Traces of Mao in Modi!

quote-let-a-hundred-flowers-bloom-let-a-hundred-schools-of-thought-contend-mao-tse-tung-119216When it comes to narcissism no world leader is a match for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. What makes it his own USP is the craving to establish himself as the sole saviour of India in the annals of independent India.

His and the BJP’s initial focus was on making former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi appear like villains who destroyed the country. In their enthusiasm to rewrite history, they did not even spare Mahatma Gandhi.

Yesterday, it tested the limits of tastelessness when BJP president Amit Shah called the Father of the Nation a ‘chatur baniya’ (a shrewd trader).

He is entitled to free speech but it is his and the BJP’s agenda to denigrate all past leaders that makes it questionable.

Late Chinese leader Mao Zedong is credited with having advocated “letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend”, which was seen as a toning down of totalitarianism.

There appear to be traces of Mao in Mr Modi. But then Mao wanted more leaders to emerge and more schools of thought to flourish. Modi, in contrast, is keen on enforcing his own majoritarian ideology on the people (who are ready to lap them up) while seeking to obliterate the contributions of leaders who built India.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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So, Who “Killed” Jayalalitha? Was She?

High Drama at Poes Garden

The Tamil Nadu political scene is heating up again with drama unlimited at the Poes Garden today, with late chief minister Jayalalitha’s niece and nephew, Deepa and Deepak, flinging allegations against each other.

Tamilians are just too good at patting themselves on the back. When Jayalalitha’s live-in partner in crime Sasikala held all MLAs hostage at a resort to prevent them from moving over to the rival camp, people went gaga over their assumed strengths in dealing with wayward MLAs.

Imagination ran riot in the social media with the geniuses saying “these MLAs will be lynched when they come out of the resort and visit their constituencies.”

Nothing of that sort happened with support growing for Sasikala, now in jail convicted of corruption, and her nephew Dhinakaran who himself came out of jail recently.

There have been calls for a probe into the death of Jayalalitha, with the BJP ignoring them. Today Deepa was more blunt than everyone else. She alleged that her brother Deepak and Sasikala together killed her aunt.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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Scintillating tennis as Ostapenko Wins French Open

Prior to this year’s French Open, I had not even heard of Latvian Jelena Ostapenko. Possibly because I had stopped following tennis as much as I used to until a few years ago.

On the other hand, I had watched Simona Halep play at the 2014 WTA finals in Singapore – an event that also had participation from the likes of Serena Williams, Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic and Wozniacki.

Today, unseeded Ostapenko (20), chirpy and cheerful, was clearly the crowd favourite. She also did not disappoint them either – becoming one of the youngest French Open champions, giving Halep no chance in the final with great serves, powerful smashes and easy winners. 

I loved the coverage on SingTel Mio TV and tomorrow is going to be even more exciting. Will Nadal, certain to start as a crowd favourite, take home another Grand Slam title, fending off any challenge from Wawrinka?

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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Back to 1975, Only Now it is More Evil

With or without today’s actions against NDTV, there are definite parallels between the Congress government of 1975 and the one led by Narendra Modi since May 2014.

There are huge differences as well. The electorate then was a lot saner and wiser than the majoritarian bigots in today’s India.

Two years were all it took for the people to throw out those behind the Emergency. Indira Gandhi herself lost the election in 1977 to Raj Narain.

Today’s Indians, though, are a breed so solidly behind pure evil that Mr RSS will convincingly romp home again in 2019.

Another difference was that the media then were ready to fight evil. Now, the bulk of the Indian media are stooges of those in power.

There will be no stopping King Modi even if a more ruthless 1975 were to be re-enacted. If, God forbid, another 2002 happens, he and his party will win by even bigger margins. 

Indians are so enamoured of him despite heading a government that, to me, is the worst in independent India! All they want is a theocratic Hindu Raj along the mould of failed countries in the Islamic world.

All political parties in India, including the BJP and the Congress, have the same genes so while governments change the sinister traditions remain intact.

Country Needs More AAPs

Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP brought in a whiff of fresh political air in Delhi. To the BJP and the Congress, however, Kejriwal is such a big threat that the two are together plotting to see AAP wiped out.

For the fanatical electorate, any threat to continuation of the evil Raj must be put down.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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The Ariana Grande Jinx?

Strange the U.K. Lowered the Threat Level to “Severe” from “Critical” Last Week

Ariana Grande, badly shaken by the terror attack at her concert in Manchester two weeks ago, went back to the U.S.  but did the right thing by returning to the city, visiting children recovering in hospitals and preparing for the “One Love Tribute Concert” scheduled for later today.

The organisers’ decision to go ahead with the concert despite last night’s terror strikes in London is right, too. If it had been cancelled, that could have been a victory for those behind the attacks.

But yesterday’s incidents that have left seven dead shows how wrong the U.K. was in lowering the terror threat level last week to “severe” from “critical”.

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It was perhaps a strategic decision aimed at removing fear and panic among residents even as counter-terrorism actions continue. It has obviously not worked!

Joining Ariana at the “One Love Concert” today are many top singers / groups, including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas.

Ariana is set to play in Singapore at the F1 Grand Prix in September later this year.

Another big event happening in the U.K. today, particularly of interest to Indian and Pakistani cricket fans, is the Champions Trophy match between the two South Asian rivals in Birmingham.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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Bee in their Genes

The top two positions in the Spelling Bee competition have gone to Indian-Americans, unconquered for the last 13 years!

Spelling Bee has come to be their forte, a rewarding hobby! Forget IT, which is in decline anyway!

G Joslin Vethakumar 
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Father, Forgive Them for They Know Not What They are Doing!

Times Now and Republic in a “Who Wants to be the BJP’s Biggest Stooge” Game show!

Well, I have not suddenly become an evangelist, attempting to interpret the Biblical words of forgiveness from Jesus when he was mocked at by criminals while he was dying on the Cross.

It just crossed my mind when I was watching Times Now go bonkers tonight over the Congress snooping of well-known Muslims around 2008 when terrorism was at its peak in India.

Being alert to any threat to a nation’s security does not mean a compromise on secularism. You cannot expect such reasoning with the Indian media out on a “Hail BJP, Kill Opposition” Mission.

Times Now Under Pressure from Republic TV

It is becoming increasingly obvious that Times Now is facing enormous pressure from Arnab Goswami and his Republic TV channel. It’s a TV-style game show which can possibly be named, “Who wants to be the biggest stooge of the BJP”.

These are embarrassing times for the Indian media!

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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