RajeshA wrote:Any recognition for work of Kailash Satyarthi should come from Indians & Government of India. This Nobel Peace Prize is only a Western gimmick to portray India as a hell hole!
We, Indians, need to get over our awe and wonder, our sense of fulfillment and pride, over the Nobel Peace Prize. Throw it in the dust bin!
Well, if I have learned my lesson from Pradhan Mantriji correctly, it doesn't matter what Westerns think of India. The only thing that matters is help/indifference/hindrance. The only measures are then are these:
For India to progress, innumerable people will have to spend huge sweat and effort, most of whom will never get any public recognition. But the goal is not to get public recognition. Recognition is at most a means to an end, not an end in itself. You saw some pictures of ISRO employees when the Mars Mission succeeded. For each person you saw the picture of, there are a thousand people behind them that you will never see. Does it matter? Should it matter?
1. Are Kailash Satyarthi and his organization doing work that is good for India? (My answer: yes)
To be honest, I really don't know much about the work he is doing. His work may be genuine. His work may indeed have helped thousands. I don't know. Perhaps in time one would know more about his network, infrastructure, NGO connections, foreign support.
One angle to observe is certainly whether he is a genuine selfless do-gooder or a morality mascot parachuted and propped up by the West. No harm in putting him under observation.
BTW other than the fact that Arvind Kejriwal also won the Magsaysay, he also sat around with Hindu leaders like Baba Ramdev. So one has to check how the duck quacks and walks.
What one cannot deny is that this Nobel Peace Prize for Kailash Satyarthi is about giving the Indian poor a West-selected hero!
A_Gupta wrote:2. Is the Nobel Prize something that will help his work? (My answer: yes)
Perhaps the question to ask is whether a Nobel Prize for him would hinder other do-gooders in their work! More on this later.
A_Gupta wrote:3. Does the Nobel Prize possibly inflict some PR/echandee damage on India? (My answer: depends on the perspective of the observer. For some India is a land of many unsung heroes, some of whom are noticed on occasion; for others it will be India is a hellhole. Secondly, none of this deflects us from our purposes - it would be stupid of us to allow it to deflect us.)
I am not making any insinuations here, so I hope you don't take it wrongly.
Often we Indians try to put some value on our loss, and the same thing we try to do regarding echandee! We think in a way the Noble people are calling us barbarians, or perhaps just backward, but on the other they are also giving some publicity to an important issue about which no political leader in India bothers about, and moreover through this this cause would get more publicity and perhaps something would move. It increases our awareness about the issue. And in the end what is important to us, is really that these evils in society are taken head on. So in a way how we see it is really dependent on where we put more value.
So even if it is considered a net loss, it can't be more than minimal! That is our thought process.
However I am afraid that in this bookkeeping we lose sight of the real soft power dynamic. We lose sight of influence and financial flows here and ultimately we lose sight of the ideological and loyalty divisions that are created within our own country.
Let's say from a "cynical" PoV, the aims of the West in India are:
1) Make the Indian elite suckers for Western cultural norms.
2) Make the Indian poor alienated from the Indian elite, culturally, politically and ideologically. Perhaps convert. Create revolutionary pockets.
3) Harness the resources of the dimwitted Indian Elite for its own causes.
4) Impress on Western public to finance charities targeted at India.
5) Establish Western Supremacy as the ultimate Morality and Quality Giver for its own people as well as for Indians.
So can we measure the cost of this Nobel Peace Prize for Kailash Satyarthi in how much money and men would be flowing to Western charities and West-backed NGOs in India, which could have theoretically flowed to say RSS-backed organizations? How many Indians in India, NRIs and others would rather decide to route their support through Western-backed funds and charities for noble causes in India? After all this is a fight for "hearts and minds"!
Moreover can one measure the cost of Indians accepting West as the Morality and Quality Giver, thus bowing to its soft-power? That has much wider influence on our thinking, on what products we buy, what films we see, what companies we prefer.
Who is to say, that "child labor" issue would not be used by the West against India in future trade negotiations and import bans against Indian products to arm-twist us?! May be Nobel Peace Prize Committee just gave Western Trade Representatives another club to beat us with!
The direct hit to Brand India may be perceived as minimal - "echandee loss"! However perception is relative! This Nobel Peace Prize raises Brand West much higher than Brand India in the eyes of Indians, and thus the loss should not be measured always in absolute terms but in relative terms.
On the other hand, one can also just say "Bindas yaar, don't make a mountain of a molehill" and we can forget all this khujli!