I NEVER IMAGINED MYSELF writing about someone like Rana Ayyub, the postergirl of the dregs of Nehruvian secularism, an unabashed apologist for manufactured Muslim victimhood, an inveterate India and Hindu-hater, and a desperate milker of the Gujarat riots cottage industry. Even if we ignore all this for a moment, we can only gape in disbelief at the breathtaking manner in which she keeps a straight face and continues her self-righteous propaganda chiefly against PM Modi… this when she faces grave criminal cases for money laundering and is currently out on bail.
Three days ago, the same Rana Ayyub was invited to some International Journalism Festival in Italy to speak about her “journalism” in which she repeated the same phoney tropes about how India is one of the most unsafe countries in the world for journalists. Expectedly, her prime hate-targets included Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.
That the Delhi High Court in all its bizarre and ethics-imbued wisdom granted permission to Rana Ayyub to travel to this journalism conference is just the latest pointer to an ideological ecosystem that allows folks like her to thrive. A latest judicial precedent has been set: you can get bail if your financial misdemeanour does not exceed a certain amount.
On this end of the spectrum, her fact-free rants once again elicited outrage from all Hindus who continue to fume at how she manages to get away with all this every time. While I share their angst, I must also point out an underlying phenomenon which they mostly miss: the Western media loves people like Rana Ayyub.
Rana Ayyub and her ilk are a symptom and a revelation. Of several things simultaneously. Operating almost in concert.
The first is India’s meteoric ascent as a power to reckon with on the global stage under Narendra Modi’s leadership. His astute diplomacy is marked by an unapologetic stance of operating from a position of strength. The outcomes are showing in a multi-pronged fashion eight years after he took over.
One major outcome is the slow peeling away of the ornate Western — especially American — makeup vis a vis India. A notable facet of this makeup mostly after the fall of the USSR was an escalation of the American big-brotherly condescension towards us. Needless, our political leadership fashioned in the colonised Nehruvian template was largely responsible for this sorry image of the seventh largest and second most populous nation on earth. Indeed, every Indian who deeply cared about the honour of his motherland cast his head down in shame at the appalling spectacle of former PM Manmohan Singh asking the US to “take Pakistan to task” over the ghastly 26/11 attacks. This, instead of teaching an unforgettable lesson to Pakistan in the only language it understands.
HOWEVER, MANMOHAN SINGH'S shame-inducing action was actually the climax of a cringeworthy journey that had been put in motion decades ago.
The first step was begun obviously by Jawaharlal Nehru whose incurable fascination for Stalinist Russia hurtled us on a ruinous path. As early as in November 1955, the ex-Communist Philip Spratt predicted that while Nehru was enamoured by the Communist ideology, Communist Russia was working towards annexing India into its extended empire, which was swelling each year. In just three decades, it had used a variety of tactics including armed aggression, internal destabilisation, and civil wars to prop up satellite regimes in Eastern Europe, North Korea, and China. Thus, Spratt warned in the Public Affairs journal (Nov-Dec 1955 issue):
Needless, history has proven Spratt right. But it was Indira Gandhi and her Communist clique in the PMO who actually converted India into a quasi Soviet colony. The USSR had its best years in India as long as she was Prime Minister. Indeed, the short-lived Janata Government became a frustrating obstacle that put a temporary halt in their expansionist plans. In a shocking disclosure, the late legal legend, Nani Palkhivala wrote a letter to Prime Minister Morarji Desai dated January 22, 1979:
The shock intensifies when we also observe the treacherous role played by our Communist parties in this episode. Arun Gandhi who has written a firsthand account of the Janata Government based on the official papers given by Morarji Desai gives us another stunner:
The story of the Janata Government’s fall and Indira Gandhi’s return is well-known. But what is perhaps forgotten today is how Indira Gandhi visited England in the aftermath of the Emergency, in December 1978 to ostensibly, publicly justify the “inevitability” of her short-lived despotism. Showing absolutely no remorse, she made the tour all about her victimhood and met Margaret Thatcher, Barbara Cartland, Mountbatten, deputy Prime Minister, Michael Foot, and 100 members of both houses of the British parliament. How much that tour contributed to her return to power is a matter of speculation.
But the tenures of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai and Indira Gandhi again, are united by a single theme: of barefaced and ethics-free jostling for political power at the cost of the nation. That revelation surfaced once again in the infamous Mitrokhin Archives.
We suppose further commentary is unnecessary. However, the penetration and infiltration at this level, on this scale, sustained for so many decades had its inevitable consequences. It had created two generations of Indians against India, each pursuing their own agendas but united in their goal of dismembering this ancient civilisational nation. Its ugliest and most frightening manifestation was the Sonia-Gandhi led National Advisory Council, a codeword for extreme Leftists, the missionary and Islamist lobby. That they had the open support and patronage from various international forces (including the then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton), which encouraged them to destabilise their own homeland shows how things had come a full circle under the Congress, which “got us freedom.” That they had a veto over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself demonstrates the truth that his was a puppet regime—there’s just no polite way of saying this.
The overwhelming consecutive mandates that Narendra Modi got from the Indian electorate pretty much smashed this break-India party. Even worse, the Congress Party, which this entrenched Far-Left lobby had under its yoke, managed to throw up a poor show like Rahul Gandhi. While it is true that he is now mouthing the JNU-brand of propaganda scripted by this lobby, he is costing them dearly.
This brief history yields us two important insights in the larger scheme of things.
One, for more than half a century, the West had ensured that India was kept under a tight leash by internally rigging our political system. Needless, blame for allowing that rests on our Nehruvian political class.
Two, Narendra Modi has signalled the end of that era in a significant fashion. The first is an enormous shift that has happened before our own eyes. From the recent, weakling discourse of “let’s mollycoddle Pakistan because it has the nuclear bomb,” to reducing it not only to a global pariah but a self-destructive wreck. But even more importantly, Modi has shown that the US — or, the Anglosphere in general — is dispensable in the vital arena of the Indian national interest. And that is the source of much of the unending stream of invectives against India led prominently by the Western media and its Indian recruits like Rana Ayyub.
However, it has deeper roots.
To be continued
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