The Truth of life may be death or easing in to another unknown form of life; the end point boundary condition for dynamics of life may or may not be free (unknown Truth), but in reaching that end point whether the life has been true or false is of utmost importance.

Whatever is found in Nature is bio degradable so that whatever is born out of it finally merges in to it in consonance with decay of matter and its assimilation by the very creator. The whole system is so well designed that it does not perpetuate a problem creation-solution finding circle. It is complete in itself sustaining innumerable species of fauna and flora, in addition to providing resources for human ‘civilizations’ since times unknown. The circle of emerging from and merging in to same Whole is flawless.

Art by Hajime Asahi

The contemporary human civilization revels in problem creation-solution finding circle; creates monsters that cannot be easily dispensed with; challenges decay of matter; is perpetually engaged in creating oligarchies that incessantly seek to arrogate all the resources/power on to itself to posit a single dimensional system on the entire humanity- be it in the sphere of politics, economics, education, art, science, and culture etc. etc. The modern societies have become like pre-programmed robots that obey and implement game plan of various oligarchies. There is no reason to question the authenticity of their scientific claims and their inquisitiveness to uncover ‘Truth’, but what is unquestionably objectionable is that the whole premise of modern civilization is based on total exploitation of human societies that are essentially heterogeneous in character, but are being ruthlessly homogenized. This exploitation is so visible to naked eyes that this fact and truth is beyond debate.  While the ‘Truth’ may or may not be uncovered one day, the dynamics of life in the mean time is being robbed of its truth with its existence being dictated to be ‘False’.

The God and the Electron

The Nature and the entire universe is the expression of some unknown emotion regulated by its own laws defined by some unknown intelligence. If it is just a ‘coincidence’ yet it is the most fascinating and enchanting combination of that emotion and intelligence that is still as unfathomable as it was at its inception. In its scheme of things, ‘Time’ is ever continuous entity; not discrete and therefore any event dependent on it cannot be manipulated; therefore occurrence of various events in the universe cannot be manipulated by itself. The Nature and the universe is a heterogeneous entity; even if the occurrences within it are of random nature, yet they seem to have some kind of correlation between them making it ever sustainable and regenerative. In spite of the quantum of ‘violence’ imbibed within it, all species within it have their own defense mechanisms. Life exists in innumerable forms with each one having the freedom to sustain their lives of their own accord and in their own way even as death is inevitable. Life is ‘True’. This is the civilization as ordained by whatever created this most intricate, intelligent and awe inspiring system. For whatever may be the cause/reason/intelligence for its creation; I take this liberty to name it as ‘God’. The left out Samaj may aspire for a post modern civilization to be like this?

Man is only a miniscule part of this system supposedly with highest level of intellectual capacity (comprehension) from among the innumerable species found in the universe. The architect of contemporary ‘modern civilization’/ robotic civilization; annihilator of pre-modern civilizations; annihilator of Time and matter, and a great homogenizer having succeeded in creating a system that is the anti-thesis of ‘God’s’ civilization. The atomization of matter (birth of Electron) followed by discretization of Time and Space accrued to Man limitless manipulative capability that enabled him to disfigure any natural form and create his own desired form. Colonization is its premise and weapons of mass destruction the means to sustain it. Its creations have been essentially inefficient systems, predatory in character whose emergence have created all kinds of disorders and imbalances in ‘God’s’ civilization and yet are being flaunted as ‘science’ and ‘technological’ marvels. The animate robots managing the system are intoxicated with the unlimited availability of electronic gadgets for ‘comforts of life’, even while the life itself is on the verge of becoming inanimate. The ‘haves’ continue to have it in plenty bordering hedonism while the ‘have-nots’ are continued to be deprived in plenty.

Art by Hajime Asahi

The ‘haves’ unquestionably believe in the existence of Electron as if they had seen it with their own eyes; the ‘have-nots’ believe as much in God as if they had seen HIM/HER/IT with their own eyes. One is deeply entrenched in ‘robotic civilization’ the other aspires to be in the lap of ‘God’s’ civilization.

The Limitation and the Victim

The limitation of the premise of Adhunik Samaj is that it cannot accommodate entire Indian population in its scheme of things to afford them a kind of living that is availed by a very miniscule percentage of the whole populace, the victim are the left out ones. Therefore the yardstick like BPL and the schemes like minimum wages/ employment are institutionalized not so much out of their concern for the left-outs as for buying peace/stability to ensure uninhibited growth of the economies of the Adhunik Samaj. Since ‘growth & development’ has become synonym with building concrete jungles,  ever spiraling real estate prices, and rise in BSE index therefore augmentation of infrastructures to ensure transfer of Natural resources (wealth) to the Adhunik Samaj has acquired top most priority. It also ensures faster transit for labour from the left out Samaj to Adhunik Samaj. Employment of labour is also a political requirement otherwise the entire ‘development’ works can be easily automated to win accolades for ‘better economic sense’ since the profits would be maximized.

Art by Hajime Asahi

The entry points for labour from the left out Samaj in to Adhunik Samaj are slums and therefore they are allowed to come up and exist thereafter post regularization. Slums are seen as a gateway to better life (this perception being shared on both sides of the divide) for the generation next of the left out Samaj, the concomitant growth in crime rates notwithstanding. Ironically, higher crime rates also propel higher ‘growth’ rates because to tackle crime ‘law and order’ machinery is that much more strengthened what with more import of sophisticated arms and ammunitions to be nearly (if not completely) balanced out with more engineered exports- be it raw materials, finished goods, textiles, agricultural produce, etc.- by facilitating rupee devaluation.

The Divide

The divide is civilization based; centralized over de-centralized concept of what all encompasses human endeavour; machine over man; automation over employment of millions of human brains and hands; concentrated intelligence over distributed mass intelligence; power to subjugate over power to self rule.

In my opinion, the most important and profusely relevant subject for debate – if we are to question modern dispensation- is whether State’s interests should have precedence over those of individual/community/societies or should it be other way round? What kind of education, life, and property one envisages when terminologies like ‘Right to Education’, ‘Right to Life’, and ‘Right to Property’ etc. are glorified? ‘Right to Equality’, we are told is enshrined in our Constitution; in the context of such glaring disparities in our societies, of what relevance is the very Constitution on which is founded the Indian State.

Art by Hajime Asahi

Population size though in urgent need of subjecting to some controls, yet cannot be made a scapegoat for gross inequalities that we witness in our land. That we are a densely populated nation, is a comparative statement; even as we are populated in whatever numbers we are having come to attain such numbers over nearly eight decades, the respective governments at the Centre and in the States consistently failed to either institutionalize such mechanisms that are capable of gainfully employing people or create opportunities wherein people employ themselves gainfully. Our Constitution has not put any limit on the population size that it is not applicable to populace outside that limit. Moreover those who talk of population size conveniently forget that they too have contributed to its numbers!

Right to Profession

The left out Samaj can perhaps articulate its demand for ‘Right to Profession’; that is one should be free to choose one’s profession. The professions like doing agriculture, weaving, spinning, cloth making and others like carpentry, etc. have been and continue to be family based, therefore they should be encouraged to continue in the family profession by providing for continuous up-gradation of associated infrastructures so that over a period of time their professions become viable enabling them to compete in the market; encouragement should be on the similar basis as has been going on for setting up of industries.

‘Right to Land’ without ‘Right to viable Agriculture’ does not make much of the sense because the land hawks are ever ready to grab the land what with lack of resources having made the land unproductive. If paucity of irrigation facilities has made a piece of land unproductive then these need to be provided by the State as the input in a similar fashion as it does for the industrialists. If the land by virtue of its ingredients cannot be made viable for agriculture such need to be excluded from “Right to Land’ slogan.

Art by Hajime Asahi

If one moves through areas like Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgoan, and Faridabad, one comes across multiple monstrous sized multi storey housing apartments/complexes that can easily house hundreds of villages of moderate size. These housing monsters cannot survive without uninterrupted water supply. Therefore underground water sources in addition to river waters are provided for their consumption. This must be easily adding to a requirement of lacs & lacs of gallons of water per day consumed in the state-of-the-art bathrooms and kitchens. While the water was made available for ‘economic growth’, same was declared to be insufficient/ unavailable for agricultural purposes. If the owner of tillable land does not have resources to do agriculture he becomes a pawn in the hands of exploiters and loses his source of employment only to become a labourer. Thus an opportunity to choose his profession is denied to him and thereby all his energies, intellect, and decision making capabilities are brutally suppressed only to live a false life regulated by some unknown face.

How, where, and under what circumstances can the populace of the left out Samaj invest (empower) their talents; this question needs to be addressed to. It is sheer hunger that creates migrant labourers, it will continue until alternatives emerge; in the mean time, though, the left out Samaj need to work politically towards an alternative set up in which their talents can find full expression. Search for an alternative set up can gain momentum only if this Samaj remains convinced that within modern dispensation it has no salvation, else it remains a false hope.