Friday 7 June 2013

A Must-Read for all the Radicals

On the Edge of Civilization

I have lived life wrongly. I lived in a world of ecstasy; in a world where people are judged by the clothes they wear. I have lived in a society of bigots; bigots who won’t in any way are willing to admit that they live in a world so befouled by senseless achievements, so stagnated in the filth of what they perceive as sustainable development, in a world so rotten by the decaying corpses of dead aspirations and a world burning in the fire of greed, come about by the loss of faith in the minds of the people and the taking over of money and power in its place. Yes, they have forgotten their Gods, damned their religions and became the instruments of evil. Yet they have cloaked themselves with false imagery of God. They seem to think that they respect God, that the God is the very reason for their existence, and that they bow their heads to show that they fear God’s might but in reality, they bow for naught but their own pleasures, their own self interests. The people in the society bow their heads as a bribe to God to hear their prayers and heed them. They never cease, from their pathetic excuse of a life, to take a moment out, and realize for once, what the ideals of religion truly are. Yes, their lives are pathetic. The people seem to think their lives are too different than the dogs and the beasts that roam the Earth without purpose when in truth they are the dogs, they are the beasts because they have no purpose, because they have let their purpose been taken over by something as imprudent and shallow as money.
I cast myself away from the society, not because I’m too weak for it, but because I’m too strong for it. If I get on my terms with them, they will come to the point of extinction. If I so much as reveal my ideals to them, my way of life to them, my philosophies to them, their heads will eviscerate from their bodies and they will die a painful death. They will watch in horror, as their brain breaks out from their skull, trickles down like red lava from their face and drop by drop meets the ground on which they stand. Their minds will erupt like a volcanic explosion because my knowledge and my intellect is too great a power for them to wield. The society has made itself weak, pregnable to degeneration. They have focused so hard on surviving that they have forgotten the meaning of living. And now it is all that they’re good for, to survive, like rats and cockroaches. They have, against all odds of nature, actually reversed the dogma and took themselves years back on the path to evolution. They did so by enslaving themselves voluntarily under the lust for power, and the craving for what they believe to be happiness. They see happiness in fine houses, hotel dinners, vacations to exotic retreats, clothing of the most fashionable trends, and most of all, to have power over other men. This is what they perceive happiness as, nothing more and nothing less.
Yes, I am a man who wears ordinary clothes no different from a street vendor, a bus driver or a servant but my back is firm and straight in these clothes. Yes, I wear old and worn out sandals on my feet but I walk on my feet with those sandals while the people around me walk on their knees even though they have the most expensive and most exclusive shoes on their feet. But I am as happy in my ordinary clothes and my worn out sandals as any man in a suit and Italian boots will never be. People think just because I threw my future away and I don’t care about power, don’t care about money that I am weak when au contraire I am stronger than the whole society. While the whole society is just a slave to the much bigger system, I mock the system. The system hates me; it despises my freedom and my independence. It wants me to be a slave under him like the rest of the people in the society. That is why it uses society as an instrument to hurt me, to insult me, to besmirch my wise philosophies, to diminish and slay my morale. It uses the people I love the most, people I trust to convince me psychologically that I am weak, that I am going in the wrong direction. Sometimes the system succeeds in breaking me and these are times I feel sad. But my feud with the system is not just a battle; it’s a never ending war. It is never-ending because neither will the system die nor I. My body may wither after some years but it is said that a man actually dies twice. Once is when his soul leaves his body and the other is when his name is said for the last time in the world. The death of the latter kind will never happen to me. I do not care if I fall as long as there is someone else to pick up the flag and keep the fight going on.
The society is a curse on the world, to the other living beings of the world and upon itself. It is so consumed by greed and hedonism that it destroys the world it’s in, the other beings around it and in this manner, they also destroy themselves. This is the world I live in, where right and wrong are just words of mouth. Potentially, the society is starkly wrong. It is everything the dictionary defines as evil and malicious. The people in the society come under the definition of scavengers, who snatch what they can get out of the little miserable lives they have and then die trying to give their sons a better future. They do not know that the only thing they are giving to their sons is a disease, because living in the society, in itself is a disease, a disease of which I am cured. I may suffer from ailments like cough and cold every now and then but I thank heavens that I am free from the disease that plagues all men and women. This is not supposed to be the state. It has become the state because you let it be. You let yourselves be shacked like sub-humans and gave away, your minds away, your thoughts away, your dreams away, your lives away to cross the finish line in the race of life. What, in the end, was the purpose of this race? Why did you choose to run when you could have walked, wandered off and discovered the greener pastures of life, the unknown terrains filled with breathtaking and momentous secrets, mystifying secrets that would have teased the innate thirst for knowledge in humans? What made the society run like animal right from the instant each of them take birth in this world? It’s because society is full of animals. No matter how much it evolves, it will always be animalistic, gory. It will never come to my expectations. The society is so weak because it lives in a contradiction. Mankind thinks they are the most powerful beings on Earth when they are clearly the most degenerative and self-damaging. It is this contradiction that makes mankind so weak. They fail to accept their shortcomings.
From a moment a child is born, he is taught that he can have anything in the world if he wishes so. This promise, which is unconditional to him at the beginning, becomes conditional as he grows. He is promised to have all the pleasures of a fine living if he works hard enough for it. It is in this stage that he starts to compromise on whatever he can get. If not the finest grades, one step down, if not the finest education, one step down. Then, the status quo changes and he is forced to work hard because if he doesn’t, he cannot even get the bare minimum. And after it’s too late, he realizes that he has become just another hamster in a wheel, a wheel which he has to run in for life and after his death, his children will take up his place. He realizes that he is just another cog in the machinery of the system. Yes, you are dominated by the evil of system. But it is not a devil with a face, or even a form. The devil of system is a cipher. We created this demon. We created him by organizing ourselves structurally. We humans lost faith in chaos, forgetting the fact that it was chaos in the first place that created the wonder of Universe and in it our world, Earth. There was no system involved in the creation of universe. It was just a matter of chance. To render this demon to an end, we have to leave everything to chance and stop the madness that the society calls ‘sophistication’. But the society, the civilization or mankind is too engulfed by mindless bliss to understand de facto. We keep guards and appoint ministers to defend humanity but as the old Latin proverb goes Quis Custodiet ipsos custodies meaning who will guard the guard themselves? The problem lies in human obsession with power and it will end when mankind will see power for the last time. This will be the power that decimates mankind leaving no survivors whatsoever.
 I am the prophet of mankind. I have made my prophecy and given my solution. It is on their best interest should they choose to prevail or die in their ignorance and vanity. The society has always been vain. It has always made the wrong choice, glorifying the wrong kind of people and giving power to the wrong kind of ideology. Mankind still thinks it is developing, gaining more power, becoming more and more prosperous and happy. I say to the mankind, “Rats, live you bliss for your time is near!” I won’t break the bubble of their unconsciousness for I would seem profoundly rude in doing so. As Dostoevsky said, ‘Let the world go to hell, I’ll have my cup of tea’. I don’t have hops for the survival of the society. I don’t have fears or care for the calamity that it faces. It has failed to rise to something good and now it will sink into the ground just because it couldn’t adapt itself to the freedom of the skies, it couldn’t adapt and grow wings to save itself from the order of the system. I have. Mankind doesn’t know how to live in freedom. If we are given freedom, we fight among each other and then equivocate for order. We can’t live in both freedom and harmony. For harmony, we need discipline and discipline is an arrested freedom. And an arrested freedom is the worst kind of slavery. And that is what humankind is going through right now. They are enslaved in the worst of forms. They actually think they are free when it is imminent their hands are tied by fate, by order, by discipline. Chaos has no place in their lives. Chaos is how I live. Anarchy is how I live. Anarchy doesn’t mean violence of the highest form. Anarchy means tranquility of the highest form. And when one lives in tranquility, it gives him chance to propagate his true self and enlighten his soul through philosophy, literature, ethics, religion and sociology among other things. These are subjects mankind never chose to invest in deeply. It always used ‘an easy way around’. It used scientific technology for its development without having the right intellect to handle technology. This ignorance proved technology to be a complete blunder rather than a boon.
In my ordinary clothes and old worn out sandals, I shall sit on an old wooden armchair, flex my legs a little, calmly put my hands behind my back and take my place on the edge of the cliff. This is the cliff from which mankind will take the leap. Where? Will it take the leap to an even higher form of intelligence? It would have if mankind showed intelligence in the first place. But all it has shown is tomfoolery. Contrary to what the popular belief is, the world is not cruel, it is mankind that has made the world this way. We have ourselves to blame. You have your society to blame but I don’t. I am cast astray from it. I have been what society would call ‘ambitionless’ because my only goal was to seek knowledge without seeking its fruits. I am also called ‘directionless’ because I fail to see through the eyes of the shackled society. They call me an ‘outlaw’ for I fail to see the point of the endless laws, guidelines and rules that dictate what I have to do and what I don’t have to. They called me ‘deranged’ as I live in a world of my own free from the vice and profligacy of mankind. I am none of those things yet I am all of those things. But what I am or am not is not in question where I stand because I stand at the tip of the cliff. This is the moment of judgment of mankind, the moment of truth. Naturally, human would chose to lie; even at this stage, as lying is innate in human character. So their judgment is done. This is a not done by a jury and I have no part in it. I am not the judge, the jury, the prosecutor, the appellant or the executioner. If I was anything, I was a partner in crime, when I was lost in the tribe of humanity. But now I have found a way out of it and by doing so, I have saved myself. This is my biography. I am a man standing on the edge of civilization whereas others have taken the leap and have fallen to the endless ever darkening abyss. I have wings of freedom and even though I had no tutor of flight or a launch pad, I have learned to fly and I fly away.                          

A Note About Indian Naxalism

 Maoists VS Indian Defense

Any nation, state or territory at the helm of a civil revolution in the modern era faces the threat of inclusion of the armed forces along with the law and order forces for the desecration of revolutionary insurrectionists. India is at the helm of such civil revolution and faces a similar strategic dilemma. One may think that this would be of stifling and demoralizing for the insurrectionists to enter into a struggle with the nation’s armed forces. One might think that the insurrectionists, being small in number and primitive in strategies would easily submerse to a nation’s fully fledged air, naval and army support. What this piece of article brings to light is the outcome of a ‘state of war’ between the armed forces of India and the communist regimes dominant in Eastern and South Eastern parts of India.
Some might even feel appalled by the mere notion of using such a harsh and strong instrument as the Indian army on such a localized and ‘petty’ problem. These people fail to see the bigger picture. These people fail to see that while the Indian Army has only a short history of one or two minor wars fought, the ideology with which these Maoist rebels fight has gone through and been tested in the crucible some of the most gruesome wars over the years. They fail to see that even though the Indian Defense might be high on ammunition, soldiers, strategy experts and military generals, they still fall short to the legendary history of communist struggle. The Bolshevik revolution carved the great Soviet Union from the Tsarist Empire. Out of this struggle, the ideology of communism was born. For obvious reasons, we only take the notion of communist struggle in this article as communism as a whole is too great of a subject to be contained in a single article. People from every walk of life joined under the leadership of Lenin and took to the streets united by the comradeship of communism. Their feeling of power came from their feeling of unity. Communism gave them that unity. Communism was a promise to a better life for them.
Then there was the Cuban revolution, where young revolutionaries like Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, and the great Che Guevara took the Red flag to fight off the dictatorship of Julio Batista. This was a time when the spirit of communism was tested with a nation’s army. This struggle brought to attention the structural composition of a ‘communist guerilla’ band. They were similar to the ferocious tribal warriors like the Apache in their approach. A regular guerilla band did not have the hierarchical structure of an average platoon. The guerilla band generally had one leader who was less of a leader and more of a coordinator. They fought shoulder to shoulder without any prejudice like comrades and this gave them the freedom to use their intellect in the course of warfare. Simultaneously, another revolutionary struggle was going on in China under Mao Zedong. He was nothing more than a community organizing guerilla fighter who had a small band of just over 600 soldiers. He used them to fight against the imperialist forces that prevailed in his country. As the struggle was going on in China, Japanese forces sought to invade China and it was then that Mao came into power. People willfully volunteered to fight under the communist regime of Mao Zedong. The Japanese forces were equipped with modernized weaponry they got from the axis powers like Germany whereas Chinese People’s Republic army of Mao Zedong had to makeshift with weapons sabotaged from the enemy. Same was the case in the Cuban revolution where the guerillas sabotaged the dictator’s regime and used their weapons along with custom made weapons of their own.

In both these cases, it was neither the size of the army nor the power of the army that mattered; it was the spirit of revolution ignited in their hearts and the communist ideology that inspired them. And against all odds, these communist guerilla regimes emerged victorious, by defeating a conventional army.
If that is not evidence enough in favor of these communist guerillas, the Vietnam War is the burning example of how a regime of unconventional communist guerillas defeated a superpower that the world still fears. Under the leadership of communist demagogue Ho Chi Minh who was as learned and scholarly as he was cunning in the art of war. He resisted all the tactics of US, the chemical bombings of Agent Orange, the ‘divide and rule’ policy between the North and the South Vietnam and even the conventional warfare that killed tens of thousands of Vietcong soldiers. He openly declared to the US army that ‘You can kill ten of our men for every one of yours and even at those odds, you will lose and we will win’. And win they did. They used an unconventional system of underground tunnels, jungle warfare and emasculation of the enemy forces through pitfalls, bamboo blockades and booby traps. They beat the most glorified army of the world with nothing but bamboo sticks and weapons sabotaged by the enemy and improvised for better concealment and productivity. The Vietcong boasted of shooting down jet planes with just one round of rifle bullets.
What the government of India and the Indian army has to understand that this is not your average fundamentalist or segregationist insurgency. They are fighting for the right reason which is equality between the rich and the poor, something that is becoming rarer and rarer in this political aristocracy we call democracy. They fight because they have seen development become destruction; democracy become hypocrisy and equality become a joke at the hands of rich landowners, corrupt politicians and foreign capitalists. Due to this, they have the local support. The government also needs to understand that each and every rebel or Leftist has ten times the intellect and knowledge as any of the army’s soldier, General or Lieutenant because they have chosen to raise arms only after acquainting themselves through the widest literature and philosophy of communism, Leftism, radicalism, socialism and strategic politics. Every communist leader has left some substantial literature for the future generation to take inspiration from, like Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Goldman, Stalin, Mao, Che, Kamenev and many others. They were men of the highest intellect and scholastic abilities. All that, added to the impeccable knowledge of the terrain in which these communist rebels fight makes them a force to be reckoned with. They have the legacy of jungle warfare and survival tactics left to them by revolutionaries like Che Guevara and Pol Pot. Granted that the Defense has the technological prowess to wage a far superior war on communist insurgency but these Leftists have acclimated themselves to operate under complete radio silence and electronic immobility through analogue tactics, hand gestures, clandestine cells, pre-planned assimilations and individualist tactics. A conventional army is not enough to defeat the Maoists. Even if the Maoists are defeated, their legacy will not die. Because you can kill people, you can even erase their ideals from the minds of the people in due course of time, kill their ideology but what you can’t kill is history. And history shows us all that whenever the Red flag with the sickle and hammer rose among the struggling masses, it had begot change.