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 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 about the recent victories of Far-Right Ideologies. However, let us describe what ‘Ebola’ is all about which Jean Le pen has referred in his speech. It is the name of a River of 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. Genus Ebolavirus is 1 of 3 members of the Filoviridae family (filovirus), along with genus Marburgvirus and genus Cuevavirus.
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.
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 7 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 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.
Their 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" mind set.
“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 of 1980s, after the electoral success of far-right political candidates, they turned the issue of Human Miseries and migration topsy- tury and successfully revitalized the ‘anti-immigration’ as a mainstream issue. Then there appeared the issue of nationalities.
To make it softer and intellectualize, the new concept - ‘You get the nationality either or merit or inheritance’ was crafted. Thus, new walls in the mind of lucky inhabitants were raised and door and windows were closing faster for those who had any genuine reason to cross the borders.
In nutshell, we can conclude that Right Wing ideologies and Problems of Human Tragedy are diametrically opposite domains. While most of the world tragedies are rooted in poverty and greed for power, the right wing ideology sucks its blood from the economic insecurity and Chauvinism.
In the Indian context, Hindutva, or 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 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 tell from the ramparts and upfront that someone is dis-empowerd decisively.
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