Saturday, February 15, 2014
Indians are damn fools: The first in a series
I don't know how Indians can afford to be super patriots and downright jingoistic and xenophobic when our country is in such shambles -physically, psychologically, intellectually or aesthetically.
In pretty much any endeavor one can think of India lags far behind the first world and often even the second and third world.
And I am not interested in listening to claims from unbalanced Ajit Vadakayil acolytes as to how wonderful India was. I am talking about what India IS today. And please no ridiculous statistics about NASA being 38% Indian , Silicon Valley 78% or American doctors are 108% or any other silly ,fraudulent claims one routinely finds dished out by unthinking and hyper ventilating sons of the soil on the internet.
It would seem that our National Security(hahaha) Advisor thinks India should not be a superpower.
So many points....Well firstly why should we take anything seriously from a person who holds the ridiculous post of NSA in a country as lax about its security as India.
He is right for the wrong reasons. For example he prattles on and on about some nonsense called "soft power". And what exactly is this "soft power" you speak of? Bollywood? An industry where a movie which features no songs or a romantic angle is considered a daring and edgy documentary? Or perhaps the pan Indian influence around South/South east Asia that existed upto a millennia ago. Notice how secular parties shy away from referring to the influence as Hindu but a vague undefined term "Indian". Anyway let us examine this "soft power" of ours and its successes.
Pakistan- Pakistanis love Bollywood but I am not sure that it would prevent them from nuking Mumbai if need be. That people who don't think that is the case work in the Indian government is a terrifying thought.
Sri Lanka- Hard power (LTTE) blew up in our faces or at least in Rajiv Gandhi's face.(what too soon?)
Soft power didn't stop SL Navy from killing and detaining Tamil fisherman and having the Chinese built a deep water port on the Indian Ocean. Goddamn you idiot Indian government ,its called Indian Ocean for a reason. If you cant even maintain naval autonomy in your own backyard that is named after your country then what good are you?
More than a thousand years ago Sindhu Mahasagar turned into the Arabian Sea due to Arab naval supremacy after the collapse of Hindu power in Sindh and Gujarat. There is no reason why the Chinese would insist on referring to the Indian Ocean henceforth as the Chinese Ocean
Bangladesh- Didn't stop the flow of illegal immigrants to India. As if India is just swimming in jobs.
India builds belated and brutal border fence. At least here soft power's fatal flaws are exposed.
Nepal- Soft power couldn't save the India friendly monarchy and now Nepal is on the verge of full blown Maoist takeover.
Bhutan- Buddhist monarchy friendly to India Expelled Hindus en masse. India did nothing
Burma- Buddhist military dictatorship.Expelled Hindus en masse. India did nothing
Malaysia- Revoked visa on arrival for Indians. Still available for Pakistanis. Tamil Hindus routinely discriminated against. India does nothing. Let us hear Soft Power roar!
I think we had enough evidence of the efficacy of "soft power". Soft power and other silly terms are thrown by people who either lack hard power or in the case of Indians have no idea what real power is and how it is to be wielded. Kautilya must be rolling his grave.... or he would be if he wasn't cremated.
Indians currently lack thumos. Thumos is a Greek word best translated as the quality that a dog possesses when it is backed into a corner. A ferocious survival spirit which translates in killer instinct.
It was not always this way. Our history is replete with heroic figures fighting invaders against overwhelming odds. Examples abound - the courageous Nandas, Mauryas and Mallas wars against the hitherto invincible Macedonians. The imperial Satavahanas smashed the power of the mighty Scythians
The indomitable Baladitya, Yashodharman and Guptas were victorious against the ferocious Huns.The various heroic,gallant and noble Andhra dynasties persisted over half a millennia in a long war against the cruel and relentless Turkic Muslims, never losing hope even after the fall of Vijayanagara and Nizams and Bahmanis setting up shop in their neighborhood. Their successors-the wiry ,tough and hardy Marathas brought down colossal Mughal empire which had become a byword for a powerful overlord in the English language
That's just to mention a few
So I am not of the school that Indians were always pushovers that is unfortunately rather popular. This is turn can become a self fulfilling prophecy when propagated by a thoroughly ignorant government, media and university system
It is a very sad state of affairs when Indians are so deluded that they mistake affection for respect.
They take the camp appeal of Bollywood in the West as proof that it can compete on Hollywood's turf.
When Indians benefit from American cost cutting measures in technology, finance, sales, marketing and other sectors, they foolishly think by eating scraps off the table they are a respectable dinner guest.
It wouldn't surprise me that if someone is stroking a kitten , an Indian would claim that the woman stroking the cute feline is doing so because she so respects the kitten.
Indians please: A pat on the head and a pinch on the cheek is not a handshake
We are not in the major leagues. We are barely in the Little League.
The first step to fixing a problem is admitting we have one. We have to acknowledge that India is a hellhole - a third world country and we aren't all what we are cracked up to be.
India is wounded civilization in the words of VS Naipaul and we are a damaged lot.
Often I think if democracy isn't quite what the doctor ordered....