Social Media has largely replaced mainstream media as the primary news platform, in which individual sources have gradually become known personalities. Every user on a platform like Twitter has their own megaphone, own small media company which can post all kinds of content to their followers.
2014 was a watershed year for the entry of politics into these platforms. The virality of content was a big draw for politicians to spread their message. We've been observing this phenomenon for some time now, having used social media exclusively for consuming politics for the past few years.
In these years, we have come across many personalities who have become primary sources of information as well as prominent political "handles" as we call it.
This is our first interview with one such Twitter personality, who has had a VERY interesting story behind his journey in politics which closely intertwines with social media.
Meet @HariIndic - Hari Prabhakaran is now fully indulged in the campaign to get Narendra Damodardas Modi elected again. He's been recognized by the Prime Minister himself, who recently wished him on his birthday and gave him a follow on Twitter. What led Hari to this place? Who is he? Where does he come from? This and more in our first ever interview. This is the true story of Hari Prabhakaran.
When you're part of the culture war, a lot of words are thrown around with deep assumptions behind them. Fascists are right wing lunatics, the Nazis were the worst of the RW so any nationalist is either a Nazi or a Fascist. But when you peel the covers and look into history, a fascinating truth reveals itself.
We've already talked about a left wing and a right wing and what it means to us. In that series, we have updated ourselves with new information from various sources, prominently Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative political filmmaker from the US who helps dissect the recent past of American history.
Why is a failed economic ideology still being propagated, even after it has killed millions of people due to its failure? Why is the "right wing" being blamed now, even though the so-called "left wing" of the past were nationalists too?
Baffling questions lead to quite a few answers and sow the seeds of even deeper questions.
This episode, we are intolerant about socialism, a failed ideology that's clinging on to possibly its final years in the culture war. It's time we ask some tough questions about history.
Is there a neutral position in politics? Or is it just an illusion? If there's neutrality, how could it really manifest in decision making?
What is a "positive" social justice? Is this the trump card that will fix India's traditional caste-based fault lines that are routinely exploited by vulture politicians as vote banks?
What is the reality of demographics in 2019 India? Are those who're going to vote for the first time really sensible enough to vote? Those who are still living in a protected bubble, do they understand the concept of a nation state and the reality of survival?
With only one month left to vote, we try to answer these very important questions.
The so-called founding fathers of our constitution have made sure that it is going to take quite some time to fully decolonize ourselves from the clutches of an occupying mindset. We are still occupied and still communicating in a language foreign to our lands, we cannot be guilty about it but sure as hell can try to change ourselves.
But here's the catch. To change ourselves, we need political will. It's 2019, and so far the only government that has spoken about this kind of change and has allowed a tiny bit of change to happen is the Modi government. We're only getting started though. Meanwhile, to keep us divided and keep India weak as an economic power, there are a lot of dividing forces, funded by competing economic powers making sure India remains weak and unstable. Conniving insiders help make this happen, people like Seeman, Thirumurugan Gandhi and many who oppose Modi fall in this camp. They want to keep us weak, restrict our potential by dividing us. Why are they still Indian citizens? Well, our constitution is still occupied by a colonial mindset, that's why.
One stone, two mangoes. We argue why we'd like to see some change in one of the most holy untouched taboo topics of conversation - constitutional law. If the Supreme Court can continue its tradition of wearing colonial era black robes and "mi lord" addresses and at the same time attack our historical traditions like the recent Sabarimala issue, it is time for us to rise against this unfair treatment by an occupied colonial mindset.
Welcome to season 3 of our podcast. We are more intolerant than ever. Join our movement, we are INTOLERANT INDIANS!
Just another update before we begin season 3 of our podcast. It’s been an insane ride and we’d like to thank each and every one of you who’s been listening to our intolerant conversations on Indian politics. We are very excited about the upcoming elections and we wanted to give you an update on what we have been up to. Again, thank you for listening! Do share your favourite episodes with your friends, we’ll be back very soon with season 3!
"Pakistan is not a country, it's a mindset." - said a wise man on Twitter. This mindset is corrupt to the core because it is built on fear and responds to any kind of communication with hatred. Such a mind is not good for the survival of a society. Especially a society that has harnessed the power of the stars to create a space civilization using what's available. We are so intelligent that we have made mini stars in the form of nuclear bombs. Our gene wants to survive by fighting with an applied mind.
In this path to survival of greatness, minds like Pakistan delay or pull back progress. Pakistan is cancer and it shouldn't exist. We argue and expose all the reasons why this is the case, after following the tense but historic moments that followed India's retaliation, a fight against the cancer of society known as Pakistan.
Roughly two days after one of the most horrific terror attacks on Indian soil, we try to gather our thoughts on and around the event which saw the loss of 44 precious lives of our armed forces.
At a time when we require the utmost unity, to speak as one voice against the menace of terrorism and the brainwashing done by radical elements of our enemy state Pakistan, we're yet again faced with enemies from within our own state.
The usual suspects have come out in the open celebrating this attack, a lot of them are Kashmiris, some of them communists, liberals, secularists, urban naxals and separatists from various parts of the country. While our army will take care of the enemies of our state, what do we do, as common citizens?
We should defend our state from enemies within, opines Maridhas, one of our most respected political commentators. His message is clear, the video he's made talks about how we can report these enemies to appropriate forums which will ensure that the state responds to internal threats as well. He also talks about who these enemies are, how they are cultivated within our borders and more. We chime in with our own context in trying to breakdown the phenomenon.
We are very intolerant about this situation and we hope all these enemy forces are taken care of, both inside the state and outside. If you have friends or if you see someone on social media acting like they are not part of this nation, do take it up as a responsibility to report them to authorities and let them know that these kinds of anti-national activities will not be entertained. Like Maridhas says, it is our duty.
We are also confident that the ruling government will do its duty in ensuring justice for all the lives lost in this terrorist attack and we hope to see the pain is disproportionately returned to Pakistan.
Jai Hind. Bharat Mata ki Jai.
The British did leave India in 1947, but has the ideology they used to rule India left?
Divide and Rule still is the no. 1 idea preferred by our homegrown corrupts, who act pretty much like the mafia, to advance only their own interests instead of advancing a nation's interests.
By dividing us into different groups, they ensure we hate each other, right up to the individual level exploiting the natural diversity in our culture, like languages, community traditions, castes, religion and whatever fits their agenda. It benefits these corrupt politicians because they end up winning elections using a rag tag coalition of different hate groups. They see not people, but votes. They see not people's development, but their family's.
Vote banks are formed from these groups, and all these vote banks have one thing in common - hatred for a common enemy, even if they differ in their own ideologies. For example, Atheists will gang up with Muslims and Christians to hate Hindus, even if it's illogical. Tapping this hatred, the cunning politicians create stories through powerful institutions like education and media, and feed on this hatred to survive their families and remain in control of a large powerful economic entity like a state or a nation-state.
We've let this go on for way too long. This cheap, hateful politics that is being pursued by the corrupts needs to end. The only way to end it is by voting for the powers that hate these corrupts.
Do listen to our arguments against these cheap, hateful politicians and let us know what you think.
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What's debt? What's a nation's external debt? Is having debt a good thing or a bad thing? And what kind of a position does a nation state occupy in the scheme of things?
Why does the world bank exist? What kind of a system does it follow? Since when have we been following it?
Maridhas answers these questions and more, while we listen and try to break our own arguments down to a bare minimum so that our ignorant but ignited minds can understand how the world works.
It all starts with a couple of news outlets trying to do bad business and we end up with an understanding of the basics of world economics and how a responsible leader should conduct business in this world.
Brother Maridhas has been one of our major inspirations for starting this podcast. His words have been giving us the knowledge and the confidence to defend ourselves in arguments, armed with nothing but the truth.
We will continue to follow our fearless warrior Br. Maridhas to help build our intellectual arguments and we suggest you follow him too.
Fresh after watching Uri: The Surgical Strike, we, the intolerant Indians, discuss why this film is a lot more than what it seems. A surgical strike which has been the modus operandi of Israeli reactions to terror strikes on its people, has gained importance in a world of asymmetric warfare.
Beyond the film, which definitely portrays a "New India", we feel it also affects the mindset of the people. What was our mindset like? How did we perceive the army? We go into a lot of topics, only to realize that this film has been a surgical strike on the inferiority complex that plagues our culture and our mindsets.
Yeh hai naya Hindustan, ghar mein gusega bhi, maarega bhi!
Can we afford to live with unlocked doors and open gates? Sure, that'd be a wonderful scenario but right now, do you think it's possible? No, right?
Applying the same logic, in a macro-home like a nation-state, we realize we need borders and security for those borders. If we think there is a threat, we'll have an army to keep that outside our gates.
But as we all live in a highly globalized world of international organizations and ideologies, it's hard to keep globalism outside our gates. Unfortunately, they are not only inside our homes but are preaching to us an idea that doesn't conform to the reality of different cultures living in different geographies having different needs and wants. Globalists want an utopian world where borders are not necessary, everyone's equal and follow a homogenous monoculture.
We're at war with them because this is not possible in reality. Japanese want different things and Indians want different things, you can apply this to any nation or culture. So, why are they still preaching these ideas, and could their ideas work in a different scenario?
We debate - Globalism vs Nationalism. Welcome to another episode of Intolerant Indians.
To send us comments or feedback, join us on our Telegram group "Intolerant Indians" or send us a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, best option would be to leave us a voice comment on anchor.fm! See you in the next one!
A quick clarification from Bharadwaj - Instead of Sheikh Abdulla, I had said Farook Abdulla in the podcast. Farook is Sheikh’s son and Omar is Farook’s. I regret the error, enjoy the rest of the episode, cheers! Our intolerant views on Kashmir continue in part 2! Could an unresolved territory affect the nation's psyche? What's the agenda behind the non-resolution of this conflict? We dig into history and try to understand the psychology behind it.
Geo-politics, geo-strategy, language, religion and a lot more is behind this complicated quagmire of a conflict.
For us Indians, it's an existential crisis, how do we go about solving this?
We discuss a few solutions, but without expectations of a near term outcome. Join us in exploring the solutions and share your opinions with us, either over voice comments on Anchor.fm or in our Telegram group "Intolerant Indians". Thanks for listening, we'll catch you in the next one!
Kashmir! What a beautiful place, heaven on earth! Unfortunately it's split into two, in conflict since the partition. An unresolved injury on the nation's psyche.
Why is Kashmir so conflict ridden? What are the possible reasons behind this? How did we let this happen?
Well, we all know Pakistan is part of this mess, so our emotions run high in this episode and naturally, we are intolerant about a lot of decisions taken by our ancestors. This is part 1 of us talking our hearts out about Kashmir, we'll be back with Part 2.
Thanks for listening! To drop feedback or any comment, please use the Anchor.fm platform and send us voice comments or join us over on Telegram "Intolerant Indians". See you in the next one!
In trying to understand what is happening in this crazy crazy world, two things are very important - the place where it happens and the time when it happens. These two questions pretty much give the entire context to the mind of a culture. Take the World War II for example, where and when this event happened answers a lot of questions about how the people of the participating countries think.
While we have documented through time, WHAT people thought. Could geographical features explain, in a longer time frame, why cultures think in a certain way? Why are the Americans generally so paranoid? Why are the Chinese so stubborn about their military expansion? Why did Vasco Da Gama or Christopher Columbus want to find India? You might think these questions are not related at all, but they are. In this episode, we deal with these questions and heavily recommend you give "Monsoon" a read. If you're Indian and want to know about our unique position in this world, this one's a must read.
"Monsoon" by Robert D Kaplan - This book is all about giving you the lowdown on how a geographical feature affects a whole country's mindset thereby affecting the way a whole culture behaves. From the smallest cultures to the biggest ones, all of them are affected by geography and the timely events that change these geographies. This particular book travels the Indian Ocean and its cultures. India is obviously at the center of it, quite literally.
By the end of this book, you'll be shocked to know that Vasco Da Gama was not the first European to "Discover" India and not quite shocked to know that Gujjus are everywhere from the east coast of Africa to the islands in Indonesia, since time immemorial. Give our episode a listen and let us know what you think, over on Telegram! See you there! Search for "Intolerant Indians"!
To the shock of many world-class entitled political commentators on social media, BJP has been kicked out of three states where they ruled. MP has been lost after 13 years, Chattisgarh after 15 and Rajasthan is in the usual cyclic churn. Is Modi wave dead? Is 2019 looking bleak for the mighty Amit Shah-Modi combine? The so-called "core RW twitter" is in a state of panic. They want their demands to be met right away, else they won't be voting for BJP in 2019.
Boo hoo. Cry us a river, children. Who the hell said you are important?
So yeah, we are back and more intolerant than ever with the first episode in season 2 of "Intolerant Indians" and it coincides with thalaivar Rajinikanth's birthday, so it made us think. First, these whining babies need to STFU because they are clearly missing the larger picture. But of course, they have a point. While our ideological battles are not actually fought in elections, in a system like ours that is the only way to retain power. So what do we do?
This is what we try to find out and we think thalaivar Rajini might have some answers. His party is not here yet but we might need his politics more than ever now. Find out why.
Do share your feedback with us on our Telegram group "Intolerant Indians" we have a daily feed going there, sharing some bits and pieces of politics, let's have a discussion going! See you in the next episode then!
With the last episode "How did TN politics get here?" we called it the end of "Season 1" as we realized it was time to reflect on what we had started as just an experiment in expression.
This episode is just that. A reflection of what we have done so far and what we are going to do, moving forward. As always, we welcome your comments and feedback at the Telegram channel.
It's great to see how far we have come and it's only the beginning, we are not going to stop, at least until the crucial May 2019 elections that will hopefully set the path forward for the whole country and its people.
Let's stay intolerant to adharma and start becoming responsible citizens of this great civilization. See you in Season 2, beginning this week!
The world is on its way in becoming a multi polar world order and if there's one country that is already leading this idea, it's China. But what do we Indians immediately think about our massive neighbor? Are we friends or enemies? Currently if you are following the media, China is our no. 2 enemy right after Pakistan. And it is possibly true as well, with so many moves aimed at bullying India on the world stage. However as always, context reveals information that we were previously blind to. Globally there is a certain perception of China that might have been generated to pursue certain goals. We discuss these issues and also bring you a lot of information about China's geography, its people's mindset and the kind of a civilizational relationship we have had with China over the centuries with ZERO wars until 1962. There is a lot to digest, so get your popcorn ready and enjoy this episode. Also, we are on Telegram now! Share your feedback, join us over there by joining our group "Intolerant Indians" it's only a search away! See you there!
Tamil Nadu - Only when we started digging its political history did we find that the state’s name didn’t exist before 1969. Armed with such ignorance, we take a journey into the history of politics in Tamil Nadu to see where we have come from. Because if you look at where we are right now, amidst all this circus and gymnastics, it is hard to understand what’s happening and even harder to trust our leaders, as the two major leaders who have been playing musical chair with the CM post passed away. This change has created a crisis in ideology and naturally a crisis in leadership. New leaders are emerging, from the same cinema field which has been acting as the propagandist for politicians since the 60s. Not only that, old parties are facing internal conflicts and the ruling government is hanging by a thread, with one of the accusations against it being a puppet of the ruling central government. The BJP which already gained ground during the Lok Sabha polls is gaining further ground not in vote share but in mind share. Overall, the people of Tamil Nadu are facing uncertainty like we have never seen before. A new age begins and we felt it is important to document this turning point in the history of Tamil Nadu, previously known as the Madras state. To send feedback - email@example.com or join us on Telegram by searching for “Intolerant Indians” you will find a channel and a group there. See you in the next episode then!
The Kerala Communist Government which has a habit of disobeying the Supreme Court this time felt compelled to readily act on a recent judgement on the Sabarimala temple, which allowed women of all ages to enter its sacred premises.
Just a day after the judgement, women all over Kerala protested and said they are #readytowait and said none of the actual devotees will go. These protests, which were actually huge, were completely ignored by the same media which happily went up to Sabarimalai before the opening of the temple. In fact they made it worse, by sending female journalists rather than male.
So, with the help of Kerala Police, women journalists from far off places tried to enter. Then some so-called activists tried to enter. Not a single actual woman devotee would want to try, but somehow these activists who dressed up like devotees or sometimes even like riot police tried all kinds of dirty tricks to enter but were denied entry by highly emotional Ayyappan bhakthas.
The Sabarimalai temple has now been closed after being open for 5 days, and throughout these days, emotions ran high. A lot of so-called intellectuals exposed their dirty minds and it was all on display to see, on social media. Meanwhile, Ayyappa devotees successfully held the fort and did not let the foreign ideology of the Supreme Court to desecrate this sacred space.
But the war is not over. Supreme Court vs Dharma Sastha is still on. Who will win? We discuss.
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently came to India to sign a bunch of deals. Most importantly, a deal for the sale of a anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system called the S-400 and secondly, six new nuclear plants in the country.
Ever since Russia invaded Crimea, the US has been sanctioning the country and everyone associated with it, so India too received a warning. But still, we went ahead with these deals, because of course, we needed it.
We'll be defying the US-Iran sanctions as well, because well, we need that oil. With all these defiant moves, we have taken a firm stand against the US, which is our close ideological partner when it comes to being democracies, by putting our national interests ahead.
The US is a global superpower that has the ability to stop any trade. So if we have taken a stand, it means that we are entering a new era of geopolitics where there is not one superpower that will dictate everything, rather there will be multiple super powers. A multi polar geopolitical landscape is in the making, Putin knows it, Xi Jinping knows this, and it seems like we Indians are also accepting this new reality.
What could this mean for India's future? We discuss.
Before leaving his job, CJI Dipak Misra decided he will be presiding over judgements for a slew of cases!
In one of them, the Section 497 of the Indian constitution has been termed to be in contradictory with the right to equality of gender. While that is a welcome judgement which will bring us to the modern era, there seems to be a sinister move by the media to paint it as a celebration of adultery.
In the case above, the court is right in saying it has no business in an individual's private affairs but the same court, in another case, based on a PIL by some activists to let women of all ages enter Sabarimala, has rendered a judgement contradicting with its stand on not entering into private religious matters of the Hindus. We debate and try to provide some extra information on these cases, with contribution from Nikhitha Harish, a dear friend who helped us with the context.
SCAM! CORRUPTION! Prime Minister of India should resign! Really?
What's the truth behind this so-called Rafale scam? We discuss the details of the induction of 36 Rafale jets into the Indian air force and put things into perspective.
Elections are coming. While political awareness has increased, there is a growing number of people talking about using the option of NOTA again, during the 2019 general elections.
Our perspective on NOTA is that we won't use the option and our suggestion is that you don't either.
Don't be a #PoliticalPappu
Gain some knowledge. Take a stand. Only then, our future is in our hands.
"Are you left wing or right wing?" is possibly the most asked question to identify one's political position these days.
Having participated in social media before politics took over, we remember times when public discourse was devoid of such terms. In this episode we try to give context to what we think these terms mean and what kind of ideological positions we take, in the current political climate.
A natural disaster strikes Kerala. With heavy losses to life and infrastructure, the people of Kerala are looking at an uncertain future. Obviously this became a ripe ground for paid media and entitled commies to push a political agenda on vulnerable victims of a disaster.