The country is awash with the intolerance debate, social media has exploded with fury over the latest remarks from film star Aamir Khan about ‘growing intolerance’ in the country. A sentiment echoed by his costar in the tinsel world Shahrukh khan in the recent past. Many so called intellectuals especially Govt award winners (like the Padma) have joined the bandwagon in returning the awards conferred on them. All in a short span of about 8-10 months.
These people have taken some isolated incidents in the country and have painted the country’s secular fabric with a very broad brush with this single word (intolerance). And doing so they have unwittingly assaulted on the common sense of the AAM ADMI in the process. The common theme in social media is one of anger and dissent at these people for picking the wrong cudgel. For the majority it has no factual bearing or historical basis and is now widely come to believe as the wild imagination of a few alarmist people. At worst it could be a ‘manufactured dissent’ (as put by BJP, the ruling party which rightly feels that barbs are aimed at discrediting its governance) largely due to the leftist leaning intelligentsia in the country.
The Hindi word equivalent of intolerance is asahiShNuta or asahaniyata . But someone rightly gave a new science definition to the raging debate in the country
- Its ॐ (ohm: Ω)
By definition its as follows
Original Ohm’s law - the current flow through a conductor is directly proportional to the potential difference (voltage) and inversely proportional to the resistance (or intolerance)
The neologism (i.e, alternate meaning) in my mind for this word is now as follows
New Ohm law - the opinions flying through a celebrity or award winner is directly proportional to the potential ideological difference and inversely proportional to the political affinity with ruling party
All this and its time to do a Washington post's style invitational on the intolerance word . Washington Post asks readers every year to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
InTOILerant (av) - someone who is accused of not working hard enough.
InTOLLerant (av) – someone who opposes fees collected in toll booths (like the MNS for instance)
InTROLLerant (av)- social media followers who rebel or dissent at the inappropriate comment made by celebrities
Luctose intolerant – someone who blows up all the luck coming his way