Friday, November 18, 2016

A blog post on Arvind Kejriwal finds an echo in Delhi legislature

Published on Oct. 5, my article, My Stint with Kejriwal: Wising up to ‘Democracy’ and ‘Social Activism’, found an echo in Delhi's legislative assembly on Nov. 15. 

Given at the bottom of this post are links to BJP legislator Vijender Gupta's tweet and the reportage on his citing in the assembly an episode described in my article.

I hope to overcome my habitual inertia to write more. 

In my future writing, I will seek to nail the oft-repeated lie behind the formation of AAP: that it is born of a 'people's movement'.

I will also try to further explain my understanding of a concept like 'democracy' which I deem nothing more than an abstraction of the age-old human community - i.e. any human community found anywhere in the world through time. 

'Democracy' is a lovely example of the West's appropriation of the concept of human community for its own imperial purposes. It's an example of what I call a 'conceptual fraud' packaged nicely in 'classical Greek' humbug.

Here are some 'by-the-way' thoughts.

The entire 'political' realm is a domain predicated on myths and half-truths perpetuated by the mass propaganda system that goes by the name 'media'.

This mass propaganda system is not external to the 'system' (by which I primarily mean the ‘political’ realm together with its kindred domain of the ‘economic’), but is part of the 'system'.

It is meant to perpetuate the system through its myth making function.

Interestingly, myth making - also known as mythopoeia - is the fundamental nature of an empire which is what all states, including India, were designed to be in the Western colonial-imperial matrix.

Unlike myths found in human communities across the world, the mythopoeic nature of an empire claims for itself 'universalism'  and 'rationalism' packaged neatly in what is taught as 'history'.

The Empire that calls itself the 'West', for instance, chose for itself the mythical Greek patrimony while erecting itself and writing for itself (and for its subjects like us Indians) its 'grand narrative' or 'history'. 

A lot of the West's Greek story, not to mention its 'grand narrative or 'history,' is pure fiction. Prof. C.K. Raju has, for instance, explained in his book, 'Euclid and Jesus,' that Pythagoras is myth and there is no historical evidence for Euclid.

(Another way to understand the point I am making would be to imagine that a lot of dubious reportage and propaganda we read in our newspapers is going to be packaged as 'history' to be 'taught' to our succeeding generations.)

The 'educated' are all taught to view the place we call the 'world' as a complex of states. A 'state' is a 'polity,' but 'polity' or the 'political' domain itself is an abstraction, which means it exists only in the mind of the 'educated'.

I believe 'political' and its kindred domain of 'economic' are pure abstractions. In other words, there is no such thing as 'polity' or 'economy' except what we have been taught to imagine as 'political' and 'economic' relations.

(Since I believe there is no such thing as 'economy' or pure 'economic' relations, I also believe that 'economics' -- i.e. all kinds of 'economics' -- is pure, unadulterated pseudology or a pretended field of study.)

'Community,' on the other hand, is not an abstraction. It's a real domain. All human relations - without exception - are 'communal' (i.e. of community) or 'social' in nature.

'Community' (or 'society') accounts for the wholeness or the entirety of human relations --- including those that we are taught to imagine as 'political' and 'economic' relations that in fact don't really exist.

'Culture' is what a human 'community' thinks and does. So 'culture' also represents the wholeness - and the unabstracted state - of human life or human relations.

Thus 'community' and 'culture' can usually be used interchangeably.

AAP MLAs raised hue & cry aftr I raised issue of Kejriwal's sex escapades in House.CM left &the House was adjourned.

BJP raises Kejriwal’s Aloo Sex scandal in Delhi Assembly

Aloo raises its head in the Delhi Assembly as Arvind Kejriwal tries to rake up demonetization issue

By Team PGurus -  November 17, 2016

Rarely does the BJP pay back with the same coin.

A day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal re-hashed the old and closed case on Birla Diaries and cooked-up Sahara Diaries to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Opposition Leader Vijender Gupta gave him a below the belt blow on Wednesday by raking up the sex scandal involving Kejriwal and a lady colleague, who is now heading a statutory body.

This scandal was revealed one month ago by Kejriwal’s old associate journalist Kapil Bajaj, who witnessed this incident.

Kapil Bajaj’s detailed blog on this curious sexual encounter of Kejriwal was first reported by PGurus and some other websites, while mainstream media was keeping a stony silence perhaps due to the Delhi Government’s advertising largesse.

The blog did not name the lady, who is now heading a Statutory Body. However Kapil Bajaj gave a name to her – Shilpa and revealed that Shilpa fondly calls Kejriwal as Aloo.

Why Arvind Kejriwal stayed awy from media during his Gujarat visit

By Japan K. Pathak (DeshGujarat, 17 October 2016)

Ahmedabad: Remember that Arvind Kejriwal of old days? He would call frequent press conferences. National media would telecast such press meets live. He would be presenting something sensational to the media and also give all replies to questions asked by journos. Wherever he would go, he would address media. He would be even into friendly informal talk with the media persons post press meets.......

...Scams, scandals, blunders, breach of promises, shamelessness, misrule in Delhi... Kejriwal has so much to answer, he has to face so many uncomfortable questions that he seems highly feared from scribes and literally running away from the press, forget in Delhi, even in Gujarat.

...One major reason why Kejriwal kept himself away from media persons could be pertaining to a recent blog controversy that has been touched by mainstream media, but very much celebrated by social media.

A few days ago #AlooKejriwal was trending on Twitter. There were thousands of tweets mentioning #Aloo or #AlooKejriwal.

You have to read this blog post titled 'My Stint with Kejriwal' that sparked off this trend...

Kejriwal incurs Twitterati's wrath for opposing government's demonetisation scheme

Kejriwal was booed when he went to RBI on Parliament street to enquire about the fallout of demonetisation. At Azadpur Mandi, where he held a joint rally with Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, people started shouting "Modi, Modi".

Mail Today Bureau, 18 Nov. 2016

In a day of trouble, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal faced public anger at Azadpur Mandi and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for opposing the Narendra Modi government's demonetisation move against black money.

Heavy Criticism
Ridicule flowed online after extremely personal allegations levelled against him by ex-colleague Kapil Bajaj in a blog post. And media baron and Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra sued him for defamation.

On Thursday, mysteriously, the hashtags #AlooKejriwal & #AlooMaloo started trending on Twitter. 

Unknown to many, these are in reference to charges by former business journalist Kapil Bajaj in his blog that Kejriwal was having an affair in 2008-09 with a colleague 16 years younger to him.

Vijender Gupta, BJP MLA, alleges Kejriwal of Illicit Affair (sex escapades) & What is #alookejriwal?

Posted on November 17, 2016

Vijender Gupta the lone BJP MLA in Delhi Assembly has today sparked a renewed controversy by tweeting that “AAP MLAs raised hue & cry aftr I raised issue of Kejriwal’s sex escapades in House.CM left & the House was adjourned”.

Kejriwal’s sex scandal raised in “Delhi Vidhan Sabha”- CM left the house- Hose adjourned immediately.

November 16, 2016

So, the sex scandal in which Arvind Kejriwal has been the protagonist seems true?

The reactions say a lot. A month ago a journalist who has worked with Arvind Kejriwal during his NGO days exposed Arvind Kejriwal’s sex scandal with a reputed lady in AAP.

He changed the name of the lady as “Shilpa” in the article and said that the lady used to work with Kejriwal during NGO days.

Was BJP Minister Hurled out of Delhi Assembly for his Question on 'Aloo' to Kejriwal?

November 17, 2016

One thing we must grant to the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal! His media management is undoubtedly and unbeatably the best!

When the whole social media is exposing and attacking Aam Aadmi Party and its leader, mainstream media is remarkably silent and supportive. And why not!

When the overall budget of Delhi government for the financial year amounted to Rs 41,120 crore, a whopping share of Rs 526 crore was paid to media for advertising and publicity.

Talks Of Kejriwal’s “Sex Scandal” In Delhi Vidhan Sabha Creates Mayhem: CM Leaves House Immediate; House Adjourned

A few days ago, Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘sex scandal’ with a reputed lady in AAP raised much eyebrows. This was reported by a journalist who had previously worked with Kejriwal during his NGO days.

The lady’s name was changed to ‘Shilpa’ in the report, and she reportedly worked with Kejriwal in the NGO with which the latter was associated.


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