Like the Internet, the Rothschilds gang is a network of networks. It spans continents and knows no national boundaries. Its agenda is global. Its point men are local. Here are a few of them.
Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries
While journalists are hounding Pakistani actress Veena Malik for her nude photos and the string of “controversies,” which they allege are publicity stunts, the hacks remain impervious to drama performances periodically enacted by captains of industry.
Some years ago, I read an article in the Digit magazine about the Reliance CDMA network. The article claimed that the magazine had to go through several hoops for over a month to get an interview with top Reliance honcho Mukesh Ambani. This happened when Reliance was a single group. Now, the group has split and Mr. Ambani is fighting multiple battles not just with his estranged brother Anil Ambani, but also with CAG, DGH, PMO, etc. Surely, Mr. Ambani is several times more busy now. When this is the case, why would he go out of his way to spend time at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, as the chairman of the board?
For clues, please look at the changes he is forcing on the IIM, in active connivance of union HRD minister Kapil Sibal. The following is an excerpt from an Outlook article titled “Towards IIM Pvt Ltd?“ (18 April 2011; http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?271257)
Key Recommendations of R.C. Bhargava and Ajit Balakrishnan Committees
- IIM Societies
A substantial donation should be made to become a member. Society to be trimmed to 20 members.
Investment to be treated as equivalent to having an equity in a company.
Society will ratify appointment of board members and directors.
- IIM Boards
Practice of including people from various walks of life should be given up.
Number of members to be between 12 and 14.
No restriction on number of times a person is appointed to the board.
Boards should review faculty performance.
Should function as CEOs. Designation should be changed to President-cum-dean.
More financial and administrative powers.
Should serve five years. No restriction on reappointment.
Incentive amount in the range of Rs 10 to Rs 20 lakh annually.
Annual targets should be set.
Performance-linked pay in addition to normal pay 160 hours of teaching mandatory
Should be selective in attending academic conferences.
Should be divested of administrative responsibilities.
Should be deeply involved in serving on company boards and industry associations.
The reports of these committees were not publicly available, even for faculty members. Yet, people in charge of the management of IIMs such as Mr. Ambani were trying to surreptitiously bring them into force. The article says:
… when the faculty at the three of the oldest IIMs — at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta — learnt about the recommendations and tried to ask questions, they were either snubbed or gagged. Industrialist Mukesh Ambani, also chairman of IIM-B, it is learnt reliably, spoke harshly to the faculty when the issue was raised during a meeting in January, going to the extent of saying that “disciplinary action’ would be initiated if they didn’t fall in line. Faculty members described the experience as “very humiliating’ and the “worst experience’ so far in their academic lives. One academic even said that he would rather quit than be in an “Ambani IIM’.
The IIMs are public property. They were created for the sole purpose of making higher education affordable to the comman man. If the IIMs were not up to the mark, then Mr. Ambani being the paragon of capitalism that he is could have created a private educational institution that measured up to his expectations and set an example for the IIM to follow. Mr. Ambani doesn’t do anything like that. Why?
The answer is obvious. He wants to privatise the IIM. Just like IPCL was privatised after all foreign bidders were driven out. Instead of using his own money and paying a honest price, he wants a shortcut to his goal, in a way not much different from the robber barons of the late 19th and early 20th century USA.
In India, we are seeing a reenactment of a script that was played out almost a century ago by the likes of JP Morgan, Rockefellers and Carnegie. John D Rockefeller didn’t care much about his negative image until the Ludlow massacre of 1914 (The New York Times; 22 April 1914; 45 DEAD, 20 HURT, SCORE MISSING, IN STRIKE WAR; Women and Children Roasted in Pits of Tent Colony as Flames Destroy It; http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0C1EF93D5E13738DDDAB0A94DC405B848DF1D3). In that incident, protesting workers and family members of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (a Rockefeller outfit) were thrown out of their company-owned high-rent shacks. Rockefeller got the state governor call in the National Guard troops to break the strike. Open warfare resulted and President Wilson was roped in to send federal troops. Although dynamite and machine gun fire quelled the strike, it caused worldwide revulsion. Rockefeller then hit up on a massive PR campaign to whitewash his image. The millions of dollars lying idle with the Rockefeller Foundation was used for a dazzling display of donations made to colleges, hospitals and religious organisations. As these were phenomenal sums of money in those days, it made news everywhere. Eventually, the Rockefellers came to be talked about as great philantrophers, not robber barons. The primary focus of their donations were top educational institutions such as Harvard and Yale. Being very smart with their money, the Rockefellers cleverly maneuvered the donations to gain control over the managements of these high centers of learning. Rockefellers and other robber barons invested huge sums of money in similar ways to gain control of the medical and scientific publishing businesses. Technical journals could no longer trust their editors to review articles. Everything had to be vetted by a panel of “peers,” giving rise to the concept of “peer-reviewed” journals. (Most people don’t realise how this concept stifles genuine debate on science.) This greatly benefited their pharmaceuticals business, as anything harmful to their interests could be censored before it became news. This is the subject of a now-forgotten out-of-print book by a former Washington Times and Herald city editor Morris A. Bealle titled “The Drug Story.” ( http://www.nccn.net/~wwithin/TheDrugStoryBeale.htm)
In the West, particularly in the UK and the US, higher education has been deliberately made out of reach of the common man. Even a degree or course at a non-Ivy League college could leave a student or his/her family buried in debt. Decades of high standard of living had made access to cheap labour difficult. Nobody is ready to do low-paying jobs. When good education is out of reach, labour problems are easily solved. A middle-class worker with a loan to pay off automatically becomes a more obedient and unquestioning employee. That is why India is being lead through the same route. Even our school system has not been spared. School boards have started abandoning annual exams and the marks system. Instead, they are opting for the opaque grades system, allegedly because pupils cannot face the honest truth about their own performance.
If Mr. Ambani is losing sleep over the IIMs, it is not for altruistic reasons. Still, he is a mere cog in a giant wheel. His wealth is derived not so much from the profits from his business as it is from the illusory value that international merchant bankers and FIIs attach to his company shares. So, he merely follows the script handed to him. Otherwise, he wouldn’t waste a single minute at the IIM or create such a stink there.
Mr. Ambani is not alone. All the big guns of the BSE Sensex have talking points issued to them by the financiers of their market capitalization. The Sensex prophets are expected to use these talking points whenever an opportunity presents itself. This is why they all speak in one voice when journalists call them. This is also why so many of them (with no foreseeable interest in retail business) are expressing anguish over Manmohan Singh’s missteps on retail FDI. Nothing exemplifies this more than the recent headline recently in The Economic Times – “India’s billionaires frustrated, want to shift base overseas.” (ET; 15 December 2011; http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/newsbycompany/corporatetrends/Indias-billionaires-frustrated-want-to-shift-base-overseas/articleshow/11114536.cms) Indians may not be rich but India is. Not even mad wild horses can drag these billionaires from India’s wealth. What the article really talks about is how Indian businessmen are buying up properties abroad on the cheap. This has been going on for years now. Property prices in Western capitals have fallen thanks to a myriad of economic problems. But, the story is being spun as an exodus caused by lack of progress in retail FDI. How gullible must we be?
The huge fortunes of Ambanis, Mittals, or the Rockefellers are just big mountains of debt. They owe it all to “Unlimited Credit” or the Rothschilds. If these straw men do not do what the Unlimited Credit tells them, the stream of credit will dry up and the princes will become paupers overnight. It is only by promoting the global agenda of the Rothschilds that these small players can maintain their current lifestyle.
Kapil Sibal, Union Communications Minister
Despite the fact that freedom of expression is guaranteed by the Constitution, the Press and the electronic media are burdened by a huge body of regulations. Even TV serials are not spared. Several years ago, the makers of popular Doordarshan sitcom Srimaan Shrimati were so driven to distraction that I think they devoted their final episode to make fun of those very regulations. The episode somehow slipped past the censors of the Doordarshan politburo and was telecast all over the country!
Recently, Union IT minister and Communications in-charge Kapil Sibal created a furore after it was revealed that he asked that prominent Internet websites, such as Google, MSN, Yahoo and Facebook, to “pre-screen” all comments posted by their visitors and remove any “objectional” content therein. Later, he cited morphed pictures mocking Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh but also expressed his anguish regarding the offended religious sentiments of a minority community. (Outlook; 19 December 2011; Status Update? Bad – Kapil Sibal ko gussa kyon aata hai?; http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?279280)
Given that these websites get millions of visitors each day, the minister’s demand can only be met if an equal number of censors were employed on the other side of the Internet connection. Seen in isolation, this looks like a typical ham-handed move of a government weary of criticism. However, if you see it in the context of what is happening globally, you will realise that this is all a high-profile drama. It isn’t as if Kapil Sibal browsed the Net for the first time the previous day and stumbled upon these images.
Kapil Sibal is not your regular fuddy-duddy stupid-as-a-doornail politician who doesn’t “get” the Internet. (He is a high-profile lawyer and probably charges lakhs of rupees for a single court appearance.) No, he is not making himself the subject of all-round ridicule because he can’t help it. Neither is he trying to ingratiate himself to Ms. Sonia Gandhi, as some have suggested. What seems likely is that he is merely following a script handed down to our netas by their global masters.
What Kapil Sibal is trying to do in India mirrors similar efforts by governments abroad – not just in police states such as China or North Korea but also in fashionable democracies such as U.S. and U.K. To illustrate this, I would like to draw your attention to a recent appeal made by the popular PC hardware enthusiast site to its readers:
… we want to share with you what may come to affect how you experience us and the rest of the Internet. It’s called SOPA, or the “Stop Online Piracy Act”, and it is headed through U.S. Congress with its sister bill PROTECT-IP in the Senate. SOPA threatens to fundamentally change the way information is presented online by placing massive restrictions on user-generated content like posts to forums, video uploads, podcasts or images. In a nutshell, here’s what the law would do:
Assign liability to site owners for everything users post, without consideration for whether or not the user posted without permission. Site owners could face jail time or heavy fines, and DNS blacklisting.
It would require web services like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to monitor and aggressively filter everything all users upload.
It would deny site owners due process of law, by initiating a DNS blacklisting based solely on a good-faith assertion by an individual copyright or intellectual property owner.
It would give the U.S. government the power to selectively censor the web…
(Tom’s Hardware; 29 December 2011; ; Save Tom’s, Stop SOPA; http://www.tomshardware.com/news/toms-hardware-sopa-Stop-Online-Piracy-Act-PROTECT-IP-Senate,14393.html)
Now, does it look like Kapil Sibal is acting alone? The US government may have mocked Indian government’s attempt to censor the Internet but it is going full-steam ahead with its own plan to censor the Net.
Facebook is already disabling accounts in a random manner and asking affected users to submit identification papers – Salman Rushdie being the latest high-profile victim. For its part, Google is annoying users by asking them to submit their mobile numbers every time they log in. These top websites are not bold enough to make these requirements mandatory on their own. This is probably why Kapil Sibal is offering himself as a punching bag (no pun intended) and making the UPA government take the blame. People in the United States have have already seen this playing out in the aftermath of the USA Patriot Act. The value of a validated junk-free demographic database is a marketing gold mine for these websites. The government is also happy with the scheme as investigative and intelligence agencies can build neural maps of anyone they want to track, investigate, frame or harass. It is a win-win proposition for both the websites and the government.
Further research will show that United States has been trying to get other countries to enforce similar restrictions by forcing them to sign a misleadingly named international treaty – the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Counterfeiting_Trade_Agreement. Basicaly, ACTA is a backdoor attempt to bypass lawmakers and laws that protect consumer interest. People should realize that this is all a globally coordinated effort. Every major country seems to have its own version of Kapil Sibal.
When Jesus Christ started preaching his creed, he insisted on a life of poverty and humble living from his followers. The Roman Catholic Church, which took his mantle, did not really try to follow these precepts. Instead, it took up many pretenses of royalty. The Church collected taxes, accumulated vast riches, maintained armies, and even had colonies. The clergy lived in luxurious castles and palaces. The Pope expected himself to be treated as a God on earth. Kings and princes could only kiss his shoe. When printing was invented, books challenged Church power. Until then, the Bible was written on expensive vellum and hence it was the preserve of churchmen. So, anything the Church said was akin to the Word of God. When ordinary people started getting their own copies of the Bible, they read about the the humble life that Jesus lived and compared it with the scandalous luxury that churchmen surrounded themselves with. Europe rose in revolt. Catholic Church splintered and lost a great deal of its following to Protestantism.
Thus, knowledge is power. Books are a medium for that power. Still, the reach of books is limited. Doing research using books requires a great deal of physical effort. Many books are not easily accessible and out of reach for most people. The Internet solves that problem. A great deal of old books are freely available on the Internet. All it takes is a Google, no, Bing search. (Bing, not Google, is your friend.) More importantly, Internet functions as a vast ocean of freely expressed uncensored opinion and information. (Sure, there is lots of disinformation out there but nobody can force you to believe in anything.)
Police states need no excuse for censorship. But, it is the so-called democracies in the West that have taken the lead in laws that limit freedom of expression. Many European have laws that bans any critical discussion of the Jewish Holocaust. It is invariably labeled “Holocaust Denial” and the “guilty” are prosecuted for speaking their mind. It is a form of thought crime. Never mind the fact that the word Jewish Holocaust came into popular parlance many years after the end of the World War and the oft-cited figure of 6-million Jewish deaths had to be revised down several times by the Holocaust vigilantes themselves. In the United States, there is a Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 ( http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-108publ332/pdf/PLAW-108publ332.pdf), which makes any criticism of Israel or Zionist organizations illegal. The main motivation for this law is that it clandestinely authorizes US government officials to spy on Americans.
Whenever such laws are being debated, it is accompanied by an unassailable argument that is universally accepted. With the American law mentioned earlier, it was “anti-Semitism.” When the Australian Internet firewall was brought in place, the ruse was child pornography. In the Indian government’s case, it was blasphemous images that offend the religious sentiments of a minority community. (I have a feeling that funny pictures of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh were used only to get those two onboard with the program.) The methods used by governments may vary but their objectives have been the same:
Prevent citizens from expressing criticism or dissent – against politicians, government officials, and businesses
Prevent citizens from finding common cause and joining forces with others
Eliminate the easy anonymity and protection from retribution that Internet offers
Internet threatens the power of the global kleptocracy. They are being threatened by the Internet in the same way the Church power was challenged by books. This is why their minions are enacting laws to eliminate freedom of expression on the Internet.
Recently, Britain passed a law that banned “watching extreme pornography.” This law was unusual as making “extreme pornography” was still legal but watching it was not. You see, the adult industry can afford good lawyers and overturn laws in a court. That is why the mandarins smartly avoided a confrontation with them. Interestingly, the home minister (Jacqui Smith) who framed this law got busted when her husband was caught paying his porn bills using taxpayers’ money. (CNN; 30 March 2009; Husband’s porn purchases threatens minister’s job; 30 March 2009; http://articles.cnn.com/2009-03-30/world/jackie.smith.husband.pornography_1_allowances-second-home-claim?_s=PM:WORLD)
Paul Wolfowitz, the main campaigner for the war against Iraq, said that he presented several reasons that could be cited for an invasion of Iraq. The only reason that he claimed got universal support was the threat of weapons of mass destruction. And, that was why the United States and United Kingdom made such a hue and cry about Iraq’s WMD. (Never mind the fact that US, UK and their close ally Israel were the principal suppliers and conduits of Iraq’s WMD arsenal buildup.)
The global kleptocracy will first get the laws passed on a premise that has universal support. Then, they will extend them and use them in ways not foreseen by the initial supporters. Today, many Islamic organizations and Muslims unwittingly support Kapil Sibal’s efforts. This is extremely disconcerting, as a disproportionate number of Muslims are victims of human rights violations. What is even more horrifying is that intelligence agencies all over the world have been trying to induce innocent Muslim dupes into committing “acts of terrorism.” (Guardian; Fake terror plots, paid informants: the tactics of FBI ‘entrapment’ questioned; 16 November 2011; http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/16/fbi-entrapment-fake-terror-plots?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038)
In the United States, the threat of terrorism was used as an excuse to create and fund the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, and numerous state-level anti-terrorist squads. As there are very few terrorists operating in the United States (outside the government I have to say), these heavily armed personnel are deployed on ordinary law enforcement duties. Recently, a famed American guitar company was accused of illegally importing wood. As part of the investigations, the company’s offices were raided by heavily armed government agents. It looked as if it was an anti-terrorist operation. The guitar company’s mistake was that it bypassed European middleman supplying inferior wood and imported superior rosewood from India. (The Economic Times; 6 September 2011; Gibson guitars set to miss Indian notes as raids in US and Europe on Gibson’s facilities continue; http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-09-06/news/30119268_1_indian-exporters-gibson-henry-juszkiewicz)
Here is another example. Large milk companies in America have been supplying their countrymen with hormone- and antibiotics-laced milk obtained from cows fed on animal waste and meat industry by-products. (Yes, American cows are non-vegetarian. Meat parts that cannot be sold to humans are ground up and fed back to the cows. Cows are also are fed poultry waste. It may seem very unnatural but their government thinks this is fine. See http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/01/Nov01/110501/ts00014.doc ) This has made some American people to seek milk obtained from cows raised on pasture, not “Frankenfeed.” As pasteurization kills useful bacteria in the milk, these people have been procuring raw milk from some enlightened farmers. Many of these small “raw milk” farmer outfits have been raided by heavily armed SWAT-like units. (Forbes; 4 July 2011; The Rawesome Raid and the Controversy Over Raw Milk; http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/08/04/the-rawesome-raid-and-raw-milk-controversy/)
It is a bane of democracy that its logical conclusion is its very antithesis i.e., dictatorship. This is because the people’s representatives think their sole job is legislation (not debate). They keep on cranking out laws until there are enough laws to put everybody in jail. (The Nazis did this to perfection – targeting their laws selectively on Jews. Our laws do not discriminate.) A citizen in that state has just one option – either be a criminal or be a slave. When elections don’t work, we need a revolution. That’s the only way to keep democracy young. Otherwise, democracy morphs into a dictatorship. The problem with revolutions is that they misfire with gay abandon. We do not have a Gandhi or a Tilak to guide us. Most of the time, it is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering, as Tom Stoppard observed.
The choice, I think, is clear. Netizens or not, all citizens should try to limit the powers of government, not expand them. We need fewer laws, not more. Politicians and bureaucrats will always try to make citizens give up their freedoms. Citizens should remain smart enough to see through their dainty little schemes and prevent any abridgment of our god-given rights. Otherwise, future generations will be slaves.