"I call a spade a spade"
If you came to this post by reading the title - You are one of the following:
- You are seething with anger, wondering what nonsense is written in this post. You are getting worked up and aching to fire up some comments calling me an insensitive bigot, communal and what not. You are also readying some choice expletives
- You have adopted a holier than thou attitude and are ready to give me advice on how we should all live together happily or throw words such as "I did not expect this from you"
- You secretly don't like Muslims and are here to read what I have got to say
- You are still unbiased and are simply curious to read what is in this post
The elections of 2014 have brought out several hues of the Indian fabric. I noticed a pattern in the elections - What initially started as Narendra Modi vs Rahul Gandhi vs Arvind Kejriwal, soon metamorphosed into Modi vs Anti Modi. I started seeing several patterns and trends. When asked why you don't support Modi, their opinion has always been the same - "He is communal". And no, this is not a post that is going to "debunk myths" about Modi. Rather, I am more interested in discussing bias in the minds of people.
I noticed that people dislike others because of their personalities. Some even openly call names. I find it ludicrous to watch Congress spokespersons addressing Narendra Modi as Shri Narendra Modiji immediately following it with calling him the devil incarnate. So if we are allowed to openly dislike people, hate people and openly call them names, why are we not allowed to, for example, dislike an entire community? Remember, to dislike a community is different from differentiating a community. You are still agitated, I understand, but please bear with me.
Let us pause here for a moment and take a quick detour. Facebook, Google and other companies that provide ads for marketing allow you to choose age groups, gender, location etc. to target advertisements. For example, if you are selling digital watches for men and ship only within India, there is no point in showing that ad to a 60 year old woman in California. How do companies ensure targeting happens? They profile everyone. Profiling is very useful to minimise areas and allow targeting to happen successfully. Now let's get back...
I have observed an equivalent of white guilt developing in India among Hindus. For some reason, people are very hesitant to say certain things against Muslims. I am willing to bet at least 90% of terror attacks are by Muslims. If you don't agree, pull out all terror attacks in the last 15 years, and read the names of the people. They are invariably Muslims. You might be quick to jump out and say "What about Saffron terror? What about Godhra?" That's part of the 10% that includes white supremacists (irrelevant to India) and other attacks. But you have to admit that most of the terror attacks are by Muslims. Now, if you look at the kinds of people who get recruited for terror attacks, they are always the same kinds - Muslim youth, poor, brain-washed - If I can convince someone that their family will be taken care of very well and they are on a holy mission, they will be willing to go to any length. This is how Pakistani terrorists were recruited apparently. If you are already aware of the kind of people who are susceptible to such brain-washing, why can't we use profiling to narrow down possible recruits? But the very idea of people getting discriminated brings out an outrage among people.
If a strictly vegetarian Brahmin family doesn't want to rent out a house to a non-vegetarian Muslim family, is this discrimination against Muslims or discrimination against non-vegetarians? If this family gave the house out for rent to a non-vegetarian Hindu family, then should the Muslims say that they were discriminated against? If the family gives the house for rent to a vegetarian Hindu family, can the non-vegetarian Hindu family say they were discriminated against? The family is allowed to give their house out for rent to whomsoever they please. If you think this is unfair, you should read this post by Sandeep.
Another interesting point to think about it is, why is it that among so many religions like Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, etc. the so called issues with "minorities" and so called "secularism issues" is always with Muslims? Several friends of mine on Facebook who are Muslims are sharing photos that are attacking Hinduism, sharing quotes of that moron Zakir Naik - Why? I also see people commenting on various Facebook pages that Shariah law needs to be brought into India and that that is the only solution to all problems.
To summarise, empowered by my freedom of expression, I should be allowed to say whatever it is that I want to say. I don't want to live in an Islamist country like Saudi Arabia where women can't drive and are supposed to wear Burkhas. German chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have called their countries Christian. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and others are strongly Muslim countries. I want to call India a Hindu country where every other religion is welcome to stay and live with us. Hindus are very tolerant and India will remain a secular Hindu state with no discrimination against any community. Remember, this kind of diversity is possible in India because of tolerance of Hindus. This is my opinion. Vande Mataram, Jai Hind!
Do you believe in secularism?
A lot of people think saying that you are secular is fashionable. If you believe in secularism, you should believe in the following:
- India should have uniform civil code - same set of laws apply to every citizen, no matter what religion, caste or whatever other differentiating factor you can find. One rule for all
- Say no to reservations and quotas. You are cheating the bright minds by giving seats and jobs to less deserving people simply because they belong to some caste or religion
- We need to control population to prevent loss of resources and prevent demographic seige. This needs to be enforced by the government.
- And spread this openly. It is not okay to believe in something and being quiet about it. True secularism is only when you truly believe everyone is equal and ensure that everyone thinks that way.
Freedom of Expression - Here's my post that is directly against this one and says you should not say whatever you want to and exercise restraint.
Think I am a bigoted idiot?
Read this story - In my opinion, everyone can easily live together happily if everyone minds their own business. Here's a very inspiring story - A true story about how unity in diversity
Hmm.. You will get more brickbats then bouquets for this..
Good post Baliga.. I too feel disgusted to think that saying "I'm a Hindu" has been equated to saying "I'm communal"..
That's precisely my grouse. Somehow I am made to feel like it is wrong to be Hindu. And I am screwed if I am a Hindu Brahmin boy
Screwed royally Hindu Brhamin Boy - you are ancestors are single handedly responsible for all the catastrophes in planet s history from extinction of Dinos to **************************
Although I do not agree with all the points, I like the fact that you say what's in your mind. Not many people do that. Amazing frank free flow of thoughts.
Baliga- do you like the concept in school where every student had to wear uniform?
Soujanya S Purohit:
Just when you were giving an example of Dalit girl being raped!
People or Govt need to be really matured to act upon it to solve the so called communal tag
Dawkins asks a similar question in some interview about "The God Delusion"!
Nice post nik.. In my opinion there s nothing bad in speaking loud your thoughts. And no one should judge. But it is something like you are calling a blind person blind. It might be offending to them. So if any bitter truth is not helping any one then better to avoid speaking it.
Nikhil Baliga: fair post man. Just a couple of points.
1) Sorry to hear that you have friends who listen to Zakir Naik. In spite of the moron he is, he serves a very important role. He is the sole Muslim rationalist preacher (if such a thing exists) who doesnt want to kill/murder rest of the world..
2) You mentioned profiling. I'm with you on the fact that nothing wrong in calling a spade a spade. Because thats what it is. The problem lies with what you do with that profiling and the connotations that go with religious and racial profiling. You cannot deny the historical baggage that we all carry.. Whites are sorry they f*cked browns and blacks. Hindus are sorry they f*cked Muslims(and other minorities). Men are sorry they f*cked (not literaly) women historically. Brahmins are sorry they f*cked dalits.
So basically we live in a world of apologists and not being one lands you in trouble.
So if we are allowed to openly dislike people, hate people and openly call them names, why are we not allowed to, for example, dislike an entire community?
What? Why can't I say Chinese out loud? My friend even deleted a comment of mine that said something about Chinese because a Chinese guy was in his thread.
If you call an IITian or a person from an IIM incompetent, it feels like a great sin has been committed.
Would you call me a bigot for not talking to a gay person or not wanting my son to be gay?
If a strictly vegetarian Brahmin family doesn't want to rent out a house to a non-vegetarian Muslim family, is this discrimination against Muslims or discrimination against non-vegetarians? If this family gave the house out for rent to a non-vegetarian Hindu family, then should the Muslims say that they were discriminated against? If the family gives the house for rent to a vegetarian Hindu family, can the non-vegetarian Hindu family say they were discriminated against?
I want to call India a Hindu country where every other religion is welcome to stay and live with us. Hindus are very tolerant and India will remain a secular Hindu state with no discrimination against any community. Remember, this kind of diversity is possible in India because of tolerance of Hindus.
But Freedom of Expression! I can say whatever I want!