An Unbalanced Social Equation"There is no lasting hope in violence, only temporary relief from hopelessness." -Kingman Brewster, Jr.
Whenever you see people die, you feel a mixture of emotions. You feel good that you were not present there and you feel bad for the people who were present there. Naxalism is on the verge of rise in the tribal parts of the country, they are not the villains as the media or the government portrays them but simple folks carrying the ideologies and the weapons that they hardly understand and control.
The recent train derailment proved the fact that even they cannot control the fire which is created. People resort to violentic means when there is a unbalance in the society. When the society divides itself based on material existence, like knowledge (jati system), money or power (dictatorship) or color (varna bhed system) it naturally creates an unnatural order in the life of all part of it.
It is an unbalanced equation which cannot be solved by any supercomputer.
In the Rig veda, the hymm Purusha Sukta defines social hierarchy. It states that the primal being divided itself to create a separate society, from the head came the intellectuals, from the arms came the politicians, from the trunk the entrepreneurs and from the legs the laborers. Many western and eastern scholars argue that this is the origin of Jati or the caste system.
The western world, both Abrahamic and Greek consider all humans equal. In the Bible, inequality becomes the work of the devil. Many western ideologies believe in uniting the society to attain a single goal.
Communist believe in distributing whatever wealth is attained by the society equally among the masses, an idea not acceptable to the wealthy. The wealthy work hard to earn the money and having it distributed to someone who does not know the hardship required to attain it is unacceptable.
Capitalist talk about creating equal opportunity for creating wealth for all, an idea opposed strongly by the poor. While capitalist do create the opportunity for everyone, only few can seize the opportunity to create wealth and does not bridge the gap.
Democracy talks about equality of society. It talks about making the poor rich and rich richer, the idea obviously seems fantastic. In the largest democracy of the world, India, political maestro try to bridge the social divide. They use the politically incorrect tools like free houses, reservation, ration to make sure the people who are poor rise up above the poverty line.
When the constitution of India was drafted, in the constituent assembly, Mr. Jaipal Singh, a brilliant orator and the representative of the aboriginal tribes of Chhota Nagpur spoke to the Parliament on Thursday, the 19th December 1946. 'As a jungli, as an Adibasi, I am not expected to understand the legal intricacies of the Resolution. But my common sense tells me, the common sense of my people tells me that every one of us should march in that road of freedom and fight together. Sir, if there is any group of Indian people that has been shabbily treated it is my people. They have been disgracefully treated, neglected for the last 6,000 years.
The history of the Indus Valley civilization, a child of which I am, shows quite clearly that it is the new comers-most of you here are intruders as far as I am concerned-it is the new comers who have driven away my people from the Indus Valley to the jungle fastnesses. This Resolution is not going to teach Adibasis democracy. You cannot teach democracy to the tribal people; you have to learn democratic ways from them. They are the most democratic people on earth. What my people require, Sir, is not adequate safeguards as Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru has put it. They require protection from Ministers, that is position today. We do not ask for any special protection. We want to be treated like every other Indian. The whole history of my people is one of continuous exploitation and dispossession by the non-aboriginals of India punctuated by rebellions and disorder, and yet I take Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru at his word. I take you all at your word that now we are going to start a new chapter, a new chapter of Independent India where there is equality of opportunity, where no one would be neglected. There is no question of caste in my society.
We are all equal.'
The dreams of Mr. Jaipal Singh were short lived, 60 years into independence and it is their people who still suffer. The Adibasis are still neglected, some choose the simpler path and accept the pain silently, while a few desperate others turn to the means that even they couldn't fully understand.
When the civilized western society imposed Tax system on the masses, they argued that this was necessary for equality of society. They justified that the tax system, they are robbing the rich and helping the poor, an idea floating in the medieval folklore, Robin Hood. The poor and the middle class readily agreed, happy that the rich had to pay more than them, but then, the rich adapted. With many pre-taxed money laws, the poor still pay more tax than the rich...legally.
Vedas consider the division of society as eternal, which means you cannot equalize the society. A place where everyone is equal is utopia, a fantastic yet absurd concept. You cannot achieve the subjective equality between the masses, since humans will never have same level of wisdom.
But Vedas also say that harmony can be achieved if we outgrow the temptation of material attachment. It is the curse of humanity that harmony cannot be achieved in the stratas of society.
This is the curse we have to live with. Violence and vengeance draws blood, it needs blood to grow. Any person who chooses the path of vengeance cannot see it to the end.
Hitler was the perfect example for the last destination on the path of bloodshed. He lived a king, but died a shameful death. Had he the courage to face the opponents bullets? He would die a hero, but then he would not be Hitler as well.
As we draw an end to this post, I offer no solution for the solution is present, not in your heads but in your hearts. If this article has reached some place in your head, your heart will answer.
असतो मा सद्गमय तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय मृत्योर् मा अमृतं गमय