Pride and Arrogance blinds a person to see the light of truth.
Recently i had an interaction with one of my friend. It started with a FB post. I will not go in the details of the post, nor will discuss the thread. Out of the unrest over insensitive laughters in the comments section, i decided to call him. I wanted to know “the reason” why people tend to ignore and be normal to fascism and support oppressive regimes.
In past i had similar experience and i know very well the root cause of such an understanding. But in past, issues were not clear as it is in current age. One of my colleague those days asked me: “why you are always against Modi?”. Well i said: “he is a liar”. She asked “how you know?”. Well, time proved it.
To my friends, Modi is a leader which gives India an image of “Pride” India deserves? They often says “If not Modi, Who?”
This issue of Pride is inherent in every culture. People search and want to be identified with a uniqueness which gives them a feeling that they are better than others (“individual pride”). In case of India we see this vulnerability rampant in our families. Be it the wedding event, birthday party or kitty get together, the sense of pride projection can be sensed and felt. This disease of Pride transcends to “family pride” to “community pride” to “National Pride”.
Can we put Pride on the scale of right and wrong?
To me “feeling proudy” is a grave “sin”. This is not only a sin in the spiritual realm, but in the materialistic world, pride becomes a blindfold and make people incapable of discovering truth.
If this is the case, then what is “to feel proud of”?
“Should we not feel proud of our country?”
The real (and right) way to celebrate ones importance (if at all is needed) is to acknowledge one’s achievement and to “be grateful” to the resources that led the person to achieve something. In materialistic point of view (from an atheistic perspective) being grateful means to be humble to the people, tools and available time. from a theistic point of view (in spiritual realm), it means to be grateful to God. Once we are in such a state of gratefulness people will eventually recognise the greatness and will salute not only the value of our accomplishments, but the people/team who bring these changes. This in a sense is also called “commanding respect” (as opposed to demanding respect). Here one should sincerely search the answer for “the achievements and credentials of Modi, Yogi and Shah”, except to the fact that they joined hindutva bandwagon and gained power by steering false political narratives (True Lies anyone can see in daylight).
Since, most people (almost all) are atheist or subconscious atheist (this include polytheists and panatheists), they do not identify any “objective moral standard”. Morality to them is “ever evolving process” and widely subjective. This narrative along with the widely accepted theory of evolution for human species origin, which makes “survival of fittest” and “mutation” as the core necessity of life and driver of life’s progression, in turns oversimplifies the kind of injustice we see in our society. As the cruel flow of nature (which they identify with a random blind physical force of matter and energy) is in tune of survival of fittest, so is the human’s driving a political process. “My might is right and this is my moral standard”. The vacuum of such an assertion do not provide any anchor for any virtual moral principles. Why should we not kill, steal or lie? If we are strong, it means nature has given us the opportunity that we should overpower weak to maintain the natural law of “survival of fittest”. Here the concept of self sacrifice is a matter of Joke.
General people do not think much about the philosophical insights of the belief system they hold. They just follow the popular narrative. Likely, they follow what feeds their sense of pride, fear and greed. For NRI’s in general, what they need? They need a good figure to represent India abroad. They are (NRIs) least interested in feeling the heat of Indian systems and processes and like to have a nice portrayal of their homeland. A portrayal which gives them their sense of pride.
And they do not shy away with the lie and propagandas. Well, they justify it by saying that “telling a lie to stupid population” or for a greater cause is not a crime (sam, dam dand bhed logic). This is all right in course of setting a greater good. You see how the core fundamentals of basic humanism is dismantled.
While in discussion they apologetically distance themselves with the controversies of past riots, corruptions and issues of humanities related with the kind of MLAs and MPs they select. Occasionally, they bring “whataboutery”, the term i first heard from Dhruv Rathee. They are never interested in listening to the divisive philosophy of Sangh/RSS. They whitewash the whole discussion by calling them a “cultural organisation”.
Deep in their heart, they all are in favour of vengeance. For example, if you talk of killing of 3000 innocent people in Gujarat riots, they will quickly turn to Godhra incident. The psychology works like this: They do not feel an iota of disgust when it comes to state sponsored riots, but they feel prompt and enthusiastic in making questioner a victim of favouritism, as if the questioner is only interested in muslim’s killing. They do not see that the incident of Godhra was a state intelligence failure and the incident of Gujarat riot was a vengeance exercise sponsored by state machinery. Similar is the case of Babri mosque and Mumbai riots, or Kashmiri Pandits and further Genocides. There is a hidden “YES” to the atrocities as they feel that to control muslims/minorities in India, these type of aggression is necessary, and call it a retaliation, backlash or collateral damage.
Specifically to Gujarat, to me, both the incidents, as far as the victims are concerned are of same magnitude. In Godhra incident, government can excuse by saying that the issue was spontaneous or was not handled promptly, however in the riots, they do not have any excuse. And the silent people over these riots are the silent supporters of these riots.
As the disease of pride throbs in their heart, so is the disease of vengeance. They complement each other and are hand in hand.
In this state, what will work? Will you be able to suggest something? Will you land on any common ground?
Very hard. Nearly impossible. One of my friend commented that “i only post negatives about India”. Another commented that “i propagate hate in my post”. Similarly few people said “i never appreciate India”. One thing is common in all of them is that all of them in a way or other favour Modi or have an apparent or hidden liking for BJP/Sangh/RSS.
In fact when i criticise Modi/Yogi they think that i hate India, and when i criticise BJP/Sangh/RSS they think i am anti-national.
The result of such perception, which is rooted deeply in false political narratives (polluted whatsapp forwards), is very hard to confront with. You see a colleague who you have good relations supporting a mass killer, or a conspirator, and if you criticise them, they make you feel anti-national. How you can have a healthy social relationship? I think this issue is not so easy to fix. I do not want to discuss Islamic eschatology here, but let me quickly remind here that the future is not bright. In coming days this divide will further broaden and will lead to a national emergency (though i personally do not wish this to happen). As i said this is all about the perceived perceptions.
Politicians build narratives. Narratives drive perceptions. Perceptions are made tangible political manifestos. Political manifestos are as vulnerable as the narratives in first place.
Pride and Vengeance make people Arrogant.
We are also witnessing the ubiquity of resources and proliferation of technological intimacy. This makes information very accessible and knowledge a victim of rumors. How can we control the flow of truth in information pipeline. In old days, classically, to get the right information and get equipped with knowledge, people always bank to libraries, school and colleges. Complex issues were the subject of research and masses weren’t poking half-cooked comments in the general life. Nowadays it is very easy to pass any information and the amount of pollution we introduced in the information cosmos is colossal. They way we have polluted Ganges and Yamuna, so is the sacred divine scriptures and spiritual realm of heart and mind. We do not realise it. Information is short lived and the “theory of survival of fittest” acts here as well. If you want to see the practical aspect in action, just see the troll industry of every political party, especially BJP IT Cell headed by Amit Malwiya.
They also reference the issue of population, as if Indian population is the reason of everything. This is a false logic. I will write a different post on this subject as this need a great deal of information. Specially in NRI circles, this perception is rampant.
So, Modi fills the vacuum of a “sense of Pride”, Indians diseased with the sins of pride and arrogance search. Since there is no absolute right or wrong to them, you will never find a common reference frame to talk with. They will make you wild and exhausted running from Mughal period to end of times and you will never be able to educate them with right history and the sense of constitutional values.
Jai Hind to those who mean it, else be happy with what you believe in.