Monday, November 10, 2008

Ask not!

Indian seculars are, as always, busy making predictable conclusions. Toutlook webpage is brimming with Obamamania. Our 'secular' journos will give Keith Olbermann a run for money when it comes to I heart Obama. It's a different matter that the seculars discovered Obama much later than America and the world had been there. They were drooling at Hillary's feet in the meantime. Besides, Keith Olberman is intelligent. There's a virtual stampede to claim ownership of Obama's victory, in India mind you. But when you are trounced on every electoral predictions over past few yrs. and perform worst than avians(parrots must have a higher success rate) with your forecasts, getting it right for once, even if on "global cues," is bound to cheer you up.

In keeping with 'secular' media's finest vainglorious traditions, not only are they claiming Obama's victory as their own, but also talking down to Indians at the same. The prescriptions and diagnoses vary anywhere between 'I told you so and I'm telling you so' to a more blatanly insulting one: You're bigots.

In that vein, one Mr Dipankar Gupta also has the temerity to suggest that the majority needs to' introspect' as to how they treat minorities. He has it completely backwards! (Surprisingly, he asks how "we" treat minorities. We who? Since he is a secular, for a moment I thought he's talking about the kidgloves treatment received by the minorities, only to be disappointed :)

If there's someone who needs "introspection," now moreso than ever, it is the minorities, for Obama won not by bellowing about minority grievances-- which has been raised to an art form these days--but by addressing more mainstream issues. Issues that concern the majority. He is the president-elect today because he is not a clone of Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton, and has politely given short shrift to the radical, divisive agendas of the left. There's enough of liberal agenda in his policies, but it is invariably couched in a more mainstream appeal.

Here's what the minorities, especially in India, need to learn from this American election: Ask not what the majority can do for you, ask what you can do for the majority.

When the concerns coalesce, acceptance will follow.

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