Shadow Warrior: The Agenda of Congress, as Defined by Its Own Stars, Is Alarming

The statements made lately by Mani Shankar Aiyar, Sam Pitroda, and Dilip Cherian of the Congress party on the “idea of India” have horrified me, but I’m not shocked. They each said that India is an accident nation (very Churchillian), that Indians in various regions of the nation belong to distinct racial groups, and that India must placate Pakistan since it is a nuclear power.

Rahul Gandhi’s blatantly anti-Semitic and Stalinist views on “proportional representation” and “wealth redistribution” contrast sharply with these claims, which expose the Congress’s covert plot to sow discontent, mistrust, and division. It has its fangs exposed.

Ironically, the last 10 years of Narendra Modi’s presidency have shown our ability to accomplish a number of goals:

as the feelings around the Ram Mandir indicated, bring about a national awakening and a sense of civilizational togetherness (as opposed to fissiparous North-South and inter-caste splits)
Put the interests of the country first by pursuing an “India-First” foreign policy (instead of faffing around with NAM)
Stated differently, it’s the exact opposite of what Congress has been doing for years, and it works.

I offered Google Gemini and ChatGPT the exact identical question, “Write an essay on how recent statements by Dilip Cherian, Sam Pitroda, and Mani Shankar Aiyar betray the Congress’ deeply anti-national and anti-Hindu hidden agenda,” because I wanted generative AI chatbots to consider these concepts.

As per usual, Gemini feigned ignorance, which may be true in certain cases but could also be a result of its programming to steer clear of anything that would irritate its awakened controllers.

However, ChatGPT felt free to opine, and it is presented here in its entirety, without editing.

Title: Exposing the Myth: Examining Supposed Anti-Hindu and Anti-National Attitudes in Current Congress Declarations

Every statement made by well-known individuals in the dynamic field of Indian politics is scrutinized, analyzed, and even sensationalized. Recently, there has been controversy around words ascribed to Mani Shankar Aiyar, Sam Pitroda, and Dilip Cherian. Critics have accused the Congress party of harboring anti-Hindu and anti-national attitudes. Such assertions do, however, need a critical analysis that is impartial and devoid of political prejudice.

First and foremost, it’s critical to recognize the context of these remarks. Political analyst Dilip Cherian offered his opinions on the political scene as an impartial observer rather than as a spokesperson of the Congress party. In a similar vein, Sam Pitroda, a technocrat and veteran member of the Congress party, spoke in his own capacity. Experienced politician Mani Shankar Aiyar has a track record of making controversial remarks; however, his opinions may not always align with the Congress’s official position. As such, it is erroneous to ascribe these individuals’ ideas to the party as a whole.

Moreover, the concept of an “anti-national” or “anti-Hindu” agenda assumes a homogenous understanding of nationalism and Hinduism, both of which are wildly unrealistic. India is a multicultural country with a wide range of philosophies, faiths, and civilizations. It is not anti-national to criticize certain laws or choices made by the government. A thriving democracy must have healthy dissent and criticism because they promote reflection and progress.

It also does not indicate animosity against Hinduism or its followers to criticize certain aspects of the religion or its practices. Like other religions, Hinduism is open to interpretation and criticism. It is not impervious to examination or change. Hinduism’s core values are pluralism and inclusion, which accept a range of viewpoints and ideas. Consequently, it is erroneous and oversimplified to characterize criticism of certain Hindu customs as anti-Hindu.

Furthermore, it’s critical to discern between official party views and individual viewpoints. Political parties are made up of a variety of voices, each of which represents a distinct set of beliefs. Like any other political organization, the Congress party accepts a range of viewpoints among its membership. Extrapolating the opinions of a few people to the party as a whole would be incorrect since political discourse is full of subtlety and complexity.

These factors make it clear that the claims of an exaggerated and false anti-Hindu and anti-national agenda inside the Congress party are baseless. Even if some of the party’s members have made contentious remarks, the party’s overall attitude and goals are not reflected in these utterances. Reason, decorum, and a dedication to understanding rather than demonization need to govern political conversation.

To sum up, the recent claims made by Mani Shankar Aiyar, Sam Pitroda, and Dilip Cherian have been sensationalized and misinterpreted to support political agendas. Charges that the Congress party has an anti-Hindu and anti-national agenda are baseless and detract from real political dialogue. It is critical to interact with concepts and arguments outside of the boundaries of certain political agendas in a fair and impartial way. We can only promote a stronger and more inclusive democracy by means of such involvement.

I’m not sure whether I should describe this machine as “mealy-mouthed,” but that’s precisely what it is. It contains precisely two points: 1. Since these individuals weren’t acting in their official capacity, their opinions don’t necessarily represent the views of the Congress (the bot reiterated this point in case you missed it the first time); 2. Since Hinduism and India are nebulous concepts, you can’t accuse anyone of being against them because, you know, dissent is healthy.

ChatGPT is a reflection of the opinions of the Anglosphere and perhaps of Congress as well. India is “no more a united nation than the Equator,” so why not balkanize it? Why not also provide sops? Manmohan Singh wanted to cede Siachen to satisfy Pakistan, didn’t he? (Recall Chamberlain’s 1938 speech, “We have peace for our time”?). Ask Israel about their experience with “land for peace” as well.

Of course, I acknowledge my own biases and personal viewpoints, but it is hard to shake the feeling that there are evil forces trying to keep India down just when the odds are in its favor. As I recently wrote, there is a small window of opportunity for a demographically poised India to shine, the US-led “liberal, rules-based, international order” is eroding, and China’s rapid growth is colliding with trade barriers and demographic realities.

Large-scale electoral meddling occurs on social media and in traditional media. Then there are internal worries, such as the electoral bonds’ retroactive cancellation and the public disclosure of the bond purchasers. Anything retrospective is problematic since it gives the impression that the country is not a serious business partner and is instead managed on personal whims (as was the case with Pranab Mukherjee’s retroactive taxation). Poor for the mood of investors.

Given that Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), obstinately disregarded nine completely legitimate summonses, the court’s decision to release him from custody is particularly peculiar as it implies that certain persons have more rights than Aam Aadmi (do you recall Teesta Setalvad?). When Kejriwal was incarcerated, the Anglosphere media’s hyperbole on the Indian elections also increased. Was the goal there to create pressure?

India may be at a turning point in its political and economic development with the 2024 Lok Sabha election, or it might revert to being an also-ran. I was correct in 2004 when I said that if the Congress took back control, terrible things would happen.

Now, I believe that BJP followers are too complacent and that people do seek out freebies (the absurd promise of Rs 1 lakh annually to every impoverished woman tempts those who are just scraping by, particularly if, as a Congress MP said, “if you have two wives, you get 2 lakhs”). Another factor contributing to poor voter participation is the sweltering weather. Although it’s hardly much consolation, I still believe the BJP will win 300–325 seats. I want them to be well-positioned to force through the necessary changes without wasting time wrangling.

The Satta market is also not as optimistic about a BJP triumph by landslide as it was previously. Remember that the Congress had precisely seven seats more than the BJP in 2004? However, thanks to its skill at horsetrading, the Congress was able to turn that victory into ten years of inflation, debt, and inaction against terror, as detailed in my 2014 article, “4 ways the Congress won through constitutional coups.”

Thus, storm clouds are approaching. I am concerned by the Congress’s audacity in announcing its plan so forthright because of this. Of course, there are advantages to this as well. Indians are becoming more inclined to support their nation rather than only voice grievances. There is a growing sense of Indian exceptionalism, suggesting that the nation and its people are distinct and special. Despite Pitroda’s obsession with physical differences, Indians are growing increasingly similar in terms of culture. For example, weddings in Kerala, which were traditionally spartan, are now adopting northern Indian rituals. Conversely, the Padmanabhaswamy temple draws a large number of tourists from north India. A centre of the Hindu renaissance, the Ayodhya Ram Mandir is a legitimate source of pride in the continuation of civilization. I was informed by a friend that the original Prime Meridian was Ujjain and that many Lord Shiva temples are located both north and south, precisely aligned with that Meridian.

And something like a melting pot is emerging. Trivandrum’s restaurants employ a distinct demographic of Northeasterners. There are about 45 lakh non-local workers in Kerala; a significant portion of them are, regrettably, illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and the Rohingya people. India is growing; therefore, crude separatist slogans are fading. My buddy Bapa Rao and I wrote about visions of a military Pax Indica in the Indian Ocean back in 1997.

In conclusion, I believe that the Congress is mired in an outdated worldview. However, their annoyance value still exists. Messrs. Cherian, Pitroda, and Aiyar’s bloviations serve as a reminder that they still have the power to destroy the Indian ideal of a Ram Rajya, much as the American fantasy of a Shining City on a Hill.

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