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Satyam!, Shivam!, Sundaram??
|by Dev N Pathak|
Desperate Capitalism, Disparaged State, and Doctored Democracy
The element of irony that a student of creative writing always seeks to learn by poring over tomes is ubiquity in our national dailies. It however does not amuse. Irony has become scare crow for all those envisioning hope amidst hovering clouds of doubts. The Indian prude will have to reconsider the validity of traditional dictum before it is merely a straw in the ideology of innocence. The make believe of 'everything true is divine and hence beautiful' is fractured enough to hold water. Satyam is not beautiful, and the newly unleashed intimacy between the corporate and the hardliners is not divine. And thus a news report reads 'Kalam quits' (Telegraph, January 13th, 2009). The former President was on the governing board of Emergency Management Research Institute, a non-profit outfit floated by Satyam Computers. Mixing the report with a bit of analytical conjecture, the wisdom woke up of a crescendo of crumble.
'We the people' grimaced with terror strikes targeting nation's underbelly. Satyam refuted it, as it were. After all, Truth is supposed to supersede lie (or half-truth). The underbelly is not shown with people charred in the enflaming RDX. Neither is it all about the decimating hope. It is to the fore when tyrannical unpredictability envelopes economy. At least such a crisis proves that everything else is merely superstructure around the core of economy. No numbers of people dead and amputated is equal to tumbling economic edifice. Ironically, capitalism of our times makes us realize this. Death of Living is secondary to death of economy. It is scientific error to consider 'economy' for any (social) group of Robinson Crusoe/s, for the latter is never a group-entity. It is further erroneous to take Robinson Crusoe for any individual. As far as economics of our time is concerned, Robinson Crusoe is not for any Tom, Dick and Harry. Beyond a pause, it is for Tata, Birla, and Ambani, and their ilk. Therefore, probably, a sulking Tata or a disgruntled Ambani an instant intervention in their favor, by Left, Right, Center and their playmates who belong to perhaps nowhere.
With Satyam's nose-dive and revealed inefficient mechanism of regulation, the disparaged state looks clueless. Shifting needle of blame toward Pakistan and partaking in war cry, post terror-strikes, is so much easier than answering the market giants. Penalizing Raju Ramlingam is not anything in comparison to condemning the allegedly benighted Pakistan. Secondly, the global economic downturn has pressed both the state and the corporate to try expedient measures. Receding jobs in IT industry blots the picture of ICE-age (Information, Communication and Entertainment) that we so religiously conjured at the dawn of new century. While IT measures are playing defensive, and the management institutes are launching new courses to fan some fume of hope, the twist in the politico-economic melodrama surfaces. The non-IT Godfathers have flex miscl3es and assert that they are the most powerful even in the post-modern information society. Suddenly post-Fordism, which every Social science student learns about in colleges with great zeal, is a doubtful thing of past. It is them who still wield the clout to persist and multiply. It is them who are the so-called beacon of hope and prosperity. Thus, it is them for whom the state must do everything.
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