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Norris McDonald | India, imperialism, Fukuyama and the ‘One Don’ world order

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2022 | 12:09 AM
‘The Bengal Famine’ that struck India in the 1930s was a genocidal crisis point, among other things, the Indian nation had to overcome.
‘The Bengal Famine’ that struck India in the 1930s was a genocidal crisis point, among other things, the Indian nation had to overcome.
Norris McDonald
Norris McDonald
Rishi Sunak, a man of Indian ancestry, is now the British Prime Minister.
Rishi Sunak, a man of Indian ancestry, is now the British Prime Minister.
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India has cut her poverty rate in half and has now passed Great Britain to become the third largest economy in the world. When one considers that imperial Britain had colonialised India, this is certainly a remarkable change of fortune.

Rishi Sunak, a man of Indian ancestry, is now the British prime minister. He is now being begged to save this imperialist nation that once wreaked havoc on the Indian people.

Do you really think British white people are comfortable with having an Indian as their prime minister?

I don’t think so! What do you think?

As we survey the world one can sense the fear in the once dominant race and classes.

Irrational debate in America about the teaching of ‘Critical Race Theory’ that exposes their brutality leads them to hand-wringing anxiety.

The rise of countries such as India, as a world power, demonstrates the importance of not surrendering to imperialist ‘One Don’ bullying. It also shows that nations and people can overcome all forms of adversity.

THE BENGAL FAMINE AND INDIA’S RISE

‘The Bengal Famine’ that struck India in the 1930s was a genocidal crisis point, among other things, the Indian nation had to overcome. Such inhumanity will resonate in their political consciousness, but it never stopped their determination to fight for true freedom.

An estimated three million Indians died in the Bengal province from British-enforced hunger and starvation. The food needed to save their lives were shipped abroad to satisfy England’s wants.

I have singled out the Bengal Famine in India as an example of perseverance. It is an example of how people can rise above brutal oppression.

Winston Churchill and John Maynard Keynes were said to be the authors of a plan to ensure that British soldiers and the Imperialist Britain were guaranteed food even though an estimated three million Indians were starving to death.

It is a clear example of how poor people of the world were – and are still being made to starve – so that the Western nations can get rich and fat enjoying their ill-gotten gains.

While the heartless Bengal Famine may have faded from the world’s collective consciousness, India’s lofty story today is that of a Phoenix rise from the ashes of ruination.

Today, India has survived the callous brutality of imperialism and is rapidly surpassing its Imperialist in terms of industrial progress.

There is also now a rising capitalist and middle class that are dedicated to the country’s industrial progress.

Regarding economic growth, while imperial Britain is facing industrial decline, India has enjoyed rapid economic growth, averaging roughly six per cent per year over the last decade.

My friends, the world we live in today has now reached a critical mass in which countries such as India are fast escaping the imperialist volcanic fissures.

Nations and people are demanding a better way of life. Even in the Western world we are witnessing mass unrest as people rail against the prevailing hardships they experience daily.

Given all this, are we living in an age of uncertainty?

‘UNCERTAINTY’ VERSUS ‘POSSIBILITIES’

Let’s put this idea into an historical and philosophic context.

It is easy to think so if one lacks the political vision, willpower and intellectual acumen and leadership skills that are vitally necessary and essential to achieve political and economic liberation.

In 1992, Professor Francis Fukuyama told us that America’s victory over the Soviet Union in the so-called ‘Cold War’ would usher, perhaps, in perpetuity, an age of imperialist, militaristic, hegemonic dominance.

Given new empirical evidence as shown by the deep-rooted political economic crises breaking out in America and Europe, it now appears that Dr Francis Fukuyama’s book, The End of History and the Last Man (1992), misstated the future political path of evolutionary world history. And the method and forms of political economic struggles between nations would evolve.

‘The Fukuyaman unipolar, One Don’ hegemonic world order, is clearly in disarray.

The Russia-Ukraine war is one fissure in the political-military sphere. But we are also seeing the rejection of the American dollar, as an international currency for trade settlement and for countries to hoard, as foreign exchange reserves.

There is now a global shift in monetary dynamics as more and more countries – Ghana, the latest example – dump trading in the American dollar.

We therefore see two key military and political economic phenomena here.

First: NATO is being humiliated by a resurgent Russia in the Ukraine proxy war.

Second: As perhaps a direct consequence of the first global phenomenon, there is acceleration in the global fight for national economic freedom for imperialist ‘One Don’, hegemonic bondage.

Did the ‘One Order Don’ really think that the nations and peoples of the world would not revolt against such hegemonic, imperialist attempts of perpetual global dominance?

How could Dr Fukuyama not anticipate the rise of Russia, China and India? How did he not anticipate, as historical experiences have shown, that all world imperialist powers ultimately overextend themselves and, therefore, collapse from within?

Although the Russia-Ukraine war, and the humiliation of NATO by Russia, in my opinion, is an attenuating factor that hastened this imperialist identity crisis, we are also seeing a rise in new political economic centres of power.

My dear friends, I don’t think we live in ‘an age of uncertainty’.

There is nothing uncertain about how power is projected in this ‘One Don’ world order as America and her hegemonic allies strive to conquer, dominate and bully the weaker nations. However, given the political crisis that now bedevils America and Europe, shouldn’t we accelerate the struggle for economic freedom and not timidly look on?

I think that given the grave crisis faced by international capitalism, maybe our nations and peoples ought to call this epoch ‘an age of great political possibilities’.

What do you think?

Clearly, we are in a fight for economic freedom. It is a political economic fight for a national agenda that can achieve true freedom, justice and equality and a better way of life, and shared prosperity for all patriotic nation-builders.

That is just the ‘bitta’ truth!

Norris McDonald is an economic journalist, political analyst, and respiratory therapist. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com and miaminorris@yahoo.com.