Saturday, 4 June 2016

Are bhakts outnumbering the rest?

Over the past few years, we have witnessed the emergence of a group of people called bhakts and their ever-increasing number has been one of the grave concerns for many across the nation.  Ironically, though, the ones who are annoyed by the presence of bhakts in a progressive society are the same people who label every random individual as a bhakt.

A bhakt can be anyone, an ordinary person like you and me who holds a different opinion to those who assign the title, an imaginary person or a group of people who they vilify in order to achieve vindication, or just anyone they lose an argument to.

Bhakts are primarily created on social media, which is the closest to what we have achieved when we talk about a platform that gives everyone an opportunity to voice his or her opinion.  Here we can question anyone and understand how even the most informed individuals respond when pushed beyond the comfort zone of one way communication.  Some turn abusive, some make personal attacks, while others turn dismissive to avoid the need to explain why the person is wrong.  And the fact that most of the bhakts are created on social media and not in real world is a clear indicator of what leads to the classification.

Although, most bhakts can be called supporters of BJP, being awarded the title during the course of an argument doesn’t necessarily establish the awardee’s political inclination.  They just don’t endorse certain ideologies all the time.

I am not going into a discussion on who is wrong and who is right, and it’s virtually impossible for an individual or a group of people to be always correct.  There are instances when we all make incorrect observations, which leave room for argument.

We can criticize a political party or a politician when it’s due, we can even correct its supporters when they make unfounded statements, but how can we be annoyed with people for not concurring with us and for not spewing venom against a particular party?

Spiteful comments against right wingers from certain individuals have been relentless.  Take for example, this tweet by Shirish Kunder:

Needless to mention here that this is a mere statement devoid of facts, but the strange part is the tweet was retweeted by the Chief Minister of Delhi, which may not be a smart move by a smart CM because a political party cannot grow without growing its supporter base.  And if I am a bhakt, I probably wouldn’t switch my loyalty after reading this just for the sake of increasing my IQ, although I am sure, even Mr. Kejriwal wouldn’t want to be known as a leader of a party that has low-IQ supporters.  But the larger question is, what problem would anyone have with less intelligent people in the society unless they are constantly troubled by their presence for reasons best known to them?

As far as Shirish Kunder’s IQ is concerned, he is aware of the fact that he is far from being hilarious and his acerbic tweets are liked only by individuals with identical stance towards right wingers who need someone to take their one dimensional views to a larger audience.  Mr. Kunder’s motive, however, is entirely different and he has achieved what he wanted to because a decent number of people are now aware of his existence.

But this is not an odd instance when a senior political leader attacked Narendra Modi’s supporters.  Let’s look at this tweet by Shashi Tharoor.

Which actually is a sign of resignation.  Instead of regaining congress’s popularity through constructive work, he is complaining about people supporting BJP.  And his follow-up tweet was funny or rather ironical.

So basically, only his jokes need to be taken in the right spirit and those who crack jokes at him are trolls.  Yes, according to some, bhakts are solely responsible for all the trolling on internet.  As a matter of fact, they are allegedly the worst and the most abusive trolls internet has ever seen.


Now, this is another baseless allegation.  I don’t think anyone can point out an instance when these so called trolls have attacked anyone with filthiest of abuses.  Yes they do criticize individuals and even poke fun at them, but who doesn’t.  If we go through the timeline of Kejriwal, I don’t think anyone can classify him as anything other than a troll.  This following tweet definitely doesn’t fall under the category of joke or criticism.  It’s an abuse.

However, it’s not Kejriwal alone who accused Modi of following his supporters on Twitter, many have done that before.  The problem here is not trolling, the actual problem is Narendi Modi following common people on Twitter.  They wouldn’t have had any issue, if he’d just followed a few intellectuals and journos who constantly spew bile in the garb of correctness.

There are innumerable instances of hypocrisy and double standards, and we have lost count of them, but people can see through the hypocrisy and wouldn’t concede to the idea of a handful of people misleading everyone by imposing their subjective views on others.  Their acerbic remarks that are predominantly directed to a larger group may not work unless they are supported by facts.

Bhakts won’t go because they are common men and women of India who don’t always endorse the views of a particular group of people.  And the number will only rise as long as we keep labeling individuals with what we consider a derogatory remark.  A derogatory term can be insulting for a handful of people but when the group is significantly large, it doesn’t really matter because so many people cannot be wrong.  Accepting the fact could be less troubling than fighting it.

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