Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shivam Vij - What If The Saudi Diplomat's Exit Had Happened Under A Congress Government?

Just imagine the mayhem if a Saudi diplomat in India, accused of human trafficking and rape, had been allowed to go home by a Congress-led government. The right-wing would have berserk. They would have said the Congress has done this for minority appeasement. They would have said the Congress has taken money. They would have shouted liberal hypocrisy, pseudo-secularism, sickularism, double standards.

Various wings of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh would have been protesting outside the Saudi embassy. Vinay Katiyar and Praveen Togadia would have been making inflammatory speeches. Of course the Congress wants good relations with Saudi Arabia, they would have said. Every explanation, every argument would have been rebutted strongly. Every single individual on Twitter with left-liberal politics would have been tagged, harassed, abused.

If you had told them about diplomatic immunity, they would have Googled and quoted you umpteen examples to show countries taking strong diplomatic actions despite diplomatic immunity. They would have said, even if diplomatic immunity means he can’t be arrested, at least the Indian government should have shown its displeasure? Issued a strong statement? At least expelled the diplomat, not giving the Saudis so many days to let him peacefully go home?

They would have said the Congress government wants to maintain good relations with Sharia-following Saudi but doesn’t care about getting justice for two Nepali citizens. After all, Nepal is a Hindu majority country and why would the Congress worry about Hindus? So what if Saudi would have expelled an Indian diplomat in return? How would that show India in a bad light? Wouldn’t it be obvious to anyone that it is Saudi which is in the wrong?

They would have artfully rebutted the argument that 2.4 million Indians work in Saudi Arabia. Firstly, they would have said that most of them must be Muslims, so of course the Congress is again doing minority appeasement. Just because Indians do the plumbing in Riyadh, the sickular Italian-led Congress government will let Saudi diplomats rape maids in India?! The choicest of poisonous words would have been flooding your timeline. Oil? Seriously? Oil prices are falling like mercury in the arctic, Saudi’s importance in the world oil market is vanishing like vapour, and you are giving oil as the excuse to let Saudis rape Hindu women!

India’s national security advisor intervened to let go a Saudi rapist! Is he national security advisor or national insecurity advisor? Then they would demolish the argument that India can’t annoy Saudi because it needs to lean on them to counter Saudi-Pakistan relations. You need good relations with the Saudi moneybags to tell them not to fund anti-India jihadis in Pakistan. To this they would have replied: you want India to give in to blackmail? This is why we need Narendra Modi to be prime minister. India needs a strong prime minister who travels around the world and tells global leaders that you can’t mess with India anymore. 

Yet, all of this is taking place under a Modi government, and the right wing is largely silent. The one’s who have been speaking up, have been saying this: read more:

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