What is wrong with the below questions ?
CNN-IBN – Will America elect a Black President ?
The Telegraph – Tears for film and verse, not a drop for riots ?
Let us pose these questions in a different way.
Can America elect a President being blind to his skin color ?
Was Mr. Advani guilty of not upholding the rule of law when riots took place ?
In the difference between these two sets of questions on the same issue lies the distinction between the New Big Tent with Justice as its bedrock and Progressivism with “Victimhood and Guilt” as its bedrock.
The second set of questions were mainly concerned if there was Justice independent of identity and independent of the circumstances.
The first set of questions however were mainly concerned with emotional tokenism that cared more for how one felt about the outcome from the point of view of victimhood or guilt.
That friends is the fundamental distinction.
The Shveta Chhatra is about giving the Aam Admi the comfort and confidence that the Rule of Law will be enforced at all times to prevent Riots and that the Rule of Law will be upheld at all times so no guilty evades justice.
The Shveta Chhatra is about giving the Aam Admi the security and confidence that the Rule of Law will be enforced at all times to prevent Riots and that the Rule of Law will be upheld at all times so no guilty evades justice.
The Shveta Chhatra is also about the openness of the Big Tent where nobody is discriminated on the basis of his or her identity. Justice in the Big Tent treats everyone as an equal irrespective of their identity.
The Shveta Chhatra differs from the Progressives in that it will not pay lip service to greivances and historical wrongs by whitewashing them with mere apologies.
The Shveta Chhatra stands for a solemn assurance that it will seek the Truth behind every greivance and wrong to deliver Justice and seek reconciliation.
This new Big Tent will stand out for its openness where the aggreived can speak the Truth without the fear of reprisals.
It will also stand out for its firm commitment to Justice to provide victims with the strength to “forget”, “forgive” and “reconcile” rather than bear grudges that are held for generations to come over Justice delayed and Justice denied.
In closing this historical reference to the Shveta Chhatra sums it up rather nicely
The Shveta Chhatra or White Umbrella was a symbol of sovereign political authority placed over the monarch’s head at the time of the coronation. The ruler so inaugurated was regarded not as a temporal autocrat but as the instrument of protective and sheltering firmament of supreme law.
The white umbrella symbol is of great antiquity and its varied use illustrates the ultimate common basis of non-theocratic nature of states in the Indian tradition.
As such, the umbrella is found, although not necessarily a white one, over the head of Lord Ram, the Mohammedan sultans and Chatrapati Shivaji.