somnath wrote:I wasnt accusing you specifically, took your post as a reference point only. Its the general narrative I was referring to - "Congis, IFS folks, leftists, Suhasini Haidar, Kc Singh are "traitors""...
Quacks like a duck...
Thats a worthy question to ask. My hypothesis is that its the intellectual adroitness of the respective strands of mass politics. Post independence, the mass politics represented by Congress appropriated a Left-centre intellectual heritage, and it chose wisely. From Nehru to PC Mohalanobis to Irfan Habib to Ram Guha - the intellectual heft is unimpeachable, even if one doesnt agree intellectually.
Intellectual heft, LOL. A bunch of parasites who made sure their fellow parasites enjoyed access to power and didn't allow any contrary opinion. The self referencing praise by their fellow leftists hardly counts as any sort of objective reference to "intellectual heft". A bunch of crooks who cooked up stories, deliberately subverted the truth & made polices which kept India in trouble.
The "right wing" strand, on the other hand, picked, well, nothing. The RSS/BJS/BJP strand, the most successful one in mass politics, vacillated between one woolly headed notion to another - they didnt pick Rajaji, not BR Shenoy, they dont even like Arun Shourie! Socially they represent a level of retrogression that is way off modern charts. Economically, they have graduated from "gandhian socialism" (whatever that meant!) to somewhere close to Sitaram YEchury!
ROTFL, the right wing is clear about what it wants, a strong India & has a robust internal debate mechanism & is confident enough to let cynical social climbers go their ways as versus giving them undue advantage. The rest of your rubbish is just the usual "throw enough sh!te and hope it sticks". Fact is the left is thoroughly discredited in India and day by day, it becomes more and more irrelevant. With its criminal control of the Indian state slowly being chipped away, its critics are getting more and more space to voice their opinions, despite the efforts of the left to continue to control the discourse. Soon it will resemble the Mughal empire in its waning days, a bunch of good for nothing courtiers living off the grace of the modern day equivalent of the hindutva Marathas.
Your views are yours, thats fine (even though Nandy won the Fukuoka Prize and was voted as one of the top 100 public intellectuals globally). But I agree with the "echo chamber" theory. There is quite a bit of that. But the only way to break that is through solid scholarship that is superior, not by complaining about the echo chamber. It certainly doesnt get done by putting in rank invalids (like Smriti Irani) to wage an intellectual battle
ROTFL, create an echo chamber lopsided against ones political opponents, and then claim they should not complain about the lopsidedness of the chamber and play by crooked rules to get the dubious acclaim of being some stupid intellectual (who isn't). I'd rather take an earthy Smriti Irani over some gasbag Nandy anyday.
Anyways, this is OT, so my last post.
Oh thank goodness for that.