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Rule of the Khan

In Culture, Politics on April 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

Indian populist culture is familiar with, and pays ceaseless, cosmetic tribute to contemporary Khan Dynasties epitomized by Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan & of course Aamir Khan. But what the Indian diaspora fails to recognize is the fact that Khan Dynasties not only rule their movie industry, but their fragile political infrastructure is led by one of the most powerful Khan dynasties on the planet.

The Nehru-Khan Dynasty.

Jawaharlal Nehru was an English aristocrat first, and an Indian freedom fighter second, who happened to take over Indian politics in its nascent state. He was a true statesman, both articulate and charismatic. His daughter was a whole another matter. She was a true authoritarian, chiding and scolding, even punishing state leaders for failure to comply with her dictatorship.

Before she rose to her seat of power, Indira Nehru, as was her maiden name, married Feroze Khan. The surname of Feroze Khan’s Parsi mother was Gandhy, but even then she still hadn’t attained the much coveted political surname.  Since you’re reading this, you might as well get to know Maimuna Begum! Her marriage was not well-received by her father, which prompted M.K Gandhi, to mediate the issue. He adopted Feroze Khan, thus gifting him and future generations of Indira’s family, the holy grail of Gandhian nomenclature.

Thus finally we arrive at the year 2013 A.D., with Antonia Maino , aka Sonia Khan, aka Sonia Gandhi reigning over the Indian sub-continent. If we follow the true family nomenclature, we have Rahul Khan, who is touted as successor to the Nehru-Khan Dynasty.

Truth is stranger than fiction…only until you grow measurably familiar with it.

Dynasty

In Culture on March 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

Richard  Dawkins authored The Selfish Gene way back in 1976, a codex that is veritably relevant to our present progressive industrial establishment. Human beings are nothing but robots being managed by the selfish organic building blocks of nature, DNA. Every trait exhibited by you, the reader, be it the incessant fluttering of your eyelids while you read this or that annoying mole with the three strands of hair sticking out is programmed into existence by your genome.  Ever since the dawn of civilization, man has been trying to associate a purpose with his existence while this very process of intelligence is an unforeseen adaptation by these random combinations Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine and Thymine nucleotides on a Phospate-deoxyribose backbone.

It is one of the great tragedies of nature where the puppets of these molecules embark on a never-ending journey to find their masters, while they always fail/refuse to look within themselves.

The topic under discussion today, my children, is the nefarious manifestation of the single-minded purpose of these petite yet powerful biological masters – Dynasty.

Indian Maharaja Procession

When you consider any fertile human, his only purpose, driven by his genes is to ensure the multiplication and transmission of these building blocks of life. What does this entail in a heavy population? We end up with virtual walls being setup inside the industrial establishment where only the fortunate ones share the earthly resources with genetically identical members.  Evolution has brought out the best in organic life-forms through its inherent affinity for mutation/change while now the avenues of growth or administration or creativity is being held within walls to keep out any occurrence of this change.

Indians are very much familiar with dynasty in their political landscape. The father holds on to his office till his very last breath and following his ill-health, the son/wife/daughter takes over. Nowadays the brother-in-law/son-in-law is also a viable candidate. The same applies for corporate moguls and key players in cinema or in any other societal component. This tends to set up pseudo-elite miniature societies within the main societal environment where outsiders find it laborious to access, even though the resources stuck within these artificial miniature societies belong to the outlying larger portion of the population.

We are in an age where the miniature societies are forming and strengthening themselves much like the monarchies of the forgotten past. In a way, monarchy can never be absolved as long as the human race exists. There will always be a society of rulers and a society of the ruled. Monarchy will always exist in one form or the other. Your body is an example of this monarchy, where you are the peasant and your genes, the emperor.

The world is indeed a panoply of biological machines that have turned out to be more efficient than it ever dreamed it could be.  The evidence for this is the mindless multiplication of the human race. It is a fractured system without an ABORT key. Much like a recursive function gone haywire. This  will end up placing dynasties rigidly in various avenues of society. The process of dismantling these miniature societies will hence be inevitable, conscripted and an absolute necessity.

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