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India should REJECT Eric X. Li’s fraudulent claims about China in his Ted talk

I spoke to an Indian today, who is persuaded by this talk which describes the "wonderful" Chinese one-party system:

But this talk is sheer nonsense. So the following REBUTTALS:

1) Please listen to this first. Most of Eric's claims are fraudulent. The same party he boasts about KILLED TENS OF MILLIONS. Why was that excluded from the 'boasts' about the one-party system? And the Tiananmen massacre? And the Falun Gong tortures? What life is it when you don't have a life but in prison if  you speak your mind? And what about the Tibetans? And if Facebook and youtube is blocked and you can't express yourself?

2) Now this: Why democracy still wins: A critique of Eric X. Li’s “A tale of two political systems”.

3) Then this: When a TED talk is a propaganda tool.

4) Then this: Eric X Li took his meritocracy shtick to TED Global and they ate it up. etc.

The talk is full of fundamental errors and false attributions.

First, there is no "single" Western idea. Even if there is any such idea, it is NOT about DEMOCRACY but about FREEDOM.

Democracy is fundamentally flawed. Most Western philosophers have long said that, from the time of Socrates onwards. The public choice school of thought has further clarified why it is so fraught. It has natural incentives to destroy public money and create a welfare state. (That doesn't mean democracy can't be made to work. It can – but requires very deep understanding of human incentives and ways to evaluate its natural excesses and keep them in check). The key idea we need is FREEDOM. That implies limited government and individual sovereignty. The government must be our SERVANT. 

The implication of the concept of freedom is absence of central planning and letting things evolve through competition.

What Eric does is not to compare China with FREE societies, but with democracies. 

BUT NO ONE EVER SAID THAT DEMOCRACY IS ENOUGH! Merely being a democracy doesn't imply freedom. India is not free even though it is a democracy. India's democracy is so badly flawed through socialist incentives that most of its outcomes are GUARANTEED to be bad (see BFN for details). 

So comparing China with democracies is a very bad idea. Compare China with FREE SOCIETIES. Free societies are mostly democracies, but not all democracies are free.

When we compare China with free societies we see how badly it performs. It has no self-correcting mechanisms, no liberties, no capacity for its people to grow. Through its central planning it has built huge debt and misallocated production. It is now more free (economically) than it was in the past – which explains its productivity, but its overall freedom is nothing compared to an ordinary modern free society.

Socialism has killed hundreds of millions of people in India – not necessarily directly, but indirectly. It is SOCIALISM that kills, whether it is part of a democracy (as in India) or a totalitarian regime (as in China). 

As China has increasingly abandoned its extreme forms of socialism, it is growing – as would automatically be expected.

But China is by no means a role model for anyone. The Chinese are fleeing China, just like Indians are fleeing India.

Let there be FREEDOM. That's what we are born for, not to be slaves to governments, whether democratically elected or one-party.

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Ramdev’s attempted explanation (through Jaideep Arya) doesn’t make ANY sense

As follow up to yesterday's blog posts (this, and this), I exchanged three emails with Jaideep Arya, President of Ramdev's Swabhiman Trust.

Later, a close relative of Ramdev (this excellent gentleman about whom I have the highest respect, was head of DAV schools in India) suggested that I should seek Ramdev's view.

Well, Jaideep is almost always present next to Ramdev, from morning till late night. The two work hand in hand, and Jaideep will not respond to me (unless in his personal capacity) without first checking with Ramdev. So I think I can safely treat this as Ramdev's own explanation.

But as you'll see, below, the explanation doesn't make any sense. So it is time for Ramdev to provide a better explain to the whole country.

I'm extracting from an email I sent earlier today to a number of people. The email contains Ramdev's explanation (through Jaideep Arya):

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I've now been provided the precise word used by Ramdev: "bawra" – to describe Mahant.

So the conversation now goes like this (I've updated my blog):

BJP candidate Mahant Chand Nath says to Ramdev:

अच्छा एक किसी नें कहीं से पैसे ल्यानें में बड़ी दिक्कत होती है. हमारे पकड़े भीगये. 

Translation: "Well, we are facing lot of problems in getting money [to this constituency]. Our people were also caught [by the Election Commission]."

To which Ramdev replies in a whisper: 

आप बात करना बंद करो, बावरे हो क्या? यहाँ मत करो. [Laughs sheepishly]

Translation: "Don't be an IDIOT. Stop this conversation now! [Don't talk such things in public]."

I have written to Jaideep Arya and Siddhartha Ananta (also copying this email) but Jaideep wrote (compiled from his emails):

1) Pujya mahant chand Nath ji complaining to Pujya Swami ji about the Congress Conspiracy about disturbing the routine election Parchar

2) "Mahant chand Nath ji complaining to @yogrishiramdev about D Congress Conspiracy to complain EC time and again that He had spent Money in excess in Parchar Parsar

" Take this complaint as Conspiracy"

it means u r Biased,adament , u r not justifying the facts even.

3) Jaideep also tried to justify that "But EC authorize to spend 70 lacs in each constituency."

Jaideep's defence of Ramdev doesn't fit the facts. Here's why:

a) This is NOT about legal 70 lakhs. That kind of (legal) money is never seized. Only black money is seized. A party whose money is seized normally keeps quiet for fear of jail. But in this case Mahanta is admitting to HIS black money being seized.

b) There is NO reference to any Congress disturbing any routine "prachar". This is about difficulties in bringing MONEY into the constituency.

c) This is NOT a "complaint" by anyone. This is DIRECT discussion from the horses' mouth. And both horses then go and deny that such a conversation even took place. That was the give away.

So xx, with all due regards to you, I've done my due diligence with Ramdev's team (I can't call him Swami any longer), and the defence being provided to me is absurd and irrelevant. Instead, I'm being called "Biased,adament , u r not justifying the facts even."

Jaideep doesn't understand that I'm nobody's fool. I will ask even God 100s of questions before agreeing that an alleged God is God. So far no one has tried coming to me, claiming to be God. Prove to me that I'm wrong, and I'll change my mind. Don't attribute bias to me. Don't call me adamant. 

But this is as conclusive as any evidence goes that this was about black money. This is NOT about any Congress conspiracy and this is NOT about legal 70 lakhs.

Over to you. You can contact Ramdev and ask him to publicly tell me that I'm wrong. I dare him to do so. I KNOW he can't, and won't. There is NO other explanation.

If he IS able to prove to the whole country that this he does not support BJP's black money, I'll eat a humble pie and publicly apologise. 

But he forgets that I have heard directly from a BJP person who personally distributed 35 lakhs in cash in ONE night in one small section of Mumbai slums (in 2009). So I KNOW that BJP uses crores of black money in elections. This is not a myth. This is true. How, then, is Ramdev supporting BJP? His position is totally untenable. He is NOT an enemy of corruption but only an enemy of Congress. 

I, however, am an enemy of corruption – regardless of who does it. And anyone who supports the corrupt or consorts with the corrupt is also my enemy. So Ramdev is now in the enemy camp.

This is a LAME "explanation" and doesn't work with me.

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My request to Dr Jaideep Arya and Sh. Siddhartha Ananta of Ramdev’s Patanjali ashram

Here's a copy of an email I just sent out to Jaideep Arya and Siddhartha Ananta of Ramdev's Patanjali ashram:

Sub: Please leave this Dhongi Baba who says he is against black money but DIRECTLY supports it.

I'm upset beyond imagination at what happened in Alwar yesterday. I'd ask all GOOD people to abandon Ramdev at once. He is clearly CHEATING India.

He says one thing but does another. But worst is that he pretends to oppose black money but DIRECTLY SUPPORTS black money.

http://bit.ly/QinkZh

If you do not leave Ramdev at once I will assume you are part of the racket of misleading India.

Please speak out publicly also regarding anything that you may know about Ramdev's involvement in black money, since I've heard too many things about him, all of which can't be false – particularly given what happened in Alwar yesterday.

You know also very well that my strong attempts to get Patanjali audited by a group of eminent people was not acted upon by Ramdev/Acharaya.

Anyway, just to make clear, from now on Ramdev is in MY ENEMY CAMP – of those who have been destroying India. 

If Ramdev was serious about reform and integrity, he would have done what he clearly agreed with me: to set up a party based entirely on integrity. But he chose to support mega-corrupt BJP. 

Now he has been CAUGHT. He was perhaps afraid to work with me since I'd have caught out his lies. But no one can hide from the truth. Now the entire world knows what he is – a FAKE "opponent" of black money.

LET'S ALWAYS FOLLOW THE STRICT LINE OF TRUTH AND INTEGRITY else we can't help India. Please leave Ramdev and ask all good people to leave him.

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Prepare, my friend, to identify who is a “true” Hindu and who is not. Prepare for Hindu fatwas.

A FB friend, Saf Rizvi shared this with me (below). I don't know who the Pakistani poet is, but he has captured my sentiments of despondency on seeing the mad rush towards illiberal Hindu Raj in India.

As another FB friend wrote:

Navin Singh Hindutva and Hinduism are two different things. The former was a word coined by Savarkar to name n ideology which was created as a foil for militant Islam, it was to create ex nihilo, a hindu identity which was a mirror opposite of everything that was vile in Islam. Modi ' s development model added economics of cronyism to It where natural resources are transferred from state ownership to Corps, in return for pittance to create create a commodity exporting primitive economy which prides on jobless growth. India's social fabric and economy both are in grave danger. 

When I look at zombies chanting 'ab ki bar' I am reminded of a scene from the movie Independence day, where revellers gather on the terrace of a high rise to welcome the aliens

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This is what a Pakistani poet has said in Delhi a week ago…. 

TURNED OUT YOU WERE JUST LIKE US

So it turned out you were just like us! 

Where were you hiding all this time, buddy? That stupidity, that ignorance we wallowed in for a century – look, it arrived at your shores too! 

Many congratulations to you! 

Raising the flag of religion, I guess now you’ll be setting up Hindu Raj? You too will commence to muddle everything up. 

You, too, will ravage your beautiful garden.

You, too, will sit and ponder – I can tell preparations are afoot – who is [truly] Hindu, who is not. I guess you’ll be passing fatwas soon!

Here, too [in Delhi, in India], it will become hard to survive. Here, too, you will sweat and bleed.You’ll barely make do joylessly.You will gasp for air like us.I used to wonder with such deep sorrow. 

And now, I laugh at the idea: it turned out you were just like us! 

We weren't [were? - a VERY CLEVER play on words] two nations after all! 

To hell with education and learning. Let’s sing the praises of ignorance. Don’t look at the potholes in your path: bring back instead the times of yore! 

Practice harder till you master the skill of always walking backwards. Let not a single thought of the present break your focus upon the past! 

Repeat the same thing over and over -over and over, say only this: How glorious was India in the past! 

How sublime was India in days gone by! Then, dear friends, you will arrive and get to heaven after all.

Yep. We've been there for a while now. Once you are there, once you’re in the same hell-hole, keep in touch and tell us how it goes!

ADDENDUM

Update. Saf Rizvi inform me that the poet is Fahmida Riaz:

Tum bilkul hum jaisey nikley
Aab tak Kahan chupay thay bhai
Voh moorkhta, voh ghaamarpan jis mai hum nay sadian gawaeen
Aakhir pahunchi dua tumhaari
Aray badhai bahut badhai

You turned out to be just like us;
Similarly stupid, wallowing in the past,
You’ve reached the same doorstep at last.
Congratulations, many congratulations.

Preyt dharm ka naach rahaa hai
Qaim Hindu raj karo gay
Saarey ultey kaj karogay apna chaman taraj karogay
Tum bhee baithey karogey sochaa
Kaun hai Hindu, kaun naheen hai
Tum Bhi Karo gay Fatway Jari

Ek jaap saa kartey jao
Barham Bar Yehi Dorhao
Kitna veer mahaan tha
Bharat Kaisa Alishaan tha Bharat”

Your demon [of] religion dances like a clown,
Whatever you do will be upside down.
You too will sit deep in thought and ponder,
Who is Hindu, who is not.
You too will issue
Fatwas Keep repeating the mantra like a parrot,
India was like the land of the brave”

(translated by Khushwant Singh) [Source]

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Anurag Kejriwal’s explanation, but I need a specific answer on his pick-pocket comment

Anurag has put out this explanation:

MY COMMENT TO HIM

Anurag, I didn't have time to listen to the whole thing. Did you cover off on your pickpocket comment? Which part of those words were doctored?

That's one of the biggest issues, that you'd be willing to sell the country in lieu of electoral and other funding. That's PRECISELY what Congress does. That's why I fought against Hiteswar Saikia, who tried to get me to award a large cement contract to a party that was not the lowest. ALL corrupt parties do that. LSP too has such people?

I don't feel sorry at all that you've been expelled. It is people like you that I've fought against. There is no half-integrity in public life. Either you are honest or you are not. I suggest you wind up your political goals and contribute in other ways to public life henceforth.

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Translation of JP’s comments re: Anurag Kejriwal at the press conference

I've been supplied with the English translation of JP's press interview re: Anurag Kejriwal (I had cited and discussed it here) by Suresh Kolichala. Thanks, Suresh. I wasn't aware the press had so badly exaggerated Anurag's wild claims.

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Journalist1: Sir JP, You say you fight against corrupt politics. But in Delhi, an individual named Kejri of your party in Operation Lok Sabha apparently collected 35 crores, that too for JP's victory … your victory, he collected.

JP: What? 35 crores… I didn't understand?

Journalist1: 35 crores he collected from businessmen.

JP: Did he collect?

Journalist1: Yes, from businessmen. JP: HE collected? Did he COLLECT?

Journalist1: Yes, he collected … for your victory

Journalist2: Yes, that is the news we received.

JP: Ha Ha! I do not know many details about it. I just got a message midnight or early morning that Anurag Kejriwal spoke loosely, and it was decided to expel Kejriwal from the party.

JP: Now, if Loksatta is collecting 35 crores and spending that much money for JP's victory or someone else's victory, you would not be blind to such spending. Would you?

Journalist1: He collected. He collected in Delhi.

JP: In Delhi? There is someone who wants to give us 35 crores? This all sounds strange and puzzling.

JP: (switches to English) But Anurag Kerjiwal has been expelled from the party… (back to Telugu) A disciplinary action has been taken on him. We will find out the details. If anyone wants to contribute, submit a check, and get a tax rebate. That's all. No need for all this hubbub. If we had such kind of thing, we would have been making all these political parties bite the dust long time back.

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