Date: 08/04/2019

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 20:35


NRI wrote:
I wouldn't feel too concerned with what the Congress Manifesto promises for remember the famous adage that "Politicians promise to build bridges where no rivers exist". And one cannot but make a eerie comparison with how similar politics is playing out here in US and in our loved Bharat. The Left (read Democratic Party) in their hatred of President Trump (and a passionate obsession to impeach him) has virtually sold its soul in opposing hard core national issues like illegal immigration and security at the southern border with Mexico. In fact their hatred is so intense that m/s Waters, a Democratic black Congress woman publicly wanted her followers to hound and harass anybody associated with Trump, that, virtually included all members of his administration and Republican senators and members of the House of Representatives. And sadly enough it was followed and is literally being followed to-date. Finally, and another eerie comparison, minorities including the Blacks, Latinos and the Muslims are being openly wooed, and are forming a solid block, against the so called Whites or the majority. Does it sound familiar with the tricks that the Congress in playing and has been playing blatantly in India? So Sir let's move on and let the ground soldiers in the BJP and the Congress with its partners, draw out the battle lines for the coming elections.

A patriot in Bharat wrote:


National Security Fraud/Flop Show – 2019 Congress Party Election Manifesto

The 2019 Congress Party Election Manifesto is very high vote bank pre poll promises; but very low on credibility of delivery based on past achievements of over 50-years rule.

Today, India is facing the most daunting challenge of Hybrid Warfare threat from both State and Non-State actors financially and morally aided and abetted by other nations: “coordinated and synchronized action, that deliberately targets democratic states’ and institutions systemic vulnerabilities, through a wide range of means (political, social, economic, military – hard power, technology, and information - soft power),” as well as “activities exploit the thresholds of detection and attribution as well as the border between war and peace.”

Hybrid warfare is a military strategy that employs political warfare and blends conventional warfare, terrorism, irregular warfare, cyber warfare, and electronic warfare, information warfare with other influencing methods, such as fake news, diplomacy, lawfare and foreign electoral intervention.

Yet, the Congress Party manifesto is mostly skewed (22 out of 25 pages) on “unachievable populist pre poll promises”, whilst Defense Affairs and Foreign Policy – key domains of national security – have been given a ‘back seat’ covered in 2 paras (2 out of 25 pages) in a most vague, cursory and cavalier manner.

Extracts of Foreign Policy from the Congress Party is reproduced below that clearly reflects its dumbest discourse:

“21. The Indian National Congress is committed to the articulation and implementation of a robust and dynamic foreign policy. The Indian National Congress remains committed to building peaceful, stable and mutually beneficial relations with all major powers and all our Asian neighbors.

1. India will continue to benefit from global opportunities and contribute to worldwide efforts in creating and managing institutions to deal with challenges like climate change and sustainable development, non-proliferation, international trade and cross-border terrorism.

2. The Indian National Congress will strive to mobilize support for India’s permanent membership in the UN Security Council.

3. Global Terrorism must be combated with determination and cooperation. We will be engaged in creating a robust framework of intelligence sharing, cutting out financial flows to terrorist outfits, and stopping money laundering, to address the issue of terrorism.

4. India has emerged as a critical bridge between the developed world and the developing world, along with Brazil, China and South Africa. At the same time we have our own unique position that combines the cumulative heritage of Non Aligned- Movement and its advocacy of freedom for African countries and steady support for Palestine. We will continue to support the goodwill nurtured for decades amongst socialist countries.

What are the imperatives of national security “Grand Strategy”? Granted that political parties and leaders understand the specifics of “Grand Strategy”.

Let me reiterate that fundamentally, the purpose of national security strategy is to outline for the people about political leaders and parties thinking about our national interests, the threats to those interests, our means to protect and advance our interests, and ways of stringing those means together expeditiously and most importantly cost-effectively.

Countering the shifts in threat of force, or means of coercion (terrorism, cyber attacks, covert operations, trade wars, political subversion, and climate change) to undermine India’s national interests is a vital imperative.

And, it goes without saying that it must be done from a position of strength from within and not weakness: social unity and quality, political consensus, enhanced economic power, technology parity or superiority and security forces capabilities and effectiveness.

So, it is incumbent upon political parties to articulate as to what ways and means they would adopt to promote, consolidate and advance national power in all variables. Clueless are the spokespersons of various political parties. Majority of political leaders are simply living in a “fool’s paradise”: “Crescent and Elephant” or “Dragon and Elephant” doing Tango.

Viewed in the above framework, India’s “Blind men of Hindustan” or political crooks and criminals inflicted by “I-Me-Myself-My Progeny” syndrome care damn all about creating national power.

A brief outline of “headlines’ appearing in the visual media in particular, mostly partisan, reflect the worst of journalism’s ethics.

One, “Save Democracy” is trumpeted. The real issue that needs to be addressed is from whom to save democracy – Modi or Dynasties? What about political stability vs. instability or paralysis?

Two “Nyay” is making waves from the Congress Party. In 1971, Indira Ghandy invoked “Gharibi Hatao” as the Congress Party slogan. Now, the Congress Party is making an attempt to retrieve its power on the back of “Nyay”. Is “Nyay” genuinely for the poor? Or is it to benefit the cronies of the Congress Party and other dynasties.

Most important, as per expert’s populism is threat to pluralism and democracy. Yet, populist rhetoric is on the rise. The populist schemes list is ad infinitum to include: farm loan waivers and Rythu Bandhu grants for big farmers, subsidized canteens, free lap tops, free saris, baby/mother kits, wedding grants, free TVs, free call centers, old age pensions, unemployment allowances and so on. Its adverse fallout is on economy particularly from a long term national security perspective.

Three, tirade against “corruption” is a bogey. “Sab Chor Hai” is most apt in Indian politics. “Zero Tolerance against Corruption” was invoked by Prime Ministers from I K Gujral days and labeled as the most sinister internal national security threat. Those who are the most corrupt and out on bail are the most vociferous champions of fight against corruption.

“Chowkidar Chor Hai” is the most invoked barb by Rahul Ghandy against Modi. Modi responded with "Main Bhi Chowkidar". Even Arvind Kejriwal, who climbed on the bandwagon of “Anna Hazare” movement against the most rampant corruption of UPA-rule, today has forged alliance with the most corrupt forces. So, morally and ethically, even the self styled “Anarchist” Arvind Kejriwal is corrupt.

Four, “secularism” which is the least understood by majority due to its many faceted interpretation? Muslim-Parsi descendants turn overnight into “Shiv Bhakts”. Similarly, Robert Vadra dons ‘Tilak” and traces his lineage to Hindu Vadhera’s. Neither of them can recite a single ‘sloka’ of Gita in Sanskrit. Hindu religion has become “Sickular” with many varieties of interpretations.

And, the list of key issues depending on constituencies and their chemistry covers many facets like unemployment, farmer’s distress, welfare of soldiers and ex-servicemen and so on.

In sum, subsumed in the ever expanding list of issues, hardly there is mention of the key requirement – political stability is of utmost importance from the national security point of view. Otherwise, doomed is the posterity of modern India.