Is it OK to Destroy the Existing Establishment Order?
|Destruction should start from the top, unlike revolution starting from country side|
It is so fine. It is in the line of some dialectics: after destruction, we have a new construction. Alternatively, we destroy the old life to create a new one. So abruptly, there are more blessings than curses in destroying the existing establishment order.
When, in the words of Dickens, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us”—we can see our society needs a change desperately. The only difference is in the grammatical past tense because we have been going through the ordeal all along. It might even continue, not for years but decades. If contradiction is insufficient, then our collective life is such a pathetic tragicomedy.
Death is the ultimate destruction. But we are here to see the nuances of a meaningful destruction. We are talking about a province called Manipur, located in the eastern fringes of India, bordering Myanmar.
Its deeply fragmented society is tormented by both internal and external factors in every sense of the words. Internally, there are rivalries between different communities, most apparent in separate demands for sovereignties, homelands, provincial autonomies and what not.
Destruction Is the New Solution
More abstract issues like social decadence and institutionalisation of violence and corruption are adding more dirt to the pervasive grime. People would say you are lucky if you are still alive. It is really ironical, because we are still living. Externally, there are problems of being minorities in a Brobdingnagian union, the indifference and arrogance of allegedly neocolonial taskmasters, messy international borders and the like. In either case, there is no denying that the existing establishment order is only as good as we are without it. And hence, its redundancy.
Based on how the conditions are, what the situations represent, or the nature of our existence and collective life, there might be formal ways to study the phenomena from humanities’ perspectives. However, when there is desperation for change, it makes complete sense to destroy the existing establishment order. Or in another word, we have no time for the long and winding textbook approach.
|A whole new perspective from the top|
If we get a couple of levels down this idealism, the reality is beyond comprehension. Five decades of insurgency have had a huge impact on both the people and the land. We can hear from corners that insurgency is a very politically incorrect term, simply because armed groups are fighting for the then sovereignty, rather than struggling for secession.
It has been so long that the armed movement has started drifting to nobody’s surprise. Mercenaries have hijacked the ideas, while the government is spineless as usual, and is simply powerless except in powerful as much as personal accumulation of wealth. Probably the politicians are so spoilt that they wear gold-plated undergarments. Daylight robbery is just the right term for their kind of business, robbers their kind of designation—all in the guise of governing and administrating the land and the people.
On a Scale of Nothingness
Over the grim reality, destruction seems a harsh word. But if we take a couple of steps back, it is not hard as it sounds. We are talking about a small province here— a statement which makes more sense if we consider it in a larger scale. Stanley Kubrick put it succinctly, “The destruction of this universe would have no significance on a cosmic scale.” Here, we are not talking about the world, not about a continent, and not even a country, but a province, which has long been on a decadence spree on its own, thanks to the consciousness of the people and their wise masters.
Still if we can destruct, we can do it on a larger scale because the whole world needs a revolution. To tweak Russell Brand, the entertainer’s recent revolutionary-deemed interview, “The preexisting paradigm is quite narrow and only serves a few people.” Then again, we have a local wisdom: we have to sweep our own courtyards before complaining about the wastes in others.
Coming back to the deplorable state of affairs, the situation is bleak, so much so that the issues we can only talk about is what ‘it is not’, than what ‘it is’. Charles Dickens would have written more stories than in those days if he was ever born in our hometown. It is in this kind of pathetic sight that contradiction makes mayhem out of the collective life.
|Clean it and F5!|
Everything is possible because life is just an open book, but nothing is possible again because that has always been the case. When you build a road, the militants pose the impediments, the contractors are stealing like the biggest robbers and the government is helping both of them, while ever strengthening the incestuous relationship between them. So it is hard to make anything happen! But then again, it is possible considering there are too many spaces, or so to say, rooms for development.
Regardless of the clichés, it will be a waste if we have no vision before the knowing the need for a new construction. The explanation will only further convolute the narratives of all the grunge and grime that our society is synonymous to.
“the way to create art is to burn and destroy
ordinary concepts and to substitute them
with new truths that run down from the top of the head
and out of the heart”
― Charles Bukowski
There is little resistance to destroy the existing establishment order. Otherwise, it would not have been possible to come up with this kind of idea in the first place. Telling again how we could make the most out of it will only add more noise to the prevailing cacophony of a supposedly modern society which we are so connected to. Ultimately, we get a new stuff when we lost the old one. We can clearly see in the constant element of life, while the animals and other living things are just variables. If only this destruction can change the entire equation!