Award Returnees Dislike Indian Voters

The swelling outpouring of angst about alleged calamities being visited by Narendra Modi on India…

The swelling outpouring of angst about alleged calamities being visited by Narendra Modi on India are unlikely to be coordinated, but clearly each one is inciting others. This is a bemusing puzzle.

The fact of the matter is that nothing, absolutely nothing, tumultuous has been happening in India during his 18 months in office. On the contrary, one could make a case that some rather good things have occurred, not least Modi’s purposive foreign forays, which are predictably being trashed by some in the Opposition.

A complex India, made nigh impossible to govern and steer, thanks to the most outrageous behaviour of a defunct Opposition and its minions in the media, is also moving forward painfully into a better and more developed future.

Sahitya Akademi Award winner Sarah Joseph who has decided to return the award.

The not very distinguished Sahitya Academy prize returnees, usually those who won preferment for services to the Congress party and its first family, are not really worthy of comment. Others of supposed apparent greater distinction are echoing their complaints too, about endangerment of India’s diversity and tolerance, but closer examination of their personal antecedents suggests commonplace motivation. One recalls the admonition of Dr. Watson, the Bishop of Landaff, for indulging in the rancour and malignity of disappointed hope!

The one tragic and shameful event that has undoubtedly occurred is the mob lynching of a Dadri Muslim man accused of consuming beef. However, that ghastly episode turns out to be as much about theft of cattle and animus between neighbours as the inflammatory case being made out about Hindu intolerance of beef consumption.

Somehow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is supposed to take responsibility for the behaviour of the mob in a state infamous for its lawlessness and where 5,000 murders occurred in a year.

A partisan media is also straining to pin responsibility on Hindu extremists for the murder of two writer-activists for their supposed ‘rationalistic’ critique of Hinduism though much of it is plain ugly abuse.

Some comments on Hindu idolatry made by one of these unfortunate murder victims were deeply offensive  but nothing could justify their murder although they would have merited the death sentence in almost any Muslim country, but let that pass.

Yet, their distressing murders, by as yet unknown assailants, are being attributed to the permissive backdrop supposedly created by Narendra Modi’s election as prime minister of India.

No arrests have yet been made in the non BJP states where these crimes occurred, but alleged Hindu extremists are already being blamed. And the prime minister is, again, accused of inducing them to commit murder. As the Americans say, give us a break!

Yet, the awakening of conscience to condemn supposed failings of the elected government, implicitly repudiating the very legitimacy of Indian democracy, is clearly a tad selective.

There is little record of hand wringing and distraught condemnation of the nation and the supposed dark propensities of the civilisation of its majority before foreign audiences at every opportunity, when the Congress had directly sponsored an astonishing pogrom in its capital city in 1984.

But of course that was the responsibility of India’s ennobled first family and its Cambridge educated scion, not the unwashed hoi polloi majority. Nor were Indian civilisation and its ineffable diversity and tolerance endangered when an entire population was violently expelled from their homeland in the Kashmir valley.

More poignantly, the recent murder of a young man for his love for a member of the minority community, also hacked to death, by her own brothers, was not an occasion for the fraudulent dismay now on selective display.

Many more incidents, no less appalling than the reprehensible lynching of Dadri, have not prompted the breast beating that is being used to impugn a prime minister, whose rejection of communal violence is unambiguous.

Quite clearly, murder and mayhem is not the issue at all, but how to demonise the prime minister and the alleged extremists he is deemed to represent.

It is well to remember how the media and its political patrons within the country and abroad whipped up a frenzy, not long ago, about attacks on Christians and their places of worship since proven to be manufactured in every single instance.

Yet the most prominent and privileged members of that minority community were falling over themselves to demonise alleged extremists of the majority community and the prime minister and his government for acts to which neither had any connection.

Professor Shireen Moosvi, like her colleague, the redoubtable putative Muslim ‘Marxist’ historian, Irfan Habib, has tender concerns about the falsification of history by Hindutva protagonists. Yet they and their stalwart eminent historian colleagues curbed research of alternative narratives, preventing the training of historians equipped to reflect.

But they have always had an agenda, which has been to deploy a shamefully corrupted concept of secularism to legitimate a conquered India’s appalling historical experience.

Professor Shireen Moosvi

Professor Moosvi’s performance in court over Ayodhya exposed her infidelity to historical truth, whence she shamelessly contradicted herself.* Her whinge represents a well practiced modus vivendi of a cabal of ‘eminent historians’ for the greater good of the nation, namely, the vindication of every detail of India’s Islamic past and fabrications about its earlier history.

One of them has now penned a tome on the splendid merits of Mahmud of Ghazni, an iconoclastic destroyer with few equals. They ought to be reassure themselves that assertions about the veracity of India’s epics are, at worst, a harmless diversion, though they may yet turn out to be vindicated in the future as partly of historical origin, like Troy was in 1870.

In the meantime, Professor Shireen Moosvi’s forensic skills as a historian might be deployed to investigate more contemporary events like the twenty year long series of communications of the Almighty with a seventh century Arab trader that a vast swathe of humanity regard as inviolably true.

Professor Shireen Moosvi’s earnest researches and that of her thoughtful colleagues are well-placed to demonstrate the implausibility of such asserted musings, directly responsible for inspiring horrific criminality, as we speak, which includes genocide, mass rape, slavery and terrifying beheadings.

It would be dignified to leave long suffering Hindus to their frenetic research into the historicity of their epics and their religious texts since neither enjoins horrendous crimes that are rocking humanity to its core and threatening worse.

And leave the prime minister to get on with the job that he earnestly wishes to do, of bringing prosperity, creating jobs establishing security and cultural renewal to the nation, saddled too long with vacuous promises and failure.


Dr. Gautam Sen is President, World Association of Hindu Academicians and Co-director of the Dharmic Ideas and Policy Foundation. He taught international political economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science for over two decades.
  • IndiannotAmused

    Bihar is a wake-up call……….rein in the foreign funded media or face oblivion.

  • Aloo

    Gautamji, I would like to ask you a question about one of your other articles. [Also – delighted to see you active (after quite some time!)]. May I ask you a question about another article of yours, on this particular page? Thanks.


    Terrible article, all a bunch of opinions stated as fact.

    1.Prove that this Shireen Moosvi (obviously a made up name) actually exists and the photo isn’t of some Hindutvaadi fanatic posing as her

    2.prove that this alleged court where she allegedly gave testimony is real and not some RSS fake built to malign Marxists

    3.Where’s the evidence for these so called horrendous crimes rocking humanity to its core?

    This is just three things , everything else is also lies. Everyone can see how much murder and destruction MOdi has caused in just 18 months, if you claim he hasn’t you have to prove it. But don’t abuse.

    • Badal

      Listen you are here just to bark . When the fact is presented you question the veracity – on the other hand you are wiling to buy structured propaganda and hidden agenda of devious groups like Media and the Nehruvian leftists only because that suits your preconceived stance and the other challenges it ,


        Don’t abuse me, I’m here to educate you. When some Hindu says something, it is obviously false because you are all muslim-eating terrorists. And if you claim that the media is producing structured propaganda you have to prove it otherwise it’s just propaganda. where’s your links?

        • Raje

          We are not muslim eating terrorists. Muslims are humanity eating terrorists, so many muslim nations, not even one worth commendable for anything from manufacturing to human index. Tell me one country where muslims live peacefully with others? Do not act like a fox in sheeps skin here, if you have nothing constructive to offer. We are talking about lies being spread by so called leftists who call themselves intellectuals and MEDIA being hand in gloves with them.

          • NARAYAN MAO

            Look you superstitious oik, I am an intellectual, I have a degree from JNU, I live in Delhi which has been uplifted from fascism by Kejriwal, I decide what is true and what is false not some Hindutvaadi fascist like you. You want to kill everyone who isn’t Hindu, if this is not true you have to prooooove it. I am here to learn and debate, don’t abuse me.

          • Raje

            I did not abuse you. But if you are going to act as a person who wants a Hindu to prove anything in his nation. Then first you prove me how good Muslims are? Show us their references of peacefulness. You can be leftist or from Lutyens, you can see my middle finger. You call us facist of anything, reality does not change. Muslims under name of peacefulness increase quantity and brain wash people, their aim is not development of humanity, their aim is green flags and shout on mosque speakers across whole planet. Same applies to so called Christian missionaries too. We are what we are and I am not into forcing you to believe what we are. Leave it.

          • NARAYAN MAO

            More abuse. Don’t divert from the topic – PROVE you are not a minority-murdering Hindutvaadi fanatic. If you can’t then everything you have said is BJP propaganda.

          • skeptical

            just like anyone can’t prove modi masterminded 2002 riots, so no one should make references to riots while discussing modi. PROVE modi was behind all this…haha

          • NARAYAN MAO

            Everyone knows Modi masterminded those riots, I was also there watching, Amit Shah was driving around with a truck full of chutney and Hindu fascists were biting the heads off Muslims, dipping them in the mobile chutney and eating them raw. At least 768 million Muslims were murdered in this way. If you claim it didn’t happen, YOU have to prove it, not me. I’m here to learn, don’t abuse.

          • skeptical

            I know you are trying to funny here which you are not. Just when you were witnessing these riots I too was standing alongside you may be you didn’t notice. Now first its your turn to prove you were not born through your mother’s asshole then I submit my 300 page proofs. Haha

          • NARAYAN MAO

            Yet more abuse and now you are bringing in parents. Thank you for proving my point. In fact I was born through YOUR mother’s asshole. If you think this is not true, proooove it. I am here to learn, don’t abuse me.

          • skeptical

            its your turn first to prove that you were not born through your mother’s asshole. I am still waiting. since you are in learning phase, its best to takee your mom’s opinion about this and then try to see if you can fit right back in that hole. haha.. that wil prove it beyond doubt. Do let me know, I am waiting.

          • malavika

            Prove you are not an ISIS, LET , ….

            Then prove you are not a murderous Maoist who sexually exploit adivasi women.

            Then ask others.

          • Mahesh

            Your reference to kejriwal as anti fascist messiah gives you away & you can not be taken seriously,its better you go to your favourite 140 char board spend your misinformation campaign there.

          • malavika

            JNU and intellectual are mutually exclusive.

          • Denny crane

            Having fun proving an audience with no sense of humour it seems

          • NARAYAN MAO

            That’s the problem with fascists, no sense of humour, too busy goosestepping around and planning how to eat their next muslim meal

        • skeptical

          and what made people accuse modi of conspiring 2002 riots when SC cleared his name? obviously, this is just opinion of you or like minded people. Isn’t it? So you will only take facts that suit you.

        • Jana krish

          Why have you stopped with this? Please also tell how the barbaric Hindus massacred europens and arabs…and then god decided to send jesus and Mohammed to save the world from Hindus… the world knows the truth now… does it make you happy and comfortable Narayan mao…see, its so easy to write history…

  • subodh1945

    all thse award returnees hold desis masses in contempt ,they in fact are fascists

  • Dharma Youdha

    Alternate media channels and institutions are required now. The BJP has done very little investment in making intellectuals. This has to be done urgently. The pseudo-liberals today have a free run as they dominate all media.

  • Krispy K

    Please do not use the phrase “Hindu extremists” without quotes. The phrase itself is an oxymoron, given the popular connotation of the word “extremist”. There will always be, however, people who call themselves Hindu who react badly to perceived sleights and insults, or who are just plain criminal. Ignoring that clear distinction is doing the job for the propagandists.