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The Short Answer is that Indians have Privilege and Pakistanis do not. Omar has a tweet to that effect that I couldn’t find but explained it very well.
When people like Audrey Truschke are denied visas instead of being called to festivals, then the coloniser will be reticent .
Vidhi and I were listening to Arundhati Roy the other day. She was so spectacular and brilliant in her eloquence; I genuinely began to believe that India was simply one large casteocracry.
Then clarity hit me and I asked Vidhi that why hadn’t Arundhati said anything about Pakistan. The greatest moral question in the Subcontinent is the near martyrdom of Hazrat Asia by Holy Pedophile’s orc armies. I didn’t hear Arundhati preface her comments about Pakistan and its evil treatment of minorities, which is substantially worse than anything happening in India. At least in the eyes of the law India battles the Casteocracy whereas Pakistan enshrined the second class nature of all non-Muslim citizens.
Pankaj Mishra, Ms. Roy, William Dalyrymple and Audrey Truschke love to glamorise the Islamicate world without having to actually go there or live there or even speak there.
Remember Pakistan was specifically created to glorify that neo-Mughal Islamicate culture that my ilk & I hold so close to heart. I could barely contain my excitement when in the Indian Numismatics Podcast Mohit Kapoor was extolling the Mughals; Pak Deep State conditioning runs true and deep in me.
At any rate the above 4 intellectuals love to glorify this culture from the opulence and dignity of India because they can’t really stand going to the shithole that Pakistan has unfortunately become.
V&I went to a wonderful lecture late last year (V suggested I get the speaker on a Browncast when he’s back in Cam) and the speaker spoke about how the Conference he had attended in Lahore actually took place in the host’s living room. Vidhi smirked at me when she heard that and I had to agree with her that is simply shameful.
It just shows how far Pakistan has fallen and whatever India’s (alleged) sins are; in one aspects upper caste Indians have become “white” that they need to constantly atone for their privilege.
As an aside I find this hypocrisy in the Trans-Movement. The lowest hanging fruit of global Trans Rights is to be found in the Subcontinent. If the uber-glamorous Caitlyn Jenner descended on India & Pak advocating for the Economic & Social Rights of Hijras, it would advance the world far more than whether who uses which bathrooms.
But the lives of Hijra Dalits will never matter until a Brahmin Patriarch oppresses one of them..