The results of the Delhi Legislative Assembly election, 2015 with the Aam Aadmi Party securing absolute majority winning 67 of the 70 seats came as a major shock to many of the BJP supporters. Many theories started floating about what might have gone wrong with some blaming it on BJP’s poor performance at the Centre while others claimed it was the Congress support that helped AAP win the elections. However, while the supporters were in a deep state of shock the party leaders looked cool and composed as if the defeat was anticipated in advanced.
According to BJP local body party workers of Krishnanagar where BJP has been winning for 22 years the defeat was planned months ago. Local body party workers were not allowed to campaign, panna pramukhs (door to door campaigners) lists included migrated or even dead persons. Many panna pramukhs didn’t even know that they were made pramukhs.
To understand what really happened we will need to go back a couple of years in history. It all started with a tea with terrorist as the media termed it. Mr Ved Pratap Vaidik, a freelance journalist, had met the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief in Lahore on July 2 2014 while touring Pakistan with a group of journalists and politicians invited by a peace research institute. The meeting opened up a can of worms and soon the spotlight came to think tank based in Delhi with which Mr Vaidik was affiliated with.
According to a report published in BodhitaNews in July last year Vivekananda International Foundation was already on the radar of Intelligence Bureau for anti-national activities since 2012. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has been keeping tabs on one of its former directors, Ajit Doval, and Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), of which he is a director. Based on IB reports Doval and his team at VIF, which include prominent RSS ideologues, are the brain behind the anti-corruption movement in the country, especially the one led by Baba Ramdev. It was in April 2011 that VIF organised a seminar on corruption and black money. Soon after, Anna Hazare’s fast began and Ramdev announced his June 4 Ramlila Maidan protest. IB men have since been keeping a keen eye on VIF.
The Indian Express has more details on the issue in its report published in Aug of 2012.
A high profile institute-cum-think tank in the heart of New Delhi’s diplomatic area in Chanakyapuri, set up on land allotted by the then Narasimha Rao government, a clutch of former intelligence officials running the place, and a group of well-known RSS swayamsewaks — they are the silent force behind the recent anti-corruption movements in the country, especially the one led by Baba Ramdev.
In fact, it was at the Vivekananda International Foundation last year that a decision was taken to form an anti-corruption front under Baba Ramdev — this was just days before Anna Hazare sat on his first fast. The foundation’s director is Ajit Doval, a former director of the Intelligence Bureau. It was at the foundation again that the first serious attempt was made to bring Ramdev and Team Anna members together.
Inaugurated in 2009, the Vivekananda International Foundation is a project of the Vivekananda Kendra, founded in the early 1970s by former RSS general secretary Eknath Ranade and headed now by RSS pracharak P Parameswaran.
It was in April last year that the foundation, together with RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya’s Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan, organised a seminar on corruption and black money attended by both Ramdev and Team Anna members Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi.
At the end of the two-day seminar, held on April 1 and 2, an “anti-corruption front” was formed with Ramdev as patron and Govindacharya as convenor. The members included Doval; RSS swayamsewak S Gurumurthy; Bhishm Agnihotri, who was India’s ambassador-at-large during the NDA regime; and Prof R Vaidyanathan of IIM-Bangalore, who co-authored a BJP task force’s report on black money along with Doval and Ved Pratap Vaidik.
Soon after the seminar, Hazare’s fast began, and in April end, Ramdev announced his June 4 Ramlila Maidan protest — his first public showdown with the UPA government.
So here we have Baba Ramdev, Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Subramaniyan Swamy with former Intelligence officials brainstorming together even before the launch of India Against Corruption or the Aam Aadmi Party. What is more shocking is many of these and other top AAP candidates joining the BJP including Shazia Ilmi and Kiran Bedi going to the extent of contesting against AAP itself from BJP. It begs a simple question, was AAP really BJP2 in disguise?
The answer to the question may be found in the book 26/11 Probe Why Judiciary Also Failed by former Inspector General of Police, Maharashtra and a close friend of ATS Chief Hemanth Karkare assassinated during the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks in Operation Kill K. In the book he writes about what goes on inside of the Vivekananda International Foundation.
Though its advisory board and executive council consists of a host of former intelligence officials, retired bureaucrats, diplomats and ex-military men, for all practical purposes it is run by a small group of former IB officers and hard-core RSS swayamsewaks. Among the frequent visitors to the centre are some retired judges and selected media persons, especially high-profile TV channel anchors, owing allegiance to their ideology.
Which issue is to be highlighted, which political leader is to be grilled in TV channels’ panel-discussions and on which issue; what strategy is to be adopted in court cases etc. are among the subjects discussed at the centre. It is common knowledge that the decisions to lift the likes of Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev to dizzy heights and then drop them from there, were taken at this centre.
But the core activity of the centre is to influence government decisions with the objective of attaining their agenda. With this view in mind, seminars are organized at the centre on innocuous issues like corruption, black money, performance paralysis, but actually, the participants discuss sensitive subjects like national security, foreign affairs, defense, Kashmir and so on. These seminars are followed by secret meetings in which strategies to influence government decisions are discussed. What is worrying is that some important bureaucrats of PMO attend such seminars and meetings.
The participants do not merely discuss sensitive issues but also take decision and devise strategies to influence government to implement them. PMO officials, who attend the meetings, come handy in this regard.
It is fool hardy to think that having such a control over the media and the kind of persona management strategies employed through western intelligence managed PR agencies; that AAP could still win over BJP and Congress with such a landslide. Unless ofcourse it is by design and not just a spontaneous organic reaction of people merely dissatisfied by the poor performance and extremism of the BJP government. The truth however is that AAP and the India Against Corruption campaigns before it’s birth were a brainchild of a small group of BJP think tank itself. The same group floated the theory that AAP was infact a Congress B team while all evidence pointed otherwise; to distance themselves from it and posed as enemies blowing hollow accusations at each other that do not stand the merit of a thorough investigation. While the public was hoodwinked and kept busy fighting among themselves at ridiculous issues of blame game and even name calling that became national news; the agenda that played all along was Modi as PM & Kejriwal as CM.
Isn’t it ironic that the meaning of Arvind in sanskrit is – Lotus.
As the father of propaganda Edward Bernays explained in 1995 “Professionally, [public relations] activities are planned and executed by trained practitioners in accordance with scientific principles, based on the findings of social scientists. Their dispassionate approach and methods may be likened to those of the engineering professions which stem from the physical sciences.”
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
However any sort of propaganda is successful only when the targeted population chooses to sleep and remain ignorant of the facts around them. It is this very same reason that Indians are kept in a perpetual state of fear, ignorance and hatred so as whoever the regime of the day could remain in power.
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