Saturday, December 5, 2020
Home Opinions An Open Letter to the Open Minded Leftists at Jadavpur University from a Progressive-turned-Hindutvavaadi

An Open Letter to the Open Minded Leftists at Jadavpur University from a Progressive-turned-Hindutvavaadi

I do believe that there are extremely problematic aspects of your beliefs and your conduct that needs much introspection. These are irreconcilable differences between us that, perhaps, could never be resolved

My Dear Leftist Countrymen from Jadavpur University,

First and Foremost, I genuinely believe I have not caused any offence by addressing you as my countrymen as I do know, from personal experience, that many of you do not consider yourselves Indians. However, your passports and identity cards tell a different story. Therefore, I took the opportunity to address you as such.

Having been educated in Kolkata, I have had the opportunity to know many of you in person and conversing with you about politics and other matters. For a while, some were even my friends. So, I do know the basis of your political opinions and well aware of the foundations of your worldview. And as someone who was a committed progressive once upon a time and whose friend circle still overwhelmingly comprises of liberals of a more moderate variety, I was and still am firmly equipped to comprehend your arguments.

No one could ever deny the firmness of your faith or the rigour with which you conduct your politics. You practice your politics with your heart on your sleeves and feet on the ground, it’s something that I respect. You have been beaten and you have been bruised, often by the Police, for your political beliefs. You are willing to risk physical injury for the sake of your political goals, it is something I truly believe is commendable.

Having said that, I do believe that there are extremely problematic aspects of your beliefs and your conduct that needs much introspection. These are irreconcilable differences between us that, perhaps, could never be resolved. It would be as difficult for you to forsake Communism as it would be for me to abandon Hindu Nationalism. The purpose of this letter is not to convince you but to provide you with an alternate worldview so that you could better understand Hindu Nationalism. I must admit, as a person who has known some of you and belongs to the same age-group that you do, it is also motivated by a fair amount of concern for your physical health. It is also motivated by other more pertinent reasons which I shall elaborate during the course of this letter.

Firstly, your conduct on Thursday was indefensible. It worries me that even one of you is bothering to attempt to defend it. Amazingly enough, all of you are defending it. The sheer lack of introspection is indeed shocking. Your comrades assaulted a Union Minister, ripped his shirt open and then argued that you were provoked. The entirety of your defense can be surmised as you were provoked into behaving in such a manner by the mere presence of the Minister in your campus and certain words that he might have said there.

You are not little children. Only little children are reduced to violent outbursts in response to mean things that they have been said. And only little children assume it is a justifiable defense. It is very difficult for me to believe that Babul Supriyo got assaulted inside the campus for any other reason than the fact that he dared to enter it. Yes, I do not believe he assaulted anyone nor do I believe that he abused anyone either. You might say that there’s ‘evidence’ for it, but I suggest that you take the trouble of surfing through the internet where all this supposed ‘evidence’ has been comprehensively busted.

You did not stop there. You took the liberty of gheraoing him and holding him hostage and preventing him from leaving. How on earth could you delude yourselves into believing that any of this was a good idea? How on earth do you continue to believe that any of this is defensible? Your behavior was so outrageous that not even your parents could defend it. And parents, as we all know, can defend a lot of their children’s crimes.

The mother of one of you, who happens to be a Cancer patient, apologized on her son’s behalf to the Minister and begged him to not take legal action against her son. She said that she scolded him after going through her chemotherapy. For a brief amount of time, my disgust for you knew no bounds. It was a visceral sense of disgust that I haven’t felt in a long long time.

I cannot imagine how she must have felt at that moment. She is suffering from cancer and had only hours back undergone chemotherapy and yet, her primary concern was her son. A son, if not anything, ought to be her biggest source of strength in her moment of anguish. And yet on this occasion, he was her biggest liability. Supriyo, who graciously acquiesced to her request and wished her a speedy recovery, who wasn’t even aware of her existence hours back, showed more concern for her than her own son.

She doesn’t deserve such a fate, she deserves better. Thus, in this letter, I implore you to see reason. I implore you to see the trail of broken dreams you are leaving in your wake. I implore you to see the devastation and misery you have left in your wake. I implore you to introspect.

I do know that you truly believe your health and well-being is worth risking for the sake of your ideology. But I ask you today, is it worth the heartbroken tears, borne out of a deep sense of shame, on your mother’s face? Is it worth the overwhelming burden of humiliation and embarrassment that your father feels in his heart? Is it worth making your parents feel that they failed to raise you properly? That is all I ask of you.

There are parents, I am sure, who share the same ideology that you do or are proud of what you did on Thursday. For them, I have no sympathy and believe they are entirely responsible for however they are feeling now.

You are prepared to make great sacrifices for your ideology. However, you do not realize that not even the people you claim to be fighting for agree with you. I would guess that they hold the same disdain in their hearts for you as does the average Indian. Analyzing Narendra Modi’s thumping victory in the 2019 General Elections would have told you as much.

The Dalits, the workers, and the Adivasis do not agree with you at all. They do not hate India as you do. They do not harbour great disdain for Hinduism as you do. They do not hate Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party like you do. It is evident from the voting patterns witnessed in these elections. OBCs, Dalits, and Adivasis voted for the BJP in huge numbers. In West Bengal itself, BJP’s rise to power is being fueled majorly by its immense popularity among non-Upper Castes.

The vote share of the BJP was nearly uniform among different sections of Hindu society in West Bengal. There was true Hindu consolidation in BJP’s favour in West Bengal. Therefore, how can you claim to fight against the BJP for the rights of workers, Adivasis, and Dalits when they agree with the BJP and like them a lot more than you? Have you made any effort to understand why this is so?

Another phenomenon that you must have observed is that people even in Kolkata are indifferent to what you suffered on Thursday. The Arts Faculty Union Room of your University was ransacked, the walls of it were painted with graffiti, sections of your campus was set on fire, by the ABVP you claim, some of you were, in all probability thrashed brutally and yet hardly anyone seems to care. Frankly, I don’t either. Furthermore, Babul Supriyo has emerged as a hero amidst all of this and you, the perpetually whining spoilt brats. You have failed spectacularly.

Have you wondered what caused people to feel this way? Have you spent any amount of time thinking why it is that you and your University were brutalized and yet, people are completely ignoring it? Some months ago, when doctors at the NRS were assaulted by a mob, they received widespread support from the masses. So much that the West Bengal government was ultimately forced to bend to their will. But with you, and it has been the case for a while now, people are going about their business without bothering to pay you a second of their attention. Why?

You claim it’s because they are not as enlightened as you are or are ignorant. Or simply because they cannot see what you see as well as educated individuals from a reputed university. In your frustration, you even label them as selfish or bigots and fascists themselves. In short, you claim that it’s because they are not as virtuous as you are. But my dear open-minded leftists at Jadavpur University, you could not be more wrong.

The actual reason is not even one percent of the population of this country apart from separatists believes in the worldview that you advocate. They think it’s immoral and perverse. Also, they are terrified of it as they should be. They fully understand that the vision of India that you profess ends in bloodshed and destruction. It’s motivated by concern about their safety and security. To demonize them for such a thing is wrong. But that’s only my opinion.

As for me, I do not care because you have constantly justified the use of violence in pursuit of political goals. Therefore, why should I care if someone used the same against you when you resorted to violence in the first place? And I don’t even know if you were subjected to violence. I cannot take your word for it, and neither can anyone else, because there’s this huge trust deficit you’re suffering from. No one can take your word for it, and your past conduct is squarely to blame for it.

Another pertinent reason why no one cares about you or your protests is that it has become so normalized in Jadavpur University. You must understand, no one wants to live in a state of perpetual revolution. We want stability in our lives, at least the overwhelming majority of this country does. More importantly, we do not want our politics to be our primary identity.

Like most people, I keep politics firmly away from my personal life. But for you, as you are so fond of saying, ‘The personal is political’. Thus, when news of violence and protests at Jadavpur University broke out, everyone ignored it because ‘Eishob hotay thakey okhaney, baaddey toh.’ This keeps happening at Jadavpur University all the time, so the people ignored it.

There’s something fundamental about this country that you do not understand, something I didn’t either when I was a progressive. There are invisible threads that keep this country together, that make this diverse country with a thousand faultlines tick. It is these invisible threads that make me feel more comfortable around people with their origins in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka than I ever would around you. It is why I feel perfectly at ease around Biharis, Maharashtrians, people from Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere but I never could with you.

As a proponent of Hindutva, I would argue these invisible threads have their origins in Hinduism. Others of a different political orientation would claim that it’s because of the Constitution but we all know it’s just a legal document, merely a contract between the state and its citizens. Despite anything anyone might say, the Constitution is not sacred, it’s merely a piece of paper. It can’t keep a country together, much less inspire people to feel a sense of togetherness.

However, there’s a grave sin that you have committed, for which you are now reaping the fruits. In pursuit of your political goals, you have proceeded to demonize an entire people due to their political beliefs. It beggars belief how you bandy about accusations of fascism. You labelled Babul Supriyo a fascist because he is a Minister in a democratically elected government and then proceeds to assault him. Do you realize how dangerous this is?

You don’t stop there and proceed to demonize every single proponent of Hindutva and even voters of BJP as fascist. That is sheer bigotry. What next? Will you treat every voter of BJP the same manner in which you treated Babul Supriyo if they entered your University? Will you treat your classmates or people study in your university in the same manner that you treated Supriyo? That makes you a potential criminal, not political activists. The dehumanization of people you are indulging in has grave consequences. These violent delights do have violent ends.

Perhaps, sometime soon, I will pen another letter to address the fundamental differences that you and I hold. I have touched upon some here but the letter is already too long to address them here. But to conclude my letter, I will tell you this. Many of you might have been surprised when Leftists turned Saffron in huge numbers, I wasn’t. Apart from the fact that most CPI(M) voters were practising Hindus, there are much more fundamental reasons. I promise to explore those reasons in the next letter. Also, you can read about my journey from a Progressive to a Hindutvavaadi here.

Yours truly,
A Hindutvavaadi

  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

K Bhattacharjee
Black Coffee Enthusiast. Post Graduate in Psychology. Bengali.

Related Articles

Trending now

‘King, please come back and save the country!’: Massive protests in Nepal demand the restoration of Hindu Monarchy

Hundreds and thousands of Royalists took to the streets of Nepal to demand the restoration of the Hindu Monarchy.

Rahul Gandhi tweets to fuel farmers’ protests: Here is how Congress had promised similar farm laws in 2019 election manifesto

Congress promised abolition of APMC Act and replacement of Essentials Commodities Act, 1955 in manifesto, thereby promises similar farm bills

Anil Vij tests positive for Coronavirus days after he joined third phase of vaccine trials: Here is why there is no reason to panic

As Covaxin trial is double blinded, there is 50% chance that Anil Vij got placebo in place of vaccine, and he only received one dose

TRS goes from 99 to 56 seats, BJP goes from 4 to 49: Here is why, and it is not what English media thinks

Elections to the GHMC were actually due in February of 2021 but TRS decided to pre-pone the elections by three months to gain an upper hand

NIA files chargesheet in Khalistan Liberation Front narco-terror case: Narco-terrorist Singh was using money from drug trade to strengthen KLF

Accused used to receive smuggled Heroin from Pakistan-based Jajbir Singh Samra and use proceeds to strengthen Khalistan cause

‘We will make Ravan humane, justify his abduction of Sita’: Saif Ali Khan on his role of ‘Lankesh’ in upcoming movie ‘Adipurush’

Saif Ali Khan courted another controversy recently after he revealed that the makers of his upcoming movie 'Adipurush' have decided to show 'Ravan' as humane

Recently Popular

‘We will make Ravan humane, justify his abduction of Sita’: Saif Ali Khan on his role of ‘Lankesh’ in upcoming movie ‘Adipurush’

Saif Ali Khan courted another controversy recently after he revealed that the makers of his upcoming movie 'Adipurush' have decided to show 'Ravan' as humane

How a teacher from Solapur, Ranjitsinh Disale, won the coveted Global Teacher Prize and $1 million: Here is his story

32-year-old teacher Ranjitsinh Disale won the Global Teacher prize and prize money of $1 million for his extensive work in the field of the girl child education

‘Inki aurate take-take ke bhaw bikti thi’, after justifying death threat to PM Modi, Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh humiliates Hindus

Though Yograj Singh does not explicitly mention Hindus in the videos, it is clear from the speech that it is what he meant

Ex-Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh joins Farmer’s protests, justifies “Indira thok di” comment

Multiple videos of Yograj Singh, Yuvraj Singh's father, have gone viral on social media where he has been giving provocative speeches amid the ongoing farmer protests

From supporting Khalistanis to hurting religious sentiments of Sikhs: A brief intro of the new liberal favourite, Diljit Dosanjh

Singer Diljit Dosanjh has become the new blue-eyed boy of the left-liberal gang after he supported ongoing farmers protest

Watch: Angry Rajdeep Sardesai threatens to sack his staff in charge of social media for failing to link up his Instagram live

Rajdeep Sardesai had announced that he was doing a live chat on his Instagram page to discuss Hyderabad municipal election results

Indian migrants constitute the largest high-skilled diaspora in OECD countries: Reports

The OECD report further emphasised that the Indian diaspora constituted the largest high-skilled diaspora in OECD countries.

Maharashtra government confirms that Anvay Naik murdered his own mother, Arnab Goswami moves HC against charge sheet: Here are the details

Arnab Goswami has alleged that Maharashtra police filed the charge sheet by following the dictates of the state government

Assam: FIR registered against ‘Ajmal Foundation’ run by AIUDF Chief for receiving funds from foreign Islamic organisations linked to terror funding

Yesterday we reported how in a thread of Tweets LRO had accused Ajmal Foundation of receiving foreign funding to a tune of Rs 69.55 crore

Doctors advise Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut to talk less following angioplasty surgery

Sanjay Raut had undergone angioplasty surgery on Thursday wherein two stents were placed in his artery

Prime Minister Modi to lay the foundation stone of the new Parliament building on December 10

The construction of the new Parliament building that will commence this month, is expected to be completed in October 2022.

‘Don’t want to be controlled by high command culture from Delhi’: Aam Aadmi Party Goa founder Elvis Gomes quits

Elvis Gomes alleged that the Aam Aadmi party has lately deviated from its ideologies and has compromised on its core principles

West Bengal: Several persons injured after bombs hurled at BJP rally in West Burdwan district, BJP blames TMC for the attack

TMC denied the allegations, and said it was a staged and premeditated attack by the BJP to divert attention from 'burning' issues

Pune Mirror shuts down due to the economic crisis triggered by Coronavirus pandemic, Mumbai Mirror to relaunch as weekly

The Times Group has decided to shut down the publishing of the Pune Mirror due to the economic crisis triggered by COVID-19.

Karnataka: Journalist exposes illegal cow slaughterhouses in Hassan, Muslim mob, including several women, attack her

The woman journalist, accompanied by NGOs and police officials, visited the four illegal slaughterhouses and five cattle hoarding spots in the city.

Kerala Gold Scam: Customs Dept seeks protection from Centre for probing officers as they inch closer to ‘big names’ involved

Request for protection came as investigating team learned that probe in the Kerala Gold scam might yield some big names in Kerala Gold scam

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
493,502FollowersFollow
20,300SubscribersSubscribe