It seems Arundhati is confounded about idea of nationalism. Anti establishment sentiments appeal to her wisdom more than constructive criticism of establishment from within.
I would have chosen to become a disciple of Arundhati Roy, had she shared the dais with Abdul Kalam and urged Muslims of India to have him as role model instead of a Separatist who is enemy of the nation and a financial puppet of our neighbours. I would have chosen to become her devotee if she had conveyed that India is a state where a Muslim can become – A president of the Nation, A giant IT company owner with 1.37 weightage on BSE Sensex, Bollywood’s King Khan, Bharat Ratna for his service to musical instrument Shehnai and Captain of Indian cricket side without having being converted to Hindu religion.
Yes freedom of expression does matter in a democracy along with right of self determination. But what Arundhati Roy seems to have forgotten is all those freedoms and rights she openly advocates should necessarily be within the framework of constitution along with a sense of national pride and supreme interest of the nation embedded into them.
Anything outside this framework without loyalty to the national flag is not only undemocratic but also antinational – treason of highest class. Her continuous soft support for Anti Establishment Sentiments give her image of frustrated citizen who sees no hope in fighting the system from within.
Probably Roy needs to visit schools again where one is taught – Ask what I can do for my country instead of what my country can do for me.
By taking side of Separatist leader in the valley, Roy has lost respect of millions of Indians whose heart pumps with excitement every time they listen to national anthem. May be as a consolation prize, she might get support of people who choose not to salute the Indian national flag.
Coming to right of self determination – Right of self determination on choosing nationality for any state today in modern India does not solely lie with the state itself. Behind every 1 Separatist in the valley there are thousands in other states of India who want to protect national territories. Their right matters too.
Sad part is some idiots in the valley do not foresee that their future is best secured with rising economic power that India is instead of following a country in complete disarray. Greater sad part is Arundhati Roy does not realize it either.
If Kashmir has to established as a separate country on the grounds of hate India (as it is predominantly a Hindu nation) then there is another chaotic 21st century Pakistan in the making.
Right of self determination as described by Roy can never be compared with Independence struggle of India. Firstly Delhi is not as much a foreign rule to Kashmir as much as British were to Indians (scope of present article does not go deep into this). Secondly India got independence from British not out of Hate Christianity school of thought (although Hindus suffered from the conversions the most). Churches have been protected in India post 1947. Can it be said about the temples in barbaric north western part of our neighbour’s post 1947 – A country which laid its foundations on hatred for other religions rather than self respect for their own and eventually crucified their own fate.
I would like to share here a wonderful memory here – A Muslim Tabala maestro once happily accepted a small idol of Lord Vitthal from the organizers before the concert. Such majestic and outstanding was the display of his skills in playing Tabala that a Hindu Audience gave him standing ovation for complete 3 minutes. I Hope Arundhati Roy shares such experiences with her friends from the valley.
Arundhati Roy is certainly out of book shelves of many Indians– Forever.
(Coming Soon – In the next article, kapilnaik.com would give a fitting reply to Arundhati’s arguments which she made in her speech in Delhi)