Just like that—Happy Independence

All the past losses All the past hurts All the past murders All the past lies All gone Just like that. Welcome to Independence Day! Just like that We are told we are free. What if: our losses don’t stop; Our hurts deepen; More of us are murdered; And, we are still lied to. What about all that? Should we just forget Since we expect no respect From the ones who sell one thing And deliver another? Just like that. Just like that I refused to accept more lies Took action, left the greedy world behind…

The Diamond Jug

The Diamond Jug Part 1 Imagine that there is a jug made of diamonds And full of life-giving fluids sitting on a table. Now, imagine that someone comes along And says: This jug and everything in it is mine. The owners of the jug reject this claim. A long battle ensues. Finally, the thieves leave. But, instead of the precious jug They leave behind a number of glasses Of different shapes, colours, and sizes. Each filled with toxic looking And foul-smelling contents. What can the owners of the jug do now? The past is lost: only…

Regaining Balance: Relearning religion

Regaining Balance: Relearning religion Why is it that while religions teach peace, people kill and exploit each other in the name of religion? A one-line answer to this question: The term religion leads to a confusion between two things: 1) practices (action/verb), and 2) a category (entity/noun). The notion of religion as a category evolved during European colonisation as the colonisers, who travelled by sea, captured more lands and peoples, who had different practices. The term religion itself was adapted from one or more…

Regaining Balance: Learning to make sense

That’s right. For all the books that humans have written and read across time, we don’t really know much about the world that we live in. And, given the material and social contexts that so many of us live in, there is little reason for us to trust knowledge marketed to us by our colonial masters.

Colonisation 3.0

This essay is based on an understanding that European colonisation was carried out through both physical and socio-semiotic violence. This socio-semiotic violence includes the formation of new concepts and categories in English, e.g., ‘country’, ‘language’, and ‘religion’; an introduction of new forms of education and literacy; and, using these categories and processes to divide up and influence peoples’ beliefs and practices. While the Europeans physically retreated from their colonies starting the middle of the 20th…

The unmaking of paradise: Literacy as Trojan Horse-II

The unmaking of paradise: Literacy as Trojan Horse-II by: Prof Nomad Our valley changes with seasons. Each as beautiful as the other. The dynamics of landscape, of life, of beliefs keeps shifting and changing – each image a perfection in itself. Then, we see large wooden vessels floating through the oceans and arriving at the entrance to our paradise. Vessels full of humans, even if they look a bit different from the ones in paradise. Full of welcoming curiosity as ever, the valley shared all that it had. At first these…