The Slipshod Elephant-Part 1

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Politics

An introduction to a series of articles about China and her emergence since World War II

The Slipshod Elephant


Quite a few days back there was a report in a regional newspaper about our dragon neighbour's acquisition of 30 odd uninhabited islands from Maldives, which are located hardly 500 kilometres’ from our southern shores. Meanwhile, news about the tumultuous act by a surrogate daughter of a well-known comedian who is on a recovery phase from a fatal motor vehicle crash had captured the prime focus. As usual, we as homo-sapiens would prefer a beautiful dawn with little dismay and thus embraced the latter news with a heavy heart. We already have been pounding ourselves with our own miseries and we are least concerned whether the Chinese had bought the island or whether the Japanese are turning a blind eye.


I am neither an analyst on foreign policy nor a think tank on international relation. I’m a silent witness for what we can expect and experience in the form for ubiquitous turbulence in our distant future.


What is this article about


World War-II was most the momentous turning point for humanity, though the duration was a little inhumane. The war had devoured mankind and exemplified the monstrous ferocity of human ignorance, greed and an unquenched thirst for power. This had created a new world order with nations and population being categorized as first world, second world, third world, axis of evil, terrorists, aliens, zombies, cannibals.. you name it. As expected, all the "great" nations wanted to be in the Ivy League, and thus unfurled their tentacles of influence and power by advocating their thought process and ideology and thereby seeking an unconditional solidarity towards their authority to lead, rule and exploit. As a result the NATOs, The Soviets, The Non Aligned states were born. They were all trying to be vanguards of democracy, freedom and relentless human rights.


The dawn of new millennium was born without that ferocity of ideological differences which had persisted during mid-1950s and 1960s.But the new millennium started witnessing a form of neo-colonialism, an unconditional quest for resource. The main difference between the old school way of colonialism and the neo colonialism is that the former would exploit the colonies for raw and unfinished natural products which they might fabricate in to a final consumer/industrial product. Whereas the latter exploits the prime source of energy, namely the hydrocarbon based resources. The world population had been rising in an alarming rate, especially in the so called ‘second and third world countries’. To provide enough livelihoods for their citizens has become the greatest challenge for these nations with shrinking resources. If not, an omnipresent outbreak of civil unrest would be the result. The reverberations of this unquenched thirst and obsession could be felt across the sub Saharan regions, the middle east, the far east, south east Asia, the old soviet splinter states and even in our own country.

Continue Reading : The Slipshod Elephant Part-2

written by
Sreejith A R