Opinions and biases

Give an Indian something to philosophize and you can bet your whole life on him giving an opinion. A funny ad may put things in the perspective:

Case in point: Sheela Bhatt’s article -the latest bit of superlative intellectual opinion – the masterpiece opinions from a professor of JNU Ghanshyam Shah-jee. According to him, these blasts are “not exclusively” a backlash against the 2002 Gujarat riots of 2002. According to him, “natural processes” did not happen post-riots in Gujarat (And that is perhaps what Modi had referred to, in his speech on Newtons 3rd law. (Every action ….). It is strange that Prof. Shah had then criticized it back then). According to him, Gujarati Muslims showed “diffidence” – restraint by not backlashing against the majority. And how did he conclude that? Because, according to him there was no fight back instigated by the Muslim community!!! Ta-da!! (No, not TADA)

Sheela Bhatt added her bit in reminding us that >1000 muslims had died during the riots (while the report tabled by the UPA govt gave a completely different number. And oh, she forgot to add that a few Hindus dies too – some 300 odd I think apart from the 56 that were burnt alive- which instigated the whole thing in the first place. And I could never stop wondering how in a setup (purported to be) so much against the minority, 300 Hindus died. Even phantom would have to sweat it out to kill 300 people that are against him when, as the commies fantasize, even the State, the Police and the majority were against him.

Prof Shah seemed to be unaware of this too. But there is the number he was looking for. His baseless argument on the “diffidence” of the Muslim community – goes right out of the window.

What was more funny though is the following:

To further support his argument that Gujarati Muslims by and large do not support the blasts to avenge the riots of 2002, he says, “In 1992, Surat witnessed communal riots (some Muslims were then burnt alive). Soon after, the plague spread in the city. At that time, Surti Muslims in the city were heard saying, ‘Khuda e sajha kari’ (God has punished them). But after the 2002 riots, I see an unusually high level of diffidence in them and we don’t hear such remarks.”

Given the ripe old age and the selective listening that he has been a victim of, since childhood (as conceded by him) we can understand his hatred (politically correct word would be bias, but in Kuntry land, you get Kuntree words) against “Brahmins” (the spin word for Hindu) in intellectual circles.

When a professor of JNU tells me his argument espouses from his field experiences where he “did not hear such remarks”, it reminds me of our very own madams second-best-selling article (link to refutation by Balbir Punj) on Gujarat riots. These “experiences” are even hard to come by from religion (i.e., opium of the masses). It must be something better that they smoke.

But, then the former Prof of JNU has a twist in the tale: Professor Shah argues that when the Muslim community lives in isolation and in ghettos, it is easier for outsiders to get a handful of people to support their activity.

Apparently the prof did not listen to these “handful” of rioters. What stupid argument is the “I dont hear anything like ‘that'” and in the same breath you talk of the “isolation and ghettos” that the community lives in?

Its about drawing lines, life is. Some people see a set of points and then fit a line to it. Some others draw a line and fit points to suit their lines. I, unfortunately, am good at MS excel.

It is sad in the context of barbaric acts we need to mend things to suit our bias and that too from a professor – Shame on such intellectuals.


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One Response to “Opinions and biases”

  1. kowsik Says:

    I thought the total number was around 1000 with a 70-30 split in the percentage. “>1000” and “3 days” are now a part of the fundamentalistic (ideological) lexicon along with words like “Hitler” and “fascist”. What is new in this article, though, is that this author admits that the Sabarmati express was ‘set on fire’, unlike Somini Sengupta who writes in NYT:
    In 2002, a train fire that killed several dozen Hindus led to the killing of 1,000 Muslims over several days, one of the worst outbreaks of religious violence in India’s history.

    I don’t think Lalu will be too happy about this.

    Professor Shah says there was a surprise when after the violence of the majority, the minority community did not show their anger “in natural process.”

    WTF!!! Was this violence by the majority? For this guy’s dreams to come true, Modi will have to do a Gandhi. Muslims in Bihar are ‘diffident’, Hindus in Kashmir are what, oh sorry, they don’t exist. I guess I should straightaway crib to the hinting at bullying, can’t find analogies here.

    As an aside, how many times do these guys want to ‘take revenge for 2002’, over the last 7 years, that has been their only crib.

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