Why the Congress Must Go

It is generally true that most of the problems humanity suffers are created by humans. It is also generally true that humans eventually figure out solutions to those problems. However it is important to note that the two sets of humans — the problem-creators and problem-solvers — are disjoint sets. We can paraphrase Einstein’s astute observation: Problems cannot be solved by the same set of institutions and organizations that created them. India’s myriad modern problems have their genesis in one institution alone, the Congress party. In this post, I argue that for India to progress, Congress has to go.

Real Poverty

To set the context, allow me to stress one central fact that we tend to forget. We forget because it is too pervasive and its persistence makes it appear akin to a fact of nature, as if there is a certain inevitability about it. I am talking of India’s desperate poverty.

I am assuming here that India’s desperate poverty is common knowledge. Actually it isn’t. I have spoken to many educated Indians and after only a bit of probing realized that they don’t have a clue about how desperately poor India is. I tell them that if by some miracle (or disaster) we were to distribute all the resources (wealth, income, land, water, etc) absolutely equitably, it would of course eliminate inequality but all Indians will still be desperately poor. We can all agree that there are rich people in India but the numbers are relatively small, and their exceptional condition does not negate the basic truth that India is horrifyingly poor.

That it does not horrify the average Indian is a marvel to behold. I think they don’t find it horrifying partly because they accept it as a natural condition, partly because they have become inured to it, and partly as a coping mechanism through denial.

Poverty not Inevitable

Poverty is not an impossible problem to solve. For most of human history, poverty has been a persistent fact but it does not have to be anymore. The stock of knowledge, the technologies, institutional arrangements, resources both material and financial — all these essential ingredients for the elimination of poverty exists today, and which did not exist say a hundred years ago. One may have been forced to accept widespread poverty then but now accepting it is tantamount to helping in poverty’s persistence.

India has access to the knowledge required to make good policies that will help solve the problems India faces. Technology is easy enough to create, to import, to adopt, to adapt. Resources too India has: land, water, minerals, human capital. Admittedly, it is not too abundant but the resources are more than sufficient for India to be at least a middle-income country (say with per capita annual GDP of around $10k). Some rudimentary institutions are also there. There’s a judicial system. It works at times but it needs major re-engineering. It is overburdened and in some cases corrupt. There are legislative bodies but they are ridden with corruption and ineptitude.

All in all, most of the necessary ingredients exist for India to not have been a desperately poor country. (I keep repeating “desperately” in the hope that it sinks into the subconscious.) So what’s been missing from the list of ingredients?

Flawed Economic Policies

Perhaps the most important lesson that a study of economics teaches is that economic policies matter in how an economy performs. Think about economic policies as a recipe. You may have the all the best ingredients to make a mouthwatering dish, but if your recipe is bad, you are stuck with an unpalatable mess. Or you may have the best ingredients, and the best recipe, but if the cook is third-rate, you are once again looking at one hell of unappetizing disaster.

India is poor. It need not have been. Bad economic policies were followed. These bad economic policies were made by people.

Allow me to quote a couple of smart observers in this context. Brad DeLong, professor of economics at UC Berkeley (whom I admire immensely) wrote in 2001:

The conventional narrative of India’s post-World War II economic history begins with a disastrous wrong turn by India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, toward Fabian socialism, central planning, and an unbelievable quantity of bureaucratic red tape. This ‘license raj’ strangled the private sector and led to rampant corruption and massive inefficiency. As a result, India stagnated until bold neo-liberal economic reforms triggered by the currency crisis of 1991, and implemented by the government of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao and Finance Minister Manmohan Singh, unleashed its current wave of rapid economic growth – growth at a pace that promises to double average productivity levels and living standards in India every sixteen years.

Disastrous wrong turn by . . . Nehru. Keep that in mind. Here’s another assessment made by The Economist in 1991.

The hopes of 1947 have been betrayed. India, despite all its advantages and a generous supply of aid from the capitalist West (whose ‘wasteful’ societies it deplored), has achieved less than virtually any comparable third-world country. The cost in human terms has been staggering. Why has Indian development gone so tragically wrong? The short answer is this: the state has done far too much and far too little. It has crippled the economy, and burdened itself nearly to breaking point, by taking on jobs it has no business doing.

India achieved less than virtually any comparable third-world country. Staggering costs in human terms. Think about those bits. Why?

Arrogant, Ignorant, Dictators

The short answer it that the people at the helm of affairs have been arrogant, dictatorial, ignorant, and stupid. Nehru never listened to wise counsel. Once his mind was filled with socialistic nonsense, he did not deviate. He dictated, and the Congress party which was his fiefdom, followed. When Nehru died, within a short time his daughter Mrs Indira Gandhi (not related to Mahatma Gandhi although I have heard it said that M Gandhi had forced Feroze to change his Khan last name to Gandhi — for what reason I cannot fathom), another dictator, went about mercilessly strangling the Indian economy. She introduced the word “socialist” in the Indian constitution — thus adding steel straps to the straight-jacket that her father had fitted India.

Nehru-Gandhi family’s high-handed, wrong-headed, arrogant, ignorant policies have been entrenched in the Indian economy. The Congress party cannot change those policies. Why? Because to change policies they will have to admit that Nehru was an ignorant dictatorial failure. This they cannot do because their highway to power is built on the myth that Nehru and his descendants (and whoever they happen to be married to) are the wisest leaders that India ever had.

They Cannot Afford to Change

So also, no Nehru-Gandhi descendant can ever advocate policies that are actually good for India. Because any policy that are good for India is antithetical to the policies of the Nehru-Gandhi policies. Implementing good economic policies would be tantamount to committing political suicide for anyone from the Nehru-Gandhi, and by extension, the Congress cannot but continue with the failed policies.

For more on the failed policies, please see “THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF INDUSTRIAL POLICY IN INDIA: ADAPTING TO THE CHANGING DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT” University of Cambridge, Working Paper No. 376 by Ajit Singh. Dec 2008. (The two quote above are from that paper.)

Here’s a bit from the abstract of the paper.

The paper suggests that industrial policy and planned economic development did not come to an end with the deregulation of India’s traditional investment regime in the 1980s and 1990s. . . . India requires a somewhat different industrial policy than that pursued in the Nehru-Mahalanobis era, or that has been followed since then.

I am sure that most of us don’t have the time or the inclination of reading economic papers. What we can do however is to think seriously about what we see going on around us.

Divide and Rule

As I wrote in a previous post, the Congress party inherited the rule of India from the colonial British. They inherited not just the institutions or the legal structure or the economic system: they also inherited the mindset of the British.

The British had a policy of “divide and rule.” The Congress does the same. It is forever dividing the country along caste and religious lines. One of the Nehru-Gandhi family house-boy, Dr Manmohan Singh, even went so far as to state baldly that people of one specific religion have first claim to India’s resources.

But let’s not soil our hands touching filth. So no more about Dr MM Singh.

Redistribution without Production

What really bugs me is the maniacal zeal in redistribution that the Congress has. It just does not understand — just like the communists — that the first thing to do is to create the conditions that will increase the production of goods and services; then redistribution makes some sense. But the Congress does not do so. Why?

My conjecture is that if production increases, then people will not be desperately poor. And if they are not desperately poor, they will become educated. If they become educated, what is uncommon knowledge (that the Nehru-Gandhi family screwed India over) will become common knowledge. If that becomes common knowledge, the people will vote them out.

The Nehru-Gandhi family are not professionally qualified. I doubt that any of them can actually even do a bank teller’s job. (Although they have sufficient stuff stashed away for a comfortable life till the end of time.)

The challenge we have is public education. Some how we have to make sufficient number of voters aware of the immense harm that the Congress party has done and why that party cannot but go down the same track of keeping India desperately poor.

Can Al-Qaeda Solve the Terrorism Problem?

The Congress party led by the Nehru-Gandhi family cannot and will not solve India’s problem because they created the problem in the first place and it was in their narrow selfish interest that they did so. Expecting them to solve the problem is like expecting Al-Qaeda to address the problem of terrorism.

We have a choice: either we bury the Congress party or we bury India. One or the other will happen. Which one is what we have to decide.



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73 replies

  1. ‘Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution’ – Clay Shirky. By this, the Congress would persevere to retain the backward status of Amethi/Rae-Bareily (using the names as a metaphor) so they can keep winning and keep ‘trying to change the system’.

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    • One reader Uberschizo on reading this post tweeted: “Ignoring the fashionable nehru bashing, the agree with the message.”

      That actually epitomizes the problem that I have been trying to address.

      Imagine that a train driver ignores the signal lights and causes a train crash that kills several hundred passengers — an accident that was totally avoidable. After the accident after the mangled bodies have been counted, the shattered families have gone back to mourn in private, someone says, “Let’s ignore the driver’s action and agree that it was a horrible accident that killed hundreds.”

      How can one ever disassociate what Nehru did from what horrors hundreds of millions have had to endure their entire lives?

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  2. I dont see any indication that people are willing bury this party. It will need something catastrophic to happen. It can only be bought by a chance and accident. Lets hope it happens soon, else Congress is busy hitting nails into India’s coffin.

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  3. Atanu,

    This is at the risk of annoying you, but if you remember I had tried to illustrate (with my very limited understanding of economics) that: total number of people required to produce all the goods & services needed to fulfill all the needs of Indian population is less than the available workforce. This causes disguised & apparent unemployment. So though as you rightly pointed out India does have resources, their conversion into goods does not require as many people as are available. So on what pretext would people be paid?

    This is a very genuine doubt I have. It might sound like a leftist argument, but I truly feel India is doomed to remain poor till the population density remains high.

    Very much looking forward to your views on this. Thanks!

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  4. Well on that M Gandhi – Feroze issue I read somewhere that Nehru had some reservation regarding Feroze and Kamla Nehru was against their marriage maybe because of his Muslim identity so M Gandhi suggested that he will adopt Feroze so that he can be accepted by Nehru.

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  5. Interesting post! I agree that we are certainly not utilising the resources to full potential. Due to corruption at all levels of the government bodies, the money which is actually used for development is a minor percentage of the allocated amount.

    But my question is ‘Is removing Congress the solution?’ and ‘Is there any other party which can actually build India?’

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  6. Unfortunately Atanu, Congress is here to stay. See I am in the Construction and Real estate buisness and I get to meet people from all walks of life, right from the labourer on the site to the high profile gliterati.
    I remeber meeting a group of college students once while travelling from Delhi to Hyderabad. All these kids could not stop counting the greatness of the Congress Party. They considered the Congress Party and its leaders (as if they qualify as leaders in the first place, as people they can identify with. They felt that Rahul Gandhi was a man with a vision for India. Now this was the proverbial last straw for me and I started laughing at the proposition. When I asked these people exactly what was so great about the Congress they just could not answer me and pointed out to one of Rahul baba’s stunts when he was doing “shramdan”.
    The poor people feel that Congress is the only political party that cares for them. Now this is not the truth, however perception matters a lot. The pysche of the Indian man is such that you can’t convince him with logic, facts or figures. Indians have a heard mentality and there is nothing you can do about it. Why do you think that Congress has been ruling this country for the last so many decades?
    Look Atanu there were always people like you who would shout out loud to people and no one would iisten to them and when something got screwed up, they would always blame it on Karma.
    Its a vicious circle my friend, and its very difficult to get out of this circle. The only way out of this circle is a revolution, however considering that our country is excessively diverse you can count that option out!

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  7. This is my first visit here.
    Very interesting, will come back.

    indiaoftomorrow.blogspot.com

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  8. This country never stayed for together for even 100 years. History says that it the current India was not ever ever ruled by a
    single raja, maharaja, emperor or whatever for even years – from Ashoka to Akbar to pre-British era. Only British were able to rule it. Because, they clearly understood the psyche of this nation and understood how divided the country is on region, religion, and caste lines.

    If you want to keep Congress out, it is just wishful thinking. It is not going to work. Congress thrives on psedu-secularism, nepotism, dynasty and unholy alliances. And that is what exactly the regional parties of various states in India, be it – Mamata Banerjee of TMC or CPI-M from West Bengal or DMK/AIDMK from TamilNadu or TDP from Andhra.

    Who is your alternative to Congress and how you propose to rule India? BJP is long dead. And India is too divided to ruled by a single party and the leaders along with lot of fanatical regional elements are hell bent on getting their pound of flesh. In fact, in contemporary India, it is the right thing to do to uplift the region (like what a Mamata Banerjee or a DMK party is doing – well they are not doing with 100% honesty, but they are).

    The same pattern British exploited and all these people (really intelligent) understood that, it is good to be a party to the British than oppose it. And hence, the metros – first catpure was Calcutta, then Madras, then Mumbai and finally Delhi. The current crop of politicians are doing the exactly the same thing what British did and they want to keep their generation safe and some cities where they can stack away their wealth.

    That is the tragedy of India. It is a miracle that this country is together for 62 years. God, I can not believe it. How come it is possible? One simple reason is so called economic growth (which very people are getting now) and all traitors are aligned at the center to get their evil designs carried out for few more decades before this country runs into anarchy.

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  9. OT, Indira Gandhi not only made the 42nd amendment to the constitution of India to add Socialist but also Secular. This amendment also meant that (from wiki)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_amendments_of_the_Constitution_of_India
    “Amendment passed during internal emergency by Indira Gandhi. Provides for curtailment of fundamental rights, inposes fundamental duties and changes to the basic structure of the constitution by making India a “Socialist Secular” Republic”

    Really unfortunate that Janata Party couldnt repeal this amendment. And this amendemnt was done despite Kesavananda Bharti vs State of Kerala dispute to to avoid changes in basic structure. In this case this was with respect to Right to Property. When I came across this some time ago, I was startled by the audacity of this Gandhi.

    This case is another example of problems with judicial system in India.

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  10. Atanu and Sundried atheist,

    I have a small theory on how the world works. Please do not laugh, I’m very serious about it.

    A vast majority of people have an IQ between 100 to 110. Everyone gets intellectually stimulated when faced with something slightly difficult to understand. Say, ideas produced by minds with IQ 115 to 120 would stimulate those with IQ 100-110 as they would find them slightly difficult to understand. And since they would find these ideas hard to grasp, they automatically consider the idea-generator as brilliant, & get impressed. These ‘ideas’ could be anything – sarcasm, humor, plots for stories or TV serials or movies, hypotheses, poetic metaphors, and even development plans.

    But enter a person with IQ 140 & his best ideas would be totally lost upon those with IQ 100-110. They cannot understand them, and get emotionally distanced. So unfortunately ideas that find greatest currency are those that correspond to IQ 115. Yes, those with significantly greater IQ can succeed, but only by bringing the quality of their ideas down to 115.

    This phenomenon can be seen everywhere. You tell people, “the Universe is so complex that to create it a God must have been required” and people will shake their heads, but if you ask, “who created such a complex God, then?” & the response would be “God is so great he created himself & the Universe”!

    You show fossils and structural similarities & tell people, “step by step apes got transformed into humans over generations” (this’ inaccurate), best idea people come up with is, “hmm… some intelligence transformed them into humans with incremental improvements”. But the moment you apply a bit of lateral thinking and say, “changes were not always ‘good’; some random mutations got selected because other mutations led to early death &/or relative inability to reproduce” (survival of the fittest), and over 50% of population (if American statistics are to be believed) reject the second explanation, because it requires greater mental work!

    Every single thing that has made Nehru-Gandhis popular corresponds to 115 IQ, right from the idea that nonviolence made British leave India!

    Most of our social structures are unsuitable for people of very high intelligence. Hence, so few of them are ultimately successful unless they pretend to be dumb (e.g. SRK – don’t hate me for considering him significantly more intelligent than the average!). And no, Rahul mostly isn’t pretending! 🙂

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  11. Sundried atheist,

    You changed your mind from the last post? Or are you striking distinction between the part & the family?

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  12. Ketan could you be little more specific with regards to your query.
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    s far as my above post is concerned I am merely expressing my anguish at the state of affairs of my people who just don’t want to learn and just keep on getting fooled by one conman after the other.
    In my concluding part where I addressed Atanu I was merely saying that countless people like us have come and faded away who tried to change the way people think or at least make people think for starters.
    All in all change can’t come till people don’t desire change. Desiring something is the first step and then comes working towards the fulfillment of your desires. I somehow put the onus of this mentality on the theory of Karma which tells people that this is not the end and there is more to come. This leads to the weakening of the moral of men and hence does not leave much reason for people to take an initiative.
    Of course I could be wrong but then again this is just an opinion and opinions can be contrary to facts.

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  13. Getting rid of the Congress is not the answer.

    The problem is that every party in India thinks like a socialist. It is ingrained in our blood for many years.

    There is little evidence that the states ruled by non Congress governments have done better. Even when the BJP was in power for 5 years, there was no perceptible change in the policies. (Remember Murli Manohar Joshi and IIM)

    What is really required, as mentioned in your previous post, is a sustained education campaign. A strong debate between supporters of lassie faire capitalism and socialism as practiced in India. The public needs to know that the first is truly the better system. Sadly that is not the case today.

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  14. Ketan
    >>>total number of people required to produce all the goods & services needed to fulfill all the needs of Indian population is less than the available workforce

    As the standard of living increases, people will ‘find the need’ for more sophisticated things. So there will always be the need for newer skills and more resources. Things will balance out. And as standard of living increases, the growth in population will taper off as well.

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  15. sugat,
    I thought Feroz was a Parsi and not a muslim. Parsis (iranian Zorashtrians) were gencided by muslims back then and some fled to India seeking refuge there. A gujarati king had asked them to integrate by switching to native languages but with assurances of religious freedom. They agreed and we have now Tatas in India as a result.

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  16. is india that lucky that congress will ever go quickly? Indians are cursed and the curse remains inforce so long as congress is in power, may it be in delhi or in state.

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  17. Whether congress goes away or not is a decision of the people and not some arm chair communist activists.

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  18. “not some arm chair communist activists.”

    Piyush, your reading comprehension cracked me up

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  19. >> …I thought Feroz was a Parsi and not a muslim…

    Surya, Feroz was indeed a Muslim, son of a Muslim father Nawab Khan and Parsi Mother, who converted to Islam after marriage.

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  20. Sundried atheist,

    Sorry, there was a typo in my question to you. I’d meant ‘party‘ and not ‘part’. In your comment on the prior post you had argued that Rahul Gandhi won’t be able to survive politics, & here you’ve argued Congress will never go away. I find both positions somewhat contradictory. 🙂

    I’m not sure if you had meant morale in your comment. But if you had indeed meant morals (as in ethics), then I totally agree.

    I do not know what role theory of Karma has played in Indian society. One thing I could make out is, it’s led to sharp stratification in the society. Let me explain.

    It is very commonplace to hear someone say, “how dare he (e.g., a waiter) speak to me like that!”. The expressed disgust would not be so much for what subjectively offensive thing was spoken, but for who the speaker was. Things become offensive depending on the perceived status of the speaker. Immediate corollary is, if same thing were to be said by someone of ‘higher’ status, it would be less/not offensive. I’ve not encountered a usage similar to ‘do kaudi ka insaan’ in the English language. People with surprising degree of conviction consider others to be second rate or something lesser than themselves, as if they have lesser right to live! When I tried to dig deeper into the psychology of this conviction, I felt it had to do with the theory of Karma.

    What theory of karma (i.e., whatever happens to you in this lifetime is the outcome of your past lives’ deeds) does is, it attaches automatic past bad deeds (and contempt) to someone’s current ‘low’ status (largely determined by money & number of people envying you) & an automatic respect (owing to assumed past good deeds) for ‘high’ status (irrespective of whether it’s obtained through ethical means or not). This makes people desperate to be seen high status, using even unethical means if required.

    However, by theory of karma you meant, “keep on doing your duty without expecting the fruit”, then I think it’s quite a defeatist statement to make. But I’ve not seen it influence people much. It’s invoked only when someone seems to be struggling without result. But this proposition raises an important question – who gets to decide our duties?!! Surprise, suprise! Kings & priests of the yore! That’s how they had been able to prevent uprisings & inspire servile attitude among masses. Of course, that’s my conjecture.

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  21. Point taken Ketan. I understand that my previous post and my current post do sound contradictory. However when I say that the Congress is here to stay I don’t really mean the Gandhi family. Look evil does not require the physical presence of a person to survive.
    All it requires is the continuation and the propagation of an evil philosophy. Let me give you an example, Islam was invented an evil seveth century barbarian called Muhammad. It has been almost fourteen centuries eversince he died. However his legacy which is Mohammadenism is alive and kicking to this day.
    Likewise even if the Gandhi clan were to perish, the evil that they have left behind will not die.

    As for your question regardin the seperation between the family and the party, well I really don’t see the difference. The post Indepence Congress Party is following the standard set up Jawaharlal Nehru. His legacy refuses to die and even is his descendants were to all dissapear from the face of this earth his legacy would live on for a very long time to come through his followers who have and are benifitting from conning the masses in this country.

    I hope I have been able to clarify my position!

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  22. @SA

    Congress indeed is here to stay despite all it’s sins.

    I feel the reasons are:

    1. Over the long period of time it has ensured that the vast majority of are idiots. These also include the most educated people. Half the people around us only pretend to be intelligent, well-read and knowledgeable.These people think that “RG is a visionary” etc.

    2. The people who have the ability to change the system are the beneficiaries of the evils of this party. Because they benefit they have rationalized everything in their own psyche.

    3. Despite all this many people understand that the party is corrupt and responsible for several bad things that happen in our country. But these people has also learned to live with it. These people have accepted congress as their masters and they dont wish to challenge it.

    I feel that India’ decline is inevitable.

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  23. Atanu,

    I think your overzealousness is now bordering on insanity. Just repeating something a million times, doesn’t make a sound argument. The congress leaders did what they thought to be good economic policy in the times they lived. And so did hundreds of other countries including countries in Europe, Russia, China, and many more. And eliminating congress today is not going to magically cure all of India’s problems. Politicians are politicians no matter which political party they belong to. They will do what personally benefits them the most. And I think corrupt is probably better than insane, i.e., a corrupt Congress is probably a million times better than insane communists leading India.

    GP

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  24. any info on what prince rahuls position on HIS own faith? How do Indians living in India perceive him, a catholic like his mom or a muslim like his dad? Surya, Chicago

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  25. It in the genes. Indian genes are genes of slaves. From last 1000 years we were killed raped and plundered by the hordes from the West. Then there were the British. Now it is our very own Congress who can fool everyone. I have lot of admiration for this party which can fool all the people all the times.

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  26. GP. And you think you are not insane. Do start hoping for something better than corrupt. No harm in hoping and calling a wrong a wrong. What a justification for the corrupt ; they are better than the insane. Silly

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  27. , no Nehru-Gandhi descendant can ever advocate policies that are actually good for India. Because any policy that are good for India is antithetical to the policies of the Nehru-Gandhi policies.

    Well the family seems to have made a career for themselves as political “leeches”–. After Nehru this is the third college drop out who is the leader of a political party in India. At least in developed democracies the party leaders are at least college educated (not to say education ends with a college degree but you know what I mean). Is it a wonder that with such people given so much power that India itself begins to turn out mediocre like the family? I mean as role models even, at least you have to appear a bit intelligent. I don’t blame them–but the servile folk who make such people leaders. When your leaders ooze mediocrity, and make policies that are harmful, you realize that loyalty to the state is futile, and the state represents no principle that commands any loyalty. What is left is for people to be loyal to the traditional structures that sustained civilization in India in the face of various attacks–but this is dangerously being eroded by the fake ideals and mythologies created by Congress since independence….

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  28. @GP,

    Out of 60 years congress screwed it up over and over again and still continue to do so.. much after the initial damage was done by Nehru. Her daughter did the remaining damage. Had it been 5 years, 10 years, 15 years or 20 years.. Indians are large hearted to forgive but if it is 60 years of bad rule with the same mind set that nehru and his psychophants and his brethern had then something is seriously wrong. What amazes me is till date every govt scheme (JNNURM, NREGA, JRY) every second university(JNU, JIPMER, IGNOU), every third road, every 4th airport(IGA) every 5th bridge (bandra worli sea link after Rajiv Gandhi) continues to be named after either Jawaharlal or Randira Gandhi. God has cursed this nation.

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  29. @ Surya

    Probably like Nehru he too is born in a brothel unbeknown to his father and mother.

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  30. It in the genes. Indian genes are genes of slaves. From last 1000 years we were killed raped and plundered by the hordes from the West. Then there were the British. Now it is our very own Congress who can fool everyone. I have lot of admiration for this party which can fool all the people all the times.

    Thats right. India will never change because the population does not have the will–and their apathy and passivity is called “tolerance”. Tell me in what other democracy does the same family keep being the leaders of a party? A family that for three generations of its rule is not even college educated? what you see in India is the vision of such leaders translated. Its not about being foreign or a woman or what not–its about having no qualifications or vision or proper education to be in politics. I am surprised that Indians don’t seem to critique the family on this ground. I would gladly accept a foreigner to rule if they have the vision and qualification to do something good for India. This family brings nothing new to the table but keeps on being elected. Yes HIndus who have been slaves for 1000 years will accept such leaders. I expect even worse for India down the line. Perhaps they will be gradually be ruled by the Chinese?

    Also I don’t see the Congress going away that easily. It has turned India into a nanny state–and people expect handouts from the government which stays in power by giving handouts of the surplus instead of investing it in infrastructure or education. Also Congress has initiated the culture of psychophancy in the political culture which has been ingrained deeply in the last sixty years and will not go away easily. It will stay in power by literally buying power (by handing out cash for votes and other affirmative action schemes) and controlling media–As someone says why blame the party, are they not a reflection of the people who puts them in power in the first place?

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  31. @Loknath
    >> God has cursed this nation!

    Which god btw?:P No, Loknath, it’s not the god, but us – the citizens who r to be blamed for the pathetic condition India is in, even after 60 years of independence ‘coz as they say you get, what you deserve, and as Larissa has beautifully articulated, in the comment above, we have the genes of slave, we always are looking for approval from the west – ‘white-skin’ complex :(. See how many commercials run on TV and print media about getting fair and beautiful, as if being not fair is a curse and will be looked down upon, which btw is not surprising given our subjugation by British, the white masters, who ultimately succeeded in turning us, the natives, against our own culture, belief and tradition, thanks to the McCauley system of education.

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  32. “no some arm chair communist activists”

    hahaha.. seriously morons galore!! no wonder congress rules

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  33. @ Larissa
    “Indian genes are genes of slaves.”
    Does such a pathetic attempt at explaining a social condition through eugenics deserve a response; or maybe it is sarcasm heavily influenced by a self-hating fatalistic attitude regularly seen in Indians having an IQ marginally above the average.

    Even if we were brutalized by barbarians for the last 1000 years did we give up; didn’t we choose to die rather than surrender to the barbarian ethos; didn’t we time and again revolt against tyranny? Sure we have been brain-washed into eulogising a pathetic interpretation of non-violence and tolerance and most of us do consider themselves to be the children of a false prophet but please don’t blame that on our genes; if anything social conditioning is to blame.

    We are what we choose to be and history has shown us time and again that a handful of people with guts have won, not just on the battlefield but in the political arena as well.
    It is not a matter of genes, it is a matter of attitude.
    Something we would all do well to remember.

    Every king springs from a race of slaves, and every slave had kings among his ancestors. – Plato

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  34. Well those were not my words–I was responding to an earlier post by someone–I cannot seem to find the post right now as it’s buried. I guess I forgot to put it in quotes but was responding to this person’s thought in the next paragraph. Obviously I meant to say that the person who wrote the comment is correct in a metaphorical sense in that HIndus have been accustomed to being ruled by outsiders, and now by a party whose ideals are artificially transplanted…hence their passivity and apathy.

    Well Hindus have been under slavery for 1000 years–but its remarkable that they have not fully lost their identity–unlike many other peoples in history who did in such circumstances…

    There are many HIndus who resisted and resist until today….I am just saying that Hindus have a very tragic experience as peoples when you think about their brutal history–

    I mostly meant to say that today Hindus are not a united front due to being in slavery for 1000 years–

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  35. “I mostly meant to say that today Hindus are not a united front due to being in slavery for 1000 years”

    There never was a time when Hindus were united. Even Abhrahmic religions have proven unsucessful at times in uniting people under the banner of one God and one faith, let alone Hinduism.
    It was never the purpose of Hinduism to lead masses, nor was its purpose to unite people inorder to conquer others lands, hence the entire premise of this assumption that Hindus are not united is meaningless.

    The goal of Hinduism is the search for the truth which is a lonely path and not the creation of an order that unites at the call from the minaret. Ofcourse there have been several great hindu leaders throughout the ages who have united kingdoms to fight against the common agressor. The commentor Kautiya borrows his name from one of those thinkers who stood up and took the challange of fighting against these agressors who dared to trespass our motherland.

    If Hindus are to be united, it is not Hindu theology that will unite them but the feeling of fighting against an evil so dark that will blot out the very existance of freedom of though that is an integral part of the Hindu ethos.

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  36. Long live congress. Long live india.

    Antanu & All, I am not sure how good you understand management of running a business and nation. None of big businesses started a float by Harvard graduate that’s in Forbes’s list even today. Dhirbuabhai, Tata, Birla None were super duper IIM gold medal grades.

    I think most of Congress haters here are way poor in history. Most successful rulers either have king’s blood or have inherited some of the ruling scents. This Robinhood story readers easily forget though Some were look like hero for a while,none were successful rulers for a long time.

    I do not authenticate but i know motilal nehru gave some monetary assistance to this nation during our independence. This family knows, understands and can manage this country so well though there are plenty of problems.

    i will ask how many of you have ever occupied public chair of listening to even 1000 people. I bet none of above commentator’s even have slightest of understanding of how politics work. Sitting in comfy chair in AC office in front of computer reading all kind of media and then opinion absurd is what i see very easy.

    i would say, find me single person in any party who has best experience running this big mess(three generations), who simply denies offer to accept highest post of indian political system though she is most eligible to(just to respect small pseudo hindu population), understands the real poor people and their basic needs though the schemes been for fronted by govt doesn’t goes through well (if you are not social why do you help your friends and family? ), whose government is focused on development in this era of century, providing highest financial support to BJP’s government of gujarat compare to congress government of other state. No so called BJP-Secular mindset has an answer.

    How many times you see news story or media coverage or photos of Sonia Rahul. mostly None. In Gujarat i dont see any media TV, paper or Radio, 5 Km stretch of road or any cross roads in smallest town without picture or photos or sound of publicity passionate Nareandra Modi. who pays for it? why do you need so much advertising? is BJP afraid that this is last nail of their sinking ship?

    On other note i am fan of what Narendra Modi does for Gujarat but not what he does for the sake of publicity of every small thing.

    by the way, I am US citizen, studied almost tuition free in college of engineering with national merit scholarship and being part of well reputed Political family associated with BJP for quite a long time. to conclude my post i would say, Congress will stay in power because they have Doctorates of running a nation, which others just are at learning ABCD of this.

    Vande Mataram, Jai Hind,

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  37. @Larissa
    My intention was not to be harsh with anybody but to merely speak out against the deplorable self-hating remarks that we frequently come across nowadays. Although that in itself may mean that we are finally waking up to our pathetic condition, which is the first step towards remedying the situation.

    @Sundried Atheist
    “If Hindus are to be united, it is not Hindu theology that will unite them but the feeling of fighting against an evil so dark…”

    I completely agree with you, whatever our superficial differences we all cherish Freedom and Truth(at least in theory). All those who threaten these two cardinal principles of our civilizational ethos need to be challenged.
    And BTW we are not disunited because of slavery; our failure to unite against a common enemy led us to slavery.

    The ancient Greek city states were faced with a similar challenge. They did not allow their internal rivalries or differences to come in the way. They united against the vast Persian army and routed it. They made the necessary sacrifices for it – the Battle of Thermopylae is a fascinating example.

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  38. nilesh patel, the moron speaketh

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  39. Hi Atanu,

    I just came across your blog and instantly liked your posts. I though, I might share some thoughts with you. Since last few days I have been thinking a lot about the “Indian mentality”. Finding a way around the problems instead of tackling them head on is what I call the Indian mentality. If we go back in time, we realize that India was all powerful until the reign of the great king Ashoka. After the Kalinga war, he decided to patronize buddhism. That according to me was the end of the powerful India. Even though, India remained a hindu country, the principles of buddhism got etched into the mind of the indians. Krishna asked Arjuna to fight his own cousins because that was the right thing to do. Compare that to Gandhiji – he offers the other chin if someone slaps him on one chin. That is precisely what has led to downfall of India. We need to come out of this mentality. What do you think?

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  40. There is only one solution:

    Those who care to solve India’s problems AND (a big “and”) have the capacity to understand how the world works AND are willing to listen to others with sounds ideas need to impact politics in India. This can be through various means such as vociferous propagation of sound ideas, mobilizing voters to hold leaders accountable, or entering politics and become elected leaders. It will not be easy. It will not be quick. But, I see no other way but to impact politics in every way possible.

    Everything else is just intellectual masturbation.

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  41. Kautilya,

    No regrets from your comment. Ultra genius or Fools do speak absurd. without explanations i assume you fall for later.

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  42. Nilesh I found some of your points worth talking about so here we are:

    Antanu & All, I am not sure how good you understand management of running a business and nation. None of big businesses started a float by Harvard graduate that’s in Forbes’s list even today. Dhirbuabhai, Tata, Birla None were super duper IIM gold medal grades.”

    Are you saying that its okay to run a country like a fiefdom, just like the buisnessmen you have listed above. In that case you should be living Saudi Arabia and not in a democracy.

    “I think most of Congress haters here are way poor in history. Most successful rulers either have king’s blood or have inherited some of the ruling scents. This Robinhood story readers easily forget though Some were look like hero for a while,none were successful rulers for a long time.”

    Now you just being judgemental about others without knowing muych about them. By what capacity did you decide that the commentors in this forum are weak in history? You seem to have a rabid mentality that propogates the virtues of “despotism”, “Nepotism” and you sure have a slave mentality, whrein theslave follows his masters and considers his descendants fit only to be ruled by his masters.

    “I do not authenticate but i know motilal nehru gave some monetary assistance to this nation during our independence. This family knows, understands and can manage this country so well though there are plenty of problems.”

    Maybe he did so, what does that prove? Absolutely nothing. Are you saying that Motilal Nehru was the only person to contribute fiancially to India’s freedom struggle. You say this “family:” understands this country really well. Here I agree with you, because this family knows how to con this country and its people and this is precisely the reason why we are living under such miserable conditions.

    “I will ask how many of you have ever occupied public chair of listening to even 1000 people. I bet none of above commentator’s even have slightest of understanding of how politics work. Sitting in comfy chair in AC office in front of computer reading all kind of media and then opinion absurd is what i see very easy.”

    Maybe we don’t, but does that take the right of speaking against an evil, tyranical family that has been bleeding this country since the last sixty years ort any other tyrant for that matter.
    Maybe you have listen to to a thousand people, would you like to share you own experinces with us or were you just making an off the cuff remark here.

    “I would say, find me single person in any party who has best experience running this big mess(three generations), who simply denies offer to accept highest post of indian political system though she is most eligible to(just to respect small pseudo hindu population), understands the real poor people and their basic needs though the schemes been for fronted by govt doesn’t goes through well (if you are not social why do you help your friends and family? ), whose government is focused on development in this era of century, providing highest financial support to BJP’s government of gujarat compare to congress government of other state. No so called BJP-Secular mindset has an answer.”

    Well who says that Sonia is not ruling this country. Its common knowlege that Sardarji with a blue turban is just a puppet. By the way what do you mean by a “pseudo Hindu” population, a clarification would be good, or are you generalizing again. By the way what quelifications does Sonia have to rule this country, besides belonging to the “master Race” and being a Catholic?
    As for BJP, what makes you think that we support BJP here, or are you assuming it again that we are the megphones for BJP just like you are a megaphone for Congress. I am sorry my dear, but we here speak independantly and of our own free will. Unlike you we are free thinkers and not people who have the mentality of a slave.

    ‘How many times you see news story or media coverage or photos of Sonia Rahul. mostly None. In Gujarat i dont see any media TV, paper or Radio, 5 Km stretch of road or any cross roads in smallest town without picture or photos or sound of publicity passionate Nareandra Modi. who pays for it? why do you need so much advertising? is BJP afraid that this is last nail of their sinking ship?”

    Pooh! Pooh! we get to see the Congress Party and Madam Sonia and her son get the maximum milleage in the Indian media, maybe you have not seen a newspaper since the last couple of decades. Not that you can blame us for your shortcomming.
    Again, why do you raise questions about the BJP? Why do you automatically assume that just because we oopose tyranny and facism, such as that supported by you, we automatically become BJP meghaphones.

    “by the way, I am US citizen, studied almost tuition free in college of engineering with national merit scholarship and being part of well reputed Political family associated with BJP for quite a long time. to conclude my post i would say, Congress will stay in power because they have Doctorates of running a nation, which others just are at learning ABCD of this.”

    By the way, I own most of the US and I also happen to be nominated for next spekeman for UN. George Bush is a distant cousin of mine and I share a drink with the king of Saudi Arabia every weekend. I guess that makes my bet better than yours, doesn’t it.
    You might be a good Engineer, as you claim, but your logic clearly sucks and so does you worldview. Maybe you need to get more education and understanding into how a democracy works. Then maybe after a few decades of reading you would understand what a living democracy is all oabout, and if you are lucky enough, maybe, just before you pass on you would come to appreaciate what we say.

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  43. @Nilesh
    >>…by the way, I am US citizen, studied almost tuition free in college of engineering with national merit scholarship…

    Nilesh bhai, since you are a US citizen, I am tempted to ask you in that ooooh sooo ‘Amerikan’ slang: Are you smoking a joint or what?😀 Methink u are, ‘coz you just seem to have turned a blind eye as to how CON-gress and its brand of politics has driven India to the brink of disaster, that even after sixty years of independence, people in rural India have to trudge miles and miles to get water, that we still have a literacy rate hovering around 50% (btw, thats another story in itself as how to how ‘educated’ & ‘literate’ these so called 50% are — moreso like you IMO :), as they fail to see which direction the country is headed in after CON-gress coming to power by hook and crook!), that we still lack basic medical facilities to provide for to the neediest of our citizens, that problems ranging from Kashmir, Maoist, terrorism et al are all the gift of you favorite party CON-gress to India.

    So Nilesh bhai, keep you ‘enlightened’ views to yourself, and don’t try to impress us, the lesser mortals, by your so-called ‘achievements’. And oh, those achievements of yours were for your own personal and professional gains, not for this country of ours – India, about whose misery you seem to be reveling in smug satisfaction.

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  44. Chanakya P, I do appreaciate your views. All those who are familiar with Japanese history will know that it is one of the very few countries that suceeded in thrawting attempts of Western Christian Imperialism from its lands.

    You every Imperialistic ideology, whether it is Islam, Christianity or Communism (Maxism and Communism are basically offshoots of Christianity) uses the same means to subdue nations. Islam is a little different from the others, since it does not pretend to be something it is not and hence is a more visible enemy.
    Christian Imperialism which in the past devastated Africa and the America is now searching for new lands.
    The Congress party’s top leadership consists of two kinds of people, the Christians and the Dogmatic Atheists who hate India’s culture to the very core. Sonia’s top advisors are all Christians, and you can verify this but taking a look at the very nature of the top Congress Comittee.
    To Christianize India has been the dream of the Western Imperialist and now with the Christians in power, this dream is slowly coming true. Tribal belts of Chota Nagpur, The North East, Andhra, the dang district of Gujarat and Mahrashtra, amogst others have been completely Christianized.
    The motto for Christianization is simple, to remove the racial memories of a people. So while my gradad considered Rama and Krishna heroes, my son shall he desire to become a Christian will hold Abhraham as his idol.
    What does this Abhraham and that Moses have to do with my racial memory, absolutely nothing. However by subplanting foreign heroes to the racial memory of a nation, these Imperialist achive many goals. The prime goal being that of buying the alleigeince of people over to the other side. It is fairly logical say that most Christians are and have been acting as the 5th column for Western Imperialists througout the ages.
    A second or third generation convert to Christianity has absolutely no idea as to who his ancestors were and he finds himself more attached to the Western Civilization and even claims it as his own.
    Those who don’t get converted are atleast reduced to spiritual slavery and the acceptance of the superiority of the Western World.

    Thus if we have to fight these demons, we first need to have a clear picture of who we are and then to transmit this picture to the next generation. Till the time we keep ourselves busy with the toys that the Western people give us to play, we can never truly be a free people. That is to say, know thyself and thy enemies shall be revieled to yo.

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  45. “…we first need to have a clear picture of who we are and then to transmit this picture to the next generation.”

    It might be a bit difficult for a lay man like me considering the fact that our history has been consistently rewritten and modified by the “Congresslaves” and the Communist-Marxist quislings who don’t hesitate to murder our past to suit their purpose. On the other hand a few so-called rightist ideologues make things worse when they try to disprove them because of their lack of scholastic depth or intellectual honesty. There are very few authors whom one can rely on. So the going is painfully slow. One has to continuously dig through a mountain of matter before getting a balanced(or true) version of the past. Any ideas on how to rectify this?

    “Marxism and Communism are basically offshoots of Christianity”.

    Although my knowledge of both is limited I couldn’t find much in common. Could you please elaborate on that. If the space doesn’t permit can you refer to any publicly available sources which we could go through.

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  46. “Although my knowledge of both is limited I couldn’t find much in common. Could you please elaborate on that. If the space doesn’t permit can you refer to any publicly available sources which we could go through.”

    The history of Communism, Rationalism and their intertwining with Christianity are very old and there is a lot of detail, figures and facts involved.
    Allow me to take you for a brief walk through the development of Rationalism in Europe.
    See in Post Renaisance Europe when industrialization started on a very big scale, there came a generation of European thinkers called the Rationalists and the Emipiricist.
    The the purpose of rationalism was to discover knowledge by means of the intellect and to throw out all the knowlege that was “possibly true”. Rene Decartes, who can be considered as the pioneer in Rational
    thought,introduced his method of “methodical doubt” in his first meditation and then in his second meditation, he finally finds the one “necessary truth” that he cannot doubt no matter what.
    The top three rationalists of their time were Decartes, Leibniz, and Spinoza while the top three empiricists on the other hand were Locke, Berkley, and Hume.
    The empiricists were philosophers who believed that experience, and not reason, was the way to discover truths.
    And then came Immanuel Kant, who tried to synthesize a philosphy by combining the best elements of rationalism and emipiricism.

    Many of these thinkers tried to prove the Christian faith correct by using emipirical data and rational thought. Sadly most them had to tear out a better part of the Bible inorder to prove it to be rational, emipirically provable, humane and moral.

    This lead to a feeling of disgust and finally lead to loathing for Christianity.

    Now as far as Maxism is concerned it came as a by product of the trials of the rationalists to try and prove that there is a rational being who controls our lives. When these trials failed it ultimately lead to disillusionment which lead to the growth in Atheism and finally the declaration that “man has no invisible means of support” and religion is there only to give power to the classes inorder to subdue the masses.

    However as that might be, there are many Christian Maxists who quote and use the Bible as a means to defend Maxism and claim that Jesus was actually a revolutionary.

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  47. Sundried Athiest: I’d like to correspond with you. if thats ok, you can email me sriramb12 at gmail dot com
    thanks
    sriram

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  48. Larissa,
    please read Voltaires’ candide’ which depicts heinous religiopolitical rummage of europe and south america by both jesuits and mohemmedans. its a 1700- 1800s setting delving into authors life itself. A very small book i could finish in 2 days makes a compelling reading.Hindus had paid dearly we know so did many others.Philip Jenkins from Penn State Unv.(google for his interviews) published this week his own book comparing and chiding both these religions.cheers.

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  49. Nilesh,to dispel your myth about this blog, let me assure you most of the bloggers here do live in US and have a lot more univ qualifications than u can think of acquiring for yourself… so cool down and learn the facts first. Your knowledge of Indian history is laughable….Bush quipped once’ watch and learn’ when a reporter asked about the desert storms strategy.. surya, chicago

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