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Some hard-hitting questions to the so-called leftists of my country

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Why is it you never refuse the privileges given you by the state and yet thrive on an anti-state agenda?

Why is it you never share your resources with the downtrodden classes but on the contrary are always asking more for yourself and your families?

Why is it you are not averse to getting into jobs your spouses or other close relatives and friends without respect for basic integrity?

Why words like "kindness" and "thankfulness" are feudal and bourgeois, while a blind obsession with "rights" without any sense of righteousness, hardly bourgeois?

Does "left" mean you don't have to hear the other side at all now that you've the answers up your sleeve?

Have you ever bothered to ask the poor what they feel about your brand of leftism?

Why it is that reality is either black or white but nowhere in between which is where the real world happens to be?

Why do you take extreme positions while you yourself are a privileged customer looking for the best possible bargain?

Why is that people who work for you -- the thrash-pickers and the maids in the houses -- have no clue that you espouse something called leftism?

Why is leftism a theory having nothing to do with how you live?

You despise the religious folks and yet you make a religion out of leftism! Why do you do that?

Why do ethics have no place in your brand of politics?

Why is activism a euphemism for attacking people at a personal level whenever they don't fit in your agenda?

Why do you despise Gandhi and his simple living and keep contrasting him with the Dalit leader Ambedkar in this imaginary debate customized to suit specific interest groups as if liberation depended on taking one position as opposed to the other?

Why is leftism such a middle/upper class and caste clique-forging connections with cliques from Dalit, minority, and other oppressed groups?

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Prakash Kona is a writer, teacher and researcher who lives in Hyderabad, India. He is currently Professor at the Department of English Literature, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad.

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