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Narayana Sarma Benevolent Dictator?! Gandhi had such strong streaks of fanaticism!
Unlike · Reply · 1 · 15 December 2015 at 23:07
Aparna Krishnan emi cheddamu ? which human being, avatars included, was free of any fault :)
Like · Reply · 1 · 15 December 2015 at 23:16
Vipin Sharma wishful thinking of a dreamer of utopia that could never ever come true although the dream was ideal for the spiritual land of India.
Like · Reply · 16 December 2015 at 12:32
Narayana Sarma 'What to do' has always been the question. "Stop" something. "Destroy" some thing. "Not permit" something. "Close" something down. "Prohibit" something - these are important 'action' verbs, Aparna Krishnan; and what everyone could try doing is see that they are also power-centric; and if you seek some (utopian, yes) place where this power centric thinking does not exist, you would not think in these terms at all.
Unlike · Reply · 2 · 16 December 2015 at 13:03
Narayana Sarma I am completely against liquor. I like total Prohibition. But I would see banning liquor only as an intermediate-yet-necessary step, which could help clear at least a few layers of- well, dullness- tamas- from people's minds and thus pave way for deeper transformation of existing thought processes including 'likes' and 'dislikes'. That transformation may eventually lead people to appreciate the value of the earlier- 'imposed' discipline of teetotalism- like a child appreciating its mother's decisions at some point of time- but at that point of time when I demand prohibition, I would still be using centralised Power, the very existence of which I dislike. Option to ban, if it exists, Aparna Krishnan, it could be used for any end, by anyone. Now I'd use it against liquor; tomorrow somebody else may use it against Satanic verses.
Unlike · Reply · 4 · 16 December 2015 at 13:33
Aparna Krishnan Existance is paved with only Catch 22s !
Like · Reply · 1 · 16 December 2015 at 13:42
Aparna Krishnan Do you think Gandhi did not see the point you did Narayana Sarma !
Like · Reply · 16 December 2015 at 13:46
Aparna Krishnan Rahul Banerjee, and so for anarchisim you see more of centralisation, with the unrealistic hope that it will wither away when we deem desirable. ... and so another plane of change is needed. Moral, also called spiritual.
Like · Reply · 16 December 2015 at 13:47
Narayana Sarma Aparna Krishnan He probably did, but come on, your excerpt does not present that angle so well :)
Like · Reply · 16 December 2015 at 13:53
Narayana Sarma Aparna Krishnan Eric Fromm's analysis of Gandhi- "Gandhi's truth" was a terribly interesting read. (I read it when i was quite young) If I remember right, the central theme of the book was that our AhimsaPujari was actually very "violent" at heart. Fromm also points out, quite convincingly, that Gandhi understood that to some extent and tried to get rid of it, rather unsuccessfully. This 'power play' could as well be one of the demon's many tentacles, I dont know- and he is sadly no more to clarify.
Unlike · Reply · 2 · 16 December 2015 at 14:06
Aparna Krishnan Yes, i can understand. That violence is in each one of our hearts also.
Like · Reply · 16 December 2015 at 14:15
Aparna Krishnan Narayana Sarma , yes this excerpt was not very satisfying me also. As it did seem like a Total Dictator picture. But that is also the problem with excerpts, because the truth lies embedde din the context always. Still I shared it, is I see you too have done !
Like · Reply · 16 December 2015 at 17:51