Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bodin, Hoffer, Orwell, and M.N. Roy

Despite Internet facilitating availability and distribution of knowledge resources, it is hard to find people who are genuinely open to rational arguments. Self-interest drives most to support a set of opinions and intellect faces defeat. Dynamics of Democracy with its imperative of party loyalty reinforces such a discrepancy. This is an irony being Enlightenment's progeny. Intellectuals falling victim to such a syndrome is one of the greatest failures of human civilisation.

Apart from the political divide between the Left and the Right, the geographical chasm obtaining between the East and the West is a disturbing phenomenon. Thousands of books churned out by Western academia simply don't refer to anything that is connected to India or Indonesia. Such a degree of selective amnesia never helps in producing sound theoretical analysis or strengthening the author's credibility. So, remedying this widespread malady should be a priority for all those who empathise with global unity.

India is under a time warp and people are unable to come out of the collective memory of the Colonial period. Instead of engaging with Sri Aurobindo who has written extensively on the possibilities of future, many keep on juggling with Gandhi, Nehru, Amedkar, Savarkar et al. This amounts to a colossal waste of energy and resources. Though aware that ours is a lone voice in the wilderness, it makes us all the more determined to keep on repeating it because of the weight of its significances. [TNM55]

Misc. References:

Was Gandhi a racist as alleged? via @swarajyamag

#Aurobindo: The spiritual revolutionary who severed the thread of the global power structure

@uelmendrado Hoffer does project the two extremes of society - the elite and the extreme "low" as ideally placed to join mass-movements.
@dikgaj Hoffer (and his contemporary Orwell) definitely nailed that point, the necessity of demonization and permanent revolution.

@ArunKrishnan_ @maidros78 here @ScorpiusMaximus writes about less known freedom fighters
@a_r_j_u_n MN Roy post 1917 became a Communist, so things change from there. But pre-1917, he was inspired by Aurobindo.
@Krishnam_2016 N-no. Not exactly. You need to read MN Roy yourself. It's very hard to explain in 140 chars abt post 1917 MN Roy @a_r_j_u_n
@Krishnam_2016 MN Roy was a patriot till mid 30s even after he became Communist. After his prison sentence, he was broken fully. @a_r_j_u_n

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