Why should we raise voice against any injustice when it is budding in the society? Does the sense of being an elite work as a tool to divide and rule?
History could teach us in detail but let us take just three example from contemporary India.
1. West Bengal: There had been a prolonged communist regime in West Bengal. We know the story of how Communists came in power after the Congress rule in the State. But what we really do not know or rather made not know is about one of the many specialties of communists regime, that is “false sense of being an elite”. Who is elite? A select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society. Now, what exactly is this “false sense of being an elite”? In layman’s context or rather in modern terms, It’s the self made claim that I am special and if I don’t speak anything against the crimes/injustice that takes place in the society, then people will continue treating me special, tolerant and secular.
How this works? Alike every society there are also crimes in communist ruled places. What’s so special in communist ruled society? In the beginning, due to the effect of this elitist mindset people choose to remain silent on small crimes. Slowly that small crimes converts into injustice and this injustice will become a trend in a very little span of time which would later turn into oppression. Now, the interesting fact about this elitist mindset and it’s ecosystem is that it holds people back every time while raising their voice against crimes in the society even when communist rule is over. Not just this, if you raise this concern then these very people will try everything possible to suppress you down because it becomes the new normal in such society. They may even argue that how come communist be elite because both are 180 degree opposite in bookish terms, but you will have your answers in their argument that highlights their detachment from the basic reality. It can be verified clearly in some deeply rooted communist zones of Bengal and somewhat in across Bengal.
2. Kerala: Kerala is also a deeply rooted communist state. You will meet many people (typically communists/converts/radicals who are in substantial numbers now) from Kerala who considers themselves so special that many of them have declared themselves ultra elite and separated themselves way distant from Indian way of living life. Some of these even possess the mindset of separatists. The effect of this can be seen in rapidly changing demography of Kerala and also in the fact that some of the ISIS terrorists have links in Kerala. All these are the result of the same “sense” adopted by people of Kerala in the beginning.
3. Kashmir: To know the on ground situation of Kashmir, you may have discussions with many veterans of Army who had been serving there in Kashmir during 1980s or before. They confirm about the presence of some similar “sense” in Kashmiris (Typically Pandits) since very long (i.e. mid 1920s). These Kashmiris also chose to remain silent when the non-Pandits as well as some poor Pandits were oppressed and proselytized in the valley during 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. This in turn took a form of such a huge divide that was out of control of these people and finally ended up in horrendous pogrom of Kashmiri Hindus in 1990. Had they raised flag against these issues in the beginning and not indulged themselves in this Elitism, many things could have been under control/avoided.
PS: I am not justifying any crime/conversion/pogrom. My focus is on this “false sense of being an elite” and its outcome in long run.