Sunday, 21 February 2016

India: A nation that still couldn't be!

What is India, our country, our homeland? How do we define it? How do we characterize it? How do we put its essence in words? Is it our cultural diversity that we should forever be proud of? Or is it the barbaric savagery of dowry, female feticide, repression and hypocrisy that many of the same cultures stand for. Is it the varied landscape and opulent natural treasures that we are endowed with, or is it the ruthless extirpation of the same we seem to be carrying out incessantly? Is it our stultifying struggle for freedom that saw many martyrs getting slayed for the sake of their progeny's independence, or is it their idiosyncratic good for nothing progeny that doesn't even understand what freedom and independence are? Yes, I guess in the current scenario, that's the best way to put the plight of our nation's identity crisis.

Do we even know what freedom is, before we could go out on the streets, puffing our chests in conceit, hurling abuses at the nation and its institutions, because we think we are exercising freedom of speech. Can we ever gauge the price that has been paid for it? Or can we ever envisage what those who fought for it believed it shall bring with it?

Freedom in absolute terms can have many notions. It can range from the ideals of liberty that form the bulwark of a democracy, to the carte blanche that defines hippie trails. Many believe that the core essence of freedom is subjectivity, but then where does it leave the veracity of the institutions? It's here that we have to understand the real gravity of the problem that lies in what a lot of young 20 odd olds have suddenly started demanding. And also, what the venerable Mr. Arvind Kejriwal demanded before he went on to become a part of what he once castigated.

Freedom of any country has its own character and flavor. Take the United States for example. Their idea of freedom is actually a palimpsest of many successive masonic presidents. And hence the nation today stands for progress and unbridled superiority. After all, masonry in itself had its roots in establishment of a brotherhood that could withstand the crusade of oppressive Catholicism. That's what their freedom is like. A nation, that no doubt gets involved in financial debauchery and diplomatic promiscuity at a gargantuan scale, but a nation that has still allowed many a men to dream that they can change the world, and so they did. Now what exactly is our idea of freedom then?

Is it the freedom astronauts like Rakesh Sharma and Kalpana Chawla exhibited when they dreamt of literally challenging the adage of skies being the limit, or the freedom exercised by a bunch of university rookies who instead of progressing among the ranks of a well defined system of inclusion in the political fraternity, thought of howling and whimpering and using the short cut to sure shot fame?

 Is it the freedom that a pauper from the "excessively oppressed" and literally "endangered minority" of Muslims exercised when he took upon himself to buttress the country's armory with unmatched missile power, predominantly against a nation whose terror frenzy is led by Islamic fundamentalism? Or is it the freedom that a lot of Muslims enshrine in their self proclaimed righteous freedom struggle for Kashmir, a piece of land where many of them also used that kind of freedom to slaughter Kashsmiri Pandits and soldiers alike. 

Is it the freedom manifest in the martyrdom of many a jawan whose valor and blood formed the foundation of the formidable Jat regiment of the Indian army? Or is it the cohort of rogue jobless boys, who in the name of seeking reservations for their Jat community, demolish public property and disrupt usual activity, thereby defiling the sanctity of the profound status that their own forefathers achieved for them?

Is it the freedom in the pride that the premiers of our armed forces take at the salvo for a martyr like Hanumanthappa or the way they ensconce it in their distinct regalia at the republic day parade? Or is it the freedom the CM of the national capital exercises when he attends such a parade in flip flops just to express his own allegiance to his humble roots in being an 'Aam Aadmi'?

What exactly is this 'freedom' that is duly mentioned many times in documents of our constitution? Is it something that we use to fight against all odds and to build an edifice, or is it what we use to simply say someone else's magnum opus is tainted and hence should be torn down? Can we really exercise right to free speech while we at the same time we tirade certain institutions whose very job is guarantee that freedom? Can we really believe that freedom is tantamount to Eleutheromania, whereby our zest for freedom is juxtaposed on both our ability to question anything, and the amnesty of our constitution to allow that? Or is it the realization that being free is as much about being responsible for proper conduct of it?

In the end, it's worth noting that the institutions are much more fragile and perishable than one may think. After all, it was "We, the people" who gave the constitution to 'ourselves'. The institutions too were set up by us to ensure that the freedom was ensured along with the sovereignty and integrity of the nation, to which a superfluous and debilitating secularism was added later on. The day we take freedom outside this context, all the institutions shall cease to exist, and we'll have the kind of untrammeled freedom that no one shall have seen before. And we shall also have the freedom to call that bloodbath and rampage a constituent of freedom, till the day when there shall be no Indian left to realize how stupid we really were. We are India. We attained our independence 69 years ago, became a republic 66 years ago, and yet we are a nation, that simply couldn't be!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

The story of us: The byproduct of multiple genocides!

Look around yourselves today, and you're pretty sure to find at least one representation of the most important aspect of our living today - Institutions. Yes, you'll find them everywhere and you start seeing them right when you move out of your birth canal and catch a glimpse of the nurse, who actually is the oldest institution still going strong. From then it's the hospital, it's different divisions, the birth registration office, the ceremonial oblation,, the party your parents throw etc. All of that takes place under the purview of some institution or the other. In fact from your birth till your last breath, irrespective of how big a stoic of a loner you were, an institution stays with you. And while it ends with the registrar of births and deaths issuing a death certificate, some people are unfortunate to see their obituaries getting publishes through the institution of newspapers, and some have an even worse fate when a new institution like a charitable trust is established in their name. So they have to bear with the brunt of institutions even long after they're gone!

Now you might be wondering what is it that I, a seemingly cantankerous guy, has against institutions. Well, I just realized they're there to hide from us the most important truth that will never be told. That we are all successors of a lineage of murderers! Yes, you heard that right. And not only murderers, but ghastly and egregious mass murderers, who were none like the piddly murderers we put behind bars today, courtesy of another set of institutions. 

so here's how it is as it is today. About a good old 100000 years ago, evolution and natural order witnessed its most bizarre turn of events when Homo Sapiens - one of the many species of Homo(Humans) made its way to the top of the table. Many other species of our brethren existed - The Neanderthal man, Homo erectus, Homo Rudolfensis, Homo Soloensis and some other species whose remains are yet to be unearthed. In terms of our anatomical makeup, Homo Sapiens were far more inferior in front of all these species. But our brains and our societies had developed beyond any comparison, and so did our hunting skills and techniques, and our proclivity to form larger groups. And before one could catch a blink, Homo Sapiens spread across all continents inhabited by these other species that had existed for many millenia, and we knocked all of them out in no time at all! Yes, we wiped out race out of race in such an unbridled manner, that it won't be false to assume that all of us had at least one murderer whose progeny we are! 

While the other human species had their own set of customs and techniques of survival, they were no match for us. They all lived in small herds in small numbers and liked to hunt a few animals for survival and eat whatever plants that grew. But we brought with us the power of forming larger groups and better strategy. In fact the mammoths that had scared the other species for very long, were petrified when a band of 500 Homo Sapiens beleaguered them and drubbed them and took their meat and tusks to their own caverns. Homo Sapiens accelerated evolution from the genetic gear to the cognitive gear, and we simply couldn't stand the sight of our not so fortunate brothers from other species inhabiting this treasure of a planet alongwith us! 

There is clear cut evidence from DNA analysis that the human DNA has 4-5 percent of DNA borrowed from that of other human species! So yes, the rather formidable Homo Sapiens brigade did initially succumb to lovemaking with members of another species altogether(Oops, the institution of religion won't be impressed with this blasphemy we committed). But post a point of time when we'd grown profound enough to derive conceit from our supremacy, all other human species stood there as a testimony to our ├║gly' provenance, and these species in whatever numbers they existed also posed a threat to untrammeled Homo Sapiens expansion all over the world. So, being how powerful we were, the question whether to show amnesty or not rested with us. And before anyone realized the gravity of what we were about to do, the global bloodbath and the biggest ethnic cleansing had already commenced! 

Just like many centuries ago religions got drenched in the bloodshed of crusades, our ancestors were involved in a crusade to establish theirs as the only rightful human species. We expanded from East Africa, where we evolved for many thousands of years, and the progressed to Europe. Asia, Americas and Australia and resulted in the biggest genetic rampage nature ever witnessed. We knocked out all of that gene pool of the genus Homo, whose corporeal manifestations in the form of our not so impressive brothers didn't impress us. And so the genus Homo saw its constituent species getting reduced from at least 6, to just 1, and that's us - the all mighty, the all supreme and all powerful Homo Sapiens. 

Now fast forward to today, and you see how conveniently the institutions hide that truth. Religions preach peace and harmony, and yet religious chicanery breeds terrorists and fundamentalists who wreak the maximum havoc. Law and order tame criminals, but yet crime always stays on the rise and can never be usurped. Schools teach about doing good deeds and fitting into the society, but yet the biggest renegades and breakaways sustain school for many years and do what they always wanted to do - challenging the norms, or simply knocking them out. What does this all mean - We are eternal destroyers! 

Yes, just like our ancestors destroyed many species many years ago, and then our intermediate patriarchy destroyed nature for many years till we, the harbingers of industrial revolution took over to destroy everything further, we are destroyers by nature and disruption is our prime skill. All the institutions are there to hide from ourselves our prime trait - that we are fearless ruthless hunters who can knock down a brigade all on its own. But the institutions, be it religion, courts or schools, all tame it down because otherwise we all will become equal, and a few powerful people who did realize these powers won't be able to assert their suzerainty. 

An example of how surreal and sibylline our core instincts is was seen during the Nazi crusade on the Jews. At one point of time, even the most well to do and educated families and people of Germany had gone all guns out to extirpate the Jews off the planet. There is evidence of even 10 year olds taking on Jewish infants and relishing the dastardly sightings. We all are hunters, and that's our prime instinct. We hunted in groups and we took over nature's behemoths when we worked in teams. That's why even today the best knit teams win. Because a team of consultants who managed to close a billion dollar team today, might be composed of the direct descendants of a team of our hunter ancestors who managed to knock down a giant boar and took its skin and meat away!

We all are the byproduct of the biggest genocide to have ever taken place and some of our initial members didn't really bother about the chastity of ours as a species. We mingled with other species and the offspring were a result of what we would today term as unacceptable bonding. But we were free, we were equal and we were all willing to accept the fact that we were raw and that we were bad. And today, the institutions make us believe we are civilized and good doers, when in reality most of what we do is bad for nature. Even growing a plant, which comes across as a pretty innocuous thing, is a bad thing because natural evolution didn't give us the right to choose where a plant should be deployed. We actually bypassed natural evolution and hacked into the cognitive cosmos to endow ourselves with the power of where a plant should be planted and which species had a right to exist. 

We, Homo Sapiens(translation - the Wise Humans) can be termed wise only when we see how illicit our very history is, before we move on to the habit of terming things and actions as being good or being a taboo. We are all beasts, waiting to get a chance top show our true selves, but held under really strong reigns and bounds by a handful of our own brothers, who utilized their core instincts and realized that they can rule by keeping us from realizing our own true selves and nature, and hence keeping equality at bay. But it doesn't matter how good we feel about our cultivated manners, our good professions, our vegetarianism or about our rightful choice on sex, truth is we all have some DNA that we got because of "sacrilegious sex", and that we all had at least one direct ancestor who killed at least one Human being! Yes, that's what we are! Can you handle it now?

Saturday, 6 February 2016

How Baba Elaichi saved a dying blogger!

Mine is a very small blog with a very limited readership. My pageviews have hit an all time low, blogging frequency has plummeted miserably, and I've stopped blogging for brands and campaigns. My blog's domain renewal date was fast approaching and I was genuinely considering not going for a subscription renewal, thereby shutting down Project Disavowed forever. And then today, out of nowhere, BABA Elaichi, which is now a pretty formidable brand and has none other than Akshay Kumar as their brand ambassador, roped me back into the arena by reminding me of a very paltry contribution I had made in the form of a blog post about 20 months ago when the brand was getting all pumped up. 
The post was an archetypal one with my usual enunciation of product features and benefits, with a tinge of blarney for some unique aspects here and there. But it was a genuine feedback nonetheless. Given how limited my blog's coverage is and how dismal its statistics appear at any point of time, I'm sure I wouldn't have attracted any more than 100 viewers from which hardly one or two would have given the product a try in the markets. But yet, despite that minuscule payout, they keep sending me their greetings and regards, and also samples of some of the newer products they keep adding to their repertoire. It does not matter to them that I pretty much failed them by not getting them much jamboree, and that my post is no more than another piece of authentic crap sitting on a random server over the Internet. For them, my association with them since the nascent stages of their brand is all that matters. 
So while these pleasantries may simply be a part of their engagement campaign, the fact that they continue to embrace their association with a whimsical blogger whose blog no one really reads, really means a lot to me. A lot more than they can ever fathom. They have dragged me out of my decision to shut down this blog and be back on blogging. I don't for how long I'd be able to hold on before I accede to the demand of the times, but yes, for the time being, I will continue to blog. Because it does not matter if no one reads the posts or if they don't benefit any brand in any whatsoever way. What matters is that the blog for once did allow me to establish a very unique and a very enrapturing relationship with a brand I now genuinely revere; not for the usual benefits, but for the enigmatic ways in which its trying to reach out to its patrons. Hope my writing stays afloat for a while before seething on the verge of vanquishing again. After all, hope and regular visits from bots on Russian and Ukranian porn sites is all my writing has!