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Terrible & catastrophic climatic event: 155th anniversary of Orissa / Bengal famine 1866

When mutated journalists, daddy’s tycoons, brands and ROI leaders can hype (historic white lies) with such impunity, why can’t poor idealists or socialists? Plan and fight back for premature termination of your ancestor – get genocide justice by hook or crook, which still continues.. Now-a-days drought, poisoned food, GM soil, contaminated water, droned skies and searing heat / clod waves are affecting billions, thanks to deeds and greeds of few thousand developed cronies raping the natural habitats, and hallucinating millions of confused followers to copy their sucking lust. The hard-pushed (angry / remnant) neutrons are fighting back their own hesitant way, both eyes widely open. This summer also marks the 155th anniversary of a far more terrible and catastrophic climatic event: the Orissa (Bengal) famine of 1866. Hardly anyone knows about these famines. It elicits little mention in even the densest tomes on south-Asian history of celebrities (horses, weapons, slaves, jewellery, greed, grand real estate, supremacy wars – what else?). There will be few, if any, solemn commemorations.

Yet that famine killed over a million people in eastern India, no never was there a strategic / systematic genocide of the self esteemed left-kind enemies of the company state, but just a natural disaster resulting in some bloody anti-nationals as collateral! That famine also became an important turning point in India’s political development, stimulating nationalist discussions on Indian poverty, not much on loot. Faint echoes of these debates still resonate today amid socialist-sounding efforts focusing 24/7 election agenda via paid media newsroom foxes. Are we all confident that modern disasters are not manufactured by these branded states for self-promotion and other indirect gains for the allied long-term investors?

Just like today’s profiteering cronies doing worse in much sober tech-savvy ways, the East India Company helped kill off India’s once-robust textile network of small households / cooperatives, pushing more and more people into not-so lucrative agriculture hardship, clearing ways for its own large industries inside those walled cities (owned by desi + foreign crooks). This, in turn, made the rural economy much more dependent on the whims of seasonal monsoons. On a flying visit to Orissa in February 1866, the colonial governor of Bengal (which included Orissa), staked out a similar position. “Such visitations of providence as these no government can do much either to prevent or alleviate,” he pronounced. Regulating the skyrocketing grain prices would risk tampering with the natural laws of economics – such champions of “free market economy” hyper cum state sponsored Neo-profiteers – fooling, killing and looting the hallucinated masses are many folds today.

You DO NOT need to be a Nobel laureate or a smarty to understand basics of economics / finance – macro, micro or whatever! Unfortunately, economics is often viewed with confusion and boredom. Endless streams of financial jargon coupled with intimidating mathematics quickly deter people from attempts at understanding it. However, the fact is, the complexity associated with the financial system is a mere mask, designed to conceal one of the most socially paralyzing structures humanity has ever endured.

Famines recurred in 1869 and 1874. Between 1876 and 1878, during the Madras famine, anywhere from four to five million people perished after the viceroy. Bihar famine of 1873-74, Bengal famine of 1943 thanks to World War II injected inflation to profit the sponsoring traders. For such reasons, it is all the more important to remember such artificial threats today, instead of carried away with cronies sponsored rosy tales on development, health-concerns and modernity showcases. Humanitarian disasters for economical gain of a few, and the others that followed, galvanized into fighting against colonial company rule. Fast climate change, tech bigotry and hoarding of natural resources will lead to more wars, more greed, more catastrophes and extreme weather – find out whom to blame / fight this time, except of course the well-spoken, well-jugaadu, well-capitalized, well-bunkered, well-known, well-looking, well-hyped, well-profited, well-dynastic and leading assholes? Go to W(H)ell!!

‘Too late, too rotten’

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Sudhir Panda

No bhakt of any popular gangs, an irrepressible autodidact, pure blunt+ ideas on politics, economics, technology, culture, etc, do not fit any known ideologies. Tweets at

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