This is one of those posts where I am not certain of my own argument. I am only experimenting with a view that came to my mind earlier today as I was reading this article in Swarajya by The Jaggi himself. If you disagree with me or think I am being a fool, please please let me know since I am really looking forward to this.
Even though the crux of this article is mostly clear from the headline, let me pull out some lines from it that I think were the most important.
You may well agree with this view. Since Viru paaji got involved, a cricket analogy seems apt. It’s not necessary to play a shot at every ball. Sometimes the best thing could be to just let the ball travel safely to the gloves of the wicket keeper. Heck, I think even I agree with this view almost up to 50%!
But please hear me out.
I think Jaggi’s view begins from a default sense of awe and fear of the left wing and their power to push a narrative. Jaggi fears that by picking up the Gurmehar issue, the Right has given a chance to the powerful left wing to paint them in “worse colors than the situation warrants”.
In itself, this fear is not unjustified. The left liberal establishment is a powerful beast. In fact, the whole purpose of this blog is to chip away, however slightly at the power of the liberal establishment.
But should we really be so scared? How many people actually watch NDTV? A few Delhi liberals along with Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad. Yes, they have a phenomenal network of “intellectuals” and “journalists”. But so what? Would Narendra Modi really have been PM today with 282 seats if the right wing had feared the narrative of the liberal establishment?
Jaggi seems to suggest that we should bat on the backfoot all the time. If that is the case, why have a BJP government with a comfortable majority in the Center and as many as 10 states? Jaggi’s cautious approach possibly derives from spending a lifetime around the liberal elites. He has feared them his whole life. He is in awe of them. In other words, he has mental baggage.
It’s similar to colonial baggage, really. My eldest uncle is 79 years old. He always says that we Indians will never be a tenth of what the British were. Incidentally, he is also the most vocal Congress supporter I know, so take that 🙂
I have no baggage. I am not so scared of the power of the liberal elite. I have been around social media and I can confidently tell you that the picture is vastly different from the narrative that NDTV is pushing and Jaggi is fearing. As I pointed out in yesterday’s post, Gurmehar Kaur’s FB post got 3000 shares in 5 days and a counterview on Opindia had 24,000 shares in 2 days.
The mainstream media may be pushing their agenda, but I don’t think the right wing defenses are that weak. The battle simply isn’t going the way the media thinks it is. In fact, I think Gurmehar Kaur is doing decidedly worse than Kanhaiyya Kumar. Because people have seen this movie before. The liberals cannot release it again to the same effect.
Perhaps its a generational difference. People like Jaggi grew up seeing the liberal narrative as unshakeable as the sky. Ever since I was old enough to understand politics, I have actually seen BJP win more Lok Sabha elections than the Congress! So my attitude to the power of the Congress establishment is different.
Let me come to the point where I disagree heavily with Jaggi. Let’s look at the same extract again.
Naive and possibly idealistic? No No No No… a thousand times no! I am sorry I cannot dismiss her as “naive and possibly idealistic”. Again, this could be because I am much closer in age to Gurmehar Kaur than to Jaggi and so I cannot bring myself to dismiss her rubbish as “youthful indiscretions”.
But I think the real reason, again, is the company that Jaggi keeps. He has interacted with too many liberals. He may not be a liberal himself, but at some level, he sees them as good people with good intentions. Maybe he sympathises with them at some level. I don’t. I don’t see them as “naive and idealistic” at any level. I see nothing naive or idealistic about Commies. Because Communism is pure evil. When the fans of Stalin and Mao claim to be in support of free speech and democracy, I do not believe for a moment that they are idealistic fools. I see the Commies only as deliberate liars who represent pure evil.
You know… 45 million people were massacred by the Commies in China alone. No youthful idealist growing up in a democratic society falls in love with the idea of massacring 45 million people. Only evil psychopaths do. AISA is not a youthful indiscretion. You know…the CPIML (of which AISA is a faction) was founded by Charu Mazumder and Kanu Sanyal, two dreaded terrorists from Bengal.
Long time readers of this blog will know that I am an outspoken fundamentalist on the issue of free speech. I am happy that Gurmehar Kaur and her friends are speaking. The more they speak, the more the public at large will know how evil the Commies truly are. It would be a tragedy for civilization if these people couldn’t speak their minds. Because then people would forget the absolute evil of Communism. And I don’t want that.
Yes, dear AISA, please spill out on Delhi streets in largest possible numbers. Tell us how proud you are of the massacres of Stalin and Mao. Tell us how awesome Pol Pot and Kim Jong Il were. Tell us how thrilled you are that Communists massacred 30,000 people in West Bengal. And finally, don’t forget to tell us how you plan to put people like me in concentration camps if your “revolution” succeeds. I already know what you want, but I would like everyone else to hear.
Remember, freedom always wins. This land of Bharat shall not go under the Communist yoke.
I have confidence in my democracy. I have confidence in the ability of the right wing to fight back the leftie narrative. Let the ideological wars begin. Bring it on…bring it on…