Fear Stalks The Land | Emotional Flow Chart By Andy Singer, Politicalcartoons.com – 5/18/2012 12:00:00 AM
n the last 6 months, two readers of 2ndlook, from the US, on a visit to India, requested for a meeting with me.
Coming in from the cold
One was a young Indian software engineer, in his twenties, just starting off in his career – and confused. The second was a Brown American techpreneur, around fifty years of age.
The young person requested that no details of his visit and meeting should be written – because he was afraid. Afraid of being a 2ndlook reader. Since 2ndlook blogs are ‘anti-West’ this young man was afraid that he could be trouble in the US, for reading 2ndlook.
The Brown American techpreneur, when confronted on why there is constant dribble of drooling criticism on India replied, ‘I cannot criticize America. Let us face it, I am afraid.’
Both of them were discussing what should be done to ‘help’ India. To the first one, was a simple advice. If you are successful, India is successful.
To the Brown American was again simple advice – ‘Don’t worry about India. We will manage. Very well, without your help.’
Fear is the key
Now the common factor in both cases was the fear. Real palpable fear.
2ndlook having been criticized or being anti-Yummrika, I ignored both these incidents. Since, the role of the Big Brother State has been covered extensively in 2ndlook, these fears are not groundless.
Now read this.
Reacting to a speech by SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia,
“That speech … is unimaginably injudicious,” wrote a lawyer in an e-mail to AlterNet who did not want to be named because he appears in federal court.
via Is Scalia the most vile person in Washington? – Salon.com.
Can you imagine any Indian lawyer not wanting his name in the newspaper or appear on TV – while discussing or criticizing a judgement.
Can a judicial system work, if lawyers are afraid of criticizing the judges? What use is a lawyer who is afraid of a judge?
Lawyers are supposed to take on the judges, the prosecutor from the government and make points for his client – without fear or favor.
Something is indeed rotten in the State of …