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Naxal/Maoist/Human?

Subroto Bagchi writes about growing up around tribal villages in Orissa. These are the same tribals who have organized and revolted in Lalgarh.

Sauvik -with characteristic satire – provides the antidote viewpoint.

I wonder, I wonder – why are people not happy? Lust has made us all and it has made us all blind too.

Traditional people eking out a subsistence refusing to modernize, government “by the people” exploiting and killing “the people”. Is there anything simple and uncomplicated in the world anymore?

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  1. July 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

    🙂 to complicate your post, I shall contest “anymore” in “Is there anything simple and uncomplicated in the world anymore?” Also, why the craving for things to be simple?

    • July 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm

      Yes, yes unawoken I knew you would ask that!

      I think the world was a simpler place to comprehend when there were lesser people. I think my statement relates well to our discussion about Rennaisance men, i.e it was possible to “know” everything and so on. So the world has gotten more complex with technology and population increases leading to different social dynamics.

    • July 14, 2009 at 8:33 pm

      Why the craving?

      That is a very good question. I don’t know. It is a gut feeling that I haven’t questioned.

  2. July 13, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Nothing ever changes till people think of other people in terms of ‘Us and Them’ like Subroto says. I agree with him.

    But I’m not sure that’ll ever change. What unites people? Community identity? The promise of progress? The reality of the absence of progress? Ideas of nationalism? Ideas of rebellion?

    Why are people not happy? Why are people “who have everything they need to be happy” not happy?

    I cant answer that. Thats too difficult.

    Our country, at times, to me, feels like many places. I dont know where I fit in. Even watching the old bent beggar woman squat in the doorway of the first-class ladies compartment in the Churchgate local while the well-to-do woman leers at her and tells her she must leave and “go to second class” coz she doesnt have a pass..

    Is that cruel? Or is not cruel becoz it is correct? I dont know.

    Nothing is simple becoz the world never was a small place.

    • July 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm

      “Nothing is simple becoz the world never was a small place.”
      Agree.

      “What unites people? Community identity? The promise of progress? The reality of the absence of progress? Ideas of nationalism? Ideas of rebellion?”
      That is a very good question. In my opinion, necessity unites people. Economic necessity and the necessity of belonging.

  3. Lakshmi
    July 13, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Hmm.. Not having read much of Sauvik’s posts, am not sure if the same people who don’t want factories built on their lands would choose instead for tourists come and photograph them. Actually, I don’t even understand his antidote!

    From reading of the Lalgarh protests, it seems like both the government and Maoists are using/abusing these people. Simple answers don’t work in these cases.

    • July 14, 2009 at 8:40 pm

      Lakshmi,

      I find these three points from Sauvik’s post useful:

      “yet, they are not allowed to sell these drinks.”
      So, the forest dwellers are not allowed to sell their produce because of some dumbass government rule!

      “the most important task for The State is to plan the economy and occupy the “commanding heights.””
      Centralized planning cannot possibly fathom the intricacies of each and every corner of India.

      “those in authority as a “crisis of legitimacy.””
      The revolutionaries reject the idea of India and so on.

      Whether the forest dwellers want a factory or a gawking tourist is up to them to decide. I don’t think governments should be involved in either of those activities. They may encourage tourism/industrialization with infrastructure projects but they ought not to be buying land and such.

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