Sunday, 28 November 2010

Mountain folk must decide

The current Sino-Indian military standoff in the far North East Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh shows how two aspiring empires can both be wrong.

The peoples of that region, their identities, destinies and wealth are not to be fought over by two emerging neo-imperialisms. Beijing cannot play the victim: Arunachal's neighbour is Tibet, not China. India should recognise that its borders have their origins in the Raj.

Arunachal Pradesh (meaning land of the dawn lit mountains) is home to two dozen animist tribes, nearly as many Buddhist ones, and also a handful of Hindu ethnic groups. All are distinct from one another as they are as worthy as each other. They can determine their own futures both independently from each other and certainly from macro-ethnic, multicultural supra-states.

Although, at least, India's internal geopolitical system does include several semi-autonomous regions, the list does not include Aranachal Pradesh. Its peoples do not deserve Indian troops swarming over their lands.

Huge political entities like India are creaking under their own contradictions. The Kashmiri story is one of many. In China it is the same. National Anarchists and radical nationalists recognise that societies work best when they are a cohesive, organic whole...That is, when they are TRIBAL. Multicultural, multi-ethnic societies lack common identities, aims and aspirations. With many different voices shouting for themselves multicultural societies lack a moral compass and stagger forward with no common goal.

As both India and China grow into neo-liberal global super powers, so their respective artificial supra-nationalisms will emerge. This can only threaten swathes of diverse and beautiful human cultures, within a wider global new world order.

National Anarchist arguments are needed nowhere more in 2010 than in Arunachal Pradesh.