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Watched John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight", and for the 3rd time in the show's history the main story was about India, the upcoming election, and Modi's move to religious persecution. Throw in some severe restrictions to the free press, the trend to literally bulldoze down the opposition.

scary stuff as a country of 1.4 billion people

 

link to a story about some of the history of trouble between Hindu and Muslim

https://gnnhd.tv/news/35670/operation-blue-star-state-sponsored-terrorism-against-sikhs-in-india

 

Global ranking of press freedom down to 161 of 180 countries on the list

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_the_press_in_India#:~:text=In India%2C media bias or misleading information is,applicable to all substantive aspects of criminal law.

cnn and bbc links regarding press freedoms, etc.

https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/22/media/india-elections-press-freedom-decline-intl-hnk/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-55906345

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Huge population, sliding into the far right, totalitarian type control, bad, bad, news for the rest of the world.

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1 hour ago, bolt said:

 

The only ones benefitting from "doing better" are the ones who already have money. The overwhelming majority of Indians still struggle to make ends meet. And to equate economic growth with improved overall standard of living is false equivalency. Tell the folks living pay cheque to pay cheque that the good news is the stock market is steadily on the rise and they'll tell you that so far they haven't seen much improvement in their lives.

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2 hours ago, Gurn said:

And so far he has, gotten away with it.

 

One of the links I posted does mention that as Modi continues his oppression, he is actually creating more support for an independent "Khalistan'.

Creating  or increasing a problem, in order to secure his own gains of power.

Then say "I'm the only one that fix this; vote for me".

 

effective, but repulsive, tactic.

I disagreed with the Khalistan movement as recently as last year due to my opposition to theocracies.  I have definitely reconsidered.

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GDP is like +/-, in certain contexts it can be somewhat meaningful.  Personally, I can't get past that, by doing my own housework, and not paying someone else to do it, I am limiting GDP growth.

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40 minutes ago, Wilbur said:

GDP is like +/-, in certain contexts it can be somewhat meaningful.  Personally, I can't get past that, by doing my own housework, and not paying someone else to do it, I am limiting GDP growth.

We should all go back to trading Tulips back and forth, like the Dutch of yesteryear.

Makes about as much sense as this 'money stuff', and gets people out in the sunlight, doing yard work.

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40 minutes ago, bolt said:

Most people think Modi is doing a good job.  Are their elections rigged or are you challenging their democracy?

Would it be ok, in your books, for India to do well under Modi and become a dictatorship? Because that's where it's headed.

 

Is the economic benefits of today worth catastrophe tomorrow? 

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On 6/3/2024 at 8:37 PM, nuckin_futz said:

 

Most people in India are Hindu and are not the ones being oppressed.


Those oppressed are the Sikhs and other minorities. 
 

Modi has/will always attempt to use a religious reason to attain/retain his own power at the expense of religious minorities. 
 

Most Despots do. 


 

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7 minutes ago, Sharpshooter said:


Those oppressed are the Sikhs and other minorities. 
 

Modi has/will always attempt to use a religious reason to attain/retain his own power at the expense of religious minorities. 
 

Most Despots do. 


 

 

India is 80% Hindu so everyone else is a minority. Fun fact, India is home to the 3rd largest population of Muslims in the world even though they are a massive minority within India's borders.

 

Another fun, fact Modi seriously under performed in last week's elections and now has to share power. So unlike what Mr Bolt claimed above most people are in fact not happy with what he's doing.

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I understand that just the part of the show that discusses India is available at either of the links below.  Oliver created these websites because he was sure his show would be banned India. It was. The links do not work for me.  I think they would work with a vpn set to India.  I don't have vpn right now so I can't test that theory.

 

https://www.howtoeatmangoes.com/

 

https://www.oppositesnakes.com/

 

I saw the show.  Many Muslim Indians have been treated horribly. 

 

BTW - Modi did not get the expected majority in the election and will have to govern as part of a coalition.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, nuckin_futz said:

 

India is 80% Hindu so everyone else is a minority. Fun fact, India is home to the 3rd largest population of Muslims in the world even though they are a massive minority within India's borders.

 

Another fun, fact Modi seriously under performed in last week's elections and now has to share power. So unlike what Mr Bolt claimed above most people are in fact not happy with what he's doing.


Fun fact: Modi wants to start a religion war in India. 
 

India was and has always been a tolerant nation with Hindus/Muslims/Sikhs/Jains/Christians/Buddhists living side by side in the North/South/East/West for centuries. 
 

Modi has stirred a hornets nest that will leave India decimated going forward, because one guy wants total power. 
 

Again, a totalitarian, a Despot. 

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10 minutes ago, Satchmo said:

I understand that just the part of the show that discusses India is available at either of the links below.  Oliver created these websites because he was sure his show would be banned India. It was. The links do not work for me.  I think they would work with a vpn set to India.  I don't have vpn right now so I can't test that theory.

 

https://www.howtoeatmangoes.com/

 

https://www.oppositesnakes.com/

 

I saw the show.  Many Muslim Indians have been treated horribly. 

 

BTW - Modi did not get the expected majority in the election and will have to govern as part of a coalition.

 

 


I suspect Modi will run India as he’s done before through bribery and treachery. 
 

This is India after all 

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5 minutes ago, Sharpshooter said:

Modi has stirred a hornets nest that will leave India decimated going forward, because one guy wants total power. 
 

Again, a totalitarian, a Despot. 

 

Hmmm stirring up a hornets nest and riling up the religious. Where else have we seen this recently? By another wannabe totalitarian despot. 🤔

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1 minute ago, nuckin_futz said:

 

Hmmm stirring up a hornets nest and riling up the religious. Where else have we seen this recently? By another wannabe totalitarian despot. 🤔


One takes cues from others. 
 

Monkey see, Monkey do. 
 

This is the current geopolitical framework that ‘we’ live under. 

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