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India 2019: Will Narendra Modi Win?: (A political analysis of democracy in India) [Kindle Edition]
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The massive illiteracy and poverty of people shook Gandhi as much as his words shook the people who so far had only their luck to curse. Now they knew that their poverty was the evil effect of British Raj.
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The use of technology produces good results but it has one flaw. Technology either gets obsolete very quickly or has diminishing returns each time it is used.
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ambition is not only a genetic disorder but it is more infectious then flue. Ideology is just a dispensable rocket while gaining altitude on the path of ambition.
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Launch of a successful political party requires three things: 1) Money 2) Public heros and 3) Ideology or purpose. As a matter of fact all three ingredients are required throughout the life a party wants to remain in power.
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In other words she had not said anything of significance from which anything about her left or right leanings could be inferred. Far from naivety it showed a personality unhindered by any principle either of morality or otherwise.
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Indira may have been a compromise candidate of CWC but she was not a compromising personality. Negotiation, which is hallmark of democracy was not her suit at all.
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India is perhaps only country in the world where being a woman, trust by others is implicit and automatic.
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She certainly had a kind of Charisma. But then most poisons are also attractive.
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Autocrats are successful people. They are not made out of ordinary performance like a dream merchants. They take decisions but they do not like dissent at all, what to speak of authority of another.
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Democracy was buried under blind stubbornness of Indira.
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A goddess for her admirers, Indira was more of a demon for her critics, who accused her of damaging the civil service and the independent judiciary— and of almost destroying the Constitution during her proclaimed state of national emergency.
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Khalsa means pure and it was name of an army founded by tenth Guru to fight Aurangzeb and to protect Hindus from his islamic conversion war. Every family had to give eldest son for Khalsa, for protection of rest.
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While Independent Bharat started with a balance of Rs. 18,000 crores, the Bharat of 1992 is in debt to the tune of Rs. 4,00,000 crores. The so- called “industrial Revolution”, supposed to have led to the prosperity of the West, was made possible from the post- Plassey loot from Bharat.
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The scientists always attempt to discover order in the apparent disorder in the universe, to find out the principles governing the universe and frame practical rules on the basis of these principles. Chemists discovered that a few elements comprise the entire physical world. Physicists went one step further and showed that even these elements consist only of energy. Today we know that the entire universe is only a form of energy…”
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Survival of the fittest is the law of the jungle. The civilizations have developed not on the basis of this law but by consideration of how the operation of this law will be the least in human life.
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Many influential Congress politicians, including some in the cabinet, have made it clear that they personally dislike anything that smacks of socialism, although they would not defy Nehru openly…..
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India is not just a mere geographic expression or a political entity. India dates back to thousands of years; the boundaries have changed, the politics have changed but still India has remained India. It is the thinking, it is the thought, it is an inner spirituality that makes India.”
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democracy is a work in progress and there is and will always be scope for improvement.
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The formation of parties for a particular community/ caste, ethnicity, religion etc. is a back door entry of feudalism in democracy. But it is permissible in India. Any attempt to curtail it would result in mass protests and Satyagraha.
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Terrorism is no different from barbarism. It is a feudal mind set arising from the notion of ‘might is right’.
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For human mind needs no external help unless it is in trouble. Best is to keep fermenting trouble.
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The Muslims who were left in India either by choice or circumstances were mostly the ‘rump’— petty shopkeepers, self- employed daily wagers like rickshaw pullers, tonga drivers, masons, carpenters, and low- rung government employees like peons, clerks, drivers. They were mostly conservative, lacking social or political awareness, and led miserable insular lives with little or no aspiration.
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When an author is looking out of window, staring a stray cloud in the blue sky, he is working.
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Kings were made by sweat and labour. Varna System ended long back when kings were defeated. British turned the varna system on it’s head for their own advantage and historians have a purpose to hide those stories and keep the melting pot of caste boiling to reap political gains.
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Caste became successor of Varna System which was a political tool. Caste was now a tool of manipulation of groups.
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It is unfortunate that so many Commissions have been appointed but no one has gone into this myth of lower or upper caste, the root cause of disparity and discord. Of course backwardness is there and must be addressed but the fiction of upper and lower must have been discarded publically, by now.
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if Brahmins can become influential by being opportunistic then Dalits too could use opportunism to empower themselves.
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whatever is being done is, obviously wrong. People want to stay backward for now it entitles special privileges. Is it not the time to think again at reducing the backwardness rather than increasing it?
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Marx also suggested solutions for creating a classless society. Some of were progressive income tax; abolition of inheritances and private property; abolition of child labour; free public education; nationalisation of the means of transport and communication; centralisation of credit via a national bank; expansion of publicly owned property etc.
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Poverty is breeding ground of bloody revolutions but revolutionary leaders are always born in well off families.
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Only a ruthless can deal with arrogant refusal to follow the rule of law.
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Mamata can have her day. But only till the next collapse of constitutional machinery after next Durga Puja.
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Politicians presume that voters are dead except when elections are around. They suddenly wake up and start doing something to show that they are doing everything. Worst part is that in election rhetoric they make claims as if they are “Master of the Universe” and can do anything but after election, they act like watchman of graveyard, where the relatives of the dead has to take care of the grave and watchman just watches on.
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Manmohan Singh as finance minister in 1991, proved to be good architect. In 2009 people had hoped that he can not be worse than a carpenter as a Prime Minister. But voters are often wrong in democracy, especially when it relates to the character. In this case Manmohan turned out to be watchman of graveyard.
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Democracy should be participatory, aimed at good governance. However in India, like many places, it has become a lucrative business. Political parties are formed to loot the people.