The Ugly Reality Behind NRI Support for Modi

Lata Tauro

I am a retired IT professional. I had a business in that area for a number of years. But currently I am not professionally engaged. The recent rise in illiberalism has agitated me as it has others. Hence I felt the need to write about these issues with the hope that it might help to bring in the necessary change.

The most raucous supporters of Narendra Modi who have taken citizenship in countries other than India still fancy themselves as Indian Nationalists and imagine that it is they more than anyone else who have the interests of India at heart. I’m talking about the ones Modi goes on trips to impress on a regular basis. The ones he gives fancy reports to and who swallow them hook, line and sinker.

However here’s a news flash guys:

You are the ones who deserted India for what you saw as greener pastures. And now in your countries of adoption you probably feel the way, minorities in India feel (or how you would HAVE them feel). This feeling of NOT being cock of the walk in your countries of adoption does not sit well with you, does it? You were so used to ruling the roost in your country of origin and now you have to see yourself as a ‘refugee’ from a ‘developing’ country at the mercy of your white hosts (as is the case in most countries of adoption).

It is this feeling of inferiority that you wish to combat by inflating India in your heads far beyond its current reality. It is that which pushes you to want a leader for India that is larger than life whom you can point to as being the one you identify with and as a matter of association also once more feel good about yourself.

The reality of India is the last thing on your mind and your own life is far removed from it, and most of you have no intentions of ever returning to be part of it again. But as long as others see you as Indian you are still forced to feel ‘less’ by association with your mother country. And it is this sense of connection which you can never sever which prompts you to boast of a 5000 year old civilization instead of focusing on what India is now.

Your boasting gives you the boost you need and allows you to disengage from the mess that is India. After all that reality is not your own and never will be. Why bother with it, when you can project something grand (even if totally illusory) and the repercussions of which you will never have to bear. So what if there is unrest created, it will not touch you. You are far away and safe from it all, cocooned in the comfort of your adopted country.

So disabuse yourself of the idea that you have the interests of India at heart. You don’t. All you want is to feel good about yourself wherever it is that you are now. India is a far away reality that you, in your heart, are happy that you will never have to confront. Nice, isn’t it, to pontificate to those who have stayed behind and tell them how it ought to be and to remotely interfere in the shaping of India while you keep yourself safe from all the repercussions of your hate ridden antics.

P.S. Here btw is the oath that those who are given citizenship in the US have to take:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

They are required by law to bear arms even against their mother country if ever called upon to do so if the need arises. Interesting isn’t it?? Other countries have something similar.

Modi in Videsh