“Declare India a Hindu Rashtra in which non-Hindus can vote only if they proudly acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus”This doesn’t work for me. I short out here. I don’t know what happens in the article past this line, because I have dismissed the speaker, closed the tab and gone elsewhere. Educating is one thing and insisting on a thought is another. I am also a strong proponent about getting rid of religion from public life completely, including such demands or their opposite assurances. Or whatever. Any religion is discriminatory against me in public, seeing as how I am atheist :p . And what do you “teach” in Hinduism anyway? The epics are as good as literature, and the thoughts and even scriptures are so varied, what do you teach and standardize? Is that even fair to Hinduism itself? And why at all must a state get into all this. There are better ways of creating a unifying factor. Try media. It is totally messed up. Tidied, it can lead to excellent social messages in a far more palatable way. Anyway, that is a different situation totally from now. He has a reputation for being outrageous, which is totally fine. Just yesterday, I was praising Raj Thackeray – even while criticizing the methods he uses. Outrageous, I can live with. Heck, I identify better with it. However, there are a few things I appreciate about Subramanian Swamy or @swamy39 as he is on Twitter. For one, in a crowd that seems to thrive on calling the Congress and Sonia names (abuse included) he put his money where his mouth is – with the 2g Scam, other ways too and now this. In my eyes, it isn’t a matter of whether he is wrong or right. We have courts precisely for that reason. My adding my judgment to the mess – particularly without studying and independently verifying them (for which I lack resources) would – as any reader here knows – go against my style of operating. Read my support page for my ideas on forming opinions based on another’s thoughts. Read that page anyway for a better thinking life. However, it is not required for me to call his claims real or fake. The good I see happening with this complaint is multi-pronged:
- It follows a legal way of addressing a perceived wrong rather than media lynchings and hate mongering.
- It will lead to an understanding and conclusion of the subject rather than festering polarization and ugliness.
- It is an action of “speaking up and acting to best ability when harm to the country is spotted” something I and this blog advocate unhesitatingly and hold in the highest regard in terms of service to the country.
- It is a far more efficient action of fixing problems, because it intervenes at a sensitive point in our system, where least change will bring most results.
Democracy runs on public debate ~ @Swamy39This is it – the golden thought. This one will probably do time as the tagline of the blog when I get in the mood for change. So here I stand. His complaint has my support, though the jury is still out on if he as a person has my support. I don’t support people that easily and my support anyway means no “loyalty”, since unlike most Indians, I am still free to criticize anyone, including those I support. Coming to the end of the story, the complaint Subramanian Swamy has filed against Sonia has still to be registered as an FIR, but it is up on rediff and most certainly worth a look because it offers a nuanced insight into communal dynamics.
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Vidyut has a keen interest in mass psychology and using it as a lens to understand contemporary politics, social inequality and other dynamics of power within the country. She is also into Linux and internet applications and servers and has sees technology as an important area India lacks security in.
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