So everyone and their uncle is analysing why BJP won. I thought Rahul had picked himself well and certainly didn’t think he would be falling so short. So did many of you including Ruchir Sharma (Morgan Stanley, i think) who just wrote a book on the Indian Democracy. He has been covering elections on the road for last 30 years. I also recently attended a talk by him at NCPA where he said, NDA will get either less than 200 votes or around 236 votes. He missed the mark inspite of having his ears to the ground.
Populism or Majoritarianism
Populism ( it would be called Majoritarianism in India) is basically a strategy used by the politicians by instilling the fear of scarcity. It is a race to the bottom. The narrative is – We will snatch it from the minorities and will give it to you, or the minorities have been appeased and now we will undo it.
Ruchir Sharma mentioned in his talk with Shobha De that, Indians who were harmed due to demonetisation were still happy that the other people who hoarded cash were more harmed. This help them sustain their love for Modi. Instead of accusing Modi for the harm, they justified it by saying a little pain for the good of the country can be borne.
Again, this time. Modi seems like the only capable politician who can give moo-thod (fitting reply) to the enemy i.e Pakistan, terrorism. Jobs be damned, economy can go to bollocks.
What is the alternative ?
Grass root level work as mentioned in this wonderful twitter thread by Ananya Chakravati.
Moving towards a philosophy of abundance instead of fear of scarcity
This would be most difficult thing. But some how we need to convince people that there is enough for all of us. This could counteract the strategy of fear scarcity among the minds of Indians.
Suppose you run a few blogs like I do and make revenue out of ad sales or content streaming from your blogs.
Now you have 2 bosses (customers) one is your visitors and the second is the sponsor or advertiser. While the visitor doesn’t pay to access your content while the advertiser uses your media to reach your demographics.
Also being a blogger means you are constrained and don’t have a sales team to pursue the advertisers for more ad revenue. So in this case would you focus on getting more revenue or more visitors (quality and quantity) to your website.
Personally I have never focused much on the advertisers. Don’t do sales calls nor solicit clients for advertising money. I focus on my demographics visitors.
But I am planning to change strategy soon, shift focus on advertisers instead of the community. But the objective would be to serve the community better.
You know I am a life long student of Psychology, in one of my past life sessions, I discovered that I had a crush on Sigmund Frued daughter who died a Virgin at the age of 83. So now you know where this need to read people’s Psychological profile comes from. Enjoy the Podcast. Peace & Love!
I am wondering why I am writing this article, as you all know that I pretty much like to mind my own business. But someone or something really caught my goat and that was Mr. Tinu Cherian malicious, petty and cheap prank to defame IIPM on the 12/13th of Jan 2012. ( Mr. Cherian describes himself in his twitter bio as Dreamer, Techie, Wikipedia Admin, @WikimediaIndia Exec Com Member , Top 15 influential Indian in Social Media, Blog @ DreamingCherries.com. ) Mr. Tinu Cherian also has envy worthy more than 73000 followers.
Disclaimer: I am not a IIPM graduate, nor I am a SRK or Arindam Chaudhuri fan, infact I hate the kind of marketing campaign they run. Hope you all know what is IIPM otherwise go here http://www.iipm.edu/
Also I have never seen the beautiful face of Mr. Tinu Cherian till this incident (or never noticed) and have never had any personal or professional grouse with him previously.
Here I am embedding some of Mr. Cherian’s tweets so you know, how the story goes and maybe you will see the reason for my anger or you probably wont, but that’s fine. The reason for my anger is that a responsible (or irresponsible) member of the cyber world like Mr. Tinu Cherian who has more than 73000 followers, decided to play a Joke at IIPM, and it reeked of conspiracy and bad taste to me. Let me know if you agree or disagree after going through this entire blogpost?
IIPM threatens 2take legal action agst me if i don’t take this down twitpic.com/5f6t8h shud i contact the media or the lawyer 1st ?
After seeing this Tweet I was concerned that a big organisation like IIPM known to be cash rich is threatening legal action against a blogger/Tweeple like @tinucherian . I was alarmed at such a scenario which threatens our freedom of speech and Re-tweeted it immediately and urgently. (At this point I had no reason to believe that @tinucherian is trying to defame IIPM as a consequence of this prank). But the following Tweet which came with twitpic of a email sent by some Ramya Walkhare made it pretty obvious that this was a cheap and petty prank, Check tweet below.
Now the problem with this email (from a id I assume Mr. Cherian has created himself to amuse us) is that it doesnt seem to have an Official signature at the end of the email nor does it have a official email id. Also It seems quite unlikely that IIPM would use such an unprofessional launguage and a fake id to top it.
When I questioned him on this, I got a equally irresponsible answer, Below is his tweet.
@manojnayak with iipm already sueing google, caravan , rashmibansal and many others i cannot take it so lightly.
I know @tinucherian has all the right to create a practical Joke and maybe IIPM actually did send him this email. But thats precisely what I doubt, and there is my case. Tinu Cherian being a social media guy (his bio claims Top 15 influential Indian in Social Media) and a Wikipedia Admin, with an army of more than 73K followers is not a JOKER without any motivation, and what are his motives remain questionable?
The purpose of this blog post is my morbid dislike, that a few social media guys/agencies who sit in Chennai and Bangalore or wherever supported by their vast network of allies sitting in Mumbai and Delhi, take their freedom of expression for granted and form an unholy nexus among themselves and conspire to defame a brand for monetary or personal reasons.
Till now I haven’t heard any news from Mr Cherian confirming the threat or calling it a hoax. Wonder which brand is next in line for Mr. Cherian’s practical joke? If someone proves that the email was actually sent by IIPM staff. I would gladly restore my faith in one of the top 15 Social media guy in India and delete this blog post if it matters at all to Mr. Tinu Cherian’s spotless reputation.
After I put up this blog post on Saturday night, I received a quite a few replies from @tinucherian , He basically beleives I have nothing to do with IIPM and also he has assured me that he had no intention to malign IIPM and it was not deliberate and that he is hounded by IIPM fake accounts and the email was sent probably by some agency who runs IIPM social media campaign. But what interested me more that he has admitted that he reacted hastily. Below is his tweet saying so, I certainly hope he gets over his unhealthy obsession with IIPM and finds a better cause. He has also metioned that he would be doing a blog post on this, explaining his POV, I would certainly like to know @tinucherian’s mind a bit better.
@manojnayak it is true that I reacted strongly when i got that mail who claimed to be from IIPM #iipmgate .
When I saw a few ads of apple and airtel using Gandhi in their value statement advertisement. I felt that they need to pay a royalty to the Gandhi Trust. If the photographer can get paid then the Gandhi Trust should also get paid. Here is a twitter discussion with Prashant.
Why do all corporates use Gandhi on their promo video’s, even apple did in 1998. I hope they are paying @TusharG royalty.