Monday, August 29, 2011

Savitri Era Party is not in favour of flag-waving type of patriotism

Sri Lanka Guardian - Basil Fernando - ‎Aug 25, 2011‎ (August 26, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka Guardian) India became a society having replaced religion with humanism quite early. The Western world came to this stage only after the greater 
In the 20th century, Sri Aurobindo lamented the death of the Indian mind and devoted the latter part of his life to recover the lost mind of India. Living in Pondicherry, he tried to motivate young people to regain their lost heritage. Another great Indian, Dr B R Ambedkar, attempted to pursue the same goal as Sri Aurobindo through attempts to reawaken the Untouchables, renamed Dalits by him. In an attempt to reclaim India’s lost glory, he publicly became a Buddhist together with a large gathering.]

[Resisting The Popular from Kafila by apoorvanand AUGUST 21, 2011
The drama that is being enacted in Delhi for the last one week, rather five months, has thoroughly exposed the intellectual hollowness of the political life of India. This moment would also be remembered as the lowest to which collective intelligence of a people can descend to. Critiquing people is not the job of the politicians or the media, not in our times at least . Gone are the days when you had a Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi who could stand up to the masses and withdraw a popular movement risking their wrath or a Jawaharlal Nehru who commanded the authority to chide his own people. The days of Rabindra Nath Tagore are also over who had the courage to openly challenge, criticize a saint like Gandhi and write ‘anti-people’ novels like Ghare baire. If we have time and patience to turn the pages of our history , we would find that their criticism was an integral part of their long and continuous engagement with their people. …
It is the utter failure of the imagination of Indian politics and its complete break with the lives and aspirations of the people which force them back to pre-democratic forms of emotional relationships. It should be a matter of concern for those who fight for recognition of newer forms of relationships. But this moment is not now, it seems. (Rediff on 20 August)]

[India rises but falters Deccan Chronicle August 29, 2011 By Jagmohan
On August 15, 1947, two great visions were entertained by two of the most powerful minds of modern India. One was by statesman Jawaharlal Nehru and the other by savant Sri Aurobindo. Both visions failed to materialise. Why? In the answer to this question lies one of the most instructive lessons of modern Indian history, and also the reason for the whirlpool of moral chaos in which the country finds itself today. …
Clearly, both the visions have fallen flat. First, the spiritual wasteland which India had become, due to long years of civilisational decay, was not reclaimed and fertilised to receive new seeds which freedom and modernity had brought. Second, neither the educational system nor the general atmosphere has been tuned to the need for creation of a permanent stream of men and women of character and conscience.
It is not possible to have an honest and elevating framework of governance without providing an honest and elevating mindscape to the nation. We must now pick up the gems from our wisdom tradition and now compose that mindscape. Jagmohan is a former governor of J&K and a former Union minister]

Jagmohan always exudes optimism, but this time around he sounds despondent. The Hazare agitation has exposed the soft and dangerous underbelly of Indian polity because of the penchant of its people to relapse to pre-democratic forms and norms. The utter hypocrisy of proclaiming victory when practically nothing was achieved is another disturbing phenomenon.

Savitri Era Party is not in favour of flag-waving type of patriotism. The teaching of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo demands serious action and contemplation. The youth of this country must be shown the way for channelizing their energy in the right direction. [TNM55]    

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