Farmers Protest shattered phantasmagorical Indian global portrayal

Indian government and Hindutva indoctrinated public exploded into resentment and ensuing social media blitzkrieg featuring a toxic mix of misogyny, xenophobia, and Brahminical exceptionalism shattered Indian global portrayal as "Liberal Democracy"

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Indian ‘Soft Power’ prowess and the clandestine battle of perception suffered a debilitating blow as Farmers` Protest garnered global attention. Despite astronomical weight being given to “Hard Power”, India has assiduously worked for judicious use of its “Soft Power” toolkit to project power and achieve foreign policy designs. Its efforts to vindicate Pakistan as an irresponsible global actor, in its quest to diplomatically isolate Pakistan, are recently exposed by Disinfolab disclosures. These reprehensible tactics are masked under the veneer of Bollywood movies, beaming celebrities, and cosmopolitan portrayal of indigenous culture, masquerading the actual face of imperial imposter India. A single tweet from American pop superstar Rihanna unraveled India`s declining democracy and BJP`s Hindutva mission of ethnic cleansing. The ensuing global backlash and consequent xenophobic Indian reaction besmirched actual Indian panorama as a regional reprobate.

International heavyweights of phenomenal fame triggered chain reaction when Pop superstar Rihanna took to Twitter, on Wednesday 3rd February, to express solidarity with Indian farmers who have been on a strenuous rights-based protest movement against the Modi government`s new draconian agricultural laws. Creating further diplomatic headache for India, Rihanna was shortly joined by other global bigwigs who threw shade on the world`s largest “democracy” by discussing prospects of a simmering humanitarian quandary in wake of the curtailment of civil liberties, as Farmers` Protest got traction.

Soon, after the pop super star`s tweet highlighted the plight of Indian farmers, Brahminical xenophobic chauvinism reared its ugly head. Modi supporters hurled derogatory terms against African-American superstars by justifying slavery and structural racism in the United States. Indian government and Hindutva indoctrinated public exploded into resentment and ensuing social media blitzkrieg featuring a toxic mix of misogyny, xenophobia, and Brahminical exceptionalism shattered Indian global portrayal as “Liberal Democracy”. This hyper-nationalist reaction also crystallized India`s fresh global posture that blatantly rests upon hard sovereignty instead of cosmopolitan ethos. The new global Indian face categorically condemns any foreign engagement regarding India as a “conspiracy”. These virulent internal dynamics lend credence to unbiased news stories on Kashmir and the Indian periphery, featuring horrendous atrocities against minorities and the brutal subjugation of Kashmiris.

Indian celebrities and Sports bigwigs, hitherto silent spectators of the agonizing farmer’s protest movement, chose to bandwagon the demonization campaign against international celebrities concerned about farmers` predicament. In the blatantly orchestrated move, they unanimously used the hashtag #IndiaAgainstPropaganda concocted by the Indian Foreign Ministry. Despite habitual Indian meddling in other states` affairs; Indian celebrities` duplicitous rhetoric warning “foreign agents” to refrain from meddling in internal affairs unraveled two facades of the Indian regime.

Evidently wrecked, the beleaguered Indian government expressed a puerile reaction. Instead of resorting to reasonable justification, the Indian Foreign Ministry chose to vilify the activism of International celebrities by reducing it to the mischief of “vested interests”. The United Hindu Front and other right-wing Hindu nationalist organizations, in the bid, to ensure further absurdity,resuscitatedBrahminical Patriarchy by burning effigies of international supporters of the farmers’ protest movement.

As the Farmers Protest Movement gained astronomical momentum after this global outcry, the Indian government found itself at loggerheads with social media giant Twitter. Absolutely wrecked by unbridled global attention to farmers’ protest, the Indian government issued fascist directives to US social media goliath Twitter by dictating it to block 250 accounts. By refusing to conform to this draconian dictation, the tech giant invited a merciless defamation campaign by jingoistic Indian media and political firebands. Notwithstanding; this attempted clampdown on free speech besmirched the global reputation of Indian democratic credentials. Amid this political firestorm, Twitter`s disgruntled topnotch lobbyist in India, Mahima Kaul, tendered resignation.

Indian opposition leaders, sensing the irreparable damage done to Indian false global prestige during the Hindutva regime, condemned government officials rallying against foreign celebrities. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor lamented on these sorry states of affairs by commenting: “This is embarrassing and the damage is done to India`s global image by Gol`s obduracy and undemocratic behavior can`t be remedied by Indian celebrities` tweet”.

Former finance minister P. Chidambaram thanked international celebrities for their concern and schooled the Indian government in these words: “When will you realize that people concerned with issues of human rights and livelihoods do not recognize national boundaries”. Unmasking the duplicitous conduct of the Indian regime, Chidambaram further added: “Why did MEA comment on the military coup in Myanmar? Why does MEA regularly comment on issues that are ‘internal’ to Sri Lanka and Nepal? Why did PM of India comment on the assault on Capitol building in Washington by Trump storm troopers?”

The ongoing global social media war seems beginning of the end of Indian cultural imperialism and its reputation as the world`s largest pluralistic democratic model worthy of emulation. This social media saga kindled a debate in the global community regarding Indian commitment to fundamental rights and its stature as “democracy”. A barrage of condemnation against eminent celebrities illustrated the end of inclusive Indian civilization and the return of Hindu exclusivist Brahmin despotism.

 

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