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Friday, November 9, 2012

QUESTIONS OF LUCK - Obama’s victory needs to be put in historical perspective


By Swapan Dasgupta

In any contest involving the top political job, there are no prizes for the guy who comes second. On the contrary, the post-mortem exercise often leaves the runner-up even more bruised since the focus is invariably on his personal shortcomings, the strategic miscalculations of his team and his misreading of the electoral landscape. Moreover, there is an unending preoccupation with missed opportunities and the what-if questions.

Historians who have studied presidential elections in the United States have often thrown the what-if teaser to their readers. What if, it is often asked, Richard Nixon had cared to remove his six o’clock shadow and been a little more careful in choosing his suit for the legendary TV debate with John F. Kennedy in 1960? If nothing else, Nixon would certainly have appeared a less ghostly personality than his Democratic challenger who cut a dashing figure on the screen. Appearances mattered because the majority of those who saw the encounter on TV thought Kennedy was the clear winner, while the majority who heard the debate on radio thought that Nixon had prevailed. The issue is relevant because the results revealed a mere 0.2 per cent difference in the popular vote between the winner and the loser.

There is certain to be a similar, big what-if question that future studies of the 2012 presidential election are bound to throw up. Was President Barack Obama the luckiest presidential candidate, with God on his side? Consider the facts. For the week before Superstorm Sandy created havoc in the east coast of US, Obama had witnessed Mitt Romney steadily closing the gap and, indeed, two days before the storm, overtaking him in most of the polls. Romney seemed to be on a roll and the President, far from being the silver-tongued inspirational orator, had become distinctly unfocussed. So much so that he had to summon the evergreen charmer President Bill Clinton to shore up his defences and rally the faithful.

Sandy halted the Romney momentum, allowed Obama to act presidential and bipartisan and, most important, reminded wavering voters that there are obvious pitfalls in taking the idea of less government to extremes. Sandy rehabilitated Obama both personally and ideologically. It is entirely possible that the Democrats would have won even without divine intervention. But the margin of victory would have been tantalisingly close. Sandy succeeded in informing many people who were disappointed by Obama’s performance but who were averse to voting for Romney to take a second look at the President, help conclude that he wasn’t such a bad guy after all and, therefore, worth the effort of a vote.  

If Sandy did indeed make the critical difference between a wafer-thin margin and a conclusive victory, it also calls into question the resulting over-interpretation of the implications of the President’s re-election. For a start, it is important to keep some elementary electoral statistics in mind. The margin of Obama’s victory (it may increase after the full Florida results come in) against Romney was 2.82 million votes (2.4 per cent). That this was nowhere near the awesome 9.52 million vote (7.2 per cent) margin separating him and Senator John McCain in 2008 need not be held against him. An underperforming presidency was lucky to just register a victory on November 6 and limit the loss in electoral votes to the states of Indiana and North Carolina. To my mind, what is more significant is that Obama polled nearly 9 million votes less than what he did in 2008.  It may also be worth noting that the Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives and confined their net Senate loss to just two seats—including that of the bigot who made the bizarre comment about a conception from rape being a gift of God.

Ever since the exit polls suggested that Obama’s re-election was made possible by focussed mobilisation of African Americans, Hispanics, students, sexual minorities and women (particularly single women), there has been a clamour to suggest that the President has ridden the crest of a social revolution. Elated by a victory they never imagined would be so conclusive, a section of the commentariat has argued that the 2012 election marks the death of social conservatism, fiscal conservatism and the so-called moral majority. In 2004, at a time the George W. Bush administration was on a high and scholars were describing the US as a ‘Right nation’, Samuel Huntington had warned of a steady erosion of the Judaeo-Christian values that had hitherto set the tone for America. Was his prophecy now unfolding?

The statistical evidence indicates a compelling need to be cautious about rushing to judgment. Over the years, some occupants of the White House have certainly redefined politics for future generations. President Franklin Roosevelt certainly created a New Deal coalition based on active state intervention in the economy. On his part, President Ronal Reagan demolished the Democratic consensus of yore and put self-improvement, low taxes and Christian values on top of the agenda. Indeed, in seeking re-election both FDR and Reagan improved on their majorities (just as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush also did). This is the first occasion an incumbent President has been credited with a social revolution after actually losing votes.

Maps can often distort perspectives but a bird’s eye of the electoral map of the US doesn’t endorse the claims of a social upheaval. What the huge swathe of red states bordered on the north-east and west by blue borders point to is a deeply divided America. It is true, as the pundits in TV studios emphasised on election night, that states such as Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and even Florida which should have been Republican, voted for Obama for two consecutive elections.

That new immigrants, particularly Hispanics who today account for nearly 10 per cent of the national electorate, perceive Republicans as less sympathetic to their interests and aspirations is undeniable. An emerging bloc of minority voters comprising Blacks, Hispanics and Asians may also, in time, become a reliable support base for the Democrats, particularly as the overwhelming white dominance of the country is diluted. However, those with a sense of history will readily admit, that voting blocs have never remained constant. Till the election of 1964, for example, the South, particularly the old Confederate states, was overwhelmingly committed to the Democratic Party so much so that Republicans didn’t even bother campaigning there. Yet the convulsions created by the Civil Rights legislation passed by President Lyndon Johnson resulted in the South become solidly Republican after 1968.

A historical perspective is necessary as a corrective to the impression that President Obama has crafted a new Democratic majority that will, in time, make Republicans unelectable to the White House. Certainly there are many lessons for the Republicans, not least of which is the need to tap the social conservatism of Hispanic voters and address the mismatch between gender and community. The Republicans also need to seriously deliberate on the wisdom of incorporating contentious social issues such as abortion and contraception into the larger political platform.

Against this, however, there is an equal danger that an exultant Democratic movement may carry minorityism and social liberalism a bit too far and, in the process, project the metropolitan values of California and New York in places less inclined to appreciate the virtues of personal liberty over social cohesion.

In securing re-election against tremendous odds, President Obama has shown himself a crafty strategist. But has his victory turned existing politics on its head? The jury is still out on that question.

The Telegraph, November 9, 2012 

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sir,

Very well analyzed - still it does look like that the "takers" managed to defeat the makers. The supporters of the Democratic party are likely to shove their entitlement programs down the throat of the nation, on the pretext that they have the "mandate" to do so. Unfortunately, once people get addicted to entitlements, it is very difficult to wean them way from them. As the WSJ editorial said, "Tax rates do economic damage when they rise, but they can be cut again. Regulations can be adapted to or phased out. Spending can be cut. But the Affordable Care Act will spread like termites in the national economy and public fisc. Mr. Obama will no doubt use his second term to consolidate this liberal entitlement dream, with its ultimate goal of single-payer health care."


-Pessimist.

Ramdas said...

Your analysis rests on a faulty premise - namely that Obama's victory was driven in part by the fact that Hurricane Sandy and his response to it gave him an unnatural boost.

In fact, several of the states that Sandy hit - New York, New Jersey and Connecticut - are strongly Democratic states. Sandy has caused significant disruption to voting in those states, as a result of which votes in those states are still being tabulated. New Jersey, for example, extended voting until Friday for those affected by Sandy. When those votes come in, Obama's margin will widen. At best, any boost he received from Sandy currently seems neutralized by votes he did not receive (or received and have yet to be tabulated) from NJ, NY and CT.

Your warning to the Republican party to not become more friendly to minorities is also misplaced and misunderstands the roots of why minorities habitually do not vote for the GOP. It is correct that it used to be Southern Democrats who were the racists. Post the 1964 Civil Rights Act, they have all turned Republican. As such, the base of the Republican party in the old Confederate states are the intellectual descendants for former segregationists who place a high value on being white and Christian. That in turn translates into policy preferences that do not sit well with blacks, Hispanics and pretty much anyone who is not a white Christian. Consider this: Asian-Americans and Jews, who, on average, have much higher per capita incomes than the average, voted in **identical** proportions to Latino-Americans for Obama by a 3-1 margin.

Anonymous said...

I have never liked this overhyped Obama at all. The first time he won it was reported a lot of dhimmi Indians (read sickular Indians) contributed to Obama's victory. Including politically correct art of living faux messiah SSSSRavishankar.

This time too the same sickular Indians have been ardently praying for Obama's reelection by consulting Indian astrologers.

The only silver lining being , the Indian astrologer who predicted Obama would win also predicted this Obama will NOT serve the full term as President of America.

It is Republicans I always support. That way only few Indians are perspicacious enough to discern & understand why Republicans are always to be trusted.

This Obama is virulently anti Israel.

Anonymous said...

That the muslims & dhimmified sickularists of India admire Obama is no secret.

However certain otherwise intelligent Hindus of India cheer Obama's victory just because they don't approve of evangelical conversions within India.This is where our clarity of judgement becomes the first casualty.

I also don't approve of "conversions"; but why blame America & Republicans for conversions abetted by congress & dmk of India?

Do we really prefer the dangerous alternative of multiculti mollycoddling of Bangladeshi infiltrators (who have already become Indian citizens) hoping to create wealth through bollykolly politically correct movie industry & cricket ?

I would never pray for the decline of America so what if Obama has won this time. A strong no nonsense America purged of its leftist "liberal" idiots would do nothing but good to the world.

I was amused to read some Indian columnists crowing we should demand America share its shale oil extraction knowhow.

Let us never forget shale oil extraction was discovered by ISRAEL.

Anonymous said...

" ...there is an equal danger that an exultant Democratic movement may carry minorityism and social liberalism a bit too far and, in the process, project the metropolitan values of California and New York in places less inclined to appreciate the virtues of personal liberty over social cohesion".

Minorityism & multiculti blahblah have already gone too far in America thanks to leftists & good for nothing parasitical immigrants which is why Obama is America's President. I certainly would not want to see America become a chaotic corrupt Indialike country.

Judeo-Christian values are not antithetical to Hinduism.

Anonymous said...

Our (Hindus) Vedas also are as much against abortions as Christians are.

Serendipitously I came to know about it during my visit to Kaashi & Gaya.
Learned Vedic Hindu Pundits told me there are separate rituals meant to be done by women who have undergone abortions for whatever reasons.Our Dharma Shastrams are indeed very profound emphasizing the same values & ethics as Christianity.

It is tragic a lot of us Hindus glean some hodgepodge about Hinduism from Amar Chitra Kathas & kitschy tripe churned out by bollykolly industry in the name of "art".

Satish Kini said...

Being a strong BJP supporter from Managalore area of Karnataka, I had voted for 2 elections in India. After Immigrating to US, I voted first time in the US and my vote went to Obama.
Here are the following reasons.
1) Inspite of all the talk about limited governance and free markets, republican party at its core composes of Southern bible belt evangicals. They are aginst Science (See their opposition to teaching theorey of Evolution since it is against Bible). You can think of Lalu's RJD as Indian equivalent
2) When Candian or British Prime Minister can visit Hindu or Buddhist Temples and still get reelected why could not Romney spend some time in Hindu or Buddhist Temple. But he was so scared of Christian Taleban in his party. Compared to that Democratic party is more tolerant. Democratic Senate leader invited Hindu Priest to start congress session but it was interrupted by Christian Nutheads.
3) I am not a great fan of Democrats but they are much better than Indian congress of Sonia. They are still free market party with little bit of govt. intervention. I supported their auto bailout having personally experienced devastation caused by auto industry implosion in 2008.
4) I accurately predicted Obama would win with more than 300 electoral votes.

5) Here is my prediction for Indian election in 2014 or more likely in 2013.
1) Congress will hit all time low
and would struggle to touch 100 seats. This would even fall below 75 if in bravado they fight alone in Maharashtra and Tamilnadu and apart from Bengal.

2) BJP would touch all time high and may touch 200 seats if it does reasonably well in Uttar Pradesh. It will win seats in Telangana, Orissa, Jammu and may open account in Kerala. If it chooses early Narendra Modi and conducts focussed campaign.

Anonymous said...

> Maps can often distort perspectives
> but a bird’s eye of the electoral
> map of the US doesn’t endorse the
> claims of a social upheaval. What
> the huge swathe of red states
> bordered on the north-east and west
> by blue borders point to is a
> deeply divided America.

Maps can distort perspective, but in this case perhaps it's your perspective that the map has distorted? See here for a population adjusted electoral college vote map for the 2012 election. There is no "huge swathe of red states bordered on the north-east and west by blue borders". There is a relatively smaller island of red in the middle of a sea of blue, not indicative of the hugely divided America you mention.

Of course, this is the electoral college vote map. The popular vote map will be quite something else, it will definitely be much more red than this one, almost 50-50.

Anonymous said...

Apropos Satish Kini's comments,

Aadi Shankara's Advaitham (Hinduism, Vedas call IT what you will) ALSO effortlessly poohpoohs Darwin's much hyped evolution.How & why details if anyone truly cares should learn properly from competent Teachers like Sri.Omkarananda(Theni Chidbhavananda Ashram), Sri.Nochur Venkatraman and such truly LEARNED scholars. Certainly involves fundamental commonsense no rocket science. Cannot be captured in comments section of blogs.

I get mighty irritated when petulant hindus throw such utterly uncalled for temper tantrums as why can't Romney visit Hindu Temples yada yada ?? Let American Judeo Christians have sweeping say over how to govern their respective countries. As Islamic countries steadfastly doggedly ensure no such petulant hindu grows too influential to agitate on such lines. No wonder arrogant hindus "behave" in Arab countries.

Any Hindu who has a profound grasp over the TRUTH enshrined in Vedas would never agitate apoplectically along such lines.

I am also a hindu brahmin.No converted crypto secular blahblah.But I strictly AVOID going to Hindu Temples abroad or even visiting hindu relatives & acquaintances wishing them mandatory happyeeee divalees blahblah. I have MY OWN PERSONAL reasons and I am answerable to MY MAKER.Same for Romney and George Bush.This alacritous labelling (sic)"Christian taleban" incenses me TOTALLY.

I have also strictly advised my child to stay away from Hindu Temples & their holier than thou religious congregations & festivals.Offering my explanations where necessary.Being my child & having seen pretentious Indians (hindus included overwhelmingly) throughout our lives within India & among NRIs is endowed with lot more clarity than I have today.

Multiculti different paths of reaching different Gods is NEVER conducive to good efficient governance. Swami Vivekananda sums up succinctly " Judge a man by his VIRTUES". Not counting his/her visits to various places of worship & gorging on various prasads shoved down in the name of GOD. We are not EVR worshippers or icnoclasts or agnostics like atanu deys of IIT pedigree but very ordinary human beings. HIndu Brahmins.

I am not interested in any subsequent debates AT ALL.

Anonymous said...

Indians hindus very much included in contemporary world gape awestruck at Shobhaa Des , Suhasini Maniratnams ,
Khushboos, Revathys , film directors and/or many quarter baked hiiiighly qualified panelists calling themselves activists , psychiatrists, counsellors for their brainfarts on serious issues like premarital sex , bohemian lifestyles in the name of liberty freedom etc etc.

The pathetic tragedy is we have Nachiketas & Pingalai who have ALL the answers. Such potent answers that ALONE would truly empower men & women of this world.

I am ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENT Americans/Australians/ISRAELIS reading about both Nachiketas & Pingalai would understand sans any cobwebs.Including very much Sri.Dawood Ibrahim.

But Indians would sit & agitate screaming "we only discovered zero we only gave Nachiketas & Pingalai so all you Romneys & George Bushes & Netanyahus & Dawood Ibrahims have no right to preach to us the holier than thou Indianshindoosblahblah.

I am sure Sri.Swapan Dasgupta & Smt.Jayalalitha would understand my comments.

That is enough for me.

Anonymous said...

I am an ARDENT admirer of George Bush of America because he had the conviction & guts to NOT attend divalee celebration of NRIs in America..AAAAaaa.

None other than the very Ramana Bhagavan would have felt very gratified. I write this fearlessly as Ramana Bhagavan has cut through a lot of shibboleth defining the very meaning of Divali. It has CERTAINLY nothing to do with gluttonous orgies, firecrackers bursting,silk sarees new clothes purchasing, bonus extortions agitations for festival advances as Calcuttans are notorious for.

Sri.Nellai Kannan said once:-

" While walking along the mostly fallow with little greenery growing fields I came across an enraged man with a cleaver in his hand focussed on looking for someone to kill.....he said he has always been in quest of this much talked about NARAKASURAN who was slain by Lord Krishna ...I want to tell him why on earth did you die, that every year, in your pretext called deepavali or divaali blahblah the cruel greedy womenfolk , relatives children all keep on extorting me to part with money , take loans & purchase gold, silk sarees etc, make expensive junk & giving me an unhealthy obese body in return as reward....."

Anonymous said...

Tangentially on topic.

I do admire Smt.Mayawati for certain self styled reasons.

Apropos FDI , Walmart we holier than thou Indians as is our wont have been screaming AIYOAIYO all foreigners are bad onnnnnly indians swadeshis are angels blahblah. Not at all.
Ruthless vegetarian Gujarati Ambanis actually had the most dangerously imperious desires & plans of buying virtually all fertile cultivable lands WITHIN the whole of India usurping food production industry with total monopoly. Sanctimoniously claimed they were aiming to "uplift " farmers by weaning them away from agriculture , horticulture etc by tempting them into migrating to high tech cities blahblah thrusting computers & lots more similar sinister blahblahblahbla h. First step was thus launching of Reliance fresh. Thank God , Smt. Mayawathi checkmated the unethical seemingly all knowing Ambanis.

I also admire Smt.Mayawathi's mentor the late Kanshi Ram for a specific significant unforgettable reason. Kanshi Ram alone had the guts to slap , YESS literally SLAP the abhorrently pesky ubiquitous Indian tv journalists .

To this day I wishfully desire if only Kanshi Ram had slapped barkha dutts , prannoy roys , sagarika ghoses , jennifer aruls & pintos.........Aaaah . The very thought is so exhilarating.

Anonymous said...

ROTFLMAO......

It is indeed a well known fact (nononono kejriwal did not expose) this CORRRRRRUPT alleged president pranabmookkarujee has been deposited in the alleged quarters ONLY because of equally CORRRRRUPT vegetarian gujarathi ambanis apotheosized by shobhaades to manirathnams ---all alleged braaahmin rotten scum.

The other day this ACCURSED GODFORSAKEN MUSLIMS hating dindubinduhindooos infested alleged country called india which is actually "an artificial nation state held together by brute force" mourned & mourned the death of one ROTTEN hindoooooo scoundrel called yash chopra whose ONLY achievement has been exposing the INDIAN pavithrapaapeesbaratheeyaNAATRAMADIKKUMNAREEMONEYSS in diaphanous drain drenched saress.....

ROTFLMAO indeed.......

And this sleaziest rottenslutsscou ndrels infested indiaa has the temeritous GALL to fingerpoint at the TRULY NOBLE Sri.Dawood Ibrahim spouting well worn cliched yawnns inducing yadayadayada epithets.

Anonymous said...

ROTFLMAO......

It is indeed a well known fact (nononono kejriwal did not expose) this CORRRRRRUPT alleged president pranabmookkarujee has been deposited in the alleged quarters ONLY because of equally CORRRRRUPT vegetarian gujarathi ambanis apotheosized by shobhaades to manirathnams ---all alleged braaahmin rotten scum.

The other day this ACCURSED GODFORSAKEN MUSLIMS hating dindubinduhindooos infested alleged country called india which is actually "an artificial nation state held together by brute force" mourned & mourned the death of one ROTTEN hindoooooo scoundrel called yash chopra whose ONLY achievement has been exposing the INDIAN pavithrapaapeesbaratheeyaNAATRAMADIKKUMNAREEMONEYSS in diaphanous drain drenched saress.....

ROTFLMAO indeed.......

And this sleaziest rottenslutsscou ndrels infested indiaa has the temeritous GALL to fingerpoint at the TRULY NOBLE Sri.Dawood Ibrahim spouting well worn cliched yawnns inducing yadayadayada epithets.

Anonymous said...

Sri.Swapan Dasgupta,

Too much of overprotesting is being orchestrated against Ram Jethmalani for his alleged comments on Lord Ram,
etc etc. Reasons ?? Read the following very carefully:-

NEVER forget that overexcessively apotheosized ladykejriwal of yesteryears called one Chitra Subramanian married to some Italian working for Hindu as the boldestestinvestigative reporter "exposing" Bofors blahblah.

Predictably fame went to her head so much so she & her mother were interviewed by a tamil magazine overkosher tamil magazine in those days posturing to uphold ONNNNLYYYeeee alleged "mangalakaram-manithaneyamlakshmeekaram" blah blah with lots of recipes section obviously for us the congenitally GLUTTONOUS (George Bush the Republican President I ADMIRE fearlessly diagnosed this trait of us from such a distance who was ridiculed by mathamotaaindians as someone who has won no trophies in spelling bee contests of America to derekObrien's bournvita quiz contests because of alleged inability to rattle off capitals of GODDAMNED indian states & dates of battle of plassey blahblahblah)....

In that interview that Chitra S POMPOUSLY ASSERTED she (sic) "unflinchingly spurned the very same LORD Sri.Ram for being suchhhhha blahblahhusbanddu treating Sita AIYOAIYO (whereas look at my Italian mate lots of photos splashed with that Italian mate's arms encircling her Lord Sri.Ram-hating mammary glands , waist etc etc from various angles etc etc .....in ITALY , Switzerland sylvan surroundings etc).

Now comes the most VITAL part. Her mother typical overorthodox looking tambram with kumkum blahblah in forehead sareecladONNLYaaalways.... bornbredbreathingindianculture told an OUTRAGEOUS LIE. One should NEVER tell lies we the Harischandraparampara know too well.

And one OUGHT NOT TO TAKE THE NAME OF THE VERY LORD IN VAIN TO TELL EVEN A SINGLE LIE.

That mother pompously claimed (sic) "The VERY KAANCHI MAHAPERIYAVAR came in my dreams telling the very Kaanchi Kamakshi has incarnated as this chitra s when I conceived chitra as a protoplasm......yadayada"

Anonymous said...

Interestingly Nitin Gadkari was ABSOLUTELY spot on comparing IQ of Sri.Dawood Ibrahim with that of Vivekananda.

ALAS , he was so appallingly WRONG concluding Sri.Dawood Ibrahim's IQ took to the "destructive route versus constructive blahblah.

The very Swami VIVEKANANDA would be ENRAGED. As He Himself has dwelt at length on Lord Ssiva's AWESOME DESTRUCTIVE power as His Manifestation.

IIT atanudeys etc etc periodically do a lot of cut & paste jobs of moleculesatoms dancing Concurrent-Creating-Destructing with the mandatory Lord Nataraja Dancing Pose Sculptor (patting & preening themselves thus see we are original blahblah).

ROTFLMAO...

Those cut & paste moleculesatoms HEAVY stuff also indian iitians atanudeys very much included SHAMELESSLY pilfer from some brilliant American/European Scientists Research Papers.

Anonymous said...

In TRUTH I am EXTREMELY scared of this Narendra Modi. I CERTAINLY would NEVER want him empowered AT ALL. I know all about development blahblah.

My reasonings are totally different & much more IMPORTANT.

Narendra Modi's bosom pals cum media managers Kanchan Guptas , IIT shadow warriors atanu deys etc etc POMPOUSLY talk too much about freedom of expression etc. In their respective UTTERLY USELESS WORTHLESS allegedly hatke-blogs with fresh botox injected left-right-centre views accommodated AAAAlso my extremely pertinent comments were all deleted. I was INTIMIDATED by the same shadow warrior several times ARROGANTLY. atanu dey blockhead chirped " it is my blog i have evry right to delete....TOLD OUTRAGEOUS LIE that I had not given him my actual name.

OUTRIGHT MENDACITY. I have no fear at all. atomsmolecules coalesced Lord Nataraja KNOWS all lies & truths of iitians & lady macbethsesses hindubindudindoos.

Anonymous said...

The congenital LIARS infested indiaa what a WRY tragedy, is incapable of showing some wee bit of glow worm like fleeting spark while propagating SERIOUS LIES in strident decibels:-((

I am referring to the daily bulletin of gorement of india's collision politics COOKS in parliament that (sic) "Pakistan & China are busy encircling & targetting to enter indiaaaAAAAA".

THis gives me the most delectable uncontrollable bellylaughter of all.

There must be some credible valid reason for this daily announcement of alleged "encircling" of putrefying india. Even local indian burglars would not exert their precious energies & acumen to burgle/steal dengue/plague/cholera germs & revolting all pervasive debauchery of india & indians.

Pakistanis/Chinese definitely would not pine and/or pray to win the "amazing bodies & indescribably weirdest minds" of bollykolly suhasinisaishvaryasrevathysshreyas etc etc.

They are not IDIOTS desiring to ruin their lives & their countries.There are no N.D.TIWARIS empowered by Pakistan and CHINA. Elementary.

rtty said...

While it is known that California finances are in Doldrums it is rarely mentioned in the same breath that California has been controlled by the democratic party for 2 decades:

So CA has:
* The highest personal tax of the union
* Probably the highest sales tax of the union
* The most debt of the union. Among the top 5 in terms of per person debt.
* Most people on welfare in the union.
* Among the worst schools of the union (in terms of reading and math).

Given that democrats have controlled this state for a couple of decades, it simply cannot be pinned on republicans.

Anonymous said...

I HATE HATE HATE these holier than thou BJP forever making noises just to posture as some better alternative. BJP & RSS hindoos orthodox fuddy duddies are virulently obnoxiously anti women. One's opposition or probe into any affair should be issue based. Which they craftily avoid. Ram Temple blahblah they mention periodically just to make guileless non fanatic people like me ( ENDANGERED SPECIES) get panic stricken in pavlovian way.

I am truly indebted to my paternal grandmother Rajam's brother Varadharajan who took me that Ashramam making me spend a fortnight. He alone gave the RIGHT interpretation of a particular Verse in Vinayakar Agaval of Auvvaiyaar thus emancipating me permanently from this excruciating verbal & physical torture of :-

"....look at this good for nothing girl who cannot even make a single kozhukkattai ( modhak filled with puran for the insatiably LECHEROUS GLUTTONS calling themselves brahmins bhakthas blahblah for Pillaiyar...".

Alas my paternal grandparents were denied this great luxury of mine. Later I felt doubly relieved on reading Sri.Ramana Bhagavan's Hymns.

I am not bothered AT ALL about learning deep frying papads appalams etc etc for these GODFORSAKEN LECHEROUS ALLEGED bakthasbrahmins.

Repeating psittacinely there is but one God is very easy & MIGHTY BORING EXASPERATING indeed.

But KNOWING the oneness of all beings & that there is INDEED nothing but THAT ( Brahman/Aathma/Consciousness/Bodham...) is indescribably exhilaratingly LIBERATING.

Anonymous said...

Kanchan Guptas , atanu deys & that entire utterly abhorrent brigade are but heartless carcasses.

Instead of focussing on issues raised by Smt.Arundhathi Roy this alleged Durga Puja worshipping kanchan gupta impertinently referred to her (sic)"expanding midriff" & that such women nearing menopause stand forfeited of their freedom of thought & speech.

When kanchan gupta has a wife why make a comparative study of vital statistics of Arundhathi Roy ??

Do these idiots truly believe Ma Kaali would be impressed ?

When charlatan pseudo celibate Nithyananda was caught on camera IIT Rajiv Malhotra heavily supported by uber sanctimonious RSS Gurumrthys tried their utmost to call it fauxtography. But could not as Nithyananda himself boldly said :-

" I have done nothing wrong.I did what any man would have done with a woman ".

Point being , even before Rajiv Malhotra of Infinity Foundation flew from New Jersey to defend the allegedly absconding Nithy , this kanchan gupta tweeted the sickeningly shocking message (sic)" there is nothing wrong with yoni puja ".( Yoni is Sanskritised noun for VAGINA)

IIT shadow warrior said " so what if nithy raped many he did not kill them ".

atanu dey said " I don't care who sleeps with who so what if X is a paedophile ? X has made contributions to science & technology.

What a GRAVE FATAL threat these THUGS truly are:-(( But remain unpunished. Pontificate about nation building blahblah.

When Amir Khan has the pluck to expose these lecherous folks decry citing Amir Khan's religion.

What is the meaning of their alleged education & degrees gathered ???

Anonymous said...

Kanchan Guptas , atanu deys & that entire utterly abhorrent brigade are but heartless carcasses.

Instead of focussing on issues raised by Smt.Arundhathi Roy this alleged Durga Puja worshipping kanchan gupta impertinently referred to her (sic)"expanding midriff" & that such women nearing menopause stand forfeited of their freedom of thought & speech.

When kanchan gupta has a wife why make a comparative study of vital statistics of Arundhathi Roy ??

Do these idiots truly believe Ma Kaali would be impressed ?

When charlatan pseudo celibate Nithyananda was caught on camera IIT Rajiv Malhotra heavily supported by uber sanctimonious RSS Gurumrthys tried their utmost to call it fauxtography. But could not as Nithyananda himself boldly said :-

" I have done nothing wrong.I did what any man would have done with a woman ".

Point being , even before Rajiv Malhotra of Infinity Foundation flew from New Jersey to defend the allegedly absconding Nithy , this kanchan gupta tweeted the sickeningly shocking message (sic)" there is nothing wrong with yoni puja ".( Yoni is Sanskritised noun for VAGINA)

IIT shadow warrior said " so what if nithy raped many he did not kill them ".

atanu dey said " I don't care who sleeps with who so what if X is a paedophile ? X has made contributions to science & technology.

What a GRAVE FATAL threat these THUGS truly are:-(( But remain unpunished. Pontificate about nation building blahblah.

When Amir Khan has the pluck to expose these lecherous folks decry citing Amir Khan's religion.

What is the meaning of their alleged education & degrees gathered ???

Anonymous said...

@@kailash singh stumbled upon the right phrase " India's destiny".

I am not talking anything about government of India right now. As all of us have been discussing those MPs etc. Most of it based on hearsay & newspaper reports. Whereas my focus is entirely on the whole lot of my hindu brood of "relatives" , lots of allopaths & nurses a mish mash of various religions as we are secular. Even a single saree of mine bought from my OWN earned money & various stainless utensils bought from my deceased father S.Janakiraman's self earned wealth get WANTONLY stolen, go " missing " as my faux husband S.N.Ramachandran a CFO in Kuwait ( +965-97201449) himself does that approved by many of my own hindu secular blahblah ( he has lots of secular indian paramours in office owned by Kuwaiti Fouad Alghanim earlier in various indian companies within India ALSO the same worse than Abhishek Singhvis etc ) the same S.N.Ramachandran brusquely slaps me telling it is all my destiny.

Crystal clear now ??

http://dailypioneer.com/home/online-channel/top-story/108569-bjp-to-oppose-government-on-fdi-in-retail-in-parliament.html

Anonymous said...

Apropos the remarks by Ram Jethmalani & current hysteria among pseudo pious fanatics.


For BJP and overzealous hindus just as Ram Temple was purposely used to winning votes & usurping power ( Sushma Swaraj's own admission " encashed cheque ") the current remarks allegedly made by Ram Jethmalani are being used for political motives.

For decades & decades we all know the same Ram & Krishna are torn apart & discussed with pro & anti camps in pattimandrams . Many have asked these questions. Thus by listening to various discussions , arguments & Pravachans alone understanding dawns. This kind of fatwas coming from fanatic hindus would never have the sanction of knowledgeable people including Kaanchi MahaPeriyavar.

Enough of this " thou shall not say one word about Ram Krishna etc" from fanatic hindus. As the very Lord is described " ASPARSHA" ( Sanskrit) in Vedic Scriptures. Meaning ever remaining unsullied.

When inert Space itself can never truly be divided or polluted
what to talk of the Very Lord all encompassing.

I am sick of wantonly maliciously engineered communal riots by these holier than thou hindus. Heady as they are now with alleged Modi mania.

I repeat our very Kaanchi Paramacharya would be extremely angry.