Reality Check India

Phase I elections and a dedication to jawans of BSF/CRPF

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on April 16, 2009

This is what I found watching the English language media tonight on Phase I of the Indian general elections.

All guests and anchors on all channels hailed the great Indian electoral exercise.  It was a joyous hour of prime time today.

None of them thanked the 18 volunteer jawans who laid down their lives to make it happen. Who were these brave people ?

Shame on you media !

So, from Reality Check – Thank you BSF and CRPF jawans. 

On this forty degree dusty day, you laid down your lives to enable the show to go on.  Your sacrifices have sobered our appreciation of the election carnival and reminded us how far we have to go.


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  1. Barbarindian said, on April 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Watching the rapid descent of Pakistan into Taliban anarchy, I am firmly convinced that a Salwa Judum type counter movement is absolutely critical. Once the population is seeded with a certain threshold of radicalized individuals, there is simply no way you can reasonably fight it using a conventional force – unless you have the belly for massive scale human rights violations.

  2. Revathi said, on April 17, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Well said Barbarindian. I think the naxal movement is in this critical phase. Unless something drastic is done about it in the near future, india’s descent into chaos will be unavoidable. Doesnt seem to have figured in any party’s manifesto though.

  3. sachin kundu said, on April 19, 2009 at 9:07 am

    naxal movement is born out of disgruntled citizens who have no hope of making their voice heard on the national scene. Would I be branded a traitor if i sympathize with the naxals ? I mean these people want a descent life and all they have ever got is brutal police violence. As for india media lets just go back to lauding slumdog millionaire and perfecting background music for 9 PM breaking news !

  4. revathi said, on April 19, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I advise you to take a look at ekta parishad

  5. Barbarindian said, on April 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Would I be branded a traitor if i sympathize with the naxals ?

    No, more likely you will get an Op/Ed column on a national newspaper – to begin with. After that it is partly your talent, partly what kind you are etc.

  6. sachin kundu said, on April 19, 2009 at 7:18 pm . Just read this and got a little more respect for the naxals. The guy whose interview is featured, expressed that they promote governance of gramsabha. Perfect just what I profess. Seems like I am a naxalite ! where is my newspaper editorial now 😀

  7. Barbarindian said, on April 20, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Seems like I am a naxalite !


    There is a lot of white canvas lying around and only red paint available. This is the theory of Mark Stein, although he used it in a different context.

  8. Revathi said, on April 20, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Dear Sachin

    Please dont get carried away by the so called “noble ideals” of the naxalites! If you finish off a few policemen or election monitors, do you think the adivasis will get back their land or whatever? Mao never had any respect for democracy- he decided that quick progress can be made only by a dictatorship with himself at the helm, so how can maoism stand for democracy? Maoism and Democracy are as alien to each other as Ramsetu and Karunanidhi.

  9. sachin kundu said, on April 20, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I don’t subscribe to the methods of the naxals but some of their ideas and demands are worth pondering. Like the need for people governance. Like 5% people controlling 95% wealth. Its right that killing policemen is no solution to the land grab and other atrocities but what do you tell a man who has no other way of voicing their opinion. None of the political parties have shown any inclination towards solving people problems. Till that happens naxals would be alive. So some ideas of naxals need some mainstream discussion, however making certain arms has no place in a civilized democracy. Then again are we really civilized ??

  10. Barbarindian said, on April 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Like 5% people controlling 95% wealth.

    And why exactly that might be bad? In communist regimes the party controls 100% of the wealth.

    Actually it should motivate you to be part of the 5%. If you really wanna sign up, do so for the right reasons. North Korea for instance was the top importer of Courvoisier before the sanctions. Heard rumors that the most attractive women mysteriously ended up getting posted in the headquarters.

    We don’t want you to be a foot soldier, we want you to be at least a regional commander. If you parrot their lines, you will start in the ranks. They are looking for strategic thinkers. You should say things like:

    1. The bourgeoisie in the Eastern region are pissing me off. Time to start a people’s revolution among the dispossessed to create a new state out of tribal areas in WB, Jharkhand and Andhra.

    2. We might get their attention if we direct some of the sacrifice for the cause towards the capital region. It is risky but mine explosions in jungle areas are obviously not getting on the front page.

    3. Should we really be allergic to tying up with our brothers in cause who worship false Gods? We can always get rid of them after we build the state.

  11. sachin kundu said, on April 21, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Haha yeah these lines would be good,except I don’t believe in communists/maoist either. Seems like that’s the picture i have painted. My point is there are some points by these naxals(word i like to use) which are worth considering in mainstream politics.I am all for people empowerment and that was one point mooted in the interview.

  12. reason said, on April 21, 2009 at 2:00 am

    >> Like the need for people governance. Like 5% people controlling 95% wealth

    This is the danger that progressives pose. they make an independent person who could potentially use some brain cells parrot their lines with absolutely no trace of independent thought.

    People governance – we already have it. Yogendra Yadav certified that in India, the participation is the highest in the village elections, upwards of 80%. Yogendra Yadav is a progressive himself so we should not have an issue accepting his data.

    if the 5%-95% theory is true, it matters only if the 95% resent it in anyway. May be the 95% traded in somethings in return for an eternal place in the backward classes list, you know? atleast 75% of that 95% are participating in local governance elections, so we should really move on.

  13. sachin kundu said, on April 21, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Electing someone is not people governance,it is choosing a lesser evil. Neither is voting percentage a symbol of local governance. Local governance is when people have power to make their own list of things to be implemented and there is some mechanism which supports them. They should have power over who and how the government machinery gets paid. They should have power to question and recall their elected representative. Just because the villages have more percentage doesn’t mean the people they elect have more power. Power in India is top heavy and that’s a mistake.Its known throughout history that 95% oppressed population does not revolt.When it does revolt it leads to a revolution. Maybe that is a good thing but maybe not.

  14. Gaurav said, on April 21, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Would I be branded a traitor if i sympathize with the naxals ?

    No only retarded. I hope you do not further pollute the gene pool.

  15. Revathi said, on April 21, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Dear Sachin, people do have power. It is upto them to use it. I suggest you look at the web page of Ekta Parishad. They do have some very good initiatives.

  16. realitycheck said, on April 26, 2009 at 5:45 am

    My own views of the Naxals have evolved since I started this blog.

    I am not saying I agree with them, I just understand why they exist.

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