The Devil in the Advocate

The award for Hate Speech of the Century goes to this piece. The self-styled swamis of secularism have transcended all boundaries of reason. The reason: F-E-A-R.

But this one is dangerous…

This blogger chanced upon a hush-hush Devil’s Advocate with the Devil’s Advocate himself. It unravelled the Devil in the advocate.

Q: Mr. Devil’s Advocate (DA), what do you think of the new term, Moditva floating around after Modi’s third electoral victory?
DA: You need to ask that more clearly.

Q: How do you define Moditva?
DA: What do you mean how do I define Moditva? There’s nothing to define. Moditva is Moditva. Moditva is communal, divisive, has a saffron tinge, grows a beard, and inspires hate.

Q: Really? Despite all these horrid qualities, how did it triumph?
DA: Because divisiveness breeds divisiveness and it breeds only in Gujarat because my friend the eminent psychologist, has proved that Gujaratis hate themselves. Therefore, hatred works. Hence Moditva.

Q: Oh yes, I’ve read the psychologist’s article. So you think Moditva..err…Narendra Modi will become the Prime Minister of India?
DA: Well, not really but that deadly hope definitely exists. My analysis proves it. Let me read out the relevant excerpt:

The key question is can Moditva work outside Gujarat? It depends on how you define it. If you believe it combines strong personal leadership and integrity, with an appeal to regional pride or robust nationalism — admittedly with strong communal undertones — and a stress on development, I see no reason why it can’t translate throughout the country. Even the fact that it alienates minorities is counterbalanced by the promise of uniting Hindus as never before. And if in Gujarat it could cut across divisions of caste, wealth and location, then it can hope to do so elsewhere as well.

Q: That sounds spine-chilling. But let me try to understand what your analysis says. Personal leadership, integrity, and demonstrated economic development are the evils we need to fight in order to ward off Moditva. Is that right?
DA: You are correct.

Q: With decades of experience in dealing with all hues of politicians, what do you propose?
DA: Exactly one person.

Q (confounded expression): Person? You mean, an anti-Modi, to borrow the psychologist’s (anti-self) terminology.
DA: Absolutely!

Q: So do you have anyone in mind? Or is anti-Modi waiting…
DA (Interrupts): Sonia Gandhi

Q: Mr. Thapar, but I thought you were against all dynastic forms of government….
DA: Please hold your horses. That same analysis I wrote has proved why Sonia is the best choice, dynasty notwithstanding. Let me read out:

Modi and Moditva is, therefore, the challenge facing the Congress, the UPA and the Left. I don’t deny it has to be fought ideologically, but that also calls for the projection of a single personality who, in herself, embodies the fight. She has to rival Modi’s appeal — both his magnetism and his myth — and symbolise the alternate vision.

Perhaps there is only one person who can do that. The pronoun ‘she’ was used deliberately. It’s Sonia Gandhi. It may be an irony that an Italian-born woman, a widow who till 1998 detested politics, should transform into one of the twin poles of Indian politics, but it could also be an inescapable fact. No other person from the anti-BJP parties has the appeal or the nation-wide image to rival Modi..Of course, Sonia has a lot to learn.

Q: Hmm..You have a point but the last line got me curious. Ever since her entry into active politics, all observers including you have repeatedly said she has a lot to learn…its almost 10 years now…
DA: Every electoral defeat is a learning.

Q: In that case, what explains Modi’s hatrick success?
DA: That’s not success, it’s Moditva.

Q: Agreed. So Moditva should be defeated by Sonia Gandhi…
DA: Yes, but you see since she has a lot to learn, we will coach her. We have our methods in the media and public space. We will take her side. I have already given the clarion call in the same analysis:

For the rest of us, voters rather than politicians, commentators but not participants, we also have to make a critical choice. We can either accept the idea of Modi and Moditva and adapt and adjust to it, or overcome our concerns with the Gandhi dynasty and Sonia in particular, and join the fight she must lead… the emergence of a dominant idea on the saffron front and, in response, the creation of an equal but counterveiling force on the other will squeeze out everything else. The more Moditva grows, the more its opposite has to be strengthened. Increasingly the choice will be one or the other. We will have to take sides.

Q: It’s a brave fight. Let’s talk about your methods…
DA: Sure. One, we will use the combined might of the media, which we control and write similar analyses. We will condemn Moditva in the strongest terms. We will create awareness across India that personal integrity, leadership skills, and economic development are communal and divisive. They’re the enemies of secularism and progressiveness. At the end of five years, we will ensure that Moditva is voted out.

Q: Interesting and very ambitious. Let me ask you something. In the recently-concluded Gujarat elections, the media did the same thing. They exposed Narendra Modi horribly and dented his image. That didn’t seem to matter to the voters…
DA: You have point…let me think…

Q: What if the same phenomenon repeats say a few years later…
DA: It won’t. My analysis again, has the answer to that:

Only the sudden removal of Narendra Modi can stop this. For he is the agent forcing this change.

Q: We now come to the end of the Devil’s Advocate. Thank you, Mr. Thapar.
DA: It was a pleasure being on this show and sitting on the other side of the fence. You played your Devil’s Advocate role very well.


This blogger questions: Mr. Karan Thapar, how exactly do we interpret sudden removal of Modi: Forcible removal by the President? Or is it something more sinister?

17 comments for “The Devil in the Advocate

  1. Shyam sundar
    September 28, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    all Hindus Stop buying products who adveritse on anti hindu IBN, NDTV

  2. RC Sharma
    February 5, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Thapar thinks that people are generally ignoromouses and do not know the true meaning of “sudden removal”.

    What the secularists fear the most is that Hindus might behave as HINDUS, not a members of fragmented castes. All their attempts have been to divide Hindus along caste lines.

  3. Joe Stalin
    January 5, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    I think we should start using the word Hinduphobia to describe the anti Hindu activities of the psuedo secularists …what do you guys & gals think ?

  4. January 2, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    There is nothing new about it. The pseudo-secularism is gradually getting exposed as the Modi phenomenon grows in its influence.

    Check out my own views (as much balanced as possible) on Narendra Modi and the recently concluded Gujarat polls:

    http://proaudience.com/2007/12/saffron-wins-back-gujarat/

  5. Shanth
    January 1, 2008 at 1:15 AM

    Strategy To Reconvert Xtians to Hinduism.
    Guys I know I can do this. I want to finish my higher studies and plunge into politics. Enough is enough. This bastard Karan Thappar is inciting violence against a democratically elected CM. He must be removed. I beg of all Hindus to carry themselves forward with one mission in life: Raise their personal standards and be prepared to jump into politics and of course support Modiji to the core.

    Firstly We hindus must educate ourselves the perils, the oppression heaped by Xtians on Jews, Pagans and other religious groups in Christian history. These missionaries give one side of the picture and use castesism in Hinduism as an excuse. Let me list out a few things.

    Why Christianity is a lie?

    1. Belief that Earth was centre and not Sun. Pope apolgised and accepted the Solar system in July 1999. And for the persecution of Galileo, Copernicus, Champolian, Keppler for questioning the church’s official theory.

    2. Witch Hunt: Check the origin of this word.

    3. Oppression of women due to the fact that Eve took the apple from Eden garden. They think women’s birth pang is a curse heaped by God as a punishment

    4. The unacceptable concept of Adam and Eve. How only one man and one women result in the creation of Human race? Their family couldn’t have grown withoug commiting incest or adultery. So all of us sinners that included Jesus himself. So what sin are these people talking about.

    5.How can Earth and Universe be 6000 years old? This is a core belief of Christianity. According to them God created this universe on October 23, 4004 B.C. there are more conflicting dates. But this day of creation of the Trinity.
    I can list out many more. We should first counter Christian propaganda.

    How can a religion that maintained for 2000 years that the Earth is flat call itself the representative of truth?

  6. Shanth
    January 1, 2008 at 1:11 AM

    Need Of the Hour: Hindu Unity

    All Hindus in India should unite to fight for our rights. Congress and Communists are pandering for Muslim and Chrisitian votes. They use reservation to divide Hindus. it is time that we stand up for our rights. Why should I pay tax for Haj pilgrimage? Not one muslim country of total 57 in the world gives this facility to their muslim citizens. Why should so called SECULAR India do that? 15% of 11 Five year plan is to be spent on Muslims. Would this include Shahrukh Khan, Sania Mirza etc? There a lot of poor Hindus. I have even seen so called High caste hindus living in squalid conditions. We have to unite for our suvival. Educate yourself and raise your personal standards and work towards improving the living standards of fellow Hindus first. NDTV, IBN and their fellow psuedo secular channels are all controlled by Churches, Communists and Muslims. NDTV keeps showing the plight of muslims alone. they would conduct vote on the truth behind Sabarimala Jyothi but would extend Id and christmas greetings. All their reporters from Tamil Nadu are christian. No coverage on Ram Sethu but would cover Nawaz Sharif’s visit and Benazir’s death full time. Please Hindus stand up and fight for your rights. Unite.Follow what Vivekananda said: Arise, Awake and stop not until the goal is reached. India is our motherland and it should be protected at all costs.

  7. kaunteya
    December 31, 2007 at 11:16 PM

    I think BJP should take up such issues upfront. Not sure why it shies away from taking up these issues with the media.

    If it were Congress/Left all hell would have broken loose by now.

  8. Kumar
    December 31, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Karan’s dreams on ‘sudden removal of Modi’ is nothing compared to Dumb-D’Souza’s wet dreams on some foreign nation taking out entire NDA leadership when they were in power at center.

  9. Ot
    December 31, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Sandeep, that’s a great title. So apropos.

    Even in the United States, where judicial latitude for free speech is much more liberal than ours, “fighting words” are legally considered a form of hate speech. If calling for a person’s murder is not “fighting words”, I don’t know what is. Foul-mouthed Thapar would have been deemed a criminal and put behind bars if he had published his venom in any US journal.

  10. free 2 Talk
    December 31, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    kaangeya,
    take a bow mate.great thought on the probable demise of ELM.
    Totally agree with you.
    if you guys have been reading comments on rediff message boards and undie tv/ChristianIBN boards you will realise how the readers/viewers are pissed off with the slant in the coverage.The news channel websites in fact have taken to selective publishing of comments on their sites.They simply do not publish comments which are not amenable to their ideology!!!.rediff is much better though than the tv walas on their comment forum.Even after censorship at the channel
    websites the comments that do get published fill one with hope.
    Me thinks its such a great sign that most of the people who comment are thinking the right things.(No pun intended!)
    I see hope for India yet inspite of the ELM.

  11. sridhar
    December 31, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Sorry, Here is the link to Aryn Jaitley’s article
    : http://www.indianexpress.com/story/255991.html,

    Bye the bye Sandeep, over the weekend Karan “loud mouth” tThapar got interviewed by Karana Johar. For once I thought Karan Thapar had met his match in IQ !!

  12. sridhar
    December 31, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Read this piece by Arun jaitley, has some points on how media behaved in Gujarat elections

  13. Gujjubhai
    December 31, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    Well said, Kaangeya. The stupid craze for all things phoren is at it obnoxious worst when it comes to education. Having suffered enough Oxbridge-LSE-Harvard fools all the way from Nehru to Karan Thapar, Indians deserve a break. I’ll take a homegrown Modi or Vajpayee over these white-inside-brown-outside colonised coconuts any day.

  14. kaangeya
    December 31, 2007 at 7:09 AM

    Sonia’s allies have been trying to find a safe combination that ensures their hold over their respective states and assures their children and grandchildren another few decasdes opf comfort and sinecure. Having seen how the Nehru clan with no credentials whatsoever (not a single graduate since JL Nehru until Varun and Rahul) has managed to live off the land, wannabe Nehrus like Karunanidhi. Ramdoss, Lallu (7 or 8 children?), and now Gowda, Pawar, and Abdullah, Mufti, and Soz quickly realised that their pandered votebank and a rootless family with no interests beyond its Janpath environs is an ideal combination that assures them decades of dominance. Within each one of these doormat groups there has been plenty of dissidence when the footsoldiers have learnt that all their soldering has been only for the benefit of the patriarch. The DMK has been going thru these convulsions as Karunanidhi shamelessly promotes family over calibre. The commie crooks seem to have sold a bridge to Sonia thanks to deluded go betweens and has beens (Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze?) and pushed through a package of sheer indolence, anarchy and chalta hai. An obliging press besotted with whiteness and foreign credentials that feeds into the foreign liberal-conservative myth of “Western Civilisation” can’t but whip itself into delirium over “Oxbridge educated” Manmohan, Harvard educated Chidambaram, and Italian born Sonia. How much better than an unattractive homegrown Vajpayee, Advani or Mayavati! The foreign press feels assured that the wretched Indians are in safe hands thanks to “people like us” lording over them. Have you ever read Manmohan Singh without the reference to “Oxbridge educated”? And since current tradition in India is a colonised one (Baalu puts it beyond doubt) we can’t but bask in the baubles of praise thrown our way. Witness the hysteria over Sonia’s address to the UN and her visit there. When did the UN ever go gaga over such a total non-achiever? Will this party come to an end? We don’t know. Will the foreign press listen to another Oxbridge educated scholar – Swapan Dasgupta or another Harvard educated scholar Subramaniam Swamy? Unlikely. Nehru did not listen to the other foreign educated intellectuals of his time, Ambedkar, Patel, JC Kumarappa or JP. It is unlikely that the press now has the brains or the interest to listen.

  15. kaangeya
    December 31, 2007 at 5:16 AM

    Remarkably after all the reams of paper filled and the tankers of ink spilt, Sonia hasn’t changed her approach to politics one bit since her grand entrance 10 years ago. It is still that ‘as if to the manner born’ look, the complete merger of the Congress identity within the Nehru/Gandhi clan identity (the latter being a complete hoax), and the plain and clear goal of continued suzerainty over India’s thinking and living. What has changed is the attitude of the prospective allies. IG for all her ruthlessness was a patriot to the core and it can be argued every action she took however distasteful and however nepotistic was tied into India’s interests in some way or the other. IG was a ver strong and courageous person and treated carpetbaggers like the DMK and traitors from the commie parties like dirt. No one treated commies like she did, utterly divesting them of any claim to respectability whatsoever. Mimic marxes like Jyoti Basu still quake in their boots when they think of her (which is why the crook contrived to keep clear of the prisons during the Emergency). Sonia’s interests are narrower and exhibit a siege mentality. She is at the vanguard of a ramshackle Nehruvian – don’t worry-be happy-socialist spirit staffed by limo liberals, chatterati, and assorted doormats clinging to visions of world domination through medicrity. At the core these punks have either their family interests at heart (Lalloo. Mulayam, Karunanidhi, Deve Gowda etc.) or their scotch and soda exclusivity on the tops of their minds. They love to lord it over the less educated or the indigenously educated folk, keep us out of their IIC and keep us out of the Euiropean junkets. Vinod Mehta, Rajiv Shukla, Vir Sanghvi, N.Ram etc., love to be our patronisers. Unfortunately huge masses of India have moved past and are leaving this crumbling facade behind in the dust. There are some who buy into this corrupt vision and rather than making a determined push to compete would like to join the chatterati and gliberals and blame crony capitalism for their fate. Vinod Mehta’s Outlook is founded on the belief that cynicism runs deep in India and that a rag that runs counter to the India Today formula of optimism is bound to find a market. Vinod Mehta hasn’t bett badly but had better watch out. Ideas are fickle things and never last for ever. India is one of those media markets where blog readership overlaps almost completely with ELM readership. That is every person in the latter category is likely to have an internet connection. Making the ELM irrelevant should be an easier task in India than it is in otehr parts of the world.

  16. Hemant
    December 31, 2007 at 4:39 AM

    Good Boog, realy enjoyed it. We need to show how the leading journalist are biased and hypocritical. We need real journalist in India and pretty soon.

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