Monday, December 19, 2016

Regressive, fundamentalist, and obscurantist groups based on contrived religious doctrines

1 hour ago - By Sri Aurobindo | Dec 19, 2016 11:30 am. FOLLOW US: Aurobindo Pharma. 'Spirituality is indeed the master-key of the Indian mind; the sense of the infinite is native to it. India saw from the beginning, —and ...

6 hours ago - Sri Aurobindo also supports the same stand on definition of Arya. One confusion comes regarding Aryan Invasion theory (AIT). Aryan invasion theory is a fake theory coined by western indologists to divide ...

17 hours ago - He draws on a wide spectrum of ancient wisdom teachers such as Jesus the Christ and Gautama the Buddha; contemporary spiritual luminaries Thich Nhat Hanh, Sri Aurobindo, and the Dalai Lama; and Western ...

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Contributions of #socialmedia r many. It has given us a glimpse into how Insane, narcissistic most of us are, that truth's matter of belief
@jogakhichudi I dont claim baniyas are perfect, no human can be, but to make them villain and to ignore positive contributions is escapism
@lalashwa a history as complex as Indian subcontinent's it's foolish to think things can be put in such binary strokes @doubtinggaurav
@lalashwa and they're not writing history, it's just a one sided analysis so I guess FoE dena parega. @doubtinggaurav

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Everybody Loves a Good Fascist--Part VI
[A slightly shorter version of the full paper will appear in French and English from France in January]
The Indian scene

Some of the aspects of the new authoritarianism can be briefly illustrated in the special case of neoliberal politics in India (see Mukherji 2007, 2014 for fuller discussion). I must add that what follows is merely a selective description of a complex social scene in a specific country. No attempt towards a general theory of neoliberal autocracy should be read in these remarks.
As a grossly unequal society divided into a complex array of class and caste, the Indian scene always included a variety of regressive, fundamentalist, and obscurantist groups often based on contrived religious doctrines. One of the most stable and influential organisations representing some of the archaic and distorted aspects of the hindu culture is the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, RSS. With ups and downs, this organisation has been active for nearly a century. It is perhaps not just a co-incidence that RSS came into being more or less simultaneously with the emergence of Mahatma Gandhi as a mass leader of the freedom movement, and the beginning of the communist movement in India soon after the formation of the Soviet union. The RSS played an ambiguous, perhaps duplicitous, role in the freedom movement. Although it always attracted a dedicated group of hindus from the traditional middle classes related to trade, bureaucracy and the academia, it seldom played any significant role in the public domain, until recently. Similar remarks apply to its political wing, the erstwhile Jan Sangh, now Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP.
Cutting a long and complicated story short, both RSS and BJP strongly emerged in the national context in the late 1980s along with two events that changed the course of Indian and world history: introduction of full-fledged neoliberal economy in 1991 in India, and the collapse of the Soviet block accompanied by establishment of capitalism in erstwhile communist China. 
[My first encounters with Alasdair MacIntyre. 08 Sunday Nov 2015. Posted by Amod Lele] #KenWilber #Hegel

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