Back from Hampi.
As expected, more lessons received from the land and the living history that is everywhere in Hampi. This time I re-visited cave paintings of un-known age. The themes, besides the hunting ones, are so extra-terrestrial that it simply boggles the mind. Much more to come on Hampi in the following time, next time with HD pictures so you can share to the extent this medium allows.
But today, I wanted to write about dust and darkness. To set as a backdrop, I’d like to say that India, my poor, misguided country, is capitalism’s EPIC FAIL.
Let me say that again for full effect. India is capitalism’s EPIC FAIL.
All the feel-good clap-trap spewed by “Noose” channels aside.
Capitalism’s most implicit function implies (by it’s very name) the efficient application of Capital (read Credit) towards the generally profitable growth of enterprise. I made that up, but it sounds right to me.
India is such a highly or should I say Capitally In-efficient nation, that the recognition of that fact alone can cause this entire facade of progress that we are living, to come crashing down. Capitalism’s growth in India has been created by using legislated and under-the-table in-efficiencies as ways to build crony-capital empires.
No trickle down theory applies here. The trickle downees are stuck in front of their idiot-boxes, mesmerized. Wishing the show would never end. In fact, it would be shockingly and startlingly instructive for every “modern” Indian to do a simple exercise to see how you have been “led” by your nose, to this place of false belief in our “progress” as a “nation”. The sham has been shined into our eyes so brightly that we are, for the most part, like deer in headlights.
Go to the archival section of your local or college library and ask for archival issues of the Times Of India, since let’s say, 2000. One for every 3 months or six at most. Study them and see if you discern any patterns. If you do, please write in to me. I’ll post all the deeply considered ones in a combined post. By the way, anyone in the world can try the same experiment with your own local paper. We are all in the same boat. We are all a part of and party to capitalism’s failure, in general. But India is definitely Capitalism’s EPIC FAIL. And thank goodness for that, it’ll unwind and return to dust faster here.
Capitalism = Light (please see for more on this )
No light, no power, no efficient use of capital. The light pole is capitalism’s advance guard. A functioning one that provides power that is. India’s power situation is a joke. Sell someone a fridge (refrigerator), built in a factory with guaranteed power from the state. And the poor buyer does not have electricity half the time to let his shiny new fridge run, do it’s work. Total joke on us, and yet, we go on, like sheep. Connedsumers. So, If you agree that power = light = capitalism (ever heard of a dark factory? hmmmmm…. ponder-worthy), India, largly swathed in darkness, is not a good capitalist society.
Metaphorically, it needs the dark places to conduct the dark side of capitalism’s work (bribery, corruption, partisanship, politics, PR…. you get the drift).
So India’s general darkness belies it’s World’s Knowledge Hub/Shining Emerging brIc Star status. It is that for a tiny percentage of Indians. The only trickle down has been in credit, not wealth. Banks have sucked a large (and growing larger by the day) swathe of Indians into debt bondage. It’s all happening right before our eyes, in the collapsing west. No reason to suppose things are different here, in India. In fact, it’ll be much worse as we have become a rather un-civil society (sudden enrichment will do that to any group, large or small). We are dollar drunk, west-dazzled and rather like apes (in the copying sense). Indian sees, Indian does. Clothes (fashion), technology, culture, mannerisms, accent…. monkey see, monkey do. Such a shame to see the death of a great culture at the hands of lightism (capitally speaking).
And dust. How the west abhors dust.
But here, In good old, anti-capitalist India, dust is THE God, at least in terms of it’s omnipotence. Getting into machines, ruining them twice as fast. Mud splattered everything, dust infused to boot. Western Style capitalism has to import it’s entire Atmosphere to work here. Air-conditioning was considered the ultimate luxury up till even the year 2000. Now everyone has it. Computers would die in a day and short a tera-FLOP if they were to work in “natural” Indian conditions for even a week. They’d have to be ruggedized and tropicalized and hugely expensivezed to allow that. So we build ugly glass encased (dusty glass by the way), expensively air-conditioned failures of architecture to house them and allow us to be ants or bees, take your pick. Dusty India is terribly expensive in true, PPP, real-world terms, but we’ve got lot’s of cheap labour for you. Cheap labour arbitrage, aspirationalized the media, to the extent that we see the emerging dysfunction, soon to explode, of India’s IT sector.
Delhi’s fastest growing job category, glass cleaners for Corporate buildings. Such a joke, such a waste of human effort, of water. Such a testament to poor design, poor localization, poor utilization of resources.
But there you have them. Dust and darkness, capitalism’s biggest enemies, always at the door in India.
More in a bit!