Without joining the political battle and confining myself only to the language used in political discourse I feel that many times our “leaders” (its a disgrace at times to use this undeserved appellation) not only NEVER MEAN WHAT THEY SAY say but actually SAY WHAT THEY CANNOT MEAN. I was amused to hear Rahul Gandhi’s comment on Narendra Modi. He MEANT Modi is “QUAKING” because of the apprehended revelations. However he SAID there will be an “EARTHQUAKE” when he will speak. He COULD NOT have MEANT that because the earthquake would consume the maker (that is Rahul Gandhi) himself rendering the quaking of Modi irrelevant! So far from being EXPLOSIVE as was presumed the allegations would actually be IMPLOSIVE. And that is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what was intended to be conveyed! Orwell will surely turn in his grave. He used “DOUBLESPEAK” as a CONSCIOUS political strategy to manipulate and control the population. He never anticipated a variant of this arising SPONTANEOUSLY out of the utter banality of the speaker with consequences completely different from the original intent. That’s DOUBLESPEAK DOUBLESPEAK – we KNOW the speaker did not mean it yet WONDER what he meant with no one knowing the real meaning. The ensuing confusion enables everyone to take any meaning from it with the real meaning not known to anyone! Thus we have BJP saying Rahul Gandhi has “nothing earth-shattering to reveal” assuming what he MEANT but did not SAY but it is NOT saying that what Rahul SAID affects HIM not THEM! And AAP wonders why Rahul is NOT actually speaking out what he threatens to say UNCONCERNED that taking what Rahul SAYS literally will consume AAP in the earthquake for no fault of itself! Its the ALICE IN WONDERLAND MOMENT – the only thing is it is REAL. Wish I could say (borrowing from the work) “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS” – but in the scheme of things the heads seem irrelevant and so “off with their heads” will actually make NO difference!! 🙂
On reading Mamta Banerjee’s comment on Malda I am convinced that the Orwellian dystopia is no imaginary place!
Malda, says Mamta, was not a communal incident but a clash between local people and BSF. This Orwellian Doublethink – a distortion of reality to treat the phoney version as true while knowing all the time that the counterfactual version is actually bogus feeling no cognitive dissonance – discomfort in holding contradictory beliefs – despite the simultaneous holding of contradictory ideas.
Thus inconvenient facts are incinerated altogether and as governance takes place in a dislocated sense of reality where self-serving perception guides actions of those in authority they do not feel the need of answerability because they find nothing blameworthy in their actions.
And such denialism becomes a tool to manipulate public opinion to achieve desired political ends. With the wrong effaced there is no occasion to enforce correction and an illegitimate abdication of authority is yet paraded as governance.
Governance, however, refers not to institutions of authority only but traditions by which authority is exercised and by adopting what the anthropologist Didier Fasin called “the ideological position whereby one systematically reacts by refusing reality and truth” the normative basis for wielding of power is lost.
The “ideals” then move from being spurs to action to being just an empty slogans, rhetoric takes the place of debate and the dialectics of interaction shift away from truth and reason to make a gridlock of chaos government.
Satyameva Jayate – truth alone triumphs – was adopted by us from the Mundaka Upanishad to be our National Motto. Let it not become the Ministry of Truth in the Orwellian novel Nineteen Eighty Four which concerned itself with lies – the exact opposite of what it purported to be – vapourizing both principles and personhood. The social compact which brought us together will then be lost and there will be degeneration into “war of all against all” – far removed from the Utopia we promised ourselves at the stroke of midnight!