“This article is about the cringing cowardice, total absence of intellectual integrity and fidelity to truth of these bleeding-heart Global Scholarly Community who have not squeaked or whimpered … to protest against racism in American universities; … but they did get together ‘globally’ to write to the vice chancellor of a university in India because GSC is Left and Vemula’s suicide was an excellent opportunity to beat up Prime Minister Narendra Modi who the rest of the world Right, Left and Centrist perceive to be the most successful and powerful symbol of Hindu political assertion. In India, Hindu nationalism is neither Right nor Left; it is Right, Left and Centre and all spaces in between—but that is a theme for another essay.” – Radha Rajan
When you spit at the sun you should not complain when what went up obeys the law of gravity and hits your face on its return journey. As little known facts about Rohith Vemula and the reasons which drove him to take his life appeared in the public domain, the 129 self-proclaimed “global scholarly community” (GSC) who wrote an open letter to the Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad (UoH) in less than 48 hours after Vemula committed suicide, probably kicked each other’s derriere for getting it wrong on all counts; and for creating the situation where like the emperor, they were seen to have no clothes. Their collective spittle instead of landing on the face of the country’s Prime Minister, Minister for Human Resource Development and the Vice Chancellor of UoH as they had intended, came flying down towards their faces under the weight of their scholarly falsehoods. This article is law of gravity in action because Rohith Vemula’s suicide and GSC’s foolish letter precipitated the imminent expose that India’s institutions of higher education—IIT Madras, UoH, FTII, the largest and foulest of them all, JNU and almost certainly other universities and colleges have become the hunting ground for seditionists and secessionists, some abroad, some here with the active and deliberate instigation and encouragement from some members of the teaching faculty.
At the heart of the matter was the fact that Rohith Vemula’s suicide was not a case of Dalit harassment by his “political rivals”, meaning Akil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), as deliberately misrepresented by the GSC but the culmination of a series of events triggered by Vemula and his treasonous friends belonging to Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) offering prayers inside the university campus for terrorist Yakub Memon, the day after Memon was hanged to death. But for the GSC, in the war against India, truth was an expendable commodity. While I think the GSC letter is both brash and insolent, as a student of English I also find the semantics of their self-anointment both comical and queer.
Going by the contents of their letter which have been conclusively disproved and discredited, the letter is hardly scholarly and this is not a “scholarly community” global or otherwise. These are 129 college and university teaching staff, which like the teaching faculty in the Humanities in IIT Madras and JNU, have very ordinary minds filled with very ordinary ignorance driven by Hinduphobia—around fifty each from the USA and UK besides eleven from Germany, four from Canada, two from France and Norway and one each from Singapore, Netherlands, Italy, Qatar, Karachi, Denmark and South Africa and one signatory who except for his name has not specified what or from where. While Global Scholarly Community is not quite Order of the Garter, the appellation also suffers from lexical and logical semantics, another sign of ordinariness. “Scholarly” bent of mind we understand and “scholarly” lecture; but “scholarly community”? If 129 individuals in the world call themselves “global scholarly community”, rules of lexical semantics say the rest of the global community is un-scholarly. Or did they actually mean community of scholars as opposed to community of imbeciles? Any which way “scholarly community” is a semantically flawed construct while “global” is a logical semantic flaw. A hundred teachers—fifty each from the UK and USA out of a total of 129 is hardly global and 129 individuals from among the total world population calling themselves “global” is akin to a speck of dust grandly proclaiming itself to be the cosmos.
First things first; having chosen to leave India and live in another country of their choice, the Indian origin GSC members (no matter which country’s citizenship they now have) forfeited the right to demand anything from any Indian authority. Aliens may call themselves anything—Global Scholarly Community, Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), human rights activists, USCIRF, or Busybodies Without Borders—but Indian officials and Indians in public life including the Vice Chancellor of UoH are accountable only to the Indian people, Indian government, Indian parliament and Indian judiciary. Second, non-Indians in this list are only “global” sewage inspectors with no locus standi in India. The letter therefore and its contents do not merit any response. This article is about the cringing cowardice, total absence of intellectual integrity and fidelity to truth of these bleeding-heart GSC who have not squeaked or whimpered, forget writing letters to protest against racism in American universities and even relentless persecution; but they did get together ‘”globally” to write to the vice chancellor of a university in India because GSC is Left and Vemula’s suicide was an excellent opportunity to beat up Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, the rest of the world Right, Left and Centrist perceive to be the most successful and powerful symbol of Hindu political assertion. In India, Hindu nationalism is neither Right nor Left; it is Right, Left and Centre and all spaces in between but that is a theme for another essay.
Emboldened by the fact that neither the state governments of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu or Karnataka nor the central government had dealt appropriately with student hooligans in FTII, APSC hooligans in IIT Madras, and ASA anti-nationals in UoH who offered prayers for Yakub Memon, students of JNU and their communist faculty mentors decided to prod the BJP worm again. They held a commemorative meeting on the third death-by-hanging anniversary of another terrorist Afzal Guru, on February 9, inside the JNU campus. S.A.R. Geelani, former lecturer in Delhi University and Afzal Guru’s sidekick, was invited to JNU where not only was a film on the dead terrorist scheduled to be shown but anti-India and pro-Afzal Guru slogans were also raised. Later on the same day, S.A.R. Geelani gave an encore performance at the PCI knowing well that he will get his two minutes of notoriety on television channels. The GSC spittle which went up after Rohith Vemula died, and was supposed to gather momentum on February 9 in JNU, came flying down and Kanhaiya Kumar, President of JNUSU was arrested for anti-national activities inside the university and sent to police custody while S.A.R. Geelani has been charged with sedition and several students have now been arrested/detained by the police.
Fishing in treasonous waters, political leaders peddling different political ideologies united by Hinduphobia and their fear of Narendra Modi and led from the front by Rahul Gandhi, descended on JNU in support of students who made martyrs of Yakub Memon and Afzal Guru. If Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister can describe Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali as freedom fighters then the same twisted logic can describe Yakub Memon and Afzal Guru as martyrs in the cause of the global caliphate. The Islamic State has tasted blood and is certain to want more. Congress, JDU, CPI, CPI (M) and Trinamool Congress are now emerging as India’s domestic political front for jihad against India and apologists for IS. And in a macabre replay of history, just as Imperial London stood by and watched (and covertly supported) Muslim jihad against the Hindus, America is watching from the sidelines as jihad raises its head menacingly yet again. For America like for Imperial London, jihad against Hindus and India serves their geo-political objectives and so long as their backyard is not threatened, they see no need to kill the monster. If anything they are breeding little monsters in their own backyards to be used in target countries; and that is why Washington and London are baying for Julian Assange’s blood. Assange exposed the Generic Church’s military-industrial complex (MIC) crafted world order and the methods used to put that world order in place where 10 Downing Street and the White House are expected to play only supportive roles. MIC is new for old Bretton Woods Bandits.
These Leftist South Asia “experts and scholars” of the GSC kind are farm-bred creatures who have been domesticated and trained by America for a purpose. These have been bred in captivity by the American political establishment and therefore cannot act independently. Hindu nationalists who accuse them of duplicity should know that America allows Indian Leftists to graze on American university and other pastures only because they produce anti-India, anti-Hindu manure to throw at India and India’s Hindus. These “South Asia” creatures have been permanently genetically modified so that there is an unbroken supply of anti-India quislings who are bred for anti-India dung. Ghadar produced PROXSA which produced FOIL and FOSA which mated to produce Coalition against Genocide which has now spawned GSC and AJA—these are fly-by-night entities and their one-night stand issues begot Angana Chatterjee, Akhila Raman, Shashi Bulluswar, Vijay Prashad, Meenakshi Ganguly and countless others. These Made-in-America Indian Leftists and Anarchists who continue to manufacture anti-India dung for the privilege of grazing in America’s capitalist pastures have been trained as South Asia experts, entrepreneurs, and human rights defenders in American farms and Noam Chomsky is the American farm manager. It is Chomsky’s job description to make sure that the dung produced as natural result of grazing on American pastures is not used against America; as America’s official professional dissenter, that is Chomsky’s sole prerogative. While Chomsky may call America the most fundamentalist country in the world, that liberty may not be taken by Indian American quislings; they may however sing hallelujahs to Chomsky. Other South Asia creatures which America breeds in its geo-political factories include Pakistan’s ISI, LTTE’s FETNA, Nepal’s anti-monarchy offspring of Marxist-Missionary cohabitation, Khalistanis, Cubans and Iraqis of the Ahmed Chalabi kind.
It must mean something that America refused to hand over Headley to India and even if Headley is singing like a canary from American soil and it is a command performance, notwithstanding Headley’s so-called damning indictment of Pakistan’s ISI in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Barack’s America has finalised the sale of eight F16 fighter jets to Pakistan. But again as mentioned earlier, presidents and prime ministers have little to do in geopolitical games except to support the MIC as it re-arranges the world pecking order to its taste or maintain silence when they disagree. Or if you are India and Barack is your friend you are allowed to squeak in protest, nothing more. It is also the way of MIC world order that Modi’s NSA like P. Chidambaram may only send proof dossiers to Pakistan demanding action against 26/11 terrorists but may not send the army or elite commandos into Pakistan to extract and/or exterminate Dawood, Hafeez, Masood and Lakhvi.
“We of the global scholarly community make an urgent appeal that justice be done in the most recent case of caste discrimination in Indian higher education, that of the University of Hyderabad’s prejudicial suspension of five young Dalit men pursuing PhDs. It was ordered under political pressure, without even allowing the young men in question to speak in their own defence. It directly contravened an earlier decision made by the University administration itself, which had exonerated them of any charges of wrongdoing – charges which had been trumped up by political rivals opposed to the activism of these young men.”
The GSC letter on the face of it was about Dalit persecution in India’s educational institutions to which we gather they opened their eyes like Aamir Khan and his wife only after May 2015 when Narendra Modi became prime minister. They had hoped that their letter which was generously laced with anti-Hindu political prejudice and unsubstantiated innuendos would invite the negative attention of other international predators who ignore overflowing sewage in their backyards but make a living out of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and who GSC hoped would force Modi and his government on the defensive. This article is about how the dung manufactured by Indian “South Asia” Leftists is India-specific and will therefore take up racism in American universities and the persecution of Ward Churchill as two of the best cases in point.
Ward Churchill is a Native American author and political activist. He was Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder until 2007 when he was fired for “research misconduct” which is polite for “we cannot admit publicly that Native Americans and African Americans do not enjoy the same privileges and rights like white Americans but you have to be punished and made an example of for your anti-white American research and books and politically incorrect views on 9/11.” Once in 1995 and then in 2000 I picked up several books authored by important Native American writers, African American authors and thinkers, books about African American feminism and eco-feminism. These were books that looked critically, even harshly at the foundations of what is today United States of America—Slavery, Atlantic Slave Trade and the genocide of Native Americans by European Christian hordes from 1492 when Columbus landed in North America until the present day; and because these are written by the victims of white Christian colonialism, the narrative is credible and legitimate.
The two most definitive and scholarly books on the genocide of Native Americans have been authored by David Stannard and Ward Churchill: The Conquest of the New World: American Holocaust by David Stannard, Oxford University Press, 1992 and A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas, 1492 to the Present by Ward Churchill, City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1997.
“During the four centuries spanning the time between 1492, when Christopher Columbus first set foot on the “New World” of a Caribbean beach, and 1892, when the US Census Bureau concluded that there were fewer than a quarter-million indigenous people surviving within the country’s claimed boundaries, a hemispheric population estimated to have been as great as 125 million was reduced by something over 90 percent. The people had died in their millions of being hacked apart with axes and swords, burned alive and trampled under horses, hunted as game and fed to dogs, shot, beaten, stabbed, scalped for bounty, hanged on meat-hooks and thrown over the sides of ships at sea, worked to death as slave labourers, intentionally starved and frozen to death during a multitude of forced marches and internments, and in an unknown number of instances, deliberately infected with epidemic diseases.”
This is just the opening paragraph in the first chapter of Ward Churchill’s gut-wrenching narrative of the American holocaust. David Stannard, the author of the other brilliantly researched book on the genocide, wrote what in my opinion was a farsighted Preface to Churchill’s book.
“Ward Churchill is a man looking for trouble. Of course, anyone familiar with his voluminous writings during the past two decades – on subjects such as racism in American film and literature, New Age spiritual hucksterism and counterfeit Indians, US government death squads, the damage done to indigenous peoples by the forces of capitalism and Marxism, and a great deal more – know that Churchill quite audaciously has been courting (and finding) trouble for some time now. But with A Little Matter of Genocide he is certain to bring on the enmity of an entirely new and particularly vitriolic collection of critics. And this is a shame because the sentiments of his new book are extraordinarily compassionate and humanitarian, while its overall argument is eminently fair, deliberative, and reasonable.”
Stannard concluders his Preface thus:
“Like the unholy alliance between Israel and Turkey, in the United States an equally unholy alliance prevails. Here, the partners are the governmental and intellectual protectors of the American image, and the home-grown purveyors of the idea that Jewish suffering under Nazi rule was incomparable with that of any other people at any other time or place. As with Israel and Turkey, it is a brutal alliance of benefit to both parties.
“Only the victims of other genocides suffer. Genocides long past – and officially denied – whose few survivors huddle in poverty and broken health (far and away the worst poverty and worst health of any group of people in the United States) on reservations and in ghettos in the forgotten backwaters of American life. And genocides ongoing—also officially denied—where American client states liquidate inconvenient indigenous people with impunity, so long as such states remain within the US protective orbit.
“So it is good thing that Ward Churchill, with this book, A Little Matter of Genocide, has decided once again to go looking for trouble. He will get plenty of it. But it only because of trouble-makers like him, that the deadened conscience of this nation might someday begin to stir. May his kind multiply.”
Ward Churchill, carrying the burden of the history of his people in his soul and in his mind, has no reason to look at the world and world events through the prism of white America and is not obliged to put up politically correct polite appearances of equality, fraternity and all that. He did not suffer from Uncle Tom syndrome and therefore refused to toe the official American line on what to think and how to speak about 9/11 and wrote a blistering essay Some People Push Back on September 12, 2001, the very next day after the terror attack. In the essay, Churchill used the phrase “roosting chickens” and called the victims who died in the twin towers of the World Trade Centre as “Little Eichmanns”. Churchill developed the short essay into a book titled On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of US Imperial Arrogance and Criminality published in 2003 by AK Press.
“Roosting chickens” is reference to a speech by Malcolm X in 1963 after the assassination of John F Kennedy where Malcolm X describes the killing as a case of “chickens coming home to roost”. Adolf Eichmann was a dreaded Nazi SS lieutenant-colonel and one of Hitler’s most ruthless organizers of the anti-Jewish Holocaust. According to Wikipedia “Little Eichmanns” “is a phrase used to describe persons participating in society whose actions, while on an individual scale may seem relatively harmless even to themselves, taken collectively create destructive and immoral systems in which they are actually complicit.” In other words, quislings.
Ward Churchill’s vitriolic reference to the victims of 9/11 as “Little Eichmanns” at the worst may be termed insensitive and injudicious but in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, Ward Churchill must surely have the right to his views and the right to freedom of speech and expression. But in white America, these freedoms are neither universal nor absolute; Native American victims of genocide and African American victims of slavery cannot use their right to freedom of speech and expression to “push back” as we shall see. Let us for starters take the phrase “the land of the brave and the home of the free”. It is a part of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the American national anthem, composed by Francis Scott Key.
“He wrote those words in 1814 and, ever since 1931, they have been sung as the national anthem of the United States.What is far less known are his views on race. In his career as lawyer and public servant, Key spoke publicly of Africans in America as “a distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community.” (Reference)
Notwithstanding the fact that the song was authored by a man who was not only a slave owner but had distinctly racist views on African Americans, a century after the song was written, a bill was introduced in US Congress in 1930 to make “The Star-Spangled Banner” the national anthem; a year later in 1931 President Herbert Hoover signed the bill into a law. The third stanza of this obnoxious song is a racist slur on African Americans whom Key describes as “foul” in an insensitive reference to African Americans fleeing the war, failing to find refuge and being killed. The American national anthem sings hallelujahs to black blood washing clean American soil polluted by black footsteps!
Their blood has washed out their foul footstep’s pollution
No refuge could save the hireling and the slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave
Because this article is about the unmitigated insolence of Global Scholarly Community and Alliance for Justice and Accountability arrogating to themselves the right to demand answers from the Indian government, we must wonder if even one of these farm-raised Indian Leftists in America who call themselves Indian Americans ever exercised their academic freedom of thought and expression to write a critical piece about America’s unapologetically racist national anthem whose original title was “Defence of Fort M’Henry”.
It is perfectly understandable why Ward Churchill views the American establishment in disdain; the focus of all his writings has been about how the white Christian American establishment has dealt with non-white Native American and African American dissent and anti-establishment critics. There is startling similarity between how the Generic Church dealt with Ward Churchill and Julian Assange. MIC, after using sundry freedoms as weapons in war-by-other-means against every non-white, non-Christian country of the globe could not very well admit that both Churchill and Assange exercised their right to freedom of thought, expression and speech to expose the MIC and the Generic Church for their inherently evil political objectives. So Assange had “rapist” pinned on his lapel while Churchill was investigated for plagiarism and research fraud and misconduct; the intention being throw mud by the tonne and hope at least some of it will stick on Churchill and Assange for the rest of their lives. Typical Abrahamic war strategy and war moves although America’s farm-bred “Indian American” intellectuals are now genetically modified rendering them incapable of even simple honesty and integrity, forget intellectual and academic fidelity of purpose.
University of Colorado began investigating Churchill for academic fraud in 2005, found him guilty in 2006 and fired him in 2007. From 2007 until 2013 Churchill fought in every American court taking recourse to the hierarchy of appeals. In 2013, Churchill lost the war to reclaim his honour when the last court of appeal the United States Supreme Court refused even to take up his case for hearing. When victims of the Generic Church push back, the Church makes an example of them. Like David Stannard observed pungently in his Preface to Churchill’s book, “in the United States an equally unholy alliance prevails. Here, the partners are the governmental and intellectual protectors of the American image”; and America is the most powerful component of the Generic Church. (Reference)
It is even futile to ask if GSC, AJA, or the father and mother of all Made-in-America Indian corona virus Vijay Prashad and Angana Chatterji wrote a single letter or article in defence of Ward Churchill’s right to academic freedom of thought and expression or if they addressed themselves to University of Colorado, to senators and congress men and women, to the American president in protest against the all-American persecution of Ward Churchill. Did they write about the failure of the American judicial system to deliver justice to Ward Churchill; the judicial system did not even pretend to do justice. The persecution of Ward Churchill began around the same time that Indian Leftists in America were throwing dung at Narendra Modi for the Gujarat riots and persuaded MIC to deny Modi visa to visit the US, a visa which Modi never applied or asked for but then peddling falsehoods is an essential part of Leftist activism; as is taking credit for a non-starter. Alliance for Justice and Accountability, another genetically modified (GM) Indian American farm-bred creature should first turn its attention to America’s backyard and revisit Ward Churchill’s case before throwing dung at India and India’s Hindus.
Let us now turn our attention to racism in American universities and if GSC, AJA and other GM creatures grazing on American pastures have used their dung in protest against racism. If Ward Churchill’s persecution happened around the time Indian American Left was gunning for Modi, then campus unrest in protest against brazen racism in University of Missouri began in September 2015 and spread rapidly across the U.S to other universities and became a massive student movement against racism and the shameful racist history of some of America’s premier universities which boast of Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Some of these universities expanded and were funded from blood money through slave trading. To quote Craig Steven Wilder, historian at MIT: “Institutions are a product of their histories, like Georgetown has experienced. We have campuses that are filled with buildings named after founders and early participants in the founding and establishment of universities who both owned and traded human beings. It’s difficult and awkward to celebrate diversity while standing in front of buildings that are named after slave traders.”
The shameful history of slave-owning and slave-trading by American universities can be seen here: “Uncovering the Painful Truth About Racism on Campus“. The articles about racism in American universities from Mother Jones has reproduced paper clippings of slave trading by these universities.
If the persecution of Ward Churchill began around the same time that Indian Leftists in America were targeting Modi, then the campus unrest which engulfed American universities across that country began in September around the same time that student hooligans emboldened by the same Indian Leftist mob in America were testing the waters in FTII, IIT Madras and UoH. But as with Ward Churchill, the made-in-America Indian Leftists chose not to respond to racism related unrest in America but instead turned to India and Indian universities; we should not bemoan their duplicity because they have been genetically modified to become only anti-India farm creatures.
It all began on September 12, 2015 when Peyton Head, President of Missouri Students Association posted on his Facebook page that a group of persons repeatedly screamed “nigger” at him when he was walking in the campus. When no action against the racist offenders was forthcoming, the protest movement gathered momentum within the university and soon spread to other universities too. The protests ended only when Tim Wolfe, President of the University of Missouri System resigned on the first week of November after Jonathan Butler, graduate student in the university went on a hunger fast demanding Wolfe’s resignation. Soon after Wolfe’s resignation, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin of the University of Missouri, Columbia also announced his resignation by the end of the year. India would love to know if in the two months between September and November 2015, PROXSA, FOIL, FOSA, Coalition against Genocide, GSC or AJA came out openly against racism in American university with the same precision with which they are throwing dung on India’s face for what they call “anti-Dalit” prejudices in Indian universities. But we know the answer to that one too.
As if to prove Ward Churchill’s book about racist prejudice in American films and literature right, racist bias which colours Oscar nominations and awards has manifested in BAFTA nominations and awards too. This year’s BAFTA red carpet function for the first time saw protests against racial bias in BAFTA nominations. (Reference)
As pluralism and multiculturalism fail across Europe and America and racist and religious profiling become accepted policies for national security, India’s Hindus and Indian American Hindus must begin to push back and expose the Left in India and Indian American Leftists as serving the anti-India agendas of Jihadi Islam and the Generic Church. On the justice of roosting chickens must become a part of Hindu push-back vocabulary.
Global Scholarly Community concluded its comical letter thus: “We urge the University of Hyderabad to restore our confidence by living up to its obligation to end institutionalized discrimination, to educate all students in a climate of respect and empathy, and to resist political pressures to do otherwise.We are all watching.” We are all watching indeed! As they say, a cat may look at a king. There is no law against that. There is also no law against spitting at the sun. – Vigil Online, 16 February 2016
» Radha Rajan is an author, political commentator and animal rights activist in Chennai.
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