The thing is “Narrative”.
A narrative is being built around India. Let’s start with what our colleague in uniform has written. He has no personal experience of any kind of discrimination. He is talking about his happy experiences in uniform. Actually nothing has changed. What has changed is the narrative.
I have asked number of people who are “feeling persecuted”, have they experienced anything? I ask them, quote me one law or ruling that discriminates? Did CAA affect any citizen of India? Their answer is NO. Then why do they feel so? They just stop talking.
A lot has changed in India. One of the things that has changed is all kinds of lobbyists and power brokers find themselves out of work. They are unable to influence decisions in government and are frustrated to the core. That they are on payrolls of institutions who do not want India to rise, is starkly visible. They actually stand exposed. With nothing else, they are creating this “narrative” against the country and its government. They say democracy is in danger but fail to bring out that India is being ruled by a democratically elected government. It’s just that the elected government is not who they want.
The second point is they can’t accept the fact that India is growing and the previous narrative on everything including secularism is being questioned. Mind it, not by government but by people on social media. And that is making them uncomfortable as they do not have answers. So they talk on everything and anything, howsoever small, that might embarrass the country.
Yes, everything is not honky dori, things don’t always work out and sometimes they do go out of hand. As long as lessons are learnt and things improve, that’s it. India is like Europe. Not homogeneous. Extremely difficult to govern as one entity.
Have you noticed how a narrative on Pegasus was built up just prior to parliament session. As the session ended, so did the narrative. Why? Because it was nothing but a narrative to cause disruption.
Today India has done 10 Million vaccinations in a day. Let than sink in. That’s more than total population of UAE (9.3M) and many other “developed” countries. More than Two Newzealands!!! And NZ has not even half its population vaccinated. Figure in UAE is 77%.
This is what actually riles these guys. They had predicted dooms days. Now they cannot fathom how on earth India is doing it. Has any “minority” been discriminated? No. But It’s against their narrative.
If we remember the campaigns built up in last two years – CAA and farmers bills were all on false narrative that was fed to some people. They were instigated. For what? Just to suit and spread a narrative.
We need to be careful about this narrative and use our own experience and thought process to see what is good for the country and what is not.
Just my take