Saturday, August 25, 2007

International terrorism is clearly a suicidally anti-evolutionary force

Anirban said...
Tusarji, I must admit that I am at a loss to understand what this statement means -Terrorism is part of the same circuit as free market & capitalism- may be you could shed some light on it publicly. I feel the writer has missed the whole burden, purport, warnings & chilling consequences & effects of international terrorism that we are witnessing today in this country & the world at large.
It has to be clearly understood that there have always been active on the international plane as much as on the individual plane forces that are anti-evolutionary, regressive & others which are evolutionary & progressive. International terrorism is clearly a suicidally anti-evolutionary force & its executive-hordes wish to impose a uniformly regressive & medieval system of life on the whole globe - a uniform talibanisation of the multi-racial, multi-cultural composition of the present human civilisation. I think it stretching things too far & thin to equate free market & capitalist system with terrorism which complete the regressive loop, I hope i have understood it right with my limited knowledge of situations & terms.
Free market & capitalism with all their short-comings & negative fall-outs must today be looked at as progressive forces which have to be wisely encouraged & supported & spread so that cesspools of stagnation & deprivation which are one of the factors which give rise to alienation, segregation & as a result terrorism are eradicated. These are instruments which have to be used for this purpose & not be lumped & tied to a regressive loop.
As to the Islam debate, I have not had the time to read it in full, but nevertheless I would like to make some points here:
* All religion need to evolve & develop a greater spirit of tolerance & work towards developing & preserving a 'multiple unity' & that is the only way forward if all have to survive & grow. Islam is no exception to this & it has to evolve a greater power of tolerance, understanding & assimilation, other religions too must also be equally forthcoming on this aspect. The one's that have always had these over ages must be careful not to lose them in spite of extreme provocation & circumstances, because a preservation of assimilation & tolerance & deeper understanding is the only hope for a way jointly-forward & one of the most effective way of tackling the scourge of terrorism today.
* But it would be worthwhile to debate also why most of those spearheading world terrorism today are doing so in the name of Islam & what could be the possible factors that drive some of the best educated & placed Muslims to enlist themselves in the ranks of the international terrorists? Remember the Indian Muslim from Bangalore who had the best of western education, was not deprived, was well placed & well-off & yet was motivated enough to ram a jeep at an airport terminal in the country that had allowed him to live & thrive on its soil. These are issue which need to be looked dispassionately & analysed & unraveled & international terrorism must not be treated just as any other subject & clubbed-looped with other issues, it is too serious today to be treated like this, it is the force that requires to be understood in its proper perspective & then resolutely tackled transcending borders, beliefs & cultures.
* It is also to be observed that these terrorists do not bat an eyelid- to blow up a mosque full of praying faithfuls, doesn't this show that there must be a deeper angle to the thing? Therefore I suggest, that to treat terrorists & international terrorism as a subject apart today would be the best rational approach.
* Prof Kittu Reddy is not representative of the voice of the current elders of the Ashram, it would be unfair to equate his views with that of all the elders of the Ashram. He is respected & has his views to which he is entitled & which happens to be given by him in his personal capacity & not in the official capacity of the Ashram. This must be clearly kept in mind whenever a debate is initiated.
* Lastly I think it is too childish, especially for a Sri Aurobindonean, to say that the Battle of Kurukshetra was a war fought only between Hindus, it is not only brushing aside the whole of The Master's views on that event but also missing out the whole deeper symbolism & content of it. For us, we need to look at the Battle of Kurukshetra with the deeper understanding & vision that the Master bestows upon us & from there derive our strength, our balance, our guidance & our swadharma, in short to look upon it to discover the eternal guiding spirit & not with a 'pedestrian journalistic outlook.'
* And finally I would recommend the writer to read, if he has not already, two pieces of the Master, 'Social Reform' & 'Hinduism & The Mission of India', it will give him a right Sri Aurobindonean perpspective on deeper Hinduism & its essential & true mission in India & for the world. Thank you for the opportunity to say these things! 11:33 AM, August 25, 2007

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