To begin with, this article has no intention of defaming anyone. What it seeks to do, is to come up with a comprehensive theory that explains certain phenomena. It seeks to unravel the underlying link between certain trends and events, both ongoing and from the past. The theory may seem radical in certain areas, but new facts which back it up emerge every day. If some of us perceive the world around us in a different light, it is only fair that the awareness about an alternative point of view be spread.
The Left Wing Cartel – Issues discussed in Media: It is interesting to look at the kind of issues that the mainstream has been dealing with in the last few months. Eminent personalities, most of them Leftists returned their awards protesting instances of the union government’s inability to reign in fringe elements. The secular leaders of our country landed in Hyderabad to protest the rampant casteist oppression in Modi’s India. Parliament was stalled on several pertinent pretexts, like how the Congress president and vice-president were being wrongly accused and selectively targeted by law enforcement agencies. The media diligently reported all of this.
The Left Wing Cartel – Modi’s Achievments overlooked: If we are to look at some of the Modi government’s successes- highways, rural electrification, democratization of banking and several other things- we cannot help but wonder if the vibes emanated by our mainstream would have been as negative if all of this was achieved by a Congress prime minister. We cannot help but wonder if the state governments would be rightly blamed for failures of law and order instead of the union government, or if we would have witnessed a debate on intolerance at all. It is entirely possible that a suicide would have been perceived as a suicide as opposed to a ‘dalit suicide’. If Kejriwal would have been in Mr. Modi’s place, it is possible that the media would sing laurels about how the rate of communal violence has reduced. If Rahul Gandhi was in Mr. Modi’s place, maybe every credible opinion maker would have been elated with the government’s performance.
The reason we think things would have been different if it was another government taking these very steps, is because there exists an undeniable bias in the Indian mainstream. Facts and figures are out there for people to see. A simple web search can tell us that communal violence has reduced or that Rohith Vemula’s suicide and Dalit oppression remain unconnected. CCTV footage can bring to our notice that the supposed church attacks were petty thefts. When you have Hindus getting killed for being Hindus, or jihadis running a portion of West Bengal like their personal fiefdom, the least one can expect from the mainstream is to take notice. But parameters and standards seem to have changed. It is as if strict guidelines about what to look at and what not to, which line to take and which not, have been enforced.
The Left Wing Cartel’s fear of a strong Right Wing Government: This inconsistency of our mainstream came to light strongly after the country got a powerful right wing government. The logical inference is that this emergence of the right wing through democratic means has ruffled some feathers. Some forces seem desperate to thwart the current establishment’s nationalist agenda. Extrapolating this inference further, what these forces represent and what their objectives may be also seem quite clear. After our British colonizers bade us goodbye, our politics has been dominated by one party for the most of sixty-six years. The party in turn has been dominated by one family. The country’s intelligentsia and media have been part of the ecosystem that formed around this party and family. A majority right wing government wielding the same power that the family wielded not too long ago, controlling the same institutions that the family controlled, is perceived by this ecosystem as a major threat. It stands to lose its significance completely. A battle for survival, for status quo, is what it is fighting.
Neocolonialism is defined as the practice of using capitalism and cultural imperialism to dominate a country, as opposed to using military or political means. This concept came into being when humanity ‘collectively’ made some cosmetic changes to ‘humanize’ itself and decided to perceive colonialism as regressive. But has anyone ever wondered how a neo-monarchy would look? Couldn’t it be defined as one dynasty’s practice of institutionalizing certain mentalities and psychologies to dominate a democratic country? And more importantly, isn’t this what we have seen for the greater part of our post-independence history?
The Left Wing Cartel’s systematic control of Education: The British knew at the beginning of their occupation that in order to make their subjects believe in their supremacy, they would have to penetrate the education system and mold generation after generation in a particular way. They knew that they would have to project themselves not as colonizers but as a progressive class which was here not to exploit but to enlighten India. The Congress seems to have known this as well. Their advantage was that they had more methods, institutions and legitimacy to spread the message. Their disadvantage was that they had to work within a democratic framework. Maybe this isn’t fair, but in a sense this was India’s third major round of occupation.
Perceiving the Congress as just another political party and being critical of them in certain areas, is one thing. Understanding their game is quite another. History books, always written by the victors, showed them in good light. Education institutions imparted their message. National awards institutionalized their way of thinking. The media sang their tunes. There was infinite appeasement coupled with zero empowerment. Regional satraps, their own and their friends, cashed in on this game. Only when they went overboard with the plunder did people wake up from this institutionalized slumber.
For them, electoral defeats have always been minor setbacks. They knew that the dents they had made were deep enough, and that eventually everyone would come crawling back to them. But 2014 was different. Every empire reaches a tipping point, and they seemed to have reached theirs. Hence the ecosystem’s desperation.
In the next few weeks we will examine how they went about programming mass mentality. We will look at different spheres of life which they subtly spiked to forward their own interests. Revelations of the Bose files, historical (re)discoveries by Sanjeev Sanyal and many such things point to the ecosystem running on complex and multi-pronged mechanisms. We will try our best to make sense of them. Do watch this space.