Reality Check India

The election train

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on April 3, 2009

I guess the social justice train is not stopping at their station.

I have to admit this video really gave me the chills. Even though it seems to be taken by an amateur with a cell phone ?  Especially the stone cold look of the boy who sings the song and the little girl.

What a waste of human resource ? How unjust is a system where no one really benefits ?  How can anyone live is a town where there are only encroachments ?

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Reject with prejudice those who push for social justice without data.  Confront each messiah who solicits you with a question on data. You can spot the fake ones with this one question. It is that easy.

Reject those who want their life stories to replace data and scrutiny.

Reject the forces which have divided us not by words but by action.

Reject the forces that promise a future of suspicion, communalism, jostling, and poverty to our kids.

The only true revolution in India will be one where data and not life stories drive social justice and distribution of opportunity.

We will make it happen.

We will make the social justice train stop where there are passengers waiting.

We dont have a choice.

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  1. realitycheck said, on April 3, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Translation

    ‘Aaja aaja voter is jhanse ke tale, aaja aaja jhoote moothe vade ke tale … Bhay ho bhook ho.’ (beckoning the voter, the ditty asks him to take shelter under false promises and then says let fear spread, let hunger spread).

    ‘Ratti ratti sachi hamne jaan ganvai, bhooke pet jaag jaag raat bitayi, mandi ki maar mein naukri ganva di, gin gin vade hamne jindagi bita di, mandi ho, atank ho, mahangai ho, bhay ho, phir bhi jai ho …’ (We lost lives through dark terrible nights, we have kept awake with empty stomachs, the economic slowdown has taken away our jobs, we have spent a lifetime counting false promises, let there be a slowdown, let terrorism flourish, let prices rise, let fear spread, even then we will say, victory is ours …)

    From Hindu 29/3/09

  2. Chakresh Mishra said, on April 4, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Very good parody indeed. It is propagated by BJP, but ironically applies to all parties including BJP 🙂

  3. reason said, on April 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

    “Very good parody indeed. It is propagated by BJP, but ironically applies to all parties including BJP”

    Mishra,
    does this apply *in equal measure* to all parties? including one who headed the central government for 12 months, and another that headed the central government, for like, 50 years?

    or does that even matter if you are already impressed by times of india etc? all politicians are bad, right? ‘blame politicians’ for the mumbai attacks, hold candle light marches, but not squeak a word about the *most powerful politician* of the country. yeah, blame the local mumbai councillor for the mumbai terror attack. politician bad, sacrifice good.

    you impress me much.

  4. rc said, on April 4, 2009 at 11:47 am

    >> does this apply *in equal measure* to all parties? including one who headed the central government for 12 months, and another that headed the central government, for like, 50 years? >>

    This shows you how much needs to be undone.

    There is another dangerous concept floating around. It is vote for a candidates’ credentials and not for the party they belong to.

  5. Gaurav said, on April 5, 2009 at 3:55 am

    There is another dangerous concept floating around. It is vote for a candidates’ credentials and not for the party they belong to.

    I disagree it is very much a vote for the party, not for the candidate.

  6. rc said, on April 5, 2009 at 6:46 am

    There are several “personalities” calling upon voters to vote for a candidates credentials and not for the party they are affiliated to. The reason they are giving is that candidate could be in this party one day and the next in another day. I saw this repeated on many TV talk shows targeted at pre-wealthy pre-teens, I will try to see if I can find some links to it.

    I am saying that this is beyond stupid. Maybe my earlier comment was not clear. I think you agree with me.

  7. rc said, on April 5, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Hey Gaurav your blogging software ate my longish comment on your IPL post. Same thing happened on Retributions, mere coincidence or conspiracy ?

    If it cant take a long comment it should stop me from entering more than x words.

  8. Barbarindian said, on April 5, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Another theme of this election season: the selfless leaders of the Government are tolerating corruption among the ranks because that is the only way they can generate enough funds to fight the evil capitalists.

  9. Gaurav said, on April 5, 2009 at 7:23 am

    RC,

    Reg. elections that’s what I meant

    Reg. your comment I have no idea why did it happen. I really don’t think it has got anything to do with the length of the comment.

  10. reason said, on April 5, 2009 at 8:03 am

    there are a few things the secular media (ibn, ndtv, times of india etc) have tried hard – make their consumers angry at all politicians and thus skip polls, make their consumers enamoured at a few star candidates who all happen to be fighting only key leaders from a particular party (mallika sarabhai, captain gopinath etc), confuse their consumers on the criminality issue by equating Taslimuddin and Munnabhai to someone who only blocked a collectors office in a political protest.

    the idea is clearly to let the secular party’s vote banks to carry the day and make the few remaining uncommitted voters not stand in the way with their votes.

    this is like those exotic orchids that trick wasps to waste their sperms – http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1163287

    enough stupid wasps around.

  11. AG said, on April 5, 2009 at 11:44 am

    very good post!

  12. Barbarindian said, on April 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Reason’s sperm allegory is excellent. After all democracy eventually degenerates into war of the babies.


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