The root of oppression lies not only in the economic structure but also in culture!
It’s the culture that conditions human mind much before it becomes capable enough to think.
Its the culture that plants the vague idea of good and bad in human intellect.
Its the culture that teaches gender bias and gender roles.
Its the culture that teaches to limit one’s compassion to a certain group of people.
It’s the culture preaches man to be judgemental and whom to respect and whom to look down upon.
it’s the culture that infects human mind with religious fanaticism, nationalism, racism and a lot many isms.
And moreover it’s the culture that teaches humans to accept things as they are because they have been followed by a lot many people for a lot many years.
So yes culture is central to legitimization of oppression.
Don’t say my Indian society is intolerant
we tolerate extreme poverty
we tolerate hunger and starvation
we tolerate undernourished children
we tolerate lynching over food choices
we tolerate fake promises of Govt
we tolerate massacres of dalits and minorities and aboriginals
we tolerate radicalization and polarization
we tolerate Hindu terrorists in parliament
we tolerate saffron terror
we tolerate unemployment
we tolerate fatal attacks on writers and rationalists
we tolerate exponential increase in fascism
we tolerate state’s war on people
we tolerate manhandling of veterans
we tolerate war crimes of military
But damn you if you call our country intolerant
Because calling my nation intolerant will not be tolerated
Because it’s giving a bad name to our country sorry “Ruling Party”
Because we are extremely tolerant people
The US govt devastated Iraq and Syria in the name of ‘liberating’ the masses from the tyrannical regimes of Saddam and Assad so whats stopping them to help the refugees created by the wars they started?
Basically these refugees are the same people whom the US establishment loved sooooo much that they sacrificed their own people to fight an alien war in an alien land for an alien cause!
Hope the honkys of America who are openly showing their disgust for the Syrian refugees understand that those frightened children aren’t coming to that stolen land for some vacation!
While living in a rented apartment
one gets the idea of nationalism accurately
Wish to live in your apartment?
Wish to live in your country?
Cold nights and dusty roads
Damp cells and cold floors
Awaits you if you fail
And they tell us
you have a country to die for
because you’re free because its yours
You don’t call a place where you pay to stay
Ask any homeless beggar
He neither pays rent
and see the grace showered upon him
God and State
Fuck FIFA, fuck Olympics and fuck ICC! If these govts and Rich really wanted people to come closer for cultural synthesis they’d have simply abolished passports instead of making immigration laws and using billions of dollars of public funds for such meaningless sports meets!
The diggers who formed the first hippy commune were declared ranters and forced to flee by the British crown. The French aristocracy never hesitated to chop off the heads of rebels during the French revolution to save its power, seven decades later the same French Govt massacred 30K rebels of the Paris commune. The third Reich made sure to send the Jews, the communists, the homosexuals in the concentration camps. The US Govt incarcerated Japanese nations soon after its attack on Imperial Japan. The Indian state not only allowed the main accuse of Bhopal gas tragedy that claimed 20K lives to flee but is committing horrific crimes against humanity in it’s infamous war against people.
All these aforementioned events clearly indicate these ideas of nation, motherland, patriotism and nationalism are all about govts which in turn is simply a mechanism of control and oppression at the hands of ruling classes that will mercilessly and ruthlessly eliminate anyone and everyone who comes in their way. Can’t we see nationalism and religion of state is all about land and rocks and has got absolutely nothing to do with people in flesh and blood. Rather state will never hesitate to put land before the lives of its people and not even hesitate to kill its own people for the same reason. Apparently that’s the reason Marx believed that ‘worker has no country.’
The irony is that In India, Europe’s most revolutionary ideology Marxism has fallen in the hands of India’s most the reactionary ideology i.e. the Brahmin -Baniya ideology. And just like always, they made a religion out of revolution.
In their so called religion they replaced god with Marx, heaven with a classless money-less society, the devil with the bourgeois and holy scriptures with barely comprehensible writings of Marx. In India Marxism is just a farce of Bourgeois Socialists!