Through the Looking-Glass of India’s Democratic Proxy War
By Team Legistify / 2017-03-07

Have a Legal Issue?

Get connected to the Best Lawyers and Chartered Accountants Near You!


Elections in Uttar Pradesh are a time when the diversities and contradictions in peoples’ lives come into play. A majority of the state’s people are subsistence farmers and labourers, some small artisans and service providers working their own tools, mostly primitive – living in ‘subsistence time’. Then there are goons, thekedars and power brokers  who live in ‘money time’, with money as their religion. There are also others who inhabit ‘technology time’ – having imbibed the new modern technologies, ideas and action, of invention and experiment, of information and knowledge.

Between these ‘times’ are transitional times with hybrid characteristics, between which some people move freely. People living in different times think and act differently, and relate to society, economics and politics differently. Each time could be identified with a leading political actor of the present – Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav and Narendra Modi respectively. These ‘times’ are at war with one another in a manner where people participate in elections, as if to write their own destinies, but end up being figurative objects in a dramatic act where the perceived reality is a farce.

Subsistence time and the will for self determination

In subsistence time, people work their fields or their tools hoping to receive just enough for their family and a little for the one who passes by, said Kabir. This little, obtained from hard work, is seen as a gift of the divine. We may call this local time or durable time. Those living in advanced times need to see to believe. The Ganga-Jamuna doab is so well endowed that with one bigha (0.16 hectares) of land, and a cow or a buffalo, a small family ekes out its living, simple and happy. Thousands of devotees come to the s angam , stay in tents in the cold fog of the month of M agh , mid-January to mid-February for kalpwas , take a dip in the Ganga every morning and eat simple self cooked meals, and not the burgers and chips on sale at the periphery of the mela . They experience the stillness and silence in life in the cold sands of Ganga.

Historically, many farmers and artisans would not accumulate beyond their immediate requirements. When Babar came plundering their villages, he found that the costs of plunder far outweighed the loot. Not that these people were saints – they spent, wasted, celebrated festivities and sacrifices – but they were happy with the little of what they produced and exchanged. We have millions of such people in Uttar Pradesh even today.

None

Have a Legal Issue?

Get connected to the Best Lawyers and Chartered Accountants Near You!


Related Posts

Read More News on Similar Topics