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I am not religious, but I don't mind calling myself spiritual. Religion, I believe, has, over the millennia, been used as a prop to perpetrate a lot of human suffering. Faith is what matters. I don't believe in the definition of God as a creator. According to me, my God resides within me. Some call it conscience, some call it the sub-conscious, some call it the soul. I don't mind calling it God. So by definition I am not an atheist or an agnostic, but by essence, I may as well be. My God does not reside in a temple, church, mosque or gurudwara. It is right here, within me.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Inscribed on the Pages of History

“Crisis in the economy, polity and society formed the background of his rise to power. Born in a small town with a humble background, he spent his youth in poverty. Early in his career, he joined a right-wing organization which would shape him. Looking back, he will be the one who ends up shaping the organization. He grows through the ranks of this organization with his oratory skills.

Becoming restless with the party at the centre, he at first tries to mobilise popular support, but fails. But the decline in the economy of the country continues, the economic environment falters, food prices soar, businesses shut down, currency depreciates, jobs are under pressure and middle classes are threatened. In such a situation, the propaganda of his party stirs hopes for a better future. 4 years ago, his party could nowhere be seen as a winner, but in just these few years, the situation entirely reverses. Public discontent, utterly horrid economic situation and lack of strong and effective governance helps win support for him and his party. Now his party is on the verge of majority in the parliament, and he is certain to become the next leader of the nation – the last hope of a drowning economy, the only ray of light for the distressed people.

Dwelling on his nature, he always was a powerful speaker. His passion and his words moved people. He promised to build a strong nation, undo the injustices imposed on the people by the current government at the centre and restore the dignity of the people of the proud nation. He promised employment for those looking for work, and a secure future for the youth. He promised to weed out all foreign powers working from inside of the nation against it, especially those sponsored by the neighbouring countries. He excelled in whipping up a communal frenzy. He told the people that the people of the "other" religion living among them cannot take away their rights. He played to the popular sentiment and believed that the people of his religion cannot be taken for a ride by the "decadent elements" in the society. 

He devised a new style of politics. He understood the significance of symbolism and spectacle in mass mobilisation. His party held massive rallies and public meetings to demonstrate the support for him and instill a sense of unity among the people. His party’s propaganda skilfully projected him as a messiah, a saviour, a ‘knight in shining armour’ who had arrived to deliver people from their distress. It is an image that captured the imagination of a people whose sense of dignity and pride had been shattered, who were living in a time of acute economic and political crisis.”

This is how history describes Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany during the years 1928-1932.

10 comments:

  1. In 1932, the Germans thought that Hitler was the best thing to happen to their nation. But today most of the Germans do not want to discuss him, as he brought to their nation utter humiliation and decades of East-West Division.
    Extremism in any form is bad and this is one of the best such examples.

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    1. The problem is that at a micro level, it's very difficult for someone to see the bigger picture. We'll never know until we try our tryst with authoritarianism. I just hope we step back in time.

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  2. There is no dearth of Hitlers all over the world even today. There is a need to identify, isolate and expose them.

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    1. The problem is you cannot pin them down until they make a mistake. Until then, one cannot do much but sit back and watch them ride upon the buoyant wave of anti-incumbency.

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  3. Of course the best was saved for the last line. :)
    But the comparison was too much far fetched. A person is innocent unless proven guilty by the law. Time and again Indian court has given relief to NM. Anyway what material did you refer for the content of this blog?

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    1. It came out of the NCERT textbook of 7th standard. I changed the phrasing to hide any direct references.

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  4. Basic traits determine the behavior of a man as a leader. No direct references but, yes, there are striking similarities with someone we know.

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    1. It's scary how reading about one makes one think about the other!

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