The Tableeghi Jamaat lesson and the importance of Wikipedia

Tableeghi Jamaat. Remember them? I’m sure you do. The event is too fresh in our memories to be forgotten.

Okay, next question. When was the last time you talked about the Coronavirus hotspot related to Tableeghi Jamaat?

I am pretty certain you haven’t thought of them in at least a month. They were all over the news in late March and until the end of April. Then, everyone forgot about them. And that’s not surprising. We have had our hands full with the pandemic and Chinese aggression.

The purpose of this post is not to suddenly start talking about the Jamaat again. It is about explaining what happens *after* the news cycle moves on.

This is where Wikipedia becomes so important. Whether we like it or not, these days when people want to read up on something, their first instinct is to google it. Wikipedia articles show up on the top of these searches and that’s what the most popular version of history is : Wikipedia.

That’s why I found liberal control of Wikipedia to be one of the most chilling of all. Because Wikipedia is now the version of record, whether we like it or not. What Wikipedia records is more influential than almost any stuck up, academic crap or NCERT textbook that anyone has produced.

At the time when the Jamaat was in the peak of the news cycle, Opindia had done a piece on how Wikipedia had deleted the article on the Tablighi Jamaat hotspot in Delhi. A majority of Wikipedia editors had voted against deletion, but a “super editor” had overruled everyone and imposed their judgement.

I must say I found this frightening. The liberal ecosystem has deep roots and it is able to think very long term. Nobody in April would have gone to Wikipedia to learn about the Tablighi Jamaat hotspot because it was all over the news. The liberals had the ability to think 10 years into the future, when memories have gone weak and young people have never even heard of the incident. They had a super editor posted in advance, watching Wikipedia today, preparing for a propaganda battle 10 years in the future. That is some serious level of preparation.

Nothing of this sort exists on the other side. Not even a pale shadow of it.

In this limited instance, I have good news. The article was deleted on April 2. About a week later, Wikipedia relented and the article was restored on April 10. It is now live on Wikipedia. The wording is still quite biased; the article does try to make excuses and of course it accuses Hindus of discrimination. But at least it’s there. It’s something, which is better than nothing at all.

Liberals tried to delete the incident from history altogether. At least the full plan did not work.

But there are of course other fronts on which the right wing has failed. The Wikipedia article on Delhi riots is still hopelessly one-sided. And watched like a hawk by Communists and Islamists. In fact, it is wrong to call the article merely one-sided. When you read the article, you wouldn’t even realize that the account in it has ever been disputed. We need a new word, stronger than one-sided. You won’t realize there has ever been any other side.

The Delhi riots are already near forgotten. Ten years from now, that Wikipedia article will become the authoritative source of information about this incident. Our memories will go weak by then. Young people won’t even know what we are talking about. Bas naam rahega ….

The truth is that the strategic depth of the left and its might remain almost unchallenged. Not content with dominating JNU or NCERT textbooks, the left has the luxury to think decades ahead and close out upcoming avenues of information pro-actively.

BJP supporters are thinking about the next election in 3-4 months time. The left is already thinking about what people will say about the Delhi riots in the year 2050 and beyond. They have such a surplus of might that they have posted their soldiers to guard Wikipedia. And that’s hardly all. Remember how I once blogged about some Indian liberal on Brazilian TV defaming Sardar Patel as an enemy of Muslims? Think about that. They even posted someone to poison Brazilian minds against India. Today, India’s economy may not be linked to Brazil, but in 10 years it will. Then, Indian professionals, students and businessmen will arrive in Brazil and discover that the poison seed of Indian liberalism has been planted a decade in advance.

And just like that, the left is all over the place, seeking out and closing off every possible avenue. There are new kids on the global media block, like TRT world run by Turkey. Indian liberals have planted their flags over there as well. Nobody even knows if TRT world will ultimately become a credible voice. But like a powerful venture capitalist, the left invests in absolutely everything. They have the numbers and the resources to do this. So even if Malawi (Madagascar) starts a news channel tomorrow, I assure you there will be an Indian liberal on it, convincing people that Hindus are the worst. The left manages to get these vast numbers by offering attractive rewards. Ask the next BA pass kid if s/he would like to become a Harvard professor.

Sadly, the right is still focused on survival. The next social media wave. The next election. The left is ensconced comfortably in power and thinking three revolutions ahead.

I’ll give you one last example. It’s only recently that I became aware of Audible, the Amazon platform for audiobooks. It does not take long to realize that this is the future of reading. From books to music, Audible has created a unique platform that blurs the line between reading a book and watching TV. There’s now stuff that releases “only on Audible.” Is it a book or a movie? It’s hard to say exactly.

I did a search on Audible for Indian history. Shashi Tharoor is all over it. So is William Dalrymple. Their stuff is ready for consumption in any and every form that “nexgen” might want it. And if you want to know about Mughals, the most popular book appears to be Audrey Truschke’s book hero worshiping Aurangazeb! Simply wow.

Unmatched depth and unmatched reach. What’s the counter from our side?

5 thoughts on “The Tableeghi Jamaat lesson and the importance of Wikipedia

  1. Some time ago, on quite another topic. Prof. Vidyashankar had recommended that the right-of-center groups (center-right: I don’t like the word “rightwing”) use the open source version of Twitter to create an alternate. That has to be a worldwide right-of-center movement, not just Indian.

    Similarly, alternatives have to come up for Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, etc whose promoters / execs, in their current crowning glory, have all become billionaire socialists. The problem is that those on the center-right are gainfully, and professionally, employed earning their paycheck with productive work. The huge numbers of warm bodies on the left, on the other hand, are unproductively employed, often without a minimal professional qualification, but can – and do – serve as stormtroopers for their rich bosses. Their individual intelligence is minimal compared to the right but have money and guidemasters on their side who keep their pockets filled and propel them to do their work.

    The few on the right with the means to do are either fully occupied with their own passions or work, or not very attractive as individuals to follow – each of us can easily come up with a few names. The center-right is composed of individuals who are generally individualists while the center-left of individuals who are driven by ideology and, therefore, collectivists.

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  2. Hindus can never win approval from non-Hindus and it is futile to even try.The best thing to do would be to be like the jews of Israel,who,on realizing that the world would be biased against them on account of their global minority religion status,wrote their own history,gave the world their own narrative.

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  3. Kaushik has a good point, the RW is productively employed while the LW is gainfully employed. The LW’s only profession is media and NGO’s. Hence LW is more adept at twisting information, RW cannot lie like LW.

    What RW can do is to kill the LW businesses or make it unviable. After all the LW professions are built on the back of RW productivity. This is already happening in many parts of the world albiet at slow pace.

    As for Wikipedia, any government can host a copy on a local server and put RW as senior editors for the local copy. But the credibility of Wikipedia is sinking so maybe in a few years, people will learn not to trust it. Government can make ISP put a disclaimer when Wikipedia is accessed as – “Dont trust or believe this information or act upon it”

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  4. Now if there ever was a convincing argument why the Leftists are called “Intellectuals”, this is it. Let us concentrate on winning election after election. Sooner or later we will find somebody on Right who will write correct history. Although, the Jews have an advantage over the Hindus ( when in need the Christians will side with the Jews which support the Hindus will never have) they are much closer to our boat than any other major religions. So we should develop much closer relationship with Israel.

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  5. Galwan ke Balwaan

    Reminds me of a comic story of the Phantom where aliens test out a human to see if earth can be colonized. The randomly pick the Phantom who gives them a very hard time. The aliens leave never to return.

    Galwan ke Balwaan are the real Phantoms

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