What Saudi Arabia believes to become extremism.
Someone must do the dirty work. Last week, the State security agency of Saudi Arabia posted on an Twitter manage a list of beliefs and identities that it termed extremist. The listing comprised feminism, atheism and homosexuality – unsurprising in an excessively conservative State, but nearly comic, and certainly showing, at the juxtapositions. Before it became too funny, but the list was withdrawn, along with also a statement put out indicating that mistakes were made at the definition of extremism. But the slide is revealing. There could have been a vision, made fleetingly general public, of rampaging girls carrying the stiflingly patriarchal bastion of the country by storm.
Such a vision would create the heroes of more politically correct countries flinch also: Indian society, for example, may not predict feminism a form of dread, but it’s certainly terrified of free, independent women. The safety agency’s withdrawn list becomes more interesting in the context of the crown prince’s efforts to lift limitations on girls -allowing them to push, as an instance, or move out without a male guardian under specific conditions – while top women activists languish in prison. If girls must be’freed’, the State shall decide when and how much; some girl who thinks in service has to be punished. Of course the security service is confused.
Just how are feminists to be distinguished from homosexual guys? Condition power, in line with the list, threatens. So atheists, also, join the list, though an atheist could be patriarchal and homophobic.
Criticism seems unfair, since the Saudi Arabian authorities withdrew the listing. However, the conversation is made essential by the significance of such approaches in New India, in which ideas of both extremism and’anti-national’ activity are becoming a part of everyday conversation. Saudi Arabia’s removed listing offered a useful glimpse into how the State there defines and explains itself. In the lack of such useful tips, Indian citizens should adhere to the routines of arrests, detentions, suspensions of rights, invocations of the law against sedition, periodic lynching that goes unpunished, savage devastation – equally unpunished – of – art works, movie sets and books, social mobilization against unions and food the State doesn’t like and other such activities to acquire a sense of the way the new Indian Condition defines and identifies itself. A list would be so much more beneficial.