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    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...dian-elections

    Narendra Modi and his hardline Hindu party, BJP swept to power in the Indian elections. The Ghandi dynasty didnt do well at all in the elections. Rahul Ghandi was all fluff and niceities, nothing of substance. Narendra Modi came under fire for his handling of riots back in 2002 which saw nearly 1000 Muslims killed.
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    Very worrying result though Congress seemed to be very corrupted (of course it's a vast country and it may not be wise to make sweeping statements). The left in the form of the CPI-M which seems to be like India's version of 'Old Labour' more than anything else also did badly (in West Bengal), holding only 2 of 9 seats in that old bastion but gained one for 5 in the other state they used to rule Kerala at the southern tip of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/l...ctions2014.cms The trotskyite analysis here makes some sense but seems weak when it comes to Ukraine and for all I know in most other areas too http://www.radicalsocialist.in/

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    The Guardian and Miliband have welcomed Modi's election - mind boggling.

    A recommended 2012 article on Modi.
    On the first day of the summit—held inside the newly-constructed Mahatma Mandir, a monument to Gandhi in the unlikely form of a convention centre—the stage was preposterously crowded, in keeping with the usual tradition at Indian public events. Eighty people were seated on the dais in three rows, but all eyes were on the man at the centre, the organiser and unquestioned star of the show, Narendra Damodardas Modi. Wearing an ivory-coloured suit and his trademark rimless Bulgari glasses, with a neatly-trimmed grey beard, Modi looked every bit the serious man of action: he listened intently to every speaker, deep in concentration that was rarely broken by a smile. At his side were envoys from the two nations who had signed on as official partners for the fair, the Japanese ambassador and the Canadian high commissioner, and these men were in turn flanked by the two most prominent ambassadors from India Inc, Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani. Another three dozen corporate chairmen and CEOs were also on stage, smiling and satisfied, along with the prime minister of Rwanda and the president of the US-India Business Council, who announced from the stage that he wished to see the United States as a partner country at the next summit.
    Vibrant Gujarat has been successfully marketed as a major global business event—so much so that Modi’s American lobbying and public relations firm, APCO Worldwide, recently won two international awards for its work promoting the project. The five summits since 2003 have generated investment pledges worth $920 billion for Gujarat, but their value for Modi can’t be measured by mere numbers. In fact, the figures themselves may be misleading: though Modi claims an implementation rate of greater than 60 percent for pledges made at the summits, an analysis of data from the state industry department suggests that only 25 percent of the promised investments have actually been made. While one-quarter of a trillion dollars is hardly small change, the considerable disparity between the image and the reality actually highlights the tactical genius behind the investment summits, which are the crowning achievement in one of the most extraordinary acts of reinvention in Indian politics.
    Modi has turned the act of investing in what has long been one of India’s most business-friendly and industrialised states into a high-profile spectacle—and amplified the disclosure of annual investment inflows into singular triumphant announcements. In other words, Modi has successfully deployed the ancient mercantile and entrepreneurial energy of Gujarat to overhaul his own image.
    Ten years after the anti-Muslim pogroms that killed more than 1,200 Gujaratis, Modi has managed to bury the past and resurrect his own extinct prospects for political advancement, replacing epithets like “fascist”, “mass murderer” and “Hindutva fanatic” with a title of his own choosing: Vikaas Purush, or Development Man. For the first families of Indian business, Modi is “the next leader of India”, “a visionary”, “the unstoppable horse”, and “the CEO who can lead the country”, to quote just a sampling of the effusive endorsements from men named Tata, Ambani and Mittal.
    - See more at: http://caravanmagazine.in/reportage/....vIO9TkNq.dpuf

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    Yet another victory for the "centre-right." Where, again, is the left???

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    [QUOTE=C. Flower;386129]The Guardian and Miliband have welcomed Modi's election - mind boggling.

    I didnt see that, but not suprised that the blairite/liberal wing of the Guardian and New Labour would welcome just about anything if it seemed real-politik. Interesting is the apparent fact that the Guardian editor's do not seem to read their own articles? Here's one I gave up on early as too disturbing http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...-pankaj-mishra 'Modi is a lifelong member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a paramilitary Hindu nationalist organisation inspired by the fascist movements of Europe, whose founder's belief that Nazi Germany had manifested "race pride at its highest" by purging the Jews is by no means unexceptional among the votaries of Hindutva, or "Hinduness".'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richardbouvet View Post
    Yet another victory for the "centre-right." Where, again, is the left???
    Centre right? Hitler loving fascists as far as I can make out.

    http://www.loonwatch.com/2014/04/nar...ght-the-facts/

    http://www.ibtimes.com/hindu-nationa...fascism-214222

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    The Guardian and Miliband have welcomed Modi's election - mind boggling.

    I didnt see that, but not suprised that the blairite/liberal wing of the Guardian and New Labour would welcome just about anything if it seemed real-politik. Interesting is the apparent fact that the Guardian editor's do not seem to read their own articles? Here's one I gave up on early as too disturbing http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...-pankaj-mishra 'Modi is a lifelong member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a paramilitary Hindu nationalist organisation inspired by the fascist movements of Europe, whose founder's belief that Nazi Germany had manifested "race pride at its highest" by purging the Jews is by no means unexceptional among the votaries of Hindutva, or "Hinduness".'
    Scary stuff.

    Something very ironic about it too in that if the Nazis had gotten as far as India you could be guaranteed they would have exterminated anyone who was not blonde and blue eyed. Modis party has a history of nazi like behaviour if New Statesman is to be believed

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/1...st-or-reformer
    ike the Phalange in Lebanon, the RSS was founded in direct imitation of European fascist movements, and like its 1930s fascist models it still makes much of daily parading in khaki drill and the giving of militaristic salutes: the RSS salute differs from that of the Nazis only in the angle of the arm, which is held horizontally over the chest. The RSS sees this as an attempt to create a corps of dedicated paramilitary zealots who, so the theory goes, will form the basis of a revival of a golden age of national strength and racial purity. The BJP was founded as the political wing of the RSS and most senior BJP figures have an RSS background, holding posts in both organisations. The RSS and the BJP both believe, as the centrepiece of their ideology, that India is in essence a Hindu nation and that minorities, especially Muslims, may live in India only if they acknowledge this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffybiscuits View Post
    Something very ironic about it too in that if the Nazis had gotten as far as India
    Who says they haven't? The Punjab Kebab House in Louth is a shopfront for the Blueshirts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TotalMayhem View Post
    Who says they haven't? The Punjab Kebab House in Louth is a shopfront for the Blueshirts.
    The Punjab Kebeb House?

    Please tell me No.

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    Thus all which you call Sin, Destruction—in brief, Evil—that is my true element.

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    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/view...in-India-.html

    "Muscular Nationalism in India"

    A good piece, but what I have't read is any proper analysis of why India has turned sharp right. Any offers ?
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    Good read http://www.thenation.com/article/179...prime-minister


    While correctly reporting a massive anti-incumbent wave against the abysmal ruling Congress Party, the Western media have, on the whole, taken remarkably little cognizance of the specific nature of the grave transformations on the Indian political landscape. To describe these as “creeping fascism” is not an overstatement. Most liberal Western journalists have noted Modi’s stained record as something of an uncomfortable question mark, while stressing his “charisma,” his “brilliant” campaign and ability to connect with “aspirational India,” to which the hackneyed “rise-from-nothing” story, from tea boy to prime minister, has been central.

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    Arundhati Roy on Narendra Modi:




    Her full talk here: (1.5 hours)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AaI...ature=youtu.be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. FIVE View Post
    The following articles from independent media give an idea of the coming threats. Saying that fascist threat is a reality now in India, will be an understatement.

    http://kafila.org/2014/05/18/the-tri...i-in-the-open/

    http://www.countercurrents.org/poonawalla210514.htm

    http://kafila.org/2014/05/21/lessons...ns-ravi-sinha/

    http://kafila.org/2014/05/16/so-who-...-the-election/
    Last edited by C. Flower; 23-05-2014 at 07:11 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dharma View Post
    The following articles from independent media give an idea of the coming threats. Saying that fascist threat is a reality now in India, will be an understatement.

    http://kafila.org/2014/05/18/the-tri...i-in-the-open/

    http://www.countercurrents.org/poonawalla210514.htm

    http://kafila.org/2014/05/21/lessons...ns-ravi-sinha/

    http://kafila.org/2014/05/16/so-who-...-the-election/
    Welcome, dharma.
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