One In Many Many In One


The one tax decision seems to be in consonance with oneness spread over the length and breadth of the country. It is not that we are one, that is being cleverly repudiated, but everything should be one. One tax, one religion and one language. This proposed oneness is clever division and playing on the One is a crafty design to propagate a unitary method of arithmetic. ( read logic).It is also to get a stranglehold on diversity and different regional aspirations. It is not diversity but to impose a monolithic structure on the is a means to thrust a linear way of looking at things and brainwash any attempt at free thinking. From politics it has gone to economics. Demonetization though ostensibly an attempt to extirpate unaccounted money was also an attempt to put monetary transactions to a sudden halt, quite reminiscent of rulers of earlier ages, without any apparent logic.

What is notable is the imposition of a One, propelled by dictatorial might and totally self willed. In this context there is little scope for democracy or voices of revolt.

Around all this goes the brouhaha of minorities being over proptected, on television dscussions, in the wake of Amarnath pilgrims killed. This is outrightly condemnable, no sane Indian will support it and if they do their proclivities are suspect. Minorities being over protected or shielded is nothing new in discussions on the Indian predicament.

The Indian predicament is now all about the question of diversity and a super imposed structure of oneness. This is not unity, if it is then it comes at the expense of diversity. The Not In My Name protests were plea for sanity and rationality. Indian Muslims are Indians. Indian Christians are Indians. Indian Dalits are Indians.There lies the Indian identity emeshed by innumerable languages.The identity lies in this vast sea of diversity.It is this identity we must protect    devoluting into oceans of culture.

Of course majority issues are not to be obliterated. Majoritarion views come in consensus with minority. All Muslims are not ISIS people, nor all Hindus are protagonists of the RSS. Staunch Hindus are condemning attacks against minorities.

What we perhaps ovelook is that religion is craftily being interfused with politics. The dividing line is so thin , that the two are inextricably mixed and once again it is the poor or common man who is the victim. The sooner we realise this, the better so that the common Indian who can barely make two ends to meet, irrespective of language, religion, cast and culture rises in oneness to counter false propaganda of the One, the only One.

What about one poverty? What practical measures are taken for its alleviation? At every point the government should give account to the public on this a white paper. Similarly how much black money was accounted for in that frenetic decision on demonetization and where will all the money go to?

In a way all the debate on the minority majority friction is also an escape from ground issues: Kashmir, now China, poverty, education and health. This is one in the many. It affects ALL Indians irrespective of what language they speak or what God they bow down  to. Let us uphold this unity and sensitivize ourselves to our million suffering people, the rag picker, the child who crosses the mad traffic in sweltering heat to cross the road. These are the begging bowls of our hope. If there is open defecation,then why is it so? Is it not because they do not have proper homes?

Let us shelter them. Not truth or untruth. Truth remains closetted in drawing rooms, in rancorous debates in television or parliament, but in India it is clear as limpid water- let’s not bring religion and the worst type of disingenuous politics into it.

The ones who appear on cosy rooms for discussions, the ‘ intellectual ‘ are twice removed from reality. The real as Tagore once remarked is the labourer or the tiller.Can we see it then, not through harangue or myopic glasses, but through vision which is less tainted?

Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha works in the Indira Gandhi National Open University, Shillong (Meghalaya) as an Academic Administrator. He has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience. He has six collections of poetry and his forms have been published world wide. Some of his poems are due to appear soon in an Anthology of Indian Poetry in English to be published by Harper Collins.