i hate stories of war and then martyrdom. No matter the war technology we havent really gotten past the blanks! So war stories are full of blanks and a blurry end – eyes abrim with salt tears.
A nuclear bomb hitting the surface, army men camouflaged in the thickets of tree jungles, large sinking vessels. Makes me uncomfortable when people around me are rejoicing the death of a enemy which is probably easier to bail out of than the damnation if you arent moved to tears when a soldier is killed.
But hear me screaming all through the war ? What about the forest ? The soil? The animals (and tribes?) in the forest ? What about their stories, their choices (and eventually each one of ours)? Would we still take sides just to blend in, if we understood the difference between choice and oppression, vulnerability and machismo, incomprehension and indoctrination, free will and rigorous training, consent and rape. Or would we still take sides to just blend in?
It seems to me like we are so fast spiralling out of time and growing anthropocentrism - all the while with our eyes shut, clucthing a b&w photo to our chest! That someone has definitely put a face to the human at the centre and i wouldnt be surprised if he is having a good laugh (probably muffled by the “sweetest sound you could hear out there..”*) and showing us his middle finger in colour.
We need to wake up to the environmental disaster that are leaders are hurtling us towards, we have to start sensing that the air we are breathing has gone acrid, we need to grasp the evil in the fact that our waters bodies that have become blackened and water bottles stacked in shelves, we just have to stand across the road and not really along a border to put our life at stake, we are the army programmed/educated to destroy as quickly as possible coz time is money and someone out there is getting really rich really fast. Its everyday war and we are not free from the human ! So look out for that alterity, embrace it – we should.
There is no freedom, atleast not in this country of ‘happy-to-be-blind, deaf and dumb’ people and the b&w photos – Our constitution talks of “Freedom to live (breathe clean air, access to clean water and food)” but where is it ? Do i have to take a side to see it ?
Remembering some stories of freedom today:
Azadi ki Aur
Dog of Tithwal - https://cafedissensus.com/2017/08/15/the-dog-of-tithwal-imagining-animals-in-partition/
*- ‘Dunkirk (movie 2017)’ comment on the Rolls Royce Merlin Engine!)