Hindu Eu­gen­ics

India Today - - UPFRONT - @ShougatDas­gupta

Fake news has be­come the ral­ly­ing cry of the Right, ea­ger to dis­credit the me­dia it whines is leftwing, a char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion that is both para­noid and demon­stra­bly un­true. A hi­lar­i­ous re­port last week in var­i­ous news­pa­pers about the ab­surd ad­vice given to prospec­tive par­ents by the Ar­o­gya Bharati, a group “in­spired by the RSS” (by the RSS’s own ad­mis­sion in a 2015 post on its Face­book page), is be­ing pooh-poohed by some on the ba­sis that there are no of­fi­cial links be­tween the two groups. Maybe. But there is con­sid­er­able over­lap, in per­son­nel and ideas. And when you seek at­ten­tion by claim­ing you know the se­cret to cre­at­ing a gen­er­a­tion of tall, fair su­per ba­bies in the womb and flaunt­ing your ide­ol­ogy, you should per­haps not be sur­prised when peo­ple point and laugh. Hin­dut­vawadis have a pen­chant for du­bi­ous sci­ence, some of it harm­lessly chau­vin­is­tic and some of it with dan­ger­ous and ugly prove­nance. Cry­ing foul over ‘fake news’ doesn’t change that fact.

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