February 18, 2016

Why the Sanghi zombie apocalypse is upon us (and how to save yourself)

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Why the Sanghi zombie apocalypse is upon us (and how to save yourself)

Aleesha Matharu @almatharu
With each passing day, we're rapidly slipping into a dreaded zombie apocalypse. The virus is strong, with rabid fanatics prone to random acts of violence (and/or stupidity). Twitter has already been an infected playground for a while. And Facebook, with its lack of a character limit, even more so.
Incidents like JNU make it clear that, as the zombie virus spreads, the law and order situation is only going to get worse. Don't expect a happy Sean of the Dead-style resolution either; the police are looking the other way.
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Even as the 'libtards' of the country protest the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, the unthinking zombies created by the RSS and the Hindutva moment are having a field day.
Sadly, these zombies aren't looking for brains (even though they could use them). Instead they wander through life unthinking, driven by a thirst for blood and the need to convert all normal humans to their kind.

How to recognise a zombie

Present-day Indian zombies may not be flesh-eating ghouls yet, but there are certain characteristics they mirror perfectly:
  • Rabid - often angry and abusive to the point of foaming at the mouth.
  • Social (strength in numbers) - Zombies never travel alone. RSS zombies take this to a whole new level; they even travel in hordes online.
  • Unthinking and moving forward with a single goal in mind (case in point: 'defending Indian culture').
  • A need to infect everyone in the vicinity.
  • Hive mind - zombies aren't much for original or creative thought. They'll follow the strongest zombie around.
  • Incapable of holding public office.
  • Threatened by shiny, noisy and pretty things (anything or anyone who is forward-thinking).
  • Empty shells of human beings - if someone you know has been infected, please remember that the person you knew is gone. Zombies are devoid of character, personality and soul.
  • They multiply exponentially (much to the delight of Sakshi Maharaj.)

But how are zombies created?

1. Either from medical experiments gone severely wrong or biological warfare
2. Brainwashing by using an ideology that does its very best to strip away your individuality.
The zombie is a powerful metaphor, and has come to serve as the primary symbol of escapism itself - where the fictional enslavement of some provides a perverse kind of freedom for everyone else.
In fact, in the US zombies have represented capitalism, the Vietnam War, nuclear fear, even the tension surrounding the civil-rights movement.
The modern zombie is a metaphor for so many fears that it's just easier to call them real: mindless hostile office bureaucracy, kids with their heads buried in their smartphones and a billion other fears millennials have.
Which is why it isn't far-fetched to equate the unthinking goons on the road outside Patiala House with the zombies of old and new. To be fair to zombies though, in some instances they've been capable of basic speech, however garbled.
For the literal-minded, rest assured: I'm not suggesting the RSS and right-wing are flesh-eating fiends. But possibly only because they're largely vegetarian.
The zombie metaphor really comes to life in India with the intolerance debate. The simplest argument is best presented using this comic strip made by the Facebook page Sanitary Panels: