Being a liberal has been in fashion for a long time now. The idea that was evolved as a reaction to Catholic Conservatism in Europe is deeply rooted in Protestant ethics. Indian elites since the pre-independence period used it either to justify the British rule or to negate whatever is truly Indian. In the post-independence period the tradition continued and liberal intellectuals have been wearing convenient hats of socialism, secularism, social justice, minoritism etc. A series of recent events has exposed the hypocrisy of this ‘liberal class’ who are conveniently shifting their positions on key issues of national importance. Whether it is gender justice or crime against women, national security and integrity, heinous crimes or bailing the juveniles, caste atrocities or communal violence, legislative reforms or IT Act, conversion and Ghar Vapasi etc, liberal position depends on who is at the receiving end. Taking such convenient position is not only against the liberal ethos evolved in the Europe, but also undermining whatever is truly Indian. The hypocrisy of liberal intellectuals and media persons stand exposed in recent events like a rape case in West Bengal or Church attacks in Mumbai, where the ‘conveniently liberals’ have used petty tactics to target the nationalist government and cultural organisations, in turn they are actually harming the social and cultural unity of the nation, and precisely that’s why this hypocrisy needs to be exposed and challenged intellectually.
|Two Rapes, Different Responses, Adarsh Liberal: 71-year-old nun rape case in West Bengal’s, Ranaghat has created chaos among the Adarsh Liberals. Without knowing the facts, they blindly blamed that this has been done by the right-wingers. But after the arrest of two Muslim Bangladeshi, they are silent. However, a 38-years-old sadhvi from Ramakrishna Mission in Bengal’s Malda district gang rape case has been totally overshadowed by these liberals and media.|