Sunday, January 08, 2006

Imperialism Again

A new form of covert imperialism is being gradually unleashed by the USA. It is in the name of democracy, that the US government indiscriminately uses its military might to establish and dislodge governments, at will and is quite unrepentant about it. What is disgusting is that these open displays of human rights violations and use of force are easily ignored in India. Probably we are indeed doing the right thing by making use of their money and power to develop ourselves or is it ?

However we cannot be blind to the security concerns that are inherent. We need to guard ourselves against the betrayal that the US government is capable of. We are establishing joint military co-operation with that country, which may be dangerous if not totally foolish. Especially the ultra-liberal Manmohan Singh government may be playing like puppets in the hands of the US and other world bodies controlled by the US, such as the World Bank etc. The Prime Minister was immature enough to criticize Vajpayee on US soil; an unprecedented lapse on the united stand that India takes, whatever the differences may be within political parties. The nuclear deal for separation of civilian and military installations and opening up and feeding them with information of our nuclear capabilities seems to be openly calling for a security disaster.

The US multi national companies (MNCs) that enter India are not at the behest of the US government, but they could be doing so many things including making links and interfering with internal matters of our nation, under cover. Essentially they are coming here to reduce the cost of operations and make profits; also to make use of the immense talent available in our country. So it is not as if we are getting jobs, and the MNCs are doing a favour to us. I'd like to set the record straight as I work in an US MNC. It is only because we are able to provide them value for money, that they are coming here. Their entrepreneurial skills are appreciable, but clearly it is a two way street. It is simple business logic, not to be anyway construed and mixed up with emotions such as: they are our saviours, and without their help we would not have been able to become liberal and capable of modernizing ourselves, which seems to be the mentality with the majority of educated youth in India. Yes I would like to emphasize the word 'educated' as the educated seem to be under full sway of the Americana.

We have already faced immense cruelties, bondage, complete political and social slavery at the hands of the British; the freedom struggle was not very distant from now on the time scale and those valuable lessons cannot be forgotten so soon. The way they treat their own poor and powerless country men was visible after the Katrina hurricane, with relief not coming in, even after weeks. The capitalistic doctrine that renders any form of social justice impossible and at the mercy of huge corporations is indeed not the right way forward. Technology may not be the right way forward too. We cannot yet again become slaves to the western technology and socio-economic lifestyle. Or have we already become so ? Brace up for a future fraught with immense chaos and unthinkable political and national consequences if the current trends continue. A civilization falls when it reaches the height of moral and ethical decadence. That may be true for the American 'empire' too. Are we planning to duplicate the same ?

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