Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Modi's next big surprise: declare Emergency

16th November, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's next big surprise may well be to declare a state of National Emergency. Here's how Modi's game plan for declaring Emergency can play out, step-by-step:

1) Thanks to demonetization, millions of tiny marginal businesses around the country, such as hawkers, tailoring shops, roadside tea-shops, cycle-rickshaws, fish-vendors, etc. will not be able to bear the loss of a few weeks livelihood due to our present "cashless" state, and they will close down.

2) Millions of vegetable farmers and small dairy farms which supply perishable goods like eggs and chicken will suffer terrible losses due to spoilage of their goods, which regular consumers will avoid buying simply because they have no cash.

3) Widespread business failures, cash shortages, joblessness and hunger will cause desperation, strikes and rioting.

4) Modi's right-wing bhakt army will brand these strikers, rioters and looters as anti-national, unpatriotic, black-money-hoarders, etc.

5) Modi will appear on national television crying bucketfuls of tears about the many people who have died and "made a sacrifice to make India a great nation". He will confuse the whole issue by making tearful announcements about how "anti-national elements" are "destroying the nation" and "sabotaging reforms" with "lies and propaganda".

5) To "protect Indian democracy" from these "anti-national elements", Modi will declare a state of Emergency. Parliament and the opposition parties would be suspended.

6) Thousands of liberals and "sickulars" who continue to openly oppose Modi's policies will be rounded up and charged with treason, sedition, etc.

7) After the first batch of arrests are made in every city, independent voices will automatically fall silent due to fear, or the independent thinkers (branded as anti-nationals) will go underground due to fear of arrests.

Welcome to Modified India.

This scenario can play out within a few weeks.

Krishnaraj Rao

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