God’s Own Wrath?
Part of belonging to a nation, of sharing, however nominally, a national identity, is the ability to rally round your compatriots in a crisis. But from the dankest, most fetid corners of social media emerged the ugly cawing of those apparently unhappy not at the plight of their fellow Indians in Kerala, but at the sympathy their suffering was generating. People in Kerala are mostly Muslim and Christian, they don’t deserve your charity, went one argument. They’re mostly rich, went another, so they don’t deserve your charity. And from S. Gurumurthy, newly appointed to the board of the RBI, came the absurd notion that the floods had to do with the Supreme Court’s observation last month that girls and women of all ages have the right to enter the Sabarimala temple. Gurumurthy later backtracked, claiming these were not his thoughts but those of the ‘people’. There oughta be a word for these guys. Anti-national?