Would countries like India, South Africa and Brazil ever be allowed to rise? It is a big challenge for the leaders of these three rising powers. The recent pillaging, looting and destruction of Indian homes and businesses in South Africa is a demonstration that the status quo is not going to surrender without a fight.
Apartheid and colonialism must have ended but there are always a few who believe that they are born to rule over others. This is well demonstrated everyday by forces that believe that they have entitlements, not the Gooptas. The influence of the Gooptas in the Zuma government has upset the traditional players who saw their privileges as entitlements. While legally the labels of colonialism and apartheid have been erased, the ethos of colonialism continue to strangle the developing world.
In Trinidad and Tobago, it was not uncommon to hear the drums of discrimination when an Indian was landed a contract or appointed to a position under the PPP government. There were screaming headlines of corruption in the national media condemning the government. Even supporters of the PP government had fallen victims to this assault on the PP government. Not wanting to be left out, they joined the chorus of corruption against the PP Government. Nevertheless, when the 1% landed contracts, the media was silent. Today, the newspapers that hounded the PP government is protecting the Al-Rawis, Imberts and the Youngs but continuing to label the Opposition as corrupt.
I read in the news of the devasting floods in West Germany and Belgium and I am still in shock. Germany experienced devasting floods! I have always associated natural disasters with Bangladesh and India, Zimbabwe, Guatemala and the Philippines, not with Germany. Similarly, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, was equally shocked when she awoke to the reality that India was the leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals in the world!
I like President Jair Bolsonaro’s defiance of western media to shut down the Brazilian economy. Covid 19 is not just about virus but an instrument to perpetuate the dominance of western imperialism. Some interests would have loved to see Prime Minister Modi shutdown India for a second time. Vaccine politics has come to dominate the fight against the pandemic. I happen to get two doses of the Sinopharm vaccine while my niece is waiting on the Pfizer which she said is the best vaccine!
It is fashionable to talk about the superiority of American goods. This value has been internalized by the elites of third world countries who would frequent cafes, dressed in their western gadgets- Nike shoes, jeans trousers and Polo T-shirt. Every thing American is great, even the US brand of Yoga which is spreading like wild fire in Indian cities among the educated elites.
In India the Catholic Church condemns Hindu society and has gone on to label it patriarchal and oppressive. Aligning with the Marxists, the Catholic Church is talking liberation theology, the right of the poor to take up arms against their oppressors, in this case the Indian state and Hindu society. Thankfully, their mission has failed to gain traction among the masses. However, the Catholic Mission in India remains a tool to extract money from the wealthy through it English medium schools.
Modi is a nationalist leader with a definition of nationalism that is rooted in dharma, not the aggressive nationalism that was displayed by the western colonial powers. Modi’s nationalism is awakening India to its heritage and ancient glory, refusing to be defined by global power blocks.
What passes for leadership in the diaspora today is a shadowy existence, that is, an obscurity that does not have an independent existence. It is like talking Hindutva while dressed in a jacket and tie. Such leadership runs the risk of producing a culture which interprets Hindu values as irrelevant to the needs of modern world. As such, making reference to the Ramayana or the Mahabharata or quoting from Swami Vivekananda is dismissed as backward among many educated Indians, while quotes from Shakespeare or Albert Einstein place you on a pedestal.
Our leadership must stand up for who they are and stop believing that your enemies are going to love you if you speak softly with a broad smile on your face. Unless you can stand up to the threats there is going to be no peace for you. Not even Bob Marley’s One Love would be able to help in this struggle for survival. Steel and blood have always dictated peace!