Someone having a Midas touch means that he has the magical power to turn anything he touches into gold. On the contrary, there are those who have the material power to convert anything they touch into dross and dust. This latter description fits snugly in respect of those who are ruling the oldest and the largest democracies right now.
Just hark back to how the elemental destruction wrought by the former in distant lands extending from Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere to Afghanistan is ably matched by those in power closer home. Part of this evil is to be seen in their frenzy to impose their own idea of a “robust and powerful” country by riding roughshod over large sections of the society on the one hand – including a complete immiseration and subjugation of its people in Kashmir – while acting like a big bully towards her neighbours in the region.
The whole world is seen to be looking at the India of today in utter disbelief, coming across as it does, as a country that has lost its elan, its international standing, the promise it was beginning to hold out to emerge as the fourth largest economy and above all a long-held view of it as a society where ahimsa, diversity and tolerance used to be the catch phrases capturing its social and political ethos. Which is also why it’s going overboard in highlighting issues around the world where it has left a lot to be desired in setting its own house in order.
This is particularly so in reference to reports of repression of Muslims in the Xinjiang province of China by the State and India’s attempts to highlight that as discrimination against the Uighur Muslims. Let me hasten to add that the Head of the State across the border does not paint himself in glory either by choosing to gloss over this issue, even as the fact remains that his taciturnity over the issue though largely understandable, comes across as unjustifiable and that for all that we know, reveals his compulsions more than his compromise on the issue.
As opposed to this, what baffles me no ends are the deafening noises being raised by the Indian govt and its Godi media on how Muslims are being treated in China. In their case, this breast beating by India has nothing to do with their concern for the rights and plight of minorities living in different parts of the world as it has lost the locus standi to raise high decibel uproar on such issues in view of its treatment of minorities in the country. The awful track record, in particular of the present Indian political dispensation, shows not only a new trend but new ways of unleashing violence upon the Muslims of India who are being harassed, isolated and demonised for the simple reason that they happen to be espousing a different faith than that of the majority.
One can’t make sense of the pretense that their heart bleeds for those who are on the receiving end of the Chinese angst in the Xinjiang province of China. And this at a time when india stands on par with, and at times even worse off than China, in terms of the systematic dehumanisation of certain sections of their societies. To wit, just watch out for what they are up to in their blitzkrieg in Kashmir, especially on and in the aftermath of Aug.5th, 2019. One wonders what right does India or the Indian media have to talk about these gruesome acts by the Chinese, when its own track record on the inhuman treatment of Muslims in India in recent years remains among the blackest spots on an otherwise egalitarian ethos of this country.
Apart from this, an idea of this hypocrisy may be had from how India has, as a matter of its foreign policy, chosen to look the other way when far more serious instances involving genocide of Muslims are being reported on a regular basis from Israel against the Palestinians or against the Rohingya Muslims by Mayanmar. It’s all because right now it suits the Indian narrative just well to demonise China on its treatment of Muslims, even as it had remained mum all along in the past while such acts involving shabby treatment of Muslims in China were being reported in the international media every now and then. So much hypocrisy – that is too much for the taking?
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