It takes two to fight: Why the left needs to up its game.

Poster from the CAA/NRC Protests in Dec 2019

There are always two sides to an argument

For the sake of our argument, let us define the left and the right as follows:

  1. Right: Socially dominant groups: Males, dominant race / caste, asset owning, older adults, invested in religion and symbols of social status.
  2. Left: Socially marginalized groups: Marginalized race / caste, non-male, youth, seeking jobs, assets, power. Start at the bottom of the social pyramid.

The rise of welfare and big government

Post WWII and colonialism, people championing the cause of the left have had it really good. Governments have become humongous entities that claim to help the people. Slowly and surely, we are living in the most safe, prosperous and productive era of humanity.

“It has taken us hundreds of years to create culture, don’t think we are going to give it up so easily”

This sudden change of order, means that the people on the top are sliding heavily. The socially and religiously dominant groups found themselves lesser and lesser liked and respected. To rub it in, the youth has expressed their new found freedom by soundly rejecting the culture of the previous generations. Under the current education system, youth is always more modern, independent, atheist and rebellious.

Aggression, victory and power

The most disaffected among the right, found great resonance in the people and have become national leaders. The anger and frustration is genuine. They were losing their power, their identity, their faith and have started becoming more aggressive, and are tearing down the rules that have kept them away.

“This is our dharma. If we don’t finish you, we will be finished”

A new aggressive left must rise

The old left is dead. The brainy ivy league bureaucrats can essentially do only one thing: Keep the complex order in place. But the current system has massively slowed down and it’s time for a refresh. At the moment, the left it seems, is out of answers.

The youth is already on the streets and demanding their rights
  1. Have bleak career prospects due to rise of automation.
  2. Are locked out of home ownership.
  3. Are going to pay for climate change.
The youth has more moral fiber than they get credit for. Young kids at the CAA/NRC protest.

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Rushabh Mehta

Rushabh Mehta

founder, erpnext | the best code is the one that is not written