Tuesday, June 04, 2024

the lift we needed

So buoyed by the surprisingly good election results in India! There has been such severe repression of press and academic freedoms over the last ten years under the fundamentalist and egocentric leadership of Prime Minister Modi, and that has been fractured by the secular INDIA coalition winning 232/543 seats today. 

Modi's victory is pyrrhic--he will likely still become the P.M. for a third term. But for the first time in a decade, there is a solid opposition bloc in parliament, and he will not be able to have unconstitutional, non-secular, Islamophobic, crony-capitalism bills passed so easily (or at all).

People who celebrate my Boss Day--I mean, who else but my immediate family--started saying the results were a Boss Day present to me! It was funny and SO sweet to see texts from my sister and At both pop up with identical language simultaneously. The exit polls had been so doctored to benefit the ruling party over the month-long election process, so the results took everyone including pollsters, psephologists, and pundits by surprise. 

What a wonderful glimmer of hope that India will fulfill its destiny as the biggest democracy in terms of more than just numbers. I spent so much of the morning just beaming at my computer screen enjoying the memes and gifs and schadenfreude (they lost in Ayodhya where they destroyed the mosque!) and texting with friends and (the progressive) cousins. So proud of my home state of Tamil Nadu that gave the BJP exactly ZERO wins. So grateful to the students, professors, journalists, farmers, and impoverished millions who protested and resisted Modi's fascism in every way they could.

Pic: I love this quote from journalist Ravish Kumar: "Not all battles are fought for victory. Some are fought to tell the world that someone was there on the battlefield." I think it applies to every battle I'm engaged in. Our fights are, at least in part, so people being oppressed know that other people see their struggles and will fight for them. To know that we/they are not alone. 


Nicole said...

Wow, what great and inspiring news! May it be the start of a global movement (one can pin hopes on the stars, right?)

Nance said...

Let's hope that it was a beacon of things to come for the world.
And what a terrific quote. So meaningful and so very, very true.

Gillian said...


StephLove said...

I saw the news about the Indian election this morning. It is good news.

Nice quote at the end.

Jenny said...

I'm embarrassed to say that I have no idea what's going on in India... but reading this made me happy. It seems like the news is consistently bad nowadays, so this was refreshing, and hopeful. And, I love that quote!

NGS said...

Your happiness is contagious! Not all is lost in this world.

maya said...

Yay, Friends! Reading your thoughts made me go reread the quote and re-appreciate it.
I first started publicly protesting Modi in 2004--I find a letter with my name on it when I google myself... It took 20 years to see this small pushback against him!

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