With Parag Agrawal becoming Twitter CEO, now a number of Big Tech companies are headed by persons of Indian origin. Unsurprisingly, a wave of patriotism has swept across India. These people have done India proudthat is the common refrain. But that may not be true, for Big Tech today is the enemy of free speech; and Indians helping curb liberty can never be a matter of pride for their country.
To put things in perspective, lets consider the case of Jayaprakash Narayan. He can be lauded as a hero because he fought against authoritarianism during the Emergency (1975-77). But we can never and should never eulogize the otherwise admirable people for having colluded with tyranny at that time.
Big Tech is not without achievements; it has brought the gains of technology to billions of people. But it is also colluding with the enemies of freedom; this was the reason that Twitter de-platformed former US President Donald Trump, who is the greatest world leader of this century, for he is the biggest enemy of China, the most powerful and dangerous rogue state.
Social media giants censored and downplayed a lot of content that was anti-China. Concomitantly, they promoted a great deal that suited Beijing, the most important being their unflinching support to the theory that the novel coronavirus was of natural origin.
This helped a bunch of scientists to manipulate global opinionby way of a letter to the reputed medical journalLancetfor over a year into accepting the natural origin theory of the coronavirus. It was only on May 5 this year that the prominent science journalist Nicholar Wade challenged the natural origin orthodoxy (https://thebulletin.org/2021/05/the-origin-of-covid-did-people-or-nature-open-pandoras-box-at-wuhan/). The possibility of the virus birth in a lab got a leg up.
Wade also hinted at a concerted endeavor, if not a global conspiracy, aimed at proving that the origin of the novel coronavirus was natural. The recent developments not only underline the disingenuousness of some dishonest scientists but also the credulity of intellectuals all over the world who unquestioningly accepted the scientists lies as gospel.
In an article in the prestigious magazineThe Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Wade talked about the thought leaders anti-Trump obsession supporting the natural origin theory which helped the Chinese. Another reason [for the acceptance of the natural origin theory], perhaps, is the migration of much of the media toward the left of the political spectrum. Because [former US] President [Donald] Trump said the virus had escaped from a Wuhan lab, editors gave the idea little credence. They joined the virologists in regarding lab escape as a dismissible conspiracy theory.
Wade said that at that time it was really far too soon for anyone to be sure what had happened. Yet, the scientists overwhelmingly conclude[d] that this coronavirus originated in wildlife.
The scientifically unsubstantiated assertion became an indubitable fact; and anyone, from conservative American politicians to dissenting scientists, questioning the novel coronavirus natural origin was accused of peddling a conspiracy theory. Trump and his political allies were of course hauled over the coals, but even credentialed experts were silenced. Like Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan, who is now in the US. In September last year, Twitter suspended her account for the unpardonable sin of saying in public that China had manufactured the coronavirus in a Wuhan lab.
While the mainstream media and Big Tech acted like the Inquisition to support China, no one bothered to check the intentions of the scientists who had emphatically asserted the natural origin theory. According to Wade, It later turned out that the Lancet letter had been organized and drafted by Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance of New York. Daszaks organization funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. If the SARS2 virus had indeed escaped from research he funded, Daszak would be potentially culpable. This acute conflict of interest was not declared to the Lancets readers. To the contrary, the letter concluded, We declare no competing interests.
Daszak, a devious manipulator, took the world for a ride for more than a yearto help the Chinese Communist Party. Just as he and others did to send American taxpayers money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. According to Wade, From June 2014 to May 2019, Daszaks EcoHealth Alliance had a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health [of the US], to do gain-of-function research with coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Whether or not SARS2 is the product of that research, it seems a questionable policy to farm out high-risk research to foreign labs using minimal safety precautions. And if the SARS2 virus did indeed escape from the Wuhan institute, then the NIH will find itself in the terrible position of having funded a disastrous experiment that led to the death of more than 3 million worldwide, including more than half a million of its own citizens.
The propagation of a fake theory is just one consequence of the suppression of free speech by Big Tech and the mainstream media. Therefore, the fact that top executives in most Big Tech firms are Indians is not something we should be proud of.
Views expressed above are the author's own.
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