Published: Friday, May 6, 2011, 2:21 IST
By Francois Gautier | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
One hopes that the people of India are not blind to the utter cynicism of some of its politicians. The way they are efficiently and ruthlessly killing the whole Lokpal movement with the help of deceit and slander is frightening. All the while, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, whose party is not only the main recipient of corruption but has actually institutionalised it, throw decoys at us with declarations of ‘zero tolerance of corruption’.
It is funny how this government is hell bent in preserving what is corrupt, untruthful, inefficient – as symbolised by the deal they have made with Karunanidhi that they will not touch his family – and fanatic about destroying what is free of corruption and is prosperous.
Sonia has been on a personal vendetta against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for a long time. She had a useful tool in Teesta Setalvad, who, it is now discovered, has bribed witnesses, filed false affidavits, and committed repeated perjuries in court. Teesta’s usefulness is nearing an end as she may soon land up in jail, so the Congress has now found another willing tool in Gujarat police officer Sanjiv Bhatt to implicate Modi in the post-Godhra riots.
The government has subverted its investigative instruments such that the CBI goes after Modi even as it closes its eyes to the wrongs that chief ministers of the Congress or its allies, such as the DMK, are openly doing.
For example, the CBI requested the judiciary to drop the case against Jagdish Tytler, who was seen by innumerable witnesses leading mobs to murder Sikhs, while it is going all guns blazing against Modi, who at best was caught off guard when the riots in Gujarat broke out in 2002, or at the worst, delayed in calling the army. But did not Rajiv Gandhi do the same thing (“When a big tree falls, the earth shakes,” he had said) after his mother was murdered by her own bodyguards? Rajiv also delayed calling in the security forces.
It is illogical that the legal instruments of Indian democracy are used to pin down the CM of India’s most lawful, and prosperous and least corrupt state, which impresses even non-BJP tycoons such Ratan Tata, when a Lalu Prasad was allowed to loot Biharand keep it in the most desolate state because he was an ally.
Is it logical today that the Indian media only highlight the 2002 Gujarat riots, carefully omitting the fact that they were triggered by the horrifying murder of 57 Hindus, 36 of them innocent women and children, burnt in the Sabarmati Express? Riots of that intensity do not happen in a day; they are the result of long-term pent-up anger and a spark – like the killing of Hindus, whose only crime was that they believed that Ram was born in Ayodhya.
It is widely known that the dreaded Khalistan movement in Punjab was quelled in the ’80’s by supercop KPS Gill in a ruthless manner by a number of ‘fake encounters’ that killed top Sikh separatists. This was done under a Congress government, both at the Centre and in Punjab. Rajiv was the PM then, but he was never indicted. This is so because terrorists have no law and they kill innocent people; and sometimes ruthless methods have to be used against them.
Why is Sonia going so single-mindedly against Modi? Because, he seems to be the only alternative to her son Rahul Gandhi becoming prime minister in the next general elections. We should give credit to Sonia for her cunning and ruthlessness.
It is no good being a Hindu in Sonia Gandhi’s India. It is better to be a Quattrocchi, who was exonerated by the CBI. Or a terrorist like Sohrabuddin from whose house in Madhya Pradesh 40 AK-47 rifles, and a number of live hand grenades and bullets were confiscated, who was declared “Wanted” in five states with 40 cases registered against him. Then you stand a chance to be protected by the government of India, while those who have at heart their country’s integrity go to jail.
Sonia has achieved such terrifying power, a glance of her, a silence, just being there, is enough for her inner circle to act; she has subverted so much of the instruments of Indian democracy and she controls such huge amounts of unlisted money that sooner or later this ‘karma’ may come back to her under one form or the other.
June 11, 2011 7:24:17 PM
Previously, the Congress was able to brazen out scandalous truth through bullying, deceit, lying and political cunning. Now it hopes that by slandering Ramdev and the RSS, it will be able to put a lid on mounting allegations of corruption against the party and the Government.
The world is a battlefield. All great gurus and avatars have incarnated themselves throughout the ages to help the forces of good, which in India are called ‘dharmic’, against forces which are inimical to the Evolution of Humanity and which are called ‘adharmic’, or even asuric.
The concept of the asura in India is very different from the West. There is no such thing here as the black and white renderings of American cartoons or the Christian idea of a benevolent god and a cruel devil. Keen observers of human history may have noticed that very often asuric forces take on the face of goodness and charity, or use half truths or semi-lies to appear good. But in the end, the harm they do should make them recognisable to all.
In this light, we can discard Mr Digvijay Singh: He incarnates the world of sycophancy, which is a perversion of the Indian bhakti tradition. Or even Mr Kapil Sibal, a more intelligent man, but who got so perverted by a lawyer’s mind that lying has become a second nature to him. History will probably judge Mr Manmohan Singh as a weak man, who was ready to close his eyes on everything just to stay in power.
But what about Ms Sonia Gandhi? What are the forces which are using her, maybe even in spite of her? Let us discard all those evil avatars attributed to her, such as her being a KGB or a Vatican agent, rumours which have been floating around for a long time. We should not also look at her personality, what she projects, or what people say about her, not even at her deeds. No, it is the visible consequences of her overt and covert actions which should tell us a story. What are the consequences of her being the unelected supreme authority in India since many years, one whose one word or glance can have innocent people teargassed and beaten up?
Well the first sign is the increase in terrorist onslaughts since she came to power; the 26/11 terror attacks and the inability of the Government to respond to them — on the spot, and later — are the best symbols of her presence at the top. There has also been a tremendous increase in Christian conversions since she came to power, a radicalisation of Islam in India and a galloping Westernisation, which is fast eradicating Indian culture in cities and major towns.
But to my mind, it is the attack on Hindu gurus, which is the most representative sign of her adharmic reign. For in Ms Gandhi’s India, Hindu gurus are not only mocked at, but they can also be imprisoned, attacked, killed one day. Nobody would dare touch an imam if he preaches secession, nor even a Christian bishop, but gurus are fair game today.
Now Swami Ramdev, who incarnates an old tradition of spirituality in India, of all these gurus who throughout the ages have come to teach and preserve this ancient knowledge which takes the form of hatha-yoga, pranayama, meditation or Ayurveda. Is he perfect? How to judge a guru, who is to grade them? Sri Aurobindo, in one of his aphorisms, said something like this: “Even if god were to manifest himself in front of thy very eyes, you would not recognise him.” I am not able to judge Ramdev, but I can say with confidence that what he teaches is good, because it has benefited thousands of people.
Why then is he run down so much by the Congress whose leaders have gone as far as calling him a thug? Well it’s an old British tradition which has been taken up by the Congress and part of the media. French historian Daniélou summed it up well in his History of India: “The British-controlled Congress utilised to the hilt its English-speaking Press to present the Hindu Mahashaba, which attempted to counterbalance the Muslim League’s influence, or the even more maligned Ram Rajya Parishad, as barbaric, fanatical, ridiculous; and the British media in turn, took-up, as parrots, the cry of their Indian counterparts.” (Histoire de l’Inde)
In the case of Swami Ramdev, there are also accusations of an ‘empire’ worth hundreds of crores and even an island. Well a guru has to decide: Either he stays in a cave and looks after his own salvation, or if he has come to help humanity, he will have first a few disciples, then a few hundreds, eventually thousands. He has to feed them, organize courses, satsangs, launch sewa projects. You need money for all that. Donations come, bigger and bigger, as the good work of this particular guru comes to be known. The funds have to be managed, more and more money is needed and gurus end up being like the head of a multinational corporation, with a hundred projects, all sewa-oriented, to manage. I have seen it at close hand.
The fact that Ramdev got manhandled is nothing new. Gurus come to save humanity, but men either mock them or even crucify them. That is also in the nature of things.
So who will win this battle of Kaliyuga? Sri Aurobindo came to announce the Supramental: He said that as there was man after the animal, so would there come a superman after man. Not the superman of the Hollywood series, but a man who is closer to beauty, love, compassion. One of the main attributes of the supermind, he stated, would be truth.
This is why at the moment in India, the magnifying glass of truth is put upon men and events and falsehood comes out in the form of the stupendous scams that have happened in the last few years.
Previously, the Congress was able to brazen it out, through bullying, deceit, lying and political cunning. Will it be able to do so this time? We have seen how it hopes that by slandering Ramdev and his very nice assistant, planting rumors, using the eternal scarecrow of the RSS (those old fuddy-fuddies, who most of the time could not harm a fly), it hopes to put a lid on all the suspicions which are hanging over their head.
For the first beneficiary of the 2G or the CWG scams, is not the DMK, but the Congress. They are the ones who have institutionalised political corruption, the bribing of parliamentarians and elections which cost hundred of crores to elect a single MP.
If truth does triumph, then Ms Gandhi’s role will also come in the open, along with the truth about Italian middleman Ottavio Quattrocchi and the enormous covert funds the Congress is believed to be controlling. It may take time, but karma is inevitable. That is also an ancient Indian truth.
R Jagannathan Jun 6, 2011 When Baba Ramdev was bundled out of Delhi unceremoniously, it was a forceful message from the Congress-led UPA government that it was not going to vacate space for civil society to muscle in on its turf — unless the civil society members happen to be Sonia Gandhi groupies. It is also an indication that orders for the crackdown on the Baba came from the political power centre – Sonia Gandhi herself. It marks a new assertion of party over government in order to seize the political initiative from a bumbling Manmohan Singh. But it is worth understanding what really transpired these last few weeks, when the government first started humouring the Baba, held detailed discussions with him, and then hit him on the head – metaphorically – with a club when he was least expecting it. Who betrayed whom? Was it the government, which came out waving a paper saying the Baba went back on his promise to call off the fast? Or was it the Baba, who found the government closing in on him, and decided to back away from a deal he knew was not good for his future? I believe it was the government which decided to pull the plug on the Baba deal. It flows from the answer to the question: why was the Congress schmoozing with the Baba in the first place when it knew he had deep Sangh Parivar connections? The Congress has a problem in the north, where the BJP is a potent threat everywhere, except Uttar Pradesh. This is where the Baba comes in handy. Reuters The answer: the Congress wined and dined him precisely because he was close to the Sangh Parivar. It was not something they discovered later, when Sadhvi Ritambara turned up at the Baba’s fast-fest. In the Congress book of dirty tricks, this is old hat. Whenever the Congress sees a looming political threat, it backs a rival in the same camp to break away and undercut the original threat. To deal with the Akalis in Punjab, Indira Gandhi backed Bhindranwale. To destroy the Shiv Sena, it backed Raj Thackeray, and won the last elections purely from this vote division. To undercut the National Conference, it broke bread with Mufti Sayeed’s PDP in the last decade before it dumped the PDP again for the National Conference. Of course, the Congress also reaps the whirlwind when it sows the wind (Indira was killed by Sikh extremists, and Rajiv fell to the LTTE’s suicide bomber), but that’s another story. It is also worth recalling that the Congress won the last elections in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu precisely because a third player (Praja Rajyam in Andhra, and Vijayakanth’s DMDK in Tamil Nadu) ate into opposition votes and brought the Congress (or the Congress alliance) victory. But for these spoilers, Chandrababu Naidu and AIADMK would have won in 2009. So who do you need to fix before 2014 in the same way? While there are obviously a whole range of regional and sectarian parties who are local threats to the Congress in various states, the only national threat is the BJP, which, despite being rudderless over the last seven years, is the only party capable of upsetting the Congress’ apple-cart. Within the BJP, the biggest threat is Narendra Modi, who has shown that he can get the measure of the Congress, and has the potential to galvanise the party and the majority community to action — given the right political circumstances, which, admittedly, don’t exist for now. But who knows what will be the scenario in 2014? It explains why the Congress is using activists like Teesta Setalvad and the National Advisory Council (NAC) and other one-dimensional secularists to fix him – whether in court or through a blatantly communal Bill to tackle communal violence. The Bill is specifically targetted at Hindu organisations, and no one else. It will never see the light of day, but that does not stop undemocratic NAC members from trying to force it down our throats. But, at another level, the Congress has a problem in the north, where the BJP is a potent threat everywhere, except Uttar Pradesh. This is where the Baba comes in handy. How? In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and also in the rest of the Hindi belt, the Baba could cut into BJP votes if he floats a political party. He doesn’t have to win any seats. If he merely takes away 4-5% of the BJP vote, it is enough for the Congress to win. This is the primary reason why the Congress has been humouring the Baba and talking of doing a deal with him on corruption. Unfortunately, the deal fell through, either because the Congress was trying to be too clever with him, or was trying to fix him in other ways – and he balked at the prospect. This is what forced the midnight swoop – something the Congress had not planned for when it began talking with him. The second reason why the Baba was useful to the Congress was his unwillingness to let the Anna Hazare group run off with the anti-corruption agenda. The Baba’s ego would not let him be a supporter of the Hazare camp, which had eminent lawyers well-versed in the art of drafting laws. It also had the support of the middle-class. The Congress egged on Baba with his rural and small-town clout to stymie the Hazare group. The Congress had no reason to let Anna & Co dictate the new Lokpal bill, and the Baba’s political ambitions proved useful to drive a wedge between the two camps. While the midnight action has temporarily allowed the two camps to kiss and make up, the two cannot ultimately work together. Since the Anna group has lost vital momentum, it is now possible for the Congress to impose its own Lokpal Bill with some minor concessions to civil society and reclaim the agenda. A perceptive comment by K Raman on Firstpost shows how the Baba has been neutered, and Anna sidelined: “A man who owns a private island in Scotland, has an annual turnover of Rs 1,000 crore and flies around in a private jet would obviously have a few skeletons in his cupboard… In the next 10 days, one after the other the skeletons will tumble down… The Baba could be fixed in that way..”. As for Anna & Co, Raman says: “..the government has clearly sent out the message that if they mess around, then they too will meet the same fate as the Baba. Shanti Bhushan’s statement that the Prime Minister and the government has to resign is not helpful, to say the least…Now with what face will this team go back and discuss with the same government on Lokpal Bill?” Clearly, the Congress used the Baba and discarded him when he did not toe the line. The BJP need not be too unhappy, too. The Baba was meant to cut it down to size. So while it may fulminate against the government for its midnight “Jallianwala Bagh”, it should be secretly happy that one potential rival for the Hindu vote is out of the way. The Congress has won – for now. While the Baba did not serve its short-term purpose, the party may still hold the high cards when it comes to getting him to float a party to cut into the BJP vote. But just as a week is a long time in politics, such political manoeuvres are not enduring. The only question is whether, when it is politics as usual, the ordinary citizen has lost out. The upsurge of grassroot support when Anna Hazare began his fast has died down. Cynicism rules. Congress gains.
A Letter to Digvijay Singh
You object to RSS and BJP supporting Baba Ramdev and Hijacking his agenda.
When Anna took it up you called him a non entity with no constitutional right to fight corruption.
You ascribed political and other motives to his team members.
Would you welcome the left front to join up & hijack the agenda as it were?
Or would you rather wish Karunanidhi to take it up instead?
May be Mayawati would be better qualified to fight corruption ( in your world view).
Old Sharad Pawar will in any case be the last man living to take up the agenda.
You will certainly not countenance former soldiers like me to be taking up the agenda or supporting Baba or Anna. May be I would be advised to play golf and enjoy a few pegs of whisky as behooves a perfectly nice veteran.
In any case who’s agenda is it to fight corruption?
Surely it not your agenda or that of the Congress.
But let me just contemplate a good congress man taking up this agenda of fighting corruption. What will you say then?
I expect you will surely advise him to submit his views to Sonia ji through the NAC. You well know that the UPA Government is not authorised to fight corruption without orders from the high Command, on the recommendations of NAC. Putting it to Manmohan or AICC would be futile. Will you then go along and confront her to get it allowed? Will Ahmed allow you a darshan or audience with the high command?
My most sincere advice to the Congress is to hijack Ramdev’s agenda, itself . Then there will be no need for anyone else to speak for India or against corruption.
Question bothering me really is; who is this unbridled bull and what is the congress to gain from letting him loose like a misguided missile? He is a failed and discredited politician. Everybody except Rahul knows that. Where does he hope to go from here?
Can any friend enlighten me on this , Please. I shall be most grateful.
Brig R S Chhikara
New Delhi/Lucknow, June 5 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday launched a scathing attack on the government for cracking down on yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike, blaming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for the violence and injuries to people.
From Nitin Gadkari to L.K. Advani to Narendra Modi, party leaders across the country condemned the action against Ramdev in Delhi – he was evicted from Ramlila ground early Sunday and forcibly sent to Hardwar – and said the BJP would go on a nationwide ‘satyagraha’.
‘The crackdown came on the orders of the prime minister and Sonia Gandhi. We strongly condemn it… The prime minister (Manmohan Singh) and Sonia Gandhi must apologise to the people,’ the BJP president told reporters in Lucknow.
Ramdev’s hunger strike against corruption and black money stashed abroad ended abruptly just after Saturday midnight as hundreds of policemen swooped down on the Ramlila ground, removing him and dispersing thousands of his restive supporters with tear gas and batons.
As police asked the protesters to clear the area, some of Ramdev supporters armed themselves with iron rods and fire extinguishers while some threw stones at police.
The BJP called the government offensive a shameful chapter in Indian democracy.
The party plans to stage a 24-hour satyagraha from 7 p.m. Sunday at Rajghat with top leaders like Advani, Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj and others staging a protest, he said.
Opposition leader in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj also held Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi responsible for the police action.
‘The decision was taken by them at the behest of (Home Minister P.) Chidambaram and (Telecom Minister Kapil) Sibal,’ she said.
Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely said it was a ‘shameful chapter in Indian democracy. Everyone has the right to protest peacefully.’
Advani went farther.
The former deputy prime minister comapred the event to the Emergency rule of Indira Gandhi in 1975-77 when democratic rights were stifled.
‘They owe an apology not only to Baba Ramdev but to the whole country for having allowed their police behave as they did last evening.’
In Ahmedabad, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the ‘nation will not forgive this’ and called it a ‘black day’.
‘Prime Minister Manmohansinghji, the nation is not ready to believe now that you are not involved in this. These atrocities are going on under your rule. Police is under Manmohan Singh government in Delhi, not under Sheila Dikshit. This atrocity has been done by Delhi Sultanate,’ he said.
Date – 05.06.2011
Appeals to Protest Nationwide
A Press Release by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s General Secretary
Umesh Dutt on 5th June,2011
Attack on Baba Ramdev Undemocratic : ABVP
Declaring central government’s attempt to suppress Baba Ramdev’s strike as tyrannical and anti-democratic Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s General Secretary Umesh Dutt has called for a Nation-wide protest. Vidyarthi Parishad shall carry on agitation throughout the country against the Central Government’s move today as well as tomorrow.
The Use of Police force against Baba Ramdev’s follower-activists by Govt.is a clear indication of Govt.’s intention to misuse power endowed on it to suppress anti-corruption movement waged against it. Congress’ topmost leaders’ names are involved in the black-money scam and Government of India is clearly trying to safeguard their interests.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad firmly believes that the entire Govt, including Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister M.M Singh being involved in corruption have opted for a way of escapism by manipulating the law as they are only interested in running their government.
Parishad clearly asserts that such a move cannot suppress people’s voice and that Govt has to pay a huge price for doing so. Parishad incites all the anti-corruption forces to come together to form a collective voice and fight against such anti-democratic practices.
It also declares that the youth of India under the leadership of ABVP will carry on an agitation which will be made stronger in a course of time.
As previously declared by ABVP 10,00,000 students will actually come on the roads to protest against corruption on 27th of July and on 9th August “Brshtachariyo Satta Chodo” (dethroning corrupt politicians) movement shall begin.
STATEMENT OF Dr. SUBRAMANIAN
SWAMY, PRESIDENT OF JANATA PARTY
The crack down in Ramlila Grounds in in the dark hours of the night today signals the beginning of the end of the UPA government. Such panic reaction
of any government in history has only foretold its downfall. The UPA government instead of cracking down on crooks, hawala operators, and illegal foreign bank account holders,has instead swooped on an unarmed Swamiji and world renowed Yoga teracher who had wanted effective action against the corruption making India look like a tin pot dictatorship in a Banana Republic. But since the UPA government has now written its own death warrant, the democratic minded anti-corruption forces should rejoice in this foolishness as the silver lining in this dark cloud reminiscent of the Emergency.
PTI / Sunday, June 5, 2011 14:58 IST
Condemning police action against Baba Ramdev and his supporters “in strongest terms”, Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati today requested the Supreme Court to order a probe as “justice cannot be expected from the Centre” in the issue.
Mayawati termed the crackdown at the Ram Lila Maidan as “inhuman”, “undemocratic” and “condemnable”.
“Our party condemns this in strongest terms”, she said at the beginning of her speech at the day-long conference of BSP’s Karnataka office-bearers here.
Mayawati made what she termed as a request through the media to the Supreme Court to take “special note” of the developments and issue direction for independent and separate probe into the issue by National Human Rights Coomission, National Commission for Women and National SC/ST Commission.
“In addition, our party requests the honourable Supreme Court to order a judicial enquiry or whichever probe it deems necessary””, Mayawati said, adding, heavy punishment should be given to the guilty so that such “goondaism” is not unleashed on anybody sitting in dharna in any part of the country.
She said BSP was seeking the apex court’s intervention because “whatever happened” at the Ram Lila Maidan was at the direction of the Central Government, from which “justice cannot now be expected” in this case.
Police crackdown on Ramdev is Ravanlila at Ramlila Ground: Narendra Modi
PTI / Sunday, June 5, 2011 13:00 IST
Gujarat chief minister today alleged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was responsible for the crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his followers in New Delhi and dubbed the police action as “Ravanlila in Ramlila Ground”.
Condemning the incident as the “worst” day in the history of India, Modi said, “The PM had said during the elections that he would bring back black money stashed in Swiss banks within 100 days of coming into power. But today, it is two years and nothing has happened”.
Modi, who was inaugurating a new dental college here, said “Congress will have to answer 120 crore people of India about the use of violence on innocent people”.
“I would like to tell Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that you cannot escape by saying that you did not know. You are directly responsible for what has happened at the Ramlila ground in Delhi,” Modi said.
“The lathi-charge on innocent people has been at your (Manmohan Singh) behest on behalf of the Delhi sultanate and not by the Sheila Dixit government,” Modi said.
He said the lathi-charge by police while people were sleep, was “Ravanlila at Ramlila ground.”
The police first attacked people in their sleep and then took away Baba Ramdev and did not disclose where he has been taken, Modi said adding “even the US after killing (Osama bin) Laden had revealed to the world what they had done in two hours.”
“The Delhi sultanate is bound on suppressing the voice against corruption,” he added.
Modi said the government’s action against Baba Ramdev reminded him of the days of the Emergency, which too coincidently was in the month of June in 1975.
“The intervening night of June 4-5 is the beginning of the end of the Delhi Sultanate,” he warned.