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The Outrage of the Entitled: A Gentle Introduction

Author: Sandeep Balakrishna
Publication: Medium.com
Date: October 5, 2017
URL:   https://medium.com/the-deep-chronicles/the-outrage-of-the-entitled-a-gentle-introduction-77d1915985fb

Old beliefs and convictions have been erased
No light of new insight has emerged
Like the leper and the blind who move around in the familiar but fallen house
Is the world in turmoil — Mankutimma

That was how the legendary philosopher, statesman, and litterateur D V Gundappa lamented and warned Indians as early as the 1940s. The turmoil he refers to has since festered like a wound and has today become a national epidemic.

The period in question is significant. Few people today remember the kind of global and internal opposition that the British and similar colonial looters and genocidal empires faced. The story of that opposition needs to be retold because it has been largely eclipsed by the World War II catastrophe.

One important facet of that opposition was the exposes of the comprehensive rape of India by courageous Westerners like Will Durant and others. Paralleling this were leaders, thinkers, speakers, and writers in the West who reawakened to and genuinely regarded the multifaceted contribution of India to human civilisation. Needless, this awareness was the cumulative consequence of the work of giants like Swami Vivekananda, P V Kane, Ananda Coomaraswamy, D V Gundappa, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya, Sri Aurobindo, etc.

In summary, after India attained independence, the entire world looked towards her for moral, cultural, spiritual and philosophical guidance. It anticipated India to be a model nation which would take the lead in rebuilding its shattered soul and bruised body drawing from the inexhaustible well of her philosophical and civilisational inheritance.

Instead it got a pompous lecturer in Jawaharlal Nehru who toured the world, dropping self-righteous sermons on the virtues of good behaviour to the very countries who wanted India to succeed as a free nation. A 1959 opinion piece in The Gettysburg Times describes him thus:

Nehru is an old and conspicuous performer on the international stage…for the past ten years, Nehru has used his unique position to posture as the self-righteous apostle of neutralism.

Actually, Nehru has been of far more aid and comfort to the Red Chinese and the masters of the Kremlin…and though America has extended the wheat and other aids…he has had few kind words for the western alliance against Communism…

Nehru’s consistent refusal to take a stand against Russia’s ruthless treatment of Hungary…was so flagrant that it became an apology for communism and an encouragement for new aggressions. [Emphasis added]

Right there. India’s prestige and respect lay in tatters. Barely twelve years after independence. And it’s been a steep descent into another ever since.
Islands of Anti-Nationalism

But it’s the establishment of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the numero uno anti-nationalist hellhole that truly marks the apogee of this descent of India. From thereon, it has spawned thousands of similar anti-national islands across the nation in every sphere but most notably, in academic higher education.

It’s truly miraculous. A marvel of epic proportions that for example, an Ashoka University, funded majorly by arch-capitalists has advisors like Ram Guha, Christophe Jafferlot, P B Mehta etc whose record of bias towards a spurious version of secularism and antipathy for Hindu civilisational values is long and well-known.

The same observation holds true in varying degrees to various other institutions. Why for instance do violent eruptions occur on the campus of say, the IIT-Madras in the first place? Or more fundamentally, why should such conflicts occur on the hallowed campuses of learning, which the tradition of this nation regards as sacred?

Or why for instance do said capitalists and business houses fund their own long-term destruction by sponsoring Literature Festivals — now a thriving cottage industry — hosting ideologically-committed writers who feed off them?

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a free country and the said capitalists are free to choose who they wish to patronise or fund. But like everything in life, choice comes preloaded with consequence.

Case in point: the avalanche of tinged outrage against the recent, tragic murder of Gauri Lankesh, which, within hours of her death, declared that “Hindutva forces” or variants thereof as the guilty party. The selfsame Ram Guha was among the first responders nonchalantly hurling this charge. Realistically speaking, it’s much less about the charge itself than the underlying, perverse mindset that’s frightening. It’s a pattern that self-perpetuates and repeats itself in the realms of both time and space.

Yet again, the selfsame Ramachandra Guha put out the selfsame templatesque narrative supporting the notorious “Bharat tere tukde tukde honge” Kanhaiya Kumar, and the intellectually deficient child, Gurmehar Kaur.

On her part, the late Gauri Lankesh had “adopted” Kanhaiya Kumar as a son.

We’re truly living in a lite version of the nightmarish 1984 world.

Yet, when such wolf-pack “intellectuals” and their fellow-travellers are countered, they instantly take refuge in “freedom of speech” and hit back with greater outrage before eventually slinking away. But in all humility, it appears that our collective wisdom seems to miss a fundamental truth: freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from accountability. And this is precisely why these eminences continue their rampage of convenient and selective outrage. It’s an insanity that seemingly has no end.

It is the Outrage of the Entitled.
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