Where even Ishvara is fallible...
Amit Srivastava | 03 Sep 2013

The great Indian poet, Noble Laureate, and freedom fighter, Rabindranath Tagore, wrote these famous lines in early twentieth century:


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake 

Tagore was great idealist and visionary but in these world famous lines he appears too far away from the reality that India was at that moment of time and could possibly be in future. He also appears emotive and much influenced by the region later known as the West. India is anyway not yet any closer to the dreams of Tagore than it was at any moment of time in history. The fact is that in spite of all nationalism of Tagore the above is Anglican vision with egalitarian touch as reflected in the words, ‘my Father’ even though such could refer to Brahma or Brahman as well. The poet dreams of utopian society which is too far away from what India was and still is.  

I am no James Bond and am not ambitious at all, but I have written few lines mostly about Hindu-dominated India. I hope and wish that the readers would take them lightly. Here are few lines without any thought and preparation:

Where even Ishvara is fallible

Where unconscious is still relevant and dictates many aspects of thinking

Where asymmetries, inequalities, distinctions, differences, contradictions and segmentations are norms and their violations exceptional

Where ‘big’ of all castes, creeds and religions are adored by different identities

Where mightiest can fail and weakest can rise but under exceptional circumstances 

Where even the outcastes and lowest strata appear to uphold the eternal dharma in spite of unending social hierarchies

Where ‘color consciousness’ is practically universal

Where at micro-level there is great equality to be superseded by huge inequalities at higher levels

Where theories and practices can have all possible relations

Where dreams, hopes, ambitions and imaginations have never ended and would never end

Where except infinity all others are ‘small’, comprehensible and measurable

Where even human responses are many times exponential with extreme pre-exponent constants 

Where all measures are measurable and understandable

Where even under the utmost adverse circumstances the probability of the society turning into either a ‘White Hole’ or ‘Black Hole’ or both is asymptotically zero

Where there is competition in upgrading and updating among various constituents for all kind of reasons

Where distributions are so wide that together they reflect parts of the entire world

Ishvara by his own laws and those of locals has thus dictated the evolution of Hindu parts of India and more and majority of believers because of their beliefs would continue to see such India continuing, growing and expanding