Sunday, November 20, 2016

Analysing the Note Ban Saga

My issue with the whole thing is why was the RBI flooding the ATMs and banks with 500 & 1000 INR currency notes when they had already planned to withdraw these notes six months ago. Was it to harass the public? All bank counters and ATMs were dishing out only 1000 and 500 Rupee notes in these past six months. Senior citizens and the poor will be deeply affected by this move. Let s forget the black money folks for a while. And, we re not sure what can happen to the economy at this stage? Choppy waters for the stock and currency markets for sure! And why are there no measures to curb black money in the stock market through participatory notes and the inflow of tainted funds to political parties? Why are political parties still allowed to accept black money? They have good intentions but poor implementation - the time window should have been at least 3 months. And, how will it help if the present currency notes were once used by terrorists and changed hands twenty times. Will they slap charges of terrorism on the poor, ignorant, innocent accountholder who accepted money in good faith and went to deposit it in his bank account? That would be ridiculous!

About a Ban on Participatory Notes:

Still wondering why Modi did not ban participatory notes as they are possibly more dangerous than the defunct high value currency notes when it comes to black money hoarding, round tipping, money laundering, corruption, terror funding and benami deals. What are your views on the miniscule action taken on participatory notes when they pose a much bigger threat? Is n t it like locking your front door tightly when leaving your home but leaving your back door wide open for thieves?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Indians in Pakistan Vs Recent Surgical Strikes

I wonder if the recent surgical strikes by the Indian forces in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) were as action-packed as this extract from our thriller 'Indian in Pakistan':

When my mobile alarm went off (with a lowered volume), according to the plan, I got ready to fire. But the deafening sounds of rockets exploding on impact reverberated throughout the valley. I found it difficult to keep my hands steady to shoot and bided my time. And when I finally did fire, mine was one of the last rockets to take off. It did find its target though and added to the stupendous scale of devastation that had happened in just over a minute or so. More than twenty rockets had been fired in all, although there had also been a couple of misfires and at least one of them had gone totally wide off the mark.

Plumes of smoke, huge fires and scattered debris could be clearly seen from our strategic positions despite the presence of dust clouds all around. Panicky men were shouting, screaming, weeping and running. They looked all over but could not spot us. We had already hit them hard.

Two more waves of rocket attacks increased the devastation as well as the chaos. Artillery shells from the first tank seemed to strike the main installations and structures in the middle to devastating effect. Meanwhile, we received news that the second tank had been successfully destroyed. The victorious group would be joining the rest of the unit in the next stage of the battle.

The next stage was the close combat stage where the rest of the unit excluding us would enter the campgrounds and cause mayhem. The relentless sound of AK47s firing, rocket attacks and hand grenade explosions rent the air. From our elevated position on the hills, we aimed at the centre of the camp with our RPG launchers and AK47s. We aimed at the middle of the ground so as to avoid killing our own men who were infiltrating the camp from all sides.

Those who endeavoured to flee the camp from the main entrance were ambushed in a brutal assault by both the groups stationed in the area. In fact, the group that had destroyed the second tank provided valuable support to these groups. The rockets, grenades and bullets must have killed scores of men.
Most of the main targets had been destroyed by now. Both the helicopters had been blown up with rockets. One of them had managed to take off and was just a few metres high when it had been attacked. The solitary tank on the grounds was permanently damaged by an explosion. The guard towers and ammunition depot had been obliterated too. Moreover, all the buildings had been reduced to rubble.

But there were casualties on our side as well. A few had died accidentally because of unfortunate instances of friendly firing. Someone had stepped on a mine in the distance and had most probably been killed.
My night vision scope had caught all the action wonderfully. But the battle was still far from won. The enemy was fighting fiercely now as most of the survivors had woken up fully from their slumber. Some of them launched a counterattack against us. They must have even called for some aerial support by now. I wished we could leave immediately but Younus did not give any orders for a retreat as yet.

And then things began to go wrong. Someone managed to scale the hillock and kill Abdullah. Mohsin fired at the enemy. But he was critically wounded before he had incapacitated his opponent. The brave lad lay on the ground, breathing heavily. Najma, Afzal and I went up to him...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

May Your Star Shine Far and Bright: An Appeal for Peace in Kashmir


An Open letter to Kashmiris by Vivek Pereira, Author of the Novel 'Indians in Pakistan' (a book on ISI-sponsored terrorism with a strong focus on Kashmir)

My Dear Kashmiri Brothers and Sisters,

The recent events in and around the valley have stirred our nation like never before. For as Kashmir weeps, most of us weep with her; and when Kashmir bleeds, most of us bleed with her. The bullets, stones and pellets may continue to fly thick and fast but not thick or fast enough to destroy the great bond of brotherhood that exists between us. Being the author of a novel with a strong focus on Kashmir as well as a fellow Indian with deep-rooted secular credentials, I dare address you as my brothers and sisters, for that is what you are.

Today hope manifests itself as a distant star blurring away in the horizon. Terrorists continue to sneak in from across the border with impunity despite the tough security measures in place. Homegrown extremists like Wani have started using the gun to express themselves. A few overzealous or callous police officers and military personnel have sometimes made grave errors and even committed serious crimes that have only compounded the situation. Floods, unemployment and lack of infrastructure have further crippled the valley.

In spite of all this, we need to cling on to that distant, fleeting hope. For things can get far worse from now on. The Pakistani army and ISI are doing everything possible to increase the level of violence in Kashmir. Global terror outfits like the Islamic State, Taliban and Al Qaeda are waiting to turn Kashmir into an extremist caliphate like they have in Syria and Afghanistan where there is non-stop violence including horrific tales of rape, slaughter and barbaric torture.

But our tryst with destiny is not over as yet. In fact, this is just the beginning. Kashmir is at the crossroads and the decisions you make today will help shape the future of your great civilization, the future of India and possibly that of all mankind. Yes, the future of the whole of mankind rests in your hands, my Kashmiri brethren. For if your star shines bright enough and far enough, it will inspire millions of people facing persecution and despair in Muslim countries as well as the rest of the world.

Kashmir is, was and shall always be an integral part of our great nation. When India gained independence, Lord Mountbatten and other British leaders had asked the leaders of each princely state to choose between India or Pakistan, and your erstwhile ruler had chosen to remain with India. This decision was respected by the international community, but not by Pakistan who immediately sent their Pashtun tribesmen to invade Kashmir in 1948. Certain Anti-Indian Resolutions were passed in the United Nations by vested interests in those early times and India was asked to hold a plebiscite in Kashmir after Pakistani troops were fully withdrawn from the region. Both India and Pakistan will never follow the conditions in these resolutions which have today become highly irrelevant.

Over the years Indian-administered Kashmir evolved into a modern region with a firm democratic setup, moderate infrastructure and several tourist hubs. Its growth story left the Pakistanis jealous and infuriated especially after Bangladesh had broken free from their evil clutches. So they chose to wound Kashmir deeply in the past four decades with the diversion of billions of dollars in aid and millions of tons of weaponry which have been generously given to them by the American, Saudi and the Chinese governments.

Your local leadership has failed you often, but so has the political leadership fallen short in the rest of the country. Yes, Kashmir is in the same boat as the rest of India. Politicians have become corrupt, callous and narrow minded. Fascist organizations, both Hindu and Muslim, threaten and abuse us as well as our way of life. Rights are being trampled, freedom is being suppressed. Yes, we must fight these evil designs together, but with the power of words and not the brutality of the gun. We must debate, argue and influence through our words and deeds, and not let bullets and stones do the talking.

And that is where Wani was wrong. For those who live by the gun shall perish by it. Unfortunately, many more innocent people are perishing along with Wani, uniformed and civilian. It's time to bring a halt to this madness and set Kashmir on the right path to peace and prosperity. The choice is yours to make. Discourage stone pelting and militancy, and encourage constructive debate, entrepreneurship and democracy. Above all, you must nurture a secular mindset in the valley that respects and appreciates people from different religious, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. 

Sadly enough there are a few people in India who look at Kashmir as just a piece of real estate and overlook the millions of Kashmiris, their emotions and their ambitions. Some of these have reached the highest echelons of power. They are our enemies too. They are the same lot who do not subscribe to the secular, socialistic idea of India. We fight them tooth and nail online and offline. But our means are just and peaceful. For violence begets violence; and the victors are usually communal politicians, blood-thirsty terrorists or a combination of both.

The union government of India and security personnel must take strict action not only against terrorists but also their own men whenever they violate the rule of law or use disproportionate force against innocent Kashmiris. Let Kashmiriyat and Insaniyat be the guiding principles for the people of Kashmir as well as those who govern them. There are a few things you need to do on high priority. Welcome the Pandits back into the valley, usher in a new era of development there and restore Kashmir back to its former glory. Is this too much to ask?
I would like to end this appeal with a lengthy quote from Nehru's famous speech at the dawn of our independence.
"To the people of India (and its state of Kashmir, I may add), whose representatives we are, we make an appeal to join us with faith and confidence in this great adventure. This is no time for petty and destructive criticism, no time for ill will or blaming others. We have to build the noble mansion of free India where all her children may dwell.
The appointed day has come - the day appointed by destiny - and India stands forth again, after long slumber and struggle, awake, vital, free and independent. The past clings on to us still in some measure and we have to do much before we redeem the pledges we have so often taken. Yet the turning point is past, and history begins anew for us, the history which we shall live and act and others will write about.
A new star rises, the star of freedom in the east, a new hope comes into being, a vision long cherished materializes. May the star never set and that hope never be betrayed by!"
Arise O Kashmiris, may your star rise and never set. Here's wishing you unending peace, prosperity and happiness. History shall begin anew!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Will GST Be Beneficial for Consumers in India?

GST will almost certainly be passed in the monsoon session of parliament. It will be wonderful news for the union and state governments, the economists, the political parties who will rush to claim credit (not input credit) for its passage and the businessmen who will no longer be harassed by multiple tax authorities and will find the new tax system extremely streamlined with fewer hassles.

But what's in store for the consumers? Not very good news, I m afraid. The tax rates for goods and services may be 20% or higher and it is bound to lead to inflation, at least in the short term. GST may have a profound impact on Indian eCommerce as all online transactions would be subject to this tax. Then there is the recommendation of 40% GST on aerated drinks as a form of sin tax since these drinks are considered unhealthy. I found this a ridiculous argument as it will open a pandora s box and make taxation in India arbitrary, judgmental and discriminatory.

And finally the most stupid recommendation. GST may put the onus on the buyer to check whether the seller has paid goods and service tax (GST). So, if I eat at a restaurant and pay the bill with GST on it, should I ask the restaurant owner to show me his tax details?

Let's hope that better sense prevails and the form of GST dished out to us is more consumer-friendly and less taxing!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

My Take On The Brexit Outcome


I wasn’t surprised by the #Brexit vote at all. The Leave verdict is not as xenophobic as it has been made out to be. Perhaps a demarcation needs to be made between a vitriolic campaign of opportunistic political hawks and millions of British citizens who just wanted independence from the clutches of the European Union. Racism did play a role, but it would have been a very miniscule role, in my opinion.

Although I detest the Great Mexican Wall of Donald Trump, I did think #Brexit was not a bad idea at all for the Brits. It put their economy back in their own hands. How would Indians feel if our economic decisions were made in Kabul? Exactly. #Brexit was also a fallout of the poor handling of the economy and the result of immigration policies that put the kingdom at great risk from terrorists sneaking in from other European countries.

Great Britain and the world now need to stem the tide and ensure that opportunities are not wasted. The British government and its people can prove to the world that the #Brexit verdict was not influenced greatly by bigotry and racism. They can have a tougher yet reasonable immigration policy which screens applicants thoroughly for their propensity to commit crime or acts of terror but that does not bar them on the basis of their religion, nationality or ethnic background. The Brits need to give a big thumbs down to the likes of Donald Trump who will deliberately misconstrue the verdict of the referendum with false propaganda to gain backing for their xenophobic campaigns.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

How A Pop Song Miraculously Got Rid of My Fear of the Supernatural

Winter mornings are darker, and I usually scampered quickly down the short path towards the church to offer assistance during the early morning mass as an altar boy. But there were two small cemeteries on either side of the path and it could be quite scary for a young boy especially if there was no on else around.

Now if I had recited the religious chants of the Warrens in the Conjuring 2 or the rosary or even the wonderful Hanuman Chalisa may be there would have been nothing to fear. But my thoughts were extremely secular even then and I chose to recite the words of a popular pop song that alleviated all my fears and kept me cool and composed even though I was but a child.

My miraculous song was the catchy theme song of the first Ghostbusters movie sung by Ray Parker Jr. I still love the lyrics and I feel that if any of you want to truly overcome your fear of the supernatural, just recite these words:

If there's something strange
In you neighborhood
Who you gonna call
Ghostbusters
If there's something weird
And it don't look good
Who you gonna call
Ghostbusters
I ain't afraid of no ghost
I ain't afraid of no ghost

A few years later, I had to go for a 3-day retreat at Lonavala, but could only make it in the morning of the second day. We were amused to find that only the two of us would be sleeping in the entire second floor while the rest, about 40 young men, about 20 years of age, were occupying the first floor below us. We soon found out that the previous night there was a spooky story telling session that scared the living daylights out of our buddies. I slept soundly for the next 3 nights although I was alone in a room in a long empty corridor  far away from home. That was the amazing power of this song!

And now there's a controversy that some male chauvinists have a problem with ladies playing the lead role in the latest Ghostbusters Movie. I strongly feel that people should be always judged by their performance and not by their religion, caste, race, gender or socio-economic class! 

The Great Indian THEM-OCRACY - Here's to a glorious future in a Banana Republic!

Hey, now it's officially confirmed that India is a Banana Republic. The details of the Essar Leaks scandal have finally blown the lid off the subterfuge. Our democracy is a joke! In fact, it is actually a THEM-OCRACY. Read in sync with the Radia tapes controversy and recent press reports, I declare that whichever government is at the helm, whether it is a BJP, Congress, Left, AAP or any other formation, India will still remain a Banana Republic, at least for a while. And here's why I say this:

1) The details of the Essar and Radia scandals reveal that even Union Budget decisions, ministry formations and important government policies are decided by big corporates . What's more? It shows that even the judgment of a supreme court judge was bought in the 2G corruption case (We already know that the CBI director had taken money from guilty parties in the case) and journalists are being paid to write news articles in favour of politicians and large business houses.
2) There is no such thing as privacy in India - if the phones of Ambani, Amitabh Bacchan, Ministers and the National Security Advisor can be tapped, then what hope is there for the common man?
3) Rajya Sabha tickets have been proved to be bought and sold in black like movie tickets ( all across the country).
4) The topper of a leading Political Science exam in Bihar did not know what the subject was about - it was found out later that the toppers had paid money for their prestigious position and failed the retest.
5) Several Indian citizens including a senior minister of India's 'most nationalistic' party are still communicating with the anti national terrorist Dawood Ibrahim who is the main culprit behind the Mumbai serial blasts.
6) CBI is now the CCBI or Clean Chit Bureau of Investigation. Its latest clean chit is in the Vyapam Scam where it claims that there is no criminal conspiracy although 51 people (witnesses and investigators) have died tragically and mysteriously, the latest being a senior police official who was hit by a speeding car earlier this week itself!
7) The CBI, ED, IT, NIA, RAW, IB and other investigating agencies have become puppets in the hands of their masters - The remote has only passed from the hands of Sonia to the hands of Modi - everything else is same - the match fixing, the clean chits, etc as is evident in the Ishrat Jahan Fake Encounter Controversy.
8) David Headley, one of the most dreaded terrorist involved in the plotting of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks was given immunity by Ajit Doval for 'revealing' what everybody knew and the nation does not want to know - why?
9) Most of our ministers and elected representatives across the country are murderers, rapists, kidnappers and thieves (the Indian citizen is fully to be blamed for this ).
10) Only 10% of those involved in heinous crimes, including those responsible for violent acts of terrorism and for rapes and murders in major riots, are pronounced guilty and most of them get only 10% of the severity of the sentence which they deserve - and that too either they are acquitted altogether (like Bhai) or get their sentences lowered in subsequent judicial reviews.
11) Governments, banks and the entire system unethically (and often illegally) shower lands, loans, largesse and loads of love on the Robert Vadras, Lalit Modis, Adanis and the Mallyas on "humanitarian grounds".

Here's to a glorious future in a Banana Republic!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Free and Instant Access to the Initial 3 Chapters of Indians in Pakistan Novel

Wow, this is cool! Here's free and instant access to the Initial 3 Chapters of Indians in Pakistan - This format is very easy on the eyes - Just click the Read First Chapter Free button below the book's image at http://www.shelfari.com/books/37956227/Indians-in-Pakistan

Quotes from the book



  • “All this simply shows us that communalism and terrorism are nothing but opposite sides of the same coin. They keep feeding on each other in a vicious cycle, resulting in a society full of violence, hatred, sorrow and intolerance. Every communal act is used as a justification for mindless acts of terrorism . Similarly , each act of terrorism is used as a justification for such horrible atrocities like genocide and ethnic cleansing. And, it is always the innocent who get killed. This is the sad truth.”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “‘Now relax and enjoy as much as you can. After we reach the camp, there will be no time for relaxation and enjoyment.’”
    Lieutenant Ashraf

  • “‘We love Kashmiris and we want to give them their rights. We train them, arm them, fund them and help them sneak into India. Everyone in Pakistan including the government, the military, the border rangers, the intelligence services and the ordinary citizens are helping the Kashmiri militant groups. Inshallah, they will defeat the Indian army and the Kashmir problem will be solved.’”
    Razzak, the Trainer

  • “‘All of you are taking the Kashmiris for a ride. Besides, most of the terrorist outfits fighting in Kashmir like the Lashkar and the Jaish-e-Mohammed have hardly any Kashmiri recruits. Most of their recruits are from Punjab or the FATA region.’”
    Irfan, the reluctant jihadi

  • “‘Please don’t be upset. The last thing in the world I want is to see you upset and that too with me. It’s terrifying to see your beautiful eyes turn red with anger.’”
    Zameer (to Najma)

  • “That day shall remain etched in my memory for as long as I live. How can I ever forget the gruesome execution of the Kashmiri rebel by his own friend? How can I ever forget the informative lecture delivered by Razzak on the emergence and proliferation of Islamic extremism all over the world? How can I ever forget those wonderful words of approval from the mouth of Najma’s own cousin? How can I ever forget the warm hug and that affectionate kiss which together intensified the flame of love burning in the hearts of two jihadis from different countries and diverse cultural backgrounds?”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “‘We’ll be showing all the Indians a video tomorrow, Commander Sharif. Our footage on the Gujarat riots has got corrupted. We’ll be showing them footage of the recent Karachi riots instead and pretend that it’s Gujarat. Believe me the footage is equally gruesome and they won’t be able to tell the difference.’”
    Razzak, the Trainer

  • “The miraculous power of love has often been underestimated just like we underestimate sleep. Most of the herculean tasks performed by men were possible because they had been deeply in love and had slept well the night before.”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “Sometimes, the thrill of an adventure vanishes shortly after the starting point is crossed.”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “Let’s face it the experiment called Pakistan is a failure. You cannot make up a nation based on religion alone. See how it’s crumbling. First the east went way and became Bangladesh. Now Baluchistan is threatening to break loose. Kashmir will never be theirs. Sindhis hate Punjabis and Mohajirs. Punjabis hate Pashtuns and Sindhis. The Sunnis, Shias and Ahmediyas in Pakistan simply hate each other. Look how Pakistan has destroyed Afghanistan by creating the Taliban. Do you want to be with them? I think India is a thousand times better!”
    Salim, an Indian Jihadi

  • “It is too bad that most Olympians do not train as hard as the Lashkar jihadis whose main aim in life is to kill people.”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “There was no fear in his eyes, no sweat on his face and no tremor in his body while he spoke. Of course, he did not speak the truth, but the truth, in this case, would definitely not have set us free.”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “‘The ISI became a dominant power broker in Pakistan and the international arena thanks to the aid the US government, China and the Saudis gave them over the years. American aid has also helped our fledgling nuclear program. The government and ISI keep blaming the US for everything but most of them owe their existence and success to the generous American aid.’”
    Najma, the Pakistan Jihadi

  • “Was it possible that the emotion of love had somehow made me more susceptible to fear? Does the noble emotion of love make us start valuing our own lives and the lives of our loved ones more so that the feeling of fear creeps into our mindset?”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “I would take my beloved Najma to my country so that she would taste secularism and true freedom. How wrong I was! How wrong we all were! Unfortunately, you truly miss what you have had all along and taken for granted (in this case the spirit of secularism and true freedom) only once you actually lose it.”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “Now smiling had been something almost alien to me just a few weeks ago. But over this short period of time, I had rediscovered this art thanks to that noble emotion of love. Joy that had been bottled up inside since childhood now overcame me from deep within just like the healing water reaching folks at hot springs from regions deep below the surface.”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “Thanks for the proposal. But there is someone else whom I love dearly. I cannot say ‘yes’ to you because of him. In fact, I cannot say ‘yes’ to you because I do not love you at all. Yes, and this is not the ‘Yes’ you want; yes - I admire your skill set and your work and respect you as a person, but I do not love you.”
    Najma, the Pakistani Jihadi

  • “And so we continued to live in fear, hoping that we would not get caught. Fear had become our constant companion at this dreadful Lashkar-e-Taiba camp.”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “Let’s face it. There are good people and bad people everywhere. Illiteracy, poor education, wars, greed , corruption and similar factors were responsible for the problems in both India and Pakistan. Religious fanatics benefited from these factors and developed formidable socio-political strongholds in both countries.”
    Narrator (Zameer)

  • “I never thought that I would be saying these words. I would rather have died than utter these words a few months ago. But my whole mindset had undergone a drastic change since then. The Amir’s speech was the straw that broke the back of my jihadi resolve. In fact, I now secretly resolved that my personal jihad would be against the evil Pakistan-sponsored jihadi movement that focused on slaughtering innocent civilians.”
    Narrator (Zameer)


The Dawood Ibrahim-Eknath Khadse link is an open and shut case - Here's Why:

It's a shame that our taxes are used to subsidise mobile bills of ministers who misuse this perk to chat with people like Dawood Ibrahim, wanted for the Mumbai serial blasts! And no action is taken against him as yet! Astounding.

The Dawood Ibrahim-Eknath Khadse link is an open and shut case:
(1) It is well established that the SIM card belonged to Eknath Khadse, the BJP Minister in Maharashtra - he himself has admited this fact.
(2) It is well established that the phone call to this mobile (SIM) was made from Dawood Ibrahim's cell phone which he uses in Karachi.
(3) It is well established that Dawood Ibrahim is an absconder from the Indian judicial system and was the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks in 1993 in which hundreds lost their lives.
(4) It is well established that the phone number was active and in use even up to April 2016.
(5) It is well established that Khadse is lying about his SIM being inactive for a year, since bills were regularly paid even up to April 2016 - and the minister would have to be in the know. (Why would anybody pay for his bills? Are we stupid like the NIA or CBI?)
(6) It is well established that Dawood would not call up any 'Tom, Dick and Harry', and connecting with a senior minister in his home state of Maharashtra is absolutely logical.
(7) It is well established that Dawood would call up Khadse only if there was a nefarious motive behind the communication - and since Khadse has not claimed that there was a threat call, then it would imply that he is a party to this nefarious plan - whatever it may be.
(8) It is well established that Khadse was not framed as the digging up of these details was purely accidental when a patriotic cyber expert was actually investigating the activities of Dawood Ibrahim.

So, Modi, please show us your 56 inch chest now and take action against your own BJP Minister, Eknath Khadse, who is illicitly in touch with Dawood Ibrahim, India's most wanted terrorist. 


http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/bjp-leader-eknath-khadse-on-dawoods-most-dialled-list-maharashtra-govt-orders-probe_1887693.html

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Why don t you speak out against Indian Politicians? Most of them are far worse than Trump: An Open Letter to Priyanka Chopra

Dear Priyanka,

We are truly proud of your achievements as an actor, singer and model. We are prouder of your outburst against Donald Trump, the controversial US Presidential candidate who could very well 'Make America Hate Again'! You were spot on when you said: "I just think you can't put a ban on anyone; Generalising a type of people is really primitive." Insightful words Indeed!

As a matter of fact, I too have been a staunch critic of Trump and his politics of hate. However, at this point I must dare point out that this phenomenon of bigotry is not confined to the American shores alone. All across the globe, terrorists and fascists have sprung to power and formed governments just by selling Hate to the local populace. We have seen it happen in Egypt, Turkey, Gaza, Russia, Syria, Afghanistan and even in some European countries! Social media and the collaborative conventional media (or bazaaru media) rather than curtailing this menace, have contributed to its proliferation in every nook and corner of our beautiful planet. Yes, hate is selling everywhere. 

But the stark reality is that India is no exception. Yes, you read it right. India is no exception. The winds of bigotry and prejudice blow unhindered and with great intensity across our great land too. Horrific deeds are perpetrated in the name of religion, caste, ethnicity and regional affiliation. And many of these atrocities have been orchestrated by leading Indian politicians for cheap political gains.

And this is where I question your partiality. Why do you choose to remain silent when our politicians spew venom and incite violence against our own countrymen? Wasn't your silence deafening when a man was butchered at Dadri by a mob that was driven by false rumours spread by local politicians of a national party. Why are you silent on riots engineered by politicians which have killed thousands of our citizens in the past few decades, especially the 1984 and 2002 riots. Aren't these murders, rapes and other physical attacks far worse than whatever Mr. Trump proposes?

But if you are looking out for someone who spreads vitriolic communal and ethnic hatred a la Trump, then look no further than our own Rajya Sabha. Just a few days ago, Modi has appointed the Xenophobic Subramaniam Swamy as the BJP representative in the upper house of the Indian parliament despite being fully aware of his ugly diatribes against the minorities of our nation. Mr Swamy wants Christians and Muslims to be driven out of our nation unless they acknowledge their Hindu ancestry.  

Now even the government buttering Bollywood stars, who often click selfies with our Prime Minister, must agree that what Modi has done is terribly wrong. Swamy is far worse than Trump. While the US Presidential Candidate wants to prevent Muslims from coming to America, Swamy wants to kick out Muslims and Christians from India, although most of them are loyal citizens of this country. And your beloved PM could find only this despicable character to lead his party in parliament! 

Will you now speak out against our xenophobic politicians and their vile deeds or will you continue to bury your head in the sand like an ostrich and pretend that all of us live in a hunky dory world in which the Trumps are just aberrations? Could you compose and sing verses that bring out the ugliness of Indian politics, or would you just be content to dance to the tunes of a sadistic establishment? The ball is in your court, Priyanka. Do remember the wisest words ever written: "The hottest seats in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in a moral crisis." Speaking out against the arrogant US Presidential candidate is a step in the right direction, but do show the same amount of concern when there are fires raging in your own backyard!