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The Indian Inquiry

In Politics on September 10, 2018 at 9:25 am

As we celebrate yet another national Indian holiday in the form of a Bharat bandh, it is only appropriate to analyse just how much the political class is vested in the protection of it’s residential citizens.

September 11th, 2001, marked a watershed point in North American history leading on to their administration setting a benchmark on how to retaliate against an illegitimate foreign entity carrying out brazen attacks on their national soil.

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), chaired by Thomas Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, was formed in late 2002 to prepare a thorough account of the circumstances surrounding the attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks.

As stated above, a commission was immediately tasked with making sense of a senseless, in-humane massacre. The commission produced their detailed report on July 22, 2004, just 3 years after the initial attack.

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“We believe the 9/11 attacks revealed four kinds of failures: in imagination, policy, capabilities, and management”.

The nation state accepted their failures. And as we all know, failure is the crucial stepping stone to atonement.

Their commission’s mission was accomplished in 2011;

Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011, shortly after 1:00 AM local time (4:00 PM eastern time) by a United States military special operations unit.

These actions set a precedent and deterrent for any other non-governmental agencies planning similar attacks on the democracy of United States of America.

Now let us have a look at the attack on Indian soil, which occurred at Mumbai on November 26, 2008. (In the author’s opinion when it came to plagiarizing the title of those attacks they should have chosen from another white civilization, specifically the Brits, and should have been Remember, remember, the 26th of November!)

Unlike the plane crash concocted at New York, this attack left a lone survivor, Ajmal Kasab, one of those terrorists armed to his teeth. A grunt. Spineless. Unable to have an original thought even if his life depended on it. That hopeless soul met his end in a stop-gap government mandated hanging and lies in an unmarked grave at present.

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Ajmal Kasab (left); Taj Hotel under attack on the fateful on November 26th, 2008 (right)

There was no commission formed to investigate the act. Essentially the government, neither the state(Maharashtra), nor central India(federal), were, or are keen to be held accountable. Haphazard investigations netted all kinds of suspects, some whom were falsely charged and held, two of them were in prison for 8 years and released later on without any compensation. Let us at least find solace in the fact this is much less of a reaction as opposed to Guantanamo Bay. If Bharat Rashtra embarked on such a scale, the misery would be unprecedented, but you should also consider that they could easily evaluate the American approach and plagiarise the accurate & substantial actions taken. But as with every other dimension of life, nothing substantial is ever preferred by the perpetrators of Bharat’s Governance. Take today’s Bharat Bandh for example. A hue and cry over exorbitant taxes applied on fuel. Opposition party declares shutdown of entire Indian Industry to protest even though all the actors involved have full knowledge that nothing of substance is going to result from this farcical exercise.

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In the end, our North American counterpart(FBI) nabbed one of the masterminds of the November attacks, David Headly and they still have him in custody. The National Intelligence Agency is busy harrassing it’s own citizens who speak up against rampant corruption and segregation based on religion, caste(societal hierarchy based on profession, a vestigial from a bygone era). All while the educated class sit idle twiddling their thumbs waiting for someone else to stand up and take on the intimidating mission of holding the state accountable.

Mission Status: Pending

 

 

 

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Spin Deception II

In Culture, Politics on April 4, 2018 at 10:02 am

Any discussion on modern spin deception cannot be complete without including its application in statecraft. With every passing moment, words are losing their meaning or rather getting underlying implications attached to their connotations.

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Egypt held its presidential election in March of 2018. Incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi reemerged as the President elect. The whole process was deemed ‘farcical’. As all his opponents were intimidated, easily, considering he controls the military. As was the  case when el-Sisi garnered the post initially with the help of a military coup.

The same change is undergoing in democratic elections of Russia where Putin reemerged as the elected leader. The Indian subcontinent is no stranger to this phenomenon with the top public office more akin to the salon of its favorite dynasty, the Gandhi family. Oscillating itself to an autocrat summoning up communal support in the intervals, riling up Hindu sentiments specifically.

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When there are no longer able, independent leaders stepping up to take the reigns, a tandemocracy embeds itself as an inherent feature of statecraft, with power transfer occurring between two certain candidates term after term. The subjects are passive enough to be taught this is the new normal.

 

Spin Deception

In Culture, Life, Politics on April 2, 2018 at 7:00 am

There’s no two-ways about it, we have truly evolved, not fruitfully, but substantially. This evolution is espoused in how our culture manifests around the entire circumference of our planet. Mankind has honed its guile along the way and replaced tools of physical violence with tools for spin & deception as its weapon of choice.

Structured application of this technique is found to be ingrained in litigious circumstances where judges and magistrates have to take decisions based on verifying deceptions. It is manifested in the form of literature and body-language of defendants and complainants. Plato’s Republic espouses a certain section of society anointed as Guardians to burden this task of verification.

In our present world, even judges employ  deceptions as they have personal stake in the outcome of many disputes. As not to appear duplicitous, Guardians, as per The Republic, are bred as a separate segment of widespread society, who do not engage in reproduction and wealth accumulation. And similar to all well-built, yet discarded directions for the well-being of a civilization, we follow the British legal system in majority of our nation-states, where a modern judge is no less culpable than the alleged criminal set for trial before him/her.

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We just need to consider how the Australian cricketers have been manipulating mass media with concocted body language and spinned propaganda to spread a stage-managed aura of self-condemnation. A precedent is being set of the average citizen being converted into a thespian, albeit a mediocre attempt.  Till now it was only prevalent in courtrooms around the world. In our golden age of information, that practice of manufactured remorse to circumvent introspection has found a snug playhouse on the silverscreen.  This is the future we have already created and being continuously updated, of spinning half-truths into iron-clad facts, and stagehands working at breakneck speed to admonish any and all who points out just how naked the emperor really has become as time progressed.

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