A few days ago I saw a Facebook post on Babasaheb Ambedkar which spoke about how he hated Hinduism, and how the evil that is Hinduism needs to be eliminated completely from Indian Society. I normally don’t indulge in online debates, but this time, the temptation got the better of me and I tried to share a contrarian point of view with this individual. My comments led to a barrage of personal insults and abuses. It was obviously a very bad idea.
Forget this particular incident, but if we have a systematic look at the overall socio-political discourse in India, we will see a clear trend. From the mainstream media to the social science and humanities departments in universities, there is a trend in one single direction. All these streams of thought dissemination have largely been transformed into zones of extreme intolerance, where speech and expression are strictly controlled by Left Liberals, who push their own propaganda and the so-called progressive values upon impressionable young minds. Our youth has not been exposed to both sides of the debate.
Left liberals are stifling down speech and intellectual diversity in India. This is not some myth propagated by crazy right-wingers. Just think about it. Ask yourself the following questions. When was the last time you have heard some university/college inviting a speaker who will give a talk against the Aryan Invasion Theory? Have you ever seen a mainstream media outlet interviewing, or simply discussing the work of the likes of Sita Ram Goel, Ram Swarup, Rajiv Malhotra, Shrikant Talageri, Koenraad Elst etc? If it comes to showcasing a point of view in relation to Hinduism, have you ever seen a mainstream media outlet inviting a traditional scholar from that Darshana? When it comes to discussing our National Icons like Chatrapati Shivaji, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Sardar Patel etc, have you ever seen a program where a balanced point of view is showcased? Has there been a program on national television which discussed the views of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayanand Saraswati and Babasaheb Ambedkar on Islam & Christianity? What is the real history of India? Was Ashoka really that great? Was Akbar the ruler of the single largest kingdom of India? Can there be an alternative view on Tipu Sultan? Can there be an alternative Idea of India?
The biggest problem with Left Liberals is their inability to handle Intellectual Diversity. The Leftists are reasonably comfortable with religious/ethnic/racial/gender diversity. Well not all of it, if given an option the Left in India would certainly like to eliminate all Brahmans from the face of the earth:-) But the moment someone gives a point of view that differs from the set of beliefs held by a Left Liberal it is game over. You will be attacked by a barrage of labels. Left Liberals suffer from a superiority complex. They are like those school bullies who don’t like to be questioned back. They have somehow convinced themselves cognitively that they hold superior values in comparison to everyone else. They are extremely intolerant towards ideas/individuals that challenge them and try to show them an alternative line of thought. Look at how the left has hijacked Babasaheb Ambedkar. They cannot allow another intellectual assessment of the great man.
The Left finds intellectual diversity very difficult to digest. It causes a lot of tension and anxiety to them. On the one hand, they claim to be open minded and accommodating but they find the idea of intellectual diversity very disturbing. The Left Liberal craves for people who look different, but cannot think differently.You cannot disagree with a Left Liberal. Most of the times the attitude is more along the lines of how dare you disagree with me!! This attitude has become a part of their DNA. It is a genetic disorder that is being passed on via verbal & academic indoctrination from one generation to another. In fact, if we have a close look at the modus operandi we will see that the left follows the model of Abrahamic religions where thought is supposed to be homogenized.
What is the sign of a dynamic and healthy society? If we ask any reasonable human being they’ll say a healthy society is a place where all individuals have freedom for personal and intellectual growth. There is an environment which enables its citizens to explore new ideas and philosophies that challenge their current set of beliefs. But is that the case in India?
What is the single most important factor in the development of your character? When a child is growing up, isn’t it the duty of the parent to expose that child to different sides of the argument? Intellectual diversity enhances creativity. It will help us to come to more refined and nuanced perspectives on individual issues. It can lead to better decision making. If you are an entrepreneur, an intellectually diverse environment can lead to a healthy thought provoking work environment which will encourage innovation and in turn improve the bottom line. An intellectually diverse environment will make people work harder cognitively which will lead to better outcomes.
Intellectual Diversity is the single most important factor for any society. Yes, it can cause some emotional stress. But just like any physical exercise, there is no gain without some pain. We need intellectual diversity. It is only by encouraging Intellectual Diversity that we can have a truly pluralistic society.