How many king makers and ransom seekers should we tolerate?

Jayalalitha decides to set free Raveev’s killers. SC commutes their death sentence into life term and Jaya swings into action and plays what she thinks is her political ace to demolish her local foe Karuna. Obviously, she must be taking a very dim view of TN voting public’s sense of justice.

Whatever her calculations, our media which are run as mere businesses will not look at this angle: regional bosses having nothing much to loose outside their states don’t give a sxxt about repercussions of their actions to India as a whole. They have no stakes to play other than chief ministerships and 20-30-40 MPs which allow them to hold central governments to ransom for political gains or use them as shields for their corrupt practices. And if they get to be a PM of coalition then why not, they think.

Don’t forget Karuna dictating foreign policy, Mamata’s tantrums and arbitrary fiats, Mulayam’s and Mayavati’s somersaults, Lalu’s glacial foddar scam trial and Jungle raj, foisting of A Raja as a telecom minister on an unwilling and powerless Manmohan,  NCP’s irrigation scam under the watch of its leaders’ able protection and communists’ (a regional party too) blockades of all decision making and Nitish’s wranglings with center. The list is quite long and we haven’t even assessed the damage caused by such PM makers.

Our intellectuals and liberals and paid media who have shouting power well beyond their credibility will celebrate such ‘regional aspirations’ as ‘dance of democracy’, as ‘triumph of federalism’.

They have their own selfish reasons for not worrying about dangerous acts like setting killers free and other equally damaging acts of distorting all economic and political decision making under the influence regional forces.

M J Akbar is one of the few who recognize this danger. He calls coalitions as “Ravanas” (see http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/TheSiegeWithin/entry/coalitions-are-now-ravana-raaj)

You and me don’t have the same reasons as the paid media and liberals and intellectuals with enormous shouting power have. We have stakes in our country being run well and in our policies which should be for public good. Therefore we need to be very careful in choosing our next government.

We are not what Jaya thinks we are. Are we?

Do we want another kingmaker, another PM aspirant?

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Of ‘Hindu fundamentalists, fanatics’ and ‘libel’ers

The Hindu, by Wendy Doniger has been withdrawn by its publisher, Penguin India. It has not been banned by courts. Penguin has reached an out of court settlement with petitioners who sought a ban.

But no one has banned the book. The publishers have withdrawn it. 

The reactions from the so called ‘liberals’ have been predictable. Mrs. Roy is horrified. Now she wouldn’t consider Penguin for publishing her work.

And the ‘liberals’ have called the petitioners as Hindu fanatics and Hindu fundamentalists.  Never mind that they themselves say that fanaticism, terrorism and such things have no religion when such acts are done by Muslim maulvis or other Muslim groups. And do these Muslim groups produce any reasoned petition for their cause? No. They issue a fatwa.

Read the petition here http://www.firstpost.com/living/full-text-the-petition-that-caused-penguin-india-to-withdraw-the-hindus-1383911.html and decide for yourself if the petitioners are fanatic.

I have read the book. The author’s bias against RSS and BJP is evident. Yet the book is a good reference source with some doubts. The doubts arise because the petition rebuts some ‘facts’ by giving point by point responses. 

The book should be around in book shops. Also the the text of petition should have been there side by side! 

But no. Our ‘liberals’ are glad because they get to play their favorite game of libel against Hindu groups. 

Wouldn’t you call our liberals as libelers ?

Kumbhpur rising: go, grab, and read it!

A good read is as good a reason as any to return to my blog.

A curiously titled, ‘Kumbhpur Rising’, is such a reason. It is a thriller with a beautifully constructed plot and some well etched memorable characters. This alone is a rare combination in thrillers these days. The novel is novel for several other reasons.

Here, the natural morphs into super-natural, familiar into eerily familiar but quite other worldly, the dead into the undead and back. You then give up keeping track and simply hurtle down the plot. 

Set amid familiar tracts of the Konkan coast which is any way is a region replete with tales of the unseen but felt and lived through stories.  All these are but cannon fodder for Mayuresh, for he invests his dead and the undead characters with human and superhuman faculties and (thankfully) frailties.

He makes you believe in things which you otherwise wouldn’t and he makes you like people whom you would never admit to liking. 

Although the familiar Mayuresh (he is a friend) peeps occasionally from behind the curtains,  the  master story teller, that he is, stays firmly in control. 

If you haven’t got the  Kumbhpur Rising yet, I say that go and grab a copy and read it!