Believe it or not, I am quite pleased with American political circles (primarily liberal) going after Modi right before he visits the United States to deliver a lecture to the House of Congress. Very good. Gone are the days when India was the land of harmless / helpless snake charmers who were coddled by everyone. If we aren’t getting bashed, it means we are not making a mark. I was secretly thrilled when losers shone that infamous hologram on the building of the British Parliament depicting Modi as a Nazi. Unless someone somewhere is calling you a Nazi, it means you are achieving nothing… if everyone out there was talking about how cute and cuddly India is, I would be worried. If you have to stand up, you have to piss people off… as the Americans say, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs…
So anybody wishing to bash big bad evil India while Modi is in America …please go right ahead 🙂 I look forward to the day when India bashing replaces China bashing during the US election campaign 🙂 In fact, I remember reading an article somewhere that Donald Trump has become very popular in Chinese cyberspace, with most Chinese users treating his China bashing as an ego boost 🙂
First it was some US Commission on Religious Freedom or something that wanted a visa to visit India to “evaluate” us. Well done Modi government for slamming the door on them … and telling them to their face that they have absolutely no locus standi in the matter. They have been whining ever since. Hey, USCIRF, do yourself a favor and read your own US Constitution. Please show me where it says in your US Consitution that the job of the Federal Government is to go and investigate religious freedom in faraway foreign countries. You guys haven’t read your own Constitution and you want to teach us how to respect ours…you losers at the USCIRF are a disgrace to your founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson…
In fact, I would turn the finger of accusation back at you losers in the USCIRF and accuse you of looting American taxpayers by spending their money doing things the American Constitution never allowed you to do.
Then, there was Ben Cardin, the Maryland Senator shooting his mouth off about Modi. Really…that figures. Who else would be so perturbed than Ben Cardin about Narendra Modi? After Ben Cardin is a political shehzada himself, beginning his political career by winning a “family seat”. And right now, he is one of those Hillary bots shilling for the “establishment”. Indeed, who else but Ben Cardin? Cardin would need 10 births to become a politician who is worthy of tying the bootlaces of Narendra Modi…
But the main thrust of this post is showing how deeply the well has been poisoned against Hinduism by leftie discourse. I don’t mind the barbs against Modi, as I mentioned before. What I mind is remarks like this:
“Change comes slowly to India, whose culture is heavily influenced by a Hindu philosophy that doesn’t emphasize urgency. Hinduism teaches that after death comes reincarnation in another form of life, so Hindu followers don’t need to get everything accomplished in this life since they can get more done in later lives.”
The irony is that this article is not even bashing India! In fact, the title of the article is “What’s India got over China“! Indeed, it is a POSITIVE article trying to explain to an American audience the several reasons why India’s economy, though much smaller than China’s economy, is actually a much better long term prospect! And the article is written by a portfolio manager, not some South Asia studies academic.
But even in an article like this, you find truly pathetic remarks taking absolutely pathetic potshots at Hinduism. This is what happens when a deeply disrespectful and belittling attitude towards Hinduism is ingrained inside American society, caused by zealous left wing academics who have poisoned every page of world history textbooks from schools to college.
Can you imagine Bloomberg publishing an article that says Muslim culture teaches people to go on a murdering spree by promising them lots of wild sex in heaven? Why just Muslims? Would Bloomberg say that Christians don’t believe in doing much in this life because they believe that people can rise back from the dead and finish off all their important work? Or that Christians are always lying and cheating because they believe that Jesus already died for all their sins and so there is no reason to have any morals any more?
Stuff like that would never get published. But such horrible remarks about Hinduism make the cut at Bloomberg. This is what happens when the University of California kicks out private donations of $4 million for research chairs in Hinduism but goes and offers public money to Muslim student associations that call for Jews to gather in Israel so that Muslims don’t have to hunt them down globally…
This is not happening in some backwater in Kansas. Bloomberg is based in New York. The University of California is in freaking California! That such anti-Hindu bigotry could survive in New York and California is a success story of the global Left.
If you read the article, you find other stuff such as this:
“Say what you want about colonialism, but British control of India for centuries left a vigorous democracy and a parliamentary form of government, which is useful for running a large, diverse country. The British also left India with a railway system that facilitates the movement of people and goods over a vast geography. And of course the British gave India the English language — useful in a world that conducts most business in English and as a unifying force in a country with hundreds of languages and dialects. India also inherited a free press and a legal system from the U.K.”
I have always found this kind of statement puzzling. No, it’s not really the content that I find puzzling (because there is a substantial amount of truth to it) but the fact that people feel at liberty to pointedly remind Indians about the benefits coming from a painful period in their past. You know, what really brought global colonialism to an end was World War-2, so I guess we could say:
“Say what you will about Hitler, but Nazis caused the liberation of hundreds of millions of people worldwide…”
Is this sentence getting published any time soon in Bloomberg? I didn’t think so. Because everything is temporary and history always goes on, by definition, you could always argue that every event had some “positive” consequence. It takes a special kind of jerk to then throw these “positive” consequences in the face of the victims. What is amazing is that people at large do realize this fact, except when it comes to India. Imagine a mainstream American publication telling blacks:
“Say, what you will about slavery, but surely you guys are better off here than in Africa right now…”
I will end with an anecdote of my own from a lunch table somewhere in Europe..
XYZ: Would it be okay to say that the British built a united and modern India?
Me: Absolutely. Just like the Americans built a united and modern Europe.
Me: Well, you know, before the Americans came in, all the groups in Europe were fighting each other. Two world wars, 50 million dead. Then America stepped in and placed Europe under US control in NATO. The continent was rebuilt by Americans under the Marshall Plan. Now we have the European Union instead of a bunch of warring states; peace on the continent finally! You may argue that European countries technically still have sovereignty. You would be surprised to know that the British Empire in India did much the same with local kings, who all technically kept their sovereignty under various “treaties of friendship” with the British monarch.
Suffice to say, a few fragile European egos were quite butthurt that day…
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