Media bashing is one of the favorite pastimes of the Hindu right. You know those Facebook posts with split images showing supposedly equivalent stories – and how the media reports on one and not the other? The comments section of a story in the Times of India, Deccan Herald, NDTV, Hindu, or whatever are filled with […]
It’s not a bad thing that the world grieves for Paris and not Beirut or Baghdad. We view the Middle East as a giant mess up where such things happen too often to get worked up over it. Paris on the other hand, is viewed as “safe”. Terrorist attacks there get much more attention. That’s not a bad thing.
Normally when you don’t like the nature of a country, you leave it and settle elsewhere. I would never live in an officially Muslim nation, and I wouldn’t waste my time trying to change its basic nature. Similarly, the right in India seems to want a “Hindu nation”. Since the character of India is so fundamentally different from what they want, doesn’t it make sense for them to demand their own land outside India somewhere?
Not everything generates the same outrage. Hindus on the Right feel that the murder of Prashant Poojary is being ignored, while the lynching in Dadri is receiving too much attention due to religious pandering. However, the real reason is simple. The circumstances of the murder in Dadri make the common man feel unsafe. The murder of Poojary however, does not. Here’s why.
It’s clear that Modi can’t control the elements within his party. Lots of us like the idea of economic development, but hate the idea of a “Hindu nation”. Maybe Modi should split from the BJP and RSS and go his own way. That way, we can vote for development without the excess baggage of the BJP.
The RSS, VHP, and other hindu organizations are forever comparing India to Islamic nations and saying “See! If you tried this in Saudi Arabia, you would be killed!” But so what? Are our standards so pathetically low that we’re thrilled about being better than one of the most barbaric nations on the planet? Come on…that’s no achievement!
Just because someone is “incited” or “provoked”, doesn’t excuse their actions. They are still criminals.
If you ban beef for Hindus, you have to also ban meat for Jains
India can never use terrorism as a tool. That is simply not who we are.