Friday, May 2, 2014

Political Spirituality

AAP promises an "all Religion spiritual City Status" for Banaras. This is convenient. Why banaras? why not Ayodhya or Mathura. Why not Rameshwaram or Dwarika or Hazi Ali, or Golden temple.(Oh how hard i am trying to sound sufficiently secular!). Is it just because Kejariwal is a candidate from Banaras? So, after a Shiva mythology, Lots of temples, lots of scriptures, scores of weed smoking and all the spiritual history, it takes an Aam aadmi fighting election that elevates Kashi?
The title is all the more perplexing. An "All" religion spiritual place? What exactly does that mean? And how many religion are we counting. Hindu? muslim? christians? Sikhs? Buddhist? Jain? Jew? Zoroastrian? and other all too(lost and alive...ho ha ho ha hhooooooo)?
So you will make it spiritual for all. And then What? All these people will start coming to Varanasi, leaving all other pilgrimage because Government Of India has declared it spiritual? Or endorsed by G.O.I. People will have more spiritual effect. Like beer mixed with whisky, It will hit hard .
AAP promises that they will develop this city in above ridiculed way. How will you develop that? You will create new spiritual philosophies? Subsidize philosophical imports? On railway stations, holy mantras of all religions will be scheduled to scream? Or you will make more temples, and mosques and churches all over, with common toilets? Ahh you will clean Ganga! That will make it spiritual. Like a clean Thames makes London a spiritual capital of world!
Or you will make it more spiritual by opening hippie centers, and throwing everyone else (of all religion alike) out, who doesn't buy this official spiritual ways, and wants to die just like a nobody.
"Sorry sir we don't give room to a non-spiritual man!"
And what is with this "All religion" theme? Having equal disrespect (read respect if you are offended) to all religions in my heart, I fail to understand why a secular party can't accept heritage of a religion individually. Is Banaras principally spiritual for any reason other that Hinduism (not hindutva, mind you ). Or in a secular world Sikhs will get credit for Roman Cathedrals, and Confucians will get credit for sermons on the mount?What exactly being secular is?
Reason why i write this is not that i support BJP or Congress.(Yes, few people are not enchanted by any!!!) Its because AAP irritates me for variety of reasons such as simplification of problems and half cooked solutions, to name a few. But most irritating one is that they are a group of motivated people, claiming to be "Aam Aadmi", who want to do well for country (I presume), and then they try to fool common man of India, just like every one else. AAP, please get over with your feeling of intellectual superiority, or get over with hypocrisy. Other people are not kids, whom you are trying to pass a bitter medicine by calling it toffee, so that later you can watch them getting better and feel great about yourself. You are fully entitled to do so, as you are not the first to try this.
But just know that people who see you doing that and get irked are in millions.
Critics of critics of AAP often target them for their nitpicking. Here is reason for my skepticism. After A.K. interview episode, and Shazia's remarks, this is third instance when AAP seems to be kneeling down and making compromises of electoral politics (all instances when they acted "not-so" aam"), and this is when they are going for second election. Isn't it time when one should think of various other compromises that any party needs to make, to keep an organisation running, to retain power and to run a country. Is all the hyperbolic honesty coming from a single reason. "They did not have to, so far"

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The dude duel - Gandhi and The Dude

( Rahul being most enigmatic( hilariously ) and my personal favorite in political circle, and The dude from big Leboswki being my personal favorite movie character; i couldn't  help noticing the similarity on the absurdity and vagueness of the the whole interview and the movie (given the nature of the new shit that has come to light, man). So i watched them together and a good dose of beer helped me to connect the dots... Only the true appreciators will understand..but then , "you know, that's what you pay me for"!!!!
(this is not a NAMO or AAP support thing....its just that Rahul is more interesting when you want to get amused.)

Rahul :It's not my first interview, but it's my first formal interview of this type.

The Dude :Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

Rahul: I like difficult to tough issues, I like dealing with them.

The Dude: Fuckin' A.

Rahul : To understand that question you have to understand a little bit about who Rahul Gandhi is and what Rahul Gandhi's circumstances have been and if you delve into that you will get an answer to the question of what Rahul Gandhi is scared of and what he is not scared of.

The Dude: That's Fuckin interesting man.

Rahul- You are not answering my question, but I will answer the question and that will give you some insight into how Rahul Gandhi thinks. For that I will have to expand a little bit about my growing up, how I grew up and the circumstances in which I grew up. What I saw when I was a child ,was my father, who was a pilot, and because of circumstances was thrown into the political system and all I saw when was small after my grandmother died was my father in constant-constant combat with the system in India and then I saw him die actually. In my life I have seen my grandmother die, I have seen my father die, I have seen my grandmother go to jail and I have actually been through ........................

The dude:Everything's a fuckin' travesty with you, man!

Rahul: I am here basically for one thing, I see tremendous energy in this country, I see more energy in this country than any other country, I see billions of youngsters and I see this energy is trapped.
The strategy of the party is very simple. Everything we have done over that last 5-10years, in fact if you look all the way back to the freedom movement, every single thing we have ever done is empower people.

The Dude : This is a very complicated case. You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you's. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder's head. Luckily I'm adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug regimen to keep my mind limber.

Rahul: What Rahul Gandhi wants to do, is Rahul Gandhi and millions of youngsters in this country want to change the way the system in this country works. What Rahul Gandhi wants to do is empower the women in this country, wants to unleash the power of these women, I mean we talk about being a superpower...

Dude: Look, just stay away from my fucking lady friend.

Rahul: What I want to do is going forward is basically focus on three things. Focus on empowering our people, truly empowering our people, giving them democratic rights within the political party. I want youngsters who come in and really, really push democracy in the party. I want to empower them and I want to make India, together with everybody, taking everybody together I want to put India on the manufacturing map, I want to make this the centre of manufacturing in the world. I want to make this place at least as much as a manufacturing power as China.

Dude :look, man, I've got certain information, all right? Certain things have come to light. And, you know, has it ever occurred to you, that, instead of, uh, you know, running around, uh, uh, blaming me, you know, given the nature of all this new shit, you know, I-I-I-I... this could be a-a-a-a lot more, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, complex, I mean, it's not just, it might not be just such a simple... uh, you know?
hasn't that ever occurred to you, man? Sir?

Rahul: I do not take my anger which existed on 2 individuals who did something evil and wrong and overlay it on millions of people. I think that's criminal. Did the Sikh riots take place in Delhi? Absolutely. Were they completely wrong? Absolutely
Did innocent people die? Absolutely.The fact of the matter is that innocent people died in 1984 and innocent people dying is a horrible thing and should not happen

The Dude :Fuck sympathy! I don't need your fuckin' sympathy, man, I need my fucking johnson!

Rahul: What I will say is that there are six bills in parliament that are sitting there bring them in. Pass them.

 Dude : that's fuckin interesting man.

Rahul: Prices are a reality...

Dude : funkin A man

Rahul: Yeah, I will win the election
The reason children of politicians keep getting repositioned is because the system is closed. You are not going to change that without opening the system, you are not going to open the system without having processes, the system is not going to open by waving a wand and saying Abracadabra let us open the system.

The Dude : what is the point? Look, we all know who is at fault here, what the fuck are you talking about?

Rahul :You are talking about India, we have had a 1 hour conversation here, you haven't asked me 1 question about how we are going to build this country, how we are going to take this country forward, you haven't asked me one question on how we are going to empower our people, you haven't asked me one question on what we are going to do for youngsters, you are not interested in that.

The Dude : Ahh fuck it.

Rahul: frankly, attack me all you want. Beat me to death. It's not going to stop me. I'm going to keep doing it. And I'm going to ask the questions that are relevant. And you know what, I have thousand people in the Congress party, two thousand people in the party who are working on this stuff. They're not letting go. .... And I'm going to then take the system on. Don't forget that.
women empowerment....six bills...

The Dude: I love you, man, but sooner or later you're gonna have to face the fact that you're a goddamn moron.