The Aiyar saga

Aiyar’s “neech” remark is famous now. Perhaps it will exceed his “chaiwala” remark in terms of popularity and impact. Time will tell. Be that as it may, what do we take away from this episode?

  1. The liberal cabal still controls the narrative. Oddly and sadly even the right wing media follows suit. Such is their power. Look at the entire focus on how “BJP will take advantage of the remark” line plugged by nearly every mainstream media “journalist” known for their loyalties to the Janpath crowd.
  2. Interestingly when someone from BJP (however junior or inconsequential) makes a wrong remark, there is no such talk of “Congress taking advantage” because the exact same “journalists” are busy taking advantage of it on behalf of the dynasty! The obscure village level functionary will be elevated to “senior leader” and the remark will be traced all the way back to Modi, BJP, RSS, Golwalkar, Savarkar, Brahmanism, Rig Veda and what not. The broadest brush and blackest paint will be used.
  3. This actually closely mirrors the situation in the US. Trump “takes advantage of slip ups and genuine errors by media” but “Fake news” affects Hillary & the dems. Not the other way around.
  4. Once RG “acted”, the usual media courtiers like Swati Chaturvedi went on overdrive praising him for his “decisive” move!
  5. Rahul Gandhi had no choice but to “act” against Aiyar. He had three reasons to do so – NONE of which were raised or acknowledged by media.
    1. First is Aiyar is a man totally without a constituency anywhere in India. He may not get 10 votes in his name. So swatting him like a cockroach is an entirely all gain no pain affair.
    2. Secondly, elections in Gujarat are being fought by Congress not on their 60 year track record or alternate policies and economic ideas but on caste. That leaves very little room for inaction.
    3. Thirdly, the action is a natural damage control exercise forced by circumstances. No proof required other than the fact that the same Aiyar had insulted so many in the past with crass language and did not pay for it. That probably emboldened him.
  6. Should Modi have ignored the remark? After all he is a politician and Aiyar had already “delivered” once in 2014. So he will be foolish indeed to reject the gift offered on a platter.
  7. Who is to blame? We have to blame the so-called liberal media and the Lutyens fake intellectual ecosystem. Which always had double standards. Anything said against Modi however crass, insensitive and crude, was “intellectual criticism” or “Freedom of expression” but even mild criticism of the royal family was “fascism”.  Naturally leaders like Aiyar get carried away and think they can get away with murder and still be protected by the liberal cabal.
  8. This was OK in the days when their control over narratives was total and there was no social media. And Modi ignored such remarks and never hit back.

Times have changed!