Pushp Sharma’s ordeal continues

Dear friends,

My next expose’ From London

Please wait for my expose’ ….

 I m Self-exiled Indian writer / Investigative journalist living in London since 2018. The reason is that I was facing regular threats and torture because of my journalistic work done against the current regime.

All I want you to just have a look to the facts dispassionately. I don’t belong to the tribe of heroes, crusaders or martyrs; I belong to the unwanted tribe of journalists who get punished for doing their job.  Journalists in such situation feel isolated and it’s hard to see how to challenge this when no one is there to protect.

Latest development –

May 2018-

In May 2018 I had conducted media investigation in which a digital wallet company, based out of NOIDA had claimed illegally sharing users’ data with PMO (Prime Minister Office) and it was caught on camera. All details are in public domain which can be cross checked independently.

Shooting the messenger –

2018 –

PMO was exposed in illegal data-sharing that’s why I was consistently followed, harassed and tortured by IB (Intelligence Bureau) officials on 26 June (2018) , 9 October (2018), 19 October (2018) and 25 November (2018) and all this happened on the name of formal questioning. I was given threat to leave country or face death so I had no other option left except to leave the country.

Conspiracy to win upcoming general election of 2019 illegally

‘Illegal data-sharing of millions of users’ is part of larger conspiracy connecting to ‘illegal electoral intervention’ (a foreign hand) or in brief a meddling in the upcoming general election in India (due to be held in India between April and May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha). Since the conspiracy is going to help current regime to retain power that’s why PMO doesn’t want issue (illegal data-sharing) to be investigated further.

Facts –

I m keeping facts in public domain that ‘illegal data control and illegal data-sharing’ is part of international conspiracy in brief ‘ election sabotage’.

China backed Indian startup is involved in this conspiracy as vice president of Indian startup mentioned a specific name Mr Khulbe (PMO official). The company (Indian startup) in question is a fraud, orchestrated for political purposes.

Neighboring country is using Indian partner as front face for commercial espionage and in return, ‘plenty of evidence’ of Chinese plans of meddling in upcoming Indian elections to please current political regime.

Background –

Alibaba is an investor in this Indian startup. Since the early days, Alibaba, has been supported by the Chinese government which used Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall sites to do billions of dollars of transactions between various government agencies which allowed Alibaba to post eye-popping revenues and growth in the early days.

The Chinese government still conducts a lot of trade between its various agencies using Alibaba platforms so as to ensure the continued scorching growth rates that Alibaba has been able to post year in and year out.

With China’s murky and archaic ownership structure laws and the fact that the government of China and/or the China Communist Party has huge control over almost single thing in the Chinese economy, companies and even society, means that Alibaba is the “golden child” at the moment. In almost every single line of its various businesses, Alibaba is by and large protected by the government from foreign competitors. So  Alibaba have embarked on a huge buying spree, snapping up real-world companies at a mind boggling pace before its once bread and butter business (auction) fades away slowly,  after Alibaba has “legitimized” through its massive shopping spree acquisitions, strategic partnerships, stakes and joint ventures. The Communist Party of China has thus succeeded in building a publicly traded global brand name although it’s been done under the usual cloak and dagger secrecy.

To mitigate post election allegations, the blame for election interference will be thrown upon the criminals. It is Chinese manoeuvres with Chinese characteristics and current regime is just looking for political gain that’s why PMO didn’t order any investigation into illegal data-sharing with PMO. Much more is at stake unless Indian government gets wise to the protectionism that is rampant in China. It’s national shame that PMO (in India) is operating as organizational set up of party politics not as an institution.

In addition, pressure has to be applied to force the Chinese authorities and companies to follow transparent Indian trade rules first only then the Chinese companies should be allowed to operate on our shores.

Other reasons –

September 2013 – Operation Vakaltnama (Already in public domain)

The story exposed senior BJP leaders (Current PM Narender Modi , BJP President Amit Shah ,current HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar , upper house BJP MP Bhupender Yadav, secretary organisation Mr Ram Lal Ji etc) conspiring to help Amit Shah (BJP President – the party currently running the government ) evade the noose in the Tulsi Ram Prajapati fake encounter case by getting Narmada Bai, Tulsi Ram’s mother, sign on blank vakalatnamas.

All leaders were facing CBI case, based on sting tapes. This entire case was built on my sting videos which I handed over to CBI on their demand. It’s well known fact that CBI can’t go against its own political bosses. CBI court has already discharged the high profile faces involved in this. Undoubtedly it’s just an example of banana republic.

2016 – Ayush Ministry expose’

18 March 2016: The Ayush Ministry went hammer and tongs after me when the RTI story was published by filing a false case against me. The IO alleged in the court that the laptop used to create forged documents for the story by the accused, that is me, was confiscated from me. However, this claim fell flat when an FSL report stated that “no such document” was retrieved from the laptop. The case is still pending.

A Travel restriction was imposed on me by Delhi police. Police issued notice to me not to leave Delhi/India without informing them. I was arrested on 13 May. During Travel ban, for close to two months IB (Intelligence Bureau) was used to scare me.

IB officers made my life hell in these two months. Threats, continuous surveillance and calls from ‘no numbers visible on screen’ tactics was used to scare me with suggestions, not to do any hard hitting story against current PM or BJP President Mr Narender Modi. I stopped going outside. My servant was my only help to get outside work done. I locked myself in my Delhi home to avoid any possible eventuality.

Please read the link below to know how Delhi police cooked up a story (against Journalist Pushp Sharma) and finally , smart Delhi Police (under Home Ministry) got caught red handed.


As it often happens, when your stories hurt certain interests, or powerful individuals, it is you who are hounded or witch-hunted by the establishment. I am no exception to this phenomenon. The media is in the worst state India has ever seen.

Weight of legal cases and threats leave India’s journalists feeling exposed and alone. Threats of different shape and size (political pressure, self-censorship, defamation suits, and attacks) , end of the day journalism becomes a solitary battle. Journalists are constantly facing harassment, threats of legal action, imprisonment, or even been killed in retaliation for their reporting.

But the current level of harassment and intimidation is unprecedented. The current state is “an undeclared emergency” in an effort to consolidate power. Safety, security and independence are moot questions for every journalist including me. A normal journalistic work–telling the truth–has become abnormal and life-threatening.

Any investigative work on the criminality of politicians or data that busts government claims is unacceptable [to authorities]. There’s a climate of fear and self-censorship in India. I m 48 years old, a professional journalist but now the situation is like this where I have to continue my fight somewhere from outside India. When the facts are assessed in totality, exposing high and mighty is purely a journalistic work, not motivated by personal gain.

My end goal is objectivity. Objectivity in journalism aims to help the audience make up their own mind about a story, providing the facts alone and then letting audiences interpret those on their own. Journalism is not a crime and cases against journalists, critical to the current regime, are politically motivated and sheer vendetta.

The dangers to journalists in India have been well known. All the murdered journalists had been critical of current political establishment. The cases against me are just shooting the messenger.

I m discussing with my lawyers to move the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN) to take my legal battle ahead and for exercising the right of freedom of speech – a right also belonging to all potential readers, and guaranteed under every international human rights convention.

As I stated above I don’t belong to the tribe of heroes, crusaders or martyrs; I belong to the unwanted tribe of journalists who get punished for doing their job. 

Therefore, let me conclude that I solemnly declare that I will perform my duties as journalist and exercise my powers as human rights activist (irony is, I admit I couldn’t fight for my own human rights) to take this battle further. It’s my firm conviction that media plays a vital role and has huge impact and can’t be allowed to disappear.

If I have said anything which appears to you to be erroneous, I hope you will pardon me. I know you always like people to speak truth. That is what has emboldened me in writing this long letter.

With respectful Pranams,

Pushp Sharma




Dear Friends

Welcome to Operation 136.

This is not an exercise in self-aggrandizement. It is rather a humble effort to reach out to you as a professional journalist and to put to rest all tongues which will undoubtedly wag after Operation 136 is released today.

Well, although I am a technocrat by education and training, yet I can say I am a journalist by choice.

I am an alumnus of N.S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, IIM Bangalore, and a senior incubate member of the institution. As a technocrat, I am associated with some of the top ten gaming MNCs and have developed personalized Flight Simulation Nullifier for aviation industry and an Anti-Drowsy Alert Gadget for automobile industry.

Investigative journalism has always been a passion with me, and in the pursuit of this passion I have had the occasion of working with Tehelka and Headlines Today. In the course of my career as a journalist, I have received both encomiums and brickbats in equal measure.

Award I have received.

I have been a recipient of the International Press Institute Award (Vienna) for ‘Excellence in Journalism’ in year 2011 for my story “Rent a Riot” which I had done a year before. Published by Tehelka, the story exposed Pramod Muthalik, the leader of right-wing outfit Sri Ram Sene, ready to vandalize an art exhibition for money.

Other landmarks in my career as an investigative journalist:

2018 – PMO exposed – Prime minister office involved in illegal data sharing

RTI Expose vs Ayush Ministry, March 15 , 2016 (Outlook: “When Pushp Comes To RTI Shove”, 28 March 2016: https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/when-pushp-comes-to-rti-shove/296860). This story documented how the Union Ministry of Ayush has adopted an unconstitutional No-Hiring-of-Muslims policy, embarrassing the Modi government across the world.

Feb 2019 Report – Delhi police forged evidence to create a ground to arrest me and close down the publication.


Operation Vakalatnama, published by Cobrapost, September 2, 2013. The story exposed senior BJP leaders conspiring to help Amit Shah evade the noose in the Tulsi Ram Prajapati fake encounter case by getting Narmada Bai, Tulsi Ram’s mother, sign on blank vakalatnamas.

Outlook: 15 October 2012: If the Pose Holds: An Outlook-IBN investigation showing policemen and others spilling the beans on the shoddy investigation into the disappearance of Swami Shankardev, Baba Ramdev’s guru (https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/if-the-pose-holds/282475 ). Government orders a CBI inquest into the affair (CBI case No. RC 2(S)/2013).

Tehelka, 2010: Rent a Riot: Cash for Chaos (http://www.tehelka.com/2010/05/rent-a-riot-cash-for-chaos/ ). Published by Tehelka, this story exposed Pramod Muthalik ready to vandalize an art exhibition for money.

Shooting the messenger:

As it often happens, when your stories hurt certain interests, or powerful individuals, it is you who are either hounded or witch-hunted both by the establishment and by the media at large. I am no exception to this phenomenon. For instance, the Ayush Ministry went hammer and tongs after me when the RTI story was published by filing a false case against me. The IO alleged in the court that the laptop used to create forged documents for the story by the accused, that is me, was confiscated from me. However, this claim fell flat when an FSL report stated that “no such document” was retrieved from the laptop. The case is still pending.

Similarly, Yoga Guru went berserk when my story on the alleged botching up of the investigation by the police into the disappearance of his guru was published. He launched a well orchestrated vilification campaign against me by holding press conferences. He had to relent when the CBI probe was ordered.

Pramod Muthalik and his followers too went after me by filing cases 27 districts across Karnataka after Rent a Riot was published. However, the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka has quashed the cases.

Again a false case was filed against me after yet another investigation that I had done on the SHO of Najafgarh Police Station alleging that I had extorted Rs. 10,000 from a constable. However, the sole witness that was produced before the court turned out to be a police informer. The case is still pending for the past 9 years.

Anyway these are hazards of the profession that I made my first choice.

Information may want to be free, but sometimes it needs a little help. Governments and corporations with dirty laundry should be afraid, very afraid.

Pushp Sharma

Indian Investigative Journalist


10% quota for the economically backward sections?

The introduction of a 10% quota for the economically backward through the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The principal grounds cited in support of the challenge are mainly found in a 1992 judgment of a nine-judge Bench in Indra Sawhney vs Union of India. A look at the context in which Indra Sawhney, or the Mandal Commission case, was decided, its major findings and how they are being cited in the challenge to the 103rd Constitution Amendment.

What is the background of the case?

In December 1980, the Second Backward Classes Committee, headed by B.P. Mandal, better known as the Mandal Commission, gave its report. It recommended 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and 22.5% for the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes. A decade later, in August 1990, the government issued an office memorandum (OM), providing 27% vacancies for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes to be filled by direct recruitment. Violent protests greeted this memorandum, and a challenge was mounted in the Supreme Court. In 1991, a new government under the Congress issued a second OM notifying an additional reservation of 10% for other economically backward sections. A nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court pronounced a 6:3 majority verdict in the Mandal Commission case, upholding the 27% quota in the first OM, but struck down the 10% quota based on economic criteria.

What were its main findings?

The majority judgment held that “a backward class cannot be determined only and exclusively with reference to economic criterion”. “It may be a consideration or basis along with, and in addition to, social backwardness, but it can never be the sole criterion,” Justice B.P. Jeevan Reddy wrote for the majority. It said backward classes could be identified on the basis of caste. The Bench also laid down that reservation not cross the 50% limit, unless a special case was made out for extraordinary situations and peculiar conditions to relax the rule. It wanted the ‘creamy layer,’ the advanced sections of the backward classes, excluded from reservation and asked the government to evolve suitable criteria to exclude the ‘creamy layer’.

Why cite the Indra Sawhney case?

After 27 years, the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019, provides for 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for the “economically backward” in the unreserved category. The Act amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution by adding clauses empowering the government to provide reservation on the basis of economic backwardness. The 10% economic reservation is over and above the 50% cap. The Constitution does not define the term ‘backward classes,’ though it endorses the role of the state in ensuring and promoting social equality. Over the years, caste has been a constant factor in identifying social and educational backwardness. As the Mandal Commission case discusses the basis for identifying OBCs, its findings are being cited by those who have challenged the amendment. They say the amendment violates the bar on quotas solely based on economic criteria and breaches the 50% quota limit which, they argue, is part of the Basic Structure of the Constitution.

The petitions, including those by Youth for Equality and activist Tehseen Poonawala, argue that the amendment excludes the OBCs and the SCs/STs from the scope of economic reservation. They contend that the high creamy layer limit of ₹8 lakh a year ensures that the elite capture the reservation benefits. They argue that the amendment does not clearly define the term “economically weaker sections.”

What is the government’s response?

In its response by affidavit, the government says the amendment was “necessitated to benefit the economically weaker sections of the society who were not covered within the existing schemes of reservation, which, as per statistics, constituted a considerably large segment of the Indian population.” It quoted the 2010 report of the Commission for Economically Backward Classes, chaired by Major General S.R. Sinho (retired), which said 18.2% of the general category came under the below poverty line. It has said the economically weaker sections required as much attention as the backward classes. The government said the 50% ceiling applies to the SCs/STs and the OBCs. The new provisions separately deal with the economically weaker sections. It argued that a “mere amendment” to an Article would not violate the basic feature of the Constitution. The matter is likely to be referred to a Constitution Bench.

चौकीदार हूं कैंपेन

चौकीदार हूं कैंपेन – “शब्दों” के “शब्दजाल” से देश की मूल समस्या हल हो सकती है क्या? सारे दल वाले देश की जनता की समस्याओं का निदान करने के बजाय ‘चौकीदार चोर है’, ‘हम भी चौकीदार हैं’ में उलझाकर भारतवासियों का मूल मुद्दों से ध्यान भटका रहे हैं. यह एक गन्दी पहल है.
दाऊद इब्राहीम कराची में मजे से रह रहा है, भ्रष्टाचारी नेता आराम से घूम रहे हैं, एल (ललित) मोदी, एन (नीरव) मोदी, माल्या जैसे बाहर देशों मे ऐश कर रहे हैं और साला चुतियन सल्फेट भोंक रहा हैं, मैं चौकीदार हूँ. अनपढ़ आदमी अनपढ़ो वाली बात ही करेगा.

न जवाबदेही , न सिस्टम , न जिम्मेदारी का एहसास.

केरल से लेकर पंजाब , तेलंगाना से लेकर बिहार, यूपी से लेकर उड़ीसा , बंगाली और मारवाड़ी जिसे भी मौका मिलता है वो बाहर जाकर बेहतर जिंदगी जीने के लिए फ्लाइट पकड़ लेता है , बिना ये सोचे बेशुमार स्मार्ट सिटी बने हुए हैं इंडिया मैं और टीवी पर सरकार लोगो को शौचालय के तरीके सिखा रही है
सिर्फ इसी प्राकर्तिक क्रिया को प्राकर्तिक आपदा बनाकर पेश किया गया. मिल गयी दो करोड़ नौकरी ?

चौकीदार , चाय वाला बकवास पर बकवास …

जो देश खांग्रेसी फेंकू जैसे शब्दों से से हर सुबह आँखे खोलता हो और हर दलाल मीडिया इसी को बहस का मुद्दा बनाकर देश को भटकाए , झूट परोसे और झूट को ही सच बनाकर पेश करे और भीड़ से भी झूट ही बुलवाये वहां झूट की ही लकीरें खींची और मिटाई जाएंगी , सच की परवाह है भी तो किसे और क्यों कर हो?
जब झूट बेचकर पैसा कमाने की लत लग जाये तो ऐंकर चींख चींख कर सत्ताधीश नेता के झूट को सच बनाने लगे तो समझ लो हर कोई इस लूट मैं शामिल है.

ठसक और ग़ुरूर देखिए — “चौकीदार तो नेपाल से भी मंगवा सकते हैं

आम आदमी पार्टी की विधायक अलका लांबा के इस ट्वीट में आए ‘मंगवा सकते हैं’ पर थोड़ा ग़ौर कीजिए. ध्वनि निकलेगी — हम मालिक हैं, हमारे पास अथाह पैसा और ताक़त है और हम कहीं से कुछ भी मँगा सकते हैं. और नेपाल से चौकीदारों के अलावा और मँगा भी क्या सकते हैं.

उबले अंडों की दुकान पर शाम को बोतल के इंतज़ार में बैठे बेवड़े भी ऐसे ही बात करते हैं – “अरे, दारू तो हम जितनी चाहे मँगा लेंगे. हमें किस बात की कमी है!”

अलका लांबा को पता भी नहीं चला कि प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी पर टिप्पणी करते हुए उन्होंने नेपाल के लोगों के बारे में जो कह दिया उससे विवाद खड़ा हो सकता है. उन्होंने वर्तनी की अशुद्धि के साथ ट्वीट किया – “प्रिय भारतवासियों, कृप्या इस बार प्रधानमंत्री चुनियेगा, चौकीदार तो हम नेपाल से भी मंगवा सकते हैं. नेपाल के चौकीदार चोर नहीं होते.”

लांबा को लगता है कि हम, यानी भारत, चौकीदारों की सप्लाई का ऑर्डर करेंगे, नेपाल चौखट पर खड़े दरबान की तरह सिर झुकाएगा और अगले ही दिन हमारे यहाँ नेपाली चौकीदारों की लाइन लग जाएगी? वो भूल गईं कि नेपाल एक स्वतंत्र राष्ट्र है – भारत की तरह कभी ग़ुलाम नहीं रहा — और वो भारत और चीन के बीच एक आज़ाद मुल्क है और अलका लांबा के लिए चौकीदारों की सप्लाई नहीं करता.

अलका लांबा पढ़ी लिखी हैं. दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय छात्र संघ की अध्यक्ष रही हैं. सुलझी हुई लगती हैं. पर उन्हें ये समझ लेना चाहिए कि नेपाल में सिर्फ़ चौकीदार ही नहीं होते. वहाँ आइटी प्रोफ़ेशनल, अर्थशास्त्री, वैज्ञानिक, एक्टर, ब्यूटी क्वींस, संगीतकार आदि भी होते हैं. वहाँ चौकीदार, सफ़ाई कर्मचारी, मज़दूर, किसान और दूसरे मेहनतकश भी होते हैं जैसा कि दिल्ली, उत्तर प्रदेश, कर्नाटक या केरल में होते हैं.

अलका लांबा को ये भी जानना चाहिए कि नेपाल के लोग ठीक वैसे ही रोज़गार के लिए दूसरे देशों में जाते हैं जैसे हिंदुस्तान में पंजाब, गुजरात, राजस्थान या केरल आदि राज्यों से लोग टैक्सी चलाने, सफ़ाई करने या कारख़ानों में काम करने के लिए, गल्फ़, कनाडा, अमरीका, ब्रिटेन, इटली या फ़्रांस जाते हैं. लांबा का बयान ऐसा ही है जैसे डॉनल्ड ट्रंप कहें -चलो जल्दी से कुछ इंडियंस को मँगाओ, न्यूयॉर्क शहर में बहुत गंदगी हो गई है.

पर नेपाल को अपनी जागीर समझने वाली अलका लांबा अकेली नहीं हैं. उन्होंने अपनी ग़लती का एहसास करके ये ट्वीट ज़रूर मिटा दिया है पर इससे वो मानसिकता नहीं मिट सकती जो नेपाल को भारत का ताबेदार समझती है. नेपाल के लोगों को इस बात का अच्छी तरह एहसास है कि उत्तर भारत में नेपाल को अपनी जायदाद समझने वाले काफ़ी लोग हैं.

पिछले महीने काठमांडू से दिल्ली आ रही एअर इंडिया की फ़्लाइट में मेरे साथ बैठे एक भारतीय मुसाफ़िर ने जब बीयर माँगी तो फ़्लाइट अटेंडेंट ने एक चौड़ी सी प्लास्टिक मुस्कान के साथ जवाब दिया, “सर, ये डॉमेस्टिक फ़्लाइट है इसमें हम बीयर सर्व नहीं करते.”

मैं उस अटेंडेंट से पूछना चाहता था कि नेपाल जाने वाली फ़्लाइट कब से डॉमेस्टिक या घरेलू उड़ान हो गई? कब से नेपाल को आपने भारत में शामिल कर लिया, डूड?

नेपाल एक स्वतंत्र देश है जहाँ का अलग संविधान, अलग प्रधानमंत्री, अलग संसद और अलग सेना है. पर एक स्वतंत्र देश से दूसरे स्वतंत्र देश के बीच आ रही फ़्लाइट को जैसे वो फ़्लाइट अटेंडेंट घरेलू उड़ान मानकर चल रहा था उसी तरह आम आदमी की पार्टी की विधायक अलका लांबा को भी लगता है कि “चौकीदार तो हम नेपाल से मँगा लेंगे.”

नेपाल के त्रिभुवन हवाई अड्डे में तैनात वो नेपाली इमिग्रेशन अफ़सर शायद ऐसे कई भारतीयों से मिलता रहा होगा जिसने मुझ पर कटाक्ष किया — “तपाईँ को मुलुक ठुलो, र तपाईँ को जुंगापनि ठुलो” यानी तुम्हारा देश भी बहुत बड़ा है और तुम्हारी मूछें यानी अहम (अहंकार) भी बहुत बड़ा है. फ़्लाइट में कई घंटे की देरी होने पर मैं उस अफ़सर से शिकायत करना चाह रहा था पर वो अधिकारी भरा बैठा था.

नेपालियों को वाक़ई लगता है कि भारत बड़ा मुल्क है इसलिए भारतीयों का अहम भी बहुत बड़ा है. कई बार भारतीयों को ये एहसास ही नहीं होता कि नेपाल के बारे में जो कुछ कह या सोच रहे हैं वो नेपाल के लोगों को पसंद नहीं आता. उनका मासूम सवाल होता है कि हम तो नेपाल को अपना मानते हैं फिर क्या समस्या है?

काठमांडू पहुँचने के तुरंत बाद मैंने भी ऐसी ही उत्तर भारतीय नादानी में नेपाली साथियों से कहा – नेपाल बिल्कुल घर जैसा लगता है. बिना एक पल गँवाए बातचीत में शामिल एक नेपाली साथी ने तुरंत कहा – “हाँ, आपके प्रधानमंत्री मोदी जी भी ऐसा ही कहते हैं.”

मुझे तुरंत समझ में आ गया कि प्रधानमंत्री बनने के बाद नरेंद्र मोदी की पहली यात्रा के दौरान जो नेपाली नागरिक मोदी-मोदी के नारे लगाते हुए सड़कों पर उनके स्वागत के लिए उमड़ पड़े थे वो आज क्यों मोदी का ज़िक्र आते ही सवालों की झड़ी क्यों लगा देते हैं.

इस तरह के वाक्यों से नेपाल के लोगों को लगता है कि भारतीय लोग नेपाल के स्वतंत्र अस्तित्व को स्वीकार नहीं करते, बल्कि उसे अपनी छत्रछाया में रखना चाहते हैं. धुर आज़ाद ख़याल नेपालियों को भारतीयों की ऐसी मोहब्बत क़तई पसंद नहीं आती. बल्कि इसमें उन्हें ‘सांस्कृतिक विस्तारवाद’ की बू आती है.

तीन महीने तक काठमांडू में रहकर काम करने और नेपाल के कई शहरों और गाँवों में घूमने के बाद मुझे एक बार नहीं कई बार ऐसे सवालों का सामना करना पड़ा. बसों में, दुकानों में, होटलों में, सड़क पर बातचीत करते लोगों ने मुझसे बार बार एक ही सवाल किया – मोदी जी ने हमें ख़ून के आँसू रुला दिए, मगर क्यों?

नेपाल के लोग, ख़ास तौर पर पहाड़ी इलाक़ों में रहने वाले लोग 2015 के उन दिनों को भूले नहीं हैं जब नरेंद्र मोदी सरकार ने नेपाल की ‘अघोषित आर्थिक नाकेबंदी’ कर दी थी और लोग पेट्रोल, डीज़ल, गैस जैसी चीज़ों के मोहताज हो गए थे.

कई लोग अपनी कारों और मोटरसाइकिलों को ताला लगाकर साइकिल ख़रीदने पर मजबूर हो गए थे. पर नेपाल की नाकेबंदी कोई पहली बार नहीं हुई थी राजीव गाँधी जब प्रधानमंत्री थे तब भी भारत ने नेपाल का घेराव किया था.

काठमांडू से कुछ दूर चितलांग गाँव में पोखरा से अपने छात्र-छात्राओं के साथ आए एक अध्यापक ने मुझसे पूछा – नाकेबंदी करके क्या मोदी जी हमें जानबूझ कर चीन की ओर नहीं धकेल रहे हैं? मैं क्या जवाब देता.

सत्ता परिवर्तन की एक ख़ास गंध होती है.

सत्ता परिवर्तन की एक ख़ास गंध होती है. ये राजनीतिक गंध महीनों पहले से ही हवाओं में घुलनी शुरू हो जाती है.

गली के नुक्कड़ों, चाय की दुकानों, पान की गुमटियों और रोडवेज़ बस अड्डों पर सिर्फ़ कुछ देर खड़े रह कर ही आप समझ जाते हैं कि बदलाव होने वाला है. और कुछ समय बाद ऐसे ऐसे ताक़तवर सत्ताधीश ताश के पत्तों की तरह बिखरे नज़र आते हैं जिनका हारना कल्पना से परे होता है.

जिन लोगों ने 1976 में होश संभाल लिया था वो मदहोश कर देने वाली बदलाव की गंध को भूले नहीं होंगे. देश को 19 महीने तक इमरजेंसी के अंधेरे में धकेलने वाली धाकड़ प्रधानमंत्री इंदिरा गांधी को जनता ने उन चुनाव में सत्ता से बेदख़ल कर दिया था. लेकिन 1976 में जिन्होंने होश नहीं संभाला था, उन्हें 1987-88 की हवाओं का स्वाद ज़रूर याद होगा.

सिर्फ़ 42 साल की उम्र में राजीव गाँधी 400 से ज़्यादा सीटें जीतकर प्रधानमंत्री बने थे. पर 1989 में वो ऐसे फिसले कि काँग्रेस पार्टी आज तक अपनी टांगों पर खड़ी नहीं हो पाई है.

जो लोग 1989 में भी बच्चे थे या पैदा नहीं हुए थे उन्हें भी याद होगा कि सत्ता परिवर्तन की वही पुरानी गंध देश की हवाओं में 2013 से ही घुलनी शुरू हो गई थी. मोदी के अलावा दूर-दूर तक किसी को कोई और नज़र ही नहीं आ रहा था. कांग्रेस अपने पेंदे का एक छेद बंद करती तो दूसरे छेद से पानी रिसने लगता.

अब हवाओं में परिवर्तन नहीं बारूदी गंध है –

टेलीविज़न देखें तो लगता है कि एक बार फिर 2013 के दृश्य रिपीट होने लगे हैं. हर स्क्रीन पर या तो नरेंद्र मोदी लाइव होते हैं या उनके सिपहसालार अमित शाह – हर रोज़. कोई टीवी चैनल कभी-कभार राहुल गांधी को दिखा भी देता है तो पूरा कार्यक्रम ‘धीमी गति के समाचार’ में बदल जाता है. प्रियंका गाँधी लॉन्च होने के तुरंत बाद इतनी अदृश्य सी हो गई हैं कि लोग भूलने लगे होंगे कि कांग्रेस की संकटमोचक बनाकर उन्हें पूर्वी उत्तर प्रदेश का कार्यभार सौंपा गया है. कुल मिलाकर मार्च 2019 की हवाओं में परिवर्तन की बजाय बारूद की गाढ़ी गंध फैला दी गई है. अभी चंद महीने पहले राजस्थान, मध्य प्रदेश और छत्तीसगढ़ से नरेंद्र मोदी और अमित शाह की भरपूर कोशिशों के बावजूद बीजेपी का पत्ता साफ़ हो गया था. तब ऐसा लग रहा था कि मोदी का ढलान शुरू हो गया है और उनके पास वोटर को दिखाने के लिए अब कोई नया सपना नहीं बचा.

जब देश ने सोचा, ‘अब हीरो की एंट्री होगी’
लगभग हताशा में संघ परिवार के रणनीतिकारों ने राम मंदिर के मुद्दे पर हिंदुओं को एकजुट करना चाहा मगर उन्हें इस मुद्दे पर जनता की उबासियां साफ़-साफ़ सुनाई देने लगीं. सुप्रीम कोर्ट का रुख़ भी मदद नहीं कर रहा था. अमित शाह के हाथ-पांव फूलने लगे और घबराहट में वो सुप्रीम कोर्ट तक को घुड़की देने लगे.

विश्व हिंदू परिषद ने भी अपने साधु-साध्वियों को झाड़-पोंछ कर आंदोलन के लिए तैयार कर लिया. लेकर गलियों-गुमटियों में ये सवाल पूछा जाने लगा था कि बीजेपी को चुनाव से पहले ही राम मंदिर की याद क्यों आती है? आख़िरकार वो दांव भी संघ परिवार को वापिस लेना पड़ा.

नरेंद्र मोदी, अमित शाह और नागपुर के संघ मुख्यालय में अधिकारियों को समझ में आ गया कि देश का ‘नैरेटिव’ बदले बिना परिवर्तन की गंध को फैलने से नहीं रोका जा सकता. इसके बाद जो कुछ हुआ उसमें वो तमाम एलीमेंट मौजूद थे जो दर्शक को पूरे तीन घंटे तक दम साधकर अपनी सींट पर बैठे रहने को मजबूर कर देते हैं.

पुलवामा में भारतीय सुरक्षा बलों पर फ़िदायीन हमले ने पूरे देश को झकझोर कर रख दिया था. जो मोदी “पाकिस्तान को उसी की भाषा में जवाब” देने का वादा करके सत्ता में आए थे, वो ऐसे मौक़े पर ख़ामोश कैसे रह सकते थे? पूरा देश दम साधे बैठा था कि परदे पर अब हीरो की एंट्री होगी और विलेन को भागने की जगह नहीं मिलेगी.

हीरो तालियां लूट ले गया!
हीरो की एंट्री हुई. विलेन को उसने एक तगड़ा घूंसा मारा और तालियां लूट ले गया. आश्यर्य से मुंह खोले दर्शक ख़ुशी से झूम उठे. पूरा हॉल तालियों की गड़गड़ाहट और सीटियों की आवाज़ों से गूँज उठा. हॉल के एक कोने से आवाज़ आई – और मार इसे, और मार. दूसरे कोने से कोई उत्साही पिटते हुए विलेन पर चिल्लाया – देख, आ गया तेरा बाप!!

पिक्चर में ज़बरदस्त मोड़ आ चुका था. ज़्यादातर टेलीविज़न एंकर मोदी के चीयरलीडर्स में बदल गए. नोटबंदी, जीएसटी, बेरोज़गारों की बढ़ती फ़ौज, किसानों की बदहाली, संस्थाओं का भगवाकरण और राफ़ेल ख़रीद में घोटाले के आरोप – सोशल मीडिया पर फूट पड़े राष्ट्रवाद के वलवले ने फ़िलहाल सबको ‘न्यूट्रलाइज़’ कर दिया है.

आज राहुल गांधी के सामने वो नरेंद्र मोदी हैं जिन्होंने पाँच साल पहले अच्छे दिन के सपने दिखाए, लेकिन न वो बेरोज़गारी पर लगाम लगा सके, न अर्थव्यवस्था में उछाल ला सके, उलटे नोटबंदी जैसे तुग़लकी फ़ैसलों से कारख़ाने बंद हो गए, नौकरियां चली गईँ, किसानों में पस्तहिम्मती फैल गई. और अंत में हज़ारों करोड़ रुपए के रफ़ाल युद्धक विमान की ख़रीदारी में अनिल अंबानी की कंपनी को फ़ायदा पहुंचाने के आरोपों में घिर गए.

ज़ाहिर है 2013 के मुक़ाबले नरेंद्र मोदी का क़द छोटा ही हुआ है. तब वो अनचीन्हे थे, लोगों को उन्हें परखना था. इन पांच बरसों में लोगों को मोदी की चाल, चेहरा और चरित्र समझ में आ गया है.

इन सबके बावजूद नरेंद्र मोदी ने देश का राजनीतिक नैरेटिव विपक्ष के हाथ में नहीं जाने दिया है. मोदी आज भी अपने तरकश से एक के बाद एक ब्रह्मास्त्र निकाल कर चला रहे हैं और विपक्ष भौंचक है.

Fasten seat belts, Jai Hind!

India’s state carrier Air India has reminded cabin crews to follow all announcements with a rousing cry of “Hail India!” as nationalistic fervour grips the nation amid the latest military standoff with Pakistan.

With immediate effect, all are required to announce ‘Jai Hind’ at the end of every announcement after a slight pause and with much fervour .

It comes as India’s biggest military standoff with Pakistan in years triggers a rise in patriotism ahead of looming national election due in April and May.
The film Uri’s catchphrase “how’s the josh?” – meaning “how’s the fervour?” – has been widely quoted online and offline, with even government ministers employing it at political rallies.

Much welcome but before starting this Air India should improve the service. Make the airline profitable. Keep up to schedule. Stop wasting taxpayer money. Be customer friendly.

‘Saffronisation of the public sphere’

The War Euphoria Myth is a deceptive backdoor tactics ; shrewd art of vote management. In a country like India , where ridiculous claims of nationalism overlaps all other issues and media doesn’t feel embarrassed being propagandist tool.

This is the government which didnt give even fresh air ( India has the world’s worst air pollution) and over a billion people hope ‘acche din aayenge’ (good days will come). India is a land of fixers and spiritual cons and they have nothing to do with country.

An uneducated man , with no record of higher education and known for speaking lies to masses in India is not aware that seven of the world’s worst polluted cities are in India.
Gurugram, a city about 30km southwest of India’s capital New Delhi, had the worst pollution levels globally in 2018, the study published on Tuesday by AirVisual and Greenpeace showed. New Delhi, home to more than 20 million people, was ranked at 11, making it the world’s most polluted capital, ahead of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Kabul, Afghanistan, in second and third respectively.

“Air pollution steals our livelihoods and our futures … in addition to human lives lost, there’s an estimated global cost of 225 billion dollars in lost labour, and trillions in medical costs,” Yeb Sano, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said in a statement.

I want this report to make people think about the air we breathe, because when we understand the impacts of air quality on our lives, we will act to protect what’s most important. I ensure you when people of India will be dying with pollution then leaders of political parties will get funds from government immediately and ‘best air purifiers’ will be installed in their homes, cars , kitchens and even toilets. It will be money collected in form of tax paid by common Indians. But you won’t get ‘air purifiers’ free of cost ever only politicians belong to privileged ‘community’ eyeing on charity. Because they can’t work like common Indians. They want everything free of cost.

New Delhi, home to more than 20 million people, is the world’s most polluted capital city

‘Catastrophic level of air pollution’

The World Health Organisation estimates seven million people are killed every year due to air pollution, while non-fatal effects of over-exposure to PM2.5 include irregular heartbeats, aggravated asthma and decreased lung function. South Asia has the highest population density of any region within Asia, which itself is the most densely populated continent on earth.

‘Our kids are suffering’

In India, South Asia’s most populous country, researchers warned that current levels of air pollution represented a “public health emergency” requiring a “full emergency mode” response from local and national governments. But Indian government and Indian media both are busy in ‘fake nationalism’ to hide their failures. We are enduring this but our bodies are still suffering from it … [and] governments are trying to fix the blame rather than the problem.
It is horrific to live under such poor air quality conditions. India is ruled by a man who is incredibly untrustworthy ( a frustrated soul and no one knows about his academic credentials ). Critics have accused his administration of failing to adequately address environmental issues, including air pollution, and criticised New Delhi’s recently-minted National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) as insufficient.

He doesn’t know we need year-round measures on a national scale. There is a need for “cleaner fuels for motorised transport, removing subsidies on dirty fuels, enforcing strict controls on open waste burning and reducing industrial emissions.

But he moves around in caravan of latest SUVs.

Dear Indians !!!

Be prepared to pay more tax to get air purifiers installed to save life of useless politicians. You kids are in Heaven and you don’t know it . It’s your fate , You don’t deserve to get fresh air and water.

India-Pakistan Crisis

India and Pakistan, the only two rivals in the world to be both neighbors and nuclear states, have suffered through their most serious crisis in nearly twenty years.

The crisis has featured multiple traumatic events that made escalation inevitable. Take the February 14 attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan-based terror group, on Indian security personnel in India-administered Kashmir—one of the deadliest attacks on Indian forces in years. Consider India’s retaliatory strikes on Pakistan—launched not in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, but in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, further away from the border. And witness Pakistan’s decision to respond with its own strikes on Indian targets, and its capture of an Indian Air Force pilot.

Recent days, fortunately, suggest that de-escalation is approaching. Pakistan decided relatively quickly to release the captured Indian pilot—a gesture that reduces the likelihood of, but does not rule out, any further Indian uses of force in the immediate term.

Eventually, this crisis will end. However, when it does, both countries will have to acknowledge an inconvenient truth: fundamental realities on the ground—those that most aggrieve each side— will not have changed.

First, the India-focused terrorists that New Delhi claims to have targeted in its strikes on Pakistan will continue to enjoy shelter from the Pakistani state. Islamabad will not have changed its policies toward them. On the contrary, in the aftermath of this crisis, an emboldened Islamabad—armed with a heightened awareness of its need to depend on assets that can push back against its Indian foe—may well embrace these actors more tightly.

Second, India’s position on the region of Kashmir it administers, which has long been claimed by Pakistan, will not have changed. New Delhi will still believe that there is nothing in dispute about the region, and that its status is settled and need not be renegotiated. And it will continue to use repressive tactics against local communities who despise the presence of the Indian state there.

Indian security forces could well intensify these tactics under the guise of counterterrorism; the militant who staged the attack in Kashmir last month was a local resident. Such measures would undoubtedly galvanize Kashmiris even more. The violent crackdowns that New Delhi may describe as counterterrorism will be—and already are—depicted by many Kashmiris and Pakistanis as Indian state terrorism.

Islamabad is destined to double down on its dependence on terrorist assets. And New Delhi is destined to double down on its repressive ways in Kashmir.

In effect, after the crisis abates, India and Pakistan are likely to step up activities that sharpen each side’s core grievances—thereby paving the way for fresh tensions and a new crisis.

All this said, the crisis has yielded a new normal of sorts.

For the first time, both sides have signaled, as nuclear states, that they are willing and able to rain missiles down on each other’s territory, and in India’s case in areas well beyond the contested border.

There are positive takeaways here for both countries. New Delhi has telegraphed its willingness to act preemptively in areas beyond Pakistan-administered Kashmir when it feels threatened by Pakistan-based terrorism. True, the details surrounding the Indian operation are murky; on-the-ground media reports (including from Al Jazeera and Reuters) suggest that Indian claims of more than 300 terrorists killed and large-scale destruction of terrorist facilities may be exaggerated.

Pakistan has defied the naysayers in India and elsewhere who were skeptical that the Pakistanis would mount a military response to India’s operation. Islamabad has proven that it won’t be deterred if India resorts to a type of military action in Pakistan that hadn’t been deployed since the early 1970s, many years before either country went nuclear.

For these reasons, both Islamabad and New Delhi can claim victory and conclude the crisis was worth sweating through—even though fundamental realities about terrorism and Kashmir have not changed.

Still, at the end of the day, Pakistan and India will have merely given each other bloody noses, and otherwise emerged unscathed. This has some unsettling longer-term implications.

In effect, for India to have a greater chance of achieving the goals that couldn’t be achieved during the current crisis, it will need to escalate its tactics. If New Delhi wants to pressure Pakistan into rethinking its decision to provide support to India-focused terrorists, then it will need to turn to measures more muscular than a few airstrikes. Likewise, if Islamabad wants to pressure India into rethinking its policies in Kashmir, it too will need to turn to something more aggressive than a few airstrikes.

The upshot? With India and Pakistan having demonstrated they are comfortable engaging in increasingly provocative uses of military force under the nuclear umbrella, they will have an incentive in the future to go up a few more rungs on the escalatory ladder to try to achieve goals that couldn’t be achieved further down that ladder.

Regardless of whether they succeed or fail, this much is true: With both sides now willing to climb higher up the escalation ladder, a future nuclear exchange could become a far less remote prospect.