In a very harsh criticism of those defending the failed economic policies and actions of the UPA, R. Jagannathan of FirstPost slams a defender of the faith called Mihir Sharma of more or less being blind. It appears Sharma called the UPA critics “unqualified”. Jaggi goes on to write that Sharma blames everything for UPA failures but the UPA itself with the stinging line “The UPA’s foolishness, for him, had little to do with it”. Let’s put aside Jaggi for the moment as an “unqualified” critic. How about someone who loves “Doctoring and nursing the Congress”? I’m quite certain Mihir Sharma doesn’t consider Shekhar Gupta “unqualified” but even this long-time defender of the Congress has turned harsh. SG slams the Congress in his article “Current accountability deficit”. Well, as you would expect, SG slams all senior leaders of the Congress except, yeah you guessed it, except Sonia Gandhi. So with nothing to defend their failures the Congress now believes the best defence is targeting their biggest roadblock for 2014. In the process some of their defenders have become great comedians.
In my posts I often refer to Mafia ‘Wiseguys’. They are the foot-soldiers of the mafia who do all the dirty work, also sometimes known as ‘Goodfellas’. Contrary to what that title may indicate, these guys aren’t bright or wise but have a weird sense of humour and are mostly oblivious to their own stupidity. No matter how badly they goof up the Mafia bosses never kill these wiseguys (except from a rival gang). Even if they are fondly called by certain numbers they respond positively. Take a look (11 secs):
See what I mean? You know, the bosses even have numbers for them: Moron No.1, Moron No.2 and so on. The wiseguys don’t realise it or mind it in the least. It’s all love and affection. The other thing about wiseguys is they are fiercely loyal to the bosses no matter what. Politics is a lot similar when you consider a bunch of hate-mongers start off some venture without knowing how to do it. They don’t even possess the basic skills that the wiseguys possess but they possess all their stupidity.
This is not so much about the Congress as a political party but what kind of people they allow to represent them. On August 22 it seems the party held a national workshop on Social Media. Apparently almost all their Twitter, FB and Blogging supporters were there and then some more. Considering the party spokies, like Kapil Sibal and Manish Tiwari, have often dismissed SM as an anarchic platform which has no impact on elections the party must have done a U-turn in trying to educate their foot-soldiers with this workshop. The Congis forget one cardinal rule: “recruit for talent, train for skills”. Talent cannot be transferred, skills can. No matter how many workshops and trainings you put some people through they aren’t going to acquire talent they don’t have. They might, at best, acquire some juggling skills.
Take a look at Rajdeep Sardesai and his writings. For a chronic Modi-hater who for over 11 years made Modi his “Roji-Roti” (as Modi told him) with hate-mongering, even he seems to reluctantly acknowledge Rahul Gandhi is not the youth’s inspiration. This must be a hard pill for RS to swallow. But Rajdeep grandly states “In the normal course, 43-year-old Rahul Gandhi and his youth 'managers' should have been the natural mascots of this new India, and not a 62-year-old Narendra Modi and his Sangh Parivar. Rahul is younger, English-speaking, telegenic and tech-friendly. And yet, as most recent youth surveys suggest, it is Modi who is the preferred choice of young Indians. Where has Modi succeeded where Rahul has failed in attracting younger India?” English speaking, telegenic and tech-friendly? I have to wonder if Rajdeep wants a political leader or another shrill TV anchor. This is his problem. He thinks all of India wants telegenic, English speaking guys for inspiration. Nowhere does the word “PERFORMANCE” figure in his entire article and he suggests youth are looking for quick-fixes. And this tech-friendly RahulG who addressed the Congress’ SM workshop is nowhere to be found on it (unless he’s travelling on FB or Twitter incognito). Therefore, it’s left to his bumbling and comic wiseguys to target Modi.
One would have thought they would have come out wiser (no pun intended) from the workshop but the results have been disastrous from the word go. It looks like the singular objective coming out of this workshop is how to target and tar Narendra Modi. He appears to be their only fear to an electoral loss and gaining another term for Congress. It seems 11 years of work by the MSM to destroy Modi has failed so a new venture was called for; a dedicated website. So some ‘Modi-hunters’ got together and created a site called ‘Pheku.In’. The prime mover seems to be famous Hate-Engineer Shabnam Hashmi but the supporters list reads like a whose boo. Here’s what the TOI reported on August 23 (a day after the workshop) under ‘'Modi haters' to launch website on Friday’:
“The site is endorsed by journalists Amit Sengupta and Seema Mustafa, scriptwriter Anjum Rajabali, professors Anuradha Chenoy and Apoorvanand, filmmaker Arma Ansari, poet Ashok Vajpayee and dancer Avni Sethi. Mahesh Bhatt, Mallika Sarabhai, Naseeruddin Shah, Ram Rahman, Shabnam Hashmi and Vivan Sundaram have also pledged support”.
This formaldehyde army (they call it “formidable” though) headed by Shabnam Hashmi created the website with nothing that we haven’t seen in the past many years, including the period prior to the December 2012 Gujarat election. Mostly lies, lies and more lies that everyone knows by now. But they made one big change. They are now telling “stories in pics” like TheUnrealTimes. One must applaud their attempt at comedy. Remember Congi Arjun Modhwadia putting up pics of children from UNICEF site as being from Gujarat? He was caught and had to take down those pics. Now take a look at Comedy No.1:
So they pick a pic from Chennai stating sewage water goes into regular water supply and try to pass it off as one from Gujarat. The morons only forgot one thing; that “social media is the real watchdog” now and I would be surprised if the Congress workshop didn’t cover that part. When I saw it first I could tell the red-striped walls are typical in Tamil Nadu and some parts of the South. The original report is contained in Merinews. (The boss must have picked up the phone and asked for Moron No.1 I guess). We are lucky, the comedy didn’t end there. Here’s another one:
In this one the hate-mongers try to pass off a pic showing children working at a Delhi stadium (in a state ruled by Congress) from a report in The Guardian, as one from Vibrant Gujarat. I wonder if these people take others to be idiots like themselves. That looks like a serious possibility. So why would Congress want such morons to campaign for them? That mystifies me even more. (I’m sure for this the Boss must have called up and asked for Moron No.2).
With eggs on her face (and maybe some others too) Hashmi put out an apology on her Facebook page. She blames it on her technical team and some low-resolution of pics. So even the content search is left to the “technical” team? Laughable! I doubt any technical guy would goof up the way Hashmi & Co have. She calls herself a “social activist” and if this is how activists conduct themselves in the political domain you can imagine why she deserves a phone call from the boss. It doesn’t occur to these hate-mongers that in their quest to tar Modi, they are slandering the state of Gujarat itself with fake pics and information. Hashmi guarantees there will be more pics from Gujarat. I think we should be ready for some more comedy shows.Oh yes, on a site titled "Pheku" it is quiet appropriate the comedians use "fake" pics.
When he was in a good state of mind RahulG did advise his spokies not to talk about Modi but only question his claims. Looks like the memo didn’t reach the hacktivists who are bent on making a laughing stock of themselves and therefore the Congress too. Media channels like NDTV and CNN-IBN have caused their own reputation irreparable damage by their constant anti-Modi campaign. They have burnt their fingers. Even Salman Khurshid ended up being called a ‘cockroach’ after he called Modi a ‘frog’. The more they try to lampoon the more they end up looking like comedians themselves. This is no way to politically combat Modi. But hey, if Modi is going to inspire comedy shows such as the latest one Hashmi & Co. produced, I’m not complaining; I gladly welcome it.
Note: Video clip from "Midnight Run", Pics Via @TajinderBagga.