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New Delhi: Freedom House’s Freedom in the World report has downgraded India’s status from a ‘Free’ country to a ‘Partly Free’ country, giving it ‘global freedom score’ of 67/100 after judging it on various political rights and civil liberties.

The report noted a “multiyear pattern” as it attributed the downgrade — from a score of 71 in 2019 and 75 in 2018 to 67 in 2020 — to “rising violence and discriminatory policies affecting the Muslim population” and “crackdown on expressions of dissent by the media, academics, civil society groups, and protesters” under the Narendra Modi government.

It said criminal charges were filed against journalists, students, and others under “colonial-era sedition laws” and the the Information Technology (IT) Act in response to “speech perceived as critical of the government, notably including expressions of opposition to the new citizenship legislation and discussion of the official response to the COVID-19 pandemic”.

The report has been published by US-based non-profit organisation Freedom House, which is funded by the US government and conducts research into democracy and political freedom around the world.

‘Discrimination’ against Muslims

The report said India with about 80 per cent Hindu population is “formally secular” with freedom of religion constitutionally guaranteed, but “…a number of Hindu nationalist organizations and some media outlets promote anti-Muslim views, a practice that the government of Prime Minister Modi has been accused of encouraging.”

It also noted the Delhi riots of February 2020 where at least 53 people, “mostly Muslims”, were killed amid violence that followed “weeks of demonstrations against discriminatory changes to the country’s citizenship law”.

It said the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the government’s intention for a National Register of Citizens threatened to “disenfranchise Muslim voters by effectively classifying them as illegal immigrants”.

The report also mentioned cow vigilantism and said “attacks against Muslims and others in connection with the alleged slaughter or mistreatment of cows” continued in 2020.

It noted that Muslims were blamed for the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in early weeks of the pandemic by members of the ruling party, besides the acquittal of several prominent BJP leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case in September last year.


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‘Lack of freedom’ in institutions

The report alleged that freedom of various institutions such as the Election Commission of India and the Supreme Court have been “called into question”. “The panel’s decisions concerning the timing and phasing of national elections, and allegations of selective enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct, which regulates politicians’ campaign behavior and techniques, suggested bias toward the ruling BJP.”

Talking about the amendment of the Right to Information Act, it said the salaries and tenures of the information commissioners were placed under the control of the central government, “potentially exposing the commissioners to political pressure”. It also noted “concerns that the positions (in the commissions) that have been filled are held by ruling-party loyalists”.

About the functioning of the Supreme Court, the report said several key rulings in recent years “have been favorable to the BJP”, specifically mentioning the 2019 verdict allowing the construction of Ram Mandir on the site where the demolished Babri Masjid stood.

It also remarked on the transfer of Justice S. Muralidhar in February from Delhi to Punjab and Haryana High Court and appointment of former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to the Rajya Sabha.

Freedom of media and expression

The report said the authorities have used security, defamation, sedition, and hate speech laws, as well as contempt of court charges, to “quiet critical voices in the media”. It said reporting has become “less ambitious” under the Modi government, and that “Hindu nationalist campaigns aimed at discouraging forms of expression deemed ‘antinational’ have exacerbated self-censorship”.

Stating that there was added pressure on media outlets to report favourably, the report noted: “In a March video conference (last year) with the heads of India’s largest newspapers, Prime Minister Modi called on media to help prevent the spread of ‘pessimism, negativity, and rumor mongering’, which many perceived to be a warning not to criticize officials’ management of the pandemic.”

It also claimed that academic freedom has declined and that academics, professors and students are intimidated. “Academics face pressure not to discuss topics deemed sensitive by the BJP government, particularly India’s relations with Pakistan and conditions in Indian Kashmir.”


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  1. BCCI BANS BEEF FOR INDIAN CRICKETERS IN AUSTRALIA !

    That many personal freedoms and press freedoms in India have been curtailed in many areas thanks to the BJP is surely yesterday’s news. But this encroachment on personal freedoms can sometimes reach bizarre heights. Let me explain.

    The BCCI has requested Australian authorities to not serve beef to Indian cricketers, see ref: bit.ly/2OL0ZHh. Apparently, some Indian cricketers had consumed beef whilst in England and that had caused a ruckus. Hence the ban on beef!

    The beef ban means that Mohammad Siraj, who as a Muslim is allowed to eat beef, nonetheless cannot eat beef even when he is outside India ! Never mind the fact that several Hindus in the Indian team themselves eat beef … I think the BCCI should hereafter only select Indian players who do NOT eat beef ! Problem solved !

    This beef business reminds me of a similar fiasco at the Frankfurt Food Fest organised by the Indian Consulate in 2019. Kerala – where Hindus eat beef – served beef dishes and that led to clashes with North Indian bhakths. German police intervened and reminded Modi bhakths that beef consumption was perfectly legal in Germany !

    I hope future Freedom House reports factor in the lack of culinary freedoms whilst assessing India !

  2. Harry: It remains a mystery to me as to how you get such utterly ludicrous, bizarre and tremendously distorted versions of reality into your skull. Clearly, much of the gibberish you spew cannot come from your local shaka. Simply because at the shaka, besides teaching you how to play with a lathi and how to hate Muslims and be violent towards them, they would certainly not be delving into the finer points of international politics. Nor can it be said that you draw inspiration from the musings of the Delhi University graduate and his man Friday, although, admittedly, you belong to the cult of the former.

    Anyway, let me get to grips with this little nugget of international relations “wisdom” from you. I refer to your theory where you say that there is a causality between US protection and economic growth in Scandinavia, New Zealand etc. And then you make another baffling “big is beautiful” statement when you equate large countries like US, China and Russia, cf. your asinine claim

    “.. We see much beauty in being super power like US, China or Russia ..”

    Well Harry saab, let us take a closer look at USSR, the empire of Russia and the vital lessons it holds for India. Another defunct country called Yugoslavia is also worth a scrutiny.

    Both these countries contained in their midst many different nationalities, ethnicities and even religions. But they all collapsed and splintered into many smaller countries – a major cause being rebellions against centralised, authoritarian and repressive governments often emphasising one ethnic identity or religion as being superior to others. The USSR collapsed in the early 1990s and out of its embers, we now have 15 different countries and in addition, Russia, the local hegemon. Indeed, the countries that left the choking embrace of the USSR hated the centralised Russian dominated abomination that the USSR represented.

    You have similar developments in the former Yugoslavia as well. Josef Tito’s iron grip held this motley bunch of republics and ethnicities together. Somehow they all seemed to get along even after Tito’s death. But then, along comes Slobodan Milosevic with his Serbian nationalism and cock and bull story of how the majority Serbs were being dominated by minorities. A bloody civil war soon erupts in the country between Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. What was once one united country is now a doddering bunch of smaller sdtatelets at strife with each other and facing economic ruin. And still hosting restive internal minorities in each of them.

    My point to shaka intellectuals like you who get their orgasms by ogling at large countries is that many of these large countries are indeed empires with constituent parts held together by force. In almost all the break-ups of countries we have seen in the recent past, one notes 2 features:

    1: The country is held together by force and often with an authoritarian leader or ideology at the helm

    2: A dominant identity based on religion or ethnicity or some combination of the two is projected as the identity of the country.

    The authoritarian communist ideology and Russian ethnic dominance – among other things – contributed to the break-up of the Soviet Union. Likewise, authoritarian Serb leadership and the assertion of Serb identity as the dominant one were causal factors in the civil wars of Yugoslavia. Pakistan’s break-up and the emergence of Bangladesh from E.Pakistan was equally driven by the attempts by Punjabi Muslims to dominate culturally and economically their E.Bengal counterparts.

    Which brings us back to India which today is led by the Indian equivalent of a Milosevic. There is no denying the fact that Modi is a product of a fascist organisation called the RSS; he is authoritarian and has gradually destroyed many of the institutions of democracy in the country; he emphasises the superiority of one religion over others; he tries to shape Indians to behave like upper caste RSS goons who should not eat beef; he organises pogroms against Muslims and makes moves to question, if not strip them of citizenship; he promotes cow-science.

    You need to ask yourself 2 questions Harry saab:

    1. Didn’t the Freedom House report hit the nail on the head when it describes India as sliding when it comes to democratic rights?

    2. Do you think that the internal stability of the country gets enhanced by muscular Hindutva and violence against minorities? Is the Yugoslav scenario far-fetched when it comes to India?

    Do remember Harry saab that Ayothollah Adityanath is the next man in line for the PM’s job.

    • Very well written. You could add China to that list of suspect countries with military and economic power but no concern for human rights – all powerful for now, but based on brute force and ethnic Han dominance.

      I remember reading about the last Yugoslav ambassador to India. It was at the time of PV Narasima Rao when Hindutva mob violence was being encouraged. The ambassador praised India’s democracy which had managed plurality, and asked India to stay in that course, but there was a latent warning, as he saw the menace of Hindutva mobs. He highlighted his own predicament by saying he did not know which country he was returning to as Yugoslavia fell apart. At the time of the Babari masjid demolition, Rao himself warned of Balkanisation of India – although it is remarked Rao was an enabler as he was a RSS member in the 1930s.

      The day may come when Indian ambassadors will not know which country they represent or will return to !

      Harry is a confused BJP type. He wants India to be China, he wants India to be Pakistan, he does not want India to be India. His way to prove adivasis are Hindus was to say pictures of RSS shakha drills show their cadre is black skinned, so they are adivasis, and as they fill the RSS ranks, this proves they are staunch Hindus like him ! He did not remark why the RSS leaders are Chitpawan Brahmins and not adivasis. Whereas the issue was people have a right to decide their religious affiliation, it is not for Harry to certify who is and who is not Hindu. In their way, the RSS will certify who is Hindu, and will forcibly include those who say they are not Hindu; and equally they have arbitrary authority to declare others born in India as non-Indians, if they are not Hindu. Such attitudes can only lead to national breakdown as in Yugoslavia. So your warning is correct and I endorse it.

      • Mr Akash: Thanks for the response Sir.

        Your are spot-on when you say that the example of the repressive, authoritarian state that emphasises the superiority of one ethnicity, religion, race, political ideology etc. extends to China as well. I did not mention more about China in my previous comment merely to keep it short. Yes, the Han Chinese identity, ideology language are promoted and imposed on Uighurs, Tibetans, Mongols, Kazakhs and others. And beyond its borders, China tries to impose its ideology and imperialism on Hong Kong and Taiwan. And uses loan sharking to get many developing countries to become its client state – Sri Lanka and Kenya being examples.

        Your example from Yugoslavia was illuminating indeed. I have actually worked with refugees from Yugoslavia and their harrowing stories made my stomach churn. Indeed, the disintegration of that country holds vital lessons for India. From being a relatively prosperous and more independent part of the USSR sphere of influence, the country imploded, largely due to Serbian hypernationalism. Slobodan Milosovic’s rabid rhetoric succeeded in rallying Serbians and portraying them as being victims of minorities such as Croatians, Bosnians, Kosovars, Slovenians etc. The slaughter by Radko Mladic’s Serb forces in Srebrenica of some 8000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys was the final bloodthirsty act that made Western Europe and NATO wake up and put an end to the fighting. Today, in the ruins of a once prospering country, we have many states and statelets, all staring at economic ruin. Once the seeds of distrust are sown by demagogues, it is hard to rebuilt that trust. Countries can be like Humpty Dumpty !

        The RSS and BJP combination are eerily similar in ideology to the Serb nationalists. I fervently hope India does not end up like Yugoslavia.

    • Kili
      I am not going to read any of your comments until you address the question I am asking, whether Moplas were far worse than Babu Bajarangi or not? I won’t buy your song & dance nonsense. I want YOUR ANSWER CLEARLY IN YES OR NO.

      “Kili I am still waiting for your answer regarding Babu Bajarangi as boy scout compared to Moplas of Kerala. or Are you saying that Anne Beasant Or C Shankaran Nair were lying?

      I am sure you are not going to respond. you I love it when you become quiet like proverbial MUSLIM’S CAT.”

      • Harry: I don’t care whether you read my comments are not. Additionally, I do not debate on anyone’s terms and certainly not on the terms of a bigoted, blinkered, bhakth and Babu Bajrangi clone whose tunnel vision is worsened by the saffron tinted glasses he wears.

        Actually, your new policy make life easier for me. You will not read my comments and hence you won’t comment on them. I can read your comments though and let loose my ire on your ilk. Suits me fine pal !

        • Good. I proved my points

          1. That your moral standard is that of Goebbels. To Dr. Goebbels killings by Russian troops in East Prussia was barbarism but not German killings in Russia. It is similar to your attitude that killings by Babu Bajarangi was bad but NOT KILLINGS BY MOPLAS.

          2. Your advocacy for meat eating in twenty first century, when people in advanced countries are moving away from meat eating feeling more empathy for non-human creature, show you are primitive barbarian.
          3. May be you are Mopla pretending to be Hindu a typical Al Taqiyya.

          ” I do not debate on anyone’s terms”

          OF COURSE NOT KILI. YOU DON’T WANT TO DEBATE WHE WE CATCH YOU WITH YOUR PANTS DOWN.

        • @Kili Jolsiyar: @Harry is right!! You Jihadis are disgraceful!! We see in 57 Islamic theocracies & even Europe/India what you Islamists do!! We have seen that in AfPak, Bangladesh.. too on how you kill Sikhs, Hindus & Christians since eons!! Shame on you!!

          • Kili works for Islamic group. he is paid per word, therefore he writes pages of nonsense.

            Like Al Jazeera who has become preacher to morality to every Arab & other nations, but keeps quiet about it’s paymaster QUATAR. In case of Kili Jolsiyar the paymasters are MOPLAS & OTHER KERALITE LIHADI SUPPORTERS.

            So only reply a short comment and enjoy and laugh the flood of nonsense pouring out.

            . Hindu secus are in dream world. In that world like George Orwell’s novel good becomes evil & Evil becomes good. So whenever I have difficulty sleeping I read an article by HINDU SECUS. This is good medicine without side effects.

  3. The world has noted India is only partly free. The latest is some Indians abroad are making Indians abroad less-free as well !

    I refer to BJP supporters in Australia beating up Sikhs and attacking Sikh temples.

    See the article ‘Australian Senator flags issue of violence by extremist, right-wing Hindu nationalists’, National Herald, 07 Mar 2021

    [Extract : Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) State Senator David Shoebridge, who has earlier spoken out against the threat posed by far-right Hindu organisations, has raised the issue in NSW State assembly.

    “How did Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), right-wing Hindu organisation that is considered a military extremist religious organisation by the CIA, find themselves in New South Wales public schools?” Shoebridge said.

    “Are these neo-Nazi groups on the government’s radar, and if so, what is going to be done about it,” he asked during a meeting with State Senator Geoff Lee, the Acting Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans held on March 5.]

    Indians will drag down Australia’s Freedom rating – unless Australia takes action ! But Australia will not allow lawlessness like India. The VHP-BJP fellows will be deported if they are not nationals and if they are nationals, they will be prosecuted.

    The VHP-RSS-BJP links will come in the spotlight.

    My advice to BJP supporters. You have spoilt India’s name. Don’t spoil the name of Indians abroad. Some BJP supporters got deported for hate messages posted in the UAE, the same will happen in Australia.

    • @Akash: Your hypocrisy & lies are for all to see!! Congress/lefist/Jihadis like you are the real fascists who have destroyed India & Hindus as did the British/Mulla!!

      Did RSS create terrorist Pakistan or congress/Mulla??
      Did RSS do Islamic & Maoist terrorism or Mulla/communist/congress??!!

      If you are such a great democrat then explain why Islamic terrorists who voted for & created Pakistan were allowed to stay in India by congress & those who call themselves secular??

      IF Biden, American president is leader of a so called great democracy, how is it that he called Chinese horrible genocide of Muslims & ethnic cleansing a cultural issue of the Chinese??

    • @Akash: Ha!!! Ha!! you & people like you are a big JOKE as are other anti Hindu & anti India democracy & human rights crusaders in Australia, UK or US!!

      Where were the so called human rights in Australia when they killed all natives?? Same for America, Canada, UK etc.

      What exactly has RSS done to be fascist while the Mullas in India or Pakistan/Bangladesh show their terrorist credentials each day by killing Hindus, Sikhs, Christians..!!

      India & Hindus don’t need any of these hypocrites to teach it democracy!! Hindu India has always been democratic and even accepted Jews while Christians were killing them the world over!! Hindus gave shelter to Muslims despite they voting for & creating a terrorist nation called Pakistan!!

      Take your lies & evil back to Australia or USA and ask them to resuscitate natives they killed for their white supremacist fascism!! Also ask them to be better propagandists & slaves against India for the Han communist Chinese & others!!

      How is it that so called secular America’s president can take oath on the Bible but Hindus can’t on Gita in India??

      How is it that Biden, the American president call Muslim genocide & ethnic cleansing by China a cultural issue??!!

      How is it that America/UK along with Australia killed poor Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria.. for their evil Christian & Nazi ideology and still not be called fascists & white supremacists??

  4. if anyone think that this report is genuine then u also believe that Jammu and kashmir and Arunachal pradesh is not part of country because this report claim india map without these two states. please be aware of these news media groups which support these type anti india report.

    • You are misinterpreting. Shekhar Gupta’s Cut the clutter’ video on how the ranking was done says that Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh were treated separately not only because they are disputed territories but because in J & K, there is an insurgency. If J & K was included, and army abuse (torture, fake encounters and rapes, cutting internet, arresting politicians and journalists) are taken into account, then it will drag India’s ranking down to China’s (9 instead of 67 !).

      You should be glad they treated J & K separately.

      Don’t try to deflect, face up to the reality that India has declined financially and socially due to the BJP – and more is to come.

  5. Shekhar Gupta has an analysis and explanation of the grading system which brought India’s ranking down. India is 67, before it was 73 in the lower end of the free countries. It is now in the upper end of the moderately free.

    The top performers are the usual : NZ with 99, Canada at 98, the Scandinavian countries in the high 90s, UK at 93, US at 83. Pak is 33 at the bottom of the medium-free countries. Russia is 20, China is 9, Saudi is 8 points and are in the unfree countries – although all three are quite wealthy compared with India.

    Listening to that analysis, and although Gupta did not say this, I felt India’s rating should be further down, around 50 instead of 67. The rating institution has not realised yet the role of the RSS and the depth of the rot in India. They have noted CAA-NRC, attacks against Muslims for Covid, attacks against academic freedom, intimidation of journalists, curbing of internet etc, and these brought the ranking down. But they do not realise yet about the RSS which is a state within a state, and has infiltrated all organisations.

    In time, India’s ranking will come down further to where it actually belongs. The worst scenario is to be in (or near) the unfree countries, and have a poor economy. That is where the RSS-BJP is taking India. Indians have no one to blame other than themselves. We get what we elected. There is no point raging against the world. Either fix it, or accept the ranking and say this is where we want to be.

    • Problem is it is opinion of few people. Beauty is to beholder. We see much beauty in being super power like US, China or Russia. NZ etc. are midget countries compared to size and population of China, India, US, Brazil & Russia.

      All your top performers are there because they are under US protection. They would be no better than Pakistan, Afghanistan etc. if they had to fend on their own, while China, Russia etc. are not at mercy of USA.

      • The problem is India under the BJP will end up neither having the economic-military power of US, China and Russia as you imagine, nor the civilised and secure society of NZ and the Scandinavian countries. We shall end up towards the bottom of both measures.

        • @Akash: India & Hindus were Vishwaguru exporting science & tech to the rest of the world!! The Arab Muslims even sold that knowledge to Europeans while claiming it as their own!! Tables might turn again for India if Hindus realize their true enemies & potential!!

          You & your ilk will have all the pleasure & leisure to cry as also apply burnol in your rears!!

          • Reality Check: I guess you are not living in the present but prefer to bask in past glory, some real, but the rest mostly imagined. I refer to your puerile comment to Mr Akash above where you make the claim:
            “.. India & Hindus were Vishwaguru exporting science & tech to the rest of the world ..”
            Well, India’s past contributions in many fields have indeed advanced the frontiers of knowledge in many areas. But fast forward to 2021 AD and the Reign of Maharaja Modi and tell me whether the following events would herald the arrival of a new “Vishwaguru” phase for India.

            – Certification is now available for Cow Science, thanks to the cutting edge research of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog. And the backer of this proposal is none other than the University Grants Commission !!!

            – PM Modi claims in the Indian Science Congress that ancient Indian surgeons practised transplantation surgery since they managed to graft an elephant’s head to a man’s torso !

            – At the Indian Science Congress in 2015, Capt Anand Bodas claims that ancient Indians invented the aeroplane, not Wright brothers. This craft was capable of interplanetary travel and propelled using ghee, cow dung and other cow excretions! Ref: bit.ly/3l7y0K1

            At the Indian Science Congress in 2019, an Indian scientist and Modi bhakth Kannan Krishnan claimed that Newton and Einstein were wrong. He suggested that renaming gravitational waves as “NaMo waves” and the phenomenon of gravitational leaning as the “Harshvardhan effect”

            With jokers like these, aided and abetted by people like you with top-notch shaka education, and a Gujarati Delhi University graduate at the helm of affairs, I am sure that India can indeed become a Vishwaguru and a 5 trillion dollar economy in record time !

          • Cow science is still better than spending time of highly educated Engineers to improve the speed of Bullock cart that Indira did and advertise it through interview with foreign journalist. Instead she should have provided loans to replace bullock cart by trucks, automobiles etc.

            On the other end your Lallu was showing on TV how to milk cows.

            SO SECUS ARE LOT MORE STUPID & CRAZY compared to Hindutva guys.

            There in no need for India to become Jagadguru for human rights. We should give that opportunity to our Pakistani brothers.

            Once we achieve high prosperity then we can promote Animals rights and become Jagatguru in terms of humane treatment to all creatures.

        • FYI Australia & New Zealand are stolen countries. Best land is stolen from indigenous people like Aborigine & Maoris without paying market price or compensation. So they are thieves like Pakistanis. In their case it is after eating hundred mice cat went for Haj.

    • Milton has said that it is better to rule Hell than serve in Heaven.

      NZ, Scandinavian countries etc. are all dependent upon US for protection and so follow US dictate. Good example is their attitude regarding middle east particularly Iraq, Syria, Egypt etc.

      • @Harry: For years, western nations like US/UK encouraged Apartheid in S.Africa! The same were involved in horrendous crimes against their own citizens & others like Iraq!!

        They talking of democracy or freedom in other nations is like a Wolf talking of peace & non violence!!

    • Mr Akash: Another brilliant piece of analysis, insightful and perspicacious – your trademarks as usual !

      Indeed, you hit the nail on the head when you diagnose the root of the rot in India, cf. your statement:

      “.. they do not realise yet about the RSS which is a state within a state, and has infiltrated all organisations ..”

      The RSS, India’s answer to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has finally become kosher. Not only has it has succeeded in appointing one of its apparatchiks as PM, it has also become an extra-constitutional policy maker in India and the real source of power in the country. Thus, by bypassing the Parliament and various Ministries, the RSS has all the power with zero accountability and no one to question it. Additionally, by resorting to the use of proxies such as the Bajrang Dal, Ram Sene, Hindu Yuva Vahini, the RSS has full deniability for the grassroots violence it engenders. Not that India’s “independent” judiciary would actually dare to convict an RSS lathiwaala for any crimes he commits.

      The fact that the RSS is in many ways the de facto power centre, power broker par excellence and moral policeman in still non-Akhand Bharath is something the Freedom House analysis does not fully incorporate. Had they done so, well, just as you point out Mr Akash, India would have been ranked even lower.

      • That the RSS was fascist was known already from the 1930s from the writings of Golwalkar and Savarkar, who expressed admiration for Hitler. You have noted, they have created many sub-organisations, the Bajrang Dal, VHP, Ram Sene, ABVP… it is like money launderers create shell companies so their criminality cannot be traced !

        Indian democracy is now one of a kind in the world. Elections are held, but the RSS now runs a state within a state, and elected anti-democrats serve them. The RSS works to have anti-democrats elected. The elected party and the PM do not report to the constitution, they report to this unelected body.

        Indians have sleep-walked into fascism. Unlike Nazi Germany, on whom the RSS bases its model of state and citizenship (with Manu’s caste system as the add on), the RSS has been a bit more gradual, so people got used to them, and they became gradually acceptable. It is Nazism achieved through stealth. The Indian media has played a role in their legitimisation.

        Now we have the irony that white nationalists, KKK and neo Nazis in Europe look on Hindu nationalists as an inspiration, whereas in the 1930s, ‘Hindutva nationalists’ went to European fascists to learn ! Anders Brevik, the Norwegian white nationalist who shot 70 Labour party members in Norway had written that white nationalists need to learn from ‘Hindutva nationalists’ in India. Of course, if you put white nationalists with Hindutva nationalists in the same country, the white nationalists will kill the brown nationalists.

        Whether the fascism is attained by stealth or through forced takeover, the end result will be the same elsewhere : failure and ruination of the country. If fascism can be attained by stealth, by ensuring election of anti-democrats, the RSS will go with that route. When there is a threat that electoral power will slip, then the temptation for violent capture of power will come. For the moment, industrialist money, and RSS’s organisational skills, a decimated opposition, and some EVM tampering, will assure power through the electoral route, the problem is when that slips, then you will see even more vicious methods.

        In many ways Congress is to blame. They should have dismantled the RSS after their role in Gandhi’s assassination and never allowed them back to build a state within the state. The Congress should have banned them in the 1990s after the demolition of the Babari masjid where the RSS and its parivar brazenly defied the Supreme Court’s order and the law. Failure to curb them at the right time emboldened them. Shekhar Gupta is very good at pointing out in Pakistan, the army runs the state behind a civilian façade. But he never says the India has also become like that, except the operator behind the scenes is the RSS instead of the army.

        Academics and human rights activists in the outside world are now examining the RSS and there are publications mentioning their fascist credentials and modes of operation. It is only a matter of time before India’s ranking in human rights comes down to where it belongs. India’s domestic fascism will become a problem for the world. Already, the VHP has been identified by an Australian senator as a group that has created the culture for violence against Sikhs in Australia. They are running school camps abroad also to promote supremacy, as they do in India. In the UK and the US, they are promoting discrimination against Dalits. In the UAE and Gulf, the RSS is under the radar after the hate tweets their supporters sent at the start of Covid. People there did not know what is RSS but now they know.

        • @ You lies on RSS or BJP are as true as democracy in North Korean or human rights in Islam/Islamic theocracies!!

    • If your logic holds any truth, how is it that communist China is raping & enslaving so called democracies Australia & America since 3 decades??!!

      When will Mullas like you teach democracy to the Golf & Islamic supremacists there or in Pakistan/Bangladesh??!!

      WHY is America’s, UK or Australia’s domestic fascism not a problem for India & the world??!!

    • I suggest they keep their ratings in their *** and bring it down to 0 like these American hypocrites who brought to 0, the natives who lived there just like Canada, Australia..!!!

  6. PATHETIC Mr Pratik ! Really more pathetic than Nakata [Noseless i.e Shameless ] behavior of you Keralites regarding Mopla uprising?

    Have you forgotten what your admired Kerala Muslims did? compared their actions Babu Bajarangi would look like boy scout.

    Here is the details description from person like Anne Beasant. It is from book by by Sir C Shankaran Nair the president of Indian National Congress in the year 1897. In the addendum section of the book, the revolutionary freedom fighter Anne Besant penned down her experience as one of the spectators of the gruesome massacre, ‘Malabar’s Agony’.

    The harrowing depiction of the massacre put forward by Besant will shake you from inside. In every paragraph she made responsible the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi for such gruesome annihilation of the Hindus.
    In one such instance she wrote ” How does Mr. Gandhi like the Mopla spirit, as shown by one of the prisoners in the Hospital, who was dying from the results of asphyxiation? He asked the surgeon, if he were going to die, and surgeon answered that he feared he would not recover, ” Well, I’m glad I killed fourteen infidels,” said the’ Brave, God-fearing Mopla, Mr. Gandhi so much admires, who “are fighting for what they consider as religion, and in a manner, they consider as religious.” Men who consider it “religious” to murder, rape, loot, to kill women and little children, cutting down whole families, have to be put under restraint in any civilised society. ”
    Apparently, she was dejected with Gandhi being the upholder of such heinous atrocities done against the Hindus by the Moplas in the name of ‘khilafat’ and Painting this unrest as an insurrection against the British Government.
    In one more instance she wrote ” Can you conceive of a more gusty and inhuman crime than the murders of babies and pregnant women? Two days back I had occasion to read a report given by a refugee in Calicut. A pregnant woman carrying 7 months was cut through the abdomen by a rebel and she was seen lying dead on the way with the dead child projecting out of the womb. How horrible! Another, a baby of six months was snatched away from the breast of his own mother and cut into two pieces. How heart-rending Are these rebels’ human beings or monsters? From the same quarters numerous forcible conversions are also reported, has given statement that he had seen with his own eyes that the heads of a dozen people were being shaved by the rebels and afterwards they were asked to recite some passages from the Quran. This he witnessed from a tree. I wonder what the authority of some people is who contradict the news of murders, and forcible conversions of Hindus. Let them come here and test the veracity of these statements for themselves.”
    She rebuked people who tried to whitewash the brutal killings of Hindus during the Khilafat movement. And everyone knows who these people were, of course the Gandhi and his supporters who supported the jihadi Khilafat movement in the name of freedom struggle.

    This is what your types are either cowards or beasts. It is only Gorkha troops in British army that put fear of god in Moplas.

    • @Harry: Well said!! @Kili Jolsiyar is a Islamo-leftist fascist as seen from many of his earlier comments!!

  7. India has been living on an image and reputation of liberal democracy – created by Nehru and Gandhi. But now India is run by Gandhi’s assassins. They are sadists. They cannot claim India is the largest democracy and run it with fascist intimidation. The world is waking up to the a long over due recognition of this fact.

    India’s downgrade in the freedom index was due, and I can confirm all the reasons recognised are correct : state persecution of minorities using mobs, unleashing of brutalised police, killing of journalists, beating of university students, release of criminals responsible for pogroms….

    I would urge the NGO to examine who caused India’s slide. It is the RSS. It was created in the 1920s and it praised Hitler and wanted his ideology adopted in India. Based on this, the NGO should demand this organisation be recognised as a Nazi group.

    • So what? If you don’t like it catch Samjhota Express. India was ruled by minorities & for minorities in last thousand years. Now it is time time they get their own medicine.

      • Immature response. Shashi Tharoor says India is a collection of minorities. You are an upper caste minority. What if the Dalits and adivasis said you have been oppressing them ? Will you tell them to catch the Samjhota Express ? And what if the Dalits and adivasis said it is time time you got your own medicine ?

        • Hindus are indigenous people. Dalit, Tribal are all Hindus, so are are other faiths like Buddhism, Jainism. Their holiest places are in South Asia.

          I like the description by Komireddi, he is secularist too, regarding behavior of people like Shashi Tharoor.

          “India’s ‘secularists’ furnished explanations of the kind Tharoor reheats here when he writes that the Islamic invaders who settled in India were different from British imperialists because they invested their loot in India. Reading this, I pictured Warangal as the Delhi Sultanate’s Muslim troops captured its Hindu king in the 14th century. I don’t think any native who witnessed that great city’s subsequent destruction thought to himself, ‘They are smashing our majestic temple, carting away its golden idols, slaughtering men and abducting children, but it’s all right: I hear they are investing the gold up in Delhi.”

          To call spade a spade a colonizer is lesser evil than a settler, who does not want to assimilate. It is true British did stole a lot of wealth but they did not walk off with any Indian land and we don’t see many Brits in India, while Muslims not only stole money, they also walk off with 1/4 of land. There were other invaders in past like Greeks, Scythians, Huns etc. But they assimilated with Hindus, Buddhists and their rule become part of history and it is happy closure.

          So it is time to ask minorities either fit in or catch Samjhota Express. One thing I like about Muslims is the way they deal with your type among them. e.g Salman Rushdie.

          • You are obviously a shakha educated type.

            The Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren emphatically said Adivasis are not Hindus. He said this in a conference in Harvard. It is reported in The Print. Then who are you to declare forcibly that they are Hindus ? You are just an insecure upper caste who has been exploiting Indians for millennia, trying to make up the numbers. It is up to Adivasis, Sikhs, Jains etc. to say they are Hindus, not for Hindutvadis to force it on them.

            As for the Muslims, the majority are ‘natives’ who converted to escape the caste system. Even now there may be some converting to them, they do not become non-natives overnight.

            As for the Brahmins, they are descendants of Aryan invaders. To counter that, they have started fabricating history to say they are originals. The Dalits says the Brahmins are the biggest exploiters and persecutors, and they have paralysed India with the caste system. The Dalits never complain about Muslims and the British. What is your stand on Brahmins ? Do you vent bitterness against Brahmins ?

            Even the name ‘Hindu’ was given by outsiders. Until the British, there was no concept of Hindu as ‘original native of India’. This was made up by Golwalkar and Savarkar based on Nazi concepts in vogue in the 1930s, and you are parroting it. 70 million years ago, India was part of another continent. So even India migrated from somewhere else !

            You need to come up with a better agenda for India. The world only looks at the present, they are not interested in historical grievances, they only look at the present performance – and India has sunk both in terms of the economy and the freedom index.
            That is not due to the Muslims or the British or the past, but present day incompetence.
            Hindutva caused one partition, and will lead to another break up. Those signs are already there. The Freedom ranking is a warning sign. Why don’t you learn from experience ?

          • Mr Harry: You rant:

            “.. We should copy Chinese model. Make local activists disappear, like it happens in China ..”

            Well Mr Harry, the Chinese model also necessitated the murder of about 30 million Chinese citizens during Mao’s so called “Great Leap Forward”. Of course, killing 30 million human beings might have pleased investors – after all an investor only cares for his “return on investment” and not on the blood that gets spilt. Exactly as slave traders did some 200 odd years ago – a black African slave was nothing more than a commodity that was a part of your investment portfolio. And when a storm threatened your slave ship and since horses were insured for larger values than black Africans, ship captains threw human beings overboard. That surely must have pleased investors like the Harrys of those days.

            Careful what you wish for Mr Harry. What if you become hoist by your own petard?

            Harry: Once again, the Hindutva imperialism that they taught you in your shaka comes to the fore and Hinduism per se recedes into the background. What else is one to make of your putrid rant:

            “.. Hindus are indigenous people. Dalit, Tribal are all Hindus, so are are other faiths like Buddhism, Jainism. .. ”

            ?

            RSS attitudes such as the ones you espouse surely explain why Sikhs want a separate Khalistan, Nagaland and many other Northeast states are restive, Kashmir is in turmoil, Sikkim is suspicious … And the disquiet and suspicions that Hindutva engenders makes these regions excellent candidates and very receptive to Chinese and Pakistani propaganda.

            You Hindutva fascists weaken the already frail linkages that somehow hold the country together. Remember, India has never been a united country like say a France, a Sweden or a Portugal or a Germany. Indeed, when the British left, they left behind some 690 odd kingdoms with each of whom they had signed independent treaties. Several of these kingdoms never wanted to join India, nor for that matter Pakistan. And Partition saw the emergence of 2 countries and that became 3 in 1971 when erstwhile E.Pakistan left to become Bangladesh. So when you Hindutva intellectuals shout from rooftops that Hindus are the indigenous people and all others are invaders, well you are asking for trouble. You will wake up many a sleeping dog.

            As Baron Acton (1834-1902) once said:

            “Where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that”

            Clearly Harry, one need not guess who the gangsters who control your thought are.

          • What is your stand on Brahmins ? Do you vent bitterness against Brahmins ?

            They are Indigenous Indians. It appears that you are either Pakistani or convert. So we have nothing in common.

        • Akash your claim Even the name ‘Hindu’ was given by outsiders.

          Yes. Because prior to Muslim invasion Indians themselves Arya. Hindu was Persian name of Indus river, so they called people living east of Indus as Hindus. Muslim invaders of India were Barbarians without culture, so they adopted Persian culture lock stock & barrel. Muslims were called Malechchha by Indians as well as by Buddhist in Central Asia, who were wiped out by Muslim fanatics prior to Mongol Invasion. Mongols paid back Muslims in their own currency.

          Komirddi has clearly explained the nonsense propagated by assorted Indian secularists. He has valid suggestion. Bulk of Indians are NOT STUPID like secularist Hindus to accept such nonsense. Only dumb & stupid people will buy what you are saying. So stop propagating nonsense, there are no takers, save Killi Jolsiyar, for that nonsense.

          Indian Muslims and secularists can not behave like holocaust deniers. Komireddi has suggested that they have to face the facts and apologize for horror that Muslim invasion brought to India. For all practical purpose it was far worse than British rule. British at least brought modern technology & governance united country and left unlike Muslims, who walked off with 1/4 of land.

      • Harry : Another trademark shaka response from you.

        When you do not have a valid, cogent, counter-argument, the only thing that is now left in your arsenal is puerile abuse, cf your rant above to Mr Akash:

        “.. If you don’t like it catch Samjhota Express ..”

        Grow up Harry.

        • Kili I am still waiting for your answer regarding Babu Bajarangi as boy scout ompared to Moplas of Kerala. or Are you saying that Anne Beasant Or C Shankaran Nair were lying?

          I am sure you are not going to respond. I love it when you become quiet like proverbial MUSLIM’S CAT.

          • @Harry: Well said: All these anti Hindu comments from Jihadi/communist & rice bag evil community!!

            They can’t digest Dalits/Brahmins & all other Hindus & India progressing!! They will be ready to be Chinese communist slaves though!!

            They go on proclaiming Allah while drowning him in mosques/churches converted into toilets in China!!

    • @Akash: Oh Really RSS is Nazi. So what about communist China raping Muslim women and killing them like filthy pigs while totally erasing Islam from China?? And… guess what American liberal president Biden says about China’s genocide of Muslims: Chinese culture is different!! So go to hell you liar leftists & Jihadis!!

      India is better off with no democracy than a sick democracy with anti national leftists & Sick-ularism!!

      • Yes, as Mr Akash hits the nail on the head when he describes the RSS as being a Nazism inspired organisation.

        As Mr Akash points out, the RSS is an outfit modelled on the right wing organisations that Hitler and Mussolini created in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. Indeed, Adolf Hitler was venerated by the RSS führer Golwalkar and for that matter also by another violent leader, Bal Thackeray. Indeed, in his booklet “We Or Our Nationhood Defined”, Golwalkar writes:

        “.. “…To keep up the purity of the nation and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of Semitic races – the Jews. National pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well-nigh impossible it is for races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindustan to learn and profit by ..”

        In 1932, Moonje visited, among others, the Military College, the Central Military School of Physical Education, the Fascist Academy of Physical Education, and, most importantly, the Balilla and Avanguardisti organisations. The Balilla and Avanguardisti organisational models were imported directly to India and are the backbone of the paramilitary structures seen in the RSS.

        As Moonje writes:

        “The Balilla institutions and the conception of the whole organisation have appealed to me most, though there is still not discipline and organisation of high order. The whole idea is conceived by Mussolini for the military regeneration of Italy. Italians, by nature, appear ease-loving and non-martial like the Indians generally. They have cultivated, like Indians, the work of peace and neglected the cultivation of the art of war. Mussolini saw the essential weakness of his country and conceived the idea of the Balilla organisation…. Nothing better could have been conceived for the military organisation of Italy…. The idea of fascism vividly brings out the conception of unity amongst people…. India and particularly Hindu India need some such institution for the military regeneration of the Hindus: so that the artificial distinction so much emphasised by the British of martial and non-martial classes amongst the Hindus may disappear. Our institution of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh of Nagpur under Dr Hedgewar is of this kind, though quite independently conceived. I will spend the rest of my life in developing and extending this Institution of Dr Hedgewar all throughout the Maharashtra and other provinces.”

        You may rail about the lack of democracy in places like China and the suppression of minorities like Muslims. Perhaps even more violent and far more systematic has been the genocidal activities of the Chinese against Tibetans.

        I know that for Modi worshippers and Babu Bajrangi fans like you, the creation of a Hindu Pakistan through violent ethnic cleansing and genocide is the ultimate aim. But it is indeed news that you also seem to regard China as a template for the development of India – never mind the fact that the Chinese communists killed upwards of 30 million people during Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” program. Or shall we say pogrom ?

        So when you rant:

        “.. India is better off with no democracy than a sick democracy with anti national leftists & Sick-ularism ..”

        Be careful what you wish for. Don’t forget that your RSS friends know a thing or two about conducting pogroms and running concentration err detention camps.

        • RSS is an outfit modelled on the right wing organisations that Hitler and Mussolini created in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s.

          How about Rahul and Sonia Gandhi? Sonia Gandhi’s father was Fascist, who fought for Nazis on Eastern front and returned home after suffering injury. So by your logic present Congress is Fascist, because it has physical link, as Sonia has never denounced her father, unlike RSS link which is simply conjecture.

          • The RSS link is not a conjecture. Recently, Ram Madhav was interviewed by Stpehen Sackur on BBC, about such passages in Golwalkar’s writings. He did not deny it. The RSS has never said it is conjecture, so why are you saying it ?

            People outside are becoming aware what is the RSS. There will be campaigns to bring out their Nazi ideology to the west, and have them blacklisted. It is only a matter of time.

            As for your attempt to deflect by saying Sonia’s father was a fascist – first of all, what is your source ? Secondly, even if it is true that he fought on the eastern front, most of the soldiers were conscripts, so that does not prove he was fascist. Even if what you say is true (and I suspect it is a RSS fabrication), Sonia does not have the ideology of fascism, nor does Congress. Whereas the RSS continues with a fascist ideology – of nationalism based on exclusivity, violence and intimidation of opponents, military drills, assassination. Congress before and after Sonia did not have such methods as part of their essential ideology. So don’t try to pull a fast one !

            You can fool yourself, but not the outside world. India’s economy is sinking due to Modi and its standing will sink in the freedom index with your Hindutva Nazism. India will not be like China or even Pakistan as you imagine, it will be ranked with Mynamar. Just get real.

          • Go check the info. Sonia’s father was NOT CONSCRIPT. He volunteered to fight against Communism.

          • @Harry: You won’t be able to convince any of these communists & Jihadi/rice bags anti Hindu & anti India forces to say the truth or not be evil hypocrites!

            They make their stories in fascist leftist laboratories or mosques/churches and then spew their venom against Hindus/BJP & Bharat!! We have seen how they distorted Hindu & Indian history since 70 years & white washed crimes of the white supremacist British or the Jihadis & the Church!!

            They are supported by the leftists in the western world who sold their pants & nations to communist China and will be willing to do so again!!

            India is the 3rd. largest economy on the globe on PPP basis and they wouldn’t want a challenger in the shape of a rejuvenated Hindu civilization with a China V.2. Same story with the rice bag/fascist converts or their communist supporters in India & abroad!!

          • “Congress before and after Sonia did not have such methods as part of their essential ideology. ” Really Akash, on what drugs are you?
            Families of Sikh victims of Nehru family riots will totally disagree with you.

            Sonia’s husband exactly followed Fascist, Nazi method. Congress response to murder of Indira Gandhi was far worse than response of Nazis to assassination of Reich Protector REINHARD HEYDRICH in Czechoslovakia. This seems to be clear influence of Nazism on Rajiv Gandhi and obviously it came from family of his in-laws.

        • Kili How do you compare actions of your Moplas vs. Babu bajarangi?

          Sure Babu looks like boy scout compared to your Keralite Moplas.

        • Any day better to make a Hindu Pakistan than a Pakistani Hindustan as designed by Mulla Congress & white supremacist Nazi British!!

          Hindus assimilated everyone & still do!! They will continue to do in future but no way will we accept another slavery by people of the evil books & fascist communists!

          Hindus even re-assimilated Muslims who treacherously voted for Pakistan, a terrorist Islamic state!! Thanks to Mulla congress, they were allowed freebies & even Haj subsidies while Hindu temples were in congress government prisons!!

          Muslims went on to keep their money, property & their Nazi EVIL ISLAMIC IDEOLOGY while taking away rights of Hindus/Sikhs in India & Pakistan/Bangladesh!!

          So go to hell with your Mulla/communist lies & hypocrisy!!

      • We Or Our Nationhood Defined, by (RSS) ideologue MS Golwalkar says :

        “…To keep up the purity of the nation and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of Semitic races – the Jews. National pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well-nigh impossible it is for races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindustan to learn and profit by,”

        This is well known, why are you pretending you do not not know ? There is a BBC interview with RSS fellow Ram Madhav where Stephen Sackur asks him to explain if the above passage is not the BJP’s working model.

        Sooner or later there will be pressure in the west to list the RSS as a Nazi organisation, and for sanctions against India.

        What China does is also condemnable and cannot be an excuse for what India does. India claims to be democratic, so then you go by democratic norms. Otherwise, you proclaim that India follows RSS and Nazism as prescribed by Golwakar. No need for a hidden agenda, be like Hitler. You feel India is better off with no democracy – unless democracy is as prescribed by Golwalkar and Hitler.

    • An outstanding comment Mr Akash.

      The sad thing is that Gandhi’s assassins are actually venerated by the BJP, the RSS and assorted Sangh Parivar outfits. Indeed, the BJP ensured that the portrait of Damodar Savarkar – a man who collaborated with the British and opposed the Quit India movement – now hangs in the Parliament. And there is a temple to Nathuram Godse in Indore. Indeed, an open admirer of Godse, terrorism accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur has been elected to the Lok Sabha on a BJP ticket. And it is this slide into right-wing extremism and fascism which are the hallmarks of the RSS and the BJP. With the fascists of the RSS running the country, small wonder then that India’s ranking on the Freedom Index is low.

      Things can get even more interesting when another hardcore fascist and rabble-rouser viz. Ayothollah Adithyanath eventually upstages Modi and starts running the country. After all, what these thugs want is to turn India into a Hindu Pakistan.

      As the French diplomat Joseph de Maistres said:

      “Every nation gets the government it deserves”.

      • Thanks Kili.

        The Indian response is typically immature. Many years back, in fact during Congress rule, the British Medical Association derecognised the Indian medical degree for some time. The cause : doctors with fake degrees were going to the UK. What was the Indian response ? De-recognise the British degree and say angrily that the colonial mentality will not be tolerated. There is no desire to improve. The current response is the same : say the white man is biased and why should they dictate to us.

        India is actually still cashing in on the Nehru-Gandhi image. I went on a business trip to Germany. The airport taxi driver was an old Greek man. He was bowled over that I was from India, and he kept telling me how he admired Gandhi and Nehru. I tried to tell him that things have changed and the assassins of Gandhi are ruling. He could not understand, because he was not up to date. But the new generation outside knows what is going on in India, and the downward slide will continue. There is a delay as the old image changes.

        The BJP has been running with the hares and hunting with the hounds : claiming to the outside world India is the largest democracy, while working to undermine it. But eventually it comes out. With the economy gone, the outside world has even less reason to entertain India. In fact, the west is alarmed at what is happening in India. Their idea of propping up India as a bulwark against anti-democratic China has hit a roadblock as the west sees India wants to be more like Mynamar. This will lead to implosion and refugees. People outside are aware of it.

  8. Peace at the china border , peace at the Pakistan border .. unless it makes peace with its citizens the BJP will loose its appeal .. We unfortunately are not China( ideologically , technologically and even financially) who can effectively control our citizens .

  9. I am so proud of the Print for stating the facts, how much minorities are abused in India is clear. Freedom of speech is dying now, and that is tragic.

    • We have no desire to be persecuted by minorities. We prefer Godhra to Malapuram. We have no desire to be victim of fanaticism. We will send guys like you with your nonsense to such areas.

      • @Harry: Absolutely correct!! Better to be a vibrant Hindu nation like Israel for Jews than be a Pakistani Hindustan designed by fascist Mulla congress & white supremacist/Christian British!!

  10. We could care less if some NGOs claim we are less free. Our freedom is for development of our people. If government tramples upon the rights of subversive elements, in activists clothing, who are against India becoming economically & militarily strong TOO BAD SO SAD.

    All that government should do is to offer free one way train ticket to these people for SAMJHOTA EXPRESS.

    Our goal should be to be attractive to investors, not human rights activists. We don’t need to be role model for human rights. We can let our Pakistani brothers have that glory. Instead we should promote humane treatment to animals and in that area become role model for the world.

    • ‘Our goal should be to be attractive to investors, not human rights activists.’

      You do not know the contradiction between the reality and what you right ! The reality is India will now only attract human rights activists, not investors. If you do not want to attract the first but attract the second, you have to respect human rights ! But you don’t believe in human rights, you believe in Hindu supremacy.

      These days, investors also look at the social stability of a country. If it is racked by communal riots, CAA-NRC protests and farmers’ protests, investors think it will be a long term risk. As the economy is run to benefit a couple of big industrialists, and is taking money from the majority to enrich the BJP’s cronies preferentially, the majority will come out on the street. The process has started and will continue. It will not be a Hindu-Muslim thing which you bank on to propagate your Hindu supremacy.

      There are many articles in the press from around the world saying India is going to the dogs under the BJP’s Hindu nationalism. Search with something like ‘effect of Delhi riots on investor confidence’ or ‘ effect of farmers protests on investor confidence’. You have an obsession with Pakistan, but they are not the investor. Find me an international article now that bets in favour of India. That happened in MMS’s term. Not now. You will find only the Indian press talking about the brilliance of Modi’s demonetisaton, and now about the green shoots of recovery, resulting from it !

      India is going to degrade further, and people abroad from investing countries now know what is going on in India. I have read a continuing stream of negative articles about India. In 2014-2016, they give Modi the benefit of the doubt, but they have seen a progressive increase in lawlessness in India. Even if human rights are ignored by investors, they can see the Indian economy is run to favour cronies like Ambanis, Adanis and Baba Ramdev. Vodafone, Nestle and Cairns Energy had to suffer because of this.

      The latest out break of Hindu nationalism was in Australia, where Modi supporters beat up Sikhs. Problems created by Modi’s Hindu nationalism are literally spilling out in other countries.

      It is going to go beyond ‘not attracting investors’ – eventually human rights activists abroad will campaign for sanctions against India’ like against South Africa. It will come to that.

      • We should copy Chinese model. Make local activists disappear, like it happens in China. Investors come in truckloads in China. No investor is really concerned about human rights. They look for opportunity to make money, not lose shirt.

        • Mr Harry: You rant:

          “.. We should copy Chinese model. Make local activists disappear, like it happens in China ..”

          Well Mr Harry, the Chinese model also necessitated the murder of about 30 million Chinese citizens during Mao’s so called “Great Leap Forward”. Of course, killing 30 million human beings might have pleased investors – after all an investor only cares for his “return on investment” and not on the blood that gets spilt. Exactly as slave traders did some 200 odd years ago – a black African slave was nothing more than a commodity that was a part of your investment portfolio. And when a storm threatened your slave ship and since horses were insured for larger values than black Africans, ship captains threw human beings overboard. That surely must have pleased investors like the Harrys of those days.

          Careful what you wish for Mr Harry. What if you become hoist by your own petard.

          • Kili tell me what difference does it make to Millipede if he loses few legs? there is no free lunch in life. Soviet Union dominated area from Germany to Pacific, but it had to also sacrifice lives of tens of millions of it’s people. Third world can not become fist world country without getting rid of people who block the development. India has more than a billion people, 30 million is less than 3%. The present farmer agitation is like Kulak problem in USSR in 1930s.

            Once a nation reaches the state of super power than it can start preaching. in our case we can champion animal rights, vegetarianism and meatless society. India is fortunate to have developed such higher ideals, so it need to suppress people who oppose such ideals. We shouldn’t care if rights of supporters of cruelty to animals are suppressed, like we should not care for rights of slave owners or sex traffickers. If they are killed or lose their shirts to bad so sad. Same applies to butchers and people who demand that services.

            India after becoming superpower needs to take leadership to propagate such ideals to ultimately make the whole planet better place to live for every creature. That is ideal even among Christians. So there is Armageddon before reaching that stage.

            People like you would claim that we are like cat going for Haj after killing hundred mice. So what? World enjoys cheap Chinese products , when people, including you, buy cheap Chinese product you don’t think of dead 30 million .

        • You are a confused BJP fellow. The RSS wants India to be like Nazi Germany – Nazi Germany which failed in 1945 and does not exist anymore. In your posts, you hate Muslims, liberals, intellectual and communists. At the same time you desire India to be like China and Pakistan – that is communists and Muslims, the very people you hate !

          May I suggest this confusion of mind comes from the anti-intellectual company you keep ? Neither the RSS nor you have any original ideas for India, all you want is to copy other’s dubious models. What is the nationalism in that ?

          Besides what Kili has explained on your glorification of China, may I suggest that we stand for economies built with human rights and that China is not a model for us. If we do what you suggest, the outcome will be you will not reach China’s economic power, nor have human rights – the BJP will make India a Third World economy with human rights like Myanmar or Idi Amin’s Uganda. The Chinese at least are not bogged done with caste and anti scientific beliefs about gold in cow’s urine.

          Understand India on its own terms and work accordingly.

          • You are a confused BJP fellow. The RSS wants India to be like Nazi Germany.

            Oh Yes. Do you have Divine vision? Did Angel Gabriel came and told you?

            Most of RSS members are dark skinned. So they will not be herrenvolk they would be untermenschen. RSS is not stupid, that can not be said about secularist Hindu while Converts like you are diabolically smart.

          • @Akash: Ha!! Ha!! You are a fascist leftist/rice bag/Mulla yourself!!
            You might not be confused but your sure are anti HIndu & Anti India bigot!!

      • @Raja: IF your claims for Australia/US/UK & their investments were true, how is it that dictatorial & Nazi China raped them for 4 consecutive decades while attracting their investments?

        On one thing, one can agree, lawlessness has to be stopped; be it farmers or CAA, so called protests!!
        BJP is doing the right thing BUT needs to do more to isolate anti Hindu & anti India elements!!

  11. The point where you have stated that the academicians are restricted to hold a discussion on topics sensitive to Indian such as Kashmir and relations with Pakistan is something I would like to oppose.
    Although restrictions were made by the education ministry on conduction of online meetings, conferences and seminars, it is known that the centre took back these restrictions because they understood that free discussion is a part of healthy growth of research and development in the country. So directly accusing the government for the same would be wrong.
    Also, the point that you have mentioned regarding the media officials and many “perceiving” the statements as threats is something that I find illogical. At times the media officials also create a ruckus by spreading false information and in a time where there was a serious outbreak of a life threatening virus, I believe asking the media and reaching out to them to not spread any rumours is not fallacious.
    And the world report is something I fail to accept because it is ironic. There are high traces of racism already existing there which they try to hide very conveniently out of shame rather than acknowledging it and working to build better public institutions that show egalitarianism. But unfortunately, that is not the case. But India is still trying to accommodate people from different backgrounds by rather solving a 28 year long judicial dispute.

    • Jahnvi Bedia: In your defence of the fascist BJP government’s crackdown on dissent, comedy, satire and so on, you state:

      “.. At times the media officials also create a ruckus by spreading false information ..”

      Well, care to explain what the IT Cell of the BJP does for a living ?

      And then, on what basis do you claim that there are “high traces of racism” ? Indeed, the US base Freedom House even castigates the US and its weakening of democracy under the Trump regime.

      So before ranting and raving here, do read the Freedom House report first. The report is available at: bit.ly/3bipkNI

  12. It is interesting for the so-called ‘Freedom House’ to point fingers at Indian Election Commission and Indian Supreme Court while the reality in the US is that the Justices to their Supreme Court are partisan individuals appointed through a farcical political process as the entire world had witnessed after the demise of Justice Ginsburg. The US election commission and the delimitation of electoral constituencies in the US is an even more farcical process where partisan gerrymandering is made out into a legitimate process, leading to racial profiling and a mockery of equal representation through suppression of undesirable electors by specious means. They have written about none of these in their reports and thus the reports lack any credibility apart from being a partisan attempt to enforce a left-liberal world overview, rejected by the world half a decade ago, over others.

    • @Vasish: There is even better when America exposes it’s president’s wet pants, lies & hypocrisy as regards China!! Joe Biden said that Chinese genocide of Muslims & erasing Of Islam in there is a cultural issue of the Chinese!! Yet!! The Indian law which saves Christians, Sikhs & Hindus from Islamic fascism in Pakistan, Bangladesh.. is not democratic according to these undemocratic scoundrels who are just money making & money respecting animals!!

    • Vasish: The Freedom House report does not spare the US and writes extensively about the slide in democracy in the USA. Indeed, the section on USA addresses many of the issues that you raise. See ref: bit.ly/3rlJSdR

      “The United States is a federal republic whose people benefit from a vibrant political system, a strong rule-of-law tradition, robust freedoms of expression and religious belief, and a wide array of other civil liberties. However, in recent years its democratic institutions have suffered erosion, as reflected in partisan pressure on the electoral process, bias and dysfunction in the criminal justice system, harmful policies on immigration and asylum seekers, and growing disparities in wealth, economic opportunity, and political influence”

      In any case, the existence of faulty and flawed democracies in other parts of the word does not give a carte blance to the BJP government to destroy democracy in India. India needs to set its own house in order.

      As the noted American lawyer and Civil Rights activist Clarence Darrow said:

      “True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else”

      • @Kili Jolsiyar: What justice or patriotism are you talking about in America??!! We have seen their justice when innumerable native Americans were killed like cattle!! We have seen their justice with Millions of Muslims being slaughtered by them in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, while hypocritically talking of some vague Muslim/Christian rights in India!!

        We have seen the birth of fascist American tech companies who kill free speech & block accounts just because they speak the truth leftist nazis don’t like!! We have seen their justice when half of America is living hand to mouth for the last 4 decades while corporate plutocrats/democrats brought in a Biden who is himself a white supremacist/racist & dementia patient!!!

        We have seen American plutocracy & justice so they better not give us any lectures on human rights or how to run the nation!! India & Hindus will do what is best for them! The justice in India has to be for the poor & the honest people, not those eternally protesting leftists/Jihadis & other break India forces!!

      • “The United States is a federal republic whose people benefit from a vibrant political system, a strong rule-of-law tradition,” LOL.

        . USA is stolen land, where indigenous people were driven out of their land and put in US style concentration camp, called reserve. Rule of law did not applied then when they seized the land from indigenous people nor it applied when Black people were lynched. In India a few Muslims were killed and you think sky has fallen down.

        Both in US & in India laws are selectively applied. Only difference is USA has nationalist media, even NY times Washington Post does not go against US interest, while India media is any national ready to pounce India’s interest for few pennies.

  13. Hard to argue that our freedoms have reduced. Question is whether our HDI improves correspondingly. Another 3-4 years will tell us that.

    India’s diversity might be its strength according literature but something no leader in history has shown to be true at scale. Hope that this Govn will evolve traditional mindsets to meet new age challenges by embracing Indian heritage and not just resurrecting shallow talking points has faded long ago. The right’s intellectual depth is non existent and left’s whitewashing of history is hollow.

    Hope is that between the two we are able to provide a better life for the people around us and are able to quadruple our GDP per capita in the next 15 years. Who cares about freedom when you have nothing. Freedom means something when you have hope for a better life. Eternal dilemma of being an Indian it feels like.

    • How did you arrive at right’s intellectual depth is nonexistent conclusion? In India ‘intellectualism’ has been synonymized with povertarian thought. Right wing people filing patents is not considered intellectualism while Left’s eternal jholachaps and anarchists are considered with whichever flimsy oped they come up with.

      • Right wing filing patents ? LOL ! On what ? Gomutra ?

        I do not agree with everything in Mudit’s post but his statement about the right wing having no credible intellectuals is correct. You generate cow vigilantes, rapists, people who beat up students and women, and who try to outshout opponents in TV debates. Mahua Moitra aptly characterised the right as cowards who abuse power to threaten mob violence to get their way. The left and the liberals have the intellectuals and they stand up for human rights, whereas the right (everywhere) opts for wickedness, sadism and selfishness, and relies on mob violence.

        The right has an inferiority complex about not having intellectuals and scholars. Goebbels said ‘we don’t want Jewish intellectualism’ – because the Nazis had none. Instead, he preferred the stormtrooper and the thug.

        • We need result oriented people. We don’t need endless debate of so called intellectuals. Let them waste their life on projects like how many angels can sit on the top of pinhead.

          • The BJP has resulted oriented people only : chai wallah with forged degree, fake encounter specialist, 10th standard pass as education minister, terror-accused sadhvis, and saffron robed monk with criminal charges., cow vigilantes and rapists They have no intellectuals and they are proud of it.

            But what is the result of your anti-intellectual theory ? We see a downward and irrecoverable slide in the economy, and the freedom index; and enemies all around with threat of two front war, and internal mass agitation.

            Give us your non-intellectual explanation of the BJP’s failure !

          • Give us your non-intellectual explanation of the BJP’s failure !

            BJP has not failed. It has delivered benefits to poorest segment of society in terms of gas connection, electricity and direct benefit payments. This is evident to everybody except people on ideological opium and some vested interests.. This was reflected in BJP getting bigger mandate than the one they got in 2014.

        • @Tog: “The left and the liberals have the intellectuals and they stand up for human rights”??

          REALLY?? Is that WHY Biden, the leftist president of America who swears on Bible called Muslim genocide & ethnic cleansing in Xinjiang, a cultural issue of the Chinese??

          Is that WHY Mulla congress led treacherous Muslims who killed Hindus /Sikhs, voted for & stole Indian lands in the name of Pakistan stay in India??

          You leftists & Mullas have half brains & no morals!! You go on proclaiming
          Allah while drowning him in mosques converted into toilets in China!!

          Your Mulla-leftist fascism & lies won’t work any more!!

    • Please prove we had “freedoms” to begin with!

      Freedoms have not decreased, only liberal whining about freedoms have increased. People being held accountable for their words and deeds have increased. People cloaking themselves as “activists”, “human rights defender”, “journalist” , “academic” are finally finding out that surprisingly all these dont mean diddly in a court of law. Academic or pauper – the law is equally applicable.
      Minority is not a sacred state of being and Govts can run comfortably without pandering to every special interest and vote bank willing to sell themselves for scraps to corrupt political opportunists!

      The freedom to lie , cheat ,swindle, virtue signal, morally grand stand and for leftists to throw tantrums and have influence over policy in New Delhi has ended. And that is progress and a sign of maturity.

      • Maxo: You rant:

        “.. People cloaking themselves as “activists”, “human rights defender”, “journalist” , “academic” are finally finding out that surprisingly all these dont mean diddly in a court of law. ..”

        Can you call courts that convicted your thuggish friends Babu Bajrangi & Dr Maya Kodnani but then acquitted them when Modi became PM be called as courts where rule of law is dispensed? Indeed, your friend Babu Bajrangi took immense delight in pouring petrol over terrified Muslim women, children and babies and setting them alight. And Babu Bajrangi himself admits that then CM Modi ensured that judges who convicted him were removed until a judge who acquitted Babu Bajrangi was found.

        Likewise, Dr Maya Kodnani was convicted of supplying arms to your RSS friends who went about killing Muslims in Naroda Patiya. This lady who had given the Hippocratic Oath was actually a cold-blooded killer in the employ of then CM Modi. Kodnani was convicted but has now been released. Clearly courts and the rule of law don’t count as long as you are a fascist with powerful friends.

        And then you have Minister Jayanth Sinha – a Harvard educated chap to boot – who garlands gaurakshaks out on bail for murder and offers them sweets too. Do you think that comics who poke fun at Modi or the BJP get the same privileges in a court of law? Do you think that in Indian courts an Arnab Goswami and a Kunal Kamra get the same fair treatment ?

        There is no independent judiciary in India. Forgotten that your fellow fascists freinds are running the country ?

    • @Mudit: There is no point in freedom which puts this nation & it’s splendid civilization at risk just to please leftist liars & hypocrites!!! The American president Biden said recently that Muslim genocide in China is a cultural issue!! Yet! a new Indian law to save Hindus from fascist Islam is a problem!!

      Ask these Americans where is democracy for black people there?? Where was democracy when these same Christians killed almost all natives!!

      Meanwhile, India sure needs more Hindu nationalism to get this nation back to it’s civilization-al roots with a rising GDP!!

    • Your observation on the lack of intellectuals in the right wing is correct and well known and it causes them a massive inferiority complex , but it is not clear what you mean by ‘Question is whether our HDI improves correspondingly. Another 3-4 years will tell us that.’

      The HDI data are already published and India has gone down and is among the bottom-most countries – malnutrition, lack of safety of citizens, lack of safety for women. All measures show a decrease under Modi. This has been noted in international assessments. Bangladesh has overtaken India per capita GDP.

      When you yourself note that there is a lack of people with thinking capacity in the right, and the right is reigning and snuffing out all dissent in the violent manner they always adopt, what is there to hope that in 4 years the HDI will go up ?

      As for your lament ‘Who cares about freedom when you have nothing. Freedom means something when you have hope for a better life’, it is true in some cases people have achieved material comforts without freedom (China, Saudi etc.). But in a country where people had freedom, you take that away, and you even take away the scant material comforts that the majority had by demonetisation and concentrating wealth in a couple of cronies, then you are going to be in the worst of both worlds. There is nothing to wait for, the result is in front of your eyes. They destroyed the economy with demonetisation and have been predicting green shoots of recovery for the last 5 years, do you need to wait another 4 years to find out where India is ?

  14. India doesn’t need a certificate from a Western NGO to prove it’s democracy. Days of a white man lecturing a brown man are long over.

    • USA is going mad especially now that leftists, so called democrats have defrauded democracy with voter fraud against Trump & republicans!!

      Funny that they are blaming India for Islamic terror & riots while communists in China do proper Muslim genocide and Biden, US president says it’s a Chinese cultural issue!!

      So go to hell your liars & hypocrite leftists in India & the US!! Better for India to eliminate the leftist/Jihadi mentality & be 0 on their inhuman & stupid index!!

    • @Pratik: Correct! It’s funny that Biden & leftists (so called democrats) are enslaved by Chinese communist yellow but blabber against brown Hindus/BJP!! High time the Hindus show them both their rightful place!!

      • blabber against brown Hindus/BJP!

        China has trillion US$ reserve. Money has power. Your Brown Hindus were selecting monkeys like Nehru, Indira with learning disability. Who thought moral power is higher than economic power. They thought pandering to minorities and activists was making country strong, rather than getting rid of license raj.

        China opened it’s economy and put activists to sleep, so they never bother them. If India can do that and learn from China how to deal with minorities world will respect India and not lecture India. Even Pakistan respects China’s way of handling Muslims.

    • Mr Pratik: Well, that downgrading of India seems to have touched many a raw jingoistic, Hindutva nerve in you hasn’t it ? And your puerile reaction to Freedom House’s report seems to only confirm one thing – you still peer at the world through your “white man vs brown man” lens. Regardless of your ostensible

      BJP acolytes and Modi bhakths like you may pooh-pooh the work of NGOs like Freedom House, Amnesty International, Save the Children and so on. But you forget that in mature Western democracies, NGOs such as these often influence policy, shape perceptions of a country and even organise boycotts. Countries like Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Myanmar, Sudan, Libya, Pakistan and a host of similar tinpot republics have found themselves in the doghouse due to their repressive regimes. Sadly, India under Modi is joing that lot. Aided and abetted by bhakths like you.

      PATHETIC Mr Pratik !

      • The same pathetic people were very proud when Trump came to India. They touched his feet, rioted in Delhi to show their pride, and built a wall in Gujarat, so their Great White Man’s eyes were not offended by Indian sights like slums !

        These are descendants of those who wrote servile apologies like Savarkar.

      • @Kili Jolsiyar: Who is downgrading whom?? Is it Biden, American President who says complete Muslim Genocide by the Han Chinese is their cultural issue??!! Did he talk on how American Christians killed the natives and how he & his leftis, stupid party was in favor of slavery for black people??

        No one likes lies & hypocrisy except leftists/Jihadis & ignorant, whatsapp university educated people like you!!

      • PATHETIC Mr Pratik !
        Really more pathetic than Nakata [Noseless i.e Shameless ] behavior of you Keralites regarding Mopla uprising?

        Have you forgotten what your admired Kerala Muslims did? compared their actions Babu Bajarangi would look like boy scout.

        Here is the details description from person like Anne Beasant. It is from book by by Sir C Shankaran Nair the president of Indian National Congress in the year 1897. In the addendum section of the book, the revolutionary freedom fighter Anne Besant penned down her experience as one of the spectators of the gruesome massacre, ‘Malabar’s Agony’.

        The harrowing depiction of the massacre put forward by Besant will shake you from inside. In every paragraph she made responsible the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi for such gruesome annihilation of the Hindus.
        In one such instance she wrote ” How does Mr. Gandhi like the Mopla spirit, as shown by one of the prisoners in the Hospital, who was dying from the results of asphyxiation? He asked the surgeon, if he were going to die, and surgeon answered that he feared he would not recover, ” Well, I’m glad I killed fourteen infidels,” said the’ Brave, God-fearing Mopla, Mr. Gandhi so much admires, who “are fighting for what they consider as religion, and in a manner, they consider as religious.” Men who consider it “religious” to murder, rape, loot, to kill women and little children, cutting down whole families, have to be put under restraint in any civilised society. ”
        Apparently, she was dejected with Gandhi being the upholder of such heinous atrocities done against the Hindus by the Moplas in the name of ‘khilafat’ and Painting this unrest as an insurrection against the British Government.
        In one more instance she wrote ” Can you conceive of a more gusty and inhuman crime than the murders of babies and pregnant women? Two days back I had occasion to read a report given by a refugee in Calicut. A pregnant woman carrying 7 months was cut through the abdomen by a rebel and she was seen lying dead on the way with the dead child projecting out of the womb. How horrible! Another, a baby of six months was snatched away from the breast of his own mother and cut into two pieces. How heart-rending Are these rebels’ human beings or monsters? From the same quarters numerous forcible conversions are also reported, has given statement that he had seen with his own eyes that the heads of a dozen people were being shaved by the rebels and afterwards they were asked to recite some passages from the Quran. This he witnessed from a tree. I wonder what the authority of some people is who contradict the news of murders, and forcible conversions of Hindus. Let them come here and test the veracity of these statements for themselves.”
        She rebuked people who tried to whitewash the brutal killings of Hindus during the Khilafat movement. And everyone knows who these people were, of course the Gandhi and his supporters who supported the jihadi Khilafat movement in the name of freedom struggle.

        This is what your types are either cowards or beasts. It is only Gorkha troops in British army that put fear of god in Moplas.

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