Classy!

Courtesy our new-minted Padma Bhushan:

Classy fellow this — sees his fellow citizens, who don’t think as he does, as pests.

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Jobs for the boys

This, today:

Said Shashi Shekhar was last seen adorning the post of the now defunct Niti Central. It’s one-time editor Kanchan Gupta — by no stretch of the imagination a sickular libtard pseudo-intellectual commie-loving sack of shit — had this to say about Shekhar:

Friends have told me about Niti Central’s demise. My response is one of indifference. I resigned from my post as Editorial Director of Niti Digital in June 2014 after a callow techie whose only demonstrated qualities were of intrigue and deceit was appointed CEO. As part of my exit agreement, I insisted on all content attributable to me to be removed from the site, including any mention of my name. I wished no association with the new dubious avatar of what was once a trail-blazing multi-media digital platform. I have neither visited the site nor cared to think about it since then. Its closure means nothing to me.

So another party hack gets a sinecure, in the grand tradition of Gajendra Chauhan and others. The more you think about it the more you realise Arun Shourie was right, after all — this government, with its misuse of power, its tin ear to criticism, its cosy cronyism and much else, is no more, no less, than “Congress plus a cow”.

A cow, and a beef against anyone — individual, institution — that disagrees with it.

Party ka order hai…

“Party ke order hai, Umar Khalid aaye toh uske haat-payr tod dena, marna nahin,” he told a colleague in a loud enough voice, referring to a student who has been in hiding since being accused of sedition for allegedly organising the February 9 protests at JNU. Translated, it means that there are orders from “the party” – the BJP – to break Khalid’s arms and legs but not kill him.

Thus, Vikram Singh Chauhan. He said many other interesting things too. Read. And then read this.

Asked why he had not responded to police summons, Chauhan said he would appear before them soon and was confident of getting away . “It is not a serious case and it is a bailable offence. I am a law-abiding citizen and would appear before the cops as soon as possible. I will follow my seniors’ instructions,” said Chauhan.

Translated into English: So sorry, no time to appear in court just now, am too busy being felicitated for following the party orders and engaging in outright thuggery (also known, in some quarters, as ‘jungle raj’). Oh and by the way? His justification:

Some media personnel who were reporting “wrong things” from the court premises, which had infuriated the lawyers, he claimed.

Really? But the media had just reached the court premises; the event they were there to report — Kanhaiya Kumar’s appearance in court — hadn’t happened yet; so what “wrong things” did they report?

Speaking of flags…

On 26 January, 2001, three activists of an organisation called Rashtrapremi Yuva Dal entered the premises of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Nagpur to pay homage to its Dr Keshav Hedgewar.

After a few minutes, the three activists — Baba Mendhe, Ramesh Kalambe and Dilip Chattani–started chanting patriotic slogans and took out the Tiranga. Guess what happened next?

First, the in charge of the RSS premises Sunil Kathle tried to prevent the activists from hoisting the national flag. But, when they succeeded in unfurling the Tiranga, the RSS took them to court for it.

For 12 long years, the three Rashtrapremis (those who love their country) were tried by a Nagpur court for hoisting the national flag in the Sangh premises under relevant sections of the Bombay Police Act and the IPC. They were set freejust in time for Independence day in 2013 by the court of RR Lohia for lack of evidence.

That story, via FirstPost. Elsewhere, The Telegraph does the math on tokenism:

The total cost of installing similar flags in all these centrally funded higher education institutions, including the 40 central varsities, will come to Rs 185 crore in the first year.

WHAT Rs 185cr CAN DO OTHERWISE

• Fund full scholarships for all IIT students for two years — with some cash left in the kitty. (The student fees are Rs 90,000 a year at present, and the IITs admit just under 10,000 students each year)

• Pay almost the entire Rs 195-crore annual budget for skill-based higher education, including community colleges, one of the Prime Minister’s pet projects

• Pay three-fourths of the central government’s entire higher education scholarship budget — Rs 243 crore last year

• Fund, with a few crores to spare, the central government’s total annual budget of Rs 180 crore on information and communication technology at all universities and colleges

• Provide more than one-and-a-half times the Rs 112-crore budget allocation last year for the Indira Gandhi National Open University, which boasts 4 million students at present and is India’s largest engine of access to higher education.

But wait — on social media, the question being asked was: A series of measures was announced at the Conference of Central University VCs (by all accounts, a total fun-fest that put participants to sleep), so why pick on the flag to the exclusion of all else (‘…you libtard anti-national so and so, you’)?

Um — because universities (including JNU) already fly the national flag, maybe? Hence the questioning — which is not about whether the flag the RSS abhors should fly atop our apex educational institutions, but whether it is worth expending crores on surplus tokenism.

Rinse, repeat

A report which went viral on social media yesterday has alleged AMU Medical College canteen of serving ‘beef biryani’.

Next:

BJP Mayor Shakuntala Bharti, along with party leaders and several right wing activists, held a demonstration outside the office of Senior Superintendent of Police today, demanding registration of an FIR against the contractor of AMU medical college canteen for serving ‘beef biryani’.

Bottomline:

“The contract for the canteen was ending on February 23. Some vested interests which were eyeing the lucrative contract deliberately floated a malicious rumour suggesting that cow meat was being served,” he said.

Patriotism — and the various Tebbit’s Tests the Sangh Parivar has tacked on to it — has indeed become the last refuge of the scoundrel; a license to do as you please so long as you wrap yourself in the fig-leaf of flag and country.

Incidentally, note the pattern? Toss some incendiary allegation out there; get ‘leaders’ to take up the ‘issue’; build controversy…

And while on manufacturing evidence — the gilding of the ‘anti-national’ lily, in the case of Kanhaiya Kumar, continues apace. I am not sure

I am not sure which is worse — that this party and its various arms relies so much on digital dirty tricks, or that it is so incredibly inept.

“The criminalisation of dissent”