Certainly, a terror attack it is. To terrorise and brutalise the farmers. And all those who dare to peacefully protest, demand their constitutional right to democratic spaces, and choose to exercise their option to dissent in a democracy. That is why, mere compensation or the lodging of an FIR won’t do. Justice has to be done — come what may!
Will the Indian government save its huge investments in Afghanistan and not be reduced into a non-entity in the region? Or, will it only choose to use Taliban for its shallow ends in domestic politics, to win elections, and score brownie points by polarising on communal grounds through fake media narratives?
One of the predominant peculiarities of our modern media-mediated culture has been the uncontrolled celebration of the ‘accidents of reality’ at the risk of killing the ‘inner substance’ of humanity. The ‘silent power’ of Corona has changed all that.
With India clueless and dazed, its future in Afghanistan is getting grimmer with China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran on the same page, and its ally, the US, solely interested in getting out of there, at least as of now.
A global virus. New strains of diseases. New ecological catastrophes. All apocalyptic weather aberrations are man-made – a deadly consequence of the unbridled greed unleashed by globalisation and consumer society.
Kabir’s couplets have travelled great distances from their original contexts. Over 500 odd years,
several Kabirs have been grafted on to the persona of the low-caste weaver from somewhere near Benaras.