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Beef Drama, Inside Voices

Posted on Wednesday, 7 October 2015 No comments
Beef drama has been brewing for some time - everybody is really angry. They say they're unhappy, but everything has gone according to the plan. Believe it or not, the biggest loser has been Narendra Modi so far.

Yogi Adityanath - Will slowly erode all the hard work gone in economic development

Sangeet Som - Was a little scared first, then got a lot of encouragement from BJP

Akhilesh Yadav - Shhh, nobody has questioned the law and order in UP yet

Arvind Kejriwal - Please someone pay some attention to us too, in all this beef drama

Azam Khan - I do the thankless job singlehandedy for Mulayam Singh

Cow - Liberals support me when PETA asks them to

Sonia and Rahul - BJP is consolidating our muslim vote bank

Lalu and Nitish - He died in dadri, Uttar Pradesh - but we will gain in Bihar

Obama - Should we tell Modi that we just had beef steaks?

Sadhvi Prachi - I know my bullshit gets me eyeballs, else nobody would know me

Sakshi Maharaj - I am an espert in apologizing later

Chicken - Can somebody find some religious reference for me too?

Media - We will cause a riot if that gets us some TRP

My son is preparing for the next elections already - Sonia Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi has declared his contribution to India's political narrative. Recently, he gloated about how through his relentless efforts, Narendra Modi finally quit wearing a particular suit and boot. He also shared his insights into the size and color of prime minister Modi's wardrobe. Sonia Gandhi used this opportunity to re-affirm her son's claim at the throne. After Rahul Gandhi came back from his sabbatical, things have improved for Congress exponentially. He's been very proactive in finding issues and confronting the government on them. This is another feather in his cap.

The issue of national importance isn't beef but unrelenting hate mongering

Posted on Tuesday, 6 October 2015 No comments

Prior to BJPs ascendancy to power in 2014 cow slaughter was already outlawed in most Indian states barring Kerala, West Bengal and a few states in the north east. However, in some states like Maharashtra cows which had passed the age of milking could be slaughtered provided a fit for slaughter certificate is issued. No one had any problem with this arrangement. Neither the Hindus nor the Muslims nor the ardent vegetarians or vegans.

By imposing a blanket ban on cow slaughter and on sale/ consumption of Beef in Maharashtra, BJP played a hideous communal agenda and its ramifications took a severe toll on the agrarian economy as well and rendered many butchers employed in this industry jobless.

During the UPA no one bothered about issues like Beef eating and its availability in places where it was hitherto legal.

Thanks to BJP for playing divisively sinister politics and ennobling Beef as one of the most important agenda in the national political discourse today.

A government of fascists with a diabolical and ominous agenda which can stoop unimaginably low to sow the seeds of mutual distrust and communal hatred in the society in order to dismantle tolerance, peaceful coexistence and inclusiveness.

Pertinent Issue is not Beef but unrelenting hate mongering and unwarranted communal vitriolic of BJP in the shroud of religion which aims at pitting the Hindus and Muslims against each other.

BJP wants to ensure that Hindus should look upon it as the saviour of their cultural heritage, religious beliefs and other values.

Ban on Cow slaughter has a precedence in Indian history which dates back to the time of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.

In vast swathes of North and Central India cow beef was never consumed by the populace in recent history. Still illegally if cow beef was available in the underground market no one made it a national issue.

Written by Aditya Chaturvedi

Dadri Beef Murder - Mobs have a religion but terrorists don't

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The Fashionable Outragers Inc. is having a field day smile emoticon Horror of Horrors has happened! An ‘innocent man’ ('innocence' and 'guilt' deduced on the basis of heresay and individual persuasions, before even preliminary investigations have produced any definite conclusions), what’s worse, from the minority community, has been beaten to death by a ‘zealous Hindu mob’ (according to the secular liberals), and the people who are supposed to be inertly non-violent to endless provocation have fallen from the ‘Gandhian’ ideal set for them (according to the Nelson-eyed humanists, for whom Hindu tolerance is to be measured not relative to a context, but in absolute terms).

In the reportages of the incident of mob violence in Dadri village, (ref: TOI, Yahoo, TheWeek, Deccan Herald) the media has succeeded once again in distorting reality by selectively highlighting (even deliberately misrepresenting) facts and adding concocted details for certain effect. In spite of the fact that concerned authorities have repeatedly clarified that there is a history and background to the violence, the media has assiduously blacked out every other aspect of the incident except those which give it the appearance of a sensational 'hate crime'. The incident seen in isolation and interpreted out of a context would paint a picture of a dreadful wrong perpetrated by ‘religiously motivated’ people and ascribe such guilt squarely to one side. Before any investigation to the circumstances and wherefores has taken place, summary media trial and judgment to the accompaniment of loud and plentiful denouncements from predictable quarters will ensure that an indelible perception has been created which will abide when the actual particulars of the event come out in time, but the events cease to hold the interest of the public. Repeat this trick hundreds of times and the objective of equalization of the aggressor and the aggressed upon is successfully achieved.

A look at the events relating to cattle theft in India will show that the cases of these leading to violence are neither recent (as alleged in mainstream reportages that these have been happening ‘since the “Hindu nationalist BJP” came to power at the centre’ - (ref: News18, NYtimes, NewIE, Indian Express)  nor isolated (ref: NewIE, TOI, Daily Sun) and from statistics world over, not a local phenomenon either.

It occurs in almost every country with vast farming tracts from the most developed to the poorest, with nearly the same reactions ranging from shock, indignance, anger and grief from owners and community over inhumane, indiscriminate butchery (in some cases burning alive for immediate consumption, of nursing cows and calves by cruel, unscrupulous cattleraiders), and circumstances, including the fact that authorities have been singularly unsuccessful in containing this menace as cattle thieves get more and more intrepid, organised and well-armed. Ranchers communities have no choice but to organise themselves in local vigilance bands to protect their livestock from theft and illegal slaughter and on some occasions have been known to take law into their own hands, even challenging powerful federal agencies and law-enforcement.

In a country like India with a deep traditional regard of life-forms, exemplified in particular in the reverence with respect to the cow which is seen as a symbol of motherhood, the reactions are bound to be emotional, particularly in rural areas and communities where cattle is still seen as property and a means of livelihood. The emotion with respect to milch cattle is far more cultural than evoked purely by religious norms (diktats, there are none in the majority Hindu religion). This is similar to the horse and dog being protected from slaughter in several European countries and Americas, which is owing to cultural sensibilities of the people who associate historic qualities of loyalty and companionship (the same in Hindu culture however with respect to the cow is ridiculed!) There are not just Hindu but Sikh and Muslim cow protection groups. Historically too, cow slaughter has been outlawed by several Muslim regimes as well.

Particularly in the light of the fact that cattle theft has assumed the form and proportions of organised international criminality, the angst of agrarian communities may by no means be trivialized (Bareilly -barely three weeks before the presently cited incident-

a. Policeman killed by cattle robbers
b. Armed cattle thieves shoot at police

Depletion of Indian breeds of cows is a very realistic threat and the scale and spread of smuggling alarming by all indices. A trend peculiar to India is also that the smugglers involved in cattle theft belong overwhelmingly to one specific minority religious community. Any flare-up over cattle rustling therefore immediately gains a religious colour and gets exploited by demagogues of all hues. The audacity of the smugglers in spite of express bans, disregard for law and cultural sensibilities of the majority community (routine instances of provocation, desecration of temples by throwing meat into temple precincts, miscreants surreptitiously placing heads of slaughtered cows in Hindu settlements to incite passions, legal activism, etc.) are by no means indicative of timid demeanour of people from a vulnerable, insecure minority, but one aggressive, offensive and organised and aware of their political clout and efficacy of ideological manipulation by acting as a cohesive group. Any violent retaliation in defence (admittedly prompted at times by prejudice than definite blame) and attendant factors of skewed media reporting gets immediately interpreted as one-sided aggression and easily blurs the lines between the preying and the preyed upon.

Barely a month ago -
a. Cattle thieves shoot at villagers who intercepted them
b. Cattle thieves kill man in Delhi

There can however be no dilution of the fact that cattle rustlers are dangerous criminals and communities by and large defenceless before them and very likely would react violently in case of perceived threat. Also, the fact that cow-slaughter is illegal in UP as in most of India should not get lost in the parry of opposing views.

Attempts to manipulate this most recent incident along the lines of ideological allegiances or hyperventilation on 'lost secular fabric' of the country, impassioned lamentations on the 'signs of growing intolerance of Hindus' are at worst malintentioned and at best, emotional outbursts lacking sense of proportion, reactive and in a hurry to declare their dissociation with the 'wrong of their society', acting in the same lynch mob fashion that they criticise and by no means indicative of responses of a thinking, aware nation. Objective commentaries by dispassionate, thinking individuals, with any social or historic perspective and insight are rarely seen. Needless to say, these serve to only produce more conflicting images, distorted perceptions and diminish the overall stature of our nation and its (intellectual) culture.

Written by Smita Mukerji

You can follow Smita Mukerji on facebook here. Article first published on author's timeline.

Mr Modi, Not Sexy Enough

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'So, what has YOUR PM Modi done in a year, apart from going on foreign trips'? Asked the ageing adarshliberal diva, trying to arch her heavily botoxed eyebrows.

'For one thing, Modi is not just MY PM, he is the democratically elected PM of India, with a massive mandate.'

'Yeah, yeah, whatever, but he is not sexy', she pouted.

'Being sexy is not the PM's job Ma'am, for that you have Raghuram Rajan'.

The diva blushed, as much as her cheek implants would allow her to.

'Let us not talk about Raghu here, tell me what has Modi done'?'

'Have you been to a train station lately? Oh, I am sorry, you don't travel by train like us lesser mortals. But I have, and all the train stations that I have been to have never looked cleaner.'

'Oh, you mean that Swachch Bharat thing, oh, that's just a gimmick', she shrugged.

'Well, according to news reports over 31 lakh new toilets have been built in rural India under Swachch Bharat'.

'That doesn't impress me honey, tell me what has Modi done for people'?

'Fine, let me give you real life examples. My domestic help has opened a bank account for the very first time in her life under the Jan Dhan Yojana. She gets her salary credited into her account every month. For the first time, she has complete control over her own money. Her alcoholic husband has no access to it. She has managed to save more money in this year than she has in the last ten years'.

'Pooh, that's one person'.

'Okay, take the case of my driver. He has invested in the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme for his daughter's future. He has also enrolled for the Jan Suraksha Yojana. He says, I feel a lot more reassured now that I have some insurance cover. My tailor has applied for a loan under the Mudra Bank and she is awaiting disbursement. So far amounts of over 29,000 Crores have been disbursed to small entrepreneurs in collateral-free loans. These are people I know personally, whose life has changed for the better.'

'Drivers, maids, tailors, is that all you can think of? Tell me what Modi has done for people like 'us'?

'Have you heard of 'Make in India? After the launch of the program, India emerged as top destination for FDI surpassing China and the US.'

'Oh, how does that matter to me? I want the freedom to eat beef. All your Modi has done is to ban beef!', Simpered the adarshliberal while sipping delicately on sparkled Evian water.

'I am really sorry that you feel that way, but 'Modi' hasn't banned beef, the state govt. has, and BTW, weren't you the one who were asking people to be 'kind to stray dogs' in your locality?'

'Yeah, I am an animal lover, you know that', she drawled.

'And cows are not animals'?

She ignored my question.

'Have you surrendered your gas subsidy? I have and so have hundreds of people that I know personally.'

'Oh, you Bhakts,' she drawled in her faux Colaba meets Chicago accent as she signalled her servant to clear the table. He took the barely touched glass of water and the half-empty bottle of Evian away.

'Have you heard of 'Jalyukt Shivar'? The flagship program of the Maharashtra government to encourage water conservation'? I asked. I could see her massive swimming pool rippling in the sun outside from where I was sitting.

'Not really. I have no time for all this sarkari stuff dahling, and now if you'll excuse me, I have to leave now. I am launching my new book, 'How to be sexy at sixty by eating beef'.

Written by Shefali Vaidya

Newspaper columnist, Intrepid Traveller, Amateur Photographer, Armchair Activist, Mum to triplets. You can follow her on twitter @shefvaidya.

The post was originally published on author's facebook timeline here.

Is BJP aiming for an economically developed yet socially regressive India?

Posted on Monday, 5 October 2015 No comments

An uncouth hate monger and venom spewer is the Union Culture Minister of India. A regressive man who basks in the glory of the alleged golden age of the nation is the Home minister. The less said the better about other illustrious ministers including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, HRD etc.

The government at helm instigates communal riots for electoral gains and the stalwart foot soldiers and conduits are generously rewarded by the orchestrators.

After the Gujarat 2002 pogrom, Maya Kodnani was sworn in as a state cabinet minister in Gujarat by none other than the pious man Narendra Modi himself.

BJP MLA Sangeet Som was amongst those incited the communal riots in Muzzafarnagar which lead to a phenomenal victory for BJP in the state Assembly elections.

After the lynching of an innocent man in Dadri, this legislator has blathered that " We are capable of repeating Muzaffarnagar 2.0 " and none of the gibberish uttering motormouths who are the senior party leaders have condemned him for such flagrant remarks.

Free thinkers, rationalists and men of reason are brutally murdered in broad day light by hindutava fascist organizations who are ideological proteges of sangh parivar and its affiliates.

Obnoxious diktats are passed which pronounce what a woman should wear and what she shouldn't, what is within the limits of sacred ' Indian culture ' and what is not.

Retrograde Socio- cultural agendas are being shoved down the throats of the people under the auspices of the ruling dispensation.

Economic development and that too in terms of GDP is not a solitary unitary factor which is the determinant of a nations progress. Economic development is always associated with social development, robust welfare schemes for the downtrodden, impetus on quality education and state of the art healthcare system, transparency in institutions, accountability, progressive and modernist attitude of the people,inculcation of a scientific temperament, separation of religion from politics and the cherished right of free speech, expression and artistic/ aesthetic freedom.

Latin American countries like Uruguay, Argentina and Chile are far better than India in the parameter of HDI and social liberty.

So by constantly exhorting for economic development on one hand and furthering regressive socio- cultural agendas, reducing social sector spendings and polarising the people on the basis of religion on the other hand which model does the BJP hopes to emulate. ?

A Hindu Saudi Arabia maybe. ?

Nevertheless, All jingoists yell in unison ' Mera Bharat Mahaan '

Written by Aditya Chaturvedi

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