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Friday, September 30, 2011

The dawn that never was


He was the average Indian. The British had been ruling his beloved country. He was a prisoner in his own land, a victim of human right violations and malnutrition.

Then he rose, he fought and he won his freedom and the British were banished. 

He dreamt of a new dawn and liberation from the chains of slavery. 

Then came the Brown Sahibs to the helm of power. 

Under the new masters, the average Indian was dislodged from the land of his forefathers and it was handed over to the corporate conglomerates for mining and exploiting the natural wealth. It was said that it was all for the overall economical progress of the country. 

Being dispossessed of his only means of sustenance, he was pushed to the ever spiraling slums of the big cities. He refused to give up his land and he took the knives that he used to cut his vegetables to defend himself. 

For this reason he was labeled an insurgent and an impediment in the way of development and progress. 

He may be in the jail or in the jungle now, but it seems that the dawn he dreamt for was not the one he woke for..

11 comments:

yousufpa said...

nice ...
every man have different story's.

Echmukutty said...

True.

പള്ളിക്കരയില്‍ said...

The plight of the common man is well said in few lines.
Thanks

വര്‍ഷിണി* വിനോദിനി said...

ഒരു ഉയിര്ത്തെഴുന്നേൽപ്പിലൂടെ സ്സാധ്യമാകുമോ അവന്‍ സ്വപ്നം കണ്ടുണരാന്‍ മോഹിച്ച ആ പൊന്‍പുലരി..?
വീറുള്ള വരികള്..ആശംസകള്‍..!

ente lokam said...

vini,vidi,vizzi,....they abandoned
and they threw us in to the hands of new 'invaders'and the poor folks called them 'our leaders'..

History repeats..The ownesr's of land fighting
for survival (mavoist) are named extremists....
well written Salam....

Lipi Ranju said...

Good post Salamikka.. his situation remains the same !

കൊച്ചു കൊച്ചീച്ചി said...

1) Absolute freedom for everyone is a pipe-dream. "The freedom to swing your hand ends where the other's nose begins"

2)As long as there are restrictions to freedom, there will be someone to enforce them. Therefore, there will be elites in any tribe, any herd. Obviously, the elite will have more freedom than the underlings

3)All social rules are enforced by the elites' monopoly on violence. The elites will have exclusive authority to inflict pain on individuals if their (elites') actions are seen as in the best interests of the tribe.

4) It is impossible to have a three-way reconciliation between individual rights, development and environmental well being.

5) Currency only has notional value - the elite can create it at will. Resources have relatively longer lasting value. Therefore, the elite's attempt to capture resources in exchange of currency is understandable.

6) All of us are simply peasants in the "tax farm" called the NATION.

7) The armies are bigger. The weapons are mightier. Human activity and thought can be tracked through enormous computing capacity. Peasants have no chance, rulers will win.

8) Sacrifices of today are only worth the gratitude of ONE generation. From thereon, they are just interesting fables. Keep the knives for vegetables, for, your fight is not worth it.

Salam said...

@കൊച്ചു കൊച്ചീച്ചി
I always love the way Kocheechi presents his views though some of them I can hardly subscribe to.

This one is a good example, so clear and vivid from his perspective. The essence of this one is that “might is right” and the subjects must obey that rule. And Kocheechi has always been sincere about this.

But as I see it, my conclusion is that wherever might tries to trample upon the hapless, the oppressed lot will rise against it even if there is no guarantee of victory.It’s the human nature. History has shown this time and again.

The Adivasees are being dislodged from their dwellings and livelihoods in order to make way for the corporate to grab the bauxite in the mountains. The sons of the soil are trying to resist it in their own way. It’s a kind of do or die scenario for them. This is the situation.

And I fail to see the context of Kocheechi quoting this words of wisdom here: "The freedom to swing your hand ends where the other's nose begins"

ആസാദ്‌ said...

സലാം ഭായീ. ലിങ്ക്‌ കിട്ടിയിട്ട്‌ ദിവസങ്ങളായെങ്കിലും ഇന്നാണു വരാനായതു. സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യമെന്നത്‌ എന്തും ചെയ്യാനുള്ള ലൈസന്‍സാണു ചിലര്‍ക്കു. മറ്റു ചിലര്‍ക്കാവട്ടെ അത്‌ നിയമങ്ങളുടെ നൂലാമാലകളില്‍ കിടന്നു കളിക്കാനുള്ളതും. എന്നാല്‍ ഇന്നും ഇന്ത്യ എന്നു പറയുന്ന മഹാരാജ്യത്ത്‌ എന്താണ്‌ സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യം എന്നു പോലുമറിയാതെ ജീവിക്കുന്ന വലിയൊരു ജനവിഭാഗമുണ്ട്‌. വെള്ളക്കാരന്റെ അടിമത്വത്തില്‍ നിന്നും മറ്റു ചിലരുടെ അടിമത്വത്തിലേക്ക്‌ മാറിയ നിരാലംബര്‍. പട്ടാളക്കാരന്റെ തോക്കിന്‍ മുന കാട്ടി ഇന്ത്യന്‍ സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ ഭരണം നടത്തുന്ന സ്ഥലങ്ങള്‍ ഇന്ത്യയിലുണ്ട്‌. അങ്ങിനെയങ്ങിനെ മനുഷ്യത്വത്തിന്റെ, മനുഷ്യാവകാശത്തിന്റെ, മനുഷ്യ സ്വാതന്ത്യ്രത്തിന്റെ ഒക്കെ നെഞ്ചത്ത്‌ തന്നെയാണ്‌ ഓരോ അധികാരിയും തന്റെ പീഠമുറപ്പിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്‌. മനുഷ്യ മനസ്സുകള്‍ പ്രഭാലയമാകാത്തിടത്തോളം കാലം, നാമിത്‌ വെറുതെ കാണുക, കേള്‍ക്കുക. പ്രതികരിക്കാന്‍ അത്ര വലിയ സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യമൊന്നും നമുക്കില്ല. പ്രതികരിക്കുന്നവന്റെ ജാതി മതം എന്നിവയൊക്കെ നോക്കിയാണ്‌ അവന്റെ സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യം തീരുമാനിക്കുന്നത്‌.

സലാം ഭായീ, തീ പിടിച്ച അക്ഷരങ്ങള്‍ കൊണ്ട്‌ കുറഞ്ഞ വരികളിലൂടെ താങ്കള്‍ വ്യക്‌തതയുള്ള വലിയ ഒരു സത്യം പറഞ്ഞിരിക്കുന്നു. അഭിനന്ദനങ്ങള്‍.. ശുഭാശംസകള്‍!

Shukoor said...

Salam bai,
I don't know how I missed this relevant post without reading soon after it's posting. Maybe I didn't receive the notification.
Whatever it maybe, now I feel, I would have been in great loss if I didn't read this at least now though it's late.

Some of Naxals, some of Islamic militants (not all of both) are the best example for the victims of this mistreatment. You told it in a different way. Nice.

ബെഞ്ചാലി said...

now only seeing ur english version. nice..., congrats