The Dangerous Show of Unrelenting-Unyielding, Pitiless Majoritarianism in India Highlights by: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch


1. “What restores trust and confidence in the country’s ability of restitution-return is the failure of the powerful to bury the crimes.

2. The negligence and complicity of some was made up by other associations and networks. The road to justice in the Unnao case was rough till the High Court weighed in.

3. But Kathua is a bigger challenge to the Indian civilisation’s heteromorphic-‘having different appearance’ character that permits the accretion of new identities without forcefully assimilating them.

4. Kathua’s dangerous show of unrelenting-unyielding, pitiless majoritarianism- ‘the rule by a majority, especially the belief that those constituting a simple majority should make the rules for all members of a group, nation, etc’ and its absolute contempt for law is an indicator that internal arrangements of classes and communities mediating social arrangements in a civil society have come apart.

5. The BJP broke its silence after it was overwhelmed by the burden of blindsiding a horrendous crime on the basis of the murdered girl’s ethnic and religious identity.

6. But Kathua is not about communal politics alone and Unnao not just about the stranglehold of the politically well-placed clans in India’s hinterlands. Little is to be gained by indicting a particular party — the accused MLA from Unnao was earlier in other parties too while Jammu’s revanchist crowd has well dispersed political loyalties.

7. The country needs another Nirbhaya moment, 'Nirbhaya Moment' means when like the media for standing up against one of their own’. . A somnambulant- ‘walking or having the habit of walking while asleep; resembling or having the characteristics of a sleepwalker : sluggish’ and partisan civic conscience can stoke-put fuel on chaos over adherence to constitutional arrangements”.

An extract from ‘Violations in Kathua, Unnao:The need for another Nirbhaya moment; Opinion » Editorial: Posted at: April 14, 2018, 12:04 AM (IST); The Tribune, CHANDIGARH

“Common traits of Majoritarianism: If you study any (or all) of these cases above, following traits emerge: The Majority:

(i) Held some grudge against the minority.

(ii) Viewed the minority with suspicion – “Outsiders”, “Traitors”, “Old exploiters”

(iii) Believed they were working for a just cause to the benefit of their nation

(iv) Felt victimized itself!

(v) In most cases, the situation was exploited by some political force espousing “majority nationalism” appealing to these feelings of historical injustice and suspicion.

(vi) Sounds Familiar?

8. Sounds Familiar? In all the cases, once these feelings were aroused, the situation went out of hand very quickly, and resulted in genocides, civil wars. In India too, recall how quickly things went into complete chaos and out of control during 1947 partition”. Courtesy by: Saaf Baat

The Highlights forwarded by: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

Posted on Apr 15, 18 | 11:24 am