hnair wrote:The vvpat issue is troubling. The opposition seem to be marshaled by CBN to cast doubts on election process itself. This is a very dangerous precedent. The voting machines worked well when the opposition did well last year. What changed this time other than an unfavorable exit poll?
If the results favor NDA, brace yourself for a long and shady assault on India’s fairly decent election process itself. Mr Lavasa also is not helping this with his stance. The situation is ripe for a civil unrest fomented by external forces, for the incoming govt.
This questioning the electoral process seem similar to the script that is being used in Venezuela, to dislodge the current president
They are different situations. One is a flourishing economy with low inflation and high quality welfare scheme and no reason for people to support an unrest. The other is a Pakistan of the western hemisphere in spite of the oil . And it's likely that Maduro might have well rigged the electoral process there . If someone gets ideas to replicate arap spring or Venezuela or any xyz in India ,they would wish they weren't even born .
Actually what is unfolding is the classic colour revolution playbook that was used by the UK/US against the Indian based governments in Guyana, Trindidad, Surinam, Fiji back in the 60s and up to now. The mo is simple:
a) question the polls
b) use the courts to frustrate the elective process
c) call for fresh elections
d) orchestrate protests and violence by unions and activisists - orchestrated by the foreign media, ford foundation
e ) use the foreign english speaking to amplify these messages: usually small protests in the city centre tends to look large on a screen
f) in india's case english speaking activists - usually photogenic moslem women with their ngo speak will be the voice and faces of the disruption.
Look for A Jazeera to be in front of all of this, backed by the beeb, cnn, vatican tv
Years ago I wrote on BRF with shiv, about some of the cognitive traps that Indians fall into and that can be exploited by others. Indians as a whole tend to struggle with learned helplessness, and this notion that everything has to be introspected, whereas other do not burden themselves with this matter.
Having said this, it provides the GOI with an opportunity to shut down al jazeera, the beeb, and to allow the Army to conduct maneuvers in the Delhi area citing the risk of heightened terrorism.