A senior and a popular journalist on FB had had held senior position in a reputed national newspaper(s) and has an enviably large FB fan following though his posts are only seen at random.
He is mild, pleasant, kind-hearted (wouldn’t even hurt a rat), always careful about what he writes or says so that none dares to draw, even mistakenly, any conclusion to his detriment. I could go as far as to call him a modern version of a saint living amid us.
This guy was once my colleague when we both began our career in a national newspaper decades ago. Barely had we gone into a year of journalism when one day waiting for something to edit I indulged with him in chit-chat that veered to obnoxious quotas. In a heart-to-heart candid revelation he said to me, “URBAN SCHEDULED CASTES SHOULD NEVER BE GIVEN QUOTAS.” Period.
Strangely, never has he once clicked to like my anti-quota FB posts (call it rants if you wish). He has consciously avoided my posts as one avoids rabies even when I can easily guess his thoughts on the invidious quotas.
Has his worldview changed uncharacteristically? His STOIC SILENCE is puzzling to say the least and all i can say now is he wishes not to be seen, even remotely, being associated for or against the quota minefield.
Now why does this HONEST man behave so? I CAN UNDERSTAND IF HE IS A PRESSTITUTE and then I WOULD HAVE NO QUARREL WITH such characters.
But the question is more serious. I consider him, like many other journalists of India, despite being of decent type caving in to the oppressive perverted ethos of secularism that was imposed on this country not daring to speak the truth for fear of getting hurt in return.
YES, MOST OF THEM grew up willy-nilly in Nehruvian Socialistic and Marxian Secular mindset – EXCEPT A FEW ODDBALLS LIKE ME WHO STILL VEHEMENTLY RESIST FALLING TO THIS GLORIOUS TRAP. Why have they not outgrown from their secular socialistic mindset despite their advancing age when the truth should have hit them hard?
There was a time when I was working in TOI and I had heard a competent and a senior (really principled one at that) telling me sotto voce that he is a Marxist. I wondered why this guy was exhibiting a secret liking when every sonofagun scribe those days flaunted it openly to be on the right side of the political class. EVEN THE then UNION LEADERS LIKE the powerful VIKRAM RAO TO WHOM THE POLITICIANS PROSTRATED were unashamed of admitting their roots and empathy to Marxism and its appendage pro-Muslim secularism.
This guy to whom I dedicate this post is indeed symptomatic of the larger malaise of being subdued in the last 66 years of backbreaking socialistic mindset which seamlessly merges with a perversion called Secularism.
OBVIOUSLY EVEN IF THE GUYS LIKE HIM KNOW QUOTAS INFLICT MORTAL WOUND ON OUR BODY POLITIC and on the well-being of merited youths THEY DO NOT muster the courage TO BE SEEN AS “””””secular””””” MAVERICKS. IS IT morbid unseen FEAR of being blackballed by their biradari OR FEAR OF LEADING a LIFE OF MAVERICK?
PRESSTITUTES pose real danger to mavericks who take the political class head-on and who speak their thoughts loud and clear and this guy could be really the victim of such an imaginary onslaught that mercifully has not befallen him.
BUT THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION IS: ISN’T THE ADVENT OF MODI BROUGHT FRESH AIR OF FREEDOM FOR ALL OF US TO BREATHE?
IF THE ANSWER IS NO INDIA IS IN REAL DANGER.