Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Look at the course of history as it had been. Golden period is a myth created by the ruling classes. hitherto history has been the history of class-conflicts. The cliched concept of all the ruling classes has been"The past has been glorious and future is bright", just bear with the miseries of the present, he he hee. The societies looking for the golden period in the past are stagnant societies. The Hindutva forces under the tutelage of RSS want to take us to the highest glory of the past, without telling us, when was that golden past. History evolves the laws of its own dynamics and its engine does not have back gear. Knowledge is continuously evolving process, each generation consolidates and builds upon the achievements of previous generations, and hence every next genertion, in general is smarter. In Hindu mythological world the progress is so regressive that it begins with the "climax" -- Satyuga and rolls down to the lowest stage -- the Kaliyuga in which even the Shudra will assert rights and scholarship. That is followed by Treta symbolised by an "ideal", Lord Rama, without going into comprehensive details of this period, when a Shudra, Sambuk was meditating in the forest , it seemed the clamity had fallen on the system he represented, and instead of sending his trusted leftinents --Hanum , laxman, ..... -- went himself to kill him. In the next best phase, an ideal teacher destroys the talent by cutting the thumb of a tribal boy trying to learn archery, but tribals learnt the art of shooting arrows without the use of thumb. And historical golden period is Gupta period during which the Varnashram system got consolidated and Manusmriti, one of the most reactionary scriptures perpetuated its inhuman commandments. In Islam, Mohammad, an intelligent poor Arab with potentialities of great mass mobilization declared hiself to be the last prophet in the sequence of many preceding and found misery-stricken people simple enough to be3lieve him and hence the golden period. He combined the religious and political authorities in a single person Imam/emir whose most barbaric culmination was the fascist Khomeini. It was such a golden period that followers and kinsmen waged a bloody battle for the seat of power. therefore let us care for the struggles of today for justice and basic human rights against corporate-led plunder of the earth in connivance with their political agents across the countries. Religion by definition is retrogressive as it looks to past for inspiration an does not allow question and radical doubt.