Diplomatic…Politically Correct…

A friend has repeatedly called my articles politically correct.  The insinuation is the weakness of my mind to be indecisive.  No one has accused me ever before of being indecisive or weak.  If at all, I have always been called highly opinionated,  and this is partly true.  I am very protective of my personal space and of my children, and hold strong opinions regarding my life and decisions.  I am always open for a discussion on serious matters with my children, family, friends, and relatives, who hold importance in my life.  However, I do not let anyone sway me into submission, unless the argument presented is foolproof.

With age come wisdom and the foresight to see things from all angles.  When it is a matter of public discussions, I do not shout from rooftops voicing my take, one way, or the other, in the absence of complete facts.  This indecision is presented either in ambiguous cases, or in cases that are not too close to my heart.  In fact, in latter, I do not present any opinion at all.

Even in cases where I am sure of my opinion and express it, I do not cry foul on a differing points-of-view.

There are always two sides to a coin.  The predominant side defines the opinions and the resultant decision.  In matters where a side could be predominant due to populist movement and lack of enough mileage for the other side, we might mistake it to be irrevocably true and complete.  In order to avoid such a mistake, there will always be a group of watchers keeping the debate going.  This is the group that takes all the flak for opposing the popular opinions.  Sometimes, this group can go overboard, losing sight of the truth, of differentiating right from wrong.  However, be warned that all popular opinions are not always correct.


“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”

Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.”

Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals

“In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”

Mahatma Gandhi


We are just a small speck in this huge cosmos, and as I mentioned in my other article, Holographic Universe and Hindu Philosophy, this is a Maya jal, woven by Yog Maya.  We are not our material being, and do not need to conform to this material world.  We are the souls, who need this material garb to strive to reach Him.  Without this material ego, we cannot function, but we should not become subservient to our material ego and think that this is the only reality and nothing beyond.

How can we become so adamant and imagine that the presented information and that which the mind is able to perceive and comprehend is the whole truth and the complete truth?  This is nothing but our arrogance, and this ego can be seen in the best of educated.  I am not professing that one should not hold a firm opinion or belief, and that one should not swear by that belief.  Your belief defines you, is truth of your being, your world.  Conversely, there is a large possibility of someone else’s belief being the truth, if not all encompassing, then at least for that individual.  How can you find it in your heart to take that right away from another?  Right or wrong, our beliefs and choices are our personality, and we each have an individual path of discovery.  Let us continue to discover independently, without jumping the gun on others, or taking out the machine guns to shoot each contradictory outlook.

I will take a piece from my last article, Death Penalty, and say – “We take certain decisions weighing the pros and the cons of the presented situation with the information accessible to us, to the best of our limited capacity.  The day we start to believe that our beliefs are the ultimate truth, we become radicals.”  In the mentioned article, my neutral view was biased towards the judgement.  People who could not read between the lines need to go back to it again.

I believe that Judges, Journalists, Teachers, and Writers should never be opinionated and the neutrality serves better.  A judgemental judge, journalist, teacher, and writer will never be able to do justice to one’s vocation.  Being a writer, I try to project neutrality, with some biased tilt.

More wars are stopped by being diplomatic and politically correct.  Unfortunately, I am not such a person, instead am a very opinionated person.  I am only trying hard to give the benefit of the doubt to every individual, as I am on my path of discovery.  If I appear soft in my articles, then that is how I actually feel about most opinions.  And to contradict myself, let me clarify that I am not as soft when it comes to me and my own.  I am the kind to fight tooth-and-nail in such situations.

Yet another ‘politically correct’ opinion for my readers, or is it?

||Sarvam Sri Krishna Arpanamastu||

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Hello to all the readers and fellow bloggers. I am Sarika Nanda and I welcome you to my blog. I am based out of the national capital of India. I am new to blogging and to writing. My posts are my contemplations on varied topics. I hope to publish something of interest for most of my readers. Hoping to follow the rule of brevity without compromising on the essence of the thought, I will try to write without hurting any sentiments and sensibilities. My writings are my own, and any thoughts picked from another source will carry the source information or acknowledgement. I sincerely hope to see more and more followers and support in the coming days. Happy Reading. Sarika Nanda
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3 Responses to Diplomatic…Politically Correct…

  1. Ranbir dagar says:

    Well said. There is a need to understand that why have the various courts of India given capital punishments in more than 219 cases in the past decade ?

    Because the wearer knows where the shoe pinches. It was on the behest of the lawyers who argued the cases on behalf of the sufferers. Yes, it is very simple to be part of the discussion when ‘One ‘ is not the affected party. It is great to be part of any discussion from the Cocoons of Safety which we all believe to live in.

    All over the world Civilised or other societies “FEAR IS THE KEY”. The rule of law is followed only because of the fact that the Retribution is high. In India the retribution is mostly Delayed and “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied”. Therefore what is visible in our society.

    Yes, politically correct is what most of the so called Evolved Humans are when the issue at hand hasn’t affected them in person. Otherwise the case in point is the conduct of the parliament in the ongoing monsoon session wherein hardly any business has been transacted despite the fact that it is with the hard earned money of the tax payers it runs. The cost of having the parliament in session is stated to be Rs 2.5Lakhs per minute which amounts to Rs I.5 Crores per hour nad approximately 18 crores per day.

    The best part of South Asians is that we have opinions on everything. It may / may not be remotely related to us and there after we defend our opinions with all righteousness and at times we also take the help of our “CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS” if it suits the situation.

    There are “No perfect Rights and No perfect Wrongs” in life. Life is shades of gray. The shade depends on the phase one is going through in life at that moment. Each one has a right to opinion and it is this particular right as a Homo Sapien that was utilised when stating the opinion.

    The freedom to react is another right afforded to all Indians by our Constitution and is welcome.
    And Yes, the best staements are politically correct statements as they show the Homo Sapien to be an “EVOLVED ONE”.

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    • sarikananda says:

      Well said. And I understand the anguish. However, my political correctness in this context is limited to my not downright accusing the people stalling the process and showing an understanding that they might have a point. It is true that till the time the shoe does not pinch, the wearer would not know. However, to accuse me of being politically correct, just because I do not use strong words or denounce the people, who I think might be wrong, is unfair. That is not my style. That does not mean that I concur with their sentiments. It only means that I am okay with them expressing their points-of-view without shouting them down or name-calling. That does not mean that I am being soft or diplomatic, because I never said that I agree…all I said was that you have the right to expression, in a democracy, and I will not brand you anti-national. Thanks for the lecture on cost to the exchequer. I know all of this and am on your side. This message should be for those who are not looking at this picture. Start writing too… 🙂

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