India – Religion and Political Dichotomy

August 11, 2020

India – Religion and Political Dichotomy

Part 1 – Identity Politics

Padmini Arhant

Dissertation on religion, sainthood and anachronism.

ReligionThe interpretation in Indian language Dharm meaning principle is the foundation to inner peace and resolve to deal with any challenges in life.

Unfortunately, religion misused as the axis of power. It is convenient for those in politics to assert  fundamentalism and sectarianism subverting religion to remain in power despite colossal failure in meeting basic expectations in governance beginning with economy, health crisis and national security allowing enemy incursions viz. China in the Himalayan and north eastern Indian territory violating sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi focus to establish Hindu state touted Hindu Rashtra stoke unnecessary sentiments anchored on polarization though Hindus’ economic and social status are not better or different from non-Hindus such as muslims and various religious social denominations in secular India.

The wanton endeavor  is nothing more than a distraction to shift public frustration and dissatisfaction on status quo. The economic struggles among the middle class, lower income and the poor regardless of social and religious category have reached crescendo in the absence of effective economic plan.

In fact the economic status nationwide has significantly declined with soaring unemployment in formal and informal sectors well before the pandemic onset. The lack of prudent economic policy plummeted economic growth, drowned business opportunities leading to economic descend in the middle class representing the large consumer base and raised poverty among the lower income segments and the poor bereft of any income only worsened in the ravenous corona virus consuming lives at a rapid rate.

Socially, the caste orientation predominantly for political advantage by all parties in Indian politics desperately rely on divisive strategy. Nonetheless, the Hindutva ideologue RSS run BJP government heavily invested in identity politics targeting muslims in religion besides christians and other faiths on the brink of isolation. RSS radicalism does not spare Hindus either.

Among Hindus the so-called Dalits and overwhelming population grouped on caste basis i.e. the untouchables in modern era relegated to scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) while the rest deemed backward caste (BC) and other backward castes (OBC) in the proud caste system ironically existing since the dawn of independence now buttressed under PM Narendra Modi’s rule.

There is no doubt BJP’s heightened nationalism missing in action in defending Indian frontiers against China resulting in at least 32 Indian defense personnel martyrdom in the past months on treacherous terrain above 14,000 feet with ongoing standoff is off political radar directing national attention on fundamentalist doctrine via temple construction on embattled site in Ayodhya and controversial national education policy enforcing mandatory learning of Hindi and Sanskrit, the latter until lately exalted as God’s language and declared exclusive in communication between the self-proclaimed upper caste brahmin priests and deities in Hindu temples.  

The caste hierarchy have long oppressed and suppressed the natives and indigenous people along side colonial brutality in pre and post independence India. The resistance to any improvement let alone abolition of abhorrent casteism brimming more than ever even during the former UPA government under non-Hindu and non-Indian leadership of Sonia Gandhi, whose next of kin and political heir Rahul Gandhi never shied away from bragging about the family background in self-reference to presumptuous upper caste brahmin wearing Janeu, the supposedly sacred thread adorned by brahmin males which in turn is an identity theft gotten away in misrepresentation over centuries semblance to contemporary event and conduct among egocentric power fame and fortune mongers in society.

As for Rahul Gandhi’s attempt to garner the so-called upper caste Hindu votes, the family tree comprising muslim ancestry grandfather Feroz with adopted surname Gandhi, the spouse of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is never acknowledged as such in any domain for political expediency in the shadow of Congress party pseudo secularism.

The other national political party – RSS controlled BJP under PM Narendra Modis stewardship has made quantum leap grinding the caste and religion based politics to 5G level inversely squashing the SC,ST, OC and OBC caste structure to outcasts demonstrated in mob lynching and marginalization in voting rights, decreasing reservation or quotas through introduction of parallel concession to so-called upper castes in middle and lower economic strata. PM Narendra Modi’s political campaign in national election was falsely launched as OBC (other backward caste) candidate yet backed by hardline extremists RSS pledged to pedigree adapted from colonial patronage.

The circumvention and maneuvering on religion and caste politics, the long held tradition among national and state / provincial political factions in India cashing in on vote banks for political mileage is the main reason behind casteism and faith related stigma hindering India’s unity and progress.

The deceptive narrative through government and politics operated media and news organizations muzzling the voice of democracy claiming majoritarian rule favored promoting Hindutva statehood especially amid dismal economic, social and national security environment affecting citizens across the spectrum is analogous to belief on camel through a needle’s eye. 

The trading and bargaining on political opposition luring opponents and judiciary authorities with political memberships in parliament and government positions typically aimed at democracy and constitution demolition, BJP’s preferred act in exemplifying the will their way i.e. aggression and violence could be classified RSS heritage.

Indian incumbent PM Narendra Modi government activities resemblance to Israel’s democratic version firmly proclaimed as the Jewish state setting precedence and opposition compromised with political incentives in the long serving contentious PM Benjamin Netanyahu administration with alternate  Prime Minister Benny Giantz strange combo leaderships could not be mere coincidence. The current political trend under the guise of democracy inhibiting religious distinction in the separation of church and state endanger republic status anywhere. 

The same would apply to Islamic republics as well in the definition of democracy confused with religious fundamentalism exerting authority transforming the choice to rudimentary theocracy.

The topic will continue on sainthood and anachronism linked to latest developments on Lord Ram temple and civilization degradation.

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India – What is worse for India – Corona or Hindutva Virus?

March 2, 2020

India –

What is worse for India

Corona 

or

Hindutva Virus? 

Padmini Arhant

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi not missing opportunity in his busy schedule to share his personal comments and messages especially to film and sports celebrities somehow unable to afford time or possess the heart to console the latest victims of his government organized hate crime and abominable atrocities against innocent men, women and children. Similar apathy from PM Narendra Modi witnessed during the 2019 Bihar encephalitis outbreak consuming 150 children of largely poorer sections in the community. 

The Delhi violence – the heinous crimes not barring rape, loot, vandalism, demolition of shops, schools, hospitals, gas stations and residential areas in the targeted assaults in North East Delhi, justifies the call for resignation of the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

When government elected to represent all the people i.e. those who voted for the ruling political party as well as those who decided to cast their vote for other options in the electoral ballot, the discrimination of any kind from and by the government is undemocratic, unconstitutional and unacceptable.

The hooligans in the latest Delhi violence and unfortunately many in uniform as police force public funded to protect citizens from any harm indulge in taunting and tormenting the victims of state sponsored terrorism insulting the citizens for exercising their democratic right in their voting preference is shameful and even worse is the government and crony contingency defiance to bring these murderers to justice. 

BJP politics has been transparent in terms of their isolation and segregation of demography viz. muslims and so-called Dalits in society, the primary targets of hate crime by RSS cow vigilantes and saffron gangs roaming the streets insisting muslims and the so-called lower caste Hindus to chant Jai Sri Ram in direct sacrilege of the religion Hinduism that RSS and BJP have systematically exploited and distorted to promote their Hindutva ideology.

What RSS run BJP have done in the name of Hindu religion which has nothing to do with their insidious Hindutva ideology is blasphemy. 

As for politics, BJP has been open about their selective responsibility only to those who cast their vote to them even though that has been a dismal failure leading to major disillusionment among BJP voters left on the lurch with serious economic woes and social problems on safety and security of women and much more concerning daily survival.

The government indifference was shockingly displayed in the latest Delhi violence allowing casualties to rise from the lack of leadership and administrative dereliction  of duty at all levels beginning with Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah in charge of law and order nationwide and the capital New Delhi in particular. The responsibility was also shrugged by the Delhi State government under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal abstaining from constitutional oath and moral obligation to all citizens in the state at the critical hour ignoring life and death situation of his electorate.

BJP’s Lok Sabha (People House) member of Parliament Menaka Gandhi during election campaign in May 2019 was the harbinger of BJP’s omission and commission action warning muslim voters in Sultanpur that they would be neglected and asked them not to expect any government attention on any matter upon them casting their vote to anyone other than BJP.

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BJP polarization politics is deep rooted in every format. The marginalization of segments and population based on caste and religion by a national political party is the fundamental reason behind sponsored violence and extremism.

To add fuel to fire, the BJP Rajya Sabha member Dr. Subramaniam Swamy misinterpretation of Holy Quran in semblance to constant subversion of Hindu Holy Scriptures and provocative recommendations such as transformation of India as Hindu state slighting other religions besides Islam is an intellectual deformity defying rationality.

BJP MP Subramaniam Swamy further suggesting that muslims have 57 Islamic nations to choose for residency and that India is not an open shelter state to grant refuge to all i.e. muslims in this instance explains the Hindutva doctrine on alienation and subordination.

Is Dr.Subramaniam Swamy mindful of Indian diaspora predominantly Hindu citizens working throughout Gulf States that are Islamic nations and facilitating Indian economy in foreign currency reserves and contributions to maintain their Hindu families in India enabling the economic activities as consumers and investors in India’s ailing economy?

India’s status quo reflected in ramshackle politics deviating from immediate focus to revive economy and provide safe conducive environment for all to live in peace and harmony. Instead preoccupation in divisive politics leading the country to mayhem and despair.

A poignant reminder to ruling BJP government – the national representation of a central government delivering unconditional service in meeting the basic to special requirements of citizens across the nation is not defined by electoral mandate percentage but rather the mandatory commitment incumbent upon any political party assuming power at the central and state governance.

On CAA, NPR and NRC – the BJP government assertion on preemptive declaration of these laws in their election manifesto and standing the grounds to legislate them is again ignoring the fact that the case might be relevant only to those who may have approved through their ballot but then there are others at least 49% of the population that did not vote for BJP related to various issues including the controversial CAA,NPR and NRC legitimately exempting them from such rule of law.

Accordingly, CAA, NPR and NRC was rejected by significant majority electorate in the polls to avert unraveling citizenship and statehood status.

The authorities’ acknowledgement in action to represent all in the nation leaving none behind would alleviate mistrust and build confidence among people in a diverse complex secular vast nation like India.

Any reluctance or evasion in this regard conclusively illegitimize such government authority. 

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Indian Media – Misleading Narrative on Latest Delhi Violence

February 29, 2020

Indian Media – Misleading Narrative on Latest Delhi Violence

Padmini Arhant

India’s Capital – New Delhi has been subject to horrific violence with targeted killings premised on prejudice and deep hatred emanating from polarization politics that is unfortunate and regrettable reminding citizens of politics instigated past events whether it is 1984 Sikh massacre in Delhi, Punjab and northern India, Demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 triggering violence, Gujarat Godhra bloodshed in 2002, Muzzafarnagar in 2013…to name a few invariably ignited by political parties and political factions in India. 

In the backdrop of such history continued until today, the Indian media’s false narrative citing the three days violence, vandalism and destruction of lives and livelihoods as Hindu – Muslim riots is in itself extremely irresponsible and unnecessary sensationalism. 

The media touted as fourth column in a democracy bear serious responsibility to douse the fire not inflame for ratings (TRP). Certain prominent media attributing the recent Delhi violence to communal clash between Hindu and Muslims contrary to state sponsored isolated killings replicating 2002 Gujarat violence beckons discernment in reporting such sensitive incident. 

The pre-meditated and well orchestrated attacks on the poor and lower income group neighborhoods with Hindu, Muslims, Sikhs and other residents living there in harmony confirmed in the mutual support and assistance to one another saving lives during the vicious assaults on them, their homes and place of worship was the focus for radical elements representing divisive politics to split the community. 

In the absence of any response from the Central and State government despite cognizance on the imminent development together with apathetic law enforcement failing to contain the onslaught on innocent men, women and children forcing them to flee their homes is deplorable.

The systematic carnage of K-12 school building, business centers, gas station, parking lot with cars in the nearby areas and above all bullet injuries sustained by most victims of which the majority are muslims and the multiple stab wound reportedly 400 times on the intelligence official among many other gross violations in North East Delhi clearly allude to have been orchestrated by those with assets at their disposal including the power to distort and subvert the horrendous crime as communal unrest.

As for hate speeches and provocation, an established demeanor in politics and RSS guided BJP spare no opportunity in this regard as witnessed not only among the junior BJP cadre and rank and file but also with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading in this context during public rally to pay attention to muslims clothes and their special accessories to identify them among students in Jamia Millia Islamia college police crackdown. 

As a result, the efforts to delay judicial process evading accountability is a repeat strategy for both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah throughout their political tenure. On the other hand, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s true colors coming to light is indeed a major disillusionment for Delhi electorate granting the latter a landslide victory in the latest Delhi assembly election only to be dismissed by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the critical hour of need clarifies political opportunism. 

Suffice to conclude that trust deficit in politics is the predominant factor prompting ordinary people to take the burgeoning issues like CAA, NPR, NRC, economic and environment concerns threatening their identity as citizens and statehood, personal survival and future respectively in the form of peaceful non-violent assembly and candle light vigil. 

Importantly, Delhi victims, their families and survivors of the atrocities in the present time desperately require healing, restoration, rehabilitation and renewed hope helping all those affected with Central and State monetary compensation and adequate facilities to resume normal life. 

There will be more updates on the matter.

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Padmini Arhant

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India – Modi Shah Resignation

February 28, 2020

India – Modi, Shah Resignation

Padmini Arhant

The latest development on CAA, NPR and NRC resulting in at least twenty two casualties with majority of muslims against CAA thus far engaged in peaceful non-violent assembly until BJP minister Kapil Mishra along with BJP members Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma instigated violence claiming many unarmed innocent civilian lives and a law enforcement personnel life in North East Delhi is deeply regrettable.

The Central government unnecessary involvement in the outreach to Indians of specific religions barring Islam in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh while subjecting muslims and so-called lower caste Hindus as well as others to bloodshed in India clarifies the present government under PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah repeating Gujarat history in New Delhi conforming to the adage ‘old habits die hard.’

Justice Muralidhar presiding the hearing on the recent violence reaches the verdict to bring BJP minister Kapil Mishra and BJP accomplices Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma to justice for inciting violence and letting mob activities producing the unfortunate outcome.

Not surprisingly, the home minister Amit Shah promptly transfers justice Muralidhar from Delhi High Court to northern state Punjab.

Amit Shah’s egregious decision post midnight obstructing justice to protect BJP offenders is nothing new considering his legacy in this regard viz. the Indian judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya who served in a special court which deals with matters relating to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Justice Loya was presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case directly linked to Amit Shah.

Justice Loya delivered judgement against Amit Shah in 2002 Gujarat violence. Justice Loya  was murdered upon declining bribe and other incentives to drop the judgement against Amit Shah at that time.

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s political career as stated earlier is marred with violence, communal riots, mob lynching, murder of members in judiciary, investigating agency such as CBI that happened lately, BJP Lok Sabha member of parliament Gopinath Munde murder in June 2014 covered up as freak road accident due to disagreements in policy within party, gunning down of journalist and writer Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore with PM Narendra Modi cheering the incident by following the assassin’s twitter, unlawful imprisonment of former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt from Gujarat are chronicles in Narendra Modi and Amit Shah run state and central government.

Sanjiv Bhatt is a former Indian Police Service officer from Gujarat. Sanjiv Bhatt filed an affidavit in the Indian Supreme Court against then Chief Minister Narendra Modi heading the Government of Gujarat for his complicity in communal violence leading to killings of citizens mostly muslims such as women and children burned alive in some instances as the reports surfaced later. 

The imprisonment of the former Senior police officer Sanjiv Bhatt is not an isolated incident. Upon becoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has selectively isolated human rights activist and environmentalist, the United States born citizen Mrs. Sudha Bharadwaj, a legal attorney in her own rights among several other human rights advocates, journalists and authors branded urban naxals holding them in indefinite unlawful unconstitutional imprisonment denying them due process viz. habeas corpus to prove their innocence are mere examples in the series of violations and abuse of power by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah thus far.

Notwithstanding the harassment and aggressive tactics against former Indian Army personnel – Ex -Border Security Force Officer Tej Bahadur Yadav forcing the soldier’s twenty one years old son to commit suicide from the unbearable constant Modi government and media intimidation of the family. The Ex-BSF officer Tej Bahadhur Yadav upon rejecting Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s bribe of $500 million  to drop out of the 2019 national election against Narendra Modi in Varanasi fraudulently disqualified the Indian soldier’s candidacy in May 2019.

Furthermore, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s political strategy deploying devious means such as bribery or threats to conduct raid against members of opposition political parties in an effort to wipe opposition in the political system is the norm.

Besides, anyone in any institution heading probe against the incumbent administration and government i.e. PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s numerous corruption dealings and criminal activities are either lured with cash and foreign posts or eliminated from their positions including murder of such individuals for non-cooperation.

Narendra Modi’s rise to political status at India’s detriment aptly attributed to United States former so-called democrat President Barack Obama having come to Narendra Modi’s rescue misusing Presidential power preventing the trial against Narendra Modi on Gujarat violence in New York Court that summoned then Chief Minister Narendra Modi upon his arrival at JFK, New York was just the beginning.

Now the successor United States President Donald Trump glorifying Narendra Modi’s profile substantiates United States stance on human rights, democracy, constitution and individual liberty that obviously flouted time and time again regardless of political representation in the United States proudly declared the beacon of democracy.

United States and western allies together with others in the multinational corporate run global politics, fostering authoritarian, dictatorial regimes is the tradition. History is testament to the fact in every part of the world predominantly to serve vested interests much to the destruction of constitutional based democratic governance.

Although, United States having earlier rightfully not granting travel visa to Narendra Modi related to Gujarat violence and scores of innocent deaths in 2002 only to be reversed by the so-called democrat President Barack Obama and lately Republican incumbent President Donald Trump slighting recent events confirms United States government priority or the lack thereof to human rights and the fundamentals of democracy.

Indian government leaderships under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah subversion of democracy and extreme violations in the abuse of power leading to incessant violence, innocent deaths, unnecessary tensions and unrest in the country appropriately calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah sparing vulnerable segments viz. muslims, so-called Dalits and other targeted demography from continuous persecution and religion caste based mob killings that has become the way of life in addition to saving democracy as well as the distressed economy is paramount.

India’s secular diverse culture and hard fought independence in adherence to constitution protected equal rights, opportunity and respect for all barring any form of prejudice exerting caste, religion and other basis could no longer be dismissed as witnessed in the ongoing political, social and economic precipice.

I convey my sincere condolences to the families and students who have suffered enormously in the recent violence and survivors who have lost their loved ones in the senseless government actions on CAA, NPR and NRC .

I also urge the vast number of Indians protesting against CAA, NPR and NRC to maintain absolute peaceful, non-violent, civil decorum and disposition resisting any form of provocation and instigation from the government and their representative groups harming collectively as there are no winners in violence.

Importantly, the CAA, NPR and NRC protesters engagement through direct dialogue and discourse on this matter is pertinent and would avoid such confrontations with groups likely to infuse altercation.

There are also ways to submit your grievances and share your concerns through social media provided access available to exercise the basic right unlike the government intervention in Kashmir blocking communication and internet access for longer period prolonging until now over there.

The resolution to the current situation in India is for the BJP government to repeal CAA and abandon the unconstitutional undemocratic NPR, NRC and resume established census method safeguarding citizens rights and privacy.

As for the population as second and third generation residents with no documents and not having criminal records threatening any citizen’s safety and national security should be granted amnesty or asylum again discarding religion based criteria treating all as nothing but humans and Indians in statehood and citizenship.

The government’s failure to resolve the issue in the above manner i.e. revoking CAA and adopting democratic practice on national census leaves the nation and the ones inevitably to be affected viz. significant percentage of all Indians not just muslim Indians in government obstinacy on citizenship rights with no choice but seek removal of leaderships from power.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah stepping down from office would demonstrate Indian democracy’s strength and legitimacy.

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Padmini Arhant

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Indian National Budget 2020

February 4, 2020

Indian National Budget 2020 

Padmini Arhant

India”s BJP government Finance Minister Nirmala Prabhakar’s recent national budget 2020 lacks focus on economic revival.

The budget suppress opportunity for rural and agriculture economy in dire straits. There is no solution now or in the foreseeable future to address soaring unemployment among educated youth and qualified work force.

The so-called tax increase on wealthy in India reverse course in action witnessed in latest bail out of Tamil film industry actor Rajnikanth’s tax evasion case by BJP government. 

The BJP administration rather than filling vacancies alleviating record unemployment in the severely understaffed judiciary overwhelmed with tax frauds and tax evasion cases, prompts the tax department under government control to withdraw cases on tax fraud in the amount 1 crore (million) rupees and below letting the actor Rajnikanth, an ardent BJP supporter off the hook.

BJP administration’s egregious decision in this regard depriving the nation from desperately required tax revenue exempting the wealthiest in politics, economic and entertainment sector on fair share of taxes exemplify the privileged exploiting the average citizens in India. Not to mention the trend fundamentally widening the gap between the filthy rich and poor in society.

Media, press and communication outlets complicity in the matter cannot be discounted. 

At the same time, BJP government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi declined any debt or tax relief to farmers owing money as little as 1,000 rupees to max 50,000 rupees resulting in farmers’ suicide nationwide.

This is the reality camouflaged with false projections and promises only to be broken during their term in office.

The topic will continue on other aspects of the budget 2020.

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Padmini Arhant

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India – Illegitimate National Electoral Outcome

June 4, 2019

India – Illegitimate National Electoral Outcome 

Padmini Arhant

Indian election was held and over now with the outcome arguably raising numerous questions on the means in the face of non-correlating ground reality. The voter frustration over election deception is a brewing storm post election given dissatisfaction en masse on Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s first term performance.

There is no doubt election is transformed into a formality to legitimize illegitimacy. 

The elected members of Parliament along with political parties so-called victory draw attention in this regard.

The carefully managed and calibrated election to favor those to silence democracy beckon focus.

BJP’s apparent landslide victory exceeding personal and party expectations despite PM Narendra Modi’s dismal record on social issues and economy in particular not barring national security in the absence of evidence on much touted Balakot air strike is indeed too good to be true. 

PM Narendra Modi having unlawfully, unethically and undemocratically eliminated  real candidate the ex-BSF soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav out of the race on false reasons, the so-called invincible Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hailed victor in Varanasi amid massive rejection and disillusionment among Indian electorate including Varanasi voters at large.

BJP guaranteed victory to supposedly opposition heads of political parties like Congress head – Sonia Gandhi, President Rahul Gandhi from Kerala by showing loss in home turf Amethi.

The trend continues with SP leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav ( the one who yearned for PM Narendra Modi’s return during his speech at Parliament closing session), his son SP leader Akilesh Yadav in the SP & BSP coalition in U.P. also spared to muzzle any dissent upon contradictory position in his constituency. 

In J&K – the National Congress leader and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah is allowed to win in the embattled state as BJP’s vocal opponent. The inverse would have unraveled BJP’s spin and upset the applecart for the national party default to three seats in defiance of anti-BJP sentiment in J&K. 

In West Bengal – rather than crashing and crushing Trinamool Congress (TMC) and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee, BJP slams the brake in the near head on collision to avoid major raucous and post election turmoil in the otherwise volatile eastern state. The move quietens TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee relegated to be satisfied in retaining Chief Minister post on bare margin. 

Down South – In Andhra Pradesh –  BJP axed TDP and Chief Chandrababu Naidu visibly active in interlocutor role pre-election in the hope of bidding farewell to Hindutva ideologue BJP at the centre only to be recipient in reverse format. 

BJP knowing well that YSRP blossomed in Andhra, BJP let that bloom as any interjection or disruption would have aroused suspicions on BJP’s selective election maneuver. It so turned out that BJP wish in Andhra Pradesh  to see rival Chandrababu Naidu led TDP out of the scene materialized without BJP doing anything in that respect. 

BJP flex muscles and makes inroads in the other half of the territory – Telangana by gaining four seats having faced colossal defeat in the assembly polls in October 2018 to propagate Narendra Modi wave conspicuously  missing back then and now.

Tamil Nadu – BJP generosity towards Congress ally DMK to receive more than they could handle pretty much sealed DMK from crying foul on EVM mismanagement that would have forced DMK to submit to similar counter argument on their extraordinary ballot bonanza. 

Kerala – BJP allowing status quo in the southern state is an insurance policy to deter popular demand on vote fraud unequivocally committed in this election following suit from earlier electoral events. 

Karnataka – BJP’s dominance admittedly from horse trading in the south western state was registered to convey Hindutva guided BJP determination to overrule election norm. 

Delhi – PM Narendra Modi denying recognition of people elected local government represented by AAP was established in the aggressive assault deploying devious tactics to morph EVM enabled clean sweep in the capital state.

Uttar Pradesh – the northern state was primarily the sitting duck with BJP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath handling home ministry or interior ministry misused power witnessed in unprotected transportation of EVM’s from polling stations regardless of those EVMs being empty or full. 

Likewise, EVM magic was more potent than Modi mantra in northern states – Bihar, Rajasthan and central state Madhya Pradesh. Though same scenario apply nationwide on EVM facilitated winnings in most parts of the country leaving the remaining intact to offset speculations and obfuscate non-existing Modi mania. 

Gujarat cannot be excluded either in EVM scandal. The western state in the backdrop of Modi disenchantment was impetus in BJP manufactured election gimmick.

In nutshell, BJP essentially won over opposition in permitting the relevant members of political factions to maintain their respective Parliamentary and State assembly status confining them to contentment on individual success via unopposed or weak challenges practically delivering electoral advantage to every one of them.

Conversely BJP stifling valid probe on EVM debacle and fraudulent usurpation to power by riding on unpopular Narendra Modi band wagon evident in the biggest political stunt ever declaring the end of democracy with fanfare. 

Meanwhile, the election commission and Supreme Court as silent spectators generate the impression on the constitutionally set up institutions metamorphosis to renegades much to democratic system decline. 

Anything obtained deceitfully is unsustainable and disintegrates due to delusional claims forging distrust and decadence.

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India – Election Results 2019 Upend Democracy

May 23, 2019

India – Election Results 2019 Upend Democracy

Padmini Arhant

A sad day for India on the demise of world’s largest democracy when fundamentalist ideology premised on communal, divisive and polarizing politics using fear and violence marginalize the foundation of Gandhian ideals and hard fought freedom.

When candidates of a national political party viz. BJP declare Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin a patriot and the party chief Amit Shah standby the provocative statement with pride further denigrating Mahatma Gandhi in using the reference Satyagraha, these candidacies prevailing in the national election is ominous for the nation and the philosophy of ahimsa meaning non-violence, peace and unity.

Notwithstanding the height of presumptuousness in the incumbent Narendra Modi in the earlier term and throughout political campaign proclaiming self as the Supreme pose grave challenges to people represented governance.

The shadow power i.e. corporate financiers, Indian stock market and external forces rallying behind their ally Narendra Modi is expected at the nation’s expense. Though the cause for celebration confined to vested interests having adverse repercussions cannot be ruled out in the near and long term. 

Unfortunately, the election has been anything but free and fair considering the violations and  specifically the flow of black money and electoral bonds widely used to buy votes in most parts of the country.

The reports from the campaign ground on minorities and other demography voter registration cancellation depriving them from casting ballots or using their democratic right to participate in the election besides the declining of ex-BSF soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav nomination to contest against candidate Narendra Modi cannot be ignored as well.

The results barring above mentioned electoral irregularities nationwide has settled towards default position due to lack of credible and formidable political choices as a viable alternative despite the central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dismal record in office – soaring unemployment, poverty and inflation exacerbating economic woes across the country.

On the regional performance, the outcome reflect anti-incumbency and/or absence of appealing options for the electorate leaning towards the available political factions in the electoral exercise.

India is confronted with nationalism spreading Hindutva doctrine only to be spearheaded in the misuse of political mandate.

Padmini Arhant 

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India FYI – My contributions to India and Indian Affairs

May 15, 2019

India FYI

My contributions to India and Indian Affairs

Padmini Arhant

I wish to dispel the myth propagated by idle loose talking heads representing political regimes in India that my participation in Indian affairs only limited to election.

Unfortunately I’m expected to grin and bear persistent tirade.

As such I’m obligatory to none as I’m not on anyone’s payroll (public or private) unlike the political class and fakes capitalizing on my profile and identity much to self-detriment.

These members thriving on taxpayers funded salary, perks and privileges deliver misery, poverty, unemployment and crimes in return.

As for my involvement thus far in India’s burgeoning issues,

I have been speaking and intervening as and when required on matter related to ordinary citizens across the spectrum and written several articles specifically on India’s critical security, economic, political, social, nuclear, humanitarian and environment issues not barring entertainment for over a decade now.

Whether it was anti-corruption prior to the emergence of the team headed by Shri Anna Hazare and importance to have effective Lokpal bill without swaying from my affirmation to anti-corruption law.

Or

Voicing my opposition to bifurcation of Southern state Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Andhra by Sonia Gandhi. I offered meaningful solutions to that particular issue only to be dismissed by Congress ruling cadre riding on unbridled horse at that time and accordingly experienced the fall in electoral outcome in 2014.

Commonwealth Games Resurrection in 2010:

Under Congress regime amidst corruption scandals avalanche implicating every Congress leaderships from the so-called high command Sonia Gandhi to other members in the party,

Then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Congress sports administrator Suresh Kalmadi were smothered in corruption dealings and could care less about the Commonwealth Games hosting though they both were implicated for profiteering from this event that was scheduled to be hosted by Delhi in 2010.

In this respect, politicians and entertainment sector viz. film industry and sports – the two chief beneficiaries and representatives in politics were pandering to media mockery of India incapable and incompetent in hosting an international sports event with glimpses of their talk shows flashed in western media making India an international joke at that time.

On my part when I watched the charade, I was determined to turn mockery of India into appreciation as I felt the athletes in India and foreign land having been tasked to intense labor and training to compete in the international event were deeply disappointed considering the Indian government i.e. Congress ruling power almost made up their mind to cancel the event that was confirmed to western media by India’s External Affairs minister S.M.Krishna traveling in New York at that time.

I subjected myself to the task of resurrecting the Commonwealth games and did so with energized athletes coming together in making the event successful amid cheers and applause from the audience.

There is no sense of self-gratitude as far as I’m concerned for I believe and practice modesty and humility. However, when there are forces dedicating their lives to isolate, corner and ambush their target with the sole purpose of defeating and destroying goodness, there is a compulsion to set the record straight for clarity and future precedence.

Similarly, I condemned the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka in 2009 and expressed in writing through publication on this website. The horrific crimes against ethnic Tamils were carried out with Sonia Gandhi authorized coordination with then Sri Lankan President and Commander-in-Chief Mahinda Rajapaksa who personally thanked Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi for full cooperation.

Subsequently under Congress regime, the state murder of Delhi rape victim in 2012 and withholding the victim’s name against the victim and her family’s request, I wrote and posted articles on abuse of power in this regard and several other instances by Congress leadership viz. Sonia Gandhi and muted opposition in Indian politics.

The anti-corruption articles from me were not surprisingly unwelcome among Indian political establishment. The opposition BJP then headed by Sushma Swaraj together with Congress in unison censured me in Indian Parliament for daring to speak the truth on corruption in Indian political system.

For the record, the innuendoes and nuances from media on political regimes instructions falsely projecting me as showering compliments on former Chief Minister of Gujarat and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is nothing more than wishful thinking.

Soon after PM Narendra Modi was sworn to office, I released the audio on mock interview asking very serious questions that touched on controversial and contentious legacy of the former Chief Minister of Gujarat turned Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Somehow these episodes not captured on the radar of those wasting time in profiling me.

In UPA 2nd term, I published and presented mock interview with Congress High Command Sonia Gandhi in Italian along with English translation. The questionnaire comprised  Sonia Gandhi’s decisions on not only Indian politics but also her personal interference denying a private citizen’s right to exist by not allowing the critically ill patient to receive emergency medical treatment with the entire nation remaining silent spectators to state sponsored tragedy.

My perspectives and opinion on governments alternating to power strictly premised on ground reality and effects on ordinary folks and their suffering. Nothing more and nothing less.

During BJP regime under PM Narendra Modi, I remarked on the reprehensible idea of forceful land acquisition from farmers and natives by PM Narendra Modi and government. I published article intersecting the passage of land acquisition bill by PM Narendra Modi and government in Parliament aimed at aiding corporate allies Adhani, Ambanis and the likes against farmers and middle class citizens owning land.

As mentioned earlier on I had to bear the heat for objecting to former U.S.President Barack Obama administration initiated Walmart monopoly on Indian retail industry.

Also I shed light on agrarian crisis and discussed farmers long standing woes with recommendations to redress farmers plight. I presented my thoughts and ideas to contain the deteriorating conditions in agriculture economy.

On nuclear and environment issues – I firmly stood by locals protesting against Kudankulam nuclear plant revival and Thoothukudi Sterlite Copper plant menace in Tamil Nadu much to elevated political entities like ex-President Abdul Kalam and fraternity criticism for siding with the people and not the political helm on Kudankulam nuclear project.

Humanitarian standpoint – I pledged my support to human rights activists, writers, authors and environmentalists unfairly targeted, arrested with at least two of them even murdered under PM Narendra Modi run BJP regime. I denounced these actions as they occurred in direct human rights violations subverting democracy by PM Narendra Modi and media.

On national security – those who pay attention to my work certainly noticed submission of facts laden post published by me in this context. The audio  with transcripts on Doklam standoff between Indian Armed Forces and People’s Liberation Army of China over China’s road construction plan in Doklam on the trijunction border that includes yet another nation – Bhutan was published at the height of brewing conflict.

Jammu & Kashmir – I have been writing all along since the establishment of this site in 2008 on multifaceted human rights violations against Kashmiris – beginning with Hindus – Kashmiri Pandits and other denominations as well as muslims in the valley having become mere political pawns for both India and Pakistan waging proxy war in their name with no respite.

Again the articles on India’s North East tensions were also published on many occasions on this premier site –

https://padmini arhant.com

Last but not the least, drawing international focus on India’s natural disasters were also covered on the site.

All of these made available in diverse format – written publications, audio and video versions throughout the cycles of Congress and BJP government in power.

There were also postings done on India’s regional politics viz. Tamil Nadu government under former Chief Minister Jayalalitha and counterpart DMK leader Karunanidhi as well as other states like West Bengal under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

I reiterate that I’m not under any constitutional oath as those elected to power in politics are, yet I have been tirelessly working without any monetary payments or benefits whatsoever and devoted significant time of my life on anything and everything about India besides global events and crises. 

Those who are supposed to present their report card on their governance for which they are handsomely paid and undeservingly glorified until the last hour are let scot-free while raising infinite questions on my appearance or the lack there of in Indian scene is indeed ad hominem.

Goes without saying – anything provided free costing nothing instead profits to those taking others selfless service for granted would only yearn for more with limitless demands and endless gibes having become the culture. 

The elements making allegations against me are mirroring themselves with their showing as paid satirist largely part of youtube sleeper cells category proved worse than terror equivalent in addition to them featuring on television networks for publicity merely preoccupied in mud slinging for personal and political gains.

I rest my case.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

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India – Elections 2019 VOTE NOTA

March 22, 2019

India – Elections 2019

VOTE NOTA 

Padmini Arhant

 

India’s overwhelming majority i.e. the average citizens are shackled and enslaved by anti-democratic, communal, dynasty, violent, corrupt, criminal, celebrity politics servile to foreign diktat for narcissistic goals to grab power, fame and fortune.

The unemployed youth in particular are exploited to defend criminal politics on social media with political media investment in propaganda to deflect public attention from real economic issues hurting the population at large.

Indian electorate have no chance of taking dysfunctional political class to task or hold them accountable in the politics controlled judiciary leaving them entirely at ruthless political regimes mercy.

The only opportunity to Indian voters is the polls to reject political establishment in entirety sending a strong message on their disapproval of stagnant status quo depriving ordinary people the right to equal access in all things related to economy, politics and social status.

VOTE NOTA

India’s disillusioned and frustrated voters reject crony, corrupt, criminal, catastrophic cadre redeeming your dignity and respect that has long been seized from you by political regimes alternating to power.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter PadminiArhant.com

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Indian Politics Election 2019 (Hindi)

March 9, 2019

Indian Politics Election 2019 (Hindi)

Final Version

Indian politics and social issues are discussed in this final version. The tolerance or the lack thereof defines character and civilization. The modern age quantum leap in technology, science and social conditions represent human adaptation that somehow not reflected in humanitarian issues beckoning empathy and ethical norm.

The economic growth only benefitting top 1% while remaining population struggling to make ends meet could not be claimed as progress and development. The vast majority subjugated in abject poverty, social injustice and generational prejudice due to political ideology, pervasive corruption and dysfunctional system hinder fair opportunity for all across the spectrum.

India’s less fortunate and marginalized demography hope for a better tomorrow is possible upon awakening to political reality.

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Part – 1

Padmini Arhant

 

 

Indian Politics detailing incumbent administration Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies and performance is discussed in this video. India’s political, economic and social issues are analyzed based on governments role during their term in office.

This is Part – 1 of the topic with remaining to follow shortly.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

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