Save us from the patriots

Their ‘nationalism’ tests are offensive. Exchanges of culture are what bind together the twins separated at birth.

Written by Surjit S Bhalla | Updated: October 29, 2016 11:07 am
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For the first time, India has publicised the fact that it had conducted “surgical strikes” against terror camps across the LoC. While the strikes were a welcome surprise, what was a complete, and unwelcome, surprise was the reaction of so-called Indian patriots. These “patriots” first questioned the veracity of the strike — listen, it did not take place. And how do we know that? Because the Pakistan Army has denied that the strike took place.

And, of course, we should believe the Pakistan Army because they are recognised around the world, and especially in India, as ones who always speak the truth. Note the following truths about the Pakistan Army and/or its believers: The US did not land a man on the moon and the attack on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai in 2008 never took place. Okay, it took place, but no role was played in it by any Pakistani terrorist, let alone one financed by the Pakistani army.

When the surgery was finally accepted, the patriots doubled down on their intellectual losses. Okay, the strike did take place but it was unworthy of the BJP politicians to publicly announce it and take “advantage” of the success of the Indian army. When this stupidity was recognised for what it was (is), the patriots tripled down on their losses and orated that in the forthcoming state elections the government should abstain from commenting on S3 (Surgical Strike Success).

Let me see — the BJP cannot claim success for bringing the inflation rate down because that was entirely due to the decline in the price of oil, failing which it was entirely due to the RBI, failing which… Look, all of this is quite absurd and doesn’t behoove politicians (especially failed politicians) to act so transparently stupid. Let us acknowledge the success of both the government and the army. The government for initiating the strike, and, unlike previous governments, for drawing the line in the sand.

It is heartening to note from Shivshankar Menon, the foreign secretary at the time of the Mumbai attack, that the UPA government did seriously consider the option of striking after terrorist attacks, post-Mumbai. It is another matter UPA did not go through with what would have been a welcome precedent. But at least they did consider it.

Another unwelcome bit of patriotism is shown by those who would prevent “co-operation” between private individuals. Hiring Pakistani actors is unpatriotic, maybe even treason, so opine a small set of politicians in Maharashtra. Not small enough for Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis (of beef ban and shouting Bharat Mata Ki Jai and no water supply help to drought-hit Latur for two years fame) to smoke a hostage pipe with the nationalist patriots (NP).

The hostage in question: The highly talented, personable, young and brilliant film director Karan Johar. Johar had apparently violated all norms of decency and humanity by casting actors whose passports said they were born in Pakistan. This anti-national crime could not be tolerated since Pakistanis had been involved in terrorist crimes on Indian soil.

The NP threatened to sabotage the film’s release and prevent it from being shown anywhere in the home state of Bollywood, Maharashtra — and with promises to sabotage it, Insha Allah, anywhere else in India. Enter Fadnavis to save the day for the NPs. The deal brokered with the NP was that Johar had to deposit Rs 5 crore with the Army welfare fund as part “compensation” for crimes committed. In addition, Johar had to promise that he will not cast any Pakistani actors in a future film. In addition, Johar had to appear in a hostage video (available on YouTube) to confess to his crimes and how he would reform himself.

Time for confessions a la Siddarth Varadarajan “J’accuse… I confess” (October 22, In a touching article, Varadarajan confessed to associating with Pakistanis over the years, and even having several friends. Well, I have several very close lifelong Pakistani friends and I find the NP interference in the private lives of citizens very offensive, morally and otherwise.

Pakistan itself has suffered, and is suffering, from terrorism, and the NPs should realise that people across the world, regardless of colour, race, religion or citizenship are united against violence, especially terrorist violence. We should realise that exchanges of culture are what bind together the twins separated at birth. Chief ministers should not be negotiating with those aggressively violating the laws of the land, and laws of simple decency. Some retired Indian army generals have unofficially refused to accept any money from Johar. There is justice in India, just that sometimes it is very hard to find.

Finally, on a lighter note, and with a joke. The Supreme Court is troubled deeply about the prevalence of sardar jokes and is seeking instruments to lessen the damage to the psyche of young and old Sikhs that the jokes are causing! Actually, that is not a joke. The SC has entertained a PIL in this regard (does it not have better subjects to adjudicate on with its learned wisdom?). A panel headed by former Supreme Court Justice H. S. Bedi has submitted an 800-page report on the subject which concludes that some jokes are akin to ragging and opines: “Negative stereotyping, mocking, base sense of humour can leave indelible, irreversible and irreparable impact on the psyche of impressionable minds.” Again, I want to emphasise that the above is true and not a joke.


The writer is contributing Editor, ‘Indian Express’, and senior India analyst at Observatory Group, a New York-based macro policy advisory group. Views are his and do not necessarily reflect those of the Observatory Group.

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  1. B
    Oct 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm
    People like K Johar are congenital s to support or cast stan's actors o rsingets
    1. P
      Pucca ghati
      Oct 29, 2016 at 6:57 am
      The Sum of Rs 5 Crore is greater than what has been collected till now by this fund . Is taking the money reprehensible because it is arranged by a Ghati Party not a Punjabi or North Indian one ? Bollywood contributes to the ISI through Dawood to the extent of say 10 to 15 % or over 3000 crores each year though extortion , so what is the big deal ? Relations with stan must be left to those who live below the Vindhyas . Remember what Shivaji did to Afzal Khan ? We know how to deal with stanis is a manner they will fearfully understand, no Punjabi papai Jahpi BS please .
      1. K
        K SHESHU
        Oct 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm
        Nationalism and politics and hooliganism mixed carefully ...
        1. A
          Abhijit Bhattacharya
          Oct 29, 2016 at 7:20 am
          Henceforth a Sardar is not allowed to laugh at himself. What a pity
          1. H
            Oct 29, 2016 at 11:02 am
            "Exchanges of culture are what bind together the twins separated at birth."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Is there any need for both twin to survive? let one of them live and other enjoy virgins.
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              AfroAmerican BritDesi
              Oct 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm
              Writer is a moron who values soft diplomacy and baloney over the lives of Indian citizens and soldiers. Can't get over how little the desi in big cities cares about their own citizens over their '' friends. May be this ignoramus along wiht the writer of j'accuse should be subjected to jihadi friendship - sooner the better.
              1. C
                Chawla G
                Oct 29, 2016 at 5:32 pm
                To produce NPs.
                1. S
                  Oct 29, 2016 at 9:23 am
                  Country meant a territory where some people lived under a King's writ which was respected by them. The writ was enforced by the reach of the King's sword i.e. beyond those boundaries his sword had no power. In a democracy we have the boundaries marked and respected by neighbors. Where there is no such marked boundaries, we must take necessary steps to have them implemented. Patriotism for the people living in a Kingdom meant serving the King, obeying the King's orders, fighting his enemies etc. When the King expanded his boundaries by the strength of his military, those who were living within the extended boundaries also became his people and their country, his country. When we settled on the realignment of Bengladesh border last year, some Bengladeshis became Indians and some Indians, Bengladeshis. In our country patriotism sells well because some of our political parties base their entire politics on policies and programs designed to show them as anti stani and anti Muslim. BJP, Shiv Sena and the desparate to be relevant Manse are such political outfits who can only be patriotic if there is a Muslim stan as our neighbor. The day the stanis enm convert into another religion, these parties will be disappeared from the political scene of India. Now a days BJP and the PM himself has started thinking that Indian Army is another outfit working under the large ideological umbrella of RSS. For them Indian Army is one another gang like Cow Protectors or Bajrag Dal. Otherwise, how the PM will allow our soldiers to do the menial jobs for Shri Shri at the banks of Yamuna? Army should have informed the PM that we are not your Sanghi Sevaks. But perhaps, we will have to accept the idea that RSS has also infiltrated into our defense forces. The notorious age correction arguments taken into the SC and induction of such a persona non grata into the ministry immediately after his retirement from service is a point that will raise doubts in our minds about the RSS reach and intentions. Patriotism is a product being marketed by these devilish elements in the Indian politics. Democracy and secularism are under severe threat in India.
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