Friday, August 21, 2009

Should we leave the political discourse to be dictated by RSS obscurantism

On the day Jaswant was expelled from BJP, Jagmohan asked in an article published in The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle (19 Aug 2009):

  • [How is it that all the dreams, mentioned by Sri Aurobindo in his Independence day message, have virtually disappeared from the collective memory of the nation?]

Coincidentally, Dr. Debashish Banerji, clarifying a contentious issue that has been troubling the followers of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo for years, wrote on the eve of the World Union day:

  • [In a post-physical presence of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, it becomes more imperative to awake to a political aspiration and accept this aspect of social existence as a part of the spiritual growth process. (Re: Technology in a Global World by Andrew Feenberg Tue 18 Aug 2009)]

So now the question is should we leave the political discourse in our country to be dictated by the RSS obscurantism or step in to rectify the reified misconceptions. The trove of intellectual capital that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have left in our custody makes us the most competent to arbitrate in such matters. And to understand whether it is so, we need to have enough conviction, not only based on faith and affection, but also on critical reason. It is an error to expect though that a majority of the followers would posses it; and therefore, election of an elite caucus becomes a necessity despite of the nice seeming argument for free and open functioning. [TNM]

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