When people run out of arguments, they resort to rhetorics and the favourite one is comparing PM Modi to German dictator Adolf Hitler. Anyone who disagrees with the ‘secular liberals’ is termed a ‘Nazi enabler’. The rhetorics have increased after PM Modi came back in the second term with a thumping majority and a bigger mandate than in 2014.
The Wire journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani took to Twitter on Sunday to wonder aloud what is the difference between the Nazi Germany of 1930s and India in present time.
So what’s the difference between 1930s Germany and 2020s India ?
Germans did not protest.
— Arfa Khanum Sherwani (@khanumarfa) January 12, 2020
The ever helpful netizens took it upon themselves to explain it to her how not only is the comparison flawed but India is exact opposite of how Nazi Germany was.
Twitterati helping Arfa understand the difference
Starting with the very basic who have cried themselves hoarse shouting fascism.
In 1930s Germany, you wouldn’t have survived a day after criticizing the Govt.,
In 2020s India, you’re making a living by maligning the Govt.
— Arijit Datta Ray (@Shonkho) January 12, 2020
Correction : They ‘couldn’t’ protest. They got arrested as soon they were seen and taken to killing ghettos. While India is still a very much functioning democracy. The constitution gives you right to protest. It’s foolish to draw similarities between India and Germany.
— Shashank (@LiberalHermes) January 12, 2020
Some even informed her how the fears of Muslims in India are unfounded.
The fact you are able to ask this question,still enjoy freedom & have a great life, that is the difference madam. It will be that way in future as well.
Though some of u may wish it to be otherwise.
Muslims are & will always be safe here & enjoy equal rights.
Have a great day
— S S Singh (@Singh2639) January 12, 2020
And some harsh realities of how it is insulting to the Jews of Germany to compare their plight and Holocaust to the minorities in India who are not only safe but enjoy equal and sometimes more than equal rights.
The difference – in Germany of 1930s, opposition and minorities were living in Concentration camps. In India, minorities like you spread hatred on National TV & spend vacations in Paris, not concentration camps.
Nazis believed in violence, so do the protesters of India of 2020. https://t.co/lPgvlIH6UB
— Arif Aajakia (@arifaajakia) January 12, 2020
Twitterati also pointed out that perhaps the only incident in India that could be comparable to some extent to the Holocaust was the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits by Islamists who raped, murdered and chased Kashmiri Pandits out of their homes in the valley in the 1990s. Or the 1984 anti-Sikh riots where Congress workers and leaders led mobs to avenge Indira Gandhi’s assassination by murdering Sikhs.