For a third world nation like India that has yet to accept its caste question, accepting xenophobia and race problem is obviously a distant dream.
Basically, this land never had any problem:
It never had any caste problem but Gandhi always remained a Baniya and Shivaji a Maratha.
It never had a race problem but somehow this entire brown country believes in quackery of fairness creams claiming to magically transform brown skin into white.
It never had a gender problem although we still have to acknowledge marital rapes and the question of honor killing.
It never had the problem of homophobia but homosexuality is criminalized.
It never had a problem of xenophobia but you can be assaulted in Bombay for simply being a North India and in Delhi for being a Northeastern.
So most probably the only pressing concern for this nation is beef and Romeo!
“We Bosnian soldiers actually enjoy more freedom that an average American; we can take whatever we like, we can kill whomever we hate and we can rape any women whom we find attractive. We can do it because we are fighting for nationalist cause.”
A Bosnian soldier told this to Salvoj Zizek during the Bosnian war.
I guess we lived in a post truth era even during the early 90’s when Bosnian war was on its full swing when emotions were more relevant than truth itself.
Can’t we see a similar environment back here in India? Where a 20 year old girl is threatened with rape for having an opinion and the ‘veterans’ who came out in her support are being deemed anti-nationals by people who did nothing for the country except supporting a party that’s in bed with ISI.
But they can do it because they claim to be nationalists. They can do it because facts mean nothing in the presence of sentiments. Because we live in a post truth era.
Around one hundred years back during the Hawthorne studies the test workers were told that they would be rewarded/punished according to their productivity. The researchers were expecting an increased overall output but contrary to what they had anticipated the production actually went down because the group believed that the management might fire the less productive labors.
A century later such kind of response from any test group of any office seems not only impossible but also ridiculous and absurd.
Virginia Woolf once stated that around 1905 the human nature changed. So by examining the sharp contrast between the aforementioned scenarios maybe we can safely assert that human nature once again changed in around 1990 with the fall of communist block and rise of neo-liberalism.
But alas you’re a Marxist and you’re not allowed to believe in stuffs such as the existence of anything such as ‘human nature’!!!!!
It’s often said that to be truly free man must see through the illusions of man made myths, legends and stories in order to see the reality more clearly.
But to be human itself means living in dual realities: the reality of personal objectivity and the reality of collective subjectivity.
When they cry out for freedom, they want the man to look beyond the later and focus on the former kinda reality.
But then that’s what makes human the most successful species on this planet, that humans can cooperate in with each other flexibly in large numbers.
God, religion, nations, money are some of those collective subjectivities that helped to bind humans towards a single common goal.
So I guess maybe freedom is not about giving up on subjective realities and relying on animal instincts but to know which mass illusion has served its purpose and when is the time to switch to the mass illusions of new stories such as human rights, liberty, fraternity, democracy, socialism, anarchism or individualism and at the same time keeping in mind the fact that such fables can’t be taken as absolute truth.
Afterall, there is a reason why one man is no match for a lion but a clan of mere hundred men can exterminate the entire lion population in its territory.
I’m 94% sure that people who criticize western culture don’t do it from their caves and huts using vedic style telepathy or aakashwani.
What they are up to is similar to how Hitler used democracy to destroy democracy and replace it with sth evil.
The point is you don’t hate the west or western culture; you just hate the idea of liberty equality fraternity and yes of course rational thinking!
Because the theological bs you cultivated in this land for 5K years taught you only bigotery, superstition, sexism and inequality!
We’re living in a neoliberal world where one can’t get proper education in govt schools or treatment in govt hospitals, in fact every govt facility is viewed with disgust and suspicion. From education to health to public transportation to job market we all can witness an increasing withdrawal of State.
If we have to pay the private players for everything that a welfare state promises to do for its citizens why are we asked to pay taxes to the state in the first place? To buy bombs and bullets that are being used against its own masses??
This state hegemony is an interesting phemenon, on one hand it believes in gradual withdrawal of its influence from all spheres of a citizen’s welfare while on the other hand it demands from its citizens a complete physical and psychological surrender towards its rule.
It’s the masses under the state subjugation that are forced to grow food, join army, fight wars, pay taxes and keep the machinery running and the same masses are asked to prove their loyalty from time to time.
This is done by maintain the delusion that state is feeding and protecting the masses not the other way round. The same state that is being run by the Bourgeois class that is buying colonies in poor countries and political class whose children are settled abroad.
In the second world war 3 million died in the great Bengal famine but today each year more than 3 million are starved to death in other words we are having a Bengal holocaust every year. We live in a nation where 70℅ people live on less than $2 a day and the state expects these people can afford expensive educational and medical facilities of the private sectors. The Indian state is just replicating the American model undermining the fact that India is still a third world nation.
After all this the state expects us to remain loyal to a bunch of oligarchs and fund our own oppression. State is nothing but the coldest of all cold monsters, everything it says is a lie and everything it has is stolen.
Let the Bourgeois class bear the burden of nationalist pride, life is already a war for the commoners.