Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Betrayal of Satyameva Jayate: The Writing on the National Emblem

In our previous post we presented the essay Live not by Lies authored by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. In this post we have modified it to suit our context.

Our national emblem contains the writing:Satyameva Jayate. This means Truth Alone Triumphs. This is a part of ancient Hindu aphorism: Satayameva Jayate NanRtam, meaning Truth alone triumphs and not Lies.

However, nowhere in public life and possibly never in the history has there been so rampant prevalence of Lies as in the Socio-Econo-Political scene in India. Not only is there a reign of Lies, their even more poisonous ally Hypocrisy seems to be the order of the day.

Even if we ignore, though at our own peril, the exessess of Islamic Rule, and British Rule in India - 80, 000, 000 Hindus killed for spreading the Religion of Peace, and Millions killed during the Bengal Famine caused by British Design, not to forget the Jalianwala Bagh - just thirty five years ago we experienced Emergency. At those times we dared not even to whisper. Now we are told we have the freedom to read and write. Sometimes we can gather at our intellectual clubs and complain frankly to one another: What kind of tricks are they playing on us, and where are they dragging us? Gratuitous boasting of cosmic achievements while there is poverty and destruction at home.

Is there any way out? And they put on trial anybody they want and they put sane people in asylums--always they, and we are powerless. Just observe how Shri Subramanian Swamy has been accused for his views which he expressed in a News Paper article. While the biggest inciter of violence, The Vile Kuran, is taught in full freedom in Madrasas subsidized by taxes paid largely by Hindus and the money siphoned off from Hindu Temples.

Things are reaching the rock bottom. Why are we embracing a spiritual death? Don't we see that after Spiritual Death physical death will soon flare up and consume us both and our children--but as before we still smile in a cowardly way and mumble without tongues tied.

But what can we do to stop it? Do we have the strength?

We, poor and rich alike - the poor for today's modest ration of food and the rich for their decadent luxuries - have been so hopelessly dehumanized that we are willing to abandon all our principles, our souls, and all the efforts of our predecessors and all opportunities for our descendants. We just don't want our fragile existence disturbed. We lack staunchness, pride and enthusiasm. We have already taken refuge in the crevices. We completely lack civil courage.

They can try a Subramanian Swamy or they can wreck horrible atrocities on sleeping protesters, they can swindle lakhs or crores of rupees or they can hobnob with Islamic terrorists, we don't get moved. The only thing that we fear is to lag behind the herd and to take a step alone. The poor are afraid of losing their half square meal and the rich afraid of losing their half a bottle of scotch.

We have been indoctrinated in political courses, of Secularism and Socialism in just the same way as the idea was fostered that if we live comfortably, all will be well for the rest of our lives. But luxury may lead only to decadence whereas political blindness is leading us to national (Hindu) suicide.

And we lament ruefully: We can't escape your environment and social conditions. Everyday life defines consciousness. What does it have to do with us? We can't do anything about it?

But that's not true. We can - we can do everything. But we lie to ourselves for assurance. It is not they who are to blame for everything but we ourselves, only we. One can object: But actually you can think anything you like. Gags have been stuffed into our mouths. Nobody wants to listen to us and nobody asks us. How can we force them to listen? It is impossible to change their minds.

It would be natural to vote them out of office-but elections are far away, and often they are stage managed in our country. In other enlightened democracies people know about strikes and protest demonstrations-but we are too oppressed, and it is a horrible prospect for us: How can one suddenly renounce a job and take to the streets? Yet the other fatal paths probed during the past century by our "false leaders" are not for us.

Now that the axes have done their work, when everything which was sown has sprouted anew, we can see that the young and presumptuous people who thought they would make out country just and happy through Mohandasian non-violence, and Jawaharian Secularism and Socialism, were themselves misled, misled by the hypocritical Mohandas and Jawahar themselves. No thanks, you false fathers of nation and education! Now we know that infamous methods breed infamous results. Let our hands be clean!

Is the circle closed? And is there really no way out? And is there only one thing left for us to do, to wait without taking action? Maybe something will happen by itself? It will never happen as long as we daily acknowledge, extol, and strengthen--and do not sever ourselves from--the most perceptible of its aspects: Lies.

When Islam (or Socialism) intrudes into peaceful life, its face glows with self-confidence, as if it were carrying a banner and shouting: ``I am violence. Run away, make way for me--I will crush you.''. And in order to maintain a respectable face it summons falsehood (Falsehoods of Secularism and Equality, it is not for no reason that Islam is also known as Communism with God!) as its ally--since violence lays its ponderous paw not every day and not on every shoulder. It demands from us only obedience to lies and daily participation in lies--all loyalty lies in that.

And the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right here: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, but I will not give any help to it.

This opens a breach in the imaginary encirclement caused by our inaction. It is the easiest thing to do for us, but the most devastating for the lies. Because when people renounce lies it simply cuts short their existence. Lies, like an infection, can exist only in a living organism.

Even those among us who do not exhort ourselves, who are not sufficiently matured to march into the squares and shout the truth out loud or to express aloud what we think; can do this much. It's dangerous. But let us refuse to say that which we do not think.

Let us acknowledge our inherent cowardice and let us try to be rid of it. And yet, in the meantime we can choose this path, the easiest and most accessible one, which takes into account our inherent cowardice, already well rooted. Our path is to talk away from the gangrenous boundary. If we did not paste together the dead bones and scales of ideology, if we did not sew together the rotting rags, we would be astonished how quickly the lies would be rendered helpless and subside. That which should be naked would then really appear naked before the whole world.

So in our timidity, let each of us make a choice: Whether consciously, to remain a servant of falsehood--of course, it is not out of inclination, but to feed one's family, that one raises his children in the spirit of lies--or to shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect both by one's children and contemporaries.

And from that day onward he:

  • Will not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.

  • Will utter such a phrase neither in private conversation not in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf not at the prompting of someone else, either in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, not in a theatrical role.

  • Will not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can only see is false or a distortion of the truth whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science, or music.

  • Will not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.

  • Will not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand not raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.

  • Will not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.

  • Will not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question.

  • Will immediately talk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.

  • Will not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed.

Of course all of the possible and necessary deviations from falsehood have not been listed. But a person who purifies himself will easily distinguish other instances with his purified outlook.

No, it will not be the same for everybody at first. Some, at first, will lose their jobs (and some their election tickets from their party). For young people who want to live with truth, this will, in the beginning, complicate their young lives very much, because the required recitations are stuffed with lies, and it is necessary to make a choice.

But there are no loopholes for anybody who wants to be honest. On any given day any one of us will be confronted with at least one of the above-mentioned choices even in the most secure of the technical sciences. Either truth or falsehood: Toward spiritual independence or toward spiritual servitude.

And he who is not sufficiently courageous even to defend his soul- don't let him be proud of his ``progressive'' views,and don't let him boast that he is an academician or a people's artist, a merited figure, or a general--let him say to himself: I am in the herd, and a coward. It's all the same to me as long as I'm fed and warm or get my drinks in the air-conditioned room.

Even this path, which is the most modest of all paths of resistance, will not be easy for us. But it is much easier than self-immolation or a hunger strike: The flames will not envelope your body, your eyeballs, will not burst from the heat, and half a square meal and water will always be available to your family.

A great people of Tibet, whom we (Jawahar) betrayed and deceived: Haven't they shown us how a vulnerable breast can stand up even against tanks if there is a worthy heart within it?

If a poor old bachelor Anna Hazare can do it, why not Mukesh Ambani? If a rustic looking Baba Ramdev can do it, why not sophistry incarnate Karan Thapar? If the lone politician, Harvard educated Subramanian Swamy can do it, why not other politicians, including the London educated Sardar (if he believes he is clean)? Remember, it is NEVER TOO LATE to start speaking the Truth.

You say it will not be easy? But it will be easiest of all possible resources. It will not be an easy choice for a body, but it will be easy for a soul. Not, it is not an easy path. But there are already people, even dozens of them, who over the years have maintained all these points and live by the truth.

So you will not be the first to take this path, but will join those who have already taken it. This path will be easier and shorter for all of us if we take it by mutual efforts and in close rank. If there are thousands of us, they will not be able to do anything with us. If there are tens of thousands of us, then we would not even recognize our country. If honest persons from the Police and patriots from the Army start telling the Truth, it will be the biggest coup.

The brave will fight using arms, but even the cowards must cooperate at least with their tongue. If we are too frightened, then we should stop complaining that someone is looting and suffocating us. We ourselves are doing it. Let us then bow down even more, let us wail, and our brothers the biologists will help to bring the day nearer when they will be able read our thoughts and confirm that they are worthless and hopeless.

And if we get cold feet, even taking this step, then we are worthless and hopeless. Remember what the famous Russian author Pushkin wrote once:

Why should cattle have the gifts of freedom?

Their heritage from generation to generation is the belled yoke and the lash.

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