Monday, September 27, 2010

Road to True Capitalism - iii

The profit sharing policy enacted by the Indian government again appears to be socialist stagnation than capitalist mobility. Get over the guilty feeling - that's all they are interested in doing.

In between, there was another proposal to bring the tribals to mainstream. An Indian minister, Kantilal Bhuria, a tribal himself, has advocated for tribal regiment in Indian army. I believe if this were to become true the transition would be tribalism->feudalism-> capitalism-> welfarism.

I think this mode is more practical than triabalism->capitalism->welfarism model. However, what we have to make sure is with warrior life, we can legally kill tribals' present way of life and replace it with another tribal way of life, generally known as the Western life. I believe in this case, tribals may not have to be derided for adopting a foreign way of life since the fundamentals of both societies are the same.  Western Europeans have always been (with brief interlude) more egalitarian and a communal society.  For them the ideology of individualism was an artificial way to accept individual freedom. In contrast, sedentary Indian caste society is highly individualistic within its caste communal identities. The individualism comes from the occupational identity and communality comes from the hereditary caste identities. Thus it requires two levels of emancipation;
- Individualism at the caste identities (thus no-caste identity)
- Communality within the occupational identity (thus team work across different ideas)

However, the Indian tribal society is more akin to erstwhile western European society. Of course, we surely don't think a Dravidian tribal wearing his Bison horn is similar to present day Scandinavian wearing his imagined Viking Horn or a Scot wearing his skirt.  But the overall social dynamics are still the same.

This brings another issue to the foreground. In a democratic system is it possible to make policies that may show results after a generation (say 30 years)? A number of governments with different ideologies can come to the power during this period. Therefore, we need to have a democratic system where a party can implement its generational policy. However, we also require a little flexibility that it doesn't affect all Indians as the social realities are different for different regions. Thus;

- A state government should have a constitutional authority to make generational policies
- A generational policy should remain unchanged for 30 years
- The policies should mainly concern with socio-economic life of people (which includes religion)
- The conspicuous failure of the generational policy should only result in its modifications and not in its complete removal until the period is over

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