This is the first post of its kind I have written : it’s not about any one specific topic, but an assortment of thoughts on various things written in a conversational manner. Let me know how you like it. I am ashamed to admit it, but I am totally ripping off here the format of Scroll.in and their column on “Everything you need to know for the week .. and a little more” 🙂
The #NotInMyName protests began almost out of desperation, with liberals themselves expecting little. They had their motley crowd at Jantar Mantar consisting of out of favor journalists and dalals and “uncleji students” who think it is cool to mooch off the taxpayer doing “PhD” until age 40. Or worse… MPhil… ROFL.
And don’t tell me how long a “PhD” takes. Incidentally, I finished a PhD too. I was 24 then.
By the way, I noticed that this news item got little to no attention.
Now THIS is what I have been saying for a long time. Without a scam, how do you explain the fact that cadres of a tiny Communist party are getting admitted year after year after year to JNU? For decades? The odds of this happening by random chance are practically zero.
That‘s what I wrote months ago. I am in an oddly self congratulatory mode today.
Back to #NotInMyName. Liberals began it out of desperation, not expecting many results. When they could not find the data, they began to cook it up. One fairly funny example was the IndiaSpend “report” that was quoted all over the place to show that cow related violence “rose” after Modi came to power. Another was a “report” by Rupa Subramanya which is a spectacular example of foolishly using large sample statistical methods in small samples with large variation.
Incidentally, the website of the United States National Weather Service also shows a significant uptick in the number of people killed in the US by lightning strikes since Modi came to power.
I suggest that the “Modi angle” to this should also be investigated properly by IndiaSpend and Huffington Post. Perhaps this will teach them a lesson or two about spurious correlation and the hazards of making sweeping conclusions from tiny tiny sample sizes.
But then, Narendra Modi himself gifted the liberals a surprise propaganda victory by validating their outrage with his remarks at Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. Can you really blame liberals for getting a victory buzz out of this?
Unluckily for liberals, the buzzkill came from Bengal. The problem is that the typical jihadi is rather upfront about his intentions. As images of widespread rioting in Basirhat went viral, liberals bit their nails in anguish. It certainly helps that the two most widely watched English channels are cheering for the BJP now.
Within a day or two, you could see the liberals squirming on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, trying to wiggle out of the taunts from the Hindu right.
In an earlier day, these riots would have gone unnoticed. How many people know that very similar riots happened in 2013 at Deganga in Bengal, which is barely 25 kilometers from Basirhat?
But back in 2013, the liberals had not expected BJP to be this giant it is today. They didn’t think BJP would be in Bengal breathing down their necks. So they thought it was safe to ignore Deganga riots. NOW they know the dangers… they know how social media is exposing them all over the place. So they rush to clear their names with at least one condemnation of Basirhat riots. No matter how little they mean it, I see the pressure on liberals to acknowledge the wrongs in Bengal as a huge positive step forward in national discourse.
And now #SaveBengal is trending, with protests planned at the hallowed liberal ground of Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Let’s see how many media celebrities show up.