Other than Modi’s headgear, the Independence Day address from the Red Fort was the same unchanging bluster. Amidst the festering hostilities, the McMahon line drawn by colonial Britain thrives as the emerging hotspot; a platform erected on the corpses of workers baptised as ‘armies.’ This potential theatre of war is the place for President Xi and India’s Prime Minister Modi to demonstrate their servility to the Empire. Confidence building measures and inconclusive disengagement along the McMahon line, sustained jointly by Modi and Xi, provide another stage for Trump’s intervention to re-launch his stuttering re-election campaign.
On either side of the McMahon line: a totalitarian state run by the “Communist” Party of China (having nothing to do with ‘communism’) and a “democracy” clinically dismantled by the ethnic majority of religious fundamentalists catering to the billionaires. These lines of perpetual friction, based on a fraudulent ‘backdated document, with a forged year of publication’ (Alfred Rubin, 1967), continues to be nurtured by the Empire as a potential conflict zone. Reluctance of the Chinese Politburo and India’s ruling pathocracy to resolve issues on these notional lines evidences the increasing submissiveness to the Empire. While ‘in the 1950s, New Delhi wanted to engage with Beijing, Washington sought confrontation. In the 1960s, the US engaged whereas India grew more hostile’ (Tanvi Madan, 2020). Whether it is Nehru or Modi, Washington still call the shots. Instead of redrawing these colonial lines to avoid potential war, Xi and Modi share a submissive reluctance to redefine the lines drawn by colonial Britain, currently nurtured under the shadow of the Empire.
Lines of Friction: War-profiteering
To ensure the grey lines are further etched in the collective memory of the people, selected segments of the working class are chosen to be well fed, employed, and then elevated to be branded as ‘armies’. To fight along the border lines, to make the supreme sacrifice, the working class are fattened to freely shed their blood to paint the lines in a different hue. It is the working class who furnish the corpses for Modi to emotionally rally the voters to the polling booth, despite the grotesque failure of the Government’s distorted policies resulting in stagnant development.
When the masters in China and India drum up hostilities, it is the patriotic duty of the trained workers in uniform to fall upon one another, bludgeon each other to death like in Galwan Valley – without a shot being fired. While the workers in uniform march with machines of extermination, the unemployed, underemployed and underpaid workers walk towards their death by impoverishment. As the drums rattle, signalling an impending war, the death chords played along the lines of friction continue to serenade the barons of the military industrial complex- for whom peace at the borders reduces their Return on Investment. Colonial lines on forged maps still churn out profits for the capitalists who have always held the workers in contempt.
Capacity-building for Extermination
In the guise of defending territory bequeathed by colonial Britain, India’s distinct military inferiority prompted Modi to embark on a buying spree. The workers in India are compelled to bear the burden of paying USD 43 billion to Russia for the S-400 missile system, USD 30 billion for the Rafael deal and the unending defence shopping list. These are costs to be paid by the Indian population for promoting Modi’s hug-plomacy – hugging and buying India to bankruptcy. As Xi Jinping’ continues to “rebuild a strong army,” the instruments of mutually assured destruction purchased by Modi – manufactured by the US, British and French manufacturers – takes pride of place in the choreographed roll down Janpath, with the workers in uniform marching in cadence.
Celebrating a patriotic pageantry of acquisitions, India is closer to the pole position as the worlds’ 2nd largest arms importer. This wealth transfer to the West ensures India races to the bottom of the Global Hunger Index reaching 102nd position out of 117 countries of the world. Synchronised with the display of foreign-manufactured extermination machines, death within the borders of India has reached 3rd position amongst global Covid-19 infection rates. These enviable rankings were made possible by destruction of social guarantees, reduced spending on education and healthcare, and the opening up of the Indian economy to privatisation.
Blindfolding the public with the thin patina stretched over a heady cocktail of Hindu religions, the rhetoric of the servant leader Modi ensures a patriotism-laced transfer of wealth to the desi millionaires, and barons of the military industrial complex. Such transfer of public wealth goes unquestioned and without public scrutiny. While the promise maker Modi services the gods of capitalism, his intention is to lead the workers to sacrificial martyrdom at the newly build silver-brick altar of a masculine Teflon avatar.
Redistribution not patriotism
The affluent exercise the privilege to declare hostilities, raising patriotism as the ultimate ideal for uniting the nation. The affluent in India and the warlords of the Empire always stand to gain with nothing to lose, while the workers in uniform and the half-naked have nothing to gain and all to lose. As Modi stoops to subjugate the gullible, as the turban flows in the wind, the workers of India are aware that ‘patriotism’ as Tagore said ‘cannot be our final spiritual shelter’. The writing on the wall points to an impending battle with China and a potential dismemberment of the nation. Modi will still declare the nation as one family-blowing his conch as the Protector and Benevolent, protecting their mothers, wives and children, lulling the populace to accept ‘poverty as honourable sacrifice to the nation’. ‘Revolution’ as Wells says, ‘is outdated’, but a revolutionary redistribution of wealth demanded by the ‘muknayaks’ will usher in the new Republic, uprooting the foundations of the emerging fascist regime.
Author works with a strategic advisory in the Middle East. He believes neoliberalism creates ineqalityand transfer of wealth to the hegemony. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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