21.5.12

Sorry Ma'am, But I Am

I am
a maoist
a jihadist
an apologist
for all the dust
dug beneath the soil

I am the cuss word
you spit out
I am the bloodied red body
you spray your blue paint over
sing the dirge
to the left
to the right
left right left right
Attention!
find the middle path
between glut and starvation
the hissy fit
of a nation
in denial
of cobwebs and spiders
find the middle path
Buddham Sharanam Gachchami
tibetan monks and nuns
burn
to death
find the middle path

walk out of the arc lights
not just you, Ma'am
you, too, Sir
and you who it bothers so much
watch the same studios
show images of bodies
where everyone talks and talks
like vultures circling above
corpses for a meal

Eat
I say eat
your intestines
curled up inside you
like criminals
in hideouts
flush out the toxins
let them breathe the air
let the air
spread like an epidemic
then walk out
not just you, ma'am
you, too, sir
and you who save your name
to celebrate anonymous intent
you are not
a maoist
a jihadist
an apologist
for causes dug into the organic soil
your dog shits on
you pick up the poop
for a few licks
for some tail wagging
for fidelity when you return
home
to deceit
of people you trust
of yourself
as you thrust
your face in broken mirrors
and every line
of your glassed skin
reveals your mask

I am

~FV

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I am not any of these things, but it bothers me that what may have ideological roots or other meanings are seen as demon groups across the board. Just for that, I will stand up and be counted.

Recently, Mamata Banerjee walked out of an interactive TV show, and called the questioners Maoists. She has been displaying dictatorial tendencies, but no one has questioned the blanket judgement on Maoists.

In fact, a student who had asked a question wrote an open letter to the CM titled, "Sorry Ma'am, I am not a Maoist". It is being heralded as a brave riposte by the elite for the elite. They talk of democracy. A tribal in the Maoist belt would not be invited to the studio and would most certainly not have an open letter published. There would be no applause from those who make subtle distinctions.

This poem is not an answer to one incident. It is about being holed-in, and how due to some incidents ideologies are being dumped.

We live in a world where nothing is everything.

9 comments:

  1. FV,

    1. I find your poems to be unnecessarily sensational and intended solely for shock effect. That they are one-sided - like many other political writings of yours - goes without saying.

    2. You deride the whole episode as an elitist spectacle. But I am quite sure that, had a tribal been part of the audience, you would have dismissed it as tokenism, lip-service or some such thing. I am not being hypothetical but going by the past experience.

    3. The fact that a student could ask a wildly successful CM some difficult questions on live TV is proof that democracy, though not perfect, exists in India.

    4. Your point is about 'Maoist' being used as a term of abuse in popular discourse. But it is the Maoist killers themselves who are to blame for it. It is them who have consciously opted out of the system and taken up arms. Prejudices and stereotypes are bound to be born in such a scenario.

    Baaki sab khairriyat hai!!

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  2. i actually came to believe that ideologies are dangerous.
    by ideology i mean clearly defined beliefs like religions or political ideologies. sometimes even some of the economic or social "theories".

    it is dangerous because it makes people blind , shuts the mind.

    i suppose if you are open to question , reject or modify a particular ideology - you are by definition not ideological.

    ideologies might have served some historical purposes - but in a country in the presence of reasonably working basic institutions ideologies do more harm than good.

    she said she is not maoist - which she is not; whether that is good or bad is different thing altogether. what i find really disturbing in that letter is the last para - where she mad it sound like she will be leaving because there is no democracy in bengal. she seems to be posing herself as a victim. which she is not.

    ps: indian politicians are often many things from saintly to downright evil . but very few are idiots. unfortunately mamata is an exception.

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  3. FV
    So true
    Nothing is everything for this world. And what is supposed to be everything is Npthing.
    Circle

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  4. F&F:

    1. Yes. So?

    2. Maybe. So?

    3. Ok. So?

    4. Not really. So?

    Glad for you. But isn't it 'baaqi'?

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  5. Carvaka:

    One cannot exist in a vacuum; not even individualism. If one becomes blind because of an ideology, it is not due to the ideology but one’s blinkered faith. With religion it is almost always so, and it seeks no rationale. With more intellectual ideologies, there is a need for a questioning belief, and one adheres to it because one has reasoned it.

    i suppose if you are open to question , reject or modify a particular ideology - you are by definition not ideological

    There are several streams of one ideology and they arose due to such questions and rejection. Besides, being ideological does not mean you have to be a card-holder or a flag-bearer.

    she said she is not maoist - which she is not; whether that is good or bad is different thing altogether. what i find really disturbing in that letter is the last para - where she mad it sound like she will be leaving because there is no democracy in bengal. she seems to be posing herself as a victim. which she is not.

    That is my point. I am saying Mamata Banerjee’s behaviour was wrong (although walking out of a posh studio is not akin to walking out of a public meeting), but both she and the girl use the word ‘Maoist’ like an abuse. The CM wants to wipe out Communism, and this girl hardly represents any aspect of the Left or Maoist ideology. For them, the latter is not even an ideology. It works for the student’s victim narrative.

    ps: indian politicians are often many things from saintly to downright evil . but very few are idiots. unfortunately mamata is an exception.

    And you think idiocy is worse than evil? She has major issues and I do hope she realises it soon.

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  6. Circle:

    Therefore, nothing is nothing, but every thing is not everything.

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  7. how do you define ideology?
    individualism can also be termed as an ideology.

    > "it is not due to the ideology but one’s blinkered faith"

    for 90% people if not more, with ideologies this is the case. if this hypothetical statistics is true then it doesn't look such a nice thing.

    being devoid of ideology doesn't mean living in vacuum.

    > There are several streams of one ideology and they arose due to such questions and rejection.

    yes - that is how muslim becomes shia or sunni . then if you start questioning shia ideas- you get another label. this is just to give an example.i hope you get the drift. ones a particular ideology is formed it usually gets permanency. i am sure you have much better idea than me of the history of communism. after the initial formation how many times the fundamentals have been revised?


    > The CM wants to wipe out Communism,

    the CM was much more sympathetic to maoists when she was in opposition.


    > And you think idiocy is worse than evil?

    i really don't know. i guess idiots are better.
    it was just an observation.

    > She has major issues and I do hope she realises it soon.

    i have my doubt . it actually seems to be getting worse. and i want to revise my opinion. it is just not stupidity .

    this is what she said to washinton post in a recent interview.

    Asked about the cartoon, Banerjee launched into a tirade about how her Marxist political opponents were plotting with Maoist rebels to discredit and kill her, in league with Pakistani intelligence and financed by North Korea, Venezuela and Hun­gary.

    whatever is she smoking - is really strong stuff.

    ps: i did vote for her in the last election.

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  8. In one of Buddha's famous teaching, he taught to his disciples that, "Form is Emptiness, And Emptiness is Form".
    And through the experiences of wisdom and compassions, when one reaches the level of the Form and Emptiness, one reaches the stages of Truth called "Nirvan or Moksha".

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  9. Carvaka:


    Individualism as an ideology could be Existentialism. And that is to fill the vacuum within. 

    Ideologies are not perfect, but so aren't values, ethics. We end up choosing what fits best. One does not know the end result. You voted for Mamata - did you know?

    Anon:

    Nirvana/moksha are the end result of truth seeking, in my opinion. It is not truth.  

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