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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Introspection and course correction time for intellectuals

For Indian intellectuals and their fraternity in civil society, it is time for in-depth self-introspection of their past and ongoing omission and commission, and go for long due course correction. We ordinary Indians humbly and sincerely hope you, major stakeholders in the country’s all-round development story, won’t fail to recognize your foolishness any more. See, India is in last quarter of her first century of her freedom from near about ten centuries of Abrahamic subjugations. Mind, during this period of self-rule, you have huge role and responsibility to get back India’s lost glory.
Since independence, Indian intellectuals by and large have been sherpas of Western so-called value system, which preaches tolerance but in practice that has been facilitating destruction and demonization of Indian history, culture and civilizational values that existed since ancient time –before Christ(BC)- using their strong dollar power, and at time, terror means after appropriating victim’s evergreen early scientific inventions.
Note: now, the new generation tech savvy Indians at large are no more enthusiasts to listen, forget about accept, yours hypocrisy wrapped intellectual greatness being narrated often in ornamental verbatim in Queen’s language; and so also, the Western political leadership from MENA to The White House via EU and from Tokyo to Canberra. Yes, the new generation is ready to endorse Queen’s language, but refuse to do so in regard to narratives her language delivers. New generation is now very selective unlike their past generations.
Here, I would like to remind all the works of a young technocrat turn banker turn historian 41 years Dr. Vikram Sampath, who ventured to write biography of a freedom fighter Veer Savarkar, so far maligned and his works not allowed to get evaluated by established historian simple because he was an ardent supporter and propagated Hinduvta philosophy, which the Supreme Court of India with due deliberations has accepted as all inclusive, while fighting for freedom of the country. Savarkar’s contributions to freedom movement and social reforms have been thrown to dustbin with excuse that he appealed to the then British India government to release him from decade long rarest solitary confinement in Cellular Jail -otherwise called infamous Kala Pani- for his crime of waging war against India’s subjugator, the King of England.
So far Dr. Sampath has been successful to bring to limelight the truth about Veer Savarkar’s patriotism with presentation of undeniable documents blacklisted by mainstreamed historians having known Left and Nehruvian allegiance. What does young man Sampath’s venture mean? Is the so far denial of historical justice to Veer Sarvarkar not intellectual hypocrisy? Many of Savarkar kind have same fates. Mind the new generation is more concerned for truth than anything else. Dr. Sampath argument that history as a subject is ‘evolving’ with discovery of new evidence has been accepted by and large. In future, more and more researchers may venture into so far forbidden territories to ferret out historical truths to disprove the traditional line of thinking that have mostly denied India her rightful place in the world of rich civilizations.
In the recent past ideological encounter of Indian IRTS officer cum Commonwealth Scholar 31 years Siddhartha Verma with Grand Old Party’s former President and de facto owner Rahul Gandhi in the presence of CPIM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and regional party RJD’s tallest leader Tejaswi Yadav in UK’s Cambridge University, the young bureaucrat told Gandhi scion propaganda that India a ‘union of states’ was ‘destructive’. Note this expression and disapproval is an eye opener. Has anybody ever heard a budding bureaucrat challenging politician over ideological issue? Disputing Rahul’s view, Verma told that, as a political leader, his idea of India was “flawed”, “incorrect”, and “destructive” because it tried to “whitewash history of thousands of years”. Academic and The Print columnist Shruti Kapila, who was anchoring the Cambridge programme, said that the term “rashtra” means kingdom, to which Verma replied that it is the “Sanskrit word for nation”. Gandhi then added that “nation is a Western concept”. There was also a buzz in the crowd when Verma said, “A Constitution cannot make a nation, and nation makes constitution”.
Talking about Gandhi’s statement, Verma later said, “I do not understand the motive but I assume that there had been an attempt to whitewash India’s ancient history. There is also an attempt to negate pre-Independence India… they only talk about the post-Independence formation. If one reads the Constitution properly, it is there right in the preamble that India [is] a nation.” “I think there is a lack of awareness about ancient history. I think Indian history should focus on ancient India a little more,” Verma added. Hailing from Lucknow, Verma describes himself as a “Commonwealth scholar”, “civil servant” and “patriot” in his Twitter bio. What does this so far rare incident say? Certainly, there is a lesson for Indian intellectuals who blindly follow Western intellectualism which has been discrediting Indian indigenous intellectualism and value system.
Even Indian intellectuals are not so honest to their endorsement of so-called Western value system which they often refer while commenting over present system of governance in India. In a response to a newspaper question “The election for Congress President is coming up. Will you be a candidate?” the eminent scholar, former UN diplomat and now Congress MP Shashi Tharoor replied, “Just wait for the election to be announced and see what the options are. I am not saying I would necessarily be a candidate. If the “heir apparent” chooses not to be a candidate, then others will come forward and we will have a good set of choices.” Note the mention of “heir apparent”! What does he mean to justify when he uses phase such as “heirapparent”? Is the party Presidentship in a democracy hereditary? If the party President post is accepted as hereditary today, the revisit of 1975’s slogan that “India is Indira and Indira is India” with names such as Rahul, Tejaswi, Mamata, etc. replacing Indira with intellectuals approved hereditary governance of nation is not very far? Decades back, we heard, “Jab tak hey samosa mey aloo, tab tak hey Bihar mey Lalu”. What kind of democracy promotes this kind of sloganeering? It is different matter that since then Lalu Raj has seen many up and down.
Will the concept of right of “heir apparent” not destroy the beauty and essence of India’s democracy? Is this in practice in Western democracies which have been inspirations of Indian intellectuals? This exposes Indian intellectualism is nothing less than opportunism which new generation Indians are not ready to bear anymore.
Now, despite massive anti-India campaigns in West and Middle-East mostly promoted and funded by White Supremacists, Evangelists and Islamists, their democratically elected or otherwise made political leadership refuse to succumb to the propaganda anymore. Whether they have understood their past foolishness of supporting radicalized preaching in India or not, that needs an exclusive in-depth academic research to ferret out and ascertain the truth. But, certainly, they have started realizing that their past acts have weakened culturally rich Hindutva and democratic India which they now need to fight totalitarian China in Far East and Islamic terror in Middle-East and South Asia in order to safeguard their commercial interests as well as their world leadership status. The US allowing India’s Embassy military attaché for unescorted entry despite latter’s military alliance with former’s arch-rival Russia, and long queue of Nordic countries’ head of governments, the countries allegedly have been major source of a lot of money in evangelization, and promoting so-called Western defined Human Rights and secularism using India’s so-called intellectual serpas in India, to meet Hindutva icon PM Modi during his recent past tour of the region, are no less significant to note. And in MENA, many countries have been eager to build cordial political, commercial and cultural relations with India, so they sign FTA.
In view of the above, any loss of time in reading the writing on the walls on the part of Indian intellectuals may be suicidal as their present attitude is leading them towards national irrelevance. It is not good for any thriving nation. Let us go for course correction to remain in the safe side, and positively contribute to nation’s growth story during Amrit Kaal.

Columnist: Bimal Prasad Mohapatra

Sr. Research Fellow, DRaS and Faculty of Management Studies, Trident Group of Institutions

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