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Nov 3 5 tweets 2 min read
All ‘serious and scholarly’ work certified by who? Establishment historians? Establishment historians who were sold to Sheikh Abdullah. Historians who sold Sheikh as anti colonial and anti imperial crusader of which there is no proof? Maybe @Jairam_Ramesh should read Prem Shankar Jha’s Kashmir,1947- Rival Versions of History where he says Maharaja sent an emissary to Delhi on 13th Sept. Maharaja had communication lines open with Patel. There is nothing on record that proves Maharaja wanted independent Kashmir.
Oct 12 8 tweets 2 min read
Mr. @Jairam_Ramesh must learn to go to primary sources before putting half truth out there. In Patel, Nehru and Kashmir debate he missed an imp point- Invasion of Kashmir by Pakistani tribal militia. Within months of ‘becoming’ Pakistan, they started using ‘non state actors’ Patel handled the integration of princely states with courage, grit, wisdom that the world had rarely seen before him or after him. Integration of more than 500 states without using much force at all ( other than Hyderabad)
Aug 29 11 tweets 2 min read
1) Ghulam Nabi Azad has never been a mass leader but his re-entry in J&K politics will create significant ripples in other parties. The new kid on the block, J&K Apni Party already seems to be on the way to merger or disintegrate totally. 2) Gupkar Alliance is already finished. Sajad Lone had parted ways earlier and now Abdullahs are on their way out. This leaves only Mehbooba’s PDP as a party of some significance in the alliance. Gupkar alliance is as good as dead.
Aug 13 5 tweets 2 min read
After couple of decades of living literally underground and in hiding, Salman Rushdie had just about started living normally. Probably after 3 decades of being hounded, he felt he was now safe in New York. He forgot that ‘Sar tan se Juda’ threat has no expiry date. In 2016, Rushdie got US citizenship after having lived in NY for 16 years. Perhaps believing that he was safe in ‘Ground Zero’ of Free Speech. @csmonitor reported ‘Afterward,Mr. Rushdie walked alone in Central Park, making his way after sunset through the park’s tree-lined paths’
Aug 11 6 tweets 2 min read
Few points on #LalSinghChadha. Going by the reviews across the board, seems LSC is Aamir Khan’s biggest blunder. I will only restrict this to craft of film making and not to culture wars which requires separate thread. 1) Artistes should never ever entertain creative egos. At 57 if you want to play a character with an age span of 15-30, and you have no one in the team including the director to say that this is a ridiculous idea, you must know you are trapped in your own ego and your understanding of greatness.
Jun 22 5 tweets 1 min read
For the first time in what - 50 years (give or take 5), no one in Mumbai needs to appease/pay obeisance/be frightened by a Thackeray. That fear of ‘Thackeray’ is gone forever. Sena may or may not survive, Thackerays will not survive once that fear is gone.Choose successors wisely Uddhav Thackeray forgot the most important lesson that a successor of Balasaheb Thackeray should have never forgotten- Jiske Paas Power Hai … Uska Wrong Bhi Right Ho Jaata Hai- Power in this case didn’t come from CM’s position but from firm control over Sainiks.
Jun 19 6 tweets 2 min read
I think Lt Gen Puri did his very best to explain Agnipath. It will not be rolled back. This is a voluntary thing. People who feel this is not for them will have to find alternative careers. I understand it is hard. But this is a necessity for both students and Forces. Youth will have to understand Government cannot and should not be a job generator. It simply is not feasible. I know Hindi heartland suffers due to lack of privatization and zero industrialization but this will force change. When people are desperate, state govts will change
May 27 8 tweets 2 min read
I was waiting for a hit job on Panchayat.And there it is. Left doesn’t disappoint. How can Left tolerate a show that talks about rural development,that shows women in control,that shows progressive village working towards improving their standards of living.They had to attack it Left loves victimhood. Left loves to manufacture‘suffering women wilting under patriarchy’. And most important Left loves violence and expletives. Left loves thugs and crooks. That is why Anurag Kashyap’s cinema is progressive to them. And real slice of life cinema irks them.
May 25 9 tweets 2 min read
Yasin Malik is no ordinary terrorist. He is no lunatic or trigger happy zealot. Yasin Malik is a genocidal maniac. What he did as a terrorist is known fairly well. What he did with the collusion of Civil Society after he ostensibly ‘laid down arms’ is much more important. With the active help of Academia, Media, intellectual circuit, terrorist Yasin Malik spun a web of deceit and fraud. Stalwarts of civil society, many of whom are still active in public life, some have conveniently changed opinion since 2014, helped Yasin Malik become ‘Gandhian’
May 24 5 tweets 2 min read
LG ⁦@manojsinha_⁩ entire speech in Sheikhpura camp.He answers most Q’s 1)Why he came after a delay. He intended to come the first day. He explains it clearly. 2) compensation amount and issues around it and how he is working around what the policy is 3) LG @manojsinha_ also says something that no Governor probably has said in public before.Not just the terrorists, their enablers too will have to face the law of the land. He said he was cognizant about the dangers 4) He is available for talks anytime to resolve all issues.
May 24 4 tweets 1 min read
Well done Siddhartha. Excellent question. I always say that India is divided into two kinds of people. Those who believe India is an unbroken civilization of 5000 years, and those who think India was ‘born’ in 1947. Rahul Gandhi belongs to the latter group which is not a surprise. Look at the company he keeps.
May 23 6 tweets 2 min read
Everyone loves #PanchayatOnPrime. It is earthy,humor that we identify with, has people who feel our own.More importantly it has inherent decency which I believe still exists in our lives. Regardless of what Anurag Kashyap brand of cinema tells you and what Social Media tells you Everyone has been raving about #PanchayatSeason2 so there is really nothing more to say. However what most people have missed in their reviews is portrayal of women in the show. Women of Panchayat are feisty, strong, have a mind of their own and are equals.
May 20 5 tweets 1 min read
There is a section of Indians who suck upto Georgetown professor because she takes on Pakistan. As if she is doing a huge favor to you. As if you cannot take on a terrorist state on your own. As if you need her legitimacy. As if her so called scholarship is anything original. They take her abuses, they settle for her bad behavior, they swoon over her hindi accent, they drown in self loathing when she attacks India. In short, they are totally hypnotized by an abusive woman who cannot speak to you, unwashed masses, with respect.
Mar 28 5 tweets 1 min read
When a civilization declines, the bankruptcy is visible everywhere. The quality of its people deteriorates. Shallow men and women become heroes. There is anger everywhere and people forget their responsibilities. Declining civilizations can’t see future anymore. What happened at Oscar’s last night is a reflection of America’s declining civilization. Responsible people know when to intervene, in order to bring about a change. They know they have agency to do that.They don’t teach young boys and girls that violence is acceptable
Mar 19 6 tweets 1 min read
I am reading a lot of ‘propaganda’ about ‘propaganda films’.I thought I should address it here. Kashmir Files is my story and story of my people. It is impossible for me to be objective about it. But years of training as an analyst has also taught me to be fair in my analysis 1/6 Those who call TKF propaganda film miss an important lesson that they should have learnt after the film was released. Forget the money, look at the catharsis people are having from Jammu to Kanyakumari and it is all spontaneous 2/6
Mar 13 10 tweets 6 min read
Thanks to #TheKashmirFiles we have attention of our fellow citizens now. This is an emotional moment because I never thought I would see this day.While we have your attention, I would like to draw your attention to many unsung activists who ensured our story is not forgotten 1/10 Before SM,it was a real challenge to chronicle our story and make it easily available for those who wanted to know.Two activists who toiled day and night to ensure our history is not forgotten are @Sharnarthee and @sunilfotedar I personally have benefited from their research 2/10
Mar 11 5 tweets 2 min read
This is not a review.This person is so shocked that he thinks these incidents are made up. So he is upset that how can someone make up something so brutal that it shocks your senses. I have often said that our story is so shocking that one day people will think it is not true 1/5 I don’t ‘blame’ the author of this ‘review’ at all. No textbook mentions incidents of 1989/90,no court entertained our petitions,no government investigated crimes against us,no SIT was constituted to find out what happened on 19th Jan, 1990. There is no official documentation 2/5
Mar 9 5 tweets 1 min read
In Punjab it is important to understand what the mandate means. If Exit polls hold, which I am sure they will,then this mandate is against congress and Akalis not for AAP. There is a difference there that must be understood. Punjab is a broken state. This is a vote of desperation For months now, I have been saying Sidhu is not a pan Punjab leader. However he may have won a few more seats than Exit polls are projecting. But siblings first used him to oust Captain and then cynically promoted Channi who was hardly known outside his constituency. Disaster
Mar 8 4 tweets 1 min read
The McDonald’s "Golden Arches" first lit up on Moscow’s Pushkin Square to great fanfare on January 31, 1990.
An estimated 38,000 Soviets lined up for hours for what they might have heard of but never tasted: a McDonald's hamburger. The scene on Pushkin Square seemed to lay bare those contradictions; while shortages of basic necessities were common in Soviet stores, McDonald's — almost magically — never ran out of food.
Feb 27 5 tweets 1 min read
After Ukraine fiasco, everyone in India now agrees how critical it was for India to become a nuclear power.Very few people today remember how then newly minted author and delusion queen Arundhati Roy,Praful Bidwai and so many others led the charge to embarrass and humiliate India “It is such a supreme folly to believe that nuclear weapons are deadly only if they’re used.” Wrote Arundhati Roy and many bleeding heart delusional liberals as usual mistook exquisite prose for sensible argument.
Feb 21 12 tweets 2 min read
Thread - 1) Narrative has become a much reviled and much cliched word now. So instead of narrative let’s use the word story telling. How important is the art of story telling today? Let me give you an example. The year was 2008. Pre social media era. 2) In Ahmedabad city, on July 26th, 2008, a series of 21 bomb blasts happened within a span of 70 minutes. 56 innocent people killed and 200 were injured by conservative estimates. Indian Mujhaideen and another terrorist group Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, claimed responsibility.