Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber ~ PLATO

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Arrogant Faketivists ...

An innocent tweet from Sanctuary Asia caught my attention:
Sanctuary Asia on Twitter: "If PM Modi is serious about saving #India's #tigers, he must read this by Prerna Bindra https://t.co/Ve48NBTmHR"
I went ahead and clicked the link, the headline of which I thought was in very poor taste, highly arrogant & toxic. Turned out exactly as expected. The headline was just to grab attention, get clicks & shares - it had nothing to do with contents of the article, moreover even contradictory. 

If Modi is serious about saving India's tigers, he must read this


The article, supposedly written by an 'award winning' journalist and a passionate 'Wildlife Conservationist',  was poor in content, completely devoid of key policy suggestions or path-breaking ideas, to help the cause of Tiger Conservation. Except quoting random cases and statistics of Tiger Casualties. There is no dearth of such data out there and a teenage intern would put out a better researched article.

Hence, the objective of a toxic and arrogant headline was clearly to get some attention & cheap publicity, just a day ahead of the event - a whopping 461 'Shares' by the time this post goes live. I am sure those  461 Shares, including Sanctuary-Asia would not have even bothered to read through the article before sharing it. They clearly suffer the common presumption: Something on Tiger Conservation is a great Cause by itself and with screaming headlines must absolutely be Shared. 

About the author:
PRERNA BINDRA @prernabindraThe author is an award winning journalist, wildlife conservationist and a former member of the National Board for Wildlife. She also edits TigerLink. She lives in Gurgaon, but her heart, she says, resides in the forest.
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Let us now analyse the Article, and try to understand the intentions of the Author.

#1 -> Quoting from article: (emphases mine)
The prime minister has asked "wildlife lovers" for their thoughts, ideas, inputs.
The author completely contradicts headlines of her article by stating that the PM himself has asked for thoughts & ideas from "wildlife lovers".

Below is the note PM actually had put out seeking thoughts and ideas on Third Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation.

On 12th April 2016 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will address the Third Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation. This conference is a forum where India’s successful journey in tiger conservation can be showcased. Wildlife lovers from various nations will join the deliberations and think of the road ahead in tiger conservation.
You are urged to share your thoughts, ideas and inputs on the issues pertaining to tiger conservation. The Prime Minister may refer to the inputs received in his speech.
-> One is supposed to Login or Register to add comment

I am absolutely certain that the Author never bothered to Login and add her valued comments on the related thread / forum. On the contrary, such attention seeking fake activists would rather use social media platforms for personal publicity. 

When the PM himself agrees to inaugurate and address the conference, seeks comments in advance from wildlife lovers, why put out a toxic headline - "If Modi is Serious"?

Exposes author's duplicity and lack on genuine interest in contributing to the cause. 


#2 -> Quoting from article: (Emphases mine)
It is pertinent to note that in February and March 2007, eight lions were poached in and around the Gir National Park in Gujarat. In an unprecedented effort, the then chief minister, Narendra Modi moved the state's machinery - CID, forensics, outside experts, forest officials worked collaboratively to ensure all the guilty were arrested and convicted. Surely, the tigers - and other endangered wildlife - deserve a similar effort? Import this Gujarat model!
The author completely stands exposed here. She is trying to preach the converted. 

The PM has 'been there done that' while as CM of Gujarat. 
So why question his seriousness to the cause now? 


#3 -> Quoting from article: (Emphases mine)
The minister for environment, forests and climate change, Prakash Javdekar was quoted as saying, "We are a poor country and must be practical."
This tribe of "journos-cum-fake-activists" also have a great quality of picking up some random bites from somewhere and use them as 'quotes' in support of their twisted arguments. 

Here is the official statement of Shri Prakash Javdekar on PIB notice dated 11th April,  as follows: (emphases mine)
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, said, “We have allotted Rs.380.00 crore to the Project Tiger in the current fiscal year, which is an all-time high and indicates that the Government of India is committed to the conservation of our national animal, ‘Tiger’. Shri Javadekar said that due to the concerted efforts of the Government and other stakeholders, more than 70% of the global wild tiger population is in India. He also said that saving the Tiger means much more than ecological balance. “It is helping in combating adverse effects of climate change as well”, the Minister added.  

So, there goes yet another futile attempt by Author at maligning the Minister.

Moreover, I noticed that the PIB note also says and I quote:
This conference is being co-organized by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, National Tiger Conservation Authority, Global Tiger Forum, Global Tiger Initiative Council, Wildlife Institute of India, WWF and Wildlife Conservation Trust. 
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Now why would PM even bother to read the author:
a) When she never bothered to contribute to the cause by providing comments and suggestion at the respective forum,
b) Decides to published elsewhere on a social media Opinion site; and 
c) The 'who's-who' from wildlife conservation sector is already on board as co-organisers, who needs your empty noise from a random source?

Find something better and more interesting next time! Till then, Adios!!



Saturday, April 2, 2016

धर्मनिरपेक्षता और राष्ट्रवाद ...

इस ब्लॉगपोस्ट को हिंदी में लिखने का एक मुख्य कारण ये है कि इसका सीधा सम्बन्ध हम और हमारे अपने लोगों से है । इसे आगे पढ़ने से पहले आप से एक विनती है कि इसे आप किसी धर्म, जाति, संप्रदाय या विचारधारा के संकीर्ण लेंस से ना देखें । इसे केवल एक भारतीय नागरिक की नज़र से पढ़ें , जिसका केवल हिंदुस्तान और उसके संवैधानिक नागरिक होने के अलावा और कोई परिचय नहीं है । क्यूंकि यह एक गहरा विषय है और इस पर कोई भी टिप्पणी संक्षिप्त में करना मूर्खता होगी , इसीलिए हम इसे दो भागों में समझने की कोशशि करेंगे ।

तो पहले शुरू करते हैं , ये दो चार बड़े-बड़े शब्दों को लेकर आजकल जो ज़बरदस्त बहस चल रही है : धर्मनिरपेक्षता, असहिष्णुता और राष्ट्रवाद इत्यादि ... इस बहस के मुद्दे पर  कुछ विचार यहाँ साझा करने का प्रयत्न है।

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धर्मनिरपेक्षता एक ऐसा शब्द है जिसकी संकल्पना आज शायद ही दुनिया के किसी और देश में संवैधानिक या सामाजिक रूप में देखने और सुनने को मिलेगी । ऐसा लगता है जैसे इस शब्द को अपने आप में पूर्ण रूप से लागू करने का सारा ठेका सिर्फ और सिर्फ भारतवर्ष ने ले लिया है । 

धर्मनिरपेक्षता एक बहुत बड़ा मज़ाक बन कर रह गया है, जिसके चलते विश्व के अत्यधिक रूढ़िवादी और कट्टरपंथी राज्य और समाज भी अब भारतवर्ष पर 'धर्मनिरपेक्षता' की फिरकी लेने लगे हैं । ऐसा प्रतीत होता जा रहा है जैसे आज पूरे विश्व को भारत के धर्मनिरपेक्ष बने रहने की बहुत चिंता सता रही है । कुछ उसी प्रकार से जैसे अमरीका को पूरे विश्व में जनतंत्र की क्रांति लाने का निर्विवाद ठेका मिला हुआ है ।

पिछले साठ वर्षों से धर्मनिरपेक्षता को लेकर भारत में बहुत ही घृणित राजनीती खेली गयी है और इसमें सभी राजनीतिक दल बराबरी के हिस्सेदार रहे हैं । पिछले साठ साल का इतिहास गवाह है कि धर्मनिरपेक्षता को संवैधानिक स्वीकृति देने के बावजूद किसी जाति या सम्प्रदाय का कोई भला नहीं हुआ है । धर्मनिरपेक्षता को लेकर हमारे राजनेताओं ने सिर्फ वोट बटोरे हैं और देश में एक बहुत ही चिंताजनक अलगाववादी समस्या पैदा की है । और इस परियोजना में हमारे देश का एक बहुत ही पढ़ा-लिखा और संभ्रांतवादी (elitist) लेकिन छोटा वर्ग, अत्यधिक उत्सुकता के साथ सबसे आगे खड़े होकर 'धर्मनिरपेक्षता' का आव्हान करता चला आ रहा है । ये बुद्धू-जीवी वर्ग अब अंतर्राष्ट्रीय कूटनीति में भी भारतवर्ष के खिलाफ 'उपयोगी बेवकूफ' (Useful Idiot) का किरदार बखूबी निभा रहा है ।

धर्मनिरपेक्षता - इस शब्द का जन्म पश्चिमी राजनीती और प्रजातन्त्रवादी विचारधारा के आंदोलन के अंतर्गत हुआ था । जब ईसाई धर्म यूरोप में अपनी चरम सीमा पर था और चर्च के  निरंकुश शासन में अपने ही राज्य के लोगों का हनन करते हुए उन्हें एक अँधेरे भविष्य की तरफ धकेला जा रहा था , तब 18 वीं सदी में एक क्रन्तिकारी आंदोलन शुरू हुआ जिसका नाम था - "ज्ञान का दौर" (Age of Enlightenment) । इस आंदोलन के अंतर्गत चर्च (गिरिजाघर) के हनन और संपूर्ण एकाधिपत्य शासन से परेशान तत्कालीन यूरोप की जनता चर्च के खिलाफ सवाल उठाने लगी थी । इस आंदोलन ने पूरे तत्कालीन यूरोप की जनता को चर्च के परंपरागत सिद्धांतों और हठधर्मिता से अलग एक नया मार्ग दिखाया , जिसके अंतर्गत अनेक उदारवादी दार्शनिक और सामाजिक सोच पैदा हुए । इस नए दौर के क्रन्तिकारी दृष्टिकोण और आंदोलन के परिणाम स्वरुप चर्च को राज्य से अलग करने की ज़बरदस्त पुकार पूरे यूरोप में गूँज उठी । इस नई सोच और क्रांति के फलस्वरूप पैदा हुई नए दौर की शासन प्रणाली को हम आगे चल कर धर्मनिरपेक्षता के नाम से जानने लगे । तो ये था धर्मनिरपेक्षता का बहुत ही संक्षिप्त में ऐतिहासिक विवरण , जिसका सीधा-साधा  मतलब  होता है - चर्च का शासन से पृथक्करण । 

इस ऐतिहासिक विवरण को जानने के बाद ये समझना बहुत आसान हो जाता है कि आज के वर्तमान 'भारतीय' परिपेक्ष में धर्मनिरपेक्षता एक बहुत ही निराधार और असंगत संकल्पना है । ना तो कभी भारतवर्ष में किसी मंदिर, मस्जिद या गिरिजाघर का शासन था, ना है और ना ही आगे रहने की दूर-दूर तक कोई सम्भावना है ।  तो फिर सवाल ये उठता है कि धर्मनिरपेक्षता को लेकर इतना विचार-विमर्श और वार्तालाप क्यों? 

रही बात बाकी भारी-भरकम शब्दावली की: उदारवाद, बहुलवाद, असहिष्णुता और राष्ट्रवाद ... तो इन सब अवधारणाओं (concepts) का जन्म भी 18 वीं शताब्दी के तत्कालीन यूरोप में "ज्ञान का दौर" (Age of Enlightenment) नामक आंदोलन के फलस्वरूप ही हुआ था । वो सामाजिक परिस्थिति जिसके अंतरगत ये क्रन्तिकारी आंदोलन शुरू हुआ, उसे समझने के लिए उस समय का इतिहास और ईसाई धर्म के अंतर्गत चर्च द्वारा हनन और 'धार्मिक कट्टरपंथी' से प्रेरित शासन प्रणाली को समझना बहुत जरूरी है । तभी हम इस निष्कर्ष पर पहुँच सकते हैं कि इन शब्दों और अवधारणाओं का पहले से ही 'अत्यधिक विकसित और उदारवादी' ढाई हज़ार साल पुरानी भारतीय सभ्यता की शासन प्रणाली के लिए कोई उपयोग नहीं है । यह कोई अतिशयोक्ति नहीं होगी यदि अंग्रेजी में कहा जाये कि ये शब्दावली एक "Old wine in new bottle" से बढ़कर हमारे लिए और कुछ नहीं है । इसको पूर्ण रूप से और सही परिपेक्ष में समझने के लिए हमें भारत का सही इतिहास भी पढ़ना पड़ेगा , जो दुर्भाग्य से हमारी शिक्षा प्रणाली में शामिल नहीं किया गया है । हमारे राजनेताओं और उनके बुद्धू-जीवी नौकरों ने इतिहास को भी एक 'धर्मनिरपेक्ष' रंग में रंग दिया - ये हमारे देश को धर्मनिरपेक्षता की एक और देन है, जो अपने आप में एक बहुत बड़ा और पेचीदा विषय है ।

'धर्मनिरपेक्षता' या 'वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्'

वैदिक सभ्यता का इतिहास देखें, तो भारतवर्ष (जो तत्कालीन अखण्ड-भारत के नाम से जाना जाता था) में 'वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्' की संकल्पना की गयी है । ये संकल्पना आज के परिपेक्ष में धर्मनिरपेक्षता से कहीं ज़्यादा उपयोगी और प्रासंगिक है । आज तीन सौ साल पुरानी पश्चिमी सभ्यता हमें बहुसंस्कृतिवाद (Multiculturalism) और भूमंडलीकरण (Globalization) का ज्ञान देती है । जबकि देखा जाए तो 'वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्' जो हमारी ढाई-हज़ार साल पुरानी संकल्पना है , वो 'धर्मनिरपेक्षता' के तीन सौ साल पुराने नकली सोच से कहीं ज़्यादा सम्मिलित और विकसित है । और यही हमारे भारतवर्ष के वर्तमान परिपेक्ष में भी शत-प्रतिशत लागू होती है, क्यूंकि इससे ज़्यादा बहुलवादी (Plularist) और उदारवादी (Liberal) संकल्पना का विश्व भर में कहीं भी उल्लेख नहीं है । 

हमारे कुछ राजनेताओं ने धर्मनिरपेक्षता को राजनीतिक छल-कपट से संवैधानिक मंज़ूरी देकर इस देश को हमेशा के लिए एक विवादात्मक चक्र में गिरफ्तार कर लिया है । लेकिन यदि व्यवहारिक और सामाजिक तौर पर हम 'वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्' के विचार का पालन करें तो धर्मनिरपेक्षता की संवैधानिक सीमा से कहीं ज़्यादा उपलब्धि की सम्भावना है । 

हो सकता है कि राजनीती करने वाले नेतागण, जिनका राजनीतिक व्यवसाय पूर्ण रूप से धर्मनिरपेक्षता की नकली बुनियाद पर आधारित है , और हमारे 'उपयोगी बेवकूफ' बुद्धू-जीवी ; 'धर्मनिरपेक्षता' को ' सेक्युलर ' और 'वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्' को 'सांप्रदायिक ' सोच के दायरे में भी परिभाषित करने की कोशशि करें । 

हमेशा की तरह , धर्म के ठेकेदार 'वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्' के विवरण को एक हिंदुत्ववादी वैदिक-दर्शन के संकीर्ण लेंस से दिखाने की कोशशि भी करेंगे लेकिन यदि हम इसे धर्म और संप्रदाय से ऊपर उठ कर समझनें की कोशशि करें तो शायद हम सब अपने आपको 'विविधता-में-एकता' के एक खूबसूरत मंच पर पाएंगे । इस देश का नागरिक अपने साथ हिन्दू-सिख, हिन्दू-सनातनी, हिन्दू-जैन, हिन्दू-बौद्ध , हिन्दू-मुस्लमान या हिन्दू-ईसाई की पहचान लेकर चलता है । हम इसे इतना खुले रूप से अपने सामाजिक जीवन में स्वीकार ना करें लेकिन आज भी जब हमारे देश के मुस्लमान या ईसाई नागरिक देश से बाहर जाते हैं तो उन्हें Indian-Muslim या Indian-Christian के दायरे में रखा जाता है । इसका अर्थ ये हुआ कि हम किसी भी धर्म या संप्रदाय का पालन करें , लेकिन उसके ऊपर भी हमारी एक पहचान है , और वो है मूल रूप से हमारा हिंदुस्तानी (Indian) या भारतीय होना । यूरोप में अक्सर इसे INDU के नाम से भी जाना जाता है । 

'वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्' : यही हमारी और भारतीय राष्ट्रवाद की असली परिभाषा है - बहुलवाद (Plularism), सहनशीलता (Tolerance), बहुसंस्कृतिवाद (Multiculturalism) , भूमंडलीकरण (Globalization) और 'विविधता में एकता' (Unity in Diversity) का एक खूबसूरत गुलदस्ता ।  


The world is a family
One is a relative, the other stranger,
say the small minded.
The entire world is a family,
live the magnanimous.

Be detached,
be magnanimous,
lift up your mind, enjoy
the fruit of Brahmanic freedom.
Maha Upanishad 6.71–75[7][3]


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sugata Bose, The Rockstar of SLOB ...


Dr. Sugata Bose speech at Lok Sabha on 24-Feb-2016 was shared & liked by the SLOB (Secular Liberal Outrage Brigade) Intelligentsia, last month. Here is the link to that speech:

I am quoting from FB & few other comments just to get the idea across as to how well it was received & admired by the SLOB crowd. (I am keeping these comments anonymous as I don’t want to drag names and people into this post making it personal)

FB Comment: 
Everyone should be watching this speech rather than the chest thumping misleading rhetoric of Smriti Irani. Watch the grace with which mr Bose makes pertinent points. U need not shout to put across a point. Remember empty vessels always make more noise.
Another comment elsewhere: 
This is how an educated person speaks.. can see the difference..
Yet another comment: 
no theatrics but pure content which makes perfect sense ....but not to all.
One more, and this is The Best: 
He still carries the legacy of Subhash Bose ..People like these are real hope for India.

So the Key-Words that actually blew the SLOBs away are are:


Grace, Composure, Educated Person, Subhash Bose lineage, 
No Theatrics, Oxbridge style reading.

I was amazed at the complete bankruptcy of rationale and reasoning among the SLOB Bhadralok, who claim to be coming from ‘liberal’ ideas & ‘rational’ thought. 
Bogus! Totally Bogus claim, I must say. 
Neither are the SLOBs ‘Liberal’ nor ‘Rational’ from any stretch of imagination. 

Read on to know why ...
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From time immemorial, SLOB Intelligentsia in India has been a salve of ‘Oxbridge’ style oratory and presentation skills, irrespective of validity & authenticity of the Content and least important is the Intent.

Extempore oratory, with documentary evidence & data = “chest thumping misleading rhetoric” 

Reading out well-crafted speech with Grace, decorated with Oxbridge English = Pertinent points, Pure Content.

This begs the Question: Where is the Reason & Rationale?
Someone with very basic education and an average common-sense would throw the above logic out of the window.

But then, for the SLOBs, the Slaves, key-words mean a lot more than anything else!

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Let us take a quick look at Dr. Sugata Bose - his illustrious pedigree, lineage & background.
  • Great Nephew of Subhas Chandra Bose.
  • Grandson of Sarat Chandra Bose.
  • Son of 3-Time TMC MP from Jadavpur, Krishna Bose.
  • Member of Nalanda Mentor Group
  • Chairman of the Presidency Mentor Group.
  • 'Partner' of Ayesha Jalal (Pakistani / American): 
  • Currently, AITC MP from Jadavpur constituency in 16th Lok Sabha.
PHEW! The man is indeed a Pedigree straight from a Legendary & illustrious Lineage one could only dream about.

Remember always, the Key-Words matter a lot to the SLOBs:
Lineage of Bose, Cambridge Degree, Oxford Author, Harvard Professor, Pakistani 'Partner', Mentor Group Member of Nalanda & Presidency, MP 16th Lok Sabha
All of this put together is one hell of a Rockstar Pedigree, perfectly fit case for a celestial position in the galaxy of LIBTARDS and LEFT-LIBERAL intellectuals that we now know as SLOBs.

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'Partner' of Ayesha Jalal (Pakistani / American).  

Disclosure: Below details are obtained from Wikipedia Pages and hence they are as valid as Wikipedia itself.

The wikipedia page of Mr. Sugata Bose says:
Bose's partner, Ayesha Jalal, teaches history at Tufts University.[4]  
The wikipedia page of Ayesha Jalal says:
Ayesha Jalal (PunjabiUrdu: عائشہ جلال‎) is a Pakistani-American historian. She is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University and a 1998 MacArthur Fellow.  
The bulk of her work deals with the creation of Muslim identities in modern South Asia.
A leading historian of Pakistan as well as South Asia, Prof. Jalal has received numerous awards and acknowledgements including the Prize Fellowship from Trinity College (1980–84), the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1998-2003) and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan's highest civilian awards, in 2009.
The Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Urdu: ستارۂ امتياز‎), also spelled as Sitara-e-Imtiaz (English: Star of Excellence), is the third highest honour and civilian award in the State of Pakistan. It recognizes individuals who have made an "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of Pakistan, world peace, cultural or other significant public endeavors".[1]
Remember, some kind of Pakistan connection is very important to be in the league of extra-ordinary elite intelligentsia in India. This adds to the glamour, aura and the charm of Lineage, the gharana

Some SLOBs are so ignorant that they might even object to this mention of the 'Partner' detail, arguing that personal life of Dr. Sugata Bose is none of our business. The ignorant SLOBs may like to know that when an elected Member of Parliament of India lives with a Pakistani 'Partner', I do have serious problems with it.
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Let us now move over to the extended members of the Bose Family and look at what they have got to say and comment about the SLOB Rockstar, Dr. Sugata Bose.
 | TNN | Apr 7, 2014, 02.50 PM IST
“Around 50 members of the illustrious Bose family have closed ranks against the Harvard University professor, opposing him on the ground that his stance on declassification of the secret Netaji files is 'unprincipled'. The family members also believe that Bose has failed miserably as the secretary of the Netaji Research Bureau (NRB) in Kolkata that had been set up to conduct research on the great revolutionary and archive material on him. “
"It is unfortunate that a member of the family has joined politics after being nominated as a candidate, rather than to serve society. Sugata has been living and working abroad for the last 30 years and he hardly knows the Jadavpur area. He should have, at least, resigned from the post of the Presidency University mentor committee chairperson which he hasn't. Perhaps even more shockingly, he has termed the demand for declassification of Netaji files a "non-issue". As a family, we find that unpardonable. We will oppose Sugata politically," said Chandra Bose.
Members of the family have also taken exception to the frequent references to Netaji being made by Sugata Bose in the course of his election campaign. "He has been mentioning the names of Sarat Chandra Bose, Amiya Kumar Bose and other respected members of the family, apart from Netaji, when actually none of their descendants are supporting his candidature. What is even more disgusting is that he has been using the "Delhi chalo" slogan, which was coined by Netaji as a final call to overthrow the British. In this case, of course, he is echoing his party's call to capture political power in Delhi. It is sad that he is devaluing a historic slogan for political gain," said Bose. 
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In the 'landmark' transcript that he read out in Lok Sabha, he started off by saying that he has spent three & half decades teaching students. He also strongly advocates 'Freedom of Expression' by young students etc etc.

Well, let us now look at what the students of Presidency University have got to say about the Chair of Presidency Mentor Group.
Kolkata | Updated: March 29, 2014 12:13 am

Around 1,208 students voted in favour of Bose’s resignation, while only 316 students said he could continue holding the post.
Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha candidate professor Sugata Bose Friday lost a referendum held by students of the Presidency University on whether he should continue as chairperson of the elite institute’s mentor group after joining politics.
“He should resign now as the mandate of the students is clear. We do not want to bring politics into the management of the university and since he is now a political person he should resign,” Presidency’s Students’ Council vice-president Amardeep Singh said.
The mentor group was set up by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to provide recommendations and a roadmap to turn Presidency University into a pre-eminent institution of learning of international repute.
Nobel laureate professor Amartya Sen is acting as an advisor to the group.
Someone who sermonises on "Right to FoE" by 'Young Students' and condemns "onslaught of State forces on academic freedom" in typically Harvard style, it would be a shame if he still continues to sit there on the Board of Mentor Group, hiding behind legalities framed by his own Party. 



By the way, did you notice he is in the august company of another luminary - Dr. Amartya Sen. At Nalanda as well as at Presidency - both are together in the Mentorship Roles.

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He further reads out from the 'transcript' in Lok Sabha that in his Home State, West Bengal administration led by Mamata Banerjee "knew how to diffuse tension and to not unnecessarily escalate the crisis. It knew how not to over-react". And some more lofty statements, "We must give our students & youth freedom to think, the freedom to speak, the freedom to be idealistic, and Yes, the freedom to make mistakes, and learn from them." So Perfect, word by word!

Now the reality, the below news appeared just two days after the great speech and mesmerising words, shows how TMC the political party that he represents, treat their University students in their home state.

Fri, 26 Feb 2016-10:55pm
Students of Burdwan University were staging a demonstration, when Trinamool Congress workers’ union members allegedly barged into the university campus and started beating up students to disperse them. Members, sporting wooden sticks did not spare female students and they suffered serious injuries. Workers’ union members allegedly went on a rampage and ransacked the university campus. 
So, while Dr. Sugata Bose comes to Delhi to read out a well-crafted transcript of his 'academic' speech, laced with long & lofty sermons at Lok Sabha, his AITC Party workers are busy demolishing the the very same ideals.
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This is how an elite academician, after 35 years of teaching at Harvard & elsewhere, ‘Partner’ of a Pakistani National, acquires membership of a corrupt political party, gets elected from mother’s constituency quoting Bose pedigree (of which 50 family members are already dead against), Member of elite Mentor Group at Presidency & Nalanda University, stays put shamelessly inspite of losing the Student Referendum, reads out a well-prepared, well-rehearsed speech with Oxbridge Grace and Composure, and... totally blows away the SLOB Intelligentsia. 

This couplet is for Dr. Sugata Bose, I am sure he would understand Urdu better than Hindi or Bangla:

कुछ अमल भी ज़रूरी है, इबादत के लिए,
सिर्फ सजदा करने से, किसी को जन्नत नहीं मिलती..

Friday, February 5, 2016

Anti-NaMo Elevator, straight to the TOP!

“Journalism should be practiced like a honey bee & not a housefly, 
as houseflies sit on filth and spread it around.
And, journalists should be like bees, productive, but capable of retorting with a sting, when needed."
"Journalism should not spare people, who don’t think in the nation’s interest."

~ Narendra Modi

India's Government Is Becoming Increasingly Antiscience

Scientists join writers, artists and historians in protesting the Modi government’s growing interference in academic affairs

By Apoorva Mandavilli on February 3, 2016




First up, and as always, little bit about the author, only to get a 360 degree perspective. The bio on the website of Ms. APOORVA MANDAVILLI says, and I quote:
“I’m a science journalist. I write and edit articles on a wide range of topics, but I’m particularly drawn to infectious diseases, the brain, public health and policy.”
Going by her earlier writings across various on-line platforms and her own blog, I did not find ONE single “Political Commentary”. Yes, I actually scanned all the way until 2007, and NONE! 

Therefore, going by the credentials of the author, drawn from her own Bio and Interests that revolve around infectious diseases, the brain, public health and policy, the author actually has nothing to do with Indian Politics. 

In short, a Science Journalist makes a highly toxic Political Comment that ironically appears on a totally unrelated & irrelevant platform : SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, A DIVISION OF NATURE AMERICA, INC

So, a ‘debut’ attempt at ‘political commentary’ and the easiest way of getting eyeballs and hits is to write some really nasty stuff on THE most popular world leader - Mr. Narendra Modi. 

For the emigrant & highly aspirational Indian-origin Americans & Green Card holder, who are constantly knocking at the gates of elite American Academia, Mr. Narendra Modi as a 'Hindu' Prime Minister of India is easy fodder. Hence, with a scintillating performance in this piece under her belt, the author would now surely ‘arrive'. Bravo!

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Coming to the article, the very first thing one would notice is the picture. Clearly the author must have done phenomenal research over the selection of 'most suitable' picture that must go into this article, as can be seen from the picture credits: 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

It is not that easy to select the most ‘toxic’ picture of India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi from a huge huge archive of western press/media. Al Jazeera was obviously one of the best source.

Great job there indeed!

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Now about the contents of the article, they are just ‘here-say’, or at best some loose inputs from ‘prime time’ English News - they have nothing to do with facts & data. However, the author in one of her responses, tweets as follows:

apoorva_nyc: actually the reporting for this was done in Hyderabad, India, 
"ground reality" as it were. not in a posh office

Few quotes from the wonderfully researched article with 'ground reality' will be self-explanatory (emphasis mine):
The BJP and Modi, in particular, are aligned with the extremist right-wing group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS. (This unholy alliance is comparable to the relationship between the Republican Party and the Tea Party, but the RSS is a paramilitary group with more violent overtones than the Tea Party has shown so far.) Together, the BJP and RSS promote the agenda of Hindutva, the notion that India is the homeland of Hindus and all others — the hundreds of millions of Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and others in this sprawling, secular democracy — are interlopers.
Despite his blatantly anti-secular stance, Modi’s stated goals for economic development are wildly popular, particularly among the country’s majority Hindus.
Vemula was a Dalit, a member of an oppressed caste in India.
I would not even attempt a rebuttal to these highly toxic "Hindu-phobic" remarks, which anyways are tossed around every single day as unguided missiles. It is just to bring out the fact that we have spotted yet another Indian-American as a 'rising star' in the crowded galaxy of ‘eminent intellectuals’.

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Here is an account of ‘personal experience’ by an Indian Scientist, Kaneenika Sinha; an assistant professor in Mathematics at IISER Pune, who happened to personally meet the PM, Mr. Narendra Modi at one of the interactions, as part of a delegation comprising of 30 scientists across India. 

I am only quoting some of the highlights here from this candid blog-post “A meeting with the Prime Minister”: (emphasis mine)
The PM wanted a discussion on the current state of Indian science and from what I understood in a smaller preparation meeting before we headed out to RCR, he had conveyed his eagerness to hear diverse viewpoints. The secretaries of the science ministries (mostly scientists themselves), therefore, were to play a moderating role and let the other invitees from the science community do most of the talking.
He also made some remarks about a disconnect between writing research papers and translating the research into technology. One of the examples he mentioned was why agricultural research has not addressed the problem of poor yield of pulses in India. 
It was heartening to note his awareness of science challenges in the country and that his thoughts on science are not restricted to Ganesha and plastic surgery, as many journalists would have us believe. 
Speaking personally, I came back with a strong feeling that this government perceives the science community as underperforming and wants it to produce more. 
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And then we get this junk of an article being pushed around in the name of 'ground reality': 
India's Government Is Becoming Increasingly Antiscience - How ‘Unscientific’ research was that, Ms. Apoorva Mandavilli? 

Conclusion: For an Indian-American, to get an entry into the ‘gated community’ of highly evangelic & anti-Indian ecosystem of American Academia, Mr. Narendra Modi has become the fastest and safest Elevator to the TOP!

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