Friday, May 26, 2006

So, Aamir Khan's Faana is a big hit. Quite a happy ending though. But, it pays to give a thought for what the hell he's been sticking his head out...

One can easily see that BJP is not pleased with his entire "poking nose with national development" thing.(Who is he? Some neo - Pinochhio or what?) But the insecurity BJP manifested is ununderstandable. I don't know, but everybody takes things personally. Aamir Khan lashed out against the malfunctioning government and its policies. But, how does it retailiate? By banning the movie. Goddammit. As if banning "Fanaa" would be the perfect way to cork this meddler. We always want to override over the crisis. And probably pray that it soon ends. And wait till its forgotten and buried. And Crisis management 101 teaches to denounce the whistle blower. Yet again, the tribal is forgotten. The sting here is that he's really not in the picture.

An interesting reaction is that of the Congress. Their interpretation of the whole thing is that BJP is lambasting Aamir's religion, bringing out the hindutva politics. Aren't politics dirrty or what? Probably Dirrtier than Christina Aguilera (On a totally separate subject, I have no idea if she is).

The fundamental flaw in the management tactics is that when we are dealing with others its always general but when its us, its personal. Always Personal.

The fatal ecological destructive capabilities of building a dam had always been elaborately debated for a lot of years. You disturb the localites, the flora and fauna are grounded and banished... We can't even capably guess what such a step could do to the climate of the earth. All this is to generate, no doubt an important form of energy without which life is nearly imaginable. All this electricity would go down to cities. The villagers are displaced, probably packed to urbane places... and they get nothing. Not even 50% of villages in india would get enough electricity...

Anyway, the point is not to debate building of the dam, it has been commissioned. As long as human race comes up with some ingenious way of producing cheap energy, we have to compromise to stuff like this...But the next step is to ensure some justice to all affected. Land is being acquired of them at dirt cheap prices. Now they would be shoved into some hole to eke through the rest of their lives. That pinches. You can't just expect anybody used to a certain kind of cultural pace to make a rapid shift to lead a life in that urban wilderness. Not without proper assistnace. Its worse than future shock...

Arundhati Roy writes an incisive piece in defence of all those protesters and the NBA...

The DAM thing...

Vicariously imagining the plight of such a tribal can pretty much sickening... Thrust into naked reality clueless of the future, bereft of his past, perfect innocence regarding the present...

"You have to move or drown... They say they are going to clear out our whole area ...All of us are going to move... Some huge wall is going to come up... plunge us... We don't understand their reasons... We are being explained that its for our common good...You can't even argue with them... They say its a good deal. However, they are offering us money, in return. Yeah, Ofcourse, Money can buy anything...they say its good for our own brothers... But all the brothers we know are being stripped to their last of their possessions...They say they'll promise us a home for all of us... more over they have paid more than what the land is worth and any sensible fellow should live happily ever after... There's really nothing to worry..."

Common Good. Heh? Little do they probably realise that life would just start now. They are being pulled into the black hole of destiny. Inescapable. They would reach some urban place... Urban places as such have space constraints... How can any town adapt itself to this wave of sudden migration. They'll be given some miserable place to stay, some place where all households are assumed to be have lived alike and will cherish doing so... All houses would equal in dimensions, the whole colony would probably be designed employing some extensive space-cost optimisation techniques by a self styled architect appointed by the rehab committee...Not to forget the fact that the construction of the whole colony would be a well-publicised philantrophic deed from a local luminary. No Joint Families anymore. Things turn out to be pretty costly too... The money would soon vanish. Yes, exactly as assumed they would live alike, they would live in empty poverty, they are a part of that reeking slum... They would all have the same expression on their wornout faces - stung by an unfanthomable foe. Its all for the common good. They were told they would be taken care of. They were given money, a space to live. What can more can anyone do?

They would soon drown into the viscous whirlpool of unending need. They would be the usual city people. They would watch City guys run, fight, clinch, cheat, compete for virtually everything. They pay the cost of being civilized - something a tribal could never comprehend. Drowning in Water would have been far better.

Honestly, I have no solutions to these predicaments...
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So, this silent little known valley has become a pot boiling issue. Debates would soon end. Tenders would flow in. Heavy clanging machines would dig out the whole place. The rugged mountains, the mighty green slopes would be cut down and carved in to straight lines and parabolas. The aves would have migrated. No bird would probably come back to quench its thirst. The fauna will have disappeared too. No one is screaming for them anyway. Everyone would say what's the environmental clearance for? The turbines would soon rotate emanating energy that would run the state.

Somewhere faraway, our lonely aging tribal refugee would watch the sun sink down the horizon. Nostalgia is coming back...

2 comments :

Sarang said...

very well written ra...it's an awesome article.
Hope someone from the government reads it.

SASH said...

An update on the topic :

http://www.thehindu.com/2006/10/14/stories/2006101417612300.htm

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