Back in 2016, the Dailymail UK had published an article titled “How being anti-Hindu became fashionable among India’s middle-class”, written by Minhaz Merchant. Fast-forward to 2018, the trend has gained strong momentum, especially after the popularization of the new media organisations like Scroll, Wire, Quint, The News Minute, The Print, Scoopwhoop, Caravan, Logical Indian, Being Indian, Huffington Post India, and Buzzfeed to name a few. Not only does the Gen-X urban youth belonging to the nouveau riche population inhabiting the metros lap up these article, but also relate and identify themselves with the content published by these websites.

Which brings me to the question, what makes these sites so relatable to their readers? Is it just their content? Is it the diligent and painstaking research, analytics, facts, and data that these websites provide? Are their journalists the best in the country? Ace Internet Journalism at its best?

Probably NOT!

Scroll recently published a “gem” of an article by a journalist called Pallavi Rao titled “Why every bowl of rasam reminds me of the tyranny of Brahmanism – The history of rasam in my household speaks of histories of exclusion, segregation and power dynamics”.

This very intelligently (sic) drafted article was pulled down and deleted by the end of the day after it was severely criticised and called out for being intellectually bankrupt.

A little insight into the author of this article, Pallavi Rao is enough to make us understand exactly what she meant and where she was coming from while writing this gem of an article. Pallavi Rao’s articles on Medium provide this perfect insight.

On Medium, she describes herself as “Anti-caste, Feminist, Self-reflecting, Critiquing. This space is a writing experiment, Jai Bhim”.

In her very first article, titled “24-Carat Brahmanism”, Pallavi says “ Over the last year, I accompanied the women in my family for gold-shopping, and several experiences later, the idea for this blog kind of popped into my head. What if I could keep a diary of the daily privileged experiences of being Brahmin? Specifically, to connect what people consider to be ‘normal’ casteless experiences and to see them through the lens of Brahminism? Something as simple as shopping for gold, or purchasing the ubiquitously Brahmin silk saree?”

What exact “privileges” are Brahmins experiencing according to her? What is this lady talking about? This is untrue, especially because this seems like the same theory imported from the US/Videshi culture which is not applicable to the Indian context.

What exactly is a “ubiquitously Brahmin silk saree”? Is she referring to a 9 yard silk saree or is it something only she has invented in her head. From rasam to 24 carat gold to sarees, everything is seemingly , “ubiquitously” Brahmin for her!

Now she has used this “lens of Brahmanism” to write more such gems. Though her articles are now unavailable on Medium, the titles of her articles provide us the required insight into her blatant obsession with “Brahmanism”, which clearly contradicts with the introduction and the words she has used to describe herself. Instead of seeing from a “Brahmanical lens” she seems to be viewing life and writing about it through a very darkly-tinted Western lens. Stumble and fall on her face, she might!

This seems like the age old, essentially Western tactic used by missionaries and Videshi sociologists in the past, to build a false narrative of the “oppressed and downtrodden” in order to convert and colonize Hindus by creating an illusion in the name of education and upliftment.

There was another journalist Nilanjana Bhowmick who wrote an article titled “Militant Hinduism and the Reincarnation of Hanuman – Hanuman 2.0 is not benign. The smile on his face has been replaced with strong frown lines. He radiates mean energy against a black and saffron background.” which was published by The Wire soon after Hanuman Jayanthi this year. She has a Masters in Radio Journalism from “a” university in the UK.

A little insight into Nilanjana Bhowmick, she is an award-winning journalist who in her own words says “I have reported extensively on development issues like human rights, women and child rights, the environment. I also have a special interest in Climate change issues in the developing world.I am extremely committed to my work. Deadlines are sacrosanct – even the ones I set for myself. If you hire me, you will have no cause for complaint. In my 11 year long career, I cannot think of a single blooper — did I sound like I am boasting there? Nah! Just stating a fact :)”

This award-winning journalist who extensively reports and supports the rights of women and children, displayed her secular and liberal “paranoia”through her article on the “Hanuman 2.0” after watching a group of Hindus celebrating a festival on the streets, “brandishing swords”. Makes one wonder how she would react if ever caught in a jam during Muharram? Would she react the same way on witnessing the brutal and ceremonial self-flagellation during Muharram, where Muslim Shiite men and young boys bleed themselves on the streets? Would she feel safe reporting the details or would her existing paranoia take over and cause her to have a fit of anxiety or suffer a nervous breakdown?

Which now brings me to another renowned female journalist, Rohini Singh. Yes, the one who was fired by Economic Times for her low journalistic ethics. Rohini Singh had famously written an article titled “The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah” and is currently being sued along with The Wire for defamation by the BJP supremos. In her own words, Rohini says “Intimidation and harassment are tools often used by powerful people to get journalists to toe the line. As someone famously once said and I paraphrase, news is something someone wants to suppress, everything else is advertising. I don’t know about others but I don’t wish to lose focus of that. I would rather quit journalism than do the sort of reportage that I see often around me. Many of you have been extremely kind to me and are investing me with qualities I probably don’t have. I don’t do the sort of stories I do because I am ‘ brave’. I do them because that’s journalism and not bravery.”

What “qualities” is she talking about? Quality journalism? Reporting facts and doing so objectively instead of plastering her imagination and personal opinions on anything and everything political and apolitical?

Most recently, Rohini tweeted about Sadhguru-Jaggi Vasudev’s Quote “Once you create a distance between you and your body, between you and your mind, that is the end of suffering” #SadhguruQuotes.
To which Rohini Singh tweeted “In other words smoke pot”. Her tweet got over 700 likes and over 228 retweets. Although this was meant to a joke, Rohini Singh has knowingly or unknowingly managed to display her limited understanding of spirituality and mental consciousness.

Now what Sadhguru said or meant must have been incomprehensible for her and most other journalists like her who have hopped on the new bandwagon of neo-journalism that is based on their own opinions, sense of identity, and perception rather than diligently researched facts, figures, and the truth.

Which brings me back to the question, what is the need for these yellow-journalists to go out there and obsessively identify themselves as feminists or their confusing compulsion to display their secularism the only thing they know: bashing the Hindu majority as a method to appease and express solidarity with the other religious minorities. Does doing that make them liberal or does it display their blatant lack of self-identity and worth? Does their need arise from a deep sense of personal inadequacy and Hinduphobia? Why do they feel the compulsion to identify themselves strongly with a certain ideology, be it feminism, liberalism, secularism or anything and then express it vocally or through their “news articles”? Also aren’t these ideologies a “Way of Life” just like these women talk about a religion like Sanatana Dharma?

Since self-loathing is the new trend to express liberalism, feminism and secularism, Bollywood drama-queens were not far behind. Soon after the controversial and sensitive Kathua rape case, the likes of Kareena Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor along with the other insignificant artist Swara Bhaskar, had to go overboard and communalise the rape by holding placards about how they were “ashamed” of being Hindu. All in the name of promoting their upcoming film ‘Veere Di Wedding’, their act of condemning or rather sensationalising the rape of child by adding a religious and essentially Hinduphobic angle to it, also unknowing displayed to the world their IQ , EQ, and psychologically distorted sense of self, accompanied by their deep sense of self-loathing.
So you hate the fact that you are Hindu? Your sense of identity towards a religion or people is causing you great shame! What does that say about their mental state?

Obsessive Compulsive Secular Disorder – Sickularism!

Back in 2016, the Dailymail UK had published an article titled “How being anti-Hindu became fashionable among India’s middle-class”, written by Minhaz Merchant. Fast-forward to 2018, the trend has gained strong momentum, especially after the popularization of the new media organisations like Scroll, Wire, Quint, The News Minute, The Print, Scoopwhoop, Caravan, Logical Indian, Being Indian, Huffington Post India, and Buzzfeed to name a few. Not only does the Gen-X urban youth belonging to the nouveau riche population inhabiting the metros lap up these articles, but also relate and identify themselves with the content published by these websites.

Which brings me to the question, what makes these sites so relatable to their readers? Is it just their content? Is it the diligent and painstaking research, analytics, facts, and data that these websites provide? Are their journalists the best in the country? Ace Internet Journalism at its best?

Probably NOT!

Scroll recently published a “gem” of an article by a journalist called Pallavi Rao titled “Why every bowl of rasam reminds me of the tyranny of Brahmanism – The history of rasam in my household speaks of histories of exclusion, segregation and power dynamics”.

This very intelligently (sic) drafted article was pulled down and deleted by the end of the day after it was severely criticised and called out for being intellectually bankrupt.

A little insight into the author of this article, Pallavi Rao is enough to make us understand exactly what she meant and where she was coming from while writing this gem of an article. Pallavi Rao’s articles on Medium provide this perfect insight.

On Medium, she describes herself as “Anti-caste, Feminist, Self-reflecting, Critiquing. This space is a writing experiment, Jai Bhim”.

In her very first article, titled “24-Carat Brahmanism”, Pallavi says “ Over the last year, I accompanied the women in my family for gold-shopping, and several experiences later, the idea for this blog kind of popped into my head. What if I could keep a diary of the daily privileged experiences of being Brahmin? Specifically, to connect what people consider to be ‘normal’ casteless experiences and to see them through the lens of Brahminism? Something as simple as shopping for gold, or purchasing the ubiquitously Brahmin silk saree?”

What exact “privileges” are Brahmins experiencing according to her? What is this lady talking about? This is untrue, especially because this seems like the same theory imported from the US/Videshi culture which is not applicable to the Indian context.

What exactly is a “ubiquitously Brahmin silk saree”? Is she referring to a 9 yard silk saree or is it something only she has invented in her head. From rasam to 24 carat gold to sarees, everything is seemingly , “ubiquitously” Brahmin for her!

Now she has used this “lens of Brahmanism” to write more such gems. Though her articles are now unavailable on Medium, the titles of her articles provide us the required insight into her blatant obsession with “Brahmanism”, which clearly contradicts with the introduction and the words she has used to describe herself. Instead of seeing from a “Brahmanical lens” she seems to be viewing life and writing about it through a very darkly-tinted Western lens. Stumble and fall on her face, she might!

This seems like the age old, essentially Western tactic used by missionaries and Videshi sociologists in the past, to build a false narrative of the “oppressed and downtrodden” in order to convert and colonize Hindus by creating an illusion in the name of education and upliftment.

There was another journalist Nilanjana Bhowmick who wrote an article titled “Militant Hinduism and the Reincarnation of Hanuman – Hanuman 2.0 is not benign. The smile on his face has been replaced with strong frown lines. He radiates mean energy against a black and saffron background.” which was published by The Wire soon after Hanuman Jayanthi this year. She has a Masters in Radio Journalism from “a” university in the UK.

A little insight into Nilanjana Bhowmick, she is an award-winning journalist who in her own words says “I have reported extensively on development issues like human rights, women and child rights, the environment. I also have a special interest in Climate change issues in the developing world.I am extremely committed to my work. Deadlines are sacrosanct – even the ones I set for myself. If you hire me, you will have no cause for complaint. In my 11 year long career, I cannot think of a single blooper — did I sound like I am boasting there? Nah! Just stating a fact :)”

This award-winning journalist who extensively reports and supports the rights of women and children, displayed her secular and liberal “paranoia”through her article on the “Hanuman 2.0” after watching a group of Hindus celebrating a festival on the streets, “brandishing swords”. Makes one wonder how she would react if ever caught in a jam during Muharram? Would she react the same way on witnessing the brutal and ceremonial self-flagellation during Muharram, where Muslim Shiite men and young boys bleed themselves on the streets? Would she feel safe reporting the details or would her existing paranoia take over and cause her to have a fit of anxiety or suffer a nervous breakdown?

Which now brings me to another renowned female journalist, Rohini Singh. Yes, the one who was fired by Economic Times for her low journalistic ethics. Rohini Singh had famously written an article titled “The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah” and is currently being sued along with The Wire for defamation by the BJP supremos. In her own words, Rohini says “Intimidation and harassment are tools often used by powerful people to get journalists to toe the line. As someone famously once said and I paraphrase, news is something someone wants to suppress, everything else is advertising. I don’t know about others but I don’t wish to lose focus of that. I would rather quit journalism than do the sort of reportage that I see often around me. Many of you have been extremely kind to me and are investing me with qualities I probably don’t have. I don’t do the sort of stories I do because I am ‘ brave’. I do them because that’s journalism and not bravery.”

What “qualities” is she talking about? Quality journalism? Reporting facts and doing so objectively instead of plastering her imagination and personal opinions on anything and everything political and apolitical?

Most recently, Rohini tweeted about Sadhguru-Jaggi Vasudev’s Quote “Once you create a distance between you and your body, between you and your mind, that is the end of suffering” #SadhguruQuotes.
To which Rohini Singh tweeted “In other words smoke pot”. Her tweet got over 700 likes and over 228 retweets. Although this was meant to a joke, Rohini Singh has knowingly or unknowingly managed to display her limited understanding of spirituality and mental consciousness.

Now what Sadhguru said or meant must have been incomprehensible for her and most other journalists like her who have hopped on the new bandwagon of neo-journalism that is based on their own opinions, sense of identity, and perception rather than diligently researched facts, figures, and the truth.

Which brings me back to the question, what is the need for these yellow-journalists to go out there and obsessively identify themselves as feminists or their confusing compulsion to display their secularism the only they know how: by bashing the Hindu majority as a method to appease and express solidarity with the other religious minorities? Does doing that make them liberal or does it display their blatant lack of self identity and worth? Does their need arise from a deep sense of personal inadequacy and Hinduphobia? Why do they feel the compulsion to identify themselves strongly with a certain ideology, be it feminism, liberalism, secularism or anything and then express it vocally or through their “Fart’icles”? Also aren’t these ideologies a “Way of Life” just like these women talk about a religion like Sanatana Dharma?

Since self-loathing is the new trend to express liberalism, feminism and secularism, Bollywood drama-queens were not far behind. Soon after the controversial and sensitive Kathua rape case, the likes of Kareena Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor along with the other insignificant artist Swara Bhaskar, had to go overboard and communalise the rape by holding placards about how they were “ashamed” of being Hindu. All in the name of promoting their upcoming film ‘Veere Di Wedding’, their act of condemning or rather sensationalising the rape of a child by adding a religious and essentially Hinduphobic angle to it, also unknowing displayed to the world their IQ , EQ, and psychologically distorted sense of self, accompanied by their deep sense of self-loathing.
So you hate the fact that you are Hindu? Your sense of identity towards a religion or people is causing you great shame! What does that say about their mental state?

It is easy to make fun of cultural practices, especially in a country whose culture has been the target of colonial mischief for a few centuries, and continues to be so. Moreover, today’s world is over-exposed and in a multicultural flux, and young people will go through a phase of doubting traditions while looking for constants to anchor their consciousness to. One sees two basic responses to this crisis of identity: A dance of radical disrespect and vituperative outrage at anything traditional, or a radical new fanaticism around existing traditional identifications in some form.

In the normal course of life, as people mature spiritually, they first learn to realize that much of what we consider constant in this world is relative; and then as they mature further, they must find new absolutes in a relativistic world. This is a nuanced process, and shrill radicalism of any kind is a pitfall into even further immaturity, with all its rage and quick-fix solutions.

Mainstream journalism has already acquired a sorry reputation worldwide for “fake narratives” if not outright “fake news”, and Hindu culture has withstood far greater attacks than these. As India continues to grow and the world continues to change, these hatchet job sepoys of foreign ideological and political forces will fade into irrelevance or become exhibits for crassness and immaturity in some sociology textbook somewhere. Meanwhile, it is a useful exercise to track the antics of these media mavens as India speeds on and the Doppler Effect takes the same nonsensical rhetoric through its usual bell curve on the pitch scale.

This article is contributed by Sister Prerna Thiruvaipati.
Conclusion of this article is contributed by Brother Carl Clemens.

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