My interview on ABC Radio

My interview on Reserve Bank of Australia’s recent interest rate decision and how it impacts the consumer can be accessed below.  The interview was also relayed on ABC Television on Saturday 07 September 2019 in 7 PM prime news

http://my.tvey.es/Co9y8

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My article on Modi landslide in ABC

Opinion

What is really behind Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in the Indian elections?

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Modi’s achievements

Modi’s performance on all fronts during his five-year tenure was exemplary. This much is reflected in the number of international awards that have been conferred on him, including the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for international cooperation and fostering global growth, the UN Earth Award and the inaugural Philip Kotler Presidential Award. Moreover, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Palestine and Afghanistan ― notably all Muslim countries ― along with Russia conferred on Modi their highest civilian honours.

On the economic front, India will achieve a growth rate of 7.3 percent in 2018-19, surpassing China. The per capita real GDP and the growth in GDP likewise experienced rapid growth. The Consumer Price Index stands at 2.86 percent ― under the rival Indian National Congress Party (INC), it exceeded 10 percent ― and FX reserves remains at a healthy USD 424 billion, as against USD 304 billionunder the INC.

He introduced Modi Care, world’s largest health insurance scheme, which provides health insurance to half of India’s 1.3 billion population. He built 90 million toilets, empowering rural women in particular and increasing safe sanitation coverage from 39 percent of the nation in 2014 to 98 percent this year. The provision of cooking gas to 60 million poor families, the construction of 15 million homes for the poor, a massive push for infrastructure development, Rs 6,000 direct income support to poor farmers, the world’s largest crop-insurance scheme for farmers and Jan Dhan bank accounts for all (making it the world’s largest financial inclusion scheme ― these are all some of his other notable achievements.

But Modi also emerged as a strong leader after ordering the Indian army to conduct airstrikes inside Pakistan to destroy terrorist hideouts, in response to the terror attacks on Indian paramilitary convoy in Pulwama. His diplomatic success in getting Masood Azhar declared a global terrorist by United Nations Security Council was a feather in his cap, especially given China’s opposition.

He has introduced a number of measures to weed out corruption ― including passing the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, amending the 1988 Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Actin order to target the use of pseudonyms, and the appointment of an anti-graft ombudsman (Lokpal). More importantly, his government’s scandal-free record stands in stark contrast to the INC’s scandal-ridden government.

No wonder so many voters seemed to regard Modi’s achievements in five years to have surpassed those of the INC during its 55 year rule.

The opposition’s strategy

What could the opposition offer to the voters in return? Very little, it turns out. For years, the Indian National Congress Party has typically pandered to the minority vote ― comprised of Muslims (14 percent), Christians (3 percent), Buddhist, Sikhs, Parsi, Jews and others ― and exploited the caste-divisions among the Hindus who form 80 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population. The religion-based vote-bank politics of the INC boomeranged. INC’s Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh’s statement, “Muslims have the first right over nations resources,” or Rahul Gandhi’s recent controversial claim that the INC is a party of Muslims, or Sonia Gandhi’s meetings with the Shahi Imam to plead for Muslim votes and such other appeasement over the years have helped consolidate the Hindu vote bank for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and undeniably helped him win the 2014 election.

Interestingly, Modi never used either caste or religion card in his election campaign. His 2014 campaign showcased good governance and the development record of his 13 year tenure in the state of Gujarat; while in 2019 he stressed national security given the success of the Balakot strike.

To counter this, Rahul Gandhi, President of the INC, began making temple visits to demonstrate that he too is a devout Hindu. But such seemingly superficial gestures undertaken during an election campaign did little to help his cause. In contrast, Modi was associated, since his school days, with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a cultural organisation of the Hindus fighting for advancing the Hindu cause.

The INC’s attempt to project itself as the protector of the underdogs ― the lower castes ― was also never going to help, because Modi himself comes from the lower caste. Furthermore, the politically savvy Modi appointed Ram Nath Kovind – himself a person from the lowest caste ― the President of India. So the caste card, played by the INC, ended up working in favour of Modi.

To break the INC’s lock on the Muslim vote, Modi brought legislation to abolish the triple talaq ― a practice of instant divorce. This received wide-spread support from Muslim women, who bear the brunt of this problematic practice. When the INC opposed the bill in the Upper House, Modi used it to his advantage by pushing the narrative that the INC is against Muslim women. It should be noted that when it was in power, the INC granted Muslims considerable leeway to practice forms of shari’a, to their electoral advantage.

Typically, the issues that have plagued Indian elections over the years have revolved around inflation, corruption and secularism ― which, in practice, has meant minority appeasement. Modi, through his efficient economic management, dealt with the first. He has provided clean administration, in contrast to the financial scandal-ridden administration of the INC. As for secularism, in place of the INC’s “divide Hindus and unite Muslims” strategy, which helped them win elections for most of the 70 years of India’s independence, Modi came up with a Sabaka Sath Sabaka Vikas (“development of all with the cooperation of all”) policy. He acted on his policies by ensuring that government programs benefitted all those eligible, irrespective of caste or religion.

As Modi skilfully outwitted the election winning strategy employed over the years by the INC, the latter was left with nothing substantive with which to attack him. This was obvious from the way the INC ran its electoral campaign.

First, the INC resorted to spreading canards against Modi. Attempts to malign Modi on the Rafale fighter jets deal miserably failed, for the Supreme Court exonerated his government of any wrongdoing. Despite this, Rahul Gandhi continued sloganeering in his rallies, claiming Chowkidar Chor Hai (“watchman is the thief”) to counter Modi’s self-description as the “guardian/watchman” of the public treasury. Modi countered Gandhi’s jibe by means of a nation-wide campaign, Mai Bhi Chowkidar (“I too am a watchman”). Millions of Modi supporters added the word Chowkidar to precede their names in social media interactions. Adding insult to injury, Gandhi was made to submit a written apology to the Supreme Court when a defamation case was filed by the BJP.

Second, Modi skilfully exploited the mistakes of INC stalwarts like Sam Pitroda to his advantage. Responding to a press question on the massacre of 3,000 Sikhs following the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 ― violence that was instigated by senior INC figures ― Sam angrily quipped, hua to hua (“What happened, happened”). Modi used this jibe at every public meeting to drive home the callous approach of the INC to people’s issues. Sam’s remarks hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community, which was up in arms and held demonstrations in Delhi and Punjab state. This further damaged INC’s electoral prospects.

Third, the messaging used by the INC and other regional parties opposed to Modi was also wrong. Instead of telling the voters what they would do if voted to power, they engaged in name-calling. Modi used it to his electoral advantage. He told public rallies that these parties had no positive agenda, no program for the Indian population. Modi said he wanted to “remove poverty” (garibi hatao), whereas all they talked about was “removing Modi” (Modi hatao).

Similarly, the opposition made a huge mistake by undermining the valour of Indian army which successfully carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan to destroy the terrorist hideout in Balakot. To deprive Modi of the credit, the opposition started asking for proof that the strikes have really taken place. Modi, an outstanding public speaker, countered this by saying in public meetings that when the 2008 terrorist attack took place in Mumbai, the INC government did nothing; but his government would not spare terrorists: “It is my nature to give a befitting reply … even if they are hidden deep under the Earth, I will pull them out and eliminate them.” This was met with thunderous applause.

Fourth, Rahul Gandhi came up with his NYAY scheme for poor families ― a scheme that involves a dole of Rs 72,000 per annum for 20 million families, which is economically simply not feasible. There was confusion among the INC as to how it would be funded. Sam Pitroda, Rahul’s mentor, said that the INC would raise taxes on the middle class, though P. Chidambaram, former INC finance minister, denied it. Gandhi said it would be funded by money to be raised from fugitive economic offenders, like Nirav Modi. Given the policy chaos, Modi scoffed at it in public meetings, inviting voters to check INC’s dismal past record in implementing its promises.

Fifth, attacking Modi government’s unemployment record did little to help the INC’s prospects. The opposition was citing the leaked National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report, to claim unemployment rose in Modi’s regime. But Modi’s finance minister tabled in the Upper House the statistics of employment generated, blunting the opposition’s argument. He stated that in the two years, 20 million jobs had been created as per EPFO data. Furthermore, over 40 million new loans have been disbursed under the MUDRA scheme of loans to micro, small and medium enterprises. The actual unemployment rate as per Trading Economics stands at 3.5 percent.

Finally, the election management by Amit Shah, the President of the BJP, sealed the fate of the opposition. Often referred to as the Kautilya, the 300 BCE Hindu strategic thinker, Shah pressed into action a massive election machinery to enlist the support of the beneficiaries of Modi governments’ programs ― not least, Modi Care. Such beneficiaries wholeheartedly voted for Modi as a display of gratitude. Modi addressed 142 election rallies nationwide. He also communicated directly with the beneficiaries of various schemes by video link. The BJP formulated 18 committees at national level to ensure that government schemes were communicated down the line. Three thousand dedicated party workers worked without any remuneration in all constituencies, 161 call centres were created, and 15,000 staff worked around the clock. Such election management was absent in the INC and other regional parties.

No substitute for hard work

Narendra Modi understood what concerns the average Indian voter much better than did his detractors. Modi gave voters what they wanted: strong economy, jobs, low inflation, no financial scandals, no major communal strife, real development outcomes and strengthened national security. He projected himself as an incorruptible, decisive leader ― and ultimately a leader the voters embraced wholeheartedly.

Milind Sathye is Professor in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra.

https://www.abc.net.au/religion/what-is-really-behind-narendra-modis-landslide-victory-in-the/11153914

A response to the Conversation podcast 1: Indian elections – Fake News

A response to The Conversation Podcast on Indian Elections: Fake News

India Tomorrow part 1 podcast transcript: Fake news and the battle for information

https://theconversation.com/india-tomorrow-part-1-podcast-transcript-fake-news-and-the-battle-for-information-115077

I have indicated my response in the Comments box at the above URL.  It is reproduced here:

My Response:

The Conversation podcast was brought to my notice by a friend today. I had a quick look and was amused by the narrative which I examine below:

1. Indrajit makes outlandish comment that democracy is ‘absolutely under threat’ TODAY, that is, under Modi. Let us examines his claims: (I have given only a few examples out of many in my list). If democracy has been undermined, then it was by Nehru dynasty. a. Nehru dismissed a duly elected majority Communist government in Kerala using article 356 of the Constitution. S. A. Dange, a veteran communist leader, (who received the highest honour from USSR, The Order of Lenin), described Nehru’s actions as the ‘murderers of democracy’ (Source: Godbole, M (2014) The God Who Failed, Rupa Publications, New Delhi, p. 78).b. “SarDesai and Mohan have emphasized that in the center-state, arena, Nehru made use of the Article 356 for the imposition of President’s rule on six occasions… to institutionalise the predominant position of the Congress Party. The net result was that no non-congress Chief Minister lasted his full term of office in the Nehru era” (Godbole. M. ibid, p. 78)c. Indira Gandhi, Nehru’s daughter imposed national emergency for 21 months (1975-1977). “For much of the Emergency, most of Gandhi’s political opponents were imprisoned and the press was censored. Several other human rights violations were reported from the time, including a forced mass-sterilization campaign spearheaded by Sanjay Gandhi, the Prime Minister’s son. The Emergency is one of the most controversial periods of independent India’s history” (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emergency_(India).d. Like her father, Indira misused Article 356 no less than 50 times during her 16 year old regime https://www.hindustantimes.com/india/indira-s-record-of-imposing-president-s-rule-may-undercut-congress-attack-in-uttarakhand/story-ScTck8GxBB7B9Fx9akNIZK.htmle. Under Rajiv Gandhi’s watch 3,000 Sikhs were massacred in Delhi alone in 1984. It is alleged that Rajiv provoked the violence. Even after 30 yrs not a single prosecution took place. Now under Modi first prosecution has taken place (https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2018/12/17/sajjan-kumar-sentenced-life-imprisonment-1984-anti-sikh-carnage-caseDo all these examples support that democracy was thriving and all was hunky dory with Indian democracy before the arrival of Modi in 2014?

2. Why does the emergence of right-wing (RW) brings democracy under threat?? Is the RW not duly elected? Does democracy mean rule of the left-wing only?? Again, the words RW and LW are not appropriate in Indian context. These words generally relate to economic policies. If pro-poor policies are to be called LW and pro-business to be RW then Modi would be truly termed as a left-wing leader! Construction of 90 million toilets for the poor, provision of 60 million gas connection to the poor, building 15 million houses for the poor, Jan Dhan bank accounts for all, Rs 6,000 cash handout to small farmers and such other measures can’t be called RW policies by western standard. (all statistics is verifiable online)

3. Roy doesn’t explain how Modi is holding back democracy. Many state elections, Municipal elections, village Council elections have taken place after Modi came to power as a matter of routine. The Parliament election is also taking place right now on the background of which The Conversation discussion is being held. YET isn’t it strange that he considers that democracy is under threat under Modi!

Amogh Sharma reels out some statistics about lynching. We would like to know where he got the information from. The National Crime Research Bureau doesn’t maintain such record as clarified by the relevant Minister on the floor of the House (https://factchecker.in/minister-to-parliament-no-data-on-lynching-here-they-are-including-governments-own/). It appears Sharma probably got the information from a dubious website called IndiaSpend. The data collection method of this website is questionable and so also their observation which is solely intended to depict Modi in poor light. For example, the website states that ‘About 98% of these attacks occurred post-May 2014, after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed power”. Law and order is a state subject so how can Modi be held responsible? Furthermore, half of the lynching took place in non-BJP states still Modi is being held accountable for this why such bias? Also, another website PostCard compiled similar data that shows a different statistics of lynching (see here for reference http://indiafacts.org/wendy-hinduism-and-cow/). Given that the lynching data is equally spread between BJP-ruled and Non-BJP ruled states, obviously party in power has little to do with the phenomena and the causes probably reside elsewhere.

Sharma goes on about cow-related lynching… “cases of mob lynchings, 57% of them have been Muslims and 10% of them have been Dalits”. First, we don’t know where he got this data from. Second, as beef is a Muslim-dominated industry https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/02/selling-the-sacred-cow-indias-contentious-beef-industry/385359/ Naturally, Muslims would be mostly involved in cow smuggling which explains the high proportion of Muslims when it comes to mob-lynching. The narrative that Muslims are somehow getting targeted ignores the fact that cattle is not a religion issue by an economic issue https://www.livemint.com/ Cattle is wealth for a rural poor and when a cow is stolen, the anger will be much more than say a car being stolen in Australia. The cow provides livelihood for the poor. Again, when in a village if there are repeated instances of cow stealing or children-kidnapping, the village people would form a voluntary squad to keep vigil (like neighbourhood watch in Australia). Given that the nearest police station may be many miles away, catching the culprit, handing him over to police, registering complaint, the court cases and the verdict delivery is such an arduous process in India that 66,000 cases are pending for more than 30 years. Total pendency in Indian courts is 29 million https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/140-cases-pending-in-lower-courts-for-more-than-60-years/articleshow/67316284.cms. Thanks to the left-backed congress government that ruled India for most of its 70 years. When justice delayed equals justice denied, the village folks can’t be blamed when they take law in their hands and sort out things for themselves. Those who live in developed world or those who have lived in cities in India can’t just fathom what it is like to lead a life of a poor in India – having one or two cows which get stolen. The illegal trade commands considerable price in the market so there is incentive to steal. These cattle are usually smuggled out of India to nearing Bangladesh which is a major headache for India. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/stranded-cattle-along-bangladesh-border-new-headache-for-bsf/articleshow/67359663.cms

Gurpreet’s observation you are really creating a society in which nobody’s safe is alarmist. Again, it presumes that everything was hunky dory prior to Modi took over. The cow vigilant are facing the law already https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/11-sentenced-to-life-for-lynching-meat-trader-in-jharkhand/article23311438.ece

To put the violence in context, the panellist should have told us about the political violence unleashed in West Bengal by Communist government. During 1982-1984 communist rule, more than 630 cases of human lynching took place. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40402021 or the genocide of 3,000 Sikhs during 1984 riots as indicated earlier. They also don’t tell us about the lynching of BJP workers in Kerala where the left party https://www.firstpost.com/india/rss-activist-killed-in-kerala-state-bjp-alleges-cpms-involvement-in-murder-4205837.html or the TMC rules https://www.ndtv.com/cities/bjp-workers-body-found-hanging-in-west-bengal-1935915

Please refer to my rebuttal of Wendy Doniger here where I touch these issues, among others. http://indiafacts.org/wendy-hinduism-and-cow/

Sharma talks about trolls that attack those who question Hindu nationalism. But is that a one-way traffic? What about those who troll BJP/RSS or Hindus in general (the pseudo-secular lot)? Again, the concept of Hindu Rashtra has been much maligned by the left-liberal lobby. The partition of India itself was based on religion so that Muslims get Pakistan and Hindus get India. The two-nation theory was mooted by Syed Ahmed Khan in 1883 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-nation_theory#cite_note-33 which cites Ramachandra Guha, Makers of Modern India, Harvard University Press (2011), p. 65.Again, the concept of Hindu Rashtra has been explained by Golwalkar an ideologue of the RSS. It is an inclusive concept since Hinduism per se is an inclusive way of life. Check here..https://www.abc.net.au/religion/why-the-hatred-of-modi-a-response-to-zoya-hasan-and-martha-nussb/10095554

Roy continues to make bold statements when he says ‘Narendra Modi and has a Hindu nationalist platform”. It is really an ‘invention’ by left liberal lobby in India backed by their counterparts overseas to systematically malign Modi. When has Modi said that he has a Hindu Nationalist Platform? He took the oath under Indian constitution. If he was really pursuing the Hindu nationalist platform why would staunch Muslim countries like United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia would confer their highest civilian honour on Modi?? https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pm-narendra-modi-awarded-with-russias-highest-state-decoration-order-of-st-andrew/articleshow/68848334.cms?fbclid=IwAR1avLX08VjdioBOI-JV7Ql_qR-mMWyr5kHZaz8gA1zqVWDbbnV6yhYKahI

Furthermore, why would Modi abolish Triple Talaq to better the lot of Muslim women? https://theconversation.com/triple-talaq-abolition-is-only-the-start-of-a-larger-campaign-for-gender-justice-in-india-83089

Sharma again finds fault with Internet Hindus for the portmanteau ‘libtard’.. yet forgets the equally vicious attack the left liberal lobby unleashes against everything Hindu – whether you are BJP or RSS sympathiser or not. As soon as one puts forward an alternative narrative when Hinduism is attacked the person is immediately branded as a ‘Sanghi’. What about Azam Khan a Samajwadi Party (pro Muslim) recently circulating morphed filthy images of his rival BJP candidate and former actress Jayaprada? https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/jaya-prada-says-she-thought-of-suicide-after-morphed-pictures-went-viral-calls-amar-singh-godfather-1987262Interestingly there was no outrage from the women empowerment crusaders which the left liberal lobby claims they are. Had this happened the other way around, the whole eco-system of the left liberal whether in India or overseas have been pressed into action. Why such selectivity?

Sharma’s claim “I think the range of misinformation and fake news that all Hindu nationalist groups, including the BJP, indulge in, far outnumbers those of all other parties put together” is outlandish again. On what basis is he making such a claim?? An academic can’t push his thought bubbles by ‘I think”. It needs to have some basis. Interestingly, just yesterday the congress party pushed a fake letter written by 160 Army veterans on Whatsapp to the President that army is being misused for propaganda. It was found that the Presidents office didn’t receive any such letter. Furthermore, many of the army veterans whose names were included expressed shock that their names have been included without consent. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/former-army-chief-gen-rodrigues-denies-writing-controversial-letter-to-president/videoshow/68852782.cms

Shalini Sharma gives a wrong definition of Hindutva “People whose religion was not born in India, so Christians and Muslims do not constitute Hindus and are thus outside of Hindutva”. First, Hinduism is not a religion at all. It is a way of life – not an ‘ism’ at all. Christianity and Islam are ‘isms. The definition of Hindu Rashtra given by Golwalkar as cited above is inclusive”

FAQs on Modi (v 15 April 2019)

FAQ on Modi (v 15.04.2019)

 

The following questions were asked to me on twitter and I have already responded.  Here it is collated for general use. It may help the reader answer such questions when posed during discussion/debates.  If there are any questions that you have been confronted with and need help please do let me know and it will be my pleasure to help.

Q35: Fake news are spread by Hindu nationalist groups”.(issue raised in The Conversation podcast: https://theconversation.com/india-tomorrow-part-1-fake-news-and-the-battle-for-information-113579 Also replied by me there in comments section.

Facts and sources

Sharma’s claim “I think the range of misinformation and fake news that all Hindu nationalist groups, including the BJP, indulge in, far outnumbers those of all other parties put together” is outlandish again. On what basis is he making such a claim?? An academic can’t push his thought bubbles by ‘I think”. It needs to have some basis. Interestingly, just yesterday the congress party pushed a fake letter written by 160 Army veterans on Whatsapp to the President that army is being misused for propaganda. It was found that the President’s office didn’t receive any such letter. Furthermore, many of the army veterans whose names were included expressed shock that their names have been included without consent. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/former-army-chief-gen-rodrigues-denies-writing-controversial-letter-to-president/videoshow/68852782.cms

Q34: ‘Narendra Modi has a Hindu nationalist platform”.(issue raised in The Conversation podcast: https://theconversation.com/india-tomorrow-part-1-fake-news-and-the-battle-for-information-113579 Also replied by me there in comments section.

Facts and sources

Roy continues to make bold statements when he says ‘Narendra Modi and has a Hindu nationalist platform”. It is really an ‘invention’ by left liberal lobby in India backed by their counterparts overseas to systematically malign Modi. When has Modi said that he has a Hindu Nationalist Platform? He took the oath under Indian constitution. If he was really pursuing the Hindu nationalist platform why would staunch Muslim countries like United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia would confer their highest civilian honour on Modi?? https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pm-narendra-modi-awarded-with-russias-highest-state-decoration-order-of-st-andrew/articleshow/68848334.cms?fbclid=IwAR1avLX08VjdioBOI-JV7Ql_qR-mMWyr5kHZaz8gA1zqVWDbbnV6yhYKahI

Furthermore, why would Modi abolish Triple Talaq to better the lot of Muslim women? https://theconversation.com/triple-talaq-abolition-is-only-the-start-of-a-larger-campaign-for-gender-justice-in-india-83089

Sharma again finds fault with Internet Hindus for the portmanteau ‘libtard’.. yet forgets the equally vicious attack the left liberal lobby unleashes against everything Hindu – whether you are BJP or RSS sympathiser or not. As soon as one puts forward an alternative narrative when Hinduism is attacked the person is immediately branded as a ‘Sanghi’. What about Azam Khan a Samajwadi Party (pro Muslim) recently circulating morphed filthy images of his rival BJP candidate and former actress Jayaprada? https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/jaya-prada-says-she-thought-of-suicide-after-morphed-pictures-went-viral-calls-amar-singh-godfather-1987262
Interestingly there was no outrage from the women empowerment crusaders which the left liberal lobby claims they are. Had this happened the other way around, the whole eco-system of the left liberal whether in India or overseas would have been pressed into action. Why such selectivity?

Q33: Trolls that attack those who question Hindu nationalism. (issue raised in The Conversation podcast: https://theconversation.com/india-tomorrow-part-1-fake-news-and-the-battle-for-information-113579 Also replied by me there in comments section.

Facts and sources

Sharma talks about trolls that attack those who question Hindu nationalism. But is that a one-way traffic? What about those who troll BJP/RSS or Hindus in general (the pseudo-secular lot)? Again, the concept of Hindu Rashtra has been much maligned by the left-liberal lobby. The partition of India itself was based on religion so that Muslims get Pakistan and Hindus get India. The two-nation theory was mooted by Syed Ahmed Khan in 1883 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-nation_theory#cite_note-33 which cites Ramachandra Guha, Makers of Modern India, Harvard University Press (2011), p. 65.Again, the concept of Hindu Rashtra has been explained by Golwalkar an ideologue of the RSS. It is an inclusive concept since Hinduism per se is an inclusive way of life. Check here..https://www.abc.net.au/religion/why-the-hatred-of-modi-a-response-to-zoya-hasan-and-martha-nussb/10095554

Q32: No body is safe under Modi’s regime (issue raised in The Conversation podcast: https://theconversation.com/india-tomorrow-part-1-fake-news-and-the-battle-for-information-113579 Also replied by me there in comments section.

Facts and sources

Gurpreet’s observation you are really creating a society in which nobody’s safe is alarmist. Again, it presumes that everything was hunky dory prior to Modi took over. The cow vigilant are facing the law already https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/11-sentenced-to-life-for-lynching-meat-trader-in-jharkhand/article23311438.ece

To put the violence in context, the panellist should have told us about the political violence unleashed in West Bengal by Communist government. During 1982-1984 communist rule, more than 630 cases of human lynching took place. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40402021 or the genocide of 3,000 Sikhs during 1984 riots as indicated earlier. They also don’t tell us about the lynching of BJP workers in Kerala where the left party https://www.firstpost.com/india/rss-activist-killed-in-kerala-state-bjp-alleges-cpms-involvement-in-murder-4205837.html or the TMC rules https://www.ndtv.com/cities/bjp-workers-body-found-hanging-in-west-bengal-1935915

Please refer to my rebuttal of Wendy Doniger here where I touch these issues, among others. http://indiafacts.org/wendy-hinduism-and-cow/

Q31: Cow-related lynching is a big problem under Modi (issue raised in The Conversation podcast: https://theconversation.com/india-tomorrow-part-1-fake-news-and-the-battle-for-information-113579. Also replied by me there in comments section.

Facts and sources

The National Crime Research Bureau doesn’t maintain such record as clarified by the relevant Minister on the floor of the House (https://factchecker.in/minister-to-parliament-no-data-on-lynching-here-they-are-including-governments-own/). It appears Sharma probably got the information from a dubious website called IndiaSpend. The data collection method of this website is questionable and so also their observation which is solely intended to depict Modi in poor light. For example, the website states that ‘About 98% of these attacks occurred post-May 2014, after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed power”. Law and order is a state subject so how can Modi be held responsible? Furthermore, half of the lynching took place in non-BJP states still Modi is being held accountable for this why such bias? Also, another website PostCard compiled similar data that shows a different statistics of lynching (see here for reference http://indiafacts.org/wendy-hinduism-and-cow/). Given that the lynching data is equally spread between BJP-ruled and Non-BJP ruled states, obviously party in power has little to do with the phenomena and the causes probably reside elsewhere.

Sharma goes on about cow-related lynching… “cases of mob lynchings, 57% of them have been Muslims and 10% of them have been Dalits”. First, we don’t know where he got this data from. Second, as beef is a Muslim-dominated industry https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/02/selling-the-sacred-cow-indias-contentious-beef-industry/385359/ Naturally, Muslims would be mostly involved in cow smuggling which explains the high proportion of Muslims when it comes to mob-lynching. The narrative that Muslims are somehow getting targeted ignores the fact that cattle is not a religion issue by an economic issue https://www.livemint.com/ Cattle is wealth for a rural poor and when a cow is stolen, the anger will be much more than say a car being stolen in Australia. The cow provides livelihood for the poor. Again, when in a village if there are repeated instances of cow stealing or children-kidnapping, the village people would form a voluntary squad to keep vigil (like neighbourhood watch in Australia). Given that the nearest police station may be many miles away, catching the culprit, handing him over to police, registering complaint, the court cases and the verdict delivery is such an arduous process in India that 66,000 cases are pending for more than 30 years. Total pendency in Indian courts is 29 million https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/140-cases-pending-in-lower-courts-for-more-than-60-years/articleshow/67316284.cms. Thanks to the left-backed congress government that ruled India for most of its 70 years. When justice delayed equals justice denied, the village folks can’t be blamed when they take law in their hands and sort out things for themselves. Those who live in developed world or those who have lived in cities in India can’t just fathom what it is like to lead a life of a poor in India – having one or two cows which get stolen. The illegal trade commands considerable price in the market so there is incentive to steal. These cattle are usually smuggled out of India to nearing Bangladesh which is a major headache for India. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/stranded-cattle-along-bangladesh-border-new-headache-for-bsf/articleshow/67359663.cms

 

Q30 Right wing (RW) is a threat to democracy and Modi belongs to RW (issue raised in The Conversation podcast: https://theconversation.com/india-tomorrow-part-1-fake-news-and-the-battle-for-information-113579. Also replied by me there in comments section.

Facts and sources

Why does the emergence of right-wing (RW) brings democracy under threat?? Is the RW not duly elected? Does democracy mean rule of the left-wing only?? Again, the words RW and LW are not appropriate in Indian context. These words generally relate to economic policies. If pro-poor policies are to be called LW and pro-business to be RW then Modi would be truly termed as a left-wing leader! Construction of 90 million toilets for the poor, provision of 60 million gas connection to the poor, building 15 million houses for the poor, Jan Dhan bank accounts for all, Rs 6,000 cash handout to small farmers and such other measures can’t be called RW policies by western standard. (all statistics is verifiable online)3. Roy doesn’t explain how Modi is holding back democracy. Many state elections, Municipal elections, village Council elections have taken place after Modi came to power as a matter of routine. The Parliament election is also taking place right now

Q29: Democracy is ‘absolutely under threat’ TODAY, that is, under Modi. (issue raised in The Conversation podcast: https://theconversation.com/india-tomorrow-part-1-fake-news-and-the-battle-for-information-113579. Also replied by me there in comments section.

Fact & sources

If democracy has been undermined, then it was by Nehru dynasty. a. Nehru dismissed a duly elected majority Communist government in Kerala using article 356 of the Constitution. S. A. Dange, a veteran communist leader, (who received the highest honour from USSR, The Order of Lenin), described Nehru’s actions as the ‘murderers of democracy’ (Source: Godbole, M (2014) The God Who Failed, Rupa Publications, New Delhi, p. 78).b. “SarDesai and Mohan have emphasized that in the center-state, arena, Nehru made use of the Article 356 for the imposition of President’s rule on six occasions… to institutionalise the predominant position of the Congress Party. The net result was that no non-congress Chief Minister lasted his full term of office in the Nehru era” (Godbole. M. ibid, p. 78) c. Indira Gandhi, Nehru’s daughter imposed national emergency for 21 months (1975-1977). “For much of the Emergency, most of Gandhi’s political opponents were imprisoned and the press was censored. Several other human rights violations were reported from the time, including a forced mass-sterilization campaign spearheaded by Sanjay Gandhi, the Prime Minister’s son. The Emergency is one of the most controversial periods of independent India’s history” (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emergency_(India).d. Like her father, Indira misused Article 356 no less than 50 times during her 16 year old regime https://www.hindustantimes.com/india/indira-s-record-of-imposing-president-s-rule-may-undercut-congress-attack-in-uttarakhand/story-ScTck8GxBB7B9Fx9akNIZK.htmle. Under Rajiv Gandhi’s watch 3,000 Sikhs were massacred in Delhi alone in 1984. It is alleged that Rajiv provoked the violence. Even after 30 yrs not a single prosecution took place. Now under Modi first prosecution has taken place (https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2018/12/17/sajjan-kumar-sentenced-life-imprisonment-1984-anti-sikh-carnage-caseDo all these examples support that democracy was thriving and all was hunky dory with Indian democracy before the arrival of Modi in 2014?

Q 28: Indian economy will become bankrupt under Modi

Fact:

Under Modi Indian economy transformed from being bankrupt (Fragile FIVE) to the fastest growing economy in the world now. From10th largest globally in 2014 to 6th largest 2018. So unless one is obsessed with Modi hatred one would not believe in such blatant lies.

Source:

https://www.ibef.org/blogs/the-journey-from-fragile-five-to-favored-investment-destination

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/indicators/india-remains-fastest-growing-economy-ahead-of-china-despite-up/downs/articleshow/67334194.cms

Q27: What are the sins of congress party?? Why is it castigated

Following examples would suffice:

1947: Partition of India. Gandhi suggested that let Jinnah be the PM but Nehru refused (as he wanted to be the PM??).  Partition led to massacre of over a million people on both sides and an equal number of refugees. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/opinion/india-pakistan-partition-imperial-britain.html

https://sites.google.com/site/cabinetmissionplan/gandhi-offer-of-jinnah-pm-ship-to-jinnah-1947

1947: The Kashmir Imbroglio: “While matters pertaining to over 540 princely states were handled by the States Ministry under Vallabhbhai Patel’s leadership, Nehru kept the Kashmir question exclusively with himself…. The responsibility for all decisions pertaining to the handling of Kashmir question has therefore to be placed at the door of Nehru himself”. “If Nehru had permitted Vallabhbhai Patel to handle the Kashmir issue, it could have been solved satisfactorily once and for all. But Nehru left this as a permanent item on India’s agenda with no solution in sight”[1]

1959: Misuse of Article 356: Nehru dismissed a duly elected majority CPM government in Kerala.

1962: China war. Army was alerting Nehru about build up by China on the border and Nehru laughed at their assessment.  He said China will NEVER attack India. (Hindi Chini bhai bhai days).  Within 6 months China attacked India.  Indian soldiers were ordered to push the Chinese back.  They didn’t even have mountain boots. (Read Himalayan Blunder by Brigadier Dalvi available online. Also see Godbole 2014:70)[2]). Hundreds of thousands of our soldiers were killed and India lost sizeable territory to China which China never returned to us. https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet.dli.2015.127062/2015.127062.Himalayan-Blunder_djvu.txt

1975: Imposition of emergency. Suspension of fundamental rights. Media gagged. Opposition leaders put in jail. Compulsory sterilisation program launched. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emergency_(India)

1984: Nearly, 3,000 Sikhs were massacred in Delhi alone following the assassination of Mrs Gandhi. No one arrested. Only after Modi took over one of the kingpins Sajjan Kumar is now in jail. Another accused is Kamal Nath who is CM of Madhya Pradesh presently. https://indianexpress.com/article/india/1984-anti-sikh-riots-enough-evidence-against-kamal-nath-cant-evade-law-now-says-hs-phoolka-5023645/

1990:  Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits  https://www.indiatoday.in/fyi/story/exodus-of-kashmiri-pandits-january-19-jammu-and-kashmir-304487-2016-01-19

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35923237

 

 

 

Q 26: In 5 yrs of Modi govt, exports grew just above 10% overall after scorching 126% growth under UPA-2

Fact:

 

If you compare exports of 2008-09 to 2013-14 you will find a dramatic rise as stated above. The reason is due to the GFC world trade was severely affected and so also that of India.  When the world markets recovered over the years the exports rose. Comparing 2013-14 with 2008-09 is incorrect since growth after recession is always dramatic.

 

Interestingly, two major exports were responsible for the spike in 2013-14. (a) Gold: 80:20 scheme 20% export mandatory. World gold price rose so same volume but more amount! Round tripping – export and then import. Largest money laundering scheme by Chidambaram. Refined petroleum: Crude Oil Price high in 2013-14 and peaked in 2012-2013.

 

Source:

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/p-chidambaram-launched-8020-gold-import-scheme-despite-opposition-of-dri/article22964782.ece

 

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=7630

 

 

Q 25: If Modi wins in 2019 it will be the last election

This is true if it is to be an election between existing political leaders and Modi.  If Modi wins in 2019 then by 2024 dynasty would be in Tihar – National Herald &Augusta case. Mamta in Sarda case. Akhilesh n illegal mining case, Maya in disproportionate assets case. Laloo already in jail.  Consequently, New & Clean leaders will emerge to take on Modi which will be very healthy for India.

 

Q 24: Balacoat is a bluff

Fact:

Pakistan does feed this lie to its people. If you are a Pakistani or its sympathiser, that is, a congressi, a leftist or a jihadist but live in India then you would agree with their version.  They got beaten up badly which they are not going to admit will they?  They didn’t allow international journalist to visit for one month by that time they cleaned up the stuff. But the proof is available on satellite images. Please check the statement of Indian Air force Chief.

Source:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/balakot-proof-is-blowin-in-the-wind-pakistan-doesn-twant-to-see-it-says-iaf-chief-bs-dhanoa/story-fgcmIaIxGdGsEk9sooTi8M.html

Q 23: Why he took the credit when the scientist did it?

Fact

It is a major national achievement, so it makes sense that the PM makes the announcement. India enters the group of three China, US and Russia to have this capability.  UPA was known only for scams which couldn’t be announced as achievement by MM Singh.

Q22 why did he take 5 years to test ASAT? Why not earlier?

Fact

The capability was there in 2012 itself BUT UPA govt put it in cold storage. Modi approved it in the year 2014-2015. ASAT is NOT Diwali fire cracker. It takes lots of preparation.

Source:

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/pm-modi-address-live-asat-could-have-launched-during-upa-ii-had-they-shown-interest-says-former-drdo-chief-vk-sarawat-3708631.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kVWi0GGw4E

Q21: What has Modi done for farmers

Fact

  1. Before Modi farmers rioted for urea. Due to neam coating pilferage stopped. Ample urea available. No more riots (https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/bihar-witnesses-violent-protests-over-fertiliser-shortage-48730)
  2. Minimum support price raised to 1.5 times cost. Swaminathan the father of green revolution in India, hails Modi’s action (https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/father-of-indian-green-revolution-ms-swaminathan-hails-narendra-modi-government/716559/)
  3. Rs 6,000 per year direct income support for small farmers (https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/budget-2019-direct-income-support-rs-6000-year-farmers-announced-96060)
  4. Rural roads construction: 82% now connected 56% before Modi took over (https://www.the-pulse.in/not-just-new-but-its-the-iconic-infrastructure-that-differentiates-the-modi-govt)
  5. Highway construction up by 41% as compared to UPA in just four and half years of Modi (https://www.the-pulse.in/not-just-new-but-its-the-iconic-infrastructure-that-differentiates-the-modi-govt)
  6. Cheaper bank loans (https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/rbi-notifies-2-interest-subsidy-scheme-for-short-term-crop-loans/articleshow/68308544.cms?from=mdr)
  7. World’s largest crop insurance (https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-s-flagship-crop-insurance-scheme-a-big-leap-but-needs-fixes/story-uzcfIpAjEAX06d3a0ZQ0OJ.html)
  8. Better farm prices through e-market (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/modis-48-months-better-than-congs-48-yrs-rule-for-farm-sector-agriculture-minister-radha-mohan-singh/articleshow/64386980.cms)
  9. Soil health card to improve productivity of farms/income of farmers (https://krishijagran.com/agripedia/benefits-of-soil-health-card-scheme/)

Q20: What has Modi done for poor?

Fact

  1. More than 9 crores toilets built till Dec 2018 (https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Cover-Story/World-s-biggest-toilet-building-project-empowers-India-s-women)
  2. 6 crore poor families get Gas connection (https://scroll.in/article/908643/the-modi-years-are-more-indians-using-cooking-gas-because-of-the-ujjwala-scheme)
  3. Housing for poor 1.13 crores built (http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=181315)

India no longer home to largest number of Poor. It was UPA distinction (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-no-longer-home-to-the-largest-no-of-poor-study/articleshow/64754988.cms

Q19: what happened to Rs 15 lac he was to give?

Fact:

  1. Need to understand the difference between per capita / per person and money going in the personal account of every individual. Government doesn’t distribute its money like that. It can give subsidies which is a different issue, for example, Rs6,000 handout to small farmers.
  2. But put another way, the Ayushman insurance is free up to Rs 5 lacs + rural housing about Rs 1.5 lacs + toilet Rs 3,500 + Rs 6,000 per year farmer subsidy so total is about 6.5 lacs. If you add MNREGA which continues under Modi this figure will further increase. There is no GST on goods that are purchased by rural consumers since most items required by them are free. Earlier even the poor paid tax indirectly as these were included in the price of the goods themselves.  So, you need to factor these amounts also.

If you consider housing for urban poor, then the housing cost itself would be Rs 5 to 10 lacs in Mumbai for example. So already substantial amount is put in the pocket of the poor in kind.

Source:

https://www.icicibank.com/Personal-Banking/loans/home-loan/pradhan-mantri-awas-yojna.page

Also check the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana details available online.

Q18: Demonetisation was failure

Fact:

Demonetisation served two purposes A. the black money held in cash became useless and had to be thrown B. Those who deposited it in bank are now in a trap.  Since the government now knows who had the black money and is already going after them. C. there was short-term disruption but long-term benefits far out way the pain.

Source:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/demonetisation-gst-imf-indian-policies-bjp-4994683/

Q17: Modi failed on Kashmir

Fact:

Kashmir problem is a legacy /gift of Nehru. While all other states looked after by Patel joined the Indian Union, Kashmir continued to be a mess because of Nehru’s love for Sheikh Abdullah. Nehru took the matter to UN without cabinet approval which is wholly wrong. He thus made a bilateral issue International issue. His daughter Indira couldn’t solve it and instead gave away 90000 Pak soldiers captured by India as POWs for free without getting anything in return. All peace talks failed for the last 70 years. Modi’s policy is tit for tat as seen by Airstrikes and Surgical strikes. It will take a while for things to get normal.  We need Modi once again for that purpose.

Source:

Read Godbole Madhav (2009) The God Who Failed on Nehru. Rupa Books AND Sarila, N (2009) The Untold Story of the Partition of India, Harper Collins India. Similarly, ‘My Frozen Terbulance in Kashmir by Jagmohan former Governor of Kashmir (available online) is excellent.

 

Q16: Modi is anti-Dalit

Fact:

  1. Yet another canard spread by opposition parties for political gain. 2. Modi made a Dalit President of India Mr Kovind 3. Modi himself is OBC – never referred to his caste for political gains 4. Acquired Ambedkar house in London 5. Build memorial for Ambedkar in Mumbai 6. Celebrated constitution day to remember Babasaheb Ambedkar
  2. Violence against Dalits has a legacy and was there even before 2014. No evidence that it increased after Modi took over.

Source:

https://www.ucanews.com/news/modi-moves-to-restore-law-to-protect-dalits-tribal-people/83014

https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/07/20/ram-nath-kovind-elected-the-14th-president-of-india_a_23038801/

 https://scroll.in/magazine/877754/the-reopened-ambedkar-house-in-london-holds-the-key-to-understanding-the-man-and-his-inspirations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caste-related_violence_in_India

Q 15. Modi is anti_muslim

Fact:

Modi conferred highest award by Saudi government. If Modi was anti-Muslim why a Muslim country would confer such highest civilian award? (source: https://www.news18.com/news/india/narendra-modi-conferred-saudi-arabias-highest-civilian-honour-1224999.htm

India Muslim rescued from Pak by Modi Sarkar (https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/indian-man-freed-from-pakistani-jail-returns-praising-sushma-swaraj-meri-madam-mahan-358907.html)

 

Modi govt rescued Muslims trapped in Yemen (https://scroll.in/article/719205/indias-bohra-muslims-are-back-safely-from-yemen-but-have-many-reasons-to-still-be-anxious)

Modi was demonised by congress for political reasons when he headed Gujarat.  Communal riots were a common feature before Modi took over of CM Gujarat.  The last being 2002.  But not a single riot thereafter.  Not a single communal riot in India after Modi became PM.

 

Q14: What has Modi done against black money

Fact:

Several measures have been taken. Please see the URL in next column

Source:

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/4-years-of-modi-govt-fight-against-black-money-explained-in-7-points-1242398-2018-05-26

 

 

Q13. Nirav Modi fled so also Mallya and others what was PM Modi doing

Fact:

  1. Nirav et al were tipped off by PNB/GOI insiders that the bank has referred the matter to CBI. Fearing arrest before any further action could be taken, he fled. 2. PM would not have initiated legal action if he wanted him to flee. 3. New law Fugitive Economic Offenders Act was brought by Modi and even overseas property can be confiscated. 4. Nirav in UK jail already 5. Mallya and Mehul being extradited

Source:

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/bjp-will-build-ram-temple-within-ambit-of-constitution-up-117060500301_1.html

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/nirav-modi-made-death-threats-to-witnesses-uk-court-told/articleshow/68635056.cms

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/action-initiated-against-7-people-under-fugitive-economic-offenders-law/articleshow/67148172.cms

Q12: How many terms needed to build a temple & why to promise then?

Fact:

  1. The promise was to build it within the ambit of the constitution. SC is a constitutional authority, so we have to wait for the verdict. 2. Modi follows law instead of unlawful action of Nehru in inserting 35 A in the constitution OR taking J&K issue to the UN.

Source:

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/bjp-will-build-ram-temple-within-ambit-of-constitution-up-117060500301_1.html

Q11: Goa, KA – we didn’t see democratic behaviors, even in other few states too

Fact:

Goa: Congress got largest number of seats but fell short of majority. Couldn’t cobble up a coalition in time.  BJP was more agile and could do it. All this is permitted in democracy. 2. KNT: Refer to article by Chandan Mitra (see URL in next column) . 3. which other states? Be specific so that I can answer

 

Source:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/assembly-elections/goa-govt-formation-how-congress-lost-the-plot-despite-finishing-first-in-election/story-10PULDveeUkzWvy2asZhSK.html 2. https://www.ndtv.com/opinion/stop-making-karnataka-out-to-be-big-blow-for-bjp-1855381

 

Q 10. No transparency under Modi

Fact:

Need to be specific by what you mean here. Please see Parliamentary debates and you will know about transparency of Modi sarkar.  Every statement made on the floor of the House is acceptable evidence in court.

 

Source:

No source required.

Q9: Institutions undermined

Fact:

  1. Which in particular? 2. Suprement Court: underminded by Opposition which brought impeachment against Chief Justice. Read emergency days how AN Ray was appointed overlooking four judges. Recently SC squashed GOI decision on CBI head 3: RBI: already explained above 4. CBI: was called a ‘caged parrot’ by SC during UPA regime.  When a dispute arose between two top CBI officials Modi referred it to CVC an independent agency. Matter also in SC. Alok Verma being investigated.

 

Source:

  1. https://www.oneindia.com/india/1973-when-indira-gandhi-eroded-the-independence-of-the-judiciary-and-morarji-desai-2619309.html 2. https://in.reuters.com/article/cbi-supreme-court-parrot-coal/a-caged-parrot-supreme-court-describes-cbi-idINDEE94901W20130510 3. https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cbi-dispute-all-you-need-to-know/article25307117.ece 4. https://scobserver.clpr.org.in/court-case/cbi-dispute

 

Q8: Modi’s not accountable?

Fact:

Everyone is accountable and so also Modi. Govt is accountable to Parliament already and also to people, SC, CAG.

Source:

https://www.prsindia.org/theprsblog/role-parliament-holding-government-accountable

 

Q7: Modi needs to walk the talk

Fact:

Please do ask specific questions and I am happy to answer. Making general charge like walk the talk is very difficult to respond. OK for politicians to levy such accusations but certainly NOT appropriate for educated intelligent persons.

 

Source: as above

 

Q 6: I am totally Anti_Modi??

 

Fact:

  1. India is a democracy so one can be pro or anti Modi as one wishes. 2. Educated and intelligent persons offer reasons backed by evidence why they arrived at that position.

Source: No source required for this.  It is your choice.  No problem with it but would have helped if you offered some reasons why?

Q5: Central govt interfere in RBI operations?

Fact:

  1. Your question is about RBI independence. Please read the history of RBI GOI relations. Nehru sacked Rama Rao because he disagreed with him.  Many such cases. In emergency RBI was completely subjugated. 2. Central Bank independence is a world wide issue. 3. RBI is accountable to Govt.

Source:

https://www.ft.com/content/cdf8dd6e-af6c-11e8-87e0-d84e0d934341

 

Q4: Why Urjit (RBI Governor) removed?

 

Fact:

  1. He wanted to leave on personal grounds. But remained in position on Modi’s request.

 

Source:

https://in.reuters.com/article/india-politics-modi/rbi-governor-wanted-to-step-down-months-before-resignation-modi-idINKCN1OV1IA

 

Q 3. Why Rajan (RBI Governor) removed?

 

Fact:

  1. Rajan was NOT removed. His term was not renewed. 2. It is governments prerogative whom to appoint RBI governor. 3. Subramaniam Swamy made serious allegations against Rajan (pl check online). $. Rajan’s role in 80:20 gold scheme

Source:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/i-left-because-there-was-no-offer-on-the-table-from-the-govt-raghuram-rajan/articleshow/60341824.cms  2. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/8020-gold-scheme-under-scanner-over-illegal-gains-during-upa-tenure/articleshow/65523446.cms

Q2: Rafale corruption?

 

Fact:

  1. Supreme Court has already dismissed the case. 2. Govt to Govt deal. No middleman involved. 3. Congress middleman Christian Michel in jail

Source:

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/no-probe-into-rafale-deal-supreme-court-dismisses-petition-says-no-reason-to-intervene-1962483

Q1: Killed Muslims Bcz of beef

Fact:

The Akhlaq incident took place in 2015 in Uttar Pradesh state ruled then by Samajwadi Party. Law and Order is a state subject. It is wrong to put the blame on Modi. Cultprits are caught and now on bail

Source:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/all-akhlaq-lynching-suspects-now-out-on-bail/articleshow/60801602.cms

 

[1] (Godbole, M. 2014. The God Who Failed: An assessment of Jawaharlal Nehru’s leadership, Rupa Publications, New Delhi p. 33-34, 37-38).

 

[2] ibid

A response to Raj Thackeray’s Gudi Padva Speech

उथळ पाण्याला खळखळाट फार: राज ठाकरे यांचे भाषण

गुढीपाडव्याच्या निमित्ताने राज ठाकरे यांनी आपल्या नेहमीच्या शैलीने जोरदार भाषण ठोकले. ते उत्तम वक्ते आहेत. पण आडात नाही तर पोहोऱ्यात कुठून येणार? मुळातच काही ठोस मुद्दे नसल्याने तारेवरची कसरत करत आपल्या नव्या सोयीरीकीला खुश करण्यासाठी केलेली आवाजबाजी एवढेच त्याचे वर्णन करता येईल.

आता ठाकरे यांनी उपस्थित केलेल्या मुद्यांचे विश्लेषण करूया म्हणजे त्यांच्या भाषणातील फोलपणा समजून येईल.

मुद्दा १: गूगलवर मोदी यांची ओळख फेकू अशी आहे.: 

हे खरे असेलही पण गूगलशोध घेण्यासाठी जी पद्धती वापरते (अल्गोरिथम)[1] त्याचा हा परिणाम आहे. फेकू किंवा आतंकवादी असे कोणाच्याही नावापुढे जोडून वारंवार अशी माहिती नेटवर टाकल्यास हे सहज शक्य आहे. मोदी जगातले प्रभावशाली नेते आहेत आणि शत्रुदेश तसेच भारतातील विरोधी पक्ष त्यांच्या नवे खडे फोडण्यासाठी सदैव तयार असणारच. मागेही मोदी यांचे नाव आतंकवाद्यांच्या यादीत गूगलने टाकले पण त्यानंतर आमची अलोगॉरिथम सुधारण्याची गरज आहे असे सांगून गूगलने जाहीर दिलगिरी व्यक्त केली[2].

मुद्दा २: पाकिस्तान चे F16 विमान पाडल्याची खोटी माहिती मोदींनी दिली.

F16 पाडल्याचा अमेरिकन प्रसार माध्यमांनी इन्कार केलेला आहे तर भारतीय वायूसेनेने त्याचे सज्जड रडार चे पुरावे दिले आहेत. यातील राजकारण मजेशीर आहे. F16 हे आधुनिक तर मिग २१ हे खूप जुने तंत्रज्ञान आहे. त्यामुळे F16 पाडले गेले असे कबूल करण्यात अमेरिकेची नाच्चक्की आहे. त्यामुळे त्यांच्या F16 विक्रीवर विपरीत परिणाम होऊ शकतो. तसेच पाकिस्तानने तसे कबूल केल्यास त्यांना ज्या करारा द्वारे F16 मिळाली त्याचे उल्लंघन होईल. त्यामुळे दोन्ही बाजू कडून ‘अगा हे घडलेची नाही’ असे म्हणणे सोईस्कर आहे. प्रश्न आहे तो हा कि विरोधी पक्ष मोदी द्वेषाने इतके पछाडले आहेत कि भारतीय सेनेचा पराक्रमही त्यांना मान्य नाही.

मुद्दा ३: मोदींनी वार्ताहर परिषद घेतली नाही.

अश्या परिषदेचा उद्देश प्रश्न विचारून माहिती जाणून घेण्याचा असेल तर परिषद घ्यायला हवी. परंतु विरोधीपक्षांचे दलाल म्हणून काम करणारे पत्रकार केवळ निंदानालस्तीसाठी ह्या व्यासपीठाचा गैर वापर करतात हे सर्वश्रुत आहे. अलीकडेच ABP News ने मोदींची मुलाखत घेतली. त्यात मोदींनी प्रसार माध्यमे कशी आपपर भाव करतात हे उदाहरणाने सांगून त्यांचे पितळ उघडे पाडले. ABP News ने मुलाखतीचा तो भागच गाळून टाकला. त्यामुळे पत्रकार परिषदा घेऊन वेळ दवडण्यापेक्षा जनतेशी सरळ संपर्क साधण्यास मोदींनी मन कि बात  द्वारे   सुरुवात केली. मोदी नि भारतीय आणि परदेशी माध्यमांना (उदा. फरीद झकारिया) अनेक मुलाखती दिल्या आहेत.

मुद्दा ४: मोदींनी १५ लाख दिले नाहीत.

सर्वप्रथम म्हणजे कोणाच्या वैयक्तीकखात्यात सरकार (एखाद्या योजनेखाली अनुदान असल्याशिवाय) अशी  राशी जमा करू शकत नाही. मोदींनी असे कोणतेही आश्वासन दिल्याचा पुरावा नाही पण दडपून खोटे बोलणे हेच एकमेव राजकीय हत्यार सध्या विरोधकांकडे आहे असे दिसते. छत्तीसगढ येथील सभेत मोदी म्हणाले होते कि परदेशातील काळा पैसा एवढा आहे कि तो परत आणल्यास प्रत्येक गरिबापोटी रुपये १५ लाख एवढी रक्कम असेल[3]. ते काळ्या पैशाबद्दल बोलत होते पण जणू काही ते प्रत्येकाच्या खात्यावर पैसे जमाकरणार आहेत अशी खोटी अफवा पसरविली गेली. राजकीय फायद्यासाठी खोट्या बातम्या पेरणे हे विरोधी पक्ष करतातच त्यामुळे सत्यकाय आहे हे पडताळणे महत्वाचे. भाजपच्या कोणत्याही जाहीरनाम्यात रु १५ लाखाचा उल्लेख नाही

 

मुद्दा ५: मोदींना एवढे प्रचंड बहुमत मिळाले कि त्यांना चमत्कार करून दाखवणे शक्य होते.

ज्या काँग्रेसबरोबर ठाकरे यांनी सोयरीक केली आहे त्यांना अनेक वर्षे प्रचंड बहुमत होते मग का चमत्कार घडू शकला नाही?  का भारताचा उल्लेख जगभर एक गरीब देश म्हणून गेली ७० वर्षे होत राहिला? शिवाय नाशिक पालिकेत सत्तेत असताना मनसेने जो चमत्कार घडविला त्यामुळे त्यांना जनतेने घरी बसवले. गरिबांसाठी नऊ कोटी स्वच्छता गृहे, सहा कोटी गॅस कनेक्शन, १.५ कोटी घरे केवळ ५ वर्षात याला चमत्कार नाही तर काय म्हणायचे? सुमारे ७० वर्षे सत्तेत राहून देखील १८००० गावात वीज पोचली नाही. मोदींनी पोचविली हा चमत्कार नाहीतर काय? हि गावे अतिशय दुर्गमभागात होती तरी देखील दुर्दम्य इच्छाशक्तीच्या बळावर हे शक्य झाले. पण फुकट सल्ला द्यायला काय जाते? उचलली जीभ आणि लावली टाळ्याला.

मुद्दा ६: काँग्रेस च्या योजनांची केवळ नावे बदलली. 

इतका हास्यास्पद आरोप केवळ ठाकरे किंवा काँग्रेस करू शकते. काँग्रेसची गरिबी हटाव योजना नेहरूंच्या काळापासून चालू आहे तिचीच घोषणा राहुल गांधी निर्लज्जपणे करतात तेव्हा यांच्या योजनांनी काय साधले असा प्रश्न निर्माण होतो. देशासमोरचे जे प्रश्न आहेत त्यानुरूप योजना बनणार ना. मग मोदी साठी काँग्रेस ने  प्रश्न मुळातच का ठेवले. योजना आणून ती नीट कार्यान्वयन केली असती तर मोदींचे कष्ट वाचले असते आणि त्यांना इतर समस्यांवर उपाय योजना करण्यास वेळ मिळाला असता.

मुद्दा ७: रोम विमानतळाला लिओनार्डो दि विंची नाव दिले आहे है ऐकून ठाकरेंचा ऊर भरून आला.  असेच एखाद्या कलाकाराच्या  नावाने विमानतळ का नाही याची खंत ठाकरे यांनी व्यक्त केली. 

मुळात लिओनार्डो हे जगविख्यात शिल्पकार, चित्रकार, संशोधक असे बहुढंगी व्यक्तिमत्व होते. आपणही व्यंगचित्रकार आहोत त्यामुळे आपल्या नावाने विमानतळ का नसावा अशी ठाकरे यांची खंत असावी. ते विसरले कि महाराष्ट्र शिवाजी महाराजांचे नावे ओळखला जातो आणि मुंबई विमानतळाला महाराजांचे नाव शिवसेना भाजप युतीच्या काळात १९९९ मध्ये दिले गेले. खरेतर ठाकरे यांना टीकाच करायची होती तर त्यांनी काँग्रेस सरकारला जाब विचारायला हवा होता कि ततपूर्वी अनेक वर्षे सत्तेत असून हे काम का झाले नाही? पोर्ट ट्रस्ट ला नेहरूंचे नाव का दिले गेले? कान्होजी आंग्रे जे महाराज्यांच्या नाविक दलाचे प्रमुख होते त्यांचे नाव का दिले गेलेनाही? श्रीनगर विमानतळाला शेख उल आलम ह्या संतांचे नाव दिले गेले आहे. मग महाराष्ट्रात तुकाराम, रामदास, ज्ञानेश्वर यांच्या नावाने विमानतळ का नाही? लोकमान्य टिळक, महात्मा फुले, आंबेडकर यांचे नवे विमानतळ, बंदर का नाही? पाहावे तिकडे गांधी नेहरू यांचाच सुळसुळाट.

मुद्दा ८: आधार कार्डला आधी विरोध पण सत्तेत आल्यावर त्याचाच प्रसार.

आधारकार्ड ची कल्पना (एक प्रकारचे नागरिक ओळख पत्र) वाजपेयींचा काळात पुढे करण्यात आली. त्यामुळे मोदींचा त्याला कधीच विरोध नव्हता. परंतु मनमोहन सरकार ज्या प्रमाणे योजना राबवत होते त्यामुळे बांगलादेशी व इतर घुसखोर त्याचा नागरिकत्वासाठी वापर करू शकले असते. त्यामुळे योजनेची सुरक्षितता धोक्यात होती. मोदीसरकारने २०१४ मध्ये कायदा मंत्रालय, गृहमंत्रालय, तांत्रिक विभाग, नंदन निलकेनी यांच्या समन्वयाने सध्याचे सुरक्षित आधारकार्ड तयारकेले आणि ते सरळ लाभ योजनेशी (DBT) जोडले. अर्थात ठाकरे यांचा उद्देश केवळ टीका करणे हाच असल्याने याची माहिती ते जनतेला का देतील?

मुद्दा ९: नमामि गंगे वर हजारो करोड खर्च झाले पण पुढे काय झाले असा प्रश्न ठाकरे विचारतात.

गंगा अविरल करणे म्हणजे नाशिक मधले गटार दुरुस्त करणे नव्हे. ते कामही ठाकरे यांच्या मनसेला तेथे सत्तेत असताना धड करता आले नव्हते. गंगे पेक्षा अर्ध्या लांबीची ऱ्हाईन नदी[4] साफ करायला तीन दशके आणि ४५ अब्ज डॉलर खर्च आला. गंगा सफाई वर आजतागायत तीन अब्ज डॉलर खर्च झाल्याचा अंदाज आहे (राजीव गांधी काळा पासून). राजीव गांधींच्या काळात पैसा कसा वापरला गेला हा संशोधनाचा विषय आहे.मोदी सरकारने २०१४ मध्ये हे काम नमामि गंगे योजने खाली हातात घेतले. गंगा अविरल होण्यास बराच कालावधी लागणार असला तरी गंगा काही प्रमाणात स्वच्छ झाल्याची कबुली स्वतः प्रियांका गांधी यांनीच गंगा पाण्याचे प्राशन करून दिली. साहजिकच योगी आदित्यनाथ म्हणतात त्या प्रमाणे अजून कोणता पुरावा हवा. मोदी सरकार प्रामाणिक प्रयत्न करीत आहे हे घाटावरची स्वच्छता पहिली तरी कळून येईल.

मुद्दा ९: नोटबंदी मुळे काळ्या पैश्यात काय फरक पडला. ९९% पैसा बँकामध्ये परत आला.

नोटबंदी मुळे चलनात असलेली रोकड बँकामध्ये परतली व काही थोडी बाद झाली. पण बँकामध्ये पैसा भरून काळा पैसा पांढरा होत नाही. आता सरकारला तुमच्या पर्यंत पोहोचणे सहज शक्य झाले आहे. सध्या मोदी सरकार कॉम्पुटर तंत्रज्ञानाचा वापर करून अश्या करचुकव्या पर्यंत पोहोचत आहे. नोटबंदी नंतर केवळ आठ महिन्यातच आयकर विभागाने रुपये ५४०० कोटींचा काळा पैसा जप्त केला[5] व कायदेशीर कार्यवाही चालू केली. कर देणाऱ्यांच्या संख्येत दुपटीने वाढ झाली[6]. डिजिटल व्यवहारात देखील लक्षणीय बदल झाला.

मुद्दा १०: मोदी आणि हिटलर यांच्यात साम्य आहे हे सांगण्यासाठी काही उदाहरणे ठाकरे यांनी दिली.

वास्तविक मोदी खरोखरच हिटलर असले तर ठाकरेंना यात का वावगे वाटते? राज ठाकरे यांचे विठ्ठल बाळासाहेब यांनी मुलाखतीतच त्यांचे हिटलर प्रेम जगजाहीर केले आहे[7]. हिटलरने जग जिंकायचा संकल्प केला होता.मोदी नि तसं काही केलं नाही. हिटलरने यहुदी द्वेष निर्माण केला तसा मोदींनी कोणत्या समाजा विरुद्ध केला ते ठाकरे सांगत नाहीत. त्यांना मुस्लिमांबद्दल द्वेष निर्माण केलं असे सांगायचे असेल तर परिस्थिती उलटी आहे. सौदी अरेबिया आणि संयुक्त अरब अमिराती ह्या कडव्या मुस्लिम राष्ट्रांनी मोदींचा सर्वोच्य बहुमान अलीकडेच केलं आहे. त्यांच्या सहकार्यामुळेच ऑगस्ट वेस्टलँड चा दलाल मिचेल आज भारताच्या तुरुंगात आहे.

मुद्दा ११: गोमांसासाठी ज्याची हत्या झाली त्याच्या कडे मटण सापडले गोमास नाही.

ठाकरे यांचा इशारा अखलाक हत्येकडे आहे. पण अखलाकची हत्या उत्तर प्रदेशात समाजवादी सरकार असताना झाली. तरी देखील मोदींच्या डोक्यावर खापर का फोडत आहेत?? राज्यातील कायदा सुव्यवस्था राज्य सरकार करते हे ठाकरे यांना माहित नसावे कारण साधी नगरपालिका चालवायची संधी हि जनतेने त्यांना क्वचितच दिली आहे.

मुद्दा १२: देश खड्ड्यात घातला. 

ही टीका करताना खड्ड्यात घातला म्हणजे काय ते ठाकरे नक्की सांगत नाहीत. मोदी सत्तेवर येण्याआधी जगातील पांच कमकुवत अर्थव्यवस्थेत भारताचा नंबर होता. आज भारत जगातील सगळ्यात द्रुत गतीने वाढ करणारी अर्थव्यवस्था आहे. भाववाढ रोखण्यात मोदी सरकार यशस्वी झाले आहे. आणि केवळ पाच वर्षात मोदींनी देशाची अर्थव्यवस्था १० व्या क्रमांकावरून सहाव्या क्रमांकावर आणली आहे. मोदी सत्ते वर आले तर भारत जगातील तिसरी मोठी अर्थव्यवस्था होईल असे अनुमान आहे. परदेश नीती, सरंक्षण नीती, गरिबी हटाव अश्या सर्वच प्रांतात मोदींनी अथक परिश्रमाने मोठी प्रगती केली आहे.

ठाकरे यांना मोदींना झोडण्याचे कंत्राट दिले गेले असल्याने त्यांना तारेवरची कसरत करावी लागत आहे आणि हास्यास्पद म्हणजे चार वाक्य धड बोलता न येणारे राहुल कसे छान छान आहेत अशी भलावण करणे त्यांना भाग पडत आहे. इतरही किरकोळ मुद्दे मोदींवर तोंडसुख घेण्यासाठी वापरले आहेत. एकमात्र खरे ठाकरे यांच्या सभेला गर्दी तुफान होती. ती बहुदा राष्ट्रवादी आणि काँग्रेस ने जमाकेलेली असावी कारण क्वचितच टाळ्या मिळत होत्या. चला ह्या नव्या सोयरिकीच्या निमित्ताने का होईना पण सभेला गर्दी झाली हे पाहून ठाकरे यांना आनंद झाला असेल.

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/google-apologises-to-indian-pm-narendra-modi-after-he-appears-in-top-10-list-of-criminals-10297350.html

[2] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/google-apologises-to-indian-pm-narendra-modi-after-he-appears-in-top-10-list-of-criminals-10297350.html

[3] https://www.boomlive.in/did-modi-promise-to-deposit-rs-15-lakh-in-every-account-a-factcheck/

[4] https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/what-it-takes-to-clean-the-ganges

[5] https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/what-has-pm-modi-done-to-fight-black-money-an-explainer/story/280890.html

[6] https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/demonetisation-effect-more-black-money-unearthed-as-tax-raids-increase/story-MG8dM08jGtVb7bKdYYu3mJ.html

[7] https://www.britannica.com/biography/Bal-Thackeray

FAQs on Modi (v 02 April 2019)

This is a word version of the excel file posted earlier here.  The last column of Excel file couldn’t be displayed properly here during copy paste.  Hence it is converted to word file.

FAQ on Modi (v 02.04.2019)

 

The following questions were asked to me on twitter and I already responded.  Here it is collated for general use. It may help the reader answer such questions when posed during discussion/debates.  If there are any questions that you have been confronted with and need help please do let me know and it will be my pleasure to help.

Q1: Killed Muslims Bcz of beef

Fact:

The Akhlaq incident took place in 2015 in Uttar Pradesh state ruled then by Samajwadi Party. Law and Order is a state subject. It is wrong to put the blame on Modi. Cultprits are caught and now on bail

Source:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/all-akhlaq-lynching-suspects-now-out-on-bail/articleshow/60801602.cms

Q2: Rafale corruption?

 

Fact:

  1. Supreme Court has already dismissed the case. 2. Govt to Govt deal. No middleman involved. 3. Congress middleman Christian Michel in jail

Source:

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/no-probe-into-rafale-deal-supreme-court-dismisses-petition-says-no-reason-to-intervene-1962483

Q 3. Why Rajan (RBI Governor) removed?

 

Fact:

  1. Rajan was NOT removed. His term was not renewed. 2. It is governments prerogative whom to appoint RBI governor. 3. Subramaniam Swamy made serious allegations against Rajan (pl check online). $. Rajan’s role in 80:20 gold scheme

Source:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/i-left-because-there-was-no-offer-on-the-table-from-the-govt-raghuram-rajan/articleshow/60341824.cms  2. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/8020-gold-scheme-under-scanner-over-illegal-gains-during-upa-tenure/articleshow/65523446.cms

 

Q4: Why Urjit (RBI Governor) removed?

 

Fact:

  1. He wanted to leave on personal grounds. But remained in position on Modi’s request.

 

Source:

https://in.reuters.com/article/india-politics-modi/rbi-governor-wanted-to-step-down-months-before-resignation-modi-idINKCN1OV1IA

 

 

Q5: Central govt interfere in RBI operations?

Fact:

  1. Your question is about RBI independence. Please read the history of RBI GOI relations. Nehru sacked Rama Rao because he disagreed with him.  Many such cases. In emergency RBI was completely subjugated. 2. Central Bank independence is a world wide issue. 3. RBI is accountable to Govt.

Source:

https://www.ft.com/content/cdf8dd6e-af6c-11e8-87e0-d84e0d934341

Q 6: I am totally Anti_Modi??

 

Fact:

  1. India is a democracy so one can be pro or anti Modi as one wishes. 2. Educated and intelligent persons offer reasons backed by evidence why they arrived at that position.

Source: No source required for this.  It is your choice.  No problem with it but would have helped if you offered some reasons why?

Q7: Modi needs to walk the talk

Fact:

Please do ask specific questions and I am happy to answer. Making general charge like walk the talk is very difficult to respond. OK for politicians to levy such accusations but certainly NOT appropriate for educated intelligent persons.

 

Source: as above

Q8: Modi’s not accountable?

Fact:

Everyone is accountable and so also Modi. Govt is accountable to Parliament already and also to people, SC, CAG.

Source:

https://www.prsindia.org/theprsblog/role-parliament-holding-government-accountable

 

 

 

Q9: Institutions undermined

Fact:

  1. Which in particular? 2. Suprement Court: underminded by Opposition which brought impeachment against Chief Justice. Read emergency days how AN Ray was appointed overlooking four judges. Recently SC squashed GOI decision on CBI head 3: RBI: already explained above 4. CBI: was called a ‘caged parrot’ by SC during UPA regime.  When a dispute arose between two top CBI officials Modi referred it to CVC an independent agency. Matter also in SC. Alok Verma being investigated.

 

Source:

  1. https://www.oneindia.com/india/1973-when-indira-gandhi-eroded-the-independence-of-the-judiciary-and-morarji-desai-2619309.html 2. https://in.reuters.com/article/cbi-supreme-court-parrot-coal/a-caged-parrot-supreme-court-describes-cbi-idINDEE94901W20130510 3. https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cbi-dispute-all-you-need-to-know/article25307117.ece 4. https://scobserver.clpr.org.in/court-case/cbi-dispute

 

Q 10. No transparency under Modi

Fact:

Need to be specific by what you mean here. Please see Parliamentary debates and you will know about transparency of Modi sarkar.  Every statement made on the floor of the House is acceptable evidence in court.

 

Source:

No source required.

Q11: Goa, KA – we didn’t see democratic behaviors, even in other few states too

Fact:

Goa: Congress got largest number of seats but fell short of majority. Couldn’t cobble up a coalition in time.  BJP was more agile and could do it. All this is permitted in democracy. 2. KNT: Refer to article by Chandan Mitra (see URL in next column) . 3. which other states? Be specific so that I can answer

 

Source:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/assembly-elections/goa-govt-formation-how-congress-lost-the-plot-despite-finishing-first-in-election/story-10PULDveeUkzWvy2asZhSK.html 2. https://www.ndtv.com/opinion/stop-making-karnataka-out-to-be-big-blow-for-bjp-1855381

 

Q12: How many terms needed to build a temple & why to promise then?

Fact:

  1. The promise was to build it within the ambit of the constitution. SC is a constitutional authority, so we have to wait for the verdict. 2. Modi follows law instead of unlawful action of Nehru in inserting 35 A in the constitution OR taking J&K issue to the UN.

Source:

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/bjp-will-build-ram-temple-within-ambit-of-constitution-up-117060500301_1.html

Q13. Nirav Modi fled so also Mallya and others what was PM Modi doing

Fact:

  1. Nirav et al were tipped off by PNB/GOI insiders that the bank has referred the matter to CBI. Fearing arrest before any further action could be taken, he fled. 2. PM would not have initiated legal action if he wanted him to flee. 3. New law Fugitive Economic Offenders Act was brought by Modi and even overseas property can be confiscated. 4. Nirav in UK jail already 5. Mallya and Mehul being extradited

Source:

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/bjp-will-build-ram-temple-within-ambit-of-constitution-up-117060500301_1.html

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/nirav-modi-made-death-threats-to-witnesses-uk-court-told/articleshow/68635056.cms

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/action-initiated-against-7-people-under-fugitive-economic-offenders-law/articleshow/67148172.cms

Q14: What has Modi done against black money

Fact:

Several measures have been taken. Please see the URL in next column

Source:

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/4-years-of-modi-govt-fight-against-black-money-explained-in-7-points-1242398-2018-05-26

Q 15. Modi is anti_muslim

Fact:

Modi conferred highest award by Saudi government. If Modi was anti-Muslim why a Muslim country would confer such highest civilian award? (source: https://www.news18.com/news/india/narendra-modi-conferred-saudi-arabias-highest-civilian-honour-1224999.htm

India Muslim rescued from Pak by Modi Sarkar (https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/indian-man-freed-from-pakistani-jail-returns-praising-sushma-swaraj-meri-madam-mahan-358907.html)

 

Modi govt rescued Muslims trapped in Yemen (https://scroll.in/article/719205/indias-bohra-muslims-are-back-safely-from-yemen-but-have-many-reasons-to-still-be-anxious)

Modi was demonised by congress for political reasons when he headed Gujarat.  Communal riots were a common feature before Modi took over of CM Gujarat.  The last being 2002.  But not a single riot thereafter.  Not a single communal riot in India after Modi became PM.

 

 

 

Q16: Modi is anti-Dalit

Fact:

  1. Yet another canard spread by opposition parties for political gain. 2. Modi made a Dalit President of India Mr Kovind 3. Modi himself is OBC – never referred to his caste for political gains 4. Acquired Ambedkar house in London 5. Build memorial for Ambedkar in Mumbai 6. Celebrated constitution day to remember Babasaheb Ambedkar
  2. Violence against Dalits has a legacy and was there even before 2014. No evidence that it increased after Modi took over.

Source:

https://www.ucanews.com/news/modi-moves-to-restore-law-to-protect-dalits-tribal-people/83014

https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/07/20/ram-nath-kovind-elected-the-14th-president-of-india_a_23038801/

 https://scroll.in/magazine/877754/the-reopened-ambedkar-house-in-london-holds-the-key-to-understanding-the-man-and-his-inspirations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caste-related_violence_in_India

Q17: Modi failed on Kashmir

Fact:

Kashmir problem is a legacy /gift of Nehru. While all other states looked after by Patel joined the Indian Union, Kashmir continued to be a mess because of Nehru’s love for Sheikh Abdullah. Nehru took the matter to UN without cabinet approval which is wholly wrong. He thus made a bilateral issue International issue. His daughter Indira couldn’t solve it and instead gave away 90000 Pak soldiers captured by India as POWs for free without getting anything in return. All peace talks failed for the last 70 years. Modi’s policy is tit for tat as seen by Airstrikes and Surgical strikes. It will take a while for things to get normal.  We need Modi once again for that purpose.

Source:

Read Godbole Madhav (2009) The God Who Failed on Nehru. Rupa Books AND Sarila, N (2009) The Untold Story of the Partition of India, Harper Collins India. Similarly, ‘My Frozen Terbulance in Kashmir by Jagmohan former Governor of Kashmir (available online) is excellent.

 

Q18: Demonetisation was failure

Fact:

Demonetisation served two purposes A. the black money held in cash became useless and had to be thrown B. Those who deposited it in bank are now in a trap.  Since the government now knows who had the black money and is already going after them. C. there was short-term disruption but long-term benefits far out way the pain.

Source:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/demonetisation-gst-imf-indian-policies-bjp-4994683/

Q19: what happened to Rs 15 lac he was to give?

Fact:

  1. Need to understand the difference between per capita / per person and money going in the personal account of every individual. Government doesn’t distribute its money like that. It can give subsidies which is a different issue, for example, Rs6,000 handout to small farmers.
  2. But put another way, the Ayushman insurance is free up to Rs 5 lacs + rural housing about Rs 1.5 lacs + toilet Rs 3,500 + Rs 6,000 per year farmer subsidy so total is about 6.5 lacs. If you add MNREGA which continues under Modi this figure will further increase. There is no GST on goods that are purchased by rural consumers since most items required by them are free. Earlier even the poor paid tax indirectly as these were included in the price of the goods themselves.  So, you need to factor these amounts also.

If you consider housing for urban poor, then the housing cost itself would be Rs 5 to 10 lacs in Mumbai for example. So already substantial amount is put in the pocket of the poor in kind.

Source:

https://www.icicibank.com/Personal-Banking/loans/home-loan/pradhan-mantri-awas-yojna.page

Also check the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana details available online.

Q20: What has Modi done for poor?

Fact

  1. More than 9 crores toilets built till Dec 2018 (https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Cover-Story/World-s-biggest-toilet-building-project-empowers-India-s-women)
  2. 6 crore poor families get Gas connection (https://scroll.in/article/908643/the-modi-years-are-more-indians-using-cooking-gas-because-of-the-ujjwala-scheme)
  3. Housing for poor 1.13 crores built (http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=181315)
  4. India no longer home to largest number of Poor. It was UPA distinction (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-no-longer-home-to-the-largest-no-of-poor-study/articleshow/64754988.cms

Q21: What has Modi done for farmers

Fact

  1. Before Modi farmers rioted for urea. Due to neam coating pilferage stopped. Ample urea available. No more riots (https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/bihar-witnesses-violent-protests-over-fertiliser-shortage-48730)
  2. Minimum support price raised to 1.5 times cost. Swaminathan the father of green revolution in India, hails Modi’s action (https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/father-of-indian-green-revolution-ms-swaminathan-hails-narendra-modi-government/716559/)
  3. Rs 6,000 per year direct income support for small farmers (https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/budget-2019-direct-income-support-rs-6000-year-farmers-announced-96060)
  4. Rural roads construction: 82% now connected 56% before Modi took over (https://www.the-pulse.in/not-just-new-but-its-the-iconic-infrastructure-that-differentiates-the-modi-govt)
  5. Highway construction up by 41% as compared to UPA in just four and half years of Modi (https://www.the-pulse.in/not-just-new-but-its-the-iconic-infrastructure-that-differentiates-the-modi-govt)
  6. Cheaper bank loans (https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/rbi-notifies-2-interest-subsidy-scheme-for-short-term-crop-loans/articleshow/68308544.cms?from=mdr)
  7. World’s largest crop insurance (https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-s-flagship-crop-insurance-scheme-a-big-leap-but-needs-fixes/story-uzcfIpAjEAX06d3a0ZQ0OJ.html)
  8. Better farm prices through e-market (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/modis-48-months-better-than-congs-48-yrs-rule-for-farm-sector-agriculture-minister-radha-mohan-singh/articleshow/64386980.cms)
  9. Soil health card to improve productivity of farms/income of farmers (https://krishijagran.com/agripedia/benefits-of-soil-health-card-scheme/)

 

Q22 why did he take 5 years to test ASAT? Why not earlier?

Fact

The capability was there in 2012 itself BUT UPA govt put it in cold storage. Modi approved it in the year 2014-2015. ASAT is NOT Diwali fire cracker. It takes lots of preparation.

Source:

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/pm-modi-address-live-asat-could-have-launched-during-upa-ii-had-they-shown-interest-says-former-drdo-chief-vk-sarawat-3708631.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kVWi0GGw4E

Q 23: Why he took the credit when the scientist did it?

Fact

It is a major national achievement, so it makes sense that the PM makes the announcement. India enters the group of three China, US and Russia to have this capability.  UPA was known only for scams which couldn’t be announced as achievement by MM Singh.

Q 24: Balacoat is a bluff

Fact:

Pakistan does feed this lie to its people. If you are a Pakistani or its sympathiser, that is, a congressi, a leftist or a jihadist but live in India then you would agree with their version.  They got beaten up badly which they are not going to admit will they?  They didn’t allow international journalist to visit for one month by that time they cleaned up the stuff. But the proof is available on satellite images. Please check the statement of Indian Air force Chief.

Source:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/balakot-proof-is-blowin-in-the-wind-pakistan-doesn-twant-to-see-it-says-iaf-chief-bs-dhanoa/story-fgcmIaIxGdGsEk9sooTi8M.html