Corona Virus – The New Normal – Necessary, Essential, Desirable

200421 Corona Virus

Corona Virus or Covid 19 has become a part of our lives since the beginning of the new decade.

We have now reached day 28 of the nationwide lockdown and as most of us go through incredible amount of adjustments during the lock down, I am sure that most of us are also thinking about how our lives will need to change once the lock down has been lifted.

Every product or service in our lives will now need to be categorised into Necessary, Essential or Desirable.

  • Necessary will include food items and household items needed to sustain and maintain our lives.
  • Essential will be good to have services and products which could improve our lives.
  • Desirable will be products that are nice to have but those we can do without. Those that do not have any impact on improving our lives.

Everyone’s definition of necessary, essential and desirable will be different. These will be based on our unique perspectives of the needs of our families.

All of us will have our own prescriptions and our own ways of coping with the challenges that we have already faced but more importantly, are likely to face in the coming few months and years.

Much as people would like to believe that a cure or a vaccine is imminent, it is important to understand that the process of getting a new vaccine is very long. Once the first set of tests have been successful on animals, they need to be tested on human beings. Getting Government approvals on human beings is expedited but if this does not work, most Governments will stop the approvals and wait for “someone else” to take risks with their citizens. Even if the trials on human beings is successful, the time to commercialise a vaccine and make sufficient doses available for the World population is another challenge.

Most of us would have done a lot of introspection. We most certainly, would have appreciated the dramatic reduction in air pollution, clear skies, the last “blood moon”, dolphin sightings near Mumbai and the pristine waters of the river Ganga.

Given all the time we have been spending with our family and more importantly with ourselves, we have all had a chance to do a reality check of what is important in our lives. It is unlikely that most of us would have spent so much uninterrupted time with our families for such a long period of time.

We would have learned to give sufficient space to our family members in our homes. We would also have started to appreciate how easy it is for most of us spend time with ourselves.

Most of us would have also learned to do most of our work at home. While it is true that women have had to face the brunt of this lockdown in terms of the work to be done, all of us must have certainly understood what needs to be done at home and in our own ways, we must have started to help.

It is only when the lockdown is removed, will we begin to understand and evaluate the huge impact this would have had on our nation’s economy. Many people will lose their jobs, and many will see salary cuts. Almost everyone will not get an increment or a bonus. Our EMI’s, which have been deferred for a period of 3 months will need to be paid and there are likely to be serious defaults and repossessions.

What are the areas that will see an impact?

  1. Social distancing, a term we had not thought of a few months back is now a reality. We have all become conscious and will be very careful before going into large crowds. In our own ways, we would have started to establish communication boundaries with our neighbours and friends, and these will stay well into the foreseeable future. What social distancing will do to malls, theatres, sports and to melas is anybody’s guess.
  2. Focus on working from home will become much more viable. This will have an impact on office space, transportation and eating out. We have seen the ease of video conferencing. I have done my yoga classes and taken my flute lesson online and see no reason why this cannot be continued in the future.
  3. Home entertainment will increase as we have already seen. However advertising of products will reduce since people will not buy easily raising a question on economic viability of the programming.
  4. Most of us will start looking for deals in everything we shop for giving an opportunity to retailers to launch their “white label” products.
  5. Most people will start cutting back on non-essential items. Purchase decisions for non-essential items will be deferred for as long as possible.
  6. Travel will change completely. People will be careful about getting into aircrafts and cruise ships will struggle to find passengers. This will have a serious impact on tourism, and everyone associated with this sector.
  7. Luxury items will see very serious demand curtailment.

While I do hope that we will be able to get back to the pre-Corona days, it is increasingly looking more and more difficult.

Over a period of time Corona will become another kind of annual ailment. Not very different from cough, cold or influenza. Till all of us build the required immunity, we need to practice social distancing and stay safe.

We have to adjust to the new normal and we have to accept the new reality fast. The time to indulge in wishful thinking is over.

The most common question we will ask ourselves before taking any decision, be it necessary, essential or desirable, will probably be,

“Do I really need this?”


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Delhi Elections 2020 - A time for introspection for BJP

200211 Delhi Elections

One more loss in Delhi and it is certainly time for the BJP leadership to do some serious introspection on why, after such a sweeping win in the Lok Sabha elections in mid-2019, they have not received the same support at State elections.

It is worth thinking about why the electorate has changed its mind in less than a year. The BJP leadership at the State level in Delhi should do some serious introspection and compare the results of 2015 and 2020 elections. After an incredible Lok Sabha victory in 2014, they lost badly in 2015. The story is no different between 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the 2020 Delhi State elections.

Clearly, the electorate knows their mind and they know what they want from their politicians at the National level and at the State level. Yes, the people have huge expectations from the Prime Minister and his team for the country. They have similar expectations from their local leaders but in matters that affect their daily lives.

They want the infrastructure in their community and town to be as they expect. They want their local politician to address and resolve these challenges. Mr Kejriwal and his party did a lot of work for Delhi in the past 5 years and this did not go unnoticed. Running down or challenging achievements in education and healthcare was a poor strategy of the BJP. The electorate did not believe the BJP leaders.

Let us look at some reasons why the BJP is consistently losing elections in most States.

National Issues are different from State Issue. National Security is critical, and every step taken by the Prime Minister has been supported and applauded by the people. At the state elections, the people do not want to hear about Pakistan bashing or the achievements of the country in the international arena.

Matters like Section 370, Section 35A are important for the Nation. However, these are not for discussion at the state level.

State Politicians need to deliver. The central government needs the support of the states. Politicians at the state need to deliver to their constituents. The BJP leadership at the state level must learn to win elections on its own and stop relying only on the senior most leaders. State politicians are fighting for the assembly elections and not for the Lok Sabha. Therefore, they need to depend on their work and not that of the Central Government. They state leaders must work to strengthen the hands of the Prime Minister and not constantly look for a free ride. They should bring in the big guns for support and not to win the election.

If they want good health and good education, is this unreasonable? If they want a pollution free Delhi, they expect work to be done. If the electorate wants free electricity and free water so be it.

The electorate understands the capabilities of the Prime Minister and his team. However, when they hear their local leaders wax eloquent on national issues without bothering to talk of local issues, they know these politicians are simply not delivering what is expected of them.

Alliance Partners of the NDA must be taken into confidence in every election even if it means that the BJP has to lose a battle to win the war. The alliance partners know that the BJP is a strong party and yet they also know that they play a vital role in BJP’s plans at the State level. Alienating alliance partner just before State Elections can never be a wise strategy and this normally starts with the bravado of the local State level leaders of the BJP.

Unless the BJP can carry its partners, they will continue to bite the dust as is evident from Maharashtra.

Loudmouths of the BJP need to be told to shut up before every election. The people are tired of the unnecessary rhetoric from some BJP leaders. They need to be told to stay quiet if they do not have anything constructive to say. Negative statements are not supported by anyone (though the politician who makes such statements may get some applause from the community they are addressing).

Abusive language is not respected by anyone in India. Why do junior BJP politicians not see and learn from the dignity of their senior leaders? Such loud mouths do more harm than good to BJP’s campaign.

BJP’s Communication must improve. Traditionally, the communication of the BJP has been very poor. The spokespersons are the same for national issues and state issues who keep pushing the national agenda in all debates without understanding the challenges. If the discussion is about the State elections, the BJP spokespersons will try and manoeuvre the debate to a national issue. BJP needs a separate set of leaders who will address National issues and State issues. The BJP cannot have the same set of spokespersons on every channel on every issue.

Citizens Amendment Act has been cleverly morphed into the National Population Register and the National Register of Citizens and the BJP has not been able to communicate the difference clearly. Varying comments from Central Leadership is also being used very effectively by the opposition leaders who have very successfully managed to confuse the masses.

For the moment, the BJP can take some comfort from the fact that their vote share has increased in the Delhi elections but unless they change fast, the next round of State elections will have a similar sad story for the BJP.

The Prime Minister spoke of the report card of his Government during the Lok Sabha elections and he was given a resounding mandate. What applies at the Centre applies equally at the State.

The BJP State leaders must show their report card and not that of the Prime Minister and that of the BJP Government at the Centre.

Unless the BJP is in power in States, they will find it increasingly difficult to implement their plans and policies.

The harsh truth is that no one remembers who came second.


The author is a CEO Coach, a Storyteller and an Angel Investor. He hosts the highly successful podcast titled The Brand Called You. A keen political observer and commentator, he is also the founder Chairman of Guardian Pharmacies. He is the author of 6 best-selling books and writes for several online newspapers.

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10 Reasons why we must not vote for a Coalition Government

190401 Mahagathbandhan

Given the surge in popularity of the BJP in the run up to the elections, it is understandable that there would be concern amongst opposition leaders who are battling to save their dynasties and their relevance. What is more surprising are articles that have started to glorify coalitions where authors have started to hope for a coalition Government at the centre.

A coalition is defined as an act of union between a group of individuals who share a common set of values or a common vision. Political coalitions have adapted the meaning of coalition to mean a temporary alliance for combined action but still with a common set of goals for the larger good of their constituents.

In the forthcoming elections, the now defunct mahagathbandhan has a single point agenda of removing the BJP at the centre. That is it. Unlike earlier coalitions, this time that constituents of the mahagathbandhan have not even been able to come together with a common minimum programme. No one can agree on who will lead the coalition. They blatantly fight in the states and collaborate at the centre.

Coalition Governments around the World are always weaker and less decisive. Compromise and tolerance are the general dharma of most coalition Governments where adjustment and acceptance of parochial needs takes priority over national needs.

Let us examine the flaws of a coalition Government as is evident not just in India but around the World and then make our own assessment as we step out to vote.

  1. Federal Structure is compromised: Coalition Governments by their very definition is a group of small parties that come together because no single party can form the Government. This leads to the major challenge of who will lead. We have seen chief ministers by rotation so that personal agendas can be met. We must ensure that we do not allow personal regional party agendas to determine the path of our nation.
  1. Strong vs Lame Duck Prime Minister: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had famously remarked when asked about the telecom scams that he headed a coalition Government and was therefore unable to do anything. The leader has no option but to compromise when faced with a challenge that suits a single party but not the nation. Areas like GST, Bankruptcy Code, Social welfare schemes like Aadhar, Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat, National Health scheme and others have been on the agenda of Government for the past 2 decades but could not be implemented because of coalition Governments.
  1. Constitution of India: The Constitution has stipulated that 100 areas can only be decided by Parliament and not by States; These include Defence, Foreign Policy, Common currency, judiciary, federal taxes, airlines and several others. Coalition Governments have vested interests on most of these matters. They need to make a change for their constituencies and they always figure out ways to bypass these areas.
  1. Fiscal prudence is compromised: In order to meet the vastly varying financial demands from its coalition partners, governments have been known to compromise of fiscal prudence. Regional and state requirements take precedence. It is common to see high rates of inflation and high fiscal deficits which lead to serious structural flaws in the national economy.
  1. Promises are made with no intention of meeting them: Voters need clear accountability so that they can ask their leaders to deliver on their poll promises. Coalition partners always have a credible excuse for not delivering on their promises. Corruption is also seen as an acceptable practice to meet the needs of various political parties who demand their pound of flesh. No one is accountable.
  1. Health and Education: State controlled subjects like Health and Education are a case in point. Everyone unanimously accepts that Health and Education need everyone’s focus. We can see the huge disparities that exist in states. Why do our politicians believe that all people are not equal, and some states have better health and education and others do not? The same applies to most other areas that have been handed over for governance at the State level.
  1. Personal agendas drive decision making: Given the 5-year duration of parliament and even shorter duration of coalition understandings, the political parties know that they have a short window to maximise financial gains for their respective groups. This is what we have seen in the UPA Government from 2004 to 2014 and nothing gives me confidence that the thinking will change if they come to power in 2019.
  1. Foreign policy: World politics is changing from a borderless world to a world that is beginning to draw borders again. Only strong countries with strong leaders will be able to carve out a place in this new World that will increasingly respect strong economies and strong defence capabilities. We have seen the criticism of Uri and Balakote. We can already hear rumblings of breaking away in Kashmir if any action is taken on article 370. A coalition government, by its very definition will always be weak and therefore will compromise the country’s interests in the national arena.
  1. Decision making slows down: Understandably, when there are dozens of individuals who believe that they can lead the nation better than others in the coalition, they have their own set of divergent views on every subject. Therefore, decision making on even the simplest of matters needs the support of everyone thus slowing down decision making.
  1. Any party can pull the plug: Coalition Governments are frail and always walking on thin ice, not knowing when cracks may appear. They are supported by a group of individuals who have no common ideology. The first step is to start making statements against the coalition, next is to sulk and the final step is to withdraw support thus ensuring that the house of cards will collapse. Several instances of Governments hanging in their or compromising their values have been seen and continue to be seen.

Can India afford to have a weak, unstable and selfish set of coalition leaders with their own personal and private agendas run this nation and fritter away all the significant gains we have seen in the past 5 years?

Remember the old line “Too many cooks spoil the broth?” Do we want to see musical chairs for the chair of the Prime Minister? Are we willing to see a new Prime Minister every 6 months?

Most Governments are elected with less than 40% votes. However, simple mathematics does not work. If two warring parties add up their votes in the previous elections, they will automatically assume that they will sweep the next polls. They also assume that their voter is gullible enough to vote for a combined party and forget all that has been said by their fearless leaders against one another in the past.

We need a single party that has the required 272 seats in Parliament. This will ensure that the leaders will not have to compromise on decision making that suits small regions and not necessarily the nation.

We need to vote with our heads and make sure that we vote for a single party with a strong leader that can help the millions of young people achieve their dreams.


The author is an Executive Coach and an Angel Investor. A keen political observer and commentator, he is also the founder Chairman of Guardian Pharmacies. He is the author of 6 best-selling books, The Brand Called You; Reboot. Reinvent. Rewire: Managing Retirement in the 21st Century; The Corner Office; An Eye for an Eye; The Buck Stops Here – Learnings of a #Startup Entrepreneur and The Buck Stops Here – My Journey from a Manager to an Entrepreneur. 

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Lessons from State Elections – Will the BJP Learn?

191224 BJP Political Map                                                                Courtesy: News18

One more election loss in Jharkhand after Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and barely scraping through in Haryana.

It seems that losing elections at the States has become a habit that the BJP is not being able to reverse. State leaders keep satisfying themselves by saying that they are the “largest party” in the state. Justifying performance with an increased or similar vote share is relevant only if you the victor otherwise it seems like “sour grapes”.

BJP state leaders must remember the old line “no one remembers who came second”.

Nothing is more brutal or painful than coming second in politics.

It will do well for the BJP leadership at the state level, while going through their “chintan baithaks” to analyse the reasons for consistently not making it past the winning post in the last several elections despite a resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

Let us look at some of the reasons the BJP has been losing the plot in so many state elections.

Lok Sabha Elections are different from State Elections

The message that is coming through loud and clear after the various state elections is that the Indian voter has now become far more discerning than the politicians thought they were. The voters are willing to now recognise that they want leader a who addresses National issues at the Centre. However, they want a different leader who addresses their local issues, who can help to resolve their daily challenges. State chief ministers cannot keep talking about National Security issues, Pakistan, India’s international reputation or India’s large Foreign Exchange Reserves.

The Chief Ministers have to perform. Too much reliance is being placed on the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. Yes, they are leaders of the BJP, and their presence definitely boosts the party’s prospects. But their charisma can do very little with the voters if the state leadership is not performing. This evident from several sitting Chief Ministers of the BJP losing the elections.

At the end of the day we are back to who addresses the basic needs of the people which are simply – Roti, Kapda Aur Makaan. It is a pity that these 3 basic requirements have still not been met across the entire country after 72 years post-independence. This commitment to be delivered to the people no matter what it costs, irrespective of which party that maybe in power in a State.

Is Corruption Back in the States?

The voters have trusted the Prime Minister with his famous comment “na khaunga na khane dunga”. The voters trust him and know that he is absolutely clean. This is why they have reposed their trust with an unprecedented second term with a larger mandate.

While the BJP government at the centre is seen as the cleanest the country has seen for a very long time, the same story is clearly not being heard in the several States where the BJP has lost power in the last few elections. There is talk of corruption at states and the general comment is that the BJP government in the Sate is no different from earlier Congress or Regional Governments.

If corruption is back, then the election results should not be a surprise.


Anti-incumbency is always one of the reasons why parties lose elections. But when the loss is wiping out the significant games that the party has seen at the national level then the reason for the loss goes beyond anti-incumbency.

It would be interesting to analyse the performance of all the sitting MLA’s who have lost the elections. Have all these local leaders delivered on the promises they made to their constituencies in the previous elections? Have they remained in touch with their voters? Or did they, like most politicians, starting pontificating and blaming from their ivory towers once they were elected?

Only when their elected representatives are not performing will any voter take the decision to vote for someone else. This is the harsh reality and must be accepted by all.

The Opposition is Coming Together

Opposition parties are coming together and though their ideologies are completely different, most of them are willing to bury the hatchet, forget their diverse ideologies and come together on a single platform of defeating the BJP at all costs. They have realised that a united opposition could create the wedge they have been looking for to prise open the ranks of the BJP.

To all these parties, delivering on the promises made in the diverse manifestos of these parties is not relevant at this stage. These parties know that their differences will certainly become an issue in the next few years. However, they would have achieved their short-term objective of slowing the BJP juggernaut.

What this will do to governance in the States that are now being run by coalition Governments is yet to be seen. But that is another subject altogether.

Infighting in the BJP

Infighting in the BJP is clearly increasing.

It is a pity that State leaders, instead of working together are busy destroying their opponents. If this is happening at the top, then it is certainly percolating down the ranks.

Are these differences cropping up because the BJP has, indiscriminately admitted various opposition leaders who simply wanted to “jump ship” and join the rising star of the BJP? It would be interesting to see what happens when most of these leaders who had crossed over now look for opportunities to go back. Once they are back in their original party, they will become a thorn in the side of the BJP.

Or is it because, like the Congress and other opposition parties, BJP leaders have also become prima donnas? Are these BJP leaders also forgetting that they too are mere mortals who can be defeated if they don’t perform?

Clearly, the voter is turning away from the BJP not because they have changed loyalties to the other parties who they have rejected in the past. They are doing this because they are disappointed with the BJP leadership at the State. Unless this changes, the saffron colour from the map of India will keep reducing.

Can the BJP reinvent itself in the states as it has done at the centre fast enough for the forthcoming elections in Delhi, Bihar and West Bengal?

Will the voter see BJP as the party with a difference, with very different standards of ethics or will they see the party as just another party that can be tossed aside if they are not performing.

Only time will tell.


The author is a Business and Executive Coach, a Storyteller and an Angel Investor. He hosts the highly successful podcast titled The Brand Called You. A keen political observer and commentator, he is also the founder Chairman of Guardian Pharmacies. He is the author of 6 best-selling books and writes for several online newspapers.

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इमरान खान – अतिवादी राजनीतिज्ञ या सामान्य क्रिकेटर?

United Nations: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses at the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), at United Nations on Sep 27, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

United Nations: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses at the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), at United Nations on Sep 27, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

संयुक्त राष्ट्र महासभा सप्ताह समाप्त हो चुका है, और अब पाकिस्तान के चयनित प्रधानमंत्री, इमरान खान की नाट्य तकनीक (थियेट्रिक्स) का विश्लेषण किया जा सकता है। संयुक्त राष्ट्र महासभा में इमरान खान के भाषण में दिखाई दी मायूसी, शेखी और परमाणु खतरे की खुली धमकी बेमिसाल है, जिसकी हर कोई निंदा कर रहा है।

इमरान खान का असली एजेंडा क्या था और वे किस बारे में बात करना चाह रहे थे? वे अपने प्रलापमय भाषण में किसे संबोधित कर रहे थे? वाक्पटुता का नमूना देता उनका भाषण गंदगी से भरा था, वे बेहद हताशा और गुस्से में गालियाँ बक रहे थे। किसी ने श्री खान के भाषण का सार प्रस्तुत किया तो उसमें उन्होंने नरेंद्र मोदी का नाम 12 बार लिया था, कश्मीर का 25 बार, आतंकवाद का 28 बार और इस्लाम का 71 बार उल्लेख किया था! हत्याकांड जैसे शब्दों का प्रयोग तो पूरी तरह अस्वीकार्य है।

पाकिस्तान के नेताओं और काँग्रेस दल ने अनुभव किया है कि जब कुछ भी काम नहीं करता हो, तो राष्ट्रीय स्वयं सेवक संघ (आरएसएस) पर दोष मढ़ दो। चूँकि श्री खान और उनके आगे-पीछे घूमने वाले आरएसएस द्वारा किए जा रहे कामों के बारे में कुछ नहीं जानते-समझते, ऐसे में उनके द्वारा संयुक्त राष्ट्र में आरएसएस का मामला उठाना बहुत ही हास्यास्पद था। भारत में काँग्रेस दल के नेताओं से वे जो सुनते हैं वे केवल उसे ही तोता ज़ुबानी उगल देते हैं।

हिटलर और मुसोलिनी की बात करना और उनकी तुलना आरएसएस से करना और उनका संयुक्त राष्ट्र महासभा के प्रभामंडल वाले मंच से अंतर्राष्ट्रीय समुदाय को इसके बारे में चेतावनी देना, विश्व के अधिकांश नेताओं पर इसका बहुत दीन प्रभाव पड़ा। सभी को इसका बहुत आश्चर्य हुआ कि किसी देश का प्रधानमंत्री उसे दिए समय में उन्मत्त होकर अनर्गल प्रलाप कर रहा था और दुनिया को धमकाते हुए मदद की गुहार लगा रहा था!

जिहाद में लिप्त आतंकवादियों को पाकिस्तान में सेना के समर्थन को खान सरेआम प्रोत्साहित करते हैं और उसे सही भी बताते हैं, इतना ही नहीं आतंकवादी संगठनों को अनुमति देने और बढ़ावा देने की बात करते हैं और इसलिए पाकिस्तानी सेना भारत में आतंकवादी भेजना शुरु करती है। साथ ही वे निष्पक्ष अपील भी करते हैं कि कैसे इस्लाम शांति वाला धर्म है और कैसे आतंकवाद के खिलाफ युद्ध का सबसे बड़ा पीड़ित पाकिस्तान है।

अरबी भाषा के शब्द जिहाद का शाब्दिक अर्थ है प्रयास करना या संघर्ष करना, खासकर उत्तम लक्ष्य के लिए कोशिश करना, लेकिन वही कब आतंकवाद, विनाश, बदला और मृत्यु का पर्यायवाची शब्द हो गया?

रोचक बात यह है कि जिस तरीके से श्री खान ने इस्लाम के विश्व नेता पद को अपनी ओर करने की कोशिश की और जब वे उसे समझा रहे थे, उनका स्वर बड़ा हताश था कि कैसे इस्लाम का पालन करने वाला तब अपमानित महसूस करता है जब दुनिया उनके धर्म के ख़िलाफ़ कुछ कहती है। यह दीगर बात है कि जो उनकी बात में विश्वास नहीं करता उसे वे काफ़िर कह देते हैं। उन्होंने एक भी बार यह नहीं कहा कि जो धर्म का पालन करते हैं उन्हें अपने में कोई बदलाव लाना चाहिए। उन्होंने बड़ी आसानी से 9/11 की समस्या का पूरा दोष अन्य समस्याओं और उसके बाद पूरी दुनिया पर डाल दिया। उन्होंने कट्टर इस्लामिक आतंकवाद जैसे शब्दों के इस्तेमाल की कड़ी निंदा की, लेकिन एक बार भी यह नहीं कहा कि जिहादियों पर लगाम कसने की जवाबदारी उनके जैसे नेताओं पर ही है।

एक दिन पहले उन्होंने एशियाटिक सोसाइटी में बिलकुल ऐसा ही भाषण दिया था जैसा उन्होंने महासभा में दिया और उनके प्रति निष्पक्ष रहकर कहा जाए तो उन्होंने ही बताया कि एशियाटिक सोसाइटी का उनका भाषण अभ्यास भाषण था। कश्मीर, इस्लाम को छोड़ दिया जाए तो उनके पास कहने और दुनिया को धर्म के प्रति कितना कुछ करने की आवश्यकता है, इस बारे में बताने के लिए नया कुछ नहीं था।

उससे पहले की इमरान खान की अपनी तस्बीह (सुमिरनी माला) के साथ राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प से बात करते हुए की तस्वीर बड़ी विचारणीय है। उनकी देहयष्टि, उनके हाव-भाव में घबराहट बड़ी दूर थी। वे सर्वशक्तिमान ईश्वर से प्रार्थना करते हुए दुनिया के सबसे शक्तिशाली व्यक्ति से यह उम्मीद लगाए थे कि कोई चमत्कार होगा। राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प के साथ उनकी पहली मुलाकात, जो सऊदी अरब के युवराज की अनुशंसा पर हुई थी, के बाद वे ऐसी कोई सकारात्मक टिप्पणी सुनने के लिए बेताब थे, जिसे वे “विश्व कप जीतने” की तरह अपने घर ले जा सके।

उन्होंने एक भी बार पाकिस्तान की अविश्वसनीय गरीबी, बिजली, पानी, ईंधन और खाद्य आपूर्ति की भारी कमी के बारे में बात नहीं की। उन्होंने अपने देश की अशिक्षा और बहुत खराब स्वास्थ्य रिकॉर्ड के बारे में बोलना उचित नहीं समझा। उन्होंने बलूचिस्तान की निर्लज्ज दलीलों और पाकिस्तान में अन्य दमित अल्पसंख्यकों की बात की उपेक्षा की। उन्होंने भ्रष्टाचार और कुप्रबंधन के चलते अपने देश के दिवालिएपन की बात नहीं की और ऐसे जताया जैसे भारत के वित्तीय कार्रवाई टास्क फोर्स (एफएटीएफ) द्वारा पाकिस्तान को ब्लैकलिस्ट किए जाने की संभावना ही दोषी हो।

इमरान खान खाली हाथ पाकिस्तान लौट गए। उनके समर्थक और बड़ी संख्या में पत्रकार उनकी भारत यात्रा से चमत्कार की उम्मीद कर रहे थे। उन्होंने उन्हें विश्वास दिलाया था कि धारा 370 रद्द करवाने के अलावा उन्हें अन्य कुछ भी स्वीकार्य नहीं होगा! न केवल उन्हें विश्व के नेताओं से कुछ मिला, जिनमें से कोई भी उनके एक शब्द तक पर विश्वास नहीं करता, इतना ही नहीं सऊदी अरब के जिस उधार के विमान पर सवार होकर वे गए थे उसने भी तकनीकी ख़राबी का हवाला देकर वापस ले जाने से इनकार कर दिया और उन्हें व्यावसायिक विमान से घर जाना पड़ा।

श्री खान को विमान उधार देते समय, सऊदी अरब ने भारत को आश्वासन दिया कि वे यह सुनिश्चित करेंगे कि भारत को तेल की किसी भी तरह की कमी का सामना नहीं करना पड़ेगा। सऊदी अरब ने चोट के साथ अपमान को और जोड़ दिया है जिसके तहत हाल ही में उसने भारत में 100 बिलियन अमेरिकी डॉलर के निवेश पैकेज की घोषणा की है। (श्री खान इसकी केवल 25% राशि पाने के लिए बड़ी राजी-ख़ुशी पूरा पाकिस्तान सऊदी अरब को बेच सकते हैं।)

इमरान खान को एक ही बार में पूरी तरह से आतंकवाद का खात्मा करने की ज़रूरत है लेकिन ऐसा करना अब कठिन है क्योंकि उन्होंने अपनी ताकतों के ही पर कतर दिए हैं। उन्हें अपनी सेना से सौदा करने की ज़रूरत है, जो अभी भी भुट्टो की भारत को “हजार घावों” से आहत करने की धमकी से प्रेरित लगती है। यदि सेना उनकी तरफ़ है तो उन्हें आतंकवाद के अपने कारखाने बंद करने की आवश्यकता है। इससे न केवल विश्व, बल्कि उनके अपने लोग भी राहत की साँस लेंगे, जो उनके ही द्वारा दिए जा रहे इन प्रवेशों से सबसे ज़्यादा पीड़ित है।

इमरान खान, अगर वास्तव में विश्व नेता के रूप में कद हासिल करना चाहते हैं तो उन्हें पाकिस्तान के लोगों के लिए काम करना चाहिए। उन्हें अपने देश के निर्माण पर ध्यान केंद्रित करना चाहिए और उस विश्वसनीयता को वापस लाना चाहिए, जिसमें तीन दशक पहले उनका देश, विश्व के साथ आनंद लेता था।

उन्हें भारत के साथ प्रतिस्पर्धा करने और धमकी देने के बजाय भारत के साथ संबंधों को सामान्य बनाने की दिशा में काम करना चाहिए। मददगार भारत उनके टूटे और दुर्बल देश के लिए बहुत कुछ कर सकता है। व्यापार फिर से शुरू किया जाना चाहिए, और लोगों के बीच आपसी बातचीत में सुधार लाना चाहिए। सुरक्षित पाकिस्तान उन लाखों पर्यटकों के लिए दरवाजे खोल सकता है जो पाकिस्तान में घूमना पसंद करेंगे। पाकिस्तान की अर्थव्यवस्था को पुनर्जीवित करना होगा।

केवल आर्थिक रूप से आत्मनिर्भर पाकिस्तान ही राष्ट्रों के बीच सम्मानजनक स्थान पाने की उम्मीद कर सकता है।

क्या चुने गए प्रधानमंत्री इमरान खान को सेना द्वारा नचाया जा रहा है? या मुस्लिम विश्व के नेता उन्हें नचा रहे हैं? या कट्टरपंथी इस्लामी आंदोलन के नेता? या वे ऐसा प्लेबॉय है, जिसने क्रिकेट विश्व कप जीता और कैंसर अस्पताल बनाया? या तहरीक-ए-इंसाफ के नेता, जिनके बारे में पाकिस्तान ने सोचा था कि वह उन्हें पिछले नेताओं से मिली सभी चुनौतियों से मुक्ति दिलाएगा? या क्या वे केवल ” डूबो देने वाले (इम द डिम)” हैं , जैसाकि कुछ राजनीतिक टिप्पणीकारों द्वारा उन्हें आमतौर से कहा जाता है?

क्या असली इमरान खान कृपा कर गिने जाने के लिए खड़े होंगे?


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Imran Khan - Extremist Politician or Moderate Cricketer?

United Nations: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses at the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), at United Nations on Sep 27, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

The United Nations General Assembly week is over, and the theatrics of the selected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Imran Khan can now be analysed. So much desperation, so much bluster and open Nuclear threat in the speech from Imran Khan at the United Nations General Assembly is unprecedented and deserves condemnation from everyone.

What was Imran Khan’s real agenda and what was he trying to talk about? Who was he addressing in his rambling speech littered with so much abuse so much rhetoric and so much frustration and anger? Someone summarised that in Mr Khan’s speech he used Narendra Modi 12 times, Kashmir 25 times, Terrorism 28 times and Islam 71 times! Using terms like bloodbath is unacceptable.

Leaders of Pakistan and the Congress party have realised that when nothing works, blame the RSS. Raising the matter of the RSS at the United Nations was ridiculous since Mr Khan and his band of merry men have absolutely no understanding of the work being done by the RSS. They are simply parroting what they hear from the leaders of the Congress party in India.

Talking about Hitler and Mussolini and comparing them to the RSS and warning the international community from the most haloed podium of the United Nations General Assembly went down very poorly with most world leaders. Everyone was surprised to see the Prime Minister of a country raving and ranting well beyond his allotted time, trying to plead for help while threatening the World!

Khan has openly encouraged the terrorists being supported by his Army in Pakistan to indulge in Jihad and has therefore justified and given permission and encouragement to the terrorist organisations and the Pakistan Army to start sending terrorists into India. At the same time, he is also making an impartial appeal about how Islam is a religion of peace and how Pakistan has been the biggest sufferer of the war against terrorism.

When did Jihad, an Arabic word which literally means striving or struggling, especially with a praiseworthy aim become a term synonymous with terrorism, destruction, revenge and death?

What is interesting is the way Mr Khan tried to take the position of a leader of Islam in the World when he tried to explain, in a desperate tone, how people who follow Islam get offended when the world says anything against their religion. It is another thing that everyone who is not a believer is a kafir. Not once did he say that it is necessary for people who follow the religion to make any changes to themselves. He has conveniently put the entire blame of all the problems of 9/11 and thereafter on the rest of the World. He strongly condemned the use of the words radical Islamic terrorism but did not even once suggest that the responsibility for reining in the jihadists lies with leaders like himself.

His speech the previous day at the Asiatic Society was the same as the one he made in the General Assembly and to be fair to him, he did say that the Asiatic Society speech was a practice speech. He had nothing new to talk about except Kashmir, Islam and how the World need to so much more for the religion.

Earlier, Imran Khan, sitting with his tasbih while talking to President Trump is a picture worth thinking about. His body language gave away his nervousness. He was appealing to the most powerful man in the World while praying to Almighty God hoping that there would be a miracle. He was desperate for a positive comment that he could take back home like “winning the World Cup” after his first meeting with President Trump that was apparently set up at the request of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Not once did he talk about the incredible poverty of Pakistan, the major shortage of power, water, fuel and food supplies. He chose not to speak about the illiteracy and the very poor health record of his country. He ignored the impassioned pleas of Baluchistan and the other suppressed minorities in Pakistan. He did not speak about the bankruptcy his nation is facing because of corruption and mismanagement and conveniently laid the blame for Pakistan likely to be blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on India.

Imran Khan has returned to Pakistan empty handed. His supporters and that large number of journalists were expecting a miracle from his trip to India. He had assured them that nothing short of a revocation of Article 370 would be acceptable to him! Not only did he not get anything from the world leaders who did not believe a word that he spoke with but also his borrowed plane from Saudi Arabia refused to take him back owing to a technical error and he had to fly home on a commercial plane.

While lending a plane to Mr Khan, Saudi Arabia also assured India that they will ensure that India will not face a shortfall of a single drop of oil. To add insult to injury Saudi Arabia has just announced a US$ 100 billion investment package in India (Mr Khan would have happily sold the entire Pakistan for 25% of this amount Tu Saudi Arabia).

Imran Khan needs to stop terrorism once and for all which will be tough now that he has unleashed these forces. He needs a buy in from his Army which still seems to be motivated by Bhutto’s threat of hurting India with a “thousand cuts.” If the Army is on his side, he needs to shut down his factories of terrorism. Not only will the World heave a sigh of relief but also his own people, who by his own admission have been the biggest sufferers.

Imran Khan, if he truly wants to attain the stature as a World Leader must work for the people of Pakistan. He must focus on building his country and bring back the credibility his country used to enjoy in the World three decades back.

He must work towards normalising relations with India rather than keep competing with and threatening India. A supportive India can do a lot for his broken and impoverished country. Trade must be resumed, and people-to-people interaction must be improved. A safe Pakistan can open the doors to millions of tourists who would love to visit Pakistan. The economy of Pakistan must be revived.

Only an economically self-reliant Pakistan can hope to find a respectable place amongst the comity of nations.

Is Imran Khan the selected Prime Minister being propped up by the Army? Or the leader of the Muslim World? Or the leader of the Radical Islamist movement? Or the playboy who won the cricket World Cup and built a cancer hospital? Or the leader of Tehreek-e-Insaaf who Pakistan had thought would deliver them from all the challenges of the previous leaders? Or is he simply “Imm the Dim” as he is popularly called by some political commentators?

Will the real Imran Khan please stand up to be counted?


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“हाउडी मोदी” का पुनर्निर्माण

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भारत के कतिपय विपक्षी नेताओं और पाकिस्तान के अमूमन सारे राजनेताओं और पत्रकारों को छोड़ दे तो हर कोई इस तथ्य को स्वीकार रहा है कि ह्यूस्टन टेक्सास में प्रधानमंत्री मोदी का भाषण, भारत के संदर्भ में बाजी पलटकर रख देने वाला है।

लगभग हर किसी ने प्रधानमंत्री मोदी के भाषण के बाद हुए डोनाल्ड ट्रम्प के भाषण के बारे में लिखा लेकिन लगता है किसी ने भी प्रधानमंत्री मोदी के प्रारंभिक भाषण पर कोई टिप्पणी नहीं दी, जिसके ज़रिए उन्होंने राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प का आह्वान किया था। आइए इन दो नेताओं ने जिन कई मुद्दों पर बात की उसके पुनर्पाठ से पहले श्री मोदी ने जो परिचय दिया, उससे शुरुआत करते हैं।

दो नेताओं ने मंच पर प्रवेश किया तब श्री ट्रम्प का हाथ श्री मोदी के कंधे पर था। यह तीसरा अवसर था जब वर्ष 2019 में थोड़े अंतराल के बाद वे मिल रहे थे और दोनों की ख़ुशमिज़ाजी उनके हाव-भाव से साफ़ झलक रही थी।

प्रधानमंत्री मोदी आगंतुक थे, न कि ह्यूस्टन, टेक्सास में मेजबान। राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प के आगमन से पहले कई अमेरिकी नेताओं ने उनका परिचय दिया और उनका सम्मान किया। जैसे ही राष्ट्रपति का आगमन हुआ, श्री मोदी ने राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प का परिचय देने की जिम्मेदारी अपने हाथों में ली, गोकि श्री मोदी ही उस कार्यक्रम के मेजबान हो। उनके द्वारा पूरी तैयारी के साथ दिया गया परिचय, राष्ट्रपति के चेहरे पर मुस्कान ले आया और जिन विभिन्न मुद्दों के बारे में श्री मोदी ने कहा उस पर राष्ट्रपति ने सहमति दर्शाई।

श्री मोदी ने वर्णन किया कि कैसे राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प के साथ उनकी पहली मुलाकात में उनका परिचय ट्रम्प परिवार से करवाया गया था और उन्होंने कहा कि अब उनकी बारी थी कि वे राष्ट्रपति का परिचय अपने परिवार से कराए और ऐसा कहकर वे स्टेडियम के सभी श्रोताओं से मुखातिब हुए और उन श्रोताओं को अपना परिवार बताया जिस पर सभी ने जोश-ख़रोश में जयकारे लगाए-“मोदी मोदी”। यह वास्तव में उसी बात का प्रतिनिधित्व कर रहा था जिसका जिक्र वे हमेशा भारतीय दर्शन के ‘वसुधैव कुटुंबकम्’ (विश्व एक परिवार है) के रूप में करते हैं।

उनकी टिप्पणियों “मेक अमेरिका ग्रेट अगेन (अमेरिका को फिर महान् बनाया जाए)” और “अबकी बार ट्रम्प सरकार” को भारत के विपक्षी नेताओं ने ग़लत तरीके से समझा और ग़लत तरीके से प्रस्तुत किया, ये वे ही लोग हैं जो बिना सोचे-समझे किसी भी बात को अपने पक्ष में करवा लेने की कोशिश करते हैं। इन लोगों ने अपनी सहुलियत से इस बात को पूरी तरह अनसुना कर दिया कि श्री मोदी राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प के वर्ष 2016 के चुनाव अभियान के संदर्भ में यह जिक्र कर रहे थे। श्री मोदी ने बड़ी सावधानी से इन शब्दों को ” उम्मीदवार (कैंडिडेट) ट्रम्प” के साथ रखा था। इस परिचय के समय श्री ट्रम्प और श्री मोदी साथ-साथ खड़े थे और इन शब्दों से उनका श्री ट्रम्प के साथ सुर एकदम जुड़ गया।

प्रधानमंत्री मोदी को साफ़-साफ़ पता था कि वे किस बारे में बोलने वाले हैं और जिस लाजवाब तरीके से उन्होंने तैयारी की थी और जो उनकी सोच थी, जिसे लेकर उन्होंने संवाद साधा था उसकी प्रशंसा हर कोई करेगा। एक ही भाषण में वे कई मतदाता वर्ग को संबोधित करते लग रहे थे:

  1. बड़ी तादाद में भारतीय अमेरिकियों ने उन्हें सुनने के लिए पाँच घंटे से अधिक समय तक इंतज़ार किया, उन 4 मिलियन भारतीय अमेरिकियों के साथ, जिन्होंने जबसे श्री मोदी को कद्दावर नेता के रूप में देखा है तब से उन्हें पूरा समर्थन दिया है, जो उनके देश, उनकी भूमि को लेकर उन्हें गौरवान्वित अनुभव कराता है।
  2. उनके पूरे भाषण के दौरान अमेरिका के राष्ट्रपति वहाँ उपस्थित थे।
  3. स्टेडियम में रिपब्लिकन और डेमोक्रेटिक दोनों दलों के कई प्रतिनिधि और नेता मौजूद थे।
  4. लाखों भारतीय उनका भाषण सुनने के लिए वहाँ रुके थे, जबकि बहुत रात हो गई थी। उनमें से निश्चित रूप से कई विपक्षी दलों के नेता थे, जिन्होंने एक वक्तव्य से दूसरे वक्तव्य के बीच के अंतर के विस्तार को पहचाना होगा।
  5. पाकिस्तान के दर्शकों के लिए श्री मोदी ने अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति की उपस्थिति में कुछ सख्त टिप्पणियाँ भी की थीं।

ट्रम्प का परिचय दिए जाने के बाद श्री ट्रम्प ख़ुद उन्हें मंच के छोर तक ले गए ताकि वे स्थानापन्न हो राष्ट्रपति को सुन सकें।

श्री ट्रम्प ने बड़े उदार मन से प्रशस्त टिप्पणियाँ कीं और उन्होंने दो-तीन बार कहा कि व्हाइट हाउस में भारत सच्चा मित्र है। अमेरिका के लगभग 4 मिलियन भारतीयों से श्री मोदी ने जो अतुलनीय अपील की, राष्ट्रपति ने उसे पहचाना। कहीं न कहीं श्री ट्रम्प के मानस पटल में चल रहा होगा कि पिछले चुनावों में 77% भारतीय अमेरिकियों ने डेमोक्रेटिक की प्रत्याशी हिलेरी क्लिंटन को मतदान किया था। यदि वे यह विश्वास दिला सकें कि वे भारत का समर्थन करेंगे और इस तरह वे इतनी बड़ी संख्या में इन मतदाताओं को अपनी ओर कर पाने में सफल हो पाएँ तो, उनके लिए निश्चित ही मददगार होगा।

जब राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प ने इस्लामिक आतंकवाद का मुकाबला करने की बात की, तो विशेष रूप से दिलचस्प था कि उन्होंने अमेरिका और भारत इन दोनों देशों के बीच पहली बार हुए त्रिकोणीय रक्षा अभ्यास का उल्लेख किया।

उसके बाद श्री मोदी को राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प द्वारा मंच पर आमंत्रित किया गया। यह देखना भी बड़ा दिलचस्प था कि इन दो विश्व नेताओं के बीच कोई तीसरा पक्ष नहीं था। श्री मोदी ने अमेरिकी निवेश आमंत्रित करने के लिए अपनी सरकार की उपलब्धियों के बारे में विस्तार से बात की, लेकिन उनका मुख्य संवाद पाकिस्तान और कश्मीर के बारे में था।

श्री मोदी उत्कृष्ट वक्ता हैं और शत्रु पर वार करने की उनकी अपनी ख़ास शैली है, वे लगातार 9-11 और 26-11 के बारे में इन हमलों के पीछे किसी देश या नेता का नाम लिए बिना सवाल पूछ रहे थे और लोगों की बढ़-चढ़कर प्रतिक्रियाएँ मिल रही थीं। इसका राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प पर निश्चित ही गहरा प्रभाव पड़ा होगा क्योंकि इससे पहले वे इमरान ख़ान के साथ की पत्रकार वार्ता में भारी भीड़ की प्रतिक्रियाओं का अनुभव ले चुके थे। उस समय प्रधानमंत्री मोदी आतंकवाद पर लगातार तीखा हमला और कटाक्ष कर रहे थे और अब वे दोषियों के ख़िलाफ़ निर्णायक कार्रवाई के मुद्दे पर आ गए थे, जो वहाँ की भारी भीड़ में बैठे हर श्रोता तक गुंजायमान हो गया था और उनके सम्मान में वहाँ उपस्थित विशाल जनसमुदाय ने खड़े होकर तालियाँ बजाकर उनका अभिवादन किया।

जब बात धारा 370 के विषय में आई तो प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने बहुत स्पष्ट रूप से कहा कि लोकतांत्रिक सिद्धांतों के अनुसार संसद में दोनों सदनों द्वारा इस पर विस्तार से टेलीविजित बहस हुई थी और जिसे दुनिया भर के लोगों ने देखा था और इन बहसों के बाद ही दो-तिहाई बहुमत से यह कानून पारित किया गया था। श्री मोदी ने वास्तव में इस तथ्य की पुष्टि के लिए विभिन्न भाषाओं में श्री ट्रम्प और अन्य नेताओं को सूचित किया कि भारत में “सब ठीक है”। यह बात वास्तव में उन चंद नेताओं तक भी पहुँचानी थी जो पाकिस्तानी सोच पर “तोता रटंत” करते आ रहे हैं।

अपने भाषण के अंत में, श्री मोदी ट्रम्प के पास गए और उनका हाथ अपने हाथ में लेकर राष्ट्रपति के साथ पूरे स्टेडियम की विजयी परिक्रमा लगाई।

यह श्री मोदी का विश्व के सबसे शक्तिशाली व्यक्ति के सामने भारत की नरम शक्ति का प्रदर्शन करने का तरीका था और जिन मुद्दों को प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने अपने भाषण में उठाया था उन पर निहित सहमति प्राप्त करना था। बहुत आश्चर्य नहीं होगा यदि हम 26 जनवरी 2020 के गणतंत्र दिवस पर मुख्य अतिथि के रूप में राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प और प्रथम महिला को देखें।

स्पष्ट रूप से श्री मोदी ने अमेरिका और श्री ट्रम्प के साथ इतने मजबूत संबंध बनाने के लिए बहुत श्रम किया है। यदि यह मानकर चले कि श्री ट्रम्प फिर से चुने जाते हैं, तो वे भारत के लिए ऐसे बन सकते हैं जैसे निक्सन, चीन के लिए थे। अगर ऐसा होता है, तो भारत 10 बिलियन अमेरिकी डॉलर की अर्थव्यवस्था बनने की एकदम सही राह पर होगा और हम सभी को इसके लिए श्री मोदी को धन्यवाद देना होगा।

अपने दूसरे कार्यकाल में प्रधानमंत्री मोदी अपने कार्यकाल के शुरुआती दौर से ही सभी कठोर फैसले लेने की जल्दी में हैं। चाहे हम उन्हें चाहें या उनसे नफरत करें, उनके पास 56 महीने से अधिक का समय है जब वे तीसरे कार्यकाल की चाह में फिर से चुनाव में खड़े होते हैं।

यह ‘मेक इंडिया ग्रेट अगेन’ (भारत को पुन: श्रेष्ठ) बनाने के लिए वर्ष 2014 से अब तक किए गए सभी परिवर्तनों को लागू करने और उनके परिणामों को देखने के लिए पर्याप्त समय है।


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