Birds of a feather



In the 1980s, Chhagan Bhujbal, the then Shiv Sena’s lone MLA in Maharashtra, coined a famous term that has stuck in the minds of many people of that time: ‘bhukhandache Shirkhand’. In other words, he was accusing then chief minister Sharad Pawar of licking up a lot of land (more than 200 plots in Bombay, in fact) that had been de-reserved by him for unknown reasons.

Those plots were meant for open spaces like parks, gardens and playgrounds, including some for schools, hospitals and other facilities. But for some mysterious reason, he thought it worthwhile to lift the reservations and release the land for other building activities. Bhujbal was banned from the House because he charged Pawar with ‘eating up the Shrikhand milked out of these bhukhands (plots)’.

Then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi ordered an enquiry into the scam but no one could pin anything with regard to this on him, and no one has even to this day. In fact, Pawar is the one politician who has got away scot-free on everything, despite the common perception that all is not really clear and above board with regard to each and every pie (including cricket) that he might have his fingers in.

Now, some decades later, Bhujbal is under fire for appropriating another ‘bhukhand’ as are a galaxy of ministers, both Congress and NCP, in the Maharashtra cabinet, including former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. All, including then Revenue (and now Industries) Minister Narayan Rane are accused of allotting these plots to themselves under various schemes for trusts et al in their capacities as ministers heading those departments and then putting the land to different use – other than what was stated when the land was allotted at subsidised rates in the name of trusts and charity.

Deshmukh formally applied for changing the terms of use, Bhujbal simply kept his plots vacant and Rane went ahead and built commercial property, instead of charitable institutions, on his own.There are other ministers, too, named in a leaked CAG report and all have adopted the same tactics, perhaps learnt from the master of the game – Sharad Pawar.

Only, Pawar has been far cleverer than all of them put together. Over the years, I have seen that Pawar never appropriates anything to himself per se but has a battery of loyal supporters and acolytes who grow rich overnight with the benefit of his largesse. On their own, they might be unable to build even a single hut on any plot of land; with his help they are even able to deliver huge infrastrucuture. Lavasa city and the Bandra-Worli sea link are good examples. On the record, a legitimate and above-board business company might have built these units but the dream was always Sharad Pawar’s and the facilitation all his. It was not for nothing that he called upon Sonia Gandhi several months after she returned from surgery abroad to “ask after her health”. The coincidence that the environment ministry had just a few days before denied permissions to Lavasa to carry on building, perhaps, had nothing to do with it.

When the courts recently ordered cases against former Bombay Congress president Kripashankar Singh and out came tumbling a long list of prime properties he owned (while he himself lived in a comparatively modest one), all were frankly surprised and disbelieving in the beginning. Then a veteran journalist, a colleague from the Marathi press, told me, “He was such an awful fool to have left his wealth uncovered like that. Look at the other ministers – they always cover up by running a hotel or two or some business, factories or even schools and colleges. Any seemingly excess wealth can be offset against these businesses: they always state that their hotels are doing very well — or not, in case of income tax issues. They have themselves covered at all times.’’

But not quite, I should think. The CAG report is not yet official but if what it says is true, clearly, they have not yet mastered the game as Pawar has done. While they do own their businesses openly, they have not been careful like the Maratha warlord to cover up conflicts of interest.

It depends on how one wants to look at the issue – they are either more naive and honest or they are more corrupt and fools at the same time. But I am a complete cynic: when Bhujbal had spoken about Pawar’s shrikhand, his then party, the Shiv Sena, had never got a shot at government (though they had milked plenty from the Birhanmumbsi Municipal Corporation over the years). I recall a time when tongues in the Sena were set wagging over how Bal Thackeray had broken down his modest bungalow and built a huge four-storey property in its place (one floor for each of his three sons and one for himself). He had installed 27 split air-conditioners within that property and even built what I called a Diwan-e-aam (for common workers) and a Diwan-e-khaas (for special and VIP visitors), a waiting room and an audience room (or throne room, as it were, given the size of his chair), which even official ministers bungalows had not installed.

Thackeray, I was told, had then lambasted his ministers: “I have far less than what you have. What I have amassed will perhaps last me a life time. What you have will last generations. So just shut up!”

He might not have been very wrong: for I saw some Sena men go from being paanwalas to riding in the swankiest of sports cars, from once cooking on kerosene stoves to turning their noses up at diesel-driven cars and generally turn themselves out as what we called ‘LTMs’ – ‘locals turned mod’ or, in other words, the crass nouveau riche with no elegance or good taste at all.

The more intelligent of them, including those in the BJP like Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari, acquired sugar factories (until then the exclusive turf of only Congressmen) and others became sleeping partners in various businesses for which they were the facilitators in government. When the government was about to declare Nagpur as a Boeing hub, given the centrality of the city (the zero mile of the country – equidistant from all the four corners of India — is slightly to the west end of Nagpur), politicians of all hues including the Congress, the NCP, the BJP and the Shiv Sena bought up all the farm land at throwaway prices around the Nagpur airport even before the policy went public. Farmers later screamed blue murder at how they had been diddled out of their dues but as far as I know nothing was done to compensate them for being the victims of fraud.

In the eyes of most people, it is opportunity that makes the thief – like when you are advised never to leave your gold or diamonds unattended on your dining table lest your very honest maid be tempted by that glitter. By now, I think, everyone, including on the right and the left (like the CPI(M) minister in Kerala who spent Rs 10,000 per invitation card at his daughter’s wedding and sent them out to nearly a lakh guests or more, calling them over for dinner) have had that opportunity.

Like they say, hamaam mein sab nange hain (everyone is naked in the bath) – and there is really nothing or no one to choose between the Left, the Right or even more particularly the Centre! They are all birds of a feather. And, in the end, they all flock together.

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  • Abu Ahmed

    Very depressing story and I am hungry and very angry right now – and there are no birds around of any flock to be had for lunch, sadly.

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  • Syed

    Err, what do you want to say?

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    Kushal Reply:

    Oh dear, Syed, obviously I haven’t made a point. I guess what I wanted to say was read what you want to read, not what you think you should read.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ambika.pendharkar.7 Ambika Pendharkar

    My feelings exactly! I am one of those who haven’t read a single Harry Potter, just because I was scared by the phenomenon. The media hoo-haah made me run away…it’s wrong I know.

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    Kushal Reply:

    Hmm. The first four books are good fun, Ambika. The last three sucked.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kanikadhupar Kanika Dhupar

    I am still skeptical to pick that book :(

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    Kushal Reply:

    You haven’t missed a thing, Kanika.

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  • masha

    Hooo boy!! Talk about buying books that I know will suck but I buy anyway.. :( Mostly cos they’re part of a series and while the writing was tripe and the story rather flimsy, one still wants to know the happy ending.. :( Only book I could resist buying was the second Fifty Shades book, I left the first one (downloaded not bought) half way through because “YUCK!!!”.

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    Kushal Reply:

    You were brave enough to try 50 Shades, Masha!

    Gosh, I’m so impressed by your courage. I refused to have anything to do with it in a weak and cowardly manner.

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  • Kushal

    Were you a Rushdie fan, Parmanu?

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  • Neha

    And for that same reason, pseudo-secularists like Vir Sanghvi continue to attack people like VS Naipaul, while defending freedom of expression in various other cases – Student of The Year religious sentiments controversy.

    Vir Sanghvi’s impartiality was always in question. His remaining credibility was lost after Radia tapes became public.

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  • H.Mani

    Why Islam or any religion can not be critisized,?If you do you can not be honored.A strange rule,never heard before?.Why VS NAIPAUL can not express his view.?Are we in Islamic Republic of India already?I was told it will be in next 50 years,but it is only 2012.We are now patrified by Islam,but why Naipaul a citizen of England abide by that rule?.Are we under Sharia already?,did I miss anything when I was gone for only one year to Mars.?Naipaul need no defence .Girish karnad now thinks R.N.Tagore is not good writer either.Who is next Shakespear or Tolstoi or Newton.?Who is this third rate has been from bollywood?What nerve to abuse once invitation?He would have been boed unmercifully in any civilized land,sorry was he in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia?No! He was in India,oh,I did not know,it the law of the land now under Sharia you can not give life time award to some one who does write like invasion of Islam harmed India?But it is historical fact,who says so?Girish Karnad and IR of India,that’s who?We have just awarded postmously Bharat Ratna to Auranzeb,Gori,Gajnavi and Nadhir Shah but Bharat is Hindu name,oh,it won’t be for long,some Arabic Nishan,we are thinking of like Pakistan,you know,,but those were bad guys.Says who?VS Naipaul,that’s who.So no award,he should be thankful we let him go in one piece,because Islam means peace.Thanks Singhvi,for your infomation,I was away to Mars,so much changes in one year?Allah was kind to us,Indians were rewarded because i.2 billion more Believer now.We just wait for China to turn Green and then USA is on barrowed time.

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    rao Reply:

    We have just awarded postmously Bharat Ratna to Auranzeb,Gori,Gajnavi and Nadhir Shah but Bharat is Hindu name
    aurangzeb ……..he was great secular honest ruler who kept his own son in jail on graft charges.he 1480 top hindu hindu officers in his army.had 36% hindu ministers.muslim rulers were first who gave land ownership to backwards and dalits.it is only during his time that our economy was bigger than chinese economy and level of literacy was 93%.ALL GLITTERING TEMPLES OF CHITRAKOOT WERE BUILT ON HIS INSTRUCTION.during wars some small temples were demolished,but reason was military or political not religious.now during wars in iraq and afghanista thousands of mosques are demolished.
    ,Gori,Gajnavi should be given bharat ratna,yes.temples hide the wealth in their lockers,hence increases poverty and unemployment.gori and ghazni looted (not destroyed)one or two temples .with that wealth they made their city best of world proving employment to millions of hungry indian workers and engineers.

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    h.mani Reply:

    rao,it was, sarcasam, really brought out you rao,how much of Hindu you are?,so why do you not loot Tripathi?Get Naik the new Gujnavi to organise some goondas & go to 7 hill temple in Triputi,you moron Rao,or Rahim Ali.You Muslims will go to any limit to pervert & rewrite history,did he murder Tej Bahadur in Chandni chowk,or was some new theory to help the Sikh not ask for Khalistan in 1670?Did he murder his brothers Dara Sekoh and Murad Bux,?& rode them back word sitting on human fesesis,donkey,it all history,check it out.You are dealing with a guy who knows history inside out.And sent the severed head of Dara to his old father imprisoned in Agra fort,check it out.Stop the bull Sh**T.You are dealing with a history buff,not some ideotic Taliban from mosque .

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    h.mani Reply:

    If you do not believe what have writen,ask Singhvi himself,he will confirm every word of it,I challenge you,just write your full name,not some fake Indian name,no hindu will recommand looting of temple as favor to poor people of Dalit,even mayavati and Mullah Yadav will not approve,check it out.You are fraud as they come.

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    rao Reply:

    read context why u are interested in name.TUM BRHMNON NE 3OOO YERAS INDIA KO JAHIL RAKHA AUR 33 CRORES DEVTA BECH KE UNKI JEB KHALEE KARAEE.PESHWAS OF POONA ALWAYS LOOTED SHANKARACHARYA TEMPLES WHEEVER IN NEED OF MONEY.shivajee always looted banians of surat when robbed by thugs of benaras.

    in cult fights temples of one cult were looted by followers of other cult.

    parusram a voilent brhmn god came on earth to kill all the khatris of india.kerala is called parusram shruti.he killed his own mother on instruction of his father.

    muslims were most tolerant rulers who built india like buhddhists.u people always looted india.doing same now.

    hate is a duty and lie a staple food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mujeeb.abdul.7 Mujeeb Abdul

    WHY No-paul did not defend himself come to tv station have a debate with girish

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    Sinchan Mitra Reply:

    Naipaul having a debate with Girish – which world do you live in my friend?! In terms of intellectual stature, Naipual is thought of widely (in the English speaking world) as the greatest writer in the English language in the last 50 years. (along with Rushdie and a few others). Who has even heard of Karnad apart from a few people from Karnataka? (or at most India).

    Lets say I start criticizing Amartya Sen – then can I ask why doesn’t Amartya Sen come and defend his views in a tv station! That wouldn’t make sense, right?! The idea of debating with a intellectual pygmy like Karnad would seem laughable to Naipaul and rightly so.

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  • pg

    Vir Sanghvi – the stooge of CONs.

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  • engrich

    That decision must be left to the award’s jury and certainly Naipaul is no Godse or Goebbels to be treated as being beyond the pale
    naipaul is worst than both.he is rascist.,totally ignorant about indian history and society.a living monument of british debauchery of india.brhmn in him killed the genius in him.for most like him hate is duty and lie a staple food.everything good in india was built during muslim rule.
    during vedic period for 3 thousands year education was banned for indians and vedic were using ingonarance to sell bhagwans and rob innocent indians.

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    Rahul Vincci Reply:

    Stop lieing You Muslim thug. What infrastructure Muslim ruler did during their 1000 years of barbaric rule. A Taj Mahal(controversial) a gift to his wife for giving birth few more Muslim thugs, then the poor workers hands were chopped off. Hundreds of thousands of Temples were destroyed. First University of the world Nalanda University, was burnt to ashes by the Turkish Muslim thug 1137. Millions of manuscripts of ancient India was destroyed which is itself a crime UN-imaginable., Somnath temple was looted 17 times by the Muslim thug is an example to imagine how rich the India was. The genius of Vedas and Upanishads now studies under ancient civilisation in Harvard is the most prestigious chair.V.S Nai Paul is brilliant writer he portrayed the historic truth of Islamic barbarity which megalomaniac Karnard and like it’s eel can not tolerate because his Gyanpeet award will be snatched out by this UPA govt. corrupted with support of the illegal Muslims. Islam permits “taqqia” like your are doing it self a immoral act should be condemned and punished. To be a Nobel laureate itself Calssify nai Paul and Tagore altogather in different class of genius which Karnard would never reach even his 1000 iyears of reicarnated birth from his present pity self. Besides, let us talk about hindu Gene, recent studies in US shows a dramatic findings that less than 2 mil Indians of which 99% are Hindus, has the highest percapita income of $90,000, highest bachelors digree 67% and highest PHD about 13 % of the national average. Unfortunately all the immigrants from Islamic countries which is 6-7 mil has the most poorest record in every category. Which shows the ancient India, all his endeavour for seeking knowledge and to built a harmonious society was right. It has been diluted by the most un-scientific , savage, derogatory,intolerant culture of foreign Islamic rule.And V.S Nai Paul is absolutely correct on that.

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    rao Reply:

    then the poor workers hands were chopped off. Hundreds of thousands of
    Temples were destroyed. First University of the world Nalanda
    University,

    where temples were destroyed give me the name of place.mathura ayodjya and kashi were budhhdist cities after extermination of budhhdists berhmns occupied the places and converted budhhdist temples into shive temples.BUDHHDIST NUNS WERE CONVERTED INTO DEVDAASIS(TEMPLE PROSTITUTES).few jaines temples are still there.

    aadi shankarachra,a dwarf from kerala used to mascare budhdhists with the help of local kings.brhmns took the help of khilji rulers to finish this great seat of learning.barhmin temples of same time are still standing there.war and violence is like oxygen.from last hundred years u are killing muslims with the help of backwards and dalit.

    u barred the education to 98%of indian that is why u could never develop civilization.

    ur love for urself creates extreme hatred for others.ur spiritual fascism and intellectual goondaism are two gignatic octopuses eating the very vtals of our society.

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    Raja Reply:

    SIMI and Im thugs proliferate in India! Muslims and meaningful contribution? Are you hallucinating , mullah? I have never seen a community like yours which imagines all the best things on earth about yourselves while doing exactly the opposite! Your Hindu hatred turns into Brahmin hatred. So typical of your lies and taqiyaas. If you call Naipaul a brahmin what do you call SL Bhairappa? Islam means destruction. You brabarians have no education other than muggign up that medieval terror manual called Koran. Get out of tha tcult and save yourself!

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  • rao

    naipaul is brhmn who passes his life in eating mating and cheating.vedics did not provide right to education to indians during their 3000 years of occupation.entire india remained under darkness of illetracy.only bhagwans were traded.zero achievement in all field.

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    H.Mani Reply:

    No hindu will mis spell ,Brahmin as brhmn,that was a give away,& no Hindu in 2012,ask for looting of temple as civic service to dalit,not even Sp,BSP and Lalu not even Satalwad will have nerve to say.You are b**U**M. bar none.I never use bad language,so I refrain,but I know hateful Mullahs would,they do worse,put bullets in 13 year Mahala in Pakistan,,check it,no Raw or RSS did it..That is why VS Naipaul spoke the truth.Your days in world is numbered,Obama got re-elected,Drone is on the way,find a rat hole.

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    Raja Reply:

    Engrich to rao! Stinkign bearded mullah! Your community is simply stinking sty of sw1nes! Nobody wants to have any kind of relationship with you animals. Fear is not respect!

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  • Sinchan Mitra

    Usually Vir is very balanced, but today I have to disagree with him. Naipual may not be fond of Islam, but his non-fiction tackles different themes- they cannot be seen through the prism of his views on Islam. His books on India contain many extremely critical statements on India – should we now say he is anti-india and shouldn’t be given any award. His books also contain lots of statements extremely critical of his country of birth Trinidad. Should that also be a ground for refusing to honour a great writer who is also provocative (as great writers should be?). Indian intellectuals are so committed to “groupthink” – that they hardly deserve to be called intellectuals – they should learn to tolerate, debate and discuss other views instead of launching into a diatribe every time someone steps outside the party line.

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  • rao

    india needs 100 ghoris to take out trillions of dollars hidden in temples and ashrams(money laundering centres)and use them to devlop infrasture and invest in education.investment in education is investment on our future prosperity.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The last ghori who came was pretty gory in the treatment of you gr8 gr8 gr8 grandmother. he beheaded her husband and had fun with her so your clan caem out…

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  • Abhishek

    A wonderful obit, packed in rare and delightful anecdotes. Objective. Thanks sir!

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  • Abhishek

    A wonderful obit, packed in rare and delightful anecdotes. Objective. Thanks sir!

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_REXIP2I2IBCPZ5WB2H6WZXBK3I R.S Harits

    very well written. I enjoyed reading it. like some blind folks description of an elephant goes, Bal Thackeray was real,the way their perceptions went.

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  • devil_wheels

    Somehow it is no consolation that he could be funny, charming or pleasant company. The fundamental persona was the public one and that was unlovable. Unless, of course, one happens to love the destructive, even of innocuous things like Valentine’s day cards.

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  • Guest

    Balasaheb is right. Our columnist needs to spend a little time on the treadmill.

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  • Guest

    Could the law minister have been Ramrao Adik ? Drank like a fish, lost his job as Dy CM because he got drunk on an Air India flight and misbehaved with an air hostess.

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  • death of a goonda

    AT LEAST WE CAN NOW CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY IN PEACE

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  • Salil

    I hope as you have consistently referred Mumbai as Bombay you would also call Chennai madras ani Kolkatta as culkatta whenever you refer them. I see is this is deliberate attempt not to respect maharashtrian’s views. You expect others to respect you but you wouldn’t respect them. Right? Or is it something different when others incite emotions and regional pride and when Maharashtrians do?

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    Umesh Dinkar Raut Reply:

    Already have typed my views to Sandeeps post above, but wanted to acknowledge Salil too, :0..

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  • Plumbline

    John 3:15-18…….

    15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal
    life.

    16 “For God loved the
    world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes
    in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the
    world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

    18 “There is no
    judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in
    him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son…….

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  • Desi UK

    “it is impossible for any rational person to support, let alone defend, many of Thackeray’s statements or actions” Mr Singhvi, this statement can go with any and every political party in India including your patrons Congress. I don’t know of a political party which is perfect. Didn’t Congress workers killed Sikhs, doesn’t RJD or SP or BSP’s local goonda throw their weight around? Shiv Sena’s brave or foolish to openly admit it’s sins which gives your lot an opportunity to ostracize them.

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  • Desi UK

    “it is impossible for any rational person to support, let alone defend, many of Thackeray’s statements or actions” Mr Singhvi, this statement can go with any and every political party in India including your patrons Congress. I don’t know of a political party which is perfect. Didn’t Congress workers killed Sikhs, doesn’t RJD or SP or BSP’s local goonda throw their weight around? Shiv Sena’s brave or foolish to openly admit it’s sins which gives your lot an opportunity to ostracize them. There are things which Shiv Sena do that I can defend particularly not having Pakistanis & illegal Bengladeshis on our soil. They divided our country in name of their religion now they have their own country and they don’t need to steal poor Indian’s job. At the same time I can not for a moment defend their actions against law abiding fellow Indians who want to live & work in Mumbai peacefully. There are things that Congress does like Nuclear Deal that I support. Bottom Line is and an experienced journalist you should know better – All actions of any political party can not be defended at all times. At times they are irrational and indefensible.

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  • sandeep deshmukh

    “Not bad going for a middle-class Maharashtrian, who would never have been allowed into their offices when he started out.”- well what more does one say about the utter hate, guys like you have for middle class maharashtrians?. But, Mr. Sanghvi, if i may say so, is it not a fitting reply to all those who thought/think like you?..i bet, if have the guts, go, say this at any remote Sena Shakhas, not in, Dadar, Andheri or in Mumbai(it’s no more BOMBAY as you often call it, case of bad education maybe or mental diarrhea ) but some remote village shakha, you’ll get very good reply.

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    Umesh Dinkar Raut Reply:

    After reading through the (somewhat arrogant, but haven’t all the people who ‘call themselves journalists’ been so?) article, I was angry to read this ‘Bombay’ ever so so often by such idiotic pen-holders ( and many a newsreader/s on TV) that I was thinking of a fitting reply to them. But thought of checking these replies just to see how many of us have felt it and I find this. Thanks Sandeep for pointing it out to all those Mumbai haters who flock (like vultures) to this great city just because their hometowns are not able to feed their stomachs and egos enough.

    Every time someone tries to live in British era like this, we know how to deal with it. But by virtue of our great tradition, as Hindus we are taught to be tolerant and forgiving; in the beginning we tend to be polite.

    The just departed great soul, only second to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, has shown us our strength and weakness (mentioned above) and has united us under ONE GOAL.

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  • Rohit

    Sumit Bose, Hats off to you! what a reply.

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  • bad

    Nobody takes vir sanghvi seriously anymore after his expose. vir, how are you feeling buddy? your videos are all over youtube.

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  • kk raja

    PRIDE IN PREJUDICE
    Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray, rest in peace..For Mumbaikars , the demise of the old and ailing Sena chief could well mean the beginning of an end of a legacy he left behind. And for those who were at the receiving end of this legacy, it could even meana sigh of relief. Such was the persona of the man called Balasaheb Thackeray that it attracted both, instant reverence and revulsion in equalmagnitude. Lakhs of people who thronged the streets of Mumbai to pay obeisanceon his final journey represented those who were held captive in imagination ofhis cult status for more than four decades.
    Lakhs others,staying indoors are those who detested his very cult that
    threatened their existence and identity.Love him or hate him, one just cannot ignore Balasaheb.
    Obituaries are pouring out by minutes in channels after channels from distinguished figures of media and politics. Some plain speaking, but mostly exaggerated glorification. Critical reviews are conspicuous by their absence. If one rewinds and plays important milestones inthe life and times of Balasaheb, on what he stood for, the ideas he espousedand most importantly the legacy he started and presided over most part of his political life, the truth could be bitter and hard. For, it was anything but a saga consistent with a rational, non-coercive and secular values. Balasaheb was undoubtedly gifted with anintuitive skill to sense the fissures within our social fabric, divided on caste ,religion, language and ethnic origins. It is no co-incidence that he realised the potential of a huge political capital in this divided sense of identity, particularly in a metropolis city like Mumbai. Considered historically as a city of opportunities, it was only natural that people from across the country of all hues would pour into Mumbai, to eke out a living or to realise their dreams. Mumbai was destined to have a multi-layered composition of its populace . Plurality in terms of language, religions and ethnicity has always been the essence of its identity. A talented Political cartoonist then, for Thackeray, this was a perfect setting to arouse and incite a dormant regional identity of the Maharashtrians, giving birth to a myth called “Marathi Manus”. Deftly using a combination of satire, sarcasm and vitriolics, his oratory and prose succeeded in solidifying this myth in the minds of aimless, rudderless Marathi youths of an entire generation.

    Marginalisation and cultural isolation in own homeland is indeed a strong passion of victimhood that has huge political value. Thackeray the politician used it unabashedly as an effective currency and a potent tool to carve out a distinct political space in Maharashtra. Shivsena ,thus became the Nazi party of this Fuhrer, Sainiks his storm troopers let loose on the streets. The agenda was plain and simple. Threaten, persecute and terrorise all “outsiders”- read non Maharashtrians. This adorer of Adolf Hitler could shockingly play out with impunity the dangerous game of identity politics, as long as there were targets. From south Indians to Gujaraties to North-Indians(UP/Bihar) to Muslims,heand his party invented the causes that were inimical to the interests of his Marathi manus, and so accordingly targeted.What he preached through the party mouth piece “Saamna” , his storm troopers would practice on the streets of Mumbai and Pune. The “Pride” instilled in the Marathi Manus was borne out of prejudice against targetgroups, rather than positive virtues. Thankfully the goons in the guise of Sainiks could not carry out ethnic cleansing and restricted their terror tactics toextortions, destructions, arson and injuring their victims. Slowly yet firmlythis paper tiger sent a strong signal to all non-natives that they were not
    welcome in Mumbai. As he grew in strength, he colonised other parts of
    Maharashtra notably Pune. For those who chose to stay on and continue to workin Maharashtra, he sought a tacit compromise. That is, to give in to his
    dictates’ as and when he issues them.

    Later, as he and his senseless game of identity politics became increasingly irrelevant and a stale theme to arouse or disrupt, he expanded his themes .Although Balasaheb exhibited extreme right wing Hindu nationalistic ideology, the new targets like works of art and literature had wider implications than the narrow Marathi manoos cause. Ironically some of them, like his steadfast stand against any concession to Pakistan or whole hearted support to the Indian Army during the Kargil war were indeed welcome deviations. But essentially, he remained every inch a fuhrer till end. He revered in imposing his will on others, could not brook any dissidence or
    disagreement. Loyalty to him was the ultimate virtue. Authoritarianism, just as
    his idol Hitler, came naturally to him. Even Bollywood and business community could not afford to earn his ire and overtly offered obeisance to him to remain in his good books. The legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray, if at all there is one is unmistakably that of regional extremism, intolerance, rigidity of
    misplaced ideas, coercion ,vandalism,arson, rioting, and plain goondaism. All
    of them, when put in one basket is what Shivsena stand for today ,in stark
    contrast and incongruent to the of 21st century progressive mindset.

    Ironically Balasaheb’s legacy of intimidation played out most eloquently even in his death. While the Mumbai police issued advisories to mumbaikars as if some calamity has struck, Streets and by lanes of this maximum city wore deserted looks with shops and services closing down, peopled remained indoors in hushed silence stocking up essentials for the impending crisis, the designs of the lurking legacy was unmistakably sinister..

    With the end of the phenomenon called Balasaheb Thackeray, his hard core followers may feel deeply marooned. His progenies, Son Udhav and nephew Raj have inherited his legacy to a great extent, both genetically and by virtue of closeproximity. MNS,the mutated version of Shivsena is promising to outdo the latter in the dangerous game of identity politics. But eventually, like all such parochial mindsets, they are all destined to be lost in the sands of time as they will become irrelevant in the growing globalised identity and priorities of Mumbaikars.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kuldeep.saxena.796 Kuldeep Saxena

    Really a fine reply to Vir Sanghvi. Present day Journalists needs to be reminded about their updates on the subject in addition to make them know and be aware of the quality of writings on specific subjects instead just following the culture of their group and the political tilt.

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  • d

    I think people needs some kind of mannerism and intellectual thinking to understand Vir’s article. Some people are always ready to influenced by unethical leaders without using their brain in a aggressive manner which leads to create problems to many.. I think people should be more sensible before following up any personality or figure or before burning anybody’s shop or house for stupid reasons they should use their own mind…

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  • RR Singh

    I salute to Sumit Bose. Muhtod Jawab.

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  • Ramesh Kumar

    THE BLOG IS IN BAD TASTE. ADOLF HITLER WAS PROUD PERSON AND NEVER COMPROMISED ON HIS BASIC CONVICTIONS.AFTER DEFEATIN FIRST WORLD WAR AND HUMILIATING CONDITIONS IMPOSED BY ALLIES ,ADOLF HITLER OR FUEHERER ,GAVE GERMAN SELF RESPECT AND PREPARED A NATION WILLING TO AVENGE FIRST WORLD WAR.

    BALA SAHEB WAS A CONGRESS CREATION.INITIALLY USED BY CONGRESS TO FIGHT COMMUNIST UNIONS IN MUMBAI,WHO HAD A STRONG HOLD ON MILL WORKERS OF MUMBAI.UNIONS WERE DESTROYED AND SO WERE MILLS. BALA SAHEB NEVER TOOK REIN OF THE GOVT.

    THE PROBLEM IS ROOT I.E. CONGRESS WHO CREATES AND PURSUES SUCH POLICIES,WHICH PROMOTE REGIONALISM.THE PROBLEM OF MAHARASHTRA WAS CREATED WHILE REORGANIZING STATES.IF LANGUAGE WAS THE BASIS THEN WHY SO MANY MOVEMENTS WERE NECESSARY.EVEN TODAY ISSUE OF TELENGANA,HANGS IN AIR.

    IREAD NO WHERE MENTION OF CONGRESS.

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  • Mitra

    Disgusting silly, sycophantic article. Thackerey was a public person, we are not interested in his private life. How many kids lost their parents because of this goonda? We don’t care whether a fascist like him liked movies or was privately funny. It is very disappointing that Vir is trying to make light of his crimes by showing his private side. It doesn’t matter to a mother who lost her kid because of these goons that Thackerey could be funny. I wonder why our journalists are so deferential to powerful people – is it because they expect to receive or receive lot of favours?

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  • Amit

    Good slap to this Dalal…. Well done Bose ji……..

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003620567670 John Rock

    well, nobody cares about some unknown mouth piece of a communist regime, until Indian media projects it repeatedly. So don’t fall for these unknown so called global media run by communist Chinese government

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  • Mamutty chola

    The way the terrorists are targetting our cities at will,reflects failures of our intellegence machinaries -Both at state and central levels.
    There has not been a single terrorist attack in USA since 9/11,shows how effective are their intelligence operatives.Mind you, they are targets of multiple terror groups.
    We must engage US intelligence experts in training our officers .we must bench-mark their best practices.

    Also there is a need to evolve transparent based justice systems.we cannot attain long- term internal peace without justice to the aggrieved. Innocents citizens kept in our jails without trials must be freed.Terrorists have No religion. No religious scriptures, be it ,Quran, Bhagvat Geeta,, Bible, gurugarath Saheb,teaches hatreds towards others. INJUSTICE does .It is a wake up call for all Indians who love their motherland.

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  • Not so professionals

    Dear Pramit Pal Chaudhuri or the publisher of Hindustantimes, please kindly let me know what you mean for “India is the world’s largest goal importers” (you mean for goals which scored in football and hockey). Please check out second para, first line of your above published article.

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  • balaji

    1) less production of gold in domestic goldmining results in increase of gold imports,

    2)low export or less production of exportable goods results in huge trade deficit……..

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  • Ganesh Balimidi

    MBA degree is necessary in today’s business world. So the candidates who are working after doing their bachelor degree they can do MBA.

    School of Business Management Bangalore

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  • Anonymous

    I think we need to remember that in comparison ot most of Europe we have become a high population country with high density of population also.,

    China followed the one child norm inspired by Sanjay Gandhi.

    At the end of the day in case populaiton control was NOT a religious issue, India would have already been among the most developed.

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  • Mano Sing

    GPI en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genuine_Progress_Indicator

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  • Abhi

    “High growths don’t pull people out of poverty.”
    It can, if some groups do not multiply much faster than others just to create a vote bank!

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  • Anonymous

    Actually Zia is saying that a puny ISLAMIC country like Bangladesh beats India in Human development index…never mind genocide on non-muslims especially hindus in Bangladesh.

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    Abu Ahmed Reply:

    India’s populations is huge – whatever and however much is distributed, it still falls short by a huge margin. Why, even Afghanistan fares better than us in some ways – those who manage to survive there eat better than most Indians! Now dont remark that the Afghans have treated Hindus worse than B’desh. Okay, look at Nepal, Thaliand, Phillipines, most of africa. Our people have a very big appetite for corruption and that eats away all the short-supply of goodies.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    That is why we need Modi who will take care of corruption.

    As far as Bangaldes is concerned, 20% of their population lives in India

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  • Abhishek Kumar

    nice
    information. Thank you for sharing it. Thanks Packers Movers

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  • Anonymous

    Zia before you extoll the virtues of bangladesh vis a vis ISLAMIC model
    would you care to answer the following queries
    1. HOW MANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE THERE IN BANGLADESH
    2. HOW MANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE THERE IN YOUR NATIVE ASSAM
    3. HOW MUCH FOREIGN AID HAS BANGLADESH RECEIVED

    4. JUST ONE ENGINEERING PRODUCT OR PHARMA EXPORTED FROM BANGLADESH, LEAVING ASIDE SOFTWARE EXPORTS
    even bangladesh’s biggest export garments , the fabric is sourced from INDIA
    5. HOW MANY YEARS OF PEOPLE’S WILL (read DEMOCRACY) has bangladesh enjoyed

    NOW COMING TO INDIA
    1. SEND CONgress party packing for good

    .2 India needs REVOLUTION IN AGRICULTURE, fully mechanised agriculture with massive acreage by coalescing pattas , corporate farming, patta holders being share holders
    3. COMPULSORY LEGALLY BINDING EDUCATION TILL AGE 18, PARENTS FAILING TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL TO FACE JAIL LIKE IN UK
    THE MONEY TO COME FROM TAXATION AND FREEZING TO WAGES FOR TWO YEARS
    3.CRONY CAPITALISM A LA AMBANI TYPE BUFFETTED BY ZENOPHOBIA AND PROTECTIONISM NEEDS TO GO

    INDIA WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER

    2.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan

    Outlook magazine reported that Nirad Chaudhari was a British spy. People on Vindo Sharma’s blog were speculating that you left blogging after you got this info.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @Vinoo, perhaps it has escaped your attention , I had replied to you when you raided this question in Zia ’s previous blog on the down turn of indian economy. Anyway here you have it again

    inoo have you heard of any indian spying for pakistan hanging the
    portrait of jinnah in his home. same here , nirad dick head did not make
    any bones about his mesmerisation with the racist scum churchill and in
    his book “the continent of circe , he unashamedly claims to have
    redidcovered his european roots through his aryan ancestry. So there you
    have it. after reading Madhushree Mukherjee’s book i now rate nirad as a
    buffoon, then nirad moron was a history graduate , and madhushree is a
    phd in physics form newyork uni, and used to be on the editorial board
    of Scientific American. It is like comparing nirad ambassador car with
    madhushree porsche carrera
    As regards his getting a job after sarat bose was arrested, this was a job of a clerk, hardly a high ranking job. Do remember he came out 1st class first in BA history honours , but had exam phobia (my interpretation) so did not sit for MA. However he had studied French History in FRENCH , from original sources.
    I do not think he was a spy , HE HAD TO ENDURE MASSIVE HARDSHIP and he has recounted that in his book
    I do not come to the blog because of work pressure and have been doing a lot of travelling across europe. If interested let me know , I will relate my life enriching experiences

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    Anonymous Reply:

    come to vindo sharma’s blog. Lot of people talk about your there

    vijay ! Reply:

    Shan remember your passionate espousal of the “giant” called
    Nirad Chaudhary. I always told you he was a Brit agent out to tell INdia that you cold never beceome as good as the whites.

    Is it not correct now…?

  • Anonymous

    A lot of happiness comes from ignorance. The people of North Korea are very happy because they are insulated form the rest of the world and they believe that their dictator is God. The suicde bombing youth of Pakistan go to jannat with a smile.

    Real happiness only comes when you can be rich, free and not bound by dctats of religious zombies.

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  • engrich

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    Professor John Esposito

    PROF. JOHN ESPOSITO ON U.S. AND ISLAMOPHOBIA

    By Ece Koc

    Professor John Esposito, the outspoken inter-faith promoter
    was recently on A9 TV’s Building Bridges show. Esposito, offered his
    views on many subjects including US media’s way handling news about
    Islam, the ways to cope radicalism and the notorious Regensburg Speech
    of Pope.

    Esposito is a figure known for his strong views in favor of
    building ties with the Islamic world, especially after 9/11, when many
    people thought otherwise. From time to time, he became such a
    controversial figure, many people accused him of downplaying the threat
    of terrorism. He, however, seems unabated by all this criticism, and is
    gaining more and more popularity now. Esposito most recently appeared on
    A9 TV of Istanbul, a television channel known for its efforts to
    promote peace in the world. So when the hosts asked him about how Islam
    is covered in the mainstream US media, Esposito had lots to say:

    “…two-thirds of that will be about mainstream Judaism and
    Christianity, practices, relations, good news and then maybe one-third
    will deal with problems and issues, okay? The reverse is true in
    covering Islam and Muslims in general; that is a disproportionate amount
    deals with what I would call the explosive headline events, the
    conflict events. What you see is this kind of Islamophobic, or bias to
    Islam in regard to a religion, has become part of our mainstream
    politics; in other words, its mainstream politicians. And then there are
    your militant Christian Zionist preachers, many of which have
    megachurches or are televangelists who have large TV followings, or are
    talking heads in the media and again, politicians and others, so that
    not only impacts and affects, if you will, not only Muslims
    domestically, but it falso impacts American foreign policy.”

    He feels that the way most of the time Islam is portrayed is unfair,
    and anyone could have applied the same approach to Judaism and
    Christianity, too, if they wanted: “The way you feel about Muslims,
    the way you think about Muslims, if you don’t make the kind of
    distinctions that I’m talking about the vast majority of Muslims and
    Islamists, and Islam as a religion of peace, then you have a problem. It
    would be the same, analogously, if you say, “Look, if you look at the
    early history and down through the centuries, Christianity was not a
    religion of saints but a religion of warriors” and was often used to
    spread the religion, from the conquistadors to European imperialism, and
    even the logic of a good deal of American neo-colonialism in terms of
    Christians see as opening up the Muslim world to greater conversions,
    and if you take into consideration pedophilia and see Christianity or
    Roman Catholicism and see it through that, you would be seeing it
    through a very distorted lens.”

    Esposito also feels very strongly against Islamophobia and indeed he
    has been very frequently targeted himself by Islamophobists as well: “And
    I think the thing that you want to keep in mind too is that the
    situation gets ratcheted up exponentially because we have so many
    mean-spirited, right-wing Islamophobic websites; so for example, if an
    article appears criticizing me, in a matter of days that will be picked
    up and appear in a dozen different versions and appear in all these
    other websites, and your average American, many of them wind up looking
    at these websites. Many of them have titles, it’s not just the websites
    like “JihadWatch”, it’s the websites that have titles that seem nice and
    innocuous, websites like “American Thinker” “Family Security”, and so I
    think that’s what ratchets that up exponentially.”

    We are swimming against the tide

    Esposito also mentioned that especially after 9/11, the Islamophobists had the opportunity to cash in the fears of people:

    “On those websites, it is simply said in general that Muslims are a
    problem, that Muslims are a threat to security, that Islam is a
    problem. Therefore, if there’s an attack made, other websites pick this
    up because they all cross-fertilize themselves and over a ten-year
    period, over forty million dollars was given by acceptable foundations
    to these kind of websites and their creators and many of these folks are
    quoted as the terrorists affect them; the Norwegian terrorist, Breivik,
    quoted these folks extensively, and on the other hand, on page 66,
    there’s a page attacking me and my center for our work. So that’s where
    we’re at. The whole point is that you’re doing, what so many of us do,
    is very important because we are swimming against the tide, as it were,
    in terms of popular culture and a distorted conventional wisdom.”

    When asked about his views on how to combat radicalism, he had one answer: ‘education’. Esposito elaborates: “I
    think the first thing, the most important thing frankly is education.
    And also it becomes very important to get religious leaders on board.
    You know, one of the difficult thing, and here I have to be quite frank,
    I admire the way that religion and religious education and Islamic
    reform is being done by a number of Turks, both in government and
    non-government. The thing is, yes we can get to a point where we get
    very senior religious leaders, the real impact comes when those senior
    religious leaders make sure that the priests, rabbis and imams are
    trained in their religious schools to have that pluralistic, tolerant
    outlook because they are the people who impact the local communities.
    They impact the families of the people who are going to be parents, they
    impact the kids who are going to the mosques, synagogues and churches.
    All of this is very important.

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  • Faulitics

    Well, Zia has done something which he has never done before. That is NOT whine about Muslims being “victims”. But I am sure he will be back to his old communal game. This is just a respite.

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  • vijay !

    BUT WHY SHOULD U COMPARE US TO BANGLADESH?

    THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE

    VARIOUS Islamist groups in Bangladesh are demanding that a new anti-blasphemy law be formulated under which the death penalty can be awarded to those who defame Islam and the Prophet (PBUH).

    It has been rejected by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Nevertheless, the demand and the scale of the emotion and controversy it has stirred up serve to deepen political polarisation in the country. There is little doubt that the end result will be an intensification of the divide between secularists and Islamists.

    In a fresh wave of protests launched by the Islamist group Hefajat-i-Islam (‘protecting Islam’) against bloggers that they consider anti-Islam, hundreds of thousands of people held rallies in Dhaka and other cities and towns across the country.

    They criticised the Awami League government for not taking severe action against those who, in the recent past, augmented their purportedly anti-Islam activities through online social networks and blogs.

    Islamist groups are adamant in their demand and say that they are committed to sustaining their pressure on the government to formulate laws which can award the death penalty to those found guilty of insulting Islam.

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  • Zeb

    Bose sb. Must appreciate your ability to misconstrue something to this level. The Islamic prophet himself made reconciliations between Muslims and Jews. He wanted us to stay together. Muslims love Moses and Jesus as much as they love Muhammad (Peace be upon them).

    Read: http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/2003/04/Why-Muslims-Love-Moses.aspx

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Same prophet ordered killing of jews when it suited him. That is what is called Taqiyya.

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    Sumit Bose Reply:

    Zeb many thanks for the adjective, I shall convey that adjective to my mother! I am constrained to put you in the “ghatiya Taqqiyaa” band, not because of the accident of your birth, but in your option to willfully bandy deception.
    Firstly, the “most exalted human being ever” personally lead the attacks and massacres of these Jewish tribes, Banu Qurayza, Bani Nadeer and Bani Al Mutalaq. All males of these tribes were slaughtered well into nightfall. The same night the “most exalted human ever” took as his booty (among materials and goods) the just widowed women of the head of the tribes and they are respectively: Rayhanna (orphan of the chief), Safiya Bint Huyar (just widowed) and Juwaiyria Bint Alawi (just widowed).

    As a Taqqiyya you would certainly concur with the apologists that he married/made sex-slaves because he “made reconciliations” with the Jews.
    However, the fact is so recorded by the chroniclers of the “most exalted human ever” with abundant glee and pride. This certainly would not be put out today, as it would be construed a brutal war crime, but to the mind-set of the !slam, these are recorded with pride as “achievements” of the “most exalted human ever”.
    Suffice it to say, what was started out was totally completed by Caliph Umer’s reign, when all Jews were massacred or made to flee from the Arabian Peninsula. That is a unique record of “reconciliation”, for you to ponder over!

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    Swaroop Mitra Reply:

    BoseDa, wonderful detail! And its Deja Vous all over again! The newly created Islamic Republic of Pakistan is on record for something on track! Hindus there have ceased to figure as any statistical entity, and the Bengali converts are not behind too, from slightly over 40% to less than 10% as of now; but we all know that the “reconciliations” are in progress, till they are able to “emulate” the glorious example set for this group of converts.

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    Zeb Reply:

    I didnt know there is a whole internet brigade who excel in the ability to misconstrue facts and present them to the public.

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    Sumit Bose Reply:

    @Zeb you have all the time to meet the “historical facts” i have put forth, and i would be delighted if you could correct the facts quoted straight from the H@diths.I welcome you to factually “debunk” my “facts”.
    Quite obviously, you are more content to shoot the messenger as you are empty on facts. Does there exist any basis for any exchange, as we are on two very different levels. Please marshal your facts and then we can have a healthy debate.
    That precisely is the wall that all the converts put up, midgets on facts and giants in the spin-zone, and ever so prone to dive for cover behind the veil of “hurt sentiments”.

    Rana Bhoumick Reply:

    Zeb, you cutlets will always be in denial mode, the translation is wrong, the context is wrong, etc etc, but the necr0phile, ped0phile, mass-murderer, torturer, slave -merchant will always be the”most perfect human ever”!

  • Anonymous

    sumit bose , you are unneccessarily harsh on zia , and just trying to pick up a fight. This is his least controversial write up , and there is nothing but to praise Miss Miller. The surname however points to scottish , albeit jewish parentage. The scottish bit is the clue why she is left leaning. But zia is foolhardy in assumimg one miss miller and the chant of gandhi will bring peace.surrender of jerusalem and half of westbank to jews will only placate the israelis.
    ONLY USA CAN RAM ROD A PEACE DOWN THE THROAT OF ISRAELIS
    But then there is JEWISH LOBBY IN USA to get past , And that is a 1000 ton guerilla in the room.
    Though common sense dictates israel has everything to gain from peace

    ALL THE CONTRACTS IN MIDDLE EAST WILL GO TO ISRAEL
    Then think who are the greatest benefeciary of this conflict and the THREAT OF ISRAEL
    Anglo Saxons to be precise , else HOW CAN YOU HAVE A AL YAMAHA 40 BIILION POUND(yes pound not dollars) arms sale to SAUDI

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    haka Reply:

    who gains from no peace between indian and pakistan. Even iisreal becomes the broker in selling American weapons. Multiple blocks, same goal, to swindle nations of Asia and Africas.

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    Abu Ahmed Reply:

    The Rothschilds do not have a presence in Iran – if Iran’s regime is changed, that will allow a whole lot of MNCs entry into it, apart from the Rothschilds (who were the real owners of the East India Co.). So one finds the sole super power along with his poodles going after Iran, of course for stopping nuclear weapons production in that country. From WMD to WND – the area would be rendered wide open for all MNCs along with Christian missionaries to work there in full force. History cannot be stopped from being made, I am afraid, we may only delay it for some time. Who lands first from the sea / space: colonial capitalist or christian missionary? israel is an extension of the West’s contain Islam and Arabs policy in the middle east; things will settle down there when the bankers / arms producers want them to.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    but rather than blame the west WHY DONT THE MUSLIMS DO SOME SOUL SEARCHING, why they are at the MERCY of the west , because they are SHIT , and why they are shit , because they cling on to a DOGMA and even worse on a hearsay written 1000 yrs after the actual incidence(read hadith)
    MUSLIMS DID THE SAME TO INDIA AS WEST IS DOING TO MUSLIMS.
    Scientific knowledge is THE ONLY KNOWLEDGE, the rest written 1600 , 2000 , or 5000yrs ago are all BUNKUM

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    engrich Reply:

    MUSLIMS DID THE SAME TO INDIA AS WEST IS DOING TO MUSLIMS

    shan u are fool and will remain foolish.when britishers took power level of literacy in india was 93%our gdp was 35%.
    bengalee british reduced gdp from 35%to 1 %and literacy from 93% to 7 %.
    all beautifull cities from murshidabad to ahmedabad were built by them8000 kilometers GT ROAD to irrigation was their gift to india.
    u foolish bengalees were cleaning their shoes to get clerical job in their shipping companies.

    aurangzeb was ruling on 25%of world .we were superpower.turkey was superpower of 14th centuryfrom austia to india.
    taimur conquered 6 subcontinent and 68 countries.
    u achievement is nothing except hiding wealth in temples.starving india and spoil ecology of india.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks for the nice joke

    engrich Reply:

    challenge if u have doubt.ibn sina was father of medicine.

  • Anonymous

    “In Israel, women couldn’t be combat pilots, he said, quite simply, because they were women. Therefore, Miller had better stayed home.”

    Looks like muslim countries allow women to be pilot.

    By the way this MUSLIM has cleverly skipped Boston bombing episode. A clear case of closet Jihadi.

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  • raka

    Desi kheey dushmaan haar jagaha fheeel gaya hein with dual agenda. Khoi jagaha naaheey choodeey and has even enrolled india kheey converts as their doost.

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    ranks Reply:

    bakri kheey khaal mein bhediya haar jagaha.

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  • Roy

    It would be better for Zia Haq to worry about women in Islam…what a joker, Israel knows how to protect itself.

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    Zeb Reply:

    Zia must be worried about “women” in Islam. Muslims take good care of their women. Except those radicalized a##holes. Those are the ones who are making a bad name for Muslims.

    Islam has always been about respecting your women and treating them well. It’s their faux followers who have gone astray though!

    Peace.

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    Faulitics Reply:

    Zeb, I wish what you are saying is true. But it’s actually more than a few radical a##holes and they control these societies which label themselves as “Islamic”. You should not have a very rosy and idealistic view about islam without seeing how its practiced in reality. Read this article from slate
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/quora/2012/10/22/is_islam_misogynistic.html

    The first step in reform is to understand that the ideology has serious problems.

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    Zeb Reply:

    Roy. They control these societies because it lacks great leaderships. The educated ones do not try their hands at politics letting the uneducated ones become leaders. Take for example the MLA of a Muslim locality in New Delhi. To me, he seems to be one of the most illiterate politicians of our country! And then there’s overall lack of interest in acquiring education in the Muslim society. That’s double whammy! When you do not have quality education, you cant have quality jobs. That says a lot about the present condition of most of the Muslim societies.

    They are trying to regain the lost ground but it will take some time before they come at par with other progressive societies. Probably a few more whammies.

    As for the ideology, I’m dam’n sure it’s about peace. The facts they talk about are all misconstrued. True Islam is all about peace. What these radicals practice is not Islam. They are faux followers and do not truly represent it.

    And dont make me for another adamant follower. I’m a spiritually irreligious Muslim. I connect to God sans the irrational religious dogmas.

    I’m open to inter-faith discussions. I need to find the truth. And truth begins with peace. But what I’m experiencing here is some very derogatory talks!

    Rana Bhoumick Reply:

    Zeb, ignorance is always bliss and to get out of that “blissful” state, if you attach any “value” to your education, then get to Ali Sina’s site called faithfreedom dot org and get a honest read straight from the “terror manual and the incriminating H@dhiths, if you bear any degree of honesty within you, you will never ever state that bloomer you have made “True Islam is all about peace”. It has always been a terror manual, devoid of any concept of Universal brotherhood.

    Zeb Reply:

    Love you both, Rana and Relay. May God brings peace to you and all of us!

    Relay Reply:

    Hi Zeb, You sound like a nice person, but u r walking into a Islamic booby trap. You are trying to defend the indefensible and once you are on this track, the only progress will be to self destruct like to the two guys who did the Boston bombing ( and like thousands of others). Let me tell you I am no enemy of Muslims. Islam is proving to be clearly an ideology that is hate filled and destructive, you can see it world over.

    Sad fact is as more muslim men become hardcore religious, the more they are likely to cause hate and destruction. That is repeating again and again world over, in every terrorist attack, the perpetrators are highly religious. Not surprising that their violence can be directly co-related to the Islamic inspired ideology.

    My 2 cent advise to you, get away as far as possible from this islamic ideology, it will do no good in any way. You can be an atheist or choose any other means of reaching out to god (and spirituality), that will make you live in peace with out having to defend evil ( and all the pain that you go through in doing so). your next generation will be thankful you made the right decision. A well wisher.

  • Faulitics

    Forget about flying. Woman in some islamist societies can’t even drive. Zia will not write about that even though he says he is a “Muslim affairs” writer. Woman are treated like chattel in most Islamist societies but Zia may e considers that as “Muslim internal affairs”. He has to focus on Jews, who the Arabs have taught him to hate through their poison ideology masquerading as a religion.

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    whistling budhha Reply:

    good point . writer must make notice

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  • Anonymous

    I hope she succeeds!

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    engrich Reply:

    she is spy

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    engrich Reply:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u4btaTaj90&feature=youtu.be

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  • Anonymous

    Unlike your prophet, I sleep only with adult females.

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    Zeb Reply:

    Well, that says a lot about who you are! Promiscuous ****!

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    Sumit Bose Reply:

    Zeb, what type of “****” is one who sleeps with 4 women or better still, the historical person who slept with 16 women and 1 9 year old child, besides several undocumented sex-slaves?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You are being disrespectful to your lusty Prophet.

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    RAVI Reply:

    does that include ur mother as well.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    May be in your Islam one sleeps with mother..That’s your culture not ours.

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    RAVI Reply:

    butchers(qasai) of kanpur are no.1 laundebaaz.may be u have bad experience of them.

    Anonymous Reply:

    OK..now that too is Mohammad’s territory..Caliph Omar Mohd. ki g@@nd marta tha.

  • engrich

    picture of durga was brought from shanghai whom u worship as god.

    brhmno ka indians ko chutia bana ke lootney kee kala ko hinduism kahte hain.u were *** lickers and boot polishers of britishers who starved to death half the population of bengal bihar and orrisa

    tell me one achievement of vedic rule in india.

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  • engrich

    What Brahminism did to India?

    Destroyed democracy in India

    Removed equality for women

    Prevented Philosophy and Science from developing.

    Divided people from socializing.

    Made life a misery to most of the population

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I guess you are talking about Islam.

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    engrich Reply:

    see present india

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes, it is based on present India where muslims have polluted the liberal culture.

  • Sumit Bose

    Engrich Mian, Doorn has done immense good to two communities at one stroke; he has increased the IQ levels of both the Christian and the Moslem communities and he has to be congratulated for that feat!

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  • Sumit Bose

    Engrich Mian, you dont have to go too far, just look out of your window if you are living in any of the Mini-Pakistans in any Indian city and you will realize without any prompting, and get a very fair over-view of the great levels of education and sophistication of your band of converts. Wish you all had some integrity and had followed your voting for the creation of Pakistan and had packed and left for that na-Pakistan. You just stay back and spit on the same plate that you eat. You are truly shameless.

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  • Raj Nath

    K2e dont like it, then do us all, including yourself, a great favour and fcuk off to that ****-house named naPakistan, made by and for filthy and dirty converts as you.

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  • suresh kumar

    Is your friendship with Isrealis conditional to whether they love Palestine?

    In that case how many friends in Kashmir and Pakistan do you have who love India? SHould you not shun all the Kashmiris and Pakistanis who don;t want a strong united India?

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  • Anonymous

    Some butchers who follow arabic traditions live in Kanpur..many were butchered in 1992.

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  • Abhi

    “An aspect of Israel that goes largely unnoticed is that the fiercest
    critics of its policies are Israelis themselves. Alice Miller is one
    such Israeli”.
    Wish it were the same for the community to which Zia belongs.

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  • Shiva Prasad

    I agree with you that since you are a muslim, you are going to use the power of pen to manipulate and go after modi in the name of journalism and pretend to be non-biased blogger while writing about Raul. Its ok. We got it. You think people are stupid and they can’t see the underline tone of your blogs. Lets look at the facts. Is it very important in a mult-faith society for Modi to wear a skullcap? Will you be ok in a multi-failth society to eat Pork or pray in front of a temple? Modi is a politician and he does not need to wear a middle eastern culture of Islam of skull caps borrowed by Indian muslims. If this was a cultural thing like wearin a Gandhi cap and Modi refuses but how can you blame him for cap? Come on Zia you know and we know that this is bull. Lets look at other questions you asked to Roul. You ask a question and then conveniently say that Roul is not responsibile for answering that question. Wow. Now, lets look at Gujrat. When you talk about Gujrati riot victims how come in a multifaith society you dont ask about those Hindu victims which were burnt in a Hindu Country openly when they were returning from Ayodhya? How come you as a non-biased journalist not ask the question to Modi about compensating all victims irrespective of muslim riot victims?

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    Sumit Bose Reply:

    ShivaPrasad, the continous din over a decade has effectively blocked out that nearly 250 Hindus were killed by the so called “victims of genocide” during the same riots. Even the common Indians were unaware of it and even you seem oblivious to those numbers of Indians killed, besides the people who were burnt at the the compartment by the “victims of genocide”.

    Leave alone this ZiaMian, even the courts seem to treat those deaths as non-existant, because there exits no Corrupt Party, no Zakia, no Teesta Setalvad, no Mallika , no R@NDITV to shed any tears for them.

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    piyush Reply:

    shiva nice ques bro….we are seculars….we believe in multi faith,…and so does modi

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  • Shiva Prasad

    We have few problems with Indian press/media and so called these bloggers like Zia and newspapers like HT and journalists like Seema Mustafa, Barkha, Sardesai, Josey Josephs of the world. First, the owners of NDTV, HT, are all sold to Congress anyway. For them it is a matter of money and so Congress with its full kitty after looting for 65 years can give all the money to media/press to buy them out. Next, comes the hindu journalists. They are all for SALE and some of them are leftist intellectuals who are ok to follow communism, islam, christianity but they are anti-Hindus. The one’s who are on sale like Barkha gets paid from ISI routed through Dawood to control Indian media. And the rest of the journalists are fundamentalist journalists like Seema Mustafa, Josey Joseph or Zia for who their religion comes first, then journalism second and being Indian is the last or never a priority. Show me any Islamic country where minorities gets equal rights except Turkey which is also going now Islamic. In Saudi, Porkistan, Iran, Iraq, or even Malaysia there are no rights for minorities. Islam preaches no multifaith so when you are in a minority then people like ZIa talk about multifaith society blah blah but when they become majority all rights are curbed of minorities. Everywhere they fight with Christians but when it comes to India Muslims are supporting Christian Sonia. WHY?

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  • Truth

    Dear Editor @ Hindustan Times, If you can’t find meaningful journalists/writers, I’ll write articles for you’ll but please do not employ such freelancers who bring disrepute to journalism. Gandhi is NO WHERE COMPARABLE TO MODI. Becuase everyone wears different types of topis doesn’t mean that MODI also wear skull-cap. Secularism does not get exhibited by merely wearing a skull cap but by exhuding in ones actions. You’ll want to stay Muslims and hence you’ll are not becoming Indians. Rahul Gandhi is a mere meowing cat, but MODI has got a LIONS ROAR. SIT has given him clean chit, don’t you Muslims understand that India is losing a leader by unnecessarily embroiling him in 2002 riots where he had absolutely no role to play.

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  • Roger

    Typical write up from someone who can’t see real difference between Modi and Rahul. Modi isa doer. He may be exaggerating his capabilities and so may be media. But Rahul is really a moron who started with a golden spoon encrusted with diamond which today looks like an aluminum one, like his father who proved to be hugely incompetent. Nehru dynasty post Mrs. Indira gandhi is nothing but a joke – full of nincompoops, charlatans and cheats.

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  • Javed

    gujrat is not first in this .. state X is first, guj is 3d

    gujrat is not first in that … state Y is first, guj is 2nd

    gujrat is not first in abracadabra .. state Z is first guj is 4th

    it takes scores of other states to together keep guj out of first position. but hv u ever wondered d1ckheads – if guj is near top in many many indices what positive effect it has on people’s lives? what is means cumulatively? look at overall picture not some pedantic stats to suit your biased agenda

    Admit it Modi has done an excellent job, and we DONT just deserve him as PM, we desperately NEED him.

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  • Javed

    and all those writing slanting drivel on positive of Rahul Gandhi – can you enlighten us on 1 thing in clear decisive way

    What are Rahul’s achievements that make our lives better? making it easy – Explain only one

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    DingDongDig Your Grave Singh Reply:

    Yes I have 1…in fact…many …many…ok let me think…yes…I have some….well some you know….oh…ok let me try hard again..let me put some pressure on my brain and see if I can come up with one achievement of Roul….well…does it qualify if I say Roul is a brother in law of the Billionaire (from looten money) of a private citizen Robert Vadra? NO? Ok…let me try again…how about…Roul is the son of the white supremist fascist mafia one family Christian Sonia? No…ok…ok I got it…there is one more…Roul can be spelled as Rahul in Hindustan…NO? Ok…ok…one more try…Roul’s achievement are the he is the VP of the family party of Congress…no..that is not an achivement? Oh …how about this..Roul can drink sterlized milk flown from Italy (off course from Indian Cows that were imported by Italy hundreds of years ago) at a Farmers hut in any opposition party states such as Bihar or Karnataka and then have to immediately be cleaned by sterlized water. NO? Ok man I give up…Roul is Roul…and that is an achivement…as he is the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. NO? Thats not true? Oh well….I am not answering this question then. I am me, myself and Roul.

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    raul baba ka ghanta Reply:

    hahhahhahhahahahhaaaaa…….how bout this, Rahul was caught redhanded in US for possession of drugs and is an imbecile, illiterate, was thrown out of harvard Univ where his admission was guaranteed by a large donation by his family….oh these are not achievements, then you must be asking a wrong question. rafool forever………er Raul forever……whatever……………..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    That is superb. I just can’t stop laughing.

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    kanishka Reply:

    Direct result of a lucky sperm who won the race of its survival almost 44 years ago and grew 70 inches from mere 0,001 inch in just first 18 years.

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  • anil

    Stop taking Modi’s and Rahul’s name in same breath.

    It’s simply an insult to people’s consciousness. to see some one like Modi is being compared to Rahul.

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  • Mahmood Miyan

    Modiji was elected many times, the state has the best roadsystem, power surplus, enough water and people like Modiji and voted for him and BJP again and again. This is in spite of Congress using money power to make sure he does not win. Now, if you think Gujrat is second in this or third in this…well it is good enough for the people of India. So dont play your Muslim card Zia. Lets be thankful to Hindu India for being secular and accomodating. People like you are mis-using your so-called Journalist background to write wrong things. Lets not divide India into Hindus and Muslims. India went through this once and that’s enough. Muslims have to modernize, come into the mainstream, and show that in spite of India being divided on religious grounds, we are not going to let down the faith bestowed on us by fellow Hindus in believing in us. It was these fellow Hindus who decided to become Secular so that Muslims can be accomodated post-Independence in spite of separation. In return, Muslims should not let down Hindus and their trust. If muslims are truly nationalist, they need to join NDA and kick foreign forces like US, Sonia, out of India. Even MMS needs to retire and go back to US and work for Walmart or IKEA.

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  • Patriotic Indian

    Modi has to wear skullcaps so that he can show to muslims in a multifaith society that in spite of India is a Hindu country Hindus are stupid to become secular and now Muslims need not show that they are patriotic first and muslims second. Modi has to wear skullcaps since he is a Hindu but a muslim does not have to do anything to cater to sensitivities of HIndus since Hindus are not capable of standing for themselves. Modi has to wear skullcaps since Zia says so. Can Modi ask Zia to become Indian first and muslim second? The answer is NO. So Modi should wear skullcap since Zia and Seema Mustafa can be terrorist supporters on payroll of Dawood Bhai but still Hindus dont realize that. Modi has to wear skullcaps since everyone in Saudi, Egypt, and Pakistan wears skull caps…so what if Saudi is muslim anarchy and Pakistan is a terrorist infested country? And by the way, by wearing skullcaps Modi can show that he is Muslim friendly as muslims vote as a bank, they have grown from 7% post independence to 20% now and they will continue to grow to 50% soon by importing more from Bangladesh.

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  • Anonymous

    Just ONE reason why I should vote for Rajiv Gandhi. This guy by virtue of his family connection hogs the limelight , NEVER WENT TO A UNI, hopeless orator , lead a high life spending time abroad with a firangi girlfriend.

    MODI USED TO SELL TEA WITH HIS BROTHER IN TRAIN STATION, will he know india better or Rahul Maino gandhi. Does he know the REETI RIWAZ of this country , HE IS HALF ITALIAN.

    Also perception is everything , people think Modi will bring economic betterment, with rahul people think he is mama;s boy and that;s about it.

    Any doubt as to whether a single leader can harness electoral votes , refer to a certain MAMATA BANERJEE who caused an upheavel SINGLEHANDEDLY,THE LIKE OF WHICH HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN LAST 100 YRS..
    There were few groups to contend with , like all the CPM unions in every facet of life in bengal, yet she triumphed, SAME AWAITS MODI.

    BJP is quite right in keeping the name of PM candidate ambigous. Otherwise NDA will fall apart so soon and all the attention diverted in castigating modi.as if he hasn’t got enough cacophony on gujrat riot.

    I for a moment don;t expect Modi to cure all the ills of india BUT ATLEAST WE WONT HAVE A GOVT WHOSE MARRIED WITH GROWN UPCHILDREN SPOKESPERSON HAS ******** IN HIS OFFICE IN LIEU OF OFFERING A JUDGE’S POST.

    No wonder there is so much rape in delhi
    Also hopefully Modi will clamp down on media houses bribed by congress like NDTV

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1536964702 Arshad Mohsin

    The actual questions that should be asked to nincompoop Modi have to be these. 1.Why does he think a tea seller can outsmart highly educated,cultured and secular Indians in solving national problems ? 2.How much does he know about the physics and chemistry of photovoltaic cell as to recommend solar panels on Indo-Pak border ? Why does he believe that after killing 3000 innocent muslim men, women and children he can get away with it so easily ? Does he think 30 crore Indian Muslims have got no courage to revenge their martyres in Gujarat ? Why does he think that corporate India can buy him the PM’s seat against popular will ?

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    Javed Khan Reply:

    Mohsin Mian here are the actual questions we should ask Muslims like you happen to remain in India even though a country was carved out of HIndustan for you all and it was called Pakistan so that you all can go there. Then what happened. How come you and your forefathers stayed in India? Now back to basics. A tea seller knows more about India than this so called highly educated cultured psuedo secular people like MMS and Roul and Salman Khurshid who probably are not in touch with any ordinary Indians. Second he doesn’t have to know physics or chemistry…he is not our Chief Scientist for God’s shake…he is a duly elected administrator of one of our states where Indians elected him. Off course, you will disagree with these Indians who elected him again and again but you are you ready to be unpatriotic to go with a foreign born fascist christian lady since it plays well with your religion…as they say for you India can go to hell as long as you are are a muslim first. Now, more importantly we Indians believe in our SC more than these politicians. Even our CJI is a muslim. In spite of SC having a muslim CJI, our democracry has shown that even after so much effort by people like you and Theesta and other fundamentalist SC has not found anything against Modi. Now, if you dont stop blaming him for 3000 innocent muslims then man…you need to go back to Porkistan. 30 Crore Muslims should be worried about showing courage to go against their fundamentalsist mullah, and people like you and Zia.

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    Ramdev Reply:

    I agree with Javed. Lets give respect to Modi and look at the facts. I agree we believe in SC and SC in spite of the best efforts of all have not found anything against Modi. In fact, SC has to reprimand (dont know why she was not sent to jail) Teestha for falsyfying testimonials. Now, if Modi said go and kill muslims that is not right..but he didnot. Was he not effective in controlling the riots immediately…well he was not. So was MMS not when it came to Assam or J&K or other places. Does that make MMS, Sonia, Chiddu and others guilty. They didnt control the Sikh riots. So does that make Sonia and Rajiv (post dead) guilty? Now the facts are that I am proud that Modi didnt wear Skull cap. He is hindu and he never said he needs to pretend to be something else. He also didnt say that muslims cannot wear skull caps in Gujrat and that would be not right. Instead what I hate is Mullah Mulayams and Sonia who pretend to be muslim friendly and wear all these skull caps but in reality are looters of our society as a whole. Lets give kudos to Modi for standing up in what he believes in and still able to convey that message not falsyfhing.

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    kanishka Reply:

    K2E, what was the qualification of Mohmad, the pedo whom you follow as a model?

    A tea seller knows more than a person livng in palace, about the real problems of real people. He has not sold the tea in his 45 years of adult life. He has run one of the most progressive state successfully since 2002. Unlike Papistan, India PM or CM has an army of able and competent advisors in each area and they take decision based on advice. True leader needs vision for future and convince the followers. Modi has both. You are a looser Jehadi and has no idea of Indian politics.

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    Mohmad Chutiya Reply:

    Moh-mad had lots of qualifications as a human monster. He was a nymph who had many wives. He married even a 9 year old daughter of his friend and claimed Allah told him so. He created this world’s fanatic cult called Islam where he borrowed eastern philosophy and then twisted it for his own benefit. He wanted multiple gals so there you go..Islam allows multiple wives. He used women as object of his desire so there you go…put them in Burkha and make them serve the husbands. Mohammed saw that his country Saudi was a poor country (at that time oil was not discovered) so he said come to mecca at least once in lifetime…so that his country’s economy can benefit. If Allah is everywhere why go to Mecca? Yeah Yeah…justify it till the cows go home. Ok…so more on Moh-mad. He justified the most brutal religion in the name of God (Allah) by stating that one can butcher an animal and let them die painfully. How inhuman Mohmad was? Then kill all the Khafirs…even though they can be good huamns?

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    Mohmad Chutiya Reply:

    Moh-mad had lots of qualifications as a human monster. He was a nymph who had many wives. He married even a 9 year old daughter of his friend and claimed Allah told him so. He created this world’s fanatic cult called Islam where he borrowed eastern philosophy and then twisted it for his own benefit. He wanted multiple gals so there you go..Islam allows multiple wives. He used women as object of his desire so there you go…put them in Burkha and make them serve the husbands. Mohammed saw that his country Saudi was a poor country (at that time oil was not discovered) so he said come to mecca at least once in lifetime…so that his country’s economy can benefit. If Allah is everywhere why go to Mecca? Yeah Yeah…justify it till the cows go home. Ok…so more on Moh-mad. He justified the most brutal religion in the name of God (Allah) by stating that one can butcher an animal and let them die painfully. How inhuman Mohmad was? Then kill all the Khafirs…even though they can be good huamns?

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    Mohsin Chutiya Reply:

    Mohsin Bhai, you are telling me that a foreigner who happens to be a Christian, who was a maid and waitress, who is from Italy where Fascism came from, Sonia who is a mafia white supremist is OK but an Indian born patriotic person of a Hindu India who is not guilty of any crime is not worthy of becoming PM? Unfortunately, Mohsin Bhai we are the sufferers. We gave your forefathers land called Porkistan to go and live there didnt realize that you all will end up taking our land and still stay here and try to screw us. Also, instead of making Patel as our PM we ended up making nincompoop Nehru as our PM who in return brought us to this stage where when we got independence we were told that muslims will move to Porkistan and we had about 3 crores of you left over in India and today you have grown to 30 Crores where 10 crores are illegal in India from Bangladesh. And by claiming that Modi killed 3000 innocent muslims is like saying you all muslims killed Hindu Pundits in J&K, you all muslims killed all the terrorist attacks in India which is not the case right? So stop blaming Modi and start to blame Jinnah, Bukhari, Owaisi, SIMI and others for your this fate.

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    Mohsin Chutiya Reply:

    Mohsin Bhai, you are telling me that a foreigner who happens to be a Christian, who was a maid and waitress, who is from Italy where Fascism came from, Sonia who is a mafia white supremist is OK but an Indian born patriotic person of a Hindu India who is not guilty of any crime is not worthy of becoming PM? Unfortunately, Mohsin Bhai we are the sufferers. We gave your forefathers land called Porkistan to go and live there didnt realize that you all will end up taking our land and still stay here and try to screw us. Also, instead of making Patel as our PM we ended up making nincompoop Nehru as our PM who in return brought us to this stage where when we got independence we were told that muslims will move to Porkistan and we had about 3 crores of you left over in India and today you have grown to 30 Crores where 10 crores are illegal in India from Bangladesh. And by claiming that Modi killed 3000 innocent muslims is like saying you all muslims killed Hindu Pundits in J&K, you all muslims killed all the terrorist attacks in India which is not the case right? So stop blaming Modi and start to blame Jinnah, Bukhari, Owaisi, SIMI and others for your this fate.

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    Maurya Reply:

    first of all India does NOT have 30 crore muslims- That is a popular Islamist lie, to increase Islamic influence in india. 30 crore will be the total number of muslims in India and Pakistan combined! India has less than 15% muslims….125 crore- 15% = less than 18 crore muslims!!! You just doubled it eh??Nice taquiya!!! I am surprised nationalist commentators usually believe this 30 crore islmist **** and dnt try to dispute it!

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    Michael Fernandes Reply:

    What he meant was that they are 15 crores now and they are ready to take another illegal Bangladeshi’s and Myanmar Muslims to the tune of 15 crores. Look at this from India’s perspective. These Desh Drohi’s (unpatriotic) bas…tards will even claim Bangladeshi and Myanmar muslims into India does not matter if it hurts India as a country. These nalayaks will sell the country in the name of religion. Why Gandhiji Why? Why didnt you let these desh Drohi’s leave the country? From 1947 to 1948 you could have created a safe corridor where all muslims can leave India once for all. Why Gandhiji Why? Why are we stuck with these anti-nationalist zeolats. They are ready to partner with faschist white christian sonia and anti-Indian muslims from Bangladesh who bring in ISI routed money and fundamentalism. How do we get rid of these people? Boycott Shahrukh Khan and all the so called Khans and muslims in real life? If they are going to make it Modi versus muslims even though modi is not guilty should we make it hindu versus muslims? This is the Congress we voted which divided us into muslims and hindus? No muslim talked like this as anti-nationalist before? WHY?

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  • Proud Indian

    Weired I always thought that pseudo secularist (read anti Hindu media was always critical of Modi (or for any other good leader) and were so in love with anyone from the dynasty (read ghandhis). I have mot seen even a single article questioning the qualification of Papu Ghandhi. None nada WHY? Because he is the nawab, the anointed one from the dynasty and you should not ask any questions like that. Journalists (Read pets of dynasty) should keep on getting their wages from the big darbar and keep on bending their heads on the doors there. Shame on you Zia Haq,

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  • kanishka

    @Author “Progress must be shared and inclusive, he said, which is to say that everybody must benefit from economic progress. Can there be a bigger answer for India, still home to one of the world’s poorest population?”

    How is Modi stopping Muslims from eating the fruits of double-digit development which has reached every where in Gujarat, is beyond the educated readers? Is he stopping Muslims from walking on the roards, not getting electric connections that has reached every village, not letting the water drink from the piped connection? Has Modi changed any law or introduced any law that descriminates on the basis of religion being Muslim?

    Miaji, you are NOT worried about dozens of states where there is either very little or no progress. Nitish has raised the level of child malnutrition to an alarming level of 82% which, in your narrow opinion, is INCLUSIVE becasue it takes care of all children of non-elite Biharis. Funny and strange how your argument can pass even the smell test to appear in HT.
    Any growth rate which is 6% or below is just status quo if you take into account the 30-35 million new mouths added every year. The growth in UPA2 is under 6%. So there is in fact no growth under Khangrace so what is threre to share?

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    Sumit Bose Reply:

    Kanishka, wonderful posts and very germane to the blow the blinkers worn not only by this ZiaMian, but by the entire english media. Keep it up, you are very effectively neutralizing the pseudo-sickulars and pseudo-arabs.

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  • kanishka

    @Author “Why did he refuse a skullcap presented to him as an honour by a Muslim? Doesn’t he believe in multi-faith?”

    The day Mauni baba MMS accepts and WEARS a skull cap or Khangrace Soniamma wears a BURKA presented to her, we will ask Modi to accept the skull cap.

    BTW, Modi did accept a shawl with Koranic verses in the same function. Google it agnorant.

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  • kanishka

    April 20, 2013 – Modi took on those criticizing Gujarat, saying,
    “The prime minister MMS Mauni Baba today presented an award for
    excellence in public administration in the organization category,
    for Gujarat’s skill development program.

    This award has shut the mouths of
    those like ZIA Mian who are trying to defame Gujarat and spread lies about the state

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  • kanishka

    -“INCLUSIVE GROWTH” HAS BECOME A NEW CODE WORD used against Modi by Khangrace menions REPLACING SECULAR. INCLUSIVE GROWTH COMES FROM EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYMENT COMES FROM NEW INDUSTRIES AND SERVICES WHO HIRE PEOPLE WITH SIKLLS.

    Modi govenment has provided 800 crores for 60 million Gujaratis in 2013 budget ONLY FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT while UPA/Khangrace has provided only 1000 crores for the entire country of 1250 million and employement comes from GOOD GROWTH OF INDUSTRY, SERVICE AND GOVERNANCE which Modi has been providing in Gujarat since 2002.

    Are you trying to pull wool, not just over the eyes of the readers but all over their BODIES? You looser.

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  • bob the mango man

    Rahul is like a demure bride who desparately wants to be screwed, but keeps on denying the desire to show the world her demeanour!

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  • kanishka

    Like a box of parrots, Aakar Patel, Ram Guha, others and also ZIA,
    everyone in the media used to talk about “Malnutrition” in Gujarat until March 2013 report of the CAG.. Even students who were called for debates were tutored to talk of “Malnutrition” in Gujarat. Funny huh? Malnutrition is a national problem and so too in Gujarat, maybe across the
    world in many countries. But where the other tags failed they are now into the “Malnutrition” song and dance routine. Here’s how their mundane rant has become and how foolish it really sounds:

    Great roads in Gujarat: Okay, but what about malnutrition?

    Great infrastructure in Gujarat: Okay, but what about malnutrition?

    24X7 Power supply: Okay, but what about malnutrition?

    24,400 MW installed capacity in 2012: So what? What about malnutrition?

    Drinking water from Sabarmati: Okay, but what about malnutrition?

    Special incentives girls: Okay, okay, but what about malnutrition?

    Crores investmented in Industry: Yeah alright, but what malnutrition?

    Women can move safely: Who cares? What about malnutrition?

    Modi is not corrupt & incorruptible: Corruption is normal, Modi is ABNORMAL, what about malnutrition?

    Sex-determination tests banned: Minor issue, what about malnutrition?

    GDP growth well above national average: Fine, fine, what about malnutrition?

    Double-digit Agriculture growth for years: See the “larger” picture, what
    about malnutrition?

    800 crores in 2013 budget of Gujarat for skill development: borrowing
    too much; you are trying to divert the issue. what about malnutrition?

    Fifth largest GDP in 2012 ($105B) increased to $138B in 2013 –
    STOOOOOP IT! TALK ONLY ABOUT MALNUTRITION

    Today just replace the word “MALNUTRITION” from above with “INCLUSIVE GROWTH” and notice the same rigmarole of pseudo-secularists.

    All the achievement in such a short span does not mean Gujarat has become a “developed” state like USA, JAPAN or Germany. Modi admits that development is a work-in-progress and there is still long way to go. Development is like a tree sapling and must be irrigated with hard work and good governance for another decade to let the tree mature to bear enough fruits for everyone to enjoy the fruits from the matured tree of development. Bribing poor with DIRECT CASH require NO development or growth and can bring laziness among all poor with inclusiveness and anarchy.

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  • suryodaya

    Unfair comments on Mr. Modi. The author of the article is from a minority community. It did not indicate the interest of Mr. Haq; is he a political writer? or he is writing for somebody? by bringing in skull cap issue, he is trying to colour Mr. Modi. The first question on this issue is: (i) why a Hindu should wear a skull cap? (2) Skull cap belongs to jewish people first, and then the muslims second. No other person will wear it. I quote from Wiki: “those of high society routinely shaved their heads, to prevent lice.
    Conversely, their skullcaps then served as protection against irritation
    from their wigs.” I found this quote from yahoo: Muslims wear the cap to emulate Muhammad. The companions of Muhammad
    were never seen without their heads being covered. In order to emulate
    their actions, Muslims throughout the world wear a variety of tagiyah
    caps, fez hats, and other headgear. Another goal of wearing a tagiyah is
    to be more like Muhammad and therefore obey and follow his tradition.
    The tagiyah cap is not a modern invention within the US-based Muslim
    community, but a tradition from antiquity. In fact, ancient Arabs had
    the habit of always wearing something on their heads. They considered it
    inappropriate not to wear headgear like the keffiyeh.” Thus, it is clear that offering Skull cap to Mr. Modi was a mischievous action by muslims; Wearing skull cap does not make a secular. Let the muslims offer the skull cap to the PM or the President. Skull cap indicates a person’s faith and surrenderbefore Mohammed, which no Hindu will accept. Hindustan times should have removed this item from the article before publishing it. It is offensive.

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    the head during prayer. Some Muslims use a prayer mat during
    salat. It is common for men to wear a tagiyah during weddings. Peace.

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  • suryodaya

    After reading all the comments, mostly contributed by hindus including mine, I have come to the conclusion that comments indicate very few muslims are nationalists, and Zia Haq is not one among them. A hindu friend commeted that Congress President being a christian should wear burka to show solidarity (not secularism) to Mohammed’s followers. Muslims are not adopting the Indian society’s habits and cultures, and they continue to copy and follow middle east (there is nothing called middle east p- a creation of US christians). All the muslims kingdoms and democracies are floating islands. No muslim country will accept the Indian muslims as their brothern and allow them to get employment, seek permanent residence, or citizenship. The Indian muslims are just a crowd for those island nations and assimilate their customs and traditions and not the one indians follow.

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  • piyush

    he asks if modi doent believe in multi faith…i want to ask you mr zia haq…do u believe in multi faith? if yes,then how many times in your life you have bowed in temple and wore the tika? or read the bible in church? or went to gurudwara and ate langar?

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  • Magdalenesmith

    Rahul Gandhi is a very Great Leader in the Indian Politics whenever Narendra are the Killer of Thousands of Minority Muslim in the Gujrat Violence .Rahul is not Hungry to achieve a PM post whenever Narendra Modi is so crazy to achieve a PM post .

    http://www.prlog.org/12112705-6pm-coupon-code-extra-savings-up-to-75-enjoy-2013s-big-deal.html

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    Magdalenesmit Chutiya Reply:

    Oh…and your friend Sonia is a killer of Thousands of Sikhs, Hindu Pundits in J&K, Hindus in Assam. Your friend Rahul is a playboy who failed 10th class but uses his surname to rob India. Are you one of his Chamchas?

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  • bharat

    Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi should explain how their “private company” Young Indian managed to take over 2000 crores+ worth of real estate belonging to Associated Journal/National Herald using Congress party funds and why they made Congress Treasurer Motilal Vora and Karnataka Congresswallah Oscar Fernandez 10% owner of teh CompanyPriyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra and his mother Maureen should explain the business model behind the land deals in Congress ruled states which makes the two richer by hundreds of crores.

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  • Anonymous

    Has Rahul done anything for the “aam aadmi” with his powers so far ? Has Modi done anything for the “aam aadmi” with his powers so far ? If you can find the real answers to the above two questions, you’ll know who deserves what type of treatment.

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  • Anonymous

    What drives Zia to write such blogs?
    - Absolute hatred for anything Hindu
    - Muslim communalism and separatism

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    Michael Fernandes Reply:

    Agreed. Amen.

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  • Abhi

    “Why did he refuse a skullcap presented to him as an honour by a Muslim?”
    Modi will gladly wear a scull cap if the Muslim who offered it to Modi will wear a tilak.

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  • Shridhar

    I am not a Modi baiter nor fawn over Rahul, but it is sickening to see the direction of discourse that we go into when we talk about this subject.

    Granted that a lot of people think that Rahul does not have qualify to be India’s PM or that he is the leader of Congress only because of his birth, why is it so wrong to ask some tough questions (which are valid enough) to someone we think “deserves” to be our PM?

    The only answers that we have received from Narendra Modi are those that he has chosen to answer. Is it healthy for a person we think deserves to be our PM to walk out if the question is too tough to his liking

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  • http://www.facebook.com/deepakj Deepak Jain

    Are you saying that either Prithviraj Chauhan or Manohar Parrikar should be projected as the next PM? Be objective yaar.

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  • Faulitics

    Zia Mian, don’t you have any shame at all to put out a third rate hit piece like this? That skullcap BS is laughable. If you really want to do a hit piece, atleast put some real work into it.

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  • rajesh

    its nothing but a piece of shit

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  • amitabh.jha19

    I think the basic problem of u porkistanis are that you are brainless. No matter what the whole world will do to u you will always hit them hard. What Modi has done is 1. Corruption free stat. When u see in center where people are just looting and raping india Modi clean governance is like a white spot on the black face.
    2. He taught mulism a lesson in 2002. Otherwise can u imagine what u people could do if we wouldn’t reacted that way.
    .3. He thinks.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    TYPICAL RESPONSE AS EXPECTED FROM SOMEONE WHOSE SURNAME IS JHA.
    Particularly no 2.
    Then what can you expect from a bihari bhucchar , how dalit women this ******* have defiled , no wonder ALL THE RECENT RAPISTS OF MINORS IN DELHI HAIL FROM VILLAGES OF BIHAR
    By the way I AM A MODI FAN

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  • balajimaharashtra-karnataka

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    *****(congress and bjp both are not in interests of regional people they represent the syndicate of some communities which work for wellbeing of their own communities and these communities have strong hold on telecom sector and media,

    so it is advised to all regional state people to become alert for interest of their own regional or local communities or beware to choose local parties only for better future of their childrens also……)*****

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    karnataka people should vote only for regional local karnataka parties only because :—-

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    (1)***** advani was bjp pm candidate for 2004 and failed or defeated….*****

    (2)***** advani was bjp pm candidate for 2009 and failed or defeated….*****

    (3) *****advani may want to be pm candidate for 2014 and will fail or defeated again……..*****

    (4)*****india is country of regional parties/multi state parties,*****

    (5)*****and bjp is also a regional party though it claims as national party but its hold is limited to central india or gujrat permanently ………….*****

    (6)*****and congress is only multi state-single family party though it claims as national party …………..*****

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  • balajimaharashtra-karnataka

    correct analysis :——-
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    *****(congress and bjp both are not in interests of regional people they represent the syndicate of some communities which work for wellbeing of their own communities and these communities have strong hold on telecom sector and media,

    so it is advised to all regional state people to become alert for interest of their own regional or local communities or beware to choose local parties only for better future of their childrens also……)*****

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    karnataka people should vote only for regional local karnataka parties only because :—-

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    (1)***** advani was bjp pm candidate for 2004 and failed or defeated….*****

    (2)***** advani was bjp pm candidate for 2009 and failed or defeated….*****

    (3) *****advani may want to be pm candidate for 2014 and will fail or defeated again……..*****

    (4)*****india is country of regional parties/multi state parties,*****

    (5)*****and bjp is also a regional party though it claims as national party but its hold is limited to central india or gujrat permanently ………….*****

    (6)*****and congress is only multi state-single family party though it claims as national party …………..*****

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004774505920 Harpreet Singh

    I agree with Narendra modi

    For quite some time, there have discussions at the national stage as
    why should Modi be the next PM of India. Well, the reasons are
    definitely very simple, people are supporting and in a democracy, the
    opinions of people are everything.

    Time and again, Modi has proved himself as a skilful administrator
    who has the skills to tackle difficult situation. Before Modi, Gujarat
    was in a great amount of chaos and most of his predecessors could not
    tackle the pressure. But, what Modi did was really appreciable.

    He improvised himself as per the demands of the job and converted Gujarat into a vibrant

    and peaceful state.

    At this moment, the whole of India needs a peaceful nation which can
    develop in the economic sphere too. For a long time, prolonged
    inflations and degrading administrative

    setup has caused a lot of problems in India. It’s high time now that Modi takes over the

    controls and brings India to the top of the world.

    So let us have a close look at the things Modi can do to revolutionise India’s administrative

    infrastructure:

    ✓ Modi definitely has the potential to take effective and strong
    counter-terrorist actions. He has already done a lot to reduce the
    anti-India elements that were brewing up in Gujarat. It is expected that
    he will do the same as soon as he takes over as PM.

    ✓ A serious problem that Modi has promised to solve is the problem of
    illegal immigration from neighbouring nation, especially Bangladesh.
    So, if he can deal with this problem as the PM, we can definitely look
    forward to political stability in the border districts of states like WB
    and Assam.

    ✓ Revolutionizing the economy is on the top of ‘to-do list’ as far as
    Narendra Modi is concerned. He has already done it in Gujarat by
    turning the state into one of India’s richest. So, all eyes are on
    Narendra Modi as he can really revolutionise the entire nation’s
    economy.

    ✓ Moreover, Modi is one of those few leaders who have the quality of
    keeping promises. Unlike most others, Modi’s ability of delivering on
    promises has made him a darling of the people. He has remained incumbent
    for a long time and will continue to do so as he delivers his promises
    with passion and true dedication.

    ✓ As far as security issues are concerned, Modi will take a harsh stand against all anti- national elements.

    So, these are the X-factors that make Modi the strongest contender in
    the race for PM. It is widely expected that he will be the next PM and
    help India to regain supremacy as it had in the days of Atal ji. All of
    us, from all parts of India have a lot of expectations from the
    architect of vibrant Gujarat.

    Whatever be the factors, Narendra Modi will fight with positive
    spirit against all obstructions between him and New Delhi. The entire
    nation has its eyes set on the 2014 general elections that will be the
    real test for Modi. http://modiwins.com/

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    Shah Dipesh Reply:

    I m also wid NA.MO.

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  • Anonymous

    Zia

    You seem seriously worried that MOdi is going to be the PM. Well for too long the paid media tried to blow the trumpet of Rahul… and after 9 years when Rahul spoke for the first time– he failed all. He is a raw gay who I wont even make the president of HIndustan Times, forget the PM of India. Honestly you should keep aside the money the Congress pays to bribe journalists and tell us why

    a) You wrote a sycophantic piece praising Salman Khurshid when that guy even thieves from the handicapped.

    b) Do you think burning 59 priests alive wont cause communal passions to flare up? Gujrat riots was once such madness where 1000 people both HIndus and Muslims died. But so conveniently the act of burning the 50 priests alive has been forgotton

    c) Modi has governed for 9 years. Rahul has only paid people money to blow his trumpet. Why dont you ask him to do some job– even as say a call centre guy and show us his talent?

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    engricn Reply:

    Do you think burning 59 priests alive wont cause communal passions to
    flare up? Gujrat riots was once such madness where 1000 people bot

    zhoote jansanghi kisi ka nam batao.bogey was reserved from kanpur and all passenger are alive.again i ask u to give me the name of one priest.sala zhooton ka bazar garam kar rakhkha hai.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I think you got this news from Madrassa disinformation times

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    engrich Reply:

    kisi ka nam batao jisko insurance ya goverment se paisa mila ho.

  • Anonymous

    If hindu leaders have to prove their secularism by wearing a topi and attending iftars then muslim leaders should dawn a Tilak and take part in singing vande matram.

    This secularism can no longer be one way street.

    I can say with 100% confidence that 99.99% muslims are communal and majority of them are very intolerant. They should first learn to respect other faiths and people and then crib.

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    engrich Reply:

    modi should go to jail for killing innocents in gujrat during riot .all jansaghi lies are only lies.muslims are 100%communal not 99% even then if somebody kill anyone should go to gallows.this is our constitution.
    so like parvez mushshsaraf he should be sent to jail.

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  • Shridhar

    none so far and I am not one of the “Rahul-for-PM” callers. but it disturbs me that a person who we say “is-needed” as the PM of the country chooses not to answer inconvenient questions. Whenever the questions are asked, his “supporters” choose to abuse, shout down and obfuscate rather than answer the questions.

    Narendra Modi may have done some good work in Gujarat (and I am no expert on that), but leadership cults have never done any country any good

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  • Bhavik

    Show me an offshore account with Mr. Modi’s name on it and I will believe those who are against him. During search what you will instead find is his track record for lifting the morale and self respect and livelihood of majority of Gujaratis. While most congress leaders, sonia’s and her family members were busy depositing yours and mine money to their off shore accounts. Get real and stop pointing at one thing Mr. Modi may or may not be responsible for and focus on hundreds of scams and riots that unveiled under corrupt congress leaders. Where were they during other riots across nation, during hundreds of scams, and where were you to comment on them. If Indians don’t elect Modi as their PM you all are going to go in even dipper shit than what you already are in. While Rahul is inexperienced and soft, Mr. Modi is the only leader who is strong (speaks less, does more), experienced, and capable to regain the self respect among Indians across globe and strengthen the morale of this country especially if we want to stop our neighbors from laughing and tampering at us. If you want globe to respect India, your IT skills or entrepreneurship skills isn’t going to be enough, you need the pride in action for your country, not words which Mr. Modi has demonstrated under his leadership in-spite what few people may say. I wish I could vote for Mr. Modi as PM in 2014. Neither Pakistan, china nor Congress is going to change, what can change is who we elect next. Choice is yours to trust Mr. Modi.

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  • observer

    bangladesh tragedy………………………………………………………………………………………Some Americans feel, mistakenly, that they live in a different universe from
    Bangladeshis. However, “The American retailers supplied by the Bangladeshi
    workers routinely practice wage theft, reduce hours worked and prevent their
    employees from earning a living wage.” It is, so far, only a matter of degree.

    “Worldwide finance capitalism is the villain in this tale.”

    When we speak of people being crushed it is usually in metaphorical terms. Political defeat, and oppressions of various kinds can be described as such, but the reference is rarely a literal one.

    At a textile factory complex in Savar, Bangladesh at least 300 and perhaps as many as 1,000 garment workers were crushed to death when the building they were working in collapsed. It was the second incident of large scale fatalities involving Bangladeshi textile workers since last November when 112 people were killed in a garment factory fire.

    American, Canadian and European retailers have come to depend on sweat shops located in Haiti, Bangladesh, or China in order to maximize their profits. When Americans shop at Walmart, H&M, the Gap, or Sears for clothing bargains they often emerge with clothing made by people who risk their lives in return for very little income.

    It is too easy to blame the Walmarts of the world when these deaths take place, but Walmart is but a symptom of a larger disease. Worldwide finance capitalism is the villain in this tale and will continue to crush millions around the world as it reaches what appears to be its late stage of existence.

    This financial system has nothing to offer except a succession of bubbles, first Internet, then stock market and finally real estate. The end result of these machinations is always suffering of the masses of working people, who are becoming more and more expendable in the capitalist world.

    “When Americans shop at Walmart, H&M, the Gap, or Sears for clothing bargains they often emerge with clothing made by people who risk their lives in return for very little income.”

    It would be a mistake to see the Bangladeshi experience as being so different from our own. The American retailers supplied by the Bangladeshi workers routinely practice wage theft, reduce hours worked and prevent their employees from earning a living wage or having an opportunity to secure more employment. Part-time work has become the norm, making American workers’ lives more and more difficult and making the employer more and more wealthy.

    Walmart workers may not be crushed by collapsing buildings but they are churned in and out at a rapid rate, unable to earn enough to qualify for the little health benefits that the nation’s largest employer offers. There is a reason they are called associates and not employees.

    The subcontractor system used in Bangladesh to separate image conscious retailers from the dirty work of dangerous factories is used in this country too. A federal judge has ruled that Walmart will be a co-defendant in a class action lawsuit alleging wage theft at distribution centers run by subcontractors. When we Americans see news stories about the Bangladesh tragedy we ought to see ourselves in the story too.

    Even Americans who have retired from the workplace treadmill aren’t safe from exploitation, in this case by our government. Thanks to Barack Obama and congressional democrats the comfort they should have in their later years is waning fast. The Obama-created budgetary sequester has taken a toll on cancer patients turned away from treatment because of cuts to Medicare. Head Start centers have lost slots for children, unemployment benefits have been cut and Section 8 housing assistance has been slashed.

    “When we Americans see news stories about the Bangladesh tragedy we ought to see ourselves in the story too.”

    Americans are at the mercy of greedy corporations and two political parties who plot to steal their money and keep them poor. The illusion of difference has played out like a kabuki play, with Democrats acting as if they are fighting the Republicans. Ultimately workers and retirees lose out as their money is snatched in clear and brazen class warfare.

    Bangladeshis reacted to the deaths with great anger. Walk outs, demonstrations and strikes cut garment production in days after the building collapse. The righteous indignation is the first step towards justice for Bangladeshi workers, but it is also the first step for people all over the world. Americans are convinced to side with a political party that works only to push them into poverty when they too ought to be hitting the streets.

    The system we live in is essentially corrupt and cannot act in our interests. We are being treated like sweat shop workers as the unsustainable economy we live in implodes. Unfortunately, there is little understanding of our true plight. There should be a discussion of the desperation of our conditions, what causes them and what we should plan for next.

    The Bangladeshi workers get the full brunt of the terror inherent in our system. Our demise is slower and a bit less violent, but it is an ending nonetheless.

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  • singh

    undue attention given to Modi by media—-they only want an issue

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  • Arjun

    What’s wrong with refusing a skull cap ? And about multi faith, mullahs are hardly the ones to blame someone for NOT being multi faith.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aditya-Mookerjee/1258183246 Aditya Mookerjee

    The really unfortunate part is, Modi lives life like a recluse, people like his personality in Gujarat, and he makes the Gujarati want him to grow wheat in areas, which are naturally desert, in Gujarat. I mean, this person never married, why is he making people want him to help them, economically, as a Chief Minister? About the Sohrabuddin death, it seems that the Gujarat police asked him to stop his car. He wasn’t going to commit a crime, with his wife with him, but he saw the police, and perhaps opened fire, or perhaps he didn’t have a weapon. The really unfortunate part about Gujarat is, that if people are becoming prosperous, then it seems that people aren’t peaceful with prosperity, anywhere. Also, it seems that there has to be a counter to prosperity, to keep the balance, and not necessarily poverty. How did the Muslim come to feel, that prosperity is equated with Hinduism, seems to be the question, when the Muslim is also Gujarati, ethnically, in Gujarat. Modi isn’t rich, and he wants people to be, and it seems that this unbalanced perception really made him have a disadvantage, because this man isn’t a Hindu, as the normal man sees himself, and people say, that he encouraged the riots, because of power. Why every govt., is against people who are ‘anti-development’ is the question. The U. S. seems to be antagonistic against societies ‘anti-development’ also, and perhaps this is a phenomenon not appreciated in the U. S., but by people outside the U. S..

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  • Vijay Chauhan

    Zia Haq, you admit that Raul Vinci Khan is thoroughly incompetent. You also admit that Modi is an alrounder. He is near the top in almost all your statistics. Which overall makes Gujrat and Modi the clear leader. From here you massage facts …to suit your religious inclinations.

    Unfortunately, here again you fail. Like your chosen hero – Raul Vinci Khan. Your average score < 1.5

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