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Women become Sadhvis at young age generally because of traumatised childhood and multiple frustrations. It has nothing to do with renunciation of the worldly things or the desire to lead an ascetic life. The people’s psyche is such in this country that they start bowing before anyone who wears saffron or white clothes and prefixes his/her name with Sadhu or Sadhvi. More crafty of them gather around them a crowd of semi-educated people, some of them with criminal bent of mind. Then they pick up some religiously emotive subject and embark upon a crusade. If there is a government sympathetic to their cause, they become literally outlaws.

Sadhvi Kamal of Rajasthan equates with Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad the killers of Pehlu Khan of Alwar who was lynched by a mob of ruffians for transporting cows by declaring him a cow smuggler though he had told them that he had purchased the cows from a cattle fair in Haryana for milk and had shown them the receipts. Now what does this little known 39-year-old woman know about Bhagat Singh or Chandra Shekhar Azad or their work, or about the freedom struggle for that matter? She was said to have become Sadhvi at the age of 12 and needs specialised psychiatric treatment.

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, who divides Indian society between Ramzadas and Haramzadas (Ram’s sons and bastards), is another shining example of mental depravity. That Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen her to include in his council of ministers speaks volumes about the mindset of the political leadership.

Most of the Sadhvis are ill-educated, boorish and possess a dirty tongue (perhaps dirty mind also). They (as well as their male counterparts) pose a greater threat to the country and its culture than misguided terrorists.

 

The BJP swept the February-March, 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The instant reaction of BSP supremo Mayawati to her party’s miserable performance  in Uttar Pradesh was that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were manipulated. Soon the Samajwadi Party and AAP leaders joined Mayawati’s outcry. Even some Congress leaders in Uttarakhand also started talking about EVM manipulation. Meanwhile, a discussion on the fragmentation of non-BJP votes in Uttar Pradesh had also started (the BJP got so many seats with a vote share of less than 40 per cent while the combined vote share of BSP and SP was over 44 per cent plus six per cent of the Congress share).

The subject of EVM manipulation has been cropping up almost from the time EVMs were introduced.  A sort of campaign on this issue was launched by then Madhya Pradesh Congress President Suresh Pachouri after the 2008 Assembly elections which had returned BJP’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the second term. A distraught Pachouri had threatened to expose EVM manipulations with the help of his “friends in the UK and the US”.

Before Pachouri could carry out his threat, Lal Krishna Advani jumped in the fray after the BJP lost the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and his dream of becoming the Prime Minister was shattered. He demanded discontinuation of EVMs and going back to the printed ballot papers. Advani’s demand was supported by the leaders of various parties like the AIADMK, CPI (M), Janata Dal (S) and the Lok Janshakti Party. Advani had the support of a bureaucrat also. Former Delhi chief secretary Omesh Saigal had surfaced to claim that he knew a secret code in the EVM, through which the machine could be programmed to transfer every fifth vote to a particular candidate. Petitions were filed in courts on the fallibility of EVMs, one of the most vocal petitioners being BJP’s Kirit Somaiya.

There was so much noise in the country that the Election Commission felt it had to do something. In August 2009, the Commission randomly obtained 100 EVMs from 10 States (Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh). The Commission invited political leaders, petitioners and other critics of EVMs and also made the media announcement that the EVMs would be kept in the Commission office for a specified period and anyone could come and show how these machines could be manipulated. No one did. The EVM bogey, though, has one merit. It keeps occupied the politicians who have been defeated in the elections and have nothing else to do at the moment.

 


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Value of propaganda

Adolf Hitler believed in the use of propaganda as an integral element to seizing and holding on to political power. His maxim was 'the bigger the lie, the more easily it will be believed, provided it is repeated vigorously and often enough'. (Sean Murphy in his book 'Letting the Side Down')

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