News with Views
News with Views is exactly what it reads. News (not necessarily newsworthy), peppered with my views.
I’ve had it till here *leveling hand on top of my receding hairline* with the politically correct versions of news and general discourse. So here’s how I really think it is.
(Think it’s gonna be one long rolling post, with the latest bits on top.)
The first thing is, that if you don’t like it, please print out the application below, fill it, and then roll it, and then, ahem…
News with Views – August 09, 2017
Congress chap close to Sonia Gandhi manages to win Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat
(News with Views for: Those into Indian Politics)
Publication – The process was covered by everyone, but didn’t quite make the headlines once the BJP lost.
This whole thing was straight out of a thriller.
For the uninitiated, the Rajya Sabha is the “upper house” of the parliament. Most people don’t know how people get there. Neither do I. Nor do I care. Nor am I gonna make an effort to research and give gyaan, cuz I know that even you don’t care.
Then why does this event feature in this prestigious “News with Views” section of this prestigious publication?
Well, because it was one of the most pathetic, but entertaining display of dirty politics in the country that pitted the might of the mighty ruling powers against a laggard opposition. And we all love a good melee.
Soo anyway, a BIT of a background that is needed here:
- Major bills to become laws need the approval of both the houses Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
- The ruling BJP has a majority in the Lok Sabha, but is nowhere close in the Rajya Sabha.
- So basically most of the important bills they want to make laws get stuck in the RS.
- Hence the idea to win as many seats in the RS as and when possible (the whole re-election bit for the RS happens in phases and not in one go).
Now there were three seats up for grabs from Gujarat. Amit Shah & Smriti Irani had already been assured of winning two of em.
The joy was in the third.
In the race was a long time confidant of Sonia Gandhi. Ahmed Patel. Plus, this is Gujarat, the home state of our PM.
So the whole thing became a battle of prestige. The collective might of the BJP Vs. the izzat of the congress. People who were supposed to vote one way voted another (obviously), then there were people who were expected to vote the other way, but didn’t (like twists in a potboiler), and THEN there were people who didn’t even vote the way they were supposed to!
Yep. Our awesome lawmakers shouldn’t be showing who they voted for, to people except the people who they are supposed to show it to (I know. Don’t even try figuring this out). But they did. Two of them actually.
And here’s where everyone screamed bloody murder and ran to mother. err.. I mean, the election commission (who makes the rules and ensures that the rules are adhered to).
It was six hours of Ekta Kapoor taking notes.
Anger. Betrayal. Videos. Claims. Counter claims. Important people scurrying around from point A to B and back, and then back again. Troll armies descended into one of the biggest mass orgies in recent times. Journalists taking pot-shots at each other. Impromptu press conferences. Sweat. Smiles. Tears.
Power grab 101.
We keep wondering why Indians are horrible at following rules and flout laws in as brazen a fashion as possible. Looking at how our politicians function, I think it’s a miracle that whatever rule of law exists, even does. These are our leaders. Setting examples of how things need to be done.
No surprise that we’re as terrible as we are.
As the headline says, the congress chap won. But everyone else lost.
News with Views – July 17, 2017
The Indian Presidential Elections
(News with Views for: Those into Indian Politics)
Publication – Almost every one in India.
The country is in the process of choosing its titular head. A name that is ideally supposed to represent India across the world.
Now would it be too hard to choose someone who is even recognizable to most Indians?
We’re all pretty aware that the presidential post has been filled as per the whims and fancies of the ruling dispensation. From Giani Zail Singh who (in)famously had this to say about Indira Gandhi: “If my leader had said I should pick up a broom and be a sweeper, I would have done that. She chose me to be President,” (sigh…) to Pratibha Patil (who?) chosen by Sonia Gandhi, we’ve had succession after succession leading to the post becoming a victim to loyalty & ideology.
I almost forgot about Dr. Kalam, chosen by Shri. A.B. Vajpayee. An absolute outlier, and every bit a deserving President that this country will see.
Now, Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 on the back of a massive mandate related to development, and as a Prime Minister we expected him to deliver on the stuff he’d promised on the campaign trail.
We’d wanted to see India develop not only in terms of pure commerce, but in terms of rule of law, in terms of national defence, in terms of modernization of institutions to make them relevant and even in terms of political discourse.
I am not going to comment on most, as I really could do without an FIR lodged against me.
However, in terms of political discourse and maneuvering, we stand as and where we have been for decades. Divided along lines of caste, divided along lines of religion, and resorting to populist moves aimed at pleasing large swathes of vote banks.
It’s so dis-heartening for me as an informed citizen, that through the global geo-politial shift that’s seeing the downfall of superpowers such as America and UK due to their panicked embrace of conservative politics, we’re stranded with political masters who’d rather hold on to power using jaded and toxic narratives, than work actively towards modernizing thought that is apt for the 21st century.
(News with Views for: People who believe Kashmir is a part of India)
Publication: msn.com Published: July 16, 2017
Okay. What did India expect? I’m sure we have an intelligence community that is more intelligent than me. And here’s what I had noticed:
- Pakistan has a territorial dispute with India
- China has a territorial dispute with China
- China has massive ongoing and upcoming investments in Pakistan
- China will need to protect its investment in Pakistan, so it will keep the rulers happy
- Nothing makes Pakistanis happier than screwing with India
- China has been increasingly territorial in international waters, literally building islands
- India has (rightly so) defended the sovereignty of Bhutan by standing up to China
- India has been hollowed out by corruption, while China has gone full steam for decades with economic and military expansion
- The US is being led by an idiot
- Russia has the US handled and is focusing on Europe, while China focuses on South, South-East Asia
- China would do very well with a weak India as its neighbour and Pakistan as its pet
- We’re kinda screwed
By not handling the Kashmir issue in time, we might just serve the perfect example of “a stitch in time…”
Problem is, the nine stitches will turn out to be pretty damn painful.
Was our intelligence community SO dumb that it didn’t see the Kashmir issue getting immersed in religious hues. ESPECIALLY when the Pandits were persecuted?
Were our ruling dispensations so spineless that they couldn’t suppress a religious-separatist movement while it still could be handled? Or was it that we needed an issue to fall back on in times of political need?
I’m not sure we’re ever going to find out the real answers.
However, what we may find out, is that letting a wound fester is never a good idea.
We may find out that we’ve offered our rivals a perfect pressure point, pressing which, will make us hurt.
Obviously China will help Pakistan destabilize Kashmir further. It’s our own stupidity that we let it come this far.
Oh, and by not integrating the North East with our mainland, by treating people from the region as outsiders, by ruling it with force rather than benefit, we’re just trying to defend ourselves with a weakened limb.
(News with Views for: People who give a shit about the environment)
Publication: bbc.com Published: July 14, 2017
Just can’t be the bearer of good news, can I? SMH
At least 67 of them have died this year. And a lot of them due to conflict with humans (including poachers).
Well, the world is going to the shitter anyway. Humans can’t stop expanding in numbers. Especially in this beautiful country of ours. There isn’t enough available opportunities to ensure livelihood for the increasing numbers, so they fall to exploitation / plundering of natural resources.
If we develop economically, that automatically means destruction of habitat for wild animals (Development toh ho jaaye. Sustainability ki baad mein sochenge).
Plus traditional Chinese medicine, coupled with greed.
You tell me!
There is a very small minority which understands how rapidly and dangerously our ecology is devolving. This minority understands that right now, we’re ravaging natural entities, destroying resources and consuming mindlessly. That we’ve set a massive landslide in place and are working incessantly to remove all the barriers that’ll arrest its cataclysmic run.
That when the rocks and boulders come crashing down, we’ll be standing defenseless, having worked very hard towards our own obliteration.
BTW, your children will suffer the absolute worst.
News with Views – July 11, 2017
(News with Views for: EVERY one of you)
Publication: NY mag Published: July 09, 2017
I came across this piece last evening, and have been plotting my escape to the deep Himalayas ever since then. Mr. Wallace-Wells (Twitter: @dwallacewells) has been able to put together a worst case scenario related to global warming and climate change, and reading it is like getting punched in the solar plexus. Knocks the wind out.
As much a people will decry him for being an alarmist, I believe that given our current course, his collection of predictions will turn out to be the median path.
Remember, as much as the G-19 (G-20 minus the Cheeto colored fucktard) talk about or work towards reducing carbon emissions, no one is readily talking about the reduction of existing greenhouse gases. Also, the forests that effectively help in this regard are constantly being shrunk.
Basically, not only are we pushing more carbon into the system, we’re also simultaneously running out of the major antidote for this venom.
I see this happening in my own backyard where the powers-that-be are working incessantly to destroy south Haryana’s lungs. No one’s going to be able to stand in the face of massive profits for real estate developers (and hence massive donations for the enablers).
Those who make money will send their children abroad. Fortunately, those guys aren’t aware that the ripples won’t be limited by political boundaries.
Oh, and I have no hope for concentrated action towards keeping the planet habitable. I’d sent a link to the NY Mag article to 200 people. You know how many responded?
So either y’all are being ostriches, or found it a bit too long a read. Either ways, I think you deserve what’s coming. The ones who do give a damn, and are doing something about it, are just collateral.
Rahul Gandhi meets Chinese ambassador to India, the Congress has no idea what to say or do.
(News with Views for: those into Indian Politics)
Publication – Every One in India. Published – July 09, 2017
Another in an unending series of gaffes, RG met the ambassador. A news report surfaced.
Given that the current Sino-India relationship is anything but “bhai-bhai” and whatsapp messages decrying anything Chinese are prevalent enough to make me feel like a traitor for every plate of Sichuan Fried Rice consumed, this wasn’t the best timing.
People in the Congress literally tripped over each other to decry this “fake news”.
RG then emerges with “Yep. I did.”
People in the Congress literally tripped over each other.
I mean, bro. Like.
Nope. Can’t find words.
You know, I understand and appreciate the art of not giving a shit. But RG is an inspiration.
He wakes up and he does what he wants. The man CLEARLY is above everything else. The well-being of his empire included.
Maybe his aides should get that and let RG do the talking for RG.
But didn’t that happen and make everything worse for them?
Trump Jr. met some Russian Lawyer to score damaging info on Hillary
(News with Views for: those into American Politics)
Publication – CNN, NYT & all other “left leaners”. Published – July 09, 2017
Well look guys, it’s pretty clear that there’s a lot of caviar in this whole Russia – American election thing. However, IDK HOW a position of “Trump colluded with Russia to get damaging information about Hillary out” is going to help your cause.
The information WAS damaging isn’t it? The information wasn’t incorrect too.
There hasn’t been any proof of illegal manipulation of voting systems.
My question is just this, “If the democratic candidate wasn’t so shitty to begin with, would a third party even be able to sway opinions to any justifiable degree?”
Don’t think so.
Yeah sure, play the Russia card to call for an impeachment or to paint Trump as someone who doesn’t deserve to be in the oval office (as if any more painting is required for that). However if the left REALLY wants to win the upcoming, or ANY elections going forward, the primary effort should be to find people and narratives that aren’t just “not Trump”.
You want to win? Don’t pick up “part of the system” candidates.
The income disparity is too large for run-of-the-mill candidates to win. Trump won on lies and on pandering to the basest instincts. While those won’t get him a victory a second time, a lack of message and leadership that the masses can connect with, on your end could.