Thursday, 6 October 2011

Big Nations, Small Nations or Community Republics

Big Nations, Small Nations or Community Republics:
Aborigine Republics as Model for a Million Nations

Srishtiyoga means Reunion with Mother Nature
John Papworth often and rightly acclaims the Fourth World of ethnic communities... and small nations: Indeed 'small is beautiful'! That is, the autonomy – self-empowerment – of communities.

He, also, often says large nations will break up (which may include India). We saw break up of the USSR, and, also, coming together of European nations, the formation of EU. Perhaps both have been victims of economy in the present era!

Every region has its own natural, cultural, and prevailing political / economic conditions. The West grew with industrialization. However, the First World India, which often depends upon external aids, cannot be put on the same rank that of the EU or the US. The difference is it has no physical borders.

Even Urban India today cannot be called the First World India, because of the widespread presence of slum dwellers and the squatters, who are displaced and migrated from rural India.

There are more than 600,000 villages in India, where 70% Indians live, even after many have migrated to urban areas; no one knows 'how many'. (The Census Surveys miss the data of squatters in urban areas and along transit lines.) This is where the mainstream India is.

The Fifth World India

In Mumbai, they – the slum dwellers – are about 60 to 70 millions. So also in other metropolitan cities and towns.

The slum dwellers and squatters in urban areas belong to the Fifth World India -- the world of the marginalized, displaced and destitute in their homeland.

In this age of Information Technology, a very few may, or may not, perceive what ‘India’ is beyond the word Nation and the related dogmas. Even the idea of ‘Swaraj’, the self-rule, is fashioned after the British Raj, faces the same dilemma.

India may be better understood by an example of plants. Because plants have fewer needs than even animals.

In a patch of virgin forest several plant species coexist, so also wildlife, but certainly not the humans of advanced civilized societies. For them forest is for ruthless consumption or aesthetics of visual hedonism (tourism industry).

A large banyan spreads over centuries, over a large area and by its adventitious roots supports and balances itself. India is somewhat like that, now, of course, affected by the parasite of mega-cities -- the icons of centralized power in the civilized society.

Plants / forests don’t recognize the notion of 'nation'; so also many Indians. This idea of 'nationhood' cannot be measured by the ‘standards’, set by any authority or the so-called superior cultures. Their superiority, even in this age, is based on power of wealth, science-technology-economy-market and/or military! Isn't it barbarism!

Small nations or big nations! The quality of their citizens' personal and collective life at micro level remains to be assessed. It is impossible even at a town level.

Sample surveys at regional, national or international level are merely eyewash. They only pamper the ego of various vested interests - local or Global.

Nationhood needs to be tested on continued basis at micro-level of every individual's wellbeing in the functioning of the State! Indeed a tall claim! Any of the most efficient technology today is not capable to do this task. It is not as easy as sending a spaceship.

Clearly the Industrial Revolution, through science and technology, has failed to deliver the promised 'Utopia', called social and economic development, to mankind.

May be it has strengthened the powers of a miniscule minority section of Industrial Society. There is nothing to deify them, as the elite tend to do.

The science and technology are still in incubation stage — five thousand years of civilized society is pittance in geological time!

"For they know not what they do." And to know, what kind of and magnitude of calamity should befall upon them?

There is still a way out for the educated ignorant. There still exist numbers of republics of Aborigine Communities that hail from remote ancient times. They still exist in India and rest of world. Their time-tested wisdom helps them to sustain in spite of the onslaught by civilized societies. Their life-line is, in one word, Srishtiyoga, i.e. continued "Reunion with Mother Nature".

Aborigine Republics as Model for a Million Nations

Aborigine communities are "republics". This is not a concept but their millennia old unwritten practice.

These republics do not relate to the civilized concept or notion of 'nation', which is based on "ownership of land" and "centralized power" in civilized societies from beginning, or the start of "Urban Revolution".

The very civilized idea of "ownership of land" is most evil concept and is the "root cause" of all the strife mankind has been going through for 5000 years.

This statement will certainly not be palatable even to the atheist, agnostic or socialist sects, or not even to the so-called religious who believe in any branded God, or not even our friend John Papworth!

The suggestion to give-up "Ownership of Land" would amount to worst sacrilege of all; worst than "Original Sin".

There is lot to learn about a few fundamental things of living in harmony with Nature for us from the aborigines.

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  1. Where is Portugal? Where is England? Where is Mumbai? A king of one country gave away islands of Mumbai to another king in royal marriage as Dowry.

  2. "There are more than 600,000 villages in India, where 70% Indians live" An amazing statistic.

    "Forgive them for they know not what they do" A phrase which is constantly in my thoughts. Things are so far out of balance only a calamity will be able to make the necessary correction.

    I believe that there will be an economic collapse in the US within the next two years and that the silver lining in that cloud will be a return to the local community lifestyle.

    As for the aborigines, look what we (US) did to the North American Indians. Those we did not snuff out physically we snuffed out spiritually. We lost so much wisdom. The reservations they inhabit are filled with despair. I weep for them.

  3. Hi Kinsey,
    There is a stark contrast:
    In the US there are ghettos and reservations. People carried away by the glamour there rarely notice this side. (No, I never went out of India; I read about it).

    In India there are “Ghettos of Development” in the rural and forest areas, which I have noticed over a number of years. The fallout of these ghettos there are slums and squatters in cities.

    It is apparent the First World India is out to push peasants and aborigines to the brink of subsistence, if not annihilation?

  4. Once again, you have shown a glimpse of inhuman side of the civilized society. Why can't we leave them alone.. or give subsidies to those communes which lives in harmony with nature ( Instead of gas subsidies, power and water subsidies). On hindsight, they dont need subsidies, they want to be simply left alone I suppose . Those sons of the soil/forests do more for earth , than urban populations which destroy.

    1. Thanks Pttuji, for your objective comment! You have added an aspect, a dimetion, that did not occur to me.

    2. And thanks for sharing this post!!