But the point to be noted here is the UN at the initiative of a certain nation about to face its greatest showdown indicted Syria at the national forum for war crimes and implicated its sore rival in the process. The fight was unchanged. It was still Syria fighting against a group of radicals trying to wrest back its territory. They were still probably adopting the same tactics but with better weapons having gained some new friends over the past year. That got them in the news more than their misery could in all these years. Hence, in the forum of nations, you never know which act of yours will be considered a war crime depending on your and your rival’s allies and who starts having a better claim to freedom according to an influenced majority.
France, however, had a legitimate case of tyranny and their philosophers developed concepts of democracy and the social contract. There were democratic structures in ancient Greece, but it was an advisory opinion at best (like UN's decrees against radicals). Now, when you are overthrowing a monarch but you want to maintain the territory and your way of life, you start thinking of self-governance (like when you fire your domestic worker and swear never to have another gossip monger in your already crumbling home but have to think of keeping the house from the next day forward). So they thought about forming this governing company with rules and votes and accountability to protect themselves from external aggression. This was garbed as a nation which was now declared the sovereign. People were enthralled by the idea and wanted to adopt it for themselves. There were revolutions all over Europe and people demanded nations rather than kingdoms. But most of them did not rethink the fundamentals beyond their current territorial affiliations.
So like a diligent promoter who pitted neighbors against one another to ultimately acquire the entire property for redevelopment, the pale skinned played one leader against another. It is relevant to understand, by this time, due to invasions of several people who could not make it in their own lands, the area was overflowing with crowds hating each other due to their differences. The promoting tactics with occasional liberation propaganda led these foreigners to control the entire sub-continent directly, indirectly or coercively. Now, nobody likes being bullied to subjugation and being conquered and bought like chattels. So people protested. Their most important contention was these foreigners were messing with their afterlife plans. Also, nobody seemed to care about what was happening and they were being extorted by landlords with foreign aid. They had sentience like lab rats that only know their confinement to be unnatural but did not know what rats ought to do as rats. The people who were privileged with foreign education and whose ideas resembled what the foreigners observed in their own lands started to propagate dreams of a better life to be realized by heterogeneous means according to your subscription to political identities.
Even Scotland was having problems staying loyal. Hurt and betrayed, it started taking its frustration out on its adoptive children like India. It was still quite tender with its other children like Australia, New Zealand, Canada but it was showing no mercy to India after it started acting all rebellious following its step brother America's liberation. Britain itself had found some liberation with the foundation of democracy but it was a possessive father and did not want the same for its children, much like the dad in Udaan. India had schizophrenia and instead of curing it, Britain fanned it and let it fester, so as to prevent India from escaping its clutches. Britain was, in fact, a very dominant patriarch who rarely tolerated insubordination. However, India was trying to fight back, in all desperation, despite its schizophrenia and Ireland was posing a threat to its domestic peace. Britain was also trying to appease a lunatic punk who wanted to kill all Jews and usher in Aryan domination before asking the security at an opportune moment to throw him out. The punk was apparently bitten by a bug of extreme nationalism.
So, India, in order to secure internal peace, paved way for eternal strife with its second personality, each trying to up the ante with every move. Now, with time and events, their separation is almost complete with the split entities having self-control and they no longer consider themselves as historically one. In fact, like in "1984", probably, all of them have molded history to show there was never a case of mental history and they were separately great as nations. Even the martyrs are now being used as emblems for factions fighting over the epithet of the best sacrifice. In fact, the crown has become sentient and seeks independence, and India is attempting to cleanse leftovers of its second personality.
So, readers, have you guessed the common theme?Take some time and think it over. Yes, it is using fear to control people. Syria is being bugged by terrorists. The French and Americans, before they were successful, tried to create panic amongst the rulers to force submission. Indians were trying to wrest freedom by scaring Britons. Britain was having problems with Ireland and IRA was adopting guerrilla tactics to frighten Britain into giving in. Finally, India’s second personality is being charged with terrorism. You thought it was nationalism and liberation? Those words have been irrelevant since United Nations started promoting peace. In fact, the politically correct terms are patriotism and human rights violation.
I hope you have also understood the entities discussed here are vegetative and can reproduce through segregation and adopt through colonization. So long.
Written by Sayantani Saha
Writer, dreamer of world exploration and lover of high fantasy