For a third world nation like India that has yet to accept its caste question, accepting xenophobia and race problem is obviously a distant dream.
Basically, this land never had any problem:
It never had any caste problem but Gandhi always remained a Baniya and Shivaji a Maratha.
It never had a race problem but somehow this entire brown country believes in quackery of fairness creams claiming to magically transform brown skin into white.
It never had a gender problem although we still have to acknowledge marital rapes and the question of honor killing.
It never had the problem of homophobia but homosexuality is criminalized.
It never had a problem of xenophobia but you can be assaulted in Bombay for simply being a North India and in Delhi for being a Northeastern.
So most probably the only pressing concern for this nation is beef and Romeo!
Ground check: Few enlightening thoughts I learned from my colleagues yesterday-
• ‘So what’ if Yogi is a goon at least he’s not corrupt.
• We have had enough with secularism, now it’s the time for Hindus to shine.
• Why can’t sth as simple as beef be banned when ‘other nations’ have far worse kinda bans/restrictions.
In short: everything is fine as long as the ‘others’ have to sacrifice their rights for the gratification of our communal ego.
This conversation could be taken as another example of post-truth era where facts do not matter because:
• Noone remembers which public office Yogi held earlier to prove himself an honest public servant.
• The idea of India secularism that prevents the ‘others’ from being made second class citizens is the real pain in the ass of these moderate Hindus.
• When it comes to justifying the culture of bans and prohibitions the ‘others nation’ they cite are obviously never the first world nations or even the second world nations but usually failed states like Somalia, Sudan and Pakistan.
I guess it’s the indication of a sick society that dreams of becoming the next superpower but wants its human rights to be just compatible with Pakistan and Iran.
Most common Savarna reaction every time they hear of Dalit atrocities:
1. Stop calling them dalits, we are all humans.
2. Scrap affirmative action and everything will be okay.
Why they do so:
1. They want caste apartheid to continue in silence and remain unacknowledged.
2. They hate the idea of social justice and equality.
“We Bosnian soldiers actually enjoy more freedom that an average American; we can take whatever we like, we can kill whomever we hate and we can rape any women whom we find attractive. We can do it because we are fighting for nationalist cause.”
A Bosnian soldier told this to Salvoj Zizek during the Bosnian war.
I guess we lived in a post truth era even during the early 90’s when Bosnian war was on its full swing when emotions were more relevant than truth itself.
Can’t we see a similar environment back here in India? Where a 20 year old girl is threatened with rape for having an opinion and the ‘veterans’ who came out in her support are being deemed anti-nationals by people who did nothing for the country except supporting a party that’s in bed with ISI.
But they can do it because they claim to be nationalists. They can do it because facts mean nothing in the presence of sentiments. Because we live in a post truth era.
Around one hundred years back during the Hawthorne studies the test workers were told that they would be rewarded/punished according to their productivity. The researchers were expecting an increased overall output but contrary to what they had anticipated the production actually went down because the group believed that the management might fire the less productive labors.
A century later such kind of response from any test group of any office seems not only impossible but also ridiculous and absurd.
Virginia Woolf once stated that around 1905 the human nature changed. So by examining the sharp contrast between the aforementioned scenarios maybe we can safely assert that human nature once again changed in around 1990 with the fall of communist block and rise of neo-liberalism.
But alas you’re a Marxist and you’re not allowed to believe in stuffs such as the existence of anything such as ‘human nature’!!!!!
I’m 94% sure that people who criticize western culture don’t do it from their caves and huts using vedic style telepathy or aakashwani.
What they are up to is similar to how Hitler used democracy to destroy democracy and replace it with sth evil.
The point is you don’t hate the west or western culture; you just hate the idea of liberty equality fraternity and yes of course rational thinking!
Because the theological bs you cultivated in this land for 5K years taught you only bigotery, superstition, sexism and inequality!
It’s easy to be a Hindu and criticise Islam.
It’s easy to be an Indian and talk about Baluchistan.
It’s easy to be an American and bash Israel.
It’s easy to be a man and criticise Feminism.
It’s easy to be a communist and criticise capitalism.
It’s difficult to be a Hindu and criticise Hinduism.
It’s difficult to be a Muslim and criticise Islam.
It’s difficult to be an Indian and talk about Kashmir.
It’s difficult to be a Pakistani and talk about Baluchistan.
It’s difficult to be an American and criticise Americanism.
It’s difficult to be a man and criticise patriarchy.
It’s difficult to be a communist and criticise the left.
The thing about constructive criticism is that it has to come from inside of the system to have a positive impact or else it is often dismissed as allegations and hate speech.
De Omnibus Dubitandum!