Kanhaiya’s profundity – 1984 was no 2002
There is something called Godwin’s law. Though it revolves around politics website and internet discussions, it is absolutely applicable outside as well. It says, as a discussion on internet stretches, the probability of having a mention of Hitler approaches 1. It has a familiar corollary,’ once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress.’ This is keeping in mind the fact that the opponent has run out of ammunition, and is quoting-comparing Hitler as a last, desperate resort.
Mani Shankar Aiyar at a book launch in India Islamic Centre had compared Modi with Hitler. Sitaram Yechuri has already done it. Not to mention likes of Digvijay Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Nitish Kumar and an unknown Shiv Sena mayor who followed suit. Artist-Intellectual Nandita Das is an add-on. To this list, the recent addition is Kanhaiya Kumar. He not just compared Modi to Hitler, but also described this central rule as Fascism. But his erudite words that said 1984 (Anti Sikh Pogrom) was different from 2002 (Gujarat Riots) were pure gold. He is giving tough competition to Rahul Gandhi in stupidity as days pass.
So this guy, who is apparently doing doctoral in African studies whose mother earns Rs3000, has a paralyzed father is actually travelling to cities on airplanes. Before we move ahead to think how 1984 was no 2002, if it was, an important question arises. Why should I waste my precious time on this good-for-nothing man? Why should I even ask a reader to go through our views about a person who is more like Kim Kardashian of Indian Politics – famous for being famous? The common refrain from people of my ilk always repulsed from even mentioning Kanhaiya’s name as I always believed I had something better to do.
Only till the time reality struck. Sample this, ‘Kanhaiya speech in Pune scheduled for April’ – (The Hindu March 28). ‘JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar gives blistering speech … ‘ (The Hindu March 04). There are many such headlines in top political news sites, giving impetus to him from various publications. [Though I have been reading publications by Kasturi & sons (The Hindu, Frontline etc) for last five years for particular reasons, I have profound opinions about the group. Just like TOI sell journalism every day for money and readership, The Hindu has always done it for their ideology.] When you see MSM lapping up the new joker on the bloc, trying to make him a hero for reasons like his ‘bravery shown against Modi’, ’Propensity to fight against Brahmanism, against class division’ and other such lame and dilettante observations; it becomes important to counter the narrative. Leftists’ failed attempts to make first Rahul Gandhi and then Kejriwal the answer to right wing proliferation culminating in a thumping victory for BJP, had created a vacuum which they are desperate to fill with Kanhaiya. It becomes important to call Kanhaiya’s bluffs, to counter him, and to show him his true place foiling MSM’s attempts to brand him as a genuine political leader. To (mis)quote Ramadhir Singh from GoW, ‘Just like Iron hacks Iron, only derision of an idiot would nullify an idiot’s extolling. [Please note – Adjective ‘Idiot’ has been used as a replacement for a famous Hindi adjective starting with ‘Ch’, which could not be done due to Community Standards. Apologies sought.]
Coming back to his golden words “ 1984 was no 2002 ”which differentiated, in his imaginary world, 1984 anti-Sikh riots with 2002 Gujarat riots, are completely wrong because of the premise it is built upon. His assertion that 2002 was state sponsored and 1984 ‘just a reaction’ is laughable to us – the unaffected, and contemptuous to the ones who actually suffered. People who saw Congress high command supervising the mass slaughter which amounted to ethnic cleansing in some pockets, would teach him what is not ‘a mob frenzy’. Irony here being, supporters of Kanhaiya’s judgement that 1984 was ‘ just a mob frenzy’ are the same who pulled out their candles for marches, and returned their apparently prestigious awards for another mob frenzy – in Dadri.
Acts of violence are to be condemned. Assassination of Indira Gandhi cannot be a justification of massacre of innocents Sikhs. Ruthless burning of 56 Hindu KarSevaks in their sleep by Muslims baying for blood cannot be a justification for violence that ensued. As a matter of fact, post Godhra riots saw more than a fourth of the casualties being Hindus. It remains a crucial question – Who killed the Hindus if it was a state – sponsored act as alleged by this buffoon who struggles to decide what freedom he is sloganeering for! Most of the Hindus killed were by police firing. I am pretty sure Kanhaiya would be unaware of the fact of which government controls the police; else he would not have attributed intolerance as the facet of central government, as his insinuations speak.
Such spate of violence cannot be without people in power. On being found guilty, Maya Kodnani – a minister in Gujarat government – was awarded 28 years of imprisonment and rightly so. This was advocated by Gujarat government who also asked for her death penalty, only to renege on it later.
1984 was no 2002, Right in a way but not in the way Kanhaiya Thinks
But, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, both were give clean chits by Congress government controlled CBI in 2009. This is probably the biggest difference between 1984 and 2002, which Kanhaiya comfortably ignores while making a statement as ludicrous as 1984 was no 2002. It remains unknown whether this ignorance stems from his illiteracy, or an outcome of his pea-sized brain.
It often becomes important to discuss trivial individuals and groups who make a mockery of civil discussions and importance of state nation. There is this journalist named Om Thanvi who commands following on Facebook for his hatred of Modi and BJP. Then there is some nonsensical guy active on Facebook named Mahesh Murthy who called BJP as Bl*w-Job Party. Kanhaiya belongs to the same class. Unable to counter stellar work of the Modi government with reasoning, they would stoop to any level to vomit their hatred. It is important to not just name them, but also shame them.