I will scratch your …

I mean your back

You scratch my …

… I mean my back

I will give you a Like

You give me a Like

I will give you a Thumbs Up

You give me a Thumbs Up

Online, offline, be it wherever

These are the rules of the game

I am OK, you’re OK; both healthy

And all is well with the world

Even though losers go on and on

About the problems in the world

We play by the rules, and so

My merit will go up

My credit will go up

Your credit will go…


Image for post
Image for post

Moral ambiguity is one of the stocks-in-trade of literary and art criticism. This or that work of art is said to have moral ambiguity to a high degree and it is usually meant to be a compliment. Now moral ambiguity, given the world we live in, is indeed something that perhaps every work of art should possess to some degree. After all, what can be worse, from the artistic point of view, than to sit in judgement over each and every aspect of human life, when human knowledge of human mind or of human relations, let alone of the cosmic realities, is so little that we can only feel humble at our own collective ignorance. We can also feel collectively criminal, given what we have done to the Earth, but that is a digression. Paraphrasing and putting in the reverse order what Pinter said in his Nobel acceptance speech, unlike in real life, where we often have to (and must) say what is true and what is false (or what is good and what is bad), in art one need not do that. The necessary result of such a well advised policy will be moral ambiguity in art, because art is not Moral Science. That applies as much to popular art as it does to ‘high’ or ‘fine’ art. …


Image for post
Image for post

Weapon are devices

That can harm people

Can also harm property

But that’s less important

Weapons are technologies

Not necessarily physical

As in the Foucauldian sense

In that sense,

They can also

Harm society

And culture,

Civilizations

Humanity itself

And,

More importantly

The very idea of

What humanity is

In the Foucauldian sense, they

Can generate chain reactions

Just like nuclear technologies

And they can destroy humanity

Just like fission-fusion weapons

Weapons or technologies

Are not tied to a particular

Ideology or even a religion

In the Foucauldian sense,

Conventional technologies

Are clandestinely

Or benevolently

Developed, and

Are weaponized

They are…


Global Meta-Politics (with a Touch of Comedy)

Image for post
Image for post

A meta-organization is an organization for organizations, which can implement a specific or multiple specific organizations; use them as necessary; and dissolve them when the aims have been achieved.

Global meta-politics can be thought of as the prime mover behind the globalized politics of today. It gives the impression of political choice where none actually exists. Or a choice like between Coke and Pepsi. Or Coke and Diet Coke.

Where choices actually exist (hopefully), the political organizations implemented by a meta-organization aim to demolish them and replace them with a standard globalized two-party political system, as practiced in the Imperial Headquarters of the 20th and (particularly) the 21st century. The two parties undergo constant changes as and when required. …


Crime and punishment

Are highly correlated

Humanity doesn’t need to live

In the chains of causality

The final frontier for humanity

Causality requires us to understand

The whole continuous bi-directional

Network of effects and their causes

Therefore,

To free humanity from the chains

Of complicated tangled causality

Punishment determines the crime

What was the crime

Based on which

And how much

Was the punishment

Therefore,

In order to reduce crimes, you can

Catch someone: anyone, anywhere

And make sure to punish them well

This can be done: is easily achievable

With near total, complete certainty

Therefore,

If you are someone being…


Sometime after I started this blog, I looked up the stats page to see how was the viewership. I didn’t expect large numbers, but I wanted to check if anyone was reading it at all. It turned out that, at least officially (in a way that would register in WordPress stats), not that many were (except for short periods), considering that even personal Facebook pages or single (personal) YouTube videos can often have very large viewership. At the same time, a lot of people seemed to be aware of what I was writing, because either the content of my posts or the blog itself were often referred to in my conversations with other people. …


Kailash Mansarovar, a geographical as well as a mythological place, now in China (or rather, Tibet), is considered the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva (the Destroyer), one among the many Hindu Gods, albeit a very important one, as he is a part of the triad, or Trimurti, which also includes Vishnu (the Maintainer) and Brahma (the Creator).

You might have come across an ‘artistic representation’ of Kailash, even if you are not familiar with its name. Think of a heavenly place with a lake with swans swimming in it, surrounded by a divine garden.

There was even a South Park episode where a character tries to meditate by thinking of a place like this. Someone from the sub-continent must have suggested that to him. …


Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Dead.

L. K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi: Retired.

Haren Pandya: Killed.

Pramod Mahajan: Dead.

Gopinath Munde: Dead.

Manohar Parrikar: Dead.

Arun Jaitley: Retired Hurt.

Sushma Swaraj: Partly Hurt, Partly Retired.

Rajesh Pilot: Dead.

Madhavrao Scindia: Dead.

Vilasrao Deshmukh: Dead.

Y S Rajasekhara Reddy: Dead.

Sonia Gandhi: Semi-Retired.

Manmohan Singh: Not a Politician.

Rahul Gandhi: Character Assassinated.

Digvijay Singh: Character Assassinated.

Shashi Tharoor: Alive, With a Sword Hanging Above His Head.

Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath, P. Chidambaram: ?

Karunanidhi: Dead.

Jayalalitha: Dead. (And Conspiracy Theories).

(There is Twitter Comedy Festival to Mark Her Death)

Lalu Yadav: Neutralized.

Nitish Kumar: In a Negative Buridan’s Ass Situation. …

About

Anil Eklavya

Someone who is an academic (with many research publications) but strongly believes himself to be writer (but has hardly published anything like writers do).

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store