Does FoE mean doing country’s ma-ki-behen-ki with impunity?

Among intellectuals and liberals it has become a fashion to say everything under the sun against the country, the Army, the cultural nuances of the majority community and disparaging festivals and traditions again, of the majority community.

These proclivities would have seemed a normal behavioural pattern had they been uniform in their condemnation for the so-called “backward” practices and repressive tactics. They don’t find Pakistan repressive but defined India repressive. The don’t find Muslim and Christian festivals of offending but they find Hindu festivals offending. They want Jammu and Kashmir to go to Pakistan. They are constantly berating the Indian state while turning a blind eye to the indiscretions of the Pakistani and the Chinese governments.

This Indian express article laments the fact that “intellectuals” like Nivedita Menon of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Rajshree Ranawat of the Jai Narain Vyas University of Jodhpur are being targeted for giving anti-India speeches in front of students.

Police FIRs have been filed against them and there have been protests against such individuals.

Should the so-called intellectuals and liberals be able to say what they want to say in the name of scholarship? Yes.

But if they are going to adapt a bipartisan attitude then they must face the consequences. When they begin to choose sides instead of remaining scholarly, then they have to bear the brunt. If they start pitching one community against the other, one of the communities is going to retaliate and when communities retaliate, they don’t retaliate in a scholarly fashion. Sad, but a reality.

I wouldn’t say I’m a scholar, but I respect scholarship. I believe scholars are the backbone of every civilization. But are these scholars? This is a question that we need to answer first.

If they are going to raise accusing fingers than they can’t decide how the others are going to react. In the name of FoE they’re constantly instigating anti-India forces and they can’t expect the society to simply rant and do nothing. The repercussions for their “FoE”can be serious and they should be prepared for that. If they think that ours is a repressive state, then they are obviously being proven right, so what are they complaining about?

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The Indian Express needlessly tried to create a rift between the Indian blind cricket team and Virender Sehwag

Recently the Indian blind cricket team beat Pakistan by 9 wickets and again won the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup title. To congratulate them, the former cricketer Virendra Sehwag posted a Twitter message and used the hashtag #OtherMenInBlue.

Someone at the Indian Express took it upon himself or herself to feel offended and then attribute the offense to the captain of the blind Indian cricket team Ajay Kumar Reddy.

A report in the Indian Express reported that Reddy was upset over the #OtherMenInBlue remark. The news report quoted Reddy as saying, “We wear the same blue jersey, represent the same tri-colour and play with equal pride and passion then why term us as ‘other’? It is appreciable that he congratulated us but then we are no others. We too are the men in blue.”

The good thing is that social media is here. Ajay Kumar Reddy, as reported in this OpIndia report, uploaded a video. In the video he says that he is quite upset the way media has misquoted him. He never said such a thing. You can view the video on the above link.

Further, Sehwag was simply using the official hashtag of the Indian blind cricket team. The hashtag #OtherMenInBlue also appears in the team’s official banner.

The news in itself might not be significant (or it is) but the important point is, the mainstream news organizations can no longer spread canards and other lies. Every person has access to different platforms these days and this is why our “righteous” mainstream journalists feel jittery and cry foul.

It’s so great that Reddy was able to upload his video and the world was able to know what the truth is. Aside from this, even Virender Sehwag was able to include the image of the poster in his tweet. The Indian Express reporter had to eat crow.

Shameless as they are, they still haven’t removed the article from their website.

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Big congratulations to ISRO scientists

More than a year ago when India had sent its Mars orbiter the New York Times had mocked at India by publishing a cartoon showing a poor farmer knocking at the door of an elite club of scientists and bureaucrats while holding his cow. What the cartoon meant to say was that India was being extravagant while being such a poor and backward country and all the progress being made in space technology amounted to nothing.

New York Times has had to eat a humble pie now. The ISRO scientists have made a world record by launching 104 satellites into the space with a single PSLV rocket from the Sriharikota Space Centre. The previous world record was sending 37 satellites in one go and the record was made by Russia.

Why humble pie? Because 96 of the 104 satellites that were launched belonged to various US companies. The rest belonged to companies based in Israel, the Netherlands, Kazakhistan, Switzerland and the UAE.

Sending so many satellites at the same time may not involve advanced technology to carry lots of weight because these are nano satellites, but despite that, it is a great feat in the commercial satellite launching arena and the ISRO scientists deserve great congratulations.

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No, I still don’t understand the Sasikala episode

What’s going on in the South? Is this the democracy we have developed so far? It seems although the South Indian states like Tamil Nadu have economically fared better compared to other states in India, in terms of political attitude, they are as feudal as the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and as destructive as West Bengal.

First, Sasikala takes ministers hostage and no hue and cry is raised by the public, the media, and even other political parties. Kidnapping and taking ministers hostage is being seen as a mere political manoeuvring. That’s one thing beyond comprehension.

The other is, after the recent SC verdict on the disproportionate assets case she is facing years of imprisonment. She is not being arrested. The police is waiting for her to surrender. She’s going to surrender at her own convenient time. Again, the TV news channels are stating this fact as something very normal. Why isn’t she being arrested? Why is the police waiting for her to surrender? How come she has grown so powerful that even the law and the judiciary have to tread carefully? This is a scary situation for the country and I don’t know why people don’t realise this. Do we live in Afghanistan where the writ of tribal lords runs large?

What’s scarier is, the peels of the deep-rooted rot are coming off layer after layer only now when we no longer have to depend on conventional news media for news updates. Now we are coming to know what sort of democracy the so-called secular and democratic parties have created in the country.

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