime Minister Cameron’s clear espousal of Christianity, and its centrality, both legally and restated by him, in the conception of their nation, the Conservative party is not routinely called a Christian-nationalist party.

To make this contrast even clearer, let us imagine that Prime Minister Modi made the statement:
“I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Hindu rashtra, more ambitious about expanding the role of Hindu organisations, and, frankly, more evangelical about spreading Hinduism to make a difference to people’s lives.”

All hell would break loose in India if Modi were to say this. However, this is just a restatement of Prime Minister Cameron’s statement about Christianity and Britain. But for some reason, Prime Minister Modi apparently has to be tagged as a “Hindu nationalist” in every press report while Cameron is not tagged as a “Christian nationalist”.

An even clearer example is George Bush Jr., who made no bones about his faith as a born-again Christian. Bush explicitly loosened the purse strings so that federal money could flow to “faith-based” organizations. But he was not routinely described as an evangelical Christian in every news report. There is a misconception, however, that Bush was somewhat unique in modern American presidents. Every US president, Republican or Democrat, publically avows his Christian faith. Bill Clinton was Southern Baptist, a conservative Christian denomination and attended church every week till he went to college. He could “quote scripture with the best of them.” Jimmy Carter was a self-described evangelical born-again Christian. Obama also avowed “I am a Christian. I have a deep faith.”

Despite affirmation of (Christian) faith being practically a pre-requisite to be President of the United States, presidents are not tagged by their religion in every press report. We must start to question when Prime Minister Modi continues to be tagged as such.

This is not only the question of a level playing field. It also leads to a mis-understanding of India and its pluralistic nature. The BJP is not a Hindu party that will impose Manusmriti on everyone. People in Pakistan are very surprised to learn that the BJP has a Muslim general secretary and Christian MLA’s and MP’s. An improper equivalence is created, fanned by Indian writers in Pakistani newspapers, that the BJP is somehow the equivalent of its Jamaat-e-Islami, which is fighting to have Sharia law in Pakistan.

Now the odds of the Jamaat having a Hindu or Christian general secretary are, to put it mildly, quite low. But this incorrect equivalence causes Pakistanis to make statements like “unlike India, we have never had the religious right win an election.” This misunderstanding can become an obstacle to peace and also provide further impetus for atrocities on Pakistan’s vanishing Hindu minority. If you actually examined the parties’ official positions and religious affirmations you will find the BJP left of the leftmost mainstream political party in Pakistan. The BJP affirms its commitment to secularism, even if it derides its opponents’ flavour of it. A Pakistani party can only affirm its commitment to the Islamic state.

While we are on the subject of Pakistan, practically every Western news agency finds it necessary to use the phrase “nuclear-armed neighbours” in any article about the two. Perhaps it is time we start repaying that reminder when talking about “nuclear-armed neighbours UK and France” or in the case of the United States, the “only country to have deployed a nuclear weapon in war”, in every foreign policy report about these countries. Nor does every report dealing with US-China relations state they have nuclear warheads pointed at each other. We need to start recognising the messaging when “nuclear-armed neighbours” is repeated in every report, just as “right-wing Hindu nationalist” is. It is the Western gaze on the natives that they do not apply to themselves.

When we allow this flavor of reporting to go unchallenged we unwittingly weaken India’s ability to negotiate with the world on our own terms.

{Mr. Sankrant Sanu is an author and entrepreneur based in Seattle and Gurgaon. He is a graduate of IIT Kanpur and the University of Texas and holds six technology patents}.

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Sanskrit: First words recorded on a gramophone disk were from the Rig Veda – WHN

Bharata Bharati

Thomas Edison HMV had once published a pamphlet giving the history of gramophone record. Gramophone was invented by Thomas Alva Edison in the 19th century. Edison, who had invented many other gadgets like electric light and the motion picture camera, had become a legend even in his own time.

When he invented the gramophone record, which could record human voice for posterity, he wanted to record the voice of an eminent scholar on his first piece. For that he chose Prof. Max Muller of  England, another great personality of the 19th century. He wrote to Max Muller saying, “I want to meet you and record your voice. When should I come?” Max Muller who had great respect for Edison asked him to come on a suitable time when most of the scholars of the Europe would be gathering in England .

Friedrich Max Muller by Lock & WhitfieldAccordingly Edison took a ship and went to  England. He was introduced to the…

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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized