7th October 2013
Should one laugh or cry at this? (Or – socialist India’s low IQ strikes again)
I've spent nearly 18 years of my life abroad (US/ Australia). It could well be that I don't meet the average person in the streets here, but my sense is that there is a modicum of intelligence found among the people in the West, and one can at least have a modestly intelligent conversation with everyone.
Not so with India. Right through my life, I've faced a unique challenge: not just absence of critical thinking, but sheer inability to think.
One commentator couldn't understand that 140 litres of petrol weighs around 100 kilograms, or that 9 cans of 20 litres of water equals 180 litres of water. This inability to do basic maths didn't, however, deter this commentator from passing all kinds of "wise" comments about the Godhra burning incident. It HAD to be the way the commentator thought the incident occurred. Evidence is unnecessary. Logical coherence a frivolous luxury.
Through these many years I've "enjoyed" is a WIDE RANGE of hypotheses about everything – entirely unrelated to facts.
In this case I'm getting more hypotheses than even Modi might have imagined about how the train got burnt in Godhra. Take this one from an email I received today:
"There happend the incident of train burning in which about more that 60 people are rosted alive. I want to ask how this big incident happen? The cercumtances is Train is running just 5 to 10 Km per H. It is in boundry of station control. It is certain this in not mare acident. It is certainly a agrattion initiated by some group of people.
I just want how this big incident happen? You are sitting out of India, So please not pass such noncence without knowing any thing about the India Govt and its machinary. Is 200 liter of Petrol can not be carried by 1000 violent people? Are you not hear the name of masjid involved in this Human rosting? why you are hanning in rikshaw? Why you are not seeing violent action of different Islamist group across the world. And you are trying to blame on Head of State who has responsibility to protect the people in his control region. Just, many are barking so you also want to be part of this barking group………………..
If you can not do any thing good for Hinduism then atleast not make any thing -ve to Hinduism!!!!!!!!
Are you know the Lal Masjid in Pakistan? How the musjid oppose the country polish/army with dengerous arms? Is the Masjid realy a place of God/peace?"
Now, incoherence can't get any worse than this, perhaps. I won't go into the language issues of this email. But here's the NEW story about Godhra: that 200 litres of petrol were carried by 1000 people! Pity not ONE person in the world saw any of these 200 litres, nor did Nanawati mention it or Patel.
But such persons are SURE of themselves. This person is quite sure that I'm some kind of fool sitting outside India, with no knowledge of "India Govt and its machinery" (I must have spent 18 years in the IAS in total blindness), cooking up stories to malign Modi.
But saying the truth about Modi is equivalent to – (no prize for guessing) – maligning Hinduism!
A religion that has as its motto: Satyameva Jayate, is now faced with these "Hindus" who can't read, can't think, can't add numbers, can't understand that others can read a court judgement and ask questions, don't know what Hinduism is or aims to be. Vivekananda would cry out of sheer agony and frustration.
Ultimately this might be just about India's low average IQ. Poor diet, poor education, socialist policy – all add up to a population that SIMPLY CAN'T THINK. Its brain has been destroyed so comprehensively that it doesn't understand even basic things.
We know that the average Indian IQ is 85 (it is not innate, but largely environmental). It probably explains a lot more than we would care to admit.
Modi has a simple plan: Say whatever you wish without fear of contradiction since the country – a bunch of morons – can't think!