“God protects fools, drunks, and the United States of America” – Otto Von Bismarck
I write essays these days, I have stopped writing poetry and stories, Its difficult to write one, to write something one needs to understand the essence of the times we live in. (I was never a art for art sake freak..anyway) Nevertheless the fact remains, that what has happened in the past one week, is the sign of what is coming to other global city’s. It is the very shaping and fashioning of the city that calls it into existence. So I have been wondering as to what is the essence of our times, to understand the present conflagrations of signs and omens -and I am not even a sorcerer.
“You have a very strange logic, I don’t understand your words” my friend harked back. “and I never did” he continued; “so! what you are saying is that this attack on India could not have happened without Cia’s approval, and that ISI and CIA work in manners that the official world of Pakistan and USA cannot ever fathom in the subtlest of subtle dreams. (not to mention that American and Pakistani counterparts have daily tea and biscuit on Afghanistan borders and that Pakistan is excused of all offences right from the outset and if history is to be believed and learned, they do seem to share a common interest and would in any do and die situation unite as they have always done in the past.” (What I really said was that their paths are too intermingled to untangle simply on a whim of Indian politicians and Press-intellectuals, no matter what they want us to believe regarding the growing Indian and American closeness). But my reply seems to have confused my friend, never-the-less truth is like a mist, you can never know her..for sure. But in times like this one has to learn to think otherwise.
But there is some truth in my friends interpretation of my rant. Historically India and Russia have been target of Global Islamic Jihadi frontal attack and both have been friends and have stood besides each-other in need, apart from the fact that both share the same defence structure, establishment and the financial network that make their Army and Military tick. But today both are being Americanized at a feverish pace, and today this fever turns into a delirium.
What has happened in last 15 years is nothing less than a schizophrenic splitting of India’s social and psychological body. A complete clouding has occurred at the very heart and minds of ordinary Indian to the extent that we today only seem to think, feel and experience life as Americans do; While externally we deck ourselves as Hindus, in spirit we have already ‘amricans’. The only thing that stand between full Amricanism and our East Indian feet is the nostalgia of heritage. Amrica has none. Infact come to think, America is not even a Nation, not even a State, there is no conception or for that matter a feeling of being-ness. Their Land does not belong to them, It does not seed their being and thus they lack any sort of understanding about deep cultures and their commitments to it. And as they lack the history of referential wholes, their moral laws and rights reflect this amnesia.
Now drop the Heritage and we discover that our literature and classic films as well as progressive insights and Govt-planning all are marked and stamped by the Russian and French intellectual minds. We are already in some sense like Stalins, Sartre, Camus, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gorky and others. Its not about whether we have got our Gorky’s wrong (we never had one to boot actually and all our Gorkys were Sartrean clones or Gorkian persona’s, that is someone whose intelligence regarding life, being and the way forward were progressively informed by their European counterparts and fared best when our themes matches theirs). So its not that we have got our Gorky’s wrong, but, the body splitting that has been occurring at unprecedented scale through the past 15 years is nothing other than the completion of the process that began and was deliberately carried out by both our own reformist leaders as well as foreign rulers since 1857. And today something else is emerging through our hands. It must have been there all the while and all it needed was of us to pass through the European mirrors before it could germinates in us as our most desirable future. Today everything is American, and all efforts are under way to transform everything into a virtual colony that serves just one interest. (thanks to Manmohan and party) All values today are reduced to their economic chimer. And we willingly will it.
Our world today is animated by a strange logic, it lingers in a Self Will to Will the only Will which happens to be not even our own. Today all alternatives are judged, weighted and executed from this initial position and thus all other alternatives today look and smell meaningless, tasteless and at best any engagement other then what it intends of us as a waste of time. Anything that does not ploy the beaten path that this virtual vision has chalked out for us seems hilariously out of place. But what we don’t see in all our seeing and looking is the underlying fore-structures that today govern all our thinking and feeling.
So is there a way out..probably not; Time is like spirit/wine that soaks our body and provides us with our most intimate experiential structures. The fact that all thinking today arises from this initial wetness, it fore-seals any other experience other than what is thinking and feeling through us.
The two Jihads (Gandhi and Islam)
The Islamic Jihadi madness that we today experience raging in Mumbai is one response, the other and the only other response was/is that of Gandhi. But Gandhi died, not one, two, but three times. Both in Mind Body and Soul. Physically he was killed by Hindu fanatics, Mentally he was killed by intellectuals of progressive vad and Nehru and congress disposed off his soul by charting India’s destiny towards the final completion (of a schizophrenic splitting) that was initiated by the former rulers of our body. It is now clear that the only Swaraj that we ever got was a transfer of Power, (and this explains our attitude to power and a mindless fascination of it). Swaraj that we have inherited is from its very outset locked in a diabolic condition that nothing changes on the ground level and every thing remains functioning as the Raj had willed and it best serves us to be nothing less and nothing more than what our former rulers had hammered and shaped us into, that is – virtual and hybrid clones.
Today there is only one vision and one track and all alternatives have disappeared. And hence the only alternative (seem that of the Jihadis) which ironically is bringing to completion the final state whose ground were laid in the industrial bunkers of Manchester in the 17th century.
As time flows, more and more power will be snatched from the hands of the public and transferred into the hands of corrupt politicians and all this will be done in the name Swaraj and the people of India.
What we will end up with is a recreation of the Raj in its most insidious form that will I am sure make all the former viceroy’s of the Raj turn in their graves.
While all that happens, we are left with the hollow in our stomach as felt by the Nawab of Oudh in Munshi Premchand/Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khilari‘, but on the other hand we are both Mirza Sajjad Ali and Wajid Ali Shah as freedom is pulled from our hands and all done for our own good. But there is a difference between us and .Mirza, though we are as impotent and insolent as he is, there is a fundamental difference…Or may be we are not and thus all resistance is futile.
Ploy: To form a column from a line of troops on some designated subdivision; — the opposite of deploy.
“Nehru and congress disposed off his soul by charting India’s destiny” In reference to Nehru’s speech on the eve (midnight) of India independence.