They say that Freedom of Expression (FOE) is the fundamental right of every citizen, no matter whichever part of the world you live. However, the statement, whoever makes it or whichever institution proclaims it, is only partially correct. There are some people, especially communists, who enjoy it to the greatest extent because the conditions in which they live and the privileges they enjoy enable them to speak whatever they want. Because they have the advantage of having the ‘political correctness’ on their side. However, a silent majority, who have the ability to predict some impending dangers like ticking Islamic terror timebomb, can’t open their mouths and speak out just because they feel their language may not pass the test of political correctness.
Take the example of Donald Trump in the United States. The statements he made against Muslims were immediately condemned by one and all and were promptly branded as Islamophobic. However, an overwhelming majority of American electorate concurs with his ideas and strongly believes that his fears are genuine. Immediately after Trump made his controversial statements, the press and his political opponents branded him racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic etcetera. When the media and his political opponents pounced on him, many were under the impression that Trump’s presidential campaign has effectively ended. But that is not the case. The loudmouthed people who are bashing Trump are only a minority. A silent majority, who have a clear idea about the dangers of Islamic terror, have made up their minds. Perhaps that is the reason behind the increase in the popularity of Donald Trump.
Political correctness is something which you, as a person living in this “civilized” society, has to demonstrate when you open your mouth. But most of the times political correctness doesn’t entail truth (if we look into the statistics) and may not be in the best interest of the society. However, political correctness is something which you can’t ignore and must adhere to if you want yourself to be called as an intellectual. When you cross the line of political correctness, you become an easy prey for the media and your ideological opponents. So how does an idea or ideology acquire the status of being politically correct? Who determines that something is politically correct or not?
If you want to put your ideology on a high pedestal of being politically correct, you need to build institutions and man them with the intellectuals who subscribe to your ideology. So the institutions and the people whom you nurture enter the discourse and once they acquire the majority and grab a controlling stake in the discourse, your ideology acquires the status of being politically correct. Till then you are branded as a regressive, uncivilized, “Islamophobic” and an intellectually inferior individual who is bent on upsetting the societal peace.
If we apply the above narrative to the Indian context, the people who subscribe to the ideology of communism and the associated socialism invested a lot in the building of their institutions. Most of the Indian social institutions, who wield the power of ideological control, are dominated by the people who subscribe to the left-wing ideology, and these institutions and the people populating them were carefully nurtured over many decades. And they are the people who write textbooks, they are the people who write articles in newspapers and they are the people who harangue their ideological opponents who want to put forth an alternative narrative on the television screens.
These left-wing ‘Pandits’ all believe that ‘Pandit’ Nehru is their ideological ‘guru’ and strictly follow his path. They always preach ‘tolerance’ but they are the most intolerant of anyone who puts forth an alternative viewpoint or ideology. For many decades they did not allow anyone else, whose ideas are opposed to their cherished beliefs, to prosper or achieve fame. These are the people who accuse anyone who differs with them as ‘Bhakts’ and brand them as intellectually inferior.
In an essence, communists control the discourse and want India to be run according to their whims. They always stay united and take concerted action and they even proved their strength through ‘Award Wapsi’ drama. They are the intellectual mercenaries, who are ready to toe the line of their political patrons who guarantee them the wealth, status, fame and many other privileges which they all got used to. These mercenaries will rule the roost till the people who are fighting to put forth an alternative narrative gain strength.