Saw a lecture of Prof. Michael Sandel where he was explaining the privileged scholars of Harvard about the principles of justice and morality and the right thing to do and simultaneously making them aware about that they were there not because of their merits but because of their privileges i.e being born at the right place at the right time. So I guess the question should be what will those privileged guys do even if they are made aware of the right thing to do? They are privileged only because the society is unjust and unfair at the first place right?
So I guess the question should be what will those privileged guys do even if they are made aware of the right thing to do? They are privileged only because the society is unjust and unfair at the first place right?
Maybe no change is possible as long as those revolutionary ideas remain locked in the privileged and costly campuses of Cambridge, Harvard, and DU. Maybe they must be made readily available to the poor and oppressed sections for whom they were meant at the first place.
Apparently, these goddesses are set of benchmarks laid out for what an ideal woman should be like and since what is ideal can never be practical religion can keep 50% of its population at ransom over the eternal threat of being deemed whores and witches.
Furthermore, it provides a philosophical solace to a misogynist society where those benefiting from sexism can say look we how can we oppress women when we worship stone goddesses? Plus it might provide easy atonement for eve teasers and misogynists??
After all turning women into motherly figures, claiming it’s your duty to protect them are signs of deep misogyny.
Else why it is that more a culture says it respects women more the women are actually oppressed.
Why the west rarely has to say that they respect their women.
Two separate incidents:
USA: Trump urges owners to fire or suspend players who protest by not standing for the national anthem.
NFL Responds by kneeling during the national anthem.
India: People brutalized by mobs for not standing during the national anthem.
Rich celebrity athletes say nothing.
It’s the people of America proving once again to the world why they are the greatest nation.
Must give it to them that they are at least not fascist for their own kind… at least for now.
Guess in a democracy what kind of protests take place and what kind of people take part in them are a critical source of information to know the character of the state.
In the last few years, we have seen public protests demanding: *justice for a raped woman
*justice for murdered Dalit scholar
*qualified VCs in the campus
*law against lynchings
*abolishment of AFSPA
*justice for Dalits subjected to flogging
*abolishment of hire and fire policies of industries
*fair compensation for people displaced
*24X7 library in the campus
raise in seats and govt funding in universities
And the latest demonstration that we are witnessing is women demanding freedom from sexual harassment on campuses.
And even a blind can see every time the state was standing against the protesters.
So I guess these incidents might help us to assert that Indian state is primarily anti-minority, anti-Muslim, anti-Dalits, anti-women, colonial, anti-education, anti-poor and pro-rich?
Violence, as Zizek says, is of two types: Objective and Subjective.
While objective violence is inherent in the structure and necessary to make sure things remain as they always were subjective violence is aimed at countering the objective violence and bringing about change in the present order.
While Objective violence is so obvious and so frequent that it goes unnoticed and considered a part of life but subjective violence is rare blatant and hence easily stigmatized.
The problem lies largely in the turning of violence into a taboo. And hereby violence we mean the one that can be noticed i.e the Subjective violence.
That largely explains why the elitist ideology of liberalism has convinced us to equate fascism with communism, feudal/military atrocities with Naxalism and state oppression with rebellion or keep Hitler and Stalin, Trump and Kim Jong or Churchill and Mao, on the same plane.
So much can be done in the name of freedom:
Govt can disinvest in public schools and tell it’s people they now have the freedom to choose any type of education.
Govt can discontinue health insurance and convince people they now have the freedom to choose any hospital.
The employers can move to contractual labor and lure workers into believing they have the freedom to switch jobs.
The state can encourage free market and say they are doing so as it’s free from govt regulations and hence a kinda capitalist utopia.
And finally, what I learned a few days back, the pervs can dress an 8 years old boy like a drag queen citing his freedom of choice, only for the amusement of pedophiles.
They want democracy in India but theocracy in Saudi Arabia.
They want secularism in Israel but brutal Islamism in Pakistan.
They want Constitution as long as it allows them to practice Sharia.
They want EU to take in a million more refugees but are okay when Saudi Arabia turns them down.
They want Israel to cease to exist but are okay with Saudis butchering Yemenis.
They condemn minority witch hunt in the name of love jihad but cry buckets when Tunisian govt allows Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men.
Sorry but no kind of left unity or any unity is possible with such MuSanghis who are nothing but fascists waiting for their turn.
Afterall secularism can’t be a one-way traffic.
And the fact that left, liberal and progressive forces have collaborated with them is the reason why RSS and Hindu fascists were able to successfully vilify the word secularism and turn it into a laughing stock.