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केजरीवाल PM बन सकते हैं

मोदी और नीतिश एक ही जेनेरेशन के हैं। तो मोदी बाजी मार ले गए। और वो काम अच्छा कर रहे हैं। अभी तो लगता है १० साल तो कुर्सी पर बैठे रहेंगे ही।

लेकिन केजरीवाल उसके बादवाली जेनेरेशन से हैं। मान लो मोदी १५ साल गद्दी पर बैठे रहते हैं। तो उसके बाद कौन? बीजेपी के पास अच्छे अच्छे मुख्य मंत्री हैं, नहीं है ऐसी बात नहीं। लेकिन कोइ एक पार्टी १५ साल शासन करने के बाद थक सी जाती है। तो केजरीवालको मौका मिल सकता है। लेकिन उसके लिए उनको १० साल मुख्य मंत्री बनके, अच्छा काम करके दिखाना होगा।

नीतिश अगर चुनाव जित जाते हैं तो शायद वो १० साल तक मुख्य मंत्री बने रहे।

केजरीवाल मगर PM बन सकते हैं। नीतिश शायद उस दौर में नही हैं।

लेकिन दो साल पहले केजरीवाल कौन थे? अपरिचित थे। १०-१५ सालमें नए नए चेहरे उभरके नहीं आ सकते हैं ऐसी बात नहीं है।

प्रधान मंत्री जन धन आयोजना और Microfinance

मोदीने जो किया है वो एक क्रांतिकारी कदम है। अब लगभग सभी भारतीय परिवारोंके पास बैंक खाता है। संपत्ति सोने के रूपमें मत रखो, बैंक खातेमें पैसा जमा करो -- वो सन्देश है। बहुत बड़ी बात है ये। देशकी कायापलट कर देगी। Domestic Capital Markets के लिए इतना बड़ा काम भारतमें पिछले हजार सालमें नहीं हुए। चार महिनेमें कर दिखाया।

मोदीने गुजरातमें जो काम किया विकासके लिए उसका मैं सदैव प्रशंसक रहा। और २००२ दंगे जो कि एक बहुत बड़ी ट्रेजेडी थी, उसके लिए मैंने भारतके सर्वोच्च अदालतको माना। उस अदालतने निर्णय किया कि मोदी जिम्मेवार नहीं हैं तो नहीं हैं। और वो मेरी अडान चुनाव से पहले की है। लेकिन चुनाव के दरम्यान मैं नीतिश के लिए रूटिंग कर रहा था। सोच्ने वाली बात ये है कि मेरी पैदाइश बिहारकी है। दरभंगा में पैदा हुवा मै। और नीतिश ने बिहारकी कायापलट की। तो उतना तो मेरे को करना ही था। अभी भी मैं उनका प्रशंसक हुँ। लालुका भी मैं प्रशंसक हुँ। लालुके पार्टीके बिहार यूनिट (एक ही तो यूनिट है पार्टीकी) के प्रेसिडेंट रामचन्द्र पुर्वे मेरे मामा लगेंगे। लालु जब मुख्य मंत्री थे तो मेरे मामा उनके शिक्षा मंत्री थे। And Laloo …

India Is The New Britain: Thanks To Muslims And China

The oldest democracy of modern times (the first republic was in the time of Buddha) has the historic burden to see through a total spread of democracy as it works its own way to a more perfect union. I hope for peaceful methods and ways, but violence was a part of World War II, the Cold War, and now is a part of the (for lack of a better phrase) War On Terror. When you do the math, China glares you in the face. Should the War on Terror - and the only way it can conclude is after a total spread of democracy has been achieved across the Muslim world - conclude, what is next? China?

When the tussle between capitalism and communism first began, capitalism/democracy first responded by creating an elaborate welfare state. Was that communism's victory? I don't know. But that sure made the case of democracy much stronger. Similarly China makes a clear case for campaign finance reform in political systems like America, even as it fights the losing battle of keeping the lid on politica…

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries: State Of The District 2015

Congressman @repjeffries - The most promising young politician in New York City.
— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) January 30, 2015

Bobby and Gay Marriage

I guess it's not exactly a new thing, Bobby's stand on gay marriage, but I read about it in news a few days back, and it was like the air was let out of the tire. You could hear the sound. Any warmth I felt for Bobby stands deflated. 
Being against gay marriage today is like being against voting rights for blacks, in 1969. It is time to go to the moon, and you are against what now? 
At best I will watch the 2016 race unfold in Google News headlines. I got done with political volunteering in 2008. I am also quite taken with watching Modi unfold in India. The guy promises to be India's own Deng Xiaoping, its own Yee Kuan Lew. And I read about him nearly daily. 

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Mr. Obama Comes To Delhi

The Psychological Underpinnings Of The Caste System

Caste AS (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Hinduism is 10,000 years old. But the caste system is only 1,000 years old. Why did Hinduism after existing for 9,000 years suddenly feel the need for a caste system?

When Modi became Prime Minister he said India after a gap of 1,000 years had thrown the yoke and is now ruling itself. Well, I guess that is plus minus 50 years. Because India became independent over half a century ago. But what is plus minus 50 years when you are talking in terms of thousands of years.

When a Hindu India got invaded by Muslim rulers the religion developed this strangest thing called the caste system. Hindus broke themselves up into all sorts of castes and sub-castes. The unity was broken. I call it self hate. The colonization was internalized. And the caste system was born.

That is to say now creating a casteless Hinduism is essential to Hindu freedom. Hindus are not free unless the caste system is completely dismantled. This requires coming up with casteless last names…

Bobby Jindal's Speech

English: Governor Bobby Jindal at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)‘Let's be honest here, Islam has a problem,’ claims Indian-American politician Bobby Jindal

I just read a pretty interesting speech by Bobby Jindal. I take ethnic pride in Bobby, I always have. The guy is smart as a whick. But he also amuses me in that he is at the other end of the spectrum, especially on social issues. I could start a meme that goes, Things That Bobby Says. But I am also cognizant that on social issues this is a live and let live country. Barack Obama coming to the White House has not been an existential crisis for those who have alternate social views. And so Bobby's social stances are amusing to me, not threatening. Live and let live. I think the next President Of The United States should be someone who will help create the industries of tomorrow. That has got to be the number one quality. And right now I am asking if Bobby might be tha…