Wednesday, April 15, 2015

End of reservation for small producers, but big business is here to destroy competition

First enacted in the 1960s, the policy reserving certain products to be manufactured in India exclusively by small producers has been brought to an end with the last 20 of such products being dereserved, says a report posted on Moneylife website on 14 April, citing a statement by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

"The union government has removed remaining 20 items like fireworks, safety matches, bread, wood and steel furniture and agarbatties, from the exclusive reserved category for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). This move will allow big players to manufacture these items.

The 20 items include pickles & chutneys, mustard oil (except solvent extracted), groundnut oil (except solvent extracted), wooden fixtures, exercise books and registers, wax candles, laundry soap, glass bangles, steel almirah, rolling shutters, steel chairs and tables, padlocks, stainless steel and aluminium utensils," says the report linked below.

http://www.moneylife.in/article/govt-removes-remaining-20-items-from-msmes-exclusive-ambit/41267.html
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I think the move is based on an obviously fraudulent assumption and is a further blow to open competition and free market.

It is small scale production (i.e. the so called 'informal economy'), not big companies, that make up the free market and open competition, making available a wide variety of products at every street market across the length and breadth of India at competitive and highly flexible prices.

The long existence, spread and depth of small-scale production also attests to the quality of products that it makes available.

Small producers can do that because they have no power to manipulate the market in their favour and so they play fair and square, keeping low their cost of production and what they expect to charge their customers.

Small production thus works self-regulatedly and has little power to hold the society hostage.

The big companies, on the other hand, will be there not to actually make those products, but to act as capitalistic middlemen in the market in order to extract ever increasing profits.

They will be able to do that either by buying the products in bulk or contract manufacturing or by taking over a number of small producers.

Either way, they will damage competition and the interests of both small producers as well as consumers.

So "greater investment"  that the new "policy initiative" promises is only notional. Even if some of the "investment" promised is realized, it will be far exceeded by the anti-competitive profits extracted by the bigger players.

Why would anyone make investment in "better technologies, standard and branch building" (as the government statement phrases it) when they can make profits by acting as a powerful middlemen?

Competition and free market is already being damaged by the so called "organized retailers" whose shelves are stuffed with big brands and private labels (supplied by big businesses), leaving little space for commodities produced by more efficient and low-cost local producers.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Western theories that misabel, mischaracterize, stereotype, and divide non-Western societies

‘Religion’ and ‘caste’ are two fraudulent categories that the Western imperialists and knowledge system superimposed upon the Indian cultural matrix.

The great variety of Indian cultural traditions has never had anything to do with ‘religion’ and ‘caste’ both of which constructs are Western colonial inventions.

Being an abusive labeling system built on sand – (the sand being ‘belief’ or ‘faith’ which is an oft-changing, unascertainable mental state of an individual) – the very concept of 'religion' is fraudulent and coercive.

‘Religion’ is, in fact, an outright denial of 'dharma' which allows individual freedom in quest for knowledge and understanding and playing of one’s part within a social context.

Our various darshans, jnan-margs, panths, sampradayas, etc. – as also the concept of ‘dharma’ – are embedded within the larger Indian cultural matrix which is quintessentially ‘syncretistic’.

‘Religion’, on the other hand, hates and curses ‘syncretism’ as an anathema and apostasy. What a contrast!

(By ‘religion’ I only mean Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the so called ‘Abrahamic’ faiths that are quite substantially inter-related in their ‘histories’ and other falsehoods.)

Derived from Spanish/Portuguese ‘casto’ meaning pure, unmixed – ‘caste’ is likewise a Western racial construct with nothing in common with ‘jati’ which has never existed as a rigid, written down ‘system’ as is pretended nowadays by motivated ‘intellectuals’ and ‘politicians’.

India’s clans, communities, samaj, biradari – which are mislabeled as ‘caste’ by the Western knowledge system – had always been - and continue to be in great measure even today - flexible and dynamic entities that allowed inter-community interactions, including marriage.      

Officially designating them as ‘castes’ or as based on a ‘caste system’ – as British Raj and now Republic of India have been doing – thus becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

We have the so called ‘castes’ insofar as we allow Republic of India to mislabel us as belonging to ‘castes’.

Thus ‘caste’ and ‘religion’ are embedded within the colonial legacy and makeup of Indian State whose ever-expanding processes have been enforcing and reinforcing these two colonial constructs on our communities which are thus conditioned to view themselves as belonging to ‘caste’ and ‘religion’.

And there has been underway for a long time a sinister effort, funded primarily by Christian churches and other Western institutions, to have the so called ‘caste’ officially designated as ‘race’.

It’s an agenda for India’s balkanization. Let’s not be sitting ducks for this massive fraud.

Let’s try to see through the Western knowledge system.

The material that I have copy-and-pasted below will give you an amazing insight into the theories that Western imperialists have employed to mislabel, mischaracterize, stereotype and balkanize non-Western societies.
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http://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/racism_history.html

Racism, History and Lies
by Max Dashu

Some doctrines of racial supremacy as classically taught in Euro/American institutions, textbooks and media:

PHYSICAL CALIBRATION DOCTRINE: In which white anthropologists treat people as racial specimens, measuring "cephalic indices" and attempting to prove superiority of the "white" brain. Ugly racist terminology: "prognathism," "platyrhiny," "steatopygous," "sub-Egyptian." Mug-shot lineups of "the Veddan female," "Arapaho male, "Negroid type," "Mongoloid specimen" characterize this approach. Out of favor in the mid-20th-century, it has enjoyed a revisionist comeback with sociobiology and works claiming racial differentials in intelligence, such as "The Bell Curve."

TECHNOLOGICAL CALIBRATION DOCTRINE: Insists on forcing archaeological finds as well as living cultures into a grid of "development" based on whether tools, materials and techniques valued by "Western" scholars were in use. Example: "They were a stone age civilization who never discovered the wheel!" This model forces cultures into a progressional paradigm: Old and New Stone Ages, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Industrial Revolution, Space Age. This classification ignores the complexity of culture, and the fact that metallurgic technology and military might are not the ultimate measure of advanced culture.

STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT DOCTRINE: The assumption that "primitive" cultures represent lower "stages" in historical evolution, and have yet to attain advanced forms of culture. One English scholar referred to "the child-races of Africa." Usually, social hierarchy, militarization and industrialization are taken as prime measures of "advanced" civilization. In the 19th century, scholars openly used the terms "savage," "barbarian," "civilized." Though these offensive words have (mostly) been dropped, the underlying assumptions are still quite influential. (For a good discussion of how the insistence on talking about "tribes" distorts African history, see http://www.africaaction.org/bp/ethall.htm. )

SPREAD OF CIVILIZATION DOCTRINE: Credits all achievements to conquering empires, assuming their superiority in science, technology, and government. Adherents are usually incapable of perceiving advanced earth-friendly systems of land management, agronomy, medicine, collective social welfare networks, healing, astronomical knowledge, or profound philosophical traditions among peoples considered "primitive" by dominant "Western" standards.

PASSING OF THE TORCH DOCTRINE: Claims a chain of cultural transmission from Mesopotamia and Egypt to Greece to Rome to western Europe to the USA, leaving vast gaps where the history of the rest of the world should be. (And the discussion never returns to Egypt or Iraq to consider what happened there after the fall of their ancient empires.) Most of the planet's cultures are discussed only in relation to the European conquest, if mentioned at all. As a result, few people have any idea of the history of Sumatra, Honduras, Niger, Ecuador, Mozambique, Ohio, Hokkaido, Samoa, or even European countries such as Lithuania or Bosnia.

IF IT WAS GREAT, IT MUST HAVE BEEN WHITE: If advanced science, art, or architecture is found in Africa or South America, then Phoenecians, Greeks, Celts, Vikings (or, in the extreme case, space aliens) must be invoked to explain their presence. (Here, whiteness often functions as a relative concept, as "lighter than.") This bias gives rise to a pronounced tendency to date American or African cultures later than warranted, and as a result dating for these regions is constantly having to be revised further back into the past as evidence of greater antiquity piles up.

Corollary: IF IT WAS WHITE, IT MUST HAVE BEEN GREAT. Thus, the conqueror Charlemagne was a great man, in spite of his genocidal campaign against the Saxons, but the Asian conquerors Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan were simply evil. Stereotypes of head-hunters picture Africans (in the absence of any evidence for such a practice there) but never Celtic head-hunters in France and Britain -- much less Lord Kitchener making off with the Mahdi's skull in Sudan, or U.S. settlers taking scalps and body parts of Indian people. This doctrine also underlies the common assumption that European conquest must have improved life for subject peoples.

IF IT WAS NOT WHITE, AND ITS GREATNESS IS UNDENIABLE, THEN IT MUST BE DEPRECATED IN SOME WAY:  Example: The Epic of Man, published in the '60s by Time/Life Books, says of the advanced civilization of ancient Pakistan: "It is known that a static and sterile quality pervaded Indus society." It used to be the academic fashion to call ancient Egypt a "moribund" civilization which "stifled creativity." Similar writings dismissed the "Incas" (Quechua) as "totalitarian," or the Chinese as "isolated" and "resistant to change," ignoring their interchange with steppe societies as well as Southeast Asian cultures.

The AFRICAN GAP DOCTRINE: After examining the first humans hundreds of thousands of years ago, this historical approach completely skips over most of the African archaeological record. It discusses ancient Egypt but ascribes its civilization to "the Middle East," denying its African identity and archaeological connections with Saharan and southern Nilotic civilizations. Saharan civilization, Ile-Ife or Mwanamutapa are not discussed at all. Africa is simply dropped from historical consideration until the era of European slaving and colonization, when it is portrayed as culturally and technologically deficient. The existence of female spheres of power in Africa is ignored.

The BERING STRAIT DOCTRINE insists that all indigenous American peoples came across a land bridge between Siberia and Alaska, filtering down through Central America into South America. Problem: numerous archaeological sites in the Americas predate any possible Bering Strait migration by many thousands of years. Access from Alaska to the rest of North America was blocked for millennia by two great ice sheets that covered Canada. An narrow opening that might have allowed passage appeared much too late (about 13,500 years ago) to explain the growing evidence that people were living in both North and South America much earlier than these "first" migrations.

By 1997-98, the tide of opinion began to turn: several scientific conclaves declared that a majority of attending scholars rejected the Bering Strait theory as a full explanation of how the Americas were peopled. The long-doctrinal hypothesis of Clovis hunters as the first immigrants is crumbling before the new dating, as hundreds of pre-Clovis sites pile up: Cactus Hill, Virginia (13,500 BP); Meadowcroft Rock Shelter in Pennsylvania (14,000 - 17,000 Before Present); Monte Verde (13,500 BP); Pedra-Furada, Brazil (15,000 BP, and possibly as old as 32,000 BP).

Bering Strait diehards discount the oral histories of indigenous Americans. In spite of the huge diversity among the American peoples and differences between most Americans and east Asians, all are declared to be of "Mongoloid racial origin."

After the initial press stampede declaring "Kennewick Man" to be "white," study of the genetic evidence shows something entirely different. Instead, it appears that there have been several waves of migration: from central China, from the ancient Jomon culture of Japan, from south Asia or the Pacific islands. And "Luzia," an 11,500-year-old female skeleton in Brazil "appeared to be more Negroid in its cranial features than Mongoloid," in the stodgy anthropological terminology of the New York Times (Nov 9, 1999). (Actually she most closely resembles aborignal Australians.) But there is also a uniquely North American X-haploid group of mitochondrial DNA, which has yet to be explained.

THE POWER OF NAMING

STEREOTYPING entire peoples as mad, uncontrollable threats: "Wild Indians," "Yellow Hordes" or "the Yellow Peril." As inferior nonhumans: "primitives," "savages," "gooks," "niggers" -- this last term used not only against African-Americans, but also by 18th-century English colonizers of Egypt and India. Even the word "natives," which originally meant simply the people born in a country and by extension the aboriginal inhabitants, took on heavy racist coloration as an inferior Other.

POLARIZATION: "Scientific thought" vs. "primitive belief"; "undeveloped" vs "civilized"; or "the world's great religions" vs. "tribal superstitions," "cults," "idolatry" or "devil-worship." Depending on where it was created, a sculpture could either be a "masterpiece of religious art" or an "idol," "fetish," or "devil." Few people realize that "Western" scientists did not match the accuracy of ancient Maya calculations of the length of the solar year until the mid-20th century.

Indians who resist colonization and land theft are commonly portrayed as evil in popular media, which applies negative labels such as "Renegades." Here indigenous people are Other; the intruders in their country are The Good Guys. The white hero is named after the Texas Rangers, systematic killers of Indian families. His Indian sidekick's name, Tonto, means "fool, stupid person" in Spanish.

RENAMING: Dutch colonists called the Khoi-khoi people "Hottentots" (stutterers). Russians called the northwest Siberian Nentsy "Samoyed" (cannibals). These are blatant examples, but many nationalities are still called by unflattering names given by their enemies: "Sioux" (Lakota); "Miao" (Hmong); "Lapps" (Saami); "Basques" (Euskadi); "Eskimos" (Inuit). European names have replaced the originals in many places: Nigeria, Australia, New Caledonia, New Britain, etc. (But "Rhodesia" bit the dust, after a revolution.)

DEGRADATION OF MEANINGS: "Mumbo jumbo" has become a cliché signifying meaningless superstitions, but it comes from a Mandinke word -- mama dyambo -- for a ritual staff bearing the image of a female ancestor. (Look it up in any good dictionary.) "Fetish" now connotes an obsessive sexual fixation, but originated as a Portuguese interpretation of sacred West African images as "sorcery" (feitição). The holy city of Islam is often appropriated in phrases like "a Mecca for shoppers."

DOUBLE-THINK: Conquest becomes "unification," "pacification,""opening up," and conquered regions are dubbed "protectorates." The convention is to use Europe as the standard, writing texts from the viewpoint of the conquerors / colonizers. Thus, a Rajasthani rebellion against English rule was termed the "Indian Mutiny." A peculiarity of this thinking is the tendency to refer to times of bloody invasions and enslavement with respectful nostalgia, as in "The Golden Age of Greece" and "The Glory That Was Rome," or "How the West Was Won." British subjugation of southern Nigeria is recast as The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.

A contributor to Men Become Civilized, edited by Trevor Cairns, explains it all to children:
"When the king of one city conquered others, he would have to make sure that all the people in all the cities knew what to do. He would have to see that they all had rules to follow, so that they would live peacefully together."

Double-think finds ways to recast genocide as regrettable but necessary, due to failings of the people being killed, who are somehow unable to "adapt." Distancing the agent is key here, obscuring the violence with the idea that some kind of natural process is at work: "vanishing races," "by that time the Indians had disappeared."

THE POWER OF IMAGES
Hollywood tomtoms beat as fake Indians jump up and down, uttering brainless cries and grunts. There's the "squaw" complex in literature and cinema, the faithful Indian sidekick, and Robinson Crusoe's "Man Friday." John Wayne as the Western movie hero, saying: "There's humans and then there's Comanches." Or in real life, the actor tried to justify the settler theft of Indian countries: "There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves."

Advertising is an important transmitter of historical misrepresentation. It draws on colonial mythologies such as the notion that the Dutch "bought" Manhattan for the equivalent of $24 in trade goods --in spite of the fact that the Indians did not think of land as something that could be sold. The role of violence is completely obliterated. Even history books do not go into the massacres of Native people. On Staten Island settlers slaughtered the people they called "Wappingers," and afterward played football with their severed heads.

Tarzan goes up against witch doctors and eye-rolling African chiefs. The Caribbean is shown as full of fearful, superstitious natives and zombies, Arabs who have nothing to do all day but loll around in harems, or cheat the white hero. Seductive Suzie Wongs, thieving Mexicans, and shiftless and sexually insatiable African-Americans. Movies commonly depict the Chinese as obsequious and deceitful, Arabs as treacherous, Africans as ignorant and barbaric.

COUNTERPOINT
*The Mande were farming millet and other crops in West Africa in 6500-5000 BCE.
*Temples in Peru and Sudan are much older than the Parthenon.
*People in Mississippi, Illinois and Mexico traded with each other and exchanged ideas and symbols, as the the sea-faring Ecuadorians did with Costa Rica and western Mexico.
*A small-statured Black people built the oldest civilization in southeast Asia, leaving megalithic temples and statuary in south India, Cambodia, Sumatra and other Indonesian islands.
*Archaeology shows that the earliest formative influences on ancient Egypt came from Sudan and the Sahara, not the "Middle East."
*The oldest megalithic calendar in the world has recently been discovered in the Egyptian Sahara, dating back to 7000 years ago. European megaliths may have an African origin.
*Polynesian mariners had begun navigating by the stars and settling the vast ocean expanses of the Pacific islands before the time of Moses.

WHAT GETS DEFINED AS HISTORY?
In the last half century, the boundaries of "acceptable" history have been expanded by a multidisciplinary approach, including sources previously dismissed: orature (oral tradition), linguistics, anthropology, social history, art, music and other cultural sources. More recently, the social locations of historians have come under consideration as a factor shaping their perspectives, along with a sense that there is no absolutely "objective" view of history. Past claims of objectivity have biases clearly visible today, notably in siding with European settlers and slavers against non-christian cultures, and the almost total eclipse of female acts and experience from historical accounts.

A reader who might react negatively to a blatant expression of racism often misses perceiving one cloaked in scholarly language, in assumptions, judgments and misinformation most people have not been educated to catch. It does not occur to many people to question a pronounced overemphasis on Europe, the smallest continent (actually, a subcontinent of Asia.) If a chapter or two on African and Asian history is inserted in a textbook, publishers go ahead and call it a world history. Typically, media depictions of history have not caught up with information now available in specialized academic sources, and continue to present the old stereotypes and distortions as fact.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Labeling people as 'Christians', thus pushing them into strife and violence

"Pope tells Catholics at Easter vigil: Seek truth, beauty and love," says the headline of a report filed by news-agency Reuters and published on Sunday 05 April 2015.

"Pope Francis led the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Easter on Saturday night, urging them at a vigil Mass to shun indifference and boldly live their faith...

He administered the sacrament to a 13-year-old Cambodian girl and nine adults, including a 66-year-old woman from Kenya, the country where al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 148 people at a university, apparently singling out Christians to kill while letting some Muslims escape."

One can read the full report on the link below.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/pope-tells-catholics-at-easter-vigil-seek-truth-beauty-and-love/538015-2.html
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So the Pope tells the so labelled "Roman Catholics" -- "Roman Catholics", not human beings -- to "shun indifference and boldly live their faith".

He also does more of his boldly-living-his-faith labeling as "Christians" and "Roman Catholics" - on Cambodians and former "Muslims" - even as "Muslims" and "Christians" (not human beings) continue to kill each other in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lybia, Syria, Yemen, Kenya, Egypt, Europe...

Got it?

*Label people as "Christians" - often by making them believe that their previous labels, if any, get erased. It's called "baptism".

*Tell them to "shun indifference and boldly live their faith".

*Turn them thus into cannon fodder for the hatred, strife, violence and bloody war arising out of such labeling as "Christians" and "Muslims".

*The labelled are then exhorted to "enter into the mystery" in search of "truth, beauty and love" .

The 2.5 billion "Christians, including 1.2 billion "Roman Catholics", are, of course, forever in search of "truth, beauty and love" - in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere.

Which is why the world is swimming in "truth, beauty and love".

While the Vatican continues with its crimes with fancy dresses, sound-and-light, and a load of Latinized bullshit.

And the larger labeling system of the so called 'Abrahamic religions' continues to savage the world.

Friday, April 3, 2015

The 'political spectrum' is a tool of imperialism in the hands of the West

I regard the whole concept of a 'political spectrum' - book-ended as it is by the 'Left' and the 'Right' - as an open fraud on the peoples of the world. 'Political spectrum' subserves the needs of the Empire that the West is - the need to track, label/mislabel and manage the minds and thinking of people and societies across the world.

On the one hand the Western knowledge system progressively validates the use of its 'political spectrum' across the world, and on the other the Western institutions use it to perversely mislabel and straitjacket the great diversity of thinking found in human societies across the world into narrow and arbitrarily defined categories like 'Left', 'Right', 'Centre', 'progressive', 'conservative', etc.

So 'political spectrum' is a tool -- (a sort of branding iron that is heated and used to brand livestock and was once also used on the bodies of criminals and slaves) -- in the hands of the West to sustain and expand its interventionist and imperialist role in the world.

The West has had the effrontery to wield this tool while presenting itself to the world as made up of 'liberal' States. Could there be anything more illiberal than a system of branding people? How can the world acquiesce in this open fraud?

How can any self-respecting person allow themselves, without resistance, to be labeled and framed within a system of imperial and abusive categories thought up by the agents and apologists of the West?  

The 'political spectrum' has been reproducing across the world the increasingly idiotic and sclerotic political theatre of the West. All countries seem to be moving inexorably towards a suffocating sameness characterized and brought about by the Western categories of Left, Right, Centre, etc.
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Out of the three categories of 'social', 'political', and 'economic' into which most 'educated' people have come to divide human life, only the first one is the real category. The latter two - i.e. 'political' and 'economic' - are fakes or impostors.

And it's these two fake categories that the whole 'political spectrum' represents.

What do 'political and 'economic' mean?
If one reflects on this question, one would be hard pressed to reach any definitive senses for the two words – unless, of course, one invokes a ‘society’ (or the ‘social’).

As concepts, the 'political' and the 'economic' have quite obviously been abstracted from ‘social’ or social relations.

All human relationships and transactions are 'social relations', including those that are mislabelled as 'political' and 'economic'.

So 'political' and 'economic' are at best embedded in 'social' relations. They have no independent existence; they exist only in the minds of the 'educated' people as abstractions.

Calling some aspects of ‘social' relations 'political' or 'economic' is a purely mental and arbitrary process.

So while ‘society’ and ‘social’ is a real category – with real existence of individuals and their inter-relationships – ‘economic’ and ‘political’ are only arbitrary and indeterminable abstractions from the wholeness that ‘society’ (or 'community') represents.

This un-abstracted state or 'wholeness' of human life is also denoted by the term 'culture'.

It's this wholeness - denoted by 'community'/'society'/'culture' - that decolonizing of the world leads to. This wholeness must supplant the fake categories - mere abstractions - of 'political' and 'economic' that the West currently uses as a weapon to undermine and destroy societies and cultures.

The fact that 'political' and 'economic' are fake categories - employed as they have been to control and subjugate the 'social' - has tremendous implications for the entire Western knowledge system.
All of the West's 'political’ and 'economic’ theories and 'isms' - which it imposes on the entire world - can be called into question.

Currently, for instance, the empirical basis of the 'neo-classical economics' in particular and the 'economics' discipline in general lies in shambles.

The whole idea of 'economics' (i.e. any 'economic' theory) - treated by the Western institutions as an 'empirically' determined discipline and imposed as an orthodoxy on the rest of the world - is quite a fraud actually.
(The 'real world economics movement' elaborates this point a great deal, but one must go beyond that.)

All Western political theories, such as democracy, liberalism, socialism, have been cleverly abstracted out of the wholeness that 'community'/'society'/'culture' represents and yet are used as tools to progressively undermine community'/'society'/'culture', particularly in the non-West.

Think of it: what the West calls 'democracy' is nothing but a theoretical abstraction of any autonomous human community in the real world.

'Autonomy' has always been the active principle of all human 'communities'/'cultures' across the world. A 'community' is not a 'community' unless it is autonomous. It's this 'autonomy', or cultural freedom, that the Islamic and Western imperialism have been undermining over the centuries - (primarily the West in the last 500 years).

'Autonomy' also has to be the most fundamental principle of anything that can be called a 'democratic' theory. And yet 'democratic' theory has been used by the West to destroy the autonomy of societies in the non-West.

I'd go even further to suggest that the whole instrumentality of 'State' - about 200 of which currently claim the entire Earth - is a Western imposition and represents the imperial realm of 'political' and 'economic' progressively undermining the 'social'.

So the very presence of Western-determined-or-dictated 'States' makes for progressive undermining of all communities/societies/cultures across the world.

In fact, the West has been called an essentially 'ethnocidal' empire by the likes of French anthropologists Robert Jaulin and Pierre Clastres.

I believe that 'community'/'society'/'culture' has been undermined across the world, particularly over the 500 years of Western colonialism, imperialism and ethnocide. And I believe that despite being seriously mauled Indic cultures are today probably the only prominent representatives in the world of this un-abstracted 'wholeness' of human life.

Like 'political' and 'economic', 'religion' is another fraudulent category threatening the 'wholeness' of human life under which I only place the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Or two if you conflate the first two into 'Judeo-Christianity').

'Religion' is essentially a (mis)labelling system that is used as an ethnocidal weapon.

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Cows roaming the streets is a stereotype, much abused by malicious propagandists

Are there "millions" of abandoned cows and bulls roaming the streets of India? Absolutely not.

A person I share an online forum with pointed recently to what he portrayed as a "Hindu" problem - cattle roaming the streets in some Indian towns and cities.

He made the following comment in reference to an interview with Prof. Kancha Ilaiah published on Quartz India website on 21 March 2015. 

"Interesting article. No religious Hindu has ever offered a practical solution for the problem of millions of abandoned cows and bulls roaming and living on trash on streets of India. Hindus (and followers of other Indian religions) are sycophants. They consume cow's milk and then abandon them to starve on streets. "Gaushalas" are just a farce. Orthodox Hindus build Gaushalas (for a few cows), and Christian missionaries build Orphanages. Will Ban on cow slaughter magnify the problem? Regressive practices of orthodox Hindus could continue to weaken Hinduism, and continue to drive lower castes into the arms of Christian missionaries."

(Prof. Kancha Ilaiah, who currently works for Maulana Azad National Urdu University at Hyderabad, argues in his article that ban on beef "is definitely a cultural imposition, particularly on indigenous groups such as tribals and Dalits". His article, headlined 'History is proof most Hindus never had any beef with beef', can be read on the link below.)

http://qz.com/366659/history- says-most-hindus-never-had- any-beef-with-beef

I wrote the following to the person who made the comment reproduced above.

You seem to have fallen hook, line and sinker for the stuff penned by Kancha Ilaiah, an 'academic' polemicist best known these days for fanning discord among the youth by hosting 'beef eating days' on university campuses and proclaiming Ambedkar as a 'prophet' on the lines of Muhammad.

(I wouldn't put it past Ilaiah to some day advocate enacting an anti-blasphemy law of the kind they have in Pakistan. This guy sounds that militant in his views.)

Your statements are sweeping, opinionated, hyperbolic, and reflect little appreciation of the actual situation prevailing in India.

(a) You say: "No religious Hindu has ever offered a practical solution for the problem of millions of abandoned cows and bulls roaming and living on trash on streets of India."
"Gaushalas" are just a farce."

First of all, you need to drop this hyperbolic "millions" from your assertion. There are absolutely NO "millions of abandoned cows and bulls roaming and living on trash on streets of India".

Most of the cattle found in cities - some of which are shown in stereotypical images of India as roaming or blocking the roads - are not 'abandoned' animals as might be believed, but have owners who have little option or resources but to use whatever little grazing ground they can find in urban areas.

These cattle rearers, many of whom are milk suppliers, tend to be the inhabitants of the rural areas on which all Indian towns and cities have been - or are being - built. That has long been the nature of urbanization in India - with rural areas facing creeping transformation into urbanity rather than being extinguished through planned, project-based laying of a town or city.

In cities such as Bhopal, which is still full of swathes of rural habitations and green farms, one often sees these owners rounding up their animals in the evening dusk. Large flocks of sheep being grazed in the open scrubs is also a common sight in Bhopal and other cities.

As open grounds shrink, particularly in places that are urbanizing fast or are already densely urbanized, such as a city like Delhi (whose rural pockets have largely vanished, except in the outskirts), you see less and less of the stereotypical images described above.

Most of Delhi, for instance, has already outgrown this portrayal of cattle roaming on the roads.

(Bear in mind that these hackneyed images can easily be produced by stage-managing them and then used over and over again in the media without much context.)

How are you so sure that "no religious Hindu has ever offered a practical solution..."? What makes you think that "Gaushalas are just a farce"? Where is the evidence?

Indians - including "Hindus", "religious" or "non-religious" - don't have to prove their intelligence to anyone. India has no dearth of smart and sensible people, animal husbandry colleges and experts who could come up with "practical solutions" that might be classed the best in the world.

(But the "problem" that you describe is more in the minds of writers like Kancha Ilaiah and those who fall for their propaganda.)

(b) "They (Hindus) consume cow's milk and then abandon them to starve on streets".
"Will Ban on cow slaughter magnify the problem? Regressive practices of orthodox Hindus could continue to weaken Hinduism, and continue to drive lower castes into the arms of Christian missionaries."

Is that why India has the largest headcount of cattle in the world - 'Pashu-dhan' that any human society ought to be proud of - and is the largest producer of milk in the world?

Too bad, "Hindus abandon their cattle to starve on streets". Should they kill those animals? Would that make "Hindus" less "sycophantic"? Would that minify - rather than "magnify" - the problem? Would you deem that a progressive - rather than a "regressive" - practice of "orthodox Hindus". Would that strengthen - rather than "weaken" - Hinduism?

What is so "regressive" about not killing animals in a world which - going by quite empirically 'scientific' counsel - should fast be moving away from meat eating?

And how is all of that related to the "lower castes" being driven "into the arms of Christian missionaries"?
How does cattle slaughter help India become less amenable to Christian missionaries?

What on earth makes you link management of cattle - particularly in urban areas - with Indians being "Hindu" or Hindus being "sycophantic"?

Along with all the propaganda by people like Kancha Ilaiih, the very nature of India's urbanization makes it seem as if live cattle in cities is a problem. I am sure most city dwellers like myself don't see that as a problem. And those who might see that as a problem would be reasonable enough to understand the reasons for such a situation.

(c) By advocating the staging of such stunts as hosting beef eating days in university campuses, Kancha Ilaiah has shown his sick mentality.

People should beware of Ilaiah and his increasingly unreasonable rantings.
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