How the New York Times ‘denied’ the holocaust and how the left has done the same to Hindus

How many ways are there to deny that something happened? The first way is to deny the facts of what happened on the ground. This, may be argued, is the dumb way. This, for instance, is what Pakistan does. They have concocted a number of myths to “prove” that Pakistan actually won the wars in 1947-48, in 1965, 1971 and in 1999. While such theories will always find a constituency among a small number of uninformed people, they will never be powerful enough to affect the course of global events.

The second way is deeper and more vicious. It is to take something that actually happened and then to deny the causes and the context in which it happened. Once you take a historical event and impose upon it your own made up explanation about the motives of those who made it happen, you might as well deny the event itself.

The classic example of the latter phenomenon is what happened after the American Civil War of 1861-65. Unable to deny the fact that the Confederates lost the war, the southern states set about on a program of elaborate deception. They argued that the cause of the Civil War was not slavery, but rights of states to decide their own laws. By imposing this revisionist approach, they managed to cast themselves as the real victims of the war. As a result, they denied rights to their black population; African Americans remained in de facto slavery and brutal racial segregation continued for another one hundred years.

As we can see, this second kind of denial is harder to beat, because it is more insidious. In the latter part of the twentieth century and thereafter, those who deny the holocaust outright have remained, and shall forever remain, a lunatic fringe group. And thank goodness for that. But what does one make of publications such as the New York Times, which had great influence in setting global public opinion, as well as shaping attitudes within corridors of power?

Unlike the lunatic fringe, the New York Times never denied the actual concentration camps, the gas chambers, the horrors that people suffered there, nor did it try to minimize the number of victims. Instead, as a matter of policy, the publication covered up the fact that the Nazis were targeting Jews specifically because they were Jews. In the New York Times version, the concentration camps were set up to persecute citizens of the various countries that the Nazis occupied, from Poland to France to Belarus and Ukraine. The Jewish identity of those being oppressed was left out. During the famous Warsaw ghetto uprising of 1943, for instance, the New York Times covered it as citizens of Poland fighting back against the Nazis, rather than an act of the Jewish Resistance. This approach of the publication continued long after the war ended, even into the 1960s. They never denied the actual atrocities, just who specifically had been targeted and why.

Unfortunately, this is where the real world consequences begin. Once you deny the identity of who suffered in the holocaust and the two thousand years of anti-Semitism that led to it, you lose the context in which the Jewish people felt a need to have the State of Israel.

This is also where the comparisons with Indian history begin. Indian historians, almost all of them on the left, have put in tremendous effort into denying religious persecution, forced conversions and other atrocities on Hindus during centuries of Muslim rule. They have invented various rationalizations, such as arguing that destruction of Hindu temples by Muslim rulers was due to political reasons and not religious reasons. This is exactly what the New York Times did to the Jews, arguing that the Nazis were oppressing their political enemies, not ethnically cleansing a class of people.

In recent years, there has even been an attempt to revive the reputation of Aurangzeb, making him one of the gods in India’s secular pantheon.

Once you fall for this invented history, you lose all context. You no longer see the wounds that Hindu civilization has suffered, nor do you understand the trauma of Partition. You no longer understand why so many Hindus would seek comfort in symbolic restoration by rebuilding temples at Somnath and Ayodhya. You do not understand the demographic anxieties of those facing Bangladeshi infiltration in Assam, nor those of Hindus in border regions of Bengal. All through the last two years, the liberal elite kept arguing that Assam was united in ‘secular’ opposition to the CAA. The election results showed that the liberal belief was comprehensively wrong.

How did Assam become a BJP stronghold? How did millions of Hindu Bengalis switch to voting for BJP overnight? The people are trying to say something. Decrying them and their elected leaders as ‘fascists’ serves no purpose.

Once you fall for invented history, you begin to lose context in say Jammu and Kashmir. Again, the liberal elite, who borrow their worldview from left wing historians, have tried to paint that as a territorial dispute. Even more hardcore elements, acting in bad faith, have tried to explain what happened to Kashmiri Pandits in terms of class conflicts and social privilege. They insist on talking about Article 370 in terms of self-determination of a regional group, instead of a religious divide. This is literally the same as the approach of southern US states after the Civil War, where they made states’ rights a proxy for pushing slavery.

But the dispute in Jammu and Kashmir is grounded in religion. Pakistan understands it as such, which is why they refer to it as the unfinished business of Partition. The Pakistan backed terrorists in Kashmir see it as such. The Kashmiri Pandit victims have experienced it as such. And when an ordinary Indian Hindu sees the conflict in Kashmir, they worry about losing yet another piece of the traditional homeland.

Interestingly, the publisher of the New York Times from 1935 to 1961, at the time the paper covered up the nature of the holocaust, was Arthur H. Sulzberger, who was himself of Jewish origin. This is not as ironic as it sounds. Sulzberger’s priority was assimilation. And for that, if he had to deny the brutal consequences of anti-Semitism, he would do it. This is the same as the liberal elite pushing the myth of a happy Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb, in which the ancient prejudice against “idol-worshippers” finds no mention.

As a person of Jewish origin, Sulzberger worried that his opposition to Hitler would be seen as self-serving. Just as Indian liberals, most of them drawn from Hindu society, worry that acknowledging historical wrongs suffered by Hindus will serve the cause of majoritarianism. At the same time, the publisher of the New York Times was also an ardent anti-Zionist. This is much the same as Indian liberals obsessing with fighting the imagined consequences of Hindutva.

None of this is to say that one should enable a climate of prejudice today, nor to make groups of people turn against each other. Instead, to have real harmony, we must have open and honest conversations about the past and the present. Wiping out history through intellectual coercion is a crime.

Take the case of the infamous Aryan Invasion Theory. It has long been discredited and no professional historian will say that they believe it today. But if you examine more closely, you will uncover what was really done about that. The term “invasion” has been officially revised to “migration” but this new term now includes everything, from the plundering by Mahmud Ghazni to the Arab conquest of Sindh. And if the idol worshippers suffered after that, it was because of political reasons and not religious ones. In other words, they never actually got rid of the idea of “invasion,” they just made the term meaningless.

This way of denying history is more insidious. Because it has large scale consequences in real life, something that no lunatic fringe group of history deniers will ever achieve. Instead of denying the facts of history, they change the context in which it happened and the motivations of those involved. And in doing so, they manage to change everything that logically follows from that history.

25 thoughts on “How the New York Times ‘denied’ the holocaust and how the left has done the same to Hindus

  1. Absolutely correct which is why I fail to understand why this govt is not detoxifying history books in the last 7 years

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  2. Lets face it, BJP does not know how to use power. There is no point in blaming NYT when BJP has not done anything to change textbooks in India to present the non-Leftist version. When BJP ministers are done posing with Jehadi bimbettes, perhaps BJP can consider changing our textbooks. Till then parents have to keep telling their wards not to believe NCERT textbooks and social media has to keep warning people.

    The days when people believed NYT, WaPo, WSJ or any of the myriad Western newspapers is gone. Many people now realize that these are colonial instruments. Even social media platforms like Twitter are colonial instruments and the earlier India gets off them, the better it is for Indian society.

    US media companies and social media companies are East India companies – they are there not just to do business but to do regime change. In other words, their real business is regime change.

    The government could publish an advisory advising all Indian citizens not to trust or believe NYT, WaPo,BBC,WSJ etc because of their dubious reporting history. Nothing prevents the government from doing this. BJP needs to have the spine to do this.

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    1. Advisory ? Here Twitter keeps brazenly defying the law of the land – while the joker law minister keeps fulminating & doing Kadi Ninda on TV … but has no guts to ban it ! Nigeria did that in a jiffy ๐Ÿ™„

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    2. I can understand the others but what’s wrong with WSJ? At least from a financial newspaper perspective? I am not asking about their op-eds which can be ignored anyway. But for a person in global finance, isn’t reading the WSJ educational?

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      1. The WSJ often exceeds its brief (as does the economic times) commenting on global affairs where it has no expertise. Just google “covid india wsj” and see how many articles it is publishing on Covid in India

        Even on the financial and market front, its value is limited IMO. It may make a layman feel like a stock market guru but mostly it is trailing news (in the sense of the news appearing when the lead investors are ready to exit/dump/sell)

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        1. Agree with the 1st para. 2nd is interesting. Honestly, what would you recommend to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to finance/markets? I am asking purely in terms of reading. I don’t read WSJ or any other newspaper cover to cover for that matter. A full time job and an academic pursuit takes up most of my time but if one has to read to stay updated, what would you recommend? Thanks.

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          1. I dont think you can stay ahead of the curve by reading. The journalism industry is too compromised and it is easy to pay a journalist to bump a stock. Also there is no agency that assigns a journalist a rating based on past record (even Uber drivers have ratings).

            For the broader trends, I prefer Youtube channels (e.g. Stansberry research) where atleast industry stalwarts are giving advice (and not journalists). Videos are good because one can pick up cues from voice and expression which one cannot do with printed text. I also follow individual investors (e.g. Peter Schiff) on Twitter.

            It depends on what the goal is. For investing, atleast in India I found there are closed networks of industrialists,stock brokers and politicians who have access to leading information. If you are not in this network, you will get trailing information. It is still possible to make money with this information but not for the average investor. In the stock market everyone wants to be two standard deviations to the right but most end up being two standard deviations to the left.

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            1. ” Also there is no agency that assigns a journalist a rating based on past record (even Uber drivers have ratings). ”

              Interesting Food For Thought. It’s about time, too.

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      2. WSJ’s good days were in the past. There was a time when it used be informative not anymore. As Kannan Ji has said they keep poking their noses in places they don’t know anything about. By doing so they have diluted their brand and have lost their credibility.

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  3. Meanwhile BJP continues to suffer from the malaise of ignoring its supporters & desperately trying to please its haters ! An education ministry funded magazine appoints a Hindu abuser as its editor, while the much hyped J&K meeting of Modi has invited all Gupkar gang goons … but no Hindu from Jammu ! If they have to still behave like supplicants to the Islamists, then why did they remover (f)article 370 ? ๐Ÿ˜

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  4. At some point we need to ask and ponder – what has the secular nation of India delivered to us in 70 years ? Going by the results, not much.

    Can a Hindu rashtra and a civilizational state deliver better ? What are the contours of such a state ?

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  5. Now that PM Modi has convened a meeting with all the stakeholders from J&K, with some notable exceptions, the pathological Liberals will either question the timing or insinuate, as is their wont, that this is calculated to distract us from more substantial issues on which, as per their narrative, the Govt has failed miserably.
    Much planning and actual work on the ground in J&K, as far as development and initiation of the political process in the state is concerned, have led up to this much-anticipated moment. Whether the Centre is treading the same old path with the same old deplorables towards the same old Stalemate between Limited Autonomy and Outright Secession remains to be seen.
    Going by the preparations at hand for Initiating, Carrying Forward and Completing the game-changing Delimitation Exercise, the Centre appears sincere in putting the Skewed/ Manipulated Electoral Dynamics on its right path of accurately reflecting the Express Will of the Whole of J&K.
    After all, it is the Mandate of the People, accurately ascertained, that will Speak Truth To Power after all the Legal Eagles have had their say in the Court of Public Conscience and the Supreme Court of India.

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  6. There is just no excuse that Modi 2.0 cabinet is still filled with ministers who are known failures. The Twitter saga is a testimony to the ineptness with which various ministries are functioning. Key ministries like Education, Law & Justice, Meity, Environment, I&B are all held by incompetent bumbling buffoons. Modi must take the blame for this just like the credit for other things goes to Modi. No one knows what is the strategy / motive in trying to look weak, meek and incompetent as evidenced by monumental inaction (latest being Twitter saga)? One understands that the government is faced with an unprecedented situation due to the pandemic but that should not cripple several ministries from performing their tasks effectively. Ravi Shankar Prasad with his typical bluff and buster on media channels is making the government a laughing stock in his handing of Twitter saga. He just doesn’t know what to do next. May be he is not given a free hand to deal with the issue. Where is the PMO in all of this? Nigeria showed Twitter its place and yet India is found wanting. gandhigiri idhar bhi?

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    1. 2 things are absolutely clear – first, Twitter will keep defying Indian laws brazenly … & second, India’s law minister will keep wailing helplessly ! It is now being insinuated that Modi doesn’t want Twitter banned because he has a massive following … hope he can prove such speculation wrong by intervening urgently & doing what Nigeria did ! ๐Ÿ˜’

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      1. The pathetic wailing of Ravi Shankar Prasad on Twitter (no less) about Twitter blocking his account is a disgrace to the country. He is heading the ministry that is tasked with implementing the laws that his ministry passed and yet he is wailing like a child whose candy was snatched away. The least he can do is quit Twitter and shift his and his ministry’s account to Koo immediately. Give government backing and funding to strengthen Koo and promote it internationally. GOI must shift all government accounts from Twitter to Koo and declare a lock down of Twitter for all government departments, ministers and officials and official communications on that platform. I don’t think Modi has even joined Koo he is still sitting on the fence and watching.

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        1. The question is whether Twitter is a net benefit to BJP. I think it is.

          Traditional media is very anti-BJP. Twitter gives BJP a direct way to reach people as it is a broadcast medium. Social media enabled BJP to slay Congress in 2014 and 2019.
          I think both BJP and Twitter realize this.

          The way to deal with Twitter in the short term is not to ban them but to harass them with multiple FIR’s and embroil them legally. Because of this two things can happen 1) Twitter leaves India because of the law enforcement in which case they cannot play victim card as there was no ban 2) They mend their ways and avoid the painful legal action. This has the advantage of teaching the other big tech platforms a lesson also.

          Long term India needs to have its own platforms like Koo and others. But in the short term I think it is better for the government to harass Twitter than ban it.

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          1. If it is of benefit to BJP let the ministers and other BJP party members and officials continue on Twitter but all government accounts including accounts of ministers in their official capacity as minister should be moved to Koo and should not remain on Twitter. If they cannot even do that then the should not be passing laws which they don’t want to implement. Better to not have a law than have a law and not enforce it. This has been the bane of India. Plenty of laws but inability or unwillingness to implement them or implementing them selectively depending on political convenience. Some special groups or persons are above the law but the common man always faces the full force of the law. As I have said it many times before, India’s administrative, judicial and political systems are a legacy of the colonial era that was meant to keep the people down and servile to the administration and the colonialists. Very little has changed even after 70+ years of independence.

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            1. The stench that Twitter has created in India has upset many noses in the world and many governments are surely taking note and thinking how to restrict Twitter. There are many ways to skin the frog and BJP is skinning it slowly. It has to keep filing FIR’s and legal cases on Twitter and make it very hard to operate in India (without banning it). It is best if Twitter leaves of its own accord.

              The best thing that has happened because of the governments fallout with Twitter is the emergence of Koo. It must surely rank as a strategic disaster for Twitter – letting go of a major market like this. The CEO of Twitter and its board deserve to be fired for this, lets see how long it will take

              Many nationalists have already shifted to Koo and the content experience on Koo is much better because the Left liberals are not there on Koo. At some point the user experience of Koo will match Twitter. At that point people will spend most of their time on Koo and Twitter will be relegated to the background.

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          2. The solution for traditional media being anti-BJP is to have national BJP TV channels in Hindi and English.But they do not have their own TV news channels despite being in power at the centre.They are in opposition mode despite being in power at the centre because they were persecuted by the state when they were not in power.Following MKG’s assassination the Sangh Parivar’s “propaganda” material was confiscated, their ideology condemned and new laws to combat “hate speech” passed by the Nehruvian State, which crushed Savarkar and the Hindu nationalists.So BJP is bereft of ideology today and almost a B-team of Congress espousing the same secularism etc.

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            1. Maybe BJP has come to the view that TV channels are useless and a dying breed. People dont have time to watch lengthy debates anymore, especially with panels stuffed by liberal dolts. There are too few RW who want to be TV debaters and for those who do it is not their primary occupation like it is for the leftists.

              It is years since I watched TV news and debates on TV. I prefer to watch snippets where RW folks are conveying their viewpoint and I have totally cut out listening to any liberal because it is a waste of time.

              Re-Hinduization of India in ethos will happen – with or without or inspite of the BJP. In fact Re-Hinduization of Asia is the only way lasting peace will come back to Asia.

              The Ram Mandir will be the turning point. Mind boggling amounts of money are being poured into Ayodhya and rightly so. The rebuilding of the Ram Mandir and the beautification of Ayodhya will give Hinduism renewed impetus and energy.

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        2. In fact the shift can be greatly accelerated by banning Twitter ! Most people except SiFiLIs (Sickular Fiberal Lobby & Islamists) will move to Koo in the absence of any other alternative ! Even if you Twitter does come back later after falling in line and making amends, they will only remain SiFiLIs infested ๐Ÿค—

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  7. Does User Experience mean having my cake on the window-sill and taking a smug satisfaction when it remains unmolested by the neighbourhood cat ? Is digging a moat and pulling up the drawbridge after migrating enmasse into Koo the ideal way to join the battle of ideas and the relentlessly advancing phalanx of propaganda, misinformation and fake news ? The chattering classes may have developed an attention-deficit and justified antipathy towards mainstream media ( Print and Electronic ), it’s bedlam of percieved and brazen bias, and the zero-sum effects of its babel of voices that leaves everyone confused. But what about the huddled masses for whom these compromised mediums are their only windows to the world, and whose votes, after all is said and done, will carry the perceptions, apprehensions and propaganda thus created to the polling booth?
    Wouldn’t migrating to Koo at this juncture be tantamount to leaving the field open and choosing to live under a rock ? And will not all our opinions, denunciations or words of encouragement on that platform amount to barking up the wrong tree while the rest of the world will go tell it to the birds that, Beware! the eagle has landed or, if not, ” Then You Suffer” ?
    My comment isn’t about the merits or demerits of the legal spat between Twitter and GOI. Rather than being mesmerised by the summary manner of a Nigeria showing Twitter the door or the rough-shod manner in which a China gets its things done in a jiffy overriding all established conventions, India as a Sovereign Democratic Republic can ill-afford to give the lie to that most important of all principles of Jurisprudence, namely, that justice must not only be done but seen to be done, where even the devil is granted to the benefit of due process ? That way lies Greatness.

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