Tuesday, December 17, 2013

the lion of gujarat keeps his powder dry on teh gey...,

deccanchronicle | Why did Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi offer no comment on the Supreme Court order making homosexual love a criminal activity again?

Modi is usually quick to climb into an issue and offer his opinion. The issue was, and remains, one of the most debated matters on television. News-papers have been scathing in their editorial criticism of the judgment. The Congress’ leaders spoke out unequivocally in favour of human rights, but there was no word from Modi on this subject.

This is not to say that he has been silent generally, because he hasn’t. He had a thing or two to say (later proved to be false) about how Kashmiri law constitutionally discriminates against its female residents.

He remains pretty active on Twitter and in the same period as the judgement he tweeted to wish various people a happy birthday, including Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Pranab Mukherjee and even Rajinikanth. But there was nothing on this important constitutional issue.

To be fair, there was nothing from the rest of the BJP for most of the week either. Party chief Rajnath Singh’s terse statement backing the court on Saturday shows us this is the sort of issue that the Hindutvawadis find distasteful and would rather stay away from. But Modi is the man running for the office of Prime Minister. Why is he silent?

It would have been a good opportunity for him to have shown his more liberal values without damaging his Hindutva, anti-Muslim side. He would not have put off any large part of his constituency if he had said a few words in sympathy to the gay community. He chose not to. So why not?

The fact is that he does have an opinion on this, but it runs counter to the media consensus. The media is liberal and was incensed at the order, saying it was a setback to individual rights and a clinging on to the code imposed by colonialists.

Modi is from the old school of morality and doesn’t like the idea of homosexuals, much less making their activity legal. If he were absolutely pressed to weigh in on the subject, he would say that he agreed with the law and the judgement.

But it would have been politically damaging for him to say this, because the attention of the media would turn to the only person swimming against the consensus. This is why he chose to remain silent instead.

This will disappoint those supporters of Modi who have chosen to vote for him based on his non-Hindutva credentials. But it must be recognised that for Modi, his politics and his beliefs are something deeply held.

Attempts to pick and choose some of his aspects and try and imagine him as a new person will always come to grief. Modi is what he has always said he is: a worker of the Rashtriya Swa-yamsevak Sangh, whose ideas are moulded by that body.


Vic78 said...

She's called a women's rights activist.

CNu said...

Do you prefer her thoroughly modern and western peasant-abusing look, or, her medieval hindu peasant-abusing look?

Vic78 said...

I'd give her the third calf muscle. My chances of hollering are slightly higher with the western one. Either way, she's in for some severe pussy bullying.

Vic78 said...

I remember someone years ago told me what life was like for poor people in India. The US poor are high class in comparison.

Nakajima Kikka said...

Women's rights activist or not, people from her social class almost always see "the help" as part of the furniture. That's why one of the best places to place a spy is among the enemy leader's servants.

CNu said...

My eyes were permanently opened when I witnessed it first hand. Not just poverty, but millenia of racist ostracism, exploitation, and abuse. The poorest have become a diminutive little people, easily distinguished from their abusers. You can eat and drink like a king for ~$5.00 U.S. a day, and that's assuming you never buy groceries and prepare anything for yourself, so, yes, the poor in the U.S. have and take for granted things available only to the middle class in India.

Vic78 said...

I guess seeing that lowered your tolerance for American whining.

CNu said...

It was one of a cluster of things that permanently demolished my sympathy for whiners in America who have no concept of life in a place where much human life is beneath dirt cheap.

Michael Varian Daly said...

The Security State's thugs screwed this entire thing to the wall.What could have been a Teaching Moment has become a Protocol Disaster.

makheru bradley said...

Capitalism: A Ghost Story


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