Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Nikki Haley - American Sonia?
I'm sure that many Indians - NRIs in particular - were clapping when they saw the Indian-origin governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley (born Nimrata Randhawa) responding eloquently to US President Obama's State of the Union speech.
Just as India's Congress Party establishment has desperately rushed to embrace Italian-born Sonia Gandhi as their great white mascot, the Republican establishment have desperately rushed to put forward Nimrata Randhawa as their off-white mascot of choice. In India, all the minority-ists are falling all over themselves to present Sonia as some towering figure representing all that is good in India, and likewise in America establishment pundits on both the Left and Right are busily writing glowing reviews about Nimrata's speech, calling her a "thoughtful conservative".
But ask yourself as the Romans did - Who Profits? In both cases, it's pretty much the Islamists who do.
I'd like to invite comment and debate on this - is America's Nikki Haley appealing to the same constituents whom Sonia Gandhi has in Indian politics? While Nikki Haley has no dynasty factor, and while India's Congress Party is much to the left of the US Republican Party's conservative politics, there is however a commonality in the latter's party establishment are frantically trying to keep themselves relevant in contemporary politics.
Personally, I don't think she should be trying to take up cudgels against Trump's raw nationalism on behalf of a Republican party establishment which is afraid of being swept out of power, much as Advani & Co resented being pushed aside by Modi. Just as India has had to move into a newer era of politics under the auspices of Modi, likewise America will have to undertake a political renewal under Trump if they don't wish to become prisoners of Leftist-Islamist politics. Make no mistake - the Left is increasingly in the tightest of embraces with Islam, having made it their unofficial preferred religion to campaign for, and any relaxation against Left-wing politics will automatically advance Islamization.
Consider for a moment - if there was an right-wing American nationalist backlash against India or Hindus in particular, would any Muslim American politician have stepped forward to defend Hindus or India? I seriously doubt it. But anytime Islamists have gotten themselves into trouble, Hindus have always rushed to help them out - whether MK Gandhi, or Nehru. It's not like this has softened Islamists towards Hindus. It's only when Muslims find themselves boxed in from every side, that they'll be forced to think about mending their ways. Better Trump than Chump.