After anti-nationals, urban Naxalites, JNU gang, Tukde Tukde gang, Apptards, libtards, India has found a new rival: A foreign company! In the era of data, information war, Netflix is the new threat to our government. Netflix and Chill is the new ‘Tukde-Tukde gang’ and its latest series ‘Leila’ is the new anti-national. Leila is the story of India in 2049 when a powerful man, Joshi rules over the entire nation. The country is divided on the name of religion and cast; minorities are second class citizens. The country is highly advanced in technology though. The nation is called ‘Aryavarta’. If Leila would have been a film, it could’ve never got released and if it would, cinema halls would’ve been attacked. But since it was a Netflix series, the radicalized groups could do nothing to stop it from reaching the public. But it is still being criticized for its dark perception and over-the-top authoritarian future. People are claiming that Leila can’t be the picture of our future, India would never be divided over religion. So is Leila a dark and scary future of India or is it the sad reality of the present times? It doesn’t matter what you think of Leila, whether you like it or not; you can’t deny the reality it depicts, the truth of our nation, our future and our present! Though it is a tale of our future, it is very close to our present scenario. So let’s take a look at 10 such instances when Leila was too close to reality. No.1- Brainwashing of kids. Leila shows a mother making her son watch ‘Bal Joshi’ cartoons. Joshi is Aryavarta’s father of the nation and he is being shown as an idol kid. This is similar to the ‘Bal Narendra’ comics that kids read these days. Brainwashing kids and hero-worshipping is used to gain votes in the future both in this series and in real life. So Leila got this idea from reality only. No.2- Nationalism in Schools. Kids are taught to not ask any questions and be obedient. Leila has also shown kids praising Aryavarta. They are being taught to oblige their government under all circumstances. They are made to believe that the laws are actually there to protect them. They are not supposed to ask any question and only do as their leaders say. This is also much close to reality where ‘patriotism’ is judged over salutations; and students who raise questions against the government are considered anti-nationals. People like Dinanath Batra are already willing to remove certain chapters from the textbooks. No. 3- Attack on intellectuals. Whoever reads banned books on politics, asks questions to ministers is arrested or lynched. This is also observed in present India where those who raise voices are declared urban Naxals. Ministers can insult, attack officers in front of media but asking questions may get you to jail. No.4-Religious Extremism. Leila has shown rituals in which women from purity camps are made to roll over left-over food. It has also filmed a woman getting married to a dog as a punishment. But such rituals exist in real life too. In Karnataka, lower class people roll over left-overs of upper-class people. Also, girls in India are made to marry a dog to pass on the curse. No.5- Storyline The storyline of Leila goes along with Shalini, played by Huma Qureshi, and her husband Rizwaan, played by Rahul Khanna who is lynched. Their daughter is virtually kidnapped because she is a mixed-race child. Radical groups in real life are also seen interfering with inter-faith marriages. In the article ‘Operation BetiUthao’, written by Neha Dixit and published by Outlook magazine, it is reported how Sangh Parivar trafficked 31 girls from Assam to “hinduise” them. This is similar to Project Bali that Leila scripted. No.6-Segregation. Division of class, segregation of pure-impure; the whole country is divided. Rich upper class lives in the city of Unnati behind the walls and lower class lives in slums beyond the walls. This division can be seen in Mumbai too where slums and posh societies co-exist side by side. Looks like the writers of Leila has taken inspiration from present Mumbai to create the future Aryavarta. No.7- In the series Leila, Joshi gives the project of Skydome to Dixit to cope with air pollution. Dixit is an engineer who came to Aryavarta from America for his country but when he realizes that skydome may kill those who live outside Unnati; he realizes his mistake and tries to inform others about this genocide. This is similar to what happened with India’s economic front; RBI governors like Raghuram Rajan, Arvind Subramanyam, Viral Acharya quit their job in dissent with the government’s policies. No. 8-Environmental Pollution. There are wars over water; a shield is being built to protect the city from air pollution; many parts of the series are shot amidst garbage mountains. Such garbage mountains can also be found in Delhi; the water crisis is at its all-time high in present India too; and we’ve already topped the list of most polluted places in the world. So this is no fiction but actual facts. No.9, Leila also has a character, Rao who is shown as the mentor of Joshi. But Rao is being neglected by Joshi now; he enjoys illegal poetry by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. This reminds me of L.K.Advani. Leila also has characters like Naaz who is against his own family for personal gains. Coming to point No.10, People have claimed that Leila is inspired by Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. As the story unfolds, this resemblance disappears as there is so much reality to be captured that it doesn’t need any inspiration. It is also true that Leila is not anti-Hindu. Hinduism teaches us togetherness, kindness, forgiveness. It is the toxic Hindutva that spreads hatred and Leila has also pointed it out. Division, envy, hatred, violence are the real enemies of any country. Leila is all about highlighting the present evils of our society which may lead to a dark and scary future. Watch this series for yourself and think about it! This episode is inspired by a tweet by Omer or @intellectrol Then I discussed it with our Patreons and with their support we listed these points which needed to be discussed publicly. It is important to recognize and understand the way we’re leading our future to. Leila is a reflection of our society and the hatred, violence, lynch culture we are promoting around us. So Leila does not foretell our future but only captures our present. Please comment below and tell us what you think of this episode and the series Leila. Don’t forget to press the bell icon to get notifications of all our videos and live shows. Our merchandise is available both nationally and internationally on Kadak Merch and Youtube, all links are given below. 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