15th February 2012
You have to WREST liberty from the Indian government, not beg for it
During British rule, the Indian liberals were characterised by their politeness, by their petitions, pleas and entreaties to the British rulers of India. Bhadralok. Convent educated. No rough edges.
The British enjoyed this joke – of polite "brown Englishmen" who hoped to squeeze independence out of the oppressive British crown by begging for swaraj.
The task to remove the British from India was HUGE. Yet it was achieved.
But note that it was not achieved by polite entreaty. The liberals were IRRELEVANT to India. It was partly achieved by the non-violence movement. But it was the VIOLENT Quit India movement that finally sent shivers down the spines of the 300,000 Britishers living in India.
Yesterday I attended a panel discussion organised by Barun Mitra on freedom of expression. One of the best sessions I've attended. A brilliant panel, and a brilliant audience.
And yet the discussions were FEEBLE, WEAK, IMPOTENT.
Everyone in that room recognised that they DON'T COUNT. They said so, in so many words, five times, perhaps. The Indian government can bulldoze them, silence them without facing any political cost. The Indian government is shrewd enough not to arrest these polite convent-educated liberals for demanding liberty (unlike in China where such people would be behind bars long ago), but the Indian government has absolutely no intention of increasing freedom of speech in India – or ANY other liberty.
And these petite effeminate liberals can do ZILCH about it except prattle about it in their nice polite 'conferences' in India International Centre.
What a joke – these Indian "freedom fighters".
It was NOT by Gokhale's entreaties that the British finally left India. It needed SERIOUS ORGANISATION. ON A MASS SCALE.
Today India is oppressed by Indians on a scale last seen only during British rule. In many ways worse. More Indians are killed in India by the Indian government EACH YEAR than the British killed perhaps in a decade. Indians are surviving from moment to moment, unsure of what could happen to them next. One of the speakers rightly put it: Nothing is safe any more. And when the original fatwa against Rushdie is long dead and gone, the Congress government blocks the book and all discussion of the book (which I have not read and have no intention of reading), in 2012. Not 1912.
Indian liberals are effeminate and IMPOTENT (with no offence meant to the many women soldiers in world armies today). One thing they don't understand is that LIBERTY WAS NEVER GIVEN TO ANYONE ON A PLATTER. IT HAS ALWAYS HAD TO BE FOUGHT FOR, AND WRESTED OUT OF THE GOVERNMENT.
"Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!"
– This is one thing that Indian liberals simply don't understand. Why then do they prattle about liberty in nice cosy upper-crest gatherings which NO ONE FROM REAL INDIA is willing to join? There was no one from the streets, no rickshaw puller, no farmer.
I thought I'd raise this issue and so I challenged those assembled yesterday to STEP OUT INTO POLITICS and to WREST LIBERTY by taking over the parliament. Do the hard yards of CHANGING THE LAWS OF INDIA to enshrine ABSOLUTE liberty of speech.
But my voice was immediately curbed, and the topic changed by Mohit Satyanand, chair of the session – and member of FTI's speakers' panel! I'm half inclined to disband the panel which has NO ENERGY AND NO CAPACITY FOR CHANGE. Mere hot air. I don't need 'wise heads' on FTI. I need PEOPLE WHO WILL FIGHT FOR LIBERTY. Let FTI evaluate and review this idea. Do we need such a panel, at all?
Today I'm told by people that the task I'm working on – to liberate India from Indians – is too big! But surely it is smaller than the task of making India an independent nation.
If we could boot out the British, surely we can boot out Congress and BJP, and wrest the freedom that is our birthright.