Brinda’s Run Away State
Congratulations to Ms. Thounaojam Brinda on her brilliant feature article The Run Away State. So far, I have been working on the theory of the Corporate State which essentially is functioning on behalf of the propertied class – a very violent State at that. Brinda has added a new dimension to the discourse – a feminist angle. Taking up two categories, abandonment (Heidegger) and victimhood (Simone-de Beauvoir and Franz Fanon), she has rightly pointed out that vital organs of the State are dysfunctionally absent precisely at the moment they are needed most. When it comes to delivery of distributive justice, dispensation of law and order, and empowerment of citizens, the State is woefully absent. This is because we have a “profit over people” State. And as she has rightly pointed out, profiteering only proliferate itself towards self-destruction, under the weight of its inherent contradictions. But then, this is what the Corporate State is all about. So, to come to the point, this “Run Away State” Brinda is so elegantly discoursing on, is in reality an extension of the Corporate State – a mask it dons as a strategy. The beauty and force of her analysis lies in this that, working her way through the categories of abandonment and victimhood, she has released a hitherto unsuspected libido reposed in the people. That too with a cry coming directly from a crystal pure feminine heart. This, I am sure, will have liberating consequences.
How to change the world then? Politics, as we all know, is one among the many components of cosmology. The universe presents an interplay of forces and counterforces. One has to unlock the secret of the subtle invisible balance inherent in this interplay of forces. Romancing with social change without a mastery of this secret, will land one in tragic disaster. Conscious participation in social change is never a banal engagement. It is a fervent prayer from the heart for freedom to live in accordance with the laws of truth, good and beauty – which is everyman’s birth right, by virtue of his inherent human dignity.
Brinda, your authenticity and sincerity makes me shudder. But cheer up, God loves His crazy people.
(Retd) Professor of Philosophy
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