I have been following current events long enough to recognize a panic reaction when I see one.
Despite all the mocking of “Bhakts” and “whataboutism”, liberals are feeling the pressure big time. The #NotInMyName drama risks becoming another albatross around liberal necks much like the now infamous #AwardWapsi fiasco. The latter almost became a slur on the left, the poison tip of every taunt, the punchline to every right wing joke on liberals. And you can see the desperate measures that liberals are taking to salvage the situation.
It’s really a lost cause though. Ironically, the only momentary victory they had in their lost cause was when Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself validated their outrage.
Yes liberals, I am glad you are out there to express your “solidarity”, no matter how much you wish it was otherwise. It shows that you are painfully aware of the PR disaster you have walked into.
But mere solidarity is not enough. When you were trying to get your fake lynchistan narrative off the ground, we saw a litany of quips, taunts, jokes and insults on Hindu ways.
We’ll be watching if you have the guts to call out Islamic ways and taunt them.
We’ll be watching without much hope.
In fact, I am yet to see a single media article anywhere stand up for the free speech rights of the boy from Baduria that bloodthirsty mobs are searching for. They speak of his arrest and interrogation as a matter of course.
Compare this with the case of another Facebook post, that of one Gurmehar Kaur. Remember?
A college girl from Delhi makes a Facebook post. Some troll(s) threatens violence but no one actually ever shows up with any actual violence (and obviously, thank god for that!). Liberals are so incensed that they actually break out on a hot day to hold massive parades all over Delhi.
But I suppose all citizens are not equal after all. Here is another Indian, a boy even younger than Gurmehar Kaur, young enough to be a minor. He puts up a Facebook post and bloodthirsty mobs burn down a town over it, demanding that he be handed to them and stoned to death. The boy himself is arrested and subjected to a police interrogation.
Can anybody tell me what time the liberals are throwing a parade in support of the boy from Baduria?
What I do know however is that liberals are happily demonizing a child rather than the rioting mob.
There is a pertinent question here that I must answer.
You might as well ask : But Chaiwallah, why are you more angry at liberals than at the Government of J&K or the Central Government? When violence happened in Bengal, your headline was this:
So shame on you Chaiwallah!
Fair enough. Great actually!
Finally, we are coming to the conclusion that the Indian state and its governments of all hues have simply failed to protect the rights of Hindus in this country.
Today Hindus in India are scared even to go on a pilgrimage for fear of violent Muslims murdering them for it. The killers are driven by an ideology that is very openly hateful towards non-believers. As Hindus we often have idol worship as part of our way of life and Islam is very vocal in its hatred towards idols. Our way of life is becoming increasingly difficult under the onslaught of Islam.
I don’t very much care if you support BJP or Narendra Modi as long as you acknowledge the basic fact that Hindus are the true victims of historical injustice in this country. We got our land snatched away, our temples destroyed and now we can’t even go on a pilgrimage for fear of being murdered.
And all possible good things for Hindus of India begin with this fundamental acknowledgement.
A society has to be set up in India where Hindu practises are safe, where Hindus can live their lives the way they choose to. That would be *real* secularism, when Hindus do not have to live in constant fear of losing their lives, properties and the lands they have inhabited for thousands of years.
We Hindus can count at least 2 genocides in the last one hundred years. History owes it to us to set up a secular state, where Hindus are free to practise their religion without fear of persecution.
Instead, the Indian legal system is set up precisely the wrong way : treating the historic oppressors as the oppressed and treating the historically oppressed as the oppressors!
Instead of a minority institutions, ministry for minorities, minorities this, minorities that… we need a ministry for protection of Hindus! We need special safeguards in the law to make sure that Hindus are no longer oppressed in this country the way they have been for one thousand years!
And that’s always been the crux of my argument. Ideally I would like the state to treat everyone equally. But I am nothing if not pragmatic and understand that the law must make provisions to compensate for historical injustices. Injustices such as caste, untouchability, oppression of women and *exactly* in the same way : injustices committed against kafirs in India for 1000 years.
And by the way, I know #NotInMyName aspires to be an Indian version of #BlackLivesMatter, but here is why it will never be. Now I know that #BlackLivesMatter is beset with poor leadership and lots of crazy liberal crap, but at the end of the day, #BlackLivesMatter has a core historical injustice to complain about. There can be no doubt that African Americans were treated horribly for at least the first two hundred years of the United States. On the other hand, #NotInMyName ironically and diabolically chooses to blame the victim community rather than the tormentors. As such, #NotInMyName is more like an Indian version of #WhiteLivesMatter, should the latter exist. In which case, it can only be called something between hateful and racist.