Friday, October 21, 2016

Sri Aurobindo in 1906 is much relevant to India of 2016

Sri Aurobindo in 1906 has become much more relevant for India in 2016 as Hindutva has come to occupy the centrestage. It's common knowledge that the Communist as well as Congress politics too owe their origin to that period in Bengal. Sri Aurobindo is not known as a spiritual leader yet, yet his activities and utterances show a distinct stamp of some higher inspiration and a firm purpose. He is not deterred by unfavourable events, adversities, or adversaries; he moves ahead without vacillation and people start following him. Thus, the first signs of a Divine manifestation can very well be discerned during the initial days of Sri Aurobindo's tryst with politics. An added qualification being his thorough study and internalisation of Sanskrit scriptures in Vadodara.

While opposing the moderate Congress policies, Sri Aurobindo was fast to find his ideological moorings in Bankim, Tilak, Dayananda, Vivekananda, et al. A heady brand of religious nationalism filled the air culminating in stray attempts at armed struggle against the British. Congress, later, eschewed violence under Gandhi but the heroic strain is still traceable in sections of the Left as well as Hindutva. But more important is Sri Aurobindo's open advocacy of Hindu religion and its wisdom for which he is perceived as a staunch revivalist by many. Even, he is now considered as an eminent member of the gang of four which has earned notoriety as founders of Hindutva.

Be that as it may, it's not easy to lable Sri Aurobindo as his oeuvre of the Puducherry period prove. Understandably, the Hindutva faction sees him with suspicion and prefers to keep him at arm's length. But a section of Sri Aurobindo's followers who identify strongly with their Hindu roots are impatient to present him as a Hindu icon for drawing political milage. This triggers a serious ideological conflict and needs to be thrashed out without indulging in manipulation or misrepresentation. That apart, the larger goal of seeking a right understanding of Sri Aurobindo and what he is aiming at must concern the top echelon of intelligentsia in this country. [TNM55]

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