Now, liberals almost anywhere in the world are unbearable … and arguably getting worse with each passing day. Just ask any college kid in the United States who is walking on eggshells every moment, timidly navigating a maze of “speech codes” and “diversity requirements”, where anything from using words like “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” to eating overcooked sushi can be viewed as an offense against the Orwellian establishment of liberalism.
But today’s post is about a special form of liberalism that seems to exist in India, which I feel is DOUBLY unbearable. What do I mean by “DOUBLY” ? I mean that it is an extra order of ridiculous over and above the existing level of ridiculous.
What do liberals generally try to do? The idea goes that certain groups of people have been systematically oppressed historically and in the modern world we should enact (legal) provisions to compensate for past sins. Now, liberals ALWAYS go too far in doing this, the governmental regulation required ALWAYS becomes too cumbersome and intrusive and the ones who really need help almost ALWAYS get screwed over by the compensation mechanism. But at least, even if the execution is not effective, one can at least try to give the liberals some credit for good intentions. They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. But hey, at least you can suspect them of having good intentions…
For instance, let’s sample some typical liberal causes:
A) Protect women from patriarchal oppression: Sure, feminism has its faults (lots of them!) especially in the West, but at least I get it. I get why women would be systematically disadvantaged due to history.
B) Protecting (American) black people from white establishment: Personally, I think race baiting in the US has gone too far and has actually kept blacks in poverty instead of lifting them out of it. But there is no denying the injustice suffered by blacks at the hands of whites. So, there is a decent chance that liberals began on this path with good intentions.
C) Protecting “lower” castes from oppression by “upper” castes: Again, we can argue about the methods needed to compensate the systematic disadvantages that lower caste people suffer in modern India due to their historic plight. But there’s no denying that the injustices happened and something should be done to remedy the situation.
D) Protecting Indian peacefuls from oppression by Hindus: HUH! THIS ONE I DON’T UNDERSTAND! This is the odd one out.
Tell me liberals, which historical injustice are you compensating for when you give peacefuls special privileges in modern India? What did Hindus ever do to Peacefuls? As far as I know, we Hindus were enslaved for 8 centuries in this land by Peacefuls. The Hindu kids born in the 90s and later are the FIRST generation of Hindus in 1000 years whose parents haven’t lived directly under the boot of an oppressor from another religion.
We the Hindus of India are seeing freedom for the first time in one whole millenium. What on earth could we possibly owe the Peacefuls? We paid dearly for this independence. One-third of the country was permanently taken from us. All Hindus on the wrong side of the line have either been massacred, chased away, forcibly converted or currently live in a fashion worse than death.
The modern Republic of India is the one place on the entire Indian subcontinent where Hindus have taken refuge. We are happy to live with Peacefuls in our midst and accept them as our fellow citizens with equal rights and responsibilities. We will defend their right to be EQUAL to us until our last breath. But to be told by liberals that we must make reparations to them? That we must give them special privileged status? Why? Why on earth? What historical injustice have Hindus committed on Peacefuls that we are on the hook?
I am a Hindu male, from a so called “upper caste”. I do not think I have, consciously or unconsciously, discriminated against anyone on basis of caste. I hope similarly that I have never discriminated against anyone on basis of gender. But when I read Munshi Premchand’s stories on caste oppression, I feel ashamed. If there was a way to go back in history and make that right, I would. If you have an idea that will remove the effects of caste discrimination in modern society, let me know. I am eager to listen and try it out. But when I read the history of India with regards to Hindu/Peaceful, there’s absolutely no guilt in my mind. What on earth do I have to feel ashamed of? In fact, I *hope* that Indian Peacefuls reading the same history are wishing there was something Peacefuls could do to put balm on the historical wounds of Hindus. Perhaps they could at least make a gesture, like letting us restore the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya?
Maybe liberals, who love to fight historical injustices, could ask Indian Peacefuls to give Hindus some special privileges. Or at least they could tell Peacefuls to let us equal rights? How about that? We don’t want special privileges…just give us equality. Is it too much to ask?
Instead, in a bizarre turn of events, liberals look at us Hindus like we are supposed to do something to compensate Peacefuls.
To demand special privileges for Peacefuls in modern India is maddeningly ridiculous. It is the equivalent of demanding that white people be given special rights in the United States… It is the equivalent of demanding that reservations should be given to “upper castes” instead of lower castes! WE Hindus are not the historical oppressors, THEY are!
The world over, liberals stand up (or at least that’s their rhetoric) for the people who have been historically oppressed. It’s only in India that liberals demand that the historically enslaved community must make reparations to their former slave masters!
It is the one case where liberals cannot even claim to have good intentions. The only plausible explanation is that liberals want Hindus to be exterminated from this planet. And the volume of evidence supporting that theory is not insubstantial.
That’s what makes Indian liberals DOUBLY unbearable in my opinion.
I just wanted to say that out aloud.
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