Padmavati row

Let us keep this short and sweet. Here are our views

Leftist charlatans, hiding under rocks when Tasleema and cartoonists needed them, have crawled out in large numbers to defend the movie.

Leftists seem to focus on the fact that historical records on Padmavati are sparse or non-existent. This hardly matters. Customs and beliefs of most religions, if not all, are a mixture of facts, beliefs and oral or unverified traditions. Even if Padmavati is entirely fictional, what matters is millions of Rajputs and others believe in her sacrifice.

Then there is this fallacious argument “There are too many versions so why object to one more?” But this is not unusual in a subcontinent size country where oral traditions have been the norm. Those versions were not created to make money or to insult the earlier versions and traditions or for that matter with political agendas in mind.

Then there are the usual leftist rants on ‘patriarchy’ etc which we don’t even bother commenting about! Horrendous suggestions that Padmavati (as well as Yazidi victims of leftists’ bosom pals aka ISIS) should have allowed the rape and conquest to proceed instead of dying, have been made by the left cabal well known for its own rapist savagery and other crimes against women right from the days of its founding in Russia and in India too.

Once leftists got the music going a whole bunch of corrupt yellow media agents of Congress got into the rhythm, attacking BJP for the usual “freedom of expression”, “Idea of India” and other such fundamental rights.

What they conveniently overlooked and deliberately played down if not blacked out was the unpalatable truth that, good or bad, violent or otherwise, the protests against Padmavati were not just from political right. It cut across party lines. Even prominent Congress leaders, including its CM in Punjab and its ally Laloo Prasad have rushed to support the protesters! Many SP, Congress leaders joined in the violent actions, verbal or otherwise. But this is not convenient to the dynasty-left continuum’s narratives so the mainstream yellow media that controls the “Idea of India” narrative naturally didn’t want to talk about it.

All said and done, we think the movie should be allowed to be screened, provided it doesn’t show the queen dancing or singing songs with the cruel Khilji who wanted to rape her. That is not freedom of expression that is insult to all women. As one intelligent observer pointed out, that’s like shooting a movie showing rape victim “Nirbaya” dancing with her rapists. But then this has been Bollywood’s standards. Anything goes, if it fills coffers.

And unlike our media charlatans and fake intellectuals of left, we condemn ANY threat of violence against ANYONE including Deepika and the producer or director by ANYONE.

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing power of anti-Modi track record

We have heard of mythical herbs that can bring the dead back to life and cure the incurable.

But have you seen them in working like magic with your own eyes in the modern world?!

Yes there is! Once you accumulate enough points, like frequent flyer miles or credit card spend, you become immune to anything.

No sections of the Indian Penal Code or moral code will apply to you! Incompetence is no barrier to lifelong well paid jobs!

That’s the magic power of anti-Modi track record.

Yes!

We know how liberal poster boy Tarun Tejpal tried to dub his roaming fingers molesting a poor young journalist in a lift as “BJP conspiracy”. And therefore he should be allowed to “lacerate himself” in some nice bar over a cool beer instead of going to jail for attempted rape

We also know Lalloo Prasad Yadav and his family becoming magical millionaires owning flashy malls, petrol stations and other property calling their prosecution “fascist attempts to stop him”

Now we have leftist journalist Nikhil Wagle who spends all his waking hours attacking BJP & Modi claiming he has been booted out for his “fighting journalism”. The truth appears to be more prosaic – incompetence and the inability to attract audience, a must for any aspiring anchor or journalist!

Of course we have the Paranjoy Guha Thakurta going around telling us he has been thrown out of EPW for his daring to question Adani, who is supposedly “close” to Modi (although like most businessmen Adani is no fool and is also close to Marxists and Congress – just see how he was received in Kerala).

Oddly enough the team that threw him out are also died in the wool hardcore leftists. Or they would not have gotten into EPW management in the first place!

So a bunch of leftists throwing out a fellow traveler for writing an article that reads more like propaganda hit job than “investigative journalism” is also blamed on Modi, BJP and the mysterious “stifling climate for dissent” One that sees new media startups blossoming almost each week, most of them spending 80% of the time attacking Modi. And the other 20% loudly complaining they are not allowed to criticise him!

So here is your clue – if you are planning anything interesting – be it petty misdemeanor, incompetence on the job or full fledged rapes, loot, dacoity and anything else under the sun, be smart, try build up a anti-Modi track record.

The entire “liberal, progressive” cabal will jump to your rescue!

 

 

Cattle trade notification controversy

Once again Modi Government finds itself amidst a media storm caused by the so-called “beef ban circular”. No amount of protestations that it is a animal welfare move and not against beef consumption is going to convince our liberal brigades who rush from beef eating contests to TV studio debates without a pause for thought.

Naturally as with all other such controversies, overseas (that is, Western) media will lap it all up & project India (and Hindus) as intolerant and backward. Never mind that horse meat and other such delicacies are banned in several of their states.

Now we are hearing that center has “open mind” on the issue and it is not a prestige issue for the BJP. That begs a question- what was done prior to this notification?

Amending the notification or even cancelling it now will not bring any relief because not only is the damage done, any rollback will be seen as “victory” to the barbarians of Sonia Gandhi’s Congress Party that brutally slaughtered a calf in full public view, including several young children in Kerala.

In most matters, be it Corporate, Legal, Academic or cultural our bureaucrats have developed this “shoot first and ask questions later” culture. Ministers and political parties invariably fall victim to this syndrome.

But then, it does seem (as per this article) the notification was posted in draft form in public domain but then no one took notice.  Interestingly, the original source quoted by the article not only makes no mention of the “beef ban” aspect, it also includes a quote from a NGO representative praising it! We are not clear if the original draft is exactly same as the one notified or if it was amended later without full debate.

But then our babus and their bosses in the government should be smart enough (by now at least) to the inherent controversy potential of this notification? Should they not have given it much wider publicity or done something to float trial balloons? After all we have TV channels ready to trade favors with the party in power to help in such matters?! In fact even a rumor can be planted & floated that beef consumption is likely to be banned triggering a lot of pseudo liberal outrage before “clarification” about the draft issued, saving everyone a lot of face! Babus, learn to be smart!

Simply publishing in a website may be OK for some cases but there is no harm in sending email notifications to trade associations and their members such as Leather exporters etc. Does it cost a lot? After all the importance of this to their business is no secret.

This is also where proactive communication by senior ministers could have helped. If Dr. Harsh Vardhan had given some media interviews about the draft, invited comments (and brickbats) BEFORE it was made final, may be we could have avoided this?

One hopes the BJP government has learned valuable lessons in PR from this episode.

 

Turkish (blood) bath

The new year has started horribly for Turkey. If the year that just went by featured regular terror attacks, often killing innocent civilians, the bloody start to the new year with the deaths at the Reina club attack was shocking even to people used to bad news coming regularly from Istanbul.

No doubt there will be a lot of op-eds condemning the incident, offering sympathy to the dead and the usual “nothing to do with Islam” protestations which remind us of the old Tamil adage “Father is not hiding in the barn”. Sensible comments and prescriptions, such as this, have been rare.

What exactly is ailing Turkey?

Briefly, Turkey is Pakistan-ising itself. And the chief architect of that is President Recip Tayyip Erdogan – the Turkish Zia ul Haq.  The resemblances are indeed startling. This is sort of ironic because Pakistan wanted to model itself on Attaturk’s Turkey. Now it is leading by example.

1. Just as Pakistan sought “strategic depth” in Afghanistan and considered it its province, Turkey under Erdogan sought regime change in Syria. Not only that, exactly as Pakistan did, it acted as a transit lounge cum supply base for jihadi fanatics fighting secular Assad regime. Practically every ISIS-wannabe even from far off places like Malaysia and Indonesia, flew to Turkey to join the jihadists. No doubt many stayed back, looked around and found a lot of un-Islamic things in Turkey itself that need ‘correction’. As if that were not enough, his sudden and selective U-turn, triggered more by self preservation instincts than change of ideology, has incensed the very snakes he has been rearing in his backyard, to quote Hillary Clinton’s remark on Pakistan. This again parallels the Pakistan situation almost 100%. And like Pakistanis, he too loves to pass the blame to the Americans whenever it suits him and have a love-hate relationship with the ‘great satan’.  Both are not clever enough to realise that the Americans are not idiots and they play the poisonous game in someone else’s backyard, not their own.

2. Pakistan’s dream reviving the golden era of Babur, Lodi, Mughal rule in the sub-continent, expressed with the colourful “green flag in Red Fort” phrase was the exact sort of dream that Erdogan too had. For him it was reviving the Ottoman era when Turkish Sultans controlled vast territory and were ‘amir-ul-momineen’ or Caliphs. This crazy obsession drove thought and policy. Seeing the neighbourhood as a one of ex-possessions that need fresh direction and inspiration from Istanbul no doubt added to the hubris.

3. Erdogan’s cynical use of the shadowy Gulen gang to brutally purge the old secular establishment too is almost identical to the Pakistani use of jihadi groups to deal with secular internal opposition. His even more brutal U-turn against the Gulenists too is simply a case of turf war and mafia style power struggle rather than genuine change of heart against use of religious fanaticism for political gains.

4. The gradual poisoning of secular, liberal Turkish ethos, created after years of effort by Attaturk too has parallels with Pakistan. This meant not just “freedom” to wear burqas, restrictions on alcohol, prayers in the Hagia Sophia and other symbolic moves but also a gradual Islamisation of everything and anything – academia, judiciary, military and so on. Over time, this creates a self-sustaining, growing conservative base which sees each such move as vindication and demanded even more. This set the stage for competitive conservatism with each Talibanic step followed by even more conservative ones – in other words a slippery slope with Saudi Arabia style society as the destination. Again this is exactly the path Pakistan followed in the Zia years and later.

5. Just as Pakistan did, Turkey under Erdogan defined itself as a pure Wahabi Sunni state which effectively de-legitimised all other faiths, beliefs and sects. This meant imposition of one official version of Islam on others who were either agnostic or practiced other synthetic faiths like Alevism. This was done through the school system and through regular haranguing by ruling politicians as well as mullahs. In fact this search for Islamic purity has recently matured to a point where Christmas and New Year were seen as evil habits of kuffars.

Picture from https://twitter.com/andreaskorinov/status/815374246763298816

Naturally the Reina attacker too thought the same, although not everyone arguing against Santa wanted the revelers killed, violent imagery of Santa getting punched notwithstanding. Turkey’s Chief Mullah issued a routine boiler plate condemnation that’s all too familiar now, but he was the one that ranted against New Year celebrations in a sermon read out at all mosques just a day before the attack!

6. The gradual decimation of the army too followed identical templates, though the situations were not identical. The Pakistani Army, once seen as secular and professional was gradually turned into one of bearded as well as beard less jihadi fanatics. Turkish army, fiercely secular, resisted but that resistance crumbled under Erdogan, with the result that both countries cannot trust their armies any more! The recent purge of tens of thousands of Gulenists from the armed forces, on top of the Gulenist inspired purged of equally large number of secularists have altered the face of army, possibly forever. While this may have made the country immune to coups it is certainly a lot more vulnerable to ISIS-lite leadership.

Where does the solution lie?

At least in the case of Turkey, the answer is easy enough. Turn the clock back (or forward, as Erdogan has neatly managed to move it back a few centuries) and go to Attaturk’s Turkey. Not that this solution is unknown to Turks. Many brave Turks are trying to do exactly that and ironically, are getting arrested by a regime that sees them more as a threat than the ISIS!

In the case of Pakistan the delusions run far too deep within the society which never had the strong secular base to start with in the first place. Nor did it have a leader of calibre of Attaturk. More importantly, in case of Turkey, it is one strongman – Erdogan who is pushing it towards 7th century Arab ideal, in the case of Pakistan the rot runs much deeper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Carnatic music and manual scavenging

Leftist daily Hindu, controlled by N. Ram a well known Marxist and SFI activist in his younger days, often prints opinion pieces by well known “intellectuals” aka hardcore Marxists and Maoists. We all know the horrible and blood drenched track record of the Marxist demi-gods like Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot. But their followers in India have cleverly occupied the “liberal” space. Using classic Goebbelsian tactics and vice like grip over media, history and culture they have succeeded in projecting themselves as champions of the downtrodden and the poor, even patented that right so no one dare encroach on their patch. Most of these “intellectuals” are themselves upper caste and their party Politburos are similarly dominated by upper class and caste elites.

Ananya Vajpayi a famous leftist “intellectual” often writes for Hindu. One such article appears today (24th Dec). You can read it here. The topic of the day is Carnatic music and manual scavenging. The occasion? A talk show with Bejwada Wilson and TM Krishna.

No one can have a quarrel with ending the horrible practice of manual cleaning of toilets, that too performed by the so-called lowest caste. Technology exists. Friends, camp followers and well wishers of the left elite have been ruling us for more than half a century, handing out juicy gigs, titles, awards (none of which were returned until Modi took over), frequent flyer miles and lecture tours to these “progressives”. Fact is, the leftists are not genuinely interested in solving the issue rationally or rapidly. For them it is a useful stick to beat Hinduism with and they would wish to see it continue. They don’t have to discuss equally inhuman instances of discrimination practiced elsewhere but that doesn’t fetch lucrative rewards.

Coming to the issue of Carnatic music, she again makes it appear there is some giant conspiracy by the “Brahmins” to usurp the erotic and esoteric art of the masses and turn it into a devotional, elite art form that they and only they can practice. To support her cause she picks T M Krishna, who has turned Brahmin bashing into a lucrative career and a useful shortcut to actually doing something useful to popularise classical music among the masses. (See link below)

Even rudimentary knowledge of the history of Carnatic music or Indian classic music for that matter, would show this to be patently false.

  1. The present day state of affairs of the Carnatic music scene reflects years of impact by personalities, events and trends far too complex to be controlled by one caste or group. Any conspiracy theory simply ignores this to engage in bashing of a community using classic left tactics.
  2. Devotion has been woven deep into Carnatic music for centuries now and across several states and territories that had very little coordination and certainly no centralised planning to conspire to exclude or snatch away any particular art form from any particular group.
  3. In fact even social ills were brought to light and critiqued using devotional music. We all know about the discrimination Saint Nandanar faced, thanks to Gopalakrishna Bharathi who was himself a Brahmin. If Gopalakrishna Bharathi brought it to the musical mainstream, the task of bringing it to real mainstream through the medium of a movie was left to Film producer S. S. Vasan, another Brahmin.
  4. Thanks to the freedom struggle, poets like Bharathi and other factors, non-devotional compositions have in fact increased their market share, although still quite small. The Hindustani music Khayal singing gives importance to the raw music itself and not the words and has been lucky to escape this bias.
  5. In fact in the Carnatic “Pallavi” singing, which usually involve one line compositions, non-devotional verses have been used for years. As artiste Sanjay Subramaniam rightly pointed out (and sarcastically too!) Alathur Brothers were singing such Pallavis in the 50s instead of writing articles in The Hindu. He cited the pallavi in raga Natakurinji made famous by the Brothers. One may have issues with this domination of religious theme, if but to spin conspiracy yarns is ridiculous, to say the least. In fact agnostic or non-Hindu artistes have been able to treat them as mere musical lines and sing them quite effectively too without resorting to abuse and criticism. One has to only listen to Parveen Sultana singing “Bhavani” to appreciate this.
  6. If Brahmins have come to dominate the profession today it is because numerous artistes have put in the effort to learn, practice and perfect, often for decades. They were humble in seeking knowledge and had huge respect for the “Isai vellalar” community musicians.
    1. For example, Madurai Mani Iyer (1930s-60s) has spoken about walking all night behind temple chariot processions to listen to elaborate recitals by Nadaswaram vidwans who were usually from the non Brahmin community. Needless to say, he had enormous respect for such vidwans and never failed to acknowledge their expertise and talent.
    2. Lalgudi Jayaraman’s biography has an interesting anecdote about his grand father, who was slapped hard by his elder brother for merely uttering the name of a musician who had called at his house in his absence. “Just say Pillaival ( a caste / community honorific like Panditji or Khan saheb) had come, that is enough, why take his name?” Such was the level of respect, untainted by any casteist feelings of superiority.
  7. Similarly due to circumstances of history and various complex factors, some communities come to dominate some professions or trades. The domination of Nadars in trading (mainly provision stores) is also a recent phenomenon and is not a grand conspiracy too. Today they may lose out to dot coms and on-line retailers and not to Brahmin traders.
  8. For professional, financial reasons or mere jealousy and petty mindedness, musicians may not share their ‘secrets’ with others or allow the rise of new talent. This has been a problem for ages in many professions in many countries. This too cannot be blamed entirely on caste. Both victims and perpetrators have been from various castes. Rivalries have not even spared siblings and close relations (The famous Lata-Asha rivalry comes to mind). Again, Brahmin artistes too have struggled to overcome such factors.  One anecdote highlights mridangam player Palghat Mani Iyer breaking one such attempt to deny him visual clue of the beat. (That is usually done in Carnatic music by systematic clapping of fingers on the thigh). This particular artiste who wanted to be clever did so under his dhoti thereby making accompaniment impossible!

Clearly it is not desirable to have a particular art form exclusive monopoly of one caste and something needs to be done. It is a challenge to get youngsters even of upper caste interested in classical music. It is going to be a much steeper climb to get others who have traditionally never partonised the art to do so.

Another sad fact is the profession has never been lucrative or cash rich except for very few at the very top. In other words there was never a huge pot of gold to usurp and monopolise. Even at the very top the rewards were peanuts in comparison to the movie world.  The famous tamil phrase “half-coconut Kutcheri” where the artiste merely gets the coconut broken by devotees at the end of the concert as reward, illustrates this.

Which is also why growing the base was not easy. Many top artistes (including Brahmin ones) have died in penury unable to afford even decent medical treatment.  The increase in affordability, economic growth, online music sales, systematic recording of revenue and royalties, clout of NRI crowd etc is changing the picture albeit slowly.

But the way T M Krishna is going about it, mostly scolding and sometimes abusing the dominant group is certainly not the way. But then doing useful work takes years and doesn’t fetch you Magasaysay awards unlike routine rants against Hinduism, Modi, Brahminism for “progressive” Marxist media that dovetails nicely into evangelist propaganda objectives.

Even if the objective is to find the reasons behind the decline of non-Brahmin communities’ interest in Carnatic music, this should be done in a scientific manner and not by coming out with conspiracy theories that are floated merely as part of Stalinist pogrom against the community and Hindu religion itself. For example, the artiste we mentioned earlier, Madurai Mani Iyer, routinely had a violin accompanist from the Naicker caste in the 50s and early 60s (again this goes to show talent was sought regardless of caste provided it shines through). Today it is practically impossible to find one. Why? Was it a giant conspiracy? Obviously not. The real reasons may be more prosaic or complex. It is worth finding them with open mind.

Similarly the case of violinist Mysore T. Chowdiah (from the Gowda community of Karnataka) breaking the barriers of discrimination by upper caste and subsequently benefiting enormously from their respect patronage, as he himself has narrated, was a mere flash in the pan. There has been no other violinist of talent anywhere in that class from that community after that.  Who can be blamed?

The efforts to promote Tamil compositions (aka Tamil Isai movement) offers clue. Frustrated by domination of Telugu compositions, Tamil lovers initially tried various techniques to popularise Tamil. Obviously some of it included abuse and rabid criticism, of the sort Krishna resorts to. Such negative approach thankfully gave way to more positive and useful efforts. This includes rewarding musicians that promote Tamil, encouraging concerts full of Tamil compositions and so on. This was done in a caste neutral way as well. This produced rich dividends and today, many artistes routinely include Tamil songs in their repertoire, even if they are not from Tamilnadu!

To be fair, it can be said that discrimination does exist in Carnatic music. For that matter everywhere in every nation in various forms. But there are also lots of cases of genuine appreciation for genuine talent. I remember watching a TV episode of a music talent hunt show where a young boy of rural (non Brahmin) background sings a famous tragic movie song from “Karnan” bringing the audience as well as the judges to tears. The judges, almost all of them senior Carnatic musicians, needless to say from the Brahmin community, were not only in tears of joy, but also praised and blessed the boy profusely and in turn were praised with enormous respect by the boy’s father who, in a traditional show of respect, fell at their feet. I am pretty sure anyone watching the entire episode would be moved deeply as well. There was also a recent case of a conservancy worker from Madurai, who learnt and plays Nadaswaram in his spare time. He has been honored too, by one and all.

Carnatic music is obviously poorer for missing out on enormous talent from a much larger social base. But getting there is a long hard grind and the best way to go about it is to stop abuse, conspiracy theories and demonisation of a numerically small community however tempting and rewarding it may be to do so.

Link

Writer Jeyamohan wrote an interesting article in his blog when T M Krishna was conferred with the “Magasaysay” award. It provoked a lot of interesting discussion and one such link is here. If you know Tamil, read and enjoy. http://www.jeyamohan.in/89353#.WF5nwIVOLIU

Jeyamohan in his own humorous and sarcastic way says if such awards are to be given for mere speeches and articles in The Hindu, thousands have to be printed and handed out each week in Tamilnadu!

 

 

 

 

 

On Taimur Ali Khan

The amount of time Indians waste on cricket and Bollywood must be enormous. While at least one of the two tries to bring glory to the country the other has always been insensitive to the very communities they owe their success to and make their living in.

We are talking about super stars like Saif Ali Khan and Kareena who, between them have millions of twitter followers and millions more willing to spend their hard earned rupee to watch. Money, in a poor country like India, that is scarce and could have been spent on various other necessities of life. After all our Bollywood “progressives” like Amir Khan advise us not to waste milk on idols but give it to poor, don’t they? Naturally, these bleeding hearts don’t mind if you waste it on a movie ticket though.

Coming back to the main topic of the day, the superstar couple naming their new born son “Taimur”. There was a huge outcry on twitter and social media because Taimur or Timur or Tamurlane happens to be a mass murderer, who, according to Wikipedia killed up to 17 million people, most of them unarmed non-combatants. Even by the standards of those times, he was seen as a vicious cruel man. Of course he did it in the name of religion which adds to the complexity.

Let us look at the various arguments advanced by our “liberal” brigade in defense of this name.

It’s the right of the couple to name their child, no one can protest.

Let us first make it clear that we do believe the couple have 100% liberty in naming their son. No one can take it away.

But is it too much to demand a little bit more sensitivity, courtesy, respect and decency? Would anyone protest a name like Amaan or Ayaan chosen by Amjad Ali Khan for his sons? Even Akbar would have been seen as benign.

The child was named Taimur not after the mass murderer king but in Turkish the word means “Iron”

Come on, give others a bit of credit for intelligence! If this is not a cheap lie, one can say it is a laughable justification.  We simply quote this response and rest our case.

Perhaps, this baby Taimur would “redeem” the bad name earned by the real Taimur

So Sagarika does not even want to bother defending Taimur’s record as that is a lost case, but simply tell us this boy will be “different”

I wonder what she would say if a “sanghi” celebrity had named his son Adolf or Naturam. Perhaps she would have taken a similar liberal view? Of course not! There would have been a lot of moral outraging, breast beating and wailing on Twitter by the very folks who are giving us lectures on individual liberty now.

History is full of such Kings who waged war and committed atrocities in the process.  No one protests when kids are named after them.

Alexander is cited as an example.

This argument, at least, has some amount of common sense and logic. But then there is a question of cause as well as proportion. In other words, war for a good cause (such as defeating Nazis) or after sufficient pleadings and warnings to reverse course (Mahabharata, Ramayana etc) is always seen as morally distinct from war waged simply to conquer territory. Even if expansion of territory was the sole motivating factor, other factors come into play. The overall track record of the person in question is also significant. Was he just a warlord? Or was he more than that?

More importantly, there is always US and THEM. In other words, every culture worships its heroes and hates its invaders. We are NOT talking religion here. If we hate the colonial warriors of Britain, they are national heroes there. Even a butcher of innocents like Gen. Dyer is not hated. No Christian Indian names their son Dyer just because of shared religion. Cecil Rhodes (whose scholarship our liberal journo Sagarika quoted above enjoyed) is a hero too despite his horrible record in Africa. But you don’t expect an African to name his son Cecil Rhodes in honor just as you don’t expect a Jew to be named Goebbels.

Similarly for the West, Alexander is a hero. For the Turks, their Ottoman Sultans are, though many of them are despicable tyrants and cruel butchers. For Pakistanis, sadly, Ghazni, Ghori and Babur are, though the area that constitutes Pakistan was as much as a victim as any and Arabs, Persians or Turks don’t see Pakistanis as one of them.

That brings us to the crucial question.

Who do Saif and Kareena see themselves as? US – which means us Indian, and that includes Hindus, Muslims and Indians of various colors, faiths and creeds that were massacred? Or THEM who were the butchers, rapists and murderers? Are they Turks or Mongols? Is shared religion the only criteria?

If they had a little bit more sensitivity and empathy towards the poor Hindus (and Muslims, who were killed in sufficient numbers by Timur too) that spend their hard earned rupee on their movies, the answer to these questions would have been obvious. Their moral compass would have pointed elsewhere.

That is the tragedy of this entire saga.

Let us wish the poor boy, who had no choice in this matter, all the best in his life and hope that when he grows up he will see the gross insensitivity and idiocy of his parents and change it himself.

 

 

The JNU saga

The recent protest gathering in JNU to eulogise Afzal Guru (terorist hanged for his crimes) has turned the spotlight once again on issues such as campus freedom, intolerance, leftist activism etc. We presetn our views:

Government of the day has to give a long rope, much longer than they give to others, for campus activism. After all youth is the time for such passion and energy. Even if these activists occassionally misuse their freedom, as long as they don’t engage in actual acts of violence or acts that may lead to that, there is no harm closing one eye.

Having said this, we have to highlight several things

This is not the first time JNU leftist students have been committing such acts. In the name of freedom of expression there has been a steady flow of bad news. Calling Goddess Durga, venerated by many Hindus a ‘prostitute’, engaging in vitriolic abuse of Hindu religion and open support for Naxal killings have all been the staple of leftwing activism at JNU.

What is even more worrying is, this so called ‘freedom of expression’ has always been defined as it always is defined in countries ruled by Marxists (such as China or North Korea). In other words, the freedom is only as long as you are some shade of red. If not vandalism, violence, abuse and all forms of protest have been used to shut down any genuine debate or discussion. The recent brouhaha over Baba Ramdev is an example. The left wing students of JNU simply do not want any freedom of expression to anyone other than themselves. This is hypocrisy.

Furthermore, the extraordinary sensitivity shown to ‘victims’ of Indian aggression and American ‘imperialism’ and Israel, in Kashmir or elsewhere is rarely showed to victims fo jihadi terror or to movements suppressed by communist rulers in China. One cannot recall JNU students protesting mass killings in Tibet, Xinjiang or abuses of human rights by leftist regimes in Latin America.  But then we don’t expect this of a group of violent ideologues that worship Stalin, Mao and other mass murderers, do we? Even if some students want such discussion or debate, they are brutally suppressed by the Stalinist cabal who don’t want their ideological gurus and handlers questioned.

Given this background, what should the government do? We have some suggestions

  1. Instruct the police to be professional, methodical in its work. It is too easy to grab headlines arresting a few “leaders” without proof that can stand scrutiny in our famously “liberal” courts that handle the likes of Tejpal and Teesta with kid gloves.
  2. What that means is, direct video proof should be the first minimal requirement for any arrest. Prosecution for ‘conspiracy’ can be considered at a later stage, against leaders who may have inspired, instigated but did not personally dirty their hands.
  3. Build up opinion in public domain against leftist fake activism, highlighting their selective outrage, obedience to Beijing, justification of brutal murder of innocents etc. The crimes against humanity of their controlling organisations like CPM, CPML can also be highlighted. This again has to be done with sufficient evidence and be fact based. Obviously organisations like ABVP play a role here but they should avoid shrill noise and stick to logic, facts and reason. Remember, this is a battle of ideas.
  4. Continue to reassure the student community that this is not against JNU or freedom of expression. Here the hypocrisy of the left in curtailing genuine freedom, often with violence and anarchy, needs highlighting.
  5. Emphasise that jihadi terrorism and leftwing extremism are mutually reinforcing and have a regional alliance of convenience, that is amply proved by the “all-weather” friendship of communist China and Pakistani Army/ISI. Given the obedience of Indian left to their ideological gurus in Beijing, this alliance will obviously find its echo in India in the form of leftist support to jihadi groups.
  6. Deal with firm hand any attempt to stifle debate. Leftist leaders often boast that no BJP affiliated poltician can enter JNU. This sort of violence should be dealt with firmly

Ideology of Polpotist mass murderers and Stalinist rapist savages can and should be confronted. If not India will end up with a regime like Khmer Rouge, Chavez or Kim Jong Il before you can say “laal salaam”