Monday, January 29, 2007

Did the tumor come first?

So there is the much done to death question, how can human being behave in such an inhuman manner? I refrain to even use the phrase "behave like animals" , because I really don't think any animals can come up with our level of expertise in giving pain for the sake of giving pain, simply because we dislike "them" ?

I'm not sure there are any simple answers, its not really about whether the riots were a response to train burning, or whether the train burning was a response to masjid demolitions, or whether the bombs came first or the retaliation to them... the stack can unwind endlessly. The starting point I feel is always the differenciation of "us" and "them". Here its religion, at other times it can be various other convinient and not so convinient ways of compartmentatlisation. Gender, region, language, caste, what not. Eventually its the feeling of how "we" are good and "they" are not.

Sad, but I guess thats how it is.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Winners History

Just finished reading a book, which pretty much smashed to bits some myths that we were fed as history during school. Which got me thinking about Orwell, and 1984 which had left quite an impact when I read it some 15 yrs back. Eventually its hard to really read or learn or understand an "objective" history. To start with , people documenting it will always color it with their viewpoints, intentionally or otherwise. And then , to add to that, you will usually read / view it through a prism of your own world view. And the bottom line will be that there will always be more than one history, the winnners, the losers, the readers, and then some..