By: Shachi Rairikar
August 04, 2006
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One of the biggest tragedies that have befallen the nation in the post
independence era is the class of the so-called intellectuals, who would go
to any extent to earn themselves laurels even if it requires denigrating
their own motherland.
Arundhati Roy who has already been made an international figure by being
rewarded the Booker’s Prize, now seems to be eyeing for more international
recognition. Recently, during a book reading function in New York, Roy
surprised the audience as she stopped reading her award winning book
midway and said she wanted to speak on an issue, which had been bothering
her for quite some time. Amidst frequent clapping, she told the audience
that, “The biggest PR myth of all times is that India is a democracy. In
reality, it is not.”
Had India not been a democracy Roy would not have been able to bargain
insult of her motherland for international fame and publicity. India is a
democracy and in a democracy every individual has the right to voice his
opinion, but India is also one national family and it is expected that the
family issues are not taken to strangers for redress. Had Roy been
genuinely concerned about the state of democracy in India without caring
for laurels, she could have voiced her reservations on appropriate forums
in India. The Indian media, which is predominantly controlled by the same
forces to which Roy owes allegiance, would have been overwhelmingly
obliged to air her views.
Roy sighted the cases of Kashmir and the North-eastern states to prove her
point that India is not democratic. It seems that in her perception India
is not one single nation, as she finds the presence of the Indian army in
Kashmir and the North-eastern states akin to the US occupation of Iraq.
She feels that India is “one of the leading experts” in “occupation” and
that “the occupation of Kashmir has taken place over years”. She pointed
out that in Kashmir Valley alone some 80,000 people have been killed and
there are some 7,00,000 military personnel. Assuming that the given
statistics is correct, what Roy did not dare to mention is the blood bath
that would have prevailed had the Indian military not been present in the
Valley. Though she termed the presence of the Indian military in Kashmir
and the North-east, which is doing its level best to ensure peace in the
violence-hit areas, as “occupation”, Roy had nothing to say against the
jehadis in Kashmir and the church sponsored separatists in the North-east
whose hands are smeared with the blood of countless innocent men, women
and children. It is obvious that Roy endorses Musharraf’s viewpoint in the
matter, that the violent terrorists are “freedom fighters”. No wonder a
few years ago, Roy had defended and supported SAR Geelani who was accused
of attack on the Parliament and anti-national activities.
Speaking on the Narmada dam issue, Roy used the language often used by the
Christian missionaries and the UN calling the tribals the “indigenous
people”. The concept of “indigenous people”, though applicable to the
other parts of the world like Africa, Australia, North and South America,
does not apply to India. The native Indians in America, the aboriginals in
Australia, the pygmies in Africa, were the original inhabitants of the
respective lands but when the white man from Europe went to these lands,
he conquered violently and unethically, rendering the indigenous people a
deplorable minority. But this is not the case with India. In India from
times immemorial the so-called vanvasi and non-vanvasi populations have
been co-existing. There is no evidence of any white “Aryan” race coming
from foreign lands and invading the black “Dravidian” race of the original
inhabitants, a myth formulated by Max Muller. The latest archaeological
and historical discoveries have proved that Aryan-Dravidian myth
conceptualized and propagated by the British was a deliberate attempt to
divide the Indian population.
India has, time and again, asserted that it is one indigenous people
implying one undivided nation. But that does not go well with the church
which is an instrument of continued western imperialism. Right from the
days of the British Raj, the church with its evil divisive designs has
been propagating that the Vanvasis are the indigenous people and
instigating them to liberate themselves from the rule of the “Aryan
invaders” which often results into violent separatist movements as can be
witnessed in the North-east.
While Roy painted a very horrendous picture of the Gujarat riots where
1,00,000 Muslim minority (again one wonders the source and authenticity of
the figure) were forced to flee their homes, there was not even a mention
of the 4,00,000 Kashmiri pundit minority that has been forced to live as
refugees in their own country for the last fifteen years.
In front of the international audience, Roy took utmost care in her
statements to be politically correct, correct in the context of
international polity, not the national polity. Probably the natural desire
to maintain the status of international personality made her speak the
language that would appeal to her western masters.
It is only because of India’s liberal democratic nature that elements like
Roy, who are compensated by their paymasters in the west, are tolerated.
Thanks to the large chunk of the so-called liberal media that thrives
mainly on resources that come from the west, the likes of Roy, instead of
being exposed, are projected as modern, liberal, heroes who because of
their westernized, sophisticated ways become the objects of admiration and
emulation for the Indian youth which, following the legacy of Macaulay,
sees everything that is coming from the west as ideal.
The nexus of such fraudulent intellectuals and the sold media is an
effective and easy tool in the hands of the western imperialists for the
smooth implementation of their hideous agenda.
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