Please skip this post if you are rant averse. I had to get something off my chest and here I am. I am not in the mood for a recipe and I am sorry.
I am sure it is fascinating to watch how children(by this I mean all ages) react to criticisms about their parents. It is easy when the parent is non controversial. But when a parent is a larger than life figure who has done countless good things and in the process rubbed a few people the wrong way there is always going to be opinions good and bad. The usual way this works is children tolerate crticism among themselves and their shared upbringing and decency makes it possible to weather them down in a civilized way. But one sibling does not have a right to censure criticism or police opinion about the parent does he/she? What if he/she is under illusion that his/her opinion holds more weight than the other siblings?
Wondering why the story above is to make a point. Even with the anonymity the cyber world provides, bad mouthing, opinion policing and personal attacks have no place. All of this done under the name of patriotism. I would laugh if I were not mad. To become better one has to accept their faults first. No amount of sweeping under the carpet and pointless defense is going to achieve that result. Same applies to the pseudo patriotism and bashing that has been going on the last few days. This 'Mere Bharat Mahan' fervour while sitting comfortably in a foreign country is getting to be very irritating. Every NRI (anyone who has stayed outside of India for more than 182 days is one) has a choice. This pseudo patriotism is simply a waste of time for everybody. A simple google would throw up umpteen ways to help India. If you have the time to sit and have a pseudo patriotic fit in front of your computer, you certainly have the time to find ways to make life there better. The last time I checked India did not entrust the job of defending its reputation and forcing patriotism down people's throat to any other RI or NRI. India is not in that sorry state. The vitriol and personal attacks that has come forth in the name of defending the motherland is nothing short of childish.
So if you get the drift from the first paragraph, everyone who was Indian at any point in their life and still has ties to that country has the right to criticize/praise it as much the other one. That would make 1 1/4 billion of us. The sanctimonious few have no more no less rights. I can already hear cats clawing in the background.
Who gave anybody the right to be an opinion police by the way? Nobody is denying your right to your opinion are they? The minute the attacks cross over to being personal all bets are off. I hate the opinion policing period. Mob mentality does not make it acceptable. I for one am scratching my head to figure out how beloved became a bash word! Freedom of Speech anybody?
PS: I am sure some of you are scratching your head about this rant. This did not happen to me personally but a fellow blogger and a friend.