Dualism of Life

“Western Buddhism” is just such a fetish: it enables you to fully participate in the frantic capitalist game while sustaining the percepĀ­ tion that you are not really in it, that you are well aware how worthless the whole spectacle is, since what really matters is the peace of the inner Self to which you know you can always withdraw . . . In a further specification, one should note that a fetish can function in two opposed ways: on the one hand its role may remain unconscious; on the other, one may think that the fetish is what really matters, as in the case of the Western Buddhist unaware that the “truth” of his existence lies in the very social relations he tends to dismiss as a mere game.

Slavoj Zizek in “First as a tragedy then as farce” (2009) pp 66

Does it not hold true for many of us, who, as shown by Dr. Ambedkar preach Buddhism, rise in the capitalist tide, empathize with maoists, support urbanisation/industrialisation and oppose displacement? In other words, may be it is our zeal to be everything Dr. Ambedkar could be in his whole life, “right now, right here”, that we are tossed into an incomprehensible duality.

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Gita and Ramayana will be burnt – II

(this is a response to the comments received on my previous post Gita and Ramayana will be burnt )

In reality, Dalit and hindus are not ever going to debate the points given . The reason is, Dalits have moved (or are doing so) millions miles away from the tokenism of religious acceptance and turned their struggle towards much more relevant and pragmatic issues i.e political/economic inclusiveness though education, employment, representation etc.

So Dalits keep hinduism at safe distance. That is also a way to peaceful co-existence, you may agree. And I believe a better one. We, you and me, the Dalits and the caste-hindus, don’t have to lock horns over a never-ending negotiations, like that of the border issue with china or Kashmir. This works as long as we are not forced to cross each others’ path. Continue reading