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Blame the Politics

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Politics
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This run-up to elections at times check my nerves. No, it’s not about bad politicians. But the issues and mannerism they present, reflect what we are. Then this blame games of pseudo-isms and communisms and moralisms. Why won’t politicians use these tools? They need these to propel there career/leadership, to generate followers who will vote them. Don’t we put our integrity at stake in the name of loyalty to our companies/employers/ seniors? Aren’t we already divided? It’s just that they reflect what we ourselves are. And that brings out the truth that we keep trying to brush aside. And when we see a distorted reflection of self, it intimidates us and scare us. We get angry and direct it towards politicians and everyone else to get rid of our guilts.

Violence is Precursor of Non-violence

Posted: April 15, 2012 in Politics
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Discontent breeds unrest and unrest breeds violence- in thoughts, in words and in action. There can never be a peaceful society with widespread oppression. Non-violent protest is an ideal solution but oppressed minds are never ideal. Ideals are always followed by less-oppressed or peripheral observers. People living in most unidealistic conditions follow means which aid them in their immediate survival. Capacity to think beyond fulfilling their basic needs is oppressed along with threat to their mere survival.

 

Fear of loss of identity and existence imparts aggression but this fight of survival is labelled revolt. And after labelling it so, establishment gets the excuse to strike back with enhanced suppression, now blurring the lines between repression and vengeance. More revolutionaries are created in turn and their number increases with every strike. One day establishment finds itself vulnerable and it switches on its sympathy mode, becoming self proclaimed sympathizer of oppressed and preachers of non-violence. Now revolutionaries are painted with blood, marking those butchers!

 

This is an inevitable cycle of an oppressive regime. Their egos don’t allow them to listen to legitimate demands of revolting group even when they are on slippery grounds. Fringe players who till now were left unheard, take their seats in front. They still are in touch with their intellect. They now have better negotiating power to get their demands met by an arrogant establishment, which is in sympathetic mode and seemingly more willing to concede without appearing to be weak so as to give in to violence. Non-violence lets them keep their egos intact and they may conveniently presume themselves to be people-oriented establishment in this set-up.

 

Non-violence wins, people feels their demands are met, intellectuals are congratulated and honoured, establishment praises itself and everyone forgets revolutionaries. Nobody complains till the next revolution starts!!!


–My favourite book: History from a Story-teller Historian

A good writer takes you along his journey with the characters and settings of his story. Hence, with a historian like William Dalrymple you travel through history in its most enthralling form. “The Last Mughal” is about the Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar – II and the fall of the Mughal Dynasty in Delhi in the backdrop of 1857 revolt. My interest in history made me take up this book but while surfing through its pages began my affair with William Dalrymple’s narrations.

A person with an artistic bend of mind has completely different perspective of life than a person meant to rule. “The Last Mughal” brings out this dichotomy in Zafar’s existence as a ruler and as an individual with Sufism and artistic inclination. This book also weaved an intriguing narration of how a weak administration breeds deceit, treachery, chaos and all kind of corrupt practices within the administrative setup that percolates down to every sphere of life of commoners.

Zafar’s reign witnessed integrated religious existence but with administrative laxity and shortage of funds during revolt this thread broke, benefiting the Britishers. Zafar’s much younger queen Zenat Mehal Begum with her misplaced ambitions lead to many conspiracies and Zafar’s biases towards her showed the way to deceit within the household. Though Zafar tried to provide for his subjects but chaos in his personal and administrative sphere rendered his efforts fruitless and people of Delhi were left wandered in their own city. Revolutionary with lack of effective leadership turned into plunderers and ultimately Britishers became the rulers. This historical account can be churned out to be a good Masala flick and sounds fictional. But it is rightly said that truth is stranger than fiction. May be this is reason why Dalrymple has given all the necessary citation in details leaving no scope for the authentication of his narration to come under the cloud of doubts.

Reading the book and knowing the characters astonished me as those characters resembled the people around us in present time. I wondered what has changed in us and the answer that I got was nothing has changed within us but only exteriors are changing. Minds and hearts of human beings have remained similar and time has managed to change only the circumstances and the external shell. We react in same manner in a specific condition. Our morals change with the passage of time but they exhibit more of changed circumstances rather than changed emotions or altered thought process.

“The Last Mughal” and its setting of Delhi in pre and post revolt period come to forefront while drawing its parallel in recent times. A weak and corrupt administration leads to chaos at micro levels too. Today it seems everyone is involved in looting amidst atmosphere of mistrust and fear of being victimized is dominating our psyche. Everyone is confused on what to do and how to do. In these times I recall the lesson conveyed in the last line of the book in which Dalrymple quoted Edmund Burke “Those who fail to learn from history are always destined to repeat it”.

Evolution to Revolution

Posted: September 21, 2010 in Politics
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Evolution helps men survive and Revolution tickles them to feel alive.

Organisms tend to produce more offspring than the environment can support. Traits that ensure organisms are better adapted to their living conditions become more common in descendant populations. More than 99.9% of all species have become extinct since life began over 3,500 million years ago. Human is just one of the species of existing species.

Now, if we see evolution in terms of socio-political systems, then it is about adopting characteristics with change in circumstances in time and in space. Evolution bridges gaps in system and omits undesirable traits, introducing the desirable ones. Systems that evolve continue to exist and those that stop evolving, introduce anarchy. This disequilibrium in system can give rise to revolution through mass mobilization. Revolution changes one system from other, not necessarily for betterment. In fact, every new system brings new problems with it and one day when this newer system starts frustrating the mass, another revolution takes place.

Evolution is a continuos process of change and its visibility is obscure unless reviewed in retrospect. Revolution mostly brings rapid transformation. An event that in the past would not be sufficient to cause a revolution (eg. a riot, a bad harvest, natural calamity) becomes sufficient for revolution. Revolution is brought when only hope that exists is “change”. That is evolution is everyday phenomenon, which when stopped prepares ground for revolution.

So, keep evolving unless you need some spice of revolution!!!

Not Ready to Vote at 18

Posted: August 29, 2010 in Politics
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Are we ready to vote at 18?

There is a protective environment for most till the time of schooling. That means by the time we turn 18 we mostly carry thoughts influenced by our family and school. In school we read facts that are highly politically indifferent in their outlook. Though there is a big political game played around in catering that politically indifferent curriculum! If you are content with your family view point, you like their political ideologies too unquestioningly. If you are a rebel, you choose ideologies diametrically opposite to that of your family. Beyond these two extremes it’s pretty rare that we have any other option to choose from as we find different viewpoints disrespectful and it is considered that you lack devotion if you question your loved ones!!!

We grow older. We see more of this world. At times we even get wiser. But most of the times we have newer influences. Most of these say that if you don’t become one of us, you’ll be excluded. We start following the trend not because of the fear of exclusion, but for the temptations of few material gains. People influence us because they don’t want to feel guilty of being corrupt and we get corrupt as we have perfect excuse to be one. We learn not to question. We learn to accept things as they are. We learn to overlook misdemeanour lest we get entangled in one. We learn so much that we forget who is right and what is right.

I wish we all can unlearn and become 18 again, when we had ideals and passion and fewer manipulations. Family and schools after all aren’t that bad influence!!!

Nations Within A Nation

Posted: August 9, 2010 in History, Politics
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There always was a cultural flow but India in most of its history was an amalgamation of many kingdoms. Today we are getting used to the idea of defined identity of being an Indian and the concept of nationhood. Is Indian-ness something that can forcefully be got accepted?

Aryans came and ruled. There were Greeks and Persians too, who conquered. Westerners in recent history subjugated. There were Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian rulers. But most kingdoms didn’t last long and those which did left deep impact on identity of present India that we can feel even today.

Aryans had superior war-skills and administration. They were prosperous with their large live-stocks and subsequently they developed better agricultural techniques. Mauryans with their emphasis on better infrastructure were the largest economy of the ancient and medieval world. With lowered taxes and encouragement for personal development and freedom Guptan kingdom became epicentre of arts, science and learning. Through its administration many aspects of Indian art, culture and religion were spread to large parts of Asia. Mauryan and Guptan Empire declined with weak successors. Mughals integrated Turko-Persian culture with ancient Indian culture. Prosperity flowed through this integration. But when brutality and centralization replaced it, downfall of the empire began. Europeans brought new technologies and products from their industrially revolutionized continent. Along with it came new rule of law. But since they started siphoning off India’s prosperity and suppression began, their rule was challenged and ultimately done away with.

These are the kingdoms/rulers who ruled major parts of India for considerable time. One thing that is common is development and prosperity through good and effective administration. Everything other than that was different and diverse.

An Indian can be ruled by an Aryan, a Greek, a Persian, a Turk or a European. A Hindu, a Buddhist, a Muslim or a Christian can rule it. Who is there in administration comes to front only when administration is weak.

Oneness (in this case Indian-ness) or love for your country can’t be forced but opportunity and development is something everyone chooses, universally.


Our Prime Minister who is an expert in Finance and our Finance Minister who isn’t as adept in finance pray for good monsoon so that inflation problem can be restrained. Instead of that they can opt for cloud seeding and then pray for votes to shower!

Coming to population control problem, all current measures to curb it needs much persuasion and it’s difficult to convince people about it. Many of those who opt for small family are opting for gender specific population control. We are expert in providing reservations and we must use this expertise in controlling population. In this case women must be occupied with work in every field so that they don’t have much time for kids-generation. To save their leaves they will desist from abortions too. Also, since everything will come in office record, they will desist gender-selective abortions to much extent. A perfect way for population control without annoying anyone and generating votes by providing reservation!

And soon India will be a developed country!!!