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Capitalism, India, Politics, Society

AAPka Civilised India!

What do we call people who do not compromise on their principles, their goals, their passions?

…undemocratic, non-collaborative, stubborn, apolitical or even uncivilised.

Before civilisation started snaring simple humans in its cobweb of civility, man was following his needs and wits to acquire what it needed and nothing more. Gradually, man learnt to create an organised way to meet its needs. He cultivated lands, fished in waters and went on to producing more than what he needed. Leisure resulted and man started to think beyond his needs. Creativity was unleashed beyond the powers of any other species in the animal kingdom. This creativity led to innovations and surpluses for a few while others developed the longing to possess what they did not have. For the fortunate few came other rewards of surplus – education, mobility followed by sartorial & culinary tastes. Innovation, more of a natural gift of the human species finally created a divide between the carpetbagger and the dude.

Yet, the society that emerged as an organisation of human beings was labelled civilised by those who reaped the benefits of surplus. The peasants, the workers at the grind of those innovations and the carpetbaggers were very much part of this civilised society but never enjoyed the fruits of surplus or the said civilisation.

They lived near the underbelly or became the waste of a civilised society – the uncouth, loud, dirty, uneducated, improper – the uncivilised!

The uncivilised aspired for and later demanded their share or right to the fruits of civilisation. The results were ‘Value of work, division of labour’ followed by ‘right to property, capital and profits’. The civilised donned the robes of capitalism that raised the barriers and ante of the un-civilised. The civilised were surrounded by the cacophony of the uncivilised – yelling, screaming and even snapping at them for their survival needs. Yet, we called the entire humanity as a civilisation! Most of the civilised or capitalists learnt fast the trick to keep the uncivilised marginalised yet happy with enough to survive but not demand too much. Doles, social welfare, charity, philanthropy came to roost only to maintain the status quo. Only a few societies were successful in creating enough work at good value to spread the butter wide and relatively thin. Post WW II Germany and France to a lesser extent could be apt examples of the same.

In India, a dudish leadership epitomised by Nehru took over after independence wearing their soft intellectual hearts on their sleeves, a hangover from the freedom struggle led by those like Gandhi who had shed their sartorial tastes in empathy with the peasants, workers and the carpetbaggers. Nehru and his later clones were respected by India, a country largely of peasants and carpetbaggers. The Nehrus and their ilk successfully seduced the uncivilised with their elitist bouquet facilitated by the residual feudal sentiments of the hopeful. Communism was too uncivilised for the Nehruvian pseudos. It did not allow any place for the dudish. Hence, a corrupted version was embraced in the name of Socialism that allowed dudes to flourish, shedding crocodile tears while they languished in their peasant paid entitlements.

Corruption once allowed is impossible to stop from multiplying. Even former Gandhians succumbed to the lure of entitlements that the corrupted offered and the few that revolted were forced into social or political exiles. A few of them went into the business of NGOs. Corruption grows roots and propagates securely in families like AIDS. That is how corruption, politics and dynastic rule came to stay. Corruption and the corrupt are like bees and honey, they survive and multiply in symbiotic orgasms. They find each other without fail and form their own un-civilisation like beehives hanging onto crevices or ledges of the civilised society. Just like beehives hanging from our apartment ledges the corrupt with their dark corruption cling to the peripheries of civilised India and pester us or sting us whenever we try to get rid of them. They protect each other and attack the innocent in hordes just like the spokespersons on national television or the mafiosi. The corrupt in our polity is no less polished, criminal or powerful than the mafiosi in the then Chicago and we too call them politicians. For some, who do transactions with them, they are even introduced as our leaders.

When a braveheart takes it upon himself to get rid of the corruption or the corrupt, his predicament is just like that innocent at our apartment who tried to get rid of the beehives. He was stung all over his face and landed in the hospital for days. For us, he was a hero who tried to save us from the pest that made our lives miserable. We wished him the best and applauded him for attacking the corrupt and the corruption.

But, alas there are many amongst us who are fine to co-exist with the beehives of corruption as long as their façade of civilisation remains intact. They would rather go on with their peaceful and monotonous ant-ish lives than raise their ante.

That is where we live – the AAPka civilised India!

© Amit Chatterjee

url: http://www.beyondex.in

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About amitbeyondex

Amit practices as a Change | Growth Facilitator for Individuals, Managers & Organisations. He draws upon over two decades of practical experience in building up people, teams and businesses in Indo - German companies. ‘Beyond Expectations’ (www.beyondex.in) is a growth facilitation service to help Companies & Managers uncover their own positives, priorities, real options and arrive at their own decisions through their own convictions & resolutions. Amit facilitates you to come up with your own definition for Growth, Success and Happiness. He is neither a teacher nor a consultant. He is a practitioner, who dives deep into what is natural and facilitates the discovery of potentials. Amit specialises in mentoring German companies that need to develop their Organisations & Businesses in India. He facilitates the entire process; from Strategy Creation - Change Management - to Execution. He facilitates the Selection & Grooming of Top Management teams; helps the Management to develop appropriate Organisation Design, Structure, Roles & Performance management. He is always available to your Managers as a bouncing board for their ideas and uses question techniques to help people discover Options and make Choices! Amit has been a Guest Faculty at IIM, Bangalore & AIT Business School, Bangkok on Leadership & Change Management. He does workshops on invitation on Growth Management and has conducted such sessions with companies like Lufthansa, Ansell Inc., Cognizant Technologies, WeP Peripherals, Biological E, Magene Biotech, SLN Technologies, DOZCO, etc.

Discussion

5 thoughts on “AAPka Civilised India!

  1. True. It takes courage to stand up against a “system”. AAP needs to be lauded. Most of us just talk.
    A question that bothers me is: Can such a person, or any person, be permitted to run things like a fiefdom just because he has been seen to be taking a stand against corruption? Can he merely issue a list of corrupt politicians without providing data? Can he merely make noises and call some ministers and industrialists corrupt without evidence?

    Posted by Ankur Mithal | February 16, 2014, 10:08 pm
    • Well, the suave don’t get noticed except on English news or WP. The accusations are just a repeat of what is in the public domain. Investigation & prosecution is in the clutches of the accused. What remains to be done is Vaccinate & apply a broad spectrum antibiotic – Rhetoric, Alarm bells, Red flags, Protests, etc. While the waiting for the vaccination to start protecting against the virus. Electoral politics and wins will slowly bit surely create the immunity. I refuse to be anything but an optimist. Thanks for the conversation!

      Posted by amitbeyondex | February 16, 2014, 10:22 pm
  2. AAP couldn’t even complete 50 days.
    as a CM AK had some responsibility. childish behaviour is unacceptable.

    http://goosball.blogspot.com/

    Posted by GoosBall | February 16, 2014, 11:34 pm
  3. Reblogged this on amitbeyondex and commented:

    Why the genteel and the week heeled feel jittery today…

    Posted by amitbeyondex | March 1, 2014, 11:03 pm
  4. Corruption NO DOUBT is the root cause of the state of affairs of the entire humanity specially the common man or the AAM AADMI. Corruption has many manifestations such as Kickbacks & Crony Capitalism which is financial corruption. Then we have Religious bigotry & Fundamentalism which is corruption of mind. Human being has survived all types of corruption so far and have we reached our limit of TOLERANCE? Yes I feel we have. We thought we have a MESSIAH who will pull us out of this mess and facilitate a dignified life for all. But AAPki Sarkar has disappointed. Can ANARCHY be the solution for corruption? One has to seriously ponder about this. Or is it a great Opportunity squandered by the AAPKI Sarkar and great hope (of AAM AADMI) shattered? We have to only wait and watch for the next move of the Messiah.

    Posted by K. Krishna Kudva | March 7, 2014, 1:06 pm

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