World View: Hindu Nationalist Nominated as India's Prime Minister
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Syria discussion on Framingham Mass. TV on Sunday
- Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi becomes India prime minister candidate
- John Kerry thanks Russia for it's hard work in Syria
Syria discussion on Framingham Mass. TV on Sunday
Massachusetts residents who have access to Framingham TV should tune
in on Sunday (9/15) evening at 6 pm, where I'll be the guest on the
subject of Syria on Jim Pillsbury's news/talk show.
Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi becomes India prime minister candidate
Narendra Modi (AP)
A strong populist movement in India has resulted in the selection of
Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist who in 2005 was banned from entry
into the United States, as the candidate for prime minister for the
nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP will be running against
the more liberal Congress Party, which has not yet named its lead
candidate for next year's elections.
Hindu nationalism is controversial in India because opponents
associate it with "Hindutva violence," where the Hindutva movement
began in 1923, led by terrorist Veer Savarkar (Vinayak Damodar
Savarkar), mostly as a movement against British colonization. (See
"'Hindutva' terrorist violence against Muslims shocks Indians" from 2008.) In particular, a
large terrorist bombing in Malegaon in India in 2008 was initially
blamed on Muslim Jihadists, but evidence led to a Hindutva terrorist
group that seeks revenge against Muslims.
Modi became associated with Hindutva violence in 2002, soon after the
time he became, Governor of the Gujarat province (on the border with
Pakistan), where he still serves as Governor. On February 27, 2002, a
train with activists shouting Hindutva slogans passed through the city
of Godhra in Gujarat province. There were some unsavory incidents,
including an attempt to molest a Muslim girl and pull her into the
train. Stone-throwing by Muslims led to a fire in one of the coaches,
and deaths by burning of 58 people. This triggered several days of
sectarian violence between Hindus and Muslims, killing hundreds and
displacing more than 150,000 people, of which the majority were
Muslims, who have since been living in refugee camps in dire
As Governor, Narendra Modi was accused of complicity in the violence
against Muslims -- for provoking it, and looking the other way when it
occurred. An investigation eventually cleared him, but suspicions
remained, and he was denied entry into the United States by President
Bush's administration in 2005.
Modi has become extremely popular, either despite or because of his
Hindutva connection. This popularity is part of a growing that began
in the 1970s of increasing hostility between the Hindu and Muslim
populations. From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, this
mutual hostility is expected to increase, and the region is headed for
a new war between Hindus and Muslims, refighting the genocidal war
that followed Partition, the 1947 partitioning of the Indian
subcontinent into India and Pakistan. Hindustan Times and AFP and Telegraph India
John Kerry thanks Russia for it's hard work in Syria
John Kerry and Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov gave a joint
press conference at 6 am ET on Saturday morning. I assume that the 6
am time was chosen in the hope that no Americans would hear it, since
it was so painfully embarrassing for the United States. I transcribed
the first three minutes of it, which was the first part of John
"I'm particularly grateful to Sergei Lavrov who stayed
extra time from what he had originally planned, hoping we'd finish
sooner, and this gave us additional opportunity to be able to work
through some of the issues.
I especially wanna thank the cooperative effort of Sergei Lavrov,
who has worked hard and his entire delegation, including teams of
the world's foremost chemical weapons experts, who have joined us
here for the important discussions that we've had over the last
Two weeks ago made the decision that because of the egregious use
of chemical weapons in Syria against innocent Syrian citizens,
women and children, all indiscriminately murdered in the night
that claimed the lives even of people trying to rescue people, he
believed it was critical for the world to say "No more."
The president made the difficult decision that after multiple
warnings, it was his decision that the time had come to take
military action to deter future use of such weapons.
But he also made the decision that we needed to take time to
enlist the support of the congress and the American people, and I
have no doubt that the combination of the threat of force, and the
willingness to pursue diplomacy helped to bring us to this moment.
But diplomacy requires willing partners, and I wanna thank
President Putin for his willingness to pick up on the possibility
of negotiating an ended to Syrian weapons of mass destruction.
His willingness to embrace ideas for how to accomplish this goal,
and his willingness to send foreign minister Lavrov here to pursue
12:03 this effort was essential to getting to this point.
And I wanna thank Sergei Lavrov for his diligent efforts and the
efforts of his entire delegation who worked hard and in good faith
to overcome difficulties and even disagreements. In order to try
to find a way through tireless efforts to get us where we are
It's good to see that Sergei Lavrov was effusively thanked several
times for his magnificent effort of staying an extra day to fully make
fools of the U.S. administration once again. I wouldn't want Lavrov
to think that his magnificent efforts were not appreciated by John
Kerry. John Kerry also expressed thanks to Vladimir Putin for sending
the magnificent Lavrov to meet with Kerry. I was disappointed,
though, that Kerry never took a moment to thank Syria's president
Bashar al-Assad for his magnificent efforts as well.
As for the terms of the agreement, as I understand them, they are as
The Obama administration is taking credit for this agreement, saying
that the threats of military intervention, as well as all the
flip-flops and gaffes, were actually done on purpose, just to bring
this agreement about. (Do I need to comment on this claim?)
- The U.S. completely backs down on its threats of violence.
Those ships in the Mediterranean Sea can all go home.
- Bashar al-Assad is supposed to produce a list of all his chemical
weapons within seven days, by Friday.
- There are supposed to be U.N. inspectors on the ground sometime in
- All of al-Assad's chemical weapons will be destroyed or removed by
- If anything goes wrong, the U.N. Security Council will debate it
(where Lavrov has a veto). There is a "commitment to impose
measures," such as sanctions. Typical "measures" in the past have
been to threaten to hold another meeting.
We can expect to see the following scenario one or more times in the
weeks to come: Syria breaches the agreement. John Kerry complains to
the U.N. Security Council. Lavrov says it's just a technical detail,
and anyway there's no evidence. Kerry offers a resolution. Russia
Reports indicate that now that the threat of American force has ended,
Syria's air force is doubling its attacks with conventional weapons.
Russia's 2011 strategy of using the United Nations to cripple the Obama administration and
American policy is continuing to succeed spectacularly.
At some point, Kerry and Obama are going to be forced to react to
Putin and al-Assad repeatedly leading them by the nose and making a
fool of them, and the result may not be pleasant for anyone.
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