Wednesday, January 27, 2016



Children were being taught not to behave like a flock of sheep. It was because of the fact that where ever the "Leader Sheep" goes (The sheep goes that walks first), the others follow. I am not sure if this is taught any more, especially, in political science,civil rights, history and journalism schools this moral is probably taught in the reverse. Or else, how can you explain the flock mentality of these particular flocks that go into a ditch, at the drop of a hat from the first one who starts a debate?

I read a funny anecdote in It goes on like this. 

A vampire bat came flapping in for the night covered in fresh blood and parked himself on the ceiling of the cave to get some sleep. Pretty soon all the other bats smelled the blood and started hassling him about where he got it. He told them to piss off and let him get some sleep, but they persisted until he finally gave in. "Okay, follow me" he said and flapped out of the cave with hundreds of bats behind him. Down through a valley they went, across a river and into a forest of trees. Finally he slowed down and all the other bats excitedly milled around him. "Now, do you see that giant oak over there?" he asked.
"YES, YES, YES" all the other bats SCREAMED in a frenzy.
"Good" said the first bat, "because I  didn't see it !" 

Got it? The blood thirsty vampires were after a prey that, after all did not exist. Finally, it turned out that the blood on the body of the "Lead Vampire" was, after all an accident but the craving for a sensation was too attractive for the bats to resist until truth dawned. 

Exactly! Our political, historical, civil rights, journalistic brains are always hungry for a fakery. If one vulture sees a non-existent cadaver, all others vouch for it. Politicians play politics, rights activist decide the caste or religion of the deceased and shout secularism, historians read history of such brutal murders (?) in the past Hindu Kingdoms and how they attacked the invaders and hooligans mercilessly and Journalists run 24x7 visual display of the reported body taking clippings from archives. The whole nation burns until the police declare it as a heap of gunny bags of "rotten tomatoes". The flocks move on to another illusion without even blinking an eye or feeling sorry for the damage they inflicted on the civil society. 

It started with the elections to Delhi. After the drubbing the opposition received at the General Elections in May, 2014 and other assembly polls latter and knowing the no-nonsense approach of our Prime Minister in governance and loss of their own stature in their respective fields, sans the patronage of those in power, these professional power brokers par excellence, started a proxy game of blame on him. This is exactly a repetition of what they did unsuccessfully when Gujarat was being ruled by his party for twelve years. Intensity of these attacks lacked in spice then as the government of Congress was feeding them biscuits so that they wag their tails and follow them. And added to that, they never expected Modi to perpetuate a political coup by dislodging Congress from power so decisively and showing these groups their place in society. It was a bolt from the blue, an aftershock of an earthquake. Illegal Funding was stopped, access to government departments dried up, investigators started swooping on illegal funding, corrupt and inept bureaucrats found the going tough, rights activists are finding it difficult to agitate on any issue of national importance as good governance started showing results.So, they started searching for frivolous issues here and there and are making noises. But like the "Cry Wolf" shepherd by, they are finding it difficult to sustain momentum. And the black in their own backs is turning more and more transparent by the day. If we take the issues one by one we can find them as non--significant as a nuclear weapon during peace times.  

Church attacks in Delhi and other places turned out to be either robberies, internal sabotage, attacks master-minded by political goons or just a political stunt to wean away vote banks. Then followed a fake agitation for reservations for Patels  and against continuing the same to the needy, oppressed classes, reportedly aided and abetted by a national party. In booth cases, the mud thrown on the sky fell on their faces. Whether only these issues contributed to electoral losses of BJP  or other factors played a role is a matter of conjecture. But noise pollution does enough damage to the body politic. Sustaining the momentum, though, is difficult in the long run. One way of seeing at it is that these flocks started beating the drums too early. The real wedding procession is far away, in 2019. 

Then, came the Dadri incident. It was played as a drama very fast. The nation did not even get a feel of what happened. It was an unfortunate murder. Murders in villages, specially in UP and Bihar are regular phenomenon. Those who read news papers thoroughly understand it. What is happening in Bihar today? Why is no Media channel, no politician, no rights activist and no historian play to the gallery to rouse emotions of gullible public?  UP Government moved too fast, not in unearthing the truth, but appeasing the victim's family. It is obvious more than the eye sees in this. Truth will never come out. state government refuses Central intervention. Alleged attackers were bundled out under NSA. They have no chance to be heard. So, truth lies buried. in the meantime, all vampires fly there to feast on the cadaver. Noises are made. Once polls are over, all is forgotten.

Malda attack was similar, as many attacks in west Bengal are. None is allowed access. State government diverts blame on BSF and washes hands. Vampires sleep happily. After all, it is a secular government catering to vote banks. 

Then comes the unfortunate suicide of research scholar. Let us wait for the police report on the dalit status of the boy before we call him dalit scholar. Anyone going into the nitty gritty of how the death was perpetrated on the unfortunate youth by a system that preys on dead bodies will be shocked after the hallo bullo the politicians and whoever wanted a five minute fame on Media played. Let us analyse the sequence of events.

1.  In recent times, specially after, state bifurcation there was sudden spurt in the membership of ABVP in campuses. OU too was an example. There were SFI, NCUI, TRS union and ASA (may be said close to Communists). Rohit Vemula was intelligent, contributed to specific ideology but kept away from malignant disputes as far as possible, according to few associates.  How it happened, no one knows, he involved or was forced to involve himself in a squabble with an ABVP  activist. This happened in August, 2015.  Political, Journalistic, historical, civil rights vultures did not fly to prey on the incident. The VC changed in September, 2015. A committee, as mandated by University rules was constituted and it went into crucial details and suspended five students, without cancelling their monetary privileges. Then also the vultures kept silent. the case went to court and court did not give relief to the students. First and foremost, I have never come across cases of  attributing caste motives to such noble profession as teaching. They are like Army Personnel,  who are trained to keep off such things. The flock mentality that Congress nurtured for six decades killed this spirit too. So, we can never suspect the Committee  decision as driven by caste politics. 

MP Dattatreya wrote a letter to HRD Ministry to look into the incidents of deaths and violence in the University Campus. This is not uncommon.  even Congress MP V.H.Rao, wrote. Vultures preyed selectively. The VC came after August, 2015 after the attach incident. He too  was made scape goat. Now they want HRD Minister to resign.  

What these vultures are loosing sight is that India of 2016 is not India of 1947. Information flow is fast. People start thinking except in Jungle states like Bihar. In AP there is no reaction to the episode. They considered it as one more depression led suicide. Was Rohit under depression. None knows. But his family did not certainly help him. His parents were separated. There are serious differences in the opinions of his father and his mother regarding the caste of his mother. His father said money was never an issue.  They are sufficiently rich. His mother, though, stressed they were dalits. Police have a different view. Did his identity, whether dalit or not, disturb him? Was he thinking of the consequences of the truth coming out at a later stage and his losing the benefit? Or did someone from ASA knew the truth and troll him?  Was it the real "identity" he mentioned in his note that our vultures played double game on? It seems so. In the reported parts of the note he scrubbed, he reportedly mentioned ASA as troubling him. This can not be ignored in the light of the "identity" and the riddle of caste certificate. 

The vultures are trying to keep the pot boiling till Parliament Session, when they can start preying on the souls of the dead. 

And the fake leader, Arvind Kejriwal tried to perpetuate lie after lie. He went to HCU and said the deceased got seat on merit. His lie was immediately exposed. He wanted an apology from PM? Did he apologize to the farmer who committed suicide under his nose? No! Instead he blamed Modi's Police. People who live in glass houses can not throw stones on others. Those who have lot too answer can not question others. Those who can not keep their houses in order can not comment on others. Those whose pockets are picked can not advise others to be careful and frugal.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend awake. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see." Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars.""What does that tell you?" Holmes questioned.Watson pondered for a minute. "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?" Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. "Watson, you retard. It tells me that some bastard has stolen our tent!" 

Opposition is totally disgruntled. It is paranoid that if the Modi government is allowed to work, they have no chance of ruling India in near future. So, vultures have a field day. But vultures too get extinct in a time frame. Let us hope!