Was there a script for Modi for PM and Kejriwal for CM?

There seems to be a fringe theory floating around about a larger international conspiracy (CIA etc) influencing Indian politics using the Ford Foundation (among other things). The Great Game India blog (linking to blog because too many interlinked posts to link individually) has been with this train of thought for a few years now. That the RSS creation VIF is manipulating Indian politics and that they started the India Against Corruption movement and so on. They link the Aam Aadmi Party with this larger political conspiracy.

Some of it is verifiably true. The Vivekananda International Foundation was indeed formed in the year after the Vivekananda Kendra got a grant from the Ford Foundation. Manish Sisodia, Kejriwal and others have got grants before the IAC movement and so on.

Some of it is only to be expected and verifiable through sources outside the country for example the US and CIA specifically not being interested in manipulating  a country the size of India makes no sense given their actions world over. There are leaks involving spying. The Great Game India Blog itself has provided considerable evidence of Mossad activity in India based on reports in Indian media including diamond mafia links and raising questions about Israeli role in the 26/11 attacks.

While there are many gaps in the logic that don’t allow me to agree with many questions they make, the sheer effort they put into to reference their claims makes it important to at least consider the question with an open mind when they ask “Was AAP victory in Delhi Elections Planned?“. The claim being that it was a larger part of a game plan all through to have Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister and Arvind Kejriwal as the Chief Minister.

My views on this are mixed.

Observations that point to the possibility of scripted wins in Lok Sabha Elections for Modi and in Delhi Elections for Arvind Kejriwal

Both these results would not have been possible without the self-destruction of the other just prior to the polls.

It is likely they would still have formed governments, but If the Aam Aadmi Party had not collapsed so thoroughly after discrediting the Congress, the landslide win for Modi would not be possible. The run up to the Lok Sabha Election saw the Aam Aadmi Party pretty much drop everything to find God and criticize Modi.

And the BJP returned the favor for the Delhi Elections. We saw Narendra Modi and Amit Shah go out of their way to “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” as a disgusted supporter put it. Would the Aam Aadmi Party have won anyway? Probably, but 67 seats out of 70? Highly unlikely.

Is there any advantage to these sweeping wins in terms of manipulating India? Definitely. Complete lack of opposition leaves one entity controlling what is done without question.

“Kejriwal for CM, Modi for PM” slogan

This slogan is fascinating, because BJP supporters had used it to woo AAP supporters during the Lok Sabha Elections, and AAP supporters almost used it to woo BJP supporters in the Delhi Assembly elections. The Aam Aadmi Party actually put it up on their website before outraged volunteers made them take it down again.

Kiran Bedi as CM candidate

While many paint this as a move to get some credibility to a discredited BJP, it is impossible that those who crafted the IAC had no idea just how absurd and damaging to credibility Kiran Bedi can be. This was a calculated move to demoralize the Delhi BJP leaders. Dr Harshvardhan, who had been a face of credibility was available and unused, so to say, while Satish Upadhyay did not even get a ticket.

BJP’s “abandonment” of the Sikhs

Arvind Kejriwal had reopened investigations into the 1984 ant-Sikh riots. The BJP had made vague and unc0nvincing comments. This definitely lost them Sikh votes. Yet yesterday, a day after the results of Delhi election, the BJP government in the Center announced another SIT (Special Investigating Team) to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. If this was their intention, it is rather astonishing that they did not do it before the Delhi Elections.

Religious alienation

There seemed to be a checklist of religions to alienate. Muslims were easy, with the “Ramzadon and Haramzadon” stuff. Churches were vandalized. Sikhs were ignored and BJP’s most dependable vote bank – Hindus were achieved with absurd dictates to Hindu women to produce 4, 5 or upto 10 children (depending on which idiot you happened to hear). It was almost the exact reverse of BJP’s calculated propaganda to target identities to con into supporting.

Why BJP may want to lose Delhi Assembly Elections 2015

There is an article by this name circulating. This article is fascinating, because of several reasons. It outlines a diabolical game plan to make Aam Aadmi Party responsible for its own failure and eventual decimation by making delivering of promises difficult from the Center. The intent being “The media spotlight on Kejriwal government will allow Jaitley to quietly to push through unpopular reforms — disinvestment of PSUs, budget cuts in health, education in his attempt to cut budget deficit.” among other things. Do read. A fascinating article. Also probably untrue for the Delhi BJP and supporters at the very least – the Modi cartels in the center apart.

My guess is BJP Delhi is discovering what Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena, Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathan, Telangana and many others discovered after raising Modi to his lofty Lok Sabha victory. What Vidarbha is discovering after bringing BJP to power in Maharashtra. The goals and agenda of those “driving” the BJP have little to do with those of supporters or even their expectations when they supported.

There are other smaller pieces of information from news reports and more that fit into these patterns. Like information for exposes on Delhi BJP leaders coming from leaders within the BJP itself.

What do I think?

In my view, politics is rarely so black and white with a single agenda playing out. Where there is power, there are grabs. Is there a longer game plan involving the VIF? I believe so. Is Aam Aadmi Party a part of the plan? Not so sure.

The Aam Aadmi Party, in my observation was formed when BJP tried to bottle the IAC genie before it got too inconvenient and expected them to not be corrupt as well. Till then, the IAC had the strong backing of the RSS and BJP. For all its claims of being an apolitical movement and it probably was, in terms of the leadership of the movement, the amount of support on the ground it got from the RSS and BJP cannot be denied. In many places, “IAC” protests were organized by BJP offices, often right outside the office, where most of the speeches made a point of praising the BJP while criticizing UPA corruption.

Was Anna Hazare complicit? Many in the Congress claim so. Particularly after he praised Modi before hastily withdrawing his statements. He may have been influenced by the support rather than doing the influencing.

However, it cannot be denied that there was an abundance of VIF-RSS-BJP support, which eventually led to an ideological clash. Those in the IAC who were not willing to exempt the BJP would have to find other means of going about their agenda, because they could very likely no longer count on the support of the BJP machinery to hold nationwide protests (which took Anna and Kejriwal by surprise initially).

Thus, the Aam Aadmi Party being a VIF-RSS-BJP creation sounds a bit outside the realm of probability. However, it is almost guaranteed that there were people planted in the party right from the start. It is simply how the RSS operates. These people may have been able to influence the actions of the party to a greater or lesser degree or simply attack from within at inopportune times. So AAP actions could have played into a larger game plan UNKNOWINGLY – for example during the aftermath of the Ambani FIR and subsequent resignation of the Arvind Kejriwal government or the Lok Sabha Election.

We saw AAP leaders and volunteers “defect” for no apparent reason. The stated reasons of a lack of internal democracy or whatever the accusations were, were hardly something to have cropped up at specific times – they would be a part of the party culture that they didn’t appear to have a problem with till the time to leave – within days of each other. So it looks more than a coincidence. Given the complicit media promoting all and sundry quitters as “ex-AAP leaders” and in one instance calling an “ex-AAP leader” a representative of AAP in a programme that had no one from AAP on the panel, it seems to be organized and given visibility in a time when media was openly called “Modified”.

Also, AAP being a US-Israel conspiracy seems a little more improbable, because I cannot recollect offhand the last time these forces empowered “communist” ideology to empower their agendas. It is counterproductive to the US-Israel agenda for people who don’t like “imperialists” to get too much voice – which is a sentiment often shared by Aam Aadmi Party supporters – while they are not actively against, they have a perception of being unwilling to bow to imposed interests or disproportionate or unjust appropriation of national resources by big business.

Thirdly, the US-Israel lobby almost always rattles up countries by empowering the right wing. We also see this in action with the occasional comments of right wing leaders that are in agreement with these two countries as well as the larger tendency – for example being fine with attacks on Hindus by the right wing Buddhists in Sri Lanka or on Rohingya Muslims in Burma or even a VIF member meeting the top right wing terrorist influencer in Pakistan and endorsing him on Indian television channels. A lot of the anti-Muslim propaganda arguments and methods used by the Hindutva brigade are extremely similar to Israeli propaganda. Right from selective history to demonize, to organized social media propaganda.

There are no such “behavioral” corelations with the Aam Aadmi Party that I have noticed so far. There is disproportionate weightage to Ford Foundation as funding anti-national interest. While it would hardly be surprising that the CIA uses front organizations or makes opportunistic use of genuine organizations, it is a little extreme to imagine that all its funding is proof of destabilization. The same with the Magsaysay awards. Only a complete idiot would imagine that P. Sainath is somehow working to further US imperial capitalist interest in India given how much time he has devoted to deconstructing such influences.

Of course, it could “all” be astroturfing. But it isn’t useful intellectually to believe something that goes contrary to observable dynamics just because it is possible.

This of course does not exclude the possibility of influencing or otherwise manipulating.

Role of Shanti Bhushan

Shanti Bhushan is a respected lawyer and ex politician of BJP and close to Jaitley as well as one of the founders of the Aam Aadmi Party. He made a donation of one crore rupees to the Aam Aadmi Party, but almost every time he has come to attention since then, it has been for damaging the interest of AAP. Just before the Lok Sabha Election, an article “by Shanti Bhushan” was published in India Today, which he claimed to not have written and it was subsequently taken down. Many of the things said in that article continue to be attributed to him in recent interviews, though he denies writing it.

A “breakaway faction” or “collective of ex-supporters” of Aam Aadmi Party, the AVAM, which has made news with absurd allegations against the AAP appear to enjoy his support. More recently, in answer to some questions I asked after a stray remark by an AAP supporter caught my eye, several AAP volunteers shared privately (since they cannot provide proofs and he’s a respected and senior member) that he had been in favor of AAP’s overreach in contesting in the Lok Sabha polls, which was possibly the single biggest factor in AAP’s defeat.

Whether Shanti Bhushan has an ulterior motive or whether he was simply easily influenced by inconvenient narratives is difficult to say and irrelevant at this point, but he does appear to be a consistent source of damage for AAP, including often reported disapproval of Arvind Kejriwal as the leader.

The curious case of Shazia Ilmi

If there is anyone who topped Shanti Bhushan in damage to AAP, it is Shazia Ilmi. The only two “sting” videos to do real damage to AAP credibility involve her. The first appears to show her providing methods to make donations to AAP off the record. The second is where she supposedly asks Muslims to be communal. Whether these were genuine mistakes and she was targeted for stings because she was observed to be careless with words or if she was corrupt or if she was setting AAP up cannot be said. But other common factors seems to be an inopportune exit, affiliation with the “apolitical” AVAM (the RSS is apolitical as well, for a benchmark), new affiliation with the BJP – incidentally a party she leveled outrageous insults at, including personal insults aimed at Modi – some of which even me, an open Modi critic would cringe at.

Binny seems to be more of an opportunist who wanted a way to easy power and got his hopes dashed, who later found enough “appreciation” from BJP. BJP is unlikely to ever give him a cabinet seat either.

All this is water under the bridge. merely stating as an example of how while the AAP as a party may not be “in” on any conspiracy agendas, there is no telling how many people committed to other agendas are embedded inside, who influence or sabotage the actions of the party to suit.

The RSS machine is an expert at subversive strategy and poor at accountability. Sooner or later, disillusionment was inevitable, because there is only so much you can tell people that Acche Din are here, if their lives don’t get easier or actually get more expensive. They are smart enough to deploy propaganda at key times and let disillusionment happen in the interim.

So can the Aam Aadmi Party government be trusted?

It would be the height of gullibility to blindly trust ANY political party. Whether the AAP has an ulterior motive or not is irrelevant. It has abundant gaps where more refinement of policy is needed in order for their actions to not harm people’s interest. The bottom line always ought to be whether the ACTIONS are helping people or not – regardless of motives or intent.

The AAP has some protection from outright damaging citizen’s interests simply because it cannot stand without its volunteer base, and it is impossible to have a conspiracy large enough to include thousands of volunteers and still keep it secret. So even if there are foul agendas at play, implementing them would be an uphill task. That said, it wouldn’t be impossible, and only the foolish would believe that all that it takes to receive good governance is casting a vote.

The Aam Aadmi Party government has been entrusted with making Delhi a happier, safer place where all its citizens can thrive. This is a tall order. And if the AAP is honest, spotting mistakes and objecting on time will HELP their objectives. If it is not honest, spotting mistakes on time and objecting may improve chances to prevent them.

Regardless, citizens should not trust governments, but hold them accountable, relentlessly.

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  1. Frequently asked Questions on AVAM

    Q.1: What is AVAM (Aam Aadmi Party Volunteers Action Manch)?
    A.1: AVAM is a forum for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Volunteers. AVAM is an effort to bring together each & every member who has actively and selflessly participated in this struggle for ‘change of system’. It is intended to help establish a mechanism within ‘AAP’ that takes forward this struggle in the right direction with renewed and consistent vigor. And the grassroots volunteers form the core of that mechanism and change agents for ‘change of system’. AVAM emphasizes on volunteers’ participation in decision making process on all important issues with bottom up organizational structure for true representation of volunteers spread across right from a small distant village to NRIs staying in several countries. AVAM emphasizes on checks & balances in the party so that party truly remains democratic in nature and its actions so that volunteers who have taken up the role & responsibility of leading the party remains answerable and accountable to the party volunteers and supporters to avoid any arbitrary and autocratic style of conducting party affairs. AVAM emphasizes on urgent need of connecting party with Aam Aadmi by supporting him / her in his/her fight for respectable survival in the society against ever rising inflation, corruption, injustice, poor delivery of public services and hindrances in fulfillment of one’s rights, fundamental or for basic needs. AVAM emphasizes need for genuine transparency in the party functioning, the only way to achieve ‘Vyavastha Parivartan’ as mere ‘Satta Parivartan’ is not party’s goal. AVAM wants party, not to be merely election centric but a true vehicle for taking the country towards ideal democracy by establishing the successful model, first in the party and then in the country. AVAM draws its strength from party’s constitution and vision document – ‘Hamara Sapna – Rajnitik Kranti’ and no way has contradiction at any point.

    Q.2: What is the definition of Volunteer?
    A.2: All party workers who have contributed in the formation of Aam Aadmi Party or contributed after the formation of the party or are contributing at present, with selfless interest for the ultimate goal of ‘corruption free India’ and ‘Vyavastha Parivartan,’ including office bearers or National Executive Committee Members are de’facto volunteers. The difference is that of role and responsibilities. Each one is gifted by different skills and strengths and according to his/her capability assumes his/her role in the party. But, as far as honor and respect is concerned, all party workers are equally honorable.

    Q.3: What circumstances led to formation of concept of AVAM?
    A.3: When Delhi Assembly Election was declared, party decided to contest with full strength and vigor. Party announced Candidate Selection Process. However, from most of the constituencies, volunteers protested against violation of norms by party observers themselves who were responsible for smooth implementation of candidate selection process. The complainants were humiliated to the extent that a large number of devoted party workers became inactive and silent. It was the volunteers who came to Delhi from across the country and overseas who worked hard spending their own money for their food and conveyance as party had very little funds to support these volunteers. They came to help AAP to win the election so as to display the model of SWARAJ in Delhi fist. But, demoralization of Delhi volunteers due to humiliation and insult by the party leaders severely affected election results in favor of party. Party failed to achieve even clear majority as against expectations of thumping majority. Resigning from Delhi Government was an extremely important decision but party leaders did not consult party volunteers before taking the decision that proved almost a fatal decision for the party. Then after, party leaders all of sudden decided to contest maximum Lok Sabha seats during general elections without consulting volunteers. In several constituencies, Party leaders gave tickets to candidates who were far from competent to meet the set criteria of party or the spirit of party constitution. Again, there was gross violation of selection process and norms declared by the party leaders themselves. From a large number of constituencies, volunteers registered their complaints but they were completely ignored and those who followed up persistently were humiliated beyond description.
    Karan Singh, as being in charge of Volunteer Engagement Cell, was receiving complaints from across the country who visited him. He frequently conveyed to Arvindji about this; submitted detailed letters also. But, he simply received verbal assurances of doing needful when time permits. Finally, to contain, growing unrest among volunteers, Arvindji proposed his name in the volunteers meeting held on 29th May 2014 at Constitution Club of India as Coordinator for Volunteers’ grievances redressal. Meeting of 3000 Volunteers approved his name with great applause. He prepared the process chart of his strategy. However, when he visited Kiradi Vidhan Sabha where 133 volunteers had gathered, the grievances discussed and voting was started implementing detailed report with comments submitted. This led to restricting Karan Singh’s initiative to visit each Vidhan Sabha of Delhi and asked to keep himself confined within four walls of party office. Karan Singh proposed concept of AVAM for Arvindji’s approval and the result was withdrawal of his party allotted mobile number without any prior communication. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Karan Singh is witness of many serious irregularities in the party that he feared that party has completely deviated from the declared goals and procedures. Party became high command centric though Arvindji has criticized in his SWARAJ book and party vision document ‘Hamara sapana – Rajnitik Kranti’such culture in other parties. Karan Singh with many other devoted volunteers felt that thousands of volunteers have joined this party or supporting it because it pronounced that party’s goal is Vyavastha Parivartan and not mere Satta Parivartan. Accountability of leaders is to people and they are not masters but servants of people concept of party has remained in books only and not in their behavior. This led to give birth to concept of AVAM which is totally based on party’s philosophy as pronounced in party’s constitution and vision document. The sole objective of AVAM is to strengthen the party which has come into existence by sacrifice of thousands of volunteers and supporters across the country and NRIs settled in several countries. Hundreds of young volunteers feel emotionally exploited by AAP. The Indian history will take note of these volunteers who sacrificed their career for the country. This cannot be allowed to go into drain else country will once again miss the opportunity to get rid of cancer of corruption. If the poor countrymen feel that they were emotionally exploited by AAP, history will not forgive AAP volunteers for their failure to say and uphold truth when the time came.

    Q. 4: Who can be member of AVAM?
    A.4. All party workers, right from the National Convener (Arvindji at present) of the party, NEC members and all grass root volunteers who contribute their might to the party selflessly can become AVAM members. Those full time volunteers who may be offered honorarium to meet their personal basic needs are also eligible since they form the nucleus of the party and their role is vital for efficient functioning of the party.

    Q.5. What is the membership fee?
    A.5. AVAM is only a concept awaiting its sanction from the party. And therefore, at this stage, there is no subscription fee. Any volunteers whom the concept appeals can join AVAM by approaching through AVAM’s helpline numbers as under:

    Q.6. Who is chief architect of mentor of AVAM?
    A.6. Mr. Karan Singh, who had been looking after volunteer engagement cell at party office at Hanuman Road, at Varansi during Loksabha election and later given responsibility to look after volunteers’ grievances also in the presence and approval of 3000 volunteers assembled in the meeting conducted by the first volunteer Arvind Kejriwal ji, is mentor or chief architect of AVAM. AVAM has evolved after his interaction with thousands of volunteers who came to him to offer their services for the party.

    Q.7. What are the demands of AVAM?
    A.7. AVAM has submitted following demands with Volunteers sitting in National Executive Committee responsible to send it to National Council for wide debate and approval as party constitution lays its complete emphasis on participatory process and democracy.
    The list of demands is based on the ideology of ‘Swaraj’ as a highly decentralized model of governance, to uphold the party idealism intact and nowhere it contains an iota of personal interest of any individual or a group of persons.

    The list of Ordinary Members (who do not have voting rights) in every ward level unit with Name, Age and Address must be made available for inspection at every local party office
    The list of Active Members (who have voting rights) in every ward level unit with Name, Age and Addressmust be made available for inspection at every local party office
    All the Active Members as in 2 above, are issued with unique ID numbers and ID cards
    A new, revised candidate selection process that is truly transparent and truly participatory with AAP active members having well-defined voting rights is put in place within 30 days
    Declare a permanent and sustainable action plan for members’ continuous engagement for public cause activities providing opportunity to connect with people, learn the lacuna in the system, and be agents for change – for Vyavastha Parivartan leading to SWARAJ
    A format for application of Active Membership, as per Article III(B)(ii)of the party constitution, must be made available at every local party office
    Declare policy and mechanism that takes care of full time volunteers’ basic needs and dignified living
    Establish a forum for free and open interaction of volunteers, for recognizing their contribution and nurturing their leadership potential
    Lay the foundation – within 60 days – for top decision making bodies like PAC, NEC etc to be composed of volunteers’ elected representatives
    The Active Membership fee and contribution to be made, as per Article III(B)(x) of the party constitution, must be announced
    Financial report of Funds transferred, collected and spent at level of ward unit or Vidhan Sabha unit or Lok Sabha unit must be made available on the party website.
    The list of Staff on Salaries as per the Income and Expenditure statement on the party website must be made available with Staff Names and amount of Salary received.
    Income and assets of the office bearers of the party and their family must be declared on the party website as per Article VI(A)(b)(vi) of the Constitution of the party.
    Decisions of Political Affairs Committee must not be announced without announcing the attendees of that meeting of the PAC.
    Resolutions passed by the National Executive must be made public, verbatim, on the party website.
    Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments made by the National Council must be made public,verbatim, on the party website.
    List of National Council m embers with Name, Age, email id and Address must be made available at the central office for inspection.

    AVAM website: http://www.avam.in

    How the Dirty tricks Department in Aam Aadmi Party tried to defame AVAM,
    Here is the Proof.
    https://sites.google.com/site/liesaapspreads/the-avam-story/gang-war-againts-avam

    Who is Karan Singh
    https://sites.google.com/site/liesaapspreads/the-avam-story/karan-singh

    Now is anyone can throw light on the SMS which been proved by Delhi Police that is was Dilipe pandey who started all this and is the ring leader please share…
    Why was Arvind kejriwal Silent during the AVAM Crisis?
    Why is Arvind Kejriwal silent now during PB?YY and team issue?

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