Why Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ready to lose elections in 2019?
In the land of epic Mahabharata, if elections were held today, Narendra Modi will lose next Government in North India. The epic Mahabharata, besides many other actors, is a tale of a blind king namely Dhratrashtra who besides being optically blind is also in blind love for his son Duryodhan. He agrees to every demand of son and eventually there is final battle of Kurushetra in which the King loses all his sons as also the kingdom. This is the shortest version of it.
The problem with history is that no one learns from history. Those who do are tremendously at peace. Apparently PM Modi is not taking any cue from history.
Is India a Hindu Nation?
Maria Wirth is a person of German origin who has embraced Hindu religion has articulated this question. She has argued that if Germany with 59% of population calls itself Christian nation why India is apologetic to call itself Hindu nation with 80% or more of population practicing Hindu Religion in one way or the other. Her full article is here.
Her question is appropriate but she could not find answers. Infact there are many reasons, why it has not happened.
A simple reason offered by a Nehru baiter would be that since he was a Muslim converted to non practicing Hindu, he did not do it. His grandfather is stated to be last Kotwal (Police Commissioner) of Delhi with the name Ghiazudeen Gazi and after 1857 freedom war they changed the surname. I couldn’t find the factual foundation of this fact either way. How ever let’s consider serious reasons.
If we look at historical monuments it will be apparent that symbols of Hinduism are found even today in the central Asia, Persia, Yezdis (Sun and fire worshipers), Uzbekistan (who count numbers in Hindi) Afghanistan in the west and right upto Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and other the Asean countries. Asean countries may have different method of worshiping today, they continue with traditional Ramleela, in one form or other. Numerous temples and images of Hindu Gods cover this entire landscape. Some say that Saudi Arabia too has statues similar to Hindu Gods.
Fifth budget of Arun Jaitley as Finance Minister:
Finance Minister of India announced the budget plans, last week. Interesting point was that he could not manage to curtail fiscal deficit. Another highlight is that this budget aims at pushing rural economy and healthcare. No candy has been provided to tax paying middle class by way of reduction in income tax unlike last year when many argue that the relief was academic.
The accounting of budget 2017-18 is here. As may be seen the revenue from non corporation income tax improved by over 20% and this buoyancy has perhaps led to the Government to ignore the long standing demand to simplify the Income Tax laws.
Income Tax in India:
Best wishes on the 69th Republic Day of India being celebrated in 2018.
This is a picture of a tabloid in republic day parade.
This is the youtube link of the show.
Democrats shut down white house by denying passage to money bill.
This is response of President Donald Trump:
A similar shut down had happened in the past. Many years ago. Who did it then? I wonder. This morning I got a mail from a friend in USA to write about it from a ‘different universe’. I think the friend meant ‘from distant perspective’ but the truth is that we are in same boat. Yes. India and USA both democracies are facing similar problems. But about that a little bit later.
In political science it is settled that Monarchy is the best kind of governance because actions are swift and therefore efficient. Constitution of USA follows monarchical pattern but to keep the monarch in check it provides for what is called doctrine of separation of power. But the bipartisan democracy makes a mockery of the doctrine. What was ment to keep exercise of power in check is used as a leverage to bargain deals. Situation could be different if there were multiple parties. That makes bargaining easier. But in absence of that it ends up in a deadlock. This is exactly what happened. But it will resolve. When bullies fight negotiation happens after first round of fight. Not before that.
As regards similar situation, in India it must be noted that the ruling BJP is in minority in upper house. The most important Land Acquisition Amendment law and the triple Talaq matters are lying pending for want of consensus. The Government is in office for four years and only after April it can see some relief with retirement of members and re-election of new members to upper house. However inspite of this problem the Government could bring in many legislation like RERA and GST is certainly an achievement of diplomacy. Something entirely lacking in Trump.
The first thought which traveled to my mind on seeing the news of lock down in USA was that perhaps the doctrine of separation of power is wrong but then the fundamental principle of democracy is to proceed with consensus of at least majority and the word majority keeps changing every moment. Any how, inhuman decisions which lack compassion have consequences and backlash. Enforcement of law without and end to achive is not humane.
A clueless spokesperson of white house Heather Nauert, either has no clue about impact of lock down or did not share it publicly. See this press briefing of 18 January 2018, two days before it actually happened:
A similar development is happening in New Delhi. A Supreme Court enabled martial law is being imposed on people but that has to be accommodated in next article.