• 24 Jun, 2024

Guyana’s Christopher Ram’s abuse of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

Guyana’s Christopher Ram’s abuse of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

Guyana’s Christopher Ram’s abuse of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi (Part 1 of 2)

Never have I seen such a vicious, angry and acrimonious denunciation of any world leader in any of our media outlets as that of Guyana’s Christopher Ram’s frenzied vilification of India’s Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, using the pandemic as a pretext for his invectives.

Will it be remembered as a letter highlighting the pandemic travails of the country, or as a letter of extreme scurrility seeking to anathemize a world leader? (SN May 3, 2021). As an accountant and lawyer, Mr. Ram ostensibly invokes our relationship with India as the reason for his fulminations which he calls “speaking up.” 

The same rationale of long-standing relationship should have led him to condemn the United States where, in the early days of the pandemic, large numbers of COVID-19 victims were buried in unmarked mass graves.  He said nothing about President Donald Trump even when the media in the US were calling out him on his “anti-science” stance on the virus and its spread.

If our relationship is the reason for “speaking up”, I have seen nothing from Mr. Ram about China, whom the world has to thank for the virus, and which has virtually decimated democracy in Hong Kong, or about the concentration camps in that country imprisoning the Uighur Muslim population. 

After all, Mr. Christopher Ram is bleeding for the welfare of Muslims in India, so one would expect him to have the same concern for the Uighur Muslims.  As a matter of fact, I have not seen any Muslim leader or country that has challenged China on the treatment of the Uighurs.

So, why the Indian leadership, Mr. Ram? Well, it has always been easy to trample on India with no consequence such as revocation of visa. For many people around the globe, India, and obviously for Mr. Ram as well, is seen as a soft target.

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Photo : Christopher Ram

The leadership in any country takes credit when things go well and must equally take the responsibility in any crisis. The Mr. Narendra Modi that I know will have no hesitation in accepting any censure, as he has always gracefully done, for he is an ardent devotee of the Bhagavad Gita principle of balance in praise and blame.  So, I can agree with Mr. Ram in “placing the blame where it belongs: at the feet of Narendra Modi.”

Many things can be said about the government mishandling the situation, mismanagement of resources, failure to anticipate severity of the spread and so on.  And all these would probably be justified. 

But Mr. Ram went after Modi and for things not related in any way to the present pandemic, regurgitating a great deal of worn-out, over-used factual inaccuracies and labels which have been levelled at him since he burst into political prominence.

The world knows that India has a robust parliamentary system and one of the most adversarial media anywhere in the world.  Mass protests, a clear mark of an open and free society, in India are frequent and dynamic as seen by the current months-long farmers protest in New Delhi.

In stark contrast to what despotism, Mr. Ram himself tells us that Narendra Modi has conceded his party’s defeat in West Bengal, and we have since learned that the BJP has congratulated the leader of the victorious party who herself lost in her constituency to a BJP candidate. 

Mr. Ram, like Anthony in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar would say of ambition, “Despotism is made of sterner stuff.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Swami Aksharananda received his Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA, and is the Founder and Principal of the prestigious Saraswati Vidya Niketan (Private Hindu College) in Guyana.

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Swami Aksharananda

Swami Aksharananda received his Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA, and is the Founder and Principal of the prestigious Saraswati Vidya Niketan (Private Hindu College) in Guyana.