Whoever Fights Monsters — Revisited

My blog post of Jan 26th (Whoever Fights Monsters …) was republished by The Quint and subsequently ended up on Yahoo also.

At the Yahoo site, a few hundred comments (and replies to comments) were posted. Most of the comments were critical of my opinion, and many simply declared that I was a paid Congress agent, and anti-Hindu and anti-India to boot. I had stirred a hornet’s nest.

Which was sad because it showed that those people have reading comprehension problems. In my piece I severely criticized Nehru and Indira, and the Congress. And I faulted Modi for not keeping his “Congress-mukt Bharat” promise. The Congress is corrupt, not stupid. It would have been stupid for them to pay someone who is implacably opposed to them.

Modi bhakts read my criticism of Modi as an endorsement of his opponents. That’s stupid. My limited point in my opinion piece was that Modi has not been good for India. That is not meant as an endorsement of the opposition. It is possible to be the best (which is a relative term) and also be quite terrible (which is an absolute term.)

Some even doubted whether I had ever supported Modi. Here’s a piece I wrote in May 2014 — a few days after the 2014 election results: Narendra Modi will Transform India.

I was so wrong.

Author: Atanu Dey

Economist.

3 thoughts on “Whoever Fights Monsters — Revisited”

  1. Dear Atanu,

    Oh, that one!

    And here I thought that it was one of the two best coming of the age for you. (We are not separated, I gather from your write-ups over the years, by, say, more than a five-year plan.) The best was your piece on the Shabarimala. The reason I so say is, in the first case (Shabarimala), I actually wrote down a piece, only to find yours integrating theory to the political practice in an exemplary manner, whereas mine was lacking even in basic grammar (but not in such virtues as authenticity or originality or earnestness or the sheer concern and curiosity with one’s own betters, even if separated by a distance of millenia). In the second case, I didn’t even think of writing one. It was just so slightly amusing, because I knew that you had supported PM Mr. Modi—and more important, your reasons why.

    Alright.

    Bye for now. [Got tons of work to do.]

    Best,

    –Ajit

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