Why we avoid skewering

Because it is difficult to match such high standards

Author Aatish Taseer in The TNB Self-interview on an Indian woman writer (of the Gandhians with a Gun fame):

You’ve said some pretty harsh things about a certain writer cum activists on the Left–no names!–who, we in the States, kind of like. She seems, in an environment of rapacious capitalism, to be a friend of the poor and marginalised. What possible objection could you have to her?

Aatish: None except that I don’t think she’s a friend of the poor at all. She would like to doom them to a permanent state of picturesque poverty. They are beautiful to her–the poor–beautiful, benign and faceless. And that is exactly how she wants them to stay. Let me say also that it is not the poor who animate her politics. Oh, no! The people who get her into the streets are the new middle classes. This class, still among the most fragile in India, people who have newly emerged from the most dire conditions, are despicable to her. She mocks their clothes; their trouble with English; she hates their ambitions; when India wins the cricket and she sees them celebrating, her skin crawls; she wants, more than anything, to do these people down. And it is her overwhelming hatred of them that allows her to be a friend of movements that are seemingly far apart. The jihadists, the Maoists, the Kashmir movement, the anti-development people…they’re all her friends. Anyone who can prove a credible threat to the future of India is a friend of that woman. I would go so far as to say she has a prurient fascination with the enemies of India. And where do they love her? In Pakistan, and in the faculty rooms of Europe and America. No surprise there.

Also, this business of pretending she’s a lone voice in the wilderness. What rubbish! At least have the good grace to admit that not one thing she says is provocative or new; it is perfectly banal. And we know how well the universities Europe and America reward this bogus cant![Link]

…she has a prurient fascination with the enemies of India. That is it.


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3 Responses to Why we avoid skewering

  1. Pagan November 10, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Aatish Tasser. Respect.

  2. Pandit November 12, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    Crisp and articulate. Loved reading his Temple-Goers, can’t wait to get a hand on Noon. New found respect for this gentleman right here.

  3. Bhadra November 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Example, better still is Omar Abdullaha. Instead of providing good governance, administration and justice, he is busy killing insider dalals of extortions. When he faces political heat for his acts and feels unsafe politically, he talks of AFSPA ?

    What a political stunt at the cost of the Armed Forces of the Union. Who does not know who planned and actively insured infiltration of Jammat cadres into the J&K administration, police and politicians !

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