When we say that the (Savarkarian) Hindutva brigade is empty between the ears (though not filled with poisonous fecal matter like many of their adversaries), often the point does not drive home. When we say that platitudes of Mohandasian-Socialism and Integral-Humanism will not suffice when there is failure in countering leftist propaganda on specific issues, often we are viewed as given to excessive nitpicking. Not that we consider nitpicking to be wrong; but what does one make of a group which considers any analysis, more detailed than platitudes, nitpicking?
The recent exchange between Narendra Modi and Shashi Tharoor makes for a handy illustration.
Narendra Modi spoke (as given here):
In a veiled attack on union minister Shashi Tharoor, Modi said, "Have you heard of a Rs. 50-crore girlfriend? An MP was in the dock recently over Rs. 50 crore lying in a woman's account. In Parliament, the MP denied knowing the woman, but a month later, he was distributing cards all over Delhi announcing his marriage with her."
“There was a Congress leader who was a minister in Parliament. He was accused of amassing wealth from cricket. He had said in Parliament that he is not connected to the Rs 50 crore that is in the lady’s name,” said Modi. “Have you ever heard of Rs 50 crore girlfriend?” he asked, during a rally in Himachal Pradesh.
In reply, Shashi Tharoor tweeted:
@narendramodi My wife is worth a lot more than your imaginary 50 crores. She is priceless. But you need2be able2love some1 2understand that.
And later said (as given here)
Speaking to reporters after he tweeted, Tharoor said, "He (Modi) was silly to make that remark.. so I replied saying my wife is priceless.. and I added that he needs to love someone to understand that.. now we have to see if he is capable of understanding that.."
Let us take a look at the statement by Narendra Modi. It makes a few assertions:
1. It was alleged that a sum of INR 50 crore was found in a lady's (Sunanda Pushkar?) bank account.
2. The Congress Leader (Shashi Tharoor?) denied having any connections with the lady.
3. A short while later, ST and SP got married.
4. A hint is made that since INR 50 crore were given to a lady, the lady may have been a girl-friend.
We have imprinted question marks to emphasize that Modi did not take any names! For the moment, let us accept that we understand who the hinted persons were. However, then the question is: Are any among the above assertions non-factual? Are these assertions libelous? ST is at liberty to file a libel suit against Modi. However, will his case have any merit if the facts aren't wrong, especially since ST is a public figure?
Now, let us look at ST's retort. It too contains a few assertions:
1. Modi was silly to make that remark.
2. So, I replied, my wife is priceless.
3. Modi needs to be able to love someone to understand that.
The first assertion is an opinion, which ST is entitled to have. Just like others are entitled to the opinion that ST is one of the androgynous, gayish, boor, who used divorces as stepping stones to newer women. The second assertion is an expression of his personal emotion. Every man, even a Shashi Tharoor, is surely entitled to feel that his wife is priceless. We congratulate Sunanda Pushkar, and wish the couple well. The third assertion too is a kind of emotional reality. The only glitch being that it insinuates that Modi is incapable of understanding love. Now, this indeed is libelous! Especially, since it is difficult to prove one way or the other. Only legal experts can have definitive say on the matter.
However, what is amply clear in this is that ST has not denied any of the charges made by Modi. He merely had made emotional counter-charges! Modi's later assertion that ST was removed from his ministership due to the allegations and the matter is still unresolved, and yet ST has been made a minister again is surely germane to the political debate on Corruption.
Nevertheless, notice how the hullabaloo has skirted the primary issue (Corruption by Congress) and is, harping on the 'social inappropriateness' of the observation. Recall that, until now, without any proof, rather despite the SIT report to the contrary, Narendra Modi is called by various names including mass-murderer, and so on. Does any one ever question the inappropriateness of the usage of such epithets?
In the Leftist, gender-Feminist paradigm, a man can be carelessly called a mass-murderer and it is OK; but if a woman is referred to, notwithstanding the factual nature of the content, by any term which these anti-Males deem derogatory, it is the misogynist expression of the everlasting-hateful-patriarchy against the eternal-victim the women.
Also rife are the insinuations that such despicable misogyny is inseparable part of Hindutva! Do these people ever tell you what Muhammad did according to Islam's own historians?
However, what is the Hindutva-brigade doing? They are busy doing everything besides plain, simple, and direct confrontation! This is what is so irritating about them. Not that Modi is extremely wise; but if the Hindutva brigade can not be half-as-smart as Modi, why does it indulge in Advani-like tomfoolery?
It is never a problem if a woman (and we are not insinuating anything here) is a prostitute. In our tradition, the prostitute, Pingala attained as high a state of devotion as any spiritual realization that other great men may have attained. We, Hindus, must never fall into the trap of Semitic Morality, where a sex-worker is looked down upon, or is condemned to death by stoning. And, we must also expose these Leftists who subscribe to the same semitic morality when they think that calling a sex worker a prostitute is insulting to the woman! It is those, who are screwing our motherland by misappropriating lakhs of crores of tax-payers money, that are an insult to human kind. It is those, who think that a prostitute woman is unworthy of respect, that are an insult to human kind. Hindutva brigade will be much wiser in exposing such abominations including the Tharoor types, as well as the Leftist gender-feminist types.