Agreed with Saif , though the Hindutva hate media is not the only hate media present. One can also see a large number of Left-leaning hate media too (sadly which is not seen by Left-liberals in the same light) , starting from Dalit Voice , Milligazette , the Dravidian groups using “the Aryan Invasion” as a political tool or even worse openly calling for Eradication of Hinduism. The truth is they all feed of each other. Its like the Hindutva Monsters vs all the minion monsters. Untill , the Left-Liberals also avoid pandering to these groups , while fighting the “Internet Hindus”, it is actually never going to end ; since the Internet Hindus have created an exaggerated image of Hindu persecution using the twisted theories of these groups and this vicious cycle continues.
In this environment , it is more difficult to propagate liberal views among Hindus or even make a polite criticism of Hinduism (say Hinduism is a recent religion or Hindus ate beef) ; because the moment you start arguing they declare the opponent , anti-Hindu ; conflating the latter to belong to any of the anti-Hindu section. This is despite when one calls himself a “Hindu culturally” and avoids popular slogans like “Destroying Hinduism” etc. But at the end when we talk about Online Hate , the Hindutvadis are not the only one involved here ; groups and authors equating Hindus to Fascists or Hinduism (instead of Hindutva) itself to Fascism , also play a role in this cycle of hate.
Guest Post by SAIF AHMAD KHAN
The year 2004 saw the Indian electorate defying the verdict of psephologists by voting out the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre. The fundamental reason behind the defeat of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government was the slogan of “India Shining” which was perceived by the voters to be nothing more than a poll gimmick as millions of ordinary Indians were trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty and struggling due to high inflation.
However, a decade after 2004, one has reason to believe that “India Shining” was a blessing in disguise for the BJP. Traditionally, BJP was an anti-technology party owing to its Swadeshi leanings. When computer technology was being introduced by the Rajiv Gandhi government during the 1980s, the socialist parties opposed the move and argued that mechanization would lead to unemployment. The Sang Parivar echoed similar sentiments.
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