Bush’s visit to India was not the first instance of the communists and the fundamentalist Muslims gathering under the same umbrella to protest against both the visit and the nuclear deal. Both entities thrive on poverty, illiteracy and religious and cultural backwardness. Without these factors, these two ideologies cannot survive.
I don’t mean to imply that America is the harbinger of peace and prosperity for India. It has its own chapattis to bake. All over the world America has messed up the environment, indigenous economies, regimes and local norms. America’s on record of racial discrimination is not something they can boast about. The entire world knows how diabolically they have treated their African-American citizens. Press in Pakistan might be freer than the American press.
But sadly for the communists, America also represents progress, affluence, an opening to new ideas, and more glaringly, America represents the failure of communism by following exactly the opposite policies the communists espouse. And this is where the parallel lies between the Muslim fundamentalists and the communists. Both these ideologies think they are very superior compared to the rest of the world. Both think their ideologies cannot be questioned or altered. Both are authoritarian and totalitarian. And both, to their great chagrin, see people of the opposing ideologies living much better lives. They are confused, they are befuddled, and, alarmingly, they are frustrated. The only option they have is, maintain the status quo.
Hungry, poor, backward people are the ideal breeding grounds for the communists and Muslim fundamentalists. They want to keep people half-fed, semi-healthy and semi-clothed so that they are always resentful. Since on their own they cannot express their resentments, they need eloquent representatives. And there are no prizes for guessing who want to be their representatives.