India – a factory of Good God
The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Arup Mondal, EMBA KOL 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Recently articles on a god- man caught my attention and I recalled how many of such similar news were on media for last couple of years. I began wondering about our incredible India, the nation which has effortlessly produced Gods for centuries. And surprisingly India has become more efficient factory of producing self-styled god people.
Ancient Indians have always used god to camouflage their weaknesses and vulnerabilities. And the list of such susceptibilities has always been long. This is evident from the number of gods Indians have and their forms in which they are worshipped. A majority of idols worshipped in India are seen to be carrying weapons of destruction which destroys the serenity and tranquility. This wasn’t meant to defame the Supreme. This just proves that ancient Indians were inefficient in defending themselves from external forces and that’s why they needed a god of power and strength. Similarly illiterates needed and still needs a god for education and similarly we have a god of wealth for poor. So god has been merely a symbol of weakness of human beings and when you have too many weaknesses you need that many number of gods to cover those weaknesses. Seemingly people have been creating god to protect themselves. And the then gods were all perceived as protectors and were supreme in their own areas. The supreme “God” always eluded them.
Surprisingly, this is true about modern India too. Even in this era of digital revolution and virtualization and science, Indians have never stopped producing god men. But this has happened due to a different category of people who are no longer poor or illiterate. And the reason remains the same. Affluence and individualistic approach towards life have left them paranoid. They are left emotionally blank and spiritually void. Their constant phobia of losing riches and their greed for power and more money have made them vulnerable and weak. So again they need god but in different form. The new forms of god must have superfluous lifestyle and larger than life image so that the rich people can justify their own lifestyle of high living. As crave for power and wealth has increased so has the number of these self-styled and self-proclaimed god people whose pomp and pampered lifestyles have replaced the age old moral verses on values and integrity. But these modern gods need protection and this is the only way they differ from their ancient counterparts. So these modern gods need a politico-socio nexus and propaganda probably to survive a decade.
So over centuries India and Indians have always been a factory of gods. This factory operates as a monopoly. True, it also drives economy and employees millions. Such an economic driver cannot be ignored or perceived as bad in the economy. Also the mystified and deluded society takes solace and peace from these god people. So ignoring them too is also a social challenge now. Weak political leaders need strong religious god people to produce favorable election results. You cannot wish for better success factors when the society creates them, the policies protect them and the monopoly propels them.
But everything has not been so gloomy and things may not be so depressing as I may sound. The bright side is that there has always been a few good and honest men who has been searching god in people and human beings. They have believed in simplicity, love, care and humility. They have perceived God as one and all. And such people will remain and will continue to think about greater good and social wellbeing.