As I write this, a concerted effort by some Hindu activists to boycott Amir Khan’s copycat film Lal Singh Chaddha seems to be succeeding. One hopes that the main goals of the boycott will be met.
But what exactly are the goals?
This is extremely important – without laser focus on the goals, we are just floundering like a bird in a cage without any results. As we seek to bring the cheetah back from Africa to revive its population in India, let us remember the beauty and grace of its running – not a wasted movement or moment.
In order to focus on goals, we must first know what those goals are. While this sounds simple, it often gets blurred in the excitement of the action. To the point where the actions even become counterproductive.
For me, the goals are very clear – to send a message that there is a cost to gratuitous Hinduphobia. Nothing less and more important, nothing more.
As I have pointed out in other articles, Hinduphobia today not only has zero costs, but enormous benefits. The easiest way to get instant fame, recognition and rewards is to drop some anti-Hindu remark. It can be cleverly disguised as rationalism or pro-subaltern or pro-environment.
Or it can even be left out there bare and direct like some of the tweets and FB posts from our “fact checker” Zubair (since deleted). Either way, it’s a ticket to rewards and benefits.
Whether it’s donations to your NGOs and fundraisers from overseas evangelical lobbies, a slice of George Soros’s regime change billions, OpEd chances in the awakened liberal magazines of the West, rewards and titles from the left ecosystem.
lucrative academic gigs in America and European universities, prizes Magsaysays, Booker Prizes, Pulitzers, maybe even a Nobel one day—there are countless ways to cash in on a hidden or overt Hinduphobia, especially if it’s well-packaged. Reasons Behind BoyCott Of Laal Sign Chhadda Movie
Turning this situation around 180 degrees will not be easy at all. The LSC boycott is just a small step in that direction. The road is long and difficult.
But to reach the main goal, sometimes one has to stop, take stock, and sometimes even take a few steps back.
Why am I saying this? It goes back to the goals – an end to the baseless Hinduphobia.
Hindu activists have essentially copied the Left’s patented boycott and deplatforming tactics. Even in such matters, they must learn to copy the approach of the global jihadi left. As merciless and severe as their “punishment” is for breaking the party line, their reward systems are all the more attractive and provide a powerful incentive to toe the line. Reasons Behind BoyCott Of Laal Singh Chhadha Movie
Hindus do not have the financial power to offer rewards even for simply refraining from anti-Hindu hatred to the extent that can be offered for Hinduphobia. Frankly, despite eight years in power, the BJP government’s record on this is pathetic. On the contrary, in fruitless efforts to curry favor with the Stalinist left, their media and intellectual warriors are often given a platform by the Modi government, sometimes causing upheaval and backfiring, as happened with the infamous fringe leftist US-Indian “journalist”.
But in our own small way, we can try to tip the scales. This means that apart from danda we also have to resort to ‘saam’ and ‘daam’. And a little ‘bhed’ thrown in. How?
We must be willing to offer a way out for those who engage in unwarranted Hinduphobia under certain circumstances.
I know that sounds a bit oxymoronic, but the fact is that we cannot handle every case of ‘hate’ in exactly the same way as others. Reasons Behind BoyCott Of Laal Singh Chhadha Movie.
Not all of them are necessarily driven by a deep-seated hatred of our faith. Not everyone is a dedicated soldier in the Stalinist Left’s pogrom against Hinduism. Not everyone has a quota or goal to harvest a certain number of souls. And not everyone is a jihadist who believes in Ghazwa-e-hind.
Many are in it because it costs nothing to be in the good books of the awakened left.
Many people who are new to the anti-Hindu hate business quietly abandon it when they know the costs, and more importantly, when they know that it is also possible to win back Hindu support and their dollars.
If they believe that nothing they do in repentance, real or otherwise, will ever change, they are more likely to harden their positions like a cornered animal. As with a bear you encounter in the wild, offering a way out is often the best solution.
Whether Amir Khan’s half-hearted apologies and regrets qualify for such a liberal approach to his future endeavors is not for me to say. We have to keep a close eye on his track record.
But just the fact that costs are imposed, but rewards are on the table, causes a change in behavior. Check out our Yugpurush’s recent post and compare it with his past anti-Hindu rants.
And that’s exactly what we want. Nothing more.