Post Mortem

Classless state: A Utopian Approach?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/27/2020 12:43:49 PM IST

 This society has taught us to behave in a way according to the knowledge, Wealth and income we have hoarded. And does this mean we are not capable of certain things?

We are living in a mixed bag society where there are have’s , have -not and some in between the two.

People find it seemingly fine to mock at others who do not have the ability to acquire as much Knowledge and wealth than them. It’s a daily affair. Have you ever been bullied in schools, colleges, universities, workplace etc because you are inferior than your peers?

Society has manifested life in such a way making the poor and less fortunate think that they are not capable of achieving bigger things.

Even in the ancient days, the kings projected themselves saying ‘Myth is right’ and they have captured and exploited the weaker kingdoms. The defeated kings had no right but to surrender themselves to the conqueror. The British portrayed us as inferior people/race who are not capable/worthy of running our own administration. We were doomed by this concept and refrain ourselves from thinking beyond.

Nevertheless, prominent leaders like Gandhiji, Nehru, Tilak, Ambedkar and so on were unstoppable. They broke this class barrier, fought for us and freed us from the yoke. They made us aware that Indians are no less.

And so society itself is self contradictory. Class itself is counterintuitive. We organize society into rich-poor; then we try to change it. So to say it’s a paradox. Interestingly, India as a nation has not categorized Indians as rich-poor or strong-weak but Indians had done or do so. When Article 14 of the Indian constitution states ‘Equality before law’.

Then why can’t we leave behind this ancient and colonial legacy and move towards a classless society? Why do we adopt Western cultures and traditions so quickly but are not able to give up the mindset of labelling others? Why does money and wealth possession talk so loud? Why can’t we try to be neutral?

However, a classless society is an ideal society. There is bound to be discrimination everywhere since every individual is unique in our ways and it’s impossible that every human being has the same thought and similar approach. Likewise, we have various talents and professions. It will be a waste of time for us to think that we can go back to the ancient primitive regime of hunter-gatherer era.

Imtisenla, Student

 

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