All Around the Mulberry Bush

21 Sep

Haven’t we been here before? That’s what I thought all last week whenever I switched on the television, logged on to the internet or picked up a newspaper. Financial crash, terror strikes, bigotry at full cry, and politics as usual.

Should I even bother to write about this anymore? Because I really have nothing new to say but: terrorism is bad, punishing innocents for crimes of others is bad, targeting citizens of own country is bad, politicians putting politics first is bad, and would somebody please give me a head’s up before we go back to the barter system because I’d like to learn an useful trade like carpentry or weed-farming before that, thanks.

I mean, do you really need me to chip in and confirm that yes, the world’s going to hell in a handbasket? What’s the point? Consider:

Naxalites attack common citizenry all along the center and east coast of India. Thousands have died, including policemen and other state officials. Their attacks don’t make the news the way attacks by jihadi groups do (because that would mean someone, somewhere would have to actually admit there’s a fucking problem), but it can be argued that they are by far more dangerous because they’re fellow Indians, fighting the Indian government, recruiting from and attacking Indian citizens across religions, caste and regional lines.

Who knew their biggest strike would be against an octogenarian Swami that nobody had heard of?

So, in reply, the Bajrang Dal and other Sangh Parivar-minded people are burning churches and attacking Christians in Orissa, as well as incidental bystanders like orphans. Why? Because the Swami thought the Christians were out to get him and because the Maoists frequently recruit from the local Christian populace (which, like most Naxal recruitment pools, is dirt poor and were once lower-caste Hindus), so the conspiracy theory was A) The Maoists are basically Christians in commie robes who need to be taught a lesson, failing which B) The Maoists must have carried out the hit to “please” their Christian base who need to be taught a lesson.

Are you surprised? After what their like did to Graham Staines and his children?

Taking heart from their brethren in Orissa, the activities spread south and now it’s Karnataka’s turn. In case you’re feeling left out, don’t worry. Given how the Indian government works, by the time everybody’s done wringing their hands, the jolly fellows will be whooping it up in your neighborhood too.

So let’s see, we have Pakistan going up in flames next door (which a number of idiots apparently find pleasing because all India needs right now is an unstable nuclear-armed state camped on its doorstep with American forces establishing bases in it, while China looks on belligerently), Indians are setting up jihadi outfits and bombing shopping centres, Sri Lanka’s civil war continues to simmer and boil, Nepal is a shining example of success to every Naxal outfit in India… and conversion to Christianity is the big threat the Sangh Parivar would like to battle.

Because, if a poor person finds things like self-respect, education, and dignity, all achievable in this life instead of one several lifetimes from now attractive, then there must be some kind of trick in it obviously. Poor people – such idiots really. It’s like they don’t know what’s good for them. Like they can’t think for themselves.

What can one say to that, really?

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Posted by on September 21, 2008 in Life, Politics


4 responses to “All Around the Mulberry Bush

  1. Sawan

    September 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    “Who knew their biggest strike would be against an octogenarian Swami that nobody had heard of?”

    just out of curiosity.. who told you that the swami was killed by naxalites?

  2. Amrita

    September 22, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    It’s right there in his wiki entry. And here’re a couple more links to read up:

    India Today has a bit of context and history:

    Cnn-IBN has a straight up news report:

  3. Sachita

    September 23, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Have you noticed how orissa only figures in such news item?

    never for anything good.

    One should use god only for personal grants such as lindt chocolate to apple iphone, god doesn;t like to be used in any other context.

  4. Amrita

    September 23, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Sachita -I’m very disappointed with naveen Patnaik. I don’t know why, but after reading his sister’s work I expected him to be somehow better than what he has proven himself to be again and again. And now they have floods. All they need!

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