April 20, 2012

How the extreme Right is screwing America and the extreme Left is screwing India!

I have been in the United States the last few days on a lecture tour. Every time I come here, I discover more fascinating things about this fascinating country! Though my hectic tour has not allowed me much time, as I would have loved to go through all manners of newspapers and magazines, I have still managed to go through a lot of them. And one thing strikes me as very strange. I mean, most of the media is full of stories about the imminent face off between the Republican Mitt Romney and the Democrat incumbent Barack Obama. But the media seems to have an equal number of stories on the Tea Party, on how the Republicans are waging a war on women and on how Obama has a massive lead over Romney when it comes to women voters in America. One thing you must grant this country – even those from the ‘Left’ ideologies who dislike America so much – the freedom of speech here is genuine and everybody seems to exercise the right to yell their heads off! I was blown away by some of the articles, columns and opinion pieces on controversial issues like Obamacare and the shooting of the Florida teenager by a white man that would have almost surely caused riots in India or would have been banned!

But even as I enjoyed reading about these ideological issues and debates here in America, one thought kept coming back to me. It was about how the extreme Right in America seems to be so ideologically rigid, so stubborn and so divorced from reality. And yes, so obsessed with so called family and Christian values. I was shocked to know that a significant number of people in many Midwestern states of America still think that Obama is a Muslim who goes to a mosque! And I couldn’t help thinking about how, in a way, the extreme Left in India is behaving in a manner similar to the extreme Right in the United States. I mean, if many extreme Right-wing types in America seem to nurture a hatred for Islam, many extreme Left-wing types in India seem to nurture a hatred for Hinduism. And I realized three things that are very disturbing. The first is that the extreme Right in America and the extreme Left in India have a very dominant space in mainstream media. The second is that in their respective countries, they both have an unusual influence on policy making. The third is that such rigid ideological stands and blind opposition to anything that doesn’t suit their worldview is literally screwing both countries.
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15 comments:

simran said...

Really strange and sad, how the two largest democracies of the world are being hijacked by extremist.

Rohit said...

Really a nice article......thanks so much for writing such great stuff.

Annu said...

Don't want to say much about America,but as far as India is concerned ,it is being screwed by all.........left,right center.

Tinku Sharma said...

Arindam Chaudhuri,i'm a big fan of your articles and wait eagerly every week for it....you are doing a great job sir!!!!!!

Sagar Negi said...

You are right Mr. Chaudhuri, influence of the extreme Right in America and the extreme Left in India on mainstream media is not very healthy.

Deepak Verma said...

You are doing great job Arindam Chaudhuri.....India really needs many more great leaders like you.

aaryan said...

Only God can save India from such extremists and their disastrous policies and plans.

Ramesh kumar said...

Why do people keep talking about the Gujarat riot......I don't think it is the first of its kind in India,communal riots is common here.....

Himanshu said...

everyone including the left and the govt talk about these riots and issues only to gain the upper hand against the opposition and not out of concern for its people!!!!!

Sumit said...

Villages in India really need more schools....children there need to be educated but its the cities which are coming up with many schools,where the poor can't even afford to go.

Diptimayee Nayak said...

Communal riots should not happen again.....instead of being part of such violence,people here must be proud that India is a home to so many communities.

maan said...

Very true......extreme left and right in India and USA want to apply their rules and policies irrespective of what people really are in need of.

prachi said...

We need to get rid of such extremists for the nation's better future.

Shama said...

Riots and such incidents are a past now,simplt talking about such incidents again and again will not do any good to the country and its people and our ministers need to understand this.

Bodhan said...

Not only on the media,influence of the extreme left and extreme right in both the countries on policy making is very dangerous as well....

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