Indian liberals joining hands with theocratic regimes is a terrifying development for India

When elections stop giving the results you want, why not turn to fascism? In 2014, the Indian electorate rose in revolt against the old elite. In 2019, they looked the elite in the eye and screamed out their verdict with even greater force.

How do you get back at common people who refuse to vote your way? You find the weakest, most vulnerable and you go after them. It’s the liberal way.

So there are millions of common Indians working in the Gulf. Those are theocratic countries ruled by religious law. Many apply the death penalty for blasphemy, for apostasy, for homosexuality and so on.

But Indians being Indians, they carry within themselves a bit of the democratic spirit wherever they go. A spark of the open minded, free society where they come from. They are used to speaking their mind. Sometimes they forget where they are and commit crimes of speech and thought. It was only a matter of time before Indian liberals realized these people were vulnerable and decided to go after them.

Right now, the Indian liberal corner of social media is on a dangerous power trip. They are scanning the online footprint of common Indians who work in the Middle East, flagging any sign of disobedience to ultra conservative religion. They have become the online eyes and ears of the religious police, which then picks up these hapless victims for prosecution under conservative religious law.

Coming together of liberalism and Islamism

In trying to smear India, liberals had so far used some pretenses, spreading their message to America, Europe, Canada, Australia and the like. In doing so, they could hold up the fig leaf that these are all free societies. They could hide behind noble ideals such as human rights, liberty and free expression.

Not any more. Liberals have crossed the big red line and approached theocratic regimes in the Middle East. The other day, Communist trolls gleefully handed over to prosecution a man who had dared to say that the gleaming skyscrapers of the Middle East were built by the sweat of Indian workers.

The irony is think on that one. Communists on the side of the king and not the worker. By the way, the workers’ strike, the most sacred of all Communist rituals, is illegal in the Middle East.

Transnational loyalty of liberals is a danger to India

What do you make of it when prominent journalists, who publish in mainstream outlets, say openly that India’s internal matters are not internal any more? Instead they are trying to get foreign Islamic governments involved in our affairs. Where does this stop? Now they are approaching theocratic Islamic states to interfere in our politics.

Well, Pakistan is an Islamic state. Will Indian liberals approach them as well for support? Have they already done so? Who is next in line to be approached by Indian liberals against the Indian government? China? North Korea? Territories controlled by ISIS or Taliban or Al-Shabab?

By reaching out to Islamic countries, liberals have dropped all pretense that this is about human rights or free expression. This is now about religion. And tapping into transnational loyalties to impose their will on common Indians.

It will get worse, much worse

Imagine this scenario. An Indian in a Middle Eastern theocracy comes home after a hard day at work and pulls out a chilled beer. The next moment, there is a loud banging on the door. The religious police is here. They have been alerted by Indian liberals who noticed the photo he had casually posted on Facebook. Caught with alcohol, he now faces an uncertain and brutal future. Years or even decades in jail, mutilation, possibly even death.

Tomorrow, these online liberal vigilantes could report an Indian to the religious police for being gay. Or perhaps an Indian Muslim, who decides to leave the religion or convert to a different religion. Apostasy is treated as a capital offense in many of those countries and conversion away from Islam is not allowed. Or perhaps even a single woman, who posted pictures of herself taking a casual walk without a “male guardian.”

At the moment, Indian liberals have started out with reporting thought and speech crimes of a political nature to the religious police. This can only get more intrusive. Online vigilantes will soon prey on anyone who breaks any rules of ultra conservative orthodoxy.

Indians in theocratic countries should observe extreme caution

Life isn’t fair. Despite all our outrage over the hypocrisy of Indian liberalism, we have to accept the bitter reality that they win this round. We know that these theocratic countries aren’t likely to change their ways. There’s no use going against their customs, whether knowingly or otherwise.

So, it is up to Indians working in such places to police themselves and observe extreme caution. They have to give up the freedom to express themselves in thought, speech, sexuality, everything.

For people who are used to liberty, this is not an easy transition. But this is the price we must pay for incorporating undemocratic regimes into the global supply chain. A bit like China. Think of existence in a theocratic Middle Eastern country as a permanent state of mental lockdown.

Depressing, but true.

Remember that this shall pass

If it is any comfort, understand that the power of these theocratic regimes is transient. And soon to be done to dust. Why?

Quite simply, because the world will pass them by. Right now, they have a single resource and they live off those lottery winnings.

But think about it. They must have had that resource for thousands of years. It didn’t bring them any prosperity. Until human knowledge advanced to the point that we figured out how to use that resource. And just like that, human knowledge will move past them, discovering newer and better resources.

These theocratic regimes have not used their windfall gains to invest in the knowledge economy. And sooner or later, nations that do not produce new knowledge will be left nowhere. In the long game, the open mind, which welcomes knowledge, will always win over the closed mind.

13 thoughts on “Indian liberals joining hands with theocratic regimes is a terrifying development for India

  1. This post is extremely topical to me, Abhishek ji. To all the readers of this blog, I am a person who was born and brought up in the Gulf Country Oman. My late father left Oman in 2002, upon retirement. Till this year Jan 2020, thanks to the late Sultan Qaboos Bin Said who was an Indophile, the country has had very warm relations with India – because Sultan Qaboos himself had been educated in India, ex-President S D Sharma was one of his professors. He held the contribution of Indians in high regard. That was the most liberal of all the countries in the Gulf where we always felt safe – not sure about now after Sultan Qaboos’s death.

    However, of course, we took the precautions of staying silent and politically correct publicly- although Papa would voice his opinions in our drawing room amongst family friends. There too, the word of an Arab would be given priority over any expatriate, if there were ever an accident involving a drunken Arab driver and a hapless law-abiding expatriate. Yes, Indian Muslim expatriates were held in contempt for their wannabe-Arab attitude. And, a white expatriate was given more respect than a brown one from India.

    But let us examine – why did Papa, an IES exam topper – a brilliant engineer in the telecom department opt to stay in Oman where his contract would be renewed every year, and every year we would be in the risk of being sent back to India where his work experience in Oman would count for nothing?

    The answer to that – was the extreme corruption, the extremely low standard of living i.e. standing in long queues for ration every day, coming home late evening drained of energy and then sit down to teach young children because the teachers at school would leave it to the parents to teach their children or go to expensive tuitions.
    In the office, fixing a fault in the exchange and then being back-stabbed by colleagues who would say that Papa himself created the fault and fixed it.
    Anybody who did not butter up bosses did not stand a chance to be promoted in the India of 80s and 90s at government jobs.
    Besides, Papa had a huge family of siblings and dependent parents whom we could only support by working in the Gulf.
    Unlike his peers, he went there on pure merit, not by some recommendation.
    Papa was duly recognised and respected for his skills and intelligence in Oman. Omani managers used to fight over who would get Papa to report to them – he was a big asset in the Government Telecommunication Organisation (GTO) of Oman.
    Papa had initially gone there on deputation and after deputation period got over, he was the only one given an offer to stay back with a good grade and salary. He declined and came back to his country. All those who came back were given punishment postings – punishment for having gone abroad and earned some money!!! 2 months is all it took for Papa to get fed up and request his erstwhile bosses in Oman if their offer was still open! He then worked there till 2002 i.e. his retirement.

    I remember, while working there, Papa was often back-stabbed by his jealous Indian colleagues for being more talented and meritorious than them unlike the bunch of boot-lickers his colleagues were, who would curry favours from their bosses by wining and dining them and running down their colleagues.

    So you see, what are we complaining about? We hard working upper caste Hindus were always treated like third rate citizens in our own country, then why shouldn’t we be treated like 3rd rate citizens in some foreign country. At least we wouldn’t be ill-treated by our own country men in our own country and would be under no illusion- that makes the pain even worse. Right now, isn’t it the Indian Muslims and the Hindu-in-name-only Indian liberals like that Rupa Subramanya who are betraying their country-men.
    Hindus are really on their own even in their own country. So-called Hindu parties like Shiv Sena ditch them, BJP looks the other way and throws supporters under the bus… All we can do is learn self-defence and economic boycott…

    Just my perspective – I couldn’t hold back since it struck a personal chord.

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    1. Dear Ms. Panda,

      Thank you for the heartfelt and firsthand narrative.

      As someone who is the same age as India, I can easily relate to the India of the 1980s that you have described. Since there was no economic growth, everyone was scrambling to get an increasing share of a constant pie (actually shrinking if one were to take inflation into account). Practically all the ills you have described originate from that the muddle-headed “socialism” of Nehru, which was a curse on India, and destroyed the lives of at least two generations of Indians.

      The late P. V. Narasimha Rao was a true visionary for opening up the Indian economy. Blackguards like Manmohan Singh, and Subramanian Swamy, now try to usurp credit to which they are in no way entitled. After nearly three decades of liberalization, I see today’s youngsters being full of self-confidence and optimism about the country. They are also far more idealistic and patriotic than the youngsters whom I saw in the early 1990s.

      I recall you mentioning several times that you lived and worked in the IT sector in Hyderabad prior to your marriage, and afterwards you moved to NCR (right?) What has been YOUR professional experience? Has it been at all reminiscent of what your father faced? Or have things improved? I would be very happy to hear your perspective.

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      1. PVN’s biography mentions that the blueprint of the economic reform was Swamy’s. i don’t think PVN has ever denied it.

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  2. I agree. Before anybody is given OK to go for work in any country, especially a theocratic country they should be made to attend some orientation seminars and taught what they can do and cannot do in those countries. If you put emphasis on your stomach you have to control your emotion.

    An Islami Liberals (oxymoron phrase) Rana Ayub gave credits to these theocratic middle-east countries for putting pressure on Narendra Modi and that is why Narendra Modi gave advice of communal harmony!! As I said before and let me repeat it, that these Liberals will claim that there will be a Muslim genocide under Modi regime and when the genocide does not happen, they will claim credits for saving Muslims by raising the red flag.

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  3. As Prof. Vidyasagar mentioned, the migration to the middle east is the unfortunate consequence of the socialism the Nehru dynasty enacted on India. The economy was mismanaged from 1947-1991 and from 2004-2014 and it is a wonder we are not an Ethiopia or Sudan.

    But the blame for the current situation also falls on the government of India which is only too happy for Indian labour to go abroad and send foreign exchange without fighting for their rights. The USA also has liberals but the Arabs will never treat Americans the way they treat Indians. This is because the US government wont tolerate their citizens to be ill treated.

    The world takes a cue from what the secular governments of India do to the Hindus. The governments actively discriminate against Hindus by looting their temple donations, legislations like RTE etc. Recently I learnt that it is okay to have the word Muslim in a electoral party name but not the word Hindu. It is natural for governments of other countries to assume that since Hindus are discriminated in their own country, it is okay to discriminate against them elsewhere too.

    Modi/BJP was supposed to correct all this but has turned out to be pretty much a damp squib. At the end of the day, the BJP is a greedy party that will sacrifice Hindu interests for some cash and some foreign exchange.

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  4. Thank you for your kind words, Prof Vidyasagar. I choose to write on a separate comment rather than replying to your comment so that it could be better viewed.
    Yes, I did my engineering in BIT Mesra, Ranchi in ECE and then worked in Hyderabad for the first 4 years of my career, out of which around 1.5 years I spent in Finland on an overseas assignment. Then I moved to NCR and worked as a software architect in various companies till 2013. My beloved father was diagnosed with a fatal neuromuscular disease called ALS and I worked from home with my husband till Aug 2015 and after my father’s death, I chucked software altogether and became a stay-at-home aspiring portrait-artist. My widowed mother stays with my husband and me in Gurgaon. I couldn’t take the stress of IT any more and after my father’s death, I didn’t seem to have any reason to.

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    My professional experience –

    Thank God for the visionary leadership of Shri PV Narasimha Rao and after him, Atal ji due to which we had a private sector in which at least there was some place for meritocracy and some culture of accountability and hard work!
    Lives and mentality of Indians did go through a sea change.

    But there is always room for improvement and certain in-grained behaviour doesn’t change thanks to years of socialism and the kind of education system we have.

    In Indian IT companies, for a long time the core engineers were looked upon as menial labour. After just a year or so in hard-core technical coding, people generally wanted to move to managerial posts and lie back getting their minions to do the real job and carry the blame if anything went wrong. As a woman techie and an above-average one at that, I was something of an aberration.
    I also felt that very few Indian techies working in India had any real self-confidence or for that matter real technical skill. Every IT company in India seemed to practically do low level clerical kind of work with very little innovation and looking up to Headquarters in US or Europe for validation.
    With very little self-confidence thanks to the Indian education system, any solution is only respected if it comes from the “masters” from head quarters.
    I would crave for really challenging technical work.
    When I went abroad for onsite assignment, once again I found that foreign people had more appreciation for genuine merit. I remember going abroad as a test engineer from Wipro to Nokia, Finland and was reporting to a British manager in Finland. When our test team started reporting too many bugs in the code written by our own code development team, our Indian manager called us aside and said – “beware of that Gora you are reporting to – don’t forget how the British enslaved us with their sweet talk”.
    I thought – sure that is exactly how they must have enslaved Indians, they had a better eye for merit than our fellow Indians!

    When I moved to NCR, I realised the great difference in culture. In Hyderabad, people were more inclined towards technology, there was at least some culture of merit. In NCR, I realised that people had lesser skill or knowledge but seemed to be more street-smart in getting credit and making connections to people in power. It worked to
    my advantage, though, I who would be obscured amongst many clever and skilled people in Hyderabad, shone out in companies based out of NCR because of the difference in work culture!!!!

    When layoffs happen as they did in 2002 or 2008, very often people who had good relations with their bosses (smoking and drinking partners) would survive longer.

    And I also remember that as a woman techie I had one distinct disadvantage. I didn’t smoke or drink and to my surprise found that a lot of technical architecture discussions and decisions were made by the male colleagues and team leads during their smoking and hanging-out sessions and they wouldn’t bother to keep me up-to-date. Yes, male colleagues were often either condescending or insecure and male subordinates wouldn’t want to give respect to a woman techie.

    It didn’t help that I am a bipolar disorder patient and I had many episodes of severe clinical depression, consumed and paralysed by self-doubt. I had to hide my disease then, I am under no such obligation now.

    But that’s another life now. I have different experiences as an aspiring artist who paints just to occupy herself, not as a profession.

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    1. Dear Ms. Panda,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences in such detail. You are indeed a brave young woman and I wish you all the best in life. May God grant you whatever you aspire for.

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      1. Thanks sir, though God knows I am not brave at all. I am a very privileged person to have been born to parents who I will eternally be proud of and who gave me a life of luxury and affection. I often look back wistfully at the times in Gulf and know I will probably never be able to visit my birthplace Oman again. But I am glad I didn’t settle abroad like my father, though he would often coax me to, or I wouldn’t have been able to take care of him in his last days.

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  5. A few things would really help Hindus if they keep in mind while settling abroad –
    – A recognition that we are anyway 3rd rate citizens in our own country and being 3rd rate citizens in a different country where at least you would earn better is not so bad if you look at it that way.
    – try to get a bit of feeling of gratitude towards the country you are earning a livelihood – to respect their sentiments as far as possible. Though Lord knows, nobody respects our (i.e. Hindus) sentiments.
    – Be aware, that while away from your country, your children have a real risk of being completely deracinated and it is your job to connect them to their roots, that is to say, if you have already not given up your Indic roots yourself while settling abroad.
    Till the time better living conditions (that one doesn’t need to leave one’s own country), a forceful economy (that no other country can mess with you), a Govt that respects non-Chrislamists doesn’t come up, we must realise – we don’t have many choices.
    To put it bluntly – beggars can’t be choosers!

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    1. Thank you Ms. Panda for sharing your personal experiences. Indeed you are a brave young woman who has faced the world in your own terms and in the process you have accumulated real world life experiences that are far beyond your youthful years. What amazes me is that while you spent early years of your life in a foreign land you still are deeply rooted to Indic values. A lot of that credit goes to your parents who instilled in you our civilisational values even while being abroad.

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  6. shaken terribly by the cruel lynching of sadhus in palghar. how will we do prayaschit for this ghor paapa of allowing this to happen? terribly depressed đŸ˜¦

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    1. The Dharmic way of Prayaschit is to hang all the 50-100 lynchers and their conspirators.

      The policemen should also be tried and sentenced, perhaps even executed.

      The death of any Hindu in this manner is unpardonable, more so a sanyasi. The instructions for this must have come from powerful quarters since there was a 3 hour gap between the Sadhus being in police custody and their lynching.

      Here a video of Kalpvruksh Giri explaining the origins of his name.

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  7. I eagerly watched the series ‘Designated Survivor’. Intense storyline, riveting, keeps you waiting for the next episode. While it always had a liberal tinge, I didn’t really mind it till the second last episode of the last season (season 3). Season 3,is where it begins becoming clear how insidiously was the propaganda pushed in, and then bam they didn’t even try to couch it in niceties. Season 3 is all about a Presidential campaign where the chief aide of the Republican campaign is found involved in a bio-terror conspiracy. The conspiracy involves an apartheid era white supremacist who devices a genetically engineered flu virus which specifically targets non whites and permanently sterilizes them. This is when I totally lost it and felt horrible for watching the entire series with such keen interest. I can totally imagine an Indian adaptation and then its consequences on the government authorities already facing stones and attacks in certain areas where people feel even vaccines are for sterilization. Shameful, the extent the so called liberals can go to peddle outrageous conspiracy theories, first in fiction and then in action.

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