Archive for March, 2010

Tribute to a Loyal Reader!

5 March 2010
A blog writer would feel a sense of eternal gratitude if s/he were to find a habitual reader of her posts. Any writer for that matter writes in the hope that someone will read with careful attention what the writer has to say. He would be happier still if such reader were to engage in a dialogue, where the constructs in the post were invigoratingly challenged. I was lucky to find such a loyal reader in Triveni, but I have to grudgingly admit that the dialogue turned out to be far from constructive. I have no idea who he or she is, but I know she (I chose the latter pronoun in deference to the name) is vehemently opposed to my views about Operation Green Hunt, Adivasi situation in central India, and so on. I also discovered that she, for reasons unknown to me, is highly antagonistic towards people like Medha Patkar, Aruna Roy, Sandeep Pandey, and especially Himanshu Kumar, all of whom she collectively, and probably contemptuously, labels zoliwalas. May be as their “sympathizer” I am condemned to same fate or worse.  She has a vitriolic manner of writing well suited to pamphleteering or rabble rousing. But she has a sharp mind that comes through notwithstanding the repetitious harangues she subjects my posts to.
She became a familiar figure from my post “The Curious Case of Missing Number Plates”, and her criticism reached zenith with “Eggs, Muck, Tomatoes, welcome NAPM activists at Dantewada” and “Orphans to the aid of BJP demonstration against NAPM at Raipur Press Club”. She has been unerringly following all my posts on Chhattisgarh and Operation Green Hunt. Latest comment she left was on, “Stilling the Voices of Dissent” : “Re. quote by Hoffman, what if these so called “dissenters”(like naxals) pick up weapons and kill innocent women, men and children? This is missing from the discussion. Coming to the “concerned citizens” and commie ideological fanatics masquerading as civil rights, human rights activists etc who have arrogated themselves as spokespersons for the common man incl farmers and tribals. I don’t think ‘concerned citizens’ have even thought why is the common man incl tribals pelting them with rotten eggs and tomatoes and branding them as naxal supporters. Govt might be right or wrong but surely the locals know better. It is only the fear of the bullet or jail which will cure the delusions of these people. List the names of the top ten naxalites and then see how many are farmers and tribals? Khobad Gandhi, a naxal thug, what was his motivation? Was he a displaced tribal or a ripped off farmer? No. He is an ideological fascist who used grievance of others for furthering his own stupid ideology. Talking about dissent, these thugs dont even allow non violent protests but want a democratic state to give them freedom to dissent. I say, use tit for tat for these bandits, in addition to immense firepower like napalm, cluster bombs and then see these wannabes tuck tails and flee. OF course, there will be parasites who support the naxal terrorists surreptitiously, ignore them and they’ll move to other greener pastures”.
The ‘Rotten eggs’ and ‘Tomatoes’ from Dantewada have become recurring motifs in all her comments. What happened at Dantewada she chooses to portray is a spontaneous uprising of ordinary Adivasis against the ‘Human Rights/ Civil Rights’ activists rather than the well orchestrated show that it was led by Salwa Judum (reconstituted as Ma Danteshwari Swabhimani Adivasi Manch) and its leaders; one of whom even has a non-bailable Court warrant against him after declaring him an absconder.

Today I learnt that the Orphans of ‘Maoist Violence’ that the BJP had got to Raipur Press Club on 8th January to protest the NAPM press conference were supplied by an orphanage in Raipur run by a well knownSocial Worker’ Narayan Rao (Exposed : Narayan Rao’s Orphanage of Horror in Raipur, by Sahara Samay). The Sahara Samay in its story telecast on 4th March clearly records the patronage received by Narayan Rao from the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Shri Raman Singh. See the publicity trailer of the main program here.

I am curious to know how Triveni responds to this piece of evidence. Will Sahara Samay too get branded as ‘Zoliwala’ or ‘Naxal Supporter’? I have to wait and see. But it is my fond hope, she takes up fact based constructive criticism rather than resorting to the easier course of calling names. I had even offered her to publish here if she writes a post to put across her reasoned critique. The offer still stands. In the end I must write about her positive offer of help in generating an ePetition in response to : “Killing Local Innovation, Fattening Multinationals”. I accept her offer and have an email from A Muruganantham to share, but for which I would need an address where it can be delivered.