The Economist – Economical with the Truth


Did not want to share the link of The Economist Piece here – “No traffic contribution by me” Policy

Firstly, the world’s largest Democracy and its process need no backing of any one except Indian Voters, leave alone a Foreign rag which goes by the name “The Economist” For all we know this rag’s footprint across the world cannot beat the number of Voters participating in this mammoth Exercise. Thanks, but no Thanks for your offer, The Economics. India and Indians can do well without your backing and no one is dying for it.

Wonder of wonders! Even a foreign rag needs to rant on the BJP Prime Ministerial Candidate Sri Narendra Modi to increase its eyeball count is obvious from its attention seeking piece. (or definitely it needs some Indian’s money, if it was sponsored hit job). So who needs backing!!!

Since they chose to be economical with the truth, here is Sri Dinesh Ghodke, Director Outreach, Sri Sri University, Odisha – (Founded by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation) helping miserly Economist with some home truths. They also got to realize, Gone are the days when what is spoken or written by the Main Stream Media was the Gospel Truth. Supposedly watchdog of democracy almost always has become a faithful dog of the Government and unforgiving Social Media has emerged as the alternate media, ripping their lies apart.

A dose of Truth for The Economist

A little study of the article shows the following intentions of the writer, and thus the Economist.

It starts with deploring the Congress corruption, (just to appear unbiased) thereafter going on an unbridled rant on Modi. (so that future negative feedback is countered with, ‘but we have spoken against Congress also).


Mr Modi had helped organise a march on the holy site at Ayodhya leading to death of 2000 in Hindu-Muslim clashes is like saying The Economist let India’s Economic revolution in 1991 leading to millions of lives being benefitted. Cunning Economist, if you existed then, you were a tiny insignificant inconsequential negligible irrelevant part of the revolution.


The reason begins with a Hindu rampage against Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, in which at least 1,000 people were slaughtered.

How cleverly misleading without it being a lie! If you ask a student preparing English comprehension for CAT to read the article and tell how many muslims died in Gujarat 2002, the answer will be ‘at least 1000’. The truth :  Statement made in Rajya Sabha by Congress Minister of State for Home Affairs on 10th May 2005 : 790 muslims and 254 Hindus . Just for the above statement, the Economist should be condemned for Journalistic terrorism, Nothing less.


The orgy of murder and rape in Ahmedabad and the surrounding towns and villages was revenge for the killing of 59 Hindu pilgrims on a train by Muslims.

Again, this suggests in no uncertain terms that only Hindus carried out orgy of murder of rape. Also what is conveniently missed is the fact that the gruesome burning of 59 Hindu men, women and innocent children was started by Haji Bilal, the Congress president of Godhra, which triggered a reaction from the Hindus, which in turn was countered by murder and rape by the Muslims too. Links for the same

  1. End of Hope (Para 15: specially)
  2. Shoot orders in many Gujarat towns, toll over 200 
  3. Rioters torch 50 shops at Revdi Bazaar 
  4. 9 convicted in post-Godhra riot case
  5. Post-Godhra riots: DNA test nails 4 killers



One reason why the inquiries into the riots were inconclusive is that a great deal of evidence was lost or willfully destroyed.

Many Muslims and Hindus have been convicted and incarcerated (including a BJP minister). But if Modi is given clean chit by a SIT (a team of specially selected experts by India’s Supreme Court), then the mal-intentioned Economist counters it with ‘evidence was lost of willfully destroyed’.

Laughable code of journalistic ethics! What about the evidence that was not destroyed, so diligently brought forth by Teesta Setalvad. Every single one of the 13 evidences of murder and orgy by Hindus, the Courts found to be carefully concocted by her and her NGO. (before which, she was duly given the Padma Bhushan by Congress GOI, to lend credence to her claims). Occassional evidences coming from Pradeep Sharma and Vanzara (given huge publicity by the anti-Modi media) have found to be eventually fabricated and false.

Some references on sources of The Economist’s truth

  1. Court snubs Teesta Setalvad for interfering in proceedings 
  2. Activist Teesta Setalvad plans High Court move to evade arrest after claims she misused riot relief funds
  3. D G Vanzara goes coy on exposing ‘real culprits’ behind fake encounters (Reasons not far to seek. Goes coy because no one to expose)
  4. Even CBI felts Vanzara would tamper: CBI is Central Government Controlled “Independent” 😉 agency
  5. Pradeep Sharma shown the door by court 

Just because Modi is proudly Hindu and he doesn’t play the communal, divisive or appeasement politics of the Congress, doesn’t make him anti-Muslim. This is in no uncertain terms amounts to saying Hinduism is anti-Muslim. (If at all, Islam can be said to be anti-other-religions because only a Muslim can go to Jannat, every one else is a Kafir). The mis-informed Economist should be publicly condemned for denigrating the oldest and most inclusive and pluralistic civilization of the planet, with its basis in Hinduism or more appropriately Sanatana Dharma. The Economist is well advised to read this piece: “Man and myth collide as Modi eyes final ascent to power  Clearly Communalism of Modi who never used the word “Hindu” – as per Outlook study of 68 speeches and used word “Development” >500 times doesn’t match up to The Economist’s standards of Sickularism.



He could put the pogroms behind him by explaining what happened and apologising. Yet he refuses to answer questions about them.

Has the ignorant Economist heard of Google or the World Wide Web. Or the SIT (Special Investigation Team) who grilled Modi not once or twice but 5 times. Everything has been explained, if only you care to listen or want to know! About apologizing, was George Bush asked to apologize for attacking 2 countries under false pretexts, killing millions of people? Besides why should Modi apologize for doing his best to contain the violence.  Would the founder of the Economist apologize for doing his best for starting the Economist. (actually this is a wrong analogy. I think he should, after reading the above article).

Just for the records, though he need not have apologized for having done his best:

  1. Myth: Narendra Modi never expressed sadness for the post-Godhra riots
  2. CM Narendra Modi’s appeal Telecast on Doordarshan on 28th February 2002 
  3. 140 killed as Gujarat bandh turns violent  (Where is Modi Blamed during those days? The blame game started at a later date when he became a super-performer)


Mr Modi has refused to wear a Muslim skullcap…

The childish Economist fails to grasp that difference between personal preference and respect and work he has done for the Muslim community. Since 2002, no riots have happened and the Muslim community feels safe and cared for in Gujarat. A chance visit to Gujarat (with an open mind, mind you), could clear the muddled Economist’s misconceptions. The Economist must have missed what real Muslim living in Gujarat has written on this topic:  Debunking the ‘facts’ on Narendra Modi and Muslims Of course there are bigger issues like Muslims refusing to sing our national song ‘Vande Mataram’. But well, I have never read about that in the Economist.


Earlier on in the article, the Economist mentions, In 2002 Mr Modi was chief minister and he was accused of allowing or even abetting the pogrom.

Credit where credit is due. This is true. Actually, this was true, in the past! Cut to current affairs (which is where I feel the prejudiced Economist got embroiled in history and failed to come to the present), Modi has been exonerated by the highest court in the country. And moreover on the day The Economist published those lies, Supreme Court of India Praises progress made by SIT

And even now, raking up the issue on the pretext of ‘evidence lost or destroyed’ could easily be held as contempt of court. Any lawyers would like to take that up?! 

The rest of the article just stretches the above mentioned nonsense babble. I must confess I am increasingly getting embarrassed to even acknowledge that I am an occasional reader of the Economist.

Resting the Matter!!!


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Krantikari or Brantikari #AAP

As soon as this Video where the so called Paragon of Propriety Arvind Kejriwal went viral, there were some die-hard supporters who defended  & justified the conversation (expectedly). This post is not about what is the expose. In simple words, this only exposed that St. Kejriwal would go to any extent to appear morally correct when he is not.

Point that was conveniently forgotten by them is the Propriety of what happened. If the Interview was well intended, why would he want to dress it up, insisting on focussing and repeating certain part of his interview. It was for the viewers to arrive at a conclusion based on an unadulterated free-flowing interview. After this leak, we are not sure how much of original interview has been retained in the telecast version and what was edited.

For someone who preached Saintly Behaviour and nit picked on every one else sneeze and one who advocated impeccable public behaviour of leaders, this hoarse cough is inexplicable.

Here is the transcript and the video. Make your own conclusions

Transcript: Thanks to Surajit Dasgupta, Founder Member of AAP

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पुण्य प्रसून बाजपाई: हाँ ये।

अरविंद केजरीवाल: वो वाला थोड़ा थियरेटिकल है, कॉर्पोरेट वाला आप जो बोल रहे थे ना. काफी थियरेटिकल है, इसलिये मैं उसमे नहीं जा रहा था उससे जितना मिड्ल क्लास है वो एन्टी हो जायेगा की हम प्राइवेटाइज़ेशन के खिलाफ हैं, कंपनियों के खिलाफ हैं, इसलिये मैं उसपे नहीं आ रहा था, उस डिबेट में पड़ नहीं रहा जानबूझ कर. बाकी पूछिये।

पुण्य प्रसून बाजपाई: और ये जो हाशिये पर 80 फीसदी समाज है।

अरविंद केजरीवाल: इसमें बोलेंगे।

पुण्य प्रसून बाजपाई: इसमें अब आ जाइये ना. वोट बैंक तो वहीं है ना असल में देश भर में।

अरविंद केजरीवाल: बिल्कुल।

अरविंद केजरीवाल: अब ये बोलना है। भूल गया था मैं बोलना अगर हम उनके लिये कर रहे हैं तो।

अरविंद केजरीवाल: मैं ये नहीं कहना चाहता कि ये सारे प्राइवेट वाले कर रहे हैं… और कोई भी सरकार आ जाये प्राइवेट से कमिशन लेते हैं. तो हम सारे प्राइवेट सेक्टर को नकार देंगे, विच इस नॉट राइट. ठीक था?

पुण्य प्रसून बाजपाई: बहुत क्रांतिकारी। बहुत ही क्रांतिकारी!

अरविंद केजरीवाल: उसी को ज्यादा चला दीजियेगा।

पुण्य प्रसून बाजपाई: नहीं, नहीं। अरे वो तो चलेगा. हम तो माने भगत सिंह वाला हिस्सा.. बड़ा रिअॅक्शन आयेगा इसपे।

English Translation

Punya Prasun Bajpai: Yes

Arvind Kejriwal: That was a bit theoretical — that corporate one you were speaking about. I did not want to get into that as it was too theoretical. Because of it, middle class will go against us thinking that we are against privatisation, companies and so I was not willing to get into that debate. Ask everything else.

Punya Prasun Bajpai: And what about those 80% people that are left on the lurch?

Arvind Kejriwal: Will speak on that.

Punya Prasun Bajpai: Now you should come on this one. They are the real vote bank of the country.

Arvind Kejriwal: Exactly.

Punya Prasun Bajpai: Now we have to speak on this. I forgot to speak about this if we are doing for them.

Arvind Kejriwal: I don’t want to say that all the private companies are doing this….and whatever the government is, they take commission from these private companies. And we will ignore/avoid all the private sector, which is not right. Right?

Punya Prasun Bajpai: Very revolutionary, extremely revolutionary!

Arvind Kejriwal: Play that one more.

Punya Prasun Bajpai: Why not? That one will definitely play. I agree on the Bhagat Singh part. It will evoke a lot of reaction.

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The following screenshot added at 7:30 pm after Shazia Ilmi, AAP leader spoke to Times Now
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Satyameva Jayate: Truth Alone Triumphs

Reproducing verbatim: Narendra Modi- ji blog  from  which is current facing some technical difficulties.

Author: Narendra Modi

December 27, 2013

My dear sisters and brothers,

The law of nature is that Truth alone triumphs – Satyameva Jayate. Our judiciary having spoken, I felt it important to share my inner thoughts and feelings with the nation at large.

The end brings back memories of the beginning. The devastating earthquake of 2001 had plunged Gujarat into the gloom of death, destruction and sheer helplessness. Hundreds of lives were lost. Lakhs were rendered homeless. Entire livelihoods were destroyed. In such traumatic times of unimaginable suffering, I was given the responsibility to soothe and rebuild. And we had whole heartedly plunged ourselves into the challenge at hand.

Within a mere five months however, the mindless violence of 2002 had dealt us another unexpected blow. Innocents were killed. Families rendered helpless. Property built through years of toil destroyed. Still struggling to get back on its feet from the natural devastation, this was a crippling blow to an already shattered and hurting Gujarat.

I was shaken to the core. ‘Grief’, ‘Sadness’, ‘Misery’, ‘Pain’, ‘Anguish’, ‘Agony’ – mere words could not capture the absolute emptiness one felt on witnessing such inhumanity.

On one side was the pain of the victims of the earthquake, and on the other the pain of the victims of the riots. In decisively confronting this great turmoil, I had to single-mindedly focus all the strength given to me by the almighty, on the task of peace, justice and rehabilitation; burying the pain and agony I was personally wracked with.

During those challenging times, I often recollected the wisdom in our scriptures; explaining how those seating in positions of power did not have the right to share their own pain and anguish. They had to suffer it in solitude. I lived through the same,experiencing this anguish in searingly sharp intensity. In fact, whenever I remember those agonizing days, I have only one earnest prayer to God. That never again should such cruelly unfortunate days come in the lives of any other person, society, state or nation.

This is the first time I am sharing the harrowing ordeal I had gone through in those days at a personal level.

However, it was from these very built up emotions that I had appealed to the people of Gujarat on the day of the Godhra train burning itself; fervently urging for peace and restraint to ensure lives of innocents were not put at risk. I had repeatedly reiterated the same principles in my daily interactions with the media in those fateful days of February-March 2002 as well; publically underlining the political will as well as moral responsibility of the government to ensure peace, deliver justice and punish all guilty of violence. You will also find these deep emotions in my recent words at my Sadbhavana fasts, where I had emphasized how such deplorable incidents did not behove a civilized society and had pained me deeply.

In fact, my emphasis has always been on developing and emphasizing a spirit of unity; with the now widely used concept of ‘my 5 crore Gujarati brothers and sisters’ having crystallised right at the beginning of my tenure as CM itself from this very space.

However, as if all the suffering was not enough, I was also accused of the death and misery of my own loved ones, my Gujarati brothers and sisters. Can you imagine the inner turmoil and shock of being blamed for the very events that have shattered you!

For so many years, they incessantly kept up their attack, leaving no stone unturned. What pained even more was that in their overzealousness to hit at me for their narrow personal and political ends, they ended up maligning my entire state and country. This heartlessly kept reopening the wounds that we were sincerely trying to heal. It ironically also delayed the very justice that these people claimed to be fighting for. Maybe they did not realize how much suffering they were adding to an already pained people.

Gujarat however had decided its own path. We chose peace over violence. We chose unity over divisiveness. We chose goodwill over hatred. This was not easy, but we were determined to commit for the long haul. From a life of daily uncertainty and fear; my Gujarat transformed into one of ShantiEkta and Sadbhavana. I stand a satisfied and reassured man today. And for this, I credit each and every Gujarati.

The Gujarat Government had responded to the violence more swiftly and decisively than ever done before in any previous riots in the country. Yesterday’s judgement culminated a process of unprecedented scrutiny closely monitored by the highest court of the land, the Honourable Supreme Court of India. Gujarat’s 12 years of trial by the fire have finally drawn to an end. I feel liberated and at peace.

I am truly grateful to all those who stood by me in these trying times; seeing through the facade of lies and deceit. With this cloud of misinformation firmly dispelled, I will now also hope that the many others out there trying to understand and connect with the real Narendra Modi would feel more empowered to do so.

Those who derive satisfaction by perpetuating pain in others will probably not stop their tirade against me. I do not expect them to. But, I pray in all humility, that they at least now stop irresponsibly maligning the 6 crore people of Gujarat.

Emerging from this journey of pain and agony; I pray to God that no bitterness seeps into my heart. I sincerely do not see this judgement as a personal victory or defeat, and urge all – my friends and especially my opponents – to not do so as well. I was driven by this same principle at the time of the Honourable Supreme Court’s 2011 judgement on this matter. I fasted 37 days for Sadbhavana, choosing to translate the positive judgement into constructive action, reinforcing Unity and Sadbhavana in society at large.

I am deeply convinced that the future of any society, state or country lies in harmony. This is the only foundation on which progress and prosperity can be built. Therefore, I urge one and all to join hands in working towards the same, ensuring smiles on each and every face.

Once again, Satyameva Jayate!

Vande Mataram!

Narendra Modi