Right-Wing Feeds On Economic Insecurity

By Naim Naqvi

Our world is a global village and people have been migrating from one place to another since prehistoric times for survival, better life and bright future. Succeeding races changed their geography and the turn of events changed their habits, religions and often hues of their skin colour and features.

Nothing is constant in this mercurial world. Generations rule and then kiss the dust. The fight of supremacy is neither new nor surprising. Powerful civilizations design their own principles. Definitions of truth and justice vary according to ruler’s convenience and weaker sections of society survive with their sheer grit or assimilate in the stronger currents. Weak always cry for protection and stronger entities portray them as threats to society to keep their tight grip on power.

For an ardent student of history, nothing is surprising. So, it was in the flow of times when last week, police were called to a mosque in London after members of the far-right ‘Britain First’ party invaded the building and handed out Christian leaflets and Bibles.

The four activists were wearing matching uniforms, described as “green activist jackets” by Britain First. They drove away the East London Mosque in Whitechapel in a car. The group described how they “invaded” the mosque on their official Facebook group page.

In the same period, ahead of European Parliament elections, according to French media, Jean-Marie Le Pen – founder of the National Front – reportedly said the deadly Ebola virus could help step global population and help Europe’s “immigration problem.”

In Paris, Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, disputed the reports that her father suggested Ebola as a possible cure for Europe’s immigration problem. “That is a lie, a maneuver, a campaign maneuver. He never said that.”

The lady daughter tried to gloss over her father’s howler. “He was not speaking about immigration. He was speaking about the fate of humanity as a whole. That is what he said.”

I’m not discussing here the recent victories of Far-Right ideologies. However, let us describe what ‘Ebiola’ is all about which Jean Le pen had referred to in his speech.

It is the name of a river in Congo, Africa, and the town of Yambuku is situated on its bank. Ebola disease first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku. The disease takes its name from the river Ebola.

Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest. Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.

According to the WHO, burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola. Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to seven weeks after recovery from illness.

Now think of solutions that the right-wingers propound to the human problems.

According to the German political scientist Klaus von Beyme, after the Second World War, three historical phases succeeded in the development of far-right parties in Western Europe. Following the defeat of Hitler and almost destruction of Nazi ideology, far-right parties were marginalized between 1945 and mid-1950s. Those ideologies were discredited but survived without any palpable political impact.

From the mid-1950s to the 1970s, the slow pace of economic growth was manipulated by them into so-called “populist protest phase” which emerged with sporadic electoral success. Far-right parties during this period drew to them charismatic leaders. They engendered a kind of profound mistrust against the liberal ideologies and termed the political establishment as “them’ and led to an “us-versus-them” mindset. “Us” they sold as ownership of the nation’s citizenry, “them,” the politicians and bureaucrats currently in-office. Having tasted the tumbler of success they went enthusiastically for the sparkling bottle of power.

In the beginning 1980s, after the electoral success of far-right political candidates, they turned the issue of Human Miseries and migration topsy- turvy and successfully revitalized the ‘anti-immigration’ as a mainstream issue.

Then there appeared the issue of nationalities. To make it softer and intellectual, the new concept – ‘You get the nationality either on merit or inheritance’ was crafted. Thus, new walls in the mind of lucky inhabitants were erected and door and windows were closing faster for those who had any genuine reason to cross the borders.

In a nutshell, we can conclude that Right Wing ideologies and Problems of Human Miseries are diametrically opposite domains. While most of the world tragedies are rooted in poverty and greed for power, the right wing ideologies sucks its blood from the economic insecurity and Chauvinism.

In the Indian context of Hindutva, a far right of cultural nationalism validates the supremacy of the religious majority in the essence of both the party and the man. The states where BJP captured 100% of seats already endorse it. But it seems that for the mission of creating a Hindu identity for the entire society and nation it is necessary to replicate and make it permanent.

What is left now is to proclaim from the ramparts and upfront that someone is dis-empowered decisively.

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