The Making of ‘Secular’ Modi

The recent happenings in NIT Srinagar is the best example of how BJP practices secularism in the veil of Hindu nationalism. The row erupted in NIT, Srinagar when non-kashmiri students hoisted tricolour in response of celebration of India’s defeat against West Indies. When situation turned callous, police were called which had to lathicharge on the students who were chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai.’ It’s one of the unfortunate incidents in history of our nation when culprits are protected while innocents are beaten. Kashmir has been always on the point of explosion but BJP has always promised to turn the situation.

When people wanted to get rid of secularism of Congress, dynasty rule, enormous corruption and most importantly they wanted a shift in the paradigm; they voted for Narendra Modi. It has been character of BJP to do exactly opposite of its ideology when it gets the power. It has the tendency to forget its ideological roots in pursuit of being labelled as secular and progressive. The government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave people glimpse about the real character of BJP and as a result, BJP was thrown out of government in 2004 despite performing well on economic front.

It’s often said that the people who don’t learn from History, they’re destined to be doomed by History. BJP has the tendency to forget the lessons of history again and again, and people teach them a lesson only to be forgotten after getting power. There was enormous hope from people’s side that Narendra Modi will be the prime minister who will change the paradigm but that appears as a dream only. BJP has always advocated itself as a party which champions the Hindu cause along with nationalism which is based on idea of Hinduism. However, BJP doesn’t adhere to its ideology when it gets the power.

The way Narendra Modi is turning himself in a secular prime minister so swiftly has left many people puzzled. When a mob comprising more than one lakh Muslims stormed in Malda, West Bengal, there was a deafening silence from the central government. Ministry of home affairs woke up after three days only to announce that they’re not sending any team to investigate this incident as law and order is a state subject. Narendra Modi government has been exceptionally softer in dealing with Mamta Banerjee while Modi had always talked against Mamta Banerjee during his 2014 Loksabha election campaign. The investigation in case of Sharda scam was deliberately slowed down while top leaders of TMC were involved in this case.

Narendra Modi was so far known for his political incorrectness and not submitting himself to secularism. To gain few votes of Muslims, he stopped his speech during Azan while he had refused to wear skull cap earlier. It should be clear to BJP that Muslims won’t be wooed by such gestures rather it will drive the core vote of BJP away. When Narendra Modi attended Sufi Congress in Delhi recently, he made a comment in which he called Islam means peace. That was pure political correctness and the comment was nothing to do with fact because in the strict linguistic sense ‘Islam’ means ‘submission’ while Islamic history suggest that Islam is a religion of anything but peace. He applauded the great tradition of Sufism as an ideology which harbours peace and spiritualism without realising that Sufism is the soft power of   Islam which was one of the most insidious weapon in converting Hindus into Muslims in History.

The train of secularism of Modi didn’t stop here and went on to confirm a myth which was propagated by Islamists. He tweeted that Cheraman Perumal went to Mecca and embraced Islam. He didn’t realise that he is confirming a myth which will only strengthen the mission of Islamist in their eternal mission of conversion. Submitting himself to the secularism and calling Islam a religion of peace was too much rewarding for him as he got the highest civilian honour of Saudi Arabia. On the policy front, he has continued the legacy of Congress and has done almost naught to solve the issues which Hindus are facing today.

The latest one is the incident in NIT, Srinagar which proves how real is the nationalism of BJP. BJP is in power in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in centre yet the students who chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ are beaten by Jammu and Kashmir police. It’s foolish to assume that the state government was unaware of actions being taken by the police. Deputy CM of Jammu and Kashmir who is from BJP shameless claimed that it was an issue of internal conflict in NIT Srinagar.

In the attempt of proving themselves secular, BJP has forgotten the core of its ideology. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee sacrificed his life for integration of Kashmir with India and nationalism but BJP can’t embrace nationalism because it’s not fashionable. The soul of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee would be just watching this characteristic of his own party from heaven meekly. BJP has delivered such beautiful tribute to the ideology of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. The students of NIT Srinagar have been repeatedly asking for the security for a week but home ministry neither deployed CRPF nor Indian Army. There are some news coming in of deployment of CRPF but it’s not confirmed yet. Smriti Irani who was in much grief due to suicide of Raohith Vemula hasn’t issued any statement so far.

The events suggest that Mr. Modi will not wake up because he is trying to uproot himself. It’s often said that power makes you deaf. Narendra Modi has become deaf now but people do have weapons to show you the consequences of deafness. To succeed in any endeavour, people have to focus on their strength but BJP takes its core voters for granted without paying any heed to their concerns. BJP has always advocated for abolishing Article 370 but it seems to have forgotten when it came in power. It’s time to wake up and learn from history else people will bury Narendra Modi in the pages of History in 2019.

Cattle Claiming Lives, Indian Media, and Communal Angle

When Mohammad Akhalq was lynched by people last year, it became a national sensation and Indian media left no stone unturned in undermining the real issue. In this rhetoric, the fact that he was accused of stealing a cattle and killing it was concealed completely. The nation became intolerant, pseudo intellectuals returned their awards, and secular leaders got the opportunity to play the dirty game of politics. As I had also pointed out then that the Indian society still revere the cattle due to their economic importance and that should be the basic premise to investigate this case, it was foolish to expect that any such thing will come out as the harvesters of communal politics had already decided to give it religious colour.

A similar incident happened in Latehar, Jharkhand couple of weeks ago. Two cattle traders were killed by villagers due to some internal disputes. As the victims were Muslim again, our media again found its perfect combination. Muslims are killed by Hindus and it’s a case of religious tension. As they didn’t care for the report of police investigation in Dadri case, they didn’t pay any heed to what local police had to say in this matter. Seculars leader jumped in the ground to show the solidarity with the family of victims while demonizing the Hindus as general. But there was a catch. Latehar was not close to Delhi. They couldn’t send their reporters with microphone and camera to scream loudly from Latehar and labelling India again as intolerant nation. The intellectuals couldn’t write tonnes of articles too as media didn’t feed them content in their Lutyen zone bungalows and they’re too lazy to step out from bedrooms and visit Latehar. Arvind Kejriwal couldn’t come Latehar too as topography of Latehar is not favourable for luxury vehicles.

It was merely a week after Latehar incident when three people were killed by villagers again in the case of stealing cattle in Chaibasa, Jharkhand. It was such an unfortunate incident because the village panchayat had allegedly announced the killing of three people. The police have booked six people with the murder charges and investigation is still going on. This incident happened in the interior area of Jharkhand where it’s not easy for the media to report the incident on national level.

The common thing in all these three incidents was that these were related to stealing cattle. The number of deaths being different in different cases. Look at the media reporting now. The first incident got a media coverage of more than three months on national news channels, second incident got mentioned in few newspaper, and third incident was reported in local newspaper. The severity of third incident was worst in all three cases though. The Indian media love to call themselves as entity safeguarding the interest of marginalised people, so they should have reported the third incident with the greatest magnitude because it claimed the lives of three tribal people. But they didn’t do so. This incident didn’t have something related to religion to gain the TRP and put the blame on government. They didn’t bother to report it because it didn’t have something exotic to tell.

The way Indian media has degraded over time, is a despicable tale. Obscuring the truth and showing the fabricated version of story have become their job while ignoring their primary function. They won’t report to any incident which will not be related to Hindu and Muslim because it won’t have the substance to abuse the present government. These three incidents expose their hypocrisy which has become their inherent nature.

A Review of Foreign Policy of Modi

Foreign Policy and Diplomacy of a government which is merely 20 months old can’t be assessed extensively. However, we can analyse few cases which give a good idea about the result of such policies in future.

1. Modi government is following the same path what its predecessors have been following for 60 years with Pakistan. The government can’t decide that whether they should talk or suspend the talks with Pakistan. The relationship of India and Pakistan had become adverse in late 2014 and for most of the times in 2015 but it appeared to come on track in late 2015. There was NSA level talks, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj visited Pakistan, and Modi gave a surprise to everyone by going to Pakistan on Nawaz Sharif’s birthday. Yet, Pakistan responded with back stabbing as there was terrorist attack in Pathankot, India which had connection with Pakistan apparently. These are the same things which Indian PMs have been doing but getting same result every time. Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Pakistan by bus and Pakistan responded with its misadventure in Kargil. Pakistan policy of Modi has been unsuccessful so far and nothing new. The same events are being repeated again.

2. Modi government had excellent vision of focusing more on its geopolitical status in Southeast Asia which was called ‘Look East’ policy. Modi started off pretty well in this regard and visited many nations in Asia including Central Asian countries which have immense strategic importance. However, it was a major blow on Modi’s foreign policy when government interfared in internal affairs of Nepal. Madhesi people were not content with the new Constitution of Nepal and they launched protests against it. Nepal relies heavily on India when it comes to medicines, petroleum products, and other useful products as most of the trucks enter into Nepal via India. During the protests, Nepal experienced shortages of almost every essential good as trucks were not allowed to go Nepal. Although it was not an official order but Nepal perceived as an act of Indian government. Nepal again started showing its inclination towards China and started drifting away from India.

3. Modi government has achieved so many things in Central Asia. Central Asian countries had been ignored by previous government but Modi visited Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan etc to better the relationships.

4. The relationship with Japan has considerably improved. Japan has become ready to provide a loan of $30 Billion at very low interest rate for the bullet train project from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. Modi’s plan of attending Ganga Aarti at Varanasi with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was an excellent way to demonstrate the culture of India. It was the way to show the great cultural achievement of India which can be considered as our soft power. We’re no longer a country of Snake Charmers as Nehru had presented to the world but one of the oldest civilization of the world which is still flourished.

5. In the Southeast region of Asia, China is undoubtedly the biggest power. China is focusing much more on increasing its impact in the region. China is also trying to enhance its marine presence by building various ports in countries such as Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In the war time, China can use these ports for its warships. India has done well to counter this move of China by improving relationship with countries which have impact in South China sea such as Japan and Vietnam.

As Russia has been like the best friend of India, the relationship with Russia is still intact. Relationship with US has been also good although there is one major change. There are not considerable improvement in relationship with China but it’s on a positive track now. However, the perception of India in the world has changed positively. In the UPA regime, the world used to look India as the nation which can’t be global power. India was not perceived as hope but a country which has potential but can’t harness its potential. That perception has changed as world is witnessing that India has a leader now who has global appeal, decisive, and has a vision to take country forward.

All these factors make Modi’s foreign policy and diplomacy successful barring cases such as Pakistan and Nepal.

How relevant is Gregorian calendar for Indians?

New year may mark the beginning of new hope, aspirations, and resolution for countless numbers of people. But I wonder that which new year marks the new beginning? There are numerous calendars in this world which are followed by different countries of world. Although we observe typical cross-cultural phenomenon in the countries which were colonies of European nations. Most of them had full fledged civilizations which were advanced in astronomy, other scientific disciplines such as Metallurgy and Mathematics(Especially in case of India) and had profound traditional wisdom but they couldn’t retain this as a result of colonialism. Such wisdom still persisted in people of these nations but these were termed as superstitions and were discouraged. As a result, people in such countries find themselves in dilemma that which system was better or more precise? Which they should be using now? India is one of the best example of such nation. Although few countries in the world have still kept their old traditions intact from the influence of phenomenon of globalisation.

Today marks the beginning of new year of Gregorian calendar which is the most influential calendar in present era. Does the popularity and acceptance of Gregorian calendar ensure the scientific accuracy of calendar too? The answer is a big NO as Gregorian calendar has many flaws. This calendar was a creation of Pope Gregory and it might be considered as a remarkable achievement in middle ages. In Julian calendar, Easter used to fall on spring equinox. There was a great pattern of irregularities in the occurrence of Easter on different dates which led Gregory to look for new calendar which will fix this irregularity. New year also marks the eighth day of Jesus since he was circumcised this day. Gregorian calendar is solar calendar and ignores the motion of either moon or motion of sun with respect to other stars. Due to this rigidity, our birthday and festivals don’t fall on same day every year. People who are born on February 29 get chance to celebrate their birthdays once in four years. As 365(Number of days in a year) is not divisible by 7(Number of days in a week), lot of irregularities are observed.

Any calendar must have scientific, cultural, and social significance. We have already seen that Gregorian calendar is not scientific. If we analyse the cultural significance of this calendar in Indian context then it’s null. We don’t have any cultural connection with Jesus as Gregorian calendar is Xtian calendar. Hinduism doesn’t share a bit of similarity with Christianity. This calendar is completely an alien one in Indian context. Gregorian calendar is based on solar movement as Christianity is vehemently against lunar as lunar is associated with feminism. Indian people share very close relation with lunar and its feminine aspect.

The social importance of Gregorian calendar in India is abysmally zero. People in Indian villages easily synchronize the harvesting of crops with dates of Hindu festivals. Hindu festivals are based on the lunar Indian calendar and it predicts the season accurately. My grandfather used to tell that the best time to sow the seeds of paddy is in ‘Rohini’ Nakshatra. He seldom used Gregorian calendar but always predicted the time of harvest perfectly. Like every other Indian child, I was taught to look at every traditional wisdom as superstition without even examining it. Gregorian calendar makes grave mistakes in predicting the arrival of Monsoon in India. It doesn’t consider the effect of sidereal year and determines the dates on based of tropical year only. This is the reason that even when monsoon is at its precise time, we have already assumed in India that it’s late.

If Gregorian calendar is neither scientifically nor culturally valid in India then why are we hell bent on celebrating new year this day? Celebrate new year this day but make sure that you also celebrate  new years of Indian calendars. Chinese new year celebration is one of the biggest national event of the year. Islamic nations celebrate the new year according to Hijri calendar. Gregorian calendar has profound effect on official works in India but Indian calendars have profound effect on social and cultural life of Indians. Why can’t you celebrate both with equal zeal to appreciate the Indian wisdom?

Why Facebook’s Free Basics is threat to Net Neutrality?

I’ve been observing that many of my friends have been signing petition and sending mails to TRAI in support of Facebook’s ‘Free Basics’, most of them are unaware of the implications of their mails. Facebook’s Free Basics is a direct threat to net neutrality in India. On the paper, it appears that intention of Facebook is noble which aims at providing few services free for people who don’t have internet connectivity at present.
But, there are few important things which FB won’t let you know and get your sign in disguise.

1. Facebook is using the bandwidth which belongs to us actually to provide services of certain kinds only. It’s very selective in nature and threatens the basic idea of net neutrality. You don’t have the luxury of of accessing the websites based on your will. Imagine a system where you can access Facebook only but can’t access Wikipedia or YouTube because Facebook doesn’t want so and apparently FB is controlling that bandwidth.

2. Facebook claims that every content or service provider is free to come and join this platform. So nice! But major services and content providers won’t ever like to join this because nobody would want their customers virtually owned by Facebook. Remember that Facebook is providing this platform where all would come together.

3. Facebook is putting full page ads in newspapers and spending millions on PR to persuade people for supporting this. Do you think that any corporate company would spend so much for charity? Let’s agree for a moment that Facebook wants to provide free internet to poors. Then let’s give, say 300MB data every months to an user and let him use in the way he wants. Let him browse whatever wants but Facebook won’t do so. Facebook wants people to be slave of certain websites.

4. Facebook is trying to build Social Media Operating System and trying to kill its every competitor. The rival of Facebook is neither Twitter nor Snapchat but Google. What Google is trying to do in terms of connectivity, Facebook is trying to do in data collection. Data is one of the most precious things for companies at present era and Facebook is trying to gain control of it. What Android is to Google, Free Basics is to Facebook. You can understand now why Facebook is trying so fiercely for it.

5. Facebook claims that more than 30 countries have agreed to implement Free Basics. Rubbish! Who are these countries? Countries from African continent who are wretchedly poor and their internet network is still in nascent stage. We know how to use our bandwidth effectively.
Don’t fall for the campaign of Facebook. Use your brain then sign the petition. Net neutrality is your right and don’t let anyone snatch this right from you.

Is December 25 birthday of Jesus in reality?

The fervour of Christmas is making the surrounding pleasant but a very basic question has bothered the world for years and that’s the controversies around the birthday of Jesus. The argument given by Roman Catholic Church to justify that Jesus was born on 25th December is very childish. Winter Solstice occurs on 25th March and Christians believe that world was created on this day. As world was created this day, Mother Mary must had conceived Jesus this day and nine months are added from this date to determine the birthday of Jesus. Anyone can easily examine the fallacy in this logic of church. What if there was a premature delivery? That’s very possible case.

When we examine the history of Christianity, we find that before the Council of Nicea which took place in 325 AD, very little documents are available today. This sort of scarcity is limited only to documents related to Christianity as we find plethora of documents related to other fields and historical figures prior to this day. It appears as if it was a deliberate attempt to fabricate the documents and either wipe out it or keep away from public reach. It was the Council of Nicea in which Jesus was declared to be divine.

The more plausible explanation for selecting 25th December as birthday of Jesus won’t be accepted by Catholic Church ever. Roman pagans used to worship Saturn as God of Agriculture. The celebration used to start on December 18 and end on December 25. Roman emperor Constantine I accepted Christianity in 312 AD and it was only after that event when Christianity started spreading its wing under the political security provided by Roman empire as Christianity was declared as official religion of Roman empire. Now, you get the reason that why December 25 was declared as birthday of Jesus. To make Jesus more accepted among Roman pagans and convert people more easily. People who are aware with the history of Christianity know the subtle ways invented by Catholic Church in proselytizing people.

A Tribute to Man Who Knew Infinity

As a society, we remember birthdays and death anniversaries of every mundane and corrupt politicians but we seldom honour people who contributed enormously in field of Science and Mathematics. It is birthday of Srinivasa Ramanujan today. It’s true that he didn’t get the honour which he deserved due to colonial rule but situations are no different in present also.
We’ve completed the formality of declaring his birthday as National Mathematics day. We have never tried to teach our children about a genius who was far far ahead of his time. Without any formal education in Mathematics, his contribution to Mathematics is unparalleled in this world. Ramanujan made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis , number theory , infinite series , and continued fractions. During his very short lifetime, he derived around 3900 results and most of them are proven correct although some were already known.
In the Scientific world, there are conventional research where we make small contribution in existing pile of knowledge and very few are able to change the paradigms. Ramanujan had started from zero and his results were so complex that there was a missing link which differentiates him from other Mathematicians. There lies a difference between proof and insight. Ramanujan’s works were mostly based on insight. He acknowledged the role of intuition in major scientific breakthrough which shakes the very foundation of dogmatic science which relies heavily on abstract reasoning, logics, and deductions. British Mathematician, G H Hardy compared him with Euler and Jacobi. His achievements were fully understood much later, ultimately, after his death in 1920. His work on ‘Composite Numbers’ started a whole new line of investigations in theory of such numbers.
Ramanujan was a highly spiritual and religious man with pleasant manners. He often said, “An equation for me has no meaning, unless it represents a thought of God.” As we love to forget the contribution of such genius, it won’t let fade the importance of his theories. Ramanujan didn’t had resources so that he could have advertised himself like APJ Abdul Kalaam who established himself among people as a genius although his scientific temper was very mundane as compared to that of Ramanujan, C V Raman, or Satyendranath Bose.
A very very happy birthday to the man who knew infinity!

Truth of Rising Intolerance in India

People who whine about intolerance complain that we were never abused and criticised for expressing our opinions in past as we’re experiencing today. Yes, you weren’t criticised in past because people didn’t had any medium to express their opinion. Their opinions about your stupid comments with some hidden agenda were restricted to coffee shop debates only. They’ve got a tool to express themselves now which you can’t tolerate. How can you easily let go the status which you’ve enjoyed for decades when your words were considered as the words of God? Your stature of being above criticism is falling like pack of cards as they can’t accept your lies anymore.

For you, tolerance is all about having the prerogative to utter anything yet nobody should dare to either criticise or counter you. Tolerance means giving your opinion utmost respect even if it’s mediocre. As those days are over now, you feel that intolerance is rising in India. Intolerance is rising in India if you mean tolerance is all about accepting your opinion only. Unfortunately, those golden days are over for you now.