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To every minority group in India, as a person born in a privileged majoritarian, upper class and caste, I am sorry we failed you today collectively as a nation!!! I hang my head in shame for what this majoritarian govt. and the once proud institutions are making you all go through. I know it's easy to say stay strong but you must there is no other option. This was not the country that I once loved, was optimistic about and wanted to serve.

ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRR for Chidambaram!!! 106 days and the man has emerged victorious and super strong after being wronged!!! Take a bow Sir P.Chidambaram! I can't wait to see him back in Parliament tearing the govt. to shreds and those Sunday columns making the haters feel miserable.

A lot of them had wanted Poch to replace Jose at MUFC. Now Jose has ended up replacing Poch at Spurs 😂😂😂 Football life can truly be unpredictable!!! skysports.com/football/news/11

Sajith Premadasa as the UNP Presidential candidate didn't make much of a difference as he was already representing a divided group that further empowered Gotabaya to play the strongman card. The Easter Bombings gave Rajapaksas the thrust while a lack of unity between Ranil and Sirisena cost them heavily. Looks like Sri Lanka will have tough days ahead and would be interesting to see how India walks the tight rope with Rajapaksas back at the helm and their pro-China tilt.

Some of the major reasons for the Gotabaya victory include the constitutional crisis that affected the country, the clashes between Sirisena and Ranil openly, and the Easter Bombings making the Rajapaksas claim that they are stronger on National Security. Gotabaya is not great news for India but definitely great news for China. Ranil as PM was perceived close to India and seen as an instinctive economic reformer. Sirisena as President crumbled over the last 1.5 years.

-- That was the main thread. Many liked it. Many didn't. And I wrote a separate thread answering some of the most frequently raised concerns. Will add that here in some time. --

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In many ways, this "ye sab toh koi bhi kar sakta hai" thinking permeates our entire culture. People don't think art is worth money. People tell designers to work for free because it "can't possibly be that hard".

But the worst possible consequence of our attitude towards the humanities is currently playing out in the political and social arena. Our "educated middle class", thanks to a lack of education, is screwing us over.

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In the present political and social climate, intellectuals, liberals, media persons, and artists are not being vilified because of the things they are saying.

They are the villains because in the eyes of the science caste, they were never supposed to amount to anything. They were supposed to be amusements, sources of entertainment, and cautionary tales for them to scare their children with so that they never choose the arts.

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I'll tell you why.

The doctors and engineers I am talking about didn't value the humanities when they were in school and college. And they don't value them now.

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Why is it then, that privileged members of the science caste consider themselves capable of holding forth on humanities subjects even though they never had that education? They literally rejected that education. They were applauded for not being interested.

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Now flip it. Imagine an arts student lecturing them about their areas of expertise - engineering or medicine. They would be justified in calling it out because the boy who studied economics and literature is not qualified to comment on these topics. He simply lacks the education.

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Tell a doctor that what he has written makes sense on neither the logical level nor the grammatical one and he will ask you what makes you an expert and the fact that correct grammar is just a way for liberals to establish their superiority.

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Cut to: 2018. Tell a software guy holding forth about politics and economics on a WhatsApp group that he is wrong about something and you'll get called an "elitist" or a "liberal".

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Remember that the Right Wing was the first to start waging war on the tech and social media fronts. They started the first blogs and had the first IT cells. They were the ones with armies of software engineers.

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So it's not surprising at all that an alternate ecosystem has popped up to cater to the insecurities of the "science stream caste". It tells them they are victims. It feeds them sweet nothings from morning till night over WhatsApp.

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So is it any surprise that our "educated" middle-class is raging against "media" and "intellectuals" and "experts" and "stars" and "writers" and "artists"?

Make no mistake. This is the cream of India's educational caste system fighting back against its lost privilege.

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On days when the talking point is politics or economics or some other matter that they threw away because only girls study arts, they are positively sick with FOMO. They feel left out.

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For the first time in their privileged lives, they find themselves having to contend with the fact that they might not actually be good at everything. On an average day, it is hard to get these people to shut up about their houses and their salaries and their houses.

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There was no roadmap for them to follow. So they taught themselves and went into journalism, advertising, writing, and law. They became web publishers. They started websites. They began to mould a kind of heaven from the hell that they had been condemned to.

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They studied, read, communicated with experts, and even began to use the web to publish their own work and find their voice. They started getting what had been denied to them by our education system - a sense of self worth, and even the right to consider themselves intelligent.

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