Nation’s Crisis Can’t Be Solved Unless Intellectual Crisis is Addressed

A new sanctity must be born in the furnace of free intellectual churn by those who have the strong will to rid society from the clutches of these evil spirits. We have to dissolve all the good and the wisdom in us and build the earth for innovative thinking, a new vigorous movement.

I hope the readers of the Gauri lankesh news need no explanation about the crisis the country is facing today. What is the solution to this crisis? Today’s task is to focus our discussion around this key question. Primarily, we all have to humbly accept that we have no answer for this question. The victory of the reactionary forces is a revelation of the defeat of all the progressive forces. With admitting this defeat, we must prepare for a new struggle. If the struggle begins again on the losing path, success will remain a mirage. So what’s the new path? There is no ready answer to this. However, a serious effort must begin.

Brahmins and caste discrimination
Buddha attacked caste system and preached egalitarian society

Before beginning to find the answer, we need to properly identify the basic nature of the question the country and we are facing today. The ‘Brahmin’, which emerged in 6 B.C., gave birth to policies and structures that governed society through the Varnashrama system. However, people-religions, especially Buddhism, were been seriously fighting against this conspiracy and they had succeeded in repressing Brahmanism by 2 century B.C. Brahmanism, which engaged in an intense ideological struggle for more than 400 years between the 2nd century BC and the 2nd century AD, revolutionized the caste system and brought society back under its control. The next one thousand years was its golden age

Sant Kabir

The resistance of the working class and oppressed communities, which began in the 12th century AD with the Sharana movement, succeeded in breaking the ideological imperialism of Brahmanism by spreading across the country in various forms of devotionalism. Datta sect, Natha sect, Sufism, Kabir sect, Kali sect, and Sikhism were few streams of resistance. Brahmanism was also deprived of a place of raj dharma as the rule of the Mughals and the Sultans was established in this period. And even under British rule, Brahmanism had no chance to become raj dharma. Also, the social justice movement, which was initiated by Mahatma Phule in this period and lasted till Ambedkar, was further embroiled in Brahmanism.

Russian Revolution slogan
Formation of Soviets- Workers army

Another major phenomenon had occurred in the world during the same period. The Russian Revolution of the early 20th century created a new wave of socialist thought around the world. It posed a major theoretical, political and economic challenge to capitalism by restructuring economic and political relations based on socialism. It also played a major role in fighting back against fascism which emerged as a radical form of capitalism. For all these reasons, the influence of socialist thought increased all over the world and had a profound effect on the idea of India. Socialist ideas were also printed on Ambedkar and Nehru’s thoughts. Hence the constitution that laid the foundation for democracy in India after 1947 was a mixture of socialist and capitalist ideas. Though it had anti-Brahminical ideas but had to make many compromises with it. The Congress, which was in power after 47, ruled the country while nurturing and compromising capitalism and Brahminism. Its involvement increased even further in the 80s. Even though, there were no free opportunities for Brahmanism or capitalism. Constitutional values and policies, social thoughts and movements continued to exert pressure on them.

Since the early 1990s, the capitalists of the world, through globalization, embarked on a policy of commerce that provided an opportunity for them to loot. But it was not easy for them to implement those policies as they wanted. Implementing globalization is nothing but abolishing all the existing social welfare schemes, giving up all public enterprises to private firms, providing free hand and complete privileges to big entrepreneurs, facilitating big capitalists to get opportunities in agriculture and small enterprises, and abolishing all workers’ rights. That is, the sole aim of the regimes is to abolish the privileges of the masses, privatize everything and promote capitalists’ development. This policy is prevalent in all countries of the world, including India. Privatization and corporatization have gone up rapidly. But this has started a new headache for the capitalists. Due to the anti-people measures of the government, the rulers had to face the outrage. People’s discontent led to the phenomenon of unstable governments. Those who fear the loss of power had to be reluctant to implement pro-capitalist or anti-people policies. This became an obstacle to the aggressive agenda of the capitalists. To come out of this, a search began for parties that were able to implement anti-people and pro-capitalist policies with the support of the people, by diverting the latter’s attention towards emotional issues. This is why capitalists around the world have begun to support the right-wing forces. BJP has been selected in India. This is also the secret behind the huge money power and media power that BJP earned so quickly.

The BJP’s victory is a victory achieved by the brahmin and capitalist forces. With this victory, both of these anti-people forces have fulfilled a century-old dream. The country is on the verge of another revolution after 800 years. They have succeeded in achieving ideological, social, economic and political superiority by fooling the country’s people and blending communalism, casteism, fanatic nationalism, and corporate ‘Vikas’ to suit the occasion. It has a large role in the Maricha model, which depicts murder as art.

To put it in a sentence, the country has become a target of the reaction. This is not a political change that takes place every five years. The grip of the Sangh Parivar on the country will not be loosened even if the BJP loses and another party comes to power in the next election (which is not easy). This reactionary force has gained a theoretical and social grip on all fronts of the country. Although the natural law is that After every dark night comes a glorious morning, but this darkness is dense, long, and has a far greater catastrophe than we can see.

Repressing this reaction is nothing but foiling radical social forces and aggressive capitalist forces, ideologically, socially and politically. There is no such will, or moral merit in any of these ruling and ruled parties, including Congress.

There are many organizations, groups, and social workers in the country who are fighting against the above mentioned anti-human forces. But lack of comprehensive and timely clarity is affecting the process of uniting society based on justice, combating distorted forces and moving the country towards normality, simplicity, tolerance, and equality. Theories that were once the rational force of movements have today turned into obsolete beliefs that hinder our movement and hinder our cohesion. This does not mean that theories are not correct. Theories are the property of great experiences and the essence of the wisdom of mankind. But as time goes by, old experience and sanity are not enough. That should open up for new sanity and experience. But the inertia of not learning something new and not willing to approach another ideology is firmly entrenched in all movements. On the other hand, there is a fear in some people who just react to what they see without bothering about theory, thinking, and churning. Neither inertia nor phobia can solve the present situation. New sanity must be based on the old experience, the reality of today and the possibility of the next walk of society. It does not originate from the mind of an individual or an organization. Such new sanctity must be born in the furnace of free intellectual churn who have the strong will to rid society from the clutches of these evil spirits for the survival of mankind, and the whole of life, without adhering to their ideology, organization, logo or agenda. We have to dissolve all the good and the wisdom in us and build the earth for innovative thinking, a new vigorous movement.

The circumstance demands very strong values and behavior from us. It is difficult to come out of a celebration of smallness, limited knowledge, and dissatisfaction. Is our generation ready for it? Time to decide. The rest of us need to answer the question, “Am I ready to respond to the call of the day?”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I find this as a sincere bold enquiry . I would like to add my thinking here . Capitalism grew into monopoly finance , which unified the global political economy , as imperialist world system before 1900. So we had to develop our slogan to ” workers , oppressed nations and oppressed peoples of the world unite ” , to mobilize all exploited and oppressed classes , nations and other sections of common people , against the global united front of finance capital , feudal, patriarchal , racist , casteist forces . Common people stood up and challenged all types of exploitation and oppression , through out the world , and democratised the world to a certain extent by 1960s . Leninist vision gave a clearer orientation to this global revolutionary process. But after the great depression and second world war , imperialist camp , led by USA , got united and launched a counter offensive against the global revolutionary process . Welfare state, de-colonisation, affirmative action ,reservation, new deal , social welfare etc gave an upper hand to imperialist camp to pacify the struggling masses . Global revolutionary movement faced stagnation due to this reformist offensive and faced splits and decimation , slowly . Imperialism compromised with the common people to destroy our revolutionary movement and succeeded . This reversal divided the revolutionary forces and peoples movements as compromising or sectarian extremes . Now, globalisation process is taking away the welfare state which blocked and degenerated the forward march of global masses . Now all types of exploitation and oppression are intensifying . So peoples movements are going to emerge , by struggling against all divisive tactics and fascist threats . We have to address common people and mobilize them in various class mass organisations in huge numbers . We should unite all peoples organisations into united long drawn movements, like united trade union mobement . We should unite all left parties into a struggle platform , based on common minimum left program , for building up a left Alternative to globalisation cum fascism package . We should also mobilise or unite with , all anti fascist forces . We should unite all classes and social sections of the exploited and oppressed common people . We should give leadership to the dalits, women , adivasis , minorities etc, to liberate themselves from different types of social oppression, as parts of united peoples movement . Let us all come together to mobilize this next Round of Indian and global rebellion , without any sectarian hang overs .

  2. I find this article by Noor Shridhar as a sincere bold enquiry . I would like to add my thinking here . Capitalism grew into monopoly finance , which unified the global political economy , as imperialist world system before 1900. So we had to develop our slogan to ” workers , oppressed nations and oppressed peoples of the world unite ” , to mobilize all exploited and oppressed classes , nations and other sections of common people , against the global united front of finance capital , feudal, patriarchal , racist , casteist forces . Common people stood up and challenged all types of exploitation and oppression , through out the world , and democratised the world to a certain extent by 1960s . Leninist vision gave a clearer orientation to this global revolutionary process. But after the great depression and second world war , imperialist camp , led by USA , got united and launched a counter offensive against the global revolutionary process . Welfare state, de-colonisation, affirmative action ,reservation, new deal , social welfare etc gave an upper hand to imperialist camp to pacify the struggling masses . Global revolutionary movement faced stagnation due to this reformist offensive and faced splits and decimation , slowly . Imperialism compromised with the common people to destroy our revolutionary movement and succeeded . This reversal divided the revolutionary forces and peoples movements as compromising or sectarian extremes . Now, globalisation process is taking away the welfare state which blocked and degenerated the forward march of global masses . Now all types of exploitation and oppression are intensifying . So peoples movements are going to emerge , by struggling against all divisive tactics and fascist threats . We have to address common people and mobilize them in various class mass organisations in huge numbers . We should unite all peoples organisations into united long drawn movements, like united trade union movement . We should unite all left parties into a struggle platform , based on common minimum left program , for building up a left Alternative to globalisation cum fascism package . We should also mobilise or unite with , all anti fascist forces . We should unite all classes and social sections of the exploited and oppressed common people . We should give leadership to the dalits, women , adivasis , minorities etc, to liberate themselves from different types of social oppression, as parts of united peoples movement . Let us all come together to mobilize this next Round of Indian and global rebellion , without any sectarian hang overs .

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