Mind colonisation

Subramaniam Shankar has capped it beautifully in his comment (Another name for colonisation) to an article that appeared in the Boston Review.

Quote “The hyped info-tech or other exports from India or for that matter manufactured goods from China to the rest of the world is all happening for one reason,the west cannot get away from colonial mindset”. – unquote.

My only disagreement is where he calls it “Neo” colonisation. There’s nothing new about the west’s mindset of colonising. What to say of a political culture that has always wanted to colonise – first it was territories, then natural resources (they didn’t even spare the North pole) and now they want to use the same money-might to colonise the mind.

To emphasise my point I re-quote Shankar – “the west cannot get away from colonial mindset.” Why blame them! All they have ever known and probably will ever know is the power of money. And the acquisition of material effects. Their people however know. See they write insightful lyrics – ‘Money can’t buy me love’. – Beatles Continue reading “Mind colonisation”

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The mask on the face of India Inc.

This is the first time I am trying to create a legitimate post. First timers generally make a hash of things and I don’t know if I’m going to be any different. That’s one of the problems with us writers. We can never seem to distinguish between a book, an essay, a newspaper column, a blog or whatever. Does a writer need to develop a micro-style at a lower level to make sure that a post does what a post is supposed to do?

I derive some pseudo-comfort when I look around me. I am Indian. My friends from other disciplines are also similarly challenged. My IT friends don’t seem to think they need to consider anything except programming. My business friends only think of number targets. My artist friends are perhaps the only refreshing exceptions to the rule.

Driving to work this morning I found myself asking why India’s business community looked so much like any other country’s especially since the physical and cultural characteristics resemble no other. I wondered if it had to do with our having discarded our ethnicity along the way or whether we had consciously worn the mask of the western world for the sake of convenience and our need for acceptance.

The one thing that’s clear to me is that it is a mask we’re wearing. What scares me is that most Indians in India and elsewhere have come to accept that this mask is actually the face God gave them. And what’s worse from my point of view is that they actually like the face that stares back at them through the mirror every morning.

I am reminded of a conversation from years ago – that most of the valuable research on ancient Indian philosophies and languages was being churned out by western researchers in western universities. Continue reading “The mask on the face of India Inc.”