Unity in Diversity, or…..?

Posted in Culture, Education, Politics, Social with tags on January 29, 2021 by swatiaiyer

Forgive me if this post is a bit of a mish mash of ideas and tends to be all over the place. However, given the political and social realities of the times in which we all live, I could not help making a few observations today, in a way interconnected, in others totally disconnected.

As a language instructor at the Goethe Institute, I have the opportunity to participate in a lot of cultural and academic events. Today is the inauguration ceremony of one such conference. The evening started with the who’s who of the institute and the consulate – mostly Germans – lighting the ceremonial lamp. Normally I would not think twice about it, but in this day and era of extreme polarization, based to a large extent on religious and cultural differences, I could not help notice a nice, warm feeling spreading inside with the light emanating from those lamps. Christmas is celebrated with much gusto at the institute – it is as German as it can get in an Indian context. Onam is celebrated with huge flower rangolis and a feast on banana leaves, Diwali is also celebrated with rangolis, staff turning up in their festive best ….. it can’t get more “Multi-kulti” (as the Germans would call it) than this. What a wonderful feeling. I couldn’t help thinking – no sensible person would or could object to being part of any celebration, no matter which culture or religion they are a part of. Such times really take me back to my younger days when this was the “normal” – or to put it in today’s lingo, this was the “old normal”.

What a stark contrast this is to the ‘not our culture’ attitude which is so all-pervasive in our society today! It would be hypocritical to say that a certain degree of resentment does not creep in, under circumstances when one feels that one section of society is being appeased at the cost of others. This, however, is more of a reaction to a political situation than any deep rooted hostility to other cultures/religions.

From there, it is not a particularly huge leap to talk of language chauvinism. Just the other day, I saw a tweet in the German language, put out by an ex-colleague. It was political in nature. Needless to say, there was an instant response to his tweet, demanding to know what “kind of language” this was. Another time there was a disparaging remark because of his profession and his community – he is flowing against the tide and so some people of his own community really gun for him (figuratively speaking, so far, thank God!!!)

The never-ending discord over regional languages and national language is one more issue in question. “Why should we accept any other language other than our regional language” was another argument at the centre of a fight between a courier and the security staff at the gate of a housing complex. So much so that it went live on Facebook, with a regional cultural group being involved. At this rate all of us who can only speak 2 or 3 regional and/or national languages have only two options – learn all the regional and official languages of our country or don’t travel outside the state.

When will people learn that language is a means of communication, a doorway to the world, its peoples and cultures and that such chauvinism will shut all doors to any possibility of enriching one’s existence – damn, you can’t even curse any person in a language they understand!!!!! If someone is so dumb as not to be able to learn your language, you’d rather not communicate with that person, rather than speak he/she can understand? When did language become a divisive factor instead of a uniting one?

God give us sense!!!

The Year That Was – Count Your Blessings

Posted in Media on December 31, 2020 by swatiaiyer

Goodbye 2020!

No, I am not here to enlist all the horrible things that happened in our version of “Annus Horribilis”. Many good things happened too. No, earth did not exactly turn into Utopia, but it certainly helps (definitely does not hurt) to count our little blessings.

Yes, Covid struck. Yes, some family, friends, family of friends were afflicted, some moved on to another dimension. Yes, the circumstances of their death were very unfortunate. But look at the other side. So many of us are here to bid farewell to the last year – though I know many who want to kick it out!!! ūüėÄ We survived. We did not contract the infection, many of our dear ones who got infected made it, without much ado.

Nature got a well-deserved break from the activities of her badly-behaved, narcissistic children, the Homo sapiens while her other repressed children got a chance to breathe freely for a change. The air turned purer – well, at least for a while. The Homo sapiens were grounded giving them a chance to rethink their behaviour. Like all children, there were some who did utilize it, while others blissfully carried on as before after the lock-down was lifted. To them, all I can say is, GET WELL SOON.

We learned that we can work from home, thereby saving time on commuting to offices, electricity and fuel. Some of us (those who were not spending longer hours at work at home than in office) learned to utilize that extra time to develop hobbies. People grew more health conscious, turning to our roots for healthy food habits. Sure, some say they gained weight sitting around at home, though others lost a good deal of chub from having to work without the ubiquitous ‘bais’ (domestic helpers).

The Covid pandemic forced us to get our acts together, arranging for more wide-spread medical care facilities, speeding up research to find effective medications and vaccines against the infection. Ordinary people in various walks of life showed their true grit and mettle battling to keep essential services going – the so-called ‘Covid warriors’. They showed us a face of humanity that has become rare. While the reverse also held true, I shall not go into details about that here – there are enough people around doing that!!!

Earthquakes and weather disasters did not spare us, but we are having a real winter. While some of us enjoy the winter from the warmth of our homes, there are many out there who are dying due to the cold. This is a moment to spare a thought for them and to help in whatever way we can.

The economy plummeted, hurting many pockets, but hey, they many of them (unemployed) are still alive, giving them hope of a better tomorrow as we emerge from the pandemic – slowly but surely.

And FINALLY, the vaccine against Covid is here. May this herald the end of the pandemic, economic recovery, lots of travel, meeting near and dear ones and most importantly A MORE CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE.

Here is wishing all of us a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR with more happiness and fewer disasters of any kind.

The Great Election Circus

Posted in Elections, Media, Nation, Politics with tags , , , on May 17, 2019 by swatiaiyer

Elections are very fascinating Рnormally.  This summer has seen soaring temperatures Рclimatically as well as the election heat.  I am sure no one has felt the heat more than the Supreme Court and the Election Commission this time around.  This election process started on the 11th of April and the 7th and last phase of election is expected to take place on the 19th of May.  That in itself should qualify for some kind of record.

The following have been the hallmarks of the 2019 elections:

  1. ¬† An election which took a month and a half to conduct.¬† I don’t know which other country has such a long drawn out election.
  2.   A 7 phase election
  3.   A lot of violence and rioting in a certain state
  4.   Massive rallies and road shows
  5.   A slew of abuses, name-calling, wild allegations, counter allegations between all parties and candidates.  Sadly enough it did not stop there.  The personal lives of individuals have been bandied about in public.
  6.   Endless appeals against contestants to the Election Commission
  7.   A highly polarized nation
  8.   Fairly large voter turnouts
  9.   A large presence of first-time voters
  10.   Emergence of smaller news channels on social media

Of all the above points, the most striking and distressing features have been the new lows public and political discourse has fallen to.¬† Can it fall lower?¬† That remains to be seen but I am sure no one really wants to know, given all that we have already been treated to.¬† The word ‘democracy’ has been misused to mean one can say whatever comes to their heads and nobody can stop them.¬† It has also been misunderstood as an opportunity to stop other political parties from holding rallies or roadshows, prevent entry to parts of the country, to pelt stones, prevent people from voting and such like.¬† The kind of name-calling and verbal abuses spewed are a shame to any democracy which purports to be civilized.

The role of the mainstream media has not been very praise-worthy either.¬† Each channel with their partisan reporting has played no small role in bringing about an extreme polarisation of opinions.¬† SHAME ON THEM.¬† However, it has been heartening to see more neutral channels emerge, albeit smaller ones limited to the social media, which have taken the trouble to go out and talk to the common person on the street to get a feel of the mood of the voters.¬† The kind of increase in awareness and the hard core common sense is an encouraging indicator of the fact that the politicians can’t take voters for granted anymore.¬† They better pull up their socks.¬† Let them always be conscious of the fact that the people are watching.¬† They are neither blind, deaf or dumb (literally or figuratively).

If whichever party or coalition coming to power truly has the interests of the nation in mind, here are a few electoral reforms I’d suggest:

  1.  Make it possible to vote online.  This should help end electoral violence on the day of polls, booth rigging as well as to limit the polling to one day or 3-5 days at the most.
  2. ¬†No more public shows.¬† Whichever candidate wants to talk to their electorate can go on their own and meet them privately USING THEIR OWN PERSONAL FUNDS.¬† The public does not need a spectacle of the charade of concern of the public which rears its head once every 5 years.¬† We’d rather see evidence of all the progress that has taken place.¬† It is ridiculous how much money gets wasted in all these ostentatious spectacles going under the name of roadshows and rallies.¬† One more way to prevent unnecessary violence and destruction of private and public property.
  3.   MOST IMPORTANTLY, we the people need to know what the POLITICAL AGENDA VIS A VIS DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMY is.  WE DO NOT CARE WHAT YOU THINK OF THE OTHER PARTY OR CANDIDATE.  Put an end to this shameful name-calling, abuse and slew of extremely personal attacks on individual candidates.  WE DO NOT CARE WHAT SOMEONE EATS, OR DOES IN THEIR PERSONAL LIVES.
  4.  If you have the gumption, dare to end all this case based, religion based politics and concentrate solely on growth and progress of the nation and ALL citizens.  STOP THIS POLITICS OF APPEASEMENT.
  5. ¬†Talk of your achievements – party’s as well as individual – during the past five years and what you plan to do during the coming 5 years if elected to power.
  6. As for the media, I hope they search their collective conscience deep and long and restrict themselves to doing their jobs i.e. reporting facts OBJECTIVELY without allowing their personal opinions to colour any of the reportage.

I do hope we Indians do not have to see such phenomenal waste of money and such lack of civility in the name of elections ever again.

Now Women Distract Male Students in University Libraries

Posted in Education, Social, Women with tags , , on November 12, 2014 by swatiaiyer

Looks like a board out of the hoary past of pre-independence days? ¬†Well, not quite. ¬†With just a minor change. ¬†Now it is “Women (and dogs?) not allowed”. ¬†Where? ¬†The Maulana Azad library of the Aligarh Muslim University.

No women or dogs allowed in library:  Aligarh Muslim Univ ban on girl students is a shame

Only, I don’t think dogs would be disallowed inside the library, at least not by any official diktat. ¬†Dogs are after all ‘man’s’ best friend. ¬†But women??? ¬†Oh no, no, they are different. ¬†They distract men, lead them into temptation and sin. ¬†Remember the original sin? ¬†It was Eve’s fault after all!

We learn from the mistakes of our elders and betters.  So the AMU has no intention of allowing a repeat of the original sin Рat least not in the sacred precincts of their libraries.  So all scheming Jezebels are kept out, so the men can study in peace and aspire towards more lofty goals for their lives.  The library is no place to allow women and distract hard working male students.

Long live education in India! ¬†We are surely a “developing” country – we have even sent a satellite to the Mars which landed in the very first attempt. ¬†Thanks to all our great scientists – all males of course!

Jyotiba Phule, Savitribai Phule, Dhondo Keshav Karve, Raja Ram Mohan Roy and others, my blood boils when I think of what you did for women’s education in this country. ¬†Please forgive them, for they know not what they do. ¬†I wonder how many people in today’s generation outside of Maharashtra have heard of you. ¬†All I can tell them is to ask Wikipedia.

So we can now look forward to a return of¬†the “good old days” that existed before “Indian culture and tradition” was wiped out by the decadent ideas and laws¬†introduced¬†by the British.

Love In A Confused Era – An Anthology

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by swatiaiyer

Arriving soon!

This is an anthology which is going to be published very shortly. Many new authors are making their debut through this publication. Watch this space for more.

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Where do you meet God – Part II

Posted in Nature, Photographs, Travel with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2014 by swatiaiyer

Next day we visited Athirapally water falls. ¬†The journey of around 48 kms which is normally doable in about an hour took us about 2 hours – we kept stopping on the way to take pictures. ¬†It was by far one of the most beautiful drives I have been on so far. ¬†The typical winding, narrow roads through rural Kerala were very good to drive on and more than anything else spotlessly clean. ¬†There was just a short stretch of the road which was in bad shape. ¬†To put it shortly, zimmmmbly enchanting! ūüėÄ

I was rather shocked and disappointed by my experience at this restaurant.

Breakfast enroute

We left the hotel at around 8.30 am and stopped at a wayside coffee house for breakfast. ¬†It was a shocker. ¬†There were no idlis or dosas. ¬†Puri and vegetable were available – I guess the vegetable had beetroot in it since it looked pink! About 80% or more of the items on the menu were non-vegetarian. ¬†The coffee was excellent. ¬†I can’t really say much for the coffee in Kerala. ¬†Ever since I left home, I had been drinking some awful brew called coffee – reminded me of “the coffee in the army they say is superfine, it looks like ditch water and tastes like turpentine”! ¬†So this coffee came as a real treat – some real coffee for a true, dyed in the wool coffee addict.

First glimpse of a river

First glimpse of a river

Rapids

Rapids

From there we drove on and soon turned off the main road.  The road went through some palm estates.  Suddenly we chanced upon a river running by just behind the trees and vegetation.  Stopped by to take a pic.  All of Kerala strikes me as one huge picture post card.

Drifting clouds seen through a canopy of trees.

Cows going for a walk

Cows going for a walk

There was this lovely vision of the prettiest cows I have seen in a long time coming along the road.  It would take a crazy coot in India to go ga-ga at the sight of cows.  But these cows just completed the picture amidst all the greenery and looked so healthy and clean.  I got off from the car and started running backwards to get a good click. The cows did not seem to be in a mood to be too obliging.  They kept walking as I kept running backwards.  Finally!  Did get a good click.

Oil palm estate

Fruits from the palm from which the oil is extracted

 

The road wound through oil palm estates.  Got to see palm fruits collected to be sent for oil extraction.  Was good to have a driver who was friendly and well informed.

Mountains in the distance

Stopped at many places along the way for such clicks.

 

Athirapally Trip

Around every bend onc came across such sights.

Athirapally Trip

The first view of the Athirapally water falls from a distance.

Lunch Time

Lunch Time

There were plenty of monkeys waiting to grab food from visitors.  Here was one grabbing a bite on the sly.:-D

Athirapally Trip

Entrance to the short trail to the waterfall.

Any doubts

Loved the boards put up by the Forest Department in many places.

Ecosense

Ecosense

Not to miss the monkey tail dangling down like a pointer.

Good warning

Athirapally Trip

Here is a little one exploring life on its own.

Athirapally Trip

Another one in a contemplative mood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcOx_NN-As8

And yet others too busy to notice the world around.

Athirapally Trip

Approaching the river leading to the falls.

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The river comes flowing towards the fall. ¬†Entry to the river is prohibited, though one can cool off one’s feet in the little bit of it that flows between the rocks. ¬†The waterfall from the top looks so majestic!The river flows away from the falls

The water falls down and flows away into the horizon.

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The waterfall from below. ¬†It’s absolutely out of this world!

All things come to an end.  With a heavy heart we depart from there.  But there is more to come.

We drive further from Athirapally on the highway towards Charpa waterfalls.

Athirapally Trip

Shortly after leaving Athirapally, we come across a mountain stream which is chanelled through a small bit of rubber pipe at the end.  The water is crystal clear, amazingly cool as well as tasty.  It feels blissful to pour some of it on my head Рthe trek down to the river and the waterfalls has left me absolutely hot and sweaty.

Another beautiful sight!

Athirapally Trip

Charpa waterfalls.

From there we drive further on towards Sholayar reserve forest in the hope of seeing some elephants on the way. ¬†We do see a lot of droppings (but no elephants in sight) as well as a few pheasants, but they are just too quick and I miss capturing them. ūüė¶

After a while we turn back and drive back.  On the way we see one more real life picture post card.

Athirapally Trip

We stop at Athirapally looking for a place to get some vegetarian food.  As luck would have it, we do find one restaurant where we get piping hot, fresh, thin phulkas and some very good chana!  Finally it is really time to say good bye!  Hope to visit you again Athriapally!

Athirapally Trip

Awww….. give me a break. ¬†You are such a bore! ¬†Will you let me have a nice afternoon siesta now! ¬†Go away!

Athirapally Trip

This one though gives me a sad look as it says good bye!

Driving back through the plantations, we notice a nutmeg tree and get one fresh one to eat along the way!

Athirapally trip

This has been a glorious day. ¬†Paradise, thy name is Kerala! ¬†It is 4.30 pm. ¬†We are slap bang in the middle of “civilization” in Cochin. ¬†The anti-climax to a perfect day.

Kerala is a wonderful example of how progress and development has been coupled with environmental protection.  It has not lost its old world charm.  In many ways it seems like the Kerala of old which I used to visit as a child.  I am so happy to see that there are still some spots which are relatively untouched by the tourism bug.

Where do you meet God? – Part I

Posted in Photographs with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2014 by swatiaiyer

Answer: ¬†In God’s own country! ¬†Ouch! ¬†Don’t throw rotten eggs at me for that one!

Seriously!  Do you want to get away from the din of city life and see something different?  Experience greenery all around and near absolute cleanliness?  Please go to Kerala.

To me, Kerala has always meant “home” as in my dad’s family home. ¬†Every visit to Kerala with parents automatically meant going home, spending a few weeks there and visiting all the temples in the vicinity. ¬†So my perception of Kerala was extremely limited.

Recently I had an opportunity to visit Kerala with family.  It was an extremely different experience.  While most of the family decided to visit Guruvayoor temple, I declined.  It was too soon for me after the passing on of my mother Рmy only surviving parent.  I could not deal with going there and missing them.  So the husband and I decided to visit some other place while the rest of the family visited Guruvayoor.

We camped at Cochin at a hotel close to the airport. ¬†Cochin is just an hour or so by air from Bangalore. ¬†It was a mildly cloudy day and we boarded a flight leaving Bangalore at around 1.30 pm. ¬†From the airport, we went straight to a place called “Kalady” – the birthplace of Adi Sankara – born in the¬†early 8th century ¬†‚Äď who¬†was one of the most revered¬†Hindu philosophers and theologians¬†who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta.

Kalady is just a 5 km drive from the airport.  Here are some pictures.

1. ¬†Janma Bhoomi Kshetram: ¬†This is said to be the place where Sankara was born. A simple structure housing the samadhi of Aryamba (the mother of Sankara). The stone stupa is said to be from Sankara’s times and helped identify his birth place. Inside this structure are the sanctums of Lord Ganesha and Shri Sharadambal. We visited this place twice during the visit and the second time witnessed a thread ceremony being performed. It was so beautiful to see the sanctity of the passage of rite without any of the distractions of a big do.

2.  Rigveda Pathshala:  A pathshala is a school.  This is a place where the Vedas are taught.

3.  Sad there was no entry.  Would have loved to go in and see the place.

PM Modi on Rape Cases: Correct Sons, Don’t Question Daughters

Posted in Feminism, Social, Women with tags , , , , , on August 15, 2014 by swatiaiyer

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/pm-modi-on-rape-cases-correct-sons-don-t-question-daughters-576261

Certainly sounds good.  Brings to mind a conversation I had with a friend yesterday.  She has a daughter who studies in a premier professional institute in Bangalore.  The girl lives in a hostel and is doing her post-graduation.  Just as we were sitting and chatting, she received a call from the daughter asking her to call the warden of the hostel immediately and inform her that the girl was coming home for the weekend.

I was shocked. ¬†The girl is 22 – the average age of the hostelites doing post-graduation in the institute. ¬†Legally speaking, she is an adult. ¬†She is well above the age of consent. ¬†It is not as if the hostel would take any tangible responsibility if something “wrong” were to happen to her during day time or within the confines of the hostel. ¬†Nothing they do could change anything in any case. ¬†So how can they curtail her freedom of movement to the extent of her going home to her mother (just a few kms from the hostel btw) over the weekend and insist she be back in the hostel by 9 pm? ¬†

Anyone could call up and inform the warden that her daughter was coming home. ¬†How are they going to check out¬†the veracity each and every time? ¬†It is not as if those girls who are determined to have a “good time” don’t despite all these restrictions.

Shame that we don’t treat our daughters as anything more than a piece of flesh to be kept “protected” from the big bad wolves while we allow those wolves to roam free anytime of day or night.

Mr. Modi, can you do anything to forbid hostels from imprisoning our daughters?

“I Apologize”. Is That Enough?

Posted in Feminism, Social, Women on August 12, 2014 by swatiaiyer

Very frankly, I am not even sure about what to think about this video which I came across today. Don’t know how this will help reduce the incidence of rape in the country. People who rape are not so sensitive as to get enlightened by a video of this kind.

It surely highlights a problem to people who are not so aware of what goes on in this country. Beyond that I don’t know what else it will achieve. Going by the comments, both positive as well as negative, I get an increasing feeling that just “apologizing” does not accomplish anything. Will these people gang up together next time they see a woman being targeted in any way on the streets, at work, in the home ….. ? Will they beat up the perpetrators in public without “fearing” for their own lives?

Will they stand up against the kind of social injustice meted out to 99% women including their own wives and daughters at home and in society in the name of “culture, traditions, the glorious Indian self-sacrificing women and patriarchy”? If they will, I would say this video has been worth the while; if not, it is just one more video which doles out patronizing words of sympathy to women.

Lose Elections? Point Fingers!

Posted in Media with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2014 by swatiaiyer

One more election is behind us.  The results are out.  Good, bad, ugly, indifferent Рthe voice of the people has prevailed.  That is what the spirit of democracy is all about.  The point here is not to talk about the results or the merits or demerits thereof.  The question here is the attitudes which dictate the results.

Our erstwhile UPA has received a drubbing of a lifetime.  Who is responsible?

Rahul, PM, govt, silence, tickets, campaigning … Congress blames them all

reads the news on page 2 of today’s Indian Express. ¬†So the blame game has begun. ¬†Do we see a read “Congress = Gandhi family and Gandhi family = Congress” in this statement? ¬†Who or what constitutes the Congress party? ¬†There is no denying the fact that these are the people who have dictated everything and the party workers have as usual fallen into a feudalistic pattern of saying “Jee Huzoor”. ¬†“Soniaji and Rahul Baba” have been shamelessly kowtowed to. ¬†Sadly and shamefully enough, our erstwhile PM – an economic guru in his own right, who could have done miracles for our country if he had chosen to stick to his expertise without agreeing to being a puppet – did the same. ¬†A man of his stature was reduced to (and chose to be reduced to) a mere caricature with no voice of his own. ¬†Put it down to a phase of losing one’s capacity of discrimination or good judgment. ¬†Happens to all. ¬†So who is to blame? ¬†Rahul, the PM, the govt (read Sonia) alone? ¬†When will the Congress ever learn to get over this mentality of being serfs to the feudal lords? ¬†Or will they ever? ¬†Do they not see the fingers pointing at themselves while they point at the above persons? ¬†(Or is that why they make sure that most fingers point at someone else)?

Pleasantly and surprisingly enough, Rahul and Sonia have shown the grace (at least publicly) of accepting responsibility for the drubbing.

‚ÄúCongress party has done pretty badly. There is a lot for us to think about. As vice-president I hold myself responsible for what has happened,‚ÄĚ Rahul told reporters.

Sonia too accepted blame.

‚ÄúThis mandate is clearly against us, our party. We accept politely this decision of voters and respect it. But at the same time, we also hope the next government will not make any compromise with the unity of Indian society and the interests of the nation,‚ÄĚ she said.¬†……

Are they going to do anything to change their style of functioning? ¬†Are they going to adopt a more mature, responsible and democratic way of running their party as well as style of governing? ¬†Only time can tell. ¬†But if history has to be believed …...

 a shell-shocked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi took personal responsibility for the drubbing.

What is so shocking? ¬†Did they not feel the mood of the people? ¬†Probably not. ¬†They were so blinded by power that they either did not see or chose not to see what was happening or believed that the people would be stupid enough to bring them back to power no matter what because “the people did not have a choice”. ¬†They did not believe it possible that the people would opt for some other party, no matter which one. ¬†The wake up call came too late – after the AAP won the Delhi elections. ¬†That was the first sign that people were looking for better options.

Here is evidence of that arrogance – from the mouth of our esteemed PM coming as recently as Jan 2014.

Corruption issues which have come to light during UPA-2.

Most of these charges relate to the period of UPA-1. Coal block allocation as well as 2G spectrum allocation were both in the era of the UPA-1. We went to the electorate on the basis of our performance in that period,and the people of India gave us the mandate to govern for another five years. So,whether these issues which have been raised from time to time by the media,sometimes by the CAG,sometimes by court,one must never forget that they belong to a period which was not the period of the UPA-2,but the period relating to the previous five years,and the people of India entrusted us with new responsibilities. So the people of India do not seem to have paid heed to all these charges of corruption which are levied against me or my party.

The AAP Рa party for whom I had great hopes.  A party who threw away the advantage they had.  The people had had enough of the corruption (no matter what our erstwhile PM thought) and brought them to power.  What did they do?  Resigned within weeks of being brought into power.

Surprisingly enough, our public which has been so patient with the two main national parties and their shenanigans (despite the fact that they have had decades to pull up their socks) did not show the same patience with a fledgling party which has not had even a fraction of the time the other two had, to learn their lessons.  Has a gross injustice been done?

no sooner had the first results started trickling in, there seemed more trouble for AAP internally with Ilyas Azmi, its political affairs committee member, blaming Arvind Kejriwal‚Äôs ‚Äúautocratic style of functioning‚ÄĚ for the rout …….

What they refuse to acknowledge, however, is how the party spread itself too thin contesting 443 seats with a Rs 37 crore kitty against the better judgement of Kejriwal and how it may have paid the price of diluting its original Assembly poll plank of corruption to start talking about communalism as an equal if not greater menace.

Mamata Banerjee is one more example of blindness that is hitting our political leaders.

Mamata, however, refused to make any reference to BJP‚Äôs rise but hinted at money power. ‚ÄúIf you have money you can render an election one-sided, from the national to the regional,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúThis election had many lessons to give. The biggest question out of this outcome is if we will have value-based politics or valueless politics.‚ÄĚ She said TMC will play a constructive role as an opposition party.

No one can deny the role that money plays in politics or elections. ¬†But to assume that that is the MAIN or SOLE criterion that dictates victory at the hustings is being obtuse to say the least. ¬†Is this a case of selective blindness or outright refusal to see the truth? ¬†Here is a politician who is intolerant of contrary views, a politician who brooks no criticism, walks out of interviews when anyone who questions her policies after branding them as “Maoists”.

I have a simple question.  How long are politicians going to continue bribing people, think they can buy their loyalties, be blind to their own short-comings and go on the assumption that the electorate is stupid and bank on short public memory?  Is it not high time for them to wake up?

 

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ENDLESSLY GREEN

Between learning and unlearning, some writing on climate reality, solid waste management, composting, urban organic farming, etc.

ultimatemindsettoday

A great WordPress.com site

Second to None

reduce | reuse | recycle

A wide angle view of India

Issues Views Reviews

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Indian Homemaker's Photoblog

A place to share my photographs...

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showersandpetals

Life comes in myriad hues and flavours. Each day brings its joys, sorrow, laughter and tears. Through this blog I shall try to connect with my readers about subjects close to my heart and subjects which touch my day to day life. I shall try and share my experiences with my readers in the hope that they will be helpful to someone somewhere and that some reader may be able to share their inputs helping me get a different perspective on Life.

90rollsroyces

This blog is our space to write about our thoughts, views and notes about our travels. Osho owned 90 Rolls Royces while being a Sanyasi ..... The so-felt contradiction is very fascinating and hence the name !

Trapped Magazine

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