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Realpolitik, Riots and the runup to 2024

The last two weeks in Indian politics has been very interesting. The bugle for 2024 General elections has sounded! Suddenly, all parties have woken up from their slumber and status quo and are latching onto issues or manufacturing one, which they hope will drive in the voters for them in 2024.

It all started when Mohammad Zubair, the so called fact checker with Alt News posted a clipped video of Nupur Sharma on Twitter in a bid to dog whistle Islamists all over the world. Nupur was hounded and threatened with gangrape and beheading over a sound bite that just reiterated what Islamic scholars say all the time. But the need for Congress and the Opposition was to put the NDA and BJP on the backfoot and Zubair delivered. For days, India saw Muslims wantonly destroying public properties and rioting demanding Nupur be jailed and hanged for blasphemy. That secular India has no blasphemy laws was lost on Indian seculars, every secular was baying for Nupur’s blood. The wheels of Karma turned and Zubair is now in custody for the same offenses for which he wanted Nupur Sharma prosecuted.


The wanton rioting over Nupur Sharma would have continued unabetted if the NDA government hadn’t served Agnipath on a platter. While Nupur Sharma issue had galvanized Muslims, Agnipath had the potential to galvanize even non BJP voting non-Muslims, especially the Ambedkarites; sacrificial lambs found across India chanting Jai Bheem Jai Meem while being cannon fodder for  Islamists. Agnipath was more viable at provoking riots than the Nupur Sharma case. It was a pet project of Modi and the first government project that is reservation free. Congress and the Opposition latched onto it and for a week, there was a large scale protests and destruction of public properties, riots and law and order disruptions across India. This would have continued till the elections but unfortunately Maharashtra erupted!


Suddenly all rioting stopped and both, Agnipath and Nupur Sharma issue died as quickly as it had started. The Congress and their allies are running helter-skelter in saving its government in Maharashtra. Because the fountainhead of disrupt and discredit India, the Congress is in trouble, India is peaceful. There’s no doubt that both the Nupur Sharma and the Agnipath issues were manufactured to benefit the Congress. And it is also amply clear, that the Congress will do anything, literally anything to vilify India and Hindus for power.


While Congress and the Opposition were busy saving its government in Maharashtra, the Supreme Court delivered a verdict uploading the clean chit given by the SIT to the then CM Narendra Modi on the 2002 Gujarat riots that shook anti India elements inside India. They haven’t had it easy since 2014, with waning public support, no governmental encouragement and the squeezing of foreign funds used for undermining India. As support dries up, the more shrill these elements become. This is the same clique that put a target behind Nupur Sharma’s back for Islamists and stayed silent during the riots and the arrest of Arnab Goswami and Ketaki Chitale have now suddenly found voice for Mohammad Zubair. Undeclared emergency is the word that’s being peddled for mass consumption but it is fear of being exposed as anti-India elements is what is driving the shrillness.


Lutyens media was pontificating Indians about morality and the need to respect voters choice, along with the usual freedom of speech and expression and choice abuses like fascism and Nazism vis-à-vis politics in Maharashtra and came down heavily against the BJP. While they stood in solidarity with Udhav Thakeray and the Shiv Sena, a party they demonized when not in the Congress camp, the anniversary of the real Emergency came and went on 25th June, largely ignored by the same media. The hypocrisy is truly astounding!


Teesta Setalvad is a name that needs no introduction. A progeny of British servitude and largesse, she has been at the forefront of demonizing Hindus and trying to pave the way back to power for the Gandhis. In 2002, Modi wasn’t a big name in Indian politics. BJP ran a coalition government at the center and was ruling just Gujarat, UP, Uttarakhand,  Jharkhand, Goa and Himachal Pradesh. In UP, Kalyan Singh was badgered for Babri Masjid and Rajnath Singh was a stopgap CM, who would soon lose power. The rest of the states minus Gujarat combined for just 25 seats in the Lok Sabha. There was no need to needle the BJP; they were content at getting 100-150 seats and by and large, it was understood that the BJP in power would be a loose coalition and Congress would remain the natural party for power in India. But Gujarat was becoming a fortress for the BJP and Sonia Gandhi and her coterie had their eyes on it and the 2002 riots came at an opportune time for these scavengers. Teesta Setalvad was selected for the project.


Setalvad has been relentless against Modi, coaching witnesses, providing false affidavits and ensuring a constant foreign and domestic negative press against Modi and Hindus. The lives of 59 Hindu pilgrims who were charred to death by a Muslim mob did not matter to these vultures. They were out to pin the blame on Hindus and Lutyens media, along with the Congress and ‘secular’ activists like Dilip D’souza, Arundhati Roy, Javed Anand, Rana Ayyub and Teesta Setalvad were activated to bring the BJP government down, along with Modi.


Before Modi, it was easy to pin all blames and ills of Hinduism on Brahmanism to discredit Hindus. Vajpayee was a Brahmin and so is Advani and together, they ran the BJP. So all the insults and innuendos stuck and increasingly it became difficult for BJP to hold their strong areas, slowly ceding one bastion at a time back to the Congress. But with Modi, everything is different. For one, he isn’t a Brahmin and belongs to the Other Backward Caste (OBC) and charges of Brahmanism fell flat. Second, in Modi Lutyens Delhi got more than they bargained for- here was a politician ready to go head to head with them; wasn’t apologetic about being a Hindu; and couldn’t be cowered down. As Modi continued to be demonized, Indian politics was seeing a strong undercurrent for Modi, culminating in his election as the PM in 2014.


The SC verdict clearly establishes that in the 2002 Gujarat riots case, Setalvad, Sanjiv Bhatt, RB Sreekumar and others conspired to abuse the law process by fabricating evidences to falsely incriminate several people for an offense that is punishable with capital punishment. Thankfully, this time around, the NDA government has shown some spine and has arrested Teesta Setalvad. Now as the false narrative created by Lutyens media is slowly unravelling, there’s a restlessness among activists and journalists.


A small snippet of an email from Bhatt to Congress leader Shaktisinh Govil talks about awaiting of packages and blackberry! The emails decoding, deciphering and detailing their handlers, the funding, the making up of stories, involved journalists and activists and foreign collaboration all will be made available in the public domain soon and that will truly be India’s Watergate moment!


From here onwards, every week will see a new issue and there’s expectation of law and order problems as various political parties look to address their vote bank. A third term for PM Modi looks set and India looks poised to finally defeat those who stay in India yet actively work to subvert it. As the weeks inch closer and closer to 2024, it looks like 2024 General Elections will not be fought on development but it will be an intransigent battle between pro-India and anti-India forces- a winner take it all battle that’ll set tone for governance the next 40-50 years!


Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi