Let’s accept it – one thing that all right-leaning thinkers envy about the leftists is their ability to set their individual preferences aside and fight for common goals (the top of which is invariably defeating ‘Hindutva’, or in other words – let them also accept it – ‘defeating’ Hinduism).
A recent twitter thread highlighted this fact while expressing it through humour. Following is the first tweet of that lot, and you can read the entire thread on Twitter by going there:
While the Left forces appear as one constituent mass of horse manure, RW is splintered into groups, all with different priorities. Such as..
— Computerman (@rajivji019) November 4, 2017
So why does it happen? Why can’t the ‘right wing’ work together? If you give 10 “rightist” an hour to come up with a basic collective strategy against the left, then don’t be surprised if they spend it all disagreeing on what name they should give themselves before arriving at a strategy.
The cause for this is simple. What we call “right” is basically the default position against the hypocrisy and tyranny of the Left, which is ridiculously apparent to anyone who can think on his/her own. The ‘problem’ with independent thinkers, however, is they guard their independence so much that they can never function in a group.
There is evidence of this in both religious and political domains. Even today Swami Vivekananda continues to captivate people with his breathtaking intellect and call to serve the nation, but the organization he founded to carry out his vision has not even managed to achieve a fraction of what he dreamed a century ago.
A more recent example is of Jayaprakash Narayan and his Loksatta Party, which could never get off the ground despite his visionary leadership. Both leaders drew free thinking people who functioned in splintered groups with no cohesive strategy because they were told to use their own brains. Contrast this with Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party, which took the opposite route (leaning left, dissenters thrown out, promoting group-thinking, etc.) and became far successful than Loksatta.
Leftist ideas seek to entirely restructure a society and this cannot happen until the cohesive forces of its civilizational values are neutralized. Their founding principle is that societies are in a state of conflict that needs to be resolved through economic and political restructuring. That work cannot begin until the resentment between various classes of society grows to the point of anarchy.
Religion with its power to bind people together and provide social stability stands as a major adversary. Religions, especially Indian ones, ask their followers take ownership of what befalls them (karma) while the left wants you to believe that you are suffering because you have been oppressed by others.
Religion gives its followers an ability to transcend their suffering, a trait that simply does not sit well with leftists because they need people to revolt. One can then see why Marx called religion the opium of the people, because that is where ordinary people take shelter when it hurts as opposed to where he would like them to go, i.e. communism.
As long as people are willing to take personal responsibility for their lives, leftist ideas cannot germinate because such people have no intention to take up arms and bring about a revolution.
One can see the knowledge of this fact playing out with the left-wing propaganda machinery, the most notable of them being The Wire. Even though it requires remarkable gall to prop up a political movement that destroyed religious institutions, executed religious leaders, and eventually took millions of lives, The Wire unabashedly pushes the communist ideology on one hand while attacking Hinduism on the other, whether it is at civilizational level or its spiritual leaders.
One example is how Vinod Dua, who has been caught many times spreading lies, attacked Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. None of the allegations against Sadhguru made by Dua for The Wire have been found with any truth to them. Sadhguru invites anyone to come inside the premise of his ashrama – which Padma Shri Vinod Dua calls a company – and investigate. If found guilty, he promises to leave the country. Sadhguru is a shining example of the glorious Indian tradition of producing men of God. This is probably the first time though that one of them has been forced to offer leaving the nation that has shown the world the way of dharma.
The point I am making is that people on the left know their greatest adversary – the dharma of the Indic people. The importance of dharma in holding back destructive alien ideologies cannot be overstated.
Religions that arose from the Middle East have largely managed to conquer the entire globe, but they did not succeed in India despite having ruled it for a thousand years and putting the natives under tyrannous times. This is not just because we had some warriors defending us. But it was because religion and life were not distinct entities for the people of India. For Indians, giving up their religion meant giving up life itself and not a certain set of beliefs. It was easier to die than to live without dharma, and no conqueror has a sword mighty enough to cut down such a foe.
The independent thinking ‘not left’ people need to understand that they are mere spectators in this civilizational battle unless they back the consolidation of India’s cultural and religious values that has held this society together for millennia and on which remains our only hope of building a nation. This does not have to come at the expense of one’s personal beliefs about religion and neither does this require one to take an adversarial position against others.
Indeed religions that arose from India never did, and their spirit was always of inquiry into truth instead of following the formula for the shortest route to heaven. If those who think of themselves to be on the ‘right’ cannot agree on this one basic goal then they might as well save their energy and put it to good use elsewhere.
Leftist have at their disposal a very well structured and beguiling ideology that preys on people’s discontent and sense of victimhood, something that cannot be defeated by merely appealing to one’s reason and evidence. The greatest threat to our way of life is not so much the aggression of other radicalized religions. Their attack is direct and we have withstood those forces for hundreds of years because we were grounded in our way of life. The real threat is of deracination that uproots us from that grounding. This is what left really wants and the gullible latte-sipping disconnected youth of India easily falls for it.
Swami Vivekananda had given a prescription for the rejuvenation of India in his lecture “The Future of India”, where he claimed that nations can only develop along lines that are natural to them. Spiritual seeking has always been the dominant current of our civilization and has allowed us to last for this long. The fractures within Hinduism must be mended by unifying this common thread by culturally empowering all with our collective spiritual heritage that has been held back from some of us, often locked behind the walls of Sanskrit.
The role of Hindutva organizations in finally putting an end to the culture of privilege in our society is immense because of their great reach but they have to contend with deep rooted historical conditioning within their ranks. We on the right will do well to prod them towards unifying us like Swami Vivekananda wanted. We must realize that the giant that is Sanatan Dharma does not need protection from any threat, it just needs to be woken up.