1 / THREAD WARNING: READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. The following is an extremely political and possibly politically incorrect piece. I've never really expressed my political views. However, this time, it's a matter of life and death and I think this is of critical importance.
2 / If you do land up reading the whole thing and still do not get my point - please do not post your nasty comments here. I don't have the time, energy, mind-space or willingness to engage in a debate with you. Just unfollow. Here Goes
3 / A crises involving life and death, is the best time to judge a person’s intention. For it is at this time that our true nature is revealed.
4 / My findings have been that while large amounts of Indians are brainless trolls, goons and bhakts with an excuse to push their religious or extremists ideas, a large part of the “intellectual” and “woke” community are no better with their mindless and blind hatred for Modi.
5 / How do you navigate through extreme ideologies at both ends? How do you make sense of the truth?
6 / Gene sharp is an American Political Scientist who has written several books on how to demolish a government. He has come up with 198 methods on how to bring down a government through non-violent, democratic ways.
7 / The movement should talk about peace and democracy but render the govt. non functional to a point it paralyses the machinery. In the end, the systems that add strength to the govt will become ineffective and collapse.
8 / Some of these methods have been implemented at Tahrir Square in Egypt - The same thing happened in Ukraine against Russia. Hong Kong for 76 Days - there was havoc!
9 / Some of these methods include - throwing stones at the police and our own security forces, destroying their pathways, blocking the roads, setting fire to fire engines - (what’s used to extinguish fire- burn it first so that everything else burns)
10 / placing women and children on the front lines of a protest, acid packets, molotov cocktails (petrol bombs), using the media to run negative campaigns, spread fake news, mislead people and turn our own people against the govt.
11 / When you put this in the context of what is happening in Delhi in the garb of religious riots - it appears as if these are strategic methods to diffuse the govt. Well thought through and premeditated by intelligent, educated, well read, well informed people.
12 / Whatever has happened in Delhi is a direct reflection of at least 70-80 of the methods Gene Sharp has listed to demolish a government.
13 / CAA has nothing to do with this.
This has nothing to do with Muslims.
This has nothing to do with Muslims.
14 / We need to understand that with the size and population of this nation - secularism isn’t even up for question! India has survived the French, Portuguese, British, Mughals and our secular fabric has remain unscarred - what are a couple of Hindutva goons?
15 / What is more worrying is that this nation has been looted and has been kept a third world country for decades on end. It has thrived for decades on corruption and dynasty politics. What’s more worrying is intelligent, well read, educated people are buying into misinformation
16 / While I do agree that having the BJP in power has given a boost and twisted entitlement to some RSS goons and trolls with vested agendas - the political game that is being played to bring down Modi is even more dangerous to the democratic and secular fabric of this nation.
17 / Anybody who knows anything at all about leadership would know that the first rule of being a leader is that you carry your team with you no matter how irresponsible or incompetent they are cause that is team work.
18 / Anyone who knows anything about being a good team player knows that no matter what your internal issues are, you do not expose your team member for his/her mistakes, you plug the gap and move on.
19 / But why would anyone hate Modi so much? India has survived for decades on corruption and dynasty politics. To illustrate an example from my personal life, my dad moved to Mumbai in 1998 to start his career as a gastroenterologist.
20 / He was the pioneer of Endoscopic Ultrasound in India. He has made his way up from earning Rs. 12,000 a month to owning and running his own dedicated Gastroenterology Hospital in the heart of Mumbai city. But the journey hasn’t been an easy one.
21 / Over the years, he has been professionally ostracised, the whole fraternity has turned against him, he has faced death threats and violence, there was an instance where goons were sent to beat up his assistant. Why?
22 / Because he was better than the rest? Because he refused to give into corruption and cut practice at the cost of the patient? This is human nature.We do not like to see anyone or anything succeed.Especially if that someone belongs to a small town or lower socioeconomic strata
23 / The thing with India is, we have never had a leader who represents 90% of India’s population, we have never had a leader who is a Chaiwala, who comes from that socio-economic strata; who understands the General Indian public.
24 / Modi understands that for any change in India - we need movements, not laws. A lot of what Modi has implemented in the country, the speed with which things have changed, the way that he has dealt with situations and people is commendable.
25 / The only thing that one can poke a hole in right now, is the economy - drastic measures have been taken and only time will tell if these are truly effective or not.
26 / In fact, if there is any economy that will pick up faster post COVID, it’s the Indian economy because it’s 90% self sufficient.
27 / I received a Gujarati audio clip from Dr. Sharad Thaker, an MBBS, MD Doctor and author in which is talking about a recent pre-COVID conversation he had with Modi. He asked him "What's up these days?" and he says anyone's normal response would have been "I am fine".
28 / Modi took a moment and with sincerity and seriousness and responded "Sadhana". So he asked him "What kind of Sadhana?" - to which Modi responded - "Sadhana to gain control over sleep."
29 / So he asked him "I've heard you already sleep very little. How much more do you want to reduce the hours that you sleep?" Modi responded in all seriousness "I don't want to sleep at all." People might find this unbelievable,
30 / but he says "I understand this because I practice sadhana myself and it is possible to gain control over sleep through sadhana. Legend tells us Hanuman never slept." They spoke a lot after that and he asked him another question "But why do you want to do this. What for?"
31 / Modi said, "For this nation and the poverty. It's a great nation but we've been looted and I need to fix it. 20 Hours is too little. I need all 24 hours." While saying this, Modi had tears in his eyes and while listening to this, Dr.Sharad had tears in his eyes.
32 / They spoke about Modi's days in the Himalayas and the vision he had, he received a message to not become a Sadhu but instead return to serve the country.Dr.Sharad asked him "There are so many people after your life right now. You're on top of the hitlist. Aren't you afraid?"
33 / Modi said "It's my life's purpose is to serve this nation. Till such point my purpose isn't fulfilled, no one can kill me. And once my purpose is fulfilled, nobody can save me. I'm not afraid of death. I'm here to fulfil my purpose."
34 / Dr. Sharad says, "I'm not the sort to blindly follow somebody. When we go out to buy a matka, we knock it a few times to check if it's kaccha or pakka. This isn't a matka. This is man. Who has been knocked several times...
35 / He has been knocked not by one person but by 1.3 billion people and he still stands strong. He's not a kaccha matka. He's not a kaccha man."
36 / While videos and tweets of violent protests in China's Hubei Province amidst the lockdown are being aggresively pulled down by the Chinese Government, videos of Migrant Workers gathered in thousands and tweets criticising the Indian Government continue to flood the internet.
37 / If the government is as fascist as you claim they are - would you even have the freedom to do this? It’s been 6 years of the Modi Govt. by the way - if full fledged fascism had to happen; if that really was the intention, it would have happened by now.
38 / A friend from America sent me a voice note this morning. He said “Natashja I’ve seen people criticise the government everywhere. But in India, the level people stoop to on Twitter is a whole other level.”
39 / The negativity on twitter is crazy. These tweets and posts are trending like never before. Nearly 4.5 Billion people are on the internet, if you mislead them and create a narrative as if the govt. is inefficient, your job is half done.
40 / Gene Sharp says that there are a few systems that add strength to the govt and you need to use media to bring them down. It’s no wonder that people have now started to target @SadhguruJV and various other spiritual organisations
41 / You can’t really poke a hole in Jaggi’s logic and action for the most part so people resort to cheap tactics. While armchair activists sit on their twitter accounts spewing hate, @SadhguruJV is still out there doing some fantastic things, changing world policies!
42 / There are enough and more people on twitter who retweet like machines without even reading the post just because they’re biased, some get paid to retweet, some are are just interested in the sensational headline.
43 / A group of 25 influencers is enough to make a tweet trend on twitter. When you use the evening and night hours to trend the negative tweets, this is when people in the west wake up - that’s the perception and side of the story they get.
44 / Well-meaning intellectuals, college students who stay up late, are the easiest targets - nobody wants fascism, nobody wants religious extremism, nobody wants communal wars, nobody wants bloodshed.
45 / It's day 4 of the lockdown today, India has registered over 1000 cases now. Amidst this, thousands of Migrant Workers are out on the highway walking back to their Villages, while many others were ferried by DTC buses to the border and abandoned.
46 / India poses a number of problems when trying to tackle #COVID19 primarily because of 1) Educated Illiterates 2) Genuine Illiterates 3) Fake WhatsApp News 4) Biased Intellectuals and 5) Evil Politicians.
47 / In his National Addresses over the course of the week, @PMOIndia has begged business owners with folded hands to continue paying their employees and take care of their employees amidst these trying times.
48 / Yet #CoronaVillains videos are surfacing like the woman who said "Who the hell is going to pay my maid for 3 weeks? Are you going to pay her? Is the Prime Minister going to pay her? She is fine. There is nothing wrong with her. She will come to work."
49 / unfortunately this is the mindset of many Indian employers and as a result, many migrant workers have been removed from their jobs.
50 / @PMOIndia begged with folded hands on National Television "Please maintain social distance. Stay where you are. Do not go back to your villages.” - and still we have a sea of humans gathered and stranded at the borders of Delhi and UP. So, what went wrong?
51 / One route we can take here is - the government should have could have thought of the fallout before declaring a lockdown. They should have anticipated this, knowing the Indian public. Let’s just accept that.
52 / We were running out of time & it was critical to call for a lockdown at that point. It was most certainly the right time in the lifecycle of the pandemic. Calling it earlier would have left us fatigued and calling it later would have thrown the situation out of control
53 / Could they have built shelter homes in stadiums to accommodate these migrant workers? Sure, that would have probably been a good idea but after the PM’s address, let’s admit, nobody expected this kind of chaos!
54 / Bearing everything in mind, from the Central Government’s call to lockdown the nation to mobilising medical supplies and equipment at lighting speed to activating economic packages and overall response to the crises seem very well intended.
55 / It took China 10 Days to build a 1000 bed hospital. India transformed the Indian Railways into a 6370 bed facility overnight. The preparation and planning that has gone into managing this pandemic in a country like India, is unprecedented in the history of mankind.
56 / With regards to the migrant workers, many of them have said that they were misinformed through Fake News, and DTC announcements that they’ll be able to get on board from Anand Vihar. Again, Gene Sharp 101 - Rumours were spread and Panic was created to ensue chaos!
57 / The Central Government has literally done everything in it’s power, considering the size of the nation, the density of the population and the density of brains of the Indian population to curb this pandemic.But unfortunately,it has been clearly displayed,over and over again
58 / Delhi is proof that there are multiple forces at play in the political scenario who would love to watch the Modi Government fail even if it is at the cost of the citizens and the Nation.
59 / What is happening today in Indian politics, is a tragedy for politics but above all, it is a tragedy for Humanity.
60 / After everything that Modi has done for the nation in the last 1 week despite the multitude of challenges India has in terms of - poor healthcare systems, not enough testing kits, poverty, stubborn indisciplined disorganised public, unscientific idiots
61 / after having gone on International summits to knock sense into monstrous leaders of other nations that "Human lives are more important than the economy" #ModiMadeDisaster is trending on twitter with people claiming Modi “singlehandedly“ pushed India into stage 3 of #COVID19
62 / Everything that is happening in India today is proof beyond a doubt that the opposition is DESPERATE. It’s proof that they will do EVERYTHING they can to shit on what Modi has achieved. They will do ANYTHING it takes to bring down Modi even if it is at the cost of human life
63 / At a time when people are dying, at a time when it is a matter of life and death. At a time when it is about standing up for your country. The opposition has chosen to expose the most vulnerable group of people and use them to bring down Modi.
64 / These are the monsters you voted for. Let that sink.
65 / Boy am I glad today that Amit Shah rigged the damn General Elections! (i.e. if he rigged the elections) I would have probably done the same in his place. If I was leading this this country today, there is no way in hell I’d let monsters like these take control of my nation.
66 / Screw democracy! We don’t deserve it. We need a leader who can set things straight.
67 / Today, I’ve understood what it means to be a nationalist. Today, I’ve understood who the real Anti-Nationals are. Today, I’m proud of the leader we have.
68 / It takes guts, grit and enormous amounts of strength to stand up to shit like this and still emerge victorious. Today, I am grateful for the steps @narendramodi has taken to safeguard and prepare India for this pandemic.
69 / Today, I am ashamed of myself for not having stood up and spoken about this earlier for fear of what my artsy-fartsy left liberal friends would think. Today, I’m publicly declaring my support for the @narendramodi Govt.
Call me a Bhakt. Unfollow me. I don’t care.
Call me a Bhakt. Unfollow me. I don’t care.
70 / DISCLAIMER: These views are 100% personal and DO NOT reflect the views of the organisation I work for. This is Natashja the Filmmaker - not Natashja Director Marcomm @sakshiorg. This is with regards to the bio note published by @TOIIndiaNews