Saturday, October 24, 2020
Home Politics Ram Guha, you cannot peddle the Pakistani narrative at the international level without people...

Ram Guha, you cannot peddle the Pakistani narrative at the international level without people questioning your patriotism

Intellectuals like Guha consider feelings to be more important than facts.

A wise woman once opined, “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.” She went on to add, “He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

While Indians celebrated their 73rd Independence Day, ’eminent historian’ Ramchandra Guha used the occasion to slander Indian democracy in a column for the Washington Post, a foreign media outlet that is renowned for its political partisanship and fake news propaganda.

In the article, Guha declares that it is time to downgrade India’s democratic credentials. His arguments are consistent with those peddled by Western liberals since Donald Trump was elected POTUS. It only shows how little respect liberals across the world have for Democracy. Merely because the outcome of an election wasn’t consistent with their political preference, democracy has ceased to exist they say.

Guha’s article which slanders India at an international platform also reveals how little respect Indian liberals have for their own country. They wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to denigrate India globally and then appear perplexed when people question their patriotism. Not only does he slander Indian democracy, but he also attempts to undermine the efforts being made by the Indian government to integrate Kashmir fully with the Indian Union.

He writes in his article, “Given the lack of any sort of credible opposition to the BJP, the atmosphere of fear among religious minorities and the attacks on a free press, we are now a 40-60 democracy, and — if the recent abuse of state power in Kashmir is any indication — well on the way to becoming 30-70.”

The article demonstrates perfectly why Indian liberals are hated with such intensity by ordinary citizens. His words are littered with accusations and absurdities that are real only in a world of his own making. They bear no semblance at all with Indian realities. ‘The atmosphere of fear among religious minorities’ that he speaks is a notion that is based entirely on feelings, not facts.

If a person insists that the Earth is flat against all odds and refuses to believe that the Earth revolves around the Sun, there’s very little one could do to convince him otherwise. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Guha and his ilk have relied upon the fear psychosis that the Indian Muslim minority, unfortunately, suffers from to conclude that the current ruling dispensation at the Centre is anti-minority.

The reason why it’s almost impossible to rid ourselves of the ‘atmosphere of fear’ is that such fear is not based on facts or logic. They are based on delusional beliefs which have absolutely nothing to do with ground realities. Arguments based on facts can be defeated with those that are based on more relevant facts. Arguments based on faith, however, are far more resilient.

Intellectuals like Guha consider feelings to be more important than facts. Thus, it’s no wonder that they give credence to such notions. It’s also why intellectuals believe that gender is a social construct and if a bearded man with a truckload of body hair considers himself a woman, then he ought to be treated as one. When feelings are prioritized over facts, such irrational conclusions are inevitable.

In his article, Guha also rakes up the mythical notion of ‘Hindu Pakistan’. Anyone with any knowledge of history should be aware that India cannot turn into a ‘Hindu Pakistan’. The very term is an oxymoron. Pakistan is in the state it is because it is an Islamic state, its intolerance is driven by its monotheistic roots. Hinduism, on the other hand, is a polytheistic faith. Polytheism has at its core the virtue of pluralism. India which is defined by its Hindu heritage cannot turn into a Hindu version of Pakistan because Hinduism does not permit the toxic mix of religion and politics that Pakistan is the consequence of.

The alleged historian also says, “One of the reasons that the Indian state has, in recent years, shown such a harsh hand in Kashmir is that the majority of Kashmiris are Muslims.” This is precisely what the Pakistani Prime Minister has been saying on the matter. It is quite amusing that should Guha be questioned by ordinary citizens for peddling Pakistan’s agenda on a global platform, he will cry intolerance and claim victimhood.

In unrelated news, recently, one ’eminent intellectual’ was revealed to have written an article on Kashmir in 2016 after being influenced by former Pakistani High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit. In the said article, Shobhaa De had demanded a referendum to settle the Kashmir issue ‘once and for all’.

While no such accusations have been made against Guha thus far, it is quite distressing that Indian liberals peddle such propaganda at the international level without even being under the influence of India’s enemies.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Editorial Deskhttp://www.opindia.com
Editorial team of OpIndia.com

Related Articles

Trending now

Radio Mirchi RJ finds space with radical preacher Zakir Naik as she waters down terms like ‘Kafir’ and ‘Jihad’

A video featuring Radio Mirchi RJ Sayema is doing rounds on the internet in which she was seen normalising anti-Hindu bigotry by legitimising the usage of radical Islamic terms as 'Kafir' and 'Jihad'.

Pune: Police tricks caretaker-turned-thief into arrest through romantic social media chats

Pune Police created a fake Facebook account posing as a "woman" and lured the thief into meeting him at a place where the police officials arrested him

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti refuses to unfurl the Indian flag, BJP demands arrest for her seditious remarks

In her first press conference after being released from her 14-month detention, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti denounced the Indian flag and pegged for the restoration of Article 370

After Twitter, Amazon’s Alexa now claims Jammu and Kashmir is part of China, netizens fume

As per reports, Alexa uses a machine-learning algorithm and more than a dozen 'question-answer techniques' to determine the best response to a user query.

‘Kale Baba’ aka Nasir caught sexually exploiting women in Lucknow, Times of India gives it a Hindu spin by calling the accused as ‘Tantrik’

The Times of India on Saturday attempted to give a Hindu spin to a crime perpetrated by an Islamic cleric, who is an accused in the sex racket, by referring to him as a 'Tantrik'.

NBSA orders AajTak to apologise live on October 27 for spreading fake news on Sushant Singh Rajput case

The NBSA had earlier asked Aaj Tak to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh and had asked the broadcaster to air an apology admitting on national television that it did not conduct the due diligence required prior to telecasting the tweets.

Recently Popular

‘He supplies drugs and girls’: Estranged wife of Mahesh Bhatt’s nephew Luviena Lodh alleges harassment by nephew-uncle duo

Luviena Lodh said that Mahesh Bhatt is the don of the industry, and he controls everything that goes on in the film industry

Exclusive: Conversation that shows how Mumbai Police is trying to coerce witness into naming Republic TV in TRP scam

While Hansa Research report and the FIR filed named India Today in TRP scam, in less than 24 hours, Mumbai Police had seemingly made up its mind that Republic TV was the culprit

France: Charlie Hebdo cartoons projected on government building to express solidarity with deceased teacher who was beheaded by Islamic terrorist

Days after the barbaric beheading of teacher Samuel Paty on the streets of Paris by a terrorist for showing the cartoons of Prophet Mohammad to his students, support continues to pour in for the deceased teacher.

‘Jism ki garmi’: How Hindi film industry disregarded consent and normalised rape and molestation over the years

The Hindi film industry has, knowingly or unknowingly, convinced a generation of people that rape is normal when done in light of 'greater good'.

Lucknow: Jama Mazar caretaker ‘Kale Baba’ caught running sex racket, video goes viral

The caretaker has allegedly confessed to police that he was sexually exploiting women and engaging them in illicit activities in the name of curing infertility and other ailments.

Complaints filed against Eros Now and Arré for vulgar social media posts related to Navratri

Both Eros Now and Arre had published social media posts linking Navratri festival with sex and vulgarity
- Advertisement -

Radio Mirchi RJ finds space with radical preacher Zakir Naik as she waters down terms like ‘Kafir’ and ‘Jihad’

A video featuring Radio Mirchi RJ Sayema is doing rounds on the internet in which she was seen normalising anti-Hindu bigotry by legitimising the usage of radical Islamic terms as 'Kafir' and 'Jihad'.

Funny ‘fact check’ video by Fauxy shows guy drinking urine to compare it with Budweiser, beer company sues, Delhi HC rules in company’s favour....

While The Fauxy debunked the claim that Budweiser beer contains urine in a satire video, the company accused it of making the claim

Pune: Police tricks caretaker-turned-thief into arrest through romantic social media chats

Pune Police created a fake Facebook account posing as a "woman" and lured the thief into meeting him at a place where the police officials arrested him

Kerala: Woman tied to a hospital bed, daughter-in-law barred from meeting patient

The Coronavirus-infected woman is now undergoing treatment at a private hospital and her condition is said to be stable.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti refuses to unfurl the Indian flag, BJP demands arrest for her seditious remarks

In her first press conference after being released from her 14-month detention, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti denounced the Indian flag and pegged for the restoration of Article 370

After Twitter, Amazon’s Alexa now claims Jammu and Kashmir is part of China, netizens fume

As per reports, Alexa uses a machine-learning algorithm and more than a dozen 'question-answer techniques' to determine the best response to a user query.

‘Kale Baba’ aka Nasir caught sexually exploiting women in Lucknow, Times of India gives it a Hindu spin by calling the accused as ‘Tantrik’

The Times of India on Saturday attempted to give a Hindu spin to a crime perpetrated by an Islamic cleric, who is an accused in the sex racket, by referring to him as a 'Tantrik'.

NBSA orders AajTak to apologise live on October 27 for spreading fake news on Sushant Singh Rajput case

The NBSA had earlier asked Aaj Tak to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh and had asked the broadcaster to air an apology admitting on national television that it did not conduct the due diligence required prior to telecasting the tweets.

Pakistan fumes over reports of Saudi denying permission for ‘Kashmir Black Day’ program after it voted against it at FATF

After certain media reports suggested that Saudi Arabia had voted against Pakistan at the FATF plenary keeping it in grey list, the Arab nation has now reportedly denied Pakistan permission to hold 'Kashmir Black Day' on 27th October.

ED summons Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh in FEMA violation case

Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh summoned by ED in relation to a trust named Jacaranda Trust & subsidiaries in British Virgin Islands

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
467,593FollowersFollow
19,100SubscribersSubscribe