Knowing Sadanand Dhume – Nastiness Ad Nauseum?


Sadanand Dhume (SD) writing in American makes a pitch that the Indians in the US should vote Republican Party. The shallowness and factual short comings in his position are being highlighted here. One can also get a glimpse of the agenda SD types push.   SD writes

And in general, Republicans have greater clarity about the threats democracies such as India face from the rise of an authoritarian China and the resurgence of radical Islam.

Dhume is deliberately muted on xn fascist evangelism and its threat to democracy. Apart from subverting state apparatus under Sonia Maino, Christian evangelist initiatives have seen an over drive converting naïve natives, and driving a malicious demographic offensive in large parts of India. Insidious evangelist conversion is a zero sum game and remains a greater threat than radical Islam in undermining native Indian well-being – as far as scale goes, today, Islamic radicalism is restricted to radicalizing Muslims; Christian evangelist initiatives go deeper in terms of their impact and subversion. Influential republicans have tended to back evangelist agenda. While Christians encourage Hindu versus Muslim narrative, christians at least since 1500s, have played a significant if not dominant role in shaping India’s destiny.

Others still may simply prefer the gaudy identity politics of the Democratic Party to the GOP’s quieter acceptance of all as Americans.

Juvenile attempt by Dhume here to hide Republican party’s “Christian” identity politics?

The overwhelming majority of Indian-Americans are economic refugees who fled the wreckage of Nehruvian socialism for greener pastures.

Dhume deliberately omits here the enabler of economic abyss – nehurivan sickularism. And that Indian poverty was an outcome of Islamic and much more significantly xn imperialisms.

That both Jindal and Haley tend to wear their conversion to Christianity on their sleeves obliquely sends the message to some that the largely Hindu and Sikh Indian-American community may not be entirely welcome.

Dhume has resorted to malicious obfuscation here. Nimrata Randhawa was not a typical Christian convert. She was a proud Sikh. Even her marriage followed Sikh procedures. Reality of pervasive Christian intolerance in polity and smear innuendos made the proud Sikh reluctantly acknowledge herself as a Christian.

By nominating a Mormon to run for the presidency, the GOP has punctured the myth that it belongs only to fundamentalist Christians.

Irrelevant straw man pitch by Dhume here. GOP nominating a Mormon is different from GOP nominating a Rajiv Malhotra. While some Christians may consider Mormon to be less/un Christian, most Hindus/Sikhs, let alone Christians, would see a Mormon with their belief in bible and christ as Christian enough.

Moreover, no reasonable person can gainsay the fact that America’s prosperity and proud tradition of religious liberty owe their existence to a society built on a bedrock of Judeo-Christian values.

Dhume’s gloves are out. Prosperity and Liberty as outcomes of xn values is sophistry at it nastiest. Dhume skates on thin ice here and falls flat. Dhume uses “gainsay” instead of “deny”.  Did he think subconsciously that his charlatan-giri here would not get noticed? A reasonable person just needs to consider the following questions to unplug Dhume’s chicanery here: Isn’t islam a uber-judeo-xn ethic? Will judeo-xn values take America to a medieval hell-hole? And has liberation theology got nothing to do with judeo-xn values? Was there biblical justification of segregation and slavery and sending natives to settlements? “Judeo-xn values” sophistry pushed by the pretentious is a stinking lemon if there was one particularly in the light of christian resistance to Science and the efforts to stop and undermine teaching of evolution. Readers should notice the similarity between Dhume gloves and Amartya Sen take on xn schools.

Closing Comments: Binary stereotypes and sophistry – small/large govt, pro/anti choice, and ‘bipartisanship is good’ type narratives pushed in the US have limited utility and often help camouflage reality. This piece is not to value judge Romney or Obama. Jimmy Carter et al are as “Christian” as they come. Evangelist goals received strong support in Clinton administration as well. An American, including the Hindu would be well off making their voting decision based on the ideas presented, track record of the candidates, influential party stakeholders and chose the better option. Christian extremism remains a factor in the US polity and undermining that would mean good for the Americans. Fox TV/Sarah Palin type “family values” is euphemism for “christian values”; while Sean Hannity etc try and work up a frenzy on “Big Government”, what they censor is their position for “Big God”, a slippery path with a track record of causing incalculable harm to humanity, no different from Shariah hell-holes.

Tailpiece: There is a small section of motivated and pretentious HINOs often with links to dubious moneybags that parrot out of context xn west republican/conservative lines for India– secular/center right etc. Most of this agenda peddlers are quintessential sepoy types of another variety and often anti-Hindu. The gullible Hindu is the audience for this chicanery and disinformation.


4 Responses to Knowing Sadanand Dhume – Nastiness Ad Nauseum?

  1. Indian Right, for some silly reasons, I have not been able to fathom, sees Republican Party as a role model – and the Tea Party.
    An external supporter group to India’s significant Right-Wing Party confessed to me (privately) that ‘one-day, we hope to be in India like the Tea Party is to the Republican Party in the USA.’ This was a gentleman, who was well-to-do, has a blog of his own, well-connected, well-read and educated. He did not see the intellectual bankruptcy of the statement.
    Indian Right Wing supporters have replicated in India, the platform of ‘media bias’, on the same lines, as the supporters of the Republican Party make in the USA. There is no study, (that I know of) aggregated for mainstream media, which studies any explicit or implicit media bias. But the aggressive posturing the Indian Right, rumbles on.
    There is no denying that media, has its blindspots. Moreover, readers also seek in mass media, the re-assurance of their own political postures. Thus a centrist readership of ToI or Hindustan Times, gets centrist viewpoints from ToI or Hindustan Times. A Leftist The Hindu appeals to the socialist, modern, English-speaking South Indian.
    The danger in this is that political parties instead of being servants of the voter and the citizenry, become the masters of discourse – controlling the media and the Voter thinking. Rigid, unattached posture by the media and the Citizenry is needed to drive a national agenda, and to keep the political parties as servants – instead of masters.
    Which brings me back to Sadanand Dhume types. Dhume belongs to widely spread species of Indian-origin journos, with ‘global’ media. ‘Global’ implies finally, a West-controlled media outlet.
    You have people like Krittivas Mukherjee, who make out that Indian money lenders are accepting women as collateral in rural India. That is a serious allegation – and without even anecdotal data. As a journo, he should know that anecdotal evidence is random in nature – unless there is clear trend , which can then be confirmed by anecdotes, which Krittivas does not give.
    Or you have ‘Empty Hundy’ Mukherjee (Andy), who instead of pointing out that Asian and Emerging Group of countries prop up the US economy, with nearly US$4 trillion as dollar reserves, makes out that we must bang our begging bowls in front of Uncle Sam.
    Every ‘failure’ of India, Indians, Indian Govt., that the pontificating Dhume-Baba, lectures on, has a parallel in the US and the West. It is not surprising that Indians dont know about it – but for Dhume to imply that these failures are unique to India is pure dishonesty. Nothing less.
    In this specific case, I am sure Dhume knows that George Bush and the Republican Party declared a demographic war on India – so well documented and detailed in the Tehelka exposé. But Dhume does not make any sounds about this.
    Looking at the above journos, it is clear, that these people are not Indians. Either in spirit, or by leaning, on their minds, of their conviction, in their loyalty. Which is not surprising. These are the people who (and their families) left India, to seek ‘greener’ pastures. By their nature, they seek greener pastures.
    So, if these Krittivas, ‘Hundy, Dhume-Baba types are seen as Indians, by Indians, it is our own failing – if not stupidity. Going by the comments of most Indian-émigrés on my and other blogs, their love of Indian-failures is pathological. Give any Indian-émigré, stories about India’s failings, failures – and they start salivating at the prospect of attacking India. Posing as well-wishers and critics, these Indian-émigré group, include people like Jagdish Bhagwati, Amartya Sen or the ill-mannered Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.
    65 years ago, a nascent India, needed to celebrate Indian successes. Indians then, globally, were Indians – in their minds, bodies, spirit, attitude. Whether it was Thind, or the Ghadar Party, even though immigrants, they had not yet become immi-grunts.
    Today, the Indian-émigré who holds the desi Indian in contempt needs a kick in his backside. He needs to be reminded that it was the Indian desi who built this country – and not these greener pasture Indian-émigré. It is time, we Indians called this bluff. In the last 65 years, we have seen how the West has declined – and India has steadily climbed and built itself. Our attitude, approach, leadership, society, thought-process need no lessons from losers like these Indian-émigrés.
    We have done well without you – and thanks for your concern. But, your new homeland needs your concern much more than India does.

  2. Its a befitting synopsis of the fool who proclaims himself to be an authority of Indian Politics from across the ocean. Basically a possessor of some foolish and extravagant infatuation for Sonia Gandhi and who would sweat it out to write absolute crap for her sake.

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