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Please don't move on only because the Supreme Court has dismissed a "fake" petition stating that Rahul Gandhi has been a British citizen in the past. The matter is hot as coal.

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Why do I call it a "fake petition"? Use your brains. The Supreme Court order states "we cannot rely on a paper note to call Rahul a British citizen." Why would anyone go to court with just a few lines scribbled on a "paper note"? I mean no backgrounder, no facts, no arguments put forth? Petitioners Jai Bhagwan Goyal and CP Tyagi might have been driven by nationalist spirit but like poor surgeons picked up cucumber instead of a scalpel to dissect their object.

But let's not waste our energy on this sideshow. Let's look at the ground reality and why I say it's hot as coal. Congress President Rahul Gandhi has to reply to a letter by Ministry of Human Affairs (MHA) by next week (May 16) on his alleged British citizenship in the past. The MHA is acting on the basis of a letter by Dr. Subramanian Swamy in this regard. Dr. Swamy, the bete noire of Gandhi dynasty has done more than just scrawl a letterhe has a petition pending in the Supreme Court on the matter.

So what should Rahul Gandhi say in his reply to MHA?

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Assuming he says YES, he indeed was a British citizen in the past. It would open up a can of worms. How could he then have been an Indian citizen, a Member of Parliament and at a cruder level, does it imply that he was staying in India without a valid visa? And does for violations of visa regulations, a jail-term looms?

Assuming he says NO in reply, did he seek FCRA (Foreign Contributions Regulations Act, 2010) clearance from the relevant authorities? If not, isn't it a misrepresentation/hiding facts in his election affidavit? Can't it be termed as money-laundering done through a foreign company?

No wonder Dr. Swamy chuckles at the prospects of Rahul Gandhi's impending reply. He has tweeted: "Buddhu is in a classic Catch 22 situation and between a rock and a hard place."

So please don't be lulled into believing that the Supreme Court, in dismissing the "fake" petition, has also given a verdict on MHA and Dr. Swamy's efforts to get to the bottom of the truth.

Typical of Lutyens Media though in drooling on the verdict in favour of their patrons. Shreya Dhoundial, an anchor with CNN News 18, pressed the buzzer in no time in declaring that SC has junked Dr Swamy's petition on Rahul Gandhi's nationality. But the CNN News18 anchor and her fraternity in Lutyens Media in their eagernessmost had the news on their front pages todaymissed a very critical point in their coverage.

And the point is that neither Congress nor Rahul Gandhi nor for that matter his master's voices in Randeep Surjewala and Sanjay Jha have made a single tweet in celebration of Supreme Court ruling. I mean, come on, the Congress camp had a very good opportunity of rubbing BJP's nose on the ground. Why let go of the moment? Doesn't their silence speak of the tremors under their feet?

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Yes, Rahul Gandhi's British citizenship issue isn't dying any soon. You can read the entire background to his alleged association with a British company here. I am not a clairvoyant but my guess is he would miss the deadline of MHA letter or submit a blank page in response. By then, the 2019 General Elections would have only one phase (May 19) of polling left. As they say: A drowning man would clasp even at a straw.

 

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I am not a clairvoyant but my guess is he would miss the deadline of MHA letter or submit a blank page in response. By then, the 2019 General Elections would have only one phase (May 19) of polling left. As they say: A drowning man would clasp even at a straw.

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It would seem you are the one grasping at a straw, like those who were scrambling over Obama's birther issue. A synthetic creation of the media, Modi is a man elevated far above his level of competence. Incapable of rising to the occasion, he has singlehandedly dragged the Indian body politic to the gutters. There is no dignity in this for him or his cult followers.

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Without getting personal, two issues remain in public domain: (a) The MHA letter; (b) Dr. Swamy's case. You and I might have our opinions and the MHA and Court might have completely another. So too premature to say who is grasping at a straw--unless you have some unshakeable evidence.

As for words of praise you have on Modi, you would struggle to back it with instances. By ready for counters.

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The whole issue is irrelevant. A convenient distraction from matters that matter. It is not as if this is a new issue. This whole election has become a farce of who can outshout and get more abusive than the other.

Don't kid yourself. I wouldn't even break a sweat lining up facts on Modi's five years of lackluster performance and outright failures, far short of his catchy slogans carrying sky high promises. It is why he seeks refuge in patriotism and doubles down on religion. India does not need a strongman or media manufactured cult figurehead. No democracy, least of all the world's largest, can survive one.

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Thoroughly posited, Ramani.

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And how do you think this issue is irrelevant?


How this election is farce?


If everyone is outshouting himself, why Modi alone?


Please break into a sweat. I would really like a nuanced view from you who I think is considered. One of us would get educated.


Forget patriotism, doubling down on religion--list me areas where you think he has been a failure (is he hard on Muslims?)


Media manufactured? Tell me one newspaper which you think favours him? And I will show you 100 articles where he has been unjustly attacked.


You don't seem to have spent enough time in revisiting your opinions. Strange, for I thoiught you could see through media games.





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"You don't seem to have spent enough time in revisiting your opinions."

The opposite is true. I started five years ago rooting for Modi to dismantle a dynastic rule long past its expiry date. Over time, my expectations turned into disappointment turned into rejection. The man has blown away the opportunity of a lifetime imagining himself to be some messiah. The power was given to him to empower and unite. Not to further polarize an unwieldy society of 1.3 billion people long riven by multiple isms and discord.

You, on the other hand, have not wavered in the same five years from your adulation of the man, finding him so flawless as to be beyond criticism. You have been persistent in reproducing on this forum -- despite its obvious disinterest -- a barrage of one-sided views supportive of a political dogma rather than of a nation, as if they are the same. I recall your claim a couple of years ago that you would be among the first to tell off Modi if he doesn't perform. Guess I shall have to wait forever since your bar for performance hugs the ground.

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My position:

Here are my links to anti-Modi stories in these very columns.

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Swami-Sanand-s-death-would-by-Ashish-Shukla-Brahmaputra_Cholera_Congress_Environmentalist-181104-976.html

https://www.newsbred.com/article/krishnas-aborted-concert-no-help-modi-or-bjp

I seriously sir feel he has gone out of his way to unite despite huge provocations, despite risking his Hindu vote bank. I would seriously like to know his acts which you think are polarizing.

My website and I am driven by my absolute revulsion to mainstream media in India. Everyday I see them twisting things and I can't stop.

As for uniting India, how does one do it in a federal structure where states are almost autonomous in own way. A tyrant would have got Mamata and Pinaryi Vijayan by now. He still is with Constitution, never overruling SC like Rajiv Gandhi did in Shah Bano, on matters which most in India feel should go: 370, 35A, Ram temple etc.

Anyway, without a framework, I can't reply to your disgust with me or Modi. If India appears disunited, I would blame the media and the narrative it spins. I have a problem when I want to celebrate India's heritage and secular forces mock it.

Anyway, let's end this debate here only, or if we must try to present our views with logic and reason. Emotional outbursts can be nasty and you are too good to fall for it.


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I am not disgusted with you, Ashish. I am saddened a capable thinker and writer like you has expended so much of his time and talent for a cause whose origins and destination defy my understanding.

I am at a stage in life where little of the turmoil in today's messed up world agitates me. But some things still matter. Vedic philosophy (minus the mythologies, idols and rituals), Indian classical music, the writings of people of wisdom (from anywhere in the world), and a fierce sense of moral justice (the instinct to separate right from wrong which we are all born with but which many choose to ignore/forget in their fleeting passions of the day).

I hope you will ponder what I have said. Take care & regards.

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You know sir what worries me?

The moment Hindus want to know or assert their past, our sages, or search for our past, we are mocked and later picked up by global media.

They are most happy if Hindus don't search their roots.

If they do, they are communal and a threat to Muslims.

We are not allowed to own up our past.

They want us to live the legacy of 1000 years of slavery.

When would India rise?

How could it rise without an identity?

Why must we always been seen through Colonial and Islam's prism?

Muslims are safest in India. Period.

Show me any country where Muslims are safer.

Then why this tirade against Modi and India?

If we go beyond religion, India has multiple challenges, nobody denies it.

Modi has fouled up too, no questions.

But he is our best bet, the nation has got inflation in control, economy is fastest growing, and above everything less, incorruptible.

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A religion that has endured 10,000+ years does not need a rebranding or repackaging, least of all by politicians whose job is to work for the material, not spiritual, welfare of the people who elected them. It is not their job to revive the faith, search for roots, etc. Such things are highly personal. Either they are there or not there.

The virtues of ancient Hindu philosophy and science have been extolled by many illustrious Westerners, such as Twain, Thoreau, Emerson and Einstein. Western science is discovering today principles and facts about the universe embedded in ancient Vedic texts in its own way. What is being mocked at are the idiotic claims of ignorant politicians about India having invented the internet, satellite communication, genetic engineering and so forth thousands of years ago. The global media is not alone in mocking them. Indians like me are also laughing, with acute embarrassment.

India will rise (whatever 'rise' means), when it has earned the right through concrete achievements in the now and here, with a focus on the future. Not by making rabble rousing speeches about impossible dreams of reviving the Vedic era. A donkey chasing its tail will only invite ridicule.

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I read Arundhati R. in her Modi thinking expressions, too.

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A lot of thinking Indians like Arundhati are deeply troubled by Modi's religious crusade, scientific ignorance and economic blundering around. Such people are dismissed as armchair intellectuals, their sin compounded by leftist political leanings, aka socialism/welfare economics. As if being intellectual is not what separates the human species from others, or political ideology has anything to do with universal moral values.

The crux of the issue is no religion is a friend of reason. Religion is an article of faith. One subscribes to a certain god by taking it as an unquestionable, unarguable given. There is no need to search for a god since god is a known. Reason is all about questions and arguments permanently in search of the unknown until there is an evidential basis to accept something as a known.

This doesn't mean one can't believe in god and be reasoning at the same time. Many famous scientists -- Newton, Einstein, Planck, Kepler, Pasteur, Faraday, Copernicus -- believed in god at the border between science/physics and metaphysics. They did not necessarily all subscribe to a particular god or gods but they acknowledged the limits of human knowledge at a given point of time and the possibility of certain unknowns about the universe never being known. Darwin, Malthus and Mendel came from the Christian clergy. Ancient Indian mathematicians, astronomers and physicians like Aryabhatta, Bhaskaracharya, Varahamihira, Bhardwaj and Charak were devout Hindus, some of them accorded the status of sages.

The defining difference today is politicians who spout hollow religious rhetoric to capture votes are neither holy saints, nor reasoning individuals. This doesn't imply they are irrational. They have a perfectly discernible rationale for the paths to power over other humans. It has little do with objective reasoning.

Modi's brand of politics is incompatible with reasoning because it relies on religion, which appeals to the masses at a visceral emotional level. It thrives on ignorance, mystique, fantasy and fairy dust. Such people cannot take a country like India forward into the technology dominated future the world is being hurled towards by an explosion of scientific discoveries and inventions. Claims to the effect are rhetorical and cynical. How can you embrace technology, and by extension its underlying reasoning science, when your main strategy rests on unreasoning, unquestioning belief in ancient mythology and superstition obscured by the mists of time?

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Sir, the moment you mention Arundhati, I feel we have too big a chasm between us.

So biased, like Amartya Sen, one would be a real innocent to not notice her Left moorings.

We all know how West builds human-brands which can further their projects.

Colonialism is over, not its mindset.

Understandable too for land, labour, resources are three essentials of colonialism and West won't giveup that easily.

First create an intellectual brand and then unleash it on rest of humanity as moral force. Never mention their contradictions.

Some other day, some other time.

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I am an agnostic, towards both religion and politics. While I personally feel religion has been abused throughout history as a tool of mass control and as a divisive force provoking conflict and violence among fellow humans, I accept its appeal for many as a moral compass. Similarly, the numerous political ideologies -- capitalism, communism, socialism, rightism, leftism -- leave me unmoved. None is flawless, none is entirely without merit.

Taking sides in religion or politics is a 'blinding' commitment. It robs one of objectivity, forcing a person to often defend the indefensible. There is only one overarching ism -- humanism. It is driven by moral principles of right and wrong, justice and fairplay, compassion and conscience.

Those who get passionate about religion and politics tend to lose themselves among the trees, squabbling over leaves and twigs, unable to discern the forest. This era of earth-bound religions and conflicting political ideologies is drawing to a close. Those who have frittered their lives away in endless inconclusive arguments on earth are going to look very foolish when the human species launches off to explore the rest of the universe and comes face to face with an alien intelligence for the first time.

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Sir Hinduism has never been a religion. It's a way of life. A man has to search within himself to liberate himself. Krishna etc are not gods but objects towards our salvation for we believe bhakti marg, along with gyan etc is a way to nirvana. Sagun, nirgun, aastik, naastik all are perceived ways to salvation.

Its' all encompassing, not rigid, without a book, where even a sapling could be worshipped.

What you say passionate about religion, I say a new surge to own up our heritage. Renassaince of West in making.

We don't hurt anybody, we won't ever, it's too deeply engrained to be disturbed by any Modi etc.

We have Arjun who gets confused in a battlefield not because he wants to conquer but because he can't hurt his own family folks.

It would be not fair to equate with monotheistic religions and I am sure you don't mean so.

But still I thought there is a need to make a distinction between Hinduism and other monotheistic religions.

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All religion is also a way of life. To the extent people apply its moral principles in their daily lives. Hinduism is no different.

What distinguishes Hinduism is its inclusivity. Many people scoff at Hinduism because of its pantheon of gods, goddesses, demigods, animals, birds and even, as you say, plants. The reason for this is both tolerance and strategic assimilation. Tolerance of multiple faiths, tribal practices and customs to avoid conflict based on symbolism that ignores commonalities in principles. Assimilation as a strategy of social integration for peaceful coexistence. It is how Hinduism acquired its array of gods over the millennia by embracing other faiths and according them a legitimate place within its hierarchy.

However, Hinduism was unable to exercise this with Christianity and Islam. This owes to the nature of monotheistic faiths which pits them against other faiths as a matter of purity. Thus, an absolute belief in one faith implies absolute disbelief in all other faiths. It is a prescription for conflict, as history has witnessed for the past 2,000 years. In contrast, despite its spread across much of Southeast Asia, there is no history of genocidal wars in the expansion of Hinduism. It was mostly a soft power conquest based on economic and cultural influence.

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Sorry sir, you seem dated.

Modi knows that if it relies on religious binary he wouldn't get more than 100 seats.

That's electoral reality of india.

Has always been.

Who opened the gates of Ayodhya, who hurt Shah Bano, who is against Triple Talaq?

When did Modi push for Ayodhya or for Sabrimala or 370 and 35A?

Isn't it Modi who has persuaded Saudi king to allow 2 lakh Muslim pilgrims to Haj? Who's giving 50k to Muslim girls for education. Who's fighting for Triple Talaq.

He is a human being. A man of flesh and blood. Don't expect impossible from him. He e is more virtuous than others and that's good enough for me.

Indeed, you would be surprised that in India we think Hindus have done more for Modi than Modi has done for Hindus.

Hasn't done ONE THING FOR HINDUS.

And you call him religious reliance.

Sad.

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Holy Mackerel, Ramani - there's an encyclopaedia in one comment.

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We try, we try, Nels. These, after all, are trying times!

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This is all you can contribute.

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Have you read Ananda Kumaraswamy? Sorry Coomaraswamy

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Disagree.

A few stray comments by lunatics are picked up and portrayed as Hindus as group view internet, satellite etc.

Fringe comments are given mainstream push; mainstream-material is buried--that's media for you.

There is too much of media-matrix constricting you. Indians can progress, they dont have to rely on English and so9called global-approval.

That's not to say we turn insular. Accepting West's best doesn't mean being gulity or ignoring the good in your past.

"you would never know where you are going till you know from where you've come."

We are a nation recovering from 1000 years of utmost atrocity. I am sure you've read Will Durant. It would take some time. England, after 400 years of Norman slavery, lacked identity and were pushed around by everyone.

As for your saying that Western institutions have long debated Indic culture--indeed we owe a lot to Germans--I must add that it was till 18th century when West had Indian studies as subjects in their academia universities. They also traced their origin in Greece which in turn was influenced by India.

But after 18th century, the Colonial project sounded its burial. How could a civilizing force admit that the barbarians they wanted to improve had indeed shaped their civilization?



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The stray lunatics consist of Modi himself, the Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Tripura, Governor of Tripura, Minister of Education of Rajasthan, Union Minister for Science and Education, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, BJP members of parliament, BJP-appointed Chief of Indian Council of Historical Research and other lip synching luminaries from Modi's party.

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Modi himself?

Let's say I concede your point.

Some were indeed stupid, Some not so. Some indeed were high functionaries.

Tripura, though CM, is a cheap shot. Just two seats in parliament. Just look at its area and population. I can also argue the occasion.

Anyway, what are we arguing: That BJP is making a fool of itself by making tall claims about our past achievements. Right?

I say quoting 4-6 instances in five years is too broad a brush to tar the whole edifice.

It's unfair and cheap.

Roman Church is neck deep because of sex scandals of its practitioners. So, are we to say: Pope and church must be our object of derision? Christianity must be buried deep.

I sincerely would like to know sir what instance of Modi you think justifies him as a lunatic? Please educate me. I am sure you must have had something which I have missed. I really like to know as a student.

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Lunatic was not my choice of words. It was yours. I merely pointed out which people made such remarks. Perhaps you will be more careful with such labels in future because they can boomerang.

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