So, there is a flood of articles in Dynastycrook outlets complaining about “whataboutism” from the Right Wing in the context of this manufactured outrage on “intolerance”. First of all, let me express my delight once again that these articles had to be written in the first place. Till now, the Left has usually ignored atrocities on Hindus with a condescending smile. The fact that these Mameluks have had to leave their holes and justify their outrage is a win in itself. It means that the charge of selective outrage is sticking. People are asking questions. And liberals are having to explain themselves. This is a sea change from what this nation used to be.
Many liberals have put forward various excuses to explain their outrage choices. Some jokers like Abhinandan Sekhri of Newslaundry have talked about “past mistakes”. Others maintain that they have a freedom to choose what to outrage over (and so do we have the freedom to question those choices), while others subscribe to a “tipping point” theory.
Just in case there is any liberal around who has any interest in intellectual honesty, let me explain briefly what the right wing grievance with selective outrage is. You see, everyone makes choices. We get that. But when someone makes the following 3 levels of choices, we are bound to question. Let me show you here the 3 nested levels of selective outrage from the liberal brigade:
Level 1: Select only those instances of violence and intolerance that have occurred after Modi came to power. Ignore everything from Emergency to Nellie to Bhagalpur to 1984 to Muzaffarnagar.
Level 2: After limiting yourself to incidents after May 26, 2014, restrict yourself to those in which the members of the peaceful community were victims. Ignore Prashant Poojary but cry over Dadri (or even choose to spit in the dead man’s face by saying his death deserves to be ignored)
Level 3: After limiting yourself to incidents of violence against the peaceful community that happened after May 26, 2014, further restrict yourself to blaming ONLY the Central BJP government and not the secular state government where the incident really happened. For example, blame Modi for the death of Kalburgi in Karnataka, the lynching of Akhlaque in UP and the rape of a nun in West Bengal even though the BJP is not in power in any of these states.