I received a comment from Debjit Dutta a research scientist in Columbia University and an IIT Delhi postgraduate in chemistry [eg. this]. Most of his comment was an ad homimen attack, so I've deleted the comment.
However, there are bits of it which go to illustrate the point I made about how difficult it is for "scientists" and "engineers" to understand society and economics.
Debjit Dutta started off his comment by an ad hominem attack: "Mr. Sabhlok, you know nothing about RSS."
Now, that's truly absurd! I've lived in India for nearly 40 years. I've been a senior administrator, managing law and order and a host of other issues at the district and state levels. I've read innumerable documents about RSS and its founders, both academic and journalistic. I've published, after spending nearly 10 hours of research, perhaps the most comprehensive compilation of academic and other authentic views on RSS available on the internet
. Nothing that I can find is flattering to RSS. I can't possibly know EVERYTHING about RSS or any other organisation, but surely it is nonsense to suggest that I know nothing
I trash ad hominem comments. If people can't stick the point and offer evidence, then they are not fit to discuss issues with me.
Dutta has done IIT Delhi (and Columbia University) great disservice by lowering my image about these institutions. If the graduates of these institutions – supposedly the best in the world – can't display a basic ability to debate issues (not people), then what do they teach there? While Dutta is a scientist in theory, he doesn't yet understand the BASIC meaning of science – that it is a search for the truth.
After that he goes on to make FALSE assertions about the RSS.
I am a proud volunteer of RSS and a research scientist in Columbia University and an IIT graduate. RSS is not against any religion or liberty as per say and has the sole motto of putting India before anything else.
It is totally incorrect to suggest that RSS is not against any religion or liberty.
Mr Dutta is well advised to READ the works of Golwalkar and the founders of RSS (that I've cited in the blog post cited above) and not spout pure falsehoods out of sheer ignorance. People like Gowalkar were determined to eradicate Muslims from India. To suggest that RSS is not anti-liberty is such a joke, given the repeated evidence I've offered about the Sangha Parivar.
And no, RSS does not have the "sole motto" of putting India before anything else. First I'd be concerned with any ideology that puts the NATION before the INDIVIDUAL. But leaving that aside, it is clear that RSS puts HINDUS (a particular brand of Hindus), above the nation. They are willing to break up NATIONAL MONUMENTS (e.g. Babri Masjid) and create civil war (communal riots) in order to allegedly promote "Hinduism". But RSS doesn't understand Hinduism. It wants a monoculture, whereas there is no such monoculture in the real Hinduism. RSS opposes, for instance, any discussion about multiple Ramayanas. ONLY one Ramanaya is acceptable to the RSS. And so on.
Dutta clearly not studied the facts and has allowed his biases to take over. Studying chemistry is easy, Dutta. Becoming a scientist is hard. Just calling yourself a research "scientist" doesn't make you one.
Finally, and here's the nub of the issue. Dutta states:
China is a major threat in our borders and the whole point of the article was to make the people aware of it. I know it is a very idealistic situation to ban Chinese products and it is not going to happen but at least we can try to make ourselves self sufficient in the process. RSS is not asking to block free trade with any other countries which does not pose any threat to India. Also please do not make any comments on the quality of Chinese products. That only shows your ignorance about reality.
I won't repeat Adam Smith or even my own book, here. Dutta. Just a suggestion that you may wish to cast off your DEEP biases and prejudices, and start reading basic economics. And don't comment on my level of knowledge. You don't know virtually anything about me. When you find out you might change your mind. You might want to begin with BFN
Let me clarify again: RSS will DEGRADE and DESTROY India. It is only liberty that will RELEASE INDIA's potential. Follow the path of liberty, Debjit!
(Note: I've deleted one third of Dutta's comment (in the extract above) being of a deplorable ad hominen character. Mr Dutta – I trust you and I can discuss issues as competent free adults in the future. I don't need to hear your personal views about me. Stick to the point else your comments will be TRASHED as they well deserve to be.)
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