Protests over citizenship law in India prove liberal elites only like democracy if they agree with the results
Added 01-15-20 10:37:02pm EST - “Protests in India over a controversial citizenship amendment law have curiously exposed the duplicity of liberals when it comes to their commitment to democracy.” - Rt.com
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Left-backed student unions and Muslim groups have been up in arms over a law that they perceive to be “anti-Muslim.” Backing up this protest movement, liberal Indians have revealed their cards.
For the youth to resist the charms of “revolution” — to be angry without a cause and bask in the romance and idealism of protests is fine. Such a phenomenon is common across the world — and examples abound in India’s own past. Pragmatism is usually a post-facto realization for the young.
As British conservative thinker, polymath and philosopher Roger Scruton said of the 1968 student agitation in Paris, an event that shaped his political thinking: “What I saw was an unruly mob of self-indulgent middle-class hooligans” uttering “ludicrous Marxist gobbledegook.”
Sir Roger died on Sunday, but he would have taken a forgiving view of student activism: Reason will dawn on them.
In contrast, liberal anger against Modi is cynical. It is politics by proxy. Led by the power brokers and elites who had been at the heart of India’s power structure for decades since Independence but now have been cast aside.
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