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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.


Political party supporters are usually biased in favor of parties they support, but BJP takes it to a whole new level with a complete disconnect with reason, dignity or even self-preservation. Some days it is like watching a road accident. It is horrifying and you can't bear to watch and you can't look away. Other days it is like a macabre dream, where you see someone walking off a cliff and you are only supposed to watch.

The election fervor comes with a lot of political and communal polarization. This is a time when it hits you that there is no level to which some of these will not fall, no sacrifice of own reasoning powers too great to see one person cannibalize not only political opposition, but own party as well.

BJP has lost its vision, all sense, decency and honor. Sometimes you just pity BJP supporters for the shit they have been fed. It is an alternate reality.

"No cases against Modi"

When do they see there is no Santa Claus? I don't even feel anger. I feel concern and fear. How does one communicate with a person whose "facts" come from some place not verifiable? What do you feel angry about if a person has been informed things that aren't true and taught suspicion about contradiction?

"clean chit" by Supreme Court.

They don't even have the mental freedom to wonder when Modi appeared before SC. Forget us "sickulars", but it would make some news even through the party pipeline if it was Modi's hearing in the Supreme Court? Where does the clean chit come from?

The alternate world created by BJP is like the Hote California. Check out any time you like, but you can never leave. Entire "facts" warped. And in this imaginary world, everyone is Modi's enemy, because basically most Indians hate India and he's the only one trying to save the country.

The creepiest part is if you speak with them, there is no sense of finding anything odd with any of the contradictions. It is like every belief is standalone and not required to tally with other beliefs - even their own other beliefs from their wonderland. Hindus persecuted for thousands of years, converted, killed in vast numbers, Hindus reproduce less than Muslims... but Hindus are still majority - but they are at threat of extinction - must be defended or will go extinct.And they can discuss this for hours with complete seriousness with no visible indication that anything doesn't tally up.

There is no perception of a logic mismatch between Hindus exterminated in their own land and continuing to be a majority. There is no mismatch between Hindus being a majority in spite of such extermination and them being under threat of extinction when they are not being slaughtered by the "millions". There is no mismatch between a four thousand year old faith (your mileage may vary) surviving a history of repeated invasions but unlikely to survive the present government unless citizens rise up to defend it.

It is like a complete suspension of critical thinking. Unquestioning recording of facts as informed with no urge to put them together and see what the larger picture looks like. Or perhaps there is no awareness of completely contradictory ideas being a part of the same picture.

It extends to other beliefs as well. The defenders of one of the few civilizations in the world with several "prostitute" professions with well outlined civil rights and legal protections today use the "fallen woman" standard of the monotheist religions to insult a woman they hate, but see no incongruence in their adoption of a near identical stand from those they claim to viscerally hate. They hate everything Islam and Muslim, but their leaders recommend very Islamic rules for women. Woman's place in the kitchen, school uniform with overcoat to prevent harassment of girls...

Their loudest accusations against those they hate, usually turn out to be their own practices - whether they are true about the accused or not. Funding from the "Ford Foudation" is a recent example. But there really are many. BJP supporters and leaders are found shouting the loudest on acts they have defended about the BJP. Weeks after officially persecuting South Africans in Goa AND defending the actions staunchly with an abundance of racist remarks, BJP had forgotten all about it, polished its halo and was accusing AAP of racism. BJP flip flops on free speech are too many to count. The irony of asking the country to move on from the 2002 riots while condemning the Mughal invasions is lost on BJP.

Their bizarre actions after the Delhi Elections were another example. Got most seats, refused to form government. Taunted AAP about not forming a government, but complained when it did. Told AAP to accept Congress support, accused AAP of accepting Congress support. Created a ruckus demanding resignations, accused of escapism when they resigned. Accused AAP of squanderinng public funds by not forming government, refused to form government in spite of having more seats. It is incomprehensible. This is party leadership in Delhi we are talking about, not your average supporter on Twitter.

It seems to be a brainwashing so determined that it leaves the brain damaged to even put two thoughts coherently side by side and get a sense of proportion. Without intending any insult, it is a scary symptom. You see basic coherence appear in under teenage children. What exactly is the level of regression we are talking about, and what goal is worth psyops of this scale that people have to completely destroy reasoning skills to support a cause that can't make sense with functioning critical thinking skills?

I am not angry. I am alarmed at the primitive level of operating of the brain, where everything is basically reduced to a fight or flight instinct for political purposes and executed with animal cunning like methods of pack attacks and simple dismissal of what cannot be thought through. What will devolving to such a level offer even the cause it serves? Will it enhance the Hindu cause to have people unable to reason out complex concepts and evolve them further for enriching the civilization?

You see this among Pakistani right wings on the Internet. Growing up with realities like "Indians are cowards", "India is the biggest threat to Pakistan", "Hindus are cowards" and what not, you cannot make sense of what they talk when you encounter them online. There is no point asking what Bangladesh is doing as a separate country if Pakistan has never lost a war against India. There will be some conspiracy theories of treachery, some circular logic or outright detour from the subject to return right back to the "belief" - "Pakistan has never lost a war against India" - you cannot budge it, because there is no logic entering or exiting from it to engage with.

It is psychotic and dangerous, but how do you get angry at what basically amounts to deliberately cultivated schizophrenia? In BJP you see it strongest around Modi. Modi's enemies are everywhere. Congress, Italian Sonia, Pope, CIA's Ford Foundation, AAP... within BJP.... everywhere. Not one moment to pause and wonder how it is democratic for a leader "everyone" hates to lead the country. No sense of any verification. Modi is a great leader, except his greatness must be explained by PR agencies and you have the same descriptions over and over. Modi will be an accountable Prime Minister, but doesn't like being questioned. Modi will make hundreds of new cities, but can't name one in twelve years in Gujarat. Can go on and on, but it is basically like "hypnosis". Where your critical thinking is suspended, and you believe whatever you are told.

Whatever you cannot explain is the conspiracy of "others" to turn you away from your true path and you must focus and return to it. It is the "others" without honor and liars, though fake pictures, pamphlets and propaganda are being used to support Modi, not others.

BJP coming to power in this primitive state of intellect is as good as turning country into mental asylum.

It is one of the reasons I rarely get angry with trolls. They are simply from an alternate reality, perceiving to be cornered and under threat. They believe the visions they are shown and what appears to us as hate and violence is them waging some imaginary desperate war for survival for most supporters - while the core criminals know exactly what they are doing.

To believe BJP propaganda is to believe that the party that never had a simple majority in the country is actually the true definiton of everything Indian and those who oppose it are not legitimate Indians. India has more anti-nationals than nationals in its population. Because basically most want to destroy their own country. There isn't the slightest shock to hear that Hindutva leaders called for karsevaks to be killed to enrage people and build mometum for demolishing the Babri Masjid. This is the kind of behavior they attribute to terrorists - jihadi - willing to die for a cause. Yet there is no discomfort learning that supporters like them were calculatedly wasted and passed off as victims of resistance to their cause to get more people like them. It is chilling. The complete lack of self-preservation or even comprehension of betrayal.

It is a bizarre mishmash addicted to supremacy that admires Hitler for the same reason it admires Israel and the same reason it admires Modi. Modi's biggest selling point, that will get bragged on the street, but never admitted officially is that it was under his rule that it was possible to teach the Muslims a comprehensive "lesson". It is why the riots after 2002 do not register in memory, because rioting Hindus are not a problem. Muslims did not riot. The "development" is merely a civilized veneer. If you could dispute and debunk every single claim of Modi, you still would not be able to budge his core supporters, even if you could show someone else superior in all aspects. Because the development is the selling point to get others to allow their desired leader leading the country. It isn't their reason. They will merely find another reason or allege a conspiracy or strike some deal that gives Modi something new to brag about.

The goal is that bloodlust. That addiction of annihilating lives and proving superior. Primitive. Reminds me of a comment about cannibals. They not just defeat their enemy, they eat him. That is how the subtle promises go. Riot accused given tickets. Statements that 30% of Muslims harbour terrorists. It sets the stage. it is a promise of an orgy to come. It is irrelevant whether it happens. Sooner or later it will. Moving in the right direction is all that matters to those seeking their supremacy fix.

There is no concept of the leadership owing them anything, even their own lives and safety - which, ironically is the reason they believe in the cause if asked openly. There is simply nothing to believe in that cannot be changed, no level of evil that must be avoided if it helps the cause. No amount of self-respect lost is too much. No sacrifice is too much - even if it is used to invent a lie for the cause where your own people kill you and turn you into a trophy to get more like you. It is all fine. There is a serene acceptance of the cause being right and everything else merely being the path to it.

It is sad that exploitative leaders destroy the minds of those supporting them. Ugly price of loyalty for mind to become unreliable. Bizarre as it seems, I feel angrier on behalf of BJP supporters than at them.

This is as disturbing a post to write, as it is to see the complete mental subjugation. I debated for a long time, tried to find better words. In the end decided to put it how I could, because this is the best I can express what I see, though I believe it falls short.


For two countries that hate each other, both have much in common.

  • Both are comparitively young countries.
  • Both seem to be surrounded by enemies on all borders.
  • Both claim to be in existential struggles against enemies either incapable or disinclined to destroy them.
  • Both have some sea and have used it to strike terror against helpless civilians.
  • Both are extremely aggressive and have 'national narratives' that seem to contradict reality.
  • Both have been engaged in long standing land disputes.
  • Both have illegal possession of the land of their neighbours, which they claim for their own just 'because'.
  • Both have the backing of the US in some of the most inhuman actions against mankind.
  • Both have intelligence organizations of dubious ethics and actions.
  • Both have a lot of excuses for their evil actions - usually excuses that point fingers and incite further hatred against their 'enemies'.
  • Both hate each other.

If we leave religion out of things, it is possibly an example of how greed for land can destroy the lives of generations that live in it. On a more sobering note, it is also an expression of the fear of vulnerability of a newly born nation with 'enemies' larger than it - the entire Arab region for Israel, and its parent country for Pakistan. Operating from fear makes us what we fear, I guess. The first act of war is defense.